2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 15, 1996
Detroit Mafia members indicted
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - With numerous
indictments and arrests federal authori-
ties have attacked the alleged leaders of
the Detroit Mafia, continuing a crack-
down against organized-crime families,
Attorney General Janet Reno said yes-
Jack William Tocco, described by
federal officials yesterday as one of the
country's "longest-tenured and most
powerful" La Cosa Nostra bosses was
arrested without incident Wednesday
at his West Palm Beach, Fla., vacation
home as were three other alleged mem-
bers of the Detroit Mafia family. The
four were among nine of 17 indicted
suspects accused in 30 years of crimes
including various forms of mayhem,
racketeering and extortion.
"Organized crime is still a cruel and
destructive element in America's social
fabric," said Reno in announcing the ar-
rests at her weekly news conference."...
It remains a priority at the Justice Depart-
ment.... They continue to be a threat that
requires our constant vigilance."
In the past 12 months, the heads of
crime families in Boston, New Orleans,
Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, New-
ark and New York City have been in-
dicted or convicted as part a renewed
thrust against groups that many in the
general public considered near death
after the conviction ofNew York crime
lord John Gotti four years ago. Forty-
two top figures in La Cosa Nostra, in-
cluding seven bosses and underbosses,
have been arrested or successfully pros-
ecuted during the past three years.
"We have weakened them, but by no
means have we killed them," said Rick
Mosquera, head ofthe FBI's organized-
crime division, in atelephone interview
yesterday. About 10 percent ofthe Mafia
leadership is now in jail, and those who
remain at liberty are attempting to di-
versify and rejuvenate their criminal
enterprises, he said.
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Neal said there is a formula for the
distribution of the funding, which in-
cludes the member, the department and
The regents will vote on the changes
at a later date, possibly at the board's
Members of the Graduate Employee
Organization addressed the board during
the public comment session, in an effort
to raise awareness about the ongoing con-
tract negotiations, which began Oct. 31.
"We want the regents to think about
how our contract negotiations are going
and make them go better," said Scott
Dexter, president of GEO.
"We feel the response we are getting
from the University has been inconsis-
tent with the University's public com-
mitment to quality education, diversity.
We want to make sure the regents are
aware of this junction."
Newman said she hopes the two
sides reach an agreement soon. "Hope-
fully, we will bring this to some conclu-
sion," she said. Newman also said the
University ranks in Graduate Student
Instructor benefits among Big Ten in-
Dexter said he was unsure if the com-
ments would help GEO's negotiations,
but said their attendance was "an im-
The regents hold one meeting each
winter semester at the Dearborn cam-
pus. But Regent Rebecca McGowan
(D-Ann Arbor) said the regents are ac-
tively involved with the satellite cam-
pus throughout the year.
"Although we only appear to come
here as a group, as individual regents
we come here much more frequently,"
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"I like their fiscal conservatism and
social liberalism," said Gene Krass, an
Dressed in a suit jacket over a plaid
shirt and worn-out cowboy boots,
Nichols hati trouble speaking in front of
the crowd at first but grew more enthu-
siastic as he described what he called
discrepancies in the evidence against
his brother Terry and accused bomber
James Nichols spent time in prison
and under house arrest in connection
with the Oklahoma City Federal Center
bombing and was later released when
Attorney General Janet Reno announced
there was no evidence to convict him.
His brother Terry will stand trial later
this year along with McVeigh in the
bombing, which killed 168 people. He
maintains his brother's innocence and
says he has not seen evidence convinc-
ing him of McVeigh's guilt.
Nichols condemned his treatment by
the authorities and media following the
"Even after I'd been totally exoner-
ated, they still found it necessary to
discredit me. I have experienced hu-
miliation and embarassment that few
innocent people on this planet will ever
experience," Nichols said.
The closely huddled group of listen-
ers gave supportive bouts of laughter
and knowing snickers when Nichols
told of investigations that he felt were
invasive of his privacy and infringe-
ments on his rights.
"My home has been ransacked -
every barn, every building in the place.
My property has been taken, my reputa-
tion has been destroyed," Nichols said.
Nichols said that his and friends'
phones have been tapped, and every
piece of property he worked on or
rented has been flown over with heli-
copters "looking for bomb craters." He
said his family has suffered physical as
well as emotional problems as a result.
Nichols said the accusations against
his brother Terry are false and based on
nonexistent or fabricated evidence. He
said he has investigated and found sev-
eral discrepancies, which he detailed in
last night's speech.
"We need the truth to come out in this
thing. I believe when the evidence sur-
faces about this tragedy people will not
only be surprised, they will be angry,"
Nichols said that much evidence from
the building rubble has been concealed.
He also said the media falsely por-
trayed his brother as turning himself in.
Nichols and his close friend Bob
Papovich are writing a book detailing
the described holes in the evidence
against his brother. Papovich said they
hope to have the book, tentatively titled
"Conspiracy in Oklahoma: A Search
for the Truth," done in two or three
Papovich, who assisted Nichols in
giving the presentation, said, "You would
not believe what we have discovered. I
bet my life on Terry's innocence."
Much ofthe audience agreed Nichols'
rights had been violated but were skep-
tical about some of what he said, espe-
cially that the government was partly
responsible for the bombing.
"I'm not sure if I buy everything
about his brother and McVeigh but some
of it is clearly true -there was clearly
an egregious abuse of government
power," said Douglas Friedman, a doc-
toral student in marketing.
Martin Howrylak, an LSA sopho-
more running for Michigan Student
Assembly president on the Liberty Party
ticket said he found parts of the presen-
"I had a whole lot of doubts about
what he said but what I found interest-
ing was his personal experiences,"
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Artificial flavors may
SAN FRANCISCO - A new study
suggests health-food enthusiasts got it
all wrong: Artificial flavorings in ev-
erything from barbecue potato chips to
toothpaste may actually be good for
The reason: All sorts of artificial fla-
vors contain salicylates, a chemical
cousin of aspirin. And aspirin is known
to reduce the risk of heart attacks by
preventing blood clots.
The new study found that people take
in the equivalent of one baby aspirin a
day from the artificial flavorings put in
The researchers say that Americans'
taste for artificial flavorings may help
explain why fewer people are dying
from heart attacks.
"We are presenting what we consider
to be a plausible hypothesis, but it needs
a lot more exploration," said Lillian
Ingster ofthe National Center for Health
Deaths from heart attacks rose
steadily through this century until
Clinton unveils plan
to give $100M to
JERUSALEM - President Clinton,
making an emotion-laden visit to Israel
to bolster the morale of its shaken citi-
zenry, announced plans yesterday to
provide $100 million in U.S. aid and
improved intelligence sharingto counter
terrorism here.One day after co-hosting
an unprecedented international summit
conference that condemned terrorism
and vowed to cooperate in combating
it, Clinton declared that "the forces of
peace and security are stronger than
those that pursue destruction."
Clinton spent yesterday offering so-
lace to Israelis in the aftermath of four
recent suicide bombings in a period of
nine days that killed 62 people.
He visited the graves of 10 young
soldiers killed in the attacks, which
were sponsored by the militant Pales-
tinian group Hamas. Also at the Mount
Herzl Cemetery here, he stopped by the
grave of former Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin, slain in November by a right-
about 30 years ago, when they began
to fall. Experts have searched for rea-
sons to explain this and have come up
with several, including less smoking,
lower consumption ofisaturated fats,
better medicines and treatment and
Sinn Fein leader
march in N.Y. parade
NEW YORK - While the Northern
Ireland peace process marks time, Sinn
Fein leader Gerry Adams said yester-
day he will take a big step of another
sort - marching in New York's St.
Patrick's Day Parade.
At a news conference. Adams played
down the symbolic importance ofb*
in the parade, a daylong affair that at-
tracts huge crowds and provokes strong
"I've been asked by the parade com-
mittee," he said. "I'm doing nothing
else on Saturday."
The remark was a light moment in
Adams' otherwise unencouraging re-
port on prospects for resolving the con-
flict over the British-ruled province
wing Israeli Jew whose stated goal was
to halt the Middle East peace process.
The declared purpose of Clinton's
visit toIsrael was to bolster the confi-
dence of the citizenry here and
strengthen Israelis' resolve to conti e
pursuing peace with theirArab enen.
China to end war
games near Taiwan
BEIJING - Satisfied that a threat-
ening message about independence has
been sent to the Taiwan electorate and
political leadership, China yesterday
said its military exercises and missile
tests in the Taiwan Strait will noe
extended beyond next week's pri-
dential election on the island.
A foreign ministry spokesperson an-
nounced yesterday that China willcon-
clude its naval and air force exercises
off the coast as scheduled Wednesday,
three days before Taiwan's first direct
"The exercises will come to an end
as scheduled," foreign ministry
spokesperson Shen Guofang informed
- From Daily wire services
GM protests state benefits for workers
DETROIT-- General Motors Corp. began filing protests yesterday with statc
unemployment departments, arguing that more than 100,000 workers it has laid
off because of a strike in Ohio are ineligibfe for benefits.
"The strike in Dayton has national implications with the shutdown of virtually
all our assembly plants," said GM spokesperson John Mueller. "Since GM rs
assessed the cost of state unemployment compensation, we don't believeg
should finance a strike against ourselves."
GM said it would challenge benefit payments to any United Auto Workers unon
member it has laid off because ofthe strike by 2,700 parts plant workers in Dayton. Th
10-day-old shutdown of the two plants has forced the automaker to close most of its
car and truck assembly plants and to lay off workers at dozens of other parts plants
Without the brake systems and oher components built at Dayton, GM can't
assemble most of its cars and trucks. Because the assembly plants have closed
other GM parts plants that supply them have ended or curtailed production.
In a normal layoff situation, UAW-represented GM workers can file for state
unemployment benefits and GM bears that cost. The benefits vary from state tc
state. Under the UAW's national contract with GM, laid-off workers also quay
for supplemental benefits paid by the company.
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