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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVII, No. 36-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, July 1, 1977 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
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Carter halts B-i productio
By The Associated Press and United Press International
WASHINGTON - President Carter yesterday killed further
production of the controversial B-1 bomber in a surprise decision
he said was not governed by his campaign statements against
the multibillion dollar program.
Carter said an "effective and flexible strategic force" could
be maintained without the B-1, which would have been the most
expensive combat' airplane ever.
Carter said his decision to kill the B-1 was based on his faith
in the cruise missile, his belief that the B-52 bomber would
continue to play a role and concern about the expense of the B-1.
CARTER SAID TESTING with models of the bomber already
flying would continue, however, in case of unanticipated prob-
lems with development of cruise missiles or other U.S. strategic
weapons planned for the 1980's.
Carter's decision limits to four the nation's fleet of the swept-
' wing, four-jet supersonic B-1's, which would- have replaced the
20-year-old B-52's. Three experimental B-1's have been built and
a fourth now in production will be completed by the manufac-
turer, Rockwell International.
The project has cost the government $3.9 billion in money
spent or legally committed to be spent.
THE AIR FORCE estimates each of the 244 B-1's it wanted
v 'to build would cost $101.7 million and the cost of the total project
y--7would reach nearly $25 billion.
The President's decision set the stage for a fight in Con-
gress over the B-1's future. The House voted 243 to 178 earlier
thi-s week to spend $1.5 billion to build five B-i's. The issue now
goes to the Senate where the Democratic leadership supports
(Carter on the B-1.
Carter said he thought the House and Senate now would
go along with his verdict.
See li-I, Page 2
VAjury recesses;
asks for transcript
DEFTROI T (UPI) -Tse jury in thse trial oif two Filipino nurses
accut ed of poisonin hospitat patients halted deliberations yester-
day after asking for transcripts of testimony from a key prosecu-
Duilv Photo hv CHRISTINA SCHNEIDER tinwnes
tion witness.
Happy birthday Sources close to the case said the nine women and three
men wanted to review statemtents by nursing ussistant L~ula Balls.
Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the Blue Front erstwhile resident of the corner Senwastadgov ew tnsbinuhe nthree-montul. Balis
of State and Packard, and also the 50th year at the Front for Ray Collins. Collins, now 78, Court trial of Filipina Narciss, 31, and teonaro Perez, 33.
started at the Front when he was 28. Friends of Collins gave him a small party to com- THE WOMAN testified regarding one poisoning count against
memorate the event.TH WOA tetfereadnonposigcutaant
Narciso. The defendant left patient Mark Hogan alone and asked
-_Balls to watch him. Moments
later Hogan suffered a myster-
A 3 , 3I , ious 'breuatigfailure.

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Secretary Adams says all cars
must have air bags by 1984

WASHINGTON /"'- Transportation Sec-
retary Brock Adams ruled yesterday that
automakers must start equipping new cars
with air bags or other passive safety de-
vices in the 1982 model year.
By 1984, all new cars sold in the United
States would be required to have the de-
vices, Adams said,. .
THE SECRETARY also called on five
automakers who previously had agreed to
start equipping some 1980 model cars with
air bags or similar devices to honor that
pact - a request one auto industry official
said was "an offer we can't refuse."
The order requiring passive restraints,
which Adams said could save 9,000 lives a
year, will go into effect automatically af-
ter 60 days unless Congress overrules it.
Adams tolds a news conference he was
confident Capitol Hill would go along. But

withit an hour of the announcement, Rep.
Bud Shuster (R-Pa.), an outspoken oppon-
ent or air bags, introduced a resolution to
overturn the decision.
ADAMS' ANNOUNCEMENT brought an
outcry from some U. S. automakers and
their Lobbyists readied a campaign to re-
verse it in Congress. Insurance officials, a
motorsts' organization and the head of
the United Auto Workers (UAW) Union, all
hail's the decision.
Th order would force the automakers to
equip cars with air bags or passive seat
belts that would not require human assist-
ance to protect the front-seat occupants of
an auto involved in a crash.
Air bags, balloon-like devices which ex-
pand when the car is in a crash, would be
See ADAMS, Page 9

The significance sof the jury's
action was not clhar. Judge
Philip Pratt said he would ans-
wer the transcript request to-
-day.
The sequestered jury started
deliberations Wednesday and
continued yesterday until early
evening, when jurors went to
their dokwntown hotel for the
night.
"IT'S REALIY fairly rou-
tine as deliberations move
along," one source said of the
testimony request. "I think
you'll see more of it in the
next day or so."
The jurors, who were dressed
casually but appeared tired as
they filed into the courtroom
prior to leaving for the day,
must consider 6,000 pages of
testimony from 100 witnesses
and 58 exhibits in thetrial.
The defendants sequestered
themselves in an undisclosed
location away from the down-
town federal building to await
the verdict.

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