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China, Taiwan rebuilding ties
TAIPEI, Thiwan — China cooled its rhetoric and ended its war games
Monday, andTaiwan proposed a significant trade concession to Beijing,
suggesting that both sides want to end their eight-month war of nerves.
China sent thousands of troops on military maneuvers near Thiwan
and test-fired ballistic missiles in a failed attempt to undercut support
for Taiwan’s president, whom Beijing accuses of harboring dreams of
Monday’s developments indicate that the two rivals, having plunged
into a confrontation that alarmed their Asian neighbors and drew in the
U.S. Navy, are now looking for ways to get relations back to normal.
The end of the war games had been scheduled, and Taiwan warned
another may be imminent, although not so threatening. But China’s move
coincided with a shift in emphasis from vilifying President Lee Teng
hui of Taiwan to talking about what must be done to restore the peace.
Taiwan, for its part, offered to partially meet a fundamental Chinese
demand by establishing direct trade links with China.
Smuggled Freon seeps Into U.S.
NEW DELHI, India—Smuggled CFC gas from India has been seep
ing into the United States by the ton, allowing American motorists to
stay cool for less this summer but prolonging the threat to the Earth’s
The U.S. Customs Service says the contraband chlorofluorocarbon
12, the air-conditioning gas commonly called Freon, has suddenly be
come its No. 2 problem, behind illegal drugs.
One scheme broken up in Florida — with an Indian connection —
involved CFC-12 worth $52 million.The U.S. government, meanwhile,
has lost possibly hundreds of millions in tax revenues because^ of cool
ant smuggling. And big business has an investment of billions riding on
weaning the world from CFCs and getting it hooked on new chemicals.
A 1987 treaty, the Montreal Protocol, phases out CFCs because of
evidence that the compounds damage the upper atmosphere’s ozone
layer, which shields Earth from most of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation
and prevents skin cancer and other illnesses.
Nicotine nasal spray approved
WASHINGTON — Hard-core smokers are about to get new help in
kicking the habit: a nasal spray that gives them a shot of nicotine from a
bottle instead of a cigarette.
Nicotrol NS is a pump bottle that holds 100 milligrams of pure nico
tine that smokers can inhale to ward off cigarette cravings. It is to be
sold by prescription only to adult smokers trying to quit, the Food and
Drug Administration announced Monday.
But the FDA warned that smokers could become as dependent on the
nasal spray’s nicotine as they are on cigarettes. Scientists already dis
covered one desperate woman who plotted ways to get the nasal spray
for a year when she ran out of a three-month supply received during a
Smokers should try to use the spray for just three months — and
never longer than six months, the FDA said.
McNeil Consumer Products of Fort Washington, Pa., will begin sell
ing the spray later this year, but would not reveal an exact date or price.
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nate their own jobs, he said.
But if schools don't look at those
options, Wesely said, less money
would be spent on classroom ma
terials and quality teaching staff.
Sen. Chris Beutler of Lincoln
said the legislature needs to take a
stand on where cuts should be made
in the education system.
“Why don’t we take the heat in
stead of letting local school boards
take the heat?” Beutler said.
An amendment, proposed by
Sen. Eric Will of Omaha, stating
that classroom funding should be
the last budget line to be affected
by property tax relief was added to
The Will amendment made the
intentions of the bill more clear,
“It comes closer to saying that
we deem education of the chudren
to be the primary goal of the
schools,” Sen. Ernie Chambers of
Chambers said he felt passing
the bills would not reduce property
taxes. The bills contained too much
“intent” language and would not
really force taxes down.
“It’s smoke and when the wind
of reality blows, it’s going to dissi
pate and be gone,” Chambers said.
Dole returns to Kansas for
RUSSELL, Kan. — It is the place
where he delivered the newspapers,
braved the dust bowl and drew
strength from neighbors when he
thought he would never walk again.
He has always been a hero here, but
Bob Dole came home to Russell on
Monday as something else: a winner.
“I have come here to celebrate
dreams that have come true,” the cer
tain Republican Residential nominee
told a homecoming rally at Russell
High. “There are still more to realize,
not just for me — but for America.”
Barely two sentences into his re
marks, Dole’s eyes welled with tears
and his voice faltered as he tried to
thank the people of Russell for sup
porting him when he came home from
World War II severely wounded,
“Some debts can never be repaid,”
Dole said. “But I have come to Russell
to acknowledge mine. I will never for
get your kindness and your care. I will
never forget your sacrifice and your
For Dole, it was an emotional
homecoming to celebrate victory in
his third try for the Republican presi
And for his campaign, it was an
opportunity to introduce America to
the other Bob Dole. Not the blue
suited Senate majority leader from the
Sunday talk shows, but the
hardscrabble son of the heartland who
lived in a basement apartment, worked
the soda fountain at Dawson’s Drug,
went off to war and fought his way
back from near death.
“I know sometimes that life can be
unfair, sometimes it can be painful,
sometimes it is difficult,” Dole said.
“These lessons left their mark on me.
1 am a plain-spoken Kansan but I
found my philosophy in the poetry of
America. I certainly have limitations,
but I will never apologize for who I
am — because I am one of you.”
Dole’s visit included a stop at his
childhood home and a walk through
town, past the storefront that used to
be the drug store where he worked as
a soda jerk.
Along the way, he encountered 96
year-old Alice Mills, one of his child
hood teachers. Dole also stopped in
at the local GOP headquarters where
he was greeted by three of die origi
nal “Dolls for Dole,” women who
wore red skirts and sang in Dole’s first
congressional campaign in 1960.
As he delivered his speech, Dole
choked back fears several times, star
ing down at one point to collect him
self after telling the packed high
school gym, “It was here I learned not
to wear my heart on my sleeve. But I
also learned to feel deeply for my
country and my family — that some
things are worth living for, and some
are worth sacrificing for.”
As he campaigns, the 72-year-old
son of the Depression is hounded by
questions about whether he is the right
man to lead the nation into the next
century. In Russell, Dole looked to the
past to try to make his case.
“/ have come here to
celebrate dreams that
have come true. There
are still more to realize,
not just for me— but
for America. ”
Republican presidential candidate
“It is my deepest belief that the
coming generation deserves an
America like the nation I have
f known,” Dole said. “And it is my deep
est fear that this administration is
squandering an inheritance it does not
value — undermining values it does
Speaking to reporters on the flight
to Kansas, Dole was asked what mes
sage he hoped his homecoming would
bring to the American people.
“I guess that I haven’t forgotten
where I am from and what I am about
and who I am,” he said. “I think you
are a product of where you are bom
— where you grow up.”
Nostalgically retracing his child
hood, Dole recalled getting visits from
both the local Democratic and Repub
lican chairmen after recovering from
his wounds. In the end, he chose the
GOP because Kansan Dwight
Eisenhower “was sort of our hero,”
First Lady visits Bosnia
to offer thanks to troops
vina — Protected by sharpshooters,
Hillary Rodham Clinton swooped into
a military zone by Black Hawk heli
copter Monday to deliver a personal
“thank you, thank you, thank you” to
“They’re making a difference,” the
first lady said of the 18,500 Ameri
cans working as peacekeepers in
Mrs. Clinton became the first presi
dential spouse since Eleanor
Roosevelt to make such an extensive
trip into what can be considered a hos
tile area, though others have visited
She was proud of the distinction:
“To be here on the ground is some
thing I wanted to do so that maybe
people back home would see it—not
through the eyes of the secretary of
the Army or someone, in a position in
the military — but like Eleanor
Roosevelt, who has always done ev
erything first, to visit the troops to say
Accompanied by her teen-age
daughter Chelsea, the first lady
plunged into a grueling goodwill tour
designed to boost troop morale in
Bosnia and highlight efforts by
Bosnians, Croats and Muslims to re
solve deeply held differences.
Standing on a dusty, makeshift
boardwalk near an out-of-the-way
military hospital, Mrs. Clinton said.
"For the first time, children are play
ing again. Farmers are in their fields.
People are moving into their homes.”
The first lady acknowledged sev
eral "bumps in the road,” a point un
derscored just three days ago when a
U.S. soldier was killed in a vehicle
accident. Mrs. Clinton visited the
soldier’s driving companion in the
“It’s not going to be easy,” she said,
pointing to the flight of Serbs from
areas of Sarajevo they held as the city
came under Bosnian control. “Feel
ings are very deep. There is a lot of
pain. There is a lot to get over — a lot
to forgive if there’s going to be recon
struction and reconciliation.”
But this was a day of celebration
and celebrities — a day for the U.S.
troops helping to uphold the Bosnian
peace accord. Mrs. Clinton hosted a
USO show with comedian Sinbad and
singer Sheryl Crow and briefly ad
dressed the gathering.
Under hard, gray skies, the first
lady told 1,000 cheering soldiers, “The
first thing I want to say on behalf of
the president and everybody else is
thank you, thank you, thank you.”
But the highlight of her trip were
visits to two fortified posts outside the
U.S. base in Tuzla. Even President
Clinton, restricted to the base by bad
weather in January, did not see as
much of this war-wracked region as
Mrs. Clinton did Monday.
WASHINGTON — Only a
few weeks ago, the U.S.
economy appeared to be flat on
its back and in desperate need
of a boost from the Federal Re
serve. Now, good economic
news has convinced many ana
lysts that the central bank is
through cutting rates and might
even' start increasing them after
the November election.
Central bank policy-makers
meet Tuesday for one of their
eight-times-a-year reviews of
the economy and interest rates.
The central bank cut rates for a
third time at die last such meet
ing, on Jan. 31, and there had
been widespread expectations of
further rate cuts. But that has all
Analysts said the big switch
in their views occurred because
after months of disappointing
economic statistics, things have
suddenly turned around with a
rash of statistics from retail sales
to factory orders all pointing to
David Jones, chief economist
at Aubrey G. Lanston & Co.,
said he believed the Fed’s three
rate cuts will be the extent of
central bank easing, given that
the economy apparently has re
gained its footing.
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major, said she lived across the hall
from Dyer and they went to floor
“When I read about it in the
Omaha World-Herald, I busted out
crying,” Feurt said.
On Abel nine, floormates of
Behlen remembered their time with
Jason Raffaelie, a sophomore
who lived down the hall from
Behlen, said the two would talk late
at night when Behlen finished
working at Pizza Hut.
Raffaelie said he worked at the
night desk in Abel Hall. Behlen
would return from work around
1:30 a.m., so the two talked about
music and stereos.
Behlen told Raffaelle about a
nice stereo system he was putting
in his car and said he would show
it to him when it was installed,
Raffaelle said. He never got to see
Brad Belina, a sophomore me
teorology major, said he always
liked.talking to Behlen because he
was always so easygoing.
Matt Honke, a freshman from
Columbus, said he had known
Behlen from high school.
“Any time you ever talked to
him, he was always joking around
about something, Honke said
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