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2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 2, 1996
Legislators boycott
Chirac's speech


The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - French Presi-
dent Jacques Chirac, on his first state
visit to Washington, encountered some
empty seats as he addressed a joint
meeting of Congress yesterday, when
his appearance was boycotted by some
who objected to France's nuclear test-
ing policy.
But he shrugged off the protest, and
went on to what were apparently harmo-
nious talks with President Clinton, in
which thetwo leaders saidthey saw eye to
eye on such issues as the future of NATO,
the importance of aid to developing coun-
tries and the need.to offer assistance to
struggling countries in Africa.
Relations between Paris and Wash-
ington have been mostly cordial since
Chirac succeeded Francois Mitterrand
last spring, and Chirac and Clinton gave
every sign at a joint news conference of
agreeing on most points.
Clinton hailed "France's recent de-
cision to move closer to the military
side of NATO, a move that will
strengthen the alliance," as well as
France's participation in the Bosnia
peace enforcement mission. Clinton
also said he agreed completely with
Chirac's admonition to Congress dur-
ing his speech there that the United
States should be doing more, not less,
in foreign aid.
Clinton even said he and Chirac
"agree to work together on preventive
diplomacy in Africa to begin to head off
conflicts before they start." U.S. offi-
cials previously have been critical of

what they described as France's refusal
to consider a U.S. plan to ward off
looming genocidal war in Burundi.
The discussion of Africa was "gen-
eral," a White House official said, and
Clinton neither sought nor received a
French change of heart on Burundi. But
the two leaders did agree in principle,
the official said, on the need for in-
creased diplomatic cooperation in such
troubled nations as Nigeria, Niger,
Burundi, Sudan and Liberia.
"There is fundamental agreement
between us on most of the subjects we
talked about," Chirac said.
The same could not be said about
Congress, where Chirac - the first
French president to make a state visit
here in 12 years - found some seats
empty and others filled by pages and
staff members drafted to fill in formem-
bers who declined to hear his speech.
Some members had left Washington
to campaign or visit their home districts,
congressional aides said. Some stayed
away because they knew Chirac was
going to urge them to spend more on
foreign aid. But most of the missing
were boycotting because of France's
recent nuclear tests in the South Pacific
- tests that Chirac has said will be
France's last.
Leaders ofcongressional Asian-Pacific,
Black and Hispanic caucuses and of the
Progressive Caucus, a group of liberal
House Democrats, organized the boycott.
"The lawmakers objected that Chirac
was allowed to use the revered, respected
forum (of the House chamber) ... to

Train crash kills 2, releases toxins
CAJON SUMMIT, Calif. - A train hauliig hazardous chemicals jumped the
tracks on a steep hill yesterday and exploded in flames, killing two crew members,
injuring 20 others and spewing toxic smoke into the sky.
"I felt a boom ... We had an earthquake yesterday, and I thought it was another
earthquake aftershock," said Ron Beth, who was jolted awake in his motel room a
few hundred feet away. "I look out and see this big gray-colored column of smoke
Most of the injured were police officers and transportation officials wlo
complained of chest pains, shortness of breath and skin rashes. They were taken
to several hospitals.
Two of the three crew members were killed, but the engineer escaped with
lacerations and an injured back after Patrick Davis, who lives nearby, pulled him
through the window of an overturned locomotive.
All four of the train's locomotives and 46 of its 49 cars left the tracks shortly after
4 a.m., said Mike Martin, a spokesperson for Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Corp.
Five tank cars contained hazardous chemicals, he said.
The fire was still burning intensely at midday: flames were shooting 30 feet into 4
the air and thick gray-black plumes of smoke billowed into the air.

French President Jacques Chirac prepares to speak before a joint session of
Congress yesterday.

come forth and express the views of his
people," said Rep. Patsy T. Mink (D-
Hawaii), who sponsored the boycott.
"That offends the dignity and integrity
of the House of Representatives."
Some of the lawmakers said they
were particularly offended by Chirac's
embrace of a proposed, U.S.-sponsored
international treaty banning such tests
once France's own tests were com-

pleted. "We return the insult with an
insult of our own," said Del. Eleanor
Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).
It was difficult to assess the boycott's
effectiveness as addresses by foreign
officials are often sparsely attended by
lawmakers. Only about 100 House mem-
bers and senators - more than 60 Re-
publ i cans and about three dozen Demo-
crats - attended Chirac's speech.

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"The whole reason we unionized is
beause we think teaching is utmost to
the University," Dexter said.
GEO member Conchas Gilberto
agreed that the work of graduate stu-
dent instructors is the lifeblood of the

"This is a research institution
(where) very little is placed on teach-
ing but more on research and publish-
ing,"Gilberto said. "And undergradu-
ates understand that we do the teach-
Murphy said some of GEO's propos-
als concern improving the teaching prac-
tices of graduate student instructors,
but many are about general issues like
wages and benefits.

Continued from Page 1
a 8-4 vote. It would allow police offic-
ers to stop motorists simply for not
wearing a seat belt, which they cannot
now do.
And Engler wants to see a provision
added to the bill that would reinstate
adding points to a driver's record for
tickets up to 10 miles over the speed
limit, McAlvey said.
Over two days of debate and voting,
supporters of the House speed limit bill
put the brakes on several attempts to
raise the limit beyond 65 mph.
The House bill passed 99-4, but not
until after close votes on some amend-
ments that showed a significant level of
support in the House for going to a
higher limit.
The governor's proposal is being
drafted and circulated among support-
ers of the House and Senate bills,
McAlvey said.
But House Transportation Commit-

tee Chairman Terry London said he
will fight to keep speed limits at 65.
"There is no way that I'm going to
consider voting for faster speeds any-
where," the Marysville Republican said.
Backers of the Senate's 70-mph limit
are just as adamant that their position
"The sentiment seems to be really
strong in the Senate in support of 70,"
said Wes Thorp, an aide to Sen. Dou-
glas Carl (R-Macomb Township).
Thorp said compromises such as
Engler's would be considered by Carl
and others managing the issue in the
"But I think he (Carl) feels confident
that the votes are there for 70," he said.
"He's going to push full speed ahead."
Confusing the debate are those who
feel setting speed limits any higher than
their current levels would be a safety
hazard. Rep. Maxine Berman (D-
Southfield), was one of the few who
voted against the House bill.
"People will be driving 75," she said.
"It's a real concern."

Divorce filed based
on cybersex affair
SOMERVILLE, N.J. - A man fil-
ing for divorce accused his wife of
carrying on a "virtual" affair via com-
puter with a cybersex partner who called
himself "The Weasel."
Diane Goydan's relationship with the
man apparently never was consum-
mated, but her husband, John Goydan
of Bridgewater, claimed the pair had
planned a real tryst this weekend at a
New Hampshire bed and breakfast.
Goydan filed divorce papers Jan. 23
that included dozens of e-mail ex-
changes between his wife anda married
man she met on America Online. The
man, whose online name was The Wea-
sel, was identified in court papers only
as Ray from North Carolina.
Goydan's lawyer, Richard Hurley,
said Mrs. Goydan apparently believed
the e-mail messages could not be re-
trieved, but her husband was able to
pull them off the computer and store
them on a disk.
That raises some privacy concerns,
such as what rights spouses have to
each other's communications, said
U.S. officials, citizens
urged to flee Sudan
CAIRO, Egypt- Washington urged
American citizens to leave Sudan yes-
terday after ordering U.S. diplomats to
get out for fear of terrorist-attacks.
A Sudanese official called the secu-
rity fears unwarranted, and accused the
United States of trying to bolster a U.N.
demand that Sudan extradite three
people suspected of trying to kill Presi-
dent Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.
The U.N. resolution was passed
Wednesday. The same day, without cit-
ing any specific threats, the State De-
partment ordered 25 diplomats and
guards to leave Khartoum because of
"the continuing concern for the safety
of American officials in Sudan."
Yesterday, the State Department rec-
ommended that Americans avoid visit-
ing the North African country and sug-
gested that Americans living there "may
wish to consider departing at this time."
In Washington, State Department
spokesperson Nicholas Burns said the
evacuation was not connected to the

David Banisar, spokesperson for the
Electronic Privacy Information Center
in Washington.
"If it's a shared computer, then the
spouse has equal rights to get on it and
share what's on it," Banisar said.
Teens arrested for
school bomb plot
MINOA, N.Y. - Three 13-year-
old boys armed with fertilizer, die-
sel fuel and bomb-making plans they
apparently got from the Internet
were arrested for plotting to blow
up their junior high school, police
Tipped off by other students, police
in the town of Manlius arrested
teen-agers on Wednesday and sa
they found bomb-making materials at
one boy's house.
The boys had planned to break
into Pine Grove Junior High on
Saturdayand set the bomb off in
the office, Capt. William Bleyle
"These kids appeared to be just dab-
bling in it and very early in experi-
mentation," Bleyle said.
Security Council action but rather based
on Sudan's inability to protect Ameri-
cans from terrorists.
Burns said there were 2,100 Ameri-
cans in Sudan. Many of them are mar-
ried to Sudanese nationals, and ab
350 ofthem work for private aid group
Ex-communist named
Polish prime minister
WARSAW, Poland - Polish Presi-
dent Aleksander Kwasniewski yesterday
named a former Communist as prime
minister, turning aside an appeal by op-
position parties for an apolitical "govern-
ment of experts" to shepherd the coun
through a contentious espionage scanda:
"The only task of this government is to
reconstruct the credibility of Poland,"
said Andrzej Potocki, spokesperson for
the opposition Union of Freedom. "We
are deeply doubtful this can be donenow,"
Although a top official with the gov-
erning coalition, Cimoszewicz does not
belong to its dominant party of ex-Com-
munists, and he has demonstrated a strong
independent streak throughout his career.
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opportunity to improve their car for a
second competition in June, 1997.
The University's engine will use die-
sel fuel for this year's competition in
June, but the car won't meet its fuel
efficiency goal, said the team's techni-
cal manager, Bryan Simmons.
"Fifty (miles per gallon) would be
good," he said.
Also, diesel fuel won't significantly
reduce fuel emissions, Simmons said.
"We're aiming for present standards."
But the team will modify the engine
to burn dimethyl ether for the second
year ofthe competition, which will bring
fuel efficiency closer to the goal of 80
miles per gallon and reduce emissions
significantly, he said.
The nickel-cadmium battery will give
the car a range of 250 miles between
recharges and, if used on a daily basis,
would need to be replaced every four
years, Engineering graduate student Bill
Rimkus said.
The cadmium used in these batteries
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is poisonous, however.
"Batteries area major recyclingchal-
lenge," Mull said.
The FutureCar team also is increas-
ing the efficiency of the car by using
lightweight parts, such as aluminum
powertrain component s, a plastic bat-
tery box and plastic body panels.
While making all these changes, the
team is striving to preserve or improve
the car's comfort and drivability and
keep the cost down.
"The idea ... is to keep (the car) the
same,but more environmentally friendly,"
said Engineering and LSA sophomore
Janet Booth, a team member.
Mull said he was pleased that the
University's team was keeping the con-
sumer in mind.
"You can't have any compromises
for the consumer," Mull said, "because
people aren't going to buy it.
"So far, I'm very impressed (with the
team).... It sounds tome like they're on
the right track."
Even with all the university and in-
dustry research, Mull said it will be at
least 10 years before a car with such
high fuel efficiency is put on the mar-
In the meantime, technology devel-
oped and tested in the PNGV research
project and the FutureCar Challenge
might be gradually introduced into the
American auto industry.
"It could be revolutionary -it could
be evolutionary," Mull said.

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