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NATION/WORLD
China puts leader and reforer to rest

The Washington Post
BEIJING - Deng Xiaoping, who
lose from rural Sichuan Province to the
pinnacle of power for a quarter of the
world's humanity, was cremated yester-
day after the country's top leaders paid
him traditional homage at the military
hospital where his body had lain since
his death last Wednesday.
As authorities prepared for a tightly
controlled memorial service today with
10,000 invited guests at the Great Hall of
the People, Chinese state television
showed Deng's family members and the
new leadership filing by Deng's body.
The leaders then bowed as a group before
it three times in the traditional manner.
The body - its puffy face disfigured
by disease and death - lay on an open
bier surrounded by flowers and covered
with a giant Chinese flag. Members of

Deng's family - who along with offi-
cials wore black armbands and white
paper flowers signifying mourning -
wept profusely at the hospital and later
in a hall at the
cemetery's crema-
torium, with one We
daughter crying
out that "grandfa- love y01
ther hasn't died,"
and another
approaching to kiss -Banne
his face in farewell.
In front of the
body at the hospi-
tal was a bouquet presented by his
widow, Zhuo Lin, and their five chil-
dren, with a silk streamer that said: "We
will love you forever." There were also
bouquets with streamers from each of
the seven Communist Party Standing

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Committee members with the words:
"Profoundly grieve respected and
beloved comrade Deng Xiaoping."
Deng's hand-picked successor, Jiang
Zemin, the
president and
ill always Communist
Party chief,
shook hands
with the fami-
ly but did not
at the funeral of offer any
Deng Xiaoping remarks.
Afterward,
Deng's body
was placed in a crystal sarcophagus and
carried by high-stepping soldiers to a
white van that bore him to Babaoshan
cemetery in western Beijing in a 40-car
procession, which state-run television
said was witnessed by 100,000 people.

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Other witnesses put the crowd at a frac-
tion of that number.
At the cemetery, the official funeral
party once again bowed before Deng's
body. The bowing contravened the
Deng family's expressed wishes but
appeared to represent a need by Jiang
and other leaders to show respect for
the man who had dominated Chinese
politics for a generation and who had
been their political patron.
People along the route also wore
white paper flowers, and after the body
passed, most of the crowd laid the flow-
ers along the road and in nearby bushes.
Such outward demonstrations of
mourning have, for the most part, been
suppressed, especially in Tiananmen
Square, where the 1989 student-led
protests culminated in demonstrations
by thousands of Beijing residents.
WEISNER
Continued from Page 1
the defensive;' Schorr said. "To sup-
port the arts and humanities endow-
ments, President Clinton has to talk
something close to double-talk.
Liberal arts? They must be brought in
by stealth. Maybe the word 'liberal' is.
enough to make the subject taboo."
Schorr said the nation needs to learn
that all of its resources, including peo-
ple, are finite.
"I think we will get to the point where
classes will be brought together again
through public institutions and publicly
supported creative activities;'he said. "I
think so because I believe this is a
maturing civilization, a little childish at
times, and when it reaches adulthood,
there is no other way to go but acting as
members of a community"
GROUP
Continued from Page 1
Other topics discussed during the
hourlong panel discussion were the
media's portrayal of minority gay men,
the experience of coming out to the
minority community, and impressions
that panelists gained from the National
Black Gay and Lesbian Conference,
which was held recently in Long
Beach, Calif.
Engineering sophomore Kenneth
Jones addressed the issue of what it
actually means to come out. He said
two of the most important components
are "letting the community know we
exist" and "being an ally of respective
(groups on campus)."
All Us Chair and Engineering
sophomore James Corley, Jr. said he
started All Us so minority gay students
would have an organization they could
call their own. "I wasn't satisfied with
the people of color number I saw in
(Queer Unity Project)," Corley said. "I
didn't feel like I was being represented
or the issues were being met."
The group has about 30 members
and is working on organizing a "build-
ing bridges" dialogue and its own Web
page.
Rackham student Gail Drakes said
she has high hopes for the new group.
"I'm just really excited to see a group
like All Us that's interested in bringing
together people of color and lesbian,
gay, bisexual communities - realizing
that there are people who exist in these
communities simultaneously" she said.
"I'm looking forward to the events
they sponsor in the future" Drakes said.
Rackham doctoral candidate
Pilgrim Spikes spoke about the sense
of community he experienced at the
Long Beach conference. "I under-
stood what it's like to be a majority for
once," he said.
Jones closed his remarks by men-
tioning Antoine Blaine, a fictional

movie reviewer on the program "In
Living Color."
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Empire State
B ding tightens
security measures
NEW YORK - A day after a
Palestinian gunman went on a fatal
shooting rampage, the Empire State
Building tightened its security yester-
day while city officials questioned how
the man could purchase a gun just
weeks after he came to America.
The famous landmark, long a symbol
of romance and tourism, was fitted with
an airport-style baggage scanner and
two metal detectors. The mayor said
weak gun-control laws -not a security
lapse -were to blame for the shootings
of seven tourists Sunday on the sky-
scraper's 86th-floor observation deck,
The fact that the gunman - an
elderly Palestinian in the country only
two months - could buy a Beretta
semiautomatic handgun - "is totally
insane," Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said
at a news conference,
A Danish tourist was killed and six
other sightseers were injured before the
gunman, Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, 69,

b-NATk ONAt r REPRT
Supreme Court defeats term limit law
WASHINGTON - In another defeat for proponents of term limits, the Supreme
Court yesterday effectively ensured that an Arkansas initiative aimed at forcing
state lawmakers to back term limits will not become law. - -
The justices let stand a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court that struck dovo a
voter initiative requiring state legislators and members of Congress to use the poVer
of their offices to support congressional term limits, and to penalize those who refus
One component of that measure, sometimes referred to as the "scarlet le
provision, said any official who failed to push for term limits would have the woids
"Disregarded Voter Instruction on Term Limits" printed in capital letters next to his
or her name on future ballots.
"We will continue to fight in the trenches to enact term limits on Congress,"said
Paul Jacob, executive director of the advocacy group that backed the initiative. He
said that although the Supreme Court spurned the case from Arkansas, killing that
state's "instruct and inform" law, several other states have similar laws and -qurt
challenges pending. The high court could eventually weigh in on a battle uTom
another state, Jacob noted.
Yet yesterday's action -- taken in a one-sentence order and without commient
from the justices - is the latest in a string of losses for the movement to rest*
through legislation the tenure of members of the U.S. House and Senate.

killed himself Police Commissi6ner
Howard Safir described him as "one
deranged individual working on his
own."
An anti-terrorist task force was still
part of the investigation, Safir said, but
so far it had found no evidence that
Abu Kamal was aligned with any.
rorist group.
Dru company to
pa.y 25for fraud
PHILADELPHIA - A drug compa-
ny agreed yesterday to pay $325 ntillion
for making illegal kickbacks to doctors
and filing false claims for lab tests.
The government will share the ,l
settlement with four whistle-blovW
who sued SmithKline Beecham
Clinical Laboratories Inc.
The investigation is continuing-and
the company could face criminal
charges for allegedly defrauding the
government's Medicare and Medicaid
programs and federal employees and
retirees, said U.S. Attorney Michael
Stiles.

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Yeltsin recognizes
public discontent
MOSCOW - Boris Yeltsin, in a
rare concession yesterday, acknowl-
edged that a majority of Russians are
openly dissatisfied with him as presi-
dent and said that gives him cause to
worry.
Emerging from months of seclu-
sion due to his prolonged illness,
Yeltsin criticized his own adminis-
tration for its inability to pay wages
and pensions for months at a time,
leaving millions of people destitute
and bringing some government
operations to a standstill.
"Many Russians are unhappy with
the government, and consequently
they're unhappy with the president,"
Yeltsin said. "People are. openly
speaking of that, and the dissatisfied
already constitute the majority. I am
worried.'
The nonpayment of wages has
reached a crisis throughout the
country, and daily protests take
many forms: demonstrations, labor

strikes, hunger strikes and even- sui-
cide.
In many regions outside Moscow,
power and fuel are in short supply,
soldiers don't have enough to t,
teachers faint from hunger in
classroom and scientists wari of
nuclear disaster if needed fundtire
not delivered.
Kim apologizes for
scandal, corruption
SEOUL, South Korea - In a
speech aimed at quelling rising pm-
lic criticism over the scandals= d
policy gaffes that have battered his
once-charmed administration, South
Korean President Kim Young "Sam
yesterday offered repeated apolo-
gies to his people and vowed to
redouble efforts to eradicate corrup-
tion.
But he offered no new spdeific
reforms or measures to revive 96uth
Korea's limping economy.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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