The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 26, 1996 · Page 14
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C4 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1996 NEWS THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY MOTHER TERESA The Associated Press Fizo wears the Purple Cross Bravery Medal he received Wednesday for saving three children from an attack by a poisonous snake. Heroic dog gets medal of valor SYDNEY, Australia — A dog that leaped off a balcony to save three children from a poisonous snake has become Australia's first canine to receive a medal for valor. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals awarded a Purple Cross Bravery medal to Fizo, a fearless 8-year- old silky terrier, at a ceremony Wednesday night. Hugh Wirth, the society's president, said Fizo plunged off a balcony onto a poisonous, 5-foot long brown snake as it recoiled, ready to attack Fizo's 9-year-old owner and two playmates. Although the dog was bitten several times, Fizo held the snake in its mouth until the venomous reptile died. The dog collapsed and was taken to a nearby animal clinic to receive a venom antidote. Mother Teresa leaves the hospital CALCUTTA, India — Mother Teresa was discharged from a hospital Wednesday after a scan showed that a clot in her brain has dissolved, her doctor said. "There is no cause for worry," said Dr. A.K. Bardhan, her cardiologist. "A blood clot in her brain has been completely dissolved after 10 days of medication." Mother Teresa, 86, was admitted to Woodlands Nursing Home on Sept. 16 after she bumped her head in a fall from a chair. A brain scan after the fall had shown a blood clot. As the Roman Catholic nun left the nursing home on a stretcher, she blessed those who treated her. "Remain united with your family," she said. "It will give you peace of mind. If you have peace, you will have love. If you have love, you will have God." At her home at the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa joined the nuns in prayer and sang hymns. She walked with the help of the sisters. Bardhan said two doctors at the mission will keep Mother Teresa under observation for a few days. Last month, Mother Teresa was hospitalized at the nursing home for two weeks for malaria, chest infection and cardiac problems. Wounded elk hides in fourth-floor apartment VILNIUS, Lithuania — A wounded elk staggered into an empty fourth-floor apartment, terrifying neighboring residents before it was shot to death by police. The elk took refuge in the apartment after being wounded by hunters in a forest near this Baltic capital, the ITAR-Tass news agency said Wednesday. Police tried to drag the huge' beast out of the apartment, and when that failed, they tried to find a wildlife specialist to tranquilize the elk. Unable to find one, they put the animal out of its misery, the report said. 6-year-old gets $7,500 for lost tooth DURHAM, N.C. — The tooth fairy never had to pay out this kind of money. Then again, the dental sprite has never been sued by a kid. Marcus Ingram, who was 6 when he lost a baby tooth in a 1992 car accident, was awarded $7,500 for his injuries Tuesday by a judge. To get the award, Marcus had to sue his mother, Rita, who was driving the car, and her insurance company. The lawsuit was a formality commonly observed in such matters to protect the interests of children. The $7,500 will go to Marcus, his doctor and his lawyers. From Wire Service Reports T ISRAEL-PALESTINE "F; The Associated Press An injured Palestinian youth is carried toward a stretcher during clashes between Palestinian and Israeli troops Wednesday at the checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Israelis, Palestinians do battle Four killed, hundreds injured in worst fighting between bitter foes in three years By The Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian police and Israeli troops battled with automatic weapons Wednesday, casting Israel and the Palestinians into their biggest crisis in three years. Four people died and more than 350 were wounded as Palestinians cheered on their police against the Israelis. The exchanges of fire in the West Bank towns of Ramallah and Bethlehem began during stone-throwing protests by thousands of Palestinians angered by Israel's decision to open an archaeological tunnel near Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third-holiest site. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who ordered completion of the tunnel, said in Paris: "The decision was good, but the timing was bad." Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces clashed in Arab east Jerusalem and the West Bank town of Hebron. Those scuffles did not involve gunfire, and only minor injuries were reported. The violence was reminiscent of the six- year Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip that ended with the 1993 signing of a breakthrough peace agreement. Nearly 2,000 Palestinians were killed by Israelis during the revolt. But Wednesday's confrontations for the first time involved armed Palestinian forces — 30,000 armed Palestinian police were deployed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as part of the peace accords. Palestinian demonstrators said they took to the streets with the encouragement of their leaders. "The Palestinian Authority is giving us the green light to demonstrate and throw stones and return to the uprising," said Mohammed Kafkay. Palestinians cheered on their police as the officers fired at the Israelis. The violence dealt another blow to Israeli- Palestinian relations, which-have faltered since Netanyahu took office in June and comes at a time when Israel's relations with much of the Arab world are troubled. Egypt has accused the new government of reneging on agreements and stalling the peace process, and the specter of war with Syria is in the air. Even-ties with Jordan, Israel's closest ally in the region, are losing their warmth. . Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has warned that a new uprising could erupt if Netanyahu did not go forward with implementation of the peace accords signed by Israel's previous government. Netanyahu also has angered the Palestinians by approving new housing construction in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, and delaying Israel's withdrawal from most of Hebron, the last West Bank city under Israeli control. The specter of a new Palestinian uprising could also undermine domestic support for Netanyahu who had narrowly won the elections with a promise of "peace with security." The Palestinians postponed a round of talks with Israel that had been scheduled for today. Israel said the talks would be Sunday. T RUSSIA Yeltsin's surgery put off 6 to 10 weeks Delay will give Russian president time to get better after heart attack By The Associated Press MOSCOW — Boris Yeltsin's bypass surgery will have to wait six to 10 weeks to give his damaged heart time to heal, and then he'll need two months to recuperate from the operation — meaning Russia will likely be governed from a sickbed into the new year. Doctors said Wednesday that Yeltsin must remain in a hospital or health resort until he undergoes the triple or quadruple bypass surgery, although he can do paperwork and see visitors. "He's mentally as alert as he can be," said' American specialist Michael DeBakey, who consulted with Yeltsin's Russian doctors for three hours Wednesday and will return for the operation. "There is no reason why he cannot function in his capacity as .president" while awaiting surgery, DeBakey said. However, new details of Yeltsin's ill health, including re- TPETS cent internal bleeding and the length of his expected recovery, are certain to bring new demands for his resignation by the Communist-led opposition. Hard-liners have called on Yeltsin — who was re-elected to a second five-year term in July — to step down. "If there's a feeling that the presidential staff is ruling instead of him, the question might be raised" in parliament, said Communist Gennady Seleznyov, speaker of the Duma, the lower house. Yeltsin's illness was also causing anxiety in Washington about the future of Russia's reform process and its ability to carry out a peaceful succession if Yeltsin dies. "Democracy in Russia is doing fairly well, but it is hardly an absolute certainty that it will take deep root," Assistant Secretary of State Thomas McNamara said. Dr. Renat Akchurin, head of Yeltsin's surgical team, said doctors told the president the bypass operation had an 80 percent chance of success if it was done now, but an almost 100 percent chance if he waited. Hiding leaders' poor health not limited to former Soviet states By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — John Kennedy was shown as a man of vigor despite health problems that led priests to give him last rites before he bid for the presidency. Francois Mitterrand hid for years the cancer that killed him. The discredited former denials about Russian President Boris Yeltsin's ailments may sound like something out of the Kremlin of old, when operatives insisted doddering leaders were robust until they dropped dead. But deception and lies about a leader's malady are also rooted in the democratic tradition — and not all are in the distant past. Even open governments have been led by the secretly sick, men driven by political sensitivities or pride to hide disability, deny ailments and grin through pain. In France, a court has banned a book by Mitterrand's doctor telling how the president had or- dered his 1982 diagnosis of prostate cancer kept secret and kept it that way for 10 years. "It's still the state lie that won," said a French publisher, fined for early sales of the book. Such secrecy is more often associated with totalitarian states. The Soviet Union had a long history of covering up ailments at the top, starting with founder, Vladimir Lenin, who was incapacitated and quietly dying at a country resort without the country knowing it. These days, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, 92, who hasn't appeared in public for more than two years, is believed to be afflicted with Parkinson's disease. But even countries where leaders can't drop out of sight like that don't always get the full story. Franklin Roosevelt concealed his paralysis from polio as long as he could, with the complicity of the press and his own conviction that spirit was more important than his wasted legs. He also hid grave heart disease in his 1944 campaign, scholars have since discovered, in what may be the closest American parallel to Yeltsin's situation. T BABY BOOM Evidence born of blizzard activities Mini baby boom seen coming out of blizzard that struck in January ; By The Associated Press ',., NEW YORK — Amy Lauriat had never played Monopoly all the way through before, but now the snow outside was 2 feet high and she and her boyfriend had finished two whole games. Next, they moved on to Scrabble, then Trivial Pursuit — "the old Trivial Pursuit, with the old answers." The Blockbuster was closed. They'd had a few beers. They were feeling a little bored. And then ..i Nine months after all those trip's past GO, Lauriat is happily e£- pecting her first baby. She's one of many shut-in Americans who made more than a snowman during the Blizzard of '96. "It was very relaxing," the 25- ye'ar-old University of Maryland student recalled the other day. "Neither of us could go to work. We'd played every board game we had. There was nothing else to dp." The blizzards that covered the Northeast and Midwest in early January apparently will not produce the kind of bumper baby crop associated, in anecdote if not demographic science, with other great storms of the century. Many hospitals, obstetricians and midwives report an increase in births, but others see no effect at all. In Grand Forks, N.D., which was slapped by one blizzard after another last winter, deliveries at United Hospital are up 40 percent from a year ago. St. Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, N.J., which has the state's largest maternity ward, says births are 25 percent higher. Dr. Wendy Martinez, an obstetrician in Vorhees, N.J., had to add a second birthing class for expecting parents. "Everyone was asking everyone else, 'So what day of the storm did you do it on?' " she reported. But some hospitals with large maternity units, such as Brigham and Women's in Boston and Montefiore in the Bronx, report no storm effect. Mothers Work Inc., which hds more than 400 maternity clothing stores, has seen no surge in sales. For all the stories about babies named after the hurricanes during which thpy were conceived, demographers say there has been no scientific study of the relationship between extreme weather and birth rates. And they claim that "variables" — say, managed care's impact on hospital populations, or seasonal fluctuations ;in sperm count — would complicate any such effort. But if the blizzard has not produced an across-the-board population boom, it has produced some rather embarrassing confessions. Tara Hayden Brown, an expectant mother, told the Buffalo News she thought that she and her husband conceived on Jan. 16. "The snow was so high, Steve even couldn't get across the street to the drugstore," she blurted. Another expectant mother told the paper how she and her mate had escaped the snow by flying to Las Vegas. "We went and gambled — in more ways than one," she said.; Meanwhile, Lauriat and her boyfriend, Michael Trevert, are expecting their son any day now. They'll call him Tobin, and he'll always remind them of that otherwise boring, snowbound night in an apartment complex in Gaithersburg, Md. "We marked the snow level on the tree outside," she said. "It's still there." Tabbies to be putting on the ritz Cats with good-luck 'diamond eyes' to be wed to tune of $28,000 By The Associated Press BANGKOK, Thailand — Are diamonds also a businessman's best. friend? Two Thai executives think so — and are planning a lavish wedding for their cats, who have a condition known as "diamond eyes" that locals believe brings good luck. The condition is a type of glaucoma. A hard, blue-colored film develops over the eye, leaving the cat blind, unless treated in its early stages. Vicharn Jarat-archa, who owns a cosmetics company, found the groom, a 3-year-old tabby-Siamese The best man will be a parrot named Little Emerald, and the maid of honor an iguana named Naughty Girl mix, whom he named Phet, while on a hunting trip along the Thai- Burmese border early this year. "Since then business has been good, and we believe it is because of the cat," Vicharn said Wednesday. So he went back to the border and found the bride, 4-year-old Ploy, whom he gave to Naren Techaworawongsa, a friend and tour company executive. No expense is being spared on the feline festivities. The bride will have a $60,000 dowry, and the Oct. 5 wedding is expected to cost $28,000. Several government officials will be invited, Vicharn said. Phet and Ploy will be ferried to Bangkok's largest discotheque by helicopter and Rolls Royce, and later will enjoy a honeymoon cruise on the temple-lined Chao Phraya River, also known as the River of Kings. The best man will be a parrot named Little Emerald, and the maid of honor an iguana named Naughty Girl. Phet is being fitted for a special tuxedo, and both will have gold wedding rings specially fashioned for their paws. Only^/Days Left/or REAL PIZZA! We will be closed October 3 thru October 12 823-5125 123 N. 7th, Salina

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