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Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - March 19, 1971, Oakland, California L f, s'.t v 98th YEAR, NO. 78 A RESPONSIBLE' METROPOLITAN NEWSPAPER FRIDAY, MARCH ibune DAILY, A MONTH Hundreds Die In Peru Quake LIMA, Peru CAP) An avalanche of mud and rocks touched off by an earth- quake thundered down on an isolated min- ing camp high in the Andes and killed 400 to 600 persons, federal police said today. Police said the avalanche struck the mining camp of Chungar, about 55 miles north of Lima, shortly after a light quake rocked the area yesterday. The camp, an eigh't-hour journey by foot from the nearest town, was inhabited by an estimated persons. Initial reports from rescue crews that reached the camp today said between 400 and 600 persons had been killed and at least 50 others injured. Police said the avalanche apparently was caused when the quake caused a por- tion of a nearby mountain peak to topple into Lake Yanuaguarin. Water spilling over the banks of the lake caused an avalanche that roared down onto the mining camp below. Report Says Few Know OEDCI Role An independent research, ordered by the State of Cali- fornia, will soon show that few of Oakland's poor have even heard of the city's Federally financed antipoverty pro- gram, Mayor John H. Read- ing said yesterday.. Reading disclosed existence of the report during a council meeting with the executive committee oftheOakland Economic Development Coun- cil, Inc. During the meeting, the Rev. Robert C. Thomas, presi- dent of the OEDCI, and other OEDCI officials protested the council's recent resolution backing Governor Reagan's veto of federal funding to the independent antipoverty agen- cy. The governor's veto was based on a state study which charged the Oakland antipov- erty agency with mismanage- ment and political activity by some staff members. Yesterday, Reading and councilmen refused to back down on their resolution, with the mayor saving a soon- to-be-released state report will show the OEDCI has had little impact on the city's poor. He did not go into detail at tbe time, but when questioned later said he had seen a rough draft of the report prepared by a research firm. "It will show coat the im- pact of the poverty program (in Oakland) is surprisingly Reading said. "Only 2 per cent of those questioned even heard of the he added. By BILL MARTIN Tribune Stiff Writer He said a higher percentage of the poor credited the Na- tional Association for the Ad- vancement of Colored People and the welfare program for giving them more than the OEDCI. Reading said the report probably will be released next week. During the m e e t i n g, the Rev. Mr. Thomas repeatedly cited an opinion from the re- gional Office of Economic Op- portunity's head, Roger Betts, that the OEDCI's executive director was not violating fed- eral guidelines or laws against political activity. The OEDCI executive direc- tor, Percy Moore, recently threatened political warfare against incumbent city coun- cilmen for backing the veto. The Rev. Mr. Thomas also cited a written opinion of Betts that the city could al- ways take over the federally-financed a n t i- poverty program if it were dissatisfied with the way it was operating. He said he wondered what the OEDCI executive commit- tee had to do to satisfy the city council and win its sup- port to get the veto over- turned. Reading said it would be premature for the council to take any action now pending a decision by the federal Office of Economic Opportunity. 1 He said state charges of OEDCI mismanagement and S.F. Lawyer Shot Walk Fatally During political activity were "well documented" and now it was up to the federal agency to make a decision. "Obviously, if the Federal Government upholds the he said, "the'city will have to do something to see that (federal anti-poverty) See Back Strife-torn Merritt May Open Soon Merritt College President Norvel Smith said to- day he hopes to reopen the campus Monday without police protection. He warned, however, that three leaders of demon- strations which kept the campus closed all this week will have to be kept off the campus. Smith said he recommended the expulsion of Douglas Miranda, James Evans and Andre Russell, Navy Hails New X-Ray Discovery Wrecked U.S. soldiers inspect truck at Khe Sanh blasted by shells from North Vietnamese Senators Keep The SST Alive who he identified as lead- ers of the week long dem- onstrations and of two previous campus take- overs within tiie last six months. "We can't operate with these three men on Smith said. He added that the campus will not open Monday, however, "if people are still throwing rocks as of Sunday evening." Miranda, 22, of 2227 Bonar St., Berkeley; Evans, 22, of 345 62nd St., Oakland; Russell, 23. of 1620A East 14th St., and John of 426 Arch St., San Francisco, all have been charged with assault on Smith when he was ejected from his office last Monday. Miranda was released from jail last night on bail. The others had not been ar- rested on this charge by mid- day. If he does open the campus Monday, Smith warned, he will be prepared to call police back on the campus at any time necessary. Peralta Colleges District of- ficials announced today they will begin searching immedi- ately for an interim president to take over the Grove Street campus by April 7 when Smith moves to the new site near Redwood Road in the Oakland hills. Chancellor John Dunn also announced studies will com- mence immediately to find a suitable campus location in the Berkeley Albany North Oakland area. The study, he said, will include the feasibili- ty of permanently using the present Grove Street campus. He did not mention the prob- lem of financing a new cam- pus or maintaining the Grove Street site. "Much of the student con- cern stems from a lack of faith and confidence that the board will actually cany out its commitment for a fourth See Back Page, CtL 4 By FRANK CAREY WASHINGTON (AP) Dis- covery of a new and extreme- ly powerful source of X-rays in deep space trillions of miles beyond the Milky Way was announced today by the Navy, which termed it "a major sci- entific discovery." Detected by rocket-lofted in- struments, the X-rays were described as coming from the bailiwick of a constellation some million million million miles from the earth and packing the combined ra- diating energy of 10 trillion stars the size of the sun. This energy output makes this X-ray source the second most powerful of all known ce- lestial objects, scientists said. Rocket astronomers of the U.S. Naval Research Labora- tory said the origin of the X- ray emission is believed to be the so-called "Seyfert galaxy NGC 1275" which is also iden- tified with a radiowave- emitting constellation called "Perseus A." Both NGC 1275 and Perseus A have previously been identi- fied as sources of radiowaves in deep space. But the new discovery marks the first time X-rays have been detected coming from that area. NGC 1275 is the fourth ex- tra-galactic object from which X-rays have been the laboratory announced, "and is exceeded in its energy output only by the quasar See Back Page, Col. 7 Saigon 'Beginning Closeout' Of 6-Week Laos Campaign SAIGON South Vietnamese C o m m a n d an- today that it has withdrawn between and of its troops from Laos in the past two days, leaving about over the border. Evidence mounted that the Saigon government is begin- ning to close out its campaign in Laos after nearly six weeks. "Some South Vietnamese units which were heavily en- 'Good News'-Cost of Living Climbs Less WASHINGTON (AP) The government reported today what the White House called "encouraging news" for con- sumers, a two-tenths of one per cent increase in the cost of living last month. For two months, the three-tenths of one per cent rise was tbe smallest since February and March of 1967. The February rise fol- lows January's increase of one-tenth of one per cent, and remains betow UK monthly in- creases of from three-tenths to six-tenths of one per cent that prevaDed for all but one month of last year. Last August the increase also was two- tenths of one per cent 'This is good Secre- tary of Labor Junes D. Hodg- son said at the White House. "This is encouraging White House press secretary Ronald L. Ziegfer said. "We still think we've got the economy headed in the right Hodgson said, pre- dicting further improvements later in the year. The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, issuing thejnonthly report, at- tributedthe February in- crease to higher food prices and increases in cost of ap- parel and most consumer services. These were moderat- ed by declines in mortgage in- terest rates and prices of used cars and gasoline. The February increase means it cost 1119.40 to buy what did in 1967. gaged by the enemy were pulled back to South Vietnam. There have been no replace- Lt. Col. Tran Van An told newsmen at the Saigon command's daily briefing. Some of Saigon's troops at the Ham Nghi forward head- quarters were reported pack- ing to return to rear head- quarters. More than 100 emp- ty trucks were assembled at Ham Nghi, and the troops were loading them with desks, beds and other supplies and furnishings. Bunkers were emptied, tents dismantled. Some South Vietnamese troops withdrawn from the fighting said they refused to fight another day in Laos. "We had been fighting for six weeks in one sol- dier told a reporter in Khe Sanh, South Vietnam. "We would rather surrender than fight any more." Brig. Gen. Pham Van Phu, commander of the South Viet- namese 1st Infantry Division, said his entire 1st been pulled out of Laos after being cut up and An attorney was shot to death last night in San Fran- cisco as he strolled alone two Nodes from his apartment, Police describe at as a ran- dom attack with robbery as the motive. The attorney's wallet was missing. He was identified as Harold J. Siegcl, 33, of 155 Jackson St., San Francisco. A resident of ibe area heard a shot shortly after 11 p.m. Siegel's body was found face-down near the intersec- tion of Drumm and Washing- Ion streets. He had been shot once in the back of his head. His right hand was in his trouser pock- et. Patrolman Bruce Marovich said ibe taller apparently lay :n wait for anyone mho came The officer described the murder as ibe "new style- of street robbery "dont giye_ the gay a chance. If the vic- tim is dead nobody can testify af ainst yoa in court" Sjegel's father is retired Rear Adm. Arthur Siegd of Sai Diego, a Potted Plant Was His Christmas Tree A. CLEARWATER, Fla. <A here wasn't any- thing real unusual about the a police detective testi- fied, "except be was standing there hitchhiking with a five- foot marijuana tree over his shoulder." Well, yes, admitted defend- ant Kerry A. Luchsinger, but there -was a perfectly innocent explanation. He was jast taking the Dot plant home for a Christmas tree, LuchsDigeT, 21 said he plying his trifle as a exterminator it a SI Peters- burg house last Nov. 27 when he spotted this copse of shrubs in the back yard. Being fresh home from mili- tary service in Vietnam, where is plentiful and grows wild, he recognized the shrubs for what they were. It was getting on toward Christmas time. Other folks were lugging home the tradi- tional pines. Why not be dif- ferent? Why not'make an er- satz Christinas tree out of a properly trimmed pot plant? So he uprooted a five-fooler, flung it over his shoulder and started thumbing a lift on a mam thoroughfare. A car with two men stepped. "W hat's that 3011 got Siied Lachsinger and his load into ger. "Tin U.tang it home for a Christmas tree." Grateful for the lift, he snapped off a piece of his shrub and offered A to one of the men. What happened next was enough to shake your faith in Santa Claus. The two men in the car were plainclotbes de- tectives. They placed Lochsin- ger under arrest Luchsinger pleaded pally yesterday to a charge of dis- pensing marijuana. Pending a presentence investigation. Cir- cuit Jddgo Ben F. Overton al- lowed him to return lo his job the exterminating com- pany. No charges -were brought igzi'aM. ibe <A ihe house where the pot plants grew. An unsuspecting middle aged couple, police said, they had hired some hippie-types lo do repair work some before Luchsinger plucked his Chnstoas tree, and the con- clusion was obvious. demoralized by weeks of heavy North Vietnamese at- tacks. Phu acknowledged to news- men at Ham Nghi that nearly 300 men. of the regiment had been killed or wounded in five days of fitting this week around Fire Base Lolo and Landing Zone Brown, on a ridgeline south of Highway 9 in Laps. Vietnamese sources in Saigon said another 200 troops are unaccounted for. Tbe general said his troops had completed three phases of the campaign, including a sweep of Highway 914, one of the key arteries of the Ho Chi Minn Trail. It runs southeast of Sepone back to- ward the South Vietnamese border. Vietnamese field officers said last week that tbe major portion of the drive into Laos, which began Feb. 8, would be concluded by the end of the month and the forces would be pulled back to the border. Gen. Phu also confirmed that his forces had pulled out of Landing Zone Brown under heavy attack but there are still some troops "in tbe vicin- ity of 14 miles east of the Vietnamese border. He said this is now the most ad- See Eack Page, (M. I Spring Makes Early Arrival Spring has nudged winter into limbo throughout Califor- nia, even though the season doesn't arrive officially until p.m. tomorrow. The hour is known as the vernal equinox, when the sun crosses the celestial equator moving northward. But for tbe past two days, the weather has been definitely spnngish and the outtook is for more of the same ngM The a balmy SS degrees at Oakland Interna- tional Airport yesterday will possibly climb into the low 70s today and tomorrow. With the exception of the ex- treme north, where clouds were begimng to gather, the forecast of warm and sunny extends over the entire state. Crucial Vote Set for Next Week WASHINGTON (UPI) The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 17 to 5 today to continue government spend- ing on the supersonic trans- port, keeping alive Adminis- tration hopes the House deci- sion to kill the program can be reversed. White House Press Secre- tary Ronald Ziegler told news- men "our hope and objective is that the Senate will restore the funds." "If that doesn't happen, he said, "I assume that a num- her of suggestions will be forth? coming on how to deal with this. I don't want to say that the Administration is putting forth any other suggestions or considering any other steps. We are hopeful the Senate will act." Senate floor debate on the appropriations committee ac- tion will begin Tuesday with-a' showdown vote scheduled for late Wednesday. The House voted 215 to 204 yesterday against spending any more government money to develop two prototypes of the faster-than-sound trans- port after March 30 when present authorization ends. In Another development in. the controversy, the Senate passed 71 to 0 a bill aimed at bainng flights of commercial planes over the continental United States at supersonic speeds except for research on the SST program. The measure would require SST contractors to demon- strate that the prototype could comply with noise limitations which now apply to subsonic planes such as the 747 and DCS. At the White House, Ziegler said he was not prepared to discuss alternate ways of fi- nancing continued SST devel- opment if the Senate fails restore tie funds knocked out by the House. "We would be prepared to listen to suggestions because' the President has stated his thinking regarding the Ziegler said. "Our position is See Bick Page, Moscow and China Reopen Word Battle By RAYMOND LAWRENCE Foreign Analyst The violent battle of words between Peking and Moscow has reopened, providing evi- dence the Kremlin still hopes for overthrow of the Mao Tse4ung regime. At the same time a group of top-ranking Soviet specialists on Communist China charged Peking with trying to provoke a war between the United Stales and Russia so China can control ibe world. The Russian Sinologists also said in a well-documented booklet Red China, in seeking to prevent U.S. preventive strikes at its nuclear installa- tions, has promised not lo in- tervene directly in the Indo- china war. The brochure, written by nine Russian scholars and sponsored by the Far Eastern Institute of the Soviet Acade- my of Sciences, and published recently, charged: "One of the cardinal tasks of Chinese foreign policy is lo dnve a wedge between the Sinct USJM ibe Ur.u- cd iiales lo inspire and snp- wrt a permanent stale of con- flict to crises and di- rect clashes between the two countries.'" Since 1969 the ideological of words between ibe two Ccmiramst pants has been comparatively mated. Eat this