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   Argus (Newspaper) - October 25, 1977, Fremont, California                                THE ARGUS Vol. XV, No. 181 A coniolidHtion und continuation of the Newt-Regitter Fremont-Newark, California, Tuesday, October 25, 1977 28 Pages 15 Cents Teacher negotiations called off _, U U by Brain ALFRED ALOUIST, SECOND FROM RIGHT, AT THORNTON JUNIOR HIGH Ian Michelson of PTA, substitute Craig Pedrey, Sal Bianco, aide to Mitter McMMer Vote in Panama challenges pacts The; favor of the-new Panama Canal treaties is a' signal to the U.S. Senate that Panama is not completely satisfied with terms of the agree- ments; a government negotiator said yester- day. More than 90 per cent of the country's 800.000 voters went to the polls Sunday, officials reported. With 95 per cent of the color-coded paper ballots counted, the vote was 468.664 yes and no. Another 12.285 ballots were spoiled, of- ficials said. "A massive vote in favor wasn't expected because we're paying a price for the treaties." negotiator Carlos Lopez Guevara told reporters. Downplaying an earlier prediction by Panama's chief canal treaty negotiator. Romulo Escobar Bethancourt. that the trea- ty would win 85 per cent approval. Lopez Guevara said: "We're sending a message to the U.S. Senate that we're not entirely satisfied with the treaties." U.S. officials in Panama had privately predicted a 90 per cent favorable vote. Gen. Omar Torrijos. Panama's head of government, predicted Sunday that the U.S. Senate also would approve the treaties, under which Panama will gain control of the canal by the year 2000. He had no immediate public comment on the results of the plebiscite here. Vice GonateZv .who directed the to drum up support for the baths, said some Panamanians apparently gwiUiheU their votes after Torrijos met Carter in Washington 10 days ago and reaffirmed the U.S. right to intervene militarily to safe- guard the canal. Gonzalez also said in an interview that American residents of the Canal Zone in- fluenced "no" votes in backward regions of Panama. He offered this as an explanation for rejection of the treaties by the Panamanian Indians on San Bias Island, who voted no and hoisted the Stars and Stripes on a flagpole during voting in the resort area. They said they feared approval of the treaties would scare off American tourists. Commenting on opposition to the treaties by leftist students. Gonzalez said, "Twenty- three years is a long time for young referring to the length of time the United States will still run the Canal Zone. Fabian Echevers. head of the Independent Lawyers Movement and a spokesman for opponents of the treaties, said: "Time played on the government's side. If the plebiscite had been held in December, the treaties would have been rejected." There were no displays of public reaction to the vote yesterday. Schools were closed so teachers who manned polling booths could rest. How Bing Crosby's estate is divided REDWOOD CITY (UPI) Bing Crosby's will was filed for probate yesterday, leaving the bulk of his estate to a private trust and cash gifts totaling ,5400.000 to his widow, relatives, church, schools and friends. The will according to the entertainer's wishes for privacy gave no total money figure, but a news magazine recently esti- mated the size of the estate at between million and !70 million. In a television interview several months before his death. Crosby played down how much he was worth, saying it was much less than people thought. And he added with a smile, he was not worth as much as Bob Hope. The nine-page document, dated June 6. 1977. was filed in San Matco County Superior Court. No specific holdings were mentioned, but nt the time of his death Crosby was vice president of the Pittsburgh Pirates major league baseball team. Crosby, who died of a heart attack Oct. 14 at age 74 after a round of golf in Madrid, Spain, said in the will that if anyone sought to "conspire or cooperate" to contest the will. "I specifically disinherit each such person." The singer named as executor attorney Richard C. Bergen, who was given wide- ranging powers to "sell, lease, mortgage or encumber the whole or any part of my estate with or without notice." The largest cash Rift of was bequeathed to Crosby's widow, Kathryn. 43. Gifts of each were made to Gonzaga High School in Spokane. Wash., and Gonzaga University, also in Spokane, where Crosby attended school. Crosby's sister. Mary Rose Pool, was given while gifts of each were bequeathed to his niece. Marilyn McLachlan. and Lillian Murphy. Saint Aloysius Church in Spokane. Wash., received while gifts of each were made to Crosby's nieces. Catherine Crosby. Mary Sue Shannon: and Louis Serpe of Beverly Hills. Crosby's cousin. Marian Harrigan was given and Basil Grillo. The veteran entertainer did not give cash gifts to any of his seven children four by his first marriage to former film star Dixie Lee who were expected to be provided for in a private trust. "I give the residue of my estate to the trustee of the Harry L. Crosby the will staled. To his wife, he also gave "all my automo- biles, jewelry, silverware, books, paintings, works of art. household furniture, clothing and other personal effects, and any insur- ance policies... Crosby, in life a private family man who shunned publicity, also spelled out in the will instruction for a simple low mass Catholic funeral, which was carried out last Tuesday without fanfare at dawn. There was no mention of specific property, stocks or bonds on the will. Crosby lived with his wife and children at their home in nearby Hillsborough. Labor problrnu follow Canadian exchange Ipcirhrr, Pape 6 By THOMAS B. OEBLEY FREMONT Negotiations between strik- ing teachers and the school district have been called off for today and Thursday, leading to the possibility the strike could last through the week. Negotiations were called off late yesterday in the wake of demands by the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association for the resignations of Supt. Wayne Ferguson and the district's top negotiator unless they could end the strike in 24 hours. Charges and counter-charges over the halt in negotiations were leveled by both sides. District spokesman Wess Peterson said FUDTA called the talks off so association officials could attend labor relations board hearings into an unfair labor practice charge filed by the union earlier this year Peterson said FUDTA rejected a district offer to have the hearing continued because of the strike. "They refused to do Peterson said. "What it means is they would rather go over tn San Francisco tomorrow to attend the hearing rather than continue negotiations. It is very discouraging." FUDTA President Barbara Mahon coun- tered that they could not agree to conti- nuance of the hearing because the attorney handling the case will soon accept a judge- ship and will be unable to finish representing the association if the hearing is delayed. But while conceeding the association re- jected a continuance of the hearing. Mrs Mahon charged the district refused to agree to a negotiation session tonight. She claimed district negotiator Arthur Krannawitter said he would be too tired to negotiate tonight if he was representing the district all day at the labor board hearing. "We suggest maybe if he is too tired to bargain that perhaps he ought to consider turning the position over to someone else." she said. Mrs. Mahon challenged the district nego- tiators to meet at 7 tonight, saying union negotiators will be at the bargaining table waiting for district negotiators. "We will be here at 7 o'clock, and if they are not here it will be just one more indication of where the real problem is in resolving this she said. Mrs. Mahon said the association is form- ing a counter proposal to the district's latest offer, which she said would mean shorter school days for students, cuts in the elective programs at junior and senior high schools and elimination of staggered reading in elementary schools if the association where to accept that offer bv the district. The call for resignation of both Ferguson and Krannawitter came from FUDTA Ex- ecutive Director Jim Marchello at a morning rally of about 500 teachers and parents. "We believe that their performance is to be charitable very less than satisfactory he said. Marchello, presenting a position taken by FUDTA's executive board, accused Ferguson of using his public position to further his own ambitions. "We believe the superintendent of this school district is placing his personal ambi- tions above his responsibilities to the public Back page ol section, col. 2 Five major issues still separate teachers, district By TIM HARMON FREMONT Representatives of the school district and the Fremont Unified Teachers Association (FUDTA) say nego- tiators are still separated on these five issues: Emuyncy claim Both' sides agree that the new contract should include a clause allowing the school district to suspend the agreement in the event of an emergency. "FUDTA wants a clear definition of what constitutes an emergency." a spokesman said. He said the district had offered to accept a FUDTA definition taken from but that the district bad iraHed that teachers accept Its terms ori ffie 'rtprtSi' Issue as well Asst. Supt.' for Personnel Wess Peterson said the district has offered to accept FUDTA's proposed emergency clause which provides for arbitration to determine whether an emergency declaration was valid as part of its latest proposal, made Sunday afternoon and apparently rejected bv FUD- TA. Transfers Teachers want a com- prehensive procedure to limit the district's power to arbitrarily transfer teachers be- tween schools or types of teaching assign- ments, the FUDTA spokesman said. "We want to make sure things like seniority and competence will be taken into he said. FUDTA wants assurances that teachers transferred to different types of classes will be given the kind of training they might need to become proficient in an unfamiliar area Peterson said FUDTA's proposed transfer procedure would ''based almost ex- clusively on seniority Seniority is one factor the district takes into account when making transfers, but "we want to be able to take into account the person's past experience, credentials, etc.." he said. 'No reprisal' clause The FUDTA contends the district has offered amnesty for teachers and students but not for the leaders of the strike or the parents involved. FUDTA wants a "no reprisal" guarantee for these groups as well. Peterson says there will be no reprisals against individual employes including strike leaders or parents, no matter what the outcome of negotiations on this point. But he said the district has refused to exempt the FUDTA from an unfair labor complaint the district filed with the state's Education Employe Relations .Board The district's complaint asks toua incurred during el out" last spring ClaMraom FUDTA over- crowded dassnwhi situations relieved..-the Back page of section, cof. 4 Attempt on Huey bank robber wttHCSS charged High-speed chase nets MONTREAL (UPI) A bank robber who fled in a police-provided getaway car with four hostages was captured yesterday follow- ing a high-speed chase through the streets of Montreal. The unidentified. 35-year-old gunman was caught at La Chenaie. eight miles east of Montreal, after releasing all but one hostage a newspaper reporter. The reporter had agreed to act as an intermediary in negotiations between police and the gunman to free about a dozen persons held in the bank for three hours. The bandit, armed with what appeared to be a rifle or sawed-off shotgue. climbed into the escape car about 6 p.m. and drove off at a high speed, followed by a half-dozen police cars. He stopped during the chase to free bank manager Valere Boutin and two accountants, but he kept the reporter with him until the end of the drama. Police sources said the gunman, who robbed an undetermined amount of cash from the bank, agreed to release his hostages one at a time once he was off the island of Montreal. Immediately prior to leaving, the gunman released several women hostages. They were taken to hospital. UPI photographer Charles Palmer said one of the released women hostages "was completely hysterical when she camp out of the bank, but the other four seemed okay." He said the gunman used his three hostages as a shield when he ran to the waiting car. The hostage drama begnn at about 3 p.m. when the gunman was surprised by police as he tried to leave an east Montreal branch of the Canadian National Bank following a holdup. He immediately barricaded himself in the bank with about a dozen hostages, most of them employees, and demanded an escape car and free passage out of the city. Chance of rain Chance of rain lale today and tonight then showers likely tomorrow. Slightly cooler days, lowi In the SOi. Hlghi In the mM Mi to mid 70s. Yesterday's high In Fremont was 77, with a low of 34. Argus tapes 3 Finance 12-13 Attrafegy 5 LHeityk 15-lt Bridge S Movie Guide 14 Comici 11 Obituarki 2 Crossword 11 MO Dr. SMncnhn 11 TV Log 14 Ednerlal 4 Want Ads 17-21 OAKLAND (UPI) An Alameda County prosecutor charged yesterday that three gunmen tried unsuccessfully to assassinate "my most important witness" against Black Panther leader Huey Newton who is awaiting trial on charges of murder. Deputy District Attorney Tom Orloff told Municipal Judge .1. Robert Friborg that one of the would-be killers was shot to death. He identified the witness as Crystal Gray. He said the killers mistakenly invaded a home next to hers in Richmond Sundav. The occupant grabbed a pistol and killed one. he added. "Early Sunday morning in Richmond there was an incident that looks like an attempted assassination on my most impor- tant witness in this case." Orloff told Friborg. The prosecutor made the disclosure while Newton was in court for a preliminary hearing on a charge of killing Kathleen Smith. 17. on Aug. 6.1974. The Black Panther leader is also charged with beating his tailor. Defense attorney Sheldon Otis had just asked for a continuance, pending an appeal to the California Supreme Court in an effort to obtain Federal law enforcement docu- ments. Friborg denied the defense motion and. at the prosecutor's request, quashed a defense subpoena for documents it claimed would prove the government had tried to destroy Newton and the Black Panthers. Orloff said Mary Mathew. 56. a bookeeper. heard someone trying to break into her home and she telephoned police. Then, the deputy district attorney said, she grabbed a .38- caliber revolver as she heard another noise at the back door. Police Lt. George Freitas snid she fired several shots through the door and one assailant fired a shotgun blast. The officer said the dead man. identified as Louis Johnson, was found on the front lawn with a shotgun beside him. Detectives said they found another shot- gun and an automatic rifle at the scene. Appealing to the court for speedy action. Orloff told Friborg: "With this type of activity going on I think it's important that we procceed immediately with this hearing. "I'm not taking this lightly. I spent 17 hours Sunday arranging for protective custody of my witnesses. Orloff said Mrs. Smith was an eyewitness; to the slaying of Miss Smith. The prosecutor said Johnson had visited Newton while he was in the County Jail. Newton, free on S80.000 bail, later told reporters that someone by that name may have visited him upon his return from self- imposed exile in Cuba. "Hundreds of people visited me at the jail." he said. "Kvery day there were lines of 30 to 40 people, and I was in there for a few weeks. Fostering a family "We're just one big, happy, mi- serable family." That aptly doicrlbei the scene of con- stant turmoil which swirls through the home of Jean and Dave Osborn, the Fremont couple chosen from nearly 800 foster parents lor laurels. Find out why, In Lifestyle today. Page State calls for bids on new Dumbarton span SACRAMENTO (UPI) The state De- partment of Transportation yesterday called for bids on the first phase of construction of the new million Dumbarton Bridge. The state Toll Bridge Authority last month gave the go-ahead for the 1.6-mile-long span after the resolution of two lawsuits and conflicts over design. The First phase will consist of building over-water approaches to the main shipping channel and is expected to cost about million. The department said a contract will be let early next year for construction of main channel spans with completion of the bridge expected to take five years. The department said the new bridge will be 100 feet above the main channel, eliminat- ing the need for a traffic-stalling lift span for ships, will have four 12-foot lanes, eight-foot shoulders and a bicycle lane. The existing two-lane bridge was com- pleted In 1927 at a cost of 12.7 million. Bids for the first phase of construction will be opened Jan. 4 in Sacramento.   

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