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Wednesday, May 19, 1971


Page Seven

Wednesday, May 19, 1971 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven

I sbriefs
By The Associated Press
way Workers Union yesterday called a 24-hour strike after their
railroad companies turned down a demand for wage hikes aver-
aging $41 a month. Management offered a $25 increase.
Commuters in Tokyo, Osaka and other large cities went home
on bicycles, hired buses or in their own cars.
Thousands of others jammed into commuter trains of the state-
owned Japan National Railway.
1 Japan National Railway workers said they would also strike
Thursday to back up demands for a $53 monthly wage increase.
The Private Railway Union plans to call another 24-hour strike
Friday unless its demands are met.
EGYPTIAN LEADERS of a reported plot to overthrow Presi-
dent Anwar Sadat were jailed at dawn yesterday and may soon
4 face trial.
Those jailed included former Egyptian Vice-President Ali Sabry,
as well as the former war minister and former interior minister, all
involved in last Thursday's attempted coup.
Diplomatic efforts to reach a peaceful settlement with Israel
are likely to be slowed during the next months as Sadat rearranges
his administration, sources say.
Russia's interest in lowering force levels in Central Europe and
praised Canada's troop withdrawals from the continent as an ex-
ample to be followed.
Kosygin made these remarks to visiting Prime Minister Tru-
deau of Canada at their talks in the Kremlin, and later at'a lunch-
4 eon in Trudeau's honor.
SST EXHAUST could reduce the ozone shield protecting the
earth from ultraviolet rays, according to one scientist.
Dr. Harold Johnson of the University of California at Berkeley
claims that the shield from the sun's rays could be cut in half in
two years by SST flights.
However, other scientists hold that the SST effects would be
trivial and Johnston said he could not predict if and when serious
hazards to human eyesight and life would appear.
The Senate will vote today on the SST project which the House
of Representatives approved funds for last week.
MARIJUANA SMUGGLING by plane became so prevalent
that government agencies are expanding their forces to combat
illegal drug traffic through the air.
The Federal Aviation Administration has begun to revoke li-
censes of pilots convicted of smuggling marijuana; and U.S. customs
has expanded its special air division to combat marijuana smuggling
to the size of 20 planes.
Officials say that the amount of marijuana transported by
plane from Mexico to the United States has increased since Opera-
tion Intercept, a 1969 campaign to stop surface marijuana traffic
between the two countries.
So far this year, officials have confiscated 12,000 tons of mari-
juana from planes.

Senate vote due today on
SST, Europe troop cuts

Senate will vote today on
two major issues, the Mans-
field amendment to halve
U.S. troop strength in Eur-
ope and the attempted revi-
val of the SST program.
The Mansfield amendment is
considered significant because
President Nixon has stated he
will veto the draft extension bill
if the amendment is added to it.
Although many senators were
listed as undecided on the eve
of the vote, it appeared yester-
day that an all-out d r i v e by
President Nixon had checkmat-
ed a move to pass the proposal.
The situation is complicated,
however, by a series of alterna-
tive proposals due to be voted on
The first vote today is due on
a proposal by Sen. Gaylord Nel-
son (D-Wis.), that would add
language to t he Mansfield
amendment calling for U.S.-So-
viet talks on mutual force re-
ductions and providing that, if
the talks begin before Sept. 30,
the Dec. 31 troops cuts would
not take effect.
If it fails, the next vote would
come on a proposal by Sen.
Birch E. Bayh.
At any stage, a move could be
offered to table, and thus kill,
any of the substitutes or the
Mansfield amendment itself.
Also considered unlikely to
pass is a bill to revive the super-
sonic transport program.
Absent senators could narrow
the margin of the SST defeat
but probably will no tchange
the result, a survey said.
The SSTcontractwas cancel-
ed two months ago when the
House and the Senate voted to
kill the project.
The project won a narrow re-
vival victory in the House last
week, however, under strong
backing f r o m the Republican
Recent disclosures by Boeing
Co., the proposed contractor
that it would cost around one
billion dollars to restart con-
struction have greatly hurt the
projects chances in the Senate.

Russian trawlers gather alongside the mother ship of the Russian
fishing fleet off Cape Cod, Mass., after complaints from area fish-
ermen charging damage to fishing gear. A U.S. delegation plans to
meet with the Russians today.

Jury gets
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (f) -
Final arguments were completed
yesterday in the six month trial
of Black Panthers Ericka Hug-
ins and Bobby Seale, with Judge
Harold Mulvey expected to give
the case to the jury today,
Seale and Huggins face capi-
tal charges in the May 1969 slay-
ing of Panther Alex Rackley, who
was held at the New Haven Pan-
ther headquarters and tortured
before he was taken to a swampy
area 20 miles north and shot to
Charles Garry, Seale's attorney
centered his final appeal on the
question of the credibility of the
state's star witness, George
Sams, who testified that Seale
gave the order to have Rackley
Garry said Sams, who pleaded

S eale case
guilty to second-degree murder
in Rackley's death and turned
state's evidence, was "a bypro-
duct of the racism we've had in
this country for over 350 years."
State's Attorney Arnold Mar-
kle said in his final argument be-
fore a Superior Court jury of five
blacks and seven whites the slay-
ing was "a killing as senseless
as any we've ever heard of."
Markle charged that Seale, 34,
cofounder and national chairman
of the Panthers, ordered Alex
Rackley killed. He said Mrs.
Huggins, 23, a local party leader,
was a participant in the events
leading to Rackley's death.
Seale has denied knowing that
Rackley was being held at the
Panther headquarters, which
Seale visited at the time during
a visit to Yale University.

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