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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 28, 1988

Homeless find shelter in subways

NEW YORK (AP) - Though
Clarence Charlton is homeless, he
knows he has a warm and dry place
to sleep - as long as he doesn't
mind waking up several miles away
from where he laid his head down.
Charlton, like hundreds of New
York's street people, calls the city's
subway system home, and officials
say they expect the numbers to surge
as winter sets in.'
"I can always get on the subway.
I, usually have the fare," said Charl-
ton, 78, a former mental patient who
was wearing a black-knit cap, grimy
pants, no shirt, a sweater and tweed

Number of NY subway sleepers to
increase as winter approaches

coat one day last week. Bedroom
slippers failed to cover his swollen
feet.
"In the daytime I'm out on the
bench, and at nighttime I get in the
subway," he said, lighting a cigarette
butt, which he says helps his
asthma. "In bad weather, I'll go un-
derground."
Charlton had company that day at

the 179th Street Station in Queens.
Another homeless man was at the
other end of the platform, and at
least eight already were on the E
train when it rolled up to start its
run to Manhattan.
As the winds get colder, New
York's subways are drawing ever
more homeless people. The attrac-
tion: a warm, relatively safe envi-

ronment, all for a collar.
For many riders, the disheveled
and often unbathed passengers are
not welcome on the nation's largest
transit system.
"They stink. They're dirty. They
can smell up a whole train," said
passenger Bernard Nashofer.
Transit police walk a thin line,
rousting homeless people who cause
trouble but letting the others sleep.
Maintenance crews find themselves
cleaning the kinds of messes that
subways weren't meant for. Subway
passengers learn to select cars by
scent.

Jamaica
Continued from Page 1
According to Caribbean Contact, a
regional monthly newspaper, Seaga
has used the disaster "to lock the
country even more securely into de-
pendence on overseas handouts, and to
loosen whatever grip the self-reliance
option had on the national conscious-
ness."
Manley has also accused Seaga of
'mishandling the $125 million aid
package granted by Congress for hur-
ricane relief.
But Seaga denied the allegations
during a recent news conference.
Seaga is reported as "answering
sharply to a journalist who asked him
about his re-elections chances."
According to the report in the
Contact, he said only a perverted mind
could contemplate such a question at

this time.
"I don't have such a mind," Seaga
said.
Jamaican Prof. Carl Stone - who
is described in the article as "the is-
land's premier pollster and political
guru" - was quoted in the Contact as
saying, "Hurricane Gilbert has put a
whole new issue on the political
agenda."
"The new issue has to do with
which party and leader are best
equipped to rebuild the country," said
Stone.
It has also been alleged that in
1980, Seaga "wrenched" power from
Manley with the help of the CIA.
Brown said, "...the United States
showed a significant interest in the
kind of activities that led up to the
1980 elections. It was common
knowledge that there was the CIA in
the country - the kind of media war-
fare that went on against the socialist

government."
But according to Carr, the current
government is making improvements
to stabilize the socio-economic situa-
tion.
"Our aim is to ensure that eco-
nomic adjustment measures which
Jamaica has been carrying out over
the last few years remain on course so
that we can continue to focus on the
social well-being program which was
recently introduced by my govern-
ment."
He also expressed his "deep grati-
tude" to the United States and other
Western countries for their financial
support. But when asked whether this;
money would be put toward
constructing better homes than the,
shacks with zinc roofs that house up
to one-third of the Jamaican popula-
tion, he laughed and said, "You'd be
surprised how well those zinc roofs

"The situation is that there are
poor people in Jamaica, especially in
the rural areas." said Brown.
"The majority of the people who
are homeless are the poor who lived
in unstable shacks with zinc roofs and
there was a lot of zinc flying
around.... we need all the help we can
get, but not necessarily all from the
U.S. because that probably will have
more implications along the road."
Those wishing to assist the Ja-
maican Hurricane Relief Effort of
Washtenaw County:
-Financial contributions can be
made to the Jamaican Hurricane Relief
Fund and deposited at any First of
America Bank.
-Other assistance such as canned
food and clothes are being accepted,
call Paulette Allen-Henry at 668-
7377.

stayed up."

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Many Japanese outraged
with U.S. military actions
TOKYO- A month-long spate of incidents involving U.S. military
forces has touched a raws nerve in Japan, provoking outraged newspaper
editorials and a sharp protest from the government.
On Okinawa, the southern island where 35,000 U.S. troops jostle for
training space with 1.2 million Japanese residents, civilians complain
that houses were hit by bullets in October and two tear-gas canisters ex-
ploded at a nightclub Nov. 26. The canisters sent scores of people into
the street, coughing and choking.
The tear-gas incident which U.S. Marine Corps authorities said was
under investigation, followed the abrupt dismissal of a U.S. Navy skippet
whose ship embarrassed the Navy command by firing practice shells that
hit about 1,000 feet from a Japanese coast guard vessel.
Senate elects leader tomorrow
WASHINGTON - Majority Democrats gained only a single Senate
seat in this month's elections, but the chamber is likely to undergo a
personality change with the choosing of a new majority leader this week.
The current majority leader, Robert Byrd (D-W.VA), is stepping'
down to assume the role of chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations
Committee, taking with him his unparalleled parliamentary expertise and
a courtly style.
Running to rep;lace him in one of the toughest elections they will
ever face are Sens. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) J. Bennett Johnston
(D-LA), and George Mitchell (D-Maine). The election takes place
tomorrow.
Democrats hope that, unlike the somewhat stiff Byrd, the new major-
ity leader will have a popular appeal that emanates to the nation beyond
Capitol Hill as Congress does battle over the budget with a new
Republican president.
Food bank receives grant
LANSING - Fresh produce and other food that has been going to
waste in parts of the country may find its way into the diets of
Michigan's poor people more often, a state food bank official said.
Karin Uhlich, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Mi-
chigan, said a $90,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Social
Services will pay transportation costs for about 1.4 million pounds a year
of donated food from out-of-state areas.
Food manufacturers located in other Midwestern states or in he East
often give away good food because of irregularities in the appearance of he
package or over-production, Uhlich said.
It's cheaper for them to give it away and claim a tax deduction than to
pay landfill disposal costs, she said.
Pakistani minister to be named
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Gulam Ishaq Khan said he will
name the new prime minister on Thursday, two weeks after Benazir
Bhutto's party won the most votes in the first free elections in more than
a decade.
Ms. Bhutto met with the President last week and urged him to let her
left-leaning Pakistan's People's Party form the new government and make
her the first woman prime minister of an Islamic country.
The party led by Ms. Bhutto, who is the daughter of the late Prime
Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, won 93 of 207 seats in the Nov. 16 general
elections. Her right-wing rival, the Islamic Democratic Alliance, got 55
seats in Parliament.
Ms. Bhutto has insisted she has strong enough support among
possible coalition partners to command a majority in the legilature.
EXTRAS
Jama makes it big with pigs
ELLENWOOD, Ga. (AP) - All her life, Jama Hedgecoth has loved
animals. But she never quite expected it to come to this: She sells
housebroken, exotic pigs and runs an animal talent agency that represents
a variety of four-legged stars.
On a 25-acre animal farm south of Atlanta, with the help of her
husband, Charlie, and four children, Mrs. Hedgecoth tends to some 300
creatures: dogs, cats, raccoons, foxes, deer, goats, chickens, turkeys,,
ducks, geese, an ostrich, a miniature horse, one 300-pound hog and a pack
of pint-size pigs.
She sells the petite porkers through Designer Pigs, one of her business

ventures. As for the rest of the menagerie, some are stars represented by
her other venture, The Animal Agency. Others are family pets.
"When I was a kid, we traveled all over the world, because my father is
an evangelist, and we could never have animals like this," Mrs.
Hedgecoth said. "When I got married 17 years ago, I told my husband,
"My dream is to live on a farm and have every animal that's feasible to:
own.'
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