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YMCA
Continued from page 1
Lewis, Pollard and Page that the agree-
ment was illegal and void.
Great Lakes Bancorp brought suit
against the city of Ann Arbor, Miller-
Canfield and the YMCA for breach of
contract inJanuary. Circuit CourtJudge
Donald Shelton was set to hear thecase.
The YMCA and the city reached a
management agreementthatcalls for the
facility to continue to run its program to
house low-income tenants. The two par-
ties will work together to set rental fees
based onthetenants' incomes.
Miller-Canfield will be dropped
from the lawsuit, and the city is now
responsible for its own legal fees.
The decision to settle out of court
raised much debate among
councilmembers. Prior to Thursday
night's vote, the council discussed
the guidelines of the proposed repay-
ment.
Councilmember Peter Nicolas (I-
4th Ward) initially opposed the agree-
ment. Nicolas said he believed the agree-
ment was too vague in explaining how it
would fund theEconomic Development
Bonds that will be sold by the city.
The agreement states that the $1.2
million would come from the city's
general fund. Nicolas charged the docu-
ment failed to specify from where the

money would ultimately come and
proposed an amendment to extract
money through across-the-board cuts.
"I don't want to solve one problem
by causing another problem," Nicolas
said. "I am not willing to risk the gen-
eral fund. It is important for me to have
some kind of assurance."
Councilmember Christopher Kolb
(D-5th Ward) supported the original
agreement. He responded to Nicolas
by saying, "If you want to act in faith,
you will have to show some faith."
Councilmember Stephen Hartwell
(D-4th Ward) was one of two mem-
bers who voted against the agree-
ment. Hartwell supported it until
Nicolas's amendment passed. "The
proposal puts the city in danger.
Nicolas overstepped his bounds. He
is totally irresponsible," Hartwell said.
Councilmember Elisabeth Daley (D-
5th Ward) joined Hartwell in oppos-
ing the agreement.
Nicolas's amendment also passed
by an 8-2 vote.
Councilmember Jane Lumm (R-
2nd Ward) initially opposed the resolu-
tion in light of the city's overall han-
dling of the situation.
"I'm inclined to vote no, given the
mess we are in. I believe the city has
treated all partners in a shameful way.
The city hasn't acted in good faith. I
think the settlement is ill-conceived,

and it sends a very bad message,
Lumm added. She eventually voted
for the agreement.
Although a majority of the coun-
cil voted to settle, they were not com-
pletely comfortable with the pending
outcome of the ycarlong dispute.
Councilmember Peter Fink (R-
2nd Ward) said, "I am not happy
about weaseling out, yet closure is the
only way to do it."
The council feared the matter would
end up in court. CouncilmemberPatricia
Vereen-Dixon (D-Ist Ward) said, "The
city has had enough of this and to con-
tinue to go on, it will only get worse."
Mayor Ingrid Sheldon supported
the agreement partly because of her
belief in the value of YMCA services.
"The YMCA is truly providing a need

in this community. I am proud of
what the YMCA does."
Sheldon, attempting to build con-
sensus for the agreement, said she had
little faith that the city could maintain
its resources if it were forced to go to
court.
Bill Blewit, executive director of
the YMCA, said his organization has
"approved the concept of the settle-
ment," but cannot comment on the
revised management contract.
The city also faces more dilem-
mas concerning the recent law suit
filed by the Ann Arbor Tenants Union
on behalf of YMCA tenants. "It is an
open question as to how the YMCA
has been treating tenants with disabili-
ties. We want the YMCA to operate
under state and local law," Daley said.

SN A rE
House GOP pledges to pass tax cuts
WASHINGTON - Haunted by the memory of the last time their party
broke a tax pledge, House Republicans plan on keeping a campaign promise
this week by passing their huge tax cut package.
Republican leaders believe they cannot risk abandoning a key part of their
"Contract With America" because they remember the 1990 budget summit, when
President George Bush broke his "Read my lips: No new taxes" campaign pledg*
and touched off a conservative rebellion within his own party.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer (R-Texas) said
last week that despite rising opposition from Democrats and influential
moderate Republicans in the Senate, House Republicans remain committed to the
$188 billion tax cut package. If House Republicans were to renege on their
promise, he said, "the criticism that exists today would double in decibels."
But in going ahead with the tax cut, Republicans also are haunted by
another event: the Reagan budget plan of 1981, when Republicans and a
handful of conservative southern Democrats pushed through President Ronald
Reagan's experimental economic policy of huge tax cuts and modest spending
cuts that helped to usher in an era of record deficits.

RUMORS
Continued from page 1
Ann Arbor resident Renee Emory
ensured the crowd that Hash Bash ral-
lies would continue long into the future.
"We're going to be here the same
time next year- 'high' noon," Emory
said Saturday.
Elderly gatherers, who claim they
have attended the event every year
since the first rally in 1972, screamed

loudest when Emory spoke, respond-
ing with cheers of "Hemp, Hemp,
Hooray!"
Brook was quick to reassure le-
galization advocates that the Hash
Bash would return to Ann Arbor next
year and for years to come.
"Next year, we'll have the largest
Hash Bash ever this time in Ann Arbor.
I guarantee there'll be 10 times this
many people here for the 25th anniver-
sary of Hash Bash."

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change that.... We gotta vote the re-
gents the hell out of this University and
vote some new ones in," Brook said.
Brook was among dozens of mari-
juana-legalization proponents who
spoke on the steps of the Graduate
Library throughout the afternoon. The
rally had amplification power only
from noon to 1 p.m., in accordance
with the University's Outdoor Com-
mon Areas Policy.
During thathour, some ofthe nation's
most outspoken legalizationists kept the
crowd entertained and cheering with
anecdotes and battle cries.
"We're freedom fighters, and we're
not gonna take it," Rasaid. "We're not
criminals. We're peaceful, hard-work-
ing people out here."
Jon Coon, 1994 Libertarian U.S.
Senate candidate, spoke aboutproposed
legalization legislation as well as his
party's view of marijuana activism,
"It takes two things to win this war
- it takes politicians who are willing
to take a stand on this issue, and it takes
people to stand behind it," Coon said.
Ann Arbor resident Renee Emory
spoke of growing hemp on her prop-
erty and her ensuing arrest. Emory said
she used the drug to ease pain caused

by multiple sclerosis.
"They arrested me for growing
my own medicine to treat my condi-
tion," Emory said.
After the amplified-power hour
ended, various speakers used a mega-
phone to preach the virtues of mari-
juana until about 4 p.m.
People came from allover the coun-
try to hear the annual legalization rally.
Rochester native Mark Harting trav-
eled to Ann Arbor to see the festivities
and play his drum. "Ican't even smoke
this year because I'm on probation, but
I'm having fun anyway," he said.
Hundreds of people surrounded
musicians and drummers composing
the drum circles, which have a substan-
tial draw every year.
"Checkout the bongos," said New
Yorker Jennifer Curtin, proclaiming
that the music brought her to Ann Ar-
borthis weekend. "Thisis like nothing
I've everseen."
Curtin rolled a joint as she wan-
dered through the crowd and haze of
smoke over the Diag.
Of the 3,500 attendees who spilled
out of the Diag and into the streets,
most were not University students.
"Marijuana attracts all kinds of
people and some of them are very
strange," said Engineering sophomore
Jill Tanowitz.

Virginia to implement
tough welfare law
RICHMOND, Va. - Beginning
July 1, Virginia will implement one
of the toughest new welfare laws in
the country, forcing recipients to go
to work within 90 days of receiving
their first check, and the law will cut
off their benefits after two years.
But the jobs that could mean the
end of dependency for some of
Richmond's welfare mothers are just
over the county line, in suburban
Chesterfield and Henrico, and the
buses from downtown Richmond
hardly ever go there.-
And the education many of these
women seek to escape a life of dead-
end drudgery often is gained by attend-
ing classes for up to three years at J.
Sargent Reynolds Community College.
Now some may have to drop out, pressed
to get a job - any job - fast.
The new law - exemplary of the
kinds of restrictions expected to be
imposed nationwide by a reform-
minded Republican Congress - will.

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bring unprecedented changes on a
scale that many professionals work-
ing in the welfare system had yearned
for as they endured the'old way's
infuriating contradictions.
2 people die in
Montana avalanche
ANACONDA, Mont. - A 100-
yard wide avalanche swept a man and a
woman to their deaths yesterday while
they rode a snowmobile, authorities
said.
The avalanche missed two others
who also were on a snowmobile in the
Pintlar Mountains about 15 miles south
of Anaconda, in the Rockies of south-
west Montana. .
Search and rescue crew members
on snowmobiles recovered the bodies.
The victims were a man in his 60s and
a 35-year-old woman, said Law En-
forcement Chief Jim Connors.
The slide, likely triggered by the
noise of the snowmobiles, went about
150 yards down the mountain, burying
the victims in about 5 feet of snow, he
said.

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Russian revolt leader ing they had'
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MOSCOW -Former Vice Presi-I r
dent Alexander V. Rutskoi, the deco- Isr~els
rated Afghan War veteran who led a killed ii
deadly revolt against President Boris
N. Yeltsin in 1993, yesterday launched GAZA C
another attempt at unseating his rival lamic extre
by declaring he will be a candidate in set off a bL
next year's presidential election. through their
At a convention of his nationalist including a
Power political movement, support- high on Isra
ers nominated the 47-year-old for the Police ft
June 1996 balloting. bombs, an a
Rutskoi, who spent five months at and a plastic
Lefortovo Prison in Moscow after poisonous pc
Yeltsin sent tanks to crush the Octo- apartment it
ber 1993 armed uprising, used his neighborhoo
moment in the political spotlight to Jabaliheado
accuse the incumbent of plotting to A policel
postpone elections with a referendum the apartme
on extending the current presidential ters studded
term for four more years. hance a blas
But because Yeltsin's popularity "They w
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in the latest polls, a referendum to The H
prolong his rule would be a risky group's mil
undertaking and a move that would Qassam, den
further alienate Western supporters. preparing ex
Diplomats and political observers said accused Isra
they doubted Rutskoi's allegation. behind the b
In his convention speech, Rutskoi
lashed out at Yeltsin's policies, claim- -F

"caused direct damage to
tehood" and urged the
ouster for the good of the
most wanted
.n explosion
CITY, Gaza Strip - Is-
mists preparing a bomb
ast yesterday that ripped
hideout, killing six people,
militant leader who was
el's most-wanted list.
ound seven unexploded
automatic rifle, grenades
i bag with 55 pounds of@
owder in the second-floor
n a crowded residential
d, said Brig. Gen. Ghazi
of PLO police in GazaCity.,
bomb expert walked from
nt clutching three canis-
d with nails, used to en-
st's killing power.
ere preparing an explosive
imb blew up," Jabali said.
amas fundamentalist
itary wing, Izzedine al-
nied its members had been.
xplosives and in a leaflet,
ael and the PLO of being
ombing.
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