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2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 1, 1995

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Statistical Abstract published

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homes
without cable TV are a definite minor-
ity. One in three Americans is still exer-
cising after 75. Rock music sales are
twice those of country and 10 times
those of jazz. -
Here is America in bare statistics,
devoid ofinterpretation. Stacks of stats.
From labor force to labor rooms. The
kind of stuff important to public offi-
cials, business analysts, educators, li-
brarians, research workers, students and
the merely curious.
Thirty-four percent of Americans, 26
and over, have smoked marijuana at
some time in their lives, but only 3
percent are current users. Eight percent
of households have herb gardens. A
family of four pays more state and local
taxes in Newark, N.J., than in other big

cities. Lotteries racked up more than
$25 billion in sales.
Such minutiae abound in the new
Statistical Abstract ofthe United States,
published yesterday. It is a book of
more than 1,000 pages, some with
enough facts for a game of "Jeopardy!"
or "Trivial Pursuit."
You learn that lottery ticket sales
totaled $2.3 billion in 1980 but $28.5
billion last year. That of 187.7 million
adults in the 1993-94 period, 69 million
had no cable television.
That in 1992, there were 6.4 million
pregnancies, 4 million births and 1.5
million abortions. The rest were mis-
carriages. Seventeen percent of women
of childbearing age used contraceptive
pills; 10.5 percent relied on condoms.
Thirty percent were surgically sterile.

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eat" while they marched across State
Street.
Six GEO members delivered the post-
cards to Duderstadt's office. When
Dexter returned, he said that while
Duderstadt was not available, Nona
Hardy, a secretary in the president's
office, had left the postcards on his
desk.
"The message has been delivered,"
Dexter said.
John Ramsburgh, an English gradu-
ate student, called the rally "a tremen-
dous success."
Paul Roberts, a GEO steward for the
English department, agreed: "I was in-
credibly impressed. It was universally
positive."

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Continued from Page 1
impact on the community," Chen said.
Homeowners were open and recep-
tive to the idea, participants said. "They
were kind of amused, and some gave us
candy, which was aniceperk," Vidwans
said.
Organizers said they will be glad if
they have sparked an annual event.
"I hope it goes on to be a yearly thing,
so that every year homeowners will
expect to see someone in a white coat
showing up at their door and asking for
canned goods," Chen said.
After hours of walking, participants
were invited to a Halloween party held
at the Phi Chi Medical Society club-
house. The admission "fee" was two
cans of food, which gave students who
did not go door-to-door a chance to
contribute.
The Michigan State Medical Society
sponsored the bash, which was orga-
nized by the American Medical Asso-
ciation.

Space shuffle to focus on planets' biths
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - An experiment flying on space shuttle Columbi
could provide clues to what happens to dust clouds in the atmosphere and the
process by which planets and stars begin forming.
Astronaut Fred Leslie shook small containers of dust samples so scientists coul(
better understand how dust clouds form and dissipate.
Geologist John Marshall said yesterday from NASA's Marshall Space Fligh
Center in Huntsville, Ala., that his experiment demonstrated that tiny dus
particles behave the same way in space as they do closer to Earth.
He said the particles clump together because of static electricity and form chains
In an atmosphere like the Earth's, these chains and bigger clumps fall to the ground
NASA said this could affect how long clouds of dust would linger in the
atmosphere after a major volcanic eruption or a catastrophic meteor strike, like th<
one theorized to have been involved in the extinction of dinosaurs.
"The more we know about the behavior of these clouds, the better prepared we
might be to deal with them," Marshall said.
NASA said the same process could be involved when dust particles begii
clumping together in space to begin the process of forming stars and planets.
Columbia's astronauts spent their 11th day in space completing Marshall':
experiment and conducting more fluid and crystal studies.

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Doctors closer to
cure for Parkinson's
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - U.S. phy-
sicians are poised to begin a new era in
the surgical treatment of Parkinson's
disease, one that proponents say will
bypass the ethical and accessibility prob-
lems of using human fetal tissue trans-
plants and be safer than the now widely
used pallidotomies, in which a small
part of the brain is destroyed.
The new approach involves implant-
ing fetal pig brain cells, which are readily
available and remarkably similar to
human tissues.
A team from Harvard Medical School
reports today in the journal Nature
Medicine that the fetal pig cells, when
transplanted into rats, can accurately
rewire damaged portions of the brain,
alleviating Parkinson-like symptoms in
the rats.
Based on these and other findings, a
team from the Lahey Hitchcock Medi-
cal Center in Burlington, Mass., has
already successfully transplanted fetal
pig cells into four human patients with
results that so far appear encouraging.

Early next year, the group plans to be
gin using the cells in victims o
Huntington's disease as well.
Researchers from at least three othe
medical centers who have been trans
planting human fetal cells also are closi
to switching over to the new source o
tissue.
Ito delays release of
Simpson's property
LOS ANGELES - O.J. Simpsoi
will have to wait at least two weeks t
get back his fake mustache, Frani
Sinatra tape, Blockbuster member
ship card and other property seize
from him in the days just before an
after he was arrested on charges o
murdering his ex-wife and Ronali
Goldman.
Superior Court Judge Lance Ito rule4
yesterday that the eclectic assortmen
of personal property should remain ii
custody until Nov. 15. A civil judg
handling two wrongful-death lawsuit
against Simpson has scheduled a hear
ing for that date to decide how to dis
pose of the items.

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Clues show Shiqaqi
assassins prepared
JERUSALEM - The assassins who
laid in wait for Fathi Shiqaqi last Thurs-
day came prepared, to judge from the
little evidence they left behind.
They knew the Islamic Jihad leader
had shaved his beard and donned a wig.
They knew he carried a Libyan passport
in an assumed name. They knew his
usual hotel in Malta, the Diplomat, and
the hours of his brief layover en route to
Damascus.
The hollow-point ammunition they
used, to maximize the damage of his
wounds, was hardly needed: According
to police reports made available by tele-
phone from Malta, at least three shots
from asilenced9mmpistol struck Shiqaqi
in the head. The assassins, or a clean-up
crew that followed them, left no spent
cartridges behind and no fingerprints on
the motorcycle with stolen plates that
sped them to a seaborne getaway.
The political fingerprints, even so, were
plain to nearly everyone who expressed
an opinion. Shiqaqi was near the top of
Israel's most wanted list, and Israel's
government, though formally declining
to confirm or deny its involvement, did
everything but wink to imply as much,
The killing scarcely disturbed this
week's Amman economic conference,
a kind of regional coming-out party for
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Israel, and.Hamas spokesmen said
would not impede their reconciliatioi
talks with PLO leader Yasser Arafai
Egyptian Foreign Minister Am
Moussa, queried by reporters as he stoop
next to his Israeli counterpart, Shimoi
Peres, merely smiled and asked, "Wha
assassination?"
China's intellectuals
die earlier, study says
BEIJING - According to a recet
study of 12,450 "intellectuals," a nani
given to people with a higher educa
tion who work as researchers, it
Beijing, the average life expectancy i
53.3 years.
That's not only lower by 20 year
than the average Beijinger's life ex
pectancy and 16 years below the aver
age Chinese person's, it is a decline c
five years over the past decade.
At a time when most Chinese ar
getting healthier and living longer
China's best and brightest are dying i
their prime.
As reflected in the health statistics
China's intellectuals constitute on
of the country's most neglecte
groups. Housing is shabby, health car
substandard, salaries low and profes
sional and political pressures ex
tremely high.
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