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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1970, Abilene, Texas                                Abilene Report er "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 89TH YEAR, NO. 236 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 9, 1070 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS Associated Praj SUNDAY Senofre Report Shows Doctors Get Million Medicare Pay By JAMES POLK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) _ Doc- tors al Iwo clinics in Texas nnd California received medicare payments totaling about 51 mil- lion for each group in a single year, a Senale report shows. A lop official of Ihe American Medical Association WHS among Pressure E.xpccled lor National Health Flan, Page 4B the doctors al one ot Ihe clinics al Palo Allo, Calif. Tlie Scoll and White Clinic at Temple, Tex., received mil- lion in medicare payments for its 107 doclors in 1968 for Ihe largcsl group billing listed un- der medicare. The Palo AHn Medical Clinic got the same year for 130 doctors. Dr. Richard S. Wil- bur, who is now the AMA's sec- ond-highest slalt official, was a partner in the Palo Allo clinic at that time. The AMA was a fierce foe of medicare when il was passed four years ago as the federal health program for the elderly. The Senate Finance Commil- lee stall's report listed at least six medicare and medicaid pay- ments in Ihc million bracket. The others went to hospital groups of doclors, Iwo of them Jet Strikes By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israeli and Egyptian jcls trad- ed strikes across Ihe northern Suez Canal loday as tiie little summit meeting of Israel's chief Arab foes drew to a close in Cairo. Israeli planes made a 75-min- ute raid against Egyptian mili- tary targets in the northern sec- tor of the canal, Ihe military command announced in Tel Aviv, and all planes returned safely. Kgyplian military spokesmen in Cairo reported lhat Egyptian fighler-bombers attacked "ene- my bunkers and an encamp- ment in Ihe Deversoir area, scoring direct hits." The planes hit a group of moving Israeli ve- hicles, -the spokesmen said, and also attacked Israeli tanks on a main road in Sinai. All planes were, reported to have returned safely. Israeli jets struck on Iwo sides of Cairo .Sunday during the second day of the Arab leaders' conference called by- President Gamal Nasser. The Israelis claimed they slmt down Iwo Egyptian MIGZls. Egypt claimed one Israeli Phantom, -.and each denied the other's claim. The Israeli planes attack an army camp at Inshash, 12 miles northeast o[ the Egyptian capi- tal, and nil another camp near Helwan, 15 miles south of Cairo. Just before Ihc Sunday morn- ing meeting of Arab leaders at Nasser's Zahiaa palace in sub- urban Heliopolis, air raid sirens wailed, windows were rallied by an unexplained blast, and residents heard Ihe thud of an- tiaircraft guns firing al the Is- raeli raiders. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad said Sunday night lhal the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Sudan nations manning Ihe front lines against agreed on recommendations submitted to Ihem by their foreign and de- fense ministers. The leaders were to hold a final discussion today and then issue a commu- nique. Egyptian fighlcrs engaged Die Israeli planes as they attacked Ihe two army camps. Israeli spokesmen said Ihc Iwo MIGs were hit by cannon fire al "me- dium and that one ex- ploded in the air and the other crashed in flames. They said one of the Egyptian pilots bailed oul. Allies Kill 117 North Yiets in Mekong Delta Battle Early School Year Okayed Abilene public school sludcnts will start to school earlier this nexl school year, Aug. 26, as Ihe Abilene Board of Educalion adopled Ihe 1970 71 school calendar al a breakfast meeting Monday al the Slarlile Inn. The board also set Tuesday night, March 3, for an orien- tation dinner meeting for the Citizens Committee which has been formed to sludy the school needs and approved'a schedule for summer school at Ihe end of this school year. First day of classes for the 1970-11 scliool year will bo Aug. 26, however Ihe leachers will be at in-service workshops begin- ning Aug. 17. Tho longer school year Is a result of recent legislation which calls for leachers lo have- a minimum of 100 work days including a minimum of 180 leaching days. This school year the teachers nave a 180-day work year includ- ing 175 leaching days and five I days in-service. The 1970-71 calendar calls for Ihe teacher in-service Aug. 17-21 with registration and teacher work day scheduled for Aug. 2-1- 25. Holidays listed include Labor Day, Sept. 7, (he Thanksgiving holidays-Nov. 26-27 and Christ- mas holidays Dec. 23-Jan. 4. Teachers and students will get a i full school week for the spring I holidays. With Easier Sunday I falling on April 11, Ihc week i ol April 12-16 has been reserved for spring holidays. Students will aclually have 9 Iwo more days off while leach- I crs will be al the book work on records scheduled at Ihe end of I each semester on Jan. 15 and {May 28 and May 31. Last day of 4 classes for the 3970-71 school I year Is May 27. jj Baccalaureate will be held jMay 30 and Cooper High gradu- iation is scheduled for May 31 while Abilene High will have its J graduation June 1. lly RICHARD PYLE Associated Press IVritcr SAIGON (AP) South Viet- namese spokesmen said loday thai U.S. and government forces have killed al least 117 North Vietnamese and captured six in a four-day battle slill going on in the western Mekong Delta's Plain of Reeds. The battle in Ihe savanna land at Ihis lime of year -was the only sustained major fight- ing reported during Ihe Viet Cong's four-day Tet cease-fire which ended al 7 a.m. p.m. EST Sunday. The fighting began when an American helicopter was fired on Friday. Governmenl merce- naries led by U.S. Special Forces made a helicopler as- sa'ult into Ihe area, about eight miles southwest of Moc Hoa nnd 60 miles west of Saigon, and touched off a succession of run- ning fights. Field reports said aboul 10 governmcnl troops had been killed and a dozen wounded. The mercenaries and their Green Beret officers are being sup- ported by American helicopter gunships and fighler-bombers. In a clash Ihis morning, gov- ernment spokesmen said, two mercenaries were killed and one wounded and 16 enemy were killed. Twenty-six North Vietnamese were killed Sunday, government spokesmen said. No American casualties were re- ported. The enemy Iroops are reporl- ed to be from the Norlh Viet- namese Bfilh Regiment, one of four North Vietnamese regi- ments in the delta. It has oper- ated near Chan Doc, 100 miles west of Saigon along Ihe Cambo- dian border. Kien Tuong Prov- ince, where the current bailie is being fought, is (he farthest east that the unit has been sighted. The U.S. Command reported lhal an American river patrol boat with five U.S. Navy men aboard slrayed across the Cam- bodian border Thursday night and is being detained by the Lennort Won't Limit Cost of Peoce Plan LONDON (AP) Beallc John Lcnnon says he doesn't know how much money his peace campaign is costing but it doesn't mailer because "we're going lo send all the bills on lo President Nixon for payment anyway." The pop singer and pacifist says lhal when il conies to make ends meel, "1 trust in God lo look after that and in our ability lo go on earning money." The 29-year-old composer, whose music is taken seriously by classical critics but whose peace campaigns are often de- rided, made his latest anliwar appeal in a question-and-answer session wilh the Sun, a London newspaper. "When we say 'war is over if you want said Lennon, quot- ing the slogan on the posters he has plastered on walls around Ihe world, "we mean thai it ev- eryone demanded peace instead of anolher TV set, we'd have peace." Speaking for himself and his Japanese wife Yoko Ono, Lcn- non saluted Canada's Prime Minister Pierre Elliol Trudcau NEWS INDEX Arrusemcnls 6A Bridqp 9A Classified IO-13B Comics 9B Editorials SB Horoscope 14A Hospital Polienls 7A Obituaries 3A Sports IO.IIA To Your Good Health 8A TV Loo UB Women's NDWI 3B as the kind of leader Ihe world needs. Lennon said he and his wife are Socialists. "In a way we're Christian Communists, but in a pure sense: nol in the way Russia or Italy think of communism or Christianity. Lcnnon said marrying Yoko had rejuvenated him info Ihe Liverpool boy he was before he go famous. "As a Bealle I'd gol a bil stodgy, a bit too fat and he added. Despite his forays inlo paci- fism, Lcnnon said he spends as much time as every on his mu- sic. Cambodian government. A spokesman said Washington has asked Ihe Cambodians lo re- lease Ihe boat and its crew. Anolher American boat crossed Ihe border by mistake on July 17, 1968, with 11 U.S. sol- diers and a Soulli Vietnamese private on board. Goad Murder Trial Starts BAIRD A total of 189 per- sons answered Ihcir personal jury summonses Monday as Ihc murder trial of Curlis Sherman Goad, 20, of Cross Plains, opened in 42nd District Court here. A special venire of 200 persons had been called for possible jury selection. Of the 11 who failed to appear, four lived out of the county, Iwo had served on the grand jury, and (here were mix- ups in several names. Individual selection of jurors was to begin al mid-morning after Judge Raleigh Brown had heard excuses from persons as prospective jurors. An estimated one dozen per- sons had been excused by Judge Brown by 10 a.m., according lo a spokesman in the district clerk's office. Goad is charged in Ihe shooting death of Cross Plains Cily Marshal Byron Richardson. The lawman was shol last July 2 and died Aug. 1 in Hendrick Me- morial Hospital in Abilene. Allorncy Charles Scarborough of Abilene has been appointed to defend Goad. Criminal IMst. Ally. Ed Paynler is proscculing, assisted by Attorney Bill Thomas, also of Abilene, a former district attorney. The stale is seeking the dealh pclalty for Goad. in New York City. There was no indication of Ir- regularity in the payments lo any of the clinics. Officials said joint paymcnls lo medical groups usually are higher be- cause ot (he number of doclors involved. The report also said 68 indivi- dual doclors were paid at least a year by medicare. Florida led wilh 37, more than all the other slates together. At least 36 other doclors got from mcdicaid, Ihe health program for Ihe poor. New York, California and Mich- igan topped this list. The Senate report kepi Ihc names sccrel and listed the doc- lors and clinic groups only by confidential code numbers, such as "YYY206V7Y." However, Ihe clinics were identified by The Associated Press Ihrough government sources and official records. John Gill, administrator of Ihc Scoll and While Clinic, said in a telephone interview that Die million covered work by 107 physicians who are paid fixed salaries rather than receiving paticnl fees. The Texas clinic, founded at (he turn of the cenlury as a frontier railroad hospital center, is now one of the largest in the counlry. The Palo Allo Clinic also re- ceived Ihrough medi- caid in Ihc same year for a total of million from the two gov- ernment programs. Mosl of its 130 doctors serve on the medical faculty at Stanford University. Dr. Wilbur was a partner in the clinic until last summer when he became assistant exec- utive vice president of the AMA at its Chicago headquarters. He could not lie reached immediately for comment. The Palo Alto Clinic was iden- tified by a Blue Shield spokes- man in California from comput- er records of Ihe serial number listed for the medicare payment in the Senale report. The clinic's administrator, John Johnson, said in a tele- phone interview the amount seemed to be higher than he (nought his records showed. He said he was rechecking them. The largest one-year payment lo doctors listed in Ihe Senale report was million under mcdicaid to the staff of a hospi- lal in New York City. Sources identified it as Presbyterian Hospilal, a huge medical com- plex with nearly beds. More than million in medi- raid paymenls went lo staff doc- lors at a smaller institution, identified by the sources as Ihe Brookdale Hospital Center in Brooklyn. A Michigan hospital's doclors got from medi- care. These amounts' represented only the doctors' services under Ihe programs and did nol in- clude nlhor paymcnls lo the hos- pitals for room charges, labora- lory fees, drugs and other costs. The Senate committee's staff lisled one medicaid payment of nearly ?1.4 million for whal il said was a "solo praclilioner" in New York. However, New York officials said no single doctor came close to gelling lhal sum, and added the report evidcnlly erred. The committee staff conceded it had difficulty in untangling New York records to determine which payments wenl to single doctors and which wenl lo groups. KAiS'JAN VAID AND HER RROTIIER 21-year-old Kenyan without a country IAP Wlnpnolo) Stateless Asian Girl Will Try Kenya Again JOHANNESBURG, South Africa Ul Hnnjan Vaid, Ihc staleless Asian girl who was hnrrcd from entering Britain, was prevented from entering South Africa today after she made an unsuccessful atlcnipt to rclurn to Kenya where she was born. Hiss Vaid, 21, came here on a jetliner of the West German airline Lufthansa on a flight lhat Sunday night in Frankfurt. Officials let her off Ihc plane but would nol allow her oul of the airport Iransit lounge. They lold her she would have to get back on Ihe airliner on its return flight lo Germany. The Plane is .scheduled In slop al Nairobi, Kenya's capital, and Miss Vaid was expected to make another allcmpt lo return there. The plane continues on from Nairobi to Athens in Greece and then lo Munich in West Geimany. Miss Vaid has become a human shultlccock since she tried lo cnler Britain Feb. 3 without an entry permit. She was allowed lo leave Ihe Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt for a brief airporl reunion with Nairobi relatives, then was fonccd lo continue with the flight. The girl's father, a Kenya Asian who also is a noncilizen, waited anxiously at his Nairobi hole for the outcome of his (laughter's atlcmpt lo join her brother, Shaulilal, who works in London as an accountant. Aflcr Kenya became Indepen- dent, Asians living in Ihc coun- Iry were allowed lo become Kenya citizens, bul thousands of then: preferred to retain P.rilish citizenship and their Brilisfi passports. When the Kenyan government embarked on a policy of Riving black Kenyans job preference over Hie Asians, an exodus started lo Brilain. Alarmed at the flood, Ihe British in I'M8 limited admissions of Kenyan Asians holding British passporls to a year. The British Home Office ruled .Saturday it could not make an exception of Miss Vaid even though her brother said he would be financially responsible for her. British officials piii the girl aboard a Lufthansa plane Salurday for Frankfurt, her last stop before arriving in London. Lufthansa re- fused lo fly her lo Nairobi because she hart no re-entry permit for Kenya, and she flew lo Zurich. There British Overseas Airways Corp. also refused lo fly her lo Kenya. She returned lo Frankfurt and Lufthansa agreed Sunday lo put her on a flight to Nairobi. "1 lold them Ihcy probably would have to bring her Shanlilal Vard said in London. "My sister had only two pounds S'l.KO Icfl and f have given her another five pounds I don'l know how much this has cost me far the airlines haven't charged me." U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU MJPJ Pg. 7A] ABILENE AND VJCINITY fJC-mHl Fair loday. lonighl and Tuesday; Uccmlrxj a [iuifr waimer Tupidsy, this eround drqreti; 30, hEgh In Jhe ucper fiO'i. Winds, northerly At m.D h., mil Mierrwxxi beccmrnq arid variflWp toniahl Tuesday. Outlook for clear parlJy cloudy ar.d cooler. 3J. Hkjh a.-vf by for 3-f hou'l ending 9 a.m.: 60 and 33. nnd iarne date last year: iS and Sunspr lair r'ghl; tunriie Tpriatil: What Are Birch Society Projects? By ELLIE nUCKEfl and BETTY GRISSOM Q. How many members docs (he local John Birch Society have? Whal arc their projects? A. Their policy is each person's membership Is his own business, so Dr. Irhy Fox, local chapter leader, says he can't give a number, only lhat Ihere are over 100 in Abilene. He says their projects are: Support Your Local Police. Liberty Amendment (lo repeal income tax, have government sell any business that's in competition wilh privale enterprise.) Get U.S. put of the United Nations Win in Vietnam Promotion of American Opinion Libraries, Speaker's Bureau, and magazine; also Review of the News Magazine Movement ID Rcslore Decency (in lileralnrc, songs, sex education) Truth Aboul Civil Turmoil to "expose" Civil Rights Organizations. Q. Can local police arresl hllchhlkcrs anil hold Ihcm in Jail? On what grounds? A. A lillle explanation law stales it's illegal to hitchhike on the roadways in Texas, nut because of Ihe wording of the law a person can stand on Ihe curb or shoulder and legally hitchhike. Police Chief Dodson says police could arrest a hitchhiker if they wanted lo, hut normally don't. They just tell him to move off the roadway. Q. Is (here an ordinance prohibiting parking cars on Hie sidewalk? There's an inlersccllon in where we have 1o pull far out In the street ID sec around cars parked on .Ihc sidewalk and It creates a dangerous situation. A. Parking on privalt properly is okay, bul Ihc curb, sidewalk, and area helwecn sidewalk and curb is public property and it's illegal to park there. Itcporl a violation lo the Police Dopl. 0. Could yon please lell me who or whal Sterling Moss Is? A. Sterling Mo.ss is an ex-Grand Prix Champion race-track driver who suffered a near fatal racing accident before he mill racing. He now sells wax. Q. I read fn Acllon Line that someone wanled (o know ff anyone In Abilene collected used eyeglasses. wish lo say the Abilene Kcllred Teachers collect Ihem and send Ihcm lo New Eyes for Ihc Needy In New Jersey. A. Thai will save someone some wrapping and mailing! Take Ihe glasses lo Mrs. George Fry, 1333 Sayles, or Miss Mclnlyrc at 2M2 Woodard. The Lions Club is also collecting them again; any Lions Club member will lake them or call Irvin Hiler al 677-1911 ox 1. 429. In addition lo eyeglasses, (hey solicit artificial eyes, cataract lenses, soft cases, hearing aids, old watches, old costume'or real jewelry and silverware. The metal frames and scrap metal is sold lo a refinery; redeemed cash is used to purchase new prescription glasses and artificial glasses for the needy, Q. Why doesn't have Dickens' Christmas Carol anymore? I have missed Ihis and would like very much, to see II next Christmas. A. An NBC Official in New York says, "Unfortunately, this film Is quite old and docsn'l mccl our standards for a nelwork broadcast. U'o suggest lhal viewers wrile to Iheir local stations and urge Ihcm lo carry the movie." Action Line has written the local NRC slalion and passed on your request. AiMrrss questions lo Aclion Linn, Box 30, Ahllene, TC.VRS 7S6M. Names will not be used hul must be signed and address glvrn.   

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