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WASHINGTON The Senate ethics
committee voted unanimously Monday
to recommend expulsion of Sen. Har
rison A. Williams Jr. for "ethically re
pugnant" conduct in the Abscam case.
But the committee noted that the New
Jersey Democrat has motions pending
before the court where he was found
guilty May 1 on bribery and conspiracy
charges. As a result, it recommended
that the Senate take no action on its ex
pulsion recommendation until those mo
tions have been acted on.
The Senate is the final judge in disci
plinary matters but if it. adopted the
committee's recommendation Williams
would become the 16th senator to be
thrown out by his colleagues. Fourteen
of the previous 15 expulsions came in
1861 and 1862 of senators who sup
ported the Confederacy in the Civil War.
Williams, 61, is serving his 23rd year
in the Senate.
The action came at the end of a seven
hour closed door meeting of the Senate
Select Committee on Ethics. The panel,
three Republicans and three Democrats,
questioned Williams' lawyer, Kenneth
Feinberg, and its own special counsel,
Robert Bennett, for about three hours
before beginning deliberations.
Williams was the only senator impli
cated in the government's Abscam inves
tigation. Six members of the House were
convicted on various charges in the case.
One, Rep. Michael Myers, D-Pa., was
expelled; two resigned and the others
were defeated for re-election either in
primaries or general elections.
Williams has indicated he would fight
an effort to Oust him from the Senate,
saying that while he may have made er
rors of judgment, he violated no laws.
Expulsion is the most serious penalty
which the committee may recommend, .
but it could also decide censure, repri- -mand
or no penalty at all are in order.
" In its most recent disciplinary case,
the Senate denounced former Sen. Her
man Talmadge, D-Ga., in 1979 for fi
nancial misconduct. Talmadge was de
feated in a subsequent re-election effort.
A federal jury found Williams guilty
May 1 on bribery and conspiracy charges
in connection with Abscam, the under
cover operation in which FBI agents and
their operatives posed as representatives
of wealthy Arab businessmen who were
said to be willing to pay for favors from
Williams was accused of agreeing to
use his influence to steer contracts to a
mining venture in which he had a hidden
interest in an effort to get a $100 million
loan for the mine.
The committee conducted three days
of hearings in July to hear the evidence .
against Williams and the senator's de
fense. As the committee deliberated,
Feinberg declined to discuss what he said
in his final argument to the panel, but
said his mood was one of "apprehension
He confirmed that he had told the
committee earlier that while sanctions
may be timely and appropriate, expul
' sion is not.
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Lizard Flatt and Earl Froggs 'strumming' along in Union
... these soft-sculpture reptiles inhabit the showcases.
Lizard Licks 9 exhibition
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By SUSAN HUDSON
DTH Staff Writer
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'"The Union has : been" bvettiirrwth V.
reptiles. Carmen and the Cowpoke
are dancing to the music of Lizard
Elatt and Earl Froggs while some
other lizards and frogs sun and geti
All this amphibious activity is part
of an exhibition by Lizard Licks, a
craft gallery located in Key West, Ha.
Judith Bradford and her partner,
Reen Stanhouse, started making the
lizards about two years ago. They
were running a waterfront gallery in
Key West when they decided that they
needed a logo for their store ads in
"There are a lot of lizards in Key
West," Bradford said. "They're not
harmful and they're real cute." So
the lizard was the natural choice for
the store's mascot. To coordinate the
ad campaign, Bradford designed a
stuffed cloth lizard with suction cups
on its fingers and toes so it could be
displayed in the shop's windows.
But the gallery burned down later
and now Bradford and Stanhouse
concentrate entirely on stuffed ani
mals. Stanhouse recently designed a
frog to accompany Bradford's lizard.
The partners have a half dozen pro
duction workers at the Key West of
fice to help create these animals.
Lizard Licks, whose name was in-;
spired by the small town outside
Raleigh, sells most of its standard de- .
of stuff ed "animals is the Celebrity " ;
Series. In addition to Earl Froggs and
Lizard Flatt, there are Froggy
Avalon, Frog Sinatra, Elizabeth
Taylor as Cleopatra and Arnold
Arnold Swartzalizard also fits into
another category at Lizard Licks. He
is an Anatomically Correct Lizard.
That means he comes complete with
male "parts" (modestly covered with
a blue jock strap) and appliqued mus
cles. Male and female Anatomically
Correct Lizards are designed to fit
"One day we took some of them
out in the backyard and took some
soft porn shots," Bradford said.
Many of the lizards are custom de
signed and made. "People call up
and ask us to create caricatures of in
dividuals," Bradford said. The part
ners use information from the caller
to create a lizard caricature of the in
All of the lizard designs are copy
righted. Although there are. many
new designs in the works, the Prep
pies are the latest to go into produc
tion. The animals range in price from
$65 to $75. The Only local store that
carries them is the John Cage Gallery
The Associated Press .
WASHINGTON President Ronald Reagan, beginning
his first foreign policy battle with Congress, notified lawmakers
Monday of plans for a $8.5 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia
that included five sophisticated AWACS radar planes.
If Congress goes along, it would be the largest U.S. arms
sale ever made to another nation. The Boeing-made AWACS
for Airborne Warning and Control Systems and support
equipment alone are priced at $5.8 billion.
Reagan's decision to move ahead assures a foreign policy
fight with Congress where a majority in both houses have in
dicated opposition. Israel also is strongly opposed.
In a letter to Congress, the administration made clear it
would attempt to justify the sale as necessary to protect vital
U.S. interests, especially the oil fields, from threats by the
Soviet Union and other hostile nations, such as Libya.
"It will help ensure continued Western access to vital Persian
Gulf oil," said a letter from the Defense Department to the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "By enhancing Saudi
Arabia's ability to intercept hostile aircraft, the sale will reduce
the probability of major power confrontation in this region."
The AWACS, which are modified Boeing 707s capable of
providing aerial surveillance of up to 400 aircraft from 350
miles, previously had not been sold outside the United States t
and Europe, although the government had contracted to sell
some to Iran prior to the shah's ouster,
The Saudi arms package also includes six KC-707 aerial
refueling tankers, ground radar stations, 1,177 Sidewinder
missiles and fuel tanks to increase the offensive capability of
62 F-15 jets ordered by the Saudisi
The air-to-air missiles are identical to those used by U.S.
Navy F-14s last week to down two of Libya's Soviet-made jets.
While Israel claims the AWACS would be a threat because
they could monitor its air traffic, the administration has said
Israel doesn't have much to fear. There have been suggestions
that if the AWACS are used against them, the Israelis could
easily shoot them down.
In the letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, ,
Erich Von Marbol, head of the Defense Department's Defense
Security Assistance Agency, said the sale "will not have an ad
verse impact on the regional military balance." .
Officials have said the aircraft wouldn't be delivered until
around 1985. Nearly 900 American personnel, mostly civilian,
would be needed to provide training and other assistance for
the AWACS and refueling tankers for three years.
Congress will have 50 days from Sept, 9 to block the sale, if -it
chooses. The prospects for a veto are uncertain.
A majority of 248 members in the Democrat-controlled
House already are co-sponsoring a veto resolution, but .
Reagan's chances may be better in the Republican-controlled
Senate. In June, 54 senators urged Reagan not to submit the .
sale, but 10 lawmakers said they had not decided whether to
vote against it.
One congressional concern is over the possibility that the
sophisticated equipment could fall into hostile hands, Another
is over Israeli security.
Senate Republican Leader Howard Baker has said the effort
to avoid a congressional veto "will be a very difficult fight"
and he could not predict the outcome.
But Secretary of State Alexander M, Haig Jr. said Sunday
the sale would result in a "fundamental improvement in the '
United States' strategic position in the Middle East.".
Officials undec ided
By DEAN LOWMAN
DTH Staff Writer
Neither State Insurance Commissioner
John Ingram or State Attorney General
Rufus Edmisten have decided whether to
run for governor in 1984, spokesmen for
the two men said Monday.
Several reports have surfaced recently
-hinting that botkmen would vie fos the
job in 1984. " : V "
' "Mr. Ingram hasn't made any firm
plans yet," said Oscar Smith, Ingram's
press secretary. "He's still listeiing to
his public, his supporters, who have
urged him to consider running.
"Of course, they have also asked him
to consider running for the (U.S.) Senate
and for another term as insurance com
missioner," Smith said.
A report published . Friday quoted
sources close to Ingram as saying that a
formal announcement of his candidacy
would be made before the Vance-Aycock
Democratic fund-raising dinner in Astie
ville Oct. 3.
"He's made no formal announcement,
but it's my opinion that he will probably
run for governor," said Robert L. Wray
Jr., a longtime friend of Ingram and
director of engineering and consumer
energy affairs in the Insurance Depart
ment. j)t. .
Ingram could not.be reached for com
: Although a published report Sunday
said Edmisten was planning to seek the
gubernatorial post in 1984, a spokesman
for Edmisten said Monday that, "no
formal announcement is planned at this
Press Secretary Mike Carmichael said
Edmisten, like Ingram, had been getting
a lot of support and encouragement
from friends. However, he has hot made
his mind up as yet, Carmicfiael said.
. "If he does decide to run, he probably
won't announce his candidacy until
1983," Carmichael said.
Edmisten has scheduled his annual
fund-raising dinner for the Royal Villa
in Raleigh this weekend. "He expects to
raise about $50,000 quite -a large
-amount: for ; a nonelection ' year,',
He added the funds would be used to
finance Edmisten's political campaign
committee which he maintains "in order
to comply with state election laws."
The Ingram story did not say with
which party ticket Ingram would run.
However, its source, who asked not to
be identified, said, "The independent
ticket is coming up strong, you know."
Meanwhile, Wray said he thought In
gram was a "dyed-in-the-wool Democrat,"
Ingram, of Greensboro, was elected to
the House of Representatives as a state
representative in 1971, the only Demo
, crat from the 27th House District. He
won the Democratic nomination for the
Office of Commissioner of Insurance in
June 1972 and was elected in the General
Election of 1972. Since then, Ingram has
bid for several positions in state and
national offices, most recently losing to
Sen. Jesse Helms for a spot in the U.S.
Senate in 1978. ...
If Edmisten decides to run, he is ex
pected to compete on the Democratic
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The Associated Press
NEW YORK Mark David Chapman, remaining
silent except to read aloud from "The Catcher in the
Rye," was sentenced Monday to 20 years to life in pri
son for killing former Beatle John Lennon.
The prosecution said Chapman, a 26-year-old
former mental patient, murdered the singer-songwriter
last Dec. 8 for "self aggrandizement ... to steal someone
But Chapman's lawyer insisted to the last that the
murder was an insane act and that his client was not
mentally competent when he pleaded guilty on June 22.
The minimum possible penalty for murder under
, New York law is 15 .years to life, and the maximum is
25 years to life. Chapman must serve 20 years before'
becoming eligible for parole. !
The defendant's only statement was to read a passage
from the popular J.D. Salinger novel, which he carried
with him the night he fired four bullets from a .38-cali-ber
pistol into Lennon outside the Dakota, the luxury
Manhattan apartment building where the musician liv
ed with his wife and son. q
Chapman, wearing a bulletproof vest under a blue
pull-over shirt, read along a passage in which the
book's young hero, Holden Caul field, visualizes thou
sands of children in a field of rye oblivious to danger.
"I keep picturing all these little kids playing some
game in this big field of rye and all," Chapman read.
"Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around no
body big I mean except me. And I'm standing on the
edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, 1 have to
catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff I
mean, if they're running and they don't look where
they're going 1 have to come out from somewhere and
catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the cat
cher in the rye."
Following the sentencing, Chapman's lawyer,
Jonathan Marks, said his client said nothing more,
"and he said he does not plan to talk anymore."
He said the significance of the passage was that the
hero felt the world is phony and "children should be
saved from adulthood."
Marks said he would not file an appeal flnless Chap
man asked him to.
Chapman will be taken to Sing Sing prison in Ossin
ing for processing Tuesday before being moved to an
upstate prison to serve his term.
Acting State Supreme Court Justice Dennis Edwards '
rejected Marks' contention that the killing was an in
sane act, saying it was "an intentional crime, a crime
carefully planned and executed. He knew what he was
The judge added he had no doubt that Chapman
would benefit from psychiatric attention and said he
would recommend it.
Prosecutor Allen Sullivan, in urging that Chapman
get "more than the minimum," said the defendant had
"no real sorrow for having executed another human
"He wanted to steal someone else's fame, someone
else's attention, in this case, John Lennon's," said
In a morning-long hearing before the sentencing,
Marks presented testimony from a psychiatrist who
characterized the murder as Chapman's "psychiatric
substitute for suicide."
The witness, Dr. Daniel Schwartz, said Chapman
had projected the shortcomings of his own life onto :
Lennon and then "killed himself psychologically" by
killing the former Beatle.
He described Chapman as a "chronic paranoid schizo
phrenic." At a hearing June 22, Marks' planned insanity de
fense evaporated when Chapman told the judge that
God had directed him to confess to killing Lennon.
Schwartz, the head of forensic psychiatry at Kings
County Hospital, said Chapman had a long-term ob
session with Lennon, author of many of the Beatles' hit
songs, and at one point started to believe he himself
Schwartz said Chapman also wasa born-again Chris
tian who believed "right and wrong is decided in a
struggle of God and God's angels, a struggle for pos
session of his (Chapman's) will."
Prosecutors have maintained Chapman came here
from his Honolulu home for the sole purpose of killing
Lennon, not from a long-time obsession but to "draw
a lot of attention to himself," as Sullivan said.
Chapman got Lennon to autograph an album when
the singer left his apartment in the afternoon, then
stayed nearby until just before midnight to shoot Len
non when he returned with his wife, Yoko Ono.
Chapman often used Lennon's name in place of his
own prior to the Dec. 8 shooting, and had stalked the
popular singer for several days before the murder.
Lennon and his wife were returning that evening
from putting on the finishing touches to his last album,
"Double Fantasy," which became a hit record in part
because of Lennon's death.
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DTH Staff Writer
Chancellor Christopher C.
Fordham III has made "wonderful
progress" in his rehabilitation from
the stroke he suffered in December
1980, a Fordham aid said Monday.
Fordham, who was admitted to
N.C. Memorial Hospital on Dec. 21
after complaining of weakness on his
left side, has been able to resume his
duties with the University, Brenda
Kirby, and administrative assistant in
the Chancellor's office said.
"He's coming into work everyday
and is back to full speed," she said.
"He's , just as active now. as he was
"He is simply doing wonderful,"
. she added.
Among Fordham' s recent activities
were welcoming new students to UNC
and attending the recent Board of
Trustees meeting in Kill Devil Hills.
That was a good indication of the
extent of the Chancellor's recovery,
"He did all sorts of orientation work
and went out to the freshman camp,"
. she said. "He really has been able to
keep a full schedule of
Fordham, who assumed his post
when N. Ferebee Taylor resigned in
1980 for health reasons, was admitted -to
intensive care after the stroke. He
began the rehabilitation process and
was released from the hospital on Jan.
By March , Fordham was able to
complete some of his work at home.
Describing the Chancellor as
determined and anxious to work,
Kirby said there was little doubt he
could resume his full duties quickly.
"The doctors ' and people he has .
worked with say he's done
wonderful," she said. "His job is his
life and he's never really away from .
During the recent Board of Trustees
meeting in Kill Devil Hills, Fordham
was able to cope with his "demanding
schedule," Student Body President
Scott Norberg said.
"I met with him fairly often and he
seems to be doing very well," he said.
"I'm sure he's back at full strength."
Fordham, a Greensboro native, is
UNC's sixth chancellor. Before
assuming his current position, he was
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.
Despite Fordham's heavy schedule,
Kirby said, he had been able to find
time for meeting students and taking
part in extracurricular activities.
"He's a very student-oriented
person," she said. "He's even been
able to find time to play golf."