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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, August 1, 1979-Page 3

U9area
planners
closer to
compromise

By JOHN GOYER
University officials and regional
health planners seem more willing than
previously to compromise on cutting
costsof a proposed new University
Hospital, as the two sides prepare for a
second regional review of the hospital
replacement project.
But as in the initial review, the
University still is not obligated to
change the $241 million hospital plans in
response to criticism from regional
planners.

REGIONAL planners of the Com-
prehensive Health Planning Council
(CHPC) of Southeastern Michigan and
University officials argued to a stan-
dstill over the size and cost of the
proposed hospital during the initial
regional review in March and April.
The regional council won a second
review of the hospital plans by
threatening to delay state approval of
the project through a court battle with
the Michigan Department of Public
Health.

The department will now decide
whether to approve the hospital project
by October 1, instead of the original
target date of June 8.
DR. MEL RAVITZ, outspoken mem-
ber of the regional health planning
council, charged during the initial
review that the University was ignoring
regional planning concerns and
bypassing the regional council.
Yesterday, however, in a more
reserved tone, Ravitz said that
See U', Page 9

McGoff fined by court
for ignoring orders
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI)-A federal his order. He said a hearing on the
judge has imposed a $10,000 fine on motion was set for Aug. 16.
Panax Corp. President John McGoff,
saying he failed comply with subpoenas EXECUTIVES OF Panax Corp.
aimed at discovering where he got the declined to comment on the judge's ac-
money to purchase the Sacramento tion and referred reporters to a
Union, statement made last week by Curtner.
In imposing the fine Monday, U.S. "We hope that all the information
District Judge Charles Renfrew about South Africa . . . will be found
declared that McGoff and his irrelevant," Curtner said in the July 23
newspaper "have deliberately and edition of Publishers Auxiliary, the
willfully violated the court's orders." weekly publication of the National
Newspapers Association.
THE FINE WAS levied against Renfrew declared the Detroit law
McGoff, the Sacramento Publishing Co. firm, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and
and the Detroit law firm representing Stone, has "participated in such
them. An official South African com- violations and multiplied the
mission in June said the administration proceedings so as to increase costs
of new-deposed Prime Minister John unreasonably and vexatiously."
Vorster made $11.35 million available
to McGoff, supposedly to purchase the McGOFF'S ATTORNEYS contended
Washington Star. the subpoenas were legally defective.
However, the commission said McGoff was not at the proceeding.
McGoff apparently used $6 million of The action was taken at a hearing in
that money to buy the Sacramento the Union's $43 million anti-trust suit
Union instead. The U.S. Justice Depar- against McClatchy Newspapers,
tment reportedly is investigating those publishers of the rival Sacramento Bee,
allegations. which has countersued.
Renfrew ordered Richard Jones, a
ON JULY 18, McGoff issued a McGoff attorney and business
statement denying he was an agent or a associate, to appear for deposition Aug.
front for the South African government. 6 in the San Francisco offices of the
Panax Corp., headquartered in East Bee's attorneys, Brobeck, Phleger and
Lansing, own six dailies-five in Harrison.
Michigan-and more than 40 weeklies. McGoff himself was ordered to ap-
The Sacramento Union is owned by pear Aug. 10, and both were ordered to
another McGoff company, Global bring any documents relating to the
Communications. source of McGoff's financing.
In Detroit yesterday, Gregory Cur- A recently issued South African
tner, a lawyer representing McGoff in government report said McGoff used $6
the California suits, said McGoff had million given him by agents of that
not responded because a motion had government to buy the Union. McGoff
been filed asking Renfrew to reconsider has denied the report.

University Hospitatl-
'U' union delay settlement

By PATRICIA HAGEN
The campus skilled trades union and
,the University failed to reach a con-
tract settlement by the end of
bargaining yesterday, before the
union's two-year contract expired at
midnight.
The union, which is the campus unit
of the Washtenaw County trades coun-
cil, scheduled a general membership
meeting for 7 p.m. last night to discuss
the negotiations and plan action, accor-
ding to University chief negotiator
Arlie Bramen.
NEGOTIATORS FOR the union" of
electricians, plumbers, and other
skilled tradesworkers on campus could

not be reached for comment last night.
Bramen said he did not know whether
the union would take a stike vote last
night. The union did not request an ex-
tension of the current contract and the
University did not offer to extend it,
Bramen said.
Before yesterday afternoon's
negotiating session, Bramen said,
"We're down to three issues right
now." Two of the issues were economic,
he added.
The University negotiator said he
could not comment on the University
offers, union demands, or how close the
bargainers are to reaching a set-
tlement.

today-
It's what's on the inside
that counts
Minnie's Co-op, that purple landmark at 307 N.
State St., soon will get a new coat of paint, accor-
ding to Jenny Skwiertz, who will be president of the
co-op this fall. Currently Minnie's is a bright purple,
certainly the most noticeable building on the block.
Instead of the "empire purple," Minnie's will sport
a color called "African Violet," apparently named
after the pale lavender flower, and a lighter trim.
We guess the new paint job won't diminish Minnie's
uniqueness.
False alarm?
A 32-year-old woman from Stevensville, which is
near Benton Harbor, reported to state police early,
yesterday that someone had broken into her trailer
home. When the troopers arrived at the scene, both
doors of the trailer were swinging open and clothing
and other articlessere strewn across the floor. It

did, indeed, appear that the home had been ran-
sacked. "She advised us, however, that was its
normal state," the police report said. The troopers
helped the woman sift through her belongings.
Finally the woman admitted that only "a nickel bag
of Hawaiian gold" was missing (worth about $30,
according to UPI). The report continued, "When
asked why she kept contraband of that sort in her
house she replied, 'Because, if I kept it in my car I'd
get busted for sure.' " Said a state police
spokesperson, "I don't think we're going to pursue it
too diligently."
Happenings.. .
... paintings, drawings, and metalwork by three
University art school students go on display through
Aug. 17 in the Slusser Gallery in the Art and Ar-
chitectural Building on North Campus starting at 9
a.m. today.... Stewart Pollens, senior restored of
musical instruments at New York's Metropolitan
Museum of art, will present a seminar on Early
Developments in Piano Construction at 10 a.m. in
Room 2058 of the School of Music.. . at noon, and
again at, 8 p.m., the Students International

Meditation Society presents an introduction to
"Transcendental Meditations and TM Sidhi
Programs" in Room 4315 Michigan Union . . . on
WCBN, 88.3 FM, Riase Jakpor will interview Peter
Kornbluh of the National Alliance for Freedom of
Nicaragua and Eliana Lovelock of the Residential
College on the topic "From Chile to Nicaragua: A
Change in American Foreign Policy?" at 6 p.m.
Listeners can call in at 763-3500 ... enjoy a Middle
Eastern vegeterian dinner and a lecture by Sat-
Guru Dr. Jose Manual Estrada starting at 7 p.m. at
the Yoga Center of Ann Arbor, 207 E. Ann
At.... Summer Reperatory Theatre '79 presents
"Ah, Wilderness!" at 8 p.m. in the Power -.Cen-
ter ... FILMS: Ann Arbor Film Co-op-Herzog's
Aquirre, The Wrath of God, 7 p.m,, 10:20 p.m.;
Herzog shorts, 8:40 p.m.; both in Aud. A, Angell
Hall.
On the outside
The sunshine will come creeping through the
clouds today, and keep the temperatures hovering
around 80. The low will be in the lower 60s.
Welcome.to August.

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