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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 30, 1984
Dole seeks independent Senate

newly chosen Senate Majority Leader
Robert Dole says he is ready to cham-
pion President Reagan's programs, the
leadership team he will head when the
h 4 99th Congress convenes Jan. 3 will
likely be more independent of the White
House than its predecessor.
This week's Senate shakeup put
political moderates in many key Senate
positions, suggesting that the
GOP-controlled Senate will be
something less than a rubber stamp for
administration initiatives.
AND WHILE Dole claimed he
Dole would work hard for administration
... wants GOP control policies, he also told reporters that a
top priority under his stewardship of
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the Senate would be keeping control of
the chamber in GOP hands in 1986,
when 22 Republican-held seats are up
for grabs, contrasted with 12
Democratic ones.
Thus, actions taken by Dole and other
GOP Senate leaders are likely to be as
influenced by political concerns as by
loyalty to the president.
The Kansas Republican has con-
sistently supported administration
positions as chairman of the Senate
Finance Committe, but he also has
never, been shy of speaking his own
mind when he disagreed-including his
outspoken "advice" to the president
and to GOP platform writers last sum-
mer not to rule out tax increases.

Although Dole and Baker are both
political centrists, their style is
markedly different. Where Baker kept
a low profile and worked patiently
behind the scenes to forge com-
promises, Dole is known for his com-
bativeness and intensity.
If he runs the Senate the way he ran
the Finance Committe, senators may
be in for some long, late hours. Dole
also has indicated that he favors the ef-
fort to streamline the Senate rules to
minimize the kind of parliamentary
snarls that marked the past session.
However, he agreed such a change
could only be accomplished on bipar-
tisan basis.

Peruvian police quell
violent demonstrators

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LIMA, Peru (UPI)-Police enforcing
a state of emergency fired tear gas and
water cannon yesterday to disperse
hundreds-of workers and students who
blocked roads and burned buses during
a general strike to protest economic
At least 100 people were arrested and
four people were injured in violence in
the capital and at least two northern
cities during a 24-hour general strike
called by leftist labor unions to protest
high unemployment and annual in-
flation of more than 100 percent.

Just hours before the strike began,
suspected terrorists dynamited an
American culture center, election of-
fices, and banks in foreign cities.
One woman was injured.
Police attributed the bombings to
Shining Path, a Maoist guerrilla group
waging a 4-year-old war against the
Peruvian government.
The strike was only partially suc-,
cessful in shutting down Peruvian ac-
President Fernando Belaunde Terry,
warning the strike would be "suicide"
for the devastated economy, imposed
a national state of emergency in the
country of 19 million people Wed-
The measure allows police to make
arrests and search homes without
warrants and outlaws public and
private meetings.

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Reagan nominates EPA head
WASHINGTON-Lee Thomas, now head of EPA's toxic waste program,
was nominated by President Reagan yesterday to head the Environmental
Protection Agency in place of retiring chief William Ruckelshaus.
By moving swifly to replace the popular Ruckelshaus, who resigned late
Wednesday, Reagan defused a potential controversy over environmental
policies and their management.
The EPA announced, meanwhile, that Ruckelshaus' deputy, Al Alm, also
is resigning.
The toxic waste program had been the target of mismanagement charges
under former EPA head Anne Gorsuch Burford. When Ruckelshaus retur-
ned to the agency for a second stint after Burford resigned under fire, he
brought Thomas in as acting deputy, then moved him to toxic waste.
Reagan seeks budget freeze
WASHINGTON-President Reagan tentatively decided yesterday to at-
tack bulging federal budget deficits with a virtual freeze on overall gover-
nment spending, according to administration sources.
"The president tentatively decided to try to hold spending to the '85
current level," said an administration source who asked not to be quoted by
The source said that such action would be the result of a combination of ac-
tions that "could be accomplished by terminations, by freezes and by cuts in
services." He said it would not be an across-the-board freeze as such.
Sources said Reagan made the decision at an afternoon meeting with the
president's senior budget advisors.
That session followed an earlier White House meeting during which
Republican congressional leaders told Reagan that there is bipartisan sup-
port on Capitol Hill for across-the-board action to control federal spending,
but resistance to any plan that would cut domestic programs while leaving
the Pentagon untouched.
Key economic indicator drops
WASHINGTON-The government's main economic forecasting guage fell
in October for the third time in five months, the Commerce Department
reported yesterday as economists bemoaned an economy they said was
"sputtering" or maybe even slipping toward a mild new recession.
The 0.7 percent October decline in the Index of Leading Economic In-
dicators marked the first time since the recessionary year of 1981 that the
index had dropped in as many as three of five months.
At the .White House, presidential spokesman Larry Speakes said that
although "obviously we're in a period of economic slowdown... we don't
think this is an indication of recessionary tendencies."
At the same time, private economists described the economy as very
sluggish, and one of them said his firm's forecast was "within arm's length
of a recession."
There were no predictions, however, that such a business downturn-if it
should occur-would be as long or severe as the 1981-82 recession.
The leading indicators index blends 10 separate forward-pointing
economic measures and is designed to foreshadow trends in the economy.



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S Pornography
face $5
million fine
LANSING (UPI)-Porn merchants
face up to $5 million in fines and a year
in jail for distributing obscene
materials under a bill approved 9-4 by
the House Judiciary Committee yester-
The measure-which does not actually'
alter Michigan's prevailing legal stan-
dard for determining what is ob-
scene-now goes to the full House for
further consideration.
The bill, sponsored by conservative
Republican Sen. Alan Dropsey of
DeWitte, has already passed the Senate
in a somewhat different form.
Judiciary Chairman Perry Bullard
(D-Ann Arbor) said the committee's
changes reflect the view that por-
nography is an "economic crime.'
Bullard opposes the bill, but said, "I
understand its (political) necessity."
He said results of this; year's general
election gave the victory to "forces
concerned about the impact of por-



increase by 74%

ATLANTA-Nearly three-fourths of the people who contracted AIDS
before 1983 have now died, and the number of cases is up 74 percent this year
compared with last year, government scientists said yesterday.
The national Centers for Disease Control reported that as of Monday, 6,993
cases of acquired immune deficiency syndrome had been reported; 3,342
victims, or 48 percent, have died.
But the fatality rate is much higher for people who have had the disease
for more than two years. Of the people who were diagnosed with AIDS before
January 1983, 73 percent have died, the Atlanta-based health agency said.
More than 86 percent of AIDS cases have been reported in the last two
So far in 1984, 3,821 cases have been reported-up 74 percent from the
same time last year.
''We should expect the cases to continue to increase for the next year,"
said Dr. James Curran, director of the CDC's AIDS task force.
Device gives deaf first sounds
WASHINGTON-The government yesterday approved a device for
surgical implantation in the ears of totally deaf adults that can help them
hear sounds like sirens, car horns, and doorbells as well as human voices-the
first approved mechanical substitute for a human sense.
Dr. William House of the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles whose work
led to development of the device, said it would raise a person's capacity to
hear to about 45 to 50 decibels. It takes 70 decibels to hear conversation at
arm's length and 80 decibels to hear one's own voice, he said.
The sound is too crude to permit words to be understood, they said, but
supplies important clues, such as rhythm and varying volume, that can
enhance a deaf person's ability to read lips as well as to speak.
House said having the devices can make an extraordinary difference in
the lives of deaf patients. "It makes them and their families feel much better
about their safety," he said. "They are more employable because they can
hear a fire bell."
The processor is a battery-operated unit about the size of a pack of playing
cards and worn on a belt or in a pocket.
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