The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI, No. 21-S
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, May 2, 1977
World economic conference ends
PARIS (P)-The 27-nation conference of two of the major demands made by the after the United States revived a pro- result of the 18-month conference, even
rich, poor and oil-producing nations 19 developing nations at the conference. posal to create a continuing structure for if described as a success, would fall far
moved tentatively toward a successful Fluctuations in the raw material market discussing the economic gap separating short of closing the gap between the
conclusion after clearing away obstacles often disrupt poor economies heavily de- the developing and industrialized worlds "haves" and "have-nots."
on two troublesome issues yesterday. pendent on the export of one or two basic -the basic purpose of the Paris confer-
Spokesmen for the eight industrialized commodities. ence, known as the North-South dialogue. BUT HE ADDED, "Even if nait sensa-
nations at the conference said working As the delegates worked overtime in U.S. officials said Vance wanted the tional, it will be a satisfactory agree-
groups had agreed to create a common the conference's final hours, the mood conference * to authorize some kind of ment."
fund to help protect the supply and price was much brighter than it had been ear- agency to continue work on the major At the outset of the conference, the
of commodities and a "special action lier yesterday, when U.S. State Depart- issues-energy, development aid, foreign United States had opposed the common
program" to help some of the poorest ment spokesman Hodding Carter said debt repayments, commodity prices, sta- fund concept but it later changed its
countries offset h e a v y international some preliminary agreements "came un- bilization, foreign investment and the position.
debts. raveled" in tough negotiating, and one fast development of natural resources. A common fund involves setting up ex-
THESE ACCORDS had "a fair chance Western delegate said the conference 'itlsout the two agreements in the tra stocks of certain commodities to re-
for a full agreement," said Hamilton was "a shambles." working groups "this would have made place or absorb goods when the supply
Whyte, spokesman for the European the prospect for an over-all settlement is disrupted. In addition, money is re-
Common Market. THE AGREEMENTS on a common rather dismal," Whyte said. served to stabilize commodity prices if
The common fund and debt relief were fund and special action program came At the same time he indicated that the the cost levels are threatened. t
A prosecution rests case1
By KEITH B. RICHBURG
Special To The Daiy
DETROIT - The prosecution rested its case against
two Filipino nurses at the Veterans Administration (VA)
murder trial yesterday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Delonis remained
cautious yet optimistic, telling reporters that "it is not
like a basketball game where you can look up and see the
DELONIS STRESSED that the case hasn't gone to the jury yet.
"I think we have presented a good case," he said.
Defense attorneys would not comment but in the words of
defense lawyer Thomas O'Brien, "just look at our faces." O'Brien
and the other three lawyers representing the two nurses were
beaming optimistic smiles.
Federal Judge Philip Pratt excused the jury until next Wednes-
day, giving him time to hear the traditional defense motions to
dismiss the case. O'Brien had earlier indicated that he expects at
least some of the government's weakest counts to be dropped from
O'Brien told reporters last week that he expects the defense
to conclude its presentalion by the Fourth of July.
THE GOVERNMENT hopes to have proven beyond a reason-
able doubt that Filipina Narciso and Leanora Perez murdered two
VA patients and poisoned seven others during July and August 1975
See VA, Page 3
Michigan House votes in
resolution to ban abortion
By LISA FISHER
With Wire Service Reports
The Michigan House of Representatives passed a resolution
yesterday to call for a national constitutional convention to ban
abortion in this country, by a vote of 59-35.
The resolution, initiated by Rep. Thaddeus Stopcynski (D-
Detroit), after two hours of heated argument passed the House
and is now on its way to the state Senate for further ratification.
STOPCYNSKI opposes the abortion laws as currently set down
by the Supreme Court. "I don't agree with them," he said, "and
I believe the majority of people in the country don't agree with
abortion as it stands now."
A landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision said laws prohibiting
abortion violate the constitution.
According to Stopcynski, 26 states have initiated action on
similar resolutions and eight have passed them. If 34 states adopt
anti-abortion resolutions, Congress would be required to call a
constitutional convention on the abortion issue. Should a conven-
tion be called, it would take the ratification of 38 states to approve
any constitutional amendment suggested by the convention.
STOPICYNSKI admitted that the Michigan resolution is aimed
at pressuring Congress to propose a constitutional amendment of
Rep. Rosetta Ferguson (D-Detroit) commented, "We're trying
to do something to stop the slaughter of the unborn by the mothers
and the doctors. No woman has to become pregnant. Those who
play must pay."
On the other side of the controversy, Ann Arbor Democrat .
See MICHIGAN, Page 5
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Actor Richard Pryor answers questions during a press conference at the Detroit Renais-
sance Center. Pryor plugged his current movie 'Blue Collar Worker' now under production
in Detroit, Flint and Kalamazoo.
ALL SINCE TUESDAY:
Attem pt ed ra pes reported
By EILEEN DALEY her to drive to a certain destina- ing over his head grabbed her
tion. The woman, however, could and attempted to drag her to a
Two assaults with attempt to not find her keys and dumped darkened area by the stairwell.
commit rape, and an assault out the contents of her purse to
with an attempt to kidnap have prove this to the man. The man THE WOMAN'S screams were
occurred since Tuesday. then fled, heard by another man in the
An unidentified man jumped At about 5:30 a.m. the same structure who ran t o w a r d s
into the parked car of two 18- morning, a 24-year old woman them, yelling for the attacker
year old women as they were was attacked on the second floor to release the woman. Upon see-
about to leave their apartment of a parking structure near Uni- log the man, the assailant ran
in the 1300 block of Washtenaw versity Hospital. away.
at about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday. The woman was leaving her A woman on a bicycle was
THE MAN held a knife to the parked car in the structure when attacked on S. University near
throat of the driver and ordered a man wearing a woman's stock- See POLICE, Page 3