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Police arrest
two men for
~stealing street

The Michigan Daily- Sunday, December 9, 1984 - Page 3
Union Carbide denies
liability for India leak

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police are
used to investigating "street crime,"
but the term took on new meaning when
they arrested two men for stealing a
100-year-old street.
"I thought it was a joke," Lt. Edward
Nolan said of the anonymous tip that.
approximately 8,000 Belgian granite
blocks had been torn up and carted
away from the South Philadelphia
waterfront.
"IT WAS really a goofy report," he
said yesterday. "Who'd believe that?"
Nolan does, after last week's arrest of
Gustav Propper, 49, of Philadelphia,
and Joseph Monkewitz, 36, of suburban
Glenside, on charges of theft, receiving
stolen property, criminal mischief, and
conspiracy.
" And so does the Streets Department,
which cares for the 5-pound cob-
blestones, a scarce paving commodity
generally used for restoration in this
historic city's colonial areas around In-
dependence Hall.
NOLAN said the anonymous caller
last month told police to check out con-
struction work on East Mifflin Street, in
a "not heavily traveled" warehouse
area near the Delaware River.
"When we investigated, we found
truck and tractor treads in the torn up

dirt," he said. "We checked with
Streets to see if the demolition was
legitimate. In some sections of the city,
streets are replaced with new bedding
and the cobblestones removed and held
for later use."
That wasn't the case this time.
INVESTIGATORS found that
Monkewitz was hired by Propper to
tear up the street with a front-end
loader and truck the stones to a nearby
lot, where they were stored for sale to a
New Jersey contractor who thought he
was buying legitimate merchandise,
Nolan said.
The stones were being sold for $1 a
block, Nolan said. Most were recovered
and are being stored in a Streets Depar-
tment yard.
"The street was 26 feet wide and 250
feet long, and using simple arithmetic
we came up with about 8,000 cob-
blestones," Nolan said.
"The exact number is not really
known. Some of the stones were
delivered and are still missing.
"There are certain towns in northern
Jersey - I don't know which towns -
that have zoning for granite block cur-
bing. There aren't many of these blocks
on the market and contractors will buy
them swiftly, paying cash."

From AP and UPI
DANBURY, Conn. - Union Carbide
Chairman Warren Anderson said
yesterday the victims of history's worst
chemical disaster will be fairly com-
pensated but the firm is not criminally
responsible for the catastrophic
chemical leak.
"Union Carbide has a moral respon-
sibility in this whole issue and we are
not ducking it," Anderson told a news
conference at company headquarters
upon returning to the United States.
"I AM confident that the victims can
be fairly and equitably compensated
without a material adverse effect on
the financial condition" of the com-
pany, Anderson said.
He would not specify what he con-
sidered "fair," saying the extent of the
damage has not been determined.
The chief of the $9 billion
conglomerate and two other company
officials were charged under seven sec-
tions of the Indian penal code for
"criminal liability," a crime carrying a
maximum punishment of life im-
prisonment. The three were released
after the Union Carbide chairman put
up $2,000 bail.
"I don't feel there is any criminal
responsibility involved here," Ander-
son stressed. "I don't feel we lacked in
terms of our intent to run a safe
operation."
ANDERSON expressed "deep sym-
pathy" for the victims and said the
company and its Indian subsidiary are
donating $1.8 million to an emergency
fund for victims of the lethal methyl

Anderson
... feels morally responsible

isocyanate gas leak at the central India -
city of Bhopal.
Anderson defended the quality of the
Union Carbide plant in India.
"You can't put a second hand facility
some place outside the United States
and expect to operate," Anderson said.
"We put a facility in India that we put in
Institute, West Virginia. I don't feel
there was anything left to be desired"
regarding safety.
Anderson said he believed the
charges would be "a moot issue." When
pressed on whether he would return to
India to face the charges, Anderson
responded, "I'd consider it, certainly."

Associated Press

Police Sgt. Leslie Shotwell holds a
Philadelphia street yesterday after two
and selling the scarce stones.

granite cobblestone in a south
men were arrested for removin g

Free speech causes controversy

(Continued from Page 1)
That theory would also apply to him-
self, he said. If he were speaking before
people who found his ideas dangerous,
Austin felt it would be justified if he
were chased off the stage.
PETER ROSSET, a graduate student
who also participated in the CIA protest,
compared the present situation to Nazi
Germany, where most people failed to
speak out against Hitler's regime.
"In my opinion, free speech is a
reasonable right for reasonable
people," he said.
Rosset said each individual has to
follow his own conscience in deciding
whether or not to heckle a speaker.
BUT SHAPIRO said that selective
heckling might make campus groups
hesitant to consider inviting speakers
who might offend members of the
University community.
"These things get decided early in
people's minds," Shapiro said.
As a result, he said, people like U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations
Jeane Kirkpatrick might not be invited
to speak at the University because

potential sponsors anticipate protests
and heckling.
LEADERS OF several campus
groups contacted by the Daily,
however, said they would not be in-
timidated by the possibility that a
speaker would be heckled.
Hellene McCarren of the Center for
Near Eastern and North African
Studies said "we would not avoid in-
viting someone just because they're
controversial."
And Nancy Sudia, coordinator of the
program which sponsored Haig, said
that, although she was surprised by the
reaction to the former Secretary of
State, she would still consider having
another controversial speaker come to
campus.
EVEN SO, there are some who claim
that departments can withhold spon-
sorship of a controversial speaker as a
means to suppress certain views.
Noam Chomsky's visit to campus a
few weeks ago offers a case in point.
The Massachusetts Institute of
Technology linguistics professor gave a

HAPPENINGS-
Highlight
Michael Haddad, poet and editor of the magazine Al-Mujtama, will lecture
in Arabic on "A Modern Poet from Nazareth: Readings in Arabic," at noon
room B137, MLB, and in English on "Nazareth Beginnings of Modern Arabic
Poetry," at 4 p.m., 1042 East Engineering.
Films
Cinema Guild - Double Suicide, 7p.m., Lorch Hall.
Performances
School of Music - Voice recital, Richard Fracker, 8 p.m., Recital Hall;
Viola recital, Neil Miskey, 8 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall.
Academic Early Music - Concert, 8 p.m., Museum of Art.
Speakers
Applied Mechanics - Nicolas Triantafyllidis, "Puckering Instability
Phenomena in the Hemispherical Cup Test," 3:30 p.m., room 1018 Dow
Building.
Bioengineering 890/Microbiology & Immunology - Bernard Palsoon,
"Mathematical Modeling of Metabolic Reaction Networks," 4 p.m., room
1042, East Engineering Building.
Chinese Studies - J. N. Spuhler, "Anthropological Notes on the Terra-
Cotta Warriors at the Tomb of Qin Shi Huang Di," noon, Lane Hall Com-
mons.
Computing Center - Forrest Hartman, "Programming for the Layman,
Part I," 3:30 p.m., 177 Business Administration Building.
College of Engineering - M.S. Lee "Computation Using Integrated Cir-
tuits With Many Defects," 10:30 a.m., room 1084 East Engineering Building;
Krzysztof Apt., "Real-Time Clocks Versus Virtual Clocks," 3 p.m., room
2031 East Engineering Building.
Chemistry department - M.A. El-Sayed, "Pump-pump picosecond Laser
Techniques and the Energy Distribution Dynamics in Mass Spectrometry,"
4 p.m., room 1300 Chemistry Building.
The Student Advocacy Center - Richard Benjamin, James Hawkins,
"Educating our Children, Dreams and Realities; Goals and Challenges," 8
p.m., Ann Arbor Community Center, 625 N. Main St.
Museum of Art - "Energy made Visible," 12:10 p.m., Museum of Art.
Meetings
His House Christian Fellowship - Bible Study, 7:30 p.m., 925 E. Ann St.
Ann Arbor Go Club - 7p.m., 1433 Mason Hall.
Michigan Student Assembly - 7:30 p.m., Union.
National Organization for Women, Ann Arbor Chapter -7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1917 Washtenaw Rd.
M'c lln n wa

speech critical of U.S. policy in the
Middle East. English Prof. Alan Wald,
who coordinated Chomsky's visit, said
he asked several groups, including the
political science and history depart-
ments, to co-sponsor Cliomsky, but was
turned down.
The Center for Near Eastern and
North African Studies even withdrew
its offer to co-sponsor Chomsky.
CENTER director Ernest McCarus
said that the executive committee of
the center overrruled his invitation
because some members were concer-
ned about Chomsky's scholarly creden-
tials. Although Chomsky has written
several books on the Middle East, his
degree is in linguistics.
Wald said he suspected that some
members of the committee were more
concerned about Chomsky's controver-
sial views than they were about his
academic credentials.
"It's more subtle than somebody
saying, 'I don't want this speaker
because I'm prejudiced,' " Wald said.
"There's a lot of secrecy that goes on."
WALD SAID the center's withdrawal
of sponsorship for Chomsky was a
deliberate attempt to undermine Chom-
sky's credibility.
Political science Prof. Jerrold Green,
who Wald said was the first to oppose
the center's sponsorship for Chomsky,
said that free speech wasn't even an
issue in Chomsky's case. He added that
no department is obligated to provide a
forum for every speaker; they just
shouldn't try to keep that speaker from
making an appearance.
And in Chomsky's case, Green said,
the presentation was a "huge success"
because he spoke to a full house in
Rackham Auditorium. The important
thing was that "his right to speak was
protected," Green said.
A SIMILAR case occurred two years
ago, when militant rabbi and founder of
the Jewish Defense League Meir
Kahane came to speak.
Originally, Kahane was to appear
under the auspices of the University
Activities Center, but the student-run
group backed out when they learned
that Kahane advocates violence as a
means to resolve the Middle East Con-
flict.
Michael Brooks, director of the B'nai
B'rith Hillel Foundation, said student
funds should not be used to sponsor
Kahane, but did not protest Kahane's
actual appearance.
Kahane eventually spoke at the
University after a nationalistic Jewish
group agreed to sponsor him.
Brooks recently endorsed the UAC
decision. "Stanford ProfessortWilliam
Shockley is equally entitled to spout his
views on the racial basis of I.Q. dif-
ferences, but no one is obligated to
provide him with a microphone and an
honorarium" he said.
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