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The Battalion Monday, August 3,13Sj > COUPON — — —| SAVE $32 On Routine Cleaning, X-Rays and Exam (Regularly $71, With Coupon $39) Payment must be made at time of service BRYAN Jim A rents, DDS Karen Arcnts, DDS 1103 Villa Maria 268-1407 COLLEGE STATION Dan Lawson, DDS Paul Haines, DDS Texas Avc. at SW Pkwy 696-9578 CarePlus^fit Atlantis releases Eureca satellite European spacecraft wanders too low DENTAL CENTERS L B*** EXP. 8-31-92 -J "I don't know why y'dl picked College Station for your second store. All I can say is thank you veiymuch!" Clay Weaver, Senior, Bldg. Construction risidsUrJiia IMWsHil BUHRITO One in a series of real live customer testimonials... 319 UNIVERSITY DRIVE NORTHGATE CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Atlantis' astronauts released a European satellite Sunday after an anxious day's delay, but the spacecraft ran into more trouble and was left wandering too low with its load of crystals, seeds and shrimp eggs. Unless the $213 million Eureca satellite is raised to a higher alti tude, its orbit will decay to the point where the craft cannot be re trieved by astronauts next spring as planned. The satellite would plunge through the atmosphere and bum up. Engineers at the European Space Agency's control center in Darmstadt, Germany, struggled to understand the latest problem, which involved the satellite's steering system. The solution may be as simple as sending up a computer pro gram correction, said Eckart Graf, a program manager for the Euro pean Space Agency, which owns the satellite. Eureca managers hoped to fire the satellite's on-board thrusters as early as Monday, provided the problem can be resolved by then, and boost the craft to its proper altitude of 320 miles. “We consider it as a glitch in the procedure, as a delay. It's a very unfortunate one," Graf said. “However, we are optimistic and very confident that we will have a solution at hand very soon." Eureca's ascent was interrupt ed shortly after Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier freed the satellite from the end of the shuttle's robot arm 264 miles above Earth. The thruster burn was halted when the satellite appeared to be in the wrong position. Eureca only got as high as 276 miles as a result of the six-minute bum, which was supposed to last four times that long. The reusable satellite, a box shaped structure with solar wings, contains brine shrimp eggs, bacteria and fungi spores, seeds, a crystal-growing furnace, a telescope, solar monitors and a cosmic dust catcher. At 9,900 pounds and 66 feet across, it is the largest satellite ever built by the European Space Agency. Graf said the biological sam ples would not be damaged at the current altitude. But the scientific studies cannot begin until the satellite is in a stable orbit. The jostling of thruster firings would ruin the experiments. “We are taking all the time necessary to do trouble-shooting and find the solution," Graf said. “We are not under pressure." Graf said the positioning prob lem was unrelated to the commu nications trouble with Eureca that arose just before the satellite was to be released Saturday. Delay creates new sighting opportunities CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The one-day delay in releasing a European science satellite from Atlantis has cre ated more shuttle viewing op portunities for people in Texas* NASA revised its shuttle sighting schedule after the re lease of the Eureca satellite slipped from Saturday to Sun day, and delayed an orbital lowering of Atlantis. Overall, there are more than four times as many viewing opportuni ties as before. Atlantis, launched Friday, is flying at the usual 28-degree inclination, the angle of the or bit to the equator. That path will take the shuttle only as far north as the Kennedy Space Center in east-central Florida and as far south as southern Brazil. The shuttle will be visible to the naked eye in parts of Flori da, Texas and Louisiana as At lantis circles Earth this week. Don’t miss out on the best way to reach. Students, Faculty and Staff Our Baci-To-Sekootf Edition is Monday, August 31st Deadlines are approaching fast. To advertise call your Battalion Sales Representative or call THE BATTALION 845-2696 Technology, hospital bills boost outpatient surgery DALLAS (AP) — People facing the prospect of lengthy, expensive hospital stays are more often choosing the cheaper option of outpatient surgery and at-home care, medical professionals say. That, coupled with new technology that enables more serious operations to be performed outside the hospital, is providing new business opportuni ties for companies that specialize in outpatient care. “Medicine will turn upside down in the next four years," said Donald Steen, chief executive of ficer of Dallas-based Medical Care International, which operates 84 surgical centers. “The escalation of health-care costs cannot continue unabated." Medical Care International will perform about 350,000 outpatient surgeries this year, Steen said. When the company was founded in 1981, he said, only about 15 percent of surgery was outpa tient. Today, 13 million surgeries — about 55 per cent of all surgery — is done on an outpatient ba sis. About one in five outpatient surgeries is per formed in a surgical center. lo\. 91 No. 1 bon JOHANNES - Millions of 1 But obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Max McGin nis of Richardson said his patients had to be con vinced the quality of care would equal that offered by a hospital. “In the beginning, it took a good explanation from me to the patient, because they were appre hensive about not having the security of a major hospital's back-up facilities in the event of a car diac arrest or a major complication," McGinni; Podiatrist Roy Ashton needed less persuasior, tntests^pver^a to accept outpatient surgery centers, which lit termed “one stop shopping." “When my office needs to schedule a surgery, it's one phone call," Ashton said. “If you have to call a hospital, you have to schedule anesthesia, the admitting office, the surgery department." Baylor Medical Center in Dallas figures that re moving a cataract costs $1,400 on an outpatient ba sis, compared with $2,074 at a major hospital. A breast biopsy is $900 vs. $2,323; and myrincotm; (putting drainage tubes in a child's ears) is $700 vs. $1,704. rotests ever a 2 deaths we: walkout. The violenc National Cong or peace. Most worke ng South Afr jsaving city c fransportatioi uses in some. s 2 percent of Activists ere as to enforo oads and trai: Storms bring rain, tornado to Texas (AP) — Rolling clouds and spectacular lightning crossed over much of the state Sunday, dump ing heavy rain in some areas. A tornado briefly touched down in central Montgomery County near Lake Conroe, where it tore the roof off of a house. The thunderstorm that spawned this tornado was 7 miles west of Con roe at 7 p.m. moving to the south east. The National Weather Service late in the afternoon issued thun derstorm warnings for counties including Dallas, Grayson and Wichita. A flash flood watch was in effect for eastern portions of the state. Rainfall totals to near three inches caused low-level flooding in Upshur County. Dime-sized hail was reported north of Com merce. Strong and variable winds were found in and near the thun derstorms. Skies were partly to mostl sunny over most of West Tex: except for cloudy skies over pat of the Concho Valley. The Central South Texas if] mained under partly to mostl cloudy skies. Showers and derstorms, some with heavy rain developed Sunday afternoonii the northern and coastal sections Temperatures at 3 p.m. varie; from 70s in rain-cooled' Texas to near 100 in the lower valj ley. Norwood Continued from Page 3 a smaller amount of business produced from advertising during those games. Maybe the Cubs' real fear is competition from their Ameri can League counterparts on the south side. As the Cubbies have floundered the past three years trying to decide if they are good, bad or indifferent, the White Sox have developed one of the most exciting teams in the game. Granted, most Sox games are shown on the cable outlet SportsChannel, but the Pale Hose have found themselves on WGN more and more lately. That's a trend that could continue and grow next year if realignment takes hold. If a successful attempt to block realignment does come about, however, the conse quences might be more than the Cubs can handle. Atlanta general manager John Schuer- holz has already expressed his relief over moving to the East, and hopefully Marge Schott knows enough about the game to feel the same way. If their teams are forced to stay in the West, their trips to Chicago might spark a few fireworks, to say nothing of the war of words that would come about. Israelis bomb Hezbollah base JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli aircraft blasted a Shiite Muslim guerrilla base in stouth Lebanon Sunday, the military command said. The base belonging to the pro-Iranian fundamentalist Hezbollah, or Party of God, was located in the village of A1 Qalaylah, just north of Israel's self-proclaimed security zone and south of Rashideyah, the command said in a statement. out mentioning casualties. Lebanese police in Tyre said a 60-year-old woman was wounded when two Israeli heli copter gunships fired rockets a: the village, which is monitored by U.N. peacekeeping forces. All aircraft returned safely to base, said the statement, with- The raid was the fifth Israeli air strike against Hezbollah tar gets since July 23 and the 24$ this year, according to Israel's count. In all, 37 people have been killed and 91 wounded, according to Lebanese police count. Byington Continued from Page 3 John Jaha. For Byington, the new mix is an appealing one. "They (the Milwaukee organiza tion) really do a good job of hiring people," Byington said. "They get quality guys. The organiza tion is really good at that aspect." Although his future is bright, Byington faces a tough struggle to get to "The Show." Hundreds^ minor leaguers never even mal it past Single-A, much less vance to the majors. But By ton's faith has been stron enough to put him at the top belli in college and at Double-A. that might be enough to complelf , an hanging the joyride to Milwaukee. Coin Steven B trains in t Off HOUSTOI )fficials Mor itruction ins :rews instalk Td just like to give Jesfl Christ credit," Byington said ■ion balloons two weeks av "I think it' :o be holding 'He's swinging the bat for me I Jams, the a can't do anything without him,' /ery pleased ve're still a 1 Health tips Continued from Page 2 Finally, after this distancing process is completed, it takes a concerted effort to learn how to "live and love" again. This can be a long process that is often preceded by great personal pain. The depression that often follows the decision that you need to dis tance yourself from the addict to make yourself hap py, can often be very severe. However, by making goals for yourself, and slowly but constantly work ing forward, a happier and healthier lifestyle can be obtained. You might be surprised that some of the behaf iors mentioned at the beginning of this article co in the long run, have such serious ramifications, they are often just the proverbial tip of the icebef In order to avoid serious later life difficulties, be ai to recognize these behaviors for what they are,tf dependency, and address them immediately. Iff 1 would like more information on this subject or health-related topics, please contact the Health Ed« cation Center (845-1341). For counseling to help f with a problem, contact the Student Counselin; vice on the third floor of the YMCA Building fora® appointment. For information on alcohol-related concerns, contact the Center for Drug Prevention and Education (845-0280). aery pleased Harris am Freshmen Continued from Page 3 man class. "We have four to five years with these guys, so that will give us the opportunity to either take weight off some guys and put weight on other guys," Slocum said. "Even if some of the guys do not play this year, we will not write them off yet." The veterans officially report today which gave the A&M coaches five days to spend exclusively with the freshman. Slocum said he felt this was a great chance for the new-arrivals to make an impres sion by showing their work ethic. "We do not know how they are going to react to playing a new offense or defense until we can in struct them ourselves," Slocum said. "This is an equal opportunity for each one to improve across the board by working hard without any pressure from the upperclassmen. "But we will not make any judgments until they actually put on some pads and play for us." Wyatt knows today's practice will be different from any of the previous ones. "This will be definitely a different type of atmos phere," Wyatt said. "Practice has been at a slowei pace because the coaches have been instructing u s but now it will get faster." The soft-spoken Wyatt could make a serious pus® for playing time this season in a defensive backfield that was trimmed down by graduation. Former All American Kevin Smith, Chris Grooms, and Kai) Vincent have taken their talents to the National Fool ball League while Marlin Haynes and Ramsey Brad berry have gone to pursue other ventures. Wyatt was a little gun-shy when discussing possi ble action on Kyle Field, though. "Coach (Trent) Walters has not indicated an) thing about playing time," he said. "It is up in argest forn air about time right now but I am going to give a tr) lad strained as best as I can. "If everything goes right then hopefully I can con tribute to this team. ‘ ampaign coi he Astrodc limbed to th onstruction; 'It's muck omputerizei Ru Bla MUKHAl Russia a Monday to p lea Fleet und three years 1 ts division a: Weapons. Presidents ia and Le Jkraine en rom a day-1 ormer Comi Hack Sea. The disj *f Independ >ad initiall) leet, whic But for Wyatt there was one overriding factor that Jkrainian pc persuaded him to make a final decision to attend Texas A&M. "It came down to one point," he said, "and tha* was I wanted a degree from this school and the coaches seemed to really care about me. "Of course a few Southwest Conference champ* onship rings would be nice also." one of thi nadas in the A decisio he roughly utilities on Solved d\i Jter 1995,