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MAY 17, 1991 Ask The Press C6 Comics C7 Crossword puzzle,- C6 Death notices D7 Editorials B2 Finance B5-8 Horoscope - C6. Lifestyle Cl-8 Lottery B4 Movies-... C3-5 Obituaries.... B4 People A2 Sports. Dl-6 TV C8 Vital statistics B4 Want Ads D7-U WEATHER: Tomorrow, cooler. Detail A3 IT'S MOVING TIME lifestyle ci HOW MUCH WE MAKE FINANCE B5 SINATRA DOES IT HIS WAY MUSIC C4 DRABEK HELPS HIMSELF SPORTS Dl SCR1PPS HOWARD rm le Pittsbirofa Press Vol. 107, No. 324 Thirty Five Cents Daily Home Delivery-Slid a Week Latest Stocks 5-17 Bill urged to tighten high school students9 job hours ;The Pittsburgh Press and news services Teens are spending too much , time on jobs when they should be doing homework, says state .Education Secretary Donald Carroll, who is pushing for legis-. lation that would limit the working hours of high school students. Carroll said studies show students' absenteeism rises and grades drop when they work more than 15 to 20 hours a week. - "A child's work is school," he 6aid at a news conference yes terday in Harrisburg where he was joined by Rep. Ron Cowell, D-Wilkins. Cowell, chairman of the House Education Committee, is prime sponsor of two bills introduced last week aimed at curbing the hours teens can work during the school year and at giving broader powers to school administrators to deny work permits. The bills would reduce to three from four the number of hours per school day that 14- and 15-year-olds are permitted to work. Students ages 16 and 17 would be permitted to work no more than 28 hours a week instead of 44 hours during the school year. Students could work no later than 10 p.m., except 16- and 17-year-olds could work until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. State law now has a midnight deadline for all teens under 18 with an exception of 1 a.m. on weekends for older teens. The legislation also would give school officials more authority to deny or revoke work permits for students. The aim is to eliminate some of the drawn-out appeals that ensue when work permits are revoked, Carroll said. Students also would be required to stay in school until they reach 17 years of age, instead of 16. Cowell, said he and Carroll realize that some young people may need to work to help out their families, but said a young person's priority should be their school work. School administrators are di vided over the need for the proposed limits. Wayne Doyle, superintendent of Gateway School District, said he supports the idea. "Too often today, a student's last two years in school, the first priority is making insurance payments, having gas and money in the pocket I think we need to bring back the focus to education," Doyle said. But North Allegheny Schools Superintendent Lawrence Boz-zomo said he fears the legislation would unfairly punish students who need the extra income to help their families or save for college. "In my 13 years as a superintendent, this has never come up as an issue. In many cases, the ones who work are the more responsible ones," Bozzomo said. Tina Graham, manager of the McDonald's restaurant on Penn Avenue in the Strip District, said the weekly reduction probably would not affect operations because most teens there work no more than 25 to 30 hours a week. Organs tainted by AIDS killed 3 ATLANTA (AP) AIDS has killed three patients who got heart and kidney transplants from an infected man, and health officials are trying to track more than 50 other recipients of the man's tissues and organs, it was reported today. At least one person, a Colorado woman who received a bone graft from the man, has tested positive for the AIDS virus, an official at a transplant organization said. In most but not all of the other cases, the transplanted tissue was sterilized and shouldn't be dangerous, officials said. The existence of the tainted transplants was first reported in todays editions of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The federal Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are helping to track about 50 other people who received transplants from the man, the newspaper quoted Dr. Scott Holm-berg, an epidemiologist with the Atlanta-based CDC. CDC officials declined further comment today. The donor, a 22-year-old Virginia man, was shot to death in a robbery in 1985. It wasn't immediately clear if he was the victim or assailant. He tested negative for HIV the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS twice before his organs were removed. But officials believe he may have been infected so soon before he died that his body didn't register any signs of exposure. . A memo by the FDA's deputy commissioner, James Benson, said the man's heart, two kidneys, liver and pancreas were transplanted into five recipients at a Virginia hospital. Three patients the one who received the heart and the two who each received a kidney "developed HIV infection and eventually died," Benson wrote in the memo obtained by the newspaper. . No information about the patients who died was released. . Benson said the organ transplants were done at the Medical College of Virginia hospital in Richmond. Rand Walton, a spokesman Please see AIDS. A3 k f " jfWi f its! Xt! y"T i: ; - ;wiy ' f! m , -.- few' I U'-i'r- ' " ' 'y I i ,rrs 3St W8 lis John HellerThe Pittsburgh Press Fill 'er up Mark O'Brien turned on the tap yesterday to begin filling up the wave pool at the county's Settlers Cabin Park in Robinson. The pool, which holds 936,000 gallons and takes about 72 hours to fill, is scheduled to open May 25, as are other county-owned pools. 'Lost Patrol9 believed found off Florida Press news services FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Treasure hunters believe they have discovered the legendary "Lost Patrol" five World War II Navy bombers that disappeared without a trace 45 years ago and gave rise to the myth of the Bermuda Triangle. If accurate, the find in 700 feet of water 10 miles off Fort Lauderdale would solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries. It also would provide a long-awaited explanation to survivors of the five pilots and nine crewmen who lost radio contact and vanished on Dec. 5, 1945. The discovery also would suggest that the Navy pilots were almost within sight of their home base when they apparently ditched their planes in high seas. The five TBM Avenger bombers left the Naval Air Station at Fort Lauderdale, site of the present-day Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, for a practice bombing run and navigational mission over the Bahamas. The mission is known among historians by its training designation: Flight 19. Graham Hawkes, leader of the sophisticated treasure-hunting operation, said the five planes were found on May 8 within a mile and a half of each other. Four of the planes were intact, resting upright on the ocean floor, he said. One, believed to be the flight leader's plane, was broken in two, each half resting upright on the bottom. The cockpits of three of the planes were open. Hawkes said his crew, working with a deep water lighting and video system from the research vessel Deep See, recorded pictures i of a wing number, "28," and the insignia "FT" on two other planes. ' The leader of Flight 19, retired Navy Lt. Charles C. Taylor, piloted plane No. 28. All five of the Avenger bombers were marked with "FT," signifying that they flew from the Fort Lauderdale base. Those clues and the cluster of five Avengers resting so close together on the ocean floor lead Hawkes and his team to the tentative conclusion that they have found Flight 19. "If it isn't Flight 19, then it is a Smallest trade gap since '83 boosts outlook The Pittsburgh Press and news services America's trade deficit shrank dramatically to $4.05 billion in March, the smallest trade gap in almost eight years, the federal government said today. The Commerce Department said in Washington that the March difference between what America exports and what the country imports was 26.5 percent below the February deficit of $5.5 billion. The sharp improvement reflected the fact that imports declined to their lowest level in more than two years while U.S. export sales rose to the third-highest level on record. The March trade report was certain to be hailed by officials in the Bush administration who are counting on continued strong overseas demand for American goods to help end the U.S. recessioa Stuart Hoffman, chief economist for PNC Financial Corp., said the figures demonstrate a declining appetite for imports and greater success in selling to overseas markets even those that like our selves are mired in recession. r.lcllon Bank economist Russell Sheldon said the figures confirm other positive indicators this week which suggest that an end to the recession is near. "We think the numbers this week showed the economy was bottoming," he said. "The industrial output showed some growth in the manufacturing sector. "In addition, we saw reductions in inventory, so there are no inventory problems. Now we see the trade deficit is smaller than expected so the recovery is near at hand." Robert T. McGee, chief economist of the Tokai Bank in New York City, said: "The trade picture will continue to brighten so long as U.S. growth is well below that of other importing nations. The bottom line is that recessions help reduce trade deficits. This one is no exception." For the first three months of this year, America's merchandise trade deficit has been running at an annual rate of $67.7 billion, down sharply from last year's $101.72 billion. Please see Gap, A3 2 meet with Martha on buying Penguins By Jon Schmitz The Pittsburgh Press A Penguins executive today acknowledged having discussions with two Canadian businessmen regarding the possible sale of the hockey team. Paul Martha, president of the Civic Arena Corp., said he met with businessmen Bill Comrie and Howard Baldwin this week. "They indicated an interest in our franchise and they wanted some information," Martha said. Asked if the Penguins are for sale, he said: "If someone wants to buy them and they're willing to spend enough money, perhaps they are (for sale)." The Penguins are owned by Ed ward J. DeBartolo, the Youngstown developer who also owns the Civic Arena Corp., which leases the facility from the city and county. DeBartolo has been experiencing cash-flow problems, prompting reports he was willing to sell the team. Baldwin and a financial consultant, acting as brokers, came to Pittsburgh Wednesday to meet with Comrie, an Edmonton businessman, and Martha. Martha said any buyer would be obligated to honor the lease binding the team to the Civic Arena.The lease runs to June 1997. But an escape clause could be triggered two years earlier if attendance falls to an average of less than 12,800 per game or the arena seating capacity becomes one of the five smallest in the NHL. Stanley Cup trivia 1 - The Minnesota North Stars (27-39-14) j are one of 15 teams to reach the finals 4 J with a losing record. Name the last team f before them to do it. (Answer, Page D4) f i Stories inside: PENGUINS HOPE FOR BIG TURNAROUND ARENA'S BLEACHERS A MOSAIC OF MANIA FORGET STAR-SPANGLED BANNER FOR TAYLOR NORTH STARS' CASEY REACHES GOAL t Dl Dl Dl D5 TONIGHT'S GAME: HOME, 7:35, KBL & WJAS RADIO Pleas see Lost, A3 Tr Pittsburgh Prtss

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