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Clinton hopes college-aid plan ‘changes America’
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Presi
dent Clinton pledged Monday to
revolutionize college aid by allow
ing students to repay loans through
community work, casting his am
bitious national service plan as a
1990s GI Bill to “change America
forever and for the better.”
Starting with a modest 1,000
slots this summer and growing to
100,000 or more within four years,
the program will make college af
fordable to all while setting off a
wave of involvement in education,
health, safety and environmental
projects, Clinton predicted.
“All across America we have
problems that demand our com
mon attention,” Clinton said. “Na
tional service is nothing less than
the American way to change
He chose the 32nd anniversary
of President Kennedy’s creation of
the Peace Corps to formally pro
pose it as president Congressional
approval would be required.
Aides say many details are still
unclear, from how much a student
would be able to borrow to how big
a stipend to pay young people while
they work off their loans.
Clinton’s plan is designed to
dramatically reshape federal stu
dent aid programs and offer young
Americans opportunities to perform
such community service as work
ing in inner-city children’s health
and drug clinics, tutoring in lit
eracy programs and walking streets
in neighborhood police corps.
The president himself set high
expectations for the initiative, fram
ing the announcement as “one I
hope will be a truly historic mo
ment in our nation’s history.”
After a pilot project of 1,000 or
so students this summer, paid for
with $15 million in Clinton’s eco
nomic stimulus package, the presi
dent proposes spending $7.4 bil
lion over the next four years, build
ing from 25,000 service slots in
1^4 to more than 100,000 in 1997.
One year of service would
qualify students for two years of
college loans. Eli Segal, the Clinton
adviser drafting the program, said
the administration had yet to de
cide on a borrowing cap.
Students could borrow first and
enter service after graduating, or
enter service after high school and .
accrue credits for loans.
Cult releases six;
WACO, Texas—A heavily armed
religious cull released six more chil
dren Monday and authorities negoti
ated nonstop trying to resolve a stand
off at a fortified compound where
six people died.
The leader of the cult, who be
lieves he’s Jesus, told his mother “I’m
dying, all right?” after Sunday’s gun
battle with an army of police and
The cult. Branch Davidians, al
lowed at least 10 children to leave.
More children were believed to be
inside the bullet-scarred compound.
Authorities kept up negotiations a
day after a rain of gunfire killed four
federal agents and two members of
the sect, one reportedly cult leader
David Koresh’s daughter.
“We negotiated through the night
and they are negotiating again this
morning,” said Sharon Wheeler, a
spokeswoman for the federal Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
She declined to say who was negoti
ating for the cult.
At least 75 people remained in the
compound about 10 miles east of
Waco. Koresh said many of the .chil
dren were his.
Three people arrested after the
shootout were charged Monday with
attempted murder of a federal law
enforcement officer and use of a fire
arm during comnfission of a violent
crime, said Jim Deadey, a spokesman
in the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The FBI sent its elite Hostage Res
cue Team to the scene Monday, said
a federal law official who spoke on
condition of anonymity.
The standoff began Sunday after a
45-minutc gun battle with about 100
ATF agents, who were trying to serve
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arrest and search warrants on Koresh
for federal firearms charges. Later
Sunday, three people tried to shoot
their way out of the one-square-block
compound, ATF agents said.
Sixteen agents were wounded, and
all were mil of intensive care and
stable, hospital officials said.
Check of parking video
gives leads in bombing
NEW YORK — A check of park
ing stubs produced some leads in the
bombing of the World Trade Center,
investigators said Monday. Authori
ties also obtained a videotape of ve
hicles entering the complex’s garage
before the blast.
reopened despite the damage.
The videotape shows vehicles go
ing in and out of one of three entrances
to the center’s underground garage,
where Friday’s explosion blew out
three levels, leaving a huge under
ground cavern under the center’s Vista
Explosives experts believe the
bomb was so large it “would test the
springs of any car or van,” making it
conspicuous on the tape, said James
Fox, head of the FBI’s New York
Officials with the Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey said
police were able to collect parking
stubs from the garage with the plates
of each car written on them, and Fox
said the stubs have provided some
He also said witness accounts sug
gest a pattern of suspicious move
ments near the center before the blast,
“activity... that we find very interest
ing and that we're following up on.”
Fox said investigators still haven’t
settled on any prime suspects or even
decided the bomb was the work of
terrorists. He said it could have been
planted by drug cartels angered by
U.S. anti-narcotics efforts.
He also said investigators were
asking Port Authority officials about
possible disgruntled employees. The
Port Authority operates the center.
Friday's noontime disaster killed
five people, injured at least 1,000 and
sent dense black smoke into neigh
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Serb offensive takes regions
targeted by U.S. relief drops
Attempt to reach refugees
with food and medicine
apparently fails Monday
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — The
first food and medicine dropped by U.S. planes
for hungry Muslims reportedly fell mostly into
the hands of Serbs waging a fierce attack Mon
day on a government enclave
| in eastern Bosnia.
Up to 10,000 refugees
from the fighting were re
ported cowering on the slopes
of an icy mountain as Serb
tanks stormed into the Cerska
region. Hundreds died in
fighting in that area Sunday,
Bosnian radio claimed.
Officials of Bosnia's Muslim-led govern
ment in Sarajevo said the U.S. attempt to get
food to Muslims surrounded in the east ap
peared to have been an almost total failure.
A defense official in the government-held
town of Tuzla said bundles with food and
medical supplies fell on Serb lines in the rug
ged, inhospitable mountains around Cerska.
Gen. Ratko Mladic, commander of Seib forces
in Bosnia, also said some of tire aid landed in
Serb-held areas, “where it was not intended.’’
As night fell, only one package had been
reported found by Muslims some 20 miles
northwest of Cerska in the direction of Tuzla.
the Bosnian news agency BH Press said, quot
over the Adriatic offshore from Bosnia and
could respond to an attack on U.S. transports
U.N. sources in Tuzla said they had reports
that about 10,000 people had fled the Serb
offensive in the Cerska region and were trapped
on the snow-covered slopes of Mount Udrc
ing a ham radio report.
“The Americans didn't get good marks on
their first exam ination, so they should try again,”
said Murat Efendic, head ol an association of
eastern Bosnians as he monitored ham radio
exchanges in the Bosnian presidency building
U.S. officials in Germany said more air
drops were planned but would not say when.
They expressed satisfaction with the initial
drops, but declined to confirm that Cerska was
the target as reported by U.N. officials and
would not comment on reports that the food
appeared to fall behind Seib lines. The aid
operation is the mostdirect U.S. involvement in
Each of the U.S. C-130 Hercules transport
planes on Sunday night’s mission parachuted
nine 1,500-pound crates of military rations and
one crate of medical supplies. The operation is
mostly intended to help Muslims, but U.S.
officials say aid also will be dropped for Croats
The American planes are flying above 10,000
feet to minimize the risk of anti-aircraft fire.
The transports are not escorted by combat
aircraft to stress the humanitarian nature of the
operation. U.S. Navy warplanes from the air
craft carrier John F. Kennedy are patrolling
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