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The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, January 28, 1992 -Page 3

by Erin Einhorn
and Travis McReynolds
Daily City Reporters
Ann Arbor City Council met last
night to discuss the future of the
city's waste disposal, in a working
session with the Solid Waste
"Even though we are recycling as
much as we can, there are so many
products coming into our households
that are not recyclable," Mayor Liz
Brater said.
Phase II of the city landfill
project, located near the southern
boundary of Ann Arbor, will reach
capacity by early May, said Rob
Bauman, assistant city administrator
for environmental services.
The Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) has twice rejected
the city's proposal to build another
landfill, Phase III, just west of Phase
The Council work session was
designed to determine "how we're
going to dig out of this problem that
we have," Brater said.
Of the three options presented,
nost of the council members are
leaning toward contracting outside
the city for a long-term disposal
capacity. This option involves
hauling city waste to Browning-
Ferris Industries'(BFI) landfill in
Salem Township.
The other two choices involve
appealing the DNR's denial of the
Phase III project or redesigning the
preliminary Phase III plans and then
reapplying for approval.
Councilmember Mark Ouimet
(R-4th Ward), chair of the Solid
Waste Commission is in favor of
sending the waste outside the city
rather than spending more money to
defend the Phase III plan.
The city has already spent close
to $1.7 million in legal fees for the
project. "I'm not sure if we can win
the fight with the DNR," Ouimet
said. "There's a huge unknown out
there if the city continues to deal
with the waste."
Councilmember Nelson Meade
(D-3rd Ward) was the only council
member present who vocally
favored a different option because
he said shipping the waste could be
more expensive than working with
Phase III.
Council will vote for one of the
three options on Feb. 17.

Engler says he
will cut taxes,



Head of the class
Trevor Moeller, a student leader for the Amazin' Blue program, gives a campus tour to some of the top 5
percent of admitted in-state high school seniors in Angell Hall Computing Center.
Bush seeks advisors' input
despite conflct of Interest

LANSING (AP) - Gov. John
Engler filed "a promise kept" to
Michigan citizens yesterday,
410,033 petition signatures of peo-
ple who support his plan to cut
property taxes and cap future in-
Engler, flanked by lawmakers
and speaking to about 100 lobbyists,
staff and petition circulators, said
the reduction would ignite Michi-
gan's economy by putting dollars
back in taxpayers' pockets.
He campaigned for governor in
fall of 1980 on the promise of cut-
ting taxes for Michigan property
owners. The effort needs only
256,457 of the signatures to be cer-
tified by the Board of State Can-
vassers in order to be put on the
November ballot for a vote of the
Engler dubbed his plan "cut and
cap" because it cuts school property
taxes by 30 percent, and then caps
assessment increases at no more than
3 percent a year after that.
He said he is confident that state
revenue growth, which has averaged
about 5 percent a year for two
decades, could absorb the cost. He
says it would put $6.5 billion back
into the economy over five years.
"We have to lay the cornerstone
for a stable growth climate in
Michigan," he said.
Democratic critics, who are push-
ing their own plan, say Engler's ap-
proach doesn't have a true revenue
source - especially with current
economic woes - and would end up,
meaning more cuts in state pro-

anomy t
"There are specific provisions in
the governor's proposal that I think
would haunt us," said Rep. Lynn
Jondahl (D-Okemos) chair of the
House Taxation Committee.
Jondahl said the tax plan would
cost $1 billion out of the state's
$7.6 billion budget.
"There's a whole gamut of ser-
vices that would be jeopardized;"
she said.
Jondahl also said Engler's plan
would give most tax relief to the
property wealthiest, while the
House Democratic plan focuses on

dent Bush has quietly exempted 13
top officials from federal conflict-
of-interest laws so they may advise
him on how Libya can be "punished
and isolated" for the bombing of
Pan Am flight 103.
Three of the officials, Secretary
of State James Baker, then-Com-
merce Secretary Robert Mosbacher
and National Security Adviser
Brent Scowcroft, have large oil in-
vestments. One tactic proposed by
foreign policy experts has been an
oil embargo against the North
African nation.

The unusual group waiver was
granted by Bush less than a week af-
ter two Libyan intelligence officers
In August of 1990,
Bush similarly waived
the law for 11 top
were indicted by the Justice De-
partment and Britain last November
in the 1988 airliner bombing over

Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270
A president is known to have
granted a similar group exemption
only once before: In August of
1990, Bush similarly waived the
law for 11 top officials so he could
get their advice on "policies and
military measures" to counter the
week-old Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
It is a felony for federal officials
to take or recommend government
actions that directly affect their fi-
nances, but a boss can waive the law
if the financial interest is too small
to influence them.

'We have to lay the
cornerstone for a
stable growth climate
in Michigan.'
-Gov. John Engler
middle-income homeowners,' ,r
those with homes worth $125,000
or less.
That plan, which was submitted
to the Secretary of State a couple
weeks ago, would be paid for by end-
ing a capital acquisition deduction
for Michigan businesses.
Republicans say the Democrats
merely are proposing a tax shift on
to the state's job providers, as anend
to the deduction as well as failure
to give businesses a property ,tax

Workshop discusses racism, environment

by Nicole Malenfant

Carolyn Becking, a University
alumnus and program director for
Leadership Education and
Development for Our Environment
(LEAD), led a 50-person workshop
on the issue of environmental
racism last night at the School of
Natural Resources.
Environmental racism is an is-
sue that affects three out of five
Black and Hispanic people in this
country, said Becking while leading
Environmental Action's (Enact)
weekly meeting. She addressed the
racial and economic factors that are
statistically evident when study-
ing the location of environmental
waste sites in this country.

Becking quoted a report of the
United Church of Christ's
Commission for Racial Justice
which says that "race is the leading
factor in the location of commer-
cial hazardous waste facilities."
Becking first had the group
brainstorm reasons for the exis-
tence of environmental discrimina-
tion. Students singled out lack of
education, organization, money and
concern as reasons for discrimina-
tion. As well, the students blamed
a "not in my backyard" mentality
and Reagan and Bush.
Working in small groups, the
members brainstormed solutions
to the problem from both a racial
and economic perspective.

"We might not be able to go in
and do it ourselves, but in terms of
helping communities that want to
organize against the offenders, we
'We have the
information, resources
and money to help
-Robinne Weiss
Enact member
have the infonnation, resources and
money to help them," said Robinne
Weiss, Ann Arbor resident and
Enact member.
Students also came up with sug-
gestions of action that could be
done on a more individual level,

such as voting, using political ac-
cess, and making efforts to recycle
and reduce consumption.
LEAD's projects include stu-
dent-run courses in which students
design and run a class to earn credit
while working outside the class-
Workshops such as yesterday's
are the organization's first phase of
this plan which is already in full
swing at other major universities
around the country.
Williams College students de-
signed a dorm energy saving con-
test which saved 10 percent of
building costs in one year and re-
turned half of the savings ($8,000)
back to the students.


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Muslim Student Association member Kamran Bajwa's quote in
yesterday's Daily should have read: "They want to attack the root of the
problem which is the lack of submission to Allah."
The women's tennis match Saturday will be held at the Track and
Tennis Building.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today


Ann Arbor Committee to Defend
Abortion and Reproductive Rights
(AACDARR), general mtg, Michigan
Union, 6:30 p.m.
Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Fraternity,
mtg, and nominations, 2209 Michigan
Union Rms A & B, 7 p.m.
Peace Relations Student Society of
America, winter projects mass mtg, all
students welcome, 3040 Frieze Bldg, 6
SADD, mass mtg, 2203 Michigan
Union, 7 p.m.
Students for Harkin, steering
committee mtg, 2008 MLB, 6-7 p.m.
Time and Relative Dimensions in
Ann Arbor, weekly mtg. British
science fiction tv showings, 2439
Mason, 8 p.m.
"A Fox Among Chickens':
Contradictions in Qoheleth", Brian
Schmidt. 3050 Frieze Bldg, 4 p.m.
"Report from a Recent Journey in
Brazil and Ecuador," Shirley Lewis.
International Center, noon.
"U.S. Relations with Israel and the
Palestinians", Elizabeth Barlow,
International Center, noon.
Safewalk, night-time safety walking
service. Sun-Thurs 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.,
Fri-Sat. 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Stop by 102

Northwalk, NorthCampus nighttime
team walking service. Sun-Thur 8
p.m.-11:30 p.m. Stop by 2333 Bursley
or call 763-WALK.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors,
Angell/Mason Hall Computing Center,
7-11 p.m.
Registration for "Uncommon
Campus Courses", North Campus
UAC/Musket, Chess auditions,
Anderson Rm, 7 p.m.-midnight, come
by 2105 Michigan Union to sign up for
1-4 minute slots and to pick up
audition information packet, today:
vocal auditions.
Michigan Ultima Team, practice
times changed, 9:30 p.m.
"Revolution Across Europe: The
Struggles After World War I",
SPARK, B 122 MLB, 7-8 p.m.
University Symphony Orchestra
and University Philharmonia
Orchestra, performances of Brahms,
Mozart, and Barber, Hill Auditorium,
8 p.m.
Ann Arbor Department of Parks
and Recreation, registration for Over
30 Hockey Leagues, Spring Science
Day Camp, and Spring Pioneer Living
Day Camp.
Israel Information Day, Sivan Maas
of Israel Resource Center will provide
information about a summer in Israel,
Hillel, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. by appointment.
Career Planning and Placement.,
Searching for a Summer Job or

Patient attacks nurse
with scissors
An inmate from the Center for
Forensic Psychiatry attempted to
assault a nurse and two guards at the
University Hospital last Tuesday,
according to DPS reports.
The man, a 21-year-old mental
patient who is serving prison terms
for three felonies, grabbed a pair of
scissors from the nurse's hand and
attempted to attack her, reports
The two guards intervened and
the patient was subdued. The nurse
and one guard suffered minor in-
juries from the struggle.
The subject was returned to the
state Forensic Center.
Man attempts
suicide, found alive
Department of Public Safety of-
ficers (DPS) located a suicidal man
in the Chemistry Building, 930 N.
University Ave., Wednesday, after
receiving information that he was
hiding in a building under construc-
tion on campus, according to police
students for

This marked the end of an exten-
sive search by the Ann Arbor Police
Department to locate the man, who
had abandoned his truck on Geddes
Rd. with a suicide note in it.
According to police reports, DPS
received a phone call from the Ann
Arbor Police Department at 1:19
a.m. on Wednesday advising them to
be on the lookout for a 34-year-old
man who had slit his wrists.
DPS officers searched the five
buildings on campus that are under
construction and found the subject
in the Chemistry Building with a
cut in his left arm. The man was
transported to the University Hos-
pital emergency room, reports said.
University Hospital
patient shoots
A University Hospital patient
shot and fatally wounded himself
yesterday, Lt. Vernon Baisden of the
University Department of Public
Safety (DPS) said.
DPS was notified of the shooting
at 12:54 p.m. by a hostpital staff

member. The man was found in the
restroom area, Baisden said.
Mike Harrison, the public rela-
tions director at the hospital, was
unable to provide information about
the patient or a possible reason why
he shot himself.
Hop In holdup
The Hop In on Maple St. was the
scene of a hold-up Saturday. Accord-
ing to police reports, a lone suspect
stole $56 from the store after wav-
ing what resembled a BB gun. After,
the suspect fled down Miller St.
and was followed by police tracking
dogs. The dogs were unsuccessful,
and the suspect escaped.
YMCA floods
Ann Arbor's YMCA on 350
South Fifth Ave., was the sight of
what police reports called a disas-
trous flood, Saturday. An unknown
vandal set off the facility's fire

alarm and sprinkler system. 'The
building was flooded and closed
down. Residents were relocated.,,-K
Man found in
trash bin
Willie Effinger, Jr. was stopped
at the corner of State and Eisen-
hower by Ann Arbor Police Friday,
January 17, but failed to cooperate.
Instead, he MAd on foot to a trash
bin behind the Olive Garden Restau-
rant where he hid.
While Effinger hid, workers at
the Olive Garden emptied trash into
the bin. Police identified Effinge
by what the police report termed
"italian garbage" that covered his
body as he walked home.
-by Ben Deci
and Lauren Dermer
Daily Crime Reportes
1& 4

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