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Vol. LXXXV~il, No. 75 Ann Arbor, Michigan--Thursday December 8, 1977 Ten Cents 12 Pages
Hoover suspected Kennedy conspiracy

I said I personally believe
0sikald was the assassin ..'.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two weeks
after John Kennedy's death, FBI Direc-
tor J. Edgar Hoover was convinced that
Lee Harvey Oswald was the assassin
but he wondered at least briefly
whether Oswald had help from Cuban
conspirators, according to FBI files
released yesterday.
The documents show Hoover had
concluded within hours after Kennedy's
death that Oswald fired the fatal
bullets. But the agency later obtained
letters written to Oswald from Cuba,
and those messages raised the
preplexing conspiracy questions which
linger to this day.
Hoover later labeled one of the letters
an apparent hoax.
The mountain of material offers fresh
clues about Hoover's suspicions of a

puzzled FBjI
conspiracy, but does not reveal how he ter its inve
resolved them. It will take historians there wasn
and researchers months or even years government
to evaluate this batch of FBI files and While the
more yet to come. Hoover pon
Hoover, of course, was hardly alone conspiracy,
in pondering the possibility of a Cuban of the FBI
connection. Oswald had spoken of his disprove the
admiration for Cuban chief of state ding that Os
Fidel Castro and he had distributed pro- The files
Castro leaflets in New Orleans. that Hoover
Castro has denied that Cuba was in- had killed K
volved in the assassination in any way. as deeply c
The Warren Commission concluded af- the FBI's im

stigation of the case that
no evidence of any Cuban
-role in Kennedy's death.
documents indicated that
dered the possibility of a
preliminary examination
files turned up nothing to
e Warren Commission's fin-
wald acted alone.
released yesterday show
was eager to find out who
ennedy, and portrayed hii
oncerned about protecting
rage. The documents show

Files show letters

that Hoover went to great lengths to
counteract criticism of the bureau.
The 40,091 pages of files, weighing
nearly a half ton, offer a rich tapestry
of the tragedy and drama rippling from
the gunfire in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
The FBI released the documents, half
of its total file on the Kennedy
assassination, to comply with requests
under the Freedom of Information Act.
The other 40,000 pages are due for
release in January.
The memos include confidential
reports passed among the highest of-
ficials of the government. And they in-
clude letters from ordinary citizens ex-
pressing outrage and sorrow and, in
some cases, intense hatred of the Ken-
nedy family. Some documents were
See FBI, Page 7

.. the second aspect as
to whether he was the only
man gives me great con-
-J. Edgar Hoover



agrees to

abortion aid

Belcher won't seek
Council re-election

Calling his four-year stint on City
Council "enough for anyone," City
Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem
Louis Belcher said yesterday he
won't run again for his Fifth Ward
seat when his present term expires in
"I think two terms on a council seat
is enough," Belcher said. "I want to.

through city Republicans and Demo-
crats. With Belcher out of the
campaign, the upcoming April elec-
tions will see three vacant council
seats up , for grabs. Incumbents
Roger Bertoia, a Republican, and
James Kenworthy, a Democrat, have
also decided not to seek reelection.
Belcher's attorney, former council-
man Robert Henry, says the results

I want to give young blood
a chance to come p .,
-Lou Belcher

ruling, and the State Supreme Court
has yet to rule on whether the voters
must disclose their choices.
Belcher says he is confident the
election will either be declared void
or reversed in his favor.
"I hope to be mayor by (next
year)," he said.
City Democratic chairman Victor
Adamo said by his decision, Belcher
relieved himself of the possibly diffi-
cult task of justifying his court fight
to the voters in his ward. But Adamo
said he did not think that aspect
determined Belcher's decision.
"This is something (the court
fight) that Belcher should have had
to be held accountable for," Adamo
said yesterday. "It concerns people's
rights (to a secret ballot)."
"There's no question that if he ran
for re-election, that would be the
issue," said Ann Arbor attorney
Robert Grace, who is representing
Mayor Wheeler in the court suit.
"The dispute over the young
women (illegal voters) seems to have
transcended partisanship," Grace
added. "He may have hurt himself. I
think truthfully he may feel he is
Grace added, however, "I don't
think it will have any effect on the
litigation itself."
Republican City Council member
See BELCHER, Page 2

have to
live with it
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress,
weary of dissension from a four-month-
long dispute, came to terms yesterday
on when the government will pay for
poor women's abortions.
The House-Senate agreement was in
time to avert pre-Christmas pay cuts
for more than a quarter of a million
federal employes whose agencies were
on the verge of running out of money for
the third time this year.
On a voice vote, the Senate went
along with a House proposal outlining
the conditions for Medicaid-funded
abortions during the remainder of the
fiscal year.
THE SENATE agreed to a House-
passed measure requiring two
physicians totcertify that a woman
would suffer serious, long-lasting
physical health damage from a full-
term pregnancy. before the federal
government-would pay for an abortion.
The House approved it earlier on a
181 to 167 vote.
The legislation must now be signed by
President Carter.
Sen. Warren Magnuson (D-Wash.)
said he reluctantly presented the House
proposal to the Senate.
HE SAID THE Senate's concern
throughout the unusually long fight has
been about "what is the most humane
See CONGRESS, Page 7

give young blood a chance to come
His decision, Belcher made clear,
does not mean he will give up his
court fight to reverse his one-vote
defeat in the mayoral contest last
spring against Democrat Albert
The announcement sent a jolt

of the election are not valid, since it
was discovered that twenty persons
voted'in the election who did not ac-
tually live within the city limits.
The court fight became a cause
celebre for civil libertarians when a
local judge ordered the twenty to
reveal their votes in open court. The
Court of Appeals upheld the judge's

MICHIGAN'S TOM STATON (23) battles Louisville's Larry Williams for a
rebound in the Wolverines' 88-85 loss last night at Crisler Arena. For story and
statistics, see page 9.

Feud batters

LSA-SG race

Dean gives decision
on nursing dispute

LSA Student Government (LSA-
SG) elections have become en-
tangled in a controversy involving
the removal of several candidates'
campaign posters.
ftlection Director Ted Yemer
yesterday confirmed that he re-
moved posters but offered varying
accounts during the day of his
reasons for removing them.
YEMER FIRST said he took
down posters 'of the Forces of
Goodness and Niceness (FGN)
party and the Bullshit party be-
cause the leaflets contained "slan-
derous" information. Last night,
however, he said, "They came
down because they were up in
excess" and slanderous comments
were not a factor in his decision.
FGN candidate Irving Freeman

said he removed several Program
for Educational and Social Change
(PESC) leaflets after he saw that
some of his own had been taken
"I ripped them (the PESC post-
ers) down," Freeman said yester-
day, but later said he would deny
making the comment.
Assistant Election Director Mi-
chael Harwood, who ran a pre-elec-
tion candidates meeting, said he
told the candidates that the LSA-
SG was concerned about misleading
statements and also about an
excess of paper candidates use for
campaign materials.
candidates, they were informed
about the amount of paper," Har-
wood said. "They were also told

any leaflets that were found to
Landerous or (containing) lies
id be taken down," Harwood
"They didn't ask any ques-
, so that is implied consent," he
the LSA-SG meeting last night,
ibers said they had conveyed
r concerns about the use of
*r and slanderous posters to
er, but said they didn't author-
him to remove such posters.
LSA-SG election rule states:
person under the jurisdiction of
code shall, during the election
paign, engage in the . . .
oval of posted campaign mater-
without the permission of the
;on(s) posting the material."
emer argued that he had the
essary permission. "Since no-
y objected (to the policies stated
OF "T \V
f t M 1

at the candidates meeting),
gave us consent," he said.


"I THINK that stuff about implied
consent is horseshit," said candi-
date Freeman. "I'm planning on
filing a suit in the LSA - SG judi-
ciary. I'm asking for a new elec-
tion," he said last night. He added
there were other suits he was
considering concerning the elec-
When shown a copy of the New
Action Coalition posters Yemen
said, "We haven't taken down this
poster," because it isn't "slander-
ous." Later last night, how-
ever, he said some NAC posters were
removed because they were posted
"on the window" in violation of the
See FEUD, Page 2
HE \iJ9
" /

Assistant NursingSchool Dean Bar-
bara Hanson will share administrative
responsibilities of the psychiatric nur-
sing program with acting chairperson
Betty Davis in an attempt to quell dis-
putes between faculty members, Nurs-
ing School Dean Mary Lohr announced
According to faculty and students in
the program, the'differences between
Davis, who is black, and four white pro-
fessors involve matters of racial fric-
tion as well as Davis' administrative
abilities. All four professors have asked
to be relieved of their teaching re-
"Involvement of Associate Dean Han-
sen more directly in administration of
this area is viewed as an effective
means through which very complicated
issues can be identified and dealt with
Lohr's statement made no reference
to the requests by the professors to be
relieved of their teaching duties, but

spond, promptly to her proposed resolu-
MARSHALL, who met with Lohr and
Hansen several times in an effort to
help the dean make a decision, said,
"There obviously are some problems
with communication within the faculty.
This will help to facilitate the communi-
The statement did not indicate which
See ACTION, Page 2
deman ds
Representatives of the University
of Michigan Professional Nurse
Council (UMPNC) have presented
their proposals for a new contract
naekani tn niversity negotiators.

.Q ApSL WDERaU5...

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