- The Michigan Daily -Friday, November 2, 1990 - Page 3
Death toll up
AYODHYA, India (AP) - Religious riots sparked
by Hindu fundamentalists' attempt to seize a Moslem
mosque intensified yesterday, and the death toll in nine
days of clashes rose to more than 200.
News agencies and officials reported at least 31
people died across the country yesterday. They were
killed in battles between Hindus and Moslems or when
police fired on mobs or in hospitals of injuries suffered
in earlier riots.
At least 210 people have died since Oct. 24, when
the fighting began.
Most of the deaths were in Utter Pradesh, the state
where the disputed shrine is located, and in Gujarat
state. Both states have a history of sectarian clashes
:afd simmering tensions between Hindus and Muslims.
Utter Pradesh is India's most populace state. At
,least 30 percent of its 120 million people are
:Moslems. Violence has erupted in 22 of its 63 dis-
tricts, according to police officials in Lucknow, the
The dispute has also caused riots in neighboring
:Bngladesh, an Islamic nation, where Moslem mobs
attacked temples and Hindu shops and homes after
hearing of the violence in India.
At least one person was killed in Dhaka, which is
under curfew along with the port city of Chittagong.
' In Ayodhya, site of the disputed mosque, the bodies
of three Hindus were found yesterday in the Saryu
The victims were apparently killed Tuesday when
lice opened fire to throw back Hindus who stormed
the mosque, residents said. At least seven people are
previously known to have died in the police action.
The discovery of the bodies led to the deployment
of extra government troops around the dusty temple
town and forced Hindu groups to postpone a fresh at-
tempt to storm the mosque.
But members of the fundamentalist World Hindu
Council vowed to continue their efforts to take over
the disputed site. Ashok Singhal, the council's general
secretary, told a public meeting outside Ayodhya his
*gf-oup would not give up its campaign to replace the
n osque with a temple.
Big Mac boxes
CHICAGO (AP) - The plastic
foam boxes that cradle millions of
Big Macs and other sandwiches -,
boxes an environmentalist called "a
huge symbol of the throw away so-
ciety" - are being eliminated, Mc
Donald's said yesterday.
Under pressure from environmen-
tal groups, which say the clamshell
boxes add to the nation's overflow-
ing garbage crisis, McDonald Corp.
President Edward Rensi said the
company had decided "to do what's
"Although some scientific studies
indicate that foam packaging is envi-
ronmentally sound, our customers
just don't feel good about it," Rensi
said in a telephone interview from
the company's suburban Oak Brook
headquarters. "So we're changing."
Rensi said McDonald's will be-
gin eliminating the sandwich con-
tainers - which account for nearly
75 percent of its total foam use -
in the United States within 60 days.
He said no timetable had been set
for phasing it out at its restaurants
First to go will be the plastic
foam sandwich boxes, which will be
replaced by paper products manufac-
tured in a new process that will pre-
serve the food's temperature and
freshness, Rensi said. He did not
The company is still trying to de-
termine suitable replacements for
plastic cutlery and the plastic cups in
which coffee is served, he said.
Rensi said the move would mean
a "significant reduction" in the vol-
ume of packaging used by
A number of U.S. towns and
cities have banned the use of
polystyrene, saying it not only con-
tributes to the growing shortage of
landfill space, but also is made with
chemicals that harm the atmo-
sphere's protective ozone layer.
Environmentalists praised the de-
cision, but a spokesperson for the
packaging industry said McDonald's
was folding under pressure that isn't
based on fact.
"You don't want to get rid of
them altogether," said Joseph Bow,
president of the Foodservice &
Packaging Institute in Washington.
"They provide consumers with a san-
itary and timesaving method of food
McDonald's "is bowing to public
pressure that is based on mispercep-
tions and misinformation," said
A spokeperson for the
Environmental Protection Agency in
Washington said her agency had no
studies that indicated foam packaging
is environmentally sound.
The decision was praised by the
Environmental Defense fund, which
predicted that other fast food chains
would follow the action.
ANTHONY M. CROLUDally
Joe Hampton cuts out an old window frame from the Kraus Auditorium in the Natural
Science Building. Hampton works for Architectural Windel Systems.
Three South Quad residents broke
,into the dorm's cafeteria early Satur-
day morning, Oct. 27. The students,
gqne woman and two men, broke a
dead bolt lock on the east side door
,t 2:40 a.m., said Ann Arbor Detec-
ive Tom Tanner, and took three
pans of Hawaiian Punch, a bottle of
Ocean Spray, and silverware.
y A University Housing security
guard caught the thieves and detained
one of the male suspects, who was
jailed and posted $100 bond later that
4ay. The other two were given war-
rants Oct. 29, and all three were ar-
aigned this week.
The students are charged with
'b'reaking. and entering with intent to
steal, and face up to 10 years in jail.
Their preliminary exam will be Nov.
'21 in the 15th District Court.
U' with bombs
The University's Department of
Public Safety and Security (DPSS)
* received two bomb threats on Oct.
=30; one at 7:07 p.m. and the other
at 9:17 p.m. The female caller said
"the Chemistry Building" was in.
danger of being bombed, said Sgt.
Vern Baisden of DPSS' crime pre-
Sention unit. Security officers
checked both the old and new Chem-
istry Buildings twice, but found "no
overt signs of bombing devices,"
Robber steals from
An apartment on the 800 block
of Oakland was illegally entered at 7
p.m. Oct. 29 after a male subject
was observed on the rear steps of the
The thief took property worth
$3135, including a CD player,
VCR, and diamond rings, according
to city police reports. Residents sus-
pect the person gained entry through
a rear window which was unlocked.
from opposite directions at 12:35
a.m. Oct. 31, according to city po-
lice reports. One man grabbed her
purse, and following a struggle, the
-strap broke, allowing him to grab
the purse. He fled the area, and the
other man followed. The purse and
contents were reportedly valued at
Custodian hit with
A custodian of Tally Hall parking
structure, 510 E. Washington, was
walking in the parking ramp last
Sunday at 1:56 a.m. when he was
approached by two men who asked
him the time, city police reports
said. While the victim looked at his
watch, one of the subjects hit him
on the back of the head with a claw
hammer. The victim immediately
began to yell, "I'm being robbed!"
but the suspects silenced him. The
suspects took the custodian's wallet
and fled, according to reports. The
suspect who carried the hammer
ripped out a radio microphone from a
city truck before exiting the struc-
Robber with toy
fails to get dough
Waving a pop gun and repeatedly
saying, "Give me your money. Do
you think I'm kidding?" a man de-
manded money Wednesday from the
cashier at Community Newscenter,
330 E. Liberty, said an eyewitness
employee who was off-duty. He and
the female cashier thought it was a
prank, however, and refused the man
money. "It was obviously a pop
gun," the male clerk said.
Shoving his way toward the reg-
ister, the criminal smashed the toy
gun on the side of the male em-
ployee's face and told the woman,
"Open the drawer, bitch," the male
employee said. The male clerk then
shoved the man into a book shelf,
knocking him over, and the suspect
fled the store.
The worker chased the suspect
into a nearby alley, where the thief
attempted to escape on bicycle. The
employee "got him on the ground,"
the clerk said, but then released him
and recovered the bike. Ann Arbor
police were unsuccessful in locating
the suspect, but did discover the bike
Man 'hops in' to
The Hop-In at 601 S. Main was
robbed at 10:57 p.m. Oct. 30 when a
man told the cashier, "Give me all
your money," according to city po-
lice reports. When the cashier re-
sponded, "Oh, no, not again," the
suspect began swinging at the
cashier, but did not hit him. The
suspect then took $42 from the
drawer. He was reported departing
southbound from the store in a light
blue Mercury Capri with one other'
Veiled man holds
up local theater
Ann Arbor Theaters, 210 S. Fifth
Ave., was held up Oct. 31 at 9:45
p.m. when a man wearing a scarf
over his face demanded money from
the assistant manager, who was
working the cash register. He
pointed a dark-colored, snub-nosed
revolver at her and took about $250
from the register, the assistant man-
ager reported. He then ordered her,
another employee, and a customer to
drop to the floor, she said.
- by Josephine Ballenger
Daily Crime Reporter
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bottle at officer
A University State Security offi-
cer was struck by a bottle thrown at
him by a woman. The incident oc-
cured on the 600 block of Church
St. at 11:45 p.m. Oct. 29. The man
was off-duty and suffered minor in-
jury, University public safety and
city police officials said. Ann Arbor
police have a suspect.
purse in garage
A woman who was alone and
walking in the carport at 616 S.
Forest was approached by two males
Corrections and clarifications
Student Locator services have combined with the Campus Operator; this
information was incorrectly printed in yesterday's Daily.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center's (SAPAC)
counseling line is open Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. and 24
hours a day on Saturday and Sunday. Outreach workers are available for
emergency situations 24 hours a day. Both counselors and outreach workers
are available at 936-3333. This information was omitted from an article on
SAPAC in Tuesday's Daily.
GOLD RING SALE
Sociology club to fill
gaps outside classroom
by Douglas Padian
Undergraduate students interested
in sociology can share a common
ground in the Undergraduate Sociol-
ogy Club (USC).
The student-run program allows
undergraduates to supplement their
classroom work through educational
and social activities, including lec-
tures, dances, volunteer work and
films. In addition, the USC offers
services to undergraduates, such as
reviews of classes, old tests, and peer
After an eight year hiatus, the
USC was re-formed in November of
last year by Jeanne Franklin, then a
senior in the Sociology Program.
She saw a growing need for sociol-
ogy majors to further their education
outside the classroom, said Elizabeth
Steele, Coordinator of USC.
Steele, a senior in the sociology,
;program, said the club had a slow
start last year because of a lack of
students involved in its decision-
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also sponsors a film and lecture se-
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lecturer on Slave Labor Annuity Pay
(SLAP) and a film on the pornogra-
On November 14, the group will
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The club is having guest speakers
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4050 LSA from 4-5:30.
The USC also offers services out
of its office, where students can find
files of old tests and evaluations of
courses and professors, at 3001 LSA
from 8 a.m. to noon.
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