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Senate Democrats

reject farmn
mocrats yesterday night rejected
Reagan administration proposal to set-
tle a dispute over emergency farm
relief and vowed to continue to
filibuster Attorney General-designate
Edwin Meese's nomination.
The collapse of negotiations on a
revamped administration farm credit
program, coming just an hour before
President Reagan was to hold a
n'ationally broadcast news conference,
confounded Republicans seeking to end
Ia filibuster that had blocked a vote on
"It's just unacceptable," Sen.
Thomas Harkin, (D-Iowa), said of the

z proposal
pledge the administration made in a
letter signed by Agriculture Secretary
John Block.
The collapse of the fragile
negotiations on the farm issue made a
confirmation vote yesterday night next
to impossible - and raised the
possibility of continued marathon
Senate floor sessions.
Asked whether the Democrats had
reached a consensus in the caucus that
the filibuster should continue, Sen. Alan
Dixon of Illinois replied, "That's right.
Absolutely right."
Some senators seemed infuriated
because the administration's offer was
conveyed by Block, and not by Reagan.

The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 22, 1985 - Page 3
Law Quad
arson case,
stirs debate

Home video rentals soar

(Continued from Page 1)
Heitjan said Campus Corners has
about 80 movies which rent for $4 a
ight with a sixty dollar deposit.
A University student doesn't even
need to own a VCR, becuase there are
machines which are available to rent
for $50 a night with $250 dollar deposit,
he said.
SO FAR, customers have been able to
obtain the movies they want to see,
Heitjan said. "It is very seltom that a
person cannot get a movie he wants."
Another store which rents movies is
}he recently opened Study Break in the
basement of the Michigan Union.
"There was no place for students to

rent movies on campus," said Dave
Maurer, co-owner of the Study Break
and Mickey Rats Video Circus, "so I
thought there was a market for them."
Maurer said the store stocks about
150 films and constantly updates the list
with more recent releases.
From Sunday through Thursday, aV-
CR rents for $5.95, and the first movie is
$1.99 with the second going for $1. The
Study Break charges a $50 deposit ion
the equipment. Weekend rates are
slightly higher.
To be assured of obtaining a VCR,
students should make reservations in
advance, said Alfred Green, manager
of Study Break.

(Continued from Page 1)
prove that Picozzi set it."
John Bredell, another University
lawyer, said "Picozzi could have
bought the gas in New York - I think
the case can survive on completely
physical evidence."
BREDELL added that the University
still intends to call another key "expert
witness," - the fire marshall of arson
investigation in Detroit, which he called
"the arson capital of the world."
Silber said, in response, "If I were
them, I'd probably say he wasn't a
critical witness, too." He then com-
pared Davis' denials to "Mahammed
Ali when he was fighting. If Ali got hit
hard, he would look out at the crowd,
shrug, and pretend like he wasn't hurt a
The University's physical evidence
rests primarily on the testimony of Dr.
Jai Prasad, a University Hospital ex-
pert in burn medicine who testified
PRASAD STATED that Picozzi must
have been within 6 inches of the fire to
have been burned so extensively, and
that these burns were definitely "flame
burns" obtained through direct contact
with the fire.
Davis attempted to prove the
prosecution's theory that Picozzi was
burned by an unexpected flash of gas as
he was bending over in an attempt to

light the fire. He asked Prasad on Wed-
nesday: "If a person had been using a
cigarette lighter with his left hand, lit
gas on fire, and it flared up at him,
would he have received the same burns
as Picozzi?" Prasad replied: "Yes, it is
Yesterday, Assistant Fire Marshall
Lee Larson gave a testimony that could
be potentially damaging to Picozzi's
ANALYZING PHOTOS from the fire
on a slide projector, Larson described
the department's investigation of the
incident. He said the department
determined that "the fire had to have
been started inside the room-with the
door in a closed position."
Picozzi managed to put on his jeans
and boots in the brief time before he
was forced to the window, a point that
has been hotly contested by the Univer-
"How are people who have been in a
fire usually dressed when you've
arrived on previous fire scenes?" Davis
asked Larson.
Larson, who has investigated severall
hundred fires; responded: "They're
usually wearing anything from tee-
shirts and underwear to being com-
pletely nude."
"Have you ever seen anyone in a
gasoline fire escape wearing blue jeans
and boots?" Davis continued.
"No," Larson said.

Bomb threats cause debate

Waxed chap Associated Press
Annette and Christopher Chaplin flank Madame Tussaud's new waxwork
figure of their father Charlie Chaplin outside the National Portrait Gallery in
London, where a display on the silent movie star opened yesterday.
PSN protesters stage vigil

(Continued from Page 1)
very difficult to move them."
Howison said threats such as the one
eceived Friday are not uncommon. In
his eight years as security director he
estimated receiving, "on average of
one threat per year."
He would not discount the potential
danger of the situation. "I'm always
concerned about it," he said. "I treat
every one as if it's for real, as if this
sucker's gonna go up for real."
After hearing negative comments on
the West Quad incident one RA, who
asked to be anonymous, said it is
unlikely a student would have the
nowledge to build a lethal explosive
and set off within the confines of the
BUT according to Walter Stevens, the
University's Safety Director, "People
can get access to dynamite through all
kinds of ways.',
And Suomala added, "We have
people at this University capable of
building nuclear weapons..."
Neil Gerl, a research project
'representative for the U.S. Department
of Defense suggested further
possibilities, "People can make pipe
bombs, they can take gasoline and light

the wick ... all kinds of crazy things,"
he said.
Whatever the form of explosive used
the potential effects would be
disastrous. But the decision not to
evacuate can not be easily criticized. In
29 years with the Ann Arbor police,
Suomalo has never had to deal with a
bomb exploding in a dormitory. "As far,
as I know there's never been one in Ann
Arbor," he said.
A problem, however, arises when a
potential disaster is weighted up again-
st the potential of a false panic. Stevens
said, "the people in housing security
making the decision have been to school
to deal with incidents of this nature."
Inmate escapes
An inmate of the Jackson state prison
escaped the custody of state police
while hospitalized at the Veteran's Ad-
ministration Hospital on Fuller Road
Wednesday evening, police said. Ac-
cording to Jan Suomala of the Ann Ar-
bor Police, state troopers apprehended
the escapee after a fifteen minute chase
which ended on Island Drive Court.
- Thomas Hrach

(Continued from Page 1)
Phoenix land missiles.
Marx said supporters would hold a
vigil outside the lab everyday the
students are in jail. Aronoff and Kock
are scheduled to be released from
Washtenaw County Jail on March 4.
The supporters, sitting in the hall out-
side Haddad's laboratory, talked about
other action to take about military
research on campus. "We have to
speak to (the administration) on our
terms," said a protester who identified
himself only as Todd.
"LAST NIGHT when Shapiro talked
to us at the vigil, he was speaking to us
on his terms. He responded to us with
the same wishy-washy bullshit about
preserving military research on cam-
pus. We have to speak to him on our
own terms," he said.
Wednesday night, Shapiro told the
protesters in a night-time vigil outside
his home that he wouldn't speak to
them at the time, but he'd speak to
them later.
Another supporter, who would
identify himself only as Eric, suggested
that they stage a sit-in at the office of
Alfred Sussman, the University's vice-
president of graduate studies and
research. "A bunch of us sat in on
(student services) Vice-President
(Henry) Johnson's office and talked to
him about rape on campus.,We got a lot
of great ideas generated," he said.
The supporters also spoke with a
graduate student whose thesis involves
work in Haddad's lab.
asked not to be identified, said that the
lab is just a very small part of the
research. "They (the Defense Depar-
tment) has-much more complicated labs
than this. All we're doing is very basic
research. If we don't do it, somebody
else will."
"You're going to have to do much
more than protest this lab," he said.

Marx, however, said that protesters
must work on a local level to put a halt
to Defense Department research.
"You have to remember that this is
just part of a bigger picture," Marx
said. "We don't feel we can attack the
$300 billion defense budget, but we can
do our part locally. This is one, but a
necessary part," he said.
The supporters sang "We Shall Over-
come," before going home.

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Friends of. Performance Network present Sinewave Session XVIII with a
return performance by Gerald Brennen on piano, with synthesizer accom-
paniment, tonight at 8:30 in the Pendleton Room of the Union. Floor pillows
will be provided for optional seating.
Alt Act - Adam's Rib, 7:15 p.m., Pat and Mike, 9 p.m., Nat. Sci. Building.
Michigan Theater - Body Heat, 7 & 9:15 p.m., Michigan Theater.
AAFC - Gregory's Girl, 7 & 9 p.m., MLB 3.
CG - The Unknown Chaplin, 7, 8, & 9 p.m., MLB 4
C2 - Double Indemnity, 7 p.m.; Anatomy of a Murder, 9 p.m., Aud. A.
Angell Hall.
Performance Network - Vatzlav, political play, 8 p.m., 408 W.
Washington Street, Performance Network.
Performance Theater Program - Arthur Miller's The Crucible, 8 p.m.,
Power Center.
School of Music - David Stambler, saxophone, 6 p.m.; Laura Wyman, 8
p.m., Recital Hall, School of Music.
Engineering - George Miley, "Nuclear Pumped Lasers," 3:45 p.m.,
White Auditorium, Cooley Building.
Statistics department - Myoungshic Jhun, "Bootstrapping K-Means
Clustering," 4 p.m., room 451 Mason Hall.
School, of Natural Resources - Larry Henson, "Social Responsibility of
Natural Resource Managers," 3 p.m., room 1040 Dana Building.
Biostatistics department - Mark Backer, " nalysis of Associations in
Contigency Tables: Models and Computations,.' 3:30 p.m., room M4332,
School of Public Health II.
Chinese Students Christian Fellowship - 7:30 p.m., Memorial Christian
Church, corner of Hill and Tappan Streets.
Ann Arbor Chinese Bible Study - 7:30 p.m., basement, University Refor-
med Church, 1001 E. Huron Road.
Korean Christian Fellowship - Bible study, 9 p.m., Campus Chapel.
International Students Fellowship -7 p.m., call 994-4669 for location.
Union Counciling Services - Dissertation support group, 8:30 a.m., room
310 mUfnion Counciling Services.

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