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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 6, 1997 - 5A


added 'at
*Store chain adds
parking spots for
expectant mothers
By Meg Exley
Daily Staff Reporter
Shoppers at Busch's Valu Land gro-
cery stores now have eight fewer
spaces in which they can park.
Unless they're pregnant.
"I think it's a good idea," said
Engineering junior Michelle Hahn,
an employee at Busch's. "Our biggest
emphasis is on customer service -
this is just another thing we can do to
accomodate shoppers and keep them
Coming back to Busch's."
Three hospitals in Washtenaw and
Livingston counties have teamed up
with eight local Busch's grocery
stores to set aside special parking
spaces for expectant moms near the
store entrances.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in
Superior Township led the effort to
secure the spaces at the two Ann Arbor
Busch's stores on South Main Street
and on Green Road. The hospital is
part of the Mission Health Group, a

Engler to crack
down on liquor
sales in state


LANSING (AP)- The state will get
more money to run sting operations to
catch teens who try to buy alcohol and
retailers who illegally sell to them
under a proposal by Gov. John Engler.
The governor's fiscal 1997-98 bud-
get - to be unveiled today - will
reflect his desire to put an additional
$200,000 into such enforcement
efforts, state Management and Budget
spokesperson Maureen McNulty said
The 38-percent increase in funds
would be used to expand a program
begun last November to hire Liquor
Control Commission agents who can
organize and run the sting operations,
rather than just respond to com-
Illegal alcohol sales are "a far more
serious violation than tobacco sales (to
minors), terrible as that is," Liquor
Control Commission Chair Phil
Arthurhultz said.
"Alcohol in a minor's hands can end
up being deadly, both to the kid and to
the other people on the road. We want
to make it clear to the licensees that

they have blood on their hands" if they
sell to anyone under 21. A 0
The $729,500 Engler is proposing-
for the LCC program in the budget that
takes effect Oct. 1 would be used to hire
more agents and support personnel;
such as the assistant attorney genera4
and staff needed to handle hearings for
those charged with violations.
In its first-ever sting operation late
last fall, the LCC sent out four state
police cadet trainees as decoys to try
to buy alcohol at 69 location's
statewide. - 2
The effort resulted in liquor licensees
being charged with 33 violattons,
Arthurhultz said.
"It has so far proven effective, and
we knew it would," he said.
The sting operations will not be tar-
geted to any particular area of the
state. Arthurhultz said he expects"
some violations in nearly every con-k
He plans to coordinate efforts with
the state police and local law,
enforcement officers to make the
stings even more effective.

Jaylne Presley straps her child into a car seat in the expectant mother parking space at Busch's Valu Land on Ann Arbor
Saline Road. Busch's is the first grocery store chain in the area to offer this service.

health care provider.
The hospital funded the signs with
hopes of expanding their program to
other retailers in the future.
"So far the response has been
really positive - from both preg-
nant and non-pregnant customers,"
said Busch's spokesperson Peggy
Conlin. "Many women said they
would have liked to have seen the
spaces a few years ago."
Conlin said that while offering the
special spaces for expectant women is
not an original idea, Busch's has
received national publicity.
"I think we've received so much

attention for the spaces since we have
teamed with the hospitals,' Conlin
said. "As far as we know, this kind of
partnership is the first of its kind."
Hahn said she was surprised at all
of the initial attention.
"I didn't realize how far the news.
would travel,' Hahn said. "I think (it)
was on Jay Leno the other night."
Conlin said the idea came from a
nurse at St. Joseph's who saw an arti-
cle about a similar program in the
Chicago area.
"We were totally supportive of the
idea when St. Joseph's approached us,"
Conlin said. "As a community based

chain, we thought this would give us
another chance to best serve our cus-
"We like to think that we're more of
a customer-service-oriented store than
some of the bigger national chains,
she said.
Conlin said that Busch's doesn't
plan to police the spaces and will rely
on the honor system.
"We're optimistic that peer pressure
will prevail," Conlin said. "The last
couple of days have been kind of hilar-
ious - we've had expectant moms
come up and ask if they were pregnant
enough to park in the spaces!"

National Public Radio to air live at 'U' today

Continued from Page 1A
Today's program, airing live from 2
to 4 p.m., is held in conjunction with
,the University's Martin Luther King Jr.
Symposium and with National Public
Radio's Initiative on Audience
Harriet Teller, promotion director for
Michigan Radio, said one of the major
;goals of University public radio is to
diveiaify its audience. Teller hopes the
attention given to "Talk of the Nation"
will help to reach that goal, especially
in its appeal to students.
"The conventional wisdom has been
Continued from Page 1A
to the Dental School to meet Isabell and
Mitchell and then continued their
NWROC member Shanta Driver told
spectators that this was just the begin-
ning of the protest movement on cam-
"We need to find other students on
this campus and teach them how to
s4build a social movement on this cam-
pus," Driver said.
Inside the Dental School, students
watching the protest said they have dif-
Continued from Page 1A
"I question the reported rapes,"
Kelterborn said. "It doesn't mean rape
itself has fallen. As far as the U of M
community, it's still a problem that
needs to be addressed.:
Wright said the cause, of high inci-
dent reports relates to either available
survivor information or a strong sup-
port program. She said many of the vic-
tims who come to SAPAC don't neces-
sarily go to the police.
"We have more survivors coming
forward than ever before;' Wright said.
"The type of cases we see coming to
SAPAC can be from before they came
Oto campus."
While Ann Arbor Police Department
Sgt. Larry Jerue said he also questions
the numbers, he said that the drop in
reported rapes might be a reflection of
state legislation made in favor of vic-
"(The) Criminal Sexual Conduct Act
deals severely with the way the defend-
ing attorney can cross examine the wit-
less," Jerue said. "Under this law, the
defense can no longer bring up the vic-
tims' past or infer things that can hurt
the victim."
"The victim became more of the sus-
pect than the victim," Jerue said,
adding that he believes victims do not
av to fear going to trial anvmore and

'why don't college students listen to
public radio?"' Teller said. "Our student
interns, in fact, have done a.lot of the

to participate in the event.
"I think it's terrific," she said. "The
topic is relevant; it's appropriate."

work . on
and that's
really excit-
ing. We
have had
working on
it for a cou-
ple of
Kathy Rivkin,

It can only be
national conversation if
all kinds of people are
in on it."
- Ray Suarez
NPR host

added that
she thinks
not only
will be
worth -
while to
attend, but
that it will
also be
educa -

hope people show up, if for no other rea-
son than to hear others speak," Rivkin
As Suarez described his reasons for
hosting "Talk of the Nation," he echoed
Rivkin's sentiments.
"Americans are constantly chewing
over a lot of different issues that face
them as individuals and face us all as a
country" Suarez said. "'Talk of the
Nation' is always trying to be a spur in
the side of those conversations, to push
them to the next level, to get people
talking about the hard things and to get
them to shy away from the simplistic
"It can only be national conversation
if all kinds of people are in-on it."

who works at the stu-

tional .
"I think it's a great opportunity, and I

dent-run station WCBN, said she plans

fering views about the verdict.
Dental School second-year student
Matt Styles said he believes the workers
were justifiably fired and should not
have filed suit against the University or
"From what I understand and from
what I've heard around (the Dental
School), they were fired because of
incompetence," Styles said. "I mean if
everybody gets fired and (sues) because
they don't like it, then what?"
Other students who watched the
protest said they were concerned about
University race relations.
Kinesiology senior Kris Dowe said

the University has a racially divided
"The University preaches diversity
on the surface when really the races are
kept quite separate," Dowe said.
The trial posed another problem for
LSA first-year student Talia Mitchell,
the niece of plaintiff Dawn Mitchell.
"I feel I'm in a catch-22 because I'm
a student here," Talia said. "Then again,
I have an aunt who I love very much"
NWROC also marched to the
University Hospital.
University officials still contend the
University did not discriminate against
the three former employees.

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