2-The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 17, 1995
Last-minute tax filing spawns postal parties
The Associated Press
For $1, taxpayers in Santa Rosa,
Calif., will have the pleasure of throw-
ing a pie in the face of an IRS agent.
In Harrisburg, Pa., filers can -
and no doubt, will - pay to dunk tax
collectors in a tank.
And in Manhattan's main post of-
fice, tax day will be a circus - literally.
It's all part of a trend by the U.S.
Postal Service to arrange music, food
and fun for folks making the trek to
local post offices to beat or meet the
tax filing deadline.
Today is the big day for most of
the nation, delayed from the normal
April 15 because that fell on the week-
end. Taxpayers in New England and
upstate New York, who send their
returns to Andover, Mass., have until
midnight tomorrow because today is
a state holiday in Massachusetts.
Dunking booths are popular this
year, with people dressed as Uncle
Sam or tax collectors taking the plunge.
In Annapolis, Md., fees paid to
dunk Uncle Sam will benefit the Leu-
kemia Society while the local AIDS-
assistance network will receive the
money raised in Harrisburg, Pa. Tax-
payers who successfully dunk a "tax
man" in Concord, Calif., will win free
postage for their tax form.
In Santa Rosa, the pie-throwing
fees will go to the family of a local
deputy sheriff killed recently.
Ringling Brothers Circus is pro-
viding elephants and clowns to en-
courage New Yorkers to mail early in
the day, and there will be giveaways
of headache remedies, antacids and
food for the 50,000 people expected.
The Springfield, Mass., post of-
fice is renowned for such a good party
that some residents save their taxes
until the last day. This year's program
features quartets of postmasters sing-
ing "Mailhouse Rock."
Clinton gives Congress his 'must list'
WASHINGTON-PresidentClinton on Saturday called
on the Republican-controlled Congress to approve his "mustU h
list" of legislation, including welfare reform, tax cuts for the
middle class and preservation of the ban on assault weapons.
"Real welfare reform, tax and spending cuts that reduce
both the budget deficit and the education deficit, and more
steps to fight crime, not to back up on that fight - those are a
my top priorities," he said in his weekly radio address.
Clinton credited Congress with accomplishing some
"good" work during its first 100 days, but he complained that
many of the lawmakers' new proposals "go too far." Among Clinton
these were "cuts in education and job training, undermining environmental
protections, undermining our efforts to put 100,000 new police on our streets,
legislation to permit the sale of assault weapons, and penalties for going into court
to assert your rights as a citizen," he said.
He said he shares Congress' desire to reform the welfare system, but declare
that any such changes should not "punish children for their parents' mistakes.
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Pope sends out message of
peace during Easter speech
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Em-
bracing the victims of unrest, Pope
John Paul H sent a message of peace
Easter Sunday to people seeking "rec-
ognition of their deepest aspirations,"
including the Palestinians and Kurds.
In Jerusalem, thousands of tour-
ists and Palestinian Christians
thronged the Old City as drums and
church bells reverberated.
But Palestinians said Israeli re-
strictions kept many West Bank be-
lievers away -- a reminder that de-
spite ongoing Israel-PLO talks, peace-
ful coexistence is not yet at hand.
Elsewhere on the day Christians
celebrate their belief in Jesus Christ's
resurrection, armored personnel car-
riers and troops guarded worshippers
in the Philippines amid rising ten-
sions between Christians and Mus-
lims. A Muslim group is suspected of
raiding a mostly Christian town there
two weeks ago, killing 53 people.
Police also deployed around
doomsday churches in South Korea.
Some sects had predicted the world's
destruction before dawn on Easter
and dozens of the faithful prayed in
anticipation of the end. When a pre-
dicted doomsday failed to pan out in
1992, sect members rioted.
In his traditional address from the
balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, the
pope directed his message to the people
of Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Burundi and southern Sudan.
"To families torn apart by war, to
the victims of hatred and violence ...
Pope John Paul II appears at St.
Peter's Basilica for the traditional
Easter Sunday blessing,,
the Church does not hesitate to renew
the Paschal message of peace, re-
minding everyone of our common
origin in the one God," he said.
More than 50,000 people filled St.
Peter's Square under an icy drizzle.
An ocean of umbrellas covered the
square, brightened by splashes of color
from azaleas, tulips and rhododendron.
In his address, the pope spoke to
"those who await, in suffering, the
recognition of their deepest aspira-
tions, such as the Palestinians, the
Kurds, or, among others, the native
peoples of Latin America."
Activists call 25th
Earth Day critical
WASHINGTON --The nation is
about to mark its 25th Earth Day, but
the annual festival of environmental
consciousness-raising seems to be less
a celebration than a call to the barri-
"This may turn out to be the most
critical Earth Day ever celebrated,"
said Fred Krupp, executive director of
the Environmental Defense Fund, call-
ing the day "a referendum on saving
our most basic environmental laws."
On April 22, 1970, 20 million
Americans gathered on campuses, in
small towns, at city parks and at the
foot of the Washington Monument to
demand that more be done to protect
the earth's resources.
With only modest planning, Earth
Day was born, and it has been cel-
ebrated every year since.
In the 1970s, Congress enacted 28
environmental laws that have pro-
duced cleaner air and water, slowed
the destruction of wetlands, brought
new protection for endangered spe-
cies and halted the widespread dump-
ing of toxic wastes.
But as environmentalists prepare
to gather this Saturday, they find Con-
gress threatening to make dramatic
changes to those very laws that the
original Earth Day spawned. 0
U.S. to search for
phony ED numbers
WASHINGTON-To help states
catch illegal aliens, fugitives from
justice and child-support scofflaws,
the federal government will soon of-
fer to scour motor vehicle records for
drivers with phony Social Securito
Criminals and others seeking a new
identity often use false Social Security
numbers to get a driver's license or a
state-issued identification card.
The phony documents can then be
used to obtain welfare, health care
and other public benefits as well as
check-cashing and credit cards, So-
cial Security officials said.
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Canada settle dispute fishing fleet
BRUSSELS, Belgium-Inacom- sures.
promise that could lead to important
new conservation measures, Canada Soldier
and the European Union agreed yes-
terday to end their bitter dispute over lines ne
the rights to catch dwindling fish
stocks in the North Atlantic. SARAJE
Following emergency negotiations -Governm
that culminated in an Easter morning Serb lines so
initialing ceremony, the two sides to seize terr
agreed on a series of quota-monitor- mountain an
ing measures, including a commit- tary reports
ment to launch a pilot project that Signs of
would place international observers in the Bosnia
on some ships fishing in the area and ernment tro
track others by satellite. held territor
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Commissioner for Fisheries Emma when a fail
Bonino said the compromise accord officially ex
will be submitted next month to the The Bosn
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zation, which sets the commercial fish- units regard
ing quotas. detail was av
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new and concrete step towards a bet- Bosnia andI
terjoint conservation policy," she said. where -snip
At the heart of the dispute were peacekeeper
Canadian accusations that Spanish day. One per
trawlers are ignoring internationally fire yesterda
set quotas and dangerously overfish- was wounde
ing the area. -F
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loyment within its own
t but also by the need to
ndated conservation mea-
s break Serb
ent soldiers broke through
uth of Sarajevo yesterday
itory on another strategic
nd several villages, mili-
disarray were emerging,
an Serb leadership as gov-
ops chip away at Serb-
y. Both sides are gearing
ption of heavy fighting
ed four-month cease-fire
pires May 1.
nian presidency yesterday
nation of military reserve
less of sex or age. Little
has escalated throughout
particularly in Sarajevo,
ers killed two French
rs on Friday and Satur
rson was killed by sniper
ay and a 12-year-old girl
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