2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 7, 1995
San Francisco race highlights today's elections
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After
weeks ofcommunity forums, mudsling-
ing and one nude foray into a shower
with radio DJs, today's mayoral race
between Willie Brown, Frank Jordan
and Roberta Achtenberg is all but cer-
tain to result in a runoff.
Recent polls show all three candidates
with between 20 percent and 30 percent
of the vote, with up to one-fifth of San
Francisco's electorate undecided. If no
one gets more than 50 percent in the
nonpartisan race, the top two vote-get-
ters will meet in a runoff in December.
"The race has been hotly contested
and all campaigns have thrown a lot of
punches," said John Whitehurst, a San
Francisco political consultant. "The elec-
torate at this point is somewhat numb."
Two states to pick governors
Elsewhere today, Mississippi and
Kentucky will pick governors, and vot-
ers will decide whether Virginia will
become the first Southern state since
Reconstruction with a Republican-con-
The off-year election also includes
mayoral contests in such cities as Hous-
ton, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Charles-
ton, S.C., and Gary, Ind., and ballot
questions on topics ranging from legal-
ized gambling to gay rights.
In San Francisco, the race has been
characterized by mudslinging and one
well-publicized photo opportunity that
featured Jordan, the first-term mayor, tak-
ing a shower with two radio disc jockeys.
Local newspapers had a field day with
the stunt, offering prizes for the best
caption forthe waist-upphotoofJordan's
naked torso that appeared on their front
pages. One caption offering: "The strang-
est shower scene since 'Psycho."'
Brown, the candidate with the long-
est record of public service - 30
years in the state Assembly, half of
them as the powerful speaker - has
probably attracted the most mud. His
career as a Democratic leader in the
state house came to an end because of
His opponents have gone after his im-
age as a flamboyant, shrewd lawyer who
likes to wear s ,000 suits and drive a
black Porsche. They have also focused on
a comment he made before declaring his
candidacy: "Street lights, dog doo and
parking meters are not my cup of tea."
Critics say that Brown, one of the
nation's most prominentblack politicians,
is running for mayor to boost Democratic
candidates in Califomia in 1996 and then
resume his own larger political career.
Achtenberg offers San Francisco's
large gay voter bloc a chance to elect the
first openly lesbian mayor of a major
U.S. city. A former Housing and Urban
Development official, Achtenberg has
opted for a low-profile campaign featur-
ing neighborhood walks andpolicy state-
ments on the Internet.
FDA to consider new thera for AIDS
SILVER SPRING, Md. - The drug 3TC should be approved as the first new
initial therapy to treat AIDS since the original AIDS drug AZT, scientific advisers
told the Food and Drug Administration yesterday.
A combination of 3TC and AZT boosted the immune system of patients and
lowered the amount of the HIV virus, which causes AIDS, in their blood.
But more significantly, the drug combination showed more effect in patients
who had never taken AZT than in those who have taken AZT alone, as is standard
for most patients, manufacturer Glaxo Wellcome said.
The FDA advisers agreed, although they cautioned there are alot of unanswered
questions that patients must be aware of before choosing to try the combination
therapy over AZT alone.
"I am very uncomfortable giving this regimen in a widespread way" because of
all the questions, said Dr. Douglas Mayers of Walter Reed Army Institute of
Research in Washington.
Early data "support the argument for initial aggressive therapy," said Glaxo
research chief Marc Rubin. "3TC-AZT was consistently associated with greafer
and more sustained response."
The experimental drug is in the same family as AZT, the standard therapy. These
drugs work by blocking a protein vital in the early reproduction phase of HIV,
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WASHINGTON -- Some leading
congressional Republicans want to
make the $500-per-child tax cut that's a
cornerstone of the "Contract With
America" retroactive to 1995. If it be-
came law, taxpayers would receive at
least a partial benefit when they file
returns early in the election year.
Legislation passed by the House and
Senate calls for making the tax break
effective Jan. 1, 1996. But Republican
leaders in both houses have discussed
the possibility of pushing back the ef-
fective date by a few months, if not all
the way to Jan. 1, 1995. Forexample, an
Oct. 1, 1995, effective date is under
"I'd like to do it, but I've got to look
at the entire package," House Majority
Leader Dick Armey said recently, re-
flecting a widespread concern that the
change may be too expensive to fit into
the GOP balanced-budget legislation.
Armey (R-Texas) is one of the idea's
strongest proponents, although House
Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Gai) said
last Friday he, too, is interested, if the
funds can be found. Officials said Sen-
ate Majority Leader BobDole (R-Kani.)
is likewise interested. °
The proposal has political appe'al
because Republicans could trumpet the
tax break as an early benefit of their
legislative program before the GOP-
inspired spending cuts begin to bite.
Four killed in Boston
BOSTON - Two gunmen walked
through the 99 Restaurant & Pubs in the
city's rough Charlestown section around
lunchtime yesterday and opened fire in
front of a booth, killing four customers
and critically wounding another.
Two plainclothes police officers who
happened to be eating lunch there fol-
lowed the suspects outside and arrested
them in the parking lot.
Police gave no motive for the shoot-
ing in the working-class, mostly Irish
neighborhood, which has long had a
reputed "code of silence" that has sunk
many a murder investigation.
Police Commissioner Paul Evans dis-
counted speculation that it was an orga-
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TBILISI, Georgia - Eduard
Shevardnadze has been elected presi-
dent by a landslide, according to pre-
liminary results released yesterday, in a
vote that signaled confidence in a leader
who has brought relative stability to a
country recently torn by war.
"A triumph has been won by the
forces of democracy," Shevardnadze
proclaimed in his weekly television
address a day after simultaneous presi-
dential and parliamentary elections.
The initial ballot count gave
Shevardnadze 75 percent of the vote,
beating five other candidates. His clos-
est opponent, Dzhumber Patiashvili,
took 17 percent.
Final results of the parliamentary poll
were not yet available, but Shevardnadze's
party, the Citizens Union, was well ahead
in the race for the 235-seat legislature,
quelling fears that his nationalist and popu-
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TORONTO - Mortified officials of
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
admitted yesterday that Mounties as-
signed to guard Prime Minister Jean
Chretien made errors in judgment and
violated security procedures in an inci-
dent in which a man armed with a knife
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prime minister's wife, Aline, who
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