The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 10, 1997 · Page 5
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SALINA JOURNAL NATION FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10. 1997 Afe T SMUGGLING Smugglers caught Miami men arrested trying to bring into U.S. pre-lncan artifact By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Federal . t agents have arrested two men ., pn charges they tried to sell a ./'smuggled pre-lncan artifact that ;once lay under the bones of a Warrior-priest buried in the Andes foothills. "It really is the pillaging of these very important national treasures," U.S. Attorney Michael Stiles said Thursday, announcing the smuggling charges against Orlando Mendez, 31, and Denis Garcia, 57. The two Miami men flew the piece into New York, drove down the New Jersey Turnpike to a parking lot at a Philadelphia hotel and tried to sell it for $1.6 million, authorities said. The pre-lncan piece, called a "backflap," was used as a decorative piece during battle and was buried with the person. The Associated Press Linda Vizi of the FBI displays the ancient "backflap." SCHOOL VOUCHERS House passes vouchers for D.CJ Bill would allow poor children from District of Columbia to pick schools By Cox News Service WASHINGTON — Amid protests led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a veteran civil-rights leader, the House narrowly approved Thursday giving tax-financed vouchers to poor District of Columbia children to attend private and religious schools of their parents' choice. "This is a scheme on the part of the radical Republican right to dismantle public education," Lewis said as he led a small band of De- mocratic House members and D.C. residents in a protest march to a local public school. Within hours, however, the Republican-led House of Representatives, by a 203-202 vote, approved an $828 million D.C. appropriations bill — which included $7 million in government-funded "scholarships" for school children. Lewis' protest and the often fiery House debate underscored how vouchers have become a defining issue in American politics, with Republicans generally touting them as vital competition to improve public education and Democrats charging that they siphon off scarce resources from public schools. But events Thursday also illustrated how racially tinged the issue has become. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-I1L, went as far as to coiri- pare the voucher experiment to thfc infamous government-sponsored syphilis studies on unsuspecting black men in Tuskegee, Ala. ; "No more Tuskegee experiments. No more D.C. experiments," Jackson declared on the steps of the Capitol. "Equal protection under the law for all — public education for all." House Budget Chairman Joh$ Kasich, R-Ohio, denied that voucher-inspired competition is aimed at destroying the public school system. STRUCK DRIVERS Rest rules may not fee enough Other factors lead to sleepy truckers besides the amount of time off By The New York Times Even if truck drivers are given as much rest time as regulations require, some of them are not getting enough sleep to keep them from dozing off at the wheel. T-he U.S. Transportation Department is drafting new rules on the maximum number of hours that puckers may work in a day and how much rest they must be allo,\ved. To prepare a basis for its revisions, it sponsored a study of 80 ( Jong-haul truckers working a tola! of 4,000 hours in a week. The trupkers drove nearly a quarter of a .million miles as researchers recorded .their brain waves, eye movements and other vital signs. ,j, "They were wired ,up like Martians," a spokesman for the department said. F Part of the $4.5 million study — | conducted in 1993 by researchers i from several institutions — was ! published last month in The New ! England Journal of Medicine. At ! first glance, the results were a nightmare. Closer analysis makes them seem even worse. The study showed there were no simple answers to such questions as&ow much sleep a driver needs tcfitay alert. By measuring behavior'— as opposed to the more frequent technique of asking people how they felt — the researchers demonstrated that some of the people who slept the least did not bgfcome drowsy behind the wheel, but that some who slept more had numerous episodes of drowsiness. And they showed that the amount ofi-^leep people needed depended partly on whether they were being asTsed to stay alert at 2 p.m. or 2 a.m. People who work at night need more rest. . .Writing a policy to cover those factors will be difficult; one rea- s&ir the existing rules have endured since 1937. They say drivers can be scheduled for up to 15 hours of duty, including no more ;than 10 hours of driving, after which they must have eight hours iof rest. I Although no drivers who participated in the study had an accident, some of them appeared to fall asleep behind the wheel. IT PAIN I Injections may block chronic pain By The Associated Press WA.SHINGTON — Injections of small amounts of toxins into precise places in the spine can block debilitating pain without causing the "stoned-out" numbness of narcotic drugs, according to new research. i Patrick Mantyh, a University of iMinnesota scientist, said his team |has found the nerve channel that delivers to the brain sensations of intractable, chronic pain and have shown in rat research that the pain can be permanently stopped by injecting toxins that kill specific nerve cells. Mantyh said the research shows that "you can disassociate the normal pairt that you want from the hypersensitive pain responses" that can be crippling. ! He said the work could lead to a |new way to control pain in pa- ;tients who have cancer or disorders that make them supersensi- 'tive to pain sensations. Stephen Hunt, a pain researcher at the Medical Research Council in Cambridge, England, said the finding is extremely important and may lead to.a novel way to bring relief to patients who suffer from constant, unrelenting pain that does not respond to other treatment. 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