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guardsmen on stand-by alert.
Kalamazoo County sheriff's deputies
and civil defense officials confirmed
three tornado touchdowns - including
one at a busy downtown shopping mall.
STATE EMERGENCY services of-
ficials said there were seven storm-
related deaths - including a motor-
cyclist, one person in the 10-story In-
dustrial State Bank building and three
shoppers killed when the back wall of a
downtown department store collapsed.
One man being treated at Bronson
Hospital suffered a fatal heart attack,
hospital officials said.*
THE TWISTERS came one day after
tornadoes in Missouri and Pen-
nsylvania left more than 200 people
homeless, dozens injured and losses
nearing $50 million.
About 70 persons were reported
treated for injuries at Bronson and
Borgess hospitals, with at least one
person admitted in critical condition.
Most of the injuries apparently were
caused by falling debris and flying
glass blown out of downtown buildings.
The winds shattered virtually every
window in the Hilton Center, a down-
town convention facility.
"AUTHORITIES SAID there were
several reports of looting in the down-
town area shortly after the twisters hit
at about 4:15 p.m., during rush hour.
At least one tornado also moved
through a suburban residential area,
with extensive property damage repor-
ted, but no immediate word on injuries.
One woman riding a city bus when the
twister hit said passengers ran from the
vehicle and tried to seek shelter in the
county courthouse but were not allowed
in the building.
"PEOPLE WERE outside pounding
and kicking the door and they woul dnot
let us in," Siobhan Gogarty said. "I had
to take my shoes off and run. I jumped
the high wall at the side of the building
and fell to the pavement.
"There was a blind man on the bus
who started running," she said. "He got
cut all over his face and neck. There
were branches falling everywhere."
The Rev. Lewis Briner, pastor of the
First Presbyterian Church near Bron-
son Park where the motorcyclist was
killed, said the storm "happened so
fast, you barely had time to collect your
THE TORNADO was accompanied
by golf ball-size hail that shattered
motorists' windshields, local residents
About 12,000 area residents were
reported without power due to downed
high-voltage lines. Telephone service
also was knocked out in the downtown
area and about 40 gas lines were repor-
"Get away from this building!"
yelled one police officer standing out-
side a damaged downtown store. "Get
away to the other side of the street!
There's gas here and this building's
liable to explode any minute."
THERE WERE reports of additional
gas leaks and some fires in suburban
He bags more than food
"If you hit them right ... they don't come back no more," explained
Jose San Miguel recently. The 79-year-old grocer in San Francisco knows
what he's talking about-in his 25 years of tending store, he has shot 15
crooks during attempted robberies. The latest gunman who tried to take
money away from San Miguel took three bullets instead, one in the stomach
and one in each arm on Saturday night. He was pleading with the old man,
"Please, don't shoot me no more." "I work hard for what we take in here,"
said the aged sharpshooter, who practices with his .38 caliber police special
in the back room. "It isn't all that much, but I'm not about to give it to some
bum just because he comes in here with a gun or a knife." Asked if the police
ever question his willingness to perforate would-be robbers, San Miguel said
they never have. Let's hear it for that sacred American right to bear arms.
Pay exactly ,
One Salt Lake City man follows orders to the letter when they come
from the state of Utah. He read the words "pay exactly" on his tax refund
check for $75.22, and he did just that-he sent a money order for $73, two $1
bills, and change back to the state, apparently thinking the refund check was
a tax bill. The state auditor returned the refund check and the money the
man sent in.
On the outside
The weather finally seems to., be in the swing of spring. Today will be
partly sunny with a high temperature in the low to mid-60s.
AAFC-Cul-de-sac, 7 p.m., Rosemary's Baby, 9 p.m., Angell Aud. A.
School of Education-Dr. Harold Hodgkinson, "Productivity and Stress
Implications for Higher Education," 3:30 p.m., Whitney Aud., 1039 School of
Wesley Foundation-Ruth and Nataneal Cortez,
Asian Missioners, "Human Rights in the Philippines," 8 p.m., Ecumenical
Campus Center, 921 Church St.
SPartacus Youth League Class Series-"Imperialism, The Draft, and
Carter's Cold War," 7:30 p.m., Union Welker Room.
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living-Fund-raiser at The
Apartment, 8 p.m., 2200 Fuller Rd.
Ark-Hoot night, open mike, 9 p.m., 1421 Hill.
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Wednesday, May 14, 1980
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