Extract from the archives of the News Journal, week of April 24
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April 24, 1975, The Morning News
Senate approves aid and troops to aid evacuation from Vietnam
The Senate yesterday overwhelmingly approved $250 million in humanitarian aid and funds to evacuate endangered Americans and Vietnamese from South Vietnam, with power for the president to use the armed forces if necessary to get people out…
In the House, a matching measure of $327 million was fiercely disputed and debated late into the night. Both bills bottomed out exactly 13 days after President Gerald Ford urgently requested $250 million in humanitarian aid and $722 million in emergency military aid to shore up South Vietnam’s military. in ruins….
The Senate bill … also allows the President to use US armed forces if necessary to get people out, but they can only be used for the evacuation of South Vietnamese in danger, incidentally for rescue operations. for Americans…
President Ford said last night that the war in Indochina was over for the United States and he called on Americans to “write a new agenda for the future”.
He told an audience of Tulane University students that he was saddened by the events in Indochina, but “they do not presage the end of the world or the end of American leadership in the world.”
In a prepared speech that a White House spokesperson billed as the first in the post-Vietnam era, the president said “America can once again recapture the sense of pride that existed before Vietnam.” .
“But that cannot be achieved by re-fighting a war that is over – as far as America is concerned,” he said….
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April 25, 1980, Evening newspaper
The hostages’ rescue offer fails; 8 dead in Iran
US military forces embarked on a desperate raid to rescue American hostages in Tehran, Iran, but the mission collapsed following ‘equipment failures’ on a remote desert airstrip, far from its target , President Jimmy Carter said today.
Eight US servicemen died in a crash of retreating planes.
Carter, on television, gloomily told a waking nation that there had been no confrontation with Iranian forces and no evidence that Iran knew of the mission until until it is over and the American forces have been withdrawn.
Defense Secretary Harold Brown said the mission was called off when three of the eight rescue helicopters ran into trouble….
The secretary said that during the withdrawal, a helicopter and a transport plane collided, killing the eight servicemen and burning four others….
Iranian radio said militants holding 50 Americans hostage in Tehran were meeting to discuss their response to the rescue mission….
State Department officer Mark Johnson said nothing had been heard from militants occupying the US embassy who repeatedly threatened to kill the American hostages if “even the smallest military action was taken”.
In his remarks, Carter emphasized that “the rescue effort was a humanitarian mission. It was not directed against Iran.
April 29, 1986, The Morning News
leaks from the Soviet nuclear reactor; radiation spreads
The Soviet Union said on Monday that a nuclear accident damaged an atomic reactor at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine. Reported radiation up to 10 times above normal swept through Finland, Denmark and Sweden, more than 750 miles away.
Radio Budapest in Hungary reported early today that the accident left people injured and noted that the power station was at the junction of two rivers, near the reservoir that supplies kyiv, a city of 2.4 million inhabitants and the capital of Ukraine.
The new official Soviet agency, Tass, only said that those “affected” were being helped, but did not say whether there were any injuries or deaths, or when the accident happened, or the exact location of the factory….
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April 30, 1992, The News Journal
Los Angeles officers acquitted after beating Rodney King
On Wednesday, four white Los Angeles police officers were acquitted of all but one assault charge in the beating of black motorist Rodney King.
Violence, including looting and arson, erupted in largely black South Los Angeles hours after the verdict. As the violence spread through residential and commercial areas, Mayor Tom Bradley asked Governor Pete Wilson to send in the National Guard….
A state of emergency was declared by Bradley at 9 p.m., ABC News reported.
The verdict, on the seventh day of deliberations, came after a year of political uproar sparked by the graphic videotape of a black man being beaten by white officers, denounced in many circles as brutality. The backlash brought down the Los Angeles police chief.
“My client and I are just outraged,” King’s attorney Steve Lerman said. “It sends the wrong message. He says it’s OK to go ahead and beat someone up when they’re down and kick their ass.
Bradley blasted the jury’s decision….
Several hours after the verdicts were announced, several hundred protesters marched through the main gates of the police department’s Parker Center headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. They backed off as helmeted officers blocked the doors. A man has been arrested. Objects were thrown at the agents….
Contact reporter Ben Mace at [email protected]
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