Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 20, 1974 · Page 7
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Hope, Arkansas
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Friday, September 20, 1974
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Friday, September 20, inf4 HOPE < ARK,) Sf AR Page Seveft Exam reveals Walker died of head injuries ci \A/hHH Suit seeks reinstatement of black students &*VV*JM__ Limi ftdCK (AP) - A North Little to* Munich racially divisive and explosive; refused u> alter the condi NORT M LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Robert Walkef; 25, of North Uttle Rock died Saturday of in* ternal head injufies caused by his having been struck oft the head father than apparent natural causes as It had been thought, city police said Thuf s- day. Sgt. Joe May of the North Little Rock Police Department said Thursday that an autopsy at the state medical examiner's office concluded that Walker had died of subdural hema- toma. This, in effect, was Internal bleeding in the head. Death by such causes sometimes occurs several hours after the victim has been struck. Walker was picked up at 8:10 p.m. Friday by a patrolman who said Walker was staggering and intoxicated as he walked along Washington Avenue. Walker said he had been beaten and robbed. He revealed superficial cuts on his hands and face. The patrolman, B. E. Scarborough, took Walker to his brother and sister's house in Uttle Rock, where Walker watched television before going to bed at 11:30 p.m. Me was found dead in the bedfoom by his bfothef at 7 a.m. Satufday. May aftd Sgl. Jerry Lamber* son booked a 21-yeaf-old Uttle Rock fnan with murder in the case Thursday afternoon, it was hot known Thursday night if formal charges had been filed by the prosecutof's office. May quoted witnesses as saying Walker was jumped from behind about 8 p.m. by a man at Washington Avenue and Cypress Street. Two other men reportedly accompanied the man who jumped Walker and stood by while he put his hand over Walker's face and hit him. Capt. Don Monk said the medical examiner's office found that Walker's blood had an alcohol content of .34 per cent. A .10 per cent amount is the level at which drivers can be charged with driving while intoxicated. Monk said the extent of alcohol had acted as a depressant and pain killer and might have been why Walker didn't complain of a headache after the police picked him up. © 1974 by NEA, Inc. "MY staff came up with more foolish ways to spend money than YOUR staff!" Senate refuses delay on federal pay raises WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has told President Ford that postponing federal pay increases is the wrong way to fight inflation and ordered the 5.5 per cent raises to take affect Oct. 1 as originally scheduled. Ford's first clash with the Democratic-controlled Congress on an issue related to the nation's economic problems resulted Thursday in a 64 to 35 setback in the Senate for the new chief executive. Ford wanted the pay raises for 3.5 million white-collar c'-il- ian employes and military personnel delayed until Jan. 1, saving $700 million and lending psychological support to the anli-inflalion effort. However, 15 Republicans joined 49 Democrats in voting to reject Ford's proposal. The other 27 Republicans and just eight Democrats voted with the President. "You're not going to stop inflation or even slow it down Dr. Cooper is wearing a hard hat NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Dr. Grant Cooper, a self- styled Communist and former assistant history professor at the University of Arkansas- Little Rock, is wearing the hard hat of a laborer now. Cooper, who lost his $12,500-a- year teaching job, has been working at a concrete plant here since Aug. 3, making pre- cast concrete panels for $2.80 an hour. Last March, Chancellor John T. Jernigan of Pulaski County ruled that the state could not pay the salary of the avowed Marxist. Cooper, 31, had told his students he was teaching from a Communistic perspective. Cooper had taught for a while last term without pay. with this kind of gimmick," declared Sen. Gale W. McGee, D- Wyo., chairman of the Post Office and Civil Service Com- millee which voted 7 to 0 against defering the pay raise. Assistant Senate Republican leader Robert P. Griffin of Michigan led the fight for Ford. "You've got to start somewhere" in the battle against inflation, he said. "If the Senate says 'No' to the President, then in effect we are going to open the floodgates and make it very difficult for the President to ask any other group lo exercise restraint," Griffin said. The pay raise was recommended by a presidential board under a 1970 law that provides for a recommendation each year on what changes, if any, are needed to keep .federal salaries comparable with those in the civilian sector. Under the procedure, the President then accepts or revises the recommendation, subject lo a veto by either the House or Senate. is promised WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers are besieging the government for relief and are being told by the Ford administration that at least some helpful steps soon will be taken. Agriculture Department officials said Thursday that processing of emergency livestock loans will be stepped up and that a hearing will be held in the near future on requests for higher government'guarantees for milk. Producers of cattle, poultry and dairy products are particularly hard-pressed because of soaring production costs, including higher prices for feed because of the drought-reduced harvest this year. But the main problem' still' is the country's inflation rate, farmers were told. An estimated 250 or more visited Congress and administration offices this week to seek help. A delegation of more than 100 Prosecutor says deputy justified in fatal shooting PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Pros. Ally. Joe Holmes of Pine Bluff said Thursday that a Lincoln County deputy sheriff apparently was justified in fatally wounding Robert Benson, 38, of Grady Sunday. Benson, a state prison pa- roleen was shot to death by Maxie Thomas of Grady. Benson was shot once in the foot and once in the chesl by the deputy during an apparent struggle, Holmes said. The prosecutor said his inves- ligalion into the incident indicated that the officer tried in every way to prevent the shooting, but fired Ihe shots as both a warning and in self-defense. Thomas told Holmes that he went lo a couple's house aboul 1 a.m. Sunday where he found Benson inloxicated and threatening the couple about a debt. Thomas asked Benson to accompany him to the county jail at Star City, but Benson refused, Holmes said. As Thomas radioed for assistance from other officers, Benson ran at the officer, Holmes said. Thomas said he fired a warning shot al Ihe man's feet, but that Ihe bullel apparently struck Benson in the foot. Benson continued to walk toward the officer with his hand in his coat, and Thomas fired in apparent self-defense, Holmes said. Holmes said his investigation would continue until he had talked lo all parties involved, "but al Ihis time I feel the officer was justified in his action." AMPI suing ex-manager producers, led by Rep. Wright Patman, D-Tex., for example, lobbied Thursday on Capitol Hill. Later, through a delegation of eight, the group told Secretary of Agriculture Earl L. Butz they would go broke if the situation does not improve quickly. An aide said Butz, who earlier in the day saw a delegation of California farmers, did not promise much relief. But one possibility an- nouncd earlier this week, included a hearing announced by Butz to consider an increase in Minimum milk prices under federal marketing orders. Officials said a further announcement on the milk hearing may be made today..-.- • -.-- • But the problem for cattle and other livestock producers may be much more complicated. Last winter cattle feed lot operators endured losses exceeding $100 per animal. As a result, Congress approved a $2 billion emergency loan program so that individual producers can get federally guaranteed loans of up to $250,000.to help recover. But farmers said the program is lagging and that USDA has not moved forcefully to make it available. It is handled through state and county offices of the Farmers home Administration and provides that up to 80 per cent of what a farmer can borrow from a banker or other private source will be guaranteed by the agency. Joseph R. Hanson, deputy administrator of Farmers Home, said the loans were off to a slow start, but he said the delay was mainly due to red tape of the new procedure. Hanson said only 37 loans totaling less than $5.9 million had been committed as of Sept. 13. The law was signed by President Nixon in mid-July. However, Hanson said the loans are being processed by field offices and that "we don't know how much is in the pipeline" there. He said procedures have been worked out and that loan approvals are expected to increase soon. R5CK (AP) - A suit was filed in li.S. District Coufi Thursday seeking to reinstate seven black students who were suspended from North Little Rock Nbftheast High School as a result of a racial disturbance there. -The suit, filed by attorney John Wm Walkef of Little Rock, also seeks to dismiss the criminal charges against the seven youths. Also Thursday, Gary P. Barkel, the attorney for one of the white students who was suspended and criminally charged as a result of the incident, filed a suit seeking to get his client reinstated at school. Barket's suit contended that his client, Steve Duncan, was suspended without due process. The suit also contended that Duncan was told that he would remain suspended pending the outcome of criminal proceedings against him Sept. 27 in North Little Rock Municipal Court. Barkel asked the court lo reinstate Duncan and to prevent school officials from suspending or expelling Duncan without a prior hearing. Walker's suit said several while sludenls attacked one of his clients, Lonnie Lyons, and olher black students Sept. 12. "Lyons defended himself and as a result was summarily suspended from school and charged by school officials in North Little Rock Municipal Court with assault and battery," the suit said. The suit added that a large number of black and white students got into fights at a pep assembly Sept. 14. As a result, school officials sufnfnarily suspended Walker's six other clients — CafUofi Cortley, Ronald Parker, David Williams, Tommie Williams, Jetty Laster and Cornelium Allison, the suit said. The school officials did not try to identify all of the participants in the fight, the suit alleged. Instead, the suit contended, the school officials "selectively, arbitrarily and dis- criminalorily" decided that six of Walker's clients and several white students would be suspended and charged with disturbing the peace, assault and battery or both. The suit alleged that school officials do not have acceptable regulations governing suspensions and expulsions and, therefore, these disciplinary measures are administered in an ar- burary and discriminatory man nor. School officials use the allegedly unacceptable regulations they have to "promote black 'dropous' and pushouts,'" the suit contendedd. The suil added, "The atmosphere in Northeast High School is and has been for years racially divisive and explosive; yet defendants have failed or University enrollments at record high this year By The Associated Press A record 23,665 studenls are enrolled in the University of Arkansas system this year, Dr. Charles E. Bishop, UA president, has announced. The enrollment last fall was 22,675. The enrollment includes 11,184 studenls al the Fayetteville campus and a record 6,144 at the UA-Litlle Rock. The Fayetteville enrollment is up slightly more than 1 per cent from 11,049 last year. The enrollment at UALR represents a 13.7 per cenl increase from last year, when 5,395 students were registered. Of UALR's enroll- meni-f'179 students are taking classes in special off-campus courses. The enrollment at the UA Medical Center at Little Rock has declined from 1,018 last fall to 1,008 this fall. Bishop said all of the classes in all of the Medical Center schools, however, show an increase. He explained that the enrollment has declined because the School of Pharmacy students now complete their training in two years instead of three, and this is the first term that this policy has been in effect. At the UA-Pine Bluff, the enrollment is 2,007 compared with 2,072 last year. The enrollment at UAPB includes 208 white stu- denls, about 10 per cent of the total. Registration at the UA-Monticello is 1,646 this fall, a decline from 1,713 lasl year. Eight stu- denls are enrolled in off- campus classes. Enrollment in other units of the system are: Graduate School of Social Work al Liltle Rock, 117, the same as last fall; Graduate Institute of Technology at Liltle Rock, 110, compared with 95 last year; the Little Rock division of the School of Law, 224, up from 189 in 1973, and 1,225 students in the UA's off-campus centers throughout Arkansas. The latter figures include teachers enrolled in Ihe UA's mathematics education program financed by the National Science Foundation, as well as regular extension courses. Last year, the off- campus centers' enrollment was 1,027. Enrollment for the fall semester at Henderson Stale College in Arkadelphia is 3,236, an increase of 84 from last fall, Registrar Herschel Lucht has announced. Of lhat total, 2,924 are taking classes on the Henderson campus and 312 are enrolled in off-campus courses. Officials predicted that enrollment in the off-campus courses would reach ,350. AUTO ASSEMBLY IN KENYA NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) British Leyland plans to set up a $9-million auto assembly plant in the central Kenya town of Thika, 30 miles from here. The plant, being set up in conjunction with the local auto firm of Cooper Motors Corp. Ltd., will assemble 1,500 trucks, buses and other vehicles once it goes into production in 1976. The project is designed to cut the import of foreign-made vehicles. The Melvern White family would like to express their appreciation and thanks to their friends and all who sent cards, flowers and food during the time of their bereavement. May God bless each of you. ESSIE WHITE AND FAMILY SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) Associated Milk Producers, Inc., which blames past management for its woes, wants $332,000 from its former general manager who authorized the money to be spent for illegal political contributions. AMPI, the nation's largest dairy co-op, has sued Harold S. Nelson, 55. The suit says Nelson, removed as general manager in early 1972, illegally "conspired i.o make and did make certain illegal political contributions from corporate funds of (AMPI) in the lotal amount of $332,000." It lists eight separate contributions made to the campaigns of former President Richard Nixon, Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn.; Sen. Edmund Muskie D—Maine, Sen. James Abourezk, D-S.D.; Philip Hoff for U.S. Senate from Vermont, Belcher for the U.S. House from Oklahoma and "various Democratic party candidates for federal elective office" in Iowa. The contributions were made for campaigns in 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1972. The AMPI suit filed late Wednesday in state district court here where AMPI is headquartered, says Nelson violated co-op rules by misappropriating the money. Nelson has pleaded guilty to his involvement in Ihe contributions as well as authorizing a bribe to former Treasury Secretary John B. Connally for Connaliy's help in securing a federal milk price support hike in 1971. As a part of the $332,000, the suit also seek to recoup the $10,000 H says Nelson earmarked for Connally. AMPI has pleaded guilty to makuiK illegal campaign contn- bu> ions from corporate funds ami was fined $3o,000, but co-op president John E. Butterbrodt said al the lime: "All of Ihe offenses set forth ... occurred before the change in management on Jan. 12, 1972, and none ihereafler ... There is no evidence that the membership or the directors were aware of these facts until after their commission." The AMPI suit against Nelson also asks a judge to approve the co-op board of directors' recent action to revoke a contract with Nelson for $100,000 annually in consultation fees until 1979. APME also wants court approval of its refusal lo pay NeLon $207,761 in pension benefits. The co-op suit claims Nelson forfeited his pension benefits because of dishonest conduct and voided his consultant's contract because he allegedly concealed his previous misconduct ilunnn contract negotiations. GLEN'S BOOT & SHOE SERVICE 112 E Third-Hope (Formerly Buffalo Shoe Service) * SPECIALIZING IN COWBOY BOOTS * AND SHOE REP AIR Going to the Third District Fair and Rodeo? Come to see us first. We have Nocona Western Boots for men and women, Acme Boots for men and children, Western belts and American Western Felt Hats. Va'UComeSeelJs!! WOW! LOOK AT ABC NOW! non QAHKtp B ••••i 'coiiseQueNoes TRUTH 6:OO 6:3O NEW SHOW! A young boy, accused of a kidnapping, threatens Kodiak's life! Clint Walker stars. The Six Million Dollar Man NEW SEASON 2 The human guinea pig in a secret experiment goes berserk and terrorizes the surrounding area. Lee Majors stars. 73O The Texas Wheelers NEW SHOW! His eldest son is the breadwinner, but lazy, lovable Zack Wheeler is still the head of the family! 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