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2 The Daily Tar HeelWednesday, September 23, 1 987 'HEesoMlh coverage Health experts, By LEE ANN NECESSARY Staff Writer Scientists and public health experts must communicate with the media to spread health information to the public, media and health experts told about 100 people at a day-long public health symposium Tuesday at the Kenan Center. "It (the symposium) was an effort to get people who are in the health sciences to realize that they have to let people know what they're doing, and they need to do that through the mass media," said Carol Reuss, a UNC journalism professor who participated in planning the sympo sium, "Health Risks in the News. Using AIDS and passive smoking as examples, health and . media experts discussed the news media's ethics, style and responsibility in covering health topics. The conference, sponsored locally by the UNC School of Journalism and School of Public Health, began Compact By MATT BIVENS Staff Writer When the Southeast Compact Commission meets Friday, North Carolina delegates will demand assurance that other member states will not break their commitment to the compact, a delegate said. The compact is scheduled to meet Sept 25 in Columbia, S.C. to discuss the states' commitment to sharing the responsibilities for building addi tional low-level nuclear waste dispo sal sites. George Miller, one of two N.C. delegates, said members will discuss an N.C. law that binds to the com mission any state using the N.C. waste site for more than 30 days. Activist to By MATT BIVENS Staff Writer Although banned 25 years ago from the UNC campus by former N.C. Gov. Dan Moore, Frank Wil kinson has returned. Forbidden to set foot on the Carolina campus because of his, American Haart ffT) Association H Two great ways to cruise through the semester. 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The use of role-playing and answering questions helps to put these experts in "somebody else's shoes," Reuss said. Joe Graedon, WUNC-Radio med ical talk show host and moderator, opened the afternoon session with a scenario of a fictitious school prin cipal who tested positive for AIDS anti-bodies. Upset parents asked the commission meets Friday Under the law, each state in the commission has one year to enact legislation guaranteeing their com mitment to remain in the commission after North Carolina opens the second facility in 1991, Miller said. A facility is now operating in South Carolina. "I think the other states will accept the North Carolina statute," he said. If the one-year deadline is not met, North Carolina will consider it an act of bad faith and may withdraw from the commission, he said. The commission is a group of eight regional states that have agreed to maintain a single low-level radioac tive waste disposal site for the entire region, moving it to a different give speech on FBI surveillance criminal record, Wilkinson gave speeches to students while standing just a few feet off campus. "Hundreds and hundreds of people turned out," Wilkinson said. "I probably wouldn't have had a tenth of them if I hadn't been banned." Today at 3 p.m. Wilkinson will tell his story from within the walls of Manning Hall in a speech sponsored by the Carolina Committee on Cen tral America. 0 Q Test drive a Macintosh.'fcu may principal to resign. The news experts said they would focus their coverage on the events of the school board meeting during which the principal was asked to resign. The health officials said they wanted the journalists to explain in their stories that a positive blood test does not mean the principal has AIDS. Avery Comarow, assistant manag ing science and technology editor for U.S. News and World Report, offered a compromise between the two by suggesting that a report on the public meeting be published with a sidebar about what national health officials say on the subject. While fielding questions from the audience after the scenario discus sion, the panelists discussed how reporters who are educated on the health topics provided more credible stories. "Having a beat reporter who knows the topic may be the most important solution to the problem member state every 20 years. North Carolina was selected to replace South Carolina as the next host state. The commission's eight members are North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Missis sippi, Tennessee and Virginia. Committees of the compact have recommended other legislation to ensure a smooth transition from one facility to another. The Host State Identification Committee voted to require that the next state be given at least 10 years' notice before it has to open a new waste facility for the region, Miller said. The Technical Advisory Commit tee suggested legislation that would Wilkinson said he will discuss FBI surveillance of peace activist groups that oppose the Reagan administra tion's Central American policies, and a lawsuit brought against the FBI for political surveillance. Wilkinson, 74, said the FBI has been following him from 1942 to 1975. He estimates that they have spent $17 million following him throughout the years. "I learned at. the age of 67 that I we've been discussing," Comarow said. Although reporters should be knowledgeable about the topic, health officials should refrain from using loaded words and scientific jargon, said Cristine Russell, a Washington Post science correspondent. "It is not the news media's respon sibility to educate the entire world on AIDS, but it is our responsibility to inform and not to misinform," Russell said. Health officials need to learn how to use electronic media for their purposes, said Dr. Bruce Dan, senior editor for the Journal of the Amer ican Medical Association. "What we haven't been able to do very well is get across our message in the allotted 15 seconds," Dan said. "As a health official you have instant credibility. You totally tear down that credibility by using medical jargon the public doesn't understand." require each state in the commission to gather data on how much low-level nuclear waste is generated and disposed of annually, he said. Miller said both proposals give continuity to the periodic relocation of the waste site. "You've always got to be looking for the next site (for waste disposal). It has to be an ongoing process," Miller said. The commission will consider both proposals at the meeting, he said. Fears of desertion have not pre vented North Carolina from estab lishing a 15-person committee that has begun a three-year search for a suitable disposal site, he said. had been under political surveillance since I was 28," he said. Wilkinson served a year in jail in 1958 when, on First Amendment grounds, he refused to discuss his political affiliations with members of the House Committee on Un American Activities. He is a founder and former director of the National Committee Against Repressive Leg islation, an organization dedicated to prptecting civil liberties. 7 f 71 vM ride away on i lr ? - 'vi .. '-.,.. - ::. , - . -4 K S v 1 i ' ''' 4-en3)tmiilbe3r Stoics Nicaraguan government may agree on truce with contras From Associated Press reports MANAGUA, Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega said Tuesday the government would start a partial truce and withdraw troops to designated areas to open the way to a total cease-fire with U.S.-supported contra rebels. "We are working on concrete actions to make known the first zones where the cease-fire will be declared," Ortega said. The leftist government also announced that Radio Catolica, the Roman Catholic Church radio station, could reopen immediately. Iran vows to avenge U.S. attack UNITED NATIONS Iran ian President Ali Khamenei fumed at the U.S. "arch-Satan" before the United Nations Tuesday and swore Iran would avenge a U.S. attack on an Iranian ship in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. delegation stalked out in protest after the black-robed and turbaned Khamenei indicted the "bullying" United States and announced: "This is . the beginning for a series of events, the bitter conse quences of which shall not be restricted to the Persian Gulf. "I declare here, very unambig uously, that the United States shall receive a proper response for this abominable act," the gray-bearded cleric said in an hour-and-20-minute speech in Farsi. Hundreds of angry, dissident Iranians demonstrated against the fundamentalist Tehran govern ment outside the United Nations building, shouting "Expel Khame nei from the U.N.! Down with the criminal, murdering regime!" "I do not intend to sit by passively when our country is insulted, our president pilloried and the truth trampled," Deputy U.S. Ambassador Herbert Okun told reporters. U.S. defends Naval attack WASHINGTON U.S. mil itary forces had shadowed the For the Record C In a Sept. 4. story, "President, Congress struggle for influence in Bork nomination," The Daily Tar Heel incorrectly reported that Sen. Terry Sanford, D-N.C, opposed the " mm f mm---m I A isoKinsii a Honda Scooter. News in Brief Iranian ship they attacked Mon day night for days, waiting for conclusive evidence the vessel was' laying underwater mines, Pen tagon officials said Tuesday. The officials, who requested anonymity, said the vessel Iran Ajr had been tracked by radar and air for several days as it steamed through the central gulf towards Bahrain "because it had been seen loading suspect devices" before leaving an Iranian port. "It was no accident" that U.S. helicopters from the frigate USS Jarrett were flying near the Iranian ship Monday night, using infrared sensors to monitor its activities, one official added. "When we caught them in the act, we had the evidence we needed and we moved in," he said. The Pentagon said three Iran ians were killed and two were listed as missing in the attack, while 26 Iranians were rescued, four of them wounded. It said a Navy boarding party found 10 mines aboard the Iran Ajr, a 1,662-ton, amphibious landing craft. President Reagan, meantime, said the U.S. attack on the ship was clearly authorized by law because the boat was sowing mines in international waters. Hahn says her life is ruined CHARLOTTE Jessica Hahn ended two days of testimony Tuesday in a federal probe of money paid her following a sexual encounter with PTL founder Jim Bakker and said in a magazine interview,"I hate Jim Bakker for it." "You know, two men had me in one day," Hahn said in a 31 page interview and photo layout in the November issue of Playboy, which is due out this week. "I hated every second of it and it has ruined my life." nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. Sanford had not made a decision yet. The DTH regrets the error. 30 t

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