Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Khomeini defends Bani-Sadr 6
move in Persian Gulf war
Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Knomeini yesterday strongly defended
President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr's conduct of the Persian Gulf war in the
face of new criticism by hard-line Islamic factions that an Iranian offensive
to drive out the Iraqi invaders had bogged down.
An Associated Press correspondent, however, reported from the Iraqi side
of the war front that although the Iranian offensive sparked the heaviest
fighting of the war, the Iranians lost ground on at least one front.
Khomeini, in a speech broadcast by Tehran Radio, admonished Iranians
to stop criticizing Bani-Sadr, in what was seen as a strong show of support
for the country's president. "You must remember that ordinary people do
not understand the affairs of war," Khomeini said. "You must not say things
which upset the leaders of the army, the president, or the government."
Journalist shot in El Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador-A French photographer for Newsweek
magazine was shot in the chest yesterday in the Salvadoran provincial
capital of San Francisco Gotera, site of heavy fighting this week between lef-
tist guerrillas and government troops, witnesses said.
The photographer, Olivier Rebbot, was shot in the lung and reporters with
him said by telephone that he was in serious condition but was expected to X,
live. He was reportedly wearing a bulletproof vest, but was wounded
because he was shot in the side.
Details of the incident were not immediately available.
Reboot was in the San Miguel Social Security Hospital and the journalists
accompanying him were trying to get a plane into the area to take him back
to the capital.
Family holds deputy hostage
over alleged bank error
CALGARY, Alberta-A couple and their three sons, claiming their house
was being repossessed just because their bank made a clerical error, held a
sheriff's deputy hostage for a third day yesterday at the $180,000 home. The
man, identified by police as Thaddeus Drabick, in his mid-40s, said he would
rather die than give up.
The Drabicks released one deputy late Wednesday, after a local television
station broadcast a filmed statement in which Drabick denounced Toronto
He said in the televised statement that his family was being evicted
because the bank made a clerical mistake and was not accepting his mor-
tgage checks. Bank officials had no immediate comment on the mortgage
dispute, which police said apparently began a few years ago.
A neighbor said Drabick had displayed a sign in his window for the past
month reading, "Bankers are robbers and their lawyers are pimps."
Senate~ angels OK Haig, Bell
WASHINGTON- lexander Haig as secretary of state and Terrel Bell as
education secretary won approval in Senate committees yesterday, but new
charges delayed a vote on Raymond Donovan to head the Labor Depar-
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 15-2 to recommend Senate
confirmation of Haig, despite questions raised by some senators about his
role in the Watergate scandal. Haig is expected to be confirmed by the full
Senate on Wednesday, the day after President-elect Ronald Reagan is
Bell received unanimous approval from the Senate Labor and Human
Resources Committee on his nomination. Haig's approval, however, was op-
posed by two committee members, Sens. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Paul
Donovan's vote was postponed pending FBI Director William Webster's
investigation"of'unspecified,"new developments" in Donovan's case.
Strikes in Poland spread
WARSAW, Poland-Strikes spread to more towns along the Soviet border
yesterday, halting work in 600 factories for an hour, as transit workers in
Warsaw also threatened a shutdown.
New U.S. Ambassador Francis Meehan, on a nationwide tour, met in
Gdansk with leaders of the independent Solidarity labor union, the church,
and the Communist Party.
Meanwhile, labor leader Lech Walesa, a moderate who has been able to
unify the 10-million member union, has been in Italy since Tuesday, and
yesterday met Pope John Paul II, who praised the union.
Weather cuts off water, gas
The governor of Massachusetts yesterday ordered schools closed to con-
serve precious fuel, while Florida orange juice producers jacked up their
prices to record levels almost before the ice on the citrus trees had melted.
Across the frigid East, a cold wave that came in at Christmas had eased up
a bit, but light snow sprinkled the icy sludge already on the ground in a wide
area, waterways remained blocked, and some cities were running out of fuel
to keep their people warm.
With most residents of Massachusetts ignoring an appeal to turn down
their thermostats until an emergency supply of natural gas could reach the
state, Gov. Edward King ordered all gas-heated schools in the state closed
today to help conserve the dwindling supplies of natural gas.
Meanwhile, with reservoirs at their lowest levels in 15 years, the gover-
nors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware declared a
drought emergency that will turn off fountains, ban street cleaning, and
limit car washing in the nation's most populous region.
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Vol. XCI, No. 91
Friday, January 15, 1981
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