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   Daily Times-News, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1969, Burlington, North Carolina                               Weather Partly Cloudy and Wanner Tonight And Sunday. Round- up On Page It-A. 82nd YEAR-No. 133 THE DAILY TIME s -NEWS TimetJlews Family Mow Tun Reaching Mm Thtt ffitb B.W Rcaktl PR1CU UCE.YTS AUOCUTID ritu UPI TILEPHOia INTIIMHI Aim. AMCtlCAN NCWUPIt AU.UMCI BURLINGTON. N. C. SATURDAY. DECEMBER 27, 1969 AP AND KINO FEA1UHC SKVKI VOUCR1 NEWS SCIVICI UPI IIKK ASS3CUTCS AFTCSKOON UIUII 26 PAGES J SECTIONS A Sure Cure A quick cure for the holiday morn- ing after "blahs" is shown here by a male polar bear at the Philadelphia zoo while his mate prowls in the background. He just dunks his head in his ice covered pool at the zoo and dears all those cobwebs from his head. (UPI Heaviest Fight In Month Medicare Premium, Social Security Payments To Rise Coverage Now Will Cost WASHINGTON (AP) -Pre- miums paid by elderly Ameri- cans for supplementary medi- care coverage will go up to 3( month next July I, a 32.5 >er cent increase over the cur- rent fee. Robert H. Finch, secretary o w.ilth. education and welfare announced the increase Friday shortly after President Nixon hinted to newsmen that he would sign the tax reform bill which includes a 15 per cent in- crease in Social Security pay- ments effective Jan. 1. Nixon last September recom- mended a 10 per cent Social Se- curity increase, and at that time the President discJpsed there would be a substantial jump in he supplementary medicare premiums in 1970. The supplementary insurance cost the elderly only per month when the program was bundled in 19S6. More than 19 million Ameri- cans are now covered by medi- care, which consists of two voluntary medical in surance program and the gov- ernment-financed basic hospita insurance. The voluntary pro- gram supplements the basic program by helping pay doctoi bills and a variety of other med ical expenses in and out of the hospital. Those enrolled in the supple- mentary program pay for hai Storm Tears Ship In Half People on the boardwalk at Spring Lake, N. J. view two halves of an old liberty ship which broke up on a beach yesterday after breaking loose from a tow- line. The ship was unmanned and was no problem to navigation. The ship broke up in the storm which moved up the Atlantic Coast yesterday. (UPI Tele- photo) Storm Wide Spread Snow.-Winds Rp.lt.-Eastern TI. S. Occurs By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Wriler SAIGON (AP) U.S. forces fought their biggest single battle hi a month and a half today. .The American forces spotted as many as 200 North Vietnamese troops within two miles of the Cambodian border and 83 miles north of Saigon and at-. 'Without Ca tacked them with jet bombers, arineu helicopters, tanks and armored personnel carriers. The U.S. Command said aerial observers counted at least 72 North Vietnamese dead and 40 bunkers smashed. A spokesman said that at last report fighting was still continuing. The spokesman said there were some U.S. casualties but he described Uiem as light. He said it was the biggest battle involving American troops since last Nov. 12 and 13 when U.S. forces reported killing 17! North Vietnamese soldiers in heavy fighting just below the demilitarized zone. Fifteen Americans were killed and 62 wounded then. The spokesman said helicopter crewmen of the llth Armored Cavalry regiment spotted two companies of North Vietnamese troops nine miles northwest of the district capita] of Loc Ninh, near highway 13 which leads from Cambodia into South Vietnam. Elsewhere, battlefield communiques indicated only light activity across South Vietnam following the end of the 72-hour Viet Cong cease-fire. Enemy troops shelled a town in the Mekong Delta and a South Vietnamese base near the demilitarized zone, communiques said. In one attack, two government soldiers were killed and four were wounded when enemy gunners fired four rockets into their camp at Dong Ha, 11 miles l.jttjuii jf jmm-l'HtriBi.-iA J The other attack took place near My Tho, the principal city in the Mekong Delta. Viet Cong troops fired rocket-propelled grenades at government militiamen and pacification workers and wounded some of them, reports said. U.S. troops from the 196th Brigade lost two men killed and 11 See HEAVIEST on Page 5-A Continue flying toward Vietnam for an on-the-spot interrogation o some persons who may know what happened. Peers and Robert MacCrate, a civilian lawyer from New York, plan a visit of 10 to 12 days in Vietnam. There are nine other men hi their party. Prior to leaving Friday, the three-star general and the attor-fus'cd to discuss anythl-.g the government pays the rest. The premium increase isn't the only daded expense awaiting medicare patients in the new vear. It was announced previously that as of Jan. 1 medicare beneficiaries will have to pay the first of their own bill for an ordinary hospital stay of [rom the current deductible. The government has blamed escalating medical costs for the increases in costs to medicare patients, and the Nixon administration has contended the premium boosts should have been made before it took office. But a consumer health organization, the American Patients Association, said Friday that the premium boost itself is inflationary and contradicts the administration's efforts to bold down price increases. Association president Theodore 0. Cron said the increased premium rate demonstrates that the program is "to be administered as a benefit primarily for physicians who wish to escalate their personal incomes." Finch, in explaining the per month premium boost, said 26 cents of it will go to cover an estimated increase, of about 6 per cent in the level of physicians' fees. Oon. in a letter tn Finch, said: "While you say you 'estimate' a 6 per cent increase in doctor fees next year, what you hare actually done is invite doctors to raise their fees no less than 6 per cent." Finch said that about 64 cents of the increase is needed "just to finance the program at the level of current operations." The other 66 cents of the increase includes the 26 cents for the expected doctor fees; about 12 cents for an estimated in-See MEDICARE on Page By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS winds continued to belt the eastern United States Friday night and early loday. Snow was in progress from the north Atlantic Coast to the Great Lakes and the central Appalachians with as much as two :eet blanketing the ground from N'ew York state to northern New-Heavy snow warnings were hi effect over north and central Maine and gale warnings from Virginia Beach, Va., t3 Maine. Roads and highways were reported treacherous all over {EC early hours of the storm. day for thousands of North Carolinians left without electricity by a GuUtinas night ice storm which snapped many power lines. The North Carolina highway-patrol said wind gusts up to 35 miles an hour were piling snow-back on the roads in northwestern Norih Carolina as fast as they could be cleaned off. No snow was falling in the area, but six to 12 inches had since Christmas night. Another storm was shaping up in the Southwest as snow spread through the Hockic: io the adjacent high plains. Travelers warnings were posted from the southern Kockies to the central plains. More precipitation hit the north Pacific Coast in the form of rain or showers. Snow was falling over the interior mountains. Friday s six-inch siiuwfall in New York City caused delays in public transportation but a light post-holiday commuter tlenecks. New York Mayor John V. Lindsay flew back to the city Friday to oversee snow removal efforts, after directing crews from the Bahamas by Observed In Hijack By BOB M. GASSAWAY Associated Press Writer MIAMI (AP) Singing ''Happy Birthday" to their stewardess, 23 victims of an r.irliner Hijacking flew to Miami today after leaving their gun-waving captor in Havana. Linda Brennan was celebrating her 21st birthday aboard the United Air Lir.cs plane the hijacker took over ten minutes out port Friday night. "We all sang happv birthday to Jim Howard, 30. of Chicago said in Miami. The Boeing 727 tri-jet flew out of New York towards Chicago at p.m. (EST) Friday with 23 passengers and a crew of six. It landed in Havana at p.m. and was back in Miami at a.m. today, leaving behind a first class passenger who listed himself as M. Martinez. "He said he had his own Mrs. Brennan told newsmen in Miami He didn't elaborate. "He said he was sorry he had to take us." Ansis 16, of New York snid Cubans in Havana treated the hijack victims "very well. They gave us cigars and cigarettes and also fruit juice and all that stuff." Stewardess Sharon Brodak of "He was very well added Mrs. Brennan who lives in Far Rockaway, N.Y. "He just acted it. He was very rational, very' nice." -r, r-U man to'd them he was a Cuban years Capt. Axel Paulscn of West Is-lip, N.Y., said the gunman dc-Sfe BIRTHDAY on Page 5-A Balance with material and other forms of assistance." But he said any decision on whether such aid would include U.S. troops would have to be made at the time by the President. Agnew also volunteered a comment that North -Vietnamese officials in Paris engaged in "absolutely, totally reprehensible conduct" in dealings wun a group 01 American women seeking information about husbands missing in Vietnam. Later, during a refueling stop at Travis Air Force Base in California, Agnew was asked about the possibility he may visit Vietnam. "I can only hope there is some way we can work it he said. In Manila, several radical organizations announced plans to demonstrate in front of the U.S. Embassy during Agncw's visit. They Turned Backs On Spiro HONOLULU (AP) The big Air Force Base Friday while civilian and military dignitaries had their backs turned. Just as the gleaming blue and white Air Force Two jet ap-piudclifJ Hie ti.c Bar.ncr th-? evenirg flag-lowering ceremony. The small crowd assembled to meet the vice president turned around and stood at He Played Dead To Save Life By CHARLES RYAN was found the next morning SAIGON (AP) "I raised by a road mine sweeping my hands to surrender and team, they shot me down without He was interviewed today Army Capt. John W. at Tan Son Nhut airbase as Marshall said tcday of a he waited for a medical nightmare ambush he evacuation flight that will fly survived by playing dead on him to a military hospital in a narrow side road 28 miles Japan, corth of Saigon. Marshall and the others had The 27-year-old officer lived left Lai Khe, base camp of Nit Infantrv Divmnn. for men riding with him in a the artillery firebase where jeep to a Christmas they were stationed, a few celebration Tuesday were miles away. killed by the ambushers, who Three miles east of Lai Khe, wore South Vietnamese army 15 to 20 Vietnamese suddenly uniforms. opened fire from the four-foot A handsome career soldier elephant grass bordering the from Lawton, Okla., and road, Marshall. related, formerly of Livonia, Mich., "After the initial volley, I Marshall suffered a broken leg was the only one from one of the bullets. He See HE PLAYED on Page 5-A Sergeant By CARL P. LEUBSDORF Associated Press Writer HONOLULU (AP) Vice President Spiro T. Agnew says the Nixon administration wants Asian nations to "develop an economic balance and self-sufficiency so that it will be unnecessary for the United States to step in if things go wrong." But Agnew told reporters as ic launched his lO-natkm, Uip FliUdy UuiL lie to emphasize, in bilateral talks with Asian leaders, the intention of the United States to stand by its treaty obligations. Agnew spent the night here on Jie first leg of a transpacific that takes him today to Guam and then on to the Philippines for Tuesday's inauguration of President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Adm. John S. McCain Jr., commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, and his chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Michael Davidson, planned to brief the vice president at a breakfast session, the only scheduled event of his 19-hour stay here. Details weren't disciosed. About 30 minutes after the vice president's plane, Air Force Two, took off from Washington on its flight to Hawaii. Agnew visited the rear cabin to chat with newsmen on the political and diplomatic aspects of his trip. Asked about the Senate's rejection of the foreign aid bill because it included (54.5 million in unbudgetcd and unauthorized tn buy military jots for Formosa, Agnew sakf: "It will be my purpose to reassure (Nationalist China's Chiang Kanhek that this docs not represent any weakening of our treaty commitment." Agnew said the Nixon trine, outlined by the President at Guam on his Asian trip last July, includes a pledge to stand by V.5. commitments, a nuclear shield against threats to Asian nations and the stimulation of economic gro-.vth and regionalism. "We expect them to handle in-sorgency within their own borders with their own he said, adding that "in the them treatens the general economy of the Asian hemisphere, we will support Creates Emergency LONDON, (AP) London hospitals, jammed by a wave of influenza cases, went on cmcr-Only the most urgent non-flu cases will be given beds in the 200 hospitals in the London area. The hospitals dealt with 1S6 emergency flu and bronchitis admissions on Christmas Eve and lu? on Christmas Day. Since Dec. 16 hospitals had been on a yellow alert which stopped all but urgent admissions. Today's red warning puts the hospitals on full emereency basis. sorj died the disease Li Britain in the week before Christmas and 52 the week before that. Statistics for this week have not been My Lai WASHINGTON (AP) While some top investigators assessing the Army's original probe of the alleged My Lai massacre flew to Vietnam, the rest of the special panel remained here today to question a sergeant accused in the case. Staff Sgt David Mitchell, charged with assault with intent to commit murder involving 30 at the Pentagon to 'appear at closed hearings under the direction of. Gen. Bland West. The Army has not decided yet whether to court-martial Mitchell. Ossie Brown, Mitchell's yer, said Friday in Baton Rouge, La., that the Pentagon session is an unusual one and he may advise the sergeant to refuse to answer some of the questions. The only other serviceman formally charged in connection with the alleged My Lai incident is 1st Lt. William L. Calley Jr., who faces a court-martial at Ft murdering possibly Vietnamese.. He already has appeared before the special panel. While the session] at the Pentagon continued, the head of the Army board of Lt. Gen. William R. Z II I 17 JUr' 9 Dixon 5B Sports for one minute that wouk prejudice this Peers said. He reiterated that See MY LAI on Paje Lesson TV-Radio Ness   

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