Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 2, 1974 · Page 5
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Monday, September 2, 19/4 IWi'fc (ARK.) STAK Page Five Miss Colorado poses in 'customary attire' 126-pound melon to President Ford PaHCttke time drttWS HGOT ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (At 3 ) — The Miss America Pageant, a bastion of fashion formality, has had a glimpse of a contemporary American dress. Miss Colorado, Cynthia Staff Hunter, posed for photogra* phers oh the beach Sunday in a halter top and cut-off jeans. The 23-year-old brunette from Denver said she was wearing customary beach attire. None of the other eight beauty queens oh the brief beach excursion wore anything more revealing than a dress. Most wore pants. But support for Miss Hunter's cut-offs appeared to be waiting in the wings. Miss Louisiana, Libby Lovejoy, 21, of Sulphur, said she brought her cut-offs along with a bikini, but didn't know whether she would get a chance to wear either. Miss New Jersey, Elizabeth Ann Bracken, 21, says she brought a pair of her jeans. Albert A. Marks Jr., who runs the pageant, was sur- prised when informed about Miss Colorado's appearance in cut-offs. "Frilly threads and all?" he asked. But Marks added, "if a girl thinks she looks good and presentable in cut-off jeans, she can wear them. How a girl dresses is up to her, not us." Marks sparked a controversy at the 1972 pageant when he banned hot pants. After some howls of protest, that fashion flash-in-the-pan was allowed again. The week-long pageant officially gets under way Labor Day. Three nights of preliminaries begin Wednesday in Convention Hall, and the finals will be staged Saturday night. The 50 state queens, who began trickling in Thursday and Friday, arrived in a torrent Saturday and Sunday. Miss Michigan, Susan Lillian Short of Kalamazoo, was the last to reach town Sunday evening. Another record year for murder capital? By DOUG STONE Associated Press Writer MEMPHIS, Term. (AP) — Memphis, known in the '30s as "the murder capital of the world," may be headed for another record year for homicides, despite earlier optimism by police that the trend was declining. "The last two weeks, they (murders) have been going bananas," said Police Director Jay W. Hubbard. "It's the customary pattern for the most part—people who know each other killing each other." Memphis counted a record 167 homicides in 1973. As of Sunday, there have been 102 this year. On the basis of figures for the early months, police had predicted a 1974 downturn in the number of murders. They are reassessing the position after being barraged by 20 slayings in August, • "They were down," said Hubbard, "and where we had a comfortable decline before, it looks like somebody is racing to catch up now. It's predictable to the extent that you know you always are going to have unexplained surges in homicides that bear no apparent relationship to national factors, such as the weather, the discomfort index, any economic conditions." Hubbard said police have not determined a way to prevent murders. "Homicides that are connected with armed robbery, burglary, assaults—those I think are the kind of killings we can help deter," he said. "But it you locked every family up securely in their homes, you'd still have some homicides. That's the nature of that type of crime. It's very frustrating." Capt. Tommy Smith, who heads the 15-member Homicide Bureau, said his men are working to capacity. He said this has been the second highest August for murders in the city's history. One of the latest slayings requiring an extensive investigation is that of William F. Underhill, 48, a Louisville, Ky., businessman who was missing for five days and whose b'ound and gagged body was discovered last week in a vacant lot at Senatobia, Miss. Smith said Memphis police are working with Mississippi authorities to determine where Underbill was slain and the circumstances of his death, which so far has not been added to the Memphis statistics. Underbill, a representative of a grocery brokerage, was last seen at his job assisting a Memphis supermarket in preparing for a grand opening. An autopsy showed Underbill, who had heart and respiratory ailments, died of strangulation caused by the gag, which had been looped around his head and tied under his chin. His car and some other belongings have not been found. "The only thing I feel would prevent homicide would be a guaranteed death penalty for killing somebody," Hubbard said. "If someone thought, 'Look, if I kill somebody, I'm going to endmp dead,' it might slow it down." Hubbard also deplored the availability of guns. "Everybody who wants a gun has one and we deal with the results of that wide open uncontrolled distribution," he said. Hubbard said Memphis has always had a high murder rate, dating back to the days when it was a brawling river town. Smith, who has spent 12 years investigating homicides, said one of the record years was 1935, when Memphis led the nation in murders and gained the title "murder capital of the world." Smith said the title was unfair, since at that time Memphis received numbers of victims from adjoining counties and states who died in Memphis hospitals and were counted in the Memphis murder toll. The system has changed. "I'd hate to count the ones from out of state who come here now and die," Smith said. He said while August was a heavy month, it still did not equal May of 1973, when there were 24 homicides. Smith said it was in that month that six slayings were recorded in a single day when a man became crazed, shot four persons on the street and a policeman answering the shooting call, then was slain himself by other police, adding six deaths to the count in a single day. 'Drag'fans charged CLERMONT, Ind. (AP) More than 70 drag racing fans have been charged with a variety of offenses after smashing windshields of police cars and hurling beer bottles at troopers who ordered them off a highway, authorities said. The melee Sunday night was finally broken up with tear gas, police said. At least two persons were treated at Hendricks County Memorial Hospital in nearby Danville for minor injuries. Police said 2,000 fans attending the National Hot Rod Association U.S. Nationals at Raceway Park blocked U.S. .136near the track and then scuffled with officers who ordered them off. Most were charged with public drunkenness, intimidating officers or disorderly conduct. "They were stopping cars and causing disturbances," said stale police Sgt. Samuel Kruse. They threw beer bottles, rocks and clods of dirt at cars on U.S. 136 and at troopers." Kruse said approximately 50 state policemen had been stationed at Raceway Park in this Indianapolis suburb since the races started Friday. "Several of our men got hit by beer bottles and were ineffective, so we started using tear gas," Kruse said. ••This is the normal thing," said state police Sgt. Ted Settle said. "We've been contending with this for years: Thousands come here feelir.g they can lose their identity and do anything they please." Futurity will be today RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. (AP) — The winner of today's 16th running of the $1.03 million All-American futurity takes home about $15,000 per second for a 440-yard jaunt at what is billed as the world's richest horse race. The winner's purse for the approximately 22-second performance is $330,000. The second-place finisher pockets $138,000, and the prizes scale down to $27,000 for the last horse in. The race for 2-year-old quarter horses, which has drawn upwards of 15,000 persons to this little ski-resort village in southern New Mexico, was scheduled to get under way at 5:30 p.m. (MDT). It was being televised coast-to-coast by the —Clyde Davis photo Pictured above, Mitchell LaGrone, president, Citizens National Bank of Hope; Ivan Bright, champion grower; Bill Butler, president, Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce and vice-president of Citizens National Bank. The Citizens National Bank of Hope has sent President Gerald Ford a giant 126-pound watermelon purchased from last year's winner of the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Big Watermelon Contest, Ivan Bright. The 126-pound monster was shipped air-freight to the office of Congressman Ray Thornton to be delivered to the White House on Tuesday, September 3. All-American Network, based in Topeka, Kan. John Colville of Paramount, Calif., owner of the prerace favorite Tiny's Gay, predicted his colt would be the first to win all three jewels in the quarter horse triple crown. Tiny's Gay captured the $358,705 Kansas Futurity June 23 and the $301,560 Rainbow Futurity Aug. 4, which, with the All-American Futurity, make up the triple crown of the quarter horse world. Tiny's Gay drew the No. 5 post. Easy Six, owned by S.B. Burnett Estate of Fort Worth, Tex., was top qualifier in the Aug. 23 trial heats in which 209 horses competed in 21 races for a crack at the All-American Futurity. Easy Six, son of the 1969 All-American Futurity king Easy Jet, posted 21.60 seconds. Arab conference delayed By The Associated Press The Arab states have delayed their next summit conference until late October to give King Hussein of Jordan and the Palestinian guerrillas more time to resolve their dispute over who represents the Palestinian people. Foreign ministers or ambassadors representing 20 Arab nations decided Sunday at the opening of a three-day conference in Cairo to hold the summit on Oct. 26 in Rabat, Morocco. It had been scheduled to begin on Tuesday. The postponement was requested by Hussein, who con- tends that his government should represent Palestinians living in Jordan and the Israeli- occupied West Bank in peace negotiations with Israel. However, the Palestine Liberation Organization claims that it is the representative of all of the 2% million Palestinians living both in and outside of Jordan. Egypt and Saudi Arabia favored the postponement. They want the Palestinian issue resolved so that the summit meeting can be devoted to formulating a united stand for the next phase of the Geneva peace talks with Israel. In Amman, Jordanian Pre- BACK SEAT DRIVING could cause considerable catastrophe in a case like this, so Pope>e keeps his poodle mouth shut, (.'ycler in Olean, N.V . is Linnea Marra, 1U. mier Zeid Rifai said the king's 1 recent talks with President Ford and Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger in Washington "yielded positive results" toward a pullback of Israeli troops from the Jordan River. But Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin said on Saturday that there would be no withdrawal "without significant progress toward peace." Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy told the Cairo meeting that his government is continuing its preparations for war, because "the war is not over yet. "If Israel challenges the world's desire for peace, then we have no choice but to take the path we did last October," he said. Elsewhere in the Middle East: Libya's Revolutionary Command Council paraded its expanded stock of Soviet and French military equipment Sunday in Tripoli to mark the fifth anniversary of the coup that ousted King Idris and brought Col. Moammar Khada- fy to power. Syrian Premier Mahmoud Ayoubi reshuffled his cabinet, bringing seven new ministers into the government. A government spokesman said the change had no bearing on foreign policy, and the ministers of defense, foreign affairs, interior and economy were all retained. The Greek Catholic archbishop of Jerusalem, Msgr. Hilarion Capudji, was ordered held for another 12 days in a Tel Aviv jail on charges of smuggling arms to Arab terrorists. He was arrested Aug. 18. Israel announced the retirement of Maj. Gen. Zvi Zamar as chief of security and intelligence and said his replacement had been appointed. The identity of the intelligence chief is an official secret until the end of his term. Zamir, 49, had held the post for six years. The government also is seeking an order to halt further production and sale of the light. Some 186,000 have been sold for about $1.50 each, and the government has attributed the accidental electrocution of a Florida man to the appliance. The A.K. Electric light bears no brand name or other identifying mark to distinguish it from other trouble lights. Kiwanians are now selling tickets for their annual pancake supper to be held Friday, September 6, at the high school cafeteria from 5 to 7:30 p.m. just before the Bobcats football season opener with Ashdown. This is one of two major fund raising efforts of the local Kiwanis Club for their youth programs. Profits from the annual pancake supper and variety show are used in their entirety for the youth of the community and Kiwanis work with the elderly through the Golden Age Club. Through the years area citizens have supported these programs, enabling the Kiwanis Club to provide such things as K Park and Key Field at Fair Park, assistance to the city park program, work with underprivileged children, and outings and entertainment for members of the Golden Age Club. All Kiwanians have tickets for sale to their annual pancake supper. Enjoy a well-prepared meal served by friendly Kiwanians, and then attend the Bobcat-Ashdown football game Friday night. Tourists easy prey for thieves SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — Most of San Francisco's summer visitors come to see the Golden Gate Bridge, lour Fisherman's Wharf and visit other famous landmarks. But a few spend their time indoors, stealing thousands of dollars in cash and other belongings from the tourists. They are well-dressed, professional burglars who frequent major hotels in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Miami, Ix)s Vegas, Los Angeles and Honolulu, says police inspector Robert Kane. They are believed responsible for about 150 burglaries during Ihe pasl three months in this city's 25 largest hotels, Kane said. Losses, mostly in jewelry, travelers checks and cash, average about $2,000 for each burglary, he said. "They're pretty cool," Kane said. "They don't use violence. They're usually well-dressed and sort of blend into the background. "The sad fact is lhat the marks identify themselves for the thief by flashing too much jewelry or displaying too much money," he added. Some hotel burglars read society and gossip columns religiously to keep track of the travels of rich and prominent persons. Others are skilled locksmiths who sometimes renl a room, remove their own lock, replace it with a dummy lock .then disassemble the lock to fashion a pass key. "If the thief doen't have a pass key which he has made himself or perhaps bought from another thief, he sometimes simply walks up to the holel desk and asks for the key by the room number," Kane says. "Key control is a buill in hazard of Ihe holel business. Lining up for pancakes Klan is coming back strong, says Dragon STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP— The white-robed young man looked down at a crowd of about 250 persons—most of them also robed—and told them the Ku Klux Klan "is rising again from the ashes." David Duke, at 23 the youngest grand dragon in Klan history, was addressing the annual I^abor Day weekend rally of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Saturday night. "The Klan today is experiencing the greatest growth in history. In high schools, colleges, factories, everywhere people are realizing that the Klan is the only answer for America," said Duke, who lives in Baton Rouge, La. "Save this country for the while race who this country was built for," he pleaded. Speaker after speaker expressed similar ideas to Klansmen and their families who traveled Iron) as far as Ohio and Texas for the rally. The imperial Wizard of the National Knights, Stone Mountain lawyer James K. Venable, introduced the speakers and moderated activities. The speaking went on for an hour and a half. Then came the highlight of the evening for the crowd—the ceremonial lighting of a .'tO-foot cross wrapped in gasoline-soaked burlap. With television lights illumi- nating the scene, Klansmen lit the cross and a recording of Tennessee Ernie Ford singing "The Old Rugged Cross" boomed from loudspeakers. Confederate flag license plates were plentiful in the parking lot along with regular license plates from states including Texas, Alabama, Ohio, North and South Carolina and Florida as well as Georgia. The annual rally has taken place at a site at the base of Stone Mountain for the past 45 years. 3 percent disapprove PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Only three per cent of the American public disapproves of the way President Ford has taken over leadership of the nation, according to the latest Gallup Poll. In interviews conducted between Aug. 16 and 19, 71 per cent of the 1,590 adults inter^ viewed said they approved of Ford's performance and 26 per cent were undecided. Three per cent disapproved. Those interviewed were asked, "Do you approve or disapprove of the way Gerald R. Ford is handing his job as President?" "Risk management recognizes that no two people are alike and that no single insurance policy covers every client's needs. In short, risk management enables is to offer you the skills and techniques necessary to match specific insurance coverages with your individual needs." George Frazier ANDtKSON-FRAZlER A<_.U\CV ii\C Insurance Corner - Second & Main P. O Box 489 Hope, Arkansas 71801

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