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age 2 - The Michigan Daily - Sunday, December 4, 1983
Fires continue to plague

AMHERST, Mass. (UPI) - A new
arson fire plagued the sprawling
University of Massachusetts yesterday
despite the arrest of a coed senior who
allegedly set at least one of more than
30 small fires that have routed students
from their dorms into the cold this
Some 200 frightened students were
forced out of the Cance House dor-
mitory at 1:20 a.m. yesterday, when
someone set papers ablaze on a third-
floor bulletin board. No one was injured
and damage was minor.
"I JUST WISH it would stop," said

Andy McKenna, 18, of North Attleboro.
The fire came less than six hours af-
ter police arrested Yvette Henry, 20, of
Philadelphia, a senior chemistry major
and dormitory monitor. She was the fir-
st person charged in the fires which
have disrupted the 25,000 student cam-
pus in western Massachusetts.
Henry, in charge of her dormitory
floor at all-woman Guy Crampton
lHouse, was held on $10,000 bail at the
Franklin County House of Correction in
Greenfield after her 8 p.m. arrest
Friday, authorities said. She is
scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow.

INVESTIGATORS found what they
said was crucial evidence when they
rang a false alarm and cleared the 180-
student Crampton House to search the
building. Crampton was the scene of 17
of the fires and a similar but less
frequent series last year.
Henry was charged with setting per-
sonal and university property on fire.
Authorities would not say if she was a
suspect in more than one fire.
As a residential assistant, she was the
administration's student represen-
tative on her floor and was in charge of
the safety of its residents.
After yesterday's blaze, the second at
the four-story Cance House, university

U. Mass.
spokeswoman Arthur Clifford said
state investigators were pressing their
probe into the fires.
"I'm tired, I'm scared, I'm
frustrated," said Crampton resident
Sarah Pike 20, of Orleans. "They've
caught me in the middle of sleep, in the
middle of study, just about in the mid-
dle of everything."
Notes scrawled in red ink on the walls
of the four-story, concrete and metal
Crampton, including one that said "Kill
Crampton, kill Crampton," led in-1
vestigators last week to three unnamed
suspects, according to Rosemary
Tarantino, an assistant district attor-
ney coordinating the probe.

Home robots available


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unknown. Like the computers of ten
years ago, no one is quite sure how
they'll be used. "We don't know exactly
what the application will be, but it will
probably surprise us," Bonham said.
"The personal computer started in the
same way."
The robot industry is sure to expand.
As it stands now, there are only about
four companies that market personal
robots. Heath takes up between 60 and
80 percent of the market, according to
Bonham, but more competition is sure
to follow.
"RUMOR HAS IT that several other
companies will be coming out with per-
sonal robots," he said.
A principal competitor is Androbot
the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company
founded by Nolan Bushnell, who also

founded Atari and Chuck E. Cheese
pizza parlors. "Androbot is taking kind
of a consumer approach," said
Bonham. "It's almost like a video-
game...that type of approach."
But Bonham says Heath isn't worried
about losing its substantial share of the
market. The company is widely
diverisfied, with computers making up
much of its business. Heath has sold
"several thousand" robots so far
Bonham said, and expects sales to stay
at their present high rate.
Bonham summed up the state of
today's personal robot by saying that
"this makes a nice step between the
computer and the domestic robot."
But the future holds endless
possibilities. "What's next?" Nobody
knows. It's fantastic," said Johnson. "I
think that in fifty years you'll see
something straight out of 'Star Wars.'


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Here is a synopsis of what hap-
pened on the campus'favorite soaps
this week as submitted to the Daily
by students. If you're interested in
writing about your favorite soap,
call 764-0552.
All My Children
Tadd and Marion finally ended their
affair. Liza found out the truth and
swore to repay the two. She later disap-
peared and may be in danger.
Something peculiar is going on at the
Chandler mansion and Erica is getting
suspicious. Jenny has given up hope on
her relationship with Greg. This was
good news for Tony, and the conniving
Inga Svenson and Enid Nelson. Brooke
and Tom have a houseguest who inten-
ds on staying a long time. Gil got a job
at the Goalpost,. leaving Brooke
worried. Jesse and Angie are back
together and intend to remarry as soon
as they find their child. Opal is on

cloud nine now that she and Ralf are
getting married.
- Douglas C. Middlebrooks
General Hospital
After Luke's inauguration, he spots
Laura and they resume their relation-
ship. Later he finds out about her
marriage to Casidine. Jake asks his
Uncle Isaac for a marriage blessing
with Rose. Isaac says no, and now Rose
and Jake are concerned about the
future. Luke invites Robert and Laura's
family to the mansion for a surprise
visit. Bobbie lost her baby and needs a
hysterectomy due to her previous abor-
tions. She hasn't told Brock about the
operation, and he's looking forward to
having a baby again. A mysterious
man, hired by Casidine, is still stalking
Laura. Grant gets fed up with living at
the Quartemaine's and says he will
move out.
- Donna Lapin

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Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Columbia flight extended a day
SPACE CENTER, Houston - The flight of the Spacelab astronauts aboard
the shuttle Columbia was lengthened yesterday from nine to 10 days to add
even more to what the chief scientist said already was "a tremendous scien-
tific return."
Landing is now scheduled for 11:01 a.m. EST Thursday at Edwards Air
Force Base in California's Mojave Desert.
Equipment problems disrupted more experiments aboard Spacelab and
the astronauts were tired yesterday, but the chief scientist said the mission
already had produced "a tremendous scientific return."
An electrical short knocked out two materials-processing furnaces and a
film cassette jammed in a high-resolution mapping camera early Saturday,
adding to the list of problems nagging the $1 billion Spacelab on the space
shuttle Columbia.
With the flight in the sixth day, the mood of mission scientists on the
ground ranged from ecstasy to disappointment, depending on the outcome of
their particurir investigation on this most ambitious manned space science
mission ever attempted.
Rebels lose Salvadoran town
A force of 3,000 Salvadoran soldiers retook the key town of corinto, held by
rebels for more than a year, in three days of combat that claimed 20 soldiers
dead or wounded and "numerous" guerrilla casualties, military officials
said yesterday.
Guerilla troops "have maintained the town for more than a year but they
have been dislodged now," said a military officer. He said the town, 126
miles northeast of San Salvador, was taken late Friday after intense com-
"The number of guerrilla casualties are numerous," the officer said in an
interview by telephone in the province of Morazan, where Corinto is located.
Twenty Salvadorans were slain or wounded, the officer said. There was no
further breakdown on the casualties and no details on rebel losses.
Poland tightens law enforeement
WARSAW, Poland - Citing poor economic conditions as a source of
unrest, Poland's Communist regime formed a new law-and-order committee
yesterday and said security forces were ready to fight any disturbances.
Warsaw police, meanwhile, stepped up. random identity checks of
pedestrians and motorists to ferret out "criminals in hiding and suspected
offenders," the offical PAP news agency said.
Government spokesman Jerzy Urban denied rumors that the army and
police were on full alert but said. "They have been readied for all kinds of ac-
tions aimed at improving public order, combatting crime and so forth."
At the same time, Polish leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski criticized U.S.
sanctions against Poland and lashed out at Solidarity leaders, saying they
"insist on clinging to the false melody of an irretrievably lost season."
"The Polish government is duty-bound...to demand that Polish citizens
discontinue all activities contrary to the interests of the nation and state,"'
Jaruzelski told miners in Katowice.
His statement, and the formation of the new Committee for the Observan-
ce of Law, Public Order and Social Discipline,' came a week after he and
Soviet KGB chief Gen. Viktor Chebrikov met in Warsaw.
Soldiers guard Venezuelan polls
CARACAS, Venezuela - Soldiers armed with submachine guns are guar-
ding polling stations throughout Venezuela in preparation for the presiden-
tial election today.
Pollsters predict a landslide victory for opposition candidate Jaime Lusin-
The military security operation is designed to head off any attempt at
rigging the election, Venezuela's sixth since the overthrow of dictator Marcos
Perez Jimenez in 1958. In addition to the president, voters will choose a new
congress which has little power.
The people's decision "will at no time be manipulated or distorted," said
lame-duck President Luis Herrera Campins, who is ending a five-yedr term
and is barred by law from running again for 10 years.
The military will be responsible for transporting ballots to and from more
than 24,000 electoral stations, which open at 6 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. First
results are expected about 8 p.m.
Each of the 8 million citizens over age 18 is legally required to vote -
stamping one large card for a presidential candidate, and one small card for
a party. The party cards are for the election of 42 senators and 200 members
of the Chamber of Deputies.
Barriers protect White House
WASHINGTON - Three-foot-high concrete barriers were installed at two
White House entrances yesterday, replacing sand-filled trucks that have
blocked the gates since Thanksgiving against possible truck bombings like
the one that killed 239 Americans in Beirut.
A White House official said the barriers, similar-to the pre-cast concrete
slabs often used to separate highway lanes, were "more esthetically accep-
table" than the dump trucks and would be permanent.
. The new barriers were arranged in a way that would prevent any would-be
terrorists from crashing full-speed through the heavy wrought-iron gates
that have protected the entrances.
Work on the barrier began in the dark hours of yesterday morning under a
bright spotlight, and continued on through the day. Small cranes were used
to lift the blocks off trucks while armed Secret Service agents and other

security officers watched. U.S. Park Police wet up roadblocks to keep traffic
away from the paved driveway as workers installed the barricade.
Sunday, December 4, 1983
Vol. XCIV-No. 73
(ISSN 0745-967X)





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