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House buzzes over Starr report



Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The House was out of session.
There were no new investigative documents to read. Still,
a roomful of Capitol Hill journalists assigned to the
impeachment beat scribbled like mad yesterday after-
noon, trying to keep up with the spin.
Three Democratic attorneys with the House Judiciary
Committee - do not dare ask their names - described
the thousands of pages of documents the panel will
release later this week as not particularly damaging to
President Clinton.
"Old news," one attorney said.
Later in the day, however, a GOP source provided a
different take on the very same papers: damaging tidbits
that only strengthen the case for an initial impeachment
As next week's momentous vote on the matter nears,
the bitterly divided Judiciary Committee is shifting into
overdrive to spin in one party's direction or the other the
mountain of facts collected by independent counsel
Kenneth Starr.

So far at least, Democrats have had the edge.
They fretted so much over how angry Clinton was
going to appear in his videotaped grand jury appearance
that he came off as not all that angry. Someone -
believed to be a Democrat - even spread the rumor that
Clinton stormed out of the room midway through his tes-
timony, an incident the videotape never captured.
Democrats also have repeatedly portrayed the com-
mittee's proceedings as partisan and unfair, a well-worn
strategy designed to discredit whatever the panel accom-
plishes henceforth.
Acknowledging that they have been "outspun" by the
competition, Republicans have begun firing back with a
Judiciary Committee Chair Henry Hyde (R-Illinois),
for instance, has launched regular news conferences -
folksy affairs that are televised live and feature Hyde
bantering playfully with the press corps while repeatedly
asserting his intention to be fair.
Asked yesterday what he thought about the latest
Democratic spin-fest, the Illinois Republican's spin was

that he did not care a bit what they were up to. "My God,"
he said, "it's a free country."
By week's end, another mountain of documents
from Starr's investigative files will begin rolling off
government printing presses and into the public
domain. There will be transcripts of Monica
Lewinsky's telephone conversations with her
Pentagon colleague, Linda Tripp, as well as grand
jury transcripts from scores of other figures in the
investigation - from Secret Service agents to pres-
idential aides to Lewinsky's mother, Marcia Lewis.
Here's a look at some of what's to come, through
Democratic and Republican eyes:
Democrats say the Tripp tapes will show that
Lewinsky was being manipulated by her elder colleague.
They say the testimony suggests that it was Tripp that rec-
ommended that Lewinsky seek job assistance from
Clinton confidant Vernon Jordan Jr.
Republicans do not stick up for Tripp. "I certainly
wouldn't want a friend like Linda Tripp," one official

High court to rule on sexual harassment
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said yesterday it will decide
whether educators have a legal responsibility to stop students from sexually
harassing their classmates, an issue of enormous importance to schools
The justices will decide whether a Georgia school district can be suet
over teachers' alleged failure to step in after a fifth-grader complained thaT'
another student was sexually harassing her.
A federal appeals court said a federal anti-discrimination law does not
allow lawsuits involving student-on-student harassment, although children
can sue over such misconduct by a teacher.
The case is not about ordinary teasing or schoolyard hazing.
The girl says the boy, also a fifth-grader, repeatedly tried to touch her
breasts and other body parts, rubbed against her in a suggestive way, and
made vulgar comments indicating he wanted to have sex with her.
In granting review to that case and I l others that arrived during their sum-
mer recess, the justices got a head start on the 1998-99 term scheduled to
begin Monday. _I_

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the decrease in crime to his efforts to
keep more prisoners behind bars.
"What we've done is fight to regain
Michigan's prisons," Engler said. To
cheaply increase prison space, "we're
double bunking almost every prisoner
The governor and both attorney gen-
eral candidates said a package of truth-
in-sentencing bills, which was passed
during Engler's tenure as governor, will
push Michigan's crime rate even lower.
Spearheaded by Engler, truth in sen-
tencing guarantees criminals will serve at
least the minimum amount of days in
iison to which they were sentenced. The
Iolicy will be instituted by next January.
"I spent a lot of time ... trying to
explain to people how a person sentenced
:o five to 15 years (can be out) of prison
in 30 days." Smietanka said.
The old guidelines lower citizen "sup-
port of the system and creates a belief
among hardened criminals that the sys-

tem doesn't enforce the laws on the
books," Smietanka added. "We now have
guidelines so the same offender should
get the same sentence across the state"
Kelley is retiring this term after 37
years in office, and the candidates agree
Kelley's office - comprised of 40 sepa-
rate divisions - should be streamlined.
Smietanka has a three-part plan for
change, focusing on "reorganizing the
office along a public service line.
"The crime division, in charge of
gangs, organized crime ... has only seven
to nine people assigned to it," Smietanka
said. "For a state of 9.2 million people that
doesn't cut it. The first thing I'd do is dou-
ble the size of the crime division."
Smietanka's plan also includes using
public relations skills as a criterion for hir-
ing the office's attorneys and creating a
series of task forces to deal with several
types of crime, including gang-related
street, organized and computer crime.
Granholm said she also would increase
the size of the attorney generals crime
division and said the entire office must
become more technologically savy.

"With the advent of the Internet there is
an enormous potential for wrongdoing,"
Granholm said. "You need to make sure
children aren't lured into chat rooms.
"You also see the theft of the identity of
people, with some criminals (stealing)
credit card numbers," she said.
Although both candidates have similar
plans to transform the attorney general's
office, some policy differences between
the individual candidates are pronounced.
Granholm is pro-choice, while
Smietanka is pro-life. He favors a bill to
make it mandatory to give a concealed
weapon permit to anyone who doesn't
have a criminal record or history of men-
tal illness. She opposes this measure.
State Rep. Mary Schroer (D-Ann
Arbor) urged both attorney general
candidates not to lose sight of the
prison system's responsibility to
reform criminals
She said a side effect of state officials
talking and acting tough on crime has
been a reduced effort to rehabilitate
prisoners, and especially juvenile con-

Continued from Page 1
women about the risks and benefits of
early detection of breast cancer, women
will be more likely to get regular clini-
cal breast exams when they reach age
20, and annual mammograms by age
50," Boyk said.
UHS has no formal programs to sup-
port breast cancer awareness because
the risk to young women is so slight.
"UHS still emphasizes that it is very
important for all women to know how to
do a breast self-exam," said Janet
Zielasko, the assistant director at UHS.
Zielasko said women should also be
able to talk about the risks with a doctor.
National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, Boyk said,
should be used to tell all mothers,
sisters and friends about the impor-
tance of breast self-exams and
"Twenty-five percent of women who
get mammograms do so because a
close friend suggested it," Boyk said.

Microsoft says new
book disproves case
A soon-to-be-published book by
two business professors that quotes
employees of Netscape
Communications Corp. admitting to
technical and strategic missteps in their
competition with Microsoft Corp. has
emerged as a flash point in the govern-
ment's antitrust case against Microsoft.
The book quotes some Netscape
employees, including company co-
founder Marc Andreessen, as saying
they should have focused more on
"quality control" in developing their
Internet browsing software, according
to people who have read a manuscript
of the book, which is titled "Competing
on Internet Time: Lessons From
Netscape and Its Battle With
The book also quotes a Netscape
employee as attributing the loss of two
key business deals to distribute its
browser software - with America
Online Inc. and Intuit Inc., a maker of
personal finance software - to soft-
ware deficiencies, the people who read
the manuscript said.

The Justice Department and 20
state attorneys general allege that
Netscape lost the deals because
Microsoft offered AOL and Intuit
the ability to promote their products
on the "desktop" of Microsoft's
dominant Windows operating sys-
Oprah's talks with0
Lewinsky cancelled
NEW YORK - Daytime television
queen Oprah Winfrey said yesterday
that negotiations to bring Monica
Lewinsky on her syndicated show fell
apart over money.
"I was told that I did have it andthen
the conversation moved in a direction
that I did not want to go," Winfrey said.
"I do not pay for interviews, no matt*
what the payment is called."
Lewinsky's spokeperson Judy
Smith said she wouldn't comment on
the aborted interview talks.
In a competitive television world,
landing the first in-depth talk with
the woman President Clinton had an
affair with would be the year's
biggest coup.

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be cut. The solution is a government-
funded subsidy that will allow banks to
collect the same interest rate per loan,
but now the student will pay less and
the government will pick up the differ-
"You can't have borrowers if you
don't have lenders," Kildee said.
"The banks always wanted more,
but we gave them what we felt
would allow them to stay in the pro-
If banks were unable to handle the

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Sept. 28 -Oct. 31 at the Union.

new restrictions, the government-fund-
ed direct loan program would have
become the primary source of loans for
Kildee said he was always consid-
ering a subsidy, because he knew it
would be necessary to keep banks
interested. "The direct loan program
would not be geared up enough to
handle the whole program," Kildee
Butts said he will now work with the
U.S. Department of Education and the
University's Office of Financial Aid to
inform people about the new lower loan
Continued from Page
Lower U.S. interest rates help to
case interest rate pressures in for-
eign countries as well and also
build confidence that the United
States will remain a buyer-of-last-
Private economists said the Fed
-nay have also been prodded to
make the rate cut after central bank
officials were forced to broker a
$3.5 billion bailout for a
Connecticut hedge fund.
David Jones, chief economist at
Aubrey G. Jones & Co. in New
York, said Greenspan may have run
into opposition for a bolder half-
point cut from Fed officials who
cite the lowest unemployment rate
in nearly three decades and contin-
ued strong consumer demand as
offsets to the foreign weakness.
"This was a difficult decision
for the Fed. It is rather hard to make
a convincing case for lower interest
rates in the United States at the pre-
sent time," said former Fed board
member Lyle Gramley, economist
with the Mortgage Bankers
Association. "The Fed was taking
this as a psychological step to settle
markets down internationally."
The Business Roundtable and
other business groups who had been
pushing for rate cuts applauded the
action while urging more rate cuts
down the road.
"Given that one-third of the
world is recession, lower rates are
essential," said Jerry Jasinowski,
president of the National
Association of Manufacturers.
While a number of banks in
Canada, a nation whose economy is
closely tied to the United States,
announced cuts in their prime lend-
ing rates immediately after the
Fed's announcement, officials at
major U.S. banks said they were
still considering whether to lower
their rates.
Private analysts, however, said
they expected U.S. banks would
lower their prime ratewithin the
next few days. Some suggested that
the delnvwould lastuntil tnmorrow.

Serbia massacre
leaves 15 dead
OBRIJA, Yugoslavia - They lay
scattered on the floor of a pine forest:
15 men, women and children, or what
remained of them. Some were carved
up with knives, limbs hacked off. All
had been shot in the back of the head.
Ethnic Albanians say the victims
were slaughtered Sunday after a
Serb attack against the Kosovo
Liberation Army, which is fighting
for independence for this majority
Albanian province. Most were killed
in a makeshift camp in the woods
where they were hiding after Serb
troops overran their communities.
The killers slit the throat of a 10-
year-old boy, blew out his mother's
brains, cut open the stomach of another
female relative and shot a pregnant
woman in the head.
Two days later, the victims
remained unburied, sprawled in the for-
est where they died.
"Serb police executed everybody,"
said one trembling elderly man, who
identified himself only as Fazli.


As he spoke, the occasional crackle
of rifle fire rang through the valley
about 25 miles west of Pristina, the
provincial capital. The thud of two
mortar rounds echoed as a Serb police
armored personnel carrier escorted o0
about a dozen ethnic Albanian women
and children on the back of a trailer
drawn by a tractor.
Former prime
minister beaten
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -
Malaysia's former deputy prime mini
ter said yesterday he was beaten unco
'scious while in police detention and
showed the court a bruised face and
body at his arraignment on corruption
and sex charges.
In his first public appearance since
his arrest nine days ago, Anwar
Ibrahim - who is fast becoming a
symbol of opposition to Prime Minister
Mahathir Mohamad's 17 years of rule
- pleaded innocent to the nine charges
against him.
--Compiled From Daily wire reports.

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