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The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCI, No. 19-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, June 2, 1981 Sixteen Pages
Heaviest
rfi s Behrtin
rocks Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Ignoring an ap-
peal by Secretary of State Alexander
Haig to end the fighting, Syrian troops
and Christian militia forces shook
Beirut with heavy weapons fire for a
second straight day yesterday, in some
of the most intense shelling in two mon-
ths.
Police said at least 10 civilians were
killed - including three children - and
23 wounded in a barrage that began
here in early afternoon and continued
for several hours.
THE NEW figures raised to 300 the
number killed in shelling since mid-
night Saturday, and included a number
of sunbathers who died on the
Mediterranean coast Sunday in what
Beirut newspapers labeled the "beach
war."
The fighting along the burned-out city
center came a few hours after
Lebanese President Elias Sarkis or-
dered a cease-fire, the 27th since heavy
clashes between the Syrians and the
Christians began April1.
The presidential palace was bit by

several shells and eight shells fell in-
side the residential compound of U.S.
Ambassador John Gunther Dean,
' police and the rightist Voice of Lebanon
radio reported. The radio said Dean
was at the palace meeting with
President Sarkis, a Christian, but there
was no indication of casualties at either
place.
THE FIGHTING threatened to
aggravate the Syrian-Israeli crisis over
deployment of Syria's Soviet-made,
SAM-6 anti-aircraft missiles in eastern
Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and on the
Syrian side of the border with Lebanon.
U.S. presidential envoy Philip Habib
is scheduled to return to the Mideast
this week to try to reduce the tensions
triggered by the missile deployment.
THE BEIRUT shelling was some of
the most intense since Syrian and .
Christian forces began battling around
Zahle, three miles from Beirut, on April
1. Police estimate 556 people have
been killed and more than 2,000 have
been injured in two months of
See HEAVY, Page 3

Singin'in the rain AP Photo
Speaker of the House "Tip" O'Neill, House Majority Leader Jim Wright, and
Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) talk to reporters ina light drizzle outside the
White House after an unsuccessful meeting with President Reagan aimed at
reaching common ground on a tax cut. Although the president and the
Democratic leaders failed to agree on a compromise, both sides
acknowledged that each gave some ground in the session.

I-

Ypsi warden denies reports

BY LOU FINTOR
Weekend reports that rioting inmates
from the maximum security Marquette
State Reformatory will soon be tran-
sferred to the not-yet-opened Huron
Valley Men's Facility near Ypsilanti
are completely unfounded, according to
prison Warden William Grant.
"There will not be any prisoners im-
mediately transferred here as
previously reported," said Grant, ad-
ding that although contractors assured
him that the new maximum-security
facility will be completed by the end of
this month, new prisoners will not be
accepted until mid-August at the
earliest.
IN RESPONSE to media reports that
inmates targeted for transfer to the
new facility will consist of "riot
organizers," Grant said, "I've given
the (Pittsfield) Township committee
my assurances that that type of inmate
will not be brought here, and I don't in-

'Troublemakers' won
be transferred here

tend to go back on that."
Huron Valley prison deputy warden
Hank Risley said that although it is
possible that the wave of state prison
riots in past weeks could spread to the
Huron Valley prison once it is opened,
the facility's staff will be prepared to
deal with any disturbance.
Risley maintains that while the
prison is a maximum security facility,
escapes are not unheard of.
"I don't know if you can make a
prison that is impossible to escape
from, but you can make enough ob-
stacles that it'll take him (the prisoner)
a long time to figure (out how)," said
Risley.

lIE DESCRIBED the various
security devices employed at the new
facility, including:
* Camera and computer assisted
dormitory monitoring
* Microwave detection units
monitoring the grounds
" Traditional guardposts and per-
sonnel monitors
* Single housing units to be used for
segregating unruly inmates
* An abundance of guard stations and
fences lined with razor-sharp "concer-
tina" wire.
According to Risley, Michigan has
one of the most progressive correc-
tional systems in the United States and

offers inmates a wide range of
rehabilitative programs that contribute
to integrating the convict back into
society.
"IN MICHIGAN we've gotten away
from the stereotype of Jackson
(Prison)," said Risley. "We're trying
to create a much more normal en-
vironment in our prison systems."
"I'm not saying we won't have a
disturbance," said Risley, "but we'll
know about it before it starts."
Risley said that perpetual violence is
likely to rock the state's prisons in the
future, and points to a variety of
causes, including society and the court
system.
"I THINK it'll (the riots) continue,
we have a volatile environment at
Jackson," said Risley, adding, "I've
become painfully aware that the public
sends the guy to prison and then they're
satisfied."
See YPSI, Page 10

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