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Page 2-Friday, May 8, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Syrian troops,
cross 'red line'


From AP and UPI
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Some 4,000
Syrian troops and tanks were reported
to have crossed the Israeli-set "red
line" in southern Lebanon yesterday in
defiance of Israel's repeated warnings
that Syria risked war if it violated the
Syria also reportedly added a new
surface-to-air missile to its force in
THERE WAS NO comment from
Israel or Syria, but Western diplomats
in Beirut said the advance, if confir-
med, would aggravate the explosive
crisis generated by the deployment of
Syrian surface-to-air missiles in
eastern Lebanon April 28 after Israeli
jets shot down two Syrian helicopter
The action would present the Reagan
administration with a major escalation
of the Mideast crisis just as the
President's special envoy arrived in
Damascus to head off a Syrian-Israeli
Israel says the Syrian movement of
SAM anti-aircraft missiles violates a
tacit agreement forbidding such
weapons in Lebanon and has
threatened to move them out of the
country by force.
DURING ENVOY Philip Habib's
motorcade from Damascus to Beirut,
he had the opportunity to see at least
two SAMs. Witnesses said the Syrians
had also moved several Soviet-made

tanks into positions near the highway,
apparently to impress Habib with
Syria's military muscle in Lebanon.
It was reported that the long barrels
of two tanks stuck out almost halfway
across the highway at the last Syrian
checkpoint before reaching the U.S.
Ambassador's residence.
In Washington, State Department
spokesman Dean Fischer said he could
not confirm reports of an Israeli
promise to show restraint for the
duration of the American diplomatic
effort. He called the situation in
Lebanon "extremely dangerous."
THE SOVIET UNION, which sent a
top-ranking diplomatic mission to
Damascus Wednesday, kept up its at-
tack on the U.S. Middle East policy with
a charge that Habib was trying to harm
Syrian peace-keeping efforts in war-
ravaged Lebanon.
Syria and the Soviet Union have a 20-
year friendship treaty that provides for
emergency consultations if either
nation is attacked or threatened.
There was no official communique of
their talks but the visit was seen as a
sign of possible cooperation between
the Soviets and the Reagan Ad-
ministration tokeep the peace.
In Beirut, meanwhile, no major in-
cidents were reported following a night
in which heavy shelling of the Christian
sector of the city by combined Syrian-
Palestinian forces disrupted an unof-
ficial nine-day truce.

Shapiro among the Pandas
Don't look for University President Harold Shapiro hanging out at the
administration building for the next couple of weeks. The president and his
wife left Sunday for a visit to several universities in China. The Shapiros and
several University faculty members will tour China as guests of the People's
Republic of China Ministry of Education, and hope to establish scholarly
agreements between the University and universities in China. "The
delegation is an exploratory one andwill investigate possibilities for all units
of the University,' Shapiro said before his departure. The Shapiros and the
faculty members will return to their posts at the helm of the University May
Rhino on the loose
A 7,000-pound male rhinoceros roaming along a busy boulevard in a
peaceful Dallas suburb ordinarily would be noticed right away. But one
which escaped from the International Wildlife Park had the road to itself in
the predawn darkness Wednesday and managed to get a half-mile away
before being spotted. It took park personnel an hour and a half to coax the
beast to retract its path, park spokeswoman Cynthia Scott said. "He's rather
tired," she said. "He had a hectic day." Park officials believe the rhino got
loose when a neighbor's cattle pushed through the park gate in search of the
grain fed to the rhinos, Ms. Scott said. Signs at the drive-through Inter-
national Park already warn visitors to "Yield for Yaks" and "Halt for Hip-
Today's weather
Mostly clear skies today with highs in the mid to upper 60s. E
Cinema Guild - Fame, 4, 7, & 9 p.m., Lorch Hall Aud.
CFT - Breaking Away, 2, 4, 7, & 9 p.m., Michigan Theatre.
AAFC - The Rose, 7 & 9 p.m., MLB 4.
Cinema II - Kramer vs. Kramer, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., Angell Hall Aud. A.
Ark - Concert, Robin & Linda Williams, 1421 Hill St.
Extension Service, NHC, Mi. Society of Architects, Conf. "Designing Bet-
ter Housing for the Elderly," 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2107-8 AAB.
Astrofest 98 - Life Beyond the Earth and the Mind of Man, Jim Loudon,
"Are We Alone? A Coldly Rational Look at the Prospects for Ex-
traterrestrial Life," 7:30 p.m., MLB 3.
The nMichigan Daily
Vol. XCI, No. 3-S
Friday, May 8, 1981
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Federal anti-rent
control bill opposed

WASHINGTON (AP)-A proposed
federal anti-rent control measure that
could force cities to abandon controls or
lose federal housing aid is drawing
furious criticism from mayors and
other local officials.
Nonetheless, congressional sources
who insisted on anonymity said they
Blelieve the measure, an amendment to
President Reagan's housing bill, stands
a fairly good chance of passage.
THE MEASURE passed the Senate
Banking Committee on Tuesday but
was defeated Wednesday in the House
Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs
Subcommittee on Housing and Com-
munity Development. Still, its chances
of eventually passing the full House are
considered better.
Backed' by conservatives in both
houses, the amendment provides that
cities with rent control would have to
decontrol forever each housing unit as
it became vacant, or else lose federal
aid for new and substantial
rehabilitation as provided under Sec-
tion 8 of the 1974 Housing and Com-
munity Development Act. Those sub-
sidies will aid nearly 70,000 housing
units in fiscal year 1981, and 54,750
more in fiscal 1982, assuming the
Reagan budget proposals are passed.
As currently worded, the anti-control
sanctions apparently would not
threaten other kinds of housing aid, in-
cluding Section 8 funds for moderate
rehabilitation and existing housing,
which will extend to 187,000 units in

fiscal 1981, and 96,250 in fiscal 1982.
RENT CONTROL has been a hot
local issue in many cities and states for
years. Political conservatives and lan-
dlord groups have insisted that controls
have contributed to housing shortages
by discouraging new construction.
"Rent control reduces the supply of
rental housing and accelerates the
deterioration of existing apartments,
especially low-income properties," said
John O'Neill, a landlord spokesman in
Washington, D.C., a city with rent con-
trols where some 1,400 households a
year might be affected by a Section 8
Supporters of controls argue, on the
other hand, that they have nothing to do
with housing shortages, and that
without controls, landlords all too often
rent-gouge or arbitrarily evict tenants.
REP. CHARLES Schumer, a
Brooklyn, N.Y., Democrat who is a
leader in the fight to defeat the measure
in the house, said that without controls,
the poor and elderly in New York and
elsewhere would probably face
harassment and eviction from landlor-
ds seeking higher rents.
Another long-standing foe of controls,
Dr. George Sternlieb of Rutgers
University who has advised Reagan on
urban matters, says, "I think it's very
clear the federal government is outside
its limits. I am very much for decon-
trol. But rent control has become a
symbol to conservatives of all that's
wrong with inner cities. It's too sim-


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Musaging Editor...NANCY 5ILYEAU
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