Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 6, 1993, Aiken, South Carolina
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Shuttle Heads For Home: Columbia’s astronauts turned out the lights in the laboratory aboard the shuttle and floated back into the crew compartment for the flight home today after a IO day U.S. German research mission. NASA decided to detour Columbia and its seven man crew to the backup shuttle landing site in California’s Mojave Desert this morning becaue of low clouds at the main site in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The astronauts worked round-the clock inside Spacelab after reaching orbit April 26, conducting experiments on fish, plants and themselves to help scientists better understand how organisms adapt to weightlessness.
Inmates Riot At South Dakota Prison: a negotiator talked with rebellious inmates in an exercise yard in Sioux Falls,
S D., as firefighters battled a blaze set inside
I South Dakota’s maximum-security prison-early today. At least three people were hurt in the uprising. The rebellion involving about 230 inmates began with a fight between a guard and a prisoner during a recreation pe riod Wednesday, Gov. Walter D. Miller said. Inmates took over the exercise yard and set fires, hurled chairs and other debris out windows and threw golf balls and baseballs over the fences. Fires burned in the yard, and smoke and flames could be seen through a cellblock window
Navy Abortion Regulations Attacked: New Navy regu lations say a teen-ager must have her parent’s permission before getting an abortion at a Navy hospital The Supreme Court has said such a restriction is unconstitutional unless it provides other avenues for the girl. Abortion-rights groups said they would challenge the parental consent provision of the regulations, which implement President Clinton’s Jan. 22 order reversing the ban on abortions at military hospitals. “Not only is it disturbing and dangerous for teen-agers, ifs unconstitutional,” Kate Michelman, president of the National Abortion Rights Action League, said Wednesday. She called on the administration to “reverse itself on the egregious violation of a young woman’s right to choice.”House Makes Voter Registration Easier: The senate
is likely to bring a five-year legislative struggle to a close by giving final approval to a bill making voter registration easier. The House voted, 259-164, Wednesday to approve a compromise version of the measure. The Senate is expected to add its approval later this week and send the bill to the White House, where President Clinton is eager to sign it. The measure permits voter registration by mail and requires that it be available at motor vehicle offices and a wide range of other agencies, including welfare and disability offices.
MI As To Be Discussed: Vietnamese, Laotian and U.S. representatives will meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Friday and Saturday to arrange searches along the Vietnam-Laos border for the remains of Americans missing in action. Lt. Col. David Jeraldson, who serves with the Pentagon’s agency dealing with the MIA search, said today that the three nations will set up procedures for searching remote border areas of Laos controlled by Vietnamese forces during the war. U.S. investigators have previously had difficulty organizing searches there because the border is not clearly marked “We hope these meetings will allow us to break through some of the roadblocks we’ve encountered,” said Jeraldson, who works for the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting office in Bangkok.Toned-Down Madonna To Rock China: Madonna,
whose book “Sex” raised eyebrows for its nudity last year, has agreed to dress up and play live in China later this year, a Beijing-owned newspaper said today. China’s Ministry of Culture, the official watchdog of art and culture, has invited Madonna to perform on condition her show has no “indecent exposure,” the Ta Kung Pao said. “The Ministry of Culture believes that sexiness is acceptable, but not nudity or indecent exposure,” the newspaper said. Last year, “New York Madonna” - a Madonna impersonator -gave Chinese pop fans a taste of things to come with a series of well-attended shows.
Emotions Still Flare Over Gays In Military Debate
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Congressional tempers have gotten down to the shouting stage over whether to allow homosexuals to join the military.
At a House Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday, Rep. Stephen Buyer, R-Ind., questioned the relevance of testimony from police and fire department officials on integrating gays into their units, and said ending the military’s ban is not a question of civil rights.
Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Ha-waii, interrupted, asking Buyer to yield him time to speak.
“No. I will not,’’ Buyer answered.
“I didn’t think so,” Abercrombie responded.
“Well, I don’t have much time here,” Buyer said.
“You don’t make much sense either,” Abercrombie shot back.
The comment touched off a loud, chaotic exchange involving several other committee members, ending
with Abercrombie shouting above the din: “The military and civil rights do go together, pal.”
Rep. Ron Dellums, D-Calif., the panel’s chairman, restored order and admonished his colleagues.
“Every single member here, irrespective of their political views, has a right to be heard,” he said. “We have to act as mature adults as we grapple with each other, even wnen we fundamentally disagree.”
The incident on the second day of the House panel’s hearings on President Clinton’s attempts to end the 50-year-old prohibition marked the second time in less than a week that the issue has touched off an angry exchange.
The emotional undercurrent was reflected Wednesday by Rep. Floyd Spence, a 65-year-old South Carolina Republican and 23-year House member, who said he wanted to get beyond “fear and ignorance.”Aiken §>tanimrk
By The Associated Press
HUDDLING UP: Secretary of State Warren Christopher (left) and NATO Secretary General Manfred Woerner discuss the Bosnian Serb parliament’s rejection of an international peace accord in Brussels.
Assembly Rejects Peace Plan
By The Associated Press
MOUNT JAHORINA, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Bosnian Serb lawmakers determined to hold on to the spoils of war rejected a U.N. peace plan today, spuming appeals from sponsors in Serbia and testing the resolve of a U.S. president.
Ignoring intense pressure to accept the plan, the self-proclaimed Bosnian Serb parliament voted overwhelmingly early today to instead ask Seres in the territory its forces control to decide in a referendum.
The move amounts to little more than a stalling tactic by an assembly that has already rejected the
peace plan twice. Hard line Serbs likely to reject the plan dominate the areas where the May 15-16 referendum would be held.
President Clinton, who had threatened to bomb Bosnian Serb artillery if the peace plan was rejected, had no immediate comment on the vote early today.
His administration’s efforts to secure the endorsement of Europe-an allies for military action against the Bosnian Serbs have been unavailing. A mission this week by Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher has come up short.
Christopher today denounced the parliament’s rejection of the peace
plan as “very, very unwise.” He was in Brussels, for consultations with Belgian and NATO officials.
Bosnian Serb leaders complain that the peace plan, which divides Bosnia into IO provinces, largely along ethnic lines, gives Serbs only 43 percent of the republic’s territory.
Serb rebels have seized 70 percent of Bosnia in the year-old war and seem intent on creating a “Greater Serbia” — connecting Serb held lands in Bosnia and Croatia with Serbia, the dominant republic in what remains of the Yugoslav federation.
WASHINGTON - If colon cancer runs in your family, get to a doctor Quick!
That’s the advice from researchers who announced Wednesday they had found a flawed gene that can cause people in some families to inherit a 95 percent likelihood of developing colon cancer.
“We have proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that a genetic predisposition for colon cancer exits.” Dr. Bert Vogelstein, a Johns Hopkins University cancer researcher, said at a news conference.
The discovery is leading to a blood test that will enable doctors eventually to identify people who have the inherited mutation so that early, lifesaving treatment can be started, the researchers said.
Among colon cancer families, said Vogelstein, “We now can tell who will get it and who will not.”
The flawed gene, named FCC for “familial colon cancer”, is carried by nearly one in every 200 people in the Western world. That makes FCC one of the most common inherited disease-causing genes. Some 5 million to IO million Americans are in families where this gene can be inherited, Vogelstein said
“Patients who are positive (have the mutation) will have a 95 percent chance of getting cancer,” he said.
People most likely to have this gene, ne said, are those with two or three close blood relatives who had colon or uterine cancer. The likelihood is especially strong if a family member developed the disease before age 50.
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By The Associated Press
Hangar Space: French filmmakers have rented a giant domed hangar in Long Beach, Calif., for the set of a new science fiction movie starring Kurt Russell. The hangar, which once housed the Spruce Goose, Howard Hughes’ one-of-a-kind seaplane, will be used for “Star Gate.” The movie is being made by BYFG Productions. The 150-foot-high dome has been empty since October.No Performance: Mi
chael Jackson had a front-row seat at a concert in Atlanta sponsored by former President Carter’s anti poverty project but wouldn’t perform despite audience chants of “We want Michael!” Jackson came on stage to wave at the end of the concert Wednesday night. Carter’s Atlanta Project sponsored the concert as a reward for those who participated in the project’s campaign to immunize preschoolers.
Tabloid Suit: Ed McMahon is suing a supermarket tabloid over a story that said he drank heavily during a flight and stumbled off the plane. The $5 million libel suit was filed Wednesday against the Star and columnist Janet Charlton. According to the lawsuit, the Star reported April 13 that the former “Tonight Show” second banana boarded a flight for London, declared, “I always bring my own liquor!” and polished off the bottle himself.