Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 20, 1998 · Page 2
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A-2 —FRI., MARCH 20-SAT., MARCH 21, 1998 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL AFTERNOON BRIEFING A quick read of the world Associated Press President's lawyer to submit material of 'sexual nature' WASHINGTON — Reviving an explosive issue that surfaced earlier in the Paula Jones case, President Clinton's private lawyer says he is submitting "sensitive material of a sexual nature" about the woman who sued Clinton for sexual harassment. Lawyer Robert S. Bennett says he will keep the information secret when he submits the material to a federal court today as part of his legal arguments to rebut "scurrilous and false" allegations against the president. Bennett mounted his new offensive Thursday in a letter to the presiding judge. It was made public by Jones' Dallas-based legal team. Her lawyers accused Bennett of being "more interested in theater than law" and said he "intends to use the court ... for political grandstanding." Clinton says he does not remember meeting Jones and rejects her contention that he made a crude sexual advance in 1991 when he was governor of Arkansas. Jones contends that she rejected the solicitation, and as a consequence, was denied proper raises and promotions in her Arkansas state job. Clinton leaves this weekend on six-nation tour of Africa WASHINGTON — President Clinton embarks Sunday on the most extensive tour of Africa undertaken by an American president, a six-nation odyssey to highlight signs of hope on a continent plagued by poverty, disease, famine and war. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, previewing the trip, declared that when the United States says it intends to help lift up Africa, "we are not just blowing smoke." But critics say the administration is not backing up its talk with money or significant debt relief. The 12-day journey through sub-Saharan Africa marks the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana or Senegal. For the most part, the trip is a travelogue of countries deemed to be getting it right in terms of democratic reforms, free elections and economic development. The glaring exception is Rwanda, where Hutu extremists systematically killed more than 500,000 Tutsi civilians and members of the Hutu opposition in 1994. Sporadic violence continues today. that killed a nurse exposed to years of secondhand smoke, raising the question: Can plaintiffs ever beat the tobacco industry? "You had all the whistleblowers, all the documents, a very sympathetic plaintiff — a nonsmoking nurse. If the plaintiffs can't win this case, there are going to be very few cases they'll be able to win," Gary Black, a tobacco industry analyst for the New York brokerage firm Sanford Bernstein & Co., said after Thursday's decision. Mildred Wiley, the daughter of Wesleyan missionaries, didn't smoke or drink, and cancer didn't run in her family. But she died from lung cancer in 1991 at age 56. Her widower, Philip Wiley, filed a wrongful death suit against six tobacco companies in 1993, alleging that secondhand cigarette smoke Mrs. Wiley breathed at a veteran's hospital where she worked for 17 years caused her lung cancer. Wiley's lawsuit alleged that tobacco companies for decades endangered the public health by withholding evidence that secondhand smoke can cause cancer — a conclusion not reached by the government until 1986. He asked for $13.3 million in damages. The six jurors decided against him Thursday after deliberating for 19 hours over two days. They found that cigarettes are not a defective product and that their makers were not negligent for failing to tell peoplfe about the dangers of secondhand smoke. Tobacco companies not liable for nurse's death \ MUNC1E, Irid. —^A jury of nonsmokers decided cigarette makers were not liable for the lung cancer FDA gives cautious approval to pill to treat breast cancer BETHESDA, Md. — Women whose advanced breast cancer has defied existing treatment may soon get an alternative: a pill called Xeloda that promises to help shrink their incurable tumors. Xeloda does not claim to be a cure, and scientists are not even sure how good it is as a stopgap therapy. But advisers to the Food and Drug Administration decided Thursday that it holds enough promise for women with no alternative that it should be made available while manufacturer Hoffman-La Roche hunts for proof of its effectiveness. "These patients have failed the two very best drugs there are," said Dr. Joyce O'Shaughnessy of Texas Oncology Group, who helped Roche study Xeloda. "This (drug) showed a solid 25 percent response rate in the most resistant population of patients." But that 25 percent figure was based on a very small study that did not include one of the most basic scientific requirements — a comparison group — the FDA advisers cautioned. Still, the panel concluded that a pill women could take at home — with possibly fewer side effects than typical chemotherapy •— was worth chancing. -, THE SOUND COMPANY BIUTU ! DUMP CABLE (iivc us your cable bill, we'll give you.. B z MONTHS I EREEI \MlIAM Here's the deal: Come in (or your Unbeatable Deal certificate lo receive a $40 credit on your first DISH Network statement. Some restrictions apply. See certificate for rules and regulations. Complete Systems Start At $41 AQ !?& tOUK'l* QVC G C-SPAN C-SR&N2 1 rfV SQ9CJ • <Sb»? S TT | J^ MONTH • Report finds little protection children who work in the fields Associated Press NEW YORK — They can start younger, toil in more hazardous settings and put in longer hours. Still, in the eyes of the law, their efforts are perfectly legal. A new report to Congress has found that child workers in agriculture generally get less legal protection than children who work less physically demanding jobs. Further, the report, obtained by The Associated Press in draft form, said that government agencies responsible for enforcement have devoted a "relatively low level" of resources to looking out for boys and girls working in agriculture. Compiled by the General Accounting Office, Congress' investigative arm, the report is scheduled for release Monday in San Francisco. It is to be unveiled at a child labor forum chaired by Rep. Tom Lantos, D- Calif., one of the congressmen who requested the study. "My feeling is the Department of Labor has to devote dramatically more resources to dealing with this. It's a national disgrace," Lantos said. "Agricul- tural labor for children is probably the most difficult single type of labor and the least protected — and in many ways the most dangerous." Conclusions drawn by the report mirror the findings of a five-part Associated Press series on child labor in America, "Children for Hire," which was published last December. The series documented children as young as 4 harvesting chili peppers, picking cucumbers and bagging dresses in sweatshops in violation of the law. Over five months, AP reporters and photographers found 165 children working illegally in 16 states, most of them in agriculture. Many more young boys and girls were found working, but their employment fell within the letter of the law. "You just have such weak laws that it's very difficult to find illegal child labor," said Diane Mull, executive director of the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, an education and advocacy organization based in Arlington, Va. She noted that existing labor laws have significant exemptions for agriculture, "exemptions that allow for the minimal protection for children." An example from the report: Under federal law,^» 13-year-old cannot do paid cTeci- cal work in an air-conditioned office, but the same youngster can pick strawberries underjtbe blazing summer sun. :•>• The draft GAO report e'sfi- mates 155,000 children ages 15 to 17 may be working in agriculture. The report did not estimate how many of these youngsters are working illegally. • • That overall figure, the report said, may well be low since : fhe data are "likely to undercoun! migrant populations, those who do not live in established re'sH dences and those who do not have telephones — conditions that apply to many farmwofk^ ers." Federal child labor laws ard the purview of the Department of Labor. Its Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is responsible for workplace conditions. The GAO report found that the Labor Department's Wage' and Hour Division, responsible for enforcement, dedicated dlit j about 6 percent of its total direct enforcement hours in fiscal '97. 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Stole St., Ukiah I MERCURY I 707-468-0091 Main numbers 468-3500,468-0123 Circulation Number 468-3533 Classified Numbers 468-3535,468-3536 Legal/Classified Advertising 468-3529 Dennis Wilson-Publisher 468-3500 K.C, Meadows-Editor 468-3526 Ray Hamill-Sports Editor 468-3518 Lois O'Rourke-Community News 6 Features Editor 468-3522 Barbara Vasconcellos Chief Photographer 468-3538 Janet Noe-Classifled Manager 468-3511 Eddie Sequeira-Advertising 468-3509 Gail Walker-Advertising 468-3512 Joe Chavez-Advertising 468-3513 Victoria Hamblet-Advertislng 468-3514 Sarah Sutherland-Adv, Asst. & NIE Coordinator 468-3528 Vic Martinez-Production Manager.,468-3515 Yvonne Bell-Office Manager 468-3506 Ken Bohl-Circulation Manager 468-3532 The Dally Journal Is printed on at least 25 percent recycled newsprint. Low rub Ink is also used. Complete the loop and recycle your newspaper. 526 S. State St. • P.O. Box 1 Ukhh, Colfemk, 95482 Box 1410 Ukiah Valley Medical Center _ - _ •vXdventist Supporting Our Community Health NEWSPAPER W EDUCATION 462-7397 ^ftUfH^OI^ UkJah Main Store 462-9711 • Pharmacy 462-9751 CASINO The Ukiah Daily Journal is proud to be part of the Newspapers In Education Program, along with these NIE sponsors. _ Ukiah Daily 'ournal Publication «(USPS-646-920). Published Daily except Saturday by Ukiah Daily Journal at 590 S. School St., Ukiah, Mendocino County, Calif. <• Phone: (707) 468-3500. Court Decree No. 9267 -': Periodicals Postage Paid at Ukiah, CA -SUGGESTED MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION RATES- DELIVERY TYPE PRICE Walk/Bike Route $ 8.50 Motor Route $ 9.00 All prices include 7'/«% California State sales tax. Mail in Mendocino County...$12.00 Molor Route ^ m M ^ Mail Outside the County $14.00 must be paid in advance. Ukiah Daily Journal is not responsible for advance payment made payable to carriers. Payments in advance should be mailed directly to the Ukiah Daily Journal. 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