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   Titusville Herald  (Newspaper) - April 6, 1984, Titusville, Pennsylvania                                DRAKE WELL 1859 News and Advertising Pipeline Into the Oil Creek Valley FRIDAY MORNING APK1L 61984 Flurries GOOD MORNING Flurries today and tonight with high today 33 and low tonight 25 Partly sunny Saturday with high 40 TITUSVILLE PA 25 Cents Nixon Wont Apologize for Watergate WASHINGTON AP Reflecting on Watergate nearly a decade after the scandal drove him from the presidency Richard Nixon says the breakin was illegal and a very very stupid thing to do the at tempted coverup was stupidity at its very highest his failure to destroy the incriminating White House tapes also was stupid they should have been burned But in a new paid retelling of his memories Nixon still said he would not apologize to the American people Asked why during the twoyear ordeal he never simply went on television and said he had made a mistake and was sorry Nixon said he will not utter those words Theres no way that you could apologize that is more eloquent more decisive more finite or to say that you are sorry which would exceed resigning the presidency of the United States he told interviewer Frank Gannon That said itall And I dont intend to say any more The former president 71 was interviewed for 38 hours last year by Gannon a former White House Fellow who helped Nixon write his books What resulted was Nixons longest public re explanation since the David Frost interviews on television in 1977 for which he reportedly was paid about million He was paid an undisclosed sum for the new interviews plus a share of the profits from worldwide sales CBS reportedly paid for broadcast rights to hours of the Gannon interviews A 30minute segment will be aired Sunday on 60 Minutes another 30 minutes Tuesday on The American Parade and the remaining segment April 15 on 60 Minutes The network made two of the three transcripts available to reporters Thursday Nixon occasionally usingcoarse language reveals NewsAt AGlance EXECUTION COMMENT An unidentified couple speed past Florida State Prison in Starke Fla Thursday mor ning sounding their car horn shouting at antideath penalty demonstrators and displaying a sign celebrating the early morning execution of Arthur Frederick Goode APLaserphoto Two Killers Apologize Before Electrocution By The Associated Press A Florida childkiller apologized to his parents and a Louisiana double murderer begged forgiveness from the father of one victim as they went to their own deaths in the electric chair Thursday the first execution of two men in one day since the death penalty was restored I bet a lot of those people on death row right now are beginning to sweat said Walt Verdow father of one of the Florida convicts victims Arthur F Goode III who once vowed that if freed I would kill as many children as I could get my hands on was pronounced dead at am at the prison in Starke Fla Just before he died he apologized to his parents and said he was sorry to have killed two boys Elmo Patrick Sonnier was pronounced dead at am at the state prison at Angola La The fathers of the victims looked on as four jolts of 2000 and 500 volts passed through his body Sonnier 35 was convicted of abducting sweethearts Loretta Bourque 18 and David LeBlanc 16 from an isolated lovers lane in New Iberia and methodically shooting them in the head three times each after raping the young woman As Sonnier was strapped into the polished oak chair he told Sister Helen Prejean a Roman Catholic nun who led him to the execution chamber he loved her Sonnier then turned and looked directly at LeBlancs father Lloyd I ask to have your forgiveness Sonnier said LeBlanc nodded and said Yes Miss Bourques father turned to LeBlanc and said softly He didnt ask me Senate OKs Emergency Salvador Military Aid WASHINGTON AP The Republicancontrolled Senate approved million in emergency military aid for El Salvador and million to assist antileftist guerrillas in Nicaragua Thursday after beating back a weeklong series of Democratic attacks on President Reagans Central American policies The vote was 7619 The measure now goes to the Democratcontrolled House which meets on Tuesday leaving only three days in which to complete congressional action on the bill before a 10day Easter recess that begins April 13 The Senate also rejected 5044 an amendment by Sen James Sasser D Tenn that would have required congressional action before temporary US military installations in Honduras could be made permanent The amendment wpuld also have barred use of the installations for anything but training exercises Four Republicans joined 40 Democrats in supporting Sassers amendment Sasser said several GOP senators indicated they wanted to vote for my amendment or were seriously considering it and changed their minds at the last minute By The Associated Press Major banks nationwide raised their prime lending rates by onehalf percentage point to 12 percent Thursday the highest level in more than a year The increase was the se cond in the key borrowing rate in three weeks But some economists said they did not expect it to climb again in the next few weeks and for interest rates overall to stabilize SPACE CENTER Houston AP More than 3300 honeybees among natures best engineers ride into orbit aboard the shuttle Friday in an experiment to see if they can build honeycombs in weightlessness as well as they do on Earth The in sect colony will be housed in a glass topped sealed box that contains enough food and wax to keep the bees alive and working for up to eight days CAMBRIDGE Mass AP The discovery in Africa of a 2inchlOng jawbone fragment has pushed the history of mankind 1 million years closer to the misty era when human ancestors broke away from the apes researchers say The fossil from a creature that lived 5 million years ago is described as the oldest re mains yet unearthed of a direct human forebear or hominid Until now the oldest such bones found were 4 million years old STATE COLLEGE Pa AP Acid rain wiped out the trout popula tion in 13 of 61 western Pennsylvania streams studied by Penn State University researchers said Thursday WASHINGTON AP While the Reagan administration is pressing for a worldwide ban on chemical weapons Iraq may ue preparing for the largescale use of lethal nerve gas to fend off Iranian attacks in the Persian Gulf US officials said Thursday PITTSBURGH AP Former Allegheny County Commissioner Cyril Wecht sued the Pittsburgh PostGazette two of its writers and a cartoonist alleging they libeled him in cartoons and stories Wecht claimed in the suit that the newspaper hurt his bid for re election to the threemember board of commissioners HARRISBURG AP The state Elections Bureau told Attorney General LeRoy Zimmerman Thursday that the Philadelphia Cen tral Labor Councils political educa tion fund has not filed campaign finance documents a bureau spokesman said HARRISBURG AP Former Pennsylvania Chief Justice Samuel Roberts has had his a year pension approved by the State Employees Retirement Board Roberts who retired Jan 2 at age 77 also withdrew from the pension fund Reagan Admits Tax Cut Aided Rich WASHINGTON AP President Reagan and the Congressional Budget Office whose conclusions he has attacked as something worse than blanketyblank lies agree that his taxcut program has provided proportionately more dollars to the wealthy than to the poor Reagan and the nonpartisan researchers on Capitol Hill also agree on the reason That is because about everybody got the same percentage of reduction in their income tax rate it stands to reason that a person who pays more tax would get a greater dollar amount of a cut than one who pays less in tax I dont think there is a basic disagreement Hy Sanders a Congressional Budget Office tax analyst said Thursday Those in the highest income groups received the largest tax cuts in part because they had the highest tax liabilities to start with We are talking about a tax cut that cut everybodys rates across the board At his news conference Wednesday night Reagan was asked about a new CBO report which said the poorest people in American have lost more than they have gained from tax and spending reductions recommended by the president since he took office in 1981 Is it fair Reagan was asked that a family making less than this year will be about worse off than it would have been without the presidents program while a family over the level would be more than better off It not only wouldnt be fair but I dont think its true Reagan replied We have a tax program that was a 25 percent cut across the board Now thats a 25 percent reduction in the tax burden of everyone If you have someone whose tax burden is that cut means they save and they still owe But someone who pays 100 times as much tax gets but still owest the president continued little new about the Watergate episode breakin at Democratic headquarters coverup recommended impeachment and finally resignation and presidential pardon but he gives some insights into his personal life during those months He recalled his last night in the White House the night he made the resignation speech on television He went upstairs to the family quarters was embraced silently by his wife daughters and sonsinlaw saying nothing and saying everything He found that his suit was soaked with perspiration but he was suffering a chill Soon the chill went away he said and I went down to the Lincoln room and made a few calls to people Heard the chanting outside Reminded me of the Vietnam days except that this time the chant was to the Chief Jail to the Chief Didnt bother me however Nixon continued You know after all Id been heckled by experts Nixon described the breakin as illegal and a very very stupid thing to do But whatever the stupidity of Watergate Nixon added was exceeded by our reaction to it It was stupidity at its very highest While there was no excuse for the breakin Nixon said he was occupied on important foreign policy issues and let others run his reelection campaign That was a mistake he said I should have watched it If I had been watching it believe me we wouldnt have ever bugged that But if we had done it it would have been more successful But we would never have done it Asked why he did not destroy the tapes which contained the criminal evidence that caused him to resign to avoid impeachment Nixon said I must have had several thousand letters on that since leaving office Stupid should have been burned Dem Candidates Vow To Protect Poor Aged PITTSBURGH AP Democratic presidential candidates debating in steel country five days before the Pennsylvania primary vowed to protect the poor and the elderly saying the Reagan administration has been remiss Walter Mondale also launched a new at tack on the administrations integrity Seeking votes in a region with troubled industry Mondale Gary Hart and the Rev Jesse Jackson also promised to protect troubled basic industries such as steel Hart said he would seek federal loan guarantees if necessary Not a bailout here or there but the entire steel in dustry Hart said This is the distinction Hart sought to draw recently as he explained his Senate vote against a Chrysler bailout He also said he would get the management of the steel company and the United Steel Workers in the Oval office and negotiate an agreement for revitalizing the industry The great challenge of our party and our nation is to alter the misery index said Jackson In this ad ministration the danger index is on the rise Our party must have an obligation to fight for a peace policy not a war policy Mondale who has been criticizing Reagan appointees ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL Democratic presidential candidates Jesse Jackson Sen Gary Hart and Walter Mondale clasp hands together at the end of their debate in Pittsburgh Thursday night Mondale is reacting to Jackson squeezing his hand AP Laserphoto Dem Candidates Woo Pennsylvania Voters PITTSBURGH AP The Rev Jesse Jackson promised help for the working people and won union endorsements Thursday as Walter Mondale organized labors favorite candidate addressed elementary and high school students Gary Hart meanwhile told college students and office workers at a noontime rally that retraining and investment incentives could revitalize the steel industry The three Democratic presidential candidates spent the day appealing for votes in advance of Thursday nights debate here We can revive the steel industry There is a way out Jackson told several hundred steelworkers most of them unemployed at a morning rally outside a union food bank in nearby Homestead You built the nation on your shoulders youre not lazy You worked the hardest and the longest You deserve a chance he told the clapping and cheering crowd Jackson who passed out free groceries to furloughed hardhats at the United Steelworkers Local 1397 food bank said steelworkers should be notified as soon as a company decides to close a plant Employees then should have the option of deciding whether the mill can be saved If steel bosses Cannot run steel plants then let the workers run them Weve got to keep whats necessary Workers are necessary boards Of directors are not said Jackson wearing a union sweatshirt and baseball cap Jackson promised if elected to reduce the military budget by 20 percent and use the money to rebuild America We can use that money to build schools hospitals improve mass transit That will create more demand for steel he said Jackson said he also supports tax breaks and lowinterest loans for steelmakers to retrain workers and reinvest in the economy who have got in trouble over allegations of misuse of office ridiculed Reagans assertion that he would take no action against officials who were the target of allegations still unproven He said that standard apparently is You can stay in government you can be attorney general if you havent been indicted and convicted of something The reference was to Edwin Meese III whose nomination is stalled pending a special prosecultors investigation Meanwhile Meese continues as Reagans counselor Mondale said he would protect Social Security at all costs I know what these seniors are going through Theyre living on nickles and dimes There are alot of things we cannot afford but I for one will not pick on old folks He said the nation needs sound new economic policies and he vowed to pursue new policies that will get those Godawful nuclear weapons under control The candidates aimed their appeals at the Penn sylvania Democrats who will allocate the next big block of delegates their primary next Tuesday The candidates all campaigned across the state prior to the showdown where Hart hoping to avoid the kind of pounding he took from Mondale in their last nationally televised encounter Activists Rally Outside Debate Hall PITTSBURGH AP Several hundred activists rallied outside the hall where the Democratic presiden tial debate was held Thursday night seeking to focus attention on the other Pittsburgh and the problems of the jobless We felt we were being excluded from the debate The issues they will be dealing with are either not specific enough or theyre not the issues were concerned with said rally organizer Bob Warfield We have no say on whats hap pening inside Were setting our own agenda outside Theres an awful lot of people who are unhappy over the shallowness of the national debate he said An estimated 200 to 300 people hud dled in a chilly intermittent drizzle They sang songs heard speeches and chanted slogans dealing with Jobs Peace and Freedom Threat Delays Reagans NEW YORK AP A threat situation briefly delayed President Reagans departure from the New York Hilton Hotel Thursday night and city police said bomb squad of ficers had removed a suspicious package that turned out to be harmless A White House spokesman Mark Weinberg who described the inci dent as a threat situation said the delay was about 10 minutes A suspicious package was left at the hotel said Tony Vallelong a New York City police department spokesman There was no bomb said Lt James Robert of the Midtown North Precinct A package was found in a dressing room at pm and the bomb squad was called because he Reagan was there The object was a briefcase con taining pencils pens books no explosives said Detective Robert Noll of the bomb squad Weinberg said that during the 10 minute delay Uie president and his wife Nancy remained in a holding room at the Hilton where the presi dent had addressed a dinner of the New York State Federation of Catholic School Parents   

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