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Domino's Pizza tycoon
buys Detroit ballclub
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DETROIT - Thomas Monaghan,
who once dreamed of playing shortstop
for the Detroit Tigers, announced
yesterday he has bought the American
League Baseball team from John Fet-
Monaghan is president and board
chairman of the Ann Arbor-based
Domino's Pizza chian.
1!etzer, chairman of the board of the
Tigers, said the sale involves 100 per-
cent of the stock in the American
League baseball club, adding that
Monaghan is the sole purchaser.
Sale price was not disclosed but
estimates of the value of the Tigers,
viewed as one of the top five properties
in baseball, range from $25 million to
near $35 million.
The sale covers all of the Tigers'
minor league franchises as well, Fetzer
The transfer of ownership becomes
effective after the standard review and
approval of the commissioner of
baseball and the owners of other
American League franchises.
"I didn't want to own (just) a big
league ball club," said Monaghan, 46,
owner of the Domino's Pizza chain. "I
wanted to own the Detroit Tigers. I
wanted to play shortstop for them. But
when that possibility failed, I was left
with only the other alternative."
"There were two big factors," Fetzer
said of the unexpected sale. "My age
and that I felt I did not want anything to
happen to this franchise that has hap-
pened to other franchises.
"I'm going to be a John Fetzer kind of
owner," Monaghan said. "He's the
master. I'm just the student."
Fetzer, who said the ownership tran-
sfer was "not a total cash sale,"
remains as chairman of the board.
"Numerous oi ersn ave come
Tigers from many qualified buyers in
the past," Fetzer said. "But I have
selected Tom Monaghan as the person
who, in my opinion, will serve the best
interests of the city of Detroit and the
fans of the Tigers.
Fetzer was not inclined to sell the
club when Monaghan first approached
him, but Monaghan's connection with
University football coach Bo Schem-
bechler intrigued the Toger's
Monaghan, a long-time friend of Bo
Schembechler, gave the Michigan
coach a pizza franchise in Columbus,
Ohio two years ago, in an effort to keep
him from leaving Ann Arbor for a
coaching-athletic director position at
Texas A& M.
"I've got a lot of respect for him"
said Schembechler of Monaghan.
"He's just the sort of guy I think Fetzer
was leeking for. I'm happy for
- him-it's a dream come true for him."
Schembechler added kiddingly, "I'm
sure we'll have Domino's Pizza in the
Author William Gaddis will speak atI
the undegraduate Hopwood WritingI
Awards ceremony on January 18.
Saturday's Daily incorrectly reported
that he would appear at the Hopwood
ceremonies in April.
Doily Photo by SCOTT ZOLTON
A crane rental truck near the construction site on the corner of State and Liberty Streets caused traffic to come to a vir-
tual standstill yesterday afternoon, adding another aggravation for Ann Arbor motorists.
Love Canal claims case settled
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LOS ANGELES-A multimillion dollar out-of-court set-
tlement has been reached in the Love Canal toxic con-
tamination case between Occidental Petroleum and about
1,400 residents who sought billions of dollars in personal in-
jury damages, the company said yesterday.
The settlement resolves 94 percent of the claims against
Occidental Petroleum, Occidental Chemical Corp., the city of
Niagara Falls, N.Y., the county of Niagara and the Niagara
Falls School District, said Gordon Reece, spokesman for the
Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum.
ALTHOUGH TERMS of the overall settlement will not be
released, the cost to Occidental Petroleum would be between
$5 million and $6 million-the cost of the company's self-
insured share of its liability, Reece said.
Other payments would be made by insurance companies,
The settlement still must be approved in court, he added.
Present and former residents of the Love Canal neigh-
borhood have filed more than $16 billion in personal injury
and property damage claims against Hooker Chemical and
Plastics Corp., a subsidiary of Occidental, and the city of
Niagara Falls. State and federal lawyers also have filed
claims of up to $700 million against Hooker over the dump
HOOKER DUMPED more than 20,000 tons of chemical
wastes into Love Canal for a decade before abandoning the
dump in 1953, when it was sold to the Niagara Falls Board of
Education. A school and a housing development were built
on the clay-capped dump.
Love Canal became a toxic-waste disaster in August 1978
when state health officials ordered the evacuation of
pregnant women and children because of possible con-
tamination of the community by leaking chemicals from a
"I'm extremely pleased to report that these suits have
been resolved in a manner consistent with established policy
to aviod, if possible, protracted litigation over environmental
mannters," said Dr. Armand Hammer, chairman of Oc-
THE SETTLEMENT "is not an admission of any negligen-
ce on the part of the company and should not be viewed or in-
terpreted as such," Hammer said.
The Love Canal Homeowners Association was notified of
the tentative settlement by mail over the weekend and
residents, although pleased, had some reservation, said
Joanne Hale, a spokeswoman for the group.
"There's been false hope in Love Canal before," she said.
"How can you get excited about knowing we can pay for our
kids' leukemia down the line?"
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Governors reject acid rain tax
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Mid-
western governors yesterday rejected a
tough statement calling for a national
tax on emissions that cause acid rain,
deciding instead on a milder request for
an accelerated rederal program to
reduce those emissions.
The policy statement approved at the
Midwestern Governors Conference
calls for freezing emissions at their 1980
levels until a national plan is enacted
and using a phased approach to initiate
IT ALSO SEEKS $100 million of
research a year to study health effects
of acid rain, trace sources and recipien-
ts of the pollution, and determine how to
reduce sulfur emissions from burning
coal at a reasonable coast.
Governors of 13 states from Michigan
to Kansas and Kentucky to North
Dakota are meeting at the two-day con-
ference, which ends today.
The governors approved the
statement after hearing a speech from
Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator William Ruckelshaus,
who promised the Reagan ad-
ministration would announce soon its
program to battle acid rain.
RUCKELSHAUS SAID he had hoped
to present the administration's position
on the acid rain cleanup effort at this
conference, but the administration is
still sifting through two reports on the
problem and considering options before
formulating its official stand.
Acid rain is the term given to sulfur
and nitrogen oxides produced by bur-
ning coal and other industrial processes
which are carried aloft by air currents
and then returned to Earth when it
rains in other sections of the country.
The pollution it causes has killed
aquatic life and threatened forests in
northern and northeastern states as
well as Canada.
The oxides generally are emitted in
Midwestern states and central Canada,
then deposited in the north and nor-
theast United States and eastern
THE TOUGHER policy statement
which was rejected was offered by Goy.
Rudy Perpich of Minnesota, whose
state's forest lands are threatened by,
acid rain. The statement set a specific
goal of reducing emissions by 50 per-
cent as quickly as possible and also
called for a national tax on emissions to
pay for the cleanup.
Perpich said his resolution represen-.
ted a "tough message" meant to "help
get Congress off dead center" on the
acid rain issue.
But Gov. John Carlin of Kansas op-
posed the national tax concept, saying
consumers in his state already have
paid for expensive scrubber equipment
to reduce emissions from coal-fired
power plants and should not have to pay
Councilfunds homeless shelter
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Episcopal Church, which had served as
a shelter, and came up with the "magic
number," 25 people per night, as
representative of the homeless com-
Deem said that the money had to be
approved before any negotiations could
take place between the city and the
Salvation Army or some other
organization which might manage the
Deem said "the snow is about to fall.
We don't have time to waste."
Because the potential site for the
shelter is still under negotiation, the
location was not released, but it was
said to be near downtown. .
In other council action, a resolution to
establish a committee on military
research was defeated by a 5-5 vote.
Councilmember Raphael Ezekiel (D-
3rd Ward) had asked that such a com-
mittee be set up to examine the nature
of military research being done by
companies in the city.
"People want to know what is going
on and this committee would be able to
gather that data," he said. Added Hun-
ter: "there are enough citizens in Ann
Arbor who believe there is some
research that should not be taking
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