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Dole advisers quit after control dispute

Dole's struggling presidential cam-
paign suffered another setback yes-
terday when his two top media advis-
ers quit after a dispute with cam-
paign manager Scott Reed over who
should control Dole's television
Don Sipple and Mike Murphy, who
have sparred for some time with top
campaign officials over strategy, left the
operation after Reed ordered a reorga-
nization designed to integrate the media
team more directly into the campaign
and give others a greater voice in plan-
ning Dole's ads.
Campaign officials said Sipple and
Murphy would be replaced by three
other GOP media consultants, Greg
Stevens, Alex Castellanos and Chris
Mottola, although there were indica-
tions yesterday that officials were
still trying to work out the new struc-
The staff shuffle, the second major
shake-up in Dole's operation this
year, came at an awkward time for

President Clinton in the polls and the
campaign facing crucial decisions
about how to overtake him with two
months remaining.
The abrupt changes caused dismay
among Republicans outside the cam-
paign. "This is certainly not the way
you draw them up on the chalkboard," a
senior Republican official said.
Campaign officials sought to down-
play the disruption in bringing in the
year's third media team. "We are mak-
ing an effort to put together an advertis-
ing team that will effectively communi-
cate Bob Dole's economic plan and the
contrast between Dole and his oppo-
nent,' communications director John
Buckley said. "We think we've made a
positive step and this will help us com-
municate over the course of the next
nine weeks."
Murphy, calling the divorce "ami-
cable," said he and Sipple had quit
over "some operational differences on
how the advertising and strategy
should be conducted and this is the
best solution for everybody." Sipple
said he and Murphy strongly believed
"that political advertising profession-

Molecule may repair sickle cell genes
WASHINGTON - A synthetic molecule that corrects the gene mutation that
causes sickle cell anemia could be ready to test on human patients within a year,
researchers say.
The gene repair molecule that has proven itself in laboratory cultures was dcvcl-
oped by scientists at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. They already
have tested it on blood cells from patients with sickle cell anemia, a severe blood
disorder that affects more than 50,000 Americans, most of them black.
Eric Kmiec, head of the Jefferson team, said the same type of molecule may a*
be used to repair genes that cause some other inherited diseases, such as cystic fibro-
sis and Gaucher's disease.
"We were not after a cure for sickle cell anemia," said Kmiec. "We were trying
to demonstrate that you can do gene therapy inside a chromosome by correcting a
specific mutation." The team is now talking with Food and Drug Administration
officials as a first step toward getting approval to try the technique in patients, he
said, adding that it could be ready for human testing within 12 months. "This is a
very important first step toward doing gene therapy in a new way," said Dr. Donald
Kohn, a gene therapy expert at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. "I think this
is exciting and very important."
Sickle cell anemia is caused when people inherit a mutation in a gene that dire
red blood cell production.

GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole gives the thumb up at the Republican
National Convention in San Diego. Third from the right in the patterned shirt Is
Mike Murphy.

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makers, considerable autonomy to
develop Dole's media strategy.
But campaign officials complained
yesterday that Sipple and Murphy -
two strong-willed operatives who are
used to having their way in statewide
campaigns - had operated with too
much independence and had not been
receptive to making full use of the cam-
paign's research and the ideas of other
"There was a decision that we
could have a better integration of the
campaign strategy and the data in
everything we do," one senior official
Another official complained that
the few ads oroduced since the con-
vention by the Sipple-Murphy team
were "flat" and "didn't help sell the
economic program and get trac-
But others said the dispute had less
to do with the content of the ads and
more to do with control, with cam-
paign officials wanting the ad makers
"to spend a lot of time in meetings, a
lot of group think. They wanted lots of
time with scripts and with focus
One source said Murphy, who earlier
this summer lost an internal power
struggle, had privately complained that
the Dole effort was embarrassingly
weak and that he and Sipple should
have overall control of both advertising
and message.
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Contemporary worship services at
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Accused Mexican
rapist burned alive
MEXICO CITY - As dozens of
people watched, a man was tied to a
tree, doused with a flammable liquid
and set ablaze. As he died, writhing, a
video camera rolled.
All day yesterday, television stations
across Mexico broadcast the gruesome
footage of vigilante justice, the latest in
a series of incidents in which Mexican
townsfolk, fed up with crime, have
taken the law into their hands.
Residents of Playa Vicente in the
Gulf Coast state of Veracruz had
accused the man, identified as Rodolfo
Soler Hernandez, of raping and stran-
gling a woman last Saturday.
A close-up of the man before the exe-
cution indicated he had been badly
beaten. Shots taken later Saturday
showed him twitching and jerking as
flames consumed his body. His corpse
finally slumped forward in its bonds.
Veracruz Attorney General Rodolfo
Duarte Rivas said yesterday his office
had investigated the burning, as well as
the videotaping and distribution of the

$1M underpass
saving bears' lives
Until recently, a short stretch of State
Road 46 near here was the deadliest
place for Florida's threatened popula-
tion of black bears. Crossing the scenic
two-lane blacktop highway in search of
acorns, blueberries or a mate, the bears
too often ended up as road kill.
Since 1976, in fact, more than 20
black bears have died after run-ins with
vehicles on Route 46, which bisects the
animals' traditional central Florida
range along the Wekiva River, just 25
miles north of Orlando. "It was always
sad to go pick one up, to see themsplat-
tered like that," said biologist Jayde
Root. "Especially if there were cubs."
Now the bears have a way to cross
safely, through a wide concrete under-
pass that cost $1 million to build and
has sparked at least one eccentric
protest in this bucolic area of tall pines
and low human density. Months after
the underpass was completed in
December 1994, a human dressed in a
gorilla suit showed up one night to

prance around in front of a flash camera
triggered by an infrared beani that was
set up to record animal crossings.
Citadel loses 16
male cadets, retains
four women !
Week" claimed 16 first-year cadets at
The Citadel, but not the four women
who have broken the military school's
153-year-old all-male tradition.
Known officially as Cadre Week, the
first-year class' first week includes
extensive physical and mental chal-
lenges thrown at them by upperclass-
The four women are among 565 so
dents still enrolled, spokesperson Terry
Leedoi said Wednesday.
The Cadre Week attrition was lower
than last year, when two dozen students
dropped out, including Shannon
Faulkner, who fell ill on the first day
and dropped out after a tourt order
made her The Citadel's first female

"We have identified those responsi-
ble," he said, adding that the body was
being exhumed and an autopsy planned
as part of a criminal investigation.
No arrests were immediately reported.
Speaking on the television netw@
Azteca, Duarte Rivas said the killing
was the act of a few - not of the whole
town -. and that the videotape had
been shot in such a way as to falsely
indicate a wider participation.
Russians bury
banknotes in silos
MOSCOW - Defunct Sov t
money is going the way of defi
Soviet missiles - literally.
Russia's Central Bank has buried at
least 180 metric tons of old Soviet ban-
knotes, out of circulation since 1990, in
abandoned missile silos near the town
of Kostroma, about 200 miles north of
Moscow, the daily Komsomolskaya
Pravda reported yesterday.
Twenty-eight silos, each 132 feet deep
with a diameter of nearly 10 feet, have
been filled with the notes and seas
with concrete, the newspaper wrote.

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