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Sunday April 5, 1970
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News stories from Sunday April 5, 1970

Summaries of the stories the major media outlets considered to be of particular importance on this date:

  • Heavy air travel delays expected at the end of the Easter holiday period because of the continued "sick" strike of federal air traffic controllers did not materialize. And in Washington, FAA officials said that 83 formerly "sick" controllers had reported back to the Cleveland air traffic center since Saturday. [New York Times]
  • In an effort to head off a Supreme Court-backed integration plan, Gov. Claude Kirk of Florida ordered Manatee County pupils to ignore the desegregation order. Mr. Kirk also personally assumed control of the county's school system after suspending the school board superintendent. [New York Times]
  • A motion to sidetrack the nomination of Judge G. Harrold Carswell on Monday is expected to go down to defeat. A count indicates that the move by Carswell opponents to resubmit the nomination to the Senate Judiciary Committee will lose by four to six votes. However, both sides are expected to wage last-minute appeals for support before the vote, which is set for 1 p.m. [New York Times]
  • Cambodia's high school and college students rallied in nationwide demonstrations against Vietnamese Communists and for their new leaders. The sometimes light-hearted demonstrators had previously enrolled voluntarily in paramilitary organizations designed to meet any challenges to the new Cambodia government. [New York Times]
  • President Nixon has taken a personal role in assembling the Republicans who will be running for the Senate against incumbent Democrats this fall. There are 25 Democratic seats at stake, compared with 10 Republican seats, and a net gain of seven seats would give the Republicans control. [New York Times]
  • The West German Ambassador to Guatemala, who had been held by leftist kidnapers for six days, was found dead after the government remained firm in its refusal not to trade prisoners and pay a ransom. And in Brazil, gunmen were defeated in an attempt to kidnap a U.S. consul late Saturday night when the consul escaped in his car. He was slightly wounded. [New York Times]
  • A Japan Air Lines jet hijacked to Pyongyang, North Korea, via Seoul, South Korea, ended its odyssey early today as it landed in Tokyo. Aboard were three crewmen and Japan's deputy vice minister of transportation, Shinjiro Yamamura, who had offered himself as a hostage to the plane's hijackers. The nine hijackers stayed in North Korea, where their reception was uncertain. [New York Times]
  • H. Ross Perot, the Texas millionaire, plans to make another attempt to improve the treatment of American war prisoners in North Vietnam. Mr. Perot, who just spent a week visiting camps for enemy prisoners in South Vietnam, said this time he would deliver gifts for the families of North Vietnamese prisoners held in the South. [New York Times]
  • South Vietnamese troops were reported to have penetrated nearly 10 miles into Cambodia. In the fifth day of stepped-up fighting in South Vietnam, the United States command reported 56 enemy rocket attacks and announced that an investigation had begun into the accidental killing of 11 South Vietnamese troops by an American gunship. [New York Times]

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