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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan2 PACIFIC STfBS SND STBIPES TUESDAY, MM 20,1997 S3S!»f»««r The Associated Press BALTIMORE — President Clinton in- yoked the legacy of John F. Kennedy's 1960s race to the moon Sunday and set a national target of developing an AIDS vaccine within the next 10 years: "We dare not be complacent" in meet- ing tiie chaUenge of HIV, the AIDS vi- rus, Clinton said in announcing creation of a research center at .the National In- stitutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., to complete the task. Up to 50 researchers will staff the suburban Washington facil- ity, drawn from existing NIH programs, and no new money was earmarked. "It is no longer a question of whether we ran d'evelop an AIDS vaccine, it is simply a question of when. And it cannot come a day too soon," Clinton told 850 graduates of Morgan State University, the first of three commencement ad- dresses he will deliver this year. The president declared that the Unit- 21 Jt if ID«• - • '.. •> tf, ed States is entering an age of advances in biology and outlined an agenda for ensuring that scientific breakthroughs benefit all people. "If the 21st century is to be the centu- ry of biology, let us make an AIDS vac- Ocine its first great triumph," he said.A vaccine is urgently needed for pre- vention, Clinton said, pointing out that 3 million people around the world were infected with HIV last year. He noted that the virus now ranks with tuberqulo- sis and malaria as the world's deadliest infectious diseases. Clinton's call for a vaccine did not sat- isfy some AIDS activists, who contended that it is a significantly watered-down version of his 1992 promise of a sweep- ing project to seek a cure for AIDS. "This is a phony announcement," said Wayne Turner, Washington spokesman for the AIDS Activist group ACT-UP. "He^ talks the big talk* but all he's doing is reshuffling a couple dozen employees. He's talking a prevention vaccine. That's writing off me lives of millions of people who've been infected." Jose Zuniga, spokesman for the advo- cacy group AIDS Action, said Clinton must ensure that researchers developing protease inhibitors, promising develop- ments in the search for AIDS cures, are not taken away to pursue a vaccine. Zuniga also urged Clinton not to drain monies from social -support programs for AIDS sufferers, such as housing and Medicaid, to fund vaccine research. Roughly $148 million is devoted to the vaccine work in Clinton's budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, $17 million more than last year, said Sandy Thur- mafl, the president's AIDS adviser. Clinton said he will enlist other na- tions in vaccine research next month, when he meets with leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations in Denver. "If America commits" to linden AIDS vaccine^ and we enlist others in our cause, we will do it."Clinton compared the search for an AIDS Vaccine with President Kennedy's challenge 36 years ago, in 1961, to put a man on the moon before 1970. "He gave us the goal of reaching the moon, and we achieved it ahead of time," ,Clinton said. "Today, let us look within and step up to the challenge of our time." The Associatf/'Press I NEW Y0J8C — Parents, friends and lovers left behind in the AIDS epidemic were among 35,000 people who took to Central Park on Sunday to honor the dead and raise millions of dollars. "It's such a beautiful day and such an important cause," said Eva Friedman) who walked the six-mile charity route wit& two teen-age l lost a very incredible and wonder- ful Mend to AIDS. He was only 29," said Friedman, 43.Walking with about 50 other Sony em- "ployees, George McGUnchey, 64, re- membered his 41-year-old son, who died of AIDS two years ago. .- „ "If everybody did more, it would be a much better world," he said. The/12th annual AIDS Walk in New York-benefits Gay Men's Health Crisis, which provides services to AIDS pa- tients, operates prevention programs and does advocacy work. Organizers said they hoped to raise up to $5 million through the walk. Fund-raising documents accord hear The Associated Press , WASHINGTON — The White Houseand House Republicans are close to an amicable resolution of a bitter dispute over documents subpoenaed in a House investigation of Democratic campaign fi- nancing, said the committee chairman involved <:Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., said on "Fox News Sunday," once the-dispute is re- solved, his Government Reform andOversight Committee will drop its threat of a contempt citation against V^hite House officials. But if it falls apart, thecommittee will go ahead with contempt citations as early as Wednesday. Burton has ^accused the White Houseof failing to produce documents about fund-raiser John Huang, Indonesianbusinessman James Riady and Webster Hubbell, a former associate attorney general. The White House contends it is coop- erating but claims some documents on the list are protected by attorney-client privilege because they are notes taken by White House lawyers. The White House also is seeking guarantees that material will be kept confidential. Burton said agreement has been clearly reached on surrendering, somefl documents but not others. One focus of Burton's investigations is whether China, partly through Asian- Americali fund-raisers for the Demo- crats, tried to influence U.S. policy through campaign contributions last year. Zhu Rongji, China's deputy prime minister, quoted Sunday by Newsweek magazine, denied a report that China sent nearly $1 million to its consulates and Washington embassy in 1995 to win favor; with U.S. politicians. EEV bans firing practice at Cape Cod Guard base The Associated Press BOURNE, Mass. — For the first time, military training has been suspended for environmental and public health reasons as a top environmental official upheld a ban on shooting practice at the polluted Massachusetts Military Reservation. Frederic Hansen, the Environmental Protection Agency's deputy administra- tor, agreed Friday that chemicals and lead from spent shells on firing ranges on the Cape Cod base threaten public health and the drinking supply for 200,000 residents. The EPA reports thaf a $165 million cleanup of toxic substances beneath the base has been a failure. The order requires the Army National Guard to suspend all training at the base involving propellants and pyrotechnics. ABBY CLARKE Call From Anywhere In Japan. Sterving Japan since 1994" Same low rate 24 hrs a day No monthly fci^n-iip fc-t- No monthly minimum Discount rat:<-% iu other counti it' • Bill to Visa. Atm-x, MC, Discover Diners or Bank Debit 1 Available to family and frit-lids in tin.- U.S. at 37cMiiin. Save up to fV ^5SHi^^ 4f ~^K$* DSN: 222-6980/5672 From off base: 0176-152-6442 E-mail: [email protected] Web site: lease 11 or Lease #2 Fee * $99 Deposit $0* Monthly Fee '$8* ($20) $0 Jotal $149 $107 $549 arc by Clinton The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The 37 U.S. Navy men who died in the 1987 Iraqi missile attack on the Mgate Stark were remem- bered as national heroes on the 10th an- niversary of the Middle East tragedy. "The American people will not forget the sacrifice your loved ones made to keep our nation secure," President Clin- ton said in a message to relatives and Mends of the 37 gathered under gray skies at. the Arlington National Cemetery ceremony Saturday. "We are grateful for the live& tney lived, proud of the' way they served and determined to build a future for this country that is worthy of their selfless sacrifice." The Stark, a guided missile Mgate, was among Navy ships patrolling the Persian Gulf to protect oil tankers dur- ing the Iran-Iraq war. Hie United States protested the attack and accepted Iraqi's claim that it had been inadvertent. Both the Stark's commander and its task force chief sai4 after the May 17,1987, incident that the frigate was taken by surprise because U.S. patrols at that time — three years before Iraq's inva- sion of Kuwait'— regarded Iraqi planes asMeridly. "That day, our lives changed, and 37 Navy sailors became heroes at the cost of their lives," "retired Vice Adm. Mi-chael P. Kalieres told about 100 people at the ceremony, sponsored by No Greater Love, a humanitarian organiza- tion dedicated to providing comfort and friendship to survivors of Americans who lost their lives in military service gr as victims of terrorism. • " . Kalleres, now ^corporation president, was* commander of the cruiser-destroyer .group arthe Stark's home port at May- oport, Fla.Names, of all <37. were read -as teen- agers in the Naval Sea Cadet unit at the Washingtort Navy. Yard and family0meij£- bers placed roses on me graves. ;