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9 DETROIT FREE PRESSWEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 1990 9A 7 'X 1 Bush hopes aid plan I will revive economy 8300 million proposed to rebuild Nicaragua Bush plans to ask for $200 million a 'jr. v-' v. source of that funding has not wirlfpH rait ii'' It was not clear how soon thfe practical effect of the measures would be felt in Nicaragua. Bush lifted U.b. trade embargo, but 10 years of Jl Sandinista rule and U.S.-sponsoreoV'11 guerrilla war have left the country-'' witn meager toreign exchange hinds to buy U.S.

products, and with reduced production of products to sell' -to U.S. markets. A State Department official sakf 1 restoration of Nicaragua's U.S. sugaf quota would probably apply to next BUSH, from Page 1 A help bolster incoming president Vic-leta Chamorro, who defeated Sandinis-ta Daniel Ortega in the Feb. 25 elections.

He said he would ask Congress for another $200 million in aid to Nicaragua for the year beginning next Oct. 1. Bush tied the Nicaraguan funds to a stalled $500-million aid package for 5 Panama proposed earlier this year -'after the December U.S. invasion de-f posed Gen. Manuel Noriega.

Bush said the total aid for both "newborn democ-' racies" would come from the Pentagon budget. i "These nations need our help to heal deep wounds inflicted by years of strife and oppression, years of loss and And we must act and act soon," Bush said at the outset of a 41- minute new conference. Early reaction to the Nicaraguan i aid package was favorable. Rep. David Bonior, a chief congressional foe of past aid to the U.S.-backed Nicaraguan contra rebels, predicted that Congress would approve the pack-T age before leaving for an Easter holiday next month.

On a variety of other matters, Bush: Made clear that he does not endorse a tax hike or Social Security freeze, two year allotment, and other measures By Martin mcreynolds Free Press Washington Staff WASHINGTON The administer tion hopes to kick-start the Nicaraguan economy and bolster the country's turn toward democracy with the economic aid proposal announced Tuesday by President George Bush, including the lifting of economic sanctions, dispatch of $21 million in available funds and a request for $300 million in new aid. The package is intended to help Violeta Chamorro when she assumes the presidency next month by reducing Nicaragua's foreign debt, restoring agricultural production, reviving private enterprise and providing infrastructure such as schools and roads. Congressional leaders said they were ready to move quickly to provide help for Nicaragua, but they expressed some doubts about where the administration plans to find the money. Bush asked Congress to pass the new Nicaraguan aid, plus $500 million for Panama, by April 5. The Pentagon gave reporters a list showing $300 million in funds to be transferred to Nicaraguan aid from Defense Department projects previously approved for fiscal year 1990.

The list mainly consisted of savings from closing military bases, although Congress has not yet given its blessing to the closings. would require more time to put effect. appear totally inflexible" and said he will be "willing to talk" about the plan to cut the deficit. Said "I don't regret" saying that east Jerusalem is occupied territory, although the blunt restatement of longstanding U.S. policy set off debate so profound that Israel's coalition government has dissolved.

Referring to the government unraveling, Bush declared, "I do not want to look in any way like we're trying to mingle into the internal affairs" of Israel, declining further comment because "it's so sensitive and so emotional." Insisted his China policy is "on the right track" and said he will not take a harder line toward Chinese leaders who continue their repression of democracy. Asked why, Bush replied, "I'm familiar with China," and insisted his policy would ultimately succeed. But, he said, "I am not happy with the status quo" there. Said "there is no bubbling war" with Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, although he would like to see lower interest rates. He denied there has been any discussion about not reappointing Greenspan when his term is up in August 1991.

"I'm not in a Fed-bashing mode," Bush said. Ducked a question on Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev's victory in the Soviet congress, which expanded the powers of the president, saying, "It BARRY THUMMAAssociated Press President George Bush talks to reporters Tuesday. Among other topics, Bush said that "when the whole story comes out" on hostages in Lebanon, "you all are going to be very, very fascinated." Meanwhile, the administration can1 move more than $21 million in emer'' gency money and food to Nicaragua without waiting for congressional ao1 proval. This includes $13 million i'f surplus agricultural commodities un' der Public Law 480 and $7.5 million for repatriation of contras and families through the Roman Catholic'- Church, the United Nations and fuel and health supplies; $45 million for repatriation and resettlement of the contras and other refugees; $75 million for economic restructuring; $60 million for development projects; $50 million to help clear up Nicaragua's $234 million in foreign debts, and $10 million for emergency job programs. In addition, Bush on Tuesday signed an order ending the economic embargo that had been aimed at ending Ortega's Sandinista regime.

He also cleared the way for Nicaragua to resume shipping sugar to the United States. would be very inappropriate for the president of the United States to start passing judgment" on democratization in the Soviet Union. The money for Panama and Nicaragua would come from the defense budget, and Bush said that Congress should decide on the specific cuts in two weeks. If no decision can be reached by March 27, he said, Congress should turn the job over to him. He also asked Congress to act on the aid packages for by April 5.

Under the proposal for Nicaragua, $60 million would go for agricultural, Organization of American States. Ah" additional $650,000 will be supplied to support the transition to Chamor-L aspects of the deficit-reduction plan ro government, left over from $9rli million Congress approved last year' to improve her chances of winning the! 11 Feb. 25 election. i' proposed by Kep. Dan Rostenkowski D-Ill.

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After the deaths, Lyle went on a spending spree, buying a Porsche sports car and a businesses in Princeton, and Erik hired a coach and turned into a professional tennis player, police say. Lyle was arrested Thursday as he drove away from the family's home on Elm Drive, and Erik surrendered Sunday morning at Los Angeles International Airport on his return from a tennis tournament in Israel. The brothers have asserted their innocence. Arraignment is scheduled for March 26. By Robert Reinhold New York Times Beverly Hills, calif Just minutes from the studios where the most Bizarre crime plots are hatched for ftiovies and television, a real-life story iff blood, money and alleged patricide is nfolding.

In the last few days, two brothers, Joseph Lyle Menendez, 22, and Erik Galen Menendez, 19, have been arrested and charged with the murder of their parents last August. On Monday, New World Television announced that it was planning a movie about the case, tentatively called "The Beverly Hills Murders," for CBS-TV. Last week, police seized tape re cordings and papers from the office of Dr. Jerome Oziel, a psychologist who treated the brothers after the slaying. In court Tuesday, defense and prosecution argued whether the seizure of the tapes violated the laws governing doctor-patient confidentiality.

Jose Menendez, chief executive officer of Live Entertainment Inc. of Van Nuys, and his wife, Kitty, were blasted with a 12-gauge shotgun as they watched television in their Italian-ate mansion. 1 If the police are right, the motive was both simple and horrifying: Two arrogant youths were too impatient to wait for their inheritance. The couple's will made the sons the central Kansas, They killed a fy-; year-old boy and injured 13 other DAVE WILUAMSReuters 1990 LINCOLN SELECTED FEATURES Continental 1990 1990 1990 Executive CADILLAC BMW MERCEDES Series DeVille 300E 4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std. NA Std Std.

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