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Critical primaries
just two days away
CHICAGO — Bill Clinton asked
churchgoers for votes and prayers
Sunday as rivals Paul Tsongas and
Jerry Brown mounted intense efforts
to blunt the big-state appeal that could
cement the Arkansas governor as the
overwhelming Democratic front-run
With the critical
gan primaries two
days away and
Clinton far ahead
in late polls, can
didates cam
paigned freneti
cally and planned
a curtain-call
debate to be televised in both states.
The spirited Democratic jockey
ing nearly overshadowed the GOP
contests — two more all-but certain
wins for President Bush despite an
aggressive effort in Michigan by
conservative challenger Patrick
Tsongas and Brown, well aware a
Rust Bell sweep would make Clinton
the presumptive nominee, look time
to appear on national television pro
grams to suggest Democratic voters
think again.
“You can the everything to every
body,” Tsongas said in renewing his
criticism that Clinton was putting
popularity over prosperity and prom
ising programs to help everyone.
Tsongas also said anew that he would
not be interested in sharing the ticket
with Clinton because of economic
“You have to stand lor some things,”
es span I
from state:
Democratic: 164
Republican 85
Total delegates
in U.S.:_
Democratic 4,284
Republican: 2,209
III. electorate:
1990 population
Eligible voters
Registered voters
_ J 6,031,858
Tsongas told NBC-TV’s “Meet the
Press” before visiting a black church
and marching in a St. Patrick s parade
in Chicago. “I think that's the major
Brown, on CBS-TV's “Face the
Nation. " said. “He's all over ihe lot.
There’s no beef.”
The former California governor
also visited a black church, where he
hoped to cut into Clinton's overwhelm
ing support among black voters. His
appeals to labor in Michigan have
brought him into a virtual tie with
Tsongas for second place.
lust Belt
Electoral ^^HT~cakI
from state:
Democratic 131
Republican 72
Total delegates
in U.S.:
Democratic 4,284 1
Republican: 2,209 "
Michigan electorate:
1990 population
Eligible voters
Registered voters
, HHHHHK; 5,892,001
Clinton, meanwhile, made a blit/
of church visits before joining Tson
gas in the parade. Clinton visited four
churches and stopped at a bagel bak
ery in a Jewish Chicago
neighborhood.To each predominantly
black congregation, Clinton quoted
the Bible and scriptures and offered a
promise of promoting racial unity.
“If we arc all equal in the eyes of
God, why arc the opportunities not
there for so many?” he said at one
stop. “I think we have lost our way..
.. I have seen the miracles of America
and they make the failures of our
country all the more painful."
Bad checks haunt elections
WASHINGTON — The political
consequences of check-bouncing ai
ihc House bank will be pul 10 an early
leslTucsday in Illinois, where Demo
cratic Rep. Charles Hayes — listed
among the lop half-dozen abusers —
faces a difficult primary battle.
“He’s become a captive of the
perks and privileges of Congress,”
said Chicago Alderman Bobby Rush,
who’s threatening to unseal the five
term incumbent in the Democratic
Across the political map this elec
tion year, challengers see gold in the
check-bouncing scandal, and the 296
olfcndingcurrcni House members arc
scrambling to control the damage.
Hayes fought back, noting that ho
716 bad checks involved no taxpayci
“If it had cost ihc government
money or the taxpayer money, it would
be an issue,” he said. “I covered any
overdraft and I owe no money to
“I think the voters will deal with
this harshly,” Rep. Fred Grandy, R
Iowa, a member of the House ethics
committee, said about the overall
U.N. peacekeepers
face challenges
Troops try to end war in Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -
The United Nations officially em
barked on its largest ever peacekeep
ing operation Sunday, hoping to
end two decades ol war that killed
countless Cambodians and devas
tated their country.
Arriving to formally establish
the U.N. Transitional Authority in
senior U.N.
Yasushi Akashi
c o n d e m n c d
recent cease
fire violations,
and said the
United Nations would do what it
must to defend the peace accord
signed by Cambodia's four rival
‘We face a historic challenge,'
Akashi said. “UNTAC will be the
largest, most complicated, most
ambitious and, I am afraid, most
expensive operation in the 47-year
history of the United Nations.”
U.N. officials and soldiers be
gan arriving in October alter the
Vietnamese-installed government
and three rebel factions signed a
peace agreement in Paris to end 13
years of civil war. A few thousand
are now' here and about 22,000
soldiers, civilian police and other
officials eventually are to come.
The lightly armed U.N. military
force is to disarm most of the 250,000
lighters from all four factions and
supervise the rest m s|>eeial can
tonments set up around the coun
The peacekeepers also are to
ensure that all V letnamese soldiers
arc out of the country. Vietnam
says it w ithdrew the last of its trcxips
in late 1989, but that has been
disputed by some Cambodians.
The U.N. operation also will
repatriate360,(KK)relugeonow in
Thailand, and U.N. officials arc to
take over key governmental func
tions in the next few weeks to pro
vide a neutral climate before U.N.
conducted elections m 1993.
. ' . 1
Forces try to prevent more fighting
between former Yugoslav republics
PANCEVO, Yugoslavia — With
bluc-beretcd officers standing at
sharp attention, the commander of
the U.N. peacekeeping forces inau
gurated their mission Sunday, tell
ing the troops they faced a delicate
and difficult task.
Also Sunday, Y ugoslavia’s fed
eral army turned over guard posts
on the border with Greece to au
thorities of Macedonia, which
proclaimed its independence in
In ethnically tense Bosnia, the
Tanjug news agency reported heavy
shooting throughout the night near
the military airport of Mosiar re
gion. Croatian radio said ethnic
Muslims had erected barricades on
a main road leading into Mosiar,
but there was no word of casual
The advance U.N. team was
scheduled to Ian out Monday across
three main war /ones in Croatia,
which dec I oral independence nearly
nine months ago. All I4.0(K! L.N.
troops were scheduled to arrive by
April 25.
Some peacekeepers said they
had had little time to prepare lor
their mission. “We had received a
three-day notice before coming
here,” said Col. Yuri Levchcnkoof
Levchenko, an Afghanistan w ar
veteran, was heading the first L.N.
peacekeeping unit from the former
Soviet Union. It was to be sta
tioned near Vukovar, in eastern
Croatia, scene of the bloodiest
clashes in the civil war._
Under the U N. peace plan.
Croatian forces and the Serb-led
federal army will withdraw from
contested parts of Croatia. All
militias arc to be disarmed, and the
regions will conic under U.N. pro
tection while a negotiated solution
is sought.
Second quake hits Turkey, slows relief efforts
ERZINC AN, Turkey — A second
major earthquake struck eastern Tur
key on Sunday, just two days alter a
temblor that caused hundreds or even
thousands of deaths, state television
reported. Panicked residents ran into
the streets.
The second quake measured 6 on
the Richter scale and occurred at 6:17
p.m. the television and semi-official
Anaiolia news agency reported. The
new shock came as tents and emer
gency food aid poured into this city,
already reduced to rubble by a Fri
day’s earthquake.
Sunday’s quake knocked out power
in the city and temporarily halted
rescue operations, Anatolia reported.
The second quake was fell over a
broad area extending nearly to the
Soviet border in northeastern Turkey
and u> Diyarbakir in southeastern
Turkey. There were no immediate
reports on further damage or injuries.
Rescue efforts were proceeding
slowly Sunday and officials said they
feared many bodies remained buried.
The first minute-long quake hit
Friday evening, llancning one quar
ter of the city of 1 SO.CKX) in eastern
Turkey that was rebuilt alter a 1939
earthquake killed 32,(XX) people.
Red Cross officials, citing reports
from the scene, have said as many as
4,(XX) people might have been killed
across eastern Turkey. But only a few
hundred bodies had been recovered
by Sunday, officials said.
St. Pat's reaches Moscow
MOSCOW — This is a mul
tiple-choice question: name the city
where a bagpiper in kills played
traditional Irish tunes on Sunday,
and green beer flowed at the S ham -
rock bar.
Answer: Dublin, Killarncy —
or Moscow.
Moscow Tis.
Muscovites got a taste of Ire
land on Sunday, two days ahead of
the tribute to the 15th century Irish
saint, in the city’s first St. Patrick’s
Day parade.
City officials sealed off a main
street leading to the Kremlin to
make way for more than 20 floats,
marchers and drum majorettes.
The parade organized by the
Irish Store, a Russian-lrish joint
venture, appeared to mystify many
city dwellers accustomed to more
sedate Sundays.
“This is amazing,” said pen
sioner Alexander Cherdov. “I just
came out to buy bread. 1 never
expected a parade.”
Moscow’s version of St. Pat
rick’s Day lacked only the num
bers of celebrants from Irish com
munities around the world.
For instance, there w as just one
kilted bagpiper, Dcs Boland, a
bartender from Shannon airport
temporarily working in Moscow.
Accompanying Boland as his
bagpipes blared were six Russians
on horseback dressed in the tradi
tional Cossack uniform.
Gay activists march with banner
in Boston’s St. Patrick’s parade
BOSTON — Some spectators
lobbed smoke bombs and beer cans at
two dozen Irish-American gay activ
ists Sunday as they marched, draped
in green and armed with a court order,
in a St. Patrick's Day parade.
Some spectators jeered and others
threw things at gay marchers, who
wore pink triangles and green carna
tions. They responder! by shouting
“Happy St. Patrick’s Day.”
“It’s a great amount of hale,” said
Dave O’Connor, part of the gay con
tingent. “I’m Irish, I’m from Ireland,
1 should bloody well be allowed to
A judge last week ordered organ
i/crs lo admit gays lo die parade through
the heavily Irish-Ameriean neighbor
hood of South Boston.
The Irish-Ameriean Gay, Lesbian
and Bisexual Pride Committee agreed
to limit marchers to 25, use only one
banner and refrain from distributing
Mounted police acted as a buffer
between marchers and the crowd of
about 6(X),(XX). Motorcycle police
cruised alongside and a police van
filled with officers followed behind.
It was the first lime in the Boston
parade's 91-year history that an openly
gay group marched under its
own banner.
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John Adklsson
Wendy Mott
Tom Kunz
Art Director Scott Maurer
General Manager Dan Shattll
Production Manaqer Katherine Pollcky
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