_§UNDAY. OCTOBER 13, 1996 NEWS THE SALINA JOURNAL V POPE JOHN PAUL II Vatican: Pope has a form of Parkinson's 3 killed when transmission tower falls. Experts have seen symptoms including pope's slow shuffling step and persistent tremor By CELESTINE BOHLENA New York Times News Service ROME — Vatican officials, in private conversations, now make it clear that Pope John Paul II has a form of Parkinson's disease, and one said this week that an announcement confirming the pope's ailment "could be coming shortly." As the 76-year-old pope continues his recovery from an appendectomy performed Tuesday, attention has again turned to his slow, shuffling step and the persistent tremor in his left hand. Experts have long seen these symp- toms as evidence that he has Parkinson's, a progressively disabling disorder caused by the deterioration of nerve cells in the brain. Officially, the only hint to date that the pope may suffer from a neuro-de- generative disease was a reference to an "extrapyramidal syndrome" that first appeared in a medical bulletin in August. Experts say it is virtually synonymous with the group of diseases known as Parkinson's, but Vatican officials avoid the word "Parkinson's" JOHN PAUL II even when all but confirming the pope's ailment. There is a reason for the Vatican's silence about the pope's affliction. Acknowledging that he suffers from a disabling disease will inevitably raise questions about his ability to lead the Roman Catholic Church. "If you have a pope with a life-threatening disease," said the Rev. Thomas Reese, "then the concern is about a lame duck." Parkinson's rarely affects mental abilities. Its symptoms can often be controlled by medication. According to one neurological expert, it generally takes seven to eight years from the appearance of the first symptom before a patient suffers severe impairment. A pope stricken with a disease that could eventually limit his ability to appear and speak in public is a difficult prospect for the church. But it is particularly difficult for John Paul, who from the day his pontificate began 18 years ago has been one of the most visible, vigorous and well-traveled popes in modern times. By The Associated Press CEDAR HILL, Texas — A 1,500- foot transmission tower collapsed Saturday, killing three workers, snapping power lines and causing a transformer to explode. The maintenance workers were installing a new antenna on the tower, which is used by several television and radio stations, when the accident occurred, said police Lt. Jim Zerban, who witnessed the end of the collapse. "When people said 'the tower,' I turned and looked and just saw the motion of the last of the tower disappearing between the tree line," he said. "It was up and then it was down. It was very, very fast." 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Mobilized by new and more stringent welfare and immigration laws and what they see as growing anti-newcomer sentiment, Hispanics came from around the country to participate in the first national march for Latino and immigrant rights. "We have never united into a distinct force," said a 25-year-old paralegal named Joaquin, who had made the 2Vj-day drive from Houston with his parents. "We need to start getting together and increasing our voice." Participants proudly reminded observers that Latinos are expected to be the nation's largest minority group by 2000. The march's midmorning takeoff was delayed an hour as ralliers cheered and swayed to .blaring Latin music at a park in a largely Hispanic neighborhood. Signs and huge banners said in English and Spanish: "Justice Now." "Candidates Beware — Don't Take Hispanics for Granted." "Fight Power with Power." "This Country Was Built By Immigrants." 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