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Jackson faces uphill
battle to free Sakarliov
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports .
MOSCOW (AP) - Jesse Jackson's
hopes for a Kremlin audience to seek
release of Soviet dissident Andrei
Sakharov put him into a battle that has
been waged without success by the
pope, presidents, human rights ac-
tivists and scientists.
Jackson says he has "a good track
record" in obtaining the release of
political prisoners, and he has referred
to Sakharov in that context, without
being more specific as to what he wants
the Soviets to do in the Sakharov case.
SAKHAROV has been in internal
exile in the closed city of Gorky. He has
not been charged with any crime but it
is unclear where he is being held. He
has asked that his wife, Yelena Bonner,
be allowed to leave the country for
So far there has been nothing in the
Soviet reaction to previous pleas for
Sakharov or to Jackson's other
missions of mercy to suggest he might
get a more sympathetic hearing than
his predecessors - if he gets per-
mission to visit at all.
The official press has nearly ignored
Jackson's missions to Syria and Cuba
this year, and those countries' decisions
to freeprisoners at his request.
IN THE past two months there have
been appeals on Sakharov's behalf by
Pope John Paul II, Reagan, scientists
from at least four Western nations and
the Swedish committee that awarded
Sakharov the Nobel Peace Price in
But all those efforts have gotten
either a cold shoulder form the Kremlin
or a sharp rebuke for interfering in the
internal affiars of a sovereign state.
Although the White House has said
there are "quiet diplomatic channels"
open on Sakharsov's behalf, U.S. ap-
peals have drawn especially hard fire.
SAKHAROV IS still in Gorky, about
240 miles east of Moscow, according to
the Soviets. His wife also is restricted to
the city and reportedly is under
criminal investigation for telling
. . . cites previous success
Western contacts that her husband had
gone on a hunger strike in an attempt to
gain permission for her trip abroad for
Soviet officials have denied that
Sakharov went on a hunger strike and
have said he and his wife are healthy.
But they have refused to allow Weater-
ners to meet the physicist.
"It is possible that the Soviets might
allow Jackson to come here and give
him some kind of official audience," a
Western diplomat said yesterday. "But
it's another question entirely whether
the Soviets would consider releasing
Sakharov. It doesn't seem likely."
What could the Kremlin gain by
releasing Sakharov? Perhaps a hit
against Reagan, who for the Soviets
seems to be the least popular president
in American history. Perhaps a victory
in world public opinion.
Storm capsizes riverboat
Stormy weather thundered over
much of the eastern half of the
nation yesterday blowing up wind
that capsized a riverboat and killed
11 people. Storms also brought flash
floods that caused a fatal train
wreck, washed away cars and
chased people into trees.
During the night thunderstorms
dumped 3 inches of rain in just an
hour on a North Carolina com-
munity and peppered an outdoor
play in Arkansas with hail that
slightly injured 18 people.
Flood warnings were posted for
parts of New York and New Jersey,
and a flood watch was in effect for
all of Vermont.
newspapers for $110 million
Indianapolis - Louis Farrakhan,
leader of the Nation of Islam, said
yesterday he is suing newspapers
that reported he called Judaism a
"You newspapers will be asked to
show cause and prove that I said
such a thing," said Farrakhan. "I am
asking $110 million in damages
because I am suffering much from
Farrakhan referred to a June 24
broadcast speech in which many
news organizations reported he
called Judaism a gutter religion.
Philippine army announces
BONTOC, Philippines - The army.
has launched the largest military of-
fensive against leftist guerrillas sin-
ce rebel activity began in the moun-
tains of the northern Philippines, a
provincial military commander said
Parenthood clinic bombed
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A bomb ex-
ploded outside a building which
houses a Planned Parenthood office
yesterday, one day after pro-choice
groups called for federal help to end
a "reign of terror" against such
It was the second bombing of an
abortion facility within a week.
Debris was scattered for up to 450
feet and windows were shattered,
but no injuries were reported.
Pope denounces apartheid
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul
II yesterday condemned "every
form of discrimination" in a ringing
denunciation of racism that included
a call for an end to apartheid in
"What is at stake is the dignity of
the human person and the well-being
of all mankind," the pope said in an
audience at the Vatican with the
U.N. Special Committee against
Soviets say U.S. stalling
on arms talks
MOSCOW - The official news
agency Tass said yesterday that the
United States is still using tactics of
confusion and delay in responding to
the Soviet proposal to hold space.
weapons talks this fall in Vienna,
Reporting on the U.S. response to
the latest Soviet statement on space
weapons, Tass said U.S. officials
were trying to reduce the Soviet of-
fer to "a discussion of procedural
details" rather than state outright
that they are ready to open
negotations limited to seeking a ban
on space-based weapons.
The Tass comments came in a
commentary by its Washington
On Friday, an official
statement by Tass in Moscow said
the Soviet government was prepared
to "open formal talks on preventing
the militarization of outer space."
Peace advocates to rally
at Democratic convention
SAN FRANCISCO - Tens of
thousands of peace advocates are
planning rallies and expositions to
bring their anti-war, nuclear freeze
message to delegates, politicians
and the public during the
Democratic National Convention.
With the convention only a week
away, peace posters are being hung
throughout the city. An exposition of
events promoting world peace opens
next Saturday and the National
Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign
is holding a reception for delegates
and elected officials tomorrow.
When the Democrats convene July
16, a massive "Vote Peace in '84"
rally of an estimated 50,000 people
will gather outside of the Moscone
Center convention site.
Angry gunmen kill
bouncer at Fla. bar
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (UPI) -
Two men, enraged because they were
thrown out of an oceanside bar for
fighting, sprayed the crowded nightspot
with bullets yesterday, killing a boun-
cer and injuring three customers.
The gunfire - shot from a speeding
car across two lanes of busy Highway
AlA - panicked dozens of patrons at
Penrod's bar, some of whom stam-
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loose sheets, overnight
peded, trampling those who ducked for
cover, police said.
"IT WAS crazy here," said an em-
ployee at the bar, which is not far from
Fort Lauderdale's popular oceanfront
"strip" where college students flock
annually for spring break.
"There was screaming and running
and people started running all over the
place," she said.
Ken Raab, 23, of Hellertown, Pa., a
law student at Nova University near
Fort Lauderdale, was killed. Raab had
been working his way through college
as a bouncer at the popular nightclub.
He died at North Beach Medical Cen-
ter about an hour after the shooting.
Police said it was not clear whether he
was one of the bouncers who ejected the
The injured included two vacationing
British paratroopers stationed at
Salmaca, Belize, in Central America,
police said. They were identified as
Keith Edwards, 19, and Andrew Powell,
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