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Archbishop: Clinton 'hates' school bill

President Clinton has told Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Newark, N.J., that he "hates" provisions of a House-passed bill that would allow states to end schooling for the children of illegal immigrants.

"The president hates the Gallegly provisions, and "hate' is his word," McCarrick said after a White House meeting Wednesday. McCarrick, the former chairman of the Bishops Committee on Migration and one of the church's leading experts on immigrant matters, referred to the school-denial legislation sponsored by Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif.

"I said we do, too, and we feel this is bad law. We feel it makes kids suffer for whatever the faults of their parents have been," McCarrick said."

Gallegly spokesman Jim Maiella said, "Congressman Gallegly hates the idea of continuing to force American taxpayers to continue educating those with no legal right to be in this country."

University creates

suicide studies post

The first chair for suicide studies in North America has been created at the University of Toronto by a woman whose 36-year-old son killed himself.

"After Arthur's death, I immediately felt I wished to honor him because he was such a brilliant young man," Doris Sommer-Rotenberg of Toronto told the Reuter news agency.

Her son, a family doctor, committed suicide after fighting depression for half of his life.

Sommer-Rotenberg approached officials at the university, which is Canada's largest, and they promised to help endow a chair if she raised $1-million Canadian (about $730,000 in U.S. currency). "We collected more than a million dollars and the University of Toronto matched it with another million," she said.

The school plans to fill the chair by September and start the program by January, said Paul Garfinkel, chairman of the University's psychiatry department.

Commission to study

effects of gambling

The U.S. Senate approved the establishment of a two-year federal commission to study the effects of gambling on individuals and the nation.

The bill, which passed Wednesday by a voice vote, was sent to the House of Representatives, which approved a similar measure in March.

Sen. Paul Simon, D-Ill., one of the sponsors of the legislation, called gambling "the fastest-growing industry" in the nation.