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Menachem Begin Eulogized As Great Leader at Funeral

The Baltimore Sun


Menachem Begin, the former prime minister who came to symbolize many of the unresolved conflicts in Israeli society, was buried Monday on the Mount of Olives after a day of national mourning.

Thousands of people joined the funeral procession led by family members and former members of the Irgun Zvei Leumi, the underground army commanded by Begin in the 1940s in the fight against Arabs and the British authorities who ruled Palestine before the establishment of the Jewish state.

There was no coffin. His body, wrapped in a white shroud, carried on a stretcher, was placed next to the grave of his wife, Aliza, overlooking the eastern wall of the Old City and the Temple Mount.

The ceremony was more a commemoration of Begin's life in the underground than his six years as prime minister -- from 1977 until his resignation in 1983 -- and served as a final public recognition of his having made a political extreme into the country's mainstream.

Supreme Court Finds State-Imposed Term Limits Constitutional

The Baltimore Sun


The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states are free, under the Constitution, to limit the time state officials may serve in office, and then ban them from those posts for the rest of their lives.

It turned aside, without comment, the first constitutional challenge to reach it in the campaign to impose term limits, an issue that may be on the ballot in as many as 18 states this fall.

Although the court did not offer its own views on term limits' constitutionality, its order (California Legislature vs. Eu, 91-1113) left intact a California Supreme Court ruling that had upheld state officers' term limits against a sweeping constitutional attack.

Monday's U.S. Supreme Court action leaves open the possibility of a separate attack on the constitutionality of term limits for members of Congress, an issue that was not before the justices because the California case applied only to holders of state offices.

Christian Science Church Unveils Shake-Up at Top

The Washington Post


Christian Science Church officials, amid reports of serious financial difficulties, Monday announced a sweeping shake-up of the church hierarchy and offered its troubled cable-television operation, the Monitor Channel, for sale.

The administrative changes reached all the way to the church's ultimate governing body, the self-perpetuating five-member board of directors and its chairman, Harvey W. Wood, who resigned

The changes follow weeks of increasing tension within the church over several issues stemming from the decision in the 1980s to move into broadcasting, which some critics said created a financial drain and a challenge to the church's identity.

By some accounts, the church was losing as much as $4 million a month on the Monitor Channel.

Conditional $1.3 Billion Settlement Approved in Milken Case

Los Angeles Times


A judge approved the settlement of over 150 lawsuits involving Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. Monday, but government agencies won the right to opt out of the pact after they examine new financial information to be supplied by jailed financier Michael Milken and other defendants.

The accord satisfies objections raised last week by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which had rejected the $1.3 billion settlement on the grounds that it lacked "adequate or sufficient information upon which [to] base an informed judgment."


Cold Weather Returns

By Yeh-Kai Tung
Staff Meteorologist

A very strong frontal system which produced blizzard conditions in Colorado is moving our way. Luckily for us, we will not be hit nearly as strongly.

Clouds will increase during the day on Tuesday with rain beginning Tuesday night. Accompanying the rain will be a shift in the wind as well as dropping temperatures. Most of the precipitation will end Wednesday morning though we may get some flurries or freezing rain Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures will remain cold for Wednesday night and Thursday.

Tuesday: Increasing cloudiness. Southerly wind 20-25 mph (32-40 kph). High 57F (14C).

Tuesday night: Rain starting, with heaviest rain falling during the early morning hours. Wind shifting to the west-northwest 20-25 mph (32-40 kph). Low 35F (2C).

Wednesday: Rain ending in the morning with flurries or freezing rain possible in the afternoon. High 40F (4C).

Wednesday night: Clearing and cold. Low 24F (-4C).

Thursday: Clear and cold. High 30F (-1C).