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May 22, 1975 - Image 1

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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXV, No. 12-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, May 22, 1975 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Laotian youths seize
U.S. AID installation

VIENTIANE, Laos (P) - Laotian
troops guarded the gates of an
American housing compound yester-
day after about 100 youths took over
the U.S. Agency for International
Development (AID) headquarters in
Vientiane and painted "Americans go
home" in red on the walls of build-
The Americans were free to go in
and out of the housing area, which
is known as Kilometer 6. But the
troops did not let them take any of
their belongings out with them.
MEANWHILE, in the south Laotian
town of Savannakhet, a dozen Ameri-
cans and six other foreigners remain-
ed under house arrest for the sixth
day. But they appeared to be in no
Pathet Lao troops on Tuesday occu-

pied the town, which had been a
stronghold of the now powerless right-
ist faction and its army. The chief
American official in the town, San-
ford Stone, 58, told a newsman from
Vientiane: "We are just fine. We are
confined to our houses, but we have
food. .. . We have never been asked
to leave and we have never been
The seizure of the Vientiane head-
quarters of the U.S. AID was the
second anti-American demonstration
in the Laotian capital since the Com-
munist Pathet Lao began taking con-
trol of the government two weeks ago
and followed similar attacks on the
AID headquarters in Savannakhet and
Luang Prabang, the royal capital.
THE U.S. EMBASSY in a statement
Monday night said it was ready to
See LAOS, Page 5

Pentagon updates
Mayaguez figures

An e vening with
Young and Ko ttke

WASHINGTON IP) - The Pentagon
acknowledged yesterday that 23
Americans killed in a helicopter crash
in Thailand nine days ago were on a
mission related to the capture of the
U. S. cargo ship Mayaguez by Cam-
bodian gunboats.
But an Air Force spokesman said
the role was "only tenuously connect-
ed" with the Mayaguez and therefore
they were not heing counted as com-
hat casualties in the operation.
said 18 of the crash victims were Air
Force security police being dispatch-
ed from another base to Utapao air
base in Southern Thailand to form
part of a commando force to attempt
recapture of the ship.
Questions about the helicopter
crash had been asked of the Penta-

gon two days ago but it wasn't until
yesterday that an official answer
was provided.
liar with the episode said they. were
at a loss to explain the delay in pro-
viding information that clearly was
known at the time the big Air Force
C-153 helicopter went down, reported-
ly from mechanical failure, on May
See MAYAGUEZ, Page 5
DETROIT (UPI)-State Supreme
Court Justice John Swainson has
stepped down from the court pend-
ing the outcome of a federal grand
jury's investigation of bribery alle-
gations against him.

Tuition refund process
faces court settlement
The process of returning massive tuition
overpayments to past and present stu-
dents - which would cost the University
millions of dollars-remained undetermined
and seems likely to be settled in a court-
The two principal lawyers involved in
the tuition refunds disagree on the rules
to be applied in determining who shall be
repaid. Arthur Carpenter, a local attorney
representing more than 9,000 nonresident
students enrolled between May 1972 and
May 1973, advocates more lenient stand-
ards than does Roderick Daane, general
counsel to the University.
"IT'LL BE a battle all the way down the
line, I suspect," says Carpenter.
The need for tuition rebates stems from
court action dating back to the spring of
See 'U,' Page 10Roderick Daane

JESSE COLIN YOUNG (above), and Leo Kottke (below) perform to a full
house at Hill Auditorium last night.

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