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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 10 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Th irs., Pct, ll. 1174 Big George i Virgil Partch Computerized Crime Files Stir False Arrest Fears • * "I isten. ( lapsaddlc. you're going lo be late jus! once loo often and we'll get another fullback!" WIN AT BRIDGE By Oswald it James Jacoby After his Stayman three-dub bid had produced a three-diamond rebid by South, North jumped to six notrump to deny a four-card major. This bid represented the full strength of his hand plus a trifle more. With 3-3 breaks in hearts and clubs, South could run off with all the tricks. South was not a believer in Santa Claus and wanted to give himself the best possible play for 12 tricks. He could count ll winners and decided to develop a squeeze in case either opponent had both red suits stopped. He ducked the first trick This maneuver is known as rectifying the count. South still had his ll sure winners. He was trying for 12. After that start it was all over for the defense. South won the second diamond, cashed his ace-king-queen of spades; V+CRRDJW**#* NORTH 4 J 10 5 2 P Q743 ♦ 82 ♦ A K5 WEST 4 98743 f 85 4 K Q J 6 ♦ 84 SOC TH 4 A KQ f A K2 4 A 7 4 ♦ Q6 32 EAST 4 6 P J 1096 4 109 53 ♦ J IO 9 7 By Margaret Or atry WASHINGTON (AP) - Suppose you’re strolling along a deserted street when gunfire erupts in a nearby liquor store. As you linger watching, police discover the proprietor wounded and the cash register emptied The gunman hasn t stayed around But you have, and the police are suspicious. In seconds, a minicomputer in the patrol ear ticks off your criminal record: arrested for armed robbery last year What the computer doesn t say is that the charge was dismissed after the real robber confessed. Despite protests, you’re arrested on the strength of what officers believe to be your past criminal record. False Arrest A new survey by the General Accounting Office suggests that false arrest could occur more and more often as police around the nation turn to computerized crime files Senator Ervin (D-N < ) who already has introduced legislation to limit the use of criminal records, is drafting still For Better Health another restriction to prevent such occurrences. ‘Obviously," Kr\ in said recently, “A suspect with his hands against the patrol car . , will not be able to convince that officer that an arrest record is inaccurate or incomplete and that he was exonerated for the arrest and should not be arrested ” In a statement entered in the Congressional Record. Ervin warned that increasing computerization of criminal records, known as rap sheets. ’’could enormously magnify the risk of false arrest becauM* of instantaneous use of incomplete or inaccurate or irrelevant past arrest information " Handled Manually The GAO study, commissioned by Ervin's constitutional rights subcommittee, noted the bulk of police requests for criminal records from the FBI and from state files still are handled manually It often takes as long as two weeks for the replies to be delivered by mail or teletype. Consequently, “criminal his- The Seven Warning Signs Of Cancer May Help You West Pass Pass Pass Both vulnerable North East 3* 6 NT Pass Pass South 2 NT 30 Pass Opening lead-K* The bidding has been IO West North East South I ♦ Pass IR Pass I NT Pass 34 Pass 3* Pass 34 Pass 3 NT Pass 9 You, South, hold AA K 8 4 3 VA 2 AQ 4 4K Q 8 7 What do you do now? A—If your partner will understand that a four notrump call is not Blackwood, bid it. Otherwise pass. TODAY’S ML ESTION Instead of bidding three notrump your partner has bid four clubs over your three hearts. What do you do now’’ Answer Tomorrow entered dummy with a high club and cashed the jack of spades. That play squeezed East. He had to chuck a club or a heart and either discard gave South the slam. You should note that if South won the first trick the squeeze could never develop, since East could never be forced to throw either a heart or a club. Firm Reports Hitler Statues Selling Well NORTHAMPTON. England (IPI) — A British company reports a thriving business in manufacturing miniature statues of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and shipping them to West Germany. One hundred pewter statues of the dictator dressed in German military garb have been sold. ’The Germans seem to like our latest model He looks very mean and that s how they prefer to remember him,” manager Brian Marlow said “Now we are considering making Mussolinis for the Italian market,” he said By Dr. S. L. Andrlman The main objective of this column is to teach you about health care so you can take steps to prevent and stop disease Cancer is one of the most heartbreaking diseases around. We can't yet prevent it. but we can stop it if it s caught in time. And if you learn nothing else from this column, please memorize the seven warning signs of cancer. They are: — Change in bowel or bladdeY habits — unusual bleeding or discharge — a sore that doesn't heal — thickening or lump in breast or elsewhere — indigestion or difficulty in swallowing — obvious change in wart or mole — nagging cough or hoarseness Women should also report any bleeding between periods or after menopause to their doctor and should examine their breasts after each period The self-exam takes but a few minutes and could save your life if you discov **r a cancerous lump before it becomes too big to control. Memorize the warning signals and report any problems to your doctor. In addition, have a regular thorough nu*dical exam. The Iwst way to catch cancer early is to make a yearly appointment for a health checkup and keep it. Ltd your doctor examine you from Dr. Andelman head to toe and take any tests he thinks necessary Be sure he examines the rectum and lower Iwiwel and does a pelvic exam if you’re a woman. The Pap test is able to detect cancer of the uterine cervix early enough to treat it effectively. Time counts with cancer more than with almost any other disease Most cancers begin in one spot and that s when they re easiest to cure. The American Cancer Society says two out of six cancer patients are saved each year, but three out of six could be if they received treatment in time. If your doctor discovers you have cancer, don't panic Depend on him for good treatment Advances are being made in cancer treatments and there is much that can Im* done to help you lead a healthy life By all means, stay away from home remedies or secret cures for cancer. When a cure for cancer is discovered, it will be the news of the century — you'll hear alwmt it and so will your doctor Stay away from quacks and follow the medical advice of a doctor you trust The secret we’re not allowed to print about McMaster’s Scotch. i You probably know that we import McMaster’s by the barrel and bottle it here / * to save on freight and taxes. That accounts tor the modest price. But what you don’t know is that McMasters is made bv one of the great Scotch distillers I familiar to just about every Scotch drinker around the world I. We’re ne>t allowed to say who for / obvious reasons. Just how good a drink is McMaster s1 People w ho know Scotch will know. McMaster’s The Scotch with a secret 80 PftCOF. VCV. I* ‘f-O^TEC A\0 BOTTLED. ; VASTER s I VPC RT CO HA^TFO^D, CC' tory information was used primarily after an individual was arrested,” said GAO investigators The data showed that records obtained from manual files were used prior to an arrest in, fewer than 111 percent of the eases surveyed But when the requests wert4 channeled through the computerized criminal history system maintained by the FBI, the records were used before arrest in almost one-third of the cases ’’It is reasonable to conclude that computerization of rap sheets would mean that such information would become available for making arrests," Ervin said The GAO study lent support to complaints that rap sheets often list arrests without reporting whether the individual was convicted ar acquitted Officials of the three states involved in the survey — Florida. Massachusetts and California — ” told us {hat lack of disposition data or the existence of inaccurate disposition data are serious problems ' GAO investigators said California officials “found inaccuracies in disposition data in HNI percent of the sampled records of some courts,” the report said. Ervin called that appalling He said the subcommittee staff is drafting amendments which would block criminal justice agencies from routinely obtaining rap sheets More an arrest. Ervin asserted, “Records should only be used prior to the subject’s arrest for the purpose of developing investigative leads and then only with the utmost caution ” The justice* department agrees that distribution of criminal records should be restricted in some respects But Carolyn Have), an assistant in the department’s Office of Legislative Affairs, said instant access to a suspect’s arrest record "could be* useful in protecting the lives of law enforcement officers in dealing with hardened criminals.” Radio/hack I BLOCKBUSTER 570! REALISTIC 45-WATT AM-FM LOWEST PRICE EVER! 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