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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 13, 2000 -'7

Firestone faced controversy,
Cvongresstwo decades ago

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WASHI1NGTON (AP) - The similarities
are striking -- and scary.
The recent congressional hearings on the
Firestone tire recall could have been held 22
years ago. In May and( July of 1978, execu-
tives from Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. of
Akron, Ohio, sat in front of a House subcom-
mittee for four days, defending a first-genera-
tion radial tire called the Firestone 500.
Then, as now, the top officers of the com-
pany did not admit to a defect in their prod-
uct, though there were hundreds of
complaints about the tire disintegrating on
the rim and 41 deaths. Appearing before
Rep. John Moss (D-Calif.) they blamed the
tires' problems on bad maintenance and
underinflation.
'Then, as now, members of Congiress
expressed disbelief and wonderment that the
company didn't order a recall sooner. And
then, as now, there was testimony about
rollovers, improper tire pressure, weak fed-
eral tire-testing laws and missed opportuni-
ties to head off the problem.
"It's shocking to me they would o
through two of these things," said Michael
Lemov, who was chief counsel of Moss'
Medical s3e c!

Commerce subcommittee onl oversight and
investigation. ""There's no corporate memory
or moral suasion from the government.
There's probably some of the same people
around.'
"It just astonishes me beyond my wildest
imagination," said Lowell Dodge, who was
Moss' special counsel in 1 978 and has
watched portions of the current round of
hearings. "I Would have thought Firestone
would have learned they have to be very
careful how they make these tires. They
haven't learned from the first time around."
In this case, Ford Motor Co. is playing a
role at least as prominent as i- rest one's. InI
1 978, the Firestone SOOs were on the cars of
many manufacturers and questions were not
being raised about the safety of the vehicles,
as they are about the Explorer.
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"It's shocking to me they would go through two
of these things"
- Michael Lemov
Former chief counsel of House Commerce Committee

A former National H ighway Traffic Safety
Administration lawyer, referring to Fire-
stone's near-bankruptcy and tarn ished repu-
tation, recalled: "in 1978, the company's
defiant approach to stifle the NHTSA inves-
tigation led to its downfall."
Firestone went to court to block progress
of NHTSA's investigation of the 500 tire.
"'There was a coverup and there was resis-
tance to giving NHTSA the information"
during the Moss hearings, recalled Joan
Claybook, who was the safety agency's
administrator in 1978 and testified at a Sen-'
ate hearing last week.
The stoneval Ii n or "Fire-
stonewal Ii n{," as it came to be known
around the agency then -_ piqued the inter-
est of the late Rep. Moss. a consumer-pro-
tection hero.
.Yr being- hit,

AP PHOTO
Aryn Kriska of Melvindale rides his bike across the intersection of Laarme and Keppen in Alien
Park on Tuesday. Heavy rains pounded the area on Monday night.

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run over by University commuter bus

GA S
o ntinued from Pagel'
An additional factor in the P uctuationl of
aga prices is competition, G~riffin said. When
A,.0.al markets are competing fiercely against
;:.ech other for business, prices decrease.
G~Criffin said Ann Arbor's affluence could
t~tribute to local gas prices. Since property
-'a'es and labor costs are higher here, those
""editures translate into more money being
z,;scld out at the pump.
AAMichigan spokesman Larry Keller said a
"large part of the oil shortage is due to reserves
1i 'ig stored for winter and low production out-
ยง put by members of the Oil and Petroleum L xport-
ing Countries in the past few months, despite
plans to increase. In states like Michigan, heating
-fuel costs this winter will determine what con-
sburners pay for gas.
Somic of the student-dependent taxicab
C rmpanies in Ann Arbor are having problems

because of the price of' gasoline.
C'harles Frey, general manager- of Veteran's
C'ab Company, said he has a shortage of dri-
vers willing to pay for gas and that soon
could be factored into a surcharge to alleviate
costs.
Stephanie Brugler, an Education graduate
student, said she has noticed the gas price
increase but it hasn't been severe enough to
affect her.
It may reduce frivolous trips," Brugler
said.
Gasoline is simply a expenditure she fac-
tors into her budget like food and rent, she
said, and until gas prices decrease she will
search For the cheapest gas in town.
Among two of the lowest gas prices in Ann
Arbor yesterday were the Amoco station at
2995 Packard St. and the Ann Arbor-Saline
Road Mci jer gas station, where prices were
SI1 .67 per gallon for regular and SIl .87 per
gallon for preniiuni.

DEATH
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Marchyok's death marks the first time that
anyone has been killed in an accident involv-
ing a University bus.
"We have not been able to find in any
records or anyone's memory another fatality
involving a bus," Brown said, adding that
there have been at least two serious injuries
since 1990. "We have a number of fender-
bender type things, which involved other
vehicles and poles."
Brown said there is no difference between
the requirements for a student bus driver and
a full-time bus driver. Both require a commer-
cial driver's license, which must be obtained
from the Secretary of State's office.
The University employs about 50 student dri-
vers every year along with about 60 full-time
drivers.

"Veve trained the drivers and empow-
ered them to make their own decisions
about what is safe and isn't safe." Brown
said. Drivers are required to find a "secure
location as soon as possible to disembark
their passengers."
Marchyok, who held a master's degree in
history from Eastern Michigan University
and a bachelor's degree in education from
Central Michigan University, was
employed at the University of Michigan
since 1997.
"She initially came into this _job as a
temp in aiiother division," said Kate Blake-
man, administrator of the internal medicine
division. "She was very good at what she
did and kept everything running smoothly."
Uhlmann said Marchyok was the first
person that patients in the g.enetics division
spoke with.
"She let them know what to expect, what

records to bring, and answered questions,
Uhlmann said. "She was very knowledge-
able, she had a nice sense of humor. I liked
her professionalism and commitment. She
was very good at helping patients."
From 1 991 to 1 993, Marchyok was a
member of the Howell Hlistoric Preserva-
tion Commission and she was also part of'
the Livingston Historical Society. .A
Marchvok is survived by her thi'ee children,
Michael, Patrick and recent University graduate'
Katherine, as well as her parents, Delores and
Richard Foster of Lansing.
Funeral arrangements are being handled
by Bell and Borek Funeral Home in How-
ell. Services wvill be at St. Kasimir Church,
located at 81 5 Sparrow Rd. in H-owell. A
time has not yet been announced.
Donations may be made in Marchyok's
name to the University's theater depart-
me nt.

PAID LISTENERS NEEDED for semester-
long study, at Kresge Hearing Research
institute. onsan@umich.edu
.,PART TIME: Teachers needed for
nationally accredited child care center. We
hrPlease Call: (734) 761-2576.
. PART-TIME FRONT desk and massage
therapist positions available. Flex hours.
Starting at $8/hr. plus commuission. Apply in
person at Endless Summer Tanning salon.
1896 WV. Stadium for an application No
:'. 'hone calls please
:PART-TIME OFFICE ASSISTANT
!needed for South Main/Ellsworth area
a consulting firm. Telephone coverage,
,* daoament and package preparation, library
"I!Wi~tance. Must be detail-oriented with
,strpng Word/Excel, FileMaker Pro. Part-tinme,
.tcrnoon hours preferred. Must have reliable
Wirsportation for occasional errands. Salary
ioge is $1 1-13/hour plus mileage
rirnbu'seineint Please fax resume with cover
'letter to K. Darnell at 734-994-9494. EOE.
- PRAWr-TIME SALES. Up to $8/hr. Baskin
R~bbins. 2731 Plymouth Rdl. Call 662-4128.
R'YSICAL ASSISTANT NEEDED for
4isiabled male law student. Pay negotiable,
will train. Cull Chris 761-9551.
RACKHAM GRADUATE School is now
)riig qualified UM work-study students.
&111 764-8265, email lkennedy @umich.edu
READERS AND/OR SCANNERS $7/hr.
Services for students with disabilities
volunteer reader progrum (volunteer
positions also avail.). Contact Barbara Gray
at 764-0182 orblgrtwuwnich.edu

SCOREYMEEPERS is now hiring part-time
short order cooks. No experience necessary.
310 Maynard. 995-0100.
SEMINAR ASSISTANTS-evenings, $8+
/hr. Please call Allan 996-1107.
SPANISH TUTOR For a Il) yr. old girl
beginting- level. Please Call 668- 1332.
SPORTSWRITER- Local internet sports
startup seeks PIT. computer literate
sportswriter. 741-8839 or jobC tstats.comn
STUDENT emiployee needed 8-10 hrs /wk.
toi the Technology Managemnent Office to
help maintain patent files. awd other clerical
work. Some offimc exp req. Salary $h-9/hr.
Contact Mike Hallrnun 647-5234 or email
mhallman~aumnich.edu
STUDENT FINANCIAL Assistant-
Fal /W inter 2000: energetic organized. detail-
oriented student needed for checking
payables, payroll, helping with purchases.
reports' and filing. Financiul expciience a
plus Flexible how's. 12 to Ii per' week. Pay
$7 75. Mail letter of application and resume
to Student Financial Assistant. UM Student
Publications. 21 VA Student Publicatis
Bld. Ann Arbor, M. 48109-1327
STUDENT help needed U-M athleic dept.
Crisler Arca/Stadiumn area. $7 to start. Very
flex. sched. Call Lisa 998-7236.
STUDENT MANAGER: For U of M
Women's Gymnastics Team. org. and comp.
skills req., gymnastics knowledge preferred
contactn Asst coach Paul Scardina 647-7980
STUDENTS needed for 4 yr old autistic
boy. No exp. nec. Looking for dedicated
people. Training prov. 734-692-8945.
STUDENTS NEEDED to post flyers C@
their univeritay unce a wk. 1-888-774-9994.

WASHTENAW COUNTY
Youth Attendant
The position of Youth Attendant is a
temporury part-tune on call position, which
under supervision provides secure custody of
dctemiion home residers. Prevents
unuuthunzcd entrances to and exits from the
fucility. using a system of electronic
monlitorig devices and visual checks
Education: high school diploma or the
equivalent and a minimum oft34 hours of
collevte credits, Two (2) years of experience
working with delinquent children in a youth-
orientcd setting. Must be flexible. Hours are
nor guca'anteed. Salary: $9.U0-$1 II00/hour.
Applications actepted until position filled
and air availablr from the Human Resources
Depalrimceni at 1734) 994-241U or visit our
websic t. t
~vwt. cowashtinaw .mu. us/jobs/jobs.htnil.
Apply to Washtcnuwv County Human
Resourtces Departmnent, 220 N. Main St, P 0.
Box~ 8645, Ann Arbor MI 48107-8645_ EOE.
WELL-PROPORTIONED, fl guy
pr'eferred f'or life-dirawing subject by
establi shed artist. SI12.50/hr. couple hrs/week.
Call 761-443.3 8:30 am to 10 pm.
SPRING BREAKC 2001
Jamaica Cancun, Florida, Barbabos Bahamas.
Now Hrring Campus Reps. Earn 2 free Trips.
Free Meals... Book by Nov. 2nd.
Call for FREE ino pack or visit on-line
sunsplashtours..com
1-800-426-7710
a" 04s-
WORK STUDY STUDENTS ARE
NEEDED
For several office positions at Student
Publications. We're looking for punctual,
energetic students for assisting with some or
all of mail, phones, filing, cash receipts,
library, database coordination, classified
poste up and udvetising tear down. Various
hours available. Pay $6.75 to $7 per hour.
Call Judy Ferrell for information or apply at
764.0550. 210 E. Student Publications.
YARD WORK/ecaning. Private home.
Walk from campus. $8/hr. Flex. 971-3321.
ZAMBONI DRIVER
$9.50/hr. 761-7240.

AFTER SCHOOL HELP for fun 9 & 6 yr.
old girls, 4-6 p.m. M-Th. Need car. 2981
Devonshire (5 lai. from campus). 769-5456.
AFTER SCHOOL SITTER: for 1 1 and 13
yr. old boys, play sports in the park. help
with homework.. shuttle to activities, non-
smoker. driver with car, good pay. Flex.
hours. 764 9448 days 662-5558 eve.
AFTER-SCHOOL driver with sale and
reliable car. Exc. pay. 665-4719.
AFTERSCHOOL CHILD CARE needed
for two girls, ages 6 and 9. Three afternoons
per week, 2'3U0-5:30 p m. in my Ann Arbor
home. Own transportation and references
required n-stnkr, x+8.00/hour. Call Kairen at
734-973-6406(h) or 734-971-7080 (w)
AWESOME DAUGHTERS! For 6 and 3
yrs. old. Two i. from campus, firs. very
flex . but own car nec. Call 936-1110 or 454-
7269 (days) or 994.0361 (eves).
BABY SITTERfor happy, robust 6 mo. old
boy. 15-20 hr's. wks. flcx. Walk to UM Must
love dogs. 769-4283.
BABYSITTER for 4. 5 yr.& 17 mo. girls. 2
days/wlk. South east A2. H. 477-0455.
BABYSITTER NEEDED afternoons, to
watch 2 children in A2 home. Tues and
Thurs. a must Trans. req. Call 623-0264.
BABYSITTER NEEDED for l0 yr old girl
after school. Flex. sched., good pay. Car
needed. Call 668-1332.
BABYSITTER NEEDED iegular hours.
Thurs. and Sat. for 2 and 6 yr. old. Call
Kahita or Leland 741-7223.
BABYSITTER NEEDED: in my Ann Arbor
home after school, Mon-Fri. 3-i:30 pm. Must
have car. Call Jill 482-4500 or 747-8748.
BABYSITTER wanted for 3 girls. Twins-2
yrs. old. a 4 yr.. old. Thur 7:30-5:30 in my
home located within a mile of campus. 668-
8327.
BABYSITTER WANTED: For any 2 yr. old
8-l0:3Oam. 2-3 mornings per wk., days flex.
Owan trans. req.. Call Bridgette 669-8806.
CHILD CARE (Off' schiool& P/T ) 9 and 12
yrs. old. Need reliable car & refs. Call 662-
5200.
CHILD CARE CENTER needs your help
closing 3:30-5:30 M-F. Help with snack arid
playtime. Great tun. Call Pai at St. Paul Early
Childhood Center: 668-0887
CHILD CARE needed for 2 yr. old boy
Flex. sched. 1 night & 1 day weekly.J0
hrs./wk..$8/hour. Refs. req (734) 995-1744,
CHILD CARE needed in our home. 10-15
hrs/wk. Flex. sched. I mile from campus.
Please call 761-1306.
CHILDCAR.E substitutes: work accui'ding
to your schedule. Great job for psych.
education. or nursing students. Funi
atmosphere. Call St. Paul Early Childhood
Center: 668-0887.
ENERGETIC babysitter needed bur 3-1/2

LOVING RESPONSIBLE SITTER needed
for our adorable 13 month old baby boy.
Tues/Thur'. 3:30-6:30. $8/hr. Rief. req.
761-8844
LOVING, RESPONSIBLE sitter- needed
for my happy. Energehic 2 yr old. Tues. Wcd.
& Thurs. 4-7:3(0 pmn S10/hr. 741-840)4.
MOTHER'S HELPER: baby girl, 6
months. Fall/Winter, mostly days, flexible
house. Cnace Lisa 769-6944.
PART TIME daycare assistance needed Coy
a home daycare Child carte exp. preferred.
Call Linda 994-6558.
PART-TIME Child care needed for creative
2 1/2 yr. old girl. Female, non-smoker. Close
to campus. 761-6225.
PART-TIME CHILDCARE needed MWF
12.30.6pin in my home Must have own
trans. Primary came for 4 yr. old boy and 2
older siblings. Excellent pay! 332-9973.
RESPONSIBLE PERSON to drive two
children to and froin Hebrew school in Ann
Arbor froni Dexter. Mondays & Wednesdays.
Tithe: 1-6 p.m. 50/wk 3584625.
SEEKING RESPONSIBLE non-smoker
with own car for after-School care, pick~-up
and drop-oft after-school activities. Initiate
homework. 3-6pm. Mon-Fri. Sonme flex.
More hrs. anc avail. Extremely competitive
salary. 662-1660.
TUTOR/CHILDCA.RE
We are seeking u curing, reliable
individual with an excellent drivins icord
and thcerown transportationr. You'll be
rsponsible for picking-up a 6th grade girl
and 7th grarde buy after school at Tappan
Middle School. then escorting them to after~
schuol activities You'll also be involved in
:assisting with their homework assignments.
Hours are froim 3.15pma to 6:30pm, Mon-Fri.
We offer tut extremely competitive salary.
Call Mr Tyler today at
(734) 769-8520) ext. 221
WANTED MATURE BABYSITTER lot
I1 yr. old gii'l and 7 yr. old boy. Non-smnkr.
Excel. driver. Must have car. Native French

WINTER BREAK/ISPRING BREAK
Ski A. Beach Trips on sale now!
www sunchw e.wmn
ur call I -800-SUNCHASE today!

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W1c11<Iotuhal I .1ltt. (l4-3')_
INTRODUCTORY ZEN MEDITATION
Course. 5 thurs. eves 6:30-8:30, begins Sept.
14. Zen B uddhist Temple. (734) 761-6520
MIXED INITIATIVE: Arc you bi-racist, in
an intarrucial relationship, or just curious
about whiat race is today? If so come to
Mixed Initiative's Mass Meeting Tonight!! 6-
7:30om in the Union Rm. 2108.
NAKEDMILE RUNNERS: Seeking
participants of Naked Mile. Ain local
journalist working on story about exploitat~ion
of~ participants. Jack, 1 -800-825-0770.
SUNDAY SERVICES. 930 am or 5pm.
Everyone welcome. Zen Buddhist Temple
121 4 Packard (at Wells). A2. MI 48104.

HIOUSEM ATE NEEDED: in beautifully
restored 3bdrro. l.5bth house. Ldry, garage.
Old WestSide, 7btks downtown, lOblks CC.
NS Graduate Student I Professional prcf.
$675. aahouscmatc@yahoocom 761-8925.

- RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
Wanted for U of M School of Nursing
research study: $9.50/hr. Must have own
reliable vehicle. Travel (reimbursed) req.
within a 50-radius of Ann Arbor'. Preferred
health-related background and ability to work
with older adults. Req. time
ominitrnent/availability at least 6 mu. Call
Dr. Beattie (734) 647-9331.
RESEARCH FIRM needs several interns
for the (all term. $8/hr. to sturn. Flex, PIT pus.
15-3U hrs/wk. Duties include: scanning, data
put, coding. proolreading, and some
elephone duties. Exp. with MSof ice and
pgemnaker desired. Call Eloise at 734 769-
6868 for a phone interview. Or fax resume to
734 769-0611,
RESPITE WORKERS and mentors (4-30
1'rslwk.) for youths with emotional
problemns Flex. hours. Transportation req.
'Male workers in high demand. Next training

TEACHER ASSISTANTS
Teacher assistants needed for our licensed
and NAEYC accredited center. Full or Part-
time positions uvailable. Will work around
school schedule Competitive pay & henielits.
E 01E Call (734) 971-0990 for more info.
TEACHER! PART-TIME fuor before &
alier school child tare piogri'uli mthe Ann
Athor lpthlmc schools. Grcat fun' I7. 15-9 AM
&Ior 1:10-6 PM M-F. Pay starts at $7.75/hi-
Call Laura or Tura 761-7101.
THlE BLUE FRONT. Day cashier, night
stuck wanted. 15-20 ilex hi's. Apply after
Spin,. 663-7777.
TUTOR NEEDED: for 2 boys in grades 4
and 7 with limited English for liomeworks.

994-533) during day. evenings, weekends.
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PART TIME, FLEMiBLE childcare for
easy going, young boy beginning fall 2000.
$8/hr. Call Alytia @995-0625.
A 4 YEAR OLD BOY needs child care one
eve., and some Afternoons. 6-8 hrsiwk. N-
srnkr. own car. Good pay. 971-1519.
ACTIVE CARING person ,to care for 5 &ic8

ALL MICHIGAN virs MSU football tickets,
Pickup or delivery, wanted at 517-351-{992
or www iau nestheuicketmanjcx)fl.
)EARLY SPECIALS! Sprng Break
Bahamas Party Cruise' j Days $279!
lncludces Meals. Partics! Awcsne Beaches.
Nighthli' lDeparts Frumi Florida! Get Group -
Go Thee'! springbreaktravel.com
1-800-678-6386. ____

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