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Freeze will be on November ballot
By TRACEY MILLER
A proposal to make Ann Arbor a nuclear-free zone'
will not appear on the city election ballot in April, but
sponsors of the proposal said yesterday the Novem-
ber elections are "exactly what we wanted."
The proposal was lifted from the spring ballot
earlier this week by City, Attorney R. Bruce Laidlaw,
who said signatures on petitions supporting the
motion were not properly notarized.
THE MICHIGAN Alliance for Disarmament
:(MAD), which sponsored the proposal, collected the
.5,000 signatures necessary to place the proposition on
the April ballot and submitted the petitions before the
-Jan. 3 deadline.
But city officials announced last Monday that the
petitions were invalid because the signatures had not
Janis Michael of MAD yesterday said the group
had received the petitions back and is continuing its
campaign - this time eyeing the November elec-
"Originally we were aiming for the November
ballot, but we were told by city hall that we would not
be able to be on that ballot, as it was to be a special
election and we would need (signatures from) 20 per-
cent of the registered voters."
THE 5,000-signature requirement MAD is working
under represents 5 percent of the city's registered
After the notarization foul-up, MAD was told that
its proposal could appear on the November ballot.
The group can use the signatures it has already
collected provided the signature collectors are
notarized before the petitions are submitted for the
LAIDLAW SAID yesterday thatvthe city will accept
the signatures again for the November ballot.
"There is no law that says that we can't give back the
signatures that have already been turned in. We just
have never done it," he said.
Laidlaw said one could argue that the petitions
should not have been returned to MAD because once
submitted they become public property. "But we will
stick by our agreement to accept the signatures in
November," he said.
MAD still must accumulate 5,000 signatures in the
next six months. Only a small portion of the petitions
already submitted have been checked for validation
by the city clerk.
Shultz sees no progress in arms negotiations
OSLO, Norway (AP) - Secretary of
State George Shultz, acknowledging he
made no headway in trying to reopen
nuclear arms control talks with
,the Soviet Union, vowed yesterday that
'the United States would maintain its
"willpower and self-confidence" while
seeking new opportunities for
Shultz said at the wind-up of a five-
,day European trip he had "nothing
:positive to report" after his five-hour
meeting in Stockholm on Wednesday
with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei
'Gromyko on breaking the deadlock in
BUT HE also indicated the Soviets
may be getting ready to reopen East-
West talks on limiting conventional for-
ces in Europe. These negotiations,
suspended a month ago, "are in a
somewhat different category for the
Soviets," Shultz said.
The negotiations, called Mutal, and
Balanced Force Reductions, focus on
the troops stationed in Europe by NATO
ahd the Warsaw Pact. The talks have
been going on for more than 10 years.
Shultz rejected Gromyko's bitter
condemnation of U.S. policies in a
speech Wednesday to the 35-nation
disarmament conference in Stockholm
as "incorrect and unacceptable." The
Soviet foreign minister denounced the
United States as the main threat to
peace in the world.
SHULTZ assailed the Soviets as
promoting unrest in Central America
by shipping arms to revolutionary for-
Shultz spoke at a news conference in
Oslo, where he was questioned exten-
sively on his Wednesday meeting with
Gromyko in Stockholm.
The Soviets suspended the
discussions in Geneva in late November
to protest NATO's deployment of new
U.S.-built Pershing 2 missiles in Wes4
Germany and cruise missiles in
Britain. Last month, parallel talks in
the Swiss city to cut back long-range
weapons also stalled.
Asked about their discussions on how
to resume Geneva talks, Shultz said:
"It was not in any sense a negotiation
or anything approaching a real
discussion of the subject matter as
such, but there is no agreement at this
point on how to conduct those talks."
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Kelley wants Midland
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Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Gov't says incomes rose in '83
WASHINGTON-Americans' personal income was up 3.2 percent in 19834-
ter subtracting taxes and inflation, a six-fold improvement over recession-
wracked 1982, the government said yesterday.
Both government and private economists said the increase in Americans'
disposable income reflected the country's healthy economic recovery in
1983, but some warned that 1984 won't present so rosy a picture.
The 3.2 percent increase compared to a puny .5 percent rise in 1982..
Helping the rise was the final round of personal income tax cuts in July and
the surge in employment as 4 million more Americans found jobs during the
year. Also, incomes were not battered by high inflation. For all of 1983, con-
sumer prices are expected to be up only 3.2 percent.
Commerce Secretary Malcolm Faldrige said the increase was an even
larger 5 percent when compared between the fourth quarter of 1982 and the
fourth quarter of 1983-marking the best improvement since 1977.
However, he and various private economists said Americans probably will
not do as well in 1984.
"With the tax reduction program behind us, this year's growth in income
and spending will be slower," Baldrige said in a statement.
Security increases in Beirut
after university official's miurder
BEIRUT, Lebanon -U.S. officials tightened security yesterday amid fears of neW
attacks by the Islamic terrorists who assassinated the president of the
American University in Beirut.
The U.S. Marines, victims of an October suicide bombing by the same
group that claimed to have killed Malcolm Kerr Wednesday, opened fire on a
Jeep when it approached their base at "an excessive rate of speed," about 15
Marine spokesman Maj. Dennis Brooks said the Marines "showed great
restraint" by disabling the vehicle carrying two Lebanese airport
technicians instead Qf shooting to kill when six warnings to halt were
ignored. The technicians were coming to repair a radar installation. -
After several 'days of violence, Beirut was quiet with Lebanese unive
sities and the Roman Catholic school system closed to protest Kerr'.
assassination outside his campus office by gunmen using silence-equipped
The Islamic Jihad, or Holy War, claimed responsibility for killing Kerr
and also said the Saudi consul kidnapped Tuesday, Hussein Farraj, would be
executed soon after an Islamic trial.
Woman denied right to starve
SAN FRANCISCO-The CaliforniaSupreme Court yesterday rejected a
bid by cerebral palsy victim Elizabeth Couvia for the right to starve herself
to death while receiving pain-killers and hygienic care in a Riverside
In a brief order, with no comment, the entire court denied therequest tq
overturn a lower court decision that prohibited Bouvia from starvingherself
to death at Riverside General Hospital while medical workers provide her
with pain-killers and personal care to ease the pain of dying.
All seven justices participated in the ruling not to grant a hearing to
Bouvia, who is a quadriplegic. Four votes are required to grant a hearing
and there were none.
The hospital earlier this week had said it would provide health care in-
definitely for her because it "cannot logically or humanely discharge her."
Ex-senator loses bid to avoid ail
NEW YORK - Former Sen. Harrison Williams, the first senator in 59
years to be convicted of crimes in office, lost two last-minute court efforts
yesterday to delay the start of a three-year sentence for his Abscam convic-
Only hours after a federal judge in Uniondale declined to stay the start of
Williams' sentence at a Pennsylvania federal prison, a three-judge panel of
the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan also denied the stay.
''We've considered all the appropriate factors and we are denying the
motion,'"said Judge Wilfred Feinberg, chief judge of the federal appeals
At the earlier session in Uniondale, U.S. District Judge George Pratt said
he would not "change the course of events." But Norman Buntaine,
William's attorney, appealed to the Manhattan court, which held a brief
hearing. Buntaine said afterward he did not know whether he would file a
Williams, found by reporters as he sat in a parked car outside the Manhat
tan courthouse waiting for the hearing, he was "fighting mad" and vowed to
"stay in there and fight."
General's death ruled suicide
SAN ANTONIO, Texas-An Army Reserve general found hanging in a
stairwell committed suicide because of financial problems, and probably
wanted to spare his family by making it look like a terrorist killing, the
medical examiner said yesterday.
Maj. Gen. Robert Ownby, 48, was found dangling from a second-story lan-
ding in a headquarters building at Fort Sam Houston early Jan. 11, his hands
bound behind his back with a belt.
A typewritten note pinned to his sweater said the two-star general had
been "sentenced and executed" for "crimes by the U.S. Army against the
people of the world."
However, Bexar County Medical Examiner Dr. Vincent DiMaio said he
decided almost immediately that Ownby had taken his own life.
"It was fairly evident from the beginning that it was a suicide," DiMaio
said. "It was obvious that he had tied his own hands and there were no
marks on his body indicating a struggle. There was no sign of foul play."
LANSING (UPI) - Attorney General
Frank Kelley, citing an Indiana firm's
decision to abandon construction of a
nuclear plant, urged Consumers Power
Co. yesterday to do the same with its
troubled Midland facility.
Kelley recommended a plan that
would involve elimination or drastic
reduction of stockholder dividends, but
Consumers officials said the Indiana
situation is not a fair comparison.
In a letter to John'Selby, Consumers
president and chairman, Kelley cited
actions taken by the Public Service
Company of Indiana Monday "under
circumstances similar to yours."
The Indiana firm cancelled construc-
tion of its two-unit Marble Hill nuclear
facility, following the recommendation
of a gubernatorail task force. That task
force called for common stock dividen-
ds to be eliminated for a period of three
years and then resumed at a rate equal
to 35 percent of net income.
Consumers officials, saying they had
not yet received Kelley's letter,
restated their commitment to com-
pleting the plant and stressed that Con-
sumers' electric rates are among the
lowest in the nation.
Friday, January 20, 1984
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