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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 12, 1999


Birth rates decline worldwid

Los Angeles Times
Despite common perceptions that the
pace of the world's population growth is
spiraling out of control, women around
the globe are having fewer children than
their mothers and the birth rate is now
declining in every nation on the planet.
This phenomenon - which has
taken shape worldwide in the past year
or so - is driving projections by scien-
tists that worldwide population is mov-
ing toward stabilization or even a slight
decline, perhaps as early as 2050.
Today is the "Day of 6 Billion" --
designated by the United Nations as the
likely day when a newborn child will
raise the Earth's population to 6 billion.
No one actually knows when, or where,
that 6 billionth person will be born. But
Continued from Page 1
Prosecutors say McKinney, accom-
panied by fellow roofer Russell
Henderson instigated the crime to rob
Shepard of $20, but that Shepard may
have been targeted because he was gay.
McKinney could get the death penal-
ty. Henderson pleaded guilty in April to
murder and is serving life in prison. He
is expected to testify.
McKinney has said he had no idea
Shepard was gay and does not hate
homosexuals. His lawyers are expected
to try to pin the crime on Henderson by
arguing that he lied to save himself
from the death penalty when he impli-
cated McKinney.

"Many people would be surprised to
learn that the growth rate is declining."
- Thomas Buettner
United Nations population affairs officer

population experts agree the 6 billion
mark will be reached within a few
months before or after today.
While the number of people inhabit-
ing the Earth continues to grow and put
inordinate stresses on its natural
resources, demographers agree that the
pace is slowing substantially.
The United Nations now projects that
as more people move to urban areas and
choose to have fewer children, population
The killing provoked a national debate
about hate crimes and led to measures
across the country adding sexual orienta-
tion to anti-discrimination laws. But
hate-crime legislation failed in Wyoming
last winter after lawmakers argued that
gays and other protected groups would
get special treatment.
The trial also opened on the day that
gay activists call National Coming Out
Day and the beginning of Gay
Awareness Week. In San Francisco,
Jerry Falwell marked the occasion by
preaching to gays and lesbians about
how to "come out of homosexuality."
By midday yesterday, nine prospec-
tive jurors had been dismissed for rea-
sons such as military duty, medical
problems or job obligations.

will peak - most likely, around 10 bil-
Under one of three scenarios devel-
oped by U.N. demographers, the number
of people on the planet could begin drop-
ping in 50 years. The more likely sce-
nario, they say, is in around 200 years.
"Many people would be surprised to
learn that the growth rate is declining.
People think it's out of control, that popu-
lation is growing like cancer," said
Continued from Page 1
paranoid about it,"he said.
"Nobody I know has ever had it,
McKeown added. Between December
1996 and March 1997 three MSU stu-
dents contracted meningitis. Two of the
students died from the infection.
Following that outbreak 19,000 people
were vaccinated.
The last case of meningitis at the
University, occurred in 1995 when a
female student came to UHS with a rash
that indicated meningococcal meningitis.
The University dispensed anti-biotics to
those in contact with the patient.
- The Associated Press contributed
to this report.

Thomas Buettner, a demowapher
the United Nations popaio
"But if you look hard, you se
signs that not only suggest the p
ityv but arc backed by son
solid science - that stabilizati
occur ... or go into the necative.
For now, though, population
is far from over.
In a handful of Afrian natio
woman on average rases sex enC
- less than theirn mothers b
enough to drive up global aera
extra 78 million people inhabit th
every year - almost entirelyi
developing nations - adding th
alent of a new city the size
Francisco every three days.
Continued from Page 1
The LGBTA office plans to
lecture titled "What's Morally
with Homosexuality?" given b
Corvino, today in Anderson R
the Michigan Union at 7 p.m.
There will also be a showing
movie "French Twist" tomorro"
Conceptions of Drag show at
Thursday in the Vandenburg R
the Michigan League.
"We wanted to become mo
ble and instill a strong sense of
Dennis said. "We want to he
dents know there are strong,
dent and happy people w

r;o Clinton threatens to veto 4 spending bills
WASHiINGTON -- As this year's budget battle nears a climax, President
e many Clinton is threatening to veto four spending bills. He and Congress are at odds over
ossibil such issues as hiring teachers and police officers and regulating oil and gas com-
ne very panics that use federal lands.
on will The two sides are separated by about SI10 billion to $20 billion - about the same
magnitude as most end-of-session spending fights since Republicans took contr
ncrease of Congress in 1995. Though substantial, the funds at stake amount to about I pe
cent of the near $1.8 trillion federal budget.
s, each But this year's tussle is complicated by the GOP's stated refusal to pay for extra
children spending from the Social Security surplus. For decades, both parties have used that
;t still till to find needed billions of dollars.
ges Ar I-laving lost their coveted tax cut to a Clinton veto, GOP leaders want to cast
e world themselves as defenders of the huge pension system - and are daring the presi-
n poor, dent to do otherwise.
e cquiv- Please work with us to guarantee the retirement security of our seniors
of San and the quality of life of Americans before we give even more money to
other nations," House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-1ll.) and other GOP lead-
ers said after Clinton threatened to veto a foreign aid bill he said was t
hold a Clinton asks to delay promise not to revive it during the 2000
Wrong election season, but White House offi-
y John test ban treat vote ciais rejected that request.
oom of "Even though there are campaigns
WASHINGTON - President under way in the United States, we have
g of the Clinton asked the Senate in writing yes- to take into account the larger national
w and a terdav to put off voting on the nuclear interest," National Security Council
8 p.m. test ban treaty, warning that a likely spokesperson David Leavy said.
oom of defeat in today's scheduled vote would do ' 1 n to
"severely harm the national security." i oits pianS stop
re isi- Republicans called his letter a first
Fpride," step toward possibly postponing the gun production
.lp stu- vote but sought further assurances the
confi- issue wouldn't come up again during HARTFORD, Conn. -_ Colt's
ho are this 106th Congress. Manufacturing Co. - inventor of the
"I firmly believe the treaty is in the six-shooter, "the gun that won the
national interest," Clinton wrote to West" - is all but getting out of the
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R- everyday handgun business because of
Miss.) and Minority Leader Tom lawsuits against the industry.
Daschle (D-S.D.) But he wrote that he Colt's plans to discontinue sev*
recognized he lacked the two-thirds vote lines of consumer handguns. The com-
needed for ratification. "Accordingly, I pany makes the famous .45-caliber
request that you postpone consideration automatic that was the U.S. military
of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty sidearm of choice for most of this cen-
on the Senate floor." tury.
By putting his request in writing, Sales to everyday consumers make
Clinton met one demand of his up about 30 percent of the company's
Republican opponents. The letter was business, The New York Times reported
silent on their insistence that Clinton yesterday.



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Ch echnya, Russia
peace talks planned
(JRO/NY, Russia --Chechnya's
cdl tOr peace talks is a good idea, but
the rebel region must first hand over its
suspected terrorists, Russian Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin said yesterday.
Putin reacted to Chechen President
AsLan Maskhadov's peace offer as
Russian forces continued to fortify their
positions in the northern third of
Chechnya by bombing a strategic town
28 miles southwest of the capital, Grozny.
Russia continued shelling Chechen
positions, especially around the town of
Bmut. The rebels said they had rebuffed
the weekend advances, sometimes by
taking cover in Soviet-era missile silos.
Russian troops blocked off
Goragorski, a town 30 miles northwest
ofGrozny, where they believed Chechen
warlord Shamil Basayev and his lieu-
tenants were holed up, the ITAR-Tass
news agency reported. The report could
not immediately be confirmed.
Basayev is one of the leaders of the

Chechnya-based Islamic militants that
invaded neighboring Dagestan twice
this summer with the aim of setting up
an Islamic state. They also were sus-
pected of bombing four Russian apart-,
ment bombings in September a0
killing about 300.
Zoning calls for
removal of homes
TEZIUTLAN, Mexico - The
scope of the death and damage
caused by last week's mudslides has
shocked Mexico and the world. [
where they occurred was no sur-
prise: A zoning plan drawn up last
year called for removing houses
built helter-skelter in the ravines of
this mountainside city.
Last week's pounding rains
caused huge slabs of hillside to
break away, sending avalanches of
mud rushing down on houses below.
- Compiled from Daily wire reporf


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