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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme
curt was told yesterday that un-
olicitedmailed advertisements for
condoms and other contraceptives
must be outlawed so they won't "fall in-
to the hands of children against their
parents' wishes."
Government lawyers asked the court
to reinstate a federal law banning such
mail. They are appealing a lower court
victory won by the Youngs Drug
Products Corp., a manufacturer of the
contraceptive devices.
"YOUNGS contends the law is a
rowback to a 19th century morals
The federal law violates free speech
rights and could impair health by
restricting advertising of prophylactics
which, besides being birth control
devices, can prevent venereal disease,
the New Jersey-based company said.
Strauss said prohibiting unsolicited
rmiailed ads about contraceptives is in-
tended to protect children and adults
ho might find the material an offen-
sive invasion of privacy.
"IT'S SIMPLY inevitable that some
will fall into the hands of children
against their parents' wishes," Strauss
Justice Thurgood Marshall said,
"You're assuming children open their
parents' mail. I don't think a child has
the right to look at the mail" addressed
to an adult.
"Justice John Paul Stevens questioned
hether requiring the ads to be mailed
ini sealed envelop wouldn't be a less
restrictive means of protecting childr-
"People who are concerned they are
offensive are not likely to put them on
Ue dining room table," he said.
,Seven family planning organizations
are supporting the drug company's
arguments. They contended in their
own legal brief that the cost of restric-
ting advertising on contraception is
'millions of unintended pregnancies,
hundreds of thousands of unwanted
children, millions of abortions and a
venereal disease epidemic."

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, January 13, 1983-Page 7
Jackson inmate, 19, charged
with slaying elderly women
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LANSING (UPI) - Ingham County
authorities yesterday charged a 19-
year-old Jackson County Jail inmate
with the strangulation slaying of 78-
year-old Ula Curdy, but they were not
ready to pin on him any of four similar
Ingham County Prosecutor Peter
Houk said there is evidence possibly
linking Michael Darnell Harris to one of
the other slayings, but not enough to
bring charges.
While Harris may be considered a
suspect in the entire string of sex
slayings from October 1981 to February
1982, there are other suspects as well,
authorities said.
"WE CAN'T rule him out and we
can't charge him," Houk said. "He
remains a suspect."

Police Chief Richard Gleason said he
still advises the city's elderly women
"to remain cautious . . . I don't think
the assaults are going to stop with the
arrest of one man."
Harris was being held in Jackson on
charges he strangled and raped an
elderly woman there. The victim sur-
vived the attack.
He was to be arraigned some time
yesterday for first-degree murder in
the Lansing case.
THE DEFENDANT, also known as
Michael Stiggles, lived with his mother
in Lansing between June 1980 and
August 1982.
He was arrested in the summer of
1981 for two break-ins at the homes of
elderly women.
He was on probation on that case

when Mrs. Curdy was killed in Novem-
ber 1981.
Houk said robbery was not the motive
in the killing. "The apparent motive
was the sexual abuse visited upon these
POLICE SAID a fingerprint is a key
piece of evidence in their case against
The teenager's mother was described
as "very cooperative."
Houk said because the circumstances
in all five slayings were similar, it
remains possible that one person com-
mitted them all. But, he said, the "cir-
cumstances are by no means unique."
He said it is possible Harris might
come under suspicion in similar, un-
solved Ypsilanti cases for the same

Reagan to ask for tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Reagan plans to ask Congress in his
State of the Union Message to overhaul
and simplify the federal income tax
code by lowering rates and narrowing
deductions, administration sources
said yesterday.
The proposal, described by one of-
ficial as long-term "major tax reform,"
is expected to be one of the major
themes in the address Reagan will
make to a joint session of Congress on
Jan. 25, according to the sources, who
did not want their names used.
THE OFFICIALS said Reagan has no
specific plan in mind, preferring in-

stead to develop some firm proposals
with Congress. But they said the thrust
of his thinking is along the lines of
proposals that have become known as
"flat-rate" income tax plans.
Under these plans, personal income
tax rates are lowered but the amount of
income subject to taxation is increased
because of a narrowing or elimination
of deductions, such as for medical ex-
penses, state and local taxes, mortgage
interest payments, business-related
expenses, charitable contributions and
a variety of miscellaneous items.
These expenditures now can be sub-
tracted from income to lower a person's

tax liability.
Members of Congress have expressed
general interest in overhauling the tax
system in such a way. Politically,
however, there is serious doubt about
whether Congress would be willing to
eliminate such popular deductions as
mortgage interest payments on homes,
interest on tax-exempt municipal bonds
and similar items.
The sources said Reagan finds the
approach appealing because it could
simplify the tax code and lower the
"marginal" tax rates - the highest
percentage at which an individual's in-
come is taxed.

Belligerent bicycle Daily Photo by WENDY GOULD
Most bike owners park their bikes below the pointing finger but this bike's
owner thought it should rest above the others and so he perched it atop the
student bike on South Forest safe from possible thieves.


Student turns
(Continued from Page 1)
scribes into their classrooms. "These
would just be better notes," said Prof.
Paul Courant, who teaches Economics
202. "People often try to write down
what the prof. is saying rather than
following his arguments."
BEYOND THE controversy, Bar-
tleby's is a fairly simple operation. The
service hires a graduate student -
sometimes a teaching assistant - who
is familiar with a particular class. With
the professor's approval, the grad
student takes down, organizes, and
types the notes. Bartleby's makes
copies, and distributes them at the
University Cellar.
Although March would not reveal the
wages for these note-takers, he said
professors are paid 50 cents for each
subscription sold in their classes.
Most professors say they re declining
the payment, or donating it to their
MARCH SAID HE had heard that
such service was offered at several
medical schools and the University of
California at Berkeley and wondered
why it was, not offered here. The Un-
viersity medical school has such a ser-
vice, which operates through its
professional fraternity, Phi Chi.
A senior in Asian Studies, March in-
sists his service isn't a get-rich-quick
scheme that will lead to the ruination of
school as it is known.
"Obviously any private business has
to be profit-oriented," he said declining
comment on just how much profit has

lecture notes to bank notes

been made from the more than 100 sub-
scriptions already sold. "Our primary
purpose is not to be a substitute (for
going to classes) but to be a supplement
- another tool to help students."
ACCORDING TO Political Science
Prof. J. David Singer, this tool
"makes even more of a travesty of an
undergraduate teaching program.
(Students) are already only interested
in their track record and not their in-
tellectual development."
March claims such a view of students
is unfair. "Students aren't people who
always look'for scams, but they are
going to have grandmothers die or be
sick, and miss class sometimes," he
said. "We're pushing this as a sup-
plement, which it is - like Cliff's
As for quality, according to March,
many of the note-takers are chosen by
professors, and the rest are carefully
screened. "They know they have to be
the best notetakers in class," he said.
"We're only as good as the notetaker."
IN AN EFFORT to ease the troubled
minds of professors, March said he
promises to discontinue the service if
the professor feels it significantly
reduces class size; accept a professor's
choice for a notetaker; give the
professor a chance to review the notes
before they are distributed; and
provide a weekly correction page.
As a public service, he said, Bar-
tleby's will provide free notes to
disabled students and foreign students
who have difficulty with English.

"We're hoping for a 50 percent sub-
scription rate," March said, adding
that nearly 7,000 could take advantage
of the notes.
Several students in Economics 201,
however, were skeptical of the new ser-
vice. "It's possible that I might buy it,"
said Douglas Middlebrooks, a freshman
in LSA. "But they're only going to tell
me what I just heard."
C.J. Stoyka, also a freshperson in
LSA, said he doesn't think the notes are
worth the cost. "I plan to go to class."

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Student's low
rades cited
in law suit
(Continued from Page 1)
such as research and writing, that took
time away from his studies.
But Dr. Bruce Friedman, one of
Ewing's former professors, said
Ewing's performance on the board
exam was a culmination of deficien-
cies, not an isolated factor in his
Since Ewing entered the Inteflex
program in the fall of 1975, he has
received three warning letters from the
Promotion Board stating that he would
be dismissed if he had any more
academic deficiencies.
A student receives a deficiency if he
fails a course or does not complete an.
exam. The Board also considers failing
the national board exam a deficiency.
INTEFLEX students have two chan-
ces to pass their courses. Generally,
they also have two chances to pass the
board exam. The Promotion Board did
not allow Ewing to retake the exam,
Friedman said, because of his poor
academic record.
Dr. Henry Gershowitz, a voting
member of the Promotion Board,
testified that the board voted
unanimously to drop Ewing from the
program.. A
GERSHOWITZ said Ewing was
dismissed because of the formal warn-
:ing letters, personality problems such
as frequent delay of regular exams, and
his "abysmally poor record on the
national board exam."'
When Ewing took the exam, a score
of 345 points was considered passing.
Ewing received only 235 points, passing
only two of the seven subtests.
"We (medical professors) have a
S responsibility to the society-at-large to
see that graduating students will be
qualified to practice," Friedman said.

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Military research vital,
say engineering students

(Continued from Page 3)
rule states that no classified research
that would endanger human life can be
conducted by University faculty mem-
Engineering students also charge
that Kerson is not working with enough
engineering staff members and is,
therefore, not receiving enough input
from them.
BUT KERSON told them last night he
has contacted up to a dozen engineering
military researchers, and has been1
reading "scientific and trade journals"

and "publications from the Department
of Defense."
Atmospheric and oceanic science
senior Paul Gross, along with other
students, said he wants to see a "report
that will cover all bases of research,"
combining student and faculty input.
He also echoed O'Connor's concern that
an inadeiquate report could harm the
"If they (professors) don't have the
funding, they can't continue research,"
he said.
Kerson dismissed these suggestions.
"Nobody's not doing any research they
weren't doing before," he said.
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