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Page 3A Saturday, Aug. 13, 1983 Lottery extra: Friday's number, 905, was drawn four times before. I Dateline Michigan. Page 4A. i Seven arrested in Warren's irgest cocaine seizure ever., 'age 4A. Detroit Jfbee Wwss 'Temptation' controversy grows; no local screenings set Y ROBERT MUSIAL ee Press Staff Writer . The most controversial movie in recent sars opened in nine cities in the United States id Canada Friday amid fundamentalist fury id mixed reviews. But while thousands of conservative Chris-ans continued to blast "The Last Temptation : Christ" for its film portrayal of a Jesus filled ith doubts and lust, Michigan moviegoers may )t get to see what all the fuss is about anytime n. Although the movie is tentatively scheduled r wider distribution in mid-September and ould be available in Michigan, officials for two large local exhibitors AMC and Showcase Cinemas say they have not decided yet whether to show the film. A third exhibitor, General Cinema Corp.,: has decided against showing the film. General Cinema has theaters in Canton Township, Lansing, Livonia, Novi, Roseville and Warren. Officials for United Artists theaters could not be reached for comment. The film likely won't be available in Windsor, either. Lynda Friendly, a spokeswoman for Cineplex Odeon Corp., which is showing the movie in Toronto and Montreal, said her company has no plans to release it in Windsor. Elliot Wilhelm, who organizes the film series at the Detroit Institute of Arts, said he had no plans to schedule the film. The film's most controversial scene is a dream sequence in which Christ marries and has sex with Mary Magdalene, portraying the last temptation referred to in the title of the movie, which is based on the 1955 novel by Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis. At the movie's premieres Thursday night and Friday, officials reported no problems caused by demonstrators. Several hours before the first screenings of the film Thursday in California, about 25,000 protesters, some lugging crosses and calling for a boycott, demonstrated outside Universal Studios in suburban Los Angeles. Not all religious leaders who saw the film were upset. "Personally, I was not offended by the dream sequence because it was presented as a fantasy, not a reality," said the Rev. William Boggs, pastor of the Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. "The church has always said that at his best moments, Jesus was always human and divine," Mr. Boggs said. Canon Garth Bulmer, an Anglican priest in Montreal, said: "I enjoyed it even though much was farfetched. It does make you think a lot about Jesus." Reviews of the movie have been mixed. The Los Angeles Times criticized the 22-hour film for "deliberate flatness and banality." The New York Times was kinder, characterizing the film as "exceptionally ambitious, deeply troubling and, at infrequent moments, genuinely transcendent," adding that the movie is often stilted. Free Press Movie Critic Kathy Huffhines saw the movie late Friday on the West Coast and is scheduled to review the film in Sunday's Entertainment section. AP and VPI contributed to this report. i s ' . 'if K? ; Hi mmmrtm A W ! A' '4 t 4 V 3.1.1. , A aKH'-'f C2- 4 I in1 4t, , jj ( K With a little help MELANIE STENGEiyDetrolt Free Press Having trouble rising to the occasion because of high heat and humidity, hundreds of balloons get a little help from Lisa Grace, but hopes and dreams were soaring Friday night at festivities opening the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Detroit area's newest entertainment center. Following the ribbon-cutting at 5:45, approximately 9,000 people involved in the project, or covering it, were invited to share champagne, food, a laser light show, skateboard demonstrations and personal appearances by former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman and Harlem Globetrotter Clyde Austin. The floor was set up with part of the Detroit Pistons' court, a strip of tennis court, a boxing ring and a concert stage to show the arena's capabilities. DNA, key union make progress iyJohnLippert lND PATRICIA EDMONDS ree Press Staff Writers The Detroit Newspaper Agency lade progress in talks with one key nion Friday and planned to meet irough the weekend in an effort to each labor agreements with several nions before next Friday, when it will egin joint publication of the Free ress and the Detroit News. Bargainers for the DNA and Local 3N of the Detroit Newspaper Print-lg & Graphics Communications Union1 aid they expected to meet into the Newspaper talks go into weekend night after six hours of talks produced progress on non-economic issues, such as seniority and work hours. "We're either going to finish (non-economic issues) tonight or understand that we've got a serious problem," said Tom Brennan, president of the local, which represents press operators and plate and paper handlers. DNA bargainers said they hoped talks on wages and benefits could begin Monday. Meetings are scheduled over the next three days with the press operators local and with three other production unions: Teamsters Local 372, Local 18 of the Detroit Typographical Union and the Detroit Mailers Union Local 2040. Joel Wilson, president of the mailers local, said his union might begin work at the DNA without a contract if sufficient progress were made at the bargaining table. Joint publication of the Free Press and the Detroit News is scheduled to begin next Friday. The DNA will take over all business operations of both papers next Friday as a result of the JOA, which was approved Monday by U.S. Attorney See LABOR TALKS, Page 11A Proposed Wayne County budget reduces road patrols Y BRENDA J. GILCHRIST ree Press Staff Writer Wayne County Executive Ed Mc-amara Friday proposed a $254 mil-on 1988-89 budget that keeps most srvices at current levels but severely ;duces rural road patrols and pro-ides money for a new camp for elinquents. No layoffs are proposed in the udget. The budget projects a revenue in-rease of over 12 percent, from $226 lillion in 1988 to $254 million in 1989, lostly due to the one mill tax increase pproved by voters Aug. 2. The $20.5 million generated by the ullage increase must go for a new ounty jail, youth home expansion and reation of a youth work-study institu-on. McNamara spread the remaining 7.2 million increase among various epartments. County budget director Mary Lan-oye called McNamara's proposal a bare-bones continuance budget." Appropriation increases were lostly to cover inflation and salary lcreases and maintain existing ser-ices, she said. The budget proposal comes after everal actions designed to help end the county's long-standing deficit problems, including an agreement with' state officials last month to erase the $134 million deficit and a new plan to , pay for health care for the county's indigents. " The budget now goes to the county Board of Commissioners. The new fiscal year begins Dec. 1. Commission chairman Arthur Carter said he had not studied the budget, but indicated some concern over child care funding and a reduction in the-mental health appropriation. The biggest increase in the budget $10.6 million will go to the care of delinquent, abused and neglected juveniles, including an expansion of the youth home and creation of a youth camp. The county will spend a total of $37.2 million in this area. "That really does nothing for current services," Carter said. McNamara proposed a $3.2 million increase in the Sheriff's Department budget, to $49.6 million. But the budget reduces the number of deputies that patrol secondary roads in rural areas of the county from 17 to five, in order to fill vacant positions in the county's overcrowded jail. WAM COUNTY BUDGET Wayne County 1988-89 budget estimates, for fiscal year ending Nov. 30, 1989, compared to the 1987-88 budget. Figures in millions. Revenues 1987-88 1988-89 Taxes $137.7 $166.45 State revenue sharing 25JJ 26.3 Single business tax 107 10-7 Grants 4L9 39.95 Fund transfers lOJj 109 Total $226.6 $254.3 Expenditures 1988 1989 General government $36.85 $38.4 Law enforcement 94.6 98.35 Child care fund 26J5 37.2 Health, human services 42.85 41.05 Public services 21.4 22.9 Culture, recreation 2jj 2.8 Debt service L8 0 65 Jail construction 0 12.95 t : v 12 charged with handling child porn BYJOCELYNEZABLIT AND CHARLENE LEE Free Press Staff Writers Twelve Detroit area men including a Detroit Public Schools teacher and a magician have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of ordering, receiving and mailing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Roy Hayes announced Friday. The indictments, Hayes said, are unrelated cases and the result of sting operations by postal inspectors and customs agents, and state and local police. The 35 counts against the men mostly involve the alleged mail ordering and receiving of child pornography. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Other charges against the men include felony possession of firearms. Charged are:- Michael J. Bowers, 30, of Livonia, a computer consultant, with three counts of mailing child pornography 'including photocopies of pictures and a videotape of children engaged in sexually explicit activities one count of ordering child pornography, and one count of receiving child pornography. Daniel Edenburn, 29, a Belleville locksmith, with two counts of ordering child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography, and one count of possessing a sawed-off shotgun. Randy T. Edmundson, 36, a New Hudson nurseryman, with one count of ordering child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography and one count of felony possession of firearms. Robert Evan Hinze, 32, a Detroit warehouseman, with one count of receiving child pornography and one count of using an assumed name. Samir Isho, 29, an unemployed Troy resident, with two counts of ordering child pornography and one count of receiving it. Thomas W. Keavy, 42, of Detroit, an electrician, with one count of mailing child pornography, one count of ordering child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography. Johnnie R. Nickell, 41, of Taylor, a computer operator, with one count of ordering child pornography and one count of receiving it. Allen Arthur Porter, 38, of Madison Heights, a vocational teacher for the Detroit Public Schools, with one count of ordering child pornography and one count of receiving it from a foreign country. Arthur Eugene Puckett, 60, an unemployed Detroiter, with one count of mailing child pornography. Gerald S. Richards, 47, a Port Huron magician, with two counts of receiving child pornography, one count of using See PORNOGRAPHY, Page 11A Splashed! The Jones family of St. Clair Shores receives a tidal wave of a water bill BY ROBERT MUSIAL Free Press Staff Writer Connie Jones figured her water bill would be a little higher this summer, what with filling up the kids' plastic wading pool almost every day. But $20,919.95? The City of St. Clair Shores also told the family that a $1,046 late charge would be imposed if the bill were not paid by Aug. 26. "I knew I was filling that pool up a lot but I didn't think it would cost that much," Jones said Friday. "I mean, I give the kids a bath every day, but I didn't think I was any more compulsive about it than anyone else." City officials said this week that the 18-inch-deep kiddie pool behind the Jones' two-bedroom home was not the cause of their lagoon-sized water bill. "I think what happened is that our people read the meter wrong," said Alice Firchau, a clerk in the city's water department. Jones said her usual summer bill is about $100 for two months. Firchau said the city re-reads the meters of people who complain about their water bills and will issue a corrected bill if a mistake is found. On Friday, as her kids, Tara, 6, and Ryan, 2, splashed in the little pool, Jones said she didn't feel swamped by the $20,919.95 bill. "We figured it had to be a mistake," she said. "Our checking account wouldn't cover it, believe me." i Ecorse youth is shot to death near scene of earlier violence BY DENNIS NlEMIEC Free Press Staff Writer A 15-year-old from Ecorse was fatally shot early Friday in the doorway of his home, about half a block from where five men were wounded Monday in a drug-related shoot-out, according to police. Jermann Bonner was hit in the chest with one shot at 12:22 a.m. as he stood behind the screen doorway of the housing unit he shared with his mother and sister on Eighth Street near Hyacinth, Ecorse Lt. Harry Monks said. Monks said police do not know if the shooting is related to the shoot-out, but the area is known for drug traffic, primarily crack cocaine. "We've got a drug war on our hands," Monks said. "We've got people from Detroit and Ecorse all looking for the best place to operate in." Monks said Bonner was working two jobs and does not appear to have been involved in drug use. "There's a possibility he was hit by a stray shot," Monks said. '. Police would not release the names of the five wounded men, who ranged in age from 15 to 25. They apparently were shot by three youths while walking in the housing project where Bonner lived, police said. Police have no suspects in any of the shootings, Monks said. ,

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