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2 - The Michigan Daily -- Friday, February 28, 1997

NATIONIWORLD

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ups smoker ID age
)N (AP) - It's official states like Indiana, which last summer
nder age 27 and want to .discovered 41 percent of stores selling
r chewing tobacco, you tobacco to teens.
e a photo ID proving The FDA, in the first of sweeping new
gh - at least 18. The tobacco regulations, ordered retailers to
will the government card all customers younger than 27 to
wave of its crackdown prevent mature-looking minors from
g. buying tobacco. Store owners caught
dly North Carolina and selling to teens face federal fines of
upped yesterday over $250 per violation.
addition, the FDA still The FDA is contracting with states to
te inspectors to audit send undercover teen-agers to catch
,rs' compliance. That lawbreakers. But the agency still hasn't
until summer, anti- picked the 10 states to share the first $4
ers will have to blow million in enforcement funds, meaning
fenders. federal stings won't happen for at least
Jready outlaw selling a month, and can't hire additional states
ne under age 18. Yet unless Congress forks over more
ures show minors buy money.
bacco annually, and 75 FDA's inspectors could target
smokers say they've states that don't do their own
d - reports verified in enforcement.

Are you Depressed?
(Or know someone who is?)

ARREST
Continuedfrom Page 1
"It doesn't take much to get thrown in
jail," Budig said. "In the past, American
college students have been arrested for
being intoxicated in public areas, carry-
ing illegal narcotics or plain rowdiness."
"The harsh truth is that anyone sus-
pected of drug violations can face
severe penalties, even the death penalty
in some foreign countries," Budig said.
"It's not uncommon to spend months or
even years in pre-trial detention, only to
be sentenced to a lengthy prison stay
without parole in a foreign jail"
Brandon Vernon, manager of Spring
Break Travel company, said he tries to
warn all the students of the potential
danger in foreign countries. '
"We make sure to tell all the students
if they act like idiots they are going to
get in a lot of trouble;' Vernon said.
"We also send them a full disclosure
form telling them of what to be aware
of when they travel to popular vacation
spots like Cancun and Tiajuana."
Budig said the Consular Office is
limited in what they can do for a stu-
dent being held in police custody.
"We can't do much because it's not
our jurisdiction - once you leave U.S.
soil, U.S. laws and constitutional rights
no longer apply," Budig said. "Unlike
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the United States, few countries believe
you are innocent until proven guilty"
But Budig said the U.S. government
is not totally powerless to aid
Americans in hot water abroad.
"We can, however, intercede with
local authorities to make sure that your
rights under local law are fully
observed and that your are treated
humanely, according to internationally
accepted standards," Budig said.
LSA sophomore Josh Webber, who is
traveling to Tiajuana, Mexico with his
friends, said he plans to play it safe.
"I went up a couple of years ago and
it was a lot of fun. It's a popular place to
go because you don't get hassled over
the drinking age," Webber said. "It was
a little crazy last year. A bunch of stu-
dents got into a big brawl in one of the
local bars. They left before the cops got
there."
LSA first-year student Julie
Munchmeyer, who is going to the
Bahamas during spring break, said it's
important for students to know where
they are staying.
"A friend and I went up last year
without really knowing what the hotel
conditions were going to be like,"
Munchmeyer said. "When we got there
we saw things crawling on the floor,
water that was discolored and beds with
dirty sheets."
TRASH
Continued from Page 1
Smith said. "Until Congress acts, this
law will not have an effect."
State Rep. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor)
said she is planning to introduce a res-
olution to urge the U.S. Congress to
give states the power to control garbage
imports within their borders. Brater
said U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.)
and U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann
Arbor) have both introduced similar
legislation, which failed.
"The trash-exporting states obvious,
ly are against it," Brater said.
Brater said she will also propose leg-
islation to regulate the amount of new
landfills created in the state.

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Amendment defeat may end deficit
WASHINGTON - Even though the balanced-budget constitutional amend-
ment was designed to pressure lawmakers to eliminate federal deficits, its all-but-
certain defeat may do the sam!e thing.
That's because in opposing the amendment, President Clinton and some law-
makers have argued that what's needed to balance the budget by 2002 is a will to
make tough political choices, not a revision of the Constitution.
The upcoming effort to strike a bipartisan budget-balancing deal will be
chance to prove that argument - especially for returning members of Congr
who oppose the amendment but want to cast a "yes" vote this year for eliminating
deficits.
"The pressure is on them to be very supportive of an honest budget attempt"
said Rep. Charles Stenholm, (D-Texas), a sponsor of the amendment.
"He's put in a position where it's kind of, 'Show me, Mr. President" Senate
Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), another amendment sup-
porter, said of Clinton.
The Senate continued debating the amendment yesterday, a day after Sen. Robert
Torricelli (D-NJ.), sounded its likely death-knell by saying he would vote against it.
Barring unexpected 11th-hour switches, that would make the final vote 66-34 for it
- one shy of the two-thirds majority needed for constitutional amendments.

I

Clinton's approval
reaches 60 percent
WASHINGTON - President Clinton
is drawing high marks for his job perfor-
mance despite swirling questions over
campaign financing, Whitewater and his
personal life, a new poll says.
The Pew Research Center survey
found people are hearing a drumbeat of
negative news about the president but, so
far, it doesn't seem to matter.
"The American public has no nerve
endings,' said Andrew Kohut, survey
director. "They overwhelmingly told us
all they hear about Bill Clinton is scan-
dal,' then gave him a thumbs up.
Overall, 60 percent approved of the
way Clinton is handling his job, a record
in Pew polls and up one point from one
taken the week before his second-term
inauguration. Thirty-two percent disap-
proved, also up one point.
The new survey was taken from
Thursday to Sunday, amid continuing
revelations about Democratic money
raising but before the release of docu-
ments showing Clinton's direct involve-

ment in offering big donors White House:
access.
In a USA Today-CNN-Gallup poll
done after that disclosure, 42 percent
said Clinton was wrong to invite large
contributors to stay in the Lincoln
Bedroom.
King widow makes
case for Ray trial
MEMPHIS - Seven previous times
over the past 28 years - beginning
three days after James Earl Ray entered
his guilty plea for the assassination of
Martin Luther King Jr. in March of 1969
- Ray or his lawyers have petitioned
the courts for a trial. Seven times he has
been flatly refused. But two factors h0
brought a new urgency to the case: Ray s
rapidly declining health from a liver ail-
ment and the participation, for the first
time, of the King family.
In an achingly emotional scene in
Brown's court last Thursday, King's
widow, Coretta Scott King, appealed to
the judge to "bring some sense of clo-
sure to the pain we have endured."

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China 'considering'
human rights accord
BEIJING - China said yesterday that
it is "actively considering" signing two
U.N. human rights accords that the
United States has listed as an important
step in normalizing relations between
Washington and Beijing.
But Foreign Ministry spokesperson
Tang Guoqiang hinted that the decision
to sign the documents - the
International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights and a convention on eco-
nomic, social and cultural rights - was
unlikely to occur before the annual
showdown between a U.S.-led bloc of
Western countries and China before the
U.N. Human Rights Commission in
Geneva in March and April.
"We are actively considering these
two covenants. We are actively study-
ing and considering the question of
joining," Tang said yesterday at a
weekly news briefing here. "As to
when we would join, that is entirely
our own affair."
Western diplomats in Beijing were

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the Geneva meeting.
Biker gang wars
scare Scandinavians
COPENHAGEN - Armed biker
gangs are locked in a loud and bloody
war spreading across Scandinavia, dis-
turbing the peace and upsetting the tol-
erance that has allowed them to flourish
in the first place.
Like the mythic cowboys of the old
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rest of the townsfolk terrorized and
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No wonder. The bikers' weapons of
choice are not six-shooters. They are
automatic weapons and rocket-pro-
pelled antitank grenades.
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