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PARIS - Pamela Harriman, an English baron's
daughter who was confidant, lover and wife to
some of the wealthiest and most powerful men of
this century, and who came to be an important fig-.
ure in her own right as unofficial first lady of the
Democratic Party and U.S. ambassador to France,
died yesterday after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
She was 76.
She had gone into a coma after losing conscious-
ness Monday evening at the Ritz Hotel, where she
often went to swim in the health club pool, embassy
In a somber statement delivered on the White House
lawn, President Clinton mourned the passing of "one of
the most unusual and gifted people I ever met."
Harriman, a friend and close political ally of the
president and co-chair of the 1992 Democratic presi-
dential campaign, died at the American Hospital in
suburban Neuilly-Sur-Seine, where she had been in
the intensive care unit.
"The ambassador died at 3:48 this afternoon," said
Donald Bandler, the embassy's No. 2 official. "We at
the American Embassy deeply mourn her passing. She
was an inspiring leader and we will remember her
with love and respect."
Harriman's only child, Winston Churchill, who is a
Conservative Party member of the British Parliament,
and some of her five grandchildren were at the hospi-
tal to share her final moments.
Clinton, who delayed his departure for a trip to
Georgia, told reporters that he and first lady Hillary
had spoken by telephone with Harriman's son.
"She was an extraordinary United States ambas-
Simpson deniedpost-hria request
SANTA MONICA, Calif.-- Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki denied
a motion by O.J. Simpson's lawyers yesterday seeking to limit
access to the former football star's future earnings as lawyers
for the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald
Goldman prepared to demand that he pay dearly for causing
The judge's ruling came a day after a Santa Monica jury
found Simpson liable for the slashing deaths of Simpson and
Goldman and paved the way for a hearing today when jurors
will be asked to consider awarding punitive damages to both
families. The jury has already awarded compensatory damages P
of $8.5 million to Goldman's parents.
At the hearing yesterday, Simpson's lead defense attorney, Robert Baker, argued
that Simpson's future earnings should not be considered as part of his assets. "This
is creative accounting at its best or worst, depending on your point of view," he
said, noting that his client has earned less than $100,000 in the past six monte
"The defendant doesn't have any ability to pay based on his future earnings.
don't know if Mr. Simpson will ever have a personal appearance contract or an
endorsement contract again."
President Bill Clinton greets Pamela Harriman on the steps of her Georgetown home in 1992 after a fundralser.
Harriman, the U.S. ambassador to France, died yesterday at age 76.
sador, representing our country as well as our govern-
ment to the people of France and ... earning the trust of
the leaders and the admiration of people," he said.
For her years of service to the Democratic Party,
and her energetic fund-raising efforts on his behalf,
Clinton in 1993 appointed Harriman the top U.S.
envoy to France, placing a onetime daughter-in-law of
Winston Churchill in a post once held by Benjamin
Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.
"I am a political animal. I do love politics,"
Harriman said last autumn.
language and aware of her access to Clinton - a
man she singled out years ago as a promising politi-
cian in the Democratic Party - found her a great
"She struck me as someone with a true knowledge
of Europe, she spoke fluent French, and on top of that,
her knowledge of Europe went back a long way and
she had met all the great actors of this century on the
international scene," said Denis Lacorne, a French
political analyst who specializes in the United States.
"All these elements made her an excellent ambassador
Senators open talks
on budget ill
WASHINGTON - Senate
Republicans reopened debate yesterday
on a proposed constitutional amend-
ment to compel a balanced federal bud-
get, introducing the legislation with a
flourish of bipartisan support that
masks the uphill struggle the proposal
"It's time to do something about this
terrible problem," Sen. Orrin Hatch,
(R-Utah), the floor leader for the leg-
islation, said at a Capitol Hill news
conference just before the debate
Hatch was joined by other supporters
of the amendment, including House
Speaker Newt Gingrich and several
Democratic members of congress and
senators, who pledged to work for its
passage in the 105th Congress. Two
years ago the amendment was
approved by the House but fell one vote
short of passage in the Senate.
"I am delighted with the broad,
bipartisan support for a balanced bud-
get," Gingrich (R-Ga.) said. "This is a
coalition that's going to win. It's going
to win because it brings together people
from all backgrounds.'
But Senate supporters admit they are
still several votes short of the tu
thirds majority needed for passage. In
the House, supporters say they are
about 10 votes shy of the mark.
Industry to battle
over teen smoking
WASHINGTON -On Monday, the
tobacco industry's best lawyers will go
head-to-head with the government I
court in an attempt to kill the Food
Drug Administration's crackdown on
The legal arguments will be techni-
cal, even dull - unlike the three dra-
matic years leading up to this con-
frontation, when government detectives
uncovered super-nicotine tobacco
fields, whistleblowers who alleged cig-
arette makers manipulate addictive
nicotine and secret industry pro
to market cigarettes to teen-agers
The French beguiled
by her knowledge of their
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Israelis mourn 73
Los Angeles Times
NEVE SHALOM, Israel - Beyond
the flags at half-staff, the Knesset
speeches and the national day of
mourning, for scores of families,
Israel's worst air force disaster came
down to this - a pre-dawn knock at the
door, followed by wrenching pain over
the death of a son and a military funer-
al at dusk.
In the Oasis of Peace, as this Jewish-
Arab community is called - and in
cities, towns and kibbutzim across the
country - hundreds of Israelis gath-
ered yesterday to bury the 73 soldiers
killed in a mid-air helicopter crash the
Soldiers in fatigues and the green
berets of the Nahal infantry carried the
flag-draped coffin of Sgt. Tom Kitain to
its freshly dug grave by a grove of olive
and cypress trees.
Kitain's mother stared stonily at the
damp earth shoveled so hastily over 20
years of love and worry. His little sister
gripped a shoot of fuchsia bougainvillea
and wailed. Neighbors shed tears at the
loss of a friend and at the knowledge that
this could have been their son lying at
their feet - or may be next time.
In a country that sends most of its
sons and daughters into the armed ser-
vices and, more often than not, into bat-
tie, military funerals such as Kitain's
are a shared national experience. From
the War of Independence in 1948 to the
ongoing guerrilla war in southern
Lebanon, most families have lost a
member in the Israel Defense Forces, or
at least a close friend.
That may be why so many people
wept when Yossi Sarid, representing the
national parliament, said: "I did not
know you personally, Tom, but I too
love you very much. And I do know
you, because we all know our beautiful,
gifted and beloved boys. In you, we can
see all of our children, and, in them, we
can see you."
Among the Israelis listening to his
words was Nahum Barnea, the Yediot
Aharonot newspaper columnist who a
year ago stood over the grave of his own
son, killed by a suicide bomber on a
Jerusalem bus. Yonatan Barnea was also
a soldier on his way back to base when
Like all Israelis in military service,
Kitain knew exactly how much time
remained on his army clock. He left
home on Tuesday morning after telling
his neighbors that he would return for
good from his three-year duty in "five
months, less five days."
Kitain perished that evening when
the CH-53 Sikorsky transport heli-
copter he was riding in collided with
another and crashed on the way to
Israeli outposts in occupied South
Lebanon - Israel's last active battle-
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Swiss banks create
GENEVA - Hoping to quell grow-
ing international criticism over alleged
collusion with the Nazis in World War
II, Switzerland's "Big Three" banking
giants announced yesterday they will
create a $71-million fund for Holocaust
victims and their families.
Eighteen months of controversy has
threatened to tarnish the image of
Swiss banks and has put them at risk of
Credit Suisse, Swiss Bank
Corporation and the Union Bank of
Switzerland said the fund was meant as a
humanitarian gesture. They encouraged
the government, central bank and others
to contribute additional money and help
decide how the fund will operate.
"It's a breakthrough, an acknowledg-
ment of the wrongdoing," said U.S.
Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.) who
has spearheaded criticism of
D'Amato described the move as "an
important first step in dealing with this
tragic, disgraceful period."
The fund will be opened later this
month at the Swiss National Bank,sk;
Union Bank of Switzerland spoks
son Gertrud Erismann.
In a written statement, the Swiss
government welcomed the banks' move
and promised to be "actively engaged"
in further developments.
that the state will do what it must to
defend itself, a hard-line party led by
Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic's
wife demanded yesterday that the oppo-
sition immediately end its protests.
On the 78th straigh ,day of marches,
students and opposition supporters
vowed to continue pressing for democ-
racy. A day earlier, they had forced
Milosevic to concede that his Socialist
Party had lost elections in Belgrade a
13 other cities.
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