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   European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - September 6, 1970, Darmstadt, Hesse                              Pag* 6 THE STARS AND STRIPES Sunday, September 6, 1970SideNixon Notes Jewish New YearSAN CLEMENTE, Calif.(UPI) — President Nixon senthis warmest wishes Friday toall Americans of Jewish faithfor a "new year of peace andhappiness."In the special "Shanah Tovah"New Year message, Nixon said"my thoughts are with you asyou begin these days ofworship."The Jewish New Year beginsOct. 1 with Rash Hashanah andends Oct. 10 with Yom Kippur.• Star of Silent Films DiesBURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Louclla Modic Maxam. 74, a silentscreen actress best known as the leading lady in many movieswith Tom Mix, died In a hospital here.She retired from the movies in 1919 to become a social worker,then joined the Burbank Police Department in 1943 as its firstpolicewoman.• Suit Filed Against AirlinesBOSTON (AP) — Atly. Gen.Robert H. Quinn filed suit inSuffolk Superior Court Fridayagainst 10 major airlinescharging them with maintain-ing a public nuisance at LoganInternational Airport.The suit alleged that the air-lines are responsible for sub-stantial air pollution and de-manded that immediate correc-tive action be taken.SPIDER HIGH—A scientist for the North Caro-lina Department of Mental Health, Dr. Peter N.Witt, is studying the effect of drugs on spidersby injecting them with doses of LSD, amphe-tamines, tranquilizers, etc. and then observingthe kind of webs they weave. —AP PhotoNader Says Officials of GM LiedTo Congress About Corvair's SafetyWASHTNnTnW /TTE>T\ ,»..:..~ »» TI.-A «._ __..» .. . ... . ._ *WASHINGTON (UPI)Ralph Nader charged Fridaythat General Motors officialsdeliberately lied to Congressabout the safety of the Corvaircar. He demanded that thepresident and board chairmanof GM resign immediately.In a letter to TransportationSecretary John A. Volpe, Nadersaid "GM man-ufactured andmaintained amassive lie"that the rear-engine Corvairwas as safe asany other car.He urgedVolpe to recallthe 600,000 Cor-vairs that hesaid were stillon the road. HeNadersaid these cars still were un-stable and tended to turn overeasily and that carbon monoxideleaked into the passengercompartments.Nader told UPI he has askedSen. Abraham A Ribicoff D-Conn., to reopen the 1966 Senatehearings at which he claimedGM officials falsely testified.Nader claimed to haveevidence showing that GMofficials knew as early as 1962that the Corvair was unstableand leaked exhaust furnes into™ Passe"ger compartment.Nader said in his letter toVolpe that he had documentswhich showed GM:—"Demanded or condonedunethical behavior by itslawyers and engineers whichnad major repercussions on thefrequency of Corvair crashesand casualties.drive." But he said that "inview of the seriousness of thecharges we will make a repl>to Secretary Volpe."Nader claimed that GM'sdenial was made by ananonymous spokesman because"no GM official would makesuch a statement under oath.'He said the denial was"another falsehood contradictedby GM's own internal do-cuments."Nader won initial fame as theauthor of a book. "Unsafe AtAny Speed," which detailedalleged safety hazards in theCorvair, which GM discontinuedin 1969.During the auto safetyhearings of 1966 which led tothe government's auto - safetystandards, GM admitted itinvestigated Nader's privatelife to try to find embarrassingbackground material.In a suit growing out of theincident, GM last month paidNader $425,000 in an out-of-court settlement.Nader claims General MotorsPresident Edward Cole andBoard Chairman James M.Roche knew all along that theCorvair was unsafe."For years,defended the they activelyCorvair andcarefully avoided true disclo-sure," he said. "They bothshould resign."Nader's letter listed GMdocuments he said Volpe shouldask to see to prove theallegations. But Nader said hewould release copies of thedocuments regardless of whatGM does.A Transportation Departmentspokesman said, "Nader's char-ges and allegations will becompletely and thoroughly stu-died and whatever actiondeemed appropriate and properwill be taken."When Nader's letter wasdelivered to the TransportationDepartment, Volpe was makinga commencement speech atOhio University in which hepointed to Nader as an exampleof how to work within the'system" to promote reform.• Customs Bureau to Use DogsWASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Customs Bureau has decided touse marijuana-sniffing police dogs as a major weapon in its fightto stop smuggling of marijuana and hashish.The dogs can find in a minute Hidden marijuana and hashishthat trained human inspectors sometimes miss after a 24-minulesearch.• Man Claims Handshaking RecordLOS ANGELES (UPI) ~James E. Seiger claimed thetitle of world's champion hand-shaker after shaking 13,000hands at Los Angeles Inter-national Airport Friday.The previous record of 12,500handshakes were set by LaneoDowson in Wales on Feb. 91»63. Seiger eclipsed that markwhen he shook the hand of Air-man l.C. Robert G. Black of LaMesa, Calif, who is stationed atDavUrMonlhan AFB, Ariz.• Wis. Alumni Cancel Agnew, LairdMADISON, Wls.  at that sank Thursday in thelooded Krishna River. So far 23XKiies have been recovered,mostly those of children.ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Courtaction resulting from a buildingtakeover by black students 17months ago at Cornell Universi-ty ended when a judge decidednot to punish three blacks whopleaded guilty to criminal tres-pass in the 36-hour occupation.City Court Judge James J.Clynes Jr., with the concurrenceof Dist. Atty. Matthew F. Me-Hugh, ordered the three uncon-ditionally released.Fourteen other blacks indict-ed by a grand jury for trespassin the occupation April 19-20.lf>69, were released earlier be-cause their identifications wirequestioned.FAA Official Disputes LindsaNEW YORK (UP!) - A top official of the Federal Aviation1 Sa l0 «"HH»<«
                            

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