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U.S. spy passes information to S. Korea
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - In a case rare for its implica-
tions between two friendly countries, a civilian U.S.
naval intelligence official was charged in U.S. District
Court yesterday with passing more than 50 top-secret,
classified documents to the South Korean govern-
Robert Chaegon Kim, a Navy analyst who immi-
grated here from his native Seoul and became a citi-
zen in 1974, has been under surveillance since May
and allegedly was observed by federal agents copying
and transmitting documents as part of an arrangement
with a South Korean naval attache assigned here.
Kim was arrested Tuesday night while attending an
Armed Forces Day military reception sponsored by
the South Korean Embassy at a military base in the
How much damage the case may have caused
U.S. intelligence operations remains unclear.
Authorities said Kim had access to classified
records dating to 1979, but officials did not say how
long Kim had allegedly passed documents to South
News of the case drew immediate reaction - some
of it harsh - from Washington government leaders
who found themselves suddenly dealing with the lat-
est in a series of high-profile espionage cases that
have rocked the U.S. intelligence community in recent
years, most notably the scandal involving CIA opera-
tive Aldrich Ames and his wife, Rosario. They both
pleaded guilty to spying for the Soviet Union in a case
considered the most damaging espionage incident in
Government officials said that senior South Korea
diplomats in Washington were summoned to the State
Department after Kim's arrest and warned that the
United States "is very disturbed at this development."
Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who just
before the arrest met in New York with South Korean
Foreign Minister Gong Ro Myung, said he was "very
disturbed by the reports that I have received of that
arrest and the incident itself."
But White House spokesperson Mike McCurry said
the U.S.-South Korean alliance will persevere. The
two countries, he said, "remain strong and of the
nature that they can endure any alleged wrongdoing
by an individual."
Government sources said that Kim, who four years
after becoming a U.S. citizen went to work for the
Office of Naval Intelligence, apparently was not paid
for turning over the secret records, many of which
directly related to U.S. interests regarding the two
Koreas and other Asia-Pacific countries.
Dole rallies in former debate spot
AMANA, Iowa - A presidential debate had once been pro-
posed for last night, but instead there was a pep rally and a
long-distance argument about debates. .
The pep rally was staged yesterday morning in St.
Louis, where the Commission on Presidential Debates had
suggested the first of three proposed debates should take
place. The chief cheerleader was Bob Dole, rallying his
followers for what at times sounded like the big game
against their arch-rivals, "the liberals" led by President
"What do you call someone who broke his promise and Dole
gave you the biggest tax increase in history?" Dole asked
his rally audience inside a small gymnasium on the campus of St. Louis
University. "A liberal," came the shouted response.
In all, Dole invoked the word "liberal" 14 times to describe Clinton, his admin-
istration and his policies in what has become the constant refrain of the GOP n
"President Clinton says he's not liberal," Dole told his audience. "Don't believe
it. He's been liberal all his life. He's a perfect liberal."
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Brater said the bill may jeopardize the
power of municipalities to direct local
Although Republicans and
Democrats often disagree on environ-
mental issues, Brater said there is not a
strict party-line division over this par-
ticular bill. "It's not at all a partisan
issue," she said.
Nationally, however, the environment
remains a largely partisan issue. The
Republican Congress has criticized the
Clinton administration for proposals
GOP lawmakers say will stifle industry.
Dole and Republican colleagues have
encouraged leaving the environmental
regulations up to the states to administer.
"We want the environment to be
clean, but we've got to have a voice of
reason," Dole said in a speech to the
Economic Club of Detroit on Tuesday.
Dole's efforts in regulatory reform
have largely centered around preserving
the privacy and rights of states and indi-
vidual businesses. In the Senate, one of
Dole's reform initiatives included co-
sponsoring a bill that would require that
new federal regulations be preceded by
cost-benefit analysis studies.
Dole and the GOP have repeatedly
raised private-property issues that Brater
said have put a roadblock in Democratic
pollution prevention agendas.
"President Clinton can be counted on
to do much more protective programs
for the environment," Brater said.
Clinton has vowed private interests
will not deter him from passing legisla-
tion limiting toxic waste, protecting
wetlands and regulating industrial
activities affecting air or water supplies.
While he has encouraged cooperation
with state and local governments,
Clinton has continued to support feder-
al regulations through the
Environmental Protection Agency and
the Department of Energy.
- Daily Staff Reporter Jennifer
Harvey contributed to this report.
FDA may approve
ROCKVILLE, Md. - The partially
paralyzed may soon get an electronic
hand to help restore the ability to write
a letter, pour coffee, even to paint.
Scientific advisers recommended
yesterday that the Food and Drug
Administration approve Freehand, a
surgically implanted device that would
become - if the FDA agrees - the
nation's first neural prosthetic to restore
function to a paralyzed limb.
Experts emphasized it's not a cure for
paralysis. Only certain partially para-
lyzed patients could use it, not the
severely injured like actor Christopher
Reeve. And while it does help those
who can use it to move their fingers and
thumb, such patients still won't be
speed-typing or playing the piano.
"We mustn't give false hope," said
Dr. Michael Keith, a Case Western
Reserve University orthopedic surgeon
who helped colleague P. Hunter
Peckham create the device.
But now, "for most of these patients,
there's darn little," Keith said. ."We're
going to give them more motor contro
so they can ... do more things, without
assistance, hesitation and delays."
Blizzards bring on
small baby boom
NEW YORK - The blizzards tha
covered the Northeast and Midwest ir
early January apparently will not pro-
duce the kind of bumper baby crop
associated, in anecdote if not demo-
graphic science, with other great
storms of the century.
Many hospitals, obstetricians and
midwives report an increase in birt,
but others see no effect at all.
In Grand Forks, N.D., which was
slapped by one blizzard after anotlier
last winter, deliveries at United
Hospital are up 40 percent from a year
ago. St. Peter's Medical Center in New
Brunswick, N.J., which has the state's
largest maternity ward, says births are
25 percent higher.
Dr. Wendy Martinez, an obstetrician
in Vorhees, N.J., had to add a sect
birthing class for expecting parents.
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fort should be provided by the piercer,
If you have an infection after the
piercing you should contact the piercer
and see your doctor immediately,
Throughout history many cultures
have tried to enhance their appear-
ances by placing objects that were
considered jewelry through their
Evidence of these piercings date
back to 2000 B.C., when Egyptians and
Macedonians were found wearing ear-
rings. Many cultures believed that
wearing earrings in the nose and the
ears were a rite of passage from child-
hood to adulthood.
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Kaplan has created a Roommate
Starter Kit - an outline that initiates
a conversation for students to get to
know their roommates better.
Students having problems with their
roommates can check out an online ser-
vice, which is designed to help students
deal with all types of roommate situa-
Deb Kovsky, who works on the web
site said the document is useful for all
sorts of problems.
"It helps a lot with the disasters that
can happen when two people are living
together," she said.
The web site includes a mock con-
tract for roommates to sign, which is
designed to prevent problems in the
The contract's terms include adher-
ing to correct telephone etiquette, and
respecting a roommate's wishes about
cleanliness and sleeping habits. The
website can be checked out at
U.S. action in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - U.S.
moves to prop up Haiti's fragile democ-
racy may actually undermine President
Rene Garcia Preval and international
efforts to help this impoverished nation,
diplomats here warn.
The arrival earlier this month of 40
heavily armed U.S. diplomatic security
agents to protect Preval was the latest
incident in what some allies view as a
series of shortsighted measures to
ensure that Haiti will not become an
embarrassment in the six weeks before
the U.S. presidential election.
"The baby sitters are here," one Latin
American diplomat quipped. But other
countries that have worked closely with
the U.N. peacekeeping mission to main-
tain order in Haiti saw less humor in the
"This was done out of fear that some-
thing is going to go wrong in Haiti and
the Republicans are going to use it,"
said one angry European diplomat. "It
was not done in the long-term interests
of the United States or the short-term
interests of Haiti."
Haiti has been widely considered a
foreign policy triumph for the Clinton
administration. U.S. troops interveied
two years ago to restore the democr
cally elected president who had been
deposed in a 1991 coup, stayed through
the selection of his successor - Preval
- in the cleanest balloting in Haitian
history, saw the new president inaugu-
rated and withdrew.
Plane crashes off
DEN H ELDER, Netherlands -- A
vintage plane carrying aviation enthusi-
asts crashed yesterday off the Dutch
coast shortly after its pilot reported
engine trouble. All 32 people aboard
A small flotilla of navy and fishing
boats headed for the wreckage of the
55-year-old DC-3 Dakota from this
fishing town soon after the 4:45 p/m.
crash. But would-be rescuers w
hampered by mist, fast-fading lighta
the tangled wreckage of the plane.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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