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The Michigan Daily-Friday, Septembers 5, 1980-Page 3-B
Tice's grocer ma
reopen this year

By JOYCE FRIEDEN
Although Tice's grocery store is boarded up right now,
store owner Bill Tice is planning to reopen later this year,
said Orient Express owner Lok Lau, whose restaurant is
located next door to Tice's.
The grocery store was gutted by fire Aug. 8. Dennis Tice,
son of store owner Bill Tice--who was away on vacation at the
time of the fire--said the blaze broke out shortly after the
store closed at 9:30 p.m. No one was injured.
WITNESSES DIFFERED over the fire's cause. One wit-
ness said it appeared a spark dropped from the ceiling,
causing liquor bottles to ignite. Another witness reported that
a wastebasket near the front of the store ignited and the blaze
spread from the wastebasket to the counter
Witnesses said heat from the fire could be felt more than a
block away.
After inspecting the damage, Ann Arbor Fire Inspector
Ben Zahn said "waste material" from a wastebasket caused
the fire. He said there was no structural damage to the

building.
In-an interview conducted several days after the fire, Tice
estimated his losses at $25,000-$30,000. He said he was uncer-
tain about reopening the store, adding that his decision
"would depend on many things."
TICE SAID HE did not carry any insurance because "the
cost of insuring a liquor store is quite prohibitive." He added,
however, that the owner of the building was insured and
would be able to pay for restoring the walls and doors to their,
original conditions.
Tice appeared calm about the fire and its effects. "No one
was injured--I'm thankful for that," he said. "The money is'
not that important to me; it's just a means of putting the kids
through college. You have to set your priorities."
Tice could not be reached this week for comment, but Lau
said he had talked to Tice about the matter last week. "He
said he would try to reopen," Lau explained.
Lau's store suffered only smoke damage from the fire. Lau
speculated that the time required for obtaining building
permits could be the reason for the delay in reopening.

Daily rnoto by PAUL ENGSTROM
NTENSE HEAT MELTED Coca-Cola signs in front of Tice's grocery store when firegutted the State Street establishment
August 8. Witnesses said the heat could be felt more than a block away.

MAY SET SPACE ENDURANCE RECORD:
Soviets ying higher than ever?

MOSCOW (UPI) - Just what are the
ussians doing in space these days?
Everyone agrees they're launching a
lot of rockets.
. The question is whether they're just
catching up with technology the United
States has had for 15 years, or perfec-
ting a weapon that could vaporize other
nations' spaceships and usher in what
one scientist calls a "Battlestar Galac-
tica" era of space warfare.
IN TERMS OF manned flights, the
Soviets dominate the skies right now. In
*he last six months they have sent eight
men in four separate missions into
space. Two of them are almost certain
to set a new space endurance record.
The 1980 space scoreboard shows the
United States with a goose-egg.
,Still, Western space watchers in
Moscow are less than impressed with
the concrete results produced by the
flights of Soyuz-35, 36, the T-2 and, last
month, Soyuz-37.
* "THEY REPEAT THE same fun-
ctions over and over again," said one
expert. "They go up, dock, transfer
supplies and come back. Big deal."
The flights have all centered around
the Salyut-6 space lab, a 20-ton docking
bay that will celebrate its third birth-
day in space Sept. 29.
The Salyuts appear to be the way the
Soviets plan to travel to other planets.
The United States has decided on a
space shuttle. The first flight of the first
huttle, the Columbia, probably will
ome early next year.
BY ALL ACCOUNTS, the U.S.
program is less expensive, more
flexible in its potential uses and of
greater commercial value.
"The Soviets would love to have a
space shuttle like ours, but they don't
have the technology," says an
American who has compared the
ptograms. "The Soviets have proposed
a joint Soyuz-Shuttle project. But we'd
et nothing out of that."
The Soviets are just now acquiring
the computer technology in space
vehicles that is required for long-term,
long-distance flights.
THAT WAS BORNE out by the June
flight of Soyuz T-2, completely con-
trolled by an on-board computer. The T-
2 had severe problems and nearly
crashed during re-entry into the Ear-
th's atmosphere, the space watchers
say.
They're testing computer equipment
ow that the United States was using
back in the Gemini days, 15 years
before," says a Western expert.
But the Soviets are clearly ahead in
one area that makes most analysts
shudder-the development missile-to-
nfissile and Earth-to-missile "directed
energy weapons.''
"CALL THEM WHATEVER you

want: death rays, vaporizers. They're
weapons intended to destroy space
vehicles," says one wary watcher.
The idea was born with the so-called
hunter-killer satellites: pairs of un-
manned sputniks. One chased the other,
locked onto its course, and then
destroyed it.
The Soviets claim that their research
only brings them even with existing

American capabilities for destruction
in orbit.
"THEY SAY THE shuttle has the
ability to capture a smaller satellite
and disarm it mechanically," says the
analyst.
"Technically it's true, but I know of
no intention to use the shuttle in that
way."
The latest refinement in the Soviet

space arsenal, however, puts them in a
league of their own.
DEW--directed energy weapons--
send concentrated beams of energy at
the speed of light. Like lasers, they
destroy anything in their path by
breaking down its molecular structure.
"IT'S 'BATTLESTAR Gallactica,' no
less. It's terrifying," says the scientist,
See SOVIETS, Page 11

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