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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 9, 1999-3

*CRIME
Man assaults 11-
y .ear-old girl at
Yost Ice Arena
4 'A Yost Ice Arena student manager
t prted that he received a complaint
Sunday from the parent of an Il-year-
old girl, Department of Public Safety
reports state.
The mother said her daughter had
been assaulted by a male subject while
skating at the ice arena earlier that day.
The incident allegedly occurred some-
time between 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
According to DPS reports, the subject
grabbed the girl twice and pinned her
against the wall with his body. The report
Oescribed him as a college-aged male,
wearing a green hooded sweatshirt.
DPS met with the mother and her
daughter at their off-campus residence.
A report was filed.
Two escape from
Arbor Heights
Security officers at University
Hospitals found two female inmates
who escaped from the Arbor Heights
Juvenile Corrections Center on
Saturday, according to DPS reports.
The two women were seen heading
into a carport at University Hospitals,
rompting DPS officers to notify secu-
t'ity.
-The Ann Arbor Police Department
~and neighboring police departments
were also alerted.
University Hospitals Security officers
4formed DPS officials that they had
.located the escapees in the M-18 carport
rnd were holding them in the Facility
Control Center.
Local police units were notified and
the escapees returned to the center
4ettly Sunday morning.
Man suspected of
Onarijuana use in
hospital restroom
A man was removed from Mott
Children's Hospital on Saturday after
the smell of marijuana was reported in
the visitor restroom, according to DPS
reports.
A University Hospitals Security offi-
cer responded to a call and confirmed
that the odor most likely was marijuana.
DPS officers were dispatched to
bteet with and assist University
Hospitals Security, but neither of the
security forces were able to locate ille-
gal activity.
The subject was escorted out of hos-
pital without protest and was advised
tt he could return the following day.
Man calls DPS
wring dispute
DPS officers responded to a call
Saturday concerning a domestic dis-
pute in the Northwood family housing
ccnplex located at the 1800 block of
McIntyre Street, according to DPS
teports.
"The husband involved in the dispute
bOfitacted DPS, saying his wife wanted
hihi to call because the couple was
f'ghting.
DPS officers found no weapons in
*he couple's home. They told the hus-
band to stay in a separate room from

his wife while they interviewed her.
=According to DPS reports, the wife
rolI DPS officers the fight did not
*-,volve physical violence and was
completely a verbal dispute.
She added that her husband slammed
the door in her face while they were
fighting, making a noise loud enough
oo wake their 5-year-old child, who had
Men sleeping in the home.
-Walkman stolen
- V "
from building
A caller reported Friday the theft of a
walkman radio from his office, accord-
ing to DPS reports. The caller was not
certain when the radio was taken, but
said the theft occurred at some point
during the week.
The caller identified the walkman as
yellow in color and valued at $100,
DPS reports state.
The radio was believed to have been
taken from room 923 or 926 of the
Legal Research Building located at 801
Monroe St.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Avram S. Turkel.

Abraham will support
Quayle for president
Speech also highlights tax plan

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DETROIT (AP) - U.S. Sen.
Spencer Abraham (R-Michigan) is sup-
porting former Vice President Dan
Quayle as "far and away" the best can-
didate for the Republican presidential
nomination in 2000.
Abraham served as Quayle's deputy
chief of staff while he was vice presi-
dent. That role, Abraham told The
Economic Club of Detroit, gave him a
chance to see firsthand the way Quayle
conducted himself in office.
"I didn't see the filtered version
that unfortunately sometimes por-
trayed him adversely," he said. "I saw
the real version, and I think of all of
our candidates he is far and away the
best prepared and most experienced
to be president."
Abraham is one of four co-chairs for
Quayle's presidential exploratory com-
mittee, meaning he will be a key adviser.
The senator is breaking ranks with
Michigan political ally Gov. John
Engler, an ardent cheerleader for Texas
Gov. George W. Bush's presidential bid.
Abraham said he and Engler, both
Republicans, have discussed their

"At the end of the day, I'm sure we
will work very closely for whoever
gbets the nomination"
- Spencer Abraham
U.S. Senator (R-Michigan)

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respective endorsements, and neither
believes the other has made "an inap-
propriate choice"
"We've agreed to disagree on
things in the past of this sort,"
Abraham told reporters before his
speech. "At the end of the day, I'm
sure we will work very closely for
whoever gets the nomination."
Abraham's speech to the club pro-
moted Republican budget principles.
Abraham said the GOP wants to give
part of the surplus back to Americans as
a tax cut starting next year, which he
says would increase economic revenue
and keep money coming into govern-
ment coffers.
Abraham also promoted federal

education block grants that state and
local governments could spend as they
see fit - without federal strings
attached. Engler appeared before a
Senate committee last month, calling
for passage of legislation allowing the
grants.
Although Abraham said he is con-
cerned about "disturbing statistics"
involving Detroit public schools, he
declined to take a position on Engler's
initiative to allow Mayor Dennis Archer
to take over the troubled district.
"The last thing I think we need is
people from Washington telling state
and local bodies what to do," he said.
"And I'm not going to add my name to
that list."

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AP PHOTO
Tyler Wackerle hits a bump in his ride down a hill Sunady at Veterans
Memorial Park in Bay City following the weekend's winter storm.

Engler may play role in Bush's campaign

LANSING (AP) - Gov. John Engler would
play a major role in the potential presidential cam-
paign of Texas Gov. George W Bush, Republican
political consultant Tom Shields says.
The two men are friends, dining together with
their wives when the Englers spent Christmas in
Texas with the family of Michigan first lady
Michelle Engler. They've known each other for a
decade and share a similar philosophy about poli-
tics and governing. But it's too early for specifics
on what Engler would do in a Bush campaign,
Engler spokesperson John Truscott said yesterday.
For now, Engler is serving on Bush's explorato-
ry committee - he flew to Texas on Sunday for
the committee's unveiling - and touting his friend
on talk shows and to other Republicans. It's still
too early in the campaign to discuss a more spe-
cific title for Engler.
"Nothing has been offered," Truscott said. "He
will play a key role, there's no doubt of that. But no
titles have been discussed, no responsibilities."
Shields, who heads Marketing Resource Group
in Lansing, said Engler is a natural person for
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Human Services, said the program will
allow recipients to see what their legis- a st
lator does on a day-to-day basis and Wash
also understand that their legislator is
approachable. aCas
"There are a lot of stereotypes on consi
either side;" Marston said. "This can two c
help people to understand each other a
little more." * Cos
The pairs will meet twice during the 320.4
month - once so the family can
accompany the legislator on a legisla-
tive activity, such as attending meetings
in Lansing, and once so the legislator
can participate in an activity the family this prog
does on a regular basis, such as taking of welfa
children to child care. Curre
Some of the legislators will also live subjecte
off food stamps for the month. They Dennis s
will receive the maximum allowance because
for the month, which will be used both about we
for buying groceries and eating out. Altho
Michigan is the 24th state to partici- with a fa
pate in "Walk a Mile"- a program that taking th
is making an effort to reach all 50 states offering
by the year 2000. The program, which on the h
was started two years ago in This g
Washington, is targeted at legislators, how the
but many other state and local leaders (recipie
also are participating in the program. one doe
"It's important because legislators Other
have a large role in regulating and for- pelledt
mulating welfare reform," said Rep. Liz because
Brater (D-Ann Arbor). Many of the "Its in
state's legislators have never been on as a st
welfare, Brater said, and this is a good John Pa
chance to get firsthand experience on This i
how the program is working. more in
The Catholic Social Services for program
Washtenaw County, the local organiza- it's som
tion sponsoring Brater's match, has It isu
informed her that she was recently program
matched with a family. Marston
Brater said she is waiting to be con- Mars
tacted by the family and plans to invite back fr
them to participate in her daily routine. particip
Rep. Julie Dennis (D-Muskegon) said decided
she feels it is important to participate in done ev

Governor joins 10-member
Bush support committee

Bush to turn to for political savvy.
"He (Engler) will certainly be an adviser to the
campaign, not just as it goes to Michigan but in the
larger national picture" Shields said. "He's a play-
er on the national scene, especially with the other
governors"
Michigan State University professor David
Rohde, who specializes in presidential politics, said
Engler brings several plusses to Bush's campaign.
"He (Engler) is relatively visible. He has good
ties to the GOP right wing, and to the Christian
right. He doesn't have cool or negative relations
with them in the way the George Bush himself
does," Rohde said. "He's valuable to the Bush
campaign from that point."

Rohde said the association also could carry
advantages for Engler.
"It may enhance the possibility of him being on
the national ticket. It certainly enhances the possi-
bility of him playing a significant role in a Bush
administration should that come to pass;' Rohde
said. "Given that Engler is coming to the end of his
time as governor (in 2002), he has to start thinking
about that.?
But Shields said it's unlikely Engler is angling for
a spot on the ticket or in a potential Bush cabinet.
"He isn't going into a presidential campaign with
the hope that at the end he has anything more than
a good friend in the White House that would be ben-
eficial to Michigan, that would share the same

Republican philosophy that Engler has," he said.
Still, Shields doesn't completely rule out Engler
being a vice presidential candidate. Engler was
talked about as a potential vice presidential chpiee
in 1996, but former U.S. Rep. Jack Kemp got the
nod instead.
Engler has said it would be highly unlikely to
have two governors on the same ticket. But Shields
said Democrats won the White House in 1992 with
two similar candidates: southern baby boomers
Bill Clinton, then Arkansas governor, and Al Gore,
then a U.S. senator from Tennessee.
He's also making no predictions about whether
Engler would accept a cabinet post.
"I take John at his word that he's very comfort-
able in Michigan at this time and has no intention
of doing anything but finishing out his term,
Shields said. But "until something is offered, yon
never know what he would say."
Both Shields and Truscott are sure about one
Engler goal, however: Making sure Vice
President Gore doesn't win the 2000 presidenr
tial election.

fare in Michigan:
welfare case load as of
ary 1999:
ate of Mich. :87,684 cases
tenaw County: 1,170 cases
ses are families usually
sting of a single mother and
hildren
sts for child care for 1998:
4 million for Mich.
Source: The Family
Independence Council
gram because of the current state
re in her home district.
ntly all welfare recipients are
d to mandatory drug testing,
said, adding that this bothers her
it sends a negative message
elfare recipients.
ugh she has yet to be matched
amily, Dennis said she plans on
hem to Lansing for the day and
them the chance to come out
ouse floor with her.
gives her a chance "to really see
families are," Dennis said. "All
mts) get stereotyped because
s something wrong.
r participants said they are com-
to be part of the program
of their basic civic duties.
mportant to my responsibilities
ate representative," said Rep.
ppageorge (R-Troy).
s a good way for legislators to get
nformation on what the welfare
offers, Pappageorge said, and
ething that needs to be done.
uncertain if the "Walk a Mile"
n will run again in Michigan,
n said.
ton said after the state gets feed-
om legislators and the families
ating in the program, it will be
if "Walk a Mile" needs to be
ery year or more sporadically.

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