Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 30-S
Wednesday, June 14, 1978
&..ih ERR Sixteen Pages
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents
-, Christians battle in
northern Lebanon as
Israelis leave south
By The Associated Press
Rival Christian forces battled in
northern Lebanon yesterday, over-
shadowing Israel's withdrawal of troops
from southern Lebanon.
The bloody fighting between 800
rightist Phalange Party militiamen and
units of Franjieh's Giants Brigade was
the worst explosion of inter-Christian
strife since the Lebanese civil war of
1975-76, when the two joined forces
against the alliance of Lebanese
Moslem leftists and Palestinian
THE SON OF former President
Suleiman Franjieh and at least 57
others were killed in the clash, bringing
a vow of vengance from his father.
Syrian peacekeeping forces, who
remained in Lebanon after crushing the
national rebellion in November 1976,
were called out by President Elias
Sarkis to drive a wedge between the
The clash apparently was rooted in a
dispute within Christian leadership
over recent Syrian fighting with rightist
militiamen in Beirut.
MEANWHILE, ISRAEL pulled out
from its last foothold in a 500-square
mile section of southern Lebanon oc-
cupied March 15 in a sweep against
Platoons of Israeli and Christian
soldiers saluted as the blue and white
Star of David flag came down in a
ceremony in the main square of the
Moslem village Mis-al-Jebel, about 711
miles southwest of the northernmost
Israeli border town of Metullah. Then
the Israelis climbed aboard three ar-
mored personnel carriers and rumbled
toward their border a mile to the south.
An Israeli army spokesman in
Metullah said the pullout was com-
pleted by mid-afternoon.
FARTHER NORTH, police said
See CHRISTIANS, Page 14
ISRAELI ARMORED PERSONNEL carriers head south to the Israeli border
while a helicopter prepares to take off yesterday in South Lebanon. The Hebrew
writing on the troop carrier translates: "The Steel Virgin."
WASHINGTON (AP) - House-
Senate energy conferees completed
work on the natural-gas pricing section
of President Carter's energy program
yesterday, clearing the way for final
action on the legislation in both houses.
The agreement ends six and one-half
months of stormy negotiations and
leaves energy taxes the only remaining
major issue to be resolved by con
ALTHOUGH the basic compromise
that would lift federal price controls
from natural gas in 1985 was reached on
May 24, nearly 50 side issues had
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officials in
Los Angeles and San Diego cancelled
all summer school programs and San
Francisco's mayor declared a state ol
financial emergency in the latest shock
waves from California's voter
approved property tax cut.
In Los ,Angeles County, where
revenue cuts may eventually cost the
jobs of 10,000 to 20,000 of the county's
70,000 employees, the Proposition 13 ax
has already fallen on 600 employees at
the flood control district, whos
revenues are totally dependent on
LOS ANGELES Mayor Tom Bradley
has proposed that 8,300 city employee:
- including 1,080 policemen - be lai
The City Council was to hear more o
cleared for energy bill
But the negotiators yesterday wrap- The central compromise calling for
ped up all the remaining loose ends, deregulation would raise the federal
with Senate conferees voting 14-3 to ac- price ceiling on gas from the present
cept a document previously approved $1.49 per 11,000 cubic feet to $1.93, then
by House conferees. allow it to increase by an additional 10
"This completes it," declared Sen. per cent a year until January 1985,
f Henry Jackson (D-Wash.), leader of the when the lids would come off.
Senate conferees, to a round of loud ap- It is a middle ground between the
plause and cheers from other conferees Carter plan, passed by the House,
and members of the audience. continued controls but at higher level
THE CONFERENCE committee, and a Senate bill for deregulation in two
named last October to iron out differen- years.
ces between House and Senate versions 'HE COMPROMISE would cost the
of the President's energy program, average family of four that uses gas
began debating natural gas pricing last about $20 a year in higher costs, accor-
Dec. 2. ding to a congressional study.
Most of the side issues agreed to
C a if yesterday were minor and technical,
J4J t3 although one provision makes per-
manent the emergency powers
Congress gave the President in 1977 to
order gas moved around the country to
m o u n t nmeet severe regional shortages.
The agreement finishes work on the
Bradley's budget-trimming plans fourth part of the President's five-part
yesterday. energy program, designed to reduce
The Los Angeles Board of Education U.S. reliance on oil imports through
f voted Monday to cancel its six-week regulatory tools, taxes and tax incen-
program which was expected to enroll tives for conservation.
- 350,000 students and employ more than THE COMPROMISES hammered out
10,000 teaching and support personnel by the conference panel go first to the
in the nation's second-largest school Senate and then to the House for final
district. An additional 10,000 district action.
employees who normally work the en- "Under an understanding I have with
tire year were given a two-month un- Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd,
t paid summer vacation. as soon as we get any of the energy
e bills, zing, they've got a clear track,"
DISTRICT OFFICIALS said the Jackson said.
moves will save more than $48 million However, he said this probably won't
of the $200 million to $300 million the happen until July because of the
district will lose because of the proper- current Senate filibuster on labor law
s ty tax cut. revision, which is tying up floor action.
d The exact effect of Proposition 13 on "I hope to have action completed on
the district's $1.5 billion budget will at least one of the four bills before the
f See EFFECTS, Paget9 July 4 recess," Jackson said. Byrd