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Gulf crisis sparks
interest in further
SDI development

The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 17, 1990 -- Page 7
Exploding tanker
releases gas, fumes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The
prospect of Iraq firing ballistic mis-
siles at U.S. forces in the Arabian
desert is stirring congressional inter-
est in an obscure Star Wars spinoff
effort to build defenses against close-
*rnge missile attacks.
The United States has only a
rudimentary defense against Iraq's
missile arsenal, which U.S. intelli-
gence agencies say is rapidly grow-
ing more sophisticated and capable
of carrying chemical warheads to tar-
gets inside Saudi Arabia.
Even some of Congress' harshest
critics of the Strategic Defense Ini-
tiative, which is more commonly
@called Star Wars or SDI, say the Iraqi
missile threat might call for spend-
ing more on what the Pentagon calls
"theater missile defense."
"Maybe there's some justification
for increasing that particular aspect
of SDI," said Sen. Edward Kennedy,
D-Mass., at a Senate Armed Services
Committee hearing on the U.S. mil-
itary buildup in the Persian Gulf,
last week.
; imThe overall SDI program is
aimed mainly at building a space-
based defense against Soviet inter-
continental ballistic missiles, which
are capable of reaching American
soil.
The Iraqi crisis, however, has re-

vived interest in SDI technologies
that could be applied against short-
range missiles proliferating in the
Middle East.
Only about three percent of the
total SDI budget of $3.6 billion this
year was spent developing missile
systems to intercept and destroy
short-range ballistic missiles. The
main focus of SDI is to build a
combination of ground- and space-
based weapons and satellites that de-
tect, track, and destroy long-range
missiles. The United States has
spent $20 billion on this effort since
1983.
Two days after the Aug. 2 Iraqi
invasion, the Senate approved a
measure forcing the Pentagon to
slow down work on strategic anti-
missile defenses, while putting more
emphasis on theater defense. The
measure called for spending $180
million on theater defense in 1991
- $48 million more than Bush re-
quested and $55 million more than
this year's budget.
"People are much more focused
now on the threat posed by short-
range missiles," said Sen. Jeff
Bingaman, D-N.M., a co-sponsor of
the Senate measure. "What makes it
more immediate is the aggression
that Saddam Hussein visited on
Kuwait."

into Saginaw
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - A Company di
tanker carrying about one million from the tar
gallons of gasoline exploded and back to work
burned yesterday on the Saginaw I houg
River, injuring most of the 18 people IthoughIt
aboard and spilling fuel in the water. when I got
The fire was too hot for fire- smoke every
fighters to douse, and officials the employe
waited for it to burn itself out, said board.
Coast Guard Lt. Tom Koontz. "It wasre
One person from the ship was heat from ac
missing, said Coast Guard Petty Of-is less than t
ficer Gerald Backus.iless thand
The fire was reported at 8:45 plosion and
a.m., while the tanker was unloading "It was li'
at the Total Refinery Dock Facility, got louder an
and was still burning at mid-after- she said.
noon.
Authorities warned spectators to
clear the area in case of multiple
explosions. Cox
"A few people blew right off the
boat and slammed ashore," said Bay
City police Officer Kenneth Adcock. The Whe
"The sky is covered with black ad placed
smoke. If it blows again, it's going 14th Mich
to be a big one."
Witnesses said the black smoke taied an
blocked out the sun throughout the raffle ticke
afternoon. gift certifi
The tanker, owned by Cleveland stated one
Tankers Inc. of Cleveland, was car-
rying about 20,000 barrels of gaso- per person
line or about one million gallons, Daily apol
said Koontz. It has a capacity of error and h
about 54,000 barrels.
Authorities were not sure how inconvenie
much gasoline spilled into the water, Records oi
Koontz said.
Ronald Stopyak had returned
home 15 minutes before theblast
from working at the Bay Chemicals,

river
rectly across the river
rker. He said he raced
after hearing the explo-
t the plant exploded and
out there I saw black
where," he said. "I saw
es on the ship go over-
ally hot. I could feel the
ross the river."
Cheryl, said their house
wo blocks from the ex-
was shaken.
ike a slow rumbling, it
nd louder like thunder,"
rrection
re House Records
in the September
igan Daily con-
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CHIGANO
,CORDS

.ABC leads in annual
Emmy Awards race

Iraqis Expelled AP Photo
An unidentified Iraqi national carrying his suitcase is escorted by a
French plainclothes police officer at Charles de Gualle Airport in Paris
yesterday. Twenty-nine Iraqis were to be expelled to Jordan later in the
day in response to the Iraqi raid on the French Ambassador's residence
in Kuwait Friday.

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -
ABC took an early lead in the 42nd
Annual Emmy Awards, winning 13
Emmys in the non-televised segment
of the presentations leading up to
yesterday's nationally televised
awards show.
After Saturday night's creative
arts Emmys, ABC had 13 trophies,
followed by NBC with 11 and CBS
with six.
Major Emmys selected by the
voters of the Acadenmy of Television
Arts and Sciences were to be handed
out Sunday night in a ceremony at
the Pasadena Civic Auditorium..
Candice Bergen, Jay Leno and

Jane Pauley signed up as hosts of
the gala event.
ABC and NBC had tied for the
most nominations with 95 selec-
tions. CBS had 73 and Fox drew 23.
ABC's quirky drama "Twin
Peaks" won two awards in Satur-
day's non-televised program, for edit-
ing and costume design.
Fox's "The Simpsons" was se-
lected top animated program.
In addition to "Twin Pe'aks,"
multiple winners from Saturday's
festivities were Fox's "The Tracey
Ullman Show" and HBO's "Carmen
on Ice," with three awards each, and
NBC's "The Phantom of the Opera,"
with two.

ACT-UP
Continued from page 1
University students, as well as free
or low-priced contraceptives.
The segment on racism and AIDS
was led by United Coalition Against
Racism member LaTrice Dixon, an
LSA senior. Dixon covered general
race relations topics as well as in-
formation on the relationship be-

tween racism and AIDS.
"Turnout wasn't as high as I ex-
pected, but on the whole I'm
pleased," said Maurer. "Each work-
shop was a valuable experience...(it
was) a good first step at coalition
building."
Maurer said future seminars are
planned, as well as several demon-
strations and rallies.

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