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Thursday, July 10, 1975


Page Three

ApoIlo-Soyuz flight: Space detente
First of two parts
The quiet void of space is perhaps the
most appropriate spot for detente. Color
photographs returned from orbit show no
boundaries between nations and astro-
nauts often use their vantage point to
emind us that we are all passengers on
the same giant spaceship. Economic and
political differences seem petty and ir-
relevant when considered on a cosmic
And so, in an impressive step toward
Soviet-American manned space coopera-
ion, three astronauts and two cosmo-
nauts will next week spend nearly 5O
hours together, circling 140 miles above
earth in an experimental joint mission:
the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP).
THREE YEARS of research, new tech-
nological designing and rehearsals will
culminate July 17 when the United"
States' Apollo spacecraft docks with its
tSSR counterpart, the Soyi . That day,
astronauts Thatmas Stafford, Donald= 7
Slaytotn and Vance Brand will transfer:
through the cylindricalI docking nmoduile"
airlock joinitng the tswo ships and receivef,
"reetin televised to the >rid below
fromn cosroanats Aleksei Leonov and y
Valeri Kubasov.
The joint mission begins at 8:20 a.m.
(EDT) July 15 when a rocket carrying
Leonov and Kubasov will be launched -NASA Photo
from the Baikonur, Kazakhstan cosmo- THIS ARTIST'S conception shows the Apollo spacecraft, at left, approaching the Soviet Soyuz vehicle 140 miles
above earth. Attached to the front of Apollo is the new Docking Module which will allow three astronauts and two
droine in central Asia. Seven and a half cosmonauts to transfer to each other's spacecraft for two days of joint experiments, ceremonies and television
See APOLLO, Page 6 transmissions.

Ferency attackspli
refr ilas 'dangerous'
Speaking before a sparsely-attended Human Rights Party
(HRP) dinner last night, party leader Zolton Ferency blasted as
"dangerous" a political reform bill awaiting action in the State.
House of Representatives.
The 71-page bill, sponsored by Common Cause, a national
public interest lobbying group, establishes tighter limits on
campaign expenditures. The measure also redefines a "major
party" as one which receives 25 per cent of the vote in a previous
election, and restricts interaction between local and statewide
party committees.
Ferency, a founder of HRP, feels that the bill will make it
more difficult for a small party to gain a statewide stronghold.
"IT IS HIGHLY destructive of political organizations," said
Ferency, "and I am fearful this bill will set us back, I don't
know how many years."
See FERENCY, Page 9

New legislation tightening
guidelines for the release of
mental patients and widening
criteria for involuntary com-
mittment of the mentally ill is
nearing final approval in Lan-
The two measpres, already
passed by the House, were ap-
proved by the State Senate
Tuesday in identical 31-0 votes,
despite warnings that the bills
may be unconstitutional.
THE BILLS were returned to
the House yesterday for what
was described as "minor"
amending, and indications are
that the measures :will be avail-
able for Governor Milliken's
signature sometime within the
next couple of weeks.
One bill creates a new ver-
dict of "guilty but mentally
ill", where a defendant would
receive psychiatric treatment
in a state mental hospital, but
would then be eligible for im-
prisonment in a penal institu-
tion for the crime committed.
The bill is designed as an
alternative to the "not guilty
by reason of insanity" (NGRI)
plea, which the bill's sponsors
claim has been exploited by at-
torneys as a way of circum-
venting lengthy prison terms
for their clients.
THE SECOND measure ex-
pands the state's definition of
mental illness to include those
people whose behavior "can be
reasonably expected to result
in physical harm to him or her-
self or others."
This proposal was modified by
Senate liberals, who objected
to the earlier House version of
the bill, requiring committment
for those mentally ill but in-
capable of realizing their need
for treatment,

health bills ok'd
Both bills are a response to hearing, the state could not es-
last fall's controversial Mc- tablish a defendant's legal in-
Quillan decision, in which the sanity, that person had to be
State Supreme Court upheld a released.
Wayne County Circuit Court The majority of those releas-
ruling that people could not be ed under the provisions of Mc-
held in state mental institutions Quillan have returned to so-
unless they were found to be ciety without incident. Others,
both mentally ill and danger- such as John McGee, who al-
ous due to that illness either legedly ' murdered his wife
to themselves or others. shortly after his release from
THE RULING forced the the State Forensic Center in
state to reevaluate all NGRI Ypsilanti, have spurred a pub-
patients according to the new lic demand for more stringent
criteria. If, after a probate See MENTAL, Page S
Group plans reviv
o downtown trolley

A trolley "trip into the past"
may be in store for local shop-
pers moving between the city's
disjointed and depressed down-
town commerce centers next
summer if a group of private
citizens have their way.
With the antique car already
purchased, the citizen group,
calling itself the Ann Arbor
Street and Railway Museum, is
attempting to convince City Ball
that the proposed trolley line,
which would run down Liberty
from State to First Street, is
not impractical.
THE WORKING relic, accord-
ing to the group, would aid in
the city's revitalization efforts
by providing a unique attraction
as well as needed transporta-
tion links between the area's
beleaguered downtown sectors.
Built in St. Louis in 1899, the
trolley holds 40 passengers, and
would operate all day, all year
round for 25 cents on weekdays
and only a dime on weekends.

"AND THERE'D be night runs
for theatre-goers," adds Mary
Lou Slater, president of the
group - "It's very pretty lit up
at night."
Though the first phase of their
effort is concentrated on estab-
lishing the half-mile Liberty
trolley, Slater envisions an ex-
tension of the line, "so that
eventually people could ride
from the edge of the old west-
side neighborhood to South U
and Washtenaw."
While formal approval of the
project has not been obtained
from the City Council, installa-
tion of the trolley line is one of
Council's approved goals for its
bicentennial commission, says
AND WITH the support of the
city Chamber of Commerce,
State Street and Downtown Mer-
chants Associations as well as-
Ann Arbor Tomorrow, Slater is
forging ahead with plans for a
street feasibility study of the
See TROLLEY, Page 10

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