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Eighty-Nine Years of Editorial Freedom
Vol. LXXXIX, No. 111 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, February 11, 1979 Ten Cents Ten Pages plus Supplement
DAR reduction marks new emphasis or AA TA
By JEFFREY WOLFF ponent of the public transportation campaign. The AATA following Guenther's resignation, indicated DAR and fixed and small-town communities. In 1973, such a system was
A dAILY News Analysis board's support of DAR was evident from the active role route buses can not accurately be regarded as opposing suited for Ann Arbor's transportation needs because its
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) board's some board members played in the millage campaign and policies. Rather, the relevant issue is the appropriate demand for mass transist was low in relation to its
recent decision to sharply reduce AATA's reliance on Dial- the close ties of others with new director Karl Guenther. proportional mix of DAR and fixed route buses. Seen in population.
A-Ride (DAR) probably will aid the transportation system Guenther, hired in 1973 and strongly associated with DAR retrospect, the tension was a product not so much of conflic- HOWEVER, NOW in 1979 the picture is different. AATA's
to function more and more as "mass transit" operation due to his work while still at Ford Motor Company, became ts between individuals and all-or-nothing policies but of the consultant reports there is now a ridership potential.. .
Between 1960 and 1970more the city's population grew nearly the architect and fiercesadvocate of Ann Arbor's DAR growing pains of Ann Arbor's transit system as it evolved that DAR is not effectively serving, because of limited
Between1, and 70 th popultin gre nas system until his forced resignation in September, 1978.hant from its small town origis capacity and high cost." The Citizens' Association for Area
population of 48,000. This population boom made Ann Ar- in 1974 and community criticism of DAR began to surface, by the board to assist in its re-evaluation of DAR: "(The board's lonig-term plannin and proposal selection process
bors smaldbusneq temhDAR versus fixed route/fixed scheduled main line buses present system), using the DAR concept as its backbone, "has become convinced that the Teltran (present) system,
$500 inadequates emonstrated their recognition became the overriding policy conflict facing the board. The has brought Ann Arbor from a situation of low transit rider- heavily based on phone access and individually planned
p Ann Arbor citing in e1973m to secure 2.3 mils nearl of$1 the dispute also affected the boards relationship with the ship and awareness to today's condition, where over two trips, only works with the present low transit capture rate
million in last ya's budet) for public transrtation . AATA staff, particularly Guenther. million riders are served each year in a 'transit aware' en- (low demand rate)," because otherwise, it often leads to
myioint yer' budget) fordpblcmtcn rao However, the board's recent re-examination of the proper vironment." According to AATA Planning Director Tom oelaig
By this point, Dial-A-Ride had become the central com- role of DAR, benefiting from a more relaxed atmosphere Hackley, DAR-type systems are employed mainly in rural overloading.
See NEW, Page 2
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cadets battle
gov't troops

TEHRAN, Iran (AP)-Mutinous
pro-Khomeini air force cadets backed
by armed civilians battled the shah's
elite Imperial Guard yesterday in a vir-
tual civil war that engulfed much of
eastern Tehran. Hospitals reported at
least 64 dead and 325 wounded.
Dozens of U.S. military advisers had
to be airlifted out of a Tehran air base
that was the center of the clashes.
THE FIGHTING, the bloodiest here
in five months, exploded any notions of
unity among Iran's armed forces in the
face of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's
bid to oust the shah-appointed gover-
Among the dead was an American
correspondent, Joe Alex Morris, 51, of
the Los Angeles Times. Morris, a
veteran foreign correspondent, was
shot in the heart as he and three other
American reporters watched the
fighting from an apartment window.
The Imperial Guard threw tanks,
heavy machine guns and helicopter
gunships into the battle. Hospitals were
in chaos, the floors of some emergency
rooms awash with blood. Pro-Khomeini
civilians with automatic riftles threw
up sandbag barricades in the streets as
relays of ambulances carted off the
dead and wounded.
Gen. Mehdi Rahimi decreed a 4:30

p.m.-until-noon curfew yesterday, but
Moslem leader Khomeini urged his
followers to ignore it. Heavy firing con-
tinued as darkness fell, and flaming
barricades were reported throughout
the city. But by 8:30 p.m. most of the
disorders appeared to have died down.
Khomeini, who seeks to establish an
Islamic republic replacing the monar-
ehy and the government of Prime
Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar,
threatened an all-out "jihad," a holy
war, if the government continued its
Most of yesterday's fighting swirled
around the Doshan Tappeh air base in
southeastern Tehran, where the Im-
perial Guard attacked rioting cadets
Friday night. Cadets claimed the guard
provoked the riot by trying to suppress
their exuberance during a television
special on Khomeini.
In Washington, a State Department
spokesman said Iranian helicopters
safely evacuated the 50-to 75 American
military advisers who were at the base
when the trouble started.
The spokesman said about 250 more
Americans left Iran yesterday on
military flights, and that those
remaining were urged by the embassy
to stay in their homes. There are fewer
than 5,000 Americans still in the coun-
try, compared with 50,000 a year ago.


mild and crazy

I The Michigan Union played host to last night's Michigras '79 and this pair of participants was inspired by the festive mood. See story, Page 10.
Montgomery aces Demprimary

By ELISA ISAACSON thy. That man is Montgomery himself,
Next week's Demncratic ma ral a self-proclaimed middle-of-the-road

primary has been classified by various
observers as everything from a total
waste of city money to a chance for the
dark horse candidate to exercise his
rights as a citizen to run, to an oppor-
tunity for Ann Arborites to practice
punch-card voting.
And at least one man predicts the
primary will be a proving ground for
unknown John Montgomery to over-
throw party favorite James Kenwor-

city elections '79

independent, who says he decided to
run on the Democratic ticket because
"If I ran against (incumbent
Republican Mayor Louis) Belcher, I
would have lost before I started.
"NOW WHEN I campaign, I think I

PIRGIM elections,
to start tomorrow '

have a good chance of winning," said
the 29-year-old University graduate and
laid-off Chrysler employee.
But Kenworthy, a former Fourth
Ward Councilman who has received the
endorsement of the local Democratic
party, says of his own hopes, "I don't
want to sound like a heavyweight
champion predicting victory . .. but
we're looking at this (the primary and
general elections together) as one
The two Democratic candidates have
never met, and each is conducting
his own separate, and very different,
"I'm basically concerned with the
foolish waste of money in this. city,"
says the dark-haired, mustachioed
Montgomery, who sports a maize-and-
blue sweatshird reading "Montgomery
for Mayor". "I think every department
has a waste problei of some type."
Montgomery's primary methods of
imparting his views to the public are
"talking on the street, talking to frien-
ds, going door-to-door, and talking with
businessmen." His campaign literature
consists of bumper stickers and T-
Montgomery categorizes himself as'
"the down-to-earth, honest type," and
says he plans to turn his present state of
unemployment to good advantage,
spending a full 40 hours per week on the

job as mayor. One benefit of treating
the office as. a full-time position, the
candidate claims, is that he will be free
to aid the citizens with his own bare
'I'm going to be an active mayor,"
he declares. "You can make all sorts of
promises, but you have to go out and do
something or you can't get anything ac-
Kenworthy, too, has been traveling
door-to-door in various neighborhoods
throughout the city, handing out cam-
See KENWORTHY, Page 10

" Business and economics stu-
dents are eligible for summer inter-
nships overseas. See story, page 2.
" The Wolverines squeaked past
Indiana.at the buzzer yesterday, 61-
59. For details, see page 9.
* Paul Badura-Skoda appeared at

Rackham Friday night for a per-
formance of classical piano music.
See page 5.
Read the Today
column, Page 3


Local board elections for PIRGIM,
after being cancelled last month due to
lack of publicity, will start tomorrow
and continue through next Wednesday.
Ten candidates are vying for seven
open seats.
PIRGIM - the Public Interest
Researgh Group in Michigan - is sup-
ported by University students on a
volunteer basis and is made up of task
forces which work for reforms in areas
including tenants rights, consumer

protection, energy, women's issues,
and environmental concerns.
ALL STUDENTS who have supported
PIRGIM in one of the past two terms by
paying the $2 fee are eligible to vote in
the board election. Voter turnout has
been low in the past. Only 40 members
voted in last year's election. Ap-
proximately 12,500 University students
are qualified to vote.
Tom Moran, PIRGIM Campus Coor-
dinator, who is in charge of organizing

Flemingrelaxes in D.C.
Though it requires him to move
around a bit more, Robben Fleming
finds work in Washington more relaxed
than it ever was in the Administration
As head of the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting (CPB), the former V
University president said selling public
radio and television is not as wearing as
was running a major university, since
he doesn't have to juggle so many com-
peting interests.
"IN THE University presidency, you
have many different constituencies,"
said Fleming last week during a
telephone interview. "You are public
property. All of them feel they are en-
titled to make demands on your time.
"Here, there is a different clientele.
The people who can make demands on -
your time are more limited," said -
Fleming, who announced his

Bus runs to N.

Campus extended

Beginning tomorrow, North Campus
bus hours will be extended from 12:30 to
2:30 a.m. on week nights and 3:15 a.m.
oR weekends.
In a letter received by Richard Pace,
chairman of the Michigan Student

Campus buses on an experimental
basis from Nov. 13 through Dec. 15. The
University and MSA each provided $900
for the month-long trial service.
More than 2,000 students rode the
buses during the extended hours in
November and December.

decided last week to fund extended bus
hours for the remainder of the term.
The extended bus service will cost
$3,000 for the remainder of the term,
See BUS, Page 2

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