2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 8, 1996
American capitalism seeks
new allies after Brown's death
WASHINGTON (AP)- When Ron
Brown died in a plane crash, American
capitalism lost its staunchest ally in the
Clinton administration. Now business
executives wonder who will champion
their cause the next time commercial
interests clash with other priorities.
It was on one such effort - his 15th
overseas trade mission - that Brown
and a group of U.S. executives lost their
lives in Croatia last Wednesday.
While Brown was not the first com-
merce secretary to carry business execu-
tives on trade missions, none did it more
aggressively, bringing the trademark
intensity he honed as chairman of the
Democratic Party to bear in the hunt for
multimillion-dollar foreign contracts.
Brown's skills in this area will not be
easily replaced, business executives said.
"No other commerce secretary has
been as active in promoting American
products and services in the global
marketplace," said Jerry Jasinowski,
president of the National Association
While the trade missions were high
profile, they were only a part of his
effort to transform the Commerce De-
partment, long a backwater Cabinet
agency, into a major player in eco-
With the Cold War over, Brown be-
lieved the UnitedStatesno longer should
sacrifice economic interests to other for-
eign policy goals and he used his close
friendship with Clinton to push a busi-
ness agenda inside the administration.
He forged alliances with U.S. Trade
Representative Mickey Kantor to over-
come objections from officials at the
State and Treasury departments to a
hard-nosed bargaining stance that forced
the Japanese, Chinese and Europeans
to accept market-opening deals under
the threat of U.S. sanctions.
He succeeded in battles with the De-
fense Department in loosening Cold
War-era export controls that American
companies had long complained se-
verely limited their ability to sell high-
technology products such as computers
and telecommunications equipment.
And he prevailed in getting Clinton
to switch U.S. policy toward China,
breaking the link between human rights
and trade in the annual debate over
whethertorenew China's most-favored-
The administration insists it will not
begin the process of choosing a succes-
sor for Brown until mourning is over.
Clinton on Friday formally designated
Commerce Undersecretary Mary Good
to head the agency as acting secretary
until a replacement is named.
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marijuana, than those trying to stop it,"
The bash had a mixed effect on those
students who witnessed most of the
hour's events. "I was surprised by the
sincerity of those who organized it,"
said LSA first-year student Tom Dillen.
"Hash Bash was a lot more than just an
excuse to smoke pot."
Other students focused more on the
bash's recreational marijuana use than
its political message. "This whole thing
makes me want to smoke dope," said
one first-year LSA student who did not
want his name published.
Hash Bash came to an abrupt end atj
1:07 p.m. when DPS officers pulled the
plug on the University's electrical feed
that powered the public address sys-
tem. Hash Bash organizers responded
by starting their own generator to main-
tain the sound system's power. Offi-
cials from the Sheriff's Office then
moved in and made organizers shut the
generator down, stating that it violated
Hash Bash's University-issued permit.
Brook responded to the shutting down
of the generator by saying the officers
didn't understand the rules they were
supposed to be enforcing. "Obviously
this great University can't follow their
Brook said that while the permit pro-
hibited the use of a generator, the per-
mit had expired at I p.m. "I was sur-
prised they didn't arrest me when we
turned the generator on," he said. "But
after one, our permit was over and what
we did was fair game."
Hash Bash supporters adjourned to an
"after-party" at Dominick's Restaurant
on Monroe Street after the hour of
speeches. The organizers' petition in U.S.
District Court to close Monroe Street for
the afternoon was successful, but the de-
cision by Judge Denise Hood came too
late for the group to obtain the necessary
$500,000 personal injury and $50,000
property damage liability insurance. The
decision was handed down at 12:04 p.m.
on Friday, four minutes after all Ann
Arbor insurance companies had closed in
observance of Good Friday, Brook said.
Local businesses said Hash Bash had
improved business. "There's definitely
more foot trafficthrough here," said Brent
Bartman, a manager at Wherehouse
Records on South University Avenue.
"Some people comej ust to look and there
has been more T-shirt and poster sales
than anything else."
Authorites investigate gang killings
CHICAGO - The three men were shot as they stood beside a car in the pre
dawn darkness of a suburban crossroads. And within hours, two more were gunned
down in ambushes on Chicago streets. In all, 10 have died.
Authorities say the burst of violence over the last month is a sign that gang
warfare of classic Chicago proportions has broken out again.
A federal crackdown on the 10,000-strong Gangster Disciples street gang
caused a power vacuum among its leaders. The result is a brutal struggle as lower
echelon members try to shoot their way into control of the gang's lucrative heroin
and cocaine trade.
"This thing is market driven," says George Knox, a Chicago State University
gang authority, who says the gang's business can turn ruthless thugs into instant
The violence began following the March 6 conviction of eight Gangster
Disciples, the first in a federal investigation that has led to the indietnment of 39 of
the gang's leaders and their associates.
President Clinton is promising Chicago "gang-suppression" funds. He had
planned to denounce the Gangster Disciples on Wednesday in a speech at
Justice Department, but the session was canceled because of the plane crash t
killed Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 32 other Americans in Croatia.
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New salt substitute
sold at pharmacies
WASHINGTON - Americans with
high blood pressure can buy a new salt
substitute that tastes like real salt, but
they won't find it in grocery stores -
it's in pharmacies near the aspirin.
Cardia Salt Alternative is blurring
the line between medicine and nutrition
because it's eaten under a doctor's or-
ders to fight disease. Welcome to the
new world of "medical foods," one con-
sumer advocates say may be an expen-
sive gimmick, but an emerging field
that's attracting attention.
"This is where food is going in the
next 20 years," said Scott Bass, a
Georgetown University food policy pro-
fessor and attorney. "It's a very hottopic."
Now food makers are branching out
to healthier people. The idea is to har-
ness foods' best benefits in the hopes
they'll keep the slightly ill from getting
Take Cardia, which last week hit
pharmacy shelves in Florida and Penn-
sylvania and will be sold nationwide
later this year.
It looks and tastes like salt but has
half the sodium - plus doses of potas-
sium and magnesiumminerals prover
to help lower blood pressure.
Salt substitutes have been around fox
years, sold in grocery stores next to the
pepper, although some people complair
they don't taste salty.
Goetz shooting trial
to open this week
NEW YORK - The day Willian
Kunstler had long awaited is finally
here, but the late lawyer won't be around
to see Bernhard Goetz's civil trial.
More than 11 years after an encoun
ter with four threatening youths trans
formed Goetz from unknown electron
ics nerd to notorious subway gunnO
the $50 million lawsuit filed by one o
his victims finally goes to trial thi,
"The poignancy of this case is goinE
through the files, seeing Bill's notes
suggestions and writings," said Ronal(
Kuby, Kunstler's long-time law part
ner. "The only sad thing about this cas
taking so long is that Bill isn't here a
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Palestinian leaders to
visit Jordan for
meeting with Hamas
JERUSALEM - An unofficial del-
egation of Palestinian political lead-
ers and intellectuals, hoping to act as
intermediaries between the militant
Islamic group Hamas and Yasser
Arafat's Palestinian Authority, plans
to travel to Jordan later this week to
meet with leaders of the extremist
The self-appointed mediators said
yesterday that they aim to restart nego-
tiations between the two sides that
broke off before Palestinian elections
in January and to bring the extremists
into the emerging Palestinian political
They said they are seeking an end to
terrorist attacks against Israel and to
sweeping Palestinian police arrests of
The group is led by Faisal Husseini,
Arafat's representative in mostly Arab
East Jerusalem, and includes Marwan
Barghouti, the West Bank leader of
Arafat's mainstream Fatah faction c
the Palestine Liberation Organizatior
But they insist they are acting indeper
dently, and Arafat has said he is nc
interested in participating in the negc
Fi hting rages in
MONROVIA, Liberia - Liberiar
in the capital fled their homes or hole
up in army barracks as fighting rage
yesterday between government troop
The airport was closed during6
worst fighting in the capital ofthis Wes
African country in more than three year
Fighting started Saturday morning a
heavily armed government troops trie
to drive deposed warlord Rooseve
Johnson from his home in the easter
suburb of Sinkor.
Johnson, recently sacked as minist<
of rural development, is wanted c
murder charges stemming from clashc
that killed several people in the ca
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