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School
finance
*proposal
rejected
LANSING (AP) - Legislation
to revamp school financing in
Michigan was rejected for the third
time yesterday by the state Senate,
and majority Republicans
immediately set to work on yet
mnother plan.
The latest idea would slash
property tax assessments almost in
half, boost the sales tax by 50
percent, raise taxes by about $239
million a year, and provide about
$413 million in additional money
for schools, according to Senate
experts.
With time running out to get a
measure on a May 16 statewide
ballot - and allow the Senate to go
pn spring vacation as planned this
week - Senate leaders slated
immediate debate on the measure for
today.
"It does represent a compromise,"
laid Senate Majority Leader John
Fngler (R-Mount Pleasant). "This
does 'not contain revolutionary
proposals."
Preliminary work on the new
measure began just before
dinnertime, after a day of lobbying,
negotiations and bargaining on the
doomed House-passed proposal that
appeared close to attracting the two-
thirds vote needed.
That proposal would have boosted
the sales tax to six percent from four
percent, slash property taxes by $1.1
billion, and provide about $505
million more for public schools.
It failed on a 24-14 vote
yesterday, two votes short of the 26
needed.
Both Republicans and Democrats
offered 12 votes for the proposal.
Engler said he had been told by
Minority Leader Arthur Miller (D-
Warren) that the Democrats would
provide 14 votes.
There was little debate on the
measure, which had been thoroughly
discussed before. But Sen. Jack
Faxon (D-Farmington Hills) said it
hadn't improved in the week since
the last defeat.
: You know what happens to a
fish after a week - it starts to
smell," he said.
Sen. Joseph Conroy (D-Flint)
4rgued vainly for the proposal, "It's
about time this Senate show some
leadership on both sides of the aisle
and step up to the line and help
education," he said.

Discovery's

4

power

source

is repaired
HOUSTON (AP) - The lights Calif., as planned.
came back on the Discovery space The five astro
shuttle yesterday after Mission Con- the business of r
trol apparently fixed a troublesome ments and trying
hydrogen tank and told the astronauts vironmentally dan
not to worry about conserving en- Earth, including&
ergy. fire in the Florida
Discovery's five astronauts had erupting volcanoi
switched off unnecessary lights and They also cond
computers because of concern about on each other. W
erratic pressure readings from one of flight deck, Dr..I
three hydrogen tanks aboard the Coats' blood pre
shuttle. The tank, which helps sup- pulse and pressed
ply electricity, was taken out of ser- his temple to m
vice Tuesday while engineers studies flow in his head.
the problem. The tests were
The crew turned the tank back on what effect zero g
yesterday morning but used only one flow.
of its two heaters. Mission Control Mission Conti
told the crew that early pressure with a full brass
readings showed the tank was work- the Marine Corps
ing properly. "We got two N
"That's good news to hear," attention up her
replied Discovery commander Navy captain."
Michael Coats. now?"
The hydrogen is combined with
oxygen in the fuel cells tp produce Astronauts Ja
electricity for shuttle systems, with Robert Springer a
water as a byproduct. Bagian is a physi
Ground controllers were concerned Blana is an Air Fo
that without the use of the third hy- Discovery's p
drogen tank, there may not be deployment of a
enough electricity to support a five- munications sate]
day flight, plus two days for contin- pleted Monday sev
gencies. shuttle rocketed in
. But flight director Granvil Pen- The Tracking
nington said the problem seemed Satellite comple
fixed, meaning Discovery is headed will allow groun
for a 6:34 a.m. PST landing time unbroken radio c
Saturday at Edwards Air Force Base, and other satellite

onauts went about
monitoring experi-
to photograph en-
rmaged areas of the
scars from a recent
everglades and an
in Guatamala.
ducted medical tests
hile floating on the
James Bagian took
ssure, checked his
a small device into
neasure the blood
e to help determine
gravity has on blood
rol awoke the crew
band rendition of
Hymn.
Marines standing at
e," joked Coats, a
"What do we do
ames Buchli and
re Marine colonels.
cian, and pilot John
rce colonel.
rimary mission -
$100 million corn-
llite - was comn-
.veral hours after the
ito orbit.
g and Data Relay
tes a network that
d controllers almost
ontact with shuttles
s.

LIZ STEKETF.E/Day
Choral group
The Moorehouse College Glee Club of Atlanta, Georgia sings during the Third Annual Black College Choir
Concert held at the First Congregational Church last night.
Chemical Alar may be banned

WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Michigan Department of Agriculture
is considering a ban on using the
chemical Alar on food products in
light of recent concerns that it may
be dangerous to health.
David Wade, a toxicologist with
the department's pesticide and plant
agent division, said yesterday that
the agency hoped to make a final de-
cision "in the next week or two."
"We're considering various op-
tions - everything from no need to
do anything at this point, to an out-
right ban, to requiring it to be a re-
stricted-use pesticide," Wade said in
an interview from Lansing.
One processing company, Indian
Summer Inc., said it would stop re-
ceiving apples at its Belding, Mich.,
plant next week until it evaluates the
impact of the Alar scare.
Alar is used to extend the storage
life of apples and to give them a
more appealing appearance and tex-
ture. Concerns about its health ef-
fects were first raised by the Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency in
1985, but the issue didn't become a

matter of intense public worry until
last Sunday, when the CBS televi-
sion program "60 Minutes" aired a
report on the subject.
The Environmental Protection
Agency estimates the cancer risk
from Alar is about one in 100,000
and has not banned Alar's use, al-
though the substance remains under
study.
Representatives of the Michigan
Farm Bureau, in Washington for
their annual week of lobbying before
Congress and federal agencies, said
they were deeply concerned that
Michigan agriculture authorities
would add to public panic should
they seek additional regulation of
Alar.
"If we have an agency working
totally on emotion without any re-
search support... then let me tell you
there is nothing you can eat without
emotion," said Jack Laurie, president
of the Michigan Farm Bureau.
"Everything we consume in some
way is touched by some substance
that one could question its food
safety."
Laurie said that action on Alar in
the present emotional climate
"would send the wrong signal."
Wade said that nationally, the
chemical is used on about five per-
cent of the apple crop. Part of the
agency's consideration of what to do
about Alar involves estimating the
extent of its use on the Michigan
apple crop, which totals about 19
million bushels a year.
Burton Cardwell, chief deputy di-
rector of the agriculture department,
said department Director Paul
Kindinger and other officials will

meet with Gov. James Blanchard's
staff today to discuss the Alar con-
troversy.
Laurie said use of the chemical on
Michigan apples is negligible, and a
ban on the product would have little
direct impact on the state's growers.
However, public fears about the
safety of apples will make it difficult
for farmers to sell what's left of last
year's crop, which could have a dev-
astating economic impact, Laurie
said.
"Every year we're going to have a
crop, and if you don't get the lasi
one moved before the next one is
ready then your problem begins tc
multiply," Laurie said.
At Fremont-based Gerber Prod-
ucts Co., officials said that since the
"60 Minutes" report, they have re-
ceived about 7,000 calls on the
company's toll-free line from parents
concerned about whether it's safe to
feed their babies Gerber apple juice
and sauce.
"Some of them are a little pan-
icky," speaker Steve Poole said,
adding that Gerber has not accepted
Alar-treated apples since 1986.
Indian Summer will stop receiv-
ing Michigan apples at its Belding
plant Tuesday for an indefinite period
and will lay off nine of its 90 em-
ployees there, saidFred Galyean,
vice president of operations.
Indian Summer uses apples that
are not treated with Alar in the apple
juice it manufactures at Belding.
Galyean said that of 140 samples of
incoming apples over the last three
years, only one tested positive for
Alar, "at a very low level."

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AIDS virus mutants
resistant to drug AZT

NEW YORK (AP) - The wide-
spread use of the anti-AIDS drug
AZT has led to the appearance of
mutant AIDS virus strains that can
no longer be completely controlled
by AZT, says a study by the drug's
manufacturer.
Doctors are not recommending
any changes in the use of AZT,
which is the only drug approved in
the United States to treat the AIDS
virus infection.
"So far, the resistance has not
been proven to have clinical signifi-
cance," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, di-
rector of the AIDS program at the
National Institute of Health in
Bethesda, MD.
Doctors do not know whether
these AZT-resistant strains can eas-
ily cause AIDS or whether the
mutation that made them resistant to
AZT might have also impaired their
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ability to cause disease.
"People who are on AZT and are
currently benefitting from AZT,
should not panic and consider this a*
major setback," said Fauci. "Just
because one can isolate a resistant
strain from a patient doesn't mean
AZT is not effective in combatting
most of the viral replication in the.
patient," he said.
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'A Clockwork Orange' Is* one o e
fow perfect movies I have seen in my
ieme. -A. N Y Sunday No"
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7pm & 9:30pm MLB Aud. 4
Admission $3.00
Refreshments will be available

THE

LIST

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Speakers
"Custom Tailoring Your European
Trip" - Itineries, packing, money
matters, fellow travellers, etc., In-
ternational Center, 3-4 pm.
"The Sights and Sounds of Chaos"
-Prof. Leon Chua, UC Berkeley,
1200 EECS, 4-5:30 pm.
"Anxious for Armageddon: Prob-
ing Israel's Support Among
American Christian Zionists" -
Rev. Donald Wagner, Rackham
Amphitheatre, 7 pm.
"Ethics, Morality, Social Concerns,
and the Social Sciences" - Asst.
Psych. Prof. James Hilton,
~Canterbury house, 7:30 pm.
"Sexual Selection for Cognitive
Abilities: NewData on Spatial
SA bility" - Steve Gaulin, Ph.D.,
University of Pittsburgh, E. Lec-
ture Rm., Rackham, 4 pm.
Selections From the Poetry of
William Butler Yeats - Read by
Bert G. Hornback, Rare Books
Rm., Hatcher Graduate Library,
Rm. 711, 5:30 pm.
"An Introduction to Animal
Rights" - Eileen Liska, Michigan
Humane Society, Angell Hall, Rm.
35, 7 pm.
Meetings
American Pictures: Student
Coalition for Social Awareness -
Rackham Aud., 7 pm.
Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry
- Hillel, Rm. 3, 6:30 pm.
Palestine Solidarity Committee -
2212 MLB, 7 pm.
Rainforest Action Movement -
1040 Dana, 7 pm.
Indian American Student
Association - Michigan Rm.,
Michigan Union, 5:30 pm.
Students Concerned About Ani-

Practice - Coliseum, 8-10 pm.
Rookies welcome.
PIRGIM - Fourth Floor Alcove,
Michigan Union, 7 pm. Be there or
be toxic.
American-Arab Anti Discrimina-
tion Committee - Michigan
Union, MUG, 6 pm.
Furthermore
The Summer Job Fair - Michigan
Union, 10 am-4 pm.
International Coffee Hour:
"Racism vs. Islam" - Michigan
League, Rm. D, 12 noon. Free re-
freshments served.
Peer WritingTutors - 611
Church St. Computing Center, 7-
11 pm. ECB trained.
Northwalk - Sun-Thur, 9 pm-1
am. Call 763-WALK or stop by
3224 Bursley.
Safewalk - Sun-Thur, 8 pm-1:30
am; Fri-Sat, 8-11:30 pm. Call 936-
1000 or stop by 102 UGLi.
Performances
"The Hazards of Work" Exhibit
Opening - Earl Dotter, Labor
Photographer for American Labor
Education Center, School of Art,
Outside the Slusser Gallery, 5-7
pm. Continuing through March
22, 1989.
Ann Arbor Repertory Theatre
Presents A Shayna Maidel - Irwin
Green Aud, Hillel, 8 pm. Tickets
$15 & $10 (Students & Seniors).
Michigras Battle of the Bands
Continues - U-Club, 9 pm.
Comedy Company - The Return
of the Big Show, Mendelssohn
Theatre, 8 pm. $3.50 in advance $4
at the door.
Junk Monkeys/Holy Cows - At

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