The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 29, 1996 · Page 15
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 15

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 29, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NEWS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1996 B5 T CAMPAIGN '96 Clinton rides economy into final week Drooirlar»t r»/-»ir»tr- /->i it thot i^ ...a**"V~^gp" '&S£m *#^. ~~~ President points out that federal deficit has dropped to lowest level since 1981 By ALISON MITCHELL The New York Times MINNEAPOLIS — As his quest for reelection moved into its final week, President Clinton pointed Monday to new figures showing the federal deficit had dropped to its lowest level since 1981 and proclaimed, "America's awake and moving in the right direction." Clinton's focus on the economy marked one in a series of thematic rally speeches his aides say he will deliver in the closing days of the presidential race to sum up his case for a second term. The addresses are to culminate Friday when the president — returning to a theme he unveiled in the summer of 1995 — plans to speak of the "common ground" he believes now defines the nation's political center. The president opened his daylong swing through three Midwestern states in University City, Mo., a St. Louis suburb, where he stood before a riotous red, white and blue array of flags, charts and banners designed to show that he had more than fulfilled his 1992 campaign pledge to cut the federal deficit by half. Speaking over a distant crowd of hecklers, Clinton said that four years ago, voters had had to take his pledge to cut the deficit on faith. He continued: "Today there is a record, and we can show you. And that's why they're trying to shout us down because we can show you," he said, playing on Missouri's reputation as the "Show Me" state. A giant bar graph hanging along the facade of City Hall-charted the deficit's downward path. And the pillars of the building bore long arrows pointing downward that carried the slogan: "down 63 percent during President Clinton's watch." The Associated Press President Clinton greets a crowd Monday during a campaign stop in Minneapolis for Minnesota Congressional candidates. As thousands looked on, two young people called to the outdoor stage by Clinton pulled a string attached to the bar graph banner, which unveiled a section showing the deficit had dropped to $107.3 billion in the federal fiscal year that ended in September. White House officials said the deficit was the lowest since 1981, the first year of the Reagan administration. Clinton never mentioned his opponent, Bob Dole, by name, but he directly answered the Republican's late campaign call for America to "wake up" by pointing to the health of the economy. "America is awake and moving in the right direction," he said. The president repeated the economic themes throughout the day as he swung through Missouri and Minnesota and pushed on to Illinois. Although these states are usually considered an electoral battleground in presidential races at this time of year, Clinton is running ahead in all three. His aides said the primary purpose of his appearances was to lend energy to the campaigns of Democratic congressional candidates. DNC holding off on filing financial report By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Following a barrage of criticism of its fund-raising, the Democratic National Committee has decided not to file the final accounting of its finances due before Election Day. Republicans and advocates of campaign finance reform expressed outrage Monday, although Democrats said they were within the law. "There is no way to look at it other than they're trying to hide something," said Don Simon, executive vice president of Common Cause, a nonpartisan group that lobbies for campaign finance reform. Republican Chairman Haley Barbour promised to "take action" to force the Democrats to file before Nov. 5. "We're not going to sit idly by and let them thumb their nose at the law," Barbour said. He would not specify what form the Republicans' complaint would take, but said he would announce it today. Officials of the Democratic Party's main national committee contend they don't have to file the pre-election report of contributions and spending because they spent no money on President Clinton during the 15 days it would cover. "Under the law, we don't file since we did not spend any money on federal candidates," said Amy Weiss Tobe, DNC spokeswoman. "In order to abide by the spirit of the law, we will be releasing to the press the names of all the donors later this week." But Simon said releasing such a list would not substitute for the federal filing, where any deception would carry legal penalties. "Whether or not they have a technical argument that they don't have to file there is no question this is a blatant abuse of the spirit of the law," Simon said. Tobe dismissed the suggestion the DNC, which suspended a fund-raiser earlier this month because of the controversial contributions, was trying to hide information. "That's ridiculous," she said. "We're following the law as it is written." Pre-election reports, covering Oct. 1 through Oct. 15, were'due at the Federal Election Commission last Thursday. The DNC said its fund-raising information for that period would be included in its report due Dec. 5, a month after Election Day. V HEALTH Baldness hormone link found Tests show baldness may be tied to presence of female hormone By The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Researchers using mice to examine a pesticide's effects on skin cancer also developed data they say indicates baldness may be linked to the presence of a female hormone, not the absence of a male one. Dr. Robert Smart and graduate assistant Hye-Sun Oh were studying the pesticide's impact when they found that the shaved skin of mice grew hair when treated with an estrogen blocker. "Estrogen was playing some fundamental role in skin biology." Smart said. The discovery by the North Carolina State University researchers was published in Tuesday's edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The discovery is being tested for possible application in humans, but any commercial use could bo five years away, Smart said. Smart said the studies also provided insights into skin cancer, but an scientist who wasn't involved in the research said it was too. soon to suggest the data may lead to cures for either condition. "It may well be that whatever effect estrogen has is going to be much more significant in the mouse than the human," said Dr. Barbara Gilchrest, chairwoman of the dermatology department at Boston University. Another researcher said the finding is a good start for understanding hair loss conditions. "What's interesting and frustrating about the hair follicle is it requires the interaction of a lot of signals. This is such a clear demonstration of an agent that it's new and it's exciting," said Dr. Ulrike Lichti, hair follicle investigator at the National Cancer Institute. Smart said the estrogen blocker acts as a switch to turn on hair growth in the lab mice. He said research to determine if the same switch exists in humans is underway at Wake Forest University's Bowman-Gray School of Medicine. Y SUPREME COURT Scalia rejects 'right to die' protection High court will soon take up constitutional question of 'right to die' By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says there is no constitutional "right to die" — a question the high court soon will address in deciding whether states may ban doctor-assisted suicide. Even though Scalia's views on the righ't-to-die SCALIA issue have been known since 1990, experts on legal ethics suggested Monday it was unwise for him to discuss the subject publicly while an assisted-suicide case is pending at the court. It is "absolutely plain that there is no right to die," Scalia said Oct. 18 at Catholic University's School of Philosophy. "There were laws against suicide" when the Constitution was drafted, he noted. The high court agreed earlier this month to decide whether doc- tors can be barred from prescribing life-ending drugs for terminally ill patients who no longer want to live. Most states forbid doctor-assisted suicide, but lower courts have struck down such bans imposed by New York and Washington state. Scalia, one of the court's most conservative justices, did not mention the assisted suicide issue, according to a transcript of his speech. Legal ethics expert Geoffrey Hazard, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, said he thought the justice's statement was "very poor form." For those with a case coming before the court, "I think they would feel that his mind is closed to them and that is an unfortunate feeling to have when you're going before the court," Hazard said. New York University law professor Stephen Cillers noted that Scalia already wrote forcefully in a 1990 opinion that the Constitution doesn't recognize a right to die. But Cillers added, "If he had called me, I would have said, 'You don't need this.' It will give the public less confidence in the objectivity of his vote." I • =w^=£P^ ^^r ^mi m m •mt ^^mm ^^ SEVEN DAYS $15 DOLLARS Regular Price $26.88 Sailor given 27 years in prison for selling secrets By The Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. — A nuclear submarine crewman who tried to :sell military secrets to the Rus- 'sians was sentenced Monday to 27 years in prison under a plea deal made public after a jury recom- 'mended the maximum life term. Petty Officer Kurt Lessenthien pleaded guilty Sept. 20 to attempt- 'ed espionage and failure to properly safeguard classified material. • Jurors weren't told of the agreement until after they imposed the -stiffer sentence. Lessenthien's ^military attorney said the sentencing hearing was held anyway to give his client a chance "to try and beat the deal." "My client has the right to have his case heard," said Lt. John Jenkins. "Just because a bunch of lawyers get together and say 27 years is fair doesn't necessarily make it so." Lessenthien, 30, has the possibility of parole after he serves one third of his sentence, but he must finish out the life term if he commits another crime within 10 years of release, the Navy said. Lessenthien was an instructor at the Navy's Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Fla., when he was arrested in April after selling classified nuclear submarine information to an undercover FBI agent. ___ Non Commercial Private Party Ads Only Sfl Offer good 10/2 1/96 through 10/31 - PAYMENT REQUIRED WITH ORDER BjBHggggJIIgggliil^^ • A SAVINGS OF OVER 30% Treats for everyone In costume on Halloween Day. Special Halloween Surprises to the first 25 kids in costume. Don't be afraid! We wttbe dressed up too! Mail in or drop off fa 333 S. 4th Salina, .Strf*°t' _,__ nty- Pnnne- „. mt Credit Card' nn in person at the Salina Journal located at: KS 67401 • 823-6363 or 1-800 827-6363 State- •' Aptfl Zip: \. the Salina Journal

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