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FSU Nebraska 17 13 Florida Miami 35 23 Penn State 20 Maryland 18 Ga. Southern 27 FAMU 21 use Illinois 20 10 Auburn SW La. 49 7 Partly cloudy Partly cloudy skies are expected today. High near 90; low near 70. For more on the weather see page 3a.

80th Year, No. 251 Regional Florida's Capital Newspaper Sunday, Sept. 8, 1985 75 Cents alatasee 4HI nntim i it i 111111 A.M. Transplant team runs race for life of ailing patient From Democrat wires By Linda Duffy Democrat staff writer The time is 10:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The place is an operating room in an upper-Midwestern city. Dr. Thomas J. Bixler has just gotten the go-ahead to remove the heart from a brain-dead donor. Implant patient gets heart TUCSON, Ariz.

Doctors transplanted a human heart Saturday into the chest, of Michael Drummond, the youngest man to receive an artificial heart, after the Jarvik-7 pump kept him alive for nine days. Drummond was in critical but stable condition after receiving the heart of a 19-year-old accident victim in a four-hour, 45-minute operation, said Dr. Jack Copeland. The surgeon put Drummond's chances of surviving for a year at 75 percent to 80 percent and of surviving for five years at 50 percent. The surgery marked the first time the Jarvik-7 has been used to keep a patient alive until a human donor heart could be found for transplant.

Previous implants were intended to per manently sustain lives. "I thinlc if Mike does well and survives that this will have an impact on the use of the Jarvik-7 or other artificial-heart devices in transplants," Copeland said. "The whole point of all this is to prolong life. For people who have bad hearts, there is a device now that can substitute for the heart." Killer to leave prison I i. Bixler Igloo cooler the kind most folks use to carry their ham sandwiches and soft drinks.

In the language of transplants, Bixler has just "harvested" a heart, his 10th. It is bound for Burl Creel, a 47-year-old former pipe-fitter who lies near death in Tallahassee. Since the heart can last only four hours outside a body, and since Creel is so desperately ill, the race for life is on. This is the story of that race, a race Creel is winning. The patient Calvin "Burl" Creel is a slight man who, his friends say, looks older than his years.

Two open-heart operations, gray-white hair and near-constant pain have aged him. This once-active man loves his hunting and fishing. He has six children, the oldest one 25, the youngest one 12. Before his bum heart put an end to working and smoking, he was a pipe-fitter. "He had his first heart attack when he was 37," said his longtime hunting and fishing chum, Gary Lawhon.

"But it wasn't from bad See HEART, 12a J- it's. 7-. 1 As other teams remove the liver and kidneys, Bixler puts the heart to sleep by infusing the brick-colored muscle with a clear solution called cardioplegia, which he has brought from Tallahassee. Then, slice, slice, slice, slice and Bixler has severed the four vessels that hold the organ in place. The swift strokes, done with an artist's combination of deftness and delicacy, take less than one minute.

The 38-year-old surgeon bathes the now-flaccid muscle in a slushy electrolyte solution, triple-bags it in plastic and gently places it in an 1 "---vC. "fir VACAVILLE, Calif. -Theodore Streleski says he'll walk free from prison today without remorse, convinced that by hammering a Stanford University professor to death he helped publicize the plight of graduate students. "1 judged correctly that the notoriety would bring press coverage," Streleski said recently from his prison cell. "People may make a Streleski Hardy residents survive hurricane by staying put 'I By Karen Olson Democrat staff writer "L- value judgment about me or the validity of my judgment, but still I think I'm getting some message out there.

So it worked to that extent." The former graduate student killed mathematics Professor Karel deLeeuw in 1978 to protest the way the university treats its graduate students. The 49-year-old inmate leaves the California state prison in Vacaville unconditionally today after serving seven years and 20 days on a second-degree murder conviction. Streleski said that not only does he feel'no remorse for the murder, but that it would defeat his cause to claim remorse. "If I committed a murder to criticize Stanford, if I express remorse, I just throw my whole argument in the wastebasket," he said. Streleski also said he can't rule out the possibility of killing again.

'Jstr operated television, set. "When we saw the 6 o'clock news report, and they said that the fate of the five people on Dog Island is uncertain, that really broke us into heavy laughter," said Wayne Housholder, a carpenter, boatbuilder and wholesale supplier of marine paint. "Our fate was not a matter of concern to any of us. We were sitting there in the candlelight, sipping our wine and eating our pizza. That capped the event right there." Housholder experienced the See SURVIVE, 5A Phil Coale Democrat The gritty gray surf curled skyward, then streaked across the beach in gale-force gusts.

A severed stairway floated past Dog Island on a bed of lacy white foam. In the distance, lightning, raced from cloud to cloud at one point completing a circular Five people braved the fury of Hurricane Elena on a fragile barrier island, as 125-mph winds blasted the Panhandle last weekend. They gathered for dinner Sunday around a gas-fueled stove and a battery- A real hot car Saturday was not a good day for Walter Dickey Jr. of Tallahassee. Dickey was driving his 1975 Chevrolet Camaro along Meridian Road when he noticed smoke coming from under the car's hood.

Dick ey pulled off the road and went to call for help, but flames consumed the car before firefighters could arrive, Fire officials said preliminary findings indicate an electrical problem caused the fire. Coming up Tlfj mm-m i I Arrests and. confrontations mar celebration of big FSU win ir Game coverage, 1F I a fti i S-y (y PM Coale Democrat Planning a wardrobe Classic is back but snazzier than ever. Look for new looks from international designers and from stores in Tallahassee in a special fall-fashion section in Thursday's Democrat. If you like these silk jacquard hostess pajamas modeled by Calynne Peoples, there's plenty to see in Thursday's Democrat.

Index By R.C. Morgan-Wilde Democrat staff writer A victory celebration for several thousand Florida State football supporters turned ugly Saturday night as local law-enforcement officers arrested several people along West Tennessee Street and some revelers replied with obscene gestures. The celebration started minutes after FSU beat Nebraska 17-13. Soon, cars loaded with FSU supporters began circling the three blocks between WToodward Avenue and Copeland Street. Several youths, standing in the bed of a small pickup truck spraying champagne and throwing bottles into the crowd of Seminole fans, were snatched out of the truck and arrested by Leon County sheriffs deputies.

Deputies also arrested a man and charged him with exposing himself to the crowd. Tallahassee police took two people into custody, one for allegedly assaulted an officer and the other on a traffic charge. The names of those people arrested and the charges they face were not immediately available. "There's been too little preparation," a frustrated sheriffs Maj. Larry Campbell said of the city police, as he tried to prevent people from stepping into the street as cars whizzed by.

"There is no way to prepare for something like this," said Tallahassee Police Lt. Duane West, adding that he erected barricades and sta-" tioned officers along the street to keep traffic moving. West said there were 12 officers, on hand initially. The apparent philosophical dif- ference in post-game security isn't new. Last year, a dispute arose concerning home-game preparations, and operations when the University of Florida played FSU in Tallahassee.

Saturday night's problems started with a three-abreast phalanx of fans' cars cruising slowly downhill from South Monroe Street to West Tennessee, with horns honking and fans screaming, "We're number one!" The police department asked for help from deputies a few minutes before the victory was final, said Campbell, who added that 25 deputies were dispatched. FSU police also were sent. For revelers it was a party. "I've never seen anything like it," said Eric Mendez, an FSU junior from Orlando. "It's pretty wild.

"I would tell anybody who hasn't seen it to look up 'pandemonium' in the dictionary," Mendez said. Up and down the street, beer cans popped. Bicycles ran in and out of traffic, with riders shouting victory slogans. See PARTY, 2A Advice 4G Obituaries 2C Business IE Sports 1F Classified 4D, 4E Sunday 1G Home ID Theaters 10C Local State 1C Vista IB If you have a story or photo idea, please call the Democrat between 4 p.m. and midnight at 599-2151.

Phil Sears Democrat Seminole fans flood Tennessee Street after big FSU win.

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