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Lawrence Journal World (Newspaper) - July 27, 1999, Lawrence, Kansas LAWRENCE JOURNALWORLD NATION ULY 5A NATION BRIEFS TENNESSEE More funding for veterans sought The Clinton administra tion is asking Congress to add billion in spending for veterans health pro grams in the budget that begins Vice President Al Gore said World War II veterans are aging rapidly all of us are aging Gore told about 25 at Nashville International Air And because the vet erans population is aging the need for health care is If were fully discharge the obliga tion America owes the vet we have to account for it in the Gore said the billion includes million to hire more medical and take other steps necessary to reduce waiting time and ensure quality care at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities million for homeand community based longterm care services and million to help upgrade outdated The announcement comes several days after Paul D said a survey by his office found that 20 of the 22 VA health care networks would have spending short falls under the administra tions billion veterans health request for Veterans citing the millions of World War II and Korean veterans at or approaching old have estimated the spending gap at INDIANAPOLIS State surpluses highest since 1980 The booming revenue fore casting and prudent man agement have left states in their best financial shape in at least two accord ing to survey released The 44 states that ied information to the National Conference of State Legislatures ended fis cal year 1999 a total of billion in the The number combines general fund ending balances with reserve funds and sents percent of 1999 state general fund the survey That tops the previous high of 9 per cent in The a clearing house of information for states and their lobbying arm in has been conducting the survey since The organiza tion is holding it annual conference in Indianapolis this Scale measures risks of Scientists have developed a new method for assessing the risk of comets and aster oids might hit Similar to the ttchterscale used for Torino Impact Hazard Scale is named for the Italian city in whichithe scale was ini tially adopted by the national Astronomical Union in It was offi cially endorsed last week at the United Nations UNI SPACE III conference in Thje scale uses colors from white to and numbers from zero to to assess the size and speed of celes tial as well as their chances of striking An object rated at zero or in the white pre sents no threat of A red 10 means certain global such as the impact that many think wiped out the dinosaurs and other species 65 million years With increasingly sophis ticated observing instru more asteroids than ever are being detected in the cosmic shooting gallery near Richard Binzel of the Massachusetts Insti tute of who created the said he hopes it will assuage public concerns about a doomsday from lWWire Reports Michigan police on manhunt in rapes The suspect escaped from law enforcement officers after a confrontation at his mothers THETFORD AP A man suspected of raping two girls and leaving them for dead along a bike path escaped arrest Monday by grabbing a sheriffs deputys gun and shooting at offi authorities None of the officers was but police said they might have wounded the Duane For most of the police searched the forested area for More than 60 some wearing camouflage clothing and makeup with assault rifles strapped to their rode all terrain They were helped by dogs and a helicopter with heatseeking Neighbors said Hall was famil iar with the terrain and might have authorities began searching a wider Hall was wanted in the rape of two ages 8 and who were found bruised and bleeding Sat urday in the farming communi ty about 55 miles north of The girls told authorities a man approached them as they walked along the bike path and threat ened them with a He raped both handcuffed then beat and choked them until they AP PHOTO Morris Police officer Kenneth Silas stops cars Monday at an intersection in Thetford while searching for a suspect in the Saturday night rapes of two ages 8 and The a 35yearold Vienna Township man whose name was not escaped arrest when he grabbed a handgun away from a sheriffs deputy and fled into the woods near his mothers home early lost Sheriff Robert Pickell He may have thought they were It appears he wanted them Pickell Both were released from a hospital Pickell said investigators linked the suspect to the attacks from a He would not When officers on Monday went to the home of the mans he attacked a sheriffs Pickell He jumped from the garage and tried to turn the barrel toward the sheriff She was fighting for her She did everything Then he turned on the two detectives and they returned Scott who lives said he has known Hall for about six Hes been to the house and played with my said Its Hes some one youd never Happy holiday proposal gets grudging response Not all state governors are on board for a National Admit Youre Happy DALLAS AP In these cynical it seems that even happi ness can arouse At thats what Pam John son discovered when she asked all 50 governors to declare 8 National Admit Youre Happy The request was met with hesitancy and head scratching across the founder of the Secret Society of Happy proposed the day of observance as part of her ongoing campaign to drag contentment out of the Convinced that happiness has fallen out of fashion in the thera angstridden Johnson wages her unortho dox battle from her suburban Dallas Our culture doesnt know what to do anymore with expres sions of she said Sat Its like a foreign language to rush to get and then we dont have anybody to Johnson dreamed up this summers holiday to draw more attention to the societys cause but a scant 15 governors have agreed to declare 8 a day of admitted she Seventeen did not issue a proclamation or had no society members in their earning stick in the mud or parade raining titles from An additional 17 state have not she Well need to check with our ran the reply from Oklahoma Frank Keatings Its really its not like I proposed a Take Your Guns to Work I meant it to be quite the opposite of Pam founder of the Secret Society of Happy People AP PHOTO steaming ahead with plans for the There will be a of as well as an open invi tation to muse out loud over lifes Its really bizarre its not like I proposed a Take Your Guns to Work John son I meant it to be quite the opposite of controver Secret Society of Happy People founder Pam Johnson poses in her north Dallas apartment with declarations proclaiming 8 National Admit Youre Happy Day from the state governors of Nebraska and New Johnson sent requests to all 50 state Gasoline additive harmful WASHINGTON AP In a major reversal in environmental a government advisory panel today will urge widespread reduc tion in the use of a controversial gasoline additive once touted as key to reducing air pollution from The is used in socalled reformulated gasoline required by the Environmental Protection Agency in all or parts of 16 That accounts for about a third of the gasoline sold in the Federal research shows that the compound causes tumors in rats and also may cause them in A University of Califor nia study showed that the addi tive has affected at least groundwater sites throughout the The advisory compris ing diverse interests from envi ronmentalists to oil industry found that while reformulated gasoline has con tributed to significant air quality MTBE poses a growing threat to drinking according to draft summary of the findings obtained by The Associated The panel found that MTBE molecules travel unusually fast through soil and into ground water once gasoline gets into the That can happen through leaks in underground tanks or spills while refueling motor boats and lawn Congress in 1990 required that gasoline sold in areas with severe air pollution contain a higher amount of Oil compa nies responded by using methyl tertiary butyl a methanolbased While other additives such as ethanol also could be MTBE has been by far the most widely used This is not the first time the society president has locked horns with notables in the name of promoting contentment Dur ing the holiday John son took Ann Landers to task after the advice guru opposed the ever popular holiday letters that detail families To Landers advice represented another intol erant strike against Its a pressure to keep happi ness to she At work youre not supposed to like your boss or your and with your friends youre not supposed to But nothing prepared the peppy Texan for the response to the day of national contentment she Even the notoriously offbeat Jesse Ventura former profes sional wrestler and present gov ernor of Minnesota refused to He represents the people of and he really doesnt see how this affects Ven turas office told As of fellow Texan and presidential hopeful George Bush was among the 17 gov ernors who had not responded to the Johnson Though bemused by the reac the societys 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