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AATU
urges
activism
(Continued from Page 3)
and their landlord reached the city's
first private rent control agreement.
Two years after the tenants had
decided to withhold rent, Ann Arbor
District Court Judge George Alexander
signed an order that reduced the rent
charged for the last two years, and con-
trols the rent to be charged through
1982-83-regardless of who the future
tenants are.
THE AATU is considering a major
campaign to put a rent control proposal
on the ballot in this year's election, but
"we can't pass rent control without the
help of the students," Cohen said.
This is one example of why students
should register to vote in Ann Arbor, he
said. "You have to realize ... you're
here for four years; your concerns are
here.
"A good chunk of your money, or
your parents money, or the money
you're borrowing (to go to school) is
going to housing," he continued. "To
get your money's worth, you should
pursue your rights (as tenants)."
CRITICISMS that rent control lowers
the quality of housing are unfounded,
Cohen said, explaining that rent control
does not mean rent freeze.
"It provides for annual rent increases
to cover increases in taxes" and other
landlord costs, he said. "And it
provides incentives for capital im-
provements, (guaranteeing) a
reasonable return on the landlord's in-
vestment."
Generally, tenants have more rights
than they know about, but still fewer
than they need, AATU members say.
And, although today's Ann Arbor tenan-
ts are better-educated about their
rights and resources, they need to be
more active in pursuing those rights,
they say.
The AATU provides information on
legal questions concerning housing
(many leases are illegal, members
say), and it also acts as a counseling
and referral service.

AN UNIDENTIFIED HOSTAGE flees from the Security Trust Co. Bank in Rochester, N.Y. after the bank was taken
over by a gunman yesterday. It is believed that the hostages ran from the bank as a SWAT team moved in the rear of the
bank. The gunman was killed by a special-weapons marksman after a three-hour killing spree.
N.Y. gu man ki1 S

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP)-A gunman cuta swath of terror
through two blocks of a quiet neighborhood yesterday, killing
three people, wounding seven and taking hostages inside a
bank before police shot him to death, authorities said.
The killings spaned three hours before a police marksman
killed the gunman, identified as William Bernard Griffin, 37,
of Rochester, as he tried to stop a hostage from leaving the
Security Trust Co. on Rochester's west side.
A police spokesman said the incident began when Griffin
walked into the home of his mother and stepfather and
opened fire with a shotgun, killing his mother and a hired
wallpaper hanger and injuring his stepfather.
Police identified the dead as Griffin's mother, Gracy Grif-
fin Anderson, 66, and Thomas Cariola, 67, of nearby Greece,
N.Y.
The man walked outside the house and shot a workman,
then wounded at least two more bystanders as he ran up the

street toward the bank, authorities said.
"HE WAS WALKING fast with a rifle over his shoulder,"
said Scott Daitz, 27, of Greece, N.Y., who was delivering
potato chips to a bar across the street from the bank.
Daitz said the gunman entered the bank and then, "a whole
bunch of people came running out of the bank in all direc-
tions-just scattering."
His partner, Billy Winkler, ran across the street "to help
get them out of there," Daitz said, but then a motorcycle
policeman came up and "a shower of shots began."
AT LEAST EIGHT people were believed trapped inside the
bank after the gunman entered, police said.
Police said at least two officers were wounded as the gun-
man exchanged gunfire with police at the scene before a
special-weapons team was called just after noon. Police used
a garbage truck to shield one officer as he was rescued at the
scene.
Once police entered the bank, they found another teller had
been shot to death inside.

Mayors
ask for
equitable
funding
for cities

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The nation's mayors,
in a rare bipartisan vote yesterday, demanded parity
with the defense budget in the distribution of federal
funds. They said the military was flourishing at the
expense of the cities.-
After five days of partisan bickering, the mayors
ended their annual convention on a harmonious note
by removing inflammatory rhetoric and then ap-
proving the resolution.
"THE U.S. CONFERENCE of Mayors calls upon
the administration and Congress to recognize that the
national security of this nation includes both the
military defense and the social defense of this coun-
try," the resolution said.
It asked President Reagan and Congress "to fulfill
the constitutional responsibility of insuring the
domestic tranquility, by giving domestic concerns
parity with military concerns, and by funding urban
programs adequately to meet the needs of the
nation's cities."
The resolution had been fought by Reagan ad-
ministration and Republican Party lobbyists, but it
was carried by a 70-41 vote that indicated some
Republicans departed from the party line in favor of
a mutual plea for help for the cities.
MAYORS VOTED MORE along North-South, Sun-
belt-Frostbelt, and economic lines than party lines.
Among the resolutions approved was one asking

that the cities be assured fair treatment if Reagan
makes good his plan to turn current federal grants in-
to block grants to the states.
The mayors also asked Congress "to ensure that
urban programs are treated equitably in comparison
to other federal programs in the fiscal 1982 budget."
ALTHOUGH THE parity resolution had its harsher
language removed, it noted that more than 27 percent
of the federal budget goes to military spending, while
only 6.8 percent helps the cities.
"We're saying the military is being emphasized at
the expense of the poor, the working poor, the middle
class and the cities of America," said Mayor George
Athanson of Hartford, Conn. "You can't separate
domestic from foreign policy."
He said that in the budget cuts the mayors
discussed, "we have forgotten humanity, we've
forgotten people, ..
Richard Carver, Republican mayor of Peoria, Ill.,
spoke against further amendments to weaken the
resolution, but he argued briefly that "it is inap-
propriate to pit the Department of Defense against
the urban programs."
Mayor Coleman Young of Detroit was elected vice
president, putting him in line for the presidency next
year. Mayor Richard Fulton of Nashville was elected
chairman of the advisory board.

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