The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 28, 1996 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, September 28, 1996
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AB SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1996 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL CONGRESS Congress finishing up budget Disputes over guns, health care, gunpowder remain unsolved By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — White House and congressional bargainers wearily sought a handshake agreement Friday on a big bill that would finance dozens of agencies when the new fiscal year begins Tuesday. But disputes over explosives, managed health care, guns and other issues remained to be resolved before lawmakers could adjourn and return home to campaign for re-election. Negotiations ground on into the night. Tired bargainers had resumed at mid-morning Friday with only a few hours' sleep after carrying the previous day's talks until just a few hours before dawn. "We have not got a final agreement but we are in the position to start the final bargaining," House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston, R-La., said as negotiators broke for dinner. The senior Democrat on Livingston's panel, Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, was more pessimistic. "We are no closer together than we were at the beginning of the day," he said. "There are literally dozens of sticking points ... and we're running out of time." Nevertheless, negotiators were hoping for a deal that would allow the House to vote Saturday. If that occurred, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said a Senate vote would follow Monday. Congress has sent President Clinton seven of the 13 spending bills required to finance government operations in fiscal 1997. Negotiators are wrapping the remaining six bills — totaling roughly $200 billion in domestic spending and $245 billion for the military — into one huge, must-pass package. It would provide funds for foreign aid, federal courts and the The Associated Press House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (left), D-Mo., and Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle, D-S.D., meet reporters Friday on Capitol Hill to discuss the federal budget. White House and congressional negotiators wearily sought agreement Friday on a large spending bill. departments of Defense, Treasury, Labor, Health and Human Services, Interior, Commerce, Justice and State. All sides swore they would avoid a repeat of last year's government shutdowns, politically disastrous for Republicans. But Republicans angrily complained that Democrats and the administration were overreaching, insisting on winning virtually all points. "We cannot in good conscience to all Americans submit to any tactics, by the administration or others, that would be tantamount to blackmail," said Sen. John Warn- er, R-Va. "There comes a point where we've got to stand as a matter of principle for what's right." Republicans long ago conceded they will give Clinton nearly all the extra $6.5 billion he wants for anti-terrorism, anti-drug, job training and other programs. But Democrats were pushing for other concessions. Among them: • A provision barring managed-care health plans from muzzling doctors from telling patients about treatments not approved by the plan. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said he and Jon Kyi, R-Ariz., were very close to a deal that would ban the so-called gag clauses but give precedence to state laws addressing the problem. It would include a "conscience clause" for doctors who preferred not to discuss abortion with their patients. • The dropping of a GOP demand to weaken a provision by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., that would prevent convicted spouse and child abusers from possessing guns. Republicans want the language changed to allow gun ownership by those guilty of what Lott called "minor misdemeanors." V CRIME Feds indict New Era founder on 82 counts Feds say Bennett used scheme to cheat people out of about $132 million By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The federal government filed an 82-count indictment Friday accusing a foundation founder of using an elaborate scheme to cheat famous philanthropists and nonprofit groups out of about $132 million. If convicted, John Bennett Jr. could face a sen- -._.,..___ tence of 907 BENNETT years' imprisonment and a fine of $28 million for running a double- your-money scheme at the Foundation of New Era Philanthropy. The government also charged accountant Andrelv Cunningham, who worked for the firm John P. McCarthy & Co., with aiding in the scheme. When New Era dissolved in. scandal 1% years ago, the first bankruptcy trustee estimated Bennett diverted up to $5 million to his own use over six years. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which has sued Bennett, has put the estimate at $4.2 million. "We have terribly damaged victims here," U.S. Attorney Michael Stiles said. "He ran out of time. He ran out of money. He ran out of contributors, as these schemes always do." Bennett, speaking softly, his hands shackled behind his back, later pleaded innocent to all charges. Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard A. Powers III set bail at $100,000 and allowed Bennett's daughter and son-in-law to' use their $115,000 house as collateral. / New Era persuaded philanthropists, universities, museums and other nonprofit organizations to put up money, and promised to double it with contributions from; anonymous donors. T SIMPSON CIVIL TRIAL Despite gag order, Goldman speaks out Judge criticizes victim's father and threatens new sanctions By The Associated Press SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Despite a gag order, Fred Goldman called the Larry King show, held a news conference outside court Friday, and rejected the view of some jury prospects that he's obsessed with punishing O.J. Simpson. The actions brought a quick re- GOLDMAN buke from Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki, who criticized Goldman and threatened to impose unspecified "draconian" sanc- tions if his order is violated again. "I don't think I'm obsessive," Goldman told reporters earlier. "I think I'm doing what I need to do." Goldman said he felt compelled to phone CNN's "Larry King Live" show Thursday night to dispute the suggestion in the new book "Killing Time" that his son Ronald Goldman, rather than Nicole Brown Simpson, may have been the target of the June 12,1994, slayings. "I'm not willing to remain quiet when I hear someone suggest that my son may have been responsible and caused his own death," said Goldman. "Killing Time," an investigative project by historian-playwright Donald Freed and computer scientist Raymond P. Briggs, concludes that the murder case is unsolved and should be probed further by police. Simpson, who was acquitted of the killings last October, also has suggested others committed the crimes. Goldman spoke on the courthouse lawn during a break in jury selection for Simpson's wrongful death civil trial. That infuriated the judge. "If they are going to violate the order, I don't think monetary sanctions will be sufficient," Fujisaki said. "It is my intention to seek an appropriate remedy to the situation which I think is going to be somewhat draconian and that is an understatement." V AIRLINES Flight attendants fight Valujet recertification By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The night attendants' union asked a federal appeals court Friday to block ValuJet from resuming service as planned on Monday. : Contending the airline is unsafe, the Association of Flight Attendants filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. How soon the court might act was not immediately clear. The Transportation Department returned the airline's certificate on Thursday, and the Atlanta-based carrier announced plans to resume flying at 12:30 p.m. Monday. The flight attendants want to block that, contending in court papers that "the operation of an unsafe airline endangers not only that airline's employees, but also the employees of all other airlines who must share the airspace and airport facilities." The Atlanta-based airline was grounded by the federal government in June because of questions about its maintenance operations. The airline already was under scrutiny by the Federal Aviation Administration when one of its flights crashed May 11 in the Florida Everglades killing all 110 aboard. The Transportation Department said Thursday it had reviewed ValuJet's management and financial condition and concluded it has "demonstrated a positive disposition to comply with all applicable laws and regulations." Last month, the FAA returned Valu- Jet's flight certificate and declared the airline fit to fly, pending completion of the DOT review. ValuJet said Friday it was swamped with reservations. 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