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The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 7, 2000 - 3

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5,000 copies of humor magazine missing

City conducts
annual tests of
oarnado sirens
The city of Ann Arbor conducted
their annual test of the tornado sirens
Wednesday at 1 p.m., Department of
Public Safety reports state.
DPS officials said in a written state-
ment that if the sirens are activated
during an emergency, "everyone in the
affected area should seek shelter in a
basement, lower floor of an interior
llway, or under a sturdy desk."
Lgar, salt found
in CD-ROM drive
Sugar and salt were poured into the
CD-ROM drive of a computer in the
Argus I Building on West William
Street, DPS reports state. The incident
allegedly occurred between March 31
and April 4. DPS did not report hav-
any suspects in the incident.
Man repeatedly
rides elevator
A male subject was sighted repeat-
edly riding an elevator in the Denni-
son Building from the first to third
floor Wednesday, DPS reports state.
The subject is described as an older
male with gray hair wearing a navy
hooded sweatshirt with a maroon
#kpack-
DPS officers were not able to locate
the subject.
Woman receives
harassing calls
A female resident of Vera Baits II
Conger House on North Campus
reported receiving harassing tele-
ne calls Monday, DPS reports
sIate.

By David Enders
and Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporters

About 5,000 copies of the campus humor
magazine, The Michigan Every Three Week-
ly, were reported missing Wednesday morn-
ing, according to Department of Public Safety
reports.
"There may not be a crime because they are
a free publication," DPS Det. Wes Skowron
said.
But he did say it was a possibility that other
laws could have broken.
"If something was damaged or if they were
left littered somewhere, then you could have a
crime," Skowron said.
"At this point we have no leads to follow up
on," he said. "We would appreciate it if some-
body would contact us with any information."
E3W staff members said they placed the

new issue in buildings across Central and
North Campus on Tuesday night.
E3W Editor Brian Cook said he noticed
they were missing from several locations
when he headed to class before noon
Wednesday and did not see students reading
them.
Stacks at Lorch Hall and the School of
Music were left untouched.
The editors of the E3W were less than
amused, even though the magazine is known
for lampooning several student'groups.
"We put a lot of work into each issue,"
Cook said. "It shows a huge amount of disre-
spect for letting people say what they want to
say."
The magazine is a subbranch of the stu-
dent-led University Activities Center, which
is a University-funded organization. UAC also
funds other groups such as M-Flicks and
Consider magazine.

"There may not be a crime because they are a free
publication"
- Det. Wesley Skowron
Department of Public Safety

"We have absolutely no evidence pointing
to any direction that would help us understand
the missing articles," UAC President Abby
Adair said.
E3W, which is funded by UAC, costs about
$600 to publish each edition.
The publication will print 4,000 more
copies to be distributed on the Diag next
week.
The current issue is available online.
Hometown Newspapers in Howell prints the
magazine, Cook said. He estimated the addi-
tional cost may be about $500, adding that the

extra amount is within the magazine's UAC
budget.
The magazine, which was formed last year,
has never been taken in large amounts before,
Cook said, adding that janitors have acciden-
tally thrown away a few stacks but nothing of
this magnitude.
Cook said he doesn't expect the group to do
anything different in the future - just keep-
ing an eye on the stacks, hoping no one takes
the magazine en masse.
"We're hoping it blows over until the sum-
mer," Cook said.

Keeping kosher

Abraham fights
back against ads
from 'hate group'

A report was
report having
incident.

filed but DPS did not
any suspects in the

LANSING (AP) - The leader of
the Federation for American Immigra-
tion Reform, a Washington, D.C.-
based anti-immigration group, said
yesterday that U.S. Sen. Spencer Abra-
ham has unfairly criticized FAIR as a
"hate group."
But Abraham says ads by FAIR are
distorting his record on immigration.
"I think it's more of a character assas-
sination and smear campaign than hav-
ing substantive discussion about an
issue' Abraham spokesman Joe Davis
said.
Last month, FAIR began running
radio ads in the Detroit area alleging
that a bill co-sponsored by Abraham
(R-Mich.) would "import hundreds of
thousands more foreign workers to
take American jobs." Television and
newspaper ads have been added since
then.
The bill - which already has
passed the Senate Judiciary Commit-
tee and soon will be considered by the
full Senate - would temporarily
increase the number of visas available
to skilled professionals by 297,500
over the next three years.
Thebill also would set aside money
from visa fees for training U.S. work-
ers, allow universities to increase the
number of students they can bring into
the U.S. and increase penalties for
fraudulently issued visas.
Abraham, chairman of the Senate.
Judiciary subcommittee on immi-

g ration, says the bill is needed
because of job shortages in high-
tech companies. Abraham has said
that U.S.. universities are expected to
produce less than 25 percent of the
information technology graduates
the country needs over the next 10
years.
But FAIR challenges the need for
foreign workers, saying the bill is sim-
ply a way for employers to control
costs by using foreign labor. FAIR also
contends the bill would take jobs away
from Americans.
"These companies seem to think
that they have the right to snap their
fingers and go overseas and find
labor," FAIR Executive Director Dan
Stein said. "In the end, this is real1y
an argument about our future."
Stein wouldn't say how much FAIR
is spending on the ads or how long
they will run. But he said response
from a toll-free telephone line indi-
cates the ads are effective.
"We've gotten close to 5,000 calls
already on this, that's a pretty good
indication that it's hit a soft spot,"
Stein said.
Stein said only one television sta-
tion - WJBK-TV in Detroit - has
pulled the ad because of concerns
over its accuracy. WJBK-TV Vice
President Jim Clayton said yesterday
that the station initially ran the ad
but pulled it because it had two
inaccuracies.

Female flees from
Arbor Heights
A female subject escaped Monday
from the Arbor Heights Center locat-
ed on Washington Heights, DPS.
*orts state.
DPS did not report whether they
had located the subject.
Parking permit
used fraudulently
A female subject fraudulently used
a University parking permit in the
Thayer Street parking structure Tues-
DPS reports state.
PS officers confiscated the per-
mit and issued the subject a parking
citation.
Wallet stolen
from CCRB gym
A wallet was stolen on March 6
between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. from the
main gymnasium of the Central Cam-
pus Recreation Building, DPS reports
'he incident was reported Tuesday
afternoon when a suspect passed a
credit card at the Briarwood Mall.
DPS did not report whether the sus-
pect has been located.
laze near Huron
Parkway* burns 3
Wres of 'U' land
There was a "sizeable" grass fire in
the wooded area on Huron Parkway
-on Wednesday afternoon, DPS reports
state.
The blaze, which destroyed approx-
imately three acres of University land,
was extinguished by the Ann Arbor
Fire Department.
DPS did not report any injuries as a
result of the fire.
Compiled by Dai/v Staff Reporter
Caitlin Nish.

DAVID ROCHKIND/Daily
Rabbi Alter Goldstein of the Chabad House discusses International Kosher Awareness Week in the Fishbowl with LSA
junior Matt Sinkman. The week is meant to show "that it is not difficult to keep kosher in our society," Goldstein said.
Study: Michigan leads nation
"in reportedanti-grayslayings,

DETROIT (AP) - Crimes against
gays declined overall in Michigan last
year, but the eight reported anti-gay
slayings were the most in the nation,
according to a study released yester-
day.
The number of reported crimes
against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and
transgendered persons declined 3 per-
cent nationwide in 1999, to 1,965 from
2,017 in 1998, the National Coalition
of Anti-Violence Programs said.. .
In Michigan, the number of reported
incidents fell to 96, down from 130 in
1998, according to the Triangle Foun-
dation, a Detroit-area gay rights advo-

cacy group that is part of the coalition.
The number of Michigan victims
declined from 143 to 112, and the
number of offenders fell from 140 to
87. But the anti-gay crimes reported
last year in Michigan included eight
slayings, up from six in 1998 and two
in 1997.
"This year's numbers are deceiving,"
Jeffrey Montgomery, executive direc-
tor of the Triangle Foundation, said in
a statement accompanying the coali-
tion's report.
"We see a decrease of reported inci-
dents in Michigan. However, the level
of violence attached to each incident

continues to increase from year to
year," he said.
The Triangle Foundation and 15
other agencies in the coalition relied
mostly on victims' complaints to com-
pile the report. Montgomery said some
incidents were reported by law
enforcement agencies and others came
from news reports.
But Montgomery said authorities in
some cases refuse to classify anti-gay
violence as such.
Earlier this month in Port Huron, at
least six gays and lesbians were
attacked with bottles and pipes in a =
bar, Montgomery said.

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Senate approves brownfields bill

LANSING (AP) - Legislation expanding a state pro-
gram to provide tax credits for cleaning up contaminated
industrial sites to permit their redevelopment by business
and industry cleared the state Senate yesterday.
"The effort is to rebuild our cities and develop our
brownfields so we don't plow up our greenfields," said Sen.
Bill Schuette (R-Midland), manager of the four-bill pack-
age. "It sends a huge message for the new economy."
Schuette has said rehabilitating polluted industrial sites
would permit further development there and reduce the
pressure to develop farmland and open space.
The "brownfield" bills passed on votes of 36-1, 37-0, 36-
0 and 35-1, and were returned to the House, which has

approved a similar package. The lone vote against two was
Sen. David Jaye (R-Washington Township), who generally
opposes state fiscal incentives for private business.
Under the legislation, developers of dilapidated buildings
and obsolete property would qualify for the same redevel-
opment tax credits as contaminated areas.
After receiving approval from local officials, a devel-
oper now could receive tax credits for improving blighted
land or abandoned buildings in urban areas under the
package.
The legislation permits 30 Single Business Tax credits of
up to Sl million each and another 15 credits of $1 million-
S30 million each, Schuette said.

Correction:
0 The "Wave Field" was designed and created by Maya Lin. This was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.
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