Abilene Reporter News, August 20, 1974

Abilene Reporter News

August 20, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 20, 1974, Abilene, Texas Ifie Ibttene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS !T 94TH YEAR, NO. 64 PHONE 673-4271. ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, TUESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 20, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Price lb Cents Auorialetl frta Rockefeller Chosen as Teammate' By FRANCES LKWINE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (A P) President Foi-d today nominat- ed Nelson A. Rockefeller to uc vice president, saying the for- mer New York governor will "make a great teammate." The choice is subject to con- gressional approval, a virtual certainly. Rockefeller said lie was deeply honored at the call to serve Ford and "through him all Ihe people ol this great country." Ford said he was confident Rockefeller will be approved by Ihe required majorities in Ihe House and Senate. "I wouldn't have picked someone who wouldn't the Presi- dent said. Ford presented 'Rockefeller in a-nationally'televised, Oval Office ceremony. Then he took his chosen partner to Hie While House press room, where Ttocketeller, answering questions, said he- assumes Ford will be a candidate for election to the presidency in Rockefeller, 66, said he had. not discussed the political lure wilh Ford. Asked who he thought would be on the ticket with Ford In 1976, Rockefeller replied: "You're way down the road ahead of me." Formally announcing the nomination, Ford said Rocke- feller will be "a good partner for me and I think a good partner for. our country and the Then; in Ihe press room, he added think he'll make a great teammate. I Ihink he will be good lor Ihe country. I think he'll be good for the world and I'm lopking fonvard to working with At his brief news confer- ence, Rockefeller, a member of one of the nation's wealthi- est, fended .off ques- tions about his persona] fi-. nances, but said he will make whatever disclosures are re- quired in the congressional confirmation process. lie refused to divulge his net worth al the news conference, bluntly telling questioners: "You're not the committee of Congress." "I will do two .he said. "I will conform totally wilh whatever Ihe law re- quires and I will answer any questions members of 'Con- gress feel appropriate." As for his vast holdings, he said he assumed they would be placed in trust. Ford said .the selection was "a tough call." Rockefeller said the President first con- tacted him directly Saturday tile day the White House dismissed published allega- tions 'that Rockefeller money had financed efforts to disrupt Ihe 1972 Democratic national convention. Rockefeller said Ford Lold him Monday night that he.was the choice for vice president. .From the, time Richard M. Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, Rockefeller had been rated a prime prospect in vice presi- dential speculation. His name arid that nl-Repub- lican National Chairman George Bush dominated the 11-day guessing game. Ford managed to keep his secret until the formal announce- ment. Rusli said the choice of Rockefeller was outstanding; that "one couldn't find a man .of more stature and who pos- sesses more administrative ability." Following the question-and- answer session with report- ers. Rockefeller was to fly to Maine to continue his'vaca- tion, going first to Bal Harbor and then to Seal Harbor. Rockefeller, at Ford's side in the Oval Office o( Ihe Presi- dent, said he came lo the job. in "very serious re- quiring (he closest cooperation between Congress and the White House. also require.Ihe dedi- calion of every American to our common national inter- Rockefeller said. He said Ford's dedication and open- ness already have "reawak- ened faith and hope" in Amer- Itockefcller said Americans have the will, determination and ability "lo overcome llic hard realities of our times.' "I'm optimistic about the long term Rockefeller said. Wilh Ilial, congressional leaders and the Cabinet, as- sembled for the nationally tcl- e v i s e d announcement, ap- plauded the new vice presi- dent-designate. Ford said he made the choice "after a greal deal of soul after consid- ering the advice of members of Congress and Republican leaders around the country. "It was a tough call for a tough job." Ford said. Ford called Rockefeller "a person whose long record of accomplishments in the gov- ernment and oulside is well known." .Rockefeller, 65, .served 15 veal's as governor of New York, resigning last Novem- ber to head his own commis- sion on the problems facing America. Rockefeller had twice run for the While House.'His res- ignation was widely regarded as a move to position himself for a third campaign in 1976. llcfore striding from Ihe Oval Office, Rockefeller walked down the line of con- gressional leaders and cabinet officers who were present for Ford's announcement, shaking hands and accepting smiling congratulations. The ceremony was brief but carefully orchestrated. Ford entering from a side door lo the Oval Office desk he as- sumed 11 days ago upon the resignation of Richard M. Nix- on. It was.only last October that Ford himself was nominated for the vice presidency by Nixon, under the then-untes'ted procedures of the 25th Amend- menl lo the Constitution. Before he uttered Rockefel- ler's name, 'Ford traced the record of the former gover- nor: service in Hie State De- partment under two presi- dents, in. the Department of Health, Education and Wel- fare, as governor of New York' longer than any other man. "lie is known across the land as a person dedicated to the free enterprise.- system, a person who is recognized abroad for his talents, for his dedication to making this, a peaceful Ford said. Describing t .h e selection process, Ford said he had con- sidered men he hastily add- ed women were considered too in and out of government: "Hut after a long and very thoughtful process, I have made the choice and that choice is Nelson Rockefeller of New York Rockefeller had topped the- vice presidential speculation from the start. There was one surprise iii the proceedings: word of Ford's seleclion never leaked out until lie announced it. Before making his an- nouncement, Ford met with congressional leaders and the Cabinet. Rocky Once Had Dim View of VP don't think I'm cut out to be o No. 2 type of a Nelson Rocke- feller used to soy he was a can- didate' for the presidency in '64 and '68, but now the vice presidency of- fered him by President Ford is pos- sibly Rockefeller's last chance for rational office. His profile is on Pg. 3A. Prisoners Hold Potter Jail Floors NELSON KOCKEFELLER I'ord's choice for No. 2 job AMAItlLLO, Tex. (AP) Knife-wielding prisoners asked today for time to talk among themselves after threatening .lo hurl firebombs from their Pblter County jail stronghold where they held since mid- night two jail guards hostage. Sheriffs officers said the prisoners, one of them a wom- an, threatened to pitch down firebombs from the sixth and seventh floors of the. down-' town jail atop the county courthouse. Sheriff T.L. Baker said the threat was not car- ried out and the prisoners then asked for threat of being attacked by guards and discuss Ihe situ- ation among themselves. The sheriff said one of his jailers, Don Sidwell, apparent- ly suffered a broken hip and a ringleader in the attempted break had agreed lo let a doc- lor inside to treat him. Baker identified Ihe leader in the revolt as Damn Ray Meharg, about 40, a former Wichita Falls policc.man awaiting trial on a' charge of robbing a liquor store here lasl month. Four others who joined Me- Arrest In Ambassador's BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Warrants were issued in Ni- cosia today for Ihe arrest of lliree in connection wilh Ihe slaying of the U.S. ambassador to Cyprus, Bodg- er P. Davies. .navies was killed during anil-American riot at the em- bassy in Nicosia on Monday, .and Greek, Turkish and Cy- priol leaders expressed shock and abhorrence over the slay- ing. The names ot the three sus- pects and further details of the police investigation into the riot were not disclosed in an oflicial Greek Cypriot gov- ernment statement, announc- ing the issue of the warrants. U-S. sources in Nicosia said (lie embassy might be closed temporarily, and -an official said unessential files wei'e being burned "to make'the job quicker if we decide to go." But there was no indication from the Slate Department in Washington of any such ac- tion. Lindsay Grant, Ihe em- bassy's second in command, was flown from a vacation in Scotland lo replace Davies. There were these olher de- velopments in the Cyprus situ- ation: lirilish government in London announced it began a new initiative toward resum- ing Cyprus peace talks by sounding out the possibilities for compromise wilh Cyprus President Glafcos derides. It said similar diplomatic con- tads were planned wilh For- Issued Death eign Ministers George Mavros of Greece and Turan Gunes of Turkey, and Kaiif Denklash, the Turkish Cypriot vice presi- dent of Cyprus. Greek air force 'source in Athens said France has flown 4-1 Mirage jels to Greece for the Greek air force in ad- dition to military equipment already shipped lo Greece in the past month. But a spokes- man for the French Embassy in Athens denied the planes were shipped. The civilian government in Greece increased its aulhority over Ihe military by firing the commander in chief of Ihe armed forces and his eight top officers and replacing them wilh foes of the ousled mili- tary junta. Silver a Bright Investment Choice A silver dollar is worth a lot more than a dollar to- day in fact, a 1964 dime will bring 35 cents. Silver and its value as an invest- ment is the topic of a three- part series beginning today on Pg. IB NEWS INDEX Amusemenls 8C Bridge..................2B Business Mirror.......... BA Classified 4-8C Comics Editorials 4A Horoscope 2B Hospital Patienls......... 2A Obituories.............. 4B Sports I-3C nr- Vnur Good Hcolth......6A TV Loo 8C TV 8C Women's News 3B Senate Gets Time Bill WASHINGTON (AP) A bill to take Ihe nation off year- round Daylight Saving Time has been approved by Ihe House and sent to the Senate. The measure, approved Monday, provides that clocks be set back one hour on the last Sunday in October and then set forward again on Ihe lasl Sunday in February. Unless Congress passes oth- er legislation, 'this four-month change will revert next year lo the traditional formula of six months of standard and six months of daylight time. Year-round Daylight Saving Time was adopted last year as a fuel conservation step dur- ing the energy crisis. 1'h.e Fed- eral Energy Administration estimates the energy saving under the new bill will be close to the one per cent fig- ure achieved nationally last winter. harg in demanding to be re- leased were lisled by the sher- iff as Barbara Ann. Thicl, charged in the same holdup wilh Jlcliarg; James Edward Quinn, a federal prisoner re-' captured after an escape; Kenriclh Arnold Oliver, await- ing trial on a murder charge; and James Al Petty, who was due to-be sent to stale prison today under an eight-year sen- tence for robbery by assault. Meharg and his woman codefendant were arrested July 10 in Phoenix, ..Ariz., where officers said they were using credit cards taken from their Amarillo robbery victim. Baker said all 116 prisoners in Ihe jail, including five wom- en, were released from their cells for-a lime but the ring- leaders and some trusties lat- er herded them back into the cells. x Aside from lacerations aboul the head, Ihe sheriff said the other captive jailer- Stan believed lo be unharmed. WEATHER 0.5. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Nallonal weilhtr Service (Weotntr Mop, Pg. 3A) ABILENE AND VtCIIUTY (ID-mile radius) clear lo portly lirlle change 1n temperalures through Wednesday. Southerly winds TO lo 20 mph. Adcrnoon highs [n Ihe middre Hs. Low lonighl in Ihe law 70s, High and low for 34 hours', ending 9 a.m.: 94 and n. Hiclrand same dole lost year: 97 and 70. Sjnrise today: 7M; toiighl: Sunrise tomorrow: Authorities said'Ihe jail's in- mates apparently were per- mitted to watch a late evening professional football telecast and possibly a newscast until shortly before the hostages were grabbed. JusL how' this was effected had not been-de- termined. The sheriff said it appeared' the prisoners demanding free- dom were armed only 'with knives taken from the jail kitchen, but they were able lo repel officers who to rush into the lower floor of the lockup from below. Pressure Shift May Induce Rain A shift' in a high-level high pressure system may create chances for rain in the 'Big Country area by Thursday, fore- casters at the National Weather Service said Tuesday morning. The la.OOO-foot-high pressure system is expected to weaken and move. eastward creating a low pressure trough, which should pass through central New Mexico, Thursday, weatherman D.W. Eck explained. A WEAK frontal system is also expected to shake tilings up in the Texas Panhandle Wednes- day morning but the southward progress of that system may not be enough to affect Abilene, Eck said. Office Told Not to Accept Staff Hiring 'Restrictions' WASHINGTON (AP) The staff-hiring office for Congress has been ordered not lo accept future employment requests which carry discriminatory restrictions such as "white only." The order was issued Monday on Ihe heels of a copyright story in the .Fort Worth SlarTelegram 'saying that ID House members and oiin sonnies sii'T'iitfpd hirinc requests with stipulations. discriminatory Race Said No Factor in Realignment Ky E1JJE RUCKKR Q. Ahout the changes in boundary' linos fnr junior high schools. How can (hey get by (he recent Supreme Court ruling that says you can't bus kids past the nearest school to achieve racial bal- ance? Schoolchildren In Stonegate will he bused lo S. 14th (Jefferson) righl past Madison Jr. High. A. Junior high attendance boundaries have nothing to do with racial balance, says School Supt. Harold Brinson. The boundary chajiges will achieve a better racial balance but that's incidental to the real objective which is to make the junior high schools somewhere near Ihe same size. Instead of two small schools compcling against the glanls in academics, niusic, athletics, etc., they'll be competing on a more equitable basis, Drinson says. He knows of no such Supreme Couii nil-- ing, says for 30 years some children have attended one school when another school was nearer their home. He says (here's no way-lo draw altcndance boundaries and keep Ihe schools filled where some students are not going lo a school that's farther away than another school. Q. Recently I heard on (ho. news thai (he school board was considering drop- ping 10 teachers lo save only lo read in Ihe morning news lhat adminis- fralors will Ret aboiil a 18 ptr cent Increase In pay. What gives? A. School Supt. Harold Brinson was asked by the board at a school bnard meeting, "If you bad to cut right now, how would you do Brinson gave three alter- natives, one of which was culling 10 teach- ers. But he quickly added he did not recom- mend any of the alternatives. Both the bpard and Brinson fell eliminating 10 teach- ers was unsound and the idea was dropped. Q. In response lo the question ahout liisiir.ince counselors, yon should have mentioned the Life Underwriters' Griev- ance- Committee. If the reader has a complaint or feels like he's hcen taken advantage of or even lied (o by an Insur- ance agent, Ihe cotnniiKcc will gel it straightened out. The president of (he Abilene Association of Life Underwriters is Olto Vcsl. A. Ilcy, wail. Our reader was simply look- ing for someone to tell him what coverage fie needed and what he didn't, He specifical- ly requested an "unbiased authority" which we interpreted as someone not in the busi- ness of selling insurance. We've been hearing from quite a few agents volunteering as counselors and we did discover Abilene has one licensed insur- ance counselor and we've forwarded that name (o our reader. Tin's counselor is in (he insurance'business so our reader .may con- sider him "biased" but we sent the name anyway. Now is everybody oul there happy? 0. Two years ago I went to (he. free adult school classos trying lo earn my (JED diploma. I flunked two subjects. Wn left Abilene for awhile, now I'm hack. Are the classes still offered nnd can I lake Just those two suhjeels over or Mill I have (o lake the whole course over? Mavbc you could print a name or number of someone who can help inc. A. You need take only the two courses you failed and Ihe two corresponding tests. Classes begin Sept. 10. Call -the Adult Edu- cation Center at 073-6585 for help in locating classes nearest you. (1. How ahout finding out Ihe school holidays for Ihe children so us working moms that have lo gel a baby sitter can have advance information? A. School begins Aug. 20. Kids are out. Labor Day, Sept. 2; also Oct. 21; then Thanksgiving Nov. 28 and 29; Christmas Dec. 23 Ihrough January 6. You'll need a siller Feb. 7, March 7, then for spring break March 2I-2S, also April 11 and May D. The single days off lhat pop up out of the blue arc professional growth days when the teacher works but the students don't. Address questions (o Action Line, llox !tO, Abilene, Texas 79WH. Names will not be used bill questions must be signed and addresses given. 1'leasc Include lel- cnhonc numbers If possible. House Speaker Carl Albert said an inquiry by the House- Senate Congressional Opcra- lions Committee that oversees the hiring office found "no member of Congress was per- sonally suggesting the restrictions were request- ed by congressmen's aides. Sen. I.cc Jletcalf, D-Mont., chairman of Ihe committee, did not challenge the newspa- per rcporl of discrimination. "The nulhenlicity of the job forms is he said. Mclcalf said he has ordered a new investigation of dis- crimination in job requests and directed thai discrimina- tory practices be stopped. A routine study ol the office last June did not disclose any cvi- deuce of discrimination, he said. Meanwhile, a former cni- ploye of the hiring office said (he number of .discriminatory employment requests Involved "a lot.more than 20 (congress- men's) offices." The source, a woman who asked thai her name not lie used, said the practice in- volved more than 20 but fewer than 50 offices. She said it seemed Ilial one or Iwo of the 15 lo 20 employe requests from congressional offices each day would have some ra- cial, religious or. cllvnic prefer- ence. was really upselling to most of us working she said. "But what could we do? We couldn'l just lei] mem- bers, 'You can't discriminate like lhat.'" She also said the members of Congress may not have been aware of Ihe discrimina- tory restrictions placed in their names. "We dealt prima- rily with AAs (administrative assistants) and they were Ihe ones who had (he prefer- ences." Congressmen named in the newspaper article have denied they discriminate in of- fice employment. A WEEK-ENDU WANT AD MHSAU TO THE UYEtt! 15 WORDS 3 DAYS SAVE 11.90 Additional wordi 15' each No phone titdtri Cain in advance Deadline 3 pm Thundoy No rtfundi ;

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