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the program, which is required to buy
only U.S. products, according to. a
~So far, the only reported illnesses
lin'ked to the tainted berries have been
~'inr Michigan. Fruits with the same lot
*numbers were also sent to Arizona,
-California, Georgia, Iowa and
As many as 9,000 youngsters and
adults may have been exposed to the
'fruit in Los Angeles, where officials
Fdermined that fruit cups served last
v k in 18 public schools may have
been contaminated.
Hepatitis A causes a mild liver infec-
tfil "and is often spread through
uncooked food. Those at risk of more
severe symptoms are the elderly, people
with weak immune systems and the very
For most people, symptoms appear
about 28 days after exposure. They
include jaundice, fatigue, abdominal dis-
comfort, vomiting, fever and dark urine.
The virus can be transmitted orally or
through human waste, often by food han-
dlers with poor personal hygiene,
through undercooked shellfish from
infected waters or through tainted water
"' 4 h is is an unusual outbreak because
it 'is linked to one source that has
nationwide implications" said lan
*'Williams, an epidemiologist with the
.Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention in Atlanta.
In Amanda's hometown of Marshall,
about 97 miles west of Detroit, the epi-

demic peaked a couple weeks ago -
before officials had connected the
strawberries to the disease.
Most people don't have to be hospi-
talized, but Amanda was one of nine
people in Marshall who required treat-
ment for dehydration, said Oaklawn
Hospital spokesperson Jill Kingsley-
About 2,000 people in the Marshall
area got protective gamma globulin
shots after the illnesses began, she said
- including many who lined up at
school basketball games where the
shots were offered. Some doctors
extended their office hours to deal with
the problem.
Health officials also were tracking
down children from across the state
who participated in a Special Olympics
competition where strawberry short-
cake made with the tainted fruit was
The hepatitis was linked to the straw-
berries late last week, said Dr. David
Johnson, chief medical executive of the
Public Health Agency at the Michigan
Department of Community Health. No
one in Michigan is known to have
become sick recently, he said,
"My prediction is we've seen the
bulk of the actual cases that we're going
to see already'" he said.
Dr. Thomas Dobbins of Marshall was
one who had extended his office hours
to handle the influx of patients. The
virus hit close to home - his 8-year-
old daughter, Kehvren, got sick.
"It's unfortunate - it would have
been impossible to have identified the
strawberries without the increase in dis-
ease," Dobbins said.

Clinton at
center of fund-
raising efforts

A o N TH A Pentagon to favor noncombat missions
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's strategic blueprint for the next decade will
increasingly emphasize the military's expanding - and controversial -- nonorp-
bat roles, from peacekeeping and drug interdiction to humanitarian aid, officials
said yesterday.
Though such missions have..critics on Capitol Hill and in the military itself a
Pentagon draft report says the armed forces should be equipped to take on many
more of the two dozen such deployments the United States has mounted sincet
fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Such assignments areg'ust reality," said Lt. Col. Tim Muchmore, an Army staff
officer who has been closely involved in the Pentagon's study. "They're out there
for us:'
The report, due for completion in mid-May, predicts that the Cold War's end has
brought a strategic "pause" that will leave the United States an unrivaled super-
power until at least 2010. Nonetheless, it calls for the armed forces to master a full
range of military roles - what one official called "full spectrum dominance?',
As in earlier studies of the military's mission, the Pentagon report calls forthe
armed forces to be prepared to handle two major regional conflicts - such as those
that could explode in such international hot spots as Iraq and Korea - in "1o

WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Clinton was the Democratic Party's
projected $50 million man -- one
minute the marquee draw at a fund-rais-
er, the next chiming in on the smallest
of money-raising details, documents
released yesterday show.
"Ugh," Clinton scribbled alongside
one memo from aide Phil Caplan that
detailed the Democratic Party's expect-
ed debts and even recommended bud-
geting $1 million for "potential fines"
after the 1996 election.
"I think we can do better w/mail if
we have the right message,' Clinton
wrote back another time when then-
deputy chief of staff Harold Ickes
raised concerns that the Democratic
Party wasn't raising enough money to
spend in federal races.
The documents were among hun-
dreds of pages from Ickes' White
House files that were turned over last
month to congressional committees
investigating allegations of fund-raising
abuses. The papers were released yes-
terday by the White House.
The memos portray a White House
eager to exploit the money-drawing
powers of its chief occupants while inti-
mately coordinating a Democratic
fund-raising machine it now admits was
out of control.
Many of the memos are blunt -- lay-
ing out precise and ambitious goals.
One page attached to an Ickes memo
projected the president should raise
$50.2 million by attending fund-raising
events, while Vice President Al Gore
should bring in $10.8 million and
Hillary Rodham Clinton an additional
$5 million.
The first lady was slated for a variety
of fund-raising activities in the docu-
ments, from making 10 calls to donors
to being host for a "Pakistani event"
that would raise $100,000.

If the various lists of fund-raisers
were added up, the total associated with
the president's possible attendance
could have been as much as $70 million
-- from coffees and dinners to a con-
ference call expected to yield $100,000.
"The fund-raising needs for the DNC
will require a very substantial commit-
ment of time from the President, the
Vice President, the First Lady and Mrs.
Gore,' Ickes wrote in one memo direct-
ly to Clinton and Gore.
The words "very substantial" were
The release of the documents domi-
nated the daily press briefing at the
White House, where officials once
again found themselves defending the
extensive time spent by the president,
vice president and presidential aides on
political fund raising.
"The Republicans outspent us" and
it was a "difficult political contest;'
White House counsel Lanny Davis
Press secretary Mike McCurry
added: "If you ask the Republican
National Committee to present you
with their analogous set of documents
..you'd see the same thing?'
The White House documents show
that at least in one instance Ickes was
kept apprised of the large amounts of
money raised by a handful of donors
who attended two coffee klatches with
Clinton in June 1996.
"Harold, here are the coffee attendees
(with POTUS) and amts. raised," read a
handwritten cover letter faxed to Ickes
from the DNC about two weeks after
the coffees.
An accompanying list showed that
each attendee had raised or donated
between $50,000 and $100,000- for a
total of $1 million. Some had asterisks
alongside their names to denote "con-
tributions are in installments:'

Census may add
mixed race category
Bureau is considering counting people
of mixed race as a separate category for
the first time, an idea that is stirring an
emotional debate.
Supporters say the move would help
foster a sense of pride and self-affirma-
tion among the swelling ranks of
mixed-race Americans, many of whom
feel ignored by the larger society.
But some civil rights advocates
worry that the new category would
reduce the numbers of blacks and
Hispanics recorded in the census,
imperiling minority voting districts and
financing for minority aid programs.
For Ramona Douglass, a California
activist who is of mixed parentage, the
issue is simple.
"I don't want to be invisible any-
more,' said Douglass, president of the
Association of MultiEthnic Americans,
a San Francisco-based advocacy group
for multiethnic and multiracial people.

"The census form allows me to select
'other' as a choice, but I'm not an
'other;"' Douglass said. "I'm a multira-
cial person and I shoultd be represented:"
A preliminary decision on whether
the next census will include a new cat-
egory for multiracial people is expect-
Research says older
minds can learn
Contrary to long-standing scientific
dogma, the brain rises to a challenge by
developing new neural cells in 4reas
devoted to 'learning and memory'-
even in middle-aged minds, neurosci-
entists at the Salk Institute' f
Biological Studies reported yesterday.
In a provocative glimpse into how the
brain is shaped by the world around it, a
team of Salk researchers in San Diego
led by Fred Gage now has demonstrated
in laboratory animals that the right kind
of mental gymnastics can .dramatically
increase the number of cells in a key
region of the adult brain. '


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Mexico government
condems U.S. law
MEXICO CITY - A ruling-party
legislator called for a Mexican boycott
of American goods.
A leftist lawmaker urged the
Mexican government to declare
President Clinton persona non grata -
just weeks before Clinton's scheduled
visit here.
And in a rare show of nonpartisan-
ship, all four parties in Mexico's
Congress roundly condemned a tough
new U.S. immigration law that they
fear will push hundreds of thousands of
jMexican migrants out of the United
States with neither dignity nor due
Facing a firestorm of furor and fear,
nearly a dozen senior Mexican offi-
cials, led by Foreign Secretary Jose
Angel Gurria, spent hours yesterday
trying to convince a skeptical nation
that the new law will not trigger a wave
of deportations and flood Mexico with
newly unemployed compatriots -- nor
rob it of the more than $4 billion that

Mexican migrants send home from the
United States each year.
Court orders man
shot for killings
SAN'A, Yemen- An appeals court
yesterday ordered a man who opened
fire on two schools, killing six people,
to be executed by firing squad and his
corpse nailed to a cross for public dis-
Mohammed al-Nazari was sentencedI
to death Monday for killing a head-
mistress, a teacher, a cafeteria worket a
bystander and a student. "5 i
Another student died Tuesday' of
wounds suffered during the weekend
attack, and the appeals court added
his name to the charge sheet retroac-
The lower court rejected reportstat'
at-Nazari acted after one of his daugh-
ters was raped and that the slain head-,
mitesand her husband had a role in
the assault.
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