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Monday, July 5, 1999
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GALVESTON COUNTY, TEXAS MONDAY, JULY 5, 1999 'Ilu l)\iiy\i\\s A3 Suspect in shooting spree targeting minorities shoots himself The Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The man suspected in a deadly shooting spree targeting blacks, Jews and Asians told a student newspaper last year that the American government favors minorities at the expense of whites. "I think it is pretty clear that our government has turned against white people," Benjamin Nathaniel Smith told Indiana University's student newspaper in an article that appeared July 4,1998. Smith — a wiry criminal justice major — apparently shot himself to death late Sunday night as he fled police in southern Illinois after carjacking a van. He spoke to the newspaper after he tucked leaflets touting Bush defends Vietnam-era service record The Associated Press MERfUMACK, N.H. - Amid questions over his Vietnam-era military service, Texas Gov. George W. Bush defended his record Sunday, declaring that '1 served my country" as a National Guard pilot in Texas. He received no special treatment, the Republican presidential hopeful insisted, after details of his stateside duty during the "Vietnam War emerged in the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News. "I asked to become a pilot I met the qualifications, and I ended up becoming an F-102 pilot," Bush said as he prepared to march in a Fourth of July parade. The Times said Bush, as a young recruit in the late 1960s, became a second lieutenant just out of basic training, jumping into the officer ranks without credentials that many other officer candidates possessed. Bush spokeswoman Karen Hughes said the Texas Air National Guard was short of pilots, and a candidate had to be a commissioned officer to go to flight school. "The military found him absolutely qualified to be commissioned," she said. The Times said it was informed by Tom Hail, a historian for the Texas Air National Guard, that Bush's unit had 27 pilots at the time he began applying, two short of its authorized strength. But he "I I only found out towards the end. He was completely anti-Semitic, completely racist — especially towards Asians, Jews, and African Americans." Elizabeth Sahr Smith's former girlfriend his white supremacist beliefs beneath the windshield wipers of about 1,000 cars at the Bloomington campus, 60 miles south of Indianapolis. Those fliers bore the mark of the Illinois-based white supremacist group World Church of the Creator and contained a rambling history of the United States, which it said was formed by heroic white people. It concluded that "Our people, the Great White Race, are slaves to a deceitful, alien government, a controlled media, and a suicidal religion." One of Smith's ex-girlfriends didn't think the timing of the shootings was a coincidence. "This is his Independence Day from the government, from everything," Elizabeth Sahr told the Daily Illini, the student newspaper at the University of Illinois. "He is not going to stop until he's shot dead. He's not going to surrender," she said Sunday. "He's not going to give up until he leaves this world." She said Smith, now 21, was emotionally and physically abusive but kept his racist and anti- Semitic views to himself throughout much of their one- year relationship. "I only found out towards the end. He was completely anti- Semitic, completely racist — especially towards Asians, Jews and African Americans," Sahr told the Daily Ulini. When he wasn't distributing white supremacist leaflets in liberal Bloomington, Smith was a regular contributor to the opinion pages of the Indiana Daily Student, penning letters under the nickname "August Smith". A Republican presidential hopeful George W. Bush leans out the window of Madden's Food and Ice Cream Stand to take the order of an unidentified customer Sunday in Merrimack, N.H. Bush on Sunday defended his homebound service during the Vietnam conflict as a National Guard pilot in Texas. (AP) said the unit, the 147th Fighter Interceptor Group in Houston, had two other pilots in training and another awaiting a transfer. The newspaper reported that Bush was allowed to transfer to the Alabama National Guard for three months in 1972 to work on the Senate campaign of a politician there, and at one point he was suspended from flying for failing to "accomplish" the annual physical. Hughes said Bush missed the physical because he was in Alabama, and there were only a few special doctors who could do physicals. The Dallas newspaper said records from Bush's military file showed that after inquiring about National Guard admission, Bush went to an Air Force recruiting office and scored in the 25th percentile on the pilot aptitude sec- tion of a test. That was the lowest score allowed for prospective pilots. He scored better than 95 per^ cent of those taking the "officer quality section" of the test, dealing with leadership and other factors. Bush told the Dallas paper that he sought the Guard position on his own, before graduating from Yale University in 1968. Republican presidential hopeful Steve Forbes, who served six years in the National Guard, said Bush "has got to answer the questions" on his military service "if anything illegal was done." On CNN's "Late Edition," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said "I dont see how anybody can find fault with" Bush, who "went and flew airplanes and learned to be a pilot and was prepared to go" to war. 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The Daily Hum reported that Smith was a student at the University of Illinois from September 1996 to February 1998, when he was expelled. Urbana police said he had several run- ins with campus police, including for drug possession. Smith attended Indiana University from the summer of 1998 through the spring of 1999. He left Bloomington in mid-May for Illinois, where he was born and raised, said Richard McKaig, lU's dean of students. Enrollment records showed Smith was from Northfield, 111., a Chicago suburb. McKaig summoned Smith to his office in late spring of 1998 after receiving complaints about race-based pamphlets being distributed on campus. McKaig grilled him about distributing the hate-filled fliers. "He wasn't confrontational in any way," McKaig said. "He just said Tm just passing on fliers. This is America.'" McKaig said that after his meeting with Smith it appeared that he moved his flier-distribution efforts from the campus to Bloomington's downtown area. National Zoo proposes 10-year panda lease WASHINGTON — Officials at the National Zoo have made a 10-year, $2.5-million offer to lease a pair of giant pandas from China. A team of three zoo officials and researchers have been in China for a week to discuss a possible panda rental — China no longer sells or gives away the endangered species — and were scheduled to return to Washington on Saturday night, said Robert Hoage, the zoo's chief of public affairs. The team, led by Benjamin Beck, the zoo's associate director for biological programs, is scheduled to meet with top zoo officials Tuesday. The zoo's one remaining panda, Hsing Hsing (pronounced Shing Shing), is 28 and suffers from an irreversible kidney condition. He and another panda, Ling Ling, were diplomatic gifts from China in 1972 after President Nixon's historic visit. Ling Ling died seven years ago, and none of the pair's five cubs survived. AMA wrestles with doctors' union debate CHICAGO — Frustrated by managed-care companies, hundreds of doctors gathered Sunday at the American Medical Association's annual meeting to debate the merits and risks of forming a labor union. "American physicians are angry, frustrated and exhausted over the intrusions of third-party ;i IJY; xjij payers into the day-to-day practice of medicine," said William G. Gamel, a delegate from Austin, Texas, and director of that state's Medicaid program. Gamel spoke on the opening day of the AMA's annual convention, where 494 delegates representing about 290,000 doctors, or about one-third of U.S. physicians, began meeting for five days to set policy for the influential group. At their winter meeting in December, the delegates asked AMA trustees to investigate collective bargaining, and the trustees responded with a 70- page report that served as a starting point for debate about what the AMA can do without violating antitrust laws. Clinton embarks on tour of U.S. poverty WASHINGTON — At a time of prolonged national prosperity, President Clinton embarks this week on an "opportunity tour" exploring patches of stubborn and desperate poverty from Appalachia to Watts. The president aims to "shine the light on opportunity" on the potential billion-dollar profits he says such places can offer investors while at the same time unshackling millions from the bonds of poverty. "It's a real dream of mine to show this can be done," he said. Clinton will visit places whose emblems are boarded-up stores and unpaved roads, where people live in crowded shacks without plumbing, where health care can fall to Third World levels, where roadside garbage often goes uncollected and where unemployment stands at many times the national average of 4.3 percent. INS' handling of railroad killer case investigated WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's top watchdog will investigate why the Immigration and Naturalization Service detained and then released a Mexican national wanted for questioning in connection with several murders. The INS arrested Resendez- Ramirez in the El Paso area during the week of June 1 for being in this country illegally and deported him to Mexico later that day, the FBI said. 52 become U.S. citizens on the Fourth of July ARLINGTON, Va. — In a morning ceremony drenched with sun and patriotism, 52 men and women from 49 nations around the globe became citizens of the United States on Sunday, the 223rd anniversary of the first Independence Day. The Washington Monument, rising from just beyond the Potomac, was a silent but eloquent witness as the potential citizens fanned off the humidity and heat with their paper programs. The Associated Press • insuicnit-t; fjuiit^y. PLUS A BONUS PAIR! 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