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City Gtfreeto Where boys once played, drug gangs now prey Accent, 1C BasEioto Artists are turning them into decorative jewels Homestyle, ID Red Wings Hitch insists his GM will be none other than Devellano Sports, 1D Jolted president striving to remain happy in his job Sports, 1D Afternoon rain showers. High 66. Low 50. Hke IDltiMt Mem Mtt Wum Metro Great Seott to cut service Library to be In 1984, the library budget was about $20.4 million. "This year," Curtis said, "we're going to have $21 million if everything stays at the level that's been recommended.

If the budget changes, we will go back to the drawing board, but right now it looks unlikely. "It just seems as though we're always doing the crisis thing here." Curtis said the branches to be closed were chosen on the basis of how much they are used, how close See Library, Page 7 A bought, although the amount hasn't been decided yet, Curtis said. The cuts were approved earlier this week by the Detroit Library Commission. "It's like the bottom fell out," Curtis said. "The money we get from the state was reduced by 2.5 percent this year, and the governor's budget for next year projects another 2.5 percent.

That's state aid. "It's a nightmare. I made a request to the City Council, and the council recommended $250,000." by Kroger By Jeanne May Free Press Staff Writer The budget-pinched Detroit Public Library will close five branches, lay off 31 workers and cut back on hours at the main library, director Jean T. Curtis said Friday. The branches to close July 2 are Campbell, Lincoln, Lothrop, Mark Twain and Monteith.

The main library will no longer be open on Mondays, going from six to five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday. And four administrative jobs now unfilled will stay that way. Fewer books and supplies will be Aim arbor Tenants Face mother Eviction bong. won disclose price Percent market share of major sL'psnnsrkets in the Detroit srea Combined share 21 percent SOURCE: Associated Food Dealers of Michigan (estimates) 1 hf Farmw Jack 30 Independents I 33 Grocery owners BY joann muller Free Press Business Writer Debt-ridden Great Scott supermarkets, the last of Detroit's hometown grocery chains, surrendered to Kroger Co. on Friday, agreeing to be acquired by the national giant for an undisclosed sum.

Great Scott's parent company, Meadowdale Foods also agreed to sell its Abner Wolf wholesale division supplier to about 200 independent Detroit-area grocery stores to a Kroger-affiliated wholesaler, Foodland Distributors Inc. of Livonia. Some analysts estimated the total sale was worth $80 million, but neither company would disclose terms of the agreement since it is still preliminary. The deal is expected to be completed in two to three months. The merger announcement, which comes just 16 months after Detroit's largest supermarket chain Farmer Jack was gobbled up by would leave just three major operators in the metro area: Kroger, and Meijer Inc.

Kroger said it expects to continue operating most of the Great Scott stores, but under the Kroger name and format. Meadowdale Chairman and CEO Detroit Free Press 4. These library branches will close in July: CAMPBELL 6625 W. Fort at Rademacher. Lincoln, 1221 e.

seven Mae at Russell. LOTHROP, 1529 W. Grand Blvd. at West Warren. Mark Twain, 8500 Gratiot at Burns.

MONTEITH, 14100 Kercheval at Eastlawn. ,7 JOHN LUKEDetrort Free Press Kemp said this week that the program "specifically targets serious drug traffickers." His Department of Housing and Urban Development has backed previous evictions from drug-infested housing projects in Chicago and Washington. The Ann Arbor evictions, requested by local police, were the first in Michigan. Federal See EVICTIONS, Page 7A PATRICIA BECKDetroit Free Press I gMMH Edgy New York staves off violence Elmira Collins, a tenant representative in the South Maple housing complex in Ann Arbor, says authorities brutally evicted people in four units last month. A 20year readent of public taustng in the city, Coffins says, "I am still Families on welfare battle U.S.

ouster Police say drugs were their apartments had been used for selling drugs. Friday, a deal was worked out to allow the families to move back, but only for up to 30 days, and pending the outcome of court proceedings that could ban them forever from government-subsidized housing. I sold in apartments The evictions are part of a widening effort by U.S. housing chief Jack Kemp to rid public housing of drugs by using the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. Under the act, the government can seize the leases of public housing tenants suspected of drug dealing even if they face no criminal charges.

Special coverage, Page 12 A. David Page said in a statement that the company's $50-million debt was a ma-See KROGER, Page 12A I 'm surprised I and happy at the same time, but I don't think it allays racial tension.97 Peter Wiuiasss. Medgar Evers College the Aug. 23 slaying of Yusuf Haw- kins, 16. The other suspect, Keith 1 Mondello, 19, the reputed instiga- tor of the attack, was acquitted Friday of murder and manslaughter charges but convicted on several lesser charges.

See NEW YORK, Page 4A BY LARRY BIVTNS Free Press Staff Writer NEW YORK Police girded for battle. The threat of a racial disturbance charged the mood. But a jury allayed fears for now, at least of racial violence when it convicted the triggerman in last summer's shooting death of a black teenager. Racial tensions were at an all-time high, community activists and civic leaders say, during the 1 1 days of jury deliberations on murder charges against Joseph (Joey) Fama. And there was talk on the streets and among community activists that anything short of a guilty verdict would spark racial unrest.

"No justice, no peace," was the slogan sounded by some black activists monitoring the case. Fama, 19, was one of two white suspects on trial in Brooklyn State Supreme Court in connection with Workers look for respect, training BYJACKKRESNAK Free Press Staff Writer A tidy, refurbished public housing complex with cheerful yellow siding and a children's playground in prosperous Ann Arbor has become an unlikely battleground in the federal government's war on drugs. Tenants in four units were evicted without warning April 27 by armed police and U.S. marshals who said Ireland After appearing in 35 films 4nd writing two books about fier battle with breast fancer, actress Jill Ireland died Friday in California at age 53. Her husband, actor Charles Branson, and their phildren were with her.

Story, Page 11 A. 0 Second in a series Free Press staff writers Annie Vaden, 53, is angry at her company and frustrated with her union. The Big Three "still don't care anything about us," said Vaden, a janitor at General Motors Warren Technical Center. "They don't care if you eat or don't eat. They can pay Roger Smith $600,000 a year to retire, and then if I want a 20-cent 1990 Voices from the line raise, they say no." But Vaden, who has worked for GM for 13 years, lacks confidence that the UAW can win any real improvements in this year's contract talks.

Vaden was one of eight rank-and TiiiS Detroit News Accent 1C Bridge 10C Comics 10C Contact 2C Crossword 11C DearAbby 2C Dr. Donahue 2C Editorials 9C Homestyle 1D Horoscope IOC-House aid 2D Movie guide 2C TV listings 4C 116th Year. Number 269 Copyright. 1990, The Detroit News, Inc. Business 12A Classified Index 4D Comics, Crossword 10B Death Notices 11A Doonesbury 11B Editorials 10A Horoscope 4D Jumble 5D Lottery numbers 2A Names Faces 2A Obituaries 11A Sports 1C Stock Markets 13A Weather 11B Volume 1 60, Number 14 1990, Detroit Free Press Nordhaus Research interviewer Bob Van Dam probes the feelings of auto workers who responded to a recent poll about their jobs.

Free Press Assistant Business Editor Nunzio Lupo, left foreground, listens in. file workers who sat down this week to Monday with the opening of the talk about their feelings about the UAW's national bargaining convention union, the Big Three and this year's 'in Kansas City, Mo. auto tlks, which move into a higher See VOICS, Page 6A.

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