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   Lima News, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1976, Lima, Ohio                                Oak Hills .....20 Lima Senior 6 LCC ..........29 Paulding .....6 Bath .........14 VanWert Elida .........13 St. John's ___0 Perry Crestview .20 8 "Htppinmsi coma of the to leal deeply, to enjoy simply, to think to risk life, to be needed." Jameson A Freedom Newspaper The Lima News Serving Northwest Ohio More Than 91 Years Saturday, Oct. 9, 1976 32 pages 2 sections 15 cents HEW seeks hearing Session requested by Nov. 9 in D.C.; Lima schools object to date, location By BOB GIBSON News Staff Writer The department of Health, Educa- tion and Welfare is requesting a hear- ing date "on or about, but not later than Nov. on allegations of segregation in Lima city schools. The letter, received by Lima city schools Supt. Earl McGovern Oct. 6, also requests the hearing be held in Washington, D.C, The letter was dated Oct. 1. Frank Cory, the attorney representing the school board, said in a special board meeting at noon Fri- day his office filed a motion Thursday objecting to both the time and .place of the hearing. He said the response was sent by certified mail and he does not expect it to reach Washington un- til at least Monday In his response. Cory claims the motion for a hearing is "premature" and "contrary to procedural guidelines set for the case." Cory said it was his understanding there was "no procedural rule that would per- mit HEW to set a hearing until after we get our answer." to the responses the board will file on Monday. Cory said the normal procedure is ior the school district to ask a hearing of the administrative law judge, who has not been appointed in this case. The letter to McGovern also asked that an administrative law judge be appointed and in his response, Cory asked that an administrative law judge be appointed. No one at the HEW office in was available for com- ment on the hearing date at press time Friday night He also requested that when an ad- ministrative judge is appointed, the ruling that the hearing be held in By RON VARLAND News Staff Writer Striking Lima Ford Engine Plant workers Monday will vote on a ten- tative national contract agreement with Ford. United Auto Workers Local 1219 president William Johnson thinks chances are good that the agreement will be ratified. Local 1219 vice president Peter Hughes said skilled trades workers will vote at 10 a.m. at the Hall on Beliefontaine Avenue and produc- tion workers will cast their ballots at 3pm. Local 1219 represents approx- imately workers at the Lima Engine Plant Johnson, who is one of 13 members of the national bargaining committee from District 4, said he came away from negotiations in Detroit with the feeling that the tentative national contract will be accepted by the locals. the picture is very good The reaction of the delegates is very good. Only about five or six locals were against the tentative national agreement." Johnson said, and those objections "were for personal reasons." He explained that the des- sentmg locals have specific disagree- ments. Concerning local issues between Ford Motor Co. and Local 1219 at the Lima Engine Plant, Johnson said he hopes they will be settled in conjunc- tion with the tentative national con- tract. He said that votes from locals on national issues must be in by 6 p.m. Tuesday, and he hopes local discus- sions can be concluded by then Johnson said, however, that Local 1219 will not return to the Lima Engine Plant until local issues are resolved, regardless of voting on the tentative national contract. In addition, he said that if plants that supply supply Lima don't setle. it could be longer before working resumes in Lima A Council of UAW union local leaders, including Local 1219. ap- proved a tentative national settle- ment Thursday. Johnson, who represented some UAW members at national bargaining, said he believes that the workers want to get back to work, and the tentative national agreement will be ratified. Chances of approval appear better after delegates to the UAW Ford skil- led trades council Friday overwhelmingly recommended ac- ceptance. UAW President Leonard Woodcock has said the 25-day-old strike will continue if a majority of the 25.000 tradesman reject the pact, even if a majority of Ford's production workers approve it. Key provisions in the tentative national pact include additional paid days off six in 1978 and seven in 1979 general wage hikes of slightly more than three per cent a year; bonus payments of up to each for retirees and improved layoff benefits. More paid time off was the union's top demand as it tries to lay the foun- dation for a four-day work week. Ford workers now have 33 paid days off an- nually, including holidays and vaca- tions. Following ratification of the Ford "pattern'1 contract, the union will seek similar accords covering another 530.000 workers at General Motors. Chrysler and American Motors. As a concession to tradesmen, the union won for that group a special wage hike of approximately 25 cents an hour over the three years, on top of the general increases all workers will receive. (See UAW, Page 4) Russia ns reject U.S. weapons bid WASHINGTON (AP) The Soviet Union has rejected for the second time a Ford administration attempt to wrap up a nuclear weapons treaty that would not cover the con- troversial U.S. Cruise missile and the Russian Backfire bomber, high U.S. officials acknowledged Friday. The new U.S. overture was made by- Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger to Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko over a steak and wine din- ner in New York and then repeated by President Ford when Gromyko called at the White House last week. The proposal called for having negotiators in Geneva complete terms for agreement on issues already settled. This would set a ceil- ing of 2.400 on each country's strategic weapons systems, including multiple warheads, until 1985. An interim agreement is due to expire next October. The pilotless Cruise missile and the Russian Backfire bomber would be left to subsequent high-level negotia- tions between the Completion of a treaty now would have the effect of continuing some restrictions on nuclar arsenals for another decade and allow Ford to score what might be considered a foreign policy coup before the presidential election. But, as they had in a formal note last March, the Russians rebuffed the offer, U.S. officials said. Gromyko reiterated that any nuclear weapons treatv must impose restrictions on the Cruise missile, which can be launched from surface ships, sub- marines or aircraft and elude early warning radar. Despite the turndown, the officials said, both sides are actively pursuing a weapons agreement and d'iscussions with the Soviets will continue al- though no formal response to last March's note has been prepared. During his debate with Carter on Wednesday night. Ford said the Cruise missile could be included in a treaty but that the United States must insist, at the same time, on limiting the Backfire bomber. The President said Gromyko "in- dicated to me that the Soviet Union was interested in narrowing the dif- ferences and making a realistic and sound compromise." The Russians maintain the bomber should not be counted as a strategic weapon. During Kissinger's negotiating visit to Moscow last January, ground seemed to be broken for an under- standing that the bombers would be excluded, provided they were not positioned within easy striking dis- tance of the United States. Since then, intelligence analysts have suggested the Backfire has a longer unrefueled range than initially believed here. A spokesman for the National Security Council declined to comment on the details of Ford's and Kis- singer's talks with Gromyko but cal- led attention to the President's remarks during the debate. The State Department had no for- mal comment. Washington, D.C.. be overruled. Cory said a hearing in Washington. D.C.. was "just about the most in- convenient place (for the hearing) for the board, witnesses and represen- tatives in the case." Cory asked that a "time and place be set for the parties that is as close to Luna as geographically possible." He said because of the number of witnesses, the abundance of docu- ments and since some of the witnes- ses will testify by deposition, "It is an unreasonable financial burden on the to hold the hearings in Washington. Cory also requested a preliminary hearing be held at which time the school board could obtain specific al- legations from HEW. At the noon meeting Friday. Cory explained to the board that his answer to HEW's notice of opportunity for a hearing does not contain a detailed reply to the charges. It is not "intended to be a definitive answer of the position of the board in this case." He said details would come later and the answer was "simply a response to what, at this point, we know HEW is alleging." In the letter received by the board Sept. 24, notifying it of an opportunity for a hearing, HEW and the office of the general counsel, civil rights divi- sion of HEW, formally charged the district with having "created operated, and perpetuated illegally segregated, racially identifiable elementary schools" subsequent to the 1954-55 school year. Four basic points in the allegations charge segregation was accomplished by: Altering the attendance zone boundaries of its elementary schools in such a manner as to create and perpetuate racial identifiability of UAW1219 chief hopeful on pact PRESIDENT Ford, stopping off in Lawton, Okla., to spend Friday night, was presented with an Oklahoma University football helmet that was a bit too small. The President will fly to Dallas today to attend the Oklahoma-Texas football game. Fugitive since '46 seeks full pardon MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Clarence Norris, one of the eight "Scottsboro Boys" of the 1930s, wants a full pardon and Alabama's attorney general says anything short of that would be unjust. But another state official says Nor- ris, who has lived as a fugitive since 1946, will have to turn himself in first. Norris, now 65. has lived quietly in New York City for the last 23 years, said attorneys seeking the full pardon. They said he is married and has two teen-age daughters. Norris, 19 at the was sentenced with seven other black youths in 1931 to death in the electric chair for raping two white women on a freight train traveling through north Alabama Norris and the others were called the "Scottsboro Boys" for the small north Alabama town where they were tried. Their case became a symbol of racial injustice in the South of the '30s. Norman F. Ussery, chairman of Alabama's Pardons and Parole Board, said this week he would not consider a pardon for Norris "as long as he remains a fugitive from justice." And if Norris returns to Alabama, Ussery said, he would face jail without bond before his case could be considered. In a letter Aug. 5 to Usery, Atty. Gen Bill Baxley noted the "overwhelming evidence of his (Nor- ris') innocence" in recommending a "full and complete pardon so that in these later years of his life he will not bear the unjust stigma of fugitive." Baxley said he believes Norris "never should have been adding, "his 15 yea'rs spent in- carcerated in Alabama prisons can only be termed tragic." Mayor Abraham D. Beame of New York City and Sen. Jacob K. Javits, R-N.Y., joined Baxley in urging Nor- ris' pardon.' Donald Watkins, a Montgomery at- torney representing Norris, said Fri- day he's convinced the board is serious about its condition for pardon. Norris' attorney in New York City, James Meyerson, said he informed his client of the board's requirement and "we're still weighing the rami- fications of what that means." He said a decision to continue with the case is up to Norris, who he said had spent much of his life in New York working as a laborer "I think his wishes are to pursue it until his name is cleared, but the ex- act course we will take we have to weigh the options." After a series of highly publicized appeals, the "Scottsboro Boys" were retried in Decatur. Ala., before Cir- cuit Judge James E. Horton. Even though one of the alleged vic- tims. Ruby Bates, told the court she and her companion. Victoria Price, had fabricated the rape story, the jury found the defendants guilty again. Horton set the verdict aside and ordered another trial. An NBC television movie last spr- ing. "Judge Horton and the Scott- sboro Boys." was based on the second trial and renewed interest in the case. The third trial of the "Scottsboro Boys" ended in convictions, too. But four of the defendants were released from prison by Gov. Bibb Graves in 1937 in the wake of persistent public pressure. The other four eventually were released on parole, Norris seven years later. But he was returned to prison to serve z two-year term for parole violation. When he was paroled again in 1946, he fled the state. One of the "Scottsboro Wil- lie Patterson, escaped from prison in Alabama in 1948. was arrested on another charge in Michigan and died in prison there in 1952. In today's News Business ...........................5 Editorial...........................5 Entertainment ....................12 TV Schedule.....................MO Warmer Sunday Partly cloudy today and Sunday. High today in the mid to upper 60s. Low tonight in the mid to upper 30s. High Sunday in the upper 40s and low 50s. The chance of rain is 20 per cent today and tonight Friday's high was 53 and the low was 38. Weather map on page 4. those schools. Constructing new elementary schools and additions in such a man- ner as to create and perpetuate the racial identifiability of those schools and neighboring elementary schools. Utilizing bus transportation in order to remove minority students from elementary schools attended predominantly by nonminority stu- dents, thereby perpetuating the racial identifiability of those schools as non- minority schools. Utilizing bus transportation in order to reassign nonminority stu- dents in such a manner as to perpetuate the racial identifiability of elementary schools as nonminority schools, when the transportation of minority students was equally available and educationally sound. The school board denied each of those allegations in its response, which will be mailed Monday. Cory said the board actually has until Oct. 14 to file its response. Although Cory said he is optimistic (he hearing date and site will be changed, he told the board to proceed as though the hearing would be held N'ov. 9. "We'll do what we have to do." he said The state department of education also is included in the hearing re- quest, but Cory said he does not know what action they plan to take. He said he will meet with representatives of the state education department Mon- day. In other matters Friday, the board approved a resolution adopting guidelines for complying with H.B 455, which mandates equal sen-ices and opportunity be provided in public schools for handicapped children. The guidelines cover organization, confidentiality of data and procedures for meeting state requirements Carter assails Ford's credibility By The Associated Kress Jimmy Carter mounted a sharp new assault on President Ford's finances and credibility Friday, while the President was still explaining his re- marks on Eastern Europe in the face of new criticism from Democrats and ethnic leaders Demanding that Ford hold a formal news conference to "tell the truth, tell the whole truth and nothing but the Carter used some of the harshest language of his campaign to list alleged presidential incon- sistencies and discrepancies. Carter ticked off Ford's Eastern Europe statements, his denial that he turned campaign money to personal use, and his claim that he sought legislation against the Arab boycott and acted to stop nuclear prolifera- tion. Meanwhile, Ford was still tied up with one of those topics: Eastern Europe. At his first appearance Friday, before a group of business and profes- sional men in Los Angeles, Ford in- itially avoided the subject by deliver- ing instead his standard criticism of Carter's tax and spending proposals. But when he turned to questions, there it was. One man said he was more con- cerned about Eastern Europe than southern Africa and asked if Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger could be" sent to negotiate greater freedom for the East Bloc countries. Ignoring the Kissinger suggestion, Ford for the first time admittedly amended his statement from Wednes- day night's debate that "there is no Soviet domination of Eastern Eu- rope "What I meant to Ford told his questioner, was that the United States does not recognize Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and never will. That's what Ford had told a University of Southern California crowd Thursday, but at that time he didn.'t call it a clarification or retract his previous remarks. To laughter from his audience. Ford said of his debate comment. "It has been alleged by some that I wasn't as precise as I should have been the other day Some to use Ford's word had included his own running mate Bob Dole, who said Thursday that Ford's comment "wasn't quite clear" and "I think he (Ford) does have a little problem of clarification." But Ford may have raised the whole affair again when he went on to say "The Poles don't believe that they are going to be forever dominated, if they are, by the Soviet Union.'1 As Ford himself said at a later ap- pearance: "We don't make a mistake one day and apologize for it the next." Later, Ford issued his second clarification of the day about Eastern Europe, saying he hoped to "put an end to this misunderstanding." In Ford's second clarification, Is- sued in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, he said. "The United States does not concede Soviet domination In Poland or any other Eastern European nation." Speaking to an airport crowd in Albuquerque, N.M., Carter, who had called Ford s debate remarks a "disgrace to our took note of Ford's succession of eastern Europe statements and coupled them with the other items on his list. "I think it's time for Mr Ford to...let the American people know the answers to some of these discrepan- cies The Democratic candidate said Ford apparently "was brainwashed if he thinks that Poland is free of Soviet dominance." "Apparently when Mr. Ford went to Poland, as happened to George (See CARTER, Page 4) New storm rips coast of Mexico MEXICO CITY (AP) Hurricane Madeline smashed into Mexico's Pacific coast Friday with winds gusting to 161 miles per hour and dumped torrential rains over a wide area, the government weather ser- vice said. Police and the Red Cross said the second hurricane to hit Mexico's west coast in a week killed at least two persons and injured others. They said the high winds and rain destroyed crops and snarled transpor- tation and communications in at least 11 states stretching from the Pacific coast eastward almost to the Gulf of Mexico. Landslides blocked numerous highways in west central Mexico, in- cluding the main road from Mexico City to the famous Pacific resort of Acapulco. where authorities said at least three persons were injured, none seriously. Police said two persons drowned at Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state, where flooding rivers swept away more than 200 houses, most of them wooci shanties or adobe huts. The port of Zihuatanejo appealed for more ambulances. More than 30 coastal communities reported damage, but details were in- complete because communications were cut. The storm hit the coast about 6 a.m. with sustained winds of 124 m.p.h., the weather service said. It broke up soon afterwards over the Sierra Madre mountains and was downgraded to a tropical storm, with winds of 30 to 40 m.p.h. Telephone communications were knocked out shortly after Madeline struck, and electrical storms accom- panying the hurricane cut off radio contact with the hardest-hit area by midafternoon. Communications were still dis- rupted Friday night. Army headquarters in Acapulco reported it had put an emergency plan into effect 72 hours before Madeline came ashore and had evacuated some people from lowland areas in the states of Guerrero and Michoacan. The Balsas River divides the two states. Before communications were lost, the Red Cross in Zihuatanejo radioed authorities Friday morning that there was no serious damage there. The river basin which bore the brunt of the storm has two major darns and a partially-completed government steel mill constructed at a cost of billion. Spokesmen for the mill in Mexico City said they were told Friday morn- ing the winds had flattened a shan- tytown where families looking for work lived, but everyone had been evacuated safely to the steel plant. The hurricane, which the Mexican weather service said should be the season's final tropical storm, came on the heels of Hurricane Liza, which last week swept across Mexico's Baja California peninsula. Liza caused extensive damage and an estimated 500 fatalities in La Pa7, a city at the tip of the peninsula, ac- cording to official figures.   

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