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Yuma Daily Sun, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1970, Yuma, Arizona yuMA SUN and ARIZONA SUN- 165th Issue, 65rh Year 16 Pages 10 Cents Arizono, Fri., May 29, 1970 SENTINEL 65th Issue, 98th Yeor BEACHES Oil Platform Blast Kills Four Workers By JONES OSBORN GALVESTON, Tex. (AP) Searchers found a fourth body today on the oil drilling plat- form that exploded and burned Thursday, the Coast Guard re- ported. Five of the workers on the platform still are miss- ing. The explosion ruptured a storage tank on the platform, and an oil spill bore down on a section of the beaches at Gal- veston, already jammed with holiday visitors for Memorial Day. Coast Guard U. R.E. Har- rington said origin of the ex- plosion is unknown. The blast apparently set off a fire which quickly spread to a repair boat floating underneath the rig's platform. The oil slick spread from the swank Flagship Hotel, built on a pier, westward about a mile. The Coast Guard issued a plea for hay to help absorb the oil from the beaches. There was no evidence of birds being oil coated. Gov. Preston Smith sent pol- lution experts to Galveston. Of 17 known survivors, only two escaped injuries. Four of the injured were hospitalized. Three oil wells about feet away are linked with the platform but a spokesman for Chambers Kennedy Oil Co. in Houston, owners of the structure, said the wells had been closed off when a repair job got under way two weeks ago. "The only thing burning is some oil we had in five barrel storage tanks and they were only about one-third the spokesman said. Hospitalized were Roy Lel- lancon, 45, in critical condition, and Lawrence Theriot and Ronnie Breaux, in fair condi- S: tion. All three are from Guey- dan, La. One -body was brought ashore by a helicopter shortly after the late afternoon sion and fire. Three bodies were found aboard the repair boat, the Carry Back, after it was towed to shallow water at the eastern end of Galveston Is- land. The dead were identified as Webster Armstrong, Lake Jackson; William Monk, La- Fayette, La.; and Frank Gas- sell, Rockport. A Visible Trend Among Doctors Perhaps it is not surprising that some of the young men and women who are studying to become doctors have taken a srong stand in favor of abortion. The Student American Med- ical Association held its 20th annual convention recently in Philadelphia.1 Among the reso- lutions they adopted was' this'- one: s apd provide induced tion oil demand with judgment resting solely with the individ; ual.and the physician and all women, regardless of financial or social status, having equal access to an induced abortion by physicians." That comes from future doc- tors of America.'' What is somewhat more sur- prising is that the doctors of today are moving in that same direction. The May 25th issue of the newspaper published by the American Medical Associa- tion tells about it, in the top story on its front page. The Board of Trustees of the American Medical Asspciation has recommended a new policy for the AMA where abortions are concerned. The new abor- tion policy would permit, the decision to interrupt preg- nancy to be made' by the woman and her physician. In other words, abortion would become a private mat- ter, strictly limited to the woman and her doctor. This proposal by the Board of Trustees recogniy.es that many doctors, many hospitals and many women cannot for their own reasons approve abortions. Therefore they stip- ulate that "no physician should be required to perform an abortion and no hospital should be required to admit a patient for abortion." Thus, no doctor and no hos- pital would be forced to do so- mething which violates their personal beliefs. At the same time, the police powers of the government would not be em- ployed to enforce a personal and limited religious dogma upon fill persons. The new proposal must go before the House of Delegates next month in Chi- cago. It could very well be voted down. But, as the Ama newspaper points out. several states already have amended their laws to permit abortion upon the woman-doctor deci- sion, and several other states can be expected to do the same, "As a says the Board of Trustees, "many physicians find themselves unable to per- form legalized medical proce- dure without violating the poli- cy of their professional associa- tion." Flag flying Will Be Memorial Day Event Tomorrow is Memorial Day, a legal holiday in the United States. Most banks and some business firms closed today in observance of the occasion, honoring dead U.S. servicemen. The American flag should be flown on this holiday. Some rules for proper display of flag are as Allows: v i -v On Memorial day, ipthe fSf. .is flown from-a stafKit ibould be displayed at half-mast, until noon; then hoisted to It should be displayed from sunrise to sunset. To properly display at half-mast, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower it to half-mast position. When displayed in the chanr eel or on a platform in church, it should bs on a staff at the clergyman's right; other flags at his.left. If displayed in the body of-the church, the flag peat the congregation's Bright face.the clergy- man: When displayed with an- other flag from crossed staffs, the flag of the U.S. should be on the flag's own right, und its staff should be on front of the staff of the other flag. When fiown from a staff pro? jecting from a window or bal- cony or building front, the' union should be farthest from the building. When displayed vertically, flat against a wall, the union should he up and to the flag's own right. When hung-tiori- zontally; the union should wise be up and to the flag's own right. This means that thje union appears to the left in bo'th ca'ses. 1 FIRST PICKING Prayers, Volleys, Taps To Mark Yuma Vet Services Mexican field workers for G and S Produce Co. dump sacks of cantaloupes picked in the Clyde Curry field north of Somerton this morning. About 300 crates will be shipped today to kick off the season. Picking was iNiwimiiiiiiiiimwmiiiiiiiiuiwuiniw THE WEATHER Highest .vested ay 94 Lowestthismominf 65 Temperature at 11 a.m. today 84 High this 95 lonijht 65 Hiih Saturday 97 Relative humidity 11 a.m. Xt% Averagehigh Ihis date 98 Average low this date 65 FORECAST to Saturday night: Clear with little temperature change through Saturdsv. SunSet SunRiae reported light because the cool weather has held back the crop and kept the melons small. The pickers dump the melons into large trailers which are taken to the packing sheds. See additional photo page 3. (Sun Staff Photo) Isf Yuma Melons Picked Today Prayers, rifle volleys and taps will honor the war dead tomorrow at three Memorial Day services in Yuma. At a.m. a service at the Quechah burial grounds will be attended by the military from YPG and MCAS, and members of the VFW, DAY, American Legion and auxiliaries. A me- morial prayer will be offered, and a rifle volley fired. Taps will be played at three services by Capt. David Jaramillo of the National Guard. A wreath will be dropped into the Colorado River during American Legion and Auxilia- Yuma County's cantaloupe season got off to a start, although a slow one, this morning as Somerton and Ga- .dsden fields were worked for the first time. G and S Produce Co. was the first to take to the fields. You're Right! Traffic IS Heavy on 4th Ave. Traffic projections of 1985 have already been exceeded at many points on 4th Avenue' the Yuma Area Transportation Study Coordinating Commit- tee learned yesterday. Projections were made just five years ago. Meeting at City Hall, Urban Planner William F. Costello, Phoenix, told committee members that a 24-hour traffic count in March showed the follow- ing: Present South of 24th Street North of 24th Street South of 16th Street North of 16th Street South of 8th Street Between 3rd Street and 8th Street South of 1st Street North of 1st Street 1st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues 1985 Est. Chairman Hugh Winderweedle said the new counts are 24-hour counts made for all directions. The committee decided to ask the state to revise projected traffic volumes to the year 1990. About 200 acres received light picking as crews walked through the fields taking the few mature ones for shipping. The season isn't expected to gel into full swing for several weeks as the cool weather has held the crop back. The G and S Packing Shed outside Somerton began opera- tion this afternoon to handle the melons picked earlier today. Officials report the fields will be picked as many as eight times before the end of the sea- son, usually in mid-July. They added because of the slow start the season may last longer this year. Snider of G and S re- ports about 300 crates of stan- dard 45's will be packed today. The standard 45 means there are 45 melons to a crate. The sizes range from 45 to a jumbo 18 per crate. "The qualitv U not too bad for this early in the added Snider. The melons will be shipped by truck and rail to the East where they mil be ripe by trie time they are ready for sale. Inside The Sun Churches........................g Comcis.......................... 12 Women............................5 THEY REMEMBERED Kathy McLain and Randy Walling, both members of the junior units of American Legion Post 19, put poppy wreaths and American flags on veteran's graves in the Yuma Cemetery. Each year for Memorial Day.the Legion decorates graves of veterans in the cemetery. Other members of the Junior Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion work in the background. (gun Staff Photo) ry services at the Highway 80 bridge at 10 a.m. A rifle volley and taps will also honor the Navy dead. VFW will be in charge of honoring all war dead at a.m. ceremonies in Desert Lawn Memorial Park. A me- morial prayer will he given, fol- lowed by a rifle volley and taps. The public is then invited to a barbecue at American Legion Hall, 2545 Virginia Drive. En- tertainment featuring Miss Yuma County DruAnn Mc- Cain, cake walks, booths and locomotive rides are planned. Serving will begin at 1 p.m. with barbecued beef, beans, salsa, cole slaw, Spanish rice and rolls. Price is 51.50 for adults and 75 cents for children under 12. Dance time will be from 3 to 6 p.m. to the music of the Des- perados and the Keynotes. Stocks Up again NEW YORK (AP) Stock market prices shot ahead in moderately active trading late today, recovering from a steep early decline. The Dow Jones average of .'iO industrial stocks was up 7.05 at 691.20 at 2 p.m. Karlier the Dow average had been off nearly 7 points. Advancing issues held a 7-5 margin over declines on the New York Stock Exchange. Analysts attributed the early session decline chiefly to inves- tors who bought stocks at very low levels early in the week and pulling itself up from a 17month downswing. There was some cautious op- timism, however, that the stock market may now be pull- ing itself up from a 17-monlh downswing.
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