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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 21, 1996

NATION/WORLD

HOMECOMING
Contintued from Page 1A
The event, held in the lobby of the
Power Center, was well-attended -
both by those wearing masks and those
without.
-One student was impressed with the
ball's agenda.
"It was a lot better organized than
,last year," sajd LSA sophomore Kal Le
Mar Evans. "It was more like a program
fhan just a dance"
-Tanya Mucholland, Engineering
junior and Homecoming Planning
Committee chair, said she was
pleased with Homecoming, but looks
to the future for even better festivi-
dies.
"I think there's always room for
improvement. I think that everything
we . did this year and everything we
tried went well," Mucholland said.

Japanese party makes gains

Political party still
must seek coalition
rule
TOKYO (AP) - Prime Minister
Ryutaro Hashimoto's conservative
party completed a historic comeback
yesterday, capturing almost half the
seats in Japan's lower house of
Parliament to secure a dominant place
in government.
The results of yesterday's election
mean all but certain re-election for
Hashimoto as prime minister and a
return to glory for the Liberal
Democratic Party, which governed Japan
alone from 1955 to 1993 before falling
amid a series of corruption scandals.

Attention now turns to whether
Hashimoto will keep his campaign
promise to overhaul the bureaucracy -
which dominates Japanese policymak-
ing - by cutting the number of min-
istries in half.
Even as the results came in,
Hashimoto appeared to be backing off
from quick action, refusing to name the
top priority of his new government.
"I don't think it's a good idea to pluck
out one and make that into the star
product," the prime minister said.
The Liberal Democrats won 239 of
the 500 seats in Parliament's lower
house, which chooses the prime minis-
ter, the Japan Broadcasting Corp.
reported.
That's far better than their previous
strength of 206 seats. But the party still
lacks a majority in the upper house,
which was not being chosen yesterday,
so Hashimoto said his party plans once
again to govern in a coalition.
He said the Liberal Democrats will

seek support from their current coali-
tion partner, the Social Democratic
Party, which holds a substantial bloc in
the upper house but won only 15 lower-
house seats.
The No. 1 opposition New Frontier
Party took 156 seats, while the liberal-
leaning Democratic Party won 52, both
slightly below their strength in the last
parliament. The Communist Party took
26 seats, up from 15.
Voter turnout reached a record low of
just under 60 percent, down from the 67
percent mark set during the last election
in 1993.
The new parliament is expected to
convene at the end of this month or in
early November to select the prime
minister.
In foreign policy, the Liberal
Democrats' dominance means contin-
ued support for the Japan-U.S. security
alliance. Hashimoto also has been
hawkish as a negotiator in trade dis-
putes with the United States.

A0NA L REPORT
More hiring than firing expected in '97
WASHINGTON - More companies plan to hire workers than plan to dismiss
them in the coming year, according to a new survey by the American Managenent
Association.
The study, which surveyed human resources executives at 1,441 firms of vary-
ing sizes around the country, found that only one in five companies plans to elim-
inate jobs within the nine months, while nearly half of them plan to add jobs. 0
Corporate downsizing, primarily because of efforts to restructure and stream-
line business operations, has been declining as some companies decide that staff
cuts have not resulted in improved productivity and increased operating profits.
Last year's survey found that about 30 percent of the firms planned job cuts. In
1994 25.8 percent of those surveyed predicted such plans, up from 22 percent in
1993.
"Downsizing is no longer the dominant theme of change in the U.S. work
force;' said Eric Rolfe Greenberg, director of management studies for the asso-
ciation, which represents about 9,500 corporate members employing about one-
quarter of the U.S. civilian work force. About 47 percent of association members
are manufacturing enterprises, compared with 20 percent of all U.S. corpo
tions.
"Companies have learned that smaller is not necessarily better," Greenberg said.

The Healing Force of Meditation
Free public lecture by
Dr. Matthew Raider, M.D.
Dr. Matthew Raider. M.D.
Wednesday 23 Oct. 7 PM at the
Michigan Union 2nd FIr. Pendleton room.
Dr. Raider practices Surat Shabd yoga and is a member of the Science of
Spirituality under the direction of Sant Rajinder Singh.
Dr. Raider is a graduate of the U. of M. Medical School.
n addition to maintaining a private practice in geriatric and family medicine he holds a faculty position at
the University of Connecticut Medical School. Dr. Raider has lectured extensively in the United States
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Apartment fire kills
three in Texas
GARLAND, Texas - Fire spread
through an apartment building before
dawn yesterday, killing a woman and
her two daughters, and forcing some
residents to escape by jumping from
their second-floor balconies.
The fire at the Village of Eastgate
Apartments in this Dallas suburb left 16
people homeless and residents com-
plaining about smoke alarms that didn't
work properly.
Investigators were trying to deter-
mine the cause of the blaze, which a
resident said started in sofa in a main
hallway of the two-story building.
The dead were identified as Dorothy
Chism and her two daughters, 9-year-
old Danyell Powell and 11Iyear-old
Creola Thompson. Fire officials said
the girls came to the balcony with their
mother but turned back.
Ms. Chism, 42, who went back to
find the girls, eventually escaped by
jumping from the balcony but died later
at a hospital from extensive burns. The
girls' bodies were found in a bedroom.

Rutha Barksdale, who lives in anoth-
er building in the complex, said that
after four recent fires, she has had
enough.
"This place is a death trap, and I'm
going to move out of here as soon as
possible," she said.
Runway reopens
after plane sisoif
NEW YORK - Busy LaGuardia
Airport reopened yesterday, a day after
a jetliner smacked approach lights with
its landing gear and slid down the run-
way on its belly.
The Delta Airlines plane, a
McDonnell Douglas MD-80, w
hauled off the end of the runway yester-
day afternoon, though the runway
remained closed. The airport's other
runway reopened at about noon.
Delta's Flight 554 arrived from
Atlanta on Saturday as a severe storm
was knocking power to thousands of
customers in the region, flooding high-
ways and homes and postponing the
first game of the World Series.

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Nicaraguans elect
new president
MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Voters
waited in long lines yesterday morning
to pick a president and some 2,000
other public officials, with some polls
opening hours late because of delayed
ballot deliveries and other problems.
All of the 9,000 polls across the
country were to have opened at 7 a.m.
Like many others sites, the precinct at
the San Gabriel school had not opened
by 8:30 a.m. because ballots were late.
There are two front-runners for presi-
dent among 23 candidates: leftist Daniel
Ortega, of the Sandinista National
Liberation Front, and conservative busi-
ness executive and lawyer Arnoldo
Aleman, of the Liberal Alliance.
If no candidate gets 45 percent of the
vote, a runoff election will be held
between the top two. Whoever wins
faces the difficult challenge of bringing
Nicaragua out of the morass of unem-
ployment and poverty that has plagued
it for decades.
Voters began lining up at 3 am. at the
La Paz nursery school, one of several

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polling spots visited by former
President Carter and former Secretary
of State James Baker, invited as elec-
tion observers.
Belgians protest
criminal probes
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Nearly
300,000 people, dressed in white and
carrying white balloons and flowers,
marched down the boulevards of
Brussels yesterday to protest the work-
ings of the Belgian justice system.
In a largely peaceful demonstrati
people from across Belgium and neigh-
boring countries took more than four
hours to walk the distance between the
city's two train stations.
Marchers brought their children and
held aloft photos of the four murdered
young girls whose deaths spawned the
protest. By evening, some people had
gathered silently outside the heavily
guarded Brussels Palace of Justice, or
courthouse.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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