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NEWS

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 3

ON CAMPUS
Discussion to be
held on food and its
affect on mood
Marilyn Migliore, local clinician
and author of "The Hunger Within",
will° hold a workshop on the emo-
tional connections between food and
eating. The event will be held in the
Kalamazoo Room of the Michigan
League tonight from 7:30 to 8:30
p.m. It is sponsored, by University
Health Services.
Group to hold
lecture on pet fish
j and fish in nature
The Aquarium Society of Ann Arbor
will hold a lecture tonight on the rela-
tionship between aquarium pets and the
naturalfish population. Participants will
also learn about Habitattitude, an orga-
nization with the goal of preventing the
release of exotic species. The event will
take place in room 2009 of the Alexan-
der G. Ruthven Museums Building from
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Prof to speak on
environmental
safety
Shaman Drum Bookshop will spon-
sor a reception to honor the publication
of "Environmentality: Technologies of
Government and the Making of Sub-
jects" by Arun Agrawal, a professor
in the School of Natural Resources
and Environment. The event will be
held today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Shaman
Drum on State Street.
CRIME
NOTES
Man steals
and damages
neighbor's package
A package was stolen from a resi-
dent of the Northwood II apartments
on North Campus Sunday. The resi-
dent reported that her neighbor stole
the package and then damaged it. The
subject was arrested, the Department of
Public Safety reported.
Skateboarders
issued verbal
warnings
A caller reported Sunday that skate-
boarders were present in the 100 block of
Zina Pitcher, DPS reported. The skate-
boarders were issued a verbal warning.

Groups to boycott Ford
over ads in gay media

Leaders say Ford
violated agreement not to
support gay rights groups
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nineteen
conservative groups said yester-
day they would reinstate a boycott
of Ford Motor Co., contending the
automaker reneged on an agreement
to stop supporting gay rights orga-
nizations.
The groups set up a website urg-
ing supporters not to buy Ford vehi-
cles after the automaker said last
December it would continue running
advertisements in gay publications.
The American Family Association,
which is leading this latest effort,
had originally called for a boycott of
Ford last year but suspended it for
six months at the request of some
Ford dealers.
"Ford has the right to financially
support homosexual groups promot-
ing homosexual marriage, but at the
same time, consumers have a right
not to purchase automobiles made
by Ford," said AFA Chairman Don-
ald Wildmon in a statement..
Ford, in a statement, said it was
"proud of its tradition of treating all
with respect and we remain focused
on what we do best, building and
selling the most innovative cars and
trucks worldwide." Ford spokes-
woman Kathleen Vokes declined

"Ford has the right to financially support
homosexual groups ... but at the same time
consumers have a right not to purchase
automobiles made by Ford"
- Donald Wildmon
Chairman, American Family Association

further comment.
In December, Ford said it would
stop advertising its Jaguar and Land
Rover luxury brands in gay publica-
tions to reduce marketing costs. But
several gay rights groups raised con-
cerns about the plan and met with
the automaker, leading to Ford's
announcement that it would place
corporate ads featuring all eight of
its brands in gay publications.
Joe Laymon, Ford's group vice
president for corporate human
resources, said in December he
hoped the decision would "remove
any ambiguity about Ford's desire to
advertise to all important audiences
and put this particular issue to rest."
Wildmon and other leading con-
servatives wrote Ford Chairman
and Chief Executive Bill Ford in
January, asking him to remove the
automaker "from involvement in the
cultural war."
Randy Sharp, AFA's director

of special projects, said yesterday
that Ford's chairman "refused tp
acknowledge, much less reply, to our
concerns."
Gay rights organizations criticized
the boycott. Brad Luna, spokesman
for the Human Rights Campaign, the
nation's largest gay rights organiza-
tion, said "clear trends towards fair-
ness, nondiscrimination, inclusion
and acceptance of gays in corporate
America are unstoppable."
"Any attempts to turn back the
clock such as this one are out of step
with the values of the majority of
Americans," Luna said.
The American Family Association
says it has 2 million online members
who have requested e-mail alerts
about different issues and it sends
a monthly news journal to 160,000
homes. Other groups joining the
boycott include: Center for Reclaim-
ing America, Coalitions for America
and the Liberty Counsel.

State bansimports
of Canadian trash

Michigan charges the
lowest dumping fee in
the region
LANSING (AP) - Gov. Jennifer
Granholm has signed into law legisla-
tion that would ban the importation of
foreign trash, but Michigan can take
that step only if Congress gives the
state that authority.
"I am pleased to sign legislation that
will ban the importation of Canadian
and other out-of-country trash when
we are given the authority to do so,"
Granholm said yesterday in a state-
ment. "But Michigan cannot sit back
and wait on Congress. There is action
we can, and should, take to protect
Michigan families from the health
hazards created by imported trash."
Granholm and Democratic law-
makers have pushed for a series
of measures that would limit the
importation of out-of-state trash and
improve the safety of waste being
hauled into Michigan.
House Democrats want the state to
institute a higher dumping fee, which
they say would discourage Canadian

dumping by raising costs. Michigan
now charges just $0.21 per ton, the
lowest rate in the region.
Democrats also lobbied unsuccess-
fully to ban new landfills until 2011,
but the ban was allowed to expire
at the end of 2005. The Democratic
governor did sign a package of bills
in 2004 requiring out-of-state waste
to meet the same safety standards as
in-state waste.
Republican lawmakers say federal
action is needed to curb out-of-state
trash because of a 1992 U.S. Supreme
Court decision that says states cannot
prohibit trash from crossing their bor-
ders without approval from Congress.
The federal legislation authorizing
the trash ban is pending in Congress.
The amount of Canadian trash
dumped in Michigan landfills rose
3 percent in the most recent fiscal
year, according to a Department of
Environmental Quality report. It has
increased more significantly in previ-
ous years.
About 29 percent of the trash
dumped in Michigan landfills in the
last fiscal year came from Canada
and other states, the report said.

Share of Michigan dentists,
who accept Medicaid drops"

Number of dentists
accepting Medicaid has
fallen 39 percent in last
six years
LANSING (AP) - The number of
Michigan dentists willing to accept
Medicaid payments has fallen 39 per-
cent in the past six years, putting a
significant barrier in the path of poor
people who need dental care, advo-
cates say.
The state cut off non-emergency
dental coverage under Medicaid for
two years, restoring it Oct. 1 for the
600,000 poor, elderly and disabled
adults.
But the number of dentists partici-
pating in Medicaid has fallen from
1,578 in 2000 to 961 today, according
to the Michigan Department of Com-

munity Health.
About 15 percent of the state's 6,500
dentists now take Medicaid. And many
of the dentists who do participate in the
program limit the number of Medicaid
patients they take.
"Access is a nightmare," Joe Dze-
nowagis, who works with the disabled
at the Macomb-Oakland Regional
Center, told The Detroit News for a
story yesterday. "There's like almost
no Medicaid dentist for adults."
Medicaid recipient Allan Clapp of
Flint said it is frustrating finding a den-
tist.
"I know Medicaid doesn't pay the
greatest," said Clapp, who has disabili-
ties and went without care when dental
coverage was unavailable.
"But if the only way I am going to
receive service is by being an emergen-
cy case, that is irritating to me. I am

more than a mouth with money behind
it. I am a person. I deserve to be treated
with respect like any other person with
insurance"
Dentists cite low reimbursement rates
as reason they do not accept Medicaid
patients. Medicaid is funded by both the
state and federal governments.
"We were losing so much money
being a Medicaid provider," said John
Buchheister, a Warren dentist who used
to accept Medicaid and plans to accepj
it again soon. "It was less expensive to
do the work pro bono and not charge
the patient."
Southfield dentist Avis Broussard
has not accepted Medicaid for years.
"We decided we couldn't provide the
quality of care we wanted to with the
reimbursement rates," Broussard said.
"The rates were relatively low, and it
took a long time to pay the claim"

Row.
erupts

Fire extinguishers over

discharged at
Geddes House
Two fire extinguishers were dis-
charged while they were being tam-
pered with on level 3 of Geddes House
Sunday, DPS reported.
THIs DAY
In Daily History
Vietnam veteran
protests removal
of Diag shanties
March 14, 1990 - Last month Uni-
versity Regent Thomas Roach sug-
gested that all the shanties on the Diag
be removed. While most people com-
plained about the suggestion, Charles
Takett stopped eating.
Tackett, also known as "the Colonel,"
is a Vietnam veteran and Ann Arbor res-
ident who set up a temporary residence
on the Diag yesterday. He does not plan
to leave until University officials assure
him that the Diag will stay a "constitu-
tionally safe zone."
"All I want is a letter assuring me the
constitutionality of the Diag is being
worked on," Tackett said. "People come
from around the world to see the Diag, I
want to preserve that."
At last month's regents' meeting, Roach
commented that the shanties are "an

blood
Blood bank in Kent
county says Red Cross
invaded its territory
GRAND RAPIDS (AP) - The
community blood bank in Kent
County is upset with the American
Red Cross for drawing blood in its
territory.
The nonprofit Michigan Commu-
nity Blood Center says it has been
the blood bank for Grand Rapids
hospitals for 32 years.
But the Red Cross recently started
operations in Kent County in viola-
tion of an agreement.
"This is upsetting to our people,
who are committed to their jobs
and doing the best they can," Nor-
man Felker, president of the Grand
Rapids-based blood center, told The
Grand Rapids Press for a story pub-
lished yesterday. "The Red Cross is
well aware of who we are, what our
job is and that they can be danger-
ous to us."
Felker said competition may be
good in for-profit industries, but
nonprofits should not go head-to-
head.
"Competition can kill," he said.
Lisa Marks, chief executive and
president of the Red Cross of West
Central Michigan, says Felker is
over-dramatizing.
She agrees that the Red Cross tra-

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