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Vol. LXXXVI, No. 84

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, January 8, 1976

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Eight Pages

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Let the buyer beware?
The campus branch of the Washtenaw County
Legal Aid reports that the city's Housing and
Safety Department has not been complying with
the local and state laws regarding housing in-
spections. According to Legal Aid, the city inspects
rental housing units less often than the once every
two years required by law. Also the city collects
minimal fines for the code violations they do re-
port, the Legal Aid office charges. These problems
could at least partially be solved if the city hired
more building inspectors, the office says. Sounds
good to us.
Dope nole
A dope ring described as "by far" the largest
such operation in Michigan history is being metho-
dically busted by the feds. The U.S. Drug Enforce-
ment Administration said yesterday that agents
have arrested 12 of 21 persons named in a federal
igdictment on charges they conspired in a multi-
billion dollar marijuana operation based in Detroit.
A 13th defendant, authorities said, was already
in custody in a state prison where he is serving
a life sentence for murdering another defendant.
The DEA regional director, Treodore Vernier, said
that other defendants were arrested in San Fran-
cisco, San Diego, Tucson, Boston, Providence, and
Lawrence, Kansas. Vernier said the 21 were in-
dicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit that spent
months investigating an alleged wholesale mari-
juana ring that handled about 15,000 tons of pot
obtained in Mexico.
Consumer courtship
Detroit Edison is back in the news again, but
instead of requesting the usual rate hike this time,
the utility is attempting to win the harts of con-
sumers. In taking what seems to be an enlightened
approach, Edison filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme
Court yesterday supporting its practice of allowing
customers to trade in burned-out light bulbs for
free ones. The southeast Michigan utility, facing
a challenge to the practice from retail drugstore
owners, said elimination of the free bulb program
could cost Edison customers more than $3 million
a year. Several retail drugstore operators have
challenged this practice as a violation of federali
anti-trust laws. Edison won in two lower court
decisions, but the high court agreed in October to
hear the retailers appeal. Leon Cohan, Edison vice
president and general counsel, defended the com-
pany position, stating that a decision favoring
drugstore owners would sacrifice the public's in-
terests to those of retail businessmen. And of
course, Detroit Edison is always on the side of the
consumer, right?
Happenings .. *
could teach you something today. There
will be a mass meeting of the Arts Chorale at 3
p.m. in Aud. C, Angell Hall . . . Dr. Arthur Tarr
of the USGS Earthquake Techtonics Division will
lecture on the "Seismotectonics of Puerto Rico"
at 3:30 in Rm. 1528 of the C.C. Little Bldg. . . .
there will be a mass meeting of Project Outreach
at 7:30 p.m. in Hill Aud. . . . all students interested
in fencing for academic credit should attend a
meeting at 8 p.m. in the Red Carpet Lounge at
Alice Lloyd . . . and there will be a meeting for
potential boxing enthusiasts at the same time and
same place.
Sinister deaths
Ann Arbor's VA Hospital is not the only place
where mysterious respiratory arrests have occur-
red. A New Jersey county prosecutor has reopened
an inconclusive 10-year investtigation into 13 "sus-
picious" deaths at an Oradell, N.J. hospital. The
inquiry had postulated that an insane surgeon
might be responsible. Bergen County Prosecutor
Joseph Woodcock has obtained a court order to

exhume several of the bodies in order to search
for traces of the drug curare, a respiratory de-
pressant similar to Pavulon, the suspected cause
of death of six patients at the VA Hospital here.
Dr. Stanley Harris, administrator of the Riverdell
Hospital, said the target of the investigation is a
South American doctor who was on the hospital
staff at the time. Curare has been knowns for its
use by some South American Indians as a poison
on arrowtips.
On the inside . .
. . . Marty Porter tells students how to locate
loopholes in their leases on the Editorial Page .. .
Sports Page features coverage of last night's
hockey game with the national team from Czecho-
slovakia . . . and Jim Valk reviews Lucky Lady
on the Arts Page.






head for
WASHINGTON ,P)-The pres-
ence of two Soviet ships near
strife-torn Angola was noted by
the White House yesterday as
further evidence of continued
Soviet involvement in the Afri-
can nation.
"The President views this
with the same dismay as he
views the over-all Soviet inter-
vention in Angola," said Ron
Nessen, press spokesman for
President Ford.
ported that South Africa will
pull its troops out of Angola
soon in hopes the move will
strengthen efforts to negotiate a
NBC diplomatic correspondent
Richard Valeriani said:
"The Administration has re-
ceived word the South Africans
will be out of Angola within the
next 48 h o u r s. Diplomatic
sources say the decision to pull
out was made by the South Afri-
cans themselves, and was not
the result of pressure from the
United States.
"NEITHER South African' nor
State Department officials will
comment on the recordtbecause,
as one of them put it, the situa-
tion is too delicate.
"The South African nation is
designed to strengthen the hand
cf anti-Soviet countries whenthe
Organization of African Unity
holds its special summit meet-
ng on Angola next week.
"With the South Africans out
by then, it will make it easier
for the AUO to apply diplomatic
pressure to get the Russians and
the Cubans out as well and to
promote a political solution in-
volving all three competing fac-
tions in Angola."
THE RUSSIANS were said to
be continuing their involvement
however, according to Nessen.
H° said the presence of the So-
viet shins near Angola is further
evidence of "continuing Soviet
involvement in an area where
they have no legitimate in-
In London, a British govern-
ment statement called for an
i-mediate cease-fire in Angola,
the withdrawal of foreign troops
and a ban on arms deliveries.
The statement was issued af-
See SOVIET, Page 2

score big
ported autos grabbed a rec-
ord 18.3 per cent share of a
depressed 1975 U.S. a u t o
market that saw the "Big
Four" American companies
slip to their lowest point for
a non-strike year since 1962.
Together, t h e domestic
and foreign automakers re-
ported yesterday t h a t 8.6
million cars were bought in
the United States last year.
THAT'S OFF 2.5 per cent
from sluggish 1974 levels and
nearly 25 per cent behind the
record 11.4 million cars sold in
1973 before the twin effects of
an energy crisis and a recession
sent the industry into a two-
year tailspin.
Imports accounted for 1.6 mil-
lion sales, 12 per cent above last
year and the third highest year
in history. Domestic automakers
sold 7,050,120 cars, 5 per cent
below 1974, 27 per cent behind
record 1973 and the worst for a
non-strike year since 1962.
Among the imports, perennial
leader Volkswagen slipped to
second spothbehind the Japanese
Toyota with another Japanese
model, the Datsun, a close third.
VW sales slipped 20 per cent
from 1974 and were -the lowest
since 1962 as it gave up the im-
port lead it held for more than
20 years.
TOYOTA SOLD 283,909 cars,
a 19 per cent gain but still
38,000 fewer cars than the
smallest American automaker-
American Motors. Datsun sales
jumped 37 per cent over 1974.
Most domestic and foreign
auto executives expect sales in
1976 to reach at least 10 million
cars with General Motors Chair-
man Thomas Murphy predicting
a high 10.2 million car sales.
They agree the entire gain will
be in the domestic car market
with import sales holding at
about 1.6 million cars.
"We're entering 1976 in an
economic climate considerably
improved from that facing us
at the beginning of 1975," said
Bennett Bidwell, Ford sales vice
president. "With consumer con-
See DOMESTIC, Page 3

Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
Cancelled Czech
The Michigan hockey team got a taste of international competition last night as the Czechoslovakian national team came into
Yost to battle the Wolverines. Here a Czech puckster fires a shot at Michigan goalie Rick Palmer and Palmer makes a nice stick
save. Defenseman John McCahill prevents any attempt at a re bound shot by checking another Slovic player.
Italian governmIent collapses

By AP and Renter
ROME, - The Italian govern-
ment resigned last night follow-
ing a decision by the Socialist
Party to withdraw its support
from the 13-month-old coalition.
Health Minister Antonio Gul-
lotti told reporters the govern-
ment's decision to resign was
made at a 15-minute cabinet
PRIME Minister Aldo Moro
immediately went to the Quiri-
nale Presidential Palace to
hand in the government's resig-
nation to President Giovanni
The government was Italy's

37th since the fall of Fascism
in 1943 and had lasted 411 days,
making it the 10th longest in
the country's postwar history.
Leone asked Moro to stay on
as caretaker premier while po-
litical parties hold talks aimed
at forming a new government.
IN withdrawing their back-
ing in parliamentary voting, the
Socialists - a Marxist group
that is Italy's third largest par-
ty - complained the Moro gov-
ernment had ignored their ideas
for solving the country's eco-
nomic ills. They also charged
non-Communists are prejudiced
against the Communist party.

The government's end came
as an authoritative Washington
source claimed the CIA is fun-
neling $6 million directly to
members of the Christian Dem-
ocratic party and the Democra-
tic Socialists, a party distinct
from the Socialists. There was
no known link between the
funds report and the govern-
ment collapse.
Leaders of the two parties, as
well as top officials of the Re-
publican party, denied receiv-
ing any CIA money. The Re-
publican party had been named
by the New York Times and
the Washington Post as receiv-

ing such funds.
THE Socialists, though not
members of the coalition, had
provided its majority in parlia-
ment. But it issued a state-
ment after a party meeting yes-
terday asking for a broadly
based government that was
both "consciousof the emer-
gency nature of the situation"
and more open to the contribu-
tion of the Communists.
The Socialists have long been
pressing for the Communists to
have a bigger say in govern-
ment even if not part of the
cabinet, but the Christian Dem-
ocrats have consistently refus-

Court denies Nixon
control of documents
By AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - A three-judge federal appeals court said
today former President Richard Nixon might "distort or destroy"
the records of his years in office and refused to give him control
over presidential tapes and documents from his administration.
The court said that former President might attempt to make
documents public so as to improve the historical record of his
"THAT RISK might rationally be thought by Congress to be
considerably magnified by reference to the circumstances sur-
rounding Mr. Nixon's departure from office," the panel said.
The court said Watergate revelations are "too familiar and
too well-recorded elsewhere to merit elaboration by us." But it
said "the temptation to distort or destroy the historical record
might be thought by Congress to be less resistable in the event
that the materials provided some foundation for allegations that
misconduct took place."
Nixon had filed suit contending that the 1975 Presidential Re-
cordings and Material Preservation Act infringed on the separa-
tion of powers, invaded Nixon's privacy and infringed on his
rights to free speech and association.
See COURT, Page 3

Students upset over
dorm lottery plan

Several students and mem-
bers of the University Housing
staff expressed dissatisfaction
and reluctance yesterday over
the prospect of another re-ap-
plication lottery, to determine
who will return to the dorms
next year.
The plan, the product of a
student/staff committee which
studied the reapplication prob-
lem, lists several categorical
exemptions to the lottery -
meaning that those who meet
the criteria will be assured of
dorm space regardless of their
success or failure in the draw-
IN ADDITION to incoming
freshpersons (who do not par-
ticipate) and handicapped stu-
dents, s o p h o m o r e foot-
ball players, Residential Col-
lege sophomores, and Bursley
residents who are either fresh-
persons in the School of Music
or upperclasspersons in the
College of Architecture and Ur-
ban Planning are among those,

'It's unfortunate that
we have to have a lot-
tery .. . but we do not
have enough student
-Peter Schoch,
director of
off-campus housing
H-ouse to
act on
pot bill
A bill reducing Michigan's
marijuana penalties is expect-
ed to be voted on by the state
House of Representatives after

[ IX

Rent strike saga continues

Tenants continue to withhold their rent,
court hearings are beginning, and two

the fund to expand greatly when all Janu-
ary payments are collected.
COOPERMAN termed Sunrise's young,

recogoize the AATU as a bargaining team.
Smirise Associates brought suit against
members of the tenants union last month

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