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NATION/WORLD

Swedish fire's

death toll hits 62
GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) - The "It's important that people have a
hdeath toll in Sweden's worst fire disas- clear understanding that the authorities'
-ter of modem times rose to 62 after two approval of the premises was not a
-youths died yesterday, the latest victims joke," chief prosecutor Ulf Noren, who
of a dance-hall inferno. is leading the fire investigation, was
Officials confirmed that one of the quoted by the newspaper Dagens
latest victims was a boy, but did not Nyheter as saying.
release any other details. Another 25 However, Noren said, a decision on
people were still in intensive care. that question would come after the
The dead, mostly teen-agers, were cause of the fire was determined.
among an estimated 400 people at a Inspectors from the national criminal
dance when an explosive fire broke out laboratory were conducting a painstak-
shortly before midnight Thursday. ing "centimeter-by-centimeter" inspec-
The local association of Macedonian tion of the electrical equipment in the
immigrants rented the second-floor hall hall, police spokesperson Bengt Staaf
to teen-agers who arranged the dance. said.
"Most of those at the dance were immi- Police also said they were looking for
grants or children of immigrant parents. a 15-year-old girl who reportedly had
Many of the victims' families did not gone to the dance shortly before the fire
have life or accident insurance. The broke out but hasn't been seen since.
Goteborg local government yesterday The fire's ferociously quick spread
decided to compensate the families of has prompted wide speculation that it
those who died with $2,600 or double was set. But witnesses have given wide-
that amount to families who lost two ly varying accounts.
children in the fire. Some said it appeared to start in the
The hall had a legal capacity of 150, equipment used by the disc jockey, and
and officials say it is possible those others said there was smoke coming
who allowed it to be severely over- from the emergency exit's stairway
crowded could be charged with con- before the flames raced through the
tributing to the deaths. hall.

AROUND THE NATION
Clintonmay use force in negotiations
WASHINGTON - President Clinton held out the possibility yesterday that
military force could be used to reopen Iraq to U.N. weapons inspectors, and dis-
patched Defense Secretary William Cohen to Europe and the Persian Gulf region
for consultations with allied leaders.
Speaking publicly on the budding crisis for the first time since Iraq announced
Saturday that it would halt all cooperation with the inspectors, the preside*
declared: "Until the inspectors are back on the job, no options are off the table:'
said Iraq's move was "completely unacceptable."
He added "Once again, it will backfire."
In Iraq, members of the inspection team were allowed to visit sites to put new
tapes in their mounted video cameras and sensors but were not allowed to conduct
new inspections, U.N. officials said in New York.
For the second consecutive day, the administration's senior national security offi-
cials met at the White House, this time for an hour with Clinton.
White House press secretary Joe Lockhart said they discussed potential
military measures intended to bring Iraq back into cooperation with the
United Nations.
The administration says it has the authority to take military action against Iraa
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AP PHOTO
Survivors wait to be taken to a helicopter In Nicaragua. Hundreds of villagers
were buried In mudslides when a crater lake collapsed.

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MITCH
Continued from Page 1
in a hospital bed beside Garcia, said
that from the door of the shack, "All
you could see was mud where the
village had been. Nothing is left of
Rolando Rodriguez."
It was unclear how many residents
of Rolando Rodriguez and nearby
villages had escaped. By early yes-
terday, soldiers had found 360 bod-
ies, army spokesperson Capt. Milton
Sandoval said.
The international Red Cross yes-
terday tripled its appeal for assis-
tance to those hit by Mitch, to $7.4
million.
In Washington, President Clinton
said the U.S. government was pro-
viding $2 million in food, medicine,

water and other emergency relief
supplies.
"We'll be looking at what else we
can do, Clinton said.
At least one rescue effort led to
additional deaths: the mayor of the
Honduran capital and three others
died Sunday in a helicopter crash
while surveying flood damage.
Tegucigalpa Mayor Cesar
Castellanos had been seen as a likely
presidential candidate in 2001 elec-
tions.
Officials in neighboring El
Salvador were assessing the impact
of floods caused by the storm. The
National Emergency Committee list-
ed 74 dead, 106 missing and 27,000
homeless. But its own regional affil-
iate in San Miguel province reported
125 dead there alone.

wunout. v.t ecuritouncii approval.
Nation's saving rate
makes historic drop
WASHINGTON - Americans
spent more money buying goods and
services than they received in after-tax
income in September, resulting in a
negative national personal savings rate
for the first time since 1959, when the
monthly figures were first published.
The savings rate, which measures
the share of disposable personal
income left after individuals make their
purchases, fell into negative territory as
such spending increased a robust 0.5
percent and personal income rose by a
much weaker 0.2 percent in September,
the Commerce Department reported
yesterday. Much of the slowdown in
income growth was the result of the
month's small gain in new jobs and a
cutback in the number of hours
worked. Wages and salary income,
which jumped 0.7 percent in August,
rose only 0.1 percent in September.
The savings rate has been falling for
years as households increased their
spending faster than their disposable

incomes were rising. Many analystssay
consumers have been encouraged to
spend so much by the soaring value of
U.S. stocks - the so-called wealth
effect - which has provided many
individuals with capital gains, which
are not counted by Commerce as part
of current disposable income.
Supreme Court to
investigate gifts
WASHINGTON - The Supreme
Court is stepping into the world of
Washington lobbying, agreeing yester-
day to decide when a gift or a special
favor for a government official turns into
a federal crime.
The special prosecutor who is inves-
tigating gifts made to former Agricultur4
Secretary Mike Espy asked the court to
rule that it is a crime to provide anything
of value to an official solely because of
that official's position in the government.
A federal appeals court has ruled that
a gift is illegal only when it is given to
reward an official for some specific
action, an act done in the past 'or
promised in the future.

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BRIEN
Continued from Page 1
With such tight, round-the-clock sur-
veillance personal time was not easy to
find, Brien said.
"I was able to leave with some
semblance of privacy left," Brien
said. "The production crew hated me
because I found this pay phone in
this hotel a block away, and they
couldn't get clearance to film me
there. So, basically every single day
for almost two and a half months I
went to this pay phone and made all
my phone calls."
Although the show may seem to
LOOK FOR

track events in a perfectly chronologi-
cal order, this is certainly not the case.
The MTV editors had no qualms about
altering the timeliness of certain
revents.
"They make their story line. What we
see on TV is totally different than the
way it happened," Brien said. So an
episode's worth of events might be a
combination of footage from several
different months.
The finale of "The Real World:
Seattle" airs tonight on MTV at 10 p.m.
Find out what happens when Brien and
the rest of the cast say their goodbyes
and get on with their lives - their real
lives.
TIP OFF '98

AROUND THE WORLD

ONE WEEK FROM
THURSDAY. IT'LL BE
SLAM JAMMIN'.

Implementation of
deal delayed
JERUSALEM - In a surprising
show of good will, Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat agreed yesterday -
the day the new Mideast peace agree-
ment was to take effect - that imple-
mentation would have to be delayed.
In a telephone call, Netanyahu
promised Arafat their land-for-security
agreement would be carried out as effi-
ciently as possible. Specifically, Israel
said it would attempt to meet the target
date of Nov. 16 for the initial troop
pullback from the West Bank.
However, Israel charged that a
Palestinian action plan to fight ter,
rorism, at the heart of the new
!accord, was incomplete and could
knock back implementation even
further.
In Washington, State Department
spokesman James Rubin said "the
necessary plans were provided on
:ime."
But Netanyahu's senior adviser,
David Bar-Illan, told The

Associated Press that the document
was incomplete and unless a newer
version was submitted, Israel's
Cabinet would not debate the accord
as scheduled today.
Senior Palestinian negotiat
Saeb Erekat said the document-wa
a matter between the Palestinians
and the United States and not Israel.
Russia prnts more
rubles to fix economy
MOSCOW - What is a government
to do when it has staggering debt, inad-
equate revenue and a spiraling econon*
ic crisis?
In Russia, the pnnting presses ,start
to roll out rubles.
Two months after Yevgeny Primakov
took over as prime minister promising
an economic plan that would slowly,
but surely, reverse this country's precip-
itous slide, he has instead unveiled a
strategy that promises to bring on
hyperinflation and even bigger budget
deficits.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

PAID ADVERTISEMENT
In Memory Of Donald E. Koster & Perry Bullard
Attorneys and Counselors at Law
Oh, I am just a student, Sir
and I only want to learn
But its hard to read through
the rising smoke
through the books that you like to burn
So I'd like to make a promise, and
I'd like to make a vow
That when I've got something to say, Sir
I'm gonna say it now
Oh, you've given me a number, and
You've taken off my name
To get around this campus, well
you nearly need a plane
And your supporting Chiang Kai-shek,
and I'm supporting Mao
So, when I've got something to say, Sir
I'm gonna say it now
I wish that you'd make up your mind
I wish that you'd decide
That I should live as freely
as those who live outside
Cause we also are entitled to
the rights to be endowed
and, when I've got something to say, Sir
I'm gonna say it now
Well, you'd like to be my father
you'd like to be my dad
and give me kisses when I'm good
and spank me when I'm bad
But since I left my parents
I've forgotten how to bow
So, when I've got something to say, Sir
I'm going to say it now
And things they might be different
if I was here alone
But I've got a friend or two
who no longer live at home
And we'll respect our elders
just as long as they allow
that when I've got something to say, Sir
I'm gonna say it now
I've read of other countries
where the students take a stand
They've even helped to overthrow
the leaders of the land
Now I wouldn't go so far to sav

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