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Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
SEC files charges against
resigning Pentagon official
NEW YORK -- Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Thayer and a woman
with whom he was said to have a "personal relationship" were charged by
the Securities and Exchange Commission in a civil suit yesterday with a $1.9
million insider stock trading scheme.
The SEC filed the civil charges in U.S. District Court one day after Thayer
notified President Reagan he would resign effective Jan. 12 from his post as
the Pentagon's day-to-day manager to prepare his legal defense.
Vowing a fight to prove his innocence, Thayer, a former chairman of the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said, "This allegation against me is entirely
Thayer, 64, submitted his resignation Wednesday as the second-highest
Pentagon official because of the SEC probe..
The SEC said that Thayer, before he came to the Pentagon a year ago, im-
properly disclosed inside information involving proposed acquisitions by
LTV Corp., Allied Corp. and Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. in 1981 and 1982.
Poland negotiates with church
From AP and UPI
The nation's retailers yesterday
reported the best Christmas shopping
season in almost ten years despite
severe winter weather that pinched
December sales in someparts of the
country, and automakers announced an
increase in sales last year.
"December sales were strong but not
as good as they could have been if con-
sumers had not been deterred by record
cold in the last six days before
Christmas and the week after," said
Terry McEvoy, retail analyst at Dean
Witter Reynolds Inc. in New York.
"NEVERTHELESS, it was still the
best Christmas sales period in almost a
decade," he said. "If the weather
hadn't been bad, sales would have been
Sears Roebuck Co., the largest U.S.
retailer based in Chicago, reported a
34.6 percent jump in December sales
that topped $3 billion for the first time
in the company's 97-year history. K-
mart Corp., the No. 2 retailer with
headquarters in Troy, Mich., had a11.3
percent increase. Third-ranked J.C.
Penney Co., New York, scored an 11.6
Sears Chairman Edward Telling said
double-digit increases were recorded in
all sections of the nation and in all five
merchandise lines - apparel, auto-
recreation, applicances, home fashions
and home improvements.
OTHER RETAILERS reported
healthy increases as well and noticed a
preference for high-quality merchandise
and big-ticket items like television sets
Meanwhile domestic automakers yes-
terday reported a 17.9 percent increase
in sales for 1983, the best performance
in four years, while foreign companies
had their highest U.S. sales in history.
In 1983, the total U.S. industry had
sales of 9,155,738 cars, up 15 percent
from 7,955,970 the prior year.
Of that total, the six American firms
sold 6,786,974 autos, a 17.9 percent in-
crease from 5,756,658 in 1982. The figure
includes Honda for the first time. Im-
port automakers sold 2,368,764 autos, up
7.7 percent from 2,199,312 in 1982.
Domestic automakers had their best
performance since 1979, when the five
firms excluding Honda sold 8,226,752
cars. It was the first increase for
automakers since their peak year of
Chrysler Corp. reported the largest
sales gain of the Big Three automakers,
while American Motors Corp. had the
industry's biggest percentage increase.
Volkswagen of America recorded the
only sales decline.
Something fishy AP Photo
Thousands of fish, victims of the recent cold spell in Florida, washed ashore.
throughout theePensacola area yesterday. En'vironmental officials said the
fish had been dead for a few days.
Controversial proposals spawn city debate
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the proposal on the April ballot. The signatures must
be approved by the city clerk before the question is
officially added to the ballot.
Neither city officials nor the sponsors of the
proposal have indicated what effect such a law would
have on the University - specifically on research in-
to nuclear-related fields. Most observers say the
University would be exempt from the law.
Another proposal directs the city to request the
United States government to withdraw some of its aid
to Israel, which sponsors of the proposal say the
Israeli government has abused.
THE PROPOSAL, sponsored by the People for the
Reassessment of Aid to Israel (PRAI) states: "The
people of the City of Ann Arbor urge the UnitedStates
Government to withold foreign economic aid
designated for Israel by an amount equivalent to that
which Israel spends to retain, settle and administer
the Arab territories occupied in and after 1967."
PRAI organizer Stanley Mendenhall said the group
formed after the June, 1982 invasion of Lebanon.
Mendenhall, a 34-year-old financial consultant for
health care institutions, said "We felt we had to do
something to bring about peace. "What we want to
accomplish is to have a policy statement to go to the
federal policy makers," he said.
IN ORDER to appear on the ballot, the PRAI
proposal either must be added to the ballot by the
council or be presented as amendment to the city's
charter, a process which requires 5,000 resident
signatures on a petition supporting the proposal.
PRAI has chosen to work through the city council,
Mendenhall said, because members of the group feel
residents will not vote for the proposal as a charter
amendment. The city council could sponsor the
proposal as an ordinance.
So far, however, no city council member has of-
fered to sponsor the proposal. The motion could be
voted on at next Monday's council meeting, but
Democrats and Republicans both are wary of its
necessity and possible impact.
THIRD-WARD Democratic Councilman Raphael
Ezekiel said that on behalf of his Democratic caucus,
"we feel that this should not be part of the city char-
Ezekiel said the proposal "would not have any im-
pact on the actions of our federal government. You
cannot create peace simply by addressing one factor
in a very complicated issue."
See PROPOSALS, Page 5
WARSAW, Poland - Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland's Communist par-
ty chief and premier, met Cardinal Jozef Glemp yesterday in church-state
summit talks apparently dealing with political prisoners and aid to private
Freedom for political prisoners and the future of a church-proposed aid
fund for private farmers are two painful topics for the communist regime.
Glemp, the primate of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland, has been
pressing for release of 11 prominent officials of the banned Solidarity trade
union and other dissidents held for more than two years without trial.
Jaruzelski has offered to drop charges against the prisoners, who include
former aides to Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, provided they agree to leave
The government has denied Western claims the 11 are being deliberately
mistreated to coerce them to accept exile.
Nigerian leaders remain in jail
LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's new military ruler, Maj. Gen. Mohammed
Buhari, declared yesterday that the country's deposed leaders would be kept
in jail until his Supreme Military Council.decides whether to put them on
The 41-year-old Buhari did not indicate when'Nigeria, Africa's most
populous country, might return to civilian rule but said he wanted to get idle
factories working again and instill a "sense of ethics" into Nigerian)
The new leaders have decreed a cut of at least 50 percent in prices and
many vendors have refused to comply, prompting violence in some markets.
The Nigerian News Agency said military authorities in the central city of Jos
reported a soldier was shot to death in a fight in the marketplace.
Buhari said Alhaji Shehu Shagari, the elected civilian president ousted
from office Saturday, was in military custody, and that the new regime was
deterthining whether he and other former government leaders should be
kept in jail.
Troops fire on Tunisian rioters
TUNIS, Tunisia - Soldiers opened fire on rioters trying to burn a super-
market in the heart of the city's shopping district yesterday in the latest out-
break of violence over food price hikes. Unofficial reports said 57 people
have been killed in a week of nationwide rioting.
Troops fired on youths who stormed the Magasin Generale on the edge of
the Medina, the labyrinth of tiny market streets in the heart of the old city.
The casualty toll was not known, but a reporter saw three wounded
demonstrators carried away as security forces used automatic weapons,
pistols and tear gas in a 30-minute barrage that drove away the crowd. The
Medina was sealed off by tanks and the area was reported calm less than an
The U.S. Embassy in Tunis was advising Americans not to travel to the.
Rioting first broke out in the southern part of this north African country
Dec. 29 after the government announced increases of up to 10 percent on the
price of bread and other staples, subsidized for years at unchanged prices.
New AIDS case strengthens
evidence of heterosexual risk
NEW YORK - The discovery of AIDS in an elderly Florida couple
provides the strongest evidence yet that the disease, most commonly found
in homosexuals, can be spread through heterosexual contact.
Doctors at the University of Miami said yesterday that a woman in her 70s
with none of the known risk factors for acquired immune deficiency syn-
drome appears to have contracted the illness through sexual contact with
her husband of 50 years.
The husband, a hemophiliac, presumably got AIDS through blood products
given to him to treat his hemophilia, said Dr. Arthur Pitchenik, professor of
medicine at the University of Miami. Transfusions of such blood products
have been recognized as a likely means of transmitting AIDS, doctors said.
Researchers have previously identified cases in which AIDS seems to
have been transmitted from an abuser of intravenous drugs to a
heterosexual partner. Intravenous drug abusers are known to be at risk of
"To me this case is further confirmation that those previous cases may be
true, that it (AIDS) really was transmitted through intimate contact,
heterosexual contact," Pitchenik said in a telephone interview.
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