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Firemen testify
in Econ building
arson trial

The Michigan Daily-Saturday, September 18, 1982-Page 3
Bomb in Pais
bits Israel

By GEORGE ADAMS
and GREG BRUSSTAR
Details of the fire that destroyed
the University Economics Building
last Christmas Eve unraveled
yesterday at the trial of accused ar-
sonist Arthur Arroyo when
firefighters and security officials
told the court what happened that
night.
The court also heard testimony
from a friend of Arroyo who said
Arroyo admitted breaking into the
building on November 27 and
stealing a typewriter.
Arroyo's attorney hinted after
yesterday's proceedings that he
may ask his client to take the stand
in his own defense. "It's possible,"
said Chief Assistant Public Defender
Mitchell Nelson. "I certainly
wouldn't count out that possibility."
UNIVERSITY Security officer
James Lansky testified he drove to
the building in response to the fire
alarm at approximately 10 p.m.
December 24 and saw smoke above
the roof.
"I walked around the building and
observed a large amount of fire at
the top floor," he said. Lansky's

testimony was confirmed by fellow
security officials Nancy Evanski
and Jesse Johnson.
Ann Arbor firefighter Vincent
Lynch reported that upon arrival at
the scene of the fire at 10 p.m., he
and another fireman crawled into
the building through the main en-
trance, but were overcome by the
extreme heat. They had to break in
through basement windows to reach
the fire's source, he said.
"THE HEAT was so severe that it
melted the shields on our helmets,"
said firefighter Robert Lethanski,
who entered the building with Lyn-
ch.
Both reported that the fire took
three days to extinguish completely.
Early in the proceeding, Arroyo's
friend Abdullah Al-Hosan, who
traveled from Saudi Arabia to
testify at prosecution's request, told
the court that Arroyo admitted
breaking into the Economics
building on November 27 and
stealing a typewriter.
"He (Arroyo) began to cry and
describe problems with his family,"
Al-Hosan said. "He said he broke in-
to a building through a window,"
and stole a typewriter.

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Daily Photo by ELIZABETH SCOT
Alleged Economics Building arsonist Arthur Arroyo leaves Washtenaw
County Courthouse yesterday after trial proceedings. Arroyo's attorney hin-
ted that the former University employee might take the stand later in the
trial.

PARIS (AP)- A bomb ripped
through an Israeli diplomat's car in the
center of Paris yesterday, seriously
wounding four people and slightly in-
juring about 40-most of them high
school students in a classroom near the
explosion site, French officials said.
The bombing occurred on the eve of
Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.
French television said an anonymous
caller told a news agency the
"Lebanese Revolutionary Armed Fac-
tion" was responsible for the blast.
That group has claimed it carried out
other terrorist actions in Paris during
the past year.
Israeli Ambassador Meir Rosenne
blamed the Palestine Liberation
Organization and told a radio inter-
viewer the attack was "new proof of
what can happen when the presence of
terrorists is tolerated."
It was the 10th attack on Jewish or
Israeli targets in the French capital
since the beginning of the year, and the
20th in a series of terrorist actions since
July 20th. Ten people have been killed
in this year's violence.
The Israeli Embassy identified the
wounded diplomat as 61-year-old Amos
Man-El, a member of the embassy's
purchasing mission.
A police spokesman said two other
people in the car, Zoltan Mandel-Sch-
midt and his wife, Veronica Rolh Man-
del-Schmidt, were seriously injured
along with a 17-year-old boy who was
passing by. He said he believed the
Mandel-Schmidts and Man-El were
related.
The spokesman said he could not con-
firm press accounts of another youth
being seriously injured or an embassy
report that a fourth person in the car
escaped serious injury.
He said police were working on the
theory that the bomb was placed "in the
engine or perhaps under the fender" of
the white Peugeot 504. A nearby motor-
bike was destroyed by the blast and an
embassy statement suggested the

UA W narrowly approves pact

bomb had been
dlebags.

Hospital authorities said the youth
and Mrs. Mandel-Schmidt were in very
serious condition. A fireman said Mrs.
Mandel-Schmidt's feet were shattereid.
The driver of the car was able to get
out after the explosion, then collapsed
on the street, witnesses said. It took the
firemen a half-hour to extricate the
other passengers.
The injured students were in the
Lycee Carnot, across the street from
the explosion site, when the bomb went,
off at 3:25 p.m. The blast blew the
classroom windows in.
"There would have been 500 students-
in the street" if the bombing had oc-
curred 20 minutes later when the
students were to get out, a student said:
The youngsters were treated at the
scene for cuts from the flying glass.
The bomb went off on Rue Cardinet in
the 17th district a few blocks east of the
Arch of Triumph and around the corner
from the Israeli Embassy's military
purchasing annex on the Boulevard
Malesherbes.a
A few hours before the explosion
police arrested two Frenchmen they
said were members of Direct Action,
the left-wing terrorist group that the
government outlawed Aug. 18. The -
group has claimed responsibility for
five of the attacks against Jewish or
Israeli targets this year. Police said the
two men had 33 pounds of explosives in
their possession.
The tactic of placing explosives in the
saddlebags of a motorbike was used in
a bombing outside a synagogue on the
Rue Copernic in October 1980, also on a
Jewish holiday. Four passers-by were
killed and nine injured in that blast, and
there have been no arrests.
The Israeli car and two nearby autos
were heavily damaged, while windows
were blown out of cars parked farther
away. All the windows on one side of the
school were blown out, as were those of
a bank across the street.

From AP and UPI
SOUTHFIELD, Mich.- United Auto Workers of-
icials from Chrysler Corp. plants nationwide
arrowly voted yesterday to recommend to workers
a tentative contract which pegs pay increases to
company profits and the cost of living.
"It was a hell of a fight today and a long one," UAW
President Douglas A. Fraser said at a news con-
ference after the vote. "I was happy to get by today."
FRASER WOULD not predict whether the
agreement would be ratified by workers.
The tentative settlement had been reached nearly
6 hours after an extended strike deadline expired at
idnight Wednesday. Thousands of autoworkers
ationwide already had walked off the job because
they had no contract.
Most of them were back at work yesterday, but
hundreds of dissident workers were still on strike at
An ti-nuke
supporters

Chrysler plants in Newark, Del., and Detroit,
protesting the tentative contract agreement.
The tentative contract calls for a one-year
agreement on wages and fringe benefits and a two-
year pact on non-economic issues. It calls for a joint
committee to chop $10 million out of Chrysler's more
than $300 million health care program and a joint
program to curb absenteeism.
Fraser said the cost-of-living plan is identical to the
plan workers have at General Motors Corp. and Ford
Motor Co. The wage increases are tied to profits so
that if a quarter profit is between $20 million and $50
million, workers receive 16 cents more an hour. If the
quarterly profit is more than $50 million, they will
receive 32 cents an hour.
The average hourly wage for Chrysler autoworkers

is now $9.07. Autoworkers at GM earn $11.76 per
hour; workers at Ford earn $11.58 hourly.
It was one of the closest votes in recent memory by
a council of union leaders on a contract. The
delegates now have to sell the pact to rank and file
members, but several predicted it would be difficult
since their members were not pleased with the
economic features of the contract.
"Our people told us if they don't get some more
money or cost of living allowances, they don't want
it," said one official.
Observers credited an impassioned speech by UAW
President Douglas Fraser at the end of the five-hour
long meeting as the reason for the approval of the
contract.

begin

fall

campaign
LANSING (UPI) - Proponents of a
Sutual U.S.-Soviet nuclear weapons
reeze said yesterday "enough is
enough" and kicked off their fall cam-
paign to pass a ballot measure ex-
pressing that sentiment to the federal
government.
"A strong new wind is blowing across
this country - carrying forward the
positive, life renewing idea of bilateral
nuclear weapons freeze," said Betty
Duley, a member of the executive
Dard pressing for passage of Proposal
THE MEASURE, put on the Novem-
ber ballot through a petition drive, calls
on the clerk of the House and secretary
of the Senate to write to Congress, the
president and the U.S. secretaries of
state and defense expressing the desire
for a mutually verifiable freeze on
nuclear weapons.
* State Public Health Director Bailur
Walker said, "I have serious doubts
that our health services system could
cope with the consequences of a nuclear
confrontation," which he said could kill
139 million Americans.
He said it was "essential" that the
ballot measure be passed to help stop
what he called "the final medical
epidemic."
DULEY SAID Michigan is one of nine
states voting on similar measures this
fall, involving a quarter of the nation's
voters. Voters in one of the nine,
Wisconsin, recently overwhelmingly
passed a freeze proposal.
She cited a Department of Defense
report in contending the United Staes
and Soviet Union are at "rough parity"
in nuclear weapons and said both sides
have the technical sophistication to
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AUDITIONS
for the UAC MUSKET musical
RUNAWAYS
BOOK, MUSIC, AND LYRICS BY
ELIZABETH SWADOS
A MASS MEETING WILL BE HELD
MONDAY, SEPT.2S0 at 7:30 p.m.
in the Pendelton Room of the Michigan Union
for all those interested in auditioning or getting involved.
The play calls for cast members of many diverse ethnic
and cultural backrounds including people who:

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DoLy Photo by ELIZABETH SCC IT
Ann Arbor aliens
No, these aren't three lost space intruders. It's just a Liberty Street jewelry store's method of displaying their merchandise.

* know spanish
* play basketball

* rollerskate
* know sign language

HAPPENINGS-
Highlight
The Birmingham Branch of the American Association of University
Women is sponsoring a booksale all day at the Birmingham Masonic Temple
in Bloomfield Hills. Proceeds from the sale will be contributed "for
educational purposes."
Films
Pilot Program - The Paper Chase, Alice Lloyd Red Lounge.
AAFC-Canterbury Tales, 4, 7 & 9 p.m., MLB.
CG - Body Heat, 7 & 9:104p.m., Lorch.
C2-The French Lieutenant's Woman, 7 & 9:15 p.m., Aud. A, Angell.
Performances
School of Music - Harp recital, Donna Webb, 2 p.m., Recital Hall.
Ark - Stan Rodgers, 1421 Hill.
Meetings

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