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Ninety-five years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCV, No. 18-S TMc n Dy Thursday, June 13, 1985 Fifteen Cents Eight Pages
17 arrested in Contra aid protest

By STEVE HERZ
Special to the Daily
PITTSFIELD TWP. - City Coun-
cilman Jeff Epton was among 17 local
residents arrested for trespassing at
U.S Representative Carl Pursell's of-
fice during a protest of U.S. aid to
Nicaraguan rebels.
The arrests culminated a four-hour
sit-in at the congressman's office by
several local groups, including the
Latin American Solidarity Commit-
tee, the Ann Arbor Committee for a
Sane Nuclear Policy, and several
churches.
The protesters were later released
on their own recognizance. At a press
conference last night, protesters
vowed to continue the sit-ins. "Cer-
tainly this is not our last action," said
Ken White, one of those who was
arrested.
In Washington, Pursell voted for a
$27 million package to send
humanitarian aid to the Contras
because "some of their leaders have
stated they plan to spread their brand
of government throughout Central
America," according to Bob Kerans,
an aide to Pursell.
More than 160 protesters entered
the Eisenhower Blvd. building at 2:30
p.m. to sit-in at the representative's
office, where they were met by Cyn-
thia Butchins, one of Pursell's aides.

Hutchins told the crowd that the office
was locked and could not accommodate
many people.
After several hours of debate over
governmental policy and Pursell's
past voting decisions, Hutcins decided
to notify Pittsfield police when the
group said it wasn't going to leave.
Hutchins had said earlier that she
didn't plan on calling police and would
even allow the protesters to stay
overnight, but building manager Ron
Dankert arrived shortly before 6 p.m.
with a message that the building's
owners wanted the protesters
removed from the building.
But the group, which had dwindled
to approximately 50, refused to leave.
Protesters discussed holding a
meeting with Pursell, but Reverend
Jim Lewis of the Episcopal Church of
Incarnation told the group, "I'm not
going to a meeting - because his
(Pursell's) mind is closed, the vote is
cast, and the money and the guns are
going."
Lewis, a former Marine, said he had
never been arrested before, but he
wasn't worried because "my
congregation is behind me."
HIS WORDS seemed to ignite the
group. After he spoke, Epton said,
"We want to represent a truth - that
See SIT-IN, Page 3

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Thea Lee of the Latin American Solidarity Committee is taken into police custody yesterday after being
arrested for trespassing at Congressman's Carl Pursell's office yesterday. Lee was one of 17 protesters
arrested locally and one of hundreds arrested nationwide in protests of aid to Nicaraguan rebels.

By KERY MURAKAMI have to buy animals bred specifically Park1ng ranks
Legislation that will be introduced for research or raise animals them-
gIJA Lo nI today in the state Senate would mean selves at a cost of $1.5 million an-
good news for dogs and cats in nually, said Dr. Bennett Cohen, direc- " " " "
shelters, but according to University tor of the University's Unit for Qolr
OWladministrators, it would spell disaster Laboratory Animal Medicine.
w w b a n for bio-medical research. The increased cost would "by a con- By NADINE LAVAGNINO as a retail space on the first floor;
The bill-backed by the state servative estimate, increase the cost Second in a two-part series " Construction on the Ann-Ashley
Humane Society and sponsored by of bio-medical research ten-fold," Reducing the number of times a lot is scheduled to begin late next
o f OSen. Gilbert DiNello (D-East said Alfred Sussman, interim vice driver needs to circle downtown Ann spring and be completed by late 1987.
Detroit) and Sen. Harry DeMaso president for research. Arbor to find a parking place has It will provide between 800 and 1,200
(R-Battle Creek) - would ban ex- "The legislation would interfere become a high priority for city council spaces;
i perimenting on pet animals from with biomedical research that Democrats, and proposals to improve " Downtown sidewalk construction
in~ shelters. benefits the health and well-being of parking and its enforcement brighten will generate three additional spaces;
IF PASSED, the University would See 'U,' Page 4 the future for locaf drivers. and,
- - -K.K - - - - -provementswein prkn gcomcetfrom spaces for their employees, soda few
,GOP-supported initiatives to increase additional spaces are expected to he
Zoning law ambiguity sparks laws U thnubro cis-ty pang s-tructures.. enerated forhpu cy'tr-
more are in the works: sportation director, said the develop-
By SUSAN GRANT On June 4, the neighborhood assocation filed suit again- * The Fourth and William Street ments are designed to stimulate
Daily news analysis st the city and the sorority after the Ann Arbor City Coun- parking structure, completed two downtown business and attract people
What a difference a word makes. cil approved a 4,400-foot addition to a house on 903 Lincoln years ago, provides 300 new spaces; to the area. "The whole scheme is to
The deletion of the word "existing" and a rewritten Ave. * Scheduled for completion in get more people downtown on a 24-
phrase in the Ann Arbor zoning laws last year has sparked Tomorrow, the neighbors will ask a judge <or aNvmbrthTayHalcmexwlhuras,"hsi.
a lawsuit between the city, the North Burns Park Neigh- preliminary injunction which would prohibit the s ority Nroveberkn the Tall Has, comle will hour basis, heaiBdP.e
borhoodAssociition, and the Collegiate Sorosis Sorority. See ZONING, Page 2 provide parking f c aS Ng
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Hero
Raoul Wallenberg; the great
impact of one man's actions.
Opinion, Page 5

Shaky
Risk of early showers.
Partly sunny, high 60-65.

Quantum Mechanics
Splitting atoms but
not infinitives.
Arts, Page 6

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