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- The Michigan Daily -- Tuesday, November 16, 1999

"ontinued from Page 1
Until MSU trustees make a decision
iegarding their policies on the Open
Meetings Act, Porteous said they will have
All their meetings open to the public. But
3ollinger and the regents contend the rul-
ng will not have a great affect on their
.losed-door session policies.
"As far as I know, we have not changed
our policy," Bollinger said.
In order to meet in private, the
egents must approve a motion calling
or a closed-door executive session.
Brandon and Regents Olivia Maynard
'T-Goodrich) and Rebecca McGowan (D-

Ann Arbor) said they support the policy.
Maynard said the regents normally
use closed-executive sessions only to
discuss current litigation or to conduct
reviews of the University president.
But although she could not name
another instance where the regents could
use the power, Maynard said there could
be other instances where closed-door ses-
sions are deemed necessary.
"My instincts suggest is that all meet-
ings should be open to the entire
University," said Michigan Student
Assembly President Bram Elias, "but it's
hard to come up with a decision on this
issue because we don't know what goes
on" behind closed doors.

U.S., China reach
trade agreement




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States and China reached a major trade
agreement yesterday that offers the
prospect of billions of dollars in
increased overseas sales for U.S. manu-
facturers, farmers and high-tech indus-
tries. But labor unions said they would
fight the deal in Congress as a job-
After being criticized by business
leaders for walking away from an April
trade agreement with China, President
Clinton moved in recent weeks to
restart the stalled talks through person-
al phone calls to Chinese President
Jiang Zemin, who gave the go-ahead a
week ago for Clinton to send a high-
level bargaining team to Beijing.
"This is a good agreement for China,
for America and for the world," an elat-
ed Clinton told reporters at a news con-
ference in Ankara, Turkey.
Major business groups, including the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the
Business Roundtable, joined him in
praising the agreement and pledged to
work for congressional approval.
But the package was denounced by
labor unions, the U.S. textile industry
and others who face intense competi-
tion from lower-priced Chinese
In exchange for Beijing's agreement

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to slash tariffs and other trade barriers
that now keep U.S. products away from
China's 1.3 billion consumers, the
United States will support China's
membership in the World Trade
Organization, the 135-member Geneva-
based organization that sets the rules
for global trade.
For the United States to receive the
market-opening benefits of the agree-
ment, Congress must vote to grant
China permanent normal trading rela-
tions with the United States, ending the
annual congressional vote on tariff rates
for Chinese imports.
"The fevered rush to admit China to
the WTO is a grave mistake," AFL-CIO
President John Sweeney said in a state-
ment. "It is disgustingly hypocritical of
the Clinton administration to pledge to
'put a human face on the global econo-
my' while prostrating itself in pursuit of
a trade deal with a rogue nation that
decorates itself in human rights abus-
Teamsters Union President James
Hoffa called the deal a "slap in the
face" to U.S. and Chinese workers. The
American Textile Manufacturers
Institute, an industry trade group, con-
tended the deal could result in the loss
of 150,000 U.S. textile and apparel
manufacturing jobs.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP)-
Raising hopes of a breakthrough,
American mediator George Mitchell
said yesterday that Protestant and
Catholic politicians are developing
unprecedented "common ground" on
how to govern Northern Ireland togeth-
Speaking on the 11th week of his
mission to resuscitate last year's Good
Friday peace accord, Mitchell suggest-
ed that Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican
Army-linked party, now agrees with
the major Protestant party, the Ulster
Unionists, that the IRA should start dis-
arming "as quickly as possible."
Mitchell, a former U.S. Senate
majority leader, said all negotiators
now agree that the new provincial gov-
ernment should be formed "at the earli-
est possible date"
Ulster Unionist leader David
Trimble, who would lead the four-party
Cabinet envisioned in the Good Friday
accord, has insisted for the past year
that the IRA must first promise to dis-
arm. The IRA has repeatedly rejected
the notion of disarmament.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams,
whose party would get two of the
Cabinet's 12 posts, welcomed
Mitchell's upbeat remarks and said
Sinn Fein "shares his increasing confi-
But Adams wouldn't discuss the
prospects for a change in IRA policy as
part of confidential proposals made last
Canadian Gen. John de Chastelain,
chair of the disarmament commission
established in 1997 in the negotiations
that led to the peace accord, followed
up Mitchell's optimistic assessment by
publishing his first public report.
It said the IRA should immediately
appoint a representative to the commis-
sion to agree on procedures and sched-
ules for destroying the outlawed

group's hidden weapons dumps.
"The time is now very short to
achieve (weapons) decommissioning
within the time scale intended by the
agreement. Urgent progress is now
needed," wrote de Chastelain, refer-
ring to the accord's expectation that
the IRA would totally disarm by May
A leading moderate within Ulster
Unionist ranks, Ken Maginnis, said
momentum was building toward a deal,
even though current proposals con-
tained no guarantee that the IRA would
discard any arms soon.
"The stalemate has gone on for too
long," Maginnis said.
Trimble wouldn't discuss whether he
could persuade his party's bitterly
divided membership to allow Sinn Fein
to receive Cabinet posts in advance of
any IRA move to disarm. A vote with-
in the party's 800-strong governing
council would be required for Trimble
to soften his policy.
"We must not run ahead of our-
selves. It ain't over 'til it is over" said
Trimble- who wnid nrohahlv he

High court to rule on athletic invocatons
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court re-entered the emotional debate over
school prayer yesterday, agreeing to decide whether public schools can let students
lead group invocations at high school football games
A Galveston County, Texas, school board is asking the justices to overturn a
lower court ruling that said student-led prayers over the public-address system
football games violate the constitutionally required separation of church and stato
"The school district is not causing prayer or endorsing prayer if it leaves to the
student the choice of what to say," school district lawyer Lisa Brown said after the
nation's highest court granted review. "There's a long tradition in many states of
having this pre-game ceremony of having a moment of reflection before the game
The Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
contended such prayers at officially sponsored school events violate the
"The school's giving you the microphone; it will sound like an officially sanc-
tioned religious statement, and that's what has no place at a high school football
game," Lynn said.
The Supreme Court's decision, expected by late June, could help clarify the ju
bled state of the law surrounding school prayer.


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Pols. take aim at
foes with IRS audits
WASHINGTON - Members of
Congress and the White House have
triggered audits of hundreds of tax-
exempt groups this decade by lodging
complaints with the Internal Revenue
Service against their political foes.
The referrals range from citizen let-
ters and newspaper articles to personal
demands for investigations, according
to documents reviewed by The
Associated Press.
The White House once referred a
constituent complaint about a group
that had suggested presidential lawyer
Vincent Foster had been murdered.
Democratic lawmakers sought investi-
gations of conservatives ranging from
the Heritage Foundation to the Rev.
Jerry Falwell.
And the Republican chair of the
House committee that writes tax laws
sought an audit of a Buddhist temple
in California after it was host for a
Democratic fund-raiser featuring
Vice President Al Gore.

"It is my assumption that the
Internal Revenue Service has com-
menced, or will soon commence, an
investigation into these activities,"
House Ways and Means chairman
Bill Archer wrote Oct. 18, 1996, just
three weeks before the presidenti
Shedding pounds
may take more time
weight and keeping it off may require
more exercise than previously thought
- maybe twice as much as the 30 min-
utes recommended, researchers said
A study from Brown University
researchers found that 2,500 people who
lost an average 60 pounds and kept it off
for a year exercised about an hour a day.,
"We know that 30 minutes every day is
a good thing" said John Jakicic, an assis-
tant professor of behavioral medicine at
Brown. "But after that what you want is
somewhere between 30 and 60 minutes
and where that is, we're not sure.

Clinton visits Turkey,
pushes for peace
ANKARA, Turkey - President
Clinton saluted Turkey yesterday as a
critical player at the intersection of
Europe and Asia, while chiding it gen-
tly to continue on a path of respecting
human rights and encouraging it to
ease tensions with Greece.
Recognizing Turkey's pledge to
prohibit torture and protect political
rights, the president told the Turkish
Grand National Assembly that such
progress "will be the most signifi-
cant sign of Turkey's confidence in
looking to the new century, and in
may ways, the most meaningful
measure of your progress."
In Turkey, respect for human
rights has a rough history, with
political dissent treated harshly, and
the Kurdish minority facing violent
With Clinton at his side, Turkish
President Suleiman Demirel acknowl-
edged that "it is impossible to say there

is no torture in Turkey; there is torture
But torture is not a state policy."
On a day of singular progress that
had long eluded his administratiot
across a spectrum of foreign poli
issues, the president broadly presse
the role of democracy in a corner of
Europe where it was born but where
respect for it has been lacking.
U.N. officials accept
blame for massacre
UNITED NATIONS - Accepting a
measure of blame for the deaths 0
thousands of Bosnian Muslims, the
United Nations yesterday issued a long-
awaited report that says U.N. officials
appeased and unwittingly abetted
Bosnian Serb forces who overran the
town of Srebrenica and massacred
many of its residents in July 1995.
The admission results from an internal
investigation, based on U.N. archives and
interviews with more than 100 officials.
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