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A12-Palm Beach Post, Friday, December 10, 1976 M anson Conviction Upheld by Court State Agencies Seek 28 Budget Increases ' J SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court yesterday upheld the conviction of mass murderer Charles Manson, but ruled that one of his followers is entitled to a new trial. The court's decision not to hear Manson's appeal was unanimous. The justices split, 4-3, in affirming a Court of Appeal decision reversing the conviction of Leslie Van Houten on two counts of murder and conspiracy. Now 27, she was the youngest of three women tried with Man-son. Manson, 43, was convicted in January 1971 of the August 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate, who was nine months pregnant, and six other persons. Manson "family" members Patricia Krenwinkel, 30, and Susan Atkins, 28, were convicted in the same trial. They did not file appeals. Manson had claimed that publicity about the murders made it impossible for him to get a fair trial. He also objected to a delay in dismissing charges against Linda Kasabian, a member of the Manson cult who became the star prosecution witness. She was granted immunity from prosecution after completing her testimony, which was the only direct evidence tying Manson to the slay-ings. Manson also challenged the validity of grand jury proceedings and claimed that out-of-court statements made by co-defendants were prejudicial to his case and grounds for reversal. The appeals court, however, rejected the attack on Miss Kasabian's testimony, which it said was sufficiently corroborated, and ruled that publicity during the trial was not "such as to raise presumption of prejudice." It noted there was no point in changing the location of the trial because publicity had permeated every corner of the state. The court said Los Angeles County, where the crimes were committed, was the most populous and that a more metropolitan area couldn't be found. year that were included in our operating appropriations." Askew noted that general revenue spending over the last three years has risen "less than half as much as the inflation rate in that period . " "This is one of the best indications to the people that we, in state government, are striving diligently to increase productivity and maintain necessary services, without increases in costs," he said. During the first day of the two-day budget meetings: Secretary of Commerce Ed Trombetta said expanding the state's economic base, asking more businesses to relocate in Florida, is the only way to reduce the state's 329,000 jobless figure. Trombetta asked for an additional $1.23 million in advertising revenues to lure new businesses and more tourists to Florida. 'In a nutshell, what you're saying is that without an increase in the gasoline tax we're not going to be able to meet the minimum needs of the state.' Gov. Reubin Askew figure on the proposed tax hike, but he later indicated to reporters that a minimum 2-cent increase would be necessary to meet the average revenue deficit projected for his five-year proposal. Askew has already said he'll ask lawmakers for an unspecified increase in the state's gasoline tax. Last year he got nowhere when he asked the legislature for a 2.8 cent hike. But key lawmakers are swinging to Askew's side. Wednesday, Senate Transportation Chairman Kenneth Myers said he is convinced a gasoline tax increase is inevitable this year. Askew said budget requests generally run about 25 to 40 per cent higher than current appropriations. "We all know that state government revenues and state spending cannot increase by such large amounts," he said. Askew said he will know in several weeks the amount of revenues which will be available next year. "There are a variety of forecasts for the economic outlook in Florida in the coming months," he said. "One of them projects a possible slowdown in 1978. Another indicates we are on the road to recovery. And still another envisions that we will continue on the same economic plane. "It appears at this time we can anticipate a growth of income of from 4 to 6 per cent. But we must recognize that half of that will be necessary to replace nonrecurring sources of revenue received this LI IJ Li ci V Mil From Post Wire Services TALLAHASSEE - State agency heads are asking for $713.9 million above the state dollars appropriated by the legislature last spring for the current fiscal year, Gov. Reubin Askew said yesterday, i Askew, during the first day of appropriations meetings with state department heads, said generating more jobs to reduce unemployment and finding additional transportation revenues are two of his major priorities for the 1977-78 budget. The $3,201 billion budget request amounts to a 28.7 per cent increase over the $2,488 billion appropriated for 1976-77. The Department of Natural Resources, asking for an additional $13.3 million to renourish Florida's beaches, requested a 337.8 per cent budget increase, the highest increase presented by state agencies. Transportation officials asked for a gasoline-tax increase as they presented a "minimal" budget with a $30-million shortfall. Transportation Secretary Tom Webb said his agency's $624-million budget proposal, which includes a $40-million increase over current funding, would only meet the state's minimal needs. And even that proposal counted on $30 million more than existing state revenues. "In a nutshell, what you're saying is that without an increase in the gasoline tax we're not going to be able to meet the minimum needs of the state," Askew said. "Yes, sir," Webb replied. "That's correct." Webb did not propose a specific Contests "I have a broken wrist and I'm going to use it to pay the doctor bill," she said. "I think they're doing a lot more business because of it." Store officials think so, too. Don Geers estimates he has had more than 1,000 winners at the Belvedere Road Grand Union in West Palm Beach and, more importantly for him, a 40 per cent jump in sales during the initial weeks of the contest. A company spokesman said the chain has experienced a 20 per cent These Tips May Help Contestants If consumers are interested in playing grocery games, there are some tips that may enhance their chances of grabbing some cash. For example, federal rules stipulate all cards for a game with a regualr payoff - such as Grand Union's "Let's Go To the Races" - must be handed out before the payoff is announced to insure the winning ticket is not hidden under a cash register. That means all cards must be given out, in case they haven't run out earlier, by 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Sometimes there are tickets left just before the deadline, according to Grand Union's Don Geers. Wise players might go to the Grand Union stores then. "There's a lot of 'em in at 5 p.m. Saturday," Geers said. "One time I had boys go out and give them (the cards) away." Another rule states no purchase is necessary, so anyone 18 or older can go to a Grand Union or Pantry Pride as often as they like and pick up the tickets. And people who don't want to expend their energy running to the store can mail requests for cards to the company headquarters, regulations state, if they provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Pantry Pride's Mike Bloom said he receives requests from people who send up to 100 envelopes at a time. "I have quite a few people do that," he said. "I almost have to have a fulltime girl handling it." Pantry Pride can be reached at 7000 NW 32nd Ave., Miami; while Grand Union offices are at 950 SE 12th St., Hialeah, 33010. SftCIAl CROUP CUSTOM TAILORED IN OUR OWN WORKSHOP I PER YARD labor included IF !IW From Page ! sales hike for the 10 weeks the contest has been in operation. "They'll come in and buy one or two items and get their ticket and then walk out without the groceries," Geers said. "The ticket is more important to them." Officials for both chains said no decision has been made whether new contests will replace the current games. Mike Bloom, Pantry Pride's game coordinator, said the game was a continuation of other contests by grocery chains in northern states. He said the contest aimed primarily at the busy Christmas grocery-shopping season. "Sometimes you have to do what the next store is," Bloom said. "You feel you have to jump on the bandwagon or somebody else will get it. Other chains are not jumping on the bandwagon. Mickey Clerc, Winn-Dixie public relations officer, said his chain has no contest plans. "Our customers are most interested in low prices," Clerc said. "Any kind of promotion costs money." Pantry Pride's Bloom disagreed. "There hasn't been any change (costwise) to the customer," he said. "This is strictly a promotional thing." Bloom credited Federal Trade Commission regulations enacted since the last wave of supermarket contests for eliminating customer suspicions that stores gave all the money away in the first week or targeted prize money at stores that were doing poorly to hype sales there. "The government is making it on the up and up now," he said. "There's no shenanigans. This is making it good." JfV Doan's Arthritis Form-' ula instead of ordinary aspirin. 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