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Sept 8, 1994 Volume 2, #166 / /\__/_/\
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A penny, a copper one-cent piece, doesn't buy much any more. But
Americans still want the penny to remain in our monetary system.
That's according to a poll taken for the Plus network of automated
bank teller machines. 70 percent of those who responded to the
poll said they wanted to keep the penny in circulation.
Israel Celebrates Rosh Hashanah
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israel observed the two-day Jewish New Year holiday, that started
Monday evening, amid unprecedented high hopes for peace. But
heightened security concerns and continuing activity by the
opponents of peace on both sides still exist.
Israel buried the latest victim of violence on Monday -- just a few
hours before sunset marked the beginning of the New Year holiday.
The dead man is a 20-year-old Israeli army sergeant, the victim of
a drive-by shooting Sunday on a road in the Gaza Palestinian
Autonomous Zone. The militant group, Islamic Jihad, claimed
A few hours earlier, two Jewish men were stabbed shortly after
walking into Jerusalem's Old City. They are recovering from
their wounds. Also on Sunday, an Israeli army officer appeared in
court to answer charges that he helped Jewish militants get
Thousands of police officers and volunteers were posted throughout
the country to help guard synagogues, parks and other places where
In a New Year's message to Israeli soldiers, Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin acknowledged that there is plenty of opposition to the peace
process on both sides. And he expressed the hope that while the
past year was one of official peace-making with the Palestinians
and Jordan, the coming year will be one of true peace. Rabin noted
that the last 12 months have been a year of official peace-making,
and he departed from the traditional New Year greeting -- which
would have been to wish soldiers a "sweet year" -- to instead wish
them a year of true peace.
Jihad Terrorists Arrested by Palestinians
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Palestinian authorities in Gaza arrested 21 activists of the
militant group, Islamic Jihad, in connection with the killing of an
Israeli soldier on Sunday.
Palestinian police moved against Islamic Jihad early Tuesday,
picking up several of the group's leaders as well as other members.
Those arrested are suspected of involvement in the drive-by
shooting death of an Israeli soldier in Gaza on Sunday. Islamic
Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack, which came just two
days before the Jewish New Year holiday.
In a statement issued after the arrests, Islamic Jihad vowed to
continue its fight against the Israel-Palestinian peace accord.
The group said it is feeling the pressure of increased efforts by
both Palestinian and Israeli police. But it said it will continue
to use violence to fight the peace agreement, signed just under a
Israeli Government spokesman Uri Dromi called the arrests "a very
good move" by the Palestinian authority.
Israel has threatened to delay the expansion of Palestinian
autonomy unless the new authority in Gaza and Jericho moves to stop
terrorism. But the Israeli spokesman said Israel recognizes the
authority must balance the need to crack down on the terrorists of
Islamic Jihad and another group called Hamas with the need to avoid
starting a Palestinian civil war.
Dead Daddy Becomes a Mummy
By Cynthia Kirk (Washington)
Thousands of years ago, the bodies of Egyptian rulers and other
Egyptians received special treatment after they died. The
treatment was designed to keep their bodies from becoming dust as
time passed. This natural process is called decay. The method
of blocking the process is called mummification.
Recently, scientists in the United States began using the methods
of the ancient Egyptians to try to prevent a human body from
decaying. It is the first time modern scientists have attempted
to mummify a human body, using the ancient methods. The experiment
is being done in Baltimore. Ronald s. Wade, the head of the
Anatomy Board of Maryland and Bob Brier, a professor from New York,
are doing it.
The two men studied ancient records and writings about the
mummification process, to find out how the Egyptians did it.
The person they chose was a white man who was 76 years old. He had
died of a heart attack last year. His body was in good condition
to be made into a mummy.
The scientists began by removing all of the organs, except for
the heart. The Egyptians believed the heart was the body's most
The other organs were covered with a mixture of salt and baking
soda, called Natron. The organs were put into special containers
similar to those used in ancient Egypt. The containers were
placed around the body to be used in what the Egyptians believed
was the life after death.
Then, the researchers began the process of drying the body. They
cleaned the inside of the body with wine and a sweet smelling
substance called myrrh. Then, they placed bags of Natron covered
in linen cloth into the body where the organs had been. They
also cleaned out the man's skull with the wine and myrrh and
placed a substance in the skull made from trees. Later, they
moved the body to another building. There they placed it on a
specially prepared wooden table and covered it with Natron.
Historical records say the Egyptians covered the body with cloth
after 45 days. So at the end of 45 days, the body was covered with
linen, the traditional covering for the mummy.
The researchers plan to keep the mummy for at least two years to
see if the mummification process worked.
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