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Ninety-four years of editorialfreedom
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Sunday, August 5, 1984

Vol. XCIV, No. 33-S

Copyright 184

Fifteen Cents Sixteen Pages

Election '04
Primary Preview
A complete voters'
preview of Tuesday's
national, state, and local
elections begins on page 2.
The Daily's endorsements
appear on page 6.
Virginia
inmates
overpower
guards
BOYNTON, Va. (AP) - Inmates ar-
med with handmade knives took eight
men and one woman hostage yesterday
at the maximum-security Mecklenburg
Correntional Center, site of the largest
death row breakout in U.S. history in
May, a prison spokesman said.
Two male guards who had been stab-
bed were released by mid-afternoon.
The inmates later issued 15 demands
that included removal of present prison
officials, "halt of unjust treatment ...
for certain acts," "more fruit and less
pork," and an end "to harassment of
death row prisoners."
"Right now we have seven people
held hostage in Building 5, six correc-
tional officers and a food service
worker," said Corrections Department
spokesman Wayne Farrar.
"Two other officers were also taken
hostage but were released because of
injury. One guy had stab wounds
around the head and the other had stab
wounds around the head and abdomen
and apparently had been beaten. They
let them come down in the elevator,"
Farrar said.
"There has been no official threat of
any bodily harm," said Jerry Davis, a,
spokesman for the prison.
The inmates also asked for a reprsen-
tative of the American Civil Liberties
Union to come to the prison to act as
their spokesman, Davis said.

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DEBORAH LEWIS/Daily.
A protester holds the string that made a symbolic barrier around Williams International of Walled Lake in an anti-
nuclear demonstration yesterday.
Protesters eneirele weapons plant

By JOSEPH KRAUS
Special to the Daily
WALLED LAKE - A group of about 500 demonstrators
gathered in Walled Lake at the site of Williams International
Corp. yesterday to protest the firm's production of engines
for nuclear missiles.
The anti-nuclear protesters encircled the perimeters of the
grounds manufacturing plant with a chain of people and
string. The demonstrators were comprised of several groups
and individuals from the southeastern part of the state.
No arrests or injuries were reported as a result of the ac-
tion.
"THE THING is to enable people to come from all over the
state and share the same experience," said Monica King, one
of the demonstrators. "Basically, it is a way to make people
who feel the same way come together."
Protesters gave speeches, read poems, and carried ban-

ners and balloons in yesterday's action. But the area around
Williams International was not limited to the anti-nuclear
sentiment.
Harry Patterson, a World War II veteran, was also on hand
for a different perspective. He and others opposing the
demonstration carried signs that said "Moscow loves you"
and "Remember Pearl Harbor" in contrast to the actions of
the anti-nuclear demonstrators.
"IT'S A HOTBED of commies out there," said Patterson.
Patterson explained he decided to go to Walled Lake yester-
day because "We were hoping to have a peaceful demon-
stration for peace - peace through strength."
'Patterson said the demonstration was a ploy for "cheap
publicity." "You can'tget a photographer to take a picture"
of a patriotic parade," he said.
See 500, Page 4

Schools improving, poll says
WASHINGTON (UPI) - Americans think public Toward the Public Schools also showed strong
schools are better today than they have been in about support for more homework for students, and, to a
a decade and are more willing to pay higher taxes to lesser degree, increased pay for teachers. The Gallup
® support them, a Gallup poll showed yesterday. organization surveyed 1,515 adults last May.
Forty-two percent of the survey's respondents gave IN LARGE part, the poll reflected the mounting
their local schools a grade of "A" or "B" in campaign the past few years to improve public
performance, an 11 point increase over last year and schools, which a 1983 report by the National
the most favorable rating since 1976. Commission on Excellence in Education found
ASKED WHETHER they would vote for increased "engulfed by a rising tide of mediocrity."
taxes if schools said they needed the money, 41 Jerome Kopp, president of Phi Delta Kappa, the
percent said yes, an 11 point increase over 1981, and professional education fraternity that paid for the
the most since 1971. survey, said:
Pollster George Gallup, in an accompanying "Dr. Gallup gave us good news indeed. It reflects
survey analysis he wrote shortly before his death last the enormous effort of school board members, state
month, wrote, "Americans are more favorably legislators and educational leaders and teachers
disposed toward the public school today than at any throughout the country, to restore excellence in our
time in the past decade." schools."
The 16th Annual Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitude See EDUCATION, Page 7

Inside:
" Ann Arbor's Medieval Festival nearly died in
April but it is alive and well this week. See
Page 5.
* A Virginia college is preparing for the
traumatic transition from all-male to coed. See
Colleges, Page 7.
" The search for Missing Persons, is over. See
Arts, Page 10.
* The Summer Games continue. See Sports,
Page 16,
Outside:
Partly sunny and warm with a high near 90.

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