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Thursday, March 19, 1987
By The Associated Press
Senate refuses to block $40 million for Contra
WASHINGTON The Senate refused today to block a $40 million
installment in aid to the Nicaraguan Contra rebels.
The vote was 52-48.
The Senate action means that the $40 million, the second installment
in the $100 million in aid approved by Congress last year, will begin
flowing to the Contra rebels.
The House last wet k voted to withhold the $40 million. And even if the
Senate had gone along with the House vote, both Democratic and Repub
lican leaders had acknowledged that President Reagan probably would
get the $40 million to the Contras by vetoing the legislation disapproving
Reputed crime boss dies at 72
TAMPA, Fla. Santo Trafficante Jr., one of the last of the old-time
reputed Mafia dons, died last Tuesday at the Texas Heart Institute in
Houston. He was 72.
Trafficante is survived by his wife of 46 years, Josephine, two daughters
and four grandchildren.
Trafficante's Sicilian-born father allegedly presided over what federal
authorities call Tampa's "era of blood," when rival crime families fought
for control of lucrative Florida gambling from 1937 to 1945. When his
fat her died in 1 954, Trafficante took over the family business, according to
testimony before a U.S. Senate committee in 1963.
Grand jiny indicts Beaver perjmny
WASHINGTON Michael K. Deaver, the former aide to
President Reagan who left his White House job to become a
lobbyist, was indicted for perjury today.
Deaver, the first person ever indicted under a Watergate
inspired law authorizing independent investigations of top
government officials, was charged with lying to Congress
and to the federal grand jury that indicted him.
The 18-page indictment charges Deaver with five counts
of perjury when responding to allegations that he used his
White House connections to promote his lobbying business,
a potential violation of federal ethics laws.
Earlier today, Chief Justice William II. Rehnquist rejected
an emergency request aimed at blocking any indictment
while Deaver pursues his challenge of the federal law that
created an independent counsel, or special prosecutor.
The indictment charges that Deaver twice lied while
testifying before a congressional subcommittee and per
jured himself three times while testifying before the grand
Deaver, who for four years served as Reagan's deputy
chief of staff, was indicted after an investigation by inde
pendent counsel Whitney North Seymour Jr.
In part, the indictment said Deaver "did unlawfully,
willfully and knowingly, and contrary to his oath, make false
material declarations" to the grand jury.
Seymdur announced Feb. 25 he was ready to seek a vote
on four perjury counts against Deaver. But he'd been
blocked from doing so by emergency orders, first by U.S.
District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson and then by an
FAA head resigns
WASHINGTON Donald Engen, who stewarded the
federal Aviation Administration through three years of
rebuilding the air traffic control system and dramatic
changes in the airline industry, announced his resigna
Engen gave no reason for resigning, effective in July,
except to say in a letter to the White house that he made
the decison public at this time "to allow an orderly
However, aviation and government sources said Engen
had become increasingly frustrated over his dealings on
aviation issues with the parent Transportation Depart
ment as well as with administration budget planners.
The resignation caught FAA officials as well as senior
Transportation Department officials by surprise, said
one source, who requested anonymity.
Engen, 62, informed President Reagan of his plans in a
letter last Friday in which he said he looked forward "to
working in the best interest of aviation" outside of
government after four decades of government services.
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Researcher gives self AIDS vaccine
in first reported human experiment
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NEW YORK A French researcher
has given himself an experimental
AIDS vaccine, and some volunteers
also have received it in the first reported
test of an AIDS vaccine in humans.
Daniel Zagury of the Pierre and
Marie Curie University in Paris reports
in Thrusday's issue of the British jour
nal Nature that the vaccine spurred his
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immune system to create defenses
against two varieties of the AIDS virus.
American scientists said Wednesday
the results are interesting but do not
prove that the vaccine works.
The letter gives no indication that
Zagury or the volunteers were later
exposed to the AIDS virus to see if the
vaccine prevented infection.
The letter says he suffered no signif
icant side effects from the vaccine.
Initial human tests of vaccines and
medicin , are generally designed to
look for side effects rather than effect
iveness. The new work is "an important first
step," said Dr. Robert Gallo, noted
AIDS researcher at the National Cancer
Gallo said the major question now is
whether the overall immune response
from the vaccine is strong enough to
prevent infection by the AIDS virus,
and whether it can work against all
The experimental" vaccine was de
signed to stimulate a second kind of
immune system defense, in addition to
the body's own antibodies, called cell
mediated response, in which special
blood cells also fight invading micro
organisms. The hope is that this defense would
protect against more than one virus
strain, and kill cells already infected
by the virus, researchers wrote.
The experiment used a genetically
altered "vaccinia" virus. Unaltered
vaccinia is used as a smallpox vaccine.
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WASHINGTON - The House
on Wednesday approved and sent
to the Senate legislation that
would let states raise speed lim
its to 65 mph on stretches of
rural interstate highway.
The 217-206 vote came shortly
after the lawmakers approved a
long-awaited $88.6 billion high
way and mass transit aid pack
age that states have said they
need for delayed construction
The vote on the highway bill,
to which the speed limit ques
tion was a separate amendment,
was 407-17. But the entire mea
sure is in doubt because admin
istration officials have said they
will recommend that President
Reagan veto the bill because of
The proposal to let states
abandon the 55 mph speed limit,
which "was instituted in 1974 at
the height of the energy shor
tage, was the most controversial
issue in the highway bill. It
caused such a deep dispute that
its opponents agreed to a separ
ate vote on the 65 mph question
so the rest of the highway meaure
would not be delayed.
Lawmakers who rose to debate
the question Wednesday used
the full gamut of arguments.
Suporters of the. f&.ter speed
said states should be able to
choose their won driving speeds,
and argued the current limit is
obsolete and forces police to
spend time enforcing an unen
forceable law. Opponents have
insisted that 55 mph driving
saves lives and fuel.
Rep. James Howard, D-NJ.,
chief supporter of the 55 mph
limit, said the faster speed would
let the average motorist save one
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