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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 17, 1989
Apples pose no
health threat


health officials sought yesterday to
calm growing public fear over the
consumption of apples by children,
telling Congress that pesticide levels
on apples pose no "imminent haz-
ard" to pre-schoolers.
Some senators said the uproar
dver the use of the chemical Alar on
apples and its health effects on small
children has produced an apple scare
that threatens the industry from New
York to Washington state.
"The apple market is dead as a
doornail right now across America,"
said Senator Steven Symms (R-
Idaho), whose family is in the apple
Many apple growers and proces-
sors say their apples are free of Alar,
which has been linked to cancer in
animal tests. Large numbers of -par-
epts are reported to have stopped
giving apples to their children since
a private environmental group said
youngsters were especially at risk
from the chemical because they eat
rore apples an dapple products than
School districts in Los Angeles,
hicago, New York, San Francisco,
Miami, and elsewhere have stopped
providing apples in school cafeterias
since the report by the natural Re-
sources Defense Council gained
widespread publicity last month.
At a Senate subcommittee hear-
ing on the apple controversy, Sen.
John Warner (R-Va.), urged the Bush
administration "to exercise some
crisis control" because apple grow-
ers, even those who do not use Alar,
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are being hurt and parents are con-
fused by conflicting information.
Three federal agencies - the
Food and Drug Administration,
Environmental Protection Agency
and Agriculture Department - is-
sued a joint statement urging parents
and school officials to continue
providing children apples and apple
products, saying there is no
"imminent hazard posed to children
in the consumption of apples at this
time, despite claims to the contrary."
"The Federal government believes
that it is safe for Americans to eat
apples," said the statement.
FDA Administrator Frank Young
reminded senators that earlier this
week he moved swiftly to direct
Chilean fruit off grocery shelves af-
ter traces of cyanide were found in
two imported grapes. He declared he
would do the same if he thought ap-
ples were a danger to children.
In Miami, meanwhile, the presi-
dent of a food industry group said
monetary losses from the two fruit
scares "will probably be felt all
through the system."
Robert Aders, president of the
Food Marketing Institute, said, "Is it
going to lay on the producers or the
consumers? My guess is it's going
to be-shared."
Continued from Page 1
than double PIRGIM's (lobbying
support)," said Andrew Buchsbaum,
PIRGIM's program director.
Opponents of the PIRGIM fee
have called the negative check-off
system of collection unfair because
it would require all students to pay
the fee unless they requested a re-
PIRGIM has faced such com-
plaints before - almost every year
since its establishment there have
been debates over how much to
award the group and how to collect
the fee. Fees have ranged from $.75
to $3.00.


Diag Decor
Aaron Williams and Matt Shepherd hang a campaign banner on the
diag yesterday. Williams is a candidate for Michigan Student
Assembly president.

Continued from Page 1
he had done."
"I think his shows are fine and
our ideas are almost the same,"
Burns said. "It's his behavior off air
that we hive a problem with."
Hardy called the proceedings an

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"absolute mockery" and a "Kangaroo
Though Hardy was described by
board members as having an erratic
personality, many said he was also
an educational asset to the radio sta-
But his display of "explosive be-
havior" and the fact that he over-
stepped the bounds of his authority
were more important to the board
members. Some felt he was trying
to manipulate the station to promote
his personal beliefs. Others, who
believed Hardy to be necessary to the
station, thought he should he be
temporarily suspended and given
time for restitution.
Despite this, the 12 board mem-
bers present all voted to fire Hardy.
Continued frym Page 1
time and raise money for other peo-
ple," said LSA sophomore Julie
Barkin, president of the Panhellenic
Although 4,500 people partici-
pated in Greek Week last year, only
385 pints of blood were donated,
making up one-third of the blood
used by the Red Cross in a single
week. This year's goal is set for 400
pints of blood, said LSA senior Kim
Kurrie, the head of the blood drive.
All University students and Ann
Arbor residents are encouraged to
donate blood.

Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Nations reject Iranian demands
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Moslem nations rejected Iranian positions
on both The Satanic Verses and Afghanistan at the final session yesterday
of a four-day conference.
Foreign ministers of the 46-member Organization of Islamic Confer-
ence condemned the novel but did not support Iran's order that author
Salman Rushdie be killed. They also endorsed the interim government
formed by Afghan guerrillas, which gives little power to Shiite Moslem
insurgents based in Iran.
Delegates adopted 50 resolutions, many of which dealt with collective
support of the Palestinian uprising in Israeli-occupied territories, now
more than 15 months old, and regaining the Arab sector of Jerusalem.
The conference issued a separate declaration condemning Rushide, but
made nomention of Iran's demand that member nations sever relations
with Western nations.
GM cars to be investigated
WASHINGTON - The government announced a formal investigation
covering 1.9 million General Motors cars yesterday, after complaints that
a defect in the cruise control system can cause a driver to lose control of
the car.
The National Highway Safety Administration said the investigation
was opened to prepare for a possible court-ordered recall of several models
of 1984 to 1988 Buicks, Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles, and Pontiacs equipped
with cruise control.
General Motors has refused government requests for a voluntary recall,
the agency said.
The Safety administration said it has received 144 complaints
involving 18 accidents and seven injuries, in which a small plastic ring
slipped out of a part of the vehicle's cruise control system at highway
speed without warning, causing the throttle to be held partially open.
West German spy ring
uncovered no secret data
WASHINGTON - A spy ring of West German computer hackers
gained access to the lower level military databanks over the last two
years, but they appear not to have penetrated any system containing
classified secrets, the Pentagon said yesterday.
"Based on the information that we have thus far, and this is not
complete... our best judgement is that the computer hackers did not
penetrate secure programs," said Pentagon spokesperson Dan Howard.
He said a two-week review of the evidence assembled by American and
West German authorities suggests the spy ring never gained access to any
computer containing classified secrets.
On March 6, a spokesperson for the chief federal prosecutor Kurt
Rebmann, said at the time that eight West Germans were still under
Soviets enact farm reforms
MOSCOW - Communist Party leaders yesterday approved sweeping
reforms giving farmers the right to lease state-owned land to increase
Soviet food production.
Soviet consumers, who get about half as much meat and fruit as
Americans, were promised diets "up to generally recognized standards of
nutrition" by 1996. Politburo member Yegor Ligachev told a news
The party also elected its 100 members to the Congress of People's
Deputies, a new 2,550-seat legislative body that will meet for the first
time in the spring. Among them was president Mikhail Gorbachev.
The plenum of the 300-member Central Committee was called amid a
debate centering on Gorbachev's plan to give farmers long-term leases on
state-owned land to make them more efficient.
Ligachev also urged that farmers be given freedom to decide what to
plant on that land, rather than having that decided by the bureaucracy.
Watch out for leprechauns
Top o' the mornin' to you!
By the time most of you are reading this it will all ready be too late,
but for those lucky 50 who braved the cold night air,
CONGRATULATIONS on the Dooley's t-shirts.
The other 249,999,950 of us in the United States must not despair. As
we all know, today is St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick drove the snakes out
of Ireland before any of us were born and to commemorate that we drink
green beer (Whoever said holidays were logical?).
If you're reading this over your morning java and Lucky Charms, it's
not too early to celebrate. Dooley's opened at 7 am this morning and will

be pouring the green beer until everyone feels a little Irish.
There's a new kid on the block in the pre-breakfast bar business this
St. Patrick's Day - Uno's will open it's doors at 8:00 am,
But no matter where you schlep your blarney stone, the Daily wishes
all our readers a happy St. Patrick's Day. Everyone except Bill Freider,
that is.
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