- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Scientists link gene to diabetes

NEW YORK A previously unknown gene appears to influence the risk of developing diabetes, particularly in Mexican-Americans, researchers say.
The study focused on type 2 diabetes, the most common kind, which generally shows up in adults and affects about 15 million Americans. If untreated, the disease can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and amputations.
Other genes have been implicated before in type 2 diabetes. But the newfound gene is from a class that had not been linked to diabetes before, so it reveals a biological pathway to the disease that scientists didn't know about.
Further studies may provide insights that could lead to better treatments, said Graeme Bell of the University of Chicago and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The study was presented in the October issue of the journal Nature Genetics.

Minivan, tanker collide outside gas station

EAST ISLIP, N.Y. A minivan slammed into a gas tanker outside a gas station, triggering an explosion that shook houses several blocks away and shot flames more than 100 feet in the air. The minivan's driver was killed.
The tanker's driver, Ergin Abdullah, had just pulled out of a gas station on the southern edge of Long Island on Monday evening when his tanker was hit by a minivan, police said.
The minivan's driver, Hilde Hauswirth, was killed. The 62-year-old nurse's aide was heading to work when the accident occurred. Mr. Abdullah escaped serious injury when he jumped out of his vehicle at impact.
Roads were wet and visibility was poor at the time of the accident, but police did not say what or who was to blame for the crash. However, Mr. Abdullah, 43, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said.

Ex-Kennedy aide jailed in child-porn case

SALT LAKE CITY A former Kennedy family aide was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for distributing child pornography over the Internet and traveling to Utah to have sexual relations with a woman he reputedly thought was a 12-year-old girl.
Thomas J. Pearl, 40, was a personal assistant to Eunice Kennedy Shriver until his arrest, which led the family to fire him. Mrs. Shriver is a sister of the late President John F. Kennedy.
Pearl acknowledged during his trial that he sent images of child pornography to his female Internet companion, Camielle Call-Tarbet, who turned out to be a former police officer.

Second guard arrested in sex with inmate case

COLUMBIA, S.C. A second prison guard has been arrested for reportedly having sex with Susan Smith, who is serving a life sentence for drowning her two sons in a lake.
Capt. Alfred R. Rowe Jr. was charged Monday with one count of sexual intercourse with an inmate, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. His arraignment was scheduled for yesterday.
Smith told investigators she had sexual relations with Rowe at the Women's Correctional Institution between July and August. He confessed, according to an arrest warrant.
Charges that another guard, Lt. Houston Cagle, had sex with Smith triggered the investigation that revealed the second encounter.

Boss shares millions with employees

BOSTON Many bosses say they value their employees.
Charlie Butcher backed up his words last week with a grand gesture, distributing $18 million among 325 workers after selling the floor-care products and cleaning supplies company his family had owned for 120 years.
"It was like Christmas on Tuesday," said Cindy Hanam, human resources manager of the Butcher Co., with headquarters in Marlborough, Mass.
"Brawny men you would never think would drop a tear were crying," said Patricia Pazzaneze, 69, a receptionist. "Charlie always told us he loved us, and it wasn't phony."
The bonuses were handed out last Tuesday, just one day after the business was sold to Johnson Wax Professional, a spinoff of S.C. Johnson & Sons of Racine, Wis.

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