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Friday, July 28, 1972

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

Friday, July 28, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Po9o Nine

f> mSen. Thomas Eagleton, D-
Mo.), the Democratic vice
presidential nominee, yester-
day denies charges by Col-
umni. t Jack Anderson that
heJ1as a record of arrests for
drunken driving. Eagleton,
speaking at a news confer-
ence in honolulu, termed the
accusations a "damnable lie."
He vowed to remain in the
race, and received continued
support from his running
mate, Sen. George McGovern.
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Utrade deficit increases
in first six months of 1972

WASHINGTON OP) - Still
showing no signs of easing, the
nation's trade deficit climbed to
a record $3.3 billion in the first
half of the year, the government
reported yesterday.
The total red ink in trade with
other countries already has sur-
passed last year's $2 billion
deficit, the first recorded by the
United States this century. The
deficit continues to mount de-
spite government efforts to scale

it down.
The Commerce Department
said the value of imports
shipped into the country ex-
ceeded the value of exports
shipped out by $590.3 million in
June, slightly worse than May's
$752.4 million.
This broughht the trade defi-
cit to $3.342 billion for January
through June, based on imports
valued at $26.838 billion and
exports at $23.495 billion.

FHA officials charged
with fraud and bribery

CHICAGO tIP - Four Chicago
offjcials of the Federal Hous-
ing Administration were charged
with bribery and submitting
false statements and inspection
reports in indictments returned
yesterday by a federal grand
jury.
James Thompson, U.S. district
attorney for Northern Illinois,
said in announcing the indict-
ments that an investigation into
complaints of shoddy homes pur-
chased under government-guar-
anteed mortgages would continue
and that "in a fairly short per-
iod of time there will be addi-
tional indictments."
Also indicted in the bribery
scheme were two teal estate
brokers under contract to t h e
federal Department of Housing
and Urban Development and sev-

en area building contractors.
Investigations also are under
way or indictments have b e e n
returned in six other cities -
New York, Newark, Philadelphia,
Detroit, St. Lotus and Los Angel-
es - in connection with substan-
dard housing approved for sale
inder FHA mortgages.
Thompson said the FHA offic-
ials accepted more than $20,000
in bribes "to expedite 'FHA ap-
proval of mortgages, to give
FHA approval before inspections
were made, and to approve
mortgages without any inspection
at all."
He said the homes involved in
the bribery scheme were single-
fanmily dwellings, both new and
rehabilitated, and were scattered
throughout the Chicago metro-
politan area.

While the international pic-
ture looked bad, domestically
things were still good for the
Nixon administration on the
economic front.
The Commerce Department
reported that its composite in-
dex of leading economic indi-
cators increased 0.5 per cent in
June on top of an upward-
revised 1.4 per cent increase in
May.
Leading indicators are sup-
posed to foreshadow broad eco-
nomic movements in the econ-
omy. If the latest report is
correct, the economic expansion
evidenced by a sharp 8.9 per
cent growth rate in the first
quarter will continue in the
months ahead.
The economic expansion, how-
ever, is one reason why the
trade deficit is so bad. The
American economy is doing so
much better than European,
Japanese and Canadian econ-
omies, government trade analysts
said, that it is the best market
in the world for selling mer-
chandise.
Mearwhile, slower economic
activity in these other countries
makes it harder for U.S. export-
ers to sell their wares.
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CITY NOTICE
Ann Arbor cablecasting Comnimission
NYryCE OF INQIRHY
A public hearing on the questions below sill be held
in the Council Chambers at City Hall, at 7:30 P.M. on
Wednesday, August 2, 1972. Interested persons are invited
to comment on these questions, either at the hearing or in
writing. Written comments should be received by the Com-
mission's Secretary at City Hall not later than 5:00 P.M.
August 9, 1972.
Questions relating to the licensing of public service
cablecasters:
1. What should be considered "public service" cable-
casting for the purposes of the ordinance (Chapter 32 of
Title II, Ann Arbor City Code)? Should the test of "public
service" relate to the nature of the material presented, the
institutional character of the organization presenting it,
or to the intent of the presentation?
2. What should be the qualifications for applicants for
public cablecasting licenses?
a. What are the "minimum criteria established
by the FCC for ETV" (see Subsec. 2:113(3) of
Chapter 32 of Title II, Ann Arbor City Code).
b. Should the Commission recommend to City
Council that the provision just referred to be
amended?
c. How much identification, in addition to names
and addresses, should be required of applicants?
d. Should applicants be limited to non-commercial
organizations and individuals?
3. Among uses of the channels proposed by qualified
applicants that qualify as "public service," what priorities,
if any, should be established? For example, should live
cablecasts of meetings of governmental bodies be accorded
a higher priority than educational programs? Or should
licenses be granted on a "first come, first served" basis?
4. What should be the criteria for renewal of licenses
or granting of long-term licenses?
a. First come, first served?
b. Audience response? If so, how measured?
c. Consistency with a balance of programming
over all channels?
d. Special needs?
5. Should transfer of a license to a party other than
the original licensee be prohibited?
6. According to what criteria, and what procedures,
should the Commission suspend or revoke a license?
7. The ordinance provides, "The licensee shall pay the
Grantee (Michigan CATV Associates) only the incremental
cost for use of the public service channels. The Grantee
agrees to provide the licensees the minimum facilities
necessary for program origination at incremental cost; pro-
vided, however, that educational video tape programs on
good quality video tape i good repair and compatible with
the equipment of Grantee shall be originated at no cost to
said licensees." (Subsec. 2:113(5). How is the "incremental
cost" referred to in the ordinance to be determined?
8. How should specific time periods for public service
cablecasts be determined?
a. What should be the length of the cablecasting
day on the public service channels?
b. Within the day specified. how should specific
time periods be allocated to licensees?
c. Should an entire channel, or a portion of a
channel, be allocated for brief periods on the
principle of '"first come. first served"? How
would that principle be appliced in practice?
9. What measures must be taken to protect the City
and the Grantee from potential liability arising as a
result of the actions of public service licensees? (See Subsec.
2:113(6). (Consider not only liability for slander and libel,
but also for violation of copyright laws.)
10. To what extent should the regulations of the Federal
Communications Commisison concerning lottery informa-
tion (Code of the Federal Regulations, Title 47, Chapter
1, Fart 76, Sec. 76.213>, obscene or indecent material
(See. 76.215), advertising by or on behalf of candidate.
for public office (Sec. 76251(11, and identification of
sponsorship (Sec. 76.221) be included in the Commission's
regulations? To what extent should the Commission fol-
low, or require the licensee to follow, the "fairness doc-
trine" <Sec. 76.209?
1I. According to what principles should the Trust Fund

for Public Broadcastisg be allocated?
12. Are there other matters that need to be treated in
the Commission's rules and regulations?
For the Commission by:
SIDNEY G. WINTER
Chairman
Date of Publication: July 28, 1972

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