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8A . THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 U.S. men's life expectancies vary widely Proposed runway exfension Okeechobee Blvd. j Belvedere Rd. tSfel PaUH Beh ,4NMiiU)il ,V,TW in I rrjiFffj?! jfflJ ' P ' llliflf "A t f fall WTjyJ:r: EEsn Li. f !! SoTrthern Blvd. If II inrl I i ' ' - MARK HEMPHILlStaff Artist reservations that have reported large problems with diabetes and alcoholism. Shannon County, the poorest county on the list, has a median income of $11,000 almost $20,000 under the national median. And 41 percent of residents receive welfare, vs. just 4.4 percent of people in Minnesota's long-lived Stearns County. Murray found that high-income whites lived only about two years longer than poor whites. Income made a little more difference among blacks. But among Indians, the richest could hit age 90 while the poorest died around 65, Murray said. Still, income isn't the only culprit, Murray said. "Why does the United States have a bigger spread than any other high-income country?" he asked. "Even if you took all of Europe, you would not find this variation." and black men living in the nation's capital 57.9 years, as low as in parts of Africa. Yet male Asians living in affluent counties in New York and Massachusetts lived to be 89.5, Asian women into their mid-90s. The vast differences in Americans' life expectancy is the sort found between poverty-ridden Sierra Leone and wealthy Japan not the type predicted within the United States, Murray told a scientific meeting organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "That's an absolutely staggering range," Murray said. What's going on in the low-life-expectancy counties "is obviously the $64,000 question." "The size of the discrepancy was the big surprise," agreed Dr. James Marks, director of CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention. "The findings have tremendous implications." He said the CDC will study how to improve these counties. Murray is performing a massive study of U.S. disease trends. In 1990, women lived longest in Stearns County, Minn., about 83 years. Men lived longest in Utah's Cache and Rich counties, about 77 years. The worst counties were five neighbors in South Dakota Bennett, Jackson, Mellette, Shannon and Todd where life expectancy for men was 61 years, for women 70. In Washington, men's life expectancy was 62.2 years, women's 73.9 years. In Baltimore, men's life expectancy was 63 years and women's 73.2. The 10 unhealthiest areas were in inner cities and the South and on Indian reservations. The swath in South Dakota, for instance, encompasses two Sioux Some live only as long as men in developing countries, a study says. The Associated Press WASHINGTON Men in a swath of South Dakota as well as in the eastern cities of Baltimore and Washington live about as long as men in such developing countries as India and Bolivia, a Harvard scientist reported Wednesday. Emphasizing stark differences within the United States, Dr. Christopher Murray also said women in some counties die around age 83, while men in a south-central portion of South Dakota that contains two Indian reservations have life expectancies of only 61 years. Also, male Indians living in the worst South Dakota counties had a life expectancy of just 56.5 years T in PBIA means trips to Bahamas, Canada OT'S NOT TOO LATE... to Send Florida's Best I I and Florida's! iTTX Gift Fruit for the Holidays v my y - ., and Save $2.00 $71 'Bei Gift 2 Reg. $29.95 Sale $27.95 expansion. "It'll bring more noise, more jet ash and more jet fuel," Gulden said. "They're trying to shoehorn an international airport into an area that was never meant to be more than a regional airport," said former Southland Park resident Chester Brewer, who has fought against airport noise. But Pelly said the longer run-, way would make all landings safer. And domestic carriers that now limit their weight because of the relatively short runway will be able to increase their weight safely, he said. Airport officials say the runway expansion actually would reduce noise in nearby neighborhoods because the planes would take off 1,200 feet farther to the west and therefore would be higher once they fly above residents. Neighbors dismiss that reasoning and wonder whether more freight planes, which are sometimes older and noisier, would fly here if the runway is lengthened. Airport officials say noise and pollution concerns are being addressed in an environmental study prepared by Greiner Inc. The airport has paid about $500,000 for the Federal Aviation Administration-mandated study, which should be ready for public review in about a month, Allen said. But Central Park Homeowners Association President Rick High says that study doesn't extend far enough to the east to encompass the effect on the 1 Bushel Cift 4 Reg. $39.95 OUie $J VD RUNWAY From 1A Warren "Mac" McLaughlin, executive director of the county's convention and visitors bureau, said a longer runway is necessary if the county wants to continue to grow and attract tourists. ! Miami and Fort Myers both have 12,000-footrunways and Fort Lauderdale has a 10,000-foot runway, airport planning and development director Jerry Allen said. McLaughlin is trying to encourage two European charter services and one Latin American service to bring tourists to Palm Beach County. The runway issue is a big obstacle to making that possible, he said. Only 2 percent of PBIA's traffic is international, coming either from the Bahamas or Canada, Allen said. The airport's master plan, approved by the county commission in 1989, calls for an extension of the main east-west runway to 10,000 feet at a cost of about $6 million, Allen said. If the county also resurfaces the existing runway, the project could cost about $9 million. The money would come from federal grants, Pelly said. News of the runway expansion, which still needs environmental permits, angered residents of the neighborhoods to the east of the airport, where jet noise can be so loud that outdoor conversations either turn into shouting matches or simply end when older planes fly overhead. ; Real estate broker Dorothy Gulden, president of the El Cid Prospect ParkSouthland Park Homeowners Association, said the neighborhoods oppose the runway I ,J 1..-. -.1. .... I J... & r ,t if : j Honeybell Tangelos for the I jrt . , J if a Holidays. 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Job 'nerve-racking,' artist says Come visit our newly remodeled department with wireless experts dedicated to helping you choose the wireless phone and service plan that's right for you. Authorized Agent ol until Nov. 24. She was just too nervous. "I made the prototype, and then it was like, I don't know if I can do another one," she said, nearly biting her fingernails at the memory of all that pressure. "I did it with a lot of prayer and patience and sweat. It's nerve-racking making it." Stavert and Miller are not being paid for the ornament, but Miller suggested with a coy smile that "maybe we'll get a picture of it hanging on the tree when Bill sends us the invitation for dinner." And they said the anxiety that went with creating the little angel was worth the excitement of adding to the first family's Christmas. After all, they said, "We get to go to the White House sort of." ORNAMENT From 1A blue-eyed angel with a golden halo, golden hair and a blue-and-white dress, was sent to the White House overnight priority mail, of course on Nov. 25. 1 It will hang with hundreds of other ornaments created by U.S. artists on the tree in the White ;IIouse Blue Room, as part of this year's Christmas theme "Santa's Workshop." ! After the holidays, it will be kept at the White House as part of the permanent ornament collection, the White House press staff said. J The couple created the model for the ornament last summer, but ;Stavert did not start the final piece BELLSOUTH Mobility' Count On It. MOTOROLA , ; i.l Lr 1.1 inv, n - W j l: Annnnr, I ill 1, No , I P 3 Fee c3 fn"mtBuy Evangelist Graham hospitalized ( ' v -n mn . M4"' H X i mn u!l i n.L-A. If I BACK!' With purchasr and actu ation ofanu anulog cellular phone respiratory infection. 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