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Clnton, Vajj
NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Against the back-
drop of new violence in disputed Kashmir, President
Clinton and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vaj-
payee agreed yesterday to closer economic ties and
warmer relations between the world's two largest
"We have neglected this relationship for two
decades," Clinton said at a joint news conference.
But the session, as expected, did not produce a
breakthrough on the two issues the United States was
pressing for the hardest: A backing away by India
from its nuclear weapons program and renewal of a
peace dialogue between India and Pakistan.

payee condemn violence

Both Clinton and Vajpayee voiced outrage at fresh
bloodshed in Kashmir.
"The violence must end ... There should be less
violence in Kashmir, not more," Clinton said.
And Vajpayee, somewhat ominously, said, "We have
the will and the means to eliminate this menace."
Pressed by reporters, Vajpayee declined to elaborate.
The first visit of a U.S. president in 22 years came
as gunmen massacred 36 Sikhs in Kashmir, the terri-
tory claimed by both India and Pakistan. Indian army
officers had said earlier they expected a major opera-
tion by pro-separatist militants to draw attention to
Kashmir during the president's visit.

Clinton, who earlier in the day had scattered roses
on the memorial to Mohandas Gandhi, the Indian
apostle to nonviolence, renewed his plea for India
and Pakistan to restart the peace process.
He said he doubted that a military solution existed
to resolve the Kashmir problem and urged respect by
both sides for the "line of control," the line through
Kashmir that separates the two sides.
On nuclear issues, Clinton said, "I felt today that
there was a possibility that we could reach more
common ground on the issue of testing, on the pro-
duction of fissile material, on export controls and on
restraint generally."

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and they didn't vote, they can immedi-
ately realize someone voted for them
and go to election officials," Agrawal
ITD "can look up where the false
vote was done and remove it and let
the voter revote," he said.
Confirmation e-mails are not new to
MSA elections, but this is the first year
election officials can find out who cast
false votes.
This new feature allows election
officials to see who voted for which

candidates, but only if there is
cause for suspicion of a fraudulent
Other students said no matter what
voting options are available, they will
not.be voicing their vote.
"I don't think MSA has any power
to act on this campus," said Jason
Burr, an Engineering sophomore. "I
think that abstaining from voting is" a
good form of protest of this lack of
Last winter's MSA elections boasted
a record turnout of 18 percent of the
student population or approximately
6,380 votes. Only a small portion of

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those votes were cast at paper polling
With elections beginning today and
new elected members scheduled to
take office next Tuesday, outgoing
MSA representatives have many words
of advice and warning for the candi-
dates eager to take over the soon-to-
be-vacant positions.
"Don't take yourself too seriously,"
Kinesiology Rep. Joe Tobias said.
"MSA reps can get kind of annoying
when they take themselves too serious-
"You really have to care what's
going on at the University," Tobias
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a bill to aid the situation, he met
opposition by the State Department,
which would only allow 10,000 Jew-
ish children refugees and 10,000
non-Jewish children to be rescued
and brought to families in the Unit-
ed States. As a result, he pulled the
Wagner-Rogers Bill out because he
had hoped to aid more Jews than the
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said. "Your decisions impact what's
going on.
But Nursing School senior Jen Sea-
mon advises that soon-to-be MSA rep-
resentatives should run for office for
the right reasons.
"Be a rep. because you actually care
about your school, not just for a law
school resume," she said.
Seamon also emphasized the impor-
tance of having "open ears to con-
Tobias warned that representatives
need to not be too naive.
"People beg for money and lie
straight to your face' he said.
State Department would allow.
"There were at 8,000 Jewish chil-
dren waiting in Vischy, France who
would have been saved by this bill,"he
Fine also said poor media coverage
prevented U.S. involvement because
Americans were not informed as to
what was happening in Europe.
"There was plenty of information
about the Holocaust, but it wasn't
played up by the press," he said.
Any stories that did make it into the
newspaper were in "the inside pages,'
and filled with disclaimers, Fine said.
Included in the statistics Fine
described is a poll taken in 1938, stating
that 61 percent of Americans felt that
"the persecution of the Jews was entire-
ly or partly the fault of the Jews."
Another statistic, taken in December
of 1942, revealed that 47 percent of
Americans felt that "Anti-Semitism
was justified:'
Ann Arbor resident Barbara Rosen
said she "came because a lot of us
don't know about what happened in
America during the Holocaust. We
wonder why America didn't do any-
The 21st Annual Conference on
the Holocaust will conclude tomor-
row with a panel discussion also
focusing on the role of America dur-
ing the Holocaust. The panel will
include U.S. Foreign Correspondent
in Europe during World War II Ruth
Gruber, Prof. Leonard Dinnerstein
from the University of Arizona,
Chief of Investigative Research in
the U.S. Justice Department's Office
of Special Investigation Michael
MacQueen and University Prof.
Todd Endelman.
The Panel discussion will focus on
"the role of America during the Holo-
caust and its later implications in
America and on the consciousness of
American Jews," according to a writ-
ten statement from Hillel.
"We hope to educate people who
attend about the Holocaust and its
repercussions on people," Hillel
Program Associate Megan Nesbitt

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Court: FDA can't regulate tobacco
WASHINGTON - The government lacks authority to regulate tobacco as an
addictive drug even though tobacco use may be "the single most significant
threat to public health," the Supreme Court said yesterday, throwing out the Clin-
ton administration's main anti-smoking initiative.
The 5-4 ruling said Congress did not authorize the Food and Drug Adminis-
tration to regulate tobacco. President Clinton and others immediately said Con-
gress should pass a law letting the FDA reinstate its rules cracking down
cigarette sales to minors.
"If we are to protect our children from the harms of tobacco, Congress must
now enact the provisions of the FDA rule,' Clinton said in a statement issued
while he was traveling in India.
But Mark Smith, spokesman for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., wel-
comed the ruling. "Business and industry throughout the nation ought to breathe
a sigh of relief. The highest court in the land has confirmed that a federal agency
cannot on its own go beyond its limits of authority set by Congress," he said.'
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, writing for the court, said, "By no means d we
question the seriousness of the problem that the FDA has sought to address:' She
said, "The agency has amply demonstrated that tobacco use, particularly among
children and adolescents, poses perhaps the single most significant threat to-
lic health in the United States."
22 Dems seek Committee.
The $300 million package would
better gun control add 500 new inspectors and agrs to
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacc and
WASHINGTON - Democratic Firearms, and hire 1,000 local prose-
lawmakers yesterday offered legislation cutors and 100 federal prosecutors to
they say would bolster enforcement of handle gun law enforcement.
gun laws by hiring new federal agents
and prosecutors and creating a national Judge dismisses suit
database of "ballistic fingerprints. .
The package of bills dubbed to give boy asylum
ENFORCE is based partly on propos-
als President Clinton advanced in his MIAMI - A federal judge yes-
State of the Union address in January. terday refused to block the U.S.
It also was presented as an answer to government from sending 6-year-
the National Rifle Association's fre- old Elian Gonzalez back to his
quent argument that if enforcement of father in Cuba, saying the court
existing gun laws improved, new laws has no right to second-guess the
would not be needed. attorney general on matters of asy-
"This bill puts the NRA's sincerity lum.
to the test," said Sen. Charles Twelve days after hearing argu-
Schumer (D-N.Y.). ments in the case, U.S. District Judge
Schumer, author of the Brady bill K. Michael Moore dismissed the law-
requiring background checks for gun suit filed by Elian's great-uncle in
purchasers, was joined by Rep. Carolyn Miami.
McCarthy, a New York Democrat The judge said that "each passing
whose husband was killed by a gunman day is another day lost between Juan
on a Long Island commuter train, and Gonzalez and his son" Elian's Miami
Rep. John Conyers of Detroit, the rank- relatives said they will appeal the
ing Democrat on the House Judiciary decision.
Pope embarks on tual one, has unavoidable political sig-
nificance. Among other issues is
first visit to Israel Jerusalem's future: The Palestinians
want to make the city's eastern sector
JERUSALEM - In a spiritual cli- the capital of an eventual Palestinian
max to his 22-year papacy, Pope John state.
Paul I yesterday began the first offi- With a flourish of trumpets, John Paul
cial visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff arrived at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Air-
to Israel, fulfilling his dream of visit- port, then moved on to Jerusalem, where
ing the land where Christ was born he will retrace the footsteps of Jesus.
and died. n 1
The pilgrimage caps the ailing 79- DahamaS whl e
year-old pope's efforts to reconcile deaths spark debate
Catholics and Jews. But he got a 5
quick and sharp reminder of his dif- FREEPORT, Bahamas - Eight
ferences with Israel over Jerusalem, whales beached and died soon a r
which the Jewish state insists is its the U.S. Navy conducted anti-sub-
undivided capital. rine exercises off the northern
Within minutes of John Paul's Bahamas, prompting an investigation
arrival, Israeli President Ezer Weiz- and calls for an end to the exercises
man described Jerusalem as a city that The Navy said yesterday that tyre
"has been reunified" - a reference to was no evidence to link the wiale
Israel's capture of the mainly Arab deaths to last week's exercise testing
eastern sector in the 1967 Middle East sonar detection of submarines.
war. The Vatican has called Israel's Navy Cmdr. Greg Smith said the
occupation of east Jerusalem "illegal." tests took place from about 1 p.m. to 5
Weizman's speech was a clear sig- p.m. March 15 off Abaco Island.
nal that the pope's journey, though
billed as a mainly personal and spin- - Compiledfron Daily wire rep* .

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