The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 17, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 17, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 68—NO. 88 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72318) TUESDAY, MAY 17,1960 TEN CENTS 12 PAGES GEMINI 9 SCRUBBED AS AGENA REBELS Agena target vehicle — The 'bird' wouldn't fly. By HOWARD BENEDICT AP Aerospace Writer CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) —The launching of the Gemini 9 astronauts on a rendezvous and space-walk mission was postponed today for at least two weeks when their Agena target satellite failed to achieve orbit. An Atlas rocket blazed away from Cape Kennedy at 11:15 a. m. (EOT) to propel the Agena into space. But eight minutes later, mission director William C. Schneider reported: "We have lost the Agena bird. We don't know exactly what happened to it. The Gemini will not fly today." He then scrubbed the launch of Gemini 9 pilots Thomas P. Stafford and Eugene A. Cernan, who were to have spent three days in space practicing maneuvers essential to Apollo man-to-the-moon trips. For Stafford, it was the second similar disappointment. He and Navy Capt. Walter M. Schirra, Jr., were in the Gemini 6 spacecraft last Oct. 25 and had their mission postponed when their Agena target satellite exploded six minutes after liftoff. There was no immediate reaction from the astronauts on the scrubbing of their space flight — one of the most daring and difficult ever attempted. During their three days in space, they were to have practiced several rendezvous and docking techniques with the Agena, attempted space rescue missions, fired the Agena engines to change orbits, and Cernan was to have made a record 2-hour, 25-minute space walk. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Monday that if the Agena failed to achieve orbit, Stafford and Cernan would have to wait at least two weeks until an alternate satellite could be placed on the launch pad. This satellite, called an alternate target docking adaptor (ATDA) is not as sophisticated as the Agena. It has no propulsion system. It was built for just he emini 6 failure for jus such an emergency. Today the Atlas rocket had lifted off 15 minutes late because of a fueling problem with the Agena. Pressure apparently dropped in a nitric acid line and the crew was unable to load as quickly as planned. The Atlas launch appeared to be normal as the silvery projectile darted out over the At* lantic Ocean. About two minutes into the flight, mission control at Houston reported it had temporary loss of radio contact with Agena and then had regained it. A minute later, the control center reported all contact lost. A later announcement said the trouble appeared to occur "at staging." This would have been at the time when the Agena was to have separated from the Atlas. During this period, there also was a report from the range safety officer at Cape Kennedy that I5ie rocket may have been flying lower than normal. A mission control spokesman said: "It appears it (the Agena) See SPACE on Page 2 CIA Resolution Faces Opposition By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved 14 to 5 today a resolution to give it a role in niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiNiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiniiDiiiiiniuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii BULLETIN SHADE GAP, Pa. (AP)-An FBI agent hunting for kidnapped Peggy Ann Bradnick was shot and killed today by an unknown gunman. State police said the girl has been sighted alive. A state policeman at the Huntingdon, Pa., barracks confirmed that the girl had been sighted. He promptly hung up before any more information could be obtained. miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiniiiiiiiiiNiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii' supervising operations of the Central Intelligency Agency. The committee, however, amended the proposal in an attempt to ease its path in the face of strong obstacles in the Senate. The resolution's chief sponsor, Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, Minn., told newsmen after the closed-door session, "I think we'll get action on the floor fore the end of the session." The resolution would establish a 10-member committee on intelligence operations to oversee U.S. foreign intellignce and espionage operations. In effect, however, McCarthy said, the main thrust of the resolution would be to put three members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the CIA TRAINED AND EMPLOYABLE — Employment Security Division manager Jim Sellers consults with unemployed plumber Ben Scott during National "Hire the Older Worker" week. (Courier .News Photo) ESD Seeks Jobs For Elderly A special effort is being made this month to secure employment for senior citizens, Jim Sellers, manager of the Blytheville office of Employment Security Division of the state Labor department, said. "May is Senior Citizens Month," Sellers said. "And this French Blast Planned PARIS (AP) - France gave notice today she soon will conduct atomic tests on Mururoa atoll in the South Pacific. Mururoa atoll is in the Tua- Bioto archipelago, which lies between Tahaiti and «ie Mar- quesas Islands. Notices to shipping companies and airlines said the tests will take place at a dale to be an- pounced later. week has been proclaimed 'Hire the Older Worker' week in Blytheville." Sellers cited some of the difficulties faced by skilled but unemployed workers. "Most employers," he said, "are interested in hiring younger people. They believe that way they can husband the potential of their employees more fully. "But many of our post-40 unemployed are skilled workers! capable of productive and useful work." Sellers pointed out that a man of 40 will, according to current insurance figures, have a future productive life of at least 30 years. "That's reason enough to employ them. And many companies have found that their manpower needs can be met by utilizing older, qualified workers on a part-time basis." watchdog committee which is now made up of seven senior members of the Armed Services and Appropriations commutes. The resolution ran into strong opposition Monday from Sen. Richard B. Russell, D-Ga., who is chairman of the CIA panel as well as head of the Armed Services Committee. Under the usual procedure, the resolution next must go to the Senate Rules Committee. There a majority may bottle it up. If it ever reaches the Senate, it will collide immediately with Russell, who captains the Senate's inner circle. Russell, also head of the Armed Services Committee, has put his prestige on the line against the resolution which is supported by Sen. J. W. Fulbright, D-Ark., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Russell told the Senate Monday "There is no justification whatever for any committee to muscle in on the jurisdiction of so far as the CIA is concerned." At stake in the current controversy is the issue of whether the CIA has over-stepped the bounds of its intellignc-gahring mission to influence foreign policy. Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, D- Minn., sponsor of the resolution, says it has. Russell called that contention "sheer poppycock." "There is simply not a scintil- o fits intelligence-gathering mis- ia of truth in such a charge," Russell said, "and not a single concrete case can be provided where it has done so." The CIA, which Russell says has to stand mute when it is nature of its assignment, does not have any additional senators soaking up its secrets. Sen. Frank J. Lausche, D- Ohio, touched on that point when he told the Senate Monday the watchdog group was distinguished by its infrequency of leaks while the Foreign Relations Committee has become a sieve of information. Russell said public criticism of the CIA's operations and news elaks might cause the agency's informants around the world to "close up like clams. Or worse than that, to lose their lives." Sen. Leverett Saltenstall, R- Mass., noted that CIA supervision has to be handled quietely. He said he carefully tears up even the notes he makes to ask questions at watchdog committee meetings. Besides Saltonstall and Rus- pervisory subcommittee are Sens. John C. Stcnnis, D-Miss., Symington, D-Mo., Margaret Chase Smith, R-Maine, and Milton R. Young, R-N.D. Hemlock Kills Woman SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe mother died Monday after eating what doctors said was poisonous hemlock. Mrs. John M. Watson, about 25, found the plants growing in a cave in the Pecos Mountains while on an outing Sunday. She ate part of a bulb of one plant, her father-in-law, John T. Watson, said, and went into convulsions two hours later. VIET NAM AT A GLANCE By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Saigon — A Buddhist leader says monks will lay down their lives to force Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's military regime to call off crackdown in the North. Labor chiefs call off strike in Saigon but terrorists kill 3 Vietnamese and injure 37 others, including 3 Americans. U.S. — 1st Air Calvary sends reenforcements into battle with some 350 North Vietnamese near central coast after cavalrymen killed 28 Reds and take moderate casualties. Rains sharply reduce U.S. air attacks against North Viet Nam but B52s hit Communist area near Cambodian border for third straight day. Hue — Vietnamese officer fires at helicopter carrying new Vietnamese 1st Corps chief and U.S. Marine chief of staff in Viet Nam on peace mission to rebel officers. Helicopter damaged slightly and American gunner aboard returns the fire, kills the officer and wounds six Vietnamese soldiers. Da Nang — Government marines move eastward to extend control of antigovernment stronghold but withdrew when confronted by strong rebel forces. Washington — Johnson administration decides to back strong military role in future Vietnamese government but withholds personal endorsement of Premier Ky. Ambassador Lodge winds up his stay in Washington. Navy says it may reactivate one or more of four big battleships now in mothballs—including USS Missouri—for Viet Nam duty. Missco Gets AFEA Praise "It may be hard to imagine Senator (Everett) D i r k s e n speaking in a squeaky voice, but he was," George Dickinson, executive director of the Arkansas Free Enterprise Association, told a Chamber of Commerce union men. Some of them told us that this gave them some freedom in their own locals. "They said that with this law, they can threaten to drop their union memberships if the leaders of the union try to put Executives luncheon yesterday, through program which are un- Dickinson was in Washing-1 acceptable to the membership. ton earlier this year for the i Other union men have told us battle over repeal of Section 14 'hat they've faced these situa (b) of the Taft-Hartley Law. Dirksen was one of the leaders of a move in the Senate to delay action on the repeal measure. "Senator Dirksen thought all was lost, but when we showed iim a statement, signed by 18 other Senators who said they would join him in filibustering against the bill, he brightened and his familiar old voice came back to him," Dickinson stated. The measure might have been stalemated in the house had it not been for President Johnson, Dickinson said. "The count in the house was 216-216 and the other house members were in the hospital and couldn't vote. "Then, President Johnson caleld a Congressional meeting on Viet Nam. When that meet ing was over, we found we'd lost 16 votes," Dickinson, who was working to retain the section, claimed. It was then that the conflict moved to the Senate where Dirksen buried it under threat of fillibuster. "And I'd like to say that I appreciate your district's representation in Congress ... and as a matter of fact, we've never been disappointed in Mississippi County's representation in the Arkansas Legilature, either." Dickinson said the 14 (b) action was the first time the AFEA had sent a representative to Washington since 1946. "Over the state," he continued, "we found that some of the most ardent supporters of th» right to work law w*r< tions before and that they preciate the right to work law." Dickinson was introduced by Chamber Executive Vice President Jada McGuire. Mike Buchanan Dies in Memphis W.E. 'Mike' Buchanan, retired mail carrier, died early this morning in Memphis. He was 73. Mr. Buchanan was bdrn at Golden Lake, Ark., and had been a resident here for about 56 years. He had become a legend on his mail route until his retirement in 1958. He was a deacon of First Baptist Church, a veteran of World War I, and a member of the American Legion. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Viola Buchanan of Blytheville; A son, John Buchanan of Blytheville; Three daughters, Mrs. Bonnie Jean Trowbridge of St. Louis, Mrs. Barney Crook of Blytheville, and Mrs. June Johnson of Torrance, Cal.; And ten grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cobb Funeral Home. Murphy Hits Vet Bill HAMBURG, Ark. (AP)-Civic organizations should act against a proposed measure which would virtually eliminate death payments to .veterans, Dean Murphy of Hope a candidate for 4th District Congressman, said Monday. DISAPPOINTED — "Oh, shucks," was command pilot Thomas Stafford's (left) reaction on hearing of the failure. Spacewalker Eugene Cernan simply moaned, "Oh, no! Oh, no!" The astronauts were quickly removed from their cramped capsule after their mission wai scrubbed. • ' . . • . Political Spoof Adds Sparkle to Festival "I'll have to refer you to my attorney," Mayor Jimmie Edwards cracked (good natured- ly) after witnessing last night's Blytheville Very Little Theatre production of "Bye, Bye Blytheville," a spoof on City Council meetings. The spoof, which included friendly digs at other local and state political figures,. was the Little Theatre group's first presentation and will be presented again tonight with a variety of other acts. The show, beginning at 8 p.m. at Blytheville High School Auditorium, will include the Rockie Smith dancers, Janet Shoemate, Miss Blytheville, the Central School Tonettes, pianist Jack Tapp, singer Francis Nordeen, and young guitarist Tony jHardin of Fairview School. * - * On Thursday, last day of the Rabies Clinics Begin Friday Blytheville pet-owners will iave several chances during the next week to have their dogs and cats protected against rabies, Police Chief George Ford said. Rabies clinics, sponsored by the Blytheville Jaycees, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on tSie following dates: Friday, May 20: Number Two Fire Station on W. Main; Tuesday, May 24, Blytheville Jaycee building; Wednesday, May 25, corner of S. Lake and Oak. A token fee of $1.50 will be charged. Pet licenses will also be sold during clinic hours, Ford said. Veterinarians Dr. David Miles and Dr. M. G. Jerome will be on band to administer inocula- tory services. Man Killed in Fall PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) Leroy Hodges of Bastrop, La., was fatally injured Monday when he fell from a scaffold at International Paper Co. mill here, officials said. Negro Attacks State's Jury Panel System HELENA, Ark. (AP) - The makeup of jury panels for a federal district court in Arkansas was attacked for the first time here Monday by a Negro plaintiff in a $150,000 civil rights suit. Charles Townsend, 32, of Lexa in Phillips County, filed motion to have the lists for the Helena district of federal District Court compiled with the same proportion of whites and Negroes as the district contains. He said the district contained about 40,484 white persons and 35,448 Negroes age 21 or older in 1960. * * * Townsend alleged in his suit that he was arrested without proper cause Dec. 24, 1965 and was beaten in the city jail here. He said in the motion that he was entitled to have the suit tried by a representative jury. The motion sought to quash the names which are now on the jury list for the Helena district, composed of Cross, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, St. Francis and Woodruff counties. Townsend said that in the past "only a very small number" of Negro's names had been placed in the box or drawn for jury service in comparison to white persons. A pre-trial hearing on the case is scheduled Monday by federal Judge Oren Harris of El Dorado. Whether the motion to recompose the jury will bt considered wu pot known, celebrations, Founders Park will be officially dedicated by Leonard Church, Urban Renewal regional director, and Dean Brown, regional coordinator, both of Fort Worth. Mayor Edwards will also speak at these ceremonies, which will begin at 4 p.m. The park, refurbished by the city with assistance from Urban Renewal, was used for years as a cemetery, Edwards said. It was acquired by the city in 1964 with the intention of making it a pleasure spot within the city. A multi-colored fountain was at the time installed under the auspices of the City Beautiful Commission. Mrs. Bruton To Attend NDEA Mrs. Irene W. Bruton of Blytheville's Harrison High School is one of 45 teachers recently selected for study at the NDEA Institute of Geography, to be held at Oklahoma State University at Stiilwater this summer. Purpose of the institute, which will run for eight weeks, from June 6-JuIy 30, is to a c q u a i n teachers of. geography with recent developments in the science of geography. Among the instructors will ba John Hidore, director of the institute, staffers Michael Roberts and Robert Brown, and representatives of associated universities. Weather Forecast Considerable cloudiness with little change in temperatures this afternoon and tonight with scattered showers and thunderstorms ending tonight. Partly cloudy and warm Wednesday. Highs this afternoon 78 to 84. Lows tonight 58 to 70. Highs Wednesday mostly in the 80s.

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