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Page 2-Wednesday, April 1, 1981-The Michigan Daily
WHIT E HOUSE COMMENDS RESPONSE:
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Haig 's quick action supported
And sources said Reagan's military command system
WASHINGTON (UPI) - Officials said yesterday the placed the secretary of defense ahead of Haig in a crisis.
bullet that wounded President Reagan set off a smooth, pre- Speaker Thomas O'Neill said he was not offended.
arranged White House military command system, and "I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT he had in mind," O'Neill said.
dismissed questions on whether Secretary of State Alexander "I just think they're making a mountain out of a mole hill."
Haig shouldered his way into authority. Acting press secretary Larry Speakes said it was proper
The shooting of the president stunned the nation, but Haig for Haig to assure the nation and America's allies that there
rushed immediately to the White House. He had become in- was no leadership vacuum in the executive mansion during.
timately familiar with the duties and requirements of the of- the critical moments after Reagan was shot and before Vice'
fice when he served as chief of staff in the last months of President George Bush returned from Texas.z
Richard Nixon's administration when the president was With Defense Secretary CasparWeinberger not yet at the , ,
preoccupied with the Watergate scandal and threat of im- White House, Haig took control.
peachment. . . "HAIG WAS THE SENIOR Cabinet officer," saidr
"AS OF NOW, I AM in control here in the White House pen- presidential counselor Edwin Meese.'
ding return of the vice president, and in close touch with In the situation room, Haig was in touch with the vice
him," the former four-star general told the nation. president on his plane, Meese, chief of staff James Baker III,
Haig said if the wounded president had to "turn over the and Senate Republican leader Howard Baker.
helm," the line of succession would be the vice president and White House aides accused Haig last week of trying to ' .
then the secretary of state. take over everything "that wasn't nailed down" in the ad-
Actually, that succession was updated three decades ago. ministration.!
THE 25th AMENDMENT, enacted following Dwight There was no open criticism yesterday.
Eisenhower's heart attack, provides the speaker of the House "The important thing to note on that is that the White
and then the Senate pro tem would succeed a disabled or House did not skip a beat," Speakes said. "The government ag
assassinated president and vice president before the did not skip a beat. The White House performed effectively
secretary of state. It was a complete spirit of cooperation." . . .in control

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said that Hinckley's brother, Scott, is a
casual acquaintance of Bush's son,
Neil, and had planned to attend a dinner
at the younger Bush's home in Denver
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celed following John Hinckley's arrest,
said Bush spokeswoman Shirley Green.
JOHN HINCKLEY was given
tranquilizers and held without bond at a
Marine base in Virginia, awaiting
psychiatric testing to determine if he is
competent to stand trial on charges of
attempting to assassinate the president
and assault upon a federal officer.
The sources said also the letter
reflected that Hinckley, the 25-year-old
son of a wealthy Denver oilman, was
in an "I don't care what happens tome"
frame of mind.
Federal agents also obtained a copy
yesterday of a videotape in which a
man calling himself "John" and
resembling John Hinckley Jr. apparen-
tly shook hands with a then-candidate
Ronald Reagan.
The tape, shot during an April 9, 1980,
campaign appearance, shows a man
resembling Hinckley, 25, who has been
charged with the Monday shooting of
Reagan, shaking hands with the can-
didate at an airport rally, according to
KAMC-TV assistant news director John
McBeath.

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Senate rejects House bills
funding state colleges
LANSING - The Senate rejected yesterday House versions of bills fun-
ding state colleges, public health programs, and prisons during fiscal 1981-82
-setting the stage for committee efforts to compromise on the measures.
The bill funding four-year colleges and universities is intended to help the
schools recover somewhat from the severe budget crunch they now face.
The House version increases funding about 12.5 percent for a total of $718
million, compared with $635 million during the current year.
Also sent to conference was the $137.5 million spending plan for com-
munity and junior colleges. The bill, which varies only a little from the
Senate's version, provides average 10 percent increases for two-year
schools up from the current year budget of $122 million.
Coalminers voting against
UMW proposed contract
WASHINGTON - Early, scattered returns from the Appalachian
coalfields yesterday showed striking miners voting against a proposed
United Mine Wo'kers contract by a heavy margin.
With about one-fifth of the votes counted in UMW District 17, the union's
largest, the vote was 8-1 against the contract, according to Cecil Roberts,
vice president of the Charleston, W.Va.-based district. He did not release the
actual vote totals.
Initial reports from the union's approximately 900 locals indicated the
turnout was heavy.
In Ohio's District 6, where UMW President Sam Church met his most bit-
ter opposition while stumping for the proposal, the vote was 3,567 against
and 1,134 for the contract, with 19 of the district's 41 locals reported, said
John Prout, district vice president.
UMW President Sam Church, returning to the union's international
headquarters here following a five-day tour of the coalfields, remained op-
timistic.
Atlanta body identified
ATLANTA - The mud-caked, nearly nude body of a young black child:
pulled from a river was identified yesterday as that of 13year-old Timothy
Hill, the latest victim in this city's unsolved string of 23 murdered or missing:
children.
SDr.John Feegel, associate Fulton County medical examiner, said
Timothy Hill apparently died of asphyxiation at least a week before he was
found in the Chattahoochee River on Monday. He disappeared March 13.
"It's one more of the same - black male, teen-age, no marks, no
mutilation," Feegel said.
"My working presumption is that he was probably asphyxiated in some
way and put in the river," he told a news conference. "My present feeling is
that he was not alive when he went in the water, but I'd be willing to be un-
shaken in that belief if we had some evidence."
Hill disappeared Marchh13 but his name was never added to the list being
handled by the special police task force investigating the murders because:
authorities believed he was a runaway, a supposition denied repeatedly by
his mother. He was the 21st child known to have died at the hands of killers
who have left virtually no clues for police to work with.
Milliken says consider
tougher gun controls
LANSING - Gov. William Milliken and Michigan Supreme Court Chief
Justice Mary Coleman responded to the wounding of President Reagan
yesterday by saying tougher gun controls should at least be considered.
"Perhaps now is the time to take a serious look at" gun controls, said
Milliken, who has not previously taken a strong specific stand on the control
issue itself.
Milliken has supported stiff penalties for crimes committed with guns and
told lawmakers more stringent measures may be required if that does not
prove effective.
But he has not, according to a spokesman, spoken out for gun controls or
bans per se.
"I hope we will look carefully at gun control in the future," said Milliken
who said Monday the Reagan shooting reminded him of the assassination o
former President John Kennedy.
Solidarity upset with Walesa
GDANSK, Poland-The Solidarity leadership voted yesterday night to ac
cept independent union chief Lech Walesa's decision to call off a general
strike, despite dissatisfaction with the agreement Walesa worked out with
the government.
Soviet-led land, sea and air military exercises were reported continuing in
and around Poland, and Polish-officials mounted urgent missions to the West
for economic aid.
The vote agreeing to call off the strike was 25-4, but there were many ab-
stentions among the national coordinating commission membership of 55.
Walesa's agreement with the government had forestalled a nationwide
strike that was to begin yesterday.

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rI Concert, Rackham Aud., April 5, 8:00 p m.
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apart toda as one teoftmostpowerful, moving, and technically accomplished musicians in either the
Eastern or esternWord."--West Australan
"An absolute genius... the greatest musician in the world."'-Yehudi Menuhin
"Khan's s'rod always astounds ... Khan ihimself is the most sensitive, intuitively masterful musician of
the age."--San Francisco Chronicle
Accompanied by Zaker Hussain on tablas (drums) has ap-
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