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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta HOME AT IAST Meyer Lansky, holding his hat ond with a hand in his pocket is escorted from customs at the Miami International Airport after he returned to the U.S. and was promptly arrested by the FBI. Underworld head back in custody MIAMA, Fla. (AP) Myer Lansky, reputed underworld fi- nancial genius, was taken into custody Tuesday by FBI agents at Miami International Airport after a two-day aerial odyssey during which six countries de- nied him asylum. Lansky, 71, was met by United States agents who boarded a Braniff airliner and escorted him from his first- Big rice swindle DA NANG, Vietnam (AP) It was the September Moon Festival, celebrating the autum harvest, when refugees from Quang Tri started getting chicken feed- low-grade broken rice mixed with dirt, gravel, styrofoam balls and nylon slivers. More than a month and a half later, there are widely- differing estimates of how much rice and how much money was involved. James Ready of the U.S. war victims advisory office says it was "about tons of rice. I don't know how much it was worth." Paul Daly, senior adviser to the Da Nang mayor's of- fice, said the swindle in- volved hundreds of thousands of tons. Other officials say an inves- tigation ordered by President Nguyen Van Thieu is more of a face-saving gesture than a desire to punish the guilty. They pcint out that Col. Ngu- yen" Ngoc Khoi is still mayor of Da Nang despite evidence of his onvolvement in the swindle. One U.S. official said: "We provided the money for the rice and the means to dis- tribute it to the refugee camps. The Da Nang munici- pality handled the rice pur- chases." The transactions were estimated refugees in the Da Nang area require 125 tons a day. "Refugees first discovered the bad rice on Sept. 20 it was chicken feed, substan- said the official. "Rut it u-asn'l dangerous. Nothing happened to the people who ate il. It just wasn't very palatable. But it was a dirty trick to play on people who had already suf- fered enough dirfy tricks." On Oct. 10, Premier Trail Tliicn Khicii named a com- mittee to investigate the rice swindle. On Oct. 20 the offi- cial government news agency reported that the committee had "decided lo discharge a number of officials respon- sible for the distribution of spoiled rlco." Tt named nn names. "President Thicu needs all the support he can get right said one U.S. official. "If one of his people loses face, he loses face. Khoi will probably he eased out quietly later on hut not right now." Rico for refugees in the Da Nang area now is purchased Iron) government warehouses ralhor than local merchants. II is long-grain Thai and Cali- fornia rice, the same the South Vietnamese nrmy gels. class seat through customs and to the FBI office for finger- printing. Facing federal charges of evading taxes on gambling slamming operations, Lansky was turned over to U.S. mar- shals pending a bond hearing. U.S. Attorney Robert Rust said he would press for a high bond, adding: "This isn't going to be a case where he just flashes a roll of money and walks out." Lansky left Tel Aviv, where his application for citizenship was rejected, on Sunday, five days before the Israeli govern- ment-set deadline for his ex- pulsion on grounds his contin- ued presence "might endanger public welfare." He flew from Tel Aviv to Zur- ich and then to South America, reportedly offering million to any country that would grant him asylum. NO TAKERS But Lansky was turned away in succession by officials in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenoes Aires, Argentina; Asuncion, Paraguay; La Paz, Bolivia; Lima, Peru, and Panama. He did not carry the million 'hen he was searched here, of- ficials said. Looking haggard and drawn after the long flight, the re- puted racketeer was met aboard the airliner by FBI Spe- cial Agent Kenneth Whittaker and an aide. The short, silver-haired Lan- sky, who owns an apartment on Miami Beach, wore a blue checked sports jacket, open-col- lar white shirt, slacks and black alligator shoes. Leaving customs, he and FBI men pushed through reporters whose questions Lansky ig- nored. Lansky's wife. Thelma, re- mained behind in Tel Aviv. Lansky, who went to Israel in July. 1970, on what he called an extended vacation, was con- sequently charged with con- tempt for not answering a fed- iral grand jury subpoena in Miami. He was later indicted in Miami and Las Vegas on charges of income tax evasion and interstate transportation in aid of racketeering. Independent grocers to receive aid TORONTO (CP) Canada's large independent grocers will benefit by chain stores forcing smaller competitors out of busi- ness, the president of the Cana- dian Federation of Retail Gro- cers said here. Speaking at the federation's annual convention, Frank Flit- ton of London, Ont., said small operators are losing business rapidly while larger operators are showing tetter profit ratios than their giant chain store competitors. Chains will vacate the me- dium size store field, concen- trating on stores from to square lie said. "Tills opens up opportunities for independent operators. "The top 25 per cent of inde- pendent food retailors will sur- vive and flourish in the '70s, but only by understanding and r.dapling to changing market conditions." RERMUDA MEDIA The people of Bermuda arc served by two television sta- tions and four newspapers. Package totfrs price rule suspended trol had proved ineffective. The decision means that t comnanies can charge as li as they choose for vacations. The CAA warned, howday about the prospects for Mr. Lewis said source in Mr. Turner's U.S. prices for price he wants food price said the government the retail their few comments developments in retailers issue suggest little Leader and own costs to government thinking has said that a price controls have j farm that clamor for controls by government in effect for more of farm as David food price controls year in the U.S. while controlled b1 and after the after Prime Minister food industry and Monday announced percenta pe lot be to government view 90-day freeze prices was 1 in still to be that food prices, rents and than in the are acceptable only Roy, effective 19G9 to 1971. will tolerate food of the U.S. record on this period "Bins Finance Minister Council, said last week has been was a slowe suggested in a that he expects than Canada's this in the tax ccount Ont. speech Oct. 3 of temporary price U.S. monthly food price in the genei n rules out controls at as a concession by has varied between 3.2 index. This v Trudeau to the and 5.4 per cent above a food price wa ent to Mr. Lewis Sunday ftr Consumer while the Canadian chains. action to orb the Minister Robert for the first nine this year cost of food as one Finance Minister been 7.2 per cent risen much Wednesday, Novtmber I, 1972 -THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD 2S the prices U.S. in the in Canada, food than the over-all, consumer price index. Mr. Lewis has said retailers are getting unreasonable profits but a spokesman for Mr. Turner blamed the rising prices on such factors as bad weather reducing the supply of food products. He suggested rationing would be necessary if prices are con- trolled to ensure that everyone is able to buy his share of food. CHICKEN RUN BREST, France (AP) Jor- dan sent two refrigerated trucks here to pick up 40 tons of French chickens for King Hus- sein's Bedouin troops. If the trucks make it back to Jordan without too much cargo spoil- age, a regular chicken run will be set up, officials here said. 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