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lava dome
From AP and UPI
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Glowing
lava pushed to the surface in the mile-
deep crater of Mount St. Helens yester-
day, and geologists said it could be the
first sign of a volcanic dome. That
development would increase the chan-
ces of more small eruptions but lessen
the danger of another major ash fall.
"I think we can feel pretty sure we're
at the beginning of the lava dome
stage," said Tim Hait, a geologist for
the U.S. Geological Survey.
HAIT SAID the rising lava, estimated
to be at 750 to 900 degrees Fahrenheit,
was extremely thick and slow moving
and was unlikely to flow overthe edge
of the crater and down the mountain
The Cowlitz County coroner's office
said, meanwhile that it would begin
issuing "presumptiv6" death cer-
tificates for the 55 people missing since
the volcano's major eruption May 18.
The official death toll stands at22.
The air search for the missing was
called off Thursday after officials ad-
mitted the chances of finding any sur-
vivors now were "nil." They also said
they did not want to add to the death toll
with a possible crash of a search crew
on the dangerous mountain.


SMOKE AND ASH COME pouring out of Mount St. Helens in Washington as the volcano erupts Thursday. The air search
for survivors of the mountain's May 18 blast has been suspended, although 58 people are still missing.
Gays attend Mass. prom

SUTTON, Mass. (AP) - School
officials hired off-duty police for extra
security yesterday and warned studen-
ts of "very stern measures" if trouble
developed as a homosexual couple
prepared to attenda senior prom.
Aaron Fricke, an 18-year-old senior
at Cumberland High School in Rhode
Island, obtained a federal court order
allowing him to attend the event with
Paul Guilbert, 18. Guilbert, who failed a
year ago in a similar effort to bring a
male date to the junior prom at Cum-
berland High, moved to New York City
where he finished high school..
BOTH YOUNG MEN planned to wear
tuxedoes to the dance at the Pleasant
Valley Country Club across the state
line in Sutton, Mass.
School principal Richard Lynch, who

last month vetoed Fricke's prom plans,
said the school hired a half-dozen off-
duty policemen to patrol the dance.
Officials said reporters and
photographers would be barred from
the ballroom and entrances to the
"WE DON'T WANT to chance the
possibility that television lights could
incite violence," said superintendent
Robert Condon.
"We have a court decision, and we
will abide by it completely," Lynch ad-
ded. "We've added more chaperones
than we'd normally have, somewhere
in the vicinity of 25."
The principal said he told the studen-
ts to "forget about events that have
happened to this point and just go out to
have a good time" at the dance.
LATE THURSDAY, a federal ap-

peals court in Boston upheld U.S.
District Judge Raymond Pettine's
ruling that Fricke could bring a male
date to thesprom.
Pettine ruled Wednesday in Fricke's
favor, saying his right was protected by
the U.S. Constitution's First Amen-
dment. He said Cumberland school of-
ficials were required to provide
adequate security.
Drinking and driving "is the biggest
safety factor, not me and my friend,"
Fricke said before the dance.
"Drinking and driving could kill them."
Fricke, the slightly built son of a har-
bor pilot, was punched in the eye by
another student after his court battle
became public.
"I think 99 per cent of the seniors are
with me and aren't out to stifle gay
progression," he said.


you move too fast.

San Jose residents
to vote on gay rights

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In the
nation's first referendum on gay rights
in nearly two years, residents of San
Jose and Santa Clara County will
decide next Tuesday whether to ap-
prove laws banning discrimination
against homosexuals.
Polls and persons on both sides of the
issue say the referendums on the June 3
primary ballot will be decidednarrowly.
BUT GAY RIGHTS leaders are
hoping to sustain momentum gained in
1978 when California voters rejected
Proposition 6, a statewide referendum
that called for the firing of homosexual
public school teachers.
Anti-discrimination ordinances were
approved by both the San Jose City
Council and the Santa Clara County
Board of Supervisors last summer. But

enforcement of the laws was suspended
after petition drives forced them onto
the primary ballot.
The two measures differ slightly in
wording, but both would prohibit
discrimination based on sexual orien-
tation and provide protection in jobs'
and housing.
THE ORDINANCES are patterned
after a gay rights law in San Francisco,
where an estimated one in seven of the
city's 680,000 residents is homosexual.
An estimated 10per cent of Santa Clara
County's 1 million residents are
homosexual. About 600,000 people live
in San Jose.
Moral Majority, of Santa Clara Coun-
ty Inc., the group that led the petition
drive that forced the ordinances onto
the ballot, has spent more than $100,000.
It says it received a $30,000 contribution
from Anita Bryant's Protect America's
Children Inc., which was instrumental
in repealing a gay rights ordinance in
Dade County in 1977.
However, the issue has failed to
generate as much political interest as-it


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