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Eighty-Three Years of Editorial Freedom
Vol. LXXXIV, No. 31 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, October 11, 1973 Ten Cents

Ten Pages



Senate OKs war bill
The Senate passed a bill yesterday that would limit
to 60 days the use of U.S. troops in combat without
congressional approval. The 75-20 vote sent the bill to
the House, where final action is eexpected within a few
days. President Nixon has indicated he would veto any
war powers bill he considers an infringement of his
constitutional powers as commander-in-chief of the
armed forces.
Pacemaker implanted
A team of University cardiologists and surgeons im-
planted a nuclear heart pacemaker -in a patient Tues-
day morning, the first. operation of its kind to be
performed at the University Hospital. The doctors con-
nected the pacemaker to wire leads already implanted
in the middle-aged Romulus man's heart. Although the
hospital has not released the man's name, they did
say that this was the third pacemaker operation for
the patient, who had two conventional pacemakers
implanted in previous operations. The pacemaker -
about the size of a woman's powder compact and an
inch thick - is expected to last at least ten years
and possibly twice that long. Dr. Mark Orringer im-
planted the device under the skin of the patient's rib
Workers hit Chile coup
The Huron Valley Central Labor Council, represent-
ing some 8,000 AFL-CIO workers in Washtenaw and
Livingston counties unanimously passed a resolution
Tuesday condemning the recent coup in Chile.' The
resolution alsodemanded that thecUnited States cut
off all economic, political and military support to the
junta. Also, the Chile support coalition has scheduled
a rally for today at noon on the Diag to furthei pro-
test the Chile coup, and to demand an end to U.S. sup-
port of the junta.
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PLEADING NO CONTEST to a tax evasion charge, Spiro Agnew, who yesterday resigned the vice
presidency, leaves a federal court house in Baltimore. He was sentenced to three years probation and
fined $10,000.
Sumdenif.t~wsre a ct jblaty,
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Spiro Agnew resigned yesterday after pleading no
contest to a charge of income tax evasion.
It is only the second time in history that a vice president
has resigned, and the first such resignation to be accompanied
by a criminal conviction.
In a dramatic scene in a Baltimore court room, U. S. Dis-
trict Court Judge Walter Hoffman accepted Agnew's tax fraud
plea and resignation in return for the promise he would not be
prosecuted for any other crime.
Hoffman said that under the circumstances, he perceived
r a no contest plea to be "the full equivalent of a plea of guilty."
A/letter Agnew submitted to the court contained a further
admission that as a Maryland executive he accepted money
from prominent businessmen in return for government con-
Agnew had no comment to the press afterward, but said
he would address the nation in a few days.
The judge fined him $10,000 and placed him on probation
for three years for naking incomplete. tax returns while he
was governor of Maryland in 1967.
Agnew has been under investigation by a grand jury for
allegedly receiving illegal payments for state contracts while
he was governor.
Attorney-General Elliot Richardson told the court in Bal-
timore the Justice Department had amassed sufficient evi-
dence to have proceeded with a trial against Agnew on the
corruption allegations.
But under the deal worker out with the Justice Depart-
ment, Agnew resigned his office and pleaded no contest to one
charge of tax evasion.
Agnew's resignation hit Washington like a bombshell. He
had vigorously defended himself publicly against all the alle-
gations against him and vowedlittle more than a week ago
that he would not resign even if he was formally charged.-
In a letter to the court, Agnew maintained his innocence
of corruption but admitted he had received sums of .money
from companies doing business with the state of Maryland.
Agnew said, "I admit that I did receive payments during
the year 1967 which were not expanded for political purposes
and that, there.fore, these payments were income taxable to me
in that year and that I so knew."
He added, "I further acknowledge that contracts were
awarded by (Maryland) state agencies in 1967 and other years
to those who made such payments and that I was aware of
such awards."
The Attorney General told the court in Baltimore the evi-
dence against Agnew established a pattern of substantial cash
payments to thedefendant in return for engineering contracts
with the state of Maryland.
Some of the payments continued as late as last December
-when Agnew had been vice president for nearly four years-
Richardson said.
Agnew's resignation became effective almost at the mo-
ment he strode tall and erect into a fifth-floor court room of
the old Baltimore Post Office Building at 2:05 P. M. yesterday.
Agnew was immaculately dressed in a blue suit.
The appearance of the vice president was a complete sur-
prise to almost all of those in the crowded court room, who had
been anticipating a hearing on Agnew's legal fight to force
reporters to disclose sources of stories about the criminal in-
vestigation of him.
In an electric court room session, Agnew spoke with little
emotion, saying he made the choice freely to resign and plead
no contest to the charge of tax evasion.
The hearing lasted 33 minutes. When it ended, Agnew was
ushered out, followed by a stampede of reporters anxious to
break the news.
Agnew's resignation was unprecedented in American his-
tory and was viewed as an enormously damaging blow to Presi-
dent Nixon and the Republican Party.\
It came at a time when Nixon and the Republicans are
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On the Editorial Page, Chuck Wilbur
federal Career Education program. . .
writes about cops and robbers television
Arts Page . . . and Brian Deming takes
age-old football rivalry with Michigan
Sports Page.


discusses the
Mike Harper
shows on the
a look at our
State on the

A2's weather
Put off today what you can do tomorrow, that is of
course if. you can do it when it rains. The frontal sys-
tem, whose progress towards us is marginal at best,
will hold off just to the west of us today giving us fog
again in the morning and clearing by noon. Skies will
be generally sunny with maximum temps today 77-82
and minimums tonight under increasing cloudiness 63-68.
(Continued on Page 3)

Though the stock market plunged and the
nation's political leaders spoke in somber
tones, people on the Diag yesterday were
in a state of euphoria over the news of Vice-
President Spiro Agnew's resignation.
"It couldn't happen to a nicer guy,'
beamed Gary Koloff '76.
"ONE DOWN, one to go," added Bruce
Trock '74.
When the initial ecstasy faded a bit, a
number of students expressed the sentiment
that Agnew had not been given what he
"He got off easy," complained David
Goldstein, state deputy defender. "They
should have nailed the mother."

E OPPORTUNISTIC fellow wasted no
in showing his feeling. Immediately he
n parading about the Diag urging peo-
:o shake his hand and meet the new
th Keller, '75, met the new leader and
rented, "The country is falling apart-
>w that much. I bought this carnation
)nor of the occasion.
rhaps the most impassioned response
from Donny, a local Hare Krishna
s a rascal. It goes to show how de-
ed the society is. If leaders are crazy,
society is crazy, he said.
HEY'RE crazy because they want to
heaven without God. They want to be

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Government officials locally and
acrossthe country responded with
surprise yesterday to the news of
Vice President Agnew's resigna-
tion, but concededethat the deci-
sion was a wise one.
Sen. Edmund Muskie (D-Me.),
the Democratic vice presidential
nominee in 1968, said, "I believe
that the nation is better served by
this action than by a long, divisive
legal battle."
"It is an enormous tragedy for
Vice President Agnew es a person
and a tragedy for the i ation as a
whole," said Sen. Thox ias Eagle-
ton (D-Mo.) the man originally
nominated as Agnew's opponent
last year.
Mass.) called Agnew's resignation
a "personal tragedy" for the vice
president and a "deep national
tragedy for America." He said Ag-
new had been subjected to an "un-
fair ordeal of leaks and innuendo"
in recent weeks.
Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz:)
and Sen Russell Long (D-La.) also
were critical of news leaks on the
Agnew investigation. Goldwater
said Agnew was judged "in a man-
ner completely foreign to the pro-
per pursuit of justice in the United
States . "
Local reaction to Agnew's resig-
nation was as varied as the city's
Stephenson said he was "shocked"
to hear the news, although- his
working schedule had, as of last
night, prevented him from hearing
details of the news.
"It's such a contrast to his
speech ten days ago," said Steph-






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By The AlP and Reuter
Amid conflicting reports, Israei claimed last
night it had recaptured the Golan Heights and
that its forces were pushing the Egyptian army
back along the Suez Canal.
Egypt and Syria had no immediate response
to claims that Syrians had been pushed out of

for the first time in the fourth Arab-Israeli war
and attacked Egyptian convoys, the Israeli mili-
tary command reported.
In addition, The Israeli navy shelled Syrian oil
installations on , the Mediterranean coast more
than 300 miles from the Egyptian canal front,
early today, a communique said.
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ings on its tail section was loaded with missiles
and bombs at Oceana Naval Air Station yester-
day, in Virginia Beach, Va., a Norfolk newspaper
While the arms -- Sparrow and Sidewinder air-
to-air missiles - were being put aboard, sailors
covered the Israeli marks with paper and mask-
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