Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 16, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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89TH YEAR, NO. 332 PHONE 673-4271ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 16, 1970—THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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Brownwood Puts X to 'Midnight Cowboy
By DAVE FAIR Reporter-News Correspondent
BROWNWOOD (RNS) - The “Midnight Cowboy” bit the dust, so to speak, Friday afternoon as police officers armed with a search warrant confiscated the “best movie of the year” and arrested a drive - in theater manager,
Floyd Allred, manager of the Bluffview Drive - In, was arrested by Police Chief BUI Donation but was released on $1,000 bond.
The incident stemmed from the showing of the X-rated motion picture “Midnight Cowboy” at the drive-in theater Thursday night.
The film, starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, received last year’s Academy Award for the best motion picture of the year and was nominated for several others.
Donahoo signed a complaint before Brown County Atty. Gary Price which charged the show
ing of an obscene film, “Midnight Cowboy.”
Brown County Judge W. O. Breedlove issued a search warrant for the film.
Price said many movie viewers had complained after going to the film thinking it was a western and being shocked.
Earlier this year. Police Chief Donahoo launched a campaign against obscene materials in the city. These included items found on local newsstands as well as motion pictures. The chief had
urged voluntary compliance of cleaning up all obscene materials in Brownwood.
According to information received late Friday, a motion had been filed for a permanent injunction to prohibit the showing of “Midnight Cowboy” at the theater. But 35th Dist. Atty. George Day was out of town and could not be reached for confirmation.
Hoffman and Voight were both nominated for “best actor” for their roles in the film, and two
songs from the movie ranked at the top of most radio station charts across the country.
W hile the motion picture had an X (adults only) rating, it had completed a showing several months ago at Interstate’s Bowie theater in downtown Brownwood.
The Abilene Reporter - News contacted Allred Friday for comment. “I won't issue a statement now7,” he said. “I am sure we will issue one at a later time.” The Bluffview Drive - In
is owned by Video Independent of Oklahoma City which owns numerous theaters in Texas and
Reaction was mixed concerning the incident Friday. Some young adults spoke out against the seizing of the film and the subsequent arrest, but most older citizens who were contacted by newsmen for an opinion applauded the action.
Several said they “commended the police cliief for his action.”
Painting their wagon
Debby Kersey, left, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. lene High School Senior Follies’ production of “Paint Your Kersey, and Gerald Thane, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mel- Wagon” Friday night . See story Page 8-A. (Staff Photo by vin Thane, put on make-up for their parts in the Ahi- Reg Reynolds)
Census Drop Spurs Amarillo Manhunt
AMARILLO (AP) - Amarillo, Its official census figures showing an unexpected drop from the I960 totals, began a hunt Friday for 30,000 or more persons its leaders believe were not counted.
The census figure indicated Amarillo with a population of 123,973, a decline of 13,996 from 1960.
Chamber of Commerce statistics, based on electrical connections, gas meters, water meters, workers and students and pupils, indicated a population of 155,000.
Since 1960, the big Amarillo Air Force Base has been deactivated.
Dr. Fred Johnson, Chamber of Commerce president, and Don Hileman, chamber manager, said Friday that indications from sources other than preliminary 1970 census figures are that 30.000 or more citizens may not have been counted.
Both men urged all persons
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Map, Page SA) ABILENE AND VICINITY ^-mile radius) — Fair and warmer Saturday through Sunday. High Saturday 70 to 75, low Saturday night 55 to 60. High Sunday 75 to 80. Winds light and variable becoming southerly 5 to 15 miles per hour Sunday.
who think they were not included in the recent census to get in touch with the chamber office.
Dr. Johnson said the chamber will turn over to census officials the figures which the office gathers in the hope that “we can get a more accurate level”
for Amarillo’s current population.”
Hileman said a method used by a postal official for estimating population by the number of mailboxes in use supports the estimates from the other sources.
“They (census takers) had to
Nixon Nominates Women Generals
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon has nominated the first two women generals in the history of the U.S. armed forces, it was announced Friday.
The Pentagon said Col. Elizabeth P. Hoisington, director of the Women’s Army Corps, and Col. Anna Mae Hays, chief of the Army Nurse Corps, have been selected by the President for promotion to the temporary rank of brigadier general.
Congress authorized general officer rank for women three years ago, but this is the first time that any woman in uniform has been picked to wear a star.
Col. Hoisington, a native of Newton, Fan., enlisted in the World War II Women s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942 and was commissioned a year later. She became director of the WAC in August 1966.
Col. Hays, bom in Buffalo, N.Y., also entered the Army in World War II, first .serving in 1942 as an operating room nurse. She became chief of the Army Nurse Corps in September 1967.
Col. Hoisington Is a graduate
of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Col. Hays received her nurses’ training in Allentown, Pa., her nursing education degree from Columbia University, and a master’s degree from Catholic University.
The two were included in a list of 82 Army colonels selected for promotion to one-star rank.
Rain Eases Up Over Big Country
Abilene and most of the area dried up somewhat Friday as the rains stopped over most of the Big Country.
A few towns however, received over an inch of rain.
Dublin reported 1.47 inches Friday for a two-day total of 2.47. De Leon received 1.25 inches, bringing its two-day total to 2.25.
Comanche received 1.05 inches and Goree .25.
No rain is in the forecast for the next couple of days. Saturday should be fair and warmer with the high near 75.
have missed some people,” Hileman said. “Otherwise the Southwestern Public Service Co. (the electric company) has been installing 6,000 new meters while 14,000 people are leaving town.”
Hileman said that since the publication of the census figures Thursday, the chamber office has already received several calls from people who were not counted.
Dr. Johnson said he feels that the actual figures for Amarillo
and for the metropolitan area are more than 150,000 and nearly 180,000 respectively.
If the preliminary census figures stand, Dr. Johnson said, “the drop would have a great Impact on Amarillo’s future.” A city with a declining population cannot attract new business, he said, and advertising media would probably lost some national accounts.
Hileman said Amarillo will “bleed” economically if the figures are not revised before they become official this summer.
City Manager John Stiff said Thursday that population barometers he had reviewed all indicated the census figure was too low.
“It is difficult to accept the preliminary 1970 census count as accurate,” Stiff said.
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Jury Criticizes Police Handling Of Panther Raid
CHICAGO (AP) - A federal grand jury investigating a police raid in which two Black Panthers were killed said Friday the performance of law enforcement agencies in the case “gives some reasonable basis for public doubt of their efficiency or even of their credibility.”
The panel said “the testimony of the officers involved is materially inconsistent with i he physical evidence.”
It said, however, it could not resolve the problems and determine whether any civil rights were violated because of the refusal of the Panthers involved to testify.
Two Panther leaders, Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, were killed in the Dec. 4 raid on Hampton's apartment. Seven were arrested.
The seven declined to testify on the ground that the jury was not formed of their peers.
The jury of leading Chicagoans appointed by the coroner included 21 whites and two Negroes.
The grand jury report said a search of the apartment after the raid by technicians from the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office was superficial and disorganized. It said the search uncovered only 77 of 151 pieces of “ballistically identifiable evidence ultimately taken from the apartment by other officials.
“Any crime scene investigation which uncovers barely half the relevant evidence must be seriously questioned,’’ the report said.
The grand jury also was critical of the Panthers for refusing to testify.
“Given the political nature of the Panthers, the grand jury Is forced to conclude that they are more interested in the issue of
police persecution than they are in obtaining justice.
“It is a sad fact of our society that such groups can transform such issues into donations, sympathy and membership without ever submitting to impartial fact-finding by anyone. Perhaps the short answer is that revolutionary groups simply do not want the legal system to work.”
State charges against the seven arrested in the raid were dropped a week ago when the state’s attorney reported there
was insufficient evidence to support the charges of attempted murder, armed violence and other crimes.
The raiding officers had testified they suspected the apartment was occupied by Panther members, whom they believed would not hesitate to use firearms against police. They said they were met by gunfire when they tric'd to serve a search warrant for a cache of weapons refilledly hidden at the apartment.
New Courthouse Changes Pending
By JIM CONLEY
Reporter-News Staff Writer
Several proposed changes in the plans for the new Taylor County Courthouse, including the combining of the features of two floors into one and the deletion of several private restrooms, will be brought before the count y commissioners Tuesday.
Architects Jack Luther and James Tittle of Tittle, Luther, Loving and I^oe Architects and Engineers, who are designing the building, confirmed Friday that they will propose the changes.
The major change they will call for will be to combine the features formerly planned for the first and second floors into a first floor with a large lobby space.
Luther said the tax and county clerk offices had been planned for the first floor and a lobby-inform-ation-memorial area had
been planned for the second floor.
Luther pointed out that the plans still allowed for most of the features of both floors to be on the first floor.
“We are simply recommending that the courthouse not devote an entire floor to a lobby if the building is to be constructed within the budget. We can still have plenty of lobby, information and memorial space,” he said.
The budget is also a factor In deleting several private restrooms from the plans, Luther said.
The plans will call for restrooms on all five floors, one men’s and one women’s, except the fourth floor, which will contain courtrooms, will have a toilet for each judge’s chamber and a men’s and women’s toilet for each witness room. There
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Serve the Public? All Right, But Share Their Toilets?
By JIM CONLEY
Reporter-News Staff Writer
“No private restrooms in the new courthouse? Oh, no,” groaned a clerk in one of the offices of the County Courthouse Friday when she heard the news.
“How could they do that'.’ ’ another groaned. “I ll wait all day before I use the public one.”
About a dozen women c lustered together, discussing reports that the architects of the new courthouse were planning to recommend deletion of the office restrooms when they meet with County Commissioners Tuesday. Architect Jack Luther called it “an economic move,” to bring the courthouse within Its budget
WHILE THE men remained
stoic, the ladies made no secret of their disappointment when a reporter asked them “Why the fuss?”
Everyone made it clear that they didn’t object to the public as a whole but to outwardly
unkempt and dirty people who, they say, “make some court house public restrooms unbearable.”
The office personnel on the first floor, where some 40 women work all or part of each clay, were the most outspoken on the “injustice.”
One said she would rather share a restroom with male employes than to use the type of public restroom which is near ner office now.
ANOTHER BACKED up her
criticism with the reasoning: “The county commissioners will each have an office but they put in one bathroom for 60 women.” Riven the judges could not escape the wrath of the females, who by then were in a barely controlled frenzy.
“Why should eacii judge have his own bathroom? I’m an employe, too,” one said. “We all serve the public.”
Comments also ranged to toe ludicrous.
“I guess we’ll have to bring our own potty chairs “-or disposable diapers.” “They’d better get the kidney transplants ready,” another said, "because none of us are going to use the public bathroom.”
A FEMALE sheriff’s deputy had some tongue - in - cheek sympathy for the women.
“We may have a pot to spare over here,” she said, “if they ever get. this building finished.” Architect Jack Luther of the firm planning the courthouse said the public restrooms will be cleaner and stay cleaner than those in the present courthouse.
“The toilets will be mounted on the w'all rather than the floor.” ho said, “so they can be cleaned easier. People will take pride in these facilities.”
County Judge Roy Skagtrs said the county commissioners had not made .special plans for janitorial care of the facilities “but we intend to see that (the restrooms) are kept very clean.”