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Page--Suturday, ue 19, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Senate passes
voting rights
extension bill

From AP andUPI
WASHINGTON - The Senate breathed
fresh life yesterday into the landmark
Voting Rights Act of 1965, approving 85-
8 a 25-year renewal of enforcement
provisions designed to guarantee free
access to the polls for millions of blacks
and other minority voters.
Overcoming the tenacious opposition
of a small group fo filibustering
Southern conservatives, the
Republican-controlled Senate handed
civil rights groups their only major
success in the97th Congress.
THE HOUSE approved a similar
measure 389-24 last October, and minor
differences are certain to be worked out
without controversy.
President Reagan, who opposed the
measure as it was initially proposed by
civil rights groups, has said he will sign
itinto law.
The 10-day fight on the Senate floor
was in many ways reminiscent of the
civil rights battles of the 1960s, although
it had neither the duratibn or the inten-
sity of those battles.

ALTHOUGH 77 senators publicly
supported the voting rights bill when it
came to the floor, Sen. Jesse Helms
(R-N.C.) vowed to block it until the
Senate accepted changes lessening or
eliminating federal authority to
challenge state election laws as
The act, extended in 1970 and again in
1975, bars discrimination in voting
nationwide and requires nine states and
parts of 13 others to clear proposed
election law changes with the Justice
The new extension would effectively
overturn a 1980 Supreme Court decision
that said only a state's or locality's in-
tent to discriminte was a reason for fin-
ding violations - not the results of elec-
tions in which blacks and other
minorities felt their voting power was
Helms led a filibuster which blocked
action for a week, but gave up under
pressure from fellow Republicans and
Senate leaders Thursday.

Federal judge nullifws
Haitian re e policy

In Brief
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Jury to decide Hinckley's fate
WASHINGTON- John Hinckley 's fate was handed yesterday to five men
and seven women, a jury instructed to deliberate "not with sympathy, pity
or compassion" its choice between convicting the man who shot President
Reagan or declaring him innocent by reason of insanity.
The trial was in its eighth week, the 39th day, when the jury was led by a
U.S. marshal from the courtroom. It had heard seemingly endless hours of
testimony about the mind of the assailant, who wounded Reagan and three
others on March 30 last year.
Hinckley followed the departing jurors with his eyes as they filed from the
room, but he betrayed no emotion.
The testimony had consumed nearly 9,000 pages and there were more than
300 exhibits for the jury to study, including the tormented poems that the
defense said are guideposts to Hinckley's insanity.
Haig meets with Gromyko
NEW YORK- Secretary of State Alexander Haig opened his third
meeting in nine months with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko
yesterday with "no expectations' that their talks will achieve any dramatic
"There are a lot of problems and we have a lot of serious talking to do,"
Haig told reporters before the meetings began.
The talks between Haig and Gromyko, the latest in a series that began in
New York last September, opened against a backdrop of urgent U.S.
diplomatic efforts to hammer together a durable cease-fire in Lebanon.
But U.S. officials in the Haig party said there was no sign Gromyko was
prepared to offer Soviet cooperation in that effort.
And they said they would be surprised if the meeting resulted in the setting
of a date for a summit between President Reagan and Soviet President
Leonid Brezhnev.
Shortly before the meeting began at the U.S. mission to the United
Nations, Haig described as "old hat" the promise voiced by Gromyko before
the U.N. General Assembly special meeting on disarmament that the Soviet
Union would never be the first to use nuclear weapons.
Personal income rose in May
WASHINGTON- Americans received their biggest boost in personal in-
come in six months during May and spent it all and more, the government
reported yesterday. Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige suggested that
the economy is expanding for the first time since last fall.
The Commerce Department reported that a healthy gain in wages and
salaries helped push total personal income 0.7 percent higher last month
than in April, the biggest gain since last November. And personal consum-
ption spending rose an even sharper 1.3 percent, the most since last August.
Baldrige spoke of "income prospects and consumer confidence
brightening." He said he thought the inflation-adjusted gross national
product-the broadest measure of U.S. economic activity-was rising at an
annual rate of 0.5 percent to 1 percent in the April-June period after falling
substantially in the previous two quarters.
Official GNP figures for the current quarter aren't due for more than a
month. If they show an increase, they likely will be seized upon as a sign the
1981-82 recession has ended.
Author John Cheever dies
ASSINING, N.Y.- Pulitizer Prize-winning author John Cheever, ac-
claimed as the Chekhov of the suburbs for his penetrating tales of American
life in five novels and more than 100 short stories, died yesterday. He was 70.
He died at his home here after a long illness, according to Jack Kelly of the
Waterbury and Kelly Funeral Home in Ossining.
The Stories of John Cheever, the seventh collection of his short fiction, won
both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1979.
Bullet Park, his third novel, was a Book-of-the-Month selection in 1969 and
the publication of Falconer in 1977 was the occasion of a cover story on
Cheever in Newsweek.
GOP convention to be in Dallas
WASHINGTON - The Republican Naional Committee voted unanimously
yesterday to hold the 1984 GOP National Convention in Dallas, the city of
President Reagan's choice.
The Republicans, making their selection about a year earlier than usual,
picked one of the few major American cities that tends to vote Republican
Once the president expressed his preference, there was no doubt that
Dallas would be the convention site. The RNC made it official on a voice vote
the GOP convention, opening Aug. 20, 1984, is expected to pump tens of
millions of dollars in the local economy.
Evans told the committee the Dallas convention center, the largest in the
world, will offer ample facilities and city officials arranged for 26,000 hotel
rooms to be made available within 16 miles of the convention center and
another 4,300 rooms in nearby Fort Worth.

iIAMI (AP)- A federal judg-
yesterday nullified a policy that is
keeping 1,910 Haitians in detention
camps while they seek political asylum,
but he denied that the policy is
discriminatory and refused to free the
refugees immediately.
The U.S. Immigration and
Naturalization Service began detaining
Haitians and some other newly arrived
refugees last year after President
Reagan declared the United States was
"losing control of its borders."
"The court has concluded that the
new detention policy was adopted in a
procedurally defective manner and
that plaintiffs' continued incarceration
pursuant to that policy is unlawful,"
U.S. District Judge Eugene Spellman
said in his 55-page ruling.

HE SAID the policy adopted by the
immigration service was illegally im-
plemented, as lawyers for the refugees
had charged, because the public wasn't
adequately notified or given a chance to
comment. He said the agency was
unable to produce a clear policy on who
was to be detained.
The judge scheduled a hearing Wed-
nesday to determine the future of the
Haitians, who are being held in camps
in five states and Puerto Rico as they
await decisions on petitions for policital
In Washington, Associate Attorney
General Rudolph Guiliani said the
decision was "a victory for the gover-
nment on the most important aspect of
the case."

Israel calls for surrender;
Begin talks peace at U.N.
(Continued from Page 3) minefields around their camps.
yards across the line when he realized Meanwhile, U.S. presidential envoy
he was being fired upon. Philip Habib met with President Elias
The personnel carrier returned to Sarkis in search of a political formula
Christian-held territory, where the that could prevent Israeli forces from
Israelis posted infantrymen at the overruning west Beirut.
eatern side of the Galerie Semaan
On the outher side of the line, Syrian Correction
troops who ostensibly police Lebanon's In Wednesday's Daily, the wrong
5-year-old civil war armistice waved photograph was printed next to a story
through the two-way traffic between about Ann Arbor artist Jon Lockard.
Beirut's Moslem and Christian sectors. The photograph was of a mural in East
An Israeli-Syrian cease-fire has been in Quad and was painted by an artist other.
force for a week, than Lockard. It was not a photo of one
PALESTINIAN guerrillas were erec- ofLockard.Sothwas stashthe
ting earthen barricades and sandbag of Lockard's South Quad murals, as the
positions around their neighborhoods, caption stated. The Daily regrets the
near the Green Line and planting error,

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