2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 12, 2004
Court orders gay NEWS IN BRIEF
SMassachusetts Legislature ingtwo prelimin
passage is far fr
clears two hurdles toward riage supporters
state gay marriage ban cedural man
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Massachusett
California Supreme Court ordered an the national deb
immediate halt to same-sex weddings following a lan
in San Francisco yesterday as Massa- highest court ii
chusetts lawmakers gave preliminary reaffirmed lastr
approval to a constitutional amend- the stage for th
ment to ban gay marriages in the only sanctioned gay n
state where they have been ruled legal. Lawmakerss
Teary-eyed couples were quickly marriage ban b
turned away at San Francisco's City voters were unsu
Hall, where 4,161 gay couples have House-Senate se
tied the knot in the last month. San Francisco
"We were filling out the application som waded into1
and they told us to stop," said Art same time, orde:
Adams, who was the first to be denied on Feb. 12 to iss
as he and partner Devin Baker sought a licenses.
license. "It's heartbreaking. I don't Newsom's d
understand why two people in love law prompted
should be prevented from expressing it." across the natio
On the other side of the country, President Bush
Massachusetts legislators returned to San Francisco
the Capitol to consider a constitutional announced that
amendment that would strip gay cou- ing the U.S. C
ples of their court-granted right to mar- same-sex marr
riage but allow civil unions. dozens of state
The amendment won approval dur- the issue.
nary votes, but its final
rom certain. Gay mar-
were conducting pro-
euvers that could
o the proposal's defeat.
s took center stage in
ate over gay marriage
idmark decision by its
n November that was
month. The rulings set
e nation's first legally
marriages on May 17.
seeking to put a gay
uccessful during a joint
ssion last month.
o Mayor Gavin New-
the debate at about the
ring his administration
sue same-sex marriage
efiance of California
several other cities
on to follow suit, and
last month cited the
weddings when he
t he supports chang-
Constitution to ban
iages. Lawmakers in
s have also taken up
U.S. troops attempt to disarm Haitians
U.S. Marines raided a house in search of weapons yesterday, trying to
shore up a fragile peace in Haiti as the ousted president planned a return to
the Caribbean from exile in Africa.
With morgues full and government offices closed, bodies were piling up
in the capital, littering the streets and serving as bitter reminders of an
armed rebellion that has divided the country.
Prime Minister Gerard Latortue, who began choosing a cabinet yesterday,
has said ridding the population of weapons is a top priority. Marines raided
a home near the presidential palace before dawn yesterday, hours after
Latortue arrived in Haiti from Florida.
U.S. Army Gen. James Hill said troops would work to collect weapons,
from "rusted M-1 s to top-of-the-line Uzis."
"The message out of this is we are looking, and we will continue to do
so," Col. Charles Gurganus said.
Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his wife will travel to
Jamaica early next week, returning to within 130 miles of Haiti less than three
weeks after fleeing into exile, Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson said yesterday.
A body of a dead passenger lies next to a damaged train car in Atocha train station
in Madrid, after bombs rocked trains in three train stations in the city yesterday.
EAST MEDOW, N.Y.
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Some fled into darkened, dangerous
tunnels at the station, a bustling hub
for subway, commuter and long-dis-
tance trains just south of Madrid's
famed Prado Museum.
The bodies of the dead, some with
their cell phones ringing unanswered
as frantic relatives tried to contact
them, were carried away by rescue
workers. The wounded, faces bloodied,
sat on curbs as buses were pressed into
service as ambulances.
One firefighter said he saw 70 bod-
ies along a platform at El Pozo station,
just east of downtown Madrid. One
corpse had been blown onto the roof.
Forty coroners worked to identify
remains, the national news agency
.Efe said, and a steady stream of taxis
carried relatives to a sprawling con-
vention center where the bodies were
A total of 10 bombs, nearly all in
backpacks, exploded in a 15-minute
span along nine miles of the commuter
line - running from Santa Eugenia to
the Madrid hub of Atocha - killing 192
people and injuring more than 1,240,
Interior Minister Angel Acebes said.
Police found and detonated three
President Bush shoveled dirt yesterday at the somber groundbreaking for a new
memorial for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, an event that has defined his
presidency and is the centerpiece of his re-election campaign.
Bush used images from the World Trade Center's smoldering wreckage in his first
re-election TV commercials last week, and refused to retreat when critics called them
crass exploitation of those killed in the attacks.
The president made no remarks at the ceremony attended by several hundred peo-
ple, uniformed Nassau County firefighters, a color guard and bagpipers who played
"Amazing Grace." But earlier, at a factory in another part of Long Island, Bush said
the lesson of Sept. 11 is that "we must deal with threats before they fully materialize."
Pat Kiefer, mother of a 25-year-old victim of the attack on the World Trade Center,
said the government should have done more to prevent them.
"I will never vote again. I don't believe any of the politicians," said Kiefer, who
held an enlarged photo of her son and talked to reporters after the event.
FDA to limit andro
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about McDaniel though they did starl-
tie her. She saw the flyers posted
around McDaniel's classroom in Alice
Lloyd Residence Hall.
"Obviously now that this has hap-
pened you're going to think twice about
being in his class, just like you're going
to think about being in any male's class-
room. But he doesn't worry me in par-
ticular"the student said.
But the student, an LSA freshman,
said she had personally not encoun-
tered any uncomfortable situation with
McDaniel, nor had she heard of any
similar encounters with other students.
"The overall opinion is being sur-
prised. Now everyone thinks about it in
class, but we're not uncomfortable
now. You still think about it in the back
of your mind," she said.
Peterson said if a student feels that
they need guidance about a possible
harassment, or wishes to file a report,
they can do so anonymously at several
locations throughout the University.
One resource for students is the
Office of Institutional Equity, a part
of the University's Human Resources
and Affirmative Action division,
which can provide anonymous assis-
tance to potential victims of sexual
harassment. The office - which was
created by a recent merger of the Sex-
ual Harassment Policy Office and the
Office for a Multicultural Community
- prepares reports and conducts
investigations into reported cases of
Another resource, the Sexual Assault
and Prevention Awareness Center, also
assists victims and offers advice.
"If a student feels they have a con-
cern, they should definitely come for-
ward to one of those offices,"
WASHINGTON (AP) - The gov-
ernment will crack down on the steroid-
like supplement taken by Mark
McGwire, telling companies yesterday
to quit selling androstenedione unless
they can prove it's not dangerous.
Commonly called andro, the product
is a steroid precursor - the body uses it
to make testosterone.
That means it poses the same health
risks as directly using an anabolic
steroid, the Food and Drug Administra-
tion says in warnings telling 23 manu-
facturers to cease their production.
"Anyone who takes these products in
sufficient quantities to build muscle or
improve performance is putting himself
or herself at risk for serious long-term
and potentially irreversible health conse-
quences," FDA Commissioner Mark
The FDA's newest ctfakM6Wn comes
as it is facing a legal challenge to its
pending ban on another dietary supple-
ment, ephedra. That herbal stimulant,
widely used for weight loss, has been
linked to 155 deaths, including Balti-
more Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler dur-
ing spring training last year.
The maker of the Stacker 2 brand of
ephedra supplements, NVE Pharma-
ceuticals, filed suit this week in federal
court in New Jersey seeking to block
FDA's sales ban, which is set to begin
"We're confident that we do have a
clear legal basis" for the ban, FDA
spokesman Brad Stone said yesterday.
Anabolic steroids, which build mus-
cle, are controlled substances. But andro
- because it is a precursor, not the
steroid itself - has long been marketed
as a dietary supplement and been sold
over the counter.
Former Congress aide
arrested as Iraqi spy
A former journalist and one-time
press secretary for four members of
Congress was arrested yesterday on
charges she served as a paid agent for
the Iraqi intelligence service before
and after the U.S. invasion.
Susan Lindauer, 41, was arrested
in her hometown of Takoma Park,
Md., and was to appear in court later
in the day in Baltimore, authorities in
New York said.
She was accused of conspiring to
act as a spy for the Iraqi Intelligence
Service and engaging in prohibited
financial transactions involving the
government of Iraq under dictator
Saddam Hussein. Prosecutors say she
accepted $10,000 for her work.
"I'm an anti-war activist and I'm
innocent," Lindauer told WBAL-TV
as she was led to a car outside the
Baltimore FBI office.
Bill to raise fines for
radio, TV vulgarity
The House overwhelmingly
passed legislation yesterday substan-
tially increasing the maximum fine
for radio and television indecency.
The vote was 391 to 22. Similar leg-
islation is pending in the Senate.
"I am tired of hearing parents tell
me how they have to cover their chil-
dren's ears," Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-
Pa.) said during debate on the
measure. "Today, we're saying
enough is enough."
The bill would raise the maximum
fine for a broadcast-license holder
from $27,500 to $500,000. The fine
for a performer would jump from
$11,000 to $500,000.
Stewart's new home
not so comfortable
The Danbury Federal Correctional
Institution has next to nothing in com-
mon with Martha Stewart's world of
porcelain pudding bowls and Egyptian
The millionaire who taught America
how to make pillows and decorate with
doilies is expected to spend 10 toy16
months sharing a toilet and working for,
about 12 cents an hour at the minimum-
security women's prisoli, (where the
walls are drab concrete and the 1,300
inmates wear starched khaki jumpsuits.
"There's nothing soft or colorful or
pleasant in the whole environment,' said
Caryl Hartjes, a Catholic nun who served
three months at Danbury for trespassing
during a protest against the U.S. military.
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