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Escapee’s blood tips FBI
United Press International
LAKELAND, Fla. — A white supremacist
wanted for the sniper slayings of two blacks and
suspected of threatening the life of President Car
ter was arrested Tuesday in Lakeland, where Car
ter is to attend a political rally Friday.
Agents said Joseph Paul Franklin, who also was
being questioned in the attempted assassination
of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan, sent a letter
to the president in 1976 threatening his life. They
said the letter was in Franklin’s handwriting.
Philip McNiff, FBI agent in charge of the Tam
pa office, said although there had been no recent
threats against Carter by Franklin, he was consi
dered a threat to the president and other pres
idential candidates.
"It was a concern of ours,” McNiff said.
He said Franklin was known to sell his blood to
finance his travels and agents had distributed his
description to all plasma centers in the area last
week because of the president’s plans to visit
Carter plans to attend a political rally Friday at
Florida Southern College at Lakeland.
Franklin, 30, subject of a nationwide manhunt
since his escape from a Kentucky jail a month ago,
was arrested Tuesday night at a blood bank —
which had received the FBI flyer with his descrip
tion only six hours earlier.
Franldin is charged with violating the civil
rights of Theodore Tracy Fields, 20, and David
Loren Martin, 18, blacks killed by sniper fire as
they jogged through a Salt Lake City park Aug.
FBI officials said the bureau also wanted to
question Franklin about eight other similar inci
dents in which a dozen other blacks were killed.
They include incidents in Johnstown, Pa.; Cincin
nati, Ohio; Buffalo, N.Y., and Oklahoma City.
“Because of the similarity, we are interested in
discussing these other shootings with him,” FBI
spokesman Ed Gooderham said in Washington.
But he said they don’t have any definite evidence
linking Franklin to the incidents.
There also have been reports that Indianapolis
police said a man resembling Franklin was seen in
the lobby of Jordan’s motel in Fort Wayne, Ind.,
last May 29. The National Urban League presi
dent was shot later that night in the motel’s park
ing lot.
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hours after being arrested while driving a car that
linked him to the Utah sniper slayings.
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It began like any other day at
Texas A&M. But before the clock
struck midnight, the floor of the All
Faiths Chapel was stained with the
blood of two teenagers. One lived to
tell the story; the other died.
As the sun rose early Saturday
morning, most snuggled deeper
under their covers, thankful for the
few extra hours of sleep afforded
ously consider death. The thought
of it is unpleasant, so we neatly tuck
it away as some event that will take
place in the far, distant future. To
day it’s the good times — life to the
Yet in reality, it may be sooner
than we think. As crime, disease,
and world instability continue to in
crease, the so-called “guarantee” of
A thousand thoughts
gun to his heart.
raced through his mind as he put the
them by the weekend. By game
time, dark threatening clouds had
completely chased the sun from the
sky. A steady rain fell on the artifi
cial turf of Kyle Field as thousands
of loyal fans witnessed the slow ex
ecution of the Aggies by the Baylor
Bears. With emotions and clothing
thoroughly dampened, the rain-
soaked mass of humanity slowly
filed out as the final gun sounded.
Such is life. You win some, you
lose some. After all, it’s only a
game. Life must go on. Maybe
things will look better tomorrow.
But for Michael Bruce Duchin,
19, there would be no tomorrow.
The bright hopes for the future
were overshadowed by the intensity
of frustration and disappointment.
The thought of living was unbear
able, but what did death hold? A
thousand thoughts raced through
his mind as he put the gun to his
heart. Did he really want to die?
Was there no other solution? Was
death really the end — or just the
beginning? He squeezed the trigger
and the gun sounded. It was over.
Today, only Michael Duchin knows
the answers to his questions.
As students, we very seldom seri-
a long life is not something we can
simply take for granted. Every year
here at Texas A&M there are stu
dents who suddenly encounter the
unexpected: death. A future of
glorious plans is suddenly dashed to
But what really happens as the
final gun sounds? The humanistic
philosophers of today are trying
their hardest to convince us that
everything ends at the grave. We
simply return to dust as do all the
other animals of creation. There is
no God, and no hereafter. The end
is the end.
And yet, man in general con
tinues to fear death and to avoid it at
all costs. It is the pain we fear? Is it
the uncertainty of entering a vast
“unknown”? Or is it a nagging feel
ing deep within that just across that
line we will come face to face with a
living God?
In the world’s most accurate, an
cient volume, the Bible, this simple
statement is found: “It is appointed
for men to die once, and after this
Comes judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27).
God states that man is different than
all other creatures in that he is eter
nal — and deep inside, he knows it.
In almost every culture of the
world, whether they have the Bible
or not, there seems to be a built-in
understanding of an eternal exist
The Bible goes on to explain that
“the sting of death is sin” (1 Corint
hians 15:56). Sin, an active or pas
sive attitude of rebellion against
God and His authority, separates us
from Him. This separation not only
results in an emptiness in this life,
but also in a judgment of sin for all
of eternity.
The Good News is that Jesus
Christ came to remove the “sting”
by giving his life to pay the penalty
for sin: “For the wages of sin is
death, but the free gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our
Lord” (Romans 6:23). He went to
the cross so that we would never
have to come under God’s judg
ment, but could experience His life
and love. “Truly, truly, I say to you,
he who hears my word, and believes
Him who sent Me, has eternal life,
and does not come into judgment,
but has passed out of death into life”
(John 5:24).
Knowing about death adds a
whole new dimension to life. By
receiving Jesus Christ — acknow
ledging our sin and submitting our
lives to Him — we can remove the
“sting of death” and experience His
love and forgiveness both now and
in eternity.
Life is fragile, death is final, and
the stakes are high. Don’t take a
chance on losing the biggest game of
all — the game of life. Someday the
final gun will sound.
If you would like more informa
tion on this, call 846-6640 and ask
for the free booklet “Life After
Death”. There are only a limited
number available, so call now.
415 University Drive
In Northgate
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says: “Get your
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Call Red Cross now
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United Press International
DETROIT — Chrysler Corp. today reported a third-
quarter loss of $490 million, bringing the auto industry’s
deficit to $1.7 billion for the three-month period and
$3.6 billion for the year thus far.
Chrysler said the figure was a victory.
The No. 3 automaker, which went to the edge of
bankruptcy last year, was the only member of the Big
Three U. S. automakers that managed to trim losses from
the severely depressed second quarter of this year.
Chrysler’s second-quarter deficit was $536 million. It
losses so far this year are $1.47 billion.
“While our third-quarter net loss is large, we are
encouraged by this improvement in our operating re
sults over the second quarter,” Chrysler Chairman Lee
A. lacocca said, referring to severe cost-cutting steps.
“The fact that these improved results were achieved
in spite of lower unit sales is evidence of the progress we
have made in containing costs and improving efficien
cy,” he said.
Chrysler’s worldwide dollar sales in the quarter
slumped 20 percent to $2 billion while unit sales fell 28
percent from last year to 253,000 vehicles.
Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday its third-quarter loss
totaled $595 million, bringing its overall deficit for the
first nine months of 1980 to $1.23 billion.
A day earlier, General Motors Corp. reported $567
million in red ink for the quarter. Its nine-month loss is
$824 million.
In the same period last year, CM earned $2,47^
and Ford profits were $1.21 billion.
Like CM, Ford blamed its poor results on thenaSi
recession and lower sales volumes — especially in
tionally high-profit big car lines.
But it spiced its gloomy third-quarter statement'
“The company’s results should begin to impriM.,,, ,
the fourth quarter because of gradual economic rs®,
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order to carry out the company’s ambitious reti^y to cultiv:
program to bring out more fuel-efficient cars andtnji said, “be<
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ment acts to resolve several problems afflicting kfees can j
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responsibly and quickly,” he said.
Ford said it lost $569 million in the United StatesJ
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WASHINGTON —In 1950, Vale
rian Trifa, a native of Romania, told
U.S. authorities he was a victim of
Nazi persecution, a survivor of
forced labor in Germany during
World War II.
Thirty years later, the government
charged Trifa, 66, of Grass Lake,
Mich., an archbishop of the Roma
nian Orthodox Episcopate of Amer
ica, lied to get an immigration visa.
In fact, the government said, he had
been a member of the Iron Guard
and the persecutor of both Jews and
Christians in Romania.
In the latest action on the case, the
Justice Department moved Tuesday
to deport the alleged Nazi war cri
minal, filing legal papers with the
Immigration and Naturalization Ser
vice in Detroit.
A hearing on the case is scheduled
before an IN S judge on Nov. 18.
Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman,
D-N.Y., who is head of the House
Judiciary subcommittee on Immig
ration, Refugees and International
ment move.
She called it "a reaffirmation by
our government that it will no longer
provide a haven for those of Hitler’s
henchmen who have managed to
find sanctuary in this country.”
In its court papers, the govern
ment charged Trifa participated in or
was a student leader of the Iron
Guard in Romania from 1934 to
1941, “and in that capacity advocated
violence and persecution of Jews. ”
It also charged Trifa participated
in the persecution of Jews and
Christians in Bucharest in 1941.
In an affidavit also filed on the
case, the Justice Department alleged
the others, and ordered his mer
kill and to torture the Jews.
In August, Trifa renound
U.S. citizenship by surrei
naturalization papers. He also
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dred pages of explanations aboq
World War II activities, denyii
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United Press International
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Fifteen
Fisk University fraternity brothers,
participating in an early morning in-
( itiation rite, were held up by a gun
man, forced to strip to their under
wear and ordered to march down a
railroad track, authorities said.
Police arrested Bruce Blair, 31, of
Nashville in the incident. He was
' charged with two counts of armed
robbery, possession of marijuana and
illegal possession of a weapon. His
bond was set at $6,000.
The students, members of the
Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, were
walking single-file, a common frater
nity initiation exercise, when the
gunman approached them at 3 a.m.
Trifa was naturalized ii
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procession down a railroad tracli
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pointing a .22-caliber pistol ati
backs, Benton said.
Benton said after the scantily
group walked several huni
yards, their assailant fledwitkil
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