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Government
informant
threatened
tape says
LOS ANGELES (UPI) - Hustler
1iagazine publisher Larry Flynt made
public yesterday what he said was ,a
surveillance tape recording in which a
key government informant threatens
John DeLorean's life if he backs out of a
$24 million drug deal.
There was no way of verifying the
authenticity of the often unintelligible
recording of a purported telephone
conversation. Assistant U.S. Attorney
James Walsh, the government's chief
prosecutor in the case, said only, "The
matter is being looked into."
THE FORMER automaker's attor-
ney said if the content of the tape recor-
ding, played to reporters at Flynt's Bel
Air mansion, was substantiated, he
would expect all charges to be
dismissed.
Flynt, who claims he paid a gover-
nment employee $25 million for copies
of 12 hours of undercover FBI
videotapes - some of which were
telecast this week on nationwide
television - said the latest recording
came- from a different government
source he refused to identify. He also
refused to say what he paid for the
recording.
He said the source told him the tape
was provided by John Valestra, a
federal Drug Enforcement Agency un-
dercover investigator who was a key
go-between in the drug deal resulting in
De Lorean's October 1982 arrest.
A HAND-WRITTEN transcript of the
tape recording, provided by Flynt,
Squoted De Lorean as telling gover-
nment informant James Hoffman he
wanted out of a business deal because
he had learned drugs were involved.
"All I ever wanted was an investment
to save the company," De Lorean was
quoted as saying in the September, 1982
telephone conversation. "I was willing
to pay to $1.8 million commission, and if
you wanted to put that in a dope deal,
that's your business. Just count me
out."
R Hoffman: "You honor your part of
the deal. That way you obviously live
longer."
DE LOREAN: "I just want out. I just
want out. I won't talk."
Hoffman: "How is your little
daughter? Want to get her head
smashed?"
,. The government claims De Lorean
got involved in a multimillion cocaine
smuggling deal in hopes of raising
money to save his failing auto firm. De
rean has contended he was framed
ky the government, and threatened
when he tried to back out.

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The Michigan Daily - Saturday, October 29, 1983 - Page 5
Anomic growtb down,
Commerce Dept. says

WASHINGTON (AP) - The govern-
ment's main economic forecasting
gauge rose 0.9 percent last month.
That's down from the pace earlier this
year, but one analyst said it shows the
economy is "still flying."
The Commerce Department said
yesterday its Index of Leading
Economic Indicators, a compilation of
a dozen forward-looking statistics
covering manufacturing, employment,
prices and other areas, posted its 13th
consecutive monthly gain in Septem-
ber.
YESTERDAY'S report said five of 10
available indicators rose last month,
with the biggest boost coming from
formation of new businesses. Also on
the rise were the average workweek,
contracts and orders for new plant and
equipment, stock prices and a decline
in unemployment claims.
The Commerce Department reported
earlier this month that the gross
national product had recovered all of
what was lost during' the 1981-82
recession, bringing that measure of the
value of total U.S. production above the
peak pre-recession quarter.
The department also said the revised
index for August was up from a
previously reported 0.1 percent decline
to a 0.3 percent increase, and that
July's gain was revised downward from
0.8 percent to 0.6 percent.
THE THIRD-quarter months of July,
August and September showed the
smallest gains of the year. Nonetheless,

Commerce Secretary Malcolm
Baldrige said that together they pushed
the index higher by a "still healthy" 1.9
percent, compared with gains of 6.9
percent in the first quarter and 4.4 per-
cent in the second.
Baldrige called the slowdown from
the beginnng of the economic recovery
"a normal development" which
suggests "some moderation ahead
from the early hectic pace," pointing to
a steadier growth rate.
But in a reminder of one .of the
economy's main trouble spots, Com-
merce reported later in the day that the
nation's merchandise trade deficit in
the first nine months of this year sur-
passed that for all of last year.
THE REPORT said U.S. sales abroad
rose 4.6 percent in September and im-
pdrts fell 2.6 percent, narrowing the
deficit to $5.8 billion from a record $7.2
billion in August. Still, that put the
January-September shortfall at $46.6
billion compared with $42.7 billion for
all of 1982.
Indicators with diminished perfor-
mance were new orders for consumer
goods and materials, building permits,
changes in sensitive materials prices,
money supply and the speed at which
vendors make deliveries. The two not
available were changes in business and
consumer borrowing and business in-
ventories.

EyesoreA
Trish Reilly cuts out polka dots for a room in a haunted house in Twinsburg, Ohio. Dots were painted on the floor and
walls of this room but were glued to the ceiling.

Gays los
A judge in the District of Columbia
has ruled that Georgetown University
can refuse to officially recognize two
student organizations for homosexuals.
Judge Sylvia Bacon ruled last week
that the First Amendment guarantee of
freedom of religion outweighs a District
of Columbia law protecting
homosexuals from discrimination.
COLLEGES,
0, .
MEMBERS OF TWO student
organizations filed the suit in 1980
against Georgetown, which is affiliated
with the Roman Catholic Church.
Recognition entitles the groups to use
the campus mail system and apply for
funds from the university, among other
privileges.
Officials at Georgetown argued that
recognizing the two groups "would be
interpreted by many as endorsement of
the positions taken by the gay
movement on a full range of issues."
The Catholic Church teaches that
homosexual activity is "gravely evil

e Georgetown
statement that "the faculty4
and a disordered use of the sexual ts will look to close the rift
faculty," university officials said. ipenedoknd ch e thehrt
But the attorney for the two. groups, opened and heal the hurt
Ronald Bogard, argued that the school brought." Georgetown Uni
recognizes Jewish groups, which ficials refused to comm
reject the divinity of Christ, and details of the suit.
women's rights organizations, which reflects the homophobia of
may advocate the right to have an society," Bogard said. "
abortion. Both groups beliefs clash unlike the issue of race t
with Catholic teachings; Bogard said. faced a few decades ago."
THE STUDENTS had also charged Bogard said he was "sur
that since the University hosts some ac- disappointed" by Bacon's d
tivities funded by the federal gover- said the groups plan to a
nment, it should not be considered as a case to the District of Colum
church-related institution. Bacon appeals.
rejected this argument, however. The case first went to co
Robert Keyes, president of the Gay when a judge ruled that
Rights Coalition of the Georgetown university's action was prot
University Law Center, one of the two First Amendment the
groups that filed suit, said he felt "there recogition was illegal unde
was no just cause for denial of univer- of Columbia statute.
sity recognition."'- Thel Chrota u e H
He added that although the First - Te Chronicle ofIHig/u
Amendment guarantees freedom of MSU angers fish
religion, "there have been circumstan- They don't call it "M
ces where the courts have justified the nothing - a group at Mic
intrusion (on freedom of religion) when University is protesting -an
the protection of individuals overrides that bans fishing on school p
the religion." MSU forbids anyone to fis
GEORGETOWN'S president, the banks of the Red Cedar R
Rev. Timothy Healy, said in a runs directly through camp

lawsuit

and studen-
these days
they have
iversity of-
ent on the
Georgetown
'the entire
This is not
he country
rprised and
ecision, but
ppeal their
bia court of
urt in 1981,
unless the
ected by the
denial of
er a District
er Education
iermen
loo-U" for
higan State
ordinance
roperty.
sh from the
iver, which
us, because

the river banks are home to plants and
wildlife that "are an invaluable resour-
ce for outdoor classrooms and
laboritories," said Thomas Kehler,
MSU's director of campus parks and
planning.
"THE CAMPUS of MSU is a san-
ctuary for higher education. We're not
here to provide forms of recreation that
could conflict with that mission,"
Kehler said.
But members of the Michigan United
Conservation Club see the issue dif-
ferently. Wayne Schmidt, staff
ecologist for the group, said they ap-
proached MSU's Board of Trustees Oct.
14 asking them to reconsider the or-
dinance. "We said it was illegal on the
grounds that there is a state law that
says anyone can fish in a state-owned
river," Schmidt says.
Kehler says that fishing enthusiasts
are welcome to fish in the river -
literally. Anyone who gains access to
the river off campus and wades onto
university property is welcome to cast
their line, he said, as long as they don't
step on the river banks.
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and was compiled by Ken Wittenberg.
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(Continued from page 1)
:U.. Embassy and French officials
said they knew of no arrests so far, but
one Beirut newspaper, the conservative
k A3-Anwar, quoted security sources as
saying one person was arrested Thur-
sday in connection with the bombings.
"It said the unidentified suspect was
seized at a food store in Bir Bassan, a
neighborhood between the U.S. and
French bases. The report could not be
confirmed.
THE LEBANESE source refused to
say which spy services backed the at-

tackers, but senior U.S. officials have
said there were indications Syria and
Iran were behind Sunday's attack. Both
Syria and Iran have denied they were
involved.
The source said the drivers of the two
bomb-laden trucks were blessed before
their mission by Sheik Mohammed
Hussein Fadlallah, leader of the
Iranian-backed Dawa -Party, a
Lebanese Shiite Moslem splinter group.
But Fadlallah denied any in-
volvement with the bombings. He said
he "condemns the act and we don't

believe in any kind of assassination or
violence or bombings."
MEANWHILE, MARINE spokesman
Maj. Robert Jordan warned the actual
neMber of casualties could rise to well
'over 250 dead because some body bags,
filled over the six days of digging
through tons of jagged concrete, may
contain the remains of more than one
man.
'Jordan said some bodies were so
blown apart by the ton of explosives
detonated in a speeding truck they may
never be identified - a potentially

heartbreaking setback for grieving
relatives; many of whom have still not
been formally notified whether their
sons and husbands are dead.
"The trauma of the explosion is vir-
tually going to make it impossible to
identify many individuals," said Jor-
dan. "Certain individuals just don't
exist in any form any more."
Searchers reached the basement of
the devastated U.S. Marine post
yesterday and there was some sniper
fire about a mile from the airport.

Media wants Grenada access

(Continued from Page 2)
The dispute has been going on since
the Defense Department barred repor-
ters from Grenada whep the U.S. in-
vasion began Tuesday. On Thursday,
the Defense Department flew in a pool
of 12 reporters with a military escort,
but returned them to neighboring Bar-
bados after a few hours.
Until then, the administraton had
maintained that secrecy was necessary
to the operation and that the island was.
too dangerous for reporters to be there.
Rep. John Dingell, chairman of the
House Energy and Commerce Commit-
teew, said yesterday he will call
hearings to investigate the ban on first-
hand news coverage of the U.S. in-
vasion of Grenada.
The date and witness list for the
hearings by Dingell's Oversight and In-

vestigations Subcommittee have not
yet been set, said staff director Michael
Barrett.
But he said the House panel plans to
hear from "media representatives,
from people from the defense depar-
tment, those involved in supplying
defense department film (of the in-
vasion) and those people who interdicted
movement of the press."
Barrett said it is "too early to say"
whether there would be testimony from
anyone at the White House, where ten-
sions have escalated between the press
corps and White House spokesman
Speakes over the 'restricted access to in-
formation on the invasion.
Barrett said Dingell, (D-Mich.)
agreed to hold hearings because he was
"'upset about the present move toward
news censorship."

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