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WASHINGTON (AP) - A
ngw report says serious research
(laws were ignored in a 10-year-old
study that led to the widespread be-
lief that intrauterine contraceptive
devices (JUDs) are unsafe.
Y Experts are now taking another
look at the safety of IUDs, Richard
Kronmal, co-author of the report
published in the Journal of Clinical
Epidemiology, said yesterday.
The Women's Health Study
published in 1981 wrongly
concluded that IUDs increased the
risk of pelvic inflammatory disease,
a condition that can cause
infertility, he added.
The devices are inserted into the
uferus to prevent conception.
Kronmal said he believes the
Women's Health Study was flawed
because it did not take into account
the different rates of sexual activity
among the women studied. He added
that sexual intercourse is the pri-
mary source of pelvic inflammatory
disease and women with a variety of
partners are more apt to get it.
" Kronmal said the 1981 study
used women who were hospitalized
for other reasons as a control or
comnparison group. They showed less
of he disease than women using the
IUDs, but it could be because they
were less sexually active, he said.
to halt national*
WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Bush tried to budge dead-
locked freight railroads and their
unions yesterday, saying a nation-
wide strike threatened for midnight
tonight could severely disrupt the
economy. But no progress was re-
ported at the bargaining table.
Also yesterday, as part of the
Bush administration's efforts to
head off a strike, Transportation
Secretary Samuel Skinner met with
union leaders to discuss the three-
year-old dispute over wages, health
care and work rules.
Meanwhile, negotititions wore
on toward a midnight deadline,
when a federally imposed "cooling
off" period expires and the nation's
235,000 freight line workers are
free to follow through on their
promise to strike.
Bargainers "are all at the table
with one eye on the clock," said
George Whaley, a spokesperson for
the Association of American
Railroads, which represents the na-
tion's big freight carriers such as
Burlington Northern, Conrail and
Though the strike would involve
only freight crews and freight yard
workers, passenger travel on
Amtrak and commuter lines could
also be disrupted because most of
those trains run on freight-owned
Rail workers receive an average
total compensation package worth
about $56,000 a year and says that's
far out of line with other industrial
workers. The union says a typical
rail worker makes between $30,000
and $40,000 a year.
Steve Fitzgerald spokesperson
for the Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers, one of 11 unions involved
in the dispute, said the unions are
anxious to settle.
'We're not interested in shutting
down the nation and inconvenienc-
ing the traveling public in any way
at all," he said.
Three unions have reached tenta-
tive settlement, but the others have
not. In the past, if one rail union
walks out, all have followed their
path in a show of solidarity.
Bush, speaking to a business"
group at the White House, said a rail
strike "could potentially idle hun
dreds of thousands of workers and~
would affect virtually all
Americans in one way or another."
The president stopped short of
indicating that he would ask
Congress to intervene and stop a
strike, saying, "It is always better;
for labor and management to re-
solve their differences and produce
Still, the president clearly was
seeking to exert pressure on both:
University Public Safety Officer helps LSA sophomore Charles Hicks get into his running car. However, the
attempt was unsuccessful.
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Playboy. "Usually it's been around
their house - their dads were
subscribers. (Modelling) is
something they've always aspired to
do," Mecey said.
Because she is not a University
student, Ann Reece came to the
Campus Inn to ask questions about
interviewing another time.
"Posing nude is not that big of a
deal," she said. "It's where you are
Women must be at least 18 and
show identification to appear in the
magazine. "Playboy doesn't take
any chances on things like that,"
Not everyone interviewed
LSA senior Mary Bejian inter-
viewed, posed for her picture, but
then handed Mecey a folder of anti-
pornography literature - and a raw
"I didn't do it for real. I gave
him a chicken leg because I thought
he wanted meat."
Mecey responded, "'Oh, thank
you very much,"' Bejian said.
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that Playboy is narrow minded are
insecure of their femininity," he
When LSA junior Erin Schellig
heard the women posing nude will
receive a few hundred dollars she
said, "That's terrible. I model, and
we get double rate just for
"Models are accustomed to get-
ting about $1,000 and up to model
Shortly after noon, about half
the protesters marched from the
Diag to the Campus Inn, where
Playboy is holding interviews
They walked chanting, "Sexist,
racist, anti-gay, Playboy magazine
Upon arrival at the Campus Inn,
there were no signs of Playboy
magazine employees or women
waiting for interviews.
Playboy photographer David
Mecey said he did not see the
protesters because he was in a hotel
room all day.
He added he does not agree with
protesters who say magazines such
as Playboy lead to violence against
"Playboy writes endless edito
rials against wife beating, against
date rape ... We're not in any way
shape or form promoting that,'
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Engineering sophomore Joshua
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tioned legality of the University's
GEO steering committee mem-
ber Todd Smith said the
University's action was too ridicu-
lous to take seriously.
"It is so ludicrous it is unbeliev-
able. They are sending a letter trying
to get us to admit guilt by admis-
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Turkish officials stressed that
the resettlement was temporary.
Hayri Kozakcioglu, governor of
Turkey's southeastern border
region with Iraq, said that the
number of refugees may rise to.
700,000 in the next few days as
Iraqis continue to flee.
Officials have said 500,000
refugees are already on theTurkish
Iran's official radio, meanwhile,
said the country's Red Crescent
Society, the equivalent of the Red
with this couoon
8 1/2 X 11, white, seat serve or auto ted oniv
Aaron, on the other hand, knew lit-
tle about the work stoppage, but
was concerned about the effect it
might have on undergraduates.
"Well, I haven't heard much on
sion. It is a scare tactic," he said.
After the mediation session, the
GEO steering committee met to dis-
cuss the proposed work stoppage
and the University's new package
proposal. The results of the meeting
were unavailable at press time, but
GEO president Chris Roberson said
"we are still in the process of dis-
cussing the work stoppage."
Smith said the steering commit-
tee would not make a final decision
either side ... I mean, I definitely
think it would inconvenience the
students, but I have no opinion on
whether or not I think they're right,
in striking," Aaron said.
without consulting first with the
membership at tonight's meeting.
"GEO is its members. Even
though we have authorization from
them to endorse the proposed work
stoppage, there have been two medi-
ation sessions and we want to make
sure we still have their full support,
for the work stoppage," Smith said.
The next mediation session has
not yet been set.
Cross, was running out of relief
supplies for the more than 900,000
of Iraq's 4 million Kurds who have
fled to Iran.
Hundreds of refugees are be-
lieved to have died in the border
In other developments
yesterday, Kurdish rebels renewed
a plea to the United Nations for
protection from Iraqi loyalist
forces inside Iraq.
British Prime Minister John
Major told his Turkish counterpart
Yildirim Akbulut in London that
Britain will continue to encourage.*
the United Nations and other orga-
nizations to move toward creating
safe havens for the Kurds in north-
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