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Thursday, March 6, 1975
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Detroit ma 1 Today's Chuckle A real bore is a guy with a cocktail in one hand and your coat lapel in the other. THE SECOND FRONT PAGE t t i i i i r ,f ! 1 T I T I Pa ire an A Thursday, March 6, 1975 k 11 GfiLS DUCK BOYS Liltle League Coeds Prefer Their Own Game LITTLE LEAGUE FINALLY went coed last year, and it took an Act of Congress to do that. But apparently girls aren't all that anxious to play baseball with boys. The Southfield Little League held registration Saturday and will have its second and last day of registration this Saturday. League director Murray Katzman reports about 5ft girls signed up but none wanted to play on the 120 co-ed teams that have been scheduled. Instead they all opted for girls only teams. Minority Report A PROGRESS REPORT: Three years ago there were six black troopers among the Michigan State Police ranks of 1,800 officers. The count today, 22. State Police are quick to point out there are three American Indians and nine Mexican-American troopers, too. 7 he new trooper course to begin March 23 will have about a 100-person enrollment, including one Oriental, one Mexican-American, two American Indians, 10 women, 14 blacks. The authorized strength of the State Police is 2,050; It's current strength is 1,985. Big Ladv Has Big Debts THE PRO WRESTLING world has its good tumbles and its bad tumbles. And Heather Feather, the 383-pound woman grappler who is billed as the circuit's biggest lady wrestler, has apparently taken a bad tumble. She filed for bankruptcy Tuesday saying she was $6,700 in debt. Last year, she said, she made just $1,801 on the pro circuit. New Studies Program WAYNE STATE and Macomb County Community Col lege will soon jointly announce a new studies program where an undergradute can take his first two years at Macomb and the last two at Wayne State-in the same location. The schools will use old St. Louis High School in Mt. Clemens for the program. It's concievable that a student could get a college degree without ever leaving the Mt. Clemens facility. Wayne will also offer some graduate courses at the facility, too. An open house at the old high school is scheduled for March lfi. Postal Service Woes DonH Include Me EVER HAVE THE feeling you can't quite believe what you're hearing? Knowing you are in the right but the other person has every good reason to feel you're wrong? Other day and it has happened before the phone rang and a lady's voice wanted to know if I was the post office. I assured her I wasn't. A few moments later the phone rang again. Same lady, and this time very angry. "Why did you tell me you weren't the post office when I know you are?" she demanded. "But I really am NOT the post office," I told her. "You must be," she said triumphantly "I called information and they gave me your number. The phone company must know what your number is, even if you don't." I glanced hastily at the familiar strip below the push buttons. It still read 222-6515. "Are you sure the operator told you the post office number is 222-6515?" "Yes, she did, and if you don't give me some satisfaction I'm going straight over your head to your supervisor." "You can do that if you want to. It wouldn't be the first time. But lady, let me tell you he'll be just as puzzled as I am." There was a sniff and the phone banged in my ear. Presumably, some harried executive in the post office is trying to find out which of the many hundreds of employes refused to admit he works for Uncle Sam. At any rate, for the benefit of Ma Bell's number service, my phone (wait, I'll look again) is truly 222-6515. The number of the post office claims department is 226-6515. Got it? FRIENDS WHO VISITED Dearborn Mayor Orville Hubbard in Henry , Ford Hospital reveal that he can, despite reports, say a few words clearly, though he cannot carry on a conversation. His right side is paralyzed, but he extends his left hand in greeting, and his grip is strong. And he can comprehend very well anything said to him. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Washington is a place where nobody believes a rumor until it has been denied officially. RAY MacDONALD of Troy and Jan Murphy of Roseville are getting married March 14. MacDonald made reservations in Acapulco for that evening, but the bride-to-be made him change them to March 17. They've marched together in the St. Patrick's Day Parade for the last four years, and begorrah, she was determined they will not miss this one, beginning in Our Town at 2 p.m. March 16. . . . Charley Tease of Allen Park felt he was the Loser of the Year last week. The winning numbers on the green lottery tickets was 926792. He had them on the gold. . . . For my money, the funniest, wackiest new TV show in many a year is Barney Miller, viewable at 8 p.m. Thursdays on Channel 7, with former Detroiter Max Gail in one of the starring roles. It is a completely zany spoof of police operations, a wonderful contrast from most of the deadpan police shows cluttering the airwaves. The show's producer, Danny Arnold, is said to be as nutty as any of his characters, and the show practically creates itself from week to week. It is done so close to deadline that it is videotaped rather than filmed. My only fear . is that the early pace will be too hard to sustain. Don't miss it, and keep your fingers crossed. Admitted Hit .Man Seeks F BY WILLIAM MITCHELL City-County Bureau Chitt A 27-year-old Detroit man, currently seeking his release from a state mental institution, confessed to police last summer that he had committed at least seven homicides as a hired killer, according to Detroit Police Department records. John B. McGee, who is seeking to be released under terms of a recent state Supreme Court ruling, was sent to the state's Center for Forensic Psychiatry last summer after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity for a second-degree murder charge. Both the prosecution and the defense agreed that McGee was legally insane at the time of the offense. The defense waived its right to a jury trial and the verdict was delivered by Recorder's Court Judge Clarence Laster Jr. After delivering the verdict, Laster offered McGee immunity from prosecution if he would supply the police with information on some unsolved homicide cases. Police say McGee sent them a hand-written note listing the names of persons he had killed, with the dates and kind of gun used noted next to some of the names. As a result of that note, two hour-long police interviews with McGee and further investigation of the homicides, the Depart ment closed the cases on seven homicides between January 1972 and March 1974. ASSISTANT WAYNE County Prosecutor Robert Healty, who is assigned to the Wayne County Organized Crime Task Force and who prosecuted McGee last June, said, "The information he gave us concerning those cases was tantamount to a confession but we couldn't use those confessions against him." Sheldon Halpern, McGee's lawyer, declined to discuss the handwritten note Wednesday and said that making it oublic would violate Lister's order of immunity from prosecution for McGee. reedom Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Avery Weiswasser, who is petitioning the Wayne Probate Court this week to commit McGee to the Forensic Center under the Supreme Court decision, said the prosecution agreed to the insanity verdict last June because "they didn't have enough evidence" to convict him of second-degree murder. Weiswasser said the prosecution regarded McGee as incurably mentally ill and dangerous to society and presumed that he was being committed to the Forensic Center for the rest of his life. Laster said Wednesday that it had been Please turn to Page 4A, Col. I 24 Judges Warned Of Kidnap Plot . BY FRED GIRARD AND JUDY DIEBOLT Free Press Staff Writers Four judges in Oakland County were placed under a tight security net, and all 20 judges of Detroit Recorder's Court were advisded to be on the alert Tuesday night after police learned of a possible kidnapping plot. Police agencies were confused Wednesday concerning the actual purpose of the possible kidnappings, but they agreed it somehow centered on Chester Wheeler Campbell, the alleged underworld assassin now being held in the Oakland County jail. Washtenaw County Sheriff Fred Postill told the Free Press it was his impression that the plot, If it actually existed, was meant to free Campbell. But William Delhay o f the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office said he thought the purpose may have been to kill Campbell. The information was unclear because both the chief and deputy chief of the Ann Arbor police department, where the information originated, were out of town. Police officers investigating the matter declined to give any information, apparently even to Postill or Delhay, for several hours. Donald S. Leonard, Recorder's Court presiding judge, said the original information had come from a woman named Evelyn Jane Yenor, who walked into the Ann Arbor police department early Tuesday afternoon and claimed she had just been abducted. She said a group of black males their number was variously reported as three, five or seven forced her into their car, blindfolded her, Please turn to Page 4A, Col. 1 To insure accuracy, the Free Press will correct in this space any factual error which may occur in our news columns. tate to Mail Jobless Pay Under Experimental Plan A story in Wednesday's Free Press about the Crestwood school strike case now before the Michigan Supreme Court erroneously stated that both lower courts had ordered the parties to submit to arbitration. The Appeals Court did order compulsory arbitration. The Wayne County Circuit Court "strongly urged" the school board and the teachers to submit remaining issues to binding arbitration. Fre Press Photo by LONA ASKINS Lights! Action! Bingo! t Bingo is the big sporting event at many social halls and churches, and the same is true at Outer Drive Hospital in Lincoln Park. Sponsored by the hospital's auxiliary, Thursday bingo games broadcast over the hospital's closed circuit TV system are becoming the highlight of the week for some patients. Volunteer Nancy Merta of Ecorse spins the numbered balls while Mrs. Gladys Hutchinson of Trenton operates a camera sending the broadcasts over TV screens in the rooms. IT BANKROLLED FIRM'S PURCHASE Fallen Bank Linked to Doore BY JO THOMAS Free Press Staff Writer Southfield attorneys Kenneth G. Bernard and Theodore Weiswasser, who own controlling stock of Joshua Doore Inc., borrowed the money to n"rchase the furniture company from a Cleveland bank that collapsed last month after making too many bad loans. Bernard and Weiswasser refused to comment Wednesday, however, on reports that a $250,000 loan to another of their companies, Medi-Control Inc., from the fallen Northern Ohio Bank was called in last month for being more than $8,000 in default on interest payments. Northern Ohio Bank, a five-year-old Cleveland bank with assets of over $100 million, collapsed Feb. 14 under loans that exceeded its capital and net worth. A number of the defaulted loans reportedly were made to Michigan firms. Northern Ohio Bank has been purchased" by National City Bank of Cleveland, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has taken charge of the loans, amid reports that some of them were secured by worthless stock and $200,000 in stolen municipal bonds. Joshua Doore Inc. has heen in the public spotlight since its board chairman, Harvey Leach, was found murdered last March 17 in what police termed a gangland-style slaying that State Appeals Court Backs Closing of 5 Porno Houses LANSING - (AP) -The state Court of Appeals upheld Wednesday the closing of five Detroit-area movie houses that showed X-rated films, including "Deep Throat." The appellate court upheld a Wayne County Circuit Court jury verdict that the films shown in the five establishments were obscene. The appeals court said the films could be condemned as obscene "even though the record establishes that they were exhibited in closed theaters to willing adults only." OTHER FILMS cited were "The Devil in Miss Jones," "It Happened in Hollywood" and "Little Sisters." The theaters are the Krim, Pussycat Theatre, Penthouse Theatre, Lido Theatre and Highland Theatre. The court upheld the jurisdiction of Judge Thomas Foley, who, last April, ordered the furniture, fixtures and contents of the movie houses removed and the theaters to be padlocked lor one year. . ... The court of appeals said there is "no doubt that the average person applying contemporary community standards would find that the films appealed to prurient interest in sex." The court also said the films showed sexual conduct "in a patently offensive way" and that the films did not have serious literary, political or scientific value. The court said all four films "clearly depict hard core sexual conduct." Defense Attorney Stephen Taylor said he will appeal to the state Supreme Court and, if necessary, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the theaters will continue operating, he said. The court's approval of closing the theaters under a state nuisance abatement law "is an unconstitutional prior restraint on what can be shown in the future because of what might have been shown in the past," Taylor said. . .... has never been solved. Controlling stock in the company, owned by Joshua Doore p resident Spencer Reuben, was sold last August to The Medi-Group Inc. (Medi-Control's successor) for an undisclosed price. Reuben's stock as well as shares owned by Leach had been used to secure an $800,000 loan at Michigan National Bank. Weiswasser and Bernard, the principals in Medi-Group, insisted Wednesday that the purchase was a conventional banking transaction, with the Doore purchase secured by a letter of credit from Northern Ohio .Bank. Last August Weiswasser and Bernard borrowed $500,000 from Michigan National Rank to buy the Doore stock, using as security a letter of credit from the Northern Ohio Bank. In December, Michigan National Bank cashed in the letter of credit and was paid in full and the stock which Michigan National had been holding is now being held by Northern Ohio. "That letter was presented," Bernard said, "a n d Northern Ohio paid Michigan National Bank back several months ago." - Bernard . said the Joshua Doore stock, which Michigan National has been holding, then went to Northern Ohio Bank to secure a loan there. Weiswasser said the loan was "negotiated by me personally in the bank with the executive of the bank. There was no finder involved." Published reports in Cleveland have indicated that some borrowers paid large finder's fees to Alex Dandy, a Washington, D.C. businessman who is also president of Marine City Manufacturing in Ferndale. "We know Mr. Dandy," Weiswasser said Wednesday. "But he was not involved" in the Joshua Doore loan. Dandy, reached by telephone Wednesday, said: "Some people sny I'm elusive, but I'm not." He then declined to answer questions about his business transactions or his whereabouts, promising that his lawyers would get in touch. They did not. 6 Offices To Test System BY RALPH ORR : Free Press Labor Writer Payment of unemployment compensation benefits by mail will start March 17 in pilot programs at six claims .offices, a Michigan Employment Security Commission spokesman said Wednesday. If the system proves feasible, then payment by mail could be adopted statewide in heavy claims areas during times of high joblessness, the spokesman said. Pressure for faster payment of benifits began building earlier this year when laid-off, auto workers complained about standing in line for hours in cold weather. S. MARTIN TAYLOR, MESC director, asked that the names of the six offices involved in the experimental program not be revealed. "We're afraid that people now getting their benefits elsewhere would flock to these offices and distort our claims load," Taylor said. The MESC then could not get a true evaluation of the plan and the concept would be torpedoed, he said. "Workers who try to transfer to one of these offices won't be accepted," Taylor warned. Claimants reporting at the six offices can opt for payment by mail or continuation of the present method. Once a worker has chosen payment by mail, he will be required to stay with the ex-periement for the duration'of his eligibility, Taylor said. Otherwise the MESC bookkeeping system now processing at the rate of three claims every second during working hours could become hopelessly snarled, he went on. NEW CLAIMANTS will be given appointments two weeks after they first apply, to give Please turn to Page HA, Col. 1 The Night Shift Breeds Misfits Special to the Free Press EAST LANSING Working the graveyard shift can turn a person into a loner and a mistfit whose eating and sexual habits become a problem rather than a pleasure. That is the conclusion of former Michigan State University researcher Lola Jean Kozak who spent several years working the night shift at hospitals in Michigan and studying the problems of night work. "When you work the night shift your whole cycle becomes messed up," the 27-year-old psychiatric nurse writes in the latest issue of "Summation," published by the University's sociology department. "Working the night shift is particularly hard on recently-married couples with young children," she says, "and is generally disruptive to all social aspects of a night worker's life." "Single people find themselves having fewer dates, at-Please turn to Page 11A, Col. 1

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