Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 20, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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3 STAR FINAL"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
MTH YEAR, NO. 4 PHONE 673-4271ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE 20, 1970— FORTY PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS
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Jury to Probe Jackson Riots
'Well put the tower over here..
Rusty arid Joanne Gray dig the beach, literally, dur- and nine-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon VI Gray, ing a day in the sun, sand and water at Johnson 2459 Garfield, went for a cooling-off and cleaning-off swim Park, I^ake Fort Phantom Hill. The ten-year-old son after the beach re-landscaping. (Staff Photo by Billy Adams)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Th" federal government, thwarted in efforts to gain Mississippi Highway Patrol cooperation in its investigation of last month's violence at Jackson State College. announced Friday a special federal grand jury will he convened here June 29 to probe the disorders.
“This federal grand jury is expected to make a complete investigation of all aspects surrounding the incident which oc-cured at Jackson State College May 15 to determine whether or not any federal laws were violated,” U.S. Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell said.
“The grand jury will make a detailed investigation of what actually happened on this occasion.”
Two young Negroes were shot to death during the second night of disturbances on the predominantly Negro campus.
The announcement of the federal probe, officials here said, was not unexpected. There were reports more than a week ago that federal authorities would convene the grand jury because of state reluctance to turn over highway patrol weapons to FBI agents for examination.
Thurber May Be Rock Festival Site
Thurber, a small West Texas ranching community that once was a prosperous oil boom city, reportedly around l^ibor Day will ha^£ what the larger town of Dickons didn’t want earlier in the year — a population explosion via a rock festival.
According to residents of Hanger, about 15 miles from Thurber. a “colony of hippies’’ have been making their home in the area for some time and are thought to be sponsors of the proposed rock festival.
The Associated Press said late Friday night that they had not heard a definite date set for the hard rock song fest, which reportedly will attempt to draw some 200,000 spectators.
At first skeptical at the idea, i several Thurber ranchers are reportedly offering their land as a site for the festival.
Asst. Atty. den. Jems Leonard conferred with state officials recently in an effort to obtain permission to interrogate highway patrolmen who were on the scene when the firing occurred. He indicated later he was unsuccessful.
Gov. John Bell Williams has said the officers Bred in self defense because they were drawing sniper fire.
Williams also said federal officers were unwilling to cooper ate in the state probe of the incident, and “they must learn that cooperation is a two-way street.”
Some 200 to .IOO rifle and shot-
LAN<'ASTER, Tex. (AP) -Sen. Ralph Yarborough, D-Tex., said Friday night the Nixon ad ministration “gives the wounded veterans medals when their great need is proper hospital care.”
Yarborough, ranking majority member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, spoke to the Bist. J Veterans of Foreign Wars (YEW) banquet in this Dallas County town.
“For many years,” he said, “this country took pride in the fact that we furnished our veterans the best medical and hospital care in the world. However, during the last five years as our military casualties increased as a result of our increased involvement in the Indochina War, the standard of care in the 166 veterans administration hospitals and 202 outpatient clinics has steadily decreased to the point that it is now a national disgrace.
“This decrease is due to the failure of the administration and its hudget officers to support funding to meet these increased burdens of the Vietnam War.”
Yarborough cited these deficiencies in Texas’ nine veterans administration hospitals:
gun were fired by officers into a Women s dormitory during a confrontation with a crowd of young Negroes in front of the building. Students vehemently denied reports of sniper fire from the campus during the encounter.
When the barrage ended, the two youths lay dead and nine wore wounded. Phillip Gibbs of Ripley, a 20-year-old junior at the college, was cut down in front of the dormitory. James Earl Ureen. a 17-year-old high school senior, was found dead across the street, behind the
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—ThP Dallas hospital is short ('n staff positions and needs an additional $260,000 for drugs and other medical and dental supplies.
—The Houston hospital needs funds for staffing over 200 positions and over $900,000 for supplies.
—The Amarillo hospital may have to divert $19,000 from pro-
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Texas VA Hospital Deficiencies Cited
A Saigon student demonstrator holds aloft a U.S. military policeman’s helmet after an American jeep was burned and its crew beaten during a violent demonstration near the U.S. Embassy. A rubber sandal of a demonstrator tops the helmet. (AP Wirephoto)
of Japanese textiles.
Stans has been trying for some time to persuade the Japanese to restrict their shipments of wool and manmade textiles and clothing to this country voluntarily and will meet in Washington next week the Japanese minister of international trade and industry’.
At times, however, administration officials have written the voluntary' efforts off as a lost cause and appeared lo he mov-• ing closer to endorsement of a quota bill under consideration in the House Ways and Means Committee. It is sponsored by the commiitee’s influential chairman, Rep. Wilbur I). Mills, D-Ark.
Stans said Davis’ critical views of the White House staff and pessimistic outlook about voluntary’ restrictions “do not represent my own nor those of the Department of Commerce.”
The Davis affair is reminiscent of personnel changes in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Leon Panetta, the special assistant for civil rights to outgoing Secretary Robert H. Finch, learned he had resigned when the White House announced it.
Dr. James E. Allen, the education commissioner, was fired on grounds that he was a poor administrator but he had criticized the U.S. move into Cambodia and administration desegregation policies.
And Dr. Stanley Yolles, a career man who headed the National Institute of Mental Health, answered a resignation request with a blistering accusation that the administration was abandoning the mentally ill. whereupon the department said he had been fired.
Davis, an intense, affable man of 44 who joined the government after resigning as a vice president and treasurer of International Business Machines, had made no secret in recent weeks of his view that the Mills bill should be passed.
In a speech in New York Thursday, which Stans’ statement made clear precipitated his announcement, Davis said he was ‘convinced that one of the most important steps that must be taken if we are to preserve our economic strength is to stop the deterioration of those of our major domestic industries which are boing unduly and unfairly impacted by foreign imports.”
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STILL NOT FREE
Black Panthers Request U.S. Constitution Rewrite
WASHINGTON (AP) - From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Friday the Black Panther party called for a new U.S. Constitution to guarantee to Negroes the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Standing where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech in 1963, Panther Chief of Staff David Hilliard said the Constitution has proved to be an empty promise for blacks.
The party’s chief spokesman, who identifies himself as Big Man, said a “Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention” is set tentatively for Labor Day in Philadelphia, “the same place the pigs had theirs.” Panthers wearing azure armbands roped off the steps of the memorial and unfurled bright blue banners in front of the marble columns.
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morial and remained unobtrusively in the background. Panther marshals directed tourists around the well-behaved rally crowd of about 500, mostly black but including a substantial minority of white supporters.
Hilliard said other groups—including oppressed minorities, the young and the elderly and w’omen—have as much need of a new constitution as blacks.
But, he said unless whites cease “genocide and repression” against blacks, “then we, black people, will be forced to respond with a form of war of salvation.. .that will gut this country and utterly destroy it.”
Hilliard said the Lincoln Memorial was chosen because of Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. “And yet, 107 years later, today, black people are still not free,” he said.
rights that have been denied Negroes include freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of the press, he said.
“Where is freedom when the right to peacefully assemble brings on massacres?” he said. “Where is our right to keep and bear arms when black people are attacked by the racist Gestapo of America?”
“We believe that the American people are capable of rejecting the facist solution to the national crisis which the Fascist Nixon clique, the George Wallaces, Lester Maddoxes, Ronald Reagans, Spiro Agnews, etc., hold out to the people.
“We therefore call for a revolutionary Peoples Constitutional Convention to be convened by the American people, to write a new constitution that will guarantee and deliver to every American citizen the inviolable human right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Nixon Advisors' Critic May
By JOHN M. PEARC E Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Kenneth N. Davis Jr., an outspoken advocate of import restrictions who bluntly accused the White House staff of misleading President Nixon, appeared Friday to have lost his job.
His boss, Secretary of Commerce Maurice H. Stans, said Davis told of his intention to leave last week, while Davis countered: “We seem to have a difference rn memories.”
President to restrict some imports, is before Congress, but the administration has not spelled out its position. Davis strongly favors it.
The controversy arose after Davis made a strong speech in New York, calling for import re
strictions and accusing the White House staff of doing a “disservice’’ to Nixon by drawing his attention to the wrong issues in the trade question.
It arose out of deep divisions within the administration on what to do about rising imports
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“I have not resigned. I told him I had no intention of resigning,” Davis said after a meeting with Stans.
Davis said he would leave only if Nixon requested his resignation, but the White House said, “The administration certainly supports what Secretary Stans has said on the subject.” Even though Davis is a presidential appointee, a White House spokesman said, “The secretary still speaks as head of the Commerce Department and he represents the President.” Stans’s statement said only that Davis had told him last week of his intention to leave “at an early date.” Davis said his recollection was different, that he had said in a private meeting IO days before, in answer to Stans’s question, that he could not coexist with the government’s foreign trade situation indefinitely.
“But I said above all I want to see the Mills bill decision through,” Davis added. The Mills bill, which would allow the
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) — Mexico has held 24 men aboard two U.S. tunaboats prisoner for two weeks in a dispute over fishing rights, the manager of the American Tunaboat Association, said today.
The manager, August Felando, said the Incident has been kept secret in order for the U.S. ambasssador in Mexico City and attorneys from the association to negotiate with the Mexican government.
The boats, the Ronnie S and the Starcrest, drifted within the 12-mile limit around the penal Islands of Tree Marias off western Mexico, Felando said. He added that none of the Americans has been reported harmed but all have been kept prisoner aboard the boats.
It was the first seizure of an American tuna boat by Mexico although dozens have been seized in what the U.S. fishermen consider international waters off Peru and Ecuador. All were released after fines were paid.
No boats — not even Mexican — are permitted to cruise or fish within 12 miles of the prison islands.
The fishing treaty between the United States and Mexico permits boats within nine miles.
I “Apparently the attempt to resolve this quietly has failed,” Felando said. “I can understand the concern of the families in-: volved.”
He said Mexico has not demanded fines or brought charges.
The fishermen include several Mexican crewmen but most are I Americans.
Felando said “nothing intentional” was meant by the two boats: “It was purely accidental and we’re trying to explain that.”
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