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TIMES • FRIDAY, JUNE 14,2002 A5 Marriage penalty Moussaoui denies involvement in terror attacks (Continued from Page Al) would be difficult to anticipate another tax debate along the lines of what the House is proposing,... My sense is that we've been there and done that," he told reporters. It was the second day in a row that congressional Republicans used debates in the Capitol to criticize Democrats on tax-cutting issues. The Senate refused Wednesday to make the estate, tax repeal permanent, bottling the bill up on a vote of 54-44, six short of the 60 needed for approval. The measure on the House floor was part of a GOP plan to advance permanent tax relief on the installment plan in the weeks leading up to the fall campaign. Because of Senate rules, the tax- cut legislation that President Bush pushed through Congress last year was drafted to expire on Dec. 31, 2010. Barring further action by Congress by 2011. some t;i.\cs would rise to their prior levels and some forms of relief would fade Bush asked Congress earlier this year to make all of last year's tax relief permanent, but Daschle has refused to schedule a vote on a House-passed bill to accomplish (hat. In response, House Republicans have begun passing a series of bills to make portions of last year's measure permanent. Thus far, bills have cleared the House making permanent the estate tax repeal, an adoption tax credit and tax-free treatment for Holocaust restitution. Debate is expected this summer on a measure to make permanent certain breaks for retirement accounts, and possibly other bills, as well. Aware they are voting on politically appealing legislation. Democrats in the House and Senate have fashioned a scries of altcrna- What's happening Gettysburg The Gettysburg High School Class of 1955 will meet for dinner at Hickory Bridge Farm on Tuesday at 6 p.m. For reservations, call Joann at 338-9383. . From the Ground Up volunteers gather Mondays, from 8 to 10 a.m. on Lincoln Square to pick up the litters on the main streets of Historic Gettysburg. Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged. Hanover The York-Hanover area train meet will be held Sunday, from 9 a.m. to I p.m. at the Porters Firehall, located off Route 116. four miles east of Hanover and four miles west of Spring Grove. Support and Deliverance Group meets every Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Praise and Worship Center, 17 Wayne Ave., for people who wish to overcome addictive habits over-eating, alcoholism or drug addiction - through Jesus Christ. For information call Larry at 6322773. Littlestown . Free tap dance classes will be held Monday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Littlestown Senior Center. Upper Adams Trilogy will meet at the home of Caroline Sterrett on Tuesday at l:30p.m. York Springs Anyone wishing to dispose of papers can do so by calling Robert E. Smith. Buttonwood Road. 5284383. Papers will be received at this address the first Saturday of the month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Absolutely no magazines. Papers must be tied in bundles or in paper bags. The York Springs Senior Citizens will meet June 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Lions Building. Belinda Shelter will talk about quilts. All arc welcome. Elsewhere The U.S.S. Ranger (CVA/CV- 61) annual reunion of all hands (ship's company) including all air groups and detachments from the 24th to 28th will be held in July in Chicago, 111. Call 1-570-669-9435 or write to USS Ranger (CVA/CV-61) Reunion Assoc. Inc., Teddy Pathroff (Retention- Recruiter). 354 W. Railroad St., Nesquehonig, PA 18240. The New Singles dance, open to all unmarried persons over the age of 21 who are neatly dressed, will be held Sunday, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Holidome Holiday Inn. located at the West Manchester Mall. Routes 30 and 74 in York. Disc jockey Ray Thomas will provide the music. Contact Pat al 303-1969 or Sid at 243-1061. livo dL'.signod ID show they support tax relief al the same time they showcase support for Social Security and Medicare, Under the legislation thai House Republicans pushed, tax relief targeted to married couples beginning in 2005 would he extended permanently. Couples who ilo not itemize their tax returns would receive the same deduction as two single people. Other changes in the tax brackets would benefit all married couples, and additionally, eligibility for a low-income tax credit would be liberalized. In all. Rep. Jerry Wcller. K-IIL said 36 million couples would benefit if the so-called "marriage penal- ly" tax relief were made permanent, at a savings of S42 billion annually. Wiiliout passage of the measure, added Rep. .1.1). Hayworth. R-Ariz... "We will be in essence pulling a tax back on the backs of working couples in 201 I. m an average of SI 400 a year. Democrats took turns lambasting Republicans. Rep. Robert Matsui. D-Calif.. said the bill would cost $460 billion for the llrst decade it was in effect. "We're going to break the bank for senior citizens when it comes to retirement benefits that they expect to gel" he said. "When are you going to be honest with people that you have to pay for stuff'.'" asked Rep. Jim McDermolt. D-Wash.. looking across the I louse chamber to the Republican side of the aisle. Our Ship (Continued from Pago Al) "It was her wish that she rc- cnlisl on Ihe battlefield." said Sterner. And while the sailors will be visiting Gettysburg for a little R&R. some will be with host families over the weekend. "As a community relations project, several members of the crew and the ship's chaplain will be staying through the weekend." said Sterner. "On Monday, they'll be painting one of our buildings at the Rec Park." "They carry the Gettysburg name around the world by doing these types of projects everywhere." said Sterner. The USS Gettysburg is part of Ihe Enterprise Battle Group and was on an extended tour following Ihe events of Sept. I I. The ship returned to its home port of Mayporl,-.Fla.,.in January. ••-'•••••'•• -' v ALEXANDRIA. Va. (AP) — Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged as a Sept. 11 conspirator, denied in court Thursday that he had been in contact with the hijackers and said he had secret information that would set him free. Moussaoui, who on Thursday won the right to represent himself at trial, kept inching his way to a dramatic conclusion of the hearing by repeatedly pleading for "ten minutes, five minutes, two minutes" to explain why "the government will be compelled to withdraw the case today." Government prosecutors believe Moussaoui may have been training as the 2()th hijacker, but he told U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema the government "knew I was not in contact with these people who had done the hijacking." Moussaoui was arrested Aug. 16 in Minnesota after officials at a (light school became suspicious of his conduct as a student. Speaking in accented but clear Statehood English, the French citizen made reference to secret information he said could be helpful to his cause. He said the U.S. government "knew who I was when I entered the United States of America" because of information learned after British authorities raided his former address in London in 1998. He did not explain what information the U.S. government had — and how it might prove his innocence. Government lawyers did not respond to those statements. The government has said it will seek the death penalty if Moussaoui is convicted on charges that he conspired to commit terrorism, aircraft piracy and destruction of aircraft, use weapons of mass destruction, murder U.S. government employees and destroy property. In allowing him to represent himself, Brinkema concluded that Moussaoui's request was "unwise but rational," agreeing with a court- appointed psychiatrist that he was not suffering from a mental illness. Even though she accepted his plea to represent himself, the judge told Moussaoui's court appointed defense team to remain in the case for now to assist him. Moussaoui has accused those lawyers of conspiring to have him executed. "It's not fair to him," to keep lawyers in the case under these circumstances, defense attorney Frank Dunham Jr. said after the hearing. Dunham said he believed that Moussaoui was not behaving rationally, but he failed in an attempt to get the judge to delay a ruling on legal representation until additional mental tests could be conducted. "If you're trying to figure out anything he said in court, you are wasting your time," he said. Moussaoui was seated alone to the right of his lawyers. For more than an hour, he stood at the lawyers' lectern facing the judge, answering her questions as she inquired about his desire to represent himself. Brinkema warned him that he would not have access to classified information in the case. (Continued from Page Al) well as Arafat, appeared to suggest his confidence in Arafat was slipping. He again called on Arafat to work harder to stop violence against Israel but said the administration would move ahead on the peacemaking track amid the suicide attacks. "We must find a way not to let the terrorists win by setting off a bomb." Powell said. Al the same time, he reaffirmed the administration was trying to set up a Mideast peace conference this summer but said the site and the agenda were undecided. The proposal drew the support of the foreign ministers of the world's most prosperous countries who met with Powell in British Columbia. But Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham said he did not think the conference could be held before late summer. Graham said the G-8 ministers also opposed terrorism and backed an Arab proposal demanding Israel relinquish all the land the Arabs lost in the 1967 Mideast war in exchange for peace. "We affirmed the vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side within secure and recognized borders," he said. On Friday, after returning to Washington, Powell is to have separate meetings with Prince Saud and with Nabil Shaath, a senior adviser to Arafat. Hassan Abdel Rahman, the senior Palestinian official in the United States, said Shaath would seek a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state and for Israel to give up all of the West Bank and Gaza to clear the way for it. "We want to listen to the American side to see what they are thinking" on a provisional Palestinian state and other issues. Rahman said in an interview. Prince Saud said he was "very pleased with what I heard from the president," but he provided no details. Saud also met separately with Cheney. An announcement by the president fleshing out his call for Palestinian statehood could come \\\.\(\\. liOML INC. Counseling for pre-arranged and pre-financed services. Cremations Serving all faiths. M, Lee Dugan, Supervisor Allen L. Dugan, Director HIS. Main St. Bendersville, Pa. 17306 ^ 677-8215- J J as early as next week. It is likely to be balanced with calls for firmer measures to end terror attacks on Israel. 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