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Today's Chuckle The trouble with patience is that the more a person has, the more folks want to use. lis ir THE SECOND FRONT PAGE Page 3, Section A Friday, January 14, 1977 mm i4 h i i t i Li Visitors to Institute of Arts Can't Touch the Goods THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS has installed plexiglass around some of exhibits in its new Italian art wing. Dr. Dewey Mosby says it's there to highlight the art, but some of it is there to stop overly enthusiastic art enthusiasts from touching the paintings of the naked women. Mickey Mouse Resolution MICKEY MOUSE WILL RECEIVE a proclamation and a testimonial resolution from the City of Detroit when he and his friends arrive here next month. The Disney characters, from Walt Disney World in Florida, will visit children's hospitals and institutions. Mayor Young is tentatively scheduled to present the proclamation and resolution. Lawbreakinc Frozen Out DEPUTY MAYOR WILLIAM BECKHAM, explaining to a colleague why he almost never goes out for lunch during the winter, pointed out: "It's too cold to walk and there's too much snow to park illegally." j Lansing Ecology Withering ONE OF THE BIG HASSLES in the slate' Senate involves Sen. Joseph Mack's opposition to conservation and environmental legislation. Some senators want Mack removed as chairman of the Senate Conservation Committee. Others don't. A hint as to how the issue will be resolved came Thursday when Democratic leaders released a list of 19 legislative priorities designed "to raise the quality of life in our state." None of the 19 mentioned conservation or environmental legislation. Dentist Played Santa To Bed-Ridden Widotv SOME NICE THINGS happened in the frozen North while we were nursing goose bumps in the not-so-hot South. One of them concerns a compassionate dentist who richly deserves a belated Tip of the- Topper for an act that reflected the holiday spirit. Mrs. Alex I.yke, of Northville, a widow who has long suffered from multiple scelerosis, is confined to a hospital . bed in her home. Shortly before Christmas she called her sister, Mrs. Carl Bartlett of Livonia, to say she was suffering from an extremely painful toothache. Mrs. Bartlett called the dentist who dropped everything and dashed to Mrs. Lyke's home where he gave her medicine to soothe an ulcerated tooth. A few days later he borrowed a van from another MS patient, took Mrs. Lyke to his office, filled three cavities and cleaned her teeth. Says Mrs. Bartlett : "I want him to know how grateful we are, without using his name. When I tell people about the incident, they invariably say: 'Oh, that must be Dr. So-and-so. He's always doing things like that. He's a special person.' "And when 1 tried to get a bill from him, I was told there'd be no charge." . ON ANOTHER UPBEAT FRONT, Elaine Lynch is excited about the way ticket sales have been going for the black tie preview of the Detroit Auto Show Friday night at Cobo Hall. The show opens to the public Saturday and runs through Jan. 23. The Detroit Auto Dealers Association has designated three groups the Boys Clubs of Metropolitan Detroit, the Easter Seal Society and the Northeast Guidance Clinic to receive all the proceeds of the tickets they sell for the preview. Tickets sell for $25 a couple. Mrs. Lynch, chairperson of the ticket-selling committee for the Boys Clubs women's committee, hopes to reach $20,000 by preview time, up $8,000 over last year. The proceeds will probably be earmarked for the start of a siorts arena for the facilities at Camp Farwell on Harsen's Island. i "This is a highly competitive operation," she says. "I think one of the reasons we've done so well is that a handwritten note from a committee member went out in each of the 6,000 invitations we mailed." THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A cocktail party is where you meet a lot of people who drink so much you c a n't remember their names. ONE OF OUR TOWN'S KOOKIER OCCASIONS is fast approaching. It is Mae Busch Night at the Detroit Press Club Jan. 28, an epic event for the Dancing Cuckoos, a group of free spirits devoted to the memory of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. A highlight of the eve ning is the presentation of the F ine Mess Award to a person who has been involved in some especially stupid activity during 1976. And here is where you fit into the picture. The Chief Cuckoo, Paul Toepp, is looking for nominations for this prestigious-in-reverse award. - If you can think of "some dumdum in public or private lire who measures up, send it in to me. Or you can contact Toepp directly at 557-1788. TODAY'S WORST JOKE: A farmer made mowishine in addition to his farming activities. One day his son inquired if it were time to harvest the hay. "No, son, he replied. "Hay's too green. Let's make shine while the hay suns." br M If THE iTATfi OF THURSDAY, JAN. IS Michigame (3 digit) 695 Michigame (2 digit)' Wonderland (fi digi) 633288 Wonderland (5 digit) 82679 Wonderland (3 digit) 455 Death Lurks in Old Neighborhood Bar BY BILL MICHELMORE Fret Press Staff Writer Theodore Mclntire, 63, a retired salesman from St. Clair Shores, stopped by his old neighborhood bar on Detroit's northwest side about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for the first time in seven years. "he had many, memories there," said his wife, Anne. An hour later, Mclntire was dead on the floor of the Ardmore Bar, 14132 Puritan, one of four people killed by two gunmen who held up the bar, for about $100 and fled. Two other men who died in the holdup, John Maclnnis, 70, a retired contractor, and Richard White, 51, laid-off factory worker, also were once regular customers- of the Ardmore. Their visits became less frequent when they moved from the neighborhood. Apparently it was cincidence that drew the three to the bar Wednesday afternoon. THE ARDMORE is one of the last white, working-class havens in the changing northwest neighborhood and it remained a meeting place for people whose roots in the neighborhood go back many years. The fourth person to die in the bar Wednesday was the woman who had served them The Ardmore bar, one of the last white, working-class haens in northwest Detroit, has served as a meeting place for people with roots in the area. Said the widow of a victim of Wednesday's robbery: "He had many memories there:' Free Press Photo by CRAIG PORTER their drinks and shared their reminiscences, barmaid Eileen Bouchard, 30. All of the victims had been shot point blank In the back of the head, execution style. They are believed to have been the only ones in the bar when the robbers entered. MacINNIS, who lived a mile from the bar, went shopping for groceries about 2 p.m. Wednesday and then apparently stopped for a drink. Many years ago, he and his wife were regular customers, but they moved, and he seldom stopped by the Ardmore after that. "1 think he must have gone in the bar for old times sake," said a friend. Maclnnis died at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital at 5:10 a.m. Thursday. WHITE, 51, a factory worker who had been laid off from the Chrysler stamping plant, before Christmas, also lived near the bar years ago. When he moved to an apartment 10 miles away, his visits to the bar became less frequent. Friends said White was due to go back to work Monday and went to his old bar to celebrate. White died at 7 a m. Thursday at Mt. Carmel. in the bed next to John Maclnnis. BARMAID EILEEN BOUCHARD was single and had worked at the Ardmore about four months. Her body was found face down behind the bar. Detroit police said Thursday that they had no suspects in the slayings but were working on a theory that the gunmen were two young black men who they believe are responsible for several holdups recently in the neighborhood. Police believe the same two bandits held up . the Ardmore Bar Sunday and escaped with $75. "They've all been two-bit robberies," said' one detective. Mclntire's wire, Anne, said Thursday that her husband had driven to Livonia to have lunch with a friend and while he was driving back home to St. Clair Shores "decided to stop by the old bar and have a drink." Mrs. Mclntire said she and her husband" moved form the northwest neighborhood seven years ago to escape increasing crime there. PROSECUTORS ACCUSED OF MISCONDUCT Court Delays VA Murder Case Italian Art i Gets a Place To Shine BY PAUL MAGNUSSON Free Press Staff Writer After more than a year of renovating 10 galleries and cleaning and restoring art works, the Detroit Institute of Arts next week will unveil a permanent exhibit of Italian art that the institute says is the third largest outside Europe. After a black-tie, $100-a-plate-dinner Monday for Italy's ambassador to the United States and previews for members of the Founders Society on Wednesday, the exhibit will open to the public Thursday. Four paintings bequeathed by Eleanor Clay Ford and three of the museum's recent acquisitions will be shown for the first time. Some 150 paintings and 50 sculptures, reliefs and ceramics will be displayed. The 10 adjoining galleries were designed to show the progression of Italian periods and styles from the 13th through the 18th centuries. "It was once a kind of rabbit warren," said museum director Frederick Cummings of the old Italian exhibit which was mixed with French paintings in a hodge-podge of styles and dates. "We had this money earmarked for renovation and we decided to give the Italian works some continuity." The museum spent $150,000 from a single bequest to carpet seven of the galleries, re-finish floors, install new lights and cover five galleries with velour in rose, slate blue and gold. Several new galleries were constructed while the museum's staff inspected and. cleaned paintings, furniture, ceramics and bronzes. Cummings said he hopes that with the new carpet covering the linoleum tiles and some incongruous false fireplaces removed, museum visitors will find the galleries "both simplified and quietly elegant." Included among the Ford bequests are four Renaissance paintings: 'The Annunciation" by Fra Angelico, "Madonna and Child with Cherubim" by Gozzoli, "The Madonna and Child" by Perugino and "Portrait of Andrea Navagero" by Titian. Their value has been estimated at more than $5 million. - - -; ' ' a v- fe fSx n W : : ' "w I' Free Press Photo by HUGH GRANNUM Workman applies molding to a glazed terra cotta by Andrea della Robhia entitled "Madonna and Child" in the new exhibit. Southfield Official Charged in Theft BY PAUL MAGNUSSON Free Press Staff Writer Southfield City Councilman Nelson Chase was charged Thursday with the theft of two record albums from a store in the Tel-Twelve Mall in Southfield. If convicted, Chase, who says he will run for re-election In November, would face a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a $1,000 fine. Chase said he is innocent and claimed that the warrant was "politically motivated" by Oakland County Prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson. Chase and Patterson, whose office recommended the felony warrant, clashed last summer during Patterson's prosecution of Lois Herman, a 33-year-old Southfield prostitute. The case gained notoriety when Mrs. Herman produced a shoebox filled with names of prominent men, including Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley and Congressman John Dingell of Dearborn, who she claimed were her clients. MRS. HERMAN, a divorcee, also claimed in published accounts of the incident that she paid Southfield police a $500 bribe not to testify against her. Chase, an attorney, represented Mrs. Herman during the initial stages of the legal proceedings. Chase withdrew from the case after Patterson filed a change of venue motion which alleged that Chase's position as a Please turn to Page 7A, Col. 1 Facts Withheld, Judge Agrees BY KIRK CHEYFITZ Free Press Staff Writer A federal judge Thursday indefinitely postponed all court proceedings in the Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital mass murder case amid charges of prosecution misconduct. After more than four hours of closed-door sessions, the judge declared that he "found merit" in a defense motion charging prosecutors with keeping vital information from the defense. Lawyers for Filipina Narciso, 30, and Leonora Perez, 32, the former VA nurses charged with the hospital murders, had requested dismissal of the case in the defense motion filed Thursday. The lawyers charged that misconduct by the prosecution had irrevocably damaged the nurses' chance for a fair and speedy trial. U.S. District Judge Philip Pratt did not dismiss the case. But he did indicate that federal prosecutors had failed to comply with a previous court order requiring lull disclosure of important FBI documents to defense lawyers. briefly Appearing Dnetiy in open court, Pratt said much of the previously concealed evidence now has been turned over to the defense. This exchange took place Thursday afternoon in Pratt's chamber. More of the evidence, which consists largely of statements obtained by the FBI from potential prosecution witnesses and others, will be disclosed to the defense in the next few days, Pratt said. Meanwhile, Pratt ordered an indefinate postponement of court proceedings in the case to allow defense lawyers to assess the newly disclosed evidence. He ordered attorneys to meet with him Tuesday to reschedule pre-trial hearings. The judge said that the trial, scheduled to begin Feb. 1, will be delayed. Pratt, appearing weary after the day of closed sessions, said he was taking action "in the hopes that by following this procedure . . . we will be able to assure that we have a full and fair trial." PRATT'S ruling marked a temporary breakdown in pretrial hearings, which have been marked by defense accusations of improper procedures by the FBI and federal prosecution team. The most startling accusa-t i o n s emerged in court Wednesday, when FBI agents, under questioning from defense lawyers, testified that certain FBI documents had been edited before being given to the defense. Other testimony Wednesday showed that some FBI documents had been withheld from the defense altogether. In all cases, testimony showed that the evidence deleted or concealed is helpful to Please rum to Page 7A, Col. 1 Gas for Bill Dodgers To Be Cut Despite Cold No matter how cold it gets, customers who do not pay their gas bills will have their service cut off, the Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. said Thursday. The utility ended a 20-year policy of not shutting off gas when temperatures drop below 25 degrees because of "deliberate bill dodgers," officials said. Under the new policy, customers will receive two notices, one of them delivered personally, and a visit from a gas company employe before service is cut off, the company said. "We're not going to run out and Indiscriminately start locking meters on people," a spokesman added. In cases of financial hardship, the company will set up a apecial payment plan or help customers get public assistance. Last year, more than 2,000 customers took advantage of the cold-weather lenience policy, the spokesman said. The gas company said it changed its shutoff policy because it was unable to collect $6 million in gas bills last year. Mr Buckley Finds Buyer For 73 Pinto Roy Buckley, Mt Clemens, offered a 1973 Pinto automobile for sale in a Free Press Fast-ACTION Ad. The calls started coming in the first morning the ad appeared. The response to your classified ad in the Free Press can be just as fast. Call now to place your Fast-ACTION ad! Dial 222-6800 or Toll Fr (800) 5723670 CALL TODAY! Do-and-Dorv'l List For Holiday Today There are things you can and can't do Friday, the day of the city's observance of Martin Luther King's birthday: Don't avail yourself of anything run by the City of Detroit without calling first. Most offices and facilities are closed to honor the slain civil rights leader, who was born. Jan. 15, 1929. Don't expect your garbage to be picked up Friday. It'll be collected Saturday instead. Don't go to any neighborhood city hall Friday for a rebate of your homestead tax or help in preparing tax returns. Don't go to any indoor ice skating rinks either Friday or Please turn to Page 4A, Col. 3 Funds Low, State Cuts PBB Tests LANSING - (UP!) - The deputy director of the state Department of Agriculture says that testing for PBB in the state's food supply has been cut back dramatically due to a shortage of funds. George Whitehead also said Thursday that PBB levels in Michigan livestock are down substantially from the crisis levels of three years ago, and the need for testing is not as great. He said some sampling is still going on. Random checks on food have turned up only two cases since August in which PBB levels were at or above the maximum 300 parts per billion allowed by law, Whitehead said. The number of herds quarantined due to high PBB levels has declined from 560 to 13. "We don't have as much testing to do as we did have," Whitehead said. "We have all we can handle, but there is no tremendous backlog." He said there is less money because Gov. Milliken's budget office decided not to renew special funding for PBB testing, in the budget year which began in October. PBB is a highly toxic chemi-c a 1 which was accidentally mixed with livestock feed in 1973. As a result, thousands of animals have died or been destroyed, and a preliminary scientific report indicates the chemical may be responsible for health problems experienced by humans directly exposed to contamination. Gerald Miller, Milliken's budget chief, said the special appropriation for PBB testing was not continued because Milliken felt there is adequate money in the general laboratory budget "to do the job." Streets to Shut John R between Broadway and Woodward, and Farmer between Grand River and John R will be closed for two or three weekends beginning Friday for demolition of the Kevin House Hotel at John R and Farmer. The closing will be. from 7 p.m. Friday to 6 a m. Monday each weekend, according to the city Department of Transportation.

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