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WASHINGTON (AP)-The Veterans
Administration has been asked by an
advisory panel to stop showing a
videotape made to inform VA health
workers around the country about
Agent Orange. The advisers say the
tape is condescending on a matter that
many Vietnam veterans consider "the
most important issue of their lives."
But the agency said yesterday it has
not intention of scrapping the tape,
made at a cost of $7,682 and sent to all
172 VA medical centers with instruc-
tions to show it to all employees.
THE TAPE discusses efforts to learn
See FILM, Page 5
Solidarity AP Photo
Six of the Democratic candidates for the 1984 presidential election link hands in a show of solidarity against the Reagan
administration's policies at an Albuquerque fundraiser yesterday. The six, who concluded a five-city campaign
estimated to raise $1.5 million, are (left to right) Walter Mondale, George McGovern, Sen. Gary Hart (D.Colo.), Rev.
Jesse Jackson, Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio), and Sen. Ernest Hollings (D.-S.C.).
Snawball fight becomes
Madison St, melee
By NEIL CHASE
Snowball throwing during the first
big snow of the season got out of hand
on Madison Street Monday night,
culminating in a dangerous exchange of
beer bottles and other projectiles,
housing officials said yesterday.
The scuffle began when some West
Quad residents saw students they
thought were from South Quad pelting
their dorm with snowballs, according to
West Quad Resident Director Harold
THE RESULTING confrontation
gradually escalated into "the ugliest
snowball fight we've ever had," said
Assistant Housing Director David
Foulke. He said a security officer was
hit by a bottle but was not seriously in-
A West Quad resident's hand was
severely lacerated by a broken beer
bottle when she put her hand into the
snow to make a snowball, West Quad
Building Director Alan Levy said. He
said the fracas, which involved at least
100 people, may have included students
from other dorms and nearby frater-
nities in addition to the West and South
Levy said the melee was controlled
by the resident staffs of both dorms,
who locked the gate to West Quad's
courtyard and encouraged dorm
residents to return to their buildings.
No disciplinary action has been taken
against residents, Levy said, but he ad-
ded that he would "follow-up" if he found
out the names of anyone who threw
something other than a snowball.
Levy said he and South Quad Building
Director Mary Antieau are planning
cooperative activities for residents of
the two Central Campus dorms, but he
denied that there is animosity between
the students living in the two buildings.
He said the dorms have been quiet since
Monday night's incident.
The steering committee for the
School of Art is staging a benefit con-
cert at Joe's Star Lounge on Dec. 11 and
will be conducting an art show and sale
at the Michigan Union on Dec. 14 and
15. The dates and locations of the events
were incorrectly reported in a
photograph caption in Tuesday's Daily.
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
U.S. officials promise to push
for disarmament negotiations
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger promised
the European allies yesterday the United States would go "anywhere in the
world" to negotiate an arms control agreement with the Soviet Union.
Weinberger also said he saw no advantage in merging the Strategic Arms
Reduction Talks on long-range nuclear missiles with the talks on medium-
range missiles in Europe that the Soviets quit on Nov. 23.
And U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz said in Bonn, West Germany,
earlier in the day he would be ready to meet Foreign Minister Andrei
Gromyko of the Soviet Union at a disarmament conference in Stockholm
next month and will do what he can "to make such a meeting possible."
Schultz is expected to repeat the pledge to a meeting of 15 NATO foreign
ministers in Brussels.
Schultz and Weinberger are in Europe assuring the NATO allies that the
U.S.-Soviet diaglogue will continue despite deployment of new U.S. missiles
and the Soviet walkout on negotiations to reduce intermediate-range nuclear
missiles in Europe.
Storms kill four in Michigan
Blistering winds whipped up near-blizzards yesterday in the central
Rockies and New England, toppling trees, cutting power and burying high-
ways big and small under blankets of snow.
Interstate 80 was a no man's land for the length of Wyoming, where truck
stops and motels became small cities of huddled truckers and anxious
motorists seeking refuge from a foot of new snow and wind gusts of up to 70
A small Cessna airplane that took off in a snowstorm from Pontiac, Mich.
crashed a mile away on a golf course and all three occupants perished late
Tuesday, authorities said. A weather-related traffic accident claimed a life
outside Detroit and authorities in Muskegongave up the search for a
fisherman missing in a Lake Michigan storm.
Columbia mission ends today
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - The six men aboard the shuttle
Columbia yesterday finished their experiments, packed up Spacelab and
prepared to return home today with the priceless product of 10 days and 4
million miles in orbit.
Scientists on the ground eagerly awaited the film, recorded data tape,
super crystal samples, unique alloys, frozen blood samples and other ex-
periment results returning in the orbiting laboratory anchored in Colum-
bia's cargo bay.
"The excitement has just begun," said mission scientist Charles Chappell
in mission control in Houston. "You have to feel overwhelmed about the
enormity of accomplishment this mission represents."
Pilots John Young and Brewster Shaw and scientist-astronauts Owen
Garriott, Robert Parker, Ulf Merbold and Byron Lichtenberg were tired but
exuberant from America's longest manned space flight since Skylab flew in
Kidney failure threatens panda
WASHINGTON - Ling-Ling, America's female panda whose years of dif-
ficult mating took a tragic turn when her cub died in her arms, is seriously ill
from kidney failure and anemia, and National Zoo specialists said Wed-
nesday her chances of recovery are very poor.
"It's difficult to say how long she can survive," said Dr. Mitchell Bush, the
zoo's chief veterinarian. He said Ling-Ling is being treated with antibiotics
and may undergo short-term kidney dialysis.
"She's very sick right now, and the illness and complications could lead to
her death," Bush said.
Hsing-Hsing, the zoo's male panda and Ling-Ling's reluctant consort, is
healthyand in no danger of contracting her illness, which is not contagious.
She has been given an emergency triansfusion of Hsing-Hsin's blood.
Bush told reporters that Ling-Ling's illness might have been caused by her
long-awaited pregnancy, which ended last July when she gave birth to a
cub, the first panda to be born in the United States. The cub died three hours
later while cradled in its mother's arms, the victim of fluid in its chest
OPEC freezes price, output
GENEVA, Switzerland - OPEC oil ministers agreed yesterday to keep
the cartel's current base price of $29 a barrel and production of 17.5 million
barrels a day, two members said.
"The commitment we have tonight covers production, quotas and prices,"
Indonesian Oil Minister Subroto said on leaving a late-night session. "We
cleared it, cleared it all."
Gabon's oil minister, Etienne Guy Mouvagha Tchioba, added that "only a
few more details" needed to be wrapped up today. He said production
ceilings and prices could be reviewed in the first quarter of 1984 if adjust-
ments were needed.
However, other ministers said full agreement on prices and production
had yet to be formally completed and members had several loose ends to
wrap up when the conference resumed today. They did not elaborate.
Agreement had been expected because the most powerful member of the
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Saudia Arabia, said earlier
that it would not charge more for its crude for at least two years even if the
other 12 countries raised their prices.
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