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Students set up
By AMY GOLDSTEIN
Students may no longer have to
head out into the cold to pick up a fast
food meal or rely on pizza to sustain
them. Thanks to a new local delivery
service, students will be able to have
anything from fried chicken to
Seafood brought to the doorsteps.
William Cromer, an LSA senior,
and Tom Morris, an LSA junior, hope
to open Food Runner, a food delivery
service, this month. The business will
offer food from several restaurants
along Washtenaw Ave., probably in-
cluding New Orleans Fried Chicken,
Wendy's, Long John Silver's, and
FOOD Runner will deliver to the
campus areas of both U of M and
Eastern Michigan University in Yp-
Cromer said he still has to finalize
details with restaurants and decide on
prices and menu items.
When the business opens, students
will be able to call the Food Runner
office on Washtenaw Avenue from the
late afternoon until 11 p.m. and order
from the service's menu of restaurant
food. The service will then place the
order with the restaurant, pick it up,
and deliver it to any place on campus,
using hot boxes to keep it warm. The
food will arrive at the student's door-
step and taste as good as if the student
had eaten it at the restaurant, accor-
ding to Cromer.
CROMER hopes a diverse menu
and convenience will attract student
support. He thinks that service will
appeal more to students living in
residence halls than to those living
off-campus. "They don't have the
means of transportation," he said. He
added that residence hall food ser-
vices often don't serve meals on Sun-
Cromer said he has had the idea of a
food delivery service for a while, but
the success of similar business in East
Lansing inspired him to act on that
He obtained the initial investment
of $2,000 to $4,000 from his father to
cover costs of labor, advertising, and
Morris sees just one obstacle to suc-
cess for Food Runner- acquainting
students with a new, unique service.
FOOD Runner will require a $5
minimum order and will charge a
delivery price of either 75 cents or 10
percent of the order price. To en-
courage students to use the service,
Cromer and Morris are negotiating
with restaurants to get discounts on
meals ordered through the service.
That way, the delivery charge will
add to the expense for customers.
EMU student Chris Bonner, a crew
supervisor at Long John Silver's, said
if the delivery service succeeds,
Morris and Cromer are not the only
ones who may profit from the ser-
vice- restaurants also have a lot to
gain. Long John Silver's agreed to
take part in the service "to increase
business during a slow period and in-
crease our customer market," he
Bonner also thinks Food Runner
may take a big bite out of the pizza
market. "One of the reasons the pizza
is so successful is because they
deliver." Food Runner, he said, offers
a greater variety to the students at a
lower price. Because he is a student,.
he said there have been times when he
has ordered a pizza because, "maybe
it's not what I wanted, but it's con-
venient." Bonner said that ordering
other foods will be just as convenient.
Steve Venable, store manager for
Domino's Ann St. location does not
expect a significant drop in his store's
ISR study reports slower
rate of consumer spending
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growth of family financial situations,
but "widespread reports of increases
of income were reported."
There have been positive buying at-
titudes because of price discounts and
lower interest rates, Curtin said.
Discounts were normal in 1986, he
said, and the absence of discounts now
is only temporary and is a reason to
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pace of sales will not only be slower,
but also uneven, depending on the
availability of discounts," said the
Curtin said the outlook for the
economy is not improving over last
year's, but is still good, although the
rate of growth in spending will be
He notes that favorable views of the
economy have declined and consumer
confidence will be affected by the
maintenance of inflation and unem-
ployment rates. The inflation rate is
expected to average 4.8 percent in
1986, down from 5.1 percent in 1985.
Most families expected the
economic growth in 1986 to be similar
to that of 1985 and about half expected
"good times financially in the
economy as a whole."
The cumulative decline in the Index
of Consumer Sentiment has been un-
der 10 index points, and is now 40 poin-
ts above the 1980 low point, reported
"American families held a
favorable outlook for their personal
financial situation throughout 1985,"
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Palestinian mayor fatally shot
NABLUS, Israeli-occupied West Bank - The Israeli-appointed mayor of
the largest town in the occupied West Bank was assassinated yesterday.
Two radical Palestinian splinter groups claimed responsibility for the
The shooting death of Zafer al Masri - the first Palestinian appointed
to replace Israeli administration in the area since 1982 - prompted con-
demnations from Israel and Jordan.
Masri took office last November. He was a cousin of Jordan's foreign
minister and the brother of a former Jordanian parliament speaker.
Witnesses said the gunman shot Masri three times in the back as he
stopped in front of Nablus municipality to chat with a local resident on his
way to his office.
He died on the way to a hospital from one of the three bullets which pen-
terated his heart, military sources said.
The army clamped a curfew around the municipality in an effort to find
the killer and Israeli troops established checkpoints on roads leading into
Nablus. Shops in Nablus closed in protest to the killing.
The U.S. consul-general in east Jerusalem, Morris Draper, called the
killing "mindless brutality."
Swedes hunt Palme's killer
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - The man who killed Prime Minister Olof
Palme apparently had him under surveillance for some time before he
shot him with a powerful American-made revolver, police said yesterday.
Police Commissioner Hans Holmer said two bullets recovered at the
scene of the late Friday night shooting, a downtown sidewalk, were
fashionedefrom an unusual combination of metals and may have been
Police said this could make it harder to track down the source of the
Sweden's 2-day-old caretaker government meanwhile held its first
session and discussed arrangements for the funeral of Social Democratic
leader Palme, set for March 15.
Palme was shot once in the back while walking with his wife, Lisbet, af-
ter they attended a movie.
An anonymous caller to a news agency in London claimed, Saturday
that the assassination was carried out by a leftist West German terrorist
group, the Holger Meins Commando. Swedish and West German officials
were evaluating the claim.
Irish strike may cause chaos
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Several hundred additional British
troops poured into Northern Ireland yesterday to blunt a strike by angry
Protestans trying to reduce the province to "chaos" and ruin London's
Anglo-Irish pact with Dublin.
By midafternoon, some power stations were winding down operations,
the first step by Protestant - or Unionist - leaders to cripple Northern
Ireland for 24 hours by closing factories, offices, shops, radio and
television stations, airports and roads.
Alan Wright, leader of the Unionist Ulster Clubs, said, "I envisage
chaos - the more the better" across the province by the time the general
strike was to begin at midnight last night.
"I am confident there will be a concrete response from Loyalists who
are committed to wrecking the agreement," Wright said. The agreement
last year gave the Irish Republic a consultative role in British-ruled Nor-
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pressured to launch shuttle
NEW YORK - Sen. Ernest Hollings urged yesterday that investigators
determine whether NASA was pressured to launch the space shuttle
Challenger, and suggested the White House might be a culprit.
Hollings said the presence of teacher Christa McAuliffe on the ill-fated
flight put extra pressure on the space agency to launch, and that the
pressure led NASA officials to violate their own internal procedures.
"So I want to know, where is that pressure from?" he said. "Is it from
Congress? Have we been onto the space agency budgetarily? Is it con-
tractor pressure? Is it White House pressure? Is it Pentagon pressure?"
Hollings, (D-S.C.), commenting on the ABC program, "This Week with
David Brinkley," was asked if he was aware of speculation that there was
pressure from the White House to launch the shuttle before President
Reagan's State of the Union address, scheduled the evening of the launch.
Hollings said "It could have come from the White House, to get it up in
time for the State of the Union message."
White House spokesman Larry Speakes has denied that anyone at the
White House put pressure on NASA to launch the shuttle.
Planes collide near Pontiac
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ministration early yesterday were trying to determine what caused two
single-engine planes to collide in midair and crash Saturday in a residen-
tial area, killing one person and injuring two people seriously .
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from the FAA were at the crash scene early yesterday and authorities
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in the afternoon.
Two westbound planes hit each other late Saturday about one-half mile
east of the Oakland-Pontiac Airport and plunged to the ground about 100
feet from a house. FAA officials believe the planes were attempting to
land on the same runway, Sebastian said.
No one on the ground was injured.'
Witnesses said that one plane suddenly dropped and struck the tail of
the second plane, sending the two locked-together planes spiralling to the
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