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'E.T.' tops all films;
grabs $194 million
HOLLYWOOD (AP) - An ugly little
space creature named E.T. has become
the biggest moneymaker in movie
history, taking less than a year to earn
more than the handsome "Star Wars"
swashbucklers made in five years.
"E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial,"
Steven Spielberg's saga of a marooned
spaceling, had made $194 million in ren-
tals by last week. "Star Wars," the
George Lucas space adventure, has
amassed $193.5 million in rentals since
its 1977 release.
The achievement was signaled by a
trade-paper ad showing Han Solo,
played by Harrison Ford in "Star
Wars," and Luke Skywalker, played by
Mark Hamill, bearing E.T. on their
shoulders before a banner: "E.T. is No.
Beneath the cartoon, which also
features Darth Vader Yoda and other
"Star Wars" figures amid confetti, is
the message: "Dean Steven,
"Congratulatins to you and your Ex-
tra-Terrestrial buddy. This week E.T.
moved ahead of 'Star Wars' to take first
place in domestic film rentals.
"E.T.'s adventure on Earth and his
gift of intergalactic friendship continue
to touch us all.
'May the force always be with you.
"Your pal, George Lucas."
The "E.T." victory was achieved
during the film's first release, whereas
"Star Wars" required reissues to reach
its total. And, "E.T." continues playing
in 800 theaters, collecting more than $2
Spielberg's achievement coincided
with the release of Variety's annual list
of all-time rental winner, with figures
of the amounts studio receive, not box-
office totals. Spielberg and Lucas are
responsbile for the top five movies:
"E.T." "Star Wars," and "The Empire
Strikes Back," "Jaws" and "Raiders of
the Lost Ark."
This weekend saw the close of a long season for ice boaters like Tom Bayma
of Warren. Ice boaters will probably have to put away their crafts after last
Abton sparks nati rales
Reagan moves to be
flexible in arms talks
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have been seeing in the press lately,"
the movement is unified in support of
an anti-abortion constitutional amen-
dment sponsored by Sen. Jesse Helms
(R-N.C.), and Rep. Henry Hyde (R-
Rallies were held or planned in
Boston, Buffalo, N.Y., Cincinnati, New
Orleans, Los Angeles, San Diego and
points in between.
"We must not tire. We must not
become discouraged," Holly Sexton,
president of the Lincoln, Neb., Right to
Life Association, said as an estimated
2,000 abortion foes marched through the
city. Some demonstrators wore black
armbands, while others wore green
armbands symbolizing hope.
In New Jersey, where the National
Organization for Women planned an
evening reception in honor of the
decision, NOW spokeswoman Linda
Dennis said, "We're celebrating 10
years of reporductive freedom."
An anti-abortion march in Washington
drew an estimated 26,000 demon-
strators from across the cuntry, accor-
ding to the U.S. park Police. Carrying
placards with such slogans as "Abor-
tion Is America's Holocaust" and
"Babies Today, You Tomorrow," they
rallied on the Ellipse, adjacent to the
White House, before parading to the
WASHINGTON (AP) - Confronting
a Soviet propaganda offensive that
seeks to take advantage of allied uncer-
tainty, President Reagan is steering the
United States into a more ac-
comodating approach in the nuclear
weapons talks that resume Thursday in
The president has reaffirmed his con-
fidence in U.S. negotiator Paul Nitze,
who was on thin ice for aggressively
pursuing a compromise on inter-
mediate-range missiles with the Soviets
last summer, and has hinted strongly
that the United States would abandon
its "zero-option" stand if the terms
THROUGH THE "zero-option," the
United States has offered to cancel
scheduled December deployment of 572
cruise and Pershing 2 missiles in
Western Europe if the Soviets disman-
tle 590 intermediate-range missiles
targeted at the Europeans. Moscow has
offered to reduce its missile arsenal to
162 - matching the number of French
and British - if the U.S. deployment is
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debate," said one demonstrator, who
asked not to be identified.
Speakers for the anti-abortion rally
used graphic details to make their
"IT HAS TO be the most terrible and
violent death," said Matt Gutchess, a
member of Concerned Citizens for Life.
"To tear a baby from its womb, the
most restful place created, and tear it
Speakers on both sides of the issue
stressed their interest in women's
rights. Pro-choice advocates said each
individual woman should be allowed to
decide whether or not she is ready to
become a mother.
"Weare for the right of women to
stand up and choose," said Maranatha
leader Mike Caulk. "We are also for
the right of women not to murder
MANY OF THE anti-abortin
Except for the president's repeated
public insistence on fool-proof
verification methods, he has come down
from the crusader's horse and assumed
the cloak of pragmatism. Having
denounced the SALT II agreement and
vilified the Soviets as liars and cheats,
Reagan is now promising that "we will
listen to and negotiate any fair
proposals that are made."
Two things are propelling the
president away from the hard line that
endeared him to the Far Right: the
aggressive Soviet campaign to weaken
West Germany's commitment to
deploying the new nuclear missiles and
the widespread concern in allied coun-
tries about the arms race.
Reagan has the option of modifying
his visceral, anti-Soviet attitude and
consider a weapons compromise or risk
presiding over a U.S. withdrawal into
armed isolation. Ironically, the
president appears to be moving toward
the middle ground staked out by
Eugene Rostow before he was forced
out as director of the U.S. Arms Control
and Disarmament Agency.
speakers said they sympathized with
their opposition but had to oppose them
on religious grounds.
"We should have compassion for the
other people. they have compassion in
their hearts too but they are just blin-
ded," said Kelly Wasimnacher, an
Eastern Michigan University
sophomore who came to Ann Arbor
with her mother to attend the rally.
"They don't know how much this (abor-
tion) hurts God."
"It is not our desire to hurt anyone,"
Caulk said. "In fact we have com-
passion for the women who are
deceived into murdering babies."
Anti-abortion speakers said they
beleived freedom of choice and
choosing to have an abortion are two
"The freedom of choice is not a licen-
se to kill," said LSA student Betsy
Meurer. "When an ovum and a sperm
connect a little complete package is
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
U.S. might man spy posts to
aid in Mid East settlement
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The Lebanese government vowed a "hardened stan-
ce" yesterday on peace talks with Israel, accusing the Jewish state of in-
stransigence because it insists on manning spy stations in Lebanon as a
precondition for troop withdrawal.
But the Lebanese gave conditional backing to a U.S.-proposed com-
promise under which as many as 1,200 Americans would run the electronic
Israel wants Israelis to man the bases to make sure Palestinian guerrillas
and Syrian forces stay out of Lebabnon once the Israeli army withdrat.
Lebanon says Lebanese should control the stations, but agreed to the U.S.
compromise on Americans taking over the operation.
However, Prime Minister Shafik Wazzan said in a statement broadcast by
the state radio that Israel's position was unchanged. He said Phillip
Habib briefed him Friday on Israel's positions on the main agenda topics of
the four-week-old negotiations.
Scientist's fear of volcanoes
subside after California quakes
LOS ANGELES - Scientists are relaxing a bit after worrying that this
month's Mammoth Lakes earthquakes were signaling volcanoes.
"I don't think we're seeing a fat tongue of magma coming up underneath
this swarm.. . For the immediate future, that may be good news," Dave
Hill of the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Instead, Rob Cockerham of the USGS said trickles of magma - the molten
rock that is the raw material of volcanoes - might be "worming their way
up through the cracks and crevices."
Whether such trickles might coalesce into a high-risk blob, simply stop
and cool harmlessly or even open a pathway for a larger, more dangerous in-
trusion remains an open question, the two scientists said in telephone inter-
views last week.
Key OPEC members move
closer to production agreement
GENEVA, Switzerland - Key OPEC members Venezuela and Iran soften-
ed resistance yesterday to cutting cartel-oil sales as a way to prop up
Their statements, on the eve of an emergency meeting of the Organization
of Petroleum Exporting Countries, indicated the group could reach an
agreement that would avert a collapse of oil prices.
"This is the most important meeting we've ever had," said Humberto
Calderon Berti, oil minister of Venezuela. "We are Willing to cut production
if the others are willing to sacrifice, too."
Earlier, Iran's state-run Tehran radio quoted the Persian nation's Oil
Minister Mohammed Gharazi as saying if Saudi Arabia cut production, Iran
would be prepared to revise, as far as it is able," its own output.
Delegation sources said Venezuela and Iran have been two of the main
holdouts on a production-sharing agreement proposed at the OPEC meeting
last month in Vienna.
State public health director
Walker confirms resignation
LANSING - Public Health Director Bailur Walker, a Milliken administra-
tion appointee with wide support among health officials, confirmed yester-
day he resigned just days before Gov. James Blanchard was to announce his
plans for the office.
A health department source seconded a report that Gloria Smith, dean of
an Oklahoma nursing school, likely would succeed Walker, whose
resignation takes effect Feb. 1.
Sue Carter, Blanchard's press secretary, declined comment on Smith.
Blanchard is expected to announce his choice for the post at a news con-
ference tomorrow where he is expected to announce several appointments.
Mubarak expected to ask
Reagan to pressure Israel
CAIRO, Egypt - President Hosni Mubarak is expected to ask President
Reagan to increase U.S. pressure on Israel and intensify efforts for a Middle
East peace when the two leaders meet in Washington this week.
Mubarak also is expected to ask Reagan's help in easing strict supervision
of the $1 billion annual U.S. aid program to this country.
The Egyption president will arrive in Washington on Wednesday for his
second U.S. visit since taking office in 1981. Foreign Minister Kamal Hassan
Aly was quoted as saying Egypt will use the opportunity to protest what it
sees as U.S. passivity regarding Israel's policies on the occupied West Bank
of the Jordan River and Gaza Strip, where about 1.3 million Palestinians
"We will tell them (the Americans) first that something must be done to
encourage the Palestinians to speed up coordination with Jordan," Aly said
in an interview with the Cairo magazine Al Mussawar.
"Second, we will tell them there should be a clear-cut American position
on the Israeli settlements on the West Bank.
"Third, we will tell them we rule out any possibility of resumed
negotiations unles the Israelis withdraw from Lebanon.
"Fourth, we willtell them that Egypt will never sign any Middle East
peace agreement that could conflict with Palestinian rights."
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