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VOL 65—No. 105 Hillsdale, Michigan, Wednesday, August 6, 1975 16 Pages Plus Two Tabloid Supplements Price 1 5 Cents Search For Labor Head Continues Hoffa's Foster Son Sought By Police % m I WwtKk * ' TERRORISTS' TRIP — Japanese riot police line one side of the ramp and plainclothes police the other as five Japanese terrorists board a plane in Tokyo. The terrorists, members of the Red Army, were released after a group of armed men held up to 50 hostages in Kuala Lumpur. (AP Wirephoto) Terrorists Waiting To Set Destination KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Five armed Japanese Red Army terrorists, still holding the U.S. consul and 14 other hostages, waited at the airport today to fly to another country. Malaysian officials said no question had arisen over Libya’s granting should be sufficient for the flight to Libya. Libya. The terrorists, masked and armed with automatic revolvers and hand grenades, left behind 28 of the hostages they had held in the U.S. Embassy since DETROIT (AP) — The FBI is studying some of Jimmy Hoffa’s private notes in an effort to retrace activities of the ex-Teamster boss just before he disappeared, a source said today. today. Hoff a vani£ied a week ago after he left for a scheduled luncheon meeting at a fashionable suburban restaurant. A man who identified himself as Hoffa’s foster son, Charles “Chuckie” O’Brien, told a Detroit television station that he, O’Brien, was safe. But he offered no explanation for the fact he hadn’t talked to the Hoffa family since last Thursday. FBI officials said O’Brien is one of several persons they would like to talk with, although there was no search for the 41-year-old union organizer who was raised by Hoffa from the age of 3. It was not known precisely who else the FBI sought to interview. A man who identified himself as O’Brien also called The Detroit News Tuesday night and said: “I don’t want to tell you where I’m at but I’m out of town. I’m safe and all right.” Hoffa’s daughter, Mrs. Barbara Oancer, told The Associated Press today that the family still had not heard from O’Brien. “All we’re asking is for him to tell the truth,” she said. Mrs. Crancer would not elaborate on what she meant by that, nor would she say if the family believes O’Brien is linked in some way to the disappearance disappearance of the former Teamster chief. However, the Saint Louis Post- Dispatch in today’s editions quoted unnamed sources as saying that O’Brien had been seen getting into a car on the morning after Hoffa’s disappearance. disappearance. The sources said the car was driven by a man close to current Teamster President Frank Fitzsimmons, Fitzsimmons, but the sources refused to identify the man. The sources also told the Post- Dispatch that O’Brien got into the car at about 7 a.m. Thursday near the Machus Red Fox restaurant. Hoffa was last seen outside the restaurant last Wednesday afternoon. Hoffa selected his onetime close friend Fitzsimmons to become Teamster president after Hoffa was forced to step down from the post. Hoffa was released from federal prison in 1971 after former President Nixon commuted his 13-year sentence Mi the condition that the former union boss not engage in union activities until 1980. Hoffa is appealing the restriction in the courts, arguing the union ban was a deal worked out by the White House and Fitzsimmons. The FBI refused to discuss Hoffa’s notes, which were offered by his family. But a source dose to the investigation said the material was “one of numerous” leads the bureau was pursuing. A source said the notes include the names of union officials, business associates and politicians acquainted with Hoffa. Like Hoffa, the skilled contract bargainer, his family thinks that money talks. The family posted a $200,000 reward Tuesday for information revealing the whereabouts “and-or leading to the safe return” of the missing former Teamsters union president and announced announced that persons wanting to add to the stipend could send money to “The Jimmy Hoffa Reward Fund.” Contrary to some published reports, Jay E. Bailey, the FBI’s chief investigator, investigator, said the bureau is working under the assumption that Hoffa is alive. Bailey said, “We have no information that he is alive, but we have none that he is dead, either. We have no information.” information.” He confirmed that the FBI is working cxi several theories, and a source said one of the theories led to O’Brien and another led to Daniel Sullivan of Philadelphia, a former business agent for Teamster locals in New York City. Another theory drifting through Detroit was that Hoffa was victim of someone who feared he might assist a federal investigation of union activities. Hoffa appeared before a grand jury earlier this summer and pleaded the Fifth Amendment — unusual for the man who always prided himself on taking onone-and-all tough government queries. It also was reported that O’Brien could be a key man in the federal probe. A man who identified himself as O’Brien phoned WXYZ-TV Tuesday night and said that he was safe. Earlier, Hoffa’s son, Detroit attorney James P. Hoffa, said he last heard from O’Brien last Thursday — the day after Hoffa disappeared. “We’re trying to find him,” the younger Hoffa said. Friends said it is not unusual for O’Brien to disappear for a few days. But they were surprised that he was missing now because he was very close to Hoffa and could be expected to stay with the family. The man who called WXYZTV said he is away on union business, then declined to discuss Hoffa’s disappearance. disappearance. Jimmy's Biographer Claims Family Would Be Target * ukt LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — If anyone had wanted to harm former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa it would have been through his family, Hoffa’s biographer said Tuesday. “That’s the only thing I could speculate about,” said Oscar Fraley, a columnist and freelance writer. Fraley said he recently finished about six months of interviews interviews with Hoffa and Hoffa’s associates in preparation for writing “Jimmy Hoffa, The Real Story.” “Jimmy is such a devoted family man,” said Fraley. “That sounds ridiculous when you think he has such a track record for being a tough guy, but it’s true.” Hoffa has not been seen publicly since he failed to return home from a luncheon meeting last Wednesday. The FBI was investigating allegations that reputed gangland figure Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano last year threatened to harm Hoffa and his grandchildren if Hoffa didn’t give up efforts to regain the union presidency. Fraley said, “I last talked to Jimmy about 10 days before he disappeared. He was jovial, in a good mood. He was in Detroit and he said it was raining like hell, and he was playing with his grandchildren.” Fraley called all theories about Hoffa’s mysterious disappearance “sheer speculation.” Hoffa’s family has offered a $200,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts and-or leading to his safe return. Voting Rights Given Extension WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford is signing a sevenyear extension of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark civil rights legislation credited with dramatic increases in black political participation since being enacted in 1965. Without Ford’s signature, the law would expire at midnight today. The 1965 law attacked electoral discrimination against blacks in seven Southern states. The extension broadens the coverage to areas in 24 states where more than 5 per cent of voting-age residents are Mexican- American, Alaskan natives, American Indians or or of Asian ancestry. Included are certain voting districts of New York City; Texas, and parts of California and Colorado. The extension also includes the original act’s nationwide ban on literacy tests. The measure requires federal pre­ clearance of voting district changes and permits federal registration and election examiners to go into areas that are covered to check records and voting procedures. It also bans for 10 years English-only elections in states and political subdivisions subdivisions in which more than 5 per cent of votingage citizens are members of any single language majority. Under this provision, a city might be required to print three ballots — in English, Spanish and Chinese, or perhaps perhaps another language. The House had voted a 10-year extension extension of the 1965 bill, but agreed to the Senate’s seven-year version without going to a time-consuming conference as Congress began its August recess last week. The Senate last month also rejected a Southern-led effort aimed at expanding the coverage of the law to all 50 states. President Ford made a last-minute appeal for such coverage. Opponents said that the proposal would “gut” the 1965 law that had facilitated the registration of thousands of black voters in the South. Ford earlier had supported a five- year extension of the original bill.

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  1. The Hillsdale Daily News,
  2. 06 Aug 1975, Wed,
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