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House OKs worker's comp bills
LANSING (UPI)- The House passed
*piajor six-bill package of worker's
cpmpensation reform measures last
night after nearly seven hours of
caucuses and floor debate.
-,Gov. William Milliken immediately
,labeled the bills "a deliberate and
premeditated step backwards which
would seriously damage our attempts
i6 turn the Michigan economy around."
THE BILLS, aimed at reducing the
costs of providing benefits to injured
workers, now go to the Senate where
dis mi ssed
some of them will almost certainly face
stiff opposition from Republicans, con-
servative Democrats and Milliken.
The major bill passed by the House
was a heavily amended version of a
measure supported by Milliken. Most
provisions of the governor's original
bill, however, were changed or
eliminated in the face of strong
The bill was approved on a 56-48 vote,
the minimum majority needed to send
the legislation from the lower chamber.
All 56 "yes" votes were cast by
Democrats. Reps. Claude Trim of
Davisburg and Dana Wilson of Hazel
Park were the only Democrats to vote
against the measure.
THE BILL provides that injured
workers may continue receiving
benefits until they are offered "suitable
work." If the job is refused, the
worker's benefits can be cut.
However, the measure also provides
that if an employee accepts a job that
pays less than his original employment,
he or she will receive benefits equal to
80 percent of the after-tax difference.
"Suitable work" is defined as a job
that takes into consideration risk to the
health and safety of the worker, the
employee's physical fitness and the
distance of the job from the worker's
The legislation also provides that
worker's compensation benefits will be
"coordinated" or reduced by the
amount of other benefits he may be
By JANET RAE
The Michigan State Court of Claims dismissed a suit on
Wednesday charging the University and former Michigan
basketball coach Johnny Orr of conspiring to push a former
Detroit high school basketball star through high school and
junior college so he could play basketball for Michigan.
According to Special Assistant Attorney General Peter
Davis, Judge James Kallman dismissed the case after
hearing one hour of oral argument. Davis was assigned to
represent the University in the suit, which sought $15 million
in damages for "severe mental disabilities" allegedly suf-
fered by Curtis Jones after being academically "carried"
through high school and junior college.
DAVIS SAID Kallman, in dismissing the suit, called it "the
strongest case he's ever seen for application of the gover-
nmental immunity doctrine," which protects educational in-
stitutions from most lawsuits. Davis had noted earlier that
the University had no official involvement with Jones, and
therefore should not have been named in the case.
The suit alleged that Jones, a "slow learner" according to
standardized IQ test scores, was given an unmerited high
school diploma in 1968 so he could enter a junior college and
improve his academic record to become eligible for ad-
mission to the University.
Jones, 33, was hospitalized for a mental breakdown he suf-
fered while at the college, according to his mother, Henriet-
ta, who filed the suit in September. He was allegedly the vic-
tim of "unrelenting" harassment from other students when
they discovered he couldn't read or write.
The suit, which names a number of defendants, is still
being considered in Detroit courts, but the University is not a
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Reagan orders Mandel freed
WASHINGTON - President Reagan yesterday commuted the sentence of
former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel, ordering him immediately released
from prison and freed completely on Dec. 20, the Justice Department said.
The department said Reagan decided on clemency for Mandel, 62, because
he has already been in jail for 19 months, longer than any of the codefendants
who were convicted with him in 1977 on federal charges of mail fraud and
racketeering in connection with an insiders' scheme to obtain favorable
dates for a racetrack in Maryland.
The Justice Department said Mandel will be transferred immediately
from the prison camp at Elgin Air Force Base near Pensacola, Fla., and
assigned to a halfway house for emerging convicts in the Annapolis-
Baltimore area. The department did not identify the institution.
Haig's OAS speech delayed;
Imeets with foreign ministers
CASTRIES, St. Lucia- Secretary of State Alexander Haig met privately
with the foreign ministers of Brazil, Argentine and Chile yesterday while
waiting his chance to address the Organization of American States.
The Brazilian and Argentine diplomats said the turmoil in El Salvador
came up in the conversations, but they provided few details. Haig also plan-
ned to meet with the foreign ministers of El Salvador-where a U.S.-backed
government is battling leftist guerrillas-and Colombia.
Haig had been scheduled to speak to the assembly before lunch, but the
session moved so slowly that by midday it had accomplished only one major
piece of business-admitting to membership two newly independent Carib-
bean states-Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Their membership boosts the OAS rolls to 29 countries.
Conference on aging ends
on near-unanimous note
WASHINGTON- The White House Conference on Aging ended yesterday
with near-unanimous adoption of approximately 600 recommendations
despite an undercurrent of complaints that pro-administration forces had
rigged key committees.
By the end of the four-day meeting, even 81-year-old Rep. Claude Pepper
(D-Fla.), an early critic, was praising the outcome.
Pepper called the conference's Social Security proposals "wonderful
President Reagan saluted the delegates for "unselfish contributions and
for making the 1981 conference a productive, memoable event."
Polish protest breakup sets
back relations, Solidarity says
WARSAW, Poland- Solidarity declared yesterday that Polish authorities
wrecked chances for reconciliation by using force to end a protest by
firefighter cadets, and that the union will consider a retaliatory general
A statement by union leaders blamed the government for ignoring a new
law giving greater autonomy to factory workers, and attacked the Com-
munist Party's call in Parliament to give the government "extraordinary"
powers to end strikes.
"The ushering in of the so-called extraordinary measures . . . is tan-
tamount to an attempt at liquidating civil and employee rights won in 1980,
the statement said.
Union chief Lech Walesa, who put his 9,5 million members on alert after
the raid Wednesday, said he may ask for a referendum among factory
workers on a strike call if the Parliament grants such powers to the gover-
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THE GOVERNMENT is considering
a number of changes to reduce the cost
of the GSL program which could range
from reducing loans for graduate
students to complete elimination of the
GSL program, Butts said.
But elimination of the GSL program
is "not politically feasible," Butts said.
University Director of Financial Aid
Harvey Grotrian said he would be sur-
prised if the federal government cut the
whole GSL graduate student program,
because graduate students are already
under tight financial constraints.
NEITHER DESKINS nor Graduate
School Dean Alfred Sussman would
speculate on whether Congress would
agree to cuts in the GSL program.
Butts, however, said some federal
reductions in the GSL program were a
certainty, but he added that there may
be alternatives to drastic reductions
currently being considered in
The most equitable alternative to
wholesale cutbacks in the GSL
program, Butts said, would be basing
eligibility for the loans on the financial
needs of the students in question.
SUSSMAN SAID University students
must be made aware of the possible
GSL reductions so that they may
protest the cutbacks.
There are no University funds
available to substitute for reductions in
the GSL program, Deskins said.
Sussman said some universities, par-
ticularly the Ivy League schools, have
student loans funds within their in-
stitutional budget, but he added that it
would take millions of dollars to create
such a program at the University.
Sussman said the University will try
to protest the cuts by 16bby ng in
Washington through various national
education groups such as the American
Association of University Professors
and the Association of Graduate
If the GSL funds are cut this year the
reductions would not hit students until
the 1982-83 academic year, Butts said.
The interest rate on GSLs is 9 per-
cent, which is paid by the government
until the students complete their
Six months after graduation, students
must begin payments on their GSLs,
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Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201
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