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Vol. C, No. 111

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, March 19, 1990

CopyrightZ 1990
The Michigan Daily

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Gov. vetoes
city's proposal
to alter pot law

E. Germans
elect leaders
Early poll projections show a
conservative alliance leading

by Josh Mitnick
Daily City Reporter
Last Friday Governor James
Blanchard vetoed Proposal B, a city
ballot proposal to hike local fines
or possession of marijuana.
And unless the Ann Arbor City
Council can obtain a two-thirds ma-
jority (eight votes) within the next
two weeks to override the veto, Pro-
posal B will be stricken from the
ballot and Ann Arbor's pot laws will
go unchanged.
Blanchard vetoed the proposal be-
cause he objected to a section which
requires police officers to prosecute
ffenders under the local $5 law in-
stead of harsher state and county
laws.

If approved in Ann Arbor's
April 2 elections, Proposal B would
amend the city charter by increasing
marijuana fines from $5 to between
$25 and $500, depending on the of-
fender. The new penalties would be
the same as those for a minor caught
in the possession of alcohol.
A letter from state Attorney Gen-
-eral Frank Kelly advising Blanchard
to use his gubernatorial authority to
block the proposal described the Ann
Arbor law as "a violation of
(Michigan's) strong public policy."
Blanchard also sent the same
message about the "Zone of Repro-
ductive Freedom" a ballot pro-
posal which is patterned after the
city's pot law. However, because the
*fferendum was initiated by a citi-

zens' petition and not the city coun-
cil, Blanchard's objection cannot
keep it off the ballot.
Councilmember Thomas
Richardson (R-Fifth Ward) said city
Republicans originally supported
changing the charter to allow police
to prosecute violators under state and
county law. But, according to
Richardson, the amendment was
abandoned in a compromise with
council Democrats who pledged to
support increasing the fines.
Blanchard's move seriously
jeopardizes an effort by supporters of
Proposal B to show Ann Arbor's
youth the city is getting tougher on
the issue of marijuana possession.
Proposal B was originally passed
by a 9-2 majority. However, yester-
day Nelson Meade (D-Third Ward)
said he has rethought his view on
the proposal and would this time
vote to block the ballot question.
With councilmember Jerry
Schliecher (R-Fourth Ward) leaving
town yesterday, the proposal won't
have enough support for an override
until Schliecher returns. This will
give those opposing the proposal
more time to attempt to persuade
remaining councilmembers to vote
against the proposal.
Richardson called Blanchard's
veto a "classic politicaf hoax" by lo-
cal and state Democrats cooperating
to block the ballot proposal. He said
See MARIJUANA, Page 2

EAST BERLIN (AP) - East
Germans voted in their first free elec-
tions yesterday for a parliament that
will steer the country toward unifica-
tion with West Germany. Early pro-
jections gave a strong lead to a con-
servative alliance favoring quick uni-
fication.
The vote marked the full transi-
tion to democracy since the fall pro-
democracy revolution that ended 40
years of iron-fisted one-party rule.
Based on exit polls, West Ger-
many's ARD television network
gave the three-party Alliance for
Germany 189 seats in the 400-seat
parliament. East Germany's official
news agency ADN also said it was
unclear whether the alliance would
win the majority needed to run the
country alone.
However, shortly after the polls
closed, West Germany's ZDF televi-
sion network said the alliance would
get 53 percent of the vote. Final re-
sults are not expected until today.
"I just want to celebrate," said
Lothar de Maiziere, head of the al-
liance's main Christian Democratic
Party. The Christian Democrats were
expected to win more votes than any'
party, which could put de Maiziere
in the position of becoming East
Germany's first democratically
elected premier.
A roaring crowd of 2,000 sup-

porters jammed the party's headquar-
ters, waving party banners and West
German flags and drinking and danc-
ing.
"As quickly as possible, unifica-
tion!" said Dieter Schloder.
"There is no question about it."
The leftist-leaning Social
Democrats, who campaigned for a
more cautious approach to unifica-
tion, lagged well behind in second
place, according to all projections.
The Communists, who lost their
40-year monopoly on power in the
fall revolution, were projected to win
no more than 15 percent of the vote.
They fared badly in the pre-election
polls, despite the popularity of
Communist Premier Hans Modrow
and intensive efforts to shed their
hard-line image.
Only a few weeks ago, the Social
Democrats were considered the
strongest contenders. But the Al-
liance for Germany got massive
campaign help from West German
Chancellor Helmut Kohl. His Chris-
tian Democratic Party is the sister
party of de Maiziere's.
Still, there were 24 parties or or-
ganizations competing in the vote,
and none was expected to win a ma-
jority. De Maiziere said a "grand
coalition" with the Social Democrats
was possible.

Aried and dangerous
Tempie Brown shoots over Danyel Parker of North Carolina State in the.
first half of Saturday's game. See coverage on page one of Sports
Monday.

Thousands attend Native

American Pow

by Geri Alumit
Thousands of visitors, awed by
the colorful traditional apparel sur-
rounding them and swaying to
Native American drum beats, filled
the University's Sports Coliseum
over the weekend at the 18th Annual
Native American Pow Wow.
Paying reverence to its "Dance
For Mother Earth" theme, the Pow
Wow featured authentic handmade
ewelry exhibits, singing perfor-
ances, and an all-day competition
in traditional dance techniques.
About 300 dancers competed for part
of the $3500 prize which was divided
between the top three competitors in
each category.
"You can't attend one of these
without realizing how much we have
to learn from the Native American
culture..." said University President
ames Duderstadt, who called the
Pow Wow a remarkably emotional
experience. Duderstadt gave the wel-'
come address and was presented with
a Native American shield by the Na-+
tive American Student Association,

one of the sponsors of the event.
Karen Deleary, who designed the
shield and works in the University's
marketing department, said "the two
hills on the shield represents the
American Indian's gift of land to the
University, and the blue sky contain-
'You can't attend one
of these without
realizing how much
we have to learn from
the Native American
, Y
culture-'
- James Duderstadt
University President
ing seven stars symbolizes the seven
prophecies of the Ojibwe people."
LSA sophomore Jesse Snyder,
who went to the Pow Wow, said,
"My grandmother was part Indian
and it kind of allows me to experi-
ence some of my background."
University alumnus Curt Claw-

Vow
son, a Shawnee Indian, displayed
handmade decorative wooden paddles
used for spanking horses in one of
the numerous merchandise tables at
the Pow Wow. Clawson was outfit-
ted in traditional ceremonial cloth-
ing, adorning a squirrel headdress-
which symbolizes the ancient Tokala
warrior society-and a feathered
bustle, which indicates bravery.
Two children arrayed in Native
American attire stood alongside
Clawson. "I had my children partici-
pate in the dance competitions in
hopes that they would learn this
aspect of our traditions," he said.
"I taught history for 30 years, and
I think that people can learn more
about the Indian culture by attending
theses kinds of events than from any
type of textbook," said Robert Kerr,
a retired Ypsilanti middle school
teacher who attended the Pow Wow.
"When people see this, they be-
gin to understand that the American
Indian has gotten a raw deal and that
we could of learned so much from
them but we didn't," he added.

Native Americans take part in tratditional dances at the 18th annual Native American Pow Wow held this
weekend at the Sports Coliseum.

Rapid political changes continue in Eastern Europe

,Soviet election yield victories for Democrats

Soviets take military measures in Lithuania

MOSCOW (AP) - Pro-democ-
racy activists claimed victories yes-
terday in local Moscow and Len-
ingrad elections, while Latvians and
Estonians in their first free vote in
50 years elected parliaments that ac-
tivists hope will press for indepen-
dence.
Crucial runoff elections in local
qnd republic races were held in Rus-
sia, Byelorussia and the Ukraine.

in yesterday's runoff, said Irina Bo-
ganseva of the Voters' Club.
Pro-democracy activists in Len-
ingrad claimed many victories in in-
dividual races and estimated they
would control at least 65 percent of
the city council, said Elena Zelin-
skaya of the Northwest Information
Agency. Early returns showed only
one Communist Party official win-
ing a seat, she said.

elections in February and early
March. It promptly declared the re-
public independent on March 11.
The Soviet Congress declared the
move illegal and Soviet President
Mikhail Gorbachev gave the republic
three days to respond. The deadline
expires today, but Gorbachev re-
peated his offer to hold talks with
the Lithuanians.
Latvia legalized alternative politi-

MOSCOW (AP) -Soviet mili-
tary jets repeatedly streaked over the
capital of Lithuania during military
maneuvers yesterday, one day before
a Moscow deadline demanding that
the Baltic republic renounce its dec-
laration of independence.
At the same time, however, So-
viet President Mikhail Gorbachev
struck a conciliatory tone, saying he
still planned to talk with the Lithua-,

Vilinius, the Lithuanian capital. So-
viet television said the demonstra-
tion included calls for civil disobedi-

sionist government.
The size of the protest, shown on
national television, damaged the
Lithuanian government's claim that
the population fully supports seces-
sion. Gorbachev has said he is con-
cerned for the rights of non-native
residents and fears that splitting the
Soviet Union would prompt hun-
dreds of thousands to migrate.

Gorbachev has said he
is concerned for the rights
of non-native residents

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