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Largest cities
spend most to
e te

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's
six largest cities, taken together, spend
more than twice the national average to
provide services to each resident, the
Census Bureau reported yesterday.
Those big cities also collect twice as
much in taxes from each resident on the
average, according to a new bureau
report on city finances in 1979.
THE REPORTS NOTE' that the six
largest cities - New York, Chicago,
Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston
and Detroit - provide services often
rendered by county governments in
other areas, thus increasing the amoun-
ts they must collect and spend.
For example, they spent 77 percent of
all city welfare money, 32 percent of
education funds, and 41 percent of
health care costs.
On average, the report says, those six
cities spent $974.92 to provide services
to each resident in 1979 compared with
an average of $473.43 for all cities.
ON THE TAX front, the big six cities
collected $652.80 per capita compared
with an average of $308.39 across the

The major cities varied widely on
both fronts, however. They were led by
New York City, which spent $1,639.30
per capita and collected $841.24 in
taxes, and trailed by Los Angeles,
Chicago and Houston, which ranked
below the national average on both
But in general, the report indicates
that the smaller the city, the lower the,
level of taxation and spending.
CITIES OF BETWEEN 500,000 and a
million people spent $720.90 per capita
and had per" capita tax income of
$413.52. Those of 300,000 to 500,000
people spent $578.07 and raised $361.09
per resident.
In the next group, cities of 200,000 to
300,000, the figures are $579.34 spent
and $344.94 taken in taxes. For those of
100,000 to 200,000 residents, spending
was $493.13 and taxes were $305.46per
Cities of 50,000 to 100,000 people spent
$409.28 per resident and had taxes of
$278.91 and cities of less than 50,000
spent $282.64 and had per capita taxes
of $193.89.

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to buck bu
AFL-CIO, stung by setbacks at the polls
and facing a White House assault on its
favorite federal programs, is getting
ready to revamp its political operations
as organized labor marks its 10th an-
Among the issues facing the labor
federation's 34-member policy-making
council at meetings beginning
tomorrow in this resort city is the
possibility of an end to the AFL-CIO's
historic neutrality during the presiden-
tial primary season.
Leaders of the 13.5 million member
AFL-CIO have seen their influence
wane in the nation's capital, where
President Reagan is poised this week to
outline for Congress a host of budget
cuts aimed at reining in federal spen-
ding on such programs as public ser-
vice jobs and unemployment benefits.
THE AFL-CIO IS one of the few
national organizations that has in-

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dget cuts
dicated a willingness to buck the
budget-cutting tide sweeping the
nation's capital. During the presiden-
tial campaign, its literature often por-
trayed Reagan as a man who would be
harmful to the interests of organized
Federation President Lane Kirkland
has held out an olive branch of sorts,
inviting administration officials to
speak to the Executive Council.
First glimpse of federation reaction
to administrative budget cuts could
come tonight at the meeting of the
council's economic policy committee,
headed by Ironworkers President John
Edwin Meese, the presidential coun-
sel, is likely to represent Reagan at the
meeting. Labor Secretary Raymond
Donovan, fresh from axing or delaying
many of labor's pet programs for
worker safety and wages, is scheduled
to appear Thursday.
Fire forces
Stage Door
A small fire broke out in a restroom
of the Stage Door restaurant early last
night, forcing patrons to evacuate the
restaurant, Stage Door manager John
Maxwell said.
The fire was confined to a buring
plastic wastebasket and did not spread
from the men's restroom in the
restaurant's basement. Ann Arbor Fire
Battalion Chief Henry Mallory said.
although there were no injuries, the
fire caused extensive smoke damage,
charring the wallpaper and floor.
The cause of the fire has not yet been
determined, he said.
The restaurant could not be reopened
after the evacuation because of toxic
fumes emitted by the burning plastic,
Maxwell said. Although smoke did not
reach the Bell Tower Hotel, located
above the Stage Door restaurant, two
guests in the hotel at the time of the fire
were evacuated as a precautionary
Mallory said the only danger presen-
ted by the fire was in the toxic fumes.
"A small amount of plastic will put out
a lot of smoke and this was the biggest
problem in the basement area,''
Mallory said, adding that further in-
vestigation into the fire will begin

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Official suspects planned
arson in Las Vegas fire
LAS VEGAS, Nev.-Arson investigators are taking a close look at
statements by two friends of the busboy held in connection with last
Tuesday's Las Vegas Hilton fire, which killed eight people, and caused $10
million damage to the nation's largest hotel.
"I'm going to bring irrefutable evidence that the fire was the result of
premeditated arson," said Capt. Mike Patterson of the Clark County Fire
Department, chief arson investigator on the case.
Patterson declined to disclose the new evidence, but said he did not believe
busboy Philip Bruce Cline's story that he accidentally touched off the eight
floor blaze with a marijuana cigarette during a homosexual encounter with a
man named "Joe."
Investigators are trying to pin down how three fires erupted in the hotel af-
ter the first and largest blaze started on the eighth floor.
Skeleton found in Atlanta
not human, officials say
ATLANTA-Voluntees searching for clues in the slayings and disap-
pearances of 18 Atlanta black children found some bones yesterday, but of-
ficials said they were believed to be those of an animal.
Friday, the body of one black child and the skeletal remains of another
were found on opposite sides of the city.
The discoveries spurred a search by about 200 volunteers yesterday in the
southwest section of the city where six other bodies or skeletons of black
children have turned up.
Of the 18 children who have disappeared, 16 have been found slain and the
skeleton found Friday was believed to be that of the 17th child, leaving one
still missing.
Aftershocks follow quake
SEATTLE-Hundreds of tiny aftershocks quivered beneath the earth
yesterday after the Pacific Northwest's largest earthquake in 16 years rat-
tIed dishes and shook pictures on walls from northern California to British
No injuries and no major damage were reported from Friday night's
quake, which also caused buildings to sway in Seattle and Portland, Ore.,
and reportedly was blamed for a Boeing Co. computer failure.
Deputy Sheriffs in nearby Lewis County said the quake, which measured
5.5 on the Richter scale, caused some structural damage, and many phones
were out of order in the county.
"The aftershocks are still occurring," A.B. Adams, spokesman for the
University of Washington Geophysics Center, said yesterday. "We still
haven't counted them all."
However, virtually all were so small-2 or less on the Richter scale-that
they could be detected only by sensitive instruments and not people.
UN says erroneous report
caused by unverified details
UNITED NATIONS-The United Nations has pieced together an account of
how the U.N. peacekeeping forces in Lebanon jerroneously reported that
Israeli troops blew up the bodies of five Palestinian guerrillas on Christmas
According to the U.N. inquiry report, "distance, angle of observation,
smoke resulting from the explosions when the Israeli soldiers blew up the
ammunition and equipment of the Palestinian armed elements, and the
prevailing tension all contributed to the Dutch soldiers of UNIFIL reporting
what they thought they had seen, rather than what actually occurred."
The U.N. says that what Dutch soldiers really saw was Israeli soldiers
emptying the guerrillas' canteens and an Israeli report suggested that the
blasts the peacekeepers saw were the Israelis detonating explosives found
with the Palestinians. When explosives were detonated, bodies were ob-
scured by the blasts.
U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim said the incorrect report that
Israeli soldiers ignited and blew up the five bodies was made because
alleged details were not verified by U.N. peacekeeping force headquarters
in Lebanon.
Solidarity leader asks for calm
WARSAW, Poland-Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa made his appeal
for labor calm yesterday after meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Miec-
zyslaw Rakowski, head of the new government's commission on labor.
However, Walesa said while the independent unions did not want more
strikes, labor peace depended "on the government."
The head of the 10-million member Solidarity labor coalitionalso indicated
he was relenting on demands that farmers be included in a new national

labor code now being drafted.
Walsea warned that the new Polish government was "our last salvation"
and must be given a chance to put the nation's strike-crippled economy back
into shape.
U~i~ tA thian 1BatI
Vol. XCI, No. 117
Sunday, February 15, 1981
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