6 MONTROSE VOICE/MAY 5, 1989
Women softballers to hold "bowling tourney
The Houston Women's Softball
League Is holding a bowling tournament May 13 at Stadium Bowl. The
format will be Scotch Doubles, registration will be from 7:00p.m. tall 7:30
p.m. and bowling will begin at 8:00
p.m A charge of $5.00 per person
will pay for 3 games. There will be
cash strike pots, a raffle for abowling
ball, trophies and trivia questions for
free drinks. For more information
call B.J. at 495-1159.
—Lone Star Volleyball
The Lone Star Volleyball Association
met for its semi-annual business
meeting April SO. A noted change in
the league format was to expand the
levels of competition. The newly incorporated association will field two
divisions, meting on two separate
evenings for the Slammer league,
which will start soon and run until
the end of August.
A recreation league will meet on
Monday evenings from 7 to 10:00
p.m. The "rec" division is open to
both experienced players
and beginners. A "power"
division will met on Thursday evenings at he same
times for more accomplished competitors. Teams
will be formed independently and are invited to enter
this division as a team.
Genie Lute, current league President, commenting on the new format
said, "This should give anyone interested in volleyball a place to play'
Even though both divisions will be
playing under USVBA rules, the
powerball competitor and the beginner now have a choice as to the level
of play they want!'
Interested individuals may show
up for the "open play" sessions currently meeting on Thursdays from 7-
10 p.m. at the Metropolitan Multiservice Center on West Gray or call
862-5195 for more information.
—Patty's Pool Parlor
Get out those tips and shafts
and let's get it on. The
G.H.EB.L. summer season is
now under way so all of you
so-called sharks better have
your "stick" together. There
will be 15 weeks of good old
fashioned fun and friendly competition to carry us through the drudger-
y of the summer. I know you guys
from the Briar Patch are eager to defend your championship but I hope
you are prepared to put something
else on the shelf where the cup "used
As is the custom, there will not be
any standings information to report
for the first three weeks of play. I'll
try to keep everyone informed as to
what's going on until then. For the
newcomers to the league I'd like to
say welcome. Anytime any of you
have questions or concerns about the
league please feel free to contact me
or any of the other trustees. We ask
that the veteran teams show leniency with the newcomers and help
them with the rules. Remember, we
were all new at one time and someone had to help us.
It will soon be time for our league
picnic. A tentative date of June 17th
has been selected but we have not decided on a location. Last year was the
first tim we had the picnic and I
think we all ei^oyed ourselves. It was
nice spending the day with friends in
an environment outside of a bar and
doing something other than playing
pool. For those of you who missed it
last year, try to make it this year (Judy cooks a mean hot dog). We will ned
volunteers to help organize, cook,
etc. If you're interested, please any
one of the Board members. The 611
and the CSfN Cafe are donating a keg
of beer each for this year's picnic.
Thanks a lot guys, we really appreciate it.
AmFAR announces grants to help get experimental treatments
By PEG BYRON
FOR THE MONTROSE VOICE
NEW YORK (UPI)-A $1.4 million
effort to speed up development of
promising experimental AIDS treatments through non-traditional research organizations around the
country was announced April 27 in
The American Foundation for
AIDS Research hopes to create the
opportunity for everyone with AIDS
in the United States to partake of
some kind of experimental treatment, officials said.
"It's not going to happen overnight. Within one year the potential
is for ten times more patients to be
involved in community-based trials,
about 50,000 instead of 5,000. That
will be virtually all of them," said Dr.
Mathilde Krim, AmFAR's founding
"There will be some people left out
still, probably the poor in rural areas, but the outreach will be much
larger. There will be room for every
body in some kind of clinical trial,"
AmFAR plans to distribute the
funds to 16 groups it described as
community-based clinical trial centers, an alternative to studies done
at major universities and large urban hospitals.
Located in 13 cities around the
United States, the programs are attempts to cut through bureaucratic
red tape and make experimental
treatments available to a broader
range of people—especially women
and intravenous drug users, who are
primarily black and Hispanic and
have not been well-represented in
most past clinical trials.
People with AIDS and physicians
in the communities are to be involved in choosing substances and
designs for clinical trials, which also apply traditional standards for
reviewing procedures and collecting
The approach was pioneered by
AIDS organizations in New York
and San Francisco, where efforts already have yielded success with a
treatment for Pneumocystis carinii
pneumonia, which is responsible for
most AIDS-related deaths.
On May 1, the drug, aerosol
pentamidine, was to be the subject of
a hearing for marketing approval by
the federal Food and Drug Administration, which granted it a limited
approval on the basis of data gathered by the Community Research Initiative in New York and the County
Community Consortium in San
The community groups so far
have been commended for the quality of data gathered, and cancer researcher Dr. Burton Lee, now President Bush's personal physician has
recommended the approach be applied to other diseases, such as cancer research.
The National Institutes of Health
has adopted the approach for $6 million in AIDS research contracts it
plans to award in September.
"Community physicians and people with AIDS began pushing the
concept a while ago. Everybody essentially is for it," said Dr. Lawrence
Deyton, chief of the community clinical research section of the AIDS
program at the National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Diseases at
The AmFAR grants ranged from
$30,000 to $100,000 for the groups,
located in Atlanta; Austin, Tex.;
Boston; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; New Haven, Conn.; New York;
Portland, Ore.; Redwood City, Calif.;
San Francisco; Santa Fe, N.M.;
Springfield, Va.; and Westwood,
Krim said major medical centers
have not had the capacity to carry
out tests on people with the treatment leads yielded by stepped-up efforts among pharmaceutical companies, which have recognized a potentially vast market as worldwide estimates of people infected with the
AIDS virus have surpassed 5 million.
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