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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - September 30, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               A2-TNE September 30 1995 NATION WORLD House GOP splits derail major spending bills WASHINGTON Con gress shipped President Clinton an emergency bill last night to keep the government open when the new fiscal year commences but splits among Re- publicans derailed a pair of major spending measures in the House By voice vote and with no the Senate sent the presi- dent legislation that will keep agencies functioning through Nov. despite the budget stale- mate between lawmakers and the administration. Congress then left for a week-long Columbus Day NATIONAL DIGEST recess The stopgap spending ap- proved by the House on would let both parties avert blame for what would have been the furloughs of an estimated federal workers It also would give them six more weeks to resolve their fiscal disputes The stopgap measure was nee essary because the government will begin fiscal 1996 with none of its budget in place. Just two of the 13 annual spending bills have cleared and administra- tion officials said Mr Clinton CIA chief reprimands 9 In Guatemala case WASHINGTON CIA Director John Deutch is dismissing or reprimanding nine current and former officials accused of mishandling information on slayings in Guatemala and failing to report abuses to Congress. Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said they still planned to hold hearings and to ask the Justice Department to the matter. Mr. Deutch told the panel yesterday that CIA officers mishandled information regarding the slayings of a U.S. citizen and a guerrilla married to an American and that the -agency failed keep Congress fully and currently informed as required by intend to put this Guatemala matter behind us and focus -our energy on implementing the management changes necessary -to make the CIA clandestine service effective and responsible in the he said. have made we have -recognized them. We are correcting those errors and we are moving forward to meet our 1' The director ordered the retirement of the former head of the Latin American division of the agency's covert division and of the former Guatemalan station chief. The CIA refused to identify any of the officials involved. Elks now accept women members CHICAGO Membership in the Elks is no longer for bulls ''only. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks officially changed its constitution yesterday to remove from the 'list of qualifications for membership. The move came as the .group tallied votes on the issue from its lodges across the country. The change is effective meaning women can apply for membership at all Elks lodges. Anyone who wants to be an Elk must be proposed for membership by a member of the lodge and endorsed by two other members. Then a two-thirds majority must vote approval. kills classmate Fla. A 14-year-old eighth-grader fatally shot a fellow student between classes yesterday. Keith Johnson exchanged words with Joey .before shooting him at Tavares Middle Police Chief Thomas said. pointed the weapon at Joey and began firing a semiautomatic shooting '.numerous times even after the victim had fallen to the Chief Thomas said. He fled after threatening other students and was arrested when police chased him into an orange grove. He was charged with murder and turned over to juvenile authorities. When school resumes the county's middle and high schools will be equipped with hand-held metal the school board said. Jury seated In Menendez retrial LOS ANGELES A jury has been chosen for the second trial of Erik and Lyle the brothers charged with murder in the shotgun slaying of their wealthy parents. Jury selection began Aug. 23 and ended Thursday when the panel was seated. The jury was to return Oct. 11. A court clerk said yesterday that motions will probably be heard next week. and admit they killed their Jose and Kitty on Aug. but said they feared their parents were about to kill them after years of physical and psychological abuse. Prosecutors said the brothers hated their parents and killed for their multimillion-dollar estate. The two juries in the first trials couldn't decide between murder and manslaughter. Judge In Jordan slaying orders speedup N.C. The man held for more than two years in the slaying of Michael Jordan's father said yesterday he's glad the judge who will oversee his murder trial is speeding things up. think it's time for this thing to be Daniel Andre Green said in a 10-minute telephone interview from jail. Mr. is charged with murder and robbery in the July 1993 death of James Jordan. He has been held without bail as legal maneuverings and a judicial backlog delayed his trial. A co-defendant who accepted a plea agreement earlier this year will testify against him. Investigators say the two stole Jordan's red Lexus and dumped his body in a creek. WORLD DIGEST French police kill most wanted man PARIS Police in the eastern city of Lyon late yesterday killed France's most wanted the main suspect in a series of deadly bombings. Judicial sources identified the dead man as Khaled a 24-year-old Algerian who has been the object of a massive manhunt. He fired on police who closed in on him about 6 miles outside and police fired officials said. Kelkal was the only suspect clearly identified in the bombings that killed seven people and injured more than 100 since July 15. His fingerprints were found on a bomb that failed to explode Aug. 16 by a high-speed train track. Nearly 800 police had been searching the woods near Lyon for I Kelkal since when a mushroom hunter stumbled on his forest hideout. Quake shakes old Dubrovnlk Croatia An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 shook the southern Adriatic port of Dubrovnik early damaging dozens of houses in the medieval old authorities said. Five houses in the walled city center suffered significant and officials feared two might cave said VJekoslav Vlerde of the Dubrovnik Reconstruction Agency. No casualties were reported. Dubrovnik is famous for its well-preserved historical including four towers overlooking the walled port dating back to the 16th century. The Old Town was damaged in the 1981 Serb-Croat war. when the Serb-led Yugoslav army laid a nine-month siege before withdrawing from Croatia in 1992. would sign neither measure on his desk financing congression al operations and military con struction by Sunday Republican leaders were em bar rassed when the House rejected a pair of House-Senate compromise spending bills in votes that under lined divisions within GOP ranks lawmakers voted 277 147 to turn down a billion Interior Department bill for largely because it would have allowed the government to resume leasing mineral-rich federal lands to min- ing companies for as little as 50 an acre A total of 91 185 Democrats and one independent voted to reject the as moderate Eastern and fiscally conservative Republicans joined Democrats in a major the chamber voted 267 151 to turn aside a billion defense bill Voting against it were 136 Demo- crats and one independent most of them contending that it gave the Pentagon too much money and 130 Republicans many of whom were angry that it watered down prohibitions against abortions in overseas military hospitals on my judgment will not ask me about the B-2 bomber or my defense said Rep Robert Dornan au- thor of the original and abortion provision will ask me about my votes on human hie The final version of the bill worked out in conference with Senate negotiators retained Mr Dornan's provision prohibiting abortions in overseas military hospitals But it also contained a caveat that it would become law only if an identical provision were passed in a companion de- fense authorization bill That legislation is bogged down in House-Senate negotiations and its final passage is in doubt A letter from Mr Clinton's budget Alice to House Speaker Newt indicated the president would veto the bill because it called for spending billion more on defense than he re- quested Jurors see Nicole i 'i Tapes played as case goes finally to jury LOS ANGELES O.J. Simpson's fate was placed in the hands of 12 anonymous citizens after they saw the bat- tered face and heard the desperate voice of Nicole Brown Simpson and were warned to ignore law- yers' exhortations that world is Three hundred sixty-eight days after jury selection Judge Lance Ito ordered the panel to decide the case based on the evidence. Moments prosecutor Marcia Clark completed her pre- sentation by playing an audiotape of 911 calls that Ms. Simpson made over the years. As the tape Ms. Clark flashed on a giant courtroom screen pictures of Ms. Simpson's bruised face after various beatings and a bloody portrait of the murder victim in death. don't have to say anything Ms. Clark intoned solemnly after the tape was played. and on be- half of the people of California we ask you to find the Orenthal James guilty of murder in the first Judge Ito addressed the panel for final instructions. are not partisans or advo- but impartial judges of the he told the 12 jurors and two alternates who have been seques- tered since Jan. 11. He reminded them that both prosecutors and defense attorneys had argued that world is AP photo Los Police Department officers stand guard outskto the Criminal Courts Building yesterday. As the O.J. Simpson double-murder Mai nears Its the LAPD has Increased Its presence outside the courts building. but told them that should have no influence on their verdict. The jurors were expressionless as they filed into the jury room. In anticipation of the impend- ing the street outside the courthouse was barricaded by po- lice early yesterday. The crowds that gathered were bigger than and many people were kept across the street. Some cheered as defense attor- neys arrived. Supporters on both sides played on a theme of defense attorney Johnnie Cochran's closing argu- There were shirts that it doesn't fit then you must and a sign that they they're full of Three minutes after the case was submitted at p.m. on the courtroom a jury room buzzer sounded three times. The judge had told the jury to .use the buzzer after a foreman was se- lected. it wasn't an- nounced whether one had been picked. they've got a verdict and we can all go quipped Mr. Cochran. Laughter breaking a palpable tension that had built during the final moments of Ms. Clark's rebuttal. In pleading for a Ms. Clark summoned up the bea- ten face and desperate voice of Ms. who was murdered along with friend Ronald Gold- man on June I feel I'm the only one left to speak for the she said. Nicole and Ron are speaking to She urged jurors to listen to thg resignation in Ms voice in one 911 call and consider the words she spoke to a detective who responded to a domestic lence call at her home six before the murders1 going to kill Ms Clark suggested that Mr. Goldman was a hero in the effort to convict his killer struggling so forced the killer to leave evi- told you with their with their hair... that he did it Orenthal she said. The judge's final instructions and the majority-black jury's dfr parture to begin deliberations marked the end of a convulsive yearlong battle involving a popu- lar sports legend. It placed criminal justice system itself on trial and raised disturbing of racism within the Los Angelea Police Department. The final session yesterday was as contentious as with Cochran and Barry Scheck pep-' pering Ms. Clark with a fusillade' of objections more than 60 all that fragmented portions of her argument. But in the final courtroom fell silent as the graphs and the tapes of Ms. son provided a dramatic finish.' In the spectator Simpson's Tanya and Denise held their hands over their ears and wept wijh their Juditha. Mr. Goldman's family was in tears. Mr. Simpson looked away from the jury. To the jurors were expres- sionless. Gov. Wilson out of presidential race WASHINGTON Out of money and trailing badly even in his home California Gov. Pete Wilson yesterday abandoned his bid for the 1996 Republican presidential saying he could not in good conscience pile up a huge debt. much as your hearts and mine tell me to fight my conscience tells me that to do so would be unfair to all of Mr. Wilson said at a Sacramento rally. go on would simply be to run up an unacceptable He was the first declared 1996 hopeful to bow out. The governor made his decision late Thursday after being told he would have to borrow to keep his debt-laden campaign and even then he'd only be able to run a bare-bones operation. He called top supporters yesterday morning to inform them he would quit the race just one month and day after he formally jumped in. As they ushered him out of the most of the remain- ing GOP hopefuls suggested they stood to gain. Commentator Pat Buchanan noted that he also had put curbs on immigration and affirmative action atop his social agenda. Texas Sen. Phil Gramm released a list of his conservative support In and suggested he now had as good a chance as anyone to win the state's March primary if the nomination isn't already decided by then. Former Tenness- ee Gov. Lamar Alexander noted that he was now the only GOP candidate who has run a state. Senate Majority Leader Bob Ehjle had little to save calling the governor a longtime friend. Chrysler rebuked on niiiiivaii latches WASHINGTON The government's auto safety agency told Chrysler Corp. yesterday it was very troubled the automaker was telling minivan owners there was no safety problem with the rear-door latches the company has agreed to replace. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration informed Chrysler in a letter it would carefully monitor repairs. The agency also said it would work with Chrysler to revise what em- ployees of its hot line are telling customers to make sure motorists understand there is a safety con- cern and they should bring their minivans in for repair. In the Chrysler told the agency it would repair or replace the latches in some 4 million minivans sold from 1984 to 1994 because of fears of ejections from rear liftgates popping open in crashes. at no time found the latches to be Michael the agency's associate administrator of safety wrote in a letter to Chrysler. It was the second such letter this week and a clear sign of the agency's frustration with Chrys- ler. At least 35 people have died in accidents in which the liftgates opened in the Town and Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager according to public files. NHTSA was investigating but had made no finding of a defect which could lead to a formal recall when Chrysler offered in March to repair the latches NHTSA has been keeping its investigation open until it wfes satisfied the repair program was well on track. The agency still has the authority to recall the miai- vans. 1- A Chrysler spokesman in Higlj- land said the pany would be writing a to NHTSA's which it make available early next weekly Senate saves space kills WASHINGTON Here's how area members of Congress were recorded on major roll call votes in the week ending Sept. 29. Senate s-ROLLCALL HOUSe T0 EUCT House 195 for JmJ LAMM Voting 221 for an amendment requ and 202 the House sent secret-ballot elections to pick the Senate a bill giving employee representatives i HOW YOUR CONGRESSMEN VOTED companies leeway under federal with management on workpl labor law to operate employer- teams authorized by HR 743. SPENMNO. By a vote of 55 for and 45 against the Senate sent sought to include million for employee groups for addressing laDor-tacliej to conference with the House a the program in which some 20.000 workplace issues and increasing bill appropriating 9 billion in youths receive college tuition and productivity. The bill was sup- w. fiscal 1996 for a variety of depart- a living allowance in return for ported by the Chamber of Com- ments and agencies. Senators pre- community service. Both houses merce and opposed by the AFL- Mr served the space station but killed now have voted to kill the high- the administration's AmeriCorps priority administration program. A yes vote was to continue Na- tional Service Ms Mikulski and Mr. Sarbanes voted yes SPACE Voting 35 for CIO. A yes vote was to pass the bill. Mrs. Morella. Voting Wayne Robert By a vote of for and 159 against the sent the Senate a bill more difficult for federal Roscoe block a referendum approved by a program. A yes vote was to pass the bill. Sen. Barbara and Sen. Paul VVBkBQ LVS1 _ m I J NATIONAL The Senate and 64 the Senate rejected Constance state's voters. A yes vote was to 47 for and 52 a an amendment to kill space sta- R Montgomery. Voting Benja- pass the bill. Voting Mr. bid to keep alive the two-year-old tion Alpha. A yes vote was to min Cardin. Albert Mr. Mr. Bar- National Service program known terminate NASA's space station. D-Prince Steny Mrs. Morella. Voting Mr. as AmeriCorps. An Ms. Mikulski and Mr. Sarbanes D-St. Kweisi Mr. Mr. sponsored by Ms. voted no. D-BaltJmore. Mr. Mfume. A   

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