- The Washington Times - Friday, December 22, 2000

Clinton expected to act on clemency requests

President Clinton is expected to act in the next few days on some requests for presidential clemency and pardons he has received from scores of convicted Americans, the White House said yesterday.

Among those seeking such presidential intervention are Michael Milken, a Wall Street financier; Leonard Peltier, an American Indian activist convicted of killing two FBI agents; and Susan McDougal, a longtime Arkansas friend involved in the Whitewater probe.

The president likely will act before Christmas, said White House Press Secretary Jake Siewert.

Asked whether convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was on the list, Mr. Siewert replied: "I wouldn't expect anything new on that."

Agreement would end quotas in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. State officials have reached a tentative agreement that would eliminate racial quotas at Tennessee's public colleges and universities and end a 32-year legal battle over desegregation.

If approved by a federal judge next month, the agreement would replace quotas with a series of steps to increase diversity, such as improving funding for historically black Tennessee State University in Nashville.

More than 220,000 students at 10 four-year colleges and numerous community colleges and technical schools would be affected by the agreement between the state and the plaintiffs, which include the U.S. Justice Department.

The plan mandates about $75 million in state spending over the next 10 years, most of it on Tennessee State. That is about equal to what the state has been spending to comply with a 1984 agreement in the case.

Death-row inmate denied new trial

GREENWOOD, S.C. DNA testing on a single hair failed to win a new trial yesterday for a man on death row for 18 years for the rape and murder of a 75-year-old widow.

Defense attorneys said Edward Lee Elmore couldn't be the killer because genetic analysis showed that a pubic hair found at the scene was from a white person. Elmore is black.

"One hair isn't enough," Circuit Judge J. Ernest Kinard Jr. ruled.

Elmore, 41, was condemned for the slaying of Dorothy Edwards, who was stabbed 52 times in 1982. He has never faced an execution date.

Elmore said he will appeal to the state Supreme Court. "I never committed this crime," he said.

Laura Bush's mother in hospital after 'spell'

AUSTIN, Texas Jenna Welch, mother of incoming first lady Laura Bush, was in a hospital for observation yesterday after having a dizzy spell during a Christmas party, a Bush spokesman said.

Mrs. Welch, in her 80s, was in Austin's Breckenridge Hospital and was expected to be released later yesterday.

She fell ill during a holiday party at the Texas Governor's Mansion Wednesday night. President-elect George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush were the hosts.

"She had what can only be described as a 'spell,' " said Bush spokesman Dan Bartlett. "She felt a little dizzy and a little faint, so they kept her overnight for observation and tests," he said. "Everything has come back OK. They didn't find anything."

Pentagon stops imports from Burma

The Pentagon abruptly stopped importing clothing from Burma this week in response to criticism that the practice violated the spirit of Clinton administration policy, officials said yesterday.

In a report Tuesday disclosing the imports, the New York Times said shipping documents showed in October that the Army and Air Force Exchange Service imported $138,290 in clothing made in Burma.

The exchange service's purchases were not illegal. But the Times report quoted critics in Congress and in human rights groups as saying the practice ran contrary to the administration's efforts to put an economic squeeze on Burma, whose military rulers refused to recognize the 1988 election victory by the opposition party.

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