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Sunday May 24, 1970
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News stories from Sunday May 24, 1970

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

  • Herbert Klein, the administration's director of communications, said the President would appoint a high-level commission this week to determine the facts in "the Kent State tragedy," in which National Guardsmen killed four students May 4. The move and the dispatching of eight White House aides to visit campuses indicates a concern within the administration over protests. [New York Times]
  • In a break with the AFL-CIO, Jacob Potofsky, president of the 417,000-member Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, condemned the Indochina war policy of the Nixon administration. [New York Times]
  • The militant Weathermen organization, in a statement in Chicago, said that the third victim of the explosion of a New York City townhouse last March was Terry Robbins, a former Kent State University student. The statement said a "symbol or institution of American injustice" would be attacked within the next two weeks. [New York Times]
  • Vice President Agnew proposed that the 1970's be declared the decade against disease. Speaking at the 10th International Cancer Congress of the International Union Against Cancer in Houston, Mr. Agnew urged that youth channel "its impressive drive to create a better world" into the pursuit of science. [New York Times]
  • Wages and prices should be frozen at current levels for six months as the first step in bringing inflation under control, Mayor John Lindsay of New York City said on two television interview shows. "We are getting killed by inflation," the Mayor said, adding that controls should be imposed as soon as possible. The Nixon administration has opposed controls as a matter of philosophy. [New York Times]
  • The Nixon administration is "not concerned at all" at reports that South Vietnamese forces may remain in Cambodia after American troops are withdrawn next month, Secretary of State Rogers said. He also left open the possibility that the South Vietnamese forces would continue to receive American air support. [New York Times]
  • "If the government of Lebanon proclaims it is not her job to police against terrorists, I suppose we shall have to do it." That was the statement of Israel's Defense Minister, Moshe Dayan, after visiting the families of children killed by terrorists on Friday. [New York Times]
  • Witnesses said that South Vietnamese troops had seized the large rubber plantation at Chup, Cambodia, on Saturday and had given the French managers three days to leave. The owners of the plantation, which produced half of Cambodia's rubber output, were reported to be appealing to the Cambodian government to overrule the expulsion. [New York Times]

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