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Agency admits error
in keeping 'blacklist'
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
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Agency said yesterday it was wrong to have kept a list of 84 B
people who were to be barred as ideologically unsatisfactory wei
speakers in overseas programs. The agency said it stopped pol
the practice last month. tho
The Washington Post reported the existence of the list in T
yesterday's editions. Democrats in Congress leaped on the ma
news with expressions of dismay. the1
"THIS ACTION on the part of the Reagan administration's "
self-confessed electronic Peeping Tom - Charles Wick - is Am
something that we've come to associate with Republican A
administrations ever since Watergate and President Nixon Wa
used his infamous hit list to single American citizens for net
special treatment," Rep. Jack Brooks (D-Texas) told the Neu
House. He was on the list. Fri
Wick, director of USIA, admitted in January that he sun
secretly taped many telephone calls. He called it a "dumb A
thing" and apologized. Har
The USIA list of non-participants in the agency's overseas Do"
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suggested by the agency's staff were rejected for ideological don
or personal reasons. whe
MANY ON the list were Democrats or political liberals. do.
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hin the agency, the list became known as the "blacklist."
3ut the USIA, in a statement, said many on the list who
re approved as speakers were "individuals with views and
itical backgrounds similar to those of persons on the list of
se not approved."
'he list originated in "an ad hoc, mindless, unsanctioned
nner," said Leslie Lenkowsky, acting deputy director of
There's no one on that list who is ineligible to be in the
aerican Participation program any more," he said.
kmong those listed, the Post said, were broadcasters
ilter Cronkite and David Brinkley, economist John Ken-
h Galbraith, Post executive editor Benjamin Bradlee,
ww York Times columnist Tom Wicker, feminist Betty
edan, civil rights activist Coretta Scott King and con-
rer advocate Ralph Nader.
klso among the 84 were presidential candidate Sen. Gary
rt, (D-Colo.) Reps. Robert Garcia, (D.-N.Y.) and Thomas
ampaigning in Waterloo, Iowa, Hart commented: "I
Q't know where this administration gets off telling people
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By GEORGEA KOVANIS
There are still no clues on the disap-
pearance of Robert Higgins, the Ann
Arbor resident convicted of pointing a
s shotgun at gay rights demonstrators
Higgins, a local businessman, failed to
ELAND show up for his scheduled sentencing
Feb. 3 before Washtenaw Circuit Court
CAMP Judge Henry Conlin.
"HE DIDN'T show up and I don't think
anyone expected him to," said Higgins'
attorney Seymour Floyd.
Floyd said he hasn't seen Higgins
since just before his trial.
December 2 , 36-year-old Higgins
was convicted of assault with a
dangerous weapon because he
allegedly threatened demonstrators at
a gay pride rally on June 26 with a
shotgun. No shots were fired, however.
Higgins' conviction carries a
maximum penalty of four years in jail
and a $2,000 fine.
There is a warrant out for Higgins'
No further sentencing date will be set
until Higgins is apprehended.
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Police probe Lansing murders
LANSING-Authorities yesterday still were sorting out a mysterious out
burst of violence in which a man allegedly stabbed two young women to
death before being gunned down by poice.
Killed in the incident on the city's east side Wednesday night were Emma
Cook, 25, her sister, Jacqueline Cook, 26 and Louis Robinson, 32, all of Lan-
Police Capt. Jerry Mills said officers became involved when a cab driver
reported seeing a man with a long knife chasing a young woman.
The officers entered a home where they found Robinson assaulting Emma
Cook, Mills said. Robinson was shot in the chest after ignoring officers' or-
ders to stop, he said.
Officers subsequently found Jacqueline Cook's body at a residence the two
women shared about two blocks away, Mills said.
Mondale assails Glenn tax plan
Democratic presidential front-runner Walter Mondale likened JohA
Glenn's tax plan yesterday to "voting for Reaganomics twice," and said it
would cost the average family nearly $900 a year in higher taxes.
Replied Glenn: "I think he's flat wrong."
The former vice president attacked the Ohio Democrat while Sen. Alan
Cranston outlined a plan to cut President Reagan's record defense budget
for next year by $38 billion and Sen. Ernest Hollings complained that the
American naval bombardment off Lebanon is "bluff and gusto" R
The campaign of a fifth Democratic presidential contender, the Rev. Jesse
Jackson, got a boost when the Federal Election Commission certified him
for federal campaign matching funds. The first installment is for $100,000.
And Sen. George McGovern attacked Reagan for an "abomination b
religious faith" in his re-election campaign.
"He ignores the Judeo-Christian mandate to feed the hungry and minister
to the poor, yet he repeatedly invoked the name of Jesus" in a recent speech
before religious broadcasters, McGovern said in Iowa.
Astronauts rescue equipment
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.--Bundled in their bulky suits, Challenger'
exuberant spacewalkers performed an impromptu rescue yesterday, snat-
ching back a piece of equipment as it drifted toward the junkyard of space.
They flew free and joyously, propelled by bursts of nitrogen gas from their,
backpacks: But the day was not without its disappointment-the latest in ,
long series for this shuttle crew. The "wrist" on the shuttle's robot arn
refused to respond to commands, canceling a docking rehearsal with a
"The view is simply spectacular and panoramic," astronaut Bruce Mc
Candless told President Reagan when he made his customary once-a
mission call to the shuttle.
Earlier pessimism that bad weather would again delay or cancel a first
landing tomorrow at Florida's Kennedy Space Center turned to optimism as
an expected weather front stalled over Texas. "Right now it's looking real
good for KSC," the astronauts were told.
From mission control came applause when McCandless reached over the
side of the spaceship and, like a child pulling at a balloon, retrieved a foot
restraint that had broken loose and was floating away. He was on his safety
line at the time.
Volkswagen announces plan to
open E. German engine plant
WOLFSBURG, West Germany-Volkswagen, West Germany's Leading
car maker, said yesterday it plans a $222 million agreement with East Ger-
many to produce 286,000 engines annually in the communist country begin-
ning in 1988.
A Volkswagen spokesman said the agreement, believed the first of its kind
between a West German car firm and East Germany, involves an engine
assembly line that would deliver 100,000 motors annually to the company's'
West German plant in Salzgitter.
East Germany could use the remainder of the 286,000 engines for its own
automobile production, he said.
The West German government yesterday welcomed Volkswagen's an-
nouncement. "This project is both advantageous and profitable for both
sides," said Chancellery Minister of State Philip Jenninger.
Financial observers said the contract would be particularly advantageous
to East Germany because it requires no Western credits, West Germany
gains the prospect of future long-term industrial agreements with its East
Avalanches, floods hit Europe
FRANKFURT, West Germany-Fierce winds drove rain and snow across
Western Europe yesterday, killing at least 17 people. Dozens of avalanches
buried 12 people in the Alps, blizzards isolated thousands, and floodwaters
rose in Holland, Belgium and West Germany.
Scores of injuries were reported as the death toll in this week's storms rose
Hardest-hit were the alpine ranges in France, Austria and eastern Swit-.
zerland, swept by blizzards and high winds for a third day. Tens of thousan-
ds of people were stranded by the snow.
Avalanche warnings were in effect for most of the region.
In the Austrian Tirol, avalanches killed at least seven people, including
three children. Among the victims were an 11-year-ofd girl and her 12-year-
old brother, who died when tons of slow destroyed part of a chalet in the
village of Galtuer as they slept.
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