THE SALINA JOURNAI NATION THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2001 A3 BBIEHY Ashcroft OKs telecast of McVeigh execution WASHINGTON — Attorney General John Ashcroft has decided to allow Oklahoma City bombing survivors and victims' families to watch the execution of Timothy McVeigh on a closed-circuit telecast, a government official said Wednesday Survivors and families will be able to watch the telecast in Oklahoma City said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity Ashcroft was expected to announce his decision today McVeigh, 32, is set to be executed by lethal injection at a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., on May 16. About 250 survivors and family mem- ; bers relatives told Ashcroft at : a meeting Tuesday that they ; want to be able to see McVeigh ' die. There are only eight places available for victims' witnesses at the penitentiary. It will be the first execution carried out by the U.S. government since 1963. 2 dead in sliooting at senior center : CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A gunman opened fire at a senior • center Wednesday, and two people were killed, police said. Shots rang out at Congrega- • tional Tower about 2:30 p.m., ; and officers were fired upon at ; least six times as they arrived • at the high-rise building, ac" cording to Sgt. David Eisen. berg. Inside the lobby, officers ' found the bodies of a woman in her 30s and a man. One officer suffered minor injuries, but police would not say how he was wounded. Tactical units, aided by police helicopters, searched the building and surrounding area for the gunman. Police sealed off a huge swath of the city, . nine miles south of San Diego, as people in nearby offices cowered in doorways. Dementia causes death within 3 years People with dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease or narrowed blood vessels in the brain often die within about three years — a far grimmer prognosis than generally thought, Canadian researchers say Previous studies that put the average at five to nine years did not take into account people who die so soon after the disease hits that they cannot be included, the researchers said in today's New England Journal of Medicine. From Wire Service Reports ^Pool School I rdiiL=? 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But Dr. Richard Rohrer, the hospital's chief of transplant surgery, said the only benefit the donor receives for the kidney is another kidney for his or her loved one. "It is assigning a value to a kidney donation, and the value is exactly a kidney," he said. "On that basis we feel very comfortable." Dr Mark D. Fox, medical ethicist at University of Rochester Medical Center, said while the program gives an advantage to people on the waiting list who know willing donors, everyone benefits in the end. "It's really a good-faith donation," said Fox, who served on the UNOS panel that evaluated the program. Of the 75,000 people waiting for an organ transplant nationally, about 48,000 need a kidney The average wait nationally is five years; it is three to four years in Massachusetts. Normally, kidneys are distributed according to how long a patient has been, waiting — unless the patient lias a friend or relative who can donate a compatible organ. 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