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Day
8
Month
April
Year
1976
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ÏUlr ALr Av Ar JKf X-7f Av t MW m W V - m 1 & tN v $ ■ pared a repon on the Watergateaffair for the CIA just two weeks at'ter the now-famous Washington break-in. He acted as a secret imk between r Howard Hunt and Gordon Liddy. And he was Howard Hughes' official ton rep. Robert Bennett may well be tlie sanie Deep ■ 11 I ■ 1 r 1 ■ n ' Ihroat who repeatediy met tlie Washington rost s Bob Woodward in a D.C. parking structure witli the inside dope on the INixon admimstratión. 1 he tascinating Mr. Bennett, son of a former Republican senator, assoeiate of Nixon aide Charles Colson, and owner of a farmer CIA front employing Hunt, may also be the celebrated secret songbird. according to New York Times er Tony Lukas. Woodward, no Deep Throat himselr, admits Bennett was a source but won't confirm or deny his exact role . . . Billion-dollar boondoggle ot tlie week: Navy's Trident missile, being produced by the same Lockheed which has thrown Japan into an uproar, is in serious trouble, according to Pacific News Service. A Pentagon source says the Trident tract had tinancial incentives to maximize the missile's range, tlius stimulating Lockheed's subcontractors to develop an extremely i "hot" fuel capable of premature explosión. The Tndent launching submanne, planned as the U.S. 's main sea forcé, is the single most costly weapon l in production, with the total bill estimated at $18.5 bilL lion. Navy officials say they've been able to make the fickle fuel more stable, but in the process they've cut down the potential range of the Trident, eliminating the very reason it was being built! The Pentagon 's plan for Trident was to increase the strike range over that of the Poseidon missile, wliich can travel 2,800 nautical miles. Trident was to have a range of 4,800 miles, but now it looks like Tiident may have to use the same fuel as Poseidon. Some arms experts are now saying the project should be scrapped. Can you imagine what hfeK Vt f I tfp ESv Le ■■L & cv myw ! Lá m A á& AT sur ■ fc T' - v t-y s ff ■ w X_A2J our cities could do wth$8.5 billioiï! Anyway, lest "déteme" be completely forgotten, ress has approved a plan to colonize the Mariana Islands n the Pacific, the lust U.S. territorial expansión in lialt'a century. The United Nations must still prove the selieme, uncler whicli Congress will control the Islands, and the islanders will have no power to end the arrangement. American " itarists hope to use the isles for "Fallback" bases if tliey're forced off the Asian mainland. Bridgeport, Texas, whicli sits atop a natural gas field, says it will butld its own solar generator to ply the total eléctrica! needs rot lts 4,500 residents and its businesses. "It's the cheapest power on earth," says the Mayor . . . Colombia has ■ legalized use and possession of 1 grass up to 28 grams, about an ' ounce. A Colombian official says the government feit t Hat dope smokers were sick, hut not crimináis . . . An IRSstudy of 1972 tax returns shows ihat 74 per cent of returns filed by private tax services such asH&R Block havi. errors; 79 per cent of the returns prepared by IRS people also liad errors! . . . Sears Roebuck 's New j York ad agency sent letters to J radio and TV stations complaining about weathercasters who suggest listeners stay home i when bad weather's coming. This "does terrible dam age to retail store sales," they say. . . The human rights group Amnesty International has released details of 22 torlure-deaths of politica! activists by the Juan Bordaberry regime in Uruguay. The South American dictatorship now holds 6,000 politica] prisoners, one for every 450 citizens- the highest such ratio in the world. One oí every 50 Uruguayans has been arrested on poliiical charges within the last tour years. In spite of the tent and intensity ot Uruguayan po politica! repression, which is in some ways on a level similar to Chile, the continuad on page 30 Hot Spots contiiuicd firom page 6 guayan political situation lias failed to awaken even a modest level of world atiention," says the group. Wake up, everybody! Known murders include that oían agricultural worker killed in June, 1972 by being staked to the ground and torn apart by dogs. A. I. hopes world criticism will help a growing Uruguayan movement pressuring Bordaberry to hold democratie elections later this year. Shoppers take note: the United Farm Workers has ealled another boycott, this time against the Sunmaid Raisin Corp. and the Diamond Sunsweet Co. Sunmaid Controls a third of the U.S. raisin market; Sunsweet is the largest producer of prunes, prune juice and walnuts. "This boycott is serious," says UFW Vice President Mack Lyons. "The law of the jungle has returned to California again, and the only way to get elections started again is to boycott the heil out of them." The two firms launched a massive lobbying campaign resulting in withdrawal of funding for the state agency supervising California farm elections. As of February, when election funding stopped, the UFW had won 205 elections to represent 30,000 workers, while the rival Teamsters Union had won 102 elections, represen ting less than 9,000.