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hunt for
Two convicted murderers were still
at large yesterday after their escape
Monday from the Huron Valley Men's
Facility in Pittsfield Township.
The convicts, 35-year-old John Ed-
ward Chipman and 26-year-old James
Mason Alexander, confiscated a key to
a locked screen on an infirmary window
and escaped Monday morning.
"We have not completed our in-
vestigation, and there are no answers
about how they got the key," said
Huron Valley Warden Robert Redman.
THE SUPPOSEDLY escape-proof
prison, which opened in August, 1981,
has had only one other escape: In
November, 1981, a prisoner went out in
a food truck, Redman said.
Campus security director Walter
Stevens said his office was aware of the
escape, but that there was nothing to in-
dicate that the convicts were anywhere
on campus. Stevens also said the
geperal feeling of county officials is
that the escapee have fled the state.
Chipman was serving a life sentence
for killing a Flint area sheriff's deputy
in 1971 while a Genesee County
prisoner. Alexander was also serving
life for stabbing a mentally retarded
dishwasher to death in Kalamazoo in
Authorities are also searching for an
ex-inmate who frequently visited
Ch.1 man.-Sue Barto

Daily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS
Machelle Yvonne Pearson, charged in the Nov. 22 murder of Nancy Faber, is escorted from 15th District Court yesterday
following a preliminary examination. Pearson's trial is set for Jan. 17.
Confession tape played in court

(Continued from Page 1)
on Dec. 8.
Police Chief William Corbett iden-
tified Williams and Joiner last month as
street people.
Ina statement issued last month,
police described the events leading to
Canter's death this way:
"Sometime in the month of Novem-
ber, Brian Canter was befriended by a
somewhat older street person as they
stayed at Arbor Haven (a local shelter
for the homeless). The street person

had an intense dislike of Robert
Williams and Lester Joiner, Jr.; and at
some point in time, while Canter watcr
hed for their return, the street person
cut up all of Williams' and Joiner's
clothing at Arbor Haven. Because of the
contention that was created over the in-
cident, all four individuals were ejected
from Arbor Haven;, and the street per-
son who committed the malicious
destruction of property went to the Yp-
silanti area. On or about December 6,
1983, at 12:00 noon, Robert Williams
and Lester Joiner confronted Canter
near Mickey Rat's arcade in Ann Arbor

and persuaded him to accompany them
to an apartment.
The report went on to say that the
group proceeded to drink large amoun-
ts of alcohol and smoked marijuana.
Police said Joiner and Williams
proceeded to beat Canter after ac-
cusing him of complicity in the destruc-
tion of their clothes. Police said
Williams and Joiner locked Canter in a
closet, passed out, awoke later and took
Canter to the banks of the Huron River,
where they beat, strangled, and
drowned him.

Syrian-held airman returns home


WASHINGTON (AP) - Exclaiming "God bless
American," Navy Lt. Robert Goodman returned from Syrian
captivity to share a hero's welcome with the Rev. Jesse
Jackson yesterday, as President Reagan rolled out the red
carpet for the triumphant conclusion of a mission he had
shunned a week earlier.
Goodman, a bombadier-navigator shot down by Syrian
gunners in Lebanon on Dec. 4, was embraced by his family as
he stepped upon American soil, then thanked Jackson and
others who negotiated his freedom "a little bit earlier than I
had envisioned."
REAGAN, WHO last week spurned Jackson's telephone
calls and suggested his Democratic rival's mission to Syria
in behalf of Goodman could be "counter-productive," en-
thusiastically welcomed both men to the White House.
"Today is a homecoming celebration and all of us are
delighted to see Lt. Goodman free, safe and reunited with his
family," Reagan said.
Hundreds gathered at Andrews Air Force Base to cheer the
civil rights leader-turned-candidate as well as welcome

Goodman. Later in the morning, the two men met with
President Reagan at the White House, where Jackson com-
pared his high-risk trip to the Apostle Paul's startling con-
version to Christianity on the road to Damascus.
"FOR ONE REASON, many of us identify Damascus with
a man traveling along that road many years ago who fell off a
horse and was knocked unconcious. When he was awakened,
he saw a new light. It was the Apostle Paul. Because he saw
that new light, the world has never been the same since,"
Jackson said.
"Once again, we found ourselves on the road to
Damascus," he told more than 300 cheering supporters at a
prayer service yesterday morning.
Jackson also compared his successful mission to free a
captive U.S. airman to dramatic foreign policy moves by
presidents in the last three decades - "Eisenhower going to
Korea; or Nixon to China; Carter to Camp David."
On a political level, Jackson said his trip to Syria was a
humanitarian gesture that posed considerable problems for
his late-starting presidential bid.

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Defense deputy Thayer resigns
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Thayer resigned yester-
day after telling President Reagan that the Securities and Exchange Com-
mission plans to file a civil complaint alleging that the Pentagon official im-
properly divulged insider stock information. Thayer said the allegation was
"entirely without merit."
Reagan accepted the resignation "with regret," and credited Thayer with
playing a key role in modernizing U.S. military forces.
A Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Cmdr. John Woodhouse, confirmed a week
ago that the Justice Department was investigating whether Thayer passed
along inside stock information while he was a director of several companies.
As recently as Tuesday, the chief Pentagon spokesman, Michael Burch,
said he had no information "which would lead me to believe that Thayer will
not remain as deputy of this department." He added that Defense Secretary
Caspar Weinberger had not expressed to him any lack of confidence in
Israeli air strikes kill 100
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israeli jets pounded pro-Iranian guerrilla bases in the
Bekaa Valley yesterday, and Lebanese state radio reported 100 people were
killed and 400 wounded. fd m
It was the second Israeli attack in two days on the guerrilla bases in the
Syrian-controlled valley. Radio and police reports said 16 Kfir jets attacked
in four formations at 8:10 a.m. local time, striking villages around Baalbek
and a police station and a former vocational school-at.the southern entrance
to the ancient city.
The Israeli military command in Tel Aviv said its pilots scored accurate
hits on two guerrilla bases it said were training camps and launching pads
for anti-Israeli attacks. It did not elaborate.
Beirut radio claimed Israel was trying to sabotage a potential rapproch-
ement between the United States and Syria following the release of
American Navy Lt. Robert Goodman in Damascus on Tuesday.
"Containing, or even destroying, the improvement in U.S.-Syrian relations
seems to be the underlying purpose of the sustained Israeli raid," the broad-
cast said.
GOP leader: Marines stay put
WASHINGTON - House Republican leader Robert Michel came out of a
secret briefing on Lebanon yesterday as an even stronger supporter of U.S.
policy, saying American credibility will be lost if "we turn tail and run"
"'m satisfied with what I heard today that what we're doing is best,"
Michel (R-Ill.) said. "Progress is being made."
Michel said that, after hearing the information disclosed during the
briefing by administration officials, he is satisfied with efforts to protect the
Marines in Lebanon and will continue to support their deployment.
If all members of Congress were privy to the secret information disclosed
in the briefing, Michel said, the White House could head off increasing
pressure to withdraw U.S. forces from Lebanon.
The GOP leader's renewed expression of support of President Reagan's
Lebanon policy comes just a week after he voiced concern about the U.S.
role. Michel said he wanted the administration to reassess its strategy.
Democrats file suit over Reagan
pocket veto of El Salvador bill
WASHINGTON - Nearly three dozen Democratic congressmen filed a suit
yesterday charging President Reagan illegally pocket vetoed a bill linking
military aid to El Salvador with human rights improvements.
The lawsuit, filed by 33 Democrats, asks a U.S. District Court judge to
declare Reagan's pocket veto unconstitutional and to order into effect by
Jan. 16 legislation requiring certification of El Salvador's human rights'
The Reagan administration for the past two years has been required to
certify every six months that El Salvador is curbing its human rights abuses
as a condition for continued U.S. military aid. The measure vetoed by
Reagan would have extended that requirement for another year.
The congressman, led by Rep Michael Barnes (ti-Md.) argued a president
can pocket veto a bill only after congress adjourns for elections - after a
full two-year term.
During other congressional breaks, such as the current Christmas recess,
the president must send lawmakers a veto message and give them a chance
to override the veto, the suit says.
Nigerian chief discusses coup
NIGERIA - Nigeria's new military ruler Maj. Gen. Mohammed Buhari
summoned diplomats yesterday to discuss his takeover of the government.
OPEC said the new leaders of the oil-producing West African nation had
pledged not to slash prices, easing fears of a price war.
Buhari 41, told the gathering of envoys in Lagos that if he had not over-
thrown the 4-year-old civilian administration, "the whole country would
have suffered economic collapse and political chaos," the British Broad-
casting Corp. reported.
In a BBC interview from Lagos, the British ambassador, Hamilton Whyte,
said that apart from the continued closure of borders, "in terms of daily life
everythng is much as usual."
"The curfew was lifted last night, the airports have started functioning...
. The telephones, which had been out since the coup, have been restored in
the course of the day," said Whyte.

Toppled President Alhaji Shehu Shagari was elected to a second four-year
term earlier this year. The new regime has not said what it plans to do with
Shagari, who the semiofficial News Agency of Nigeria said was brought
handcuffed to Lagos on Tuesday from the north-central state of Kaduna,
where he was arresed.
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... receives hearty welcome

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problem in Lebanon and resolution of
the conflict with Israel, said Bashshur.
If the U.S. takes positive steps, he ad-
ded, the move will lead to better
relations between the countries.
Jackson's visit was a major part of
the Syrian's decision to release the cap-
tured pilot, said Bashshur, but he thinks
some earlier negotiations by the
American ambassador also had some
JACKSON'S ROLE has not been
overestimated, Bashshur said, but he
added that he is surprised at criticism

trip won't help campaign,
that Jackson was motivated by his much effect one way or another once
desire to win the presidential the whole thing blows over,'' said John
nomination. Kingdon, chairman of the political
"When someone does something good science department. "Jackson may
there is no sense in criticizing the have increased his visibility but I don't
motives," Bashshur said. "(Jackson) know if that gains him extra support."
demonstrated there are Americans who Kingdon said he thinks people have
have good intentions." pretty well-formed views of both
Although Jackson's trip could be in- Jackson and the Reagan ad-
terpreted as a political move, ministration, and this event will not ef-
professors who specialize in U.S. elec- feet their views in the long run.
tions and public opinion don't believe Political Science Prof. Gregory
Jackson gained that many popularity Markus said he thinks the campaign
points. motivated Jackson to try to persuade
"I WOULD GUESS it won't have Syria to release Goodman, but he added

say profs
that he believes it was partly just a
humanitarian gesture.
"I like to think he had a genuine
humanitarian motive," Markus said,
adding that Jackson probably thought
he could do more than Reagan had.
ESPECIALLY WHEN elections are
near, there is a tendency to read more
into these kind of events than there
really is, added Markus, and he doesn't
expect the situation to have a par-
ticularly negative impact on Reagan.
Political Science Prof. Abramo
Organski said he thinks Syria released
the prisoner because Jackson gave
them the opportunity.
"It was easier for (Syrian President
Hafez) Assad, I think, being asked by a
presidential candidate as a
humanitarian gesture," he said.
Organski added that it is becoming
increasingly difficult for presidents to
control actions in foreign affairs, partly
because so many groups and in-
dividuals are beginning to act on their
"It must be giving any president
nightmares," he said.

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'U' prof
in San
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hotel security officers arrived and the
men fled with $130 in cash.
Nutting said there were no leads in
the case.
Bradley was scheduled to teach two
seminars on finance this term. Both

-Meal-serving Residence Halls
-Non-meal-serving Residence Halls

-January 2, 1984 (Winter Term)



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