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Berkshire Eagle (Newspaper) - December 5, 1977, Pittsfield, Massachusetts Cruelty Chiles brutality under a dictatorship 19 vol86no 176 the e e o Pittsfield Massachusetts monday december 5 1977 forecast wee for Snow sleet changing to ing rain and rain tonight Chance of thundershowers to Morrow colder Light Snow or flurries Gusty winds Tomor Row night wednesday 32 pages 20c Arab blast at Sadat too mild for iraqis who comedian Bob Hope matches his famed ski slope nose against gonzo the puppets beak during a visit to Lon Nosef Don where Hope joined the puppets on the set of a to studios for an appearance on their television show Brindle dumps Connors from assessors Post by Grier Homer John f Connors Long and at times controversial career As chairman of the City assessors came to an end saturday following two Days of close door conferences on allegations made by at Large councilman Peler g Arlos and others mayor Paul e Brindle Iii announced he would not reappoint Connors who has held the Job since 1959 in a second personnel decision Brindle today announced that he would not re appoint tax collector Lawrence a Grizey or and will name Donald w Ander son the brother of a Campaign worker in his place Story on Page 17 Connors 48 had been charged by Arlos with improprieties in office there Are More or less a lot of things giving the appearance of conflict of in Terest Brindle said of the Arlos allegations As Well As others that had been brought to his attention City solicitor Stephen t Smith added that there was no Strong evidence that Connors had violated the Law Connors who foiled former mayor Evan s do Belles attempt to replace him in 1974 said he would not fight Brindle on his decision to replace him while he said he had done nothing Ille Gal Connors said he was almost relieved to be leaving the Job because he was sick of the hassle cleaning out the City Hall desk he had occupied for 19 years Connors yesterday started a terminal four week vacation when that vacation ends Connors whose term expires in mid january will not re turn to the s15600ayear City Job meanwhile Brindle plans to advertise for a replacement and appoint a panel of Bankers and real estate people to inter View the applicants the mayor said he has no one in mind for the Job after saturdays two hour session in the mayors office Connors lawyer John j Martin had this to say we Are convinced and i believe the administration is convinced that John Connors has done nothing illegal and nothing that Cost the taxpayers a Nickle Connors he said had satisfactorily explained All the allegations made against him by Arlos but Martin said that be cause of continuing controversies raised by Arlos the Eagle and others Over the years there had been a cumulative effect that effect he said had not Only shaped the mayors decision but had brought Connors to the Point where John would prefer not to seek re appointment i feel like weights been lifted from my Back Connors said after leaving City Hall saturday in tired its been a hard five years Connors is the third City official to have left office under fire from Arlos or Harold Stein resigned As health com missioner in 1973 after years of criticism by Arlos Isabel Madison Parker is retiring Early next year at 53 As the result of accusations made against her by Arlos who next Martin asked Martin contended that Arlos had been Brindle wont reappoint Connors continued on Page 15 Tripoli Libya up ii Iraq walked out of an Arab hardliner Summit today but the remaining Arab leaders and the Palestine liberation organization signed an agreement freezing diplomatic relations with Egypt the walkout by the iraqis who complained the ant egyptian measures were not Strong enough lessened the Success of the meeting called by libyan Leader Moa mar khad Afy to try to isolate president Anwar Sadat Algeria Libya Syria Southern Yemen and the Plo signed the Accord which included a new military pact termed the front of steadfastness that said an attack on one is an attack on All it was not immediately Clear what the diplomatic freeze meant Sadat has recalled his ambassadors to the ant egyptian countries at a news conference later in the mor Ning iraqi Delegate Taha Jazrawi said his country had wanted in resolutions governing peace negotiations with Israel to be denounced and the Geneva meeting Between Middle East belligerents to be abandoned Sadat is a traitor Jazrawi said then accused Syria of killing palestinian guerrillas in recent fighting in Lebanon our dispute with Syria is not a minor one said Jazrawi adding that Baghdad would not join the new military Alliance until Syria rejected negotiations with Israel even indirectly the conference also called in the absence of Iraq for a Boycott of any egyptian companies that May in future Trade with Israel removal of the Arab league Headquarters from Cairo and assistance to egyptian forces opposing this submission by Sadat Sadat was condemned for his services to zionism and High treason against the Arab nation the arabs had failed to reach unanimity after More than four Days of heated discussions in hotel suites and the Gold domed Marble Palace in downtown Tripoli because of longstanding hostility Between syrian president Hafez Assad and iraqi Leader Ahmed Hasan Albakri Assad and Bakr Are longtime foes who frequently accuse each other of plotting to overthrow the others regime and this fuelled determination by the two men not to give ground the delegates had been striving to reach a unanimous agreement in Hopes of attracting the support of More moderate Arab nations and thus isolate Sadat failure to reach unanimity among Only six of the 22 Arab states could result however in the Hartline Arab nations themselves being isolated observers said an algerian observer said gloomily after the iraqi walkout this Public Vance to visit Mideast Washington up Secretary of state Cyrus Vance will make a Quick trip to the Middle East the end of this week to try to put the Geneva conference Back on track state department officials said today they said Vance apparently will Stop in Syria Jordan and Lebanon As Well As Israel and Egypt he is expected to push for a convening of the Geneva conference Early in 1978 the official announcement was scheduled later today the Vance visit will be tacked on to the end of his trip to a nato Council meeting in Brussels ending thursday although president Carter has indicated the United states will take a Low profile in the Middle East during Strong peace initiatives by Egypt and Israel he apparently feels Vance can do some Good in pushing for a Geneva con Ference officials said Vances main purpose will be to reassure the other parties to the Geneva conference that Egypt and Israel Are not putting together a separate peace agreement the Vance trip appears to have Arisen As a result of the disarray that has been created in the Arab world by the contacts Between Egypt and Israel As recently As last Friday state department officials were saying Vance did not intend to co any place but Brussels on the trip this week teachers unions face problems benefits Peak but taxpayer revolt brings staff reductions by Gerald b Oconnor it was an axiom no More than 10 years ago that Public school teachers in Massachusetts had to seek pay raises figuratively with their hats in their hands and their eyes cast Down at the floor no More the commonwealths first Public employee collective bargaining Law in 1967 changed the rules in the succeeding 10 years school teachers and their colleagues in Public sector employ ment have made some giant strides in Berkshire county school systems minimum pay for teachers with Bachelor degrees has in some cases risen 80 to 85 percent nearly doubling in the 10year Span in some school districts the hypothetically average teacher is earning from to annually not bad yet All is not Well on the school labor front the Specter of layoffs among tenured teachers heretofore believed Safe from personnel cuts is a cause for growing concern in the teacher unions it has led to introduction of seniority and Layoff clauses in contracts since 1975 and has generated Contention and disagreement Over the Way the clauses Are worded fear of another recession a constricting teacher Job Market and growing Public demands for tight isted budgeting compound teacher anxieties finally there is general agreement that school committees have become tougher at the bargaining table a development that has led to a lengthening of contract talks and to impasses Media Tion and fact finding while there Are no statistics to prove it state observers say a Factor in the toughened posture is a de termination real or imagined that the communities ability to pay is not rising As fast As wage demands in the past two years the Massachusetts association of school committees Masc has offered to member districts that want to pay for it a compute based information service that attempts to As sess communities ability to pay for school services and the Effort they expend in doing so considered the first compilation of that information in a single document it is being widely used by school committees As a tool in contract negotiations and in setting budgets in the first five years after the collective bargaining Law was adopted these factors appeared not to attract the Atten Tion they do today from 1967 to about 1972 said Richard d Rivers of Pittsfield a representative Here for the Massachusetts teachers association teachers appeared to have made up for the pre1967 years of Low pay then the Oil embargo hit the country inflation went out of sight and teachers lost ground again he said he cited Fig ures from the aug 29 Issue of us news and world report that place school teachers among shoe factory workers retail clerks social Security pensioners farm operators and some others As los ers in real pay in the previous year in that period this country average teacher pay benefits continued on Page 14 disagreement could result in our group becoming isolated and will certainly Delight Sadat before the iraqi walkout the palestinians signed an agreement Pat Ching up quarrels Between various groups and putting Plo Leader Yasser Arafat into a far More Radical posture than he has adopted so far Arafat has hitherto insisted that he would be willing to take part in negotiations but he joined extremist leaders in saying that a palestinian state could be secured without recognition without a peace agreement and without negotiations in other words through violent Means in ambassador Andrew Young said sunday Middle East developments May be potentially out of control and in London israeli prime minister Menahem begin appealed to european leaders to support the peace contacts Between Israel and Egypt in Amman Jordan King Hussein said he planned to visit Syria and perhaps Egypt in an attempt to overcome the bit Ter divisions plaguing the Arab world Hussein in an no ctr meet the press broadcast from Amman said Jor dans goal is trying to hold everybody together if we can and it is probably an impossible position Sadat in an interview with up and Britain Independent television news said the Arab radicals will never influence anything in the Arab world All this shouting will not influence the whole position of Arab Solidarity at All the egyptian president called on Israel to make a Concession in the Long stalemated Middle East dispute in response to his historic journey to Jerusalem last month Sadat puffing calmly on his pipe said Israel must soften its position or they will be uncovered before the whole world at the Cairo peace talks scheduled to begin dec 14 he said Israel must face the con sequences if it stands by its Flat refusal to withdraw from All occupied Arab lands and allow the establishment of a palestinian state asked whether this meant the verbal no aggression pact made with Israel in his Milestone visit to Jerusalem last month might be in jeopardy Sadat said for sure right right right they the israelis should come to Cairo with the answer to my peace initiative in their pockets in an indication of the importance Sadat attaches to he Parley Egypt named a ministerial level delegation to the talks israels team is below ministerial level the United states and the United nations also will attend Young in an interview on cd tvs face the nation said the United states May have to pick up the pieces following the dramatic diplomatic developments in the Middle East the american role at the Cairo peace conference May be to try and keep the Overall situation in perspective e Young said begin ended two Days of talks with British prime minister James Callaghan sunday and at a dinner for his Host urged european leaders to support the peace contacts Between Israel and Egypt without exerting undue diplomatic pressure i Appeal to them please do not come out with suggestions and proclamations which May endanger the lives of our people and put them again in mortal danger begin said bodies hunted in rubble of Jet that exploded during hijacking t a n j u n c Kaupang Malaysia Impi soldiers and police today sear Ched for bodies in dense mangrove swamps on the Southern coast of Malaysia where a hijacked malaysian bocing737 crashed with 100 persons aboard after a gun Battle and explosion in flight sunday there were no known survivors among the 93 passengers and seven Crew Mem Bers Twenty of the passengers were foreigners including Mario Garcia Inchaustegui cuban ambassador to Japan and his wife malaysian victims included agriculture minister Dato sri Al Haji Ahman it was not immediately known whether any americans were aboard the plane Dato Sulaiman Sujak Deputy chairman of the malaysian airlines systems refused to say whether he knew who the hijackers were or How Many there were other airline sources said they May have been members of the terrorist Japan red army but a japanese spokes Man in Tokyo said it appeared unlikely the airline sources said conversations from the plane had identified the hijacking As a japanese red army operation Sujak said the twin engined plane was on a flight from the Northern malaysian resort of Penang for Kuala Bumpur and Singapore he said the plane began its Landing approach to Kuala Bumpur but pulled up after gunfire broke out inside the plane the plane was ordered to Fly to Singapore but crashed into the swamps in Johore state after an explosion Only minutes before it would have arrived in Singapore the Pilot capt go Manjoor reported he was being hijacked As he approached news Index two sections area news briefs22 calendar28 Congress votes9 county 20222832 editorial pages 1819 foreign 2 Hospital list8 local 68121417 national3 obituaries15 social 4 sports 2327 to movies31 Kuala Bumpur and at that Point he and the control Tower argued Over whether the plane should land there for refuelling after the sound of shooting in the Cabin the Pilot abandoned the Landing attempt and flew off malaysian official c Param guru who was directing search operations at the crash site throughout the night said the remains of More than 50 persons had been recovered in bits and pieces charred remains of the victims were placed in some 30 plastic bags and carried away on poles by Soldier s Param guru said he believed the rest of the bodies have been blown into bits and were strewn Over a wide area the wreckage was strewn All Over the mangrove swamp part of one engine could be seen protruding from the mud some 500 police and soldiers cordoned off the area while other policemen and soldiers searched for remains and belongings it was at least the second crash of a hijacked aircraft on sept 15 1974 a Hijacker demanding to be flown to Hanoi seized on air Vietnam Boeing 727 on a flight from Danang to Saigon and set off a grenade in flight All 70 persons aboard were killed when the plane crashed near show of Solidarity despite Iraq walkout for the liberation of Palestine Loammer khad Afy i comes from three Arab leaders in Tripoli from left Byan chief of state and Yasser Arafat Leader of the they Are George Habash Leader of the popular front Palestine Liberal Ion organization

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