Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 15, 1976 · Page 38
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10 (iREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE MM.. M«rck IS, UN Lebanese president sets defense against rebels By MICHAEL ROSS BEIRUT, Lebanon (DPI) Rebel troops advanced up the coast toward the hilltop stronghold of Lebanon's defiant president today but Syrian- controlled Palestinian forces blocked the roads to cut them off. An armored column of the rebel Lebanese Arab Army rumbled up the picturesque coastal road from Sidon but were stopped about a mile south of the crossroads that cuts northeast to the presidential retreat of Baabda seven miles southeast of Beirut. Forces from the Syrian packed Al Stiqa guerrilla group blocked the road and began digging in trenches in a determined attempt to keep the rebel force under Maj. Yakoub Daher from passing. Farther east, another rebel force loyal to Beirut coup leader Brig. Gen. Aziz Ahdab- began moving south to reach the main Damascus highway that passes through Baabda from the east on the way to Beirut. But a unit of Palestine Liberation Army troops blocked the highway just east of Sofar 16 miles east of the palace, witnesses said. A spokesman at the presidential palace, where Rranjeihhas an estimated 1,000 loyal troops and a brigade of tanks massed to defend him, told UPI that "The situation here is good. The president is receiving phone calls from Arab and foreign heads of state." The troop movements followed another ultimatum from Ahdab for Franjieh to resign or face being ousted by force. A move against the palace had been expected at any time but it was not yet clear wheuwr Daher's forces and UHH of the pro-Ahdab Hammana army commando barradu further east were moving at Ahdab's orders. UPI correspondent Michael Keats reported from KhaMe seven miles south of Beirut that Saiqa troops were digging in at trenches along the junction where the Sidon-Beirut highway forks off towards Baabda. Daher's column of 12 armored cars and personnel carriers halted ebout a half a mile south of the Palestinians. "Where are you headed," Keats asked Daher. one another off, · high-flying and their men began moving and Saiqa to intervene in "To the palace, of coune," Israeli jet flew overhead and south toward the Damascus Lebanon and force a now he replied. the Sakp side lei go with two highway where they would turn shattered cease-fire last Janua- Asked why he had stopped, antiaircraft missiles. east for the 13 mile march up ,,. t J"," S " W "!!!'* l f Further east, at Hammana, to Baabda. .**^J^.,"* omi "" the headquarters of the Leba- But before they could get """""""" nese army commando batta- there, a force of PLA troops lion, a group of 29 officers moved in and cut the road off, replied, "No comment. His column was flying the K.S'sarr-'rjsss -- i^fl H , Franjieh a 2p.m. (7 a.m.EST) jfxzzm J-- - ··* - - clad in battle dress replied: TM UKraa "Of course, that's why we're When the deadline passed with the defiant president still here." While the two forces faced vowing to stay put, the officers of the pro- Franjieh PhalangUt party said the troops were really Syrian soldiers in disguise but in Beirut, Ahdab categorically denied this. Syria, which used the PLA ry, has so far refrained from interfering in the coup by Ahdab's Beirut army garrison Thursday night. But the Syrians have always been traditional supporters of Franjieh In the past, despite their frequent disagreement with him over the terms of a Lebanese peace settlement. The troop movements followed reports that Ahdab had finally reached agreement with Khatib on uniting their forces for a showdown with Franjieh. Justice unit sets probe on ACTION hiring acts Irish hold parade By ED ROGERS WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The Justice Department has ordered an investigation of possible criminal violations and alleged political hiring within ACTION, the federal agency responsible for administering a number of government volunteer programs, U was reported today. Reps. John E. Moss, and Augustus K. Hawkins, both California democrats, made public letters in which Assistant Attorney General Richard L. Thornburgh said lie was turning the matter over to U.S. Attorney Earl Silbert Irere. Moss and Hawkins said they sent Thornburgh, head of the Justice Department's Criminal Division a- report of a Civil Service Commission investigation which indicated there was "political screening" of AC- TION employes from 1971 until early 1974. All the alleged violations occurred during the latter years of the Nixon administration. Under federal regulations, it is unlawful to use political considerations in hiring persons for civil service jobs. The CSC report said in 1972 and 1974 records of political screening were destroyed "or otherwide disposed of." Thornburgh, in a letter written to Moss and Hawkins and dated March 11, said "We have completed a thorough review of investigative materials provided to us ... and have concluded that possible criminal violations may be indicated." ACTION was created in 1971 as an umbrella agency for such volunteer programs as the Peace Corps, VISTA, Foster Grandparents, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and a Special Volunteer Program. Moss and Hawkins wrote Attorney General Edward H. I-evi in a letter dated Jan. 19. that the Civil Service Commission said the political screening was "nodoubt... widespread." However, the commission was unable to obtain documentary evidence of the practice because the records of political screening activity were destroyed," Moss und Hawkins said. The CSC referred its investigation to the Justice Department e a r l i e r b u t t h e department at that time decided a further investigation was not warranted. The CSC afterward sent the department additional findings. Four Irishmen carry a banner as they march in a prc-St. Patrick's Day parade down Constitution Avenue in Washington Sunday. Tlic Washington Monument readies lo the sky background. (AP Wircphoto) Ford calls for more revenue sharing Attempted Niger coup crushed WASHINGTON (UP.I) President Ford suggested today opponents of the federal revenue sharing program are trying lo force cities to cut public services and jobs or raise taxes. "You know that failure to renew this program would weaken the fiscal stability of vour cities," Ford said in a speech prepared for delivery lo the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "You know that expiration of this program, or a reduction of the payments you now receive, would mean cutbacks in essential services, increased public and private sector unemployment, or the imposition of more taxes. "Maybe that is what some partisans want. 3ut I don't." The revenue sharing program, which started in 1972, is scheduled to expire in December. Ford a year ago proposed extending it tlirough 1982 and increasing its funding nearly $1 billion. "I share your concerns," Ford told the mayors, "and I sland firm in my commitment Meant 'secret deal' denied to secure extension of general revenue sharing." Ford chidcd the House and Senate for failing to approve his revenue sharing proposals and criticized some changes under consideration on Capital Hill. "It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Congress fails to understand the importance of this program to the people of the cities and counties and stales of our nation," he said. Ford said revenue sharing has financed numerous public safety, transportation, education, environmental protection and other programs that local governments otherwise would have had to forego. He said he would seek fast congressional approval of a $1.7 billion bill that would continue funding of public service jobs under the Comprehensive Education and Training Act. ALGIERS, Algeria (UPI) An attempted military coup against the Niger government of Lt. Col. Scyni Kountche was misnpd within hours ("day, the Algerian government news service reported. The Algerian Press Service, monitoring Niger radio, said a military unit led by commander Rnyere Moussa attempted to overthrow Niger's two-year-old military regime in West Africa. The APS said Niger Defense Minister Idrissa Harouna announced the abortive coup over Niger Radio. Harouna said that Command- ir Bayrrp Mnuwa. n fnrmpr minister in the Kountche government, had plotted the coup along with Capt. Sidi Mohammed and the secretary genera! of (he country's single labor union. All three men have been arrested along with others who had joined with Ihem in the attempt, the APS quoted Harounn as saying. The APS said Harouna then called upon the population to remain calm and repeated that Kounlchc's government was in complctecontrol of the country. With the exception of Niger Radio, all communications with Niger were broken and few details were available. The government of Kountche itself achieved power in a coup on Apr I 22, 1974. Powerful bomb rips Buenos Aires SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) Patricia Hearst's chief attorney has branded as ridiculous a charge by a terrorist group that her family was involved in a "secret deal" with the government lo win her freedom. F. Lee Bailey said during the weekend Hie accusation by the New World Liberation Front was "competely stupid." In fact, he said, the government has been extra hard in prosecuting Miss Hearst. Tlie terrorist group said Hearst worked out an agreement with President Ford's campaign. This "secret deal," it said, provided for Miss Hearst's eventual freedom in exchange for "full endorsements" of the Ford campaign. Her trial wa= entering its eighth week today. Proceedings were recessed Thursday because Miss Hearst, 22, was suffering from the flu. But she was reported improved. U.S. Attorney James Browning Jr. has called his second psychiatric witness, Dr. Harry Kozol, Boston, this week to ask his opinion on whether Miss Hearst participated of her own free will in a Symbionese Liberation Army bank holdup in April, 1974. U.S. District Judge Oliver Carter asked both sides to speed up their cases so closing arguments could begin Wednesday or Thursday. He said the case should be presented to the jury by the weekend. Miss Hearst, daughter of San Francisco Examiner President Randolph Hearst, was kidnaped by the SLA in February, 1974. The government has charged she became a willing participant in its underground activities. The defense said she was a brainwash victim. A weekend communique by the NWLF's "Lucio Cabano Unit" said the Hearst family's northern California retreat at Wyntoon may be "boobytrap- ped" and again demanded (he Hearsts donate 5250,000 for the defense of William Harris and his wife, Emily, who were arrested with Miss Hearst in September. A bomb was found at Wyntoon lasl week and dismantled. Auto workers leader says fail strike likely WASHINGTON (UPI) - Leonard Woodcock, president of the United Auto Workers Union, says there may be an auto strike next fall if industry is "unwilling to face reality." "We want to lo avoid that possibility,"Woodcock told U.S. News and World Report. Three-year contracts between UAW, which represents 1.4 million auto workers, and the four major auto manufacturers expire Sept. 15. Woodcock said the industry's executives might "be unwilling to face reality, which could force a strike." He didn't say what he meant by "reality." BUENOSAIRES.Argentina (UPI) -- A powerful bomb exploded today next to army headquarters across the plaza from President Isabel Pcron's office - killing one person and injuring 21 others, [xilice sources said. The bomb was placed m a oar parked outside army headquarters. Ten cars in the parking lot were destroyed and windows were smashed in government building within a six-block area. One civilian passerby was killed by the blast, police the plaza from the army sources said. Fifteen of the headquarters were also broken wounded were military person- hut President Isabel Peron nelaiiJ.six u u c civilians in (lit; at rived there for work as usual area. at 9 a.m. The bomb exploded at 7:38 a.m. Iwfore the morning rush hour traffic filled the downtown area around the army headquarters. Broken glass covered the four-lane avenue in front of the army headquarters. Windows at the government house, (lie Casa Rosada, across No Guerrilla group had taken responsibility for the bomb during the first hours after the blast. Windows were smashed in the finance ministry, the defense ministry and the social welfare ministry, as well as the post office building five blocks away. New price increases hit Israel By ALLEN ALTER JERUSALEM (UPI) - Israelis, the world's most heavily taxed people, have been given a new economic burden -- a rise of up to 25 per cent in the price of dozens of basic commodities. Beginning today, they were paying more for food and fuel as part of a government plan to get the nation's ailing, defense- oriented economy back on its feet. The government also announced a 2 per cent devaluation of Israel's shaky pound -the eighth since the Jewish state began its policy of "creeping devaluation" in June, 1975. Arnon Gafni, director general of the' Israeli treasury, said Sunday the price of bread would go up 25 per cent, milk 22 per cent, eggs 25 per cent and flour 25 per cent. Gafni told a news conference the cost of gasoline would rise 14.5 per cent, cooking gas 12.5 per cent and home heating oil 12 and 13 per cent. The price of poultry will jump 20 per cent and beef 22 per cent. There was a small bit of good news. The cost of rice will remain the same and the price of sugar will actually drop 9 per cent. But the government also said the cost of public transportation --buses and taxis -- would go up 25 per cent within 10 days. Treasury officials said the increases would enable the government to cut subsidies of domestic products and use the money saved to stimulate exports. Israel wants to increase exports to reduce its {3.7 billion annual balance of payments deficit without cutting military expenditures. London train explosion kills one LONDON f U P I f - An explosion aboard a I/)ndon subway train killed one person and injured several others Monday,Scotland Yard said. Ambulances rushed (o the ihe train was severely damaged scene. and several persons were Police also reported a shoot- rushed (o the hospital, ing incident at (he station and The explosion occurred at the said a man was detained. start of London's rush hour. The explosion occurred short- "An explosive device was When packed to capacity a ly before fi p.m.. seconds after activated on a train,"a I-ondnn six or seven-coach train can the train pulled out of West Kirclingadespokesmansaid. transport between 500 and 800 Ham underground slation, in A London Transport spokes- persons, n I/mdon Transport cast London. man said Ihe third carnage of spokesman said. Siamese twins Clara and Alia Rodriguez, Ihe Siamese twins separated in an operation in Philadelphia, Pcnn., in 1974, arc typical 2-year-olds who bile, yell and scream, said Dr Imiise Schnaufer who visited the twins recently in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Sohnaufer said Clara swaggers when she walks because her oolvis IwsnlKrownlogclheryet.AllawcarsacorscUAPWirephoto)

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