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WASHINGTON (UPI) —President Reagan
Tuesday accepted the resignation of his
top national security adviser and his
assistant today after it was revealed
that at least $10 million and perhaps as
much as $30 million from the sales of
arms to Iran was secretly diverted to
U.S. backed rebels in Nicaragua.
Reagan announced that his national
security adviser. Vice Adm. John
Polndexter had resigned, and his key
assistant Lt. Col. Oliver North had been
relieved of his duties. The moves came
in the aftermath of the secret operation
through which the U.S. shipped arms to
Iran by way of Israel in an effort to
gain release of American hostages in
Reagan said there was "one aspect"
of that operation he had not known about
and Attorney General Edwin Meese
revealed minutes later that was the
diversion of between $10 million and $30
million of the money paid by Iran to
Israel for the arms to the Contra rebels
Meese said a Justice Department
Investigation was under way to determine
if the diversion was Illegal.
The revelations by Meese of the
diversion of money to the Contras at a
time Congress opposed U.S. aid to the
rebels completely overshadowed the
debate over the propriety of the
administration trading arms for release
of the hostages.
""We don't know all the facts,"
Meese said. But he said at this point he
believes no one higher than North took
part in the diversion of funds. He said
he believes the funds were shifted
through a Swiss bank account ""by
representatives of the government of
Israel" to the Contra rebels without
being handled by any Americans.
BERLIN (UPI) — Prosecutors say two
Jordanians charged with bombing a
German-Arab friendship club were being
used by Syria and took their orders from
an Arab terrorist who also sought to
blow up an El Al plane in London.
"There Is absolutely no doubt that
the case against these two men has been
proven in every aspect," prosecutor
Detlev Mehlis said in summation Monday
before a three-Judge panel.
In Bonn Tuesday, the Arab League
appealed to the West German government
not to break off relations with Syria
over the case, warning it would endanger
West Germany's friendly ties with Arab
states and have repercussions in the
entire Arab Uorld.
PARIS (UPI) — France will withdraw
about 900 of its 1,400 soldiers
stationed in southern Lebanon as part of
a U.N.-ordered reduction of its peacekeeping forces, Le Monde newspaper
The newspaper, citing ""sources close
to the United Nations secretary-
general," said the move would he
announced Wednesday after n U.N.
Security Council meeting.
GALVESTON, Texas (UPI) —Proponents
of a casino gambling district along tbe
city's Seawall Boulevard have collected
enough valid signatures to force a non-
binding referendum on the controversial
Tbe city secretary's office Monday
confirmed that the required 3,064
signatures have been certified, paving
the way for a January 17 election.
The pro-gambling group, which
collected enough signatures three years
ago to force a similar vote only to fail
at the polls by a 3-to-J margin,
contends a gambling district would
create Jobs and make the Island a year-
round tourist attraction.
City Council at its meeting on Dec. 4
is expected to vote on an ordinance
scheduling the gambling referendum. In
the same election, residents also are
expected to be asked If they favor a
trolley system and trash plcki_p by a
private garbage contractor.
MANILA, Philippines (UPI) —
Government and rebel negotiators Tuesday
tentatively agreed to an unprecedented
temporary cease-fire in the 17-year-old
Philippine communist insurgency,
Chief government emissary Ramon MItra
said the negotiators met for eight hours
In a "make-or-break" bid to meet a
weekend deadline set by President
HOUSTON (UPI) — Harris County
District Attorney John B. Holmes angrily
walked out of a meeting with about 15
Houston blacks Monday night, vowing to
never again meet with the National Black
Organizers said tbe meeting at Texas
Southern University was Holmes' first
visit to a black neighborhood to discuss
issues with Houston blacks since he was
elected district attorney in September
""I think your whole program sucks.
You came up here with an antagonistic
attitude about the system ... Ycu came
here to throw rocks and you're going to,
but I am not going to participate,"
Holmes told the group.
HOUSTON (UPI) — Houston health
inspectors say food poisoning struck
more than 300 elementary school students
who ate an early Thanksgiving dinner
last week. A spokeswoman sof the city
Health and Human Services Department
said vey high bacterial levels were
found in the turkey, dressing and gravy
served students last week at Frost
COLLEGE STATION (UPI) — Officials at
Texas A&M say arrest warrants may be in
the offing for five Texas A&M football
playets. The five are suspected of using
stolen telephone access codes to make
hundreds of dollars worth of longdistance calls, officials said.
WASHINGTON (UPI) — Three Texas
Cities — Dallas, Houston and Austin —
ranked in the top 10 nationally in the
value of building permits issued during
the first half of 1986. However, figures
for all three Texas cities were down
sharply from 1985 levels.
NEW VORK (UPI) — Eastern Airline
stockholders, in a meeting dlsn_pted by
dozens of angry employees, Tuesday
approved the financially troubled
carrier's S676 million takeover by Texas
Air Corp., creating the largest airline
in the nation.
Sinoe Texas Air already owns 51
percent of Eastern's stock, shareholder
approval was not In doubt.
""This meeting was an Insult to the
intelligence of the shareholders and a
mockery," said Charles Bryan, president
of District 100 of the International
Association of Matchinists and Aerospace
Workers and a leader of a union
coalition that had tried to delay the
HOUSTON (UPI) — The organizer of a
Thanksgiving feast still needed bread,
turkeys and hams days before the third
annual Houston superfeast for the
lonely, the poor and anyone else wanting
J. David Mceller fed 7,500 people in
front of City Hall last year. An actor,
Moeller said having nowhere to go
Thanksgiving Day is a lonely feeling he
experienced while bumming around Europe
during his ycunger days.
"The bread is just trickling in,"
said Moeller, adding he was surprised by
the public's generosity.
HOUSTON (UPI) — A man convicted of
involuntary manslaughter has been
assessed a $35 million civil judgment In
the 1983 death of a 10-year-old boy who
struck by a drunken driver near Baytown.
The Judgment against Robert Charles
Janes, who served less than two years of
a 10-year sentence, was handed down by
Judge Frank Whi te.
White assessed Janes $5 million for
the death of Christopher Z. Moore, $10
million for the pain and suffering of
his mother. Ginger Moore, who watched
her son die In her arms, and $20 million
In punitive damages. Moore now lives in
Attorney John Johnson said Janes was
on probation for a drug charge at the
time of the accident and was drunk when
he ran over the boy. The youth and his
mother were sitting along the road
fishing for crabs at the time.