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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 24, 1998
Ela a5 l tornadoes in rda

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's deadliest
swarm of tornadoes on record plowed through the cen-
tral part of the state at the height of tourist season yes-
terday, killing at least 38 people, including an 18-
month-old toddler sucked from his father's arms.
Thirteen people were reported missing.
Rescue workers used bloodhounds to look for bod-
es in rubble-strewn neighborhoods.
Debris is piled up so bad, it may take a while to
find any survivors,' said Doug Braswell, a spokesper-
on for the Seminole County Public Safety
A pickup truck ended up on its nose inside a
wrecked living room and retirees lost nearly every-
:hing they had, but the six to 10 twisters missed Walt
Disney World and the two other major theme parks in
the Orlando area.
Curfews were set for dusk in the hardest-hit areas.
More than 250 people were injured, including a 16-
year-old girl who was blown 150 feet out of a window
into a pasture.
David Myers had a broken foot after being hurled
against a wall.
"I'm just lucky to be alive. I've been thrown off of
horses and out of airboats, but that's the hardest I've

ever been slammed," he said.
The pink playhouse ie built for his 6-year-old
daughter, Brittany, lay in a pile amid the shattered
glass of a bedroom window. Brittany was sent to stay
with relatives while Myers and his wife and brothers
cleaned up.
El Nifio-fueled thunderstorms storms blew in off the
Gulf of Mexicojust before midnight Sunday, spitting out
tornadoes from the Tampa Bay area on the Gulf to
Daytona Beach on the Atlantic Coast. Georgia also was
affected, with floods closing roads and schools yesterday
after as much as 5 inches of rain fell Sunday.
In this retirement haven for thousands from the
Midwest and Northeast, Josie Wolfe searched for her
medicine amid the scraps of wood, metal paneling and
pink insulation that remained of her mobile home.
"It's all gone," cried Wolfe, who moved from
Dayton, Ohio, in 1983 with her husband, Ned. "This
was our whole life. I'm 73 years old and you can't
start over at 73. What good is it? You work so hard and
now there's nothing. I wish it would've killed me."
She and her husband both escaped unharmed. She
eventually found her medicine, along with her wallet
containing $4 she won at Bingo earlier that night.
One man was holding his 18-month-old baby in his

arms in his mobile home near Kissimmee. about 15
miles south of Orlando, when a tornado roared
through before dawn.
"The baby was in the father's arms, and it got
sucked out into the tornado." said Osceola County
Fire Chief Jeff Hall. The boy's body was found by late
It was the deadliest round of tornadoes in Florida
since the National Weather Service started keeping
detailed records a half-century ago. And it was the
state's most deadly day since Hurricane Andrew
struck in 1992, killing at least 32 people in Florida,
Louisiana and the Bahamas.
"The level of devastation I saw here is equal to
H urricane Andrew, even if in a more narrow area,"
said Jeff Hall, fire chief in Osceola County.
Some of the tornadoes may have had wind speeds
as high as 210 mph, said Bob Ebaugh of the weather
More than 135,000 people in central Florida lost
power at the height of the storms.
President Clinton sent representatives of the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, including director
James Lee Witt. and said he would tour the state
tomorrow to survey damage.

Supreme Court upholds Megan's Law
WASIIINGTON ---The Supreme Court yesterday rejected a constitutional chal-
lenge to Megan's ILaw, the New Jersey statute that requires authorities to notify
communities of convicted sex offenders in their neighborhoods.
The law, named for a 7-year-old girl who was raped and murdered by a twice-
convicted sex offender, was the first of its kind. Provoked by the tragedy of Megan
Kanka and by New Jersey's 1995 law, 36 other states have since adopted simi
Community notification laws and harsher penalties for sex crimes are part of a
national trend to try to protect children from those who would prey on ilthem. But
such efforts also have drawn protests from defense lawyers who say civil liberties
and rights are being trampled.
in the Megan's Law case, a group of sex offenders whose crimes were commit-
ted before the New Jersey law was enacted sued, claiming the policy making their
names and addresses public and subjecting them to community harassment and
violence imposes a second punishment on them, violating the double-jeopardy
guarantee against multiple punishments.
They also argued that the law's retroactive effect breached the guarantee again
ex post facto laws. The Constitution prohibits laws that increase the punishment
a defendant beyond what was on the books when a crime was committed.



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"Their lottery number doesn't mat-
ter (regarding) whether they're
allowed to stay in their current room,"
Levy said.
LSA first-year student Dan Propson
said that although he was initially con-
cerned about getting housing, his worries
have dissipated since the lottery drawing.
"Originally, it was a bit of a concern
because (we) weren't sure if sopho-
mores were guaranteed housing,"
Propson said.
Because his roommate is a Shipman
Scholar, Propson said he received the
fourth lottery pick and his roommate
received the third spot.
"It guaranteed us high spots in the
lottery, or something like that,"
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Propson said, adding that he and his
rooinmate will try to find a larger
room in West Quad Residence Hall.
According to the reapplication
material, Shipman Scholars and
Bentley Scholars can choose a room
in any hall, just as the residents in that
hall can.
The second priority selection is sched-
uled to begin a few days after students
will return from spring break. During this
period, applicants who want to live in
their current residence halls can select a
room in their hall.
Housing applicants who want to
live in traditional residence halls
other than their current hall can
select a room during the third prior-
ity selection, which is scheduled for
the miiddle of March.
"They will all be able to return to a
traditional hall," Levy said.
Continued from Page 1
the day, while others are allowing stu-
dents to skip class to attend the events.
Although the administration has not
officially taken a position on the Day of
Action, individual administrators have
expressed support for it.
"In terms of a national day of recog-
nizing affirmative action, I endorse it"'
said Associate Provost for Academic
and Multicultural Affairs Lester Monts.
"I hope the entire University embraces
the effort from the point of view of the
student organizers and the point of
view of the national effort."
Deo said she is "impressed by the
level of support by the administration."
Scheduled speakers for the day
include history and Afroamerican and
African studies Prof. Jeanne Theoharris,
Law Prof. Deborah Malamud, Law Prof.
Roderick Hills, American Civil Liberties
Union lawyer Mark Rosenbaum, Law
Prof. Mark Fancher and history Prof.
Maria Montoya.
Law Prof. Lance Jones, who was
involved in the Black Action Movement
III as a Law student at the University,
will participate in today's panel discus-
sion. Jones said that considering the law-
suit is a crucial part of the affirnative
action discussion.
"I decided to speak because I can
provide a little bit of historical perspec-
tive on other movements that have
impacted the University," Jones said.
Students expressed mixed opinions
on whether or not they support the day
or knew of the planned events.
Engineering sophomore Seann Lewis
said lie plans to attend some of the day's
"I believe in affirmative action,
Lewis said. He said that the day will
"show that there are people who support
affirmative action and raise people's con-
LSA first-year student Kim
Thoreson said she had not heard of the
activities planned for the day.
"I guess it would be a good idea for
someone who is interested, but I wouldn't
miss my classes - I'm paying for them."
Student groups supporting the Day
of Action include Alianza, the Black
Student Union, the Coalition to
Defend Affirmative Action By Any
Means Necessary, the Native
American Student Association,
Academics for Affirmative Action and
Social Justice and the Progressive
Student Alliance.

Engler to help make
U.S. academic tests
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton
administration yesterday appointed
Michigan Gov. John Engler to a board
developing the voluntary national tests
for eighth-grade math and fourth-grade
President Clinton said Engler's
appointment to the National
Assessment Governing Board "guaran-
tees that the states' concerns will be
taken into account" in developing the
national tests.
The tests, a top item on the presi-
dent's education agenda, have run into
opposition from House Republicans,
largely on grounds they would lead to a
national curriculum.
Engler said he favored expanding the
use of well-established tests already
being administered in the states instead of
developing a national test from scratch.
"I don't think we need a new test.
What we need to do is work with what
is," Engler said after the governors, as
part of their annual winter conference,

met with Clinton at the White House.
The National Assessment :of
Educational Progress is one such test
that is given to a sampling of students
nationwide in grades four, eight and 12
in subjects such as reading, math and
Mic a is averag
on welfare changes
WASHINGTON - Most states,
including Michigan, are failing to
improve the economic conditions of wel-
fare recipients in implementing the new
federal welfare law, a Tufts University
study released yesterday concludes.
Only 14 states have reformed their
welfare systems in a way that is likely
improve the financial condition of t
poor, according to the study by the uni-
versity's Center on Hunger and Poverty.
Idaho's policies were ranked the most
likely to threaten welfare recipients' "eo-
nomic security. Michigan ranked 28th.
The Tufts study surveyed all 50 states
about how they implemented the new
welfare law. Its primary conclusion: "The
majority are failing and failing badly."



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S. Korean president
to face challenges
SEOUL, South Korea - After a bit-
ter winter of economic turmoil, South
Korea is preparing to inaugurate for-
mer dissident Kim Dae Jung tomorrow
as its 15th president, sending him to
live in the presidential palace from
which his predecessors once ordered
his death.
About 40,000 people, including a
smattering of celebrities, former lead-
ers of Japan, Germany and the
Philippines, the mayor of Los Angeles
and about 2,500 Korean Americans
are expected to attend. Disabled peo-
ple and members of "the formerly
alienated classes" also have been
The swearing-in will be held out-
doors, with no roof over Kim's head,
"to reflect the new president's will to
share the joys and sorrows with the
people, rain or shine," organizers
In keeping with the cash-strapped
times, the inauguration will be a frugal
affair, with no gala parties or lavish

balls to follow. But Kim and his aides
are determined to use the ceremony,
which represents the first peaceful
transfer of power from the ruling party
to an opposition party in South Kor'
troubled postwar history, to lift the s
its of this anxious nation and usher in
an era of reconciliation, sweeping
reform and economic rebirth.
Indonesian leader
to stay in power
JAKARTA, Indonesia - President
Suharto is making no concessions
mortality. Preparing to start his next
five-year term, he is believed to, be
making no plans to step down or even
to begin grooming a potential succe-
sor. He is likely to name his longtime
friend, B.J. Habibie, the research and
technology minister, as vice presi-
dent, but most analysts believe that
Habibie will remain in Suharto's
shadow and that the appointment will
not mean that Habibie is to be.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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