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Arroyo admits he
started Econ. fire
Compiled from Associated Press and
By SCOTT KASHKIN
Arthur Arroyo yesterday admitted
that he set the fire that destroyed the
University's Economics Building last
year, but insisted he intended only to
burn a small stack of papers.
Arroyo's testimony during his trial
yesterday was the first uncontested
confession in the case and made clear
his attorney's strategy of pleading not
guilty by reason of insanity. Although
Arroyo had admitted to police when
arrested last February that he set the
fire, his attorney had wanted to dismiss
that evidence, claiming that Arroyo
was under mental duress at the time of
BUT WHILE testifying in his own
defense yesterday, Arroyo denied the
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prosecution's claim that he used ac-
celerants-such as gasoline-to set the
fire. Instead, Arroyo said he set fire to a
stack of papers in a basement hallway
and only wanted to destroy the papers.
The fire simply got out of control, he
insisted, and burned down the entire
In testimony last week, Arroyo,
traced for the court his rootless life
from an unstable childhood to several
unsuccessful attempts at schooling
later to his wanderings across the coun-
try, which eventually brought him to
Ann Arbor in April, 1981.
YESTERDAY he continued his
testimony, describing his feelings on
the night last Christmas Eve when he
set the building ablaze.
Arroyo said he was feeling par-
ticularly lonely that Christmas Eve and
was depressed that he could not spend
the holiday with family members or
friends. He said he had been drinking
all day when he wandered to the Diag
that night and broke into the Economics
"When I would get anxious and de-
pressed about my life," Arroyo said
yesterday, "I would do things I didn't
want to do, self-destructive and
debasing things. I would frequently put
myself in dangerous situations."
"(That Christmas Eve) I went into
the hallway in the basement. I saw some
papers, some piles of papers, like test
papers or something in front of the
hallway," he continued, "The idea
came to mind to burn the papers."
"I WASN'T thinkingymuch of
anything," he said. "Maybe I was
thinking they reminded me of papers,
work that I had done, and that I was
rejected as was my work. And I had an
urge to burn the papers."
But Arroyo said he was "horrified"
when he learned on the radio the next
day that the building was destroyed.
"It was like I had pushed my sister on
the cement, but hadn't intended it, and
she got brain damage," he told the
In previous testimony, Arroyo, who
was once employed by the University
as a secretary, has said he was angry at
what he called sex discrimination on
the job. He said he resented the
University for treating him differently
than female secretaries.
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United Press international reports
Two disarmament advocates
win Nobel Peace PrizeI
OSLO, Norway- Two longtime crusaders for world disarmament-Alva
Myrdal of Sweden and Alfonso Garcia Robles of Mexico-have won the 1982
Nobel Peace Prize.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said yesterday it selected the pair in
hopes of spurring the growing worldwide movement against nuclear arms.
"Millionsof people are joining the fight against nuclear weapons," the 80-
year-old Mrs. Myrdal said in Stockholm after the announcement. "I hope
that after we have received the peace prize, even greater numbers will stand
up in the fight."
Garcia Robles, a former Mexican foreign minister, described the award
as a "perhaps a little late but welcome recognition of the importance and the
urgency" of disarmament efforts.
Both Myrdal, a sociologist and former diplomat and politician, and the 71-
year-old Garcia Robles have put years of work into the U.N. process of arms
control negotiations based in Geneva.
Other candidates for the prize included detained Polish labor leader Lech
Walesa and U.S. Middle East mediator Philip Habib. But veteran observers
of the Nobel selection process had considered them unlikely winners-
Walesa because the award would appear politically motivated, and Habib
because Lebanon is still unstable.
New evidence may reduce
fear of breast cancer
BOSTON- Lumpy breasts are common and calling the condition
"fibrocystic disease" causes women to worry needlessly about cancer, a
group of physicians says.
"There is no link between clinically lumpy breasts or painful breasts and
cancer," said Dr. Susan Love of Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, one of the
authors of the report.
Love said that when a woman is found to have lumps in her breast tissue
she is diagnosed as having "fibrocystic diesase"-a term she wants to
abolish. She said the diagnosis is becoming routine in women who undergo
The term is so frightening that some women request mastectomies to
prevent breast cancer, and their physicians sometimes recommend the
Police rout 3,000 Poles
WARSAW, Poland - Nearly 4,000 Poles demonstrated in two southern
cities yesterday after two days of clashes on the Baltic coast over the
outlawing of Solidarity. In Nowa Huta, riot police used tear gas and water
cannon to rout 3,000 steel workers, witnesses said.
In Wroclaw, about 700 people taunted police with shouts of 'Gestapo!" to
protest the outlawing of Solidarity last Friday and the imposition of martial
law exactly 10 months ago. The crowd in Wroclaw later dispersed
peacefully, the witnesses said.
A Western correspondent in Gdansk said witnesses reported fresh rioting
had broken out yesterday near the shipyard in the Baltic port, but later
reports from Western correspondents said there had been no rioting and that
the city was calm. The Foreign Ministry said reports of unrest in Gdansk
An estimated 10,000 shipyard workers struck for eight hours Monday and
Tuesday in Gdansk and Gdynia, and riot police battled protesters in Gdansk
after each work stoppage, witnesses said.
Forces clash in Lebanon
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanese Christian and Moslem militiamen battled
in mountain villages southeast of Beirut yesterday for the second day, and
Prime Minister Shafik Wazzan ordered security police into the area to try to
end the fighting.
A Moslem radio station said the Christians from President Amin
Gemayel's Phalangist Party were trying to disarm the villagers, who are
members of the Druse Islamic sect, and were arresting people wanted by the
In Amik, 18 miles east of the capital, Israeli forces opened fire on Syrian
troops trying to infiltrate Israeli lines, Israel Radio reported. It said the
Syrians retreated and there were no casualties.
In Damascus, a Syrian military spokesman announced that two Syrian
soldiers were wounded yesterday when Israeli troops fired mortars and
machine guns in violation of the cease-fire at Syrian troops near Zahle and
Deir el-Ashayer, in the Bekaa Valley of eastern Lebanon.
Reagan: U.S. 'recovery bound'
WASHINGTON - President Reagan said last night that despite a "poun-
ding economic hangover" that has left 11 million Americans unemployed,
the nation is "recovery-bound and the world knows it."
There were no new programs or surprise announcements in his speech,
which was primarily intended - as are his campaign speeches for
Republican candidates this month - to provide the White House assessment
of the economy.
"Bringing down inflation and interest rates is creating a positive reaction
that will boost employment," Reagan said. "I wish there were a quicker,
easier way, some magic short cut, but unemployment is always one of the
last things to turn around as an economy heds into recovery."
Although White House aides had billed it as a non-partisan progress
report, the address was laced with liberal doses of Reaganomics. Democrats
claimed the address was plainly political and aimed at influencing voters
before fall elections for Congress and several big-state governorships.
Vol. XCIII, No. 31
Thursday, October 14, 1982
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