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Saturday, February 12, f 97?

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

a JFK, King assassination probe inpei

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WASHINGTON (UPI) - A1
congressional probe of the as-c
sassinations of President Ken-,
nedy and Martin Luther King1
Jr. came close to collapsing
yesterday as a result of a dis-
pute within the investigating,
committee.,
Four investigators from the
staff of the House Assassinations
Committee were refused access
to FBI files on orders from Rep.
Henry Gonzales, (D-Tex.).
Gonzalez, the committee chair-
man, announced Thursday he
was firing Richard Sprague,the
committee's chief counsel and
staff director.
HOWEVER, Sprague refused
to be fired. He showed up at his
office yesterday morning,,
worked a while, then left to keep
an appointment in Philadelphia,
where he had been a crack pros-
ecutor.
The 11 other members of Gon-
zales' committee b a c k e d
Sprague, claiming Gonzalez
lacked authority to fire him.
Speaker Thomas O'Neill told
capitol police to ignore Gon-
zalez' request that Sprague be

forcibly removed from his office Stewart McKinney, -,(R-Conn.), Rep. Samuel Devine, (R-Ohio), The committee doesn't meet
on Thursday evening. I said, "If Mr. Sprague is ulti- and Delegate Walter Fauntroy again unil Wednesday, when the
In Norwich, Conn., Rep. Chris- mately relieved of his duties, I of the District of Columbia - is- House returns from a recess.
topher Dodd, (D-Conn.), a com- will seriously consider resigning sued a statement insisting that Gonzalez' effort to fire Sprague
mittee member, said the dispute from the Select Committee." "the committee is no in dis- -and the staff's efforts to gath-
could kill the investigations. Three other members - Rep. array." er information from the FBI -
ANOTHER MEMBER, Rep. Richardson Preyer, (D-N.C.), Gonzalez, in San Anonio, Tex., apparently will remain unre-
said Sprague "can work for free solved until then.
- he is not going to work under Unless the committee resolves
the payroll. its problems, Gonzalez said, he
will recommend that it be abol-
G O N Z A L E Z said he fired ished at the end of March.
:.'Sprague for trying to commit
the committee this week to Even before the Gonzalez-
spending more than the $84,000 a Sprague flap erupted, the com-
month authorized by the House. mittee's life had been in dan-
The four investigators from ger. The House formed the com-
t: rthe committee staff had been mittee last September, then let
coming almost daily to FBI it die at the start of he new
headquarters to consult material Congress in early January. It
connected with the King and was revived on a limited basis
Kennedy assassinations. later.
When they came by yesterday
morning, however, they were Midwest's Largest Selection of
denied access to any of the ma- Erea Chrters
(. Canadian and U.S.
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sookesperson said Gonzalez and
Attorney General Griffin Bell CALL 769-1776
agreed Thursday that' staff in-
vestigators would receive FBI' ' sreat Places pZ
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quests from the committee. i. A A

Film groups criticize
proposed X - film ban

SHOWTIMES
Sat. & Sun.:
1':30-3:45,6:15-8:45

I'd hate to see the cam pus turn
into one big Walt Disney Festi-
val' -, Jane Siegel, Preside]nt of
Cinema II.

fContinued from Page 1)
flims. "They're j'ist explitation
films," he adled.
"For 's, (X-rated movies)j
would defit-utelv he the excep-
tion. Hlard care films hi e been
shown by PBC (Peoples Busi-
ness Commission) Films and
New World Film Co-op," he sta-
ted.
"It's kind of an offensive'
move," commented Mike Price,
president of PBC films. "There
are lots of films that have X-'
ratings that are j?-msrxverygood
films," he added.

"A SUPREME
FILMMAKER IN
TOTAL CONTROL
OF HIS MEDIUM !"
--John Simon, New York Magazine

"LIV ULLMANN'S
PERFORMANCE
SHATTERINGI"
-Jack KroI, Newsweek

AFSCME strike

AP Photo
Happy Birthday, Abe
Today marks the 168th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, and to spruce big
Abe up for the celebration, Archie Garling of the National Park Service applies a broom
to the marbelized hand of the Lincoln Memarial in Washington.

VA CASE:

PRICE SAID when PBC
brought the sexually explicit 3
movie Emanulle to campus,
It did well - people went to
(Continued from Page 1) employes, the removal of the see it. There's such a demand
BUT, ANDERSON added, de- current 15 cent cap on supple- for (sexually oriented movies)."
spite all the time invested mental cost of living payments, Price gave the 'X' movie ban
AFSCME "got all that we asked e x p a n s i o n of hospitalization little chance of passage, how-
for." benefits and other provisions, ever: "i don't think it will get
Neff agreed that the emphasis The specifics of the Univer- very far." Both Murphy and
on non-economics has so far sity's counter proposals were (Siegel concurred.
worked out well for the union. not divulged, but A F S C M'E
"The union must go back to called them "totally unaccept- "I'd hate to see the campus
its membership and tell them able." turn into one big Walt Disney
that the University is tight on Festival," Siegel concluded.
wages and benefits, but at the NEGOTIATORS say they have -- --
same time they can show mem- every hope that economic is-
bership how they have been able sues will be "wrapped up" by EU &* "
to facilitate employe conditions Tuesday. -
by making the promotion sys- Whenever a settlement is
tem more attractive," Neff said. reached, AFSCME will have to
STILL, AS negotiators settled cross a major hurdle "selling" )
non-economic differences, the it to union members.
economic ones have sat gather- University employes may not '
ing dust. Only yesterday, with value improvements in promo-
five days left to negotiate, did tion and transfer procedures as
the University and AFSCME much as wage increases. In
delve into serious economic dis- fact, workers may look at their
h cussions. union's new-found frankness to-
The union originally asked.for ward economics as a comprom-
a $1.04 hourly increase for its ise which they don't deserve.

SHOWTIMES
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DETROIT (UPI) - A hand- charged with murdering two pa-
written note by a man who is tients and poisoning eight oth-x
now dead cannot be used as evi- ers at the hospital during the
dence against the two nurses summer of 1975. They have
charged in the Ann Arbor Vet- pleaded innocent to all charges
erans Administration Hospital and their trial is scheduled to
mass murder case, a federal begin March 1.
judge ruled yesterday. The prosecution evidence
U.S. District Judge Philip Pratt threw out was. a note writ-
Pratt also ordered government ten by John McCrery, a former
prosecutors to drop three heart patient at the Ann Arbor
charges of poisoning from the hospital who suffered a breath-
indictment against the nurses, ing failure on Aug. 15, 1975.
Leonora Perez, 32, and Filipina Shortly after he was revived he
Narcisco, 30. was asked by a doctor to iden-
ALTHOUGH the two rulings tify the nurse who had given
were a victory for the defense, him an injection only seconds
Pratt also denied one important before he suffered a breathing
motion filed by attorneys for the lapse.
nurses. He allowed prosecutors
to use the testimony of a dying BECAUSE he was breathing
cancer patient who claims he through a tube and could not
saw Perez in his hospital room neak, McCrery wrote a note
just before he suffered a breath- containing only three letters:
ing attack. I PIA. The prosecution argued
Perez and Narcisco are that the note identified Narcisco,

se nickname is PI, whic
stands for the Philippine Is
lands, her homeland.
However, Pratt agreed wit
the defense that since McCrer
is no longer alive to explai
what he meant by the note,i
should be disallowed as evi
dence. McCrery died last Jun
of a heart attack.
Pratt ruled against the de
- fense, however, by allowing th
prosecution to use the testimon
of Richard Neely, 63, a dyin
cancer patient from Osceol
Ind., and the only surviving vic
time who claims to have see
one of the nurses just before suf

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tering sudden paralysis and
breathing difficulties.
Defense lawyers had chal-
lenged Neely's testimony, charg-
ing that it had been influenced
by subtle suggestions from FBI
I agents who questioned him
while he was under hypnosis.

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TONIGHT in Schorling Auditorium,
School of Education
The Ann Arbor 8mm Festival
SHOWINGS at 2, 7 and 9 p.m. ADMISSION $1.00
WINNERS NIGHT, SUNDAY
.
SATURDAY, FEB. 12
PUTNEY SWOPE
(Robert Downey, 1969) 7, 8:45 and 10:30-MLB 3
What happens when blacks take over an ad agency? Robert Downey
(a prince) takes a scathingly funny perspective on the subliminal
manipulations of Madison Avenue, its political and corporate bed-
fellows, and how much "truth and soul" there really is behind
the Revolution. "It is funny, sophomoric, brilliant, disjointed,
marvelous, unintelligible and relevant."-Vincent Canby. "I don't
mind if you call some of my pictures tasteless. I love bad taste.
It makes the day go faster."-Robert Downey. Arnold Johnson,
Laura Greene.
JACK JOHNSON
(William Clayton, 1971 ) 8:45 only-MLB 4
Right or wrong Jack Johnson was a figure before his time He was
the first black heavyweight champion and a man who lived the
way he *anted-driving fast cars, loving white women and de-
fending his crown against a succession of "white hopes," until
his last bout in 1915 a fight rumored to be thrown. This docu-
mentary has rarely seen boxing footage and shots from Johnson's
private life set against Miles Davis' throbbing jazz score. Narra-
tion by Brock Peters. "JACK JOHNSON . . '. demonstrates not
only the highest art of documentary making, but (also) that truth
can outshine fiction."-Judith Crist.
MINGUS
(Thomas Reichman, 1966) 7 and 10:30--MLB 4
Jazz composing genius and virtuoso bassist Charles Mingus
expresses rage, love, passion, hate, and serenity through his music.
These feelings emerge vividly as he is documented here with foot-
age from many sources, particularly the November 1966 -night he
was evicted from his Bowery loft for non-payment of rent on an
invalid lease Scenes in a Boston club, his favorite restaurant ip
Harlem and his historic 1962 Town Hall concert offer a very
personal portrait of a complex, proud, and humiliated man dis-
possessed. "It is the first film about jazz."-Michael Zwerin,
Village Voice.
Plus: PULL MY DAISY
(Robert Frand, 1959)

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