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Page 4-Saturday, May 29, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Reagan soothes
Latin anger
over Falkiands

President Reagan reassured Latin
America yesterday that he is sensitive
to its sympathy for Argentina in the
war over the Falkland Islands even
though the United States supports
Great Britain.
"I know the bloodshed that is taking
place around the Falkland Islands is of
deep concern to every nation in this
hemisphere," he told the 22nd U.S.-
Mexico Interparliamentary Conferen-
"We understand and are sensitive to
Latin American sympathies in this
crisis, something which made our own
decisions more painful and difficult.
"I HOPE YOU will, also, as neigh-
bors and friends, do your utmost to un-
derstand the importance we attach to
the principle that armed force should
not be used to assert claims in an inter-
natinal dispute," Reagan said.
Reagan made the hour-long journey
from his mountaintop ranch to the hotel
in an 11-car motorcade, complete with
ambulance and police motorcycle
escorts, down narrow, winding roads
overlooking vast canyons because fog
grounded his helicopter.
After the speech, he returned to his
ranch, where he will remain secluded
until he returns to the White House
CLEARLY TRYING to repair the ill
feelings in Latin America that resulted
from the United States' support for
Britain, Reagan urged: "Let's make
certain that emotiong don't blur the
truth of how close we really are during
this tragic conflict. We all did our best
to prevent bloodshed. Now that
hostilities have started, we are united
in the desire for a negotiated set-
In his speech, Sen. Joaquin Gamboa,
president of the Mexican delegation,
placed the issue in terms. of what Latin

--. addresses conference
countries see as British colonialism in
the island crisis.
"We openly declare ourselves in
favor of peace in our world wide
relations, but especially with the coun-
tries within this continent to which,
without any doubt, we belong and which
we always want to see free from any
form of colonialism," he said.
"WORRIED about the ominous winds
which cause anxiety in a world now
facing armed struggles even in
America, this parliamentary reunion is
the counter-forum in which to invoke
our unwavering spirit of peace, respect
for the principles of international rights
and the strengthening of international
organizations such as the United
Nations, created to preserve coexisten-
ce in the world based on full sovereign-
ty, self-determination, nonintervention
and peaceful solutions to any conflict
hetween nations."

In Brief
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Gunman kills 2, injures 8
at IBM building in Maryland
BETHESDA, Md.- A masked gunman carrying a small arsenal crashed
his car through the glass doors of an office building of his former employer,
IBM, and went on a shooting spree yesterday that left two people dead and
eight wounded before he surrendered some seven hours later.
Montgomery County Police Chief Bernard Crooke identified the gunman
as Edward Thomas Mann, 38, of nearby Mitchelville, who was armed with
two rifles, a shotgun, and a pistol.
The chief said he did not know the motive for the episode, but he under-
stood Mann had "some kind of grievance or legal action involving work-
men's compensation with IBM."
Mann had worked for IBM for 12 years before resigning two years ago, the
chief said.
Although the gunman had claimed to be holding hostages during the cour-
se of telephone negotiations with police, officers found none.
Storm rips Central America
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras- Tropical Storm Aleta rampaged for a fifth
straight day yesterday, killing at least 226 people and leaving 80,000
homeless in Honduras and neighboring Nicaragua.
Rescue officials in both Central American countries said the combined toll
may climb when communications are restored with scores of isolated com-
munities in western Nicaragua and southern Honduras.
"Entire families were swept away by the waters and we know nothing
about them," a Red Cross official said in Tegucigalpa.
Officials said the storm, which whipped in from the Pacific Monday with
winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour, also caused "disastrous" damage to proper-
The sun appeared for the first time in a week yesterday through most of
Nicaragua, but Dr. Alegandro Rodriguez reported typhoid and other
epidemics were developing around Condega, 117 miles north of the capital of
"We have an epidemic of great proportions. All the water in communities
in the area is contaminated by broken sewer mains," he said.
Official apologizes for conments
NEW YORK- The head of President Reagan's spending watchdog com-
mittee said yesterday he made an "oratorical mistake" when he described
the federal food stamp program as basically a "subsidy for Puerto Ricans."
"I believe . .. I said that almost all of the Puerto Ricans in New York City
are on food stamps and that this was basically a Puerto Rican program.
These were oratorical mistakes for which I apologize," said Peter Grace,
head of Reagan's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control in the Federal
That remark in a speech in Dallas on Thursday prompted calls for Grace's
resignation from such figures as Resident Commissioner Baltasar Corrada,
who represents Puerto Rico in Congress; Rep. Robert Garcia (D-N.Y.), who
heads the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; Image, a national Hispanic
organization; and New York Lt. Gov. Mario Cuomo.
There was no immediate reaction yesterday to Grace's remark from the
White House or from Reagan, who is in California.
Court rules on Ann Arbor line
LANSING - A long-awaited ruling yesterday by U.S. District Judge
Stewart Newblatt put the ball back in the state's court on the Ann Arbor
railroad dispute.
Newblatt's decision apparently would allow the state to contract with a
new carrier to handle the unused portion of the Ann Arbor line running from
the city northwest to Kewaunee, Wis.
However, it is not clear whether officials would choose to do that or try to
stike a deal with the Michigan Interstate Railway Co. - the former
A Transportation Department spokesman said the State Transportation
Commission likely will meet next week to consider its next move in the case.
Film shown at Hinckley trial
WASHINGTON - Totally engrossed and at times visibly tense, John Hin-
ckley saw the movie "Taxi Driver" for the 16th time yesterday along with
the jury that has been told he acted out the film's murderous theme by
shooting President Reagan.
Only once during the two-hour showing on television sets placed around
the courtroom did Hinckley's eyes leave the screen. That was when actress
Jodie Foster, in the role of a 12-year-old prostitute, was dancing with her
Hinckley rested his elbows on the defense table, formed an arch with his
hands and cradled his head in them. He looked down at the table through the
entire scene, his face a study in unhappiness.
In effect, the film was the 15th and last defense witness, intended by Hin-
ckley's lawyers to suggest a violent explanation for their client's violent
The prosecution will begin its rebuttal case Tuesday by presenting
psychiatrists and witnesses to the March 30, 1981 shooting to bolster their
contention Hinckley was in full control of himself that day. The young
defendant has pleaded not guilty on grounds he was insane.




Airstrip, village taken
in Falkiands offensive

(Continued fromPage 1)
Argentine army troops, supported by
planes, forced the enemy back, totally
recovering the territory, controlling the
tactical situation and obliging the
enemy to retire toward the north," the
communique said. "The action con-
tinues at present."
Press Association said Darwin was
seized by troopers of the Parachute
Regiment's 2d Battalion. It quoted
Defense Ministry spokesman as saying
the paratroopers, in their distinctive
red berets, began their attack on Dar-
win from Dobie Peak, about five miles
away and made the final assault behind
a barrage of 81mm mortar shells,
bazooka rockets and hand grenades.
IT SAID hundreds of prisoners were
taken as the troopers of the 1,000-
member regiment swept through Dar-
win and then captured the Goose Green
The agency said Darwin-Goose Green
has 69 adults and 13 children, making it

the largest settlement on the Falklands.
Stanley is the only town in the Falklan-
ds, and about half of the islands' 1,800
inhabitants live there. Virtually all the
islanders are of British descent and op-
posed to Argentine rule of the Falklan-
de, known in Argentina as the
Press Association said a pitted,
single-track road running west-
southwest out of Stanley covers only 13
of the 40 miles between Darwin and the
THE ARGENTINE airstrip at Goose
Green in considered second only to the
main airfield at Stanley, and was the
target of many British air strikes after
the British war fleet arrived off the
Falklands last month. Argentina seized
the islands, held by Britain for 149
years, on April 2.
Darwin-Goose Green was believed
defended by up to 1,500 Argentine
soldiers, with another 7,000 at Stanley,

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