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NEWS 5A Feds crack down on Web auctions BREAKING OUT How to tame 'wild' water 3D . .hnews 2A Twisters cut swath of death in Georgia Fa Weather Mild with plenty of sunshine. High: 58 Details, 8B Greenville, South Carolina Tuesday, February l 5, 2000 Pickens Oconee Edition lmt0mm ,. f,v"f --''ririiii mi iiiniinin Yimt the mwmbt Ws flu Republicans work dDDD their weaknesses Polls show Bush, McCain still close By Dan Hoover Staff Writer Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Arizona Sen. John McCain moved Monday .o shore up weak spots and keep core supporters energized with South Carolina's critical GOP presidential primary four days away. During rallies in Anderson, Greenwood and Aiken, McCain, a former Navy flier and Vietnam War hero, mixed defense themes with populist appeals to use campaign finance reform to break the hold of special interests on Congress "and return government to the people," Bush went heavy on education, telling supporters in Saluda that he decries "the soft Warm welcome: Presidential candidate Alan Keyes gets a standing ovation from Bob Jones University students Monday morning. GOP primary gets feds' OK All polling places will be open By Bruce Smith The Associated Press COLUMBIA The South Carolina Republican primary cleared two key hurdles Monday one in federal court and the other at the Justice Department that will let the vote go forward as planned on Saturday. Democrats challenged the Republican vote, saying the GOP would violate federal law by not opening all polling places, especially in predominantly black areas. In a consent agreement, the Republican Party pledged to work to open all state-designated polling places, and, if necessary, pay state election Oconee Nuclear Station step closer to relicensing SENECA Relicensing the three reactors at the Oconee Nuclear Station would pose no safety problems, federal officials have concluded after studying whether to extend the life of the plant another 20 years. On Monday, the staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the report, which is the second step in a multi-step process leading to a renewal decision. In late December, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission also concluded the renewal bigotry of low expectations" and, keeping with his new reformer theme, said he would "challenge the system nationally" like he did in raising standards and accountability in Texas. Alan Keyes told an estimated 6,000 people mostly students at Bob Jones University that he is the only conservative candidate with the moral conviction and strength of character to lead the country. "I would rather lose every vote than the vote of my Master," said Keyes, a Roman Catholic who received a standing ovation when he was introduced and when he was finished. See COP on page 4A OWEN RILEY JR. Staff workers to staff them. The consent order was approved by a three-judge federal panel that was scheduled to hear the case. "We asked them to open the precincts and they did and we're real pleased," said Jim Fitts, a Williamsburg County activist who, along with state Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Co-lumbia, filed the complaint under the Federal Voting Rights Act. The Justice Department also said later in the day that it had given clearance to the primary. "All challenges to this election are gone," said Steve Hamm, the Republican Party's lawyer. WANT MORE? A copy of the safety report is available at OPAreportsrenewal.htm would not harm the environment, despite questions raised by a local watchdog. A subcommittee of the NRC's Advisory Committee on Reactors will meet in Clemson Feb. 24 to review the safety report. The full committee will issue a report on its review. They thought he was dead r TANYA ACKERMAN Staff Recovering: Henry Josue Diaz, left, explains struck by a truck Saturday morning. Mario how he tried to make noise when he felt Rene Caballero, who was also struck by the someone place a sheet over him after he was vehicle, rests in a bed behind him. Wreck victim covered by sheet For 35 minutes, rescuers where unaware man was still alive By April E. Moorefield and Andy Paras Staff Writers A Greenville man struck by a truck was left for dead by three emergency workers and covered with a sheet for as long as ,35 minutes early Saturday before paramedics saw him move and began resuscitation efforts. Henry Josue Diaz, 21, speaking through a translator, said he could feel an emergency worker put a sheet over him but was unable to respond. "He knew when he felt the sheet that they were thinking he was dead," said Ja-cobo Cervantes, die translator. Diaz said he couldn't move or open his eyes, and was unable to speak but was choking on blood and mucus in his throat. He was discovered alive as Greenville County Deputy Coroner Kent Dill arrived after being dispatched to what was described as a "confirmed" fatality in a motor vehicle accident, Dill said. Diaz of Greenville and two friends were hit by a pickup as they walked along Lily Street about 6 a.m., authorities said. On Monday, he walked out of Greenville Memorial Hospital with no permanent injuries. In the wake of the accident, Greenville County Emergency Medical Service Director Jeff Ward defended the paramedics who pronounced Diaz dead. INSIDE Abby 9D Bridge 9D Business 6B Classifieds 10D Comics 8-90 Crossword 9D Cryptoquote....9D Editorial 6 A Jobs I0D Jumble 90 Lifestyle ID Local IB Obituaries 4B PeopleWatch...3A Sports 1C Television 40 Theaters 2D Weather 8A Circulation hot line 298-4110 Classified A ds 298-4221 Copyright 2000 Greenville News-Piedmont Co. A Gannett Newspaper-125th year No. 15 -42 pages THE NEWS IS PRINTED USING RECYCLED PAPER "4rj901"12001" Lily Street accident chain of events 5:57 a.m.: Greenville County i EMS called. 6:01 a.m.: Berea Fire Department and first ambulance arrive. Rescue workers find no pulse for Henry Josue Diaz. 6:08 a.m.: First EMS rescue truck arrives. A third check fails to detect a pulse for Diaz. 6:11 a.m: EMS quick response arrives. 6:12 a.m: Ambulances depart for Greenville Memorial Hospital with two trauma patients. 6:40 a.m: Ambulance notified to return for third trauma patient SOURCE: Greenville Co. EMS. Berea Fire Department He knew when he felt the sheet that they were thinking he was dead.'' JACOBO Cervantes, translator for henry josue diaz Critical patients needing treatment outweighed available resources, Ward said, forcing paramedics into a nationally accepted triage system used when traumatic injuries exceed available medical equipment and emergency workers. A firefighter from the Berea Fire Department trained as a first responder, as well Rise in Hope lies in some high-tech treatments By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press WASHINGTON It started with flu-like symptoms that Michael Locher just couldn't shake. Then an egg-shaped lump ballooned on his jaw, and his doctor knew Locher was the latest victim in the nation's baffling rise in lymphoma. Even as many other types of cancer have leveled off or even dropped, this mysterious immune-system cancer has ''V p .Vi ! ' i . 1 :-TE . l:r.a.. (L : - (lJ -.W,L ' "I 'W'.i - 1 H-U X to AreaofiWaH W'- P"! SUZIE RIDDLE Staff as two paramedics, checked Diaz for signs of breathing and a pulse. , Ward said they found none. A patient in triage can be ruled beyond help if there is no evidence of breathing and it is determined the victim's airway is not blocked, according to a national model used by emergency workers. "There were two other patients who appeared critical," Ward said. "Based on our triage system, we determined the patient was ap-neic and pulseless, was nonsalvagable and moved on." A second victim, Christian Ortiz, 25, of Lily Street in Greenville, was treated and released from Greenville Memorial Hospital's emergency room later Saturday. The third victim, Mario Rene Caballero, 30, also of Lily Street, was admitted to the hospital and released Monday. Ortiz said that immediately after the wreck he heard Diaz choking and told See VICTIM on page 4A to (Accident " 1 lymphoma cases been making a quiet but astounding rise; rates have nearly doubled since the 1970s. Is diet to blame? Pesticides? Air pollution? Viruses? Obesity? Nobody knows. Cancer experts are launching major studies worldwide to find what's behind this cancer's march. But there is good news: Doctors are testing highly promising new immunotherapies for the worst type, non- bhdis spDot mi flag Civil rights group says monument not appropriate Support grows for Hodges' flag plan. Page 3A By James T. Hammond Capital Bureau COLUMBIA Leaders of the Legislative Black Caucus on Monday embraced Gov. Jim Hodges' proposal to move the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome and legislative chambers to the Wade Hampton monument behind the Statehouse, even as the NAACP and flag supporters rejected it. A half dozen defenders of the Confederate flag's position on the Capitol dome waved their banner and decried what they saw as an attack on their culture. James Gallman, president of the state NAACP, said the civil rights organization's boycott of South Carolina tourism would continue until the flag no longer "flies in our face." He said the monument is not an appropriate historical setting. But Sen. John Matthews, D-Bowman and leader of the Legislative Black Caucus, and House Democratic Leader Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Or-angeburg, said they'll support the governor's proposal. "Every member of the black caucus is a member of some branch of the NAACP. I appreciate what they have done to put this on the front burner. However, for the 170 of us elected to do the right thing, it's time to act," Cobb-Hunter said. "I'm going to do what I think is the right thing to do, no matter what the NAACP, the Sons of Confederate Veterans or anyone thinks," she said. . John Hill, spokesman for the Council of Concerned Citi-. zens, said the fate of the Confederate flag should be decided in a referendum of South Carolina voters, not in "back-room secret meetings reminiscent of the Soviet Kremlin." "We don't mind BMW being in South Carolina, but don't destroy our history. We don't mind dealing with the foreigners, but leave us our culture," Hill said. House Speaker David Wil-kins, R-Greenville, commended Hodges for putting forward a specific proposal. Wilkins has proposed putting the flag at the soldiers monument in front of the Statehouse. Hodgkiris lymphoma. They include a potent but still experimental "monoclonal antibody" called Bexxar that carries radiation straight to cancer cells to zap them without hurting healthy tissue. "This is just amazing," said Locher, of New York City whose tumors vanished last fall after he took Bexxar in a medical experiment. . "The results have looked very, very promising," says Dr. Wyndham Wilson of the National Cancer Institute. "What's even more exciting is that there are now a whole pDann Statehouse battle flag requests skyrocket Banners sent up and down auxiliary pole By Deb Richardson-Moore Staff Writer Confederate flag-lovers fearing their banner will soon come off the State-house are flooding legislators with requests for flags that have been run up an auxiliary pole on the flat roof behind the dome. State Budget and Control Board workers open a hatch in the roof to raise the temporary pole, then mount flags on it for folks willing to pay $20 for a banner they can say flew over the Capitol. With the recent increase in demand, there's a six-week wait on orders that enjoyed same-day availability last summer. The numbers tell a story of Dixie. In the year from Aug. 6, 1998, to Aug. 6, 1999 the first year after the Capitol makeover 438 South Carolinians requested a Confederate flag flown from the temporary pole. In the final five months of the year, 1,521 made requests. Bobbie Nix of Marietta purchased 10 during that time. See TlAGonpageZH EEM. The wait for a worn-out flag from atop the Statehouse dome can be 12 years. The flags are free, with $3 mailing cost. Call (803) 734-3528. Here are the numbers of people on each waiting list: Confederate: 782 South Carolina: 633 United States: 497 The wait for a new flag flown on an auxiliary flagpole is currently six weeks. Rags are $20 and available by contacting one's representative or senator. baffling number of different monoclonal antibodies coming forward" to attack numerous varieties of lymphoma. Plus, NCI scientists are developing experimental vaccines customized to patients' cancers in hopes of preventing hidden lymphoma cells from staging a comeback after chemotherapy. ' Some 62,300 Americans will be diagnosed this year with lymphoma, in which vital immune cells stored in the lymph system become malignant. More than 27,000 will die.

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