New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Syrians say Americans are receiving medical attention
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Illinois congressman has been told seven Americans kidnapped in lebanon are receiving medical attention and that Syrian officials are continuing to work for their release.
But Hep. George O’Brien, who met with Syrian President Hafez Assad and other high-level government figures this week during a visit to the Middle Eastern country, noted that Assad “disclaimed any responsibility for the kidnappings or that he had knowledge of the people who had them."
O’Brien, in an interview with Associated Press Radio in Luxembourg on Tuesday, quoted Assad as saying he
"deplored" the abductions-
In Washington, meanwhile, his press spokesman, Ted Cormaney, said O’Brien had no information on efforts to obtain the release of the captive Americans. Cormaney said only that the congressman felt “optimistic" following the talks and thought the discussions left "some groundwork laid for some continuing dialogue."
O'Brien represents the Joliet area, where one of the seven Americans — the Rev. lawrence Martin Jenco — was raised. Jenco, a Roman Catholic priest, was director of Catholic Relief Services in Beirut when he was kidnapped last January.
Marriott hotel magnate, 84, dies
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Willard Marriott, the son of a poor Utah sheep rancher who parlayed a small root beer stand into one of the world’s most prominent hotel chains, is dead at the age of 84.
The hotel tycoon, whose Washington-based company grew to include chains of restaurants as well as airline and institutional feeding services, died Tuesday afternoon at his summer home in New Hampshire, said Terry Souers, Marriott director of cor
porate public relations.
Souers said he did not know the cause of death and that, to his knowledge, Marriott had not been ill recently.
"Over the course of the years, he’d had some health problems, but he had not been ill," Souers said in a telephone interview.
Marriott, a prominent leader in the Mormon Church and an active Republican, was still serving as chairman of the board of Marriott
Corp., although he turned over the active management of the company in 1972 to his son , J. Willard Marriott Jr., who is president and chief executive officer today.
Born Sept. 17, 1900, near Ogden, Utah, Marriott came to Washington in 1927 and with borrowed money opened a small A&W root beer stand. He soon expanded into a small chain of family oriented restaurants called the Hot Shoppes.
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Most prisons not ready for AIDS
NEW VORK (AP) — Inmates in a Minnesota prison are under a two-week lockup because they threatened to demonstrate after a prisoner was diagnosed as having AIDS-related complex In New York, a prisoner with AIDS was excused from appearing in court because officers had balked at handling him.
These are just two of the hundreds of AIDS cases that cropped up in the four years since the deadly disease first appeared in the nation’s prisons, and most prison officials are unprepared to handle them.
\n informal survey of state and federal prison systems by The Associated Press found widely varying policies for dealing with prisoners with AIDS, and in some cases no procedures at all Wardens have been forced to lock prisoners in their cells, victims have been shunned and guards have refused to handle prisoners with AIDS, all because of misinformation, confusion and fear States that have been reporting AIDS for several Nears generally have guidelines for handling prisoners with AIDS. But where AIDS has appeared only recently, guidelines often do not exist.
Several hundred cases of AIDS have been reported in state prisons since 1981. mostly in the Northeast New York slate prisons have had the most cases, with 196. followed by New Jersey with 77.
Where acquired immune deficiency syndrome lias occurred, it is often accompanied by disturbing epis**des
In Minnesota, prisoners at the Stillwater Prison liave been locked in their cells since Sunday because hundreds threatened to protest and demanded AIIXS tests. A guard afraid of contracting the disease was suspended for refusing to search inmates Die incidents occurred after an inmate was diagnosed as having AIDS-related complex, a milder form id the syndrome that could lead lo A1IXS
At the W estchester County Jail in Valhalla. N \ . an inmate with AllXS who harassed people by spitting on them was released after being allowed lo plead guilty lo a misdemeanor AIDS was a factor in his release The inmate, who had been charged with stolen property felonies, did not have to appear in court because officers protested handling hun While prisoners as a whole are not considered especially susceptible to AIDS, prisons hold many drug abusers, one of the groups most at risk of developing the syndrome. Homosexual encounters are also a factor
Determining whether an inmate has AIDS is not easy. Routine testing is generally rejected by prison officials as unnecessary.
The initial test determines only if the person tues been exposed to the virus thought to cause AIDS. An additional tes^t, more difficult and costly. is needed to determine if the person who tests positive is carry ing the virus •
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