2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 3, 1998
Str o sunlNATION/WORLD -
Starr vows ruling wil l not derail probe
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Independent Counsel Kenneth
Starr vowed yesterday that the sudden death of the
Paula Jones sexual-harassment lawsuit against
President Clinton will not deter him from pressing his
wide-ranging investigation of the president, including
whether Clinton and Monica Lewinsky tried to
obstruct justice in the Jones case.
"Our facts are very different," he said, attempting to
distance his investigation from the abrupt end that
befell the Jones lawsuit. "Our scope is very different."
And although an increasing number of detractors
complain that his criminal probe is stalled and likely
to go the way of the Jones case, Starr insisted other-
"We're moving very quickly," he pledged in vigor-
ous and lengthy remarks to reporters outside his
home. "This grand jury is sitting more frequently, or
more regularly, more days than I think any grand jury
in the country."
On Capitol Hill, where Starr's investigative report
ultimately will land, some congressional Republican
leaders muted talk of impeach-
ment proceedings against the
president, wary that any such
effort could now be seen as cheap
and brutal partisan politics.
"My opinion continues to be
that there should not be impeach-
ment unless there is an open-and-
shut case," warned Sen. Arlen
Specter (R-Pa.), acknowledging
that the "political atmospherics"
once again have shifted in the Clinton
White House's favor.
Meanwhile, Jones' attorneys began picking up the
legal pieces of their lawsuit, grappling with whether
and how to appeal a federal judge's ruling in Little
Rock, Ark., that threw out their case Wednesday.
"We think there are grounds-for an appeal," said
John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford
Institute, which is fronting the legal fees for the
But he cautioned that the appeals process, starting
with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and possi-
bly ending at the Supreme Court, would not be swift.
"I've heard estimates of from one to two years," he
said. "The president could be out of office by the time
we get our reversal."
In other developments yesterday, White House
Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles testified for nearly four
hours before the grand jury, which he said later "asked
a lot of questions about what goes on in the White
"I answered all of their questions wholly and com-
pletely," he said. "It was an easy time for me.' Bowles
also said he knows of no wrongdoing by the president.
Teen smoking rates up to 36.4 percent
WASHINGTON - Despite a national debate on reducing youth smokin
American teen-agers continue to light up in increasing numbers, according to ne
Overall, smoking rates among high school students rose by nearly a third betwe
1991 and 1997, creeping up from 27.5 percent to 36.4 percent, according to the
report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
More than half of white high school males - 51.5 percent - and more than
third of white female students - 40.8 percent - reported smoking a cigarette i
the previous month in 1997, the latest year the survey of 16,000 students in grad
9 through 12 was conducted.
The sharpest and most troubling rise occurred among African American sti
dents, whose smoking increased by 80 percent during the same period - risi
from 12.6 percent to 22.7 percent. The increase narrowed a long-standing g
between black and white teenagers and reversed what had been a consistent decli
in smoking among African American students.
"This report gives us dramatic proof that we must continue to fight to protect o
young people from the dangerous lure of tobacco" said Vice President C
appearing at the kickoff of the national "Kick Butts Day" at Hine Junior Hi
School in Washington.
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Lab to make more
WASHINGTON - Los Alamos
National Laboratory, birthplace of the
atomic bomb, for the first time in
almost 40 years is preparing to produce
plutonium triggers, key components of
hydrogen bombs, as a way to keep war-
heads in the U.S. nuclear stockpile reli-
able and to prepare a reserve supply if
additional weapons are built in the
The United States has halted produc-
tion of new generations of nuclear
weapons and stopped underground
nuclear testing in 1992. President
Clinton sent the Comprehensive Test
Ban Treaty to the Senate last
September for ratification.
But the administration maintains a
$4.5 billion annual program called
"stockpile stewardship" that is
designed "to ensure a high level of con-
fidence in the safety and reliability of
nuclear weapons in the active stock-
pile," Department of Energy Secretary
Federico Pena told Congress last week.
The program includes building ne
elements for existing weapons, such
plutonium triggers, replenishing deca:
ing nuclear materials in the weapor
and designing new ways to te
weapons components without conduc
ing nuclear explosive tests that I
banned by agreement or treaty.
Web now has more
than 320M pages
WASHINGTON - A comput
search for a needle in the cyberstac
now involves sorting through abo
320 million Web pages and even tI
best search agents index no more
40 percent of them.
And things are unlikely to get easi
on the Internet because the number
Web pages is expected to grow 1,0(
percent in the next few years, accordit
to Steve Lawrence of the NE
Research Institute, co-author of a stuc
to be published today in the journ
"Hundreds of pages are being add(
constantly," said Lawrence. .
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to rest amid protests
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The
violence that was the life work of
Muhiyedine Sharif seemed likely to
feed on his death, as thousands of
Palestinians chanted for revenge at the
funeral yesterday of the suspected
bomb-maker they believe was killed by
Sharif, his charred face exposed, was
carried to his grave by a grim and
sullen crowd, silent but for the rhyth-
mic chants of "bomb Tel Aviv," and
"kill the Israeli murderers."
Israeli authorities continued to
insist Israel had nothing to do with
the death of Sharif, whom they say
engineered at least two terrorist
bombings. Palestinian police say he
was shot to death and propped near a
car that was then exploded Sunday to
make it appear he had blown himself
But the Israeli protestations fell on
deaf ears among Palestinians, already
angry at what they see as Israel's fail-
ure to fulfill past promises of peace,
and resentful of the continuing t'
taken by Israeli forces. In rece
weeks they have seen thr
Palestinian workers killed in
truck, a 13-year-old stone-thr
shot in the head, and now Shar
killed within Palestinian-controll
Ramallah despite a six-month lull 1
Yeltsin to delay vot
on prime mnmster
MOSCOW - President Boris Y
yielded yesterday to parliamentary lea
ers and agreed to postpone a vote on I
nominee for prime minister, Serg
Kiriyenko, until after a "round-tabl
discussion next week with political lea
ers, including Communists who sa
they will vote against Kiriyenko.
Yeltsin backtracked - six days af
demanding a vote - to avoid a cc
frontation with parliament, aides and an
lysts said. At a meeting with legislati
leaders, Yeltsin offered to listen to
suggestions for new cabinet members.
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