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Deal will keep

House and congressional leaders are near
a budget deal, Republicans said yester-
day as lawmakers voted to keep the gov-
ernment open through tomorrow while
the agreement is completed.
After more than five hours of
negotiating between White House
chief of staff Erskine Bowles and
GOP leaders, Senate Majority Leader
Trent Lott and House Speaker Newt
Gingrich said that while differences
remain, a deal could be completed by
evening. Lott said a package could be
on the Senate floor as early as
tonight, while Gingrich predicted
House action for tomorrow.
"The mood is such that everybody
would like to reach agreement," Lott
told reporters.
While the bargaining proceeded, the
House and Senate both agreed by voice
vote to keep agencies operating through
tomorrow night. A prior stopgap mea-
sure was expiring last night, and both
sides hoped the latest short-term bill -
the third - would be the last.
President Clinton planned to sign
the bill upon his return to the White
House from a political fund-raising trip
to New York.
Twelve days into fiscal 1999, spend-
ing bills controlling about $500 billion
worth of spending - nearly one-third of
the federal budget - were still in play.
The Clinton administration has

,s open
been demanding about $3 billion
more, including $1.1 billion for hir-
ing elementary school teachers plus
money for dealing with climate
change, aid to Russia and other pro-
Republicans had been offering near-
ly $2.5 billion, but with some different
priorities. The GOP proposed $1.1 bil-
lion that states could use to hire teach-
ers or take any other steps they wanted
to reduce class size. The Republicans
were offering half the $46 million
Clinton wanted for food safety and
none of the $100 million he wanted for
toxic waste cleanups.
Lott said that on the highest-profile
issue is Clinton's call for $1.1 billion
for hiring 100,000 new teachers - he
believed an agreement would be
reached for local control on how the
money would be spent.
But he said differences remained
over a number of needles distribution
for drug users in the District of
Columbia; a Republican push for anti-
drug programs, and overseas family
planning aid.
Lott also said "a couple of words"
stand in the agreement on Clinton's call
for $18 billion for the International
Monetary Fund. The two sides have gen-
erally agreed on conditions calling the
IMF to make proceedings more open and
end its practice of low-market interest rate


F- '-Y

PACs enjoying fundraising success
WASHINGTON - With campaign finance reformers at bay, political action
committees are enjoying a banner election cycle, raising $359.4 million from Jan.
1, 1997, through June 30, 1998, according to figures compiled by the Federal
Election Commission.
The number represents a 10.6-percent increase over the same period in 1995-9
It will likely climb significantly higher when figures for the last quarter, whi*
ended Sept. 30, are tabulated later this month.
PACs are also spending at a rapid clip, distributing $292.6 million over the 18-
month period; S 134.3 million of it went directly to House and Senate candidates.
The rest was spent on a variety of activities from voter education drives to candi-
date training efforts.
As usual, Democrats are getting the bulk of labor money, while Republicans arc
exercising their traditional dominance in largess from corporate PACs.
One party, however, enjoys a distinct edge: the incumbent party.
Current office holders received $113.6 million of the PAC cash, compared with
$8 million for challengers and $12.6 million for candidates seeking open House
and Senate seats, the FEC reported.
PAC activity continues to grow even as the contributions that the groups A
legally allowed to make become smaller pieces of candidate spending plans.

louse Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) speaks to reporters after negotians on
11999 budget produced limited success.
Blood work wins
3 Nobel Prize

Tjrain kills six
sleeping on tracks
NORIAS, Texas - Six men
believed to be illegal aliens from
Mexico were killed by a freight train
early yesterday while sleeping on the
tracks, possibly in the mistaken belief
that they would be safe from snakes
"The train crew saw some debris
on the tracks," said Letty Garza, a
spokesperson for the Border Patrol.
"That next split-second, they saw
heads raise up and then six people
were killed instantly."
The accident happened about 60
miles north of the Mexico border.
The train was going about 45 mph.
Union Pacific spokesperson Mark
Davis said the freight railroad is
working with the Border Patrol and
Mexican authorities to discourage
people from sleeping on tracks.
Some illegal aliens, as well as tran-
sients, sleep on the tracks because
they think snakes won't get them

"Unfortunately, trains will," Davis
The area, sparsely populated
ranchland and desert, is where nine
illegal aliens died in searing heat this
summer as they made their way from
Firecrackers cause
panic at dome
ATLANTA - i ecrackers that
sounded like gunshots touched off a
stampede among the 40,000 people
attending a concert in the Georgia
Dome, and about 20 were injured ,
The crowd Sunday was watching
show featuring 16 high school and co -
lege marching bands from Georgia and
Someone with firecrackers "dc0idcd
to do something knuckle-headed," sai
Dome spokesman Larry Stevens.
"People mistook it for gunshots and
panic ensued."
About 200 people began running,
Stevens said.

The Associated Press
Three Americans won the Nobel
Prize in medicine yesterday for discov-
-ring that the body uses nitric oxide gas
to make blood vessels relax and widen
- a finding that helped lead to Viagra
ind could also pay off in treatments for
heart disease.
In addition, it has triggered research
that could lead to new treatments for
cancer and septic shock.
The prize, announced in Sweden,
went to Robert Furchgott, Louis
Ignarro and Ferid Murad. Furchgott is a
pharmacologist at the State University
of New York Health Science Center at
Brooklyn; Ignarro is at the University
of California at Los Angeles; and
Murad is at the University of Texas
Medical School in Houston.
They will split the $978,000 prize.

Cells in the body make nitric oxide,
which, paradoxically, is also an air pol-
lutant in auto exhaust. It is different
from nitrous oxide, better known as
laughing gas. The researchers discov-
ered that the body's own nitric oxide
acts as a signal, telling blood vessels to
dilate. That, in turn, lowers blood pres-
The work already has inspired a
treatment for dangerously high blood
pressure in the lungs of infants.
"Now, finally this discovery can be
put to use in treatment of numerous
pathologies," said Ignarro, who was
reached in Naples, Italy. "The future of
pharmacology is in the creation of a
super aspirin that will be fundamental
in the prevention of heart attacks, of
cardiovascular disease, of arteriosclero-

Continued from Page 1.
"We think we've had some move-
ment from Belgrade in recent days and
hours and we're going to return there to
see if we can build on that," Holbrooke
said 4s he left for Belgrade. "We're
going right now ... directly to the air-
Russian news agencies quoted
Russian Defense Minister Igor
Sergeyev as saying that Milosevic
offered to allow 1,500 observers into
Kosovo, and that Russia, a traditional
friend and ally of Yugoslavia, intended
to participate.
Diplomatic sources in Brussels said
Milosevic also was reportedly ready to
a make "unilateral declaration" about
the status of Kosovo.
A senior White House official said
Holbrooke had achieved some impor-
tant progress during his meeting with
Milosevic, but that sticking points
remained. The official, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said the United
States still wanted NATO to tighten the
squeeze on the Yugoslav leader by for-
mally transferring command of the air


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flotilla assembled over the past days to
the ranking U.S. general in Europe.
Such an "acquisition order," one
NATO official explained, would effec-
tively allow Wesley Clark, a four-star
American general who is supreme
allied commander in Europe, to com-
mence air raids when and where he
chose without needing any further
blessing from politicians.
After hearing Holbrooke, the ambas-
sadors from the NATO member coun-
tries took a brief recess, then recon-
vened early this morning to approve the
acquisition order, which could lead to
the first airstrikes in 96 hours, or four
Sources in NATO said Holbrooke
himself asked for the four-day delay,
apparently to give himself and
Milosevic time to negotiate further -
but also to force the pace.
To bring Milosevic to heel, the
United States has contributed 260 air-
craft, two-thirds of the force earmarked
for the strikes. A dozen other NATO
members have allocated' another 170
aircraft, ranging from around 40 French
Jaguars and Mirages to three F-16s
from Portugal.
East Quad
Continued from Page 1.
room to make sure that no one was
there," Assistant Director of Resident
Education Jeanine Bessette said.
Some student concerns and responses
to the leak and its ensuing evacuation
were not favorable to the process.
"Did they relock all the doors when
they were going from room to room?"
LSA sophomore Meredith Naidorf
Other students said the evacuation
consumed valuable time.
"It's making me angry. I have a huge
paper due tomorrow, and I can't get to
my computer," LSA sophomore Rachel
Rosenthal said.
Although exodus occurred on one
side of Willard Street, the other side was
"I didn't even know what was going
on," said Erica Brown, an LSA junior
and resident of East University Avenue
near Willard Street.
Prior to the time that Tyler and Greene
houses were reopened, staff members
were warned repairs may take some
"They told us that it could be done
within one hour or 12 hours. Some
classes were relocated while others were
cancelled," said Tom Weisskopf, director
of the Residential College.
Residents, students and staff
returned to Tyler and Greene houses at
11:45 a.m., and it was contained by
1:30 p.m.
"This is your garden variety kind of
gas leak. It's the kind of leak that is rou-
tine," said Paul Ganz, manager of
Corporate Relations for Michigan
Consolidated Gas Company. "The
evacuation was really not necessary
because we quickly made the situation
The gas did not leak directly into East
"It could have been sucked into the
building through an air handling sys-
tem," Ganz said. "With highly insulated


Yeltsin ends trip due
to health problems
ALMATY, Kazakstan - Russian
President Boris Yeltsin cut short a trip
to Central Asia yesterday due to a res-
piratory infection, reviving questions
about his health and ability to lead a
country faced with economic crisis and
NATO threats against its Yugoslav
Russia has been leading a campaign
to forestall airstrikes in Kosovo.
Moscow's NTV station said it was a
crucial time for Russia, when "presi-
dential decisions" are needed.
There was no indication thatYeltsin's
illness would sideline him for any
length of time, and aides said the pres-
ident would maintain his schedule for
the rest of the week.
But after a series of health problems
in recent years, including heart bypass
surgery in 1996, every new ailment
unleashes a flurry of speculation about
the 67-year-old president's ability to
function. The president insists he has
no major health problems and will
serve out the remaining two years of his

Yeltsin's aides said the president was
taking antibiotics to ward off a bout of
bronchitis and a mild 99.3-degree
fever. There were no plans to hospit&
ize Yeltsin, who was expected back iW.
Moscow late yesterday night from
Almaty, Kazakstan, a day earlier than
Indian armyV ans
exercises on order
NEW DELHI -The Indian arria
said yesterday it is planning exerciiW
es on the border with Pakistan, a
move certain to strain relations only
months after the two nations
plunged into a still-unresolved
nuclear race.
A spokesperson said the army
would conduct maneuvers with
tanks and artillery on the westerp
plains of Punjab and Rajasthan -
the site of many confrontations
between the Indian and Pakistani
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