The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 29, 1986 · Page 3
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Tuesday, April 29, 1986
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THE BAYTOWN MJN Radiation health risks studied WASHINGTON (AP) Fallout from the Soviet nuclear accident might be detectable in the United States by the weekend, but the amounts would be so small they would not present a health hazard here, a U.S. nuclear expert says. And even in the Soviet Union, health risks outside the immediate area of the accident might not be all that great, experts said Monday. By the time fallout reached the United States, which could happen in five or six days, "there is no question there will be a sizeable dilution, there's tremendous mixing in the atmosphere," said Kenneth L. Mossman, who directs Georgetown University Medical Center's program in radiation science. "It is likely that with sensitive radiation detectors, we might be able to pick it up," Mossman said in a telephone interview. The Soviet Union said a nuclear accident had damaged ah atomic reactor at the Chernobyl power plant in the Ukraine. Radiation as much as 10 times above normal was recorded north of Stockholm, Sweden, and this included iodine and cesium compounds — both products of nuclear fission which \ would be produced in uranium reactor fuel. Momnan said the type of radiation detected in the United States and elsewhere could provide clues as to the nature and scope of the Soviet accident. Mossman and another expert, Richard C. Reba, who heads the division of nuclear medicine at George Washington University Medical Center, said the health risks to Soviet citizens might not be great even in a nearby population center such as Kiev, about 100 miles from the accident site. "If the Three Mile Island accident is any indication as to the severity of health effects, I would imagine there wouldn't be much in the way (of health effects," Mossman said. The Three Mile Island accident near Harrisburg, Pa., in 1979 was a partial meltdown. No one was killed and very little radiation was released, but scientists are still monitoring the long-term effects. With the Soviet accident "radiation injury is really not going to be a major factor," Reba said. Even if there had been a meltdown, he said, the dilution of water- and airborne radiation would minimize the health effects. Reba and ilossman said radioactive iodine in humans would migrate to the thyroid. gland. "The thyroid Is a rather sensitive organ with respect to cancer induction," Mossman said. Cesium, if inhaled or ingested, spreads throughout the body, he said, lodging in muscles and elsewhere. , Reba said major injuries or deaths stemming from the accident were probably confined to plant workers in the immediate vicinity, but predicted few such injuries in surrounding communities. "There's such a big dilution effect," he said. "A lot of radioactivity is gas, and most radioactive gas is very short-lived." If radioactive iodine gets into the water supply, it can be treated with a salt that blocks the thyroid's ability to absorb it, he said. Reports on government radio in Hungary said the plant was located at the conjunction of two rivers, near the reservoir that supplies Kiev, a city of 2.4 million people. "Its (radioactive iodine's) half-life is eight days, so it's only a temporary risk," Reba said. Cesium, on the other hand, has a much longer half-life. aveyour pressure checked. RETIRING? BEING LAID OFf ? What will you do with the distribution from your company retirement plan? Don't retire from any company without attending this seminar presented by Sterling Municipal Library and ROTAN MOSLE Inc. IBM to continue cautious approach 'HOUSTON (AP) — International Business Machines Corp's operations outside North America remain strong but company officials say they will continue a cautious approach in 1986 because of lingering economic troubles in the United States. , "The U.S. economy continues to show only moderate growth and has yet to emerge from the long year-and-a-half period of disappointing corporate profits and capital investment, now compounded by uncertainty over tax reform legislation," said John F. Akers, IBM president and chief executive officer. Wall Street closely watches IBM's pronouncements as a sign of the outlook for computers and industry in general. After Akers' remarks were released Monday, IBM stock fell slightly, but rebounded late in the day to close at a 52-week high of $161.37'/a, up $1.87 1 2. Analysts said IBM's rise probably had more to do with a general interest in technology stocks than with Akers' comments, which were similar to previous statements. "We believe the prudent course for IBM is to expect a demanding year ahead, to make ourselves a company as lean and vigorous as possible and thus ready ourselves to take on our competitors, who, when the turnaround comes, will emerge tougher and more challenging than ever," Akers said Monday at IBM's annual stockholders' meeting. Akers also said he is encouraged by lower interest rates, a weaker dollar and the lack of protectionist legislation. He cited lower oil prices as a good economic sign for many countries, but added that more stability to prices would be helpful. IBM, the world's largest computer company, reported earlier this month that profits rose 3.1 percent in the first three months of the year. The company said it had net earnings of $1.02 billion, or $1.65 a share, compared to $986 million, or $1.61 a share, a year earlier. Revenue for the first quarter rose 3.7 percent to $10.13 billion from $9.77 billion in the year- earlier quarter. Last year, Armonk, N.Y.- based IBM posted its first annual earnings decline since 1979. Net income fell 0.4 percent to S6.56 billion from $6.58 billion a year earlier. Revenue in 1985 rose 9 percent to $50.06 billion from $45.94 billion a year earlier. "As our first-quarter figures indicate, we and the industry have not yet put the problems of 1985 behind us," Akers told more than 1,100 people attending the meeting. '' I would sum 1985 up this w ay: It was a very tough year for the industry. The company did not emerge unscathed and the year's performance did not come up to our own expectations." he said. Akers also told stockholders he supported current efforts in curbing the federal deficit, but added he did not believe it could be eliminated in five years. Deaths and funerals KRESTA Services for Ludwig Krestu, 71, of !'Baytown are scheduled /or 2 p.m. [^Wednesday ai Earthman Funeral •faome Chapel in Baytown with the .•Rev. E.R. Burns o//iciating. > Kresta died Sunday at a Baytown fhospital. *.'., A World War IJ veteran, Kresta •"\vas a retired boilermaker from Exx^.oh. •; He was preceded in death by his •^parents, Charlie and Vlasiu Krestu, .-{ind bv one sister und one brother. ^ :•_.Survivors include his wi/e, Georgia J.L. Kresta; Jour daughters and sons• in-law, Ann and Charlie Seeley, Lyn. da Mooney und Tom Ballurino, Ag'. gie and Jim Parlridge and Evelyn ; Phurr and Frank Smith; a son and • daughter-in-law, Arthur D. and '. Brenda Mooney, all o/ Baylown; six ! sisters, Lillian Hensley of Navusotu, • Frances LuForge o/ Detroit, Mich., • Julia Swank of Houston, Millie '. Hillon of Splendora, Bessie Calron ; of Ponca City, Okla., and Dollie • Tilley of Texas City; and Iwo i brothers, Charlie Kresta of Yorktown ', and Frank Kresta of Houston. Nine grandchildren, nine great! grandchildren and numerous nieces ' und nephews also survive. ! Burial will be at Cedarcrest | Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charlie Seeley, i Arthur D. Mooney Jr., Arthur D. ; Mooney III. Donald Hendrex, Glenn • Dressendor/erand Tom Ballarino. ' Services are under direction of ', Earthman Funeral Home. GONZALES Services for Victor A. Gonzales. 61, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Woosier Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Hedges presiding. Gonzales, u longtime resident o/ Baylown, died Sunday in a Houston hospital. He was a member of Woosier Baplist Church. He is survived by his wi/e, Angela M. Gonzales of Baytown; three daughiers, Elsa Brent of Highlands, Lisa Segura and Anna Gonzales, both of Baytown; and one son, Victor A. Gonzales Jr., of Austin. He is also survived by three sisiers. Elvira G. Stamper o/ Houston, Alicia Conireras and Rachel Delorre. both of Boy (own; one brolher, Ruben Gonzales o/ Baylown. Three grandchildren, Sie/artie Segura o/ Baylown, and Steven Brent Hearing Aids Better mfrMionai Cart* 422-4292 We Do It Right For Less Money * • Carpet • Vinyl » Woo<J Floors * "> ' "** HOT Bull SmfcfcM. Tte sraittr will iiclife dh • IRA ROLLOVERS • 10 YEAR AVERAGING • CAPITAL GAINS • PERSONAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY • ASSET RELOCATION MODELS Please join Tom Davis and Richard Paulson, Retirement Specialists with Rotan Mosle Inc., for this informative seminar. DATE: April 30, 1986 - Wednesday TIME: 7:00-8:30 p.m. PLACE: Sterling Municipal Library For more information, please call: 589-4539 urn! Stucey Brent, both o/ Highlands, also survive. Burial will be al Memory Gardens Center. Pallbearers will be Don Breni, Jesse Segura, Victor M. Detorre, Philip Detorre, Duvid Detorre und Rick Detorre. Services ure under the direction o/ Eurthmun Funeral Home. WEATHERLY Services /or Ruth Evelyn U'eather- ly, 58, of Buytown will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Eurthmun Funeral Chapel with the Revs. Bob Stipe and Geruld Dickersor* of- /iciating. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. A.E. VVeatherly; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Jim Lamb o/ Baylown; a daughter, Nan Weutherly o/ Bay-town; a son and daughter-in- law, Steve und Debbie Weutherly o/ Highlands; a son, John Weaiherly of Baytown; und three grandchildren. Burial will be a! While Cemetery. Pallbearers wilt be Joe and David Busby, Larry Hvff, Earl Hutton, W.P. Sexton und Cecil Cope. Honorary pallbearers will be T.M. BealandJ.C. Harrison. Services are under direction of Earthman Funeral Home. 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The widow's first remark U "Why didn't somebody tell me?" there are counties* difficult duties that dimand immediate attention on the Jay of bereavement. difficult financial burdens are eased through thought/ill pre-ne«d planning. it eliminate* de*perale haste and unchangeable decision to be made alone. it. eliminate* wrong decision* by well meaning "Friends and Relatives." choice location* can be selected under normal conditions. a deed to a family lot w •« indwpertMbte to a family's security as saving* or a will. cemetery property ia much easier to pay for from earning* than from meager saving* or a widow's petition. it is better to own a family lot and not need it than to need it and not hav« it. everyone has enough burden* of their own to bear without asking them to bear those we are able to cope with, ourselves. OFFICE OPEN 10 AM- 3 PM SATURDAYS MNNNC TMICUMATIOII Mtmbcr: National Association o/ Cimfttri** • For tk* Living and Tkott Tkiy Rtmtmtpr

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