Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 24, 2005

Cedar Rapids Gazette

January 24, 2005

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Gazette (Newspaper) - January 24, 2005, Cedar Rapids, Iowa AN EDITION OF GAZETTE COMMUNICATIONS 123 15 2005 AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER IN IOWAS TECHNOLOGY CORRIDOR 50 CENTS Election looms trouble seen Most dangerous terrorist vows fierce war on democracy Iraq AP The ambassador to Iraq acknowledged serious prob lems ahead of next weekends election but gave assurance Sunday that great efforts were being made so every Iraqi can In an audio tape posted on the a speaker claiming to be Iraqs IRAQ most feared terrorist declared fierce war on raising the stakes in the Rebels who have vowed to disrupt the balloting blew up a designated polling station near Hillah south of Baghdad and stormed a police station in Ramadi west of the authorities A soldier was killed Saturday on a security patrol in the northern city of the military said Inside Nixonera terrorism panel envisioned todays 3A Large explosions and heavy gunfire also were heard in eastern Mosul late and Iraqi officials fear more such attacks in the run up to Sundays election and have announced massive se curity measures to protect Iraqis will choose a 275seat National Assembly and provincial councils in Iraqs 18 provinces in the first nationwide balloting since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in Large turnouts are expected among Iraqs majority Shiite Muslims in the south and minority Kurds in the north But the big question is whether Sunni who form the core of the insurgen will defy rebel threats and PAGE 6A MEDICINE Frowning on freebies doctors office refused drug companies promotional items By Cindy Hadish The Gazette Walk into almost any doctors office and youll find the names on coffee mugs and more Nexium and from the Yiddish word for cheap is what some people call the items pharmaceutical representatives shower on doctors in an effort to keep brand names in along with hopes the doctors will prescribe those One Cedar Rapids office has turned off the tchotchke along with free lunches that often accompany drug representatives Its just plain ethically wrong and its designed to color our Dean Abramson of Gastroenterologists said of the I dont think patients realize how much drug companies spend on According to a report by the California Public Interest Research spending on detailing efforts by drug representatives to reach doctors directly totals nearly billion costs that are passed on to A notice posted at the Cedar Rapids office notes the exorbitant price patients pay for adding Although we are fully aware that discontinuing our lunches will not lower this we feel it is necessary for our company to do Other physicians offices contacted in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City follow American Medical Association guidelines governing what doctors can including items valued under and the lunches drug representatives bring to office The six Gastroenterologists doctors voted last month to no longer accept the trinkets and lunches or meet with drug representatives who PAGE 6A Liz Gazette Dean Abramson sits with an assortment of free promotional items from pharmaceutical companies in his office at Gastroenterologists in Cedar Rapids on Doctors at the practice decided to stop accepting free lunches and other items drug companies give to promote their The office received these items before the doctors policy went into Other developments in Iraq A major insurgent the Ansar alSunnah posted a videotape Sunday on a Web site showing the assassination of an Iraqi army colonel captured in Another video posted on the Internet on Sunday purportedly showed the shooting death of a captive Egyptian truck Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said in an interview on British Broadcasting television that it was too early to talk about a withdrawal of The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed that eight Chinese construction workers taken hostage by Iraqi insurgents have been safely transferred to Chinese Whats at stake On voters will choose a 275seat National Assembly and provincial councils in Iraqs 18 TV king of latenight dies at 79 LOS ANGELES AP Johnny the quick witted Tonight Show host who became a national insti tution putting his viewers to bed for 30 years with a smooth nightcap of celebrity banter and heartland died He was Carson died early Sunday according to his Jeff He was surrounded by his whose loss will be immeasur Sotzing told The Asso ciated He did not provide further but NBC said Carson died Inqjrip of emphysema IIIDIUG a respiratory disease that can be attributed to smoking at his Malibu Carson generous to 6A Carson often had a ciga rette in hand in the early years of eventual ly dropping the onair habit when smoking on TV became frowned But he remained a heavy smoker for some years said a for mer associate who spoke on condition of The boyishlooking who was born in and moved to Nebraska as an survived every Johnny with his person alized coffee cup in front of watches clips from earlier shows during the last taping of The Tonight Show in on May Carson died according to his He was attempt to topple him from his latenight talk show throne and was a star who managed never to distance himself from his His the adoration of his guests particularly the PAGE 6A Let us know your Carson connection Were you ever a guest on Johnny Carsons Tonight Show or were you ever a member of the studio audience If you The Gazette would like to hear from Tell us your story and send us any pictures you have of the The Gazette will publish a selection of stories and pictures later this Call or or send an email to Senates powersharing agreement working well so far nn i n Tin nn rlov tVlQ Q By James Lynch The Gazette DBS MOINES The pow ersharing agreement in the evenly split Iowa Senate is but leaders from both parties acknowledge the real challenges are still Lawmakers are expected to enjoy relatively smooth sail ing again this week as they IOWA LEGISLATURE spend their time in commit tee and appropriations sub committee Other than the House taking up Senate File 36 that would increase allowable growth for schools by 4 little floor action isexpected in either Under the powersharing Jeff Lamber and Jack share the Senate with one presiding one the other the next When Lamberti is in the Mike D Council will guide de bate as the floor When Kibbie is Stewart will lead floor The has worked for the first two weeks of the session even if it does seem a bit Nobodys in charge dayto Were both in I thats what its going to be said Lam who will preside this We all are in The Senate passed its first hurdle under the powershar ing agreement when senators voted 480 to approve the al lowable growth Gronstal It was a good first start for the in a 2525 to find a way to come to com mon ground on a piece of pur education he PAGE 6A Can Jack Kibble DEmmetsburg Jeff Lamberti RAnkeny TODAYS GAZETTE NEWS 319 3988254 Iowa City 319 3393155 Iowa 3971 MIX IT UP Put some variety in your workout routine by trying overlooked exercise 1E To subscribe M800 3978333 STRANGER Want to contact a 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