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Iran delayed the release of the 52
American hostages yesterday, ac-
cusing U.S. banks of "underhanded
maneuvers" to change the accord
signed hours earlier to exchange the
hostages for $9 billion in Iranian assets.
U.S. officials said the delay, which
they blamed on Iran's failure to com-
plete its end of the paperwork, meant
the hostages could not be freed before
today, when President Carter hands
over the White House to Ronald
Reagan.
TWO ALGERIAN planes stood by in
Tehran to fly the hostages to freedom
on the 443rd day of their captivity. At
one point, Iranian officials said the
hostages had been taken to the airport,
ready to depart as soon as Algeria
signaled that the transfer of $9 billion in
frozen assets had begun.
In Tehran, Algiers and Washington,
negotiators worked feverishly
throughout the night to resolve the last
heart-stopping snag as the clock ticked
away the final hours of Carter's
presidency.
Officials conceded the hostages
would not be released in time for Carter
to fly to West Germany to greet them
before he leaves office as he had hoped.
They said he accepted an invitation
from Reagan to make the trip as a
private citizen after he leaves office.
WHITE HOUSE spokesman Jody
Powell also warned Iran that if the
agreement is not implemented by the
time Carter leaves office, Reagan was

under no obligation to abide by its ter-
ms.
Reagan planned yesterday to retain
temporarily some of the Carter ad-:
ministration negotiators.
James Brady, Reagan's press
secretary, said he discussed with the
White House the possibility of Carter
going to Wiesbaden, Germany, after
Reagan's inauguration to greet the
returning hostages as the president's
special envoy.
FIRST WORD of the last minute snag
came from Algerian mediators in
Tehran, who said technical problems
had arisen with the creation of an
escrow account to handle what was:
believed to be the biggest financial*
transaction in history.
One official described it as a
"banking problem" caused by the
awesome complexity of the exchange
and said, "we are still working on these
snags and we have to have them
resolved."
However, Iran's chief negotiator
Bezhad Nabavi said the differences
were more substantial and he accused
U.S. banks of "subterfuge" that
jeopardized the hostage accord hours
after it was sealed in separate signings
in Tehran and Algiers.
NABAVI OBJECTED to an 11-page
appendix to the main accord that he
said Iran had never accepted. He said
the appendix sought to make Iran drop
all claims to part of its assets being
withheld pending the arbitration of
See HOSTAGE, Page 5

By ALISON HIRSCHEL
Families of the three University graduates
held captive in Iran were weary and guardedly
optimistic about the hostages' return last night.
John Graves, 53, Steven Lauterbach, 29, and
Victor Tomseth, 39, who are among the 52
hostages held by Iranian terrorists, all received
master of arts degrees from the University.
Richard Queen, 29, who received his degree in
history in. 1978, was released last summer due to
serious illness.
GRAVES' WIFE, Bonnie, reached at their
home in Reston, Virginia, last night, said the fir-
st thing she would like to do when her husband
comes home is have a reunion with their six
children and four grandchildren.
Unlike some of the hostages' families who
have announced they will not take down their
Christmas decorations until the hostages are
home, Graves said she has only saved a few
presents for her husband. "If you do that," she
said, "and something goes wrong, you have to be
prepared to take down the tree by yourself.
"Each of us copes in our own way," she added.
One of the ways Graves said she has tried to
make things easier is by limiting the number of
reporters she speaks to. She agreed to talk to the

Daily "because the Michigan tie is strong" for
her and her husband she said.
"MY GREATEST pleasure was speaking with
the Algerians at the embassy in Washington af-
ter they spoke to John," she said. The Algerians
who had been allowed in the embassy at Christ-
mas invited all the Washington-area hostage
families to tea when they returned from Iran,
she explained.
Lauterbach, who received a library science
degree in' 1973 is still-remembered by a number
of professors. Russell Bidlack, Dean of' the
Library Science School recalls he was "a
superior student somewhat on the quiet side."
Thomas Slavens, a professor of Library Scien-
ce, commented that Lauterbach "was, is-I
don't know why I qsed the past tense-a brilliant
person, industrious, and highly articulate."
GAIL CAVENDAR, Lauterbach's sister,
reached at their parents' home in Dayton, Ohio
last night, said her parents will leave for
Washington when the hostages arrive there.
Cavendar said her brother had never sent a let-
ter to them in which he sounded depressed and
he "looked pretty normal" when they saw him on
the Christmas film.
Tomseth left the University in 1966 with a
See 'U', Page 5

Liberals stage anti-Right forum

'As national politicos gather in Washington today
to celebrate the Inauguration of a man considered
to be the most conservative president in two
decades, local liberal and leftist groups will hold a
campus teach-in to combat the "new political
right."
The coalition, People United for a Human
Future, which includes a number of local groups
that have never before worked together, is attem-
pting to defend civil liberties and social programs
they fear may be in danger once Ronald Reagan
takes office.
THE FORMATION of the coalition represents a
new spirit of cooperation among many left-wing
and liberal campus groups that are opposed to the
"New Right," Marc Breakstone, one of the
group's founders, said.
"We have, working together, some very radical
people. . . . with some very moderate people,"
Breakstone said. Coalition members range from
the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan to

the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade.
"I am hoping that it (the coalition) represents
the beginning of a new trend of student activism
on campus and community activism in general,"
Breakstone said.
MANY OF THE coalition's members said the
election of Reagan and a number of conservatives
to Congress and the emergence and increasing in-
fluence of the "new right" signal a new era of con-
servatism in America. They said they fear the
Republican administration will dramatically in-
crease military appropriations while severely cut-
ting or eliminating social programs.
"The situation is such that if a liberal voice is to
be heard, it will have to be united," coalition
member John Binder said. "Otherwise, it will be
drowned-especially in the next four years."
"There's a real need for people with progressive
politics to come together," Ken Jordan, another
coalition member, said. "There's a possibility that
some of the freedoms that we consider very im-
portant may be in jeopardy" under the Reagan

administration.
BREAKSTONE SAID the November election, in
which Republicans took control of both the White
House and the Senate, prompted many campus
liberals to pull together. "It (the election) made a
lot of people realize that the political climate in
this country is seriously moving to the right,"
Breakstone said. "I felt there were a lot of people
frustrated with the current political situation who
might be looking for an organization to organize
change.
"I felt there was a critical need to bring together
a broad-based coalition of students and student
organizations on campus," he said.
Many students who have become involved with
the group have not been previously active in
politics. Coalition members say this is an in-
dication that the group will continue to grow.
"DURING THE LAST several months, and cer-
tainly since the election of Ronald Reagan, a lot of
people who weren't previously political are
See LOCAL, Page 10

AP Photo

A SOLDIER AT the Rhein-Main Air Base (top) in Frankfurt, West Ger-
many, readies a banner greeting the American hostages in Iran. The
hostages are expected to stop at the base on their way to Wiesbaden. A Lon-
don businessman stands in front of the bank of England, which will receive
the billions of dollars of Iranian assets.

TODAY
Pre-inaugural whirl
BEFORE ALL OF the hullabaloo of inauguration
day started, Amy Carter decided to have a final
party of her own in the White House. If the adults
can have their party, why couldn't she? While
President and Mrs. Carter spent part of their last weekend
at Camp David, Amy, 13, invited friends, including press
secretary Jody Powell's daughter, to the White House for
an overnight party. During the evening, Amy and her frien-

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youths, but their boats also stalled in the icebound river.
Finally, the police lowered a helicopter skid to the ice and
the youths climbed up and into custody. "I don't know how
they got out there," one officer said, "unless they thought
they were going to run to New Jersey." O
If at first you don't succeed...
The bank robber's first attempt failed. A bandit entered
the Caisse Populaire St. Sacrement, -a credit union in Van-
couver, British Columbia, and handed the teller a note writ-
ten in English demanding all the money. The teller, who is
Chinese, didn't understand the note and asked the man in

same description handed a similar note to an English
speaking teller at another bank. This time the teller handed
over $1,200 and the robber fled. Q
It's a cat's life
Once upon a time, house cats had to bed down with rac-
coons in order to survive during harsh winter storms, ac-
cording to an old myth popular in Maine. Even though it is
genetically impossible for raccoons and cats to breed, some
people claim that "coon cats" exist, "Coon cats" are sup-
posed to have the intelligence of a raccoon, the physique of
a cat, and the stamina of both. Janet Falconer of Ken-

in this south-central. Washington town. City Attorney
-Dwight Halstead said the council enacted the curfew in an
effort to keep massage parlors out of Prosser. "I'd rather it
be before the fact," he said. Exempted from the curfew are
doctors, chiropractors, other therapists, and individuals
"giving massage in their homes to members of the im-
mediate family," Halstead added. Halstead said it would be
legally difficult to pass such a curfew once a massage
parlor had already opened in Prosser. After all, they
wouldn't want to rub anyone the wrong way.

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