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June 12, 2000 - Image 1

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 2000-06-12

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Gas prices at record high

By Rachel Green
Daily Staff Reporter
Summer driving has always been a great source of
relaxation and a symbol of freedom for the young and the
restless, but this summer the price of those little land
cruises is on the rise.
The recent decision by the Organization of Petroleum
Exporting Countries to raise the price of crude oil for
exporters, in combination with the high demand for gaso-
line in the summer, is causing a major increase in gas
prices for consumers, according to the American
Automobile Association.
Jamie Neylon, owner of the British Petroleum service
station on Jackson Road, said he has felt the impact of ris-
ing prices on his business since he opened in May 1999.
"When I bought this place a little over a year ago we
were selling gas for SI.09 per gallon, so I was paying
around $0.91 per gallon for it. I could actually make some
money on it," Neylon said. "My last load that I bought the

other day, I paid $1.65 per gallon, and I'm selling it for
AAA posted the average price of gasoline nationwide
as $1.56 per gallon for regular unleaded, up $0.06 from
only two weeks ago.
Neylon said he believes the gas hikes cause the stations
to actually lose money. particularly the independent sta-
The increased prices are taking their toll on Michigan
residents in two ways. Most directly, the consumer is pay-
ing more at the pump, as supplier prices to Ann Arbor's
gas stations rose an additional $0.08 Wednesday night.
Additionally, as Peter Mets, interim fleet services man-
ager of Ann Arbor explains, the high prices are going to
have an impact on taxpayers as well.
"(Gas price hikes) are going to screw my budget up
because budget projections are made a year in advance
and these prices were unexpected." Mets said, whose divi-
sion is in charge of fueling all city automobiles. "We fuel
See GAS, Page 2

Julie Herrada, curator of the Labadie Collection at the Harlan Hatcher Gradua
Library displays letters sent to Ted Kaczynski during his incarceration.
Kaczynski letters
available to view

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High gas prices at the Amoco gas station on Main Street and Williams Street force have forced consumers to reduce
the number of times they fill up their gas tanks.

By Laura Deneau
Daily Staff Reporter
Letters concerning polar bears,
trigonometry, government policies,
society, technology, the Montana
wilderness, the media and diet regimen,
as well as drafts, briefs and pamphlets
addressed to Ted Kaczynski are now
available to the public at the Labadie
Special Collections in the Harlan
Hatcher Graduate Library.
The letters, which Julie Herrada,
curator of the Labadie Collections, has
been processing since October, and col-
lecting since 1997, are an overflow of
the cultural tensions and perspectives
on contemporary issues held by many

Americans, which are relevantly applic-
able to many areas of research at the
"The papers pertain to studies in
American culture, history, political sci-
ence and many other disciplines,"
Herrada said.
Kaczynski, otherwise known as the
Unabomber, was accused of killing
three people and injuring 22 others in
16 bombings between 1978 and 1995.
His disregard for social norms has
prompted more support for his frustrat-
ed outlashing than contempt, which is
seen in the letters. The nature of his
support is of great interest for many
University researchers.

Smith's HELP petition campaign runs out of time
By Rachael Smith
Daily Staff Reporter residents using tax credits, the petition was one reason it failed," Smith said, didn't have the money or time."
The use of the tax credits would replace a noting that instead of the maximum 180 days for Handler also cited lack of knowledge among
The reality of free tuition for Michigan residents planned phase-out into lower taxes for Michigan collecting signatures, her campaign had barely 80. students as a problem.
once again slipped back into a dream as Senator taxpayers. '"We were also working without paying ven- "Some people had a lot of concerns (about the
Alma Wheeler Smith's (D - Salem Twp.) drive for. Smith began collecting signatures at the end of dors," Smith said. "It was a volunteer campaign." bills)," Handler said. "People asked questions about it
petition signatures ran out of time. March, but by the filing deadline of May 31, she Peter Handler, an LSA graduate involved with that (Smith's staff) couldn't answer. They were con-
The Higher Education Learning Promotion, had only 52 to 53 thousand signatures out of the the campaign, also felt the campaign lacked suffi- cemed about other problems the bill might create:"
Senate Bills 575 and 576, was created with the pur- over 240,000 needed, she said. cient resources. Handler felt the lack of knowledge about the
pose of providing free in-state tuition for Michigan "The short amount of time for the circulation of "We started way too late," Handler said. "We See PETITIONS, Page 3
MSU doesn't make the grade 60 second smash Harris goes fore cut
Michigan State University ranked in the top five in Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie Michigan golfer Mike Harris quali-
the nation for weapons arrests. star in the fluffy '60 seconds'. fied for U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
NEWS, Page 3 A T'S, Page 8 SPORTS, Page 11


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