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NATION/WORLD

Bush delivers tax plan to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush sent his
$1.6 trillion, 10-year tax-cutting proposal to Con-
gress yesterday, insisting it is a necessary tonic for
the economy. "A warning light is flashing on the
dashboard of our economy and we just can't drive on
and hope for the best," he said.
"We need tax relief now. In fact, we need tax relief
yesterday," the president said before dispatching
Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill to the Capitol to
deliver the plan to eager Republican leaders.
Before a room full of reporters at the Capitol,
O'Neill handed a summary of the plan to GOP leaders,
who accepted it with glee. The documents were little
more than a press release, and O'Neill said the admin-
istration would be releasing details in coming weeks.

"We need tax relief now. In fact, we need tax relief yesterday."
- President Bush

"We want to assure the American people that tax
relief is on the way," said Senate Majority Leader
Trent Lott (R-Miss.).
Bush spoke from the White House Rose Garden,
where Latino business owners who he said symbol-
ize the economy's potential, crowded around as he
signed a letter formally sending the outlines of his
proposal to Congress.
"I urge the Congress to pass my tax relief plan
with the swiftness these uncertain times demand,"

Bush said. Republican leaders have said they hope to
have tax cuts signed into law by the July 4 holiday
but a fight over the scope of the package is brewing
on Capitol Hill.
White House press secretary Ari Fleischer reiter-
ated yesterday that Bush is "firmly committed" to
the plan he put together. "The president believes
that whether you're a Republican or whether you're
a Democrat, the bill shouldn't be loaded up," Fleis-
cher said.

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Discovery
may alter
theory of
universe
NEW YORK (AP) - Physicists
may have poked a hole in their current
theory of how the universe operates.
Researchers at the Brookhaven
National Laboratory on Long Island
reported experiments yesterday that
showed a subatomic particle deviating
slightly from its expected behavior.
That tiny discrepancy could provide
support for exotic theories such as
supersymmetry, which hypothesizes
that every particle has a much heavier,
yet-to-be-observed counterpart.
"I would say it's a glimpse or a sug-
gestion that there's supersymmetry out
there," said James Miller, a physicist at
Boston University and member of the
team that conducted the Brookhaven
research.
But team members and physicists
uninvolved with the experiment cau-
tioned that the case is not yet proven.
"These people are doing beautiful
work," said Charles Prescott of the
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
"But it is too early to say they're see-
ing supersymmetry."
Much of physics today is based on
the Standard Model, a complex set of
equations that describes how all the
fundamental forces except gravity
interact with known particles. For
decades, physicists have designed
experiments to challenge the model.
The Brookhaven experiment may be
the first time physicists have contra-
dicted the Standard Model in more
than three decades of trying.
"If you find an experiment that dis-
agrees with it then that's fairly signifi-
cant;" Miller said.
The experiment examined the
behavior of muons, heavier relatives of
electrons, as they floated in a powerful
magnetic field. In a magnetic field, a
muon modifies its spin, a subatomic
property similar to the rotation of a toy
top.
Earlier experiments had found a
spin modification fairly close to that
predicted by the Standard Model. But
the Brookhaven experiment, called g -
2 (gee minus two), was several times
more precise than previous measure-
ments. It concluded that the actual
change in the muons' spin differed
from predictions by just a few parts in
a million.
That small discrepancy suggests
there is something lacking in the Stan-
dard Model, though there is still a
chance that further results could bring
theory and experiment back into line.
Formula
-may lead
to heart
disease
LONDON (AP) - Babies fed
infant formula grow up to have higher
blood pressure than those given breast

milk, new research suggests.
The findings, to be published tomor-
row in The Lancet medical journal,
come from the first experimental study
of how early nutrition influences blood
pressure, a predictor of heart disease
risk later in life.
Earlier studies have noted that
adults with high blood pressure tended
to have been fed formula as babies.
But none took account of scores of
other factors that raise blood pressure,
such as a bad diet in adulthood, stress
and lack of exercise.
Experts say the results bolster the
theory that an infant's diet influences

NEWS IN BRIEF7 .
WAsHINGTON
U.S. attorney waits to charge nman
Federal authorities weighed what charges to file against an accountant who
fired and brandished a handgun outside the White House, as life returned to nor,
mal yesterday at the executive mansion.
Tourist lines reappeared a day after the episode as the man authorities app,
hended, Robert W Pickett of Evansville, Ind., remained in good condition in a
hospital. A uniformed Secret Service officer had shot him in the right knee at
midday Wednesday outside a White House fence.
Federal authorities did not file charges yesterday. Justice Department officials
were considering whether to charge Pickett with violating the District of Colum=
bia's gun law, which carries a maximum five-year sentence, or a federal countof
assaulting a federal officer, with a maximum 10-year sentence.
Channing Phillips, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, said there was n-
urgency to charge Pickett while he was still recuperating.
Meanwhile, it was revealed that Pickett had bought the gun after passing an instant
background check in his home state of Indiana, despite a history of mental illness.
Law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, also said t
a suicide note was found in Pickett's vehicle, found at a commuter rail station
Fairfax County, Va., outside Washington.
WASHINGTON
Former official would have stopped pardon
The Justice Department's former No. 2 official testified yesterday he would
have tried to stop President Clinton's controversial pardon of millionaire Marc
Rich if he had known the full details of the fugitive financier's case.
"Knowing everything that I know now, I would not have recommended to
president that he grant the pardon" former Deputy Attorney General Eric Holh
told the House Government Reform Committee.
Holder, however, acknowledged he did not pay much attention to Rich's case
in the flood of pardon requests that came to the Justice Department in Clinton's
last days. In addition, notes about Rich's case were misdelivered and there was a
misunderstanding between the White House and the Justice Department about
the pardon's chances for success.
"The whole thing ended up falling through the cracks," said the committee's
ranking Democrat, California Rep. Henry Waxman.
Committee Republicans saw more sinister dealings.
"It's like Keystone Cops, but I don't think it is," said Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.). "I
think the president knew exactly what he was doing."

SALT LAKE CITY
Lawyers: Olympic
scandal hurt no one
Defense lawyers for the two men
accused of securing the 2002 Winter
Games through bribery argued yester-
day that the charges should be tossed
out of federal court because there's no
victim, hence no crime.
Tom Welch, who was president of
the Salt Lake bid committee, and Dave
Johnson, his vice president, are
accused of paying $1 million in cash,
scholarships and gifts to influence
International Olympic Committee
members who voted in 1995 to award
Salt Lake the Games. "The IOC, how
have they been victimized?" asked
Johnson lawyer Max Wheeler.
Magistrate Ronald Boyce, presiding
at the hearing, said IOC President Juan
Antonio Samaranch could view the
payments as a threat to his organiza-
tion's integrity.
The Salt Lake City Games begin
exactly one year from yesterday.
BELING
China mulls murder
charges for reporters
Chinese police may seek homicide
charges against CNN journalists and
other foreign reporters who they allege
knew in advance that five members of
the banned Falun Gong spiritual group
were going to set themselves on fire in
Tiananmen Square last month, accord-
ing to two state-run newspapers..
The article in the Yangcheng Evening
News and the Southern Daily said

police will consider charging the
reporters with "abetting and assisting
other people in committing suicide" if
they can prove they were involved in
planning the Jan. 23 incident, which left
one woman dead and four more people
hospitalized in critical condition, includ-
ing a 12-year-old girl. It is the latest
salvo in the government's escalat
campaign to discredit Falun Gong
dangerous cult supported by "Western
anti-China forces" and win support for
its 18-month effort to crush it.
CHICAGO
Porsche announces
plans to make SUV
A sleek new sport utility vehicle
will be added to the crowded U.S. m
ket next year: the Cayenne, made
Porsche AG.
"Critics say we're late to the game,"
said Frederick Schwab, chief of the
German company's North American,
operations. "The first word in SUV.is.
sport, and Porsche is all about sports
cars."
More than half of the 25,00
Cayennes expected to be made n
year probably will be for U.S. sho
rooms, Schwab said during the media
preview of the Chicago Auto Show
which opens today.
Also yesterday, Ford's Mercury unit
unveiled the five-passenger Marauder;
an incarnation of a muscle car that
made its name in the 1960s, and
Mazda showed off a vehicle resem .
bling a combination station wagon-!
SUV called the Premacy.
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