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Championship shirts
still selling briskly
By Jason Carter

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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 19, 1989 - Page 5
Armed teenager
takes 11 students
hostage, gives up.

When Rumeal Robinson sank his
final free throw in last April NCAA
championship game, the victory
was not only spiritually uplifting
for the University of Michigan
community.
It was also a financial boon,
opening up a whole new market for
local businesses - selling NCAA
Championship T-shirts, toy basket-
balls, backboards, banners, and
posters.
Debra Bishop, manager of Moe
Sport Shops, said championship T-
shirts make up about 30 percent of
her store's total business. Sales of
Michigan merchandise shot up after
the NCAA victory and have stayed
consistent ever since, she said.
Bishop said the most popular
Michigan item is a white T-shirt
emblazoned with a emblem of the
basketball championship on the
front and last year's Rose Bowl vic-
tory on the back.
National attention from the two
victories has spurred interest in the
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will include beefed-up border radar,
additional ships and planes for
surveillance along the eastern and
southern coasts, and improved coor-
dination among agencies involved in
the drug battle, sources said.
Until now, the Pentagon's role
has been to support efforts of state
National Guard units, which have
been used for such duties as inspect-
ing cargo at ports of entry, taking
part in aerial searches for marijuana
crops and helping transport law en-
forcement officials or contraband.
Those efforts have varied from state
to state.
Cheney insisted that in no case
would the Pentagon be drawn into a

history of the University and the
state of Michigan, Bishop said. "It's
great to see the younger student
body appreciate the rich history of
Michigan athletics."
.Bill Dion, a manager of the
Michigan Union Book Store, said
there was also a business surge at
his store after the final basketball
game. "We're still receiving orders
from across the nation," he said.
Since the basketball victory,
University of Michigan champi-
onship wear, have been the most
popular duds on campus.
Scott Smith, a senior LSA stu-
dent, said, "My girlfriend bought my
shirt soon after the game." And to
complete his basketball outfit,
Smith purchased a championship
hat.
Physical Education sophomore
Kirk Woodside said he bought four
basketball T-shirts after the final
game. He said the shirts will mean
even more after a "tournament repeat
in 1990."
law enforcement role.
The secretary conceded, however,
that using U.S. military personnel
to train other nations' forces as is
being done now in Columbia, can
put U.S. military personnel at risk.
"It's a dangerous business. I hope
nobody's hurt in the process but I
can't guarantee it," Cheney said.
Cheney declared his program "a
high-priority national security mis-
sion."
That message appeared to be
aimed both at Congress, where some
members have expressed doubts
about the Pentagon's commitment
to the drug war, and to those inside
the Pentagon's commitment to the
drug war, and to those inside the
Pentagon who've been loathe to use
dwindling military resources against
the civilian drug smugglers.

JONATHANLISS/Daitv
Burned-out sump pump that caused the "smoke-out" and evacuation of
the Baskin Robbins on S. University yesterday.
Crusted sump pump
smokes out store

McKEE, Ky. - An armed
teenager stalked into a high school
classroom, fired a shot at the ceiling
and took 11 classmates hostage yes-
terday, police and witness said.
After a day-long standoff, he released
them all and surrendered.
Several shots were fired, but no
one was injured in the confrontation,
which began about 9:50 a.m., police
said. There were conflicting reports
that a shot was fired at a television
news helicopter.
The youth, whose only request to
police was to speak to his father,
told hostages he did not want to hurt
anyone. The final two hostages
were freed shortly after 5 p.m. EDT.,
and the teenager gave up about an
hour and a half later, authorities said.
The state police declined to iden-
tify the hostage-taker, but classmates
said he was Brian Pierce, a 17-year-
old senior at Jackson County High
School. McKee is a town of about
250 people about 50 miles southeast
of Lexington in the Appalachian
foothills.
Pierce who released his hostages
throughout the day in exchange for
items such as food, soft drinks and
cigarettes, "said he wasn't going to
hurt nobody," according to Craig
Eversole, a classmate who was held
but released.
Police Trooper Ed Robinson said
the hostage-taker was armed with a
shotgun, a .357-caliber Magnum re-
volver and "some type of automatic
pistol." Eversole identified the other
weapons as a .44-caliber Magnum
and a 12-gauge shotgun.
Robinson also said the teenager

apparently had held one hostage
overnight _ the school Principal
Betty Bond. He said the two boys
arrived at the school in the younger
Bond's red pickup, and it appeared
that the armed youth had been hold-
ing the principal's son since the
night before.
It was not clear why the youth
took over the classroom.
Authorities described his as a new-
comer to the school who was living
with his grandparents, but some stu-
dents said they had had know him for
years.
Police Capt. John Lile said the
boy's parents are separated.
Robinson said the student's first
request had been to speak with his
father who lives in Delray Beach,
Fla. He later asked to talk with his
grandparents.
Pauline Parks, whose son was
held hostage earlier in the ordeal,
spoke with one of the last hostages
to be released.
"He said they was walking around
doing anything they want to," Mrs.
Parks said. "They are watching TV,
drinking pop."
Eversole, a 15-year-old junior,
said he was in the classroom when
the armed youth came through the
door reportedly firing a shot in the
school parking lot.
"He never said nothing," Eversole
said. "He shot the ceiling and told
the teacher to leave and let the two
of students leave.... He didn't say
nothing,'why he was doing it or
nothing."
Eversole was released at about
1:30 p.m. after soda was delivered to
the room - apparently as part of a
deal with police.

by Ian Hoffman
Smoke poured out of the Baskin
Robbins 31 Flavor Ice Cream
Store's basement on S. University
St. yesterday afternoon, causing
employees to evacuate the building.
Ann Arbor Fire Department
Captain John Schnur said the
smoke resulted from a sump pump
that had burned out. "(The pump)
just overheated because it wasn't
covered with water," he said. "It
was old too, I could tell by the
crust on it."
Schnur said the Ann Arbor Food
Dispensors Department visited the
store after the fire, as a formality,
to make sure the food was safe from
smoke toxins and discovered noth-
ing contaminated.
Baskin Robbins Assistant

Manager Steve Blinder, a senior at
Pioneer High School, said, "I got
here at 1:00 p.m. and smelled
something that I haven't smelled
before. I held my nose every time I
went down to the basement."
Another employee, LSA
sophomore Jeff Straten said, "We
went down in the basement and the
smoke just poured out."
The damaged pump was worth
about 560, said Manager and Owner
Richard Rohn. But the damage
won't have any effect on the cost of
ice cream, he said: "I'll eat (the
cost) myself."
Another person concerned with
eating was Fire Department Driver
and Operator of Engine One
Douglas Vogel. "I hope that the
cookies and cream wasn't damaged,"
he said.

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