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PAGE A-2 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2,1995 .ENERALNEWS t PLATT?BURGH N.Y. NEWS IN BRIEF f^*^ INTERNATIONAL Boris Yaltiln Top aide says Yeltsin not looking well MOSCOW (AP) - President Boris Yeltsin has no plans to turn over power to his prime minister,- a top aide said Wednesday after visiting the ail- ing leader. Yeltsin's brief meeting with Viktor II- yushin was the president's first working visit since he was rushed to the hospital with heart trouble a week ago. \It's a shame, but the hospital atmosphere leaves its mark on the president's outlook,\ Ilyushin was quoted as saying by the ITAR-Tass news agency. \I can't say he looks healthy.\ Ilyushin's comments contrasted with upbeat assessments issued in recent days by the president's press office. At the same time, Il- yushin said the 64-year-old president was well enough to work from his hospital bed and did not plan to turn over power to Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. Ilyushin was the first person to see Yeltsin since his hospitalization other than medical per- sonnel, the president's family and Gen. Alexander Korzhakov, Yeltsin's bodyguard and confidante. Secrets of South Africa's war on wildlife emerge MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — The endless bush of Mozambique screams with silence. It stands stripped of wildlife by three decades of war and what now is emerging as a vast, systematic slaughter of animals encouraged by the armed forces of apartheid-era South Africa. A new judicial inquiry in South Africa reveals that military and in- telligence units trafficked in poached ivory and rhino horn to finance civil wars the regime fanned in Mozambique, Angola and Namibia during the 1970s and 80s. Although South Africa has long boasted of leadership in conserva- tion, the evidence suggests some in the white-minority establishment cared nothing about slaughtering elephants and rhinoceroses by the thousands in neighboring nations. NATIONAL Battles lie ahead in Congress for tax cuts WASHINGTON (AP) - Cutting taxes. Taxpayers like it. Politi- cianslike it but often fight over who should get the relief. So there are battles ahead as majority Republicans in Congress decide such touchy issues as whether upper-income families should be eligible for a $500-per-child credit. Sweeping budget measures adopted in both chambers cut taxes by $245 billion. Both offer the per-child credit, reduced capital gains taxes, more generous Individual Retirement Accounts and estate-tax relief. Both also scale back the earned in- come tax credit for the working poor. But enough contentious dif- ferences remain to keep negotiators from the two chambers busy for the next few weeks as they strive to created package that wuTfbeus~ political heat on President Clinton if he vetoes it as expected. Teens collect \gawkers fee 1 at fire-damaged home PLANO, Texas (AP) — A 13-year-old got sick of sightseers creating a traffic jam in front of her neighbors' fire-damaged home. So she and her pals surrounded the cars, solicited a \gawking fee\ and raised more than $600 for the burned-out family. 'We came up with a little speech and rehearsed it with our sad faces and started asking if they'd like to donate some money,\ Seychelle Van Poole said Wednes- day. They got about 150 people to make donations ranging from 25 cents to $40, netting $610.25 for the Frenkil family. Autopsy: Ranger drowned in training exercise HIN^SVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A young Army Ranger who joined the elite unit little more than a month ago drowned during a routine training exercise, Army officials said Wednesday. Pvt. Greg Belletti, 21, died Monday at Fort Stewart while attempting to cross the Canoochee River. The circumstances were not the same as those 'in the Feb. 15 deaths of four Rangers at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., said Lt. Col. Ken McGraw, public affairs officer for Army special opera- tions at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Army reprimanded and reassigned three officers and six enlisted men after those deaths, and changed some training rules. House bars late-term abortion procedure WASHINGTON (AP) - Abortion opponents claimed victory Wed- nesday as the House passed a bill to ban a specific kind of late-term abortion. \This is the key pro-life vote of the 104th Congress,\ Rep. Bob Dornan, R-Calif., said following the 288-139 vote to make it a felony for doctors to perform \partial-birth\ abortions. Abortion rights supporters were equally concerned that a ban on the procedure, thought to occUr only several hundred times a year, would have larger ramifications. \We are really not talking here today about a procedure,\ said John Bryant, D-Texas. \We are talking about Roe vs. Wade and about the right of a woman and her ability to have children in the future.\ Strike at Chrysler glass plant threatens operations DETROIT (AP) - About 1,000 workers went on strike Wednesday at a Chrysler Corp. plant that makes windshields and window glass for most of the automaker's cars and trucks. The walkout at McGraw Glass Division by the United Auto Workers could quickly force the shutdown of Chrysler assembly plants. Under the \just-in-time\ supply system used by Chrysler, the glass is produced and shipped as needed by assembly plants. That means the plants will have to stop building vehicles when they exhaust the supply on hand. In some cases, that could occur in hours. Chrysler's large-car plants in Brampton, Ontario, Striken pretait and Newark, Del., are its only North American assembly operations that do not rely on glass from McGraw. Negotiations continued after the strike.began. The talks recessed Wednesday evening but were to resume today.. UAW spokesman Bob Barbee said the walkout was prompted by grievances over health and safety. Neither Barbee nor Chrysler spokeswoman Nicole Solomon would elaborate. But sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said the dispute stems from Chrysler plans to use outside suppliers for some of its glass. Barbieri announces she and O.J. are finished LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paula Barbieri stayed celibate and waited for O.J. Simpson during his murder trial, but now the relationship is over, she said in an ABC interview that aired Wednesday. When Simpson called her from a cellular phone in his car on his way home after his Oct. 3 acquittal, she still had faith that they could be together, Barbieri told \PrimeTime Live.\ But Simpson later sug- gested they pose for pictures together and get paid for it. \Rather than a quiet, 'Let's get back to who you and I are, and let's get to know each other again on a different level,' ... it was a realization for me that he was going to that lifestyle. He was going to live there in that lifestyle that he used to have,\ Barbieri, 28, said. She refused to say how she told Simpson their three-year relationship was over: \I think that's really private.\ Simpson was acquitted of the June 12, 1994, slayings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend -Ronald Goldman. Barbieri said she never doubted Simpson's in- nocence, and she would have left him if he had ever hit her. Simpson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery against Ms. Simpson in 1989. \I can't answer for Nicole, but I know for me if he ever laid a hand on me I would not be there in the morning. I tell you that with not a moment's hesitation. Because he's never hit me,\ she said. Bosnian peace talks begin in Ohio * * < i * \ A \ \ * ( l K . , t f.\ - &•• l * * .... J —.—Li -^— BylARRYSCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer DAYTON, Ohio (AP> - Opening peace talks with stiff, handshakes, three Balkan presi-4*| dents set out Wednesday on a \long journey\ in pursuit of peacg in Bosnia. If they fail, Secretary 7 of State Warren Christopher said, Europe could be plunged into a wider war requiring American military intervention. Sitting across a conference:; table from the leaders of Serbia,-, Croatia and Bosnia, Christopher^ said \future generations wouia;f surely hold us accountable for the consequences.\ The aim is a settlement to end a 42-month war that has left tens of thousands of people homeless • and sparked atrocities unmatch- ed in Europe since Nazi Ger- many killed 6 million Jews in World War II. In a somber speech, echoed by European mediator Carl Bildt and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, Christopher said Bosnia- Herzegovina was entitled to be \a country at peace and not a killing field.\ \This will be a long journey,\ he said, 'Taut it all starts here. Let's all get down to work.\ The three Balkan presidents, Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia, Franjo Tudjman of Croatia and k c h m. (F i pRFSfrREk '' \•<'-$ > •\'•'• ' V^Ol AP Photo Secretary of State Warren Christopher opens initial round of peace talks. Ahja Izetbegovic of Bosnia, made sure that this process: will sue- Ireland and South Africa as proof nr. nn^ninrr ofot.otnoni'o r PV>«T». ««-j >» \• • i-• \negotiations can work when no opening statements. They shook hands at Christopher's urging, but did not smile at each other. \The world can and will help you make peace,\ Christopher told them. \But only you can en- ceed. Shrugging off those who Claim people are determined to make the- ethnic rivalries 'irie so them work.\ longstanding and intense, peace was unlikely, Chtistppher pointed to the Arab^Israeli con- flict and those in Northern The talks, being held at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, then went into closed session. Clinton, GOP leaders discuss budget impasse ByALANFRAM ' ' Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Clinton and Republican congressional leaders met face to face on their budget impasse Wed- nesday, emerging with no specific agree- ments but speaking positively about the chances of temporarily avoiding a federal default. \We agreed there's an immediate problem, the debt ceiling,\ House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., told reporters after the hour-long session attended also by Demo- cratic congressional leaders. \We want to be helpful_on^ that. We're trying to work out a way to work together?\ ' \ Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., said Republicans were con- sidering extending the government's soon- to-expire borrowing authority into early December, shortly after they hope to send Clinton a final version of their seven-year, budget-balancing package. Republicans earlier had considered an ex- tension through Nov. 29. But they revised that Wednesday because the government has a huge payment due Dec. 1, when it mails out Social Security cheeks.. The conciliatory words on the debt limit contrasted with remarks Gingrich made earlier in the day, when he said Wall Street investors had told Republicans that \the market would shrug it off' if the government went into default, something that has never happened. That conflicts with the views of Democrats and most economists, who say a federal failure to pay its creditors would spark higher interest rates and an unforeseeable reaction by financial markets. Clinton and GOP leaders agreed to meet again, which could only be a positive sign amid the heated exchanges the budget battle has produced in recent weeks. \Bh^d^td now than they did three hours ago,\ said White House spokesman Mike McCurry. The last time Clinton and GOP congressional leaders met on the budget was Sept. 12. But neither side indicated any movement toward solving the standoff over the GOP's plans to balance the budget over seven years by paring Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs while providing a $245 billion tax cut. Clinton has said he will veto the Republican budget-balancing, measure, which House and Senate negotiators are trying to shape into a compromise, bicameral bill. The president has said the plan's spen- ding cuts are too severe and its tax reduction too gfenerous. Republicans said they stuck to their in- sistence that the budget and the debt limit be linked. They plan to include a long-term extension of borrowing authority in their budget-balancing bill to put pressure on Clinton to sign it. But the administration continued to insist that the two issues be separated, and that Republicans drop their plans for some spen- ding cuts. At one point during their meeting, Clinton \tolxf^epuijlicaTis-that ^Hf-they-want-to-ac- complish some of the things they feel are im- portant to their long-term agenda, they would have to elect a Republican president,\ McCurry said. Dole, when asked if he were more op- timistic about ultimately reaching a budget compromise with Clinton,'said only, \At least we met.\ Earlier, Gingrich seemed to de-emphasize the possible consequences of a federal default. __ Rapper's trial hits snag By MICHAEL WHITE Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) - An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a judge's order that pro- secutors can only use edited ver- sions of defendants' statements in the murder trial of rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and two other men. Prosecutors contend that the edited statements approved by Superior Court Judge Paul Flynn seriously impair their case. They want to use the full statements to show discrepancies between the defendants' account and those of eyewitnesses to the slaying. The prosecution has until Monday to decide whether to ac- cept the edited statements or pursue alternatives, including dropping charges against the singer and his co-defendants and refiling them. Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, is charged with McKinley Lee and Sean Abrams in the 1993 drive-by slaying of Philip Woldemariam. The joint trial of the three is now in the jury selection phase. The defendants claim that Lee fired the fatal shot in self-defense after Woldemariam pointed a gun at them as they drove past. Prosecutors contend that the three were searching for Woldemariam, bent on revenge after a confrontation in front of Broadus's nearby apartment. The prosecution wants jurors to hear unedited tape recordings of statements Lee and Abrams made to police before they were charged. Flynn ordered them to edit out portions that might in- criminate the speaker's co-defen- dants. The appeals court said editing the statements was \constitu- tionally mandated\ and rejected prosecutors' request for separate trials or separate juries under the existing indictment, a move that would allow them to use the full statements. Prosecutors wouldn't comment directly on the rulings \We will be reviewing our op- tions,\ said Sandi Gibbons, the district attorney's spokeswoman. ID POLITICAL ADVERTtSEUENT PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT. PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT INDEPENDENCE PARTY OF N.Y. We are pleased to present and endorse the following candidates for election, November 7, 1995: Keith A. Herkalo County Clerk Independence Party In Keith's four-year term as Pittsburgh's City Clerk, he has continually decreased operating expenses through implementa- tion of creative programs, skillful negotiation of contracts, and the elimination of wasteful practices. He has saved the city's taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. Keith is not a legislator; he is a municipal clerk seeking a mu- nicipal clerk's position. He be- lieves that the County Clerk posi- tion is undeveloped and will be more than it has been once he is elected. Melissa M. McManus Melissa L. Penfield County Legislator - Area 1 City Councilor - Ward 4 Melissa's principal concerns are improving the economic \security of residents, economic development for the county, the property tax burden, and the needs of the agricultural com- munity. With a substantial por- tion of the county budget being dictated by unfunded mandates, Melissa wants to send a strong message to Albany concerning the adverse effect which state legislation is having on county taxpayers. Melissa is seeking her first term to represent the citizens of the city's northwest neighborhoods. She is a strong believer in finding innovative ways to develop busi- ness in downtown Plattsburgh. Improving athletic and recrea- tional programs for all city resi- dents are two of her most impor- tant priorities. She promises to be a strong voice promoting youth programs and the needs and concerns of the City's senior citizens. Melissa believes that the City of Plattsburgh is first; econ- omy and efficiency in government is a priority, politics is second. Clyde M. Rabideau, Jr. Mayor, City of Plattsburgh Mayor Clyde Rabideau has kept new vision, commitment and confidence in Plattsburgh's City Hall.,, His ideas, innovation and hard work have made tilings happen. All this during a time when our city faced some of its great- est challenges. Those who call Plattsburgh home know and appreciate Clyde's dedi- cated manner and business approach to government. He tackles issues head-on, in a clear headed, get-the- job-done fashion. With Mayor Rabideau's leadership the city has consistently cut spending, increased revenues and attracted new businesses: And now, more than ever, Plansburgh needs Clyde's experience and drive. • . George L. Rotella City Councilor - Ward 1 George is a fierce defender for Pittsburgh's south end. His quiet, persevering way; his car-, ing and friendliness; and his abil- ity to gather support for propos- als and programs have earned the esteem of his constituents and fellow councilors alike. George is an advocate of the city's infrastructure and quality of life. His number \one goal, is the creation of jobs for our community. Daniel L. Stewart City Councilor - Ward 6 From fiber optic systems to police foot patrols, Dan will con- tinue- to bring to the residents of Ward Six the best possible serv- ices with the lowest possible tax rate. A proven leader on the Common\ Council, Dan is realis- tic and responsible. For experi- enced, dedicated, and accessible representation, vote to re-elect Dan Stewart. PAID FOR BY THE INDEPENDENCE- PARTY | ; f-rl

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