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SPLENDIFEROUS
High- 0
Low--45
Sunshine and lollipups;
rain by Sunday

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Saturday, May 22, 1971

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

News Phone: 764-0551

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Power to the I>eo>ple
Black Panther Ericka Huggins gives a salute as she is taken back
to jail in New Haven, Conn. The jury is still deliberating in her
kidnap-murder trial with Bobby Seale.
'MAYDAY' INVESTI(ATIPN:
Ban& forced to stop
adintg HIC probe

Legislature considers
18 year 'majority age
By JIM IRWIN
Observers and legislators
in Lansing are optimistic
that a bill to lower the age
of legal majority from 21
to 18 will be passed when
it comes to the Senate floor
in a few weeks.
The bill, now in the state
Senate Judiciary Committee.
was approved by the House on
May 4.
The bill would allow 18-year-
olds all the legal responsibili-
ties and privileges now receiv-
ed at the age of 21, with the
exception of the right ta vote
These privileges include pur-
chasing alcoholic beverages.
cigarettes and certain types of
weapons. Further they permit
the 18 year old to enter into
any legal actions, such as suits,
contracts or property owner-
ship.
The bill's chief issue of con-
troversy is the provision lower-
ing the drinking age to 18. An
alternative bill expressly ex-
empting the lowering of the
drinking age is also in the com-
mittee.
Those who are opposed to
lowering the drinking age
chiefly"fearits effect'on traf-
fic safety. The age group of
18 to 21 already has the high- -Assie
est record of automobile acci-
dents. Resignatlon?
The main constituents who
have openly opposed the drink- The Pentagon announced yesterday the resignation of Secretary
ing clause have been the Pro- the Army Stanley Resor. CBS News, however, reported that Re
hibitionists and high s c ho o 1 was "asked" to resign. Resor last week ordered the demotion of
administrators who fear having Army general for failure to properly investigate the My
to deal with intoxicated stu- massacre.
dents.
Governor William Milliken
announced on April 24 that he MERCENARIES IN LA0S:
would submit a series of re-
commendations to the legisla-
ture for lowering the age of -u-mi Ihues-
majority to 18. Last Thursday,
Attorney General Frank Kelley
announced his support of the
bill.paigT a o ic
In a statement to the Senate
Judiciary Committee last
Thursday Kelley cited the obli-
gations of 18-year olds to fight WASHINGTON () -Three members of the Senate Foreign I
in wars, their obligation to tions Committee yesterday charged that the State Department
pay taxes, and their legal- re- been giving the panel incomplete and inaccurate information of
sponsibility for their own ac- support of the Thai mercenaries in Laos.
tions-in both civil and criminal Committee Chairman Sen. J. William Fulbright, (D-Ark.),
courts. after hearing a secret report by two staff investigators that ther
Voting rights cannot be in- now 4,800 Thai troops helping the Laotian government and being
cluded in the bill. To lower the with U.S. funds from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
amendment to 18the Micgan Details of the report, the result of a 12-day visit to Laos by Jt
Constitution or a federal Lowenstein and Richard Moose late last month, remained s
amendment. pending committee efforts to get them declassified by the State

y of
esor
f an
Lai

WASHINGTON (P) - A fed-
eral judge yesterday ordered a
Washington bank to stop sup-
plying the House Internal Se-
curity Committee with banking
information concerning the Na-
tional Peace Action Coalition
(NPAC .
Federal Judge William Jones
issued a preliminary injunction,
directed at the Public National
Bank of Washington, shortly
after NPAC, an antiwar group
which sponsored the April 24
demonstration here, brought
suit over subpoened bank re-
cords.
A committee investigator
testified Thursday that the re-
cords showed Sydney Staple-
ton and Patricia Grogan exer-
cised total control o v e r the
NPAC check-signing as $121,000
flowed through lhast bank from
February through April.
Stapleton and Grogan were

identified by committee inves-
tigator John Stratton as hav-
ing run for public office as
members of the Socialist Work-
ers Party.
Committee Chairman Richard
Ischord (D-Mo.) has charged
that the national coalition is
dominated by the Socialist
Workers Party, which he says
is composed of Troskyite Com-
munists and that Communist
Party USA members play a
major role in lading the peo-
ple's coalition.
NPAC brought suit against
the committee and the bank,
charging the congressional pan-
el acted illegally in obtaining
the bank records and that the
bank was involved by providing
the information without first
telling the depositor and cus-
tomer that the committee sub-
poena had been issued.'

7s
Rela-
has
U.S.
said
e are
paid
sames
ecret
and

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By LYNN WHITNALL
A striking feature at City Hall these days
is the youthfulness of the staff. There
appears to be an unusual degree of energy
accompanying the inevitable bustle of the
bureaucratic processes.
A key factor involved in this new spirit
is the large number of students working in
Ann Arbor's city government this summer.
The recruitment of students as interns
is a practice which started several years
ago. The students, who now number about
20, continue taking courses at the Univer-
sity while working part-time in city govern-
ment
Most are graduate students at the In-
stitute of Public Policy Studies or at the
School of Social Work, and their salaries
are generally financed by federal funds or
by the city itself.
The duties of an intern are generally
diverse.

Charles Phillips, Grad., has worked in
areas ranging from bond issues to the
Model Cities program, since he joined the
staff in October, and is involved in estab-
lishing personnel policies concerning non-
union city employes.
Jane Funk, working at City Hall to ful-
fill the field placement required of all
social work grad students, is part of a
group attempting to find ways to compen-
sate for the city's cut in funds for recrea-
tion and youth employment.
She is helping to compile a list of all
public" and private recreational facilities
available- in Ann Arbor, which is planned
for distribution among city youth while
her group also seeks to find jobs for stu-
dents.
A major intern recruiter for city govern-
ment is the Community Renewal Project
(CRP), which deals with capital projects
such as sewers, streets, parks, and housing

funded by the f eder al government.
Anne Branston, project leader of CRP's
planning process department, says her de-
partment seeks to increase public partici-
pation in the establishment of housing
policies. The group hopes to cut confusing
red tape surrounding housing construction
through creation of a Land Development
Regulation manual.
The interns exhibit open enthusiasm for
their work, and are optimistic that they
will be able to tackle relevant problems.
Their comments about the intern ex-
perience range from "challenging" and
"exciting" to "important" and "realistic."
Most have found the staff responsive and
eager for innovation.
Jim Brooks, another CRP intern, com-
mented, "The members of City Hall are
open-minded and willing to adjust to
change if it is progressive and if it will
help the City of Ann Arbor."

Defense Departments.
But members said they receiv-
ed confirmation both of the CIA-
backed Thai operations and of
expanded B52 bombing opera-
tions in northernbLaos. far from
the area of the Ho Chi Minh
Trail supply route into South
Vietnam.
Sen. Clifford Case (B-N.J.),
said "there is no question" that
CIA-supported Thai troops are in
Laos but added the State Depart-
ment says the fall of the Laotian
government would imperil U.S.
troops withdrawals and that the
aid is justified on those grounds.
Case Thursday accused the
CIA of violating a t-ngressional
ban by secretly financing these
mercenary soldiers in Laos.
"There are presumably gov-
ernment funds being paid, to
Thailand," he said. "But Con-
gress has never voted a penny to
pay Thai troops in Lads," lase
said.
Congress last year barred the
payment of U.S. funds for mer-
cenaries in Laos, except where it
is directly related to U.S. troop
withdrawals or efforts to fee
American prisoners.

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