Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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NATION GOP PRESIDENTIAL FIELD Civil Rights Commissioner Running

Arthur Fletcher, a Republican member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, joined the 1996 presidential race Friday, urging his party not to abandon minorities and the working class.

Fletcher, a strong advocate of affirmative action, said, "My party has designed a top-down strategy, which says the wealthy, the rich, the affluent belong to this party. Anybody that doesn't earn $35,000 a year is out of the equation.

"It's time to stop that and say there's room for anybody who wants to participate in the Republican Party."

He announced his candidacy at a news conference in Anacostia, a poor area of Washington.

Fletcher, who is black, has been promoting affirmative action programs since President Richard Nixon's administration, when he was a Labor Department official. Since then, three Republican presidents - Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan and George Bush - have appointed him to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which he chaired from 1990 to 1993. He is 70. AP

***** ADDISON, ILL. Justice Dept. Accuses Town Of Bias

The Justice Department accused a Chicago suburb Friday of trying to drive Hispanics out of town by using a state urban renewal plan to demolish homes.

The department's civil rights division alleges that the village of Addison violated the federal Fair Housing Act by trying to reduce the number of Hispanic families through use of Illinois' Tax Increment Financing plan. The plan is designed to redevelop land and expand local tax bases. About one-quarter of Addison's 32,000 residents are Hispanic; the town's Hispanic population more than doubled between 1980 and 1990.

"This is not urban renewal. It is urban destruction motivated by the national origin of the residents," said Assistant Attorney General Deval L. Patrick, head of the civil rights division. AP

***** CONNECTICUT Special Olympics Athlete Drowns

A mentally retarded man participating in the Special Olympics World Games apparently has drowned on an outing with his team.

Nepalese soccer player Ramesh Mali, 21, vanished in the sea Thursday at Hammonasset State Park, near New Haven.t Authorities on Friday gave up hope of finding him alive.

***** ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE Figure In Lawsuit Puts Wife In Home

A businessman who was fired for spending time with his sick wife has put her in a nursing home and is living with her ex-nurse.

Fred Tepperman of White Plains, N. …

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