New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 2, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Kathleen Krueger and Helgard Suhr, left and center, talk with Angrad von Reden, during a recent visit the German journalist made to New Braunfels. Von Reden, who is from a region near Hanover, is getting her Ph D from will visit to compete here thesis.
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Goettingen University and she came to the area to gather information on her thesis, which is on the American political system. She is on a two month tour of Texas, one of the six states she
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Wednesday, October 2,1985
HAM AM PLAGE, Tunisia (AP) PIX) chief Yasser Arafat vowed to retaliate for an Israeli bombing raid that destroyed his headquarters in Tunisia, and Tunisia demanded a meeting of the U N. Security Council to condemn the raid.
Arafat, who escaped injury, planned to attend a funeral today for many of the victims of Tuesday’s air strike.
The Palestine Liberation Organization said more than 60 people were killed and about IOO were injured. The Israeli military said as many as 50 people were killed, and medical sources in Tunis put the toll at about 30 dead and IOO injured.
Arafat, speaking in an interview Tuesday night with Italy’s state-run RAI television from Tunis, the Tunisian capital, said:“My people will respond to this official terrorism and to the Israeli military junta.
“It was obvious and clear that they (the Israeli raiders) were helped by
Arafat expected at victims'funeral
American stations ... by American bases, by the American fleet, the 6th Fleet, by Americans in the Mediterranean Sea,” he said.
The United States has denied that it had anything to do with the Israeli raid and said it did not know about it in advance.
Arafat said the raid was a “refusing” by Israel of the PLO’s agreement with Jordan’s King Hussein to form a Jordanian-Palestinian delegation to discuss Middle East peace efforts with the United States. Under the agreement, the meeting between the Jordanian-Palestinian negotiators would be a first step toward a meeting with Israel.
Asked about Israel’s declaration that the air raid was a reprisal for last week’s slayings of three Israelis aboard a yacht in I<arnaea, Cyprus, he said the Israelis used a similar “excuse to invade Beirut,’’ referring to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in
guerrilla supporters then moved their base to Tunisia.
A caller claiming to represent the PLO commando group Force 17 claimed responsibility for the I^ar-naca killings. The PIX) denied it was involved, although it participated in negotiations for tile surrender of three gunmen arrested for killing the three Israelis.
The Reagan administration said it considered the raid an act of self-defense. President Reagan said in Washington that nations have the right to retaliate against terrorist attacks “as long as you pick out the people responsible.”
However, the attacks was condemned by governments throughout the Arab world, and in several European countries.
The Israelis ousted Arafat from his stronghold in Beirut during that invasion. Arafat, his top aides and
Soviet proposal said to fall short
WASHINGTON (AP) - Reagan administration officials see the new Soviet arms proposal as an improvement on Moscow’s past position, but believe it falls far short of what is needed to produce an arms control agreement in time for the Geneva summit conference.
“If there is something there, it’s not for the summit," a senior administration official said Tuesday. “The possibility of working this out, with all the new issues and complications raised, look pretty formidable.”
The official said that because tile administration still lias not formulated its response to the latest Soviet proposal, he was speaking only on the condition of anonymity. The Soviet plan was discussed at a
meeting of the National Security Council on Tuesday, but no decisions were made.
A well-placed congressional arms control expert and a State Department official agreed that the Soviet plan is too complex and one-sided to offer hope of an agreement in time for President Reagan’s Nov. 19-20 summit conference with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
“If this is the proposal, it’s not going to get done in time for the summit,” said the congressional expert, who also insisted on anonymity. “They can’t bargain points away that fast. It looks like they are hunkering down for a long negotiation.”
The Soviet package, previewed to Reagan by Soviet Foreign Minister
Eduard A. Shevardnadze on Friday, was formally presented at the Geneva arms control talks by the Soviet side on Monday and Tuesday. Its chief feature is a proposed 50 percent reduction in nuclear weapons for both sides.
It also would limit to 60 percent the total number of weapons that could be of any one type, such as the heavy intercontinental ballistic missiles that Washington fears have given Moscow a first-strike capability.
It also would ban further work into Reagan’s “Star Wars” program, officially known as the Strategic Defense Initiative, the senior official said.
He said the proposal is unbalanced and “not very fair” to American interests.
to demagogue the issue,” he said.
Jeff Levi, a spokesman for the National Gay Task Force, called the proposal a “diversionary tactic” in the war against AIDS. Bath houses play a small role in the spread of the disease, be said.
To combat AIDS, Ix*vi called for a massive education program on how to have safe sex.
“All of us tried to avoid talking about it,” Gingrich said. “It’s a distasteful issue.”
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spread of what can only be termed this century’s version of the Blague.’’ “The social, legal and medical responses to this situation are grossly inadequate, given its severity,” Dannemeyer said.
Bath houses are a target, Dannemeyer said, because, “The medical community is in full agreement that AIDS is transmitted through promiscuous homosexual contact which flourishes at these facilities.”
Missy Hancock, a Dannemeyer aide, said her boss is still seeking cosponsors for his other proposals and that he has not formally introduced them as legislation.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of a health subcommittee which held the first hearings on AIDS in April 1982, was skeptical of the Republicans’ motives on the bath house proposal.
Closing down bath houses, he said, was a good idea in the battle against AIDS, but he said those decisions should be made by local city councils, not by Congress.
“The only purpose I could see ... is
AUSTIN (AF) — A Senate subcommittee has been named to investigate and hold public hearings into the problems of elderly Texans, including reported incidents of abuse
Sen. Chet Brooks, D-Pasadena,
chairman of the Senate Health and Human Resource Committee, said Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos, D-Austin, would head the special sub-coiiuinttee. Other members are Sens. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and Hector Uribe, D-Brownsville.
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WASHINGTON (AF) Several Republican lawmakers are responding to the AIDS scare with proposals such as keeping young victims of the deadly disease out of school and denying federal money to cities that fail to shut down public bath houses.
Rep. William E. Dannemeyer of Southern California said other measures could include a felony for a
member of a high rush group to donate blood; prohibiting AIDS victims from working in the health care industry; and banning discrimination against health professionals win) use protective garments when treating AIDS patients.
Rep. Robert Walker, R-Pa., said Tuesday he and his allies may attach the bath house provision to an ap
propriations bill for the Health and Human Services Department when it reaches the House floor.
The bath house idea surfaced last week when Dannemeyer circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter, urging some tough, new anti-AIDS legislation.
Dannemeyer said he was “still concerned w ith the inaction of public health officials in responding to the
'Promising' AIDS drug tested on patients
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A “very promising” experimental compound short-circuits the reproduction of the AIDS virus, but researchers caution that much more research is needed to learn whether Compound S can play a role in fighting the deadly disease.
“No therapeutic claim has been made,” Dr. Samuel Broder of the National Cancer Institute said Tuesday of the drug, azidothymidine.
“I am cautiously optimistic that the virus can be defeated. And I ain cautiously optimistic that this drug can be developed and that other drugs of more refined technology can be brought to bear on it,” Broder said.
Code-named Compound S by its developer, the Burroughs Wellcome pharmaceutical firm, the drug can safely be given to victims of the disease, researchers say.
“I think this is very promising. This is one of the most potent drugs” against the AIDS virus, said Dr. Hiroaki Mitsuya of the cancer institute. “The advantage of tills agent is that it is less toxic in vitro,” or in the test tube, than other experimental AIDS medicines.
Efforts to treat AIDS liave been thwarted by the difficulty of attacking viruses in general and iii particular the virus that causes the
disease. The new drug works by short-circuiting the chemical process the virus uses to make copies of itself inside human white blood cells.
Reports on experiments with the drug by Mitsuya and others were presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
Currently there is no effective treatment for acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and victims often die of so-called “opportunistic infections,” attacks by germs that healthy people easily ward off.
More than 13,000 Americans have gotten AIDS and the national Centers for Disease Control estimates that number will double over the next 13 months.
Mitsuya’s studies show that in the test tube, at least, the drug protects infected celli from being killed by the AIDS virus. Once the drug is withdrawn, however, the cells die.
Testing of the drug on AIDS victims, most of them with advanced cases, began in July at the cancer institute and at Duke University. About 12 to 18 patients will be enrolled in the studies.
So far, the research has found that the drug can be given safely, but experts said there is no information yet on whether it changes the course of the victims’ illness.
Dr. William Hardy Jr. of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City has begun testing the drug against the feline leukemia virus, which causes a common AIDS-like illness in cats.
Initial studies show it can sometimes dramatically reduce the proportion of virally infected blood cells in the animals, but Hardy cautioned, “We have not cured one cat yet of the virus completely, and that's important to remember.”