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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 24, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               Mil IIIIIV 3 STAR FINAL I "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 89TH YEAR, NO. 220 PHONE 673.4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 24, 1970 THrRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS IQc SUNDAY Nixon's Crime-Control Bill Is WASHINGTON (AP> _ The Senate passed Friday one of the major crime bills urged by President Nixon, a measure to arm .the government with new legal weapons to fight the Mafia and other underworld syndi- cates. Known as the Organized Crime Control Act, the bill was passed by a 72-1 vote sifter the Senate Dejected all amendments offered' by senators who con- tended some of its provisions trespass on individual rights. Sen. Lee Metcalf, D-Monl., cat the lone dissenting vote. The measure now goes to the House, where there is no pros- by Senate peel of early action on it. Nixon protested in his Stale of the Union address Thursday that none at the 13 anticrime bills he recommended last year has yet been passed by the Democratic controlled Con- gress. The Senate-passed bill is a bulky measure that was de- scribed by .Democrats and Re- publicans alike as the product of bipartisan efforts. It wrapped into one piece of legislation 10 separate bills. Sen. John L. MCClellan, D- Ark., floor manager of the bill, said its enactment is vital "to arrest and reverse the growlh of organized crime and end its vir- tual immunity from legal ac- countability." He said "criminal cartels" like the Mafia annually drain billions of dollars from the econ- omy through syndicated gam- bling, the narcotics traffic, loan sharking, infiltration of legiti- mate business and the takeover of labor unions. The bill for the first time would make largescale illicit gambling enterprises a -federal crime. These are defined as in- volving five or more persons, being in operation for more than 30 days, and having a gross take of as much as in any onej day. Bribery of local officials- such as police, prosecutors, or connection with ille- gal gambling activities also would become a federal crime. Another major feature of the bill is designed to root out rack- eteer infiltration of businesses and labor unions, through crimi- nal forfeitures and use of anti- trust concepts like divestiture, dissolution and reorganization, The bill provides also for ex- tra sentences of up to 30 years in prison for habitual and professional criminals and for leaders of organized crime. Other parts of the measure provide for a comprehensive re- vision and strengthening of the evidence gathering process in organized crime investigations and prosecutions. Some senators objected that these new procedures would not be limited to organized crime and could impair civil liberties. The American Civil Liberties Union appealed to all senators to reject the bill, saying it con- tained "manifold possibilities for abuse." These disputed sections of the bill would: for special grand juries empowered not only to AP Chief 'Enjoyed' Agnew's Press Criticism By ED N. WISHCAMPER Editor, The Rcporfcr-Ncws The president of the Associat- ed Press, Paul Miller, said here Friday he "actually enjoyed" Vice President Spiro Agnew's recent criticism of the news media. Miller made the observation during a short stop in Abilene at mid-day Friday while in Texas on business. He visited briefly at 'Hie Reporter-News and inspected the newspaper's building expansion now under con- struction. Then he was driven on a quick toiir of the cHy, ending at the airport, where he boarded his private plane to fly home to Rochester, N.Y. In addjjipn to heading the AP, Miller of Gannett one1 of the nation's largest newspaper chains head- quartered in Rochester. Miller said Vice President Agnew's remarks were "his way of responding to what he thought PAUL MILLER praise for Abilene had been criticism of the Nixon administration. "This is a free country and there is no reason why he shouldn't have the right to his Miller said in a plane-side interview. The AP chief stressed Agnew did not criticize all newspapers in general "though a lot of people assumed he did." "What he did was to criticize a couple of newspapers (the New York Times and ejlhe Washington Post) which had editorially criticized the administration and he wanted to gel back at them. I grant him as much right to respond as the newspapers have to' make editorial criticism. "All newspapers are fair .game, for-criticism, just as are all Miller declared. Miller said the Associated Press is now doing Its best job and making the most progress in hislory under direction of General Manager Wes Gallagher. He was particularly pleased with the quality the AP is able to maintain in its personnel. Miller says "readers will get better looking, easier to read, more colorful newspapers in the future. In addition to that, newspapers are improving qualitatively and continue to be the absolute basic element of our communities. "We have many other media thai are useful, that we enjoy, but the newspapers have a distinctive, role and seem to be emerging stronger among all the media because of their role as a community Miller said. He foresees exciting possibilities pt elec t ro n i c distribution of newspapers in the future. Miller volunteered generous praise of Abilene and Tlie Reporter News. "I think The Reporter-News is building a wonderful building, and it is doing a great job here." Miller said he was "thrilled to visit a city with such fine high- ways, public and educational facilities-as Abilene has. It Is eturn indictments but to Issue eports concerning misconduct y public officials and organized rims conditions. An amendment by Sen harles E. Goodell, R-N.Y., to rike out this report-writing au hority was defeated 59 to 13. a new general immu ity law under which a person ould be compelled to testify not- ithsianding his assertion ol is 5th Amendment protection gainst self-incrimination. I would protect him from prose nition on the basis of anything e said but not from prosecution ased on other evidence. the no-bail im risonment for contempt or re alcitrant witnesses who refuse o testify after a grant of Immu ity. for a perjury con iction based on manifestly con radictory statements unde ath, doing away with the two itness and direct-evidenc the attorney gen ral to provide protective cuslo y or otherwise protect organ zed crime witnesses and their amilies, at their request. the use of deposi ions to be used in trial of crimi lal cases, as a safeguar gainst gangland vengeanc igainst a witness. restrict defense ac essv'to to. de ermine if evidence was oj) alned through illegal wiretap ing or other unlawful means in amendment by Sen. Philip Hart, D-Mich., and Edward M. Kennedy, DMass.; to strlk his section was rejected 53 t 0. WEATHER U.I. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE EISA WEATHER BUREAU (WMthir Pg. JA) ABILENE AND VICINITY radius) Partly ctoudy and a mile warmer Saturday through Saturday night. High Saturday 72 with a low Saturday night around O. Hloh Sunday 75. Winds Saturday toutherly at 1005 m.p.h. No rain TEMPERATURES Frl. a.m. Frl. p.m. 33 33 33 27 35 39 45 S3 3-00 1200 High and low for M-hours ending 9 f.m.: 67 and 27. and Jow same last ywr: 7X it. Sunset last'ntahl: lunrlM today: sunset loofeht: Baromeftff reading at y p.m.: Humidity.at 9 p.m.: 99 vw cent. Lottery Number 60 Limit Could Leave Draft Short By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Selective Service officials in 15 states said Friday it was unlikely they would be able to fill their February draft allocalions thought they could meet their quotas. because of federal orders (hat month of operation for the new they go no higher than lottery draft system No. 60. Officials in another 15 states and New York City said they were unable to predict the effect of the celling at this time. Officials in 16 stales and the District of Columbia said they No. 30 to try and insure that the lottery numbers are called Smith Named President Of Mormons Officials in four states could relatively uniformly throughout not be reached for comment. February will be the second Nixon .signed that into President law last November. Eligibility was determined by a lottery-by- birthday drawing last Dec. 1. In January Selective Service system suggested local boards go no higher than lottery the nation. In Washington, an official pokesman for Selective Service lational headquarters, which irdered the February ceiling Tuesday, said state and local wards would be expected to go no higher than No. 60 even il hat left them short. The spokesman agreed, In an wer to questions, that if this meant Selective Service nation wide would fail to meet the total 'entagon call for men in February, then the Defense De >artment would have to seek additional men in a later call to make up the difference. Asked whether this meant Disem Beat led Tne lengthy tresses of Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, are a thing of the past. Here's how they look after a visit to a barber in Den- mark. Despite the clipping, Lennon kept his beard. (AP Wirephoto) hat the point of the February ?eiling was to determine wheth er, in fact, the call could be mei under such a restriction, the pokesman replied, "You've go t exactly." Without the ceiling, there might be a wide difference in ottery numbers of men called by local boards. The variance could come when one loca has a large pool of men spread evenly over the lottery while In another board's poo he distribution of birthdays i: far from the national norm. example the latter oc curred in Muskogee County Oklahoma, where the boan a youth who is No. 366 When notified of the action the state director sent out Instruc tions to cancel calls to anybody above No. 60. Another reason (or the celtlni. Is that some local boards tnlgti be short on low-numbered men early In the year because of de ferments due to expire later. The White House, Selectlv .Service and Pentagon official want to avoid inequities tha could result from such dispart ties. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) toseph Fielding Smith, a. tough minded fundamentalist who Mormonism's foremost theolo ;ian, Friday was chosen pres dent of the Church of Jesu ihrist of Laller-day Saints. He succeeds David 0. McKay who died Sunday. Smith, 93, was selected by th Mormon Council of the Twelv Apostles, which assumes contri at the death of a church pres dent. Smith was the council president and senior apostle. His selection must be ratifiec >y the world's 2.8 million Mot mons, but this is a formality. Harold B. Lee, 70, was namec o succeed Smith as head of th council, thus becoming heir-a; >arent to the presidency. Smith, whose health is gener ally good despite his advanm years, says ''A man should er retire" and sticks to a ous schedule. NWS INDEX AmuMminti 41 Astrology 101 TOB Church Newi 
                            

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