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Residents criticize conference center idea
By AMY MINDELL
About 60 Ann Arbor residents told the City
Council last night that the proposed Huron Plaza
Hotel Conference Center would ruin the charm of
the city and worsen already cramped parking
"My husband and I shop downtown every Satur-
day .. .a 14-story buildingwill reduce the charm
and informality of Ann Arbor. Buildings like (the
proposed center) are a dime a dozen," said
Beverly Trepeck, an Ann Arbor resident.
THE PROPOSED conference center is a $38.8
million project. It would include a 400-room hotel,
conference facilities, a retail area, and below-
grade parking for 360 cars. The structure would
be 13-stories high plus a penthouse.
Earlier, residents complained about a proposed
ordinance revision concerning below-grade
parking thatrwould have to be made in order to
meet the developers' plan for the conference cen-
ter. Residents felt the proposed change was
catering to the developers.
"If you will yield to private pressures, then
there is no use for a council," said Justin Schwar-
tz, an Ann Arbor resident to councilmembers.
"IF THIS ordinance is passed to suit developers.
it is a very bad precedent to set," he added.
"I think that people are really talking from the
heart here," said Natural Resources graduate
student Steve Latta, "the opposition (his group)
has finally organized."
"I thank (the Center's proposers) for giving us
the chance to organize. . . to help Ann Arborites,
and not folks out to make a quick buck," he said.
Councilmember Larry Hunter (D-First Ward)
said that the council was undecided about the
issue, and the public hearing would greatly impact
the council's decisions.
The council will vote on the ordinance at next
Jitterbug not the only Fifties fad 'U' alumni admire
(Continued from Page 1) the 30th they have taught over four
titude they say they make certain to years.
display. THE TWO Ann Arbor residents say
"It's giving up a lot of yourself to try they never took their passion for jit-
something completely foreign," terbugging seriously until they en-
Honeyman says, adding that she and tered a dance competition at the
Kruz understand how learning to dance Michigan State Fair in 1982.
can be frustrating at first.
"We really stress the fun aspect of
what we do," says her partner.
AT THE CLOSE of the class,
Honeyman jokes to encourage her
students to rehearse all of the steps
they have learned so far this term.
"Yo ... class," she yells over the
din of the departing students, "next
week, remember you have an exam."
With the warning, Honeyman and
Kruz wind up their Jitterbug class,
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"We didn't think we had a chance. .
because we didn't have any con-
fidence," Kruz recalls. "Then we
managed to walk in there and take the
The pair returned the following
year to steal the top prize once more.
The victory led them to audition later
that year for "Dance Fever" in a
ALTHOUGH selected as one of the
top dance teams, they didn't make the
final cut. But they were en-
couraged to try out a second time.
After intensive rehearsing for a
week, Honeyman and Kruz auditioned
- and failed - again.
"It was a really interesting ex-
perience because (the program's
producers) were interested in people
who had good dance technique, but
they were also interested in people
who had guts to show their skin,"
HIS COSTUME, consisting of a vin-
tage bowling shirt and hers, of a polka
dot skirt and cashmere sweater, were
perhaps considered too modest.
Discouraged, but not undaunted,
the couple has gone on to perform
elsewhere. And their passion for the
past doesn't end when they walk off
the dance floor.
Both profess to being serious collec-
tors of Fifties memorabilia; Kruz
says he also picks up art deco from
the 1940s, such as pottery, glass objec-
ts, and toys.
"THE FIFTIES always had this
sort of magnetic quality because it
was something that I had missed,"
says the photographer for the Univer-
sity's burn center.
"I wanted to be a part of it because
it seemed like it was a more innocent
- more naive time."
Honeyman, who grew up dancing to
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ds, says she has been collecting
records, clothing, and knickknacks
unique to the Fifties for 11 years.
"YOU SHOULD see her house!"
Kurz interrupts, grinning. "It's a
"My house is not a nightmare. Do
you really think it is?" Honeyman
Although Honeyman admits her
living room is a full-blown replica of
the standard Fifties household, she
protests that the remainder of her
house is simply "eclectic."
But the Fifties will serve as a theme
for the hair salon Honeyman is plan-
ning to open shortly.
Honeyman, who has been known to
twirl a hula hoop at other beauty
parlors where she has worked,
stresses that she and Kruz's nostalgia
for the Fifties isn't just another fad,
as may prove true for other
Americans their age.
"I don't think we got into the Fifties
- the jitterbugging or anything -
because the Fifties became popular,"
Kruz agrees. "I think we were just
doing what we did and it happened
that we were doing it at a time when
these things became popular."
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Rioters kill S.A. Soldier
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Black rioters stabbed and stoned to
death a white soldier on patrol near Port Elizabeth, police said yesterday.
It was the first death of a white soldier in the line of duty in a 13-month
wave of racial violence.
Johan Schoeman, 19, died during a clash Sunday night with black rioters.
and another white soldier was stabbed in the hand when he came to
Schoeman's aid, police said.
A Defense Force spokesman said Schoeman was on patrol with other
officers in Kwazakele when a mob of several hundred blacks stoned their
armored car. The patrol left the vehicle behind and gave chase on foot as
the mob scattered pelting the soldiers with rocks.
"When the attackers ran away, a number of Defense Force members
gave chase on foot, Corporal Schoeman was fatally stabbed in an alley,"
the spokesman said.
Chrysler union strike likely
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. - U.S. and Canadian union officials
declared yesterday that a strike against Chrysler Corp. in one or both
countries at midnight tonight seemed unavoidable.
Union leaders in the United States, bargaining for a contract covering
70,000 workers, said no progress on major issues had been made and time
was running short.
"I told my fellas to tell their families they'll be eating dinner here
tonight and to bring their toothbrushes for tomorrow," United Auto
Workers chief negotiator Marc Stepp told reporters yesterday as he en-
tered Chrysler headquarters here.
In Toronto, UAW of Canada yesterday rejected Chrysler Canada Ltd.'s
first proposal on wages and benefits, and broke off bargaining on non-
money issues involving its 10,000 members until the company revamped
its economic offer.
Robert White, the Canadian UAW leader, said it would "take a
miracle" to avoid a strike against Chrysler in his country.
Kremlin plans to improve
Soviet consumer life
MOSCOW - The Soviet Union's new plan to improve life for the Soviet
people repeats promises Kremlin leaders have made for decades but
drops the bombastic vows to provide the world's highest standard of
The program announced last week is more pragmatic than previous
plans and stops short of offering to fully satisfy the country's long-
suffering shoppers. Instead of promising to overtake the United States, as
Nikita Khrushchev did in the early 1960s, Communist Party chief Mikhail
Gorbachev has said the Soviets "do not view socialism as a consumer
The program therefore envisages relatively modest output of consumer
items by Western standards. But it does not fully explain how Gorbachev
will accomplish even these limited goals by the year 2000.
The only area in which the party promised "complete satisfaction" of
consumer demand was ih construction material, sanitary equipment, and
gardening tools and supplies.
In the new program the party couldn't list every consumer item. So the
ones it chose to discuss reveal what's in high demand and short supply,
including electronics, shoes, fashionable clothing and household applian-
Britain cancels PLO meeting
LONDON - Britain canceled at the last minute yesterday its first high-
level meeting with two officials of the Palestine Liberation Organization,
saying they reneged on a promise to renounce terrorism.
Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe was to have met with all members of
a joint Palestinian-Jordanian peace delegation, including two officials of
the PLO's executive committee.
Instead, he met only with the Jordanian representatives of the panel,
Jordan's foreign minister and deputy prime minister.
Howe said the talks were canceled because the two PLO officials, Elia
Khoury and Mohammed Milhem, were unwilling to make promised
statements on a rejection of terrorism and the right of Israel to exist. "So
we couldn't go ahead with the meeting," he said.
Cholesterol study wins Nobel
CAMBRIDGE, Mass - Research into a rare defect in the body's inter-
nal control of cholesterol that won the Nobel prize for two Americans is
opening up new strategies for understanding and defeating heart disease,
the nation's biggest killer.
Drs. Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein of the University of Texas
Health Science Center at Dallas unraveled a flaw in the bodies of people
who are struck by heart attacks at unusually early ages. And in the
process, they discovered a key mechanism for keeping the body's
cholesterol levels in check.
The Nobel Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, announced yesterday that
the two men, who were attending a conference in Cambridge, had won the
1985 Nobel Peace Prize in medicine.
"Practical applications will be forthcoming, we would predict," Gold-
steing said at a news conference yesterday.
Drug companies have produced several experimental drugs that seem
to lower cholesterol levels, but none of these is yet available for routine
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