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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, August 21, 1974 News in brief Floods kill 67 MANILA (AP) With at least eight towns of central Luzon still under water, the Philippine Red Cross said today the death toll from a week of Hooding has risen to 67. Red Cross Secretary- General Loreto Paras Sulit said 20 persons drowned Tuesday in Pangasinan province, a major rice- growing area. Birth issue 'smokescreen' BUCHAREST (AP) The Soviet Union said today that industrial countries are using the world population issue as a smokescreen to hide their imperial designs. lack of birth "the main obstacle in the progress of developing the chief Soviet delegate told the United Nations world population conference. Singapore freighter sinks NAHA. Okinawa (AP) A Singapore freighter sank today off Okinawa, and the maritime safety agency said 34 of the 37 crew members were lost. The agency said three men from the 7.388-ton Toulouse were picked up by the Liberian ship Stes, which was bound for Hong Kong. The Hong Kong marine department said the Toulouse was en route from Japan to the British colony. Legendary sheriff dies SELMER, Tenn. (AP) today in an automobile Buford Pusser, the former sheriff of McNairy County whose exploits were made accident, authorities said. Police said Pusser was killed when his car ran off the into the motion picture, highway and struck an Walking Tall, was killed early embankment. 31 die in plane crash KINSHASA (Reuter) A Zaire air force C-130 Hercules transport aircraft crashed near the northeast town of 24 passengers and seven crew members, the national news agency AZAP reported today. AZAP said there were no Kisangani Sunday, killing all survivors. Muskoxen starving YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. There is evidence of widespread starvation among the Arctic's muskoxen. Paul Kwaterowsky. superintendent of game for the Northwest Territories, said Tuesday. Mr. Kwaterowsky. who predicted the starvation last October after the number of shaggy-coated beasts had in- creased sharply, said about 100 Muskox corpses had been found from Ellsmere Island to the Bathurst area. Drug dog suit dismissed ANCHORAGE, Alaska tAP) A federal judge has dismissed a suit against the use of dogs to detect illegal drugs at Anchorage Inter- national Airport. U.S. District Court Judge Raymond E. Plummer ruled that two Anchorage residents lacked standing to seek an in- junction against the drug- sniffing dogs. Melissa Middleton and Claire Shapiro had claimed the use of dogs violated constitutional guarantees against un- warranted searches. Indians demand 'new deal' LA MACAZA. Que. (CP) The Indians of Quebec Association Tuesday demand- ed a new deal for the province's Indian people, in- cluding exemption from all Quebec laws and taxes. Chief Andrew Delisle, IQA president, said it was time for Indians to make a concerted push for autonomy rather than take action in specific cases like the flight against Quebec's James Bay hydroelectric project. Joey eyeing Liberal post ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) Former premier Joseph Smallwood says he will announce shortly before the provincial Liberal leadership convention Oct. 25 whether he will be a candidate. In an interview last week Mr. Smallwood said he wants to regain the party leadership and is convinced the Liberals could return to office "with me as leader." U.S. living cost rises WASHINGTON (AP) The United States cost of living BRIDGE RUG DRAFTS LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL rose eight-tenths of a per cent in July despite an easing in the increase in food prices, the government said today. The July report marked only the second time this year the monthly increase in the government's consumer price index has been less than one per cent. Face lift It's been three years since the old locomotive on display in Gait Gardens has had a face lift. City employee Richard Koenig, 516 10th St. N., gives the old engine a new paint job. The locomotive has been in Gait Gardens since 1965 and painting is part of the regular maintenance program of keeping the antique looking like new. Nixon impeachment report accepted without debate WASHINGTON (Reuter) The House of Representatives accepted by a 412-to-3 vote and without debate Tuesday the House judiciary committee's report on its impeachment proceedings against former president Richard Nixon. The report described the committee's lengthy investigation and outlined the details behind the conclusions which led to the panel's approval three weeks ago of three articles of im- peachment against Nixon. Tuesday's action made the committee's report an official House document without requiring members to accept or reject its contents. Leaders of both parties in the House and judiciary committee chairman Peter Rodino (Dem. N.J.) decided to follow this procedure in order to avoid what they viewed as a needless debate which risked opening old wounds. They said they feel a debate is not needed because Nixon resigned Aug. 9, making impeachment a moot issue. Democratic Leader Thomas O'Neill of Massachusetts sub- mitted a carefully-worded resolution which merely outlined the history of the committee's investigation and declared the House "accepts the report submitted by the committee." Excerpts of the report pre- viously leaked to the press said Nixon was incolved in 30 acts as part of the cover-up of the break-in. The report also took note of the three Nixon tape recordings made public Aug. 5 which touched off the final storm leading to Nixon's resignation. That section of the report said the new tapes "confirm the finding that from shortly after the break-in on June 17, 1972. President Nixon personally directed his subordinates to take action designed to delay, impede and obstruct the investigation of the Watergate break-in." Accused killer wants to pay funeral costs HIGHLAND PARK. Mich. (AP) A lawyer for Rudolph Acosta. the accused killer of a 12-year-old newspaper delivery girl, says Acosta will appear today for arraignment on second-degree murder charges. Lawyer Gerald Sherman also said Acosta wants to pay for the funeral of Edith Perchman and the hospital bills of her father, Marion, seriously injured when he tried to remove his wounded daughter from the shooting scene. Police said Acosta shot the girl in the dark early Sunday in the belief she was a "hit man" out to kill him in a drug- related feud. Oil spill backs Canada on sea pollution stand CARACAS (CP) An oil spill in Chile has added widespread support for Canada's position on the prevention of marine pollu- tion at the United Nations Law of the Sea conference. In a public meeting of a committee which deals with the marine environment, Fernando Zegers of Chile officially thanked Canada for its technical assistance in the current oil spill crisis in the Straits of Magellan. He urged the formation of an international emergency body to deal with such disasters in the future. "Without dramatizing the said Zegers, "we must draw lessons from necessity. Such accidents raise our awareness of the importance and urgency of setting up an effective international machinery to prevent serious consequences in a situation such as this." In the absence of such an or- ganization, Chile has adopted emergency measures, including the closing of the international strait in the interest of marine safety and the prevention of further pollution. Before the disaster, such unilateral coastal state action has been proposed by Canada but opposed by Chile and many other states as a necessary emergency measure in self-protection. Chile previously had not supported Canada's proposal that the coastal state should have the right to enforce more stringent standards in sensitive areas close to their coasts, but in his speech Zegers spoke of "the risk of serious pollution of the marine environment in a region which is ecologically virgin, and closely dependent on the sea." Under existing laws, only the country of origin, or the flag state, has responsibility for its vessels at sea, and control over their movements. Canada believes the state in whose waters vessels are travelling has an obligation to protect the environment, if necessary by anti-pollution standards above and beyond those internationally agreed upon in areas of special hazards, or areas of delicate ecological balance, such as the Straits of Magellan and the Canadian Arctic. The inadequacy of flag-state control over such disasters has been repeatedly underscored by such incidents as the Torrey Canyon oil spill and the present Metulla tanker break-up. Gunnar Schram of Iceland said that in his opinion, "the majority of the delegates to this conference now support the 'zonal approach' to pollution prevention put forward by Canada and nine other countries." United Church supports boycott GUELPH. Ont. (CP) With reluctance, the United Church of Canada gave its support Tuesday night to the international boycott by United States labor unions to the importation of grape and lettuce from the western United States. It was the first time the church has officially given its support to the boycott. How- ever, many other ministers, pastors and priests of other denominations have taken individual action on picket lines before retail outlets who sell the imported fruit and vegetables. Natives occupy Calgary office CALGARY (CPi singing, chanting treaty Indians took over the department of Indian affairs office here for 30 minutes Tuesday to protest what they said was the refusal by the federal government to fi- nance an urban self-help agency. Urban Calling Last, co- ordinator of the Calgary Urban Treaty Indian Alliance (CUTIA) which organized the demonstration, warned that more will follow and people "will be hurt" if the group's two-year grant is not approved. There was no violence by the Indians, who sat in the reception area of the office, playing a ceremonial drum and chanting. An official of the department office said the office knew the demonstration was to take place, and plans had been made to lock up the office at 2 p.m., the time planned for the demon- stration. Mr. Calling last said the grant was approved by officials in the department of Indian affairs but that former Indian affairs minister Jean Chretien rejected it. "This is not an occupa- Mr. Calling Last told reporters. 'This is a demonstration against the minister of Indian affairs who is trying to take away our treaty rights. "For the past year the minister has been saying that once an Indian steps off the reserve he no longer has any treaty rights, that the government is not responsible. "This position was taken without consultation among the Indian leaders. This is the method he has taken to ruth- lessly take away our native rights." CUTIA formed 20 months ago to assist treaty Indians who moved to the city from reserves. It received an initial start- up grant from the federal government and a letter from the department earlier this year indicated that it would receive the two-year grant and would be a pilot project for other Indian urban self- help centres. Mr. Calling Last said the peaceful demonstration was "a warning of what will come if they don't produce. "We aren't the only ones in the country who face this. The groups in Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, and Edmonton and Lethbridge plan to hold similar demonstrations." They say the cause of the workers is just and Canadians should support them by not buying the products. the general council also put off until another day a decision on whether it should change its position on abortion. It deferred the question to a committee which will report back to an- other general council. A seemingly routine resolu- tion from the division of mis- sion in Canada that the church should support the grape-and- lettuce boycott, ran into a stiff tight from the floor. One commissioner said it was only "a fight between big unions" and "we have not heard all the facts." Migrant farm workers in California and Arizona say wages are inadequate. Companies consider alcohol a problem TORONTO (CP) A recent survey by Manpower Tem- porary Services Ltd. shows that 41 per cent of companies and organizations approached by the agency consider alcohol and drugs a problem. A total of 127 companies and organizations across Canada answered the questions on the effects of drugs and alcohol on industry and commerce. The survey showed that 87 per cent of the respondents (eel industry has an obligation to its problem-drinker employees and 94 per cent feel the responsibility should be shared bv unions. Subway fire was 6like coming through helP NEW YORK (AP) "Com- ing through that tunnel was like coming through said Fred Rontonz, 27, who walked to safety from a subway fire. "If we had been down there longer there would have been deaths." A board of inquiry convenes today to investigate the rush- hour fire that trapped more than commuters for two hours in a smoke-filled tunnel 90 feet below the East River Tuesday evening. Four trains were stranded when electric power to the tube was shut off. Firemen said tunnel tempera- tures reached an estimated 100 degrees. At least 125 persons, many weeping and covered with soot, were taken to hospitals for treatment of heat fatigue, smoke inhalation and other in- juries. No serious injuries were re- ported, however, and most were released after getting first-aid. PURSE CLEARANCE Entire Stock OFF Must clear to make room for Fall Stock! fTERLE nORnWl COSmETIC BOUTIQUE College Mall Gifts Wigs Perfumes Phone 328-1525 Road home will be long for U.S. exiles WASHINGTON (CP) The road home for the 50.000-man army of United States exiles is expected to be a long, twisted trail through the halls of Congress. President Gerald Ford, in calling for the way back to be cleared for the draft dodgers and deserters, said he is not certain how it will be accomplished. But observers on Capitol Hill are predicting that it won't come through the power of presidential some spokesmen for the evaders have stated they will settle for little less. Bill Dixon, aide to Representative Robert Kastenmeier (Dem. says the congress- man "expects Ford will not take unilateral action, but will send legislative proposals to the Congress." "The president can act on his Dixon says, "but he is unlikely to do so." Kastenmeier and his staff are among the most knowledgeable persons in Washington on the subject. The congressman is chairman of a justice committee subcommittee in the House of Representatives. Only hours after Ford made his statement that evaders should be allowed to "work their way back" through some form of "earned Kastenmeier dispatched a report to close aides of the president. The report contains no recom- committee won't have those ready until early next year. It was a verbatim record of three days of hearings on amnesty conducted by the congressman last spring. It went to Attorney-General William Saxbe and Defence Secretary James Schlesinger, the men Ford has given less than two weeks to work out the details of his proposals. One of the problems is how to treat deserters and draft dodgers with equal justice and mercy. Ford himself, in calling for a case-by-case review of the status of "some of our countrymen." appears to recognize the futility of seeking a blanket solution. Draft dodgers returning to the who have faced any penalties at found that sentences have varied from court to court. Those who have returned have found that their chances of avoiding prosecution are good and their chances of escaping prison even better. Reports by federal agencies last year show about men were prosecuted or investigated for draft law violations. Of that number, 977 were convicted. Only 260 went to prison. Kastenmeier said his subcommittee has sought to hear testimony "which will help define the legal authority of Congress to grant amnesty legislatively." One witness, Leon Ulman, deputy assistant attorney-general, said the Congress has no such authority. His position was supported by Walter Morse, general counsel for the selective service system, who said that for Congress to legislate amnesty might prompt prospective draftees to defy fu-' ture calls to service. As long as a year ago, John Elfin, U.S. attorney in Buffalo, N.Y., said, "I'm surprised more draft resisters haven't come back; you have substantial amnesty at this point." He said the justice department was allowing a criminal charge to be stricken even after indictment if the individual agreed to submit to a pre-induction physical examination. ;