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e and a white planter birth certificates of their blond-haired, blue-eyed
Louisiana law that per- children from white to black.
black because she has Aegue argued that the very practice of assigning
lood." racial designation on birth certificates is uncon-
ne of six members of a stitutional and that the one-32nd standard is an inac-
uing to have the state curate test of racial makeup.
s change the racial The case is being heard by Anthony Vesich, a court
ertificates from black to commissioner who will report to Civil District Judge
Sanford Levy, who has been assigned to the case.
do so under a 1970 law BEGUE SAID the matter was turned over to a
t least one-32nd "Negro hearing officer because of the volumes of evidence,
ed as black. The law was including genealogical charts spanning seven
Jim Crow statute that generations and an extensive family photo record.
in determining an in- Begue said he also would present testimony from a
Phipps' attorney, Brian retired Tulane University professor who would cite
studies indicating most "whites" have one-20th
t-skinned woman with Negro ancestry.
aight black hair told a Assistant Attorney General Ron Davis defended
ns district court. the state's position in requiring racial designation on
that may have resulted birth certificates, saying some classification is
k. needed to carry out genetic disease prevention and to
herself as the darkest comply with federal record-keeping requirements.
Reagan. backs tough
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From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - President Reagan
yesterday sent Congress anti-crime
legislation to limit the insanity defense,
help win more convictions, and keep
criminals in prison.
The president proposed dramatic curbs
on the insanity defense used to acquit
John Hinckley, who wounded him in an
assassination attempt last year.
BUT REAGAN shook his head "no"
when asked if Hinckley's acquittal in
June triggered the revival of an earlier
adminstration attempt to restrict the
insanity defense. If it had been law at
the time, Hinckley could not have met
the insanity test.
The administration proposal, which
also contains provisions to make it har-
der to escape conviction because of
tainted evidence or to appeal to federal
courts after conviction in state courts,
has practically no chance of passage
Presidental counsellor Edwin Meese
conceded the legislation probably
wouldn't reach the floor in the current
session of Congress. He denied it was
timed simply to win favor in this cam-
A 22-year-old Ann Arbor man was
arrested Saturday for felonious assault
after he allegedly attacked another
man with his cane. Police claimed the
suspect beat a 45-year-old city resident
over the head with a cane and punched
him several times during a scuffle at
Liberty Plaza. The victim received a
concussion from the blows. The suspect
was later released pending
authorization of a warrant.
come to the
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Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
UAW threatens Chrysler strike
Highland Park, Mich. - The United Auto Workers union yesterday rejec-
ted Chrysler Corp.'s latest economic offer and threatened to strike unless
agreement is reached by 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
President Douglas Fraser said the union had turned down the company's
offer, which did not include a wage increase or pension improvements. The
offer did include a cost-of-living allowance based on profits.
"I'm not saying how we'll strike but there'll be a strike," Fraser said.
However, the union chief said that while "there's an enormous amount of
work to do.. . it's not insurmountable."
The current contract covers 43,200 U.S. autoworkers with another 40,000 on
Chrysler's proposal, presented Sunday, was for a two-year economic pact
and a three-year pact covering non-economic items, Fraser said.
Auto plant fined for three deaths
LANSING- The deaths of three auto workers in a sludge pit accident last
month were the result of "willful" violations of safety rules at General
Motors Corp.'s Fisher Body plant, the state Health Department said yester-
The plant was hit with a $8,000 fine and a citation-nearly the maximum
penalties the health department can issue.
A health department report on the Aug. 2 accident concluded that Fisher
Body had safety procedures available that could have prevented two men
from being overcome by fumes and falling into the three feet of sludge in a
pit they were supposed to clean. The third man, a foreman, was overcome
during a rescue attempt.
Episcopalians back nuke freeze
NEW ORLEANS- The Episcopal Church, in its strongest criticism ever of
the arms buildup, called yesterday for an immediate nuclear freeze by the
superpowers and a 50 percent reduction in their nuclear arsenals.
The denomination's governing convention also urged the United States
and the Soviet Union to embrace policies against any first-strike use of
The positions were approved after lengthy discussion in the House of
Bishops,_concurring with earlier action in the other branch of the church's
bicameral legislature, the lay-clergy House of Deputies.
The convention's lay clergy branch, the House of Deputies, also:
" Urged the U.S. to shift its budget priorities from increased military
spending to restoring programs for the poor.
" Upheld the legitimacy of pacificism in the church, saying refusal to par-
ticipate in war "can be a faithful response" of an Episcopalian.
Vatican rejects Israeli charges
VATICAN CITY- The Vatican yesterday angrily rejected Israel's
charges that the church kept silent about the Nazi massacre of Jews in
World War II. The Israeli criticism was prompted by Pope John Paul II's
decision to meet with PLO chief Yasser Arafat.
In an unusually tough statement, the Vatican called the Israeli accusation
an "insult to the truth."
Representatives of international Jewish organizations, expressing the
"deep shock of organized Jewry" about the papal audience scheduled for
tomorrow, made a formal protest to the Vatican. Arafat's Palestine
Liberation Organization, sworn enemy of the Jewish state, does not
recognize Israel's existence.
The Vatican note defended the record of the Roman Catholic Church in
saving Jews during World War II and noted that Pope John Paul II has
spoken out against the genocide on many occasions, including during a 1979
visit to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in his native Poland.
Merger of railroads granted
WASHINGTON- The government approved yesterday the merger of
three Western railroads, the Union Pacific, Missouri Pacific and Western
Pacific, into a single line that will serve 21 states from the Puget Sound to the
Despite protests from competing railroads, the Interstate Commerce
Commission said shippers and the public will benefit from the combination.
The railroads are expected to begin formal merger proceedings within 30
The prospective merger has been one of the most controversial in recent
years, with other western railroads claiming it will create a powerful rail
system that will rob them of business and threaten their existence.
The ICC, which approved the merger by a 5-1 vote, said shippers will be
better served by the single line.
"With this decision the commission has endorsed a private-sector proposal
that will enhance efficiency and competition while providing improved ser-
vice to shippers," declared ICC chairman Reese Taylor.
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Tuesday, September 14, 1982
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