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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, October Competition bill debate resumes OTTAWA (CP) The Com- mons resumes work today on the government's contentious competition bill with no sign of quick agreement by opposi- tion parties. The proposed legislation, in- troduced twice previously without being passed, is the first stage of a two-part program to increase business competition and to give con- sumers added protection in the marketplace. The second stage, dealing with monopolies, has not been introduced. Second-reading debate on the first part, which would es- Extortionist threatens Portland's water supply PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) An extortionist, who earlier threatened to sabotage .power transmission towers in the Portland area, now warns the city's water system may be damaged unless his demand for million is met, the Oregonian says. The extortion threat was in a letter received by the Portland office of the FBI on Oct. 22. It was signed "J. the newspaper says. A person by that name has claimed credit for damaging 11 Bonneville Power Ad- ministration towers since Sept. 26. No significant power outages have resulted from the dynamite blasts, the last five of which occurred the evening of Oct. 16. The BPA has listed damages -at The first letter from J. Hawker, received by the FBI on Oct. 18, asked the BPA to indicate its willingness to pay the million. The letter threatened a power blackout of the Portland area, which has a .population of about if the money was not paid but gave no deadline for the payment. The BPA, a federal agency that distributes electricity through the northwest, has refused to pay the demand and has offered a reward for information on the blasts. tablish a restrictive trade practices commission to investigate questionable trading activities, began last week with the government in- viting constructive criticism of the bill from opposition par- ties. The invitation was extended by Consumer Affairs Minister Andre Ouellet despite an earlier plea from Herb Gray for quick passage of the bill. Mr. Gray was dropped as con- sumer affairs minister in August. Mr. Gray said during the throne speech debate that the bill is the product of an eight- year study and the time has come to take action in the Commons. The second stage of the program also should be speeded up, he said. Mr. Ouellet urged MPs to give the first stage quick sec- ond reading and send it to committee for detailed study. But once in committee he would welcome suggestions for improvement. Inidial reaction indicates there will be plenty of advice from the opposition. Sinclair Stevens Simcoe) attacked the bill al- most immediately after Mr. Ouellet spoke. The proposed restrictive trade practices commission might be beyond constitutional powers to put into operation, he said. 'It appears that much of the bill rests on a shaky con- stitutional basis." And, John Rodriguez Nickel Belt) called for far tougher legislation to wipe monopolistic control of production, distribution and marketing. He cited George Weston Ltd., a major food manufac- turer, as a prime example of corporations that should be subject to stricter laws. Weston's so-called com- petitors are primarily its own subsidiaries, he argued. Despite the criticism, sources say, the opposition parties may be willing to let the bill go to committee where they can attack individual clauses and demand testimony from, witnesses. Conduct after Chappaquiddick says Kennedy BOSTON (AP) Senator Edward Kennedy (Dem. Mass.) says his con- duct after the 1969 Chappaquiddick inci- dent was "irrational and indefensible and inexcusable and inexplicable." In a copyright article published in the Boston Sunday Globe, Kennedy said he will bear responsibility for the in- cident, in which Mary Jo Kopechne died, for the rest of his life. When Kennedy dropped out of the 1976 Democratic presidential conten- tion last month, he said Chappaquid- dick was not a factor in that decision -but it would have been a campaign is- sue. He described the incident in the Globe interview "an accident, a tragic accident, and one which I do today bear responsibility for and I did then and will for the rest of my life." The incident occurred July 18, 1969. Miss Kopechne was drowned when Kennedy's car, driven by him, ran off a wooden bridge and landed upside down in a tidal pool. She was a passenger in the car. It happened after a party on Chappa- quiddick Island on Martha's Vineyard, off the Massachusetts mainland, when the United States senator gave Miss Kopechne a ride home. On the way toward Edgartown, Kennedy has said he took a wrong turn, ending up on the Dike Bridge, where the car plunged into the water and Ken- nedy escaped. He said he tried to rescue the girl but was unable to. The accident was not reported to police until the following morning. In the interview, Kennedy said he was wrong not to inform police that two of his colleagues had tried to rescue Miss Kopechne from the car. They are Paul Markham, a former U.S. at- torney, and Joseph Gargan, Kennedy's cousin. The senator said he Was almost drowned swimming 500 feet from Chap- paquiddick to Edgartown and "by the time I arrived on the other shore, I was absolutely spent. Absolutely exhausted. And just saying, 'I just can't do it (report the I just can't do it. I just can't do it.' He also said Markham and Gargan were blameless in not reporting the ac- cident because he told them before the swim that he would make the report. He said any public skepticism that has arisen about his version of the inci- dent is "unwarranted ar. unjustified." In an inquest five months after the accident, Judge James Boyle found the probable cause of the girl's death was Kennedy's negligent and possibly reckless driving. One week after the accident, Kennedy pleaded guilty to the mis- demeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident. He was given a two- month suspended prison sentence and was placed on probation for a year. He also lost his driver's licence for a year. No further charges were brought against him. News In brief Chancellor's party hurt BONN (Reuter) West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt's Social Democratic party (SPD) has been bruised by defeats in two important regional elections.. In polling Sunday for the state government in industrial Hesse and in the large southern region of Bavaria, the SPD vote dropped by near- ly three per cent. China congress to meet PEKING (Reuter) China's long-waited fourth National People's Congress will probably meet within the next three months, usually reliable sources said Sunday. The congress, China's highest legislative assembly, has not met since Plans to hold it the last year have been held up for un- disclosed reasons. Bogus million seized LOS ANGELES (AP) Secret Service agents Sunday made what they called the largest seizure of counterfiet money in United States history, more than million in bills. Four California men were arrested and booked for investigation of manufactur- ing and possession of counterfeit -money, said Robert Powis, special agent in charge of. the Los Angeles of- fice of the Secret Service. Head Watergate burglar takes stand as witness of the court 'U.S. needs price controls' WASHINGTON (AP) Howard Hunt, foreman of the Watergate burglary team, is facing questioning in the Watergate cover-up trial from a prosecutor he says has tried to get him to commit perjury. Hunt, called to testify today, was the second witness in the trial of H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, John Mitchell, Robert Mardian and Kenneth Parkinson, all charg- ed with conspiring to obstruct justice in the Watergate investigation. The trial entered the fifth week today. The government told U.S. District Judge John Sirica last week that Hunt had not been "entirely candid" with the grand jury and asked that be called as a court witness, subject to cross examination from both prosecution and defence. "Even after being granted immunity, Mr. Hunt co-oper- ated with the investigation only grudgingly and, we believe, the government told Sirica. "He should be subjected to probing and possibly leading questions to elicit the full dis- closure of his knowledge and any motives or bias which may have influenced his prior the government said. Richard Ben-Veniste, an as- sistant special prosecutor scheduled to question Hunt, was described by Hunt in a new book as "a curly-headed, abrasive young who "was actually encouraging me to perjure myself." Hunt said Ben-Veniste had made him a special target and attempted to get him to change sworn testimony that he had never received an offer of executive clemency. Hunt figures prominently in the list of overt acts that the government says led to the conspiracy by the five Nixon White House and campaign aides. The government charges that Ehrlichman and others discussed the need to assure Hunt about how much time he would have to spend in jail and that Ehrlichman, Haldeman, Mitchell, and Parkinson were involved in arranging for hush-money payments to Hunt. The four defendants are charged with obstruction of justice in addition to the con- spiracy count. Mardian is charged only with conspiracy. The prosecutors' charged that on March after a demand for by Hunt, Mitchell authorized a payment to him and that on the following day Mitchell assured Ehrlichman that Hunt "was not a problem any longer." A tape of a March 21 meeting played for the jury shows that the Hunt demand was discussed with Richard Nixon, who has denied offer- ing clemency or hush-money payments. Hunt was sentenced to a 2V2 to eight year prison term by Sirica after pleading guilty to burglary, conspiracy and il- legal wiretapping charges. He was freed on appeal last Jan. 2 after serving nine months of the sentence. Hunt told the Senate com- mittee that he had been assured by Liddy that the Watergate was authorized by Mitchell, the former attorney-general who headed the Nixon reelection campaign. WASHINGTON (AP) A leading Senate Democrat feels wage and price controls will be needed before United States economic problems are solved, but Treasury Secretary William Simon says improvement already is on its way. Simon and Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield were interviewed separately on television programs Sunday, and their views were widely divergent on a number of economic matters. Defector seeks citizenship MOSCOW (AP) A doctor who, gave up his U.S. citizenship 17 years ago to live in the Soviet Union says he has renounced his Soviet citizenship. But the U.S. government won't give him back his U.S. citizenship or give him an immigrant's visa. Dean Hoxsey, 48, said he re- nounced his Soviet citizenship because Soviet authorities re- fused to grant him an exit visa. Hoxsey came to Moscow in 1957 as a delegate to a youth festival and decided to stay. He studied medicine and became a doctor. 'Other budgets cut' Roberts re-election forces Smallwood into retirement Weekend accidents kill CALGARY (CP) Defence minister James Richardson Saturday rejected claims that the armed forces are the only government 'agency facing budget reductions because of taflajion' T Mr. Richardson, in Calgary for his first official visit since becoming defence minister, told a group of officers from the regular armed forces, retired members that every, government J tions. Argentine death list grows RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 1 1 329-47 ZZ COLLEGE MAU. ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) An unsmiling Joseph Smallwood, a man often described as Newfoundland's living legend, was forced into' final political retirement dur- ing the weekend as provincial Liberals re-elected a younger man as party leader. Delegates to the party's leadership convention here Saturday confirmed Ed Roberts, 34, as leader with 403 votes on the second sof two WHAT IS TRUTH? WHAT IS RELIGIOUS TRUTH AMIDST ALL THE CONFUSION? COME, BRING YOUR ANSWER to: UNITY MEETINGS sponsored by the UN-denomination CHURCH OF CHRIST Mutual discussions will be held at: CIVIC SPORTS CENTRE 11 St. and 5 Ave. South Lothbridge, Alberta ROOM NO. 1 (COME IN FRONT DOOR OF CIVIC CENTRE) EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT p.m. Beginning Oct. 22 aid continying throygh Nov. 26. Sessions moderated by Larry Boswefl and Don Givens. COME and listen, and participate if you desire! SHARE with us. MERLE nORfldfln COSMETICS presents... eAutumn Dreams LOUNGE and EVENING WEAR ballots. Mr. Smallwood, who will be 74 Christmas Eve, received 298 votes. Mr. Smallwood, whose name has been firmly linked with Newfoundland politics since he led the island and Labrador into Confederation in 1949, took his defeat stoical- ly but his expression was grim as he asked the more than 700 delegates to give Mr. Roberts three cheers. five persons in B.C. By THE CANADIAN PRESS At least five persons died in British Columbia in accidents during the weekend, all in traffic mishaps. Alfred Bailley, 82, of Nanaimo died in hospital Sun- day from injuries suffered when his car collided with a No hospital insurance for Nixon, says Ziegler LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Richard Nixon's top press aide said Sunday the extent of the federal aid being received by the former president is exaggerated and said Nixon does not have insurance to pay for his extensive hospital bills. "All hospital costs will come out of his own said Ronald Ziegler who add- ed that the former president has been getting only "limited" federal funds to help him through the tran- sitional period since leaving office. "Someone neglected to take Styte Style 631 Style 633 811O.OO Style 627 9HMM) College Mall mERLE noRmm cosmtnc BOUTIQUE Phone 328-1525 the insurance out and I think that's the story of a lot of the president's personal Ziegler said in an informal talk with reporters. "You know he was president for 5fe years and I guess peo- ple dropped the ball along the way. They sure did on health insurance." Ziegler, the former presidential press secretary, described the former Western White House in San Clemente as more of "a ghost town" than the "plush operation" many have been led to believe. "It's not a happy place, not a pleasant Ziegler said. Ziegler said reports that from 64 to 22 persons on the federal payroll were working for Nixon in San Clemente are incorrect "There are only about 10 people here really and most of those are secretaries, so we're not running a plush operation down there We do not have 61 people down there serving the he said. He said Congress has yet to appropriate federal funds for the "transition period." "There's a limited amount of federal money allocated op to this point... bat it is not Ziegler 1 think it's less than He said Nixon is "getting less than one per cent of wbat was provided" to previous presidents upon leaving of- fice. CP Rail train near this west Vancouver Island community Friday. He was alone in the car at the time of the ac- cident. One person was killed in a single-vehicle accident Sun- day morning in Langley, about 30 miles east of Vancouver. The person was not identified and no further details were available.' Robert N. Peterson, 16, of Vancouver was killed Satur- day after a car plunged over an embankment on the Mount Seymour Parkway in-North Vancouver. Robert Charles Kobus, 28, of Burnaby, was killed Friday when his car crashed into the rear of a semi-trailer tanker unit on a Vancouver bridge. A 24-year-old man died Saturday of injuries suffered when his motorcycle collided with a truck in Delta Friday. Police