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19A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 9, 1998


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fraudulent land deals in Arkansas to
taped al legaions of sex with the pres-
ident, Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth
Starr is conducting two criminal
investigations into possible obstruc-
tion of justice.
With President Clinton tmder inves-
tigation in the Monica fe-winky probe,
first lady lillary Rodham Clinton and
a forner law partner Webster Iubbell,
continue to be the focus of a grand jury
in Arkansas that expires May 7.
Starr eventually will make deci-
sions on whether to refer to the House
of Representatives any evidence
turned up against the president. le
also must determine wx hether to pro-
ceed with the Little Rock part of the
Whitewater investigation focusing on
real estate transactions there.
Prosecutors in Starr's office have
begun assembling material against
Clinton for possible submission to the

Animals die at
Disney World

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Disney,
which produced "Bambi" and "The
Lion King," is beinga scrutinized over
the deaths of several animals at its
newest theme park.
The U .S. Department of
Agriculture is investigating Walt
Disney World in the deaths of four
cheetah cubs, two rhinos, two hippos
and four other creatures at or en route
to the entertainment giant's new
Animal Kingdom.
"This isn't a movie they're makin ,
this is real life' said Joe Taksel, a
spokesperson for the Animal Rights
Foundation of Florida.
Taksel's group plans to protest at the
April 22 opening of the park, which
will feature 1,00) exotic animals.
Disney is under pressure to put the
final touches on the S800 million, 500-
acre theme park. It will fly in 5,000
reporters, analysts and travel planners
for the opening.
USDA spokesperson Jim Rogers said
the investigation was started after the
agency received an anonymous tip, but
he wouldn't say what inspectors are
looking for.
The USDA, which has the power to
fine an animal exhibitor or take away its
license, had previously reviewed most
of the deaths and found no violations of
federal animal welfare regulations.

Disney officials said ycsterdaY
they've done nothing wrong. 9
"We know that our animals receive
the best care, live in a superior habitaZ
and are cared for by a highly qualified
and dedicated team of animal care
experts," said Disney spokesperson BiiH
Top conservation groups, including
Wildlife Conservation Society, are
behind the project. State regulators also
cleared the park this week in the deaths."
"Certainly 12 animals dying is a eo C
cern, but then again you need to look
the circumstances and none of these
circumstances were related," said Cap.
Jerry Thompson, statewide inspection,
coordinator for the Florida Game and'
Fresh Water Fish Commission. "Th<
way they died was not unusual for cap.-
tive wildlife."
Last September, a female black rhi:
noceros died from a perforated intes
tine caused by a stick the animal h
eaten. Disney said the animal ate 1
stick before coming to Animl
The four cheetahs died in lae
December of kidney failure; ethyl
ene, an ingredient used in antifrecee
and solvents, was found in their sy$-
tems. Disney said the cubs had only
been at Animal Kingdom for a few4

Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr faces a crush of reporters and photographers as he makes a statement outside
his Washington office on Jan. 22.

House, lawyers familiar with Starr's
investigation said yesterday.
But "no decision has been made on
the issuance, timing, or contents of
such a submission," Starr said in a
statement yesterday.
The investigation "continues to be
impeded by a variety of privilege
invocations," Starr's statement added.
"We are proceeding expeditiously

in all phases of the investigation,
including the litigation necessary to
gather and assess all relevant facts,"
Starr concluded.
One individual, speaking on
grounds of anonymity, said any deci-
sion on sending material to the House
is delayed indefinitely by court chal-
lenges blocking Starr's access to some
testimony from key witnesses such as

presidential adviser Bruce Lindsey.
The Washington Post initially
reported the work by Starr's office in
the compiliation of material for a pos-
sible referral.
Under the law, if Starr finds "sub-
stantial and credible information ...
that may constitute grounds for an
impeachment," he must turn that over
to the House.

German town seeks to regain

rights to B
Los Angeles 'Times
Republic Back when men were men,
beer was the color of molasses, and
mugs were made of stoneware or
pewter, someone in the Bohemian town
of Pilsen found a way to niake yeast
sink harmlessly to the bottom of the fer-
mentation vat. Thus was born the
world's first pale laget a chic new drink
that was to launch a thousand clear-
glass schooners.
Pilsencer -irst pioduced in the 1840s,
should have made its hometown rich,
but by the time anyone in Bohemia
thought to license the name, the dray
horse was out o'the barn.
Brewers here in (Ceske Budcjovice,
another Bohemian mountain city
renowned for its bei, are deteimined
not to let that happen to tthen.
In the days w hen the kingdom of
Bohemia was part of the Austro-
Hungarian Empire, people here spoke
German and this town's name was
There was a local b er_' and the
output was. sensibly enough, called
"You had cognac made in the
*rovince of Cognac and champagne
made in Champagne," points out Petr
Jansky, financial manager of the
~udejovicky Budvar brewery.
For him, logic is logic: Even though
the empire is long gone and the city's
name has reverted to the original
Czech, the beer from here is still

udweiser name


And only the beer from here. In a
David-and-Goliath routine par excel-
lence, the small, state-owned
Budejovicky Budvar brewery is duking
it out with Missouri's Anheuser-Busch
Cos., in courts all across Europe, claim-
ing the right to reserve the names
"Budweiser" and "Bud" for its brew, in
much the same way the French have so
jealously -- and lucratively - reserved
the name "Champagne" for their top-
franc sparkling wines.
"This is something Americans
should understand," Jansky says, "for it
is in the tradition of your great country
to have a brave and capable little com-
pany fighting against a big opponent."
Mighty Anheuser-Busch - which
controls 45 percent of the U.S. beer
market and 8.5 percent of the world
market, with sales in more than 80
countries - says the dispute poses no
threat to its finances, growth or inter-
national marketing strategy. Its adver-
tising budget alone is bigger than
Budejovicky Budvar's entire annual
But Bud vs. Bud can certainly cause
confusion for the beer drinkers of1
Europe. With the matter before trial and
appellate courts ii more than 20 coun-
tries, it's impossible to belly up to a bar
anywhere on this continent and know,
with confidence, which Bud's for you.
Demand a Bud in Switzerland and
you're apt to be handed a frosty glass of
the Czech version; a lower court ruled

in December that Anheuser-Busch
could no longer sell its flagship beer
there under that name. In Denmark, by
contrast, calling for a Budweiser will
get you the lighter American stuff,
thanks to a December injunction pro-
hibiting the Czechs from including that
word on their labels in Denmark.
In the Czech Republic, calling for a
Bud will get you the domestic brew. But
in Britain, a drinker who orders
Budweiser has no way of knowing what
he'll get, because her majesty's courts
have agreed to let the two names coexist.
The British tirade Marks Registry
office does periiit Anheuser-Busch the
exclusive use of the slogan "King of
Beers" _ even though Budejovicky
Budvar likes to call its Budweiser the
"Beer of Kings.
in Germany, the jewel in the
European beer marketer's crown, use
of the word "Bud" is still under adju-
dication. But while the judges deliber-
ate, Budejovicky Budvar has been free
to use "Budweiser." and it has blos-
somed into the third-largest import.
Anheuser-Busch is meanwhile striving
to close the gap with a beer labeled,
simply, B.
These cortroom battles are but the
latest phase in a dispute that goes back
more than a century. World wars have
been fought, the Iron Curtain has been
thrown up and dismantled, breweries
have been bombed, occupied and
nationalized - and, still, Bud vs. Bud
marches on.




Newt Gingrich takes a stop on a nationwide tour to promote his new book titled "Lessons Learned the Hard Way, A Perl
History." The autobiographical book is about Gingrich's tenure as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP)- Elizabeth Randall plopped
the hardcover book on Newt Gingrich's table with a thud,
looked the speaker in the eye and declared herself pleased
with the new Newt. "You're not as mouthy as you used to be,"
she said.}
Gingrich autographed her book without pause, but a tiny
smile creased his face. "I'm learning a little discipline," the
speaker mumbled in reply.
And so another lesson is shared - perhaps another presi-
dential voter impressed - on a nationwide book tour that
Gingrich hopes will sell himself as much as his books.
"Lessons Learned the Hard Way. A Perl History" pre-
sents a lean, not-so-mean Newt Gingrich to the American
"There's no question I hope reading a 220-page version is
better than a nine-second sound bite' Gingrich said at a
bookstore in this first-in-the-nation presidential primary
state, where 200 people filed by, carrying more than 300

Though the speaker says he's just concerned about book
sales, his advisers think the tour could help shed his image as a
firebrand. They want to raise Gingrich's basement-level poll rat-
ings so he can have the option of running for president in 200
A year ago, such talk would have been nonsense.
"There is a certain evolutionary process that goes into
this," said Rich Galen, a Gingrich strategist.
Gingrich wears the same red sweater and shirt - no tie -
that he wore while posing for a homey picture on his book s
cover. He's friendly and at ease with the paying customers.
"Thanks for stopping by," Gingrich tells one man, shaking
his hand while not letting go of a felt-tipped pen. The man.
walks away, wiping blue ink from his right hand.
The book, too, is an exercise in humility, a breezy, chatfy
rendition of his ups and downs as speaker.
He even provides a Most Embarrassing Moment: Senae
Majority Leader Trent Lott advised the speaker how to sit
(luring the 1997 State of the Union address "to minimize for
the camera how overweight I had let myself become."

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