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Vol. LXXXVI, No. 79
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, December 9, 1975
Up, up and away?
The nation's trend towards Zero Population
Growth may be slowing somewhat, as the U.S.
reported an increase in the birth rate in 1974.
"For the first time in several years, the steady
drop in the birth rate may have halted," says
University Public Health Prof. Myron Wegme.
He also reported that the infant mortality rate de-
clined substantially from 1973 figures to 16.5 per
1,000 live births. In addition, Wegman said the
country's overall death rate declined by two per
sent last year. All of these factors add up to a
more rapidly increasing U.S. population if present
trends continue, according to Wegmen
Big 'U' boasts
Congratulations are in order for our fine aca-
demic institution- According to the "University
Record," the University's hiring rate for the female
segment of the human race is among the highest
in the nation.. The Chronicle of Higher Education
last week reported that there are 3,293 fulltime
individuals at the University employed in engi-
neering, the physical sciences, life sciences, etc.
sciences, mathematical sciences, life sciences, etc.
And, get this, an amazing 744 of those are Women!
True, the remaining 2,519 individuals are either
male or of some gender not yet known even in
academia, but imagine how much courage and
downright kindness it took the University to take
on that many members of the "weaker" sex. Big
'U,' we salute you.
Tenants' rights bill
Two new tenants' rights bills that would prohibit
extra-legal evictions and invasions of tenant privacy
by landlords, have been reported out to the full
state House. The two measures, sponsored by state
representative Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor), have
also been recommended for passage by the Urban
Affairs Committee. One bill provides a $200 penalty
for landlords if they remove or destroy the pert
sonal property of the tenant, change the lock or
lock the tenant out, board up the apartment or
terminate heat, electrical or other essential services
to the tenant. Bullard says the measure is aimed
at thwarting landlords "who decide to take the
law into their hands. These are not cases of legal
evictions following due process.'
Happenings .. .
... are ample today . .. a "Bilingual-Bicultural
Education Conference Program" begins at noon
at the Campus Inn . . . at 3 p.m. Prof. Robert
Bort of the Law School speaks on "Euthanasia
and the Law" in And. B, Angell Hall . . . Howard
Norman rends poetry from his translations of the
Cree Indian language at4:10 p.m. in' the Pendleton
Rm. of the Michigan Union . . . ski bums can
attend the Third Annual Cross -Country Ski Pro-
gram at Fuller Park between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.;
call 994-2575 to register . . . the "Fred Harris for
President" campaign committee meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the Ann Arbor Public Library . . . the Spartacus
Youth League will debate the Young Socialist
Alliance on "The Struggle to Implement Busing
and Fight Racist Attacks" at 7:30 p.m. in the base-
ment of the Michigan Union . . . at 8 p.m., a meet-
ing on the controversial Title IX measure will be
held at 1917 Washtenaw St. . . . and voting con-
tinues in the LSA Student Government election.
Remember sweet little Timmy, Lassie's master,
who followed his faithful collie through the jungles
of life in a crusade for Goodness and Justice? Well
innocent little Timmy may not be quite so inno-
cent. At least that's what federal narcotics agents
say who arrested actor Tommy Rettig, 38, in his
home in Morro Bay, Calif., last April.on charges
of smuggling cocaine into the United States from
Peru. Rettig, however, pleaded innocent Monday
to charges that he brought liquid cocaine in a liquor
bottle on a commercial airline flight into the coun-
try. Rettig, now free on bail, was ordered to stand
The state legislature's joint capital outlay com-
mittee has approved a bill calling for a $140,-
000,000 bond issue to build new facilities at Uni-
versity Hospital. The measure must- now be con-
sidered by the House appropriations committee.
During October hearings before the capital outlay
committee, University officials said they had been
forced to spend about 2.5 million every year on
renovations at the hospital because of structural
deficiencies in the main building. Replacement of
the hospital's 500 bed main unit would be the
primary project funded under the bond issue.
On the inside .. .
. . .Editorial Page features an article by Tom
Stevens on Washington Star cartoonist Pat Oliphant
... Arts Page includes a profile of Bob Ufer, the
voice of he Michigan Wolverine, by David Wein-
berg . . . and on Sports Page, Paul Campbell has
a column on the Michigan hockey team.
On the outside ...
AA TA aproves
By TIM SCHICK The quality of work committee, the first of its
kind ever established through collective bar-
The Ann A r b o r Transportation Authority gaining, "will deal with issues related to job
(AATA) board last night unanimously approved satisfaction and productivity," according to an
a new two year contract negotiated with the AATA statement.
Transportation Employes Union (TEU), which
represents the city's 150 bus drivers. Mike Berla, AATA chairman, explained, "The
The contract gives the bus drivers a 7.7 per committee will not handle grievances," but "will
cent wage increase-raising pay from $4.78 per look into problem areas within the system to find
hour to $5.15 per hour. During the second year, solutions to improve the productivity of the
wages will be raised again to $5.40 per hour. system."
In addition, the agreement calls for cost of IT WILL BE composed of eight members, four
living benefits up to a maximum of ten cents an from each the AATA and TEU, plus consultants.
hour as well as a unique "quality of work com-
mittee." Employes, other than bus drivers, will receive
THE AGREEMENT had previously been ap- wage increases in the range of 13 to 17 per cent,
proved by the TEU membership in a meeting in addition to the other benefits.
early Sunday morning. At 2:15 a.m. the union Steve McCargar, a TEU spokesman, said the
voted 89-17 in favor of the new contract, less than hardest issues to reach an agreement on were
five hours before the old pact expired, averting "wage parity for clericals, a longevity proposal
a threatened strike. and the management rights clause."
UNDER THE NEW contract, clericals will be
paid 90 cents les sthan bus drivers.
Longevity payments are now available to em-
ployes two years sooner. Beginning in an em-
ploye's third year of work, they will receive a
2.5 per cent longevity payment. This goes up to
five per cent in the fifth year. The old contract
provided for five per cent payments starting in
the fitfh year of employment.
The old pact, which expired at 7 a.m. last Sun-
day, was extended indefinitely on June 30, with
a provision that either side could cancel it on
five days notice.
LAST THURSDAY, the TEU announced the con-
tract would expire Sunday, starting a week of
The AATA presented the union with a contract
offer Thursday, which was promptly rejected
by a 95-5 vote. TEU officials charged that th
offer was no different from what had been unde
discussion for a month.
Talks lasted into the eary morning hours Sal
urday, but concluded with "both sides . . . a con
siderable distance apart," according to the union
AS THE DEADLINE drew close, maratho
bargaining sessions were held and a news blacl
out was imposed. However, things were compl
cated when the AATA distributed a letter pron
ising employes who reported to work in the even
of a strike the benefits which had been propose
in the Thursday contract offer plus retroactiv
pay back to July 1.
The union warned that the letter could be "
major stumbling block to reaching a settlement.'
However, "in the final analysis it didn't," adde
Morton charge droppe
WASHINGTON iN) - Re-
jecting a compromise offer
from President Ford, Intel-
ligence Committee Chair-
man Otis Pike filed a con-
tempt action in the House
yesterday against Secretary
of State Henry Kissinger.
The New York Democrat
said he will ask for a House
contempt vote "in a couple
of days" unless his commit-
tee decides at a meeting to-
day that he should not.
REP. LES ASPIN (D-Wis.)
said later he plans to try to
head off the showdown vote, al-
though he conceded he has not
decided how and does not know
if the committee will go along.
"I think we're close enough
to work something out," Aspin
said. "... If we (the full House)
vote, that's blown it. Then we
Meanwhile, Commerce Secre-
tary Rogers Morton announced
yesterday that he had reached
an agreement which would re-
move any threat of a contempt
citation against him over infor-
mation relating to the Arab boy-
cott of Israel.
MORTON released an ex-
chanee of letters showing that
the chairman of a House sub-
committee which had voted to
cite Morton for contempt has
-now decided that the terms un-
der which Morton has agreed to
provide information to the sub-
committee are adequate.
The letter from Rep. John
Moss (D-Calif.) accepted Mor-
ton's requirement that informa-
tion telling which American
firms have received boycott re-
quests remain confidential.
"The materials will be re-
ceived in executive session and
the committee's handling of the
materials will be in consonance
with their asserted confidential-
See PIKE, Page 7
Daily Photo by PAULINE LUBENS
Exercising his duty as a citizen
Larry Cooperman casts a vote in the Fishbowl yesterday during the LSA student government elec-
tions. The elections wind up today.
may join AF
High Court refuses.
to reverse Nebrasko
trial1 news blackout
WASHINGTON (A)-The Supreme Court yesterday refused fo
the time being to block enforcement of a state court order restrict
ing news coverage of a Nebraska murder trial.
Justices William Brennan, Potter Stewart, and Thurgood Mar
shall objected to the decision and said they would have grante
news organizations' petition for a stay.
THE MAJORITY, however, simply postponed final action of
that and other -aspects of the case which has revived the long
standing debate over the constitutional guarantees of a free pres:
and a fair trial.
The court said it was deferring a final decision on the applica
tion for a stay of the Nebraska Supreme Court order pending fur
ther developments in the case.
The justices also said they will decide whether to grant a ful
hearing on the matter after receiving legal briefs due from th
state attorney general and other state officials today.
THE DISPUTE involves the murder trial of Erwin Simants
charged with slaying six members of a Sutherland, Neb., family
The trial judge, Hugh Stuart of North Platte, issued a so-calle
gag order prohibiting the publication of confessions, the circum
stances of Simants' arrest and many details of the crime.
See COURT, Page 2
By JAMES NICOLL
The Graduate Employes Organization (GEO)
has voted to begin negotiations with the American
Federation of Teachers (AFT) about possible
In a two-week election completed yesterday,
GEO members chose the AFT over the American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Em-
ployes (AFSCME) or no affiliation at all.
THE DECISION does not mean that GEO will
affiliate with AFT, it merely authorizes the be-
ginning of negotiations over possible affiliation.
GEO will now try to to bargain with the AFT to
get the best of possible terms. Another election
must be held before the GEO formally commits
itself to the AFT.
Also at issue in the election were seven pro-
posed ametndments to the GEO constitution. The
proposals-all of which failed-dealt primarily
with procedural matters regarding the election of
officers, the process of affiliation, grievance pro-
cedures, the calling of strikes, etc.
A PREFERENTIAL voting system was used on
the affiliation question, with each voter given two
choices. The first count gave "no affiliation" 37
See GEO, Page 7
MOSLEMS LAUNCH MASSIVE ATTACK
Beirut strife claims
By AP and Reuter
BEIRUT - Moslem forces
launched their biggest assault of
Lebanon's eight-month-old fight-
ing yesterday, engaging Chris-
tian street fighters in hand-to-
hand combat under a hail of
mortars and rockets in the heart
of this Arab capital.
Official sources said 100 people
were killed in what Premier
Rashid Karami described for the
first time as Lebanon's civil
war. At least 4,000 people have
died this year in the sectarien
THE MOSLEMS aulled back
from captured territory in the
Jewish and Christian areas of
the city after nightfall when
Lebanese army commandos in-
tervened in a rare attempt to
reassert government control
around the House of Parliament
nine days ago was wreAked by
a weekend welter of violence.
PRESIDENT Suleiman Fran-
jieh called for an emergency
meeting of all the warring fac-
tions tomorrow to seek a way
out of the political and sec-
Karami would not declare a
state of emergency yeaterday
because such a step must be ap-
proved by all parties.
Fighting raged Sunday night
near Beirut's commercial cen-
ter, which has not been able to
function normally since tnd-
THE LATEST outbreak of
fighting followed a massacre
Saturday in which more than 100
people were killed.
Many of them were dragged
from their cars or their offices
and summarily executed be-
cause they were of a different
religion from their captors.
Saturday's wave of- cold-
blooded killings was sparked off
by the discovery of the bodies of
THE RIGHTWING party said
today it had taken extraordinary
measures to punish crimes com-
mitted in what it called "arbi-
trary - reaction" to the fou
Savage fighting raged4 else
where in the capital as the Mos
lems attempted to push Chri
sians out of their smaller en
claves into the Falangists' las
strongholds at Ashrafiyeh anc
President Suleiman Franjiel
called the Moslem assault "Th
blackest day in Lebanese his
ONE MOSLEM contingent re
inforced by Kurdish mercen
aries swept through the Wad
See FIGHTING, Page 7
Reinecke convicton reversed
WASHINGTON (A*) - The conviction of former
Cnifr-:n - v~r. rVA Reineara efor Mn in toa
by phone. Ms. Reinecke said, "I was praying for
a veanrand a half I'm an thrilled. I'm so hannv.