Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Thursday, March 24, 1988 Page 13 North, Poindexter Plead Innocent To Charges WASHINGTON (AP) - Oliver North, John Poindexter and two businessmen pleaded innocent today to charges of conspiring to defraud the government and steal $17 million in the Iran- Contra affair. The four, making their first court appearance since their indictment last week, each told U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell they would plead "not guilty." Gesell released them on their own recognizance and said they would have to check in with a pre-trial agency each week by telephone. The men were not required to surrender their passports. Pleading innocent along with North and Poindexter were Richard V. Secord and Albert Hakim. North Poindexter Secord Hakim The indictment accuses Poindexter; North, his former aide; Secord, and Hakim of defrauding the government by diverting money from the secret sale of weapons to Iran to the Nicaraguan Contras at a time U.S. .aid to the rebels was banned. The court appearance was the first time North and Poindexter and the two businessmen who helped them run the Iran-Centra effort had been together publicly since the affair was disclosed in November 1986. Before the hearing began, the defendants chatted with each other and their lawyers inside the packed courtroom. They were all dressed in conservative suits, including North, who announced last week that he would retire as a lieutenant colonel from the Marine Corps on May 1. Study: Stroke Operation Has Complications BOSTON (AP) — A common operation intended to prevent stroke causes death or serious stroke in 10 percent of the elderly patients who undergo it, a study published today concludes. The study, based on a large survey of the operation called carotid endartectomy, also found that two-thirds of the operations were judged to be unnecessary or of questionable value. The researchers concluded that the operation is substantially overused. In areas where the complication rate is as high as the average found in the survey, the surgery should never be done "because the risks would almost certainly outweigh the benefits," said the Rand Corp. doctors in their study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. They recommended that the procedure he limited to hospitals and doctors that have low complication rates. "If you look for very hard-nosed proof of the operation, it's hard to show that what we are doing is the right thing," said Dr. John Skillman, a vascular surgeon at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. "There are a lot of indications, as this paper suggests, that a lot of people are being operated on who don't need the surgery at all." The number of the operations grew from 85,000 Parents Mark You For An Early Death BOSTON (AP) - Whether people die young or have normal lifespans appears to be ruled more by their genes than their upbringing, a study today concludes. The research, conducted in Denmark, was based on a followup of infants who were separated from their parents at birth. If the biologic parents died at an early age, there was an increased chance that their children would die during their first five decades, as well. But there was no such link with the deaths of adoptive parents. "We conclude that premature death in adults has a strong genetic background — especially death due to infections and vascular causes," wrote Dr. Thorkild I.A. Sorensen and colleagues from Hvidovre University Hospital in Copenhagen. By contrast, they wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine, they found that early death from cancer appears to be associated with behavior learned in the family. Researchers have long known that some diseases, such as heart attacks and some forms of cancer, run in families. But it is often unclear how much of the risk is inherited and how much results from living habits that people pick up from their parents. The Danish study, based on people who never lived with their biological parents, helps sort out these factors. Kindergarten Tests Blasted NEW YORK (AP) - Two groups of educators today urged schools to stop mass standardized testing of kindergarten children. "Our children are being tested too early and failed too soon, and parents should ask for what purpose," said Sue Bredekemp, accreditation director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. "The most important things to learn in kindergarten cannot be measured on a standardized test, so there is little or no educational reason for the testing, yet it is happening all over the country," she said in a statement. White County Shooting Now Brings Suit MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) - A Remington man shot last year by an off-duty Marion County deputy sheriff is seeking $500,000 in damages. Steven Rusk, 29, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in White Circuit, Court. Rusk was shot in February 1987 by Ruben Rivera, 28, after the two men pulled to the side of Interstate 65 in White County. Rivera was convicted in White Circuit Court of battery with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to two years' probation and fined $1 on Nov. 13. The sheriff's merit board fired Rivera Dec. 10. The lawsuit charges that Rivera recklessly and carelessly fired his department- issued handgun when he wounded Rusk in the abdomen. It also charged the Marion County- Sheriff's Department with negligence for hiring Rivera and providing him with a handgun. Plane Down Near Wabash WABASH, Ind. (AP) — One man was killed this morning when the twin-engine Cessna he was flying crashed near a wooden area by the Servia Airport, state police said. The aircraft landed upside down about 10 miles northwest of Wabash and there was no immediate information on whether the pilot, who was not immediately identified, was attempting to land or leave ihe small airport. A Federal Aviation Administration investigating team was being sent to the scene. No other details were available immediately. Jury Finds Guilty Of Manslaughter LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) - A LaPorte man accused of murder was found guilty of voluntary manslaugher by a LaPorte Circuit Court jury after three hours of deliberation. Kenneth Ellis, 54, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Ronald Muckway, 52, outside a downtown LaPorte restaurant last June 30. STARTING AT 8:00 A. FUUY COOKED WHOLE OLD FASHIONED 15-21 IB AVG. 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