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WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Energy Department improperly used
private contractors to write congres-
sional testimony for Energy Secre-
tary James D. Watkins and to review
security clearances, the General Ac-
counting Office said yesterday.
The GAO, an arm of the
Congress that acts as the govern-
ment's auditor, also ruled that the
Environmental Protection Agency
improperly used a contractor to run a
telephone hotline to answer ques-
tions from the public about the
agency's Superfund program of
cleaning up the worst hazardous
The contracts in these cases
should be modified or terminated, the
GAO said, "to ensure that these in-
herently governmental functions are
not performed by contractors."
"The GAO's decision is confir-
mation that something has gone
very wrong when government offi-
cials are no more than mouthpieces
or rubber stamps for testimony,
rules and decisions prepared by pri-
vate contractors," said Sen. David
Pryorm (D-Ark.), who had asked
GAO to review the contracts.
Pryor chairs the federal services
subcommittee of the Governmental
Affairs Committee and has been a
longtime critic of federal agencies'
reliance on contractors.
Nothing like the Incredible Hulk...
Washtenaw Community College student Art Johnson spends his Sunday night catching up on extracurricular
reading in the study lounge of the Michigan Union.
Indian troops kill 21 Moslems
JAMMU, India (AP) - Troops
battled mobs of Moslem separatists
in the Kashmir city of Srinagar over
the weekend, and at least 21 people
were killed and 100 wounded before
the fighting subsided last night, po-
Fifteen demonstrators were shot
and killed yesterday, while six were
fatally wounded late Saturday night,
according to Mohammad Nomani,
inspector general of Srinager police.
Militants defied a curfew and contin-
ued trading intermittent shots with
government forces yesterday, offi-
Witnesses, speaking on condition
of anonymity, said the death toll was
at least 30, but that figure could not
"The situation is tense and dan-
gerous," the state's chief secretary,
Moosa Raza, said in Jammu.
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ing. Calling the parking structures
"welfare" and a "subsidy" for mer-
chants, she demanded that the coun-
cil put the housing issue at the top
of their agenda.
Dresser called the experiences of
Ann Arbor's homeless a "tax on
While some council members
said they sympathized with situation
of the homeless and commended
their courage, others said the prob-
lem was not the responsibility of the
"I don't feel the city should be in
the housing business," said coun-
cilmember Jerry Schleicher,(R-
Councilmember Terry Martin (R-
Second Ward) said she believed low-
income housing was the county's re-
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Other observers of the demonstra-
tion expressed varying opinions
about the demonstration.
"I don't know what good it's go-
ing to do after the fact. Why are they
demonstrating now, when there's re-
ally nothing they can do about it?"
asked Megan Smith, an LSA first-
"I think it represents the di-
chotomy between the looney left and
the basic quiet conservative student
majority," said LSA senior Yoel
Political science graduate student
Jeff Hint said, "The rally is an im-
portant example that at least some
Americans believe the U.S. should
not use violent force."
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Krenz expelled from party
WEST BERLIN - East Germany's Communist Party yesterday ex-
pelled Egon Krenz, the ousted leader who opened the Berlin Wall, and lost
its popular No. 2 official in a resignation that could cripple the already
The Communists offered the opposition "co-responsibility" in the
government until May elections, abolished their clasped-hands emblem
and offered to change their party's name.
Also yesterday, the government threw former Parliament speaker Horst
Sindermann into prison along with two other former members of the
now-disgraced leadership, and it opened a criminal probe of the Commu-
nist finance minister on charges of graft.
Wolfgang Berghofer, a reformer who was the Communist Party's
deputy chairman, resigned along with 39 other prominent members , the
official news agency ADN said.
Berghofer's desertion is expected to spark a further mass exodus from
Tanker hits reef, spills fuel
JUNEAU, Alaska - A tanker carrying mixed fuels ran aground in a
narrow channel of water between offshore islands, spilling between
20,000 and 35,000 gallons of gasoline, the Coast Guard said.
The M.V. Frank H. Brown slammed into Burnt Island reef about 18
miles south of Petersburg in southeastern Alaska around 8 p.m. Saturday,
said Lt. Rick Janelle in Juneau. One tank containing up to 43,000 gallons
of gasoline was ruptured but the leak was stopped by about 10 p.m.,
Ed Moreth, another Coast Guard spokesman, said the vessel refloated
itself in the Wrangell Narrows, as the body of water is called, about 8:30
This is the second major tanker accident in Alaska waters in the past
10 months, although it was far less serious than the previous one in
which the tanker Exxon Valdez released nearly 11 million gallons of crude
oil into the waters.
Fetal protection rule at GM
stirs women's rights lawsuit
DETROIT- General Motors Corp.'s policy of banning fertile women
from jobs that could harm a fetus has put the company in the middle of
national debates over fetal protection vs. women's rights, say legal ex-
At issue is Pat Grant's struggle to keep her iron-pouring job at GM's
Central Foundry Division in Defiance, about 60 miles southwest of
Toledo, Ohio. The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is to hear the
case in March.
Opponents of mandatory fetal-protection policies contend the policies
are efforts to shield companies from liability, and treat all women as
potentially pregnant and unable to control contraception.
In 1983, Grant's foreman asked her if she could bear children and
she said she could. Grant was then transfered from her $9.95-per-hour job
to another one at roughly the same pay. She sued, alleging she was the
victim of sexual discrimination.
Chicago churches closing
CHICAGO - Thousands of Roman Catholics in the nation's second
largest archdiocese learned last night that their churches and schools will
be closed to ease what officials called financial squeeze.
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin said in a letter read at weekend services that
approximately 30 churches and 10 schools will be closed by mid-1991
because of the "new circumstances in which we find ourselves." He
referred to deficit spending which forced the archdiocese to borrow from
commercial banks for the first time in its 110-year history.
He later said "the real heart" of the financial rescue plan is a proposal
to raise revenue through increased collections in churches and higher fees
at archdiocese schools.
"These changes in no way reflect a retreat from or an abandonment of
our mission. Instead they are a reaffirmation... of our commitment to
quality pastoral care for the entire faith community," he said.
Another Sam Bernstein?
Asked why he was watching the Panama protest last Friday (see story
p. 1), Michigan Student Assembly President Aaron Williams said, "If
someone were arrested, I'm here to make sure that all rights are fully
After the protest, the Daily learned Williams quickly flew to Soviet
Azerbaijanis to watch the weekend's fighting. When the esteemed foreign
dignitary was asked by Tass why he was on hand, he replied, "If someone
were arrested, I'm here to make sure that all rights are fully protected."
At this point we spotted a trend. A quick review of events from the
past year found that Williams, on the scene in Romania, Panama,
Angola, the Zsa Zsa Gabor trial, and even a Boston Bruins hockey game
was always there because "If someone were arrested, I'm here to make sure
that all rights are fully protected."
This went back for years and years, in fact the first known reference to
Williams is in the book of Genesis. "In the beginning God created Heaven
and Earth. Aaron (they didn't use last names back then) said If someone
were arrested, I'm here to make sure that all rights are fully protected."
-New Daily Historian Tina Yothers
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Again emphasizing the theme of
democracy and human rights, Jack-
son discussed the women's and civil
rights movements as successes
which affirmed "the best of human-
ity." He said recent Supreme Court
decisions restricting the rights of
women and minorities must be chal-
Jackson expressed a "growing
sense of agony" about how Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is cele-
brated. Children are being taught an
"effeminate, less thandcourageous
version" of King, he said.
"(King) didn't just dream; by his
actions, he changed the law," he
said. "It becomes our job to fulfill
and expand the law."
He also called for an escalation of
the war on drugs and poverty, and
criticized the U.S. invasion of
Panama. "The U.S. invested more
money fighting Noriega than on the
drug war," he said.
In closing, Jackson encouraged
the audience to leave "with the noble
ambition of having peace in this
world and justice in our nation."
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have control over CSJ in a disci-
plinary action, but since the appeal
was a civil action, CSJ would have
the final decision on the matter. "It
would be setting some sort of prece-
dent (if they intervened)," she said.
Pres. Duderstadt said he contacted
MSA members, and wished to pro-
ceed informally, helping to
"facilitate the student government's
ability to resolve the problem on its
own, rather than have the administra-
tion get involved."
Baker then withdrew his motion,
but asked Duderstadt to continue his
informal investigation and report to
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