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the plan.
"This is a very, very important step
that is going to make a big difference
for the City of Detroit," Archer said.
Don Barden, a black business execu-
tive whose casino proposal was rejected
by Archer, emphasized the state still
must approve the plan.
"This is not over yet," Barden said.
"This is just a first phase. We could be back
to square one in a number of months."
The council yesterday approved the
Greektown/Chippewa Indians and
Circus Circus proposals by 6-3 votes.
The MGM Grand proposal passed 5-4,
after council member Kenneth Cockrel
switched his vote.
Cockrel said he voted against MGM

because it has approximately 3 percent
black ownership, the lowest of the three
winning bids.
"In a city that is 80 percent African
American, I would have liked to see it go
to a majority-black group," Cockrel said.
Archer also came under fire for mov-
ing the proposed casino site from the cen-
tral business district to an area along the
Detroit River a few miles away. Archer
said the new area was the only viable site.
Council member Nicholas lood Ill
voted against the casinos because of,
their location.
"It doesn't have any economic spin-
off for the downtown," he said of the
riverfront site.
Some residents disagreed.
"It truly is the right thing for the city,"
said Brian McDonald, manager of the
Soup Kitchen Saloon in the riverfront

district. "It will bring a lot of revenue
and physical improvements."
Archer had given the council a dead-
line of today to pass the plan or risk tor-
pedoing the project. He had said a fail-
ure to act this week would endanger
financing and embolden casino oppo-
nents statewide.
"Detroit cannot continue to be a
boom-or-bust economy," the mayor told
the council Tuesday. "There is no other
economic development initiative that
provides that kind of opportunity."
The state gaming board could act
within four to six months, paving the
way for temporary casinos to open by
the end of the year or the beginning of
1999, Archer said. Permanent casinos
would follow two to three years later.
The statewide ballot measure allowing
casino gambling in Detroit passed in 1996.
Supporters say gambling would give
a boost to a city that has been striving to
come back after a long slide. Since the
late 1950s, the city has lost nearly half
its people and more than half its jobs. A
steady flight to the suburbs was accel-
erated after the 1967 race riots that
killed 43 people and left blocks and
blocks of burned-out hulks.
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needed to build and work in the casinos
will come from outside the Metro-
Detroit area. This demand for employ-
ees could possibly trigger a general
increase in wages.
While Courant expects the casinos to
have little or no effect on the city of Ann
Arbor and Michigan in general, lie said
"Ifthere is a recession in the future, hav-
ing a casino will be beneficial."
The proposed casinos have garnered
negative feedback as well.
"The casinos are going to make it
easier for the lower-class people to lose
money," said Engineering junior John
Regardless of the casinos' effect on
the economy, students said they look
forward to gambling entertainment on
this side of the border.
Preston, a Casino Windsor and Mt.
Pleasant casino frequenter, said "I'm
sure I would go to the casinos in
Detroit. I don't like having to go across
customs (to Windsor casinos)."
LSA senior Jeff Lawson agrees that
Detroit casinos will be a good alterna-
tive to those across the river.
"Regardless of whether you win or
lose, you lose with the exchange rate,"
Lawson said.
Along with the fact that Detroit casi-
nos will offer craps, which is not
offered at Windsor casinos. Lawson
looks forward to being able to "support
the ever-growing Detroit economy." In
addition, he said he hopes "casino gam-
bling in Detroit will be a positive thing
for the city."
Some supporters think casinos will
bring in a different crowd to the city.
Preston said he plans to drive out to
the casinos about two or three times
per semester. But he said lie doesn't
think the casinos will attract a ureat
number of University students, con-
sidering students are fairly poor to
begin with.
"Hopefully this will integrate (with
other city developments) into a good
area of Detroit that people can go into
and be proud of," Lawson said.

Clinton plans arrest of Cambodia's Pol Pot
N LW OR K.Pol Pot, the f'ormer leader of'the Khmer R ouge rebel group respon
sible for the deaths of perhaps millions of Cambodians, could be arrested and trie
under a plan devised by U.S. andi Thai officials.
President Clinton had ordered the Departments of Deftense, State and Justice to pre
pare plans to take Pol Pot into custody and try him for those deaths, The New Y
Times reported yesterday.
-If we don't get Pol Pot this time, lie may die before we ever have the chance t
briig him to justice," one unidentified U.S. official told the Times.
Pol Pot, now in his 70s and ailing, was toppled from power in 1979 by a Vietnames
But during his four-year reign, he and his Khmer Rouge soldiers turned Cambodi,
into a vast labor camp and declared many members of the middle class enemies of th
From 1975 to 1979, an estimated 2 million Cambodians were killed by the Khme
Rouge or starved to death.
For almost two decades Pol Pot and his guerrilla comrades have been hiding in tl
jungles of Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge is on the brink of collapse from defect'
and internal squabbles. Last year, Pol Pot's former comrades sentenced him to sp
the rest of his life under house arrest.

Japan intervenes In
U.S. currency market
WASHINGTON - With the Clinton
administration's strong endorsement,
Japan intervened in U.S. foreign
exchange markets yesterday to prevent
the faltering yen from further destabiliz-
ing Asia and adding to an already-grow-
ing American trade deficit.
Taking currency traders by surprise on
a morning of light trading, the Bank of
Japan purchased yen by selling between
SI billion and S2 billion in what Japanese
Finance Minister [Iikaru Matsunaga
characterized as "a decisive action:'
The reaction was immediate and
sharp. The dollar's value ---- which had
hit a 6 I 2-year high of 135.2 yein on
April 3 - plunged from 133.6 yen to
129.5 yen before recovering to 131 ven
by late afternoon.
T'reasury Secretary Robert Rubin, ini a
statement released just as traders began
hearing of the intervention, said the
United States shared -Japan's concern
about the ven's weakness.
"We welcomi the action " dertakcn

by Japanese authorities in the exchang
market to support the value of the yen,
he said.
A senior Treasury official, speakin
later oii condition of anonymity,f sai
U.S. foreign exchange policy hadn
changed. But economists said
detected a clear shift.
Southern storms
cause death; injuries
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Rescu
crews went from one wrecked house t
another aid a helicopter with a sensor t
detect body heat was flown in to hiel
find the dead and alive yesterday aft-
tornado killed at least 32 people.
Encouraged by finding a 9-niontl
old baby alive, Sheriff Jim Woodwar
said rescuers would continue lookin
for victims through the night until the
were confident everyone was account
ed for.
The tornado struck with winds up t
250 mph while many people in thi
Bible Belt area were at reguk
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Negotiators work
through deadline
BE L FAST, N. Ireland - A marathon
day of multiparty negotiations contin-
ucid past midnight today, according to
Ireland's time zone, in pursuit of afar-
reaching agreement that could achieve
a dream of peace in Northern Ireland.
A midnight deadline came and went,
but negotiators, including the prime
minlisters of Britain and Ireland and
eight Northern Ireland political parties,
kept right on talking at the Stormont
Castle complex here. Participants said
there was no point in stopping because
they were so close to approving a pro-
posed settlement. The plan preserves
Northern Ireland's political tie to
Britain but builds a closer relationship
between this British province and the
Republic of Ireland to the south.
If the deal is reached, and if the people
of the two Irelands approve it in referen-
da next month, the Stormont agreement
of 1998 could end one of the most
intractable and bitter sectarian conflicts
of the century.
The basic dispute concerns who will

govern this gteen and misty province c
1.6 million people. The Protestant majo
ity wants Northern Ireland to remain pa
of Britain. The Catholic minority gen
ly supports a break with Britain a
union with the Irish Republic. In pursu
of these ends, sectarian street annies o
both sides have for nearly 30 years wage
a bloody terrorist conflict.
Pme Minister unveils
Economic stimulus plan
TOKYO - Bowing to pressure f
foreign leaders, Prime Minister Ryu
Hashimoto unveiled a plan yesterday t
cut income taxes by S30 billion over th
next two years, a step economists hop
will stop Japan's slide into recession.
At a nationally televised news cor
ference, a weary-looking Hashimot
said Japan's economy was in "quite
serious state" and needed new stimu
lus. His move reverses a long polic
that Japan could not have new tax cut
so as to keep its budget deficit u
- Compiled from Daily wire report.

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musicals, to showcasing local bands and student writers,
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