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House simplifies
voter registration
Bill requires Senate approval

Washington (AP) - The House
passed legislation yesterday making
it easier for Americans to register to
vote by establishing automatic regis-
tration for people obtaining drivers'
licenses and procedures to register by
Originally sculpted as a biparti-
san measure, a party-line dispute
erupted last week after the Bush ad-
ministration objected that the legis-
lation would increase the risk of
voter fraud and prove expensive for
states to implement. But majority
Democrats were joined by Republi-
cans who bucked their leader and the
measure was approved 289-132.

Minutes earlier, the chamber de-
feated on a 291-129 vote a Republi-
can leadership alternative offered by
Rep. Pat Roberts, (R-Kansas), mak-
ing the new procedures voluntary and
providing $120 million to help
states boost their voter registration
The measure must still be con-
sidered by the Senate.
"Our campaigns are too long;
they're too expensive; they alienate
potential voters," said House Minor-
ity Leader Bob Michel, (R-Illinois).
"If you want more people to
vote, then we should run more stim-
ulating and competitive campaigns."

Count me in
Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young announces Monday night that he
will seek the Democratic nomination for governor of Georgia.
Students improve
m1 ath scores on test

L.A. students lose
traditional breaks

Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Romanian President Iliescu
will run in spring elections
BUCHAREST, Romania - Interim President Ion Iliescu registered
the former ruling National Salvation Front yesterday to run in the May 20
elections, and a top aide said Iliescu will be its presidential candidate.
The Front, unelected and ruling by decree since Communist Dictator
Nicolae Ceausescu was toppled and executed in December, is considered
the front-runner in the race against 29 political parties.
"Our candidate for president will be Mr. Iliescu, that's for sure. That's
what everyone wants," said Dan Radulescu, chief of the Front's commis-
sion for press and public relations.
Interim Prime Minister Petre Roman said in an interview for U.S.
television that he too wanted Iliescu, a former Communist official who
fell out with Ceausescu, to run for president.
Roman said he would not campaign to be prime minister but would.
probably accept the post under certain conditions.
South African government
delays Mandela's release
PAARL, South Africa - The government is delaying the release of
Nelson Mandela to deal with his political demands and that could jeopar-
dize its peace initiative, an activist said yesterday after conferring with
The Rev..Allan Boesak said Mandela wants the government to lift the
state of emergency and free all political prisoners, including those con-
victed of violent acts, but would accept freedom whether or not these de-
mands are met.
"His release is not in his own hands," Boesak said. "It is the responsi-
bility of the South African government to release him."
If his demands aren't met, Mandela would still agree to leave prison;
"but he will state his unhappiness with the government," said Boesak,
who is president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches.
Lawyer argues against ban
on state-funded abortions
DETROIT - A law banning state-funded abortions discriminates
against poor women, a lawyer argued yesterday in a case stemming from
the abortion request of an impoverished teen who got pregnant when she
was gang raped.
"This law makes it impossible for pregnant indigent women to exer-
cise a constitutional right," said Elizabeth Geicher, representative of the
American Civil Liberties Union in the Michigan Court of Appeals.
"We're asking the court to recognize an attempt to create an unsurmount-
able economic hurdle for poor women."
The 15-year-old who prompted the case, Jane Doe vs. the state De-
partment of Social Services had an abortion last year using some of the
thousands of dollars in private contributions from across the country, Ge-
icher said.
Legalization is pending that would allow poor women to obtain abor-
tions if they were victims of rape or incest or have Aids.




LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A
new emphasis on math in Michigan
schools resulted in slightly higher
test grades, but students still are
struggling to understand and apply
what they read, state education offi-
cials said yesterday.
Officials released results of the
Michigan Education Assessment
Program for the school year, but
cautioned that because of changes in
the reading and science tests, com-
parisons to previous years are diffi-
Scores on the math test, which
remained the same, rose between 1
and 2 percentage points for all stu-
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dents tested last fall compared with
Donald L. Bemis, state superin-
tendent of schools, attributed im-
proved scores to a new emphasis on
"Teachers are working harder, the
objectives are clearer and there is bet-
ter support from the business com-
munity," said Bemis, who released
the results during stops yesterday in
Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids.
Fourth-graders did best, while
high school sophomores trailed in
the reading test.

noons at the beach, jobs and summer
loves will have to be squeezed into
the schedule of Los Angeles public
school students as the traditional
three-month vacation becomes a
thing of the past.
Beginning in July 1991, all 646
schools in the Los Angeles Unified
School District will go on a year-
round schedule; 102 Los Angeles
schools already operate year-round.
The plan will about double the
number of U.S. schools on year-
round schedules and provide an impe-
tus for other districts to adopt such
plans, proponents said.
"It will put increasing pressure
on other city districts to re-evaluate
the wisdom of remaining on an agri-
culturally based calender," said
Charles Ballinger, executive director
of the National Council on Year-
Round Education in San Diego.
Approved by a 4-3 school board
vote Monday,it is intended to ease
severe school overcrowding in the
594, 802-student Los Angeles dis-
trict, second in size only to New
York City's district.
For 10th-grader Michelle Smith,

the new schedule will cut into her
traditional summer plans and social
"I don't like it because all my
friends go to private school and they
don't have year-round school. So I
can't be with them," she said. "I also
won't be able to go to summer
camp, which is all summer long."
But Sarah Ponce, another 10th-
grader, said she's keeping an open
"I'd be willing to try it. It's a
new experience. Maybe I'd be able to
do different things, like over the
winter,"she said. "Maybe it would
conflict with a lot of things. But I
could probably work around it."
What most concerns many par-
ents and students is the year-round
schedule's overlapping "track" sys-
tem of enrollment, in which different
blocks of students begin the year at
different times and have different va-
Allsstudents will have shorter
summer vacations and longer winter
vacations. Most students will have
the same number of days off as be-
fore, but some will have to go a
week or two extra.




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and it was removed with no debate.
The lone dissenting vote came
from Senator John Cherry (D-Clio)
after the panel rejected by one vote
his attempt to make a girl's parents
financially responsible for raising
her child if they refuse an abortion.
"I think if I'm going to be given
the right in statute to that consent, I
ought to also be given the financial
responsibility of that choice," he
Such a provision could discrimi-
nate against lower income people,
Dillingham said.
"We almost create a scenario
where for some people it would be
almost strictly a financial decision
and that is certainly not consistent
with the intent of the act," he said.

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Baker discussed the situation with
French Foreign Minister Roland
Dumas during a refueling stop in
Shannon, Ireland, and then flew here
for talks with leaders of Czechoslo-
vakia's revolution.
Baker met with Vaclav Havel, the
dissident playwright who was ele-
vated to the presidency with the dis-
integration of the Communist Party
in December, and separately with
Roman Catholic Cardinal Frantisek
Tomasek and leaders of the Civil Fo-
rum, the pro-democracy group that
toppled the hardliners.

Stamp prices may rise in '91'
WASHINGTON - It looks as if it'll cost a nickel more to mail a
letter next year.
The increase, which would be the first since 1988 and the largest ever,
will be before the Postal Service Board of Governors when it meets March
6. If things follow their normal course, rates will go up in February
1991-11 months after the process begins.
There have been proposals to raise the first-class rate somewhere
between 28 and 32 cents for the first ounce, but Postmaster General
Anthony Frank sees 30 as the most likely.
And he doesn't expect the raise to play well.
Noting that a five-cent increase would be a 20 percent raise,
substantially above the 14 percent that consumer prices have risen since
the last rate hike, Frank said recently that he was "committed to paying
back to the American people that six percent" difference.
Court reveals smelly verdict
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The nose knows without any help from the
legal system, but a grand jury report tells residents what they know al-
Jacksonville smells.
The grand jury issued a report June 14, 1988, but it had been sealed as
two paper mills and two chemical plants criticized in the report challenged
it in court. The four companies say they have taken expensive steps to
eliminate smelly emissions.
"I don't think we need a grand jury to tell us Jacksonville smells," said
Dick Kennedy, a frequent critic of the city's pollution policies.
"I don't think anybody should be put out of business, but I think they
should stay out of court and spend their money cleaning up the air," said
Kennedy, who said he lives downwind form the two paper mills.
After months of court challenges, Chief Circuit Judge John Santora
ordered the report released Monday evening.
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