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Page 4-Thursday, August 5, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Court orders
reinstatement of
seat belt law

from AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - In a major setback
for the auto industry, a federal appeals
court told the government yesterday to
require that all new cars be equipped
with air bags or automatic seat belts by
the fall of 1983.
The Reagan administration had
decided to scrap the requirement last
October on the grounds that it would not
add significantly to the use of
passenger restraints and would make
cars more expensive.
But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia, which already
had called the administration's actions
unlawful, yesterday ordered that all
1984 model cars include automatic seat
belts or air bags as standard equip-
ment.
THE THREE judges gave the Tran-
sportation Department until Oct. 1 to

inform the court that automakers will
be able to meet the Sept. 1, 1983
deadline, or to set forth "adequate
reason" why the deadline should be ex-
tended.
Rep. Timothy Wirth (D-Colo.),
chairman of the House telecom-
munications, consumer protection and
finance subcommittee, called the
court's action "a major victory for
American motorists.
"It is an equally major setback for
this administration's capricious attem-
pts at deregulation simply for its own
sake, without regard for its impact," he
said. "It is a clear message that the
administration cannot flout the law."
The decision came in a suit brought
by insurance companies and consumer
groups challenging transportation ad-
ministrator Raymond Peck's decision
last October to kill the passive restraint
regulations by the 1983 and 1984 years.

F=1 5 may equal
" "
new Soviet jets
WASHINGTON (AP)- The Soviets development," Creech said, adding
are deploying or preparing to build four that the Air Force has been trying to get
new jet fighters, including a plane that "seed money" for an advanced fighter
could get a critical "first look and first for the 1990s.
shot" at U.S. F-15s in air battles, the Air He also complained that a budget
Force's fighter commander said squeeze which he said is caused by
yesterday. heavy spending to build up the Navy's
But Gen. Wilbur Creech, chief of the fleet and to modernize the U.S.
Tactical Air Command, said he strategic arsenal is setting back an
believes the F-15, the Air Force's main essential expansion of fighter plane
fighter, "can hold its own" with the aid production.
of advanced weapons such as a new The U.S. Air Force now has 34 tac-
medium-range missile system which tical wings of 72 planes each in the ac-
will enable pilots to take on several tive and National Guard reserve force
enemy jets simultaneously. and hopes to build up to 40 wings by the
In a meeting with reporters, Creech end of the decade.
gave details on new types of Soviet C
warplanes which Air Force officials CREECH SAID the Air Force is
previously had predicted will be in- buying 176 fighter planes a year but
troduced soon. that another 100 are needed annually to
"WE HAVE no new fighter under reach 4dwings.
CurriculummayC change
says new dental dean

In Brief
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Prince William of Wales
LONDON - The newest addition to Britain's royal family, swaddled in a
19th century lace gown in his young mother's arms, was christened William
Arthur Philip Louis at Buckingham Palace yesterday - his great gran-
dmother's 82nd birthday.
Prince William of Wales, first born of Princess Diana and Prince Charles,
conducted himself with royal aplomb as the archbishop of Canterbury, Dr.
Robert Runcie, dipped his fingers in a silver gilt font and touched ordinary
tap water to the baby's forehead.
"William Arthur Philip Louis," Runcie said, making the sign of the cross.
"I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen."
The private ceremony was held in the palace's elegant gold and white
music room where William's father was christened 33 years ago. With the
exception of the tap water - substituting for the palace's depleted supply of
water from the River Jordan - all went according to tradition.
Jesse Jackson urges boycotts
LOS ANGELES - Blacks must organize their buying power, including the
threat of nationwide boycotts, to meet such economic goals as minority bus-
iness ownership, the Rev. Jesse Jackson told the National Urban League
yesterday.
"The plan is for Black America to re-negotiate its relationship with cor-
porate America," Jackson told the black civil rights group's annual conven-
tion.
"The boycott is legal, legitimate and effective."
Jackson, who was greeted with enthusiastic applause, said it is more im-
portant for blacks to increase their share of the private economy than to get
increased federal aid programs from Washington.
"The private economy is immediately vulnerable to our disciplined ap-
petites," he said."
"Black America does more business with corporate America than Russia,
China and Japan combined."
In return for black patronage, he said, major corporations should be
required to employ more black lawyers and executives and invest profits to
establish black-owned businesses, such as wholesalers of the company's
products.
Judge reopens fallout lawsuit
SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge ruled yesterday that the government
concealed evidence in a 1956 lawsuit, and ordered that the case - which
alleged fallout from nuclear tests killed 4,300 Utah sheep - be reopened.
After the ruling by U.S. District Judge Samuel Christensen, the lawyer
for the Utah ranchers who sued the federal government said he would seek
$100 million in damages.
"It appears by clear and convincing evidence, much of it documented, that
representations made as the result of the conduct of government agents ac-
ting in the course of their employment were intentionally false or decep-
tive," Cristensen's written verdict said.
The government "made improper but successful attempts to pressure
witnesses not to testify as to their real opinions," he wrote.
Christensen, who was presiding judge in the original suit, heard four days
of testimony during a trial in May to determine whether the government
covered up evidence that fallout from Nevada nuclear tests killed the sheep.
Fertility study draws protest
BOSTON - Researchers yesterday protested Yale University scientists'
recommendation that women heeda controversial French fertility study and
become mothers early in life, postponing careers until their 30s.
The study of women undergoing artificial insemination, reported in the
New England Journal of Medicine Feb. 18, showed fertility peaked between
age 20 and 30, declined slightly after age 30 and reached its lowest point after
age 35.
Over a one-year observation period, the older women took longer to con-
ceive and in some cases failed to conceive at all.
In an accompanying editorial, Yale's Dr. Alan DeCherney and researcher
Gertrude Berkowitz said the study may be a good reason for women to have
babies while they were in their 20s and concentrate on careers afterward.
But in letters to the editor in the journal yesterday researchers disagreed.
"DeCherney and Berkowitz have done a substantial disservice by misin-
terpreting the results of the French study published in the same issue,"
wrote Norman Ryder, a Princeton University sociology professor and
population specialist.
Holy man hijacks Indian plane
NEW DELHI, India - A Sikh holy man with a fake bomb hijacked an Indian
Airlines jet carrying 134 people yesterday but surrendered peacefully when
the plane returned to India after Pakistan refused to allow it to land there.
The hijacker, identified by police as Gurbaksh Singh, 52, had ordered the
Boeing 737 to land at Lahore, Pakistan. When permission was refused the
craft flew back to Amritsar, about 25 miles north of New Delhi, where he
was taken into custody. He was expected to be brought to New Delhi ina day
or two to face charges of kidnapping and criminal intimidation, Delhi Air-
port deputy police commissioner T. R. Kakkar said.
Singh, described by police as a "granthi," or reader of Sikh holy scripture,
had demanded $300,000, safe passage to either Canada or the United States,
and the release of various imprisoned Sikh militants.

(Continued from Page 3)
"WE NEED to focus not only on
today's problems, but on those in the
next 10 to 15 years," he said.
Specific research areas that
Christiansen said need attention in-
clude the identification of bacteria
which cause dental disease, in-
vestigations of root cavities, and
studies on the growth and development
of teeth.
Professorial research on these sub-
jects will have a spill-over into
classroom instruction, according to
Christiansen. "I think the student will
have a better appreciation for the
scientific basis of dentistry and that it is
a dynamic and changing field."
ANOTHER way of improving dental
instruction for both graduate dental

students and undergraduate pre-dental
students the dean is considering is
opening some of the dental school's con-
tinuing education courses to them. "I
think the undergraduate needs to be
aware of- what the typical dentist is
doing ... to give him a long range per-
spective on his field."
He added that there will be no major
changes in undergraduate dental in-
struction, but graduate curriculum
may be reviewed to ensure uniformity
in the core courses that graduate
students must take.
But all the changes that may occur in
the Dental School revolve around one
priority, Christiansen said. "The num-
ber-one concern is still educating and
training the dentist to look after the oral
health needs of his patients."

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