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Pollack targeted or recall drive
By BETH BUSHROW
AND THOMAS MILLER
State Sen. Lana Pollack (D-Ann Arbor) who voted in
favor of raising the state income tax, is the latest
local official to be named in a recall petition by a
former University student.
Pollack yesterday joined State Rep. Perry Bullard
(D-Ann Arbor), House Speaker Gary Owen (D- -
Ypsilanti), Gov. James Blanchard, and several other
elected officials as the targets of this year's recall
THE EFFORT to recall Blancard failed this sum-
mer because supporterts of the movement fell short
of the signatures required by law to place a recall
vote on the state ballot.
Former industrial engineering student John Mit-
chell said his primary reason for starting the recall
campaign against Pollack was because she voted for
the 38 percent increase.
"The state has got to generate more money. It is
more advantageous to promote business growth than to,
drive it out at a rate faster than it is already going,"
IN A TELEPHONE interview last night, Pollack
said she is "more worried about damage to the
system of representation" than she is about being
recalled. "The whole issue of recalls is very disrup-
"The whole economy of Ann Arbor is contingent
upon the health of the state," she said, explaining her
vote in favor of the tax. "We had to have dollars
coming in. That money is going to come from the
state. The people know this, so I'm not going to lose
Mitchell received approval from the Washtenaw
County Election Committee for the wording on his
petition late yesterday afternoon.
The petition now will go to the State Election Com-
mittee in Lansing for their recommendations on the
number of signatures necessary to qualify for special
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victed killer James David Autry was
shifted to a prison death cell yesterday
while attorneys made last-minute
moves to block his execution, scheduled
for just after midnight.
At press time last night the U.S. Cir-
cuit court had not decided whether to
stay Autry's execution.
Autry, 29, drifter from Amarillo, was
condemned to death by lethal injection
for the 1980 slaying of a Port Arthur
convenience store clerk. The victim, a
mother of five, was shot between the
eyes after she tried to collect $2.70 from
Autry for a six-pack of beer.
THE SENTENCE, scheduled to be
carried out today at 12:01 a.m. CDT
would make Autry the ninth convict
executed in the United States since the
death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
Texas would be the first state to carry
out more than one of those executions.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4
ruling Monday, refused an emergency
request by Autry's attorney, Charles
Carver, to block the execution.
U.S. District Judge Robert Parker in
Marshall, Texas, refused a request
yesterday from the American Civil
Liberties Union, which then took its
case to the 55th U.S. Circuit Court of Ap-
peals in New Orleans.
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Reagan pushes 'build-down 'plan
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Reagan cancels Manila visit;
coul hurt Marcos opposition
MANILA, Philippines - Opposition leaders said yesterday the cancellation
of President Reagan's Manila visit could signal the beginning of the with-
drawal of U.S. support for President Ferdinand Marcos and a tougher crack-
down by Marcos on his opponents.
"Now that he is not coming, I think it's open season," said former
Foreigner Minister Salvador Lopez. "President Marcos is no longer on good
Some opposition leaders said privately that the cancellation could prove a
boon to the embattled Philippine leader. They explained that Reagan's
presence would have provided a target for major anti-Marcos demon-
strations that would have dominated foreign TV screens and made headlines
in all the foreign papers.
Marcos said he didn't think Reagan's action indicated waning U.S. con-
fidence in him, but diplomatic observers took it as a blow to his prestige at a
time of increasing domestic opposition.
Reagan also called off visits to Indonesia and Thailand.
Blanchard moves unexpectedly
to address House and Senate
LANSING - Gov. James Blanchard will address a joint session of the
legislature on his long-term economic development plans, it was confirmed
late yesterday following a day of some uncertainty.
The address will be delivered at 11 a.m. tomorrow and will be Blanchard's
third before a joint session of the House and Senate.
A speech to a joint session is considered a major event. It generally is an-
nounced well in advance and is the subject of considerable planning.
The first official word of the joint session came through the legislature it-
self yesterday morning when it appeared on a legislative schedule and was
announced on the Senate floor.
There was no announcement from the governor's office, however, and
Blanchard's spokesmen were insisting the matter remained under
The House also approved yesterday a resolution condemning last month's
Soviet attack on a Korean airliner as "one of the most reprehensible acts in
history" and calling for flags to be lowered to half-staff for 30 days.
Syria resists peace talks
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Saudi and American negotiators struggled
yesterday to win Syrian approval to stage the first peace talks among
Lebanon's warring factions by the weekend.
A government source said President Amin Gemayel expected Syria to
cave in to "Saudi pressure" and lift its opposition to'hold the talks as
proposed in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
There was no comment, however, from Damascus, which has armed
Druze Moslem gunmen and helped establish an independent Druze ad-
ministration in the Shouf mountains south and east of Beirut.
Meanwhile, snipers terrorized the Beirut area's Christian and Moslem
sectors yesterday, leaving at least one person dead on the ninth day of a
A Lebanese mililtary communique said Shiite Moslem snipers in the
Chiyah slum shot at army positions in the Kaskas and Chatilla neigh-
borhoods of west Beirut. The Communique said troops shot back.
Foreign cars unsafe, study finds
WASHINGTON - Small, two-door cars, many of them Japanese imports,
have the worst accident records while station wagons, even compact models
have performed most safely, according to an insurance industry study.
The study released yesterday by the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety rated 133 passenger cars on the frequency of collision and personal in-
The comparison showed, generally, that the larger the car - with 4-door
models having a significant advantage over2-door versions - the less likely
a person will sustain serious injury and the less damage will be done to the
The study showed the cars with the best record in both the collision and in-
jury categories are the 4-door Mercury Marquis, Qldsmobile Cutlass station
wagon, 4-door Buick Le Sabre and the 4-door Oldsmobile Delta 88.
Cars with the worst overall injury record were the Datsun 210, SXs,
Subaru DL, Plymouth Sapporo and Dodge Challenger, all 2-door models. The
Chevrolet Corvette, the BMW 3201 and the Datsun 280ZX, all in a sports-
specialty category, had the worst collision loss record, followed by the
Volkswagen Scirocco, a small 2-door.
Continental pilots refuse to fly
HOUSTON - Continental Airlines Chairman Frank Lorenzo met yesterday
with striking pilots and tried to convince them to return to work for the
bankrupt company, but he apparently changed few minds.
The hour-and-45-minute meeting attracted only about 30 pilots, including
some strikers and some who are flying despite the Air Line Pilots
Continental originally said it needed 350 pilots to fly the reduced schedule
inaugurated Sept. 27 and had 650 available. On Monday Continental said it
needed 500 pilots and did not have enough.
About 100 pilots and flight attendants stood outside the meeting room and
hissed those who attended. Lorenzo and vice presidents Philip Bakes and
Richard Adams left without comment by a back exit.
Continental filed for bankruptcy reorganization Sept. 24, suspending
domestic service for two days. On Sept. 27 it recalled 4,200 of its 12,000 laid
off employees, at reduced pay and extended work hours, to resume a
severely curtailed domestic schedule.
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yesterday to Reagan's proposal. But
the official Soviet news agency, Tass,
reported that if American missles are
deployed, the Soviet Union would in-
crease its arsenals of both missiles.
targeted on Western Europe and long-
range missiles that could hit the U.S.
The original build-down idea, presen-
ted by Sen. William Cohen, (R-Maine),
called for the destruction of two
warheads for each new one deployed.
Under the Reagan proposal, different
ratios would be applied to different
strategic systems land- and submarine-
based missiles and bombers.
The intent, a senior U.S. official said,
is to encourage a shift to less potent
weapons and the retirement of those
systems viewed as most threatening,
The new offer, to be presented when
the fifth round of the strategic arms
talks opens tomorrow, appeared to
have wide bipartisan support in
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