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LSA sophomore I. Matthew
Miller, who waited several hours for
tickets, managed to find a seat on a
plane to Seattle, but he has no return
reservations. He is currently on five
Miller said he is attending the
basketball tournament because "it's a
Not surprisingly, Michigan's,
tournament play has provided a once-
in-a-lifetime opportunity for students
to make big money. According to
students who bought tickets,
scalpers were offering as much. as
$250 to $450 per ticket.
While several students who were
unable to attend the games decided to
sell their tickets, other students
bought tickets, hoping to make a
One student bought six tickets for
$330. Later that day, he sold them to
a scalper for $1,800.
Renfrew, responding to the
scalping situation, said ticket sales
will be handled differently next time
the Wolverines make the Final Four.
Students will pay for tickets at the
ticket office, he said, but will have
to pick them up at the tournament
Shake it JESSICA GREENE/Daily
These children perform the Ludi, a popular dance for festive occasions such as marriage. Taking place in
Chrysler Auditorium on North Campus, this was part of a Pakastani culture evening with clothes brought in
from all over the country.
General.Motors recalls 3.5 mi11ion cars
to fix pollution control switches
WASHINGTON (AP) .- More than half a
million 1984 Oldsmobiles and Buicks were re-
called yesterday because of a pollution control
switch that has brought at least 3.5 million
General Motors Corp. cars and trucks back for
*The Environmental Protection Agency, in re-
questing the recall, said the thermal vacuum
switch failed to open and close at the proper
times, allowing gasoline vapor to escape into the
atmosphere. When the vapor combines with
other poll.utants and is heated by the sun, smog
forms,. the EPA said.
GM recalled the 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Supreme, Delta 88, Ninety-Eight, Toronado and
the 1984 Buick LeSabre, Estate Wagon, Electra,
The company estimated the number of cars
involved is 672,117.
This estimate is 30,000 more than the EPA
"The replacement is goingatosbe a switch to a
better design," said Martha Casey, an EPA
spAccording to Casey, the problem lies in a
design problem within General.Motors.
GM said it had voluntarily complied with the
EPA's finding that the recall was needed. "The
people in Detroit were anxious to stress that we
were doing it on our own," said Grey Terry, a
GM spokesperson in Washington.
He said the malfunctioning switch doesn't af-
fect the operation of the vehicles.
Although EPA issued no formal recall order
under the agency's program, the failure of a
maker to recall the cars would result in an order,
The EPA said the gasoline vapors escaped not
only from the exhaust, but also from the
carburetors, gas tanks, fuel lines and other parts
of the vehicles.
The thermal vacuum switch, when working
properly, funnels unburned gasoline fumes into a
cannister, from where they are rerouted to the en-
gine and burned before entering the atmosphere,
The EPA estimated that 30-40 percent of the
cars manufactured each year are recalled to fix
emissions. The agency ordered more than 3 mil-
lion vehicles recalled last year, the third largest
number in the program's history.
"This trend is expected to continue as the ve-
hicle population grows," said Richard Wilson,
director of the EPA's office of mobile sources.
"We will continue to work with vehicle
manufacturers toward solving these emissions
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Meese testifies in North trial
WASHINGTON - Former Attorney General Edwin Meese testified at
Oliver North's trial yesterday that the specter of impeachment hung over
the White House in the 72 hours after aides discovered a planned diversion
of Iran arms sale money to the Nicaraguan Contras.
. In two hours of testimony, Meese said he told then-President Reagan
about the diversion the day after North confirmed that the plan, outlined
in a memo, had become a fact.
North lawyer Brendan Sullivan asked Meese about the revelation that
two activities in which North was involved being intertwined: the
administration's secret sale of weapons to Iran and the fact that money
from the arms sales - with the knowledge of U.S. officials secretly was
going to the rebels fighting the Nicaraguan government at a time such aid
was forbidden by law.
Federal appeals court stays
Charles Campbell's execution
SEATTLE - A federal appeals court in San Francisco yesterday is-
sued a stay of execution for Charles Rodman Campbell 33 hours before
he was scheduled to die for slaying two women and a little girl.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted
the stay pending an appeal, and ordered additional briefs submitted by June
Campbell had been scheduled to be hanged Thursday morning at
Washington State Penitentiriary in Walla Walla.
Hanging is Washington's official form of execution, although a pris-
oner may opt for lethal injection.
Campbell so far has decided to choose injection.
Campbell's attorneys filed a notice of appeal with the San Francisco
court yesterday morning.
Informed of the stay, Gov. Booth Gardner said. "The decision is now
in the hands of the courts. We have to wait until the legal system has
finished its work."
Ayatollah's heir-apparent resigns
NICOSIA, Cyprus - Ayatollah Montazeri resigned yesterday as the
heir-apparent to Ayatollah Khomeini and said he did so at the bidding of
the Ayatollah himself.
Montazeri's resignation was the most prominent casualty so far in a
fierce drive by Khomeini to return Iran to the roots of its fundamentalist
Montazeri's resignation .came after Khomeini sent him a letter on
March 26 asking him to step down, reported Iran's official Tehran radio,
monitored in Nicosia.
"I see myself compelled to obey your orders because the survival and
stability of the Islamic Republic rests on obeying your command," the
radio quoted Montazeri as saying.
Iran's U.N. ambassador, Mohammad Mahallati, also resigned yester-
day, two days after the deputy foreign minister, Mohammad Larijani,
handed in his resignation.
Iraq to pay for 1987 USS Stark attack
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials said yesterday that Iraq's agreement
to pay $27.35 million to the families of the 37 sailors killed in the attack
on the USS Stark is a satisfactory and fair settlement, but it is unclear
when the payments will be made.
The agreement, formally announced by the State Department, repre-
sents about 92 percent of the $29.6 million the United States had re-
quested for the families of those who died in Iraq's unprovoked missile
attack on the Stark in 1987.
Bush administration officials privately described the agreement as
"satisfactory" and a "fair settlement."
"The government of Iraq has agreed to pay over $27 million as full
compensation for the deaths," said State Department spokesperson Mar-
garet Tutwiler yesterday.
Trekkies celebrate Captain Kirk's
'minus 239th birthday' in Iowa
RIVERSIDE, Iowa - Residents gathered at the VFW hall to celebrate
the birthday of an unborn, fictional astronaut - a birthday party that only
serious Trekkies could have dreamed up.
About 200 people attended Monday night's "minus 239th birthday
party" of James T. Kirk, the captain of the Starship Enterprise played by
William Shatner in the.movies and popular television series Star Trek.
Gene Roddenberry, creator and executive producer of the series, wrote
in "The Making of Star Trek" that Kirk was "born in a small town in the
state of Iowa." The Riverside City Council picked up on the idea in
March 1985, declaring a site behind what used to be the town's
barbershop the "future birthplace" of Kirk.
Roddenberry sent along a certificate of commendation.
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Fermi II ranks 5th in U.S. for nuclear defaults
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Fermi II nuclear power reactor in
Michigan had a high level of nucleary
mishaps for a 3-year-old plant,
advocacy group Public Citizen said
yesterday, but plant operators criti-
cized the study's methods.
Fermi II, near Monroe'south of
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number of mishaps after the figures
were adjusted to account for the rela-
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The study, covering the decade
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Plant operators must now file
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Fermi II, operated by Detroit
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The Michigan plant with the
highest number of mishaps, unad-
justed for age, was the D.C. Cook I
reactor at Bridgman in southwestern
Michigan, having filed 560 licensee
event reports. It ranked 10th nation-
ally in the total number of mishaps
in the past decade in the study.
Public Citizen said the high
number of licensee event reports,
more that 33,000 nationally over the
decade, meant there was a high
probability that a partial meltdown,
such as the one that occurred in 1979
at the Three Mile Island nuclear
plant near Harrisburg, Pa., would be
"The threat of a serious nuclear
power accident is in essence a matter
of determining the probability that a
mishap will occur by itself or in
conjunction with other ones to result
in a major accident," Public Citizen
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