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Biloxi Sun Herald (Newspaper) - December 7, 1974, Biloxi, Mississippi Only days 16 shoplifting 'til Christmas By JAN GARRICK SUN STAFF WHITER As holiday spirits surge this Christmas season, so does criminal activity and Biloxi police are warning Coast residents to be "extra precautious." Biloxi Police Chief Lester Thompson said Friday inflation and unemployment contribute to increasing the seasonal crime rate during the Christmas holidays. "The layoffs we're having this year on the Coast and nationwide will be a factor in increasing crime," Thompson said. The Biloxi police chief explained that the pace of many crimes customarily increases between Dec. 15 and Jan. 1 and this, coupled with soaring inflation and growing unemployment, could make Christmas a "bad situation" for local shoppers and law enforcement authorities. But Thompson said much of the holiday crime could be stopped if Coastians would follow a few simple rules. "My best advice to shoppers during the Christmas season and any season is to make sure that all valuables left in cars are kept out of sight," he said. Bulky police complaints for Christmas seasons past indicate careless shoppers have lost hundreds of dollars worth of gifts by leaving packages in full view in unlocked cars. "Don't give criminals an invitation. Lock your car while you're shopping and if you put presents in the car lock them in the trunk," Thompson said. The police chief said burglaries of homes and businesses can also be avoided during holidays. "If you're going to be away from home for the holidays, get together with neighbors or relatives and make a few arrangements for securing your home," he said. Thompson suggested leaving lights on inside vacated homes and having neighbors pick up mail and newspapers daily. "Anything to make it appear someone is at home." In homes, valuable items should not be left easily visible from the street, Thompson said. "Place the items of great value away from windows so someone Just passing by can't see them," Thompson added. To protect against purse snatching which "definitely" increases during the season of gift buying, the police chief advises women to carry small purses. "Shoulder bags strapped over the shoulder and purses with handles are helpful in avoiding purse snatching, but I would say small purses which are easily concealed are the best." The Biloxi police chief offered a final word of advice for all Coast Shoppers. "If you see someone who looks out of place or if you see anything strange, take down their tag number, get a physical description and call the police." Schlesinger conference New nuclear arms lid may up defense costs SCHLESINGER ON U.S. ARMS ACCORD — Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger tells a Pentagon news confer ence Friday the new U.S.-So-Viet nuclear arms limitation agreement is a major step forward. (AP photo) WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger said Friday the new U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms limitation agreement is "a major step forward," but he indicated it will lead to significant changes in America's missile and bomber forces. In his first news conference since the new agreement was unveiled, Schlesinger acknowledged that the pact "did not achieve all that could be desired." But he said it does fulfill the objective of equality of nuclear forces between the United States and Russia. "The agreement does not leave the United States at a disadvantage," Schlesinger said. At the same time, however, The Saturd^ Suii^IIerald Volume 91, No. 65 Saturday Morning, December 7, 1974 Biioxi-Gulfport-Pascagouia, Miss. the defense secretary said the composition of U.S. nuclear striking forces will be adjusted to compensate for the way the Russian missile force is composed in the years ahead. The Soviet Union is expected to start deploying a new family of large intercontinental ballistic missiles early next year, but defense officials are uncertain how many of each and In what combinations. "We will have to adjust our over-all force structure," Schlesinger said. The secretary indicated that, If the Russians choose to arm many of their heavy land-based missiles with multiple warheads then the United States would begin shifting more of its nuclear striking power to submarines and would add bombers. These would be less vulnerable to A knockout in a surprise nuclear attack than missiles in underground sites. But Schlesinger said he expects the Russians to place some of their MIRVs on submarines, which experts say would not seriously threaten a knockout blow to U.S. ICBMs because submarine-launched warheads would likely not be accurate or big enough for this. INGALLS, COUNCIL AGREE ON PACT; WORKERS TO VOTE ON MONDAY BY BUDDY BYNUM SUN STAFF WRITER PASCAGOULA, Miss. — A tentative settlement on a new 38-month contract which could send thousands of striking shipyard workers back to their jobs early next week was reached late Friday night between In-galls Shipbuilding and the Pas-cagoula Metal Trades Council. ^Hush money' knowledge denied by ex-Hunt lawyer WASHINGTON (UPI) — William O, Bittman, once the lawyer for Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt Jr., Fr'day denied he had known the burglars were paid to keep quiet and had lied about it. Watergate prosecutors, wrapping up the 10th week of the cover-up trial, charged Bittman was still trying to "stonewall" and said his testimony was an attempt to "torpedo" their case. Called as a court witness over defense and prosecution objections, Bittman insisted the $156,000 he received as Hunt's lawyer was for legal fees and nothing else. "I had no information to believe that any money paid to Mr. Hunt was for his silence...," he shouted at one point, pounding the witness box with his fist. "Mr. Hunt never indicated to me in any manner whatsoever that an^hing he was doing was a quid pro quo, that is, silence in exchange for money. In fact, everything was to the contrary." In a withering 90 minutes of cross-examination, Assistant Special Prosecutor Jill Wine Volner insisted Bittman knew the cash was hush money, knew Hunt was lying about it and hid the truth from investigators. Picketing coal miners may stall work CHARLESTON, W. Va. (UPI) — Picketing by dissident coal miners opposed to rotating shifts and striking United Mine Workers union construction workers Friday threatened to delay a return to work in the nation's coal fields. Miners posted pickets at the Badger Coal Co. mine near Phl-lippi to protest rotating work assignments. The mine, owned by Pittston Co., and employing 300 deep miners, was shut down. Picketing mine construction workers closed most operations in southern Illinois and there were indications coal miners might be barred from returning to work in other UMW districts. The 120,000 4|}iners, who rati^ed a new three-year contract Wednesday, were not expected to cross picket lines. "You knew Hunt was not telling what he knew; that he was keeping quiet," Mrs. Volner charged. "That is not correct at all...," Bittman replied, his face flushed and fists clenched. "You knew the facts that Hunt knew and you knew he was keeping quiet about those facts," Mrs. Volner continued. "That is not true," Bittman replied. The tentative agreement, which came after a long day of hard bargaining between union and management negotiators, was announced by federal mediator Leland Dean. It was also announced that the Trades Council will recommend to its striking membership that the proposed contract be approved in voting scheduled Monday. Sources close to the lengthy negotiations said the 38-month proposal contains a "wage preservation clause," similar to a cost of living escalator sought by the trades council. It was also disclosed that the package offers wages increased from previous offers during the first year to an estimated 13,000 workers associated with the Trades Council. A spokesman for the unions said business agents of locals will explain the proposal on Monday morning and the vote will begin immediately afterward. Two previous company offers, which did not receive Trades Council endorsement, were soundly defeated in voting last month. Company and trades council No sign of discord Democrats new found Earlier story Page A-3 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPI) — Cheering Democrats, hailing newfound unity, Friday opened their mid-term political convention without a sign of discord and with promises congressional leaders would enact economic programs to beat inflation and recession. But the 2,035 delegates, gathered in the warmth and friendliness of Kansas City's huge Municipal Auditorium, were sternly warned that if the party cannot curé economic ills and halt rising unemployment, Democrats would forfeit the presidency to the Republicans for a third straight term. Although the three-day convention was called to adopt a party charter, it quickly turned into early assessment of presidential candidates; Hopefuls, both announced and unnanounced, campaigned on a nearly round-the-clock basis. Most energetic were Sens. Henry Jackson and Lloyd Bentsen, and Rep, Morris Udall, D-Ariz., the lone announced candidate. Early fears the convention once again would expose the old feuds that tore apart the party in 1968 and 1972 faded in the euphoria bf harmony. Reformers won preliminary battles on the drive to open the p£u*ty to minorities, and the party's old guard pledged loyalty to the new philosophies. Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace, who bolted the party in the peist, said he was at the convention seeking unity. Buoyed by a warm reception, Wallace extended his stay to meet delegates. And Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, ostracized from the 1972 convjgition, declared "that's be-hlnd'Sis. We are trying to get together." hail unity Even the labor wing controlled by AFL-CIO President George Meany, beaten again by the reformers on the structure of the party charter, declined to disrupt the pervasive harmony which party leaders hoped will lead them back to the White House for the first time since 1969. National Chairman Robert S. Strauss, major architect of party unity, told the 2,035 delegates the wounds of 1968 and 1972 have been healed and the "great coalition" of the Democratic party rebuilt. In a lectern-thumping speech in the bunting-bedecked arena, Strauss said Democrats have come along the "tortuous road" back from political defeat and party disarray. "We are almost home," Strauss said on the opening night of the unique gathering. "And we . fire going home together." today Along the Gulf Coast: Continued cloudy and mild with chance for rain throughout the weekend. (Details on Page A-2) negotiators declined to detail the new agreement. Dean said he was satisfied with the contract proposal and gave notice that the Trades Council had endorsed it. The federal mediator from Mobile has been in on contract negotiations from the beginning. Friday marked the 20th day of a crippling work stoppage at the sprawling shipyards,the state's largest private employer, which has plunged thousands of workers into the ranks of the temporarily unemployed. A company spokesman said an estimated $7 million in wages have been lost by about 13,000 striking workers along with the loss of about 1.8 million working manhours. The company spokesman added that each employe has lost about $534 in wages which includes two paid holidays. The strike has also threatened to significantly delay large defense contracts. It is estimated that $4.5 million in retail sales and about $225,000 in sales taxes have been lost during the work halt. The massive shipyard work stoppage bagan early Nov. 17 when the old contract expired without firm settlement on a new one. A group of machinists which bargains separately from the Trades Council first set up picket lines which were honored by other union members. Russell Kelley, business agent for Machinists Local 1133, said negotiations between the portion of the machinists independent from the Trades Council and Ingalls would resume at 1 p.m. Saturday in hopes of working out a settlement. The Trades Council has said consistently that increased wages, some protection from spiraling inflation and a contract expiration date away from the holiday period were necessary in any new contract. From all indications, a spokesman said, those requirements have been dealt with in the proposal which undergoes membership scrutiny Monday. Friday's day-long bargaining talks began in the morning. Dean said, with separate members of the negotiating teams appearing at the Longfellow House where the session was held. Much time was consumed with negotiators talking privately among themselves, then coming together periodically to discuss the overall situation with the other team and federal mediators, sources said. The session was the first since Tuesday when talks recessed so that Ingalls could "look over" the situation before sitting back down at the bargaining table. A spokesman said that other Ingalls unions, including office and professional employes and guards, have not yet come to formal terms with the company. Reserve lowers interest WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve Board, taking a major step at easing its previous restrictions on the money supply, announced Friday it has approved a decrease in the rate of interest it charges banks for borrowings in two federal districts. The reserve lowered to 7.75 percent the discount rate for member banks in the New York and Philadelphia districts. The discount rate had been 8 per nationwide since last April, when the board began clamping down on the money supply in an effort to stem inflation. Obituaries Today's Living Stock Market Business World Entertainment Editorials State, Local News Sports FSn Page Classified Ads Page Page Page Page Page A-2 A-4 A-6 A-7 A-8 Page A-10 Page A-12 Page B-1 Page B-5 Page B-6 BIBDS OF A FEATHER FREEZE TOGETHER —^A flock of sea gulls weather freeing rain In Pascagoula as they huddled together, feathers rumpled in the wind on the end of a pier In the Mississippi GuIf.^Sun-Herald photo by George Ziz)
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