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Paae 2 - The Michiaan Doily -- Mondov. Sentember 26. 1988

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Mall romotes literacy program IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports

BY PAMELA CLAPP
Your personal mail must be read
to you.
You get your news through TV
or radio, never the newspaper.
Your job application must be
filled out by someone else.
You are one of Washtenaw
,County's 12,000 illiterate.
And despite publicized efforts by
the Washtenaw County Literacy
Program to teach you to read, you
won't learn unless you want to.
Donna DeButts, director of the
county-wide campaign, said there are
three main motivations for adults to
learn to read: to receive a job
promotion, to help teach their chil-
dren, and to read the Bible. Most
adults who come seeking help are
high school graduates and that, De-
Butts said, is sad.
That's why she and county pro-
gram volunteers have promoted

Celebration helps Washtenaw
County battle illiteracy rate

literacy through radio spots, posters,
and most recently, a Celebration of
Literacy at Briarwood Mall on
Saturday.
"I'm thrilled to have this celebra-
tion going on," DeButts said.
"Reading is the focus here because
reading is the only hope for the fu-
ture."
The Briarwood celebration in-
cluded a mural by cartoonists Phil
Yeh and Debbie Leighton, who have
designed 98 murals promoting liter-
acy across the country since 1985. In
addition, a mime from the Ann Ar-
bor Mimeworks showed a group of
about 25 children the importance of
learning to read.
Through hand motion, facial ex-
pressions, and cardboard signs, Perry

Perrault demonstrated enjoying
school, reading books, and using
reading skills later in life.
The literacy program's goal is to
get young and old to enjoy reading.
But DeButts said the lesson is not
just for fun; it's a survival tool.
"Read. Avoid extinction" is the
campaign slogan.
With a 16 percent illiteracy rate,
Ann Arbor is better than average,
DeButts said. Michigan is the 16th
most literate state in the nation with
a 20 percent illiteracy rate, which is
determined by how many years of
school residents have had.
On both the local and state level,
efforts to reduce illiteracy are strong.

The Washtenaw Literacy Program
has about 110 tutors, DeButts said,
and has a harder time finding people
to teach than volunteers. About two
students per day call and offer their
services, including many from Pro-
ject Community and Project Out-
reach, two student social service or-
ganizations.
And the state has one of the best
adult education programs in the
country, she said. There are over 90
volunteer groups in the state which
teach adults to read on a one-to-one
basis.
The Briarwood Celebration of
Literacy, sponsored by Briarwood
Mall and the Ann Arbor Public Li-
brary, was run in conjunction with
World Literacy Day (Sept. 5) as de-
clared by the United Nations.
September is also the state's Liter-
acy Action Month.

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zations, and engaged in "paramilitary
operations designed to harass the
Puerto Rican independence move-
ment."
THE FBI has conducted more
than 500 intelligence gathering
break-ins "into the privacy of tar-
geted individuals," according to the
1986 Supplementary Detailed Staff
Reports On Intelligence Activities
and the Rights of Americans.
This summer, more than 300
Latino agents filed a lawsuit, now
pending, against the FBI for
discrimination in promotion, disci-
pline, and assignment of its agents.

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NASA delays shuttle launch
CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA postponed the start of the countdown
for space shuttle Discovery by eight hours Sunday because of lagging
preparations, but still aimed for a Thursday morning liftoff.
"We're still on the timeline for launch on the 29th and that's the
plan," said launch director Bob Sieck.
The countdown was rescheduled to begin at 8 a.m. EDT Monday for
the first manned American space flight since the Challenger exploded over
the Atlantic 32 months ago.
The space agency had added 27 unprogrammed hours to the countdown
as insurance for last-minute problems, and Sieck said eight hours of that
time would be used in advance to complete the work of replacing panels
and work platforms.
"We don't want those people to have to do that under the gun with the
clock counting," he said.
Gilbert finally peters out
MEXICO CITY - Rising out of the azure waters like the Caribbean
god of wind, Hurricane Gilbert smashed idyllic resorts and industrial
cities during an eight - day rampage across the Caribbean and Mexico.
Gilbert grew into a hurricane with winds of 74 mph on Sept.10, 100
miles southwest of Puerto Rico, sending the first waves of torrential rain
and panic to impoverished towns in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
By the time Gilbert lost its hurricane status over northeastern Mexico,
it had killed more than 300 people, left hundreds of thousands homeless
and caused billions of dollars damage to the Caribbean, Central America,
Mexico and the United States.
"It was one of the top 100 as far as intensity, size and destructive
potential," said Bob Sheets, director of the National Hurricane Center in
Coral Gables, Fla.
Billy Carter dies of cancer
PLAINS - Billy Carter, the former "first brother " and beer--drinking
good ol' boy whose candor and business ventures amused and sometimes
embarrassed the Carter administration, died Sunday of cancer. He was 51.
The brother of former President Jimmy Carter suffered for a year with
pancreatic cancer - the disease that killed his faher and a sister- and
lived longer than his doctors expected. He died three days after leaving the
hospital for his home in this southwest Georgia hamlet.
Carter "died quietly in his sleep... with his family at his bedside,"
according to a statement issued by the Carter Presidentual Center on
behalf of the former president and his family.
Billy Carter, who once defined himself as a beer- drinking good ol'
boy, was forced into the spotlight when his older brother rocketed from
their tiny hometown into the White House.
Japanese emperors' health
improving, officials say
TOKYO - Emperor Hirohito lay in serious condition Sunday but
was alert enough to watch the finals of the autumn sumo tournament on
television, and a daughter who paid a bedside visit expressed optimism
about his health.
Thousands of well-wishers braved thunderstorms and cold rain to
throng the gates of the moated Imperial Palace in central Tokyo under a
sea of bright umbrellas. Palace officials say 300,000 have signed their
names in a dozen registries set up nationwide to pray for Hirhohito's re-
covery.
The 87-year-old monarch remained under intensive, round-the-clock
care by a team of court doctors after vomiting blood from an intestinal
hemorrhage on Monday. The emperor has sat on Japan's Chrysanthemum
Throne for nearly 62 years.
Under the Constitution, the emperor has no political power but signs
documents already approved by the government and serves as a symbol of
Japan's unity.
EXTRAS
Sagacious students solve
million-dollar mystery
KALONA, Iowa (AP) - Two southeastern Iowa ninth-graders say
"typey" is a $1 million word.
Mathematics teacher Richard Oyer came up with the assignment that
gave each letter of the alphabet a dollar value. "A" was worth $1. "B" was
worth $2 and so on. The challenge was to find a word in which the letters
multiplied to equal $1 million.
Oyer, who teaches mathematics to seventh- and eighth-graders in the
Mid-Prairie school district, said Friday that ninth-grade algebra students
Patrick Sawhill and Allen Schneider came up with one solution to a
nuzzle that had drawn attention from around the nation.
"Typey" is an adjective meaning embodying the ideal characteristics of

its variety or breed.
Oyer says there is at least one other word that also fits the $1 million
formula. But he's not saying what it is because his students are still
working on the problem.
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