The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 20, 1984 - Page 3
fa e poisoning
of candy bars
LONDON (UPI) - A militant
animal-lovers group yesterday said
their claim to have spiked Mars candy
bars with rat poison was a hoax aimed
at hurting the firm's sales because it
financed medical research involving
"Members of the public are in no
danger. No Mars bars on general sale
have been injected with poison," an
Animal Liberation Front spokesman
said. Shopkeepers, however, said they
were continuing to inspect the
estimated 10 million candy bars still on
SCOTLAND YARD said suspect can-
dy bars had turned up in six cities since
the scare began Saturdy night but there
was no evidence any had been poisoned.
Ronnie Lee, a spokesman for the
group, said the hoax was intended to
clear Mars bars from shops as part of
the Animal Liberation Front's cam-
paign to cause "economic loss and
sabotage to companies which are in-
volved in cruelty to animals."
He said Mars was targeted because it
financed medical research into tooth
decay using monkeys that were force-
fed on sugary food.
"Why should monkeys suffer because
too many people eat sweets?" Lee said.
A company spokesman said Mars had
sponsored research into a vaccine
against tooth decay that involved
animal research but ended its in-
volvement with the program last July.
Scotland Yard said they would seek to
question Lee about the poison hoax.
"We would like to speak to this man," a
Scotland Yard spokesman said. He
would not discuss grounds for possible
charges against the ALF.
Last year, the group laced bottles of
shampoo with bleach in a protest
against animal research.
Tis the season?
With Christmas just over a month away, Ann Arbor
Daily Photo by DAVID FRANKEL
resident Autumn Thomas hangs garlands in Nickel's Arcade yesterday.
Blaze leaves hundreds injured
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.lumes of dark smoke rose a mile into
the sky as the fire raged out of control
for more than seven hours.
'Federal Police deputy spokesman
Hector Garcia Vasquez said 100,000
people were evacuated from the area,
many of them in school and city buses.
Police Chief Ramon Mota Sanchez
said 66 acres were "virtually razed."
-HE SAID four storage tanks holding
more than three million gallons of
liquefied gas each exploded, and
authorities were afraid the fire would
trigger more explosions in other nearby
By midafternoon, as the fire was
brought under control, officials decided
not to blow up a 1.3 million-gallon tank
under controlled conditions in order to
keep the fire from spreading.
"It is perfectly controlled," Mota
Sanchez, the police chief announced.
"And now there is no danger of ad-
LT. GUILLERMO Bolga of the
Federal Highway Police said Pemex
had closed its main pipeline bringing
natural gas from the fields in the Gulf of
Mexico to the capital. "It was im-
perative to do that immediately since
the 16-inch line could well explode," he
Dozens of ambulances carried the in-
jured to area hospitals, where reporters
said the injured were choking
hallways. "The place is full and more
still are coming. They're all over the
place," said Dr. Alfredo Jaime, a
surgeon at the Medical Center General
A subject climbed a fire escape and
removed a screen to enter a house in
the 1400 block of Washtenaw late Satur-
day, Ann Arbor police said. They
believe a resident scared off the in-
truder because nothing was stolen.
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Michael Heffernan, the author of Booking Passage and the Cry of Oliver
Hardy, will read poetry in the English Department's Visiting Writers Series
at 8p.m. in Rackham West Conference Room.
MED-The Long Goodbye, 7 p.m., Victoria, 9 p.m. MLB 3.
AAFC - War Games, 7 p.m., Lorch Hall.
Joe's Star Lounge - Ragnar Kvaran, 107 N. Main.
School of Music - University Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., Hill
LSA - Richard Edwards, "Tao-chi & the Early Ch'ing", 8 p.m., Angell
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Guild House - Brown Bag, Susan Kelly, noon, 802 Monroe.
Chemistry Department - John Maier, "Spectroscopic Studies of Open-
Shell Cations," 4 p.m., Room 1300 Chemistry Bldg.
Center for Chinese Studies - Brown Bag, Benjamin Elman, noon, "New
Perspectives on Late Imperial Chinese Intellectual History", noon, Lane
Judaic Studies - BrownBag, Jerrold Green, "American-Israeli Relations
in Reagan's second term," 12:15 p.m., Room 4 & 5, Michigan League.
Division of Biological Sciences - Dr. Wayne Frasch, noon, room 1139
Natural Science Bldg.
Ann Arbor Go Club -7 p.m., room 1433 Mason Hall.
Turner Geriatric Clinic - Newcomer's Group meeting, 1 p.m., 1010 Wall
His House Christian Fellowship - Bible Study, 7:30 p.m., room 925 E. Ann.
Association Computer Engineers and Scientists - 6 p.m., room 439 Mason
Lesbian Network - 7:30 p.m., Guild House, G802 Monroe.
Michigan Student Assembly - 7:30 p.m., room 3909 Michigan Union.
University Art Museum - Art Brak, "Transformations: Arp and Mat-
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Ruldolf Steiner Institute of the Great Lakes Area - Introductions to
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