Blytheville Courier News, September 23, 1977

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September 23, 1977

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Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - September 23, 1977, Blytheville, Arkansas Today......around the GlobeDissidents To Depart MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet Union is suddenly encouraging, even pushing, dissidents to leave the country as two major dates approach on the political calendar. The first is next month's 35-nation Belgrade conference, where Western delegations are expected to accuse Moscow of not living up to East-West human rights agreements signed at a summit conference in Helsinki, Finland, in 1975. The other is the 60th anniversary Nov. 7 of Russia's Bolshevik Revolution, a date already billed here as a milestone of Soviet national unity. in fVlP ISIpfinn • " -----------^ ^ VX. AXMinors Hit Nude Bars WASHINGTON (AP) - Tessie the Torso and friends could soon join the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial as a tourist attraction for young Americans visiting the nation's capital. It seems a new ruling by the District of Columbia's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will force Washington restaurants that feature side orders of "adult entertainment," including topless and bottomless dancers, to admit minors. The board said prohibiting minors from entering such establishments would be a violation of the D.C. human rights law. The law bars discrimination based on "race, color, religion, natural origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical handicap, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, or place of residence business."Comedian Marries LOS ANGELES (AP) - Saying "this is the first time I've been married — in my heart," comedian Richard Pryor has married former actress and model Debbie McGuire. Pryor surprised cast members when he appeared for taping the third "Richard Pryor Show" at NBC and announced his marriage. The 36-year-old comedian married Miss McGuire, 25, at his suburban Northridge home Thursday morning before going to work, NBC spokesman Frank Farrell said.SS May Go Up WASHINGTON (AP) - Persons earning $30,000 a year could pay by 1982 twice as much Social Security taxes as they do now under a proposal before the House Ways and Means Committee. The draft bill, advanced Thursday by the Social Security subcommittee, is aimed at increasing money going info the financially troubled Social Security system to assure the system will remain solvent. The full committee begins considering the measure probably next Wednesday and hopes to move the bill to the House floor by early October in lime for Congress to act on it before adjournment. "Time is of the essence...We have to assure the elderly that their checks will be forthcoming," said Committee Chairman James A. Burke, D-Mass.Protein Recalled WASHINGTON (AP) — About 12,500 gallons of liquid protein, manufactured by a New Jersey company and used in modified-fast diets, is being recalled by the Food and Drug Administration because of bacterial contamination. The recall order applies to the following labels: Gro-Lean Liquid Protein Fortified with LTryptophane, Med Liquid Protein, Ideal Weight Liquid Protein, Hudson Liquid Protein, Slim-Fast, Protein Power Diet, Rock Honey's Mr. Universe and Terri's Miss Universe Liquid Protein, PLP Liquid Protein, and Nu-Paramino Liquid Protein.Giraffe Autopsy WINCHESTER, England (AP) - Victor, the giraffe wh( made world headlines after he did the splits and couldn't get up died from heart failure and nervous stress, said an autopsy report issued today. Government veterinarians performed the post-mortem on the 15-year-old, one-ton giraffe at an Agriculture Ministry laboratory in this city 70 miles southwest of London. 'Gutter Filth'Mags Cut'Playboy'Sales r By MARC WILSON Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) - Playboy, the magazine that raised eyebrows with what were considered sexually explicit photographs in the 1950s, says it is now threatened by the "gutter | filth" of the 70s. rphry AIUO illlCU ixnik fired executives, cut back on its worldwide hotel and club enterprises and even put its famous mansion up for sale to fight the competition. "All the- changes show they've been reduced to desperate methods in a fight they're losing." says Bob Guccione, publisher of Penthouse, Playboy's chief rival. Playboy Enterprises, faced with a decline in profits from $11 million in the peak year of 1973 to $1 million in 1975, has closed a hotel in Jamaica and a club in Detroit, and begun removing the famous bunny label from records, a limousine service and a modeling agencv. Founder Hugh Hefner put his 54-room Chicago mansion on sale for $2.5 million. And as Playboy's circulation continued to dcclinc Hcfrjcr hired Derick Daniels last fall from the Knight-Ridder newspaper group to be his chief operating officer. Daniels is said to have been lured by an annual salary of $250,000, plus a $225,000 bonus. Daniels set to work firing five vice presidents and 95 other employes. He says it's "like changing pants in the middle of a 100-yard dash." Although Playboy has become more explicit in its photographs, Daniels insists the magazine will not "join our competitors who are yapping along in the gutter. We won't become a journal devoted to gynecology." Playboy Vice President Mike Murphy says the "gutter filth" published in Playboy's 37 or so competitors makes it easier to ULliU^C UUVUi t,,^ llu*,- iX publication that people don't have to be ashamed to see their ads in. We're finding that major companies don't want to see their names in Penthouse or Hustler." Murphy says Playboy is "the only men's magazine that if you take away the girls you still have a magazine." "Let 'em try it, I'd love it," says Guccione. "We've stolen their thunder. They're no longer the No. 1 men's magazine — we are." Youth Big Train Buff By CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN Associated Press Writer PECATONICA, III. (AP) -Twelve-year-old Joey Moth couldn't wait to grow up to become a railroad man. So he didn't. Wearing a conductor's cap and an Illinois Central-Gulf T shirt, Joey passes out printed calling cards touting his "Pe-catonica Railroad Museum" in the family garage. He has a well-lighted, neatly-arranged display of thousands of railroad paraphernalia. There are dozens of railroad spikes, spike buckets, signal lights, tie plates, old timetables, tools, railroad lanterns, Amirak brochures, old airbrake hoses, and even a potbelly stove from a caboose. Joey has a guest register signed by 230 visitors this past summer, some from Canada, New York, Oregon and Florida. Popeye Out Of Spinach?...in ArkansasConcert Season Begins LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Little Rock television station KATV Channel 7 will telecast the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's first concert of the season Oct. 1. The concert features Metropolitan Opera baritone Robert Merrill as guest soloist. Merrill and the musician's union Local 266 have agreed to waive any additional fees for the broadcast. KATV has offered to feed the program to other commerical stations in the state and to tape it for rebroadcast later by the state's educational television network.3 Up for PCEC Post LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission will consider three persons who have been recommended as possible appointees to head the Pollution Control and Ecology Department. The three are Ted Goodloe of Little Rock, former director of the Arkansas Ecology Center ; Ed Parham of New Edinburg, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and Jarrell Southall of Sherwood, chief of the department's Air Pollution Control Divsion. The new director will replace S. Ladd Davies who retired Aug. 1. The commission by law must recommend a replacement to Gov. David Pryor who will appoint the new director. BY HICK SCOTT Associated Press Writer CRYSTAL CITY, Tex. (AP) - Crystal City, the "Spinach Capital of the World" with a statue of "Popeye the Sailor Man" to prove it, battled the local gas company for more than two years. It finally lost. In defeat the townspeople, mostly Mexican-Americans half of whom are on welfare, were scurrying about in search of firewood, charcoal or butane to cook with. What amounted to a free supply of natural gas ends today. "1 guess we're going to be like General Robert E. Lee. I guess it's a surrender," said Mayor Francisco Benavides. "We've fought as hard as we know how, but there's nothing else we can do. We just throw in the towel." For 2'2 years the town's municipal utility which serves 2,-000 customers of Lo-Vaca Gathering Co. has refused to pay its bill, now almost $800,000. The town claims its 8,000 people simply didn't have the money. The utility had kept the gas flowing through legal maneuvers, the last of which was resolved Thursday when the state The latest Audit Bureau Circulation figures, however, still show Playboy with a circulation of just over 4.9 million, compared to Penthouse's 4.6 million. But while Penthouse's circulation has risen by nearly 600,000 in the last year. Playboy's has fallen almost 500,000. Daniels has cut advertising rates by reducing the circulation guarantee from 5.5 million to 4.5 million, and raised advertising by 30 per cent. He says the magazine lost mostly only its younger and older readers, who didn't attract advertisers anyway. Daniels says corporate profits are beginning to rise again. "I feel no ill will," said Guccione of Penthouse. "Playboy had their time. Now it's over." There is no admission charge, but Joey will take donations. "Three railroad men left me $1 each," he said. "I got $45 during the summer. It goes into the bank with the $200 I got from selling my three sets of model trains with 120 cars. "My bedroom was so full of the stuff I couldn't get to my bed. I'm saving to open a big museum. I want to buy a depot along the tracks. 1 want a couple of miles of tracks and a switch engine." A Pennsylvania Railroad advertising calendar from 1935 hangs on one wall and a Postal Telegraph clock on another. Pointing to a 10-volume set of 1906 encyclopedias, "Modern American Railway Practices," Joey notes: "They tell about steam trains and how to work on them and how to build your own system. There aren't too many sets like that left."1 J NEWS BLYTHEVILie, ARK, 72315 VOL.83-NO. 113 lOCENTS 22 PAGES FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1977 2SECTIONS R2, D2's Can Goof Supreme Court declined to step into the case. The day before, an appeals court in El Paso barred further legal proceedings and gave Lo-Vaca the okay to shut off the gas. In the unregulated Texas gas market, Lo-Vaca had given Crystal City a break, charging only 36 cents per thousand cubic feet on gas il could have sold for as much as $2. Still, Crystal City said il couldn't pay and there the matter rested until Thursday. Mayor Benavides, Ihough resigned to the shut-off, flew to Washington to appeal to Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen "We don't expect miracles, but we have lo try. There's no doubt in anyone's mind there will be a cutoff," said the mayor who a few months ago had defied Gov. Dolph Briscoe's "gendarmes" lo try lo slop the gas from coming in. "I don't know what we will do without gas and 1 don't know how long we will bo without," he said. "But this is America. If we can put a man on the moon, somehow we can find gas for a small Texas city." By JEFFREY MILLS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - A consumer responds to a bank's advertisement of the convenience of having bills paid automatically from his account. But a computer goofs and $120 is paid to the phone company instead of $11! Only then does the consumer learn that electronic payments systems do not give him the legal safeguards on his money that he has under traditional methods of payments. Esther Peterson, consumer adviser lo President Carter, described this scenario Thursday in urging Congress to write a law giving consumers the same protection afforded now in transactions by check or credit card. The first electronic payment systems now are being marketed by banks. Eventually a consumer is expected under such systems to be able to pay for store merchandise by having the amount of his purchase deducted from his hank account instantaneously. The computer technology now exists for such a method of payment, and the first electronic systems now are being offered. "Banks, in the absence of a federal law, have little incentive to discuss the rights which consumers will lose if they switch lo electronic funds transfer," Mrs. Peterson said. "Consumers don't realize that if someone steals money from the bank's electronic accounts, no federal law says that the bank, rather than the consumer, is liable for the loss. Nor do most consumers know how real a threat computer theft is," she said. Mrs Peterson quoted an ex-|)('rt's estimate thai more than :!l)0 iiicklents of computer fraud have occurred, with the average loss $150 million. She testified in favor of a bill introduced by Rep, Frank An-luur/.io. D-lll.. that would put consumer safeguards on electronic transfers similar lo the legal protections now applying to checks and credit cards The hill would: --.Allow a consumer to stop payment within three days on an electronic transfer, as he now can do with a check -U('<iuire a clear disclosure lo the consumer of all his rights and liabilities -Require a receipt to the consumer for each Iraii.saction plus a monthly statement of all electronic pnymeiits. ,\lrs Peterson said her stale-iiient "may not represent the final position of the adniinis-(ration" on electronic funds transfers. The implications of the electronic systems are being considered by a federal study commission and the consumer adviser said the administration does not want to take a final position until the com-nii.ssion makes its recommendations...in MissouriMizzou Cheating Scandal COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four students at the University of Mis-souri have been disciplined for their roles in a cheatinR scandal at the College of Business and Public Administration. The students on the Columbia campus, who weren't identified, received punishment ranging from probation to dismissal. Word came today in a report issued by the Office of Student Affairs and faculty members in the business school. Action against a fifth student is pending. The report is the result of a four-month investigation into the theft and distribution of final exams. The tests were duplicated at a copy center on the campus.Stock Sale Halted JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Secretary of State James Kirkpatrick has told two Florida-based firms to quit trying to sell their stock to Missouri residents. Kirkpatrick said Thursday his order was issued against Fund-Pack, Inc., and Holding Trust, both investment companies based in Coral Gables. He said the companies admitted selling shares in Missouri without meeting the state's registration requirements. Soft Life Nixed Cuban Trades if Cons Switch Dingliy for Jet By KEVIN M. KELLEGHAN Associated Press Writer MEXICO CITY (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department has warned Americans clamoring to gel out of Mexican jails not to expect a soft life if they are Iransfered home lo serve out their terms. A 92-page pamphlet explaining the transfer program to American prisoners cautions them not to expect stereos in their cells, conjugal visits or maid service, which some enjoy through bribery in Mexico. A U.S. official said Thursday that as many as 20 per cent of the Americans who will be eligible for transfers may choose to serve out their terms in Mexico because they can buy comforts not available in American prisons. Michael Abbell, special assistant in the Justice Department's criminal division, said the booklet's question-and-an-swer section spelling out U.S. prison restrictions on family visits, personal property, money limitations, cigarettes, musical instruments and gifts has already led some prisoners to decide against transferring. n,. «i»if ATI ivf; Associated Press Writer HOMESTEAD AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) - The last lime Armando Rodriguez tried to come lo America was by wooden dinghy, in 1968. He was caught and spent 4'a years in a Cuban prison. This time a grinning and exuberant Rodriguez strode off a plush jet cradling a teen-aged daughter in his arms. He was one of the 24 Cuban nationals and 31 U.S. citizens allowed to leave Cuba in the latest moderation of the back-fence tension between Fidel Castro's government and the I 'niti'H "if After discussions last month with Sen. Frank Church, D-Ida-ho, Castro sent word through Church that the Cuban relatives also could leave, setting up the flight Thursday aboard an Eastern Airlines 727 chartered by the State Department. It was the largest group arrival since the conclusion of the Freedom Flights in 1973 that brought nearly 261,(K)0 Cubans lo the United Stales. The American citizens had always been free to leave. But many remained because their families could not go with Ihern. ROUNDUP—Sept. 23 Base Fight Heats Up Sen. Dale Bumpers said today after visiting yesterday with Vice President Mondale and Secretary of Defense Harold Brown he believes if the decision is made to close BIytheville Air Force Base ( BAFB) it will have to be political in nature. "If I knew this decision were to be made on tlie basis of economics and military feasibility, I believe we would have nothing to fear in Arkansas and Mississippi County," Bumpers stated. Bumpers said the "political ramifications" have the future of Loring Air Force Base, Maine, and BAFB in the balance. Bumpers noted that BAFB was considered only an alternative to the closing of Loring. Thf> si^nator said Mondale and Brown both observed that they are "very familiar" with the issue. Bumpers said Mondale pointed out to the residents of Maine during his campaign last year that "they would be heard," but that neither he or then-presidential candidate Jimmy Carter committed themselves. The senators said the statistics "clearly show" that BAFB would be "more viable" base to remain open because of its location and relative cost of operation. Bumpers surmised that there is a "possibility that when this is finally analyzed, that both bases may be left open." The senator said he told Mondale and Brown that he "has no quarrel" with a decision that would keep both bases open. However , Bumpers said when viewing the economic impact upon BIytheville, Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri, it would be "more devastating to close BIytheville Air Force Base." Bumpers said both he and Sen. John L. McClellan plan to meet with Undersecretary of Defense Charles Duncan next week lo further discuss the BAFB issue. Bumpers noted that Duncan recently stated that a decision on the issue is expected Nov. 15.Continuance Asked Attorneys for both Randall Company and United Auto Workers Union No. 1249 have filed a request for a continuance in the restraining order hearing set for today in BIytheville Circuit Court, according to the attorneys. A request was made for an Oct. 21 hearing at BIytheville. they noted. Chancellor Judge Howard Templeton granted a request Sep! 16 for a restraining order filed by Randall attorneys compellinc, members of the union to cease acts of harassment agains; Randall employes. Templeton had set today as the time for the hearing.Cars Crash Head On Mary Louise Carter and Patricia Ann Fisher, both of Steele, were involved in a traffic mishap on a gravel road one-half rnlle south of Cooler at 4:30 a,m, twlay. according to .Missouri Stat" Police, Carter, driving a 1966 model auto traveling south, and F'isher, driving a 1977 model car traveling north, met at a blind curve on the road and struck head-on. police said Carter received minor injuries and was taken to a privai.' physician in BIytheville for treatment, police said.Bridge Funds Okayed Mississippi County Judge A. A. "Shug" Banks today hailed the announcement that the Economic Development .Administration (EDA) has approved a S1,128.(K)0 recjuest to renovate bridges, calling it "the beginning of what 1 hope will Ik-a long-range program lo upgrade our county's bridges," The announcement came from the office of Sen .lohn I. .McClellan. Banks noted. Banks said engineers from the architectural firm of i'roni well. .Neyland. Truemper, Levy and Gatchell along with ad visors from Kaiser Aluminum Compiiny joined Jim Guthne superintendent of the County Road Department, in makiny determination of the "10 or 12 most dangerous and expensive Id maintain bridges in the county." Banks emphasized that the EDA grant will "only help r.'|iair or replace 10 or 12 bridRes," The judge said he wants to "encourage members ni the ([uorum court to work toward establishing ;i long-range fridge program for the county"Park Grant Approved Congressman Bill Alexander announced today that the city of BIytheville has been approved for a $47,430 grant from the Bureau of OiUdoor itecreation of the I' K, De));irtment of In terior Alexander said the city will acquire through negotiated purchase approximately 44.5 acres of land for park use. The grant funds will be malcht>d by city funds to bring the total cost of the project toJiM.ilfiO. Alexander said.Pemco Escapee Caught Li'ster Payne, a prisotuT at the Pemiscot County Jail, wa.v caught by Pemiscot ('¡unity deputies at 10:45 p.m. Thursday in Hayti after he escaped 4:') minutes earlier from the maxiintiiii security ward at Pemiscot .Memorial .Medical Center, aci'ordmg to the sheriff s office Payne had been taken to the hospital on Tuesday for tonsil treatment, deputies said Payne was incarcerated by Hayti police on Aug 17, on charges of burglary and resisting arrest, deputies saidCotton Trading Slow Cotton trading has been moderately slow on area cotton markets Ibis week, according to W F Admire, Jr , officer in charge of the USDA's Cotton Classing Office in BIytheville Demand has been light for all qualities and producer offerings have been very light. Buyers have offered about 350 points off Decemlx;r for lots comprised mostly of Grade 41 Staple 35, and 501) points off Deceinber for lots composed of Grades 42 and 51 Small lots sold earlier in the week for 4(;.50 to 49.00 cents (X'r pound. Most producers were holding cotton for higher prices. CCC loan entries were light. The classing office had graded about 71,(XK) samples for farmers itirough Wcitnusday, I'lirougli itie same dale la:-,! year, the office had not received any new-crop samples. Admire said that most of the cotton classed this week has been Grade 41 Staple ,35. Mike readings were mostly in the upper fours, he added. The oil mill price for cottonseed, basis grade of UK), was $80 per ton this week. Gins paid farmers $R5 to $73 (kt ton on an "as is" basis. Interested persons may call the classing office at 763-3039 to hear an up-to-date, taped report of local and futures market conditions and prices.Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy today through Saturday, scattered thun dershowers tonight and Saturday, high Ifxlay up|)er 8()s, low tonight mid 6()s. High Saturday mid 80s. Probability: 30 per cent tonight and Saturday. ;

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