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NATION/WORLD

Moscow police investigate bombing,

AROUND THE NATION

The Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - A deadly terror cam-
paign targeting ordinary Muscovites in
their sleep spread fear across the capital
yesterday as rescuers pulled 73 bodies
from the ruins of an eight-story apart-
ment building flattened by a pre-dawn
bombing.
Police began searching every base-
ment in Moscow and inspecting vehi-
cles entering the city after the second
bombing in less than a week demol-
ished an apartment building six miles
from the Kremlin.
Officials said more people were
buried in the rubble and the death toll
could reach 100. "Terrorism has
declared war on us, people of
Russia," President Boris Yeltsin told
the nation in a televised address.
"This enemy has no conscience, no
mercy, no honor," he said.
Other authorities quickly linked the
bombing to the war in Dagestan. Russian
troops are fighting rebels who invaded
the mountainous republic from neighbor-
ing Chechnya in early August to establish
an independent Islamic state.
Some analysts warned that Russian

antagonism toward Chechens was groW-
ing so strong that it could ignite a much
wider conflict and revive th Chechen
War of the mid-1990s, which kled as
many as 80,000 people and left Chechnya
a shattered and lawless territory.
In Russia's lower house of parlia-
ment, nationalist fever reached such
a pitch that the State Duma
Geopolitics Committee spent two
hours seriously debating whether
Russia should drop a nuclear bomb
on Chechnva - although that is
hardly likely to happen. "We dis-
cussed it as a perfectly workable
option," committee chairman Alexci
Mitrofanov said later.
"I am sorry to say that the country is
on the verge of another civil war which
will be far bloodier, more cruel and
senseless," said Andrei Piontkovsky,
director of the Independent Institute for
Strategic Studies, a Moscow think tank.
Piontkovsky said authorities have
presented no hard evidence connecting
the bombings to Chechen terrorists
despite many assertions from Russian
leaders that people from the Caucasus
region are behind the attacks.

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A Russian mother hugs her children soon after a bomb exploded in the early
morning hours Sunday. It was the second bomb this week.
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Finance bill could cost GOP funds
WASHINGTON - With campaign finance legislation looming this summer,
Republican chairman Jim Nicholson and a key GOP House lawmaker made a
private appeal aimed at the political self-interest of the party's rank-and-file.
Passage of the bill would strip the party of a S40 million "soft money" advan-'
tage over Democrats, warned Nicholson and Rep. Tom Davis, the Virginian wh
chairs the Republican House campaign committee, according to GOP sources. V
The two men added that the bill's proposed ban on soft money Would leave GOP
candidates vulnerable to unlimited expenditures by unions and other groups labor-
ing to overturn the narrow Republican majority in the House.
Soft money donations, unlimited in size and unregulated by the federal gov-
ernment, are used by the parties and some politicians to advance their causes.
"During the 1998 election cycle, soft money helped fund over 32 million phone
bank calls, over 27 million GOTV (get out the vote) mail pieces, over 18 million
absentee ballots and over 4.5 million issue and GOTV calls,' said material pre-
pared for the two men's presentation.
In addition, Republicans used soft money to transfer S34.3 million to state par-"
ties and to make S5.8 million in direct contributions to state and local candidate

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Sharpshooters crack
down on drug boats
WASHINGTON - Coast Guard
sharpshooters have been firing from
helicopters to knock out the engines of
cocaine-ladeni boats in the Caribbean,
officials disclosed yesterday. The tactic
- one not used since the 1920s
Prohibition era - has already netted
three tons of cocaine.
The previously secret assaults have
been used in recent weeks to stop
smugglers who now use open-hull,
low-profile boats called "Super
Smugglers" or "Go-Fasts" that carry
barrels of fuel and about a ton of
cocaine each.
The use of such boats has doubled
since 1996, officials say, and they now
carry more than 85 percent of all mar-
itime drug shipments.
"Operation New Frontier" has led to
the capture of 13 crew members from
four boats and more than three tons of
cocaine destined for the U.S. market,
said White House drug control director
Barry McCaffrey.

He said it and other anti-drug opera-
tions in the past year have brought
cocaine confiscation to a record 53
tons, with a street value of $3.7 billion.
Brain cells restored
with gene therapy
WASHINGTON - Aged brains
have been restored to youthful vigor in
a gene therapy experiment with mon-
keys that may soon be tested in humans
with Alzheimer's disease, researchers
report. Scientists hope the treatment
will reinvigorate thinking and memory.
"To our surprise, this technique
nearly completely reversed" the effects
of aging on a group of key brain cells
that had shrunk in elderly Rhesus mon
keys, said Mark Tuszynski of the
University of California at San Diego.
Tuszynski is senior author of a study .
appearing Tuesday in the Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences.
The studies reinforce a new under-
standing of how the brain ages and sug-
gest that neurons in the older brain
don't die at first, but go into shrunken
atrophy, he said.

LRLZ CROSSING, Gaza Strip
(AP) -- Six years to the day after
Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat
exchanged their historic White
House handshake, Israelis and
Palestinians opened talks yesterday
on a final peace accord - consid-
ered by many to be a last chance for
peace.
The friendly atmosphere - includ-
ing a smiling handshake between Israeli
Foreign Minister David Levy and chief
Palestinian negotiator Mahmoud Abbas
- belied the difficulties ahead.
After immersing themselves for
years in details, number-crunching and
moving pins on maps, negotiators from
bath sides now must confront their
most deeply held beliefs.
Issues like Palestinian statehood,
the rights of refugees and the status
of Jerusalem go straight to how each
side frames its past and views its
future - and are all the more daunt-
ing for the one-year deadline the
sides have set.
Yesterday's opening at a converted
army base between Israel and the Gaza

Strip came after two false starts toward
final talks, in May 1996 and November
1998.
At a joint news conference after a
brief meeting with Abbas, Levy said:
"This agreement will bring to an end,
God willing, the 100-year conflict that
has caused so much suffering between
Israel and the Palestinians."
"No one among us has illusions," he
said.
"We face a difficult task. The perma-
nent status agreement is the final block
in building peace, but it is the most
complex of them all."
Abbas, Arafat's deputy, urged a
speedy resolution, saying, "We cannot
afford to lose more time, for lots of pre-
cious time was wasted."
"The past was marked with denial.
Let the future be based on mutual
recognition of self-determination. It is
time to feel. It is time to reconstruct. It
is the time for peace and peacemak-
ers."
The breadth of the talks dwarf last
week's breakthrough agreement on
prisoner releases and land transfers.
BRADLEY
Continued from Page 1
"She's just interested in meeting with
students who want to get involved in
the Democratic campaign," said
College Democrat President Josh
Cowen, an LSA. Although, the College
Democrats are not endorsing either pres-
idential candidate, the group is sponsor-
ing her visit, Cowen said.
Ernestine Bradley, who was diag-
nosed with breast cancer in 1992, sur-
vived the disease and since then she
and her husband have been avid sup-
porters of cancer research and support
organizations. She will be visiting the
University's Comprehensive Cancer
Center for a roundtable discussion with
the center's staff today at 2 p.m.
Aside from a life in politics,
Ernestine Bradley is also a professor of

AROUND THE WORLD

Bahamas residents
prepare for the worst
NASSAU, Bahamas - Panicked
Bahamas residents abandoned beach-
front homes and scrambled for emer-
gency supplies yesterday as Hurricane
Floyd's 155 mph winds bore down on
the vulnerable, low-lying archipelago.
Floyd could slam into the Bahamas
as soon Monday.
"I have never been this scared about
a storm," said shopkeeper Angel Chea
as she hastily boarded up her windows.
Floyd was on the verge of becom-
ing a Category 5 storm - the most
powerful designation for a hurricane
- which features top sustained
winds of at least 156 mph with high-
er gusts. "It's capable of almost cata-
strophic destruction," said Todd
Kimberlain, a forecaster at the U.S.
National Hurricane Center.
By comparison, Hurricane Andrew
was a Category 4 storm when it struck
South Florida in 1992, killing 26 peo-
ple and causing an estimated $25 bil-

lion in damage.
Bahamian officials warned that
storm surges of up to 20 feet could
sweep as far as six miles inland. {
this island of New ProvidencO
which is only seven miles from north to
south and has some 165,000 people,
more than half the Bahamas' entire,
population.
NATO aims to keep
peace in Kosovo
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia -
International peacekeeping forces
Kosovo issued a strong warning to the
Serb-led Yugoslav military yesterday
against trying to, re-enter the province.,
Maj. Ole Irgens, spokesperson for<
the NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping
troops, said that recent disturbances in
the northern Kosovo city of Kosovska
Mitrovica "seem to have been careful.
ly orchestrated" and could be an
attempt by Serbian paramilitary
groups to destabilize the region.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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German and Comparative Literature at
Montclair State University in New
Jersey and the author of several books
including the recently published "The
Language of Silence: West German
Literature and the Holocaust" The
book discusses the attitudes of post-
World War II German authors toward
genocide. She will be holding a literary
discussion of this latest work at the
Jewish Community Center tomorrow at
11:30 a.m.
Other events include a luncheon with
Democratic women activists and coffee
with local supporters who are welcome
to open the discussion to any topic,
Darling said. The coffee talk will be
tomorrow at Sweetwater's on
Washington Street at 9:30 a.m.

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