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Marines to leave by mid-March
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Reagan administration
has set in motion plans to withdraw the U.S. Marines
dam Lebanon before mid-March, officials said
"The White House has made a decision to get the
Marines out of Beirut and on the amphibious ships of-
fshore within 30 days from last Saturday," said an
'administration official who spoke only on condition
lie remain anonymous.
"THE CLOCK started then," added this official,
"Ao said the decision was made after Defense
$ecretary Caspar Weinberger delivered the Pen-
tagon's proposal for withdrawing the Marines to the
White House last Friday.
Such a timetable would bring the 1,200 to 1,300
"Marines serving in the multinational force from their
positions at the Beirut International Airpot to the
ships by March 12.
Officials said last week that a relatively small
number of U.S. military personnel, perhaps 200 or so,
would remain to guard the U.S. embassy, train the
Lebanese army and handle communications and
EARLIER yesterday, White House spokesman
Larry Speakes said President Reagan was moving
toward a withdrawal of the Marines to the ships
within 30 days and that "we will do so if it is con-
sistent with the political and military situation."
Meanwhile in Beirut, the Lebanese army and
Moslem civilians exchanged sniper fire and the army
for a second day allowed dozens of trucks to carry
food and fuel to the trapped residents of the Lebanese
Brig. Gen. Dutfi Jaber, Shiite commander of the
army's 6th Brigade, ordered his soldiers to report to
duty in west Beirut within 48 hours and take over
security of the beseiged Moslem sector of the capital.
The spiritaul leader of Beirut's Shiites called for "ab-
solute cooperation" with the brigade to restore law
THE MOVE will give the army its first presence in
the predominantly Moslem sector since militiamen
took control a week ago in heavy fighting. The 6th
Brigade had refused to fight at the height of the bat-
The move came a day after President Amin
Gemayel called for a national reconciliation con-
ference within two weeks and put forth a plan to
reunite the war-torn nation. The plan includes equal
representation for Christians and Moslems in
Parliament; which is now dominated by Christians.
The Lebanese army had closed off all "green line"
crossings between the capital's two sectors and
sealed off west Beirut's entrances from southern
Lebanon after leftist militia took control, leaving
west Beirut cut off from major distribution centers in
the east and west for more than a week
Police said only scattered exchanges of sniper fire
broke the lull infighting between government troops
and Moslem militiamen.
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Chernenko to lead Soviets
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30 years, Brezhnev. Tikhonov took note
of the decades of party work in his
"Konstantin Ustinovich ... knew the
hard peasant labor, the service as a
soldier, and everyday activities of a
regional party committee in the coun-
He called Chernenko a "talented
organizer of the masses, an ardent
propaganist of Marxist-Leninist ideas,
an unshakeable fighter for putting into
life the policy of our great party."
IN HIS OWN speech, Chernenko
made no specific proposals for resum-
ption of U.S.-Soviet dialogue, and soun-
ded the standard line in foreign policy,
saying "we can very well see the threat
created today to humankind by the
reckless, adventurist actions of im-
perialism's aggressive forces."
Chernenko said the Soviet Union
would strive to avert war by main-
taining its nuclear strength.
Chernenko said Andropov supported
"the principle of peaceful coexistence
of states with different social syst-
"WE DO NOT intend to dictate our
will to others, but we will not permit the
military equilibrium that has been
achieved to be upset," he said. "And let
nobody have even the slightest doubt
about that: We will further see to it that
our country's defense capacity be
strengthened, that we should have
enough means to cool the hot heads of
RSG loser wants re-vote
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working at the voting booth did not af-
fect the election because only one
student voted while he was there.
He said he opposes any move to in-
validate the election. "Since the (RSG)
council decided to count the ballots,
that proves that the election is legal," he
RSG election coordinator Vicki
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sider Gantner's complaints this Wed-
nesday and said there could be an in-
vestigation into the matter.
"THERE ISN'T a an investigation
yet," she said. "There will be more or
less a discussion."
She said the council does have the
power to order an investigation if it.
decides to at Wednesday's meeting.
Buerger said, however, that a bylaw
change is needed to address some of
the problems in this year's election.
"(There is)w nobylaw governing the
things that went wrong," she said.
"RSG would like to clean up the
procedural problems in order to hold a
more fair, equitable election."
Questions arose about Abili's actions
during the council's meeting last Wed-
ABILI SAID he copied ballots and
handed them out to students in
the education school, where he is a
He said, however, that there was
nothing improper about his actions.
because he had an agreement with
Buerger. He said he passed them out
primarily to education school students
because he would "rather get votes
from people who know me than from
those who don't."
Abili also defended his collection of
ballots for one hour in the fishbowl. He
said that the time he spent there could
not have swayed the election because
only one person voted during thehour.
Buerger said that under the current
rules there was also nothing improper
about Abili's entering the election last'
as a write-in candidate.
All of Abili's 104 votes were cast by
mail, under a special policy allowing
three days after the election for mail-in
votes to arrive.
A lunch discussion on "Lebanon in
the Contemporary Middle East"
featuring Dr. Antony Sullivan will be
presented today at noon in the Inter-
national Center. An advertisement in
Sunday's Daily incorrectly gave the
wrong speaker, topic, and date.
Activist group lists construction,
problems at Midland power plant
LANSING - Confidential statements said to contain charges of.
widespread construction problems at the Midland nuclear plant were turned
over to a state lawmaker yesterday by two activist groups.
The Washington-based Government Accountability Project (GAP) and the
Lone Tree Council, a Saginaw-area anti-nuclear group, said at a Capitol
news conference the statements contain more than 65 allegations by former
Problems listed by GAP include improper construction, inadequate
welding, uncertified inspectors, advance notice of government inspections,
unqualified engineers and collusion between the Nuclear Regulatory Commis-
sion and company management.
The group also called on Gov. James Blanchard to appoint an independent
commission to investigate cost and safety issues regarding the plant, last
estimated by the utility to cost $4.43 billion.
A Consumers Power statement charged the group with recruiting disgrun-
tled former employees for the statements and criticized GAP for not
revealing details of the allegations.
Texaco-Getty merger approved
WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission tentatively approved
yesterday the biggest corporate merger in U.S. history - Texaco's planned
$10.1 billion takeover of Getty Oil Co.
By a 4-1 vote, the FTC cleared the way for Texaco to acquire Getty stock
by conditionally accepting a consent agreement aimed at resolving potential
Under the proposed agreement, reached last Friday between the FTC
staff and the oil giant, Texaco Inc. would divest Getty assets totaling several
hundred million dollars, but representing just a small fraction of the total
Texaco would be permitted to retain what it most sought in the deal - Get-
ty's domestic oil reserves. But it would be required to continue to provide
certain Getty customers on the West Coast with crude oil through 1989.
The FTC's tentative approval of the agreement will be subject to a 60-day
period for public comment. In nearly all cases, the FTC gives tentatively
approved consent agreements final approval.
Airlines get 160 new inspectors
WASHINGTON - Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole announced
yesterday the government is hiring more than 160 new inspectors to "keep
an eagle eye" on air safety at a time of intense competition and cost-cutting
among the airlines.
"In an industry changing so rapidly and dynamically, we must guard
against any safety lapses," Dole said, referring to the grounding of three
small airlines in recent months after maintenance and operational problems
FAA officials are concerned also about surveillance of the airlines in light
of a rash of incidents that raised questions about the operational or main-
tenance procedures of a half-dozen large and small carriers in the past year,
including Republic Airlines, Eastern Airlines, Air Illinois, Air Vermont and
Dole also announced that DonaldEngen, a retired Navy vice admiral, for-
mer test pilot and member of the National Transportation Safety Board, is
her choice to be the new FAA administrator. .
Judge throws out DeLorean's
controversial lie-detector test
LOS ANGELES - A judge ruled yesterday that automaker John
DeLorean's controversial lie-detector test can't be used for the defense at his
cocaine trial because "substantial body movements" made the results
The government suggested during weeks of hearings on the polygraph test
issue that DeLorean's twitching, fidgeting and jumpiness, seen on video
tapes of the test, were intentional efforts to alter the results in his favor. The
defense denied this.
U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi, a trained polygrapher, said he could
not accept defense attorneys attempts to explain the movements which were
clearly visible on videotapes. He did not comment on whether he believed
the movements were intentional.
DeLorean, 59, was arrested Oct. 19, 1982, at a Los Angeles airport hotel in
what FBI agents said was the final act of a conspiracy to distribute $24
million worth of cocaine. He was videotaped in a room with cocaine and was
heard describing it as "better than gold."
He says he was forced into participating in the FBI "sting," operation,
fearing his family would be harmed if he did not go along. He says he com-
mitted no crime.
No lues to satellite failure found
SPACE CENTER, Houston - Engineers checking launch platforms in the
cargo bay of space shuttle Challenger said yesterday they found to clues to
the failure of two communications satellites to reach their proper orbits
during the last flight.
The $75 million satellites were released from the shuttle during the eight-
day mission that ended Saturday with a landing at its launch site in Florida.
The shuttle, the first ever to make a Florida-to-Florida round trip, was
opened for examination after it was rolled into a hangar at the Kennedy
NASA spokesman Rocky Robb said engineers examined the cradles that
had held the satellites and served as deployment platforms.
"They found absolutely nothing," said Robb. "There was nothing abnor-
mal. Nothing that would contribute to the failure."
Tuesday, February 14, 1984
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