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Nicarguan abuses condemned


backed rebel forces in Nicaragua
carry out "selective but systematic
killing" of perceived Sandinista
government sympathizers and
routinely kidnap civilians,
including significant numbers of
children, a human rights group said
The Nicaraguan government,
meanwhile, although it generally
respects the laws of war, mistreats
prisoners, does not guarantee due
process, and has imposed
unwarranted limits on press and
religious freedom, the group
The 166-page study was prepared
by Americas Watch, a liberal New

York-based human rights
monitoring group, on the basis of a
series of fact-finding missions to
Nicaragua last year.
It is the 10th report by Americas
Watch on Nicaragua since 1982 and
covers from February to December
Americas Watch, which
often has drawn sharp criticism
from U.S. officials during its six
year existence, accused the Reagan
administration of unfairly
portraying the Sandinista
government in the most negative
terms while turning a blind eye to
the abuses of the rebels, known as
the Contras.
"No attempt whatsoever is made

to moderate such portrayals in the
light of actual performance," the
report said.
State Department spokesman
Charles Redman had no comment
on the report saying department
officials had not seen it. The
administration's own annual human
rights report, which assesses all
nations of the world, is expected to
be released in a few days.
Americas Watch Vice Chairman
Aryeh Neier told a news conference
the report did not specify whether
the Sandinista government or the
Contras were responsible for the
most abuses. To take such a stand,
he said, would tend to diminish the
abuses of the side deemed less

But the report leaves the
impression that the most serious
rights abuses were committed
by the Contras. Last week,
Assistant Secretary of State Elliott
Abrams, who has frequently clashed
with Neier in the past, said the
Sandinista government is carrying
out a "reign of terror" on
Nicaraguan citizens.
The Americas Watch report calls
for an end to U.S. funding of the
rebels on grounds that such support
"associates the U.S. government
with a pattern of gross human
rights abuses that, to date, the
Contras show no signs of curbing."


New bar will open

(Continued from Page 1)

The Honey Tree in Tally Hall,
thinks the mall needs a bar. "A lot
of people ask for it," he said.
"What we need here are students...
Hopefully, the bar will help us," he
Before Mennicotti can begin

construction, the bar must secure a
license from the State Liquor
Control Commission. The long,
involved process begins with
approval from the City Council's
special liquor committee.
City Councilmember Larry
Hunter(D-First Ward) said the

if official
committee may meet next Monday,
and he hoped to bring the issue of
the license before the council
within the next two weeks.
If the council recommends the
license, the LCC investigates the
proposed licensee and the funding
source, said Dan Sparks, director of
Executive Services of the LCC.
W H EN the LCC approves,
local police will then investigate
and fingerprint the applicant. If the
applicant clears both hurdles,
Sparks said, he must then be
approved by the Board of

give ok
Despite the intricacies of this
process, Mennicotti, who has held
liquor licenses before, and is backed
by Tally Hall management, should
be approved to build within 30-45
days after being recommended by by
the City Council, Sparks said.
Conlin said Tally Hall's owners
originally planned to include three
or four businesses on the license,
but only Mennicotti could afford
the insurance liability of serving-
liquor in his establishment.


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Compiled from Associated Press reports
Kidnappers extend deadline
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Moslem kidnappers said at their deadline last
night for killing three American hostages and an Indian that they had
extended it "until further notice."
A handwritten statement in Arabic signed by the Islamic Jihad for
the Liberation of Palestine described the decision as a response to pleas
from the hostages, their families, Lebanese organizations, and the:
Indian government.
But the statement also said the group would retalliate for the "insult"
by U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, who said the people of
kidnapping-beset Beirut "have a plague." It did not indicate what form
the action might take, or whether it could involve the hostages.
Soviet prisoner release praised
MOSCOW - Dissidents and the West have praised the release of
dozens of political prisoners but those freed are only a small fraction of
the total held and it remains unclear whether Kremlin policy toward
dissent is changing.
The action in the past week may have been a gesture to deflect
accusations of human rights violations as the Soviets prepare for an
international peace conference in Moscow later this week and seek to
host a human rights meeting in the spring.
Those said to have been freed by the decree of the Supreme Soviet,
the nominal ntional parliament, represent the range of Soviet dissent
from a Latvian nationalist to a teacher of Hebrew and a Catholic
15 die in Beirut bombing
BEIRUT - Police said a car bomb killed at least 15 people
yesterday and sparked an inferno at a gas station in a Shiite Moslem
neighborhood of Beirut.
They said the bomb went off at 2:45 p.m. in a white Mercedes-Benz
parked near the filling station in the Roweiss district on the southern
outskirts of the capital.
Dozens of people were wounded by the blast, police said.
Ambulances and fire engines raced to the scene with sirens wailing.
Radio reports said Shiite militiamen fired automatic rifles in the air to
clear the way for ambulances and cars evacuating the wounded,
witnesses reported.
The car bombing was the first in the Moslem sector of Beirut this
year. There have been two car bombings in 1987 in East Beirut.
A car bomb exploded in the Christian east Beirut's Zalka district Jan.
30, killing five people, including two children, and wounding 37.
Proposed rule would give
credit for sign language
LANSING - High school students who've been frustrated by
French or stymied by Spanish ought to be able to learn sign language,
a state senator said yesterday.
Such an option could benefit students who don't easily pick up
foreign languages and help the hearing impaired communicate with
classmates, said Sen. James Barcia (D-Bay City).
Barcia has introduced a bill that would give local school districts the
option of granting academic foreign language credit for courses in
American Sign Language.
The proposal is new to Michigan, but already is law in Maine and
Texas, said Christopher Hunter, director of the Michigan Commission
on Handicapper Concerns' division of the deaf and deafened.
Ezzie the emu returns home
SAGINAW - Ezzie the emu is back in its pen after it jumped the
fence and spent three days wandering around the countryside, spurring a
flurry of sightings of the Austrailian bird.
"It's skinned up a little bit. It's tired and it's hungry. It's laying
down now," said Kenneth Kalenak, owner of the male emu, a relative of
the ostrich.
Kalenak said Saturday about 30 people called him saying they had
spotted the bird, which escaped from its backyard pen early Wednesday.
Ezzie was caught Saturday morning on the farm of Mark Walter, who;
lives about 10 miles west of Kalenek's home.
Ezzie, who eats corn, wheat and bird food, could honly have survived
about two more days outside its pen because of the lack of available:
food in rural Saginaw County, Kalenak said.
The six-foot-tall emu, which can run about 35 mph is one of several
exotic birds that Kalenak, an antique auto upholsterer, said he raises as a:

Kalenak said he will build a taller pen for Ezzie. Apparently the bird,
scared by a dog or raccoon, hurdled the pen's five-and-half-foot fence,:
Kalenak said.
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