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Oneonta Star, The (Newspaper) - August 10, 1967, Oneonta, New York weather Cloudy, occasional showers, high in 70s, low taught in 50s. The Oneonta The good morning newspaper of Otsego and Delaware counties VOL. 76 NO. 348 Oneonta, N.Y., 13820 Thursday, August 10, 1967 Two Sections 20 Pages Ten Justice department idea misses by nine Convention kills RFK plan ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Constitutional Convention Wednesday night rebuffed a plan by U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and supported by Gov. creation of a state department of criminal justice. The proposal drew 85 affirma- tive short of simple majority of 94 needed for pas- sage of a measure in the 186- member convention. Seventy Jour delegates and there were 27 absentees. The defeat of Hie measure caught many delegates by sur- prise since the convention earli- er had beaten an effort to amend it to bar the proposed depart- ment from holding supervisory power over (ocal law enforce- ment agencies. Efforts to amend it in that way were offered at the behest of the State District Attorneys Association. After killing the crime meas- ure, the convention unanimous- ly adopted a proposal cmbody- ig a "Bill of Rights" for the working men and women of the state. It assembles in one section ot Hie constitution existing policies that guarantee Uie right to col- lective bargaining, prohibit dis- crimination in hiring and pro- vides cash benefits to unem- ployed, ill or disabled workers. The convention then adjourn- ed until Monday. Initially. Kennedy recommed- cci establishment of a depart- ment of justice, modeled on the federal justice department, with the attorney general switched to appointive status and placed at the head of the agency. But the convention's Commit- tee on the Executive Branch recommended, instead, adoption of a plan offered by Rockefeller. The governor agreed there should be a justice department, with the chief officer to be ap- pointed by the governor. The convention's rejection of the main measure then emerged ;is a victory for the district at- torney's group. Earlier, before the vole on the poposal to amend the super- visory powers of the proposed department out of the main bill, Republican Richard J. Barllett' ot Glens Falls said sucli a change would "emasculate" the agency. And Republican Minority Leader Earl W. Brydgcs protest- ed that, if a new anti-crime de- partment were deprived of su- pervisory power over local ag- encies, tin1 department would not be strong enough to accom- plish its purpose. "You can't send a boy en a man's Brydgcs said. The District Atorneys' Associ- ation effort at amending (he jus- tice department measure was based on the contention that the governor should not have the power to supervise the activities ol other elected officials. Brydges angrily declared that he would not be influenced by district attorneys concerned over "titled empires." 1'ressitig for approval of the plan. Delegate Bcnard Botcin, York, chairman of the Commilco on Hie Executive Branch, said that the ixnver of modern organized crime re- quired a well organized attack by the state. Mutinous troops hold Nigeria oil SHOCKED STOCK Grocer in Denver looks at clut- tered aisle of his store yesterday after earth quake struck area. Scene was repeated throughout city. (AP wivephoto) Denver rattled by sharp tremor LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) Ra- dio Benin said Wednesday night mutinous federal troops, helped by rebels from breakaway Biaf- ra, have captured Nigeria's oil-rich Midwest Region. If true it could mean a further dissolution of Africa's most pop- ulous nation. There was no of- licial confirmation Biafran soldiers, on the defen- sive in nearly five weeks of civil war, were reported to have mounted a counteroffensivft Americans penetrate Red bastion DENVER, Colo. (AP) The most severe earthquake ever re- corded in Denver gave the city a good shaking-up Wednesday and extended in a wide radius from the city. But it caused no injuries and the most serious damage report- ed included broken plate glass windows at grocery stores, bot- tles knocked off shelves of a liq- uor store and bricks shaken from a chimney on a downtown building. Two quick tremors came at and a.m. The first haa an nilensity of 5.25'on the Rich- ter scaie and the second 5.5, the U.S. Coast and Geodetic reported. The '.worst prvious quake hero was on April 10 which hat a Richter scale rating of 5. Wednesday's quake was small potatoes compared to such death-dealing disasters as the Beaten Burnett faces end JACKSON, Miss. sissippi voters will choose Slate Treasurer William Winter or Rep. John Bell Williams for gov- ernor Aug. 29 in a Democratic primary expected to center around the issue of conserva- tism. Both Winter, 44, and Williams, 48. soundly trounced former Gov. Ross Barnctt, whose abor- tive try for another term as governor probably signaled his final polilical effort. Barnclt, 69, known nationally for his defiance of federal au- thority during the integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962, ended up a poor fourth in the seven-candidate first pri- mary Tuesday. Observers believed the strong, third-place showing of tho coun- try music singer "Lilllc Jimmy" Swan indicated that he had tak- en many voles that Barnett had expected. Swan ran on a plat- form of supporting free segre- gated private schools. The runoff campaign may re- veal how important the issue of racial integration is today in Mississippi. The defeat of Bar- nc-tt indicated the stale's voters have closed the door on defi- ance of federal edicts in the area of race. The total vole for Barncll and Swan, with al- most all precincts reporting, did not equal Dial rolled up by Wil- liams or Winter. Today's chuckle On a small service station out on the edge of a Western desert hangs this sign: "Bon't ask us for Information. If we knew anything, we wouldn't be here." one in Alaska in 1964 and recent quakes in South America and Turkey. The tremors were felt as far south as Pueblo, 120 miles from Denver; hs far north as Chey- enne and as far northeast as Brush, each about 100 miles dis- tant.. This was one of a series 01 earth shocks along the mountain foothills and the.plains area dat- ing back more than five years, .Like the others, it apparently was centered in the socallea Derby fault, just north of Den- ver. Coalition maps tough riot laws WASHINGTON (AP) Pick- ing up where House counter- parts left off, a Republican- Southern Democratic caalitior. in the Senate spearheaded a drive Wednesday for quick ac- tion on tough new laws to curb city rioting. Republican leader Everett M. Dirksen of Dlinois predicted at a news conference that the Senate will sustain House action strip- ping the attorney general of di- rection of the anticrime pro- gram and turning enforcement over to the states. SAIGON (AP) Troopers of the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Divi- sion battled entrenched North Vietnamese regulars Wednes- day on a Communist stamping ground that officer's.said the al- lies had never before penetrat- ed, the Song Re Valley. The action in the Song Re Val- ley, in the Due Pho sector near the central coast 330 miles northeast of Saigon, and other scattered engagements ended another of the periodic lulls in the ground fighting. The valley shooting ebbed at nightfall and the 'cavalrymen were believed to have dug in to await daylight. They had suf- fered 9 killed and 24 wounded in what a division officer called "the heaviest resistance the air cavalry has met in many months." A spokesman estimated 40 of the enemy were killed, but said only two bodies had been found on the battlefield. The North Vietnamese initially engaged, largely screened within their fortifications, were believed to total at least two compa- or more men. Heavy fire from an enemy strongpoint filled with bunkers and tunnels shot down three troop-carrying helicopters and badly damaged two others in the opening assault by a compa- ny of about 200 cavalrymen. Four Americans perished in one of the downed helicopters. Other troopers of a mullibat- talion task force closed in. U.S. pilots flew 44 strikes in support of the cavalrymen. with two drives into federal ter- ritory west ot the Niger River The radio account from Be- nin, a provincial capital 65 miies west of the river, said, both that city and Ihe oil center of Warri, 60 miles south of Be- nin, had fallen to the Biafrans and the federal dissidents. 'Warri, a river town, is a cen- ter of offshore oil operations. Ot about 200 Americans living in tne Midwest Region about hall were based there, many as em- ployes of the Gulf Oil Co. Advices to Lagos said a num- ber of the Americans were halt- ed when they tried to get away from Warri by sea. (A Gulf spokesman in New York said, however, that all Americans had been evacuated from The U.S. Embassy said it was. concerned about the safely ot the Americans and. was await- ing clarification. About 150 Brit- ons also are involved. Hundreds of other Westerners had -irrrecent weeks pulled out of Biafra, the Eastern Nigeria Region which capped months ot political (tending with Lagos by .proclaiming its independence last May 30. That split pullec away 14 million of Nigeria's 5fc people. About million people live in the Midwest Re. gion, which was set up in 1965. Benin is a city of about 150 miles southeast of Lagos and an equal distance southwest of Enugu, the embattled Biafran capital. Proposal rcadhcvs floor Education plan moves HOWARD SAMUELS ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Constitutional Convention's Edu- cation Committee sent its free- college proposal to the conven- tion floor Wednesday. The measure, drafted by the committee's Democratic majori- ty, would require Legislature to establish a system of free higher education in this slate. The object is to guarantee a college education lo all New York residents who want one, just as a free schooling through liigh school now is provided. Republicans opposed the Washington Murder post for suspect Samuels 'unashamed' measure largely on the ground that its cost would be enormous and because it would result in removal of tuition charges from the Slate University system. They say this income is needed to finance the university's mas- sive expansion program. But Democrats wielded their superior voting power to report the proposal. The 155-12 vole went along party lines. Host observers at the capitol have assumed that the Demo- cratic-controlled convention will concur in the committee's recommendation, wilii most ot the Republican minority dissent- ing. The committee had endorsed the idea in principle Monday night, leaving the exact lan- guage to be worked out and pre- sented lo Wednesday's meeting. As adopted, the proposal reads: "To further (he full education- al opportunity of all ot the peo- ple of the stale, the Legislators shall establish and define a sys- tem of free higher education for Hie benefit of all of the people of the state, encompassing both public and private institutions." The committee chairman, Judge Francis Bergan of the Court of Appeals, has said that private colleges could be brought into such a program cither by giving additional fi- nancial assistance to students attending such institutions or making direct grants to the col- leges. Regardless of convention's decision, a free college policy still would be subject to ap- proval by New York voters, who will ballot eventually on the con- vention's entire product. today's news National, international Constitutional convention shoots down Kennedy plan to establish state justice department. Page 1. Detroit police, FBI launch new investigations into racial riots. Page 1. Our community Method of reimbursing counties under Medicaid program comes under fire from Delaware Supervisors. Page 3. Official of Otscgo County Probation Department retires. Page 3. A new penal code for the state will mean new training for members of Oneonta police department. Page 5. Two boys, credited with preventing a train wreck in July, are honored. Page 5. Sports Underdog Phils and Senators playing red-hot baseball. Page 12. Albert Miller named new Harlwick College soccer coach. Page 12. Comment, opinion Letters to the editor deal witii drinking drivers, a pica for whites to slop taking all the blame, a declaration that "we pick beauty queens with more care than we pick presidents" and a clergyman who is taken to task by a reader. Page 4. We must learn to cope with our racial problems or they will cope with us, says William F. Buckley Jr. Page 4, Ann Landers Crossword Puzzle Comics Deaths 11 li 7 Sports Stock Listings Television Theaters Women's News 12, 13 11 DeGaulle has ivord for French PARIS (AP) President Charles de Gaulle goes on tele- vision Thursday night "to ex- plain his policies and answer the questions Frenchmen raise on major an aide re- ported. De Gaulle's efforts to con- vince the majority of the nation of the realism of his policies will be particularly difficult, most observers agree. His latest moves both in foreign policy and on home problems provoked a flow of protests from the oppo- sition and grumbling among some of his strongest support- ers. De Gaulle's atlitude in the Middle East crisis, in which he look sides with the Arabs and formally condemned Israel for having "started the failed lo win approval from the majority of the public. The French are on the whole pro- Israeli. More recently, the president's behavior in another part of the world started a new flurry of criticism at home. This was when he openly supported French Canadian separatists during his visit lo Quebec and Montreal last month. FALL MAY BE ON THE WAY- but if the results received on this ad are any indication, there are a lot of prospects looking ahead to next sum- mer's heat. Advertiser sold this air conditioner the first day before 9 a.m. and re- ceived more than 50 calls. If storage is a problem or you have extras on hand, call your ad In today, a Star Ad Is the-solution. G.E. AIR lor. with hsot pump. First SSO InKei it. Phor.e CALL 432-1000 STAR WANT ADS ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Presi- dent Johnson plans to appoint Upstate New York businessman Howard J. Samuels as under secretary of Commerce, the As- sociated Press learned Wednes- day. Democratic sources said the nomination of the 47-year-oU; Samuels, a Canandaigua mil- lionaire and Democratic cahdi' date for lieutenant governor last year, had 'been sent to New York Sens. Jacob K. Javits and Rob- ert F. Kennedy as a matter ot iform, Samuels reportedly was travel- ing Wednesday and could not be reached for comment. Samuels, who made a multi- million dollar fortune with an idea described in his college thesis development of plastic- coated clothesline lias 'beeft tapped, sources said, to succeed J. Herbert Holloman, who re- signed recently. Samuels last monlh rejected speculation that he was planning to run for mayor of New York City in 1969. The speculation started afler Samuels rented a three-bedroom apartment in New York because his present duties as vice presi- dent of the Mobil Oil Corp. re- quire him to be in the city five days a week. He is keeping his voting residence Upstate. (Asked then whether he was ruing out a possible race for mayor, senator or governo, Samuels said: "One never says 'never'." CHICAGO Robert Was- kin, 23, was placed under heavy surveillance Wednesday in Cook County Jail after he was ordered held without bond on a charge of murdering his mother who was dying in a hospital of leu- kemia. "I'm not ashamed of what I Waskin told newsmen after his brief appearance before Circuit Judge Daniel J. Ryan. Warden Jack Johnson said he ordered that Waskin be placed in a cell block which is con- stantly palroled because lie was informed that Waskin might be depressed and have suicidal ten- dencies. Waskin is charged with shoot- ing his mother three times in the head Tuesday in her room at Wesley Memorial Hospital. Alice Waskin, 52, died instantly. A hospital nurse said she saw Waskin leave his mother's room, place a pistol on a desk in Uie corridor and say to his father, "Well, now she's out of her mis- ery." Police said Waskin lold them: "My mother had been suffering a long lime. All the lime she cried, my father cried, my broth- er cried. Oh, God, she begged me to do it." His father, Daniel Waskin, 52, said: "The boy loved his moth- er. I know he meant to do He said liis wife had "asked that either I or Robert put her out of her misery." Cops, FBI launch new Detroit probes DETROIT new investigations by city police ana the FBI into Detroit riot deaths came to light Wednesday, Murder charges already have been filed in four other deaths, including charges against two policemen. One of the new investigation; prompted Maj. Gen. Clarence C. Schnipke of tlic Michigan Na- tional Guard to say. "First we are criticized for not shooting enough and then we are criticized for shooting tos much." v another, Homicide Inspec- tor Albert Schwaller said thr, FBI was looking into the death of John Leroy, 19, a Negro who was shot at a National Guard roadblock. Schwaller said a report had been turned over to the Waynt County prosecutor's office, but lliere was no indication 01 whether charges would bt made. The FBI declined com- ment. In Ihe third investigation, tM Detroit News said witnesses Ink. it they saw a policeman kill Wi's Ham N. Dalton, 19, a Negro, while 20 'oilier officers and Guardsmen looked on, The News quoted tlie wit- nesses as saying the policemen told the youth, apparently stopped for curfew violation, to run, then brought him down with one Wast from a shotgun when he did. "That one is still under inves- Schwaller said. Toll in the rioting rose Wednesday to 43 with the death of National Guard Sgt. Larry Post, 26, of Detroit. He was shot July 26, apparently by a authorities said. Schwaller said that of the 43 deaths, investigations into all ol them were still open although reports on 23 had been submit- ted to the prosecutor's office, He would not spell out which cases already were in the prose- cutor's hands, but presumably they include the ones out ol which charges already have ris- en, There were policemen and National Guardsmen on duty during the riots. Death decline puzzles pros ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) Na- tional health authorities are pondering a mysterious drop in the nation's death rate for the first quarter of this year. The Communicable Disease Center says a study reveals that the death rate from influenza aixl pneumoia from 122 select- and pneumonia from 122 select- months is somewhat lower than expected. "It's an interesting develop- a spokesman for the CD- C said Wednesday. "We're look- ing at it. The doctors here are looking at it with interest. But we have no way of speculating as to the cause." The spokesman said it usually takes two years to compile com- plete reports on all causes of
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