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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 10, 2000

NATION/WORLD

PROTEST
Continued from Page IA
noon, proceeding through the Diag and
down Maynard Street to Fleming
After the 45-minute protest conclud-
ed, the protesters, representing more
than 30 campuses nationwide, chalked
Fleining's exterior with anti-sweatshop
slogans.
Since the University has some of the
largest collegiate-athletic contracts in
the nation, the students said Bollinger
holds the future of the anti-sweatshop
movement in his hands.
"The University of Michigan is an
instrumental university in this cam-
paign, said Luke Boyette, a University
of Kentucky student.
"We are at a critical point in this
movement ... Michigan and all of the
schools that have taken a stand have
the power to change things,"
Champagne said. "But now it is time
for Michigan to sign the Worker
Rights Consortium."
Even though local student activists
have set a Feb. 2 ultimatum for the
University administration to endorse
the§VRC, the administration has yet to

support the student-developed policy
on labor and factory standards for
apparel manufacturers.
"I'm very committed to this issue
but I'm also very committed to the
process that we've set up," Bollinger
said.
In May, Bollinger assembled a com-
mittee to investigate the various labor
and apparel contract issues. That group
is studying the possible adoption of the
WRC.
Even though SOLE, whose members
occupied Bollinger's office for 51
hours last March, has set the ultima-
tum, the advisory committee and the
administration aren't working against
the clock.
"I don't think the Feb. 2 deadline will
drive us" because "our primary goal is
to get this done right," said Committee
Chair John Chamberlin, associate dean
of the School of Public Policy.
If Bollinger doesn't endorse the
WRC by Feb. 2, SOLE members said
they will take action against the admin-
istration but will not detail what mea-
sures they might take.
Chamberlin said the committee is
working expeditiously, now meeting

weekly, but also said he wants the com-
mittee to study the WRC and other
policies in a very thorough manner. He
said he hopes to make a recommenda-
tion for the University's action before
March.
SOLE members said the committee
has had an adequate amount of time to
study the WRC and it is time for the
group's members to make a decision.
Although SOLE members want to
deal with Bollinger directly, he said the
appropriate process is via the commit-
tee, adding he could not make a deci-
sion for the University without consult-
ing with the advisory committee.
"We've agreed that the advisory
committee has been set up to think this
through," Bollinger said. "It would be
entirely inappropriate for me to make a
decision at this time ... because to do
so would completely undermine the
process we've agreed to."
Bollinger said the outline for factory
monitoring in the WRC are not clear.
"How do we make sure that the stan-
dards are met?" Bollinger asked. "The
WRC is very vague. It just says (the
WRC) will handle it, but what does that
mean?"
Last year, Bollinger released the
University's Anti-Sweatshop and
Human Rights policy.
"This code is only a piece of paper.
The University needs to enforce this
code;" said LSA first-year student
Susan Harter, a SOLE member.
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TRIAL
Continued from Page 1A
Seitz apprehended him. Seitz was shot
within seconds of the confrontation
with the suspect, possibly with a .22
caliber weapon, according to AAPD
reports.
Elkhoja was charged with one count
of open murder and one count of illegal
possession of a weapon.
During pre-trial deliberations,
Elkhoja's defense lawyers asked for
criminal background checks to be con-
ducted on all of the prosecution's wit-
nesses. Washtenaw County Chief
Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Burke said
the prosecution has about 55 witnesses.
The prosecution didn't object to the
request.
An Oct. 25 written order issued by
Shelton required AAPD officials to
perform the background checks by
using the LEIN system.
Larcom said city officials were
unaware of the defense's request until
Shelton's written order. In a Nov. 30
hearing, city officials objected to
Shelton's order, but the judge did not
reverse his decision.
Officials using the information
could be charged with a misdemeanor
offense for providing any witness back-
ground information to the defense,
Larcom said.
Elkhoja's attorney Kevin Ernst said
criminal background checks have the
potential of producing "evidence which
tends to prove your client is not guilty."
"We want information concerning
whether there is impeachment evidence
... or potentially admissible character
evidence," Ernst said. "They have
reversed decisions when defense
lawyers have not" requested witness
background checks, he said.
The city -has a maximum of 28 days
following the appellate court ruling
Dec. 29 to prepare its appeal. The
defense has 21 days after the city's
appeal to respond in court.
"My assumption is we will go on
trial" on schedule, Burke said.
COM PETITION
Continued from Page 1A
Street store and move to a basement
location by Nickels Arcade to have
smaller overhead expenses.
Because of the lower rent in a
smaller location and fewer employ-
ees, the money saved allows inde-
pendent stores to sell music at a
lower price than their competitors.
"The problem is when you're pay-
ing higher rent and a huge payroll
you don't have the deep pockets to
weather the storm," Bergman said.
"If anyone of those chain stores had
to pay their own way they would
have been out of business a long
time ago."
But so far local record stores
haven't reported an impact in their
business from Harmony Ilouse.
Tower Records, Schoolkids Records
in Exile and Dubplate Pressure all
reported that sales have remained
steady.
"I didn't know it had opened up."
Dubplate Pressure owner Todd
Osborn said. "I knew there was
going to be one down there, but I
hadn't noticed it. After the holidays
business has been up."
Harmony House assistant manag-
er Paul Baughman said business
started out slow after their Dec. 13
opening, because students had left
for winter vacation. But he added
that business had been picking up
now that students had returned.
"We're trying to be a more liberal
store," Baughman said. "Because

when people think of Harmony
House they think of the corporation.
But we're trying to gear ourselves
more towards the students."
Some students offered a different
opinion about the new Harmony
House. Even though Harmony
House was based originally in
Detroit, some students said it does-
n't have the local character that Ann
Arbor's independent stores can offer.
"I'd hate to see Ann Arbor taken
over by big business," LSA senior
Brad Monash said. "I'm not against
big business, but it's nice to go into
a store that has a personal feel to it."

Medicare's spending growth declines
WASHINGTON - A tough campaign to root out fraud, with an assist from low
inflation, has slowed Medicare's spending growth to its lowest level in the pro'
gram's 35-year history, according to a government report to be issued today.
If such savings can be maintained, Medicare's financial soundness could be
guaranteed for years. That could delay drastic changes some politicians have!*
warned will be necessary to keep the program solvent for the baby-boom genera-
tion.
Medicare spending rose a scant 2.5 percent in 1998, the government reported-in
its latest study of national health spending. By contrast, private health-care spend-
ing by businesses and individuals jumped 6.9 percent during the year.
Medicare's low growth persisted in 1999, experts have said, and is likely to cfi-
tinue again this year as the Justice Department keeps health-care cheating high on
its list of anti-fraud targets.
The drive against fraud "certainly will not lighten up in an election year;" said.
Gail Wilensky, a former director of the Health Care Financing Administration,
which runs Medicare.
Tom Scully, president of the Federation of American Health Systems, which rep-
resents for-profit hospitals, declared Medicare inflation to be dead. "So it's hard to
argue that you have to reform Medicare to control inflation," he said.

Committee examines
dietary guidelines
WASHINGTON - With the stakes
in the billions of dollars, the process
of deciding what the nation should
eat - always political - is turning
even more contentious.
A respected committee of doctors
and nutrition experts is preparing to
submit next month its five-year
review of the federal government's
dietary guidelines. Already, industry
advocates are burying the panel
under reams of statistics and studies
that hail the benefits of eating red
meat, consuming dairy products and
even drinking moderate amounts of
alcohol.
And a recent lawsuit by a health
activist organization charges that six
of the 1 l panel members accepted
research grants from organizations
with ties to the dairy and meat indus-
tries.
The suit also charges that the panel
- which includes only one black
and one Latino - has .been insensi-

tive to the special health needs of
various minority groups, promoting
milk consumption, for instance,
when majorities of blacks, Asia bs
and American Indians and half of
Latinos (compared with only 15 pers
cent of whites) are shown by studies
to be lactose intolerant.
Gonzalez attends
Three Kings parade
MIAMI - Six-year-old Elian
Gonzalez and his relatives watched a
parade yesterday as citywide protests
over plans to send him back to Cuba
remained on hold.
The parade celebrated Three Kittg
Day, a religious holiday commemorating
the three kings who were said to have,
traveled to Bethlehem bearing gifts for
the Christ child.
The parade was a welcome celebration
for the city, which earlier in the weekwas
beset by protests and traffic slowdowps
incited by anti-Castro groups angry ovpr
a federal decision to send the 6-year-old
boy back to his father in Cuba.0

ACROSS THE NATION

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AROUND THE WORLD

Mexican site yields
few dead bodies
MEXICO CITY -- Nearly six
weeks after a senior FBI official
sparked a frenzy by reporting that 100
bodies were believed to be buried on
ranches near the Mexican border town
of Ciudad Juarez, authorities have dis-
covered the remains of nine humans,
two dogs and a drug-processing labora-
tory.
The original body count, based
largely on what officials said was infor-
mation from a Mexican informant for
the FBI, focused international attention
on the problems of Ciudad Juarez, a
primary point for illegal drugs to enter
the United States. But now, Mexican
and U.S. officials say the FBI hyped
evidence in the case, thereby exacerbat-
ing political friction between the two
countries and frustrating residents,
human rights officials and others who
have witnessed a decade of unsolved
disappearances, murders and other
drug-related violence.

"People were expecting body after
body to be unearthed - like digging
up carrots,"one Mexican government
official said. Instead, days of tedious
digging yielded only nine corpses:
The excavation has now tapered pff
substantially, and the FBI is no longer
participating in the digging opera-
tions.
Turkey waits to
perform execution.
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Prime
Minister Bulent Ecevit said yesterday
that Turkey is obliged to wait for a
European court ruling on the death sen-
tence handed down to Kurdish rebel
leader Abdullah Ocalan.
The European court has.asked Turkey
not to execute Ocalan until it reviews the
case, which could take up to two years.
"To agree with this demand is an inter-
national obligation because of our bind-
ing agreements," Ecevit said.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports

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