The Morning News from Wilmington, Delaware on June 15, 1977 · Page 3
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The Morning News from Wilmington, Delaware · Page 3

Wilmington, Delaware
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Wednesday, June 15, 1977
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t-' ST '" Support new laws on gays, church report suggests By EILEEN C. SPRAEER DOVER The church should be leading those seeking enlightened laws on homosexuality, according to a task force report to the New Castle Presbytery presented at Dover Presbyterian Church last night. Further study is needed of the laws that make felonies of, homosexual acts privately under-' taken by consenting adults, said the Rev. Robert McKim, the task force chairman and pastor of the church. . The report was requested by the presbytery to coordinate with a national study being conducted by the United Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. The general assembly, highest legislative body of the denomination, has scheduled two days of hearings on the homosexual issue, June 23 and 24, at its annual session in Philadelphia. McKim and his 10-membtr committee also recommended: A program of education, including scripture, psychological and psychiatric data. More adequate counseling .procedures. Support for further research into homosexuality. The presbytery also last night voted for a resolution against jai alai. It repeatedly ' has voted , against lotteries and gambling as a means of raising government revenue. Honor guard A giant replica of the first American flag waves near the Washington Monument as members of the Commander-in-Chiefs Guard stand at attention during Flag Day ceremonies yesterday. (AP Wirepnoto) Dual listings in phone By ELEANOR SHAW DOVER People who want a dual listing in the telephone book will soon be able to get it, and if they make their request by Sept. 28, they will get the listing for free. The Public Service Commission yesterday approved Diamond State. Telephone Co.'s plan to list two first dames beside each last name in its telephone directories. ; The commission also considered allowing two separate listings for each telephone customer, but postponed any action on that. Dual listings will be available to anyone who meets a simple test: they must have the same surname and live in the same house. This applies most often to wives and husbands, but the dual listing will be available to sisters and brothers, fathers and sons and similar combinations. The listing also will be available to people who use a .In other action. Claire M. Tvson. a laywoman from West Nottingham Presbyterian Church in Colo-ra, Md., was elected moderator for a one-year term, succeeding the Rev. Stuart J. Leyden of Eas-ton, Md. The moderator presides at all meetings of the presbytery, which includes 55 churches in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore, with some 21,000 members. The presbytery also set a $600,-' 600, goal for its share of a special national mission fund to be raised over a three-year period beginning in 1978, approved a presbytery mission budget of $187,500 and an administrative budget of $117,085 for 1978. The contract of the top executive in the presbytery, the Revi Robert . B. Moore, executive ' presbyter, was renewed for another five years in a secret ballot-taken last night. The presbytery refused a request to review Plan Omega, which would move medical facilities out of Wilmington to a Stanton site, because it would not have sufficient time to study the proposals. The Wilmington plaintiffs in the suit against Plan Omega had requested a review hoping to tap na-i tionally appropriated presbytery funds for legal defense in cases of racial or social injustice. nickname or want both their first and middle name listed. There are a number of possible combinations from these rules: Brown, Mary-John Jones, Peter-Louis Smith, Clyde-Tex White, Mary Louise People who have different surnames can't both be listed, a problem that prompted the commission to discuss the possibility of allowing two separate listings for each customer. That hadn't been requested by the telephone company, and the commission decided to wait for some facts on the cost before making any decisions. The dual listing revisions were going to cost most customers $8, but a commission consultant suggested that Delaware copy some of the other 36 states that have authorized dual listings and offer a grace period for free' revisions. Sept. 28 was selected as the cut-off date, because that is the deadline for i lllli. II MUJWg1lMl!i'!'ll I I .7"T Ml; ' w Ts I -4. ?: rati! 1 .A J .. o& r v I VA i ,V . ... i, i hi ' . IJ-dsA . ' ' Dee Smith, 17, looks like he's got a real problem on his hands as Benny the I rrlly a o -if, goat charges, but the action is all part of a wrestling game the two play naiOnGoUS frequently on the farm where they live near Taylors Bridge. (Staff photo by Kevin Fleming) James Biden surrenders nightclub because of debts By RALPH S.MOYED James B. Biden, younger brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Jr., is quitting the nightclub business after running up more than $700,- 000 in debts on the Seasons Change Club in less than four years. Biden and a minority shareholder have surrendered all the Seasons Change common stock to a designee of the club's principal creditor, First Pennsylvania Bank of Philadelphia, according to records of the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. Biden hasn't been running the business for weeks, but the formal stock transfer cannot take place until it is approved by the commission, which has the transfer on tomorrow's agenda. Documents filed with the commission show the club owes up wards of $600,000 to three banks, not counting unpaid interest. First Pennsylvania holds $475,000 in notes and the club owes possibly as much as $175,000 to Farmers Bank of the State of Delaware. Commercial debts, tax liabilities and interest obligations run more then $100,000. : It was the near-collapse of Farmers Bank and the Biden brothers' dealings with the bank that brought the club's problems to public attention early this year. 1 Some of the debts were outlined in a secret report on the bank prepared for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. last year and obtained by The Morning News. The report said there was little chance the loans would be paid off. Sen, Joseph Biden was never involved in the club or its financial Boys' club The new H. Fletcher Brown Boys' Club was dedicated Monday night in a brief public ceremony followed by a tour of the $1.5 million building at 16th and Spruce Streets. The building, which opened its doors April 12 to a greatly increased membership, adjoins the original Brown Club, in operation since 1949. A gift of land from Continental Can Corp. made a new building, rather than expanding and renovating the old one, possible. Studies indicated a need for a club at that location. The building houses an Olympic-sised pool, gymnasium, game rooms, arts and crafts room, li book OKd the upcoming" Wilmington-area telephone directory. Presumably, downstate customers will have to meet the same deadline for free-changes, although their directory deadline isn't until nexj spring. The change will ( not be made unless customers specifically ask for it. Customers desiring the change can notify the telephone company beginning Monday. Notices also will be. mailed out in telephone bills sometime this summer. Customers, will get to select which of the first names will be listed first, and the telephone company will use that name to alphabetize the directory. The listing could read either "Brown, John-Mary" or "Brown, Mary-John." The directory assistance operators will have both names alphabetized so that people can find one name even if they don't know the other. 'mm 1 dealings, but once made a telephone call on his brother's behalf to A. Edwards Danforth, who was then chairman of the bank. As both Joseph Biden and Danforth later recalled the conversation, Biden asked no special favors but complained that his name was being dragged into the matter by bank officers dunning James Biden for repayment of the loans in 1975. When the loans were publicly disclosed last winter, Joseph Biden told reporters he faulted Farmers Bank officers for extending so much money to a young man with little experience in the nightclub business. Farmers Bank officers familiar with the loans said they were encouraged to make the loans because of the Biden name. They said they felt the name would help attract a fashionable young crowd to the club, on Concord Pike beside Brandywine Raceway. Under an agreement reached this spring, James Biden and his sister's husband, Wilmington attorney John T. Owens, are surrendering all the common stock of Seasons's Change, Inc., to Salva-tore J. Cardile, a Yeadon, Pa., businessman. In turn, Cardile has pledged all the stock and most of the profits to First Pennsylvania Bank. He has been managing the club for more than a month. The profits will go to pay off the major creditors on a pro rata basis. The agreement lists three loans of $80,000, $25,000 and $60,000 from Farmers. The agreement notes that there is some question wheth dedicates new building brary, kitchen, meeting rooms and offices. Keeping boys out of trouble by providing constructive activity has been the organization's goal since 1930 when the first Wilming branded label MEN'S&WOMEN'S FASHIONS for LESS a division T-SHIRT BONANZA! NEW SHIPMENT JUST ' ARRIVED! DESIGNER NAMES , LIKE GIVENCHY, CALVIN KLEIN, YVES ST. LAURENT AND MORE! 4.99 AND 5.99 ttrUvlrliltollT 100cotton knits and blends in solid colors. White golf shirts, too. S-ML. 52AK5SD lASIL SHOPPIES HOURSt MERCHANDISE MART-CovtntOf Pritili Blvd., Wi(m. open fcity 10 tof Saturday W to S:)0 Svntfty It to S STATE 1 L00CKERMAN STV-Oow-opw Monday ttinj Thursday HO h) S:)0 Friday : to O-Sahjrday : to S; er James Biden is personally liable for the $60,000 loan. The aereement makes it clear that Biden is not released from liability for any of the loans but does provide for the club to be sold to a new owner even if creditors have to take a loss. All the major creditors have to approve, however. The documents filed to support the transfer list two new creditors. One is the Continental Bank of Philadelphia, which loaned Biden's club $22,600 last year for new equipment. Another $15,000 came from Equitable Security, Inc. The finance company that served as middleman in placing more than $20 million in resort development loans for Farmers. A substantial portion of those loans were reported to have gone bad in the FDIC report of Farmers. Before the stock transfer is approved, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is scheduled to hold routine hearings on charges that the old owners violated reporting and financial responsibility regulations. Radar locations State police radar units will be patrolling the following roads today: Delaware 2, Delaware 41, Delaware 141, U.S. 13 in Farming-ton, Delaware 14 east of Harrington, U.S. 13 north of Harrington, Delaware 24 from Oak Orchard to Lewes and Delaware 1 in Bethany Beach. ton Boys' Club was established in the old Queen Theater. The Boys' Club also operates Camp Mattahoon on Limestone Road and the Clarence Fraim Senior Center, 669 S. Union St. O of Braunstein's Wednesday, Jvm 15, 1977 13 TK Morning Nwt, Wilmington, Dl. Pimlico exec felt forced to aid Mandel BALTIMORE (AP) The vice president of Pimlico Race Course said yesterday he felt that contributions to Gov. Marvin Mandel's campaigns were necessary to keep his track from being treated unfairly by the Maryland Racing Commission. "It has been my experience that not making a campaign contribution resulted in inferior treatment by the Racing Commission," Nathan Cohen testified under prosecution questioning in the political corruption trial of Mandel and five codefendants. Cohen said one codefendant, Irvin .Kovens, approached his uncle, Benjamin, in 1970 and asked the family to give $10,000 to Mandel's campaign. He said they gave only $2,000. He testified that Pimlico later was assigned what he felt were poor racing dates by the commission, which is appointed by the governor. "In the early part of 1971, $8,000 was contributed to Mandel's campaign by members of my family," he stated. Cohen said the next set of dates assigned by the com mission was better. Cflfien said he once had another codefendant, W. Dale Hess, arrange a breakfast meeting with Mandel. "My reason was to straighten out the difficulties we had with the racing commission," he said. The other defendants are William and Harry Rodgers, brothers in business with Hess, and Ernest N. Cory Jr., a Laurel, Md., lawyer. The codefendants are accused of giving Mandel gifts and business interests for help on a 1970 bill to aid their race track, Marlboro. Another witness, public accountant Benjamin Sapperstein, testified under immunity about notations he had made on work sheets to remind himself that Hess was fronting for the governor in an Eastern Shore land deal. Sapperstein said he made the notes after newspaper stories in 1971 said that Mandel was a partner in Ray's Point Inc. with Hess and the Rodgers brothers. Mandel said then he was pulling out of the deal. Sapperstein said that Mandel continued to own 150 of the 300 shares listed in corporate papers as belonging to Hess. . . For the first time either in the retrial or Mandel's first trial, Bar-net D. Skolnik, an assistant U.S. attorney, agreed to a series of stipulations in order to shorten the trial. In a stipulation, prosecutors and defense lawyers agree on facts, which are read to the jury far more quickly than witnesses could relate them. Skolnik presented stipulations summarizing the testimony of six people who had appeared at the first trial. None was a major witness. Defense lawyers say they are willing to stipulate the testimony of 28 other prosecution witnesses. Skolnik said he was ready to stipulate on only 10 others. Defense lawyers said they did not dispute the testimony of the remaining 18. They said, however, that prosecutors probably did not want to give up the in-person impact their stories would have on the jury. FAMOUS DESIGNER SWIM SUITS 7.99 o21.99 rwuttrlr SUtoSU JUNIOR i MISSES SIZf SI One piece, two piece and bikinis. Solids, stripes, prints. TAIIKTOPS SOLIDS & STRIPES 1.99 rafuiwly It Cotton and polyester blends S-W-L. TERRY CLOTH SHORTS 5.99 Pull-on style by Breckenridoe. White, red and blue. S-M-L i Mr I

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