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The Michigan Daily

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Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, June 29, 1977

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Twelve Pages

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House OK's B-1 funds

WASHINGTON (I)-The House in order to limit its ability to prove production of the new IF CARTER decides to go
voted yesterday to put the con- fund covert operations such as strategic bomber he can try to ahead with the plane he needs
troversial B-1 nuclear bomber the Laos and Angola wars with- get the Senate to take out the Congress' a p p r o v a I of the
into production but President out Congress' approval. money. money. If he decides to scrap it
Carter gave no hint whether his he could veto Congress' ap-
decision Thursday will be to-go THE HOUSE rejected 243 to White House aides say Carter proval of the money, assuming
along with that. 178 an effort to cut $1.4 billion could decide to take out the $1.4 the Senate joins the House in
for five B-1 bombers out of a billion and produce none of the approving it.
The House also voted to cut $110.6 billion defense appropria- bombers, or produce the full 240 Three B-1 production planes
$15 million off the Central In- tion bill. the Air Force wants at an esti- already have been contracted
telligence Agency's (CIA) $35 mated $24.8 billion or manufac- under a compromise Congress
million contingency reserve fund' I Carter decides not to ap- ture any number inbetween. approved last year to keep the
---- --- plane alive until Carter could
, , s--.'.s' ,yy- st"f yv make a final decision. The gov-
ernment would have to pay a
penalty to scrap those three.
House Appropriations Commit-
tee Chairman George Mahon (D-
Tex.) predicted that the Presi-
dent will decide to put at least
some planes into production to
?N keep pressure on the Soviets to

negotiate a general U.S.-Soviet
reduction of nuclear weapons.
THE HOUSE approved by
voice vote with little debate an
amendment by Rep. Bill Burli-
son (D-Mo.) to reduce the CIA's
contingency reserves.
Burlison accused the CIA ot
deliberately waiting until it was
too late for Congress toact be-
fore spending $16 million on one
still-secret operation and $3 mil-
lion on another.
Burlison said before the vote
that "$20 million puts some lim-
itation on how much trouble
they can get us into."
THE HOUSE hopes to com-
plete action today on the $110.6
billion appropriation for the fis-
cal year starting Oct. 1.

r K.. E ~ Court rules against
Nixon in tapes case
WASHINGTON (") - The Supreme Court yesterday rebuffea
,.E4.,.,. 47 44747 n , | . .95F Richard Nixon's attempt to gain control of the 880 tape recordings
and 42 million pages of documents left behind when he was
Sforced from the presidency.
The justices, voting seven to two, ruled that Congress acted
.:. 4 constitutionally in 1974 when it passed a law allowing the govern-
ment to decide which materials may be controlled by Nixon and
which may be made public.
ii4 'i THE DECISION is the first step toward allowing the public
access to most of the materials, a process that could take years
and is sure to spark more lawsuits by the former president who
resigned Aug. 9, 1974, in the wake of the Watergate scandals. .
Included in the 5,000 hours of tape recordings are the 30 reels
of tape played during the Wat-
ergate cover-up trial of Nixon's
closest aides.
Still pending before the na-
tion's highest court, in a case
to be argued next fall or win-
ter, is a lawsuit aimed at mak-
ing copies of those 30 tapes
available for reproduction into
cassettes and records.
THERE WAS no immediate
comment from Nixon. An aide
at Nixon's home in San Cle-
mente, Calif., and a lawyer
' here said they would not com-
ment before reading the court's
full decision.
The court rejected five spe-
Daily Photo by CHR ISTINA SCHNEIDER cific claims by Nixon's attar-
THESE SMILING CHEERLEADERS from Flint Northern gladly perform their new formation. neys that the 1974 law, called
They are just a part of the 150 girls participating in a three and a half day cheering clinic held the Presidential Materials and Nixon
on campus. See story page 10. See HIGH, Page 6

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VAdefense raps gov't case
By KEITH B. RICHBURG of poisoning and the only murder charge, while Perez "DID THEY IN any way show that these women ha
stands accused of three poisoning counts. Pavulon in their lockers or in their homes?" O'Brie
Special To The Daily asked. "What if they found a syringe with a fingerprin
DETROIT-The Veterans Administration (VA) Hos- THE WOMEN FACE a maximum of life imprison- of one of these women, wouldn't that be a differen
tal murder case will go to. the jury today after three ment if convicted of any of the charges. case?"
onths of testimony from 100 witnesses and close to In their final appeals to the jury,,defense attorneys The government is basing its case on the precept th
000 pages of trial transcript, for the two yesterday blasted the government's case of the Pavlon had to have been administered to eat
The 1 jrors will irshave to r andoly celr , 12 circumstantial evidence as purely circumstance andI patient five minutes before the patient stopped breat
nom. among themselves to do the actual deliberation, speculation. ig hyte ucee npaigete acs
id four to act as alternates. The 12 will then decide ing. They then succeeded in placing either Narciso o
hether the government has proved beyond a reason- Defense lawyer Thomas O'Brien told the jury to take Perez (or in the case of one patient, William Leac
le doubt that VA nurses Filipina Narciso and Leonora extra precautions in their deliberations because the both women) with each patient who suffered a breath
erez poisoned their patients during the summer of 1975 prosecution's case was, by their own admission, based ing problem at the critical time when the drug is be
injecting the muscle-relaxing drug Pavulon into their on circumstance. "The chance of a miscarriage of jus- heved to have been administered.
travaneous feeding tubes. Narciso faces four counts tice is greater in a circumstantial case," he said. . See VA, Page 10

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