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4 / DES MOINES REQlSTIR t Men., Aug. 28, 1975 PEOPLE IR TnO ROWO U,S, COMPETES WITH EUROPE Tannia fan JflC( l ueHne Kennedy Onassis, wearing a ICIIIIIB Idll cream silk dress, was among the spectators at the Robert F. Kennedy Pro-Celebrity Tournament Saturday at Forest Hills, N.Y. Mrs. Onassis said she didn't play becousc she wasn't good enough, but added, "Wait till next year." Turns novelist Former presidential aide John Ehrlichman has turned novelist, Parade magazine reports. Ehrlichman, convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice in the Watergate scandal, has written a disguised autobiography that deals with his years as an adviser to former President Richard Nixon. He reportedly has received a $30,000 advance from Simon and Schuster for the novel, tentatively titled "The Commissioner." Behind bars Exploring r JOHN EHRLICrtMAM CHARLTON HISTON ELLIOTT GOULD Movie stars James Caan and Elliott Gould will enter the medium-security Ohio State Reformatory at Mansfield this week for on-location filming of "Harry and Walter Go to New York." The movie is a spoof about a pair of unlucky crooks in New England in 1892. Caan and Gould will be joined by 65 inmates at tbe prison and 250 area •residents hired as extras. Hard man Having dealt with a crippled airplane in "Airport 1975,'' an earthquake in "Earthquake" and a naval battle in "Mid- w a y," Chartton Heston is now heading out west to confront a ramp aging gunman. Heston will star in Twentieth Century-Fox's "The Last Hard Man," based on the novel "Gun-down" by Brian Garfield. Wailin' and sailin' A Tokyo taxi driver says he played the saxophone and rode out three gales on a 9,000-mile, 48-day solo sail across the Pacific. Yukon Tada completed the journey to San Francisco in a 30-foot, two- masted vessel he designed and helped build himself. He lived on rice and seaweed on his nonstop journey. Duke comfortable Actor John Wayne was reported resting comfortably at a Newport Beach, Calif., hospital where he was admitted several days ago for tests. Wayne, 67, won a battle with cancer 10 years ago but lost the lower half of a lung. He was reported to be nursing a cough. Private room Country singer Hank Williams, jr., has been moved from the intensive care unit to a private room in a Missoula, Mont.; hospital. Williams, 26, was injured in a fall while hiking Aug. 9. Singer Johnny Cash visited Williams last week. Jack Ford, son of the President, has joined French occanographer Jacques Cos- teau for two to three weeks of underwater exploration in the Bahamas. Young Ford, 23, an ardent outdoorsman, reportedly will learn n a v i gation, how ships make use of communications and weather satellites, and use satellites to measure sea depths. The work will involve diving, a White House spokesman said. Giancana .gun? A .22-caliber pistol than authorities say may have been used to kill Sam Giancana, has been found in a Chicago suburb about two miles from the reputed gangster's Oak Park home. Workers mowing grass in RiveirForest sighted the gun, which was equipped with a home-made silencer. The weapon will be tested. Giancana was slain June 19 after testifying about CIA plots against foreign leaders. Madame mayor Susanna Agnelli, a prize- winning author and sister of Fiat automobile magnate Gianni Agnelli, has been re-elected mayor of Porto San Stefano, Italy, a fishing and yachting town 100 miles north of Rome. Probe arson in burning of car The Reiltlefi lowe Newi Sirvice DUBUQUE, IA. - Police are investigating the possibility o: arson after the destruction of a car owned by former State Sen ator John M. Walsh about 2 a.m. Sunday. The car was parked in an alley behind Walsh's business Walsh Department Stores. Du buque police said the fire in the car was caused by the igniting of boxes and papers from the store that were outside the building in a large container for trash collection. The card board boxes had been piled on the seat and then set on fire. WHfrmail warrants to shoplifters FAIRFAX, VA. (AP) - Fair fax County shoplifters capture! by store security officers wil be mailed an arrest warran with a trial date instead o being taken into custody fo booking by police. The new procedure, designed to keep pa trolmen in assigned areas, was worked out during a meeting o police and merchants. GRAIN Continued from Page One mand for American grain — be here or abroad — prices move up. There is now an extra strong demand. The Russians, who are having • poor harvest, need grain not M they can eat more bread but so they can eat more meat. The Soviets are using about the ame amount of grain for food bread, cake, pastry) as they were in 1995. But they are feed- ng twice as much grain to food animals. The Soviet livestock buildup s a key factor in the strong worldwide demand for grain. But commercial grain com- tanies, speculators, flour mills, armers and foreign governments also have been paying attention to another set of figures. Those figures point to a growing gap this year betwen tbe amount of grain countries outside the United States will produce, and the amount it will consume as food or animal eed. ' In July, the Department of Agriculture predicted foreign countries would harvest 728.3 million tons. By the last week, the estimated gap had widened o 87.1 mil^on tons, mostly because of weather damage to Soviet crops. The deficit will lave to be covered with purchases from abroad, including the United States. Economists say that in the present situation it is logical for the prices of wheat to rise more than corn, as is now happening. World wheat supplies are tighter than those of corn. Also, governments abroad don't want to cut back on the amount of wheat that is available for making bread. But they may be willing to do with less corn for feeding animals. When it became obvious in July that the Soviet Union was going into the world market for substantial quantities of grain, the Ford Administration ordered a halt to additional sales until the actual size of the American corn crop is known. The administration, with an obvious eye to the 1976 elections, wants to allow enough grain exports to maintain adequate returns for crop growers, but not so much that food prices inflate too fast. —Normallyr-the-United-State* exports between 20 and 25 per cent of its corn corp, and 55 to 60 per cent of its wheat crop. Within that narrow range, economists say, there is a point at which domestic grain prices should stabilize. Tricky Point Government officials say that figuring that point is tricky. The Soviet Union isn't the only new, variable factor affecting the grain markets. India, and oil producing countries such as Iran, emerged suddenly last year as big cash buyers. But the sheer volume and unpredictability of Soviet buying, as demonstrated once again this summer, can affect markets in ways no other country's purchases can. West Europe and Japan usually import more grain from abroad than the Russians do. But their needs can be predicted far in advance and the impact of exports to those countries are calculated by the traders when they establish prices. Soviet imports varied' from imports of 20.8 million tons in 1972; 10.5 million tons in 1973; 4.9 million tons in 1974 to an estimated 25 million tons this year. Impact Seen Administration officials say that announcements of Soviet purchases often have a "psy chological" impact on commodity markets. They say the upward spurts aren't always justified by the actual relationship between supply and demand. They predict that grain prices will decline later in the year when this becomes clear to traders. In the meantime, the speculative boost to prices can sent misleading signals to farmers to the disadvantage of con sumers. For instance, farmers who checked the trading at the Chicago Board of Trade last September saw corn selling for de- THE INTERNATIONAL LESSON ANNUAL, 1975-76 AVAILABLE NOWI Interpretive material and teaching aids for all ProUs- tant clouts using the International Sunday School Us- sons. For each Sunday from September, 1975 through August, 1976. $3.50 . T. AMD MX). Witt, I SHMt ATTEMPT |\ \*r TO MAKE THIS peRSOU X -Ml DfS<mA*BER*E SOLR VWV ivery the following May at around 13.50 per bushel. On that tasis many farmers decided to thin out their cattle and hogs rather than look forward to laying such a high price for mimal feed. This decision resulted in less beef and pork available in the last few months, and prices have risen. In retrospect, though, the market sent a misleading sig- naMo farmers last fall. The actual price of com this spring was under $3 a bushel. Many speculators who undertook commitments to buy corn at the ligher price took a licking. Government officials worry that the commodities markets, volatile since the July announcements of Soviet buying, may be sending farmers the wrong signals again. Answer Offered Some consumer groups say the answer is to stop selling to the Russians. Administration officials counter with a number of argments. They note that the Soviets have had to sell more than 150 tons of gold to pay for the American grain, and probably will have to sell at least that much again by the end of the year. The officials also argue that the strong exports buttress the dollar, and help pay for imports of goods from abroad, such as oil. The imports, in turn, help fight inflation by providing competition for American products. Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz said last week that stopping further sales would lower [ood prices — particularly corn- fed beef, pork and chickens — but only in the short run. In the longer run, he said, prices for the crops might fall so low that the government would have to return to the policies of the 1950s and 1960s — ordering land idled to start prices moving upward rapidly again. Three months ago, crop prices were fallingTapiaiyrand farm groups were pressing for government action to support them. "Without the exports, there would have been substantial pressure to set aside land (from cultivation) next year," said Butz. Urges rural affairs agency WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) Sponsors of the National Conference on Rural America have recommended creation of a fed- ral department of rural affairs to administer programs for people living on farms and in rural areas. A report issued Saturday by the Rural Housing Alliance and Its offshoot, Rural America, Inc., also urged Congress to set up a "select committee . on rural America." The report concluded that rural areas generally are shortchanged in housing, health, education^ land use, transportation and energy development because of a national emphasis on urban areas. Mosquito fines KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (AP) - The government has passed a law providing fines for property owners who fail to drain insect-breeding water on their land. Most got relief from nausea MARIJUANA Continued /roth Page One first: some of Sallan's patients, those in their early 20s, were receiving chemotherapy and at the same time secretly smoking marijuana to keep calm. "They would come in to see me after—hours-aaoV say T —I smoke grass to allay my anxiety and, lo and behold, it helped my nausea,'" Sallan recalls. Doublt effect At the time, Sallan, whose speciality'a oncology (the study of treatment of cancer), was taking a year of psychiatric training. He became interested in the double effect — physical and psychological — that marijuana seemed to be having on his young patients. "My chief interest in the field — besides to cure cancer — is to interdigitate psychiatry and oncology more closely," he said. "This seemed like a possible avenue." FDA Permission reduce the amount of anesthetic needed in surgery. There also have been reports of bad effects. A Columbia University study suggested that marijuana impairs the ability of white blood cells to proliferate in response to infection, thereby possibly decreasing resistance to disease. Some researchers have reported that it damages chromosomes and lowers the user's level of testosterone, the male hormone. So~Sallan obtained p«rmjssl from the Food and Drug Ad ministration (FDA) to conduct a clinical trial testing orally administered THC against a placebo. That some patients had to receive an inactive pill instead of an anti-emetic was less of a disadvantage than it might seem, he said, since the approved anti-emetics are notoriously ineffective against such potent stimuli to vomiting as the drugs used in chemotherapy. Even so,, he said, it was hard to get people to participate. "Ron wasn't at all interested at first," he recalled, "because he didn't want to risk getting the placebo. Four weeks later, afterlieijried the-conventional anti-emetics, he called me up and said, "I'm interested.'" Some patients who received the placebo quit the study in order to take medication for nausea. Others died during chemotherapy treatment. Those who completed the entire study — 11 in all — had by the end received itwo courses of THC and one of placebo or two of placebo and one of THC. Relief for most THC didn't work for all of them, just as marijuana does not affect everyone who tries it. But most obtained relief from nausea, and the drug also improved their mood and appetite. "To have less anxiety and less vomiting and a better appetite takes care of the most toxic side effects of the chem otherapy treatment," Sallan said. Therapeutic Uses Marijuana has other medical uses. In ophthalmology it is sometimes more effective than conventional drugs in lowering pressure inside the eyeballs of glaucoma patients. It has been used successfully to dilate the bronchial passages of asthmatics, to relieve migraine headaches and to prevent convulsions in epileptics. It is being studied as an agent to slow the growth of some cancers, decrease rejection of transplanted organs and Nr« Thit Vtarl CUSS DEVOTIONS: FOR USE WITH THE 1975-76 INTERNATIONAL LESSONS, ly Harold L. Fair. 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The low testosterone business has been contested with good evidence." lonj—Whgther~the "drug lowers resistance to disease is irrevelant to his study of THC in cancer patients. This is because the drugs used in chemotherapy temporarily knock out production of white blood cells, a phenomenon called immunosup- pression. The resistance of chemotherapy patients is already so low, said Sallan, that any further effect by THC would be "a spit in the ocean." Sallan's own patients have suffered few unpleasant symptoms from THC. Some people experienced "transient visual hallucinations" after high doses, and a few reacted with a weepy depression," he noted. The second group, Sallan said, usually reported feeling the same -way_when they had smoked marijuana socially. The drug makes one-third to one- lalf of users somewhat sleepy, but Sallan said that t.ris is a characteristic of all good an- tiemtics. Sallan is now comparing the effectiveness of THC to that of other antiemetics in a second double-blind trial. So far he is allowed to give THC only orally. This is probably the poorest method of'administration, since the drug is not absorbed well by the intestine. He is seeking permission from the FDA to give it intravenously — or by smoking. The optimal vehicle "Smoking is probably the optimal vehicle," he said. "There i s instantaneous absorption from the lungs into the bloodstream and the patient can tit- rate his own response" — that is, smoke just enough to reduce ills nausea. The development of THC as a boon to cancer patients has been plagued by the aura of illegality and emotionalism that surrounds marijuana. Rounds of Negotiations To get approval for the study, supplies of the drug and permission to expand his research, Sallan has engaged in round after round of negotiations with the FDA. He said he has also been investigated by the FBI, the Justice Department, and the National Institute of Mental Health. After he reported his findings in San Diego, he received dozens of letters from other physicians recounting their patients' experiences with marijuana and nausea. He has concluded that the phenomenon has been recognized for a long time, but that no one wanted to take on the thorny complications of clinical research on this particular controversial drug. "And, oh," he said "do I know why!" Credit card church offering ® Kflilht NtWIMM" CHICAGO, ILL. - The day may come when the church collection plate will be passe instead of passed. Churches in five metropolitan areas this fall will participate in a pilot project to test the feasibility if inviting church members td make their offerings through bank credit cards and automatic checking-account deductions. The project is sponsored by the Rational Council of Churches and Investment Data Corp. of Santa Monica, Calif. Israeli fined for buffer zone entry HAIFA, ISRAEL (AP) - An Israeli woman soldier,._. d honorably discharged for entering a United Nations buffer zone to be with the Austrian soldier she loved, received a suspended three-month sentence and a $24 fine Sunday, court sources said. Jeanette Faraj, 19, broke into tears as she testified for more than two hours before the military tribunal about her two-day jaunt into the U.N. zone in the Golan Heights. CHARGES U,S, LAX ON NAZIS WASHINGTON (AP) Representative Elizabeth Holtcman (Dem., N.Y.) Sunday accused the State Department of failure to co-operate in an investigation of alleged Nazi war criminals living in the United Statei. Holtzman made her charges in a fetter to Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger made public Sunday. Got No Help She said that the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization S e r v i c e has *'unsuccessfully sought" State Department help in obtaining information on alleged war criminals from the Soviet Union and Eastern European countries. Holtzman said the information is needed to "substantiate or refute" charges against alleged Nazi war criminals and to assist the immigration service in determining whether to bring deportation proceedings. "The State Department's inaction and indifference is an affront to the Congress and the American people — especially now, as we mark the Thirtieth Anniversary of the end Of the Second World War," she told Kissinger. One of Series Holtzman's letter is one in a series of exchanges between her office and the State Department over the war criminals issue. Her latest letter was in response to a July 30 answer from Asst. Secretary of State Robert J. McCloskey, outlining "State Department initiatives in seeking information on SO cases of alleged Nazi war criminals referred by the immigration service." McCloskey said the department has undertaken a check of the Berlin Document Center for data on SO individuals in question. Also, he said there has been a request to the West German Foreign Office to locate any available evidentiary material. . vol. 127, NO. a Aug. 25, 1*75 NtwiOfflcM MAIN OFFICE mloeutt Street Illtm Xtf DAVENPORT J«m«i M. N*y, C«rr«twndtnf 414 Union ArcMi Mdl. (32»>1i OUBUOUf IOWA CITY rrler Met Mr- awntr-i rlik indMTMoInt! a Trlbunt Cemwnv •xprtuly •ny iTiblllty er wMMlblnty tent «t the Mtfllilir and ripudletet any ay or r, lor their »fe custody er return. Member of the' Aiwcleted treii. The Auociettd Prm is entitled exclutlvely to the use er reproduction et ell lecel new* printed In trill newipeur. e> weir ei (A. 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