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ober 23, 1998
NATION/WORLD
Key agreement made in
Mideast peace negotiatior

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QUEENSTOWN, Md. (AP) - In a drive to conclude a
West Bank accord, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and Yasser Arafat reached agreement yesterday on
revising calls in the Palestinian charter for Israel's destruc-
tion. Under the agreement, the Palestinian National Council
would assemble along with other Palestinian groups and take
formal action to annul clauses of the 1964 document that pro-
motes Israel's dismantling as a Jewish state.
"We succeeded," a senior Israeli official told The
Associated Press. Minutes later, Palestinian sources con-
firmed the agreement on the covenant.
Netanyahu had made action by the Palestine National
Council a centerpiece of the eight-day summit, declining to
sign on to a further Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank
unless Arafat yielded to his demand.
The Clinton administation gave only limited backing to
Israel on the point, saying repeatedly that Arafat had already
taken big strides to disavowing the emotional provisions of
the Palestine Liberation Organization's founding document.
But Netanyahu, who threatened to quit the talks
Wednesday night to underscore his determination, insisted

that only the council could complete the legal cancellation of
the emotion-laden provisions.
President Clinton would attend the convocation, accord-
ing to the Israeli and Palestinian sources.
There was no immediate confirmation from the White
House or the U.S. summit hosts.
However, a U.S. official close to the talks said there had
been "significant progress" on the covenant dispute but
whether Clinton would attend had not been settled.
On another tough issue, the official said Israel and the
Palestinians would form a joint committee to consider
Arafat's demand for another Israeli pullback on the West
Bank following the 13 percent withdrawal that would be
called for in the accord.
And, in a sudden rush to wind up the summit, the Israeli
officials said Netanyahu had agreed to release scores of
Palestinians held in Israeli jails, but not "those with blood on
their hands."
Still unresolved, but nearing solution, was setting up a
safe-passage route for Palestinians to cross back and forth
between the West Bank and Gaza, the Israeli sources said.

AROUND HE NAT1ON
Fungi may help kill narcotic plants
WASHINGTON - Government researchers are testing a fungus they believe will
kill narcotics plants without harming other crops or animal life, a potential break-
through aimed at cutting foreign production of illegal drugs headed for the United
States.
Congress has approved $23 milion for further research into what are known
mycoherbicides, soil-borne fungi capable of killing plants that provide material for
cocaine, heroin and marijuana.
The Clinton administration is far from unanimous about the innovation. Skeptics
say more testing must be done to prove the effectiveness and safety of the technology
and winning the support of governments of drug-producing South American countries
- Colombia, Peru and Bolivia - won't be easy. None has been briefed extensively,
and none has taken a public position.
The administration will get to sound out Colombian President Andres Pastrana
next week when he comes on a state visit to Washington. The three South American
countries are the only ones anywhere that produce the base plant for cocaine.
The legislation was guided through Congress by Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio
and Rep. Bill McCollum (R-Fla). In addition to mycoherbicide research, the legisW
tion provides for promotion of alternative crops to narcotics plants for South American
farmers.

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wrote a manifesto calling for a national
program allowing college students to
volunteer abroad and published the
manifesto on the editorial page of The
Michigan Daily, Power said.
"What was needed was a vehicle for
(the students') interest" in service, Power
said. He said other newspapers printed
the manifesto, and it eventually was sent
to Theodore Sorenson, the speech writer
for Senator John F Kennedy, who at that
time was a candidate for president.
The Michigan Community Service
Corps will be a valuable extension of
the University's tradition of service,
Power said.

Alicia Wilson, a third-year Social
Work and Public Policy graduate stu-
dent, participated in the Michigan
Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program
last year. She assisted grass roots organi-
zations in a northern Detroit community,
helping them get resources and grants.
"Service is an excellent developmen-
tal opportunity and a good way to link
learning with experience," Wilson said.
"It gave me training for a lifetime of
engaging in the democratic process"
Students in the Michigan
Community Service Corps will receive
a small stipend, Checkoway said.
"Part of the hope of the program is
that it will be a way for students to
serve, to learn from their service and to
earn money," Checkoway said.

Eco-terrorist fire
among most costly
DENVER - The burning of a ski
lodge and other buildings on Vail
Mountain appears to mark a major
escalation in eco-terrorism, going well
beyond the graffiti-sprayings, tree-
spikings and smaller arsons committed
by radical environmentalists.
On Wednesday night, an under-
ground organization called the Earth
Liberation Front claimed responsibility
for Monday's attacks, the most costly act
of eco-terrorism in America, with dam-
age estimated at at least $12 million. No
one has been arrested in the attacks.
"This was a surprise because it was
so bold," said Ron Arnold, vice presi-
dent of the Center for the Defense of
Free Enterprise, an organization in
Bellevue, Wash., that tracks crimes
committed to save nature.
"They've stepped over a line
they've never crossed before. Now they
no longer care what the public thinks.
They're also getting more professional.
That troubles me a lot."

Seven fires broke out on Vail
Mountain before dawn on Monday,
destroying three buildings and damag-
ing four chairlifts.
The fire came just days after Vail
began clearing trees on an expansio*
project bitterly opposed by environ-
mentalist groups.
Power wheels recall
among biggest ever
WASHINGTON - Parents should
immediately remove the batteries from
their kids' Power Wheels cars and
trucks because faulty wiring can cause
them to erupt in flames, the govern-
ment said yesterday in announcing on*
of the biggest toy recalls ever.
Fisher-Price, the toys' maker, also
has agreed to make free repairs on up to
10 million Barbie Jeeps, Big Jakes and
Extreme Machines cars and trucks sold
in the last 14 years.
The Consumer Product Safety
Commission said the flawed electrical
systems have sparked 150 fires that
burned nine children and cause
$300,000 in property damage.

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perceived as a lack of depth in
Hickey's campaign.
"He's just trying to get his name out
there," Linna said.
Several of the high school students
said Gingrich's presence is not likely to
impact Hickey's campaign.
"This isn't the only person (Gingrich)
is going to endorse' said Denise Dooley,
a Plymouth Canton sophomore.
Darren Silvester, a teacher at
Plymouth Salem who helped to orga-
nize the group, said the fundraiser was
a good chance for the students to expe-
rience politics first-hand.
"I want them to participate, and at 15
years old, they get left out," Silvester said.
Val Wolf, a spokesperson for the
Hickey campaign, said the turnout for
the fundraiser was not surprising
because of the mid-afternoon time slot.
She added that she was pleased with the
attendance of the high school students.
"Part of Tom's belief is that it starts
at the bottom," Wolf said.
A handful of protesters outside the
building carried signs stating "Protest
Ken 'Porno' Starr" and "Newt's Do
Nothing Congress."
Garden City resident Dan Savers
said the protesters were not trying to
stop others from attending the event but
making a political statement by protest-
ing Hickey's candidacy.
"I'm a working person, and I sup-
port candidates who support working
people," Savers said.
Members of the Michigan Coalition
for Responsible Gun Owners also
attended the festivities.
"We are the largest pro-gun initiative
in Michigan," Dykman said. "We're
showing our support for the party."
Dykman said Gingrich's presence
spurred the already supportive crowd.

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been recognized around the world as
Unrest si eexemplary," said Videla, a former high-
Chilean rg y ranking diplomat in the Pinochet
regime. "And now a giant bomb h
SANTIAGO, Chile - The siege of been dropped on the transition. ...%i a
the embassies of Spain and Britain here not saying democracy is going to fall
sums up the painful contradictions of a here, there is no possibility of a mili-
fragile Chilean democracy that has tary uprising, but the democracy is still
been staggered by the arrest in London in development."
of former dictator Augusto Pinochet.
The Providencia neighborhood is an Officals ushfor
enclave of high-rises and fashionable fo
restaurants, a showcase of Chile's Kosovo settling
embrace of free-market globalization.
This week, the streets have been filled PRISTINA, Yugoslavia - Wester
with rightist politicians, wealthy house- envoys said yesterday that President
wives and retired military officers - the Slobodan Milosevic still has not com-
angry faces of the forces that impede plied with demands for ending the cri-
Chile's transition to full democracy eight sis in Kosovo and that continuing vio-
years after the dictatorship ended. lence threatens the peace process.
The protesters yell insults and throw In Belgrade, the Yugoslav govern-
eggs at the two embassies and call for a ment repeated claims that it has with-
boycott of British whiskey and Spanish drawn all the special troops it sent to
cellular phones, blaming Pinochet's suppress ethnic Albanian separatists in
arrest six days ago on an "international the Serbian province. Such a withdraw-
socialist conspiracy." al is a key condition of the U.S.-bro-
In a more somber mood in his nearby kered agreement to achieve lastin
office, retired Gen. Ernesto Videla says peace in Kosovo.
Chile has plunged back into the past.
"Chile's democratic transition had - Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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