University of Michigan - Michiganensian Yearbook (Ann Arbor, MI)

 - Class of 1996

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Harry Wu Released from Chinese Prison On Aug. 24, hu- man rights activist Harry Wu set foot on American soil after being impris- oned in China for 66 days. Wu, a na- tive of China and a naturalized U.S. citizen, had been taken into custody ion June 19 while trying to enter China at a remote border crossing. He was convicted on charges of stealing state secrets and entenced to 15 ears in Chinese dson. Wuwasre- .eased and deported ack to the U.S. in tteut Uj Use photo courtesy of The Associated Press Despite ongoing discussions about cutting government spending, there were still some questionable budget deci- sions. The Pentagon allocated over $150 million for military bands in 1995. Part of this budget went towards purchasing $65 custom-made earplugs for each band member in order to prevent hearing loss caused by indoor practice sessions. 60 MINUTES The popular CBS TV show " 60 Minutes " shocked viewers by refusing to run a story that criticized the tobacco indus- try. Citing possible lawsuits, CBS officials decided that the network would be better off not pressing the matter. PEACE Balkan leaders gathered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, as part of a U.S. attempt to bro- ker peace in the former Yu- goslavian states. The leaders of Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia/Herzegovina reached a peace agreement following 21 days of discussion, and the war which killed thousands and left 3 million homeless, came to a close. SPACE The Hubble space telescope, once considered to be hopelessly flawed before extensive repairs took place, sent back close-up pictures of distant galaxies that were ten times as sharp as those previously produced. Scores of breakthroughs in astronomy took place as a result. photo courtesy nf The Associated Press an apparent attempt to improve the delicate relations between the U.S. and China. Wu ' s trip to China was one of several clandestine treks he had made since 1991 for the purpose of researching and filming evidence of abuses in China ' s prison labor camps. His efforts had resulted in televi- sion documentaries that gained international attention. It was during Wu ' s last trip across the border that guards recognized him and held him for ques- tioning. A hero ' s welcome greeted Wu as he stepped off the plane in San Francisco, Calif. Along with his wife Ching-Lee were dozens of supporters carrying " Welcome Home " signs, yel- low ribbons, and roses crowd- ing the airport. A few days af- ter his return, Wu and his wife cut down the yellow ribbon that had been hanging on the City Hall of his hometown of Milpitas, Calif, throughout his imprisonment. BUDGET The United States government shut the doors to all federal of- fices when an agreement could not be reached between Con- gress and President Clinton on budget issues. Eight hundred thousand federal employees took unplanned vacations until the two sides were able to work out a temporary agreement that re- opened most offi ces. CARTOONS The Sunday comic pages took a turn for the worse when cartoon- ist Bill Watterson announced that he would cease to draw the popu- lar strip " Calvin and Hobbes. " It came one year after Gary Larson announced an end to his famous strip, " The Far Side. " Retrospect 1 95

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