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Athens Messenger (Newspaper) - November 25, 1970, Athens, Ohio
Death penalty James Kilpatrick discusses the capital punishment dilemma. Editorial Page 6 Al c 3ti ens not As cold Clearing not As cold rain Friday. Weather Page 2 vol. 66 no. Athens Ohio wednesday november 25, 1970 ten cents if North Vietnam retaliates against pos Laird vows countermeasures map wire photo Secretary Laird shows photo of Model of pow Camp Camp found abandoned when . Commandos arrived Washington a defense Secretary Melvin r. Laird says he will recommend a Strong countermeasures for any North vietnamese retaliation against captured . Troops following the unsuccessful . Commando Rescue attempt. A a we Are considering other actions to free the pos Laird told the Senate foreign relations committee in the first of several administration appearances on Capitol Hill tuesday and today. Laird a testimony before the Senate panel headed by Antiwar critic . Fulbright d-ark., was followed by his scheduled appearance today at the House foreign affairs committee which also had Secretary of state William p. Rogers set As a witness. Laird told the Senate committee tuesday that neither the Rescue Mission nor last weekends bombing raids into North Vietnam represent any change in . Policy. Laird said the Nixon administration will retaliate immediately ii the North vietnamese shoot Down other unarmed . Reconnaissance planes use the demilitarized zone for infiltration or Shell South vietnamese cities in violation of what he said was an understanding that accompanied the . Decision two years ago to halt bombing of North Vietnam. The North vietnamese deny this was the understanding. A a i would recommend calling off the cessation of bombing should there be major violations of these understandings a he added. Republican committee members expressed pleasure with Laird a emphasis that the weekend actions were a a isolated events rather than policy changes. But Fulbright said he did no to see How the two moves would help the administrations announced policy of seeking to Settle the conflict through negotiation. He said the Only ways to free . Prisoners were to invade North Vietnam or negotiate a settlement. Committee members fought unsuccessfully to pin Laird Down on the Way the weekend actions would help bring peace in Vietnam. The Secretary repeatedly emphasized that the pow raid was a Success in demonstrating . Concern for captured prisoners even though the prisoner Camp was empty when the raiders got there. The raid was undertaken the Secretary said a to demonstrate to All of our citizens and to All the world that we have not forgotten our prisoners of a i could not ignore the fact that our men were dying in Captivity a Laird added. A was there any doubt that americans did not care about the prisoners Fulbright asked at one Point. Fulbright said of the Rescue attempt that a a we Are not questioning the heroism of the people involved or your motives.�?�5oo planes ready More could be called in Saigon a about 500 planes Are available to the . Command for missions Over Laos Cambodia and if Washington chooses North Vietnam informed sources disclosed wednesday. They said More planes could be called in under classified contingency plans. This was disclosed after Secretary of defense Melvin r. Laird told the Senate foreign relations committee he would recommend More bombing raids on North Vietnam if there Are major violations of a a understandings with Hanoi that led to the cessation of general bombing on nov. I 1968. Laird said raids against North vietnamese antiaircraft and missile Sites last weekend were signals for Hanoi that a we will not tolerate setting aside the under the understandings he said . Reconnaissance flights Over the North were permissible and the other Side was forbidden to Shell population centers in South Vietnam. Saigon was shelled nov. I for the first time in 3 months. Less than two weeks later an unarmed american reconnaissance plane was shot Down Over the North and its two occupants lost. Hanoi contends it has the right to protect its air space and that the bombing was stopped unconditionally. President Nixon a withdrawal program has pared the . Air Power for Indochina combat by More than 300 planes. Many of those had been assigned missions Over South Vietnam where . Air strikes have been Cut drastically As the South vietnamese air Force assumed a greater share of the fighting. The . Command has available fighter bombers from two 7th Fleet carriers and bases in Thailand and South Vietnam plus about 45 b52s, the largest combat plane in the . Air Force. The . Command said today that bombing by b52s and fighter bombers continued today against North vietnamese Supply routes in Laos and Cambodia and that reconnaissance operations were conducted Over North Vietnam. Asked if any reconnaissance planes had been fired on a spokesman said a i have nothing to a i was killed in a Small clash tuesday Northeast of Saigon but the command said there were no major ground actions involving american forces for a second Day. Three vietnamese were wounded and a vietnamese government information office in Saigon was damaged slightly by a terrorist bomb. In the Force reduction program. The . Command announced that Navy task Force 115 has turned Over to the Smith vietnamese Navy its 44 patrol boats and is being deactivated. The removal of 2,005 More men from the authorized strength brings the total currently assigned to Indochina to 360,000, leaving 16,000 to withdraw to meet Nixon a goal of 344,000 by Christmas. I a. A we a brie a airline tourist offices bombed new York a of a a pipe bomb exploded Early today outside the Midtown Manhattan offices of Aeroflot and i tourist the soviet airline and tourist Agency. No one was injured but windows were shattered in the three Story building and two adjacent structures. Within 35 minutes of the 3 20 . Explosion two Anonymous callers a one male one female a telephoned the associated press to say the offices had been bombed and declare a let the world know that while jews Are on trial in Russia the soviet Union will be on trial. Never Walter Ulbricht reported Iii Berlin a Walter Ulbricht 77-year-old Leader of East Germany was taken severely ill with a heart attack Over the weekend the West German newspaper die Welt reported today. The Hamburg daily quoted reports out of East Berlin for the source to its front Page Story. West German newspapers speculated about the extent of Ulbricht a a illness Ever since the East German communist party chiefs conspicuous absence from the communist party meeting in Budapest Hungary. Guinea claims another invasion Dakar Senegal a a a Guinea announced today that it was invaded again tuesday night. President Seyour Toure called on a Friendly countries to Send All the help they can As quickly As possible. Radio Conakry the West african nations official radio station referred to new a enemy a thanks to the vigilance of the people a the station said a the attempts and evil intentions of tile portuguese imperialistic enemy were thrown Back by guinean patriots the and the glorious people of by says Vietnam nation his idea Washington Nguyen Cao by says he proposed Vietnam nation of the War five years ago because he feared a an oversized american troop commitment could harm the sense of nationhood of the vietnamese and provoke Strong Adverse reactions in the american a the South vietnamese vice president said he suggested near the end of 1965 a that we should immediately provide ways and Means for the rapid expansion of the vietnamese armed forces and assign to them the main combat tasks. A my views did not prevail then but i think they were taken into account later in 1969, when it was decided that the vietnamese armed forces would go through a crash expansion program to allow the redeployment of . Troops from Vietnam a by told the National press club tuesday. Rail lines accept proposals Washington a Ftp the nations rail lines have accepted a presidential boards recommendations for the costliest wage contract in Industry history. But a dec. La strike threat remains. The National railway labor conference tuesday gave its approval to recommendations of a five Man emergency Board appointed by president Nixon. Classified.8,9 sports. 7 comics. La television to editorial. 6 Heaters. To entertainment to women.4 obituaries.3 report could mean Good news for Consumers wholesale prices drop As living costs Rise Washington a while living costs in october took the sharpest climb in six months the wholesale Price report for this month show s a a simply phenomenal figure in the other direction a a White House spokesman says. The spokesman for the Council of economic advisers declined to give details of the wholesale Price Index before its official release today saying Only that the preliminary report of november showed a just the opposite trend of the living costs report disclosed tuesday. The wholesale Price report normally foreshadows future movements in the consumer Price Index the governments Way of figuring the Cost of living. A it shows that maybe we Are ill advised to live and die with the monthly consumer Price in Dex figures a he said. Nevertheless the Sharp Rise in consumer prices in october surprised the Nixon administration which has been saying for months inflation is slowing Down. The White House responded by saying it will get tougher and More specific in pinning the blame for Large wage Price increases including sources said the recent wage agreement which ended the general motors strike. That will come. Next week probably monday in an a inflation alerts prepared by the presidents productivity commission. Sources said the inflation Alert also May Zero in on the three year 36 per cent increase in wages for the nations Railroad workers recommended by a presidential Board. Although four rail unions have turned Down this proposal the nations railroads said tuesday nigh they accepted the boards recommendations a in their if the inflation Alert gets that specific it Means the administration is moving cautiously into a new phase of economic policy adopting the a boning technique it has up to this time rejected. A boning is pressure by the White House to hold Down what it thinks Are inflationary wage and Price increases. The labor department reported tuesday the october Rise in living costs of six tenths of i per cent increased the consumer Price Index to 137.40. That Means it took $137 40 per week last month to maintain a family Standard of living costing $100 a week in the 1957-59 base period. Ohio checks to ineligible hit $7.7 million Gao says minority Leader a. G. Lanzione Bellaire attorney tuesday was elected minority Leader of the Ohio House. He Defeated rep. Donald j. Pease 24-15. Rep. Patrick a. Sweeney of Cleveland lost the assistants Job to rep. Barney quilter of Toledo. Voting was by secret ballot. Lanzione named rep. William l. Mallory of Cincinnati As minority whip. Washington a Ohio paid in one year an estimated $7.7 million in welfare Grants and medicaid services to people who were not eligible for the assistance according to a general accounting office report issued tuesday. The Gao watchdog of Congress said an estimated 4,300 ineligible persons received an average of $1,200 in Public assistance Grants and $600 in medicaid services each during the year ending March 31, 1969. The 4,300 estimate is based on a statistical Sample the Gao said and could Range As High As 9,300. The situation was blamed chiefly on tardiness in rechecking the eligibility of persons receiving welfare payments. Ohio welfare director Robert b. Canary could not be reached for comment. The Gao said there has been a gradual improvement in making timely re determinations of recipient eligibility but figures indicated a the state had a significant backlog of overdue the bulk of the report dealt with drugs bought for the needy under the medicaid program. The Gao reported finding a number of wasteful and inefficient procedures in that area. They included a drug prices were frequently found to be too High because the states Cost plus payment policy makes it More profitable for pharmacies to sell the highest priced drugs because state controls Are not adequate for ensuring that markups do not exceed the prescribed 50 per cent and because nursing Homes do not buy Large enough quantities of Long term drugs. A the states controls were found inadequate for Federal or state agencies to Tell if drugs in nursing Homes actually did much Good whether drugs billed by pharmacies actually were received by the needy and whether Only needed drugs Are received by welfare recipients. A a four of six nursing Homes visited by Gao investigators controls were held inadequate Foi ensuring that physicians had authorized the drugs being paid for by the state. A at five of 14 pharmacies Gao found no Way to Tell if prescriptions were Complete As to dosage quantities forms strengths or dates. The Gao recommended that the Secretary of health education and welfare take actions to help states clean up such situations. A a Wir Phi to shipwrecked but thankful Howard Taylor his wife Jane and their daughter Rebecca 4, rest in Miami after being rescued from their Sailboat which struck a bahamian reef and Sank. The Taylors sold All they owned two years ago and set out in the boat but after their Rescue by a cruise ship. Taylor said he so the happiest Guy i know. In be got a real thanksgiving Story to Jordan Battles palestinian guerrillas by the associated press fighting broke out today Between troops and palestinian guerrillas in Northern Jordan. Palestinians in Beirut Lebanon said the opened fire on a Hilltop position with mortars and machine guns at 7 30 ., starting a Battle that still was raging at noon. A government source however insisted the troops had driven a group of guerrilla a mutineers a who obey their commanders from the Village of tha Hrat Asfour on the Road Between Jer Ash and Irbid about 35 Miles North of Amman. Since the civil War in Jordan last september King Hussein a has made several attempts to gain control of the country a Northern Road network to prevent the flow of and men to the guerrillas from neighbouring Syria. Hussein meanwhile made plans to meet with Egypt a president Anwar Sadat in Cairo next week in preparation for a four nation Western tour which will begin with a visit to president Nixon in Washington. Al ashram the sem official Cairo newspaper said today that Hussein a egyptian visit will begin next wednesday and tha from there he will Fly to Washington London Paris and Bonn. The newspaper said he will leave Washington before dec. La because israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan is arriving in the United states that Day. Hussein will spend Christmas in London with his wife Princess Muna who is British. She has been in Britain since fighting began Between Hussein a and palestinian guerrillas in Jordan several months ago. Al ashram did not say what Hussein and Sadat would discuss but the King said in an interview tuesday that he is pushing for a Summit meeting of Arab leaders to discuss the palestinian situation. He said he is sending letters to them but not to Yasir Arafat Leader of the Al Fatah guerrillas and acknowledged head of the palestinian movement. Hussein said the Summit would discuss possible palestinian representation in any future peace talks with Israel and whether a palestinian state should be established on the West Bank of the Jordan River currently occupied by Israel. He told associated press Cor respondent Dennis Neeld that he wants the Arab leaders to a decide what is Best for the Palestine any settlement he said must not be at the expense of jordanians. A East Jordan has done All it can to support the Palestine cause a the King asserted a but we Are not going to solve the problem by jeopardizing its rights. This is not my responsibility alone and i should like to hear the thoughts of other guards fabrication Story at Kent discounted by Fri Cleveland Ohio a a Justice department report that Ohio National guardsmen at Kent state University last May fabricated a Story that their lives were in danger has been discredited by the Fri according to state prosecutor Robert l Balyeat. Balyeat testifying in Federal court tuesday said the Justice department consequently plans to remove the allegation from its summary of disorders. Balyeat told the court the Justice department had based its conclusions on a newspaper interview with an Akron machinist and that when Fri agents tried to find the Man they were unsuccessful. The testimony came As a re sult of a lawsuit by 32 Kent state professors who seek to throw out the special state grand jury a indictments of 25 persons in connection with the disturbances on the Campus which ended in a confrontation Between guardsmen and Antiwar demonstrators May 4. Four students were shot to death and nine others wounded in the clash. No guardsmen w Ere indicted. A fall reference to fabrication will be removed in a revision of the summary by the Justice department a Balyeat said. He said that the Fri reports on the disturbances which wer one of the sources of the Justice department summary contained no allegation of Fabrica Tion by the guardsmen. He said further that an assistant attorney general who wrote the original summary told him there would be a revision. The summary was never released publicly but was reported to have claimed that six guardsmen could be criminally charged in the shooting deaths. The professors suit contends that the indictments were intended to harass faculty members and impede them in the exercise of their rights to free speech. Or. Thomas s. Lough who was indicted by the jury for inciting to riot was among the plaintiffs in the Law suit
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