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VILNIUS, U.S.S.R. (AP) -
The Lithuanian independence move-
ment is leading the republic to catas-
trophe, said a top Communist offi-
cial from Moscow yesterday. The of-
ficial denied the Kremlin has im-
posed a total economic blockade.
The Sajudis independence move-
ment, whose leaders dominate Lith-
uania's government, declared its de-
termination to stand by the March
11 declaration of indcpcndence.
"The Soviet Union seeks to deal
a blow to the daily existence of ev-
ery person, hoping that we shall be
overpowered by our material inter-
ests," the declaration said.
Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are
all trying to restore the independence
they lost in 1940 when they were
occupied and forcibly annexed to the
Soviet Union. Lithuania has declared
independence; Estonia has dropped
enforcement of the Soviet Constitu-
tion; and Latvia is expected to de-
clare its freedom from the Soviet
Union on May 3.
The streets of Vilnius, the
Lithuanian capital, were calm, with
people walking rather than using
cars as they coped with stringent ga-
soline rationing that permits about
seven gallons per month for private
Lithuanian Deputy Premier Ro-
mualdas Ozolas charged Saturday
that the Kremlin was implementing
a full economic embargo, halting all
rail and truck traffic to the tiny re-
Lithuanian officials also said
numerous shipments of food, met-
als, wood, chemicals, and parts had
not arrived as scheduled, and pay-
ments to Lithuanian businesses have
Ozolas told reporters that Lithua-
nian ports have already stopped load-
ing goods for exports.
Yesterday, the Lithuanian gov-
ernment sent a telegram to Soviet
Premier Nikolai Ryzhkov saying
that the Soviet cut-off of fuel and
raw materials would chokefLithua-
nian processing and manufacturing
of goods meant for export and the
The government telegram said
production of oil and gas products,
chemicals, plastics, compressors, au-
tomobile brake systems, television
screens, and other components would
soon have to be halted.
The republic depends entirely on
Soviet resources at subsidized prices.
Andrei N. Girenko, a secretary of
the Soviet Communist Party Central
Committee, said yesterday that
Lithuania's declaration of indepen-
dence March 11 meant a loss of pre-
ferred prices and favorable trade con-
"This would sharply, catastrophi-
cally affect the republic's affairs and
the living standards of its people,"
he said during a visit to Vilnius.
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Nigerian govt. crushes coup
LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's military government said it had crushed
a coup attempt yesterday after heavy fighting with rebel troops for control
of the capital of Lagos.
The rebellion in Africa's most populous nation was launched by
middle-ranking officers opposed to President Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. The
rebels said they wanted to break up Nigeria's federation of 19 states to end
"The unfortunate situation in Lagos this morning has been brought
under control," Babangida told reporters last night.
The general said the fighting had been heavy and his aide, Lt. Col.
U.K. Bello, was among those killed during a gunbattle at the military
headquarters in Lagos, the official News Agency of Nigeria reported.
Official reports did not mention any figures for dead and wounded.
However, reporters who observed the fighting said there appeared to be
Senate celebrates chamber's
restoration to original form
LANSING - The House will step back in time this week as it holds
its first session in a newly renovated chamber that mirrors the workplace
of legislators 100 years ago.
Since.last fall, the lawmakers have been meeting in makeshift quarters
north of the Capitol while their chamber has been restored to its original
1879 form. The Senate returned to its own restored chamber early this
A weary-looking Robert Polhill addresses the press in Damascus, Syria
after his release yesterday. Polhill was held hostage by the Islamic Jihad
for the Palestinian Liberation for 39 months.
dom for an American hostage in Le-
H OSTAGE banon but said his feeling of satis-
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Cdgbecause other U.S. citizens and
all the people who spent time on my Westerners are still in captivity.
case," Polhill said in a Syrian TV "I'm not making gestures. I don't
interview. But he added: "I'm still trade for hostages," he said when
deeply concerned about my two asked whether the release of Polhill
friends andiothers who are still held would trigger a tangible expression
in the conditions I was held in." of his policy of "goodwill begets
goodwill." Bush said nothing short
President Bush thanked Syria and of the release of all hostages would
Iran yesterday for helping win free- satisfy him.
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tion for the Reform of Marijuana
Laws. Once the council received the
official veto, it did not take any ac-
tion on it.
Birkett said the proposal should
have never gone to the voters.
"Theoretically, the election should
have never been held to begin with,
so I think the election is immate-
rial," he said.
Mayor Gerald Jernigan said he
would stand behind the results of the
election because City Attorney Bruce
Laidlaw believes the city acted in ac-
cordance with the law.
Laidlaw said that once the results
of an election are validated they can't
be challenged unless the voters were
However, Birkett said Proposal B
can be challenged either in state
court, or by an appeal to Kelly, who
has the jurisdiction to rule on admin-
istrative matters in the state.
Jeane King, a member of the
Washtenaw County chapter of the
American Civil Liberties Union,
said they had not yet had the chance
to consider challenging the proposal
and would not speculate on the like-
lihood of an ACLU-initiated lawsuit.
Birkett said he couldn't under-
stand how the apparent council blun-
der was overlooked. "I guess its just
one of those details that everyone
overlooked," he said.
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repress them or suppress them, but I
don't think it's possible to stop
them," he said.
Referring to Hope Outreach's
theory of unmet needs, Peterson
said: "They do not have credible psy-
chological or scientific evidence to
back up their claims... Gay men on
average are loved by their fathers as
much as everybody else."
Lesbian and Gay Men's Rights
Organizing Committee (LaGROC)
member Brian Durrance called
Fuqua's views "destructive" since he
is asking homosexuals to be celibate
or "live a lie" by trying to become
Durrance finds it "very disturb-
ing" that Hope Outreach tries to find
a solution to homosexuality. "They
frame it as a disease. This is offen-
sive and ought to be challenged...
We don't feel it's something you can
change," he said.
He further criticized Hope
Outreach because the group encour-
ages denying one's homosexuality
instead of coming to terms with it.
Durrance said that an unhappy les-
bian or a gay man should choose
"not to fight what can't be fought."
Seeking help from Hope Outreach
only "delays the inevitable" coming
to terms, he said.
Durrance said the best way to
help unhappy gay men and lesbians
is to bring them together in a group
to share their feelings. Hope
Outreach hopes eventually to be able
to hold such group therapy sessions,
Hope Outreach was founded last
year after skirmishes between La-
GROC and the Christian Corner-
stone Fellowship led to tensions be-
tween campus homosexuals and
born-again Christians. The group is
trying to educate homophobic fun-
damentalist Christians about homo-
sexuality. "I think Christians have
gotten a pretty bad rap on campus
(for being) gay bashers," Karadsheh
"A lot of Christians are homo-
phobic," said Fuqua, who attributed
this fear to ignorance. "We wanted...
to educate Christians on campus...
to have more compassion (for ho-
mosexuals)," he said. Fuqua pointed
out that LaGROC also educates peo-
ple to rid them of homophobia.
Durrance said that members of
Hope Outreach are unaware of the
causes of homosexuality and serve
only to reenforce negative stereo-
types of homosexuals.
"If they're really attempting to
reeducate fundamentalist Christians
on homosexuality that's good, but I
really doubt they are," Durrance said.
Peterson said that members of
Hope Outreach are unqualified to
fight homophobia because they
themselves are homophobic.
"We see homosexual desire as
just another form of temptation,"
Fuqua said. "There is nothing wrong
with homosexual desires... God isn't
going to send you to Hell because of
having homosexual desires... it's
what you do with those desires that
1 upsets Him."
Added Fuqua, "We love homo-
sexuals as much as we love anyone.
God doesn't love homosexuals less
than anyone else.
Tomorrow marks opening day of a four-day celebration in the House,
which will include numerous receptions and tours for state employees,
restoration workers, former legislators, and the public.
While the House is tied up in ceremonial activities, it's unlikely much
work will be done on issues left unsolved before they adjourned for spring
break, such as whether to reinstate a five percent utility tax on Detroit res-
idents and how to divvy up tax dollars in the state budget.
Congress says trade action
possible against Soviets
WASHINGTON - Many lawmakers are having second thoughts
about Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev because of his stance on
Lithuania and may block trade agreements that Moscow wants, two con-
gressional leaders said yesterday.
Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and House Majority Leader
Thomas Foley (D-Wash.) said the United States shouldn't do any eco-
nomic favors for Gorbachev as long as he continues to punish the break-
away Baltic republic.
Dole said there is disillusionment with Gorbachev, who has espoused
the Soviet policies of perestroika and glasnost, because of his tactics on
Moscow reportedly has shut off oil and gas supplies and intercepted
food to Lithuania in an attempt to force Lithuanian officials to rescind
their declaration of independence.
"I think right now a lot of us have put him on hold... now he is back-
tracking on Lithuania," Dole said, "A lot of us are having second
Porn king may owe as much
in taxes as Leona Helmsley
FLINT, Mich. - Pornographer Harry Mohney may owe as much in
taxes as New York hotel queen Leona Helmsley by the time he is sen-
tenced on income-tax evasion charges, prosecutors say.
Mohney, like Helmsley, was convicted of tax evasion and faces a
prison term and a tax liability. The two cases were compared in pre-sen-
tence memorandum filed in U.S. District Court here by Assistant U.S.
Attorneys Joseph Allen and Richard Delonis, who prosecuted Mohney last
Allen and Delonis have recommended to U.S. District Judge Stewart
Newblatt that Moheny be sentenced to up to six years in prison at his
sentencing May 1. He faces a maximum penalty of three years on each of
the six counts.
Mohney owes an estimated $2,748,113 in taxes, according to calcula-
tions and testimony by the IRS. The government is also urging that Mo-
hney pay fines totaling $505,000 and $16,191 in prosecution costs.
Post office reopens in Hell
HELL, Mich. - Some may wonder whether it ever left, but the U.S.
Postal Service is back in Hell.
The post office on April 1 reopened its branch office in this unincorpo-
rated community about 50 miles west of Detroit in Livingston County.
It's located in the Devil's Den Souvenir shop, run by Jim and Rose Ley.
Mrs. Ley, who doubles as postal clerk, says the office has a special
cancellation stamp showing a devil with a three-pronged fork and the
words, "Greetings from Hell." She says anybody who sends her a self-ad-
dressed, stamped envelope can receive the cancellation at no cost.
A deal with the devil?
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