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DAILY FACTS, Redlands, Calif. Monday, September 12,1977- 2 Bakk e case President approves brief on reverse discrimination WASHINGTON (UPI) - Attorney Attorney General Griffin Bell said today President Carter has approved approved "the concept" of a proposed proposed Justice Department brief on a reverse discrimination case before the Supreme Court. The Justice Department brief is believed to support a claim that a rigid racial quota violates the constitutional rights of whites, but supports the use of race as a factor in deciding the eligibility of student applicants. Bell told reporters following a White House Cabinet meeting Millions killed that the Justice Department's long-awaited brief in the controversial controversial issue may be ready to go to the printers next Monday or Tuesday. The case involves Allan Bakke, a white student who claims he was denied admission to the University of California medical school at Davis because some admissions were reserved for less-qualified blacks, orientals and Chicanes. The university appealed after Bakke won his case in state courts. Bell said today Carter supports supports "the concept" of the Justice Department brief, which Bell submitted to Carter week before last. However, Bgll had said in an earlier statement that the department is submitting submitting its view of the law as a "friend of the court" and will not necessarily support either Bakke or the university. Bell's statement appeared to support a report by the New York Times that Carter will not alter the general theme of a the Justice Department brief. • ROOTS WINNERS-Olivia Cole, left and Edward Asner, pose with their Best Supporting Actress and Actor Emmy awards both received for their roles in "Roots," the ratings-shattering limited series from Alex Haley's book. Roots led all shows with six Em­ mys, in the 29th annual presentations. (UPI Telephoto) Prince Sihanouk blamed for Cambodian tragedy On tie vote Gas price controls survive panel vote WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Carter's proposal to keep federal controls on natural gas production prices survived by the barest margin today in the Senate Energy Committee, which rejected a phaseout of controls on a tie vote. The 9-9 tie, on a proposal by Sen. Clifford Hansen, R-Wyo., was exactly as Chairman Henry Jackson, D-Wash., had predicted the split in the committee. Jackson also told reporters a week ago the issue is just as close in the full Senate. The committee rejected outright deregulation of natural gas prices, 12 to 6. That plan was sponsored today by Sen. Dewey Bartlett, R-Okla. Carter proposed — and the House accepted with some changes — a plan to keep federal controls on gas sold across state lines and to extend the controls into sales of gas in the state in which it is produced. He would put all gas under a new federal ceiling of approximately $1.75 per thousand cubic feet. Hansen's proposal was to lift controls immediately from new production onshore, and phase out over five years the controls on offshore production. Gas already under contract would continue continue to be regulated. Under the Hansen plan, new gas eligible for the uncontrolled price would include gas from a newly discovered or extended reservoir, and gas from enhanced recovery efforts in an existing existing reservoir. Having rejected the proposals to end regulation, the committee committee will still take a vote, at a time still to be set, on sending the Carter plan to the Senate floor for action. HONOLULU (UPI) - The former president of Cambodia, quoting refugees and sources in his nation, asserts that more than 2.5 million persons have died in his homeland since the Khmer Rouge conquered the country 28 months ago. In an interview Sunday at his home in Hawaii, where he has been living in exile since the Communist takeover, Lon Nol blamed Prince Sihanouk "for our tragedy, because he refused our pleas to return home during the 1970 revolution and help us drive the Vietnamese out of Cambodia. On the contrary, he led the Vietnamese who were fighting against Cambodia." Lon Nol said the motives of the Khmer Rouge mystify him. "They are still moving the people from place to place," he said. "They apparently still fear the Vietnamese, but need their support to stay in power. The Soviets seem to have little or no influence today, certainly much less influence than the Chinese communists who actively actively supported the Khmer Rouge during the war. "But why," he said, "are they killing — or causing the deaths — of their own people, not hundreds, hundreds, not thousands, not hundreds hundreds of thousands, but several millions? What are their goals? What goal can be worth the misery, the suffering, the killings killings the communists are inflicting inflicting on their own people today?" today?" Seated behind a small wooden table in his open-windowed living living room, Lon Nol, 64, said none of his communications from Cambodia mention Prince Sihanouk, who established a government-in-exile in Peking after being deposed in 1970. "He has become a nonper- son," Lon Nol said. "All I know is what I have read in the newspapers about him being under house arrest. No one ever mentions him. They have too many other important things on their minds — like staying alive. Sorting out a stack of letters he said were from refugees who had fled Cambodia, the ex- president said: "Last month there was a mass attempt by some 250 people people from a village near Bat- tambang to escape. Twenty of them were killed, but most of the rest made it safely to Thailand." He pointed to the portfolio of letters and said: "They all say the same thing. No food, no medicine, executions, harrass- ment, and always the fear that tomorrow they will be the ones shot or beaten or sent away.'' Lon Nol said he plans to make an appeal to the United Nations at its fall session to stop the killing killing in Cambodia. "What has the free world done to stop the slaughter that the Khmer Rouge continued after the end of the fighting in April, 1970?" he asked. "I have also appealed to President Carter, who is now recognized the world over as the new leader for human rights, asking him to take all appropriate measures to help restore sanity and tranquilty to Cambodia." Lon Nol was skeptical of Bangkok reports that the Khmer Rouge and Vietnamese troops had fought border skirmishes. skirmishes. "It seems highly unlikely that the Cambodians would have the affrontery to bite the hand that has been feeding them," he said, suggesting that the fighting is more likely among different elements of the Khmer Rouge itself. The former revolutionary, whose three brothers were killed killed in the five-year war, lives in a newly-built frame house in rural Oahu with eight of his children. His second eldest daughter, with her husband and three children, disappeared when Phnom Penh fell April 17, 1975. The Studio of WM. ELMER KING HAM

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  2. 12 Sep 1977, Mon,
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