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Costa Rican Rogers enters congressional race

officials nab ROGERS
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American countries.
Their information on Costa Rica
asserts that tourists are frequent victims
of crime, and recently criminals have
been less hesitant to use violent force
when committing a crime. Frequently
reported crimes include sexual assault
and kidnapping.
Visitors are urged not to use faulty
taxi-cabs and to abstain from riding in
the front seat.
Traveling in groups, wearing no jew-
elry and leaving valuables in safes, has
proven helpful, according to the record-
There is no warning against travel to
Costa Rica, but a public announcement
has been made regarding recent employ-
ee strikes, which have resulted in vio-
State Department officials said that
issuing a warning is a significant act
only used for natural disasters and wars,
and they would not want to issue it in
such instances especially in a country
with so many tourists, such as Costa
For more information via the U.S.
State Department's informational
recording call 202-647-5225.

Rogers (R-Brighton) who is running
in the 8th congressional district which
includes the Michigan State University
campus, said he does not think his
support for the law will hurt his
chances of getting elected.
"When most people understand the
bill they are supportive of it," he said.
"Many students have come into my
office very upset about the bill, but
once I explained it to them they left
supporting it," he added.
MSA vice president Andy
Coulouris, a plaintiff in the ACLU
lawsuit, said he believes the new vot-
ing law will hurt Rogers' chances of

getting elected.
"The only voters mobilized by the
issues surrounding Public Act 118 are
those who are against it,"he said.
Currently, I I student organizations
from across the state have formally
opposed the law
"I've seen students who aren't polit-
ical who are turned off by this legisla-
tion. Everyday students are reacting
quite negatively to this," Coulouris
Rogers said he hopes voters will be
attracted to his record in the Senate
which he said reveals his qualifications
as a leader.
Pointing to the legislation he helped
to enact that is responsible for pro-
grams such as educational savings

accounts and Internet crime regulation,
he said he will use this type of experi-
ence to be an effective congressman.
"These are the same types of solu-
tions I will bring to Washington. The
time is to repudiate the politics of fear
and personal destruction," Rogers said.
Rogers is running against state Sen.
Dianne Byrum (D-Onondaga). Byrum
declared her intention to run for con-
gress in April 1999 and said she wel-
comes Sen. Rogers to the campaign.
"I welcome Mike Rogers into this
campaign and look forward to a dis-
.cussion on those issues that matter
most to working families - health
care, education, retirement security,"
she said in a written statement yester-

Delay expected in Microsoft trial
WASHINGTON - Some government lawyers have expressed sufficient
interest in a settlement Microsoft Corp. has offered in its antitrust case that
they expect a trial judge at least to delay plans to deliver his verdict today.
The 11th-hour proposal from Microsoft, faxed on Friday, was considered gener-
ally inadequate in important areas by some of the 19 states in the lawsuit. But it
was provoking enough discussion among others yesterday that a delay was wid
expected, according to sources close to the case who spoke on condition
Other sources with knowledge of the negotiations said nothing was expected for
at least 10 days. U.S. Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein flew to New York for
an unrelated meeting last night at Columbia University.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson earlier warned lawyers in a private
meeting that he will announce his decision yesterday absent progress during settle-
ment talks, which were being coordinated in Chicago by a federal appeals judge,
Richard Posner.
Some of the difficulties in evaluating Microsoft's offer stemmed from the large
number of plaintiffs. The Justice Department was discussing Microsoft's 10-page
proposal with states, and some states were exchanging thoughts in a series of te
phone conference calls yesterday.

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"By blowing the budget out of the water, they kept
everybody happy," he said.
"The funding tiers were set up originally to make
sure that we would assist the faster growing universi-
ties in supporting their instructional costs and to take
politics out of the decision making process," said Kelly
Chesney, spokeswoman for Department of Manage-
ment and Budget.
"We believe the tier system is a more equitable way
of funding."
Higher education vice chairman Rep. A.T. Frank (D-
Saginaw) said the tier system does not keep up with the
fast growing universities.
Under the governor's recommended budget bill, Sagi-
naw Valley State University, which is in Frank's district,
would receive 54,397, which is below its $4,500 floor

funding level.
Chesney said that the governor's budget puts three uni-
versities who in the Fiscal Year 2000 were below their floor
funding level above it.
But Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan
University, Oakland University, Western Michigan Univer-
sity and Michigan State University still remain below their
respective levels.
Still, Chesney said, those universities will each receive an
additional $7.4 million or $53 per student.
Sweeney said Caul's priority after the reinstitution of
the tier system would be to move all six universities up
to their floor funding level. He said she would also con-
sider moving all tier levels up - possibly so that the
lowest tier is equitable to Schwarz's $4,700.
"I think what Sen. Schwarz has done is put forth a very
good proposal and I would urge my colleagues in the
House to approve it," Frank said. "To go back to what we
had last year puts students at a disadvantage."
2. Continued from Page 1
ot surprising, the mals. She addressed the issue of extinc-
the concentration tion in relation to habitat destruction
)me. and the introduction of exotic species
Adviser Joe Sum- into other environments,
surprised at the Badgley said that there is greater
t lack of student biodiversity now than any other time on
earth with five to 10 million species in
you make a deci- contrast to the one and a half million
ut consulting stu- species in history,
d. The lecture series is only one among
nt of suspension many events in celebration of Earth
r news surfaced Week and began Thursday and will
School of Nat- continue on until Sunday. For more
og rams may be information about events visit the Web-
corporated into site vww i,.ich.edu/~jgroelke/earth-
wI'eek html.

U S threatens to
take Cuban boy
MIAMI - The Justice Depart-
ment threatened to take Elian Gonza-
lez from his Miami relatives
yesterday, as a crowd gathered outside
the boy's Little Havana home, ready to
form a human chain if necessary.
The risk of a confrontation over the
6-year-old appeared to grow as the
government and the Miami relatives
traded accusations. The relatives were
so worried that Elian would be taken
away that they kept him home from
Attorney General Janet Reno has
demanded that the'Miami relatives
pursue any court appeals rapidly and
promise to surrender Elian for return
to his father in Cuba if they lose.
The relatives filed their latest
appeal yesterday - and asked that the
case get expedited handling - but
they have not addressed the other
"That being so, the INS is under no
obligation to maintain the current
arrangement," the government wrote

in response, referring to the deal giv-
ing Elian's great-uncle custody in the
Justice Department spokeswoman
Carole Florman would not say what
the government would do next. She
said the department would send the
family a letter outlining its plans.
Arm Sgt. arrested
for saxing code
NEW YORK - President Clinton's
phone bills rose more than $50,000
after an Army sergeant gave out the
White House long-distance calling
code, federal prosecutors said.
The scheme allegedly culminated i
the arrest of David Gilmer of Wooi
bridge, Va., an Army sergeant assigned
to the White House Communications
In papers filed in federal court in
Manhattan, U.S. Attorney Mary Jo
White alleged that Gilmer gave the
White House phone access number to
people in New York and New Jersey,
allowing them to make 9,400 unautho-
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Third mass grave
found in Uganda
RUGAZI, Uganda - Prison labor-
ers dug layer-by-layer through rotting
corpses yesterday, pulling dozens of
bodies from a mass grave at a sugar-
cane field - the third scene of carnage
linked to a doomsdaycult.
The laborers unearthed 73 bodies,
including two dozenbchildren and
babies, from the field belonging to a
defrocked Catholic priest who was one
of the sect leaders. The grim discovery
brings the number of cult-related
deaths that police have confirmed to
562 since a March 17 fire in a
makeshift church.
Some of the bodies recovered yester-
day bore stab wounds and others had
pieces of cloth wrapped tightly around
their throats. They appeared to have
been dead at least a month, said Dr.
Ben Twetegire.
The prisoners, shirtless and shoeless,
stood head-high in the trench, sweating
and digging under a glaring midday sun
as they worked to unearth the bodies.

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They covered their noses in gauze
and passed cigarettes among them-
selves to try to ward off the enveloping
stench, which drifted for hundreds of
yards across lush hillsides overlooki
a series of volcanic lakes. Onlooke
and police plucked leaves from a
cypress tree and thrust them into their
nostrils to ease the stench.
OPEC meeting ends
without resolution
VIENNA, Austria - OPEC oil min-
isters failed to reach agreement yester-
day on how much crude oil to add0
global supplies, with iran seen as the
chief obstacle to a consensus that could
provide some price relief to consumers.
The ministers were to resume dis-
cussions today.
Iran accepts the need for OPEC to
boost output, the Iranian Oil Minister
Bijan Namdar Zangeneh said, but the
amount of an increase favored by his
country might not be enough to reduce
petroleum prices from nine-year highs.
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