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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 7, 1999 - 7

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Politicians
are talking about being "Larry Flynted,"
and Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La.) warns
darkly of "government-by-Larry Flynt."
Suddenly, Flynt, the self-described
"pornographer, pundit and social out-
cast," is being taken seriously on
Capitol Hill.
s senators get ready to put
ident Clinton on trial, the Hustler
magazine publisher is threatening to
serve up a second helping of the kind of
scandal that drove Livingston to resign
from the House. Flynt has hinted only
that his next target is a "big fish"
Republican in the House.
The campaign to unmask what Flynt
calls hypocrisy in the Clinton investiga-
tion is shaking up more than politicians.
*e political experts fear that in dri-
ving the public discourse to new lows,
Flynt will deepen cynicism about the
impeachment process and government
in general.
"This is dangerous to democracy'
said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political
scientist at Claremont Graduate
University. "It's dangerous to the First
Amendment and it only adds to the cyn-
icism we see out there. This is sexual
bounty hunting."
#his is a man who made his name
with a hard-core sex magazine that
once pictured a woman being put
through a meat grinder, a man who
went to the Supreme Court over a mag-
azine spoof ad suggesting the Rev. Jerry
Falwell lost his virginity to his mother
in an outhouse.
Flynt, who has been in a wheelchair
since an assassination attempt in 1978,
the Supreme Court fight. He
ed a shred of legitimacy in some
eyes when the 1996 movie "The People
vs. Larry Flynt," portrayed him as a
First Amendment hero. And now he is
making waves on Capitol Hill.
Livingston, who was about to take
over as speaker of the House, turned
down the gavel and said he would
resign from Congress in six months

ITD updates Pine e-mail
program during break

By Sarah Lewis
Daily Staff Reporter
Although many students and faculty
may not notice the difference when
opening their e-mail, the University's
Information Technology Division
upgraded Pine, the University's most
widely used e-mail program, during
winter break to keep up with new tech-
Jeff Horwitz, a technical lead for the
login team at ITD, said there was noth-
ing wrong with the old Pine program,
but the University was a few upgrades
behind the newest version.
"Why do you upgrade to Windows
95 from Windows 3.1?" Horwitz said.
"It's new technology. The old version is
no longer being supported by the devel-
Developers will no longer be expect-
ed to assist in fixing bugs users experi-
ence with the older version of Pine, as
installing the newer version takes care
of the old problems.
"The latest versions contain all the
latest bug-fixes," he said.
In addition, ITD upgraded the

College of Engineering's Computer
Aided Engineering Network before fall
term began, which prompted the Pine
"We wanted to keep it consistent,"
Horwitz said.
Besides the bug fixing, he said,.
another benefit of the new Pine is easi-
er hyperlink viewing. A Pine user no
longer has to open Netscape and type a
Web address to access a url location
received in an e-mail.
"Instead of being plain text, it will
highlight the text and go there,"
Horwitz said, although the Web page's
text will remain in the Telnet session
without graphics from the site.
"That's something a lot of people
have requested," he said.
One drawback to the new program is
that the folder screen is different.
Horwitz said there are two collec-
tions of folders: those in the IMAP
server, and those in IFS space.
Before, Pine users could see all the
folders in both collections, but the new
Pine forces users to choose which col-
lection to access.

"Lots of people don't like it because
it involves hitting extra keys to access
folders," Horwitz said. "There's nothing
we can do about that."
LSA senior James Hsiao was
unclear on the use of the folder desig-
nated for IFS space as he checked his
e-mail in Angell Hall yesterday, but
said the change may be helpful for new
"It might be a good option," Hsaio
Michelle Ferrarese, who graduated
from the University two years ago
and has an alumni account with lTD,
also didn't notice much difference in
the new Pine, but said the easier
hyperlink viewing will probably be
beneficial to people who often use
the Internet.
"It's fine as long as they don't make
it harder for me to get my e-mail,"
Ferrarese said.
Horwitz said documentation on the
new Pine should be available at
Angell Hall for users who need infor-
mation on how to enable the new
hyperlink feature.

Earth Day co-founder dies

Publisher Larry Flynt waits yesterday as Esquire Magazine photographer Matthew
Welch and assistant Brad Hines prepare to take his picture.

after admitting he had had adulterous
Flynt had flushed Livingston out
after putting an advertisement in The
Washington Post offering to pay up to
$1 million for verifiable information on
adultery by members of Congress or
other government officials.
Flynt said he will hold a news con-
ference next week to make his latest
disclosure. He described his next victim
as a GOP House member who has been
a strong critic of Clinton in the Monica
Lewinsky scandal.
"This guy is really a gem," Flynt said.
"We've got enough to go on now, but
we are waiting for an affidavit from his
He said that he will probably name a
third politician later next week, and that
he is paying between $3.5 million and

$4 million to a number of women who
responded to his ad. At some point he
will publish details not in Hustler, but in
a one-time magazine called "The Flynt
"Certainly, scandal-mongering goes
back to the beginning of the republic,"
said Gary Jacobson, a political science
professor at the University of California
at San Diego. "But now it is on this
huge financial scale. It's a sign of the
Flynt's previous forays into main-
stream celebrity have included offering
a $1 million reward for new informa-
tion in the assassinations of John F
Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin
Luther King. In the 1984 trial of
automaker John DeLorean, he released
a government videotape of DeLorean
with a suitcase full of cocaine.

By Michael Grass
Daily Staff Reporter
As the co-founder of Earth Day, Morton Hilbert will be
remembered as a pioneering environmentalist and a dedicat-
ed professor and administrator.
The former University professor of environmental and
industrial health in the School of Public Health died at his
Bellevue, Wash., home Dec. 24. He was 81 years old.
"He forever challenged his co-workers and students to
think broadly," said Glenn Brown, a colleague of Hilbert at
the Wayne County Department for Environmental Health.
Working in public and environmental health through most
of his career, Hilbert was the first director of what is now the
Wayne County Department for Environmental Health.
Brown remembers Hilbert as a "very forceful man with
very sound ideas" who accomplished much in his field while
working throughout Michigan, the United States and abroad.
Before coming to the University in 1961, Hilbert worked
on solving several environmental and public health problems
for Wayne County, helping to establish a solid waste inciner-
ator in western Wayne County, and helping to formulate state
legislation on solid waste, Brown said.

"He was able to work within the system to solve prob-
lems," said Sam Stock, another colleague at the Wayne
County Department for Environmental Health.
While at the University, Hilbert studied water quality in
Egypt, the effects of pesticides on Indonesian rice paddies,
the use of sterilization of infant formula and the improve-
ments of sanitation and water supplies in developing nations.
But Hilbert is best known for his work in helping to orga,
nize Earth Day, which started at the University in 1970.
Hilbert "was into environmentalism early on" Stock said.
From its start at the University, Earth Day has grown into an
annual national event promoting environmental awareness.
Before retiring from the University in 1987, Hilbert served
as president of many national organizations such as the
American Public Health Association and served at the
University as chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on the
University Affairs in 1984-85.
Moving to Belgium after his retirement from the University,
he became director of the National Sanitation Foundation's
European office. He moved to Washington in 1992.
He is survived by his wife Stephanie, two daughters and a son.
-The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Continued from Page I
The lack of a firm plan left all sides confused and
irritated on the eve of the constitutional clash over
whether Clinton should be removed from office.
Embarking on a process that has not taken place in liv-
ing memory, all three branches of the federal govern-
ment had a stake in a trial whose rules are being writ-
ten as they go.
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss)
acknowledged on the floor last night that there were
still "a lot of gaps" to fill in, but appeared to abandon
a proposal calling for an early test vote that might have
brought a quick end to the trial.
While not addressing that plan directly, Lott said he
expected to have a "full trial" with an "early begin-
ning" that would culminate in votes "at the end of the
process" on the two articles of impeachment alleging
that Clinton committed perjury and obstruction of jus-
tice to conceal his affair with Lewinsky.
"We have a duty," Lott said. "We will do our very
best to carry it out in a way that the American people
will feel is appropriate, dignified and fair."
By committing to votes on the articles them-
selves, Lott offered a concession to many of his fel-
low Republicans who objected fiercely to short-cir-
cuiting the process. Under the plan Lott had been
circulating, the trial would have been called off
after a week of opening arguments if Clinton oppo-
nents could not muster a two-thirds vote to show
that they might be able to meet the constitutional
standard required for removal from office, effec-
tively allowing 34 senators to shut down the pro-

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President Clinton concludes remarks to his economic and budget teams during a gathering at the Old
Executive Office Building next to the White House yesterday.

Even without such a procedure, the White House
or its Democratic allies could still offer a motion to
dismiss the case from the start, which would require
a simple majority, or 51 votes. Clinton lawyers have
been preparing such a motion, which would argue
that the charges are factually unproven and consti-
tutionally insufficient to warrant the first removal
of a president.
Such a motion could be introduced as early as
Monday, when Lott said he expects to begin "cer-
tain pretrial activity," although not opening state-
ments. The proceedings scheduled for today will be
limited to the more ceremonial tasks of formally

accepting the charges, issuing a summons to the
president and administering the oath to Rehnquist
and the senators.
As the 106th Congress officially opened yester-
day, the House formally reappointed the 13
Republicans serving as "managers" of the trial and
they quickly resumed work preparing for their case.
Judiciary Committee Chair Henry Hyde (R-Ill.),
the head of the prosecution team, has proposed call-
ing five to 10 witnesses, sources familiar with the
planning said yesterday.
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More snow expected for weary shovelers

by Aaron Travis

The Associated Press
There's no rest yet for Michiganians
weary of shoveling.
Several new inches of snow were
expected by this morning in much of the
state, and forecasters expect another
storm system to brush the state tomorrow.
In New Buffalo, Sophie Faturos said
the 105 E Grill restaurant she and her
husband own was deserted.
"I had one customer today. Ate soup,"
Faturos said yesterday. "Business is
very bad. Nobody's out. The whole
town is in bad shape."

Forecasters expect another storm
system to brush the state tomorrow.



We're coming back to school
with 14 inches of snow on the
ground. bo you know what this

Yep. The out-of
staters are going
to be whinier than

Slick roads were blamed for more
accidents yesterday, including one that
closed part of U.S. Highway 131 in
Allegan County.
"We've got people going off free-
ways every few minutes," said Joe
Kramer, an Allegan County dispatcher.
The snow falling yesterday could

"Then the next system comes in on
Friday," he said, adding that southern
Michigan could get 1 fresh inch of
snow - or more than four inches.
"There's still some question about
what we're going to see out of it. It
depends on which way the storm track
goes. That's still up in the air."

along. It's finally here, the above-nor-
mal snowfall:' he said.
On Tuesday, many cities and towns
never got into double digits. Detroit
recorded a record low of 10 below zero.
The previous record for Jan. 5 was 8
below zero, set in 1981.
In Lansing, the high was just 2
degrees. The previous record was 6, set
in 1912.
Between cold and snow, motorists
were struggling. AAA Michigan has
logged more than 20,000 calls
statewide since Saturday, making it the




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