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MSU's Mackey criticizes media
EAST LANSING, Mich. (UPI) -
Michigan State University President
Cecil Mackey said yesterday events
surrounding the announcement that he
is leaving MSU were "not helpful" to
the school's image.
In making the comment, however,
Mackey made no direct accusations
against any members of the MSU
Board of Trustees.
He also indicated that he is not ac-
tively seeking the presidency of another
MACKEY discussed his recently an-
nounced decision to leave MSU during
an interview on the public television
program "Off the Record."
The president's announcement
Tuesday that he will leave MSU by June
1985 was preceded by media reports
about dissension among the trustees.
Mackey declined to speculate on
whether those stories were planted by
his critics. And he refused to comment
directly on the board's handling of the
BUT, PRESSED on whether the mat-
ter was handled appropriately by the
board, Mackey said, "I have never
chosen to use the public media indirec-
tly to do things that seem to be more
appropriately done person-to-person."
The president said he did not know
whether that was done in this instance,
noting the media often uses unidentified
Asked whether "the process"
damaged the image of the university,
he said, "I don't think that kind of thing,
the indication that that's the way a
board does business, is helpful to an in-
HE ADDED "it's not the way I would
hope to see a board that governs one of
the world's great universities fun-
Mackey reiterated that he reached
the decision to leave MSU before the
stories began appearing. He insisted
the fact that some board members were
known to be critical of him was not a
significant factor in that decision.
Democrats vie for
Fifth- urd nomination
... media hurt school's image
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But Rachelson says her work as a
legislative aid in the U.S. and State
House of Representatives and her
current position as the Executive
Director of the Michigan Network of
Runaway and Youth Services is a solid
background for a council seat.
"I probably have more government
experience than Doris does," said
Rachelson, a University graduate who
is in her late twenties.
Both candidates say they are concer-
ned about the high rental rates for off-
campus housing. Landlords charge
students more in order to pay for their
high property taxes, Rachelson says.
"Students' rent are so high because
property taxes are so high," says
Rachelson. "(Landlords) take student
housing for granted."
Rachelson also said she thinks tighter
security is needed on campus.
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Soviets choose No. 2 position
MOSCOW - Mikhail Gorbachev gave crucial endorsement to Konstantin
Chernenko and is now the No. 2 man in the Kremlin, a highly placed Soviet
The 52-year-old agriculture specialist, the youngest man on the ruling
Politburo, was reputed to be Yuri Andropov's choice as successor.
With Chernenko selected to lead the country as general secretary of the
Communist Party, Gorbachev's powerful new role was first suggested by his
position next to Chernenko at ceremonies in honor of Andropov.
Then it was announced on television Wednesday night that Gorbachev had
made a previously undisclosed statement at the Central Committee plenum
Monday that named Chernenko leader.
The Gorbachev statement appears in a brochure of speeches obtained by
The Associated Press yesterday in advance of publication. The brochure in-
dicated Gorbachev, speaking "on behalf of the Politburo," closed the
meeting with an endorsement of Chernenko.
Tobacco firm calls for debate
WASHINGTON - A new tobacco company advertising campaign calling
for an "open debate" about smoking is a "smokescreen" to confuse the
public about the hazards of cigarettes, three major health groups charged
The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the
American Lung Association joined to condemn the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco
Co.'s planned new series of advertisements concerning smoking and health.
The company announced last month that it would place ads in national
newspapers and magazines which would call for "an open debate" on the
casual link between smoking and diseases.
"We want to try and-substitute rational discussion for the emotionalism
currently surrounding smoking," said Reynolds' Chairman Edward
Horrigan Jr., who is spearheading the effort.
Business analysts say the expected multimillion-dollar campaign marks:
the first time that one of the country's six major tobacco companies has tried
to defend smoking on its own instead of through a trade association.
Parents stall son's death penalty
WESLACO, Texas - The father of ahigh school dropout who police say
killed six people during a crime spree triggered by marital trouble yester-
day asked the public for help in overturning his son's death sentence.
Elderly F.C. Moreno, who suffers from epilepsy, said both he and his wife
are ill and the knowledge their son, Elised Moreno, was given the death sen-
tence for the slaying of a state trooper was causing them "to die slowly and
Prosecutors said the shootings began after Moreno's wife, Blanca, left him
and sought refuge with her brother in Bryan, Texas.
Police said Moreno killed his brother-in-law, Juan Garza, Juan's wife,
Esther, and later shot and killed Texas highway patrolman Russell Lynn
Boyd, 25, who stopped Moreno during his 130-mile flight back to his native:
lower Rio Grande Valley.
During that flight he kidnapped two people, shot to death three elderly'
people who refused to help him and stole two cars.
Cigarette smoking harmful to
pregnant women, study says
BALTIMORE - A two-and-a-half year study of pregnant women has
proved "very strong" new evidence that cigarette smoking is harmful to
newborns, researchers said yesterday.
The study, conducted on 935 pregnant women in the Baltimore area,
showed women who stopped or reduced smoking while pregnant gave birth
to infants significantly heavier and longer than newborns of mothers who
continued smoking at their usual level, researchers said.
"I think this is very strong evidence that the fetal growth is retarded by
maternal smoking," said Mary Sexton, an associate professor at the Univer-
sity of Maryland School of Medicine and co-author of the study, funded by
the National Institutes of Health.
Previous studies linked differences in birth weights and the number of
cigarettes smoked by mothers. The University of Maryland study, however,
was the first to show the correlation in a randomly selected sample group,
Housing industry shows increase
WASHINGTON - Optimistic builders set a five-year high for new housing
construction last month, starting 15 percent more projects than they did in
December despite hefty mortgage interest rates, the government said
Considering the housing industry's appetite for steel, textiles, appliances
and labor, the improvement was the best proof yet of a resurging economy in
a week filled with good economic news.
The Commerce Department said the industry's bench mark, the pace of
production in houses per year, reached 1.9 million in January, the best mon-
th since December 1978. It was a surprisingly large jump from December's
1.67 million unit level.
In a separate report yesterday the department said personal income clim-
bed a healthy 1.1 percent in January. Americans, on average, added $104 to
their annual after-tax income.
Spending on both goods and services grew slightly more than income, 1.2
percent, forcing the savings rate down by 0.1 percentage point to 5.2 percent
of disposable income.
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