In the city, at the 'U' over break
The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 5, 1984 - Page 3
Smoking bodies may
Ann Arbor's favorite greasy spoon,
the Fleetwood Diner, was closed per-
manently last month by a federal
bankruptcy court judge.
The diner, at 300 S. Ashley, has been
in financial trouble since last spring
and Detroit Bankruptcy Court Judge
George Brody's order came as no sur-
prise, said Dennis Hayes, the diner's at-
IN MAY, owner Kaye Dumsick filed
for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the
:U.S. Bankruptcy Code, which protects
businesses from creditors while they
reorganize. But Dumsick failed to
submit a reorganization plan to the
court, and it was only a matter of time
before the diner was shut down.
Dumsick has been involved in a
dispute with the Internal Revenue Ser-
vice over back taxes during the past
four years which have totaled nearly
"There is no way a small business-
person can pull themself out of that
kind of debt," Dumsick said, "I'm not
Attorney Hayes said that the Fleet-
wood may not remain closed forever
because a few people have expressed
interest in buying it. He wouldn't
elaborate on any details.
The Pretzel Bell, another Ann Arbor
dining tradition, re-opened December
1, only four days after being closed by
the county health department. Health
officials described the progress made
in that short time as nearly miraculous.
The restaurant had been cited for a
number of problems - including a lack
of food protection, construction
deficiencies, and cockroaches - but it
;quickly recovered, at least as far as the
health department is concerned. As for
the Pretzel Bell's patrons, business has
been off since the adverse publicity, but"
the restaurant is hoping the incident will
fade away and that it will regain
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Jersey used by Ron Kramer, who
played in the mid-1950s.
A JERSEY sporting former
Wolverine quarterback Rick Leach's
number 7 was also taken, along with
Harmon's shoes andhelmet and
several basketball trophies.
The thefts were reported to police
Dec. 17. According to Ann Arbor Police
spokesman Sgt. Harold Tinsey, police
believe the theives opened the display
cases storing the memorabilia with a
set of keys noticed missing the day
before the theft was discovered.
Tinsey said police have no other leads
in the case and no suspects.
The theft prompted Wolverine foot-
ball coach Bo Schembechler's wife,
Mille Schembechler, to make a special
plea for the return of the items. Millie
Schembechle 'Bent three summers
colletsing the jerseys and putting
together the display.
Computer equipment valued at $5700
was stolen from the University's tran-
sportation services office near Crisler
Arena sometime during the semester
University officials said they could
not determine exactly when the break-
in occured. Roger Sutton of the Univer-
sity's information office said that em-
ployees of transportation services
reported the missing IBM terminal,
monitor, printer, and disc drive to
campus security when they arrived
from break January 2.
Sutton said that although security of-
ficers patrolled the building that houses
transportation services, located on the
northeast side of Crisler Arena, they
may not have noticed the missing
equipment. "The security officers
can't be able to recognize every com-
puter in the office," he said.
heard by an administrative law judge
last August but was postponed and
dismissed in November for lack of
THE UNION contends that after
Apex bought 29 Cunningham
stores-four in Ann Arbor-in July,
1982, it unfairly discriminated against
union workers when hiring employees.
Union members are seeking more
than $5 million in back pay, but NLRB
regional director Bernard Gottfried
said the union's chances of a successful
appeal are slim. "We're not reversed
very often," he said.
Mary Ellen Gurewitz, attorney for
the United Food and Commercial
Workers Local 876, said the appeal is
strong. "The board initially supported
the case and then pulled back," she
said. "The board at one time deter-
mined there was sufficient evidence
and we don't think anything has
Robert Higgins, the man accused of
threatening gay rights activists with a
loaded shotgun during a Gay Pride
Week rally in Ann Arbor last June, was
found guilty of assault with a dangerous
weapon-even though he didn't appear
in court to testify.
The 36-year-old local businessman was
convicted Dec. 21 by a jury in an absen-
tee trial before Washtenaw County Cir-
cuit Court JudgeHenry Conlin.
SENTENCING IS scheduled for Feb.
3. The maximum sentence carries a
four-year prison term and a $2,000 fine.
However, Higgins, who was released
on his own recognizance on a $2,500
bond shortly after the rally incident, is
nowhere to be found.
Detroit lawyer Seymour Floyd, who
is representing Higgins, said he hasn't
seen his client since Dec. 6-one day af-
ter the jury was selected.
Although sentencing is scheduled for
early next month, Floyd said he is not
sure Higgins could be sentenced in ab-
The University suspended a hospital
nurse-Mast month after she joined a
blockaderof,,a Walled Lake plant that
makes cruise missile engines.
Dorothy Henderson-Whitmarsh was
arrested Dec. 1 in front of the gates of
Williams International at the beginning
of the week-long protest, and sentenced
to 30 days in the Oakland County Jail.
THE UNIVERSITY suspended her
Dec. 3 "for not being able to be at
work," according to University News
and Information Director Joe Owsley.
"If you make a conscious decision
that you will be absent from work,
that's the policy under which this action
will be considered," he said.
Henderson-Whitmarsh and the nur-
ses union have appealed the suspen-
sion, but no decision was made on her
case in a December 28 review hearing
with the University.
Alan Cotzin, manager of staff and
union relations for the hospital said a
decision will be made on her case
"hopefully in the next few days."
Owsley denied reports that the
University ever fired the nurse,
although he did say the union "had been
warned that it was on the horizon."
"She has not been fired at this point;
she's in a process that could lead to
termination," he said.
However Henderson-Whitmarsh said
yesterday her head nurse, Lisa Floyd,
said Dec. 9 that the University had fired
her. "I called Lisa from the jail and she
told me I had been fired, and the
following Tuesday someone told me I
had been suspended," she said.
FLOYD DECLINED to comment last
night on the job action.
If the University does decide to fire
Henderson-Whitmarsh, the union can
still appeal through its grievance and
An Ann Arbor police officer who
allegedly beat two University students
with his nightstick after the Iowa foot-
ball game was denied an appeal last
month by the city to get his job back.
Percy Wright, 34, was fired from the
police force in late November for
falsifying a report on the October 22 in-
cident, in which students Chris Gordon
and Michael Adams were hit.
Wright arrested the two students for
assault, but charges have since been.
THE ANN ARBOR Police Officers
Association, the police union, appealed
Wright's dismissal to city ad-
ministrator Godfrey Collins, but Collins
turned down the appeal in December.
Union President Frank Hoy said the
union will call in arbitrators to settle
the case. "Our position is that the
(police) administration's actions were
-not justified and that (Wright) Vas ac-
ting in the capacity he wag'supposed to
on that day," Hoy said.
By JIM SPARKS
The Medical School's anatomy depar-
tment may be forced to shut down its
crematorium latersthis month for
violating air quality standards.
The Michigan Air Pollution Control
Commission will decide at a hearing
January 17 whether to stop the flow of
smoke from the incinerator until the
department gets a new crematorium
working this summer.
THE CREMATORIUM, built in 1969,
is used totburn 225 cadavers a year, ac-
cording to Anatomy Prof. Theodore
In May, 1982 the Department of
Natural Resources tested the emissions
from the stack after noticing dense
smoke plumes, and "they flunked it,"
according to Glen Erickson, a resource
specialist with the DNR's Air Quality
Erickson said the stack gave off
nearly twice the level of particulates
allowed by the state and also emitted an
overly dense smokestream.
ATTEMPTS TO upgrade the
crematorium by rebricking the kiln and
building a taller smoke stack failed to
significantly cut down the levels,
By JACKIE YOUNG
The University regents at their
December meeting voted down a
proposal to "make every effort" to
meet the financial aid needs of students
who lose federal funds because of the
Solomon Amendment, which links
financial aidtto a student's draft
The regents defeated the proposal 6-2,
with only the motion's sponsor, Regent
Gerald Dunn (D-Lansing), and Regent
James Waters (D-Muskegon) voting in
THE MOTION would have provided
an alternative source of financial aid
for students who are denied federal
money because they refuse to sign a
statement declaring they have com-
plied with registration laws.
A federal judge in Minnesota last
year ruled that the law is uncon-
stitutional, but the Supreme Court
issued a stay of that ruling until it
decides on an appeal of the case.
Several universities have set up alter-
native aid systems for students who
refuse to register. The University's
financial aid office has identified five
students who refused to comply with
the Solomon Amendment.
Although the University decided not
to use internal funds to support students
who defy the law, several University of-
ficials have expressed distaste for the
law and a faculty committee has
proposed possible short-term loans for
IN A BACKUP motion Regent Dunn
proposed that the regents sign a court
document along with other universities
stating their opposition to the law.
That motion was tabled to study the
legality of the move and determine the
content of such a court brief.
Regent Deane Baken (R-Ann Arbor)
said he was opposed to the University
taking a stand against the law. "I see
little difference between the various
federal laws and the enforcement of the
Solomon Amendment. I have yet to see
See REGENTS, Page 7
"We have been doing a little bit on it
continuously to keep it up to date, but at
this point it's outlived its usefulness.
It's feeling its age," he said.
Fischer is asking the pollution com-
mission to keep the crematorium open
until the new one is in operation
sometime this summer.
The DNR is supporting the request to
keep the unit operating on a "restricted
and closely monitored" basis.
Erickson said most of the smoke comes
when the incinerator is first turned on,
and since October, the department has
been "starting it up really slow so the
stuff doesn't explode like it did before
(and) burning smaller amounts."
HE SAID shutting the incinerator
down would place too much of a finan-
cial and logistical burden on the depar-
tment. Using commercial
crematoriums for a year would cost
about $25,000, he estimated, adding,
"They have no way of getting the tissue
and the cadavers to these places."
Although the department burns 225
cadavers a year, "in my mind their real
problem stems not from the cremation
of whole cadavers, but from the daily
See CREMATORIUM, Page 7
J ersies stolen in a last-ditch effort to bring charges
Thieves last month stole several ar- against Cunningham Drugstores and
icles of Michigan athletic Apex Drugstores for allegedly
tesof -icigathe iof discriminatinig against union workers
memorabilia-including the jerseys ofin hiring, the union representing the
three former Wolverine, oo lJ ~drk lam th fidan'appeal-ith
stars-from a showcase R Chrisler, the Nationd Labor- Relations hoard
Among the missing items were the The case, which has dragged on for
number 98 jersey worn by 1930 football almost 18 months, was schded to be
great Tom Harmon and the number 87 l
The Wolverine cagers meet Northwestern tonight at Crisler Arena. The
game begins at 8 p.m.
AAFC - The Man Who Knew Too Much, 7 p.m., The Lady Vanishes, 8:30
p.m., Angell Aud. A.
CFT The Cameraman, 7:15 p.m., The Gold Rush, 9 p.m., Michigan
Cinema Guild - Body Heat, 7 & 9 p.m., Lorch.
Med Center Bible Study - 12:30 p.m., Rm. F2230 Mott Hospital.
Psychiatry - Anxiety disorders support group, 7:30 p.m., third fl. conf.
rm., Children's Psychiatric Hospital.
Fencing - Practice, 8 p.m., Coliseum, corner of Hill and 5th.
Scottish Country Dancers - Beginners, 7 p.m.; intermediates, 8 p.m.,
Forest Hills Community Center, 2351 Shadowood.
League - International Night, Switzerland, 5-7:15 p.m., cafeteria.
School of Metaphysics - Open discussion, "How to Make and Keep Your
New Year Resolutions," 7:30 p.m., 95 Oakwood, Apt. 1, Ypsilanti.
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U.S. hails Salvadoran
WASHINGTON (AP)-The State
Department yesterday praised El
Salvador for recent steps to curb ex-
tremist violence within its borders, a
move officials described as an attempt
to prepare public opinion for an ad-
ministration request to increase U.S.
aid to that country.
The statement, issued by department
spokesman John Hughes, also said the
current aid level to El Salvador is
inadequate. Congress approved $64.8
million for the Latin American country
this fiscal year, but the officials said the
administration may seek a substantial
increase in that amount later this mon-
According to The New York Times,
the administration believes an expan-
sion in the Salvadoran armed forces is
essential and wants an additional $100
million to carry out that task.
U.S. OFFICIALS, who asked not to be
identified, said the aid increase will be
based on three elements:
" The perception that current assistan-
ce is inadequate to deal with stepped up
guerilla attacks against the gover-
" An expected recommendation by the
Kissinger Commission on Central
America that the United States must
commit itself to a long-term military
assistance program for El Salvador.
The commission will present its report
to President Reagan next week.
."Strong signs that the Salvadoran
government is taking seriously ad-
ministration demands for improved
human rights performance. The State
Department is preparing a report for
release on Jan. 16 documenting the
progress made in recent weeks.
In a statement Tuesday, Hughes
noted that Salvadoran authorities
arrested last month Capt. Eduardo
Avila, who has been implicated in the
1981 deaths of two American land
reform workers in San Salvador.
Be a science or engineering of-
ficer in the Air Force. If you
have a science or engineering
degree, maybe you can qualify
to iin our dvnaimic team. See
Raymond Harvey, 41, was charged
yesterday with first degree criminal
sexual conduct for the.alledged assault
of his 12-year-old daughter at his E.
William apartment Dec. 31. Harvey's
bail was set at $50,000, but he failed to
post bail. The preliminary examination
is scheduled for Jan. 10.