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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 7, 1997 - t

Religious
gif t ban
lifted for
i1nmates
DETROIT (AP) - Under pressure
from Congress and religious groups,
Tederal prison officials yesterday lifted
y ban on gifts of religious items that
was imposed last month under a strict
interpretation of new ethics rules.
The rule had threatened to prevent
-nmates from having the prayer books
and other ritual items needed for their
observances.
The order, signed by Attorney
eneral Janet Reno last month, said no
employee of the Department of Justice
"may solicit gifts or encourage the
solicitation of gifts to the Department,"
unless she approved the donation in
advance.
Federal prison chaplains interpreted
the order to include religious donations
intended for inmates, according to the
Aleph Institute, a Surfside, Fla. group
at represents Jewish federal prisoners.
"Of all the groups in this country,
inmates are the one group that definite-
l y needs structure and spirituality.
We're not talking about weight lifting
equipment or porno," Isaac
Jarosiawicz, the Aleph Institute's exec-
utive director, said yesterday.
One week before Rosh Hashana, the
Jewish new year that fell last Thursday
and Friday, he said he was inundated by
hone calls from chaplains telling him
ey had to return prayer books and rit-
ual materials they had previously
ordered for Jewish inmates to use dur-
ing the High Holidays.
The 112,000 federal prison popula-
tion includes about 1,400 Jewish
inmates, according to Jarosiawicz.
"Absent a directive countering it,
chaplains would've been hard pressed
to get material to fulfill a specific pris-
ner's religious needs," said Deborah
hillips of The Justice Fellowship, a
Baptist prisoner rights group in subur-
ban Washington.
That reverse order was issued yester-
day, Bureau of Prisons spokesperson
Todd Craig said.
"During the last two weeks, the issue
has been under review and today, author-
ity has been re-delegated to wardens to
accept donations, whether educational or
religious in nature," Craig said.
Prison wardens can accept donations
worth up to $250. Beyond that, the
assistant attorney general must review
the donation, Craig said.
The original order was intended for
Department of Justice officials so
avoid the appearance of any conflict of
interest by accepting gifts.

Dog days

Truck accident
rate declines

AP PHOTO
Pam Chimiel of Clark Lake, Mich., jumps over a hurdle with "Oakley" as part of an obstacle course during Paws in
Park, at Ella Sharp Park in Jackson, Mich., on Sunday afternoon. The program offered owners tips to train their dogs.
Investigators search for chief
suspect in triple murder case

By Carly Southworth
For the Daily
Statistics show that large trucks were
involved in fewer accidents and caused
fewer fatalities in 1995 - but that
decline may have been only temporary.
According to newly released
University research, the number of
accidents involving heavy trucks
declined slightly in 1995. Pending sta-
tistics for 1996 may not be as encour-
aging, researchers said.
The University's Center for National
Truck Statistics found there were about
129,000 accidents involving large trucks
in 1995, a decline from the 151,000 in
1994. Of the accidents in 1995, 3,631
were fatal. This is also a decline from
1994's 4,800 fatal accidents.
"We already know that the number of
fatal accidents is back up in 1996;' said
Kenneth Campbell, the center's direc-
tor. "The decrease in 1995 was a tem-
porary dip."
The center, which is a branch of the
University's Transportation Research
Institute, conducts an annual survey of
all heavy trucks involved in accidents.
The 1996 statistics are not yet available.
A heavy truck is a vehicle that has at
least six wheels and is used for transport-
ing cargo, said Daniel Blower, assistant
research scientist and the study's author.
"Basically, a large truck is anything
bigger than a pickup," Blower said.
Sponsored by the Department of
Transportation and private groups such
as truck manufacturers, the Center pub-
lishes an annual Truck and Bus Crash
Factbook. The book is a compilation of
the Center's findings with other data
files from across the nation.
The center surveys each truck
involved in an accident by talking to
truck drivers, owners, and safety direc-

tors to get a description of each collision.
"These surveys help examine howi
operating environments affect probabil-
ity of fatal accidents," Blower said.
These surveys are then helpful in
declaring which driving environments
are safe and which are not.
Kenneth Campbell, the certer's
director, said an economic slowdown in
1995 could have caused a dip in the
number of accidents involving trucks.
"Changes from year to year are driven
by economics," Campbell said. "When
the economy is surging, more goods
need to be transported, which Intans
trucks spend more time on the roads."
Other factors that affect fluctuations
in the number of fatal accidents include
seatbelt awareness, road conditions,
regulations on truck drivers and pissen-
ger car trends.
But not all crashes involving heavy
trucks are the fault of the truck drivers
themselves. Many of these crashes
involved drunken drivers in passenger
cars, Campbell said. According tq the
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration there were 1.43 million
total arrests for driving under the ififlu-
ence of alcohol or narcotics ii 1995
alone.
NHTSA also found that there were
37,351 fatal alcohol-related crashes in
the United States in 1996, nearly 5,000
less than 1986's 41,090. Also following
this declining trend is the number of
total accidents involving alcohol...;
Ann Readett from the Michigan
office of Highway Safety Planningysaid
that the total crashes on state roads is
declining slowly but steadily.
Readett said this decline is dueto a
combination of things, such as stdcter
laws, increased awareness, and euca-
tion on drinking and driving.

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) -- The chief suspect in last
week's triple murder at a southwestern Michigan cottage is
described as a man of the woods, a "survivalist" able to live
off the land, authorities said yesterday.
Michael Cleary, the hunter, is now being hunted.
"He's a person who likes to go into the wilderness and eat
small game,' state police Lt. Tim Young said, "Associates
have said he would go out and be gone for long periods of
time. He wasn't afraid to rough it."
Authorities believe Cleary, could be hiding in deep woods
while they attempt to arrest him on gun violations. He is not
charged with the murders of three people found in a Van
Buren County cottage, but "he's a really good suspect,"
Young said.
"He was last seen with one of the victims," the lieutenant
said.
The bodies of Max Handley, Brenda Hurley and Dan Charles
were found Friday inside a small home shared by Handley and
Ms. Hurley. The trio may have been shot a day earlier.
"That gave him a half day to a day's jump on us," Young

said.
The cottage is at Van Auken Lake in Bangor Township,
southeast of South Haven. State police have a motive for the
murders but they declined to disclose it.
Cleary recently worked at a tool-and-die shop in
Hartford and lived in Berrien County. His closest rela-
tives are in the Chicago area but he hasn't had contact
with them "for a long time," Young said.
"He's a new player to us. We couldn't even find points on
his driving record," Young said.
State police fielded more than two dozen calls from
people who reported seeing Cleary as far east as Detroit
and as far north as the Uipper Peninsula.
"We don't know if it's him," Sgt. Mike Averill said. "We
don't know where he's at."
He is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and 190 pounds, with
reddish gray hair and a full beard. Cleary drives a 1987 red Ford
Ranger with the license plate YP 7510.
Anyone with information is asked to call the state police in
South Haven at (800) 381-8477.

SACUA
Continued from Page 1.
"These students should be allowed
to excel and meet their goals," Goss
said.
SACUA Chair Louis D'Alecy, a
professor of physiology, said "one of
the main ways to do that is by getting
the faculty involved into the
process."

Goss was not the only guest at yes-
terday's SACUA meeting. Cantor
briefly explained some of the values
of VCM.
She is scheduled to outline a VCM
budget plan when she meets with the
Senate Assembly on Nov. 17.
"There are clearly many different
values to get represented," Cantor
said. "We need to make sure the bud-
get system represents the communi-
ty.

"I feel very strongly about support-
ing interdisciplinary research and
scholarships," said Cantor, who
emphasized the importance of identi-
fying things a good budget seeks to
address.
Deskins said the values of VCM are
unclear.
"We had no ideas what the values
were," Deskins said. "There has to be
some sort of value system for the
allocation of these revenues."

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