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U.S. Marnes return to shore in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -
The U.S. Marines came back to the
beaches of Mogadishu yesterday, re-
turning to protect the last U.N. peace-
keepers evacuating from Somalia's
A vanguard of about 150 Marines
landed by helicopter and Helicat air
cushion vessels on a beach at the
city's seaside airport, where they were
setting up a command headquarters
and landing routes for about 2,000
dther Marines and Italian soldiers.
U.S. commanders would not say
-When the rest of the troops would
come ashore, but their arrival was
clearly imminent.
The airport and nearby seaport are
controlled by U.N. peacekeepers.
In Washington, Pentagon spokes-
man Lt. Cmdr. Scott Campbell said
the Marines who went ashore yester-
day were part of a reconnaissance
mission. He said the main withdrawal
operation had not yet begun.
Mogadishu was calm yesterday, a
day after warring Somali militias
battled outside the main gate of the
Commanders of the seven-nation
U.S.-led forces do not expect a direct
confrontation with Somali militia.

Instead, the biggest threat may be
from stray bullets, mortars and rocket-
propelled grenades fired by the rival
Stray rounds fell at the airport
Sunday, and one Somali policeman
was slightly wounded.
"Yesterday was a typical Somalia
day, a little shooting, but it wasn't
aimed at us," said Army Col. John
Latimer of Rock Hill, S.C., who has
been in Mogadishu for five weeks as
head of an advance team.
Another clan fight broke out yes-
terday farther from the port and air-
port. Shots and explosions could be
heard, but far fewer stray rounds ap-
peared to be striking near U.S. and
U.N. positions.
The United States and its Italian,
French, British and Malaysian allies
put together a force of 14,000 troops
to protect the withdrawal of the last
2,400 Pakistani and Bangladeshi
peacekeepers. The force has been on
32 ships off Somalia for more than a
week, preparing for the amphibious
The Pakistani and Bangladeshi
peacekeepers are the last of a U.N.
force that once numbered 38,000 from
21 nations.

State criticizes GOP welfare plan
WASHINGTON - Issuing a harsh critique of the Republican welfare
initiative, state welfare administrators yesterday denounced provisions that
would limit benefits to unmarried teen-age mothers, legal immigrants and long-
term recipients of public assistance.
The resolutions unanimously adopted by directors of state welfare systems
during their annual meeting here shows that most states have major reservations
about the Republican blueprint for welfare reform.
The administrators were in a hurry to advance their position because the
House Ways and Means Committee today launches its debate on the primary
elements of the welfare reform proposal.
"We're the people who have to run these programs," said Gerald Miller,
director of Michigan's welfare department and president of the American Public
Welfare Association, which was holding the meeting. "We wanted to be a major
player" in the overhaul of the welfare system for poor families, Miller said.
The GOP measure, which was passed by a subcommittee earlier this month
with virtually no changes, would forge the most dramatic changes to the safety
net for poor families in 50 years. (See related story, Page 10)

An advance team walks past a U.N. peacekeeper guarding their arrival on
the beach in Mogadishu, Somalia yesterday.

American Marines first came to
Somalia on Dec. 8, 1992, part of a
military coalition sent to save the Horn
of Africa nation from war and famine.
An estimated 350,000 Somalis had
died, and the United Nations said a
million more could perish if banditry
and militia fighting were not halted so
food could be delivered to the starv-

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William Pearson, an associate chem-
istry professor, described Feldmann as
"hard-working and smart." He said
Feldmann was bound for graduate stud-
ies in organic chemistry.
Feldmann had been conducting
research with Pearson for a year, syn-
thesizing potentially useful anti-can-
cer and anti-HIV agents. Pearson
said Feldmann was also planning to
visit Colorado State University's
chemistry department during his trip.
Referring to his research lab,
Pearson said, "It's hard having an
empty bench there."
According to the chemistry de-
partment, Feldmann had been ac-
cepted to Ph.D. programs at Wiscon-
sin, Colorado and the University of
California at Los Angeles. Last sum-
mer he was offered a Gomberg Sum-
mer Research grant, but instead took
an internship with Dow Chemical Co.
As a first-year student at the Uni-
versity, he was given the distinction
of becoming a William J. Branstrom
Scholar, an LSA award based on
grade-point average.
Feldmann is survived by his mother,
Janet; father, William; brother, Ross;
and maternal grandparents.
Mrs. Feldmann said her son en-
joyed playing the drums and the music
of Pink Floyd, Phish and The Doors.

Deadbeat federal
employees targeted
WASHINGTON - Saying he
wants the government to be a model
for private employers, President
Clinton signed an executive order
yesterday to help force deadbeat par-
ents in the federal work force to pay
the child support they owe.
Under the order, federal agencies
including the military must help en-
force child support and paternity ac-
tions against their employees by as-
sisting in the service of legal papers
and by searching their personnel
records for names of delinquent par-
The practical impact of the order
will be limited, since the military and
most other federal agencies have al-
ready begun such steps.
"This will mostly help us do better
the things we are already doing," a
Pentagon spokesman said.
The White House said a recent
computer search of federal employee
records turned up more than 105,000

"matches" with state courts' lists of
delinquent parents, including almost
75,000 in the military.
But the Defense Department said
those numbers overstated the prob'-
lem because some delinquent parents
are sought by more than one state.
Court to hear case of@
immigrants' rights
WASHINGTON--When Vincent
Duane tried to buy insurance for his
new Baltimore home, the agent said he
couldn't get a homeowners' policy be-
cause he is not a U.S. citizen.
So Duane, an Australian whohad
lived in the United States for a decade,
sued the company for discrimination.@
Yesterday the Supreme Court
agreed to decide whether a major
civil-rights law protects people who
are not citizens from discrimination
in private contracts, using Duane's
suit against Government Employ-
ees Insurance Co.
The case could affect the rights of
immigrants in a range of contexts.


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Trader linked to d Itwo uld
British bank collapse The Barh
LONDON - Grim British bank- tives trading
ing regulators yesterday blamed the predictedby
worst banking debacle here in years on U.N. sa
a rogue derivatives trader- a 28-year-*.
old at a desk thousands of miles away biologic
- who literally broke the oldest bank WASHI
in England by racking upmassive losses ter the Persi
that could continue to grow. officials dis
They said the trader -now on the covered up e
run - falsified documents to conceal cal weapons
his trading from Barings and from era, tubercus
market regulators. The trader, Nicho- program w
las Leeson, chalked up losses ofroughly suspected.
$1 billion, more than the net worth of In the 19
the bank itself. imported en
Simply stated, the Singapore-based up to 3.3 ton
trader, starting about a month ago, bet itcould have
the bank's money that the Tokyo stock cal purposes
market would go up. Instead, it went Ekeus revea
down significantly, and is still going sion.
down. Indeed, afterthe newsofBarings' When co
plight broke, it went down some more, data in talks]
increasing the bank's losses by $288 material wa
million overnight. throughouttl
The potential loss is so great and so But when U
uncertain, said Eddie George, gover- either thegr
nor of the Bank of England, that no tion about it
other institution or combination of in- destroyed dt
stitutions, nor the government itself, mediatelyaft
was willing to rescue Barings. -

[have been pouring money
;k hole," he said.
ngs collapse due to deriva-
was the sort of nightmare
critics ofsuch investments
tys Iraq hid
cal weapons
NGTON --Four years af-
ian Gulf war's end, U.N;
closed yesterday that Iraq
evidence behind a biolpgi-
program to develop chol-
losis and the plague. The
as larger than previogsly
80s, the Iraqi government
ough material to cultivate
s of bacteria, far more than
needed for peaceful medi-
,U.N. Commissioner Rolf
aled at a closed-door ses,
nfronted with intelligence
last week, Iraq claimed the
as long ago distributed
hecountry for medicalus.0
.N. inspectors asked for
owth mediaordocumenta
t, Iraq claimed both were
uring 1991 uprisings im-
er Operation Desert Storm.
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