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Oshkosh Northwestern 1 1 NationWorld Friday, June 30, 1989 Democrats WASHINGTON (AP) Reformers say President Bush's proposals for revising congressional campaign finances are inadequate. And Democrats say they amount to hardball party politics. . "He has chosen to submit proposals that blatantly favor the Republican Party and jeopardize bipartisan efforts already underway" to draft a campaign reform bill, said House Speaker Thomas S. Foley, D-Wash. Bush announced Thursday proposals he said would help curb the influence of special interests and reduce Jhe advantage congressional incumbents have over challengers. , "We must do more to truly clean up the system," he said. Bush said he supported cutting back on the free-postage privilege for lawmakers, which he said pays Farmers' prices dipped in June WASHINGTON (AP) Preliminary figures by the Agriculture Department show that prices farmers got for raw products in June dropped 2 percent from May but still averaged 5 percent more than a year ago. The department's Agricultural Statistics Board said Thursday that lower prices for tomatoes, cattle, wheat and corn were mostly responsible for the decrease from the May average. Higher prices for lettuce, hogs, lemons and strawberries partly offset the decline for the other commodities. "The June hog price was at the highest level since August last year," the report said. "Cattle and calf prices were mixed. All feed grain and oil seed prices decreased from May. "Wheat prices were down while the rice price increased slightly. Lower broiler prices more than offset slight increases for eggs and turkeys." French students plan to windsurf Atlantic NEW YORK (AP) A team of French business students is putting its finance skills and physical conditioning to the test with a unique summer project. They plan to windsurf the Atlantic Ocean. "You ask why?" says windsurfer Beatrice Noel. "Because it's a great adventure. This is something you can do when you're 22, and maybe later, you don't have the time." Noel was among a group of nine second-year students at the Institut Superieur du Commerce in Paris who planned to embark today from New York for La Rochelle on the west coast of France. ' "This teaches you responsibility on how to put together a package, to get sponsors, to work together, the struggle of life," laughed Phillippe Pauliac, 22, as he helped with last- Rising seas could obliterate nations: U.N. officials UNITED NATIONS (AP) A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of " eco-refugees," threatening political chaos, said Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program, or UNEP. 1 He said governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control. As the warming melts polar icecaps, ocean levels will rise by up to three feet, enough to cover the Maldives and other fiat island nations, Brown told The Associated Press in an interview on Wednesday. Coastal regions will be inundated; one-sixth of Bangladesh could be flooded, displacing a fourth of its 90 million people. A fifth of Egypt's arable land in the Nile Delta would be flooded, cutting off its food Zhao loses last post in China purge BEIJING (AP) Disgraced former Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang was removed from his last government post today, but senior leader Deng Xiaoping indicated Zhao will not be executed for sympathizing with pro-democratic reforms. Zhao's ouster as vice chairman of the State Central Military Commission by the Chinese legislature completed a purge that began last weekend when Deng engineered his formal removal as party general secretary. Deng wrote in a letter to the National People's Congress that frown on reform plan for "mass mailings that amount to political advertising." He called for new laws to do away with gerrymandering, the drawing of oddly-shaped congressional districts to help certain candidates. Political action committees connected with businesses, labor or trade groups should be banned, he said, and contribution ceilings to other PACs cut from $5,000 to $2,500. But the president declined to endorse public financing of congressional campaigns, a favorite idea of many reformers, or overall campaign spending limits that have been urged by Democratic officials as well as private groups. Fred Wertheimer, president of Common Cause, a good-government group that has lobbied for changes in campaign law, said Bush's plan "will not solve the basic campaign finance prob Department economists say net cash income of farmers is expected to fall 5 percent to 14 percent this year to a range of $50 billion to $55 billion from the 1988 record of $58 billion. Net cash income is the amount farmers have to spend during the year and represents the difference between gross cash income and cash expenses. Cash income rose last year despite drought partly because of higher market prices and crops farmers had stored from previous harvests. The decline this year is expected to stem from farmers' larger cash expenses as they boost plantings, and also because of lower federal subsidies. Consumer food prices are forecast by USDA to rise an average of 4 percent to 7 percent this year, following a 4.1 percent increase in 1988. Based on the preliminary figures, the price index for livestock and livestock products declined minute preparations at Manhattan's South Street Seaport on Thursday for what the group expects will be a one-month journey. Another windsurfer, Beatrice Comby, 21, says her parents at first couldn't believe her summer vacation plans. "But now they know we are well prepared. We have been practicing hard," Comby said, noting that the team's four windsurfers have worked out for more than a year and wind-surfed in the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea. The plan calls for each of the four windsurfers to sail daily four-hour shifts. Trailing them will be a hightech, 40-foot fiberglass catamaran skippered by Laurent Jandet and crewed by four other students. When not in the water, the surfers will rest. supply, according to a joint UNEP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study. "Ecological refugees will become a major concern, and what's worse is you may find that people can move to drier ground, but the soils and the natural resources may not support life. Africa doesn't have to worry about land, but would you want to live in the Sahara?" he said. UNEP estimates it would cost the United States at least $100 billion to protect its east coast alone. Shifting climate patterns would bring back 1930s Dust Bowl conditions to Canadian and U.S. wheatlands, while the Soviet Union could reap bumper crops if it adapts its agriculture in time, according to a study by UNEP and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Excess carbon dioxide is pouring into the atmosphere because of humanity's use of fossil fuels and burning of rain forests, the study says. The atmosphere is retaining more heat than it radiates, much like a greenhouse. "since Comrade Zhao Ziyang has committed serious mistakes, I proposed his dismissal," the official Xinhua News Agency said. Deng's reference to Zhao as "comrade," however, indicates he retains his membership in the party and will not face trial as a "counterrevolutionary." Earlier, there was speculation he might be tried and executed. Zhao fell out of favor with Deng last month for opposing martial law and the crackdown on the democracy movement. He was swept out of his posts with several other moderates, replaced bynard-line officials. lems facing Congress today." To accomplish that, it would have to also include overall spending limits, public financing, and shutting down so-called "soft money" prohibited corporate and union financing that enters campaigns through loopholes in current law. Bush said he would favor disclosure of soft money. Bob Dreyfuss, spokesman for the advocacy group Public Citizen, said that in dismissing public financing and spending limits, Bush "tends to really allow the people with money to have undue influence in politics." Bush said public financing would exclude individuals from the political process by denying them the opportunity to contribute, and spending limits would discourage them from contributing. 0.6 percent from May to June but still averaged 5.4 percent above the year-earlier level. Crop prices, overall, dropped 2.8 percent from May but averaged 6.2 percent more than in June 1988. The overall index of prices paid to farmers in June averaged 146 percent of a 1977 base used for comparison, down from a revised record-matching 149 percent in May. That was the lowest reading since December, when the index was 145 percent. The report said: Cattle averaged $67.60 per 100 pounds of live weight nationally, down from $68.80 in May but still up from $65 in June 1988. Those are averages for all types of cattle sold as beef. Hogs averaged $44.20 per 100 pounds, compared with $41.60 in May and $47.10 a year earlier. Corn, at $2.46 a bushel, was down from $2.58 in May but was up from $2.41 in June 1988. Fraud probe links White House official to male escort service By Knight-Ridder News Service WASHINGTON An investigation of the misuse of credit cards by a male escort service in Washington has attracted growing media attention after it was disclosed that a former White House personnel department aide and a political appointee to the Labor Department had engaged the firm's services. The Labor Department official resigned Thursday night in the midst of the fraud investigation centering on alleged credit card duplicate billings. The escort service operated out of a private house in a fashionable neighborhood in the city's northwest area from last October until February. Using several names, including Professional Services Inc., Dream Boys, Man to Man, and Ultimate Models, the service arranged male escorts for up to $300. Often the fees were charged on credit cards. The most conservative scientific estimate is that the Earth's temperature will rise 1 to 7 degrees in the next 30 years, said Brown. The difference may seem slight, he said, but the planet is only 9 degrees warmer now than during the 8,000-year Ice Age that ended 10,000 years ago. Brown said if the warming trend continues, "the question is will we be able to reverse the process in time? We say that within the next 10 years, given the present loads that the atmosphere has to bear, we have an opportunity to start the stabilizing process." He said even the most conservative scientists "already tell us there's nothing we can do now to stop a ... change" of about 3 degrees. "Anything beyond that, and we have to start thinking about the significant rise of the sea levels ... we can expect more ferocious storms, hurricanes, wind shear, dust erosion." He said there is time to act, but there is Martial law was imposed in Beijing on May 20. On June 3-4, the Chinese army swept into Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Beijing Mayor Chen Xitong told Congress today that more than 200 civilians, including 36 college students, were killed. He also said dozens of soldiers died, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Earlier, the government said variously that 200 to 300 people, about half of them soldiers, had died. Chinese witnesses and Western intelligence had estimated about 3,000 people were killed. 7 X Z Hitler's yacht moved Salvage diver Ed Johnson releases lines from the skeletal remains of Adolph Hitler's Yacht Ostwind Thursday underwater off Miami Beach, where the boat was refloated and sunk in a deeper resting place. The yacht, intended as an artificial reef, was mistakenly dumped on a coral reef, where it threatened marine life and was a hazard to ships. On Feb. 28, the house was raided by city police and Secret Service agents, who seized records and, according to police, made one drug arrest. The presence of Secret Service agents was unusual because they normally are not involved in local police operations. It is illegal to provide escorts for the purpose of prostitution, but no formal charges have arisen since the raid. During the raid, police confiscated multi-line telephones, paging devices, credit card imprinters, numerous bank statements, credit card slips and a diary of the escort business, according to an inventory filed in U.S. District Court. A Secret Service spokesman said the service is investigating misuse of credit cards, and a spokesman at the U.S. attorney's office said the case will be presented to a grand jury. According to the building's DOT INVITES COMMENT ON FUTURE USE OF MENASHA RAILROAD PROPERTY State Department of Transportation (DOT) officials say they want to hear from anyone with any ideas about the possible future use of railroad property in the City of Menasha. The property is located north of Third Street between Appleton and De Pere Streets, south of Wisconsin Central Ltd.'s main railroad track. Under Wisconsin law, DOT has the first right to acquire any abandoned rail property or to assign that right to any other state agency, or local unit of government. The acquisition can be for transportation, recreation or scenic purposes. Comment forms are available from Vicki Brusky, DOT Bureau of Railroads and Harbors, 4802 Sheboygan Avenue - Room 701, P.O. Box 7914, Madison, Wl 53707. Call (608) 267-7346 for further information. Public comments must be received prior to July 28, 1 989 to be considered by the Department. . 3? -t j- AP landlady, who asked anonymity, the tenants left and the rent was not paid. In early May, she arranged for U.S. marshals, who conduct evictions in the District of Columbia, to remove the possessions of the former tenants under landlord eviction regulations. Apparently news reporters had obtained some of the credit card records of the organization at that time. On Thursday, the Washington Times, the smaller of Washington's two dailies, reported that Charles K. Dutcher, former associate director of personnel in President Ronald Reagan's administration, and Paul R. Balach, who is Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole's political personnel liaison with the White House, were customers of the service. Last year, both men were officials of the Office of Professional Management, the government's main personnel agency. no time to waste. UNEP is working toward forming a scientific plan of action by the end of 1990, and the adoption of a global climate treaty by 1992. In May, delegates from 103 nations met in Nairobi, Kenya where UNEP is based and decided to open negotiations on the treaty next year. Nations will be asked to reduce the use of fossil fuels, cut the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases such as methane and fluorocarbons, and preserve the rain forests. "We have no clear idea about the ecological minimum of green space that the planet needs to function effectively. What we do know is that we are destroying the tropical rain forest at the rate of 50 acres a minute, about one football field per second," said Brown. Each acre of rain forest can store 100 tons of carbon dioxide and reprocess it into oxygen. In brief Sudan military staged coup KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) The Sudanese armed forces today seized power by overthrowing the civilian government of Prime Minister Sadek el-Mahdi, the military announced. No casualties were reported. Egypt's state Middle East News Agency said in a dispatch from Khartoum that "some political figures and cabinet ministers" were arrested but did not give numbers or names. There was no word on the whereabouts of el-Mahdi, who became prime minister after the May 1986 general election. Sudan, the largest country in Africa, has about 19 million residents. It is a poor, predominantly Islamic country roughly one-third the size of the continental United States. The military has ruled Sudan for about 23 years of its 33 years of independence. There were no reports of violence during or after the coup. Early exit possible for Uno TOKYO (AP) Embattled Prime Minister Sousuke Uno, dogged by a sex scandal, may resign over his failure to rally support for his party, news reports said today. A new poll published in the Mainichi Shimbun said Uno's Liberal Democratic Party was likely to lose heavily in Sunday's Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election. It is the first major vote since Uno became prime minister less than a month ago and a barometer of how the governing party will fare in voting July 23 for half the seats in the upper house of parliament. Party leaders had hoped that Uno would reverse their sagging fortunes after he replaced Noboru Takeshita, who resigned June 2 over an influence-peddling scandal. However, the new poll mirrored other recent surveys showing the governing party low in popularity. The party has been battered by the scandal that drove out Takeshita, an unpopular new sales tax, and now charges that Uno has been involved in extramarital affairs. Wright's son eyes run for father's seat DALLAS (AP) Former House Speaker Jim Wright's son is pondering the possibility of running for the House seat Wright is leaving today. James Claude Wright III, 44, said Thursday he has been encouraged to return to Fort Worth from the tiny northern New Mexico town of Riconada to run for his father's vacated congressional seat. The younger Wright said he has not discussed running for the seat with his father, but doubts he would get much encouragement because of the ethical furor that has surrounded his father in recent months. "I think he'd rather I didn't," he said. He said he didn't feel he could have run for office before, when his father held one of the most powerful political posts in the country. "Nobody would take me serious in Texas while Dad was in office," he said. "They'd say, 'That's Jim's son.' " Some, have discouraged the move, the younger Wright added. . 'OS On? SALE! Terry Leisurewear and Swimsuits Christensen's 224 N. Main, Oshkosh I 1 . ii T 1 1 r r f nours: (v-i-w y:JU-3 F. Th-F 9:30-6, Sat. 9:30-4:30

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