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Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 83 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, January 11, 1978 Ten Cents 10 Pages

Mayor" M
By KEITH RICHBURG
The comprehensive anti-discrimination ordinance
that passed first reading by the City Council Mon-
day night has a tough battle ahead before it
becomes law. Mayor Albert Wheeler yesterday
vowed that he will veto the ordinance if it doesn't
bear some resemblance to the amended version
passed last night.
"I intend to see that this ordinance stays the same
as it passed last night," Wheeler told the Daily.
"I'm not going to deal with any kind of facade. If I
have to, I'll veto it.",
WHEELER SAID, however, that he expects the
ordinance to remain pretty much intact and evade a
gutting by Council members who see the law as both
too all-inclusive and too vague.
Councilman Roger Bertoia (R-Third Ward), one

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of the two members who voted against the draft
passed Monday night, said yesterday he was
"chagrined" that Council would pass an ordiance
like the one it did.
"It's the eleventh commandment-thou shall not
discriminate," Bertoia said. "As it stands now,
there's a litany of protected species. Consequently,
I don't think we'll be able to have much impact."
BERTOIA SAID he would prefer a human rights
law which protects people from the traditional kinds
of discriminations-race, color, religion, national
origin and sex. And the ordiance as it now stands in-
cludes those five categories plus protects people
from discrimination based on age, marital status,
sexual orientation, family responsibilities,
educational association, physical limitation, source
of income, personal association and pregnancy.

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its propo
When first introduced Monday night, the proposea
ordinance also included "personal appearance"
and "political affiliation" in that list of categories.
Amendments passed to delete those two cases
because they were called too vague, impossible to
prove, and because there had not been a significant
number of complaints to the city's human rights of-
fice about discrimination based on either of those
two reasons.2
MAYOR WHEELER conceded to removing "per-
sonal appearance" and "political affiliation" from
the ordinance, but said yesterday "I'm not willing.
to take out much else. I'm willing to retain all of the
things we have in there (now)."
The ordinance survived two hours of intense
debate Monday night and is expected to be subjected
See MAYOR, Page 7

sal kept as is
"I'm not going to deal
with any kind of facade.
ff have to I'll veto it.
- Al Wheeler

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Israelis will
add settlements
on West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli
government won final approval yes-
terday for three new and potentially
controversial Jewish settlements on
the occupied West Bank of the Jordan
River. The go-ahead came one day
before Egypt and Israel begin the
next stage of peace negotiations.
The Israeli Parliament's Defense
and Foreign Affairs Committee vot-
ed 14-9 to override an attempt by a
moderate minority faction in Prime
Minister Menahem Begin's coalition
government to halt the settlement
plan.
ISRAELI settlements - about 91 of
them scattered across Arab territory
captured by Israel in 1967 - are one
of the key sticking points in the
Egyptian-Israeli peace dialogue, be-
gun by Egypt's Anwar Sadat last
November.
President Sadat has said "not a
single Israeli" can remain on Arab
lands after peace. Israel's Begin is
equally adamant that the settlements
will stay.
The peace dialogue enters a new
phase today when the defense minis-
ters of Israel and Egypt - IOzer
Weizman and Mohammed Abdel
Ghany Gamassy - meet in Cairo for
negotiations dealing primarily with
the return of the Sinai Peninsula to
Egypt. .
ON THE EVE of, those talks,
informed sources in Cairo said Egypt
sees them as a critical barometer of
Israeli faith in the peace drive.
In a briefing for reporters yester-
day, the sources - who asked that
their names not be used - said the
positions Israel takes at the bargain-
ing table may help show whether
recent government statements rep-
resent a hardening of Israeli policy
or were meant to appease hardline
opponents of Begin's peace plan.
Egyptian conclusions, based on the
beginning of talks in Cairo, will
determine the position Egypt adopts
at the conference of foreign ministers

set to open in Jerusalem Jan. 16, the
sources said.
THEY EXPLAINED this was the
reason Egypt asked to push up the
opening date of the Cairo negotia:
tions, which had been scheduled to
start at the same time as talks in
Jerusalem.
Both conferences were arranged
when Begin and Sadat met in Egypt
Christmas Day.
The Jerusalem conference be-
tween Foreign Ministers Moshe Day-
an and Mohammed Kamel will focus
on the West Bank of the Jordan River
and the Gaza Strip which Egypt sees
as the site for a Palestinian state.
The 40-45 West Bank settlements also
will be taken up.
BEGIN'S GOVERNMENT - un'-
der sharp right-wing attack from
critics who say Israel is willing to
give up too much, too soon - has
begun a vigorous campaign to ex-
pand the populations of existing Sinai,
settlements in Sinai before peace
talks get into full swing.
The moderate Democratic Move-
ment for Change, the coalition part-
ner that tried to stall the new settle-
See ISRAEL, Page 10

Drinking
age,
battle
brews
By ELISA ISAACSON
The time when Michigan eighteen-
year-olds' liquor-buying habits were
limited to huddling nervously outside
drug store doors in hopes that an
older friend would happen by fell by
the wayside in 1972, when the
drinking age was lowered from 21 to
18.
But all that may be on its way back
if the state legislature approves two
bills which would hike the age to 19.
THE BILLS are primarily a reac-
tion to a group of state high school
principals who are worried about
teenage drinking in the schools. The
bills, sponsored by James DeSana,
(D-Wyandotte), were passed by the
Senateyand are being debated by the
House.
Paul Meyers, Ann Arbor Huron
High School principal, says: "We
need a separation, and age is the
thing that does it."
In fact, says Meyers, "Nineteen is
not high enough. They should make it
twenty. A lot of (recent) graduates
keep contact with their high school,
and therefore can provide liquor for
underage students."
See DRINKING, Page 10

Ex-chief of
union wins
appeal i
bomb case
By SUE WARNER
Joel Block, former AFSCME, Local
1583 president hds won an appeal, of a
lower court ruling that would have for-
ced him to make a recording of his
voice in connection with an alleged
bomb threat during AFSCME's month-
long strike last spring.
Ann Arbor police named Block as a
suspect in the threat that was repor-
tedly made on the University's Ad-
ministration Building.
LAST MAY, police ordered Block to
make a voice print to be matched
against the recorded bomb threat.
Block refused, and in April went
before 15th District Court Judge S.J.
Elden, who upheld the police order.
Judge Patrick Conlilh of the
Washtenaw County Circut Court,
however, ruled in Block's favor after
hearing arguments in his appeal last
Friday.
ACCORDING TO Block's attorney,
Donald Koster, Conlin based his
decision to quash the police order on a
recent Michigan Supreme Court
decision ruling voice print evidence
inadmissablein court.
"I always thought we had a winner,"
saidv Koster. "The judge (Conlin) was
absolutely right."
Koster said city prosecutors could
take the case to the Michigan Court of
Appeals, but added, "I would doubt it.
PROSECUTOR Johnny Henzel could
not be reached for comment last night.
Block had been suspended from his
job by the University for five months
pending results of the lengthy court bat-
tle and a police investigation. He was
reinstated as a West Quad custodian
last September when University of-
ficials decided the evidence against
him was "not sufficient."

Doily Photo by ALAN BILINSKY
MANY 18-YEAR-OLDS file through Dooley's as bouncer Larry Prentice
checks I.D.'s. But if two bills before the state legislature pass, 18-year-olds
standing in that line will have to look elsewhere for entertainment.

FACED NO OPPOSITION:
Lauer remelectel

By MARK PARRENT
Jon Lauer was reelected last night to
the office of president of Michigan
Student Assembly (MSA). He faced no
opposition.
Also elected at last night's meeting
was Eric Arnson as executive vice
president. Arnson had said last month
that he would run for president. He said
yesterday: "The biggest reason (I
didn't run) was . didn't know if I had
enough support." He also said he is
satisfied with the way Lauer "has set-
tled in and has a grasp on the situa-

tion." Arnson was unopposed for elec-
tion.
DAVID LAVERTY was elected vice
president for student organizations,
Doug Kaplan academic priorities coor-
dinator, and Howard. Feldman com-
munications coordinator.
Irving Freeman was elected vice
president for personnel and G.J.
DiGiuseppe was elected student
general counsel.
Nancy Smith edged out Doug Stein-
burg for budget priorities coordinator
in the only race contested.

d MSA p
Freeman charged before the Assem-
bly members that a person he would not
name "swung a political deal (so)
someone else would not run -for presi-
dent." Freeman was not available for
further comment.
LAUER, A SENIOR majoring in
geology and political science, was first
elected to the Assembly in the April
elections last year. He was then elected
vice-president for personnel by MSA
members. Lauer planned to run for
president this election, but the October

resident
resignation of MSA president Scott
Kellman offered an opportunity to run
earlier. After "rounding up support,"
'Lauer was chosen president in the
,special election.
Lauer's plans for the current terFn in-
clude "establishing defined' goals for
MSA and to take a hard look at how we
operate, and ways of reviewing our
procedure."
Lauer also said he intends action to
make MSA "more viable as astudent
voice.'
Thomas Danko, a representative of
the School of Library Science And
student general counsel, resigned both
posts yesterday. Danko was not avail-
able for comment last night.

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Tenant organization

meets official end

By RICHARD BERKE
The troubled' existence of the
Public Housing Tenants Organiza-
tion (PHTO) is now history since
official recognition of its demise
came at Monday's City Council
meeting. 1
PHTO leaders have agreed with
city officials to cease operations,
nearly two months after a special
audit of the organization revealed
poor fiscal management.
THE AGREEMENT also calls for
the PHTO to release its financial
records to the city, vacate the PHTO
office and turn over its property to
the city.
A fnrma ludit will he made of the

explore deeper into the financial
prop-
problems of the troubled organiza-
tion, once designed to be the city's
primary advocate for public housing:
tenants.
Councilman Wendell Allen (R
First Ward) - the sole member
dissenting from the vote recognizing
the PHTO's . end - accused his
colleagues of trying to get rid of the
organization.

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"MEMBERS OF the PHTO in my
constituency called me and com-
plained that they were being coerced
by the city to sign (the agreement
with City Council)," Allen said. He
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