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La, creationism law
NEW ORLEANS (UPI) -
Louisiana's controversial creation
science law moved to the courtroom
yesterday with attorneys bickering
over whether the state school board or
legislature should establish public
The Louisiana Board of Elementary
and Secondary Education, (BESE),
which joined a suit filed by the
American Civil Liberties Union, has
asked U.S. District Judge Adrian
Duplantier to throw out the state law.
The Legislature passed a measure
mandating schools that teach evolution
also instruct students on the Biblical
theory of the creation.
THE BOARD claimed the
Legislature exceeded its authority by
ordering equal time for the creation
theory, which holds man was placed on
earth by a supreme being. BESE
claimed it, not the Legislature, had
constitutional authority to decide
"What the BESE board and ACLU
are contending is that for the
Legislature to mandate curriculum is
usurping BESE's power," ACLY
spokeswoman Martha Kegel said.
"That violates the constitutional con-
vention delegates' vision of what
Louisiana's educational ,system ought
to be. They were very concerned
educational systems be isolated from
the political arena of the Legislature
and that decisions be made by respon-
sible, trained educators."
HE CREATION science law does
ni in any way deny BESE's con-
stitutional authority to supervise and
control implementation of courses of
study, state Attorney General
William Guste said.
"The act merely establishes a course
of study just as a score of laws have
done," he said.
He said earlier court rulings allow
legislators to prescribe courses of
study, citing laws requiring teaching of
sex education, French, free enterprise,
driver training and anti-narcotics cour-
KEGEL SAID if Duplantier ruled in
favor of BESE, it could affect
curriculum policies in 34 states.
"We see this as a really important
issue for civil liberties, and it could set
a precedent across the country," she
said. "There are 33 other states that
have such a separation of powers man-
dated by their constitutions.
"By saying curriculum decisions
have to be made by a board similar to
the BESE board in these states, the
courts basically are protecting schools
from political ideology forced upon
them by Legislatures."
Louisiana is the only state with a
creation science law. A federal judge
earlier this year declared a similar
Arkansas law was unconstitutional.
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Italy asks U.S. to end
Soviet trade sanctions
WASHINGTON- Italy's prime minister urged President Reagan yester-
day to abandon U.S. trade sanctions against the Soviet Union, but the ad-
ministration already was preparing to revise its policy.
An administration official said the sanctions against use of American
technology in the Siberian natural gas pipeline would be revised within a
week provided the West Europeans limit subsidized credits to the Soviets.
Italian Prime Minister Giovanni Spadolini took the Europeans' campaign
against the U.S. sanctions to the White House, where he met with Reagan af-
ter appealing to Secretary of State George Shultz "to prevent the adoption of
'A statement issued in Italian afterward said Spadolini also called on the
administration "to revoke those measures already in existence which un-
dermine the spirit of cohesion."
The Italians are particularly upset about the seizure in New York last
month of turbine parts that they insist were bound for Algeria. U.S. Customs
officials impounded the parts because the shipper, the Italian government-
owned firm Nuovo Pignone, had been blacklisted by the Commerce Depar-
tment for cooperating in pipeline construction.
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CHICAGO (AP) - Republican Gov.
James Thompson clung to a slim lead.
Wednesday night over Democratic
challenger Adlai Stevenson, but snags
in counting returns from scores of Cook
County precincts left the outcome un-
It appeared the election would be
decided on the narowest of margins,
perhaps the closest statewide race sin-
ce 1960 when John F. Kennedy defeated
Richard Nixon by fewer than 10,000
votes in Illinois presidential balloting.
With 97 percent of precincts reported
in unofficial returns, or 11,326 of the
state's 11,642 polling places, Thompson
had 1,774,010 votes to Stevenson's
1,735,350 - a margin of just 38,660 out of
some 3.5 million votes cast.
AN ESTIMATED 120,000 votes still
were to be counted.
Thompson, seeking an unprecedented
third straight term as governor, had
been expected to score a comfortable
victory over Stevenson, son of the for-
mer governor and presidential can-
didate and himself a former U.S.
"It sure is different from my first two
races," Thompson said. "Those were
Stevenson said, "If I do win,
discrediting the polls will be one of my
The counting of 21,000 votes had been
delayed in 64 suburban Chicago precin-
cts because ballots had been dampened
by humid weather and could not be
immediately processed. I
In the city, election official worked
late Wednesday counting at3but 70,000
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The
Democratic tide in Texas was so strong
on Election Day that it carried a dead
man to victory.
State Sen. John Wilson, who died. of
lung cancer on Sept. 19, collected more
than 66 percent of the vote Tuesday as
he won re-election in a south-central
Texas district that covers 18 counties
stretching frm the Gulf Coast to Austin.
WITH MORE than 90 percent of the
precincts reporting, Wilson had 66,922
votes. His closest opponent,
Republican J. Everett Ware, a doctor,
had 32,327 or about 32 percent. Ware
did not campaign until after Wilson
Democrats scrambled to replace
Wilson on the ballot after his death.
However, Republican Secretary of
State David Dean ruled they could not
because Wilson died one day after the
deadline for changing candidates.
A SPECIAL election will be called to
fill Wilson's seat. Two Democratic
members of the Texas House of
Representatives have been cam-
paigning for that election for several
weeks. Reps. Tim Von Dohlen and John
Sharp have traveled the district to per-
suade voters to vote for Wilson in order
to prevent the seat from going
Tuesday was a big day for Texas
Democrats as they wrested the gover-
nor s office from Republican Bill
Clements, who in 1978 became the
state's flrst GOP governor in a century.
State Attorney General Mark White
Q What Makes
Pope urges end to arms race
MADRID, Spain- Pope John Paul II implored scientists yesterday to call
a halt to the nuclear arms race by refusing to fashion new instruments of
"It is a scandal of our time that many researchers are dedicated to im-
proving new weapons for war," the pope told a gathering of Spanish
professors and intellectuals at Madrid's Complutense University.
"Consciences must be awakened,"'he declared. "Your responsibility and
the possibilities of influence on public opinion are immense. Make them ser-
ve the cause of peace and the real progress of man."
The pontiff was greeted at the prayer service by a storm of confetti and
rhythmic chants of "Viva el Papa!" as he circled the stadium in an open
He told the young people that the "drugs," excessive sex and violence"
common in modern society can lead "the young Christian ... to the spiral of
Turkish consulate siege ends
COLOGNE, West Germany- Nine leftist gunmen who said they were
against military rule in Turkey seized the Turkish consulate and dozens of
hostages in a storm of gunfire, but gave up early today after nearly 16 hours
of negotiations, police reported.
The raiders released 59 hostages in stages during the negotiations and
police said 13 people who either were hostages or had hidden during the
assault still were in the building at the time of the surrender.
One hostage suffered a head injury and another was in a state of shock,
police said. They said the gunmen surrendered peacefully and immediately
asked for political asylum.
Pblice sources said the terrorists had demanded safe passage out of the
country. The extremists also demanded to have a statement attacking the
Ankara government read on West German television and published in
Television stations refused to comply.
South African loan approved
WASHINGTON- The International Monetary Fund yesterday approved a
$1.07 billion loan to segregationist South Africa-a move opposed by the
United Nations and supported by the Reagan administration.
The administration, despite criticism from some members of Congress,
had argued that rejection of the loan on other than purely economic grounds
would have set a dangerous precedent.
Late last month, the U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution calling
on the IMF to reject the request on grounds that the loan would bolster South
African security forces as well as that country's white supremacist policies.
The loan entitles South Africa to $680 million from the IMF's compen-
satory financing facility and $394 million for a standby arrangement from
which South Africa can draw as needed.
Police can't confirm cyanide
in Detroit boy's candy
DETROIT- A 15-year-old boy, hospitalized for possible cyanide
poisoning, has been discharged and police officials said yesterday they have
yet to confirm the presence of the poison in the grape candy he purchased
from a store near his home.
The boy, whose name was not released, became violently ill after buying
and eating "Now and Later" grape flavored hard candies last Saturday, the
day before Halloween.
i;edford Township police Chief Mike Manoog told reporters Tuesday the
incident was a case of confirmed cyanide poisoning but yesterday police of-
ficials recanted that statement after investigating the matter further.
Sgt. John Creet, however, said late yesterday that "one big misunderstan-
ding" occurred between the community hospital physician and CBL testing
laboratory in Columbus, Ohio which was to have tested the candy and blood
and urine samples from the boy for possible cyanide poisoning.
Creet said the lab phoned the hospital Tuesday to saythat it was possible
to test for "positive" cyanide poisoning with the samples they had received.
That message was apparently garbled when it was relayed to the attending
physician who called police to report a positive lab "confirmation" of
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