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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, May 24, 1979-Page 3

Att'y Gen.
will fight
inmate's stay
of execution
STARKE, Fla. (AP) - Attorney
General Jim Smith, surprised by two
stays of execution won by John
Spenkelink, vowed yesterday to see
that the murderer is electrocuted
before his death warrant expires at
noon Friday.
"Our goal is to have the stays
removed by noon Friday so that the
execution can take place," Smith said
in Tallahassee before flying to New
Orleans to ask the Fifth U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals to overturn a stay
issued Tuesday by one of its justices,
Elbert Tuttle.
SMITH SAID he and other
prosecutors would also go to
Washington today to try to derail a
second stay issued early yesterday
morning by U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall.
Spenkelink had been scheduled to go
to the electric chair at 7 a.m. yesterday
for the 1973 murder of a traveling com-
"Thank God," Spenkelink said when
he saw the news flash across a prison
television screen about 1 a.m.
BUT BECAUSE Spenkelink's death
warrant hasn't yet expired, he remains
a condemned man.
The Supreme Court was to consider
Marshall's stay at its regular meeting
today. Tuttle's office said late yester-
day he would wait for that before
moving further on his stay.
A spokesman for Gov. Bob Graham
said yesterday it would be inap-
propriate to say whether the governor
would sign another death warrant if the
See ATTORNEY, Page 5

Fair-feathered friends AP Photo
This elderly woman provides a perfect perch for New York City pigeons. She goes to Central Park every day with plenty
of food for her friends.

'Uto provide rooms or GOP
By BETH PERSKY Ann Arbor Holiday Inn manager Bill obtained from the July tourist tr
The University plans to provide more Gudenau said he believes the city's The Ann Arbor Art Fair,n
than 2,500 rooms in dormitories and the convention trade will center on Ann Ar- held during the third week of J
Michigan Union for the 1980 Republican bor's hotels. rescheduled to the fourth week
convention, and may offer the same "WE'LL BE the only ones to benefit 1980, in order to offer more
amount to the Democrats should they by it. They (GOP delegates) won't be Detroit's chances for ecuing
decide to award their convention to spending much time in Ann Arbor," he cDeti nescorsecurinL t
Detroit, according to a University said. "The downtown hotels in the convention, according to Lotz.
housing official. summer months don't usually fill."
There are 3,500 rooms available in Gudenau, who said the convention "can , B elch er
Ann Arbor, and this represents almost have a good effect on Ann Arbor,"
20 per cent of the 19,440 rooms in the predicted "at least a quarter of a
greater Detroit area mapped out for the million" dollars in revenue for the city
GOP convention, according to Sue and its proprietors. cu t in pro
Stano of the Detroit Convention Bureau. But Dick Lotz of the Ann Arbor Con-
BUT ELVIN Duvall, director of ference and Visitors' Bureau said Ann By JOHN GOYER
University housing information, said Arbor commerce could suffer a "sub- Mayor Louis Belcher propos
although that convention is bound to stantial loss" during the Republican mil cut in property taxes last
bring in some revenue for the Univer- convention. the Ann Arbor City Council fi
sity, until the GOP is firmly committed "The month of July, the occupancy in working session on the 197E
to using the rooms in the Michigan Ann Arbor hotels has been nearly 100 budget.
Union and in University dorms, the per cent," he said. "The convention will Belcher also announced he w
amount cannot be specified. do nothing but take rooms that are about $150,000 toward the cit
"Ann Arbor might be one of the more always rented to others." maintenance program.
fun places for a delegate to stay," said LOTZ EXPLAINED that delegates THE TAX CUT would re
Ranny Ricken, chairwoman of the probably will spend most of their time average home-owner's tax bill
state's host committee, in Detroit, so that Ann Arbor restauran- seven per cent, according to e
is and shops would lose revenue usually made by council Republicans.
(-- O adb OEi euhas

uly, was
kof July
the GOP

roposes half -mi
perty taxes

ed a half-
night as
nished its
9-80 city
ould add
ys street
duce the
by about

The money that the city would lose in
tax revenues would be made up from
the city's accumulated fund surplus
and an increase in the amount received
from state road reimbursement funds.
The Democratic members of City
Council objected to the tax cut last
night, saying that the general fund sur-
plus could not be reduced every year.
EARL GREENE (D-Second Ward),
said the city would need the general
fund surplus in the city's accounts to
stave off short-term borrowing right
See HALF-MIL, Page 10

Learning in a box
Some students seem willing to take great risks
while procuring an education, but two junior high
school students from Grand Rapids have gone to
unusual lengths to simulate the experience of
astronauts in a space capsule for a science project.
The boys, Jamie Gorenflo and Brian Buffin, both 14,
will be sealed in a giant cardboard box until 8:08
p.m. today. They entered their 6-by-6-by-6 feet
"space capsule" Tuesday at the same time. Accor-
ding to their teacher, the terranauts' spirits are
"very high." The project isn't all fun and games
though, because the students have two days worth
of homework to complete while in their "capsule."
Despite the educational activity, the project was
questioned by some school officials. "You're just

too deep thinkers out there. The next thing I know
you're going to be having somebody in your wilder-
ness class scaling the building," the superintendent
told the school principal. It seems administrators
everywhere would rather have students read the
books rather than explore space.
Playing by the rules
The dozen Texas senators who disappeared for
five days in an effort to block legislation they said
favored Republican presidential contender John
Connally, spent their. days in hiding studying
parliamentary rules. Sounds like the legislators
learned something the folks on some local gover-
ning bodies might be able to use.

Happenings ...
... don't start until 5 p.m., when the Michigan
League will offer a Pennsylvania Dutch menu as its
American Heritage Night.. . and at 8 p.m., a group
of senior dance students will presenta concert in the
Dance Building, 1310 N. University Ave.
On the outside
Rats! The clouds will continue today, tem-
peratures will be cooler, and there's a good chance
it'll rain. High temps around 600, the low all the way
down to the 40s.

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