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-Lantry said. The bacteria can be car-
ried in a person's ear or nose.
Lantry added that "it depends on
what a person's immune system is like
to begin with" and what conditions,
such as stress, exist at the time of
The University of Michigan Med-
ical Center has "extensive barriers and
_precautions against communicable di s-
cases'" University Hospitals spokes-
woman Kara Gavin said.
Since 1977, the center has taken a
"universal precautions" stance against
all processed lab specimens, mneanina
all samples ai-e treated as though they
are highly communicable. Workeris are
"extensively trained" throughout their
career, and are offered hands-on
refresher courses, Gavin said.
The medical center requires all
employees to vear I aesiron iut 1 ab
or lab specimen , Gvf id. (60",wr';
also are wor n at all i ej t«oF;'''veiC,
Despite the University's cauti:ous
approach, soameIhighlyt aal disess
and samples, such asthsofAD
and HIV, require more se-,vere restic-
tionls, Gain lsai.
"I n special ciricmslances and h1igh-,
risk situations, such as autopsies o"F
AIDS patients,;mlye are relile'd
to wear wire mesh, gloves," she said.
Any employee ho -does riot, follow
the safety regulationls is -, _O n off duty,
she added. If a situation similar to that
which led to Reesec's death were to hap-.
pen at the Uiest optl.tepo
tocol is to immendiatelc~id .I'Ithe iifected
worker to the en-p1Luc ehealth depart
ment, where the workeris 1-tstd and('the
patient's chart is-studied. In thec last 25,
years, the hospital has no ic reo f Any.
employee being intbeted in. the lab by a
Chavez withdraws bid for-Cabinet post
WASHINGTON - Linda Chavez withdrew her bid to be labor secretary yes-
terday, saying that controversy over an illegal immigrant who once lived with her
had become a distraction for President-elect Bush. She called herself a victim of
Bush said he was saddened by the news and still believes she would have been
a strong addition to his Cabinet. Calling her a friend, hie added: "I understand her
reluctance to move forward."
Chavez told a news conference the decision to bow out just a week after beit
named was entirely her own, and Bush said, "She made that decision herself."
But three Republican officials involved said she reluctantly stepped aside under
pressure from Bush's political team, who made it clear their willingness to fight
for her nomination had waned amid questions about her credibility.
Chavecz allowed that she should have been more candid ;about the circum-
stances surrounding Marta Mercado, the Guatemalan woman who lived with her
for about two years in the carly 1990s. But she said it was "the politics 'of person-
a] destruction" that brought down her nomination.
"So long as the game in Washington is a game of, search-and-destroy, I think
we will have very few people who are willing to do what I did, which was to-put
myself through this in order to serve," she said. "What has happened over the ,q~
few days is quite typical of what happens in Washington, D.C."
PRresIdent Cinton receives a No. i. Spartan jersey from former Michigan
"tate star. Mateen.C'Ieaves yesterday at'the Breslin Center In East Lansing
as coach tom Izzo raises his fist.
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b1lcves conditions Have
-W We are oil ti-ack to be debt-free
by the enid of the decade for the
firT time since 1 835," Clinton said.
T 1he preCsidenlt reccivecd a stand-
11n!;! ovatl i mi-spech"".after
bring?11_ in-upgun lawS.
"i think, the business of trying
to contince the -votcrs of any-state
in our nation that somebody who
wiaits to kee'p guns away from
cr1iils and kids is thrieaten ing
the right to hunt or- the right to
engage- in sport shooting is just
noths,"le said, referring to the
Naional Rifle Ajsociation.
-l li[hre is not a single law-abid-°
ilhl lunter that has missed a day
in the w oods because of' these i-
,Giatives twe've.;taken," he said.
A~ for environmental issues,
Clinton said he is going to try to
be0fore lie IlavCs office Jtan. 20.
"We proised to wkork wiH the
last dlay in office," Clinton said.
"I've.} still got some environmental
initiatives I want to take care of."
Clinton acknowledged, his
administration didn't solve all of
the problems it set out to, but "we
left America with the tools to do
it," he said.
Clinton thanked many people
during, his speech, including Sen.
Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who
also spoke briefly.-
"Our president has been there
day after day fighting for us- and
today is our day to say, 'Thank
you, Mr. President, for all you've
-done for us,"' she said.
State. Rep. Chris Kolb (D-Ai.
Arbor)- who is scheduled to be
sworn into office today, said
besides the economy, Clinton's
legacy is bringing a new genera-
tionl into politics.
"His administration really truly
reilected the diversity of' Ameri-
-ca," Kolb said. "It was a huge
step forward -- one that I think
we'll never go back on."
"Overall lie's the greatest presi-
dent there ever was ... at least in
myS~ lifetimte." said Manish iShah, a
frVeshm~an' at Michigani State wh-o
attended the speech. "It's an
honor to have him come here to
MSU. He did a great job.~
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use the lowest absorbency necessary
duiing menstrnuation and alternate pad
and tampon use.
While Tanipax suggests each tampon
be woi-ntfor iti~r to eight hours, SejVar..
said the length of individual tampon use
has vret to be linked to TSS. The CDC,
he said, has combated TSS through
"making the link to high-absorbency
tampons and making recommendations
toihe industry." -
_t One such ,reccommendation; approved,
by the Food and Drug Administration,
was the elimination of certain tampon
shapes and bleaching techniques. The
FD)A continues to endorse the com-
monly found tampons made from
"A few speci fic tampon designs and
high absorbency tampon materials
wei-e also found to have some associa-
tion with increased risk of TSS. These
products and materials are no longer
used in tampons sold in the U.S. Tam-
pons made with rayon do not appear to
have a higheer risk of TSS than cotton
tampons of similar absorbency,"
according to the FDA Websitc.
Somec advocates of cotton tampons
feel such an alternative is safer.
Natracare, makers of ane all-cotton
tampon. scel s to eliminate worries
associated with rayon tampons by
avoiding the material in all their femi-
nine hygiene products, according to
information provided by the company.
"Results of a study recently published
in Infectious Disease in Obstetrics and
Gynecology suggest that the ,use of all,
cotton tampons may reduce the risk of
Toxic Shock Syndrome' Natracare said
in a written statement. The company's
main concern is with illness resulting
from dioxin, a toxic chemical that is
produced in some forms of bleaching
used in making rayon tampons.
The FDA asserts that companies no
longer use these bleaching methods
and dioxin levels in tampons are
"many times less than normally pre-
sent in the body from other environ-
"You can alleviate most of the fear"
by using cotton tampons, said Connie
Bernard, owner of Pandora Pads,, a
company which sells only cotton prod-
ucts. "I feel like they're safer products
.Bernard said companies specializing
in cotton, bleach feminine hygiene prod-.
ucts with harmless hydrogen peroxide.
"The general public isn't aware of
the concerns with feminine products,'
limitsregulation that build
Rulingsco~e pretation of the Con
of Clean. W ater "The court could
but chose not to,"
WASHINGTON ---The Supreme spokesman for the
Court's conservative Majority acted "if this kind of hab
anew' yesterday to strengthen state will have a very sil
powers at the expense of the federal migratory birds."
government, limiting the scope of the
landmark Clean Water Act. The S-4 r
ruling stopped short, however, of the D.13zer, flf
reach feared by environmentalists, in rollover
The court divided along its familiar
--conservative-liberal fautlt lue to rule WASH INGTON'
that the 1972 environmental law does ment rated rollover
not block a landfill that enwlroftmen- vehicles for the fir
talists and the federal government said giving its worst gra
would harm migrating birds. Motors sport utility
The Chicago-area landfill would be est rating went to the
built atop abandoned gravel pits that Auto industry rel
are now filled with water and used by quick to criticize
~wildfowl. Writing for the majority, describing it as silt
Chief Justce William Rehnquist called sumer advocates, tc
the ponds a "far cy" from the kind of ving tests should
large or navigable bodies of water that vehicle measurermie
-Congress intended toprotect. vice, chaifMan of
Environmentafl anid civil liberties Corp., called the five
groups saw the landfill case- as an leading to consumer
opening for a broad assault by the ings fail to accountf
court's conservative bloc on federal vehicle's suspension
Palestinan widow sstrip. met iCty 0o
sie-e i ar
takes cause to court' wh CIA Director
JERUSALEM - The widow of a more such meetii
Palestinian. official gunned down by soon. But the Pal(
Israeli troops in the West Bank asked will not wvork wit
the Israeli Supreme Court yesterday to security issues unti
order caretaker Prime Minister Ehud blockade of Pales
,Barak,,tphalt thp ,,rmy'§,poljgy of vll ,
.assassinating suspected Palestinian
Siham Thabet, wife of dentist Tha- 'Mad 'co
bet Thabet, argues in her petition that spreads to
the army could have arrested her hus-
band - a leadcr of Palestinian BERLIN - Geri
Authority President Yasser Arafat's crisis felled its first
Fatah movement - if it suspected as Health Ministe
him of planning attacks on Israeli sol- and Agriculture M
diers and civilians. Instead, he was Funke were fored
fatally shot New Year's Eve as he left ing to halt the sprea
his home in Tulkarm. An army this country after i
spokesman declined to comment on .at least-SO people ac
the petition. None of the reei
The appeal comes as the United here has yet beenI
States is trying to revive secuirity humans, but the
cooperation between the Israelis and shaken public faith
Palestinians- amid a continuing shoot-
ing war in the West Bank and Viaza - Conypiled iv m
N -- The govcrn-
risks for passenger
irst time yesterday,
jde, to two General
vehicles. The high-
ie Honda Accord.
the new syste4
mplistic. And con-
too, said actual dri-
Sbe used, not just
:ets: Harry Pearce,
f General; Motors
v'e-star system "mis-
rs." He said the Jrat-
for such factors as a
ffials from borth
)Egypt, on Sunday
rGeorge Tenet, and
said yesterday that
sings will be held
estinians say they
th the Israelis 0
til the army lifts its
;stinian towns end
-many's "mad cqw"
St victims yesterdh
.r Andrea Fischer
d to resign for fail-
ad of the disease to
it had already killed
ernt cases discovered
linked to illness in
in the government.
n Daily ,) Ore repOrIb
Ids on a loose inter-
- have gone further,
said Ed Hopkins,
Sierra Club. Still,
.itat is destroyed it
ignificant effect on
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