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HEALTH
Continued from page 1
ivory towers to the people of the
community. Indifference to the cries
of people in need is a great sin which
diminishes us as a society. I pray
that we will not be so apathetic,"
she said.
Prior to Novello's speech, Sen.
Carl Levin (D-Michigan) delivered
the opening remarks to the convoca-
tion.
Levin criticized the United
States for being "the only industri-
alized country in the world without
universal health care." He listed
four requirements the U.S. must
meet to form an effective health

care system:
bipartisan political leader-
ship on the part of both Congress
and the President;
more efficient use of re-
sources because "we spend more
than most industrialized nations
but in many critical areas receive
less;"

Poor nations hurt by Gulf War

reallocation of priorities;

and,

viewing the government as an
instrument of positive change.
Three other doctors presented
papers at the symposium, addressing
topics ranging from making the
health care system more affordable
to environmental pollution.

FIRE
Continued from page 1
apartments were singles. Clark was
out of town this weekend.
Clark said Thursday night that
he had just finished renovating the
home, which in the late 1880s served
as the Delta Upsilon Fraternity
house.
"It's really a tragedy. It was a
remarkable piece of architecture, and
it had been kept up beautifully,"
said Ann Arbor resident Joe Tiboni
yesterday, as he and a friend looked
at the home's scorched remains.
Tiboni, who identified himself as

a fan of historic homes, said the
house's "balloon construction" had
made the fire impossible to control.
"The walls ran straight from the
basement to the attic with no fire
stops," Tiboni said. "So, it was like
a perfect boy scout camp fire - you
put the fire at the bottom and puts
lots of combustible stuff on top ...
You can't build houses like this
anymore."
Neither Lynch nor former resi-
dents Lisa Becks and second year law
student Bruce Goldner could be con-
tacted for comment yesterday.
Neighbors did not know they were
staying, and their permanent phone
numbers were unavailable.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The
world's poorest nations suffered fi-
nancial setbacks last year, com-
pounded by the economic shocks
from the Persian Gulf crisis, the
World Bank said yesterday.
In its annual report, the 155-na-
tion lending agency said overall
economic growth in the Third
World edged up 2.3 percent in 1990,
the worst showing since 1982.
The situation was even more dire
when the weak growth was mea-
sured against population increases in
the developing nations, the report
said.
Per capita income rose just 0.2
percent in 1990, compared to gains
of 2 percent in 1988 and 1 percent in
1989 in the Third World.
The poor economic showing was
blamed on many factors, including
the spillover effect from the eco-
nomic slowdown in rich industrial
countries and a disturbing slow-
down in the growth of world trade.
But the report said many of the
shocks came from the turmoil asso-
ciated with Iraq's invasion of
Kuwait, which sent oil prices soar-
ing, disrupted trade flows and trig-

gered a flood of refugees from the
war zone.
The economic difficulties were
widespread throughout the Third
World. Only Asia's developing
countries increased their per capita
income, the report said.
The 18 countries in East Asia
saw per capita incomes rise on aver-
age 4.3 percent. The World Bank said
In its annual report,
the 155-nation lending
agency said overall
economic growth in
the Third World edged
up 2.3 percent in
1990, the worst
showing since 1982.
slower-than-average growth in
China had been offset by vigorous
gains in Indonesia, Malaysia, and
Thailand.
The eight countries in South
Asia, including India, Bangladash
and Pakistan, experienced a per

capita income increase of 2.1 percent
in 1990, but the report warned that
continued growth was threatened in
India.
Developing countries in all other
regions suffered declines in per
capita income last year.
The biggest setback occurred in
Latin America, where per capita in-
comes fell by 2.6 percent in 1990.
The report said the situation was
most severe for Argentina, Brazil,
and Peru as their economies contin-
ued to be plagued by high debt bur-
dens.
The nations of sub-Saharan
Africa, including some of the poor-
est nations in the world, saw per
capita incomes fall by 2.1 percent
last year while the developing coun-
tries in North Africa, the Middle
East, and Europe suffered a 1.3 per-
cent drop in per capita incomes, the
first decline for this region since
1987.
This area included Egypt, Jordan,
and Turkey, the so-called front-line
states that suffered the most from
the Persian Gulf crisis, and also the
newly emerging democracies in
Eastern Europe.

All the Eastern European coun-
tries - Czechoslovakia, Hungary,
Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, and
Yugoslavia - had negative growth.
rates stemming primarily from the
disruptions as they transform their
economies to free-market systems.
The World Bank noted that it
had stepped up its lending to former
Soviet bloc countries in an effort to
support their economic reform
movements with Poland getting the
largest amount, $1.44 billion.
Only countries that are members
of the World Bank qualify for
loans. The Soviet Union has applied
for membership but the United
States has successfully led the ef-
fort to block it. The Bush adminis-
tration contends the country is not
far enough along in its reform ef-
forts to qualify for full member-
ship in either the World Bank or its
sister lending organization, the
International Monetary Fund.
Instead, the United States and
other rich nations have offered the
Soviets a newly created "special as-
sociate" designation that would al-
low the Soviets to qualify for tech-
nical assistance but not direct loans.

TAX CUT
Continued from page 1
them."
Republicans have a competing
petition drive for their plan, and
Ballenger said he expected that
would get the same reception.
"I don't think it matters which
party is involved. The public has
just seen too many of these things.
There is just so much distrust by the
public at this point that they're go-
ing to vote 'no' on anything."
Ballenger, a former Republican
lawmaker, said that doesn't mean
voters don't want lower property
taxes.
"As they say, the devil you know
is better than the devil you don't
know. They don't like the current
system, but at least they know they
can survive with it."
The Democrats need 205,166
valid signatures to put their veto-
proof plan before the legislature.
Lawmakers would have 40 days to

pass it, or it would go to the voters
for approval.
The plan, proposed by House
Speaker Lewis Dodak and party
leaders in the 12th Congressional
District, would exempt 50 percent
of a home's valuation from school
property taxes, up to $30,000, in-
crease the exemption as inflation
rises, and fund the program by elim-
inating business tax abatements and
the capital acquisition deduction to
the Single Business Tax.
Steve Serkaian, a spokesperson
for Dodak, said the survey results
couldn't be trusted since the polling
was done by Marketing Resource
Group Inc. The political consulting
and polling company has been hired
to manage the Republican property
tax cut petition drive.
"I don't know how any numbers
can be fair, coming from a group
that is dedicated to defeat our plan,"
he said.

Mich. residents charged with taking
wild animals from state, federal land

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP)
- U.S. wildlife officials say small-
time dealers and collectors are pil-
fering thousands of animals from
state and federal land, and selling
them for substantial profit.
Some Michigan residents were
recently charged with transporting
everything from snakes to tarantu-
las to alligators.
Norman Wright of Traverse
City pleaded guilty in August in
Fort Myers, Fla., of conspiring to
capture and transport alligators and
other wildlife. He faces sentencing
in January. Three co-defendants face
similar penalties.
Wright, co-owner of Great
Northern Reptiles near Acme, was
on a two-day visit in Florida's Big
Cypress National Preserve to gather
wildlife for his business.

He, his partner and two compan-
ions were arrested by federal agents
there and charged with illegally
taking creatures from a preserve.
The federal violations are punish-
able by five years in prison and up to
$250,000 in fines.
"We were just hunting in the
wrong place," Wright said. "I had
no idea. We didn't just go down
there to rape the Everglades."
Wright said he's been taking rep-
tiles from the wilds for years and
driving them back to Michigan.
"I did not have the slightest idea
(it was illegal)," he said. "I've been
down to Florida 15 to 20 times in
the wintertime."
The black market for wildlife
brings in $200 million nationally,
according to published reports.
"There's no doubt it's growing.

The value of it is there," said Mike
Elkins, spokesperson for the law en-
forcement division of the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service in Washington.
In another Michigan case, two
Kent County men and a juvenile
were stopped by U.S. Customs offi-
cials in Pembina, N.D., on May 24.
Authorities found 3,274 red-sided
garter snakes loaded in the trunk of
their Nissan Sentra. Nearly one-
fifth were dead.
The snakes, stuffed in 39 bags,
were illegally taken from
Manitoba, Canada, said U.S.
wildlife agent Garland Swain of the
Devils Lake, N.D., office. Canadian
authoritics three years ago banned
the snakes' removal due to diminish-
ing numbers.
Federal authorities say the
snakes can be sold for nearly $20

each in some regions, such as
California.
Violation of Michigan laws cov-
ering the taking of animals is a mis-
demeanor punishable by 90 days in
jail and up to $5,000 in fines.
State authorities say most of
those violations involve poaching
for private consumption, though of-
ficials in the past five years have
charged several people with ille-
gally collecting snakes or other
wildlife for sale.
"Most of our success in finding
these people depends on public co-
operation," said Herbert Burns,
chief of the DNR's Law
Enforcement Division. "We're for-
tunate in Michigan because the pub-
lic seems to be sensitive to fish and
wildlife."

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CABLE
Continued from page 1
to be a thief, it would be pretty
easy."
Legally, the Federal Communi-
cations Commission outlines the
repercussions of the unauthorized
reception of cable service - a max-
imum of six months in jail or a
$1,000 fine or both.
Harmon said auditors and crews
investigate cable sites daily search-

ing for signs of illegal tampering,
although he declined to indicate
what detection techniques are used.
Despite efforts to curtail this
crime, students continue splicing
wires and climbing cable poles to
hook into the 40 channels of basic
cable. Said one determined pirate
whose cable was recently shut off,
and dared to attempt the crime
anew, "This time I won't get
caught."

WOMEN
Continued from page 1
felt the administration should try
to raise awareness of women's prob-
lems by making professors more
sensitive to women in a learning en-
vironment.
"Training sessions for new
chairs and deans would help the fac-
ulty to be sensitive to students,"
Brake said.
In a prepared statement, Duder-
stadt acknowledged the University
has a lot of progress to make in re-
cruiting and retaining women fac-
ulty members.

"We still have a considerable
distance to go to improve women's
retention and advancement espe-
cially at higher levels," Duderstadt
said.
"I think that the report is an im-
portant step to examine educational
issues that are particular to our
women students. I think the Presi-
dent's Advisory Commission did a
good job looking at those thor-
oughly and came up with good rec-
ommendations if implemented,"
Thorson said.
The commission is an ongoing
advisory group to the President.

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