The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 18, 1986 · Page 5
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Nation/World The Salina Journal Saturday, January 18,1986 Page 5 Polyps removed from Reagan's colon WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan had three "very small" growths removed from his colon and a sample of skin taken from a bump on his face Friday in his most extensive medical checkup since cancer surgery. Doctors initially judged the specimens to be non-cancerous, but further tests will be conducted. "All indications are that when the lab results are in they will confirm the president to be in excellent health," the White House said in a written statement describing the results of Reagan's colon examination and checkup at Bethesda Naval Hospital. The three growths, described by doctors as "clinically benign," were removed from the colon in a non-surgical procedure known as a colonoscopy. Reagan, leaving the hospital after nearly six hours, gave a thumbs-up signal and said "Everything's fine." He and his wife Nancy then flew to Camp David, Md., for a three-day Martin Luther Reagan King Jr. holiday weekend. Asked whether he had named a successor to departing Agriculture Secretary John Block, Reagansaid/'Notyet." Reagan, 74, had gone to the hospital for the first examination of his colon since his successful cancer surgery six months ago. "The finding of three small polyps in not surprising," given Reagan's medical history, said Prof. Gary Gitnick of the UCLA School of Medicine. "The fact that they look benign when viewed with the naked eye is encouraging, but the key is now they look under the microscope," he said in a telephone interview. And even if they do prove benign, he said, it will be important to see if they are pre-malignant — that is, of a type judged likely to turn cancerous if left to grow much larger. In addition to colon cancer, Reagan also had a . basal cell carcinoma — the most common and easily curable form of skin cancer — removed from the right side of his nose last August. The White House statement said the new bump from which a sample was taken was on the right side of his face. The White House refused to submit to reporters' questions about the president's condition. On Friday, Reagan also underwent blood tests, X-rays and a CAT scan, which can provide highly detailed and accurate pictures of the brain, lungs, pancreas, kidneys and other organs. A colonoscopy is a procedure in which a long, flexibile tube is inserted in the rectum and guided through the organ by remote control. A tiny wire snare is located at the end of the device to lasso growths and clip them off. The wound is sealed with a coagulating electrical current that runs through the wire. The three growths discovered in Reagan's colon were polyps, one to two millimeters in size. The vast majority of polyps — which are fleshy growths —are benign, but some become cancerous. Aside from the samples sent to be biopsed, all other test results and examinations were normal and revealed no evidence of any disease, the White House said. South Yemen fighting resumes after talks fail Soviet-sponsored truce talks collapsed and new tank battles began Friday in the five-day- old struggle between rival Marxist factions in South Yemen, the Kremlin's ally on the Arabian Peninsula, diplomatic sources reported. They said heavily armed warriors from mutually hostile tribes were moving on Aden from nearby hills. The battle began Monday with a reported coup attempt against President Ali Nasser Mohammed, a Marxist who has been making overtures to Western-oriented Arab states. The Arab and Western diplomats, based in the Persian Gulf area, said most tribesmen were from three of the six provinces that were merged into what became South Yemen on independence from Britain in 1967. Britain's Foreign Office said in London that foreigners trapped by the fighting were being evacuated by ships Friday night from Aden, the embattled capital. Attorney of serious charges against Goetz Goetz NEW YORK (AP) — The district attorney said Friday he would appeal the dismissal of attempted murder and assault charges against Bernhard Goetz, who shot four young men in a subway train. "We have decided to appeal Judge Crane's decision to the Appellate Division," said the one-line statement issued by Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's office. The office said it would issue a fuller statement on the case, in which Goetz said he shot four black youths in December 1984 because he believed they were about to rob him. The case fired a debate over whether Goetz was a victim fighting back or a vigilante looking for trouble. Earlier Friday, two black leaders said the dismissal of serious charges could be dangerous for other blacks and called on Morgenthau to send the case to a third grand jury in an attempt to get the charges restored. The ruling "sends a signal that if you are white you can do almost anything to blacks and the law en- forcement apparatus is going to stand behind you," said the Rev. Herbert Daughtry of the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn. "There seems to be ample validation of people's suspicion that the criminal justice system is against us," he added. Morgenthau could have appealed Thursday's ruling, sought a new grand jury investigation or dropped the case. State Supreme Court Justice Stephen Crane dismissed four counts of attempted murder and four counts of assault on Thursday. He noted defects in the prosecution's presentation of the case to the grand jury and what he said was the likelihood that the testimony of two victims was false. Supreme Court is the state's trial- level court. Crane upheld charges of reckless endangerment and weapons possession against Goetz. Goetz said he was surprised by Crane's ruling and hoped "it means that the system will abandon the concept of prosecuting victims." Goetz, an electronic equipment calibrator, shot the four on a subway train on Dec. 22, 1984. He said they had surrounded him, and one of them demanded $5 in a menacing way. The youth said he merely asked for $5. Goetz fled into the subway tunnel after the shooting and surrendered to police in Concord, N.H., on New Year's Eve. "The worst is over... and hopefully this nightmare will end for him," Barry Slotnick, Goetz's lawyer, said Thursday. "Mr. Goetz would like to go back to his quiet life and like to go back to his employment." "We believe that this decision will have great ramifications against poor youth and poor people who live and reside in this city," said Sam Finn, president of the Independent Brooklyn Corps of the Congress of Racial Equality. A grand jury declined to indict Goetz, 38, for attempted murder in January 1985. Homebuilding drops but sales still good WASHINGTON (AP) - Construction of new homes and apartments fell 1 percent last year, the first decline since 1982, but analysts said the housing industry still enjoyed a good year. Housing construction totaled 1.73 million units in 1985, down slightly from the 1.75 million units started the year before, the Commerce Department said Friday. The small decline was the first since a 2 percent drop in 1982. In 1983, housing construction surged 60.3 percent as builders recovered from four dismal years in which construction starts had plummeted by 47 percent. Analysts noted that despite the small drop last year, 1985 marked the third consecutive year that construction has surpassed the 1.7-million-mark. "We have just f inished the most stable three-year production period in the history of the housing industry," said James Christian, chief economist for the U.S. League of Savings Institutions. "The drop in 1985 was miniscule compared to the booms and busts that have been characteristic of housing in the past." Christian credited the growth in adjustable rate mortgages for this stability. These mortgages are extremely popular during times of rising interest rates since they offer rates below the level of fixed-rate mortgages. Last year finished on a strong note with a sharp 17.5 percent jump in housing starts in December, the biggest monthly increase in more than two years. Analysts said this big gain reflected sharp declines in mortgage rates at the end of the year and was a good sign that construction should remain strong, at least through the first half of 1986. In other optimistic news, the Federal Reserve Board said Friday that U.S. industries operated at 80.5 percent of capacity in December, a healthy 0.4 percentage point gain. THE BENMNGTON STATE BANK & THE BANK OF TESCOTT —WILL BE CLOSED- MONDAY, JANUARY 20 TO COMMEMORATE DR. 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