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Wednesday, August 27, 1997

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  • NURSE TELLS LOUIMA STORY

    As the old saying goes — just a little grain of sand can bring a roaring machine to a screeching halt.

  • BREAST IMPLANT

    Dow Corning this week offered to pay $2.4 billion to settle some 400,000 injury claims resulting from faulty breast implants. Dow Corning’s offer was part of a $3.7 billion plan the company had drawn up in an effort to resolve its bankruptcy case. In May 1995, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy saying it was staggering under the burden of litigating thousands of personal injury lawsuits from people claiming to be harmed by breast implants as well as testicular, penile, and hip implants manufactured by Dow Corning.

  • DE KLERK RESIGNATION

    The last apartheid leader of South Africa, former President F.W. de Klerk, resigned yesterday as head of the National Party, effectively ending his role in South African politics. De Klerk led his pro-apartheid party, and most whites in South Africa, into a rapprochement with Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress and, ultimately, a one person, one vote political system. He shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela.