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Senate looks at
WASHINGTN (AP) - The Senate
began consideration yesterday of a
proposed school prayer amendment,
with President Reagan pressing for
approval and liberal opponents
threatening to prolong the emotionally
charged debate until June.
Senate Majority Leader Howard
Baker, (R-Tenn.), said that even
though he was short of enough votes to
halt a filibuster, "it's the best oppor-
tunity to pass this amendment that
we've had" since the mid-1970s.
AS SENATORS began debating what
Baker called "a sensitive, important
issue" - a high priority among
Reagan's conservative constituency -
the president appealed for approval of
the proposed prayer amendment that
faces a close vote in the Senate and an
uncertain fate in the House.
"Our amendment would ensure that
no child be forced to recite a prayer,"
Reagan said in a letter to House
Majority Leader Robert Michel, (R-
Ill). "Indeed, it explicitly prevents any
state from composing the words of any
prayer, but the courts could not forbid
our children from being able to voice
their prayers in our schools."
Even though the measure is not
before the House, supporters conducted
an around-the-clock talkathon in the
House chamber in behalf of a con-
stitutional amendment permitting
voluntary prayers in public schools.
Outside the Capitol, demonstrators on
both sides of the issue gathered for
THE AMENDMENT'S backers are
seeking to overturn Supreme Court
decisions in 1962 and 1963 that prohibit
public schools from setting aside a
specific time or text for organized, of-
ficially sanctioned classroom prayers.
Opponents of an amendment say
school children already may pray silen-
tly, and that organized prayers violate
the constitutional separation of church
The proposed amendment must be
approved by a two-thirds vote in both
the House and Senate before it can be
offered to the states for ratification. No
fewer than 38 states would have to ap-
prove an amendment before it could
become part of the Constitution.
THE WORDS of the prayer would be
up to each local school authority to
Sen. Lowell Weicker, (R-Conn.),
leader of the opposition, said bringing
up a school prayer amendment during
an election year is "playing with fire . .
It's not furtherance of religious
freedom. It's furtherance of some
Weicker added: "I don't want anyone
telling me how my family, my children,
are going to pray. That, in effect, is
what's going on on the Senate floor."
While Baker predicted the Senate
would be absorbed with the issues for'
perhaps two weeks, Weicker said he
and other Senate opponents may keep
the debate going until the first of June.
... amendment might pass
WASHINGTON (UPI) - Warning the limits on military spending growth.
economic recovery is endangered, Their three-year plan would raise
Democrats on Congress's Joint twice as much as the $100 billion "down
Economic Committee proposed yester- payment" on the federal debt President
day cutting $200 billion from the federal Reagan requested. The debt is close to
deficit with a form of flat-rate tax and $1.5 trillion overall and Reagan's fiscal
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plan for deficit cut
1985 budget is $180 billion in the red is done to reduce the deficit.
by his own estimate. "Under the present policy, you are
THE DEMOCRATS' proposal would heading for an economic recovery that
raise about $102 billion in taxes through will abort," he said. "This is the kind of
1987 and make about $97 billion in cuts deficit reduction plan that has a real
in military and entitlement programs. bite in it."
Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.), vice The Congressional Budget Office
chairman of the committee, told a news rhdiCosgth ssannaldeti e
conference the nation's standard of predicts the annual deficit will grow to
living will fall unless something major more than $330 billion in 1989.
State bill would end fees
for student polit-Aical goup-s
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whether or not they want to donate.
"STUDENTS shouldn't be forced to
give to a cause that they don't believe
in," he said.
There have been some complaints by
students at MSU about assessed
payments, Gardella said, and the
proposed bill is an effort to combat that.
"The universities are overstepping
their grounds," he said. "They do not
serve to raise funds for political ad-
vocacy groups, they serve to educate."
THE BILL which is not in final form,
currently states: "Unless prior written
approval is attained, a student at a
public institution of higher education in
Michigan shall not be assessed a fee or
required to donate to any political ad-
vocacy group or non-profit
Cropsy said the bill will get to the
Senate floor in a few weeks.
Similar legislation has been passed in
several states including New Jersey
and Colorado. But Cropsey said he is
still checking into the consititutionality
of the bill because he is uncertain how
much power the legislature has over
the officials in setting university policy.
Although the bill has just been in-
troduced, Gardella predicts it will gain
"I think we'll get a great number of
senators to co-sponsor the bill," he said.
"We -foresee it passingxi the Senate.
Gardella added that he thinks
University officials will be receptive to
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Storm sets record snowfall
A storm that left Minnesotans digging through 20 inches of snow headed for
Canada and northern Maine yesterday, while a new storm whistling out of
the Rockies lashed Texas and New Mexico and poured up to a half-foot of
rain on the lower Mississippi Valley.
At least four deaths were blamed on icy highways in the Midwest.
Hundreds of schools were closed yesterday in southwestern Minnesota and
Michigan as ice and drifting snow, driven by winds gusting up to 45 mph,
made travel hazardous.
Nearly 7 inches of rain fell on northeastern Louisiana and some secondary
roads in the state were closed by high water. The storm produced snow that
closed some roads in New Mexico's central mountains.
The heaviest snow was 20 inches at Montevideo and Maynard in west-
central Minnesota. Pipestone, in the southwest had more than 16 inches.
"We're getting tired of it," said Russell Buhler, a motel owner in Duverne,
south of Pipestone. He said he worked with his snowblower all afternoon
Sunday and still hadni t finished clearing his property.
The average March snowfall in Minneapolis-St. Paul is 1.4 inches, but the
Twin Cities got 10.6 inches just over the weekend. The average for the whole
winter there is 47.4 inches, but 80.4 inches have fallen this season, the fourth
greatest on record. Last winter the total for the season was 74.4 inches; the
record is 95 inches, in 1981-82.
Contaminated formula kills infant
BOSTON-"Foul play" was suspected in the death yesterday of a
hospitalized 11-month-old boy fed a bottle of formula contaminated with
table salt, a Children's Hospital spokeswoman said.
Infant formula fed to Damon Robinson of Springfield was tainted after it
was mixed and before it was given to the child, the spokeswoman said.
The death was under investigation by the homicide unit of the Suffolk
County District Attorney's office, officials said.
The boy, admitted to the hospital Feb. 27 for care of a weight problem, died
of salt intoxicatin caused by a formula contaminated with common table
salt, Collins said. He slipped into critical condition after receiving the for-
mula Saturday morning.
"No other bottle was found to have this concentration," she said, and the
commercial preparations used in the formula were "absolutely not" respon-
sible for the death.
Hospital officials stripped their shelves of the formula and tested other
samples for possible contamination, Collins said.
Woman did not identify rapis
FALL RIVER, Mass.-A woman who says she was sex ally assa lted on a
barroom pool table failed to point out the two men who had allegedly raped
her when she returned to the tavern later that night, a policeman testified
Documents released by the court showed that two of the six defendants in
the case told police they held the woman while another of the defendants
raped her on the table.
New Bedford police Officer Adrian Medeiros testified he went into Big
Dan's tavern early on March 7, 1983, with a woman who told police she had
been raped and jeered by a crowd of men in the bar that night.
Medeiros testified the woman told police "I want to point out those bastar-
ds," but when they retuned to the bar, she pointed out three men who she
said were in the bar when she was attacked. She did not point out the men
who allegedly raped her.
Reagan, Kohl anticipate 'real
progress' in Soviet relations
WASHINGTON-President Reagan met yesterday with West German
Chancellor helmut Kohn and said afterward the emergence of new leader-
ship in the Soviet Union offers an opportunity for "real progress" in East-
Reagan'said, however, that in the face of "Soviet ithransigence at'the
negotiating table," the NATOealliance will continue to strengthen its conven-
tional and nuclear deterrence.
Reagan expressed willingness to meet with Soviet Communist 'Party
leader Konstantin Chernenko, provided such an encounter is "well-prepared
and holds the promise of fruitful results."
"Both Chancellor Kohl and I agreed that, with new leadership in the
Kremlin, an opportunity exists for real progress in relations between East
and West," said Reagan.'
Jurors screened for DeLorean
trial, automaker is absent
LOS ANGELES-John De Lorean's long-awaited cocaine trafficking trial
opened yesterday with the automaker absent while prospective jurors filled
out a lengthy quiz asking their opinions of De Lorean, his wife and cocaine.
The 42-page, 99-item questionnaires were handed out to 173 prospective
jurors. They spent four hours filling out the forms, seated on benches in the
jury assembly room answering yes-or-no and essay questions, before being
sent home with orders to return in groups of 16 on March 13 for in-court
The questionnaire, drafted by attorneys for both sides and the judge,
asked whether prospective jurors had any connection with General Motors.
where DeLorean was once an executive, whether they are involved with any
group advocating abolition of narcotics laws and whether they believe in
"Have you or has any member of your family or any acquaintance ever
owned a De Lorean gull-winged sports car?" said question 14.
"Have you or any member of your family used cocaine?" asked another.
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