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September 20, 1978 - Image 2

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:ge 2-Wednesday, September 20, 1978-The Michigan Daily

Poisonous gas kills 3 in
taly, many hospitalized

GENOA, Italy (AP) - A cloud of
isonous hydrogen sulfide gas from a
inning plant billowed over this
owded port city yesterday, killing
free men and sending dozens of
arsons to hospitals.-
Hundreds complained of nausea and
adaches after breathing the fumes
iat spread an odor of rotten eggs
:ross a wide section of downtown
AT ONE hospital, officials reported
>ctors and nurses felt sick from the
mies coming from the clothes and hair
.workers at the plant where the
4dent occurred.
Officials said the fumes spread from
ie Bocciardo plant when a truck driver
'roneously pumped 25 tons of chrome
illate from a tank truck into a basin

containing sodium hydrosulfite. Both
substances are used separately in
tanning leather. When mixed, they
form hydrogen sulfide.
The three who died were close to the
basin. At least 40 persons were treated
at a hospital and 14 persons, all plant
employees, were admitted. Doctors
said they suffered throat injuries.
"YOU HARDLY saw anything in the
air but it smelt like rotten eggs and you
suddenly felt your lungs and stomach
filled with something sickening," said
Maria Rossi, who was hospitalized.
The truck driver was treated at a
hospital and taken to police
headquarters for questioning.
There were about 100 workers in the
plant when the incident occurred.

To care for the injured, local hospital
nurses called off a one-day strike
scheduled for today as part of a
nationwide labor protest over hospital
Authorities said the fumes were
disappearing by evening.
It was the third major chemical
incident in Italy in less than three
years. In July 1976 a Swiss-owned
pharmaceutical plant leaked a cloud of
dioxin, a highly poisonous gas, over
Seveso, a town near Milan, sending 200
persons to the hospital and forcing
authorities to evacuate several
thousand people from buildings that
had been sprayed with the chemical. No
one was killed but some scientists say
the long-term effects of dioxin on the
victims may not be known for decades.
In October 1976, a fertilizer plant
spewed tons of arsenic powder around
Manfredonia, on the Adriatic coast in
southern Italy and 56 persons were

Daily Photo by ALAN BILINSK'
Food fight
After all the ice cream was digested at Briarwood Farrell's, a food fight broke the tense atmosphere of the competition,
sending the participants home with sticky sneakers and heavy stomachs.
Ford Motor sued over crash

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UPI) - The
design of a Ford automobile came
under attack again Monday, this time
by parents seeking $3 million from the
automaker for the deaths of their two
teen-age children in a 1976 two-car
Lucuis Burch, attorney for the
parents of William Schwerin of
Collierville and Wanda Sue Gossett of
Germantown, both 17, said Ford Motor
Co. was guilty of "gross negligence" in
designing and manufacturing the 1973
Ford Maverick.

THE TWO were killed April 5, 1976,
when the Maverick they were riding in
burst into flames near Germantown
after being struck from the rear by a
car driven by Bennie McClure of
Burch's charges came at the opening
of a $3-million civil lawsuit filed against
Ford in U.S. District Court.
Less than a year after the accident,
the victims' parents - Wallace and
Jewell Gossett and Robert and Laurine
Schwerin - filed separate suits
blaming Ford's design of the Maverick

fuel tank and filler-pipe for the
ATTORNEYS for the corporation;
however, claimed that McClure was
driving at an excessive rate of speed,
and the design and placement of the gas
tank alone did not cause the explosion.
Last week, Ford was indicted by an
Indiana grand jury on charges of
reckless homicide and criminal
recklessness in the deaths this August
of three Pinto occupants who died in a
flaming auto crash.

Student sues EMU over
strike; court hearing set

(Continued from Page )
Eric Williams, a 23-year-old Business
College senior, filed a class-action suit
last Friday, claiming that he and his
classmates were having irreparable
harm done to their educations. The suit
calls for a court order to send the 400
members of the striking American
Association of University Professors
(AAUP) members back to work.
UNION LEADERS and university
officials have been meeting around the
clock since 10 a.m. Monday, but so far
the talks have not been successful. The
professors are demaning a larger role
in a university decision-making which
directly affects them, including input

on such issues as promotion and tenure.
Hearing on Williams' suit will be held
this morning by Circuit Court Judge
Ross Campbell in the Washtenaw Coun-
ty building at 10 a.m.
Williams said his decision to file suit
was a spur of the moment one. "Last
Wednesday when I saw the picket lines,
I just thoughts of it and did it," he said.
"My classes aren't being taught and I
want them back and this was the only
way I could think of."
CLASSES WERE officially held last
Wednesday through Friday, although
many teachers did not show up and
many students balked at crossing
picket lines. Starting last Monday,
university officials cancelled classes
for the duration of the strike.

EMU spokesman John Fountain said
that he sympathized with Williams, but
would not comment further on the suit
except to say that officials will be ready
for today's hearing. "We're hoping that
something comes of this current
negotiating session which would make
the case moot," he said.
AAUP Vice-President Angelo
Angelocci said the union too would be in
court this morning, but expressed skep-
ticism about Williams' claims.
"I find it hard to see where his
education has been irreparably
damaged," he said. "Students may cut
a class or two and don't consider that to
be so much damage, but if classes get
cancelled for a few days, they start to
yell," he said.

Anti-spying conference to be
held' at Union this weekend

(Continued from Page 1)
intelligence work on campus.
Saturday night's session include
Michigan State Representative Perry

Bullard (D-Ann Arbor), John
Stockwell, former head of the CIA's
Angola Task Force, Lennox Hinds, a
defense lawyer in the Wilmington Ten
case and Clyde Bellecourt, coordinator


To the Freshmen: It wouldn't be the
If there weren't some rumors about it.
Just for the record,
Here are some of the things we're not:
In the bar 24 hours a day, and so forth.
Come down and see us during Fraternity Rush Week at our
mysterious century old DEKE Chapel, 611i E. William Street,
next to White's Market.
DELTA KAPPA EPSILON, a Michigan tradition
since 1854, is back on campus.

of the last summer's "Longest Walk"
for Native American rights.
The "nuts and bolts" of the
conference are the numerous daytime
workshops and caucuses scheduled for
Saturday and Sunday. These include
informational programs on everything
from coalition building and the use of
the federal Freedom of Information Act
to surveillance of gay activists and,
local fundraising.
In addition to providing information
on more publicized topics like CIA
recruiting and political prisoners,
conference workshops will highlight
lesser known examples of surveillance
and harrassment by the private sector
as well as government spying on
Organizer Sahu Aiken, the Philadelphia
Electric Company and the Georgia
Electric Company are "beginning to
develop intelligence brances."
Aiken sees the use of these branches
to spy on opponents of company policies
as particularly dangerous.


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