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FUNDING
Continued from Page 1A
computers in all classrooms and librar-
ies by the year 2000.
Although both parties say they sup-
port education, the proposals may face
opposition because of their cost.
University political science Prof. John
Kingdon said he was cautious in his
expectations.
"I think the Republicans have been
successful in stopping any new initia-
tives that spend a dime," he said.
The unsigned budget will not help
Clinton's programs get passed, Kingdon
said. He noted that while the Depart-
ment of Education will keep running
because of a continuing resolution, it
:will operate at three-fourths oflast year's
funding.
State Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-
Salem Township) was more hopeful.
-She said she thought merit scholarships
forhigh school students could be granted
from federal funds.
The Defense Department, Smith said,
was allocated more money than it asked
:for. The scholarships would be "dande-
lion seeds on the federal budget," she
said.
The mention ofpublic charterschools
echoed Gov. John Engler's State of the
State address last week.
. The term "charter school" was an
"unfortunate word choice," Smith said.
Clinton's mention "gives a blessing to
Michigan's charter programs," she
added, referring to new state programs
that allow private schools to get state
funds.
. Clinton's idea of charter schools
would include only new schools that
were not satisfied with the current edu-
cational system.
SEARCH
Continued from Page 1A
candidates - along with a shorter list
of recommendations.
Harrison said the structure of the
advisory committee will be discussed
jin:the plan.
Before voting on the search proposal,
the board will meet in a closed session
where regents are expected to discuss
the plan with legal counsel.
"Some ofthe regents would like to do
o'therthings," Harrison said. "They want
to know why they can't."
The plan will then be unveiled and
discussed in open session.
"I know there will be some discus-
-sion on some issues in the plan,"
Newman said about today's meeting.
".What you will have is a discussion of
%Vhat each regent takes issue to."
Harrison said the plan describes a
""Very different" system than was used
in' the 1987 search, which resulted in
the board choosing Duderstadt.
"The reason for that is, of course, the
laivsuit in the last search," Harrison
said. "The way they did it did not com-
ply with the Open Meetings Act in the
eyes of the court." .

Simpson blames media for
turi*ng Ameca *thim

LOS ANGELES (AP) - O.J.
Simpson yesterday blamed the media
for turning many Americans against
him, as he gave his first in-depth inter-
view since the murders of his ex-wife
and her friend.
"I think the media is the main reason
why America is feeling the way they're
feeling," he said in a live interview on
Black Entertainment Television.
"... They were lied to."
"I'm as innocent as anyone else out
there," Simpson said.
Asked point-blank whether he killed
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald
Goldman, Simpson said, "No, I did not
commit those murders. I couldn't kill
anyone, and I don't know of anyone
who was involved."
The channel promised it would be a
no-holds-barred session, with no topic
off limits. But Simpson refused to dis-
cuss the specifics of the case, citing his
contract with a video producer and a
pending civil lawsuit against him.
"I can't really talk about the evidence
in the case," he said.
Simpson, acquitted of murder in Oc-
tober, seemed to relish the opportunity
to present his case in public after being
grilled under oath for three days in the
offices of a Goldman family lawyer.
He said he was surprised by the nega-
tive reaction to his efforts to repair his
image following the trial, and referred
to the protests when he initially agreed

>NATIONAL RPR
FDA approves olestra fat substitute
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved
olestra, a controversial product that tastes like fat but doesn't make people fat, for
use in snack foods.
Its manufacturer, Procter & Gamble, said it would have olestra-containing
Pringles potato chips in test markets within nine months.
Products made with olestra, which P & G has trademarked "Olean," will b
a prominent and unusually explicit warning about the fat substitute's possible si e
effects, which include "abdominal cramping and loose stools" as well as, a
tendency to inhibit the absorption of some vitamins and nutrients.
Olestra is made of six or eight fatty acids (components of regular fat) attached
to a sugar molecule. It has the cooking characteristics and "mouth feel" of fat but
is not absorbed by the digestive tract.
Olestra's ability to bind certain nutrients and carry them out ofthe body has brought
the product under attack from some researchers and consumer health advocates.
The manufacturer has agreed to supplement olestra with the fat-soluble vita-
mins A, D, E and K. However, it will not replace the "carotenoids," nutrients found
in carrots and some other vegetables. Olestra reduces absorption of caroteno-
from the digestive tract, thus lowering the level of these nutrients in the bloo .

AP PHOTO
O.J. Simpson walks from his house to a waiting car yesterday.

to be interviewed by NBC News after
his Oct. 3 acquittal.
"This is America, I'm told. I'm as
innocent as anyone else out there. I think
one of the great things about this country
is our right to speak," Simpson said.
Simpson also took aim at people
around the country who have used the
case to raise consciousness about spou-
sal abuse.
"I was surprised by the reaction of a
certain special interest group," Simpson

said."I havebecometheirwhippingboy."
Simpson characterized his history of
abusing Ms. Simpson as typical ofmost
married couples.
"We've had plenty of arguments,
which I think is true for any couple
that's been together for any length of
time. I would say anybody who is out
there or is in a relationship, just turn a
tape recorder on. Next time you have an
argument, you will not believe that was
you."

Broadcasters still
oppose v-chip
NEW YORK - While they offi-
cially welcomed President Clinton's call
for a White House meeting on violence
andchildren's programming, executives
at the broadcast TV networks said yes-
terday that they are not likely to change
their opposition to the v-chip device he
favors to screen out violent content.
"We are opposed to a ratings system
that separates us from our audience by
a technological device," CBS Vice
President Martin Franks said in an in-
terview. "(Theatrical) movies have rat-
ings -but they don't stop people at the
turnstile."
"We're obviously going to meet with
the President to discuss ways to im-
prove programming," said anothernet-
work executive who requested anonym-
ity. "But Clinton backs the v-chip -
and our position is that the v-chip raises
serious First Amendment issues."
In his State of the Union address
Tuesday night, Clinton reiterated his
support for the v-chip, a device that can
be built into TV sets and used by con-
sumers to block programming that they

deem objectionable. Legislationtoman-
date such technology is now pending in
Congress, but it won't work unless-the
broadcasters agree to put electronically
encoded ratings on their programs for
the v-chip to read.
Clinton called on the TV industry to
First-term GOP rep!
head to Baltimore
WASHINGTON- First-term House
Republicans, who met in Baltimore a
year ago to prepare for their tumultuous
first session as the driving force in the
Republican-led Congress, are headed
back to the city today for a mid-term
refresher.
This year's Republican retreat at
Lord Baltimore Hotel will be muc
shorter than the three-day session in
December 1994. Thanks to the pro-
longed budget negotiations and an'ea-
gerness to return to the campaign trial,
the lawmakers will be in Baltimore for
less than 24 hours - from this evening
until tomorrow afternoon.
Nearly 60 House members are expected
to attend-40 of them freshmen and the
rest second-termers, or sophomores. *

Army dismisses U.S.
soldier for disobedience

WUERZBURG, Germany (AP) -
A U.S. soldier whose refusal to serve
under U.N. command was lauded by
conservatives but called a potential
"cancer" by the Army, was convicted
of disobedience yesterday and given a
bad-conduct discharge.
Spc. Michael New is the first Ameri-
can serviceman court-martialed for re-
fusing to accept foreign command on a
United Nations operation.
The jury could have slapped New
with a dishonorable discharge, six
months' incarceration and a loss of pay.
New's attorney said he thought the less-
severe sentence indicated the jury be-
lieved New's concerns were legitimate.
New, a medic from Conroe, Texas,
stood impassively as the seven-man
jury returned the verdict after 20 min-
utes of deliberation.
Outside the courtroom at Leighton

Barracks U.S. Army base, New smiled
again when reporters asked him how he
felt, but he did not answer any ques-
tions. His attorneys say he will appeal.
New's case has been championed by
American conservatives who oppose
placing U.S. armed forces under United
Nations command. About 100 congres-
sional representatives, including Sen-
ate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.),
have sponsored legislation making it
illegal to order an armed-services mem-
ber to wear U.N. insignia.
U.N. officials in Geneva declined to
comment on the case yesterday, saying
it is against policy to discuss member
states' court decisions.
New's father, Daniel, said the verdict
was a foregone conclusion.
"We certainly were not surprised be-
cause, frankly, no military court is quali-
fied to rule on something of this consti-
tutional importance," he said from Texas.
"We're ready to go to federal court."

The elder New said that when his son
was told he could be court-martialed
and lose his benefits for refusing to
wear the U.N. gear, his son replied: "If
I have to go to prison, I'll go, and why
would I want those benefits if I have
them in a country that isn't free?"'
Daniel New brought wide attention
to his son's case by appearing on radio
talk shows.
New's mother went to Germany to
plead for clemency. Her son "always
loved his country," Suzanne New told
the court-martial.
In October, shortly before his unit
shipped out from Germany to be part of
a U.N. monitoring mission in
Macedonia, New refused to wear the
U.N. insignia. The United States pro-
vides about half of the 1,100 troops
who have been in the former Yugoslav
republic since 1993 with the aim of
preventing the spread of fighting from
neighboring Bosnia.

W ROUDT HE WORL D $
Russian During this visit, Chernomyrdin also
pRss n rme plans to meet with President Clinton
minister to visit U.S and House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-
Ga.), and with New York Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani and business leaders.
MOSCOW - While the Kremlin
leans further and further away from the
West, Boris Yeltsin's prime minister is Popecondemns
headed to the United States with words peoc o m es
of reassurance. And maybe some of portray o women
reproach.
On a four-day visit to begin Sunday, VATICAN CITY - Lamenting that
ViktorChernomyrdin is expectedtotryto women are often exploited andtreated
calm the worries of politicians in Wash- as objects, Pope John Paul II has urged
ington and businessmen in New York. the mass media to focus on the "true
As he and Yeltsin told foreign inves- heroines of society," including Roman
tors in Moscow this week, Russia is Catholic saints.
committed to free-market reforms. In a written message, the pope said e
With presidential elections looming media - from news to entertainment to
just five months away and Communists computer networks - play a powerful
enjoying strong public support, role in how society recognizes women.
Yeltsin's team may also feel compelled The role of a woman as a wife or a
to sound tougher in dealings with U.S. mother is often ridiculed, the pope said,
leaders. while the role of women in professional
Chernomyrdin will attend the sixth life is often depicted "as a masculine
meeting of a commission headed by caricature."
himself and Vice President Al Gore, The pope encouraged the media to
which works on a wide range of portray "the true heroines of societ ,
unglamorous, nuts-and-bolts issues, including the saintly women of t
from business to science to the environ- Christian tradition" as role models
ment. - From Daily wire services

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