New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Hudson has AIDS
PARIS (AP) — Film star Rock Hudson has AIDS, a statement distributed by his spokeswoman said today. But the spokeswoman then told reporters Hudson was no longer suffering symptoms of the disease.
Hudson is also being treated at the American Hospital here for a still undetermined liver ailment, his spokeswoman, Yanou Collart, told reporters.
“He came to Paris to consult with a specialist in this disease (AIDS),” said Ms. Collart.
“Prior to meeting the specialist, he became very ill at the Ritz Hotel and his personal business manager Mark Miller advised him ... to enter the American Hospital immediately,” she said.
Ms. Collart said Miller had flown to Paris from California after advising Hudson by telephone to enter the American Hospital in the Paris suburb of Neuilly.
“The physicians at the American Hosptial conducted a series of diagnostic examinations on Mr. Hudson,” the statement released to reporters said. “At the time they suspected but did not know about Mr. Hudson’s AIDS diagnosis," which Ms. Collart said Miller informed them about on his arrival in Paris.
The statement continued: “The physicians discovered abnormalities in (Hudson's) liver which without knowledge of the AIDS diagnosis were either suspected to be caused by an
infectious problem or were consistent with metastatic liver disease.”
The statement said: “These abnormalities are currently being evaluated.”
Dale Olson, Hudson's public relations agent in Los Angeles, had said Tuesday the 59-year-old actor was suffering from inoperable liver cancer.
On Wednesday, American Hospital spokesman Bruce Redor had denied that liver cancer had been diagnosed by hospital physicians.
Reports and rumors of what Hudson might be suffering from ranged from fatigue to AIDS, the often deadly ailment that depletes the body’s natural immunity system.
Ms. Collart indicated Hudson would eventually return to the United States but did not know
“A decision on his future treatment will be made in the near future,” she said.
Asked what Hudson’s chances of survival were, Ms. Collart said only, “All that we can hope.”
Hudson became one of Hollywood’s leading men in the late 1940s and played opposite such stars as Elizabeth Taylor. He has more than 50 war epics, dramas, comedies and Westerns to his credit and in recent years turned to television, starring in the popular series “McMillan and Wife" and “Dynasty.”
Former hostage Dozier retires from Army
KILLEEN (AP) — Maj. Gen. James Lee Dozier, who spent six weeks chained to a bed wearing headphones blasting rock'n’roll as a captive of Italian terrorists, ended his 35-year military career today at Fort Hood.
A retirement ceremony was scheduled for late this afternoon for the 54-year-old soldier, who has been second-in-command at Fort Hood for almost two years.
At Dozier’s request, the ceremony was to be small and low-key.
Dozier has said he plans to return to his hometown of Arcadia, Fla., to become president of the Golden Grove Management Corp., an organization for citrus growers.
He is being replaced by Maj. General John M. Brown, deputy chief of staff-comptroller FOR-SCOM (Forces Command) at Fort McPherson, Ga., the Killeen Daily Herald said.
On Dec. 18, 1981, Dozier made international news while serving in Verona, Italy, when he was kidnapped by Red Brigade terrorists. At the time, Dozier was the highest-ranking American in the allied land forces in Italy.
“Those who have never been denied freedom, don’t really appreciate it,” Dozier said after his release.
Throughout most of his captivity, Dozier was chained to a bed inside of a tent inside an apartment in Padua, guarded constantly and forced to wear headphones blasting roll and rock music.
After 42 days of captivity, Dozier became the first Red Brigade hostage to be rescued when an Italian anti-terrorist squad stormed the apartment.
“Those who have never been denied freedom, don't really appreciate it," Dozier said after his
Since the incident, Dozier and his wife, Judy, have lectured about the kidnapping and international terrorism. Dozier said this week that a book and a television “docu-drama" are about his experience are planned.
Dozier began his military career in 1950 with the Florida National Guard. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1956 as an armor officer and holds a Masters’ degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Arizona.
Dozier’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
The position he leaves is his fourth at Fort Hood. From December 1976 to December 1979, he served as 2nd Brigade Commander, 2nd Armored Division; chief of staff. 2nd Armored Division, and chief of staff III Corps and Fort Hood.
He had held several European assignments and is a decorated Vietnam veteran.
Dozier’s awards and decorations include the Silver Star. Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with V device and two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters. Air Medals. Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf clusters. Purple Heart, Parachutist's Badge and Ranger Tab.
Under the table
Falsified lunch program records could cost Houston $15,000
HOUSTON (AP) - The city of Houston may have to pay back $15,000 or more to the Texas Department of Human Resources due to falsified records surrounding the city’s 1984 summer lunch program, a Houston official says.
The program provides boxed lunches for underprivileged children during the summer months.
City Parks Director Don Olson said he discovered the city may have paid for 11,400 lunches that were never delivered in 1984 while examining records from last year's program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through tin1 human resources department.
The program is currently the focus of investigations by the city and state and by a federal grand jury.
The city received $500,000 for the 1984 summer program before it was abruptly canceled in late July because of recurring health violations.
Olson said the city may have to pay back $15,000 or more to the human resources department if it is determined that a city employee falsified reports to show delivery of the lunches.
“I can’t even hazard a guess on how much was misspent." Olson told the City Council on Tuesday.
He said he found evidence
suggesting the 11.400 lunches were served to youngsters on three different field trips. But he said there were no records, such as transportation vouchers, to prove Die trips actually occurred.
He also said the city paid for 9.000 lunches for two field trips that cit) records show occurred on days the vendor did not prepare any department food orders.
“These just came to my attention, but there are other incidents." Olson said.
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Mexican icon returns to San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO (AP) A Mexican religious icon that drew an estimated 300,000 people to a church here last year will return to San Antonio on Friday.
The Virgen de San Juan de los I .agos is expected to draw crowds once more to the Virgin Mary at San Juan de los Lagos Catholic Church, a small west-side sanctuary that again will display the statue.
The parish spent $60,000 preparing for the statue’s visit last year. but probably raised $100,000 more than that in donations, which went to begin a much-needed church remodeling. Father Hugo Van den Bussche, pastor of the church,said.
Van den Bussche said the statue that will be
shown here is not the original, but a copy made in 1629 to display outside of the town of San Juan de los Lagos in Jalisco, Mexico.
He said the copy wears the cape and crown ot the original.
The original statue become known a.s a miracle worker from an incident rn 1623 when a girl supposedly w as brought back to life w hen the image was placed on her. Word of the incident spread and the Virgen de San Juan de los Inigos became a popular aspect of Mary and remains one even today, especially among Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.
Van den Bussche said people always can venerate Mary, but a popular icon like the statue of the Virgen de San Juan de los Inglis helps
renew their devotion.
“Certain occasions bring out the best in people," Van den Bussche said ' This is a got*! reminder to people of the interest the Blessed Mother has in them."
The statue will arrive at I .as Palmas Shopping Center at 7 p.m. and will be greeted by Auxiliary Bishop Bernard F. Popp. A procession will take it to the church, w here it w ill be on display 24 hours a day until ll p.m. Aug. 4. tile newspaper said
Masses will be said each day at 6 a in . noon and 6 p.m.. with novena prayers offered after each service. A drama recounting the history of the Virgen de San Juan de los Lagos w ill be presented at 8 each night.
Archbishop Patrick Flores will celebrate the 6 p.m. Mass Saturday
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Two Coke products found contaminated
LUFKIN (APi — Two Coca-Cola products — a can from a hospital vending machine and a bottle on a convenience store shelf — were contaminated with a household insecticide, a health official in this East Texas city said today.
l.ab tests showed the products had been laced with diazanone, an insecticide used to kill ants and roaches, Angelina County-City Health Administrator Mike Czepiel.
Tests were still being done to determine the level of contamination, Czepiel said. But he said substance appeared to be “heavily concentrated” in the Coke can and “somewhat diluted” in the bottle.
The contaminated Coke was discovered Tuesday morning after a man purchased a 12-ounce can from a vending machine at Lufkin Memorial Hospital. After drinking the Coke, the man rubbed his eye, which immediately became inflamed, officials said.
An inspector found a second contaminated plastic bottle of Coke while in a local convenience store.
Czepiel said the contamination has only been found in containers of regular Coke, not in the diet or caffine free brands
Czepiel said the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Lufkin has been inspected and given “a clean bill of health."
“The contamination was a result of the processing. These are obvious incidents of tampering,” Czepiel said. “At this time, we think this may have been one person tampering with both containers. It looks that way.”
Hudson may be taking new French AIDS drug
NEW YORK (AP) — The announcement from Paris that Rock Hudson has AIDS but no signs of the disease at this time suggests that he might be receiving an experimental new drug developed at France’s Pasteur Institute that has shown some of the most promising results
so far in AIDS treatment.
The drug, called HPA 23, was given widespread exposure in february when it was described by one of its
developers, Jean-Claude Chermann of Pasteur, at a meeting in New York.
At that time, Chermann reported that the drug had caused the AIDS virus to nearly disappear in the blood of a young male hemophiliac.
Chermann emphasized, however, that the drug blocks reproduction of the AIDS virus in the body, but does not kill it. Nor does the drug kill the white blood cells that are infected with the virus, he said.
To underscore the point, Chermann noted that the virus in the young hemophiliac had been reduced to such a low level by the drug that doctors could no longer find the virus in the boy’s blood.
They knew the virus was still there, however, because the body's blood cells were able to pass the infection to other cells in laboratory tests.
Officials in France have not yet said whether Hudson is receiving the drug, and it was not until today — after days bf speculation, rumor, and misinformation — that officials confirmed Hudson was suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome rather than some other ailment.
Nevertheless, HPA 23 has attracted considerable attention, and reports have indicated that a number of American AIDS victims have gone to France for treatment with the drug.
In February, Chermann said 34 people were being tested with the drug, which is the latest in a series of 55 compounds that the French researchers have developed in an effort to find an anti-viral agent that would attack viruses similar to the AIDS virus.
A variety of other drugs are being investigated in the United States and abroad as possible AIDS treatments, including one called Isopnnosine, which has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration but which was recently made available to AIDS patients under the “compassionate use” provisions of federal drug laws.
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