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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP)
-4 Hurricane Hugo plowed into the
U.S. Virgin Islands on a collision
course with Puerto Rico late yester-
day after ripping through the north-
astern Caribbean with 140 mph
winds and leaving at least six people
At least 80 people were injured
on the French island of Guadeloupe.
and 4,000 were left homeless,
French officials said.
The region's most powerful
storm in a decade was expected to
roll into Puerto Rico early yesterday.
The government mobilized the
National Guard, and residents rushed
for last-minute supplies and taped
and boarded windows.
At 9 p.m. EDT, Hugo's center
was located near latitude 17.2 degrees
north and longitude 64.3 west, about
140 miles east-southeast of San
Juan, said the National Weather
Service in Florida.
The storm slowed slightly from
12 mph to 10 mph, the Weather
Service said. The Virgin Islands'
population is 106,000 and Puerto
Rico has 3.3 million people.
Hurricane-force winds were
gusting to 97 mph at St. Croix and
to 90 mph on St. Thomas late
Sunday. Those two islands have
iost of the Virgin Islands' popula-
In San Juan, the Port Authority
*nnounced that it was closing the
Munoz Marin International Airport
to all flights at 6 p.m. It said all in-
ternational carriers had removed their



sexual assault
case decision

Asociatd Pres

by Laura Counts
Daily Women's Issues Reporter
Members of local sexual assault
prevention groups have praised the
Michigan Court of Appeals decision
that ruled a University student did
not maliciously accuse University
Visiting Prof. Thomas Rosenboom
of sexually assaulting her.
The ruling, which was handed
down last week, upheld a lower court
decision against Rosenboom, who
filed a defamation of character suit
against the women in October,
Rosenboom's suit charged that
the accusations made by the woman
and her sexual assault counselor -
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center Counselor Kata
Issari - were slanderous and caused.
him emotional distress.
In February, 1988, the criminal
case against Rosenboom was dis-
Issari, against whom Rosenboom
filed charges along with the student,
expressed satisfaction with the ap-
peals court ruling. She called the de-
cision "important for securing the
rights of sexual assault survivors and
reinforcing the right of a rape crisis
center to aid the survivor."
"It is hard enough for survivors
to acknowledge they have been as-
saulted, much less take it to court,"
Issari said. "The court system came
through for survivors."
The Court of Appeals affirmed
the two-part decision of Washtenaw
County Circuit Court Judge Edward
Deakes. Deakes had ruled that there
was insufficient evidence to prove
the women's accusation was mali-
cious. Additionally, he recognized a
legal privilege protecting her because
she was following a University pol-

icy which encourages cases of sexual
assault to be reported.
"The important point of the
case," said Len Niehoff, the attorney
for the defense, "is that it recognizes
the importance of this University
policy and grants protection to pur-
suants of the policy."
Niehof said although the ruling
does not prevent similar suits, it
may act as a deterrent because of the
precedent set by the decision.
SAPAC Director Julie Steiner
said the threat of a civil suit has sent
a "chilling, scary effect message to
those who have been sexually as-
Rosenboom filed his case shortly
after a similar defamation of charac-
ter suit was filed by a University
engineering student in March, 1987.
Steiner said she believes both
lawsuits were used to scare the sur-
vivors into dropping charges. She
added that several people attending
counseling recently have decided not
to report their cases because of the
fear that opposing suits may be filed
against them.
Last spring, State Rep. William
Van Regenmorter (R-Jenison) and
State Sen. William Faust (D-
Westland) introduced legislation to,
reverse what they feared was becom-
ing a trend in criminal sexual assault
cases. The proposed bill would pro-.
hibit the defendant in a criminal sex-
ual conduct trial from filing a civil
suit against the accuser until the
criminal trial is over. Hearings on,
the bill are still pending.
The decision on this case does
not negate the need for the legisla-
tion, Steiner said, but may act to
prevent these cases from starting a

Residents of the north coastal town of Loiza listen to the radio for word on Hurricane Hugo yesterday. Some
1,000 residents of the town were placed in shelters as Hugo approached the island of Puerto Rico.

planes from Puerto Rico except for
one American Airlines A300 left be-
hind for emergencies.
Civil defense officials said up to
15,000 people could be evacuated
from flood-prone areas in eastern
Puerto Rico, and hundreds had al-
ready been moved into a sports sta-
dium in Mayaguez, the island's
third-biggest city.
National Guards and volunteers
drove through San Juan, the capital

yesterday, issuing emergency in-
structions over loudspeakers.
First reports indicated that the
French island of Guadeloupe, the
most southerly of the Leeward
Islands, was the hardest hit of the
string of islands forming a 600-
mile arc from the Leewards to the
Greater Antilles.
Hugo slammed into-Guadeloupe,
which has a population of 337,000,
shortly after midnight, downing

power lines and blackening out the
island's 30,700 telephones, state ra-
dio and television and telex service.
State television in Martinique,
Guadeloupe's sister island, said
3,000 were left homeless. The report
could not be confirmed.
Officials said many houses and
buildings were damaged. The eye of
the storm passed over St. Francois, a
major tourist area on the eastern end
of the island.

Levin speaks to College Dems

by Noelle Vance
Daily Government Reporter
U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-
Michigan) spoke candidly about
American policy in Columbia and
how that policy is affecting the
Great Lakes states when he addressed
members of the University's College
bemocrats yesterday.
Levin spoke informally with the
group in Ann Arbor before attending
a private fundraiser for his campaign
-o be reelected to the U.S. Senate in
1990. Exact figures on the amount
of money raised at the function were
not available at press time, but
attendees estimated that about 60-80
People attended, at $100 per person.
Speaking to the college
Democrats, Levin said America's
"{drug war" in Columbia should be

supported. However, he expressed out and not be able to dispose of its
disapproval of the way President own waste.
George Bush is funding the war. Levin did not take a firm stance
The policy is taking money from on either side of the issue, said
"lesser priority coast guard
"leser piorty cast uar College Democrat and LSA Junior
activities," such as monitoring ot Deb Goldman.
oil-carrying ships, and that in turn is Levin also did not discuss the
causing the Great Lakes to become issue of abortion, which has flavored
more polluted, he said. other political speeches since the
In expanding on the issue ofrcth r emetC ousp decssinthat
environmental pollution, Levin recent Supreme Court decision that
discussed the Midwest Compact. The gives states the authority to decide
pact of seven states which includes whether abortion should be legal or
Michigan allows for the disposal of not.
nuclear waste from one state to be College Democrats President and
dumped at sites in another state. LSA Senior Roger Kossen,
Michigan is the first to receive however, said the discussion was di-
nuclear waste from other states. The rected by the audience, and no one
issue, said Levin, is whether asked about the abortion issue.
Michigan should remain in the pact Levin has officially taken a pro-
and not take other's waste, or drop choice stance.

Demonstrators ask
for special lounge


by Bonita Williams
While most Ann Arborites were
busy watching Saturday's football
game, three men were demonstrating
on the steps of the Michigan Union,
where they urged the University ad-
ministration to create a gay male and
lesbian lounge.
The men said they were represent-
ing the gay community, but not any
particular gay male or lesbian orga-
University graduate Ian Urning,
one of the demonstrators, said the
group had "no leader, no hierarchy."
Another protester, graduate Gary
Berdache, called the group "anti-or-
The men said the picket was not
intended as a protest, but to educate
the University community. "We're
not chaining ourselves to the door,"

Faid Blane McLane, a student in the
School of Social Work. McLane car-
ried a sign which read, "Homophobia
is a social disease... requires social
change... build a gay reading
The members of the group said
they want gay men and lesbians to
be recognized as part of the
University's diversity. "If we are to
create a multi-cultural community,
then it must be done in the commu-
nity," McLane said.
"Gay people don't even have a
place to meet in the University at
all," he said.
In addition, the group wants the
University to allow gay couples the
same benefits as married heterosex-
ual couples, including health bene-
fits, football tickets, and access to
married housing.

' Western Predicted to Win Emmys on Fox

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Westerns may
be out of fashion on the screen, but the ripsnort-
irig saga, "Lonesome Dove" was expected to win
Sinday night's showdown at the Emmy Awards.
The CBS miniseries that starred Robert
Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones scored the highest
number of Emmy nominations in non-technical
categories - 18, followed by NBC's frequent
Minner "L.A. Law" with 17, and ABC's min-
series "War and Remembrance" with 15..
Also expected to make a strong showing in
thte three-hour Fox Broadcasting telecast was
ABC's "The Wonder Years" with 14 nomina-
t ons, ABC's "thirtysomething" with 13, and
;C's "The Golden Girls" and Fox's "The
Tracey Ullman Show" with 10 nominations
"Lonesome Dove" was a big winner even be-

fore Sunday night's event, taking six Emmys in
technical categories in non-televised ceremonies
Saturday night. The miniseries won prizes for
costume design, makeup, movie composition,
sound editing, sound mixing and casting.
Before the success of "Lonesome Dove" the
Western had been largely moribund for well over
a decade on both the big and small screen. This
fall will mark the first time in 15 years that two
Westerns have been on the network schedule-
CBS' "Paradise" in its second year, and the new
show "The Young Riders" on ABC. In 1958-59,
by contrast, the top four shows were all
Westerns: "Gunsmoke," "Wagon Train," "Have
Gun, Will Travel," and "The Rifleman."
Thirteen other shows, including
"thirtysomething" and "The Tracey Ullman
Show," won two technical Emmys each.

Sunday night's spectacle at the Pasadena
Civic Auditorium, highlighted by a tribute to the
late Lucille Ball, marked the end of a three-year
contract between the Television Academy and
newcomer Fox.

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