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   Danville Register, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1976, Danville, Virginia                                1776 THE DANVILLE REGISTER EASED WIRES ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTYNINE YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE DANVILLE VA SUNDAY MORNING AUGUST a V As Tropical Storm Belle Grows Into Hurricane APNEWSFEATURES CENTS Watch Issued For Carolinas MIAMI AP Packing winds 19 to 90 miles per hour Tropical Storm Belle grew into the htaricane of the 1976 season Saturday A hurricane watch was issued for the Atlantic Coast from Georgia to Cape Hatteras NC The National Hurricane Cen ter said Belle which had been lingering off populous south Honda since H began to form Friday was about 315 miles east of Palm Beach and mov ing at 8 mph Saturday night There is some threat said Neil Frank director of the hur ricane carter People should continue their normal activities but should be aware of the threat At pm Saturday Belle was centered near latitude 272 north and longitude 750 west Gales attended from the center 100 miles to the north and 75 to the south Marine interests in the north ern Bahamas were warned to be cautious and small craft op erators along the Atlantic Coast Could Be Evidence Of Life Scientists Report were told not to make extended trips into the open ocean Frank said Belle was ex pected to strengthen and take a more northerly course Frank defined a hurricane watch as an advisory stating the presence of a hurricane threat to a certain area A hur ricane warning would mean the storm was headed toward a stated location Forecaster Joe Pelissier said Among storms that form in that area northward is the pre dominant direction of move ment It would be very unusual if the storm were to begin heading due west toward Flor Belle developed closer to North America than most storms in recent years Fore casters said only about six storms have developed so close to the eastern seaboard during the past 20 years Belle began as a tropical de pression with winds of about 25 mph It was upgraded to a tropical storm Friday evening when its winds exceeded 39 fCANADA mph Sorms are designated hurricanes when winds exceed 74 mph The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1 and ends Nov 30 Martian Soil Again Shows Tantalizing Activity PASADENA Calif AP A i SUM PICKINGS Chuck Wolf 62yearold of Akron Ohio shops near his homo with what little money he has since being one of the thousands of rubber workers on strike nationally His wife and three children literally went without food last week for three days and lived on iced tea Wolf a worker at the Firestone company has been on strike with the United Rubber Workers since its start over one hundred days ago AP Wirephoto PASADENA Calif AP A sample of Martian soil in the Viking minilaboratory has again shown tantalizing ac tivity that could be evidence of He scientists reported Satur day The new data were disclosed the same day that Viking 2 mother stop and lander com bined rocketed into orbit around Mars As in experiments a week ago scientists emphasized there were many alternative explanations for the activity and said we have not found life on Mars Dr Harold Klein head of the Viking biology team said the information does suggest at least the possibility of biologi cal activity in the sample being incubated The next step is to run a control test on soil that has been sterilized to exclude fife That test is due to be fin ished by Aug 23 A 40minute motor bum sent the fourton Viking 2 soaring IRUBBER STRIKE Causes Problems For Employes Companies fi AKRON Ohio AP Chuck Wolf peered anxiously into his mail box looking for the food stamps that have helped him his wife and three children sur vive the 109day rub berworkers strike They werent there I called the union local and told them I didnt have food Wolf recalled The secretay told me the computer was overloaded and behind but they would get there 1 told her That aint doing me no good now She said Just a minute and went back into the kitchen and came back and said Mr Wolf we have some wonderful soup I told her Tm out of gas I have no money in my pocket She sent a fellow fo pick us up and fed us Then the local col lected and some food for us to take home The food stamps came the next day For many days the Wolf family subsisted on soup eggs and iced tea Even on my wifes birthday July 19 and my own birthday on July 28 we didnt have a de cent dinner Wolf recalls The only thing outside of the soup and eggs we had was a birthday cake my two daugh ters made Then a week ago the soup and eggs ran out There were no food stamps Since last Saturday Sun day and Monday there was no food in the house said Wolf We drank iced tea I was looking for the food stamps to come and they didnt come We were starved I dont have a penny I havent had a penny in my pocket since I got my two weeks vacation pay the first part of July Im four months behind on my rent The credit union is paying my utility bills There are other hardship cases among the more than 60 000 striking rubberworkers al though most apparentlyare not as extreme as Wolfs But in Akron alone more than 3000 workers out of 11000 on strike are drawing food stamps worth up lo S166 a month for a family See STRIKE Page 2A into its first orbit of the red planet after blasting off from Earth 11 months ago It marked the first time the United States has had two probes circling another planet at the same time After surveying terrain in he northern latitudes of Mars Vik ing 2 will dispatch its lander for a soft landing Sept ac cording to current plans The region where Viking 2 will land is believed more likely to har bor Martian life than the Vik ing 1 landing place Dr Norman Horowitz ruled put the possibility the activity in the latest Viking 1 test re suHed from a lifemimicking chemiia process that is be lieved to have caused unusual activity in a different ex periment last week In the earlier Viking ex periment called labeled re tease initial results seemed to indicate possible life in the soil But in recent days scientists have been saying the data could have been caused by a chemical process mimicking Me That process is one in which sunlight acting on the Martian soil releases oxygen from the dirt In the labeled release test oxygen may have eaten up a nutrient that was to the sample and produced a gas waste product that resemblert wastes from living organisms Two days ago more nutrient was added to the labeled re lease experiment Scientists reasoned that if living organ isms were present they would TT j Under Current Defense Department System Security Clearances Given Based Checks That Do Not Positively Verify Identities i jt WASHINGTON AP Cur rent defense department proce dures allow new members of the armed forces to obtain se cret security clearances after background checks that do not positively verify their identi ties Under the system now used to investigate recruits an indi vidual using an assumed name could pass what is called the Brtrance National Agency Check and be accepted into the service Once in uniform if assigned to a job requiring a secretlevel security clearance the individ ual is granted the classification on the strength of that entrance check Secret is one of the basic se curity classifications used by the Defense Department and in cludes items which if dis closed could result in serious damage to the nation A Pentagon spokesman said this includes material which could jeopardize international relations compromise military or defense plans or reveal im portant intelligence operations Defense Department seciDiry officials acknowledge there are no procedures during the en Ford Works On Acceptance Speech trance security check that can verify that the new enlistee is who he or she claims to be But the officials also say the prob lem of false service identities is not serious enough to warrant the extra cost of a beefeiup security check The Pentagon said for in stance that in the last year only about 15 peopte were dis covered having enlisted under false identities They were booted out of the service But a critic of the current re cruiting system W Donald Stewart a former inspector genera for the Defense In vestigative Service which con ducts security clearance checks for the Defense Department says the 15 are only the tip ol the iceberg Stewart is a former FBI agent who was headquarters supervisor in the FBI espionage section from 1966 through 1965 He moved over to the Office of Secretary of Defense in 1965 and became its chief investiga tor He retired June 27 The Pentagon he says has no idea how many persons hay have enlisted in the armed services under assumed identi ties It is frightening to realize that no one actually knows how many people are now in the services as a result of shoddy recruiting practices or by using fraudulent reenlistment docu ments The extent to which hunted criminals and other misfits are aware that they can hide in he military services with a false set of papers also is Stewart says The current entrance security check procedures rely on a background check of the name See SECURITY Page 2A Reagan Satisfied And Optimistic9 Wordy Sermon By The Associated Press President Ford worked on his acceptance speech for the GOP national convention while chal lenger Ronald Reagan returned home on Saturday satisfied HELPING HANDS In a scene reminiscent of some of President Fords slumbles Ronald Reagan is helped by aides here in Huntsville WVa as he attempts lo climb down some shaky airplane steps Regan visited briefly in Charleston W Va with the state OOPs convention delegates and addressed hastatepartvconvention APWirephoto and optimistic after a five state pitch for delegates Meanwhile Democratic nomi nee Jimmy Carter met with consumer advocate Ralph Na der in preparation for a speech on Monday to the Public Citi zens Forum in Washington It will be the first of Carters three scheduled appearances this week Reagan returned to California to wait the start of the GOP convention next week after a tour of Mssissippi West Vir ginia Pennsylvania New York and New Jersey Reagan was on the defensive duing most of his last pre convertJan campaign trip He faced critical questions daily from delegates and reporters concerning his selection as vice presidential runningmate of liberal Sen Richard Sdmeker of Pennsylvania who accom panied Reagan to far of the states I think there has been movement of delegates frectly to UK Reagan told a West Virginia news cmtferenue But there has alw been even more sJgvficant move ment from those committed Jo Ford to aramimitteJ and were both very satisfied and optimistic Reagan added at Ms side Reagan won pubSc com mitments from only seven dele gates during the tour including one in West Vrrehia on Sahr day and one of the other six faced a serious challenge to his credentials Reagan headed home trailing Ford by 68 delegates in the con tinuing Associated Press sur vey That left him 95 short of the 1130 needed for the nomi nation Aug 18 in Kansas Dry The count was Ford 1103 Rea gan 1035 and 121 uncommitted The AP counts only delegates who are legally bound or who state a preference those who say they are leaning are feted as uncommitted An AP survey of the i259 convention delegates shows Fords delegates are better educated and earn more than those backing Reagan Ford also has the backing of the great majority of the elect ed puttie officials who are dele gates outnumbering Reagan backers in that categjy better than 3 to 1 the AP computer analysis abows By contrast Reagan fe the more frequent choice of self employed businessmen and doc tors who are delegates While Ford worked on his ac ceptance speech aides were contacting a grtup of pereons the President hopes will be in terested in ruining as his No 2 man on the GOP ticket If they say yes they win be asked to prepare detailed health finan cial and tax reports which POLITICS Page MINNEAPOLIS AP Dr Leslie Pugh picked floccinau cinihilipilification as the sub ject for his sermon Sunday at Mayflower Congregational Church The pastor said the word has been used three times in liter ature and means the action or habit of estimating as worth less The minister said he will discuss both positive and nega tive uses Dr Pugh said he felt the easy days of August are ideal for sermons that enjoy the meanderings of strange words Last Swday he preached on gallimaufry meaning an assorted jumble of this and that On Aug 15 his topic wiU be Cronopios Famas and Es perpas words used by a nov elist to establish different life styles GOOD MORNING Four Section Page B 67 CkssKfedAfc D 87 Crossword Pan Je C 12 Editorials A 4 UcalNews B 15 Sftorte D 15 Womens News C 112 APPROACHING MARS This crescent phase picture of ViWng 2 August 5 from a dstance of miles as it was approaching the planet for its orbit in into orbit around M r h he view is the morning side Toward the op of the picture the four dark spots are the Hugh volcanoes of the Tharsis region They appear dark partly because clunds and 3 C 1re t3 at this of day and the volcanoes stand higher than the clouds In Ihe bottom part of the phololt the tip of the crescent fe a bright circular feature the large ta pact basis Argvre This basis shows up brightlv became its floor is covered with frost AP Wirephoto continue to eat the nutrient and release gas But Klein said Sat urday the production of gas first dropped then began to in crease again We cant explain it yet said Klein But he said he chances were very very very remote that the strange activi ty was a biological process The Horowitz experiment in volved a fiveday incubation of a soil sample in simulated Mar tian atmosphere and sunlight The object was to see if any thing in the soil was using car bon from the air to produce food and growth material On Earth the most common ex ample is photosynthesis by green plants Horowitz said the activity monitored in the experiment was roughly equal to that found in soil from dry deserts of An tartica which harbor a small hardy population of bacteria and algae A rich Earth sample densely populated with organisms would demonstrate a great deal more activity than that de tected in the Martian soil said Klein Horowitz said one explanation for the results of his test could be various malfunctions in the complex minilaboratory He said after the control ex periment is done the original test should be repeated Theres a cardinal rule of biology that says something has not happened unless its hap pened twice he said The additional tests can be carried out with dirt already in the laboratory which is fortu nate because Vikings dirt scooping arm is still jammed PURPLE HEARTS FOR UNKNOWNS Members of an honor guard place Purple Hearts at the Tomb of the Unknowns of three wars during ceremonies Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery The Purple Hearts which had not yet been awarded to them were bestowed during a public ceremony Honored were the unknowns of World War I World Warr n and the Korean War AP Wirephoto Accused In NC Of Falsifying Records Eight Present And Former Bell Executives Arrested CHARLOTTE NC AP Warrants were issued Saturday for the arrest of eight present and former Southern BeD Tele phone Co executives charged with falsifying records a coun ty magistrate said AD eight men appeared be fore Mecklenburg County Mag istrate James Dixon Each was given a predial release without posting bond The county grand jurys sealed iixfichnents were re turned Monday and made pub Be Saturday by Dixon The investigation of Southern Bell was launched by the North Carofina Justice Department after it was aDeged that com pany officials diverted in company funds by the use of bogus expense vouchers from January 1972 through June 1973 Mecklenburg Dist Atty Pe ter S Gflchrist TU tomed the case over to the State Atty Gen Rufus Edmisten in January 1975 In March 1975 the firm gave Edmisten a report which said 36 North Carolina employes had taken money from the com pany but only one person for mer state general manager John J Ryan was named in the report Last week Edmisten returned the case to Gilchrist On Saturday Gilchrist re fused to say how much money was involved in the charges against the eight men and said See ARRESTS Page aA SHOWERS WEATHER eading From Station Atop The Kegitter Building VIRGINIA Showers and thunderstorms Sunday highs m mid and npper hi the west to the Ms hi the southeast Showers and thunderstorms Ikery anday night and Monday except considerable dwdiness wkh chance of showers in the west Mtnday Lows Sonday nhjht hi the tow Ms hi the west to near 78 in the southeast Highs Monday hi the 71s in the west to aroand 86 in the east NORTH CAROLINA A harri cane watch b Sn effect for Cafe Hatteras southward Scattered showers and thundershowers more munenMs hi the east highs mostly In the and tow 8fc Rah ending Md xrtial clearing fa the west tmt cot Hnuhig hi the Sunday ntaht and Menday wkh creasing and nin heavy at Lows Swhy night mwtty hi the highs Monday imrtly h the DOWNTOWN WEATHER LOG Saturday HOB Temp Air MM 7pm 7S 3MS 55 9pm TO XM Cafe 11pm K ttit lam Si 3113 hw to l am precijrfutfcm   

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