The Michigan Daily -Thursday, January 10, 1991 - Page 3
MOSCOW (AP) - The
Lithuanian government today urged
citizens to protect legislative build-
ings after Kremlin troops took up
positions in the capital of the se-
cessionist Baltic republic.
Thousands of Lithuanuans held
an all-night vigil near the parlia-
ment building in Vilnius, the re-
public's capital, after President
Vytautas Landsbergis urged citizens
to defend it, Lithuanian journalist
Eduardas Potashinkas said.
Tensions rose in the three Baltic
republics - Lithuania, Latvia and
Estonia - and in four other seces-
sionist republics because of the
Kremlin decision to send in troops
to enforce the military draft.
In Moscow, Estonian Prime
Minister Edgar Savisaar met with
Defense Minister Dmitri Ya
day, one day after Savissar a
the Kremlin of using pr
with draft dodgers and dese
an excuse to suppress indepe
movements. No details were
able on the meeting.
Russian President Boris'
said today he opposed thec
ment of troops, and indica
largest of the 15 Soviet re
was considering an alternati
"Violence leads to mo
lence," he told reporters. He
national government shoul
"sat down with every repub
very attentively examined ti
and found a solution."
In Lithuania, the gove
said a plane carrying 50 par
aov to- ers landed today at Vilnius airport
accused and that five military vehicles with
oblems Interior Ministry troops were posted
rters as near the republic's library adjacent
ndence to the legislative buildings.
e avail- The government appealed to
Lithuanians to "help safeguard" the
Yeltsin buildings for a second consecutive
deploy- day, apparently fearing troops will
ted the take them over during a pro-
publics Moscow demonstration set for latex
ive ser- afternoon.
"Constant reports are coming
re vio- into the Bureau of Information,'
said the both from the (Lithuanian).
d have Department of National Defense and'
lic and from citizens, with information
he issue concerning increased movement of
military vehicles toward the city of
rnment Vilnius," the Lithuanian govern-
atroop- ment statement said.
A Soviet armored personnel carrier patrols a snow-covered street in the Lithuaninan capital of Vilnius.
Soviet troops moved into the Baltic state in an effort to compel Lithuanian men to be drafted into the Soviet
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador
(AP) - Salvadoran rebels admitted
yesterday that their forces may have
.executed two crew members of an
American helicopter they shot down
in the eastern part of the country
The Farabundo Marti National
Liberatio Front said in a
communique delivered to news
',,organizations that two guerrillas
have been arrested "on suspicion of
'Twas the season
for stealing 'U'
Computer parts were reported
missing from the G. G. Brown
-laboratories on North Campus Jan.
3. Stolen items included a printer
interface from an Apple Laserwriter.
Later that same day, property was
reported missing from the
computing center at 611 Church
Street. Although no computers were
#taken, an answering machine, radio,
and a vacuum cleaner from a locked
closet were reported stolen. There
was no evidence of breaking and
entering and there are no suspects.
having assassinated wounded
prisoners of war."
The downing of the helicopter
and charges that two of its crew had
been executed apparently played a
role in President Bush's decision this
week to ask Congress to restore
$42.5 million in withheld military
assistance to El Salvador.
The money had been frozen be-
cause of what the administration said
was a lack of progress in solving
several human rights cases in El
Other reasons for Bush's request
included contentions that the rebels
continue receiving weapons from
outside the country, especially so-
phisticated surface-to-air missiles.
The helicopter was on a flight
from San Salvador to Honduras and
was flying low to avoid surface-to-
air missiles when it was shot down
with small arms fire near the village
of Lolotique, 80 miles east of San
A U.S. military investigation
showed that Army Chief Warrant
Officer Daniel Scott, 39, apparently
was killed outright in the vrsk;
Further autopsy reports showed,
however, that Pfc. Earnest Dawson,
20, and Lt. Col. David Pickett, 40,
survived the crash but were later shot
and killed at close range. The reports
indicated both has several wounds
from at least three weapons.
At first, the FMLN denied the
killings, then said it would
investigate them. The group also
said the helicopter was shot down
only after it fired on a local village.
The rebels yesterday said a
preliminary investigation showed
there were "sufficient elements to
presume that part of the crew, as
wounded prisoners, could have been
assassinated by one or several
members of our military units."
The FMLN said that shooting
down the helicopter might have been
justified, but shooting wounded pris-
oners was not. It said that if further
investigation proves guilt, those re-
sponsible will be severely punished.
The rebels did not specify what the
punishment would be, but said they
would be rigorous and in "accordance
with our regulations for justice during
At least one computer was stolen
from North Campus Dow building
last Monday night. The following
evening, a computer monitor was
stolen from a laser lab in the
Chemistry building. Earlier in the
break, a pan tilt camera head unit
stored in the Chemistry building was
University security officer Sgt.
Vern Baisden said computer theft is
one of the largest crime problems on
According to the Department of
Public Safety's Summary of
Criminal Statistics, over $300,000
of computer equipment was stolen in
Some of that equipment was re-
covered earlier in the break in
Chicago, Illinois. On Jan. 4,
Chicago police identified $5,000 of
stolen.computer equipment as Uni-
versity property by tracing serial
Ann Arbor Police Detective
Douglas Barbour said the equipment
was stolen from the Athletic Depar-
ment during Thanksgiving vacation
"I don't think the guy in Chicago
stole it," Barbour said. "He was
never a student or on staff at the
University ... he was probably just
Barbour said this wasn't the first
time stolen University computer
equipment has been found in the
Armed man holds
up ATM user
A man using the NBD Automatic
Teller Machine on 1100 block of
Broadway was held up by a man
armed with a handgun Sunday.
The suspect demanded that the
man withdraw $400.
"The man punched in the wrong
numbers, though, and the machine
ate his card," Lt. Richard Cygan
After realizing he could not get
any money, the suspect put his gun
away and told the victim that he was
a police officer and that he was "just
testing" him. He then shook the
victim's hand and ran away.
Police have no suspects in the
himself to woman
A man exposed himself to a
studentin the sixth floor stacks of
the Taubman Library on the Medical
Campus Sunday evening.
The suspect stood at the end of
the aisle, made noises to-attract the
woman's attention, and then dropped
Mandatory tests upset college officials
College officials are fuming over
a new federal rule requiring any stu-
dents lacking a high school degree or
Mits equivalent to take a government-
approved test to prove they can bene-
fit from higher education.
The rule, affecting students ma-
triculating after Jan. 1 was adopted
with little fanfare by Congress in
November as one of hundreds of
provisions of the Omnibus Budget
Reconciliation Act of 1990.
The idea behind the revised
f"ability to benefit" regulation is to
;,weed out academically weak students
most likely to default on federal col-
Many such default-prone students
attend the nation's for-profit and
trade schools as well as the 1,200
junior and community colleges.
Defaults on student loans totaled
$2 billion in fiscal year 1990, and
have reached an accumulated $8 bil-
lion, according to U.S. Department
of Education statistics.
A subsequent interpretation of the
new regulation by the Education
Department, printed in the Federal
Register on Dec. 19, has stunned
many higher educators by extending
the testing requirement to all stu-
dents lacking high school creden-
tials, not just those applying for fed-
The department so far has listed
14 standardized tests students can
take to demonstrate they can succeed
in higher education. The best-known
include the Scholastic Aptitude Test
(SAT), the ACT Assessment, the
GED high school equivalency exam,
the Armed Services Vocational
Aptitude Battery, and several other
widely used tests measuring skills
such as math, reading and language.
Passing scores would vary from
institution to institution depending
on the student population served, ac-
cording to the regulations.
Community college officials and
for-profit school operators claim the
new rule unfairly jeopardizes thou-
sands of their students, especially
immigrant and older students, who
frequently lack high school degrees.
"I think it will devastate this col-
lege district," Donald Phelps, chan-
cellor of the 110,000-student Los
Angeles Community College
District, said in a telephone inter-
view. He said 67 percent of the dis-
trict's students were ethnic minori-
ties or foreign-born, and many are
likely to fall under the rule.
Like many community colleges,
those in Los Angeles already admin-
ister tests to prospective students.
But such tests typically are diagnos-
tic in nature.
Stephen Blair, president of the
National Association of Trade and
Technical Schools representing
1,300 for-profit schools, called the
new rule "educational apartheid."
He said in an interview
Wednesday that more than 100,000
of the 660,000 students attending
trade schools nationwide lack high
school credentials and could face the
loss of aid.
Baker in Geneva
Secretary of State James Baker, left, is welcomed by Swiss government
chief of protocol Eric Perrin, after his arrival at Geneva airport.
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