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] Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 18-S
MrDichI TgFriday, May 26, 1978
II I I n Sixteen Pages
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents
Tension marks arms talks

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Delegate Paul Newman
steals show at U.N.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A
delight to secretaries and spectators
and a distraction to diplomats, actor"
Paul Newman is stealing the show at
the General Assembly's special
session on disarmament. He's the fir-
st big-name crowd pleaser since
Henry Kissinger.
An adoring throng, including many
U.N. office workers, follows the blue-
eyed Hollywood star wherever he
goes. But Newman, 53, ttse latest in a
long line of entertainers the United
States has booked into the U.N.
Assembly, says he's trying to keep a.
low profile.'

By The Associated Press
Weapons negotiations between the
United States and the Soviet Union
headed for a new and possibly climactic
round yesterday against a backdrop of
strained relations between the two
superpowers.
"The level of tension is fairly high,"
said a senior U.S. Offical before
Secretary of State Cyrus Vance met at
the Soviet Mission with Foreign
Minister Andrei Gromyko.
THE NEGOTIATIONS will be shifted
today to Washington and culminate
tomorrow when President Carter is
likely to summon Gromyko to the White
House.
What the Carter administration
regards as Soviet and Cuban adven-
turism in Africa has clouded prospects
for a weapons limitation treaty by the
end of the year.
On top of that there has been an un-
precedented Soviet strategicbuildup in
Europe which was condemned by Vice
President Walter Mondale in a policy
speech to the U.N. special disar-
mament conference.
SPECIFICALLY, he deplored the.
deployment of the SS-20, a new, mobile
intermediate range missile that Mon-
dale said menaces civilian as well as
military targets.
Mondale asked: "Who can justify this

"I'M JUST learning the job. I'm
trying to feel my way in," he said.
At the U.N. Plaza Hotel, where
Newman and other U.S. delegates are
housed, bellboys and hotel guests
ignored such Washington luminaries
as Sens. Charles Percy (R-Ill.), and
Charles Mathias (R-Md.), to shake
hands with, or just get a glimpse. of
him.
At a Swedish reception here Wed-
nesday evening, the crowd surroun-

Newman
ding Newman was at least six deep,
according to Martin Halqvist, a
spokesman for the Swedish Mission.
"We were delighted he showed up."
Another diplomat described the scene
as a "stampede."
"I THINK it's just wonderful, his
presence adds a human dimension to
this extra-serious affair," says
Margaret Saunders, a secretary from
Barbados.

escalation in nuclear arms."
Later, a senior U.S. official briefing
newsmen anonymously said Mondale's
speech reflected "real concern." He
said the administration decided "it
ought to be put on the table and
discussed frankly," even if it had "a
negative spillover" on the weapons
negotiations.
THE CARTER administration has
tried to keep the arms talks isolated
from U.S.-Soviet bickering in other
areas. At the same time it has told the
Kremlin that senators already skep-
tical of a weapons treaty are becoming
even more suspicious.
The Soviets are aware of the potential
impact on ratification of a treaty which
they are understood to want as ear-
nestly as the U.S. administration but
are prepared to run the risk of an-
tagonizing fence-sitters as well as op-
ponents.
Repression of Soviet dissidents,
typified by the conviction last week of
Yuri Orlov, head of a human rights
monitoring group, also has hurt chan-
ces for ratification.
THE VANCE-Gromyko talks are cen-
tered primarily on U.S. efforts to con-
strain development of new Soviet
missiles.
The Russians want the treaty to per-
mit testing and.deployment of one new
missile system on each side.
The Soviets also want their bomber,
known to the West as the Backfire, not
to count against their total of long-
range bombers and intercontinental
ballistic missiles.
VANCE DOES not expect this issue to
be resolved between him and
Gromyko. Rather, it is Vance's view
that the deadlock over Backfire can
only be broken by Carter and Soviet
President Leonid Brezhnev.
Chief U.S. arms negotiator Paul
Warnke, on the other hand, said in an
Associated Press interview this week
that all key issues would have to be set-
tled before there could be a summit
See D'ESTAING, Page 2

CONTAMINATION LASTS A LIFETIME:
Expert reports on PBB
By UnitedPress International able to hopefully come up with
Dr. Irving Selikoff said yesterday mean, however, that contaminated something."
tests on Michigan farmers show the mans wser lontm ihated Selikoff declined to speculate how
human body is able to rid itself of only a humans will suffer long-term health ef- long that might take, but said he has
small percentage of PBB - even fects. "hopes that it's not going to be years."
during a lifetime. Selikoff said he is hopeful that some The primary objective of the Novem-
The New York researcher, who agent will be discovered that can flush ber tests was to determine if PBB had
currently is studying PBB's effects on PBB from the body. any damaging effects on farmers'
the state's general population, said he "There will be other methods found," sperm. The sperm of about 100 young
expects residents of quarantined farms he said. "I. have confidence that our farmers was compared with that of
to retain 90 percent of the PBB they pharmacologists looking at this will be college students.
ingested.

HIS FINDINGS were based on blood
tests taken last November and com-
pared with 1976 blood tests.
Selikoff told University researchers
and doctors that he and his assistants
"snuck in" to the state last winter in
order to avoid some of the publicity that
has followed them during other visits.
"We did not find any significant
The House Agriculture Committee
approved a plan yesterday which would
limit PBB testing at most Michigan
dairy farms. See story, page 11.
decrease - only about 10 percent will
be metabolized out over a lifetime," he
said.
AFTER THE lecture, Selikoff told
reporters non-farm residents also
probably will carry for the rest of their
lives 90 percent of their- amounts of con-
tamination.

Couneil refuses to rehire black

By DAN OBERDORFER
City Council Wednesday night rejected a request to
reinstate a black City Hall employee who was laid-off two
years ago because of alleged racial discrimination,
The resolution, introduced by Councilman Ken Latta (D-
First Ward) asked that former planning department worker
John Morton be given a job as an assistant to the city planner
at a salary of $16,500 and also be provided with back pay.
COUNCIL VOTED along party lines to defeat the request
7-4, with Democrats in favor and Republicans against.
The Republicans rejected the request because they said it
would set a bad precedent. Councilman Louis Senunas (R-
Third Ward) suggested if Council approved Morton's
request, it would soon be asked to arbitrate "hundreds" of
complaints from disgruntled employees.
Republican Mayor Louis Belcher added Council did not
have jurisdiction to rule on the case. "The chain of command
leads to the planning commission," he said. "There are no
provisions in the City Charter for Council to overrule.either
the city administrator or the planning commission on per-
sonnel decisions."

CITY ATTORNEY Bruce Laidlaw backed him up, saying
Council's job was setting policy. He did say, however, Coun-
cil could act if its policy was not being followed.
.There is evidence of unlawful discrim-
ination against (Morton) and fellow black
employees.'
-Michigan Civil Rights Department
Councilwoman Leslie Morris (D-Second Ward) said there
is no doubt Morton was discriminated against. She pointed
out that an investigation by the Michigan Civil Rights Depar-
tment a year ago concluded there is "evidence of unlawful
discrimination against (Morton) and fellow black em-
ployees."
She COUNCIL ,Page 5

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