Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1974, Abilene, Texas
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ;94TH YEAR, NO. 66 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY EVENING, AUGUST 22, PAGES IN SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Associated Press Vets' Education Outlook Brighter By Rcporter-News Military Editor The hike in military veter- ans' education benefits, which now. appears' almost sure of being passed, .will provide from about to a semester tor full time study.' The grants represent a 23 per cent boost in monthly benefits, which ob- viously make it more feasible for local veterans to attend A I) i I c'n c 's three private schools. CONTACTED Thursday, spokesmen at the local schools said the new benefits would more than outweigh current, tuition and fee costs. .At Ilardin-Sinimons Univer- sity, for example, a 15 semes- ter hour load (usually 5 cours- es) costs with Me- Muiry College charging and Abileiie Christian College for the 15-semester hour load. The new rate, expected to be okayed shortly by the House and sent to the Presi- dent for signing, would give single veterans who' have been on active duty since Jan. 31, 1955, a month for a full lime load a 65 per cent jump over Ihe amount" re- ceived two years ago. A MARRIED veteran would receive monthly and if he lias a child he cun receive a month. The money is less, ot course, for less lhan full time study but is fairly proportional to Ihe amount ol work taken each semester. School spokesmen, such as Naomi Albright at ACC, who handles Ihe veterans office there, said'lhal veterans who want to attend. the colleges should go to the admissions offices of tlie schools to apply. Ollcii they can be admitted as "special students" pending receipt of all their past rec- ords, she said. Army Advertising Inquiry Rejected Stall PIlDlo by Don IN-IIESIDENCE" CHECKING TIIH "VAMPIRES- ,-Iihodes' workers'inspect a bal colony WASHINGTON (AP) Army has acknowledged that it rejected investigators rec- ommendations for a Justice Department inquiry of evi- dence of. possible criminal misconduct by senior Penta- gon officials in awarding a million advertising contract. Instead, Ihe case was turned over lo Ihe Army's own Inspector General when Ihe commander of the Criminal Investigation Division, (CID) in consullalion with military lawyers, found "no evidence of a spokesman said Wednesday. The spokesman said the Inspector General's continuing investigation is focusing en administrative aspects of the case, but added it is "not lim- ited in scope." The Army previously had denied that CID investigators found evidence of possible criminal activity and had rec- ommended to their command- er the case be handed to civil- ian authority. The investigat- ing team's recommendations were overturned by Col. Hen- ry Tufts, CID commander. The investigation concerned the award of a contract in 1972 for promotion and advertising the new all-volunteer Army program. The contract was given to N.W. Ayer Son Inc., a New York advertising agency which has held Army contracts since 1967. The Associated Press i-c- Maligned 'Omens of Evil' Frequently Dwell Downtown Battery of Bats A half a dozen bats squeeze in behind'a metal sign at Rhodes Aiilo Shop lo rcsl up Tor noc- turnal flights. Workers at Ihe shops said Ihe creatures cause no problems if lofl alone. (Slaff Photo by Don Hlaklcy) By JOE DACY II Reporter-News Slaff Writer Bats, the flying mammals which have suffered the social disgrace of association with vampires and rabies, have ap- parently found a home in downtown Abilene. Bob Harrison of.the 'city's health department said Wednesday lhat Ihe dry weather and an abundance of insects have caused an in- creased number of the noclur- nal creatures this year. And, although Ihey are more prone to carry rabies .than other animals, the would-be pose no health problem for the city popula- tion of humans, Harrison said. "There1 ve been a few bats here all he said adding that they are not con- fined to one particular section of the city. A KIND of mutual fear, seems to keep bals and hu- mans apart, Harrison said. 'This'kind of "respect" also provides for a symbiolic rela- tionship. The bats, help clear up Ihe insect population in trade for a place lo sleep during the daylight hours. And the fur- ry, mile-ridden mammals are not particular about where they lodge. In the early morning hours, bals can be heard squeaking in Ihe drainage pipes of the Lack of Moisture Hurls Rain Chance A 20 per ccnl chance of rain was scl for llic Abilene area for -Thursday nighl and Fri- day, but forecasters al the Na- lional Weather Service said Thursday lhat even if rain does fall, il will be in thim- bles, nol buckcls. Light rain has been reported in the Big Bend area and along the Cap Rock, forecast- er Darrcll Crawford ex- plained, because of a low pressure trough which is edg- ing close lo the Ahilsne area. As predicted, Ihe trough is already dropping tempera- with a cnol 60.degrees rcporlcd-in Abilene Thursday morning, Crawford said. But a lack'of moisture In the area may prove lo be Ihe downfall of any chance of rain in the area, Crawford said. city's downtown alleys. They also live behind signs, air con- dilioning units and in other dark places. An employe of nhfldes Auto Parts, at 1202 N. 1st, Ron Prehlice, said the bats have lived at lhat address for years, never bothering the customers or the workers. Prentice recalled that one day he and a colleague decid- ed lo get rid of them and took a water hose lo the cracks and crevasses where Ihey reside. This proved lo lie a mistake, because soon the area was full of hundreds of squeaking bats, fluttering and diving through the high-roofed building, Pren- tice said. TO ESCAPE Ihe sun's rays, some of the resident freclails huddle .behind one of the long metal advertising signs in front of the shop, where pas- sers-by can hear them squeak- ing away. "JIosl people don't see Prentice said. Because of their proncness to rabies, bats should lie left alone, II a rr i so n. advised. "Don't try'lo catch he said. Only one case of rabies in bats was reported lo the health department Ihis year, and that was from a bat found by an inquisitive dog, he ex- plained. "They are not the Lype of thing that starts biting peo- Harrison said, adding lhal they are also not "vam- pire Ihe kind that ac- tually do take blood from their viclims by lapping it up after making an i n c i s i o i n with llieir sharp teelh. HARRISON SAID the city currently has no plans lo erad- icate the timid animals. One local "artist" has even immortalized the downtown bat population last Halloween. A glorified version of the' much-maligned crealure can be found on Ihe cast wall of Ihe abandoned Drake llolel. ported Aug. 18 thai a confiden- tial report, dated April 29, said CID investigators found what Ihey considered evidence thai the contract decision might have been wrongfully influenced by high-level Pen- tagon officials. They said there were "certain unusual relationships between the par- lies concerned" that merited further investigation, but they did'not allege lhat anyone re-- ccived favors. Among those named in the CID report were former Se- cretary of the Army. Robert I'roehlke, William H. Kraus, a- member of the contract evalu- ation board, and Itpger T. Kel- ley, then assistant secretary of defense for manpower and (raining. The .Gil) report. said (hat "the Department of" Justice should be immediately ap- prised of Ihe fads disclosed as a result of Uu's inquiry and that Ihe Department of justice initiate an investigation as ap- propriate." In an Intervleyr, Kranse de- nied there was any miscon- duct or favoritism connected with the contract award, as did Neal W.-O'Connor, chair- man of the agency. Some members of-the CID investigating team have pro- tested Ihe Iransfer of the.case lo Ihe inspector general, ac- cording to sources familiar with the investigation. They said the investigators felt the. transfer was intended to cover up the findings by keeping I hem within military channels. WMTHERT U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Natrwinl service (Weather Moo, Pg. 7B) ABILENE AND VICINITY (I0-milff rad'us) Partly cloudy trrouqri o sTghl choree of IhundErshowcri fonighl znrf Friday. LMlle change in South-rlv wirxfs 10 lo 15 rnph. High rodoy Friday in Ihe low 90s. Low lorvghl in Ific upper ability of ram 20 per ccnl Ionian) and Friday. High and lo.v (w 2j hours ending 9 ?3 ond It. orri i ALBRIGHT also re- minded veterans lhat a new man is helping them with any problems they might-have re- garding their benefits. He is Tom Byrom, veterans' repre- sentative hired by Ihe federal government under a new pro- gram. She said Byrom will he at ACC three days a week, and one day a week at each of the other two schools. '.'It's not too tale to regis- said Sirs. Albright. "I'm still enrolling people every day.. .and I'll even enroll them it they come late. Any veteran who is starling school here this fall should bring his papers and I'll submit him for benefits right away." TIIK PAPUKS needed for veterans benefits arc in par- ticular Ihe veterans DD 2H form; lhat important dis- charge form he receives when separated from Ihe service. The new benefits are also expected to increase the' time a veteran may receive bene- fits to five academic years (45 months worth of benefits) as NEWS INDEX Amusements 48 Business Mirror..........88 Bridge 58 Clossilied-............. 5-8C Comics 4C Editorials 4A Horoscope 9A Hosoital Patients ?A Obituories IOC Snorts ___............ 1-3C To Your Good Health 6A TV- Leg 4B Women's News 2-3B opposed to the previous four years (36 months On lop of increasing Irene- new bill would enable the veterans to borrow up to a year al low interest rales, lo be repaid within about II years aflev leaving school. Higher Gas Excise Tax Mentioned LOS ANGELES (AP) Congress may be asked -.10 raise the federal excise tax on gasoline by as much as .10 cents a' gallon in a move to fighr inflalion and conserve energy, the Los Angeles Times reported today. The Times quoted unidenti- fied admin 1st ration sources as saying Hie Ford adminislra- lion'estimales such increased gasoline taxes could reduce. consumption much as 5 per cent. Thai would pul pres- sure on oil-exporting nations to lower their prices for crude oil and strengthen the dollar by reducing U.S. oil imports, Ihe Times quoted its sources as saying. .a White House sDokesman and Secretary of the Treasury William E. Si- mon said they knew of .no plans for President Ford to ask Congress to approve such a lax. Money lor Refusing Rights to Base WASHINGTON (AP) tugal has received an Arab of- fer of million lo refuse renewal of U.S. airbase rights ill Ihe Azores, according to U.S. intelligence sources. Arab representatives also were said lo have offered to lift the oil embargo against Portugal. The Arab aim, a U.S. intel-. ligence men view it, is to deny the United Stales use of the key Lajcs Airbase in the Azores for any future arms airlifts to Israel. The Ireaty covering U.S. use of the Azores base ran out in February. Negotiations are under way on renewing those base rights another five years. Most U.S. allies and friends, apparently concerned about displeasing the Arabs, refused permission for the United Slale lo use bases on their 'Movie' Cowboy at Home in Texas (I Since I saw "The Grcal Ameri- can I've been wondering abfliil Ihe. star Phil Lyne. What's he doing since he quit the ro- deo business? A. He's ranching with his father and brother in George'West, Texas, south of San Anlonio (population After be won the Ail-Around Champion Cowboy li- tlc Iwo years in a row, he decided Ihe wear and tear was loo much for Hie per- centage of-profit and he could make more money staying at home ranching. He sometimes rides in large rodeos in Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston and occa- sionally in small local jackpot ropinjs or matched ropings where he's matched with another famous roper. 0. It's my understanding .that Ihe Cily Council proposal Is to. raise the level of Fort Phantom instead of mak- lut; (he lake deeper by digging. What effect will this have on home owners and buyers in Ibe lake area where homes are located on land in low areas? Will Infs force home own- ers out of Ihelr homes because of rals- Ing the level and not digging out the dry end? A. City Manager Fred Sandlin was glad you asked. There's been some misunder- standing. For one thing the project won't begin for 10 years, maybe even 20. he says, lie docsn'l know yet how they'll go aboul it until detailed engineering studies By EUJE RUCKEH arc completed. Rut probably il would in- volve a combination of taking dirt out of the bottom and adding il to Hie present, level along the west side of.Ihe lake. "When Ihe water level is raised, in all probability some improvements onl (here will have to be says Sandlin. Presently Ihe idea is lo prevent additional improvements being built al such a low.level lhat they would have lo. be moved if and when Ihe lake is raised. Q. Please settle an argument. Arc Ihcsc Lawrence Welk shows summer re-runs? If they arc, when will Ills new programs begin? A. summer shows arc're-runs. The new shows in (he fall should be (irst-nnis beginning Sept. 7. Q. Now (haf our I'rosidenl has re- signed, will he or bis wife, If widowed, get a government eheck other than the regular Social Security? A. Yes, Nixon's eligible for a H year lifetime pension, free mailing privi- leges, free office space and up to a year for office lielp. all of which he would have lost if he'd been impeached, convicl- ed and removed from office. Mrs. Nixon, if widowed, would be eligible for a year. Q. I'm sure I read in Aclion Line lhat Congress ruled unleaded gasoline could not be sold for more lhan a penny more per gallon (han regular. What do we do if we find a station selling il for more? I know one lhat sells it for n nlckrl more; one enllrc chain Is selling it for two cents over. A. The ceiling price on unleaded gas can- nol be more-than.one ccnl a gallon over regular. But-if a dealer or oil company decides to be. more competilive and cut. the price of regular it doesn'l mean iiC must cut Ihe price of unleaded too. To further confuse the issue, each company's ceiling price is different because the fed- eral government sets the ceiling price based on cost of crude and each company's cost of crude is a little different. You'd have lo write each company to find out what ils ceiling is. Rut if you think you know of a violator, phone the Federal Energy Office in Fort Worth at 817-3J1- 3278. Ask for Mr. Rainwater in the compli- ance section. Address questions lo Action I.lnt, llox 30, Abilene, Texas i9601. Names will not he used but questions must he signed and addresses given. I'h'asc In- clude Iclcuhonc numbers If possible. soil last Tall when the U.S. Air Force flew emergency supplies to Israel, then -bat- llmg with Egypt and Syria. Portugal was the exception. With tacit Portugese Icon- sent, U.S. transport planes were able to land and refuel at tajes, permitting thcnrlo haul big loads miles from Ihe United Stales to Israel. U.S. Air Force also was able to fly'F-1 Phantom jel fighters to .Israel by refueling them in the air from tanker planes based in Ihe Azores, which is about miles wesl of Gibrallev. The.United Slates normally maintains no combal plancs'at Lajes, only refueling and maintenance facilities manned byahnut specialist who service Military Airlift Com- mand flights lo southern Eu- rope and the Mediterranean area. n Iteporls of the Arab offer were said lo have come from Portuguese political sources, prompting some U.S. officials to suggest that PorlugaJ niiglil be trying to pressure (he Unit- ed Stales into raising the ante for retaining rights' lo the Azores base, However, other officials felt the Portuguese sources intend- ed only lo alert the United Slalcs lo the Arab move and favored conlbiucd American use of the base. He Should Have Left Cars Alone SAN1 DIKGO (AP) Who needs a driver's license? Not George Nelson. After managing for 50 years without driving a car, :lhe San Diego man got a driver's li- cense last week and boughl a new ear. ......He drove it around (he block once and parked il in front of his house, Ihcn went to his job at a clothing store.., Whemhc returned home Ih'al night he mcl another new driver, a tech-age girl wfio had jusl driven around Ihe block and squarely into ific. hack of Nelson's new car. llis insurance company says II's a total loss.