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Suicide victim's wife to sue city
By GREG BRUSSTAR
The widow of a man who hanged him-
self in an Ann Arbor Police Department
detention cell has the legal grounds to
sue the city and the department, the
Michigan Court of Appeals ruled
The court reinstated the negligence
suit filed by Mary Lorraine Young,
whose husband, Kenneth Lewis Young,
committed suicide in 1978 while being
held in a cell at police headquarters.
The case will now go to a lower court for
KENNETH YOUNG was arrested
April 7,1978, for striking a police officer
who responded to a domestic trouble
call at Young's home. Immediately af-
ter the arrest, Young hanged himself
with his belt.
Local jails, including temporary
lockups and holding cells, are subject to
Michigan Department of Corrections
rules, which require that belts aid
other potentially dangerous items be
taken from those being held, the court
The Ann Arbor Police Department
does not incorporate this rule into their
policy, according to John Van Loon,
chief assistant city attorney.
"WE DON'T know if we will retry the
case or appeal the decision," Van Loon
said. "(The city Attorney's Office) has
had no time to evaluate or discuss the
Van Loon said that the question of
whether the Ann Arbor Police Depar-
tment is subject to Department of
Correction rules would be one of the
bases of a possible appeal.
The city, former Police Chief Walter
Krasny, and several police officers had
been freed of responsibility in
Washtenaw County Circuit Court in the
earlier decision after they argued the
jail was not subject to those rules.
The appeals court said yesterday,
however, that state regulations apply to
all jail facilities, even if they are inten-
ded only for temporary use.
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Nationwide railway strike ends
President Reagan signed emergency legislation late yesterday that ends a
nationwide rail strike the administration said had put nearly a half million
people out of work at a cost approaching $1 billion a day.
Reagan's signature came just hours after the House passed the measure,
The measure imposes a contract settlement on the locomotive engineers'
union and the rail industry, thus ending the walkout - at least officially - after
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, whose 26,000 members struck
early Sunday, is expected to abide by the decree A union spokesman, John
McCombs, said "Most of the engineers should be back to work within 24
The strike has halted most freight traffic around the country and interrup-
ted Amtrak passenger lines in the West and South as well as service for
150,000 commuters in San Francisco, Chicago and Boston.
The agreement, recommended by a special presidential commission, calls
for a 28.8 percent wage increase over 39 months retroactive to April, 1981.
The engineers earn an average of $36,000, according to the Transportation
Senate fails to end filibuster
WASHINGTON- The Senate refused for the third time yesterday to cur-
tail a liberal filibuster against school prayer legislation but then created
what Majority Leader Howard Baker called a "legislative gridlock" by
rejecting a move to kill the measure.
In two separate votes, liberals showed they have enough strength to block
an up or down vote on the volatile prayer measure, but not enough to kill it.
The Senate firstrefused 46-54 to limit the prayer debate, meaning conser-
vative Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) fell six short of the 60 votes needed to in-
Then, Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.), a hero to many conservatives who
nonetheless opposes the New Right's agenda on social issues, rose and called
for tabling, or setting aside, the prayer bill.
That move failed 47-53. Had it been approved, the prayer fight would have
been over and conservatives would have suffered their second major defeat
in two weeks.
House passes spending bill
WASHINGTON- The House passed 242-161 yesterday a huge, catch-all
money bill needed to keep the government in business after the Oct. 1 dawn
of the new fiscal year. The measure also virtually guarantees there will be a
special session of Congress after the November elections.
The Senate is likely to take up the measure next Tuesday.
As cleared by the House, the bill would keep the government in money only
through Dec. 15, forcing Congress to return to work after the Nov. 3 elections
to resume work on regular spending bills. That is a victory for President
Reagan, who last week requested a lame-duck session for precisely that
Originally, majority Democrats favored an expiration date of Feb. 28. But
they relented during floor debate and suggested the Dec. 15 expiration.
Reagan directs agencies to
locate funds for black colleges
President Reagan directed government agencies yesterday to help black
colleges obtain more federal funds, but he stressed the move is designed only
to get the schools through current economic problems.
"Our goal is to get you through a particularly rough time-not only a time
of economic uncertainty, also a time when you're re-examining your fun-
damental role in American education," Reagan told a gathering of about 100
presidents of black colleges and universities.
"We fully expect that as our program is successful due to your efforts as
well as ours, your operations will become self-sufficient," the president said.
"That is our ultimate goal and I'm certain that it's yours as well."
Reagan added, "During these times when we're all trying to pull our coun-
try out of an economic disaster brought on by a decade of irresponsibility, we
want to make certain your institutions-colleges and universities which are
so significant to the heritage of black Americans-are not damaged by
economic conditions that you had no part in creating," the president said.
Reagan's choice for economic
advisor gets cool reception
WASHINGTON- President Reagan's choice for a new chief economic ad-
viser got a cool reception at his confirmation hearing yesterday, with one
senator questioning his statements about personal wealth and another
declaring the president shouldn't pay him much heed.
At that, nobody really suggested there would be any real trouble for Mar-
tin Feldstein, nominated to replace Murray Weidenbaum as chairman of the
president's Council of Economic Advisers.
But that didn't stop critics from getting their licks in, by way of assailing
Feldstein's past economic comments and wondering aloud how a rich man
couldsidentify with the average American's suffering during the national
In a way, Feldstein himself also took issue with the administration,
declaring that "extremists" among supply-siders and monetary-control
theorists "who predicted that inflation would be reduced without raising
unemployment have been decisively proven wrong."
He did not name names, but his criticism would seem to include many of
the sweeping promises of swift economic revival that the president and some
of his economic advisers made during the 1980 presidential campaign and
early in Reagan's term.
Vol. XCIII, No. 13
Thursday, September 23, 1982
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