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Page 18-The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 5, 1991

Man charged for lending car
MASON, Mich. (AP) - A According to police, Thelen and
Lansing man was arraigned yester- Underhill went to two restaurants
day in a rare case that charges him together the night of the accident,
with felonies for loaning his just one day after they met, and
sports car to a drunken teen-ager, then went to a party in East
who died with two others in an Lansing.
high-speed crash: Police say he gave the keys to
Gary Thelen, 24, was arraigned his sports car to Underhill and
in district court on three felony some wine coolers to her and
charges of involuntary manslaugh- Howell.
ter for the Aug. 5 accident. The The report stated that the
crash killed Rebecca Underhill, 18, Jaguar was going about 100 mph
Aimee Timmerman, 18, and Sheila before Underhill lost control and
Taylor, 17, all of Williamston. the car slammed into a tree.
If convicted of any of the Authorities say Thelen knew or
charges, Thelen faces a sentence of should have known Underhill was
up to 15 years in prison. drunk and never should have let her

to drunk teen
drive the car.
"Furnishing a car to a minor ob-
viously under the influence is
sufficient for a reasonable person
to anticipate death," said Ingham
County Chief Assistant
Prosecutor Kim Warren Eddie.
Defense attorney Richard A.
Foster, of Lansing, said Thelen was
devastated by the accident but
shouldn't be held responsible.
Eddie acknowledged the charges
in the case are unusual, since Thelen
wasn't in the car during the
accident, but aren't unprecedented.
Judge Thomas Brennan set a pre-
trial examination for Oct. 3.

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Members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity won the right to occupy their Lincoln
Ave. house.



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maintain good relations between Pi
Kappa Phi and the neighborhood,
through meetings and planning
party schedules in advance.
"We intend to be the best poss
ble neighbors that we can," he said. -"'
In response to the neighbor
complaints of noise and trash
Morris wrote in a 13-page opinion;
"Conduct which may not be appro-
priate to the peace and dignity of a
neighborhood must be _iEdressed by
the separate police powers of the
city or amendment of the ordinance
and not through a misinterpretation
of the provisions of the ordinance.
"If the city of Ann Arbor
chooses to regulate the use of land
through its zoning ordinance by dis-
tinguishing between organizations
which allow the use of alcohol and
those prohibiting it, it must so state
and it must so provide," she
Planning Commission member
Robert Eckstein said he will intro-
duce a proposal for discussion at the
commission's next working session
to distinguish fraternities, sorori-
ties, and cooperative housing as sep-
arate entities in the zoning
"I see a difference between fra-
ternities, sororities, and co-ops, and
I think the zoning laws should re-
flect that difference," Eckstein said.
"We can't just lump them together. *
Maybe 30 years ago that was possi-
ble. Now, they have different
However, even if the zoning or-
dinance is altered, it would not ap,
ply retroactively against Pi Kappa
Phi, said attorney Larcom.
"In this particular case, yon
couldn't amend that part of the or-
dinance and say, 'Now that applies.j
to (Pi Kappa Phi).' You can't re-,1
verse the judge's decision," she said.
Under the City Charter, any de,
cision made by the planning com,
mission would also require ap ,
proval by the City Council. -
Jerry Danhof, president of the
North Burns Park Association, saide-,
the association has not convened yet
and has not decided if it will appeal-
the ruling.
Assistant City Attorney Kristen .
Larcom, who represented the city,.
said the city has not determined.
whether it will appeal.



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DETROIT (AP) - Twenty
seven girls are applying for admit
sion to three male academies th
opened their doors to females las
week under a federal judge's order,.
the superintendent of Detroit 4.
Public Schools said yesterday.
"We have scrupulously adhered
to the terms of the agreement en- w
tered into pursuant to the order of
Judge (George) Wood,"
Superintendent Deborah McGriff
said in a written statement. "We
will continue to meet our obliges
tions under the agreement." .
Howard Simon, executive of the-
American Civil Liberties Union,
said yesterday that he's disappointed
with the number of female appli-
"We are now trying to dete;
mine whether the school board h=
lived up to its agreement; whethd
it made its best efforts to encouraf:
girls to apply..." Simon said.
Meanwhile, opponents of the
boys-only schools predicted the dis-
trict would have to spend up to $1
million to continue the legal fight
to operate single-sex schools with
little prospect of winning.
U.S. District Judge Wood on
Aug. 15 ordered the district to ad-
mit girls to the schools. The schoofs ,
were designed to fight the high t
dropout rate, and drug and crime
problems among black males.
Supporters say the all-male envi-
ronment removes social distractions ,
and allows teachers to focus on
male students' special needs. a
Opponents say they deny girls their
constitutional right to an equal edu-
co.On Aug. 27, the Board of
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