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FLINT (AP) - Phil Donahue's
boisterous audience took turns blast-
ing the General Motors Corp. and
filmmaker Michael Moore yesterday
as they talked about the quirky doc-
umentary, Roger and Me.
About 2,000 people jammed
Whiting Auditorium for a segment
of Donahue's nationally syndicated
show that was devoted to Moore's
The crowd included auto workers,
who accused GM of sending Ameri-
can jobs overseas, and Flint boosters
who said Moore's movie made con-
ditions in Flint look worse than they
"You showed the slummiest ar-
eas," one woman told Moore.
Roger and Me purports to depict
what happened to Flint when GM
shut down factories in the commu-
nity, idling 30,000 workers over
In the film, Moore pursues GM
Chairman Roger Smith to ask him
to come to Flint to see what GM's
layoffs have done to the city.
The documentary, made for
$260,000 and released nationwide by
Warner Brothers this month, has
won several awards and is being
touted as a possible Academy Award
winner in the best documentary cate-
gory. But Moore has come under fire
by some film critics for misrepre-
senting some time sequences, such
as the span during which layoffs oc-
Moore, a Flint native, said the
message of the movie was that "after
10 years of Reagan and Bush, it's
not morning in America for us.
We're all working harder for less."
"The American dream used to be
you work hard, the company pros-
pers, you prosper. Now, you work
hard, the company prospers, you
lose your job," he said.
GM critics accused Smith of
earning millions for himself, while
workers were losing their jobs.
"While Roger Smith was pocketing
this money we were standing in line
'for moldy cheese," said one woman.
The show was shown live to
about 40 cities and will be shown
today in more than 150 others.
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Nurses will have access to
money allocated for outside activities
that enrich a nurse's professional de-
velopment. Information officer for
the UM medical center Toni Shears
said the funds will help support
classes and other forms of advanced
ENurses will receive financial
bonuses for working some weekend]
President Bush signs copies of the fiscal year 1991 budget for members of Congress yesterday, as an
unenthusiastic Millie naps at left.
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percent boost in overall spending -
more than a percentage point below
the current rate of inflation.
Bush proposed defense spending
of $292.1 billion, a cut of 2 percent
measured against inflation, while
boosting foreign aid to Eastern Eu-
rope, the Philippines, and Latin
On the domestic front, his budget
would leave in place the Social Se-
curity tax increase that took effect
earlier this month. But it honors
Bush's 1988 campaign pledge to
propose no general tax increase.
Still, the budget recommends
$15.6 billion in lesser tax increases
and $5.6 billion increase in user and
service fees - most of them recy-
cled from Reagan budgets previously
defeated in Congress.
The budget calls for "family sav-
ings" accounts under which families
could bank up to $5,000 a year and
pay no tax on interest on deposits
held for seven or more years.
"With an eye toward future
growth, and expansion of the human
frontier, the budget's chief emphasis
is on investment in the future,"
Bush said in a brief message to
Congress accompanying the 1,569-
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to do so, the savings are not
usually accrued until years later.
The plan, far less extensive than
the 86 closings and five realign-
ments that Congress adopted last
year from a federally mandated com-
mission, calls for closing a signifi-
cant number of facilities in Califor-
Among the candidates for
closure are Fort Ord, Alameda
Naval Aviation Depot and Naval
Air Station, Long Beach Naval
Shipyard. Moffett Field Naval Air
Station and Oakland Naval Supply
Center in California.
Asked whether politics
influenced the choices on the
closing list, which largely targets
bases in the districts of liberal
Democrats on Capitol Hill, Cheney
said the charge "wasn't a valid one."
"I did not assemble this list. The
list was complied by the services,"
said Cheney, who smiled at sugges-
tions that the services may have
been political in their choices.
Other Cheney proposals include
deactivation of the 2nd Armored Di-
vision at Fort Hood, which would
involve the loss of 12,000 troops.
Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) rushed
into action to try to work out a deal
to save the division.
"We worked out an agreement
that if we are able to successfully
negotiate round one of the conven-
tional disarmament agreement with
the Soviets, that would bring home
21,600 Army personnel from Eu-
rope, and the first 12,000 of those
would go to Fort Hood," Gramm
said in Texas.
He added, "The Army is looking
at a reduction of 135,000 men in
uniform. There's no way you can
do that without affecting us. We
want to minimize that effect."
'I understand the
faced with, but it's
absolutely vital that
Congress have the
guts to make the
right decisions as we
go through this
period of time.,
- Dick Cheney
The overseas bases where the
U.S. would end its operations or re-
align forces include seven in
Europe, six in Asia, and a Naval
Air Station in Bermuda. Of the 14,
all would be closed except the
Bermuda air station and the naval
communications station in the
Philippines, which would have
some forces shifted.
But Cheney's list is only a pro-
posal to study which bases should
be eliminated. Closing a base also
requires a lengthy series of environ-
mental impact statements which
often lead to delays.
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Honecker arrested for treason
EAST BERLIN - Erich Honecker, who ruled East Germany for 18
years until his downfall in October, is accused of leading the nation to the
brink of economic collapse through mismanagement and the misuse of
power for personal enrichment.
Erich Honecker, was released from a hospital yesterday and arrested
immediately to be tried for treason, said the national prosecutor.
The swift action against Honecker indicates the strength of a nation-
wide backlash against corruption in Honecker's Stalinist regime.
Economic problems and widespread unrest have forced Modrow, the
embattled Communist premier, to move the country's first free elections
up from May to March 18 and bring the opposition into an interim coali-
"The current government coalition is poving increasingly fragile,"
Modrow said. "Economic and social tensions have increased. The eco-
nomic situation is deteriorating in a worrying way."
'Robin HUD' pleads guilty
BALTIMORE - A real estate agent dubbed "Robin HUD" said yester-
day she tried to help as many poor people as she could before getting
caught for embezzling at least $4.75 million in housing funds from the
Marilyn Louise Harrell smiled throughout a hearing in U.S. District
Court, where she pleaded guilty to charges that she stole money from the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Harrell, who claims she gave millions to charity because she is a born-
again Christian, said she had decided to plead guilty as part of a plea
agreement because she did not want to spend taxpayers' money on a trial.
But prosecutors say they do not believe her story that she gave most of
the money to charity in the name of Christ. "My assertion that she has
been her own biggest charity will be fact" by April 20, the date she is to
be sentenced, U.S. Attorney Breckinridge Willcox said after yesterday's
Romanians rally behind gov't
BUCHAREST, Romania - The government accused opponents yes-
terday of attempting a coup and supporters rallied behind it, occupying the
offices of one opposition party and forcing the leader of another to flee in
an armored car.
More than 15,000 people rallied in Bucharest to support the self-ap
pointed government that took over when Communist dictator Nicolae
Ceausescu was deposed and executed last month. News media reported
similar demonstrations in several other cities, but gave no details.
In Bucharest, a pro-government rally formed around the building that
houses the Liberal Party headquarters and at the Peasants Party headquar-
"We won't leave until you dissolve the party!" demonstrators chanted
as they forced their way into Liberal headquarters. Peasants Party leader
Corneliu Coposu was evacuated from the building by soldiers in an ar-
No injuries were reported at either headquarters.
Soviet industries fall short
of Gorbachev's projections
MOSCOW - New government figures have confirmed that Soviet
shoppers already know: most industries in 1989 failed miserably at fulfill-
ing President Mikhail Gorbachev's promise of more consumer goods.
A diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity said what little in-
crease there was in consumer goods could be attributed to inflation, a
greater emphasis on producing alcohol, and imports from the West.
Bureaucrats' desperate move to import food, medicine, cosmetics, soap
and other consumer goods from the West to satisfy citizens fed up with
long lines for shoddy domestic goods led to a 24 percent increase in im-
ported from the West, Tass said yesterday.
But if authorities simply switch to a market economy, then "prices for
consumer goods must rise immediately a minimum of 40 percent with
sharp, undesirable consequences," said V.N. Kirichenko, chair of the gov-
ernment statistical commission.
shifts. While all registered nurses
must be on duty two weekends per
month, those who chose to work a
third weekend will receive an extra
three dollars per hour, and those who
work all four weekends will earn
four extra dollars an hour.
"From the feedback we got at
the ratification vote, people were
very pleased with what they read and
saw," Stoll said.
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LSA sophomore Lisa Truax also
objected. "It's unfair that I have to
take four classes and only get three
credits. I'll end up staying here
longer and paying more money."
Other students agreed with the
curriculum committee. "I think
that's fine for history and political
science," said LSA junior Jodi
Smith. "Credit should be based on
Another option being considered
is scrapping credits altogether and
switching to a 36 course requirement
The political science and history
departments, as well as the curricu-
lum committee support that option.
The LSA Executive Committee
tabled the course requirement option
by sending it to the LSA Planning
Committee on the Undergraduate
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program is being developed.
The WDEF virus was first no-
ticed in early December and was
prevalent by the end of Fall Term.
The virus's origin is unknown.
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Sabra Briere, a 17-year Ann Ar-
bor resident who led the petition
drive, said she wasn't surprised at the
outcome of the vote.
"(The referendum) is on the ballot
on its own merits," Briere said. "We
didn't need their support, but we be-
lieved they needed ours. Brier said
referendum opponents may suffer the
backlash in the April elections.
Briere added that she was confi-
dent the referendum would be passed
by voters. In 1988, 80 percent of
city residents voted "no" on Proposal
A - a state referendum designed to
end state-funded medicaid abortions.
Diana Hough, one of several
teenage women at last night's meet-
ing, said Jernigan didn't understand
problems facing teenagers.
"A lot of children are growing up
faster than they should, and they
have to deal with this problem with-
out any support," Hough said.
"Children should not have children."
Many have speculated that coun-
cil Republicans who are up for re-
election feared this referendum be-
cause it would result in a liberal
turnout. But councilmember Thomas
Richardson (R-Fifth Ward) said he
saw the issue as irrelevant to his
Say it ain't so
Former Olympic wunderkind
Mary Lou Retton defected to
Romania yesterday. Retton, who has
worked the last couple of years as a
taster in a pastry factory (see photo),
said she did it to marry her long-time
boyfriend, singer Richard Carpenter,
who defected to Romania in
December. Asked if she was excited
about the change in scenery, she
replied, "I'm super-charged!"
-by Alex Gordon
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