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2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 29, 2000

LOCAL/S TATE

MSA
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party were disqualified from the election Sunday for
illegal campaigning by campaign manager Chip
Englander, an LSA freshman.
Jessica Cash and Doug Tietz, two of the members
of the Wolverine Party, who, if they had not been.
disqualified, would have become members of the
assembly, expressed their discontent with the rulings
of the elections board and the Central Student Judi-
ciary.
Tietz, who would have received the most votes in
the election with 8,088, said the entire elections
process needs to be revamped.
"I campaigned like a devil and I worked hard. I
was kicked out, not because of myself but because
the elections are screwed up. The process doesn't
work," Tietz said. "Now, what can I tell the people
who voted for me? Maybe I can tell them that voting
doesn't matter, that it all comes down to the rules."

After much debate, the assembly voted against
postponing the meeting for one week.
Engineering Rep. Ryan Gregg made a motion to
adjourn the meeting so the Wolverine Party could
continue to gather signatures.
"So far we have almost 1,000 signatures in only
24 hours. There is no point in rushing this meeting
when it can be postponed. It will allow us to go to
CSJ with increased backing," Gregg said.
After dispersing money to different commissions
and passing a resolution calling on the University
community to attend the April 12 affirmative action
court date, outgoing members of the assembly gave
their farewell speeches.
"It wouldn't make sense for me to single out my
friends because most of you are my friends. I respect
all of you. This job sucks with all of the busy work,
but just spending time with you makes it worth it,"
outgoing President Bram Elias tearfully said.
Outgoing Vice President Andy Coulouris was also
crying as he told the assembly of his regret in having

to leave.
"I've spent the better part of four years around this
office. I've done most of my living as a college stu-
dent here. The worst thing is that I feel like I'm just
getting warmed up," Coulouris said. "It's hard to let
go of something so great."
After the speeches, Tsutsumi and Jim Secreto
were sworn in as the new president and vice presi-
dent of the assembly, and the new members took
their seats.
"I'm very nervous now. I'm MSA's biggest guy
overnight. This is a big challenge because I've never
been on MSA, but I can do anything. Please help me
out," Tsutsumi said.
Secreto expressed his desire for the entire assem-
bly's cooperation.
"We have felt a little resistance to us since we
were never on MSA and I agree that your concerns
are valid. We have a lot of obstacles to overcome and
we'll have to work harder to accomplish what others
have done, Secreto said.

AROSS TH E NATioN
Court: Anonymous tips not enough
WASHINGTON - A unanimous Supreme Court barred the police yesterday
from stopping and frisking someone to look for a gun based solely on an anony-
mous tip that the person has a weapon.
Before officers may accost someone after receiving such a tip, the court said,
they must have information to show that the tip or the tipster is reliable and that
the subject of the tip is doing something illegal.
The court refused to create what it called a "firearms exception" to the cor-
tutional limit on police searches - an exception that would allow officers to use
every tip about gun possession to justify a stop and frisk.
Under the Constitution, the court said, officers must have some basis for sus-
pecting that a crime has happened before they may accost someone. A gun
exception to that principle, it said, would "rove too far."
The National Association of Police Organizations, which represents 220,000
officers across the country, said the ruling would "significantly increase the dan-
ger to law enforcement officers and the general public." The association, which
filed a brief supporting police action based on tips, said the ruling "severely lim-
ited the authority of police to stop and'search someone for a gun" based on a tip.
James Tomkovicz, a University of Iowa law professor who filed a brief for
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, conceded that "if police honer
obey the decision, it will prevent a certain amount of detection of firearm violence."

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children's Website
Federal regulations aimed at pro-
tecting children's online privacy take
effect next month, forcing Websites
that cater to kids under age 13 to get
parental permission before they can
collect any personal information
about children who visit them
online.
They must also state in plain lan-
guage what information they're gath-
ering, and what they plan to do with
it.
But the regulations - the first
Internet privacy rules overseen by a
federal agency; in this case, the Feder-
al Trade Commission - are going
into effect at a time of heightened
public concern overall about secret
poaching of personal data on the
Internet. And even as regulators move
to bring the industry into compliance,
they acknowledge that new technolo-
gies and practices could soon stretch
the limits of these new rules.
In addition to the provisions forcing
privacy disclosures and parental con-

trol, the Children's Online Privacy
Protection Act, which goes into effect
April 21, says Websites must state
whether any data gathered on a child
will be shared with advertisers, and
provide company contacts so that par-
ents can review what information the
site may have collected on their chi@
Report faults NASA
on landing failures
WASHINGTON - The Mars Polar
Lander probably was lost because an
early shutdown of its descent thrusters
sent the craft smashing into the plan-
et's surface at about 50 mph, a review
board reported yesterday.
But in a larger sense, the spacecr
may have been doomed from the s
because the Mars exploration program
was underfunded, understaffed and
plagued by poor communication and
lack of sufficient oversight, according
to an assessment of NASA's Mars
effort also released yesterday.
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schedule goals resulted in an environ-
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many corners were cut.

AROUND THE WORLD

Ne ahu may face
fraud mdictment
JERUSALEM - Wrapping up a
seven-month fraud investigation,
Israeli police recommended yester-
day that former Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife,
Sara, be indicted on criminal
charges.
The case has become emblematic
of a raft of shocking corruption
inquiries involving the top echelons of
Israeli government and business,
including the president, the ruling
party and the publisher of a leading
newspaper.
State prosecutors now must decide
whether to act on the police recom-
mendation and try the Netanyahus.
The former prime minister, who lost
re-election last May, could face
bribery, theft and obstruction of jus-
tice charges, while Sara Netanyahu
could face charges of theft and
attempted fraud.

also face charges.
The charges stem from allegations
that the Netanyahus illegally kept
700 state gifts amassed while he was
in office and said to be wor
$100,000.
Among the gifts were silverware,
menorahs, carpets, paintings and,
according to Israeli TV, a golden letter
opener from Vice President Al Gore.
OPEC agrees to
boost ofproduction
VIENNA, Austria-OPEC igno
the objections of its second-biggest
member yesterday and agreed to
increase oil production, but the amount
of new oil flowing into the market
might not be enough to bring down
gasoline prices in the United States.
* In a rare departure from its normal
quest for unanimity, ministers of the
1 I -nation cartel announced this morn-
ing that nine members would raise
production by 6.3 percent.

Netanyahu yesterday categorically
denied wrongdoing. Two senior aides -Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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