Wednesday, February 7, 1968

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Playground Daily News (Newspaper) - February 7, 1968, Fort Walton Beach, Florida Today'sWeather Cloudy through tonight. High today 56 to 66. TIDES High p.m., low a.m. RIVER READINGS Jim Woodruff___________47.5 Blounlslown _____________3.7 the scorted by a warship. a "full description of all ntelligence equipment aboard ;he Pueblo and an estimate of low much was captured." In Seoul, meanwhile, there was increasing resentment that :he United States, in talks with North Koreans at Panmunjom, was putting too much emphasis on winning the release of the Pueblo and its 83-man crew and not enough on North Korean terrorists attacks in South Korea. But a high-ranking South Korean government official, who asked to remain unidenti- fied, sought to end the resentment that has led to anti- American demonstrations and demands that South Korean troops be withdrawn from Vietnam. He told newsmen that his government, although not repre- sented at the talks, had been fully informed of what trans- pired and that the last of the three sessions dealt with the North Korean attempt to assassinate South Korean Pres- ident Park Chung Hee. State Department officials here said that South Korea had expressed "considerable con- cern" that Communist-inspired violence should not be over- looked during the talks. But South Korean Ambassador Dong Jo Kim said his government had made no formal protest. Gov. Nelson Tuesday for "disaster planning" to save the city from the perils of disease as the result of a five-day garbage collectors walkout. Lindsay said that at the present time a request for calling out the National Guard to clear the streets of tons of garbage and refuse, including infectious hospital refuse, was "not on the agenda." But he asked for the assistance of the state Civil Defense Commission to prepare plans in case immobilized by snowfall. There was no predic- tion of a snowfall through Wednesday. Lindsay made the appeal shortly after the president of the collectors' union was ry took the sentencing calmly and joked about what he would take to jail with him. He said his jailing would only "stiffen the opposition of the strikers" and hamper contract negotia- tions. second major assault in the Khc Sanh area mis week. There was no indication whether it was the start of the expected major offensive against the Marine base in South Vietnam's north- western corner, or merely a probing action. The fighting reportedly was continuing. There was no word immediately on casualties. Elsewhere in Vietnam, the general Communist offensive slacked off and the lessened activity was reflected in lower casualty figures. In the northern city of Hue, heavy house-to-house fighting continued, but U.S. Marines and Vietnamese troops reported they were making steady progress against entrenched Communists. At the provincial headquarters in the heart of the city, Marines tore down a Viet Cong flag and replaced it with the stars and stripes. Scattered fighting continued in Saigon, where allied troops Tuesday used tanks and planes their general risen to 22.748 against Viet Cong units repor- tedly being reinforced from the south. The U S. command Tuesday said the casualty toll for the eight days since the Commu- nists bega-i offensive has North Vietnamese and Viet Cons; killed along with Allied troops killed. Of the latter, 614 The U.S. command said the Communists lost men in the 2-1 hours ending at midnight Tuesday, the lowest since their offensive began but still high. Many allied commanders felt the nationwide offensive was a prelude to a still bigger attack at Khe Sanh and attention was fixed uneasily on that border outpost for signs the feared North Vietnamese thrust was underway. The main base itself, under heavy artillery, mortar and rocket fire throughout Monday, came in for more punishment early Wednesday the city is a substantial 12 MEN ABOARD Navy Search Begins For Missing Plane BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) A Navy spokesman said Tues- day a massive sea and air search was underway off the South Vietnamese coast for a missing patrol plane with 12 men aboard. Capt. Ipser J. Gersuk, com- mander of Fleet Air Wing Three based at Brunswick Naval Air Station, said the missing P3B Orion disappeared and was pre- include a News Digest ON THE VIETNAM SCENE Battle action concen- trated largely in Hue, Dalat and Saigon in opening of second week of the Communist offensive that has scarred 35 of South Vietnam's major cities...The Allied military posture in Vietnam may have to shift emphasis because of the unexpected turbluence of the Communist offensive. ON CAPITOL HILL President Johnson asked Con- gress for a broad range of consumer protection measures designed to assure safer fish and poultry and help to prevent home improvement and other sales frauds. ON THE NATIONAL, SCENE Senion Knudscn who resigned from General Motors only a few day: ago after being passed over for the firm's presidency was named president of Ford Motor Co. in a surprise move...The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen struck the Missouri Pacific Lines and Seaboard Coast Lines in a dispute over crew sizes...City officials went to court in a move to punish union leaders of a five-day sanitation department strike in New York City as enough garbage to fill 666 freight boxcars accumalated on the city's Streets. WITH THE POLITICIANS Gov. George Romney, campaigning in New Hampshire, said it is self-delusion to pretend the Communists in Vietnam have lost their "great capability, stamina and Nix- on, bidding for Wisconsin's 30 GOP convention votes, hit hard at the nation's troubles and the Johnson adminis- tration's policies. ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE South Koreans have increased the tempo of protest against secret U.S. talks with North Koreans for the return of the USS Pueblo and its crew...Soviet officials are worrecd Syria might make a new try for revenge on Israel this spring, creating the danger of a ncxv Middle East war...Travel agents in Europe expressed concern over the Johnson administration's proposal to tax American travelers. But Home Latin-Americans look forward lo the a boom south border. sumed down Tuesday morning, Vietnam time Gersuk's state- ment in Brunswick was the first announcement that the plane was missing. Gersuk said the plane was on a surveillance mission aimed at checking shipping and infiltra- tion. The craft was based at Brunswick but operating on temporary assignment with the Seventh Fleet in the Pacific. gocernment The four-engine plane was' last reported about 50 miles off Vietnam's southwest coast in the South China Sea, he said. Several Navy and Air Forca planes were over the area al- most immediately after the plane was missed, he added. Most of the families of the crew members, four officers and eight enlisted men, live around Brunswick, Gersuk said. The P.TB is considered the Navy's most modern surveil- lance plane, Gersuk said, with a range of 15 hours flying time. The plane was reported missinj at p.m. EST Monday, he said, and had enough fuel to last until a.m. EST. sentenced to 15 days in jail for "willful contempt" of a court back-to-work order. The union leader declared his jailing would not end the strike and would slow down negotiations. John J. DeLury became the second union leader to draw a jail term for violating the state Taylor Law, which bans strikes by public employes. Albert Shanker, president of the United Federation of Teachers, was sent to jail for 15 days last December as the result of an illegal public school teachers' strike. Counsel for the Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association ar- gued that the Taylor Law did not apply to the situation because the union had not actually called a strike. But State Supreme Court Justice Saul Streit said it was DeLury's duty to comply with last Friday's injunction against the walkout. "It is a devastating strike and it could be very Streit said, adding that the city had shown beyond reasonable doubt "the willful contempt of this court by Mr. DeLury." He also fined the union leader City officials mapped emer- gency measures, which could JJ! heavy bombers dropped tons of bombs on suspected enemy lairs near both Khe Sanh and Lang Vei. After the North Vietnamese attacked the Special Forces camp, U.S. fighter bombers swept in with bombs, rockets and napalm. U.S. spokesmen said the camp's Green Berets and Vietnamese militia- battling the North Vietnamese from inside their cement bunkers. Artillery batteries at Khe Sanh reportedly were firing on the neighboring camp to repel the onslaught. Khe Sanh itself has a large garrison of Marines and other troops to face an estimated to North Vietna- mese believed operating in the immediate area. U.S. spokesmen disclosed Monday that U.S. troops of the 1st Air Cavalry Division and the 101st Airborne Division (Turn to ATTACK, page TOUGH GARBAGE PROBLEM Schoolchildren find the going tough Tues- day as they head for class along gar- bage-strewn streets as the collectors' strike moved into its fifth day in New York City. (UPI petition to the __......__ for aid from National Guard troops to clear away rat-infested garbage, in- fectious hospital waste, and accumulations of cartons and papers higher than parked cars. They described the health peril as the worst since the flu i epidemic of World War I. I Contempt charges against three other union officers were dropped. The gray-haired DeLu- South Korean Official States No Pueblo Agreement Met SEOUL (UPI) A South Korean government official said Tuesday the United States and North Korea had failed to any agreement on the return of the USS Pueblo and its crew of 83 men. The official, who asked that name not be used, said there had been three meetings between the North Koreans and the Americans at the truce village of Panmunjom. He said the first meeting was held last Friday at the United States' request. The second took Sad Affair LONDON rock sing- ing group called the Love Affair was fined 35 pounds C584) Tuesday for climbing on tho statue of Eros in the middle of Piccadilly Circus to pose for publicity pictures.____________ Viet Memorial Vigil Held By Clergy Group place Sunday, this time at the North Korean's third was held request. The Monday, the WASHINGTON cler- gyman-led organization dedica- ted to an end to the U.S. part in the Vietnam war closed out a two-day mobilization meeting Tuesday on a note of solidarity with the combined civil rights- peace movement led by Dr. Mar- tin Luther King Jr. _________ President Seeks Legislation To Protect American Consumer WASHINGTON ident Johnson asked Congress Tuesday to protect American consumers from "unsatisfacto- ry" auto insurance, "meaning- less" guarantees, dangerous recreational boats and unin- spected poultry and fish. He proposed six bills to help "assure every American consu- mer a fair and honest exchange for his hard-earned dollar" that also would cover four other common marketplace hazards. "A hundred years ago, consumer protection was large- ly the President said in a special message. "If the buyer had a complaint he went straight to the miller, the blacksmith, the tailor, the corner grocer. It was easy to tell the excellent from the But today, he said, "It is the government's role to protect the the honest busi- nessman fraud and indifference." Johnson also detailed his plan to appoint "a consumer's lawyer" in the Justice Depart- ment who would "seek better representation for consumer interests before administration agencies and courts" and "act in the interest of every American consumer." He asked for legislation to authorise Transportation Secre- tary Alan S Boyd "to conduct the first comprehensive study of the atilomoUIc insurance sys- tem" in an attempt "lo make it fair, to make it simple and to make it efficient." The 18 to 24 month study will cost 51.8 million to million, Boyd estimated. Under the present system, affecting 100 million U.S. drivers, "arbitrary coverage and policy cancellations are the cause of frequent complaint" and "accident compensation is j often unfair: Some victims get too much, some get too little, some get nothing at Johnson said. His other proposals would1 Crack down on fraud and deception in sales, deal with hazardous radiation from televi- sion sets and other electronic equipment, set up better inspection of poultry and fish, establish boat safety standards and state boat safety programs, work with industry to "add new meaning to warranties and guarantees and seek ways to improve repair work and servicing." The Negro minister, head of the Southern Christian Leader- ship Conference, spoke the only official words at a memorial service in Arlington National Cemetery for American dead of the Southeast Asian fighting. The Army had forbidden a planned full-scale ceremony, and courts upheld the order. But there is no cemetery regulation against visits by individuals, even in groups, for purposes other than demonstration. So well over delegates to the Washington session of the informal organization, Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, crossed the Potomac in a fleet of buses. Hundreds climbed on foot from the road up a half mile of winding drive lo the foot of the stone stair leading to the Amphitheater and the Tomb of the Unkown Sol- dier. They could enter the grounds carrying nothing more than small American flags, cruc- ifixes or Stars of David. The assembly was marshalled n utter silence, in exaggerated obedience to the court order against demonstrations. Moni- tors waved the delegates into place by hand gesture until they filled the grass plot stretching 100 yards or more down to the drive. When King arrived with a co- official said. He denied reports that a fourth meeting was held Tuesday. The official said there had been no agreement between the two sides at any of Ihe meetings. His report further dispelled the flurry of rumors and speculations that North Korea had agreed to return the dead and wounded Americans and that the rest of the crew would be freed through a neutral country. U.S. officials in Washington had earlier disclaimed such reports. A band of armed North Koreans boarded the Pueblo Jan. 23 and forced it and its rrew of S'" into the port of Wonsan The North Koreans claimed the Pueblo was in its territorial waters. The United States insists the intelligence ship was in international waters at the time of its seizure. The official said the first two meetings at Panmunjom dealt 1 with the capture of the Pue'olo and raised the question of the ship and crew's release. The third dealt with the January 20 Communist infiltration raid on Seoul aimed at assassinating South Korean President Park- Chung Hee. Destin Water Users Ponder Sewage System DESTIN Subscribers to Destin Water Users, Inc., Mon- day night elected three new members to the community wa- ter supply facility's Board of Directors. Elected for a three-year term at the annual meeting of the non-profit corporation were "Chubby" Destin, George French and Barnard Kelly. They will serve in the places of John Cox, Paul Burnett and Ed Hinds, whose terms have expired. New officers of the corpora- tion will be elected by the Board of Directors at then? next meet- ing, set for p.m., Feb. 13, following instaDation of the new- ly-elected members. W. H. Baskerville, of Patter- s o n Associates, engineering firm of Gulf Breeze making a study of a proposed Destin area sewage system to be operated by Destin Water Users, Inc., was introduced to the Corpora- tion's subscribers at the meet- ing. Baskerville briefly outlined to water subscribers, the plans and progress so far of his firm's study of the projected sewage system, which will meet at long- needed Destin sanitation re- quirement, according to Water Users President Edward L. Pearce. Semi-final plans, including in- stallation prerequisites, estimat- ed construction costs of the sew- age system and projected monthly cost to users will be presented to the Corporation's Board of Directors on Feb. 13. Report of the Corporation's activities during the past year also were detailed to subscrib- ers at the Monday meeting. Missile Firing Mishap Injures 6 POINT MUGU, Calif. (AP) The Pacific Missile Range said six Navy men escaped with mi- nor injuries Tuesday when a Bullpup air-to-surface missile struck an 85-foot aviation rescue boat during practice firing. The boat exploded, tossing the men into the sea two miles off- shore, the spokesman said. A rescue helicopter picked them up and an ambulance took them to the dispensary. Five were re- Elmore Named To Special School Sub-Committee Henton D. Elmore, of the 6th district composed of Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Holmes, Wash- ington, and Walton counties, was named as one of the mem- bers of a special sub-committee on programs to study bills and make recommendations to the house Public School Committee. The sub-committee chairman is Rep. John R. Clark, of Polk county, a former principal of Fort Walton Beach Elementary School. Among the type of bill5; to committee will be those refer- ring to school district economies and school funds; capital outlay for construction; and state dis- tribution formulas; personnel; taxation and miscellaneous. The committee is meeting day and night and on weekends to consider the measures before it. Individuals from all the state of Florida are appearing before the committee to testify and submit vital information in aid to the committee. Icric of other clergymen of var- leased after treatment of slight ious faiths, silence still pro-; injuries, vailed. After a picture-taking session King pronounced the only official words: "In this pc Cause of the occurencc is being investigated, the spokes- man said. The missile was fired (Turn to MEMORIAL, page 3) by. an A4 Skyhawk. After careful consideration of all the facts, we daily pre- dict more violence in the Htreels this of course, the nation's driving have changed consider- ably. SPAPFRI

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