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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - January 9, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               House-to-house fighting in Chechen The Capital FOUR TO Go Chargers still alive in playoffs B2 TroyAlkman and Dallas head for rematch wlth49ers County approves townhouse project i SEE ARUNDEL REPORT TOMORROW. DETAILS. PAGE A9 JANUARY 9. ANNAPOLIS. MD HOME DELIVERY. 25c NEWSSTAND Merits of prostate screening debated By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Like many men with prostate can- William Hayes of Annapolis had no -symptoms of the common disease. A simple blood test last year at a free screening clinic through Anne Arundel Medical Center flagged the 66-year-old Annapolis man's life- threatening which regular phys- ical checkups had not caught. Yet the test for the prostate-specific called that likely saved Mr. Hayes' life is now under scrutiny nationally. And some area doctors worry about local hospitals using it on large numbers of men without symptoms or a family history of prostate cancer. Such screening may lead men to other costly and sometimes painful surgery and treatments that are themselves the subject of debate. don't think we should do this kind of said Dr. Katherine the county's deputy health officer and a member of the county Cancer Control Task Force. arc so many-other things the com-- tnunity With these doubts in the medkal profession is searching for a balance between an ounce of preven- tion and the old it ain't don't fix Between AAMC and North Arun- del more than men last year had the free blood tests for prostate and the hospitals routinely advertise the screenings are available. Ljke mammograms for breast can- prostate clinics allow physicians to catch the cancer improving the chances for effective some doctors say. is always the right thing in it allows you to stay ahead of said Dr. Stanley an Annapolis cancer treat- ment specialist and medical director' of AAMC's screening program. Of 650 men tested last year at '40 had abnormal results. Of men screened in 64 re- quired follow-up. The number of cases each year that were confirmed as cancer isn't along with figures for North Arundel screenings. By David W. Trozzo The Capital William A. HayM of found out ho had prostate cancer through a free screening at 'Anna Arundel Medical Center. But the screenings are controversial because they may lead to unnecessary treatment In some men. don't think we should do this kind of screening. There are so many other things the community Dr. Katherine county's deputy health officer But the National Cancer Institute says screening and treating large numbers of prostate cancers has sub- stantial and there's insufficient evidence that widespread screening reduces the death rate. The American Cancer Society mates that prostate cancer will kff men nationally this and 43 county men died of it in 1992. States are logging prostate cancer cases roughly twice as often as they did 10 years with nearly casesjii 1992 in Maryland alone. The from prostate cancer has increased slightly. Yet state figures jhow colon and breast cancer each kill more county residents each year than pros- tate Many researchers attribute the ap- paj-fBf increase in prostate cases to more-widespread use of the to e cancer society and many physicians recommend annual screening for men starting at age or at'Jge 40 if they're black 'or have a family -history of prostate cancer. Black men are more likely than whites to have prostate cancer. Yet many of the men diagnosed with the cancer will die of heart disease the nation's top killer or other causes before symptoms of prostate cancer become doctors say. Dr. Farrell and others how- that people requesting the test may demand treatment even if their doctor favors observation. Prostate surgery is risky for older and treating the cancer doesn't necessarily correspond with improved quality of life. Possible side effects include impotence and urinary incontinence. you're screening people in their 70s and that doesn't really make much Dr. Watkins said. But test results from AAMC's clin- ics are being used' in national re- search on the effectiveness of the blood test in reducing prostate cancer Page Sauerbrey's team takes case to court By TODD SPANGLER 'Staff Writer Lawyers for Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey this morning began their challenge to Maryland's gubernatorial complaining that voter fraud and shoddy ballot procedures cost their client a victory In opening arguments. Mrs. Sauer- brey's attorney John M Carbgne told county Circuit Court Judge Raymond G. Thieme that miscast or miscalcu- lated votes tainted purity of the Mrs. Sauerbrey lost the Nov. 8 elec- tion to Governor-elect Parris N. Glend- ening by votes. But she has claimed that voting irregularities in Baltimore City and Montgomery and Prince George coun- ties accounted for that deficit. mostly 'oc- curred in three jurisdictions but they affected the election Mr. Carbone said. Mrs. Sauerbrey's lawyers alleged that persons who are incarcerated or dead.had votes cast for They also said that thousands of voters who should have been purged from registra- tion lists never were. Mr. Carbone also charged that keys to voter machines in Baltimore City were not separated from the machines following the election. He said that could have allowed someone to change the vote totals. case is not about it's about the people they want nothing less than what the constitution calls for They want nothing less than a pure he said But Bruce Marcus. Mr. Glendemng's lawyer.-said that no fraud had actually occurred and that the procedural mat- ters will not change the outcome of the election. bottom line in this case is that Mr GJendening he said in his opening arguments all the there wasn't any fraud in .this Mrs. -Sauerbrey. the little-known GOP state legislator from Baltimore came within a whisker of becoming the first female governor and the first Republican since Spiro Agnew won 28 years ago. is hot about it's about the people they want nothing less than what the constitution calls for. They want nothing less than a pure John Mrs. Sauerbrey's lawyer She has claimed that she was cheated of that votes were cast by dead- prison inmates and unregis- tered voters. She wants Judge Thieme to declare her the winner or order a new election. some cracks had developed in her allegations before the trial began in Annapolis this Some of the voters she claims are dead are very much and several say they voted for her. One of the on her list of dead voters is Maryj -Apicella. a but I for the 67-year-old keeper said Mrs. Sauerbrey acknowledges no evidence. Mr. Glendening's paign or the Democratic Party involved in any vote fraud She has offered no evidence th'atl any challenged votes were cast Glendening A majority of her challenges ace- based not on fraud but on the failure of voters and election officials to comply with the letter of the law. even as the trial was to begin this further allegations had surfaced. According Mr. keys to pre- vent tampering for a dozen of Baltimore City's voting machines were mis- handled and not returned to election officials on election night as required. statutory protections for the machines require a separation of the keys from the machines to ensure that no tampering Mr. Carbone said in published reports. the opportunity for tamper- Page High gas taxes put the squeeze on Maryland drivers By DAVID PEDREIRA Staff Writer When it comes to Maryland is anything but the Free State. Marylanders take a beating at the gas doling out an average of 5 cents more per gallon than the rest of the according to a December report by the American Automobile Association. The Taxes. The flat gas tax in Maryland is a whopping cents per gallon seventh-highest in the nation and second only to New York among mid-Atlantic states. have the highest gas tax of all the states around said Drew executive direc- tor of the Maryland Petroleum Council. Add in a federal gas tax of 18.4 cents per and more than a third of the cash you drop at service stations is for some kind of government levy. figures made mouths sour in a state the average price per gallon of regular unleaded rose 14 cents last year to .about would say it goes with the said Keina a 31-year-old Edgewater resident get you wherever they can.JI State legislators and tax officials say the gas tax is a cyclical thing that goes up and down in relation to other states depending on transpor- tation needs and government budgets. gas taxes change fairly and sometimes we are in the high said Marvin spokesman for state Comptroller's Office. Officials also pointed out that the gas tax is funneled directly into Maryland's transporta- tion paying for state highways and mass transit systems considered some of the best in the region. public transportation system is prob- ably better than most of the other Mr. Cobbs said we definitely pay for Virginia's state gas for is five cents less than Maryland's. Pennsylvania's is 11.5 cents less. Those margins aren't likely to decrease. A joint task force of the General Assembly namecLTransportation 2000 seriously consid- ered raising Maryland's gas tax in 1995 during meetings over the session break this year. The group is looking at ways to fund mass transit and highway construction needs with a dwin- dling transportation fund. The issue of another tax increase was left in limbo The state's last gas tax jump came about four years ago. did not come to any concrete conclu- sions on a tax said a staffer with the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. Maryland isn't the only place where residents suffer at the pumps. Most states have seen a price increase in gasoline this year for a variety of reasons. Federal environmental regulations have forced many including the Baltimore metropolitan to put cleaner-burning fuel In the pumps. The Baltimore area includes Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties Those regulations cost the oil industry an estimated billion for research and manufac- turing which trickled down to the consumer. ''It's the price of doing and some- body ultimately has to pay for said Joseph spokesman for the American Petro- GAS Page INSIDE ARUNDEL Responding to neighbors' noise and safety a Sands Road rubble landfill has mapped out a new route that long-distance trucks must use to get to Its gates. 81. O.J. Simpson Is about to tell his side of the story In the double- murder but Jurors may never hear a word of It. A3. It's now Just a matter of hours before NHL owners either come to contract terms with their players or scratch a season that never began. B2. Classified.......................268-7000 Circulation.....................268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 L 2 22 pages Classified.............. B7 Obituaries...... B6 Police Crossword.....BIO Sports Cook hearings raise larger questions AS Lottery................... A4 A6 Movies............. A6 A9 A9 B2-5 Death Notices......Bll Television...... A7 Editorials.. AS Tides............ A9 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also Is recyclable T By DENNIS SULLIVAN Staff Writer For a Northeast High School teacher's public battle to keep her job is about more than allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy For lawyers from the Maryland State Teacher's the case against Laurie Cook is another example of a school system overreacting For lawyers from the Anne Arundel County school it proves that thev're prepared to get rid of the bad And for at least one it's an attempt by the MSTA to thwart any students from stepping forward. Whoever you the case which resumes Wednesday morning could cause more damage for a school system that has been mired in a sex scandal for nearly two years Will the distrust between administra tors and teachers result in another labor dispute9 Will teachers be afraid to drive stranded students home from school9 Will students be afraid to com plain against a teacher for fear of a public ordeal9 is about all teachers vs. all students who do you said Carolyn former president of the County Council of the whose children attend Northeast is bigger than Laurie Cook and just this student. And it's a shame because I don't think a student will come forward she said is to shut up the victims and to 'We'll humiliate your family and every else if you come Throughout the hearings at Board of Education offices oh Riva the boy has been described by Ms. Cook's lawyers and witnesses as a trouble- maker who had a fixation with sex. Despite the tJbe boy's 21yearold sister said the hearing'is necessary think it's worth it as long as something good comes out of she said for people to be aware that teachers aren't superior and that teach- ers can do wrong and that administra tors and parents can take action send our kids to school and put our trust in the and look what Page   

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