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Tuesday, December 2, 1997
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16A THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 Panel emphasizes faster military base closings Response to stress linked to cardiovascular disease unnecessary mandate that has done little more than protect the existing force structure. The report says eliminating the two-war rule is an important step toward permitting the base closure process to begin. But there will be opposition. "How many bases do they have to close?" Rep. Tony Hall, D-Ohio said after learning of the panel's report. The report outlines a need to make a priority of developing space-based war technologies, including such things as protecting commercial satellites whose destruction by enemy forces could cripple the U.S. econopiy and building long-range precision weapons and unmanned planes. "A lot of that is Air Force country," said Andrew Krepinevich, a member of the panel. "It should be seen as confirmation that a lot of the challenges and capabilities identified by the panel are challenges and capabilities that the Air Force is working on." The Air Force has long devoted resources to space technologies and last year officially incorporated the military control of space into its mission statement. In addition, the Air Force is leading research into electronic weaponry and the use of sensors to track troops and other targets, two things the defense panel considers important. But the panel doesn't support the Air Force on every front For instance, in the report, the panel questions the need for the three tactical air fighter programs currently under way, two of which are supported by the Air Force. Although the report doesn't recommend cutting plane purchases, the panel makes clear its belief that the Pentagon should not be buying the Navy's revamped Super Hornets and the Air Force's Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor. "As much as the Air Force views tac-air as the crown jewel of its modernization program," Krepinevich said, "yes, there are some serious reservations expressed by the panel." By Scott Montgomery Palm Beach Post-Cox News Service " WASHINGTON .The Pentagon's prolonged quest to remake itself for the next Century on Monday yielded another report emphasizing base closings as an essential component of future success for the U.S. military. ' In its long-awaited report, the National Defense Panel speaks strongly about the need to close bases, arguing that the Pentagon's own wish to begin shuttering them by 2001 waits too long. However, the issue of closing bases remains a politically sensitive one particularly heading into an election year and Congress has so far refused to consider granting the authority necessary. The panel, which was appointed by Congress as an outside task force to critique Pentagon reform efforts, also said the Pentagon's standing strategic rule of needing enough forces to fight two major conflicts at once is an The Associated Press DALLAS The way people handle stress may be a factor in whether they develop injured blood vessels or blocked arteries, conditions that lead to heart attacks and strokes. Researchers reported the possible link between mental stress and changes to the cardiovascular system in a study published today in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association. The study focused not so much on stress as it did on an individual's reaction to stress. The results suggested that people who handle stress well may be less likely to develop certain cardiovascular problems. Researchers gave 2,682 Finnish men between 42 and 60 years old cognitive and motor-skill tests to perform, then charted changes in their blood pressure. The tests, given between March 1984 and December 1989, involved having the men press a button when they saw a target on a computer screen or memorize a pattern on the screen and reproduce it. Researchers then measured changes in blood pressure and heart rate. "We don't know how much stress the men were under. We know they showed different responses," said Dr. Thomas Ka-marck, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and the study's lead author. "Some showed large blood pressure changes and some showed small blood pressure changes to the same standardized tests," he said. In follow-up studies between 1991 and 1993, researchers checked the men for physical conditions that can cause cardiovascular problems, such as atherosclerosis. The top 20 percent of the subjects who reacted most strongly to the stress tests were found to have thicker carotid artery walls than the 20 percent of subjects who had the smallest reaction. Carotid arteries are the two principal neck arteries that deliver blood from the heart to the brain, and increases in thickness of the artery walls are believed to increase the risk for heart attacks. " ; A mean artery wall thickness of .89 mm was found among the 20 percent of subjects who reacted most strongly to the stress tests, compared with .85 mm in the lowest 20 percent. Cellular-phone owners guaranteed 911 connection The Associated Press : - WASHINGTON Cellular-phone users will be guaranteed that emergency 911 calls will be completed, just as calls made from regular phones are, under action taken by federal regulators Monday. IT-; The Federal Communications Commission's action clears the way for key parts of rules adopted In June 1996 to go into effect. ; The FCC had delayed enforcement of the rules to address indus would apply to cell-phone owners who never subscribed to a cellular service but who have an identification number. When a cellular phone does not have a mobile identification number usually when a phone has not been activated the FCC will require celiular companies to complete emergency calls. The FCC rules also require cellular companies to upgrade their networks with technology to locate a 911 caller. try concerns. Minor changes were made to the rules, which are to take effect in about a week, an FCC spokeswoman said. "When it comes to helping people in emergency situations, we have an obligation to do all that we can to make sure that there are no impediments to their receiving help," said FCC Chairman Bill Kennard. Millions of calls to 911 are made over cellular phones. The FCC's rules would ensure that 911 calls be completed when a cellular customer "roams" into areas in which his or her company does not have an agreement with the local cellular provider. ' For years, those calls typically were not completed. Also, people whose cellular service had lapsed could call 911 as long as the phone's "mobile identification number" had not changed, the FCC said. The identification number is generally the cellular phone number. The same Airfare and lodging expenses questioned ft i r -TRIPS From 1A v . T ; Besides airfare, there also is ;. the question of the value of the lodging and food Chiles received H i? i1 in i ? Viiii r' ij'i1 f'tui! i fH i(iiiiiin i v-''i-UMM . .wAwai T think this can get absurd. You can't ever have a friend or be a friend? You can't have Thanksgiving dinner at someone's house?' APRIL HERRLE Gov. Chiles' spokeswoman VWWrfJl on the trips. Chiles has stayed, for example, at a Clewiston-area 'ranch owned by landowner Ben r Hill Griffin III in 1995 and in the ' home of West Palm Beach attor ney Bob Montgomery during the ' tobacco settlement talks this year. State ethics law requires reporting of gifts worth more than ' $100. In the absence of formal Chiles even as he voted for the . bills, lodging in a private residence ""is presumed to cost $29 per night, I according to State Ethics Commis-" sion officials. Four consecutive audits. "I do not intentionally think she would do anything wrong," Silver said of Mortham. Chiles "set the standard for ethical behavior," he added. I''. M Vs'.l;', i, is' I II 11 Rossin led the push for the audit on Mortham. "I am concerned that the pub nights at that rate would be required to pass the reporting threshold. Another question is whether Chiles violated his own administration's policy of not accepting gifts valued at more than $2. "We need to look at that," -Herrle said. "We had focused on h- M ,.c lie-private funds may have been used inappropriately," Rossin ' - t. m,'.- 'taut :v ---&r -v'ir u :s-.i;!K-f-; said. I -t 'tf Auditor General Lester said he expected to be able to give re '' V'J-i at -J1 if ' 4 air travel . . . l tmnK tnis can get 'absurd. You can't ever have a ;tnend or be a mend.'' You cant have inanksgiving dinner at ' someone's house?" ports, if not finished audits, to the committee in early January. The people being audited have 30 days to respond to his findings. A scheduled annual audit of the governor's office already was in the ; 8 64 ; Later, she cited a letter from " Chiles to administration employ-" ees explaining the 1991 gift policy pipeline, and there may be some overlap, he said. Lester said he saw his job as determining whether Chiles met reporting requirements for the gifts and made reimbursement , ana mentioning an exemption ior "personal hospitality." But the 1 policy also prohibits accepting gifts ; from persons or groups with a -"special interest" in Florida gov- ernment, such as lobbvine for Mercury, the Roman god known for swiftness, is pictured on a 1955 French 1000-franc note. where appropriate. 3. , . . . " vuaiivo in oiaiv law. Lester said he is not in charge of enforcing violations of the ethics law, however. The Senate Ex Several of the owners of the planes that Chiles flew on in- K r-liiHinrr P P TaVina TnrlnctriVe nr ecutive Business, Ethics and Elections Committee, which meets ' and WaQtp Manncrpmpnt. Inr. ACT FAST nave registered loDDyists in laiia- i When you open a new : In Mortham's case, the ques tion is whether a $60,000 donation EARN 5.50 from a tobacco company, solicited in the name of the Museum of Florida History, was used instead for promotional videos, trinkets 'and picnics bv Mortham's office. . . ... today, may yet take up the issue, said Sen. Charlie Crist, R-St. Petersburg. Democrats complain Crist seems not as interested in pursuing Mortham as Chiles. This is the first unscheduled audit of the governor's office Lester said he could recall in his 12-year tenure. Auditing committee staffers said it was the first such probe they could remember since the 1970s. It was a similar case with the Secretary of State's Office. Republicans made it clear they would be reluctant to support such an investigation of Mortham without a similar probe of Chiles. "What's good for the goose is good for the gander," said Sen. John Ostalkiewicz, R-Orlando. uicuu ujaiiiLoiiia aiic uiu nothing wrong and welcomes the investigation, said spokesman Mark Dunbar. He said he thought the committee was taking an evenhanded approach. "It seems they tried to show this isn't a partisan witch hunt one way or another," Dunbar said. Sen. Ron Silver. D-Miami CAP Account with at least $15,000 in assets, we'll guarantee a 5.50 APFon the FDIC-Insured Money Market deposit for a limited time. To find out more about our CAP Account, visit your local First Union or call 1-888-213-1352. Beach, for example, praised the integrity of both Mortham and -- - . 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