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Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 84 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, January 12, 1978 Ten Cents 12 Pages


Controversy surrounds tenant's


l think the reason why
the Republicans voted for
it is their hope that the
public will feel that this
book is all that tenants
- Ronathan Rose,

A Daily News Analysis
For months, Republican members blocked City Council approval of a revised
tenant's rights handbook, saying it contained misplaced priorities and too harsh
a tone against city landlords.
After being tabled twice, the revised booklet weathered the partisan haggling
and last month was accepted by Council - unanimously. But questions still
surround the Republican about-face and the overall quality of the final product.
THE REVISED BOOK1LET contains several items not included in the previous
edition which Ann Arbor landlords were required to distribute to their tenants.
Revisions range from the addition of a new section on city housing code require-
rhents to an outline of steps a tenant can take to withhold rent.
Michigan law student Connie LaClair, who authored the revised booklet, said
the compromise version "isn't much different" from the one she initially drew up.
"The substance is all there," she said.
Councilman Roger Bertoia (R-Third Ward) said Republicans voted for the

booklet because it is an acceptable compromise. "It has the legal blessing of the
City Attorney's office," he said. "The earlier statement had a lot of legal hogwash
... everybody got together and worked this one out.
BUT JONATHAN ROSE, attorney for the Michigan Student Assembly Housing
Law Reform Project, said the booklet was approved for political reasons.
"I think the reason why the Republicans voted for it is their hope that the
public will feel that this book is all that tenants need," maintained Rose.
With Council passage of the revised booklet, Rose said landlords and Re-
publicans will claim that there is no need for the approval of a referendum in the
April 3 city election which also calls for a tenant's rights booklet.
CALLED THE "Fair Rental Information Act," the referendum - which Rose
authored for the Coalition for Better Housing - proposes that the city pay for
a booklet consisting of three sections: one written by impartial authors selected
by the mayor, one written by pro-tenant attorneys, and one written by pro-

'It has the legal blessing
the city attorney's offj
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a lot of legal hogwash ...
everybody got together
and worked this one out'
- Councilman
Roger Bertoia
(R-Third Ward)


confer on
CAIRO, Egypt (AP)-The defense
ministers of Egypt and Israel took
their "battle for peace" to a Cairo con-
ference table yesterday to seek
agreement on Israeli withdrawal from.
the Sinai Peninsula and to determine
the fate of Jewish settlements that have
blossomed in that wasteland.
- The meeting was seen by Egypt as a
key barometer in advance of parallel
but wider-ranging talks between Israeli
and Egyptian foreign ministers set to
open Jan.16 in Jerusalem.
ACCORDING to an Israeli source, the
Cairo talks began on an awkward note
with Egypt demanding an opening
statement prepared by Israeli defense
chief Ezer Weizman be withdrawn, ap-
parently because it conflicted with
Egyptian opposition to Jewish set-
tlements in Sinai
The source, who asked not to be iden-
tified, gave reporters copies of the text.
In it Weizman said Israel and Egypt
would "examine arrangements for con-
tinued maintenance of the Israeli set-
There was no immediate Egyptian
See EGYPTIANS, Page 12

Prk t o aid
in S. Korean
bribes probe

SEOUL, Korea (AP) - Tongsun
Park signed an agreement yesterday
pledging to cooperate with Justice
Department investigations into his
alleged Korean influence-buying op-
eration in Washington.
But Park refused to say if he will
testify before congressional commit-
THE AGREEMENT, signed before
acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General
Benjamin Civiletti, completed ar-
rangements for the Justice Depart-
ment's questioning of Park, jue to
start tomorrow.
Emerging from his 20-minute
meeting with Civiletti, the gray-
suited, 42-year-old rice dealer told
American reporters, "Please try to
be good to me, because I am really
going through hell."

Thememorandum said Park would
tell the truth to American investiga-
tors in Seoul and, if required, in
American courts, in return - for
immunity from criminal charges.
PARK has been indicted by a U.S.
federal grand jury on 36 counts of
bribery, fraud and other charges.
MOre than 20 former and present
congressmen have acknowledged re-
ceiving money or gifts from Park but
deny any wrongdoing. Park also
denies criminal guilt.
Park had been a fugitive since he
left Washington for London in late
1976. , He has been in Seoul since
returning in August to visit his sick
See PARK, Page 12

StateStreet Starlight DailyPhotoby ALAN BILNSKY


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At least 6,000 Michigan residents
will be involved in a two-part
University study on the effects of
PBB contamination.
The project, which will begin in
February, will be a joint effort
between the University School of
Public Health and the Environ-
mental Sciences Laboratory of
Mount Sinai Medical School in New
PBB, a fire retardant, was acci-


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dentally mixed with livestock feed in
1973, resulting in widespread con-
tamination of Michigan beef and
dairy products.
Mel Ralston, a public health advi-
sor for the Communicable Diseases
Control Center in Atlanta who will be
working on the project, said, "We
don't really have a clear notion of
what we're going to find yet."
Ralston explained the first part of
the study would include 3,000 tele-
phone interviews in which Michigan


residents would be questioned about
their health.
THE SECOND part of the investi-
gation to begin in April or May,
includes telephone interviews with
3,000 to 4,500 children and adults who
would be asked to undergo a com-
plete physical examination.
Although participants in the first
part of the study will get no physical
examination by researchers, Rich-
ard Remington, dean of the School of

Sen atea:
seat eyed
Brimming with confidence and de-
termination, Ann Arborite Warren
Bracy says he is primed for the U.S.
senatorial race that will ensue later
this year.
"I am the most articulate person in
the Senate race," Bracy boasted
recently. "I see the Senate as a
marketplace for ideas and I have a4
lot to bring with me."
ALTHOUGH the liberal Democrat
has not officially announced his
candidacy for the seat being vacated
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Public Health, is confident their
information will be valuable to the
- "We believe that such a study is
feasible," he said. "There are cer-
tain kinds of information you can
only get by asking people, like, 'When
did you last see a doctor'?"
RALSTON, though also optimistic,
about the telephone interviews, is
concerned the publicity PBB ha
received may influence the re-
sponses of soie of those questioned.
"It's something that we've got to
consider," he said. "The slant is that
some people have heard a lot about
it, and some haven't. "We'll try and
build in some safeguards to guard
against the bias."
The researchers from the Mount
Sinai Medical School have already
done some work with PBB, Ralston
explained. "This is a pretty logical
outgrowth," he said.
RALSTON said, "Much of the work
that has been done (with PBB) deals
with the toxicity of the stuff." But he
added that, "PBB toxicity hasn't
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Swept away

Doily Photo by BRAD BENJAMIN;

Actually, Jeff Blanks, a resident of Alice Lloyd, needs all the help he can get as
he marches through a blanket of snow.


ULUNDI, South Africa (AP) -
Leaders of South Africa's Zulu, Asian
and mixed-race peoples formed an
unprecedented alliance yesterday
against the white-minority govern-
ment's policy of racial segregation.
They called for a non-racial state and

rtes ally in
African law prohibits interracial
political parties, and bars non-whites
from voting.
Buthelezi said yesterday the three-
way agreement calls for cooperation
among racial organizations but does

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have been reluctant to back Zulu
liberation efforts, but an alliance of
Zulus, Asians and coloreds still would
unite 8.6 million non-whites - double
the 4.3 million whites.
The non-white leaders said they

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