Page 2 -- The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 30,-1989
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Soviets say they will not
interfere in Eastern Europe
WASHINGTON - The Kremlin would not object if Hungary chose
to leave the Warsaw Pact or East Germany chose to teunite with Wes
Germany, Soviet officials said yesterday.
A senior Bush administration official expressed surprise at the com-
ments, by Soviet party spokesperson Nikolai Shishlin and Foreign Min-
istry spokesperson Gennadi Gerasimov. Previously, Soviet and Hungarian
officials have stressed that Hungary would stay in the Kremlin-led Warsaw
Pact military alliance.
The Soviet statements followed a declaration by President Mikhail S.
Gorbachev last week his nation had no moral right to interfere with
changes underway in the Soviet bloc nations of Eastern Europe.
Gorbachev also declared a willingness to dissolve the Warsaw Pact if
the West disbands the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a step the Bush
administration had reiected as an effort to cut U.S. influence in Europe.
U.S. to continue Contra aid.
WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders yesterday joined President
Bush's denunciation of Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega and vowed to
stand by a promise to provide humanitarian aid to the Contra rebels
through next February's elections.
At the same time, despite the exchange of hostilities between Bush and
Ortega in Costa Rica, administration officials indicated it was unlikely
they would seek a renewal of military aid for the U.S.-backed rebels at
Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell said Ortega's threat to call off
a 19-month cease-fire between his Sandinista forces and the Contras was
"a very unwise move, particularly the timing of it."
Mitchell called Ortega's declaration an outgrowth of a rivalry between
the Nicaraguan leader and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias.
A cease-fire has neverbeen formally agreed between the Sandinistas
and the Contras, though Ortega has informally extended it on a monthly
basis since March, 1988.
Northwest settles 255 lawsuits,
DETROIT - Northwest Airlines has reached tentative settlements in
nearly all of the lawsuits filed against it in the wake of the August 16,
1987 crash of Flight 255, an Arizona newspaper reported yesterday.
Opening arguments in the combined trial of lawsuits accusing North-
west and McDonnell Douglas Corp., manufacturer of the MD-80 jet that
crashed on takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan airport, still are scheduled to
begin Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
But the Arizona Republic, citing a statement issued Saturday by the
U.S. District Judge Julian Cook Jr., said Northwest has settled or reached
tentative settlements in most of the 157 suits originally filed against the
Flight 255 was bound for Phoenix when it crashed 14 seconds after
takeoff from Metropolitan Airport, killing 154 of 155 people aboard the
plane and two on the ground.
Two of the eight student cars which, along with their former garages, were reduced to burnt debris in yesterday morning's blazes. A police
investigation begins today.
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the street from the Church St. fire,
said he thinks he witnessed a crime.
"I was walking back from the Zeta
Psi (fraternity) party, up East U.,"
he said. "I looked to my right and
from about 40 feet away I saw a guy
with long, straight, brown hair,
about shoulder length, squirting
lighter fluid onto a dumpster fire... I
came back about 15 minutes later
and the garage was up in flames next
to the dumpster."
Schecter said the police inter-
viewed him shortly after the fire yes-
LSA junior Gabe Karp, who
lives with Schlusser on S. Forest,
said, "The fires were timed to a tee...
they knew what they were doing. We
have the only wood garage in the
area, besides the one on Church St."
In addition to the garage and six
cars destroyed, Schlusser said his
house's phone and cable lines were
Several students also reported in-
cidents of vandalism in the area. S.
Forest resident Danny Klimesh said
he saw "eight guys chasing four
guys who grabbed metal railing next
door and started smashing car win-
dows on the street" at 1 a.m. yester-
Kenneth Cochran, an LSA se-
nior, said several people turned over
his car near his apartment complex
behind South Quad. "There were a
ton of witnesses at all of these inci-
dents," he said. "Hopefully, some of
them will start to come forward and
help the police."
WASHINGTON (AP) -
Democrats this week are dusting off
a once-vetoed increase in the mini-
mum wage to bolster their assault
on President Bush's already tarnished
"kinder, gentler" if-image.
Democratic leaders want to take
advantage of a stalemate in the Sen-
ate over Bush's insistence upon cut-
ting taxes on profits from the sale of
stocks and businesses to win the
first increase in the $3.35-an-hour
wage floor since 1981.
With women accounting for
nearly two-thirds of the nation's 4
million minimum wage earners,
Democrats also believe the time to
strike is now, on the heels of Bush's
recent vetoes of two bills that would
have expanded tax-paid abortions.
But they have given Bush until
tomorrow to retract his "first, best
and only offer" vow last spring to
veto any increase in the minimum
wage of more then 90 cents that is
not coupled with a new, six-month
subminimum scale for newly hired
workers. Bush has also demanded
that the wage floor not rise to $4.25
before January 1992.
Democrats have scaled back their
demands from the package that Bush
vetoed last June, knocking off a
third-year increase to $4.55 once the
new wage floor is established at
$4.25 in 1991. But they still want a
training wage that covers only a
first-time worker's first 60 days of
Seeking to avoid another veto
confrontation, both sides have indi-
cated a willingness to compromise
further before a vote on the House
"The issue has been greatly sim-
plified, at least for a great many of
us," said Sen. Pete Domenici (R-
N.M.), referring to the new Demo-
cratic package. "It's time to change
the minimum wage; $4.25 over the
next two years is agreeable to me."
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for hurricane and quake aid
WASHINGTON - Michigan's congressional delegation voted
overwhelmingly in favor of disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Hugo
and the California earthquake, but some members cast negative votes to
protest the way it was done.
Congress approved $2.85 billion in assistance. The House vote was
321-99, while the Senate took no recorded vote.
Opponents said they did not object to helping disaster victims but
voted against the aid package because it was attached to a stopgap
appropriations bill that will keep the government functioning .until Nov.
15. Such bills are needed when Congress fails to enact a budget by the
start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.1
"I do not vote for continuing resolutions because I think it's ai
irresponsible way to do business," said Rep. Paul Henry (R-Grand
Rapids), who voted against the aid.
Halloween ban demanded
Some parents are sure that Satan lurks behind-the cardboard black cati
and witches that hang from classroom walls. Armed with a recent federal
ruling strengthening legal restrictions on religion in the schools, they aro
demanding that Halloween be banned.
Those who view the day as an excuse to dress up and drink up and give
children a night to wheedle sweets may be surprised that some people be,
lieve it's a religious holiday.
Robert Guyer of Alachua County, Fla. gathered the signatures of about
200 parents who think the holiday is a religious celebration of Wicca, a
modern witchcraft cult.
Halloween apparently sprang from an ancient ceremony honoring the
Celtic god of death, but in medieval England it came to be known as All
Hallows' Eve, celebrated before the feast day of All Hallows, now All
Saints' Day. As is the case with the pagan Christmas tree, few pay atten;
tion to its religious origins.
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