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Phoenix, Arizona
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Tuesday, September 16, 1997
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A10 The Arizona Republic Tuesday, September 16, 1997 DHUS WAE?!?3& The FDA is urging. dieters to immediately stop taking fenfluramine, part of the popular 'fen-phen' treatment. Dozens of people who have taken the drug have developed damaged heart valves. n What is fen-phen? Fenfluramine (Trade name: Pondimin) b Heart valve problem Valves determine which way blood will flow when heart contracts. When valves fail trAlose all the way, some blood is pumped in wrong direction; causes fatigue, shortness of breath; can lead to congestive heart failure. I-'vt Blood leaking backward b Other serious risks High blood pressure in lungs. Sourcers: Mayo Clinic, Physician's Desk Reference, Knight-Ridder Tribune 2 diet drags withdrawn over heart concerns 2 DIET, from Page Al distraught both at the possibility their hearts were damaged and at losing their treatments. "Obesity does kill," said Dr. Richard Atkinson of the American Obesity Association, who said many Redux and Pondimin users will regain their weight. The FDA asked Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, which sells Redux and whose parent company makes Pondimin, to withdraw the drugs because of new evidence that they damage heart valves. The U.S. move prompted Servier, the French firm that sells fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine abroad, to withdraw them worldwide. The FDA had been struggling, to determine the drugs' risk since it and the Mayo Clinic uncovered the first cases in July. Last week, the FDA analyzed heart tests on 291 dieters and found almost a third 92 had damaged heart valves, even though they had no symptoms.' That's much higher than anticipated. Less than 1 percent of the general population has such damage to aortic or mitral valves, said Dr. Richard Bowen of Naples, Fla., who tested 200 of the patients. 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Wyeth-Ayerst's Dr. Marc Deitch ' called the withdrawal "the most prudent course of action." But he said there is still no definitive proof that the drugs are to blame, and said Wyeth-Ayerst will -begin studying whether obese people are naturally more prone to valve disease. Dieters can return unused portions of the drugs for a refund. Dieters should see their doctors for close heart monitoring, Atkinson said. The FDA said no one knows whether patients' valve leakage will heal once they stop the drugs. But Florida's Bowen said three" of his severe patients did heal. Claire mid-heel slip-on in red, taupe or black, sizes 6-1 0M and 7-9N.30.C3. Shop Monday-Saturday 10-9 and Sunday 12-6 in Phoenix at Arrowhead, Metrocenter, Paradise Valley, Fiesta Mall, Scottsdale, Desert Sky Mall and Superstition Springs. Shop Monday-Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 12-6 at Chris-Town. We welcome your Dillard's Credit Card, The American Express Card, Diners Club International, Mastercard? Visa and The Discover Card. SteMwti tied to STEPSON, from Page A 1 will say Harrod was hired by Hap Tovrea, according to documents filed in Maricopa County Superior Court. A spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said no, charges have been brought against Hap Tovrea. He added, "The case is still an open case." Repeated attempts to reach Hap Tovrea and his sisters were unsuccessful. Tom Henze, the Tovrea family's attorney, did not return several calls seeking comment. Michael Bernays, Harrod's attorney, said Monday that the state's case against his client is weak. He said Costello has made conflicting statements in the past and cannot be trusted. "James absolutely asserts his innocence and always has," he said. "We are optimistic that there will be evidence supporting that." The purported murder-for-hire scheme is detailed in a motion filed by Deputy County Attorney Paul Ahler, who wants Costello to testify in Harrod's murder trial. Ahler is asking presiding criminal Judge Ronald Reinstein to waive a rule that prohibits a wife testifying against her husband. Ahler argues that Harrod also discussed some details of the crime with at least six other people. Reinstein is expected to rule within the next few weeks. Harrod's trial is scheduled for Oct. 6. Business associate Hap Tovrea was a business associate of Harrod. According to the court documents, he and his two sisters, Georgia and Priscilla, hated "their stepmother and felt she was squandering the multimillion-dollar inheritance they would not receive until she died So Hap offered Harrod $,100,000 to kill her, the documents state. El Nino grows to VA times size of continental U.S. Associated Press LOS ANGELES The strongest satellite evidence yet of a powerful, weather-disrupting El Nino shows that a warm-water mass off South America's Pacific coast has grown to VA times the size of the continental United States, NASA scientists said Monday. The warm mass, was only two-thirds its current size just four months ago. In another indication of El Nino's ..k'" r James Cornell Harrod The suspect's former wife says in court documents that he was hired by Jeanne Tovrea's stepson to do the killing. "Jeanne Tovrea's murder was inspired by greed and the struggle over a family fortune, the culmination of years of bitterness and many months of scheming and planning" according tq a memorandum prepared by the County Attorney's Office. After the slaying, Costello contacted police out of guilt, according to police records. She told investigators that she had nothing to do with the murder but felt she could have prevented it if she had gone to police earlier. She said Harrod entered into a consulting agreement with Hap Tovrea and began receiving checks for as . much as $5,000 for "consulting." When the checks started to bounce, Federal Express packages filled with $100 bills started arriving in the mail, she told detectives. ' Harrod told her that Hap Tovrea was sending the packages,' the court documents say. Checked out security Before the murder, Hartod also told her that he had already broken into the Tovrea home to check out its security ' system and discovered a way to walk through the kitchen and living room without tripping the infrared alarm, the court documents say. He reportedly told her he had hired two men to help him carry out the murder and that he had audio tapes of his conversations with Hap in case anything should happen to him. power, water vapor measurements from another satellite are providing signs that the southwestern United States could get pounded this winter with "Pineapple Express" storms crossing the Pacific from Hawaii: An EI Nino phenomenon occurs when westward-blowing trade winds weaken, allowing a mass of warm water normally sitting off Australia to drive eastward to western South America. The unusually warm water acts on jet-stream patterns, altering LireStriae Women's Fall Shoe Collection Right in step with the latest fall fashions, our LifeStride shoe collection r gives you a choice of heel heights and styles for every occasion. Toyinea Mffliig Costello told detectives that just before her husband left home to commit the murder, he was dressed in brown camouflage pants, a black sweat shirt, an Army ' jacket and black military boots. She asked him, "Are you going, to do this now?" and he. replied, "Yes, I'm leaving," according to the court records. When she woke up at 2 a.m., he was not home. When she woke up the next morning, he was in bed with her and she asked if it was over and he replied, "Yes," .the court documents say. A few hours later, he was on the phone ; to Hap, Costello told investigators. The murder was supposed to appear to be a burglary, so Harrod stole jewelry and credit cards that he later had a friend bury in the desert, his. ex-wife contends. After the murder, Harrod's fingerprints were found on the home's kitchen window, the weatherstripping and the kitchen countertop, according to court documents. Spending the cash Shortly before and after the murder, Costello contends, packages containing large amounts of cash started coming to Harrod He and Costello started spending it quickly, the court documents say. Diamond earrings, extensive landscaping and a new Chevy Blazer were among their purchases. They also reportedly put $13,000 down on a home they had been leasing. The two also took a weeklong trip to Barbados where Harrod put a large stack ; about 3 inches high of $100 bills in a hotel safe deposit box, according to Costello. Harrod purportedly told Costello that it all came from Hap Tovrea. She told the police that he also gave her the account number for a bank in weather worldwide. . Scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., announced in May that satellite data showed an El Nino brewing. Weather experts worldwide have since said 1997-98 could bring the worst El Nino in 150 years. "As the satellite has mapped El Nino across the Pacific, what we've seen continually throughout the summer and into September now is (g) Sybil , low-heel pump with faux lizard trim. Navy, wild rice or black smooth, sizes 6-1 0M, 1 1 M and 7-9N. 30.00. ; Not available at Desert Sky Mall. Maggie low-heel detailed dress shoe in .black or navy, sizes 6-1 0M and 7-9N. Not available at Dillard's Chris-Town Clearance Cpnter. TToflYI Vvit our Web Site: the Grand Cayman Islands. She also said that Hap Tovrea and her husband spoke frequently on the phone right before the murder and that shortly afterward, the number of calls . dramatically dropped. , According to the court documents, phone records show that Harrod called Hap more than 1,200 times from July 1987 to August 1991. From July 1987 , to December 1988, Hap called Harrod more than 100 times, the court papers say, with 30 percent of the calls being made in the month and week immediately preceding the murder. ' Small-town girl Jeanne Gunter, a small-town girl from Siloam Springs, Ark., had led a tough life before she met and married Ed Tovrea Sr., a member of one of Arizona's most prominent and wealthy cattle families. Ed's three children, Priscilla Hold-craft, Georgia Tovrea and Ed Tovrea Jr. were reportedly resentful of Jeanne and remained so after Ed Tovrea Sr.'s death. His will created a trust earmarking all income to be paid to Jeanne Tovrea. . Upon her death, the principal of that trust about $4 million was to be distributed among his three children. A few months before her death, Jeanne ran into an old friend former top rodeo cowboy Eddy Akridge. Jeanne later told friends they were planning marriage. Invitations had been mailed for a Western-theme party April 15 at Jeanne's home north of Lincoln Drive and 36th Street. On March 31, 1988, Jeanne was preparing to meet Akridge the next day in Las Vegas. She had dinner with friends and went home to go to bed early, checking through the security gate about 7 p.m. She never woke up. Victoria Harker can be reached at 444-8058 or at virtoriaharkerpni.coni via e-mail. that early indications actually have persisted and intensified," said Bill Patzert, a research oceanographer with the TOPEX-Poseidon project. The TOPEX-Poseidon satellite looks at sea height. Water expands as it heats up, so the higher the sea, the warmer the water. The satellite bounces radar signals off the ocean's surface to measure the height. Secondary signs of an El Nino are appearing off North America. fl9 9 r m

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