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2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 19, 1996
Blizzard lashes Plains
with snow, strong wind


The Associated Press
A blizzard that seemed to come out
- of nowhere fast blasted the Plains,
stranding drivers overnight in their cars
and forcing hundreds of students to
sleep on carpets and gym mats at school.
In Minnesota, authorities ordered
even snowplows offthe roads and threat-
ened to arrest any drivers making non-
emergency trips. Hundreds ofaccidents
were reported.
The storm dumped more than a foot
of snow in parts of Minnesota, Ne-
braska, Wisconsin and the Dakotas. It
knocked out power to thousands of
homes in several states and forced
schools and offices to close.
Tornadoes tore off roofs in Arkansas
and Texas, where winds gusted to 110
mph. Two men were killed when the roof
of a store collapsed in Anthony, Texas.
The storm caught many by surprise
because it moved in so quickly after a
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million civil lawsuit against the Uni-
versity last January, which was de-
layed pending the outcome of the ar-
bitration .
Peterson said the arbitration agree-
ment could have an impact on the law-
suit, which is slated to begin in
Washtenaw County Circuit Court on
June 10.
Arbitration is a voluntary process
included in the University's grievance
procedure. Peterson said an arbitrator
looks at all available information and
decides what appropriate internal ac-
tion should be taken.
The National Women's Rights Or-
ganizing Coalition, a leftist group that
encourages "militant civil rights ac-
tivism," has backed the three former
:dental school employees in their claim
that the firings were "racially moti-
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Wednesday Evening Prayer 7 p.m.
Thurs. Study/Discussion 7 p.m.
Friday Free Movies 7 p.m
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Pastor Ed Krauss 663-5560

spell ofmild weather. In Waterloo, Iowa,
it was a balmy 54 degrees on Wednes-
day; yesterday, the wind chill hit 50
degrees below zero.
In Minnesota, wind gusting to 60
mph pushed the wind chill down to 86
degrees below zero at Hallock.
"We went out Wednesday just once
and that was for food," said Irma Abel,
a Hallock resident. "We'll be staying
out of this stuff today."
National Guardsmen helped rescue
stranded motorists in Polk County,
Minn., but elsewhere, even rescuers
had to stay indoors.
"We're not sure whether there are
people stranded out there or not," Min-
nesota State Patrol dispatcher Roxanne
Engum said. "Because of the zero vis-
ibility, we can't get out there."
At one point, more than 200 cars
were stranded in Nebraska.
"There are people running low on

Funeral home ends AIDS discriminion
WASHINGTON -Pressed by the Justice Department, a&Virginia funeral home
agreed yesterday to stop charging extra for embalming bodies of people who die
of AIDS or its complications.
It was the first settlement under the Americans With Disabilities Act involving
funeral home discrimination on the basis of AIDS.
The Fisher Funeral Home of Portsmouth, Va., also agreed to reimburse and
damages to nine families that Justice investigators found were charged $300 e
for embalming.
Without admitting any violations of law, the funeral home also agreed to adopt
a policy against AIDS discrimination, which is barred by the disabilities act, and
to train its employees.
Rules issued in 1991 by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Adminis-
tration, based on recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, require
morticians and funeral home employees to treat all bodies as if they have an
infectious, blood-borne disease. As a result, the Justice Department said, there is
no legal basis for charging more when the deceased had AIDS or any other disease.
"Charging additional fees for the same service, especially when grievin
families are involved, is simple discrimination," said Assistant Attorney Gen
Deval L. Patrick, head of the department's civil rights division.

Oklahoma State University seniors Chris Evers of Wichita, Kan. (left) and Dustin
Bunch of Kansas City, Mo., use their hats, gloves and a newspaper to shield their
heads from the cold wind as they walk to class In Stillwater, Okla., yesterday.

fuel and we're making them a priority,"
said Maj. Andy Lundy of the Nebraska
State Patrol.
About 400 students and teachers spent
the night at two schools in Kearney, Neb.

"It just hit so fast, it was a whiteout.
The buses just couldn't go anywhere,"
Principal Jerry Menke said. "The kids
thought it was OK, it was kind of like a
slumber party, but it was a big one."

UC regents postpone proposal to
restore affirmative action policies

months after dropping affirmative ac-
tion in hiring and admissions, the Uni-
versity of California's regents post-
poned action yesterday on a proposal to
restore race and gender considerations.
"it is simply untimely for us to sit
here and debate this today," Regent Bill
Bagley said.
Two proposals were before a joint
committee of regents.
One, introduced by Student Regent
Ed Gomez, would have rescinded the
July 20 vote that eliminated affirma-
tive action in hiring, contracting and
admissions. The other, from Regent
Judith Levin, would have imposed a
one-year moratorium on the new polli-

After apublic comment session and a
two-hour presentation from faculty, the
committee members voted 12-4 to post-
pone indefinitely any discussion of
Gomez's proposal. Levin requested that
her proposal be withdrawn, saying she
didn't believe it would pass. She said
she would reintroduce it in March.
The joint committees could have
tabled the proposals, voted them down
or referred them for consideration by
the full board.
Last summer's vote by the 26-mem-
ber board, seen at the time as the first
major victory for anti-affirmative ac-
tion forces, has drawn protests from
both students and faculty.

The academic senates of all nine
UC campuses have voted to ask the
regents to reverse the decision, and
students have protested at almost ev-
ery meeting.
About 100 people attended
yesterday's public comment session.
Ten students were arrested, cited for
disturbing a public meeting and tres-
passing, and then were released.
As students were led away by cam-
pus police officers, they slapped an
orange-and-black sticker reading "Re-
claim our Education" over theirmouths.
During the faculty presentation, so-
ciology Prof. Dana Tagaki of UC-Santa
Cruz urged the board to "do the right
thing" and reverse its decision.

Mrs. Clinton's record
questioned by aide
WASHINGTON - Adding further
intrigue to the discovery of Hillary
Rodham Clinton's legal billing records,
a presidential aide testified yesterday
the documents appeared on a table in
the White House residence two years
after investigators subpoenaed them.
Carolyn Huber told the Senate
Whitewater Committee she went to the
book room in the White House resi-
dence every two or three days and that
she unexpectedly found the records there
early last August,
She said they were folded but in plain
view, on a pile of books on the corner of
a table where they hadn't beenjust days
"They appeared there," Huber testi-
fied. "I thought it had been left there for
me to take down to put in the file-- you
know, to file in the filing that I do."
She said she was certain the records
had not been there earlier. "I don't think
I would have missed them," she said.
Huber testified the book room was
mainly for the Clintons and their guests,
but was accessible to herself andsome

other White House aides. The room is
next door to Mrs. Clinton's office in the
Committee Chairman Alfonse
D'Amato (R-N.Y.), who has previ-
ously rejected calls to ask Mrs. Clinton
to testify, said the testimony may
prompt him to submit written q*
tions to the first lady.
Rear guards on truck
trailers to change
WASHINGTON - A car sliding
under the back of a tractor-trailer may
be a spectacular conclusion to a movie
chase scene. But in reality, such crashes
result in more than 400 deaths a year.
The government's highway sa$
agency on yesterday announced rear
truck guards on trailers should be low-
ered by 8 inches to help prevent such
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration directly attributes 50 to
60 deaths each year to the shearing of a
car's upper passenger compartment by
the rear metal of the truck, and esti-
mates the new federal rule would se
up to 15 lives a year.

NCI: Beta carotene pills might hurt smokers

°:/ '

WASHINGTON (AP) - Beta caro-
tene supplements do not protect Ameri-
cans against cancer or heart disease,
and might actually increase smokers'
risk of deadly lung tumors, the govern-
ment declared yesterday.
National Cancer Institute researchers
shut down a vitamin study of 18,000
smokers last week, almost two years early,
because too many of those being given
high doses of beta carotene were dying.
There were 28 percent more lung
cancers and 17 percent more deaths
among beta carotene takers than smok-
ers who took dummy pills.
A second U.S. study also found that
people who took beta carotene pills
wasted their money.

"Beta carotene is no magic bullet,"
saidNCI DirectorDr. Richard Klausner.
Is it really dangerous for smokers?
Klausner's not sure, but said. "There is
one very clear message: The only way
to reduce your (cancer) risk is to stop
But the doctors emphasized that
doesn't mean people should avoid car-
rots and other vitamin-packed veg-
etables and fruits. These studies merely
prove that popping the pills can't re-
place the high-fiber, low-fat benefits.--
in those foods.
"A beta carotene supplement neither
substitutes for a good diet nor compen-
sates for a bad one," said Dr. Charles
Flennekens of larvard Medical School.

who led the physicians' study.
Americans usually consume 2 or 3
milligrams of it daily, and many multi-
vitamins contain another 6 or so milli-
The NC-sponsored studies fed
people about 10 times the average
American's consumption,on the theory
that mega-doses might protect against
heart disease or cancer by soaking up
dangerous oxygen molecules that can
damage cells. "Disappointingly,"
Klausner said, the studies "revealed no
The first study, run by the University of
Washington's Dr. Gilbert Omenn, fo-
]owed for an average offour years 18.314
heavy smokers or recent quitters.

Bosnia POW release
deadline today
SARAJEVO. Bosnia-Herzegovina
--- On his first visit to Bosnia since the
signing of the Balkan peace accord he
helped deliver, a top U.S. envoy urged
the government yesterday to meet a
looming deadline for releasing POWs.
"Will there be 100-percent compli-
ance?" asked Richard C. Holbrooke,
assistant secretary of state for Europe.
"Tune in."
Hlolbrooke pressured Bosnian lead-
ers to agree to free prisoners of war by
today, set in the peace accord signed
last month in Paris.
The Muslim-led government has re-
fused to surrender its prisoners until
rebel Serbs account for about 20,000
people the government lists as missing.
Most Bosnians believe those people are
The release of about 900 POWs is the
pact's first milestone, along with the
withdrawal of factions from front lines
to create a 2 1/2-mile buffer zone. The
troop pull-back appears to be proceed-
ing well today, but failure to swap pris-
oners could overshadow that success.

"We are insisting on full cornpli-
ance," Holbrooke said after meeting
with Bosnian President Alija
Izetbegovic. Hedidnotsaywhatconse-
quences the government could face for
alleged corruption
shakes India's rulers
NEW DELHI, India-Already,some
are calling it India's Watergate. But in
this subcontinental version of the po-
litical scandal of the century, both
Democrats and Republicans have been
With nationwide elections only tl'
monthsaway,amessyandwideningpro e
into high-level official corruption has
shaken the usually smug ruling circles of
the world's largest democracy.
Yesterday, President Shankar Dayal
Sharma accepted the resignations of
three Cabinet ministers. The president
of the leading opposition party in par-
liament had resigned earlier.
A total of nine politicians of national
stature have been accused by investiga-
tors of receiving some of the s18.3rW
lion in "hawala" - laundered money.
- From Daily wire services

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