2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 25, 1996
Astronaut begins 5 months in orbit
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP)-
:94ASA astronaut Shannon Lucid be-
.ame a full-fledged member of Russia's
:pace station Mir yesterday, beginning
ber, five-month stay with a flurry of
.fiugs, flashing cameras and chocolate
Her switch from the Atlantis to Mir
crew was announced by Mission Con-
: frol I1 hours afterthe shuttle pulled into
"So if you guys have to pull out of
Dodge (before Thursday), she'll wave
. -you as you depart," Mission Control
'-ld the five remaining astronauts on
Lucid is the first American woman
_. ,live on Mir, and her mission marks
:e beginning of a permanent U.S.
;]resence in space for the next two
Zears, quite possibly well into the
"It's been one of many people's
-creams, I think, to have an outpost in
space where we can always go to and
conduct research and learn more about
living in space, and this is the begin-
ning of that," said Frank Culbertson,
director of NASA's shuttle-Mir pro-
gram. "And as we go farther and far-
ther out, if we begin exploring the
planets, that will certainly be a per-
manent presence and this will be a
part of that."
Five more Americans are supposed
to live on Mir. By the time the last one
leaves in 1998, the international space
station should be built and housing U.S.-
The eight people on the 522,847-
pound Atlantis-Mir complex celebrated
Saturday night's smooth docking -
Atlantis' commanderKevin Chilton was
only one second and one inch off the
mark- with a gift exchange and, later,
dinner on Mir.
Russian cosmonautsYuri Onufrienko
and Yuri Usachev laughed when Chilton
handed each of them a chocolate Easter
"As you know, soon there will be
Easter," Chilton explained in halting
Russian, "and traditionally in America
for this holiday we eat chocolate Easter
bunnies - don't ask why."
As soon as the festivities were over,
the Atlantis astronauts began hauling
more than 5,000 pounds of supplies to
the Russian station, including water.
This shuffling of equipment will oc-
cupy most of their time during the
five days the two spacecrafts are
As for Lucid, the 53-year-old bio-
Black voters strongly support Clinton
WASHINGTON - President Clinton's support in the African American
community has soared.in the past year, and he enters his re-election campaign as
popular among black voters as any president in modern history.
This assessment, based on polling data and interviews with black elected
officials and researchers, is one indication of how well Clinton has shored up key
elements of his core constituency in advance of the fall contest with Senate
Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.).
It also illustrates how Clinton is benefitting from heightened anxiety among
blacks and other traditional Democratic voters, who view the Republican-
controlled Congress as the evil empire and see the Clinton administration as
their only antidote.
In one striking example of Clinton's standing in the black community, a recent
survey by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington-
based think tank, showed that African Americans rated him more favorably than
either two-time presidential contender Jesse Jackson or the Republicans' dream
candidate for vice president, Colin Powell.
In fact, Clinton's 88-percent-favorable rating among African Americans
rivals that of President Johnson in 1965 - the year he signed the histo-
Voting Rights Act. .
American astronaut Shannon Lucid reaches to hug cosmonaut Yuri Usachev as
she floats into the Russian space station Mir.
chemist and mother ofthree grown chil-
dren, she began settling in for what
should be the longest U.S. stay in space.
NASA officials expect her to be busier
than the only other American to live on
Mir, Norman Thagard, whose science
equipment did not arrive until the end of
his nearly four-month stay last year.-
Taiwan looks to China to continue talks
FDA approvals may
help AIDS patients
WASHINGTON - Fifteen years into
the AIDS epidemic, patients finally have
the promise of not curing but controlling
the deadly virus - thanks to a sudden
influx of new drugs unlike that ever mar-
shaled against any other disease.
These new drugs, called protease in-;
hibitors, don't cure HIV, the cause of
AIDS. But they attack it very differ-
ently than all other medicines -- and
the two newest ones can almost elimi-
nate virus lurking in patients' blood.
Protease inhibitors weren't the only
good news. Patients also got a new
eye implant to prevent AIDS-related
blindness, the FDA passed a better
method to screen blood donations for
HIV, and the first oral HIV test isl
expected in months.]
Scientists specially designed drugs<
to target a second enzyme, protease,
that is vital to another key step in HIV's
reproduction. When combined with
older medicines, the two most powerfulI
protease inhibitors can cause the amount1
of HIV floating in many patients' blood
to plummet by up to 98 percent.
A fourth protease inhibitor, Agouron
inc.'s nelfinavir, is in final testing and
expected to be approved by 1997. Roche
is creating a stronger saquinavir, also
expected soon, and three other protease
inhibitors are in earlier testing.
tos Angeles Times
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Bolstered by a
clear mandate the day after winning
Taiwan's first fully democratic elec-
tion, the new government said yester-
day that it is willing to resume talks
with China but that the next step toward
reconciliation is up to Beijing.
"We should pursue a policy of detente
... based on the principles of equality and
goodwill," Taiwanese Prime Minister
Lien Chan said. "The most important
thing is to work together with China to
abandon the zero-sum mentality."
Lien said the administration of
President Lee Teng-hui, who won re-
sounding re-election in Saturday's
vote, is "seriously" considering a
peace agreement with China and wants
to prepare the way for a bilateral sum-
Chinese officials also floated the idea
of talks. "The two sides should realize a
high-level summit between their lead-
ers," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokes-
person Shen Guofang said.
But Shen also signaled that Beijing
won't be the first to come to the nego-
"The doors have been opened (by
China). The obstacles today lie with the
Taiwan authorities," he told Hong Kong's
Beijing-backed Wen Wei Po newspaper.
Three-quarters of Taiwan's voters
Saturday showed their support either
for Lee's program to solidify Taiwan's
sovereignty or for the outright indepen-
dence advocated by the second-place
finisher-aresult seen here as a defiant
retort to Beijing's attempts to coerce
In recent weeks, China has stepped
up verbal and military pressure on Tai-
wan, including missile tests and live-
fire war maneuvers close to the island,
to try to persuade voters to shun notions
of independence. It regards Taiwan as a
Lee's popular backing - plus the
presence of the largest U.S. naval ar-
mada in nearby waters since the Viet-
nam War and two U.S. congressional
resolutions declaring support for Tai-
wan - gives the president the confi-
dence to wait for Beijing to make the
next move, his advisers say.
"My aim is to pursue national dig-
nity and establish our place in the
world," Lee said at a celebration for
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Taiwanese citizens who had returned
home from overseas just for the elec-
tions. "There's no turning back on our
road to democracy," he told the crowd
before leading a round of Taiwanese
China and Taiwan usually communi-
cate through nongovernmental groups to
discuss trade and technical issues. Talks
about establishing direct air, shipping and
transport links were suspended in June
after Lee made a "private" visit to Cornell
University in upstate New York. China
interpreted the trip, which included meet-
ings with members of Congress, as a
gambit toward independence.
A senior official in one ofthe cross-
straits organizations said that unprec-
talks could take place on the sidelines
of a forum for international leaders.
He added that Taiwan might also con-
sider putting aside its bid for U.N.
membership, part of the territory's
aggressive, multimillion-dollar push
to raise its profile.
It may fall to the United States toplay
peacemaker in the China-Taiwan con-
flict, perhaps at a meeting between Sec-
retary of State Warren Christopher and
Chinese Foreign Minister Qian Qichen
next month at The Hague.
But so far, the U.S. presence in the
region has been controversial.
Shen said Saturday that the dispatch
of two U.S. battle groups into waters
around Taiwan sent a signal to Taipei
that Washington supports pro-indepen-
dence activities on the island.
MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. -
Searchers recovered the bodies of two
people buried in an avalanche yester-
day on Mount Washington, the highest
peak in the Northeast.
The avalanche happened in the Gulf of
Slides, a popular hiking and skiing area
southeast of the mountain's summit.
Just last week, the Appalachi*
Mountain Club had warned skiers and
hikers of the possibility of avalanches
and falling ice on the 6,288-foot-high
The slide happened at about 9:30 a.m.
yesterday, striking three people, with one
person escaping, Fish and Game:Maj.
Ronald Alie said. It was not known
whether the three were hiking or skiing.
Chinese rebuff U.S. rate further
demand on nuclear by a dispute
wan and as
shipment to PakiStan over China's
WASHINGTON - The Chinese Rus
government has rejected a U.S. de- ssia
mand that it rule out future shipments Chech
of sensitive nuclear-related equipment
to Pakistan, a decision that makes it GROZN'
more likely the Clinton administra- breakaway
tion will soon impose economic pen- Chechnya is
alties against China for past shipments est fighting i
of such equipment, senior U.S. offi- press a feroc
cials said Saturday. designed tof
The officials said they were disap- dent Boris
pointed by the Chinese rebuff because June's presi
it undercuts an administration plan to In Mosco
avoid punishing China over its in- teriously abo
volvement in the Pakistani nuclear war peacefu
bomb program by wresting a promise essential toh
from the country that nuclear-related the ground i
sales would not be conducted again. mystery abou
The Chinese rejection came during Inthepast
talks with a U.S. official in Beijing repeatedly h
last week. villages wh
The rebuff and the renewed talk of fighters aren
sanctions also suggests that U.S. rela- refugees and
tions with China are likely to deterio-
in coming weeks, after
badly battered this year
over policy toward Tai-
s continued piracy of U.S.
ns push to en*
Y, Russia - The
southern region of
s convulsed by the heavi-
n months as federal forces
cious offensive apparently
end the war before Presi-
Yeltsin faces voters in
dential election. 0
w, Yeltsin has spoken mys-
ut a secret plan to end the
illy, which he describes as
is reelection chances. But on
n Chechnya, there is little
t the Russian strategy.
few weeks, Russian troops
ave surrounded towns and
ere small pockets of rebel
mixed in with thousands of
d other civilians.
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