The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on September 25, 1978 · Page 3
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Monday Morning, September 25, 1978 (Die (Kalttrsion jDaify 3-A Safety Commission Lists Hazards For Consumers WASHINGTON (UPl) The Consumer Product Safety Commission has drawn up a list of 24 of the most serious hazards facing consumers, Commissioner Susan King said Sunday. Ms. King said in a U.S. News and World Report interview the commission "perhaps has tried to address too many products and too many problems. And, in some instances, we have also been unduly cautious — trying to devise the perfect product and the all-encompassing rule." To alleviate that problem, Ms. King said the commission win concentrate on 24 programs "we consider to be of greatest importance." Some of the programs include power mower safety, outside antennas for televisions and CB radios, unvented gas-fired space heaters, chain saws, products containing benzene, which has been linked to leukemia, and cellulose insulation. Ms. King said 495 people were killed in 1975 and 1976 trying to install CB antennas because people may not know that high-voltage wires are not insulated. She said bicycles cause the most injuries, uia au- ded, unluriun;iir;. il is often how that bike is used that makes it dangerous — and we can't regulate its use." She said the same problem applies with skateboards. The best action the commission can take, she said, is to educate parents to the risks involved and to encourage the use of protective equiment such as kneepads and helmets. Ms. King said the commission has pending "a major case" in federal court against 26 manufacturers of "old technology aluminum wiring systems which we believe to be an imminent fire hazard." "We are asking the court to order the manufacturer to inform consumers to correct the problem," she said. Ms. King, quoting a CPSC staff member, said the commission "is not trying to build a playpen around the world. "Still, 1 think the public does have a right to safe products, and the government has a responsibility to keep highly dangerous products off the market.'' THE O'CONNELL senior high school cheerleaders are showing the new cushions for home games at Public School Stadium. The first home game for O'Connell is Friday. From left, senior cheerleaders include Maria Buzzara, Susan Mackev and Lisa Guisti. Microfilm Capsule Can Provide Needed Medical Information LEAA Praises Support Program WASHINGTON (UPl) A federal agency gives an excellent rating to a Pennsylvania project for its treatment of intoxicated, drugged or mentally disturbed persons without placing them in jail, and recommends communities throughout the country copy the program. James M.H. Gregg, acting administrator of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA), said the Montgomery County Emergency Service provides both treatment and security while freeing manpower for criminal police work and other duties. The agency called MCES an "exemplary project" and is encouraging other communities to try the approach. LEAA says drugged, intoxicated or mentally disturbed people arrested by the police'are too often placed in facilities ill- equipped to care for them. "It's an everyday occurrence in cities and towns around the country and it just needn't be," Gregg said in a statement. Under the four-year-old Pennsylvania program, police, courts and probation officers refer drunk, drug abuse and disturbed person cases to an emergency service that operates outside the criminal justice system. Psychiatric and detoxification emergency service, psychiatric evaluation, referral services and emergency transportation is provided on a 24-hour basis. The referral service arranges longer-term care and intervention with such groups as Alcoholics Anonymous, drug treatment centers or psychiatric hospitals. Chief Edward O. Stauch, Jr., of the Upper Moreland Police Department, said a psychiatric emergency to deal with a mentally disturbed person would require the response of almost all on-duty law enforcement personnel in many of the small police departments in the county. Project director Dr. Angerlo Zosa said police referrals account for 41 percent of admissions to the unit, which handled 6,700 cases in its first three years of operation. "A three-month study of 152 referrals showed that charges were brought in only 34 cases and most of these were issued prior to the referral," LEAA said. "Most oatients are thus removed from the criminal justice system and relieve the load on both courts and police." "We hope in the next year or so to be financially independent," Dr. Zosa said. "At present we have 93 percent of our billings covered by third-party payers (insurance companies)." WASHINGTON (UPl) You are in an accident and by yourself. By the time medical help arrives you are either unconscious or incoherent. Necessary information is required before doctors can treat you adequately. Even if you are conscious, the emergency room stai'f needs certain information from you and the questioning is time- consuming. Are you on any medication? Do you have any allergies? What type blood do you have? What is your medical insurance coverage? A New York City company has come out with a device that would have all of this information immediately available. Emergency Medical Data, Inc., utilizes advanced micrographics to reproduce medical information on microfilm less than one square inch in size. The microfilm is contained in a capsule that can be worn as a bracelet, necklace or other type of jewelry. EMD President Norman T. Forsyth says "medical personnel simply place the capsule in a standard viewer or in the more sophisticated X-ray viewer available in hospital emergency rooms. "A low cost, pocket size viewer also is being made available for emergency personnel such as ambulance attendants, police and firemen." Carter Broadens White House Circle Life Will Hit The Newsstands Again NEW YORK (UPl) Life, the magazine that brought the magic of pictures to four generations of Americans, hits the newsstands on a regular basis Monday after an absence of six years. The magazine, which first appeared in November 1936 for a dime and suspended publication in 1972. a victim of changing tastes and loss of advertising revenue, will appear monthly instead of weekly as it had for 36 years. "Life if back," its editors exclaimed in the preface of the 140-page October issue. While the new Life is the 1,865th grandchild of the issue that appeared in 1936, its editors have set it off from the past by labeling the October issue Volume 1, Number 1. Since it ceased publication with its Dec. 29, 1972 issue, the magazine's familiar red and white logo had appeared 10 times on special issues. ••The gonri reception of these issues," the editors wrote, "was one of the factors that encouraged us to bring back Life as a monthly." Another factor not mentioned in the preface but no doubt responsible for the decision to resurrect the magazine was the success in recent years of other picture-oriented magazines as Us and People, one of Life's sister publication on the roster of magazines owned by Time Inc. While many magazines have shrunk the size of their pages, the new Life retains its big-page format. A major difference from the early years is the price — si.SO or 15 limes more than the cost of its first issue. Saying "this is a clitlerenl magazine," the editors declare that the new Life will, as in the past, rely on "the power ol the picture - to astonish, to teach, to delight, to touch." In a statement, the magazines management noted that "both Life's editorial and marketing rationales have changed." Unlike the old Life that depended heavily on subscriptions, the new magazine "is aiming at the outset for a circulation mix that is heavier in single copy sales." WASHINGTON (UPl) — President Carter has broadened his Georgia- dominated White House inner circle to plug some holes, rev up for the fall elections and. probably, prepare for his own run in 1980. In recent weeks and months, he has added as presidential assistants and special assistants: — Gerald Rafshoon, image-maker and assistant for communications. —Anne Wexler, the public advocate for administration programs. —Sarah Weddington, liaison to women's groups. —Louis Martin, liaison to the blacks. —Ed Sanders, liaison to the Jewish community. While these specialists have been added to Carter's team, a few original members have left the presidential staff. Martha "Bunny" Mitchell, highest ranking black in the White House at special assistant rank, departed two weeks ago. Tim Kraft, Carter's assistant in charge of political appointments, said no new job has been found' for her yet. Midge Costanza, 45, resigned as the only woman at the presidential assistant level after her power had been deeply eroded. Her duties were divided between Ms. Wexler and Mrs. Weddington. James Fallows, 29, also has resigned as chief speechwriter, effective after the November elections, to return to magazine journalism. And Barry Jagoda, 34, special assistant for television, is preoccupied with project on international com- munic'ations for the National Security Council. Of the new crew, the best known nationwide is Rafshoon, the Atlanta- based advertising executive and media expert who masterminded the image-making for Carter's m illion-to-one 1976 presidential campaign. He was called to White House duty when the president's poll ratings hit their lowest point recently. Ms. Wexler, 48, has been active in politics since the 1950s. She is frequently in view in White House meetings with special interest groups. Martin, 65, a black newspaperman and former deputy Democratic national chairman, has taken over Mrs. Mitchell's duties. Sanders, 56, a Los Angeles attorney, is past president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and is on the executive committee of the United Jewish Appeal. He got the task of shoring up Carter's standing in the Jewish community, a job his predecessor abandoned when the administration was pressing its decision to sell warplanes to Egypt and Saudi Arabia. AIDS on All Shifts No Experience Necessory. Apply in Person. WINCHISTIR 1112 Smith, Alvin. Tcxoi Mil 3314125 6Tr«. 3Yr». ANGELA Md MONICA PfREZ They will celebrate their birthdays October 1. 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