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Scott rides
U.S. to get
bike paths
by Jonathan Berndt
Daily Staff Reporter
The Diag's latest visitor does not
use money, sleeps wherever her
sleeping bag will fit and has not
driven a car in three years.
Willa Scott of San Francisco is
riding a 21-speed Schwinn bicycle
across the country. Along the way,
she is gathering signatures on an un-
official petition asking for more bike
and walking lanes throughout
* "I was married to my car for 30
years," said Scott, who gathered stu-
dent signatures on the Diag yester-
day. "I wasn't aware I was hurting
But she said that when she found
out that cars contribute to depletion
of the earth's ozone layer, she gave
up driving.
"When I gave up my car three
years ago, I felt like a fish out of wa-
0ter. But when my bike was taken
from ine for two days, (she tried to
cross the Mackinac Bridge illegally
- on a bike) I felt the same way,"
she said.
But now, armed with information
from researchers at the University of
'When I gave up my car
*three years ago, I felt
like a fish out of wa-
ter. But when my bike
was taken from me for
two days, I felt the
same way.'
- Wi/Ia Scott
San Fransisco resident
Colorado-Boulder who work with
NASA, she rides her bike across the
country urging people to give up
their cars to save the ozone layer.
Scott said many people are not
receptive when she tells them not to
drive their cars.
"They say, I have to get to
work.' I ask them, How long will
you eat. well when you are destroy-
ing the planet'?' There is no answer
for that."
In East Lansing recently, Scott
gave a T-shirt embossed with 300
names to a representative of Gov.
John Engler. She has also presented
signed clothing to governors in
California and Wisconsin and to the
Clinton-Gore campaign in
Yesterday, 129 U-M students
signed the petition.
"The response was wonderful,"
she said. "I just try to get as many
signatures as I can, as fast as I can."

City Council
delays vote on

Swing your partner round and round
Engineering sophomore Randy Logan and his friend Marcia concentrate on their shuffle kick during a square
dancing class in the Michigan Union. The class - which is sponsored by the A-Squares - meets every Monday.
Poll finds voters favor proposals
to cut taxes l9iit terms of o1fice

waste fa
by Adam Hundley
Daily City Reporter
After receiving two unexpected
bids, the Ann Arbor City Council de-
layed a decision last night to build a
facility that would manage waste for
the city and U-M communities.
The city had planned to begin
negotiations with Container
Recovery Incorporated (Crinc).
But late bids last week by
Browning-Ferris Industries and Mr.
Rubbish compelled the council to
re-evaluate the proposals.
Council members stressed the
U-M's importance in the bargaining
"The overall economics of a city-
owned facility improve considerably
with the addition of the university,"
said City Administrator Al Gatta.
In turn, the university empha-
sized its commitment to choosing
the proper vendor.
"If Crinc isn't the city's preferred
vendor, we are prepared to discuss
contracting with either of the other
bidders," James Christenson, direc-
tor of plant operations at the U-M,
told the council in a letter.
"Our intention to negotiate a con-
tract directly with the vendor is
consistent with discussions between
both city and university staff and the
vendors," he wrote.
The promise of better facilities
and shared revenues for U-M waste
has prompted the university to sup-
port the building of a new facility.
The U-M has pledged to pay 15
percent - up to $20,000 - of con-

-i -
sulting costs to ensure the best pos-
sible contract for the city and the.-
"We ... hope that the agreements'
reached will help maintain the city's'
and the university's positions as-
leaders in recycling and solid waste
management," Christenson wrote.
Crinc estimated that the facility'
will cost about $8.8 million to build
'The overall economics
of a city-owned facility
improve considerably
with the addition of
the university.'
- Al Gatta
city administrator
and another $11.9 million to operate
over the next 10 years.
Browning-Ferris Industries,
which submitted a bid, said it could
handle the city's waste through its
facility in Plymouth at a cost of
about $17 million over the next 10
But city administrators and uni-
versity officials said they still favor
Crinc because it has a good reputa-
tion and it would ensure a facility
located and operated within the city
of Ann Arbor.
The resolution was deleted from
the council's official agenda and=will
be taken up again after councilmem-
bers and the university study the new

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan
voters favor ballot proposals to limit
property taxes, limit officeholders'
terms and reduce auto insurance
rates, according to a poll published
Schulman, Ronca and Bucuvalas
Inc. of New York conducted the
telephone poll of 606 likely
Michigan voters Thursday and
Friday for The Detroit News. Its
margin of error was 4 percentage
The survey of statewide

proposals on the Nov. 3 ballot
-Proposal A, which would limit
annual property assessment
increases on homes to 5 percent or
the rate of inflation, whichever is
less, led 59 percent to 20 percent.
The Legislature placed it on the
-Proposal B, to limit state and
federal lawmakers to two or three
terms, led 67 percent to 24 percent.
A petition drive won it a place on the

-Proposal C, which would limit
school property taxes, led 47 percent
to 34 percent. Gov. John Engler
backed the so-called "Cut and Cap"
plan, which reached the ballot
through a petition drive.
-Proposal D, which would roll
back car insurance rates by lowering
mandatory medical coverage and
restricting lawsuits, led 56 percent to
30 percent. AAA Michigan led a
petition drive to place it on the

Planned Parenthood announces campaign endorsements

LANSING, Mich. (AP)- The political arm
of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan
made its debut in campaign endorsements yes-
terday by backing a pro-choice candidate in a
state House race.
Margy Long, director of Planned Parent-
hood Advocates of Michigan, said the pro-
choice group will spend at least $5,000 identify-
ing voters who back Candace Curtis (D-Swartz
She is trying to oust Rep. Dave Robertson
(R-Grand Blanc) in the 51st District.
Long said the endorsement is a first step
toward challenging the political might of Right
to Life of Michigan.
"We believe that with the election of Candace
Curtis that we can send a message (to state
lawmakers) that first of all districts in this state
are not anti-choice ... and secondly, that we are
also a force to be reckoned with," Long said.
Kenneth Edelin, chair of Planned Parent-
hood Federation of America, said at a news
conference that the Michigan group was the first
Planned Parenthood organization nationwide to
endorse a candidate on the local level.
"This really is a test for the rest of the
country," he said.
Jane Muldoon, chair of Right to Life of
Michigan's political action committee, said the

'We feel a little bit like David
going up against the Goliath
of Right to Life. ... We see
this as just a start for us.'
- Margy Long
Director of Planned Parenthood
Advocates of Michigan
endorsement is not much of a test.
Robertson already faces a tough fight as a
Republican in a Democratic-leaning district,
she said.
"I don't think they'll add a great deal to that
challenge," she said.
Right to Life's PAC has endorsed candidates
since the mid-1970s and is backing candidates
in 57 House races this year, including
I'm just surprised anyone would choose
just one race out of all of the House races,"
Muldoon said.
Long said the pro-choice group eventually
will be able to challenge Right to Life's state-
wide effort.
"We feel a little bit like David going up

against the Goliath of Right to Life. ... We see
this as just a start for us," she said.
Planned Parenthood's political arm will con-
tinue to publicize the abortion stands of candi-
dates statewide without endorsing in the other
races, she said.
The Curtis-Robertson race was chosen be-
cause of stark differences in the candidates'
positions on abortion and because Curtis was
judged to have a shot at winning, Long said.
Curtis said she believes the decision to have
an abortion should be up to the woman. She
welcomed the endorsement.
Long called Robertson an extremist who
opposes abortion even in cases of rape and
Identifying pro-choice voters and getting
them to the polls also could help Democratic
incumbent U.S. Rep. Bob Carr in his race against
Republican Dick Chrylser, she said.
"We wanted to focus on a race where we
could get the most ban, for our buck," she said.
Robertson said his abortion views are main-
"I am sensitive and cognizant of the con-
cerns raised by those who mention rape and
incest. I have a conscience like anyone else and
I amu in no way extreme," he said.
Robertson said Democrats already have tar-

'All they're doing is
swooping in here and
targeting me for reasons
that have absolutely
nothing to do with abortion.'
- Dave Robertson
U.S. Representative
ceted him. Planned Parenthood was trying to
piggyback on that and help Democrats take a
Republican's seat, he said.
"All they are doing is swooping in here and
targeting me for reasons that have absolutely
nothing to do with abortion, so they can come in
and take credit for my defeat," he said.
"If they are targeting pro-life extremists,
why not goafterpro-life leaders" who are Demo-
Edelin said Planned Parenthood would pre-
fer to stay out of politics, but the pressure of anti-
abortion groups to outlaw abortion made that
"It became clear we had to get involved in
electoral politics. That's where the action is," he


Robert Geake (R-Northville) is a member of the Michigan Senate. He is seeking election to the U.S. House of
Representatives against incumbent William Ford (D-Ypsilanti). Virginia Nordby, associate vice president for
student services, attended Friday's meeting about the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Death, injuries result from power
plant explosion in Indiana town

Student groups
Q Christian Science
Organization, meeting,
Michigan League, check room
with front desk, 7-8 p.m.
Q Lutheran and Episcopal
Campus Ministries,
"America's Original Sin,"
Michigan League, rooms 1 and
2, 3:10-4:30 p.m.
Q Newman Catholic Student
Association, Catholic Update
Classes, 7 p.m.; "Political
Responsibility" panel and
discussion, 7 p.m.; Saint Mary
Student Parish, 331 Thompson
Q TaeKwonDo Club, regular
workout, CCRB, room 1200,
7:45-9:15 p.m.
Q U-M Asian American Student
Coalition, meeting, Michigan
Union, fourth floor, 7 p.m.
Q U-M Bridge Club, free
beginning bridge lesson series,
Michigan Union, room 1209,7
Q U-M Shotokan Karate, practice,
CCRB, Martial Arts Room,
8:30-10 n.m.

required, $6, call 764-3967.
Q "Capturing the Spirit:
Portraits of Contemporary
Mexican Artists," Smithsonian
exhibit, Ann Arbor Public
Library, 343S. Fifth Ave., lower
level Multi-Purpose Room, 9
a.m. - 9 p.m.
Q Career Planning and
Placement, Writing a Career
Objective, CP&P Conference
Room, 4:10-5 p.m.
Q College Bowl Registration and
Seeding Quiz, Michigan Union,
Kuenzel Room, every hour 6-9
p.m.; North Campus Commons,
Southeast Room, every hour 5-
10 p.m.
U Hellenic Student Association,
mass meeting and elections,
Michigan Union, Wolverine
Room, 8-9 p.m.
U "Landslide," presented by The
Ark, tickets $5.25 for students,
$6.25 for Ark members
purchased at the Michigan
Union Ticket Office or at the
door, The Ark, 637 1/2 S. Main
St., 8 p.m.
Q Phi Aloha Delta Pre-Law

Q "The Perils and Promises of
the Superconducting Super
Collider," Department of
Biology, Chrysler Center, room
165, 7:30 p.m.
Q "The Rebellion in Los Angeles-
Points the Way Forward,"
Revolutionary discussion series,
MLB, room B122, 7-8 p.m.
Q "Twenty Years in the Twilight
Zone," Brown Bag Lunch
Series, Lane Hall, Commons
Room, 12 p.m.
Q Yom Kippur Mazon Donations,
Hillel Foundation, Conservative
Services, Michigan Union,
Ballroom, 6:35 p.m.; Orthodox
Services, Hillel,1429 Hill Street,
6:35 p.m.; Reform Services,
Hillel, 6:35 p.m.
Student services
Q Northwalk Nighttime Safety
Walking Service, Bursley Hall,
lobby, 8 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Q Psychology Undergraduate
Peer Advising, Department of
Psychology, West Quad, room
K210, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

MEROM, Ind. (AP) - An ex-
plosion and fire rocked an electrical
power plant yesterday morning,
killing an unknown number of
workers. As many as a dozen others
were rescued by helicopters from
atop the burning structure.
"There have been some deaths;
we don't know how many," said
Cpl. Michael Capicik of the Indiana
State Police post at Terre Haute,
about 35 miles north of the plant.
At least two people were seri-
ously hurt and a busload of less
severely injured workers was en
route to Mary Sherman Hospital in

'There have been some
deaths; we don't know
how many.'
- Cpl. Michael Capicik
Indiana State Police
Sullivan 10 miles east of the plant,
said Roma Hayes, hospital
Emergency medical technicians
at the scene told her there were sev-
eral deaths. "We haven't confirmed
anything, but that's what we've been

told," she said.
The hospital was on its "Code D"
disaster footing, as it prepared for.
the casualties, she said.
Helicopters were used to rescue;
10 to 12 workers trapped on the roof
of the 200-foot-tall Hoosier Energy;
power plant.
At midafternoon, officials were;
attempting to determine if any work-
ers were unaccounted-for. The firer
was still burning.
Meron is a small town on the,
Wabash River, which forms the bor-
der between Indiana and Illinois,!
about 75 miles north of Evansville.



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