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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Abilene, Texas                                WITHOUT OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 83RD YEAR, NO.V205 PHONE 673-4271 79604, TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 8, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS L By ELJ.IE RUCKER Getty Ransom Tax Status Uncertain Q. Is the ransom paid (or .1. Paul Gjttty m deductible under Ihe income tax code? 'A.-rWithout haying all the facts of the case Revenue' Service in Dallas says H can't make a'judgment on thai particular situation but did tell "us aboul ransom mon- ey in general..Ransom payments qualify as theft loss, deductions, if taking of money Is illegal under'the1 law of the stale where it occurred, and the taking was done with criminal intent. Q. Your paper had a sfory about the Liberated M'oman's Calendar but left out -Information wn'ere.do yon. get it? I wanted one as a Christmas present for a liberated lady I kiiqw but 1 never did find one. Do you know where I should look? A. Ten calls later, we haven't found il either, bul one bookstore owner lias ordered a half dozen, expects them around the end of January. We've sent you his name. He can order; a Liberated Woman's Songbook too if you feel inclined lo sing a few free- dom songs.' Q. Docs disc Jockey Dave Dalzell make up all his "Dalzcll's A. He say's he makes up some of them, he "steals." A writer in California sends him material every month, he gels some from magazines, many.from people who call or drop by the station to pass along their favorites .and "some of them I just makeup on the air." His all-time favorite is, "If you didn't start out the day with a smile, it's not too late lo start practicing for tomorrow." We liked his "law" on whal to do with New Year's Kve parly leftovers. Send Ihem home In a taxi. Q. I haven't seen David..Brlnkley'x Journal on 'NBC News; lately. Maybe I've fallen asleep during' the show and missed him hut for it least two weeks I haven't seen him. New Year's Eve the network wished everysne a Happy New .Year, then-showed at. least 2M em- ployes' names and 1 didn't see Brink- ley's. I don't think he's-on the air any- more. A. He's still part of the NBC News pro- gram, according lo KRBC program director Normand Mann. He was probably on vaca- tion those two weeks. Since his part of the show deals with current news he couldn't very well tape it in advance for showing while he was-gone, Q. Where dirt Ihe custom of eating black-eyed peas, on New Year's come from? A. There are two stories lied to Ihe cus- tom. One is tiiat during'hard times after the Civil War, Southerners who had black-eyed peas, a piecc: of- jowl and a bit of cbrnbreari to eat on New Year's Day con- sidered themselves lucky indeed. Thus the eating of black-eyed peas grew into a tradi- tional good luck omen. Some say the Iradition really began before the Civil War. People immigrating to the Southern states from Europe brought with Ihem the custom of eating a bean (black- eyed.peas are really.beans) that had been productive on their land in the year .past. They ate the bean on the first day of the new year .in hopes their land-would again be productive. Address questions to. Action Line, Box IS, Abilene, Texas 7MH Names will no( be used hut questions must be signed and addresses given. Please. Include tel- ephone numbers If possible. Associated Prat (IP) Court Widens Answers In Grand Jury Piling in to Save Gas Piling into Becky Hodges's car after school are, from Becky; daughter of Dr. anil Mrs. Carl- ton Hodges; Nancy Raymond) [laughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. R. Raymond; Mark Vokes, soil of Mrs. Dolores Yokes, and Gerald..Ewing, son of Mr.'and .Mrs. Hiley'Ewing. Tlie Cooper' students save gas'by riding to school together. (Staff Photo by Jennie Gates') Most Not Eager for Driving Curbs fiy JUDY HAMMONDS Reporter-News Staff Writer 'When ''energy "chief William E.-Simon outlined his standby gas rationing plans just after Christmas, -he' also asked school boards to limit student- driving to school. Though Abilene school board members, administra- tors and students.-want to help in Ihe :encrgy light, anything bul eager lor en- forced reductions "in the num- ber of students taking cars to school: Simon suggested schools ailo'pt policics: restricting park- ing lots and limiling the num- bers of students permitted to drive. Hut he said the pro- gram is voluntary ;md said students who have no access school buses or public Constitution Try Underway Today By GARTH JONES .Associated Tress Writer AUSTIN, as''.first to write a new state constitution since 1875 begins lortay. LI. Gov. Bill Hobby will bang the gavel at noon in Ihe Texas House of Representa- tives, .converted for the time being into a convention hall. The opening ceremonies, which will continue all of this week, began a few minutes earlier with Gov. Dolph Bris- coe presiding for the presenta- tion of the colors by the Koss Volunteers of Texas Ai-M Uni- versity. Later today a perma- nent presiding officer was lo be elected, probably House Spakcr Price Daniel Jr., who claims 130 sure supporters. The opening day also may end in the convention's first conflict, a controversy over the power lo be exercised by the or "chair- man" (he delegates choose. But -harmonious or not, the opening starts one of the slate's most historic events of this century. fn 1875, when the scars of reconstruction still.were fresh, (he SO 'delegates -'elected by voters from all walks of life gathered in Austin to write the first true constitution since the Civil War. Their efforts were completed G8 days laler and Ihe document 'was approved by voters in 1870. Since then it has been amended 218 times and doubled in length lo words.- The constitution drafters to- day 181 state senators and representatives, appointed by voters as their convention delegates in a statewide 1972 vole. There are IG1 Demo- crats, -20 Republicans, seven blacks, 12 Mexican-Americans and six women. Ninety-two of Ihe delegates are lawyers. The assignment today is lo complete a new constitution or revision by May 31, unless two-thirds of them agree to a co-day extension, and submil it lo the voters for a final deci- sion. Daniel is pushing for ad- journment in early April. Rare Conditions Cause Swelling Ocean Tides NEW YORK (AP) Rare astronomical conditions lortay swelled tides along the coasts of the United Stales. But seri- ous coastarflooduig was not expected because of the ab- sence of offshore storms and strong onshore winds. Boosting the tides was an alignment of Ihe earth, moon and sun-which scientists say has occurred only 20. limes during ,fne past 300' years. Tides are produced largely by Ihe gravitational.'pull of the moon, though the sun also has an influence. Similar but slightly different astronomical circumstances are expected to generate unu: su ally high tides on Feb. 7, July 19 and Aug. 17. Weather experts earlier had warned that if storms and on- shore winds developed, the high tides could produce a sil- uation similar lo March 6-7, when -severe flooding claimed 40 lives and caused 5500 million in damage from Long Island to North Carolina. West Coast, rising tides were reported to be causing increased erosion at Newport Beach, Calif., where the lifeguard headquarters was fortified with a temporary seawall of sandbags. California slale geologists said the potential impact of the-highi'tides would less serious on the West tlian the East coast because the West Coast rises more abruptly and has fewer bays and estuaries. A research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmos- pheric Administration sAid the erosion problem at Newport Beach confirmed lite validity of a "warning issued .by the agency two weeks ago about high tide dangers. "We have a iiew and accu- of predicting 'the potential danger from coastal said the gcopliysi- cist, Fergus J. Wood. T WEATHER J.5, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National We a I her Seivice (Weilher Map, Pg, 3A> ABILENE AMD VICINITY (W-fnlfi radius) Mostly cloudy and mild today crd loniahl. Chance of I1qh1 rain or rein showers "tonight. Porlly cloudy and conlln- utd mild Wednesday- Southerly winds IS lo 31 mpn. Hiqh todoy and Wecfneiday mid'SCs." Low lonfgM low-Jus.. Proboblll- ly of 20 r.fr cenl lonrghL High and low (or 14 liourj ending f a.m.: and 43. Hich and some date last year: If jnd '71. J Surisel IDS) nighl: sunns i today suniel lonighl: Chance of Rain Aided by Warmth The relatively mild -overnight low of 43 degrees Monday night was caused by what weather people call a '-'greenhouse ef- but don't expect your (lowers to bloom jinyliuie soon. the term simply means [hat the heat the earth absorbed ilur- tile diiyliglil hours was.held cldse to Ihe ground. Tlie sit'iia- lion also was aided by southerly, winds. The low was reached 'about midnight and from Ihcn on; temperatures- started back: up, ,said Frank Cannon of Ihe National Weather Service... 20 per cent chance of rain lasl night did not malcr- iallM in 'Abilene, it did develop in Dallas and Midland and fore- casters filve il an even better chance tonight al 110 per cent. Iranspbrlatioii should contin- ue to drive. He exempted those who need cars lo get lo and from jobs. SUI'T. A.K. Wells siiid, "We. have considered il (Simon's suggestion) but I do not know if we have the authority lo tell students they, can't drive to school." He "We- are trying to encourage them lo form car pools." On (he elementary lev- el students are being encour- aged to walk to school inslead of being driven by their par- ents, he said. Though the daylight savings time will mean it will be dark when stu- dents must leave for school, Wplls said, Ihe days arc gel- ling longer and will uc pro- gressively lighter iii the morn- ings. Then, Wells said, the ad- ministrators hope more stu- denls will begin walking. (The Weather Bureau lisls 11 siren 7 as Ihe dale sunrise will come by 8 He said his office has not yet come up with a. process lo evaluate now well the volun- tary energy-saving plan is working, but the. results will be determined. The board ap- proved an administration re- quesl lo save energy IS per cent, and dopes' lo exceed that goal. SCHOOL president C.G. Whillen also expressed doubts about the board's pow- er lo restrict sludent driving- to school. II said that re-strid- ing parking or having a closed campus (forbidding students lo leave Ihe campus during lunch) might be possibilities, if additional measures became necessary. no.irtl member Margaret agreed "forbidding them would be hard." "I am for closed campuses and always have she said. '-I'm for car pooling, but I rton'l want to get into a po- lice slate situation." She said she doubted many studc-nts were'really aware of the energy crisis, explaining that most drivers she's seen i g n o r i n g the government's drive-slow request arc. young people. HERMAN Schaffcr, School Board member, said "I think there's a lot of Ihings a lot of people can do." lie also said .he would be re- luctant lo make .mandatory restrictions' .on' student driv- ing- He said he thinks rising gas See ENEIIGY, 1'g. 6A, Col. t WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court today narrowed the scope of a judicial device that allows suspects in criminal cases to suppress evidence that police have gathered illcgally- By -R 6-3 vole, the court trimmed the controversial "ex- clusionary a major source of complaints lhal crim- inals go free on technicalities. The court held that prose- cutors may summon witnesses before grand juries and de- mand that they answer ques- tions based-mi evidence police have gathered in unlawful searches or seizures. The- decision dealt only wilh Ihe grand jury question, leaving intact Ihe present effect of Ihe rule when defend- ants reach trial. The rule forbids use of evi- dence or fruits of evidence that have been gathered in violation of the Fourth Amendment pro- hibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. The rule was established, by judicial decision to prevent un- lawful-police conduct by'deny- ing law enforcement machinery the results of-thai conduct. The majority, in an opinion written by. Justice Lewis Powell Jr., maintained that Ihe rule would have no beneficial deterrent effect, in grand jury proceedings. extension (to. grand, jury proceedings) would deter- only police investigation con- sciously directed toward the discovery of evidence solely inr use in a grand jury investiga- Powell wrote." Toda'v's decision follows one last monlh involving the e'x- dusionary rule. In that case, by the same 6-3 vote, the court held that any evidence turned up by police make i search incident to a lawful ir- resl is usable in court. When a prisoner about lo be taken into custody is searched, the ex- clusionary rule does' not apply lo what is found, the court held in the earlier case. Joining Powell in.the major- ity were Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Justices Potter Stewart; Byron li. "While, Harry A. Ulackmun and William .H Kehnquisl. The exclusionary rule was h'rsl applied in federal courts.in 1911. II was extended io state court proceedings in .1981 in t famous case entitled Mapp v. Ohio. In dissent, Justice William J. Brcnn'an Jr. declared that "for Ihe'firsl time, the court, today discounts to the point of cx: liiiclion the vital function of the rule lo insure that Ihe judiciary avoids even the- slightest ap- pearance of sanctioning illegal government conduct." Amusements 2B Bridge.........v........ 4B Business Mirror 2B Classified.............. 5-8C Comics :j.-.v. 4C Editorials XA Horoscope -4 B Hospital Palienli 2A Obiluaries SC Snarls To Your Good Health......3A TV Log 2B TV Seoul 2B Women's News 38 Dillard Resigns Convention Job for Fort Worth Position Richard Dillai'd, 30, who has been manager of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau of the Chamber of Commerce since November 1970, Tuesday announced that he has resigned to become director of convention and vis- itors sales of the Tan-ant County Convention and Visi- tors Bureau in Fort Worth. Dillard said lhat he will take over his new duties Feb. i and that he would be performing about the same work as here, developing conventions and tourism. D1LLAHD, WHO was assis- tant manager of the Conven- tion Depl. u'f the Corpus Chris- ti Chamber of Commerce be- fore coming to Abjlene, was Ihe first manager of the ACVH when it was organized here. Dillard, a native of Big Spring, attended schools in Odessa and graduated from the University of Texas at niCIIARD DfLLAr.n work much Hie .same Austin with a HA degree in journalism in 1906. In he was a teaching assistant in journalism at UT. and that same year was awarded an Alcoa aluminum scholarship for graduate work in industri- al editing. PRIOR TO THAT Diilard gained experience in Chamber work as administrative as- sistant for the Austin Cham- ber. He became employed by Ihe Corpus C'hrisli Convention Dept. in 1969. Dillarri is a member of Ihe Abilene Kiwanis Club; chair- man of the -administrative boaril of St. James United Methodist Church, chairman of Our House Inc.; president of the Texas Assn. of Conven- tion and Visitors ecutive director, of the Fort Trails Assn.. associate of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Managers Assn., and affiliate member of Ihe Texas Chapter of the Hotel Sales Manage- ment Assn. Dillard and his wife, Kay, reside at 936 Blair and have one son. Tom, 11 months. Price Pace Fastest Since '46 llv liOBKRT A. DOBKIN AP Labor Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Surg- ing food and fuel costs drove wholesale prices sharply up- ward in December, closing Hie year wilh the worst overall yearly rise in a quarter centu- ry, the government said today. The Bureau of Labor Statis- tics said the December season- ally adjusted increase of.2.2 per cent pushed wholesale prices in lo a level 18.2 per cenl higher ihnn a year'ago, Ihe big- gest one-year increase since Ihe 31.7 per cent in 1916. ''Wholesale price increases usually arc reflected quickly al Ihe.retail level, not neces- all of Ihem. Consumer prices have been rising al an annual rale of more than eight per cent. The year's over-all increase meant II costs SH5.HO lo buy the same amonnl of wholesale goods that purchased sev- en years ago, Ihe base year for record-keeping on prices. The 2.2 per cenl seasonally adjusted increase and the 2.5 per cent rise on an unadjusted basis in December were not close to record increases recorded in August, but were slill high by. historical stand- ards. A per cent monthly rise, if continued for 12 months, is an annual rale of 26.4 per cent. Whole prices rose 6.2 per cent seasonally adjusted and 5.8 unadjusted in August. Wholesale prices, which fell in September and" October, be- gan climbing in November as the inflationary effects of Ihe fuel shortage and the Arab oil cut-off began lo show ihcir im- on the economy. Prices of farm products, processed foods and feed re- versed a three monlh decline and rose sharply in December by 1.1 per cent; (he report said. Consumer foods, lho.se bought by suppliers ready for the su- permarket, rose five-tenths o! one per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis and showed a 1.3 per cent rise before sen son pricing patterns were taken into account. The explosive increase in energy prices that began in No- vember 'continued last monih but at a more moderate level. Wholesale prices of fuels and other energy products jumped C2.ll per cent following Novem- ber's record increase ot per cent; Leading.Ihe big rise in ener- gy prices were costs of middle distillate fuels, mostly home healing oil, up 27 per cent, and light distillate fuels, mostly kerosene, .which rose 20 per cent. Wholesale gasoline -prices jumped another 17 per cent in December, following a rccoiV. Dl.7 per cenl increase the nre- i fl. vious month. Crude oil prices were up 5 per cent; electric power 1.8 per cenl; and coal seven tenths of one per cent. A WEEKENDER Save 12' par Add, a I w No phone ordeis in advcifxe Dtndline 3 pm No refunds   

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