SAN FRANCISCO (AP)
— A man facing murder
charges in the shooting
•death of the 1974
streaker escaped from an
unlocked holding cell
Thursday, police said
An all-points bulletin
was issued moments
after the escape of
Maurice Keenan, about
28, who was arrested with
two companions at San
Airport on Tuesday.
Sheriff Eugene Brown
said Keenan escaped
from the cell in the Hah
of Justice shortly after 9
The trio were charged
in the slaying of gay
militant Robert Opel, 39,
during a robbery attempt
at Opel's erotic art
Sunday. Opel streaked
across the stage during
Knight may no
show for trial
BLOOMINGTON, Ind (AP) -
Indiana University basketball Coach
Bobby Knight says his much-publicized
fracas with a Puerto Rican policeman
at the Pan Am games was "a setup, I
pure and simple."
In an interview in Tuesday's
Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, Knight said,
"someone wanted to create an incident,
and they did it. You can't believe what
some of tbe witnesses swore to in
Knight, who coached tbe United
States team to a gold medal in the just-
completed games, said he may not
return to Puerto Rico for his Aug. 22
trial for assaulting a Puerto Rican
Jose DeSUva, who was off-duty when
tbe confrontation developed, arrested
Knight after the two argued during a
Sunday morning practice session Two
weeks ago. Knight Is free on $500 bond.
*' ""l have not made any arrangement to
fly back," said Knight. "I don't know
what will transpire between now and
"Beating the Puerto Rican basketball
team is a lot easier than beating their
court system. As I listenedto the
testimony, I thought a primary
occupation in Puerto Rico was
"There were actually sworn
statements from the policeman and two
-witnesses' that I hit him as hard as I
could with a closed fist after coming at
Urn from two steps away, and while he
was looking down at notes be was
making on a notepad," Knight said
The coach said the local district
attorney refused to accept Knight's
counter-charges against DeSilva."But
be accepted everything his witnesses
said against me. That's their version of
"I really didn't hit that man at all."
. Knight said DeSilva kept waving his
hand in his face and his fingertip poked
Knight, in the eye. "I reacted
instinctively, put my hand on his cheek,
pushed him back and stepped away," he
Knight's version of the incident was
supported by former Ohio State '
basketball coach Fred Taylor, who
managed the U.S. team.
No punch thrown
"No; he really didn't hit anybody,"
Taylor said. "I remember thinking at
the time, 'If youVe going to touch him
at all, wby don't you just bust him one,'
but he didn't. .
"I dont want to sound paranoid about
this thing, but some of what happened
down there was really strange. You
couldn't write fiction to matchiT"
Knight also said Tomas Herrera, the
Cuban player who slugged Kentucky's
Kyle Macy and fractured his jaw, did so
deliberately. The blow finished Macy
for the games.
Knight said he was disappointed by
the US. games committee's response to
the Macy incident and his own
problems. . i
Earlier in tbe day, at Lexington, Ky.,
Knight presented Macy, who had
returned early from the games to have
surgery, with his gold medal. As Macy
looped the medal around his neck, the
coach turned the medallion.
"We're gonna turn it around where it
doesn't show Puerto Rico," said Knight.
the Academy Awards a national
ceremony in 1974, before audience.
WASHINGTON (UPI) — The
Food and Drug Administration Monday proposed a ban on using amphetamines to lose weight, saying
the "pep pills" help little in dieting
and can cause severe addiction. *
If the proposal goes into effect,
the Justice Department could order
amphetamine production slashed by
80 to 90 percent — roughly the
proportion used in dieting.
"FDA bas concluded that amphetamines continue to be abused at
a rate substantially higher than that
for other drugs used In the treatment of obesity." the FDA said.
The agency said amphetamines
"present a severe risk of dependence
and harmful effects'* even though
"alternative drugs are available that
have equal effectiveness."
LONDON (UPI) — Chris Hudson, who sold snails as pets and
owned what the Guinness Book
of Records is about to list as the
world's biggest snail, said Tuesday he has a new idea.
He's selling piranhas for pets.
"They're absolutely adorable
when- they're young," he said.
"I've sold 500 of them already."
Hudson, 24, said he has imported 2.000 of the flesh-eating ■
fish that he claims despite their
eating reputation "make
._.J$fe*IJS-iEajiks fee.pt atrpom .-,
temperature, he said, they grow
to onfy 3 or 4 inches in length,
eliminating danger from miniature jaws.
Louellq Carver Oirksen, the widow
of Sen. Everett Dirksen, R.-fll., died
of cancer in a Washington hospital
Lucie Arnaz, enjoying an ice
cream cone on Times Square,
marked her 28th birthday Tuesday. Lucie, starring on Broadway
in tbe musical, "They're Playing
Our Song," received congratulatory phone calls from mom and
dad Lucy and Desi and other
members of her family.
Big Business Slowly Adopting
No Gay Bias Policies
A survey of some of the largest
corporations in the country seems
to indicate that an increasing number of large businesses are adopting
policies of non-discrimination
against gay persons in their employ-
Results from a survey by the
National Gay Task Force of the
"Fortune 500" list show that some
of the best known and largest
firms in the nation have either
officially adopted non-discrimination policies or have indicated a
willingness to go on record as not
discriminating against gays. (The
"500" are the largest businesses
in the nation as listed by Fortune
Out of the five hundred corporations to whom the NGTF mailed
the survey requesting information
on their employment policies about
gays 121 firms responded that
they do not discriminate on the
basis of sexual orientation.
Among those who have adopted
non-discrimination policies are the
nation's largest corporate employer,
American Telephone & Telegraph
Company; the world's largest bank,
the Bank of America; the world's
largest corporation, General Motors;
and many of the world's largest oil
companies, including Exxon, Mobil,
and Gulf Oil.
The NGTF says that the 121
corporations who responded to their
survey employ seven million
people and have a combined annual
revenue of over $600 billion.
Jean O'Leary, co-executive director of the NGTF, said she was
"greatly heartened" by the results
of the survey and compared it to a
similar study in 1975 which drew
only twelve responses from many
of the same corporations.
O'Leary credited the national
attention drawn by the gay rights
movement in the last two years for
much of the change in attitudes by
The passage of legislation in
more than forty American cities
banning discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation has also played a part in the
changing attitudes of the nation's
business titans, O'Leary says.
For example, a large national
firm operating both in San Francisco, which has banned discrimination against gays, and in St. Louis,
which does not have such an
ordinance, would in effect have to
have two employment policies, a
practice which most national companies which to avoid.
Companies which have gone to
court asking that local ordinances
banning discrimination against gays
not be applied to them have been
singularly unsuccessful, as Pacific
Telephone found out during its
lengthy battle with the San Francisco-based Pride Foundation.
In the Pacific Telephone case
lawyers for the giant company
argued unsuccessfully in court that
the> could not be forced to adopt
an anti-discrimination policy by
the City of San Francisco because
they were a national rather than
just simply local employer. The
court rejected that plea and held
that PT&T was indeed subject to
the San Francisco ordinance.
O'Leary of the National Gay
Task Force, said that organization
will shortly begin another phase of
their employementproject by surveying the leading companies in a
number of fields, such as insurance,
banking, transportation, and