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Tuesday, July 20, .1976


Page Seven

Police say revenge may
be bus kidnaping notive

Ride-in Window
These Amish folk pull a minor variation on a familiar scene as they buggy on up to a drive-in
window at a bank in Lancaster, Pa.
Schorr inietunsolved

Authorities were investigating
the possibility yesterday that
three former convicts seeking
revenge were responsible for
last week's kidtaping of 26
school children and their bus
A law enforcement source in
the San Joaquin Valley, where
this small town is located, said
an all-points bulletin was issued
for three men based on an in-
formant's statement that while
in San Quentin Prison he over-
heard three fellow inmates
planning a revenge plot.
THE BULLETIN apparently
came from information received
by Sheriff Jack Litteral in Tuo-
lumne County, north of here.
Litteral said an unidentified 28-
year-old informant "said that
while hehwas in the joint he
knew of three or four guys who
talked incessantly about a kid-
nap operation they intended to
pull when they got out, in which
they would use a group of chil-
dren for hostages."
Litteral, said the informant's
story "had a lot of loopholes in
it, and I'm not sure the names
he gave us were correct, and
I don't think he's too sure
Asked about the informant's
story, Alameda County Sheriff
Tom Houchins said, "It's not
that we can't find people of
those names. It's that parts of
the rest of his story don't pan
out." He did not elaborate.
"WE'VE GOT so many leads,
I can't say which one will lead
to the breaking of this case,"
Houchins told a news conference
in Madera. His office entered the
Madera County case when the

children werc found in Liver-
inure, Calif.
cOne of H1mchins' investiga-
tors, L. Edward \'olpe, said,
"We have r:o viabl i frmation
to cooke ms believc w should
be lo-tking for covicts from
San Qtteotin.,"
lawever, he also said that
"So far the source has been
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an identifiZctiiin card, bo s
and prints tiken from the bus
driver by the kidnaners were
found at the side of State High-
way 9 near Saratoga, abisut 150
miles norihvest of Chowchilla.
They said a piece of canvas
from one of two rans used in
the abduction was find at the
same site by two children. All
the articles were being checked
for fingerprints.
The 26 schoolt children and
their bus driver were abducted
Thursday afternoon near Chow-
chilla and driven to a gravel
quarry near Livermore, 95 miles
to the north, where they were
forced into an underground
bunker constructed out of a
buried truck bed. They escaod
by digging their way out Friday
Sheriff Litteral said that the
informant, paroled Dec. 9, 1975,
had been arrested in April on
morals charges and assault with
a deadly weapon.
"DURING his stay, he heard
three inmates talk extensively
about a revenge plot very sim-
ilar to the Chowchilla case,"
the alert said.
Ben Franklin said, "He that
can have patience can have
what he will."

investigator testified yesterday
that any one of five congress-
men, three or four staff aides
or a number of federal officers
could have leaked a secret in-
telligence committee report to
CBS newsman Daniel Schorr.
Chief investigator David Bow-
ers told the House Ethics Com-
mittee that distribution of photo-
copies of the report was so dis-
organized that committee inves-
tigators could not pin down who
leaked it.
"LACK OF any systematic
control on the report as it was
turned loose to the staff," Bow-
ers testified, "made any ac-
countability impossible - then
or now."
Asked whether he believes the
report was leaked by someone

connected with the House com-
mittee or someone in the ad-
ministration, Bowers refused to
answer in public session.
The chief investigator was
leadoff witness at the commit-
tee's public hearings on its $150,-
000 House-ordered investigation
into the leak of the disbanded
House Intelligence Committee's
final report.
SCHORR has acknowledged he
was responsible for publication
in The Village Voice, a New
York weekly, last February of
the report which contains in-
formation still classified secret
on covert U.S. intelligence oper-
Chairman John Flynt (D-Ga.)
said the public hearings on the
leak will have several purposes
in c 1 u d i n g determination of

whether the committee should
recommend disciplinary action
against any Congress member
or House employe.
"We now have reason to be-
lieve," Flynt said, "that there
were serious violations and
breaches of security during the
course of the select committee's
BOWERS told Flynt's com-
mittee that interviews with In-
telligence Committee members,
the committee's staff, the mem-
bers' staffs and federal agency
employes produced no admis-
sions of guilt.
Secretary of State Henry Kis-
singer was among those inter-
viewed, Bowers said, as was
CIA Director George Bush and
former CIA Director William

Breast X rays called dangerous

of doctors urged yesterday that
routine X-ray screening of wo-
men for breast cancer be
stopped, saying such tests may
pose a hazard - but others re-
sponded that the tests do have
a hidden value.
The directors of breast cancer
detection centers across the
country said the programs give
young women peace of mind
when their X rays are negative.
RESPONDING to a recom-
mendation that routine X-ray
screening of women under the
age of 50 be halted, the directors
urged the government to put off
a decision until hard evidence
is developed that the screening
may actually be causing some
The 27 centers, ftnded by the
National Cancer Institute and
the American Cancer Society,
have screened about 270,000
women since 1973.
Earlier, Dr. Lester -Breslow,
dean of the School of Public,
Health at the University of Cali-
fornia at Los Angeles, had pre-
sented the recommendation
aginst X rays for yo'nger wo-
men at a meeting called by the
National Cancer Institute.
BRESLOW and four other
scientists said a New York
st;dy suggests the X-ray screen-
tng. or mammography, is bene-
fil!al for women over the age
of 50, if radiation exposure is
held to the lowest effective level.
But there is no measureable

benefit, he adled, for younger
women without symptoms of
breast cancer and "certainly
some hazard" that X-ray screen-
ing may actually cause some
breast cancers.
Breslow said the potential
risks outweigh the benefits for
women under 50.
"THE ENTIRE benefit, ac-
cording to presently available
data, occurs among women 50
years of age and over; it is
among these women that ap-
proximately three-fourths of all
breast cancer cases and four-
fifths of breast cancer deaths
occur," he reported.
Breslow's group based its rec-
ommendation on the seven-
year study of the Health In-
strance Plan of Greater New
York which screened 20,000
women. Mortality rates were
about the same for women under
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50 who did and did not partici-
pate in X-ray screening, but
women over age 50 had fewer
fatal breast cancers if they par-
ticipated in mamography, he
Although there is no hard evi-
dence demonstrating that X rays
cause breast cancer, Breslow
told the meeting, scientists have
a strong feeling based on studies
of women exposed to radiation
in the Japanese atomic bomb
blasts, that there is no absolute-
ly safe dose of radiation.
The screening also' detects tu-
mors at an early stage which
can be treated without radical
mastectomy, which involves re-
moval of the breast and chest

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