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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 9, 1996


Troops close to DMZ
live with threat of attack

The Washington Post
CAMP BONIFAS, South Korea -
No one knows the danger of North
Korea's recent military provocations
better than the 500 U.N. soldiers sta-
tioned here at this country's northern-
most military base.
The 230 American and 270 South
Korean soldiers live 440 yards south of
the Demilitarized Zone in a cluster of
low buildings surrounded by double
and triple coils of razor wire, fields of
land mines and machine-gun bunkers
reinforced with sandbags.
In a North Korean invasion, they
would be the first obstacle on the only
road to Seoul. "Hell, we're just a speed
bump up here," said one soldier, de-
scribing the base's location in the path
,of the 1.1-million-man North Korean
For the past three nights, the North
Koreans have ratcheted up the ten-
sion. Leaders in Pyongyang an-

nounced they would no longer abide
by the DMZ rules that have been in
place since the end of the 1950-53
Korean War, which allow only a few
lightly armed soldiers from each side
in the DMZ.
Each night since Friday, hundreds of
North Korean troops have conducted
military exercises in the DMZ, hauling
in machine guns and mortars and point-
ing them southward.
Yesterday South Korea threatened to
shoot any North Korean troops cross-
ing the border that runs down the middle
of the DMZ, according to Seoul's
Yonhap news agency.
U.S. officials have minimized the
seriousness of North Korea's recent
actions. They say the North Koreans
are merely trying to alarm Washing-
ton into opening a more direct rela-
tionship with Pyongyang to improve
its international stature and to annoy
South Korea.

Continued from Page 1
GEO steering committee member
Sandy Piderit said GE: has enough
support to execute a stike if needed.
"We're optimistic about media-
tion," Piderit said. "It's pretty clear
from the number of people that we
have staffed that we could do some-
thing more serious if mediation
doesn't resolve this."
Political science GSI John Squier
said he does not agree with the GEO
walk-out vote and is not picketing with

Vice President for University Rela-
tions Walter Harrison said the Univer-
sity was unable to get a clear count of
how many students, professors and GSIs
did not attend classes.
"l don't think there is any way of
getting numbers," Harrison said.
"From my personal observations many
classes met (yesterday, but) my own
class was about half of what it should
Some professors handled the situa-
tion of the walk-out by holding classes
off campus.
Prof. Earl Lewis, who teaches His-
tory 161, met with his 200-person class
in the Michigan
Theater. He said
)Utwof. the experience
"proved to be a
iwn and I pretty good
teaching oppor-
"I've been
teaching about a
Allen Mikhail whole range of
st-year student labor and man-

Source: Rostenkowski will plea bargain
WASH INGTON - Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) has agreed to
plead guilty to two federal corruption charges in return for a 17-month prison
sentence and a $100,000 fine, according to a source close to the case.
Rostenkowski, who was chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means
Committee, could make his guilty plea to two felonies as early as today, if he does
not change his mind, something he has done repeatedly in the past few months. Official
acceptance of the deal would require him to admit his guilt before a federal judge
"The betting is 55-45 that, yeah, he'll plead," said the source, who asked not to
identified, explainingthat"one day he's on board, the next day he's changed his mind."
Rostenkowski is scheduled to go on trial May 15 on charges that he engaged in a
pattern of corrupt activities that spanned three decades. He is accused of misusing the
House Post Office and the House Stationery Store to his own benefit, and of converting
more than $600,000 in federal funds and $50,000 in campaign funds to personal use.
His lawyer, Dan Webb of Chicago, declined to comment through his secretary.
The deal the former congressman now has with prosecutors in U.S. Attorney
Eric Holder 's office involves substantially more prison time than a plea bargain
that lawyer Robert Bennett hammered out before Rostenkowski was indicted in
May 1994.

fellow GSis.
"I'm not against
GEO, but I think
it's a very ill-con-
sidered decision on
their part (to walk
out)," Squier said.
"I think it's going
to hurt GEO's cred-
Squier said he
does not share
GEO's sentiments

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about wages and benefits.
"I agree with the fact that we should
have a union, but it's a serious tactical
error to portray (GSIs) as workers in a
Chryslerplant or something," Squier said.
"In addition to our salary and ben-
efits, we get our tuition paid for."
Some students said they do not ap-
preciate the effect of a two-day walk-
out on reducing class time.
"The undergraduates' biggest effect
is money, and the University already
has that," said LSA junior Ephraim
Simon. "If GEO wants our money, the
undergraduates have already forgone a
crucial step by allowing their parents to
pay it."
LSA first-year student Allen Mikhail
agreed students should not be caught
between the administration and GEO.
"I pay out-of-state tuition and I came
here foreducation," Mikhail said. "They
are using us as pawns for bargaining.
"I think there are other ways they
could have shown their displeasure."
LSA sophomore Kyle Mathews said
he fully supports the walk-out because,
"I don't have to go to classes, and GEO
has some legitimate issues."

a g e m e n t,"
Lewis said. "I felt a better way to
dramatize the issue was to move it to a
different setting."
Lewis said his GSI, Matthew Gladue,
suggested moving the class to an off-
campus location because students gave
oral presentations regarding the issue
of labor and management in yesterday's
"I had told them to make-believe
they were engaged in a conversation
about labor and management," Lewis
said. "One of the groups talked about
the current discussion."
Gladue said GEO paid for the ex-
penses of renting the Michigan Theater.
"The Michigan Theater has certain
operating costs that they had to meet,
and the union paid for that," Gladue
Gladue said his session, which met
yesterday, was studying "protest, dis-
sent and reaction in American history."
"I didn't want to ask students to ig-
nore an act ofprotest happening right in
front of them," Gladue said. "I wanted
to make sure they had an opportunity to
present their project on that day without
crossing the picket line."

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Toyota, Honda plan
to sell electric cars in
Calif. next year
Toyota and Honda, Japan's No. 1 and
No.3 automakers, said yesterday they will
begin marketing their first electric passen-
ger vehicles in California next year, the
first importers to challenge General Mo-
tors Corp. EV1 coupe unveiled in January.
Both the Toyota and Honda vehicles
will present stiff competition to the
two-seat EV 1 because they will be the
first mass-produced vehicles to use ad-
vanced nickel-metal hydride batteries,
which have twice the power of the tra-
ditional lead-acid batteries that will
power GM's EV1.
"They can't let GM or anyone else
gettoo farahead ofthem," said Bill Van
Amburg, spokesperson for Calstart, a
consortium of companies pushing for
an advanced transportation industry in
Toyota Motor Sales USA, Toyota's
U.S. unit based in Southern California,
will market electric versions of its four-
seat RAV4 sport utility vehicle to fleet
users in California, starting in the fall of
Officials look at
airport equipment;
investigate suicide
investigating the plane crash that killed
Commerce Secretary Ron Brown focused
on the Dubrovnik airport's navigation
system yesterday, and ruled out any link
between the crash and the suicide of the
system's maintenance chief.
Niko Jerkic shot himself in the chest at
his home Saturday, three days after
Brown's plane slammed into a hilltop
near Dubrovnik in a windy rainstorm,
killingall 35 people aboard. Brown and a
group of U.S. business leaders were look-
ing into business and investment oppor-
tunities in the Balkans.
The Croatian Interior Ministry is-
sued a statement yesterday sayingJerkic
was not working last Wednesday, the
day of the crash.
He "neither had any connection with
the operational service of the control
tower, nor did his death have any connec-
tions with the tragic crash of the U.S.
aircraft," it said.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ray Shep-

1997, a spokesperson told the Los An-
geles Times.
Toyota will initially sell 320 of the
Japanese-made front-wheel-drive
RAV4 EVs. With its advanced battery,
the RAV4 EV is expected to have a
range of more than 120 miles, com-
pared with the GM EV I's 90 miles.
Child molester's
release sparks debate
AUSTIN, Texas - Larry McQuay
insists that he must be castrated. Other-
wise, he warns, he will continue to view
children as nothing but "sex objects" to
kidnap, rape and kill.
In the past week, McQuay, a pudgy
former bus driver, has catapulted to the
center of a national debate about the wis-
dom of releasing a convicted child m
lester into a community that doesn't w
him, and the use of castration as a means
of control. As he was transferred yester-
day to a halfway house in his hometown
of San Antonio, McQuay moved a step
closer to the goal that disturbs parents and
victims' rights groups the most - his
eventual freedom to walk among their
herd, spokesperson for Brig. Gen.
Charles Coolidge, who is investigating
the crash, said the U.S. team had re-
ceived the statement and was satisfied
Jerkic was not responsible.
Police block parade
turned violent 0
BELFAST, Northern Ireland- Prot-
estant marchers, blocked from parading
through aCatholic area, yesterday hurled
bottles and firebombs at police lines or
a Belfastbridge. Four marchers and three
officers were hurt in the clashes.
Late last night, a police charge scat-
tered 300 marchers blocking the road
nearthebridge. The crowd, mostly yoy
men, fled into side streets as scores
officers in riot gear wielding nightsticks
ran at them. Police arrested severa
marchers and two marchers were hurt in
the stampede to get out of the way.
Earlier, police fired plastic bullets a
youths bombarding them with firebombs
bottles, rocks and other missiles. The
plastic bullets dispersed the missile
throwers, but a crowd later reformed.

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