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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, December News In brief Sadat welcomes U.S. help CAIRO (API Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, de- scribing the Middle-East situ- ation as a bomb about to ex- plode, says he is having con- tacts with President Ford and State Secretary Henry Kissin- ger to decide whether to con- tinue the U.S. approach to negotiations. "If the Americans through their step-by-step approach can achieve any progress or success, I welcome he said in an interview Sunday. Rangoon returns to normal RANGOON' (AP) Army trucks filled with civilians and guarded by armed troops rumbled through the streets of Rangoon today as soldiers ad- ministered streetcorner hair- cuts to long haired youths. Otherwise, life in the Bur- mese capital city appeared to' have returned to normal following the third major f lareup of violent opposition to President Ne Win's rule in 12 years. Oil conference urged FORT DE FRANCE, Marti- nique (AP) The presidents of the United States and France called jointly today far a conference of oil- consuming and oil-producing countries "at the earliest possible time." The call was a compromise to break a French-American deadlock on how best to cope with increased oil prices. Presidents Ford and Valery Giscard d'Estaing agreed in summit talks on a series of "interrelated steps" leading to the proposed conference. Hail traffic restored CRAIGELLACHIE, B.C. (CP) Normal traffic was restored about 9 p.m. Satur- day on the Canadian Pacific Railway main line in British Columbia. Traffic was dis- rupted early Saturday 28 miles west of Revelstoke when 24 cars of a 69-car west- bound coal train derailed near Craigellachie. There were no injuries and cause of the acci- dent has not been determined. Nursing home fire kills 18 NOTTINGHAM, England (Reuter) At least 18 per- of them killed early Sunday when fire engulfed an old persons' nursing home in this central England town, trapping residents in their bedrooms. Fifteen more old persons, two policemen, two am- bulance men and two firemen were taken to hospital suffer- ing from shock and smoke- poisoning. IRA terrorists transferred LONDON (AP) Dolours and Marion Price, sisters trom Belfast serving life sentences for their part in an Irish Republican Army bomb attack on London last year, were transferred Sunday from Bnxton Prison to top-security Durham jail in northeast England. Brixton, in London, houses mostly male prisoners. Durham has a recently com- pleted women's wing. Coal mine shutdowns likely CHARLESTON, W.Va. lAP) Continued shutdowns of mines in the Appalachian coal fields appeared likely to- day as a number of United Mine Workers agreed to sup- port picketing by UMW construction workers. Contract negotiations between the UMW and the Association of Bituminous Contractors continued in Washington Sunday, but there was no indication that a ten- tative agreement was near. Aclress recovering GREAT FALLS, Mont. iAP) Actress-dancer Ruby Keoler. 64. has regained con- sciousness and appears to be recovering following brain surgery, a Columbus Hospital spokesman said Saturday. Miss Keeler, an entertainer for more than 50 years, was admitted to hospital Nov. 20 for surgery to correct a rup- tured blood vessel wall in a brain artery. Italians arrested ROME (AP) A second Italian army general and a Venetian count were arrested Sunday night on subversion BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL charges stemming from the so-called Rose-of-the-Winds military group, it was reported today. The arrests followed an investigation into the group that allegedly collected funds from industrialists and plann- ed bombings and other sub- versive acts in recent years to bring about a right-wing takeover in Italy. Smith offers to resign to speed up settlement Sharp wants Commons to be more productive SALISBURY (Reuter) Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith, repeating his opposition to immediate black majority rule, has offered the country's 5.5 million Africans participation in government on a limited basis. His comments, in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation emphasized the current wide gap between the government and the African nationalists. Last week, they agreed to meet for the first time to seek a settle- ment to the former British colony's nine- year-old independence dispute. Rev. Ndabaningi Sithole, leader of Zanu, one of Rhodesia's two former banned na- tionalist movements, said his doubts that any real constitutional talks could take place with Smith were justified. "Before the guerrilla forces stop fighting they want some indication from Mr. Smith that he is prepared to talk he said. "And this is not the sort of thing they have been expecting. But Smith offered to resign if his leadership impeded a settlement. A key nationalist demand is that the con- stitutional talks should be on the basis of immediate black majority Smith said: "I believe in majority rule with, of course, the qualification that we have a qualified franchise. But if it (majority rule) means the counting of heads like the counting of sheep then of course I am op- posed to that." Cover-up trial enters last week of testimony WASHINGTON (AP) -The Watergate cover-up trial is entering its final week of testimony with the jury ver- dicts for five former Nixon administration and campaign aides not expected until after Christmas. Former assistant attorney- general Robert Mardian is testifying in his own defence and the prosecutors are ex- pected to cross-examine him today. Only one more defendant, Kenneth Parkinson, former lawyer for the Nixon re- election committee, is waiting to present his case. Mardian and Parkinson often seemed like spectators in the crowded courtroom dur- ing the last 11 weeks of the trial when attention centred on their three co- attorney- general John Mitchell and ex- Nixon White House aides H. R Haldeman and John Ehrlichman. All five are charged with conspiring to obstruct the investigation of the Watergate breakin. Except for Mardian, the other defendants are charged also with obstruction of justice, and Mitchell, Haldeman and Ehrlichman with lying under oath. The charge against Mardian includes the allegation that he called Gordon Liddy from California June 17, day of the told him to try to reach then attorney-general Richard Kleindienst and ask him to get one or more of the Watergate burglars out of jail. On the stand Friday, Mar- dian denied that and other allegations. He also described his career as an official of the Nixon re-election committee. Mardian had served under Mitchell in the justice depart- ment and said he was ready to return to private life in California when Mitchell talk- ed him into joining the cam- paign. OTTAWA (CP) Mitchell Sharp, who plans to make the Commons a vibrant arena where understanding will emerge from political clashes, has more work to do after the Commons adjourns Friday for a one-month Christmas recess. The government House leader, responsible for piloting legislation through the 264-seat chamber, is tak- ing 15 MPs to England for a 12-day working visit. They will pick the brains of British parliamentarians in the hope of improving the Canadian parliamentary system. "I'd like to see how they keep the discussions centred on he said in an interview. One option frequently ex- ercised in Britain is flexible hours. When debate runs longer than expected, the Commons just sits until it is cleaned up. Mr. Sharp said this is one possibility he is considering, but he wants to see it in action first. He said his main concern is to make Parliament a more productive place, to make sure time is not wasted on mundane housekeeping matters. "I think it's important that Parliament remain a dramatic he said. "Parliament should be concerned with principles." It should become a place where the emphasis is on the adversary system government pitted against a fighting opposition. "There should be the clashes of opinion. They have a function to force the govern- ment to explain. From the clashes comes understan- ding." Mr. Sharp said he expects to have all his priority legisla- tion approved in principle before Friday. "All the priority legislation that I laid before the leaders of the House will, I think, be approved, with one excep- tion." This is the petroleum administration bill that would give the government authority to set the selling price of domestic oil and gas if agree- ment could not be reached with the producing provinces. The Progressive Con- servatives, objecting to the pricing power the bill will give Ottawa, threatened to block the bill and force a sitting through the Christinas period. However, the government agreed to postpone further debate until the new year. Favoritism under Nixon alleged Arabs keepinj money in LONDON (AP) Sheik Ah- med Yamani, Saudi Arabian oil minister, said Sunday his country will not withdraw the millions of dollars in oil revenues it has invested in Britain. "If we start withdrawing it means we lose what we have. Besides, it would hurt the political stability in a country like Great he told a television interviewer. The pound sterling tumbled to an all-time low on the foreign exchange markets last week on rumors Saudi Arabia may sell its British investments. The Saudis have told United States oil com- panies they will accept only U.S. dollars in oil payments. Yamani said the Saudis could not afford a worldwide recession because Saudi Arabia, as well as the in- dustrialized West, would suf- fer. Tobacco payments death' Asked if the Arab oil producing states feared military interference by oil consuming countries trying to protect their supplies. Yamani said: "Anyone with a brain in his head would not go in this direction. It is a very disastrous game." Yamani said Saudi Arabia may have to "listen carefully" to those who want a cut in Saudi oil production if Western countries don't help the country to make the best use of its oil revenue. Saudi Arahia was "fighting" agHuiai. nigher oil prices, he said. But other oil producing countries said Saudi Arabia took the lead in the recent meeting of the 13-country Organization of Oil Producing Countries (OPEC) which end- ed P'riday with the announce- ment of a new price system boosting their revenues WASHINGTON (AP) A story in the Journal of the American Medical Associa- tion (AMA) accuses Congress of subsidizing "increased death and disability" by pay- ing subsidies to tobacco growers, and an accompany- ing editorial urges an end to such payments. A spokesman for the AMA said it was the Journal's first call for congressional action against smoking after a lengthy campaign of educating doctors and patients about the hazards of smoking. "Congress is using our tax money, in many ways, to sub- sidize increased death and dis- ability among our citizens, as well as those of the rest of the writes Dr. Weldon Walker of White Memorial Medical Centre's car- diopulmonary unit in Los Angeles and a member of The Journal's editorial board. Journal editor Robert Moser says in an editorial, "Walker's stern challenge to the legislators should be heeded." The department of health, education and welfare calls cigarette smoking the leading cause for the deaths a year of coronary heart dis- ease, deaths of lung cancer and deaths of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The Tobacco Institute Inc., a trade organization representing cigarette manufacturers, said federal tobacco subsidies actually hold down production by setting acreage quotas. William Klopfer, the in- stitute's senior vice- president, also said federal and state excise taxes on tobacco products will yield billion in revenues this year. In addition, he said, tobacco held by the government will yield a 50-to 100-per-cent profit when pretty fantastic business deal." WASHINGTON (AP) Political favoritism played a major role in hiring practices of the department of housing and urban development during former president Richard Greek president resigns ATHENS, Greece (AP) The Greek government ac- cepted the resignation of the president, Gen. Phaedon Gi- zikis, Sunday. His removal makes way for the appoint- ment of a provisional presi- dent to serve until Greece's first elected president is chosen. Premier Constantine Cara- manlis's government said the letter of resignation from Gi- zikis, the last vestige of the military regime that ruled Greece for seven years until July, was dated Dec. 11 but was accepted only Sunday. The premier asked Gizikis to remain at his post until parliament appoints a successor. Caramanlis's New Democracy party is expected to nominate a prominent per- sonality for the presidency and to submit his name to parliament this week for approval. The provisional president probably will remain for about theee months, giving parliament ample time to revise the constitution and call elections. In the letter of resignation, Gizikis said he wants to retire to private life. A hard-line group of military officers appointed Gizikis president after overthrowing dictator George Papadopoulos on Nov. 25, 1973. During his year as president, Gizikis sought to step down on several oc- casions. He insisted that he was a soldier performing a duty and that he did not want the presidency. Nixon's administration, a government study says. A Civil Service Commission study says department of- ficials violated civil service regulations by keeping exten- sive political files on employees and job seekers. The study also says a patronage unit was set up in the agency for the sole ap- parent purpose of making sure persons with the right political connections got department posts. The report is based on a commission investigation made in late 1973 and early 1974. As a result of the study, the commission initiated removal proceedings against three top department officials and suspension actions against six others. The report was released to- day by the House subcom- mittee on manpower and civil service. Subcommittee chairman David N. Henderson (Dem. N.C.) said the report contains "serious charges and allegations." It is the second report Hen- derson has released to docu- ment what he claims was widespread political influence in federal hiring during Nix- on's administration. In Oc- tober, he released a commis-; sion report accusing the General Services Ad- ministration of exercising political job favoritism. The report on the depart- ment hiring practices cites numerous instances of alleged violations of these regulations. It makes these key allegations: special patronage unit maintained files contain- ing political information on as many as job applicants and took "follow-up actions to assure preferential con- sideration" for those with the desired political credentials. random review of 400; files on job applicants showed "virtually all" were referrals from either the White House, Republican members of Con- gress or other party political figures. Sirhan's role in Kennedy death questioned By JOHN M. CREWDSON New York Times Service LOS ANGELES More than six years after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, a small group of criminilogists, public officials and eye witnesses to the shooting are questioning some of the evidence that led to the conviction of Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, a Jordanian im- migrant, as the late senator's only assailant. Such doubts, founded main- ly on a re examination of the record of Sirhan's 1969 murder trial and related documents, have begun to spread in recent months from a coterie of assassination "butts" to political figures, investigators and journalists. None doubt Sirhan's in- volvement in the attack on Kennedy; but some question whether the bullets that he fired killed Kennedy. And other question whether his bullets hit Kennedy at all. Attention is focused on one mE RLE noRmfln COSITIETICS Boudoir A Beautiful Match for the Merle Norman Lingerie Wedge Slipper Lace-Cuffed Slipper Pom-Porn Slipper Marabou Slippers Washable, comfortable, giftable. mERLE noRmnn COSITIETIC BOUTIQUE Mali Phone 328-1525 THEY GAVE Following is a list of those who have contributed to the Cup of Milk Fund. Anonymous 1.00 A A' K 2 00 Joe Gerla, Lcthhndgc 200 Anonymous 2 00 Barbara Honker Claresholm 200 1) Stager. Creston, HC 200 In ol Henry Gross 2 00 Mrs Olive Knosc. Sparwood. 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The controversy has existed since the Sirhan trial, but has intensified since last May when a Los Angeles County supervisor, Baxter Ward, held a special hearing at which ballistics experts testified about some anomalies in the bullets recovered from the bodies of Kennedy and five bystanders who were also wounded in the kitchen of the Ambassador here on the night of June 5, 1968. A separate inquiry is being conducted by Allard Lowenstein, a former congressman from New York who disclosed some of his fin- dings at a news conference in New York today, along with Paul Schrade, a political associate of Kennedy who was also wounded at the hotel on the night of the 1968 California presidential primary election. Although a number of divergent theories purport to resolve the various conflicts, a common thread runs through most of them the absence of what some see as conclusive scientific proof that the bullets that struck Kennedy were fired by a single pistol. Eyewitness testimony that contradicts some of the findings of Dewayne Wolder of the Los Angeles police department, who was in charge of the technical investigation and who now heads the department's crime laboratory. One discrepancy is raised by the testimony of several of the 50 or so persons who crowded into the tiny serving pantry off the Ambassador's kitchen as Kennedy walked through following a victory address in an adjacent ballroom. None of the witnesses who testified at Sirhan's trial plac- ed Kennedy closer than two feet to Sirhan when he began to fire. Some swore that the two men were separated by as much as eight or 10 feet. But chemical tests con- ducted by Wolfer on the Senator's jacket, which bore the entry marks of three bullets, showed that they were fired from a weapon held only a few inches away. Moreover, the fourth, and fatal, .22 caliber bullet that struck Kennedy behind the right ear and lodged in his brain, was fired from virtual-. ly point blank range, ac- cording to Dr. Thomas T. Noguchi, the Los Angeles County coroner. The discrepancy between the testimony and the scien- tific evidence has given rise to a so-called "second gun" theory, which argues that an unidentified assailant, closely positioned behind Kennedy, to, his right, was responsible for his murder, and not who was indisputably in front' of the advancing senator. That theory is buttressed to some extent by Dr. Noguchi's finding that all four of the bullets in Kennedy's body, or1 those that passed through clothing, entered from the; back. Others, remembered that Kennedy'' had paused and turned to his! left to shake hands with one oft the kitchen employees jisti before the shooting began. THOMAS ORGANS AT PRUEGGERS 530 5th Street South "LARGE SELECTION TO CHOOSE FROM Phone ;