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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Thurwiay, September Gunman holds hostage A man police identify as Aaron Pinkston holds gun on woman identified as Mrs. Monica Golden in doorway of Joliet, III., jewelry store Wednesday. Pinkston was cornered in the store as he allegedly attempted to hold up the establishment. Police later shot Pinkston following a high-speed chase. Mrs. Golden was shot in the foot during gun battle between Pinkston and police. RCMP appointments made Doctor died TORONTO (CP) Several appointments to RCMP divisional headquarters here were announced today. Chief Supt. Donald Wardrop, 49. has been named head of the division's criminal QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Denial Mechanic 303-5th Street So. Metcalf Building PHONE 328-7684 investigation branch. He came here from the same position in Halifax. Insp. Lome Wagner, 43, has been appointed head of protective policing, which includes escorts for visiting dignitaries. He came here from Winnipeg. Insp. George Scott, 46, switches jobs with Supt. Thomas Venner, 43, to become head of the division's criminal .intelligence department dealing with organized crime. in crash NEW YORK (AP) Cancer specialist Dr. Pierre L'Esperance, of Montreal who was doing research at Sloan-Kettering Institute here, has been identified as the lone Canadian among 88 killed when a Trans World Airlines jet crashed into the Ionian Sea near Greece Sunday. Reward offered for killer VICTORIA (CP) A reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer of two Esquimalt women, Police Chief Arthur Burton said late Monday. The police commission made the decision to post the reward at a special meeting Monday night. The money will go to anyone who can help Burton and his department solve the bizarre murder of Jane Blume, 51, and Florence Bevan, 62, killed Friday. USE OUR Corner 3rd Ave. 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 CREDIT PLAN OR..; 1-VT.11! ti" n.. fir-n Be'- i-'JIf l I t 'J...V ".'I' IS INCORRECT AIR PRESSURE RUINING YOUR TIRES? increase tire life drive in today for a FREE INFLATION CHECK WINDSHIELD W.'SJ.'ER ANTIFREEZt 1.69 QAU.ON Mozambique faces greatest political crisis in years By KEVIN DOYLE The Canadian Press Violence, bloodshed and death have marred the negotiations for independence in the beautiful African land of Mozambique and the former Portuguese possession now faces its greatest political crisis in a generation. Local white settlers in the southeast African country, angry and bitter at the immi- nent hand-over of government to black nationalists, are pos- ing a grave threat to Por- tugal's belated attempt at a peaceful transition of power. A once-thriving economy has begun to stagnate, infla- tion is running at the rate of 30 per cent a year and industrial unrest is rampant as uncer- tainty about the future grows. The recent seizure of the main radio station in the capital of Laurence Marques by a white radical group known as the Dragons of Death and its subsequent sur- render, along with other violent outbreaks, are widely viewed as just the opening move in a campaign of resistance. At the moment, the white militants appear to be a fairly small minority of the full white community which numbers about out of a total population of roughly 10 million. But during recent events it has become clear they have found broad support among large numbers of whites and it is this which holds the most danger for the peaceful future of Mozambique. The Dragons of Death, as far as can be determined, are mainly Portuguese ex- servicemen and fairly recent arrivals in Mozambique. Their political allies are members of a rightwing group known was Fico, which means literally: "I stay." But within this politi- cal hard core there are deep divisions, with one group calling for a unilateral declaration of independence similar to Rhodesia's, while others object to what they consider an undemocratic handover of government to the Frelimo liberation front by Portugal. Still others favor a con- stitutional conference, a referendum and elections to decide the next government. The growth of various splinter groups adds to the uncertain political atmosphere. SWITCH FEARED The sudden turn-around in Portuguese policy towards Mozambique has added to the insecurity and confusion among the whites. Only a few months ago, Lisbon was con- tinuing its propaganda barrage, labelling Frelimo as the advance guard of com- munism and the red or yellow peril. When Gen. Antonio de Spinola took over the Por- tuguese government last spr- ing in a coup against the former president Marcello Caetano. he gave the impres- sion of wanting to adopt a more lenient policy towards the colonies but stopped far short of independence. It was not until late July that Spinola adopted the view that the only way to end the war with Frelimo. was to negotiate on its terms and the result has been a vacuum in Mozambique's political leadership since then. What happens next, now that Spinola has granted Frelimo the right to form an independent government in Mozambique, depends largely on whether the remaining Portuguese troops in the region can deal with the in- cipient white rebellions which are widely expected. Increasingly, the army may find itself acting as a buffer between blacks and whites. How long the already- demoralized troops will be prepared to accept this role is highly uncertain. The most generally shared hope among the whites appears to be that South Africa will support them in any move against the blacks but this seems highly im- probable in view of the hos- tile international reaction it would invoke against the South Africans. In addition, South Africa hopes to maintain good rela- tions with the new black gov- ernment of Mozambique in or- der to continue important trade and other economic con- nections. In any event, Portugal's hopes for a speedy dis- entanglement from its costly war in Mozambique seem like- ly to be thwarted for some time to come. Science tracking down accident-causing drugs TORONTO (CP) Science is on the verge of tracking down the drugs and medications that may impair unsuspecting drivers, possibly causing tens of thousands of traffic deaths annually around the world, the sixth Inter- national Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety was told Wednesday. A. S. Curry, a scientist with the home office Central Re- search Establishment in Aldermaston, England, told delegates "the answers as to whether a drug affects driving Sedatives increase impairment TORONTO (CP) Drinkers with a blood-alcohol level below the legal driving level of .08 per cent can increase their impairment to an equivalent of an alcohol level of more than .10 simply by taking a sedative or an allergy remedy, a Canadian study has found. The study says the degree of impairment in 12 or 13 sub- jects tested, who had consum- ed enough alcohol to maintain a .06 blood-alcohol level, rose to the higher level of impair- ment when they took moderate doses of a common tranquilizer, a sedative, an allergy remedy and mari- juana. The study, presented Wednesday to the sixth Inter- national Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety by Dr. I. W. French of Toronto, found that impairment remained at about the same level when alcohol and codeine, an analgesic, were mixed. The impairment factor for each subject, males aged 18 to 30. was measured by a stres- salyzer. a pursuit-tracking de- vice in which the subject tries to align the cross-hairs of a pointer on a lighted target that appears on a screen in split-second intervals. In the case of marijuana, the subjects reported the greatest increase in perceived impairment, said Dr. French. performance in relation to traffic accidents is within our grasp." While alcohol is recognized as a major cause of driver im- pairment and motor-vehicle accidents, scientists have only speculated about the involve- ment of other drugs in crashes because of incomplete data. If other drugs are found to be unquestionably responsible for crashes, laws might then be introduced to prevent drivers from using them, said Mr. Curry. Recent spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques are capable of identifying drugs in urine and blood samples of subjects. In spectroscopy, a drug sample can be bombarded with electrons. The sample fragments in such a way that the characteristic pattern ob- tained enables identification of the original molecules. In gaschromatography, a sample is vaporized and the molecules are detected in- dividually by a flame ioniza- tion detector. The presence of the molecule is determined by the action of a needle- recorder on a graph. However, the impairing characteristics of some drugs vary from person to person, said Mr. Curry. Questions of their absorption by the body, and the effects of individual metabolisms, distribution systems and excretion added to the complications. It's necessary to undertake studies relating accidents to a particular drug in the same way that was done for alcohol, he said. It was not a simple task because thousands of po- tentially-impairing drugs are available either over the counter or by medical pre- scription. SCHWARTZ AGENCIES (1972) Ltd. HARRY HUDSON The Action Agency has a new member, and we're proud of it. Harry is well known in South- ern Alberta as a golfer, curler, and all around sportsman. He has worked in many service organizations to improve our community life. Harry has lived real estate since 1948. has owned an agency and has sold all kinds of properties. Experience. Service. Results. Harry and the Schwartz team sound similar, don't they? To get your re- sults call us at 329-3331. 38 BUSINESS PRODUCTS 233 31 Street North Phone 327-7917 P.O. Box 992, Lethbridge DOUBLE PEDESTAL DESK SuggMtod 3S'S PRICE Dviii StpMktr Walnut Body Walnut Laminate Top 3S BUSINESS PRODUCTS 233-31 St. North______Phone 327-7917 Blue Hue sea, Green Island White Rum, GREEN ISLAND ;