The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 19, 1976 · Page 1
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Sports Scores Occidental 88 Ft. Hays 80 Grand Canyon 85 . Ft. Hays 72 Hays 69 Manhattan 52 Lyons 64 Thomas More 50 Victoria 71 Osborne 60 Ellis 58 Hill City 49 Oakland 24 New England 21 Minnesota 35 Washington 20 The Hays Daily News Our 48th Year— No. 32 HAYS, KANSAS (67SOD, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1976 5 SECTIONS 46 PAGES 15 CENTS Five Paralysis Cases In Kansas i Clinics May Close Permanently TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) The shutdown of Kansas swine flu clinics apparently is the end of the public vaccination program in Kansas. "In my view of the adverse events and delays during the program, we don't feel that we can even pay people to take the vaccine after this thing is over," state epidemiologist Dr. Don Wilcox said. The Department of Health and Environment Friday recommended public swine flu clinics not be resumed. Wilcox said a variety of reasons, including public fear of the latest scare, prompted the decision! The public vaccination program was halted at the request of federal officials who are trying to find a link between flu shots and a rare paralyzing disease, Guillain- Barre Syndrome. Wilcox noted most county clinics had nearly completed their programs anyway. Two more suspected cases of the rare paralysis that prompted the shutdown of the federal swine-flu immunization have been reported in Johnson County, bringing the total'of Kansas cases up to five. However, none of the cases of creeping paralysis have been confirmed to be Guillain- Barre syndrome, nor has there been a. connection made ' between the swine-flu vaccine and the syndrome. Six people who have been vaccinated have died of the syndrome since October, and 107 persons reportedly have had the syndrome. Smoke Remover Hays fireman Leon Herrman removes a fan after II has been used to suck the smoke from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Henderson, 504 Walnut. An overheated coffee pot Ignited the fire Saturday morning. (Story on page 3). Survey Indicates Public Uninformed On Congress WASHINGTON (UPI) Eighty-two per cent of House members surveyed think the public is not kept adequately informed by the news media about the workings of Congress, an American University poll showed Saturday. Sixty-five per cent of the 166 members who responded to a survey by the Washington- based university's School of Communications said they favored televising House floor sessions. A majority of those prefer coverage by a pool of the commercial networks and public broadcasting rather than House control of coverage. Ninety-two per cent agreed "national media coverage of Congress stresses superficial quotes and conflict issues" and 79 per cent approved the survey statement that the "national media largely ignore the House in favor of the Senate and the President." Eighty-one per cent agreed "reporters tend to form in 'packs' when covering the House, covering 1 only a few events or issues, leaving many important issues unreported," and 47 per cent said "even accredited House Press Gallery reporters do not understand the legislative process." Thirty-seven per cent thought the House should tighten • standards of accreditation for reporters to eliminate incompetents. The survey also found: —80 per cent think education in schools and colleges about Congress "is incomplete and superficial." —91 per cent agreed "misponduct by individual members gives . the whole Congress a black eye." —75 per cent said "people mistake the deliberative nature of Congress for indecision and inaction." Andrus Tough Environmentalist PLAINS, Ga. (UPI) — Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, accepting Jimmy Carter's nomination Saturday to become the next interior secretary, promptly went on record as favoring federal strip mining legislation. Andrus, 45, stressed the need to protect the environment while at the same time allowing room fpr economic growth. He and Carter praised eaclji other for their stands on conservation issues. "Our next president of the United States is a man who himself has been involved in protection of the heritage of America," said Andrus, after Carter announced his nomination at a news conference. "We can all look forward to his personal involvement in passing on the legacy to our children of clean air, clean water and uncluttered landscape, but yet at the same time a healthy business climate where we can all make a living, but after we make a living we have a living that's worthwhile." The former chairman of the National Governors Conference said he was not yet prepared to endorse the "exact" strip mining legislation President Ford twice vetoed. But he said, "In my opinion, there has to be legislation to give protection to the earth and to those lands that are being considered for coal strip mining. My concern personally would be with the protection and reclamation of those lands," said Andrus, a Democrat. "Yes, I think we will see legislation passed very soon in the next Congress." Carter noted Andrus is liked by environmentalists and also has, been a successful advocate in his state of government reorganization — a topic the president-elect made a campaign theme. . Andrus had been a leading contender from the start for the interior post, which traditionally goes to westerners whose states are most affected by regulation of public lands. "I never considered anyone else," Carter said. "He is a man who is a tough, competent manager." . Hospital Holidays Not So Grim By FREDJOHNSON Of The News Staff Ruth Brown has traveled to Connecticut to spend the Christmas holiday with her daughter and three grandchildren 25 times. But this year, the 84-year-old Hays resident will spend Christmas day in a bed at St. Anthony Hospital. Mrs. Brown suffers from arthritis and recently had her entire right hip replaced with one made of plastic. She has been attending therapy sessions twice a day for the past two weeks to learn how to walk again. Mrs, Brown says she hopes to be well enough to return to her home near the college in January. . Christmas in a hospital for Mrs. Brown, however, will not necessarily be a lonely and dreaded affair. Hays hospital officials and volunteer workers are trying to introduce the holiday spirit into the hospital stay of Mrs. Brown and other patients who will be spending the day in St. Anthony or Hadley Medical Center. The hospitals are making an effort to make their patients feel happy and a part of the holiday, as is evidenced by the beautifully decorated Christmas tree that dominates the lobby at Hadley Medical Center. Hadley patients don't have to go to the lobby to enjoy the color of Christmas decorations though, as trees have been put up in each of the medical center's 15 units. Trees and other decorations are also in evidence throughout St. Anthony. Another long standing Christmas tradition, caroling, will alsb be in plentiful supply during the next week. Mrs. Brown said she has already had a group of carolers on her floor and, said St. Anthony's development director,- David Dreiling, additional caroling is planned. The director of volunteer services at Hadley said five caroling groups have visited the medical center and about five more are scheduled to sing during the week. The carolers, after being met in the lobby by a Hadley representative, walk through the halls singing "very softly," she said. According to hospital administrators, patients and visiting friends or families will receive the traditional turkey dinner on Christmas. Visiting restrictions at St. Anthony will be lifted for those patients well enough to receive guests, Dreiling said. "Children under 14 aren't usually allowed on the floors but we try to get the family together if possible," he added. Small tray favors, decorative seasonal centerpieces, will be placed on each patient's tray along with the Christmas dinner. Hadley patients will receive a special "tray favor" a week before Christmas, on Christmas day and on New Year's day, compliments of the Hadley Women's Auxiliary. It's really a thrill for the patients to have a little something added to their trays," the president of the women's auxiliary said. The 4-H Busy Beavers and Rainbow Girls will present favors to St. Anthony patients. Mrs. Brown hopes she will be able to sit up to eat her turkey dinner. "It takes older people a long time to heal but I'm learning to walk and get along fine," she said. Mrs. Brown, a Paola native and 1917 University of Kansas graduate, has been in the hospital for more than a month. "I've known I've had to have the hip , replaced for a year or two and decided in April to go ahead and do it. "I'm not worried about it. The main idea is to get well. When you get older you have to accept things and say this is best for me," she said. Mrs. Brown originally came to Hays in the early 1920s just to spend the summer with her mother, a school teacher. "But," she added, "I met a young man." She plans to begin her first Christmas in a hospital with breakfast, before opening her gifts and cards. Curosity about the contents of the packages from friends and relatives on her shelf have not tempted her to cheat Christmas. "I never unwrap anything before Christmas," she said. "I am going to wait until I get home to send my cards though," she added. Next Christmas Mrs. Brown hopes to be able to resume her flights to Kennedy Airport in New York, where her daughter and grandchildren will be waiting to meet her. The two latest Kansas suspected cases were reported Friday by Dr. George R. Maser, who said two of his Mission, Kan., patients had showed "generalized weakness and loss of coordination." "I think it is suspicious until we get more confirmatory work," said Dr. Maser. One of the men was elderly and the other was a partially disabled man in his late 40s. The possibility of a link between the vaccine and the paralysis prompted a suspension of the federal'immuniza- tion program on Thursday by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, and states quickly followed suit. It appears the public inoculation program is over, for a number of reasons, including public /fear, said Kansas State epidemiologist Dr. Don Wilcox said. Other suspected cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome in Kansas include a 42-year-old Leavenworth woman, who is in serious condition at Topeka's Stormont-Vail Hospital. She is totally paralyzed from a case diagnosed as Guillain-Barrc Syndrome, nnd must use a respirator to help her breathe. Tests are underway to confirm the diagnosis. The woman had a swine flu shot about three weeks before she was admitted to the hospital, Dec. 8. One Of two Snlina cases reported was Lcs Toburen, 41, who is recovering but must use crutches to walk. Toburen, a teacher at Snlina Central High School, said he received his swine flu shot Nov. 1 and was hospitalized with the paralysis two weeks Inter. He said the numbness traveled up his legs nnd reached his face in nbout a week. Another Saltn» man, 82,* received his flu shot Nov. 6, nnd also experienced tho paralysis about two weeks later, lie remains hopilalized. Carter Applauds Saudi Oil Effort Reading at 2 p.m. Saturday: 65 Low Saturday morning: 28 Record high: 66 in 1939 Record low: -8 in 1927 Year ago Saturday 48 and 5 Friday's high 70 Partly cloudy and much cooler Sunday. Highs in the jnid to upper 40s. Clear to partly cloudy and continued cooler Sunday night and Monday. Lows Sunday night in teens. Highs Monday upper 30s to low 40s. Northwesterly winds increasing to 15 to 25 m.p.h. Sunday. PLAINS, Ga. (UPI) President-elect Jimmy Carter Saturday praised Saudi Arabian efforts to hold the new foreign oil price hike below the level sought by most producers, but he said the United States will make no Middle East peace policy concessions in return. Rebuffing an apparent Saudi bid for a modified U.S. position on the Arab-Israeli issue, Carter (old 'a news conference the price of oil should be kept separate from "political decisions 'concerning the-Middle 'East.'" In a letter to the American Jewish Congress, meanwhile, Carter said he has not forgotten his campaign promise to fight the Arab boycott of firms that trade with Israel. He asjced 'for suggestions on how to bring the boycott to an end. "There is no room in the international arena for such discrimination," Carter said in the letter, released by AJC officials in Miami. "I deplore it and want to work with you to end it." Saudi Arabia, ,the world's largest oil producer, broke with 11 other members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries Thursday nnd announced it would raise prices by 5 per cent rather than the 10 per cent voted by other cartel members, Only the United Arab Emirates supported the Saudi position. Cop's Trial Continued RUSSELL,-- For the second time, the preliminary hearing for Russell police officer Floyd 0. Johnson has been continued. Johnson, 24, is charged With firing a shotgun at his police cruiser and damaging its windshield and red light. He is also charged with filing a false crime report. The preliminary hearing was scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday but a county court spokesman said it has been contined indefinitely while doctors at the High Plains Mental Health Center, Hays, prepare psychiatric evaluation of Johnson. Chriitmas Patient Mrs. Brown will spend this year's Christmas In St. Anthony Hospital recovering from hip surgery. Next year, however, the 84-year-old Hays (Daily News photo by Scott Selrer) resident expects to resume her flights to Connecticut, where she visits her daughter and three grandchildren.

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