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Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, October 8, 1991

City Council debates noise,
environmental ordinances

by David Rheingold
and Ken Walker
Daily City Reporters
City Council members debated a
resolution last night which would
create a graduated system of penalties
for violations of the city noise
The new fine system would call
for a fine of $50-$500 plus court
costs for first-time offenders, a fine
of $100-$500 plus costs for second-
time offenders and a fine of $200-
$500 plus costs and/or up to 90 days
in jail for third-time offenders.
The possibility of a jail sentence
was a major point of contention
among council members.
Councilmember Ann Marie
Coleman (D-1st Ward) stated that
she was "totally opposed" to the
concept of jail terms for noise viola-
tions, although she jointly spon-
sored the resolution in order to have
a say in its final wording.
Councilmember Kirk Dodge (R-
2nd Ward), also a sponsor of the res-
olution, said he believed fines alone
would not be a "sufficient deterrent"
to potential violations, and that he
trusted the court system to decide
which cases warranted a jail term.
"I can't say that in every instance
(jail) is an appropriate measure," said
Dodge, "but that's why we have

The possibility that individuals
'1 can't say that in
every instance (jail) is
an appropriate
measure, but that's
why we have judges'
- Kirk Dodge
City Councilmember
could intentionally seek jail sen-
tences in order to receive shelter and
meals was also addressed by
Councilmember Larry Hunter (D-1st
Ward). "I have a problem with hous-
ing people in jail for this kind of of-
fense," he said.


Brater urges environmental reviews

The City Council last night also
directed City Administrator Alfred
Gatta to prepare a policy regarding
environmental assessment of prop-
erty the city plans to acquire.
The resolution came little more
than one month after a test indicated
that a site at 340 S. Ashley St. was
contaminated with oil - which will
require the city to move a house it
already moved to the site.

"Certainly for me, the South
Ashley site was a catalyst for this,"
said Mayor Liz Brater, who proposed
the resolution.
Brater said the goal of the policy
will be to ensure that owners of sites
are responsible for any necessary
cleanup before the city buys them.
"If we were able to protect our-
selves from acquiring property that
was contaminated, that would be a
good idea," Brater said.

AP Pnoto
Members of the Haitian military gather outside the military headquarters in Port-au-Prince yesterday.
Afterwards, military units stormed to the Legislature Palace and opened fire. State-run radio announced an
hour later that lawmakers had decided to replace exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Senate: Thomas vote will go on

Senate struggled yesterday with al-
legations that Supreme Court nom-
inee Clarence Thomas sexually ha-
rassed an assistant a decade ago. Sen-
ate leaders indicated they would
move ahead with a this evening's
vote and the White House decried an
1 Ith-hour "smear" campaign.
A handful of senators called for
a delay in Thomas' confirmation
vote so that allegations by Anita
Hill, now a law professor at the
University of Oklahoma, could be

thoroughly investigated.
Hill called for a more thorough
investigation of her charges, saying:
"The Senate should consider the
conduct" of Thomas.
"It seems to me a person
shouldn't have to violate the law in
order for his character to be called
into question," she told reporters in
Norman, Okla., where she is a
tenured professor. "I want to focus
on behavior," which she said under-
mined his ability to enforce the very

laws he was sworn to uphold.
In statements to the Senate Judi-
ciary Committee and the FBI, Hill
said Thomas made sexually explicit
remarks to her about pornographic
movies and his sexual interest in
her. She said Thomas' comments
were made on the job when she
worked for him at the Education
Department and later when he was
chairman of the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission. Senate
supporters of Thomas said he denied
the allegations.

Continued from page 1
A soldier fired a shot into the
air to scatter reporters who tried
to approach the soldiers.
The OAS diplomats, foreign
ministers from eight countries and
a leading U.S. State Department of-
ficial, continued their meeting, and
made no immediate statement on
the disturbance.
The OAS ministers had arrived a
short time earlier to warn the leg-
islators against excluding Aris-
"We must seek the restitution
of President Aristide to the presi-
dency of Haiti," said Bolivian For-
eign Minister Carlos Iturralde, be-
fore the OAS delegation left
Washington for Port-au-Prince.
The army and parliament have

opposed Aristide's return without
negotiations, saying that as presi-
dent he didn't respect the country's
institutions and encouraged vigi-
lante action, including the killing
of Aristide opponents by putting
gasoline-soaked tires around their
necks and setting them ablaze.
The U.S. State Department,
which quickly denounced the coup
'We must seek the
restitution of
President Aristide to
the presidency of
- Bolivian Foreign
Minister Carlos Iturralde
against Aristide last week, seemed
earlier in the day to be disassociat-
ing itself somewhat from the
ousted president yesterday. Deputy

spokesman Richard Boucher left
the impression that a solution
without a return to power by Aris-
tide was an option.
Under pressure to distance him-
self from the mob violence, Aris-
tide gave a statement Sunday re-
nouncing such attacks. The 38-year-
old Roman Catholic priest also
pledged to support human rights
and democratic principles once he
was returned to power, The New
York Times reported.
Aristide earlier yesterday
phoned Haitian lawmakers from
Venezuela, where he met with
President Carlos Andres Perez, to
urge them not to appoint a new
president, a source close to the
Venezuelan government said. He
later flew to Jamaica to continue
his campaign for the restoration of




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"We have about 1,500 applica-
tions a year and about half are ap-
proved," Wright said.
Cole said the Attorney General's
suggestion of having a student work
full time for 12 months while at-
tending school part-time is not a
broad enough factor to make a resi-
dency decision.
"You have to look at everything
to determine in-state residency. For
example owning a house in the state,
working in the state and being mar-
ried in the state," she said.
LSA junior Stuart Rosenberg,
who is from Ohio, said the require-
ment is too expensive.
"My initial response is that it
seems costly to work a year. You
would have to be an upperclassman
in order to get a full-time job here,"
he said.
Continued from page 1
months, said job opportunities for
the homeless are limited in Ann
Arbor. Homeless applicants, he said,
often write in the address of the
night homeless shelter, 420 W.
Huron, for their home address,
immediately turning off employers.
"This town is discriminating.
You can walk into a place in town
and ask them the address of the
homeless shelter. That'll be the
first address they rattle off."
Rubin said during the City
Council public comments session
that the city needs to decide on spe-
cific actions to supply low-income
housing in Ann Arbor. She said the
city's current plan is too vague and
is spread over too many areas.
Gregory said he had seen many
meetings like last night's during his
tenure as a homeless person. He said,
"This meeting here - it'll be
forgotten two days from now."
-Tami Pollak contributed to
this report.
Continued from page 1
Abrams also admitted he with-
held information from the House
Intelligence Committee on Oct. 14,
1986, when he failed to disclose that
he solicited the sultan of Brunei for
a $10 million donation to the Con-

Continued from page 1
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Gold said the policy was not de-
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acts of discrimination on campus,
but as a proactive measure.
"We wanted to develop a policy
with flexibility so we could look at
each case individually. We wanted
to stress that HIV infection is
lethal, but that it is absolutely pre-
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As the number of patients diag-
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Although college students are
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students still tend to believe it
can't happen to them, Gold said.
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keep company with won't give them
the disease. They think, 'Yes, I have
sex but it's under control,"' Gold

Here at the University, an AIDS
policy was adopted several years ago
to protect students carrying the
HIV virus from discrimination,
based on one written by the
American College Health
Association. University Health
Services Director Dr. Caesar Briefer
echoed Gold's sentiments concern-
ing students' attitudes about AIDS.
"Most people are very much
aware. The problem we face is trans-
lating knowledge into personal be-
havior," he said.
In addition to educating students
and staff about how to prevent the
transmission of AIDS, a main aspect
of the EMU policy is teaching peo-
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someone who does have a communi-
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fortable with that person.
"HIV-positive students have a
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fear the disease is going to effect
them personally. There definitely is
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Both the Washtenaw County
Health Department and University
Health Services provide students
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