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Number
of jobless
increases
in state
DETROIT (AP) - The January
unemployment rise due to auto cut-
backs and seasonal losses hit all 12
of Michigan's major labor market,
including Ann Arbor, the Michigan
Employment Security Commission
said yesterday.
All also had increases in jobless-
ness from the previous January, and
all but Ann Arbor had declines in
total employment from a year ear-
lier, the agency said.
Ann Arbor had the state's lowest
unemployment rate, 4.9 percent, up
from 3.7 percent in December and
from 4 percent in January 1987.
Seasonal declines in construction,
retail trade, local education, and ser-
vice jobs contributed statewide,
MESC Director Richard Simmons
said.
Auto plant closings and layoffs
made the picture worse in auto-ori-
ented areas such as Flint, where the
jobless rate jumped to 17.7 percent
in January from 13.9 percent in
December, Simmons said.
January's nearly 2.5 percentage
M point statewide seasonally unadjusted
jobless rate increase - to 10.7 per-
cent from 8.3 percent in December
- was reported earlier in February.
The breakdown by labor markets
showed no area escaped the trend,
MESC said Monday.
All markets had December-to-
January increases in numbers of
jobless - people unsuccessfully
seeking employment - and de-
creases in numbers working.
A General Motors Corp. plant
closing cost 3,000 jobs in the Flint
area.
Sandra St. Cyr, MESC area ana-
lyst, said other layoffs, plus seasonal
losses such as the end of holiday
employment and the winter decline
in construction work - brought the
total decline in area jobs to 9,000,
from 172,000 in December to
163,000 in January.

'Idealistic'

prof.

loses fight with
cancer at 60

By ERIC LEMONT
Although University History
Prof. Arthur Mendel died Sunday at
the age of 60 after a year-long bout
with lung cancer, his memory will
live on in the minds of those who
knew him.
Many remember the personal
qualities he brought with him to the
classroom.
Mendel's daughter Ruth said "his
students loved him," adding that let-
ters from past students are constantly
coming in saying that he was "the
finest professor they have ever had
here."
"Arthur was an idealist in the best
sense of the word," said History
Prof. William Rosenberg, a col-
league of Mendel's, who first met
Mendel when he heard him speak as
a visiting lecturer on Soviet History
at Harvard University in 1964.

Rosenberg said that while Mendel
sometimes frustrated his colleagues
with what his impatience with the
"pettiness of academic administra-
tion," he was "never hostile in the
ways in which he advanced his
views."
Mendel, who has taught at the
University since 1962, specialized in
Western European intellectual his-
tory. Mendel's daughter, Joanna, said
he focused primarily on Russia and
the intellectual foundations of its
revolutionary movements.
Mendel - who was forced to take
sick leave in February of last year
when his cancer was diagnosed - is
survived by his wife Sara, sister
Phyllis, and five children. Services
to remember Mendel will be held
today at noon at Beth Israel Syna-
gogue located on 2000 Washtenaw
Avenue.

Daily Photo by UWIN LULNAm
Iwant myf mlummy
19-month-old Michael Smith and father-associate pharmacology prof. David Smith-look at a 200 year-old
mummy at the Kelsey museum's Egyptian mummy display.

Violence rocks Soviet republic as ethnic groups riot

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MOSCOW (AP) - "Hooligans" went on a
rampage in a city in Azerbaidzhan, Tass re-
ported yesterday. An Armenian dissident said
"thugs" beat and knifed Armenians as the eth-
nic hatred kindled by a territorial dispute
spread in the Caucasus republics.
A Soviet deputy prosecutor general said
over the weekend that two people in another
region of Azerbaidzhan had been killed in
"disorders" sparked by Armenian demands that
a part of Azerbaidzhan be reattached to their
republic.
Street demonstrations, in which some wit-
nesses said more than 1 million people
participated, took place in the Armenian capi-
tal of Yerevan last week to call for the
annexation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region in
Azerbaidzhan, whose 157,000 inhabitants are
mostly Armenian.

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev ap-
pealed Friday to the people of Armenia and
Azerbaidzhan for "civic maturity," but state-
run media reports and accounts reaching dissi-
dent circles in Moscow yesterday indicated he
had failed to quell the dispute.
The official Tass news agency said a
"group of hooligans provoked disturbances"
Sunday in the industrial city of Sumgait,
1,150 miles south of Moscow on the Caspian
Sea. "Rampage and violence followed," it
said.
The Tass dispatch on the unrest in Sumgait
was the first official report of civil distur-
bances in the Soviet Union since it reported
that 3,000 people rioted in Alma Ata, capital
of the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan,
in December 1986. Two people died and hun-
dreds more were injured in those riots.

Tass gave no indication that what led to the
violence in Sumgait, a chemical and
steelmaking center that is Azerbaidzhan's
most important industrial city after its capital,
Baku.
A Moscow-based dissident said the distur-
bance was sparked by tensions between Azer-
baidzhan's dominant ethnic group, the Azeris,
and Armenians. Azeris are predominantly
Moslem, while Armenians are predominantly
Christian.
"Thugs in Sumgait went up to people and
asked them if they were Armenian or not,"
said Sergei Grigoyants, who is of Armenian
origin. "They started to beat up people who
said they were Armenian. Several people were
knifed."
Grigoyants, who said he had received in-
formation on the unrest from sources in Yere-

van, said apparently no one was killed in the
Sunday fracas. He said "several dozen" Azeris
reportedly were involved in the attacks.
Tass indicated that authorities in Sumgait;
a city of more than 160,000 people, fear a
resurgence of violence.
"Measures have been taken to normalize
the situation in the city and safeguard disci-
pline and public order," Tass said, adding that
an investigation was under way.
The watch officer at the Ministry of Inter-
nal Affairs in Baku reached by telephone yes-
terday evening, said he had no information on
the disturbances in the city 22 miles to the
northwest. An Azerbaidzhan government in
Moscow refused comment.
Sumgait is 150 miles northeast of the dis-
puted region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a region.
smaller than the state of Delaware.

Toxics threaten Great Lakes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Air-
borne substances are reaching the
Great Lakes from as far away as In-
dia, entering the food chain and pos-
sibly endangering the health of mil-
lions of people, environmental
groups said Monday.
"It is bad enough to have to
breath toxic air pollution without
having to eat it, too. We're here to
urge (the Environmental Protection
Agency) and Congress to clean up
our skies so we can breath and eat
safely in the Great Lakes region
Nurses
face drug
prob lems
at work
LANSING (AP) - Michigan's
130,000 nurses are more likely than
the general public to develop drug
problems because of job stress, low
pay and easy access to controlled
substances, experts say.
The Michigan Nurses Association
says the full extent of drug abuse
among nurses won't known as long
as state regulations follow a strictly
punitive approach toward violators.
Over the past two years, the
majority of discipline cases to com
before the Board of Nursing have
been drug related, the agency said.
SOUP
AND
SANDWICH
COMBO
cdcin nIm

again," said Jane Elder, Midwest rep-
resentative of the Sierra Club, at the
start of a week of lobbying on lakes
issues.
A draft report summarizing recent

research, prepared by the Sierra Club
and Great Lakes come from the air;
and on average 20 percent to 25 per-
cent of all toxic substances entering
the Great Lakes Basin is airborne.

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Doily Photo by DANIEL STIEBEL

Hit the sack
Charlie Bauer (right), first year grad. student in the School of Natural Resources, and Rachel Charlip (left),
an LSA junior, play hacky-sack. The two were playing the game in the Diag.

TH ST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Speakers
Michael Iksenberg - "Struc-
ture of the China Field," 12 noon,
Lane Hall Commons.
Linda Brinkley - "Extra-cellu-
alar Matrix and the Shape We are
In," researchers welcome, 7:30
p.m., Chrysler Center Aud.
Don C le w e l - "Plasmids,

Furthermore
Artificial intellegence se-
minar - "Unifying Linguistic
Knowledge," 4:30 p.m., 1001
EECS.
Tea Tasting - The truth about
tea, 3 p.m., Zingerman's Deli, 422
Detroit St.
Work in Britain - 4 p.m., In-

Regents may
accept draft
(Continued from Page 2)
shut in class."'
Vice President for Student Ser-
vices Henry Johnson said he has not
yet designed methods to implement
the proposed policy.
Engineering Prof. Harris Mc-
Clamroch, chair of the faculty's
Senate Advisory Committee for
University Affairs, said Fleming's
new draft was "a much improved
document."

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