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The Daily: Meeting at

7 tonight

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Ninety-One Years
Editorial Freedom




Partly cloudy today with a
high in the upper bps. No
precipitation is expected.

Vol XCI, No. 13 Copyright 1980, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, September 18, 1980 Ten Cents Twelve Pages

Former Nicaraguan
President Somoza
killed by terrorists

From AP and UPI
ASUNCION, Paraguay - Exiled
Nicaraguan leader Anastasio Somoza
was assassinated yesterday by a squad
of killers who ambushed his automobile
in a crossfire of bullets and bazooka fire
on a quiet city street, authorities repor-
ted. Somoza's driver and an aide also
died in the military-style assault.
Paraguayan police said all nine or so
assassins escaped, but they believed
more than half were wounded in a gun-
fight with Somoza's bodyguards.
NEWS THAT THE ex-president was
dead set off wild celebrations in.
Nicaragua, where government officials
claimed the "freedom forces" of
Paraguay carried out the
But Somoza associates here said they
suspected Nicaraguan revolutionaries.,
The 54-year-old Somoza was ousted
from power in July, 1979 in a revolution
led by leftist Sandinista guerrillas. His
family had ruled Nicaragua, with U.S.
support, for more than 40 years.
HIS BLOODY END came in a coun-
try where he arrived 14 months ago in
search of "tranquility." In recent
weeks, however, the ever-defiant, West
Point-educated Somoza vowed anew
that he would "return and conquer
The devastating attack by automatic
weapons and a bazooka rocket left
Somoza's white Mercedes demolished,
a witness reported.
An Asuncion radio station said the
stocky ex-president was hit by some 25
bullets that "virtually shredded" his
girlfriend, Dinorah Sampson, arrived
at the scene, crying hysterically, "I
want to see him! I want to see him!"

Sampson lived with Somoza despite his
reported involvement with another
woman in a bitter love quadrangle that
became Paraguay's scandal of the
There had been reports that Somoza
was on the verge of being expelled from
Paraguary for his alleged involvement
with a local beauty queen who was also
the mistress of a newspaper publisher
married to the daughter of Paraguyan
strongman Alfredo Stroessner.
That affair apparently did not last
long and government officials said only
this weekend that the rumors of
Somoza's expulsion were not true.
ACCORDING TO accounts by wit-
nesses and police, Somoza set off from
his luxurious villa shortly after 10 a.m.
for the 10-minute ride to central Asun-
cion, either to go shopping or to
carry out his regulr exercise program
downtown. He was accompanied by his
driver, a bodyguard, and an uniden-
tified companion who sat with him in
the rear..
Anothr car followed, carrying two
bodyguards and a driver. At an inter-
section seven blocks from the villa and
two blocks from the U.S. Embassy, a
blue Chevrolet pickup truck suddenly
roared up, and its occupants opened
fire with small arms. Immediately, a
machine gun opened up from a nearby
house, and a bazooka rocket struck the
The bodyguards in the trailing car,
leaped out and fired back at the at-
POLICE SAID THEY believed as
many as seven of the assailants were
wounded-as many as five of the six or
seven in the house, and one or two of the
three in the truck.


TWO WOMEN wait for a ride in front of Angell Hall .
'U ofcilstudents discuss

Representatives from University
departments and student groups
met yesterday to discuss what the
University can do to make students
aware of the dangers of walking
alone at night.
The meeting was held in response
to Sunday's stabbing of University
student Rebecca Huff. Huff's mur-
der was the third such fatal stabbing
in Ann Arbor in the last six months,
and police fear the three murders

may be related.
Vice President for Student Ser-
vices Henry Johnson told the group
that the University needs to "in-
form, educate, and raise the con-
sciousnesses" of students,
especially those who live in off-
campus housing.
THE GROUP at the meeting in-
cluded representatives from student
groups-including the Michigan
Student Assembly, the Panhelenic
Association, and the Fraternity

Coordinating Council-and ad-
ministrators from various Univer-
sity departments.
Several ideas were discussed at
yesterday's brainstorming session
and task forces were assembled to
check into their feasibility. The
suggestions included:
*A rumor "hotline" to provide ac-
curate information and squelch false
rumors about the assaults;

...ambushed in car
Those in the truck sped off, later
abandoning the truck and switching to
another car. Those who fled the house
commandeered a passing auto and
.After trying and failing to extricate
Somoza's body from the wreckage,
authorities towed the car to a police
clinic wheretdoctors worked for an hour
with blow torches and surgical tools to
remove the remains.
Somoza arrived in Paraguay in
August of last year about a month after
he was forced to flee Nicaragua before
the advancing army'of the Sandinista
guerrilla movement.
The United States, Somoza's chief
ally, tried to mediate that conflict but
refused in the end to intervene on behalf
of the dictator whose regime was
notorious for its corruption, nepotism,
and human rights v-iolations.

Fear prompts women
to take precautions

Back to school

Most Ann Arbor women are no
longer saying, "It can't happen to
Monday's announcement of
University student Rebecca Huff's
brutal stabbing death-the third
such murder in six months-has
replaced the former feeling with an
increased awareness of nighttime
A spot survey of Ann Arbor
residents yesterday showed that
many women are, taking specail
precautions because of Huff's mur-
der. Only a few said they will still
walk alone after dark.
"I USED TO walk alone, but not
any more," said University student
Sue Skladany. If she ever has to
walk alone, Skladany continued, she

plans to keep her keys sticking out of
her knuckle, ready to slug a poten-
tial assailant.
Ann Arbor resident Darlene
Chappell has prepared an ever bet-
ter defense. She said she carries a
small pocket knife with her at night:
"A woman who wanders around late
is taking her chances," she said.
Huff's murder hit particularly
close to home for Mary Phegley.
Phegley knew the victim and is
working toward the same
degree-an M.B.A.-as Huff was.
"IT HAD QUITE an effect on me,"
Phegley said. "Her murder really
struck home.
Like many other female
households, Phegley and her room-
mates plan to be extra careful. The
door is always locked now, she said,
See ANN ARBOR, Page 5


Public school doors in Ann Arbor
swung open yesterday for some 15,500
students as a tentative agreement was
reached between the Ann Arbor
Education Association and the school
board in the city's 15-day-old strike.
The agreement was reached at about
6:30 a.m. yesterday after an all-night
negotiating session, according to Board
of Education President Wendy
Barhydt. The session began at 11 p.m.
"I THINK the issues were resolved in
an equitable fashion," Richard Taylor,
the teachers' association president,
said last night. Taylor noted that two of
the strike issues-assessment of
teacher qualifications in determining
See BOARD, Page 7


Daily Photo by PETER SERLING

Who patrols the campus area?
See the story on Page 5

ANN ARBOR'S PUBLIC school students returned to their classrooms yester-
day just hours after the Ann Arbor Education Association and the city's school
board reached a tentative agreement in the 15-day-old school strike.

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a reporter . ..
F YOU'RE hoping to break into the exciting and
enjoyable world of newswriting and reporting, we
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to become part of the crew, come to our organizational

Billy asks $150 for post cards and $2 bills hand-cancelled by
the Post Office in Plains, Ga. on Jimmy Carter's
inauguration day. The Atlanta Constitution and The Atlanta
Journal, where Billy's first advertisements appeared, both
reported that stamp dealers estimated the memorabilia's
worth at less than $12
each. Terry Barnes, the
Georgia-born president of
California Railroad anda
Salvage Co. in California,
said his friendship with

Spring recess rolls around next term. The break has been
moved back a week by the University, and will begin on
February 22, 1981. Ernest Zimmerman, assistant to the vice
president for academic affairs, said the move was made
"to provide a better split" in the Winter term. "Typically,
our spring break is in the middle of winter," Zimmerman
said when asked about the early arrival of the recess.
Because of the constrictive dates of the term's academic
calendar-classes begin on January 7, and commencement
falls on May 2-the break could come at latest only a week
later, as was the case last year. "That's just the way it falls

mouth reputation among Bowery residents. "There's no
rats," said Burt Jones, who has stayed at the Palace for the
past four months. The opening of a new Palace Hotel has
prompted the calls from local and national bigwigs. The up-
town Palace bills itself as "the most magnificent hotel in
New York City," and has received rave reviews for its gold,
silver, and marble decor. Hogan and Frank Gatto, the
president of the Palace, have joked about accepting some of
the requests for reservations. Citibank, one of the nation's:
largest and most powerful banks, called to ask for a con-
ference room recently, they said. "Our rates are
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