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NRC Calls'
potential
reactor
problem
false alarm

From AP and UPI
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of-
ficials, after reporting a "potential major
problem" that could require power reductions at
every nuclear plant in the country, said yester-
day the whole thing was a false alarm.
"The problem completely went away," said
Darrell Eisenhut, the NRC's deputy director of
operating reactors.
NRC OFFICIALS had summoned nuclear in-
dustry representatives on 48 hours notice to a
meeting here Thursday after a two-year agency
research program concluded that an apparent
problem could lead to the blockage of cooling
water around the cores of nuclear reactors.
In the tests, sealed zirconium tubes of the kind
used to hold radioactive fuel inside a reactor

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were electrically heated under water to measure
their expansion.
Officials said Thursday that the experiments
indicated a possibility that in an accident the
tubes might swell and burst more readily than
had been predicted. The officials said it was in-
dicated that swelling of the tubes could block the,
flow of water used to keep radioactive fuel from
overheating and damaging the reactor.
OFFICIALS SAID the tests could lead to for-
ced reduction of the power output of the nation's
nuclear generators.
But NRC staff members hastily called a
briefing session yesterday for the five NRC
commissioners and said they found that the
problem they had suspected only appeared in
laboratory tests and did not occur in operating

reactors.
"I am confident today that we do not have a,
safety problem, based on what we have seen,"
Harold Denton, director of nuclear reactor
regulation, told the commissioners. He said,
however, the NRC staff would have to examine
information supplied by the nuclear industry to
confirm this.
"I THINK, with one or two possible exceptions,
the vendors have satisfied us that the perfor-
mance of the emergency core cooling system is
within the limits set by the commission," said
Harold Denton, chief of reactor regulation.
Denton said only Oregon's Trojan plant and
the Salem plant in New Jersey - both currently
sidelined - still present some cause for concern
and further checking.

When the NRC made its initial findings known
Thursday, nuclear critic Ralph Nader had called
for a shutdown of any plants the NRC found to
have the cooling problem.
YESTERDAY, Richard Pollock, of Nader's
anti-nuclear Critical Mass organization, said he
would request a meeting with NRC officials next
week for a detailed explanation of the sudden
turn-a bout in findings.
Pollock said his organization would not with-
draw its petition to the NRC asking for a suspen-
sion or modification of power plant licenses until #.
the group was satisfied that no problem existed.
ROBERT POLLARD of the Union of Concer-
ned Scientists, a former NRC inspector, said he
thought the problem was very serious, despite
the reassurances of the staff.

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GOVERNI'MENT ALtLIEGES MOSCOW BEHIND 'FIASCO':

Guerrillas kill two in Soweto raid

SOWETO, South Africa (AP) -
Black guerrillas struck a police station
in this sprawling black community
early yesterday with Soviet-made hand
grenades and assault rifles, killing two
black policemen. The government
blamed "Moscow" for the attack.
A black policeman and a black
civilian were wounded in the assault,
the second in six months on a police
station in Soweto.
MAJ. GEN. Victor Verster, police
commander of riot control, said as
many as four blacks attacked the
Orlando police station at about 12:40
a.m.
He said the attackers let loose with an
"indiscriminate" burst of fire from

Soviet-made AK-47s at police officers
and civilians in the office of the station.
At 'the same time, Verster said, other
men threw four hand grenades at the
back of the station.
Police officers said the entire attack
lasted only a few minutes. .
ACCORDING TO Soweto residents,
police units poured into the township of
about 1.5 million persons 10 miles
southwest of Johannesburg and moun-
ted a house-to-house search. But by last
night there had been no arrests and the
township was functioning normally.
Verster described the attack as a
"fiasco.')' "What particular instructions
Moscow'gave them to carry out this at-
tack I do not know," he said.

Verster's statement reflects the
government's belief that there is a con-
nection between organized black
terrorism and Moscow, and the belief
that exiled black organizations like the
African National Council and Pan
African Council get financing and
training from the Soviet Union.
ON MAY 3, the Moroka police station
in Soweto was hit by a guerrilla attack.
One policeman was killed and five other
persons were injured. One suspect was
arrested, but he escaped from police
custody. Leaflets scattered at the
station identified the guerrillas as
members of the African National Coun-
cil, a militant black nationalist
organization banned inside South

Africa.
No leaflets were left in yesterday's
attack, Verster said.
Bishop Desmond Tutu, secretary-
general of the South African Council of
Churches, declared that the Soweto at-
tack demonstrated that "countless
thousands of black people are becoming
desperate because of the inhuman and
oppressive conditions under which the
apartheid laws force them to exist."
In June 1976, Soweto was rocked by
bloody rioting that left hundreds dead.
The upheaval was sparked by a student
protest over education policies, but
later vented general black majority
resentment of the white minority
government.

INEMA II
PRESENTS
0 % Invasion of The Body Snatchers~ G
(Philip Kaufman, 1978)
This remake of the 1956 cult classic has broadened the scope and the
implications of the original to superb effect. The "pods" have now
invaded San Francisco and in this city of instant cults will anyone
notice? Dazzling cinematography by Michael Chapman. With DONALD
SUTHERLAND, BROOKS ADAMS, and LEONARD (I am not Spock)
NIMOY-plus cameos by 1956 BODY SNATCHERS' alumi Kevin Mc-
Carthy and Don Siegel.
ANGELL HALL 1.50 7:008 9:00
Tomorrow: BURNI

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Homosexual soldier
discharged, claims
he'll fight to return

Roof repairs to end but

FORT LEWIS, Wash. (UPI) -
Homosexual soldier Roger Cutsinger,
21, packed his bags yesterday and was
discharged from the Army, ending
round one of his fight to become the fir-
st acknowledged gay permitted to serve
a full enlistment.
But the Battle Creek native said he
would be back. Wearing civilian clothes
and a small chain around his neck with
an eagle dangling at the end, he stopped
at the base's Outbound Transportation
Point and vowed to take his battle for
re-instatement into federal court.
"THE ARMY hasn't'even heard Cut-
singer's name yet," he said, referring
to plans to appeal the discharge papers
handed him even though he had suc-
cessfully completed two years of his
three-year enlistment.
Cutsinger held the rank of a private
first-class and worked as an Army
clerk-typist in the Fort Lewis Ninth Ad-
jutant General Company until he
disclosed his sexual orientation.
He had gotten along without incident
in the service until last June when he
tried to help a friend, who was an
avowed homosexual, enlist in the Ar-
my. He and the friend were not lovers,
merely boyhood acquaintances.
CUTSINGER WENT to a lieutenant
colonel to see if anything could be done
for his friend, telling the officer: "Hey,

I'm gay and I've turned out all right."
A long-standing policy describes
homosexuality and military service as
incompatible and the lieutenant colonel
began discharge:. proceedings.
'Hey, I'm gay and I've turn-
ed out all right.'
-Roger Cutsinger,
discharged soldier
A three-man Administrative
Elimination board heard the case
during four days of proceedings in late
September and early October, then
recommended an honorable discharge.
Cutsinger's commander, Col. Arch
Ely, reviewed the recommendation and
ordered him out of the service.
Cutsinger said he planned to spend
some time in Battle Creek for a brief
visit with his family, then travel to
Tampa, Fla., to practice his tennis
game. He would like to try his hand at
the professional tennis circuit, while
his attorneys start a new court action,
expected to begin in April, to get him
re-instated in the military.

student still
By NICK KATSARELAS
A student who claims University-
funded repairs to part of the Alice
Lloyd dormitory roof have caused a
"nuisance" said yesterday he plans
to continue legal proceedings
despite predictions the repairs will
be completed this weekend.
Natural Resources sophomore
Steve Furman is suing the Univer-
sity for "health hazards" he said
were created while workers tarred
part of the dorm roof recently.
Yesterday Furman delivered a
summons and a copy of the com-
plaint, which he filed in Washtenaw
County Circuit Court Thursday, to
the county sheriff's office.
The sheriff's office now has 90
days to deliver the documents to the
defendants.
THE DEFENDANTS named in
the complaint are the University and
Firebaugh and Reynolds Roofing
Company, the firm which is
repairing the roof.
"I've done all I can do," said
Furman, who is acting as his own at-
torney. "The next move is the
University's."

plans suit
Furman is askingfor $500 com
pensatory damages and $5,000
punitive damages in his suit. He
claims the tarring, designed to
repair a leaky roof, caused
"noxious" fumes to enter his room,
which sits adjacent to the roof.
FURMAN ALSO claims the
tarring procedure often started at 7
a.m., and prevented him from
sleeping in the morning. But Direc-
tor of Housing Robert Hughes said
he was unaware the early-morning
operations were annoying anyone.
"We could have asked the contrac-
tor to start later if we saw there was
serious concern (about the starting
time),"Hughes said.
David Schoem, director of the
Pilot Program at Alice Lloyd, said
efforts were made to accommodate
Furman's requests for action.
"I offered to discuss alternative
housing with him, but he said his
arrangements were fine," said
Schoem.
Furman, denied he was offered
alternative housing, said he was for-
ced to stay with friends when the
odor prevented him from sleeping in
his room.

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FILMS

Gargoyle Films-Misty Beethoven, 6:30, 8:15, 10 p.m., 100 Hutchins
Hall.
Cinema Guild-An Unmarried Woman, 7 & 9:15 p.m., Old Arch. Aud.
Ann Arbor Film Co-op-Madame Rosa, 7 & 9 p.m., Aud. 4, MLB.
Ann Arbor Film Co-op-Annie Hall, 7 & 10:20 p.m.; The Producers,
8:40 p.m., Aud. 3, MLB.
Cinema II-Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 7 & 9 p.m., Aud. A, Angell.
Mediatrics-The Sting, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., Nat. Sci. Aud.
PERFORMANCES
Flute Recital-Emily Mazur, MM, 8p.m., Recital Hall.
Michigan Marching Band-Pre-game tribute to '60s, halftime tribute to
Year of the Child, beginning 12:40 p.m., Michigan Stadium.
Theatre and Drama-Showcase Production "The Lion and the Jewel," 8
p.m., Trueblood Theatre.
Musical Society-Chinese Acrobats, 8:30 p.m., Hill.
Canterbury Loft-Radical Arts Troupe in "The Measures Taken," 8
p.m., 332 S. State St.
SPEAKERS
ICLE-Prof. John Reed, "Hearsay-New Wrinkleson an Old Rule,"
Faculty workshop, 9-noon, 116 Hutchins.
Dept. of Romance Languages-Patricia Stablein, Lyrics of Troubadour
Guillaume IX, 3:30 p.m., Rm. 124, Res. Coll., E. Quad.
MISCELLANEOUS
International Center-"Highlights of Detroit" program featuring tour of
Detroit's Eastern Market, 9:30-2, meet at International Center.
Asian- merican Student Assoc./East Wind-Get-together open to
public,7:3p .m., Pendleton Rm., Union.
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