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Crack appears in
DC-i10 jet pylon
WASHINGTON (AP) - Inspectors
found a new crack yesterday in the
pylon of a DC-10 jumbo jet, bringing to
six the number of fractures discovered
in the latest round of inspections of the
A Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) spokesperson described the
crack, like the five found earlier, as
"WE'RE STILL saying it's not a big
problem," he said of the latest
discoveries. FAA officials say the
cracks are located in non-load-bearing
parts of the pylon that attaches the
engine to the wing.
FAA spokesman Jerry Lavey said the
crack was found on a Continental
Airlines jet in Los Angeles.
Similar cracks were found earlier on
a United Airlines plane, two belonging
to Trans International Airways and two
other Continental jets.
FAA ADMINISTRATOR Langhorne
Bond told Congress on Wednesday he
had been ready to permit a resumption
in DC-10 flights earlier this week until
thenew cracks were found.
The FAA chief is awaiting a report on
the new cracks before making up his
mind, possibly late this week.
The report of the new crack came as
McDonnell-Douglas Corp., defending
the design of the DC-10 engine pylon,
said a crack found on the plane that
crashed in Chicago occurred when the
craft was out of service.
ALL 138 do-1s in the nation's
domestic airlines fleet have been
grounded since June 6. The grounding
order came 11 days after the crash in
Chicago that claimed 273 lives in the
nation's worst air disaster.
Meanwhile, FAA spokesman Jerry
Lavey said 94 Boeing 747s have been in-
spected since the discovery Wednesday
of cracks in an engine mount on a Pan
Am jet in New York.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Three
prostitutes of Tehran's gutted red light
district were shot by an Islamic firing
squad yesterday in the first known
execution of women since last
The three, believed to be in their 40s
and 50s, were convicted by an Islamic
revolutionary court of prostitution,
running notorious brothels in south
Tehran, and selling young girls into
Executed with them was a man,
Mansur Bagheri, reportedly convicted
of encouraging prostitution, corrupting
minors, smuggling and showing sex
films, and importing illicit sex
paraphernalia "through facilities
provided him by international
Zionism." There was no elaboration of
THE PROSTITUTES were well-
known in the red light district by their
nicknames: "Pari the Tall One,"
"Ashraf the Four-Eyed," and "Soraya
Islamic law says that adulteresses
shall be stoned to death, but prescribes
only flogging in the case of sexual
relations by unmarried persons.
"Scourge the whore and the
whoremonger with a hundred
lashes ... You must not give way to
pity in God's religion," the Koran says.
Ironically, afternoon newspapers
printed photographs of the condemned
women demurely shrouded in chadurs,
the tong veils recommended as
feminine attire by Iran's Islamic
THE FOUR Tehran executions,
together with six others reported
elsewhere yesterday, brought to 311 the
number of Iranians who have gone
before firing squads in the last five
Most had been condemned for killing
anti-Shah demonstrators during the
revolution, torturing political opponen-
ts of the old regime and of corruption.
But Iran's strict Islamic rulers also
have taken a hard line against sexual
Before turning revolutionary justice
against the world's oldest profession,
authorities had ordered the execution of
a number of men convicted of rape,
sodomy, and homosexual assault.
IN THE FINAL stage of the
revolution, Moslem militants set fire to
brothels and bars in south Tehran's red
light district. At the time, religious
leaders urged their followers not to
harm the prostitutes living there,
describing them as innocent victims of
a corrupt imperial system.
But now, revolutionary authorities
appear to have decided to make exam-
ples out of women they hold responsible
for the city's vice rackets.
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Union chief: AFSCME
may desert Carter
WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the ployees (AFSCME), said his union "is
nation's largest unions, an early backer not afraid" to sever organized labor's
of Jimmy Carter for president, said traditional ties to the Democratic Par-
yesterday it may support a Republican ty.
next year if Carter and other Wurf, increasingly critical of Car-
Democrats abandon their party's ter's domestic policies, said his union
liberal principles, might consider forming a third political
Jerry Wurf, president of the one- party next year if it finds all the
million-member American Federation Democratic and Republican presiden-
of State, County, and Municipal Em- tial candidates unacceptable.
WURF SAID his union, the largest
one that represents government
way onlyworkers, still might back Carter for re-
w' election next year if the president
follows through on liberal campaign
promises made in 1976.
"Our union is not afraid to lead the
way," Wurf said in a luncheon speech
at the National Press Club. "... We
can take a new look at the Republican
Party. No longer can we allow the
Democrats to take us for granted - and
the Republicans to write us off."
Wurf said if a "responsible
Republican, with a sound platform,
emerges as a serious contender next
year, then our union and other unions
will not support a less adequate
A SPOKESMAN for Wurf's union,
Charles Brown, said that at this point
the only announced Republican
presidential candidate the union could
even consider supporting is Rep. John
Anderson of Illinois.
Even the suggestion of support for a
Republican presidential candidate is a
sharp departure from traditional union
politics. Organized labor long has been
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