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2A -The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 3, 2000

NATION/WORLD

HASH BASH
Continued from Page 1A
legal in Michigan.
. One of the featured speakers was Greg Schmid, the
author of the PRA initiative.
"It's time to fight despotism while we can in this.
country ... Laws that don't respect people breed people
who don't respect the law," Schmid said.
Ted said he believes the PRA initiative has a chance
of passing "if we can get enough stoners off their asses
and registered to vote."
Sporting knee-length dreadlocks, Chef Ra, the culi-
nary columnist for High Times Magazine, cheerfully
admonished police.
"That's one more soldier laying down their lives for
us," Ra said as he watched a young man get arrested by
officers.
Although DPS officers were often verbally abused
by the crowd, there was little interaction between
police and hash bashers - except for the assault of an
Ann Arbor Police Department officer later in the day
as he sat in his patrol car on South University Avenue.
The suspect was subdued by DPS officers.
Tensions also rose slightly when members of the
crowd attempted to block access to the outlet providing
power to the amplifier being used by speakers to
address the crowd from the steps of Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library.

The University only supplies an hour worth of elec-
tricity for the event, a consistent complaint of organiz-
ers.
The crowd in the Diag began to disperse after the
power was cut, but revelers crowded the streets for
hours afterward - some retiring to an outdoor party at
Dominick's on Monroe Street, others milling the
streets surrounding Central Campus, where vendors
were hawking various wares.
The event normally attracts curious onlookers as
well as marijuana supporters, and Saturday was no
exception.
Shaun Gallo of Detroit "expected to see more people
smoking in public," but was disappointed.
SueJeanne Koh of Boston was visiting her friend
Yolanda Rosi, a third-year medical student at the Uni-
versity.
"It's interesting to see how plants attract so much
attention," Koh said, noting the "forbidden fruit men-
tality" of marijuana.
"Lots of people just look like they're out having a
good time," Rosi said.
By late evening, the only evidence of the hash bash-
ers' presence was a blanket of litter in the streets and
on the Diag, and the harbinger of spring had ended for
another year. "It's a very hard day on our staff," Brown
said. "We're glad it's over."
- Daily Staff Reporter Elizabeth Kassab
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merit.
University spokeswoman Julie Peter-
son said the University did not have any
official comment on the latest develop-
ments in the case.
In 1997, CIR filed the lawsuit against
the Law School and a similar suit
against the University's College of Lit-
erature, Sciences and the Arts.

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Jackson
meets with
U'PUSH
coalition
JACKSON
Continued from Page IA
The group of students crowded the
front rows for Jackson's speech at the
meeting, where Jackson spoke to
motivate people to take part in tomor-
row's Dignity Day walk commemo-
rating Martin Luther King's
assassination. He also emphasized the
need to improve schools and end
racial profiling.
Several times during his speech
Jackson recognized the University's
presence by asking the students to
stand.
"I'm certainly glad you all came to
this," Jackson said. "We're glad that
you keep in touch with us."
University RPC members said
they gained insight into how the
campus group can make a differ-
ence.
"Interesting. Interesting is the first
word that comes to mind," LSA
senior Shanta Gilbert said.
LSA freshmen Ola Oyinson echoed
Gilbert's thoughts.
"The speech was very powerful,"
she said. "Not just what he said, but
how he said it, with all the repetition."
The private meeting followed,
where the group heard Jackson's
thoughts on their organization.
Jackson said he was supportive of
the University's RPC voter registra-
tion campaigns.
"There's enough students in Ann
Arbor and Lansing to have enough
voters to determine our judges, our
senators and our presidents," Jack-
son said. "But only registered voters
have a voice."
Jackson also commented on the
group's alliances with University
organizations that support similar
causes.
"Building a multiracial community
- a community that crosses the lines
of gender and race and status - and
learning to live together is so impor-
tant," he said.
Jackson specifically mentioned the
University's Students Organizing for
Labor and Economic Equality as an
organization with a cause worth sup-
porting.
"The workers who struggle - they
too deserve appropriate wages," Jack-
son said.
Most University RPC members
waited two hours for Jackson's
press conference, which followed a
meeting with Jackson, other nation-
al RPC leaders, police officers and
public officials from Louisville,
Ky.
The conference addressed the cur-
rent marches, protests and tension in
Louisville in response to an unarmed
black man being shot by police offi-
cers and the officers being honored
for their actions.
They said that the two hour wait
was worth it because they got to
receive all the information, as
opposed to the edited information
they would get from the media.

to settle because the Department of.
together.
LaBella: Reno's
move not political
WASHINGTON - The prosecu-
tor who once led the Democratic
fund-raising investigation said yester-
day he did not think politics motivated
Attorney General Janet Reno to reject
his recommendation for an indepen-
dent counsel.
Charles LaBella, who lost his
Washington assignment after recom-
mending an outside investigation of
President Clinton and other top White
House figures, also said such an inves-
tigation might well have failed to pro-
duce criminal charges.
"The standard was information,
sufficient information from credible
sources. ... I believe we had substan-
tial information from credible sources
to warrant full-scale investigation of
many of these allegations," LaBella
said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
He was brought in from California
in September 1997 to head a Justice
Department team looking into alleged
fund-raising abuses, largely by the
Democrats, during the 1996 president

ACROSS THE NATION
Gap too wide to settle Microsoft case
WASHINGTON - Talks between Microsoft Corp. and government lawyers
failed after the company insisted on its own proposal to settle the antitrustjlaw-
suit and not because of disputes between state and federal officials, perspes
familiar with the negotiations said yesterday.
The talks broke down Saturday, sending the case back to U.S. District Judge
Thomas Penfield Jackson in Washington, who last fall issued a finding of fact
that Microsoft used-its monopoly powers to thwart competition. A decision on
the lawsuit is expected any day, and if Jackson sides with the government he
will begin the lengthy process of determining a penalty that could include a
breakup or restructuring of the company.
Sources said government lawyers no longer were insisting on a breakup, but
that Microsoft refused to accept proposals submitted by the Justice Department
and 19 states who sued the company.
Even before the states made new proposals Friday, "It was clear Microsoft was
rejecting the government's proposal and insisting on their own approach," said an
individual familiar with the government's position, who would not be quoted by
name. "That approach had a lot of loopholes and would not have been effective."
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates contended Saturday that "it became impossible

Justice and the states were not working
campaign.
The following July, he wrote Reno
that his investigators had uncovered
information that merited follow-up by
an independent counsel without links
to the White House.
Reno declined to seek a special,
prosecutor.
Gonzales relatives
closer to agreement
LAS VEGAS - With the next
deadline in the Elian Gonzales saga
just two days away, President Clinton
yesterday held out hope for "a princi-
pled resolution" to the case that might
avoid "a train wreck" for the 6-year -O
old boy and the legal process.
An attorney for the boy's Miami
relatives, who are fighting to keep
him in the United States, appeared to
move somewhat closer yesterday to
agreeing to U.S. demands for resolv-
ing the case amicably. But the attor-
ney, Manny Diaz, reiterated the
relatives' charges that the govern-
ment is placing undue pressure on
them.

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Prime Minister of
Japan hospitalized

no indication of when that would be..
Obuchi, who is in the midst of
political maneuvering for an election,
has a history of heart problems and

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minis- wears a pacemaker, Japanese news*
ter Keizo Obuchi was hospitalized reports said.
yesterday for what aides called U.S. works slowlyat
fatigue.
Although Obuchi's spokesman said Israeli withdrawal
the prime minister was alert yesterday,
the secrecy surrounding his hospital- JERUSALEM - With Israeli-Syri-
ization fueled questions about his con- an negotiations on hold, Washington is
dition. His hospitalization was not proceeding slowly with plans to fund an
announced for 22 hours and officials Israeli withdrawal from the Golan
offered no specific information about Heights, Secretary of Defense William
his symptoms. Cohen said yesterday enroute to Israel.
Japanese news reports today, quot- Cohen's spokesman Kenneth Bacon
ing unnamed hospital sources, said said a proposed American aid package
medical authorities were trying to to fund a withdrawal from the Golan,
determine whether Obuchi had suf- Heights, captured from Syria in 1967,-
fered a stroke. Japan's NHK television would be brought before the U.S. Con-
said Obuchi's party colleagues believe gress if a withdrawal was agreed uppn
the prime minister may be unable to The cost of relocating Israeli settlers Qrf
resume work soon. the Golan and providing intelligent
Chief Cabinet Secretary Mikio systems to replace the heights' strategie
Aoki said in four-minute news confer- advantage has been estimated by Israeli
ence last night that specific informa- officials to be as high as $17 billion.
tion would be released "when the
medical checks are done," but he gave - Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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