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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 21, 1989

Election
Continued from Page 1
would be a defeat for U.S. policy.
The United States has supported El
Salvador with $3.5 billion in aid
this decade, and some congressmen
have said the results leave much to
be desired.
Cristiani, a 41-year-old coffee
grower and businessman, said late
Sunday he "would be the president of
all 5 million Salvadorans. We are
going to unify this people in order
to pull ourselves out of this pro-
found crisis."
Arena was linked in the early
1980s to extreme-rightist death
squads blamed for the murders of
tens of thousands of suspected left-
ists. Cristiani contends the party has
changed significantly and that the
candidacy of a so-called moderate like
himself is evidence of that.
But fanatical rightists remain

prominent in the party, including
party founder Roberto D'Aubuisson,
who was once called a "pathological
killer" by a U.S. ambassador and has
frequently denied links to death
squads. D'Aubuisson has been linked
to the 1980 assassination of Roman
Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero.
D'Aubuisson, a former army ma-
jor who was cashiered in 1980 for
allegedly plotting a coup, is an
Arena legislator. Although he holds
no formal party post, he was the
party's top drawing card at election
rallies, where he was introduced as
"maximum leader."
The election marked the first time
Salvadoran voters had a chance to
replace an incumbent civilian gov-
ernment with a distinctly different
government.
Jorge Diaz, member of the Cen-
tral Elections Council, said Arena
received just under 55 percent of the
first 131,832 votes tabulated. Diaz
represents Arena on the council.

IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports

ELLEN LEVY/Daily
Greek Week
LSA sophomore Steve Damm represents the reigning Greek Week
champion Alpha Tau Omega in this year's Mr. Greek Week.
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LASC
Continued from Page 1
The protesters aimed their criti-
cism specifically at the Ann Arbor
News, describing the paper's cover-
age as "particularly repellant," and
criticizing inaccuracies in editorials.
LASC member Phillis Engelbert
said mainstream media, including the
information sources used by the Ann
Arbor News, manipulates public
perception in support of the U.S.
backed Salvadoran government, to
the point of printing lies.
One of these lies is calling El
Salvador a democracy, she said.
Citizens were required to vote in
Sunday's elections - which were
not by secret ballot - under the
threat of being killed by the
Salvadoran military. She added that
this "democratic" government has
killed 70,000 civilians in the past 10

ARENA party candidate who won
the election, is repeatedly labelled as
"moderate," "when in reality he was
handpicked by d'Aubisson, the
president for life of the Arena party"
who has been indicted in El
Salvadoran courts for death squad ac-
tivities.
The protest was addressed to the.
people of Ann Arbor, Engelbert
added, to raise an awareness about
U.S. financial aid in an illegal war
continuing in El Salvador.
Hunter VanValkenbergh, a mem-
ber of LASC, said the Ann Arbor
News "hasn't conspired deliberately,
(but) they conspired de facto by
blacking out news from El Sal-
vador."
Engelbert suggested that the
News use alternative sources such as
the Pacifica News Service and the El
Salvador Information service.
But Ann Arbor News Editor Ed
Petykiewicz said the paper sub-
scribes to the Associated Press, The
New York Times, and the LA Times
wire services, adding "no one can
object to the quality of coverage they
provide."
The protest began in the parking
lot of Kline's, the site of Ann Arbor
city council's proposed parking
structure. The site is symbolic be-
cause funds and space should be used
to build low-income housing, said
HAC member Earl Uomoto.

Hospital detainees escape in S. Africa
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-Four black detainees on a
hunger strike escaped yesterday from a Johannesburg hospital, fled 38
miles to Pretoria -and sought refuge at the West German embassy there
officials said.
The four men, who have been held without charges for between 10 and
23 months, demanded the South African government guarantee they andt
all political detainees will be freed.
West Germany's Foreign Ministry said the four are in 'administrative
custody.' The embassy in Pretoria said no decision has been made about
them.
The men said through the Detainees Aid Center that they belong to
organizations affiliated with the banned United Democratic Front, the
country's largest anti-apartheid coalition.
Some 30,000 people have been held without charges for varying
lengths since a state of emergency was imposed 33 months ago.
Detroit JOA opponents petition
Supreme Court to hear appeal
WASHINGTON- Opponents of the partial merger of Detroit's two
major newspapers will ask the Supreme Court to hear their appeal,
despite the court's refusal yesterday to further delay consumption of the
business deal.
The court with only two justices dissenting, lifted without comment a
postponement granted March fourth by Justice William Brennan.
The order cleared the way for The Detroit News owned by Gannett Co.
Inc. and Detroit free press, owned by Knight Rider to merge their
businesses and production operations under an anti-trust exemption
allowed by the 1970 Newspaper Preservation Act.
The Justice Department's approval of the partial merger was challenged
by a coalition of newspaper readers and advertisers, .Michigan Citizens for
an Independent Press, and Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy
group.
Gap between rich and poor widens
WASHINGTON-The gap between the rich and the poor is widening
in almost every State, a private research group said yesterday in a report
that also found the Great Plains and Mountain West lagging other parts of
the Nation in general economic climate.
Northeastern States earned two grades in the annual 50-state report
card compiled by the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a research
and consulting organization whose study was financed by corporations,
labor unions and private foundations.
The states that did best were those that were willing to invest in basics
such as education, technology and capital markets .
Despite the strides taken in many states, a growing disparity between
rich and poor people was evident throughout the country, with the income
gap widening in all states except North Dakota, Hawaii and Alaska.
ACLU tries to revoke abortion ruling
DETROIT - Attorneys filed an appeal yesterday seeking to overturn a
ruling that denied state funds to a 15-year old rape victim for an abortion
that was performed over the weekend.
The teenagers abortion was paid for with anonymous contributions
said William Goodman, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties
Union, which filed the lawsuit on the girls behalf.
On Friday Circuit judge John Hausner ruled the girl wasn't
constitutionally entitled to a state-paid abortion.
An appeal was filed with the state court of appeals yesterday Goodman
said.
The lawsuit is the first challenge to the state's Medicaid-funded
abortion ban, which took effect Dec.12 after voters approved it in the
Nov. 9 general election.

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EXTRAS
America's craze for Diet things
may soon overcome pizza market
UNION LAKE,'Mich. - Pizza hunger tempered by health concerns
has people lining up for a low-calories version of the traditional circular
cheesy dish at a Union Lake restaurant, owner Mark O'Brien said yester-
day.
O'Brien also has a frozen version of his Calorie Counter Pizza on sale
in more than 200 grocery stores in four states, and he said he hopes to
market it nationally by the end of the year.
O'Brien's diet version of a 12-inch pizza has 835 calories, compared
with 2,000 calories in similar-sized regular pizzas, he said.
Describing himself as a daily pizza eater on the job, he credited the
dish with his own 95-pound weight loss.
"I think we've got ourselves a winner," O'Brien said.
What's next, "Domino's Lite"?
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