Oxnard Press Courier, July 18, 1969

Oxnard Press Courier

July 18, 1969

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Oxnard Press Courier (Newspaper) - July 18, 1969, Oxnard, California Whiff WASHINGTON (UPI) - Tlic Pentagon said, today 24 persons-received medical attention on Okinawa 10 days ago as a result of a "mishap" thai other reports said involved accidental leakage of poisonous VX nerve gas. The Pentagon refused to say whether nerve gas was involved. The Wall Street Journal said the incident involved a container or a weapon filled with VX, wliich il said brake open. In Tokyo, the Japanese foreign office summoned U. S. minister David Osboni to question him about the reports. Asked about the reports, the Pentagon said: "As a result of a mishap on Okinawa which occurred July 8 while they were working on a maintenance operation, 23 U.S. military personnel and one U. S. civilian employe were placed under medical observation. "MI were released and returned to full duty withm about six hours. No other persons were involved," Jerry W. Friedheim, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, told a news conference, "This is all we willon Okinawa say about it." Friedheim refused comment on whether VX or any other chemical or biological warfare agent was involved and refused to explain the nature of the "mishap"; what the "maintenance operation" was; what branch of service the military personnel were in, or what symptoms were present in those treated. The United Slates has 45.iK)0 troops stationed on Okinawa, which it administers under international law, since World War II. Japan retains "residual sovereignty" over the island and has been pressing the United States to return sole control of Okinawa to Japan. The Wall Street Journal story was the first report the United States may have stockpiled the gas overseas. Friedjieim would not comment when asked about this. Union Protests Worker Firing (See Page 13) Serving Ventura County The Weather Local fog or Imv clouds late nifiht and early morning hours, but nrastly fair Saturday. Not much change in tempcralurc;. Past 24 hours: High 76, low fifl. For details, see Page 2, VOLUME 33 NUMBER 18—16 PAGES OXNARD. CALIFORNIA. FRIDAY, JULY 18. 1969 SINGLE COPY 10c—FOR HOME DELIVERY PHONE 483.1101 COMMERCIAL BOAT SINKS AFTKR IT WAS RIPPED BY EXPLOSION Coast Guard Boatswain 2C Berrie Meed aids skipper, Billy Johnston, at left, while Coast Guafdsmen secure lines to sunken vessel in Port of Iluenenic. > Legislature Approves Finance Director Bill By HELEN KKVNOI l>S A controversial bill allowing county supervisors to appoini a finance director, wiiose job would replace two elective offices, lias passed the legislature and awaits L ii e governor's signature. The i)ill was opposed by Ventura County Audilor-Coniroller Ciordon 'J'renholm and Treasurer-Tax Collector Koberl Branch, whose elective jobs could Ik* eliminated. The incumbents were strongly backed by the Ventura County Grand Cease-Fire Scrapped, Latins Resume Fighting TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (UPI) — Honduras and El Salvador resumed fightoug on the noitliern front today, scrapping another ceasefire agreement that was to have ended theu- five-day border war. A spoliesman for the Honduran ai'my said Salvadorian troops began firing at dawn and Honduran troops relumed the fire The latest cease-fire had been worked out by a delegation from the Organization of American Slates OAS and was to have been signed by diplomats of both nations later today Word of the cease-fire was to l)e broadcast to troops of both nations Meiiher side made the broadcast, however, and the ground war resum ed at dawn. The air wai- slackened. Honduras apparently has destroyed or damaged all of El Salvador's vintage World War II fighter planes. There was no blackout m this Honduran capital Thursday night for the first night since the war Ijegan Monday. No Salvadorian planes appeared oveihead. Honduran military officials said Iheir U'oops. with some air cover provided by World War II Navy Corsair fighters, were pushing back the Salvadorian forces on bulh the northern and the southern fronts. Earlier. Salvadorian giound forces claimed to have penetrated a considerable distance into Honduras. Jury, which passed two resolutions claiming that giving county supervisors hinng-finng power over a single financial director would be a threat to the governmental system of checks and balances. Disagreeing with the Grand Jury, County Executive Loren Enoch and the Board of Supervisors favored Senate Bill 646. They said it includes a safeguard for the public by requiruig a counlywide election before the job consolidation could occur. They also said the measure includes job prolection for the incumbents. Assemblyman J. K. (Ken) Mac-Donald, D-Ojai. predicted the legislation will face no difficulty in getting the governor's signature. SB 646 was authored by Howard Way of l^ilare, Republican president pro tempore of the state Senate, and won bi-partisan support, MacDonald said, includuig his own in the Assembly's Local Government Committee. Trenliolm was out of town today, but his assistant. Norman Hawkes, said auditor-controllers throughout the state have not altered our very strong feelings" against the measure If Ventura County government decided to implement the legisla- (See Finance, Page 2) Birth Control Plan Aired WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon told Congi-ess today he wants to make available within five years free birth control advice to American women of child-bearing age with loiv incomes. In a special message, Nixon estimated tliat neai'ly 5 million U. S. women "do not now have adequate access to family planning assistance. Proposing an expansion and re-orgamzation of federal family plan-jung services, but giving no estimate of the Increased spending involved, Nixon said: "Clearly, in no circumstances will the aciiviiies associated with our pursuit of this goal be allowed to infringe on the religious convictions or personal wishes and freedom of any individual, nor will tli.y be allowed to impair the absolute right of all individuals to have such matter of conscience respected by public authorities." To expand family planning services, Robert H. Kinch, secretary of health, education and welfare, told newsmen an initial $31) million will be needed plus $30 million annual increases until, jji tbe fifth year, the cosl exceeds $150 million. He estmiated more than one-thu-d of all children born to low-income mothers are unwanted Of 5.4 million women believed eligible for family planning assistance, I'inch said only 80U,UI)0 currently are being served The chief executive, in the 6.000-word document, sketched out a rather bleak picture of the potenual impact of the global population explosion if governments, private agencies and the United Nations fail to begin dealing now with anticipated problems. Jn the United States alone, the population will increase nearly 100 million to more than 300 million b> the year 2.000. hi^ predicted. Burns Scuttles Vessel Three men escaped serious injury today when a commercial fishing boat exploded, burst into flames and sank at the Port of Hueneme. The fiery explosion occurred at 9 a.m., an hour after the ;i3-foot boat had refueled at the Standard Oil Station at Dock 1. located at the dead-end of Mari time Road. Skipper and owner of the boat. Billy Johnston. 49, and a deck hand. .John Gridley, 53, were rushed to Si. John's Hospital Johnston was adnutli'd in satisfactory condition with burns nn his arms, hands and legs. His hair on his head and face was also singed Gridley was released after receiving treatmenl for burns on his hands. Roth men are from Costa Mesa. Port Hueneme Pohce Sgt. Neil Compton and Officer Bill Monti JO said Johnston pulied up to the dock to refuel at 8 a.m. An hour later, the officers said, he fentered the engine room to •start the engine. » Witnesses said the skipper cranked the engine "five or six times" when suddenly it exploded and bui'St into flames. Flying parts of the boat ripped gaping holes in the hull at the water line. The impact of the blast knock-(See Explosion, Page 2) Russ Claim Luna Won't Foul Apollo SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — As the Apollo II explorers raced unerringly toward a Saturday rendezvous with the moon, the Soviet Union today assured the United States that its orbiting Luna 15 satelite would not interfere with the astronuats' landing mission. In reply to a personal request for information from astronaut Frank Borman, Apollo Crew Plans TV In 'Eagle' SPACE CENTER, Houston (UPI)—Apollo irs astronauts promised to try to send back to earth today the first television p 1 c t u r e .s from mside the **Eagle" lunar module that will cari7 them to the moon's surface. During an exceptionall> clear 35 minute telecast from more than 150.000 miles away Thürs diiy, Neil A. Armstrong, Kdwin K. Aldrin Jr. and Michacl Collins beamed back noi onl\ spectacular long-distance view-of earth, but striking close-ups from inside their command ship. Armstrong told viewers be fore signing off that if the TV cables were long enough, he would try to siiovv" the mside of Eagle. *'\Ve've been checkmg out cable lengths thinking we might lake the television into the LM with us tomorrow." Armstrong told Mission Control, Today's TV show is scheduled for 4:32 p.m. PDT. about two hours after Ai'mstrong and. Aldrin figured to crawl inside Eagle, but the 11 crew has sent back two unscheduled telecasts ah'eady and probably would do that again for pictures from the lunar module. Thursday's- telecast began with a view of the earih, floating like a blue, half-ball m ihe blackness of space Ji appeared about half the size ii did Wednesdiay during a telecast from 6Ü.ÜÜ0 miles away. Switching inside, the astronauts showed their instrument panel—the pictures were so deal* the numbers were readable—Armstrong standing on his head, a flashlight floaung freely in zero-gi'avity. and Aldrin doing pushups. the president of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, academician M V. Keidysh, cabled that Luna 15 would not intersect the "published trajectory" of Apollo 11. That still left Luna 15*s mission a mystery. There was still speculation it might attempt to land, scoop up lunar samples and return them to earth before Apollo 11 can bring home its col lection of rocks The Hussians said Luna would remain in lunar orbit foi two days or until Saturday, and that the United States would be informed of an> change Luna 15 is orbiting the moon at heights ranging between 02 and 75 miles Apollo 11 ds'ironauUs N'eil A. Armstrong. Kdwin E. Aldrin .Ir and Michael C'ollins Saturday are lo fire their ( olumbiii spaceship into an orbit ranging from 03 lo 75 miles and i^eilling finali) ai 09 miles ' (See Apollo, Page 2)Apollo 11 TV Schedule NEW YORK (AP) — Following are the television schedules of major networks for Apollo 11 coverage. (All times PDT). Friday: Live color transmission scheduled for 4:32-4:47 p.m. all three networks. ABC, one-mmute progress rejxirt at 7.58 p.m Saturday ABC. 10-11 30 a m. and M ;30 p.m . decision on lunar orbit and lran^mIssIon from capsule, C p m bulletin on com mital to lunar burn, progress re purl 5-28 p.m CHS, 1-1:22: NBC 10-11 a m. and l-]:20. Live transmihSion ^ biMween 1 and 1 20 pm. 'XA-nvxwwx' «.w^Nixon To Talk With Moon Team WASHINGTON (UPI) — President Nixon will talk to ihe Apollo 11 astronauts on a two-way television hookup when they set foot on the moon, the While House announced today "He will speak on behalf of the American people from his office." Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler said. Ziegler said the idea of the two-way television hookup originated with the National Aeronautics and Space AdmimsLi'alion NASA. The idea was then discussed with television network representatwes m Washington. Ziegler said at no time did the White House make a direct request for television time for the President. Nixon plans to devote much of Sunday evenuig to watching the moon voyage via television. With him will be CoL Fi*ank Borman, the ApoUo 8 astronaut who is acting as a White House liaison man with NASA.Moonday May Be SundayCities, States OKHoliday Mood FROM WIRE SERVICES Monday will be a holiday for employes of more than 30 states, hundreds of local governments, stock exchanges and some businesses and many school children. But it was possible Monday might not be **Moon Day'* after all. Although some have declined, employers across the nation granted the three-Report on Evans Probe J.n Ä itti day weekend in response lo Nixon's call for a "day of participation" as the first men are scheduled to set foot on the moon. Thursday, however, space officials raised the possibility that the moon walk, originally set for the early hours Monday, might be done on Sunday Apollo. Pa., population 2.9C4, was a fitting representative of the nation's communiues givmg their employes the day olf Monday. Other cities granting the holiday included New York, Chicago. Detroit, Pittsburgh. Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Charlotte. N.C. The mayors of St. Louis. Mo., and Memphis. Tenn.. however, said city employes had too much work to take the day off San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto was among the first to .suggest a celebration for the Apullo 11 moon voyagers, but city employes there will he among those working Monda President Nixon's national ' day of panicipation."Completed S C B I C BAY, Philippines (UPI) - The U.S.-Austrahan board investigating the June 3 collision between the Australian earner Melbourne and the U.S. destroyer Frank E. Evans completed itb report today, Il was sent to U.S. and Australian Navy headquarters, where officials will decide whciher couits-martial will be ordered for those Uie board see.s responsible for the i'olhMon which killed 74 Amen-(•an seamen Tuo young officers of the Evans were advised they were suspected of blame but they were not charged. The investigative board hajd no power to punish Inside McClellan Seeks Prison Term for College Rioters Aim Landers. Page b\ CaUiornla News. Pages 3,1 ClasMlled Ads. Pages 19-24. Coiiilcs. Page 25. Death Notices. Pages 2,19. Lditorials. Page 4. Kniertainment. Pages IB, 17. llclülse. Page 7. JShip Movements. Page 3. Sports News. Pa^es 14, 15. StucK Market. Page IS. TV Log. PaKC 17. Wonu'n*s News. Pages 7. U'ASHJNUlUN (UPI) - 6en John L. McClellan, D-Ark, said today he plans lo ask Congress to crack down on college rioters with a new law under which disruptive students could be imprisoned. McClellan, who has heldi several weeks of hearings on campus disruptions and mih-tant organiisauons. said he would introduce his rncabure m a day or two. will strengthen the hand of the administrcitors of tolle-ges and enable them to get relief and proieouon from tliese militants who are committing vaulence or threatening to commit violence" McClellan said in an interview with UPI. He said il would cover "sums and so forth'* and provid-e criminal penalties plus procedures for "civil reUef" A McClellan aide said the measui'e \\uuld make it a federal crime, ^punishable by prison sentence or fme. to diM'upl operations of any college receiving federal financial help. V McClellan said his proposal would not cut off federal funds lo rioters or colleges, in contrast with other proposals before Congress. College administrators testifying before congi'essional committees have cuntendied that cutting off funds would impair education without sluppmg disruptions. IlJiW Secretai'y Robert H Findi said Thurbday the Nixon Administration albO is opposed to such legislation to curb campus disorder. L • ' ^ ■ I- Í ^ -J. * I N5 ir- , . r , I J. ;