Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1974, Abilene, Texas
gCbflent "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 93RD YEAR, NO. 311 PHONE 073-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79C04, WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 24, PAGES IN7 FOUR SECTIONS Associated Press By EIJJE RUCKEH Deposit Depends On Customer's Credit Being in Ilic Hciil Eslute business, I'm constantly asked by new home own- ers about the procedure and deposits tor turning on.utilities in Abilene. In several Instances I've tor out flf (own customers. I eiin always rtcncnd on the Clly Water Dopt. and West Texas Utilities being Ilic same, lime after time. On the other hand, I'll give you a run clown on my experiences with Lone Star Gas Co. Trip number one required no deposit. Trip number two, 510 deposit. Trip number three, de- posit. To top H all, in the past you conkl he exempt from deposit if jou had a national oil company credit card. I've talked lo olhers who've had Ilic same problem. Now all we want, (o know Is what (he procedure and deposit for application for a gas meter is so we can lell people who are moving here from out of (own. A. It depends on Ihc customer's credit record, says Lone Star Gas Office Manager M. R. Stoul. Tlie minimum deposit for a new residential account is if a deposit is required at all. A new customer with, excellent credit ref- erences, may not foe required to pay a de- posit. Credit cards, says Stoul, are taken in- to consideration only as part of the credil in- formation it's easier lo base (he deposit on credit information dial's readily avail- able lhan go through a long, drawn-oul credit check. But the deposit is based main- ly, he says, oil a customer's previous record of payment to Lone Slar Gas, it Ihal cus- tomer bas been served by the company before. If a man married a woman will] a child by another marriage, docs he be- come the child's slcpfalher if Us own lather Is still living'.' A. Yes. A stepfather is Ihe husband ot fine's mollier other than one's own fattier. Q. I'm Inlercstcd In culllvallng n lawn tennis court and need Instructions (or starl- ing and caring for the project. A. Action Line contacted lie! Ncesc in City Parks and Hccrcalioii. said lie's always reading in a column called Action Line Ihat when you can't find some-lliing, Hie first place lo look is Ihe cily library. So.. .we looked there. You need to look there, too. Ast> the Hcf- erence Librarian for Ihe "Official Kncyclo- pedia of Tennis" put out by the U.S. Lawn Tennis Assn. It gives dircclions (or laying out a grass (or other) tennis court, gives measurements, kind of materials necessary and even how to care foril. You can't ciieck out Ihc book bul Ihe portions you need can be Xcro.xecL Q. 1 heard we were supposed to gel a new FM station. KOflQ. Did It ever get off Ihc ground.? A. Listen for H in four to six months. It's owned by the same company thai owns KWKC, only you won't be hearing country- weslcm. Owners describe it as "easy listen- ing, background music." They're waiting, right some equipment and for Hie FCC to release the call lelters. Q. What happened to Major Hoople and "Onr Boarding I do hojiR Ihc paper hasn't discontinued pcrma- nenlly this best of all carloons.. A. Nol permanently, but it has been dropped indefinitely. It was a hapless victim of the newsprint shortage. Some comics, columns and features had to be cut. "Our Boarding House" was one. Address questions to Aclion Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 7JKU. Names will not be used bul questions must be signed and addresses Riven. Please include ABILENE AND VIC INT Y (10-mile 'air Today ord lonight. becoming partly cloudy Thursday- Slighlly v.armer after-neons. Soutnerly 6 lo IB inch, increasing Thursday. High I his nllernoun in mid-EOs. Icniqiil In upper 505. High Thursday in upper ECs. High and [or 3-1 ending fl.nv 77 ond 57. High and low tame dale las! year: 34 ond 48. Sunsel niahl: sunrise today] synscf lonighl: Chrysler-Cuba Pact Made liUEN'OS AIRES, Argentina Chrysler's Argentine subsidiary has signed a con- tract lo sell vehicles worth 52J.2 million to Cuba in the first major American com- mercial deal with that country since 1DCO. The contract, signed Tues- day, is part of a scries of an- ticipated deals for American car makers in Argentina. They are expected to sell Cuba some vehicles over three years for an esti- mated S130 million lo mil- lion. Ford and General Motors are negotiating with Cuba but have yel to reach agreement. Tlie three U.S. aulo makers with plants in Argentina were given special waivers by the U.S. government to sell to Cuba despite the I960 embargo forbidding all but humanitari- an assistance transactions be- tween the United Slates and Cuba. The waivers were granted after Argentina insisted that subsidiaries here must In? free lo deal wilh Cuba. In Washing- Ion high State Department officials said Hie waiver does not mark a policy change to- ward Cuba. Payments for the aulo pur- chases are covered under a billion, six-year credit given, lo Cuba by Argentina last year. Chrysler's shipmenls arc lo be made in Argentine or Cuban vessels at the rate of 200 Dodge vehicles per month starting in May. The first part of Ihc contract will expire in December when Chrysler and Cuba will decide at what rale future shipmenls are. It) be made. Services for Dr. James Cram, 43. professor of voice and choral director ami heart ot Uift Department of Applied Music al llardin-Simmons University, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, in the II-SU Chapel with burial in Spring- dale.. Ark. Ellioll-Hamil Funeral Home is in charge of arrange- ments. Dr. Cram died at a.m. Wednesday in Ilenclrick Memori- al Hospital following .1 long ill- ness. lie resided with his family al 3505 Hunters Glen. He was born May 10, 1031, nl Hcavcner, Okln. lie received his bachelor of music degree al Oklahoma Knplisl University in 1954, his master of music degree from Tulsa University in IMl and his doctor of philosophy de- gree from North Texas Slate University in 1970. Both the. master and doctor degree were in music composilion. HF, TAUGHT at Waylaml Bap- list College in Plainvicw from I960 lo IMS, where lie was direc- Inr of the International Choir and instructor in voice and cho- ral directing. He came to !I-SLf in 19S8 as director of choral or- head (if the Applied Music Department, taught voice and conducted and composed music. He has numerous arrangements and compositions now in print. He received an annual cash award from Ihc American Socie- ty of Authors, Composers and Publishers for the pasl seven years. In 1970 he won Hie lirsl award in Ihc Texas Composer's League and in recenl years won prizes in the. Broadman Anllicin Composilion Conlc.it and in Jan- uary of this year was named first prize winner in the H McKinney hymn-anthem compe- tition sponsored hy Okbhonm Baptist University. Ur. Cram recently WHS chiisen lo write Ihe. commissioned an- Ihem for Ihe annual Southern Baptist Clmvch "Music Confer- ence which will meet in June. HE WAS A member of Ihe N.A.T.S., Ilic A.S.C.A.P. and was in Wlio's Who in Ihe .South and Southwest. Survivors include, his wife: three daughters, Susan, Belli and Ellen, all of the home; three brothers, Chester of Okla- homa Cily and Dale and Stanlon of Springdale, Ark.; n sister, Mrs. Neva While, of Starry, Ark. Chance of Rain A Distant Thought I'urccaslers at the National Service said Wednes- day Ihal a "though! of rain" might enter Ihe weather picture Friday as an approaching Pacif- ic cold front is expecled in lue area by then. Earlier suggestions had been Ihal (he front might cause show- ers Thursday, however, it is now working its way across the Rocky Mountains through Ulah, eastern Nevada and western Ar- izona, said forecaster Jal-k Schnabcl. "Tlir. LIKELIHOOD is thai il will he affecting our weather sometime late Thursday night or he said. First indications, he said, will lie an increase in southerly winds already in the forecast and then, on Friday, cloudy skies and, perhaps, a chance of Ihumlershowcrs. The front. Sclrrabel said, is already showers al- though (hoy arc widely fcallcrcd along its entire length. Meanwhile, a sliglil increase in afternoon temperatures is predicted, he said. FBI Print File Said Out of Control' By IIATmV F. nOSKNTHAI, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON ly nine years ago, on a warm. Los Angeles nighl, two police- men arrested vacationing col- lege studcnl Dale Menard lor burglary. The reason: on the Ihe park hench where he was wailing for a friend, lay another man's wal- let. Menard, then 19, was booked, fingerprinted and held more than two clays. No criminal complaint was tiled. No e.vi- (Icncc was found lo indicate Ihe was slolen. There was no informalion to lie him to any crime. But his fingerprints joined 19 million other sols in the FRl's criminal activily file wilh tliio nolalion under "disposition of "Released Unable lo con- nect with any felony or mis- demeanor at this time." Since then Menard now a 27-year-old corporation execu- tive in Ihe South and his par- cnls have been fighting to gel those fingerprints out of the criminal file. On Tuesday they won. The U.S. Court of ruling Ihc FBI may keep the prinls in a neutral non-criminal file, said there can be no refer- ence "of any kind lo indicate lhat (he prints originated in K source fnr criminal files." II said Ilial Ihc FBI's Idcnli- ficalion Division is; "oul of ef- fective control" because there is no follow-up lo assure Ihal records of arrest urc kepi up to dae lo show "an ultimate non- criminal disposition.'1 And. Ihc court found, Ihe bu- reau exercises little control and supervision of how its informa- tion is used. Having been informed Jtcnard's encounter with Lns Angeles police was "purely for- tuitous, the FBI had no author- ity to retain this record in ils criminal files along wilh Ihe snrass of arrest the court said. The decision prnviilfs of the light waged by Menard and his parents. A few months allcr Mcnarcl's arrest, his mother asked Ihe FBI whether any record had been kept of wliat Ihc coiivl called "a chance encounter." She bogged clown in bureau- cracy: Ihe FBI referred her lo California authorities. There was correspondence for a Ihe FBI, Los Angeles police, the California Department of Justice. Each took the position it was powerless lo remove the record from FBI files. Bul Ihe FBI senl an agent lo review the record in Lo.s Ange- les, Ihen changed Ihe nol.Mion lo unable to con- nect with any felony or mis- demeanor not deemed an arrest hut a detention only." II wasn't good enough and Mcnarcl's father, a Washington lawyer, went lo court. He lost the first skirmish in clislricl court bul won the right lo MIC agaiii on anneal. Then came a victory, again in dislricl court, and finally Tuesday's ruling. The record in Ihc trial couit gave an unusual glimpse into how the FIJI handles il hoard of prints. The FBI pictured itself as "a central depository for finger- prinls submitted on ;i volunteer maintaining prints in separate criminal and ''appli- cant files." The latter originate from inductions into the armed forces, applications for govern- ment employment and such. There is a Ihird file wilh only the name of Hie individual i prints, garnered mostly from luuri.sts who submit ihem while they arc visiting the FBI's Washington headquarters. The ITU has 200 million fin- gerprint cards, and dis- seminates records to federal, slate, and Ideal agencies that contribute. II removes fingerprints only when the contributing agency requests il. The total cf such returns in 1970 was cards. If the arrest is made by Ihe FBI, il lakes a cotirU order lo remove the prints. Tlie appeals ruling noted that ''the FBI is not concerned about an inaccuracy, heyoncl suggesting that the individual contact the local tpolicci agen- cy." It said Ihe arrest record is used outside Ihc field of crimi- nal justice and "oflcn proves lo be a substantial barrier lo em- ployment." I'll! while the com I focused on arrcsl records and criminal files it did nol prohibit mainte- nance, of neutral identification records.