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2A - The Michigan Daiy - Thursday, September 9, 1999
Doctors watch as lungs light up

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a labora-
tory at the University of Virginia, a hand-
ful of patients inhaled a deep breath of
helium and watched their lungs light up.
Scientists are exploring a dramatic
new way to peer into patients' bodies:
using specially treated gases that let
doctors watch, for the first time, how
breath flows through the lungs.
The technology isn't just for lungs -
it promises to light up other organs now
difficult to see with conventional scan-
ning. Researchers are poised to try it as
a colon cancer test, and say it might also
offer better images of the brain or a
* 1002 PONTIAC TR.

woman's reproductive tract, without the said James MacFal
discomfort or radiation of some of medical physicistc
today's tests. the gases.
"it really looks like it's going to help Scanners liken
people," said UVA radiology Prof. imaging, or MRI,
James Brookeman. illumination of par
These so-called hyperpolarized they don't image
gases are still highly experimental, They don't picture
experts caution. But radiologists lungs, for instance
compare the black blob an MRI pic- could help treatc
tures as a lung with the brightly lit fibrosis, asthma, ev
image of helium-filled lungs, and say a transplanted lung
the need is great. Inhale a hyperp
"It's a new idea and a new technique" lungs, just like you
that provides "very striking" images, gen, and an MRI s
Lott calls on I
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Republican called on
Vtorney General Janet Reno to resign yesterday, amid grow-
ing furor on Capitol Hill over recent disclosures regarding the
FBI's April 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in
Waco, Texas, that left about 75 people dead.
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) became the
highest ranking official to ask the attorney general to step
down, saying her errors in handling the fiery standoff in
Waco and other mistakes have left him doubting both her
effectiveness and competence.
The majority leader's comments came as Reno worked on
finalizing the details of an independent inquiry into the mat-
ter to be led by former Republican Sen. John Danforth of
Missouri, an appointment Justice officials said she planned to
announce at a press conference today.

l, a Duke University
who also has tested
magnetic resonance
provide incredible
rts of the body. But
some organs well.
airflow through the
e. Tracking airflow
emphysema, cystic
en monitor how well
is adapting.
olarized gas into the
u would inhale oxy-
hows a bright image

of plump lungs. Where theres an
obstruction - where the lungs aren't
doing their job - the image is dark.
Tom Daniel, a UVA lung surgeon, uses
hyperpolarized helium to help perform a
tricky surgery for emphysema patients:
slicing away dead portions of lung so the
remaining good lung tissue moves and
breathes more freely. It's called lung
reduction surgery, and picking just which
spot to cut is difficult but key.
"it told me with a lot more confi-
dence what part of her lung was not get-
ting oxygen," Daniel said in descfbing
a woman he operated on last month.

Lawmakers facing 'action-packed' fall
WASHINGTON -The Republican-controlled Congress returned to work yes-
terday, tugged by conflicting forces of compromise and confrontation with the
White House on tax cuts, spending, health care, gun pontrol and other issues like-
ly to dominate the final months of the year.
"I don't see any indication the president wants to work with us," Senate Majority
Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) told reporters after smilingly predicting an "acti
packed" September and October. 'What the president wants is more spending,
more spending, more spending for everything."
Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle sounded only slightly less pessimistic
about the prospects for compromise. He said he had talked with Lott and he
expressed the hope they could work together.
But, he quickly added, "Clearly we (Democrats) will fight and we will aggres-
sively pursue" an agenda that include gun control, education, legislation relating to
HMOs, an increase in the minimum wage and money for hard-hit farmers.
Both sides immediately began jockeying for position on education. Daschle (D-
S.D.), listed the issue as part of the Democrats' fall agenda, and House Speaker
Dennis Hastert traveled to an elementary school to underscore Republican sup
There, he issued a call to President Clinton to "work together in education.L
take steps today that will make our nation's schools better."

Lott said Congress must also take a role in re-examining
the Waco siege, and a flurry of new congressional probes,
including investigations by the Senate Judiciary Committee
and the House Government Reform Committee, are already
While Lott said that Congress may need to "issue subpoe-
nas in order to find out the truth," he suggested the broader
question may be Reno's continuing ability to serve as attor-
ney general.
"I think the attorney general is falling into a pattern of not
showing competence or probity" Lott said.
"It's based on the pattern now that has developed over 6 1/2
years and the events involving the appointment of indepen-
dent counsels, her refusal to provide information or answer
questions by the Congress, the problem with the Waco inves-
tigation," Lott said.



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Continued from Page 1A
the rock in a landfill. With the finan-
cial help from Daughters of the
American Revolution, the 25-ton
rock was transported to its current
Ann Arbor residents used the Rock
to celebrate the 200th anniversary of
George Washington's birth. A plaque,
last seen in 1982, was fixed to the Rock
and dedicated to Washington. The
plaque is now buried under almost a
foot of paint.
The rock was first painted in the
1950s by Michigan State University
fans prior to a football game. They
painted a large green "S" - thus
starting the tradition of painting the
Through the years, Olsen said
community members have voiced
many complaints about the Rock,
the vandalism associated with it and
the noise made by people painting
the campus landmark. In an attempt
to compensate for this problem, the city
park department bought the land on
which the Rock sits in 1993, hoping
that students would follow park guide-
A plaque stating the rules and open-
ing times of the (ark was erected at that
time. The park closes daily from mid-
night until 6 a.m.
"The Rock is so much apart of
Michigan," said LSA first-year student
Ryan Stevenson, "that even the U of M
Monopoly game has the Rock on it."
Whether these guidelines will make
a difference is yet to be seen.
Jennie Brooks, a member of the
Luther Co-op across the street from the
Rock said, "The guidelines will work,
but only if they are enforced.
"Otherwise, I don't think that anyone
will pay attention." She added that the
rock is painted nearly every night,
especially during Rush Week.
Continued from Page 1A
Black also said it is common knowl-
edge that landlords cannot charge for
cleaning. "I try to be reasonable," he
said, adding that he rarely has to deduct
for damages.
LSA senior Wendy McCoy, who
has three years of renting experience
under her belt, said she is aware of
her rights as a tenant and has never
had a problem with getting her
money back.
"We've done our share of damage
but take care of it ourselves,"
McCoy said. "Why deal with the
legal hassle?"
She added that she thinks it is easier
for tenants to repair some damages on
their own because the landlord may
charge more than what is necessary to
fix them.
Tenants who are having problems
receiving their security deposits or
who have questions about their legal
rights as tenants can contact coun-
selors at the Ann Arbor Tenants
Union via e-mail at
aatu tumich. edu.
Continued from Page 1A
"Our organization assists and pro-
tects tenants' rights against landlords,"
Chusie said. "But we're not only target-
ing students who are renting now, but
thse (first-vear students) who will rent

Frankel continued
long life in hiding
HAMBURG, Germany - Though
he had amassed a fortune, rogue
financier Martin Frankel didn't live like
a millionaire during his four months on
the lam. Mostly he secluded himself at
modest European lodgings and watched
movie videos. Sought by the FBI in an
international manhunt, Frankel evaded
early capture by traveling under an alias
with a counterfeit British passport.
But once settled in Rome and later in
Hamburg, Frankel didn't try too hard to
conceal himself, venturing out to eat in
local restaurants with the women who
accompanied him on his flight and mak-
ing numerous phone calls to associates
and lawyers back in the United States.
Along the way, Frankel - whose
casual demeanor charmed investors -
was able to slip past authorities chasing
him on charges of money laundering
and wire fraud. The man who was said
to have met numerous women through
personal ads traveled at times with
companions who didn't even know he
was on the run.
Smoke rising from Frankel's

Connecticut mansion signaled the col-
lapse of his empire, built by allegedly
swindling clients out of at least 5218
million, possibly much more.
By the time authorities arrived
investigate the flames - discovering
fireplace and file cabinet full of burn-
ing documents - Frankel had begun
his life on the run.
Televised debate sets
precedent in Mexico
Mexicans call "the Fantastic Four" pr
sented a revolutionary spectacle on lil
television Wednesday night - four
candidates publicly competing for the
presidential nomination of the ruling
Institutional Revolutionary Party.
The four were taking part in the first
televised debate in the first presidential
primary in 70 years of uninterrupted
rule by the party, known as the PRI by
its Spanish-language initials. The hour-
long square-off was a watershed in a
country in which every president sine
the 1930s has handpicked his successor.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

Lapses in radiation
protection found
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson
ordered a 24-hour "safety stand down"
at the agency's Paducah, Ky., uranium
plant yesterday after a preliminary
probe uncovered lapses in programs
designed to protect workers from
harmful radiation.
The announcement is expected to
idle about 400 workers for a day while
officials begin a comprehensive review
of training and radiation monitoring at
the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
The safety order applies to employ-
ees of the Department of Energy and its
contractors at the site but will not
directly affect the plant's uranium oper-
ations, which are now managed by a
private corporation, U.S. Enrichment
Corp., under the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission's oversight. USEC
employs about 1,400 people and says it
is unaware of any significant safety
"This will be an effective way to
focus attention," Richardson said in an

interview before the announcement,
"and also a way to get managers and
workers to bring renewed attention to
environment, safety and health."
Richardson's action comes exactly a
month after he launched a major probe
of worker exposures at Paducah, a pro-
ducer of enriched uranium for nuel
weapons and power plants since 1952.
Study: 1 in 4 children
in alternative schools
SACRAMENTO - About one in
four U.S. children are going to alterna-
tive and private schools as choices
other than neighborhood public schools
are increasing across the country, a n
study found.
The percentage attending private
school has remained at 10 percent for
But with newer options of charter
schools, magnet schools, open enroll-
ment and voucher programs, the alter-
natives - including private schools -
account for a full 25 percent of U.S.


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