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i rORE HEWS Special interest groups dominate campaign spending in House elections, Common Cause study says. Page 15B. Page 3A Saturday, Oct. 14, 1989 Lottery extra: Friday's number, 037, was drawn five times before. eteuit Jrcee 9um LODGE B RICH WITH HISTORY t County ownership may end with $2-million offer to purchase resort lodge several times. Brian Sickler, a road commissioner and park trustee, said after a recent commission meeting that the matter "is on the back burner," with any decision months away. Paul Lahti, chairman of the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners, which would have to approve the sale, said the board has not decided if the lodge is for sale and that if it is, it may See LODGE , Page 4A cabins to make it a year-round operation, and build a winery that would turn out 50,000 cases of wine a month, creating 200 new jobs. Kahman, a builder, acknowledged that he has had no experience in the wine or lodge businesses. He said the winery would do research on thimble-berries for winemaking and would truck in fruit from California. "The community needs the jobs, and I want to move up there," said Kahman, who said he has stayed at the Abe, because it is owned and operated by Keweenaw County. That uniqueness, however, could be a thing of the past. On Tuesday, Russell Kahman, of the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood, offered to buy the lodge for $2 million through his firm, Alert Investment Co. Kahman told the Keweenaw County Board of Road Commissioners, who also are trustees and operators of the lodge, that he would double the size of the lodge, put in a ski run, winterize the lodge and by David hacker Free Press Staff Writer COPPER HARBOR For more than a half-century, the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge has been a surprise Upper Peninsula delight, the UP's own hidden souvenir of the Great Depression. Little known outside the area, it is a rustic throwback, with its massive log lodge and 32 log cabins. It may be the only resort lodge of its kind in the country, said general manager Chuck RICHARD LEEDetroit Free Press Main building of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. A Grand Rapids-area man has offered $2 million for the Depression-era lodge. .Blue Cross OKs smaller increase The numbers indicate the percentage of the 3,377 college faculty members surveyed who said the state has done a good or very good job in the following categories: Increasing access for minorities and economically disadvantaged. 59 percent Meeting job market demands 57 Encouraging enrollment growth 54 Holding down tuition and fees 45 Meeting needs of non-traditional students 45 Maintaining buildings and grounds 44 Improving graduate education 39 Ensuring that instructors can communicate with students in English 36 Targeting money for research 30 Encouraging good teaching 28 Improving undergraduate education 26 Providing state-of-the-art equipment 25 Fairly distributing higher education dollars 17 seniors for its State agrees to 8.6 Free Press Staff and Wire Services About 175,000 senior citizens with individual coverage from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan would pay an average of 8.6 percent more under an agreement with state officials announced Friday. The agreement, which requires the approval of the state Insurance Bureau, would cut by nearly half the $50 million rate increase the state's largest health insurer sought in June for individual subscribers. The agreement would affect two types of supplemental coverage that pay for medical services not covered by Medicare for senior citizens. , About 91 percent of the 175,000 seniors have the high-option supplemental policy, which does not have Faculty rank funding as highest college need 4 r - , t V r i I. -. , I 4 . j 1, V . f I Suspect shot and lolled in delivery van hijacldng BY STEPHEN JONES Free Press Higher Education Writer LANSING Most faculty members at Michigan's 15 public universities believe the state spends too little on Higher education and should put more ejnphasis on teaching rather than research, according to a survey released Friday by a state legislator. Sen. -William Sederburg, R-East Lansing, said his survey also found that professors and instructors believe the money being spent on higher education is allocated unfairly. " "We've achieved the worst of all political worlds," Sederburg said. "Fourteen out of the 15 schools feel the governor and the Legislature neither understand their needs nor are doing an adequate job of distributing money fairly." '. Only faculty members at Northern Michigan University generally said the s$ate had treated their school fairly. Sederburg said the survey of 3,377 faculty members, conducted last spring, suggests the state should focus on encouraging better teaching and consider a financing formula that would link appropriations to enrollment. ; This year, for the first time, the Legislature adopted a funding formula that guarantees a minimum per-stu-dent appropriation for each university, but the formula does not make the per-student appropriation levels uniform. ; Sederburg, who chairs the Senate's Warm-Weather riffs percent hike .deductibles. The cost would rise from $47.47 a month to $52.36. The rest have low-option coverage, which has deductibles. Its cost would decrease from $22.22 a month to $20.67. The rate agreement was announced by Blue Cross President Richard Whitmer and Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley. Dhiraj Shah, the state's acting insurance commissioner, said the rates are expected to go into effect Nov. 1. The settlement also would affect about 75,000 other subscribers who have non-group or group conversion policies. See BLUE CROSS, Page 4A Shop delicatessen Thursday morning when three men forced the driver out at gunpoint. The driver was not injured. Two of the men sped off in the van, with the third following in a getaway car. An officer at the police station a block away spotted the van speeding through town. State Police Sgt. Thomas Zellman said the officer caught up with the van and followed it to Clinton, where it stopped on a side street. As the officer was getting out of the car, the van driver rammed the patrol car and tried to run down the officer, Zellman said. The officer, whose name was not released, fired three shots. Lee was pronounced dead at Herrick Memorial Health Center in Tecumseh, Zellman said. 2 Held, l released in Slaying Ragheed (Ray) Akrawi, left, Thomas Harris, middle, and Timothy Jackson, right, during their preliminary examination Friday in the contract killing of Adnan Jihad. Murder charges against Akrawi were dismissed. See story on Page 6A. Free Press care with pre-tax earnings. Task force vice-chairpersons are Robert Naftaly, chief financial officer for Blue Cross and former state budget director, and state Rep. Debbie Sta-benow, D-Lansing. Stabenow said state government has to take the lead and help businesses recognize child care as an economic development issue as well as a family issue. UPI contributed to this report. r ' Don Johnson of Detroit warms up on Friday before band practice at Wayne State University. The trumpet player said the short-sleeve weather is a lot easier on lips and fingers. The forecasts for today and Sunday call for partly cloudy skies with highs in the low 70s. 4 i 1 - f I . ' - 1 .1. . ; ' t . SUSAN TUSASpeclal to the Free Press 25-member task force could come up with a plan within 90 days that the state as an employer could adopt and which corporations could use. Blanchard said he hopes the task force will look at public-private partnerships for child care. "We all know the prototypical family of two parents, one working, one at home, is now a substantial minority in our society," Blanchard said. "An over i - 'i S, " .. r v UPI and AP TECUMSEH One of three men who hijacked a delivery van parked in front of a Tecumseh party store was shot to death by a Tecumseh police officer following a high-speed chase through Lenawee County, authorities said Friday: State Police identified the dead man as Devlin Morgan Lee, 20, of Detroit. A second suspect, Lee Paul Do-bine, 21, of Detroit, was arrested in Clinton, 5 miles north of Tecumseh, but a third who was following the hijacked van in a getaway car remained at large. Dobine was arraigned on armed robbery charges and jailed. State police at the Adrian post said the van, owned by Monroe Novelty Co., was parked in front of the Party r DUANE BURLESON Special to the higher education appropriations subcommittee, sent questionnaires to more than 11,500 faculty members at the 15 schools. About 30 percent were returned. Among the survey's findings: 59 percent of the professors believe the state has done a good or very good job of increasing access to college for minorities and economically disadvantaged students. 38 percent say racism is an increasing problem on campuses. 71 percent believe their institutions spend too much time and money teaching students skills they should have learned in high school. Sederburg said the faculty members ranked their top three priorities as: more money for each school, improving the quality of instruction, and more equity in funding among the institutions. Sederburg said he was not surprised by the recommendations for more spending, although he said state spending on higher education has increased 50 percent in the last six years, second only to the spending increase for corrections. University presidents, however, have complained that Michigan has dropped into the bottom third of the states in the percentage of state revenue spent on higher education. UPI contributed to this report. Detroit returned to HUD for lack BY CONSTANCE C. PRATER Free Press Staff Writer 1 City of Detroit officials have returned more than $4.5 million to the federal government over the last six years because local developers were unable to get matching funds from Detroit banks to remodel rental housing units, a city official said Friday. U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials also could demand refunds for an additional $1.5 million next year, unless the city revamps its program, said Tom Cunningham, an assistant director for the city's Community and Economic Development Department. Blanchards' By Lisa zagaroli Associated Press LANSING Employees who can find good, affordable child care are more productive at work, state and corporate officials said Friday in announcing a new task force to improve child care in Michigan. "I've hired a number of people who have great turmoil in trying to find quality child care, and when they find is $4.5 million of local loans He gave City Council members an overview of the rental rehabilitation program and its flaws. The six-year-old program allows private contractors to finance rental housing renovations by obtaining half the money from the city through the federal rehab program and half from financial lending institutions. Cunningham said when contractors or developers are unable to obtain private financing for the renovations, HUD has allowed the city to use federal block grant funds to replace the See HOUSING, Page 4A The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and portions of several downtown streets are to be closed at various times Sunday during the Free Press , International Marathon. The Detroit Department of Transportation issued the following list of closings: The tunnel, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Griswold between Michigan ! Avenue and W. Larned Street, :10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grand Circus Park at Adams Avenue, Park Avenue, and Witherell, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. East Jefferson Avenue between Randolph Street and Woodward Avenue, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. East Jefferson Avenue between Mt. Elliott Avenue and East Grand Boulevard, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastbound Larned Street between Griswold and Mt. Elliott Avenue, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Michigan Avenue between Woodward Avenue and Wyoming, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Woodward Avenue between Jefferson and Forest avenues, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. task force seeks better child care, work force whelming percentage of people have a strong need for good child care." Blanchard said he didn't think the state or any other employer was doing a sufficient job of helping with child care, although the state offers help to businesses and families through the Community Coordinated Child Care Network. Another program allows state employees to set aside up to $5,000 in wages a year to pay for child that, their family is very cohesive and it all works. We have a more productive work force," said Janet Blanchard, who co-chairing the panel with her husband James, Michigan's governor. The Blanchards appeared at a news conference with chief executive officers of several Michigan corporations as well as members of the governor's cabinet and a legislator. James Blanchard said he hoped the

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