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Vol. LXXXI, No. 28-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, June 12 Ten Cents Twelve Pages

Nixon refuses
to push suburb
housing plans
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON-The federal government will not take
action to require the nation's suburban communities to open
housing opportunities to the poor of all races, President
Nixon said yesterday.
Nixon promised, however, to continue prosecution of
individual instances of racial discrimination in housing
with federal lawsuits and administrative conciliation pro-
ceedings. These have totaled 254 cases since 1968.
He said that in cases of general economic discrimina-
tion, though, such as suburban zoning practices that ex-
clude subsidized housing for poor people, federal inter-
vention is beyond the law as interpreted by the Supreme
Court.
Making things perfectly clear,
Nixon said, "In public discussion
of 'fair housing' or 'open hous-
ing' another issue has often be-
come confused with that of ra-
cial discrimination. Th is is
sometimes referred to as 'eco-
nomic integration.'
"One of the arguments fre-
quently advanced is that poor I/l
people are often disadvantaged
by living in low-income neigh-
borhoods; that poverty perpetu-
ates itself; and that the remedy Ann Arbor voters will elect
therefore is to scatter the poor three members of the nine-
among the more affluent. An- member school board in an
other argument heard is that election Monday.
blacks and other minorities tend Twelve candidates, spanning
to be disproportionately poor the political spectrum, are vy-
and that 'economic segregation' ing for the three positions.
is therefore equivalent to racial Also on the ballot will be pro-
discrinilnation," he continued. posals to raise $12,847,000 in
"It is important to remember, bonds to help finance the
however, that the terms 'poor' school system, along with a
and 'black' are not interchange- plan to increase the school mil-
able. If we impact or tip the lage rate from 32.5 to 35.1. All
balance of an established com- the candidates are supporting
munity with a flood of low-in- the bonding and millage pro-
come families, we do a disserv- posals.
Ice to all concerned," the chief
executive surmised. The only candidate running
Reaction to Nixon's talk was as the candidate of a political
swift and hard-hitting. party is Prof. Robert Hefner,
Jack Wood, executive co-di- director of the Center for Re-
rector of the National Commit- search for Conflict Resolution.
tee Against Discrimination in Hefner is running as the candi-
Housing, said in New York his date of the Radical Independ-
group considers Nixon's position ent Party (RIP) m the tradi-
"deliberately d ce pt iv e. Eco- tionally non-partisan election.
nomic discrimination and racial The other candidates include
discrimination in today's time Ralph Bolhouse, local business-
are synonymous." man and former owner of
Stoney Cooks, executive di- Ralph's; Nancy Brussolo, house-
rector of the Southern Chris- wife and member of the group
tian Leadership Conference, said which formulated the "Humane-
"the implication of Nixon 's ness in Education" report on
statement reinforces the Presi- race relations in local schools:
dent's inability or unwillingness Marcia Federbush, a former
to take a strong leadership role teacher and head of the Coin-
which communities have taken mittee to Eliminate Sexual Dis-
across the country. crimination in the schools; Ted

Wounded in shootout
A bleeding youth is carried by fellow students after being wounded during an attempt by about
7,000 students to stage a protest at Mexico City's Polytechnic Institute Thursday. Five persons were
killed and 100 injured in the fracas.
ECOLOGICAL CONCERNS:
City Council1 to -make
decision on Briarwood

r

By MARK DILLEN
Near the busy intersection of
State St. and I-94 stands hun-
dreds of acres of undeveloped
land. To builders, the potential
there for an economic boom of
unprecedented degree makes the
site a natural target for develop-
ment. To ecologists, the slightly
rolling landscape is a community
asset whose natural qualities
should be disturbed as little as
possible.
Monday, both viewpoints will
be weighed by City Council one
final time, and the future of the
site and a shopping center called
Briarwood will be sealed.
_ In some communities, a de-
bate such as this would be quick-
ly resolved-development would
take place with a minimum of
thought to the ecological conse-
quences over the years. However,
among Ann Arbor residents
ecological arguments have been
well received and builder's plans
for the area have come under
close scrutiny for possible harr'
to the local environment.
And, because the council must
give approval to any comaimercial
development of the area, such a,
Briarwood, those concerned about
possible ecological harm .gave
had a forum to voice their ob-
jections. For several months the
proposed builder, the Taubman
Company, has been presenting
and representing plans to coun-
cilmen and city officials, hoping
to convince them that its project
is worthwhile.
Though the city planning com-
mission recommended approval
of Briarwood when the matter
first crossed the council's desk
in early February, intense com-
munity opposition to the project
brought further evaluation. Size

of the center, its landscaping,
transportation and public works
proposals were reconsidered, as
was an "affirmative action pro-
gram" applied to the center's ac-
tual construction, which would
insure minority groups some of
the economic benefits derived
from Briarwood.
This last issue is the only ma-
jor hurdle left before the coun-
cil's approval for Taubman's re-
quest is assured. Mayor Robert
Harris, who had threatened to
veto the zoning change from ag-
ricultural to building use if all
businesses at the center did not

agree to "affirmative action",
said yesterday final agreements
are wanting from only Taub-
man himself and Penny's, Inc.
Harris expressed optimism about
the project's approval Monday.
Harris indicated that while
some of the items negotiated did
not result in agreements he fa-
vored, the overall agreement
would not receive his veto if the
affirmative action provisions
were accepted.
This provision is applied to all
businesses having contracts with
the city and may be sought in
See COUNCIL, Page 10

ATTACKS DETROIT INQUEST

Lawyer to
DETROIT (P) - A Detroit at-
torney announced yesterday that
he plans to file suit challenging
the legitimacy of a Detroit fed-
eral grand jury allegedly investi-
gating the March bombing of the
U.S. Capitol.
Hugh "Buck" Davis, at a news
conference, contended the grand
jury is illegal because its deliber-
ations are founded on improperly
gathered wiretap evidence and
because it is on a "fishing ex-
pedition" for the Justice Depart-
ment rather than on a fact-find-
ing mission for the court.
Davis said he would file the
suit in U.S. District Court follow-
ing a hearing Tuesday on a simi-
lar suit in New York challenging
a federal grand jury.
Six persons have been sub-
poenaed thus far by the Detroit
grand jury-Ken Kelley and
Terry Taube, both of Detroit;

challenge grand jury
Clark of Bloomington, Ind.
They are scheduledto appear
before the jury June 24.
Yesterday Kelley repeated his
earlier statements that neither he
nor Taube would testify before
the grand jury.
"If we have to go to jail for
contempt, then we will go to sail
for contempt," he asserted.
Kelley and Davis both charged
yesterday that the Justice De-
{r partment under "Nixon's Torque-
mada John Mitchell" has per-
verted the grand jury system to
use it to scatter innuendos
against anti-war activities.
Kelley said that Pres. Nixon
and Atty. Gen. Mitchell nave
turned to innuendo because they
Ken Kelley have been unable to gain con-
victions in open court.
Larry Canada of Nashville, Ind.; Canada, who was arrested as a
his ex-wife Katherine; Collin material witness and is free on
Neiberger of Boston; and Larry See LAWYER, Page 10

Heusel, news director of radio
station WPAG; Norman Keefer,
school psychologist for th e
schools of Taylor, Mich.; K a y
McCargar, graduate student in
education at the University;
Duane Renken, local businesa-
man and landlord; William
Simpson, counselor at Wash-
tenaw Community College; Re-
becca Vanderhorst, a teacher
suspended from the Ann Arbor
school system; Charles Votaw,
anatomy professor; and Ruth
Zwiefer, housewife and volun-
teer in the public schools.
The candidates will be elect-
ed for three-year terms.
The board of education is a
representative body, chosen by
the school electors and respon-
sible to them for the "proper
administration of the schools."
On the inside...
Arts ............... Page 2
Hooks........Page 5
A Trip to the
Lansing Crime Lab Page 6
Sports ..........."..Pages 11, 12
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