Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 17, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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89TH YEAR, NO. 333 PHONE 673-4271
ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 17, 1970 —SEVENTY PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS
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Biggest Cambodia Battle Threatened
Far from the protests that marked many Armed Forces Day celebrations across the nation, some 10,000 persons at Dyess AFB observed the day with a carefree
barbecue Saturday. The most violent part of the Dyess observance was a parachute harness “kiddie ride” with a jolt at the end. Below, Cheryle Rangel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Rangel of 148 Mississippi, noted the “happy demonstration” by concentrating on the barbecue. See story Page 2-A. (Staff Photos by Billy Adams)
SAIGON (AP) — An estimated regiment of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops surrounded and fought their way Saturday into Kompong Cham, Cambodia’s third largest city.
The action threatened to trigger the biggest battle of the Cambodia war.
About 45 miles to the east, other Communist command forces, apparently regrouping after initial retreats from their border base areas, stood off American forces trying to push into nine enemy cache sites occupied by the North Vietnamese 5th Division.
Amid these latest turns in the war the U.S. Command in Saigon announced withdrawals into the thousands of American forces from the sanctuary area of eastern Cambodia. The command did not give any figure, but informed sources estimated the total at 5,000 to fi.000. From
9.000 to 10,000 remained beyond the border in the drive that began on May I.
An Associated Press correspondent just outside Kompong Cham reported that the enemy forces of 800 to 1,000 men had encircled three Cambodian battalions and were fighting other government troops inside the city. Under battle conditions the enemy force was considered at regiment strength. There was no estimate of just how many government troops were involved.
Kompong Cham is a provincial capital, 74 miles by road and 50 by air from Phnom Penh, and the military headquarters for three surrounding provinces.
U.S.-made T28 bombers flown
by Cambodian pilots pounded the enemy positions surrounding the town, and the Cambodian high command rushed reinforcements toward the city aboard commandeered civilian trucks and buses.
Cambodian officers renewed an earlier request for South Vietnamese ground troops to help break the siege. Officers at South Vietnamese Task Force Headquarters at Tay Ninh were considering the request Saturday night. Lt. Gen. Do Cao Tri,
the task force commander, rejected the first request for ground forces Friday, but ordered fighter-bombers to fly support for the Cambodian defenders.
The city is 35 miles from the Vietnam border—beyond the 21.7-mile limit in which American forces are permitted to operate.
“The situation is extremely grave,” a high-ranking South Vietnamese officer told an AP reporter at Tay Ninh. “The
Cambodians may not be able to hold out much longer.”
A South Vietnamese radio team inside Kompong Cham reported that a Cambodian battalion moved out of the city Saturday in an attempt to open the road to Phnom Penh in case the defenders were forced to withdraw. The Cambodian troops ran headlong into an enemy force and suffered two killed and 24 wounded. They claimed they killed ll enemy and captured eight.
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Far Too Many Midnights, And Not Enough Cowboys
Israeli Warplanes Hit Egyptian Navy
TEL AVIV (AP) - Israeli warplanes attacked an Egyptian naval installation on the Pied Sea 500 miles south of the Suez Canal Saturday and sank a destroyer and a Soviet-built missile boat, the military command here reported.
It was one of the longest Israeli combat flights of the Middle East confrontation.
A statement by the Egyptian command in Cairo said one navy ship was damaged and IO crewmen were wounded in the attack by “a large group” of U.S.-made F4 Phantom fighter-born bber s.
The brief statement also said the ships shot down two Israeli planes during the four-hour raid but the Israeli command reported all of its planes returned safely.
The Egyptian communique did not list the type of ship it said was damaged nor did it give the amount of damage.
The Israeli command said the attack was in retaliation for the sinking of an Israeli fishing boat in the Mediterranean by an Egyptian missile boat and the mining of the harbor at Elath, the Israeli port on the Gulf of Aqaba.
The military command said the attack was in retaliation for Egypt’s sinking of an Israeli fishing boat in the Mediterranean and the mining of the harbor at Elath, the Israeli port on
EARLY CHANGES SCHOOL STATUS
EARLY (RNS) — Residents here voted Saturday to have the school become the Early Independent School District and leave the status of Common School District.
The margin was 115 for and 42 against. It had been explained by Supt. O. B. Chambers that common school districts must rely on values set by the county and state, while* the independent school district can set its own tax evaluations.
Brown County Judge William O. Breedlove had set the election after being presented a petition signed by 27 Early residents asking for a vote.
the Gulf of Aqaba.
The attack was made at Ras Banas, 560 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, and opposite Yanou on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast. About 200 miles west of Ras Banas is Egypt’s Aswan High Dam.
Earlier in the day, the military command said Israeli jets shot down two more Egyptian MIGS in new dogfights over the southern end of the Suez Canal —the sixth and seventh Egyptian plane losses in three days of air battles. At the same time, the Egyptian command claimed its planes downed an Israeli Mirage jet.
The attack on the naval station came late in the afternoon. The Israeli command did not say how long it lasted.
A military spokesman said the Egyptian destroyer was a former British warship of World War II vintage which normally carries a crew of about 250 men.
According to the London Institute of Strategic Studies, the Egyptians have six destroyers.
BROWNWOOD (RNS) - The “Midnight Cowboy” may be facing a shoot out this week in federal court if local officials who have labeled the movie as obscene have their way.
The battle began here Thursday night when the X-rated film was shown at the Bluffview Drive-In, and a number of Brownwood families apparently went to see the film thinking it was a “western.”
When they complained, Police Chief Bill Donahoo confiscated the movie and filed misdemeanor charges in Brown County Court against the manager, Floyd Allred. He was released on $1,000 bond.
Also on Friday, Donahoo signed an affidavit stating he felt the movie was obscene, and 35th District Court Attorney George Day called for a hearing to
Miss USA Crown Stays In Virginia
MIAMI BEACH (AP) - Miss Virginia, green-eyed beauty Debbie Shelton, kept the Miss USA title in her home state for the second straight year Saturday night.
Debbie, a 21-year-old student at Old Dominion University, accepted her crown and sceptre from Wendy Dascomb, the 1969 Miss USA who represented Virginia last year.
The 5-foot-8, 125-pound brunette captured the crown after being selected Miss Fixable midway through the pageant as the most photogenic entry.
first runnerup was Miss South Carolina, Vickie Lynn Chesser of Mount Pleasant; second runnerup was Miss Nevada, Sheri Lee Schruhl of Las Vegas; third was Miss Tennessee, Donna Marie Ford of Trenton; and fourth was Miss Georgia, Cheri Stephens of Atlanta.
Miss Shelton was the most buxom of the 51 entries with measurements of 39-24 36.
She chose a military uniform on Armed Forces Day as her state costume
decide whether a permanent injunction could be issued so the movie could not be shown.
The hearing could be as early as Monday.
Recipient of last year's Academy Award Oscar for “Best Movie of the Year,” the film was shown about three months ago at the Bowie Theatre in downtown Brownwood. The Reporter-News was told by different, sources Friday and Saturday that the manager had agreed to delete specific scenes from the movie and watch the age limit carefully on those entering the theatre.
Chief Donahoo said Saturday night that he had seen the movie at that time and none of the scenes had been deleted. He said many persons had asked him why he had not confiscated the film at that time.
“We just weren’t prepared,” he stated. “We hadn’t put any study into it at that time. But I can tell you this, if the movie were shown anywhere else here tomorrow, I would confiscate it”
The movie, Donahoo said, hadWEATHER
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first come to Brownwood when we “first began to get the ball lolling” on a campaign against obscene materials in the city, urging voluntary compliance by dealers at local newsstands and the theatre operators as well.
“In my own mind, I saw the movie, and I believe It was obscene,” said Donahoo. He pointed out, however, that this was a personal opinion.
The chief stated that the Texas law does have the statutes against obscenity, and ho intends to enforce them, “What I am doing is taking it out of my office and putting it in the courtroom,” he said.
Donahoo said ho expects to know something next week about the hearing on the injunction.
Day said Saturday he Is asking that Judge Joe Dibrell view the film and decide whether or not an injunction should be granted. The District Attorney said he would like to get 12 people (a jury) to determine what is decent, as set down in the Supreme Court rulings.
One official In Brownwood, who asked not to be quoted, said Donahoo and Brown County Atty. Gary Price themselves may he in hot water for possible violations in confiscating of the film. The source did not indicate what action, if any, may be taken.
Reporter-News Arts Editor Sam Pendergrass who recalls the “Midnight Cowboy” in his movie round-up on Page 15-C, says in a column written earlier in the week the film is “probably one of the most undeservedly controversial movies of the decade, concerning as it does the seamy world of big-city male hustlers.”
J he movie was the second
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WWI Widow, 71, Defends U.S. Flag
Not All Observances Quiet as Abilene's
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
State police used tear gas Saturday to disperse antiwar protesters who swarmed ont othe Ft. Dix, N.J., Army post at the end of an Armed Forces Day demonstration against the war in Southeast Asia. Thousands of Americans elsewhere marched in parades honoring U.S. servicemen.
Ft. Dix was one of about two dozen military installations that had canceled Armed Forces Day observances because of threatened demonstrations.
Among other bases that canceled observances were Ft. Bragg and Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina.
At Fayetteville, near Ft. Bragg, actress Jane Fonda and other war critics addressed a rally of about 1,200 persons.
The confrontation at Ft. Dix came after several of a group of about 3,000 demonstrators who marched to tho base tore down
a wire fence and moved onto the post grounds.
About 50 military policemen, backed by state troopers and armed with rifles and riot gear, confronted the demonstrators.Hard-Hals Invite Students to Rally
NEW YORK (AP) - The city’s hard-hat construction workers have invited students, “long hair or short—bald or bearded,” to attend a City Hall rally Wednesday to support U S. servicemen “wherever they are.”
They said the noontime rally was being called “to demonstrate that non-violence and respect for the rights of all had better return to the American Scene if we want to avoid a complete breakdown of the American system.”
State police sprayed tear gac on the mob. Five civilians were taken into custody.
An Army spokesman had said
2.000 MPS and permanent po?t personnel were standing by, along with an 800-man unit from Ft. Meade, Md.
There were peaceful parades by military units and civic groups in many areas.
In California. 50,900 marched under sunny skies in San Diego which claims the largest Armed Forces Day parade in the world and a police-estimated crowd of
60.000 watched a procession rn the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance.
New York City’s parade drew an estimated 10,000 marchers. Mayor John V. Lindsay, a war critic and target of recent protests by administration supporters, was not on hand.
Thousands lined the streets in Pittsburgh for a peaceful march. Several military reser
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KEY BISCAYNE, Ha. (AP) — Tears in her eyes, a 71-year-old woman who said her husband died in World War I grabbed an American flag from antiwar demonstrators marching on the Florida White House Saturday and scolded them for carrying it upside down.
“I grabbed the flag,” said Florence Fitzgera’d, a short, stocky woman with gray hair. “Yes I did. I said I would do that if I ever saw them ... I’m the widow of a man who gave his life for them in World W ar I.”
Mrs. Fitzgerald scrambled out of a car as the group of about 200 protesters neared the end of a 2,2-mile march on President Nixon’s residence.
After she grabbed the huge flag, the demonstrators later succeeded in tugging the flag away from her.
The driver of the car. Dorothy Morgan, 40, also jumped out and scolded the crowd. “I think you've got a perfect right to protest,” she told them, “but that flag gives you the right. My father died in World War ll so you would have a place to live.” „ Nixon was in the residence
when the crowd arrived a marched up and down in fn of the gates, chanting obsce antiwar slogans. But he did i make an appearance.
It would have been hard i the President to communicc with the youths, said the R< John Huffman, minister of t Key Biscayne Presbyter! church which Nixon attends.FCC Approves Sale of KRLD-TV
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission has approved th sale of television station KRLD-TV, Dallas, to the Times Herald Printing Co,
The approval, announced Friday, involves transfer of the station license from the Times Herald Printing Co., Inc., to the Times Herald Printing Co. of Texas.
Times Herald of Texas Is owned by the Times Mirror Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times. Hie Times Mirror bought out the Times Herald, owner of KRLD-TV, J