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The Michigan Daily-Friday July 6, 1979-Page 3
ACLU charges FBI
with role in slaying

From AP and UPI
The American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU) filed a $2 million suit yesterday
charging the FBI was responsible for
the 1966 slaying of Civil Rights worker,
Viola Liuzzo and tried to cover up its
The suit, filed on behalf of Liuzzo's
family, charged that the killing
resulted from the illegal ac-
tivities-authorized by the FBI-of Ku
Klux Klan undercover informant Gary
Thomas Rowe, who recently was
charged with murder in the case.
RATHER THAN conduct a full in-
vestigation of the slaying, the suit con-
tended, then-FBI Director J. Edgar
Hoover attempted to orchestrate a
smear campaign against Liuzzo and
prevent reporters from tracing the ex-
tent of Rowe's activities on behalf of the
"What I want from this case is that if
I stand up for something that is right I
won't have to worry that an FBI infor-
mant is there for my protection and not
as my killer," said Penny Liuzzo
Dupure, one of Liuzzo's three
daughters. Liuzzo's husband, Anthony
Liuzzo of Detroit, died last year. Two
sons also survive.
The case was filed in the court of U.S.
District Judge Charles Joiner.
THE GOVERNMENT had 60 days to
reply to the suit. The FBI in Washington
had no immediate comment.
ACLU attorneys said they hope the
case will persuade Congress to tighten
government oversight of the FBI.
"There are lots of reasons to dredge
this up after 14 years," Howard Simon,
executive director of the Michigan
ACLU, said at a news conference. "Th-
ere is an obligation on the part of the
U.S. government to people who are
wronged by the government."
SIMON SAID Congress should

Viola Liuzzo
legislate an end "to the tailure of the
FBI to control, train and adequately
supervise its agents."
Liuzzo, a white woman who volun-
teered for civil rights work in Alabama,
was shot to death from a passing car
March 25, 1965, as she drove her car
along Highway 80 between Selma and
Montgomery. One of her jobs was shut-
tling civil rights workers between the
two cities.
No murder convictions were returned
in the case, but three members of the
Ku Klux Klan were sent to prison for
violating Liuzzo's civil rights.
TWO OF THE Klans members later
said Rowe fired the shot from a han-
dgun that kiled the 39-year-old woman.
Rowe is under federal indictment for
See ACLU, Page 10

Chicken Little APPho
Although no one is sure of exactly when and where the faltering space station
Skylab will land when it plunges to earth late this month, more than 4,000 of
these "protective helmets," modeled by. Seat-of-the-Pants Management
representative Brad Rudolph, have been sold in Denver, Colo. Each poster-
board helmet is equipped with an "early warning spike" that provides
"00193 nanoseconds of warning" before a piece of Skylab hits. Rudolph sells

AA TA to consider cuts in Dial-a-Ride service

A plan presented to the Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority (AATA) last night would cut Dial-a-Ride
service except for the handicapped and the elderly.
AATA members will discuss the proposal, consider
Sunday and evening service, and hear public commen-
Four not on the floor
If you happened to be walking down Maynard St.
last Sunday around 1:30 a.m., you might have seen
a 1979, two-door, brown Toyota parked unlike any
other car on the block. The car was tipped over so
its left side rested on the pavement. When Ann Ar-
bor police and a tow truck finally set all four tires on
the ground, they found paint scratches and a two-
inch circular dent in the driver's door. The car's
owner, wearing a baffled look on his face, finally
drove his battered compact away around 2:30 a.m.
University security called the incident "a prank."
Woodstock lives
Those of you who think the "hippies" of the 1960s
are now staid suburbanites, should think again. Ac-
cording to Woodstock Census, a new book by Dean-
ne Stillman and Rex Weiner to be published next fall

ts at their next meeting July 18.
THE PLAN ALSO would reduce fixed route service
from every 15 minutes to every half hour on the
Packard Rd. route, but would maintain service every
15 minutes on the Washtenaw Ave. route. Service hours
would remain basically the same.

More comprehensive fixed route services would be
provided to compensate for the Dial-a-Ride cutbacks.
The current five fixed routes would be expanded to ten
and two coaches would be added to the fleet of 22,
according to the proposal.
See AATA, Page II

by Viking Press, many members of the "Woodstock
Nation" still consider marijuana the best way to get
high. According to an article in High Times
magazine, the book, a survey of men and women
who were in their teens and twenties during the 60s,
says 42 per cent of those surveyed have been
smoking pot regularly over the years. And you
thought the 60s generation was dead.
More U.S.-Soviet agreements?
Salt II isn't the only agreement the Soviets are
making with the U.S. After years of futile attempts
to copy american blue jeans, the Soviets have asked
the makers of Lee, Levi, and Wranfler jeans to
submit proposals for a plant in Moscow. The
Soviets, who are hoping for an output of two million
to three million pairs of jeans annually, have
budgeted $7.5 million for the plant proptosal. When
the Soviets tried to produce their own jeans, Soviet
youth apparently rejected the Russian jeans, opting
instead for black market American jeans, which
sold for $200 a pair.

Happenings ...
... are scant today. The opening reception for
photographer Nancy Fink's exhibition begins this
evening at 5 p.m. at the Blixt Gallery, 229 Nickels
Arcade. The exhibit runs through August
26 ... FILMS: Ann Arbor Public
Library-Gaslight, 2:00 and 7:30 p.m., at the Ann
Arbor Public Library . . . Ann Arbor Film Co-
op-Woody Allen's Interiors, 7 p.m., 8:40 p.m. and
10:30 p.m., MLB, Aud. 3 ... Cinema Il-The lHar-
der They Come, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., Aud. A, Angell
Hall . . . Cinema Guild-To Kill a Mockingbird, 7:30
p.m., 9:45 p.m., Old Arch. Aud.
On the outside
Maybe summer really is coming to Ann Arbor at
last. Although it's too late for those Fourth of July
picnics, the sun will shine today. The high will hit 80'
and the low will dip down to the upper 40s.

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