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3 Proud town Education More states downsize classes to help learning. USA Weekend, inside IheDetoitNews 13 Sports MCGWIBE BELTS 2 riOH TO TAKE HOME RUN LEAD McGwire Sosa 68 66 plays today, 2:10 p.m. in St. Louis ESPN 2 plays today, 2:35 p.m. in Houston WGN Mark McGwire hit his 67th and 68th home runs Saturday to break a tie with Sammy Sosa in the great home run chase of '98 that has captivated the nation this baseball season. Page iD Nation BETTY GARTER, JAZZ GREAT, DIES Betty Carter: 1929-1998 Flint native and jazz great Betty Carter died Saturday at 69. The singer worked with greats Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Page$A Metro BQATAKDHO:.'iE shqt.vs scai big Metro Detroiters visited Macomb County on Saturday to see the latest in boats and went to Oakland County to check out the latest in home remodeling. Page iB The Detroit News ipf fWHfjf'I available Online UU IhWm Updated all day, .COPTl every day. http:etnws.con The Detroit News Business 1 1C Class index 1M NationWorld 5A Newsmakers 2A N.Y. Times Comment Deaths Editorials 9B 2B 88 Crossword Obituaries Sports" Stocks Weather 9B 2B 10 4C 2A Horoscope 1M Lottery 2A Metro IB 125th year, No. 36 C The Detroit News ONer Printed in the USA 4firce Vtts& Susan Ager 1Q Jumble 9K 9E Mitch Albom 1 H Movie Gukw Crossword Comics Real Estate 1J.1K RonDzwontowskiW BobTalbert 5H Editorials Entertainment Travel IF 1H Voices Horoscope TV Book The Way We Lw 1G Volume 168, Number 145 1998 Detroit Free Press Inc. Printed in the United States 6 Recycled newsprint is used to print The Detroit News and Free Press - 5Vff - iiriiii 50 II IMS llllllli 2 home TMfWh delivery Home of Daimler-Benz AG reflects company's image Business, Page 1C CJ-M Michigan fans have the bragging rights in annual showdown. By Lisa Jackson The Detroit News ANN ARBOR Whether it was for the maize and blue or green and white, a record college football crowd of 111,238 fans was ready to do battle just for bragging rights. And this year, the Michigan Wolverines will have the last Looisiaea braces for Georges About 1 million told to flee New Orleans area as storm nears. By Alan Clendenning Associated Press NEW ORLEANS - About 1 million people were urged or ordered to leave the city and coastal parishes Saturday as Hurricane Georges plowed across the Gulf of Mexico with flooding rain and wind over 100 mph. "We've got to get out of here. We're a prime target," said Jeffrey Smith, near the end of a line of 40 shopping carts waiting to check out with plywood at a Home Depot store. A hurricane warning was posted for the Gulf Coast from Morgan City, 80 miles west of New Orleans, to Panama City, Fla., 225 miles to the east. The National Hurricane Center said Grand Prix shifts to August in '99 By Angelique S. Chengelis The Detroit News DETROIT The Detroit Grand Prix is moving next year. Not to a new venue but to a new date. The 16-year-old race will be held Aug. 8 on Belle Isle, a shift from its traditional June date on the Troy-based Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) schedule. The 20-race schedule, which includes a new event in Chicago, will be released Monday. Had the Detroit Grand Prix not been moved from its usual spot two weeks after Memorial Day, it would have gone head-to-head with the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Michigan Roads still No. 1 Forrest of state, education now ranks at the top. By Charlie Cain News Lansing Bureau Chief Metro Detroit voters, unlike voters statewide, apparently are not mollified by Gov. John Engler's $i billion summer road fix-up. A new Detroit News poll shows education has eclipsed roads as the No. i concern win gives Spartans the 17.029 word after beating the Michigan State Spartans, on Saturday in Michigan Stadium. Michigan fan Catherine Schoenich of Brighton, who has attended home games for 20 years, enjoyed the Wolverines' victory, explaining that school loyalty in her family runs both ways. "My son ... went to Michigan Georges goes west Damage: Hurricane wreaks havoc along Keys. Page 5A the center of the storm could hit the Louisiana coast late today. Traffic leaving New Orleans was bumper to bumper Saturday and state police called in 175 off-duty troopers to keep it moving. Georges was the most serious storm to threaten New Orleans since 1969, when Camille slammed into the coast of Mississippi and Louisiana, causing flooding as far north as Virginia, killing 259 people. Much of New Orleans is below sea level, and the city is bordered by swamps, lakes and the Mississippi River. And while it's 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, a strong storm surge could push water into the lakes north of the city and cause widespread flooding. Speedway in Brooklyn. The U.S. 500 CART race at Michigan Speedway will maintain its spot on the schedule and will be run July 25. Mayor Dennis Archer supports the change but only for 1999, mayoral spokesman Anthony Neely said. "A lot of alternative dates were looked at during the month of June and even in May," Neely said. "We want to make sure the change won't interfere with the public's use of the island next summer." Detroit News Staff Writer Ora-landar Brand-Williams contributed to this report. among voters statewide but not in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. "The roads are just horrible," said Troy resident Peggy Best, 36, a nurse at Beaumont Hospital and mother to an 8-month-old son. "It doesn't matter where you go, the shape of the roads are terrible. Patching doesn't work, because year after year, it doesn't get any better." Nearly a quarter of Metro Detroiters polled agreed with Partly sunny High, 82; Low, 51 Metro State, and he played in the band, but underneath his uniform he would wear a U-M shirt. It was a tribute," she sa'id. But if there are winners, there must be losers. "I've been doing this parking thing for 13 years, and you see the same faces after each game," said Bob Stegink, who lets fans park on the lot of his Pauline Avenue house. "They're either really sad after a loss and it's quiet. But when they win, like they did today, it's a long party." ...... . J 1 mm mmmmmmmmmmmmm ..... ... -jS i V- I - 1 ft ' .. . V Todd Mclnturf The Detroit News State police instructor Rich Mahaney conducts decontamination training in Marysville one of several cities worried by planned federal shipments of radioactive fueL Danger on the roads More than 38 million pounds of hazardous materials cross the Port Huron-Sarnia border every day, say local emergency experts. Some materials pose grave risks to public health if spilled or ignited. Documented border hazards include: Material Danger Butane Flammable, explosion Fuel oil Flammable J Propane Flammable, explosion i-JfZ Campaign '98: The election Best that roads remain the most pressing issue this election year. Statewide, about 18 percent of voters share that concern. Across Michigan, nearly 21 percent of poll respondents said education now ranks at the top of voter concerns. While Metro Detroiters don't rank education No. 1, they rate it a close second. Nearly 20 percent identified education as the paramount concern. That's not surprising when Cruise tips What to know before setting sail on vacation Travel, 1 F and Jftee 9um U-M celebrates Tear in Carr's eye: "I can't remember when I wanted to win a game more." Page ID Despite the loss, Chris Cannon, a Spartan fan who drove two hours to Ann Arbor from Bloomfield Township, said the game is "what we live for." "To get two opposing teams that really want to go at each other ... that makes the fans crazy," Cannon said. d tap t hmt ' -. T 3 . ; : ... '-r?-........ J --, ; m --T; It . I ( Mood of Michigan issue for you consider Metro Detroit is home to an estimated 639,000 j students about 40 percent of j the statewide enrollment j who attend public schools. ! "Just a high school educa- tion can't get it anymore," said j Clint Solomon, a 63-year-old j Southfield resident who works at the Ford Stamping Plant in j Woodhaven. "They need a col- I lege education in order to make I it in the world." ! I Please see MOOD, Page 15A Love song Singer Stewart Francke fights leukemia with sister's help The Way We Live, 1G U t n.li.M 1 l lames Borchuck The )etroi( News MSU's Plaxico Burress, right, fumbles in a collision with U-M's James Whitley on Saturday in the second quarter. Metro Detroiters About this report Throughout the 1998 campaign, The Detroit News is examining the issues of interest to voters. A special report in today's Metro section looks at the election-year attitudes of Metro Detroiters through the eyes of three commu Complete coverage inside The News Governor's race: The latest poll on the Engler-Fieger contest. Page IB Inside Metro: County voters talk about this year's issues. Pages 3B-5B blues Shipments would cross into Canada from Port Huron. By Jeremy Pearce and Edward L. Cardenas The Detroit News An angry band of Michigan communities, alarmed by federal plans to haul radioactive fuel on roads across Lapeer and St. Clair counties, is joining forces in a bid to block the shipments. As soon as next March, tracks carrying plutonium and uranium fuel could travel Interstate 69 through Port Huron and across the Blue Water Bridges into Canada Local officials in Port Huron, Marysville and St. Chiir County say they fear potential disaster from road accidents, fire and even terrorism, despite assurances from federal scientists about security and safety. Most experts agree that a nuclear accident is unlikely though not impossible. "The biggest danger would be a fire that sends plutonium into the air to contaminate the land around it," said Michael Mari-otte of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, a Washington, D.C., watchdog group. "That's unlikely. But the disaster at Chernobyl was unlikely." St. Clair Shores has gone one step further in its opposition to the plutonium, demanding that Michigan officials divert a portion of all hazardous materials heading toward Port Huron south to Detroit's Ambassador Bridge. St. Clair Shores officials are trying to recruit the leaders of four other Macomb County communities along the route Roseville, Clinton Township, I Iarrison Township and Eastpointe, which have a combined population of about 210,01x1 to support their effort Please see TOXIC, Page 14 A nities: Roseville in Macomb County, Southfield in Oakland County and Van Buren Township in Wayne County. Also included are excerpts of discussions with residents representing a number of communities in the three counties.

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