The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 03, 1987, Image 1

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Pentagon officials said a dhow -asmall slow-moving fishing ves- | el — and two speedboats ap- WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense ecretary Caspar W. Weinberger in- lends to resign his post this week and lill be replaced by President Rea- lan’j national security adviser, frank Carlucci, sources said Monday light. I The sources, who spoke on condi- ion of anonymity, said Reagan ap- rroved the appointment of Clarlucci n recent days. The sources said Carlucci’s ap- wintment to the Cabinet would be innounced Thursday. Carlucci will be replaced by his leputy at the National Security Council, Lt. Gen. Colin L. Powell, it vas learned. Sources have said Weinberger’s lecision to step down after seven rcars came for personal reasons ;-ather than any dissatisfaction with he prospective arms-control treaty he United States is woking on with he Soviet Union. The sources also said Weinberger lid not have any other policy dis- igreement with the president. proached at about dusk Sunday. The Navy ships were passing a Persian Gulf island that Iran has used as a speedboat base for its at tacks on tankers shipping oil — es pecially Kuwaiti vessels, including those reflagged and under protec tion by the United States since June. Iran claims Kuwait is an ally of Iraq. In his years as Secretary of De fense, Weinberger has been an unyielding supporter of the defense buildup pushed by the Reagan ad ministration. And in the early years of the ad ministration, Weinberger presided over an enormous buildup in the na tion’s military. Carlucci has been national secu rity adviser since December 1986. He was named to the post in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair, when National Security Adviser John Poindexter resigned under fire. Carlucci once worked for Wein berger at the Pengtagon. Neither Weinberger nor Carlucci would comment on their reported moves. White House officials, however, did not dispute the reports. NBC Nightly News, quoting top administration and congressional sources, said Weinberger’s wife Jane is known to be seriously ill. Iran and Iraq have been at war for seven years. Dhows are fishing and freight vessels that have plied the gulf for centuries. Pentagon spokesmen said the USS Carr fired .50-caliber ma chine guns at the three vessels, which were “suspected” to be Ira nian. Whether any of the three vessels were hit is not known. But all three vessels left the scene. American officials in the gulf said privately it was not certain whether they were Iranian craft threatening the American ships or fishing boats of another national ity. “We’ve seen these types of boats before but it’s the first time that one ever came that close to Ameri can ships,” one official said. “We’re not sure they were Ira nian, but the U.S. ships were taken by surprise,” the official said. “The only things that make this incident different is that it was night, and the boat came as close as it did,” the official said. The official estimated the clos est approach by the vessels at about 500 yards. The officials indicated there had been other occasions when U.S. warships fired warning shots to ward off vessels that apparently were innocent, but would not give details. Only one previous shooting in cident has been made public, according to records available here. That incident involved the American destroyer USS Kidd, which fired a warning shot Aug. 24 at a slow-moving fishing vessel in the gulf area. Weinberger makes plans to resign post Photo by Jay Jaimer Hang it up Grace Riggin, a senior environmental design major from LaPorte, hangs a cardboard sculpture as an offering at an altar in the College of Ar chitecture Gallery. Monday was the day of the dead and all students could bring handmade of ferings to honor dead friends or family members. Kremlin leader denounces critics of reform plan Gorbachev attempts to deal with haunting Stalin legacy | MOSCOW (AP) — Mikhail S. jGorbachev accused his Kremlin pities Monday of being either too imid or too impatient about the )ace of reform, and advised “revo- utionary self-restraint” in the drive o modernize the Soviet Union, j. The Soviet leader said Josef Sta in committed “enormous and un forgivable” crimes and announced resumption of a campaign to reha- lilitate the dictator’s victims. He ilso praised the communist state’s second leader, however, for collec- ivizing agriculture and industri- ilizingthe country. Gorbachev’s nationally televised speech was part of the 70th anni- rersary observance of the 1917 rev olution that brought the commu- lists to power. MOSCOW (AP) — In a bold at tempt to deal with the legacy of Josef Stalin, Mikhail S. Gorbachev on Monday condemned Stalinist re pression but praised the former dic tator’s success in industrializing and defending the country. The legacy of Stalin still haunts Soviet life and politics 34 years after the dictator’s death, and Gorba- It was his first address since the disclosure last week of a top-level fight over the pace of “perestroika,” Gorbachev’s program aimed at im proving the quality of life by streamlining bureaucracy, encour- chev’s statement was the frankest yet by a Soviet leader on the man who ruled the country for nearly three decades. In a Kremlin speech, Gorbachev said a candid assessment of Stalin’s role in Soviet history was an essential part of the drive to overhaul the So viet economy and society. “If at times we scrutinize our his- aging individual initiative and boosting production of consumer goods. In a mention of his visit to Wash ington next month for his third tory with a critical eye, we do so only because we want to obtain a better and fuller idea of the ways that lead to the future,” the general secretary of the Communist Party told a meet ing devoted to the 70th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Gorbachev said a new assessment of Stalin “is something we have to do.” summit with President Reagan, Gorbachev pledged to seek a “pal pable breakthrough” leading to re ductions in long-range nuclear weapons and a ban on weapons in space. “The more so that even now, there are some attempts to turn away from painful matters in our history, to hush them up, to make believe that nothing special hap pened,” he said. To be silent, Gorbachev said, is “disrespect to the memory of those who were innocent victims.” Signing a treaty to ban interme diate-range nuclear missiles “is very important in itself,” he said in his first public comment on the matter since the announcement Friday that he would meet Reagan on Dec. 7 and plan for a return visit by the president. “The world expects the third and fourth Soviet-U.S. summits to pro duce more than merely an official acknowledgment of the decision agreed upon a year ago, and more than merely continuation of the dis cussion,” the 56-year-old Commu nist Party chief told an audience of Soviet leaders and international so cialist figures. “That is why we will work unre mittingly at these meetings for a palpable breakthrough, for con crete results in reducing strategic offensive armaments and barring weapons from outer space — the key to removing the nuclear threat.” TCLU sues Clements for denying professor funds for conference AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Civil Liberties Union sued Gov. Bill Clements Monday on behalf of a Pan American University professor who was denied state money to go to a health confer ence in Nicaragua. “It’s pretty clear that this is a very blatant effort on the part of the governor to control political thought and political views of the people on the faculties of the uni versities throughout Texas,” TCLU Legal Director Jim Har rington told a news conference in front of the Governor’s Mansion. Sociology Professor Harold Nelson was notified by Bob Davis, budget director for Gov. Bill Clements, that he had been den ied $527 allocated by the Edin burg University as travel ex penses to the conference. Davis, who also is named in the lawsuit, cited political circum stances in Nicaragua as the rea son for denying the money. The governor oversees state travel al locations for professors going to foreign countries, other than Mexico and Canada. Nelson, outspoken in his oppo sition to U.S. aid for the Contras, said he believes Clements denied funding because the governor supports aid to the Contra rebels. “When the governor attempts to impose his political views on the faculty of Texas, we must challenge him,” said Nelson, who added that he plans to go to the conference that begins Nov. 5 even without state funding. He said former Gov. Mark White ap proved his expenses for a Nicara guan trip last year. Reggie Bashur, the governor’s E ress secretary, said the travel al- >cation was denied because of concern about the safety of traveling in Nicaragua and the possibility of state liability if any thing happened to the professor on a trip that was partially state- funded. “We’re concerned about the professor’s safety in a country that is involved in a civil war,” Ba shur said. However, Bashur said, Clem ents is not restricting Nelson’s right to travel. “If he wants to go to Nicara gua, he’s free to go as far as we’re concerned,” he said. “Texas tax payer money isn’t going to go to (paying for) it.” Harrington, who said the law suit was filed in state district court in Austin Monday, questioned whether Clements’ concern about safety is real. He said the gover nor has approved money for pro fessors to travel to other possibly dangerous countries, including Chile, Guatemala and Honduras. Former A&M student called to Dallas to await suitable donor for transplant By Janet Goode Staff Writer John Stone, the former Texas A&M student who in one month raised $25,000 of the needed $120,000 for a deposit on his own liver transplant, was called to Dallas by the Baylor College of Medicine Monday to wait for his liver trans plant. Scott Donahue, chairman of the John Stone Liver Transplant Fund said because of all the publicity Stone received and how quickly he has been raising money, the Ameri can Transplant Association decided to go ahead and put him on the wait ing list without the full deposit. “They were so impressed (with the support Stone has received from A&M) they just said, ‘Come on in and let’s do it while he’s in good health,’ ” Donahue said. Stone will be put on the computer waiting list and will live with his mother in Richardson, Donahue said. He will be given a pager to carry at all times and will have to be within minutes of the hospital. When a suit able liver donor comes in, Stone will immediately report to the hospital and undergo the transplant opera tion, he said. Stone, 25, graduated from Texas A&M in 1984 and went to the the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston to pursue his studies in medicine. Stone suffers from Alpha-1-Anti- Trypsin Deficiency, which keeps his body from controlling digestive en zymes. The enzymes digest his liver, which in response tries to repair it self. Scar tissue builds up, keeping the blood from filtering properly. Stone’s diabetes and the antitryp sin together have caused this liver cirrhosis. Persons wishing to donate should write the American Transplant As sociation, Box 822123, Dallas, TX. 75382-2123, or the American Trans plant Association, care of the John Stone Fund, Post Oak Branch of First State Bank in Caldwell, P.O. Box 10130, College Station, TX 77840. Zhao named Communist Party chief in China BEIJING (AP) — Premier Zhao Ziyang took over as chief of the Communist Party Monday in a major leadership reshuffle that brought younger, reform-minded pragmatists to power in China. The new lineup is the result of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping’s plan to replace an aging party leadership with officials willing to continue his market-oriented reforms and open-door policy. Deng, 83, stepped down from three top party posts Sunday at the conclusion of the 13th Com munist Party Congress, but he was reappointed chairman of the powerful Central Military Com mission, ensuring that he will play a major role in China’s political future. In retiring from his posts, Deng forced leading conservatives, most notably President Li Xian- nian and economist Chun Yun, to follow suit. Li and Chen, both 82, had opposed the pace of Deng’s reforms. 1 he way is now open for Deng and his proteges to continue decentralizing the economy and further open the nation to the West. The major surprise of the congress-was the po litical survival of Hu Yaobang, the former party chief who lost his post after student demonstra tions for democracy last December. Hu, a liberal by Chinese standards, will not re turn to the Politburo’s Standing Committee, the core decision-making group in the party. But he retained his seat on the Central Committee and on the Politburo itself. It had been expected that Hu would be pushed from the Politburo. Zhao, 68, further solidified his leadership po sition by being named vice chairman of the mili tary commission. The appointment is significant because Zhao, whose power base lies in govern ment ministries, has sought to expand his influ ence into the military. Zhao said Monday he would soon step down as premier but refused to disclose his successor. The acting party chief since January, Zhao was the only member of the five-person Politburo Standing Committee to be re-elected Monday by the 175-member Central Committee, which gov erns the party. The average age of the Standing Committee dropped from 77 to 63 with the appointment of the new members — vice premiers Li Peng, Qiao Shi and Yao Yilin, and party Secretariat member Hu Qili. The vitality of the new leadership was evident Monday when the five Standing Committee members, all in Western-style suits instead of Mao jackets, joined foreign and Chinese report ers at a reception in the Great Hall of the People.