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Ninety-Three Years
Editorial Freedom



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The sun will break through full force
today, but not the warmth. Highs
will only hit the mid-30s and the low
tonight will be near 15.


Vol. XCIII, No. 136

Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, March 24, 1983

Ten Cents

Ten Pages

FBI informant
denies shooting
rights activist




with wire reports
Former FBI informant Gary Rowe
yesterday testified he did not know why
the bureau asked him to infiltrate the
SKu Klux Klan in 1960 and that he had
had no contact with the agency prior to
the events which led to the death of a
Detroit civil rights worker.
In addition, a transcript of Rowe's
videotaped deposition, obtained yester-
day by UPI, shows that he denies killing
civil rights leader Viola Liuzzo 18 years
"I THINK (the Klan is) a bunch of
assholes," Rowe said during his
videotaped testimony in U.S. District
Court in Ann Arbor. Liuzzo's children
have filed a $2 million suit against the
federal government for hiring Rowe as
an informant, charging that bureau of-
ficials gave him the job even though
they knew he had violent tendencies.
But Rowe said he joined the FBI
despite his negative sentiments about
the Klan "at the request of the FBI."
In addition, the plaintiffs charged
yesterday that a photograph of Rowe
taken at a bus station in Montgomery
proved Rowe's violent tendencies
because it showed Rowe participating
in violence involving Klansmen and*
several Freedom Riders. But Rowe
testified that the FBI ordered him to
pretend he was not in the nationally-
circulated picture.

An FBI representative contacted
Rowe twice before he agreed to work as
an informant during the third meeting,
Rowe said. "Before that meeting was
over, Isagreed to work for the FBI," he
said, adding that he had not given any
thought to working for the bureau prior
to their invitation.
ROWE SAID he told the agent he
would "sure like to give (working for
the FBI) a hell of a try. To me, the FBI
was good."
He said the bureau instructed him to
learn everything about the Klan, in-
cluding names of people attending
meetings, their religions, and Klan
strategies. He filed hand-written repor-
ts with the FBI and was always paid
cash for his information, he said.
"I BELIEVED in the bureau. I
believed in justice," Rowe said.
Liuzzo was killed by shots from a
passing car in which Rowe and three
Klansmen were riding while she and
another civil rights worker, LeRoy
Moten, were driving between Selma
and Montgomery, Ala., on March 25,
In the portion of the videotape
scheduled to be shown today, Rowe ac-
cuses Klansman Collie Leroy Wilkins of
firing the shots which killed Liuzzo.Un-
der questioning by Dean Robb, the
Liuzzos' attorney, Rowe said several
times, "Wilkins killed Viola Liuzzo."
See FBI, Page 5


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From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - President Reagan
said last night the United States will
begin work on a futuristic defense
system which could destroy Soviet
missiles in flight and render "these
nuclear weapons impotent and ob-
The plan, announced in a nationally
broadcast speech from the Oval Office,
foreshadows a major departure from
three decades of strategy calling for
deterring nuclear warfare with the
promise of massive retaliation.
REAGAN SAID it could be the turn of
the century before such defensive
weapons could be produced. Apparen-
tly, his plan envisions laser and par-
ticle-beam technology which currently
exists more in theory than fact.
White House aides described the
program as a major shift in strategic
policy from the U.S. dependence on
retaliating with nuclear weapons in the
event of a Soviet first strike.
As part of the administration's
campaign to declassify secret infor-
rhation about the Soviet military
buildup to gain support for its $238.6
billion defense budget, Reagan un-
veiled four secret photographs of Soviet
installations in Latin America and the

HE SAID ONE showed an intelligen-
ce collection facility manned by 1,500
Soviet technicians in Lourdes, Cuba,
the second a military airfield and MIG-
23 jets in western Cuba.
Reagan said a third was a picture of a
heavily defended airfield in Nicaragua
and that the final one showed a huge
airfield with a 10,000-foot-long runway
on the small Caribbean island of
Grenada. A similar reconnaissance,
photo of the Grenada runway was
disclosed two weeks ago by the Pen-
The president said that the nation
would abide by current treaties and
consult closely with allies, but that he
had decided to take "an important first
"WOULD IT NOT be better to save
lives than to avenge them?" Reagan
asked. Hesaid that after consulting with
the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other ad-
visors, "I believe there is a better way
... that we embark on a program to
counter the awesome Soviet missile
threat with measures that are defen-
He said such a system posed a "for-
midable technical task" that might not
be accomplished before the end of the
See REAGAN, Page 5

AP Photo
Aerial photos show what the defense department claims are Soviet planes
and air fields in western Cuba. President Reagan is using the photos to drum
up support for his defense spending plans.

House snubs Reagan,
slashes defense budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a stinging rebuke to President
Reagan, the House passed 229-196 last night a Democratic
budget plan that would slash his defense buildup by more than
half, raise $30 billion in new taxes and restore $33 billion of
his proposed cuts in social programs.
The vote came just as Reagan delivered a nationwide
broadcast to which he called for the development of futuristic
anti-missile weapons and urged Americans "to tell your
senators and congressmen that you know we must continue
to restore our military growth."
BUT AN EXULTANT House Speaker Thomas O'Neill (D-
Mass.) declared, "The people believe that Reagan policies
are unfair and have gone too far. This evening, the House
voted to restore fairness and balance to our national
Said Reagan: "If we stop in midstream, we will not only
jeopardize the progress we have made to date - we will mor-

tgage our ability to deter war and achieve genuine arms
reductions. And we will send a signal of decline, of lessened
will, to friends and adversaries alike."
Only four Republicans, Reps. Matthew Rinaldo of New
Jersey, William Green of New York, Claudine Schneider of
Rhode Island and James Jeffords of Vermont, joined 225
Democrats on the prevailing side. There were 36 Democrats
and 160 Republicans voting against the Democratic plan.
IT WAS THE first time since Reagan took office in 1981 that
either house of Congress passed a tax and spending blueprint
that he opposed, though he was forced to backpedal con-
siderably from his proposals in last year's budget debate.
Overall, the fiscal 1984 budget crafted by the Democratic
caucus calls for spending of $863.5 billion and leaves a deficit
of $174.5 billion. Reagan's original package, so unpopular that
Republicans didn't even seek a vote on it, called for less
See HOUSE, Page 5

Fire and ice,
The return of winter-like weather to the Ann Arbor area prompted these icicles to find a place to hang. This fire escape
provided the perfect environ for them.

Senate passes debated
Social Security plan

Ex-student loses suit

A former student who was expelled from
Inteflex, the University's accelerated
medical program, will not be allowed to
re-enter the medical school, a federal
judge ruled yesterday.
Scott Ewing, who sued the University
in 1981, charged that he was unfairly
dismissed from Inteflex by the
Promotion and Review Board after he
failed the first part of a national
medical board exam.
"I FIND THAT the defendants did not
act in violation of Ewing's due process
rights," said U.S. District Judge John
Feikens in his written decision. "I find
that the evidence demonstrates no ar-

bitrary or capricious action since the
defendants had good reason to dismiss
Ewing from the program."
Peter Davis, attorney for the Univer-
sity, said the judge issued a decision
which favored the University on all
counts. "We expected a favorable
decision," he said. "From the judge's
comments at the end of the trial, it was
clear that the University would
Ewing and his attorney, Michael
Conway, would not comment before
reading the judge's opinion, but Ewing
did say he was disappointed and a bit
surprised by the decision because he
thought the evidence created a power-
ful case for this position.

against 'U'
EWING'S MAIN argument is that he
was the only student not allowed a
second opportunity to pass the exam.
During the period that he was enrolled
as a medical student, 40 students failed
the test, and 39 were permitted retests,
he said.
Ewing cited publication of his
medical research, a Hopwood award he
received, and honors grades in some of
his classes as evidence that he was
qualified to retake the exam and be
allowed to re-enroll at the University in
good standing.
Ewing said he had failed a class
before taking the board exam, but he
See FORMER, Page 3

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate
passed 88-9 last night a landmark Social
Security rescue plan, but only after
granting a reprieve to federal workers
that some leaders said could rupture the
entire $165 billion package - and
possibly draw President Reagan's vote.
Only six Republicans and three
Democrats voted against the bailout
The Senate, after six days of debate
and dozens of amendments, followed
the House's lead in adopting a bipar-
tisan reform commission's call for
higher payroll taxes, a six-month delay
in this July's benefit increase, a later
retirement age in the next century and
a tax on benefits of more affluent
BUT IN THE first major crack in the
compromise plan, the Senate approved

by voice vote the amendment by Sen.
Russell Long (D-La.) to delay coverage
for new civil servants until after
Congress establishes a supplementary
pension plan for them.
Senate leaders planned to move $a
conference with the House early today
to iron out differences in the bills.
House negotiators were expected to ap-
ply strong pressure to drop the Long
amendment from the bill.
Both houses were expected to give
final approval to the conference report
later today before leaving for a 10-day
Easter recess. Long told reporters he
would acquiesce to the will of the
House-Senate negotiators.
"I'M NOT IN control of that con-
ference ..." said Long. "As a practical
matter, we're going to have to settle for
See SOCIAL, Page 5


... sponsored controversial amendment

No Meet the Press
E'RE SORRY, but fans of Campus Meet the
Press will have to hold on until next week for
the next exciting round of question-and-an-
swer with their favorite University per-
sonalities. But it'll be worth the wait - the March 31 guest

the charming faces of all you potential graduates for
posterity. Varden Studios will be on campus beginning
today through April 8 to take senior portraits for next year's
book. For the first time, the yearbook will feature separate
sections for graduate students and graduating seniors, and
portraits will be separated by schools. So take that first step
toward senior-hood and sign up now for an appointment by
calling the Ensian office at 764-9425 between 9 a.m. and 6
p.m. Or, if you prefer, you can wander in to their office in
the Student Publications Building at 420 Maynard St.

Every year in March, two salamander species attempt to
make the five-minute crossing. Before the road was
blocked, two of the six-inch-long creatures were killed.
People drove around the roadblocks set up by police last
Saturday and flattened two more salamanders, both mem-
bers of the rare blue-spotted variety. The road block was
lifted Sunday night after it was presumed that all available
salamanders had had a chance to get to the pool. "If it's for
salamanders, it's fine with me," said Barbara Uftring of
Hemenway Road.

freedom" which they sent to the United Nations to con-
tribute to debate being heard about the repressive
Czechoslovakian regime.
" 1957 - Ann Arbor and most of the Midwest was buried
under several inches of snow dumped by an unexpected
spring storm. Sound familiar?
" 1969 - The LSA curriculum committee decided to con-
tinue giving academic credit for ROTC classes even though
the courses would no longer be counted in a student's
cumulative grade point average.



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