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   Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - March 3, 1973, Oakland, California                                TODAY'S OUTLOOK SPRINGISH 100th YEAR, NO. 62 Saturbaij Oakland A RESPONSIBLE METROPOLITAN NEWSPAPER SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 1973 7a.m. 15< DAILY, A MONTH Europe Acts To Stem New Crisis By RAYMOND LAWRENCE Foreign News Analyst As the dollar plunged lo new lows in wild .speculative selling abroad, Kurope- an statesmen called a meeting for to- morrow to deal with the new money crisis. After the closing yesterday ot official exchange markets, the dollar still took a beating in private banks and exchange houses as the big holders rushed to unload for European currencies "and Japanese yen. They were mainly inter- national firms. Middle East oil countries and individual speculaioi s. While the traders do not expect an- other official devaluation in the United States, they are gambling that the Euro- pean governments will take some action that will make their currencies worth more in terms of dollars. In other words, a de facto dei aluation. it is anticipated that the Kuro- pean centra! banks will stop pouring out billions to support C S. currency and wilt let their, own money lloat on the market, which means it will be higher in and fixed levels will be aban- doned. Hence, supply and demand on the market, will determine the exchange values. To consider course the nine na- tions of the Common Market will meet tomorrow on the question of letting their currencies float jointly against the dollar, 'seeking their own value on the market. West German Chancellor Wilh Krandt is the chiel exponent "I this plan arid conferred lor two days with I'nme Minister Kdward Heath ol Bnlam. who is considering whether lo slop Jloatmg the pound and in a Common Market joint float. In Bonn a government spokesman predicted that the crisis would be over by Wednesday and that foreign ex- changes would closed until then So. the net el ted of this temporary unofficial floating is an upward revalua- tion ol -I..1) In 5 S per cent lor' mosl European money as compared with the dollar. The monetary jiller.s remain a source of concern in Washington and President Nixon declared the U.S. dol- lar will not be devalued again, as it was in December 1071 and Feb. 12 in an eflort to strengthen its competitive posi- tion by making American exports cheaper and imports more expensive. "We will Nixon declared. now for a comment: But survival is not exactly a pallia- tive for harassed American consumers, who already are sulfeiing Irom a seri- ous price entirely due, ol course, to Ihe dollar troubles abroad. II could gel worse if the foreign market broadens because ex- ports have become cheaper This could improve the present bad balance ol trade but could also deptive the domes- tic market of products that we already pay too much for American tourists, with the big sea- son coining up, will be badly hit. Their dollars will buy fewer marks, pounds, francs and lira, the exact amount de- pending on the gvralrons ol a largely uncontrolled exchange market. Guerrillas Slay 2 U.S. Diplomats COLLAPSE VICTIM LEAVES SITE Building (rear) split in Fatal Collapse Of a High-Rise .Sen. Stennis Reported Oh Way to Recovery WASHINGTON (AP) Doctors at Walter Reed Medical -Center said yes- terday Sen. John C. Stennis "is now considered on his way to full recovery" from bullet wounds he suffered in a street holdup Jan. 31 BAILKV'S CROSSROADS. Va. (AP) A partially completed, 2li-slory high- rise apartment building collapsed yes- terday Authorities said al lea.sl six- persons were killed, a dozen were miss- ing and injured Rescuers learod many ol the missing were dead. The building was cut in two, leaving two skeletal concrete structures stand- ing and a small mountain ol rubble at the base Concrete slabs dangling by reinforcing wires high above ground made attempts lo probe the debris ex- tiemely Workers had completed 23 stories ol the building and were working cm the Mil Door when it gave way. carrying tons of debris with il that collapsed Doors below. II was the second such collapse for the developer, Charles K. Smith. A simi- lar collapse in at Crystal City. Va., killed three workmen The company was different in both cases An Army helicopter plucked two stranded workers Irom atop one of the remaining portions ol the building. They had attracted rescuers' attention by scribbling the words. "For God's sake, get us off" on a piece of wood which they threw down Lt Harry Diczol of the Fairfax Coun- ty Fire and Rescue Squad said two bodies 'had- been taken from the rubble, and four other bodies had been located but couldn't be removed from the debris immediately Structural engineers were called in lo determine whether Ihe remaining parts of the building were safe enough lo allow rescue efforts to go ahead. Diezel said they might have to be demo- lished. "I would be surprised il we have a complete body count in less than 24 hours." he said. The building. Ihe first part of a planned apart nient-officc- shoppmg complex ni'ar Washington." D.C., was heinc constructed of rein- forced concrete Diezel said a crane, used to haul wet concrete to the lop. apparently had broken through Ihe top floor and plunged with tons of other rubble to the boll urn A bourn of the crane smashed the roof of an adjoining garage, also under construction Besides the dead and missing, police- said 19 injured had been taken to hospi- tals. Diezel said most of the injured appeared just shaken up. The reason for the collapse wasn't known. One worker, Ronnie Miller, told newsmen that forms had been removed prematurely from Ihe latest sections ol fresh concrete. He said usually Ihe forms are left on 24 hours to allow the concrete to cure and gain strength, but that I his time slabs were poured in the morning and forms were removed in mid-afternoon.' Three federal job safety inspector's went to the scene to investigate, Labor Department spokesmen said. Terrorists Say They'll Next Kill 2 Arabs KHARTOUM, Sudan (Al') Arab terrorists killed the U.S. ambassador and charge d'affaires in the Saudi Ara- bian Embassy last night after holding them for 26 hours Commando sources in Beirut said the terrorists will kill two Arab diplomats they are still holding unless their demands are met The Beirut newspaper Al Moharer quoled a Black September spokesman as saying the fact the Saudi ambassador and Jordanian charge d'affaires were not "executed" did not mean that "we have given up on our demands "It is an assertion of our determina- tion to have the demands met. or they would be executed the spokesman was quoted as saying. (t also appeared certain that the masked Palestinian guerrillas had rnui- dered a Belgian diplomat, a U.S. Embassy spokesman. The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum and President Nixon confirmed that Ambas- sador Cleo A Noel Jr. and G. Curtis Moore, the outgoing American charge d'affaires, were dead The Belgian chaige d'altaires. Guy- Kid, one ol five diplomats held hostage. apparently was not killed at the time the Americans were assassinated The U.S. Kmbassy spokesman said the Sudanese undersecretary of foreign U.S. reaction, Page 5 altairs. Fadil el Odeitl. was informed by a telephone, call from the guerrillas Iliat the Americans were dead. "Later we received word from our observers that army officers had en- tered the front part o) the embassy and had seen the dead bodies o) the two Ihe U.S. Kmbassy spokes- man said. "The Belgian charge was still alive at that time, but the Palestinians said later he too had been killed The t' S Kmbassy spokesman said the guerrillas hud allowed a Sudanese army doctor to treat Noel and Ihe Belgian, both of whom had been wound- ed when the guerrillas struck al a diplomatic reception Thursday al the Saudi Embassy. The guerrillas gave I lie doctor y communique listing their demands foi the release of prisonci-s in various coun- tries. The doctor said Noel was sitting in a chair with his hands tied behind his back Moore had been kicked, beaten or hit in the face and his right cheek was badly swollen. The wounded Belgian also was tied m a chair, the doctor said, but the other two hostages apparently were not bound. In another room, a member of the Saudi Ambassador's household staff, his wife and four children were held The Sudanese doctor told the govern- ment that a room in the embassy "was rigged for demolition" with explosives He said the terrorists were young, led by a 27-year-old Palestinian. The United Slates rejected a demand lor the release of Sirhan Sirhan. Sen. Robert Kennedy's assassin, and Jordan refused to free other' prisoner's, the U S. Embassy said. Publisher Victorious Over Judge SAN ANDRKAS (AP) A contempt of court citation against a newspaper publisher for an editorial which cnti- Judge Howard Blewetf ami a local judge was Ihrown out of court yesterday, Superior Court Judge Ralph McGee said the editorial was protected-by the U.S. Constitution, and that publisher Oscar Mellin therefore could nol be held in contempt. But McGec called the editorial "silly, ill-founded, poorly conceived and in bad taste.'' Justice Court Judge Howard Blewetl, a non-attorney who also owns a cafe and works as a short-order cook, cited Mel- hn for contempt of court after Mellin wrote an editorial criticizing Blewetl Mellin appealed Ihe citation to Superior Court. Mellin, who is also the inactive sen- ior partner of a San Francisco lawfirm, has conducted an editorial campaign against Ihe practice of allowing non- attorneys to serve as justice courf judges. McGee sard "the thrust" of the edilo- rial "was that laymen are not good judges. I disagree with that. I -know laymen who have made' excellent .judges." Calaveras County TMst. Ally. Orrin Airola contended in an affidavit that the criticism was a danger to Ihe continuing operation of the court. "In looking at the.facts at. issue here and this case has some ludicrous aspects to il I can't for the life of me find that the editorial is a clear and present danger to the justice court of this McGee said. The publisher said he was told by the .Publishers Auxiliary in Washington, D.C., that his was the first known case of an American newspaper facing a contempt, of court prosecution for an editorial. Blewett cited Mellin for contempt of court after Mellin wrote an editorial in his weekly Calaveras Enterprise crrli- Blewett's handling of a dog tres- pass case. complainant, in Ihe dog case was Blewett. And Blewett presided over the preliminary hearing. "We have the ridiculous situation where the judge deliberately had a neighbor's dog trapped and then hauled the dog owner into court, set the bail and then tried to sit in judgment on the Mellin's Jan.'17 editorial said. In issuing the citation against Mellin, Blewett said the editorial "tends to embarrass the administration of justice and bring discredit upon the court." Blewetl is one of about'230 Justice Court judges who handle minor cases, mostly in rural areas, that would other- wise be heard by Municipal Court Wild Lion on Prowl? Has a rare black mountain lion or. perhaps, a fugitne pet African black leopaul weighing about 1011 pounds and leaving live-inch paw prints been roam- ing an area from Concord to Danville lor the past year Gary Bogue. curator of Walnut Creek's Alexander Limisav Junior Mil- seum. "was skeptical at first...but an accumulation of sightings, many of them reliable" has changed his mind., "You can't rule out the possibility of a black mountain lion, rare as "they are. It is still very much ol a possibility." he says He is conlidenl that the big cat poses no clanger to humans There have been five well substanti- ated sightings within a year in the Walnut Creek hills, Danville, on the slopes of Ml. Diablo and in Las Tram- pas Regional 1'ark. One jnan said his Irish setter treed it and when he grabbed the dog's collar We cat leaped down and fled He said it was coal black, at least as big as his dog, and had a rope-like tail Two weeks later, two women in Dan- were startled to see the animal drinking Irom their swimming pool. It ;k'il on their approach, running grace- fully up a nearby lull through some gray.ing cattle, winch it did not molest. Cong to Free 30 American POWs SA1CON (AP) The Viet Cong delegation officially notilied the United Stales government that n will release .'ill American 'prisoners of war on Monday, at Hanoi's C.ia Lain Airpjirt. a t S spokesman announced today. North Vietnam had nod lied lite I utl- wl States earlier' thai tt uonld release lllli t'S. .servicemen al Lam tomor- row The olficial notiticalion by the Viet Cong was given to the United States at an llth hour meeting this morning ol Ihe four-party Joint Military Commis- sion's subcommisMoii on captured per- sons The date of Ihe Viet Cong PUW release was contused earlier because their delegation had announced to news- men that (lie 110 American and lour other foreign prisoners would be re- leased tomorrow al the same lime N'orth Vietnam released the NIK Ameri- cans and two Thais. In Paris. U S Secretary of State William P Rogers said yesterday that Vietnam had assured him that all U S prisoners of war would be returned by March 2K "without any question Rogers said lie was I old I his by the N'orth Vietnamese foreign miriislei, Nguyen Duy Trmh. March 28 is the deadline provided by the Pans peace agreement lor returning all American prisoners and for total U.S. withdrawal from North Vietnam Trmh also promised there would be no repetition Mil the delay in releases that has disrupted the 12-nation Paris- peace conference this week. Rogers (old newsmen Live Telecast Of POW Arrival Channel o uill carry a live telecast (oriighl ol lire arrival Ihe latesl ol war to be released. Originating al Clark Air Ba.se in the Philippines, the CBS binailrasl should star! al midnight anil last about an hour X15C and ABC saul Ihev cover the story on film or tape and show the pictures later in the day. Columnist Sues To Make FBI Release Records WASHINGTON (AP) Newsmen .lack and Les Whiltcn asked a court jeslerday to order Ihe FBI lo relinquish their telephone records and slop what they described as harassment ol their news sources They said the FBI has far over- stepped constitutional protections of a free press. Wlutten was arrested .Ian. Ill by the FBI on charges' of possessing docu- ments taken illegally by Indians occupy- ing the Bureau of Indian Allairs build- ing last November. The case was dropped Feb. Hi alter a grand jury refused lo indict u'hrtten or the two Indians also arrested on the charges. On the Inside Publisher Oscar Mellin judges. Justice Court. jurists the only judges in California not required to be attorneys. Bar Governors back Re- agan court choice. Page 2. Airport bird danger tar- get of campaign. Page 4. Three suspects held in vicious beatings. Page 6. U. S. official says Wounded Knee outlook unpromising. Page 7. Astrology .33 Action Line.......2 Churches....... 23 Classified Shopping Center......... 24 Comics........9 Crossword Puzzle 22 Financial........10 Landers.........21 Allende regime faces vote test tomorrow. Page 7. Study links smog to hearf, lung ailments. Page Magma power solve the energy crisis, Mother Earth says. Page 18. Pro Con........8 Sports.......11, 14 Teen Page.......15 Theaters.....18, 19 TV and Radio.....20 Vitals..........22 World of Women.. 21 Word Game......33 Weather........22 i I See Page 2 Forecast. Fair. See. Page 22   

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