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Report to help Tower, officials say
From Associated Press reports
WASHINGTON The White
House sent the latest FBI report on
Secretary of Defense-designate John
Tower to Capitol Hill Monday and
a presidential spokesman said offi
cials hoped the report would clear the
way for Tower's Senate confirmation.
"We feel that the report has nothing
in it that would preclude Sen. Tower's
nomination going forward," said
deputy White House press secretary
President Bush, returning from a
three-day weekend at his Camp
David mountaintop retreat in Mary
land, gave a thumbs-up sign when
asked about Tower but refused to
White House Counsel C. Boyden
Gray headed to Capitol Hill to deliver
the report to Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga.,
and Sen. John Warner, R-Va. Nunn
is the chairman and Warner the
ranking Republican on the Senate
Armed Services Committee, which
Diolomniats leave Iran over book fyror
From Associated Press reports
European Common Market
governments decided Monday to
withdraw their top diplomats from
Iran to protest Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini's renewed order for Mos
lems to kill novelist Salman Rushdie.
Britain went further by pulling out
its entire embassy staff.
Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey
Howe said the death threats against
Rushdie and the publishers of "The
Satanic Verses" for allegedly blas
pheming Islam were "unwarranted
interference" in Britain's internal
He left open the possibility of
expelling Iran's lone diplomat in
Price discusses health
By CRYSTAL BERNSTEIN
Rep. David Price, D-N.C, spoke
on the future of federal health care
policy to a group of about 30 in
Berry hill Hall Monday night.
The congressman from the fourth
district spoke mainly of improving
Medicare coverage in spite of rising
health care costs, providing coverage
for long-term hospital stays and
encouraging more businesses to
provide health care coverage for their
"The challenge here is to bring the
budget deficit under control" without
compromising medical care, Price
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provides basic health insurance for
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is divided into two categories: part
A covers hospital expenses, part B
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may vote on the nomination later this
Earlier, committee staff members
met with Berne Indahl, a State
Department security officer sent to
Geneva in 1986 to investigate allega
tions of security breaches in the U.S.
delegation to missile talks with the
Soviet Union while Tower was a
member of the contingent, said
congressional sources who requested
On Sunday, Indahl had spoken to
investigators of a House subcommit
tee about a separate inquiry that had
turned up allegations against Tower.
At that meeting, the sources said,
Indahl corroborated a report that
Tower, while in Geneva, had used his
secretaries as mistresses.
The sources would not go into
detail on what Indahl told the House
The FBI presented its latest report
on allegations into Tower's personal
London, where Rushdie lives.
The 12 European Economic Com
munity governments, in a sharp blow
to Iran's hopes of improving relations
with Western nations, decided to
recall their diplomats for consulations
and suspend high-level visits to and
They said they also will restrict the
movement of Iranian diplomats in
Howe told a news conference that
the EEC foreign ministers, meeting
in Brussels, had sent "a strong,
concerted signal to the Iranian
leadership that Khomeini's threats
are an affront to international stand
ards of behavior and will not be
Congressman David Price
beyond the limits of Medicare and
often have high premiums, and a new
"catastrophic amendment," which
attempts to pay for long hospital stays
not covered by Medicare.
The amendment also covers pre
scription drugs and liberalizes home
health and hospice care policies. "It's
a long-needed expansion of Medi
care," Price said.
The catastrophic amendment is a
widely contested one, he said, because
the increased coverage it offers is paid
mainly by the beneficiaries them
selves instead of being subsidized by
"There's quite a fire storm out
there" to repeal the bill, he said, which
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Monday afternoon. Bush was briefed
on the new report, said White House
sources, who requested anonymity.
The committee may vote this week
on the embattled nomination, but
Nunn and Warner said they will not
schedule a vote "until all the evidence
Senate Majority Leader George
Mitchell, D-Maine, promised a
speedy vote on the nomination once
it leaves the committee. Mitchell,
interviewed over the weekend, said
that he has not read the FBI reports
but that the allegations surrounding
Tower's private life are "an appro
priate subject of inquiry" because of
the importance of the defense post.
Not so, said Senate minority leader
Bob Dole, R-Kan., who told repor
ters Sunday he has read the earlier
FBI reports, seen nothing that would
disqualify Tower and suggested
moving ahead on the nomination.
"I think we should stop checking
For Britain's part, he said, "it is
no longer sensible to maintain a
diplomatic presence in Tehran."
He said Iran's charge d'affaires in
London, Mohammad Basti, would be
summoned to hear "the reasons for
this action along with the implica
tions for Mr. Basti and his mission."
Asked if that meant closing the
Iranian Embassy, he replied: "I leave
it for your own conclusions."
In London, Basti was summoned
and told of the decision but made no
Rushdie, 41, apologized Saturday
for any distress the publication of his '
has been called a "discriminatory tax
on the elderly."
Contrary to public belief, only 10
percent of the elderly will pay the
maximum premium for the coverage,
and 60 percent won't have to pay the
additional cost for the coverage at all,
Price also spoke of a need to
increase incentives for people to join
the nursing profession and to provide
work-related coverage to the approx
imately 37 million uninsured Amer
icans. Lack of coverage is a "serious
public health problem" and "a tre
mendous drain on the health care
system," he said.
But implementation of more exten
sive Medicare coverage is difficult to
"Health care costs, for a long time
now, have exceeded the rate of
inflation by a considerable margin,"
Price said. This rise in costs is due
partially to increasing pay to physi
cians and expensive technology used
in hospitals, he said.
Price suggested raising the payroll
tax and restraining the increase in
physicians' salaries to help pay for the
expanding Medicare coverage.
A relative value study will help
determine new proposals for physi
cians' fee schedules, Price said. "I
think it's fair to say that part B of
Medicare is going to receive a great
deal of scrutiny," he said.
It's "hard to predict exactly what's
going to come," Price said, especially
since President Bush made a $5
billion cut in Medicare funding in his
recently released budget plans.
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every rumor," Dole said. "Unless
there's some criminal activity, let's get
on with the vote."
While eleven of President Bush's
choices for Cabinet posts have sailed
through the confirmation process,
Tower's selection ran into a mael
strom fueled by rounds of allegations
about the former senator's personal
and business affairs.
Charges surfaced that Tower
drinks excessively and is a woman
izer. Many senators also expressed
concerns about their former col
league's close ties to defense contrac
tors. Tower received more than $1
million as a consultant for major
defense firms since he left the Senate
Meanwhile, a House subcommittee
continued its investigation into
security at nuclear weapons facilities
run by the Energy Department - an
inquiry that has turned up allegations
book caused to Moslems, after
Iranian President Ali Khamenei
indicated that an apology could lead
to a pardon.
"There plainly is confusion
amongst the Iran authorities," Howe
refused to comment further and said
they would issue a written statement
later this week.
BSM President Kenneth Perry said
he was naturally disappointed by the
committee's decision. "I was hoping
the case would have gotten more
consideration," he said. "There were
so many groups there I don't think
we were fully considered."
Carolina Quarterly editor Allison
Bulsterbaum declined to comment on
There were two deadlines the
groups could have missed the Feb.
3 deadline to receive student govern
ment recognition and the Feb. 10
deadline to turn in the budget request.
The BSM and Omega Psi Phi
missed the Feb. 10 deadline, and the
Carolina Quarterly and SAFE missed
the Feb. 3 deadline. The N.C. Student
Rural Health Coalition missed both
deadlines. " i
During the hearing, Perry said the
Last year, juniors and seniors had
a better chance of getting a space
because fewer of them wanted on
campus housing, Rustin said.
But juniors and seniors did not
participate in the lottery in large
numbers and had the highest rate of
cancellation once they got a room on
campus, he said. The lottery was more
difficult for rising sophomores
because many people were vying for
a limited number of spaces, he said.
Preliminary drawings Thursday
and Friday placed students who
requested triples, quads and area
changes. Today's lottery will assign
spaces from empty doubles and
remaining triples and quads.
Students who do not get rooms in
the general hall lottery today will be
placed on a waiting list, which the
housing department will update from
today until August as rooms become
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2nd day of strike provokes
more violence on West Bank
From Associated Press reports
JERUSALEM Israeli troops
Monday bulldozed or sealed the
homes of four Palestinians
accused of firebomb attacks, and
20 Arabs were wounded in clashes
with soldiers on the second day
of a general strike.
The strike, called by the PLO
linked United National Leader
ship of the Uprising, kept busi
nesses and transportion shut down
in the occupied West Bank and
Gaza Strip. It was to continue
The violence was part of the
Palestinian uprising against Israeli
rule of the occupied lands. Since
the revolt began 14 months ago,
383 Palestinians and 15 Israelis
have been killed.
On Monday, the army declared
Nablus, the West Bank's largest
city, a closed military zone and
erected roadblocks at four
Germans admit shipping drugs
LAHR, West Germany A
West German company suspected
of playing a key role in building
a poison gas factory in Libya said
Monday it produced and shipped
an illegal drug to the United
A spokesman for the Imhausen-
BSM had its budget request ready on
Feb. 7, but missed the deadline
because of a misunderstanding. He
said BSM Treasurer Chanda Douglas
took the request up to the congress
office at 4:55 on Feb. 10 about
five minutes before the deadline
but no congress members were there.
Douglas had 13 copies of the
budget request as required, but only
one was signed, Perry said, and she
thought all 13 had to be signed. When
she came back at about 5:15, a
congress member told her she was too
Perry said there was confusion
about what time Douglas arrived at
the congress office the first time.
"There should be something to take
into consideration that 5 o'clock by
my watch may be 4:55 by your watch
or 5:03 by someone else's watch," he
1 Perry said after the hearing that'
the BSM would wait until the com-
through another lottery to determine
their order on the list. These numbers
determine priority when two students
request the same residence hall,
Chances of being assigned from the
waiting list depends on a student's
choice of halls, he said, but a person
with number 50 may get a room faster
than someone with number one who
chose a crowded residence hall.
"The housing department will keep
working to get you where you want
to be as long as you wait it out,"
Marcel Provencher, a freshman
Carmichael resident, wants to change
from room 649 to room 650. He gave
up his "squatter's rights" as a rising
sophomore because he chose not to
keep his present room next year.
Today his housing application goes
through the lottery along with other
students applying for that hall.
If another student applies for room
650, social security numbers will
determine who gets the room. The
random number chosen this year is
5872, so whichever student's social
security number is closer to 5872 will
get room 650 in Carmichael.
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Chemie company of Lahr said the '
company manufactured and
shipped MDMA, but he said!'
Imhausen was not aware the
substance was covered by West
Germany's strict drug laws.
Offenburg prosecutor Werner
Botz said four suspects had been .
arrested in the case so far on',,
suspicion of illegal production and "
delivery of a controlled substance. '
Economics tops summit agenda '
FRANKFURT, West Germany
Economic issues and Bonn's
reluctance to replace short-range .
nuclear missiles dominated sum
mit talks Monday between British
Prime Minister Margaret
Thatcher and Chancellor Helmut
Friedhelm Ost, Kohl's chief
spokesman, said economic issues
topped the agenda.
"We are closer on many points
than most people suspect," Ost
He said both leaders agreed that i
NATO allies must demonstrate
unity at a summit meeting sche
duled for this spring.
from page 1
mittee released its reasons for denying '
the appeal to respond.
During the hearing, Carolina.-.
Quarterly Editor. Bulsterbaum said :
the earlier dates of the deadlines and
her personal studies caused her to:
overlook the deadline. "I can't make -a
hard and fast claim of a procedural
error," she said. "I would have known
about it if it hadn't come as early or ."
I hadn't been taking my Ph.D orals."
Maurice Wilson, Omega Psi Phi '
co-chairman for service projects, said
his fraternity was applying for funds '
for the first time and wasn't aware
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first time was a process of trial and.
error," he said. "We felt like there '
should have been more detailed
Wilson said after the committee's
decision that the group would prob-
; ably wait- until the fall to request '
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"I'm kind of fuzzy on this whole
thing," Provencher said.
Many students are still confused
about the intricacies of the. lottery,
even those who can use the sopho
more guarantee or have previous
lottery experience. .
"I don think the lottery is done
very well, especially with the changes
this year," said Caroline Kincaid, a
rising junior applying for a double
in Alderman. "The RAs (resident
assistants) give out applications and
tell you there are two weeks until the
lottery, nothing more," she said.
Brien Rives, a freshman living in
Mclver, chose not to live on campus
next year, even though she qualifies
for guaranteed sophomore housing.
"It's all a big pain," sjhe said.
The housing department hopes
that next year's housing assignments
will run smoother than ever, Rustin
said. Kinks will be worked out of the
newly implemented sophomore gua
rantee, and the housing department
will survey students who participated
in this year's lottery and work from
their suggestions, he said.
"I have a feeling next year will be
better because the fear factor of the
new system will be over," he said.
budget of $120,000 is used for
The Daily Tar Heel regrets the