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ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH NEWS SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2001 Device that could aid vice president is on cutting edge of heart treatment White House predicts tax cut will help slow revenue decline Jeny r c Rerwr Tjfi jtergerpost-dispatch.coni Officials will dip into contingency jundtopayfor Fair St. Louis t mmmmmmmy - ... ..... ,m ......... .... f ; A ' "i -t ; " I- . if tt J" : . A- It monitors heart rate, sends electric charges to restore a regular beat Knight Ridder Newspapers Aide says economic growth spurred by cut will let government recoup losses WASHINGTON POST k I 5 1 FAIR ENOUGH: Fair St. Louis annually taxes the overtime budgets (and good will) of the city's several public safety organizations. This year, however, mayoral chief of staff Jeff Rainford and Convention & Visitors Commission Chairman J. Kim Tucci have agreed to tap into one of the CVC's contingency accounts to offset some of the extra costs of cops, ambulances, inspectors and fire marshals. . . . Meanwhile, a recent flier from Congressman Todd Akin is enough to make a columnist whistle "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Akin and his extended family have invited boosters to a Fourth of July celebration Friday night at Akin's west St. Louis County manse. He's offering a "revolutionary cannon with gun crew, a costumed fife-and-drum corps and mountain-men, big potluck dinner, musical entertainment and a Patriotic Statesman from Concord, Mass." FROM THE BERGERMEISTER: Market Street's Wall Street Deli, a reliable provider of java - and sandwiches for the lawyers, judges, newsies and civil servants working in the brace "of courthouses and municipal buildings clustered at Tucker Boulevard and Market Street, 1 has' I shuttered. Ex-employees tSay it'sthe first victim of a shining ' new Starbucks fran-chise at 10th and Market. . . . IDscar-winning Cliff Robertson, a robust 75-year-old who stars With .villain, Willem Dafoe) in I hext' summer's Spider-Man 'flick, managed to turn a few 'heads in Busch Stadium t'other ! night. ."He makes you - think 'What John F. Kennedy would have Hooked like today," mused a ; Cards staffer -in the Stadium iCiub., Robertson played JFK in i963's "PT 109." . . . Friends of ihe late Ann Wotka, one of the tfcity's brightest development Hights, will celebrate her memory July 7 with a Pearl Harbor-Ihemed street party in Soulard, plated to begin at 7:55 a.m. Qahu Daylight Time. (Do the math and arrive at 2 p.m.). . . . G. Gary Grace, vice chancellor for student affairs, is the latest defection from the administration at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, WashU professor Larry E. Davis has been named dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. At WashU, Davis wrote extensively on race, gender and class issues. ... St. Louis University is naming the former Compton Heights complex (nee Incarnate Word Hospital) the Salus Center. It will house the School of Public Health and offices for business and finance and for human resources, along with other divisions. Meanwhile, SLU's prez, the Rev. Larry Biondi, heads for the City by the Bay to accept the 2001 Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. O'Donnell Hall, on the northern side of Lindell Boulevard across from the Pius Library, will be renovated to create a museum at SLU that will house collections including a significant number of photos and paintings from the Morton May estate. They were donated by May's widow, Lucia May Morgan Renea McDonald became the first grandchild of Renea and John T. McDonald, assistant to Southern Real Estate's Charles Cella. Parents are Beth and Shaun C. McDonald, regional consultant for Motion Funds, a division of Bank of America. ON THE TUBE: Vinita Park police Lt. Michael Webb is heralding his participation in an "Unsolved Mysteries" rerun tentatively scheduled for Monday night on cable's Lifetime. Webb was involved in the search for Linda Sue Sherman, 27, who was reported missing in 1985. Her skull was found in Bridgeton six years later. HENCE FORTH: As comic John Pinerte tells his audiences, it's a skinny people's world out there. Svelte St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, who jogs and sips low-fat power potions, soundly walloped comfortably padded Clarence Harmon. Cheers for slender sluggers Albert Pujols and run Edmonds sometimes are louder than for bulky Mark McGwire. The columnist can take a bint From today, and on subsequent Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, "This space for the last several months a wide-bottom spread will go vertical and be a bit shorter. To accommodate the new format, please whine, divorce, confess, merge and tattle in awfully upright position. WASHINGTON The pager-sized device that Vice President Dick Cheney may get implanted Saturday can monitor his heart rate, shock his heart back into a proper beat if necessary and transform itself into a pacemaker. And it can all be done by remote control, so doctors dont have to cut into the vice president again. Called an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, it is a wonder of cutting-edge technology that is starting to soar in use, experts say. "They are the most amazing devices that I can ever imagine," said Sam Sears, a professor of. clinical psychology at the University of Florida in Gainesville who studied the follow-up emotional health of patients who got the implants. "If s really the most advanced (device) of our electronics of the heart," said Dr. Richard Stein, professor of cardiology at New York's Brooklyn Hospital and a medical spokesman for the American Heart Association. But if the vice president gets one, he will have to be careful around powerful magnets and cell phones, which can affect the device if they get too close like right up against the chest People who have the device are usually fine if they keep cell phones on their belts instead of in a breast pocket If doctors at George Washington University Hospital find Saturday that they can induce Cheney's heart to beat abnor- '1 f flair K ' II I nit. . , yr 1 ufrU uJf AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Vice President Dick Cheney illustrates the size of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator Friday at the White House. Cheney, his doctors and other prominent cardiologists say it is likely that the device will be implanted in Cheney's upper chest Saturday. mally faster as it did four times when he wore a monitor two weeks ago then they will implant an ICD into his upper chest It is highly likely they'll have to do it, said Cheney, his doctors and other prominent cardiologists. Even though Cheney called the 22 -ounce device a "pacemaker plus," it really does a different job most of the time. "It's not a pacemaker," Stein said. "It's there to monitor and defibrillate your heart, not to take over your heartbeat" A wire from the ICD is connected to the heart and it keeps track of Cheney's heartbeat. If it goes too fast, the ICD leaps into action. First, it'll send very minute charges of electricity to nudge the heart into a better beat something so subtle many pa tients don't feel it Stein said. If that doesn't work, it sends a small electric jolt, and if that doesn't work, if s a larger jolt "Patients either feel it like a jumping on or kick in the chest," Stein said. "It's sort of as if someone took their hand and smacked you in the chest." Shocks are rare Although they operate along the same lines as the paddles seen in emergency rooms, the wire delivers only one-twelfth of the energy that defibrillators do, said Dr. Arthur Moss, professor of cardiology at the University of Rochester. If they get a jolt, patients should then see a doctor. Most patients get shocked only a few times and others never get shocked, he said. Perhaps one of their biggest benefits is that they can work by remote control telemetry. A doctor puts a wandlike device on the patient's chest and within 30 seconds the ICD will radio back the heart rate history, any time it had to send a jolt, and how much battery power it has left, Moss said. "It will tell you when it's done its job," Stein said. And if needed, using the remote control wand, a doctor can activate a portion of the ICD so it would then work as a pacemaker, sending a regular beat to the heart to keep it on rhythm. "You can selectively turn one on and off as need be," Moss said. "The evolution has been dramatic" since the first pacemakers in 1963, Moss said. "It's very impressive." Postcard, other postage rates increase Sunday First-class stamps will stay at 34 cents; periodicals will rise The Associated Press WASHINGTON Sending a postcard will cost a penny more starting Sunday. The bank will pay a bit more to send mail. So will newspapers and magazines. But it still will cost 34 cents to send that favorite relative a birthday card. Facing the possibility of a $2 billion shortfall, the Postal Service is imposing a second rate increase this year. The agency already has frozen construction projects and hiring. There also has been talk of applying for an additional increase late this year or next year. Many mail rates went up in January, including a 1-cent increase in First Class stamps. That increase did not include all of the raises postal officials had sought because of limits placed by the independent Postal Rate Commission. As rising fuel prices and other costs began pushing the agency into the red, its governing board voted unanimously to overrule the commission and impose the price increases that agency had rejected earlier. Thus, the July 1 increases complete a set of postal rate boosts originally planned in January. Nonetheless, the announcement of the increase brought complaints from Congress and the mailing industry. "It's obvious that the ox is in the ditch big time," Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, the top Republican on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, complained at a hearing in May. Thompson said Congress must review 30-year-old Postal Service laws and "nothing should be off the table, including the future of the postal monopoly itself." In fart, the Postal Service has for years been seeking an overhaul of the laws governing its operation but has been unable to get Congress to act Postal Board Chairman Robert F. Rider suggested a new classification system for mail services. Under the proposal the agency would maintain its mo nopoly for basic mail delivery but would have more flexibility with other services. Rider also proposed labor changes that would allow the agency to operate like a private company, including removing a salary cap and changing the employee salary bargaining system. The Postal Service, which delivers 668 million pieces of mail a day, does not receive tax money for operations but is under government oversight To impose the new rates, the postal board had to take the unusual step of overruling the in-dependent Postal Rate Commission, something that had happened only once before, in 1981. While the 34-cent rate for the first ounce of first-class mail remains the same, the cost for each additional ounce will climb to 23 cents from 21 cents. The price of sending a postcard will rise a penny to 21 cents. Many other rates also increase, including an across-the-board 0.2-cent per piece boost for all first-class bulk mail. The new rates will raise the cost of sending a piece of advertising mail by one-half to three-quarters of a cent For the typical magazine, it will add one-half cent to the postage. Rising rates The price for sending many mail items goes up Sunday. First-class letters remain unchanged at 34 cents for the first ounce. Some of the changes include: Heavy letter, 2 ounces, 57 cents, up 2 cents. The price for each additional ounce of first-class mail rises 2 cents, to 23 cents. Postcard, 21 cents, up 1 cent. Bank statement, 2 ounces, 48.5 cents, up 2.3 cents. Bill, 25.5 cents, up 0.2 cents. Priority mail, 2 pounds, $3.95, no change. Priority mail, 10 pounds, $10.95, up 40 cents. Local newspaper, 9.5 cents, up 0.1 cent. National magazine, 25.0 cents, up 0.6 cent Bulk mail catalog, 15.9 cents, up 0.2 cent Heavy catalog, 3 pounds, 71 cents, up 5 cents. Fund-raising letter, 12.3 cents, up 0.3 cent Parcel post, 2 pounds, $1.28, up 3 cents. ... Certified mail fee, $2.10, up 20 cents. Domestic money orders, 90 cents, up 15 cents. Source: U.S. Postal Service. ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 900 North Tucker Blvd. St. Louis, MO, 63101-1099 314-340-8000 or 800-365-0820 TODAY'S INDEX Arts CI Everyday EV1 Obituaries ....... .E6 Business Dl How to reach us Readers' Classified Gl Bl advocate B4 Commentary... B3 Metro. El Sports Fl Editorial B2 Movie times.....C9 Weather B8 CUSTOMER SERVICE Circulation 1-80O-365-0820 (ext. 8888) 314-340-8888 For home delivery, missing papers, delivery questions, Mon-Fri:6 am-6 pm. Sat. 7 am-3:30 pm; Sun. 7 am-noon; Christmas and New Year's Day, 7 a.m.-l p.m. Advertising Departaent Pfcoae Fax Classified 314-621-6666 " 314-340-8664 Retail 314-340-8500 314-340-3140 Death notices 31 4-340-8600 Daily and Sunday mail subscription rate is $291.20 a year within the United States and $958.88 outside the United States. The Post-Dispatch is owned by SL Louis Post-Dispatch LLC, an affiliate of Pulitzer Inc., and is published daily. 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Newsroom Steve Parker, News editor 314-340-8287 Metropoffian ww Kathy Best, Metro editor 314-340-8257 Metre ttctkw Adam Goodman, Deputy metro editordays 314-340-8258 Commniity eeirs section Phil Gaitens, Deputy metro editorzones 314-340-8156 BHnon Tim Bross, Illinois editor 618-659-3630 Weefcendi Tat Warner, Weekend metro editor 314-340-8160 Natkwalhrteniatioiial Tim Poor, Nationalinternational editor 314-340-8298 Buinen Andre Jackson, Business editor 314-340-8202 Photo tarry Coyne, Photography director 314-340-8106 Plwto reprints Hillary Levin, Photography assistant ' 314-340-8328 Mews story reprints Annette Reavling, News assistant 314-340-8146 Features Susan Hegger, Features editor 314-340-8135 Vts fartertaininent Ray Rinakji, A&E editor 314-340-8348 Ereryday Ellen Futterman, Eve'yday editor 314-340-8124 Sports Larry Stas, Sports editor 314-340-8272 beti&aliw protects Richard Weil, Projects editor 314-340-8111 FJiting-'pusentatioi Bob Rose, P'esentation editor 314-340-8333 MewsWatc MaTa'et Wolf Frevcge!, Sunday editor 314-340-8104 Editorial Christine Beelson, Editorial page editor 314-340-8380 E-mail editors by using an individual's first initial and last name post -dispateh.com f WASHINGTON President George W. Bush's administration, facing a potentially sharp drop in federal revenue because of the slowing economy, said Friday that the tax cut approved earlier this month will bring in new economic growth and thus help stem the slide. Lawrence Lindsey, Bush's chief economic advisor, said that 25 to 30 percent of the revenue loss from the slowing economy would be recouped through higher economic growth generated by the tax cut, even though by itself, the tax cut also results in lower revenues. Lindsey said revenues are falling because of a "rapidly collapsing growth picture," but that the tax cut "has succeeded in arresting that decline" by reviving consumer confidence. He said the tax cut, which takes effect in new withholding tables in July, would affect the economy faster than the six cuts in interest rates engineered this year by the Federal Reserve. Brandishing the estimates of several Wall Street analysts who said the tax cut could add about 1 percent in annualized economic growth this year, Lindsey said: "Anyone who looks at the facts, they are saying, "This is great, this was a smart move.' . . . The tax cut is part of the solution, not part of the problem." The administration began its offensive after Senate Democrats last week held hearings showcasing their contention that much of the projected budget surplus over the next 10 years has been wiped away by administration policies, especially the tax cut "We're in trouble," Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Budget Committee, said Thursday. "All those out there who think there's this big honey pot, the honey pot is gone." " ' The escalating rhetoric demonstrates how both parties are scrambling to shape the public perception of the president's main domestic action to date. If the economy revives within the next year a likely event given the swings of the business cycle the Bush administration would like to point to the tax cut as the reason. If revenues fall sharply enough that the government must again begin to tap Social Security and Medicare, then Democrats want to be able to pin the blame on the White House. Rep. John Spratt, S.C., senior Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said it is clear that declining corporate profits are hurting the government's revenue picture, a trend that should continue through the next year even with a spike in economic growth. "The tax-cut effect is speculative," he said. "When it begins to feedback to the economy isn't clear at all." Spratt said the combination of the Bush tax cut and the squeeze on revenues will limit policymakers' ability to increase defense spending, as the president wishes, and other key priorities. Lotteries MULTISTAT! 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