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COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Heavy rain from
one of the most fearsome storms of the century began
to lash the coast ahead of Hurricane Floyd last night,
as evacuees from Florida to the Carolinas streamed
inland in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Nearly two million people were told to get out of
the way as Floyd skirted the north-central Florida
.coast, menacing an area from Cape Canavero
Jacksonville with 140 mph winds. The monstrous,
600-mile storm - bigger than the whole state of
Florida - threatened to roll ashore early Thursday,
probably in Georgia or South Carolina.
Heavy rain began falling from West Palm Beach to
Cape Canaveral last night, with forecasters expecting
tropical storm winds to come ashore just before

dawn and hurricane force winds rre ter than 74 mph
late this morning, if the storm continued its current
path.
By 8 p.m., Floyd was centered 205 miles east-
southeast of Cape Canaveral, mov<ing northwest at 12
mph. Its winds had eased from Monday1s 155 mph,
but it was still a Category 4 storm, the second most
powerful hurricane designation.
"If this thing parallels us, it could act like a weed-
eater going up the coast," said Craig Fugate of the
Florida Emergency Operations Center.
Forecasters expected the eye of the storm to come
within 50 miles of Daytona Beach early- alernoon
today as it moves north. Landfall was projcted close
to Charleston, S.C., by early tomorrow, said meteorol-

owst Jerem the National Hurricane
Center
Walt [Disnev World closed early because of the
weather for the first time in its 28-year history. Other
Orlando-area resorts like Universal Studios and Sea
World also shut down.
At Cape Canaveral's nearly deserted Kennedy
Space Center, 102 workers volunteered to stay behind
to ride out Floyd, which NASA feared could destroy
launch pads and the hangars where all four space shut-
tles are kept.
"Everybody else is gone. It's kind of eerie out
here," NASA spokesperson George Diller, one of the
volunteers, said by telephone from a fortified building
at the space cent
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Census reports increase in diversity
WASHINGTON - The Latino/a and Asian populations of the United States
surged during the 1990s, the number of Latino/as growing by more than 35 percent
and Asians more than 40 percent, the Census Bureau says.
A report released yesterday furnishes fresh evidence of increasing ethnic
diversity and its unpredictable impact on the nation's political and social land-
scape.
The trend is leading to a time when "everybody's a minority," said Vanderbilt
University historian Hugh Davis Graham.
Blacks, whose numbers grew almost 13 percent between 1990 and 1998, remain
the nation's largest minority at 12.7 percent, or 34.4 million of the nation's popu-
lation of about 270 million in 1998.
Latino/as made up 9 percent of the population in 1990, and that grew by 1998
to just over I11 percent of the total, 30.3 million, the annual update of the 1990
Census said.
The high number of Latino/as in large Electoral College states such as Texa*
California, Florida and New York gives the group substantial political clout, but the
growth of Hispanics showed up in less expected areas.
"Four states had their Hispanic populations double - Arkansas, Georgia,
Nevada and North Carolina," said Census statistician Larry Sink.

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weight of its 13 million members behind
the vice president.
But not everyone attending yesterday's
meeting was ready to give Gore the nom-
ination. Printing company owner Roger
Robinson of Grosse Pointe Paaid
Bradley is making inroads by being will-
ing to consider the unions' contention
that free trade means lost jobs for U.S.
workers.
"The broad array of trade issues will
determine how I behave in the contest for
president," Robinson said. "That's the
bellwether issue.,"
Several union members said they are
willing to listen to Bradley because he
has spoken out against letting Mexican
trucks cross the border unless they meet
U.S. health and safety standards.
"From the Teamsters standpoint,
we've appreciated a few of the stances
he's taken that Mr. Gore has not taken a
position on yet," said Mark Gaffney, leg-
islative and community affairs director
for Michigan Teamsters Joint Council
43.
Gal'ney, a candidate to replace outgo-
ing Michigan AFL-CIO President Frank
Garrison, said it's too early to say who
will get his union's endorsement.
RULING
Continued from Page 1
Since the sixth circuit court has
jurisdiction over colleges throughout
Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and
Michigan, student publications
throughout the region could be
directly affected.
"I believe the biggest effects will
be felt by other student publications,
not papers, but non-traditional public
forums," Orwin said.
Both Orwin and Albers believe this
issue is far from resolved. Orwin has
asked for a rehearing which will
allow all the judges sitting on the
sixth circuit bench to hear the case.
Albers is looking even further
down the road. She said, "I'm sure
(this case) will end up in the Supreme
Court."

Congress debates
campaign finances
WASHINGTON - Unregulated
campaign cash from special interests is
rolling in, the first wave of "attack" ads
are flickering across television screens,
and Congress this week begins its
annual debate over what - if anything
- to do about it.
Despite money scandals from the
1996 campaign and signs that fund-
raising for next year's elections will set
new records, the early outlook is for a
repeat of last year: The House passed a
bipartisan bill reining in fundraising,
only to see it killed by a Republican fil-
ibuster in the Senate.
But the issue of changing cam-
paign finance law is a volatile one,
and the bill's sponsors argue that vot-
ers are increasingly restive about the
growth of special interest influence on
elections.
Reform advocates have gained
some ground in recent years, including
achieving a majority in both houses,
although falling short of the 60 votes

needed to pass the measure in the
Senate.
So there's enough doubt about the
outcome in both chambers to keep both
camps on edge.
Travel warnings are
in effect for Y2K
WASHINGTON -With as much
diplomatic delicacy as it could muster,
the U.S. government advised traveling
Americans yesterday that dozens of
countries may not fix Year 2000 com-
puter problems in time to prevent major
disruptions around Jan. 1.
In its first country-by-country
assessment of the "Y2K bug," the
State Department said many nations
are likely to suffer disruptions in ener-
gy systems, communications, health
care and shipping. No foreign country
is free ofY2K risk, it added.
The reports range from cautiously
optimistic for developed countries such
as Japan and France to gloomy b
hopeful for Russia and other state''
from the former Soviet Union.

AROUND THE WORLD

Executive furious
over bribery charges
LUGANO, Switzerland - Behgjet
Pacolli, president of Mabetex Project
Engineering, has a ready example of
what he calls the absurdity of allegations
that he bribed top Kremlin officials in
exchange for hundreds of millions of
dollars in construction contracts.
He finds it in a document that he
thrusts at a reporter in his ornate office in
this sun-drenched Alpine resort. In the
document, Russian .prosecutors allege
that in June 1995, in a government office
in Moscow and in front of several wit-
nesses, Pacolli delivered a briefcase
stuffed with U.S. currency, a Cartier
watch and a diamond-studded brooch to
Pavel Borodin, President Boris Yeltsin's
chief of administrative affairs, .
The source of the allegation is a
Russian businessman who acknowl-
edges he was not in the room but says
he heard about the incident from some-
one who was, according to the prosecu-
tor's documents.

"I ask you: Is this ridiculous? In the
presence of these people, open a brief
case and give this to Borodin?" sail
Pacolli. "It is absolutely absurd!"
The briefcase story is one of many
now swirling around Pacolli, whose
success in obtaining Russian govern-
ment contracts over the past six years
boosted his fledgling construction firm
here into a far-flung enterprise, with
branches in 18 countries and reported
gross income in 1997 of $90 million.
Greek deputy foreig
minister des in crash
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -
Greece's deputy foreign minister and
five others were killed late yesterday
when their jet hit heavy turbulence and
plummeted thousands of feet before lev-
eling off, Greek and Romanian officials
said. Romanian television reports said
they suffocated or suffered heart attack
as their aircraft suddenly depressurize.
- Compiled fom Daily wire reports.

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