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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 3

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THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 3A , Clinton sings praises of 'new' South Africa 'it.. , m ':. ' V ' ! , 1 i i . 1 n(fc -! -,m-i MWWftwj'a'i'Mj,iiiwwwlwiWWWWW3" . Video, audio and updates ; at Palm Rpanh Interactive: www.GoPBI.com AY' 7 K charge by Republican National, Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson that Clinton had sold , crr,tc in Vi!c Afccmtcn " ' V5 ; i u t ' : ' V' t , "i kJ,r-at.. i . : A- THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Washington Post CAPE TOWN, South Africa Hailing South Africa's triumph over apartheid as an "affirmation of humanity at its best," President Clinton on Thursday became the first American president to set foot in this nation that until four years ago was an international pariah. Escorted into the chamber of South Africa's Parliament Building on Thursday by President Nelson- Mandela, who through decades of protest and imprisonment rallied the world against state-sanctioned racism, Clinton told the National Assembly that South Africa had transformed itself from a source of outrage into a source of inspiration. "Now, the courage and the imagination that created the new South Africa and the principles that guide your constitution inspire all of us to be animated by the belief that one day humanity all over the world can at last be released from the bonds of hatred and bigotry," Clinton said. Clinton, halfway through a six-nation Africa tour, is being accompanied in South Africa by an unusually large U.S. delegation a heavily African-American assemblage of some 50 politicians, business executives and civil rights activists who arrived here Thursday on an Air Force jet and will accompany the president for three days in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The size of the delegation and the fact that it contains several major Democratic donors put the White House on the defensive. White House spokesman Michael McCurry rejected a Michigan pair win kiss challenge NEW YORK - A kiss is not just a kiss: Sometimes it's a world record. Roberta and Mark Griswold (above) won Breath Savers' contest Thursday for the longest kiss 29 hours. Asked for the key to their success, a weary Mark Griswold said, 'Comfortable underwear.' Robert Johnson, tne chair-. man of Black Entertainment : Television, contributed nearly a ! quarter-million dollars to Demo-: crats during the past decade, ac-: cording to Federal Election Commission records. Investor , Maurice Templesman, who has: diamond interests in South Afrfc"1 ca, contributed nearly a half-.-million. . ' McCurry said people were; selected to join the delegation ;on , the basis of their interest or ex-, perience in Africa, adding that the delegation is here because Clinton wanted to showcase the way America has "empowered, people of minority backgrounds' to be in authoritative positions, and policymaking roles." ; ;' Filled with upbeat rhetorical flights, Clinton's address to leg-' islators and other government' leaders here steered mostly clear' of current policy disputes be-.: tween the United States and sub-Saharan Africa's wealthiest and most developed nation. ' ' In contrast to other appear-1 ances on his tour, in which he' expressed remorse over the" United States' long-ago support for the slave trade and its recent failure to intervene promptly to, stop genocide in Rwanda, Clinton offered no critique of his country's controversial history "re-garding South Africa. , .:. Cost study: These are the good oP days Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON Remember the good old days when a typical American home sold for $14,500, a haircut went for $1.50 and gasoline was about 30 cents a gallon? Well, forget all that, because all those things actually are cheaper now than they were a generation ago during the fabulous '50s and so are most other items that American consumers buy. ' The bargains may not be apparent in the face of today's higher price tags. But Americans also earned far less back then. With the higher wage levels of the 1990s, we are far better able to afford these goods and services today. A new study by a regional Federal Reserve Bank chronicles the cost of houses and consumer goods based on how many hours a typical American would have to work td pay for each item, and it comes out with a startling conclusion: ' The real cost of living in America has declined sharply. For example, it took the average worker 6.5 hours to earn enough money to pay for each square foot of the $14,500 home that was typical in the 1950s. Last year the median price of a house was $140,000, but it required just 5.6 hours of work per square foot to finance. Workers in the 1950s had to spend 63 minutes on the job to be able to pay for that $1.50 haircut, but today's more expensive version requires only about 46 minutes of work. Buying a gallon of gasoline took 9.4 minutes at work back then. Today it takes only 5.7 minutes. W. Michael Cox, chief economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas who compiled the study, says using the required number of hours of work as a benchmark is the best way to measure trends in Americans living standards. "In appraising the nation's cost of living, it's what the average American can afford that matters," Cox says. The wage levels that Cox has used in his calculations are from the Labor Department's average hourly wage for rank-and-file production workers. In 1950, that figure stood about $1.44 an hour. Last year it hit a record $13.18 not including fringe benefits. Whitewater grand jury shown second set of first lady's records For the latest coverage, go to Palm Beach Interactive: www.GoPBI.com Savings & Loan, which were discovered by Mrs. Foster at her home in July of 1997, are virtually identical to the records produced by me" to Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr, attorney David Kendall said. Starr's office and Foster's lawyer, James Hamilton, declined The Associated Press WASHINGTON In a bizarre discovery in the late Vincent Foster's attic, Whitewater prosecutors have landed a second set of Hillary Rodham Clinton's once-elusive law firm billing records, lawyers said Thursday. The records have fewer handwritten notations and fewer pages but generally contain the same information as the set belatedly found in the White House in 1996, the lawyers said. Nonetheless, the documents have become a fresh line of inquiry for grand jury questioning in Arkansas, where prosecutors are pressing to wrap up their investigation of the first lady's legal work for a failed savings and loan owned by her Whitewater business partner. "You're sitting in the grand jury and the prosecutors read you an entry about Mrs. Clinton from one set of billing records, question you about it, then they pick up the other set and read -" other entries about other meetings," said one recent grand jury witness who spoke only on condition of anonymity. Prosecutors are trying to determine if Mrs. Clinton, while a private Arkansas attorney, assisted a series of fraudulent S&L land transactions in the mid-1980s carried out by her business partner, the late James McDougal. They're also investigating whether she lied about her work under oath or tried to conceal documents in the Whitewater investigation that was begun during her husband's presidency. On Thursday, Mrs. Clinton's private lawyer described the second set of billing records, which were found last summer by Foster's widow, Lisa, in the attic of their Arkansas home. "These Rose Law Firm billing records for Madison Guaranty comment Foster and former Associate Attorney General Webster Hub-bell were partners with Mrs. Clinton at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock. They directed the firm to print the billing records in 1992 when questions about Whitewater arose during Clinton's first presidential campaign. But when prosecutors subpoenaed them later on, the records had disappeared. 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