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   Daily Journal (Newspaper) - December 2, 1977, Fergus Falls, Minnesota                                my Journal Sadat foes weigh economic boycott J04th YEAR NO. ?B3' FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA54537 FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 1977 SINGLE COPY ISc Lakefield strike is settled Minn. (API _ Students and teachers trooped back to school at Icefield to- day as the result of a mys- terious donation which ended a teachers strike that had been expected to last for weeks. The two-day strike by 45 teachers in (he southwestern Minnesota communitv ended unexpectedly Thursday night after the Lakefield Education Association received an anonymous donation of The amount, to be divided among I.EA members, was equal to the difference between LEA and school board salary proposals on the table when a mediation session broke down earlier in the day. Sheldon Sampson, an LEA spokesman, said an official of the Ukefield Stale Bank ad- vised the teacher organization via hand-delivered letter that (he donation had been deposited in the bank "and is available to the I.akefield Education The unusual nature of the of- fer was one reason teachers felt they had to accept it even though some of their other con- tract deniands were not met, Sampson said. ''How often would it happen that people in a community would show this kind of he asked. School Board Chairman Katherine Price said this morning she and other board members learned of the donation this morning, after teachers had agreed to settle. She ailded, "I'm still tossing il around in my mind and trying to figure out how I feel." She anticipated that when the two-year compact is drawn up, the board will approve it, but she did not know when it would next meet. She said the board's last offer was some more in the first year and in the second year of the pact, over current budget levels. Mrs. Price said the presum- ably would be added to the first year's offer. Teacher representatives had informed Superintendent Don- ald Sondergard of (he donation. Asked if he had any idea of the identity of the teachers' benefactor, Sampson said: "It really is not a concern of mine. (Teachers) Continued on Page 16 war Sadat's Arab foes opened their "rejectionist" summit to- day, weighing retaliation for the Egyptian president's peace overture toward Israel. Ijbya was pressing for an economic and diplomatic bovcolt of Egypt. Top leaders of Syria, Iraq, Algeria, South Yemen and the Palestinians met in the ornate People's Hall in Tripoli under the chairmanship of Libya's radical strongman, Col. Moam- mar Khadaty. After more than three hours of talks, the conferees broke for lunch and private consultations and scheduled a night session. The summit is expected to last through Saturday. Abdul Mohsen Abu Maizer, chief spokesman for the Pale- stinian Liberation. Organization, said the morning session heard an "exhaustive report" by Khadafy and PW chief Yasir Arafat, examining "the dangerous results" of Sadat's peace mission to Jerusalem. Reliable Palestinian sources said the proposed boycott of Egypt would underline Arab anger over Sadat's trip and his planned summit in Cairo with Israel, the United States and the United Nations this month. Khadafy reportedly was pro- posing that the other Arab states follow his lead in cutting diplomatic relations with Egypt- Syrian President Hafez As- sad's position on the proposals was unknown, but Iraq and the Palestinian delegation are agreed to them, the informants said. Egypt, although in poor eco- nomic health, is not likely to be hurl much if the nations meet- ing here boycott it. It depends on Saudi Arabia and other con- servative Persian Gulf oil states for subsidies that help keep its economy afloat and pay for its military forces. They declined to attend the Tripoli meetings and are unlikely to join any boycott. Assad on his arrival Thurs- day made no direct mention of Sadat or his peace maneuvers with Israel. "that when a nation faces danger, the faithful sons call to meet and work to prevent the catast- (Arabs) Continued on Page 16 Rep. Nolan begins tour of Cuba HAVANA (AP) -The Carter administration may be slightly softening its position on further improvements in U.S.-Cuban relations as two junior Demo- cratic congressmen begin a five-day tour of the island. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance told the congressmen Thursday that the recent chill in relations between Cuba and the United States could dis- sipate if Castro would only agree to discuss Cuban military involvement in Angola. Yet Reps. Richard Nolan, D- Minn., and Frederick W. Rich- mond, D-N.Y., told reporters in route from Washington Thurs- day that the president gave them this message for Cuban President Fidel Castro: "Get out of Angola." That is the same position that Carter has taken since he has been in office, a position Castro has said is unacceptable be- cause Cuban troops in Africa are not an American concern. Two weeks a BO. the State De- Oswald questions not answered in FBI files REMODELING CONTINUES Wurter weather doesn't halt on crane workmen yesterday put stone coping caps in place. The roof the work of transforming the old Coca-Cola building into district was raised about four ieet and wood beams were replaced with headquarters for Otter Tail Power Company. With the help of a steel (Journal photo by Harley Oyloe) Unemployment at 6.9 pet. WASHINGTON' (AP) The nation's unemployment rate edged down from 7 percent to 6.9 percent in November, still within the narrow range in which' it has fluctuated since April, the government reported today. But the number of Americans with jobs increased by nearly one million last month, the largest monthly rise since A pril 1960, when it increased by 1.3 million. After the latest jobless fig- ures were released today, White House Press Secretary Jody Powell said the Carter ad- ministration was not going to attain its goal of reducing unemployment to 6.5 perce nl by the end of the year. "It's not likely to be Powell said, referring to the jobless rate. The Labor Department said total employment rose by 000 to 92.2 million in November and the proportion of the popu- lation with jobs rose to an all- time high of 57.8 percent. Despite the sharp increase in employment, the number of jobless persons showed little change over the month. In No- vember, 6.8 million Americans were unable to find jobs, about fewer than in October. It would seem that a large in- crease in employment would be accompa nied by a sharp drop in unemployment. But last month, the labor force also grew in an unusually sharp pace, in- creasing by to a total of 99 million, the government said. "The one-month change in employment may be vastly overstated, apparently reflect- ing growth that we had seen earlier in the said a la- bor Department analyst. The analyst said the sharp in- crease also could be due in part to earlier-than-usual hiring of temporary store employes for (he holiday shopping season. Over the past year, employ- ment expanded by 3.9 million while the labor force grew by 3.2 million. The number of unemployed dropped by during that period. The jobless rate has fluc- tuated between 6.9 percent and 7.1 percent since last April but is well below the 8 percent high for 1976 recorded last Novem- ber. The stubbornness in the unemployment rale is expected to be a factor in President Car- ter's decision to recommend tax cuts next year that will be designed to stimulate the econ- omy. The job figures are based on a survey of households nationwide taken each month by the Census Bureau. A more accurate, but less com- prehensive, measure is the La- bor Department's monthly sur- vey of business establishments, which showed that non-farm payroll employment rose by in November to 83.2 mil- lion. While the jobless rate for adult women rose from 6.8 to 7.1 percent last month, the rate for teen-agers declined slightly from 17.3 to 17.1 percent and the rale for adult men dropped from 5.3 to 4.9 percent. Joblessness among whites declined from 8.1 to 6 percent, while the unemployment rate for blacks edged down from 13.9 to 13.8 percent. Compared with a year earlier, the rate for (Jobs) Continued n Page 16 WASHINGTON (AP) The first batch of FBI files on the assassination of John F. Kenne- dy raises fresh questions but of- fers few answers about the movements of Harvey Os- wald in the autumn before the murder and about the source of the assassin's bullets. The 597 pages of FBI memos show the agency kept a close watch on Oswald after his re- turn to the United States from the Soviet Union in June 1962. But the bureau apparently lost track of him for several weeks in September and Octo- ber 1963. Kennedy was killed in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. The memos show that FBI of- ficials at one point speculated that the bullets which killed Kennedy may have come from an ammunilion'order originallv produced for the CIA. An firearms expert later testified that this type of ammunition was readily available for public purchase. The FBI memos are the first of pages the agency will release Dec. 7 to comply with requests under the Freedom of Information Act for the records of its investigation of Kenne- dy's death. Another pages will be made public la (er. The first batch was provided several months ago to a private researcher and obta ined by The Associated Press on Thursday. According to the dccuTr.erte, the FBI first opened a file on Oswald after clipping news ac- counts of his announcement in Moscow in 1959 that he iras de- fecting to the Soviet Union. When Oswald returned to this country with his Russian-born uife Marina in 1962, the FBI monitored his movements closely until September 1963. He and his wife had been living in New Orleans until (hen, and agents believed the couple was moving to Dallas, but they picked up some reports that Os- wald had been seen in Mexico. Agents in Dallas, Little Rock and New Orleans were put on alert to locate him, and the Dallas agents on Nov. 1 deter- mined that Mrs. Oswald was living in nearbv Irving with Huth Paine. Mrs. Paine told the agents that Oswald was working at the Scboo, Book Depository and that he sometimes visited his wife and newborn child. The memo said Mrs. Paine tola the agents she didn't know where Oswald was living. The files give no indication that agents tried to contact Os- wald between Nov. 1 and Nov. 22, when Kennedy was shot from a window at the school book depository-. partment said the build-up of Cuban forces in Africa this year meant that talks with the Cubans would continue but could not lead to a restoration of full diplomatic relations, which ended almost 17 years ago. Nolan said that the presi- dent's position was that any ne- gotiations "must include dis- cussion of a step-by-slep with- drawal from Africa." The congressman said Vance also said to tell Castro the United States would lift all ret- rictions on Cuban reporters in the United States if he would allow major newspapers and news services to open Cuban bureaus. Anu the secretary also said, Richmond reported, that the administration is now inclined to approve a pending export li- cense for in medicines that Castro seeks. The congressman, members of the House Agriculture Com- mittee, are here to seek cultur- al and educational exchange programs and to give the Cu- bans samples of U.S. crop seeds. The congressmen said Car- ter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brezezinksi, told them the Cuban involvement in Angola was equal to American involvement in Vietnam at its highest point. Nolan also carried on his trip apleafrommeatmarketowner Rolando Castellanos of Sauk (Cuba) Continued on Page 16 Two hanged in Bermuda Bermuda (AP) Two black convicted mur- derers, one charged with slaying Bermuda's governor and his aide, were hanged at dawn today after a night of violent rioting by black youths. The executions of Erskine Burrows, 33, and Larry Tack- lyn, 25, were the first since 1946 o'n the British island colony 670 miles southeast of New York. Burrows and Tacklyn, mem- bers of a now-defunct terror group known as the Black Beret Cadres, were convicted and sentenced to death two years ago. Burrows was convicted of the 1973 slaying of Sir Richard Sharpies, the British governor of Bermuda, his aide de camp, Capt. Hugh Sayers, and of the 1972 assassination of Police Commissioner George Duckctt. Both Burrows and Tacklyn were convicted of killing Iwo supermarket executives in a 1973 holdup. Police enforced a two-mile no man's land around Casemates Prison where the two men wmt to the gallows. The official announcement of the exe- cutions was held up for 90 min- utes white a coroner's jury con- vened to certify the deaths in accordance with the law In another devtlopment. offi- cials reported that three per- sons, reportedly two gwsls and a staff member, died in a fire Thursday rngM on an upper floor of the luxurious South- ampton Princess Hotel seven miles outside Hamilton. The of- ficials said the fire had no ap- parent connection with the riot- ing in town. Police withheld the names of the victims pending notification of their nest of kin. Almost 800 guests, most of them Ameri- cans, were evacuated to other hotels. Hamilton, the islands' only city, was calm as day broke but police and troops remained on the alert for a renewal of the violence that rocked the city through the nighl. The rampage, involving an estimated 500 black youths at its height, began Thursday night after the Court of Appeals refused to stay the executions of Burrows and Tacklyn. It left several stores in the working-class districts of Ham- ilton gutted by gasoline bombs, but police kept the mobs out of the main business district with tear gas. At one point a school, a gov- ernment office, a liquor ware- house and a supermarket were blazing and firemen were pre- vented from dealing with the outbreaks by the rampaging gangs. No major injuries were re- ported, but dozens of youths ivcre arrested. The conservative, multiracial United Bermuda Parly government appealed for calm in latenight radio and television broadcasts. About 360 police were on duty, troops of the Bermuda Regiment were on the alert in their camp, and roadblocks were set up to keep everyone two miles from the fortress-like Casemates Prison at the western end of the island. The campaign to save Bur- rows and Tacklyn them from the gallows was organized by the predominantly Mack Ubor Party, which has 15 of the 40 seals in the House of Assemblv. Weather roundup Decreasing cloudiness and colder tonight. Clear to partly cloudy and cold Saturday. tonight zero to 10 below. Highs Saturday six to 18. Winds light variable tonight. High Thursday: 17. 9. At a.m.: HF. -IOC. At Noon: 22. Precipitation 24 tars ending 8 a.m. today: .02. Sunrise Saturday: Sunset: Temperatures One Year Ago High: 11. law: 75. NEW ICE GROOMING MACHINE Arrival of UK KW for use at the Iwcfcey arna was greeted yesterday by city and school district representativts. City and scfcool share in the rcwt.From the left areSopt. Richard Raker; Alderman Terry Mark; Charles Swansea and Harold Letaid. schwl Iward members; Mayor Mel Olson, Lloyd Skjegstad, city employee, and Dave Corey, president of the hockey association. (Journal photo by Bruce Bakkcl FDA may yet try to ban liquid protein On the inside... (Mler Tail Tower a partner in plant. I'age 9 (hi Iho local scene. Kurnil lire from I re? stumps I'afle II Area Happenings. I'apo ifl 5 million WASHINGTON (AP) The federal in propos- ing mandatory' warning labels on predigested liquid protein and other protein supplements, says it may yet try to ban the products as a health risk. The Food and Drug Adminis- tration said Thursday that 31 deaths are now being examined for possible links to liquid pro- tein diets, although medical in- vestigators say they are sure of a connection in only 10 fatal- ities. Those 10 deaths, all women under age 45 who died of sudden heart attacks after weeks of ingesting nothing but liquid protein, raised particular con- cern because all of them were dieting under medical super- vision. The modified liquid protein fast was made popular by a book called "The fast Chance Diet." In proposing Ihe warning la- bel regulation, Food and Drug Commissioner Donald M. Ken- nedy asked for scientific and le- gal comments on whether the protein products need to be banned and the best way to take such action. "If we determine thai the risk to consumers cannot be con- trolled by Kennedy said, "then KDA will act to remove the product from the market." Sen. Charles H. Percy of Il- linois, the ranking Republican on a special Senate nutrition and health committee, said the FDA's warning proposal doesn't go far enough and re- peated his call for the agency to pull the product off the market. The FDA's proposed regu- lation, published in Ihe Federal Register today, would require all protein supplements in- tended for use in weight reduc- tion or maintenance programs to bear this label: "WARMXG Very low ca- lorie protein diets may cause serious illness or death. DO NOT USF. FOR WEIGHT RE- DUCTION OR MAIN- TENANCE WITHOUT MEDICAL SUPERVISION. Do not use for any purpose without medical advice if you are taking medication. Not for use by infants, children or pregnant or nursing women." The labeling requirement, which for procedural reasons won't take effect for at least Iwo months, will apply both to liquid products and powders designed to be mixed with a liquid, the agency said. A shorter, blunter warning would be required on the vari- ous protein supplements being sold in health food and drug stores but not intended for die- ters It would say. "WARNING Very low calorie protein diets may cause serious illness or death. DO NOT USE FOR WEIGHT REDUCTION OR MAINTENANCE." The FDA said it intends to require warnings on nondieUry supplements because they are used to lose weight whether or not they are explicitly labekd for that purpose.   

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