European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - September 6, 1970, Darmstadt, HessePag* 6 THE STARS AND STRIPES Sunday, September 6, 1970
Nixon Notes Jewish New Year
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.(UPI) — President Nixon sent
his warmest wishes Friday toall Americans of Jewish faith
for a "new year of peace andhappiness."
In the special "Shanah Tovah"
New Year message, Nixon said"my thoughts are with you as
you begin these days ofworship."
The Jewish New Year beginsOct. 1 with Rash Hashanah and
ends Oct. 10 with Yom Kippur.
• Star of Silent Films Dies
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Louclla Modic Maxam. 74, a silentscreen actress best known as the leading lady in many movies
with 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 Airlines
BOSTON (AP) — Atly. Gen.Robert H. Quinn filed suit in
Suffolk Superior Court Fridayagainst 10 major airlines
charging them with maintain-ing a public nuisance at Logan
International 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 spiders
by injecting them with doses of LSD, amphe-tamines, tranquilizers, etc. and then observing
the kind of webs they weave. —AP Photo
Nader Says Officials of GM Lied
To Congress About Corvair's Safety
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Ralph Nader charged Fridaythat General Motors officials
deliberately lied to Congressabout the safety of the Corvair
car. He demanded that thepresident and board chairman
of GM resign immediately.
In a letter to TransportationSecretary John A. Volpe, Nader
said "GM man-ufactured and
maintained amassive lie"
that the rear-engine Corvair
was as safe asany other car.
He urgedVolpe to recall
the 600,000 Cor-vairs that he
said were stillon the road. HeNader
said these cars still were un-stable and tended to turn over
easily and that carbon monoxideleaked into the passenger
Nader told UPI he has askedSen. Abraham A Ribicoff D-
Conn., to reopen the 1966 Senatehearings at which he claimed
GM officials falsely testified.
Nader claimed to haveevidence showing that GM
officials knew as early as 1962that the Corvair was unstable
and leaked exhaust furnes into™ Passe"ger compartment.
Nader said in his letter toVolpe that he had documents
which showed GM:
—"Demanded or condonedunethical behavior by its
lawyers and engineers whichnad major repercussions on the
frequency of Corvair crashesand casualties.
drive." But he said that "inview of the seriousness of the
charges we will make a repl>to Secretary Volpe."
Nader claimed that GM'sdenial was made by an
anonymous spokesman because"no GM official would make
such a statement under oath.'He said the denial was
"another falsehood contradictedby GM's own internal do-
Nader won initial fame as theauthor of a book. "Unsafe At
Any Speed," which detailedalleged safety hazards in the
Corvair, which GM discontinuedin 1969.
During the auto safetyhearings of 1966 which led to
the government's auto - safetystandards, GM admitted it
investigated Nader's privatelife to try to find embarrassing
In a suit growing out of theincident, GM last month paid
Nader $425,000 in an out-of-court settlement.
Nader claims General MotorsPresident Edward Cole and
Board Chairman James M.Roche knew all along that the
Corvair was unsafe."For years,
defended the they activelyCorvair and
carefully avoided true disclo-sure," he said. "They both
Nader's letter listed GMdocuments he said Volpe should
ask to see to prove theallegations. But Nader said he
would release copies of thedocuments regardless of what
A Transportation Departmentspokesman said, "Nader's char-
ges and allegations will becompletely and thoroughly stu-
died and whatever actiondeemed appropriate and proper
will be taken."
When Nader's letter wasdelivered to the Transportation
Department, Volpe was makinga commencement speech at
Ohio University in which hepointed to Nader as an example
of how to work within the'system" to promote reform.
• Customs Bureau to Use Dogs
WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Customs Bureau has decided touse marijuana-sniffing police dogs as a major weapon in its fight
to stop smuggling of marijuana and hashish.The dogs can find in a minute Hidden marijuana and hashish
that trained human inspectors sometimes miss after a 24-minulesearch.
• Man Claims Handshaking Record
LOS ANGELES (UPI) ~James E. Seiger claimed the
title of world's champion hand-shaker after shaking 13,000
hands at Los Angeles Inter-national Airport Friday.
The previous record of 12,500
handshakes were set by LaneoDowson in Wales on Feb. 9
1»63. Seiger eclipsed that markwhen he shook the hand of Air-
man l.C. Robert G. Black of LaMesa, Calif, who is stationed at
DavUrMonlhan AFB, Ariz.
• Wis. Alumni Cancel Agnew, Laird
MADISON, Wls. at that sank Thursday in the
looded Krishna River. So far 23XKiies have been recovered,
mostly those of children.
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Court
action resulting from a building
takeover by black students 17
months ago at Cornell Universi-
ty ended when a judge decided
not to punish three blacks who
pleaded 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 trespass
in the occupation April 19-20.lf>69, were released earlier be-
cause their identifications wirequestioned.
FAA Official Disputes Lindsa
NEW YORK (UP!) - A top official of the Federal Aviation
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