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Casa Grande Dispatch (Newspaper) - November 25, 1976, Casa Grande, Arizona
Now lift the other feet very carefully elephant Trainer Franz Tisch 32 teaches Nita to pose been training the big animals since he was 17 like a two4egged pachyderm at the san Diego wild animal Park Tisch has a laser photo Grande final county s daily newspaper Patch Casa Grande Arizona 85222 saturday november 25 1978 vol Lxiv no 277 20 per copy mass suicide cases from roman times to nazis show strange phenomenon int new associated press with each new Shock from Jonestown come More questions Why has this Ever happened before one need not look far to discover an unbroken Chain of bizarre Cults that have left a bloody bewildering Trail throughout history mass suicide has been Only one of the horrors of these fanatical causes or Cults Al though Little is known of Many of them certain patterns of behaviour Are apparent Many of them strikingly similar to several aspects of the peo Ples Temple the followers of Many such movements withdrew from the world to seek a life based on absolute values they sur rendered their sense of responsibility to leaders claiming to be a Messiah of even god they Clung to the Leader shunning those out Side the group and were Obs messed with mysterious enemies they believed were plotting their destruction fearful of the world they reacted to it violently often program on Energy set at Maricopa High Energy today and Tomor a program explaining where Energy comes from and How it is used will be presented to the student body of Maricopa High school by the atomic Energy commission tuesday the program developed by Oak Ridge associated universities and coordinated in Arizona by the atomic Energy commission in cooperation with Arizona Public service co and the Salt River project demonstrated in Assem Blies the Energy today and tomorrow group visits a Dif Ferent High school in Arizona each school Day the Assem Blies Are followed by class room discussions adapted to the size interests and Grade level of students the sessions Are designed to stimulate both science and conscience students into thinking about Energy and the Impact of science and technology on modern life a similar demonstration discussion program is Avail Able for civic groups on re quest the program coming to Maricopa is one of 30 similar units appearing daily at High schools in different parts of the country they Are part of an extensive travelling exhibits program designed to bring the Public a greater under standing of Energy and its uses trying to seize Power when pressed by their enemies real or imagined they often killed themselves believing they were crossing Over to the heaven their leaders had promised in ancient times the inhabitants of some besieged cities killed themselves rather than surrender according to the ancient greek historian Plu Tarch an entire people the timbres of ancient Germany wiped themselves out after being Defeated by the romans this preference for death was often associated with religious duty when a City or fell its gods were invariably replaced by those of the enemy and some chose to die rather than abandon their Faith Masada perhaps the most famous mass suicide exemplified this deadly struggle of men and their gods the ancient jews who refused to accept the gods of their roman overlords rebelled time and again in 79 the last survivors of one revolt 960 men women and Chil Dren killed themselves in their stronghold atop the Mountain of Masada rather than give up their ideals under roman domination the Middle Ages witnessed a great rash of messianic Cults in the foreboding Anar Chic conditions of medieval society leaders promising Paradise easily attracted armies of followers their beliefs and practices differed greatly on the one hand were the Albite uses a 12th Century sect that flourished in Southern France and sought the end of the human race by forbidding sexual Intercourse on the other the Tabors a movement that spread across half of Europe in the Lith Cen Tury killing indiscriminately and living on the roasted corpses of their victims these groups placed Little value on life sacrificing everything for the cause one Leader mirrored their fanaticism when he described the destruction of a town that had refused to accept his Faith the horses waded in blood up to their Knees nay up to their bridles it was a just and wonderful judgment of another wrote what do i care if i die since i am doing what i want to a cry which has underlain fanaticism in every age including our own in the Middle Ages on seve ral occasions it was believed that die end of the world was near believing they had an gered god men sought forgiveness by mercilessly whipping themselves and each other with Metal thronged whips the 13th Cen Tury saw Long columns of these Flagel lants marching across the Countryside beat ing themselves and each other into unconsciousness and sometimes death Many of these Cults drove others to take their own lives fired with All the hatred and intolerance of fanatics they hunted Down and killed those who refused to accept their beliefs priests of the established Church were frequently attacked but the favorite Vic Tims were jews in the City of Worms hundreds of jews trapped in a Castle committed suicide rather than convert to christianity in Russia in the 17th and 18th centuries the state waged virtual War against a number of messianic Cults that defied its authority fearing repression and be Lieving the end of the world was at hand took their own lives Many by burning themselves to death from the habit of one sect which Drew lots to determine the order in which they would commit suicide was derived the grisly game of russian Roulette some historians and psychologists have suggested that the nazi party was the greatest messianic cult and the third Reich the greatest mass delusion like Many medieval Cults some nazis viewed the killing of none see mass Page 2 lending rates steel go up Maricopa 4her chosen for National Congress for her outstanding 4h work in citizenship Julie Murphree 17 Maricopa boarded a plane Friday along with 42 other Arizona club members to attend the six Way National 4h Congress in Chicago each member won his or her trip by earning a state 4 h award in one of 35 categories trip expenses have been donated by private Compa Nies in Fields related to award categories and by the Arizona 4h youth foundation a non profit corporation which raises funds to support the state 4h program the 4h in Chicago will feature recognition events educational Tours discussions of current Energy issues the National 4 h fashion revue and eve Ning entertainment the club members will visit the Field museum and the museum of science and Industry astronaut Charles Duke or will address the delegates on the last Day of the Congress nov 30 the delegates Are accompanied by or Kenneth Olson of the state 4h office Lonnie Clanton Vav Apai county 4h agent to Clark Volunteer Leader Tucson and Laura Burnett Volunteer Leader resigns under pressure Carolyn r Payton left the first Black director of the peace corps yielded to pressure and resigned from the Post she had held for the past 13 months her resignation was accepted by president Carter who observed that he had come to the conclusion that there Are unresolvable policy differences Between the director of action Sam Brown right and is Payton Plase photos associated press the nations largest steel company raised its prices and major Banks pushed their prime lending rates to a four year High of percent Friday As inflationary pres sures continued in its first major actions under president Carters new inflation guidelines the coun cil on wage and Price stability approved an increase in rail freight rates and the average percent Price in crease announced by steel corp the railroads got the approval after trimming their request for a general increase in freight rates from per cent to 7 percent the rail roads said the Cut will Cost them More than million a year transportation Secretary Brock Adams hailed the rain roads action As a break through in the administrations efforts to hold Down prices and said that if the financially troubled railroads could comply with the guidelines then other industries ought to be Able to do the same thing and i think they steel cited increased costs As it raised prices on a wide Range of steel products steel Price increases have a major effect on the Economy because steel is a key ingredient in such products Asau to mobiles and appliances Railroad freight charges directly affect Only shippers and railroads but they usually Are passed on to Consumers in the form of higher prices the prime rate the interest rate Banks charge their Best corporate borrowers has been increased 14 times since the beginning of the year when it stood at percent 3 in Tucson crash add to toll Tucson a two Tucson men and an Indiana woman were killed Friday when two cars one travelling in the wrong Lane of interstate 10 collided head on the department of Public safety said it did not know Why a car driven by Charles w Mitchell 74 of Tucson was travelling West in the eastbound Lane As the two lanes of the freeway Are separated by a wide median an investigation will continue Riding in the car with Mitchell was Ida s Hurst 76 of Dana ind she died at the scene of massive internal injuries and Mitchell died of head injuries after being taken to Kino Community Hospital killed when he pulled out to pass a recreational vehicle was George w Davis 43 of Tucson who also died at the scene of massive internal injuries the Accident occurred near the Palo verde exit which leads into one of the cites main interchanges the Highway toll for the thanksgiving weekend stood at 213 at Kelvin Road closed washes run in Arizona associated press some washes in the Tucson area were running nearly full Friday following two Days of rain that dropped More than four inches in some areas especially in the mountains North of the City Roundup on Page 3 the National weather ser vice issued a Flash flood warn ing for Eastern Pima and Santa Cruz counties for Early Friday evening a Flash flood watch was issued for Graham and Greenlee counties while travellers advisories were in effect for the Central mountains of Arizona a storm system causing the problems was moving out of California into Arizona weathermen said the storm was expected to begin Clear ing from the West saturday morning the Tanque verde Wash which runs across Tucson East Side was reported run Ning five feet deep at one one foot from the Bottom of a Bridge the Rillito River fed by the Tanque verde and other washes was reported six feet deep in spots although far from leaving its Banks the Pima county sheriffs department said no damage had been caused by the Waters although Low spots where washes Cross some area roads were under water at least two motorists became stranded when they tried to drive through the washes but no injuries were reported on the Catalina Highway to mount Lemmon North of the City the Rains were reported to have littered the Road with boulders some several feet across and to have generated at least five new waterfalls visible from the Road Snow Depths of 6 to 8 inches were reported in the higher mountains of Central Arizona some additional Snow was expected Friday night rainfall amounts around the state ranged from inches at Nogales inches at Greer inches at Bisbee to a Trace at the grand Canyon and 12 inches at Sal Ford blustery weather with a Chance of rain was predicted for saturday night when Ari Zona and Arizona state Battle in their annual football clash in Tucson to the South a Bridge Cros sing Sonoita Creek was washed out in Rio Rico in Santa Cruz county the normally dry Santa Cruz River fed by the Creek was reported running so feet wide North of Nogales and deputies said they were keep ing a close watch because other tributaries were also running in final county the Road Between Florence and Kelvin was closed when a flowing Wash made an unpaved Cros sing hazardous arizonan finalist in Competition for Cotton Moid Memphis Tenn a Candis Lee Whitecraft rep resenting Arizona was among 18 Young women from Cotton producing states named Friday As finalists in the 1978 maid of Cotton con test miss Whitecraft 22 Daugh Ter of or and mrs Charles Whitecraft of Phoenix is a senior at Arizona state University the new maid of Cotton will be chosen in Memphis the night of dec 29 the Winner of the National Cotton Council Competition will tour the United states As a representative of the nations Cotton Industry during 1979 she also will visit sever Al foreign nations during her reign cd chamber schedules window display contest the Casa Grande chamber of Commerce retail sales committee is organizing a Christmas window Dis play contest for merchants and Junior High High school and Central Arizona College students each participating store will Supply each student with All necessary supplies As participants will be As signed to different stores All Over Casa Grande three areas of Competition Junior High school Stu dents beginning High school and advanced High school and College will compete for a savings Bond in each category the winning store at each level will be awarded a trophy deadline for finishing the window displays is dec 10 interested individuals should Contact Jerry Kirkpa trick at casual country or the Casa Grande chamber of Commerce cd elementary District is searching for handicapped to provide services the Casa Grande Elemen tary school District is currently conducting child find activities As part of a legally mandated program to Supply educational services to handicapped children from Ages 521 school Community worker Wayne Polenz said the schools Are trying to find Chil Dren not getting services they need in the schools or at Home because of Lack of facilities to Aid them in coping with and possibly overcoming their learning disabilities the education of All handicapped children act of 1975 insures the right to a free and appropriate education for All handicapped children which is carried out through child find Early identification of Chil Dren with physical mental or emotional problems is the first step toward providing appropriate education ser vices offered by the child find program were trying to locate kids who Are not getting services or kids who Are now under served in the Public school Polenz said special education used to be for kids who went to Spe Cial rooms he said under the new program students with learning problems Are pulled out of their regular class situation for one or two hours per Day and taken to a learning resource Center where they receive More individual instruction in their specific areas of difficulty Polenz said the District is trying to pro vide Aid for students with hearing speech and visual difficulties Polenz said if the local school District cant accommodate childrens prob lems they will find an Agency which can and will get help for the child budgets for the special pro Grams come from state funds and children May be referred by parents themselves or virtually any person or Agency through the child find pro Gram the education is fitted to the needs of the individual student
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