Page 2- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 14, 1988
Volunteers clean state
MEARS, Mich. (AP) - About 50 volunteers
walked Oceansa County's 23-mile Lake
Michigan shoreline yesterday, picking up
hypodermicsyringes and other pieces of medical
waste that forced the closing of the county's six
"Based on today's effort, it appears Oceana
County is under control, but will continue to be
constantly monitored," said Lowell Rinker,
county civil defense spokesperson.
In Lansing, Gov. James Blanchard announded
yesterday that legislation to impose "the toughest
criminal penalties in the nation for illegal
dumping of medical waste" will be introduced in
the fall session of the Legislature.
Blanchard's announcement followed a meeting
with 25 lawmakers Monday on the medical waste
issue. Blanchard said he also will consult with
Attorney General Frank Kelley on appropriate
"We will strengthen our protection of the
Great Lakes by enacting legislation that will be
the toughest in the nation against illegally
dumping medical waste," Blanchard said in a
"We will impose the toughest criminal pen-
alties in the nation. And we will require ways to
identify and track infectious waste to its source
so we can prosecute to the full extent of the
In Washington, Sen. Carl Levin and Rep.
Dennis Hertel, both Michigan Democrats,
introduced legislation yesterday requiring the
Environmental Protection Agency to establish a
demonstration program for tracking medical
waste in states bordering the Great Lakes.
While five barrels of medical waste washed up
on Oceana County beaches over the weekend,
little was found yesterday by the search crew,
Thugs continue violence in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP).
- Thugs burned down an empty
Roman Catholic chapel yesterday
several hours after six people
claimed responsibility for a massacre
inside another church and promised
more such attacks.
Opposition figures charged that
the military regime of Lt. Gen.
Henri Namphy was behind the pre-
dawn blaze yesterday that leveled the
Chapel of Immaculate Conception in
Port-au-Prince's Cite Soliel slum
Reporters who arrived on the
scene said they were chased away by
The reporters said the hoodlums
included one of the six people who
appeared on television Monday night
to boast about his participation in
the Sunday massacre at the St. Jean
Bosco Roman Catholic Church.
At least six people died and 77
were wounded when thugs armed
with machetes and guns burst into
St. Jean Bosco during a Mass and
attacked parishioners while police
and soldiers stood by outside,
The pastor of the St. Jean Bosco
church, which was burned after the
slaughter, is Rev. Jean Bertrard
Aristide, a critic of Namphy's mil-
itary government and a popular fig-
ure among Haiti's poverty-sricken
-000 , yo
"The government has committed
a genocide on an unarmed people. It
is for the international community
to put a stop to it," Sylvio Claude,
head of the Christian Democrat Party
and one of Haiti's most popular
opposition leaders, said on Radio
The five men and one woman
who appeared on government tele-
vision Monday night claimed they
were supporters of a rival priest, the
Rev. Arthur Volel of the Chapel of
Immaculate Conception. Opposition
leaders said their story was concocted
by the government to cover the real
reason for the attack.
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"We were in frequent contact with
these three men prior to their
detention without charge, and hold
them in high regard," the U.S.
statement said. "We will not press
them to leave against their will."
The statement said the United
States does not offer asylum at its
diplomatic offices. But it said these
premises are inviolable under inter-
national law and may not be entered
by the host government without
consent. The embassy said it was
discussing the situation with the
activists and the South African
A colleague of the three, union
activist Jay Naidoo, said he was
seeking a meeting with U.S.
Ambassador Edward Perkins to
discuss the situation. Perkins is the
first Black to hold the post.
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Dukakis questions Bush's
ability to face Gorbachev
Michael Dukakis, who appeared yesterday in Sterling Heights,
questioned how George Bush would be able to deal with Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev "if he couldn't stand up to the ayatollah or say 'no' to
Noriega." Meanwhile, the vice president preached the gospel of
Republican prosperity and said America is a "rising nation again."
GOP vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle announced to a Milwaukee
audience that Dukakis had lost his top naval adviser. "His rubber duck
drowned in his bathtub," Quayle said in another in a series of comments
designed to undercut the Democratic candidate's foreign policy and defense
The Republican campaign was buffeted with more controversy
yesterday when the co-chair of "Bulgarians for Bush" resigned after being
identified in a newspaper report as the former head of a Nazi-aligned group
formed in Bulgaria after World War II.
U.S. trade deficit narrows
WASHINGTON - The deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade
narrowed sharply from April through June as overseas sales of American
merchandise surged to a record high, the goernment reported yesterday.
However, the good news was tempered by the fact that America
suffered its first deficit in three decades in the trade category which
includes investment earnings.
The Commerce Department said the deficit in the current account
shrank to $33.3 billion in the second quarter, a 9.8 percent improvement
from a first quarter imbalance of $36.9 billion. It was the biggest
quarterly improvement since a 20.1 percent drop in the final three months
of last year.
Guerillas hijack bus with
nuns going to see the pope
MESERU, Lesotho - Guerillas hijacked a bus yesterday carrying 60
nuns, schoolgirls, and other people traveling to see Pope John Paul II,
who was expected in this tiny mountain kingsom, diplomats and sources
Diplomatic sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the
guerillas are believed to be members of the Lesotho Liberation Army,
which had been fighting the left-wing regime of former Prime Minister
Leabua Jonathan, who was deposed in a 1986 coup. The guerillas have
been holed up in South Africa since.
The pope was in Botswana yesterday and was expected in Lesotho
today as part of a five-nation tour of southern Africa.
Hurricane heads to Mexico
Hurricane Gilbert, one of the strongest storms in history, roared
toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula yesterday with 160 mph winds and
torrential rains after lashing the tiny, low-lying Cayman Islands.
The hurricane, traveling westward across the Caribbean Sea, was
upgraded yesterday to Category 5, the strongest and most deadly type of
hurricane. Such storms have winds greater than 155 mph and cause14
Gilbert, which devastated Jamaica and the Dominican Republic with
flash floods and mudslides, has killed at least five people.
Bob Sheets, director of the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables,
Florida, described Gilbert as "a great hurricane" that is "in the top ten
percent (historically) as far as intensity, size and destructive potential."
He compared it's intensity to that of Hurricane Allen, which killed
2,000 people in the Dominican Republic in 1979.
Crazy clowns get hitched
in madcap ceremony
WHITMAN, Mass - Two clowns who fell in love at a clowns'
convention took a shot at tying the knot in a ceremony that was a regular
"I take Chubby Cheeks to be my awful wedded husband," Sparkles the
clown said in the weekend ceremony. "I promise to love, honor, and bathe
him... And I will not nag at him for eating candy bars, ice cream, and
Before the vows, Chubby Cheeks, trembling from matrimonial jitters,
tried to make a run for it.
"My mother cooks better than her!" he shouted as he tried to wobble to
freedom in his white baggy pants and oversized shoes.
He was headed off and returned to the side of his bride, where he said:
"I take Sparkles to be my lawful-wedded wife, I promise not to eat peanut
butter and cookies before going to bed, I will help with the housework, I
promise to take out the garbage and hang up my clothers every night, and
I promise to visit her relatives without any argument whatsoever."
Chubby Cheeks, whose real name is Ed Savage, and Milly
Fantucchio, who plays Sparkles, met at a Clowns of America
International meeting three years ago.
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