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Daily Globe (Newspaper) - June 16, 1995, Ironwood, Michigan Daily G IRONWOOD, MICH. FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 1995 50 CENTS Weather Partly Sunny More weather, Page 2 Today Ambulance licensed BRUCE CROSSING - Bill Wolfe, manager of the South Ontonagon County Ambulance Service, was notified Thursday that the Michigan Department of Public Health has approved the license for the ambulance located in Bruce Crossing. The license approval paves the way for the ambulance to get on the road and operating in south Ontonagon County townships. The Ontonagon County Board of Commissioners is expected to authorize payment of an Economic Development Corporation grant to the company at the next meeting of the county. Once funding is received and emergency medical technicians are ready, the ambulance will roll, Wolfe said. Court upholds Microsoft ruling WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court today approved the government's antitrust settlement with Microsoft Corp. over software discounting, ruling that a lower court judge erred by rejecting it. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that a lower court judge should not have rejected the settlement, which required Microsoft to end discounts to personal computer manufacturers. Index Builders............................11 Comics..............................16 Community.......................6,7 Obituaries...........................5 Outdoors...........................12 Opinion...............................8 Sports............................9,10 Tidbits...............................13 CONSTRUCTION CO. INC. P.O. Box 83 Bessemer, Ml Member of the Home Builders Association COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION NEEDS "QUALITY WORK at a Price That Can't Be Beat" 906-663-6986 LICENSED and INSURED 2,000 hostages held Chechens reject passage offer BUDYONNOVSK, Russia (AP) - Chechen rebels holding up to 2,000 hostages after storming a Russian city refused an offer of safe passage today, as Russian officials said the death toll from that attack rose to at least 95. "Freedom or death is our fate," said the Chechen commander, Shamil Basayev, whose rebels have vowed to blow up hospital where the hostages are held unless Russia agrees to end the war in their homeland. Federal soldiers maintained a tight cordon around the hospital in Budyonnovsk in a tense standoff with dozens of heavily armed rebels inside. "We are ready to meet any conditions in order to free the hostages because we understand how this can end," Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Yegorov told reporters. Basayev said his rebels killed five hostages Thursday while waiting for Moscow to grant his demand of letting reporters into the hospital. Doctors inside confirmed the killings took place. The rebels have long threatened to carry the 6-month-old war in Chechnya into other parts of Russia, and Moscow worried the attack on Budyonnovsk - 90 miles north of Chechnya - marked the start of a major terrorist campaign. The rebel leader and 200 heavily armed men stormed the southern Russian city of Budyonnovsk on Wednesday, shooting at random and taking hostages. A funeral service for 36 of the victims was held at noon today, with military helicopters flying overhead to provide security for the mourners. Doctors said today that 44 bodies lay in the building's morgue, and city officials said as many as 51 more had died in fighting elsewhere in the town of 100,000 people. Basayev, speaking to reporters in the hospital, said the Chechen's ultimate goal had been to hit the Russian capital. "We did not intend to seize Budyonnovsk," he said. "We had another task -r- we wanted to get to Moscow." Some 16,000 troops were deployed in Moscow - 850 miles northwest of Budyonnovsk - to guard against possible attacks. Patrols checked people's bags on the subway and halted motorists to search cars. After sporadic negotiations by radio, the Russians said today the rebels had rejected their offer of safe passage back to Chechnya or a plane to take them to any country willing to accept them. "Let them come and storm the place," Basayev said. "We are sick of watching our villages being bombed, and our women and children being killed." . Police said the rebels released two female hostages who were sick, but refused to free all children in the building. Russian town under siege ? Autonomous regions RUSSiA <T �rvv-faniHH S UKRAINE ^ffmtw^f y-A^'^" KAZAKHSTAN ^\ Black Sea TURKEY * I 5V. ARMENIA -\ -\. ^Caspian ir Sea IRAN UKRAINE L...~J Autonpfno ous regions RUSSIA I**', __ \A Budyonnovsk Gunmen hold hostages in A hospital <j3 V, ..... Chechnya TURKEY1 ARMEN \ 9 Fifty gunmen holed up in a hospital Thursday with as many as 300 hostages. They threatened to kill 10 hostages for every militant killed by Russian troops. OThe terrorists are ' demanding an immediate Russian troop withdrawal from Chechnya, cease-fire talks between Russian leaders and Chechen rebel leader Dzhokhar Dudayev, and a meeting with the media. Q About 25 gunmen tried to escape from Budyonnovsk overnight in four buses with hostages as human shields. They were blocked and surrounded by troops at four different locations south and east of the city. 9 Authorities confirm 42 deaths and dozens injured, including 56 civilians. Three terrorists were captured. AP/Wm. J. Castello Chillin' on Sunday Lake Daniel Sackman, age 4, splashes through Sunday Lake Thursday evening escaping the heat, which reached into the mid-80s. Meanwhile, Chelsea Grawn, age 6, and her sister Hannah, 4, get into the swim as the sun drops to the west. The girls are from Hurley. Gerard Lauzon/Daily Globe Lawmakers push to finish budget LANSING, Mich. (AP) - With glazed eyes and loosened neckties, weary Michigan lawmakers worked almost until dawn today to approve the final pieces of next year's $8.4 billion state budget. Lawmakers began the marathon session Thursday morning with plans to stay at work until the budget was finished. The effort ended just before 5 a.m. EDT with votes for a $165 million budget for regulatory agencies. Behind-doors fights on that budget and on spending plans for the Department of Public Health and Michigan's 15 public universities took most of the lengthy session to iron out. The budget bills now go to Gov. John Engler, who was expected to look at vetoing at least two parts of the package. Those are $6.2 million for Highland Park Community College and $25 million to help pay for running courts outside of Wayne County. With its part of the budget work done, the Legislature adjourned for the summer. Law- In the Upper Peninsula: By The Associated Press A look at the general fund spending for Upper Michigan community colleges and universities as approved for 1995-96 by the House and Senate and the percentage change from this year's budget: Bay de Noc - $3.4 million, up 4.1 percent. Gogebic - $3.6 million, up 2.2 percent. Lake Superior State - $11.3 million; up 3 percent. Michigan Tech - $43.1 million; up 3 percent. Northern Michigan - $42.1 million; up 3 percent. Cooperative Extension - $23.6 million; up 10.6 percent. (Source: House Fiscal Agency). makers are not scheduled to return to the Capitol until Sept. 12. The adjournment date met the target set weeks ago by legislative leaders and scoffed at by many. "I've been around here many, many years, and I don't recall setting a deadline and meeting it," said House Speaker Paul Hillegonds, R-Holland. Senate Majority Leader Dick Posthumus, R-Alto, said having Republicans in control of the House, Senate and governor's of- fice for the first time since 1968 made a big difference. "It was easier to get the budget done. There were fewer philosophical differences," he said. "We really got our budget under control." Despite that, Posthumus said he planned to set up a task force this summer to look at what he described as the "big sky" issues of how state funds are distributed, how much should go out and the formulas in the current system. "We've got a sound budget, but now we have to deal with inequities," he said, referring to revenue sharing and other programs created during the 1970s. Outstate lawmakers have long complained that the state sends too much of its discretionary funds to Detroit and Wayne County at the expense of other communities in the state. That view was reflected in the $164.3-million court funding bill tthat the Legislature sent to Engler Thursday. It includes $25 million for courts outside Wayne County, which gets full state funding for its courts. Some Democrats warned that funding was not enough and would be vetoed anyway by Engler. Jeff McAlvey, Engler's top lobbyist, said the governor agreed to look for the funds and had not said he would veto that. "The budget is $25 million over target and he will have to find another place to cut it," McAlvey said. Department figures: By The Associated Press A look at the general fund spending for major Michigan departments and agencies as approved for 1995-96 by the Legislature and the percentage change from this year's budget: Agriculture - $43.9 million; up 2.2 percent. Attorney General - $28.5 million; up 6 percent. Capital Outlay - $164.2 million; up 7.2 percent. Civil Rights - $12.1 million; down 1 percent. Civil Service - $12.3 million; up 5.5 percent. a-Commerce - $24.8 million; down 61.7 percent. Community Colleges - $255.01 million; up 2.9 percent. Corrections - $1.3 billion; up 6.9 percent. Education (Department) - $42.3 million; up 0.9 percent. b-Executive - $5 million; up 11.6 percent. Financial Aid (Students) - $120.8 million; up 9.7 percent. (See-BUDGET, Page 5) SERVING RANGE READERS SINCE 1919