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ii I N. "- 2O0(l Page 1D to aujay ufifiSa SIbg SireKis page ic cloudy, breezy High 69, low 52 Showers likely Wednesday Details on Page 2A , etout Volume 153, Number 160 ON GUARD FOR 152 YEARS Tuesday, October 11, 1983 tucsday ; 200 metro final ' 83. Deiro.l Free FVeii. Inc ci manslaughter the price of life Probation: It fits killers, not crimes Third in a six-part series By JOHN CASTINE and DAVID ASHENFELTER Free Press Staff Writers Feople who knew Julius Stem-pien before his brutal death nearly two years ago remember him as a quarrelsome old drunk. "He was a very belligerent man," John Gavel, 54, testified in Hamtramck District Court a few days after Stempien's death. "They (neighbors) say it's a wonder it didn't happen a long time ago." Gavel was testifying against John Anthony Sa-laniuk, 23, who beat, stomped and strangled the 63-year-old Stempien during an argument Nov. 10, 1981, in their boarding house on Trowbridge in Hamtramck. Stempien begged Salaniuk to stop, said Gavel, who overheard the conversation from another room. And f : a, - : J... . 'J J. Stempien when Stempien was dead, Gavel said, never kill again. Salaniuk threatened to kill him, too, unless he helped dispose of the corpse. Before they could, Stempien's body was found in an empty room. Salaniuk, a butcher at a Detroit meat company, was charged with second-degree murder. He claimed self-defense, saying the old man had attacked him with a knife. The murder case never went to trial. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office allowed Salaniuk to plead guilty to manslaughter, and in January 1982, Wayne County Circuit Judge Harold Hood placed him on probation for five years and ordered him to repay the county $327 for his court-appointed attorney. Hood, now a Michigan Court of Appeals judge, said Salaniuk had no criminal record and probably would 'V",' , J " : - i I ' i i r - (. y-'. , r - , Free Press Photo bv PATRICIA BECK A bitter Ronald Stempien, above, said of his father's killer: "This guy goes out and commits murder and gets nothing." Stempien's sons were outraged. "This guy goes out and commits murder, and gets nothing," fumed Ronald Stempien, 36, Detroit police reserve officer. "That's what probation is nothing." See PROBATION, Page 8A Pizza Millionaire UAW firebrand Emil Mazey dies 7 rj hi f 1 ' I Free Press Photo Emil Mazey By RALPH ORR Free Press Labor Writer Retired UAW Secretary-Treasurer Emil Mazey, a union firebrand from the time the UAW was a lusty infant until he stepped down in 1 980 after 33 years as the union's No. 2 officer, died Sunday in Metropolitan Hospital. The flinty Mr. Mazey, who was 70, challenged presidents, congressmen, employers, hired goons, union dissidents, mobsters and even the U.S. Army. He won many battles, but lost a long bout with cancer. The son of pacifists, a fearless man of principle and compassion, a stutterer who conquered the affliction not through therapy but by sheer force of will, Mr. Mazey was a giant of the labor movement. There will be no memorial service. His widow, Charlotte, told the UAW he preferred no service because there had been many trib utes to him throughout his life. His body was cremated Sunday. THE UAW'S top officers, President Owen Bieber and Secretary-Treasurer Ray Majerus, eulogized Mr. Mazey as "a giant among American labor activists a fighter for the underprivileged and downtrodden; a leader who tenaciously pursued the very highest ideals of service to his fellow union brothers and sisters, a human being of immense integrity." Like many who grew up in bleak Detroit during the Depression and had nothing to lose, Mr. Mazey was outspoken and rabidly pro-union. Trouble followed him because of those traits. In his old Solidarity House office, a framed drawing of a turtle on the wall looked down on a flotilla of tiny china turtles on his desk. A See MAZEY, Page 11A .Buying Fetzer to I igers; Stay By JOE LAPOINTE Free Press Sporls Writer Detroit Tigers owner John Fetzer announced Monday he is selling the team to Thomas Monaghan, the Ann Arbor-based owner of Domino's Pizza, Inc. No sale price was announced. Current estimates of the franchise's value range from $25 million to as much as $35 million. The sale, concluding almost two years of secret negotiations, caught most fans and observers by surprise. One was Mayor Young, landlord of city-owned Tiger Stadium, but Young said he didn't expect the change of ownership to affect the city's contractual relationship with the team. "We have a contract with the Tigers (through 2007) which I think is good no matter who owns them," Young said. Monaghan, who will assume control of the club gradually, is buying an entertainment business that attracted more than 1.8 million paying customers last season. "The Detroit franchise," the Tigers said in a press release, "has long been considered one of the most valuable in baseball." Fetzer has always been vague about the finances of his baseball business. In 1956, when a group including Fetzer bought the Tigers, the purchase price was $5.5 million. Recently, Fetzer said "Anybody who's in baseball to make a lot of money ought to have his head examined. There is not a lot of money to be made in baseball." But Monaghan, asked Monday whether he expects to make money with the franchise, replied: "It's made m . . oik. waw.. - ' - i : 4. J' 4 fi i f Free Press Photo bv PATRICIA BECK Thomas Monaghan, left, is buying the Tigers from John Fetzer. money for 27 years in a row. It's never lost money. I see no reason it shouldn't make money." Fetzer, who bought out his partners in 1962, will continue for at least two years as board chairman. Jim See TIGERS, Page 11A The Tigers deal The previous owners. Page 11 A. How Monaghan built pizza empire. Page 5B. A profile of the next owner. Page ID. What Downey and Puscas think. Page ID. The secrecy surrounding the deal. Page 3D. WHITE HOUSE DENIES CHARGES Civil-rights enforcement criticized By ROBERT PEAR New York Times WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says in a new report that two years of fiscal austerity and staff reductions have seriously eroded the enforcement of civil rights by the federal government. The report asserted that there had been a noticeable decline in enforcement at six agencies: the Departments of Justice, Education, Labor, Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. In some areas, such as housing, it said, compliance reviews and investigations have declined to the point that "they have become virtually negligible." The report is the latest in a series from the commission that has repeatedly criticized the civil-rights policies of the Reagan administration. White House officials contend such criticism is politically motivated, but commission members deny it. President Reagan is trying to replace three of the six commission members, but the Senate has yet to confirm his nominees. THE CONCLUSIONS of the new report were disputed by administration officials, who said their interpretation of the same data used by the commission showed there had been an increase rather than a decrease in civil-rights enforcement. Commenting on the report, administration officials said total spending for civil-rights enforcement had increased, to $607 million in 1983 from $513 million in the fiscal year 1980, with $634 million requested for 1984. These figures reflect "a substantial increase in the priority accorded civil rights," Reagan said in his budget message in January. The report, however, said the Labor Department's success in gaining back pay and other relief for victims of job discrimination has steadily declined. "In fiscal year 1980, financial settlements totaled $16.2 million, of which back pay amounted to $9.2 million for 4,334 employes," the report said. By the fiscal year 1982, financial settlements of discrimination complaints had fallen to $7.3 million, including $2.1 million in back pay for 1,133 employes. Efforts to encourage voluntary compliance with the civil-See RIGHTS, Page 9A A laugh for old friends Free Press Photo IRA ROSENBERG Former President Jimmy Carter and Mayor Young, close political allies during the Carter presidency, chat at the Economic Club of Detroit's weekly lunch at Cobo Hall Monday. After Carter spoke to 2,200 people, urging the country s sleeping leaders to take action" to improve the economy. Young praised the ex-president's remarks as "giving the answers straight from the shoulder." The story is on Page 3A. A shambles? No way on this DOT bus By BILL LAITNER Free Press Staff Writer Though the mayor called his bus system "damn near a shambles," veteran driver John Warren was dispensing fine service as usual to passengers on the Grand River line. In an Immaculate yellow Detroit Department of Transportation shirt set off by chrome cowboy collar points, gray bow tie and matching driving gloves, Warren was clearly something special, even at 6:50 a.m., to a stranger boarding at Seven Mile. In fact, he is the department's driver of the month at his Coolidge terminal. A retarded woman from a nearby halfway house got up from her seat, stumbled up to Warren and mumbled haltingly. Had she passed her stop? "YOU DIDN'T do anything wrong. You're OK," he reassured her gently. She slipped backio her seat, smiling shyly. A minute later, after several youths boarded, Warren announced: "Whoever is playing that radio back there, it must go." And go it did. By 7:08, the bus was full and standees began to accumulate. "All the way to the rear of the coach, now let's make room for others," Warren intoned. Another stop. Another crowd boarded. "Let's tighten it up, now little bit more, See BUS, Page 9A Free Press illustration bv MOSES HARRIS MONDAY 884 and 8004 CARD GAME 5 and J inside today ANN LANDERS 2C BUSINESS NEWS 5-10B CLASSIFIED GOLD ADS 6-10C DEATH NOTICES 6C EDITORIALS 6A ENTERTAINMENT 7D FEATURE PAGE 11C MOVIE GUIDE 10D OBITUARIES 6C SCIENCE 1-3B TELEVISION 8D To place a classified ad, call 222-5000, Mondariday 8-6, Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4. U.S. woman wins Nobel in medicine By DICK SODERLUND Associated Press STOCKHOLM Barbara McClintock, the 81-year-old American botanist whose research anticipated the revolution in genetics by more than 20 years, won the Nobel prize in medicine Monday. The faculty of Sweden's Karolinska Institute said it awarded McClintock the prize mainly for her 1951 discovery of moveable genes in Indian corn a discovery that was largely ignored for two decades. Only in the 1970s, after genes were found to move In bacteria, did other scientists begin to look at her work more seriously. McClintock, who still works at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, N.Y., is the first woman to receive the prize in medicine for work she did alone. See N(JT5L, Page 10A II L

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