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Page 2- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 8, 1987

Feds question
engineer in
train collision

CHASE, Md (AP) - Federal
investigators said yesterday that
they wanted to know why tape was
placed over a warning whistle in the
cab of a Conrail locomotive that
otherwise might have helped
prevent a fatal crash with an
Amtrak train.
Representatives of the National
Transportation Safety Board were
expected to question Conrail
engineer R. L. Gates and another
crew member in Baltimore about
Sunday's crash, which killed 15
people and injured more than 170.
Gates's attorney, Stephen Tully,
said that the Conrail engineer was
questioned under oath for more than
two hours, answering questions
about the warning whistle and
whether advance signal lights told

him to slow down.
An NTSB committee said the
warning whistle in the lead Conrail
engine cab was taped, but Gates
denied that the whistle was taped
over, Tully said.
Train crew members sometime
silence or muffle the whistle, which
essentially duplicates the function
of cab signal lights, to avoid the
annoyance, according to some
According to Tully, Gates also
testified that the first overhead
signal about two miles from the
crash site told him to proceed at
normal speed and it was not until
he reached the second signal-about
500 feet from the accident site that
he was told to stop.

Cut may threaten aid

Band leader mourned Associated Press
Two unidentified former members of the Zanesville High School band
comfort each other during the funeral Tuesday of band director Larry
Wilson. Wilson died in the New Year's Eve fire that heavily damaged a
San Juan, Puerto Rico, hotel.

(Continued from Page 1)
recommendations from the Reagan
administration to abolish the
SEOG. Richard Kennedy,
University vice president for
government relations, said the new
proposals for cuts in financial aid

are similar to those in past budgets,
but that the chances for the cuts
being approved are "remote."
If the cuts are approved,
however, the University would
suffer a "dramatic drop in
enrollment," Kennedy said.


4:30 til6:00 PM

White House nixes tax hike
WASHINGTON - President Reagan's budget director poured cold
water yesterday oni a proposed temporary tax surcharge, saying the
White House would not participate in any deficit-reduction meeting
unless tax increases were ruled out beforehand.
"It's very clear that if you put taxes on the table (for discussion),
then there will notbe a summit," James Miller, director of the Office of
Management and Budget, told reporters after outlining Reagan's
proposed 1988 spending plan to the Senate Budget Committee.
Answering questions from the committee, Miller showed no
enthusiasm for a suggestion by Chairman Lawton Chiles (D-Fla.), for
some kind of temporary tax increase that would die as soon as thi
deficit were wiped out.
Bomb injures 40 in Beirut
BEIRUT, Lebanon-Assassins wounded former President Camille
Chamoun and 35 other people and killed three bodyguards and a pas -
serby with a remote-controlled car bomb as his motorcade drove through
Beirut yesterday.
Chamoun, a Christian who was the architect of the first U.S.
military peacekeeping mission in the Middle East and now serves as
Lebanon's finance minister, suffered minor shrapnel wounds in the face
and both hands, police said.
The 9:30 a.m. blast tore out a hole six feet deep and 14 feet wide and
hurled Chamoun's gray, bullet-proof Mercedes Benz about 60 feet off
the road in the Mattahen industrial district of Christian east Beirut.
"But it (Chamoun's car) miraculously landed on its wheels and he
survived along with his driver," a police spokesman said.
It was the fifth time in 19 years that assassins tried in vain to kill
AIDS antibodies linked to
risk of disease, study says
BOSTON-Measuring levels of AIDS antibodies and four other
factors can help doctors predict which people infected with the AIDS
virus face a high risk of coming down with the disease within a few
months, a study shows.
The research shows that those with low levels of antibodies to the
virus in their blood are five times as likely as those with high levels to
get the disease within 15 months. This suggests, though it doesn'
prove, that AIDS antibodies may shield people from the disease.
"I suspect that the antibody response early in the course of infectior
probably is protective," said the study's director, Dr. Frank Polk o
Johns Hopkins.
If so, this may help explain one of the central mysteries of the AIDS
epidemic - why some infected people fall ill while others remai
healthy for many years.
More than 29,000 Americans have gotten AIDS, but experts believ
that several times that number are infected with the AIDS virus and n
one knows their ultimate fate.
U.S. discusses peace overture
WASHINGTON - The Reagan administration, weighing a fresh
diplomatic approach to the war in Nicaragua, sent its two top Latin
American specialists to Miami yesterday for secret talks on a new peace
initiative backed by Costa Rica and Guatemala.
But a U.S. official, who confirmed the, mission undertaken by
Assistant Secretary of State Elliot Abrams and Philip Habib, the
president's special envoy, was skeptical that the leftist Sandanista
government in Managua was prepared to accept any formula designed to
promote democracy in Nicaragua.
"The Sandanistas have been resistant to democracy," the official said.
"The Sandanistas will have to be pressured if there is to be a solution."
Broomfield opposes special
panel for Iran-Contra affair
WASHINGTON - Rep. William Broomfield (R-Mich.), was one of
just two congressmen voting yesterday against a resolution establishing
a special House committee to investigate the secret Iran-Contra
weapons deal.
Broomfield, who has been selected to serve on the special Watergate-
style committee, said the resolution gives the 15-member panel too
much time to complete its work, includes inadequate safeguards for
national security secrets and sets "an outlandishly broad scope" for the
"The nation cannot afford another.. . committee exercise in which
leaks damaging to our nation's diplomatic and intelligence efforts

appear daily in the press," Broomfield said, referring to a mid-1970s
congressional probe into intelligence agencies.
Broomfield, a 16-term legislator from Birmingham who is ranking
Republican on the house Foreign Affairs Committee and the senioi
GOP member of the House, said he opposed the resolution with regret,
since he favors establishing a special committee to investigate the arms
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