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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 9, 1996

NATION/WORLD

Fran kills 22, floods neighborhoods

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Their
neighborhoods in tatters but their
resolve largely intact, residents of hurri-
cane-battered areas turned yesterday to
cleaning up formidable messes, watch-
ing swollen waterways and adjusting to
life without electricity. At least six peo-
ple were still reported missing.
Four electric utilities reported a total
of 596,000 customers still without
power. Water, and especially ice,

of destruction as far inland as Raleigh
and Winston-Salem before flooding
Virginia and West Virginia with heavy
rain.
The storm and its aftereffects killed
at least 22 people - 17 of them in
North Carolina - mostly by falling
trees, flooding and traffic accidents.
The Federal Emergency Management
Agency had declared 34 North
Carolina counties disaster areas as of
yesterday afternoon.

Trial to open gay mamage issue
HONOLULU - Chalk it up to the live-and-let-live atmosphere that prevails in
Hawaii. In the six years since Joseph Melillo and Patrick Lagon, a gay couple,
asked the state Health Department for a license to marry, they have received just
one nasty phone call.
Tomorrow, the emotional issue comes to a head in the courtroom of Judge Kev4
Chang, a former prosecutor and corporate lawyer with a reputation as a fair, mod-
erate jurist. It will be his decision alone. There will be no jury. The New York-based
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties
Union are supporting the plaintiffs' case.
But their move has set off alarm bells across the country, triggered a rancorous nation-
al debate and even become a football in the presidential campaign. It has drawn threats
of boycotts of Hawaii and dire warnings of damnation from some religious figures.
No one was paying much attention when Melillo and Lagon stepped up to the
marriage license counter in December 1990, along with two lesbian couples -
Ninia Baehr and Genora Dancel, and Antoinette Pregil and Tammy Rodrigues. As
expected, their requests were denied.
As their case goes to trial, the nation will be watching. But back home in subu #
ban Honolulu, life is quiet for the pioneering pair. Although polls indicate that 70
percent of Hawaii residents oppose same-sex marriage, Melillo and Lagon have
felt no negative fallout.

remained crucial
lines formed at
stores offering
supplies -
many for free.
With many
areas flooded
with sewage-
tainted water
and thousands of
trees on the
ground, life was
hardly returning
to normal. But,

commodities and

We've shared
salmon and
bagels. Now we're
sharing showers."
- Marilyn Bara
North Carolina resident

A 60-member
team on Topsail
Island, in the
hardest-hit
coastal region,
searched for
five people
reported miss-
ing, emergency
officials said.
In Raleigh,
rescuers
searched for 17-

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Nancy Tatum paddles her canoe down Cape Fear Drive in the overflow of the Cape
Fear River yesterday near Burgaw, N.C.

on a muggy, torrid day, people ventured
out with rakes and chain saws, and util-
ity and municipal crews and private
tree-clearing contractors plied the
streets and back roads.
"We're so sophisticated in this age of
technology and science, but Mother
Nature comes through and we're back
to 400 B.C.," said Linda Daigle, clear-
ing foliage from her lawn yesterday.
.Hurricane Fran slammed into coastal
North Carolina late Thursday and
turned north, cutting a capricious swath

year-old Jackson Edward Griffin, who
disappeared Saturday while swimming
with a friend in swollen Crabtree Creek.
On evacuated, sealed-off North
Topsail Beach, state Emergency
Management spokesman Tom Hegele
described by telephone a scene of dev-
astation: trailers stacked atop each
other, collapsed houses, cars buried in
sand.
A dazed Glenn Sasser, a year-round
resident, wandered the Surf City beach
yesterday searching for his home.

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"It's just gone. I had an oceanfront
house and now I can't find it," Sasser
said. "I just bought the house in April. 1
was spared by Bertha, but it's just
gone."
Nearby, Mary Kulp sobbed quietly as
she approached her cottage and sat on
what used to be the roof of her best
friend's house next door.
"Oh, my God," she said. "This is ter-
rible."
Evacuees jammed hotels across the
state's central region. One Raleigh
Ramada Inn also held 62 tree surgeons
from Alabama.
The Winn-Dixie supermarket chain
gave away six truckloads of ice in
Raleigh alone during the weekend
before running out, and was still hand-
ing out water - two gallon bottles per
adult - yesterday afternoon.
The hardest-hit electrical utility was
Carolina Power & Light, which serves
the eastern part of the state; it report-
ed 432,000 customers without power
as of yesterday morning. Four other
utilities reported a total of 164,000
customers out.
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In Washington, Amtrak said flood-,
ing, debris and damage to tracks and
signal systems had caused major
delays and detours to its service along
the East Coast.
The University of North Carolina at
Wilmington, in the heart of the hardest-
hit area, told students not even to
approach the area until after noon today.
Though the coast was the most dev-
astated, the Raleigh-Durham area, one
of North Carolina's most populous
regions and a place accustomed to
experiencing only the periphery of
tropical storms, suffered major damage.
In suburban neighborhoods, roads
were thick with branches and repair
trucks, and residents busy cleaning up
their property and themselves.
Marilyn Bara emerged from neigh-
bor Richard Morrison's house in a
white bathrobe, having just partaken in
a luxury - a warm shower, courtesy of
the Morrisons' gas-fueled water heater.
"We're a pretty together neighbor-
hood to begin with, and now more so,"
Bara said. "We've shared salmon and
bagels. Now we're sharing showers."
JURORS
Continued from Page 1A
issues of alcohol or sexuality.
Antieau said alcohol-related issues
dominate a large percentage of hearings.
Rebecca Jacobs, an LSA sophomore,
said she has concerns about the Code,
but found the training session useful.
"I'm surprised at how well it's
going," Jacobs said.
Jonathan Winick, a Michigan
Student Assembly representative and
Code panelist, estimated that 10 of the
30 trainees had connections to MSA.
Antieau said the active participation
of MSA members does not indicate
that panelists have political agendas.
"I think last year (MSA members) did
a very good job (as panelists)," she said.

Gas prices drop in
face of uncertainty
LOS ANGELES - Gasoline prices
have dropped by nearly a penny a gal-
lon over the last two weeks, but uncer-
tainty about Middle East peace threat-
ens to put an end to the trend, an analyst
said yesterday
Friday's average per-gallon retail
price, including all grades and taxes,
was $1.2901, down 0.81 of a cent per
gallon, according to the Lundberg
Survey of 10,000 stations nation-
wide.
"Most of the decline was due to
prices falling in the West Coast cities,"
analyst Trilby Lundberg said. That's
because the West Coast is now catching
up to price declines elsewhere.
The main factor driving the return to
lower prices since a peak in the spring
has been increased supplies, but
Lundberg warned that crude oil prices
have increased nearly a nickel a gallon
because of tension in Iraq.
If supply uncertainty persists, gaso-

line prices would rise, she said.
In Friday's survey, the average price
for unleaded gasoline at self-service
pumps was $1.2225 per gallon for reg-
ular, $1.3237 for mid-grade a
$1.4058 for premium.
Broadcast satellite
placed im orbit
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - An
unmanned Atlas rocket blasted off yes-
terday and placed a broadcast satellite
in orbit.
Lockheed Martin Corp. launched -
rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Stati
at 5:49 p.m.
GE American Communications
Inc. will use the satellite, called GE-
1, for broadcast and cable television,
radio, private business and govern-
ment communications services. The
Princeton, N.J., company expects to
begin operating the satellite within a
month.
Company officials refused to divu
the cost of the mission.

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Okinawans vote for
fewer U.S. bases
NAHA, Japan - Okinawans voted
more than 10-to-1 yesterday in favor of
a reduction of U.S. military bases on
their islands, in a referendum aimed at
pressuring Washington to pull out its
troops.
With virtually all of the ballots
counted late last night, more than 90
percent of voters said there were too
many U.S. troops on their southern
islands, and that an agreement giving
the troops special legal status should be
changed.
"For half a century, our rights have
been stepped on," said Sotoya Gakiya,
after casting his vote near Kadena Air
Base, the Air Force's largest outpost in
the Pacific. "At least now we have had
a chance to give our opinion."
With 97 percent of the votes counted,
469,770 were for the reduction of the
bases and only 43,672 against.
Okinawa, which has a population of 1.2
million people, has just under 910,000
voters.
Yesterday's referendum was not
legally binding, but it was being close-

ly watched by officials in Tokyo and
Washington as a gauge of public senti-
ment regarding one of the world's most
important security alliances.
The vote follows a year of increaV
tensions between Okinawans and the
nearly 30,000 U.S. troops stationed here.
Yeltsin to undergo
surgery i Russia
NEW YORK - Russian President
Boris Yeltsin says he will be in good
hands when he undergoes a heart op
ation performed by Russian surgea
according to a published interview.
"In any medical field Russia has
world-class specialists. ... I will be
operated on here. The decision is final,"
Yeltsin wrote in response to questions
submitted in writing by the Russian
newsmagazine Itogi.
Excerpts of Yeltsin's comments were
published in the Sept. 16 issue of
Newsweek, which has a publishing
agreement with Itogi. The intervj
was made available to other news or
nizations yesterday.
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