2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 26, 2001
Giuliani receives write-in votes
NEW YORK (AP) - With smoke still rising
from the World Trade Center ruins, New Yorkers
chose their candidates for mayor yesterday in pri-
maries turned upside down by the disaster and the
possibility that Rudolph Giuliani may try to stay on
to steer the city through its crisis.
Billionaire media owner Michael Bloomberg had
a commanding lead over former Congressman Her-
man Badillo for the Republican mayoral nomination,
according to exit poll samples.
On the Democratic side, city Public Advocate
Mark Green was locked in a tight race with Bronx
Borough President Fernando Ferrer, and those two
candidates appeared headed for a possible runoff, the
Exit poll samples were gathered from 1,097
Democratic voters and 205 Republican voters by
Edison Media Research, which conducted a poll
subscribed to by The Associated Press and other
Giuliani, a Republican, is barred by law from run-
ning for a third term this fall. But his popularity has
soared since the Sept. I1 attack and some voters say
he ought to stay on past Dec. 31, when his term is up.
"The last thing the city needs is a change in gov-
ernment," said Fran Kane, a Democrat who said she
would have voted for Giuliani if she could.
Lorraine Fittipaldi, a Republican, cast a write-in
vote for the mayor. "Even if they keep him for a,
year, I think he's been wonderful," she said.
On a day of on-and-off rain, four Democrats and
two Republicans sought their parties' nominations to
move a step closer to the most prominent municipal
job in the country. The winners of each primary
meet Nov. 6.
With at least 15,000 absentee ballots cast - and
the possibility of a sizable write-in vote for Giuliani
by Democratic or Republican voters - there was a
chance the winners would not be clear until the offi-
cial count is completed next week.
In other elections around the country:
Arkansas voters chose candidates for a special
election to fill the congressional seat vacated by new
Drug Enforcement Administration chief Asa
Voters decided whether Oklahoma should
become the 22nd state to ban labor contracts requiring
employees to pay union dues. Business and labor inter-
ests spent more than S10 million battling for votes.
In Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino was favored
to win a nonpartisan runoff in his bid for a third
In New York City, the Democratic candidates -
Public Advocate Mark Green, City Comptroller Alan
Hevesi, City Council Speaker Peter Vallone and
Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer -- all were
seeking the 40 percent of the vote needed to win.
If no one gets 40 percent, the top two vote-getters
advance to an Oct. 11 runoff. Michael Bloomberg, the
billionaire media mogul, and former Rep. Herman
Badillo were on the ballot for the GOP nomination.
The primaries began Sept. I 1 but were postponed
within hours after two hijacked airliners brought down
the trade center, burying thousands of people in the
rubble. Votes cast by machine were thrown out.
Giuliani has not ruled out trying to stay on as
mayor, saying Monday that he needed more time
to think about his political future. Sources who
spoke on the condition of anonymity said Giu-
liani's advisers were exploring ways the state
Legislature or City Council could get around
NEWS IN BRIEFt
HEADLINES FRO AROUND THE WORLD
Wall Street showing signs of stability
Stock prices fluctuated but nonetheless showed signs of stability yesterday as
investors looked for bargains after last week's precipitous drop.
The major indexes closed modestly higher, having withstood several waves of
profit-taking from Monday's big rally. Analysts were generally pleased with Wall
Street's performance and noted that just holding steady is good news, given
stocks' recent volatility.
"It's very important that we stabilize. You had a big day Monday after a com-
plete sellout the week before. I'd be very happy to see the market go sideways
for a couple of weeks to regain its breath," said Will Braman, chief investment
officer for John Hancock Funds.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 56.11 to 8,659.97, bringing its two-day
advance to more than 424 points. The blue chip index plunged 1,369 points last
Broader indicators also climbed for a second session. The Nasdaq composite
index rose 2.24 to 1,501.64, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 8.82 to
"We're still seeing buying and that's a step in the right direction," said Bryan
Piskorowski, market commentator at Prudential Securities.
Emmy Awards will reflect mood of nation
The red carpet will be missing and stars will trade tuxedoes for business suits
in a muted Emmy Awards intended to reflect the nation's somber mood, the cere-
mony's executive producer said yesterday.
"It will be very different from what we had planned and what we've seen
before," Don Mischer said.
Walter Cronkite, not host Ellen DeGeneres,-will make the opening remarks at
the Oct. 7 ceremony, delayed three weeks because of the Sept. 11 terrorist hijack-
ings and attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
On-camera celebrity arrivals will be abandoned, and fans won't be able to
scream for their favorites from bleachers, Mischer said. Stars are being advised
to dress down.
"It's difficult for the women because they've been planning their gowns for a
long time," Mischer acknowledged.
The plans are reminiscent of the carefully understated Academy Awards cere-
monies held during World War II. Mischer has been consulting with the Acade-
my of Television Arts & Sciences and host network CBS.
Tornado kills two Maryland students
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -
Students and school officials sorted
through wreckage yesterday at the
University of Maryland, where torna-
does killed two sisters, both students.
At least 50 people were injured there
and elsewhere in the Washington sub-
A 78-year-old volunteer fire-
fighter collapsed and died after
helping with the damage. The
father of the dead sisters was
among the injured:
Several buildings were damaged by
the tornadoes that struck late Monday
afternoon and mobile homes contain-
ing offices were destroyed. Debris,
overturned cars and trees were strewn
across the campus.
More than 100 cars had shattered
windows or had been smashed into
Student Insley Schaden tried to
determine if she could get her car out
from between two others. Most of her
car's windows were broken, but she
said she thought she could salvage it,
unlike a nearby vehicle that had been
ripped in half.
"You see this wiry thing and it's
actually a Jeep," Schaden said.
Gov. Parris Glendening, who
once taught at the university, toured
the area yesterday. He had declared
a state of emergency on Monday.
"Where that touched down, it
could have been much worse in loss
of life and injury," Glendening said
The tornado's wind speed likely
ranged between 158 and 206 mph,
said John Margraf of the National
Weather Service in Sterling, Va.
The governor's office said it was
Maryland's worst tornado in 75
Roughly 22,000 business and resi-
dential customers lost power, said
Potomac Electric Power Co. and Balti-
more Gas and Electric.
Two tornadoes touched down in the
area about 10 minutes apart late Mon-
day afternoon, part of a storm system
that stretched along the East Coast, the
National Weather Service said. At
least one funnel cloud was visible
Ryan Wirt, a freshman, said he
looked out his dormitory window and
saw a funnel clou'd approaching with
lightning flashing inside.
"It looked as big as my whole build-
ing," Wirt said.
The two students died when their
car was hurled hundreds of yards.
They were identified as sisters Colleen
Patricia Marlatt, 23, and Erin Patricia.
Marlatt, 20, of Clarksville, Prince
George's fire spokesman Chauncey
The tornado carried their car the
length of two or three football
Ann Harris Davidson, left, who works at what was the Maryland Fire and Rescue
institute at the University of Maryland, surveys the damage to her office yesterday.
fields, pushing it over or between
dorm buildings before it came to
rest in an area of trees, said Mark
Brady, another Prince George's fire
Their father, F. Patrick Marlatt,
needed 40 stitches for facial cuts.
He is deputy director of the Mary-
land Fire and Rescue Institute,
whose trailer offices on the campus
In addition, 78-year-old volunteer
firefighter Clarence Kretizer collapsed
and died after returning to his fire sta-
tion from the campus area, Bowers
In Laurel, about five miles north of
the university, three injuries were
reported at Laurel High School, where
the roof was blown off one building,
Maryland Emergency Management
Agency spokesman Leonard Sipes
said. Severe damage was, reported to
YER EVAN, Armenia
Pope's health falters
during foreign tour
His hands trembled, he slumped
in his chair and aides rushed to his
sid to offer comfort.
Pope John Paul II's stop in Arme-
nia yesterday, his fourth day of a
foreign tour, offered a new test of
the 81-year-old pontiff's frail
And as often before, he appeared
to rebound later in the day, even
waving his cane in the air.
John Paul has sought to make
this trip for years and scheduled it
now to take part in celebrations by
the ancient Armenian Apostolic
Church marking 1,700 years of
Christianity in this country.
On a visit to the church's seat in
Echmiadzin, 15 miles west of the
capital, Yerevan, the pope's hands
shook seemingly uncontrollably as
he was halfway through his speech
in the Apostolic Cathedral.,
Supreme Court takes
up school vouchers
The Supreme Court, tackling a stark
church-state issue dear to President
Bush, agreed yesterday to decide
whether the Constitution permits using
taxpayer dollars to pay religious school
The court will hear challenges some-
time early next year to a 6-year-old
school voucher program involving
about 3,700 children in Cleveland. A
ruling is expected by summer.
Supporters hope the conservative-
led court will use the case to broad-
en its recent trend of approving
limited uses of taxpayer money at
religious schools. Opponents, too,
say the court's ruling could be a
"This is probably the most impor-
tant church-state case in the last half-
century," said Barry Lynn, executive
director of Americans United for the
Separation of Church and State.
U.S. poverty rate
decreased last year
The U.S. poverty rate dipped last
year to its lowest level in over a quarter-
century, driven down by a healthy econ-
omy that helped a broad range of
workers. Incomes leveled off after years
Overall, many analysts said the Cen-
sus Bureau report released yesterday
offered a positive picture of the Ameri-
can economy - at least before the
financial unrest from the terrorist
The year 2000 could prove to be the
high-water mark of the economic
expansion that began in the early 1990s,
said Tim Smeeding, professor of eco-
nomics and public policy at Syracuse
"The economy continued to do good
things in 2000," Smeeding said. Speak-
ing of the poverty rate, he added,
"Unfortunately, I'm afraid that what
goes down will come back up."
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