The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 11, 1993 - Page 3
by Will McCahill
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor postal employees re-
ported 36,000 Elvis sightings Friday
as the long-awaited "young Elvis"
stamps went on sale at 12:01 p.m.
"You could tell by the way the
customers were reacting that sales
would be huge," said Dennis Zajac,
acting superintendent of the United
States Post Office Nickels Arcade
Although Zajac said the King
was not actually seen at his branch,
he did receive calls from Elvis,
thanking the Postal Service for
commemorating him with a stamp.
East Liberty Street Post Office
clerk Ella Williams described sales
as "brisk," and said many customers
bought the stamps in bulk. She
added that one customer even
Iought 800 of the 29-cent stamps.
Customers at the Nickels Arcade
branch are usually University
students, Zajac said, but middle-aged
patrons were buying the majority of
the stamps Friday.
He speculated that older genera-
tions might be more interested in the
$tamps because they were teenagers
in the 1950s, when Presley was at
the height of his popularity.
1 Ann Arbor resident Sandy Hehr
skid she stood in line at the E.
SLiberty St. branch for more than 15
minutes to get her piece of the King.
"My son wanted some, my
mother wanted some, people at work
wanted some," she said.
Hehr said she voted for "young
Elvis" last year when the Postal
Service asked the public to decide
whether a young or old image of
Elvis should appear on the stamp.
* She added the 15-minute wait
was worth it, although one disgrun-
tled Ann Arbor resident said, "I
wouldn't stand in line for a movie,
much less stamps."
Zajac estimated that half of his
branch's allotment of 16,000 stamps
would be sold by the close of busi-
The E. Liberty branch was given
In 20,000 stamps to sell.
State legislatures face huge agendas
As the new legislatures.
convene around the
country, many critical
issues will be discussed in
state capitals. A sampling
of possible action:
17'states have proposals
that would legalize
.20 face budget deficits;
14 will take up universal
health care proposals;
14 will try to reform
campaign finance and
Education reform will
receive attention in at least
Balance the budget and erase the
deficit. Offer cheap health care for
everyone. Invest more in schools.
Set new ethics standards. Handle
the tricky issues of abortion and gay
rights. Do something creative about
crime, and soon.
These aren't agenda notes for
the first Clinton administration
cabinet meeting. They're among
critical issues expected to take the
floor in many state legislatures this
year, reflecting a convergence of
national and state priorities.
Lawmakers around the country
are rolling up their shirt and blouse
sleeves to tangle with remarkably
similar problems, often borrowing
solutions from other states, such as
the Maryland proposal to require
cars sold there to meet California's
strict emissions controls.
When The Associated Press' 50
statehouse bureaus sought a
preview of possible new legislation,
they found about 20 states facing
revenue shortfalls; 17 with
legalized gambling proposals; 14
with universal health care
proposals; and 13 where education
will get lots of legislative attention.
Proposals to protect the civil
rights of homosexuals in eight
states and reform efforts on ethics,
campaign finance and streamlining
government services in 14 states
mirror two issues facing President-
elect Clinton: gays in the military
and his push for accountable
"It isn't that Congress hasn't
dealt with (these issues)," said
William Pound, executive director
of the Denver-based National
Conference of State Legislatures.
"Congress lacks the capacity to deal
"There has been a movement
where the primary action on a lot of
domestic policy issues like health,
social services, infrastructure, edu-
cation, is in the states," he said.
"And that was a conscious policy of
the Reagan-Bush administrations."
But states no longer look only
inward for answers. A sense of
shared agendas leads to
comparisons such as one made by
Wyoming state Rep. Dick Sadler, a
Democrat who wants to limit
Iraq: Missile relocation not
influenced by U.S. ultimatum
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - Iraq
denied yesterday that it bowed to an
ultimatum to withdraw missiles from
its south and claimed the confronta-
tion was created by a lame duck
U.S. president with personal grudges
A spokesperson for Iraqi leader
Saddam Hussein's ruling Revolu-
tionary Command Council suggested
that Baghdad was hoping for better
relations with President-elect Bill
The United States, France,
Britain, and Russia had given Bagh-
dad until Friday night to remove
anti-aircraft missiles from southern
Iraq, where the allies are enforcing a
"no-fly" zone to protect Shiite Mus-
lim rebels. U.S. officials said Satur-
day that Iraq had "backed down"
and moved the missiles.
But the Iraqi spokesperson, in a
statement carried by the govern-
ment-run Iraqi News Agency, 'said
the White House and Pentagon as-
sertions were "not true."
"Our planes and our air missiles
are in the places where we decided
they should be," said the spokesper-
son, who was not identified.
He accused Washington of
"trying to mislead public opinion or
to damage our credibility."
U.S. officials in Washington had
no comment yesterday on the
The Iraqi spokesperson said
President George Bush also might
be seeking to "burden President-
elect Clinton with his policy, which
is governed by personal reasons and
motivated by unjustified hatred" for
State-controlled Iraqi newspapers
echoed the same defiant theme.
The daily Al-Thawra said Bush
was trying to turn the air-exclusion
zone below the 32nd parallel into
"something permanent," the Iraqi
News Agency reported.
The zone was declared by the
United States and its allies Aug. 27.
It is designed to prevent air attacks
on Shiite Muslim dissidents shelter-
ing in southern marshes since their
failed rebellion against Saddam's
regime after his defeat in the 1991
Persian Gulf War.
"The defeated Bush will not be
able to impose his status quo on the
triumphant and firm Iraq," said Al-
Thawra, which is controlled by
Iraq's ruling Arab Baath Socialist
Party. "Iraq, which was not shaken
by the 30-state aggression, will not
be shaken by a defeated dying per-
son who is taking his last yellow
The newspaper Al-Jumhuriyah
said Bush's actions in the closing
days of his administration were an
attempt to embroil Clinton in foreign
issues, the Iraqi News Agency said.
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U.S. Congress representatives
dodge sniper gunfire in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -
Gunfire crackled across Mogadishu
yesterday as members of the U.S.
Congress came under sniper fire and
U.S.Marines killed three Somalis in
a shoot-out and dozens of Somalis
were wounded in clan fighting.
It was some of the> heaviest clan
warfare in Mogadishu since Marines
landed a month ago to secure food
distribution routes to the sick and
starving across Somalia.
Snipers took aim at U.S. forces in
the capital in more than half a dozen
attacks, including an attempted am-
bush in the dark outside the walls of
the former U.S. Embassy compound,
now the Marines' headquarters.
Alerted by a spotter on a tall
building, the Marines fired first,
killing three Somalis. No Americans
Rival clans battled with auto-
matic weapons for six hours yester-
day morning along the so-called
Green Line separating the forces of
Gen. Mohamed Farrah Aidid from
those of Ali Mahdi Mohamed, the
two main warlords in Mogadishu.
The fighting occurred in a no
man's land between the embassy
compound and a soccer stadium be-
ing used by Marines as a jumping-
off point for patrols in the more
unruly northern sector of the city.
Marine spokesperson Col. Fred
Peck said U.S. forces took no steps
American doctors of the
International Medical Corps at
Digfer Hospital said they treated
several dozen Somalis for bullet
wounds. Rumors swept the capital
that dozens had died, but that could
not be confirmed.
On a one-day visit to Somalia,
seven members of the U.S. Congress
inspected relief projects in Baidoa, a
town in the so-called "famine trian-
gle" in the country's interior. As the
Congress members returned to the
Mogadishu soccer stadium late in
the day, snipers fired a few rounds in
Marines hustled the legislators,
clad in camouflage fatigues, into
rooms beneath the stadium. They left
the area in an armored personnel
Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) chair
of the House defense appropriations
subcommittee, told reporters he'd
like to see the U.N. take a greater
role in Somalia so U.S. forces could
leave sooner. Murtha has expressed
concern that the U.S. could have
been mired in Somalia.
Famine, fighting and disease
have killed some 350,000 Somalis in
the past year and an estimated 2 mil-
lion more are threatened. The coun-
try sank into chaos after dictator
Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted
two years ago and governmental
structures gradually collapsed.
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