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LONDON (AP)- British troops cap-
tured the enemy-held shepherds' set- -A
tlement of Darwin and the military air-
strip at nearby Goose Green yesterday
on the second day of their two-pronged "
offensive to retake the Falkland Islands
from Argentina, the British Defense
Ministry announced.
Argentina's Joint Chiefs of Staff con- established
firmed the assault on Darwin, but 20 miles no
claimed the British had been repulsed, Press As
with two British helicopters downed news agen
and a frigate damaged. The com- sources
munique did not say how the British Argentine
warship was damaged or give the fate British
of the helicopter crews. under a
THE ARGENTINE military junta strikes and
acknowledged earlier that the British ched a pin
had broken out of their beachhead Carlos bes
Economic
index
points to
recovery
WASHINGTON (AP) - The gover-
nment's main gauge of future economic
strength, rising for the first time in a
year, gained 0.8 percent in April in the
clearest signal yet that the -recession
may be dying, new figures indicated
yesterday.
Murray Weidenbaum, chairman of
President Reagan's Council of
Economic Advisers, called the Com-
merce Department report "a strong
positive sign .., that the recovery is
imminent." One private analyst said
recovery from the recession is already
at hand.
OTHER ANALYSTS were con-
siderably more restrained. And all said
a strong sustained economic revival
will be hard to maintain unless interest
rates decline substantially from
current high levels - a development
they said depends heavily on Threat
See INDEX, Page ii
Suspect in '80
local murders
" e
investigate for
conneetion to
Texas slayings

ostrip, village taken
Falk lands offensive

d one week ago at San Carlos,
rth of Darwin.
sociation, Britain's domestic
cy, quoted Defense Ministry
as saying "hundreds" of
soldiers had surrendered.
paratroopers and marines
protective umbrella of air
d naval bombardments laun-
cers movement from the San
achhead Thursday, aimed at

Stanley, the heavily defended capital
city.
THE MOVEMENT puts British
troops on both the north and south
flanks of a rocky range of hills known as
No Man's Land. Darwin is 40 miles west
of Stanley and San Carlos is 50 miles to
the northwest. British television
programs were interrupted for the
Defense Ministry announcement.
Spokesman Ian McDonald said, "We

of the Parachute Regiment has taken
Darwin and Goose Green. The Argen-
tine forces suffered casualties, and a
number of prisoners have been taken.
Initial reports are that British
casualties are light, and the next of kin
are being informed."
The Argentine communique, con-
tradicting London's claim, asserted the
British troops were being driven back.
IT SAID the attack on Darwin began
Thursday night and involved helicop-
ter-borne troops supported by planes
and shellfire from navy frigates.
"The Argentine counterattack began
at 9 a.m., when our aviation neutralized
the fire from the British ships and
See AIRSTRIP, Page 4

Storm ivarning Daily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS
ening storm clouds seemingly overwhelm the normally placid town of Ann Arbor before yesterday's torrential rains.

By CHARLES THOMSON
Houston police are investigating possible links
between,a suspect in the 1980 murders of three Ann
Arbor women and the slayings of as many as 40
women in the Houston-Galveston area.
Coral Eugene Watts was arrested by Houston,
Texas authorities early Sunday morning as he was
fleeing an apartment where police say he attempted
to drown a young woman in her own bathtub. Two
Ann Arbor police detectives flew to Houston early in
the week to interview Watts and to compare notes
with Houston police on the two investigations.
ON MONDAY, Houston police announced that a
special squad of homicide detectives was trying to
determine whether 40 women slain in the last 18 mon-
ths in southwest Houston were the victims of one
murderer.
One Houston police detective, Doug Bostock, said
that Watts was considered a suspect in "a few" of
those murders. He would not say for which murders

police consider Watts a suspect, but said they were
investigating them all.
Another detective, however, said Watts had not
been named a suspect in any of the 40 cases, but was
being investigated for possible connection with them.
ANN ARBOR Police Chief William Corbett said
that the 1910 murders in Ann Arbor and the 40 under
investigation in Houston were "remarkably" similar.
He said he understood that Houston police were in-
vestigating Watts as a possible suspect in "nine to 15"
of those murders.
Ann Arbor police still consider Watts, 29 and a
native of Inkster, a suspect in the stabbing deaths of
Shirley Small, Glenda Richmond, and Rebecca Greer
Huff during the spring and summer of 1980. All three
women were found stabbed near their apartments in
the early morning hours on different Sundays.
Local police say Watts was considered a suspect
before he left Michiganfor Texas about a year ago
See HOUSTON, Page 11

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