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2 -The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, November 14, 2000


Cost of stamps
to raise a penny

WASHINGTON - The cost of
mailing a letter will be going up a
"-penny, probably in January.
The independent Postal Rate Com-
mission acted yesterday on a request
by the Postal Service for a rate
increase to offset rising costs.
Under the commission's action, the
'price of a first-class stamp will rise to
34 cents. But the 22-cent cost of a sec-
ond ounce of first-class mail will stay
"the same, as will the 20-cent postcard.
The Postal Service had asked that the
'second-ounce rate be raised by 2 cents
and the postcard by 1 cent.
The post office Board of Governors
will decide the effective date. Jan. 7 is
said to be the likely date.
The Postal Rate Commission
approved the increase after months of
hearings and deliberations. The higher
rate for a first-class stamp will bring in
about $ billion a year.
The commission also raised the cost
of mailing two pounds of Priority Mail

from $3.20 to $3.95.
The last rate increase, a penny for a
first-class stamp, was Jan. 10, 1999.
Because it takes so long to print the
billions of stamps needed when new
rates take effect, the'Postal Service
already has interim stamps in the works.
In the past, those changeover stamps
carried letter designations, A through H,
but that practice has been discontinued.
The next first-class non-denominat-
ed stamp is likely to go on sale before
the end of the year to allow people to
stock up for the change. It will carry a
picture of the Statue of Liberty.
Linn's Stamp News, the weekly
magazine for stamp collectors, reports
that other non-denominated stamps in
preparation include four issues show-
ing flowers, a postcard-rate stamp fea-
turing a bust of George Washington, a
Priority Rate stamp showing the Capi-
tol dome and an Express Mail stamp
with an image of the Washington

Continued from Page :1
LSA senior, and LSA-SG vice presi-
dent Erin Reese, a junior, presented
the idea to Gosling.
"During finals time people keep
weird hours and hopefully these hours
will help the students with their study-
ing," Orandi said.
The cost of keeping the library
open and has not yet been deter-
mined. The extended hours plan is
a pilot program for this semester
only and library officials plan to
use the trial to estimate the cost of
keeping the library open, the
amount of staff needed and the
number of students who will take
advantage of the extended hours.
"Initially we were concerned with
staffing and safety but we came to a
mutual agreement that will benefit the
student body," Orandi said.
Gosling said if the demand exists,
the library will consider making the
extra hours a permanent feature of
exam week.
"If a fair number of students respond,
we are prepared to find the funding to
continue the extended hours for future
final exam weeks," Gosling said.
Orandi said that he expects students
will take advantage of the UGLi's 24
hour schedule during exam week.


- B.J. Orandi
LSA-SG president

"During finals time
people keep weird


"I think there are enough students
who would stay during finals to war-
rant keeping the library open," Orandi
LSA sophomore Tiffany Means said
she believes in the importance of group
work and sees the all-hours plan as
more opportunity for students to meet
with each other during finals.
"It's always better to study in
groups and the library is a great
place where that can be done. The
extended hours will be very benefi-
cial during finals week," Means
When Orandi ran for president last
year, extended library hours were part
of his platform. He said seeing his
goal become reality is exciting.
"I'm really pleased with this plan.
This is a great partnership between
students and the University and
they've been really receptive to stu-
dents needs on the issue," Orandi

Alaska forest added to protection plan
WASHINGTON - In a major win for environmentalists, the Clinton admin-
istration has added Alaska's Tongass National Forest -the nation's largest - to
a protection plan for some of America's most pristine lands.
The plan covers 58.5 million acres of national forests that do not have roads. It
prohibits road-building; bans logging except when such activity is deemed to
help maintain or improve areas; seeks to improve habitats for threatened, endi
gered or sensitive species; and attempts to reduce the risk of severe wildfires.
In Alabama, the plan would protect 13,000 acres, most of them in the Sipsey
Wilderness area of Bankhead National Forest and the Dugger Mountain and
Cheaha areas of the Talladega National Forest. The 13,000 acres is about 1.9
percent of the 665,000 acres of land in Alabama's four national forests.
The Forest Service said the protection plan would not reduce the timber harvest
or the number of jobs involved in the harvest within Alabama's 13,000 designated
acres. Environmentalists have been pressing for years for a road ban because they
believe the pathways increase erosion, disrupt wildlife habitat and make it easier for
logging trucks and mining operators to reach remote public lands.
A draft of the plan in May cqvered 43 million acres - an area the size of
Washington state - but delayed until 2004 a decision on whether to include t
8.5 million roadless acres in the Tongass. Under the new plan, the protections
would be extended to the Tongass in 2004.



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Police use of force
goes to high court
WASH INGTON - The Supreme
Court entered the debate over police
brutality yesterday, agreeing to clarify
when officers can be held legally
responsible for using excessive force
while making an arrest.
The Clinton administration says a
lower court ruling means police offi-
cers "in many cases, may use no force
at all" in arresting someone. The jus-
tices agreed to hear the government's
bid to throw out an animal-rights
activist's lawsuit against an officer
who arrested him during a 1994
speech by Vice President Al Gore.
"This case boils down to whether it's
going to be a judge or jury who decides
whether police used excessive force,"
said attorney J. Kirk Boyd, representing
activist Elliot Katz, who was arrested
when he unfurled a banner during
Gore's speech on a military post.
The justices' decision, expected next
year, is likely to be of great importance
to police forces nationwide.
High-profile allegations of abuse

have been made in recent years against
police departments in cities including
New York City and Los Angeles. This
month, Los Angeles officials agreed to
make changes aimed at eliminating
brutality and other abuses and to accept
an independent monitor of the cit
police department.
Work-related injury
laws under attack
WASHINGTON - Business groups
and GOP lawmakers said government
rules proposed yesterday to protect
workers from job-related injuries could
cost industry billions of dollars each
The Occupational Safety and Hea
Administration rules take effect Jan. 16,
but businesses will have until October
to comply.
The rules are intended to protect
against workplace injuries for more
than 100 million workers who perform
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Search for bodies
underway in Austria
KAPRUN, Austria Rescue work-
ers braved toxic fumes and unstable
wreckage Sunday to begin retrieving
the charred remains of at least 155
skiers and snowboarders, including
eight Americans, from the grisly tomb
under Kitzsteinhorn mountain where
they suffocated and burned to death a
day earlier in the worst Alpine disaster
in modern history.
Officials conced that they were
still uncertain of the xact number of
people trapped in a cable car con-
sumed by flames half a mile into a 2-
mile-long mountain tunnel. The list of
names of presumed victims - still
being withheld pending family notifi-
cations - was compiled from reports
by friends of those known to have
gone up the mountain early Saturday
and who never returned.
The suspected death toll from Satur-
day's disaster was initially set at about
170, based on what appeared to be a
full load of passengers in the 180-per-

son-capacity funicular train car from
which only eight were known at the
time to have escaped. In addition, three
people waiting at the upper lift station
died from smoke inhalation.
authorities raised the number of sur-
vivors to 12 on Sunday and speculated
that the lack of further missing-person
reports could mean the car was carrying
closer to 165 passengers.
Ethnic groups show
splits in elections
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegov*
- Defying foreign pressure, voters
from all three of Bosnia's ethnic groups
have given strong support in general
elections to hard-line nationalists.
The first official results from Satur-
day's vote left foreign observers here
shaking their heads at the setback to
efforts to build a stable, multiethnic
democracy. The reversal came nearly
five years after the peace accords were
reached in Dayton, Ohio, in 1995.
- Compilecdf/om Daily wire reports.



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