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2 . The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 19, 1997

NATION/WORLD

Albright seeks Russia, NATO allianc(

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Trying to ease con- NATO's p
cerns in Moscow, Secretary of State Madeleine by 1999.
Albright proposed yesterday that NATO form a Albrig
joint military brigade with Russia for peacekeep- a charter
ing operations in Europe. "We wi]
Based on successful cooperation in implementing respect, c
ta e Dayton peace accords in Bosnia, Albright said ship."
Russian and NATO troops could also train together "We cG
under the concept she presented to allied foreign min- secure an
isters in Brussels. said.
She will take the idea to Moscow tomorrow for With t
meetings with President Boris Yeltsin, Foreign bership a
Minister Yevgeny Primakov and other Kremlin offi- - most
cials who take a skeptical and also anxious view of Hungary

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planned expansion to Russia's western border
ht, who is also working with the allies on
linking Russia to NATO, said in a speech,
ll be steadfast in offering Russia our
our friendship and an appropriate partner-
annot realize our shared vision of a united,
nd democratic Europe without Russia," she
he 16-nation NATO primed to offer mem-
at a summit in July to former Soviet allies
likely Poland, the Czech Republic and
- the United States, France and other
oar Sure
ft puts a
eer aCtion
rinks Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - En
watched, eight-year lega
affirmative action, the SL
yesterday turned down1
plea to preserve a city law
one-fourth of its public w
for businesses owned 1
women.
The Philadelphia cas
attention as a test of wh
ity set-aside programs
today, despite past court
ing them "highly susp
than abandon their
Philadelphia city offici
it in the courts.
The outcome, along w
ings stnking down simila
Columbus, Ohio, and N
how minority set-aside1
being slowly but steadilyc
adverse court rulings.
er 60 "This is the end of the
from set-aside program here,"
ntryl Jack Widman, who rep
coalition of white contr
ica tlons, 1989 sued Philadelphia
p ositions, gram. The case bounced b
between a federal distric
summer court of appeals three tim
But minority owners c
nesses say a judge's or
Pfor more barred the city from e
s u m ine r program for the past tv
left many of them str
unable to compete\with
panies.
"It's had a tremend
Some of these businesses
Placement gone under," said Carol
black businessperso
Philadelphia companys

allies are searching for ways to allay Russia's
ieties.
NATO is increasingly finding ways to
Russia more tightly to the Western alliance,
denying it membership. Albright explained
"we are trying to include Russia as much as p
ble," but the allies also want to avoid g
Moscow a veto over military actions that mer
ship would provide.
In such instances, she said, "we will act a
alliance" - without Russia's approval.
The foreign ministers did not act on the propos
a brigade, an idea that originated two years a
NATO's military headquarters.
me Court
finrmative
Slaw to rest

anx- High court to rule on religious rights
link WASHINGTON - What began as a landmark-preservation squabble in a
while small Texas town has become a constitutional test of religious freedom.
that The question that led to today's argument in the Supreme Court was whether a
possi- Catholic church could enlarge its sanctuary;But the case has become, according to
iving the Rev. Oliver Thomas of the National Council of Churches of Christ, "the most
mber- important religious-freedom case the Supreme Court has ever had to decide:' 0
"It affects every single religious organization and individual in the United
s the States, no matter their belief," said Thomas, one of many religious leaders
with a vital interest in the outcome.
sal for At issue is the constitutionality of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a
go in 1993 federal law aimed at curbing governmental interference with Americans' spir-
itual lives.
A Catholic archbishop sued after Boerne, Texas, officials thwarted a
church's attempt to tear down all but the facade of its 1920s building and
erect a larger sanctuary.
Archbishop RE.Flores' lawsuit invoked the 1993 law, which Congress enacted
in response to a 1990 Supreme Court decision that said laws otherwise netl
toward religion are not unconstitutional simply because they may infringe on so e
people's religious beliefs.
lae d"Supreme Court.
NJ la pattmel A1995 study conducted by~ the
a er Wash. state law Washington State Institute for Public
Policy at Evergreen State College
unate- ATLANTA - While the new found that the legislation has had little
ntry, wave of legislation cracking down effect on recidivism, although offend-
on prior sexual offenders is pat- ers were arrested for new crimes n*
that terned after New Jersey's Megan's quickly when the community was noti-
with Law, which was enacted in 1995, fied of their presence.
t still that state patterned its measure after
order much broader legislation that has Hospitals asked to
bliges been in effect in Washington state
nority since 1990. trfinfewerdoctors
who "Our's was the original Megan's
Law," state Rep. Ida Ballasiotes said. NEW YORK - In the medical-
y and Washington's Community Protection world equivalent of agricultural subsi-
ninor- Act not only allows authorities to noti- dies that pay farmers to hold down pro-
e that fy the community of the presence of a duction, the federal government is -
inori- sex offender, but it also requires sex ing $400 million to 41 New York -
are of offenders to register with the sheriff of pitals to train fewer doctors.
ically, the county in which they reside within The Health Care Financing
hat a 24 hours of their release from incarcer- Administration, part of the Department
ment ation. It also increases sentences for sex of Health and Human Services, will
"dis- offenders and allows the state to keep pay the money out over the next six
ises," sexually violent "predators" in confine- years. During that period, the hospitals
acks, ment indefinitely. will train 2,000 fewer medical resi-
That last provision, which also has dents, a decrease of about 20 percent.
same been adopted in seven other states, is Experts said Tuesday that the pro-
i pub- being challenged before the U.S. gram is a good idea.
eld by

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ding a closely
al battle over
upreme Court
Philadelphia's
uthat set aside
orks spending
by blacks or
e has drawn
ether minor-
can survive,
t rulings call-
pect." Rather
r program,
als defended
ith recent rul-
r programs in
Miami, shows
programs are
dismantled by
public works
said attorney
presented the
actors that in
over the pro-
back and forth
t judge and a
es.
of small busi-
rder that has
enforcing the
wo years has
ruggling and
bigger com-
ous impact.
s have already
e Robinson, a
on whose
supplies con-

struction materials. "And unfortu
ly, it's going on all across the cou
she added.
Widman noted, however,
major contractors
Philadelphia's city government
must comply with an executivec
issued by the mayor, which ob
them to solicit bids from min
companies and keep records on
their subcontractors are.
During the 1980s, many city
county governments enacted "m
ity enterprise" laws to ensure
small businesses owned by m
ties or women would get a sha
public contracting dollars. Typi
these ordinances guaranteed t
minimum percentage of govern
work would be "set aside" for
advantaged business enterpri
defined as those owned by bl
Latinos, Asians or women.
Congress had taken the
approach in 1977 in a huge federa
lic works law that was later uphe
the Supreme Court.
But the tide turned againstt
set-aside programs on Jan. 22,1
when the justices struck do'
Richmond, Va., law that reserve
percent of contracting dollar
minority companies. A white
tractor, the J.A. Croson Co..
sued after it lost a city job insta
plumbing fixtures because it f
to employ a minority subcontra
Siding with the white contr
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor sai
crimination against whites by cit
state officials would hereafter be
to the same strict standard as dis
nation against blacks.

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d dis-
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e held
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Announcing the
( bE 3lrbtlln Dailut$
1996-1997

MEHTA
Continued from Page 1
Nagrant has since left the Michigan
Party because he has been disappoint-
ed with the party's leadership, he said.
Nagrant said he is unsure of his
future plans, although there are specu-
lations that he too will run for MSA
president under a different party
name.
Mehta said he is looking forward to
serving students, but that the
Michigan Party has not reached a
cemented vision for the upcoming
year.
"It's a decision I don't want to make
in a second," Mehta said. "If it's yes -
it's 120 percent."

,
Zaire's civil war
may be lose to end
KINSHASA, Zaire - Diplomatic
efforts to end civil war intensified yes-
terday, with African foreign ministers
converging on the capital and a U.N.
envoy indicating Zaire may be interest-
ed in negotiating with the rebels.
The government said it resumed
airstrikes on the rebel-held city of
Bukavu, but aid workers in the eastern
Zairian town dismissed the report.
African foreign ministers arrived in
Kinshasa for talks with Zairian offi-
cials. Before leaving Nairobi, Kenya,
the foreign ministers from Kenya,
South Africa, Tanzania, Cameroon,
Congo and Zimbabwe said they would
prepare the way for a summit of region-
al leaders to try to end the war.
He once again rejected talks with
rebels. However, foreign diplomats and
Zairian political observers say
President Mobutu Sese Seko, is facing
increased pressure within his party to
negotiate with rebel leader Laurent
Kabila.Zaire has refused to attend two

o 1
such summits, though Prime Minister
Leon Kengo wa Dondo said Monday
that Zaire supports calls for an interna-
tional conference on the conflict.
Deng Xiaoping in
stable condition
BEIJING - The Chinese govern-
ment, attempting to quell rampant
rumors about the failing health of senior
leader Deng Xiaoping that sent stock
markets reeling, declared yesterday there
was "no great change" in the 92-y-
old's condition.
The latest round of speculation
about Deng's health began last
weekend when a Hong Kong news-
paper reported that the ailing leader,
last seen in public in 1994, had suf-
fered a stroke and was near death in
a military hospital.
By yesterday, rumors about Deng's
condition had snowballed to the point
that stock markets in China, Hong Kong
and Taiwan all showed declines.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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