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BhklDoily Photo by JACKIE BELL
Buraches of knRowledge
This pair of trees in front of Angell Hall retains its beauty despite its nakedness. Warmer temperatures gave Ann Ar-
borites some welcome relief.
Parents house goes to 3 sons
in unusual divorce settlement

Thatcher:
Courts
must
get tough
on rapists
LONDON (AP) - Judges should sen-
tence most convicted rapists to
automatic prison terms, Prime
Minister Margaret 'Thtcher said
yesterday responding to public protests
over the recent handling of rape cases
by British courts and police.
Declaring rape a "detestable and
odious crime," Mrs. Thatcher told the
House of Commons, "I share the
welcome" given by lawmakers to a
recommendation by the lord chief
justice that convicted rapists be jailed
in almost every case.
The lord chief justice, Lord. Lane,
said only in "Wholly exceptional cir-
cumstances" should a convicted rapist
not be jailed. He did not say what those
exceptional circumstances were, but
did spell out factors to be taken into ac-
count when determining the severity of
the sentence, such as use of excessive
violence, use of weapons, and whether
the victim was very young or very old.
"IT IS ABSOLUTELY vital that
women should have confidence in the
ability of the law to protect them again-
st this violent, detestable and odious
crime, and to see that persons are found
guilty should they commit it," Thatcher
said.
Protests on the handling of rape cases
gathered force after a disclosure that
Scottish authorities took no action
against three teenagers who allegedly
raped a woman and slashed her with a
razor blade.
Earlier this month a British judge set
a rapist free with a fine and accused the
young victim of "contributory
negligence" because she hitched a ride
home after a late night dance at an air
base. And a TV documentary Monday
night showed detectives stridently
disputing a woman's rape complaint.
NOW LAWMAKERS, women's
organizations, and the press are
demanding changes in legal procedures
involving a crime' committed an
average 1,200 times a year in this coun-
try.
The controversy surfaced Jan. 4
when a judge at Ipswich Crown Court
set free a confessed rapist with a fine of
$3,800.
ON MONDAY, nearly 50 members of
Parliament signed a House of Com-
mons motion asking Lord Hailsharn,
the Lord Chancellor -'England's
highest legal' officer -to dismiss Judge
Bertrand Richards from the bench
because of the lenient sentence he
passed.
Another parliamentarian, Conser-
vative member Robin Maxwell-Hyslop,
filed a bill yesterday designed to ensure
that all convicted rapists serve a prison
sentence.
Last week in the Appeal Court, the
lord chief justice, Lord Lane, signaled
the dismay felt even in top judicial cir-
cles when he told fellow judges that
rape should be punished by "immediate
custodial sentences.'

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The Michigan Daily--Wednesday, January 20, 1982-Page 5

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A
judge in northern Michigan has taken
an unusual approach in a divorce case,
giving three adolescent boys custody of
their parents' house while the mother
and father alternate month-long visits.
Grand Traverse County Circuit
.udge Charles Forster granted a divor-
e on Jan. 5 to Allan and Cheyrl Church
of Interlochen, a community of 4,000
people 15 miles from Traverse City.
Their children - David, 15, Donald, .13,
and Dale, 11 - remain at home, while
their parents move in and out and pay
the bills.
MRS. CHURCH, a 37-year-old
secretary who is spending this month
with the children, described the judgels
settlement as "a good third option for
people who are getting a divorce."
"This way no one loses," she said.
The three children all say they are
happy about the decision.
"WHEN MY dad told me about it, I

'The kids love it. They
don't have to change
schools or change
friends, and they can
come visit me after
school.'
-Allan Church

away from the home of the father's
parents and only a mile or so away
from where the mother's parents live.
Forster said his decision was
"natural" because both parents
testified that the other was a good
parent and said the children loved each
other.
"The only dispute was between the
two of them," he said Monday.
The judge said he thought such a set-
tlement would work only in cases where
the parents acknowledged respon-
sibility to their children. He said in
most divorce cases, the issue of custody
is used to "punish the children."
Mrs. Church pays for the gas and
electricity, and her ex-husband pays for
groceries, taxes, insurance and the
telephone. No alimony was ordered
under the settlement, and there is no
mortgage on the house.

couldn't believe it," Donald said. "I
thought my ma would get us. I'm glad
one of the parents wasn't left out"
"The kids love it," said Mr. Church, a
42-year-old electrician, who is spending
this month at his parents' home after 17
years of marriage.
"They (the children) don't have to
change schools or change friends, and
they can come and visit me after
school."
THE RESIDENCE is a few doors

Coke buys Columbia Pictures

HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - Columbia
Pictures and Coca-Cola announced
today the movie studio will be acquired
by, the bottling firm for approximately
$750 million in the fourth takeover of a
major film producer in the last year.
According to a studio spokesman,
Columbia shareholders would receive
1.2 common shares of Coca-Cola stock
plus $32.62 in cash for each common
share 'of Columbia Pictures, or about
$74,a share for Columbia stock.
THE ACQUISITION would be the fir-
st major purchase of Coca-Cola Chair-
man and Chief Executive Officer
Roberto Goizueta, who took over last
Marsh -and indicated the company
would diversify.
"As a part of our corporate strategy
we have identified the entertainment
industry as an excellent area for

profitable growth for the Coca-Cola
Company," Goizueta said. "Columbia
is one of the creative and financial stars
in this industry."
Columbia requested trading on its
stock be halted Monday and company
president Francis Vincent said an an-
nouncement "of substantial benefit" to
Columbia stockholders was imminent.
"WE RECOGNIZE the tremendous
vote of confidence being expressed for
our people by the Coca-Cola Company's
strong committment to our business,"
Vincent said following the announ-
cement. "We feel Coca-Cola
management will be excellent partners
and know that the proposed transaction
is a fine one for our shareholders and
employees."
One film analyst told the New York
Times that Coca-Cola timed the offer to

capitalize on the release later this year
of the $40 million movie version of "An-
nie."
'THE COCA-COLA offer marks 'the
fourth time in less than a year that a
major film and television production
entity will have been sold.
Last year, oil baron Marvin Dvis
bought 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. for
$722 million; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Film Co. absorbed United Artists Corp.
in a $350 million deal, and entertain-
ment entrepreneurs Jerry Perenchio
and Norman Lear purchased Avco
Embassy Pictures for $25 million in
cash.
For Coca-Cola, which dominates the
worldwide soft-drink market. with net
sales of almost $6 billion in 1980, the
acquisition marks a dramatic entry in-
to the entertainment field.

oReagan hints at more action on Poland

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announcement by the Internal Revenue
Service that it would no longer bar tax
exemptions from private schools that
practice racial discrimination. "I
initiated it," said Reagan, when asked
if the decision was one which aides had
slipped past him. But he acknowledged
,that the announcement had stirred, a
political furor, which he blamed on,
misinterpretation. "We were dealing
with a procedural matter," rather than
policy, he said.
REAGAN ASSERTED there was no
basis in law for the IRS ban, even,
though "I am oppoped with every fiber
of my being to discrimination."' A week
after the IRS announcement, Reagan
asked Congress to reinstate the 11-year-
old policy against tax exemptions for
discriminatory schools, this time by
federal statute.
" Defended his economic program
again, saying that as tax reductions
take effect "I'm quite sure we are going
to see an upswing in the economy" and
an easing of unemployment.
Reagan rejected the notion that
American business has yet to respond
to his economic incentives, saying "I
thing we're just seeing a little caution.

They want to make sure before they
proceed."
" Said his administration was cracking
down on news leaks because "We need
to protect national security and our
ability to conduct foreign policy."
Noting that it is against the law for
unauthorized people. to release
classified information, he said, "What
we're doing is simply abiding by the
existing law."
THE USE OF lie detectors to probe
for leakers, Reagan said, involves
specific cases. "I know in one major
agency there are people who are volun-
tarily taking such tests," the president
said. "I'm awaiting the plan that
National Security Adviser Bill Clark
comes up with. It will depend on the in-
dividual case."
On Dec. 29, Reagan said the Soviet
Union "bears a heavy and direct
responsibility for the repression in
Poland."
The president invoked several san-
ctions against the Soviets, including
suspension of flights to the United
States by Aeroflot, the Soviet airline;
postponement of negotiations between
the two nationi on a long-term
agreement for the Soviets to buy U.S.

grain, and suspension of export to the
Soviets of high-technology materials,
including gear to build a trans-Siberia
natural gas pipeline to Western Europe.
Turning to the Mideast, Reagan said
the issue of autonomy for the
Palestinians is "the toughest question"
concerning U.S. policy in that region.
Israel is scheduled to complete its
withdrawal from the Sinai on April 25
and Palestinian autonomy talks betwen
Israel and Egypt are stalled. Reagan
said that "We want to help if we can.
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