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would make education funding 10
Percent of the general fund budget,
-which was estimated at about $7.5
'billion, up about 4.6 percent from
the current year.
According to Senate Republicans,
.the proposal would mean $750 mil-
.lion in general fund money for
kindergarten-through-12th grade
,schools, $233 million for commu-
,nity colleges, and $1.255 billion for
-higher education. Republicans said
the increase could be funded by nor-
mal growth in the general fund.
Currently, the $7.3 billion gen-
eral fund budget includes about $688
tnillion for school aid, $212.5 mil-
ion for community colleges, and
$,1.196 billion for higher education.
DeGrow said schools would actu-
,a ly get about a 12 percent increase
in general fund money under the Se-
pate proposal. But because sales tax
nd lottery revenues are slumping,
and Social Security and retirement
costs are up, the net increase would
be 5 percent, he said.

Keeping fit
Jen Corbet, a graduate student in the School of Natural Resources, works out on a rowing ergometer at the CCRB.

Police parole man who burned son

BUENA PARK, Calif. (AP) -
David Rothenburg will never forgive
his father for setting him on fire,
saying yesterday's release of the man
who disfigured him leaves him terri-
,-ficd despite unprecedented measures
'to keep the felon away.
"I would like them to keep him
in jail for the rest of his life," David.
..3, told reporters 15 hours after
Charles Rothenberg, 49, was re-
leased from prison.
!, "Obviously, he (David) is very
concerned and he has every reason to
be," State Department of Corrections
spokesperson Tipton Kindel said in
Said David, whose face bears se-

vere scars from the burning as well
as from repeated skin graft surgery
and whose fingers have been ampu-
tated to the first joint, "I want it
known nationally that I don't ever
want to see my father again. I want
to make it clear to him."
"I think he's a sick man. I can't
see why he did this to his own son,"
said the boy, who was 6 years old
when his father set him on fire in a
Buena Park motel room in 1983.
David lives in Orange County
with his mothet-Marie, and stepfa-
ther, Buena Park police Lt. Richard
Hafdahl, who helped investigate the
Charles Rothenburg is "under the

most restrictive parole ever for a
California parolee," said Hafdahl.
"He will be accompanied by a parole
officer 24 hours a day. We want to
make sure that he is where he is
supposed to be and that he has no
opportunity to come into contact
with his son."
When released, Charles Rothen-
burg was wearing an electronic leash
to monitor his movements during
three years' probation.
Rothenburg's parole will cost
California taxpayers $18,000 a
Rothenburg set fire to his son
after a telephone argument in which
his estranged wife said he would not

be able to see David again.
Rothenburg had taken the boy on
a holiday to Southern California
from New York, where the boy was
living with his mother.
"If I can't have him, nobody else
can," Rothenberg said when arrested
six days later. Wearing a lapel pin
reading "Kids are the nicest people,"
he told arresting officers he was go-
ing to kill himself but was too
much of a coward.
Rothenberg was convicted of at-
tempted murder, arson and other
charges and got the maximum
penalty, a 13-year prison term. The
sentence was cut in half because of
good behavior.

Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Bush may send Panama $1B
WASHINGTON - President Bush is preparing to propose an aid pro-
gram for Panama totaling more than $1 billion to help the country re-
cover from recent warfare and long years of corrupt military rule, a U.S.
official said yesterday night.
Congressional leaders were briefed on the program yesterday and a for-
mal announcement is expected today, said the official, asking not to be
About half the program will be in cash and the remainder in credits,
the official said.
Aside from development aid, the program will include loan guarantees
and programs to encourage investment, he said.
The administration hopes that other countries experience in foreign aid,
including Japan and Western European countries, will follow the U.S.
lead and make contributions of their own.
Sen. criticizes Clean Air Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Carl Levin (D.-Mich.) campaigned
yesterday to change provisions in pending clean-air legislation that he said
could add up to $2,000 to new cars' costs while only slightly reducing
As the Senate continued debate on an updated Clean Air Act, Levin
lobbied colleagues to delete automobile tailpipe emission limits that ex-
ceed those requested by President Bush.
In a floor speech, the Detroit democrat also called for deletion of provi-
sions to tughen fuel-economy requirements in new cars, saying they
would be part of separate legislation dealing with global warming.
"We should not require wasteful steps that could cost American con-
sumers billions of dollars and seriously weaken an important industry in
this country," Levin said.
He and Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.) are leading the effort to soften the
bill's impact on the automobile industry.
Dow Jones drops 60 points
NEW YORK - Interest rate worries took a further toll on the stock
market yesterday, sending prices broadly lower in heavy trading despite
bargain hunting and program buying.
The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 60 points at the
opening after traders learned overnight of a sharp decline in the Tokyo
stock market - which itself has been unsettled by rising interest rates in
The Dow Jones average recovered ground as the session wore on and
bargain hunters and program traders moved into the market. But the index
still closed with a deficit of 10.82, ending at 2,604.50 and extending its
slide over the last three weeks to more than 205 points.
Declining issues swamped advancers in nationwide trading of New
York Stock Exchange-listed stocks, with 384 rising, 1,207 falling and
399 unchanged. In the early going, losers held a 16 to 1 advantage over
Family learns fate of WWII
gunner 47 years after crash
CENTER LINE - The dense mountain jungles of Papua New Guinea
have yielded the body of Staff Sgt. Walter Szeliga, 47 years after the
bomber carrying him and nine crewmates crashed during World War II.
The B-24 Liberator bomber was reported missing Dec. 20, 1942, dur-
ing a reconnaissance mission over Japanese-held territory in the South
Pacific's Solomon Islands. Szeliga, a turret gunner, and his crewmates
were pronounced dead in 1943, although the plane wasn't officially
declared lost until 1949.
But it wasn't until Monday that the U.S. Army Mortuary Affairs
Section telephoned Stella Mazoliec to tell her that pieces of the plane had
been found and all 10 crewmen, including her brother, had been identified.
"One report said he crashed in the ocean, but we always thought he
was alive," said Mrs. Mazoliec, of Center Line.
"Our mother Catherine never gave up hope. When she died in 1973,
she still believed that Walter would come home some day. It's good to
know now that he will," she said.
Pear-shaped people, rejoice;
you're healthier than apples
BOSTON - It's healthier to be shaped like a pear than an apple, and
now experts believe they know why: Cholesterol levels are closely linked
with where people carry their fat.
Researchers have long noticed that folks with fat posteriors tend td

have healther hearts than those with big guts, but the reason for this wa$
A new study offers a possible explanation. It shows that people with
beefy hips and trim waists have higher levels of a protective form of
cholesterol called HDL than do those with potbellies and small behinds.
"When patients come in, we advise them to lose weight," said Dr,
Richard Ostlund. "This paper suggests that more important than that i$
how the fat is distributed."
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One source said that the targeting
of five areas in the war against drugs
this year will not mean more money
for local governments.
Those governments "won't see
Any checks," said the source. "What
they will see is increased awareness
and cooperation from the feds and
that type of thing. The money is go-
ing to the feds for them to increase
their efforts - to highlight their
presence in those areas."
The federal anti-drug effort will
also target regions surrounding des-
ignated cities, the source said.

"If we're successful, we would
anticipate that these spots will
move," the source said. "As the em-
phasis increases on the Southwest
border, (the drug traffickers) will go
toward Louisiana or inland, or to
Canada and come down. We'll have
to monitor it to see what happens
the second time around."
The updated strategy also will
propose a broadening of federal drug
crimes for which the death penalty
can be imposed, in line with changes
Bush said last year that he wanted to

Romanians protest
provisional government

January 25
7:30 PM
Pond Room
Michigan Union

Mass Meeting

- Hundreds of protesters broke
through lines of police and soldiers
yesterday and surged toward govern-
ment headquarters, demanding the
leadership resign and accusing it of
being a front for Communist rule.
The crowd of about 1,000 people
at Victory Square pushed through
two lines of unarmed police and tien
through a line of armed soldiers,
who took no strong action to hold
them back.
The army moved in tanks very
slowly, and the crowd retreated, still
chanting "Communists in disguise!"
and "Elections without the Front!"-
a reference to the National Salvation
Front's plans to participate in elec-
tions May 20.
The Front, which has been gov-
erning Romania since dictator Nico-
lae Ceausescu was ousted Dec. 22,
had said it would not run candidates
in the election. On Tuesday, how-
ever, it reversed itself.
Opponents have accused some
Front members who served under
Ceausescu of being sympathetic to
the Communists, and they fear the
Front will put the Communist Party
in power again. Hours before the
rally, the largest opposition party,
the National Peasant Party, called on
the Front to resign.
"The National Salvation Front
must resign today as it can't be both
a referee and a player," the party said

in a communique read by party leader
Corneliu Coposu.
Some Peasant Party members left
their headquarters after the commu-
nique was read and joined a small
demonstration under way at a nearby.
The demonstration picked up
supporters as marches wound
through Bucharest's icy streets,
sapping at the major sites of the
revolution and finally coming to
Victory Square.
The protesters singled out Presi-
dent Ion Iliescu, who heads the
Front, shouting: "Down with Ili-
"If Iliescu wanted to gain power,
he should have gotten signatures on
petitions and formed a party," said
one protester, engineer Adrian Mi-
The Peasant Party accused the
Front of trying to steal victory from
the young people and others who
fought Communism and Ceausescu.
"They are making us believe that
they want to put the Communists in
. power again, even worse than
Ceausescu-ism. Only the words are
different," party vice president Ion
Puiu said in an interview.
Puiu said the communique would
be circulated to all the traditional
parties - the National Liberation
Party, the Social Democratic Party,
and the Green Party - for com-
ments and additions to demonstrate
"anti-communist solidarity."




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