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Johnstown Tribune Democrat (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Johnstown, Pennsylvania Page a4 the Tribune Democrat Johnstown a. Saturday december 18, 1999 in Brief nicotine vaccine shows Promise in lab tests was Hinxton one Day. Folks who want to quit smoking May find Heln by getting a shot. A researchers sponsored by National Institute on drug abuse Are doing Laboratory tests on a vaccine that works against nicotine with a target of beginning human trials by 2002. Quot it s not going to be a magic warned or. Paul Pentel of Hennepin county medical Center in Minneapolis. It would by part of a package designed to help pimple who want to Stop smoking. Official praises water conservation efforts Las vegas . Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Friday praised the Progress made in California toward using less water from the Colorado of Quot River and suggested that the other six states that dept my on the River drop their historic distrust of their big neighbor to the West. Specifically. Babbitt in his annual state of the River speech to regional water officials said he wants to see an agn ement among the seven states on How to divvy up surplus water from the Colorado River. The agreement could give water to California for the next 15 years As it implements a Host of conservation strategies. Quot what we need now is a burst of creative Energy that can bring about seven state consensus Quot Babbitt told 1.000-plus officials attending the annual meeting of Colorado River water users association. Quot i am determined to see this last Central piece of the Colorado River Puzzle put in place before my watch beef on the Bone returns to Britain a stores London Home grown by of on the Bone returned to stores and restaurants in Britain on Friday after a two year ban prompted by the mad cow health crisis. Cuts of meat such As t Bone Steak prime rib and oxtail were banned in december 1997 after a fatal brain wasting disease in humans was linked to beef infected w Ith Bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Tests showed the infection in the marrow. The unix Pular ban was lifted at Midnight thursday. Some supermarkets had broken the embargo to Start Selling the beef earlier this month. Many said they feared supplies would not keep up with the demand. Officials link Antibiotic to illness in newborns Atlanta in a re firt that shocked Jed patricians. The government said a common Antibiotic used to treat whooping cough in newborns caused serious stomach problems in babies at a Tennessee Hospital. Doctors said the Rex it from centers for disease control and prevention is the first time that erythromycin has been linked strongly to pyloric stenosis an illness among newborns that blocks digestion and causes projectile vomiting. The illness must be treated with surgery. Babbit health and science shuttle Mission scrubbed Rains Force Nasa to try again tonight \ by Marcia Dunn the a cd rated press Cape Canaff ral. F la. Rain and thick Low Clouds forced Nasa to Call off Friday night s launch of space shuttle discovery on a Mission to get the Hubble space Telescope working again. It was the eighth delay for the flight and Cost Nasa $750. Xxx in fuel and overtime pay. I it Aunch managers said they would try again tonight their last attempt before giving up for the year. Discovery and its seven Man Crew were supposed to blast off at 8 47 p.m., but rain and Clouds prevented an on time departure. The weather was so bad. In fact that Nasa had trouble launching High Altitude balloons to measure the wind. Nasa held the countdown at the nine minute Mark in Hoies the weather would improve. But conditions remained poor and the launch team finally gave up. Shuttle managers had cleared discovery for flight just hours earlier after confirming that All of the welds on the fuel lines were g x d. Worries about the welds had forced a one Day delay. Nasa said it must launch discovery by tonight or else give up for the year and wait until january. The space Agency does not want to risk having a shuttle in orbit near year s end because of potential y2k computer problems. The weather Outlook for tonight was Only slightly better. Although eager to have the $.3 billion Hubble revived astronomers said they did not want Nasa to Rush just to meet tonight a deadline. A we intended to put no pressure on anybody and if w e have to wait until january that a what Well said David Leckrone a Hubble scientist. Hubble a Eye to the universe has been closed i re i up i a 1 press the space shuttle discovery Crew leaves their quarters at Kennedy space Center on their Way to the shuttle. The launch was delayed for the eighth time on Friday. Since nov. 13, when the fourth of six Gyro Coix its failed and All observations ceased. The shuttle needs to deliver six new gyroscopes to keep the Telescope steady so it can aim at stars and galaxies. Space walking astronauts will replace not Only the gyroscopes but a computer radio transmitter and data recorder and install Thermal wrap on the peeling. 9i2-year-old Telescope. If discovery lifts off today the work will keep the Crew in orbit Over Christmas a first in 1812 years of space shuttle flight. The shuttle would return to Earth on dec. 26. Although hoping for a big Success to end the year shuttle managers insisted they were under no pressure to launch or to restore nasal a image after Back to Back Mars flops. Discovery should have soared in october but was grounded during the summer along with the rest of the shuttle Fleet by a rash of wiring defects. Then other problems popped up a contaminated engine a dented fuel line. Whether discovery flies this weekend or not. 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