Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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NATION CARDINAL'S CANCER Bernardin's Pancreas Had Malignant Tumor

The golfball-size tumor removed from Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's pancreas two days ago was cancerous and the malignancy spread to one of his lymph nodes, his doctors said Wednesday.

Bernardin has only a 20 to 25 percent chance of surviving for five years, like other patients whose pancreatic cancer is caught early, his chief surgeon, Dr. Gerhard Aranha, said at a news conference at Loyola University Cancer Center in Maywood, Ill.

Doctors said Bernardin, the 67-year-old spiritual leader of the 2.3-million member Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, would need chemotherapy and radiation but could continue performing his duties.

Bernardin underwent more than seven hours of surgery Monday. Doctors removed a benign tumor from his liver and took out his right kidney, which was found to be cancerous. They also removed the tumor in the pancreas as well as portions of the pancreas, stomach, small intestine, bile duct, gallbladder and nearby lymph nodes. Doctors said cancer was found in only one of the lymph nodes and none of the other tissues near the pancreas. AP

***** TAX REFORM Kemp Opens Meeting Of GOP Commission

Former Housing Secretary Jack Kemp opened the first meeting of a Republican tax reform commission Wednesday by promising to give fair consideration to the full range of proposals for overhauling the tax code.

Kemp is a fan of a flat-rate income tax, but he said the 14-member commission, appointed by Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., and House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., would evaluate a wide variety of ideas.

Besides a flat tax proposed by House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, he mentioned proposals for a consumption tax from Rep. Bill Archer, R-Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee; a national sales tax from Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind.; and plans offered by House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt, D-Mo., and Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J. AP

***** WORLD SOUTH AFRICA Suspected Serial Killer Gets 25-Year Term

Amid shouts of "he must die," a South African teacher suspected of preying on children was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison for kidnapping and murdering a young boy.

Although Norman Simons is suspected of raping and strangling 22 children in the Cape Town area, the conviction involved just one. Relatives of some slain children had called for Simons to be hanged. Prosecutors wanted Simons, 28, sentenced to life, the toughest penalty available after South Africa's highest court banned death last week.

Police had evidence to charge Simons in only one murder, but they believe he is the "Station Strangler" - named because most of his victims were lured from commuter train stations. He is believed to be South Africa's worst serial killer. AP

***** COLOMBIA Drug Runners Blamed In Weekend Bombing

Colombian drug traffickers were probably behind the bombing that ripped through a weekend street party in the northwestern city of Medellin, killing 29 people and wounding more than 200, a presidential spokesman said Wednesday. …

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