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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 3A

" President Ford's
son to speak about
media, first families
Actor Steve Ford, son of President Ger-
ald Ford, a 1935 graduate of the Univer-
sity, will speak on the impact the media
has on first families today. The event
will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gerald
Ford Library. The event will kick off the
library's exhibit "Prime Time Presidents,"
which will focus on the evolving relation-
ship of presidents with the media.
Sweatshop work-
ers to speak about
their experiences
Students Organizing for Labor and
Economic Equality and In Focus will
present a night of sweatshop workers
and union leaders sharing their stories
and experiences in the struggle for labor
rights today. The event will feature three
different speakers. It is scheduled for
7:30 p.m. in the Pendleton Room of the
Michigan Union.
Film screening
to focus on body
A screening of the film "Do I look fat?"
and ensuing discussion will focus on body
obsession as an identifying force in gay and
bisexual male communities. Snacks will
be provided for the event, which will be
held in room 3200 of the Michigan Union
from 11:30 am. - 1:00 pm. The screening
is sponsored by the Coalition for Action
Regarding Eating and Body Image Issues,
Counseling and Psychological Services
and the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender Affairs.
Peephole stolen
from East Quad
A peephole was stolen from the
door of a dorm room in East Quad-
rangle Residence Hall Tuesday at
about 11 p.m., the Department of
Public Safety reported. Police cur-
rently have no suspects.
U' bus crashes
into parked car
A University bus crashed into a
parked car on Tuesday at about 10
p.m., DPS reported. There were no
injuries reported.
Fight breaks out at
correctional facility
Two people were involved in a fight
outside the Arbor Heights Center,
a juvenile correctional facility near
Washington Heights. The incident
was reported at about 10 p.m. on

In Daily History

Tension mounts over
Delphi contract issues


Auto supplies wants
its workers to agree to
lower wages
DETROIT (AP) - Tension is build-
ing over auto supplier Delphi Corp.,
which has said it will decide by tomor-
row whether to ask a bankruptcy court
judge to void its union contracts.
Delphi says its union contracts are
uncompetitive and it wants its U.S. work-
ers to agree to lower wages. But if a judge
throws out the contracts and Delphi
imposes lower wages, the United Auto
Workers has vowed to strike. That would
cripple Delphi's former parent and larg-
est customer, General Motors Corp.
Delphi originally planned to ask
the court to void its contracts in
December, but has twice delayed that
action as it talks with GM and the
UAW about various solutions, such
as GM-funded worker buyouts. That
makes some analysts suspect Delphi
won't delay the action further.
"We believe management may now
well prefer to add urgency to discussions
by beginning the formal court process

to terminate," JPMorgan auto analyst
Himanushu Patel said yesterday in a note
to investors.
But others believe Delphi won't pull
the trigger because of the devastating
"I don't think that GM is going to
allow Delphi to reject the contracts," said
Chuck Moore, director of the Detroit
restructuring firm Conway, MacKenzie
and Dunleavy.
Moore said Delphi might take other
actions tomorrow to preserve its credibil-
ity, such as asking the court to schedule a
hearing on the contracts. But asking the
court to reject the contracts "puts the ball
in the union's court as to whether or not
to strike." The union could only strike
after the judge rejected the contracts,
which could take several weeks.
Delphi spokeswoman Claudia Pic-
cinin said yesterday that talks with GM
and UAW were progressing this week
but she wouldn't comment further. Last
week, UAW Vice President Richard
Shoemaker said negotiators were mak-
ing little progress.
"The differences between the parties
are huge. They're not minor differences.

They're not small differences. They're
huge differences," Shoemaker said.
The UAW, which represents most of
Delphi's 34,000 hourly workers, has had
a prickly relationship with Delphi since
October, when the company filed for
bankruptcy and asked the union to lower
hourly workers' wages from $27 an hour
to as low as $9.50. Delphi has since taken
its wage proposals off the table, but union
anger lingers. Workers at a Delphi plant
in Flint were planning a protest against
the company today.
But GM. recently sent a signal that
talks were progressing. Last month, the
automaker took a pretax charge of $3.6
billion associated with Delphi and said
it expects to spend between $3.6 billion
and $12 billion on benefits promised to
Delphi workers.
GM, which bought approximately $14
billion in parts from Delphi last year,
has a great deal at stake. A Delphi strike
could cost GM as much as $8 billion in
the first 60 days, Merrill Lynch analyst
John Murphy told investors in a recent
report. Murphy said GM's costs are even
higher than in 1998, when a 47-day strike
cost the automaker $1.6 billion.

Two men plead no contest to murder of 16-year-old

Both men were already serving
multiple life sentences for murders
in other states
MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) - Two men who
police say went on a three-state robbery and mur-
der spree pleaded no contest yesterday to murder-
ing a suburban Detroit pizzeria worker more than
five years ago.
David Baumann, 24, of New Baltimore, and
Dennis Bryan, 25, of Fair Haven, entered the pleas
to first-degree murder charges before Macomb
County Circuit Court Judge Diane Druzinski.

They will receive mandatory life prison terms
without parole when sentenced on March 21.
"They were very subdued in court, like they've
accepted their fate and they knew they were spend-
ing the rest of their lives in prison," Macomb County
Prosecutor Eric Smith said.
The two were accused of the October 2000 shoot-
ing death of 16-year-old Justin Mello during a robbery
at Mancino's Pizza and Grinders in New Baltimore.
Smith said the evidence against the men was
strong. They confessed to the crime and had the
murder weapon and Mello's wallet in their posses-
sion when they were arrested, he said.
Baumann's attorney, Ronald Goldstein, told the

Detroit Free Press before the hearing: "It's in his best
interest not to contest the charges."
A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is
treated as such for sentencing purposes.
Goldstein collapsed during the hearing and was
taken away by an ambulance.
Mark Haddad, Bryan's attorney, stood in for him
as the pleas were entered.
Haddad said Goldstein was laughing and jok-
ing as he was being taken from the courthouse on
a stretcher. "He seemed to be in good spirits, up
and alert. I guess they took him just for precau-
tionary or whatnot," Haddad said.
Baumann and Bryan already are serving sentences

on murder convictions in Florida and Virginia.
Haddad said he advised Bryan against entering
the plea, but Bryan made the decision himself.
"He must figure there's nothing else they can do to
him. He's already serving two life sentences for other
issues. He didn't want to go through another trial,"
Haddad said.
Baumann is serving two life sentences for
the shooting death of Charles Lee Pennington
at a Florida Subway sandwich shop in August
2000. He's serving another two life sentences
in Virginia for the stabbing death of gun-shop
clerk Norman Pelfrey, which occurred just days
before the Florida slaying.

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I Alur

ns support
n an unusual

Feb. 16, 1990 - We all know
someone who bleeds maize and blue,
but the ultimate act of loyalty to your
alma mater may be stranger than you
think. Every year, people choose to
donate their bodies to medical cen-
ters, including the University.
The University receives corpses
from several sources, including
donations from families after the
death of a loved one, a small num-
ber of unidentified bodies from the
State Anatomical Board, and people
who make arrangements for their
body to be donated to the Universi-
ty. The University receives 300-350
bodies per year from 12 counties,
but reserves the right to redistribute
the bodies to other schools.
Most schools have programs
where alumni or friends of the Uni-
versity can arrange for their corpse
to be donated after their death. The




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