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Daily-Thursday, May 29, 1980-Page 11

Alleged
abuse in
German
prisons
LONDON (AP) - Amnesty Inter-
national accused West Germany
yesterday of holding suspected and
convicted terrorists in conditions that
inflict serious physical and
psychological damage.
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning
human rights organization made its
report public after West German state
and federal governments flatly rejec-
ted all attempts to improve prison con-
ditions, a spokesman said. The report
was also sent to West German officials.
ONE PRISONER, Werner Hoppe,
was "unable to swallow food without
vomiting," had bleeding intestines and
lost weight after seven years of
isolation, the organization said.
Hoppe was released from prison on a
court order but doctors who examined
him said his "life was endangered" by
the isolation and doubted he would ever
recover, the report said.
"We accept that the prisoners are
very difficult," said Douwe Korff, a
Dutch researcher assigned to the study
for two years, admitting that some
West German extremists inflict in-
juries on themselves for propaganda
value.
But he said Amnesty International
believes even difficult prisoners should
be treated humanely.
In Bonn, a spokesman for the West
German Justice Ministry said it was
necessary to hold certain convicted
terrorists in isolation because some
refused to be put with people who had
committed other crimes.

Slurp!
Humphrey, a respected dog-about-town, is not your ordinary pooch. Yesterday, many of his canine companions beat the heat
with a quick romp through the Huron River. Humphrey opted instead for a few licks on his master's ice cream cone.
Spaf
Seminar probes auto efficiency

By BOB PERLMUTER
In the past, automobile manufac-
turers planned car improvements with
regard to consumer demands and cost
alone. Today's automotive planners,
however, must consider a host of issues
including emission standards,
availability of natural resources, and
international politics.
With these thoughts, Prof. David
Cole, director of the Office for the Study
of Automotive Transportation of the
engineering school, opened the Seminar
for Automotive Industry Strategic and
Product Planning held yesterday at the
Chrysler Center on North Campus. In
the audience were executives and
managers of automotive suppliers and
manufacturers, including represen-
tatives from the four major American
auto manufacturers.
THE SEMINAR, co-sponsored by the
Industrial Development Division of the
University's Institute of Science and
Technology and the College of
Engineering, was designed to explain
planning techniques that could help
Food experts
American die
BOSTON (AP) - There's nothing
wrong with a meal consisting of a thick,
juicy steak, a green salad and a baked
potato with sour cream, as long as you
have variety in your diet, nutritionists
now say.
Diet guidelines released this week
appear to vindicate the American way
of eating.
THE FOOD AND Nutrition Board of
the National Academy of Sciences is the
panel that recommends dietary stands
for the food industry. Its recommen-
dations boil down to the same advice
ta sensible people have always
passed on. s
"We recommend something, .tat-gi

manufacturers produce more efficient
automobiles.
Poor planning has been at the root of
the automotive industry's problems,
Cole said. Americans have been depen-
dent on large, inefficient cars because
up until recently, "the real cost of
gasoline was low enough that we could
afford large, luxury cars," Cole said.
Cole added that in Europe and Japan,
high gasoline prices have prompted
manufacturers to build smaller, more
efficient cars.
"THE REAL culprit is the gover-
nment," which failer to convince the
American people of the severity of the
energy shortage even after the Arab oil
embargo in the early 1970s, Cole said.
In the future, 50 per cent of
automobiles will contain four-cylinder
engines and V-8 cylinder engines will
become almost non-existent, Cole said.
"The diesel will become very important
in the future," Cole said.
Other improvements will include
more efficient catalytic converters, in-
creased use of fuel-injection, and turbo-
say average
t is healthy
very trite," said Henry Kamin, vice
chairman of the board. "Our mothers
have told us this, and their mothers told
them also: Eat a variety of foods."
Kamin says that if people eat a
variety of the normal food sold in
grocery stores and restaurants -
whether fast-food hamburgers or veal
cordon bleu - they will he healthy.

charged engines, according to Cole.
Finally, lighter materials like plastics
and aluminum will take the place of
heavier iron and steel parts. Cole said
that some optimists predict cars of the
future will be capable of getting 80
miles per gallon of fuel.

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