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2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 14, 1997

NATION/WORLD

Airline strike
deadline nears, no
progress reported

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5 American Airlines
rejects a compromise
offer from pilots
WASHINGTON (AP) -
American Airlines rejected a com-
promise offer from its pilots' union
as tonight's holiday-weekend strike
deadline approached. The company's
chief executive urged President
Clinton to intervene to avoid a walk-
out at the nation's largest airline.
Testifying on Capitol Hill,
American President Robert Crandall
said Clinton
should exercise
his emergency
powers to pre-
Vent pilots from je' are
striking at
12:01 a.m. be opera
tomorrow.
Mayors and Americai
some members
of Congress they are
from areas that
wQuld be par- to be an
ticularly affect-
ed also have
asked the presi- Americ
dent to step in.
Although
negotiations were scheduled to contin-
ue, both sides were preparing for a walk-
out. The airline canceled most overseas
flights so aircraft would not be stranded,
and the board of the Allied Pilots
Association planned a teleconference at
W IIAG ES
Continued from Page 1
-applies to all businesses that participate
in interstate commerce.
"It will not affect a large number of
people, but this is to make sure there is a
level playing field for all businesses in
the state, Bennett said.
Sen. Dale Shugars (R-Portage), the
only senator to vote against the bill, said
it will only mandate more government
control.
"I don't philosophically agree with the
government setting the price for labor or
anything else," Shugars said. "If one truly
believes minimum wage will help them,
they should make it $10 per hour."
Shugars said the decrease could be
damaging to lower-income people.
"The irony of the whole thing is day-
care centers for children will have to pay
their employees more, and daycare costs

if
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the strike deadline.
At the White House, the
Transportation Department sent
Clinton a report projecting the strike
would cost up to $200 million each
day and could strand up to 40,000
passengers.
The president, who has emergency
powers to intervene temporarily,
urged both sides to reach an agree-
ment.
"We hope that that analysis of
economic damage won't need to be a
useful document," said White House
spokesperson
M i k e
(ty those McCurry.
Hopes for a
oi ng.tosettlement rose
early yesterday,
aswhen the union
offered to have
Eagfle or its pilots accept
lower pay
iot going scales for oper-
ating jets on
rat ed."regional routes
as long as the
-AlComeaux company
n spokesperson accepted its
other demands.
B u t
American's parent company, AMR
Corp., says it doesn't want American
pilots to fly the new jets that have been
proposed for regional routes. AMR
wants its American Eagle subsidiary,
with lower-paid pilots from another

AP PHOTO
American Airlines' pilots walk the informational picket line yesterday inside the air-
line's terminal at the Dallas/Forth Worth international Airport.

union, to fly the commuter jets.
"In reality, those jets are going to
be operated as American Eagle or
they are not going to be operated,"
spokesperson Al Comeaux said.
"There are costs involved beyond
pilot costs. We have to be competitive,"
he said.
The regional jet issue has been a
sticking point in negotiations for some
time. Both sides agree the smaller routes
are necessary for American to remain
competitive, but they don't agree on
who should fly the twin-engine jets that
have up to 70 seats.
American mechanics, flight atten-
dants and other workers all have higher
salary ranges than their counterparts at
American Eagle, a conglomerate of
four separate small airlines funneling

$1 billion in traffic to American
Airlines.
The average American Airlines pilot
makes $120,000 a year. The average
American Eagle pilot makes less than
half as much.
The union wants 3-percent pay
increases each August for the next three
years and a 2- percent raise on Aug. 31,
2000.
The pilots also want stock options to
buy 7.25 million shares at below-mar-
ket cost and they want to phase out over
four years a lower pay and pension scale
for newly hired pilots that has been in
place since 1983.
The company is offering a 6-percent
raise over the life of the contract and
options for 3 million shares of stock.

1,157 gather for Ambassador's funeral
WASHINGTON - The famous, the near-famous and the never-famous con-
verged on the National Cathedral yesterday to bid adieu to Pamela Harriman, the
ambassador to France who built a legend around her political connections and
high-powered paramours.
Part diplomat, part fund-raiser, part aristocrat - and, some might say, part vixen
- she was remembered yesterday as a patriotic American who had served
country well. In the crowd of 1,157 that gathered for her funeral, the far reach
her charms was boldly in evidence.
Gregory Peck and Oscar de la Renta sat not far from the Clintons and Gores.
Limousines deposited everyone from French envoy H.E. Philippe Seguin (repre.
senting that country's government) to Winston Churchill's descendants (products
of Harriman's first marriage to Randolph Churchill).
Senators and House members mingled among Georgetown grande dames in
black hats and stoles. Lobbyists indulged in a little quiet schmoozing. Onlookers
who never knew Harriman came to stare none-too-discreetly at the international
clique that had embraced her.
"I just came to admire the great life she led, and see all the people who
knew her," said retired Army Col. Jim Loome, 70. "She was a great fig*

in history."
New needles, sex ed
help prevent AIDS
WASHINGTON - Clean needle
exchanges, safe-sex education and drug
abuse treatment are powerful weapons
against the AIDS epidemic, but their
effectiveness is being blocked by moral
and government objections, a panel of
experts concluded yesterday.
The committee selected by the
National Institutes of Health cited strong
scientific evidence that members said
prove the effectiveness of behavior mod-
ification programs in slowing the AIDS
epidemic.
The 12-member panel urged leaders at
all government levels to change policies
that prevent use of what they called "life-
saving public health strategies."
"The AIDS epidemic is a current and
pressing public health emergency" that
can be lessened by behavior modification
programs, said Dr. David Reiss of
George Washington University Medical
Center, chairman of the study committee.
Reiss has identified "significant poli-
cy and legal barriers that must be
removed in order for these interventions

to protect the population from the spread
of AIDS."
He said strong scientific evidence
bears out that programs of safe-sex edu-
cation and clean needle exchanges "are
very effective means to prevent the
spread of HIV (the virus that ca
AIDS) infection into the most susce
ble populations."
Stars: Be nice to
scientologists
WASHINGTON - Taking their con-
cerns to Capitol Hill, actress Anne
Archer and smoky-voiced singer Isaac
Hayes condemned the government of
Germany yesterday for its treatmen#
their fellow Scientologists.
"There's so much rumor, misunder-
standing and hostility about
Scientologists being spread by the
German government that people's lives
are being ruined," said Archer, who had
just returned from what she called a fact-
finding mission for Paramount
Television's syndicated "Entertainment
Tonight."

for single parents will go up," Shugars
said. "Also, increasing minimum wage
will cost jobs."
Rep. Pat Gagliardi (D-Drummond
Island), the House majority floor leader,
said the minimum wage is a step in the
right direction, but he would prefer the
increase to be larger.
"I wish we could have a higher mini-
mum wage," Gagliardi said. "I also have
kids working to pay for college."
Gagliardi proposed a 13-cent increase
in the wages on tipped employees as a
compromise between the House and
Senate bills.
Rep. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor) said
that although she would also prefer a
minimum wage higher than $5.15, it has
been difficult for the Democrat-con-
trolled House and the Republican-con-
trolled Senate to reach common ground.
"Obviously it's tough to support a fam-
ily on $5.15 an hour,' Brater said. "But it
was a tough struggle to get this much."

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like to ignore the statistics. It's kind of
like smoking - everyone knows that it's
bad for you but a lot do it anyways."
National Condom Day is most widely
publicized on college campuses, where
sexual activity is more prevalent, said
ASHA spokesperson Sharon Broom.
With ASHA
encouraging clin- -___
ics, organizations
and university Pic kin
health centers to .ltn
become involved Ml nl '
in the process National C
educating theN
public about con- D
doms, universi- was n
ties across the i e
country have i ea !
arranged for con- -E
dom fairs, cam-
paigns, speakers, Owne
and the distribu-
tion of free condoms.
Condom sales have drastically
increased at Condoms 101 on South
University Avenue during this past week
before Valentine's Day, said Beth
Karmeisool, who owns the store.
Valentine Condom sold out a few days
ago, and yesterday was busy as groups of
shoppers came in throughout the day, a
Condoms 101 employee said.
Other popular purchases this week
include the flavored condom and some
novelty items such as the glow in the dark
condom, which can't be used for protec-
tion because the glowing substance caus-
es the rubber to break down.
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business that Valentine's Day brings,
Karmeisool said she has concerns about
combining Valentine's Day and National
Condom Day.
"Picking Valentine's Day as National
Condom Day was not a good idea
because it's not a day for sex, but for the
feeling of love between either parents,
siblings, or a significant other,"
Karmeisool said. "Associating condoms
with the day is
assuming a lot

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ondom
tot a ,good
Beth Karmeisool
r, Condoms 101
together because it

because not
everyone is inti-
mate and having
sex."
Art first-year
student Ty
Mattson said he
believes that "it's
kind of tacky to
put these two
t h i n g s
(Valentine's Day
and National
Condom Day)
furthers the miscon-

North Korean
official defects
BEIJING - China, North Korea
and South Korea maneuvered frantical-
ly yesterday trying to decide what to do
about a high-ranking North Korean
who defected to South Korea.
South Korea pressed China to let
them whisk Hwang Jang Yop imme-
diately out of the country and find
out everything he knows about
North Korea's secretive govern-
ment.
North Korea refused to believe the
defection, insisting he must have been
kidnapped and tried to get past Chinese
police protecting the consulate where
he asked for asylum.
Chinese officials pleaded for calm
and wondered how they were going to
get out of the explosive incident
between the North, a long-time ally,
and the South, an important new trad-
ing partner.
There was no way to avoid the
question - Beijing must decide
whether to turn the 72-year-old

party stalwart back to North Korea
or agree to Seoul's request to let
Hwang fulfill his wish to go to
South Korea.
By late yesterday, no negotiation
the issue had begun, a South Kor n
official said.
Zairian rebels gam
ground in fight
UVIRA, Zaire -- Rebels advanced
on three fronts yesterday toward Zaire's
third-largest city, gaining ground in
their battle to oust the country's ai*
president.
But while rebel leader Laurent
Kabila said his forces could take the
city of Kisangani quickly, he said he
would prefer to negotiate for the
resignation of- President Sese
Mobutu.
"He knows that the people of this
country don't need him any more. He
has plunged the country into misery,"
Kabila said.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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ception that you must be sexually active
to be in love."
Nationally, the Institute of Medicine
reports that of the 10 most reported infec-
tious diseases, five are sexually transmit-
ted. Teen-agers account for about one-
fourth of all sexually transmitted diseases
reported each year, the study states.
Genital warts is the most reported
STD on campus, according to University
Health Services. With the help of clini-
cians, students can go through an STD
assessment to look for other possible
infections since many - including
HIV/AIDS, herpes and gonorrhea -
have few symptoms.
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5:00 Lord of Light Lutheran Church
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