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Friday, June 3, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three
Sirhan still blank on RFK murder

SOLEDAD, Calif. (P)' - Convicted assassin Sirhan Sir-
han told two Los Angeles County supervisors yesterday
that he still has a mental blackout about the killing
of Sen. Robert Kennedy and repeated: "I can't remem-
ber, I can't remember."
Kenneth Hahn and Baxter Ward, who spent three
hotrs inside Soledad Prison interviewing Sirhan, said
thet believed he should undergo further psychiatric ex-
amination and possibly hypnosis.
'"THERE IS still more to be known," said Hahn. "We
still have to find out the answer. The investigation is
not through."
Hahn and Ward said they both pressed Sirhan to say
whether or not anyone else influenced him to shoot
Kennedy. Sirhan's only answer, they said, was "I can't
Sirhan's attorney,-todfrey Isaac, who sat in on the
meeting, stressed that Sirhan said he knew of no con-
spiracy to kill Kennedy.
THE 32-YEAR-OLD Sirhan's mental blackout begins
at the time he entered the Los Angeles Ambassador Ho-
tel on the night of June 5, 198, the supervisors said.
He told them he remembered nothing until he was
lting on a steam table in the hotel kitchen where he
had been wrestled after the shooting.
Isaac said Sirhan still has "a clear conscience" be-
cause he does not know for sore whether he killed the

"HE WANTS to know himself did he or did lie not
kill Sen. Kennedy," Isaac said.
The attorney said that during the meeting Sirhan
suggested that he be taken back to the scene of the
killing, the Ambassador kitchen, perhaps with a psy-
chiatrist along to help him remember.
Isaac said he would visit Sirhan again in a week and
determine the next step to be taken to try to job his
HAhN NOTED, "I tried to ask him several times of
his motive and he didn't remember. But he.did say
that when be came from Palestine he had a very nega-
tive feeling toward Bobby Kennedy's foreign policy"
Sirhan had said at -his trial he resented Kennedy's
favorable attitude toward Israel. Hahn said Sirhan told
them he had expected Kennedy to become president.
"We talked to him for three hours," said Hahn. "We
went through every step of this tragedy . . . we asked
every question imaginable.
"SIRHAN was very frank with us. He was not hostile,"
he added. But he said many questions went unanswered
because of Sirhan's memory'lapse.
"I hope we can have medical authorities pull back the
curtain in his mind," Hahn said.
Kennedy was shot moments after he claimed victory
in the California Democratic presidential primary. Sir-
han, grabbed at the scene, was holding the .22-caliber
pistol which killed the senator,

City faces waste problem

The wheels of Ann Arbor city government have begun
to roll in the city's attempt to prolong the life span of the
landfill site on Platt Road.
The landfill is the dumping/site for solid waste gener-
ated by the community. If dumping continues at its
present rate, the landfill will be filled to capacity some
time between 1982 and 1987. The city has disposed of its
solid waste at the Platt Road site since 1958.
0ear old arrested
for-lost week's rape
Police have arrested a 20-year old local man in con'-
netion with a rape wrhich occurred early Saturday
morning behind the Law Quad.
Tiken into custody was Anthony Wooten, a Cassidy
I ke Technical School inmate who was released in April
on a work-release program. Wooten was arrested at the
Ant Arbor YMCA where he had been living for the past
%OOTEN ALLEGEDlY forced the victim to accom-
pity him to the YMCA after she had been beaters and
raped behind the law quad.
The victim identified Wooten a the man who attacked
ter after she was shown a photograph of himi, and she
later identified him in a line-up.
Wooen was arraigned yesterday morning and is
bring held on $100,000.00 bond. His preliminary exami-
nation is scheduled for June 8.
Although police think Wooten may be a suspect in
another rape case, they do not believe he is responsible
for any of the three attacks which have occurred near.
campus since Tuesday.

AN AD HOC committee on solid waste disposal was
formed by City Council in December of 1976, and the
committee has now completed its report.
The committee will recommend that the city hire an
engineer to prepare plans and cost estimates for a shred-
ding and landfilling facility, patterned after similar
plants in Madison, Wisconsin and Cowlitz County, Wash-
ihgton. Fred Mammel, director of the city's Department
of Public Works (DPW) and a member of the commit-
tee, said that shredding Will at least double the antici-
pated life of the Platt Road facility.
"A rough estimate would suggest that the shredding
facility would add at least fire years to the city's use of
the landfill," said Mammel.
THE SHREDDING process has other advantages be-
sides prolonging the city's use of the landfill. These
include elimination of blowing paper, eradication of flies
and rodents, odorlessness, improved aesthetics, and
easier spreading and compacting.
The capital cost estimate, including engineering, con-
struction equipment, and utilities, projects a cost of
$1,735,750. In addition, the annual cost increase for the
proposed shredding plant over the present operation is
However, the shredding facility might also be a source
of revenue. The shredding process could isolate refuse
derived fuel, through an air separation process, for pos-
sible marketing to a major user.
ACCORDING TO the committee's report, "The poten-
tial exists that proceeds from the sale of refuse' derived
fuel (and perhaps ferrous metals) will more than offset.
additional cost of shredding and fuel separation."
But, because no customers for the fuel have been
found, the c t mtmittee has recommended that the air
separating portion of the facility should "be planned, but
not constructed."f
The University was approached by the committee, but
said it could notmake use of the refuse derived fuel.
See CITY, Page 7

Si rha n
Trades Union
new contract
Negotiators for the University and the Building
Trades Union met yesterday to discuss the first
set of proposals presented by the union in their cur-
rent series of contract bargaining. The present con-
tract will expire July 30.
The two parties reviewed eight non-economic pro-
posals presented by the union, primarily those re-
garding contract language.
Union negotiator Charles l-arnsworth said of the
meeting, "We explained what we're asking for iS
far as non-economic proposals and of course, we
don't expect an answer from the university on lte
first day - they need time to digest it."
Felix Barthelemy, Chief University spokesmn for
the Building Trade Union negotiations, also empha-
sized the necessity of enough time to study the con-
tract issues before decisions can be reached.
"We may attempt to respond to sime of the pro-
posals next week, but we must review the potestial
impact of the proposals ont the university," he
The next negotiating session is slated for June 7.
Farnsworth, who is representing over 300 union
members, said he hopes to finish presenting the non-
economic proposals at the June 7 meeting and per-
haps begin discussion of matters such as wages.


A pity
If mama wanted you ,to play the violin but you
went into engineering because that's where the
jobs were, you'd .better start looking for a used
Stradivarius. According to a report released yes-
terday by the National Science Foundation, em-
ployment of scientists and engineers in U.S. pri-
vate industry decreased five per cent between 1970
and 1975. That compares with a 14 per cent increase
between 1965 and 1970, and a 19 per cent gain in
the 1960-65 period. NSF also found that an increas-
ing number of scientists and engineers - particu-
larly geologists - are employed in energy-related
Down to earth meal
Worm Au Jus. Worm Au Gratin. Worms Bene-

dit. Pineapple Upside-Down Worm Cake. Sound
delicious? Well, none of these tasty dishes can hold
a candle to Lynn Remisovsky's "quiche Lorraine
avec ver de -terre" (quiche Lorraine with earth-
worms), the winner of Wednesday's Pomona, Cal-
ifornia Earthworm Recipe Contest. Remisovsky says
she boils and'hen bakes the worms until "crispy"
-- nobody likes an undercooked worm - and then
crumbles them like bacon bits into the French
cheese pie. Among the contest losers were Worm
Fritters, Crawling Canape Caps and Earth Kitchen
Bread. Bon appetit!
Happenings ...
four workshops, part of the Extension Ser-
vice's summer symposium on social work, will take
place today in the Michigan League - call 764-5304

for complete information ... the International Cen-
ter sponsors a trip in search of "Edible Wild Plants,"
leaving from the Center, 603 E. Madison, at 4 p.m.
... a group show featuring wu(ks of Mavis Chaney,
Betty Fulmer, John Kloor, and Mary Ann Zotto-
Beltz will open at Gallery One, 113 S. Fourth Ave.,
with a preview from 5 to 7 p.m. ... and the Roots
Trio will be, playing free jazz in the University
Club from 9:30 to 1:30. That's it!
On the outside
, The earth should wobble back nb its txis n-
day and cliar ip some of the dreadful weather
we've had all week. Look for clear, sunny skies
and a high of 72, an overnight low in the high 50's.
and a sunny Saturday, with a high near 80.

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