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    Lowell Sun (Newspaper) - May 24, 1976, Lowell, Massachusetts                                METRO edition THE House panel asks B state budget Lowell, Mass. May 24, 1976 46 Pages 4 Sections I 5 Cents Cloudy Accent.....................13-15 Amusements............27-28 Bridge..........................29 Business...................20-21 Classified.................23-26 Comics.....................28-29 Crossword Puzzle........27 Deaths.........................23 Editorial.......................6 Entertainment.........27-29 see Page 23 Focus............................7 Horoscope....................27 People In The Sun.......8 Sarmento.....................28 Sports......................17-19 Suburban......................11 TV................................27 Weather.......................23 Prison furloughs to be suspended By WALTER F. EOCHE JR. UI'l Stale House Reporter BOSTON (UI'l) The House Ways and of Cov. Michael S. Dukakis and boosting local aUI. The surprisingly high budget package which was scheduled (o be officially filed with the According to legislative leaders the package House clerk later today, will include the funds for a cosL-of-living ad- A no the key feature of the package will be a justtnent for welfare recipients despite FROM THE SUN'S East Cambridge Bureau BOSTON Commissioner of Corrections Frank Hall this morning announced that the furlough program will be suspended temporarily "for a period of three weeks pending complete correc- tions department review." HalFs decision comes after the furlough escape this weekend of an inmate serving a life sentence for second degree murder al MCI Framingham. "It is Hall said, "that a program which so many employes, inmates and their families and other citizens have worked so hard to develop is now being threatened by a few people who don't seem to comprehend ils importance in a progres- sive yet responsible corrections system." Corrections department officials said Glen P. Moniz, 27. of Leominster, did not return to Framingham from a 36-hour furlough granted at. noon on Friday. Moniz, who was sentenced in 1970, had previouuly had 29 successful furloughs prior to' his escape this weekend, according to the depart- ment. Moniz is believed to be the 62nd inmate who has failed to return to custody from furloughs granted by the department of corrections. His escape comes :in the midst of legislative efforts to restrict lurlough privileges for Massachusetts inmates, a move opposed by Commissioner Hall and advocates of prison reform. MONIZ PLEADED guilty to second degree murder in the shooting death of Walter Cavanaugh, 26. a Soinerville High School English teacher, in a room al the Hotel Huntington in Boston. According to police Cavanaugh had been shot in Hie head seven times with a .22 caliber gun. Moniz was expected back in Framingham at mid- night Saturday, but. according to corrections department regulations, was not declared an es- capee until a.m. Sunday. A department spokesman said he had signed out with his wife Kosemary and had planned a visit to his mother-in- law's house in Framingham. Six inmates have escaped from MCI Walpote, the state's maximum security facility, while on furlough in Ihe last two months. One of them was Vincent .1. "Big Real" Flemmi. 43, of Hyde Park, v.'hi) had been serving an 11-18 year sentence for armed robbery and armed assault with intent to murder. Contraceptive consent not needed, court rules WASHINGTON (AP) Supreme Court ruled today that slates may not require parental consent before minors on welfare can be given free con- traccplives. In a brief order, the court held that such a re- quirement, imposed by the state of Utah, was incon- sistent with the federal Social Security Act. Court rules drug price ads allowed WASHINGTON (AP) Stales may not prohibit advertising of prescription drugs prices, the Supreme Court ruled today. By a vole of 7 to 1, Ihe courl struck down a Virginia law which had been challenged by con- sumer groups. The consumer organizations argued that individuals have a right to receive such infor- mation in advertising under the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press. METCO restored BOSTON (HIM) Gov. Michael S. Dukakis has decided to restore full funding of Ihe voluntary METCO city-lo-siihurb school desegregation pro- gram 1'or next year. Means Committee will recommend a'record includes funds for a eost-of-living adjustment boost in local aid so that most cities and towns Dukakis1 recommendation that the adjustment 794 billion fiscal 1977 state budget, up some for both welfare recipients and slate employes will get at least as much as they did for Ibis be dropped. million over the original recommendation year. Tlie funds for a cost-of-living adjustment for .state employes will be included in a reserve ac- count. The local aid hike comes as the result of heavy lobbying on the part of local officials who said cuts proposed by Dukakis would force property taxes upward beginning July Senate leaders already have gone on record in favor of a local aid hike and the House action indicates that some kind of an increase is near- ly certain. Tlie unexpected hike in the budget over Dukakis's request apparently stems trorn the iiict that House leaders have decided (o count on a continuation nt local revenue sharing in calendar IU77, Dukakis's budgcl did not include those hnuls The panel worked on Ihe spending package rl 11 r i n j: the w co k c-u ri W a y s a IK! M c a n s 'Chairman John J. Finnegan, D-Boston, scheduled it midday news conference to give details. C.ov. Michael S. Dukakis requested about billion for welfare expenditures including a last-minute change for the Medicaid program. In an amendment to his original budget sub- mitted May 4, EJukaliis asked funds fora cost- of-liviiig increase to welfare recipients be dropped and the Medicaid budget be boosted from million to S5GO million. Tlie Ways and Means panel was expected to reduce the amended Medicaid request sub- stantially and Kinnegan hinted further controls would be placed on the a mounts paid to welfare vendors such as doctors and nursing homes. Kinnegan also slali-d lie would like to boost local aid lo cities and towns by some mil- lion. Dukakis cut local aid about million, below the amount given out tins year, Several House leaders indicated the budget package also would include a provision to protecl the righl of HIP Ways and Means panel to oversee the hiring and setting of salaries for slate Action on the Fiscal 1977 package came as the House and Senate continued debating a deficiency package to lake Ihe slale through the current fiscal year. Two separate deficiency packages were pending in both branches. Senate Ways and Means Chairman James A. Kelly, D-Oxford, said he planned to report out a partial package to provide enough- money to avert a cutoff of payments to General Relief recipients this week. The first commercial (lights of the Anglo-French supersonic Concordes began today with the French version taking off from Charles da Gaulle Air- Concordes take off port (top) and the British airliner (bot- tom) leaving London six minutes earlier. The flight plans call lor both planes to touch down at Washington's Dulles Airport 3 hours, 49 minutes after takeoff, with the British jet landing first and the French plane landing three minutes later. Concorde avoids mid-air collision WASHINGTON (Reuters) The British, Airways Concorde almost collided with another plane today as it approached its historic landing at Dulles airport; according to -the pilot of the British aircraft WASHINGTON (AP) The first Concorde to fly commercially into Ihe United States touched dosvn at Dulles International Airport today after beating the sun across the At- lantic. The supersonic jet, flown by British Airways, carried passengers at the speed of a bullet, Jt left London at one minute past noon, London "time, and arrived in Washington six 'minutes before noon EDT. There is four hours' time difference between the two cities. It was four minutes behind schedule. That made the flight three hours and 53 minutes long, contrasted to seven hours and 20 minutes by subsonic flight, A second Concorde, flown from Paris by Air France, was only minutes behind. It had, de- parted Paris five minutes after the British Airways plane left London. The hvo jets streaked across the ocean at up to miles an hour. The British jet carried 76 passengers, the French 80. British Airways said 40 of its 76 pas- sengers paid- full fare. Air France said 70 of its 80 passengers paid full fare. The Concorde has a capacity of 100 pas- sengers, but both airlines said they are reduc- ing loads for the first few months to determine how many persons can be carried safely while the planes maintain adequate fuel reserves. Neither airline said it could tell exactly how many passengers paying full fare are needed on each flight to make a profit, but British Airways estimated it would need 65 or 66 to break even. A crowd, estimated unofficially at between and persons, started gathering more than two hours before the arrival. Many in the crowd had binoculars and cameras. They ate hot dogs and cheesburgers sold by vendors, who did a brisk business. Inside the airport, dignitaries dined on lobster at a buffet provided by the two airlines. Candidates focus on Oregon primary By ELIZABETH For the first time in history, (here will he six primary elections in one day Tuesday. But the din coming from five contenders in Oregon almost drowned out all the other states. President Ford, predicting victory, cam- paigned there Saturday and most of Sunday, buoyed by news that his delegate totals were swelled by a'net of 75 delegates from caucuses in Kansas. Vermont and Alaska, 88 previously uncommitted Pennsyivanians Saturday and an anticipated additional 124 New Yorkers today. The combined infusion would increase his lead over Ronald Kenyan to 181 delegates more than enough to withstand any gains Reagan makes Tuesday in such states as Ten- nessee, Kentucky. Arkansas. Idaho, Nevada ami Oregon, which have a combined total of 179. l-'ord hopes to win Oregon and possibly one or two of the others. Sen. Howard Baker, R- Tenn.. predicted Sunday on CBS-TV's "Face the Nation" that the President would carry Tennessee. Hakcr, who has said he would like to be vice president on cither a Ford or Reagan ticket, was overnight host to the lieagans Friday and said lie had no problem justifying that hospitality with the fact he is a Ford man. AMer the primaries, he said, "we'll all be Reagan Etew to Oregon Saturday and won both boos and cheers from a student crowd at Oregon State University Sunday when he said "the lalost evidence is tbat marijuana could very well he one of the most dangerous threats to an entire generation of Americans." On the Democratic side, Jimmy Carter won 27 ol" the 106 delegates chosen over the weekend 24 in Virginia and three in Vermont. Morris Udall. Henry Jackson and Jerry Rrown each picked up a few and the rest were uncommit- ted. for Ilic second consecutive weekend, .spurned his normal Sunday rest at home in Georgia In campaign hard this time in Oregon where he faces a strong threat from Frank Church, on Ihe ballot, and Brown, a wrile-in candidHle. Tiie formrrGeorgiH governor antiri nates Jit- tli! clillicully in adding Tennessee, Kentucky undl to Ins list of victories. Church is expected to win his home slate of Tilnho and Brown is the favorite in Nevada. Both swelled the list of candidates beating the bushes in Oregon over the weekend Brown scrubbing a scheduled day of campaigning in California to do so. Church stressed foreign policy in his speeches. Brown and Carter argued over whether real tax reform is possible. Brown said it is nnt. Carter said he could achieve it. There have been two previous write-In cam- paigns in Oregon: Nelson Rockefeller got 11.6 per cent in the Republican primary of and Ilic late Sen, Robert Tail, R-Ohio, 6.7 per cent in ltfi'2. Only Udnll of the active candidates remained in the East, campaigning in Kentucky Saturday in hopes of winning a few delegates in a state expected lo go for Carter, and then heading for Ohio. Udall is on Ihe ballot in Oregon bul canceled plans for campaigning there Ihis week in order lo devote both money and time to a forthcom- ing one-on-onebattic with Carter in Ohio June 8, the same day as New Jersey and California. Among the British passengers was Edin- burgh bus driver John Trotter, who applied 12 years ago for a ticket to lake a break from his habitual eight-mile routine. American businessman Myron Karne, another passenger on British Airways' pioneer flight, said before boarding he had just, signed a contract in Britain. "The marvel he said, "that I will be in Washington in time to sign another major con- tract Boarding the French plane, Alftred Huete of Milwaukee, Wis., said: "ft's the adventure. I've aspired lo fly this plane ever since it was on the drawing Al Picsik of McKeesport, Pa., said, "I'm ex- cited about it but I don't know what lo feet- It's a feeling of being part of history, I guess." Piesik and his friend Bill Spears of Pitt- sburgh, Pa., flew to Paris especially for the IlighL and paid for it out of their own pockets. Spears, a businessman who frequently travels, said "I feel it's a better way for me. f will use tlie Concorde. Any advancement, in aviation is a big factor for me." The crossing from London was scheduled to take 3 hours and 49 minutes, four hours less than subsonic flight. The round-trip fare of is 30 per cent more than the nor- mal first-class fare. The passengers on the inaugural flight were to spend most of their flight time eating anil drinking, judging by the menu on the British plane. The niL'nu: caviar or pate de fole gras; fresh salmon with asparagus and cucumber; steak, grilled lamb cutlets or quail inbrandy and truf- fle sauce; mushrooms in cream sauce, french beans ami potatoes; salad of fresh palm hearts from the Seychelles Islands; pineapple and fruit salad, cheese and coffee. To drink: red Bordeaux, white Chablis and Dimi Perignon champagne, "a very expen- sive said a British Airways spokesman. The two t-iiplains, Brian Calvert on the Einiish Concorde and Pierre Diival on the French, were to keep in touch with each other on the flight by radio. But they were to be sev- eral minulcs apart in the air and would not .sight each other until they landed, British Air- ways The (lights today launch a IBmonlh trial which liie British and French governments hope will convince the major American air- lines lhat they, loo, must invest in the most ex- pensive plane in airline history. The price now is SSi million to million each, and the Brit- ish government says lhat represents a loss of Sl'i million per plane. nmiiiiNimiiiiimiiiiimiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiMimiiiif 1 Budget highlights BOSTON Highlights of the House Ways and Means record billion fiscal 1977 budget made public today. Restoration of local aid to fiscal 1978 levels. A cost-of-living adjustment for welfare recipients and slate employes. A cap on rates paid to medical providers. Other restirclions on Medicaid including a second medical opinion before proceeding with optional or elective surgery. Restoration of dental and hearing aid services for Ihe elderly. Mandates use of generic drugs when pos- sible for Medicaid recipients. Use of some lotlery funds for general slate purposes, A million Medicaid budget down million from Ihe governor's request. Illllllimillimillllllllimmillimillimillllllllllllimilllillllllllllf! Greeks strike to protest proposed law ATHENS (AP) Greek unions began a two- day strike today to protest a proposed new labor law lhat would limit the right to strike. Hanks and many businesses were closed. Some construction workers went to Iheir jobs, but many hotel employes stayed away. Employes who tried lo report for work at many Athens businesses were frightened off by groups of strikers roaming through the commercial section. Several banks opened only their foreign ex- change sections, to cater to tourists. The government mobilized employes of public utility corporations to reduce the effects of tlie nationwide walkout. Those mobilized in- cluded employes of the telecommunications organization, employes of Olympic Airways and some technicians at Ihe public power cor- poration. The owners of bus companies replaced strik- ing drivers in most lowns and cities. More Dracuf shootings reported By PATRfCfA WAGNER Sun Staff DI1ACUT The number of reported shooling incidents in Knst Oracut has risen to H, according to Police Caplain Donald Kcl- lehcr. At least seven of the 14 suspcclcd shootings are related, and, although police do not yet have any suspects, they do have several strong Kelleher says. The most recent incident was reported in the Spruce Knoll apartment complex off FU. tlO last nighl. There is no positive evidence, however, there was a shooting. According lo Kelieher, "someone called up last night reporting a shooting, but nothing was found damaged. For all we know, a car could have Capl. Kellclicr also noted that shooling is not imrummon in (he East Dnn'Ul and Kenwood area of (own because it is still a rural area. "People target practice a lot in lhat area, and kids frequently Reluctant lo blame the shootings on a sniper, ('apt. Kcllcher explained, "the seven related incidents are apparently being done by .someone bent of properly vandalism, rather than bodily harm." THREE MOVIVG VEHICLES, including a cruiser being driven by Chief Robert Tyrrell, have been targets. Other victims in moving vehicles included Paul Hayhurslof Draculwho was driving along Broadway when the windshield o( his car was shot out, and Roland; Weed of Lowell who was driving on Bridge Street when his car's windshield was blown ouL That incident occurred in mid April. Chief Tyrrell was driving on Arlington St. will) n passenger. Selectman Brendan Dclanoy, uhen his cruiser's rdir window was shot oul. According to Capt, Kelleher, "Indications are that the related shootings were possibly tired from a nine milimeter 3SQ, which in the bullot recovered would have 100 grams of powder, which would indicate from the impact the weapon used was a high powered air rifle or BB gun." A .22 CALIBRE SHELL was taken from a house on Broadway Road and BB pellets have been recovered from other shootings, which, police say are unrelated incidents. The shootings, wilh exception of shots fired into Ihe window of Alexander's Supermarket on Hildreth Sticci, occurred east of Bridge Street. Cnpl. Kelleher contends that some of the in- cidents involving parked cars could have been done by rock throwing or rlub wielding van- dals. no proof of shooting since no bul lets   

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