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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A former
state lawmaker and relative of an Ann
Arbor couple works for a state senator who
has proposed legislation to help them keep
the girl they have raised since birth.
But state Sen. Jack Welborn (R-
Kalamazoo) said yesterday that Margaret
O'Connor's presence on his staff did not
influence his bid to have the Legislature
back Jan and Roberta DeBoer in their
interstate custody battle.
An attorney representing the girl's
biological parents said O'Connor (R-Ann
Arbor) had intervened once on behalf of
her niece, Roberta DeBoer. She wrote a
letter of recommendation to an adoption
agency for the DeBoers, using state
"What they're trying to do is legislate
parenthood.... It must be nice to have an
aunt in the Legislature who can make all
your tears go away," said Marian Faupel.
O'Connor failed to return a telephone
call seeking comment.
relative is not a factor
"it must be nice to have an
aunt in the Legislature who
can make all your tears go
- Marian Faupel
Welborn set a hearing for today on
legislation to help the DeBoers in their
custody dispute with Cara and Daniel
Schmidt, the biological parents of a 2-year-
old girl the DeBoers have raised since
Cara Schmidt, then unmarried, signed
adoption papers soon after giving birth,
naming another man as the father.
She changed her mind about the
adoption and informed Schmidt of his
paternity. The DeBoers' adoption petition
was rejected and Iowa courts ordered them
to return the child to the Schmidts, of
But the DeBoers brought legal action in
Michigan to keep the child whoml they call
Jessica. They won a Washtenaw County
Circuit Court ruling that it would be in the
child's best interests to stay with them.
A Michigan Court of Appeals decision
overturned that, based in part on a
Michigan Supreme Court ruling that third
parties cannot seek custody of someone
else's child. The DeBoers plan to appeal.
Welborn's bill would give third parties
the right to go to court and seek custody of
someone else's child if they have had
custody six of the previous nine months.
Welborn said the six-month provision
was added at the request of University of
Michigan attorneys. The university's Child
Advocacy Clinic is providing free legal
services to the DeBoers.
The provision would let the DeBoers go
to court even if the courts have forced them
to return the child to the Schmidts before
the measure passes, he said.
Israel launches assault after bomb kills 3 soldiers
MARJAYOUN, Lebanon (AP) - Israel
launched helicopter assaults in southern
Lebanon and shelled villages yesterday af-
ter a roadside bomb killed three Israeli sol-
diers and seriously wounded two others.
Security sources said five Lebanese vil-
lagers were wounded in the Israeli raids.
The hostilities came a week before
Middle East peace talks are scheduled to
resume in Washington. Responsibility for
the roadside bomb was claimed by the mili-
tary wing of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah.
Hezbollah, a fundamentalist Shiite
Muslim group, has vowed to sabotage the
peace talks and to keep up guerrilla raids in
an attempt to force Israel to give up its self-
designated "security zone" in southern
The violence began at 11:30 a.m. when
a bomb was detonated by remote control as
an Israeli patrol passed on a road between
the villages of Qantara and Taibeh.
The villages are west of a gateway lead-
ing from the Israeli border town of Metulla
to the Israeli security zone.
Security sources, who spoke on condi-
tion of anonymity, said that in response to
the bombing, Israeli tanks and howitzers
fired more than 100 rounds over two hours
on the villages of Yohmor, Sohmor,
Qabrikha and Majdal Silim.
Four hours later, an Israeli Cobra heli-
copter fired 13 rockets in two separate at-
tacks on Majdal Silim, Qantara, Qabrikha,
Shakra and Ghandouriyeh, they added.
They said the five wounded Lebanese were
Artillery and tank bombardment fol-
uwed the air strikes, apparently aimed at
ravines where the guerrillas could hide.
Villagers reported helicopters strafing olive
The fighting was the latest in four weeks
of violence between Hezbollah and Israel
and its Lebanese ally, the South Lebanon
Army militia. At least 12 people were
killed and 74 wounded this year.
Israel carved out the 440-square-mile
security zone in 1985 as a buffer to shield
its northern towns from guerrilla attacks. It
is patrolled by 1,500 Israeli soldiers and
3,000 South Lebanon Army militiamen.
Two toddlers wait patiently in a carriage yesterday for their mother while she shops in a
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a lot of students, often come with
backpacks. We see a lot of people
who are refusing bags - people
saying they don't want bags," said
Dick Boyd, manager of Middle
Boyd added people are refusing
bags in an effort to reduce waste.
"I've worked here four years, and
I've noticed a significant change in
that time," he said.
Boyd stressed that Middle
Earth's paper bags are recyclable,
but he said Middle Earth bags do not
contain any recycled materials.
Jacobson's does use recycled
bags to fill their customers' demands
"Most people want a bag, and
want a fancy bag with a handle,"
said Jacobson's Lancome sales
She added that the Lancome
company is trying to incorporate re-
cycling into its products and to re-
duce the amount of its packaging.
"Lancome is trying to get away
from boxes and only use containers
- containers are recyclable. (Large
bottles of facial cleanser) used to
come with boxes, now they are just
in containers. Gradually a lot of the
company will try to reduce their
Jacobson's recycles paper, cans,
cardboard and uses bags that are
made out of recycled materials, said
Hope Warner, Jacobson's promo-
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"All of the problems come down
to population. Unless we convince
the people of the world that two
children are enough, we are not
going to solve these problems," he
Maria Comninou, an Engineering
professor, concentrated on social
causes of environmental decay.
She said we are falsely presented
with the issue as an "either-or
situation: it is either jobs or the
environment, animals or our health."
Loggers who are displaced due to
environmental priorities should be
retrained and provided for until they
find new places of employment, she
Comninou also stressed the
importance of an equitable distri-
bution of resources.
"There are many people con-
suming too little (in the Third
World) and a few people consuming
too much (in the United States, for
example). Those with too much must
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people have to agree to help each
other," she said.
Holland disagreed, saying en-
vironmentalism is an issue of where
corporations are inclined to invest.
"It's not a matter of jobs; it's a
matter of high return on capital....
I'm not saying it's right; it's the
reality of the situation. That's where
education becomes involved," he
Princen voiced his own opinion.
"Education is not the complete
answer," he said.
He pointed out that environ-
mental groups have been trying to
reach the public for a long time and
suggested changes in behavior have
primarily come when people no
longer view objects like ivory as a
Chin, on the other hand, said the
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"I'd like to see Duderstadt out
more," McGowan said.
Pava countered this statement
with an emphatic answer of his own.
"We could throw a party on
(Duderstadt's) lawn and he probably
wouldn't show up," he said.
world "needs to come to a consensus
as to what to do."
Princen countered, "Inter-
national cooperation is not all it's
cracked up to be. Because of
wonderful cooperation (like the
International Tropical Timber
Organization), we are losing one
football field of lumber every sec-
ond.... I have no faith in govern-
ments set up for industrial devel-
opment," he said.
Robert Abrams, a professor in the
Law School and the School of
Natural Resources and the
Environment, said he thinks it would
take a combination of solutions to
slow environmental decay.
"We need to come to grips with
pollution prevention, the population
dilemma and the need for
sustainable development," he said.
On a more serious note, Deitch
spoke of the difficulty of being a re-
gent in addition to day-to-day per-
"I'm trying to come to grips with
the many facets of my life," he said.
"I am trying to make a commitment
to do the job effectively."
The regents also said they feared
that rising tuition was making the
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