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10- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 24, 1995

Gingrich 's
won't show
tax records
exempt group that helps foot the bill
for Newt Gingrich's TV college
course has operated for nearly two
years while putting off government-
required disclosure of its finances.
Though the House speaker holds
no formal title with the Progress and
Freedom Foundation, it was created
and staffed by some of his closest
advisers and produces his weekly tele-
vision call-in show and helps under-
write the cost of the college course.
The foundation has received a se-
ries of filing extensions from the In-
ternal Revenue Service that one
agency spokesman called "rare."
The extensions have allowed the
foundation to raise more than $1.7
million and spend an unspecified
amount to push the House speaker's
conservative agenda while delaying
disclosure of specifics until after the
1994 election.
The first tax report was supposed to
be filed early last year. It will be filed in
the next two months, said Bethany
Noble, a foundation vice president.
The relationship with Gingrich has
raised questions about the foundation's
tax-exempt status, though officials say
it is strictly nonpartisan.
"There's clearly an association
between the Progress and Freedom
Foundation and the speaker, but it's
not a formal relationship," said Bill
Myers, another foundation vice presi-
dent. "The speaker isa friend, but any
characteritation of Progress and Free-
dom being Newt Gingrich's think tank
is just plain wrong."
Gingrich's spokesman, Tony
Blankley, was in a meeting and could
not be reached for comment, an aide
said yesterday.
As a not-for-profit organization,
the foundation is exempt from taxes
but is required to file an annual report
with the IRS listing revenues and ex-
penditures, the salaries of its officers
and top employees and other finan-
cial details.
Public records show the foundation
was granted tax-cxempt status shortly
after it was created in April 1993.
The initial financial report, cover-
itng the period through Dec. 31, 1993,
was due early in 1994.


Russia steps up "
Chechen attack

From Daily Wire Services
GROZNY, Russia-- Battling a
thick fog and stiff resistence from the
flinty Chechen defenders, Russian
troops stepped up their attack on the
Chechen capital last night as more
residents were displaced by the fight-
The Russians, stationed on the
western shore of Grozny's Sunzha
Riverappeared increasingly confident,
and sent crews in armored personnel
carriers to dig through the snow to
collect their dead.
A French photographer who
emerged from central Grozny yester-
day reported that some Russian sol-
diers stopped fighting occasionally to
loot, taking typewriters, clocks, slide
projectors and anything else they could
Chechen rebels, however, contin-
ued to freely roam east and south of the
river, andclaimed to have retaken some
territory. They also control suburbs in
the southwest.
"There are a lot of buildings in the
center thatchange landlords every day,"
said Akhiyad Izhiyev, a 50-year-old
Chechen battalion commander and a
former lieutenant colonel in the Soviet
Four weeks into the battle for the
capital, neither side owned central
Grozny, and snipers remained active.

Yesterday's snowfall buries rows of bicycles outside the Michigan Union in snow.
Croaan preS. to begin talks
with Yugsla next month

Chechen fighters have pledged a
guerrilla war against Russia even if
Grozny falls completely, as many ex-
pect it will in the next few weeks. They *
have been setting up arms caches and
fortifications around villages in the
mountains and the plains around
Grozny to prepare for what many of
them promise will be a fight to the
The Russian government reported
late yesterday that Interior Ministry
troops have carried out "special opera
tions" near a half-dozen villages around
Grozny. Interfax said some of those
shelled by the Russian attacks were
Russian Cossacks, whose village is
several miles from the nearestChechen
outpost. Refugees from those new as-
saults have started to flee across the
border to Ingushetia. About 350,000
people already have fled since the Rus-
sians launched their assault Dec.1lto
end Chechnya's three-year indepen-
dence bid, and thousands of people,
many ofthem civilians, have been killed
and injured.
The weeks of fighting have turned
Grozny into a nightmarish image of
devastation, with ruined trees, build-
ings, roads and corpses everywhere. It
has also clearly taken a heavy toll on
the emotions of those who, for what-
ever reason, still remain in this burned-
out city.

The Washington Post
ZAGREB, Croatia - President
Franjo Tudjman said yesterday that
Croatia plans to open talks with Yugo-
slavia next month on normalizing rela-
tions after four years of war.
The step, announced by Tudjman
in an interview, could help close the
divide between Croats and Serbs
that has been one of the main causes
of war in the Balkans since most of
Yugoslavia broke into independent
The new Yugoslavia, a federation
between Serbia and smaller
Montenegro, has backed secessionist

Serbs in Croatia as well as in neighbor-
ing Bosnia. Resumption of normal re-
lations between Croatia and Yugosla-
via thus could accelerate a solution to
the challenge from the Serbs' seces-
sionistgovernmentin Croatia's Krajina
The announcement of normaliza-
tion talks next month has not been
confirmed by the Yugoslav govern-
ment in Belgrade. But Croatian sources
said it followed indirect talks between
Croatian and Yugoslav government
officials last week.
The planned visit of Croatian For-
eign Minister Mate Granic to Belgrade

in mid-February is part of a series of
risky diplomatic and political moves
taken recently by Tudjman in an effort
to return his divided country to the
international spotlight. On Jan. 12,
Tudjman announced that his govern-
ment would expel by June 30 the 12,000
U.N. troops in Croatia who are sup-
posed to provide a buffer between the
Croatian army and its enemies, the rebel
Croatian Serbs.
Rebel Serbs have occupied 27 per-
cent of Croatia since 1991, when war
erupted after Croatia declared indepen-
dence from Yugoslavia and Serbia
fought to maintain the larger union.

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High court rules for fired employees

The Washington Post
Court ruled unanimously yesterday that
a worker who sues for job discrimina-
tion still has a case even if the employer
laterdiscovers he or she lied to get hired
or engaged in misconduct on the job.
The ruling reverses apolicy in some
appeals courts of dismissing a bias
victim's lawsuit when an employer dis-
covers, while preparing forits defense,


a legitimate reason for discharge. The
justices stressed society's overriding
interest in ending age, sex and race
discrimination despite a worker's mis-
But, in attempting to balance the
rights of employers and their work-
ers, the court also said any newly
acquired evidence could limit the
amount of money damages an ag-
grieved worker wins.
"Once an employer learns about
employee wrongdoing that would lead
to a legitimate discharge," Justice
Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the
court, "we cannot require the em-
ployer to ignore the information,"
even if it would not have been discov-
ered without the lawsuit.
The court said that in such cases
the worker generally should not win
reinstatement nor compensation for
lost future wages. It said a starting
point for determining money owed
would be the period between the un-

lawful firing and the date the new infor-
mation was discovered.
At the heart of the case was a
secretary's claim that she was fired
from her position at the Nashville
Banner Publishing Co. because of her
age, 62. Christine McKennon had
worked for the newspaper for 40 years,
and when she was replaced by a
woman in her 30s, she sued under the
Age Discrimination in Employment
Act of 1967.
While preparing for the case, the
Nashville Banner discovered
McKennon had brought home several
confidential financial documents in vio-
lation of company policy. The paper
sought to have the case dismissed, say-
ing it would have fired her if it had
known that she had taken home the
Lower courts ruled that such after-
acquired evidence of wrongdoing bars
a worker from relief under the age
discrimination law.

Marchers in Washington rally for abortion rights, commemorating the 22nd
anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision.
Anti-abortion march
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sands of anti-abortion protesters
marched from the White House to the
Supreme Court yesterday, chanting
prayers and shouting slogans in an an-
nual protest against the 1973 Supreme
Court decision legalizing abortion.
"Rejoice, rejoice-my mom was
not pro-choice," many shouted as they
walked through downtown Washing-
"Abortion is not and never will be
respectable," march organizer Nellie
Gray, president of March for Life Inc.,
said at an hour-long rally in aparkjust
south of the White House. "No one has
the right to murder with impunity."
After an hour's walk to the Su-
preme Court, hundreds of people
prayed on the court's steps as police in
riot gear looked on. A poster of an
aborted fetus was propped up nearby.
U.S. Park Police estimated the
crowd at 45,000; Gray put the number
at 100,000. Last year, about 35,000
people braved an ice storm to march.
Some demonstrators blocked traf-
fic and 39 protesters were arrested
after blocking a door of the Depart-

Rejoice, rejoice - my
mom was not pro-
ment of Health and Human Services
building to demonstrate against fetal
Activists on both sides of the issue
demonstrated to mark the Supreme
Court's 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling. The
actual anniversary was Sunday.
Some at yesterday's march de-
nounced recent shootings at abortion
clinics. Fourpeople were killed and six
wounded at shootings at abortion clin-
ics last year in the United States and
Clinic violence hurts the anti-abor-
tion movement, said the Rev. Tom
Pettei from St. Francis Prep School in
Fresh Meadows, N.Y. "It mixes the
message," he said. "This is a cause for

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The Office of icademicMulticultural cnitiatives
is now taking applications for
Student Leader
positions for the KinglChdvez/tparks
College Day Spring Visitation Program
Application Deadline is 7anuary 27, 1995
Student leaders accompany visiting middle school
students throughout the day serving as guides
and role models while providing information about
the college experience. Student leaders usually

Plan to attend the..,.....
Multicultural Career
Tuesday, January 24, 1995
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Michigan Union
2nd floor

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