Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 16, 1987 · Page 3
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 3

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, September 16, 1987
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-THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1987-3 Seven Ukiahi students in Merit semifinals By SUZI BRAKKEN Journal Staff Writer Seven high school seniors from Ukiah have been chosen as semifinalists in the 1988 Merit Scholarship competition. The Ukiah students are among 15,000 students nationwide who will compete for about 6,000 Merit Scholarships worth $23 million. The students entered the program by taking a qualifying test, the PSAT/ NMSQT, in 1986 when they were juniors. The represent the top scorers and about half of 1 percent of the state's high school graduating class. Semifinalists include Shari R. Epstein, of the Developing Virtue School in Talmage. Epstein plans to study foreign languages in college and would like to become an elementary school teacher. The other six scmifinalisls attend Ukiah High School. Erik P. Jepson intends to major in business and pursue a career in banking. Jeffrey G. Moore plans to study medicine and become a physician. Wendy R. Stancer plans to major in foreign languages at college and is undecided about her career plans. Kesc J. Smith plans to study radio, TV and Him in college and would like to pursue a governmental career. Semifinalists Orion E. Poplawski and Heather J. Raner are as yet undecided about their college and career plans. To be considered for scholarships, the Ukiah students first must become finalists by meeting high academic standards, take the SAT test, and receive recommendations from their high schools. The students also must submit information about their school and community activities, personal interests and goals. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to advance to final standing. About 44 percent of finalists will receive a Merit Scholarship. The scholarships include 1,800 National Merit Scholarhips of $2,000 distributed on a state representational basis; 1,400 $500 to $8,000 per year scholarships underwritten by corporations and foundations, arid 2,800 four-year scholarships from $250 to $2,000 per year offered by colleges and universities. The 1988 finalists will be announced next spring. Practical uses sought for space technology LiBriWen Most wanted men and women sought Lee Adams, left, chairman of the American Cancer Society's Jail and Ball fundraiser, and Martha Barra, an honorary judge for the event, remind residents that Thursday is the last day to have someone arrested in the annual event. All activity will be Friday and Saturday at the Pear Tree Shopping Center. Call 462-7642 to arrange for the arrest of your favorite person. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Companies large and small are taking advantage of a little-known clause in the law that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, requiring the agency to apply its learning to living. Back in 1958, it was written that, the agency would find practical uses for its space technology down here on Earth. For example, a St. Louis, Mo., tennis shoe manufacturer contacted NASA to help it find a bounder sole. "We're taking the technology that's been developed and finding ways for it to benefit the average American," said John Graham, outreach director for NASA's industrial applications center, an agency conduit designed to get space technology to the masses. The West Coast division of NASA's industrial application center, located at the University of Southern California, has taken that legal mandate even further. For $40Oa year, a company can now sign up to be an "associate in technology transfer," gaining access to all of the information compiled by NASA's laboratory. Participating companies can even use the services of federal "technol- ogy counselors" to work on specific problems. For additional fees, the companies can obtain access to commercial databases. Graham said the associates program is pan of the agency's rebuilding following the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in January 1986. All seven crew members on board the craft were killed. "Since Challenger, there has been a period of time of confusion and not as high morale," Graham said. "Now, NASA is on the move." Although NASA has always kept an open-door policy, the costs of its services were often prohibitive to smaller firms, said center director Radford King. The associates program officially started in June but was in the planning stages for months prior to that. "The research used to go into the space programs cuts right across many, many disciplines," said King, who helped develop the associates program. More than 100 firms have joined the program since its inception, King said, adding that other centers are likely to develop if all goes well in California. Phony father shows up at papal event Vanunu denied access to visitors UNIVERSAL CITY (AP) — Father Guido Sarducci of "Saturday Night Live" fame showed up while Pope John Paul n spoke to students at the Universal Amphitheatre to videotape segments for a cable TV show. Actor Eton Novello, who gained fame for his parody of a priest, was armed with a media pass and he had a camera crew and phony cardinal in tow during the papal event. Novello said he was doing spots for a Cinemax cable TV special. The actor did a few impromptu interviews with spectators and amphitheater employees. One woman asked him to have the pope bless her lottery tickets. "We could really use the money," she said. "So could I," said Novello. JERUSALEM (AP) — A district court ruled today that a former nuclear technician charged with treason may not meet with his girlfriend and a clergyman and said such meetings could jeopardize Israeli security. The three-page ruling also denied requests by Mpr- dechai Vanunu, 32, to telephone relatives or receive food parcels, but said he could send tape-recorded messages to friends and family and listen to a radio in jail. Vanunu, who worked for nine years at Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor in the southern Ncgcv Desert, went on trial Aug. 30 and faces a maximum life sentence if convicted of revealing Israeli atomic secrets to journalists last year. The trial, delayed by a judge's illness, is expected to resume in November, the national Him news agency reported. Based on the information supplied by Vanunu, The Sunday Times of London reported Oct. 5 that Israel had the world's sixth-largest nuclear arsenal. The newspaper said Israel stockpiled at least 100 nuclear weapons and was able to produce neutron and hydrogen bombs. Israel maintains strict secrecy about its nuclear policies and has never directly responded to the report. Officials have said Israel will not be the first, or the last, country to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East conflict. Vanunu's relatives have said he was abducted by secret agents and brought to Israel shortly after the article was published. The defendant, who is kept in solitary confinement in an unidentified prison, appealed to the court last week for permission to see his girlfriend, Boston computer operator Judy Zimmet, and an Anglican clergyman identified by Israeli news reports as Brother Albert Sinden of St. George's College in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem. Vanunu converted to Christianity in 1986 after being fired from his Dimona job during a cost-cutting drive. 'Some progress' reported in arms talks WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of Slate George P. Shultz today reported "some progress" on nuclear arms control issues as he renewed pre-surnmit talks with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze. The headway, Shultz said, had been reached by a group of U .S. and Soviet negotiators and weapons experts who met for three hours Tuesday night and also by a separate group that dealt with bilateral questions. He did not provide any details in a brief exchange with reporters after meeting for more than an hour with Shevardnadze at the State Department. They then dined over pheasant in a glittering ballroom at the Soviet embassy, a few blocks from the White House, and prepared to turn their attention to Afghanistan and other regional issues later in the afternoon. Shutz is trying to persuade She- vardnadze to agree to a withdrawal of 115,000 Soviet troops from the country over a few months' time. Despite initially downbeat U.S. forecasts, the two sides have made muted claims of progress ever since the foreign minister began his talks Tuesday. They are designed to iron out differences in the way of a treaty to ban U.S. and Soviet intermediate-range nuclear missiles and over human rights and Afghanistan as well. As for the two working groups that met at the State Department while Shultz and Shevardnadze took a boat ride along the Potomac River, Shevardnadze said that "if we didn't expect anything, we wouldn't be sitting here." Shultz then volunteered, "They made some progress, but the minister and I agreed while they weren'i perfect they were the best we had. 1 ' ARE YOU IN A HURRY? -Call- One Day Recap Service New Tires Top Quality Recaps /A FETZER VINEYARDS AND UKIAH PLAYERS THEATRE PRESENT TICKETS (6 AVAILABLE AT: U.V.A.H..98P S.Dora St. or at the door. A BENEFIT PERFORMANCE FOR U.V.A.H. The Ukiah Players are giving a special performance to benefit the Ukiah Valley Association for f he Handicapped. The proceeds from this performance will go toward the payment of wages for the landscape maintenance crew who takes care of the grounds at the Ukiah Playhouse. Come enioy this special performance of The Rainmaker and support the Landscape Crew in their work In the community. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 • 7 PM Ukiah Playhouse • Low Gap Road Sorry, children under 6 will not be adrnitted. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND 50% OFF Our client Elizabeth Olivas lost 116 Ibs. © 1987 Nutri/System, Inc. We Succeed Where Diets Fall You. nutri system 50% OFF Call today for your FREE no-obligation consultation. 468-3857 Crossroads Shopping Center Ukiah Sp*cl«l does not Include the cost of exclusion NutrlSy»»«m food*. Condition* apply nutri system HURRY I. OFFER EXPIRES 'Si*. »/»/•/.. 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