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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)
- Rain offshore, not demonstrators
or mechanical problems, stopped the
launch of the space shuttle Atlantis
and its nuclear fueled cargo yester-
"It looks like the local weather is
not going to cooperate, we're going
to call it a day," launch Director Bob
Sieck told the five astronauts who
had been lying on their backs in At-
lantis' cabin for three hours.
Atlantis' mission - already de-
layed for seven years by budget and
other problems - is to carry the
6,700-pound Galileo space probe
into orbit, the start of its 2.4 bil-
lion-mile, six-year trip to Jupiter.
The $1.5 billion Galileo is the
most expensive and sophisticated
unmanned spacecraft ever built and is
expected to give scientists their best
and closest look at another planet.
Protesters had tried to block the
launch in court because Galileo's
two electrical generators are fueled
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Columbian paper bombed
BOGOTA, Colombia - A car bomb wrecked the Vanguardia Liberal
Newspaper building in northeastern Colombia yesterday and killed four
employees of the paper, which had joined in a condemnation of cocaine
The Vanguardia Liberal is the main daily of Northeastern Colombia.
The newspaper's publisher blamed drug traffickers for the bombing in
Bucaramanga, a city of 400,000 people 175 miles north of Bogota. He
said he did not know whether the paper could continue publishing.
"Although I can't identify the perpetrators, I can say that, basically,
they are the same group of drug traffickers that have carried out these
types of attacks in the past," Alejandro Ramirez said in a radio interview.
Four journalists were assassinated by unidentified gunmen last week in
the cities of Medellin and Monterria.
Officials say motorists are
'high' on a variety of drugs
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. - Drunken drivers get all the attention, but
motorists also face the menace of drivers high on marijuana, cocaine and
other drugs, federal officials say.
The National Transportation Safety Administration estimates 10 per-
cent to 22 percent of all drivers are under the influence of a drug other than
Still, only 55 to 60 Michigan drives are convicted each year of operat-
ing a car under the influence of drugs, compared to roughly 25,000
drunken driving convictions annually, according to the Secretary of State's
Robert Larin, a Birmingham attorney who specializes in drunken driv-
ing defenses, said the low conviction rate doesn't accurately reflect the
number of drivers who are high on drugs.
"With all the drugs they're finding in Detroit, I've got to believe
there's a lot of drivers out there who are using them too," he added.
State Democrats favor sales
tax hike to finance schools
LANSING - Voters primarily concerned with equity between rich and
poor districts should vote for a school finance plan raising the sales tax by
50 percent, three top House Democrats said yesterday.
The lawmakers released a staff analysis of the impact of two compet-
ing school finance plans, Proposal A and Proposal B, on per pupil spend-
ing equity through the 1993-94 school year.
Breaking with Democratic Gov. James Blanchard, who strongly sup-
ports Proposal A, they said Proposal B was best in the long run on that
Proposal A would raise about $400 million for education. Proposal B
would boost the sales tax to 6 percent, raise about $350 million for
Michigan's public schools and offer about $1.5 billion in property tax re-'
lief as well.
Both will be on the Nov. 7 ballot. Voters can choose between either,
support both or vote against both. If both gain a majority, the one with
the most votes would be the winner.
Commander Donald Williams (left) at the Kennedy Space Center yesterday following the scrub of the launch of
Atlantis. Williams is followed by fellow astronauts Shannon Lucid and Franklin Chang-Diaz after the weather
called a halt to the controversial flight, which was to carry the Galileo space probe.
by highly radioactive plutonium. But the promised protests at the
They feared an accident during launch site did not materialize. There
launch, like the explosion that de- were also no intrusions into the re-
stroyed the Challenger, would release stricted airspace around the launch
the plutonium into the atmosphere. site.
NASA said it will try again today
at 12:50 p.m. EDT. The launch
"window" - determined by the rela-
tive positions of Earth and Jupiter
- extends until 1:19 p.m.
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In addition to Twain and Carroll, the other
four authors being highlighted in the library
- exhibit are William Shakespeare, Jean Jacques
Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, and Walt Whitman.
Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice was
banned or protested countless times because of
the portrayal of Shylock, a villainous Jew. As
recent as this year, the Shakespeare Festival at
Stratford drew criticism for its production of that
Rousseau's Les Confessions de J.J. Rousseau
was banned in 1928 by United States Customs
officials, who viewed it as injurious to public
morals. During his lifetime, most of Rousseau's
non-musical works were also contested shortly
after publication. In 1935, the Soviet Union
banned all of Rousseau's works, before lifting
the ban a year later.
Kant's Die Religion Innerhalb der Grenzen der
blossen Vernunft was banned by the Prussian
state as soon as it appeared. In addition, Kant was
forbidden to write or lecture on religion. All of
his works were banned in the Soviet Union after
Whitman's Leaves of Grass was banned
because his poetry drew intense opposition for its
supposed immortality. "Here be all leaves but fig
leaves," said Wendell Phillips, the infamous
Boston District Attorney. In 1881, he threatened
criminal prosecution for this edition, which was
This display will run through Oct. 31.
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names of three remaining students to
submit to Duderstadt by tomorrow's
It will be up to the University to
actually choose the students who
will serve on the advisory commit-
Langnas stressed that MSA was
not given enough time to thor-
oughly interview interested students,
and added she is "trusting" that the
people who have come forward are
Representatives generally agreed
that Duderstadt's proposal was not
the best way to solicit true student
input, but the assembly agreed to
appoint students anyway because it
didn't want to miss the only oppor-
tunity for involvement.
Campus Governance Vice Chair
Ori Lev and Langnas both supported
Students' Rights Committee Chair
Nick Maverick's proposal to con-
vene an open forum in which admin-
istrators and faculty could discuss the
policy with students.
Student representatives nominated
include: Susan Rhee, Ron Wheeler,
Nick Maverick, Jeff Gauthier, Del
Sanders, Frank Matthews, Pat Bach,
and Tracey Ore.
Langnas said she approached the
campus groups she felt would be
most affected by the anti-harassment
Read Jim Poniewozik Every
Bill may change helmet law
LANSING - Motorcyclists no longer would be required to wear hel-
mets unless they are 18 or younger or are riding in a populated area under
a measure approved yesterday by a House panel.
Supporters said the bill, approved by a subcommittee of the House
Transportation Committee, would require helmets only in those ares and
by those riders where it could do the most good without infringing on
"After all, this is America, the land of the free. People here are a little
wilder than in Europe or the Soviet Union," said Jim Rhoades, of Garden
City, a member of American Bikers Aiming Toward Education.
But Secretary of State Richard Austin said the state's 20-year-old
mandatory helmet bill has given the state a motorcycle fatality rate 25
percent below the national average and should be kept intact.
More George Washingtons
found on Mount Rushmore
GRAND RAPIDS - While his parents viewed a videotape about how
Mount Rushmore was carved, 10-year-old Jeremy Geerdes played in the
dirt on the grounds of the national monument last August.
But the Forest Hills fifth-grader learned his own history lesson as he
and a new friend, 12-year-old Ian Kenning of Ottumwa, Iowa, the home-
town of Radar O'Reilly, unearthed three small, plaster busts of George,
Washington dating from the construction of Mount Rushmore, from
The busts were the work of sculptor Gutzon Borglum, who also carved
the four presidential faces into the mountain. Produced before 1941, the
smaller models were sold to raise money and given as gifts by Borglum to
encourage interest in his project.
While Geerdes and his parents were pleased with his find, it also has
complicated his life.
"Now I don't know whether I want to be a basketball player or an ar-
chaeologist," he said.
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