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Today's Chuckle Free Press Telephones More and more women are buying their clothes on the installment plan but they appear fo be wearing only the first installment. To Place Want Ada For Home Delivery City News Desk Insurance Dept. All Other Calla 222-6800 222-6500 222-6600 222-6470 222-6400 THE SECOND FRONT PAGE . Wednesday, February 11, ,1970 Page 3, Section A Blue Meld Faces ate Audit him r nrT IhiwM What Actuaries Really Do Defining jobs in exact terminology has been an expanding field of endeavor for the last several years, and the end is far from sight. There is constant change and refinement. Undertak-1 ers have long been funeral directors or burial consultants. Barbers are tbnsorial experts nowadays, and even garbagemen have been translated into sanitary engineers. Frank Beckman, public relations director of the Michigan Credit Union League, thinks that Ellis Wohlner, actuary of League Life Insurance, offers one of the very finest definitions of his job which is described simply by Web-; ster as "one trained in mathematics and statistics whose business it is to cal-i culate insurance and an-: nuity premiums, reserves and dividends." This does not satisfy . Wohlner. He carries with : him a card that says "an ' actuary is a person who ! passes as an expert on the i basis of his prolific ability to produce an infinite variety of incomprehensible figures calculated with mi- crometric precision from the vaguest of assumptions based on debatable evi-1 dence from inconclusive data derived by persons of doubtful reliability, for the sole purpose of confusing an already hopelessly befuddled group of persons who never read the statis tics anyway." How about some other way-out job definitions ? There must be a lot that would be well worth passing along. i Cousin Jacques Cousin, executive director of the United Foundation, convalesing in Oakwood Hospital with what doctors describe as . chest pains . . . Interesting combination lunching in 1 the Celebrity Room of the Fisher Building: Industrialist Max Fisher and Se- ! mon (Bunkie) Knudsen, . former Ford Motor presi- ;t dent . . . Largest movie party ever held in Our Town for underprivileged children to start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Michigan Theatre. Variety Club of Detroit, Tent No. 5, headed by Martin Shafer, will play host to 4,500 youngsters as a concluding highlight of Variety Week. The lucky youngsters will see a preview showing of "A Boy Named Charlie Brown." Many top people in Our Town will attend, and Bagley avenue will be roped off. Thought for the Day . . . Year by year it takes less and less time to fly around the world and more and more time to drive to work. The Passing Parade . . . Sports photographers hereabouts owe a debt of gratitude to the late Jerry Heiman who, with the aid of Art Emanuel, persuaded the keepers of sports press boxes that they, too, should be fed and watered like the pampered writers in the press boxes. The breakthrough came at Michigan State in 1944 when Nick Kerbawy, then sports publicist there, agreed to provide the lensmen along the sidelines with coffee, hot dogs and apples. Today's Worst Joke . . . Ed Mayor says that if the former wife of Harry James recorded her support of the picketing. workers in the California vineyards, he'd be interested in hearing and seeing the Grable tapes on table grape. Racism Charged In Search for Library Director BY WILLIAM SEREIN Free Press Stiff Writer A bitter dispute with charges of racism from blacks and whites is raging over the possible election of a Negro woman as director of the Detroit Public Library. The woman, who at this point is the leading contender for the -post is Mrs. Clara Jones, who is in her 50s and is presently the library's consul-t a n t on neighborhood programs. Mrs. Jones, vigorously back ed by three black library commissioners and one white commissioner, would be the first Negro to head the library system in its 105-ycar history. Here are the tangled elements of the controversy, which has split the library board, its staff, and many of its benefactors : Two commissioners, Thomas G. Long and Dr. Harvey M. Merker, both white, are so opposed to Mrs. Jones they are considering resigning if she is elected. On Wednesday the hoard of directors of the Friends of the Detroit Public Library' will be asked by William Gage, the president, to pass a resolution charging that the commissioners who support Sirs. Jones Detectives Chief Says Hell Retire ' BY JOHN GRIFFITH Free Press Staff Writer Edward R. Sash, chief of detectives in the Detroit Police Department, said Tuesday he will retire from the force next Monday after 29 years of service. Deputy chief of detectives George Bloomfield, who normally would be in line to replace Sash, asked last week that he be relieved of administrative duties pending investigation of accusations by a lawyer, Lawrence Bruins, that Bloomfield accepted bribes. Sash, 5t, who has collected 39 citations since he joined the force, said concern for the health of his aged mother and his own personal health were the major reasons for his decision. Police Commissioner Patrick V. Murphy, who said he was accepting Sash's retirement With "mixed emotions," said he will name a new chief of detectives before Sash's last day on the job, which is Friday. Pool Table Sells for 250 Through Action Ad "This was our first experience advertising in the Free Press, and the results were just tremendous," said Mrs. Harold Castor, Birmingham. Mrs. Castor offered a pool table for sale in an exclusive Free Press fast-ACTION Want Ad. Her ad cost $4.64 and the pool table sold for $250. You'll get the kind of response you want, too, when you contact an Ad Informant. Call today! Call 222-6800 Major BY LADD NEUMAN City-Count Bureau Chief The Ford Motor Co. announced an air pollution control program Tuesday which officials of the Wayne County Health Department believe could significantly improve the air of southwest Detroit and could revolutionize the world's steel industry. "It's a real breakthrough," said Morton Sterling, director of Wayne County's air pollu tion control bureau. "This has never been done to our knowledge anywhere in the nation or the world." Sterling was excited over Ford's announcement that it would spend several million dollars on an untried system to clean up the coke ovens In Some blacks, including Commissioner William T. Patrick Jr., believe that Mrs. Jones is being opposed simply because she is a Negro. have given up finding a "qualified" director, and favor Mrs. Jones soley because she is .Negro. The Friends of the Library may withhold from Mrs. Jones, if she is elected, a $7,000 stipend it voted in November, 1969, to increase the .library director's salary to $30,000 to make the salary competitive with wages of other top librarians across the country. Some blacks, including Commissioner William T, Patrick Jr., believe that Mrs. Jones is being opposed simply because she is a Negro. Patrick is also president of New Detroit Inc. The professional library staff is circulating a petition which, in effect, opposes Mrs. Jones. THE 'ATTEMPT to find a new library director in Detroit began with the retirement of Ralph Ulveling in November, 1967. Since January, 1969, when the Rev. William Ardrey, pastor of St. Paul AME Zion Church, and a Negro, was named head of the board's recruiting committee, some 15 persons have been interviewed he says, from cities ranging from Los Angeles to New York. None was acceptable or wanted the post, he says, and on Feb. 3, at an executive session of the commissioners, it became clear that Mrs. Jones, with at least tentative support of four commissioners, was the leading candidate for election. Her supporters were Patrick, Mrs. Ethelenp Crockett, wife of Recorder's Court Judge George W. Crockett Jr.; Mr. Ardrey, and Mrs. Mildred Jeffrey of the community relations department of the United Auto Workers. A special meeting of the commissioners is now scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Thursday to discuss the imatter, includ ing the petition being circulated by the library staff members. They expect to name a new director at their regular meeting next Tuesday, Mr. Ardrey says. Gage concedes that a resolution he will introduce at the Friends of the Library meeting on Wednesday will, by Implication, charge the supporters, of Mrs. Jones with racism. A vice-president of Camp-bell-Ewald Co., Gage says: "These people are the racists, they're putting color ahead of qualification." BOTH HE and Bill O'Brien, vice-president of Friends of the Library and director of Civic Searchlight, charge that Mrs. Jones, with little administrative experience, is not qualified for directorship of Turn to Page 12 A, Column 1 Rouge Ford's River Rouge foundry. The 229 coke ovens have been consistently in violation of county health department standards; Ford was one of six companies taken into court last month for failing to meet deadlines on pollution control. Ford's case is schedule to be heard in Dearborn Municipal Court April 17. Sterling said he has no immediate plans to drop the case but said: "The court action has served its initial intention to put plans into action." George A. Ferris, general manager of Ford's steel division said: "We are embarking on development project with on of the world's leading steel Industry supplier the Koppers View from a Snowman9 While most Detroiters struggled to push wet snow off a few square yards of sidewalk, Mike Kishlicki bent his back to packing all the snow in front of his home at 2128 Lakewood into an eight- rOLlCE SWARMED IN. SHE SAYS Woman Tells of a Gunshot That Began Motel Killings BV GEORGE CANTOR Free Press Staff Writer FLINT A former prostitute who was in the Algiers Motel the night three youths were slain testified Tuesday in the federal conspiracy trial against three suspended Detroit policemen and a private guard. Juii Hysell Bruno of Colum bus, O., told of a gun being fired in the motel and how it brought police and National Guardsmen swarming to the building the night of July 26, 1967, during the Detroit riots. THE 21 -YEAR-OLD girl, now married and pregnant, appeared on the stand wearing a demure black maternity dress and a nosegay. Colorful Charles Charles F. Edgecomb, the rasp tongued, independent-minded former chairman of the Wayne County Board of Auditors, died Tuesday night while being rushed from Crit-tenton Hospital in Rochester to Wayne County General Hospital for treatment of a kidney failure. He was 64. A spokesman for Wayne County General said Mr. Edgecomb was dead on arrival at 8:30 p.m. He had been in Crittenton suffering from pneumonia and emphysema. THE EXACT cause of death was not immediately determined. Mr. Edgecomb, who was generally credited with knowing more about county government and caring less about Plant Cleanup "it's a real breakthrough. This has never been done to our knowledge anywhere in the nation or the world." Mort Stalin Co. to perfect a system of reducing emissions to the atmosphere during the coke-making process. "WE ARE hoping to achlovt the cleanest coke ovens In the world." The decision to Join with Koppers in the pollution con She said she was in a room on the third floor with three youths, Carl Cooper, Michael Clark and Lee Forsythe, and a girl friend, Karen Molloy, also of Columbus. The five were listening to records when one of the youths produced a "little gun" and fired it at another youth, Mrs. Bruno said. She added that she did not know which youth- had the gun but believed it was either Cooper or Forsythe. . The youth who was fired at became so frightened that he broke the chain lock on the room door in his haste to get out of the room, Mrs. Bruno testified. She said he ran down the stairs and about five minutes Political Maverick Edgecomb Is Dead 'J1, - Charles Edgecomb stopping on toes than any other official in recent history, retired in November, 1966, trol venture came dramatically, almost overnight, according to sources. They say Henry Ford n, who promised in December to clean up his cars and hla factories, personally gavs Ferris, hie manager, blank-check backing to proceed with the prof ram. Free Press Photo bv ED HAUN s Shoulder foot snowman for son, Mike Jr. Perched on the giant's shoulder, six-month-old Mike Jr. at first worried that pop might abandon him. But soon he relaxed and enjoyed a grownup's viewpoint. after the incident shots were heard outside the motel and one shot came into the room from outside. , HER TESTIMONY was contradicted in part by another prosecution witness, called as the trial entered its fourth week. James Sortor, 21, who said he was in a ground-floor room the night of the incident, said he heard no shooting at all inside the motel. He also said he heard no one running up and down stairs, conflicting with the previous testimony of Roderick Davis, another youth in the motel, who had said he heard the Turn to Page 1JA, Column 1 after 17 years as an auditor. A power on the Wayne County Board of Supervisors and a kingmaker in county politics, he said whPn he left office that he was being driven out by boredom. "It's boredom it you want to know the truth about it," he said in reply to a reporter's question why he was quitting. "If I'd changed political jobs often enough, I might have died in the saddle." SINCE HIS retirement, he and his wife, Florence, who retired at the same time after 31 years as a county employe, divided their time between a downtown Detroit apartment and a 14-acre country home near Memphis in Macomb County. Before he was elected Turn lo Page 4A, Column 1 Announced by In a separate statement, Ford also pledged its full support to President Nixon's message on pollution. What Ford and Koppers will attempt to do is develop a concept that has existed only in theory for controlling smoke from the hot coke as It is taken from the ovens. Significant pollution escapes when coke is pushed from an oven into an open car, similar to a railroad car. Ford and Koppers will try to cover the car with a hood and a snout which would telescope from the hood into the oven. Another snout would telescope Into a dust collection device. Medicaid Bills Questioned bv julie morris ? ; Free Press Staff Writer Michigan Auditor General Albert Lee said Tuesday i he will conduct an audit of Michigan Blue Shield bills ; to the state for administering the Medicaid program. Jf Lee said the purpose of the audit, to begin next week, is to find out if Blue Shield is spending too much tax money to run the program, which provides medical -care for low-income people. 1 The audit wa requested last week by Sen. Charles Zollar, R-Benton Harbor, who is in the seventh month of an investigation into state Medicaid operations. THE AUDIT will be the second Zollar has requested in the course of the investigation. A team from Lee's office last summer checked the clainis made to Medicaid by 26 Michigan doctors who were among 82 in the state who had collected more than $25,-000 through the program. Zollar said the check turned up cases of suspected fraud and loose practices that may have cost taxpayers $12 million. Attorney General Frank Kelley is evaluating possible prosecution of the doctors in volved. Zollar said he asked for the new audit because he "just learned" of spiraling administrative costs of the program. Zollar said at a press conference Tuesday that he suspects overcharging because Blue Shield's administrative bills to the state last year rose more sharply than the benefits paid to doctors and patients. He cited figures that showed Blue Shield's administrative costs rose 42.3 percent from 1968 to 1969 while benefits paid rose only 12.5 percent. BLUE SHIELD President John C. McCabe called Zollar 's charges "baseless allegations" and said Zollar "is juggling percentages to project a negative picture." McCabe said costs increased because the number of claims jumped 30 percent between Has Lad the Key To Air Pollution? LANSING (Pl In the battle against air pollution David Rivard, 8, has a better idea. "I think instead of gas-powered cars we should have windup cars so we would not have to worry so much about smog," the Mt. Pleasant boy wrote to Gov. Milliken. Along with his printed note, the governor's young adviser sent a sketch of his idea. Milliken answered David's letter, thanking him. for his interest, and assured him that "Many people in your state capital and in the capital of the whole country are working very hard on the problem of pollution." David's letter was one of dozens on pollution' the governor has received from Michigan children. THE IDEA is to channel the coke oven dust into a collector before it can escape. Ford will equip about one-fourth of its ovens at River Rouge with the devices in the next year and a half. If the system succeeds, Sterling said, it may solve a problem that the nation's major steel makers have failed to solve. It also may affect the future plans of two Detroit area companies Allied Chemicals and Great Lakes Steel both of whom also have been taken to court for failing to clean up their coke ovens. Ford also is planning to install automatic equipment to iiliifTiMl!N",TrifiiT" .. fan Albert Lee the two years, pushing up the cost of processing claims. McCabe also released figures on the benefits paid through Medicaid that directly conflicted with Zollar's figures. The benefits paid, he said, rose from $31.3 million in 1988 to $36.3 million in 1969, or a 16 percent increase, not 12.5 percent as Zollar claimed. Zollar also accused Blue Shield of refusing to co-operate with his committee and with the State Department of Social Services, the agency responsible for the Medicaid program. He released a report from social services Director R. Bernard Houston that called Blue Shield "arrogant, hostile and intransigent." McCabe denied the charge, saying Blue Shield's major problem with Houston's department has been "a seeming inability or lack of desire on the part of some to correctly interpret and analyze the voluminous data which we have made available." Lee said Blue Shield "cooperated very fully" in the first audit. Ford clean up the other filthy phase of coke making, the start of the process when coal is fed into the oven. The oven lid now is lifted manually and the coal fed in by a screw-like conveyor. When the lid is off, pollutants escape. Ford plans to put automatic equipment on the ovens which would use magnets to open and close the lids rapidly, during the time the smoke would escape from the oven into the atmosphere. The company also plans to clean up the internal parts of the oven in an attempt to keep heat and smoke ducts from clogging.

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