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The Michigan Daily - Saturday, January 21,1984 - Page 5'

U.S. fears new terrorist
air threat in Lebanon

From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - U.S. warships off
Lebanon are on "high alert" against a
possible threat by terrorists who are in
possession of aircraft capable of
kamikaze attacks, administration of-
ficials said yesterday.
One network quoted an unidentified.
White House official as saying that un-
marked, crates containing small
propeller-driven aircraft were tran-
sported from Iran through Syria to
positions outside Beirut. The aircraft
were described as F-33s, civilian planes
which seat several passengers.
THE ALERT has been ordered for
the U.S. ships in the Mediterranean off
the coast of Lebanon and the Marines
stationed at the airport in Beirut, of-
ficials said.
Officials are reluctant to discuss the
new threats posed from the air to the
multinational peace-keeping force in
Lebanon. But they said they had in-
formation "that leads us to believe
there may be a serious threat."
There have been vows of new attacks

against U.S. and French targets by the
Moslem extremist group that claimed
responsibility for killing American
educator Malcom Kerr Thrusday.
KERR, THE president of the
American University of Beirut, was
assassinated outside his campus office
Wednesday by gunmen using silencer-
equipped pistols. Lebanese univer-
sitites and the Roman Catholic school
system closed to protest the murder.
No funeral arrangements were an-
nounced for fear of more terrorist at-
tacks on Americans.
In addition, Pentagon sources repor-
ted that notices have been issued to all
commercial aircraft flying in the eastern
Mediterranean to'stay away from U.S.
warships off Beirut. The ships' crews
have been placed on alert because of
the possibility of suicide attacks, and
commercial pilots are being told that if
they fly close to the warships they
will be intercepted by military planes.
The Pentagon sources said that there
is no hard evidence of an impending at-
tack, but that U.S. forces are taking

precautions.
Defense Department officials in the
past have warned against possible at-
tempts to fly bombladen planes into
U.S. warships in suicide attacks like
those carried out by Japanese pilots at
the end of World War II.
Both CBS and NBC News quoted an
unidentified senior administration of-
ficial as saying that the United States is
considering a pre-emptive strike to stop
terrorists from flying the planes again-
st U.S. positions.
Israel television reporter Michael
Gurdus, who monitors radio tran-
smissions, said Thursday U.S. war-
planes were checking all flights en-
tering Lebanese and Israeli airspace in
search of suicide planes that might be
flying near civilian airliners to escape
radar detection.
Officials said that since the suicide
truck bombing of the Marine barracks
in Beirut Oct. 23 in which 241 men were
killed, there have been tighter security
measures in force and troops have been
in a state of alert.

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB

Traying
Sue Shuchman and her son Ryan enjoy the blanket of snow in the Arb last week despite the rules against sledding.

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FJs FRANKLIN PARK, P.a. (AP) - FBI DeLisio, a teacher. DeLisio said his classes were
S 1lA agents yesterday carted off an armful "They were Press Secretary Jody studying the presidency when Kristin
of apparently "classified" briefing Powell's papers. They were Carter's told him she had some "papers from
papers from President Carter's re- papers," DeLisio said. "They were Jimmy Carter." DeLisio said Kristin
election campaign after an eighth marked 'classified' and 'executive gave him the papers Thursday.
t o p Secr et grader brought them to class as part of classified' and 'administrative James, Baker, the White House chief
a social studies assignment. classified.' of staff, has said that he received copies
Kristin Preble, 13, "brought in papers The three or four I looked at were for of the briefing papers from the cam-
relating to the presidential debates of Jody Powell. I really didn't even look at paign director, William Casey. Casey,
1980 to share with her class," said her them, and I especially didn't want to now CIA director, has said that he does
p ' nervous mother, Carol Preble, in the of- look at the one that had something to do not recall ever seeing the briefing
fice of the Ingomar Middle School, with Iran," DeLisio said. papers during the campaign.
about 10 miles north of Pittsburgh. DELISIO, a teacher for about 10 DELISIO SAID the girl told him that
FBI AGENTS Robert Mitchell and years, said most of the documents were her father, a National Intergroup Inc.
Neal McLaughlin took a four-inch in a binder and some were loose. He steel marketing executive who died last
"stack of papers" to Pittsburgh yester- said he took the papers home to subur- summer, found toe papers on his hotel
c$as ro o m day afternoon after they were called to ban Sewickley on Thursday night and bed while at a convention in another,
the 889-student school by James decided to call the FBI on Friday.. unspecified city.

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Phelps County, where contaminated oil
was sprayed on a county road; and
Shenandoah Stables; in Moscow Mills,
Timberline Stables near New Bloom-
field, Bubbling Spring Ranch near Im-
perial, and the Saddle and Spur Riding
Club near High Ridgy - all sites where
contaminated oil was sprayed to con
trol dust.
Dioxin is an unwanted byproduct of
the manufacture of herbicides -and
several other chemicals. It is known to
cause cancer and birth defects in
laboratory animals, but its long-term
effects on humans are the subject of in-
tense scientific debate.
In Lansing yesterday, state environ-
mental officials invited public com-
ment on a proposed water pollution
permit for the Dow Chemical Co., that
would be one of the strictest in the state
if approved.
The permit would place new controls
on a number of known or suspected
carcinogens, including dioxin, which
the company discharges from its
Midland plant.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - This
sprawling city of aging log cabins and
mirrored high-rise buildings in the
shadow of the Chugach Mountains ap-
parently retains the grim distinction of
having more rapes per capita than any
other city in the United States.
The "last frontier's" largest city with
more than 230,000 residents - it's
growing at an estimated 1,000 per mon-
th had the nation's worst rape rate in
1981 and 1982. National figures are not
yet available for last year, but. An-
chorage authorities are certain the city
will retain its poor standing - and'
nobody is sure why.
"THERE'S NO question about it,
we've had more sexual assaults in they
past year than we've ever had," says
Dave Sherbahn, a detective sergeant
who heads the police department's
four-man sexual assault unit. "I don't
know what to attribute that to.
Population increase maybe; other than
that I don't really now how to explain
it."
Paula Haley, executive director of
Standing ,Together Against Rape, a vic-
tims' advocacy group, says the figures'
may reflect a growing tendency by vic-
tims to report such crimes.
Police figues show 217 sexual assaults
in Anchorage in 1983, a 37 percent in-
crease from 1982. FBI statistics show
Alaska as a whole had 374 forcible
rapes in 1982 - for a rate of 85.4 rapes
per 100,000 population, the nation's
highest. In 1981 the rate for the state
was 102.2, again, the nation's highest.
there is no official rate for Anchorage
itself but the FBI = using a smaller
population figure - estimates it at

rape rage
around 83 or 84 per 100,000 for 1982.
A disproportionate number of the vic-
tims were native women. STAR figures
show they were victims in 20Tercent of
the attacks. But police statistics show
47 percent of 1982's reported victims
were native women, while last year 37
percent were natives.
"It is alarming when you consider
natives make up only 5.1 percent of the
popualtion in Anchorage," says Rinna
Posehn, executive director for the
Asociation for Stranded Rural
Alaskans, which offers emergency ser-
vices to rural Alaskans visiting An-
chorage.

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Cold shoulders
Steam rises from overworked heating quits in downtown Chicago yesterday. The record setting cold spell reached 13
degrees below zero Thursday night.
Boston pier ire disrupts - traffic

BOSTON (AP) - A six,,alarm fire
raced through oil-soaked piers on
Boston's waterfront yesterday
damaging a railroad bridge serving
11,000 commuters and posing a health
hazard because of its acrid smoke, of-
ficials said.
More than 100 firefighters battled the
blaze in 12-degree weather. The fire
broke out shortly after 3 a.m. in pilings
and spread to a pier. The fire could
burn through the weekend, officials
said.
NO INJURIES were reported except
for two firemen who were taken to the
hospital as a precaution after they slip-
ped on ice, fire officials said.
The Boston & Maine Railroad said it
wouldn't be able to use North Station, a
major terminal for" people commuting
from Boston's North Shore and western
suburbs, fob "quite a substantial time."
"There is very"severe damage to the
structure," said railroad - spokesman
Rick Hurst. "If the fire keeps going,
the train tracks are going to collapse
over the river." The pier is beneath the
bridge.
HURST SAID the fire prevented
trait s carrying some 11,000 commuters
from reaching North Station; rail of-
ficials and the Massachusetts Bay
Transportation Authority scrambled

irritation if they ventured outdoors.
Weather reports indicated the. wind
would continue to push the smoke out to
sea, Walker said. But he said if the
wind shifted, residents and businesses
around the station could be more
seriously affected.
Highway traffic headed into Boston
on Interstate 93 was detoured through
the Charlestown section of the city.
Frank Muolo of the Metropolitan
District Commission Police said the
detour was ordered because of heavy
smoke hampering visibility on the
Central Artery expressway, and

because authorities wanted the road
clear for emergency equipment.
Two expressway exit ramps also
were closed and about 15 workers were
driven out of the commission's harbor
patrol offices, Muolo said. All roads
were reopened by midafternoon, he
said. B & M trains brought commuters
as close to North Station as possible,
then riders boarded buses to the city's
subway system, according to James
Stootzel, a spokesman for the railroad.
Other commuters were dropped off
within ' walking distance of their
destinations.

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