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Page 12-Tuesday, September 11, 1979-The Michigan Daily


Court rules
H-bomb case
must be open
CHICAGO (AP) - A federal appeals
court ruled yesterday that arguments
on the government's attempt to sup-
press an article on hydrogen bomb in
The Progressive magazine must be
open to the public. 1
Justice Department lawyers asked
the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Ap-
peals last week to keep reporters and
other members of the public out of the
courtroom during oral arguments
scheduled for Thursday.
THE AMERICAN Civil Liberties
Union, representing the editors of the
weekly published in Madison, Wis.,
called the request outrageous.
The case involves an attempt by the
government to bar publication of an ar-.
ticle that allegedly describes the
workings of a hydrogen bomb.
A federal judge in Milwaukee granted
on March 26 a Justice Department
request for an injunction to ban the ar-
THE ARGUMENTS appealing that
decision must be open, said appeals
court Judge Walter Cummings.
"Even in wartime, in cases involving
the national security, the Supreme
Court has permitted the public to attend
these hearings," Cummings wrote.
Cummings said that if sensitive in-
formation comes up during the
hearings, it can be decided at that time
and on an individual basis whether to
hear it in secret.
THE GOVERNMENT contends that
the story by free-lance writer Howard
Morland contains classified infor-
mation and reveals key secrets of the
weapon's design.
Attorneys for the magazine said all
the information for the article came
from public sources.
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Deserter's widow remembered

DETROIT (UPI)-Antoinette Slovik, widow of the
only U.S. soldier executed for desertion during World War
II, was remembered yesterday as a woman who fought
with "much strength and much grace" to clear her
husband's name.
Slovik, widow of Army Pvt. Eddie Slovik, died of cancer
Friday in a Detroit hospital. She was 64.
Sen. Donald Riegle (D-Mich.) was among about 100
mourners who attended Slovik's funeral at St. Agatha's
Catholic Church in suburban Redford Township. Burial
followed at Woodmore Cemetery in Detroit.
RIEGLE SPONSORED a bill that would have granted
Slovik her husband's GI life insurance benefits.
Ironically, Slovik's death came just days before the
Senate was to consider the measure.
"This certainly marks the end of her struggle and her
fight, which she waged with what I thought was much
dignity and much strength and much grace," Riegle said
after the funeral mass.
But the fight to clear Pvt. Slovik's name "is not over,"
Riegle said.
"I THINK A pardon is very much in order," he said.
"We saw a pardon for Richard Nixon, we saw it for a lot of

other people over the years. A. pardon is an act of
forgiveness and compassion by the government.
."Whether or not the president would be prepared to take
that step, I can't say, but I'm certainly in support of such a
step and I hope that at some point it will be taken," the
Michigan Democrat said.
Pvt. Slovik died in front of a firing squad on Jan. 31,
1945, the only American soldier executed for desertion
since the Civil War.
SLOVIK DID NOT learn the truth about her husband's
death until 1954. For the next quarter-century, she tried to
clear his name and obtain the insurance benefits denied
her because of his conviction as a deserter.
At the time of her death, Slovik's $10,000 insurance
policy had accured about $60,000 in interest.
"Her fight for so many years was to get the facts out in
the open and to the extent possible to clear his name,"
Riegle said. "She did that, I think, with respect to millions
of people in this country.
"BUT THE GOVERNMENT, I think, isEstill in large
measure insisting on maintaining its position," he said. "I
hope that at some point the government will decide that it
should take a different position."

Chinese sty

idents demonstrate
ited college admission


against linl
PEKING (AP) - Four hundred irate
students and parents marched down
Peking's main boulevard yesterday in a
fist-clenching demonstration to protest
limited admissions to Chinese colleges
and universities.
"I am here because I cannot bear to
see our children come home in tears,"
said a mother who carried her knitting
during the march. "Night after night
they do not sleep. They have no more
hopes and dreams."
culmination of several days of protests
and laments in the press and on
"Democracy Wall" about young people
who were not admitted to college this
year. Their elders fear they will
become part of China's 7.5 million
The students, who were accompanied
by some workers and peasants,
claimed they had passed the academic
and physical examinations required for
college entrance in July but still were
not admitted. They charged that
students with lower scores were adnjit-
ted because of their "connections."
"We want to go to school," was their
rallying cry.
THEY SWEPT down broad Chang An
Avenue, past Tien An Men Square and
past the looming portrait of Chairman
Mao Tse-tung, who unleashed 'the
Cultural Revolution that devastated
Chinese education for 10 years.
The demonstrators staged a sit-in at
the office of the Peking Revolutionary
Committee - the city government. The

crowd, reduced to about 250, left after
being told their cases would receive at-
This is the second year of college en-
trance examinations which were
abolished during the Cultural
Revolution, when they were seen as
devices to protect the bourgeoisie, In
the mid-1960s and early 1970s, high
school graduates were eligible for
college only after two or three years of
work or military experience.
UNIVERSITIES began to reopen in
1970 and opposition to the open door
admissions soon began to build. Op-
ponents argued that unless standards

were raised, China never could become
a modern industrial power.
The race for more than 170,000
freshman college seats in China is keen.
The Chinese press has published stories
of cheating by students who know a
diploma is their ticket to a better life.
The demonstrators claimed 13,000
Peking students took the national
college entrance exams for Peking
schools. They said about 10,000 were'
t The exams are administered by the
Ministry of Education and there was no
official word on the mass complaint.

WCC strike continues

Contract talks between striking
teachers and administrators at
Washtenaw Community College (WCC)
were held in Detroit yesterday, but lit-
tle progress was reported.
A state, mediator was present at
yesterday's meeting. Spokespersons
for both sides declined to comment on
the negotiations.
MEMBERS OF the striking WCC
Education Association were back on the
picket lines yesterday, after they had

withdrawn pickets after several in
cidents of violence on Thursday.
The full-time faculty at the college
who have been on strike since Sept. 4;
when negotiations between the two
sides broke off.
Classes were to have begun Sept. 5;
but have been cancelled until a contract
settlement is reached.
The issues reportedly remaining in
the talks are teacher salaries and
health insurance coverage.

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