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Judge
throws out
hate crime
charge
ANN ARBOR (AP)- The state
lawmaker who authored hate crime
legislation in 1988 said yesterday
he's puzzled over its interpretation
by a Washtenaw County Judge.
District Judge Thomas Shea on
Wednesday dropped an ethnic intim-
idation charge against a white man
accused of setting fire to a Black
family's home.
Shea said the law, which took ef-
fect on April 1, 1989, "is constitu-
tignally overly broad and in violation
of the First Amendment of the
Constitution."
The Michigan law authored by
State Rep. David Honigman makes it
Oa crime to harm someone because of
race or ethnic background.
"The judge has clearly made an
eror, he seems to have misunder-
stood the statute," said Honigman
(R-West Bloomfield). "I don't know
how, it's crystal clear."
Christopher Justice, 21, is
charged with setting fire Nov. 9 to
the Superior Township home of
Sherwin and Tracey McDonnald,
who are Black.
Shea ordered Justice to stand trial
on an arson charge in Washtenaw
hounty Circuit Court but threw out
the ethnic intimidation count.
Witnesses said Justice called the
McDonalds "a bunch of niggers."
Shea said the ethnic intimidation law
was being used to prosecute lan-
guage protected by the First
Amendment.
"Under that ruling, every single
civil rights law in the U.S. would be
unconstitutional," Honigman said.
He said the law doesn't cover
racial epithets, but "requires very
serious conduct," such as assault or
arson. He said it also would apply to
language supplying indication of a
4motive.

AIDS Week focuses
on women with virus

Ha bias Espanol?
El Club de Espanol, a Spanish conversation club, holds its weekly meeting in the fourth floor
MLB Commons.

by Purvi Shah
Daily Staff Reporter
AIDS Awareness Week, which began
Tuesday and ends Dec. 5, will be commemo--
rated on campus with guest lecturers, demon-
strations and a display of the Names Quilt.
Included among the events will be celebra-
tions marking both World AIDS Day (Dec.
1), an international demonstration against
AIDS, and National HIV and AIDS
Awareness Day (Dec. 3).
This year's theme, "Women and AIDS,"
highlights problems the virus poses for
women, including the roles women play as
educators, caretakers, health workers, and
mothers. World AIDS Day is designed to
demonstrate the necessity of involving more
women globally to work against AIDS.
The World Health Organization (WHO) es-
timates that, out of a total nine to 11 million
people infected worldwide with the HIV virus,
three million are women. WHO predicts
AIDS among women will increase dramati-
cally over the next 10 years, with three out of
four AIDS virus infections resulting from
heterosexual contact. Three million women
and children will die from AIDS in the
1990's, according to WHO estimates.
Rosalind Carter, one of the planners for
the AIDS Awareness Week Activities at the
University, stressed the importance of focus-
ing on women.
"They've (women) been ignored in the
past," Carter said, "AIDS was first noticed

among the gay population. Slowly but surely
it has been creeping into the population of
women."
Scientists say women who have sex with
AIDS-infected men are much more likely to
catch the virus than men who have sex with
infected women. One recent finding suggested
women were 14 times more likely than men
to catch the virus that way.
World AIDS Day will also explore anxi-
eties related to HIV/AIDS and pregnacy,
childbirth, and raising children. There is a 30
percent transmission rate of the HIV virus
from pregnant women to the child Carter said:
"Children who are born with HIV infec-
tions tend to die pretty quickly and we don't
have a lot of drug treatments available for
children like we do for adults," Carter said.
In addition to the focus on women's is-
sues, World AIDS Day 1990's general goals
are to raise awareness about the risk of HIV,
infection, strenghten the worldwide effort to
stop AIDS, support AIDS prevention and
control activities, promote support and care
for people with the HIV virus, and help com-
bat discrimination against victims of AIDS of
the HIV virus.
AIDS Awareness Week is sponsored by
the Public Health Student Association
(PHSA) and Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA).
-The Associated Press contributed to
this report.

Senate passes r
LANSING (AP) - The Michigan Senate
approved yesterday a compromise right-to-die
measure that would let adults designate some-
one to make decisions about their medical
treatment if they are unable to do so them-
selves.
The measure, sent back to the House on a
29-2 vote, breaks 16 years of stalemate be-
tween the two chambers on the issue of with-
drawing medical treatment from the termi-
nally ill.
Sen. Fred Dillingham (R-Fowerlerville),
one of the negotiators of the compromise,
said passage of the long-stalled measure was
historic, but was probably only the beginning

right-todie bill
of wrestling with the complicated issues of
life and death.
"While I have some reservations because
there are some questions we just don't have
the answers to, we need to move ahead," said
Dillingham.
The provision added to the House-passed
measure by Dillingham says a patient advo-
cate may withhold or withdraw medical treat-
ment that will allow a patient to die only
with clear and convincing evidence that the
patient authorized the advocate to take that
step.
There must be similar evidence that the
patient knew such a step would lead to death.

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Religious
Services
CANTERBURY HOUSE
(Episcopal Church at U-M)
218 N. Division (at Catherine)
SUNDAY SCHEDULE
I Holy Eucharist-5 p.m. at St. Andrew's
Supper--6 p.m. at Canterbury House
,The Rev. Virginia Peacock. Ph.D., Chaplain
665.0606
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
AMERICAN BAPTIST CAMPUS CENTER
502 E. Huron
UN.: Worship-9:55 a.m.
WED.; Supper & Fellowship-5:30 p.m.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
1432 Washtenaw Ave.
(Between Hill & South University)
SUNDAYS
Worship-9:30 & 11 a.m.
Campus Faith Exploration Group-9:30
THURSDAYS:
Campus Worship & Dinner-5:30 p.m.
For information, call 662-4466
Amy Morrison, Campus Pastor
' GRACE BIBLE CHURCH
1300S. Maple (at Pauline)
Pastors Kaufman, Koetsier, Lucas
FUNDAMENTAL INDEPENDENT
SUNDAY SCHEDULE
9:15 a.m., ALPHA-OMEGA
COLLEGE CLASS
Studies in the Book of Revelation
10:45 a.m., MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
Studies in the Book of Romans
6:00 p.m. EVENING SERVICE
Studies in the Book of Genesis
1015 Michigan, off E. University
Transportation is provided from all U-M and
EMU dorms. Call Ken at 761-7070 for
more information and schedules.
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