2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 15, 1998
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Last-
minute tax filers in Pleasanton, Calif.,
might not be able to drown their sorrows
at the post office tonight, but they can
pretend to drown the tax man in a dunk-
ing booth set up near the mail boxes.
Other post offices around the country
are also offering ways to cope with the
final hours of the tax season, from back
rubs for the overstressed in Boise, Idaho,
to blues bands in Arlington, Va., for those
who just want to whine and moan.
"It's a way we can get together and
make it a little less taxing for them,"
said Beth Barnett, spokesperson for the
Memphis, Tenn., post office, where tax-
payers can blow off steam by bashing a
Buick with a sledgehammer.
Tax forms must be postmarked by
midnight tonight, and many post offices
expect long lines as procrastinators send
an estimated 44 million pieces of mail.
Many post offices will stay open late and
offer some amenities, such as curbside
pickup of tax forms or free coffee.
IRS agents will be on hand at a num-
ber of post offices to answer questions,
but the line will no doubt be longest in
Pleasanton, where IRS volunteers will
take a seat in the dunking booth.
There's no dunking booth in Boise, but
the post office and local broadcast sta-
tions will offer almost everything else. In
addition to tax help and free massages,
late filers will be serenaded by a quintet
from the Boise Philharmonic and can lis-
ten to Sen. Larry Craig, an Idaho
Republican, talk about tax reform.
"It's turned into a circus," said post
office employee Jim Adams. "It's a
If giving money to the government
isn't enough, the post office in
Harrisburg, Pa., is probably the place to
be. The Central Pennsylvania Blood
Bank will gladly take a pint of your
blood as well.
Those who burst into tears just think-
ing about the tax deadline will feel at
home at the main post office in Glens
Falls, N.Y., where crying towels will be
The lobby and ticket booth will also
be replaced by a booth that more close-
ly resembles the original. The present
walls in the lobby will be pulled down
to display the earlier plasterwork that
lies beneath them.
Collins said architects referred to the
theater's original blueprints and early
photographs for the restoration. The
renovation is scheduled to be finished
by December, he said.
Louisa Piper, Ann Arbor's historic
preservation coordinator, said the city
bought the building in 1979 primarily
through the influence of then-Mayor
Louis Belcher, who wanted to preserve it.
"It was considered a real asset to the
community"said Piper, adding that it is
unusual for a city to buy properties it
wants to keep for community purposes. .
"It's usually the worst way" to preserve
a building, Piper said. "Rarely can a city
organize the funding to buy it.'
After the city purchased the theater,
the Michigan Theater Foundation took
over operations of the historic building.
"The State Theater
used to be one big
- Russell Collins
Michigan Theater Executive Director
Today, 20 percent of the theater's oper-
ating costs are funded through private
donations, Collins said.
Collins said the theater's non-profit
status has allowed it to avoid the debili-
tating effects of market pressure on
downtown theaters to give up space to
retail operations or to subdivide into
The Campus Theater on South
University Avenue fell victim to these
pressures, Collins said.
"They tore that one down because it
was inefficient to subdivide," Collins
Collins said the State Theater was
"The State Theater used to be one big
theater," Collins said. "The main floor
was gutted and turned into real estate."
The State's balcony was converted into
two screening rooms and its ground
floor now houses the Urban Outfitters
FCC race requirement unconstitutional
WASH INGTON - A federal requirement that broadcasters hire racial mCori-
ties was thrown out as unconstitutional by an appeals court yesterday in a sehiac
for efforts to bring more diversity to radio and TV stations.
The L.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the Federa
Communications Commission had failed to explain how its equal employmen
opportunities regulations served the public interest - the standard the FCC uc
when it adopted the rules in the late 1960s.
Any impact on minority hiring probably wouldn't be immediate, broadcas
attorneys said. But if the ruling stands, it could lead to fewer minorities bein.
The ruling did not address FCC policies designed to foster employment o
women, but broadcast attorneys said it could make those rules vulnerable to lega
Supporters of the regulations credit them with boosting minority employment i
broadcasting over the nearly 30 years they have been in effect.
Currently, 19.9 percent of all full-time employees in TV and radio are minori
ties, according to the FCC. In 1971, three years after adoption of the equal oppor
tunity requirements, 9.1 percent were minorities.
The FCC is reviewing its options to appeal.
Lew appointed as
new budget director
WASHINGTON - In selecting Jack
Lew as his new budget director,
President Clinton has turned to a con-
summate budget professional and master
of legislative detail who once served as
chief policy adviser to the late House
Speaker Thomas O'Neill Jr. (D-Mass).
Although he has operated largely
behind the scenes as a special assistant
to the president and more recently as
deputy director of the Office of
Management and Budget, Lew was
credited with helping launch Clinton's
national service program and providing
critical technical and political advice
during the talks that led to last spring's
In the final frenetic negotiations
before the White House and Republican
leaders announced their historic agree-
ment May 2, Lew was the one who
scoured the language for political mine-
fields and unwelcome last-minute
changes by the Republicans.
"Jack has tremendous detailed knowl-
edge of the budget process and individ
ual programs and an excellent knowl
edge of politics;' said Franklin Raines
who resigned yesterday as OMB direc
tor. "His job was to make sure that in al
of these negotiations everything fit s
that at the end of the day there wasn
any buyer's regret on our part."
JARRATT, Va. -- A Paraguaya
man who stabbed a woman to deat
was executed last night despite request
by Secretary of State Madelein
Albright and the World Court that th
sentence be blocked.
The 15-member United Nati
Tribunal ruled last week that the ex
tion should be blocked becaus
Virginia authorities failed to notif
Paraguay of the man's arrest a
required by an international treaty, th
Angel Francisco Breard was exccul
ed by injection shortly after Gov. Jir
Gilmore refused to stop the sentenc
from being carried out.
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Protestants to Clinton:
stay out of accord
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -
Northern Ireland's two major Protestant
parties bitterly disagree about the land-
mark peace accord, but they agreed on
one thing yesterday: President Clinton
shouldn't.try to sell it to people here.
The government of the Irish Republic,
meanwhile. freed nine Irish Republican
Army prisoners in a bid to boost support
for the accord among the outlawed
The Ulster Unionist Party, already
split over its leaders' decision to accept
the deal, said a possible Clinton visit the
week before a May 22 referendum might
be "misunderstood" by Protestants
resentful of foreign pressure to compro-
mise, making rejection more likely.
"I think it might be misunderstood if
he was to directly involve himself in an
electoral process here in the province,"
said a senior Ulster Unionist negotiator,
Reg Empey, arguing that Protestants
"want to make up their own minds."
Leaders of the IRA-allied Sinn Fein
party spent yesterday at a secret location
considering how to sell to their hard-li
supporters an accord that the party
negotiators accepted, but falls far short
a united Ireland.
The deal will be the focus of dc, 2
this weekend at Sinn Fein's annual
ference in Dublin, but leaders are hopii
to delay a vote over whether to accept
until later this month.
Iraq executed more
than 1,500 last year
GENEVA --[The Iraqi governmc
summarily executed more than
people for political offenses last yet
the human rights situation in that counti
deteriorated to a new low, according to
U.N. special investigator who yesterd
urged the Security Council to devote
much attention to that issue as it does
ending Iraq's illegal weapons program
Max van der Stoel, a former foreis
minister in the Netherlands, has sin
1991 periodically documented t
excesses of what he called Sadda
Hussein's "regime of terror."
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