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Vol. IC, No. 56 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, November 28, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily
Baby theft suspects nabbed
BY MICAH SCHMIT day night with a baby girl, claiming that the birth took off before she could get their identification or call
A couple suspected of kidnapping a baby from Mott place only hours before. security.
Children's Hospital last weekend will face arraignment After checking with the Howell Hospital, police Moore said she has not yet seen the couple that al-
today in Ann Arbor. went to the suspects' house. Shortly thereafter, the legedly stole her baby; however, she hopes they are the
How and why strangers could walk into a world- suspects drove into their driveway with the missing couple she thwarted last week, otherwise "there are
renowned hospital and steal a mother's baby remains a baby girl in the front seat, police said. other people involved," she said.
mystery that the mother, detectives, and hospital ad- The couple did not resist or try to escape in any The baby girl and her twin brother Robert were born
ministrators will try to unfold. way, said Ann Arbor Police Captain Richard Degrand. three months premature on Sept. 9. They were due to
That nightmare happened Friday to a 17-year-old of Moore said she has no sympathy for the couple who be released from the hospital Wednesday, but this will....
Monroe, Mich., Kimberly Moore, who, upon returning allegedly stole her child. "Those people are very sick," be delayed because of the kidnapping, Moore said.
to the hospital to visit her twins, discovered that one of she said. "They could adopt ... You know, it don't take The father of the twins is currently in jail on
her babies, Debra Lynn, had been taken from her much to have your own." unrelated charges. Moore, who is not married, said for
bassinet only hours earlier. If convicted the maximum penalty would be lifeiu personal reasons she is no longer interested in the
When Moore heard what had happened, she immedi- prison, Degrand said. The arraignment will be at the fathers. a gwth t
ately threatened to take action. "I told the hospital that 15th District Court today at 2 p.m..
I was going to get a lawyer and let him figure it out." This case has a peculiar twist as well. A few days Moore is currently taking care of a 16-month old
According to the Ann Arbor Police Department, the before the kidnapping, a couple came to see baby Debra bo from a previous boyfriend who recently died in a
1-week-old baby girl was taken around 6:30 p.m. Fri- at Mott Children's Hospital. car accident. She said she hopes she and her two other
day. The woman, not knowing she was already speaking babies will be able to celebrate Christmas together. ROBIN LOZNAK/aiy
At approximately 9 a.m. Saturday the police de- to Debra's mother, claimed to be the baby's cousin and She expects to keep a record of all the news clip- Kimberly Moore, 17-year-old mother of the baby
partment received a call from a citizen in Howell, said she knew the baby's mother, according to Moore. pings so that one day she can show her baby all the kidnapped from the University's Mott Children's
Mich., who said a couple had suddenly shown up FEn- Moore said she was appalled, but the couple took trouble that befell her. Hospital.
MY VERA SONGWE
Although about 900,000 people
gathered on the streets of downtown
Detroit 45 minutes away to celebrate
Thanksgiving with a parade, Ann
Arbor was a lonely town.
"I can't wait to get out of here -
who would be staying?" said Amy
Keen, an LSA sophomore on her
way home to Tennessee.
Yet there are a few students who
stay behind. And for them,
Thanksgiving break is not spent
eating turkey with their families and
watching parades. ..
For Marcus Lien, an LSA junior
from Pittsburg, who stayed "because
of the money and because I had to
study," the atmosphere around was a
"It was really nice. I like it better
without people, the school is really
Guo Tao, a graduate student in
Electrical Engineering who stayed
for the duration said, "most of the
time I am working or at school -
the four day break gives me lots of
free time to do my dissertation."
For most local businesses, the
days of Thanksgiving are too slow
to stay open.
"The place looks like ghost
town," said Stucci's manager Chris
Fisher, who closed all his ice cream
palours for Thanksgiving.
"As far as the University area is
concerned, all businesses are closed,"
The only restaurant opened around
may be a
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -
Secretary-General Javier Perez de
Cuellar said the United States is vio-
lating its U.N. treaty by preventing
PLO chief Yasser Arafat from
speakrrg to the General Assembly.
He warned that th U.S. decision
could hamper Middle East peace ef-
Arab diplomats, meanwhile, said
they have enough votes to move the
session from New York to Geneva so
Arafat can address the world body on
the Palestinian issue.
Perez de Cuellar, in a statement
released through a spokesperson, said
the decision to deny Arafat a visa to
enter the country runs counter to the
1947 agreement under which the
United States promises not to inter-
fere in U.N. matters.
"The secretary-general regrets the
denial of the visa application of Mr.
Yasser Arafat, chairman of the
Palestine Liberation Organization, by
the U.S. authorities," said spokes-
person Francois Giuliani last night.
"Such a decision is incompatible
with the obligations of the host
country under the Headquarters
Agreement. If maintained, this action
is likely to complicate and render
more difficult the further debates on
the question of Palestine and the sit-
uation in the Middle East in the
current session of the General
See PLO Page 3
Students unload their luggage from the commuter bus in front of the Union yesterday on their return from Thanksgiving break.
the University was The Great Wall.
"Thanksgiving is not a Chinese
Holliday and besides we open all
year," said manager Chu Monner.
"We think some people do not go
home because they have no place to
go so they could eat here." Monner
reported that business was not as
good as usual, but it was better
Thursday than Friday.
Many don't realize that some
students stay behind. "I never
thought about people who do not
go," said Daren Stabinski an LSA
sophomore who left last Friday for
"I could never really imagine, it
seems like a time when you should
go home or have your family here,"
said Kathleen Klonowski a LSA
sophomore from Saginaw who went
home but came back early to prepare
for exams she has this week.
Yet Klonowski realizes that not
everyone, including her brother from
California, can afford to go honie for
Thanksgiving. "We really miss him
but it is impossible for him to come
- we call him and try to keep the
tie. He would be home pretty soon
Lien also held this as a
consolation. "I'm going home in
three weeks and with the tuition
increase I can't afford to go home
Last evening the "ghost town"
came back to life. The parking lots
were full and the streets came alive
once again. Computer centers filled
yesterday with people on waiting
lists trying to do their papers for
See HOLIDAY, Page 5
BY DARCI MCCONNELL
A proposal to strengthen security in two
residence halls has run into strong opposi-
tion from residents who complain the
changes are too drastic.
In response to campus crime and in-
creased complaints about unescorted guests,
the building directors of Stockwell and
Mosher Jordan proposed a new security
system - similar to systems at Michigan
State University and Central Michigan
University -- for their buildings this
"With the increase in campus
wanted to be proactive rather thani
said Mosher Jordan Building Direc
The proposal consists of thr
-all the locks on the outside doc
be changed so that entry to the
would only be through the front do
-during designated hours, any p
tering the building would have
identification to a security guard posted at
crime, I the front door, and
reactive," -any guests of the resident entering the
tor Jackie building during these designated hours
would be required to sign in.
ee major Mims - who first introduced the pro-
posal - held a forum Nov. 10 at Mosher.
ors would Jordan to outline its key points and solicit
building input from the residents.
oor, Angered by the proposal, residents sug-
erson en- gested alternative solutions that were later
to show incorporated into a dormitory-wide survey.
Stockwell Building Director Barry Mac-
Dougall and University Housing Security
Manager Joel Allan will host a similar fo-
rum tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Stockwell resident and LSA sophomore
Kathy Garcia was so upset by the proposal
that she started a petition last week
protesting it. Within the first 48 hours fol-
lowing its posting, the petition had 216
"We held a hall meeting and a lot of
people on our hall were really dissatisfied
with the policy," said Garcia.
Other residents objected to the policy
because it would make the residence hall
like a prison.
"I understand that he wants to make the
dorm safer, but what he's proposing is go-
ing to make more of a hassle to residents,"
said Stockwell resident and LSA sopho-
more Carol Olsen. "It's extra time to walk
around to the front - which is extra time
to be attacked."
Saudis may alter
OPEC price limit
Hurricane has political effects
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - A new
OPEC accord to limit production ap-
peared to be unraveling yesterday
after Saudi Arabia pressed for a $15-
a-barrel benchmark price, $3 less
than the cartel's official level, offi-
B "Iran is not going to accept this
ria, but said afterward: "I am very
Iran's oil minister, Gholamreza
Aghazadeh, announced in Tehran ear-
lier yesterday that he would accept
the deal to cut the cartel's output and
drive up prices.
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BY DONNA IADIPAOLO
AND VERA SONGWE
Many people think Jamaica is simply the land of reg-
gae and tourism, but for the Jamaican people life is more
complicated than the carefree rastafarian images and sun-
soaked beaches the commercials may suggest.
In the midst of Jamaican political elections in
September, Hurricane Gilbert - one of the most devas-
tating storms of the century- struck Jamaica.
"One of our every two homes were either destroyed or
Brown, a Rackham graduate student who grew up in Ja-
"(Now) there are a lot of beggars in the streets of
Kingstown, a lot of children beggars trying to earn
money for school."
She added that the hurricane would cause major set-
backs is her country for the next five to seven years.
But Hurricane Gilbert did more than add to the eco-
nomic dimetrPe f th. rnnntr- im y. n