2A - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 6, 1999
Trial could hinder legislative session
- WASHINGTON (AP) - The impeachment trial
and the political ill-will, it has engendered ensure the
new Congress will get off to a slow start and may stall
in its core business of making law. Still, there's hope
that 1999 could finally be the year for major Social
C Security and managed health care reform.
The 106th Congress opens today, but for at least the
first few weeks there's only one thing on the agenda:
the Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton.
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) is
looking at proposals that would put a tight time limit
;on it so the Senate can conduct legislative work.
He is backed in that effort by Senate Minority
LeaderTom Daschle (D-S.D.) who has made clear that
Democrats will block all legislative action until the
"Obviously that (legislative) agenda is going to be
affected dramatically" until the impeachment issue is
resolved, Daschle said yesterday on C-Span.
The House today will reappoint the 13 House
Republicans who will serve as prosecutors in the
Senate trial. The House also will do some housekeep-
ing chores, including easing a 1995 decision to bar
members from receiving any gifts at all from lobbyists.
Instead, they will adopt the less restrictive Senate
standards that allow gifts, including meals, valued at
up to $50, with a $100 cap on gifts from any one
source in a year.
After that, the House will recess at least until
Clinton's State of the Union address, scheduled for
Jan. 19. That speech could be delayed because of the
The administration and the Democrats probably will
resubmit bills to overhaul campaign finance rules and to
impose a national settlement on the tobacco industry.
With Republicans down to a 12-seat majority in the
House, Democrats will hold a little more sway, but those
efforts are sure to meet strong resistance from the GOP
AROUND THE NATION
Ashcroft's decision stuns conservatives
WASHINGTON - Sen. John Ashcroft's surprise decision to bypass the 2000
presidential campaign offers hope and caution to Republican candidates seeking
the blessing of social conservative leaders.
Several likely GOP candidates, including former Vice President Dan Quayle,
millionaire Steve Forbes and religious activist Gary Bauer, could pick up suppo
abandoned yesterday by Ashcroft. Other less conservative prospects - such
George Bush - may not benefit directly, but could find lessons in Ashcroft's
Like the senator from Missouri, all these Republicans hope to pay allegiance to
the religious right without appearing too conservative for the general election. Yet,
as Ashcroft now knows, this is no easy task.
After spending a year laying the groundwork for a presidential bid, picking up
endorsements of key social conservative leaders, Ashcroft decided not to run but
to focus on re-election to the Senate instead. His decision left many social conser-
vatives in the lurch.
"A number of us had put ourselves on the line for him and we had hoped he
would run," said Paul Weyrich, president of the Free Congress Foundation.
"I'm very disappointed," said conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly. "He has*
record of electability that no one can match."
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ly intoxicated or if he was driving above
the posted speed limit.
"For any fatality, once we interview
witnesses and get blood results we turn
all information over to the prosecutor's
office" Zazadny said. The prosecutor's
office determines if charges should be
A driver under the influence of alco-
hol who causes a fatality can face
felony drunken driving charges and up
to 15 years in prison, said Sheila
Blakney, an attorney in the public
Police officers reported to the scene
of the crash after a resident of a nearby
apartment complex called police at
5:30 a.m. They found the car mangled
and split in half with Han lying besides
the vehicle and Kang still inside.
Police said Kang lost control of
the car while traveling at a high
speed, and they believe Han was
thrown from the vehicle when the
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a reason to disband the resolution com-
"Just because you break a resolu-
tion doesn't mean you should let it go,"
"You should try again and not wait
for the next Jan. 1' he said.
"If you spend all fall semester going
to class only 10 percent of the time and
resolve to go in winter 100 percent of
the time but end up going 20 percent,
it's still an improvement," he added.
Peterson also said resolutions can
be more effective if they are done with
"With a friend, you can give each
other support back and forth," Peterson
Peterson also encourages students
to tell friends about their hopes to stop
buying Cliff's Notes or reduce their
partying "like it's 1999.
"If it's secret there's nothing lost if
you break it," Peterson said. "By telling
otherpeopleyou put yourselfon the line."
While many students will battle
their temptations, others have decided
to avoid the process.
LSA first-year student Chris
Dutcher did not make any resolutions
for 1999, but has made some in the past.
"In high school I would (make res-
olutions) to study harder so I could get
into" the University, Dutcher said.
Dutcher said his hesitance to make
more resolutions for this year is due to
a lack of ideas for more improvements
that he needs to make.
"Everyone says they'll stop smok-
ing or lose weight, but I'm skinny and I
don't smoke," Dutcher joked.
Other students decided not to set
goals because of past failed attempts.
"I always break them," LSA sopho-
more Andrenise Merritt said.
"I usually promise to work out
more, study harder, eat healthier and be
nicer to people. I'll start out the first
week going good but by the second
week it's over," Merritt added.
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Hamacher has testified that he
intends to apply for transfer to the
University. He currently attends
Michigan State University, where he is
a sophomore. According to the court
documents, the University said
Hamacher must have at least a 3.0
grade point average to be admitted.
Hamacher still could be admitted.
Gratz will graduate from the
University's Dearborn campus this
Black farmers near
ALBANY, Ga. - As many as
3,000 black farmers across the country
who say they were unfairly denied gov-
ernment loans and subsidies could
share $375 million under a settlement
being worked out yesterday with the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Under the proposed deal, which
would end a racial discrimination law-
suit filed in 1997, the farmers would
get tax-free payments of $50,000 each,
and their government debts would be
Negotiators for both sides were
meeting with a federal judge in
Washington yesterday afternoon to
work out the final details.
One of the farmers who would ben-
efit is Willie Head, who grows tobacco
and vegetables on his 150-acre farm
about 200 miles south of Atlanta. In
1992, he complained that the govern-
ment had discriminated by denying
He plans to use his share of the set-
tlement to pay off a $42,000 lien on his
land and buy seed and supplies, but that
means the money will be gone by the
time he plants his 1999 crops.
"I am happy to see this come to a
conclusion, but I am not happy about
the way it concluded," Head said. "I
not going to solve our problems."
Dogs win treatments
for canine problems
WASHINGTON - A dog's life may
be getting a little better: They're about
to get two new drugs to treat two vex-
ing canine health problems, separation
anxiety and an Alzheimer's-like disease
that plagues old dogs.
Canine cognitive dysfunction sy
drome, or CDS, is a newly recognized
disease - veterinarians once simply
told dog lovers that acting senile was a
normal part of a dog's aging.
Now they look for a number of spe-
cific symptoms: Older dogs get con-
fused, stop interacting with family
members, stay awake all night, pace, or
lose their house training and inappro-
AROUND THE WORLD '
route in wooden raft
BOGOTA, Colombia - Sailing in
the Pacific on a 60-foot balsa wood
raft, an American-led crew hopes to
exalt the legacy of an ancient seafaring
people and prove they were capable of
making long-distance voyages.
The four-man crew began its jour-
ney in Ecuador, stopped for emergency
repairs in Colombia after sea worms
feasted on the raft's hull, and now plans
to cross the Pacific to Hawaii.
The sea worms forced the 20-ton
raft to stop for emergency repairs at the
coastal town of Bahia Solano on Oct.
30, two weeks after it began its journey.
Its damaged trunks replaced and cov-
ered with seven coats of worm-proof
tar, "La Manten" went back to sea this
The crew hopes to reach Acapulco,
Mexico, before March, then head to
Hawaii, a 3,300-mile Pacific crossing
that could take three more months.
Led by 34-year-old John Haslett, a
former newspaper distributor from
Dallas, the raft is a meticulous replica
of those used by the Mantenos of what
is now northern Ecuador. The pre-
Columbian civilization dates back to
Haslett was inspired by Th
Heyerdahl, the Norwegian ethnograp
er who described his 1947 raft crossing
of the South Pacific in the book, "Kon
Bridge collapse kills
23, leaves 13 missing
BEIJING -The collapse of a bridge
over a tributary of the Yangtze Riv@
has killed 23 people and left 13 others
missing and feared dead, state media
More than 350 rescuers worked day
and night to pull survivors from the Qi
River since the accident Monday
evening, but the frigid waters left little
chance that the missing would survive,
the Xinhua News Agency said.
Those not yet accounted for included
11 members of a paramilitary armed
police unit and two civilians, it said. 0
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