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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wednesday, July 22, 1970

Wednesday, July 22, 1970

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Prices, cost of living
continue rise in June

WASHINGTON I') The gov-
(rnment reported yesterday that
inflation in mid-1970 still is
chipping away 6 per cent an-
nualv from the value of the
dollar, but the Nixon Adminis-
tration said the rise in living
costs is slowing.
The Labor Department's June
report on living costs showed
prices up four-tenths of one per
cent for the month, a slight eas-
ing from previous months, but
still almost as high as 1969's 20-
year peak of 6.1 per cent.
But the report, wrapping up
price and wage developments for
the first half of the year, said
45 million rank-and-file work-
ers still were lagging in pur-
chasing power for the 15th
straight month because prices
outstripped wage hikes.
The average paycheck of
$120.05 per week in June was
up $1.65 from May and $4.83
above a year earlier, but was
worth $2 less weekly in pur-
chasing power because of infla-
tion.
President Nixon and his chief
economic advisers cited the
slightly slower rise in prices as
evidence that the prolonged in-
flationary pressure is easing in
response to Nixon's monetary
and fiscal restrictioins.
While Nixon officials argued

yesterday the nation's worst in-
flation in 20 years is ending,
Democrats set the stage for a
full House fight over the econ-
omy by moving to give the Pres-
ident something he says he
doesn't want and won't use-au-
thority to freeze wages and
prices.
The House Banking Commit-
tee, acting on party lines, voted
to give stand by power to the
President to put a temporary
lid on prices and wages at the
levels in effect two months ago.
Secretary of Labor James
Hodgson pointed to increased
productivity by workers, said he
foresees no major jumps in un-
employment, and argued the
cooling of inflation makes the
nation's current jobless rate of
nearly five per cent worth the
discomfort.
But Democrats, mounting a
growing attack on the Nixon
administration's economic poli-
cies, set up a full-scale debate
in Congress by tacking on the
possible wage-and-price controls
to a pending bill.
The Banking Committee's
move would authorize-but not
require--President Nixon to put
a temporary freeze in effect at
levels of last May 25.
The freeze authority would
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He added that one member of
the Bentsen clan sits on both
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"No one knows better than I
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political smear," Lloyd Bentsen
said in a statement.
Dr. Harry S. Lipscomb.
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The British Embassy in Zambia came under attack.
India declared that resumption of arms sales by the new Con-
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Commonwealth have got a fairly clear notion that this is a step
which will have consequences," said a Foreign Ministry spokesman
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entering the courtroom, presumably in an attempt to prevent the
entry of firearms, tape recorders and cameras.
The packed public gallery was occupied largely by a sizeable con-
tingent of members of the press, but a few of those women who revel
in the agony of a major trial were also present. One woman, who in
earlier times would have been found sitting knitting by the guillotine
in postrevolutionary France, was pax'ticularly obnoxious as she wal-
lowed in the spectacle. She became so annoying that the only empty
space in the court became centered around her as people edged to-
wards each other, preferring discomfort to her babbling.
Collins himself smiled at his mother as he entered the court-
room. He sat, flanked by a plainclothes deputy, stiff and seemingly
emotionless, although he took a great interest in the proceedings.
He occasionally consulted with his lawyers, but in the main it was as
if he were not even on trial.
The slight air of unreality in the courtroom yesterday may be
due to the fact that both sides are relieved. that the tiring process
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the Union Jack and tore it up
to protest the British plan.
Zambian President Kenneth
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ister Edward Heath in London
and warned him that the plan
would have grave consequences.
Heath also received a message
from President Milton Obote of
Uganda who warned that any
arms shipments to South Africa
would be linked directly with
what he called South Africa's
"inhuman treatment" of its
black majority.
Malaysia's Foreign Ministry
declared that sale of arms to
South Africa would violate a
U.N. embargo and would also
"clearly undermine the Com-
monwealth."
Foreign Secretary Sir Alec
Douglas-Home told the House
of Commons on Monday that
Britain ,had not made a final
decision and that it would await
consultation with South Africa
and the Commonwealth govern-
ments.
Douglas-Home added that no
sales would be authorized until
Parliament is informed. It will
be on summer vacation for the
next three months.
The furor over the tentative
arm sale plan has obscured the
point that weapons are not the
main issue.
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fourth soldier charged in the
alleged My Lai massacre to
challenge the Army's court-
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Lawyers for Calley, w h o is
charged with the premeditated
murder of 102 Vietnamese civil-
ians, filed suit in U.S. District
Court here Monday, asking that
the charges be dismissed.
The petition seeks to block
his scheduled 'Aug. 24 military
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