2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 22, 1998
Olympic runner Flojo dies at age 38
MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP)
Forence Griffith Joyner died yesterday
at age 38, just a decade after dazzling
Olympic track with speed and glamour
that have never been matched.
A triple gold medalist at the Seoul
Olympics and still the fastest woman
ever, "FloJo" was known as much as
her skintight running suits, her flowing
hair and her glittering fingernails as her
An autopsy was being conducted to
determine the cause of death. Her hus-
band Al Joyner, himself a 1984 triple
jump gold medalist, called authorities
after finding her "unresponsive and not
breathing" early yesterday, according to
the Orange County sheriff's department.
Greg Foster, a three-time world
champion in the 110-meter hurdles,
said he was told by her family that
Griffith Joyner died of a heart-related
Primo Nebiolo, the head of the
IAAF, track's international federation,
said he knew Griffith Joyner had "some
serious heart problems in recent
months," although one of her brothers,
Weldon Pitts, said she had shown no
sign of illness recently.
Griffith Joyner had suffered a
seizure two years ago on a flight from
California to St. Louis, and was hospi-
talized for one day. Ier family did not
disclose the ailment.
Her muscular physique prompted
talk of steroid use, but she insisted she
never used performance enhancers and
she never failed a drug test.
Griffith Joyner was remembered for
her stunning speed and fashion flam-
boyance that took track to new levels.
"What Florence brought to track
was a flash and a flair that we didn't
have, which was probably good for the
sport and got attention for us," said
Olympic sprint champion Evelyn
Ashford, one of her main rivals and her
Olympic teammate in 1984 and '88.
"We were dazzled by her speed,
humbled by her talent, and captivated
by her style," added President Clinton.
"Though she rose to the pinnacle of the
world of sports, she never forgot where
she came from, devoting time and
resources to helping children - espe-
cially those growing up in our most
devastated neighborhoods - make the
most of their own talents."
Along with her sister-in-law, six-
time Olympic medalist and world hep-
tathlon record-holder Jackie Joyner-
Kersee, Griffith Joyner turned the 1988
Seoul Olympics into a personal show-
AROUND THE NATION,
Congress urged to give fanner payouts
HlOliION, Kan. A clamor is rising in Congress and the Clinton admin-
istration to provide emergency payouts to farmers in the face of th: worst
agricultural crisis in decades. But here in the heartland of rural A:merica,
where combines are lumbering noisily over undulating farmlands in the
annual ritual of reward, folks tend to take a longer view of things.
"It's not handouts we want; it's decent prices for our crops that we can
depend on to at least cover our costs," said Ilenry Hill, during a midda y break
from harvesting a few miles outside this northeastern Kansas town. "I think
it's OK to get rid of subsidies if we can keep decent prices up there wih some
Hill and other farmers around here are in their fields during the harves season
from dawn until after dark. And so they have hardly had time to follow c ongres-
sional wrangling over the farm crisis, including an agreement by House and Senate
Republicans on Thursday to set aside nearly S4 billion to restore some of he sub-
sidies removed when Republicans pushed through the market-oriented Fredolm to
Farm Act in 1996 when crop prices were high.
Democratic proposals are based on a major increase in price supports, wh'
Republicans view as an attempt to repudiate the 1996 farm law that was suippcoses
to end budget-busting farm subsidies forever.
Odd alliance fights
tribal Calif. casinos
SANTA BARBARA, Calif -
Strange alliances, fierce rhetoric and
slick television commercials mark a bat-
tle to preserve gambling on Indian reser-
vations in California that is rapidly
becoming one of the most expensive ini-
tiative campaigns in the nation's history.
The measure, Proposition 5, is offi-
cially titled the Tribal Government
Gaming and Self-Sufficiency Act of
1998 and popularly called the "Indian
gaming initiative." It pits 37 Native
American tribes in California that run
casinos against a coalition, bankrolled
and led by Nevada casinos, that
includes church groups, labor unions
and Gov. Pete Wilson (R- Calif.).
Opponents say the measure on the
Nov. 3 ballot would lead to prolifera-
tion of California gambling -a claim
advanced in a gaudy commercial in
which casinos sprout on every corner,
culminating in a towering neon sign
that proclaims, "Casino California."
Mike Sloan, general counsel of Circus
Circus in Las Vegas and point nan for
the Nevada casinos, said in ai inter-
view that Proposition 5 is a wt dge for
"wholesale expansion of unrngulated
commercial gambling" in California.
Steve Glazer, a consultant fortj-
Proposition 5 campaign, ca Is t
claim a "bankrupt scare tactic."
US ledges new
foo aid to N. Korea
WASHINGTON -- the State
Department announced plans yesterday
to deliver 300,000 tons of food t,. N:ith
Korea by the end of the year despite con-
cerns over its military activities.
The announcement came as t
administration was preparing to deliver
the final shipment of a 200,000-ton
food comrrutment made last February.
'That commitment as well as the
new one are in response to a January
appeal for help from the World Food
Program, a U.N. agency. Food short-
ages have been rampant in North Korea
in recent years as a result of d:oughh
flood and mismanagement.
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Serb leader concedes
defeat to hard-liner
Herzegovina - In a serious setback
to U.S. efforts to build a lasting-
peace in Bosnia, moderate national-
ist Serb leader Biljana Plavsic has
conceded defeat to a hard-liner in
this month's elections.
The United States and other
Western powers openly promoted
Plavsic as the best alternative to more
strident Serb nationalists allied with
indicted war crimes suspect Radovan
Candidates who stepped out of line
during the campaign were simply dis-
qualified from the elections supervised
by the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe. The organiza-
tion disqualified nine Serb candidates
yesterday, but Nikola Poplasen,
Plavsic's likely successor as president
of the Serb republic within Bosnia, sur-
Plavsic, a former hard-liner her-
self, insisted she hasn't given up on
democracy or her struggle to lead
Bosnian Serbs, who call thei terri-
tory Republika Srpska, out of isola-
"We are the ones who opeq
Republika Srpska to the rest of
world," Plavsic told reporters in her for-
mer stronghold, Banja Luka. "It would
be absurd for whoever wins this elec-
tion to close that door."
accord in doubt.
TOKYO - On the eve of PriO
Minister Keizo Obuchi's meeting
with President Clinton, a Japanese
government deal to address the
nation's banking crisis appears to be
unraveling, raising questions about
the nation's ability to pull itself out
of a recession that is contribu'ing to
global economic troubles.
Obuchi's ruling L iberal
Democratic Party and the opposi-
tion parties agreed Friday to a series
of changes in the nation's bank*
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