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A Brazilian cargo plane crashes into a densely populated shantytown slum near Sao Paulo, Brazil
yesterday, killing an estimated 14 and injuring hundreds of others.
t hin Blue Line subject released
after 12 years in Dallas prison
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tive Action director search commit-
tee, which was formed in July of
This search committee recom-
mended two candidates to Duderstadt,
one from the University of Mas-
sachusetts and the other from Central
Michigan University, said LSA se-
nior Pam Nadasen, a committee
"Given the climate on campus of
heightened racial tensions, I think
the new director will have a particu-
larly challenging job," said Nadasen,
a member of UCAR. "Ever since the
Discriminatory Acts Policy was put
into place, students have not heard
about the process that's been going
Virginia Nordby, the previous af-
firmative action director, was ap-
pointed to associate vice president in
the Office of the Vice President for
Government Relations in June 1988.
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The current round of political un-
rest in Panama began in June 1987.
In 1988, he was indicted by a Miami
federal jury for conspiracy with drug
dealers to ship cocaine and marijuana
to the U.S.
The U.S. offered to drop the.
charges if Noriega agreed to leave
power. When he refused, the U.S.
imposed economic sanctions against
As Panamanians head to the polls
in May, they are faced with two
choices - the oligarchy or the
military - both of which have
proven incapable and unwilling to
Today, most people feel the
problem in Panama requires a two-
"Not only to get rid of Noriega
but to do away with' the whole sys-
tem from which he comes," said
Roberto Frisanchio an LSA senior
and member of the Coalition for
Democracy in Latin America.
Leslie Hunter, a consultant at the
Puebla Institute in Washington;
said, "The U.S. should give aid to
civic organizations in Panama
promoting Democracy and support
the Panamanian people's right to
have real free elections."
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Consumer prices increase
A 1.5 percent rise in consumer prices in January and February in
southeast Michigan was fueled mainly by higher housing costs, the Bu-
reau of Labor Statistics said yesterday.
Housing costs in southeast Mich. were up 2.5 percent in the two-
month period, said Lois Orr, the bureau's regional commissioner in
Chicago. Other factors adding to the higher consumer prices were a 1.4
percent rise in food and beverages prices and 0.8 increase in transportation
prices, Orr said.
Nationwide, consumer pices helped by a drop in clothing costs and
slower increases for food, rose a moderate 0.4 percent in February, the
government said yesterday in a report that calmed jittery financial markets
but did little to alleviate economists' concerns about rising inflationary
pressures. Consumer prices in the past two months have risen at an an-
nual rate of 6.1 percent.
Israeli leaders discuss peace
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and his political ri-
val and partner, Shimon Peres, said yesterday that peace is above party
politics, despite a battle within their troubled coalition over talking with
More than 400 Palestinians and at least 17 Israelis have been killed
since a Palestinian uprising began more than 15 months ago in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip.
Participants in the conference of Jewish leaders suggested privately that
Shamir and Peres both support elections to choose Palestinian
representatives for peace talks with Israel.
Shamir will visit the United States with new peace proposals in two
weeks. The conference of Jewish leaders appeared designed to bolster Is-
rael's position against mounting U.S. pressure for more flexible posi-
$7.1 mil robbery case ending
HARTFORD, Conn. - Five men charged in the $7.1 million Wells
Fargo robbery didn't commit the heist itself but were part of a network
that planned the crime and spirited the money to a violent Puerto Rican
nationalist group, a prosecutor told jurors yesterday.
In closing arguments of the five-month trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Carmen Espinosa Van Kirk said the government had proved that the key
defendant planned the theft and helped Wells Fargo guard Victor Gerena,
who stole the money from a company depot, flee the country
The other four defendants either helped transport the money first to
Massachusetts and then to Mexico, or used some of it to buy holiday
gifts for poor children, Van Kirk said.
The five men have been on trial since Oct.11I on charges stemming
from the 1983 robbery of the Wells Fargo depot in West Hartford, the
second-largest cash heist in U.S. history.
Closing arguments are expected to last at least two days.
Parliament says Flight 103
bomb warning given too late
LONDON - Embattled Transport Secretary Paul Channon went be-
fore a jeering Parliament yesterday and denied he was lax in warning air-
lines of a new type of 'terrorist bomb before the Pan Am Flight 103
Channon, often shouting above calls for his resignation, said that after
the jumbo jet was blown apart over Scotland on Dec.21 he concealed
from Parliament for security reasons the international alert about a radio-
He also said that he thought at the time the disaster could have been an
"I told Parliament all I could," Channon said during a House of Com-
mons emergency debate, forced by the opposition Labor Party.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher rallied to Channon's defense,
declaring that "totally unfair accusations have been made against him by
Overdue library books are
DALLAS (AP) - Randall
Adams, who once was three days
from execution for the slaying of a
police officer, was freed yesterday
under a court ruling that he didn't get
a fair trial.
"This is something I've dreamed
about for 12 and 1/2 years," Adams
said after the release order was cleared
by some last-minute legal action.
Adams, whose conviction was
questioned in the documentary film
"The Thin Blue Line" said he was
happy that two courts ruled in his
favor but won't be vindicated unless
his name is cleared in a second trial.
Prosecutors said Monday they are
prepared to try Adams again for the
1976 shooting of Dallas patrolman
Robert Wood, but have not decided
whether to pursue the case.
The prosecution succeeded in get-
ting the bond raised to $100,000.
cash surety late Monday, keeping
Adams in prison another night.
Early yesterday, Errol Morris,
who directed "The Thin Blue Line"
announced he would put up the
money to meet the higher bond.
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But some students said the issue
is not last week's resolution in par-
ticular, but one of freedom to speak
without being condemned.
"It would set a very dangerous
precedent," said LSA senior Laura
Tennenhouse. "If you try to stop'
someone from saying something to-
day, they won't say it tomorrow."
MSA representative Michael
Donavin agreed, adding, "This idea
to censure is just stifling debate."
Another issue of particular con-
cern last night was a resolution to
rescind money that was allocated last
week to send two students to Israeli-
occupied territories on a fact-finding
trip. The students, one of whom
would be an MSA rep., would speak
to students in the territories.
"There is a definite trend here,"
said PSC member Tom Abowd.
"The assembly is constantly trying
to rescind resolutions brought by
The University of Michigan
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Stop the Nonsense!!!
Michael J. Goldberg
75 years later!
Jeffrey J. Veach
JACKSON, Mich. - A Virginia man thinks it's never too late to
turn the page on an embarrassing evenit in his family's past.
Edward MacConomy Jr., a retired librarian, returned three library books
to the Jackson Public Library 75 years after they were checked out by his
He wanted to clear the family name.
MacConomy, 72, said he discovered the books only recently.
"When she died in 1974 the contents of her library were just sort of
boxed up and put to one side," said MacConomy.
The books now have cracking bindings and fragile pages. Library Di-
rector David Leamon said they are the longest overdue books he's ever
seen returned. Library officials decided not to fine MacConomy.
Records for Frances MacConomy's overdue books disappeared long
ago; Leamon said. Books are typically withdrawn from the district's
circulation files after they are missing for a year.
"I thought well, they don't belong to her and they don't belong to me
- .1 better send them back," said MacConomy.
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