2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 1, 1997 NATiON/W ORLD
Democratic Yugoslavia mayor ousted
Los Angeles Times
VIENNA, Austria - Zoran Djindjic, Belgrade's
first non-communist mayor since World War II and a
prominent opposition leader, was ousted yesterday in
an apparently fatal blow to the fledgling pro-democra-
cy movement in Yugoslavia.
Djindjic immediately branded his removal as an
illegal coup. An unsavory alliance of nationalist
extremists, Socialists loyal to dictator Slobodan
Milosevic and some of Djindjic's own former allies
joined to sack the mayor after less than eight months
They also fired the editors of Belgrade's only oppo-
sition television station, a move that outraged students
and foes of Yugoslavials repressive regime. In protest,
thousands of demonstrators filled a downtown
Belgrade square late yesterday in a replay of last win-
ters pro-democracy marches that swept Djindjic to
power. Chanting "Treason", they rallied against what
leaders called "dirty deals" and clashed with riot police.
Several were injured and arrested, witnesses said.
Djindjic's ouster was the final step in the collapse of
the most serious opposition ever to Milosevic, the for-
mer communist widely blamed for the bloody wars
that have racked Bosnia and the rest of the former
Yugoslavia through most of this decade.
"What we fought for last winter was thrown away,"
Djindjic told reporters in Belgrade. "Six months of
democratic authority in Belgrade is over. A period of
turbulence, crisis and uncertainty lies ahead of us."
Observers saw Milosevic's hand behind yesterday's
political intrigue. It came at a time of general political
disarray: a presidential election run-off is scheduled
for Sunday after a surprisingly strong showing in par-
liamentary races by the ultra-nationalist Vojislav
Seselj, a former paramilitary leader who advocates
Djindjic became mayor of the Yugoslav capital
only after three months of relentless demonstrations
by tens of thousands of people forced Milosevic to
respect opposition electoral victories that he tried to
annul. Though Djindjic himself has supported
nationalistic causes in the past, he nevertheless rep-
resented the first real alternative to Milosevic's iron-
clad hold on power.
But within weeks of his arrival at City Hall,
Djindjic began to have serious disagreement with his
ally in the opposition demonstrations, the charismatic
but erratic politician, Vuk Draskovic.
Draskovic insisted on running in last week's presi-
dential election in Serbia - the dominant republic
within Yugoslavia - while Djindjic urged voters to
boycott because of what he saw as the lack of suffi-
cient political freedoms.
Draskovic is said to blame Djindjic now for
Draskovic's third-place showing in that election. He
took revenge yesterday by joining with the followers
of Milosevic and radical nationalist Seselj in throwing
Djindjic out of the mayoral office.
The opposition coalition that had been formed
by Djindjic, Draskovic and Civic Alliance leader
Vesna Pesic over the past winter created enormous
expectations among the heretofore apathetic
Serbian people. And it attracted considerable sup-
port, or at least interest, from U.S. and European
By Heatber F. Stone
and Richard M. Burnes
'he Harvard Crimson
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (U-WIRE)-
Scott Krueger, an 18-year-old Mass-
achusetts Institute of Technology first-
year student who went into a coma after
suffering from serious alcohol poison-
ing at a fraternity party Saturday, died
Monday night at Beth Israel Deaconess
Krueger's cousin and MIT senior
William Burke-White, said Monday
that Krueger's mother had called him to
pass on the news of her son's death.
Krueger's parents and siblings were
seen leaving the hospital last night at
about 9:30 p.m.
Krueger had been in the intensive-
care unit since Saturday night, after.
being rushed to the hospital with a
blood alcohol level of 0.41, five times
the legal driving limit, Dr. Richard
Schwarztein, the attending physician
at the intensive-care unit said last
"If someone were drinking relatively
quickly over a period of time, it would
be about 10 beers, on that order, per-
haps," Schwarztein said.
Krueger consumed the fatal amount
of alcohol at MIT Phi Gamma Delta
fraternity house during a celebration
held for new members of the school's
At the time of his death, Krueger was
slated to begin his fourth week at MIT.
University of Michigan interfratern-
ity Council President Ken. Tanner
expressed his concern about the week-
end's events, but said that he felt that
binge drinking is not as much of a
problem here as it seems to be at other
"I think alcohol used to be more of a
problem for fraternities," Tanner said.
Tanner said since the IFC enacted its
current alcohol policy in 1990, there
have been few violations. The policy
sets guidelines and for all fraternity
"This was a policy that the fraterni-
ties voted on unanimously," Tanner
said. "It's not like we imposed this set
of rules. The fraternities have all been
Burke-White said Krueger's parents
chose to take him off life-support when
doctors said he was clinically brain
Daily Staff Reporter Megan Exley
contributed to this report.
Continued from Page 1
"She thinks Edward Gramlich is emi-
nently qualified for the job" said Mike
Briggs, a Mosley-Brown spokesperson.
Gramlich is not a stranger to
Washington. Between 1994 and 1996,
he chaired the Quadrennial Advisory
Council on Social Security that released
three reports outlining ways to improve
and save the social security system.
Gramlich's potential appointment to
the Fed has excited many in the
University's academic community.
"These things are always bitter-
sweet," said Provost Nancy Cantor.
"We will miss him, but we are glad to
have someone of his caliber in such an
Cantor said that in addition to being
a bright economist, Gramlich has addi-
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any of these problems under the rugs."
WASHINGTON - Congress com-
pleted action yesterday on a bill that
lets many illegal immigrants stay in the
United States for three more weeks
while seeking legal residence. The
action came just hours before thou-
sands of them could have been required
to leave the country.
The reprieve - through Oct. 23 -
was included in a bill keeping federal
agencies financed for the start of fiscal
1998, which begins today. The Senate
approved the overall measure without
debate by 99-0, with only Sen. Patrick
Leahy (D-Vt.) missing the vote.
Clinton will sign the bill "whenever
we get it,' said White House spokesper-
son Joe Lockhart. The House approved
the measure Monday by 355-57.
Final congressional action came as
lawyers, charitable organizations and
other groups were flooded by thousands
of calls from immigrants worried that
the grace period was about to expire.
A 1994 law lets some undocumented
AROUND THE NATION
Clinton romises improvements im IRS
WASHINGTON - Shaken by stories of IRS abuse, the -
Clinton administration scrambled yesterday to relieve taxpay-
er anxieties and prevent Republicans from capitalizing on an
easy target. President Clinton promised improvements but
said, "We should not politicize it."
House Speaker Newt Gingrich responded with a verbal shot
at Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, saying Rubin's attendance
at financial meetings overseas last week during the Senate's tax
hearings showed he was "too busy to administer the IRS."
From Congress to the White House to the Treasury
Department, the charges and countercharges grew hotter. Clinton
Clinton was left in the difficult position of defending an
unpopular agency and promising to make it better - while rejecting a bipartisan
proposal for a citizen oversight board.
Questioning Clinton's priorities, Gingrich said the IRS had 10 times more staff
than government agencies battling illegal drugs or immigration problems.
But Clinton said, "I believe the IRS is functioning better today than it wasf
years ago. I think it has to improve more. And I think we should not try to sweep
immigrants file in the United Statesor
legal status instead of at U.S. consulates
abroad. They must pay as1,O00fine.
The provision applies only to illegal
immigrants who are eligible for legal
residence, either because they'
already in line for visas or are
spouse or minor child of a U.S. citiec.
Fed leaves interest"'
WASHINGTON - Federal
Reserve officials opted yesterday to
hold short-term interest rates steady in
the face of data showing healthy but
not excessive economic growth
The central bank announced it had
adjourned a three-hour, 45-minite
closed-door meeting of its policy-mak-
ing committee without changing the
benchmark rate on overnight loans
An increase yesterday would hae
slowed the economy by raising borrow-
ing costs for millions of American con-
sumers and businesses.
M AROUND THE WORLD
Ildng to continue
JERUSALEM - A day after
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
coaxed a promise from Israel to consid-
er a "timeout" in Jewish settlement
construction, Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu said yesterday that building
on disputed land will continue.
"There is an agreement to discuss
the concept of the timeout, and each
side will submit its ideas," Netanyahu
told reporters. "We are building in the
settlements, and making natural growth
of the settlements possible, and I don't
intend to change our policy."
Netanyahu has consistently used the
mantra of "natural growth" to justify
expansion of settlements, which his
own constituency demands.
But his words showed how hard it
will be for Israel and the Palestinians to
bridge their differences, despite
Monday's agreement to resume peace
talks on Oct. 6, breaking an impasse of
Monday's accord deferred the tough-
est issues, including Palestinian
demands that Israel stop building in the
"This is the bottom line as far as all
Palestinians are concerned,"'
Palestinian Cabinet minister H
apologize for silence
DRANCY, France - In an unprqe-
dented act of repentance, France's
Roman Catholic Church apologzgpd
yesterday for its silence during the ,sys-
tematic persecution and deportatiog
Jews by the pro-Nazi Vichy regime.
More than 1,000 Jews and Christians
gathered for the emotional cerenmony
on the grounds of Drancy, the transit
camp outside Paris where Jews Jran-
guished in squalid conditions before
being shipped to Auschwitz.
Standing in front of a sealed catte
car like the ones used to transport Jews
to their deaths, Bishop Olivier de
Berranger read from a statement atpn-
ing for the silence of the church and4
clergy from 1940-1942.
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