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arrested in
New York
NEW YORK (AP) - Chanting
abortion-rights and AIDS activists
lay down in the aisles of St.
Patrick's Cathedral yesterday, forcing
Cardinal John O'Connor to cancel
his sermon while police carried
protesters out on stretchers.
And more than 4,500 demonstra-
tors marched outside, along a stretch
of Fifth Avenue normally crowded
with shoppers and sightseers chant-
ing "Teach safe sex" and "Just say
no is not enough."
At least 95 people were arrested.
Church officials, anticipating the
well-publicized demonstration, took
the unusual step of clearing the
church after the 9 a.m. Mass. then
searching the bags of everyone enter-
'ing for the 10:15 a.m. Mass.
The cathedral doors were locked a
few minutes after Mass started, said
archdiocese spokesperson Joe Zwill-
ing. Police were stationed all around
the massive cathedral, including at
the rail in front of the altar.
Police said at least 37 people
were arrested inside the packed cathe-
dral when they jumped from their
seats near the start of O'Connor's
homily and stretched out in the cen-
ter aisle, some chaining themselves
to pews.
Although he canceled his sermon,
O'Connor continued the Mass while
dozens of uniformed and plainclothes
police walked up and down the aisle,
'The archbishop of
New York must of
course always preach
what the church
preaches, teach what
the church teaches. I
cannot believe that
anyone, even those
who hate what the
church teaches,
would respect me for
a moment if I taught
anything else.'
-Cardinal John O'Connor
ferrying' the protesters out on bright
orange stretchers.
Police Sgt. Peter Sweeney said
58 were arrested outside, where
protesters marched with signs such
as "Curb Your Dogma" and "Pope
John Paul for Ayatollah."
Those arrested yesterday were
charged with disorderly conduct and
trespassing, Sweeney said. Some
also may be charged with resisting
The protest was organized by the
AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power,
or ACT UP, and Women's Health
Action and Mobilization or WHAM!
"ACT UP and WHAM! both
have a history of forceful, loud
demonstrations," organizer Victor
Mendolia said. "We demand to bring
our issues to the cardinal directly and
that's what we did."
"The archbishop of New York
must of course always preach what
the church preaches, teach what the
church teaches," O'Connor said. "I

cannot believe that anyone, even
those who hate what the church
teaches, would respect me for a mo-
ment if I taught anything else."
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The Michigan Daily- Monday, December 11, 1989 - Page 9
State universities unable to

obtain research contracts

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LANSING (AP) - Forcing uni-
versity researchers to comply with
public disclosure law prevents
Michigan schools from landing lu-
crative corporate contracts, adminis-
trators say.
Corporations go to private
schools to have the work done or
cancel it altogether because Michi-
gan universities can't safeguard their
trade secrets, say the administrators,
who've banded togehter to seek a
change in the law.
The Freedom of Information Act
currently exempts from disclosure
trade secrets, and commercial and fi-
nancial information only if that data
is used in developing governmental
John DeCarlo, vice-president and
general counsel at Oakland Univer-
sity, said it is nearly impossible to
meet that standard and believes the
exception should be broadened.
Rep. Perry Bullard, (D-Ann Ar-
bor), who usually opposes restric-
tions to the public informaton law,
said he is sponosoring the univer-
sity-requested legislation to ensure
that it's done in "the least damaging
way posssible."
The House Judiciary Committee,
which he chairs, is expected to hold
a hearing on the bill this week.
"The strongest argument for it is
in these days of tough funding for
public universities there are projects
they might get that would be help-
ful," Bullard said.
Opponents argue the activities of
tax-funded universities should be
open to the public and that research
was meant to be shared and used in

University administrators empha-
size that their own discoveries would
be open, but information given to
them by private entities to help the
research would be protected.
"Any information we generate
must be made public as soon as we
have had the opportunity to file for
patent protection," said John Can-
tion, vice president for research and
graduate studies at Michigan State
"If you went to General Motors
and pounded on the door and asked
for their trade secrets, you can't get
access to that information. So you
should not have a back door (to it)
through the University of Michi-
gan," said Gregory Marks, deputy

vice president for information tech-
nology at the Ann Arbor school.v
The bill exempts data regarding a
potentially dangerous product or one
primarily designed to be used in mil-
itary operations to kill or injure
Marks acknowledged some con-,x
tracts under a revised law would dive
researchers information they believe
the public should know about.
"It's better to have that reserch =
done and have some instances which
there are awful things discovered'thht.
don't, for whatever reason, reachtte'
light of day because of some propli-
etary reasons," he said. "The number
of positive things you learn over' the
years will be much greater."

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