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Along Lake Michigan, Chicago resident Filadelfo Gines braves winter-like weather as he sets his nets
from a seawell in front of the Chicago skyline yesterday. Gines is fishing for smelt, a small, silvery
salmon-like fish that return each year to spawn along the lakefront.
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peared on campus, which called the
month of April "White Pride Time."
"We will not be intimidated," he
Leaders of the rally blamed the
cold weather for limiting the
turnout. UCAR member Kim
Smith, a first-year medical student,
tried to warm everyone up by leading
them in an old spiritual song.
"We're not going to let anybody
turn us around," she sang, encourag-
ing others to join her. In successive
verses, she substituted "racist fliers,"
"racism," and "anti-Semitism" in
place of "anybody."
Smith then led the crowd in a
chant: "We're gonna beat back racist
Alfreda Wright, a student in the
School of Public Health and a
member of Lesbians of Color, said
the appearance of the racist fliers
have not scared her as much since
she and her family were intentionally
attacked by dogs in Alabama when
she was 10 years old.
Business school senior Chris
Jones, former president of the Black
Student Union, discussed charges
that things like the racist fliers and
attacks on individuals are isolated
"After a while," he said, "it be-
gins to become a long line of iso-
lated incidents." The current atmo-
sphere at the University allows this
attitude to persist, he said.
Ransby, the final speaker at the
rally, said, "We want this campus to
know we are not afraid of them," re-
ferring to people who pass out racist
fliers and make racist comments.
While some people will dismiss
the fliers as a joke, racism and
political intimidation are not jokes,
"Legitimizing racial jokes leads
to legitimizing racial ideas leads to
legitimizing racial actions," Ransby
said, recalling the Holocaust, vio-
lence by skinhead youths, and the
killing of Vincent Chin, a Detroit
man, in 1982.
"Attacks are not new," she said.
"We are not overreacting."
Ransby closed the rally by saying
that while recent comments by Uni-
versity officials deploring the racist
fliers were appreciated, years of
inaction, such as not keeping a
commitment to increase the repre-
sentation of people of color in the
student body and in the faculty, were
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Eastern sale talks reach standstill
NEW YORK - Talks aimed at selling Eastern Airlines bogged down
yesterday as its parent Texas Air Corp. balked at accepting tentative
agreements reached between Eastern unions and buyers led by Peter
Ueberroth, sources close to the situation said.
Ueberroth and representatives from Eastern, Texas Air, and it's unions
met yesterday with U.S. bankruptcy Judge Burton Lifland. The meeting
followed a weekend of secret talks aimed at beating a midnight deadline
for setting terms to get Eastern's striking unions back to work.
Under Ueberroth's $464 million buyout proposal, Eastern employees
would get a 30 percent stake in the airline in exchange for $200 million
in contract concessions.
Although sources said the Ueberroth group and the unions had reached
tentative agreements in their weekend talks, Eastern and Texas Air attor-
neys emerging from a day-long meeting indicated there was no overall ac-
Soviet navy finds sub, newspaper says
MOSCOW - The Soviet navy has found its nuclear submarine at the
bottom of the frigid Norwegian Sea and believes electrical problems may
have caused a fire and explosions that sank it, a newspaper reported yes-
The government newspaper Izvestia said rescuers had found the bodies
of 19 of the 42 sailors killed when the sub sank north of Norway on Fri-
Tass, the official news agency, said the 27 survivors were hospitalized
in serious condition at Murmansk, a Soviet Arctic port, and investigators
were able to interview them for only minutes at a time.
"According to preliminary information, the fire started because of a
short circuit," Izvestia said, quoting navy investigators in Murmansk. It
said the submarine carried 10 torpedoes, two of them nuclear-tipped.
Justice Dept. investigates Blue Cross
and Blue Shield billing practices
DETROIT - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, hit by a $66
million loss in revenues last year, is the first target of a national Justice
Department probe into alleged illegal Medicare charges.
Big industries that give employees full health-care benefits shrank their
employment rolls and dependents of policyholders drew up and left the
ranks, contributing to a loss of 200,000 subscribers to the state's largest
health insurer in 1988, spokesperson Ru Rude Dirazio said yesterday.
The company faces a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department after
a national investigation into allegations that medical bills were charged
illegally to the Medicaid program.
The suit, filed last month, seeks repayment of $2 million. Michigan
Blue Cross officials are apparently cooperating in the inquiry. Empire
Blue Cross-Blue Shield of New York has also been subpoenaed.
Alaskan oil slick starts breaking up
VALDEZ, Alaska - The slick of thick crude oil spilled by the Exxon
Valdez stalled yesterday in its movement toward the nation's No. 1
fishing port and was breaking up in rough waves and high wind, the
Coast Guard said.
However, the stormy weather hampered cleanup efforts as small craft
advisories and gale warnings were posted along the central Alaskan coast,
where 10.1 million gallons of crude oil oozed across Prince William
Sound, threatening fisheries and killing thousands of birds and animals.
The wind was out of the northeast, which kept oil from washing
ashore in untainted inlets and the Kenai Fjords National Park.
"It's not pushing it (oil) to the Kenai Peninsula, and that's good. The
weather is breaking up the slick, and that's good," said Coast Guard
spokesperson Rick Meidt.
As of yesterday morning; 18,000 barrels of crude have been recovered,
or 8 percent of the 240,000 barrels spilled.
Man sues to keep slithery
pets against city's wishes
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - A snake lover is suing the city over
a pet law he claims unfairly puts the squeeze on the 16 boa constrictors,
anacondas, and pythons that share his apartment.
Officials contend Eric Larson is violating an ordinance that prohibits
keeping "uncommon pets" within 300 hundred feet on a dwelling.
Common pets include cats, dogs, and gerbils.
"Our ordinance is quite clear, and he's in violation of it," said Lori
Finazzo, an assistant city attorney. She said an anonymous caller tipped
officials about the snakes in February.
"This is a multi-residential area, and we're not talking about some
small garter snakes," she said. "We have some serious pythons here."
But Larson says his serpents, the biggest of which is Annie, a 13-foot
long green anaconda, never slither away from home.
Larson, who has kept snakes since he was a child, defended his pets as
quiet and said he'll move if he loses his suit.
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