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Officials
celebrate
opening of
A2
A 2train
station
By SCOTT KASHKIN
Amid the pops of champagne corks
and the snipping of a ribbon, Ann Ar-
bor's premier train station staged its
grand opening yesterday on Depot
Street.
The modern $725,000 facility, located
next to the restaurant which was once
its predecessor, provides increased
space for baggage services, a larger
passenger waiting area, and access for
the physically handicapped,.
ONE OF THE speakers at the
proceedings, Congressman Carl Pur-
sell (R-Ann Arbor) said he considered
the new station a wise use of taxpayer
dollars. "We fight the sun belt for

The Michigan Daily-Sunday, January 30, 1983-Page 3
Reagan budget to alter
civil service retirement

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Reagan
administration's fiscal 1984 budget will
seek sweeping changes in the civil ser-
vice retirement system, including a 57
percent increase in bureaucrat's con-
tributions toward their own pensions
and stiff penalties for those who retire
before age 65.
Some details of the plan became
public Friday in budget documents
distributed by theWhite House on
Capitol Hill.
THE WHITE House said the civil
service retirement system has an un-
funded liability of $499 billion and is the
"most costly-generous system known."
The federal government, which has a
payroll of 2.8 million people, pays
benefits to more than 1.3 million federal
and postal retirees and their survivors.
The administration envisions saving

$1.4 billion in 1984 and $16.2 billion over
five years through its reforms.
CURRENTLY, the government pays
$37 toward running its pension program
for each $100 it pays out in salary. The
various reforms would reduce the costs
to $22 for every $100.
One change planned by the ad-
ministration would have federal
workers pay 11 percent of the cost in-
stead of the current 7 percent. The levy
would move up in two steps over the
next two years.
the administration also would save
money by discouraging retirement
before age 65 by sharply increasing the
penalties for those who retire at age 55.
Over the next 10 years, the penalty
would be increased to 5 percent a year
for those who claim an annuity between
ages 55 and 65.

THE administration also wants toy
change the basis for figuring civil ser-
vice pensions from workers' highest
three years' earnings to their highest
five years.
The system nov allows a bureaucrat
in one of hte top-paying grades, G-14,.to.
retire at age 55 with a pension of
$34,140, the budget document said. The
system's costs have soared from $2.8
billion in 1970 to $21.1 billion in 1983 and
the system would cost $121 billion over,
the next five years if unchanged, it said.,
Not all of the money reduces the
federal deficit because some of the fun--
ds would be direct or indirect transfers
from the general Treasury to Social
Security's trust funds.

Vaily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Young Shawn Franklin grins after winning an Amtrak cap and totebag at
yesterday's dedication of Ann Arbor's new train depot. Amtrak workers
gave out the tokens as door prizes at the ceremony.

programs like this," he said.
Amtrak, a federally-chartered cor-
poration, and the state Department of
Transportation each provided fifty per-

H APPENI NGSn
Sunday
Highlight
Two courses offered by the Free University will meet for the first time
today. "What Happened in Ann Arbor in the 1960s" meets at 8 p.m. in the
Guild House,-802 Monroe. "Mahatma Gandhi" will open at 7 p.m. at the
Mann's home, 1617 Cambridge near the corner of Baldwin.
Films
AAFC/Center for Russian & East European Studies - Hungarian Film
Festival, Sinbad, 7p.m.; Csontvary,,8:40p.m., Lorch.
CFT-El Cid, 1:30,4:45, & 8 p.m., Michigan Theatre.
Hill Street - Gentleman's Agreement, 7 & 9 p.m.; 1429 Hill St.
Cinema II - Roman Holiday, 7 p.m.; Breakfast at Tiffany's, 9:10 p.m.,
Angell Aud. A.
Performances
Musical Society - Marcel Marceau, 3 & 8p.m., Power Center.
PTP - "Old Times," 2p.m., Trueblood Arena, Frieze Bldg.
St. Andrews - Music for Voice, Lue, and Guitar, Janet Smarr & Roger
Marcus, 4 p.m., St. Andrews, 306 N. Division.
Music at Michigan - Chamber music recital, 2 p.m.; clarinet recital,
Julia Rollings, 4 p.m.; Trumpet recital, Kevin McLaughlin, 6 p.m.; horn
students recital,8 p.m., Recital Hall.
Miscellaneous
Museum of Art - Sunday tour, Frankie Simonds, "The Nude," exhibition,
12:10p.m.
Women's Athletics- Gymnastics, Mich. vs. Ohio State (co-ed) EMU,
Clarion, 1 p.m., Crisler'Arena.
Racquetball - Practice mtg., 9 a.m.-noon, NCRB Cts. 1-5.
Computing Ctr. - Card-box clean-up, 8 a.m.-noon, CNTR & NUBS.
Lesbian & Gay Law Students - San Francisco Municipal Court Judge
Mary Morgan speaks at 1 p.m. Lawyer's Club Lounge.
Kamakura - Japanese New Year Party, noon-6 p.m., Campus Inn.
SOS Community Crisis Center - Interviews for prospective volunteer
crisis counselors, 114 N. River Street, Ypsilanti.
UAC - Registration for UAC mini-courses, Union ticket office.
Monday
Highlight
Liz Cares and Nancy Love will give a poetry today at 8 p.m. in
Guild House, 802 Monroe.
Films
Pilot Program - Americas in Transition, 8 p.m., Alice Lloyd Blue Lounge.
Cinema Guild - Mideast Film Series, 7 p.m., Lorch.
Speakers
Chemistry - Robert Kooser, "Values and Chemical Education," 4 p.m.,
Chem 1200.
Near Eastern & North African Studies - Ala Faik, "Evidence of
Theatrical Practices in Arabic/Islamic'Culture," noon, Lane Hall Commons
Rm.; Middle Eastern Film Series, an Iranian film, The Secrets, 7 p.m., Lor-
ch.
r Collegiate Inst. for the Study of Buddhist Literature - Richard Mann,
"Psychology & Mysticism," noon, 3050 Frieze.
Collegiate Inst. & Inteflex - Richard Malvin, "Health Food & the
Michigan Connection: An Introduction to Medical Quackery," noon, Dean's
Conf. Rm., Med. Sci. I.
Computing Ctr. - Forrest Hartman, "Intro. to MTS File Editor, III.
Mechanical Eng. & Applied Mechanics - George C. S. Sih, "Some
Phenomena of Instability; Fracture of Solid & Flow Separation," 4 p.m., 206
W. Eng.
Meetings
Christian Science Org. -7:15 p.m., League Rm. D.
Ann Arbor Support Group for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee -
7:30 p.m., 308 E. William.
Undergraduate Psychology Society -7 p.m., 928 Church.
SACUA -1:15 p.m., 4025 Fleming Admin. Bldg.
Miscellaneous
Tae Kwon Do CLub - Practice, 6 p.m., CCRB Martial Arts Rm.
Eclipse - Workshop series on jazz improvisation, David Swain, Trotter
House.
Society of Women Engineers - Summer Job Presentation by GDT, 8 p.m.,
1078 E. Eng.
Artspace - Last day for registration for classes, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.,
Union ticket office.
Music at Michigan - Piano recital, Kerry Stevenson, 8 p.m., Recital Hall;
doctoral piano students recital, 8 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall.
To submit items for the Happenings Column, send them in care of
Happenings, The Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI. 48109.

cent of the project cost. The im-
provements included construction of a
parking lot and track improvement in
addition to the new building.
Robert Young, the state's com-
missioner of transportation, told the 100
listeners the station "represents a con-
tinuing committment on behalf of the
Department of Transportation to rail
services."
"ANN ARBOR is a paragon of where
rail service has worked very well for
us," Young said, adding the city boasts
the highest per capita Amtrak ridership
in the state.
The new station is one of several con-
struction projects the rail company has
provided nationwide, according to Am-
trak spokeswoman Pam Dickson.
Dickson said the company intends to
secure regular ridership in established
routes, such as Detroit to Chicago.
rather than establishing new routes,
with an uncertain future.
In an effort to attract new riders to
the Amtrak routes, the rail service is
stressing comfort, Dickson said.
Passenger John Martin said he was
pleased with the improvement. "I
commute from Ann Arbor several
times a week and rely heavily on the
trains," he said.
Efforts failed
to stop plane
collision
The North American Air Defense
Command had called the FAA at 4:14
p.m. for identification of the plane. The
FAA was unable to identify the craft
immediately, but radioed the air defen-
se command 23 minutes later that the
plane was lost and wasn't hostile.
Meanwhile, two F-4C Phantoms from
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in
Goldsboro, N.C., had been launched to
identify the aircraft.
The FAA Washington Flight Control
Center at Leesburg, Va., told the air
defense command at 4:37 p.m.:
"Hey, listen, we just had an air-
craft ... We had an aircraft, a BE-55,
just come on our frequency and said
he's on the Wilmington 13056 VFRat
9500 feet and he's a little bit lost. That
could be the guy that the Juliet Limas
F-4s are looking for ... "
At 4:42 p.m., the Beechcraft said:
"Yea, we were coming up AR3 and
we hit pretty good cells thunderstorms.
We just deviated around them."
"Okay, sir, you've got some F-4s
right on your tail," the FAA controller
responded. "I just want you to be
aware of that."

Scotland Yard nabs
'most wanted man'

k

LONDON (UPI) - Britain's '"most
wanted man" was behind bars yester-
day trapped by Scotland Yard's Flying
Squad in a frantic, mile-long chase
through a patch dark subway tunnel 200
feet under London streets.
Challenged by police on a fashionable
north London street Friday night,
David Martin, 35, wanted in the attem-
pted murder of a policeman, dashed in-
to a subway station, sprinted down a
spiral staircase, leaped onto the tracks
and vanished.
Martin was captured without a
struggle or gunfire within 40 minutes.

the dramatic arrest climaxed a 36-
day trail of blunders by police, who shot East Lansing Troy r Toledo
and seriously wounded an innocent man
in a street ambush because they
mistook him for Martin. At least two
other armed raids netted innocent
civilians.
Martin, who was wanted for the at-
tempted murder of a policeman, rob-
bery and firearms charges, escaped (313)261-LSAT
from a London court on Christmas Eve.
He was being questioned Saturday at
the most secure police station in Lon-
don.

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