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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 13, 1997


Reno: Clinton coffees OK

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney
General Janet Reno said yesterday she
has found nothing in videotapes of
White House coffees to incriminate
President Clinton or other officials cov-
ered by the post-Watergate independent
counsel law.
But she promised to keep investigat-
ing and said she ignores "name calling"
by Republican critics who have
demanded she resign.
"Nothing has been closed, and
nobody has been exonerated," including
Clinton, Reno told NBC's "Meet the
, Press." Claims that the Justice
Department is winding down its inves-
tigation into suspect campaign fund-
raising activities at the White House are

mistaken, she said.
Republicans have pounded Reno in
recent weeks, saying she should resign
or face impeachment for failing to seek
an independent counsel to investigate
White House fund-raising practices.
"We believe, many of us, that she is
trying to stand in the way of a good
investigation.... She is fighting for the
president of the United States instead of
doing her job," Rep. Dan Burton, (R-
Ind.), chair of the House committee
holding hearings on fund-raising viola-
tions, said on CNN's "Late Edition."
Reno said this month that, while con-
tinuing to investigate fund-raising
phone calls Vice President Al Gore
made from the White House, she had

found no evidence that President
Clinton had violated the law in inviting
wealthy donors to the White House for
coffees or sleepovers.
She has until Wednesday to decide
whether to push ahead with an inquiry
into phone calls the president apparent-
ly made from the White House.
Yesterday, she said that after review-
ing newly released videotapes of the
coffees, "we do not have any evidence
of criminal activity" among the presi-
dent or other senior government offi-
cials covered by the Independent
Council Act.
She emphasized there will be no
pause in "one of the most complex
investigations in this nation's history."

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violence, single parenting, etc.,"
Whittier-Ferguson said. "There is real-
ly a wide range of issues and possible
approaches to those issues that can be
addressed. I hope this becomes a
memorial and a vehicle for pertaining
Whittier-Ferguson said that during a
time of tragic loss, the University
should band together to create a feel-
ing of community and support for all
who have been touched by Williams'
"We're hoping this book may serve
as a recognition of the community, and
also a celebration of the powers that a
community can have," he said.
Immediately after the murder, many
classes, some of which Williams was a
member, held discussions about her
death. Whittier-Ferguson said he hopes
such discussions might spur writing
Tamika Pennamon, an LSA senior
and friend of Williams, said she
hopes the book highlights the best
and most memorable parts
Williams' life.
"Her spirit keeps me strong,"
Pennamon said. "It would make me
happy to see the good things come
out. I could write forever about the
things Tamara and I did together."
The English department is calling
on the public to submit creative
work in any form, whether it
involves writings or visual arts.
Project organizers have not yet
received any submissions.
At this point, the collection will be
free. However, if costs accumulate,
Whittier-Ferguson said the price will be
reasonable and the proceeds most like-
ly will be given to a scholarship fund
for Kiera.
With a submission deadline of Oct.
24, the chapbook is planned for release
by the end of the term.
Submissions can be sent to John
Whittier-Ferguson who can be
reached at johnaw@umich.edu or to
3156 Angell Hall.
Continued from Page iA
community," Harper said.
The rally got underway with a
"closet" made of rainbow streamers,
which gay, heterosexual and unde-
cided students walked through. More
than 100 students, faculty and staff
announced through a microphone
their sexual orientation and received
rainbow stickers, a symbol of gay
and lesbian pride.
Kevin March, a doctorate student of
composition in the School of Music,
attended the rally with his lover of five
months, K. o. Chong-Gossard, a grad-
uate student instructor in the classical
studies department.
"I think it's important to show the
students, faculty, and staff that we're
not any different," said March, who
"came out" three years ago. "It's
important to show that the gay/les-
bian community is not just statis-
Bernard Cherkasov, a member of the
QUP planning team and Ahava, a
Jewish LesBiGay and Friends
Collective, said the the rally intended to
raise awareness among straight stu-
dents, as well as those students who
still may be struggling with their sexu-
"I hope students who aren't out of,
the closet will be encouraged and they
will see that being out is positive,"
Cherkasov said. "I think it's important

for everyone to see that we are all
brothers, sisters and allies.
"We are out here to show our pride,"
Cherkasov added.
LSA sophomore Patty Brady
chalked the Diag before the rally start-
"I've got a lot of friends who are out
of the closet and I'm very supportive of
them," Brady said. "I hope that people
who aren't normally thinking about
these issues will today."
Brady said she admired those who
organized and participated in the rally.
"They're risking emotional pain.
They're facing discrimination," Brady
said. "I hope other people put them-
selves in their position, and see that dis-
crimination can't be tolerated:"
Trudell said the Diag was a strategic
location for the LGBT's cause.
"Since the Diag is such a central,
important place on campus which
many students use as a platform to
be heard, it shows that LGBT stu-
dents deserve this right as well,"
Trudell said. "It also draws the
attention of students walking
through the Diag.
They can see that not every student is
The rally comes at the end of
NCOW, which this year has been
plagued with alleged discriminatory
"(NCOW) has been quite successful,
but the whole chalking deal has defi-

Testimony in Jones-Clinton case to begin
WASHINGTON -- Sworn testimony in the sexual harassment suit against
President Clinton begins this week with all sides scurrying for damaging evi-
dence and digging in for a protracted standoff. Talk of an out-of-court settle-
ment is dead for now.
The depositions start off simply enough, today in Little Rock, Ark.: Paula
Jones' mother and sister will testify to what she told them of the alleged 19
hotel-room encounter. Next week, former co-worker Pamela Blackard a
friend Debra Ballentine, both confidantes of Mrs. Jones at the time, are to give
From there, scheduled testimony veers from the principals. Subpoenas
betray strategies: his to prove her a profit-driven liar, hers to prove him a
chronic adulterer.
It is Clinton's often-ignored codefendant who will peer into Mrs. Jones' sex-
ual past - a defense the president's team was forced to forswear months ago
after an uproar by women's groups.
Some half-dozen witnesses to Mrs. Jones' sexual reputation, including past
boyfriends and a former employer, have been subpoenaed by Bill Bristo
attorney for Arkansas state trooper Danny Ferguson. They will testify in de
sitions beginning Oct. 17.

Quick vote unlikely
on abortion veto
WASHINGTON - Don't look for
House and Senate Republicans to make
a rapid attempt to overturn President
Clinton's veto of legislation banning
certain late-term abortions.
They'll wait until next year, closer to
the 1998 congressional elections,
before forcing Democrats to cast their
next vote on the politically sensitive
On a lopsided House vote of 296-
132, the Republican-controlled
Congress sent the legislation to
Clinton's desk last week banning so-
called "partial birth" abortions. He
vetoed it Friday, with considerably
less fanfare than accompanied his
rejection of a similar measure in
The bill would have banned the pro-
cedure - which involves the partial
delivery of a fetus, legs first, through
the birth canal followed by drainage of
its skull - except when needed to save
a woman's life.


Clinton also favors an exception in
cases in which a mother's health-is
endangered. "As a result of this con-
gressional indifference to women's
health, I cannot in good conscience"
approve the bill, he said in his veto
FBI investigating
CD business, scams
NEW YORK - FBI agents and fed-
eral prosecutors are looking into
whether millions of dollars worth of
CDs have been diverted and sold, cheat-
ing artists like Madonna out of royalties
and ripping off big music companies
The concerns have prompted Ti
Warner Inc., the world's largest me a
and entertainment company, to exam-
ine its own music distribution business
for the second time in two years.
According to two longtime industry
insiders who say they have been inter-
viewed by the FBI, the questions center
on whether unscrupulous employees
have been misdirecting newly manu-
factured CDs and selling them.

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Hurricane survivors
mourn after disaster
ACAPULCO, Mexico - Grieving
families in Acapulco have begun to
bury more than 200 dead, following
Hurricane Pauline's devastating
onslaught late last week. Dozens
remain missing and rescue workers are
digging up more bodies from the mud-
filled streets every day.
Thousands more were left homeless
when Hurricane Pauline unleashed
flash floods Thursday in the slopes
above this Mexican resort's famed%
Alicia Alvarez Gutierrez was swept
from her house by a torrent of mud
and water that Hurricane Pauline sent
coursing through Acapulco. She sur-
vived only because a power cable
wrapped itself around her legs and
neck, nearly strangling her.
It was her lifeline to reach the
Her parents and her little sister
weren't so lucky. She watched as the
current carried them away. And now, on
a sun-drenched afternoon, she has

come to the cemetery to lay them to
Two hundred people surround 30-
year-old Alicia, offering support and
singing hymns as the three coffins
lowered, one atop the other, into a sin-
gle grave. But she doesn't see the cloth-
draped caskets. All she sees, she
explains later, is her family.
Trio of new quakes
jolts central Italy
ASSISI, Italy -,Three sharp earth-
quakes jolted quake-damaged cent4
Italy yesterday, crumbling some
medieval structures already weakened
in last month's quakes.
Assisi's famed St. Francis Basilica,
heavily damaged by two earthquakes
on Sept. 26, appeared to weather the
latest shaking without further harm.
Other landmarks fared less well in the
three new quakes, which all hit within a
six-minute spell around noon. The
largest of the quakes had a magnitude f
4.5, the Civil Defense Ministry said. '
- Compiled from Daily wire reportfs

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