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   North Adams Transcript (Newspaper) - October 7, 1972, North Adams, Massachusetts                                Gala offers wide variety p C0lorful spot at n'9ht- Rides< and events, will con- Festival won't open officially until tonight with the talent tinue during week show, rides were set up this week and made Main Street a (Transcript Photo-Trabold) the transcript 130TH YEAR SATURDAY, OCT. 7, 1972 NORTH ADAMS ADAMS WILLIAMSTOWN MASSACHUSETTS 20 PAGES 12 CENTS Judge modifies Watergate gag, not meant for news reporting WASHINGTON (AP) A federal judge amended his order Friday against public discussion of the Watergate case to specify it does not ban "political debate or news media reporting" of the affair. "It is nbt the intention of the court to affect congressional activity, political debate or news said U.S. District Court Judge John J. Sirica. President Nixon's aides, meanwhile, denied a report that memos describing Democrats' wiretapped conversations in their Watergate national headquarters were sent directly to a White House aide and two Nixon re- election officials. Judge Sirica's amended order was issued shortly after Sen. George McGovern's campaign manager, Lawrence F. O'Brien, called Sirica's original order a "gag rule" won by the Nixon administration. He said he had asked Sirica to clarify that it does not apply to the Democrats. Sirica's amended order exempted "potential witnesses, complaining witnesses and alleged victims from the original limiting the ban to lawyers and anyone else directly in- volved in O'Brien shad said at a news con- ference that attempts to get a no- discussion court order were "evidence of the lengths to which Mr. Nixon and his administration will no to keep a tight lid on this unprecedented act of political espionage." Sirica Wednesday ordered principals in the case not to discuss it-in public so that trial of seven men indicted in the case would not be jeopardized. The order was requested by the lawyer of one of the defendants, E. Howard Hunt Jr. O'Brien said Democrats will challenge the order as far as the Supreme Court if Sirica rules they are bound by it. The story that memos on Watergate wiretaps went to Nixon's assistant for congressional relations and to two of- ficials of the re-election campaign com- mittee was published Friday by the Washington Post. White House press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler told newsmen he had denied before that the President's aide, William E. Timmons, had received such memos; that he was denying it again, and that he had "nothing further to say." A spokesman for the President's re- election committee also denied that such memos went to Robert C. Odle Jr., the committee's director of administration, and to J. Glenn Sedam, general counsel of the campaign organization. The Post said Alfred C. Baldwin HI, an ex-FBI agent who says he tran- scribed the wiretapped conversations, "is known to have told the FBI" that the memos were addressed to officials. Viet Gong terrorists attack leper colony, U.S. bombers pound targets near Saigon SAIGON (AP) Viet Cong terrorists blew up houses, hospital wards and part of a school at the Happy Haven or- phanage and leper colony near Da Nang Friday. One elderly woman was killed and 20 persons were wounded. The attack was the latest in an up- surge of terror incidents in South Vietnam's northernmost military region in the past six weeks. The onset of monsoon rains has held down ground fighting in the far north, and attention and air strikes have focused more on reported threats to Saigon in the south. Government troops clashed with small enemy units about 15 to 20 miles north of Saigon throughout the day Friday, haltine traffic on nearby High- AFL-CIO Council snubs Mrs. Hicks BOSTON (AP) The Massachusetts State Labor Council AFL-CIO Friday refused to endorse Rep. Louise Day Hicks, D-Mass., for reelection. The action was taken by voice vote. The convention shouted down the Greater Boston Labor Council's recommendation that Mrs. Hicks be endorsed. The decision was seen as a victory for Boston City Councillor John Joseph Moakley, a Democrat who is running as an independent against Mrs. Hicks. Mrs. Hicks was not at the convention, but Moakley was outside the hall, urging delegates not to support her. PUBLISHER'S NOTICE Transcript will be nul M Cctambm way 13, the South Vietnamese command reported. U.S. B52 bombers mounted the heaviest raids in the.Saigon region since the 196fl Tel offensive. The rumble of tons of bombs shook Saigon build- ings. The targets were stockpiles, in- filtration routes and base camps, 5 to 40 miles east, north and northwest of Saigon. Informants said stepped-up B52 raids in the last few days have set off numerous secondary explosions at sites where the enemy has moved in am- munition to fuel predicted attacks against the capital. The terror attacks near Da Nang also revived old nightmares for staff of the orphanage and leprosarium who had moved half a dozen times to avoid the war before settling on an isolated coastal strip that can be supplied only by boat. Associated Press correspondent Holger Jensen reported from Da Nang that the terrorists apparently slipped past the two institutions' only armed protection soldiers guarding the Hai Van Mountain pass high above and made their way down steep slopes to the beach. They struck early in the morning, setting off eight satchel charges in lepers' homes and a small hospital. One charge killed a woman patient in the hospital's new tuberculosis wing and 20 lepers were wounded in the explosions. Another charge blasted the or- phanage's generator plant and a delayed-action bomb later went off in the schoolhouse. None of the children had gone to school because of the ex- citement. The leprosarium moved to the present site from Marble Mount in, near Da Nang, four years ago after guerrillas re- peatedly threatened the colony and demanded medical supplies. Dr. Gordon Smith, the American missionary doctor who runs the institution for United World Mission of St. Petersburg, Fla., was in Da Nang when the attack nil. "The lepers were hurting no he said. "No one with an ounce of humanity would have done this. We don't have a penny to rebuild." In other Indochina war action, the U.S. Command reported that American fighter-bombers flew more than 300 strikes against North Vietnam twice the number of recent days. Swing-wing Fill jets, back in action alter being withheld from combat for most of their first week of war zone operations, were credited with starting a large fire at a military camp 103 miles west of Hanoi. Gov. Sargent favors aid for colleges BOSTON (AP) Gov. Francis W. Sargent told members of the MIT cor- poration Friday he supports state aid to private colleges and universities, "but we cannot offer you a great many dollars." The governor, in an address to the corporation luncheon at the Massachusetts Institute of' Technology faculty club, said he supported a proposed constitutional amendment to permil state aid to students at private colleges and universities. The amendment will be voted on by the public in a referendum on election day in November. Sargent, noting that both private and public universities face financial strains, said, "No longer can we afford to be constitutionally barred from even the possibility of giving state aid to private schools. "Unfortunately we cannot offer you a great many dollars. But we can help." The governor said he hoped the availability of state aid would slow the shift to public higher education. Shifting enrollments from private to public universities have "a double barrel Sargent said. "First it creates a drain on state funds and sec- ond, it threatens the financial solvency NORTH ADAMS Featuring the theme "The Good Old the area's seasonal gala, the 17th annual Fall Foliage Festival sponsored by the Northern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce will begin a nine day crowded program of activities tonight. The initial attraction, a twofold one, will be the scholarship pageant and fashion show at 8 p.m. in Drury High School where Miss Northern Berkshire of 1972, queen of the Fall Foliage and Fashion show will be chosen. The queen will not only reign over the other events of festival week but will also go to the 1973 Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant in Attleboro next July to compete for the honor of being chosen Miss Massachusetts to represent this state in the 1973 Miss America Pageant. Hopefuls for the queen title to be conferred tonight after their appearance in the program entitled "Flights of are: Judith Bissaillon, 19, of 116 Winter St., North Adams; Debra Borowski, 18, 38 Washington St., North Adams; Sandra Gianetti, 113 Lewis Ave., Walpole; Veronica Jenkins, 20, Park Street, Adams; Olga Jonas, 18, 2 Dina Minardi, 19, 65 Orchard St., Adams; LeahLesage, 21, 4 Miner St., North Adams; Judith Ellen Owens, Church St., North Adams; Dolores Slowick, 20, 77 Montana St., North Adams; and Mary Susan Thompson, Hancock Road, William- stown. The fashion show, featuring fall fashions, will be presented by local establishments with area residents as models and will be combined with the pageant offerings. Sunday at noon the blessing of the festival will take place on Main Street of the private sector." Three per cent of all personal income in (he stale going to higher education, he said. "I bjelievc that this state should continue to rely on the private sector for much of Ihe responsibility for higher the governor said, with some financial help from (he state. He said, however, that all institutions of higher education should consider economies and reforms, including greater flexibility in the traditional four- year liberal arts program and the possibility of completing degree requirements in as little as three years. with the Rev. John Cain of St. Anthony's Church in charge. Following closely at p.m. will be a barrel roll contest and at 12.30 p.m. the annual children's parade will begin. Both of those events have a Main Street setting. From 1 to 1.30 p.m. at Harriman Airport, members of the Berkshire Flying Club will fly radio controlled model airplanes as prelude to the Air Show scheduled for 2 p.m. with Peter Esposito as chairman. That event will include F 100 fly-bys, sky divers, aerobatics by Robert Ziminsky and Russ Gage from New England Air Shows, comedy acting in a J3 Cub by Wilbur Wing, broken model airplane radio controlled aerobatics by Bill Copp and deadstick aerobatics by Mr. Esposito. Also, glider acrobatic demonstration by Robert Burchard, inverted ribbon pickup by Bob Ziminskl and P-51 Mustang fly-by by Len Tanner. Jim Webb of Boston and Al Nocard of Ballston Spa, N.Y., will be announcers for all events. The Greylock Community Club will provide refreshments throughout the day. Static display aircraft will include a Navy 2F submarine tracker, a P-51 World War II fighter, and a new Cassna Citation jet. Airplane rides will be given before and after the show by Berkshire Hills Aviation Co. In case of rain Sunday, the show will be presented Monday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. Sunday night at 7.30, Main Street will again be the setting for a band concert directed by Joseph Salerno. Monday's events include a day-long program by the Senior Citizens, starting at 9 a.m. at the American Legion Home, and a pet show on Main Street at 2 p.m. New Blue Cross pact offered to hospitals BOSTON (AP) With a new per- manent contract still under negotiation, Massachusetts Blue Cross planned to present to the state Rate Setting Commission Saturday its third proposal for an interim agreement with the state's hospitals. Blue Cross provides health insurance, and therefore pays the hospital bills, for more than half the state's population. Blue Cross spokesmen said Friday the new interim agreement had been signed by a North Shore hospital, despite ex- pected opposition from the Massachusetts Hospital Association. The association represents 140 Massachusetts hospitals serving Blue Cross subscribers in contract negotiations with the health insurer. The Rate Setting Commission scheduled its second Saturday morning meeting in as many weeks to consider the new Blue Cross proposal. Last week the commission rejected an interim agreement presented jointly by Blue Cross and the association. The commission ruled that the temporary proposal would violate the "intent" of a new state law that went into effect when the old two-year contract between the health insurer and the hospitals expired Sept. 30. The new Blue Cross proposal preserves the administrative arrangements for paying subscribers' hospital claims that existed under the expired contract, but it includes a voluntary commitment by each hospital to keep its rates frozen at the Sept. 30 level. The rates are what it charges Blue Cross subscribers for services. A similar arrangement was proposed by Blue Cross to the Hospital Association Tuesday, but the hospital spokesmen rejected it because of the voluntary freeze provision. In the current hiatus between the old contract and ratification of a new one, hospital charges to Blue Cross have been frozen under the state law that went into effect automatically with expiration of the old agreement. William T. Robinson, executive director of the Hospital Association, said Friday the organization had taken no official position on the third Blue Cross interim proposal "because I have not seen the document. "If it is similar, and I assume it is similar, to the one we reviewed on Tuesday, we recommend that hospitals not sign it. "Our rationale is that it is not in the best interests of the hospitals to voluntarily sign a contract which freezes the rate structure." The freeze, he said, will force hospitals, to eventually to cut back the quality or' level of services as costs continue to rise while charges are frozen. David Frost, the Blue Cross vice president for benefits administration, said, "We are hoping and want to en- courage every hospital to sign this inter- im agreement." He acknowledged, however, that "our indication at this point" was that the Hospital Association would oppose the proposal. Frost said the week without a contract has not produced any administrative problems over claims, because there is a time lag of about eight Working days in filing claims for hospital treatment. He said the lack of a contract "doesn't worry me in the sense that we're going to have major problems in paying claims, but I think it would be of terrible concern to the hospitals because of the disruption of administrative procedures and cash flow." Under the special state law now in< effect, hospitals must bill Blue Cross subscribers directly unless they get authorization to file the claim with the insurer, which is the usual procedure. Senate group backs Abrams, rejects Lavelle WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate Armed Services Committee Friday rejected a token promotion for Gen. John D. Lavelle and approved the nomi- nation of Gen. Creighton Abrams to be Army Chief of Staff. The consensus of the committee, said Chairman Sen. John Stennis, D-Miss., was that in ordering 28 unauthorized bombings of North Vietnam Lavelle "had not obeyed orders that he went beyond iheftiles." The approval of the nomination of Abrams followed another consensus, Stennis said, that he had nothing to do with the raids ordered by his former deputy for air operations. "No testimony put a hand on Gen. Abrams, or put a speck on Stennis said of the committee bombing probe which had delayed action on Abrams' nomination. The vote in favor of Abrams' nomination was 16 to 0. Lavelle's promotion was rejected 12 to 2, with Sens. Howard Camion, and Strom Thurmond, D-S.C., voting in fa- vor. Thurmond Mid he thought Lavelle had been punished enough by relief of his 7th Air Force command last April for the bombings before renewed heavy bombing of the North was ordered by the White House. Stennis said he thought the Lavelle action was all the committee could do, since that was the only question technically before it. Some over-all recommendations on the situation, which gets at civilian and military control of operations, may be made next week, Stennis said. "I'd like to see the military tighten their own control Stennis said. Lavelle had said in his testimony and a letter to the committee that the he ordered last November through March had been encouraged by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Weather Windy, cool, with ratal, I heavy it today and (Might. Clearing, tomewhal tomorrow, high to Ike   

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