Abilene Reporter News, May 16, 1970

Abilene Reporter News

May 16, 1970

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1970, Abilene, Texas gbttene 3 STAR FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILKNE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 16, 1970-THIRTY-SIX PAGES WTWO SECTIONS lOc SUNDAY Brown wood Puts X to 'Midnight Cowboy' HOFFMAN By DAVE FAIR Reporter-News Correspondent BROWNWOOD (RNS) The "Midnight Cowboy" bit the dust, so lo speak, Friday afternoon as police officers armed wilh a search warrant confiscated the "best movie of the year" and arrested a drive in theater manager. Floyd Allred, manager of the Bluffview Drive In, was arrested by Police Chief Bill Donation but was released on bond. The incident stemmed from [he showing of the X-rated motion picture "Midnight Cow- boy" at the drive-in theater Thursday night. The film, starring Dustin Hoff- man and Jon Voight, received last year's Academy Award for the best motion picture of the year and was nominated for several others. Donahoo signed a complaint before Brown County Atty. Gary Price which charged the show- ing of an obscene film, "Mid- night Cowboy." Brown County Judge W. 0. Breedlove issued a search war- rant for Ihe film. Trice said many movie viewers had complained after going to the film thinking it was a western and being shocked. Earlier this year, Police Chief Donahoo launched a campaign against obscene materials in the city. These included items found on local newsstands as well as motion pictures. The chief had urged voluntary compliance cleaning up all obscene materials in Brownwood. According to information re- ceived late Friday, a motion had been filed for a permanent injunction to prohibit the showing of "Midnight Cowboy" at the theater. But 35ih Dist. Atty. George Day was out of town and could not be reached for confirmation. Hoffman and Voight were both nominated for "best actor" for their roics in the film, and two songs from the movie ranked at the top of most radio station charts across the country. While (he motion picture had an X (adults only) rating, it had completed a showing several months ago at Interstate's Bowie theater in downtown Brown wood. The Abilene Reporter News contacted Allred Friday for comment. "I won't issue a state- ment he said. "I am sure we will issue one at a later time." The Bluffview Drive In Is owned by Video Independent of Oklahoma City which owns numerous theaters in Texas and Oklahoma. Reaction was mixed con- cerning the incident Friday. Some young adults spoke out against the seizing of the film and the subsequent arrest, but most older citizens who' were contacted by newsmen for an opinion applauded the action. Several said they "com- mended the police chief for his action." VOIGHT Painting their wagon Debby Kersey, left, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Kersey, and Gerald Thane, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mel- vin Thane, put on make-up for their parts in the Abi- lene High School Senior Follies' production of "Paint Your Wagon" Friday night See story Page 8-A. (Staff Photo by Reg Reynolds) Census Drop Spurs Amarillo Manhunt AMA1ULLO (AP) _ Amarillo, Its official census figures show- ing an unexpected drop from the 1960 totals, began a hunt Friday for or more per- sons its leaders believe were not counted. The census figure indicated Amarillo with a population of a decline of from 1960. Chamber of Commerce statis- tics, based on electrical connec- tions, gas meters, water meters, workers and students and pu- pils, indicated a population of Since the big Amarillo Air Force Base has been deac- tivated. Dr. Fred Johnson, Chamber of Commerce president, and Don Hileman, chamber manager, said Friday that indications from sources other than prelim- inary 1970 census figures are that or more citirens may not have been counted. Both men urged all persons WEATHER U. J. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU IWeilher Map, IA) ABILENE AND VICINITY radius) Fair ana warmer Saturday Wmxgb Sunday. High Saturday 70 to 75; low Saturday nlgM 55 lo M. High Sunday 75 lo 80 winds light and variable becoming southerly S To 15 miles per hour Sunday. TEMPERATURES Pit i.m.............. Prl, p.m. a who think they were not includ- ed in the recent census to get in touch with the chamber of- fice. Dr. Johnson said the chamber will turn over to census officials the figures which the office gathers in the hope that "we can get a more accurate level" for Amarillo's current popula- tion." Hileman said a method used by a postal official for estimat- ing population by the number of mailboxes In use supports the estimates from the other souices. "They (census talcers) had to FIRST EVER Nixon Nominates Women Generals i) 61 SI 57 S7 57 a a H High low lor u-houri mdlng 70 57. Hlih low wmi dale so. IM ntaMi nmrl" ttfti luiutf tonlqfH: ilronwttr mmloq MM, I NvmMiry il t p-m.i Si fir 1 WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon has nominated the first two women generals in the history of the U.S. armed forces, it was announced Fri- day. The Pentagon said Col. Eliza- beth P. Hoisington, director of the Women's Army Corps, and Col. Anna Mae Hays, chief of the Army Nurse Corps, have been selected by the President for promotion to the temporary rank of brigadier general. Congress authorized general officer rank for women three years ago, but this is the first time that any woman in uniform has been picked to wear a star. Col. Hoisington, a native of Newton, Kan., enlisted in the World War H Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942 and wa.s commissioned a year later. She became director of the WAC In August 1966. Col. Hays, born In Buffalo, N.Y., also entered the Army in World War II, first serving in 1942 as an operating room nurse. She became chief of the Army Nurse Corps In Septem- ber CoL HoWngtoo ta a of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Col. Hays received her nurses' training in Allen- town, Pa., her nursing educa- tion degree from Columbia Uni- versity, and a master's degree from Catholic University. The two were included in a list of 82 Army colonels selected for promotion to one-star rank. Rain Eases Up Over Big Country Abilene and most of the area dried up somewhat Friday as the rains stopped over most of the Big Country. A few towns however, receiv- ed over an inch of rain. Dublin reported 1.47 Inches Friday fur a two-day total of 2.47. De received 1.25 Inches, bringing Its two-day total to 2.25. Comancne received 1.05 Inches and Goree .25. No rain Is In the forecast for the next couple of days. Saturday should be fair and warmer with UM Mjh near 75, have missed some Hileman said. "Otherwise the Southwestern Public Service Co. (Ihe electric company) has been installing new meters while people are leaving town.'" Hileman said that since the publication of the census figures Thursday, the chamber office has already received several calls from people who were not counted. Dr. Johnson said he feels that the actual figures for Amarillo and for the metropolitan area are more than and near- ly respeclively. If the preliminary census fig- ures stand, Dr. Johnson said, "the drop would have a great impact on Amarillo's future." A city with a declining population cannot attract new business, he said, and advertising media would probably lost some na- tional accounts. Hileman said Amarillo will "Weed" economically if the fig- ures are not revised before they become official this summer. City Manager John Stiff said Thursday that population ba- rometers he bad reviewed ail indicated the census figure was too low. "It is difficult to accept the preliminary 1970 census count as Stiff said. NEWSlNDEX T6B Altrolwiy 101 Bridge 108 Church Ntwl 41 CUmiHed 11-161 Comici 6, 71 Farm 1 171 101 3A Oil 17A Sporti 1MSA TV 1IA TV Seeirt 11A Wamn'i II Jury Criticizes Police Handling Of Panther Raid CHICAGO (AP) A federal grand jury investigating a po- lice raid in which two Black Panthers were killed said Fri- day the performance of law en- forcement agencies in the case "gives some reasonable basis for public doubt of their efficien- cy or even of their credibility." The panel said "the testimony of the officers involved is mate- rially inconsistent with ihe physical evidence." It said, however, it could not resolve tlie problems and deter- mine whether any civil rights were violated because of the re- fusal of the Panthers involved to testify. Panther leaders, Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, wore killed in the Dec. 4 raid on Hampton's apartment. Seven were arrested. Tfie seven declined lo testify on the ground that the jury was not formed of their peers. The jury of leading Chica- goans appointed by the coroner included 21 whites and two Negroes. The grand jury report said a search of the apartment after the raid by technicians from the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County slate's attor- ney's office wa.s superficial and disorganized. II said the search uncovered only 77 of 151 pieces of "ballistically identifiable evi- dence ultimately taken from the apartment, by other officials. "Any crime scene investiga- tion which uncovei's barely half the relevant evidence must be seriously the re- port said. The grand jury also was criti- cal of the Panthers for refusing to testify. "Given the political nature of the Panthers, the grand jury is forced to conclude that they are more interested in the issue ot police, persecution than Uiey are in obtaining justice. "It is a sad fact of our society that such groups can transform such issues into donations, sym- pathy and membership without ever submitting to impartial fact-finding by anyone. Perhaps Ihe short answer is that revolu- tionary groups simply do not want the legal system to work." Stale charges against the sev- en arrested in the raid were dropped a week ago when the slate's attorney reported (here was insufficient evidence to sup- port (he charges of attempted murder, armed violence and other crimes. The raiding officers had testi- fied they suspected the apart- ment was occupied by Panther members, whom they believed would not hesitate to use fire- arms against police, 'nicy said they were met by gunfire when they tried to servo a searcli wan-ant for a cache of weapons reportedly hidden at the apart- ment. New Courthouse Changes Pending By JIM CONLHY Reporter-News Staff Writer Several proposed changes In the plans for the new Taylor County Courthouse, including the combining of the features of two floors into one and the deletion of several private rest- rooms, will be brought before the county commissioners Tuesday. Architects Jack Luther and .Tamos Tittle of Tittle, Luther, living and I.cc Architects and Engineers, who are designing the building, confirmed Friday that they will propose the changes. The major change they will call for will be to combine the features formerly planned for the first and second floors Into a first floor wilh a large lobby space. Luther said the tax and county clerk offices had been planned for the first floor and a lobby- informalion-memorial area had been planned for the second floor. Luther pointed out that the plans still allowed for most of the features of both floors to be on the first floor. "We are simply recom- mending that the courthouse not devote an entire floor to a lobby if the building is to be constructed within the budget. We can still have plenty of lobby, information and memorial he said. The Imifgct is also a factor In deleting several private rest- rooms from the plans, Luther said. The plans will call for rest- rooms on all five floors, one men's and one women's, except the fourth floor, which will contain courtrooms, will have a toilet for each judge's chamber and a men's and women's toilet for each witness room. There Turn to COUNTY, Pg. 2-A NEVER, VOW WOMEN Serve the Public? All Right, But Share Their Toilets? By COM.ICY Knportcr-News Staff Wrllcr "No privale rcstrooms in the new courthouse? Oh, groan- ed a clerk in one of the offices of the County Courthouse Friday when she heard Ihe news. "How could they do another groaned. "I'll wait all day before I use the public one." About a women clus- tered together, discussing reports that the architects of the new courthouse were planning to recommend deletion of the office reslrooms when they meet with County Commisslonera Tuesday. Architect Jack Luther called it "an economic to bring the courthouse within its fcodget WHILE THE men remained stoic, the ladies made no of their disappointment a reporter asked them "Why the Everyone made H clear lhat they didn't object to the public M k whole bul to outwardly imkempt and dirty people who, Ihcy say, "make some court house public rcstrooms un- bearable." The office personnel on Die first flnor, where some 49 women work all or part of each day, were the most outspoken on the "injustice." One said she would rathrr share a restroom wilh male employes than to use Ihe type of public restroom which is near her office now. ANOTHER BACKED up her criticism wilh the reasoning: "The county commissioners will each have an office hut they put In one bathroom for 60 women." Even Judges could not es- cape the wrath of the females, who by then were In a barely controlled frenzy. -C "Why should judge have his own bathroom? I'm an employe, one said. "We all the public." also ranged lo iBdlcrom, "I guess we'll have to bring our own potty chairs "-or disposable diapers." "They'd better get the kidney transplants another said, "because none, of us are going to use the public bath- room." A FEMALE sheriff's deputy had some tongue in sympathy for the women. "We may have a pot to spare Over she said, "if they ever get this building finished." Architect Jack Luther of the firm planning the courthouse said the public restrooms will bo cleaner and stay cleaner than those in the present courthouse. "The toilets will be mounted on the wall rather than the ho said, "so they can be cleaned paster. People will take pride in these facilities." County .Midge Hoy Rkaggs said the county commissioners had not made special plans for Jani- torial care ot the facilities "but we Intend to see that (the rest- rooms) are kept very clean." I ;