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The Jlchicran Dail" Vol. LXXXIX, No. 17-S
Twelve Pages
Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ten Cents
Developer drops Riverside plan

By JOHN GOYER
and JULIE ENGEBRECHT
Public sentiment against the
proposed Riverside Plaza apparently
convinced the project's developer to tell
the city planning department yesterday
that he will drop his plans for a 22-story
convention center on the Huron Rive.
The North Side Neighborhood
Association (NSNA) has opposed
developer Richard Berger's plans for
the plaza near the intersection of N.
Main Street and M-14 since he announ-
ced the project in February.
"WE'RE AT WAR, and when you're
at war, sometimes it's best to lose a few
battles. In this case, I feel more com-
fortable with losing the battle. I've been
attacked personally, and these people
don't know me," Berger said.
"When my integrity is being
questioned and not the project, you're
dealing with a warped sense of values,
and I don't want to get involved . . . I
gave them exactly what they wanted."
Berger decided to discard his
$70 million project after the city's plan-
ning commission tabled a rezoning
resolution for the project Tuesday
night. The planning commission heard
more than two hours of protests from
north side residents opposed to the
plan, according to City Planning Direc-
tor Martin Overhiser.
"I GOT THE impression he felt the
neighborhood was attacking him per-
sonally and attacking his integrity and
hehad had enough of it," Overhiser
said.
Residents opposed to the Riverside
Plaza project said they were pleased
with Berger's decision to withdraw the
plans. But 25-year north side resident
Sam Rabinovitz said he did not think
public pressure caused Berger to with-
draw his proposal, but rather it was in-
formation the residents brought out
about the project which was more in-
fluential.
The residents have asked the city
to buy the land for a park, but Mayor
Louis Belcher said citizens would have
to come up with $1 million before the
land could be made a park.
"NOW IS THE time for us to really
get to work and make it a park,"
See NEIGHBORHOOD, Page 2

Yrotestors plea iS nhear
Demonstrators shouted slogans against the death penalty late Tuesday night at Florida State Prison. John Spenkelink
was scheduled to die in the electric chair yesterday morning but was given a last-minute reprieve by a U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals. See story, Page 3
Lance indicted on banking charges
ATLANTA (AP) - Bert Lance, former president of the Northwest . C C
ATLATA (P) ert anc, th Nothwet Te 71-page indictment described an
President Carter's close friend, finan- Georgia Bank in Ringgold, Ga.; intricate series of 383 loans andd finan-
cial adviser and former federal budget Thomas Mitchell, a former board cial transactions, many of them
director, was indicted yesterday on member of that bank; and H. Jackson related, involving 41 banks. The
charges of bank fraud, conspiracy, and Mullins, a former druggist from document listed 218 specific acts by the
misapplying bank funds. Calhoun, Ga., who was a partner with defendants in support of the charges.
Lance and three others were accused Lance and a stockholder in the Calhoun THE INDICTMENT said much of the
in a grand jury indictment of in- bank. loan money was used to repay prior
volvement in a conspiracy involving The government, concluding a 10- loans, as well as to purchase bank
more than $20 million in loans, which month investigation, charged Lance stock, repay overdrafts at the Calhoun
allegedly caused losses of more than and his co-defendants with conspiring First National Bank headed by Lance,
$500,000 to a number of Georgia banks. from 1970 to the present to commit and to supplement the income of the
THE THREE other men named in a banking violations and fraud against See LANCE, Page 2
33-count indictment are Richard Carr, agencies of the government.

'U' requested to reveal salaries by name
By SARA ANSPACH names, position, titles, and current salary, exclusive of was referring to a number of freedom-of-information
University Interim President Allan Smith and 12 fringe benefits" be submitted by June 1. suits filed against state universities for the release of
other state university presidents will receive within the SENATE APPROPRIATIONS Committee clerk faculty and administrative salaries by name.
next few days a letter from the state Senate Ap- Amy Schnetzler said the second letter was sent Hart has been asked by newspapers to force schools
propriations Committee requesting a list of University because the "different formats" of salary information to release individual salaries to the public. "It's not
staff salaries by namer the committee had received from the colleges made it fair to give names and salaries from one (college) and
Last month Sen. Jerome Hart (D-Saginaw) chair- difficult to compare salary patterns on a state-wide not names and salaries from another," said Schnet-
man of the Senate Appropriations Committee, asked zii to ompare salarylpa tter , stee zler.
all 13 public four-year colleges in the state to submit in- basis. In response to Hart's original letter, three SMITH SAID he was not aware of Hart's new letter
formation on staff salaries by level and position, but schools released salaries by names. Nine, including the and before a decision was made, he would have to
did not specify that individual names be used. Thev tral Michigan University, has not yet released any in- discuss it with "beth the officers and the Regents. He
University complied on May 3, and sent data on said answering Hart's letter by June 1 "would be very
salaries categorized by job classification. formation. s ssr
A follow-up letter mailed to college presidents Another reason for the second request, Schentzler hard."
Tuesday afternoon, however, now asks "individual said, is "the papers want names and salaries." She See 'U', Page 2

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