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Principal taps tones
to titillate tardy teens
CHICAGO (AP) - A high school has
cut its tardiness rate in half by calling
the homes of chronically late students
and relaying a tape-recorded message
from the principal - what one disgrun-
tled parent calls a "glorified wake-up
"Your child has been continually late
in coming to school," the recording
says. "I will continue to make this call
until the problem is solved. Thank you
for your cooperation."
WALTER Pilditch, principal of
Morgan Park High School, said studen-
ts targeted by the $9,000 computerized
calling system are not taking his advice
"The students don't like it, but many
more of them are getting here on time,''
An average of 110 students had been
reporting late for class at the far South
Side high school with an enrollment of
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student body and we considered that
much too high," he said. "Now, only 45
to 50 students are tardy each day."
Pilditch believes Morgan Park may
be one of the first schools in the nation
to combat chronic tardiness with a
message from what he calls the "robot
The calls have not been well received
by the mother of at least one chronic
"THE telephone is in our room so it's
me and my husband who are getting
woke up, not my son. We're the ones
being punished," said Lucy Wistreich,
whose son Matthew is a senior.
Lew Armistad, spokesman for the
National Association of Secondary
School Principals, agrees that Morgan
Park's approach to tardiness is novel.
"The association is in favor of any plan
that gets more students in school,"
Amistad said in a telephone interview
from Reston, Va. "We need to instill a
sense of responsibility in ourchildren
and they're not going to get that at
home in bed."
However, Armistad said he was con-
cerned that the program might create a
sense of dependency: "It would be un-
fortunate if students came to use the
wake-ups as a crutch."
Pilditch shares that concern.
"Just the other day a student ex-
plained that he was late because he did
not get his wake-up call," he said. "We
certainly don't want to be known as the
Holiday Inn of high schools."
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Senate passes budget resolution
LANSING-The Senate yesterday narrowly approved a balanced budget
resolution which could put the nation one state short of the number
necessary to force the first constitutional convention in nearly two centuries.:
However, there are strong indications the resolution, which cleared the
Republican Senate on a 19-12 vote, will face tough going in the Democratic-
As it stands now, the resolution calls on Congress to adopt a proposed
amendment requiring a balanced federal budget and send it to the states for
ratification, or to call a constitutional convention for that purpose.
Thirty-two of 34 states necessary to force action have approved similar
resolutions. Michigan would be the 33rd.
A convention would "potentially risk our Constitution," said Sen. Gary
Corbin, a Clio Democrat opposing the resolution. "I guess I'm willing to live:
with our Constituion."
Court excludes biased juries :i'
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-Hundreds of death-row inmates may get temporary
reprieves because of a federal appeals court ruling that states have uncon-
stitutionally excluded people from juries soley because they would never
vote for capital punishment, legal experts said yesterday.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deciding an Arkansas case Wed-
nesday, said its opinion - covering only cases deciding the issue of guilt or
innocence and not penalty-could affect hundreds of people on death rows
In its 5-4 decision, the St. Louis-based court said that when a trial court ex-
cludes from a jury those people who can under no circumstances vote for the
death penalty, it denies the defendant his Sixth Amendment right to be tried
by a panel representing a cross-section of the community.
The decision allows the state to use a "death qualified" jury only in the''
penalty phase of a capital trial, or to turn the decision on punishment over t,,
the trial judge. Most states already divide death-penalty cases in to guilty
and penalty phases.
The 8th Circuit includes Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi;
Nebraska and the Dakotas. As of Dec. 20, there were 67 death-row inmates in
those states. Nationwide, there were 1,464, according to the American Civil,
Polish policeman denies murder
TORUN, Poland-A lawyer for a secret police captain facing the death
penalty in the death of a pro-Solidarity priest said yesterday his client didn't'
mean to kill the cleric and demanded the murder charges be dropped.
Capt. Griegorz Piotrowski, charged with directing the kidnapping,
beating, and murder of the Rev. Jerzy Popielusiko, could haye shot the
priest with his revolver but did not, lawyer Janusz Ilasz told a Torun court in--
his final arguments.
"Piotrowski may have hit the priest with a club but did not intend to kill
him. If he had wanted to do that he could have shot him with his revolver."
Ilasz demanded the prosecution drop murder charges against Piotrowski
and charge him only with kidnapping, an offense carrying a maximum 10-
year prison term.
The prosection Tuesday demanded the death penalty for Piotrowski as a
"cold cruel criminal' guilty of premeditated murder.
Popieluszko, whose sermons in support of the outlawed Solidarity uniori
angered the comminist government, was abducted and killed Oct. 19. His'.
bound and gagged body was retrieved from a reservoir on the Vistula River
near Torun Oct. 31.
Botha offers freedom to activist
CAPE TOWN, South Africa-President P. Botha announced yesterday.'
that the government would free black activist Nelson Mandela if he agreed
to renounce violence. Mandela, South Africa's most prominent opponent of
white minority rule, has served 20 years of a life sentence..'
The offer to free Mandela and other imprisoned members of his African
National Congress, the ANC, appeared to be a significant move away frorh'
prevailing white opinion. However, initial reaction by blacks suggested
Mandela was not likely to accept it.
Mandela's lawyer said: "I can't imagine his looking at his own release to
the exclusion of what he believes in. Mandela talks about the ANC while
Botha only talks about the man, Mandela."
Mandela, 66, was sentenced to life in prison for planning sabotage against
Even though he is allowed to communicate with only a small group of
people, he remains the effective leader of South Africa's 22-million black
majority and the 73-year-old African National Congress.
Economic indicators fall slightly
WASHINGTON-The index of leading indicators, a sensitive economic:
barometer, dropped 0.2 in December, the government reported yesterday, x
but a White House spokesman said the economy remains 'excep-
It was the fifth setback in seven months for the index, the kind of trend that
often points to a new recession. Another report yesterday showed new fac-
tory orders down 0.7 percent, suggesting the economy still has a long way to
go to regain strength lost in the second half of last year.
The leading index ended 1984 only 0.9 percent ahead of where it was a year.
earlier. In sharp contrast, the index gained 16 percent in 1983.
But a third report yesterday showed sales of new houses surging 3.1 per-
cent in December, a healthy response to lower interest rates that economists
hope will be duplicated in the auto and appliance industries.
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