r/lel/tof$oys: The tragedy of Man: He starts off with a Country—and winds up with a Government! Transit bill is victory for Ford WASHINGTON (AP) - In a victory for President Ford, the House has voted to cut a $20 billion mass transit bill to the $11 billion he requested. The House passed the bill Tuesday 324 to 92, after the funding authorization was reduced by a 257-155 vote. The bill would authorize the first federal operating subsidies to hard-pinched mass transit systems, as well as money for buying new equipment. Similar bills are pending in the Senate. Ford consistently had opposed operating subsidies as a congressman but told mayors during his first days in office last week that he would take a broader view as President. However, he warned the House through his congressional supporters that he wanted the bill cut nearly in half to help him reduce the federal budget and thereby fight inflation. When Democrats tried to keep funding at the $15.8 billion level, Republicans led by Rep. William H. Harsha, R-Ohio, offered the lower figure and the House accepted it. The House also deleted a section of the bill which the American Automobile Association said was a long-sought goal of the trucking industry to permit heavier and longer trucks on the nation's highways. The amendment to knock it off the bill, offered by Rep. Edward I. Koch, D-N.Y., passed 259 to 159. Supporters of the original proposal argued it was to compensate for trucks being penalized by federally imposed speed limits of 55 miles per hour. Mass transit funds would be allocated by four categories based on need.. The largest—$5.9 billion- would provide funds for cities with existing subway or fixed- rail systems or those under construction. Nine cities now are eligible: Boston, Chicago, (Continued on Page Two) Quick action promised on nomination WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Mike Mansfield promised quick action today on Nelson A. Rockefeller's nomination to be vice president. Mansfield told reporters every effort would be made "to get it done before we go out in October." With overwhelming praise except from some longstanding Republican foes, Rockefeller's confirmation by Congress is virtually assured, but there is some question about how long it will take. Congress plans to meet only about six more weeks between now and November. Congress is scheduled to begin a Labor Day recess Thursday and is tentatively scheduled to recess again in October for re-election campaigning. Chairman of both House and Senate confirmation committees declined Tuesday to set any target date and House Judiciary Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., did not rule out confirmation after the November elections. "I'm not going to set any timetable except whatever timetable is necessary for thorough and responsible consideration," Rodino said. Rodino and Senate Rules Committee Chairman Howard W. Cannon, D-Nev., set confirmation machinery, including requests for a full FBI investigation, in motion immediately after President Ford named Rockefeller his nominee. Both chairmen said a major question is how long it will take to investigate Rockefeller's multimillion dollar financial holdings to see whether there are any conflicts of interest. Rockefeller flew into Washington in his own plane Tuesday morning to accept the nomination. Hope Hempsteod County- Home of the Bowie Knife Star VOL. 75—No, 264 —12 Pages Member of the Associated Press Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features HOPE, ARK A NsAsf WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21,1974 Av. net paid circulation 3 months ending March 31,1974—4,080 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to nudlt. PRICE lOc Former sheriff Pusser killed in auto accident SELMER, Tenn. (AP) - Bu- iord Pusser, the former sheriff of McNairy County whose ex- jloits were made into the motion picture "Walking Tall," was killed early today in an automobile accident, authorities said. McNairy County Deputy Sheriff J. 0. Dickey said Pusser was killed when his car ran off U.S. Highway 64 and hit an embankment. Dickey said Pusser was thrown clear of the car and killed instantly. State patrolmen said there was no sign of foul play. Pusser was the target of killers seven times during his six- year tenure as sheriff, which ended four years. He was wounded several times and his to to wife was killed. Pusser had just agreed play himself in a sequel "Walking Tall," which was to have been called "Buford." Filming had been scheduled to start Sept. 20 near Jackson, Tenn. He told newsmen Tuesday in Memphis that the new movie would be a Bing Crosby productions project budgeted at $2 million. It had been scheduled for release in March. He said he had a 7 per cent interest in the film and also would receive $75,000. Bing Crosby Productions said Pusser had agreed to star in the film after a screen test in Hollywood. Joe Don Baker played Pusser in "Walking Tall." Ford plans to sign education bill today BUFORD Sugar refiners rake in profit NEW YORK (AP) - The profits of sugar refiners have jumped to record levels while the price of sugar in the supermarket has soared in a year from 79 cents to $2 for a five- pound bag. Refiners say crop failures in recent years have stimulated world bidding for the scarce commodity. And the United States, which imports more than half its sugar from Latin America, the Philippines and other foreign sources, is in the competition. Thejr also say the tight supply situation has given them the opportunity to raise their profit margins on the once- abundant but low-profit item. Amstar Corp., the nation's largest sugar refiner with more than $1 billion in annual sales, reported a 110 per cent in- crease in annual profits to $31.4 million for the year ending June 30. In the fourth quarter alone, Amstar's profits were $15.2 million, compared with $5.9 million the previous quarter and with $5.2 million for the previous year. Sucrest Corp., which last reported profits for the quarter ended March 31, showed earnings of $758,000 for that quarter, compared with a deficit of $61,000 for the same quarter of 1973. Holly Sugar Corp., which reports profits only on a yearjy basis to Feb. 28, said profits last year rose to $5,3 million from $2.6 million in 1973. Sales last year were $111.7 million. In the first quarter of this year, Holly Sugar's sales reached $60.4 million, more than half of the previous year's total. The company would not say what its quarterly profits were. "The cost of raw sugar is more than 80 per cent of today's refined sugar prices, and that price has risen from 12 cents a pound last year to more than 32 cents a pound today," said an Amstar spokesman. Amstar and other sugar companies say poor crops in Russia and Cuba in recent years and in Western Europe and the United States this year have aggravated the world supply and sent prices up sharply. "In recent months, prices have been sent further up by persistent buying of available supplies by the dollar rich Arab countries, and also by inflation," the Amstar spokesman said. July living costs show rise WASHINGTON (AP) - The cost of living rose eight-tenths of a per cent in July despite an easing in the increase in food prices, the government said today. The July report marked only the second time this year the monthly increase in the government's Consumer Price Index has been less than 1 per cent. The July increase would amount to an annual rate of inflation of 9.6 per cent, still ahead of last year's 8.8 per cent inflation rate. Prices as of July 31 were 11.8 per cent higher than in July 1973, the government said. That is the biggest 12-month jumped since the year ending September 1947, when the increase was 12.6 per cent. The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said, however, workers managed to gain ground last month in their race with inflation. Spendable earnings, after taking account for inflation, moved up by two-tenths of 1 per cent. But since it was only the second monthly increase this year, real spendable earnings were 5.3 per cent less than a year earlier. The major factors pushing up prices in July the department said, were higher interests costs for home buyers and higher prices on cars, medical care and restaurant meals. The increase in prices for regular gasoline showed from six-tenths of a penny in June to a two-tenths of a cent jump in July. The latest national average price worked out to 55.8 cents a gallon. Food prices actually rose by one-tenth of one per cent. But because they usually rise much more in July, the Labor Department adjusted the change for seasonal variation. The result was a four-tenths of one per cent drop as far as the government's index is concerned. The price of beef, dairy products, eggs and fresh fruits, which normally rise in July, declined. Grocery store prices increased on poultry, pork, sugar and sweets and cereal and bakery products. However, the food price sluggishness in July did not reflect healthy increases already working their way up to the grocery store level. The government had reported earlier this month a whopping 6.4 per cent increase in prices for food and farm products at the wholesale level. This rise is expected to work its way to the consumer level over the next few months. WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford plans to sign today a $25 billion education bill extending Great Society school aid programs and imposing new busing urbs. Ford scheduled a trip across town for a 2 p.m. EDT public ceremony at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. In what was reviewed as a peace-making gesture, major education organizations were invited to witness the bill signing. Many had battled with former President Richard M. Nixon over his not infrequent vetoes of education money bills. Ford, who has labeled inflation "public enemy No. 1," already has warned Congress against spending at levels authorized in the new bill through 1978. But he told a joint session of Congress on Aug. 12 that his reservations about the measure "fade in comparison to the urgent needs of America for quality education." In implementing its provisions, however, Ford said he will "oppose excessive funding during this inflationary crisis." The bill authorizes $7.2 billion next year alone. A compromise between the House and Senate versions prohibits federal courts from ordering the busing of a child beyond the closest or next-closest school to achieve desegregation, unless necessary to protect the constitutional rights . of minority children. A House provision requiring courts to reopen desegregation cases which called for longer bus rides was dropped. Fashioned during two years of tough wrangling in Congress, the bill builds upon the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act which pumped billions of federal dollars into schools across the country to help poor and black kids catch up in the classroom. In a basic departure, the new bill revises the formula for distributing funds for the educationally disadvantaged, giving Schools schedule shortened The Hope public shcools will again follow a short schedule next week. School will begin at the regular time in the morning and will dismiss at 11:30 daily. A regular schedule will be followed after the Labor Day holiday. proportionately more to rural and suburban areas at the expense of big cities. The bill also protects the privacy of childrens' school records from inspection by credit bureaus, prospective employers and police without a subpoena, but gives parents and pupils access to the records and a chance to correct errors. The toughest negotiations in- volved selection of a new formula to distribute $1.9 billion a year for the compensatory education of six million children in 14,000 school districts. Congress finally adopted a poverty standard of $4,250 a year based upon 1970 census data, and threw out the old formula which made any child eligible if the family earned less than $2,000 a year or was on welfare. Bombing suspect is taken into custody The Washington School District will continue to operate on a short schedule for the first two weeks. Labor Day will be a holiday. Full day schedule will start Tuesday, Sept. 3. LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Yugoslavian immigrant with a record of sex offenses has been arrested for investigation of murder, and police say he is the "alphabet bomber" whose deadly charges have killed three persons. Police and the FBI said Muharem Kurbegovic, 31, was taken into custody on Tuesday night after he planted a tape recording in a trash can in a rest room at a Hollywood takeout restaurant. They said Kurbegovic was the man who identified himself in telephone calls and other tape recordings as "Issac Rasim," military leader of an organization he called Aliens of America. He was called the alphabet bomber after threatening 'to spell out the group's name "in blood" unless immigration and sex laws were repealed. William A. Sullivan, assistant director of the FBI in charge of the Ixis Angeles office, said Kurbegovic was apparently acting alone and "at this time it would be my opinion that there is no such group as the Aliens of America." Police said Kurbegovic, who had been employed until this week at a blueprint company in Los Angeles, was unarmed and offered no resistance when he was arrested. Kurbegovic, who has light, curly, short hair, was marched past newsmen at police headquarters and booked in connection with an Aug. 6 blast at Los Angeles International Airport that killed three persons and injured 35. Last Friday night, in response to a warning from the man who called himself Isaac Rasim, police found a 25-pound bomb planted in a locker in a downtown bus station. The device was disarmed. After Kurbegovic's arrest, police aided by bomb-sniffing dogs searched his Hollywood apartment and hauled away what they described as a large cache of chemicals and explosives. They said the haul included numerous bottles of clear liq- uids, several cans of gunpowder, a large spool of electrical wire, a cassette tape recorder, a gas mask and a number of books on how to make bombs. Police would not say what the clear liquid was, but they said all of the material found could be used in making a large quantity of powerful explosives. Sullivan said it was not known where the explosives were obtained. A police spokesman said plainclothes officers and FBI agents had been following Kur- begovic for more than 18 hours before his arrest at the restaurant, Carl's Jr. Witnesses at the restaurant described him as "mild looking." He was dressed casually. Witnesses at the restaurant described him as "mild looking." Tim Rios, 26, night manager at Carl's Jr., said the man ran in through a side door, followed by armed plain-clothes- men. He said the man was brought out of the restaurant handcuffed after what appeared to be a brief struggle. Sullivan said the Immigration Service sifted the records of aliens living in the Los Angles area, while police searched their records for aliens with records of sex offenses. He said Kurbegovic was an alien with such a record, although Sullivan declined to give any details. Kurbegovic has been a resident alien in the United States since 1967, Sullivan said. Sullivan said the tape found Tuesday night when Kurbegov- ic was arrested "reiterated political philosophy" espoused earlier by Rasim. The latest tape did not contain a bomb threat, Sullivan said. Miss your paper? City Subscribers: If you fail to receive your Star please phone 777-3431 between 6 and 6:30 p.m.—Saturday before or by 5 p.m. and a carrier will deliver your paper. Turkey ready to negotiate By The Associated Press Turkish Premier Bulent Ece- vit said today Turkey is ready to negotiate "reasonable" changes in the demarcation line carved out by Turkish forces on Cyprus, and that he is "more optimistic than before that Cyprus negotiations can start again." He said he and British Ambassador Sir Horace Philips met for 45 minutes in Ankara and discussed possibilities for restarting the talks and that Britain is contacting all the parties involved. Ecevit told newsmen he is willing to meet with Greek Premier Constantino • Caramanlis "anywhere, anytime." Ecevil said Turkey has made an open call to all parties —Greek Cypriots, Greece and Britain—for immediate negotiations on a Cyprus settlement. "Until the final status is settled chaos will reign on the island," he said. "The Greek Cypriots will suffer from this at least as much, in fact more than the Turks." Ecevit said there is an absolute need for separate areas for the Greek and Turkish Cypriots because of ethnic, religious and cultural differences. "There is no concept of a Cyprus nation on either side. No one can speak of a Cypriot nation. If they live separately but side by side they will find the possibility of an agreement," he said. Spending cut moves praised FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Bill Clinton of Fayetteville, a congressional candidate, Tuesday praised Arkansas' two U.S. senators for the recent anti-inflationary actions by their Senate committees. A subcommitee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, headed by Sen. John L. McClellan, recommended cutting $5.59 billion from the military budget request, "I know Senator McClellan's cuts are realistic in view of the ending of the Vietnam War and the troubled state of our economy," Clinton said. He said that if the amendments become law they will be the most substantial contribution to the fight against inflation this year. Clinton also praised Sen. J. Wm Fulbright, whose Foreign Relations Committee has approved a $775 million reduction in foreign aid spending. Clinton, the Democratic nominee for the 3rd District, said, "We should not be asking the taxpayers...to keep on trying to buy foreign friends while we are pressed at home by ruinious inflation and the continuing need to finance improvements in health care, education and other domestic programs here at home." GM plans partial rollback DETROIT (AP) — General Motors announced today that in respone to a request by President Ford it will partially roll back a planned price increase for 1975 cars. GM said it would reduce the scheduled increase by an average $54 from the previously announced figure. The auto maker's action had been predicted by the Detroit Free Press in a dispatch from its Washington bureau. The newspaper said the President had indicated the move was coming when he conferred at the White House with leaders from the House and Senate. GM chairman Richard C. Gerstenberg said the nation's largest industrial firm was implementing the rollback in re- sponse to "President Ford's appeal to all segments of the American public to help fight inflation." GM, the auto industry's acknowledged pricing leader, had announced that prices of its 1975vehtcles would be going up by nearly 10 per cent, or an average $500 per vehicle. The figure included $480 in the base price plus $15 to $20 for shipping costs. With the rollback, the increase would be just short of 9 per cent, or slightly more than $440 on the average. In addition, 1975 prices will include an. average $130 increase for antipollution equipment, primarily for the catayl- lic converter, Gerstenberg said. He added the price for the emissions devices includes no profit markup. One source reported GM and Ford economic adviser Kenneth Rush had been negotiating a rollback, the Free Press said. The size of the expected change was not reported. The auto giant announced earlier it would raise prices an average of $500 per unit, or about 10 per cent, to combat rising costs. Shortly after taking office, the President criticized GM for the increase and said he hoped other auto makers would not follow suit. Chrysler and American Motors have been silent. Ford Motor Co. said it would boost prices by about 8 per cent, then said Tuesday that figure could climb. Tl'RKEY IS READY to negotiate changes in the demarcation line carved out by its forces on Cyprus, Turkish Premier Ecevit said Wednesday. The Turks now control more than one-third of the island in the northeast. The boundary runs roughly from Lefka in the west to the main port of Famagusta in the east.
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