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FBI's
attempts
sto deport
Lennon
disclosed
LOS ANGELES (UPI) - A professor
*led suit yesterday to obtain censored
rtions of FBI documents detailing
persistent efforts to arrest and deport
rock star John Lennon because officials
feared he planned to lead an anti-Nixon
demonstration.
Documents revealed the FBI inten-
sely monitored the former Beatle's
public and private life for a nine-month
period leading up the 1972 Republican
convention, and strongly suggested at
one point that Lennon "be arrested if at
Mll :possible on possession of narcotics
charges" so he would become more
"deportable."
ONE DOCUMENT revealed that
South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond
suggested to Attorney General John
Mitchell in February 1972 that Lennon's
deportation would be a "strategic coun-
ter. measure."
Lennon was gunned down outside his
Manhattan apartment Dec. 8, 1980 by
Mark David Chapman.
Jon Wiener, associate professor of
history at the University of California
at Irvine, obtained 26 pounds of FBI and
Immigration and Naturalization Ser-
vice documents under the Freedom of
Information Act for a book he is writing
on Lennon and the politics of the 1960s.
"THE MOST striking thing is how
voluminous the files are," Wiener said
in an interview. "They reveal that the
effort to monitor and harass John Len-
non because of his peace activities were
greater than anyone had previously
believed."
Wiener said efforts to spy on and
deport Lennon stemmed from fears
that Lennon planned to lead an anti-war
demonstration that would embarrass
Nixon before the convention, although
there was no evidence that Lennon
lanned to disrupt or attend the conven-
,ion.
Entire passages of the FBI documen-
ts are blocked out with heavy black ink
for what the FBI calls national security
reasons. Government officials said
releasing the documents would reveal
the identities of informants.
The suit filed by Wiener and the
American Civil Liberties Union asks
the court to review the classified
documents and determine if they
threaten national security.

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the water.
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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, March 23, 1983 -Page 5
New cancer
studies offer
possible cures

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The live bir-
ths of six babies whose mothers had
abortions at Madison hospitalsin the
past 10 months have shocked residents,
become a rallying point for abortion
foes, and prompted one hospital to
drastically curtail the procedure.
All six babies died within 27 hours of
birth, four at Madison General Hospital
and two at the University of Wisconsin
Hospital.
The pregnancies were all in the
second trimester - the second three
months of development in the womb -
a point when few infants have survived
delivery broght on my natural causes.
"IT'S NOT A one-in-a-million fluke,
but a risk of the procedure," counters
Timothy Warner, a spokesman for
Madison General, where four babies
were born alive during 20 second-
trimester abortions since May. "I wish
it were a one-in-a-million complication,
but... it is not."
Other experts say live births are rare
after abortions, but disagree on how of-
ten they follow the 1.6 million pregnan-
cies terminated in the United States
each year.
Dr. Christopher Tietze, a consultant
with the Population Council, a New
York-based research group, said that
according to a 1976 study, about 200 live
births follow abortons, in the United
States each year. He said the figure is
still valid, and is not declining.
HOWEVER, Dr. David Grimes, chief
of abortion surveillance for the Centers

for Disease Control in Atlanta, says the
number of live births has "diminished
considerably" since the mid-1970s as
more women seek abortins earlier in
pregnancy. He declined to estimate the
number of such births now occurring.
The Alan Guttmacher Institute in
New York, the former research arm of
Planned Parenthood Inc., said that in
1980 - the last year for which complete
figures are available - 1.6 million
abortions were done nationwide, about
10 percent of them in the second
trimester. A total of 12,860 abortons
were done after the 21st week of
pregnancy, the insitute said.
SINCE THE last live abortion birth
here in late February, Madison General
has barred all abortions after 18 weeks'
gestatin unless the pregnancy
threatens the woman's health, Warner
said. The hospital never did first
trimester abortions.
Warner said a combination of urea
and the hormone prostaglandin was
used to induce labor and kill the fetus in
the abortions at Madison General. That
combination is less likely to harm the
woman than the saline solutin
previously used, he said, and could be
responsible for more live births.
Madison General formerly did only
"genetic" abortins - those done after
the 20th week because tests have shown
the fetus has a genetic defect which can
cause death or severe retardation
niocentesis and other tests for genetic

defects can only be done in the second
trimester.
GRIMES, however, said urea and
prostaglandin are widely and suc-
cessfully used in second trimester abor-
tions nationwide.
Wisconsin's hospital now requires
that all women pregnant longer than 20
weeks and wishing abortions to have
ultrasound, a test that is the most ac-
curate way to determine the gestation
of the fetus.
The policy was instituted after the
aborted babies which survived were
found to be more advanced in their
development than had been diagnosed.
In one case, the pregnancy was deter-
mined to have been 26 weeks' duration
instead of the 21 weeks that had been
believed.
LAST YEAR, the births following
abortions prompted some Wisconsin
lawmakers to try to ban abortions in
public hospitals, a measure that passed
in the Assembly but died without a
Senate vote.
The births also prompted a day of
picketing outside UW hospital and let-
ters to newspaper editors and
legislators.
. State Rep. Wayne Wood said the bir-
ths "certainly added fuel to the fire and
directed some attention to the
problem," but he would have called for
restrictions anyway. he said second
trimester abortions are a "heart-
wrenching" problem for doctors who
first try to kill the fetus and then must
work to save it.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Recent research
raises the "real possibility" that a vac-
cine may be developed to prevent some
herpes viruses and certain cancers, a
scientist reported yesterday.
Dr. Gary Pearson, head of the Section
of Microbiology and consultant in the
Department of Cell Biology at the Mayo
Clinic, said recent studies have iden-
tified the specific viral antigens that
stimulate the immune system to defend
against Epstein-Barr Virus, a herpes
virus.
Antigens are substances foreign to an
individual system that cause the im-
mune system to produce antibodies to
fight off disease.
PEARSON'S TEAM succeeded in
purifying the necessary antigens and
preliminary results indicate that owl
monkeys immunized with the
preparatin are protected against EBV,
he said.
Scientists now are trying to deter-
mine whether it would be possible to
produce these proteins in large quan-
tities needed for immunizing large
populatins at a reasonable cost.
Among those possibly standing to
benefit from the vaccine are men suf-
fering from Acquired Immune
Deficiency Syndrome, a mysterious
disease that strikes mostly homosexual
men and has killed nearly half its vic-
tims.
PEARSON SAID the idea is controversial
because of concern about what might
happen if the vaccination simply
delays, rather than eliminates, the in-
fection.
A new procedure is also being
developed to surgically treat uterine
cancer and possibly lung tumors.
Scientists have killed some cancers in
animals with heat from tiny magnets
implanted in tumors and warmed by
magnetic fields, and now they are
ready to try the therapy on humans, a
doctor said yesterday.
"OUR STUDIES in the future will be
towards cancer of the uterus in
women," said Dr. Robert Rand- of
UCLA Medical School. "We will destroy
the malignant tissue with this technique
and then do a hysterectomy."
The advantage of killing the tumor
before surgery, he said, is to remove
the possibility that stray cells, perhaps

stirred by the surgeon's knife, will
spread the cancer to other parts of the
body.
Rand said his procedure, which can
produce temperatures around 126-
degrees Fahrenheit, "totally
destroys" cancer cells while leaving
normal tissue mostly undamaged.
The procedure takes about 15 minutes
and is done with a general anesthetic.
He said few side effects have surfaced in
animals, mostly rabbits, and "all of the
animals survived the various operating
procedures and exposure in the
magnetic field without evidence of illef-
fects."
In women, he said, the magnets
would have to be inserted into the
uterus and the tumor through
laproscopy, in which a slim tube is in-,
serted through a small incision in the
stomach.
The procedure might work on a few
other cancers, perhaps including some
lung tumors, he said.
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Lobby groups battle over Proposal A

The 27th Annual

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flexible than a charter amendment,
both groups said they favored the idea
f letting City Council retain control,
rather than putting weatherization on
the ballot.
But Monday the city council passed a
resolution which would create such an
ordinance only if Proposal A fails.
Councilmember Joyce Chesbrough
(R-Fifth Ward) said she hoped the
resolution would discourage people
from voting for Proposal A.
"A charter amendment is not the
Police
notes
*Shovelers robbed
Two teenagers robbed a pair of boys
of the money they' earned shoveling
snow early Monday evening. The two
boys, one 10, the other 11, had stopped
at. Where House Records at 2000 W.
Stadium to play pinball after they had
spent most of the afternoon shoveling
snow. As they left, they allegedly were
followed by two youngsters in their
early teens, who forcefully took a small
amount of cash from both boys. Ann
Arbor Police have no suspects.
-Halle Czechowski

right vehicle for energy conservation,"
she said.
Councilmember Raphael Ezekiel (D-
Third Ward) said he had wanted the
resolution to provide additional
weatherization legislation, rather than
becoming effective only if Proposal A
fails.

"I hope voters will not be led astray
by the ordinance into voting against the
charter amendment," he said.

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