Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 28, 1987 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Monday, September 28, 1987
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1 MAGIC NUMBER Surging Giants maul Braves Page 7 Arsonist torches patrol car in early morning hours Page 12 WEATHER MENDOCINO COUNTY — Mainly clear weather is forecast tonight, followed by sunny skies Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Low temperatures tonight in the 40s, with highs Tuesday in the 80s. Temperatures H L Yesterday 93 45 Last year 70 44 Rainfall overnight rainfall 0.00 Year to date 00.00 Last year 1.32 UkiahDaih Monday, September 28,1987 © 1987, Donrey/ Inc. 'Journal Vol. 127 No. 138 12 pages Serving Mendocino County, Calif. 25 Cents AIDS chances rise with exposure By RANDY FOSTER Journal Staff Writer Continuous exposures to the AIDS virus dangerously increases chances of getting the disease, the president-elect of the California Medical Association said. The spreading of the disease "may depend a lot on the load of the virus," said Dr. Laurcns White, who spoke Saturday before the Mcndocino-Lake Medical Society in Ukiah. "Continuous exposure (to the AIDS virus) is much more dangerous" than a single incident, he said. For example, he said the average gay AIDS victim in San Francisco averaged 100 partners per year before contracting the disease, he said. But theories change, almost by the day, as medical researchers try to find answers to controlling the elusive viral disease. Several years ago, doctors estimated that 10 percent of those patients with the AIDS antibody in their blood eventually came down with clinical AIDS. That estimate has been revised as more patients with the AIDS antibody developed the disease, and now the figure stands at SO percent. The actual proportion or people who have the antibody who then go on and develop clinical AIDS may never be known, he said, because there are no accurate statistics on the number of people who arc antibody positive. "Nobody knows how many are antibody positive," White said. The Figure could be higher than 3 million. Many are wary about getting tested for the antibody because of efforts by Lyndon LaRouche and others to quarantine those with the antibody and the clinical disease, he said. That wariness is compounded by fears of the disease, even among the medical community. "There arc still doctors avoiding educating themselves about the AIDS issue," White said. "The plain fact is, the people who arc least scared are the ones who know the most about the disease." He said the California Medical Association "deluges its membership with information about AIDS. Incredibly enough, most don't read it. Doctors here don't think it's a problem in Ukiah, Willits or Mendocino. "You don't know it, but AIDS is going to be the worst thing to happen in your life. It's happening in Ukiah, it's happening everywhere in the world. It's out of control." Reports are beginning to filter out of the medical community that a cure may never be found for the virus. To date, medical research has never "cured" any virus. There have been vaccines that prevent viruses. But the AIDS virus, which mutates more rapidly than any other known virus, has been eluding medical researchers trying to develop a vaccine. The common flu. nlso a virus, changes slightly from time to time. That's why new vaccines arc needed every year* The AIDS virus' rale of change is Dr. Laurens White addressed the Mendoclno-Lake Medical Society on the evolving theories to explain AIDS. many times greater than the flu virus. Thus a vaccine, discovered at great cost, would be effective only for a very short time and only against a specific strain of AIDS. The body's own defense mechanism, its ability to make antibodies, has also been stymied by the disease. The antibodies the body makes fight the wrong part of the virus and are therefore useless. Except for detecting exposure. The only effective means of controlling the disease, for now anyway, is education, White said. But government leaders arc resisting efforts to educate teenagers about the disease. "They say it will arouse their prurient interests," White said. "But I'll tell you right now, there's no way you can increase a teenager's interest in sex." White said education and prevention works. "The only ones gelling il now arc the dopes. You didn'l have to be a dope originally lo gel it. But now, with what we know, you have to be a dope. The trulh is, we won' I stop ihis uniil we slari educating people." Even wilh cducalion programs, a whole scgmenl of ihe high risk population, the needle users, would be bypassed. "The least responsive are the IV drug users," White said. "These are people who buy white powder off the street from someonewith whom they ordinarily wouldn't associate. They couldn't care less if they shoot virus, because they're shooting garbage up their veins, anyway." But politicians and IV drug users aren't the only problem. Doctors also resist dealing wilh the disease. In a local survey, for example, most of Mendocino County's doctors said they don't want to treat AIDS patients. Another statewide survey found that only one in six doctors of a 2,000-doctor survey knew how to take an AIDS-related history of a patient. Only 60 percent appear to refer AIDS patients appropriately, he said. Woodward defends Casey interview Claims ex-CIA director knew of diversion WASHINGTON (AP) — Jour- , nalist Bob Woodward "stands by his claim that former CIA Director William J. Casey admitted in a deathbed interview he knew of the diversion of Iran arms sale money to the Nicaraguan Contras even though Casey's widow says such an interview could not have taken place. Writing in his new book, "VEIL: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987," Woodward said Casey nodded affirmatively when asked if he knew about the funds diversion at a time when Congress had banned U.S. aid to the rebels. But Sophia Casey took issue Sunday with the depiction of Casey's views of President Reagan and Woodward's contention that he eluded security at the hospital and met with the dying Casey. Casey's widow: Meeting couldn't have occurred In an interview with CBS-TV's "60 Minutes" on Sunday evening, Woodward, an assistant managing editor at The Washington Post, reasserted his story while acknowledging there were no witnesses to the meeting. He said the four- minute interview occurred a few days after he had been ejected from the hospital by guards, and that the meeting was arranged with the help of a source he would not identify. "He was dying. It was not the Casey I knew physically," Woodward said. "And so I got one ques- tion, and... that question was: 'You knew about the diversion, didn't you?' ... And he nodded. ... And I said 'Why?' And he said, 'I believed.'" Asked what Casey "believed," Woodward answered, "That we can change the world. That we can reshape it. That we can support the Contras, and we can do what he used to call 'these things' — covert action." In the book, Woodward says, "To this day I do not know why" Casey agreed to speak to him. Woodward describes a Dec. 3,1986, phone call in which he quotes Casey as saying, "I don't know why I take your calls." Casey died May 6 of complications after being diagnosed as having a malignant brain tumor. Mrs. Casey told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Sunday from her Long Island home that Woodward "was never in the hospital." She said family members were with Casey constantly when he was hospitalized in Washington and on Long Island and that Secret Service security officers were posted at his room door and the elevator door around^ the clock. The book also came under attack Sunday from the Saudi government, which Woodward alleged provided money and help to Casey for his private covert operations, and from Sheik Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, leader of the militant Hezbollah faction in Lebanon, whom the book alleged had accepted a $2 million payoff to stop attacks against Americans and U.S. facilities. Excerpts of Woodward's book appeared in today's and Sunday's editions of the Post. Gulf sea lane closed, Murals' fate hangs in the balance m^*-^^. ^^^ am^a^ am M B«^^a^^ m m^^. ^m*. ^^ ^^ ••^fe. ^^^. i^L^L ^^. ^^1 ^B^^ ' many mines spotted MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A major sea lane in the southern Persian Gulf was closed to commercial shipping today after several mines were spotted in the area, shipping executives reported. The shipping executives, sneaking on condition of anonymity, said the deepwater channel 20 miles off the busy United Arab Emirates port of Dubai would remain closed to navigation until U.S. Navy and British warships swept for mines in the area. Other sources, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States believed Iran had seeded the waterway with explosives in retaliation for last week's attack on a minelayer in the central gulf. A U.S. military spokesman said he could not comment on the reports that American ships were searching for mines off Dubai. Shipping salvage sources and Western diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the explosives were contact mines, the same type found aboard the Iran Ajr captured by U.S. forces a week ago about 300 miles away. Dubai is the largest and busiest port on the 600-mile gulf, and had not previously been troubled by the mine threat affecting northern areas of the waterway. Diplomatic sources said the explosives were spotted-Sunday by the missile destroyer iCidd, one of the 11 American warships' in the Navy's Middle East Force. Stuping executives in Dubai said earlier that the mines also were spotted by one of their vessels, about 20 miles off the U.A.E. port. Iran has been blamed for laying mines in the MWtMff M the gulf, close to Arabia, the two Arab countries which it accuses of backing Iraq in the 7-year-old Iran-Iraq war. Iran also reportedly has dropped some mines near the Strait of Hor- muz, the only gateway to the gulf. But it was the first time that such devices have been spotted off the U.A.E., which has maintained good relations with Persian Iran despite the war with Arab Iraq. The waters are regularly traversed by gulf shipping, including the convoys of Kuwaiti tankers sailing under the U.S. flag with Navy escorts. The area is not far from two islands known lo be used by Iran for speedboat attacks on ships. The last mine casualty in the gulf was reported a week ago, when the Marissa 1, a small research vessel, hit a floating charge in the northern sector of the gulf, not far from Iran's Farsi island. Four of the seven Greek crewmen were killed. The reflagged Kuwaiti tanker Bridgeton struck a mine July 24 as it was sailing through the gulf wilh U.S. Navy escorts. Iraqi military communiques carried by the official Iraqi News Agency said Iraqi jets struck al four "large naval vessels" off ihe Iranian coast in a 20-hour period Saturday and Sunday. Shipping officials based in ihe Persian Gulf confirmed Ihe first three reported attacks but could not immediately verify the fourth. Iraq also said its warplanes also raided oil and industrial targets in Imam Hassan and Beedboland in soulhern Iran, iriggering chain explosions. There was no immediate comment from Tehran on the reports. Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored in Cyprus, said 10 civilians were killed Saturday in Iraqi air strikes in southern Khuzestan province. In Baghdad, the Al-Thawra daily, mouthpiece of the ruling Baalh Party, renewed Iraq's call to the U.N. Security Council to enforce its July 20 cease-fire resolution by imposing sanctions on Iran. Plaster repair job erases fine artwork By SUZI BRAKKEN Journal Staff Wrltar Ugly patches of white plaster have turned the once impressive, student-painted murals at Ukiah High School into an eyesore. The deformation is the result of a plaster repair job performed on peeling walls throughout Ukiahi last year. The repair virtually erased a year's worth of artwork done eight years ago by former students Paul Frey, Jr. and Danny Fetzer. The committed seniors worked weekends and holidays to finish the five panels of murals they left on the most visible wall on campus. It's now up to the class of' 88 and principal Phil Gary to decide how to make the cafeteria wall asthetically- pleasing once again. So far, no decision has been made on whether the murals should be painted over by new artists or restored to their original designs. Gary said a committee of students, teachers and administrators will be formed to make that decision. Frey and Fetzer's artwork depicts Mendocino and Lake county's evolution, beginning will a panel of natural habitat before unman existence. The next two panels depict the indigenous Native American population, followed by a panel that shows man and nature out of balance. The last panel depicts a idl- lyic future environment in which man and nature come back into harmony. According to art teacher Richard Hamilton, who directed Frey and Fetzer's work, restoring the murals would be costly and impractical. Frey originally offered to help restore the artwork but has lost interest in that project, Hamilton (see MURAL, page 12) Billic Ashiku Ukiahi cheerleaders practice In front of an eight-year-old mural recently marred by a plaster repair job at the school.

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