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107 die in
crash in
BOGOTA (AP) - A Colombian
jetliner crashed on the outskirts of
Bogota yesterday shortly after take-
off, and all 107 people aboard were
killed. A caller to a radio station
claimed drug traffickers bombed the
Witnesses said the Avianca Air-
lines Boeing 727-100 exploded be-
fore it plunged into a hilly area
south of the capital, about a mile
from a neighborhood of slum houses
and factories. Pieces of the jet were
found up to six miles from the main
point of impact, police said.
Hours later, a man called Radio
Caracol and claimed that a group
called the Extraditables blew up the
jet to kill five police informants. He
said the five informants gave police
information that led to the discovery
of the Medellin drug cartel leader's
The man did not identify himself,
and the claim cold not be immedi-
ately authenticated.

head in



Indian govt.

This piece of metal from the crashed plane's fuselage was the largest part remaining from an Avianca
passenger jet that crashed yesterday just outside Bogata, killing all 107 aboard.

"The plane was flying along
when suddenly it exploded, broke in
two and fell in flames and smoke."
said a witness, Alfonso Moreno, in
an interview with the radio network
"I heard the explosions and I
thought there was some problem
with transformers in the electrical
station, but I looked up and saw a
plane explode in the air, and the bod-
ies and the pieces of luggage were
falling." said another witness Mario
Two Colombian air force pilots

in another plane reported seeing two
explosions on the jet, said the direc-
tor of Colombia's Civil Aviation
Authority, Col. Jorge Gonzalez.
The airline refused comment, on
the reports of explosions. Avianca
spokesperson Patricia Duarte said the
plane carried 101 passengers and a
crew of six and that all were killed.
Their nationalities were not immedi-
ately known.
No one on the ground was hurt,
spokespeople for Colombia's Civil
Defense teams said in radio inter-

Investigators had found no evi-
dence of a bomb, said Col. Edgar
Leal, chief of national police for the
state. He said the flight recorder had
not been found.
Flight 203 was bound for Cali,
about 190 miles southwest of Bo-
gota. Cali in the headquarters of one
of Colombia's biggest cocaine car-
tels and has been the site of frequent
bombings and other attacks since the
government declared war on drug
lords in August.

NEW DELHI, India (AP) - The
president dissolved Parliament
yesterday, leaving Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi and a caretaker gov-
ernment to see India through what
could be weeks of post-election
Gandhi's Congress Party had
overwhelming control of Parliament,
but voters in the world's most popu-
lous democracy took it away in three
days of elections that began Wednes-
day, and left the party far short of a
To retain power, Congress must
find partners for what would be the
first coalition government since In-
dia became independent of Britain in
The prime minister, who won a
landslide victory for the Congress
Party two months after the October
31, 1984, assassination of his
mother, Prime Minister Indira
Gandhi, was leading his own race for
re-election to Parliament.

Vote tabulations put Congress
ahead of any single opposition
group, but not far enough to govern
The party of Gandhi's grandfa-
ther, Jawaharlal Nehru, has been out
of power only once, for 29 months
that began after an election loss in
1977 to an alliance that later came
apart. The prime ministers during
those 29 months were Moraji Desai
and Charan Singh.
President Ramaswary
Venkataraman took the first step to-'
ward a coalition yesterday by dis-
solving Parliament, on the Cabinet's
recommendation. Parliament nor-.
mally is dissolved before elections,
but Indian law does not require it.
Growing opposition to Gandhi's
leadership was reported within his
"If Congress wants to win any-
thing, the prime minister must go,";
said Bhabani Sen Gupta, an indepen-
dent analyst.


Judge postpones
pollution trial

West unready for
East Bloc reforms

By Mike Sobel
Daily Staff Writer
A trial to determine if a local
*firm violated Department of Natural
Resources regulations and contami-
nated ground water was postponed
yesterday by Washtenaw County
Circuit Court Judge Patrick Conlin
in order to give the two sides a
chance to reach an out of court set-
The DNR case specifically cites
Ann Arbor's Gelman Sciences Inc.
with extensive pollution of ground-
water, surface water, and soil near its
Scio Township manufacturing plant,
located off Wagner Road between
Jackson and Liberty streets.
A 1988 lawsuit, filed by the
DNR, charges Gelman with permit-

ting the potentially carcinogenic
solvent, 1,4-dioxane, to leak into the
Gelman spokesperson Edward
Levitt said the company has DNR
discharge permits allowing them to
release low levels of the chemical.
He said the company never illegally
released any dioxane. The DNR's
demand for Gelman to restore the
site to pre-contamination levels is
unfair, Levitt said, because the cost
would be exorbitant and other parties
were involved.
"We feel we were not alone (in
causing the contamination)," Levitt
said. He refused to name any other
responsible parties or comment on
the terms of the negotiations be-
tween Gelman and the DNR.

by Ken Walker
Daily Staff Writer
For the past several weeks news-
papers have been filled with head-
lines of the historic democratic re-
forms sweeping through Eastern Eu-
rope. Stories like the breakdown of
the Berlin Wall, the creation of a
new government in Poland, and
protests in Czechoslovakia have sig-
naled the end of Soviet dominance in
Eastern Europe.
And while the Western media cel-
ebrates recent reforms in Eastern Eu-
rope, the political realities which
have shaped the world for the last 40
years are decaying - Western lead-
ers, however, are entirely unprepared
to respond.
Dr. A.F.K. Organski, political
science professor and research scien-
tist at the Center for Political Stud-
ies in the Institute for Social Re-
search, studies international relation-
ships like those between the East
and West. He offered several observa-
tions on recent events in Eastern Eu-
rope and the United States' ability to
deal with the resulting changes in
the international environment.
Organski was dismayed at the
surprise expressed by Western leaders

at recent developments in,
Czechoslovakia, Poland, and East
Germany. "In the past, East bloc
governments have been challenged
(by their citizens)," he said, "and
have only been saved by Soviet,
tanks. Gorbachev stated long ago
that he would not intervene militar-
ily in East European affairs."
Organski also commented on the
impacts of Reagan administration
policies upon the United States'
ability to react to the reforms in East
Europe. "It is tragic that this hap-
pened at a time when the restructur-
ing of the American economy is
based on deficit spending," Organski
The United States' large deficit
will hinder attempts to provide aid to
the new governments of Eastern Eu-
rope, who are looking for a "new
Marshall plan" - a large aid pack-
age for their new governments.
The American deficit will "force
the United States to call on her al-
lies, such as Japan, to support East
European reforms - and this is al-
ways a trade-off," Organski said.
President Bush will have to offer
American allies something in return
for their aid to the new European

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Lesbian and Gay Men's Rights
Organizing Committee - 7:30.
p.m. (7 to set agenda) in Union
Rm. 3100
Student Struggle for Soviet
Jewry - 6:30 p.m. at Hillel
The Yawp - The Undergraduate
English Association publication;
7 p.m. in 4000 A Union
Ann Arbor Coalition to De-
fend Abortion Rights - 5:15
for new member orientation; 5:30
for the general meeting; at the
Society of Minority Engineer-
ing Students - 6:30-8:30 p.m.
in 1500 EECS; Robert Swartz of
IBM speaks on "Success: The
Magic is Believing"
Michigan Student Assembly -
7:30 p.m. in 3909 Union
Project Outreach Informa-
tional Mass Meeting - 6 p.m.
in Angell Aud. A
Iranian Student Cultural Club
- a non-political group; 7:30
p.m. in room C at the League
Time and Relative Dimensions
- 8 p.m. in 2439 Mason Hall
Students Concerned About
Animal Rights - 7 p.m. in East
Quad Rm. 124
German Club - 6 p.m. in MLB
"Faces of Power: The Portraits
of Alexander the Great, 336-323
BC" - Andrew Stewart of UC
Berkeley; 8 p.m. in the Rackham
Amphitheatre (4th floor); recep-
tion follows
"The Issue of Anthropology
and History" - brown-bag
lunch with Tom Zuidema
(Anthro.) and Sally Humphreys
(Hist.); noon in 1524 Rackham
"Laser Ionization Spec-
troscopy" - Dr. Ho-ming Pang
of Iowa State U; 4 p.m. in Chem.

"Black Nationalism in the
'90s" - Dr. Amen Rahh speaks
at 7:30 in Hale Aud.
Black Perspectives - an edit-
ing/assignment session at 7 p.m.
in 611 Church St. Computer Cen-
MMTA Student Chapter
'Recital - 8 p.m. in the School
of Music's Recital Hall
Registration for leadership
conference - The Sixth Annual
Leadership Conference will hold
registration through Dec. 20; fee
of $12; at the Student Organiza-
tion Development Center
Northwalk - North campus
night-time walking service, Rm.
2333 Bursley; 8 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
or call 763-WALK
Safewalk - the night-time walk-
ing service is open seven days a
week from 8pm-1:30am; 936-
Free Tutoring - for all lower-
level science, math and engineer-
ing classes; 7-11 p.m. in UGLi
Rm. 307; and 7-11 p.m. in Dow
Bldg. Mezzanine
ECB peer writing tutors -
available at Angell-Haven and 611
Computing Centers from 7 to 11
p.m.; Sunday through Thursday
Coast to Coast: Women of
Color National Artists' Book
Project - features artists' books
of more than 200 American
Women of Color; in the Slusser
Gallery; 10a.m.-5 p.m.
Women of Courage: An Exhibi-
tion of Photographs by Judith
Sedwick - portraits of 55 Black
American women; Grad. Library
North Lobby; 8am-5pm
Arpilleras from Peru and Chile
- distinctive fabric wall-hangings
by women from Latin America;
Residential College; 1-5 p.m.
Photo exhibit on racial vio-

Drop a nickel AMY F'""M^N/Da"y
Chad Cohen, of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, collects money for the
Salvation Army on State Street.

Michigan fans psyched for Rose Bowl trip

by Laura Cohn
Although winter is almost here, Michigan
fans are again stopping to smell the roses around
Ann Arbor.
The Michigan football team will face the
University of Southern California in the 76th
Rose Bowl January 1, at 5 p.m. in Pasadena.
Many fans are eager to attend the game, which
falls over Michigan's Christmas break.
And some Michigan fans were prepared for the
victory over the Buckeyes.
LSA senior Jeff Robinson and his father were
counting on the victory. They made arrangements
with a travel agent before the Michigan-Ohio
State game to automatically purchase Rose Bowl
tickets and plane tickets should Michigan win.
Robinson said those arrangements were possible
since his father is a season-ticket holder and he is
a student.
"I went to the Rose Bowl my first year here,
and now, since it's my senior year, I figure it's
my last chance to go to the Rose Bowl as a stu-
dent here. I'm very excited," said Robinson.
Some lucky students, like Michigan marching

band member and engineering junior, Todd
Webb, will have a free ride to the Rose Bowl this
"I went last year, too, and it was pretty incred-
ible. It's probably the toughest trip for the band
because we have so many performances," said
Other students going to the Rose Bowl will
be staying with friends, such as San Francisco
native and LSA junior Jennifer Rose.
"This is my first Rose Bowl. I live in Cali-
fornia, but Pasadena is about seven hours away. I
plan to go with a few friends, and I can't wait,"
Rose said.
But how can students without connections get
out to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl?
The University is offering an Official Tour
package from $895 which includes airfare, ac-
commodations, a concertdbytheMichigan
Marching Band, Big Ten dinner, game ticket,
Rose Bowl parade seats, and a box lunch. Stu-
dents can receive additional information by call-
ing the Union (764-2498) or the Alumni Center

Local travel agents traditionally provide spe-
cial Rose Bowl packages to both students and all
Michigan fans, including air fare, lodging, game
tickets, and Rose Bowl parade seats.
Regency Travel, for instance, offers a package
for about $800.
Boersma Travel offers similar packages as
well as just plane tickets to Pasadena for Decem-
ber 29 to January 3. Nevertheless, Cheryl Ander-
son, assistant to Boersma Travel's president, said
she does not plan to attend the Rose Bowl.
"I think it would be a blast to go, but I'M
just trying to help others make their own arm
rangements," said Anderson.
Other local travel agencies such as Tiger
Travel and Elliott Travel and Tours Inc. offer
similar deals.
Rose Bowl tickets will be on sale for $43=
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday
at the Athletic Department Ticket Office, south'
of Hoover and State Street. These are available
for students, faculty and staff. Tickets must be
picked up December 31 in Pasadena at the Rose

Mich. nuclear dump may be unnecessary

- Michigan officials building a ra-
dioactive waste dump they don't
want had renewed hope yesterday for
a Congressional rescue. Their bea-
con: a federal report that says more
dumps are planned than the nation
"I've been saying since I got this
job that there are too many facilities
being planned," said James Cleary in
Lansing yesterday. As Commis-
sioner of the Michigan Low-Level
Radioactive Waste Authority, Cleary

In a report released last week,
Congress' Office of Technology
Assessment concludes the 12 to 15
sites are more dumps than the nation
needs. Dramatic reductions in the
amount of low-level radioactive
waste produced by nuclear power
plants and industries would turn
these excess facilities into expensive
burdens, the agency predicts.
Cleary, Michigan lawmakers and
others have argued the same point
for some time.
"We know on the face of it there

take on the radioactive disposal needs
of a nation.
"That's the big controversy,"
Cleary said. "Congress has been rec-
ognizing there are too many facili-
ties and they've bee leaving it up to
the governors."
"Frankly, I don't think any of the
governors are in a position to do
that. I don't think there's a governor
in the nation who would take the ra-
dioactive waste of 15 states," he
Beal agreed. "If it will happen, it

of Energy to make sure the various
state compacts work together in lim-
iting the number of dumps. "I don't
think legislation would be necessary
to accomplish this task," Kraushaar
Michigan, a member of the:
seven-state Midwest Interstate Low-
Level Radioactive Waste Commis-
sion, is in the midst of examining
three potential sites for the com-
pact's $300 million disposal facility.:
Though the other compact states
seem satisfied In let Michigan carry

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