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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 30, 1996
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weeks before New Hampshire's lead-
off presidential primary, two new polls
suggest that Senate Majority Leader
Bob Dole (R-Kan.) leads among Re-
publicans but could face a serious threat
from Steve Forbes if independents flood
the GOP primary.
The surveys offered conflicting snap-
shots of New Hampshire's political ter-
rain but agreed on one point: Forbes
remains the biggest threat to Dole as the
Feb. 20 primary draws closer.
Yesterday's campaigning made it
clear the candidates share this view.
Dole shrugged off the polls and re-
peated his demand that Forbes, a multi-
millionaire publisher, release his fed-
eral income tax returns. He also sug-
gested Forbes and his proposals were
escaping serious media scrutiny.
"Somehow, they don't seem to bother
him," Dole said in Iowa. "They'd rather
focus on Bob Dole the front-runner." Of
the polls, Dole said: "We're not going to
worry about numbers. We're going to
keep plugging away and win Iowa and

win New Hampshire."
In New Hampshire, Texas Sen. Phil
Gramm sharpened his criticism of
Forbes, labeling him a "Rockefeller
Republican" out of step with conserva-
tives because he supports abortion rights
and President Clinton's "don't ask, don't
tell" policy allowing homosexuals to
serve in the military.
Forbes took the attention as proof he
still held momentum, but also was care-
ful to dampen expectations for an upset
in Iowa or New Hampshire.
"Senator Dole must never be under-
estimated," Forbes said, "Just remem-
ber what people were saying about me
three or four weeks ago," Forbes told
After a week in which he lost some
ground in Iowa, one of the surveys
showed Forbes was slipping in New
Hampshire as well. That poll, by
Manchester's American Research
Group, showed Dole with 33-percent
support among 455 likely Republican
primary voters and Forbes with 16 per-
cent, down six points from an ARG

Foster to fight teen pregnancy
WASHINGTON - Seven months after his nomination was killed by the
Senate, Dr. Henry Foster was named yesterday as a special adviser to President
Clinton to lead a national campaign against teen pregnancy.
Foster's job as an unpaid aide "ought to be completely without partisan politics,"
said Clinton, who last year blamed anti-abortion extremists for defeating Foster's
nomination for surgeon general.
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan) and Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas),
rivals for the GOP presidential nomination, led the fight against Foster last June
in what critics said was a battle for support among the Christian right. The new post
does not require Senate approval.
Clinton had promised a crusade against teen pregnancy in his 1995 State of the
Union speech, but that effort died with Foster's nomination.
The president does not plan to nominate a surgeon general candidate this yea,
White House spokesperson Mike McCurry said.
"It would be difficult to appoint a surgeon general or nominate a surgeon general
candidate who reflects the president's view that abortion should be safe, legal and
rare," McCurry said. "That doesn't qualify with the rather extreme view t
portions of the Republicans have in the Senate."
He said Clinton is satisfied with the work of Audrey F. Manley, deputysurgeon

Republican presidential hopeful Steve Forbes leaves Nashua Country Club in New
Hampshire yesterday afternoon.

survey a week earlier.
The ARG survey, conducted Thurs-
day through Saturday, showed com-
mentator Pat Buchanan third with 15
percent, followed by Gramm and former
Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander at 7
percent. It had a margin of error of plus
or minus 4.6 percentage points.
The second poll, by the Washington-
based Pew Research Center, showed a
statistical dead heat in which Forbes

had 29 percent to Dole's 24 percent
among 543 Republicans and indepen-
dents who said they planned to vote in
the GOP primary.
But the sample for the Pew survey
was called into question because 249
respondents to the Republican horserace
question - nearly half the sample -
identified themselves as independents
who planned to exercise their option to
vote in the primary.

Defense inbombing
case seeks new venue
OKLAHOMA CITY - Few people
would argue that Timothy McVeigh and
Terry Nichols,the two men accused of
the April bombing of the Alfred P.
Murrah Federal Building, can get a fair
trial in this city, still so emotionally and
physically devastated by the crime.
But defense attorneys are pushing this
argument a step further in an extraordi-
nary legal effort this week to get the
entire state of Oklahoma ruled out as a
site for the tri al, maintaining that all of its
3 million citizens, in effect, were trauma-
tized by the April 19 blast in which 169
people were killed, including 19 chil-
dren, and hundreds more injured.
The venue issue is also turning into a
major test of victims' rights because
there have never been as many, homi-
cide victims in a case that has gone to
trial in this country. A total of 646
people were in the Murrah building
when it exploded, turning bustling of-
fices and a day-care center into terrify-
ing, bloody rubble in the worst terrorist

attack ever on American soil.
The survivors and families of the
victims intend to pack court hearings
on the venue issue that begin here to-
day to demonstrate their intense inter-
est in having the defendants tried some-
place easily accessible to them.
Cohort says Green
killed Jordan's father
LUMBERTON, N.C.-Larry Demery
said he watched in shock as his best friend
since third grade killed the father of bas-
ketball star Michael Jordan. Then, he
testified yesterday, he helped Daniel
Andre Green dump the body in a swamp.
Green took the shoes off Jais
Jordan's lifeless feet, saying "he liked
them and this man wasn't going to need
them any more," before they pushed the
body off a bridge, Demery said.
Jordan was killed July 23;,1993, as he
napped in his red Lexus coupe along a
highway near Lumberton. Green and
Demery were arrested a few weeks later
by police who traced calls made fron
Jordan's cellular telephone.

Case ends; paper's photos not needed

By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
The Minnesota Daily, the University
of Minnesota's student newspaper, was
freed yesterday from a two-year legal
ordeal when a Hennepin County Dis-
trict Court jury found Kieran Frazier
Knutson not guilty of assault.
Michele Ames, the newspaper's edi-
tor in chief, said she felt relieved to
have a verdict in and the legal battle
"I'd like to get back to doing myjob,"
she said.
An undisclosed number of unpub-
lished photos were sought from the
newspaper for use in the case. The pho-

tos were taken at a 1993 campus rally
by a member of the paper's staff.
Ames refused to surrender the photos
to law enforcement officials even after
the Minnesota Court of Appeals or-
dered her to do so on Jan. 2. She cited
press freedom laws as one reason for
her refusal. Ames also said surrender-
ing the photos would deter sources from
sharing information with the media.
Communications Studies lecturer
Joan Lowenstein said the requisition of
unpublished material from the media
by law enforcement agencies warps the
public's image of the media.
"It definitely has an impact on the
credibility ofthemedia," Lowenstein said.

"It gives an image of the media as
another arm of the government, an
evidence gathering service, and not
the image of a watch dog," she said. "It
diminishes the autonomy of the media
if reporters are used as detectives."
The newspaper submitted the case to
the Minnesota Supreme Court but was
denied the request one week ago. The
newspaper was considering submitting
the case to the U.S. Supreme Court until
the jury in the Knutson case began to
deliberate last week.
Hennepin County District Court
Judge John Stanoch found Ames in
contempt of court last week and was
fining her $250 per day until jury delib-
erations began.
Prosecutors in the Knutson case said

they were seeking the photos to see if
they could clear up discrepancies in
eye-witness testimony.
Ames said she does not believe this
case will be the end of press freedom
"This is not really a victory and won't
inspire key changes that need to be
made," she said.
Lowenstein agreed that this case is
not the end of the issue. She said the
case is one of many happening all over
the country, adding that the growing
trend in U.S. courts is against protect-
ing newspapers.
Ames said Minnesota journalists
banded together in a show of support,
for the newspaper and collected the
$500 necessary to pay her fines.

Hussein denies




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Fauci said that the "unprecedented"
success of the new treatment constitutes
good news about protease inhibitors in
general. "As a group, they clearly are
more potent than anything we've had so
far," Fauci said. "We don't have the an-
swernow. ... We can only look at the data
we have, and the data looks impressive."
The first protease inhibitor, saquinavir,
was approved by the Food and Drug
Administration late last year and is pro-
duced by F. Hoffmann La Roche & Co.
But the current formula is not absorbed
well by the body, and many in the AIDS
community have been waiting for po-
tentially more potent drugs such as
indinavir and another protease inhibitor
called ritonavir, which is being tested by
Abbott Laboratories.
Emini said that Merck would apply this
week to the FDA for accelerated approval
of its new drug, which will be marketed
under the name Crixivan. The FDA has
been approving AIDS therapies within
months ofpositive recommendations from
scientific advisory panels.
Of the 26 A IDS patients in the trial
who received all three drugs, 24 of

them -- some 85 percent - had fewer
than 500 virus particles per milliliter of
blood after four months, down from a
median of 40,000 particles per millili-
ter before treatment. The researchers,
Roy Gulick and colleagues from New
York University, are continuing to study
those patients.
At the conference yesterday, Emini
also discussed another study involving
AZT and ddl, a nucleoside analog made
by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Of 22
patients taking all three of those drugs,
13, or 59 percent, saw the amount of
HIV in their blood drop below detect-
able levels after five months. That study
will be presented in greater detail at the
conference today.
Emini said the results of these and
previous studies showed that Crixivan is
most effective taken in rather large doses
of 800 milligrams every eight hours. The
drug's side effects include pain in the
side, blood in the urine and kidney stones.
Although A IDS researchers have his-
torically measured progress against the
disease by counting the numbers of a
key immune cell known as CD4, scien-
tists now are paying more attention to
the anount of virus detected in theblood-
su cam, called viral "load."

reports of cancer
NICOSIA,Cyprus-Saddam Hussein
has denied reports that he has cancer, and
said if it wasn't winter he would swim
across the Tigris River to prove it, the
official Iraqi News Agency reported last
Some British newspapers reported
Sunday that Saddam, who will be 59 on
April 28, is suffering from cancer.
The Iraqi news agency, monitored in
Nicosia, said the Iraq president spoke
on the issue at a Cabinet meeting in
Baghdad yesterday.
"Although it's not our custom to reply
to such fabricated news, moral responsi-
bility toward our people compels us to
reply," it quoted Saddam as saying. "Be-
cause of the grace of Almighty God,
Saddam Hussein enjoys very good health
and is not suffering any sickness."
The report said Saddam had not been
sick in the past, either, except for a
slipped disc in 1977.
"As you see, I've been performing
my duties ever since with the efficiency
you know I have during times of war

Ontario govemer
receives new powers
TORONTO - When Mike Harris
was elected last June as premier of
Ontario, Canada's most populous prov-
ince, he immediately began applying
his conservative agenda.
The Ontario legislature, which is con-
trolled by Harris's Progressive Conser-
vative Party, yesterday approved a
giving the provincial government new
powers, from health care and child care
to taxes and affirmative action.
The measure, approved by a 77-47
vote, concentrates power in the hands
of one government in ways unprec-
edented even in Canada.
"This bill allows (Harris) to grab
power, to break rules ... and to railroad
over people's rights," charged opposi-
tion leader Lyn McLeod of the Lib-l
Party during debate yesterday.
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and peace," Saddam said.
"Had it not been winter, I'd
back and forth across the Tigris,
sometimes do," he declared.

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