The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 18, 1992, Image 7

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Tuesday, February 18, 1992 The Battalion Page 7 ussia, U.S. talk disarmament Victims' families chastise Dahmer .PUSOg Ur 'telTi,, ontinued from Page 1 uarantees for the grain sales. He said Russia had ept up its payments in accordance with the provi sions of U.S. law. Baker and Yeltsin agreed on a series of measures help Russia dismantle its nuclear weapons and rovide work for the scientists who built the nuclear eapons of the Cold War. The measures would use he $400 million appropriated by Congress last year o help destroy the former Soviet nuclear might. The center for scientific projects, in which Ger- any would also take part, would serve as a clear- ghouse for civilian projects for the scientists. Baker announced. The United States will encourage the U.S. private sector and other countries to provide money, he added. The United States has agreed, in principle, to pro vide money for building a storage depot for the plu tonium removed from the dismantled weapons, a se nior administration official said. Baker and Yeltsin agreed to set up a joint working group to discuss de tails of such a facility, including its site, the official said. Yeltsin said the United States also agreed to pro vide money to build a facility for the destruction of the former Soviet chemical weapons arsenal. Continued from Page 1 "... If I could give my life right now to bring their loved ones back, I would do it." "Jeffrey Dahmer has erased a million future memories for me of my brother," J.W. Smith, brother of victim Eddie Smith, said as he read brief statements from each of Eddie's 12 brothers and sisters. "Jeffrey Dahmer, you have be come a hero for a few, but you have become a nightmare for so ley M uncle of victim Ernest Miller. "Did you ever think this was someone's son?" Dahmer's three-week sanity tri al included testimony from police and psychiatrists who described how the serial killer's urges to have sex with the dead led him to drug, kill and dismember. Witnesses told how Dahmer cooked and ate a heart, bicep and thigh; how he slit corpses from sternum to toe and cut the flesh into fist-sized pieces; and how he soaked torsos in acid and kept skulls and other parts as memen tos. Dahmer said he would not con test civil lawsuits some victims' families have filed against him, seeking any profits he might make by selling his life story. "If there is ever any money, I want it to go to the victims' fami lies," he said. Adoption agencies cite positive results from new methods S Continued from Page 2 [they have today, Brieg said the ordeal |would have been much easier to deal [with. "For all I knew, they never found a [home for my baby," she said. "I absolute ly believe the services DePelchin offers now would have helped me, and that the jopener adoptions of today are much j healthier. "I just wanted to know if I made the j right choice," Brieg said. "The not know- ; is what's unbearable." Other agencies in Texas have embraced the concept of openness more vigorously. Dorothy Baker, executive director of the Texas Cradle Society in San Antonio, said her agency made the move toward openness in 1985, and has had very posi tive response. No preset level of contact between the birth mother, and the adoptive parents is mandated by the agency. Baker said. Each party is free to negotiate and determine the amount of contact and information ex change to their own satisfaction, although the agency provides a counselor to serve as intermediary. "All information exchanged is by mu tual agreement," Barkley said. "The birth mother can choose among several prospective parents, and get to know them pretty well. "Some people are initially hesitant about sharing information at first, but most will agree openness and honesty is the best way to go," she said. "People find they can deal with the known. It's the un known that causes trouble." Pam Perkins of Methodist Mission Home of San Antonio, a birth mother her self, strongly supports the growing open ness in the adoption, especially the prac tice of allowing the birth mother to get to know the couple who will raise her child as their own. "Would you place your child with a babysitter you didn't know?" she said. A decision having such a far-reaching effect on a baby's future must be consid ered carefully, and the more information available, the better, Perkins said. "The potential parents are placed in 'The Book' with biographical information, along with all the other applicants, and the birth mother is able to select who she wants the baby to live with," Perkins said. 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