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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-
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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
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
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 goddaughters.fi
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
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
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
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.
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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
"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.