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f Philip Morris endorses plan LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Philip Morris Inc., one of the nation's major cigarette manufacturers, says it will support a proposed plan to save the tobacco price-support system and a buyout of tobacco surpluses, but requested legislation to provide antitrust protection. The plan, worked out between burley and flue-cured tobacco growers and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., was endorsed by Philip Morris President John A. Murphy in letters he sent to two U.S. senators. "We are convinced that it is in VOL. 119, NO. 239 7v 7 8b r . 1 " 1 y li I'1 ' -ft , Gina Melton tends spring plants at Melton's Sim's floral Company this morning. The brightly-colored flowers provided one of the few spots of Teacher's lawsuit to go to trial Monday By VICKI STORY STEVENS Staff Writer STANFORD - A $750,000 lawsuit challenging the dismissal of a Lincoln County teacher will go to trial Monday in U.S. District Court in Lexington. Jacqueline Fowler of Danville is seeking reinstatement to her job as a civics and Latin teacher at Lincoln County High School and $750,000 in damages. Mrs. Fowler, a three-time teacher of the year at LCHS, was fired last summer for showing her students an R-rated rock film on the last day of school without gaining prior administrative approval. Although Mrs. Fowler and students claimed objectionable parts of the movie were edited out, board members voted unanimously to dismiss her on grounds of in-subordination and conduct unbecoming a teacher. During a two-day hearing that preceded the dismissal, school officials described the British movie, "Pink Floyd The Wall," as pornographic and said they objected to the nudity, violence and rebellion it contains. The lawsuit filed in federal court challenges the dismissal on the grounds that the board allegedly violated Mrs. Fowler's civil rights under the First and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment protects ran individual's right to free speech, and the 14th Amendment guarantees an individual's right to .due process of law and equal protection under the law. - The trial, which will be decided by Judge Scott Reed, is expected to last a week. In addition to Mrs. Fowler, witnesses expected to (Continued oa Page .) the best interest of our country, the tobacco-growing community and our own company that the production and sale of high-quality American-grown tobacco at fair and competitive prices be assured now and in the future," Murphy wrote in a letter to Sens. Wendell Ford, D-Ky., and Jesse Helms, R-N.C. Murphy's letter said the company "has urged the tobacco-growing community and its representatives in Congress to draft and pass appropriate legislation, including protection for growers' cooperatives and the DANVILLE, KY " V J 1 Floral arrangement Looking in Index Area news 2,3 Business news 5 Classified 13-14 Comics 15 Dear Abby 16 Deaths 2 Farm news 11-12 Livestock 8 Local news 2,3 Police news 2 Sports 9-10 State news 6 Stocks 8 TV schedules 15 Looking out Local data Highest reading Wednesday 65 Lowest reading Wednesday 52 Precipitation Wednesday .02 Precipitation year ago .60 ins. Temperature 7 a.m. today 60 One year ago 7 a.m. today 49 Sunrise Friday 6:29a.m. Sunset Friday 6:58 p.m. Weather forecast Mostly cloudy tonight with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, lows in the low to mid 50s and southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Mostly cloudy Friday with a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms, highs in the mid 70s and southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.' Negotiators to discuss medium-range missiles GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) -U.S. and Soviet negotiators today open talks on medium-range missiles the issue that led the Soviets to walk out of the arms talks 15 months ago. The talks are part of the three-tiered superpower arms reduction negotiations that also cover long-range missiles and outer space and other defensive weapons. The talks revive the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks that were halted In December 1983 when the Soviets walked out to protest cigarette manufacturers from the potential antitrust liabilities inherent in the buy-out of pool stocks." Reynolds dropped its request for antitrust legislation after tobacco leaders in Congress said it would be virtually impossible to win such legislation. Tobacco leaders said Philip Morris' request jeopardizes the proposed buy-out. Murphy's suggestion that tobacco cooperatives wanted the an-titrust legislation drew swift criticism from Ford and Rose. "I take exception to the insinua Copyright 1985, The Advocate Messenger, All Rights Reserved THURSDAY, in m mi m f jim ffff i" 'ff color during a gray, overcast day in Danville. Mrs. Melton says tulips, daffodils, azaleas and iris are among the popular favorites for Easter. Goetz says he hopes indictments will bring out full story of shootings By SAMUEL MAULL Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Bernhard Goetz says he hopes his indictment on four counts of attempted murder will help bring out the full story of why he shot four teenagers on a subway train and end the controversy that caused worldwide debate on vigilantism and self-defense. Goetz was to be arraigned today in Manhattan Criminal Court following his indictment Wednesday by the second of two grand juries to investigate the Dec. 22 shootings. The first grand jury indicted Goetz, 37, only for felony weapons possession charges. He did not testify before either panel. In addition to attempted murder, the second grand jury charged Goetz with four counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of first-degree reckless endanger-ment and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Goetz said he shot the youths in self-defense after one of them "demanded" $5. One of the teen- NATO's deployment of the first of 572 U.S.-built Pershings and cruise medium-range missiles. NATO said the missiles were needed to counter Soviet SS-20 missiles aimed at Europe. On Wednesday, the Soviet delegation issued a formal statement saying they were discussing with the United States methods of keeping outer space free of all weapons not President Reagan's Star Wars defense plan. The Soviets were denying a 63 to savi tion in the letter tha growers who are asivm6 legislation," Ford said in a statement released by his Washington office. "The question of antitrust immunity has always been raised by the manufacturers." U.S. Rep. Charles Rose, D-N.C, fired off a letter to Murphy: "I must insist that you drop your request for legislative antitrust protection." Rose renewed his threat to introduce a bill to fund the tobacco program with revenues from the federal excise tax on cigarettes. George Dunlop, top agriculture MARCH 28, 1985 " IV Staff Photo hv SaUir Hright agers said he told the second grand jury he was merely trying to panhandle Goetz. "It's probably all for the best. Everything now should come out in the open, with time, and that will end the controversy," Goetz said. An attorney for Goetz, Barry Slotnick, said he would immediately move to dismiss the new indictment "because it was brought improvidentially by the district attorney for partisan reasons.", "The chief judge has said a grand jury will indict a ham sandwich if the district attorney wants it to," Slotnick said Wednesday. "Bernie Goetz today turned out to be a ham sandwich." Attempted murder is a felony with a maximum penalty of up to 25 years in prison. The assault and weapons possession charges carry up to 15 years, and the reckless en-dangerment charge carries up to seven years in prison. Goetz faced up to seven years in v prison on the felony gun possession indictment handed up by the first grand jury. Prosecutors were expected to newspaper article published earlier in the day that quoted a U.S. spokesman as saying Tuesday's arms control meeting between the two superpowers "discussed possible anti-missile systems in space." "This report is not based on facts," the Soviet statement said. "What was discussed was not possible anti-missile systems in space but the question of the need for strict compliance with the agreement reached on Jan. 7-8 in Geneva concerning the elabora f r I J 31 52085 LIBRARY ISITIONS DEPT. NGT0N Ky 40506 "I- other tobacco-state senators that "they do not think it (legislation for antitrust protection) is possible." Dunlop said Helms hoped to still reach a negotiated settlement with the companies and there would be more meetings with Philip Morris. Under the Reynolds proposal, the buy-out would be implemented administratively by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for this year with legislation passed next year to seal the agreement. The proposal calls for cigarette 18 PAGES House Democrats making last stand against MX missile By LAWRENCE L. KNUTSON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democratic leaders are making a last and desperate bid to kill spending for the MX missile, but one says there is little chance to deny President Reagan victory on a fourth and final congressional vote. House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill was making "an all-out effort" to orchestrate an upset to stop the release of $1.5 billion to build a second installment of 21 of the intercontinental nuclear weapons. But House Majority Leader Jim Wright of Texas said Reagan clearly has the support he needs in the narrowly divided House to slip the MX money past its final legislative roadblock. Reagan was expected to continue lobbying by telephone even though he was scheduled to be in New York City at the time of the vote. "There is a chance, but it's a hard chance," for the House to reverse itself, said Fred Wer-theimer, president of Common Cause and a leading anti-MX lobbyist. The House voted 219 to 213 Tuesday night to authorize the MX spending, a step some House members contended is sufficient ask for an increase in his $5,000 bail. "As soon as the first grand jury action came down, we started to review the case," District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said. "Our job here was to do what we thought was right." Morgenthau announced March 15 that he would seek the new charges, saying he had a new witness that had not been available to the first grand jury. He refused to identify the witness. The indictment was issued one day after Goetz refused to address the second grand jury because prosecutors wanted him to waive immunity from prosecution. Goetz wanted only to waive immunity for acts he committed on Dec. 22, the day of the shootings, and Dec. 31, the day he surrendered to police in Concord, N.H. Goetz said Wednesday that he did not regret not testifying, but added, "I was willing to testify before the grand jury and tell them everything about the subway shootings, but evidently that wasn't enough for the prosecutor." tion of effective measures to prevent an arms race in space." The Soviets were referring to the meeting between Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Andrei A. Gromyko, the Soviet foreign minister, that led to the current arms talks in Geneva. i Reagan claims the Star Wars idea is purely defensive and aimed at the elimination of all nuclear weapons. The Soviet Union has called Star 3122 ies to purchase, at dis-.jrices, about 600 million pounds of surplus burley tobacco and 812 million pounds of flue-cured surplus. Burley growers would accept a decrease in the minimum price to $1.45 a pound. The price support for the 1984 crop was $1.75 and was expected to rise to $1.78 for the 1985 season. The price support for flue-cured leaf would be reduced from $1.70 per pound to $1.40 a pound. The surplus "pool" is operated (Continued on Page 8. ) SINGLE COPY 25C to show American resolve and to ; maintain the weapon as a bargaining chip at U.S.-Soviet arms control talks in Geneva. They urged the House to bar actual appropriations for the weapon. But Wright said, "I don't know any reason to believe that the vote would be substantially different on appropriations than on authorization." Meanwhile, Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, urged House members to defeat an MX system he said is too expensive and neither an effective deterrent to a Soviet attack nor an important bargaining chip at arms control talks. "Nobody likes to change their vote, and no Democrat wants to be painted as weak on defense," Glenn said in a letter to the 61 House Democrats who voted for the MX system on Tuesday. But he said new Air Force figures indicate that each MX missile will cost at least $254 million when the price is adjusted to include the "super hardening" of the protective silos they will be placed in. MX is not a deterrent to Soviet attack because it is vulnerable to such a strike, Glenn said. Reagan and other supporters say the MX is critical to the success of the Geneva talks Bernhard Goetz Wars a U.S. attempt to gain a nuclear first-strike capability. A U.S. spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, acknowledged the newspaper report did "not reflect what the spokesman of the U.S. delegation to these arms talks actually said." Reading a statement over the telephone, he said, "In keeping with the principle of confidentiality that has been agreed between the U.S. and Soviet delegations, we will have nothing further to say on this question." . .t' : ..it ; ... Jf 'W1 w "tir i Mt

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