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Arafat arrives in Tokyo for visit
TOKYO (UPI)- PLO leader Yasser
Arafat flew into Tokyo-yesterday for a
controversial visit under tighter
security precautions than were
provided Pope John Paul and Chinese
Premier Hua Guofeng.
"We as a peace-loving people have to
fight aggression," Arafat told a dinner
in his honor several hours after he
arrived from North Korea. "We are not
asking for the impossible," he said
referring to the Palestinian people.,
JAPANESE police mobilized 17,000
men to protest Arafat during his three-
day stay. Police sharpshooters were
perched on rooftops all along the 10-
mile route from the airport to down-
town Tokyo. A bomb threat at the air-
port hours before Arafat arrived
proved to be a hoax. -
The visit by the Palestine Liberation
Organization chairman is billed as
"unofficial," but the government han-
dled many of the details, including sen-
ding foreign ministry officials to
Lebanon to make travel, lodging, and
UNSHAVEN AND wearing his
customary checkered headdress,
Arafat stepped off a Libyan jet to
greetings from foreign ministry of-
ficials, parliamentarians, and
diplomats, including Soviet Am-
bassador Mirtrii Polyansky.
Security for Arafat's visit, a week af-
ter tha assassination of his arch-rival,
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, was
one of the tightest in years, far ex-
ceeding protection given to the Chinese
premier last year and to the pope in
Arafat, 52, was invited to Japan by
the Japan-Arab Friendship
Association, a parliamentary group
headed by former Foreign Minister
The government of Prime Minister
Zenko Suzuki has insisted Arafat's visit
is unofficial in order to avoid angering
the United States and Israel.
The government also has said the
visit does not signal a change in policy
by Tokyo toward recognition of the
During his 72-hour stay in Tokyo,
Arafat will meet with Suzuki, Foreign
Minister Sunao Sonoda and other
Japanese political and business
New glasses give sight to blind
NEW YORK (UPD- New eyeglasses with a
telescopic "honey bee lens" can improve the vision of
blind people who have not totally lost their sight, the
optometrist who invented the spectacles said yester-
day. He said some wearers will even be able to drive
Dr. William Feinbloom, 77, a pioneer in the
development of glasses for people with extremely
poor vision, said the high-powered spectacles could
help half of the 1.5 million Americans classified as
"THE GLASSES cannot help those totally blind or
with just shadow vision," Feinbloom said.
"If a person has something over 2 percent vision
ani can count someone else's fingers three feet from
them in normal illumination, the honey bee lens may
dramatically improve their vision," Feinbloom said.
The new spectacles have six tiny telescopic len-
ses-three for each eye-mounted on the frame.
Taking a cue from nature, Feinbloom said the design
was inspired by the multi-lens eye of the honey bee..
THE NEW GLASSES have been tested on.74 patien-
ts ranging in age from 6 to 80 and has been successful
in 84 percent of the cases, Feinbloom said.
"Some with a little more than 2 percent vision can
wear them and see well enough to drive," he said.
Raymundo Baco, a 17-year old legally blind fresh-
man from Haverford College, has been demon-
strating the glasses. Baco's vision, Feinbloom said,
was increased from 10 percent to 95 percent of nor-
Depending on magnification, the mini-telescopes
protrude 1 to 2 inches from the top part of the glasses.
The highest power "honey bee lens" glasses weigh
1122 ounces; the lowest power, 4 ounces.
Feinbloom said the "honey bee lens" can widen the
field of vision by up to 600 percent while increasing
the amount of vision by up to 800 percent.
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
20-cent stamp goes on sale;
increase effective Nov.l1
WASHINGTON- A stamp called "C" goes on sale today for 20 cents as the
Postal Service-for the second time this year-gets ready for a boost in first-
class postage rates.
The higher rate, a 2-cent increase from the current 18-cent letter rate, goes
into effect at 12:01 a.m. local time on Nov. 1. Post offices across the country
will offer more than 5 billion stamps with the "C" designation instead of a
price for use until a supply of 20-cent stamps can be printed.
This is the second time in eight months the Postal Service has issued a
stamp without a printed value. It also marks a 33.3 percent inflation in first-
class postage costs this year.
Solidarity threatens strike
if settlement not reached
WARSAW, Poland-. Solidarity's presidium yesterday threatened a
national warning strike if the Communist government does not settle with
the union on ways to deal with the food crisis by Oct. 22, union officials repor-
The Polish government accused the independent labor federation
congress of being a "negative" influence on the country by questioning the
foundations of its Communist system.
Jerzy Urban, the government spokesman, told a nationwide television
audience yesterday that the government "has assessed the influence of the
Solidarity congress on the situation in the country and it has been negative."
His comments gave no indication the government planned to withdraw a
proposal to invite Solidarity onto a commission to plan food supplies, prices
State storm relief aid
estimate cut by half
LANSING- State and federal engineers touring storm-wracked southern
Michigan verified $1.6,million in public damage-substantially less than
original local estimates-officials said yesterday.
State emergency officials said they anticipate seeking assistance this
week for at least 16 counties and also are considering adding Lenawee and
Monroe counties, hit by storms early last month, to the proposed disaster
The new figure for public damage, losses to government facilities such as
roads and drains, is well below the $3.8 million estimated by local officials,
but Capt. Peter Basolo, of the state police emergency services division said
such a discrepency is not unusual.
All told, local officials estimated public and private damage from the
recent storms at more than $250 million.
Rockies hit byfist snowstorm;
rains flood Texas towns
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CHICAGO (UPI)- Predicting bouts of
severe depression may soon be nearly
as simple as drawing a blood sample,
researchers at the University of
Chicago said yesterday.
Researchers have developed a new
blood test that could help them spot
patients with the potential for biological
depression, the more dangerous of the
two types of depression recognized by
psychiatrists, said Dr. Herbert Meltzer
of the university's Laboratory of
THE TEST HAS already proved ef-
fective in diagnosing patients with
current symptoms of depression, Melt-
The test enables doctors to evaluate
the ability of the platelets in a patents's
blood to absorb serotonin, a chemical
produced in the brain.
Serotonin hads been labeled the
"molecule of depression" because
people who are severely depressed
have below-level normal levels of the
chemical in the brain. Increasing the
concentration of serotonin can help
disperse the depression.
THE SEROTONIN '"uptake points"
on platelets, which control blood clot-
ting, and the uptake points in the brain
are believed to be controlled by the
same gene, Meltzer said.
A deficient number of uptake points
reduces the ability of the br9i and the
platelets to absorb serotonin and can
bring on depression.
In depressed patients the average
number of uptake points is 30 to 40 per-
cent below normal.
If there is a deficiency, new drugs in
the final testing stages can b e given to
increase the level of serotonin. Diets
rich in certain amino acids are also un-
der experimentation. The amino acids
are converted to serotonin by the brain.
. The season's first major snowstorm blocked Columbus Day travelers in
the northern Rockies and contributed to at least one death, while waist-deep
floodwaters surged through the streets of some towns in soggy Texas.
The rain and snow came compliments of a massive storm system that
doused the Great Plains with showers and thunderstorms and blanketed the
Rocky Mountain and Plateau region with rain and snow.
No injuries were reported iri the Texas rains, but authorities said property
damage in some areas was significant.
In the Rockies snowstorm, however, one casualty was reported when a car
skidded out of control on an icy mountain pass west of Great Falls, Mont.,
killing the driver.
Snow was coming down at the rate of an inch an hour in Great Falls, and
the National Weather Service predicted accumulations of up to a foot in the
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