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Page 4-Wednesday, June 2;1982-The Michigan Daily
Reagan visit
to Europe -
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BONN, West Germany (AP)- West
German terrorists set off bombs at four
American military bases and two U.S.
computer firms yesterday, calling the
explosions a prelude to an "unforget-
table reception" for President Reagan
next week.
The blasts, which caused at least
$180,000 in damage but no casualties,
came a day before Reagan arrives in
Europe on his first visit since taking of-
fice in January 1981 He will visit Fran-
ce, Italy and Britain before coming to
West Germany next week.
TENS OF thousands of Europeans
opposed to the deployment of new U.S.
missiles in Europe are expected to rally
in capitals Reagan will visit.
The Revolutionary Cells, an offshoot
of the Red Army Faction, or Baader
: Meinhof gang, claimed responsibility
for the attacks on military bases in
Frankfurt, Ranau, Geinhausen and
Bamberg. Police suspected the same
group bombed the Dusseldorf offices of
the IBM and Control Data Corp.
The Revolutionary Cells warned in a
letter to the West German news agency,
DPA, that the bombings at the bases.
were just "a prelude" to the reception
planned for Reagan when he visits
Bonn and West Berlin June 9 to11.
"WE WILL not wait 'til Reagan
comes," it said.
"As a prelude to a hopefully loud,
eventful and unforgettable reception,
we attacked some of the nests of the
U.S. military" in West Germany, the
letter said.
In West Berlin, police said they
defused another bomb planted at the
foot of a transmitter for the U.S. Forces
radio station American Forces Net-
work after receiving an anonymous tip
about the bomb yesterday morning.
PRESIDENT Reagan embarks today
on his first major overseas trip.
Secretary of State Alexander Haig
acknowledged that administration of-
ficials anticipate 'demonstrations in
Europe to protest Reagan's efforts to
build up U.S. defenses.
But Haig suggested that recent

... arrives in Paris today
strategic arms reduction proposals
made by Reagan and his stated inten-
tion to abide by the unratified SALT II
treaty as long as the Soviet Union does
likewise has relieved concern among
European leaders.
"THE SPEECHES made by the
president have put to rest a number of
understandable concerns with respect
to the overall direction of policies of the'
administration" with regard to arms
control, Haig said.
Reagan flies to Paris this morning,
and will spend tomorrow and Friday
morning there before going to Ver-
sailles, the royal resort outside Paris,
for an economic summit of western
Next Monday, he flies to Rome, for
meetings with Italian leaders and Pope
John Paul II and then to London, for
visits with Queen Elizabeth II and
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The final stops will bein Bonn, for the
sixth summit of NATO heads of gover-
nment since the alliance was founded in
1949, and meetings with West German
Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.

In Brief
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Judge to allow brain scan
evidence in Hinckley trial
WASHINGTON- After weeks of hearing testimony about how John Hin-
ckley's brain works, the jury in Hinckley's presidential assault trial will get
a chance to see X-ray pictures of what it looks like. U.S. District Judge
Barrington Parker, reversing a ruling he made last Thursday, decided
yesterday to allow the jury to hear testimony that Hinckley's brain showed
physical abnormalities.
The defense says sophisticated X-rays called CAT scans support
psychiatrists' conclusions that Hinckley was suffering from schizophrenia
March 30, 1981, the day he shot President Reagan and three others. the CAT
in CAT scans stands for computer assisted tomography.
Parker's ruling came after the weekend recess and appeared to take both
prosecution and defense by surprise. Chief Defense Attorney Vincent Fuller
had rested his case Friday, after calling 14 witnesses, subject to a ruling on
his motion that the judge reverse himself and allow the CAT scan evidence.
When Parker announced yesterday he would do just that, Fuller had no
witness ready and court was recessed until 4 p.m. to allow Dr. Marjorie
LeMay, an associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School, to
fly to Washington:
LeMay has concluded that Hinckley's brain "is definitely abnormal for an
individual of Mr. Hinckley's age," and that it's likely they "represent
primarily degeneration of brain substance," according to papers Fuller filed
with the court.
American teacher detained
in China f or alleged spying
PEKING- An American teacher engaged to a Chinese man was lured
from her room, handcuffed and detained by 10 police officers for alleged
spying, foreign sources said yesterday.
It was the first time that an American was detained since the nor-
malization of Chinese-U.S. relations three years ago.
Lisa Wichser, 28, of Denver was detained at 1 a.m. Friday at the Frien-
dship Hotel where she has lived for two years while teaching English and
doing research on China's communes.
The U.S. Embassy said her detention "relates to the theft of state
secrets." A spokesman said China takes a much broader view of state
secrets than the United States. Virtually everything in China can be con-
sidered a state secret unless it is published or announced.
The U.S. Embassy also lodged a protest against the Chinese handling of
the case, indicating it violated the U.S.-Chinese consular agreement which is
part of Chinese law. The State Department in Washington said Wichser "is
in good condition given the nature of her unexpected situation."
Word of Wichser's detention came as Senate Majority Leader Howard
Baker held talks in Peking on U.S.-Chinese relations. It was not known if he
brought up the subject.
Memorial Day auto deatis down
CHICAGO- This year's Memorial Day weekend traffic death toll was the
lowest since 1949, the National Safety Council said yesterday, and a
spokesman speculated the weak economy may be making people more
careful about using their cars.
There were 341 traffic-related deaths across the country for the three-day
period that started at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Monday. The
council estimated before the holiday began that there could be between 400
and 500 deaths.
There were 378 deaths last year. The three-day holiday in 1949 claimed 253
lives, and the following year the death toll jumped to 347, the lowest until this
The worst toll for a three-day Memorial Day weekend was 597 in 1968, one
year after 629 people died in a four-day observance of the holiday.
"We believe the low toll can be tied to the economy," said a council
spokesman who did not want his name used. "Many people just are not able
to travel. They are keeping their cars longer, repairing them, and not getting
new ones. They are afraid to take them on long trips.
State House passes bills
on child abuse program funding
LANSING- The House yesterday overwhelmingly passed three bills to
fund local child abuse prevention programs with money taxpayers donate
from their income tax refunds.
The measures, passed on votes of 91-0, 87-4 and 92-2, were sent to the
The bills allow taxpayers to designate $2 fromtheir income tax refunds to
go toward a special children's trust fund established within the Treasury
The donation will be made by checking off a box on the state income tax
form, similar to the way in which money is now designated for the state
gubenatorial campaign fund. In the case of the campaign fund, however,
that money would be going to the state anyway.
Under the measures, half of the money flowing into the abuse prevention
fund will be dispersed to qualifying local child abuse prevention programs.
The other half will be invested to generate interest income for the fund.

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