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Thursday, Dec. 8, 1977 Philadelphia Inquirer 3-B Iraq wants its artifacts, butPenn museum says no By Joel N. Shurkin Inquirer Science Writer - Perm's University Museum said yesterday that it would not give up two ancient Sumerian artifacts whose return has been demanded by the Iraqi government. The two objects are part of a list of 61 antiquities that are in dozens of museums around the world. The list was given to members of the United Nations by the Iraqi delegation. Iraq and Zaire are co-sponsors of a U. N. draft resolution that demands the return of large quantities of antiquities taken by western archeologists from nations- around the world. "Many countries are interested in the return of antiquities," said Said Sahaf, Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations. "Iraq has the most." Iraq, which was once known as Mesopotamia, straddles the junction of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers where western civilization is believed to have been born. It was the home of dozens of legendary civilizations. One of the objects is called the Soundbox of the Harp, which is actually a lyre. Parts of the Soundbox are missing and the box itself was found damaged. It is not now on display because it is undergoing "conservation," a university spokesman said. The other object is the headdress of Lady Shub-Ad of Ur, a gold crown with decorations In carnelians and lapis lazuli, semi-precious stones. The headdress is on display end is the cornerstone of the museum's Mesopotamian collection. Sahaf, In a telephone interview, said that the university had responded "positively" to the demands that the items be returned. "We have had official correspondence with Redevelopment Authority accused of favoring councilwoman's son By Bob Frump Inquirer Stall Writer A member of the Society Hill Civic Association yesterday accused the Rdevelopment Authority of favoring a developer whose mother is a member of the City Council. "We do not understand how a man named Chernock is allowed wide latitude when others are not," Theodor Robb, past president of the Civic Association, said at yesterday's Author Police suspend officer charged in auto theft A veteran Philadelphia policeman was suspended from the force yesterday after he was arrested and charged with stealing an automobile, police said. Policeman George S. Mays, 37, a 12-year member of the force assigned to the gang control division, was arrested at 12:50 p.m. as he was towing a stolen car at 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, police said. Police gave the following account: Police received a call from a Murder hotline Anoeiated Press PITTSBURGH - A telephone hotline has been established by police to receive information on 19 unsolved murders in Allegheny County. It has not produced any promising leads, but county homicide Detective Lt. Charles Moser asid Wednesday that investigators are still looking for residents with information. Suit disputes health unit makeup By Jan Schaffer Inquirer Stall Wner Five area medical societies, one dental society, two labor organizations, the City of Philadelphia and Bucks County have sued the area's health planning agency, seeing to bar it from spending a $1.7 million federal grant. The suit, filed yesterday in U.S. District Court, charges that the governing board of the Health Systems Agency of Southeastern Pennsylvania in Abington contains improper representatives and members who were not properly niminated. The agency is designated by the U. S. Department of Health, Educa Nauss slaying NAUS, From 1-B cause of his "fear of getting into trouble since he had a hot-car operation at the garage." Standen also denied that he and Nauss had been driving around all night looking for a car to steal. Under cross-examination for nearly two hours by Assistant District Attorney James E. DelBellow, Nauss admitted that he had lied to police "over 20 times, every time I was questioned about killing Elizabeth Lande." Nauss 'told the crowded M'ourtroom j University Museum's Dr. Robert them." But a museum spokesman said the objects had been acquired legally and would not be returned. "There is no decision to be made at this point," the spokesman said. "The objects were obtained legally and they belong to us. They were given to us by the government of Iraq after a joint expedition with the British Museum." The objects were uncovered at the ancient city of Ur, the city in which ity meeting. Joel Chernock, the son of Council-woman-at-large Beatrice Chernock, a Republican, plans to convert into apartment units five houses acquired from the Authority for $80,000 between 1970 and 1973. He also plans to renovate two other houses as single-family dwellings. All of the properties are on Spruce Street. Robb said most developers would have been forced to return the urban neighbor shortly after noon and were told that a man with a red tow truck was removing a car parked in the 1100 block of South 48th Street near Regent Street. The caller also notified the car's owner, Governour Long, of the same block of south 48th Street. Police spotted the truck towing the car in Southwest Philadelphia. The car had no license plate and its headlights were knocked out. They stopped May, who is married and lives in North Philadelphia, as he was driving the tow truck, which is registered to him. Police charged him with auto theft, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was released without bail for a hearing at 9 a.m., Monday, at the 18th District, 55th and Pine Streets. Police Commissioner O'Neill said that he had suspended Mays for 30 days with the intention of dismissing him from the force. tion and Welfare (HEW) to oversee the distribution of federal funds to be used in health care planning in the area, including the surveying of health needs and the planning of new facilities. The plaintiffs contend that they are not properly represented on the 60-member governing board, which was installed Aug. 4. Under federal law the board's membership is to be representative of the health professions, medical institutions and schools, insurers, the government, community and labor. The suit was filed by the medical societies in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery story told in Media that, because of his fear that "nobody would believe that my story was true," he had lied to everyone. Nauss said yesterday that he had often slapped Miss Lande when the two were dating, "maybe a couple of times a week," with his hand. "Sometimes in an argument she'd throw things at me," Nauss said. "She'd slap me so I'd slap her maybe once or twice. We had a few public arguments in bars; it was a pretty common thing. She'd go into a rage over something(I'd slap her and five minutes later everything was OK." Associated Press Dyson and Sumerian headdress Abraham later lived. The expedition was a joint operation by the university and the British Museum's Sir Leonard Woolley between 1922 and 1934. . According to the museum spokesman, the government of Iraq gave the objects to the university and the British Museum and the two partners divided the artifacts. Many have since been distributed around the world to such museums as the Berlin Museum and the Louvre. renewal land to the Authority if there had been no building activity within so long a period of time. He asked the Authority to replace Chernock with a builder "who has a better track record and a notoriety other than that of being the son of a councilwoman." Authority chairman Peter D. Car-lino said the board was not influenced by Chernock's relatives. He said the board had made efforts, including a lawsuit, to force Chernock to start on the projects. Resolutions adopted by the board yesterday extended the deadline for completing construction on the houses. If Chernock does not obtain financing within six months and begin construction within 18 months, the Authority will take steps to reclaim the properties. After the meeting, other members of the Civic Association said Robb's accusations were his own and were not representative of the association. Councilwoman Chernock said she had never visited or phoned the redevelopment offices and had disqualified herself from council matters affecting the general neighborhood. "I have never contacted the Authority on behalf of my son," she said. "I've always felt that if he can't make it on his own in that business, he should get out of it." Chernock said his projects had been delayed because neighborhood organizations had opposed his plans vigorously. "It's a totally ridiculous charge for (Robb) to make," Chernock said. "For starters, my mother is a Republican and has no influence anywhere in Philadelphia least of all with the Redevelopment Authority." counties, the Greater Philadelphia and the Montgomery County councils of the AFL-CIO, the City of Philadelphia, Bucks County and the Montgomery-Bucks Dental Society. The defendants are the Health Systems Agency and HEW. The suit specifically disputes the naming of Common Pleas Court Judge Harry A. Takiff and City council members Dr. Ethel Allen and Beatrice Chernock to the governing board. The suit says that Takiff as a judge, is a representative of the state, not the city, and is not entitled to be on the board. It also contests the method of nomination of Dr. Allen and Ms. Chernock. 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