- The Washington Times - Monday, September 24, 2001

Genetics linked to high blood pressure
CHICAGO Researchers have identified a marker on the male chromosome that may explain partly why high blood pressure affects more men than women until middle age.
The discovery supports the belief that genetics contributes to the risk of developing the condition.
The marker is a genetic variation found in 51 of 155 men studied in southern Poland, or about 30 percent of participants.
In men who tested positive for the marker, average blood pressure readings were 145/90; a reading of 140/90 is considered high. Their average systolic pressure the higher number was 10 points higher than in men without the marker.
Their diastolic pressure the lower number was five points higher.
A report on the study by University of Glasgow researcher Fadi J. Charchar was prepared for presentation yesterday in Chicago at the American Heart Association's fall conference on high blood pressure research.

Humberto becomes a hurricane in Atlantic
MIAMI Tropical Storm Humberto strengthened into a hurricane yesterday, but was churning in the Atlantic Ocean and posed no immediate threat to land.
A reconnaissance plane determined yesterday that Humberto had achieved hurricane-strength winds of more than 74 mph.
Hurricane Humberto could bring some showers to the area around Bermuda, but was not expected to affect the United States, according to Jack Beven, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

United suspends flight-simulations
DENVER United Airlines has suspended a one-day flight-simulation program following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
United's Pilot-for-a-Day program allowed anyone, including non-pilots, to train on a Boeing 757-767 flight simulator for two hours at a cost of $1,750.
More than 10,000 United pilots and thousands of fliers from other airlines have trained at the Denver center, which has 34 flight simulators.

Firearms bills to be considered
LANSING, Mich. The state Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up bills this week to prohibit firearms at commercial airports.
The legislation was introduced before the terrorist attacks, but the attacks have given the bills sudden momentum.
Republican Sen. William Van Regenmorter, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the bills likely will be changed to include knives and box cutters, reportedly used in the Sept. 11 hijackings.

Olympic competitor takes to the air
SALT LAKE CITY Olympic bobsled competitor Bonny Warner didn't want to give in to fear after the attacks, so she took to the air at the controls of a United Airlines jet.
Miss Warner, a 12-year pilot for United, had been on a leave of absence from the airline while she trained for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. She said she flew to show people it was safe.
"If you get other people flying, it snowballs," she said. "We'll get America back, we can't walk around in fear."
After she offered her services, Miss Warner flew six flights out of California, she said.
She is back on the ground now in Calgary, Alberta, training for the Olympics.

Movie ticket sales plunge over weekend
LOS ANGELES Movie ticket sales plunged over the weekend, and analysts blamed a dearth of new films, the telethon that kept many viewers home on Friday night as well as continued jitters over the recent terrorist attacks.
Overall, estimated weekend ticket sales for the top dozen films were $44.2 million, a 15 percent drop from last weekend and about 7 percent lower than the corresponding weekend a year ago.
It was the worst weekend for studios since Sept. 15, 2000.

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