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Rescue workers carry one of the estimated 170 victims of the disaster on the ferry Scandinavian Star Sunday afternoon, after the body was recovered
from the still burning ship. Authorities suspect arson was involved.
Over 170 dead as investiation of

LYSEKIL, Sweden (AP) - Po- Spokespers
lice reached the midship cabins of a figures wer
burned-out ferry yesterday and found changing,a
,families who died together at the might not b
heart of the fire, the bodies of par- "We ma
:ents lying over children in a desper- there were1
.ate attempt to save them. in such bad
Inspector Leif Skoglund raised Btalrokopp,lerds
the estimated death toll to 170 in the Bom e
suspicious weekend blaze that de- team.
stroyed the Norwegian North Sea In Britai
ferry Scandinavian Star. He said one investigatio
victim in every four may have been sea car ferr
achild. man earlyy
"It was incredible," he said, grop- people. Th
,ing for words to describe the scene. 297 people
s"They are so badly burned." Wales, to R
Police in Olso, Norway, said the A statem
death toll could reach 200. B and I ship

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by Karen Akerlof
Daily News Editor
The Soviet Union's environment
may be a catastrophe, but as politi-
cal and economic changes rock the
country, they open doors to a strong
environmental movement, said
William Miller, president of the
American Committee for U.S.-So-
viet Relations. Miller spoke last
night before a small audience at the
Law School.
Chris Miller, a first-year Law
student, introduced his father as a
board member for the Foundation for
the Survival and Development of
Humanity. The Soviet government
granted the foundation the ability to
operate in the USSR and incorporate
Soviet organizations under their
"umbrella" at a time when many
Soviet environmental groups have
had difficulty obtaining legal recog-
nition, the elder Miller said.
The foundation not only recog-
nized political dissident Andrei
Sakharov's environmental organiza-
tion, but a Soviet Greenpeace chap-
ter which the government had disal-
lowed previously, Miller said.
Sixteen percent of the Soviet
Union is an environmental disaster,
and the damage will be irreversible
unless steps are taken soon, Miller
said. He classified the areas around
Chernobyl and the Aral Sea as the
worst, but quoted numbers from a
Soviet government report which
indicated environmental damage is
Thirteen percent of the country's
land is irreversibly contaminated, an
additional 16 percent of the land is
ecologically unsafe and 40 percent of
the population live in an unsafe at-
mosphere, said Miller.
"Every city in the Soviet Union

has a water problem," Miller said,:
and added that the Black Sea and Sea
of Azov's beaches are polluted and:
thus often inaccesible to bathers.
Soviet law is beginning to rec-
ognize citizens' environmental
rights, Miller said. Though he said:
Soviet environmental law began be-:
fore President Mikhail Gorbachev's:
administration, under Gorbachev the:
Soviets are starting to "structure the
government to deal with the prof-e
lem" and have created a rough equiv-
alent to the Environmental Protec-
tion Agency.
But government funding of then
Soviet agency totaled only 200:
'The Soviet Union has
done nothing of
consequence to clean
up their environment'
- William Miller
President of the
American Comm. for.
U.S.-Soviet Relations

on Arne Huuse said the
re unreliable, constantly
and a conclusive count
e available for days.
y never find out how may
because some bodies are
shape that not even den-
may help," said Dr. Tom
ader of the medical rescue
In, police began an arson
n of a fire on the Irish
y Norrona that killed one
yesterday and injured 32
e Norrona was carrying
e from Milford Haven,
osslare, Ireland.
nent from the owners, the
pping line of Dublin, said

fire continues

the fire started in two unoccupied
sleeping cabins and arson was sus-
A possible link of the Scandina-
vian Star fire to three ferry fires last
year, including one in September
that killed two Swedes, was being
Previous estimates that 500 pas-
sengers and crew were aboard were
largely guesswork and probably low,
Skoglund said, since children under
seven travel free and would not be
listed. "There were a lot of families
on board," he said.
The fire started before dawn Sat-
urday while the ferry was bound
from Oslo to Frederikshavn, Den-
Most of the victims were Norwe-

gians and Danes. Four British citi-
zens and an American singer were
among those missing and presumed
dead. The American was identified as
Ruth Rome, part of a seven-member
song-and-dance troupe from New
York City.
"Things point clearly in the direc-
tion of arson," said Magnar Aukrust,
assistant police chief of Oslo. "One
survivor has explained seeing a per-
son putting fire to inflammable ma-
He did not provide details.
Leila Freival, the Swedish justice
minister, told reporters in Lysekil, a
small port 240 miles from Stock-
holm, that a joint Nordic inquiry
commission would convene today in
Oslo to investigate the fire.

rubles, and Miller said the real envi-
ronmental research takes place in
Soviet academies and institutes.
"The Soviet Union has done.
nothing of consequence to clean up-
their environment... It is a grim pic-
ture on one hand," Miller said, "and'
an exciting future on the other
The Environmental Law Society
(ELS) and International Law Society
sponsored the lecture as part of
ELS's series of activities honoring
Earth Week.

'City Council election winners take oath of


by Donna Woodwell
Daily Faculty Reporter
The Ann Arbor City Council
swore in the winners of the April
2nd city wide elections at the Chan-
nel 10 cable television station last
Larry Hunter (D-First Ward), In-
grid Sheldon (R-Second Ward), Liz
Brater (D-Third Ward), Mark Ouimet
(R-Fourth Ward) and Thais Anne
Peterson (D-Fifth Ward) were sworn
in. The council is now comprised of

five Republicans and five
Democrats. However, Republican
mayor Gerald Jernigan gives the Re-
publicans a majority vote.
Peterson said the ceremony was
"really very exciting. It felt very
good to stand up there with my col-
leagues." This is Peterson's first
term as a City Council member.
She stated the $28 million solid
waste bond is the biggest issue fac-
ing the council, saying, "I think we
should be as careful spending the

money as possible." The new bond
- which will raise taxes an average
of $100 per person - will generate
funding to clean up Ann Arbor's ex-
isting landfills, build a new city
landfill and begin a comprehensive
recycling program.
Peterson said the council also
faces the "normal problems one
looks at in a city of Ann Arbor's
age." She stressed the need to de-
velop ways to pay for improvements
in the city's aging infrastructure.
Peterson also said fixing bridges and

increasing parking availability would
be among her major concerns during
her two-year term.
"The first thing we (the council)
will do is sit down with the budget,"
she said. Since the Republicans no
longer have the seven person major-
ity needed to pass many proposals,
Peterson said, "we are going to have
to spend more time talking to one
another for the seventh vote."
Taking the oath for her second
term in office, Sheldon said she is
looking forward to her new term.

"Not to have been re-elected
would've been disappointing. In the
first two years you only get your
feet wet."
Sheldon perceives many chal-
lenges face the council in the com-
ing year. Her agenda includes the ef-
fective implementation of the solid
waste bond, developing funding for
affordable housing, zoning and fund-
ing for the parks and open spaces
program. Sheldon's plans also in-
clude revising existing housing
codes and improving the city's

transportation and infrastructure.
"The biggest stumbling block (to
policy making) is time," Sheldon
said. "Some use time as an excuse
for not getting things done and I
don't appreciate it."
"The public has given a lot of
trust to us and I don't want to betray
that trust," Sheldon said.
Council members Hunter, Brater,
and Ouimet were unavailable for,

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Japanese immigrants' son threatens to
overtake favorite in Peruvian elections


LaGROC - The Lesbian and Gay
Mens' Rights Organizing Com-
mittee meets at 7:30 p.m. in
Union 3100; 7 p.m. to set agenda
Student Struggle for Soviet
Jewry --weekly meeting at 6:30
p.m. in Hillel
Women's Club Lacrosse -
practice 4-6 p.m. at the Sports
Coliseum (5th and Hill)
UM Cycling - team meeting and
rollers riding 6 p.m. in the Sports
Arab-American Anti-
discrimination Committee -
meeting at 7 p.m. in the Union
(check board for room)
Asian American Women's
Journal - editors meeting at 5
p.m. in South Quad's Afro-
American Lounge
Ann Arbor Committee to
Defend Abortion and
Reproductive Rights
(A2CDAR2) - new members
meeting at 5:15 p.m., general
body meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the
Women's IssesCommission

"Literature, Print Culture and
Television Culture" - a lecture
at 4 p.m. in the East Conference
Room of Rackham
"Perspective on the Ukraine"
- Nikola Ryabchuk speaks at
noon in the International Center
"Islamic History in the Soviet
Union- Archaeological
Studies" - a slide presentation
and discussion with Frederick T.
Frederick Busch - will be
reading from his fiction at 4 p.m.
in the Union Pendleton Room
ECB Peer Writing Tutors -
available for help from 7-11 p.m.
at the Angell and 611 Church St.
computing centers
Safewalk -the night-time safety
walking service runs from 8 p.m.-
1:30 a.m. in Rm. 102 UGLi or
call 936-1000
Northwalk - the north-campus
night-time walking service runs
from 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in Bursley
2333, or call 763-WALK
Jean-Baptiste Barriere -
computer music demonstration at
4 p.m. in 1524 Rackham
"Did the Messiah Come 200
Years Ago?" - a taped lecture
to be played at 7 p.m. in Room
126 East Quad
America's Pop Collector,
Robert C. Scull: Contemporary
Art at Action - a film to be

LIMA, Peru (AP) - Novelist
Mario Vargos Llosa, once considered
a sure bet to become Peru's next
president, has found himself side
tracked by the "Fujimori phe-
Alberto Fujimori, the son of
Japanese immigrants and a political
unknown until a month ago, forced
the country's most famous novelist
into a runoff and is now favored to
win the presidency.
Public opinion analysts say Fu-
jimori's strong second-place finish
in Sunday's election reflected Peru-
vians' alienation from the traditional
political parties and their desire for
"miraculous, painless" solutions to
the country's ills.
"It was not a rational vote. It was
a protest vote against the other can-
didates," said Alfredo Torres, media
director for APOYO, a market re-
search firm.
Fujimori, an agricultural engi-
neer, received 29 percent of the vote

Sunday to 33.9 percent for Vargas
Llosa, according to unofficial re-
turns. The writer needed a majority
of the votes cast to avoid a runoff,
which now most likely will take
place in early June.
Luis Alva Castro, candidate of
the governing left-of-center Aprista
Party, received 16.4 percent, Two
Marxist candidates collected 11 per-
cent of the vote between them. The
remaining votes were divided among
four minor candidates and blank and
void ballots.
Official results will not be avail-
able for weeks. But the unofficial re-
sults represented a slap in the face to
Vargas Llosa, who campaigned hard
for two years and as late as mid-
February had more than 50 percent
support in polls.
Campaigning on a shoestring
budget, Fujimori shot up from less
than 1 percent in polls six weeks
ago to nearly surpass Vargas Llosa.
Vargas Llosa's campaign often

seemed like a crusade. Running on a
free-market platform, he harshly at-
tacked the "collectivist" programs of
President Alan Garcia and the pro-
posals of leftist candidates.
Many Peruvians blame Garcia for
Peru's worst economic crisis of the
century and the growing political vi-
olence that is tearing apart this An-
dean country of 22 million.
Inflation is running at more than
2,000 percent annually. More than
10,000 people, most of them civil-
ians, have died violently in a decade-
long struggle between Shining Path
guerrillas and security forces.
Vargas Llosa was asking for a
clear mandate from Peruvians to
carry out radical reforms aimed at
undoing two decades of socialist
policies he blames for Peru's stagna-
Analysts say Peruvian voters,
dismayed by two decades of eco-
nomic decline and falling living
standards, were looking for someone

with "magical" solutions' to the
country's problems.
The spotlight fell on Fujimorn,
they say, after voters in recent week
began to fear the economic shocl
therapy and harsh austerity measure
advocated by Vargas Llosa.
"No one likes to go to the dentist*
even when his tooth hurts. And-
that's what Vargas Llosa offered,"
Manuel d'Ornellas, editor of the Ex
preso newspaper, wrote in a column
"Terrified by the government's
disgraceful propaganda campaign.
against the so-called shock, many
people have fled Vargas Llosa's pro-
posed surgery to take shelter in Fu
jimori's oriental nirvana," d'Ornellas
Public opinion analysts say Fu-
jimori has awakened hopes in voters
that he will be able to attract mas-
sive Japanese aid and investment if

Sheriff uses billboards to nab drug dealers

of MSA - meeting at 6:30 p.m.
in 3909 Union
Iranian Student Cultural Club
- meeting at 7:45 p.m.. in the
Michigan League
TARDAA (Time and Relative
Dimensions in Ann Arbor) -
meeting at 8 p.m. in 2413 Mason
Indian And Pakistani
American Students' Council

derson County Sheriff Gene Taylor
was only looking to catch drug deal-
ers when he erected billboards
promising to pay informants. Instead
he's caught flak from his critics and
a $40 million lawsuit.
Billboards around the county
which read, "Need Cash? Turn in a
drug dealer," wrongly lure ordinary
citizens into dangerous undercover

Taylor, a former television reporter
elected in January 1989.
Anderson County, population
150,000, is on Lake Hartwell in
northwestern South Carolina; its
textile, high-tech and automobile-re-
lated industries have attracted people
to the area.
Investigators have received about
10 calls a day since the first bill-
board was erected in February. Most

hicles and several thousand dollars
from suspected dealers since the bill-
boards were erected, Temple said.
He declined to release arrest fig-
ures until the program ends, but
wouldn't say when that will be.
"We'll stop the program when it
looks like those that are interested
are played out," Temple said.

But all is not well with the bill-
board program.
An informant, Robin Pickens
filed a $40 million lawsuit last:
month alleging she received a frac-
tion of the money promised her. She
also charged that the sheriff failed to
pay on the mortgage her house as

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