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66 Percent Dissatisfied With All Candidates, Poll Says

Los Angeles Times


A new nationwide poll shows that 66 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with all of the presidential candidates and that character attacks have seriously damaged Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, the Democratic front-runner.

The poll, conducted by Times Mirror Co., gives President Bush a lead of only 50 percent to 43 percent over both Clinton and the governor's only opponent in the Democratic race, former California Gov. Jerry Brown. But the survey indicated Bush could increase his margin over Clinton by as much as eight points by attacking Clinton's character.

Leaving no doubt the Bush campaign is planning to do that, campaign chairman Robert M. Teeter said that he was operating on the assumptions that Clinton would be Bush's opponent and that character would be the dominant issue.

Although far in front of Brown and still heavily favored to win the nomination, Clinton is a long way from locking it up. Brown's recent victories in the Connecticut primary and the Vermont caucuses have given his campaign new momentum heading into Tuesday's New York primary.

Brown Gets Reminder Jackson Seen As Liability in N.Y. Primary

The Washington Post


At a Greenwich Village rally Tuesday, Jerry Brown basked in the attention generated by a joint appearance with Jesse Jackson. Thursday in Brooklyn the former California governor got an equally clear reminder that his choice of Jackson as a prospective running mate is also a liability in next Tuesday's New York primary.

Brown was shouted down three times and hissed as he tried his defend his choice of Jackson during a meeting with Jewish leaders. His proclamations of support for Israel and calls to the Bush administration to release $10 billion in loan guarantees to the Israelis seemed to be lost in the anger generated by his association with the controversial former presidential candidate, who has said he is flattered by Brown's offer but has not accepted it.

Appearing before the Jewish Community Relations Council, where Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton was warmly received earlier this week, Brown said he wanted Jackson on the ticket because "the No. 1 goal for survival of a free society is healing the division between black and white. ... "

But before Brown could finish his sentence, he was angrily interrupted by Tov Hikind, a state assemblyman from Brooklyn who said, "You insult the Jewish community by picking Jesse Jackson."

U.S. Finds No Evidence of Israeli `Patriot' Sales to China

Los Angeles Times


The State Department, offering Israel a "clean bill of health," said Thursday that U.S. inspectors found no evidence that Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's government had sold American Patriot anti-missile technology to China.

"We plan no further action on this question with Israel, and consider the matter closed," State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler said in announcing the result of a week-long probe of intelligence reports accusing Israel of diverting the sophisticated technology.

The announcement cleared up one issue clouding the Washington-Jerusalem relationship.


Is This Spring?

By Marek Zebrowski
Staff meteorologist

A winter-like pattern is one of April's surprises for us this weekend. A large ocean storm that will be positioned in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Friday night may actually prevent a late-season snow event in our area. This inclement weather will be caused by yet another Alberta clipper, forecast to pass just to our south late Saturday after causing snow eastward from the Great Lakes region all the way to the mid-Atlantic coast.

For New England, a slow moderating trend will begin on Sunday with a high pressure building, bringing fairer skies and more seasonal spring weather, with temperatures reaching the 60s by Tuesday.

Friday afternoon: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of local sprinkle or flurry. High around 48F ( 9C) with strong northwesterly winds 15-25 mph (24-40 kph).

Friday night:Mostly clear and quite cold. Low around 32F (0C); biting winds continuing.

Saturday: Clouding up with a chance of sprinkles or flurries late, especially to the south and over the Cape. High in mid 40s (6C), winds backing to east-southeast.

Saturday night: Cloudy and cold with some flurries possible; most precipitation will pass to the south and east of our area. Low in mid 30s (2 C).

Sunday outlook: Becoming fair and gradually warming up with the temperatures reaching low 50s.