Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 30, 1993 · Page 10
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10 —WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 1993 New coordinator supports needle exchange to fight AIDS -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- WHAT'S HAPPENING? WASHINGTON (AP) — The new federal AIDS coordinator said Tuesday she supports needle exchanges for drug addicts as a way of fighting the disease, but she stopped short of urging condom distribution in schools. She said she will coordinate all government AIDS programs with a staff of five. Kristine Gebbie, who was appointed by President Clinton last week after others turned the post down, said she's been given "clear authority to work across the Cabinet" on federal efforts to deal with the epidemic. She made the rounds of the TV talk shows Tuesday morning and said in an interview carried on the Fox network that "I can't work miracles." Later in that same interview, she said her staff will be "very small — four or five people at maximum." Gebbie said that didn't bother her because her job "isn't about building bureaucracy." Still, . by federal standards that's a tiny staff. She told her interviewers that she hopes to focus the government's efforts by getting different parts of the bureaucracy talking to each other. "A lot of people within agencies ^e concerned about our failures to be truly coordinated and to move as aggressively as we should have," she said. In two of those areas, education and needle exchanges, Gebbie indicated that the government planned to take a more liberal approach. "They do work in some communities," she said of needle exchanges, the providing of clean needles to drug users to slow the spread of AIDS by contaminated needles. "We're looking forward to a major review of needle exchange programs due out in a very short period of time." > "Anybody who is sexually active should have ready access to means of protection, which includes condoms," Gebbie said. Whether to give them out in schools is a local decision, she said. "They're not an expensive product and they're available over the counter lots of places," she said. "So who should hand them out is not the heart of the dialogue." Gebbie's appointment came shortly before the National Com? missiort^«r?MDS: issues a;'repW that cri|j.cji^ed,,the l GliriwK; : ;adm- nistration for being more talk than action in dealing with the disease. Administration officials have said action on the AIDS front would be coming soon. Just on Tuesday, the Social Security Administration announced that it was issuing new rules to make it easier for people with the AIDS-causing virus to get federal disability benefits. The rules were first proposed under the Bush administration and have largely been in effect since late 1991. There have been some changes made, but the effect is minimal in terms of how many more people will be allowed onto the disability rolls, said a Department of Health and Human Services official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The government will pay less than $10 million a year over what it's already paying. Disability benefits easier to get for HIV-infected people WASHINGTON (AP) — It will be easier for people with the AIDS virus to qualify for federal disability benefits under government guidelines to be issued this week. Victor Zonana, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said Monday that a number of the new definitions of conditions linked to the HTV virus that causes AIDS will relate directly to women. An HHS official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the new regulations will add relatively few people to the rolls and cost less than $10 million annually. However, The New York Times quotes unnamed "advocates for people with HIV" in Tuesday's editions as estimating that 10,000 patients could join the more than 55,000 with HTV infection who already receive monthly cash benefits totaling over $300 million a year. Pelvic inflammatory disease and cervical cancer are. among the conditions unique to women that will be included for coverage, the Tunes said. Zonana said HHS, the parent agency of the' Social Security Administration, "will set guidelines that are less bureaucratic and cumbersome for people, but you still have to be sick." ESSSffSlS* leSki -*^*i*iisrtti»**w on 1 s^Ta^«Se bS« onlytn-PPfopriatB sections of the paper. The Daily Journal " StrtSS^&S D»Srtr^rrt. 8 New 8 Notes. The Ukiah Dally Journal^ P o Box 749 UKtah, Calf.. 95482. or drop them off at the Ukiah Daily Journal 590 S School a. bSwienSim. ami 5 p.nr on weekdays or through our front-door ^lot after 5 p.m. dn weekdays, anytime on weekends. Homecoming queen's picture omitted; she files claim SAN LEANDRO (AP) — For allegations of racial bias. she said Monday. the first time, San Leandro High In addition to the money, Janu • Cooper said she was aw School has a black homecoming ary Cooper, 18, wants the school start crying when sne^iiMs queen. But the yearbook failed to to reissue the yearbook to include the publication in carry her homecoming photo, the omitted photo, leading to a $250,000 claim and "I didn't want to believe it," UUL/Jll'uLJWii «• • - —— - ^ 'I left school and came home, she said. Name of event:____—. Type of event (concert, fund-raiser, etc.):. Date(s) of event: . Starting time: Ending time: —_ Name of location: . Street address/City (also include directions or major cross streets if needed): . Sponsoring organization(s): Cost (if free, state so): Tickets available where/when:. Additional information: Pleas© list a phone number we can publish for further information of this event: . I AH tnB local nawa. ^Maaanal'-'aY y?* w^w 9*^F&* %P fff^B •y^^^^^^^WRt jW «)M»)tMtelb#iiij -!f Consumer confidence, housing sales declined in May WASHINGTON (AP) — The national economy is 'growing — but fitfully, a point underscored Tuesday by a decline in the government's chief forecasting index, a drop in consumer confidence and a surprising plunge in 1 new home sales. Government reports on May show that economic activity was on the down side of the 1993 seesaw and a private report suggests June may not have provided a rebound. The Commerce Department's Index of Leading Indicators fell 0.3 percent in May following a 0.2 per- • cent advance^ April. It had been down in March, up in February, down hi January and up in December. "It's consistent with the viewpoint that you have a choppy economy that's going to be growing only modestly," said economist Maury N. Harris of Paine Webber Inc. The most negative of the leading index's 11 forward-looking indicators was the University of Michigan's survey of consumer confidence, down for the fourth time in five months. Meanwhile, a separate survey, issued Tuesday by the New York- based Conference Board, suggested consumers' cautiousness continued into June. The private business research organization's confidence index fell to an eight- month low. Analysts say consumer fearfulness, as much as anything, explains the shocking 21 percent plunge in new home sales in May at a time when buying conditions were virtually ideal — low interest rates, plentiful supplies and stable prices. The plummet, reported by the departments of Commerce and Housing and Urban Development, was the worst in 13 years and it virtually wiped out a 21.9 percent increase in April. Economist Donald Rattjczak of Georgia State University said consumers remain concerned about job growth and are becoming increasingly wary of tax increases coming out of Washington. President Clinton, who bragged about April's dramatic increase in home sales; said reducing the nation* s budget deficit and keeping interest rates down eventually will improve the economy but that the latest figures show recovery "is not going to be easy or quick," j "We are basically restructuring j the American economy at a time, when the whole world is in a rebuilding process," he wid while posing for pictures with Argentina President Carlos Menem in the Oval Office. The IndOT of Leading Indicators is designed to predict economic activity six to nine months in advance. Economists take three! consecutive movements in one I direction as « good, although far from foolproof, barometer of future activity. In May, in addition to consumer confidence, five other indicators were negative. Four indicators were positive. The variow changes left the index at a seasonally adjusted 151.6, up 1.6 percent from a year ago and down 1 percentfrom three month! ago. 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