The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, December 4, 1990 - Page 3
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A
doctor who invented a device that an
Oregon woman used to kill herself
was charged with first-degree murder
yesterday by a prosecutor who said
he didn't want his county to become
Janet Adkins, of Portland, Ore.,
died June 4 after being hooked to a
suicide machine" invented by Dr.
,ack Kevorkian of Royal Oak. She
,had been diagnosed in June 1989
with Alzheimer's disease.
connected Adkins to a solution that
would stop her heart, but she moved
'the switch that allowed it to flow
4to her veins.
A recently completed toxicology
report identified the overdose as the
cause of death, Oakland County
Prosecutor Richard Thompson said
at a news conference to announce the
charges. The autopsy did show the
woman suffered from Alzheimer's
Kevorkian was arraigned yester-
ay before 52nd District Court Judge
erald McNally. McNally ordered
Kevorkian held on bonds totaling
$150,000, said the judge's
spokesperson, Jill Palulian. He re-
mnained in Oakland County Jail last
"Doctor Kevorkian was the pri-
'iary and legal cause of Janet
A'dkins' death. He cannot avoid his
criminal culpability by the clever
.se of a switch," Thompson said.
The criminal charges were filed
one day before a civil trial in
Oakland County Circuit Court to de-
termine whether Kevorkian could
hive his machine back. It was con-
iscated after the woman's death.
$ The timing of Thompson's
- harge angered Kevorkian's attorney,
Geoffrey Fieger, who said he had
ied to find out from Thompson's
office what charges would be filed
before the news conference.
"I find this to be a moral and le-
gal outrage," Fieger said after the
charges were filed. "It is an attempt
by the prosecutor to institute crimi-
nal proceedings to obtain an advan-
tage in a civil case."
by Garrick Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
Steep costs have stalled efforts by
the city, Washtenaw County, and
private groups to utilize the vacant
Ann Arbor Inn.
Suggestions for converting the
structure range from creating low-in-
come housing units to creating
housing for the University's foreign
students, but no bids have been of-
fered because of the expensive price
That tag would include paying
back taxes on the property and meet-
ing building and fire codes
Lucy Howard, the county mental
health director, said the county's
Community Health Advisory
Committee recommended last month
to the county's Human Services
Board that the vacant hotel be pur-
chased and converted for low-income
housing. She added that this pur-
chase and conversion will relieve the
shortage of affordable rental housing.
"In a university community like
Ann Arbor, students tend to use up
all the available rental property by
combining their resources to rent the
property," said Saul Cooper,
Washtenaw County Director for
Human Services. He added that the
law of supply and demand has raised
rents and reduced the number of af-
fordable rental units.
LSA senior Jon Jurva, a member
of the Homeless Action Committee
(HAC), said residents who cannot af-
ford the high rents are either forced
to live in homeless shelters or on
the street. He added that the shelters
are turning away 10-15 people per
night because of the lack of space.
"HAC would like the city to
spend the $9 million allocated for
the parking structure for affordable
housing," Jurva said. The city de-
cided last year to build a parking
deck behind Kline's Department
Store to provide more parking for
businesses and corporations located
Councilmember Ingrid Sheldon
(R-Third Ward) said the council
sponsored a study which explored
possibilities for utilizing the vacant
hotel three months ago.
Sheldon said the study recom-
mended utilizing the hotel for private
housing for foreign students. The
study also mentioned housing for
senior citizens, condominiums, of-
fice space, or conference rooms as
other alternatives. Nobody has come
forward to offer a bid for the vacant
Some say that nobody has come
forward because of the high costs in-
volved in purchasing and converting
County Commissioner Grace
Shackman said the developer must
pay the purchase price for the hotel,
pay the back taxes on the property,,
and make necessary improvements to
remove asbestos and install sprinkler
systems. She added that the city and
the county cannot afford to purchase
the hotel and convert it to low-in-
come housing due to severe reduc-
tions in state and federal aid.
Shackman said the city an
county expect further reductions in
state aid after Governor-elect John
Engler takes office.
The Ann Arbor Inn went out of
business last January. The hotel"s
former owner held an auction for the
property last September. No bids
Instead of the popular "No Guns, No Cops, No Code," a University student who refused to be identified tries out a
new slogan as part of a project for Psychology 201.
County GOP seeks holiday
1 s for soldiers in the Gulf
by Brenda Dickinson
Daily Staff Reporter
Soldiers in the Persian Gulf will
have a happier holiday if citizens in
Washtenaw County can help it.
The Washtenaw County Republi-
can Committee is asking people in
Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County
to donate items for military person-
nel in Saudi Arabia.
Joe Neely, chair of the Washte-
naw County Republican Party, said
the drive is an effort to support and
send spirit to those service members
who are away from home during the
"It isn't whether you agree or dis-
agree with the policy in the Persian
Gulf. Most people want to show
their support and we will collect the
items and pay the postage to get it
there," Neely said.
The Department of Defense has
compiled a list of items needed.
Common requests include: powdered
drink mixes, news magazines,
books, chapstick, throat lozenges,
disposable razors, eye drops, breath
mints or other hard candy, writing
paper and envelopes, deodorant, band
aids, and insect repellent.
"Any item we send is a pleasure
to them," said committee director
"We're only recognizing these are
our brothers and sisters and relatives
over there. You don't have to be a
Republican or a Democrat, the
committee is just acting as another
source to get the information out."
The deadline for donating is Dec.
10, but Carey said they will keep
sending the gifts as long as they
come in. He doubted that the troops
will receive their collections before
Donations can be dropped off at
the Washtenaw County Republican
Headquarters at 2566 Packard Rd.
"I'm sure they won't object to
getting presents after Christmas,"
Carey said. "When Christmas is over
it will get depressing for them."
Carey said there has yet to be a
large response to the week-old drive.
The committee will likely send
the collected items to Norfolk, Vir-
ginia, where they will be shipped
"I know students grope for pen-
nies, particularly at Christmas
time," Carey said, "but if they com-
pare their situation to marines in the
desert now they wouldn't hesitate to
buy one of these items."
The Daily incorrectly attributed a photo yesterday of Jill Bernson, who
led the Martha Cook Messiah Dinner chorale, to Susan Duderstadt. Susan
is the president's daughter.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
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Bush opens five-nation
tour of South America
rights of s
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Supreme Court yesterday bolstered
the right of criminal suspects toi
have lawyers present when ques-
tioned by police. Dissenters said the
6-2 ruling needlessly shackles law;
enforcement and protects the guilty.
In overturning the murder convic-
tion of Mississippi death row inmate1
Robert Minnick, the court said his
confession may not be used as evi-;
dence because he was questioned
without his lawyer present.
The court said that unless a pre
viously questioned suspect asks t
talk to police, they may not renew
questioning in the absence of hi$
lawyer - even after the suspect and
attorney have conferred.
The high court previously had
barred police from resuming the
questioning of a suspect who asks t
see a lawyer for the first time, unles
the subject initiates the converse
Ann Arbor Committee to De-
fend Abortion and Reproduc-
tive Rights, weekly meeting. East
Quad Tyler 24&26, 6:30-8.
Iranian Student Cultural Club,
'weekly meeting. Michigan League,
Barbershop Harmonizer Cho-
rus, weekly meeting. For info call
John Hancock (769-8169). Saint
Luke's Episcopal Church, 120 N.
Huron St., Ypsilanti.
Asian American Association,
weekly meeting. Featuring guest
speaker Prof, Linda Lim on "Big
Boom in Asia." Trotter House,
Students Concerned About
Animal Rights, weekly meeting.
Asian Studies Student Asso-
ciation, weekly meeting. Lane Hall
Commons Rm., 7:00.
Hellenic Student Association.
Union, Michigan Rm., 8:00.
SALSA. MLB B129, 5:00.
Students Struggle for Soviet
Jewry. Hillel, 7:00.
Undergraduate English Assoc-
iation, meeting and elections.
7629 Haven Hall, 8:00.
Students for the Exploration
and Development of Space,
meeting and officer nominations.
League, Rm. D, 7:00.
"Perestroika in Soviet His-
torical Science," Dr. Boris
Ruth Hastie. SEB, Tribute Rm., 9:30
"Sexuality and AIDS," panel
discussion. School of Public Health,
Henry Vaughn Bldg., Rm. 3001,
Safewalk functions 8-1:30 Sun.-
Thurs., 8-11:30 Fri.-Sat. Call 936-
1000 or stop by 102 UGLi.
Northwalk functions 8-1:30 Sun.-
Thurs., 8-12:00 Fri.-Sat. Call 763-
WALK or stop by 2333 Bursley.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors avali-
ble to help with your papers Sunday-
Thursday, Angell/Haven Computing
U of M Cycling Club weekly
rides. For info call Scott Robinson
(764-2739) or Robin Pena (764-
1723). Men leave Hill Aud. at 3:30,
women at 5:30.
Kaffeestunde, weekly German
conversations. MLB third floor con-
ference room, 4:30-6.
Career Planning & Placement.
"Applying to Graduate School,
CP&P Conference Rm., 4:10-5.
"The Computer Ate My
Fucking Paper: Life at the
'U' and Beyond," a performance
by "Talk to Us," Michigan's
Interactive Theater Troupe. E. Quad,
Rm. 126, 7:30.
Phi Alpha Delta induction
ceremony. MLB B 116, 7:00.
Campus Orchestra Concert.
Hill Auditorium, 8:00.
Study Abroad Informational
Meeting for Essex, York, London,
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BRASILIA, Brazil (AP)-
President Bush shrugged off a mili-
tary revolt in Argentina and pro-
claimed "a new era of hope" in
newly democratic South America as
he opened a five-nation tour yester-
day. Bush vowed not to skip a visit
to Buenos Aires.
The administration expressed con-
fidence the uprising would be quelled
quickly, but Deputy Secretary of
State Lawrence Eagleburger said: "If
the situation became such that there
was a real danger to his security, I'm
sure we'd take another look at it."
The Argentine crisis threw a
cloud over Bush's week-long mis-
sion, intended to celebrate the sweep
of democracy throughout the hemi-
sphere. It also obscured Bush's mes-
sage that Iraq's invasion of Kuwait
was driving up oil prices and forcing
poor countries to pay high fuel bills
that they could ill afford.
Francisco Rezek, foreign minister
of Brazil, called the revolt in
Argentina "a step backward for
democracy in Latin America."
White House press secretary
Marlin Fitzwater told reporters yes-
terday evening that the situation in
Buenos Aires "does appear to be im-
proving" and that Argentine
President Carlos Menem was in
"It is not a large-scale uprising,"
Fitzwater said. "My argument would
be that fundamentally democracy in
Argentina is working and when this
is over it will demonstrate the roots_
of democracy in Argentina are fairly
Bush said he would not abandon a
planned stop in Buenos Aires tomor-
row, where Menem declared a state
of siege, suspending constitutional
guarantees, after the fourth military
uprising in four years.
"I have great confidence in the se-
curity there," Bush said.
Late yesterday, after an attack by
loyalist troops, many of the rebels
were reported to be surrendering.
Administration officials accom-
panying Bush talked throughout the
day with U.S. Embassy officials in
Buenos Aires. "We intend to carry
out that portion of the trip,"
Eagleburger said. "I still suspect this
will be over relatively quickly."
The rebellious soldiers said they
were not trying to overthrow the
government but wanted to force
changes in the way the military is
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