Mayor W. Wilson Goode yesterday named an 11-member commission to investigate last week's fatal confrontation between authorities and the radical black group MOVE.
In another development, City Managing Director Leo Brooks said that he intends to resign this summer but that the decision was made before the MOVE crisis.
The panel chairman is William H. Brown III, a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis. Brown was chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1969 to 1973. Other members include former Watergate special prosecutor Henry Ruth Jr., a former FBI agent, a former state Supreme Court justice and two residents of the neighborhood where MOVE members lived.
Goode, at a news conference, promised that the panel would conduct "an independent and impartial examination of the actions leading to and including the events" of May 13.
The confrontation began when police tried to evict MOVE members wanted on various charges. The neighborhood was ravaged by a fire after a police helicopter dropped an explosive device on the roof of the row house in which MOVE members resided. Eleven people were killed.
Goode said the commission would recommend ways to handle such situations and examine the conduct of public employes involved in the siege. He said he hoped the panel would issue its report by Labor Day.
Brooks, at a separate news conference, said he told Goode in late April that he would step down to spend more time with his family. add a Four Bodies Found Inside Oil Rig MORGAN CITY, La. -- Divers found four more bodies inside an oil rig that capsized Tuesday, bringing the number of victims to at least 10. One worker remained missing.
Eleven members of the 22-man crew were rescued after the rig flipped over. Spokesmen for the Coast Guard and Temple Drilling Co. of Houston, operators of the rig, said the cause was unknown. ADD a 4 Charged in Fireworks Deaths YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Four men were charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of nine workers who perished earlier this week in an explosion at a fireworks plant.
All four men surrendered to authorities. Each was charged with nine counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Monday's explosion at a farm shed in Beaver Township that authorities say housed an illicit fireworks business. add a VFW Post Retains Its Charter SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- A Veterans of Foreign Wars post that opposed U.S. military policy in Latin America has won an out-of-court settlement in its battle against being suspended.
National leaders have agreed to reinstate the post's charter and appoint two members to key national positions. The post agreed not to voice its opposition to national VFW policy "as a post" but maintained the right to disagree "as members," a post spokesman said. add a Addenda An 18-year-old man was charged with setting a fire that swept through a three-story rooming house in Englewood, N.J., killing seven people, including the suspect's estranged girlfriend, police said. With contract negotiations in Illinois between United Airlines and striking pilots stalemated, the airline said nonstriking and management pilots will fly about 14 percent of the normal schedule through June 1. The Air Line Pilots Association voted $1,000 a month in benefits to its 4,900 striking members, whose average monthly salary is $7,000. Police broke into Nativity Lutheran Church in Allison Park, Pa., and arrested the Rev. Daniel Solberg, who had refused to leave after being fired because of his ties to a militant clergy-labor group protesting unemployment. Solberg is the second pastor fired for that reason by the regional church synod. Several hundred Church of Scientology members picketed the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Ore., for the third day to protest a jury's $39 million fraud award to a former member of the group.