2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 15, 1997
CALCUTTA, India (AP) - Bijoy
Mallick spent the morning after
Mother Teresa's funeral like any
other, scraping up rotting food from
the streets of his Calcutta slum to feed
his family's pigs.
"' travel two hours with this push-
cart every day to collect the waste$"
the teenager said yesterday while
:washing out the cart. Inside was a
-small oil drum filled with lumpy,
The day after India and the world
bid final farewell to the nun who
devoted her life to this city's poor, it
was business as usual for Calcutta's
millions of slum-dwellers. On the
city's eastern edge, they picked
through garbage heaps for recy-
clables, hawked chunks of fly-covered
pork or earned a few cents hauling
rawhide off a truck into a tannery.
The problems of the Tengra neigh-
borhood - overcrowding, open sew-
ers, contaminated drinking water,
lack of jobs and education - are the
problems of Calcutta, and illustrate
how deep-rooted and persistent the
poverty is that Mother Teresa spent
her days fighting.
"Things haven't really changed
here," said Vikram Jairath, who owns
a tannery in Tengra where workers
make about $2 in an eight-hour shift.
"Things have gone from bad to
Calcutta presents challenges that
rival any of the world's impoverished
cities. Up to 40 percent of the area's
13 million residents live in slums.
SARoUND THE NATIOjN
Fund-raising probe damaging Gore
WASHINGTON - Vice President Al Gore's shell-shocked supporters are try-
ing to regain their footing in a mine field of controversy that has tarnished his
image and threatens his presidential prospects.
They were blindsided when Attorney General Janet Reno opened a review into
fund-raising calls Gore made from the White House, an inquiry that could lead to
the appointment of a special prosecutor.
During the 1996 presidential campaign, Gore called at least 46 Democrats
solicit contributions. Six donations totaling $120,000 ended up in party accoun
that are off-limits to such large contributions, a potential violation of campaign
Gore says he broke no rules, but many Democrats are braced for the appoint-
ment of a special prosecutor to investigate further. Because the prosecutors have
wide latitude in the scope of their investigations, such a probe could haunt Gore
through the 2000 campaign.
Supporters worry that such an investigation could scare off donors, robbing
Gore, an uninspiring campaigner, of his biggest advantage in 2000.
David Axelrod, a Chicago-based media consultant for Democrats, said Gore at
this point has been "wounded, but it's not a hit to the main engine."
"A special prosecutor would come closer to hitting a main engine,"Axelrod sa*
Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity sing hymns at the tomb of Mother Teresa in
Calcutta yesterday. She was buried on Saturday following a state funeral.
With no social safety net, they scrape
out a living any way they can.
History, geography and politics
conspired to transform Calcutta from
an industrial center to a byword for
The British built Calcutta 300 years
ago as the capital of their empire in
India. The Hooghly River on one side
and the wetlands on the other meant
the city was easily defended - and
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FORT MEADE, Md. - It wasn't
the grime or the sweat of his early Army
training that griped Staff Sgt. James
Lipski. It was this: When he finished
proving himself fit enough for the
Army, he couldn't help noticing that
some other soldiers seemed to have
cruised through with a lot less effort.
The female recruits, he saw, could
run more slowly, do fewer push-ups and
sit-ups, and still pass the fitness tests
that are critical to promotion - and
respect in the remorselessly physical
world of the Army.
"If men and women are wearing the
same green uniform, shouldn't we meet
the same standards?" asked Lipski.
Such complaints are at the heart of a
politically charged issue that Army
leaders have come to view as a key
ingredient in the gender conflicts with-
in the service.
The leadership has become increas-
ingly convinced that the dual fitness
standards have hurt male morale, and
now, in the aftermath of a huge study of
sexual conflicts in the ranks, leaders
have decided to adjust the 12-year-old
system to toughen the disputed stan-
dards for women.
But there's a complication: The
tougher fitness standards will take away
an advantage women have had in enter-
ing and advancing in the Army. As a
result, the changes that gratify male sol-
diers meet resistance from some Army
women and their advocates in the civil-
ian world, who believe that - especial-
ly in light of the service's recent sexual-
harassment scandal --- military women
need all the breaks they can get.
The debate offers a window into the
Army's efforts to reshape its culture in
the aftermath of the sex scandal, which
began with the uncovering of drill
sergeants' abuse of trainees at
Maryland's Aberdeen Proving Ground
one year ago.
And it provides insight into the lead-
ership's continuing struggle to deal
with physical differences between men
and women, an issue conservative crit-
ics say the Army would prefer to fudge,
even at the risk of combat readiness.
The conflict is not new. Male and
female Army units were combined after
the Vietnam War, and the two-tiered fit-
ness standards have been drawing com-
plaints from men ever since.
For the most part, Army leaders over-
looked the grousing, attributing it to
old-fashioned male attitudes- they
hoped would change with time.
First daughter seeks
normal e at college
STANFORD, Calif. - The first
daughter is turning into the first
freshman, determined to have a nor-
mal student life.
For the first time, Chelsea Clinton
will be out of the zone of privacy her
parents have zealously maintained
around her at the White House. But
she shows every intention of keeping
her courteous but steadfast distance
from the news media while attending
The 1 7-year-old who wants to
become a doctor is not granting inter-
views. The White House isn't talking
about her plans.
And neither is Stanford, citing its
policy of safeguarding the privacy of
every student and its determination to
treat the president's daughter like
Even the student newspaper says it
won't cover Chelsea as a celebrity
after the first day of school when she
joins her 1,660 classmates on the pri-
vate, sprawling campus.
Stanford students are expected to
take the whole thing in stride and
think she'll be treated like anyone else.
"They'll probably treat her like
anyone else. ... I don't think the
will judge her based on the fact she s
the president's daughter," sal
sophomore Wayan Garvey.
sparkles at new home
WASHINGTON -Surrounded Iby
proud curators and nervous security
guards, the famed Hope Diamond trav-
eled 75 paces to its new home yesterday.
"Isn't it great? Isn't it great?" said
curator Jeffrey Post, who is in charge r
the Smithsonian Institution's work-
famous gem collection. "I think it's the
first time it's been displayed to look t's
good as it can look."
"They're going to really go nuts in
here, added Robert Sullivan, anticipat-
ing public reaction when the
Smithsonian opens its new display of
gems and minerals on Sept. 20.
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Albright urges for
peace with Israel
AMMAN, Jordan, - Hopscotching
around Saudi Arabia before landing
here last night, Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright urged the Saudis
and their smaller neighbors to stand
fast in support for peace with Israel and
to curtail financial support for terrorist
She also reassured them all that the
United States is unwavering in its
opposition to Iranian support of ter-
rorism and destabilization efforts
Albright visited U.S. troops at the
remote Prince Sultan Air Base to
salute them for their work in enforcing
the "no-fly" zone in southern Iraq
against Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein. And she found time to put in
a plug for an expanded role for women
in the conservative Persian Gulf sheik-
Meeting in Abha, a provincial capital
in southwest Saudi Arabia, with foreign
ministers of the Gulf Cooperation
Council countries, she drew laughs by
noting that she is "different in one way
from previous secretaries of state" -
that is, a woman.
In future sessions, she told the repte-
sentatives of the conservative, mal
dominated sheikdoms, "I hope we ca
speak about the role of women in your
societies and the world.'
Bosnians vote in
final day of election
Overcoming fears of violence, Bosnians
flooded polling stations yesterday *
vote in local elections that could alter
the divided country's ethnic map.
The unexpectedly high turnout dur--
ing weekend voting forced election
organizers to open additional polling
stations and drew praise from interna-
The results of the voting - the first
local election in Bosnia since 3 1/1
years ago - are not expected for days.
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