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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, August 8, 1978-Page 7

Probe shows '67

DETROIT (UPI)-The FBI found no
evidence the 1967 Detroit riot was plan-
ned well in advance by revolutionaries
despite repeated urgings from
President Lyndon Johnson to uncover
"a central character . . . a central
According to documents released
yesterday by the FBI under the
Freedom of Information Act, the agen-
cy was besieged by requests from
government leaders at all levels to ex-
pose a nationwide conspiracy behind
the riots in Detroit and other cities
during the summer of 1967.
THE DOCUMENTS, chiefly memos
and cables to and from Hoover and the
Detroit FBI office, indicate the FBI
sought only a minor role in the Detroit
investigation, but was drawn into the
probe primarily by feuding politicians
and news reports to overthrow the
The Detroit riot began July 23, 1967,
with an esrly morning police raid on an
after-hours bar in the near west side
ghetto. It lasted eight days with a toll of
43 lives and an estimated $80 million in
property losses.
FBI agents determined that violence
in Detroit and other cities often was
sparked by some incident that acted as
a trigger mechanism, such as an in-
flammatory speech leading to mob ac-
tion and plice confrontations. However,
they were unable to find any solid
evidence of an organized insurrection.
EVEN INTERVIEWS with persons
arrested as snipers revealed no pattern
of organization or planning, the
documents said.
The 1,400 pages of documents,
released to the Detroit Free Press amd
radio station WJR, showed the FBI's
investigation of the riot included
keeping track of various individuals
and groups suspected of involvement,
including, known Communist and
socialist organizations and outspoken
advocates of violence within the black
power movement.

Among the documents is a memo'
written by FBI Director J. Edgar
Hoover in which he tells of LBJ's con-
tinuing belief in a conspiracy theory.
Hoover said he was told by the
President "to keep my men busy, to
find a central character to it, to watch
and see and we will find some central
JOHNSON also asked the FBI to in-
vestigate a rumor he heard that H. Rap
Brown, a black militant leader, had
threatened to shoot Lady Bird Johnson.
Hoover reassured the President the
rumor was false.
The President also asked the FBI to
investigate charges that officials of
federal anti-poverty agencies helped to
instigate the riots, another rumor

riots unplanned
dismissed by Hoover. federal troops in Detroit but changed
his mind, Johnson, through his aides,
Several days after the Detroit riot directed that tapes of the broadcast be
began, the memos show that Hoover obtained to show that Romney was in-
cabled all offices to intensify their decisive.
"coverage" of "groups or individuals
active in the racial field." Less than Hoover declined, however, sayding,
two months later, however, the "it would be on the front page and
documents indicate the bureau had Romney would pop off again."
concluded most of its investigation with Most tornadoes in the United States
scant results. occur in a broad belt called "tornado
The documents also show that John- alley" that stretches from Texas to
son depended on Hoover to keep him in- Michigan.
formed on behind-the-scene develop- A tornado that hit the Birmingham,
ments in Detroit and to gather infor- Ala., area April 4, 1977, killed 22 per-
mation embarrassing to then-Gov. sons and caused $15 million in damage.
George Romney.
From 600 to 1,000 tornadoes hit the
At one point, after Romney went on United States e3ach year, according to
the air to say he had decided to seek National Geographic.

Judge ponders request that
companies reveal Farber tes
ontme series of mysterious destha it 84 a a uae Wus "u n.et u uuy until
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP)-While story on sit turns over the files and $100,000 for
New York Times reporter Myron Far- at a New Jersey hospital in the 1960s. criminal contempt.
her sat in jail yesterday, a judge heard Jascalevich, originally referred to as THE NEW JERSEY Appellate
arguments on whether book and film Dr. X in Farber's accounts, was ac- Division of Superior Court has stayed
companies should be required to turn cused of murdering five patients at the criminal sentences pending an ap-
over information about any contracts Riverdell Hospital in Oradell with the peal, scheduled to be heard Sept. 18.
they have with the journalist. muscle relaxant curare. Arnold last A. M. Rosenthal, executive editor of
Judge William Arnold said he would week acquitted the surgeon on two of The Times, said yesterday that if repor-
rule tomorrow on whether to quash the murder charges. ters are forced by courts to turn over
subpoenas against Doubleday & Co., Farber's reports helped bring about notes and other materials, confidential
Inc., and Warner Communications Inc. the investigation that led to sources would "dry up" and such in-
They have been ordered to turn over in- Jascalevich's indictment. vestigations as the Watergate scandal
formation on any contracts they may FARBER AND THE TIMES have would not be possible in the future
have entered into with Farber, but the refused to honor subpoenas for their The five month-old Jascalevich trial
two firms say their constitutional rights files on the case and were convicted of was recessed yesterday while Arnold
are in jeopardy because of the scope of contempt at a hearing last month heard arguments on the motions to
the subpoena. before Superior Court Judge Theodore quash the subpoenas.
ATTORNEYS FOR Dr. Mario Trautwein.
Jascalevich have charged that Farber Farber was ordered jailed until he 1214s. university
used his position as reporter to help turns over the files and was fined $1,000
bring about the indictment of and sentenced to an additional six mon-
Jascalevich for monetary gain and tha in jail, to be served at the conclusion
sought book and film contracts for his of the first sentence.

Few risk a lick of pickle treat
(Continued from Page 1)
cream. ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Karen O'Con- "I don't think I'll get ai
The green-colored ice cream is made nor and Margy, her seven-year-old it," said one student wh
of real pickle chips and has pickle juice sister, weren't interested in trying out Miller's enthusiast. "E
mixed in with it. the dill pickle ice cream either. some night if I'm drunk.'
Miller's employee Larry Finkel said "Yeeeeeech," was all the little girls, A middle-aged Mille
he tried the ice cream last week and who opted for chocolate-chip mint and summed up his feelings'
decided it was "the most disgusting vanilla cones, could say. one of the store's mor
thing Iever tasted." Even the more seasoned ice cream flavors.
HE SAID HE proceeded to scoop up a tasters said dill pickle ice cream just "I never tried it and I'mn
large portion of the ice cream and wasn't for them. it that way," he said.
walked around the city, offering tastes
to daring pedestrians. But Finkel said
people weren't too intrigued by the The Ann Arbor Film Cooperative
flavor. peet tADATedy u
Then I stopped in at (Miller's com- presents at AUD A Tuesday, Aug
petitor) Baskin-Robbins and said I'm a STRAIGHT SHOOTING (John Ford, 1917
representative of Miller's," Finkel ADMISSION FREE 7 only-
recalled. "I told a worker there we had This first feature of one of America's great artists was considered aI
a new and exciting flavor, but didn't.tell until a print turned up in the Czechoslovakian Film Archives in 1967. A
him what it was. Ford was but a kid of 22 when he shot this easy-going Western, he d
"He tried it and then made the the natural gift for narrative and brilliant eye for composition tha
strangest face I've ever seen," Finkel grace his later masterpieces. Starring HARRY CAREY, one of the "b
said. stars of the early Western sky."
$:00only-AUD A
The Byzantine theologian Euthymius story of a Quaker family on an Indiana farm during the Civil War. He
Zigabenus who lived in the 11th and 12th is disrupted when Perkins, against his family's non-violent principle
centuries, is best known for his treatise, to fight in the war. "A film of much wisdom, warmth and real
the "Panoplia Dogmatica," written topped by a spurt of stirring drama and suspense."-Bosley Crowther
against heresies at the request of Tomorrow: THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR & NIGHT MOVE
Alexius I Comnenus.

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