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Tuesday, August 16, 1977
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By ALAN HORTON Scripps-Howard Staff Writer WASHINGTON - The late Ian Fleming never heard of James Bond Stockdale when he wrote "From Russia with Love" and the other James Bond stories. And because Fleming's super spy hadn't yet been created in 1923, the senior Stockdales couldn't know that their new son would grow up to be compared favorably to the fictional Bond. Yesterday Defense Secretary Harold Brown named Rear Adm. James B. Stockdale president of the Naval War College and nominated him for a third star as vice admiral. The Senate must confirm him and probably will quickly do so, once back from its August vacation. Stockdale, 53, is the Navy's top hero. Seventeen months ago President Ford Ex-Nazi Escape Stalls Talk BONN, West Germany (UPI) - A scheduled meeting between Helmut Schmidt and Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti has been postponed because of the escape of war criminal Herbert Kappler from a Rome military hospital, diplomatic sources said today. The 70-year-old Kappler and his wife are near Soltau, a small town on the sandy plains of northern Germany where Mrs. Anneliese Kappler-Wenger lives, the West German news agency DPA reported. Reporters posted in front of Mrs. Kappler's home said the couple apparently was not there, but probably had gone to the home of a relative or friend. The Federal Criminal Police Office in Wiesbaden said it was looking for Kappler on the basis of an Italian request relayed late yesterday by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) in Paris. Andreotti and Schmidt said Sunday (hey would meet in Verona Friday, at the Italian's suggestion, for an economic discussion. But diplomatic sources said that in the light of Kappler's escape to West Germany, the meeting probably would be postponed "until a more suitable time." Kappler, a Nazi SS colonel who had been serving a life sentence for the World War II massacre of 335 Italians, vanished from a Rome military hospital where he was being treated for terminal cancer. Italian officials said Mrs. Kappler, a husky woman, apparently placed her emaciated husband, weighing only 106 pounds inside a wardrobe trunk and carried it out of the military hospital in Rome at about 1 a.m. yesterday to her car. She phoned the West German government press spokesman in Bonn to say she and her husband had reached Germany. She gave no details of the escape nor did she give her location, the spokesman said. Even if police find Kappler, it is unlikely that he will be jailed because at the age of 70 and ill with cancer, he probably would be considered unfit to be in prison. National law forbids the extradition of citizens. Article 16 of the West German Basic Law (constitution) says, "No German may be extradited to a foreign country." In Rome, the escape sparked protests by hundreds of former resistance fighters and Jews. Spill Shuts Alaska Pipeline FAIRBANKS, Alaska (UPI) - An oil spill flooded a pumping station and caused a shutdown of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, authorities said today. The spill last night 60 miles south of here at Pump Station 9 on the 800-mile pipeline caused the black crude to overflow in the station's main pump building, said John Ratterman, spokesman for Alyeska. The oil overflowed from a sump in the station and an automatic fire alarm system was activiated. The oil was sprayed with foam to prevent fire. Ratterman said cleanup operations were under way and a determination would be made later today as to when the oil flow will be'resumed. Lance May By DALE McFEATTERS Scripps-Howard Staff Writer WASHINGTON - Chances of embattled Budget Director Bert Lance being able to sell his National Bank of Georgia stock have diminished to near nil, banking industry sources say. The reason is that potential buyers are frightened not only by the publicity but also by the prospect of being drawn into the investigation of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director's financial dealings. The speculation in Washington is that Lance, one of President Carter's closest friends, will have to resign soon to free the administration of further embarrassment. FDA Affirms WASHINGTON (UPI) - Warning that millions of consumers could be exposed to an unnecessary risk, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a final order banning the use of zirconium in aerosol deodorant sprays. The metal, once highly touted for its anti-perspirant qualities in such products as "Sure" and "Secret," has been subject to nearly three years of controversy over its possible role as a cause era: James presented him the nation's highest award, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Coincidentally, Stockdale was an. Annapolis classmate of Jimmy Carter and Central Intelligence Agency Director Stansfield Turner, a former president of the Naval War College. Stockdale won the Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 4 September 1969 while senior naval officer in the prisoner of war camps of North Vietnam." The citation read: "He deliberately inflicted a near-mortal wound to his person in order to convince bis captors of his willingness to give up his life rather than capitulate. He was subsequently discovered and revived by the North Vietnamese who, convinced of his indomitable spirit, abated in their employment of excessive harassment ana torture toward all 9 if S4. ArV f T . V. -t ? President and Mrs. Carter and Canal Pact (Continued from Page A-1) day in Denver. "To lose such an asset to snch men would be the equivalent of a major U.S. military defeat with possible catastrophic consequences." Rogers, in Denver for the Legion's 59th national convention, called the agreement a "give-away" and said Panama under its present leader, Gen. Omar Torrijos, has a poor record on human rights, fair labor and financial stability. According to Rogers, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed U.S. ownership of the canal and legal sovengnty over the waterway. He also cited opposition to the treaty from four former chiefs of naval operations. With the campaign for a new canal treaties a major challenge, Mr. Carter Wives Join WASHINGTON (UPI) - Vice Adm. Austin C. Wagner has plenty of companionship on his two-week "official" tour of Coast Guard stations in the Pacific and major cities in the Orient. Wagner and 23 others traveling throughout the Far East aboard a C130 turboprop are in Hong Kong today. Tomorrow it's on to Seoul. South Korea. Included are three retired Coast Guard officers a rear admiral and two captains and 10 wives. The Coast Guard said the flight alone will cost $18,136. It said the trip was approved by Commandant Owen W. Siltr. Rep. Les Aspin, D-Wis., a frequent critic of military spending, revealed the trip, saying he was told privately the three retired officers and their wives were "good friends" of the Wagners. The group also includes other admirals, captains, a chap.ain, a doctor and various staff members. They are scheduled to visit 12 islands. On some, such as Iwo Jima, Aspin said, the traveling party would probably outnumber local Coast Guard crews. Other stops included the islands of Guam, Yap, Kwajalein, Koror and Be Left Holding Stock Lance, however, maintains he has no intention of resigning. Carter press secretary Jody Powell, asked yesterday if Lance had been asked for or had volunteered his resignation, said: "Absolutely not." A quick sale of his bank stock would have let Lance partially off the hook, but a deal with Atlanta businessman David N. Smith apparently has fallen through and it is known that other proposective purchasers have backed off. Both Lance and the White House are awaiting a report by the comptroller of the currency, which Comptroller John G. Heiman will only say is due "soon." The White House has used the prepara- Zirconium Ban of lung disease.' The FDA noted that the manufacturers have voluntarily stopped using the ingredient although some products containing it may still be in the distribution chain. It said the amount involved is not large enough nor the problem serious enough to warrant a recall. The ban is effective Sept. 15. If the manufacturers want to reintroduce the compound, the FDA said, they must prove its safety. of the prisoners of war." Stockdales personal decorations include two Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, four Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 10 Air Medals, two Purple Hearts and numerous campaign medals and unit awards. Stockdale walks with a limp. After his A4 Skvhawk jet was shot down Sept, 9, 1965, Vietnamese villagers stripped him naked, rolled him down a street and beat and kicked him. He could offer Little resistance because his shoulder was broken when he ejected from his plane. The beating broke his knee. As bad as his first day in North Vietnam was, he endured worse. Four of his 74 years in North Vietnamese prisons were spent in solitary confinement. His body was so twisted with ropes in torture sessions that his feet were stuffed into his mouth; his face was -An- .A 1 AFT, v W : UPI Telephote Amy leave Bethesda hospital. Called Best Defense is spending the rest of the week -at the Camp David retreat near Thurmont, Md. Personal problems in his administration and reportedly in his family arc also high in the President's consideration. Mr. Carter left for the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains yesterday afternoon. Press secretary Jody Powell said several Cabinet members were on vacation and Mr. Carter would probably not hold a news conference until completion of the inquiry into the personal finances of Budget Director Bert Lance. Powell characterized Mr. Carter as feeling the reported marital difficulty Coast Guard Junket Wake Island. Aspin criticized the group's stops in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Manila, where the Coast Guard does not have installations. The Coast Guard said awards were to be presented in those cities to foreign shipping lines. "I think propriety and a lot more is involved when an admiral authorizes his wife, friends and himself to fly off to the high spots of the Pacific at government expense," the congressman said. Four of the wives arc going as members of the official party, and the others are on "space available" basis, as are the retired officers and an active-duty captain on leave. Responding to Aspin, the Coast Guard said eligible persons are allowed on such trips "and trie Coast Guard sees no impropriety in including any eligible passengers on this official flight." It said Wagner, commander of the Coast Guard's Pacific Area headquartered at San Francisco, had been in his current assignment for more than a year and the trip was his first opportunity to vigit these units. "His trip will also enable him to tion of that report as a reason for not commenting on Lance's problems. Although the comptroller's report is technically to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, the White House , said a copy would go immediately to Mr. Carter. According to some sources, that report will be purely factual, containing no judgments as to guilt or innocence and no recommendations as to prosecution. The investigation foenses on whether Lance used bis position as president of the National Bank of Georgia to place ooninterest bearing funds in other banks in return for loans of $2.6 million and S3.4 million. Also under scrutiny are the termina-tio of a criminal investigation into Lance's management of a Calhoun, G., bank and the rescinding of an agreement requiring substantial improvement in the management of the bank. Both actions were taken - seemingly abruptly - shortly before public an-nniinrement nf Lance as Mr. Carter's choice to head OMB. Powell conceded that the background c-eck had not been completed at the time of Lance's nomination but said th?t Lance's difficulties were known. Bond I n His battered; his bad leg was kicked and infected with raw sewage; he was "cooked" in what was nicknamed the "Bathhouse" and then cooled in a d3nk cell day after day; he was led, blindfolded, on a leash and nearly choked. Stockdale cut his own scalp and pounded his face with a stool so he would be too disfigured to be used for propaganda pictures and films. Once he slashed his wrists so he would not be forced to implicate fellow American prisoners. That incident won the Medal of Honor. Once back from North Vietnam, Stockdale brought charges against two prisoners who had willingly made anti-American propaganda statements. Those two officers were retired and censured but not court-martialed. Stockdale's wife, Sybil, was founder and first president of the National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Love For Her City A Real Pride Winner Marcella Kernezy's love for her town goes pretty deep. . . all the way to her heart. Expressing her pride in Pittsburgh in a heart-warming way has earned the Brookline woman a Lloyd's clock radio in The Press' "Pride in Pittsburgh" contest. "Pittsburghers don't wear their hometown on their sleeve, they carry it in their hearts and in their helping hands," is the way the Bloomficld native puts it. Debbie Pastorius, a senior at Car-rick High, has a more flip theory and won four Pirate boxseat tickets with: ". . . we've come a long way, baby!" Robert Arista of Muse won with . . . "it is small enough to love but big enough to enjoy." He will receive a jigsaw puzzle of the Point. Mary F. Day of Mt. Lebanon won a month's pass on a PAT bus for: . . . "it is a kaleidoscope city, not a melting pot. We work together without losing our ethnic identity." Pride in Pittsburgh T-shirts will be sent to these runnerup winners: John ZammikicI, Turtle Creek - "It is the home of so many 'firsts' in every field." Arlcne Hughes, Bakerstown - "It is of his middle son, Chip, 27, is a family affair and not a matter for public discussion. Mr. Carter picked up his wife at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland on his way to Camp David. The doctors there said she had no problems with the minor gynecological surgery done early yesterday morning. Powell also said Mr. Carter played tennis Sunday with Lance, a longtime associate whose personal finances are under investigation. The disclosure came after it was reported Mr. Carter and Lance had not talked or conferred for two weeks. Asked whether Lance had offered to resign or whether Mr. Carter had asked for his resignation, Powell said: "Absolutely not." make personal contact with other U.S. military leaders in the Pacific area and to meet with high-level foreign officials for discussions of matters relative to Coast Guard operations within their countries," the spokesman said. 5,000 Miners Join Walkout In District (Continued from Page A-l) mining operation is shut down, with 60,-000 miners off the job. In that state alone, the strike is costing the UMW Health and Retirement Funds an estimated $1 million a day in employer contributions, which are based on production. Ironically, the strike has been called to protest cutbacks in miners' health benefits, requiring them to pay the first $500 in annual doctor and hospital costs. Previously, all benefits were paid in full by the funds. The cutbacks, effective July 1, were attributed mostly to cuts in production caused by previous wildcat strikes. The strike has swollen and shrunk at various times since the fund reductions were announced June 20. Mines in Western Pennsylvania had been shut several weeks ago as roving pickets, also believed responsible for the latest action, spilled over from West Virginia. About 8,000 miners were idled in eastern' Ohio and 10,000 in eastern Kentucky. Sam Church, UMW vice presidentelect and an aide to President Arnold Miller, said "I really don't know" when asked what the union would do to get miners to return to work. "We sent telegrams to all the locals Saturday, asking them to return to work, and we urged district officers to get the men to return to work," Church said. In TV appearances this week fn West Virginia, Miller told miners they are only aggravating the problem by continuing the strike. He said the only solution is to persuade the coal industry "at the bargaining table" to transfer funds between benefit programs to beef up the health program. Thus far, the industry has refused, saying it cannot take such action legally, and the move would amount to a subsidy of wildcat strikes. Pittsburgh Own Asia. They are, according to friends, "inseparable." Stockdale, a native of Abingdon, 111., was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1946 and spent most of his carreer as a pilot. Early in 1960, he became the first man to log more than 1,000 hours in the F8 Crusader jet. After earning a master's degree in international relations in 1962 at Stanford Univensty, Stockdale returned to the air. He led the strikes in August 1964 against North Vietnam after North Vietnamese torpedo boats were thought to have attacked U. S. warships. He flew many missions over North and South Vietnam in 1965 before he was downed. Since his return, he has headed antisubmarine warfare for the Pacific Fleet and recently worked for the chief of naval operations as a top adviser on nuclear planning. DEBBIE PASTORIUS Carrick senior a winner. surrounded by water but still stays afloat." Anne Hoiick, Upper St. Clair "In spite of potholes and pitfalls, the tremendous attitude of our people makes this city someplace special." Ed Politowski, Brookline - "The new fountain at the Point that keeps spurting 'welcome' to all." Mrs. W. Momper, Rellevue "Pittsburgh is a nice place to visit, but even nicer to live here " Mrs. Priscilla Devlin, Upper St. Clair - "Pa Pitt's place isn't the pits, it's perfect!" Watch for more winners tomorrow. 'Second' Canal Study Reported BOSTON (UPI) - President Carter is seriously thinking of building a new sea level canal across the Isthmus of Panama or at another location in Central America, according to a published report today. The Christian Science Monitor, quoting sources close to the White, said Mr. Carter's canal comment last month about building a new canal is being viewed in Washington as something more than rhetoric. The sources stressed Mr. Carter's talk of a second canal was more than a mere attempt to gain acceptance of his proposed treaty to relinquish ownership of the Panama Canal by the year 2000, the story said. Horse Law Out PRINCETON, Minn (UPI) - The city of Princeton has repealed a law that says people can't hitch their horses outdoors between 11 p m and 6 a m J., ' v.:. ; I SO ' : 1 r Press, lass., Aug. 16, 1977 -5' Right 1 uA. REAR ADM. STOCKDALE War hero from Vietnam. $1 Million Bond Holds Hill Suspect A 24-YEAR-OLD Hill District man was ordered held in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond in connection with two counts of armed robbery. Richard A. Brown, 24, also known as Clemon Harris, a resident of the Palace Hotel, Webster Avenue, was arrested at 4 p.m. yesterday by city robbery squad detectives and charged in two July 18 robberies. The first was at the Open Pantry at Chatham Center on Fifth Avenue, Uptown; where $100 was taken. The second was a $17 robbery at Arbv's Restaurant, 3417 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Detectives on the robbery cases learned Brown was the subject of a fugitive warrant for homicide in Kankakee, 111., and Magistrate Robert Tucker set bond at $1 million. Tucker later said he set the high bond because Rrown "feigned drunkenness and used obscenities and when that didn't work, was spitting at everyone." A hearing for Brown is set for Aug. THIEVES APPARENTLY entered the front door of thp Universal Restaurant Equipment Co. in the 221)0 block of Penn Avenue, Strip District, and took a box containing a negotiable certificate of deposit for $15,000, $150 in cash, a savings account book, and the titles to two motor vehicles. According to company secretary Dorothy Kotwakotwa, the thieves entered the front door of the oldce and removed the box from a rear desk. BURGLARS ENTERED the offices of the Visiting Nurses Association of Allegheny County, Inc., at 815 Union Place, North Side, early yesterday, and took office equipment valued at $5,9117. Entry was apparently gained through a rear window, police said. City Firm Wins Patent Suit Pittsburgh-based Disston, Inc., a manufacturer of cordless power products, has won a patent infringement suit filed by the Black and Decker Manufacturing Co. The suit, originally lodged in Atlanta, Ga., in 197.1, charged Disston had taken the use of a removable battery pack for cordless electric tools. A federal district court here yesterday termed Black and Decker's efforts as "little more than cosmetic surgery" and held the patent invalid on grounds of obviousness.

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