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One hundred ten yeah ofediondfreedom

November 27, 2000

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Uda goes Bush


Gore plans
to challenge
The Associated Press
Florida's secretary of state certified George W Bush the
winner over Al Gore last night in the state's near-dead-
locked presidential vote - but court contests left in doubt
which man will be the ultimate victor and 43rd president of
the United States. Bush said he had won the White House
and asked Gore to reconsider his challenges.
"Now that the votes are counted, it is time for the votes to
count," Gov. Bush said from the state capitol in Austin, Texas,
after Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a campaign support-
er, announced that he
had captured Florida
by an infinitesimal
537-vote margin.
Bush announced
that running mate
Dick Cheney will
direct his transition
operations in Washington, and that former Secretary of
Transportation Andrew Card will be his White House chief
of staff.
The Texas governor said the election was close but he
won and will begin "preparing to serve" as president. While
Bush asked Cheney "to work with President Clinton's
administration to open a transition office in Washington,"
the government agency that would make the arrangements
was not ready to do so.
Beth Newburger of the General Services Administration
said "there is not an apparent winner and the outcome is
unclear" so the agency cannot authorize transition funds
and offices for Bush.
In his address, Bush delivered a sort of mini-State of the
Union list of proposals and promised that he will "work to
unite our great land." It was an effort by the Republican
nominee to pre-empt Gore by persuading Americans that
the election is over with and that the outcome announced in
Florida should be the last word.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential
See RECOUNT, Page 8A

Texas Gov. George W. Bush prepares to make a statement at the state Capitol In Austin last night following the certification of FlorIda's vote total. Bush declared himself the winner of the
Nov. 7 election after Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris announced that Bush won the state by 537 votes.

Schools opt,
not to offer
RU 86
Robert Gold
y Staff Reporter
Many campus health centers nationwide, including
the University of Michigan Health Service, have decid-
ed not to offer RU-486 - the "abortion pill" - often
providing counseling and referring students to nearby
health centers instead.
The federal Food and Drug Association approved the
drug, known as mifepristone, in September.
UHS interim Director Robert Winfield said the clinic sup-
Olies pregnant students with an informational packet on out-
side services including Planned Parenthood and Catholic
Social Services.
Other universities that have decided not to supply
mifepristone include the University of Wisconsin at Madi-
son, University of California at Los Angeles, the University
of Georgia, the University of Maine and Florida State Uni-
Winfield said he has not heard of any university that
plans to provide the drug. Several university health directors
cited FDA regulations as the reason universities do not offer
e new drug. FDA stipulations require that mifepristone
'oviders must offer surgical abortions if the medical abor-
tion is not complete.
"Most college health centers do not provide any surgical
procedures," said Tara Torchia, sexual health coordinator at
the University of Maryland.
FDA guidelines state that mifepristone only can be
administered up to 49 days into a pregnancy. An additional
stipulation requires health centers that offer the drug to
have sonogram equipment in order to date a pregnancy
"Basically, the only completely accurate means is using a
onogram," Torchia said.
Although UHS has sonogram equipment, many campus
health centers do not.
Torchia added that schools, in order to avoid the contro-
versy of the abortion pill, usually refer students to nearby
private health centers.
"Most college health centers realize this is a political
issue," Torchia said.
Stephanie Miller, communications director for the
National Abortion Federation, said college students in
rural areas may not have access to any abortion services
*; See RU-486, Page 2A

Stores cautiously hope
for successful holidays

By Louie Meizllab
Daily Staff Reporter
With the Christmas shopping season underway,
many area stores have modestly hopeful expecta-
tions for holiday sales.
"We were pretty swamped on Friday and
we're getting the (amount of) shoppers we
expected," said David Staskowski, lead sales
associate at Williams-Sonoma in Briarwood
Mall. He added that "we expect sales to hold
up" and predicts sales to be a "little bit better
than last year."
When questioned about this year's sales, Lynsie
Estes of the M-Den said "so far it's not up but
every year it's unpredictable."
She added that "it will never be good as the year
Michigan won the Rose Bowl."
Matt James, store manager at Bentley's Lug-
gage, said sales since Thanksgiving have been
"comparable to last year"

"t think it'll he a good Christmas overall,"
James said.
Nationally, sales figures also are expected to be
slightly higher than last year.
Stephan Thurman, deputy chief economist
for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said he
expects "moderation overall in the economy,
including retail sales." He predicted sales
growth to be "a little more modest than it was
in previous years."
Thurman said retail sales should be about 3
percent to 4 percent higher than last year, as
opposed to the 5 percent growth reported last
"It won't be as gangbusters as it was in recent
history," Thurman said.
A possible reason for the slowing of the
growth, Thurman said, is Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan's attempt to have
the economy make a "soft landing" - that is,

Ted Badgerow performs Christmas carols on his flute for shoppers and passers-by
In Nickels Arcade Saturday.

Fake ID crackdown continues
with AAPD Project Spotlight

By Uzzle Ehrle
Daily Staff Reporter
Students, with the help of computers, may be find-
ing more crafty ways to duplicate official forms of
identification, but bar owners and managers in Ann
Arbor say inferior lamination and missing holograms
still are major indicators of a false identification card.
"A lot of people can make good fake IDs with technolo-
gy, but they can't laminate as well," said Jody Thompson,
owner of Mitch's Place.
With many states now manufacturing all identification
cards with holograms, an ID with no hologram is another
sign it may be fake, Scorekeepers manager Dustin DeSny-
der said.
Local bars and restaurants have started to crack down
more on minors and fake IDs since the start of Project Spot-
light, a program that began in April of last year as an effort
to work with establishments that sell liquor to train them in
examining fake IDs, Ann Arbor Police Department Sgt.
Michael Logghe said.
One goal of Project Spotlight is to transfer responsibility

of underage drinking frombars and restaurants to minors.
Thompson commended the project because it looks to
punish minors who are attempting to purchase alcohol rather
than the drinking establishments.
As part of the project within the past year, undercover
officers positioned themselves near the door of Mitch's
Place and ticketed those who attempted to enter with false
IDs, Thompson said.
"I think it's a good program because if we get 1,000 peo-
ple in this bar, there's obviously some minors, he said.
Those who check IDs at local bars look at the height
and weight and also for fuzzy lettering, incorrect ink
color, the quality of the photo and the alignment of the
information as additional indications of a fake ID.
"I can personally tell because I used to have a lot of
them," said Seth Greene, LSA senior and Scorekeepers
Many Ann Arbor bars confiscate IDs they deem to be
fake. The Brown Jug takes as many as eight or nine on a
Friday or Saturday night, manager Frank Langmesser said.
"The most I've gotten is 22 in three days," he said.
Mitch's Place takes close to 10 each week, Thompson

Eastem Michigan University junior Katie Cmejrek checks
EMU junior Billy Smith's license at the Brown Jug last night.
The confiscated IDs are turned over to the AAPD,
which then destroys them, Logghe said.
A few managers offer rewards for their employees who
confiscate fake IDs. Brown Jug employees receive $10 for
every ID they take, and Mitch's Place offers $5 to their
See FAKES, Page 2A

Tonight Free parking Gifts galore Showcase showdown
Mostly cloudy. The Ann Arbor City Council votes to make all city The Daily Arts Writers give the go- The Michigan hockey team made
4 Low 33. parking free after 3 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and all ahead on two videogames, but pan two successful bids against top
Tomorrow day Saturdays until Christmas to appease holiday a computer game and Tom Cruise ranked opponents.
0 i uC4C y Cloudy. High 43. shoppers. PAGE 3A. on DVD for holiday gifts. PAGE 9A. PAGE 18.
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