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Ninety-four years of editorial/freedom
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, July 17, 1984

Vol. XCIV, No. 25-S

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Fifteen Cents

Sixteen Pages

Cuomo kicks
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Associated Press
New York City Mayor Cuomo gives the thumbs-up gesture during his
keynote address last night at the opening of the 1984 Democratic National
Convention in San Francisco. In his speech Cuomo accused President
Ronald Reagan of turning the naton into a "Tale of Two Cities" divided
between "the royalty and the rabble."
'U' delegation has
high hopes for Hart

From AP and UPI
SAN FRANCISCO - Democrats op-
ened their 39th national convention
yesterday with a keynote address
denouncing President Reagan's
"hysterical commitment to an arms
race," while Walter Mondale agreed to
a unity summit with his two losing
rivals for the presidential nomination.
One speakers after another at the
convention's opening session uttered
the ritual victory predictions for the
Democratic ticket, but Rep. Morris
Udall offered a frank, hopeful
assessment.
"SURE WE'RE behind tonight and
everybody knows it," he said. "But
we've got 100 days to go."
New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, Mon-
dale's handpicked keynote orator, said
that Reagan's policies could "lead us to
bankruptcy or war ... Our policy drifts
with no real direction other than an
hysterical commitment to an arms race
that leads nowhere - if we're lucky,"
he said.
He appealed for party unity, and said
in contrast that Republican policies
"divide the nation into the lucky and the
left out, the royalty and the rabble." He
decried the current federal budget as
"the largest in the history of the univer-
se."
JOAN MONDALE, wife of the
nominee-in-waiting, watched the
proceedings with the governor's wife as
the crowd punctuated his speech with
the shout, "Mario."
Offstage, Hart and Jackson went
through the motions of their own can-
didacies. In one thing, Hart followed
Mondale's lead, announcing that he
wanted Ferraro as his running,,
mate, too.
Former President Carter, who
preceded Cuomo to the platform,

By NEIL CHASE
Special to the Daily
SAN FRANCISCO - The end of the
winter semester may have brought a
temporary end to political activity in
Ann Arbor, but s number of people
from the University, including a regent
and at least seven students, are here to
take part in the most exciting event of
this year's campaign.
Two key people in what might be
called "the University of Michigan
delegation" are not delegates or alter-
nates. They are Gary Hart campaign
organizers Mark Blumenthal and Marc
Dann, LSA students for whom a trip to
the convention was little more than a
fantasy one year ago.
"IT'S REALLY a neat feeling to be
here," Blumenthal said. "I don't know

what is going to happen the rest of the
week but I feel like I accomplished a lot
just by being here. We've changed the
Democratic Party. We've surprised a
lot of people and we will continue to do
so.',
This week Blumenthal is the Hart
campaign's floor leader for the
Michigan delegation. Through-out the
convention, he will work closely with
the 49 Hart delegates from Michigan
and try to orchestrate a masterful
political coup for the nomination of
Gary Hart as the presidential can-
didate.
Walter Mondale appears to have 80 to
100 more votes than the 1,967 he needs
to win the nomination on the first ballot.
Hart supporters say such a move as
See 'U', Page 7

received a standing ovation - but
nowhere as much enthusiasm - as he
launched an attack against the man
who routed him in the 1980 election.
AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland
urged delegates to forget the "foul-ups
and quarrels" of the past and concen-
trate on electing Mondale-Ferraro.
Inside the hall, former President
Jimmy Carter, nominee of the last two
Democratic conventions, said 10
minutes would be sufficient to speak his
piece this time - "not counting the
See DEMS, Page 3
Mondale
to meet
with Hart,
Jacks on
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) - Walter
Mondale, hoping to make peace with his
Democratic rivals, arrived to collect
the party's presidential nomination and
scheduled a wide-open summit session
yesterday with Gary Hart and Jesse
Jackson.
"I am willing to discuss anything
they wish," Mondale told a news con-
ference where he confirmed a three-
way meeting had been scheduled for
yesterday evening.
THE 56-YEAR-OLD Former vice
president - who initially had held out
for one-on-one meetings - said he
See MONDALE, Page 7
Inside:
" All quotas on steel imports
should be removed. See Opinion,
Page 6.
" Conan and Villella bring us
cinematic aerobics. See Arts,
Page 10.
" The Tigers return home to
face the White Sox. See Sports,
Page 16.
Outside:
Cloud cover turning into
thundershowers in the afternoon,
with a high in the 80s.

Consumers drops Midland plant

From AP and UPI
JACKSON - Consumers Power Co. yesterday gave up on
protracted negotiations with critics of its Midland nuclear
power plant and announced it will abandon the controversial
project.
The directors met for about 45 minutes by telephone before
making the decision, said John Selby, chairman of Con-
sumers Power. No further negotiations on completion of the
plant were planned, Selby said after the unanimous vote by
the utility's 13 directors.
SELBY SAID the decision was made by Consumers' board
because the firm - the nation's 10th largest utility - simply

could not reach agreement with a group of industrial
ratepayers which had become the key to the negotiations.
With the customers' rejjection of the proposal, "Consumers
Power has authorized the immediate 'shutdown" of the
plant, Selby said.
Midland, which was started in 1967, is the third nuclear
power plant to be abandoned this year. The others were the
marble Hill plant in Indiana and the Zimmer plant in Ohio.
THREE-FOURTHS of the 6,300 workers on the job at
Midland could be laid off within weeks, Selby said. More
than 1,500 workers have already been laid off.
see MIDLAND, Page 4

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