2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 19, 1996
, ALTIMORE - Former Vice
resident Spiro Agnew's death was
.caused by acute leukemia, a cancer
af°the blood and blood-making
organs that apparently went undiag-
;nosed until the end, his doctors said
Agnew died Tuesday evening after
'being rushed to a hospital in Berlin, a
few miles west of his vacation home in
Ocean City. Acquaintances said he had
seen a doctor earlier in the day after
complaining of feeling ill.
Agnew's family said he had
remained active, and some friends said
he 'seemed well in the days before he
was stricken. But others said he seemed
thinner and had complained for months
of waning energy and other problems.
Weight loss and fatigue are two of
the most common symptoms of
"Nothing was wrong with him. He
looked 100-percent fit," said Fred
,Msiani, an Ocean City restaurateur
Mna a close friend of Agnew. He said
head accused of
U.S. trade deficit balloons $11.7B
WASHINGTON -The United States spent $11.7 billion more on foreign pqr-
chases than it sold overseas in July, a sharp jump in the trade deficit that was
blamed on increased demand for Japanese cars, Chinese toys and foreign oil.;,
The Clinton administration insisted the 43 percent widening in the trade
gap was only a temporary aberration. But the Dole campaign seized on the
dramatic worsening of the deficit to highlight its attacks on White House trade
"This underlines why we have to have a new economic policy," said Robert
Lighthizer, a Dole trade adviser. "The country has become less competitive. We are
losing our manufacturing jobs. Wages are stagnant. This is why people are so anx-
Wall Street was initially jolted by the larger-than-expected deficit and renewed
worries about rising interest rates. But by the close of trading yesterday, the Dow
Jones industrial average had recouped some of its earlier losses, ending dovn
11.47 at 5,877.36.
On the New York currency market the dollar suffered its biggest one-day drop
against the yen in seven weeks. In late trading the dollar cost 109.15 yen, down
Former Vice President Spiro Agnew
died Tuesday in a Maryland hospital.
the pair had a golfing date planned on
Tuesday, but it was washed out by rain.
They had another tee time set for 9:44
a.m. today at the Ocean City Yacht and
But H. W. "Woody" Hutchinson,
superintendent of the Agnews' condo-
minium tower in Ocean City, said Judy
Agnew told him her husband had seen
a doctor Tuesday morning and had
blood drawn after complaining of not
Former Baltimore County
Councilman Norman Lauenstein, an
Essex lawyer, said Agnew telephoned
him in July and said he had just
returned from a business trip to Asia
and felt terrible.
The Washington Post
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
- Eugene de Kock, one of the
apartheid era's most notorious assas-
sins, accused former President
Frederik de Klerk yesterday of delib-
erately lying when he denied even
knowing about government death
squads operating in the run-up to the
1994 democratic elections.
De Kock told a Pretoria court that
his secret police hit squad carried
out a pre-dawn raid on a house
allegedly used to store arms in the
former Transkei homeland in
October 1993. Five youths were
killed as they slept.
De Klerk, then president, confirmed
at the time that he had authorized the
attack but indicated it was a purely mil-
itary operation. He denied as recently
as last month that he ever approved the
use of a death squad or was even aware
of such groups.
"Surely he knew there were covert
units with this ability" countered de
Kock. "Who did he think was going to
launch the attack?"
The Pan Africanist Congress, a black
militant group targeted in the attack,
insisted the five victims were all
schoolchildren. De Klerk's government,
then in the twilight of the apartheid era,
said they were terrorists.
De Klerk last month told the Truth
and Reconciliation Commission, which
is investigating the political crimes of
the apartheid era, that he never autho-
rized "assassination, murder, torture,
rape, assault or the like" during his
years in government. He told a subse-
quent news conference that he was "at
no stage aware of any unit carrying out
assassinations." He added, "I was never
part of any decision to assassinate or
De Klerk insisted that he closed
illegal government operations as
soon as he learned of them. De
Kock's covert Vlakplaas unit, named
for its base outside Pretoria, was
publicly exposed in newspapers and
court proceedings starting in 1989.
But it was not formally disbanded
In a statement yesterday, de Klerk
said he had approved the 1993 raid
because intelligence reports indicated a
"substantial hidden cache of arms" was
present and it thus appeared a "legiti-
mate military target." He said his autho-
rization specifically excluded attacks
De Klerk, who heads the opposi-
tion National Party, holds an odd
public position here. Overseas, he is
hailed as a bold politician who
released Nelson Mandela from 27
years in prison in 1990, legalized
anti-apartheid groups and helped
negotiate the fragile transition from
apartheid to democracy.
from 110.24 on Tuesday. The dollar also
Lucid set to return
SPACE CENTER, Houston - Like
a child longing to go home after a sum-
mer away at camp, astronaut Shannon
Lucid eagerly awaited last night's
arrival of the space shuttle to pick her
up at Russia's orbiting station, where
she has spent a record-breaking six
The last time she saw Americans
face-to-face was when space shuttle
Atlantis left her there in March.
While Lucid has said she enjoyed the
orbital getaway aboard Mir, she
planned to waste no time moving out.
All her bags were packed and, within a
few hours of the docking, she was to
swap places with Atlantis astronaut
John Blaha, who will stay for four
"She's ready to leave, but I'm
ready to get there and get on to work-
ing with the Russians," Blaha said as
Atlantis closed in on Mir, some 240
Lucid won't actually leave for home
until next week. Atlantis will undock
fell against the German mark and Brit
from Mir on Monday after five days o
linked flight and will return to Earth the
Lucid's anticipation was magnified
by the fact that her ride home was
more than six weeks late. Mechanical
and weather delays enabled her to
break the record for the lon
spaceflight by a woman - 188 days
by the time she returns to Earth. She
also holds the U.S. space endurance
Jury selection opens
in Simpson case
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Jury
selection in the O.J. Simpson civil
trial opened yesterday with a cl
theme: It will be tough to find people
willing to serve on a four-month trial,
let alone people untainted by the
overwhelming publicity that has
drenched the case.
Prospective panelists summoned t
the Santa Monica Courthouse trie~
all kinds of excuses to knock them
selves out of contention.
Executive Director of Seeds of Peace
an organization which brings together
Arab and Israeli youth will
speak about her work
Thursday, September 19 7:30 pm
Vandenberg Room, Michigan League
Sponsored by the International Institute
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Nicholas Kirk said his organization
will not be taking part in the pro-
gram. The GOP group will register
students at College Republican meet-
ings, he said.
"Non-partisan groups only register
liberals on this campus"Kirk said.
Kirk said he re-registered in Ann
Arbor through Voice Your Vote earlier
More registered voters can translate
into greater legislative priority for stu-
dent issues, Friedrichs said.
"There's a direct correlation between
your voting record and (the attention
politiciansspay to) your issues,"
Friedrichs said he learned from visit-
ing government offices that politicians
protect issues of constituencies, such as
the elderly, whose votes they need.
"If the youth doesn't vote, their
issues are not going to be important --
that was very, very obvious," Friedrichs
As well as influencing the issues
candidates talk about, University stu-
dents can have a great impact on
local races, Spoon said. The
University's student body provides
more than 35,000 potential voters for
national and local elections. A presi-
dential election, however attracts
more students to the polls and the
campaign volunteer sites.
"Because there's a presidential race
people get more into it' said LSA
sophomore Karen Buck. "There's been
more of a push.'
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Moderates win seats
in Bosnian election
- They didn't win many seats. In most
races, their individual parties garnered
less than 10 percent of the vote, far
below their totals in the last election in
1990. But the moderate opposition
forces in Bosnia's nationwide elections
succeeded in their most important goal
- they guaranteed themselves a place
in Bosnia's halls of power.
In any other country, a political ana-
lyst would look at their returns and call
it a disaster. In Bosnia, however,
wracked by 3 1/2 years of war, opposi-
tion leaders expressed satisfaction with
the fact that after four years of being
muzzled as Croat, Muslim and Serb
nationalists destroyed their country, at
least now they have a seat at the table.
"You have to understand, until these
elections, Bosnia was completely
ripped apart. Now Bosnia has an alter-
native," said Zlatko Lugumdzija, a
Social Democrat who ran for a seat in
Bosnia's national parliament. As of last
night, his coalition's ticket, the United
List, had garnered about 10 percent of
the vote. "Of course, I have to swallov
this defeat with a lot of mineral wate
but at least it is not cyanide.'
himself in bid
MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Gone i,
the old Sandinista anthem describin
the Yankee as "the enemy of humanity'
The new party hymn: Beethoven's "Od
No more is there talk of hanging
from lampposts. Now the theme
"unity between businessmen and w
Daniel Ortega has a new look for his
quest to recapture the presidency .ol
Nicaragua. And he's been rising rapidl)
in the polls ahead of the Oct. 20 elec.
Ortega, governed Nicaragu
throughout the tumultuous 19r0
before his leftist Sandinista Party los
power in a 1990 upset to a loose coal i
tion headed by Violeta Chamorro.,
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