2- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 11, 1998
State GOP picks new leaders
LANSING (AP) - Rep. Chuck
Perricone was elected speaker of the
state House yesterday in a closed-door
session of the 58-member Republican
Perricone, a second-term
Republican from Kalamazoo
Township, campaigned for the top spot
for more than a year, working vigor-
ously for GOP candidates in tight races
throughout the state and contributing
$4,500 to each.
Perricone represents a departure from
the low-key speakers in recent memory.
He's gained a reputation for being
extremely partisan and confrontational.
"He's probably a little bolder" than
former Speaker Paul Hillegonds,
who led Republicans during the
1995-96 session, said Rep. Terry
Geiger (R-Lake Odessa). Geiger
jumped out of the speaker race sever-
al months ago.
"He will step out there and take a
stance," Geiger said. "One thing I think
he's learned in the last year is you have
to collect a lot of opinions before you
step out there."
Rep. Andrew Raczkowski (R-
Farmington Hills) was selected as
majority floor leader, the second-rank-
ing House leader.
aIt is with great pride that I accept
the position of speaker of the
-- Rep. Chuck Perricone
New Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
Perricone's ascension to speaker was
all but assured after the GOP snatched
control of the House from Democrats,
who will hold their 58-52 majority until
this session ends on Dec. 22.
After the election, Rep. Mark Jansen,
a first-term lawmaker from Grand
Rapids, decided to run against
Perricone to offer a choice.
Jansen said getting into the race late
meant he was the longshot, but he want-
ed to make sure Perricone's leadership
wasn't second-guessed later. Some had
also found Jansen an attractive candi-
date because he's less confrontational
Perricone said yesterday that he was
pleased by the vote from his party. In
the past term, he served as assistant
"It is with great honor that I accept
the position of speaker of the Michigan
House,' Perricone said in a statement.
"Together, the Republican caucus will
move Michigan forward into the 21st
Perricone said his first job was to
meet with GOP Gov. John Engler today
to discuss plans for the next session. He
said House GOP members would go on
a retreat Dec. 14 to shape their agenda.
"We are committed to tax cuts. We
are committed to the governor's agen-
da," he said.
Republicans had lost control of the
House to Democrats in the 1996 election.
This year's win gives Republicans control
of the Legislature and governor's office,
smoothing the way for their agenda.
Term limits took effect for the first
time this year and ushered in 64 new
members. Perricone will lead the cau-
cus of 58 - 17 incumbents and 41
first-time lawmakers - through the
Raczkowski beat out two other con-
tenders for the majority floor leader spot,
who runs day-to-day action in the House.
Raczkowski got an early start and
campaigned for the House majority
much like Perricone did, handing out
checks from his own political action
And in the past few days, as fresh-
men Republicans came to Lansing for
their orientations, Raczkowski had bas-
kets filled with fruit, cheese and cham-
pagne sent to their hotel rooms.
He beat Rep. Mike Green of
Mayville and Rep.-elect Mary Ann
Middaugh (R-Paw Paw). She won hus-
band Mick Middaugh's seat in last
Tuesday's election, and has worked in
the Republican floor leader's office for
Other caucus leaders selected yester-
day include Rep. Patricia Birkholz (R-
Saugatuck) as speaker pro tempore;
Rep.-elect Paul DeWeese (R-
Williamston) as majority whip; Rep.-
elect Bruce Patterson (R-Canton) as
associate speaker pro tempore; Rep.
Judith Scranton (R-Brighton) as associ-
ate speaker pro tempore; and
Middaugh, as assistant majority floor
AROUND THE NATION
Gates in 1995: Suit will "blow over"
WASHINGTON - Microsoft Chair Bill Gates, now fighting a government
antitrust case built partly on e-mail evidence, told Intel executives in 1995 that
he might change his company's policy about how often to destroy internal e-
According to notes from the meeting made public yesterday, Gates also dis-
missed scrutiny by federal regulators at the time.
"This antitrust thing will blow over," he predicted, adding: "We haven't changW
our business practices, at all."
Gates, the world's richest man, never actually changed the Microsoft policy that
governs how long employees may keep e-mail messages before they are routinely
Company attorneys suggested yesterday that Gates may have been joking. They
noted that even today the company has no formal guidelines on saving e-mail,
although the government at trial frequently is using older messages to contradict
Gates' recent sworn statements.
Gates' comments at the July 1995 meeting were recorded in handwritten notes
by Intel Corp. Vice President Steven McGeady.
In July 1995, Microsoft Corp. had already signed a consent decree with t
Justice Department to change some of its business practices.
Summer Orientation Employment
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UCLA's Turner said graduate student
teaching assistants receive salaries and
benefits that are "comparable to if not
better than most universities."
Turner said the average monthly salary
for a GSI in the 1997-98 academic year
was $1,452. They also receive health
benefits and a partial fee remission,
which shaves about two-thirds off in-
With these "competitive" benefits,
Turner said GSIs have filed few com-
plaints or grievances about reparation or
workloads. Despite the apparent satisfac-
tion with their jobs, the GSIs still want
collective bargaining rights.
He said UCLA is waiting to hear if the
state will accept the decision an adminis-
trative-law judge recommended two
years ago mandating that teaching assis-
tants are employees, not just students.
But Turner maintained "the basic posi-
tion of the university is that the primary
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reason for the TAs and research assistants
is not to provide them with work."
"It's to enhance their educational train-
ing and skills related to their subsequent
careers," Turner said. "It's not just a job."
However, UCLA sociology GSI
Steven Sherwood said the GSIs feel they
should have the title of employee as well
"The argument of the union is that the
TAs are essential," Sherwood said. "They
do a lot of the gruntwork, but the amount
and condition of the work are not being
Chip Smith, the University of
Michigan's Graduate Employees
Organization's bargaining committee
spokesperson, said the GEO supports
California's GSIs, because they have a
"fundamental right" to organize.
In relation to the University's GEOs
own bargaining efforts to gain more ben-
efits when its contract expires, Smith
said that while a strike is always a possi-
bility, he hopes "it's not going to come to
O.. to Face
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An
appeals court yesterday overturned a
ruling giving O.J. Simpson custody of
his two younger children, saying a
lower court should have given more
consideration to the possibility he
killed his ex-wife and a friend.
The 4th District Court of Appeals,
ruling on a petition by the parents of
Nicole Brown Simpson, ordered a new
"As a matter of case law, as well as
common sense, the question of whether
one parent has actually murdered the
other is about as relevant as it is possi-
ble to imagine in any case involving
whether the surviving parent should be
allowed any form of child custody," the
Simpson told The Associated Press
he plans to fight the decision for as
long as it takes to keep custody of
Sydney and Justin.
"The one thing is no matter what
anyone thinks of me personally - or
what they may think I have done or
haven't done - is the well-being of
these kids," he said.
Simpson said no one could argue that
the kids aren't doing "incredibly well and
are incredibly well adjusted and happy."
Nicole Brown Simpson's parents,
Louis and Juditha Brown, had been
guardians of the children while Simpson
was on trial for the murder of their daugh-
ter and Ron Goldman. The two were
knifed to death outside Nicole Brown
Simpson's home on June 12, 1994.
Simpson was acquitted of murder in
1995, but jurors in the civil case award-
ed the victims' families $33.5 million
in damages from Simpson.
AROUND THE WORLD
to ratify accord
TEL AVIV, Israel - Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu announced yes-
terday he would convene his Cabinet to
ratify the Mideast peace accord signed
in Washington last month, indicating
he is now satisfied with Palestinian
Netanyahu has postponed the
Cabinet debate three times, saying he
needed more clarifications from the
Palestinians about their campaign
against Islamic militants.
But a late night drive-by shooting
yesterday near a Jewish settlement in
the West Bank left two Israeli sol-
diers with injuries. The soldiers at
the scene said they believed the
assailants headed for Palestinian-
controlled territory a few miles
Netanyahu adviser David Bar-Illan
said the government was waiting for
more details before it could assess how
the shooting would affect the peace
Last Friday, the ministers had just
meeting and said he would not recon-
vene the ministers until the Palestinian
Authority outlined how it would pre-
vent attacks against Israelis.
Earlier yesterday, Netanyahu said
new guarantees led him to believe th t
Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Autho
would take "practical steps" against
Nations seek long
term hurricane aid
LA CEIBA, Honduras - Central
America is back on the celebrity cir-
cuit, at least for the moment.
Not since the region's civil wars,end*
early in this decade have so many digni-
taries planned stops at these tiny coun-
tries. Now they're bringing aid f6r vtc-
tims of Hurricane Mitch, distributing
clothes and contributions for medicine
and food donated by ordinary people.-
What remained unclear is whether this
immediate concern will translate into the
long-term measures that the region's
leaders insist are necessary.
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Moms smarter due
to hormone changes
LOS ANGELES - Motherhood
may actually make women smarter -
perhaps permanently - as hormones
released during pregnancy and nursing
dramatically enrich parts of the brain
involved in learning and memory, new
animal studies suggest.
The findings, made public yesterday
at a meeting of the Society for
Neuroscience in Los Angeles, are
among a series of emerging insights
into how the subtle ebb and flow of sex
hormones change the brain.
Indeed, so responsive is the female
brain to changing hormone levels that
aspects of neural cell structure appear
to change during the course of a
monthly cycle, new research indicates.
Overall, researchers are discovering
that, compared to the male brain, the
female brain retains a remarkable
capacity for change throughout a life-
The enriching effects of childbear-
ing were discovered in an unusual
series of experiments with laboratory
animals by neuroscientists at the
University of Richmond and
Randolph Macon College in Virginia,
who wanted to understand what effect
higher hormone levels of pregnancy
had on brain structures involved in
learning and memory.
SAN FRANCISCO - A man sus-
pected of slashing four homeless peo-
ple was arrested yesterday with a
bloody knife in his pocket just blocks
from where the latest victim had his
throat cut as he slept.
Police believe Joshua Rudiger, 2
cut the throats of three homeless m
and one homeless woman in the last
The woman died. Rudiger considers
himself a vampire, a police source told
He was arrested shortly after the lat-
est victim was found staggering about
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