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January 30, 1996
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Two Michigan cas
trigger new bill
By Stephanie Jo Klein
IDaily Staff Reporter
Michigan's state House is se
today to amend state sexual
statutes, a move that may make
Sponsored by state Rep. Clyde
(R-Horton), the bill would am
Michigan Penal Code to crimina
sensual incest between people o
16 years, withpossiblepunishm
to 10 years in prison and a $2,0
Prior to 1975, incest was illel
state regardless of the ages of d
volved, LeTarte said.
When the juvenile code was
ted, only incest with relatives
The Bill "It'o
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between people inadv
older than 16 years, q m i
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back to public attention follow
"notorious" cases in Holly and H
In the Holly case, a father a
impregnated his three daughte
than a dozen times without leg
The man was later convictedo
In Hillsdale, a man fathered ei
dren with his daughter, who was
old when she gave birth to their l
In both cases, the incestual o
had severe birth defects and sev~
State agencies looked into t
and studied the impact ofcoerci
older family member, Baird sa
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The Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- A potent com-
bination of three drugs - two already
on the market and a new experimental
product - suppresses the virus that
causes AIDS below detectable levels,
researchers said yesterday.
The new treatment is not a cure for
AIDS, and the findings involve a small
number of patients over a short span of
time. But if the therapy proves as effec-
tive as the preliminary results indicate,
the trio of drugs may be a major step
toward rendering AIDS a treatable,
chronic illness - a longtime goal of
those battling the disease.
"We're seeing something that we've
never seen before," said Emilio Emini,
executive director ofanti-viral research
at pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co.,
which manufactures the experimental
drug, indinavir. Emini discussed the
research in a speech at the third annual
Conference on Retroviruses and Op-
portunistic Infections here. Full details
of the three-drug trial, which also in-
volved the established medicines AZT
and 3TC, will be disclosed in a presen-
Indinavir is one of a promising new
class ofanti-AIDS drugs known as "pro-
Of the 26 AIDS
patients in the
received all three
drugs, 24 had fewer
than 500 virus
millimeter of blood.
tease inhibitors" that work by blocking
the production of an enzyme crucial to
the reproductive cycle of the AIDS vi-
rus. These drugs work on a different
stage of the reproductive cycle than the
first drugs approved for treating AIDS,
known as nucleoside analogs.
Anthony Fauci, director of the Na-
tional Institute of Allergy and Infec-
tious Diseases, warned that the AIDS
research community has gotten its hopes
up many times in the past about treat-
ments that ultimately did not pan out.
Larger studies conducted over a longer
span of time will show whether the
treatment is effective, and whether it
might prove toxic in long-term use,
See AIDS, Page 2
On pins and needles
Mark Waner, a member of Michigan State University's Science Theatre, is sandwiched in a bed of nails at the Ann
Arbor Hands On Museum as part of Family Physics Night. Waner's feat demonstrated the principles behind a physics
theory of the dispersion of weight.
Navy jet crashes near Nashvile kh 5 people
Records show pilot was blamed in crash last April
Opposition to the bill is not expected.
"The pro-incest group has been kind
of quiet," LeTarte said wryly.
Unanimously approved last week by
the House Judiciary and Civil Rights
Committee, the bill still needs Senate
approval to become law.
Soon after it is put on the legislative
agenda next month, Baird said, the Sen-
*will likely approve the bill.
It's not controversial," Baird said.
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Five people died yes-
terday when a Navy F-14A "Tomcat" fighter
jet, piloted by an aviator who had crashed
another jet into the sea last year, plunged into
a subprb near the Nashville International Air-
port while on a routine training flight, Navy
Witnesses said the plane, which had just
taken off from a nearby military airfield, burst
into a huge fire ball upon impact, engulfing
three homes. The dead included an elderly
couple and a man visiting them in one of the
houses, and the plane's two-man crew.
The crash was the fourth in 15 months
involving F-14As from the same squadron,
Fighting Squadron 213, known as the "Fight-
ing Blacklions." The pilot involved in
yesteday's crash, Lt. Cmdr. John Stacy Bates,
33, was blamed in a crash last April, which
occurred when he lost control of his Tomcat
while doing what were determined to be un-
necessary banking maneuvers over the Pa-
cific, west of Hawaii, according to military
sources familiar with the incident.
In September, an F-14A from the squad-
ron went down off the Philippines coast.
Both crew members ejected safety. In Octo-
ber 1994 another squadron member, Kara
Hultgreen, one of first two women in combat
flight training, died when her Tomcat crashed
into the Pacific as she attempted to land
aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft
carrier. Investigators attributed her crash to
a combination of mechanical error and pilot
Following yesterday's crash, a spokesper-
son at the Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
said the commander had ordered a "stand down"
of all squadron members to review the group's
safety record and to go over safety procedures.
The squadron includes 14 aircraft.
The Navy has lost 30 F-14 fighter jets to
crashes since 1991 but insisted yesterday that
the plane's overall mishap rate since 1981
was no greater than any of its other tactical
"There is nothing inherently unsafe about
the F-14 engines," said Navy spokesperson
Cmdr. Steven Pietropaoli. Aviators have com-
plained for years that the engines are not pow-
erful enough to suit their needs. The Navy is in
the process of upgrading them.
In addition to Bates, of Chattanooga, Tenn.,
the plane's radar operator, Lt. Graham Alden
Higgins, 28, of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, was
killed. The couple inside the house were iden-
tified by Nashville police as Elmer Newsom,
66, and his wife, Ada, 63. Police said the man
visiting them, who also was killed, had not yet
Christie Massrock, a neighbor of the
Newsom's, told Reuter news agency that people
were "banging on the (Newsoms') door" after
the crash. "There was an explosion" inside, she
Rescue workers coordinate their efforts to stop flames from
spreading in the aftermath of an F-14A fighter jet crash
yesterday In Nashville. The plane went down in a residential
area shortly after taking off during a training mission.
Di Pont search
turns up gun
WEDIA, Pa. (AP) - Police who feared they would find
trip wires and plastic explosives discovered only a few
weapons yesterday when they searched John du Pont's
estate, including the gun they believe he used to kill an
Officers were testing a .38-caliber revolver to confirm that
it was the murder, weapon, said district attorney Patrick
"We turned up a few weapons but we
only looked at those we considered vital
to the commission ofthe crime," Meehan
Du Pont, an heir to his family's chemi-
cal company fortune, had stymied po-
lice for 48 hours after he allegedly shot
1984 gold medalist Dave Schultz, who
du Pont was training there in hopes of making
this year's Olympic team.
The standoff ended Sunday when du Pont stepped outside
his mansion in Newtown Square to try to fix his boiler and
was grabbed by police, who had turned off the heat.
Du Pont, 57, was arraigned on murder and weapons
*rges and held without bond pending a hearing Thursday.
Police feared du Pont, a military buff who was reputed to
have a large cache of weapons, had booby-trapped the
mansion while he was barricaded inside.
An explosives team went in first and found nothing,
Meehan refused to discuss a motive for the shooting.
Acnaintances and relatives said du Pont abused drugs and
Walker heralds merits of
integrating computers, art
By Debbie Frank
For the Daily
Do today's digitalized cameras, computer images,
animation and virtual reality make up a new form of art?
Painter and curator James Walker addressed this ques-
tion and others last night in his lecture on the integration
of art and computers.
"My hunch is that certain types of people - by no
means all of them techy nerds, computer art professors,
(or) refugees from the art world
- have been drawn into the
electronic debate," Walker
" lr§Amk mAmAft :
More than 100 students and i.
professors interested in the new IS itself a D
wave of electronic art filled the,
Art and Architecture Audito-
rium to hear Walker last night. -Ja
He used the lecture to discuss Painter
his own work and to explain his
new exhibition, "Cool
In the lecture, Walker outlined the differences be-
tween the electronic and contemporary art worlds.
"Electronic art is itself a new adventure, not yet split
by the factionalism, the competitiveness, the vanity that
gives the artworld salons their undertow."
School of Art and Architecture professors say the
Walker discussed the unique graphic work of artists
from around the world. He presented slides depicting
different kinds of graphic art and ideas from Australia,
the United States and England.
Walker also used the slide show to demonstrate the
differences between physical paintings and computer
"I'm not quite sure what I think of the art work, but I
know he's genuine and relaxed about the creative pro-
cess," said Jamy Sheridan, an assistant
professor of computer art. "I found the
lecture unusually instructive and quite
1C a t interesting."
A founder ofArtscribe Magazine and
ew its editor for eight years, Walker left his
position there to further explore the
electronic art world.
nes Walker Art school senior Jani Anderson, who
and curator said he is interested in digitalized art,
said he enjoyed Walker's presentation.
"I appreciate the freedom of Walker's
art," Anderson said. "He has a fresh and wide-eyed view
Audience members were impressed with Walker's
humor and wit.
"I liked the talk and the way he spoke as a person
better than his work," said Mike Garvi, an Art school