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Ann Arbor" Sheldon said. "This is an
event which condones drug use to our
young, and that is not the message that
our community wants to send out about
Ain Arbor."
Some of the afternoon's headlining
speakers included Chef Ra of High
limes Magazine, the Lone Reefer and
Renee Emory, a local resident.
LSA first-year student Michael
Freedland said he just came to see event.
"I don't plan to participate in smok-
ing anything, but this seems to be peo-
ple just having fun," Freedland said. "I
den't think it's just an excuse to smoke.
They seem to be somewhat serious
about changing the laws.'
AAPD Sgt. Larry Jerue said Hash
rash' has changed considerably in the

past 10 years.
"n the past it used to be confined to
a mostly student event. The event only
drew a few hundred but has resurfaced
with thousands from all over coming to
Ann Arbor in support of the legaliza-
tion of marijuana, Jerue said.
Stephen Gasken, who was an activist
in the 1960s, urged the crowd to buy his
book about changing the government.
"You need to register to vote. We
need to take back our country. We need
to educate the public" Gasken said.
Thomas Salazar, who travelled from
Freemont, Ohio, for the event, said it is
ridiculous not to have marijuana legalized.
"It's unfortunate that people are
influenced by 60 years of prohibition.
Anyone who thinks it's hard (to obtain
marijuana) is foolish. It's as easy as get-
ting a six-pack. People got to wake up
and stop harassing us," Salazar said.

Continued from Page 1A
Part of King's final speech retold
a stabbing he had experienced when
he first began to receive national
prominence. Speaking in a tone that
mirrored King's powerful voice,
Dixon read, "The blade was on the
edge of my aorta. It came out in the
New York Times the next morning
that if I'd have sneezed, I'd have
Dixon concluded his presentation by
raising his head toward the church ceil-
ing. "Good night, Martin Luther King,
I love you," he said.
Other speakers included longtime
civil rights activist Ezra Rowry of
Mississippi, Ann Arbor city council-
woman Pat Vereen Dixon and local rev-
erend Kathy Neufeld Dunn.



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they enjoyed it because "it's something
we can't do every day."
The Ann Arbor police and fire
departments were on hand to pass out
information to parents about fire safety
and the Drug Abuse Resistance
Education program.
"The organizers called to ask if we
wanted to participate and we said we
would be happy to," said AAPD officer
and DARE instructor Melanie Kohtz.
"It adds a different perspective to the
fun and families can obtain some infor-
mation at the same time."
AAPD fire inspector Kevin
Scarbrough helped kids to try on a fire-
fighter jacket and have a look at the
"firetruck we brought out for a hands-
on display."
"Anytime we get a group of kids
together, we like to hand out some
information," Scarbrough said. "A lot
of these events are a way for us to get
information back to the parents."
Warner Brother's characters Bugs
Bunny, Daffy Duck and Sylvester the
Cat were loaned to the event by Six
Flags Great America amusement parks.
"We like to involve ourselves heavi-
ly in the Michigan community," said
Danielle Chaput, the Michigan region-
al marketing representative for Six
Flags Great America amusement park.
"We love seeing the looks on the little
kids' faces."
Some participants attributed yester-
day's low attendance to the warm
weather because most of the carnival
booths were inside the school.
"I think the attendance should be
better, but it's very sunny out,' said
LSA first-year student Doug Holland, a
Chi Phi fraternity member.
Advertising posters for the event
came out after many public schools
were already on spring break, which
may also have contributed to the low
numbers, Lareau said.

Clinton urges
Mideast peace talks
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials
pleaded yesterday for Israeli and
Palestinian leaders to shed their hard-
line stances and renew face-to-face
consultations as President Clinton pre-
pared to meet with Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
insists building must stop on an Israeli
housing project in east Jerusalem
before longstanding disagreements can
be resolved. Netanyahu pressed his
case yesterday with his closest friend
among Arab leaders, King Hussein of
The U.S. government, meanwhile,
urged the two sides to agree to a face-
to-face meeting to salvage a shaky
Middle East peace process.
"The United States remains commit-
ted to securing a just, lasting and com-
prehensive peace between Israel and
her neighbors," said Bill Richardson,
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
"But, in the end, the success of the

process depends on the willingness of
the Palestinians and the Israelis to work
together as negotiating partners.'
"We are very concerned at the sig-
nificant and rapid decline in the confi-
dence that the Palestinians and the
Israeli government have in each other
and, to some extent, in the proc
Army drops charge
that private lied
Md. - The Army yesterday dropped
its allegation that a female trainee lied
about having sex with an instructor.
The Army said the charge agai
Pvt. Toni Moreland wasn't a priori
and it didn't want to bring in an out-of-
town witness. The soldier's attorney
accused the Army of ducking a con-
frontation over its investigation of the
Aberdeen sex scandal.
Moreland, 21, pleaded guilty to other
minor charges yesterday at a summary
court-martial, the lowest level of mii-
tary court.

Faulty generator brings in shuttle early
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Columbia and its seven astronauts
will return to Earth tomorrow, 12 days earlier than planned, because of a deterio-
rating and potentially explosive power generator.
It is only the third time in space shuttle history that a mission has been cut short
by equipment failure.
While NASA considered commander James Halsell Jr. and his crew to be in n
immediate danger, shuttle managers did not want to take any chances with the ge
erator and, yesterday, cut short the 16-day science mission.
"The conservative thing to do is land on Tuesday" shuttle program manager
Tommy Holloway announced at a hastily arranged news conference.
Holloway said landing today was ruled out in order to allow for an orderly return,
and because Columbia's two other electricity-producing fuel cells were working fine.
The fear was that hydrogen fuel and oxygen in the degraded generator could
mix, overheat and blow up if voltage in the unit dropped far enough. Flight con-
trollers decided to turn off the unit yesterday to reduce, if not eliminate, that risk.
"Our plans would be to manage this fuel cell in a way that's not a threat to crew
safety and, indeed, we are extremely confident in the two remaining fuel cells and
their ability to support an orderly and methodical preparation for landing, and Ian
ing," Holloway said.

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Zaire leader angered
by American troops
COMA, Zaire - Rebel leader
Laurent Kabila objected yesterday to
the presence of American troops on
Zaire's border, calling them athreat to
his country's integrity.
"They could move in at any time.
They don't recognize the sovereignty of
our people," Kabila said at rebel head-
quarters in eastern Zaire.
"For us it is a threat to our territorial
integrity,' said Kabila, whose forces
have taken control of the eastern third
of Zaire during their seven-month cam-
paign to oust dictator Mobutu Sese
Kabila also said there should be no
international intervention in Zaire.
About 1,200 U.S., Belgian, French
and British soldiers forces have set up
camp in Brazzaville, Congo, across the
Zaire River from the Zairian capital of
Kinshasa, in case Westerners have to be
evacuated. The U.S. warship Nassau is
also stationed off the coast of the cen-
tral African nation, with about 1,000

Marines aboard.
While Kabila didn't say specifically
that American troops should leave, the
region, he apparently fears there are
more U.S. soldiers than would be nee
ed to evacuate the 500 or so America
who live in Zaire.
Rubin signs pact to
repay Vietnam debts
HANOI, Vietnam - Seeking to
develop closer economic ties with
Vietnam, Treasury Secretary Robert
Rubin arrived here yesterday to si
pact obliging the communist gove
ment to repay the wartime debts of
South Vietnam.
Rubin is the highest-ranking U.S.
economic official to visit Vietnam
since the war's end in .1975.
Although President Clinton lifted a
decades-old economic embargo on
Vietnam in 1994, and the two countries
established diplomatic ties in 1995, a
full trade pact remains elusive.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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