The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 7, 1997 · Page 10
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 10

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 7, 1997
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TUESDAY. OCTOBER 7 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL Clinton kills McConnell project President uses his line-item veto to delete 38 projects from the military's budget By LIBBY QUAID Tlie Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Clinton used his line-item veto power Monday to kill a proposed $2.9 million transportation complex at Wichita's McConnell Air Force Base. Overall, Clinton killed 38 military construction projects. In Kansas, the news was met with relief at McConnell, which will get $17 million for other projects, including a $5 million child care center to "These are tough calls involving real alleviate a waitin s money and hard choices." President Clinton list of 150 kids at the existing facility. Construction on the new transportation building would not have begun by next <t- year. "If there was one that I had to give up, this would probably be the one," said Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., a member of the House committee that distributes the funds. Overall, Kansas will receive about $72 million for military construction at McConnell, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Riley and lola, where the Kansas Air National Guard is based. The state held its own in its first year without the advocacy of retired Republican heavy hitters Sens. Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum Baker. The transportation building and day care center were absent from the original budget request. But they were added to Kansas' wish list as the bill made its way through Congress, along with a $2 million Air National Guard civil engineering maintenance shop and a $580,000 family housing office. The Clinton administration eliminated such congressional "add-on" projects if design work was incomplete, meaning construction could not begin in the next year, The Associated Press President Clinton talks Monday about the military projects he killed with a line-Item veto. Watching is Vice President Al Gore. and if they provided no "substantial contribution" to improving the lives of U.S. troops. McConnell's proposed transportation complex would have replaced an administration building that dates to the 1950s and houses more than 100 vehicles assigned to the base, spokesman Tech. Sgt. Louis McReynolds said. "Maintenance is becoming fairly expensive," McReynolds said. "I guess they'll be there for at least another year." The proposed structure would house land-based vehicles. Tiahrt predicted an attempt to overturn Clinton's vetos, his second round since being granted line-item veto power. Overriding a line-item veto requires two- thirds majorities in both the House and the Senate. Across the U.S. California — which Clinton carried in the last presidential election — lost four projects worth $28 million. Texas — which voted for Republican Bob Dole last year — lost three valued at $22.5 million. . Covering 24 states, Clinton's hit list eliminated projects such as $20 million for a wharf at Virginia's Norfolk Naval Shipyard, $17.9 million for dredging and pier improvements at the Mayport Naval Station in Florida, $16 million for new rail track at Fort Carson, Colo., and $14 million for a flight simulation training facility at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. "These are tough calls involving real money and hard choices," the president said at an Oval Office ceremony announcing his decision. Kansas programs AT A GLANCE Vetoed • A proposed $2.9 million transportation complex for Wichita's McConnell Air Force Base was among 38 military construction projects vetoed Monday by President Clinton. Signed into law • For the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, $20 million for the first of a three-phase project to rebuild the facility. • For Fort Rlley in northeast Kansas, $18.5 million for new barracks, $7.3 million for a close combat tactical training facility and $7 million to renovate more than 100 family housing units. • For McConnell Air Force Base at Wichita, $6.7 million for a KC- 135 squadron operations and maintenance unit, $2.9 million to replace family housing units, $2 million for B1 Bomber engineering buildings, $5 million for a new child development center and $500,000 for a new family housing management office. • For the Kansas Air National Guard at lola, $1.5 million for a new readiness center. T CAMPAIGN FINANCE White House searches for more tapes Clinton says 'it's just an accident' videotapes weren't found sooner By LARRY MARGASAK ;; The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Acting on a tip, Senate investigators prodded the Clinton administration in early August to look for in-hon'se videotapes that may have shown President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore at Democratic PafTty events inside the White House, • The timing is significant because administration officials said it was just Wednesday night that they discovered that 44 White House coffees, featuring the president, had been videotaped. • :' Clinton said Monday it "was just an accident" that the videotapes were not found sooner, -u "All I can tell you is, as soon as I found out about it, late last week, I said, 'Get this out and let's'go on,' " he said. The White House confirmed Monday that an intense search is under way for an unspecified number of additional recordings of White House political events. The opening minutes of the coffees were recorded by White House crews between Aug. 3,1995, and Aug. 23,1996. Donald T. Bucklin, an attorney for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, said he received information in late July or early August that the little-known White House Communications Agency may have taped political events. Bucklin said that on Aug. 7'he passed the information on'to Michael Imbroscio, a White House counsel, and followed up with' a letter Aug. 19 to another administration lawyer, Lanny Breuer.' '' NOBEL PRIZE American wins Nobel Prize in medicine ?s J^# clean-up Sale $ •^Professor to receive $1 'tnillion for finding cause 'of mad cow disease fit; 'By MALCOLM RITTER i The Associated Press ,-",An American won the Nobel .•Prize in medicine Monday for discovering a startling new type of germ: a Jekyll-and-Hyde protein *£hat causes mad cow disease and 9ther deadly brain-destroying ill. nesses. : The prize, worth $1 million this •year, went to Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner, 55, a biochemistry professor at the University of California at San Francisco. The announcement was made by the .Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, which awards the prize. '•Prusiner was cited for his 1982 discovery of prions. These proteins are considered an entirely . new type of disease-causing agent, •distinct from bacteria, viruses, .fungi or parasites. • ,vThe finding was controversial —-and still is — because prions, ;unlike other germs, contain no ge- Sietic material; they are simply T SAFETY The Associated Press Dr. Stanly Prusiner Is a biochemistry professor at the University of California at San Francisco. proteins. The human diseases caused by prions are rare. But scientists said Prusiner's work might help, researchers understand more common brain disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Prions have been in the news lately because they are blamed for a variant of the brain-wasting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease that has killed at least 20 people, mostly in Britain. The victims are thought to have gotten the prions by eating products made from cattle with mad cow disease. Prusiner began his work in 1972, when as a medical resident he had a patient with Creutzfeldt- Jakob disease. At the time, the cause of the disease was a mystery. Ten years later, Prusiner's research led him to propose a scientific heresy: that proteins he called prions caused Creutzfeldt- Jakob disease and some other infectious diseases that leave areas of the brain looking like sponges. Prusiner and others went on to show that prions are Jekyll-and- Hyde proteins. People and other animals have prions normally in their bodies, particularly on brain cells. Nobody knows what they do. The difference between the Jekyll-and-Hyde forms is how they are folded. When shaped one way, they are benign. But if folded differently, they cause disease. And when these rogue proteins encounter normal prions in the brain, they convert the normal forms to the disease-causing shape. In time, the buildup causes brain disease. Mergers starting at "199.95 Sewing Machines starting at.... $ 249.95 Kirby Vacuums starting at , $ 49.95 IDWEST SEWING & VACUU 340 S. Broadway • 825-0451 • 9-5:30 M-F, 9-5 Sat. ^^ma^^^m Wai Dead or Alive YourOWRedinerin any condition for immediate trade in! Beware of babies in bathtubs i Federal agencies say i infants shouldn't be left unattended in bathtubs By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Thirty-two infants placed in bathtub seats have drowned since 1983, prompt- ling federal agencies to warn par- ients to never leave babies alone in ithe bath, even if the children are in the bathing devices. In a study to be published this week in the journal Pediatrics, researchers report that of 32 infants j who drowned while in the bathtub jseat, 29 were left alone or attended only by other children. Renae Rauchschwalbe of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the bathtub V BEHAVIOR seats, used by millions of parents, are not designed to substitute for the presence of an adult, and older babies can climb out of them. "We want parents and caregivers to know that they (the bath seats) are .not a safety device," said Rauchschwalbe. "Never leave your child alone in the tub, whether or not you are using a bath seat." She said more than 1 million of the bath seats are sold annually, The seats consist of a plastic ring supported by three or four legs. The infant sits inside the ring, either on the tub surface or on an attached rubber mat. Since the ring partially supports the infant, the caregiver has both hands free to wash the child. But labels on the devices warn that the seats are not to be used while the child is unattended. In the tub drownings studied, the victims ranged in age from 5 to 15 months, with an average age of 8 months. Eleven babies were left in the tub under the care of older siblings; one was left with a child of the same age, and 17 were left alone. Two of. the drown ings occurred with adults present. In one of these, a 6-month old was in the seat when it tipped to the side. In the other case, a 15-month-old became wedged between the bath seat legs after sliding downward. It was not determined in one drowning whether an adult was present or not. The study found that the drown- ings occurred while adult caregivers were absent for from one to 35 minutes, with an average absent time of six minutes. ewand Withl^inefT^lnTbwaidsthepurdBseofanyNewLaneRedm Delaying school might hurt children !By The Associated Press . j _ I CHICAGO — Parents who delay ! their child's entry into first grade I to give the youngster more time to i mature may be doing more harm than good, a study suggests. 1 -Children who started school .when they w r re a year or more older than their classmates were 70 percent more likely to dispiay extjjeme behavior problems, said the study, published in the October issue of the journal Pediatrics. The study did not explore why being older than classmates increased the risk of behavior problems. But an expert not involved with the work, University of Minnesota sociologist Michael Resnick, said any youngster who is "out of sync" with classmates — even one who just looks older — is more likely to be a troubled teen. The lead researcher, Dr. Robert Byrd of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, found that 12 percent of children who were delayed in starting school displayed extreme behavior problems, compared with 7 percent of children whose ages were normal for their grade. He added the problems only become more apparent as the child gets older. . CREDIT TERMS AVAILABLE Over 100 lane Rediners in S 1 JILKA HOURS bAI 9-b.OO & 131 ii Sanla (/tli)) 02/71/1 hree A.ea Dehvury ." • Downtown Saluui

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