The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 30, 1992, Image 3

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J® oom will be he 1992 orum on ch 30, Jdent body cuss their he candi- iader will Jdents are id find out ate prior to 'prii 1 and Forum is in at 6:30 evening, student mce their J Senate nation call nt at 845- rs ts orates i orld ;k's events re different f 3 Trammel | i for the Ex-: iderful op-1 ; to see the [ campus,'; :osts $2 for :an be pur- i Thursday I i. or at the Week '92 "\3x? W ebratior nsorif uncian'' rdayApri nar, spoil- j entofSto- take place 1:15 p.m.” 1 ? repeated that night | during the [ 1 examine [ gramming^ matching a m from 'A scussinga ral/Paged nary tiers : you :ities tyou Monday, March 30, 1992 The Battalion Page 3 Grisly homicide shocks Houston Police, friends of slain 24-year-old woman mobilize to find murderer HOUSTON (AP) — Calls have been pour ing in to police from people offering possible tips in the grisly murder of a young woman whose decapitated, limbless body was discov ered alongside a highway. "People are horrified about this," said Houston police homicide Sgt. Mike Peters. "People are shocked by it. Thank God there's still something out there that still shocks peo ple." More than 100 people have called police with reports and other possible tips in the slay ing of 24-year-old Cecilia Reyes. Reyes, who was two months pregnartt, van ished Thursday night after leaving work and was identified by her husband by photographs Saturday, a day after her torso was found. Her employer. Fiesta Beverage Mart, is of fering a $10,000 reward for information lead ing to her killer's arrest and conviction. The murder has shocked her friends, some of whom were posting missing-person fliers when they learned that a woman's torso had been found Friday. "Cecilia was such a very nice person. That's why everyone's in a state of shock to know they would torture her — cut her up like an animal," said co-worker Shirvy Stewart. The 5-foot, 120-pound woman was last seen about 9:20 p.m. Thursday when she finished her shift at the liquor store in southwest Hous ton. She was reported missing Friday morning. A cleanup crew working alongside U.S. Highway 290 East in northwest Houston found the torso about 1:30 p.m. Friday. Her head was gone and both legs had been cut off just above the knees. Her left arm was missing, but her severed right arm was found next to her body. The torso was in a plastic garbage bag. wrapped in a blue blanket, inside a cardboard furniture box tied with twine. Reyes' van was found Saturday evening about a mile from where the torso was dumped. An autopsy is being conducted to determine exactly how she died. Investigators said exami nations did not indicate she was raped. Friends and relatives described Reyes as a quiet, serious, hard worker who moved to Houston from El Salvador with her mother and older sister nine years ago. She married Oscar Reyes, a maintenance man also from El Salvador, about three years ago. The child would have been their first. Gerald Sellers, manager of the Fiesta, hired Reyes six years ago and promoted her 2 1/2 years ago to the beverage mart. "She was friendly, very considerate and full of life," he said. Researchers move toward cancer cure Experimental therapy 'marks' genes, helps doctors evaluate chemotherapy HOUSTON (AP) - Re searchers say a new use for gene therapy that helps them track the effectiveness of bone marrow transplants could be the first step toward curing some forms of cancer. The technique involves trans planting bone marrow cells that have been genetically "marked" for identification, said Dr. Albert Deisseroth, who is leading a re search effort at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital. "I want to convey the message that there is hope; there are new directions. We are opening new doors and eventually we'll be able to implement strategies to help people," Deisseroth said. "They may be less toxic, easier to endure and more effective. That's our goal." He said the procedure could help make possible genetic ma nipulations to cure deadly can cers for which current treatments are relatively ineffective, the Houston Chronicle reported Sun day. "The progress being made may be faster where the diseases are invariably fatal," he said. "The balance sheet for the poten tial gain is clearer." Scientists alter cells genetical ly either to distinguish them from other cells or to change their behavior. Deisseroth has used the mark ing technique in a patient with chronic myelocytic leukemia, which causes an overproduction of white blood cells and ultimate ly is fatal. He plans to try the pro cedure on nine more patients. His goal is to alter bone mar row cells so they are more resis tant to the toxic effects of chemotherapy, a cancer treat ment. After 14 months of work on the processes, Deisseroth says he is applying for federal approval. Researchers say the marking project is important because it could give doctors a way to eval uate bone marrow transplants using a patient's own marrow. In the procedure, called an autolo gous transplant, doctors reintro duce the patient's own bone mar row after eradicating the cancer. Deisseroth said he marks the patients cells by introducing a gene that causes resistance to an antibiotic. If a patient suffers a cancer re lapse after a transplant and the cancer cells carry the marker, then the marrow caused the re lapse. 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Fourteen people died of methadone-related causes last year in Harris County, while eight deaths were attributed to overdoses of heroin, morphine and other opiates, the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday in a copyrighted story. Deaths attributed to methadone increased to an all-time high in Harris County despite in creased efforts by state and federal authorities to regulate the use of methadone. Health officials blamed the jump on the syn thetic drug's illegal sale. "Obviously, we have to intensify our ef forts," said Ken Davis, chief investigator of the Texas Department of Health's food and drug division, which regulates methadone clinics in the state. "We've got a problem that we need to take care of." Critics of methadone say the statistics prove the substance is as deadly as the disease it is used to treat. "If somebody were selling bad booze on the streets, everybody would be up in arms," said A1 Dugan, a former chairman for the Cenikor drug treatment program in Houston. "The problem is that methadone is very dangerous and can be fatal almost before anybody real izes it." John Moseman, head of drug diversion for the Houston office of the U.S. Drug Enforce ment Administration, said the deaths reflect the rising availability of methadone coupled with increased difficulty in obtaining heroin. "They (addicts) are going to go for whatev er is the easiest to obtain, and the cheapest," Moseman said. Methadone, developed by the Germans during World War II as a substitute for the painkiller morphine, is now used in drug treat ment to suppress heroin and morphine with drawal symptoms. Health officials say methadone can be dan gerous if its use is uncontrolled, and an over dose can be fatal. "If you're a novice user, or if you take some body else's methadone and you're not a habit ual user of opiates, it's very easy to overdose and die," said Dr. Joseph Coppola, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Texas Medical School. Of the 20 methadone clinics operating in Houston, only two are non-profit. The rest are private, profit businesses. The ensuing competition has fueled abuses of the substance and increased its availability on the streets, officials say. A key source of that availability appears to be dosages addicts take home from the clinics. If they comply with state and federal atten dance and drug screening requirements, ad dicts may take home up to six daily doses of methadone. "I don't think there's any other source for the street sales," Davis said. : $5.00 off i Complete Resume Package ■ ® Resent tflis coupon at participating Kinko's and receive | | $5.00 off the purchase of a Complete Resume Package. _ _ Packages vary from location to location. Offer not good ■ I in combination with other discounts. ■ m ©1992, Kinto's Graphic Corporation ■ Make a great impression on your future boss (whoever it is) with a complete resume package from Kinko's. 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As next year's centennial of the overthrow of Hawaii's monarchy approaches, some 30 Hawaiian civic and community groups and political organizations have formed a loose coalition to look into gaining sovereignty for 40,000 native Hawaiians and 160,000 part-Hawaiians. Their key ally has been senior U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D- Hawaii. Inouye who has promised to introduce measures to rreate an independent Hawai ian government within the frame work of the federal and state gov ernments, allow Hawaiians to bring lawsuits against the federal government over the management of the major land trusts and pro vide compensation for past claims. "I think the iron is hot. The time is right to strike," Inouye, who is of Japanese descent, told Hawaiian leaders when they re cently presented him with propos als for federal legislation. Two huge land trusts that make up 41 percent of all land in the islands are the economic mo tive in the sovereignty issue and date back to the 1893 bloodless overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani by a political faction made up pri marily of white business leaders. Historical records, however, show that a force of 162 Marines from a Navy ship took up a posi tion near lolani Palace on the pre text of guarding American prop erty and preserving the peace be tween heated rallies being staged by the opposing political factions. Upon annexation by the Unit ed States in 1898, about 1.75 mil lion acres of crown and govern ment lands of the Kingdom of Hawaii were ceded in a trust to the Territory of Hawaii. 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