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Inside
Magazine

The abortion battle goes to the courts
John Lee Hooker gives Ann Arbor the blues
Bruce Willis takes a serious role in In Country

OPINION
Recycle the red tape

4

ARTS

7

A reign of terror in
A Dry, White Season

Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 22 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, October 6, 1989TMN

BSU supports 9
student at dorm
by Kristine LaLonde

Senate

bill

bans

flag

Daily Administration Reporter
About 300 minority students ate
dinner at the Markley Hall cafeteria
last night to show support for a
Markley resident who was the victim
of alleged racial discrimination ear-
lier this semester.
"Basically, we wanted to show
that racism won't be tolerated. By
having this number of Black people
come out we can show a white per-
son how a Black person feels every-
where on campus," said Devlin
Ponte, a member of the Black Stu-
dent Union.
The dinner was planned by the
BSU at its Wednesday night meeting
and may become a regular event at,
other residence halls.
Earlier in the day, members of
BSU, the United Coalition Against
Racism, and others gathered on the
Diag to discuss plans to fight for in-
creased minority recruitment, reten-
tion and financial aid.
Students organized the rally not
as a response to the Markley incident
but to solicit commitment for im-
proving University policy. Past ral-
lies have often been sparked by spe-
cific racist incidents, such as racist
fliers.
At the rally, Tanya Champions,

the Markley first year student who
accused her former roommate of dis-
crimination, called for minority stu-
dents to draft a policy on racist
speech, as a possible replacement for
the University's policy struck down
as unconstitutional in federal court
on Aug. 25.
BSU Pres. Frances Matthews said
this year's 10 percent tuition increase
was pushing minority students away
from the University. "When a stu-
dent is constantly worried about
money... then it gets very difficult
to keep up with classes," he said.
"All people that pay (state) taxes
should have the right to come here,"
said Matthews.
Shirley Clarkson, special assis-
tant to Pres. James Duderstadt, said
the University increased its financial
aid by 43 percent over last year.
Matthews said the University
needs to recruit more Black students
from high schools besides top-rated
Detroit schools Cass Tech and Re-
naissance. Clarkson said two-thirds
of all Detroit public school graduates
at the University attended those two
high-schools.
Darci McConnell contributed to
this story.

burning
Calls for fine and
jail term if violated

JULIE HOLLMANDaily
About 300 Black students eat dinner at the Markley cafeteria last night.
The students chose Markley as a spot to show solidarity because of an
allegedly racist incident last month.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Senate yesterday approved a ban on
burning or otherwise defacing the
American flag. However, a Repub-
lican-sponsored change was added
that could make the bill vulnerable
in a future court challenge,
Democrats said.
The ban, previously approved by
the House, cleared the Senate, 91-9
and was returned to the House for
consideration of changes made by
the Senate.
Key votes came on two. GOP-
sponsored changes in wording that
Democrats said would hinder future
court challenges of the bill's consti-
tutionality.f
Republican critics say the bill
already is likely to fail such a court
test. They call for a constitutional
amendment as urged by criminal
conviction on Texas flag-burner
Gregory Lee Johnson on the ground
his freedom of speech had been vio-
lated.
The ruling resulted in a public
reaction that fueled congressional
action.
The skirmishing on the Senate
floor, however, was between
Democrats seeking to push their
bill through and Republicans

Jim Bakker found guilty of fraud.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -
PTL evangelist Jim Bakker was
convicted yesterday of using his
television show to defraud followers
of $3.7 million.
The U.S. District Court jury
convicted Bakker of all 24 counts in
the indictment which charged that
Bakker oversold lodging guarantees
called "lifetime partnerships" at his
Heritage USA religious retreat near
Fort Mill, S.C.

Bakker faces a a maximum sen-
tence of 120 years in prison and $5
million in fines.
Neither Bakker nor his wife
Tammy showed much emotion when
the verdict was read.
As they awaited the verdict in the
courtroom this morning, several
Bakker supporters held Bibles opened
to Psalm 17, which reads: "Thou
hast tried me, and shalt find noth-
ing."

"You can't lie to people to send
you money - it's that simple,"
Prosecutor Deborah Smith told the
jury.
"You can't tell half-truths. If
you do it, if you use the postal ser-
vice and the public airwaves you
will find yourself in federal court an-
swering charges of mail and wire
fraud. That's why we're here today,
because that's just what Mr. Bakker
did."

Prosecutors said Bakker diverted
the $3.7 million in ministry funds
for personal use while knowing the
PTL was in financial trouble.
A member of the jury said he was
unswayed by Bakker's testimony, in
which he defended his earnings as
reasonable for someone who raised
millions of dollars for the work of
the Lord.
Bakker's attorneys said he was a
victim of circumstances.

U.S. role still unclear

in Panamanian

coup

hoping to replace it with the
proposed amendment which comes
up later this month.
The Senate first refused,
69-31, to kill an amendment offered
by Sen. Pete Wilson, R-Calif., that
would make it a crime to
"physically defile" the flag. It then
adopted, by a wide margin,
Wilson's measure, which
Democratic sponsors said would
nudge the bill toward constitutional
problems on free-speech grounds.
The bill calls for up to a $1,000
fine and year in jail for anyone who
burns an American flag or defaces it
in any one of several other ways.
Federal law already bans flag
burning, but senators say the law
contains constitutional pitfalls
similar to the ones in the Texas
statute.
Conservative Republicans urge
the amendment on grounds that it
would settle the issue once and for
all - it could not be challenged in
court.
Many Democrats say that
amending the Constitution should
be only a last resort and that one act
of burning is no cause to limit the
freedom of speech.
Blue
awaits
Badger
arrival
by Adam Benson
Daily Football Writer
Michigan 38, Wisconsin 0, or
66-10, or 70-21.
Anyone of those numbers could
be a reasonable guess for the final
score of this weekend's Michigan-
Wisconsin game.
But you won't be hearing any of
these guesses from any Michigan
players or coaches.
"Whether they can beat us or not,
I don't know," Michigan coach Bo
Schembechler said. "By nature, I'm
always nervous. I'm afraid that
everyone is going to beat us."
Last season, Michigan blew out
the Badgers 62-14. If there is
anything memorable about that
contest, it is Tony Boles' 55-yard
touchdown scamper on the game's
first play from scrimmage. While
Michigan's inconsistent running
game remains a worry for Schem-
bechler, Wisconsin coach Don
Morton seems to be just as troubled
about facing the Wolverine offense.
"I had a chance to scout Michigan
myself last week, and I watched an
excellent football team," Morton
said. "I was impressed with Mich-

Baker says the U.S. can use force against Noriega,

avoids answering
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secre-
tary of State James Baker said today
the United States reserves the right to
use military force against Panamanian
leader Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega,
and dismissed "armchair generals"
who faulted the administration for
failing to support Tuesday's failed
coup with American troops.
"The United States retains the op-
tion to use American forces. That
option has never been ruled out,"
Baker told the
Senate Finance
Committee.
"But if you're
going to risk
lives, it's the
President's
view that you
do so on your
own timetable. Noriaga
At the Pentagon, one official said
various military options were dis-
cussed Tuesday with President Bush
as the coup unfolded. Another official
said: "When it appeared as though

questions about U
Noriega might have been dethroned...
there were several options considered,
none off which was going in and get-
ting him." Both spoke on the condition
of anonymity.
Baker deftly sidestepped whether
the administration played any role in
the failed coup attempt, but he implied
that the United States had kept its
distance because the rebels had little
chance of ousting Noriega.
A number of members of Con-
gress, including Sen. David Boren (D-
Okla.), chairman of the Senate Intelli-
gence Committee, criticized the Bush
administration after the short-lived
coup for what they said was failure to
support members of the special secu-
rity unit that tried to take over
Noriega's central command post.
Baker said President Bush acted
immediately to do two things - to
safeguard American lives and assure
the security of the Panama Canal trea-
ties, just as the United States is obli-
gated to do under the Panama Canal
treaties.
Officials acknowledged Tuesday

.S. involvement
they had advance word of a coup at-
tempt, but the president said the
United States did not engineer it.
"We had some indications this sort
of thing was in the works," said White
House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwa-
ter, "but until it happens, you never
know." He characterized the prior
information as "rumblings."
'We had some indica-
tions this sort of thing
was in the works'
- White house spokes-
person Marlin Fitzwater
Some members of Congress said
Bush could have provided military
support to the rebel forces which tried
to depose Noriega. The general is
sought in the United States on drug
trafficking charges.
The Washington Times today
quoted congressional sources as say-
ing that in advance of Tuesday's at-
tempt, American military officers in
Panama led the rebels to believe they
would get U.S. Military help.

JULIE HOLLMAN/Daily
Michigan defensive back Cole Wallace attempts to block a punt by
Maryland's Dan DeArmas. Michigan defeated the Terrapins 41-21.

Florida court strikes down abortion consent law

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