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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (AP)
A runaway power plant on the space
shuttle Discovery forced NASA to
scrub its launch Tuesday with the
Hubble Space Telescope, and offi-
cials said it will be a week or two
before they try again.
The countdown was down to the
four-minutes-to-go mark when sen-
sors detected that one of three auxil-
iary power units was running too
fast. Computers halted the launch
"A valve which failed to respond
let too much fuel go into the unit
which caused an overspeed condi-
tion," said Bob Sieck, the Kennedy
Space Center's launch director.
The APUs pressurize the shut-
tle's hydraulic system, which is used
to move wing and rudder surfaces and
in the ship's braking and steering
Astronomers who had gathered
for the big event were philosophical
about the latest delay in getting the
$1.5 billion telescope into orbit.
"The universe has been around for
a long time, it will stay around for a
couple more days," said John
Holtzman, of the Lowell Observa-
tory at Flagstaff, Ariz.
The countdown had gone without
a hitch until shuttle commander
Loren Shriver flipped a switch to
start the three APUs, and one ran er-
NASA rules forbid a liftoff un-
less all three units operate perfectly.
The huge external fuel tank was
drained of its half-million gallons of
liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen.
Each scrub costs $377,000 in lost
fuel and each day's delay means
$247,000 in labor and materials not
including the other NASA centers
supporting the mission.
The power unit will have to be
be removed from discovery while the
shuttle is in upright launch position.
The space shuttle Discovery, which will carry the Hubble Telescope, is
scheduled to launch today.
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Ravi Gadhia said they will work this
summer to get final say over the
choice of their chairs.
"We're going to organize a peti-
tion drive and get 1,000 signatures,
so we can get the constitution
changed the way we want it," he
said. "We have no idea what the
assembly is going to be like next
year, and we want to make sure our
concerns are answered."
Van Valey agreed that MAC and
ISAC should have the right to
choose their own leaders and said the
assembly should not have amended
the proposal to allowing MSA final
"It's patronizing to demand con-
trol and keep tabs on the commis-
sions," she said.
The final ballot proposal amended
the assembly's constitution to in-
clude a "Student Group Bill of
Rights." Even though the assembly
members were sharply divided on the
bill, Proposal E passed by 74 per-
Engineering senior Donovan her-
alded the bill's passing as a step to-
ward depoliticizing the assembly's
recognition of student groups.
"Student groups must be pro-
tected by MSA's constantly chang-
ing leadership and political ideolo-
gies, and this bill will ensure their
protection," he said.
Outgoing MSA President Aaron
Williams agreed, "At least now, stu-
dent groups will have a fighting
chance under the new leadership."
Van Valey, however was con-
cerned with the legislation, and said
the issue will probably be decided by
the Central Student Judiciary.
"This bill was never posted in
MSA chambers so that students or
representatives could make recom-
mendations or express concerns
about it," she said, "and that goes
against assembly rules."
"I admit there are problems with
the way MSA deals with religious
and other controversial groups. But
this 'Bill of Abusive Rights' is not
the way to change things," Van Va-
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But Maslennikov implied the
Soviet Union might start demanding
world market prices from Lithuania
for the subsidized oil, gas and other
raw materials that the small Baltic
state needs. He said this would cost
Lithuania $6 billion.
He said some Soviet enterprises
have talked of refusing to extend ex-
isting contracts with Lithuania, and
he warned that items in short supply
might be sent elsewhere.
"We are not saying, 'Please, stop
thinking about independence,"
Maslennikov said after several
tougher statements. "But don't do it
overnight. Don't tear well-estab-
lished economic, political and other
links, including defense."
He suggested Lithuanian leaders
consider a moratorium on all deci-
sions since they declared indepen-
dence. He also suggested that
Lithuania "not insist on state-to-
state negotiations" with the Soviet
Lithuania has offered to discuss
Gorbachev's claim that its action vi-
olates the Soviet constitution. But
Gorbachev has demanded Lithuania
rescind its declaration of indepen-
dence before discussing anything.
Also yesterday, the Lithuanian
appointed public prosecutor, Arturas
Paulauskas, was barred from entering
his office, which he has shared for
the past week with a competing
prosecutor appointed by Moscow.
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Hostages freed after 882 days
PARIS - The Libyan-backed Palestine group headed by Abu Nidal
freed a French woman, a Belgian man and their young daughter yesterday
after holding them for nearly two and a half years.
The three arrived at a military airport outside Paris after a five hour
flight from Beruit, where they had been dropped off at the French
Embassy by masked men who arrived in cars with drawn curtains.
Jacqueline Valente, Fernand Houtekins, and their 2-year-old daughter
Sophie-Liberte, born in captivity, were taken to a military hospital to
spend their first night after 882 days in captivity.
The hostages were seized from the French yacht Silco in the
Mediterranean off the Gaza Strip Nov. 8, 1987.
The French government thanked Libyan leader Col. Mommar Gadhafi
for his role in the release and said relations with Libya would improve.
Gadhafi last week called for the release of hostages as a humanitarian ges-
Pollution in Great Lakes
endangers human health
WASHINGTON - A U.S.-Canadian commission issued its strongest
warning to date yesterday, saying the pollution of the Great Lakes is en-
dangering human health.
"The mounting evidence cannot be denied," said the report by the In-
ternational Joint Commission, which oversees major water bodies shared
by the United States and Canada. It urged both nations to develop and im-
plement a comprehensive pan to rid the lakes of toxic chemicals.
The commission proposed a series of steps to reduce the lakes' toxicity
Among them is requiring pre-testing of new chemicals to determine
whether they would harm people or the environment; determining how 11
major pollutants are released into the lakes and how to stop it; designating
Lake Superior as a demonstration area for banning all direct toxic dis-
charges; and strengthening public advisories about eating fish from the
James Bair released after
allegedly threatening Bush
DETROIT - An Oakland County man was released Monday and
ordered to seek psychiatric evaluation after being arrested on charges he
threatened to kill President Bush, officials said.
James Bair of Oakland County's Waterford Township was arrested
Sunday about 6 p.m. at the Pontiac Lake Inn, township police Lt. Phil
Local police asked the Secret Services for help in the case, but special
Agent John Britt declined to discuss how Bair allegedly threatened the
"We can't disclose much information on a case of this sensitivity
level," he said.
Bair was held in the Oakland County jail over night and on Monday
went before U.S. Magistrate Marcia Cooke in Detroit. Cooke ordered him
to have a psychiatric evaluation before releasing him to his family.
nion disisses Greyhound
suit as an effort to stall talks
WASHINGTON- Greyhound Lines filed a $30 million civil suit
Monday against union officers for allegedly organizing violence in the
five-week-old drivers' strike, but the union dismissed the move as a ploy
to keep bargaining talks stalled.
In a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, Fla., Greyhound
claimed unlawful actions by the Amalgamated Transit Union and 20
union officers have cost the company at least $110 million.
The suit accused the union of violating provisions of the federal Rack-
eteer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and Florida state law.
Greyhound Vice President Anthony P. Lannie, who announced the suit
in Washington, maintained that several specific offenses showed a pattern
of racketeering activity, including extortion, attempted murder, obstruc-
tion of justice, interference with interstate commerce and arson.
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