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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 LETHBRIOQE HERALD July 1974 News In brief IBEW JOB RATE DIPS Officials surrender agreement JO 4-YEAR LOW ratified ADDIS ABABA i Ethiopia s security Col Solomon three generals and three other prominent fig- ures surrendered to the armed forces a military com- munique said Five of the including were on an armed forces wanted list of 27 per- sons issued Monday Lon Nol asks rebel help PHNOM PENH President Lon Nol of Cam- bodia invited the Khmer Rouge rebels today to join his government in peace negotiations immediately without prior conditions Lon Nol said he hopes the proposed dialogue will lead to a the withdrawal of all foreign troops and national unity and reconciliation Buckley files suit CHICAGO Con- servative columnist William F Buckley filed suit in U S District Court Monday seek- ing damages fot ihe death of the wife ol convicted Watergate conspirator E Howard Hunt editor of the maga- zine National Review is ex- ecutor of the estate of Dorothy Hunt who died Dec when a United Airlines jet crashed near Midway Airport Forty-five persons died Emergency lifted BANGKOK The Thai government today lifted the state of emergency impos- ed 1st Thursday following clashes between police and rioters in Bangkok's Chinatown that took 28 lives Violence erupted when police at the Chinatown police station arrested a Chinese taxi driver for a minor parking offence Thursday night Greater scope given LISBON Portu- gal s 21-man council of state promised todav that the provi sional government will be given greater scope to govern the country The council met for eight hours to discuss 'matters of the greatest importance to the nation amid reports that the 13-man cabinet of the provisional government is divided on several issues China has good harvest BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL I PEKING Hunan one of China s major food-growing areas has produced a record wheat harvest this year despite a serious the People's Daily says VANCOUVER Construction workers throughout British Columbia were expected to be back at work today Construction Labor Relations representing 850 ratified an agreement Mon- day that was approved Sunday by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Local 213 An estimated million in construction projects was affected by the two-month strike Ten unions bargaining joint- ly settled last week for an in- crease of 90 an hour in wages and benefits They did not get a cost-of-living adjust- ment but will have a review of the eifects of infla- tion after one year of the two- year contract Ontario forest fire contained VERMILION Ont A few small fires and slowly rising smoke was all that visibly remained Monday night of a massive forest fire that caused the evacuation of nearly 1000 people in and around this northwestern On- tario tourist community But officials of the Ministry of Natural Resources moved an additional 200 men into the area for what they hope be the final attack on the fire which has destroyed about 000 acres of bushland south of here The new men will beet up fire lines around the still- smouldering fire that is ex- pected to flare up again in some areas today Residents of Vermilion Bay were filtering back into their homes late Monday OTTAWA The unemployment rate fell to 4 9 per cent in June its lowest level in more than four Statistics Canada reported today Jobless rates and employment levels showed the best improvements on the Prairies while a double-digit unemployment rate remained only in the Atlantic region The June drop in the seasonally-adjusted un- employment level was a whopping six-tenths of a percentage point There has not been an improvement that large in one month since 1966 the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates were 10 3 per cent in the Atlantic 6 4 per cent in 3 6 per cent in Ontario 2 7 per cent in the Prairie provinces and 5 3 per cent in British Columbia There was a sharp drop in the level of unemployed under down to 8 4 per cent from 9 7 per cent seasonally adjusted Total number in the labor force was and the actual number of unemployed was or 4 8 per cent of the total The actual percentage of unemployed was down from 5 4 per cent in May Part of the reason for the drop in unemployment dur- ing June was a decline in the number of JOD seekers The participation people work- ing or looking for down to 57 8 per cent from 58 3 per cent in May The size of the labor torce shrank by The number of persons employed declined last ending a seven-month string of and the upward trend was resumed in June NDP loses heavily to Liberals in B.C. VANCOUVER British Columbia voters delivered the Liberals their majority in Monday's federal election and it came at the ex- pense of the New Democratic Party The Liberals came into B C with 132 candidates one short of a majority of Parliament's 264 seats and went over the top with capturing eight B C doubling their representation The who lost in most other fared better in B C climbing to 13 seats five more than in while the NDP elected only two MPs nine less than in the last election Voters turned from the NDP across the Adviser denies he knew of burglary WASHINGTON John Ehrhchman has testified he had no idea the White House plumbers were plann- ing an illegal burglary when he approved a covert opera- tion to examine the file of Daniel Ellsberg's psy- chiatrist During the plumbers trial Supreme Court begins mulling privilege claim WASHINGTON The United States Supreme Court has begun ed on 459 pages of three hours of oral argument and a file including still secret President Nix- on s Watergate claim of ex ecutive privilege A lawyer for special Water gate prosecutor Leon Philip Lacovara asked the court Monday to uphold decisively and definitively' a lower- court order directing Nixon to produce records of 64 White House conversations But the president s lawyer James St said the court ought to stay its at least until impeachment pro- ceedings have run their course in Congress St Clair also continued presenting witnesses in the House of Representatives judiciary committee s im- peachment inquiry St Clair questioned tormer Nixon re election official Frederick LaRue in an effort to discredit charges that Nixon approved a 000 payment to Watergate burglar Howard Hunt Meanwhile former at torney-general John Mitchell is reported to have agreed to undergo limited questioning by the rommittee on his role in approving the payment The judiciary committee also planned to release today its transcripts of eight presidential conversations along with an analysis of how its versions differ from those released by the White House After its 180-nrnute hearing the Supreme Court with no indication it will reach a adjourned of when decision The briefs in the case include 197 pages from St 235 from Jaworski and 27 in a brief by the American Civil Liberties Union which the court agreed Mon- day to consider The ACLU op- poses the president s claim Eight justices heard argu ments and will decide the case Justice William Rehn- quist disqualified himself because he is a former assis- tant to Mitchell one of the defendants in the Watergate cover-up trial Rehnquist s absence raises the possibility of a 4-to-4 tie This would uphold Sirica s or der without establishing any precedent on the legal questions involved Spokesmen for Nixon have declined to say whether the president would abide a Supreme Court decision against him Israel retaliates with Lebanon raid THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Israeli navy shelled three ports in southern Lebanon sinking more than a score of fishing boats in retaliation lor the Palestinian guerrilla raid by sea two weeks ago on Nahanya The Israeli military com mand said it had indications that the terrorists were preparing more seaborne attacks The command said its raid on the ports was intended to disrupt the preparations and warn against the use of these har- bors by the guerrillas Israel said the Monday night attack was in and every attempt was made to avoid injuries to The Lebanese government reported one a civilian wounded by an explosion in Sidon The Lebanese defence ministry reported 21 fishing boats sunk 10 at Tyre 10 at Sarafand and one at Sidon An Israeli spotcesman said about 30 were about 10 in each port the northernmost tai is 30 miles south of Beirut Tyre is 20 miles farther and Sarafand is midway between The Palestine guerrilla headquarters in Beirut said Israeli frogmen blew up wooden jetties at but the Israeli announcements made no mention of this The Israelis said the attack was made by a flotilla of gun- boats but did not say how many The Lebanese defence ministry said Israeli helicopters also dropped leaflets warning the popula- tion against co-operating with the Palestinian guerrillas Lebanon said its coastal ar- tillery returned the Israeli fire and drove the gunboats back The Palestinians said guerrillas co-operated with the Lebanese army in driving off the raiders During the night after the naval Israeli and Arab gunners exchanged fire across the Lebanese but no casualties were reported The Israeli military command said the Arabs fired a number of Katyusha rockets at the Kerem Ben Zimbra farm settlement three miles south of the border and 22 miles inland Monday the former White House domestic affairs chief either challenged or said he had forgotten every single ele- ment of the prosecution s case With five hours on the stand behind Ehrhchman is to be cross examined for approx- imately another two hours to- day by associate special prosecutor William Merrill The 49-year-old Ehrlichman and three others are accused of violating the civil rights of Dr Lewis a psy- chiatrist treating Daniel Ellsberg at the time the former Pentagon analyst leak- ed the Pentagon papers to the press On the stand Ehrhchman seemed controlled and unsha- ken by the accusations of con- spiracy and lying to the FBI and a grand jury His trial is in its ninth day U S District Judge Gerhard Gesell however found the content of many of Ehrlichman s responses to be lacking 1 This man is not able to an- swer specific questions directly he gives very rambl- ing answers Gesell said in urging defence lawyers to ask detailed questions about the break-in itself Money issues affect vote in Japan TOKYO Pocket- book issues particularly the sharply increased prices of almost were cited today as the major factor in the setback for Premier Kakuei Tanaka s governing conservative party in the senatorial elections Sunday Although it was much too soon for solid developments in the factions of the Liberal Democratic party there was speculation that there might be a move to replace Tanka as party leader and premier Still unofficial results from the election of half the membership of the House of Councillors of the Diet Tanaka's Liberal Democrats a total of 126 seats electing Liberals in six ridings the NDP held in the last and giving the nod to the Conservatives in three NDP strongholds The Conservatives also cap- tured two Liberal seats Tempering the Liberals' jubilation was the defeat of one of B C 's two cabinet ministers Environment Minister Jack who lost the Vancouver suburban riding ol Capilano to Conser- vative Ron Huntington Mr the only cabinet minister defeated in the elec- tion lost despite massive in- jections of party aid Prime Minister Trudeau and wife a resident of the riding before her marriage campaigned extensively for Mr Davis but it didn t help against the onslaught of Mr Huntington who ran in the riding in 1972 and lost that time to the environment minister by a healthy 6 516 votes Leading the way for the Lib- erals was Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford who won easih in Vancouver Centre over Conservative Doug Davis and the NDP s Ron Johnson The other Liberal incum bent to win re-election was Len the only native Indian in Parliament who took Kamloops Cariboo for the third time The list of fallen NDP candi- dates was shocking Agriculture critic Mark Rose looked upon as one of the party's brightest MPs lost in Fraser Valley West en- vironment critic Ran Hardk- mg lost the traditional NDP riding of Kootenay West un lonist Paddy Neale lost Van couver a ndmg which had been solid for the party throughout its and Frank who had represented the northern riding of Skeena since 1957 lost to Liberal lona Cam- pagnola Skeena hadn t elected a Lib eral since 1953 Even the NDP victories were less than awesome Tommy the former national leader saw ms 1972 plurality of more than 15 000 votes cut to about 2 000 Stuart Leggatt held New West- minster but not before a tight struggle with Margaret Gregory of the Con servatives Many observers saw the B C vote as a backlash against the provincial NDP government s policies a spectre raised by NDP leader David Lewis during the cam- paign when he suggested that the provincial government had made some mistakes and he hoped these errors wouldn t be held against federal NDP candidates Premier Dave Barrett ob viously shocked at the defeat wouldn t agree that the federal vote was any reflec- tion of B C policies IWA officials meeting with B.C. labor minister VANCOUVER International Woodworkers of America officials were to meet today with Labor Minister Bill King in Victoria to discuss a deadlock in coast contract negotiations About half the 32 000 coast IWA work force was on strike Monday Last members re- jected a proposed contract by 275 votes The offer provided a 12-per-cent across-the-board increase with a minimum in- crease of 65 cents an hour a cost-of-living adjustment a dental plan and job rate revisions in a one-year contract Base rate in the old con- which expired June 14 was 45 an hour ranging to a top rate of an hour A union spokesman said the 120 companies represented by Forest Industrial Relations did not plan lockout action even though they had voted before the contract expired to take lockout action if the un- ion staged selective strikes Jack Munro IWA regional president continued to urge members to remain on the job Mass murder trial continues killed several myself9 SAN Tex killed several of them myself with Dean's gun and helped him choke some others Then he would take them and bury them in different places So reads a statement Elmer Wayne an 18-year-old high school gave police after his arrest in connection with the slaying of 27 young men in the Houston mass murders case Aug 9 by Sgt David Mulhcan of the police department in the Houston suburb of was read into the court record Monday as testimony started in Henley's murder being held here on a change of venue Henley is charged with six of the slayings As the jury of six men and six women district attorney Carol Vance read the statement in which Henley nf Lvmnxv n nl ft tOfkA ft ft A teenaged of them his friends and procured for Dean who has been described by police as the leader of a homosexual torture and murder ring Henley said in 'he state- ment that he helped kill and bury at least six of Corll's youthful victims Henley was arrested last Aug 8 after he phoned police and told them he shot and kill- sexand-drug party at Corll's home in Pasadena Corll's slaying was ruled self- defence Another David Owen Brooks has been charged in four of the 27 deaths Brooks's trial date has not been set Mullican and Pasadena po- liceman J B Jamison testified that Henley told them about the slayings and led them to 27 bodies six of Vtrll on oIl.nmKf rnmmn nniHontifi ;