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10A TODAY, Saturday, April IS, Itgl The World Reagan lifts grain embargo c GRAIN, From 1A D h U.N. group urges South Africa embargo TODAY Win tenrlcM UNITED NATIONS The 50 - nation U.N. Africa group formally proposed Friday that the U.N. Security Council Impose economic and military sanctions and an oil embargo against South Africa because of Its refusal to leave Southwest Africa. Niger and Uganda, the African members of the 15 - na - tlon counciKsubrnitted four separatelsanctionajesplutlpns. "drawn up by the African group on the fourth day of debate over the sanctions issue. The resolutions are expected to be vetoed by the United States and possibly by Britain and France three of the five permanent council members with veto power. The other two are the Soviet Union and China. Kuwait opposes gulf force MOSCOW The foreign ministers of Kuwait and the Soviet Union said Friday they are against establishment of foreign military bases and deployment of nuclear weapons in the Persian Gulf region, the Soviet news agency Tass re - Dorted. Tass said Soviet foreign minister Andrei Gromyko and Sheik Sabah al - Ahmed al - Sabah, the Kuwaiti foreign minister and deputy premier who is on a state visit here, also expressed opposition to "all forms of outside interference in the domestic affairs of states" in the Persian Gulf. The statements appeared to be a reference to a plan under consideration by the Reagan administration to station a U.S. Rapid Deployment Force In the Middle East. Kuwait and other conservative Persian Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, have said repeatedly they are against establishing foreign military bases in the region. Antigua seeks independence STJOHN'S, Antigua The House of Representatives has passed a resolution calling for this Caribbean island to end its links with Bntain as the Associated State of Antigua and become completely independent by Nov. 1. Under the associated - state system adopted by Britain and several of its former Caribbean colonies In 1967, Antigua and the others gained internal self - government with Bntain responsible for their defense and foreign relations. Authonties said the British Parliament must approve the Antigua resolution' before an Independence date can be set. British officials said last December that independence would be granted when Antigua asked for it. Crowd welcomes robber RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil Ronald Biggs, the Great Train Robber who twisted the British lion's tail one more time by escaping extradition from Barbados, returned to his Brazilian sanctuary Friday as the self - proclaimed "happiest man In the world. A crowd welcomed Biggs back from Barbados, where kidnappers had taken him a month ago. He was jailed there while Bntain tned to get him back to finish 28 years of a 30 - year sentence for his part in the 1963 robbery of $7.2 million from the London - GlasgowGlasgow mail train. He escaped prison in 1965. After a joyous airport reunion with his 6 - year - old son, Michael, Biggs sat with the child in his lap and a cold mug of beer close at hand and told a news conference that he had cooperated with the kidnap pers because they threatened Michael. And "I thought it was better to go back to England alive than dead." Soviet enforcer back home WARSAW, Poland The Kremlin's hardline ideologist, Mikhail A. Suslov, left Warsaw on Fnday after talks with government leaders and the Polish Communist Party, launched an attack on "extreme forces" in the independent union - Solidanty. Suslov flew back to Moscow after a surprise meeting Thursday with party leaders who apparently sought to justify the social reform drive begun after last summer's Stnkes. Western observers said a report by the Polish news agency on the meeting indicated no abandonment of Poland's reform movement, but that a clearer answer may come dunng next week's plenum of the Central Committee in Warsaw. Wrong man executed? BONN, West Germany A lawyer who watched the Reichstag burn 48 years ago is still trying to Convince a West German court the Nazis executed an innocent man foi setting the blaze. Robert Kempner, 81 - year - old lawyer for the family ol the man he says was unjustly executed for the fire, said Fnday he will keep trying to set the record straight despite a legal setback this week. Adolf Hitler used the fire that burned part of the German Parliament building in 1933 as an excuse to crack down on the Nazis' political enemies and consolidate his absolute power, .Many historians speculate that the Nazis set the fire themselves in order to use it as a scare tactic. news agency Tass attributed the president's decision to the "serious economic loss" suffered by the United States, not Russia. The embargo "painfully hurt, above all, American farmers and presented the United States 'In an unfavorable light In front of the whole world as an unreliable trading partner," Tass said. Despite pressure from farm groups, Reagan kept the embargo in place after taking office because he was persuaded by Haig it would signal weakness to the Soviet Union. In ending the embargo, Reagan said, "I have determined that our position now cannot be mistaken! The United States, along with the vast majority of nations has condemned and remains opposed to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and other aggressive acts around the world. "We wilt react strongly .to acts of aggression wherever they take place," Reagan vowed. "There will never be a weakening of this resolve." Administration officials said the dwindling prospects of a Soviet military move Into Poland played a part In Reagan's decision, but they acknowledged the United States had not extracted any promises from Moscow In return. Asked If Reagan's action was a reward for Soviet good behavior, a high - ranking administration official said, "No, no it's not." Asked if the decision sends any kind of message to Afghan rebels still fighting Soviet troops in their country, the official said, "I don't think it sends a message to the Afghan freedom fighters." J The official, briefing reporters with the understanding that he would not be identified, refused to characterize the Soviets' reaction to the decision. "We have no Immediate 'expectation as to how the Soviets will receive this news," the official said. "We will watch very carefully and analyze very carefully their reaction both publicly and Informally ... If they do consider a positive gesture that would also be of Interest, I think.". The official said that other steps taken after the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan remain in place. These include restrictions on technology and trade deals, a reduced level of diplomatic contacts with Russian officials and a stall in U.S. action on arms agreements with the Soviet Union. Intense pressure had been building on the administration to announce a decision on the embargo by Monday the deadline for preparing the 1981 farm bill. Removal of the embargo is expected to help the administration's proposal. The administration official told reporters that the A crowd we 1 BIGGS & 'SfrfJm - ' T:a. lVlSiBlHIKH TODAY UPI SENATE RULES CHAIRMAN DEMPSEY BARRON, D - PANAMA CITY . . . loses effort to block budget he claims will bring sales tax hike only limitation on new tales would be the availability of U.S. grain and ships to transport it. , Such sales would come In the context of a U.S.Soviet agreement, the official Indicated, adding, "I think the.Untted States wouldn't be uninterested In a new agreement," the official said. The State Department has credited tire embargo with having contributed to a 3 percent decline In meat production In the Soviet Union last year. At the White House reporters were told that different studies have produced conflicting estimates about whether there has been an impact of the embargo on food supplies in Russia. The official said U.S. officials do not think that lifting the embargo will ease strains on the Soviet economy to the point where more funds can be put toward building up its military strength. LAND SAT mapping in budget V TODAY OwiMtt Nlwt Mo TALLAHASSEE Part of the $9 billion state budget passed Friday by the Senate is a comparatively tiny, 219,000 appropriation to link state departments to the overhead eyes of a NASA satellite system. The amount may be small, but Sen. John Vogt, D - Cocoa Beach, who added the money in the Senate Ap - proprlations Committee, said the LANDSAT satellite offers big savings on aerial mapping now done from airplanes. , Charting the Green Swamp, a 320,000 - acre environmentally sensitive arfia' between Tampa and Orlando, took six years arid $60,000. The satellite could do the same work in four weeks for $4,000, Vogt said. Other applications include land - and water - use planning, pollution detection, resource inventories arid mapping of coasts and flood plains. Three LANDSATs hae been orbited since 1972, and the fourth is scheduled for launch in 1982. The.Nation Senate OKs $9 billion budget Q BUDGET, From 1A J programs, doing little more than continuing existing spending with a 4 to 7 percent pay raise for state employees and an 8 percent overall spending increase due to inflation. While Brevard County's two senators voted for the so - called "bare - bones" bill, both said they might be convinced to vote for a tax hike later if they could be assured of help for local roads "Most people are unwill ing to commit to whether we poses any tax increase. Still, "If it gets in the right posture, I would consider going along with something for roads, as long as we get some." Both said they worry that benefits from any tax increase might not be divided fairly. Debate was marked, by a verbal joust between Barron and Childers, long - time friends and political allies who differ on the subject of taxes. Barron referred to a newspaper interview In which Childers claimed he need a sales tax increase be cause most of usdon't know rhad the votes to pass the how many turkeys are in the sales tax in the Senate and & Iran, Iraq trade punches NICOSIA, Cyprus Iran and Iraq reported heavy fighting Friday for two strategic heights near the frontier in western Iran, with their battlefield claims suggesting one of the stiffest battles in the seven - month - old war, Iran said its forces drove Iraqi invaders from hills No. 1150 and No. 1050 in the Bazideraz distnct, killing or wounding 860 Iraqis and captunng 379 The report, earned by Tehran Radio, also said 14 Iraqi tanks and two helicopters were destroyed and two tanks were captured. An Iraqi war communique, without giving locations, claimed 166 Iranians slain in battles in the previous 24 hours and conceded 14 Iraqi soldiers were killed dunng the penod. French elections close PARIS The campaign for the first round in the French presidential election closed Fnday and the big question was whether Pans Mayor Jacques Chirac's gathering .momentum will propel him to a second - place finish in voting this weekend. Under French law, if no candidate wins an absolute majority in the first round Sunday, the top two vote - getters go into a runoff two weeks later. The polls give none of the 10 candidates more than 27 percent of the vote, making a runoff almost certain. For months, the conventional wisdom has predicted a May 10 contest between President Valery Giscard d'Esta - ing, who Is seeking a second seven - year term, and Socialist rival Francois Mitterrand a repeat of the 1974 election. Bu.t Chirac's steady rise in recent polls is giving many pundits second thoughts about the chances of the Gaullist candidate. , i said it . . . budget," said Sen. John Vogt, D - Cocoa Beach. He said his "gut feeling," however, is that there isn't enough spare money stashed away to significantly affect state program's On a tax increase, he listed himself as undecided. Sen. Clark Maxwell Jr., R - Melbourne, said he op - asked his Panhandle colleague, "Do you think we need a sales tax?" "Yes," Childers bluntly replied. "You didn't read the article, I know." Barron asked if the Tallahassee Democrat correctly quoted Childers as saying that the Senate would pass the tax hike if a vote were taken Friday. "I suggest - you read the article again," Childers replied, but Barron asked again. "Yes," Childers answered. "And it would pass today. But I did not say we are going to (pass it today)." Barron predicted political doom for lawmakers who vote to increase taxes, particularly five Democratic 1 senators campaigning to succeed Childers as president in 1983. "If you pass this sales tax we can eliminate the numbers because in two years it's going to be Scott or Ware or one of those folks," Barron said. He was referring to Republicans, specifi - cally Senate Minority Leader James Scott, R - Fort Lauderdale, and former Minority Leader John Ware R - St. Petersburg. Early in the debate, most of the Senate's 13 Republicans teamed up with Barron and a few other Democrats in an effort to cut all other general - revenue spending which accounts for about half the budget t - by 3 percent in an effort to free up about $140 million for road - building without the necessity to increase taxes. Sen. Richard Langley, R - North Lake .Minneola, sponsored the amendment along with Sen. Patrick Neal, D - Bradenton, but Langley withdrew it after losing procedural votes that Gordon interpreted as test votes in favor of the sales tax proposal. Childers scheduled Lanp - ley's 3 percent amendment as first - up for debate, Langley made a motion to delay action on the proposal until later in the debate but lost 22 - 16. The Senate then voted 22.17 and 28 - 9 to restore money for blind service and parinatal programs to Lang - ley's amendment. Langley withdrew the amendment after losing 25 - 14 on another motion to postpone action on it. i Mission to space colony Students to 'launch' mock Shuttle They Italian Cardinal Michele PeUegiino was quoted as saying In an interview with the Bologna bi - weekly magazine Regno as favoring a relaxation of mandatory celibacy for Roman Catholic priests, explaining: "Maybe we forget that the church is for the world, for men." GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) Aided by computers and two large stereo speakers, seven Greenfield Community College students will blast off tonight in a simulated Space Shuttle voyage. The test flight of NASA astronauts Bob Cnppen and John Young was confined to orbits around Earth. But the students' "mission" will be to visit an imaginary space colony 200,000 miles from Earth. Their mock mission will be to convince an inter - galactic federation of aliens that Earth should be granted mining rights to a belt of asteroids at the fringe of the solar system More than 50 other students will work in "ground control" during the 72 hour mission, which was designed as part of a course to study the environment and how people act in confined quarters. "It's like Cape Canaveral before the launch f around here," said faculty coordinator Daniel La Rose, as students wearing photo identification badges made final preparations for the launch. The sensation of liftoff will be created by using' vibrations from powerful stereo speakers. To increase the illusion of what La Rose calls a "simulated fantasy," three television screens on the mockup's flight deck will carry pictures of the Space Shuttle Columbia's liftoff, as well as scenes from science fiction .movies. . "The flight crew doesn't know it yet, but when that thing lifts off they'll think they're moving," said Gregory Vouros, another faculty coordinator of Project TEME, which stands for Totally Enclosed Modular Environment. The students were assisted in their planning by several inch - thick piles of NASA Administration computer programs and blue prints. The Atari Corp. donated an $8,000 computer and sent the student computer coordinator to California for three days of training. "I know we're not really going into space, but as we get closer to liftoff it feels like we are," said John Rol - linson, one of the "astro nauts." More than .40 students applied for the positions, with finalists chosen after weeks of screening. Columbia's arrival delayed to Tuesday1 The flight of the spaceship Columbia back to Kennedy Space Center has been delayed once again. The earliest it can land at KSC's three - mile - long runway is 11:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday. Two problems delayed bolting the Orblter to the 747 Jumbo Jet that will carry it piggyback from Edwards' Air Force Base, Calif. First, early morning winds prevented workers from moving the tail fairing, designed to smooth the Columbia's flight, to the structure where the Orblter is housed. Then, when the huge cone was finally moved to the structure, the fairing wouldn't fit. Until that problem Is solved, the Columbia can't be moved. However, Donald "Deke" Slayton, manager of the Space Shuttle's four test flights, said, "Once the tail cone is fitted to the Columbia, there should be no further delays In readying the Columbia for flight." Mother, 3 children die in hotel fire TODAY Wli lantlCM J WILLOWS, Calif. A woman and her three children died and four more people were Injured when a fire, apparently 'sparked by a gas explosion, ripped through a landmark residential hotel Friday. Hotel manager Debbie Mitchell said tenants told. her "they heard a gas explosion In Room 344." , The dead were not Immediately identified. "The'flre, which began at 9:39 a.m. PSf, forced'the evacuation of 23 children and five adults, said Willows Fire Chief Brad Mallory. Fire Investigators estimated the damage at $500,000. It was contained shortly after noon, but seven hours' after the fire began, thick smoke continued to pour from the top floor of the U - shaped building. Boston can't close schools BOSTON City officials will not be allowed to close Boston's public schools for the year no matter what their .financial plight, a judge said Friday after being told the system only had enough money to hold classes for two days next week. .... Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Thomas Morse had previously given feuding politicians until Friday to figure out how to keep the nation's oldest public school system from closing two months early. But at a Friday afternoon hearing Morse said city officials had assured trim there was enough money in the treasury to keep classes open for 64,500 students Monday and. Tuesday. After that, said Morse, if politicians cannot decide on a school bailout plan, he will simply order classes to continue. ''There is a statutory right and a constitutional right to a" public education in Massachusetts," Morse said. "It makes no difference to the court whether this was caused by un - derfunding, overspending or both." Did Agnew admit payoffs? ANNAPOLIS, Md. Former Vice President SpiroT. Agnew once admitted he accepted kickbacks from consultants, and said the practice had "been going on a thousand years," his former attorney testified Friday. The civil suit against Agnew seeks repayment of payoffs allegedly made while he was governor of Maryland. The admission came in a conversation in February 1973, when Agnew was still Richard Nixon's vice president, lawyer George W. White Jr. said. White said he confronted Agnew with allegations by I.H. "Bud" Hammerman, then an adviser to Agnew, that he had collected kickbacks from consulting engineers and had split the money with Jerome Wolff, the chairman of the State Roads Commission, and Agnew. Nuclear arms protests set Thousands of Americans were planning to gather in dozens of communities today for marches and rallies, puppet shows and bicycle caravans to protest nuclear arms proliferation, organizers said. "Contrary to the Reagan administration's prevailing claim that there is a mandate for a larger and larger nuclear weapons buildup, these demonstrations will show that increasing numbers of Americans vigorously oppose massive nuclear weapons expansion," said Sam Day, a spokesman for a sponsoring group known as the Fellowship of Reconciliation. ; The day's "Freeze the Arms Race" activities, also sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, are' being coordinated by a coalition of local community groups calling themselves the Nuclear Weapons Facilities Task Force. Bail $100,000 in threat NEW YORK A man who said he would commit mur der to win the attention of television newswoman Jessica Savitch is being held on $100,000 bail, "Crazy what a woman can provoke a man to do, but in my attempt to win your love I'm going to murder John Swear - mant" said a letter that Michael Berke admitted sending to Savitch at NBC News. Berke, of Elwood, Neb., claimed at his arraignment Thursday the man he threatened to kill did not exist. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Sudler said other letters, found in Berke's car, contained refer ences to President Reagan, Vice President George Bush and Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr. Hospital gunman flees EAST ORANGE, N.J. A' gunman disguised as a surgeon threatened to kill a New Jersey gubernatorial candidate at a Veterans Administration hospital Friday, but no shots were fired and the would - be assailant escaped, officials said. Hospital police said the intended victim was state Sen. James ,H. Wallwork, a Republican from Essex who is among eight candidates in the party's June 2 gubernatorial primary. He was not injured. Wallwork, who was appearing at an Arbor Day dedlca - l tlon ceremony at the hospital, was about to leave a third - ! floor auditorium when a patient saw the gunman, dressed in surgical garb and surgical mask, at a nearby stairwell. The gunman never fired a shot from his chrome - plated i pistol. Resume talks, Church pleads WASHINGTON United Mine Workers President Sam Church implored the soft coal Industry Friday to resume nef gotlatlons on a 'new contract, saying the "gut Issues" still in dispute involve labor stability and union security. With the eastern and midwestem coal strike to its 29th day, Church declared: "For the operators to label these issues as 'unrealistic' is itself unrealistic. These non - economiceconomic issues are the keys to promoting labor stability in the coalfields." I The two sides broke off talks April 14 when the industry group, the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, rejected new contract proposals made by the 160,000 - member union. Williams sent to jail DECATUR, Ga. Civil rights leader Hosea Williams was sentenced to a year In JaU and four years probation Friday after a Superior Court jury found him guilty of driving a car without a license and leaving the scene of an accident. The Jury In DeKalb County court deliberated 3ft hours before returning the guilty verdict on both counts. Judge Richard Bell sentenced the Atlanta Democrat to the prison term and probation. Williams was released Friday evening on $5,000 bond. Defense attorney Ray Norvell said he would appeal. They said it . . . Anthony Qualnton, director of the Office For Combat ing Terrorism, said It is obvious that every element 'of Soviet assistance to terrorist groups cannot be Isolated and held up to public view, "But quite dearly the Soviet Union accepts, tolerates and in many cases encourages the use of its resources in a variety of violent ways to achieve political purposes congruent to the Soviet Union's own national Interests." BERKE

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