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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 7

Economic stimulus issue stalls

WASHINGTON (AP) - The economic stimu-
lus bill that President Bush says will hasten
recovery from recession appears dead in the Sen-
ate and will probably be shelved, Senate Majority
Leader Tom Daschle said yesterday.
Daschle (D-S.D.), said neither Republicans nor
Democrats will have the 60 votes necessary to
win approval of their competing measures and
that the Senate will take up other business today.
"It's with great regret I will pull the bill tomor-
row," Daschle told reporters yesterday.
Daschle's comments would seem to seal the
doom of legislation President Bush has been
pushing since October to boost an economy that
began a downturn in March and was rocked again
by the Sept. I 1 terror attacks.
The House twice passed economic stimulus

ular items, but Republicans sought to attach big-
ger tax cuts they said would spur growth.
Daschle blamed the GOP for trying to "score
political points" by offering these tax cuts instead
of working to compromise. Republicans said it
was the Democrats who would not bend.
"I'm wondering if they would really like to
have a genuine compromise," said Sen. Charles
Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Sen-
ate Finance Committee.
The Senate is scheduled to vote today on
whether to end debate on the stimulus plan, which
would require 60 votes. Neither side expects that
threshold to be reached.
Earlier yesterday, Treasury Secretary Paul
O'Neill told the House Ways and Means Commit-
tee the U.S. economy is showing signs that the

"We see more and more signs every day indi-
cating that the seeds for a recovery are there, and
only need nourishing to speed the process of
putting Americans back to work," O'Neill said.
O'Neill also said the 10-year, $1.35 trillion tax
cut enacted last year helped make the recession a
shallow one and that the tax relief will continue
to help the economy recover and government
return to its budget surplus.
"The focus must be on restoring growth. Sur-
pluses will then follow naturally," O'Neill said.
Democrats, however, said the president's wish
to make that tax cut permanent -- it will expire at
the end of 2010 under current law - would pri-
marily benefit wealthier taxpayers while siphon-
ing away resources needed for other priorities.

Continued fromPage 1
can become president and this
proves it," Alexie said.
He said Americans are forgetting
history and are consequently
neglecting to see its repercussions
"This was not a great country
when it started. It was founded on
murder, genocide and slavery,"
Alexie said.
"Everyone lives their life without
enough information," Alexie
emphasized throughout his presen-
LSA freshman Ann Fernandez
said last night's event brought "a
human face to the facts."
As the title of his presentation

foretold, Alexie aimed to dismantle
myths about American Indians.
Alexie grew up on the Spokane
Indian Reservation in Washington.
"I have never ridden a horse,"
Alexie joked as he answered what
he thought were the most common
questions asked of American Indi-
Laughing, he then took back that
statement and said that he actually
had ridden a horse and that it had
been at Knoxberry Farms, an
American amusement park.
"It's a tough job being an Indi-
an," he explained.
"Alexie comes from a group
without a voice in America and I
am interested in what he has to
say," said School of Public Health
freshman Michael Newman.
ly meets with merchants to discuss
new developments in shoplifting.
Hollinger noted that people
"need to realize that security is
there not just to harass them, but to
save them money. The only way a
retailer can get money back (from
shrinkage) is to increase prices."
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measures last year, but both foundered in the Sen- recession is ending and could return to growth "Why does the president give wealthy individu- F
ate. Daschle tried in January to resurrect the issue rates as high as 3.5 percent by the end of 2002 "if als priority?" asked Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark (D-F
with a bare-bones package focused on a few pop- we are able to pass still-needed economic security Calif.). Continued from Page 1
she said. "We will get some fraud. I
Democrats expect to name CITY COUNCIL tsaitdoesn'tc"e
C ITY CO NC IL w endrix said thecmall tries to
Continued from Page 1 keep a high profile of its security
"The biggest problem of any of this measures and that security frequent-
is that none of it can be enforced,"
sesd en noAbere earror Jim Wines.
presi entil noinee arlyI'injust glad the council did what it
did." A a 1i n


The Baltimore Sun wooed early and often.

KEENE, N.H. - It was no coinci-
dence, Cheshire County Commis-
sioner Greg Martin thought, when
Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-.Mo.),
phoned him at home the other night
to chat about nothing in particular.
The call came just as Martin was
arranging a get-together with local
voters for North Carolina Sen. John
Edwards, a potential rival to the
House minority leader in the 2004
Democratic presidential primary.
"It's even unusual for us, this far
out (from Election Day, for candi-
dates to be competing so aggressive-
ly)," says Martin, a party activist in
the southwest corner of New Hamp-
shire, a state accustomed to being

The intense competition is a some-
what surprising, but perhaps
inevitable, a result of recent changes
to the primary calendar. Two years
from today, many strategists believe,
the Democratic race will be over.
"The nomination likely will be
won in 2003," says Joe Keefe of
Manchester, a former state party
chairman. Because Iowa and New
Hampshire will stage the earliest
delegate tests in January 2004,
"somebody's going to have to surge
before Christmas of 2003."
Another reason things are heating
up: The field is wide open.
Former Vice President Al Gore
announced in a weekend speech that he
intended to "rejoin the national debate."

He said he didn't know whether he
would run again, but if he does, he
could face an uphill struggle.
Gore made an impromptu visit here
in the fall that struck one of the peo-
ple he met with as "a little bit" odd
and another as downright "bizarre."
Gore called about a dozen supporters
out of the blue to say he was passing
through Keene in a rented car and to
invite them to lunch that day.
Karen Fitzpatrick, who was there,
says no one came away with a clear
sense of Gore's purpose or plans. Her
support for another Gore campaign,
she adds, "is not a given right now."
"Most of the Gore people I know
are looking elsewhere at this point,"
says Keefe, a top Gore adviser in the
state last time.

Continued from Page 1
over the court," Royal said.
Aleobua added that she believes
conferences and marches have recent-
ly helped bring issues of segregation
and integration into the spotlight of
the media - a victory in itself. With-
in the last two months, The New York
Times and The Detroit News, among
other news organizations, have
focused special attention to those
"I think there is a broader under-
standing of the question of integration
that is emerging," she said. "This is
the first time ever that these questions
have been raised outside of the move-
This second conference hopes to
spark more of that action through team-
work and networking on a national
level, added Aleobua.
"What we are trying to do is unite
campus activists from across the
country," she said. "The scope of the
conference is to build those coali-
tions with people and to give those
people the framing of a national
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Besides the University's affirmative
action lawsuits, the conference also
hopes to address downsizing and budget
problems within the Detroit Public
School System, standardized testing and
the building of a counter-movement
against plans such as Florida Gov. Jeb
Bush's "One Florida Plan" and Proposi-
tion 209 in California.
Students are expected to travel to
Ann Arbor from states ranging from
Maryland to California, with some
driving 3,000 miles to attend the con-
ference. Students from universities in
Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Ten-
nessee will be attending the confer-
ence, since the outcome of the
University of Michigan's lawsuits
will impact all institutions in the 6th
Students from other universities said
they will not mind the drive to get to the
"Whatever we can do to play our part
in this new civil rights movement, we
are willing to do that," said University
of Tennessee law school student Duma-
ka Shabazz, who plans on attending the
conference with 18 of his peers. "What-

ever the decision from the 6th Circuit is,
it will affect us. You already have some
other circuits that are going against affir-
mative action."

The proposal would have allowed
home owners to create small apartments
connected to their homes to offer for
rent, known as accessory apartments.
Legal in many other cities, they are
most often occupied by seniors, single
people and students.
"It would have been a very efficient
way to provide a little bit more afford-
able housing," said Douglass Kelbaugh,
dean of the College of Architecture and
Urban Planning.
Ann Arbor City Council member
Heidi Herrell said she regretted vot-
ing against the proposal but felt
obligated to respond to public pres-
"The citizens have been really con-
cerned about it," said Herrell, "They're
afraid it's going to destroy neighbor-
hoods. ... I think. it's going to preserve
Kate Warner, an associate profes-
sor in the College of Architecture
and Urban Planning, said the pro-
posal would have had a small
"It was very watered down," Warner
said, "At most it would add a couple
hundred units."
Because the owner must live next
door to their apartment, potential stu-
dent occupants would not cause prob-
lems, Warner said.
"Those people will exercise some
restraint in who they rent the apartment
to. ... It's not the type of thing that is
going to drastically change neighbor-
The proposal would have included
a number of restrictions - the new
apartments would have to be 300
feet apart and limited to two occu-
pants. Also, the policy would have
been reviewed after a evaluation
"I think it's a case where the likely
reality has been blown out of propor-
tion by fears and stereotypes of stu-
dents that aren't likely to happen,"
said Warner.

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