2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 17, 1997NATEONWORLD
Clinton puts pilots back into the skies
NEW YORK (AP) - The word "strike" doesn't
conjure up such scary images to the flying public any-
That is the precedent set by President Clinton in
ordering American Airlines pilots back to work with-
in minutes after they declared a strike early Saturday,
averting chaotic disruptions to hundreds of thousands
If pilot negotiations at four other of the nation's
biggest airlines get to the brink of a walkout, air-
line chiefs and passengers almost certainly will be
looking to the White House to keep the planes in
Clinton made a hugely popular decision by effec-
lively removing the one potent negotiating weapon in
the American pilot union's arsenal. There was little
obyious sympathy for the pilots in their quest for more
compensation, largely because at $120,000 a year they
already are among the most highly paid professionals
in the country.
But Clinton also sent a signal to all airline workers,
particularly pilots, that could severely restrict their
bargaining power. Encouraged by the stronger possi-
bility of presidential interventions to prevent strikes,
airline bosses now have little incentive to accept union
"I think it has some implications for the industry
that aren't all good," said Ron Keever, an American
pilot. "Management can just sit back and let the gov-
ernment step in, instead of negotiating in good faith."
American pilots haven't been
the only ones trying to squeeze
more money out of the U.S. air- t thi
line industry, which has become
healthy and profitable again after some it
years of painful losses.
Pilots at United, Northwest, ,,that,
Continental and USAir also are
haggling over new contracts good.,
and had been keeping a close
watch on the American negoti-
ations. A meri
The United branch of the Air
Line Pilots Association, which
recently turned down a 10-percent four-year pay
increase proposal, warned pilots that if Clinton got in
the way of an American Airlines strike, it would weak-
en their bargaining position.
Pilots at Continental are preparing for contract talks
to start this summer and hope to get a piece of the
company's profits after years of enduring lower pay
relative to colleagues at other airlines.
All six of the unions at Northwest Airlines are in
negotiations and looking for higher pay while the
company is asking for increased productivity. At
USAir, managers are trying
to cut pay. The company
it has recently offered pilots a 12.5-
percent pay cut in return for a
lications seven-year contract without
Clinton's decision marked
the first time in 30 years that
a president declared an airline
strike an emergency and
- Ron Keever ordered the workers back to
an Airlines pilot their jobs. But he did so with
the comfort of knowing that
not too many union leaders
were going to complain about it.
One White House aide, speaking to The Associated
Press on condition of anonymity, recalled the response
from an AFL-CIO official about the possibility of
presidential action. "These aren't our guys," the union
representative said of the pilots.
A NNATh NAL rE PoRT.PF a.Y "
Capaig fund probe to expand
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House committee investigating cam-
paign fund-raising activities said yesterday-his probe will be
far broader than originally anticipated. As justification, he
cited new allegations of official Chinese attempts to help the
The White House aide handling the problem, counsel
Lanny Davis, countered that suggestions that President ¢
Clinton encouraged improper campaign contributions in any
way were "flat out wrong"
Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), chair of the House Government
Reform and Oversight Committee, said on NBC's "Meet the
Press" he has issued 25 subpoenas already, 20 of them
Saturday night for documents related to his investigation. The Clinton
hearings still are weeks away.
"We are going to look into every area where there is the possibility of illegal
activity as far as influence peddling, illegal contributions, possible involvement of
White House personnel and things like that; he said.
"The investigation unfortunately is going to be much broader than I would like."
He said the committee has 500 people to whom it wishes to talk.
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Astronauts to repair
The Washington Post
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -
NASA managers yesterday ordered the
Discovery astronauts to mount a fifth,
unplanned spacewalk Monday to shore
up cracked and peeling insulation on
the Hubble Space Telescope.
The observatory, one of the premier
instruments of 20th-century science, is
not in any immediate danger of over-
heating or suffering any other ill effects
from the surprisingly tattered insulation.
But with Discovery's crew already on
hand for a $350-million overhaul, man-
agers decided to order additional
repairs to help keep the observatory
cool and healthy until the next shuttle
servicing mission in 1999.
More extensive repairs likely will be
carried out then.
"We're doing the prudent thing," said
program scientist Edward Weiler. "We
have the (extra spacewalk) time avail-
able. We're not going to take chances.
We've got a $2-billion investment here.
Why take chances?"
And that's just for the telescope and
its instruments. Throw in mission oper-
ations and other costs, and the nation's
investment to date exceeds $3 billion.-
Putting first things first, astronauts
planned to float into Discovery's cargo
bay shortly before midnight yesterday
night to complete the telescope's long-
awaited overhaul by installing a new
solar-array control system.
Law gives hope to
After years of delay, federal author-
ities are putting the final touches on
new guidelines that could allow thou-
sands of physically and mentally dis-
abled immigrants to become citizens
without passing now-mandatory
examinations in English and U.S.
Disabled rights groups and immi-
grant advocates have been pressing the
Clinton administration to issue the new
regulations in time for many to become
citizens - and thus retain public bene-
fits - before an impending August
cutoff mandated by the sweeping wel-
fare overhaul passed by Congress last
"This could truly be a gift of hope for
all disabled legal immigrants who have
been living in fear about losing the only
support they have," said Gladys Lee,
director of the Asian Pacific Family
Center in Rosemead, Calif.
However, advocates of reduced
immigration levels regard any easing of
citizenship requirements warily.
"Are we talking about destroying the
whole principle of citizenship because
a few people on welfare want. to
become citizens?" asked Dan Stein,
executive director of the Federation for
American Immigration Reform, a
Washington D.C.-based group that
favors reduced immigration.
Zinc catches on as
possible cold cure
WASHINGTON - Zinc lozenges
are selling as fast as stores can stock
them, the latest in a series of health fads
that have manufacturers raking in big
dollars even before science detertnines
whether the therapies really work.
"I never told anybody it was a c
for the cold," said Dr. Michael Macknin
of the Cleveland Clinic, whose study of
Cold-Eeze zinc lozenges kicked off the
fad - and who then found himself
embroiled in controversy when he
made $145,000 on Cold-Eeze stock.
"This doesn't deserve the publicity
it's gotten for a preliminary study."
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and sorority members competing for
two $500 prizes.
The winners were Delta Sigma Theta
sorority and Beta Sigma fraternity.
During the show, some female mem-
bers of The Caribbean Peoples'
Association contributed some of their
own culture to the event.
Glenn Eden, director of the African
American Task Force, said the step
show was the perfect addition to
African American Heritage Month cel-
ebrations because it showed another
dimension of black culture.
"We wanted to focus on cultural,
artistic, political and unity aspects (dur-
ing this month)," said Eden, who also
advises BGA. "With this event, we ful-
filled the unity goal of our program as
well as the cultural and artistic (goals)."
While the show meant pride to some
participants, it meant recognition on
campus for Kappa Alpha Psi members.
LSA senior Emerson Merkerson,
whose Ohio State Kappa Alpha Psi
brothers performed in the show, said it
was a chance for his fraternity to
announce its reinstatement on campus
after the Ann Arbor chapter's semester
"I felt as though it showed that we are
still present and active on the campus,"
Merkerson said. "It felt good to finally
LSA first-year student Leslie Gueno
said she thought the show was a "nice"
addition to the month even though she
was disappointed that it did not start at
its scheduled time.
"I thought it wasn't organized well,"
Gueno said. "But I also thought it was a
good presentation of culture (as well as)
an entertaining show."
The step show also included a per-
formance from amateur hip-hop group
Deadly Serious, a group comprised of
LSA first-year student Malika Pryor
said the step show brought many
diverse elements of the African
American community together.
"There was a lot of high entertain-
ment;' Pryor said. "Each ... fraternity
and sorority had their own individual
styles, but they had a unifying force
that it brought it all together."
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Rebel leader delays
refugee camp attack
KALEMIE, Zaire - Rebel leader
Laurent Kabila, responding to a plea
from the United Nations, agreed yester-
day to delay a threatened attack on
Zaire's largest refugee camp.
Kabila had threatened to attack the
Tingi-Tingi camp, which is on the
rebels' northern front, this week unless
the U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees drove out Rwandans he says
are armed by the Zairian government.
The rebel leader said he granted the
reprieve to give the agency time to fig-
ure out how to separate the armed men
from bona fide refugees in the
"As we are Christians, we shall give
more time to UNHCR," Kabila told
The Associated Press in the southeast-
ern town of Kalemie. "We shall see
what we come up with.'
Kabila didn't set a new deadline, but
said he would stay in touch with U.N.
Twice in the past week, Kabila has
r O L .
spoken to reporters. In the past, the
refugee agency has said it does not
have the power to disarm refugees.
In the Zairian capital, Kinshasa,
Defense Ministry spokesperson Leon
Kalima denied that the government 1s
arming the refugees. He said Zaire-
only enough weapons and ammunition
to provide for its own soldiers.
SEOUL, South Korea - A North
Korean defector with family ties to the
leader of the communist country
shot and critically wounded Saturday
an attack that South Korean police
blamed on North Korea.
The attack heightened tensions
between the Koreas, which have been
locked in a standoff this week over the
defection of a top-ranking North Korean
politician. North Korea alleged the
politician had been kidnapped, and had
threatened unspecified retaliation.
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