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Opposition causes German
Jewish leader to resign
FRANKFURT, West Germany - Michael Fuerst, the deputy chairman
of the national Jewish council who defended last week's controversial
Kristallnacht speech in parliament, quit today after strong criticism from
other Jews, officials said.
He had been harshly criticized for the comments he made following
Thursday's speech of then-Parliament President Philipp Jenninger.
Jenniger called the early Nazi years a "triumphal procession," reminded
his audience that many Germans initially welcomed Nazi dictator Adolf
Hitler, and recalled that many people thought the Jews deserved being
"put back in their places."
Just hours after the speech, Fuerst told a nationally televised panel
discussion, "I welcome the fact that the parliament president described in
full clarity what was happening in Germany between 1933 and 1938..
especially the fact that every thing Hitler did was strongly supported by
the masses of all Germans."
Bush keeps quiet about staff
WASHINGTON - Leaders of George Bush's transition team closed
ranks publicly on Wednesday, refusing to talk about the reported selection
of Washington outsider John Sununu as White House Chief of Staff
Bush asked aides to sign a pledge designed to prevent leaks and conflicts
Bush spent the day in separate meetings with British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher and Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov. Bush will meet
with Thatcher again on Thursday.
The vice president said "no final decisions" had been made about the
chief of staff's job.
Next to the president, the Chief of Staff is the most powerful person
in the White House with influence over access to the Oval Office, the
agenda, scheduling and other matters.
The other contender for the job was Craig Fuller, who has been Bush's
vice presidential chief of staff for four years.
Walsh: North reveals secrets
WASHINGTON - Former presidential aide Oliver L. North is
seeking to scuttle the criminal charges against him by trying to disclose
national secrets irrelevant to his defense, Iran-Contra prosecutors charged
Independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh sought a court order barring
North from revealing any government secrets: North was seeking to
defend himself against charges that he conspired to illegally divert U.S.-.
Iran arms-sale proceeds to the Nicaraguan rebels.
North's list of 40,000 pages of top-secret documents "demonstrates
once again his expectation that intransigence will encumber the processes
of law, threaten some of our nation's most valuable secrets and provoke a'
dismissal of the case." Walsh said.
North's attorneys refused to comment.
Blanchard wants tax reform
LANSING - Gov. James Blanchard proposed a new plan yesterday to
cut property taxes by $810 million a year and raise the state sales tax by a;
penny to pay for the reduction.
School property taxes would be cut by at least 25 percent and limit a:
homeowner's school taxes to 28 mills.
The events left the school finance effort in doubt after months of;
negotiation and passage of competing plans by both House and Senate. It
also sparked a flurry of political gossip, including possible implications'
for the 1990 governor's race.
Allen Short, lobbyist for the Michigan Education Association, said the;
group was "extremely disappointed."
"We're totally taken back by the governor coming out with a counter-
proposal," he said. "It's just a crushing blow to us."
The $810 million tax cut would be offset by an increase in the state'
sales tax to 5 percent from 4 percent that would have to be approved by
Super scholar seldom stops
BOSTON- Tue Nguyen did more than nibble from the tree of know-
ledge, he made a feast of it.
Just nine years after arriving in this country with thousands of other:
Vietnamese boat people, Nguyen, 26, earned a doctorate in nuclear engi-
neering, his seventh degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
nology. The school says this is a record for MIT.
Nguyen told the MIT public relations office he earned multiple degrees
"to get the most out of my time at MIT and out of my tuition."
He also said he isn't a party-goer.
He was so busy attending classes that he had difficulty doing his home-
work assignments, said nuclear engineering professor Sidney Yip,;
Nguyen's doctoral advisor..
"He's a very quiet guy, very laid back," said Yip. "But, as you can;
imagine, deep down he has a lot of will-power."
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