Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on August 23, 1974 · Page 14
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Hope, Arkansas
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Friday, August 23, 1974
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Fage MOPE (ARK.) StAK Friday, August 23, 11974 Medical complex planned east of Holiday Inn Japan opens to female authority *• «.. nifeuvcui Arirfiri* «n, a nn« 0 hH«o ic thore fof to- bfivate company," said W At the registration counter of Holiday Inn Brothers held for drug theft FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Terry Mischanko, 30, and his brother, Freddie Mischanko, 25, both of Kansas City, were charged with burglary and grand larceny here Thursday. Pros. Atty. Charles Karr of Fort Smith said police arrested the two men inside the Prince Drug Store after a burglar alarm went off. He said a pillow case, containing narcotics taken from the store, was confiscated by officers. Karr also charged the two with the habitual criminal act in Sebastian County Circuit Court. Bond was set at $50,000 each. By BARRY SHLACHTEIt TOKYO (AP) — Can a woman succeed as a police officer in male chauvinist japan? Apparently^ yes. Japanese women, those so- called fragile, flower-like cfea- tures who for generations obediently shuffled several steps behind men, are today collaring smugglers and pickpockets and having illegally parked cars hauled away. They're doing it and without abuse — oral or otherwise — from the male population of Tokyo. In fact, stated the city's top woman cop, Inspector Fumiko Niki, "there are a number of police duties women perform better than men." Dressed In trim, miniskirted uniforms, Tokyo's women in blue can be seen every day directing traffic and lost pedestrians or buzzing about town in super-compact patrol cars. Most are in traffic control, others staff the police emergency "110" phone line — "because their voices carry better" — the juvenile delinquency and the criminal investigation sections. In all, there are about 1,440 female police officers in Tokyo, compared to New York's 700. And there would be more if there were room: 1,300 women took exams last year for 200 openings. "I've always had a yearning to be in the police," said officer Hitomi Ebina, 23, as she maneuvered "minipatrol car No. 2" down a street crowded with illegally parked automobiles. Officer Ebina and her partner, both petite and attractive, would lean out of the window every few yards with a telescoping chalk marker to scratch "15 minutes" on the pavement alongisde the cars. _A tow truck is radioed for as they round the block. A quarter of an hour later, back where they began, an officer worker approaches them to apologize. His station wagon is about to be taken away by the towing crew. Officer Ebina, cool and unruffled by the man now towering over her, orders the car released and hands him an $18 ticket. "I never rip up a ticket," she explained later. What incentive is there fof day's fragile flowers to put aside kimono and 46fi of blue jeans and sneakers and slip into a patf olwoman's uniform? For one thing, exceptionally, good pay for a woman in Japan. Officer Ebina each month takes home about twice the national average salary for someone of her age and educational background. Starting police officers with a high school diploma earned $378 a month in Tokyo. The national average pay for a worn* an with the same education is only about $195. While Japan still maintains severe — by Western standards — social and legal discrimination against women, police work is one of the few fields offering a semblance of equality with men, particularly in the pay and promotions department. "When I joined the force 15 years ago, policewomen were still obliged to serve male officers tea and wipe off their desks each morning," said assistant inspector Kuniko Miyagawa, 39. "Now they no longer think of us as women — just another cop," said Miss Miyagawa, a handsome woman who has been commended more than a dozen times for nabbing gold smugglers and shoplifters as well as for her work with juvenile delinquents. Today Miss Miyagawa heads the traffic control section at Tokyo's Atago police station, and she sees room for improvement. "My big complaint is that the station house is filthy and that we must share the same lavatory with men. This place is pretty old, so I suppose it can't be helped," she said. And job discrimination remains. "If things were perfect, there would be women in all sections of the police department," she said. Women officers are kept from dangerous assignments, such as riot control, have no night duty and don't carry revolvers. They're unarmed, but no easy pushovers. Each is trained in at least one Japanese martial art and given instruction in tlie uae oi llieanns. "As a single woman, I feel freer than I would working in a private company," said Miss Miyagawa. "We are more at liberty to date without fear of gossip." Before she graduated from a Buddhist college, Miss Miyagawa had thought of a teaching career. Instead she became a "When I entered the force, Tokyo had a serious juvenile delinquency problem. 1 thought police workjwmld bejhe most effective way to solve it," she said. The juvenile section was the only branch open to women 28 years ago when they were first recruited as officers. Among the 63 women joining in 1946 was Mrs. Fumiko Niki, 54, who became a widow in the war and had a family to support. Women police officers have since proved their worth and gradually traditional barriers have come down, said Mrs. Niki, today an inspector and ranking policewoman in Tokyo. WITH THESE ANIMALS I THEE WED UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - With chimpanzees for spectators, and a lone crow screeching overhead, Robert Shirley and Linda Ravenscroft were married — at the Utica Zoo. Shirley, 22, is a fulltime zookeeper and his 20-year-old bride is assistant supervisor of the children's zoo. The Unitarian ceremony was held on a July Saturday night on a grassy area between the zoo's Main Building and the Fe- llne and Primate Building. The bird entered from the Main Building's World of Wildlife section. "It was mostly Linda's idea," the bridegroom said of the unusual setting. "But we both wanted an outdoor wedding." Shirley is a June graduate of Cornell University and his bride, formerly of Middleburg, N.Y. graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College. They met 15 months ago at the zoo where they were coworkers. The star of Asia, weighing 330 carats, is one of the finest star sapphires in the world, with a strong, sharply defined, six-rayed star. It is in the gem collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Left to right: Toni Colten, Innkeeper Noel Parsons, and Phyllis Goodner. Council stands behind building program LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Legislative Council refused Thursday to rescind its approval of the state Public Building Authority's $74.4 million construction program for new state office buildings. The motion to expunge the council's Aug. 1 approval of the program failed 10 to 19. State law requires the council to approve the program before the PBA can begin con true tion. Since the Aug. 1 vote, the PBA has been criticized by some council members — especially Reps. Thomas E. Sparks of Fordyce and L. L. "Doc" Bryan of Russellville. Sparks offered the motion to expunge Thursday. Sparks charged that the council was not discharging its responsibilities. He said that by allowing the PBA to go ahead with the project the council had "rolled over and played dead" in its responsibility to the legislature and the public. Sparks said the PBA naa no experience in construction matters and had held no public hearings on the matter. Therefore, he said no one outside the PBA or the council had had a chance to be heard. Sparks said the best thing the council could do would be to ask for public hearings to allow opponents of the plan to be heard. Henry then moved that the public hearings be conducted but that motion also failed. Jack Morgan of England, PBA chairman, said after the vote that he was pleased with the result. He said that more than $4 million in contracts had been let on the project since the PBA was given council approval for the project. In other action Thursday, the council voted to support a PBA recommendation not to buy First National Bank and other properties in downtown Little Rock to house the state Employment Security Division. A PBA spokesman told the council that acquisition of the buildings would involve too great a cost and would necessi- tate renovation and additional parking spaces. He said lawsuits might result since the land on which the bank is located is owned by four different companies. Woman slain in robbery CROSSETT, Ark. (AP) — A hopsital spokesman said here Thursday that an autopsy would be performed on Lera Harville, 69, of near Crossett who died in a local hospital after being stabbed during a robbery at a grocery store. Grover Cleveland Williams, 14, of Grayson, La., was being held at the Ashley County jail on charges of assault with in- tent to kill and annea robbery in connection with the incident. Following Mrs. Harville's death, Authorities said Thurs, day that no change had been made in the charges against Williams. The youth allegedly stabbed Mrs. Harville six times as she worked alone in the Flemming Grocery store on U.S. 82. ANDBESJ mm TO HOLIDAY INN We are prowd fo have had g part in the butting of this beautiful building" ARKANSAS THENEW ' ' " HOLIDAY INN HWY 4 NORTH AND 1-30 We are proud to have been a part of their new building structure, • Steel Fabrication 9 Steel erection Steel Structural ^?*J> Steel reinforcing 774-6131 "qFXX^ P.O. BOX 1261 CARPENTER COMPANY OFFICE PUNT W |Mf SI TDURKANA, ARK 203 PRINCE ST. TO THENEW Holiday Inn IT WASAPLEASURE TOHAVEBEEN THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR ON THIS PROJECT WISHING THEM A MOST SUCCESSFUL OPERATION TRI-STATES BUILDING CO, INC. WILUAM S, JAMES JR., PRESIDENT TEXARKANA,TEXAS P.O. BOX 1351 1323 SPRUCE PHONE 792-1861

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