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Page 6-Thursday, July 31, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Racial violence
hits 3d Florida
city; Orlando
police assaulted

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)-Police were
pelted with rocks and bottles for a
second time late yesterday and
sporadic: looting broke out in a
predominantly black neighborhood
where disturbances previously had
erupted before dawn, police said.
After what officers said started as
"an extremely normal night," gangs of
black youths roamed around the areas
tossing the-missiles and breaking into
stores.
POLICE CORDONED OFF a four-
block downtown area after the violence
brokeout, said police Sgt. Jay Dowling.
"We've been having some problems
in the last hour or so," Dowling said.
"To our knowledge there are no in-
juries. The police are in the area now."
Dowling said riot-equipped county
ideputies were called in as reinfor-
cements to heavily armed officers
already in the area.
THE VIOLENCE EARLY yesterday
was touched off by an arrest at a neigh-
borhood bar, making Orlando the third
Florida city to be rocked by racial
violeance in recent months.
Last night's violence began when
Orlando Twins minor league
baseball fans left a downtown stadium
just a few blocks from the low-rent
black neighborhood.
Motorists were pelted with rocks and

bottles, police said. There also were
-reports that one Molotov cocktail was
thrown.
Witnesses reported at least one
building on fire as well as some looting.
The racial problems came two weeks
after a new round of disturbances in
Miami, where 18 people lost their lives
in mid-May rioting. Tampa, on
Florida's Gulf Coast, was hit by racial
violence after Miami's riot.
THE PROBLEMS are a new
phenomenon in this fast-growing Cen-
tral Florida city, surrounded by Disney
World and other tourist attractions.
About one-fifth of Orlando's more than
130,000 residents are black.
"This is a serious problem, but not a
bad problem of major proportion. It
didn't spring from the same causes as
the Miami or Chattanooga riots,"
Orlando Mayor Carl Langford said af-
ter touring the area.
The Miami riot was triggered by an
all-white Tampa jury's acquittal of four
white ex-Dade County police officers
charged in the beating death of black
businessman Arthur McDuffie, and the
Tampa disturbances were also blamed
on the verdict. Four nights of violenc
ripped through Chattanooga, Tenn.,
last week after the acquittal of two Ku
Klux Klansmen charged with wounding
four black women.

POLICE OFFICERS IN Orlando, Florida, subdue a suspect after several
hours of bottle and rock throwing incidents which started with the attempted
arrest of a woman burglary suspect. A crowd of about 150 people tried to stop
police from making the arrest, resulting in some looting and the burning of
an unmarked police car.
Parents briefed on 'U'lif
Continued from Page D)
activity on campus. is here, he or she can get ... But most
ORIENTATION LEADER Ernest of the time they'll have to be assertive
"Chico" Rosemond described about it," the graduate student ex-
Michigan's $5 marijuana law for the plained.
parents (most of whom were from Both leaders said that most parents
states other than Michigan), and added weren't as naive about the "facts of
that although pot is easily obtained in life" on campus as they first expected.
Ann Arbor, it is in no way forced on "We tell them 'sexual activities may
anyone. occur' on the part of their son or
"Anything your son or daughter wan- daughter or their roommates, and they
take it really well," said Rosemond.
ACCORDING TO Gina Tonge,
*ST *0student coordinator for the program,
approximately 1,400 parents attend one
of the three-day sessions offered
-IAL saai41o throughout the summer in conjunction
with the freshperson orientation
program, and a few parents opt to at-
tend the first day only. There is also a
one-day session planned for Aug. 31 for
OPENP.M.}SHOW AT DI$ parents who were unable to attend an
j ENDS TONITE earlier session.
While at orientation, many parents
stay in rooms at West Quad's Cam-
bridge House. Fees range from $25 to
$35 per night, and the registration fee
for three days is $12.
Some parents expressed apprehen-
sion about their child's first venture in-
so - 'o to the University community.:"Our son
BURT REYNOLDS is coming here to conquer the world,
LESLEY-ANNE DOWN but now I don't think he's going to do
DAVID NIVEN it," said one father.
50 - RO U GIH"HILARY'S COMING here with
35-9:50 mixed feeling$," said one mother from
New York City. "She's getting nervous
about leaving home and the city, where
%NE she has really enjoyed living."
TH TCNES "Hilary wanted to experience the
HOEVER CATWINS. 'joys of anonymity' " the woman's
GUY FIhusband chimed in. "She wantedto be
able to move in and out of crowds
without signing on the dotted line."
KRfSrOther parents expressed cautious op-
S CNI~~c timism. "I've done all I can in 18 years,
and I'm looking forward to seeing what
II14SLJ my son will do with the rest of it," one
:t." woman smiled.

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