The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1998 · Page 5
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FHE SALINA JOURNAL NATION TUESDAY. MAY 19. 1998 A5 IT CANCER [Study: Cancer testing saves lives Blood-screening for prostate cancer can save thousands of lives By DANIEL Q. HANEY The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Offering the first evidence that prostate blood- screening truly saves lives, a large new study concludes routine use of the PSA test could prevent 27,000 of the 39,000 prostate cancer deaths in the United States each year. The study, released Monday, found that over an eight-year period, the test reduced deaths from prostate cancer by 69 percent by catching the disease early, while it was still treatable with surgery or radiation. The researchers predicted that if men started testing at age 50, when their risk of advanced disease is still small, it could practically eliminate the development of prostate cancer that reaches the deadly spreading stage. .The study was done by Dr. Per- nand Labrie of Laval University in Quebec, who pioneered the use of hormone-blocking drugs as an alternative to castration in advanced prostate cancer. He presented the results at the annual scientific meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology. Few tests are as controversial as the PSA, and the new study is unlikely to settle this, however. The test looks for elevated levels in the blood of prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, a protein that rises in prostate cancer. Although PSA testing has become a standard part of men's check-ups over age 50, some cancer experts question whether this is always a good idea, especially for men in their 70s and beyond. The critics contend there is no good evidence that removing cancerous prostate glands reliably catches the disease before it has spread. And even if it does catch prostate cancer early, many older _men with slow-growing tumors would surely die of something else first. Furthermore, surgery and radiation for this cancer can leave men impotent and unable to control their bladders. The cancer conference, the world's biggest, gave Labrie's study center stage as a plenary presentation, implying it considered this to be one of the most important on the program. At the same time, however, conference officials went out of their way to downplay it. "I'm not yet convinced," said Dr. Derek Raghaven of the University of Southern California, who moderated a news briefing on Labrie's work. T JUSTICE T CRASH The Associated Press Rescue workers in Arlington Heights, III., look Monday at a helicopter that crashed nose-first into a house, killing four people on board. A woman in the house escaped injury. Deadly crash Pilot, three passengers killed in helicopter crash By JAMES WEBB The Associated Press ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, 111. — A helicopter crashed nose-first Monday into a home in this suburb northwest of Chicago, killing the pilot and three passengers. Grace Stearns, alone in the brick ranch house, escaped injury when the helicopter demolished her garage, Sgt. Kenneth Galinski said. "She thought something fell in the attic," her son, Tim Stearns, said as he surveyed the wreckage. Stearns said that his father, who is retired and spends much time working in the garage, was on jury duty Monday. The force of the crash left the blue and white body of the helicopter crumpled and its tail jutting in the air. Neighbors said it sounded as if the helicopter was flying low over the housetops just before the afternoon crash. Police Sgt. Kenneth Galinski said all four victims died on impact. "It was a pretty devastating crash," he said. Vito Ventrella, 70, was down the street and came running to try to help. He peered into the wreckage and saw a person he thinks was the pilot. "I unbuckled his seat belt and moved his leg a little, but he was dead," Ventrella said. A fire flared briefly but was extinguished by neighbors with a garden hose. In addition to the pilot, the victims included a vice principal, a teacher and an aerial photographer working for Fu- ta-bakai, a school for Japanese living in the area, Galinski said. He said the helicopter apparently was flying low to give the photographer a better chance to take pictures. Members of Japanese Consulate in Chicago came to the crash scene to gather information on the victims. GM loses huge settlement By The Associated Press HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — A jury ordered General Motors Corp. on Monday to pay $33 million to the family of a 13-year-old boy who was burned to death when the gas tank on the family car exploded in a bizarre 1991 accident. "No parent should have to watch their child die like this," said Constance McGee, who hugged each juror after the panel was excused. "We never did this for the money. We did it for Shane." The six-month trial was the longest liability case in GM's histo- ry, GM attorney James Feene^ said. Dozens of auto parts were di# played as evidence, most prominently the McGees' rusted gas tank. Jurors agreed with the McGees' allegations that the lack of a protective shield over the gas tank turned their 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser into a potential bomb with the explosiveness of 100 sticks of dynamite. GM said it would appeal. Shane and a cousin were killed in 1991 when a trailer broke loose from a pickup truck and its tongue slid under the station wagon, puncturing the tank and sparking a fire. T SUPREME COURT Court backs editorial discretion Public TV stations free to invite who they want to candidate forums By RICHARD CARELLI The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, in a sweeping endorsement of broadcasters' free-speech rights and journalistic discretion, ruled Monday that even public stations owned and run by states need not invite marginal candidates to political debates they sponsor. The decision is expected to alleviate what the justices were told was the very real threat that broadcasters would stop airing televised candidates' debates altogether. "Were it faced with the prospect of cacophony on the one hand and First Amendment liability on the other, the public television broadcaster might choose not to air candidates' views at all," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court. The 6-3 ruling freed an Arkansas educational television network from any liability for not inviting a fringe congressional candidate to a 1992 TV debate. The court ruled not only that the network did not violate the candi- date's free-speech rights but that forcing it to invite him would have violated the network's free- speech rights. "When a public broadcaster exercises editorial discretion in the selection and presentation of its programming, it engages in speech activity," Kennedy said. The ruling's impact will be widespread even though it directly affects only government-owned — not privately owned — broadcast stations. About two-thirds of the nation's noncommercial, educational stations are licensed to state and local governments or their agencies. 130 arrested in federal money-laundering sting By DARLENE SUPERVILLE The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Tipped off to drug-money laundering by Mexican banks along the border, federal officials announced Monday the arrests of more than 130 people, including Mexican bankers, and the seizure of $35 million, ending a three-year undercover operation. The investigation, which exposed links to drug-smuggling cartels in Colombia and Mexico, was the "largest, most comprehensive drug-money laundering case in the history of U.S. law enforcement," Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin said at a news conference. Officials said they expect to arrest a total of more than 180 individuals and confiscate an addi- tional $122 million now sitting in U.S. and foreign bank accounts. In addition to money, 2 tons of cocaine and 4 tons of marijuana were seized, they said. The case marks the first time Mexican banks have been linked directly to laundering profits for the Call and Juarez drug cartels. Attorney General Janet Reno said she and Rubin informed their Mexican counterparts of the investigation on Monday and that both "indicated a desire to cooperate." "Today is a very bad day for drug dealers in this hemisphere," she said. 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