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HOLES FOUND IN MGM GRAND WALLS
Fire chi1e cites co de violations
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - Clark
Copnty Fire Chief Roy ,Parrish said
yesterday he had found evidence of fire
code violations in the gutted MGM
Grand Hotel, as a search of the flooded
basement and elevators turned up no
additional bodies beyond the 84 known
Jarrish said a probe of the wreckage
revealed several serious violations, in-
cluding holes which were cut into fire
r, THESE KIND OF violations are
always serious," Parrish said in an in-
terview. "People should not cut holes in
fire walls for any purpose whatsoever."
He said the holes were cut in an area
above the casino, called "The Eye In
the sky, "a catwalk from which obser-
ves can view the casino below.
'I'm sure the smoke got in through
the areas that were cut into the dry
walls," he said.
'I DON'T know what people's intent
wy," he said. "They would probably
cut the holes in for easy access to air-
handling rooms and electrical parts
and so on."
There was no immediate comment
from MGM officials.
Parrish said the holes were close to a
lobby area next to the elevators in the
northeast portion of the hotel.
ASKED IF THE code violations were
contributing factors in the fire, which
killed 84 persons Friday morning,
"There were so many contributing
factors to this fire, including the
elevator shafts being wide open in the
lobby allowing the smoke to be chan-
neled up through the shafts."
He said the holes also might have
contributed to-channeling the smoke.
"I THINK all of them were con-
tributing factors," he said.
Deputy Fire Chief John Pap-
pageorge, meanwhile, said fire crews
searched "three elevators and the rest
of the basement, and we found nothing
- no bodies.
"I would say we are pretty positive
now that we've got everybody," he
said. "Nobody is reporting anybody
missing; and we feel confident we got
Teams of men with saws went into the
basement moments after fire crews
finished pumping water out of the area,
which housed an underground parking
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Football fans wishing to get to the
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but many of the holiday season discoun-
ted flights are already filled up.
The University of Washington,
Michigan's opponent in the Rose Bowl,
received some 40,000 tickets, according
to U-W Ticket Manager Gae Burr. The
discrepancy is due to the greater ticket
demand usually placed by West Coast
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Simonetta said the AATA Board of
Directors would have released the in-
formation in compliance with the
state's Freedom of Information Act and
"would never condone withholding in-
formation. It's just the method of giving
out that information that is at fault
here," he explained.
LESLIE FRIED, a member of the
Women's Safety Task Force of the
Publie Interest Research Group in
Michigan, said she asked O'Malley for
information regarding the cost per hour
of Dial-A-Ride operations.
She said the request was made in con-
junction with a joint PIRGIM/Michigan
Student Assembly proposal for around-
the-clock bus service in light of a recent
upsurge of late night assaults in the
O'Malley said her super'visor,
assistant executive director of ad-
ministration Tom Pope, "made it
clear" that she was not being fired for
her performance on the job. She said
she was dismissed for basic
philosophical differences, although she
declined to say what those could be.
"I'm pretty angry at this point,"
O'Malley said yesterday afternoon.
"I'm interested in pursuing it."
But after consulting with attorneys
later in the day, O'Malley said she was
"real unclear" as to whether she would
take AATA to court over the issue.
Simonetta declined to elaborate on
O'Malley's dismissal, saying it was a
personnel matter. He also said he would
encourage O'Malley "to convey her
concerns" to the AATA board.
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Bond set for college
student bank robbery case
MOUNT PLEASASNT-Bond was set at $100,000 each yesterday for three
college students accused of stealing $25,000 from a bank in an armed robbery
that a prosecuter described as "a professionally executed job."
Suspects Gregory Cowles and Jonathan Roberts are students at Central
Michigan University, and the third man, Todd Avery, goes to Wayne State
Cowles had been fired the day before the robbery for embezzlement and
police said that he made statements that implicated him and the two other
students. A search of their car turned up the stolen money as well as clothing
and nylon masks and two BB guns police believe were used in the robbery.
Warning strikes fire
Poland's labor crisis
WARSAW, Poland-Poland's labor crisis heated up yesterday with war-
ning strikes by rail workers in Warsaw and Gdansk and work stoppages at a
pair of factories over the detention of a trade union worker.
Railway workers from the country's largest independent trade union,
"Solidarity," shut down two commuter lines in Warsaw and one in Gdansk
between 10 a.m. and noon to demand the government renegotiate pay raises
worth some $6.3 million.
In the Warsaw area, Solidarity official Zbigniew Janas said work stop-
pages had begun at a tractor factory and a car assembly plant to protest the
detention of union employee Jan Narozniak.
The official Soviet news agency Tass, meanwhile, warned that a general
transport strike in Poland "could touch on defense and national interests."
Tass accused Solidarity of trying to maintain "the tense situation in the
country" by threatening such an action.
The Soviets use rail lines in this Soviet bloc nation to send troops and sup-
plies to their garrisons in East Germany.
No early cease-fire seen
for Persian Gulf war
BAGHDAD, Iraq-Special U.N. Envoy Olof Palme left here yesterday
with no apparent expectation of an early cease-fire between Iran and Iraq.
Heavy fighting continued and the adversaries claimed strikes at each
other's oil installations.
Iran said it pressed counterattacks against Iraqi positions all along the 30-
mile war front, and claimed hundreds of Iraqi casualties in five cities.
The former Swedish prime minister, concluding the first phase of his
peace mission, met with Iraqi leaders for talks he appeared to consider
productive. He than headed for Geneva en route to New York, where he will
meet with U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. In Iran last week, Palme
was told by Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Ali Rajai that his effort was
a "waste of time.'
Palme apparently made no headway in softening the combatants'
seemingly irreconcilable positions. Iran demands unconditional Iraqi with-
drawal from Iranian territory and Iraq says it will not pull out until Iran
recognizes Iraqi sovereignty over disputed border lands and the 12-mile-long
Shatt al-Arab waterway to the Persian Gulf.
Arab League meets;
Syrians engineer boycott
AMMAN, Jordan-With Arab ranks in serious disarray over the Iraq-Iran
war, Mideast leaders yesterday faced three days of sensitive decision-
making on their anti-Israeli policy at the 11th summit of the 22-member Arab
The Palestine Liberation Organization and three other Arab nations op-
posed to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty have joined a Syrian-engineered
boycott of the summit, official Syrian sources said late yesterday.
The PLO announcement represented a victory for Syria's President Hafez
Assad in the growing rift among pro-Moscow hardliners, Western-oriented
moderates and oil-rich conservative states.
The shadow of the Persian Gulf-war and the new American administration
-of President-elect Ronald Reagan are expected to dominate the closed-doors
One of Gang of Four
implicates fellow prisoners
PEKING-One of the Gang of Four turned on his fellow prisoners yester-
day in an apparent bid to save his life, testifying that Mao Tse-tung's widow
was behind a plot to publicly destroy China's current strongman Deng
Xiaoping and the late Chou En-lai.
Mao's protege Wang Hong-wen, his favorite "peasant-fighter," and Yao
Wenyuan were the first of the gang to go before the special court. Wang im-
mediately implicated his fellow prisoner in the dock and star defendant
Jiang.Qing,-Mao's widow, who also faces a possible death penalty.
At the same time, China's media released fresh details of a related plot to
assassinate Mao in which several of the total of 10 defendants on trial are
implicated, with description straight from a James Bond-style thriller.
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