The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 17, 1997 - 7
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -
Standing in huge, snaking lines along
Acapulco's sweltering, dust-caked
streets, thousands of people pleaded
Thursday for one of life's most basic
The shortage of clean water has
come critical since Hurricane Pauline
tore through southern Mexico last
week, killing at least 230 people.
Officials are trucking in tens of thou-
sands of gallons a day, but it is not
enough to quench the thirst of an
increasingly desperate population of 1.5
Thousands of people lined up to pick
up half-liter bottles of water at a distri-
ution center in the Parque las Lajas
Wighborhood yesterday. Some came as
early as 3 a.m. To prevent unrest, a sol-
dier with an automatic rifle stood guard
at the front of the line.
Paula Tomatzin, a 27-year-old taco
vendor, made it to the front of the line
but was turned away by a worker. She
had an iodine mark on her right hand,
showing that she had already picked up
her daily ration.
"It's not enough for my whole family.
need more. I have three little children
and they don't have enough to drink,"
It didn't work. Tomatzin walked
away, head hanging low.
The relief center's director, Juan
Jose Alarcon, said it was tough to turn
people away, but many hadn't gotten
Ricardo Salazar waits for his turn to recieve more drinking water with his sons Angel Salazar, 1, and Ricardo Salazar, 3, In La
Laja neighborhood in Acapulco, Mexico. The shortage of clean water since Hurricane Pauline has become critical.
any water yet. He was supposed to
stop handing out water at 5:30 every
afternoon, but he kept the center open
an extra couple of hours Wednesday
because the lines were still long. Even
then, he had to turn people away.
"Shamefully, most of Acapulco is
without water" he said. "There is a
The deadly flash floods unleashed by
Hurricane Pauline on Oct. 9 mangled
water pipes throughout the city and
heavily damaged the two main aque-
ducts that carry river * water to
Acapulco's water purification plants.
The smaller of the aqueducts was
repaired Wednesday, and by yesterday
30 percent of city residents had running
water far at least part of the day, said
Eleno Garcia Benavente, an official
with the National Water Commission.
Crews delivered an extra 1.3 million
gallons a day in bottles and tanker
trucks. But in many neighborhoods,
there simply wasn't any.
In the western suburbs, women piled
up sacks of flood-muddied clothes and
took hourlong bus rides to a river where
they could bathe and do their washing.
Downtown, people scooped water from
an open, gurgling manhole.
On the banks of the fetid Camarones
River, people dug holes in the mud, let
the sediment sink and scooped up liquid
from the top. Some were drinking it.
"It isn't good to drink, but we're
thirsty," said Selene Toribio
Abellanera, 21. "We adults can han-
dIe it, but children aren't as strong
and we have to look for bottled water
She had waited five hours to get that
bottled water - a ration of about 1 1/2
quarts for her family of four.
Already, waterborne diseases have
begun to appear. Officials said yester-
day that Acapulco had eight confirmed
cases of cholera, a bacterial infection
that causes diarrhea, dehydration and
sometimes death. Doctors warned of a
Reunited triplets part of health study
®19-year-olds meet in
surprise reunion, only to
learn they were part of a
It seemed almost a miracle - three
ung men, strangers who had grown
up in separate families, discovering by
accident that they were identical
The public devoured their inspiring
story as it made headlines around the
country in 1980. The trio, who had
grown up in the New York area,
appeared on "Good Morning America,"
"Today," "Donohue" and "Geraldo
Rivera." A movie of their lives was in
But for all the intense media cover-
age, a side of this seemingly happy
story has remained untold for 17 years,
a secret about their childhood that
stunned the triplets, Eddy Galland of
New Hyde Park, David Kellman of
Queens and Robert Shafran of
For when they found one another at
age 19, they also realized that they had
been part of a human experiment -
apparently funded partly by the
National Institute of Mental Health. For
years the same researchers came to
each of their homes under the guise of
conducting a "child development
Throughout their childhoods their
behavior had been charted, their person-
alities monitored, their relationships
with their adoptive parents scrutinized.
The same researchers had gone from
the Gallands to the Kellmans to the
Shafrans, never telling the boys or their
parents the study's true nature or that
the boys had identical siblings living
nearby. Others were studied, as well,
including about a dozen pairs of identi-
cal twins put up for adoption through
the same adoption agency that placed
the triplets - Louise Wise Services of
New York City.
Seventeen years after they first
learned of the study, the two living
triplets still harbor feelings of anger.
"How can you do this with little
children? How can you do this to a lit-
tle baby - innocent children being
torn apart at birth?" asked Robert
Shafran, who now lives in Brooklyn
and is entering law practice.
David Kellman, now of Maplewood,
N.J., wonders why he couldn't have
grown up with his brothers. "We were
robbed of 20 years together," said
Kellman, the proprietor of Triplets
Roumanian Steak House in New York
U S West Communications
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individuals for its Intern and College Hire program.
All new hires will participate in a two-three year rotational
Development & Training program. The program will typically
consist of the following type of rotational assignments:
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All interested students should attend an information presentation
to be held on the evening of October 20, from 6:00-7:30pm and
8:00-9:00pm at the Michigan League, Conference room #4.
Social security boost
at nearly a 10-year low
WASHINGTON (AP) -Along with
44 million other Americans who
receive Social Security benefits, Rufus
Clayton will see his monthly check
grow next year by just 2.1 percent - in
.bjs case, $10.50 - the lowest cost-of-
ving raise in a decade.
"They give you a little increase," said
Clayton, 77, a retired bricklayer who
helped build the Pentagon. "But you
can believe me, you don't have ... extra
money on Social Security. I mean, you
have to watch your budget and watch it
Like about 15 percent of retirees,
Clayton's only income is from Social
ecurity. Next year's cost-of-living
Increase, announced yesterday, will
push his monthly check to about
$514.50 from this year's $504.
Clayton, who lives in a subsidized
apartment for low-income elderly, still
won't be able to afford market-rate
rents in the nation's capital. And
Clayton also will have to forgo buying
any more of the snappy hats and ties he
likes to wear.
"That's the way you get through,"
Checks from the government's
biggest benefit program are adjusted
annually to keep inflation from eroding
their buying power.
For 1998, the adjustment means that
starting in January the average monthly
check for retirees will rise by $16 to
$765, said Commissioner Kenneth
Apfel. The maximum check for retirees
will rise to $1,342 from $1,326.
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and catch the football game.
"My parents and my 12-year-old
brother are mainly coming for the foot-
The average monthly payment to dis-
abled workers will rise to $722 from
$707. And the maximum monthly
Supplemental Security payment for 6.5
million elderly or disabled individuals
with low incomes also will rise 2.1 per-
cent, or $10, to $494.
That's the secovid-lowest cost of liv-.
ing increase since the adjustment
became automatic in 1975. The low
was 1.3 percent in 1987.
"It is low, but that's the direct result
of low inflation," Apfel said. "This low
inflation is very good news."
Separately, the agency said that for
144 million working Americans, the
maximum annual earnings subject to
Social Security payroll taxes next year
will rise to $68,400 from $65,400.
Because the rate at which earnings are
taxed remains at 6.2 percent, the maxi-
mum Social Security tax will be
The cost-of-living adjustments are
based on changes in the Consumer
Price Index from the third quarter of
one year to the third quarter of the
Union contracts guarantee about 5
million working Americans similar
raises tied to inflation, the AFL-CIO
For most workers, however, raises
are not a sure thing and wages grow
at a lesser rate - a seasonally adjust-
ed 0.8 percent during the 12 months
that ended June 30 for all civilian
employees, the Bureau of Labor
from home. "It gives kids a chance to see
their parents and it's something to look
forward to;' she said.
Events begin tonight with a perfor-
mance by a capella group 58 Greene at
the Power Center at 8:30. Tickets will be
available for $8 at the door.
Senior citizens Margaret Joublanc, left, and Jeanne Martin compare painting tech-
niques in an art class at the Washington Adult Center in Phoenix, Ariz.
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The silhouettes will be displayed in
the Art Lounge of the Michigan Union
along with art, poetry and T-shirts from
combination of displays is educational.
"In a way, since the display is so
diverse itself, it reflects how diverse
domestic violence is,' Stella said.
"People do live on,... this is a part of
the healing process.