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Auto talks continue;

locals are,
From AP and UPI
" DETROIT - The striking United
Auto Workers union yesterday called a
meeting of its national General Motors
Corp. council for next week. A local
UAW president hailed that as a "very
positive sign" and said the two sides
had moved closer on the crucial issue of
job security.
About 110,000 GM employees are
either on strike or laid off as the effects
of selective walkouts in 10 states con-
tinue to spread through the No. 1
automaker and related companies. GM
reported layoffs at six additional plants
yesterday and said the strike had
caused it to lose production of 45,600
UNION spokeswoman Jessica Katz
said the council meeting was scheduled
for Wednesday in St. Louis so the union
could report "on a national settlement
or to report on the status of national
The 300-member council represents
UAW workers employed at GM. Union

leaders already have been authorized
to call a strike. Katz refused to elaborte
on whether the meeting meant a set-
tlement was near or an expanded strike
was under consideration.
"I think its a very positive sign," said
Leon Matthews, president of UAW
Local 653 in Pontiac, whose members
this weekend struck GM's Fiero spor-
tscar assembly plant. "I think it means
they have something worked out."
The union's selective strike strategy
has put the company under pressure to
settle, Matthews said. "It's only a mat-
ter of time before it shuts down things
anyhow, without a national strike," he
said. The company has been losing an
estiamted $30 million a day because of
production shut downs, according to
Wall Street analysts.
At a late afternoon news conference,
UAW President Owen Bieber said there
are still "major sticking points" on
wages and benefits and job security,
issues that have snagged the talks

The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 21, 1984 -- Page 5
Hands-On Museum
offers hands on fun

Ann Arbor's Hands-On Museum is
more than a place to spend a rainy
Saturday afternoon, it's a hub of com-
munity involvement.
Hands-on, a participatory science
museum is staffed with volunteers who
give tours to groups of children, create
exhibits, show films, and teach
MANY OF the volunteers are Univer-
sity students looking for a way to work
with the community and earn credit at
the same time.
"It's lovely, a real hands-on prac-
ticum with people and small children,"
said Prof. Lorraine Nadelman, a spon-
sor of the museum from the psychology
Carol Cage, an LSA junior, first
became a volunteer this summer. "It's
a wonderful place, exceedingly busy
and constantly changing. . . My reac-
tion? Pure delight," she said.
VOLUNTEERS built the museum
also, according to Director Cynthia
Yao. During the recession of 1981, she
said, construction workers from the
Washtenaw County Building Trades
Union donated 6,000 hours of free labor
to help transform the old Fire Engine
House at Huron and Fourth Streets into
rooms with large-as-life exhibits.

Construction workers

st.rike fOr 1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - It may be a
labor relations first: management's
wage offer was just tbo high, so a group
of construction workers want out on
strike until they won their demand - a
smaller pay raise.
Leaders of Local 32 of the Inter-
national Association of Heat and Frost
Insulators and Asbestos Workers said
they felt the contractors were trying to
inflate wages so more jobs would go to
non-union crews from other areas.
"THE EMPLOYER was trying to
price us out of the market," said James
Grogan, business manager of the 400-
member local. "In my opinion, they
would like to throw all kinds of money
Pricing the local out of the market
'"was never our intention," said Frank
Lancellotti, a member of the contrac-
tors' negotiating team. He declined to
comment further on Grogan's
allegations or the union's request for
"We feel that we have a bright
future," Lancellotti said. "We have
resolved our difference."



)wer pay
THE WORKERS struck Wednesday,
but most returned to work yesterday af-
ter a settlement calling for $1.60 an
hour less over two years than the con-
tractors had offered during the last
negotiating session last Friday.
"It's a first for me. It's a rarity,"
National' Labor Relations Board
spokesman David Parker said of the
"I have not heard of that as a collec-
tive bargaining tactic," said Rex Har-
desty, a spokesman for the AFL-CIO in
THE contractors had offered $2.50 an
hour more over two years, Grogan said.
The new agreement contains a 90-cent
raise the first year, none the second,
and an option for wage talks in the
The- vote was 204-9 in favor of the
"less-money" clause, Grogan said. "To
say, don't take $2.50 but take 90 cents is
a very tough mountain to climb."
The northern and central New Jersey
workers earned 15.30 an hour under
the old pact, which expired at midnight
Tuesday, he said.

The popularity of the museum sur-
prised even its volunteers. They expec-
ted 7,000 visitors the first year, but
25,000 came through. This year Yao
said she expects 40,000.
Since its opening, the number of
exhibits has doubled to 60 and opened a
third exhibit room. With volunteer help,
the museum has expanded its hours and
has added new workshops to its fall
SOME OF the more popular exhibits
include a huge Kaleidoscope into which
children step to see dozens of reflec-
tions of themselves in large mirrors.
Another favorite is the bubble demon-
stration; youngsters climb into a tire
and pull a hoola-hoop over their heads
to create a real bubble.
But Yao said the exhibits don't cater
strictly to children. "Families attend
en masse over the weekends and older
students occasionally stroll through as
well," she said.
"You just can't believe what people
have given of themselves," Yao said.
Anne Carney, who has been a volun-
teer since the museum opened, said:
"It's really a lot of fun, you work with
all aged people - the public and the
staff - while gaining a real sense of
community involvement."
Stanley H. Kaplan
The Smart
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EDUCAT101 203 E. Hoover
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Graduate chemistry student De Je Vladislaw demonstrates a chemical property
to an awe-struck onlooker at the Hands-One Museum downtown.

Bombing puzzles U.S. security

(Continued from Pagei1)
killed 299 American and French
peacekeeping soldiers last October and
the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in
west Beirut in April 1983. Sixty-three
people, including 17 Americans, were
killed in that explosion.
Hughes said that although a group
calling itself "Islamic Jihad" called a
News agency to take responsibility, U.S.
officials are not sure who perpetuated
the attack, which he called "a sen-
seless, brutal attack on Americans and
A SENIOR White House official, who
insisted on anonmyity, said the Islamic
Jihad is not a specific group but an um-
brella organization comprising smaller
groups. While he said Iran supports

some of these groups, "I wouldn't tie
today's events to the government of
The American staff had just moved to
the east Beirut annex in July for
security reasons, because the old
British compound it had transferred to
after the embassy was destroyed was
considered too vulnerable.
Reagan administration officials were
clearly sensitive to suggestions that
security might have been lax or that
they had not taken sufficient
precautions in view of the -earlier at-
Schultz said the casualties would
have been greater had it not been for
security measures put into place after
the previous attacks. But he said,

"there is a risk with all of our efforts."
In Dallas, Defense Secretary Caspar
Weinberger called the attack "a
cowardly outrage perpetuated by
terrorists" and an example of the
sacrifice American servicemen are
asked to make.
The main road leading to the annex
building - in the Christian suburb of
Aukar, nine miles northeast of central
Beirut - is partially blocked with large
concrete barriers and anti-tank traps
that force entering vehicles to move in
a zig-zag pattern.
The security also includes an elec-
tronic detection system and checkpoin-
ts. Swinging steel gates,'intended to be
installed on concrete barricades, were
lying on the sidewalk nearby.

Swedish study fi
CHICAGO (AP) Pap smears taken regularly are
so effective they have cut the incidence of cervical
cancer by abouth two-thirds among women who had
at least one screening in 10 years, a Swedish study
The study, which follwowed more than 200,000
women, also found that among those women who
never had smears taken, the incidence of cervical
cancer was as much as two to four times higher than
among those who had the tests.
"I THINK this study laid to rest, for once and all,'
the age-old question, 'Are Pap smears effective in
reducing cancer of the cervix?' " said De. CecilFox,
one of the researchers, "Yes, they are."
About 16,000 women in the United States will get a
cervical cancer in 1984, and the disease will result in
6,800 deaths, according to the American Cancer


Pap smears highly effective

Society. The disease is considered the fourth most
common cancer among women, with the sixth
highest fatality rate.
Pap smears, named 'for developer George
Papanicolaou, havehelped reduce the rate of cer-
vical cancer becuse they can detect cell abnor-
malities that are often precursors of cancer.
A PAP smear is done by taking a scraping of the
mouth of the uterus, then smearing it on a slide,
staining it and then examining it under a microscope.
The procedure is considered harmless.
Fox also said the study, which appears in today's
Journal of the American Medical Association, is par-
ticularly significant because "it's the first time
anyone has studied an entire population of women ...
across the entire spectrum of a society."
The study, led by Dr. Bjorn Stenkvist, also is
unique because Sweden has a population registry that

enabled researchers to follow for 10 years all 207,455
women in the study, without losing track of any. The
women ranged in age from 30 to over 70.
Based upon the research, the study estimated that
under optimal conditions, screening can reduce the
incidence of cervical cancer to a level of between one
and five cases per 100,000 women.
Currently among screened populations - those in
which Pap smears are given regularly - the num-
ber of cases is about seven per 100,000 women, Fox
said. But in countries where there is little or no
screening, that number be be as high as 50 per
100,000, he said.
The American Cancer Society recommends that
the average woman get a Pap smear once every
three years after two negative tests are taken a year

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Court rejects Jackson restaurant's libel suit

LANSING (UPI) - The Michigan
Court of Appeals yesterday rejected a
libel suit filed by a restaurateur who
claims his business withered and died
after a scathing review was published
by a Jackson newspaper.
The case involved a review of
Dragonetti's restaurant, which ap-
peared in the "Dining Out" column of
the Jackson Citizen-Patriot.
THE REVIEWER claimed he got a
steak that was frozen around the edges
and "felt as if it had been warmed up
(very tentatively) over a candle." He
also complained that the wine was im-
properly served.
John Dragonetti claimed the article's
allegations were false. After it was
published, he said, business dropped
off. Financial problems relating to this

dropoff forced him to sell the
restaurant, he said.
A Jackson County jury sided with the
THE APPEALS court noted
newspapers enjoy a qualified privilege
to comment on matters of public in-
terest. In such instances, only articles
published with reckless disregard for
the truth are subject to suits.
"In this case, the 'Dining Out' column
related to a legitimate topic of public
interest," the court said. "Dragonetti's
restaurant and bar was a public
restaurant that not only welcomed, but
actively sought, patronage from the
The court said "the jury could have
reasonably concluded that the
statements contained in the article

were not defamatory falsehoods, but
were instead figures of speech,
metaphors and other literary devices to
effectively convey the writer's honest
and actual perception of this experien-

ce at the restaurant."
It said the jury also could have con-
cluded that the newspaper did not show
a reckless disregard for the truth in
publishing the article.


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