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u Page 3A Wednesday, June 21, 1989 Lottery extra: Tuesday's number, 278, was drawn three times before. U.S., Canadian officials simulate terrorist attack at border. Page 4A. Quayle to address NAACP convention. Page 6A. (ttoit Jfw Wum I ) Susan Watson Bias against women lives in drug rehab n now er Dull will ever be printed, but there is a story that needs to be told," began the two-page letter from the medical director of SHAR House, a chemical dependency facility that treats about 1,000 drug abusers a year. The letter will probably get the medical director, a Detroit doctor named Gwendolyn Washington, in hot water. But she isn't worried about that. She's worried about drug-dependent women who, for lots of reasons, don't get a fair shake. About 15 percent of the residents at SHAR an acronym for Self Help Addiction Rehabilitation are women. Like most of their male counterparts, most of the women wound up there because of cocaine. But, unlike the men, who often have only themselves to worry about, most of the women have children. Dr. Washington said her letter was written for hundreds of women she has seen at SHAR who "don't know when to write, what to write or even how to write." She said women substance abusers suffer doubly: "Once a woman . musters the strength, courage and determination to seek help, she is admitted to a treatment regimen of 45 to 120 days. Upon completion, she returns to the community and her family. ... No residential aftercare is offered to her, because it is nonexistent. "Males who complete the program can remain for up to 13 months in an extended residential care facility which reinforces the practices and principles of sobriety. Women desperately need the same opportunity. . . . The woman's struggle "The women we see are predominantly single parents who solely are responsible for the rearing of their offspring. The fathers have disappeared long ago. The women and children need to be sheltered and provided . . . extended care to repair the damage that the drug has done to them. People scream about existing crime. Imagine the next 20 years as the children of addicts grow into this vicious cycle! "I have been told for the past three years that 'There will be facilities for women.' I have been told 'We will have to wait for the next fiscal budget.' I have been told, 'It's in the plans.' We are tired of waiting. If there is parity in collecting tax dollars from women, there should be parity in allocating monies for their rehabilitation. ... "No oppression can be as vicious as that meted out to chemically dependent women. . . . "This letter is written not for me, but for them." It shouldn't come as any shock that men who go through SHAR's aftercare program have a better chance of maintaining sobriety. The 30 men in the program get a full range of services to ease them back into the community and back on their feet. When women leave the in-house portion of treatment, they are plopped back in the middle of the same kinds of problems that led to their drug abuse. Sure, there is outpatient counseling, but Dr. Washington said that doesn't compare to what is offered the men. Expert support A local expert on substance abuse programs conceded that Dr. Washington is right. The expert knows of no long-term residential aftercare centers for women. A handful of programs, including one operating under the aegis of Hutzel Hospital, offers maybe three to four months of aftercare, but that's about it. Actually, there aren't enough programs and good support systems around for poor folks, period. "I'm not trying to denigrate the SHAR program," Dr. Washington said, "but someone has to speak for the women who need services." Who is to blame? Nobody and everybody. I am told that the folks who run SHAR, which is funded by government money and private insurance, would like to open a women's long-term residential facility. But there's not enough money, and zoning is a problem. Government agencies would like to do more in all kinds of programs for women, but the money is not there. And it's that basic unfairness that leaves Dr. Washington saying to anyone who will listen: "Somewhere, somehow, this has got to end." X..,,,,, i 7 A I Jh. 'JJL Northwest Airlines and county say Metro expansion is closer JOHN COLLIERDetrolt Free Hress Pilots Bob Boyd of Phoenix, left, and Chuck Hanebuth of Minneapolis show off the cockpit of a new A320 jet, the latest addition to Northwest Airline's fleet. By Dan Gillmor Free Press Staff Writer Expansion plans for Metro Airport moved off dead center Tuesday as Wayne County and Northwest Airlines officials announced a $3-million design competition for a new, terminal. The announcement, which came a day after Northwest Airlines' corporate parent agreed to be taken over, does not ensure that a proposed $1 billion expansion will take place. But "it's a step toward bringing the airport to where it should be," said Ed McNa- mara, Wayne County executive. "As far as I'm concerned, it's a given" that the project will go forward, he said. Wayne County operates the airport. James Thome, Northwest's vice president of properties, said he expected the terminal construction, if it goes ahead, to take three to four years after ground is broken. He called Tuesday's announcement "a major step" in the process. Northwest had put its participation in the long-planned expansion project on hold pending the outcome of the months-long takeover battle for NWA Inc., which appeared on the way to resolution with Monday's buyout agreement. A group headed by Los Angeles businessman Alfred Checchi plans to pay $3.6 billion for NWA. Checchi said Monday that he would support company managers if they wanted to pursue the ' airport expansion plan. Northwest's current strategic plans include the project. ' See NORTHWEST, Page 14A ;' Rehearsing 'Errors' TT 1 WILLIAM ARCHIEDetroit Free Press From left, Leah Smith, Tracy Washburn and Christine Brooks rehearse Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" on Tuesday at Freedom Hill County Park. Teacher brings Shakespeare to Macomb park by Martin f. kohn Free Press Staff Writer New York City has Joseph Papp and Shakespeare in the Park (Central Park). Sterling Heights has Alice Morin and Shakespeare on the Hill (Freedom Hill County Park). A veteran teacher, director and playwright, Morin has assembled a repertory company of amateur actors "the core are college kids" to perform the Bard's "The Comedy of Errors" and its musical descendant, "The Boys from Syracuse," on weekends this summer. "For 30-some years," said Morin, "I've been reading about Joseph Papp" and his famed productions. Morin lives in Macomb County (in this is the truth Romeo), where there is an abundance of parks but not much live Shakespeare. So, Morin decided to have some Shakespeare. Her performers come from throughout the metro area. One, Doug Fournier, lives on a family farm in Memphis, does construction work in downtown Detroit and finds "The Comedy of Errors" premieres at 9 p.m. Friday and "The Hoys from Syracuse" on July 28 at Freedom Hill County Fark, Metro Farkway (16 Mile Road) at Schoenherr, in Sterling Heights. All tickets are $10. For more dates and performance times, call 573-2245 anytime. Dennis Kaiser studies his script Tuesday in preparation of the play's opening Friday night in Sterling Heights. Wl 1 'A the time to get to rehearsals. Many of the students in her company also work, so Morin made sure there'd be no weekend rehearsals. Everybody needs time off, she said. Macomb County made the park available, and the parks and recreation commission had a shell built over the outdoor stage. The Richmond Community Theatre Morin was its artistic director for 21 years pitched in with lighting equipment, and the Michigan Council for the Arts lent financial support. So what if with apologies to "Hamlet" these too, too solid clouds would melt, thaw and resolve themselves into a dew, like they've been doing so often lately? In other words, if it rains, the troupe will move down the road to Heritage Junior High School in Utica. Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks, as King Lear might put it; these folks are ready for you. In fact, nine indoor performances of the plays have been scheduled, as well as the nine outdoor ones. If all goes well - "If," said Morin, "I live through this summer" Shakespeare on the Hill will return next year. "If we survive, we'll do 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'West Side Story,' " she said. Morin's not worried about outgrowing the park amphitheater. "If you had the draw, you could seat 30,000," she said. If they get 200 to 300 per performance, "we'll be happy." Church suspends ties with S. Africans i Delegates back split over apartheid stand AP and UP1 " Grand Rapids Delegates to the annual policy-making session for the 310,000-member Christian Reformed Church have voted to suspend century-old ties with the white Reformed Church of South Africa because it has refused to condemn apartheid. In an unrelated move, the 176 synod delegates, meeting at Calvin College through Friday, voted by a 3-to-1 margin Monday night to order a Washington, D.C., church to stop permitting women to serve as elders, reaffirming a policy banning women from most church offices. The decision to suspend ties with the South African church was on a voice vote Monday night. j The Grand Rapids-based CRC has for several years tried to persuade the South Africa church to condemn minority white rule. But the church's statements "continue to contain ihi-i plicit support for the system of apart- heid," said a CRC committee that' recommended severing church ties' until at least 1992. ', The churches share a Dutch heri-I tage. The South African church de- veloped from Dutch colonists in Afri-; ca, while the Grand Rapids church grew from the large numbers of, immigrants to western Michigan from the Netherlands. : The CRC is "committed to the; position that apartheid is a sin and its. theological defense a heresy," the; committee stated, adding that the' white segment of the RCSA has failed; to prove it is not committed to apart-; heid. ; Synod delegates agreed to contiii-l ue talks with the South Africa church; and to re-evaluate the matter in-1992. , ; "It is very painful," said the Rev.; V.E. D'Assonville, one of two representatives from the South African church at the synod. D'Assonvijle contended the South African church , has declared apartheid a sin on sev- ; eral occasions. "We had done our best ; to give them proof." See CRC, Page 12A . " Livonia man shot to death, wife beaten by intruders by John castine Free Press Staff Writer Exavor (John) Giller, who survived nearly 50 years in the tough Detroit taxi business including being shot by a cabbie last year was killed by a burglar's shotgun blast late Monday at his plush Livonia home, police said. Giller, 67, founder and owner of the Greater Detroit Cab Co., apparently was shot by one of two intruders he surprised in his house on West 7 Mile Road near Farmington Road, Livonia police said Tuesday. Giller and his wife, Catherine, 64, arrived home about 10 p.m. "The wife was struck and knocked unconscious in the house," said Livonia Police Lt. Michael Murray. Giller "was found alongside the attached garage suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest," Murray said. Catherine Giller was treated for bruises on her jaw and released at St. Mary Hospital in Livonia, said a hospital spokeswoman. Murray said the house had been broken into through a rear basement window and ransacked. Giller's northwest Livonia home is a tan brick ranch-style house that sits about 100 yards back from 7 Mile on abouf six acres, behind a 6-foot white picket fence. There are neighbors on only one side of the home. Across the street is an entrance to Bicentennial Park, and to the east is a street with homes under construction. Nearby residents said they were questioned by police in the early morning hours. "They were very private people," said their next-door neighbor, who refused to give her name. "You hard- Owner of Greater Detroit Cab Co. killed 2 (2W.-. .-filcBnlennlal "Tj Park " il x: 0) Grand. 7 Mile . DETFti Home of Livonia man shot to death In an apparent break-in. His wife was beaten. Detroit board closes 5 schools, j but spares Angell Elementary : DOMINIC TRUPIANODetrolt Free Press ly ever saw them around." On Tuesday, a white limousine was parked outside the garage and several cars were behind the house, all visible from the street. Robert Barnes, president of Checker Cab Co. in Detroit and executive director of the Metropolitan See Shooting, Page 12A BY BRENDA J. GILCHRJST Free Press Staff Writer The Detroit school board Tuesday voted to close five schools, but rescued Angell Elementary, which has been scheduled to close three times. Condon Middle School, Jacoby School of Observation, and Breit-meyer, McLean and Peck elementar-ies are to close because of declining enrollments. It appeared for a moment in Tuesday's meeting that all six might remain open, after a motion to close them on a single vote failed 5-5, with member Joseph Blanding absent. Board member Gloria Cobbin drew applause from the audience when she suggested adjourning at that point, but, with a 6-4 vote on a motion by Edna Bell, each school closing was handled individually. The only unanimous vote was on Jacoby, which houses 50 special edu-. cation students. Only Bell voted to i keep McLean open. " I The vote deadlocked 5-5 on An- gell, which has a capacity of 800 and ' an enrollment of 359. At $174,000, Angell's was the second-highest an- ' nual operating cost among the six j schools. It escaped closing in 1 983 J and in the 1987-88 school year. 1 i "1 think they have something spe- cial going on there," said Cobbin, who voted against closing Angell and nofr-S ed that test scores there have iftif proved. "They're like a big faniii& and I kind of like that atmosphere,! J The news was not so good for Brianna Askew, a McLean pupil who stood in the board room drying tears after the meeting. "I'll miss all jriy J friends and my teachers and my prirr- i See SCHOOLS, Page 4A 0

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