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.Friends hold fundraiser for
student killed in plane crash

By Greg Cox
Daily Staff Reporter
Friends of Arati Sharangpani, an
LSA senior who was killed in the crash
?f Comair Flight 3272, hope to cele-
rate the spirit of her life through a
show benefiting her memorial fund.
. Sharangpani was one of 29 victims
killed in the Jan. 9 air disaster. The
show, which will be held tonight at 8
p.m. in Rackham Auditorium, is intend-
ed to highlight the ideals Sharangpani
shared with others.
"It's a feel-good show for people who
want to have a good time" said LSA

senior Ashish Goyal, one of the event's
organizers. "There have been a lot of
tragedies in the recent past - it shows
us to celebrate life."
The benefit show, which will help
donate money for a scholarship fund, has
been organized by Sharangpani's friends.
The show will be open to the public.
Acts will include a dance performed
by resident advisors in Mary Markley
residence hall, traditional Indian danc-
ing, singing by the a cappella group 58
Greene, a date auction and a game
show. Goyal said the show is about the
little things in life that often are taken

for granted.
Goyal said the scholarship will be set
up through the University by the
Sharangpani family. The rest of the
money donated at the show will be
given to groups of which Sharangpani
was a member.
Sharangpani, who was less than five
months away from graduating when she
died, was involved in the Indian-
American Student Association and
other organizations.
Associate Rackham Dean and
Theater Prof. Betty Jean Jones also was
killed in the crash.


take offer
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit's daily
newspapers accepted unconditional
back-to-work offers from six striking
union locals yesterday, saying that
ended the 19-month strike. But union
leaders termed the company's plans to
place workers on a preferential hiring
jlist a rejection of their offer.
The unions said they would ask the
National Labor Relations Board's
regional office to seek an injunction to
return to their jobs all striking workers
who want to do so.
"The unions have made an effort to
stop the pain and suffering in this com-
munity, and the employer again has told
us in this community to go to hell' said
Al Derey, president of the Metropolitan
Council of Newspaper Unions.
"In the face of this rejection, we are
off to the National Labor Relations
Board and the federal court."
Derey said the request for the injunc-
tion could be filed as early as today.
Newspaper officials did not immedi-
ately return calls seeking comments
about the unions' statements.
William Schaub, the Detroit regional
director of the National Labor Relations
Board, has said he would view it as
improper if the newspapers took back
only some workers.
1 Schaub could not immediately be
reached for comment yesterday evening.
Disputes will continue regardless of
the outcome of the injunction effort. If
the strike is ruled an unfair labor prac-
tices strike, strikers who are not reinstat-
ed after the unconditional offer would be
entitled to back pay and benefits. A deci-
sion on the unfair labor practices ques-
tion and subsequent appeals are expect-
ed to take months or years.

Newspaper Guild of Detroit President Louis Mieczko speaks at a news conference
Wednesday after accepting offers from six striking newspaper unions.

Officials with the newspapers said
they do not intend to displace the 1,300
replacement workers hired during the
Spokesmen for Detroit Newspapers
Inc., The Detroit News and the Detroit
Free Press said in their acceptance of the
unions' offer that they hoped their plan for
bringing back workers as openings occur
would help bring peace in the dispute.
"We believe this is a positive step,
designed not only to help former strik-
ers but to begin to repair divisions in
our community," said Robert Giles, edi-
tor and publisher of the News.
Susie Ellwood, a vice president with
Detroit Newspapers, outlined a plan
under which workers could return when
there are openings. Some workers also
could qualify for financial help in find-
ing work at other newspapers, she said.
Specifically, the plan says:
U The companies will offer any job
openings as they occur within each

working unit to former strikers. The
former strikers will be placed on the list
based on seniority.
A training fund will be set up for
employees whose jobs have been elimi-
nated because of changes in the news-
papers' operation. It will be available to
employees who do not want to return to
A relocation fund can be estab-
lished for those who want to pursue
jobs at other newspapers.
The companies will not contest
future unemployment claims.
"Our most immediate step is to sit
down with our unions and find out how
many people want to return to work,"
said Free Press publisher Heath
Sixty percent were willing to return
to work early in the strike.
"We hope that union leaders will join
with us in helping grow our business
and not work to destroy it," he said.


Army engineer says he leaked
classified information to Israelis

DETROIT (AP)-An engineer at an
rmy post told an FBI agent that for 10
ears, he inadvertently gave Israeli offi-
cers classified information, including
how to fight Patriot missiles.
The statements were in an affidavit
- for a search warrant filed Friday in U.S.
District Court in Detroit. The FBI was
granted permission to search the
Southfield home of David Tenenbaum,
39, a mechanical engineer in the com-
bat vehicle research center at the
A rmy's Tank Automotive and
Armaments Command in Warren.
The agency is investigating state-
ments made by Tenenbaum after a lie
detector test given as part of a security
clearance upgrade.
Tenenbaum said he had inadvertently
given classified information to every
Israeli liaison officer assigned to the
tank command over the past 10 years
and to a scientific deputy director for
he Israeli Ministry of Defense.
The information included test data
for light-armor systems and counter-
measures for Patriot missiles, used by
the United States in the Persian Gulf
War. It also included classified infor-
mation about the Bradley Fighting

Vehicle and the Humvee.
Tenenbaum said he had taken home
documents that read "For Official Use
Only," and cover sheets marked
"SECRET." He told the agents that he
had one of the center's computers in his
The FBI wanted to search for tele-
phone bills, financial statements,
address books, computer files and any
classified material.
Tenenbaum has not been arrested or
Tenenbaum did not return a phone
message left yesterday at his home. A
woman who answered the phone at
Tenenbaum's home Tuesday said she
didn't know about the search warrant or
the investigation, the Detroit News said.
The Tank Automotive and
Armaments Command coordinates pro-
curement, storage and maintenance for
tanks and other military vehicles. Eric
Emerton, Warren Tank Command
spokesman, referred all questions to an
FBI spokeswoman. The agency would
only say an investigation was ongoing.
Eric Rubin, a National Security
Council spokesperson in the White
House, said his agency would have no

comment on the report of Tenenbaum's
activity because it is part of a criminal
"I gather that the Pentagon is also
aware of this, but will not be comment-
ing," Rubin told the Detroit Free Press.
The FBI, he said, would provide the
only "official response from the U.S.
government" at this time.
An Israeli defense ministry
spokesperson in Jerusalem said yester-
day the agency had not received any
request connected with Tenenbaum.
"On this occasion the (ministry of
defense) wishes to emphasize that all
MOD and IDF officials in the USA are
under the most explicit and categorical
instructions to decline any and all offers
of classified U.S. information, other
than that which is transmitted to them in
an orderly fashion through the autho-
rized official channels that exist
between the two countries.'
In the affidavit, the FBI said
Tenenbaum may have violated federal
laws against gathering or transmitting
defense information or delivering that
information to a foreign government.
Each charge would carry a 10-year
maximum prison term.



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