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NORML opposes Bush's war on pot
WASHINGTON - Just across
the street from the building where
drug war director William Bennett
sits at his desk in a two-story suite,
the National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws carries
on its own quest from a small, war-
NORML, which opened its first
storefront office in a run-down sec-
tion of Washington in 1970, is
emerging as one of the most vocal
critics of President Bush's anti-drug
"The simple question is whether
marijuana should be included in the
war on drugs," NORML's incoming
national director, Donald Fiedler,
told reporters at a National Press
Club press conference following
Bennett's outline of the Bust plan
this past week.
"If it is," he said, "the price of a
drug-free America is an America that
can no longer be free."
NORML wants legalization of
marijuana but supports continued
prohibition of cocaine. Although it
has had its ups and downs, Fiedler
said he believes harsh attempt to pe-
nalize the nation's millions of mari-
juana smokers eventually will bol-
ster NORML's diminished strength.
"When Bush went after the
ACLU, it helped their membership,
when the recent Supreme Court deci-
sion on abortion came out, it helped
NOW, and we fully expect the
Bennett drug way plan will help
NORML," said Fiedler, a lawyer
from Omaha, Neb.
In its early days, NORML gained
attention by defending youngsters
facing years in prison for lighting
up. Its efforts helped spark decrimi-
nalization moves in many state leg-
As the marijuana laws changed,
NORML's $25-a-year membership
roll shrank from a high of 20,000
people in 1978 to about 5,000 now.
To support its annual budget of
$250,000, the organization now
holds seminars for criminal defense
lawyers. In an article published in
1986, Washington Monthly said a
third of NORML's budget came
from such conferences, which it
claimed were "geared toward helping
lawyers defend mid-level mobsters."
Some members told the magazine
that the drug defense seminars had
caused dissension within the organi-
Asked about the article, Doug
McVay, activist coordinator for
NORML, said: "The lawyers who
are interested in this issue tend to do
drug defense work. Nowadays, how-
ever, if you are doing criminal de-
fense work in general, more and
more of it is drug defense. It's unfor-
tunate, but it's the case."
From its initial location in a
seedy area of Washington that has
since blossomed out in high-price
hotels, NORML has moved to an of-
fice building it shares with such
tenants as the International Joint
Commission, a governmental body
concerned with U.S.-Canadian af-
fairs, not with the kind of joints
marijuana smokers talk about. The
drug war office is on the top two
floors of a building across the street.
"They can peek in our windows
and we can peek in theirs," said
Carole Moore, who, like a number
of NORML activists, is also a
member of the Libertarian party.
Jim Turney of Richmond, Va.,
former national chair of the
Libertarians, is treasurer of
The Libertarians' contention that
the government should interfere as
little as possible with individual
rights meshes with NORML's
stance on marijuana, although the
two organizations differ on some
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Ship crash leaves 151 missing
VIENNA - A Romanian ship collided with a Bulgarian tugboat and
sank in the Danube River yesterday, leaving 151 people missing,
Romania's official Agerpres news agency reported.
The collision occurred upstream of the port city of Galati.
The ship sank "in conditions of poor visibility," it said.
Of the 169 passengers aboard the ship, only 18 of them along with the
ship's 13 crew members had been rescued, Agerpres said.
It did not give the nationality of the passengers.
"After the alarm was sounded by the Bulgarian ship, its crew and the *
crew of the ships in the proximity ran to help," BTA said.
It said there were no reports of casualties aboard the tug, and that there
was no report on what caused the boats to collide.
Agerpres said.rescue operations were continuing and a government
commission was established to investigate the accident.
Cocaine causes train crash
But he added that "after the dia-
logue and rhetoric, we enter a period
that I feel the University of
Michigan is in now. Where do we
go once the initial changes have oc-
"What we need is a continued dia-
logue, but that's not enough,"
Holliman said. "Students should be
asking how many deans do you
have, how many women faculty."
University President James
Duderstadt told convention attenders
that conquering racial problems at U-
M will require "major investments,"
and that the University "is in this for
the long haul." He said minority
students will benefit from outreach
programs to K-12 education as well
as improved financial aid.
"We have reached the point where
we can say that no Michigan student
admitted to our university will be
unable to attend due to economic aid.
All Michigan citizens will be able to
get aid until they graduate,"
The Ann Arbor conference was
hosted by the University NCAAP
chapter, marking the first time a col-
lege chapter has hosted the annual
"It was really a good thing that
the convention was brought to a col-
lege campus," said the president of
the University's chapter, LSA
Senior Mardi Collins.
She said that holding the conven-
tion here will have a positive effect
on the group's upcoming member-
ship drive and on awareness of the
group and the issues it addresses. In
addition, she estimated that the con-
vention generated $35,000-40,000
dollars for the community.
There are currently about 150
members of the University's
NAACP chapter, and Collins ex-
pects this number to increase after
their September 23rd radiothon
Additional sessions at the confer-
ence were aimed at college and pre-
college students. These included
workshops on subjects such as
fundraising, the Scholastic Aptitude
Test, and youth leadership develop-
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with Greek leaders last Winter term.
In March University President James
Duderstadt met with leaders from the
Greek system and challenged them to
attack the litter problem on campus
and promote dry rush.
Later Greek leaders met with
Johnson and established a Greek
Task Force to address the issues of
racism, sexism, and alcoholism.
Since then the IFC has established
a Clean-up Deposit whereby
fraternity members will clean up
fliers after rush. They are discussing
the possibility of dry rush in the
future, and are taking steps to
improve relations with their
Duderstadt was absent from last
night's meeting. Some took this as
a lack of concern on his part.
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the lack of blanket liability insur-
"In this day and age, national fra-
ternities must cover themselves, so
they turn to policies of Risk
Management, but socially it's
tough," said Joe Hart, Beta Theta
Pi's chapter president.
Students attending fraternity par-
ties over the weekend witnessed the
effects of the new precautions.
Several fraternities hung signs post-
ing their 21-year old drinking policy,
carded students at the door and re-
quired student ID and drivers license.
Not only was security higher at
entrances, but, upon exiting, stu-
dents were checked for sobriety, and
no one was allowed to leave the
party carrying alcohol.
"Although the new policy re-
stricts fraternities in their social pat-
terns, it does not mean we are not
going to have a social calendar," said
Paul Dominski, social chair at
Alpha Tau Omega.
One of the stipulations of the
FIPG is that fraternities must have a
guest list. Some fraternities are cir-
cumventing this by including the en-
tire student body on their guest list
and accepting student IDs as proof of
At Phi Kappa Psi, "people are
asked to sign a piece of paper saying
they are of legal drinking age," said
David Peterson, chapter president.
Fraternities are taking other pre-
cautions such as limiting open par-
ties, substituting more "friends" par-
ties and theme date parties, regulat-
ing the party's attendance, and hold-
ing BYOB parties.
Sixty-nine percent of fraternities
nationwide subscribe to 'the Risk
Management policy. Twenty-one fra-
ternities at the University of
Michigan are members of FIPG in-
cluding: Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha
Sigma Phi, Alpha Tau Omega, Chi
Phi, Delta Chi, Delta Sigma Phi,
Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta,
Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Psi,
Phi Kappa Tau, Pi Kappa Phi, Pi
Lambda Phi, Psi Upsilon, Sigma
Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Nu, Sigma
Phi Epsilon, Tau Epsilon Phi, Theta
Chi, Zeta Beta Tau, and Zeta Psi.
SAGINAW, Mich. - Following the July 22 derailment of a CSX
Transportation Inc. freight train, a Federal Railroad Administration report
showed that brakeperson Lloyd Sonnenberg tested positive for cocaine use.
CSX officials removed Sonnenberg from duty after receiving the drug.
test results and accused him of violating company policy, and lawyers ex-
panded a class action suit stemming from this recent discovery.
The other defendants include Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Company, and two other CSX crew members, engineer James Willert, and
conductor Clyde Gable.
Gable and Willert tested negative for alcohol and drugs, federal and
CSX officials said.
The derailment of 14 cars and subsequent chemical fire forced the evac-
uation of about 3,000 residents and injured a dozen people.
Prison population surges 7.3%
WASHINGTON - The nation's prison population jumped by a record
46,004 prisoners in the first six months of 1989 for a total of 673,565
prisoners, the Bureau of Justice Statistics said yesterday.
The six-month leap broke the record not only for half-year increases but
also was higher than any annual increase recorded during the 64 years that
the government has counted prisoners, the Bureau said.
Previously, the largest annual increase recorded was in 1981-1982,
when the national prison population grew by 41,060 inmates, said Tom
Hester of the Bureau.
The 7.3 percent surge in prison population includes an increase of 7.
percent in the number of men imprisoned and 13 percent in the number of
women, the Bureau said.
The figures mean a required 1,800 new prison beds a week, the Bureau
Fed. contractor in Doomsday
Project accuses gov't of theft
WASHINGTON - A federal contractor who reported problems in the
"Doomsday Project," a top-secret program designed to keep the government
running after a nuclear war, asserts in a sealed lawsuit that the Federal
Emergency Management Agency burglarized his offices.
The alleged break-ins occurred after the contractor, retired Army major
Fred Westerman, rejected a demand by FEMA to turn over all his corporate
records to a business competitor, accordig to the suit filed in federal court.
Westerman was removed from the secret program less than two months
after he refused to surrender the documents, which he still has.
Westerman started telling superiors about security and management
problems in the Continuity of Government program in 1986, according to
government sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.
FEMA and the Justice Department both refuse to discuss the COG
program or Westerman's lawsuit.
Need a green thumb to
perk up those plants?
NEW YORK - Is it better to water your houseplants from above or
below, and how do you know if you've watered them enough?
Above or below is fine with most plants, says Earl Aronson, gardening
editor for The Associated Press. Keep in mind that plants such as African
violets and cyclamen don't like to have their leaves or crowns splashed, but
even these should be watered from the top occasionally to flush out fertil-
izer salts and sodium that may have accumulated in the soil.
If you water from below, add water until the surface soil is moist.
Then pour out the excess.
A rule of thumb for watering from above: Add water until some drains
out the bottom. If the soil is so dry that it has shrunk from the sides of
the pot, add small amounts of water several times to be sure the soil is
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