Ninety-nine years of editorialfreedom
Vol. IC, No. 10
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, September 21, 1988
Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily
Inflation rises despite - -
strong economic growth Na ionat die
WASHINGTON (AP) - An improving trade deficit The government said accelerating inflation accom- Percent change from previous
helped economic growth remain strong in the second panied the strong growth. One price measure tied to the quarter at annual rate
quarter despite the Farm Belt drought, but inflation was GNP rose at the fastest pace in nearly six years and was .s. .
more severe than previously believed, the government
The Commerce Department said the gross national
product, the broadest measure of the nation's $4 trillion
economy, grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of
N three percent in the April-June period. That was slower
than the 3.4 percent expansion rate in the first quarter,
but still brisk.
If not for the drought, second-quarter growth would
have been 3.9 percent. Crop and livestock losses for
the year are estimated at $13.9 billion and will be even
more of a drag on the economy in the third- and fourth-
more than triple the first-quarter rate.
"However you measure inflation, we got more of it
than we thought in the second quarter, and that's bad
news for the financial markets," said David Jones, an
economist with Aubrey Lanston & Co., a government
securities dealer in New York.
But at the White House, spokesperson Marlin water
called yesterday's report good news. "The facts, plus
the moderating growth rate, point to inflation
remaining under control," he said.
Jones said the acceleration in inflation after nearly
six years of economic growth is, while troublesome,
more moderate than in previous expansions.
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Coup leader Maung
forms new government
RANGOON, Burma (AP) -
Coup leader Gen. Saw Maung formed
a military-dominated government
yesterday, and state radio reported that
security forces killed 59 people,
primarily looters of government
warehouses. Witnesses reported a
60th person was shot and killed as
soldiers halted looting at a market in
A reporter also heard gunfire in
downtown Rangoon late yesterday,
one day after troops killed more than
100 anti-government demonstrators.
In all, more than 200 people have
been reported killed since Saw
Maung seized power Sunday from
Maung Maung, Burma's first civilian
leader in 26 years.
Top opposition leaders issued a
statement yesterday calling for talks
with Saw Maung. to resolve the
country's political and economic cri-.
sis and criticizing the military's
bloody crackdown on dissenters.
Saw Maung, who took power af-
ter weeks of protests against one-
party rule, holds the defense and for-
eign affairs portfolios in the Law and
Order Restoration Government of
nine ministers announced by state-
run Radio Rangoon.
Only one minister was a civilian,
Minister of Health Pe Thein.
At least six of the new ministers
were among the 18 senior officers
who mounted the coup with Saw
Maung. The broadcast also said local
military leaders will serve as top
government officials in their areas.
The broadcast did not name a
president or prime minister, and the
fate of Maung Maung was not
Saw Maung, a hardliner, is the
right-hand man of toppled President
Sein Lwin who was widely hated for
brutal suppression of dissent.
Saw Maung said the coup was in-
tended to halt the country's social
chaos so democratic elections could
be held. The opposition had de-
manded an interim government be
named before elections, which had
been called by Maung Maung.
Troops on Monday shot and killed
at least 100 people in the capital of
Rangoon who were protesting the
coup. Demonstrators and security
forces fought sporadic clashes late
into the night.
State radio reported five separate
incidents yesterday in which security
forces killed 59 people, including
looters and civilians who attacked a
Sixteen people died when troops
tried to stop more than 200 people
from looting a warehouse in the
Thamaing campus of Rangoon Uni-
Computerized card catalog
University President James Duderstadt cuts the ribbon yesterday on MIRLYN, the University's new $2.6 million
computerized card catalog. Duderstadt, who said the system will revolutionize the University's library, was unable
to operate the machine. "I haven't learned to use it yet," he said. See story, Page 3.
Artificial heart patient goes home
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate
Democrats maneuvered yesterday to
force a vote on raising the $3.35
minimum wage for the first time in
eight years, stopping just short of
accusing Republicans of filibustering
the issue in deference to presidential
"We've been discussing the min-
imum wage since last week and
haven't voted on a single amend-
ment," complained Sen. Alan Dixon
(D-Ill.). "We are behind the curve.
The people in this country realize
you can't even hire people at a $3.35
Vice President George Bush's
presidential campaign said yesterday
that Bush likely would not unveil
any specific minimum wage pro-
posal until after his debate next Sun-
day with Democratic nominee
"We're exploring a modest in-
crease so long as it's tied to a sub-
BY NOELLE SHAD WICK
The first artificial heart transplant recipient in
Michigan returned home yesterday, bearing auto-
graphed pictures of Detroit Lions players and a
jersey, number one, with his name on it.
William Gamblin, of Roseville, was the first
to be given a Symbion J-7 artificial heart. He
hosted the heart for 15 days before receiving a
transplanted human heart.
Gamblin left the hospital with good reports
from doctors and a lot of public support. He was
unavailable for comment yesterday.
"He's doing fine," said Toni Shears, a hospital
Dr. Michael Deeb, the primary surgeon in
both transplants, said Gamblin will be like any
other heart transplant patient. He has not shown
any signs of rejections, Deeb said, but hospital
officials will continue to watch him closely.
Paula Miska, a nurse responsible for follow-
up on heart and lung transplant patients, said the
ordinary procedure for a healing transplant patient
includes a biopsy every two weeks, blood work,
x-ray checks, and an ETG. She did not say
whether Gamblin would follow the exact proce-
Gamblin was chosen to receive the artificial
heart because he fell into the second of two cate-
gories that permit the implantation of the device.
"He had what is called a massive catastrophic
cardiac event," Shears said. Although he had a
history of heart trouble, he was healthy in all
other respects. Gamblin suffered a heart attack so
severe that his heart gave out, and he wouldn't
have survived without the Symbion heart.
minimum or training wage," said
David Sandor, a Bush campaign
spokesperson. "But there's nothing
scheduled for this week."
Labor Secretary Ann McLaughin,
meanwhile, was said by officials to
be preparing a statement on behalf of
the administration urging Republi-
cans to insist on a 90-day sub-mini-
mum training wage for new hires.
"The administration's position has
not changed," said Paul Williams, a
Labor Department spokesperson. "If
there is a training wage, the
administration will consider going
along with an increase in the mini-
Majority Leader Robert Byrd (D-
W.Va.) filed a second cloture motion
in as many days to limit further de-
bate on a bill by Sen. Edward
Kennedy (D-Mass.) to raise the min-
imum wage by 40 cents an hour each
of the next three years. That would
put it at $4.55 by 1991.
Byrd said he did not want to imply
that a filibuster was occurring "at
this point" but that he wanted to
preclude Republicans from bringing
up unrelated amendments. He also
warned that he might keep the Senate
in session on Saturdays over the next
four weeks if the delays continue.
GOP senators have a host of
' real world' to class
BY LAURA SAGOLLA
Angell Auditorium B. MLB 3.
p The Nat-Sci Auditorium. What
comes to mind?
Try these: the University
Hospitals, Community High
School, Pound House Child Center,
and Jackson Prison. Sound a little
better? That's what Project
Students in Project Community
take lessons in the "real world,"
outside of the UGLi, West Quad, or
the Ta wT ihrarv while helning,
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"It saddens me that people take
that attitude, but I understand it,"
Howard said. "In the culture of the
University... our program is really
going to be low-priority for
"Yet, what many people find is
that once they get into the program,
they're so into it - especially the
fieldwork part of it - that they start
spending more hours," he added.
"They keep going after the last day
of classes. So it doesn't turn out to