Page 6-Saturday, September 27, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Oktoberfest bomb kills
at least nine, injures 67
From AP and UPI
MUNICH, West Germany-At least
nine people, including one child, were
killed yesterday when a bomb exploded
in a waste basket at the main entrance
to the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival
just 10 minutes before closing time,
At least 67 people were injured when
the blast struck on the sixth day of
Munich's traditional October revel,
Taxi drivers said they halted their
vehicles at the sight of the bodies of the
dead and wounded strewn across the
streets surrounding the Theressien-
wiese, the giant 1-square-mile open
area where the Oktoberfest is held each
CITIZENS REPORTED feeling the
force of the blast several miles away.
Police said it was not known what
caused the explosion, the first such
catastrophe ever to strike the Munich
Oktoberfest that regularly draws tens
of thousands of American and other
tourists to the city.
The area around the Theresienwiese
was closed off by police minutes after
the bomb blast first was reported
around 10:20 p.m. (4:20 p.m. Edt), just
10 minutes before the beer taps of-
ficially stop flowing in the tents and
stands erected around the merry-go-
rounds of the Oktoberfest, police said.
A SPOKESMAN FOR the police
department, asked about the possibility
of a ,terrorist attack said, "No one can
say yet." He said police knew of no
threats of warnings prior to the blast.
Private doctors were called to the
scene and personal cars were used as
emergency vehicles in addition to am-
bulances, fire and police cars.
Many of the wounded were waiting
for streetcars and cabs near the site of
the explosion and "that's why the
catastrophe was especially great," a.
fire department spokesman said.
"It's gruesome chaos here," the
driver of one of the first fire trucks on
the scene reported to the central station
by radio. "A terrible catastrophe."
Police were examining the remains
of the trash can to determine what
caused the blast. A spokesman for the
fire department said, "It must have
been a very powerful bomb."
It was not known if any foreigners
were among the casualties.
U.S. trailing others
in cancer research
TONIGHT 8 PM
WASHINGTON (UPI)-Leaders in
the cancer research field warned
yesterday the United States is in danger
of. falling behind other nations in basic
science because of lack of money for
equipment and personnel.
"This country is beginning to lag
behind Europe and Japan in our
capacity to mount the kind of high
technology needed for today's basic
research," said Dr. Lewis Thomas,
chancellor of the Memorial Sloan-
Kettering Cancer Center.
OTHER COUNTRIES "have
allocated resources to their biologic
science establishment which will
assure their superiority unless our
current trend is- reversed," said Dr.
J.E. Ultmann, director of the Univer-
sity of Chicago Cancer Research Cen-
The warnings came in testimony
before the House Aging Committee,
which heard more than a dozen
prominent scientists report on the
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ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN 48104
results of their week-long symposium
on cancer and aging.
The scientists urged that adequate
funding be provided for laboratory
renovation and construction.
THOMAS CITED several significant
advancements in basic research, but
said they are largely the result of work
begun 30 years ago.
"Today's most exciting and useful
technologies, recombinant DNA and
the making of pure antibodies by
hybridomas, can be traced back to
work done in the 1950s, at a time when
no one had the faintest notion that such
work would ultimately become useful,"
Recombinant DNA technology
devleoped the gene transplant
techniques by which scientists are
beginning to produce human hormones
and other substances from bacteria
Thomas said it is doubtful such basic
research could be maintained in the
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Muskegon police find something fishy in this tuna casserole. Seven gold
men's diamond rings, stolen Thursday from a jewelry store, were hidden
in the casserole which was cooking in a house the police were searching.
Panel says pamin-killer
being advertised illegally
LANSING (UPI)-The Toxic Sub-
stance Control Commission, prompted
by an advertisement hailing the
"miracle solution of the '80," warned
yesterday the solvent DMSO is being
illegally offered for sale in Michigan
The ad, spotted by commission
Chairman Rick Halbert in a free "ad-
vertiser" circulated near his Battle
THE U. OF M. AIKIDO CLUB
A 3-Part Movie Of The Life Of Miyamoto Musashi, The
Most Famous Swordsman In Japanese History. Starring Tos-
SA T. 6:30-Midnight
NAT. SCI. AUD. $4.50
Creek-area home, is the only one known
to have appeared in Michigan so far, of-
There were reports, however, of
signs in Lansing-area stores adver-
tising the chemical, which has been
touted as a pain-killer.
DMSO-WHICH stands for
dimethylsulfoxide- "an have a num-
ber of side effects including cataracts
and headaches, he said.
Although the advertisement is
believed to violate federal law, no ac-
tion is being considered at this time
against the newspaper involved, said
Donald Isleib, interim director of the
toxic substance commission.
Isleib said the commission acted "to
encourage people to be cautious and not
to ekperiment on themselves with this
The solvent has been used with
animals and on a prescription basis but
has not been cleared for general human
use by the U.S. Food and Drug Ad-
ministration, Isleib noted.
LOS ADGELES (AP)-Sirhan Sirhan
says a combination of liquor and anger
over the anniversary of the 1967 Arab-
Israeli war triggered his actions the
night he assassinated Robert Kennedy,
an Arab-American leader who inter*
viewed Sirhan said yesterday.
"You must remember the circum-
stances of that night, June 5. That was
when I was provoked," Sirhan says in a
transcript of an interview with Dr. M.
T. Mehdi, president of the New York-
based American-Arab Relations Com-
mittee. "That is when I initially went to
observe the Jewish Zionist parade in
celebration of the June 5th, 1967 victory
over the Arabs. That was the catalyst
that triggered me on that night."
MEHDI, READING from the tranW
script of Monday's prison interview
with Sirhan, said the Palestinian
refugee also told him: "In addition,
there was the consumption of liquor,
and I want the public to understand
And, Mehdi said in a telephone inter-
view from New York, Sirhan believes
he is now a political prisoner who is
serving a longer prison term than mos
convicted murderers in California
because his victim was a prominent
Mehdi said Sirhan told him Kennedy
was his political hero until he ad"
vocated the sale of 50 Phantom jets to
Israel during the 1968 presidential
campaign. But he said he was provoked
by "the circumstances of that night"
the assassination occurred.
HE SAID HE was sorry for the Ke-
nedy family, but felt they should 'be:
sorry for the death of Arabs killed by@
American arms sold to Israel. Asked
whether he had any Amrican heroes;
Sirhan replied: "President Kennedy
was until he betrayed my opinion of
He said his quarrel with Robert Ken-
nedy was political, not personal.
Sirhan was sentenced to death in 1969
for the Kennedy murder, but the sen-
tence was subsequently reduced to life'
By Sept. 1, 1984, when Sirhan is next
eligible for parole, he will have served
16 years in prison, and Mehdi said the'
Community Release Board has admit-
ted in letters that term is four years
longer than the average for convicted
first-degree murders in California.
Mehdi said he has made arrangemen-
ts for Sirhan's return to any one of five
Arab countries and is starting a drive to
get Sirhan released.
From AP and UPI
BUFFALO, N.Y.-Buffalo Police are
seeking a white man who killed three
black men andj critically wounded a
fourth in execution-style shootings.
The three b lek men and a black
teen-ager were all shot with a .22-
caliber gun within a 36-hour period in
the Buffalo area earlier this week:
Tests of casings, and spent shells, found
at two shooting scenes in Buffalo and
the one in Cheektowaga showed the
shots were fired from the same weapon,
Sgt. McCarthy said.
"WE'VE BEEN following up leads
and tips coming in over the telephone,"
McCarthy said. "We've been on the go
all day. But so far there have been no
arrests and no suspects."
"The entire community is concerned
with the thought that there apparently
is someone wandering around, killing
people at random," Buffalo Police
Commissioner James B. Cunningham
Leo Donovan, chief of Buffalo's
homicide squad, said the gunman
aparently is a person with a hatred for
THE FIRST SHOOTING victim wasW
Glenn Dunn, 14. He was shot to death
Monday night while seated in a car at a
supermarket parking lot.
On Tuesday in Cheektowaga, Harold
Green, 32, was shot while eating in his
car at a fast food restaurant. He
remains in critical condition at St.
Joseph's Intercommunity Hospital.
Tuesday night, Emanuel Thomas, 31,
was talking with a friend on a street
corner only seven blocks from where
Dunn had been shot when the gunman*
slipped up and shot him in the head.
The following day in Niagara Falls,
Joseph McCoy, 43, was walking along a
street when a man fired at him with'a
gun concealed in a paper bag. McCoy
was dead on arrival at a hospital'.
Police said descriptions received from
witnesses at the shootings indicate the
gunman is white.