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Page 2-B-Friday, September 5, 1980- The Michigan Daily
CONT ROVERSY SURR OUNDS ADULT BOOKSTORE

Zoning law

challenged

By TOM MIRGA
Attorneys for the Danish News, a
controversial and currently-closed
adult bookstore located at 209 N. Fourth
Ave., will seek the dismissal of city
zoning, building, and sign code
violation charges against the business
in the state's 15th District Court on Sep-
tember 26, according to City Attorney
Bruce Laidlaw.
The legal maneuvering, he added,
has temporarily shelved a case before
the Washtenaw County Circuit Court
aimed at determining the legitimacy of

the city's two-year-old anti-por-
nography zoning ordinance.
"ONCE THE DISTRICT court matter
to dismiss the code violation charges is
over," Laidlaw predicted, "the case (to
determine the legitimacy of the zoning
ordinance) will crank back up."
The ordinance, which was approved
by city council in February 1978 by a
slim 6-5 margin, prohibits the
establishment of adult entertainment
businesses within 700 feet of residential
districts.
But the Danish News opened its doors

April 17 in a residential area, under a
permit allowing for a "movie arcade."
The opening enraged a sizable number
of area residents and merchants.
SUBSEQUENTLY, CITY ad-
ministrators instructed Laidlaw to file
suit against the owners of Danish News
and the landlord of the building housing
the business. On May 30, Washtenaw
County Circuit Court Judge Henry
Conlin ordered the bookstore not to sell
pornographic materials, an order the
store's owners defied.
Danish News spokespersons claimed
Conlin's injunction was unclear and
did not stop the business from operating
because it only required the bookstore'
to remove'certain items from its
shelves. Furthermore, the spokesper-
sons claimed, the zoning ordinance was
unconstitutional because it violated the

owners' First Amendment right of free
speech.
On June 18, Conlin amended his
original injunction to prohibit the
operation of any business at the Danish
News location. The bookstore closed the
following day.
According to Laidlaw, Danish News
attorneys appealed to the state Court of
Appeals and state Supreme Court to
review the Conlin injunction barring
the bookstore's operation.
Both judicial bodies refused the at-
torney's requests, he said.
Laidlaw also said the bookstore's at-
torneys have indicated to him their in-
tention of taking the matter to the
federal district court level on a civil
rights violation charge, but added he
has had no further word on the matter.
Bookstore attorneys were
unavailable for comment.

Privately eyeing a
private eye privately
eyeing a safecracker

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then the world's going cta*
It happened to secretaries first. Then lawyers, bookkeepers, waitresses.
cabbies, housewives, and businessmen-succumbed to the beauty of our
Pilot Razor Point and Fineliner pens.
Some people felt it was sick to get so emotionally involved with our
pens. But is it really so crazy to love a Pilot Razor Point pen that writes with
a sharp smooth line and costs a mere 79C? Is it nuts to flip over its unique
little metal collar that smartly helps to keep its point from going squish?
If it is crazy'it's going to surprise a whole lot of people. In fact, we
understand that Pilot Razor Point even has what it takes to score extra
points with football players.
'It also comes to our attention that manyR
Coaches are fans of the Pilot Fineiner.
Along with all the other Razor
Point features,,the 690
Pilot Fineliner has
the strength and
drive to go through carbons.
It's hard to resist a pen
that holds the line like a Pilot.,
More than just something to write with

By NICK KATSARELAS
A light rain fell on the city of Dear-
born that early Saturday evening. Joe
Booth, a private detective, walked to
the back of the beer warehouse and
quietly unlocked the door. The vault in
the warehouse had been blown open
several times by
safecrackers-"yeggs" as Booth calls
them-and the owners of the warehouse
had hired Booth to capture the
burglars.
Booth was completing his third week
hiding in the warehouse, waiting for the
return of the safecrackers.
"There were no lights in there,"
Booth remembers. "But your eyes get
used to it." After waiting a few more
hours, Booth heard some noise, and as
he watched and listened carefully, he
knew his safecrackers had returned.
WITH GREAT PRECISION and
speed, the safecrackers went about
their business. Booth waited for and

heard the deafening explosion, which
the safecrackers set off with
nitroglycerin. After the safecrackers
collected the money, Booth heard one
burglar say to the other: "Do you think
there's anybody here?"
'If there s 'hiscohort replied,
"we're gonna blow away his head."
Quietly, Booth crept closer to the
men, drew his gun, and shouted,
"Alright! Get your hands up!"
THE TWO MEN ran, and as they ap-
proached the steel door leading out of
the warehouse, they turned and shot at
Booth, who was protected behind the
twisted steel remains of the safe.
Booth then leaped from behind the
safe, aimed, and shot, hitting one of the
safecrackers.
"He went down," Booth explained,
"and he screamed and screamed. The
other guy had ran off." But the injured
man, bleeding badly, managed to pull
himself up, slammed the door behind
him, and disappeared into the
darkness.
FOUR DAYS LATER, the
safecracker was found dead beside
railroad tracks near the warehouse.
"It was kill or be killed," Booth said
matter-of-factly.
Thus ended one of the more in-
teresting adventures of Joe Booth, a 60-
year-old private investigator from New
Hudson, Michigan, who has been in the
detective business for 24 years. Booth is
one of 300 private eyes in the state who
offer their services to suspicious
See EYEING, Page 8

A MAN ENTERS Danish News recently. The adult bookstore
fire for allegedly breaking zoning laws.

Study shows fewer
people per apartment.

Dily Photo
has been under

By JOYCE FRIEDEN
Although there are more apartments
in Ann Arbor than ever before, fewer
people are living in each of them, ac-
cording to statistics in a survey conduc-
ted jointly by the city's plapning and
community development departments
which was released this summer.
Planning Department Information
Manager Fred Bohl said the survey
consisted of questionnaires mailed to
3,093 city residents chosen through a
scientific method known as "stratified
random sample."
. "PRIMARILY, WE wanted to find
out what.kind of people live in this
town," Bohl said. He added that other
sources of data of this type are
poor-for example, the results of the
1980 census won't be available until
1982, so the Planning Department must
rely on the 1970 census for demographic
data.
"There is much underutilization of
housing," Bohl said. "Many people are
living by themselves in dwellings that

were built to house two people."
Bohl cited population statistics to ex-
plain the situation. "We estimate that
the population has increased by only
7,000 since 1970 . . . We've built 7,000
apartments (for more than one person)
since them, yet people are still saying:
there's not enough housing."
I THE REPORT SHOWED Ann Arbor
as experiencing an increase in the
number of one- and two-bedroom
dwellings and an increase in the Con-
sumer Price Index (an important fac-
tor in measuring inflation) of 107.9 per,
cent over the past tep years, which was
slightly higher than the national in-
crease of 105.8 per cent over the same
period.
The size of the average household is
decreasing, according to the report.
The 1980 survey showed that 63.2 per
cent of the city's households ha
populations of two or fewer, while 1970
census figures gave a figure of 53.7 per,
cent. Bohl cited the nation's increasing
See CITY, Page 5

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