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Page 2-Wednesday, December 1, 1982-The- Michigan Daily

In the land of the giants
Two elderly Chicago women shiver against the cold as they pass by a storefront window displaying the tanned legs of
MSA urged against proposed
Changes in U research policy

Girl gets
gift of
d disease
BOSTON (AP) - Doctors have cured
a baby girl born without resistance to
disease and say the treatment offers
hope for other children like her wh are
forced to live in germ-free plastic bub-
bles or face certain death.
The key to the new approach is
monoclonal antibodies, substances that
zero in on the cells that have prevented
these youngsters from being helped by
bone marrow transplants.
DOCTORS AT the Sidney Farber
Cancer Institute in Boston have used
the new procedure on a 4-month-old girl
who had to live in a microbe-free world
because she had no natural immunity to
"We believe that this is a cure for this
child," said Dr. Ellis L. Reinherz.
"That is why we are very excited."
The youngster is now about 18 months
old. "She has completely normal im-
munity," he said. "It would be im-
possible to distinguish her from any one
AMONG possible beneficiaries of the
new treatment is David, the so-called
"bubble boy" who is the most famous
victim of this condition. At Baylor
College of Medicine in Houston,
DAvid's physician has discussed the
new treatment with the 11-year-old
boy's parents.
"It's an experimental procedure, and
there are some very serious risks in-
volved in it," said Susannah Griffin, a
college spokeswoman. "So his parents
have elected not to choose the treat-
ment at this time."
She said the parents, who have asked
not to be identified, may be interested
later "if results are more conclusive."
REINHERZ said similar treatment
may be useful for victims of a variety of
diseases who would benefit from bone
marow transplants. Among them are
poeple with cancer, sickle cell anemia
and thalassemia. A report on the
Boston work was published in, the Oc-
tober issue of the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Science.
The condition, called severe com-
bined immunodeficiency syndrome, is
the most devastating of all human im-
munity disorders. Victims are born
without any of the natural immune
elements that are needed to resist

/ Roger Kerson, hired by the Michigan
Student Assembly to study military
research done on campus, urged
student government members last
night to fight proposed changes in the
University's guidelines restricting
defense research.
A key faculty research committee
has recently suggested slight wording
changes in the guidelines, which forbid
professors from doing research which
might lead to the destruction of human
life. Members of that committee have
-said the changes are intended mainly to
make the policy more clear.
BUT KERSON last nightwarned
MSA members that the proposed
changes could open the door to a whole

range of military research and urged
the students to officially recommend
that the administration veto the
proposed revisions.
"The new proposal is weaker than the
old policy and leaves out several key
phrases," Kerson said last night. He
asked MSA members to endorse the
present wording of the guidelines and to
urge the Regents to expand the restric-
tions to cover all research, both
classified and non-classified.
The current policy applies only to
classified research and the wording
changes proposed by the Research
Policies Committee would be the basis
for a new policy that would apply only
to non-classified research.
MSA MEMBERS, however, voted to
table their decision on the guidelines
until they have a chance to read the
policy and proposed changes later this
Kerson said he would also like to see
changes made in the way that con-
troversial research projects are ap-
proved on campus. Currently, the

University's vice president for resear-
ch has the final word on what research
can be done, Kerson said.
"It hasn't worked," he continued.
"No vice president has ever cancelled a
project. The University would be better
served by a distribution of power." He
suggested the creation of a special
faculty-student committee to review
controversial projects and decide
which are appropriate.
IN OTHER business last night, MSA
refused to give money to the Univer-
sity-sponsored radio station, WCBN, to
finance coverage of the Rose Bowl.
The radio station had asked for $1,396
to send two WCBN staff members to
Pasadena to cover the game. The radio
station would then tape play-by-play
coverage of the game and broadcast it
Jan. 10, ten days after the actual game.
MSA members, however, argued
there would be little value in such
delayed coverage because several
radio stations and a TV station are of-
fering live coverage.


Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Letter bomb sent to Thatcher
LONDON- A letter bomb mailed to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
got past security and burst into flames inside her 10 Downing St. residence
yesterday. Four similar incendary devices sent to the House of Commons of-
fices of opposition political leaders and a government official were defused.
An Irish nationalist organization and an animal rights group both claimed
responsibility for the Downing Street package.
Mrs. Thatcher was holding a meeting in her study on the floor above the
explosion and was uninjured. Her office manager, who was examing the
package in the mail room when it burst into flame, was slightly scorched on
one cheek. The packages at the House of Commons were intercepted and
safely defused, police said.
Scotland Yard officials said the Downing Street device was "gunpowder-
based and designed to burn rather than cause a big explosion.
Officials at the Downing Street residence, the British equivalent of the
White House, said incoming mail is electronically scanned and there was no
chance of the package having reached the prime minister unchecked. Post
Office spokesmen declined to discuss screening procedures.
Ma Bell says rate hike needed
DETROIT- Michigan Bell Telephone Co. yesterday asked the Public Ser-
vice Commission for a record $451 million rate increase, predicting even
higher costs for consumers if the request is denied.
If approved, flat rate residential rate increases would range from $5 a
month in Detroit to $6 a month in the smallest outstate exchanges. Tollboth
calls would go from 20 cents to 25 cents-among the highest in the nation.
Michigan Bell Vice President Frank Zimmerman and Communications
Workers of America Vice President Martin Hughes defended the proposed
rate increase at a joint Detroit news conference.
Jennifer O'Neill and husband
arraigned on weapons charges
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.- Actress Jennifer O'Neill, who accidentally shot
herself with a revolver October 22, was arraigned with her husband yester-
day on charges of criminal possession of a weapon following a secret grand
jury indictment.
Both pleaded innocent in Westchester County court. The couple refused to
speak with reporters on their way out of the courthouse.
Miss O'Neill, a gun control advocate, was charged with criminal
possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor offense.
Lederer was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third
degree, a felony offense.
Authorities said Lederer was charged with a felony because of a previous
conviction in 1976 of four counts of possession of stolen property and illegal
possession of a forged motor vehicle identification. He served nine months in
the county jail. 1
Suspect in Tylenol poisonings
arrested by Los Angeles police
LOS ANGELES- A mechanic wanted for questioning in the Extra-
Strength Tylenol poisoning deaths was arrested yesterday in Los Angeles af-
ter he contacted FBI agents voluntarily, authorities said.
Kevin John Masterson, 35, walked into the FBI office in West Los Angeles
on Monday afternoon and said he was willing to be interviewed about the
Chicago-area poisonings, said FBI spokesman John Hoos.
Masterson was questioned, detained overnight, then turned over to Los
Angeles police, who arrested him yesterday at FBI headquarters on an out-
standing warrant from Illinois on an unrelated matter, Hoos said.
Authorities who searched Masterson's rooms in Chicago in October found
two Tylenol capsules and two bottles labeled poison.
Investigators suggested that Masterson had a grudge against two of the
retail outlets where the poisoned Tylenol was purchased. Hoos said he did
not know why Masterson came to the FBI office, nor would he comment on
what Masterson said during interviews.
In Chicago, Illinois Attorney General Tyrone Fahner said at a news con-
ference that Masterson "made statements to various people that he was in-
volved in the cyanide killings. . ." But he also characterized Masterson as
"apparently the kind of person who says a lot of things that are not true or
that he does not mean. He is not a suspect.. . he is someone we want to talk
to because of the things he said."
Masterson was held without bail on an outstanding warrant for possession
of marijuana and was scheduled for arraignment on that charge today, said
police Lt. Keith Ross.
Positive economic signs for Oct.
WASHINGTON- A key barometer of the nation's future economic health
rose a slight 0.2 percent in October, the sixth gain in seven months, the
government reported yesterday.
Commerce Secretary MalcolmBaldrige said that although monthly gains
are piling up for his department's forecasting gauge, the Index of Leading
Economic Indicators, the increases have been smaller than those preceding
previous recoveries.
"I believe that the prolonged lag this time, and the relatively slow rise in
the leading indicators as well, was caused by the persistence of high interest
rates into the summer," Baldrige said in a statement.
But he added that he thoughtinterest rates now had fallen enough to
finally make at least a modest recovery happen.
Climbing stock prices and a revised 16.9 percent surge in October's
building permits offset sharp drops in new orders to keep the index on the
positive side.
The index is a composite of 10 separate indicators that move ahead of
general business conditions by one to six months.

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Wednesday, December 1, 1982
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Reagan says he will wait on tax break

(Continued from Page 1)
nuclear waste disposal, a revision of the
bankruptcy laws, and immigration and
regulatory reform.
ON MONDAY, the president had
spoken enthusiastically in Los Angeles
about advancing the tax cut from July 1
to Jan. 1, contending it would be a
strong stimulant to the economy.
But after hearing arguments from
the GOP leadership Tuesday morning,
Reagan said he was concerned that
such a move would increase the already
large federal budget deficit.
But to delay the cut past July 1, he
said, would be "directly opposed to
what is needed to restore the
REAGAN, Senate Republican Leader
Howard W. Baker of Tennessee and
House GOP leader Robert H. Michel of
Illinois faced reporters at the White

House a day after Congress convened
its post-election session amid concern
about the nation's 10.4 percent unem-
ployment rate and calls for legislation
to create jobs.
Congressional leaders told Reagan
last week that the tax cut speed-up was
not very popular in Congress because of
the potential deficit problem.
Moreover, Democrats have urged that
the July tax cut be dropped altogether
to help bring down the deficit, which
budget director David Stockman repor-
tedly is forecasting at $180 billion to
$190 billion this year.
Baker said he expected the final step
of Reagan's three-year tax reduction

plan to survive after "a difficult fight."
HE SAID HE had recommended
"that we not attempt to advance it,"
but Baker said Reagan had heard con-
trary views from members of the GOP
congressional leadership.
Michel said some concern was ex-
pressed at the meeting that to raise the
speed-up issue coild open the door for
opponents to push for the abolition of
the tax cut.
"As the debate continued and
political issues came up, he (Reagan)
felt it was better to protect it 'than
change it," said the spokesman, Marlin



Magazine reports Israelis
killed Russians in jet strike

WASHINGTON (AP) - Israeli forces
killed 11 Soviets in Lebanon when the
Israelis destroyed one of their own
downed aircraft in an effort to prevent
its highly secret equipment from falling
into enemy hands, Air Force magazine
reports in its December issue.
The magazine, published by the unof-
ficial Air Force Association, quotes
Assistant Defense Secretary Richard
Perle and intelligence sources as
providing this information.
THE BRIEF article says that Perle
"recently disclosed that the Israeli Air
Force, during the conflict with Syrian
forces in Lebanon, lost an aircraft
carrying highly secret Israeli-
developed ECM electronic counter-
measures equipment."
It says that the Israelis, "determined
not to let the equipment fall into enemy
hands, mounted a strike to destroy
totally the downed aircraft on the
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Perle was quoted as 'saying that, by
the time the Israelis arived over the
wreckage, there were "already
Russians on the ground pulling out
pieces" and that, as a result, the
Israelis "got the Russians" as well as
the downed plane.
The magazine said it learned from
"reliable intelligence sources" that 11
Soviets were killed in the Israeli raid.
Students nabbed in tunnels
At 2 a.m. Monday, three University
students were apprehended by police in
the steam tunnels underneath the 500
block of State St. An alarm under the
Museum of Art alerted security of-
ficials to the scene. The students were
released pending an investigation.
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