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Friday, August 18, 1973


Page Three

Friday. Auaust 18. 1973 THE SUMMER DAILY Page Three

Doily Phtob Dy rNrINK
And so the count is disappointed
Josef Blatt, silhouette right, directs the University Opera Orchestra as Elisetta (Julia Conwell) right informs her father (Ed-
mund Toliver) and her aunt (Karen Lundgren) that the count is displeased with her as his bride. See review of "The Secret
Marriage" on page two.
VP's finance records

Three file
suit against
housing unit
Three former Ann Arbor Housing Com-
mission employes have filed an unfair
labor practices suit with the Michigan La-
bor Relations Board charging the commis-
sion with anti-union firings and violation of
the Emergency Employment Act (EEA)
of 1971.
Leigh Davis and Robert Brown were
fired several weeks after walking picket
lines during a strike by commission em-
ployes June 29 to July 3.
impasse had been reached during contract
negotiations over cost of living increases
and the lack of a seniority clause.
Commission Director Marcia Wallace
claimed the negotiators had not discussed
those issues and the strike was "prema-
Davis, a senior accountant, was demot-
ed by Wallace immediately after the strike
and fired two weeks later.
WALLACE CLAIMS Davis was "incom-
petent" and that it "just wasn't the right
job for her. It had nothing to do with the
Davis insists, however, that the firing
was a result of her union activities and
adds, "Anyone who defies Marcia or bucks
her will be dismissed."
Community relations aide Robert Brown
was fired July 27. Brown, who was a chief
organizer of the strike, depicts Wallace's
actions as administrator as "bogue and
really inhuman."
BROWN ALSO contends that although
he was hired under the guidelines of the
EEA, the Commission is guilty of "viola-
tions galore" with regard to the act.
The ERA requires any EEA person must
be "given opportunities for career ad-
vancement and continued training, includ-
ing on-the-job training," so that she or he
will be prepared "to move into public or
private employment not supported under
the act."
Wallace calls the charge of non-compli-
ance "complete nonsense" and states that
Brown, like all EEA people, was given
BROWN SAYS only two brief training
sessions were held during Wallace's eight
months as director.
Sally Roberson, a receptionist, was fired
in June before the strike when she left
$1200 in a locked desk drawer overnight
contrary to office regulations. Roberson
claims she attempted to follow office pro-
cedure but did not get cooperation from
Wallace's secretary.
The hearing on the suit has been post-
poned indefinitely by the commission.
Brown calls the delay a "deliberate
stall. The grievance procedure gives the
employe ten days to file a grievance, but
the commission has unlimited time to re-
spond. It just shows how bogue the sys-
tem really is."

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Ozone nixed
Efforts by Ozone House, Drug Help and
Community Switchboard to find a new
home were scotched Wednesday when the
city's Zoning Board told the group that
a house they had contracted to buy at
719 Arbor St. would not be spot zoned for
office use. According to members of the
three organizations, city planning depart-
ment staffers had originally intended to
recommend rezoning but changed their
minds after a group of Arbor St. residents
protested the move. .
Nixon note
According to the findings of a recently
released CBS News poll, six out of 10 per-
sons who watched the President's Wednes-
day Watergate address believed he was
holding back important details of the cov-
erup. Only 10 per cent, however, felt he
should be impeached.
We wish to apologize for any inconven-
ience caused by yesterday's 'Happenings'
column. In case you didn't notice, most of
the events listed were scheduled for last
Friday. The Daily staffer responsible for
the error has pleaded "temporary insan-
ity" and has been given a week's vacation
in George Papoon's "Not Insane Rest
Happenings.. .
. . . the final session of the summer
"Poetry in the Park" series will be held
at West Park at 1:00 p.m. . . . Peckin-
pah's "Junior Bonner" will be shown at
7:30 and 9:30 p.m. in Aud. A, Angell Hall
. . . Bacon's "Footlight Parade" will be
shown at Arch. Aud. at 8:00 and 10:00
p.m. .-. . Cimarosa's opera, "The Secret-
Marriage" will be presented at Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre at 8:00 p.m.
A2's weather
Today should be partly sunny with aft-
ernoon highs reaching up into the low

BALTIMORE, MD. (/1) - Federal inves-
tigators responded yesterday to Vice Pres-
ident Spiro Agnew's offer of voluntary
cooperation and picked up copies of his
personal financial records for examina-
tion in a probe of alleged political cor-
U. S. Atty. George Beall told newsmen
that copies of the records were picked up
at Agnew's office in Washington but that
the vice president was not interviewed-
LAST TUESDAY, in a letter to Beall,
Agnew said he would turn over his per-
sonal papers and would make himself
available for an interview. But he stressed
he was acting as Spiro Agnew, citizen,
and not as the vice president.
"I do not acknowledge that you or any
grand jury have and right to records of
the vice president," Agnew said. "Nor do
I acknowledge the propriety of any grand
jury investigation of possible wrongdoing
on the part of the vice president so long
as he occupies that office."
Agnew called those constitutional ques-
tions to be confronted at some future point.
See AGNEW, Page 5

VP Agnew

Morbid morsels in the news

It has always been a Daily policy to avoid
priating the more grotesque and seasational
items in the news. On occasion, however, it
is important to run such stories simply to
keep readers aware of the kind ot world in
whicrh they uive. We pass these two items
along in that spirit.
MIAMI, Fla. (R) - Police were check-
ing yesterday a possibility that an 85-
year-old man imprisoned in a tiny swim-
ming pool pumphouse was held against
his will for years.
"From the state of the old man we be-
lieve he may have been a prisoner for
many years, even before he was moved
to-the house where he was found," police
said. "He was imprisoned in the pump-
house for six months to our knowledge."
VICTOR HARTMAN was described in
good condition at Jackson Memorial Hos-
pital where he was taken Thursday night
after police discovered him lying in an
overturned garbage can in the yard of an
$80,000 south Miami home.

Wrong door'
SILVER SPRING, Md. (A') - Harry
Wells, 78, apparently decided to take a
walk about 1 a.m. yesterday. He left the
front door open so he could get back in
But when he returned he picked the
wrong house - an identical split-level
next door and 40 feet away from the
one where he was visiting relatives in
this Washington, D. C., suburb.
Finding the door locked, he began
shaking it. Ms. James Lee Bailey Jr.
telephoned police to report someone was
trying to break into her home.
Police investigators said Wells con-
tinued shaking the door and Bailey, 35,
fired a shotgun through the closed front
46or. Wells was hit in the chest and died
several hours later in the hospital.
Bailey was charged with manslaughter.

Police said Bonnie Wilkie Blanchard,
55, who had been drawing Hartman's $186-
a-month Social Security check as pay-
ment for his room and board, was charg-
ed with false imprisonment. She was jail-
ed pending a hearing.
Police said Hartman was kept in a pad-
locked 14- by 5-foot pumphouse surround-
ed by a chain link fence, topped with
barbed wire. The pumphouse was filthy,
mosquito-infested and had only two small
windows. Investigators said they found a
urine-soaked mattress on the cement floor.
APPARENTLY HE sometimes escaped
by propping the branch of a tree against
the corner of the fence and climbing up
it," police said.
"But he never got very far and then
was put back against his will."
When he got out, investigators added,
Hartman would rummage through neigh-
borhood garbage cans, looking for food.
See MORBID, Page 5

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