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Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 20, 1990

Projects that once
housed Diana Ross
to be destroyed


DETROIT (AP) - The 52-year-
old housing projects where Diana
Ross and the Supremes lived as
teens are being razed and replaced
with modern townhouse-style apart-
Demolition is under way this
week on the more-than 1,000 units
of the eastside Brewster-Douglass
project, where 250 apartments will
be built.
Advocates for the homeless have
opposed the demolition, saying the
units could be remodeled at a lower
cost. No cost estimates were avail-
able Wednesday from the city.
"I've seen similar units around
the country that have been success-
fully rehabbed," said City Council
President Maryann Mahaffey. "It
doesn't make much sense to tear
down 11,037 units to make room for
250 units."
A majority of City Council
members favor the demolition, but a
few said Tuesday they were upset to
discover the razing by city crews
proceeded without council approval
and formal bidding.
The council wants to hire an out-
side consultant to study the city's
public housing need but budget offi-
cials say money is unavailable, Ma-
haffey said.

The demolition is part of a $40-
million rehabilitation program
funded mostly by federal dollars.
In 1987, the city said it would re-
consider its decision to demolish the
projects if 400 prospective tenants
could be found. The units have been
vacant since then, while officials
swayed between plans of renovation
and demolition.
The Brewster projects opened in
1938 with 703 units owned by the
city. About 300 of the 1,300 units
in the Frederick Douglass projects,
built in the 1950s, also will be de-
Florence Ballard, a 15-year-old
who lived with her parents and 11
other siblings in a five-room apart-
ment in the projects, recruited her
friend and neighbor, Mary Wilson,
to form an all-girl group in the late
They eventually hooked up with
Diana Ross, who lived in the Brew-
ster projects with her parents and
five siblings, and Cindy Birdsong
and Barbara Martin, who left the
group early to get married.
The Supremes soared to success
with Berry Gordy Jr. and Motown
Records, rivaling the Beatles on the
music charts in the early 1960s.

No bull
Andrew Maloney, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, answers questions at a news conference concerning the seizure of $6.4
million by the U.S. Custon Service Monday. During a routine warehouse search at Kennedy Airport, U.S. Customs agents found 26 metal
cannisters marked "bull semen" that actually contained drug-related cash bound for Bogota, Colombia.
Iraqis seem-- to resist im-pact of sanctions:


Continued from page 1
out prior approval from Capitol
Hill. The House approved a nearly
$1 billion package to assist the U.S.
military buildup in the gulf.
* An Army paratrooper suffered
a superficial leg wound when struck
by shrapnel from a misguided ar-
tillery shell in live-fire exercises by
U.S. forces in the Saudi desert. He
was treated at the scene and remained
in his unit.
Jordan's King Hussein flew to
the Moroccan capital, Rabat, for a
summit with Moroccan and Algerian
leaders aimed at solving the Persian
bulf crisis.
U Iranian Foreign Minister Ali
Akbar Veleyati indicated that Tehran
would open talks with Saudi Arabia,
its greatest rival in the Moslem
world, to seek a solution to the gulf
Japanese automakers agreed to al-
low the United States to use three
auto transport ships to carry vehicles
and other goods to the Middle East.
savings on big jobs for all
clubs, businesses, and

The flow of Kuwaitis into
Saudi Arabia slowed, four days after
Iraq began allowing citizens to flee.
Only about 30 cars passed through
the Khafji border crossing.
Japanese automakers agreed to
allow the United States to use three
auto transport ships to carry vehicles
and other goods to the Middle East.
Hundreds of American citizens
were allowed to flee the Iraqi capital
aboard a U.S.-charted Iraqi Airways
plane. The Boeing 747 carried 416
mostly American women and chil-
dren on a flight to London.
Most of the passengers had
boarded the plane earlier in the day in
Kuwait, where another charter flight
was scheduled Saturday.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -
Although Iraq is beginning to feel
the impact of economic sanctions,
ordinary people in the capital seem
determined to resist outside pressure.
Bread, powdered milk, sugar, rice,
macaroni, chicken and rice are in
short supply. Other food is avail-
able, but prices have skyrocketed
since the United Nations imposed
the trade sanctions Aug. 6.
The sanctions were ordered to
force President Saddam Hussein to
withdraw the troops he sent into
Kuwait on Aug. 2.
"The West believes we will kneel
to their will when they impose sanc-
tions against us. But we have stored
for all our needs," said Salwa Bayati,
a mother of two who chatted with
neighbors over morning coffee last
The coffee was served without
Iraqi homemakers commonly
keep household food storerooms full
and refrigerators stocked, a habit de-
veloped during the eight-year war

with Iran.
Mrs. Bayati said she has enough
food on hand to feed her family for
seven months. Sugar, however, was
in short supply even before the trade
embargo, and it is one of the items
not in her cupboard.
The Iraqi government has closed
all fast-food restaurants and many
pastry shops because they would use
large amounts of sugar. Those re-
maining open bake bread instead of
Mrs. Bayati and her neighbors
compared living conditions now
with life during the 1980-88 war
with Iran. They said more food was
available then, but they still have
managed to pile shelves full of
canned goods and pickled food and to
load refrigerators with meat and
frozen vegetable, despite government
warnings against hoarding.
The women said the last war and
the current crisis have forced them to
economize. Those at the table in-
cluded Christeen Yohan, a German
married to an Iraqi man, who has

lived in Iraq for 20 years.
"Iraqi women are quite capable of
overcoming difficulties," she said.
The women said they have taught
their children to cope with difficult
"I believe our children have
started to be aware of the war condi-
tions in which we are living. They
understand they cannot get every-
thing they want," said Hana Sabah.
The other women agreed.
"Today's children are the war
generation. They tolerate conditions
other children cannot," Mrs. Sabah
Elsewhere in Baghdad, life seems
to roll along without much change.
Some businesses, like travel
agencies and airline offices, have
Iraqi government, and the ruling
Baath Party has a wide network of

neighborhood informers who watcl
for potential troublemakers.
"We hope this crisis ends peace-
fully, but in the meantime, we try to
live normally," said the manager of
an Iraqi Airlines office. He said he
has cut the salaries of employee
who have almost nothing to do. -
Throughout the city, people
stood in lone lines outside bakery
shops to get the daily ration of
bread. Rationing began Sept. 1*
Loaves are smaller.
Tarik Al Sukooti, a leader of the
accountants and auditors union, said
Iraqi people support their president
because they believe he is doing the
right thing. He said Westerners do
not understand the Arab mentality.
"Iraqi people would rather starve
than accept humiliation," he said.


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