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THE OLDEST DAILY NEWSPAPER IN THE UNITED STATES FOUNDED 1 77 1 THE WEATHER Philadelphia and vicinity: Partly sunny and cold Tuesday. High near 40. Rain or snow likely Tuesday night or Wednesday. Probabilty of precipitation near zero early Tuesday changing to 60 percent Tuesday night. Complete Weather Page 32 (Filial AH CITY EDITION AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER FOR ALL THE PEOPLE Daily: Home Delivery 60 Cents Per Week TUESDAY MORNING.

DECEMBER 23, 1969 Copyright 1949 by Triangle Publications. Vol. 281 No. 176 TEN CENTS I Flnrawlflitm Tax Cut Social Security Bill Passed lam Cong re Restores Philadelphia 1 'WJffr ffsiiite' cry I i IS i.r -itf inn-nitnrnmrmi in nunirr nwrnrAmm iiinnhiTiirnr'ir inom nmmiim i nu iummgiim- UPI Telephoto Pennsylvania Sen. Hugh Scott (right), Republican leader in the Senate, wears his "holiday" vest in anticipation of adjournment of Congress.

With him is Rep. Gerald Ford, of Michigan. Principal Provisions Of Tax Reform Bill WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (AP). Here are the principal provisions of the tax bill passed by Congress: Tax Reduction The Rev.

Henry Nichols, vice president of the school board, chats with (from left) Delice Di Ambrosio, 12; Tamara Howell, 10; Theresa Disque, 12, and Leslie Howell, 12. from Shawmont School attended board meeting. Tax Relief for Individuals Tate Kills Advisory Board, Terms Action Gift to Police By JOHN F. CLANCY Of The Inquirer Staff Mayor James H. J.

Tate formally dissolved the Police Advisory Board on Monday as a "Christmas present" to police. But the one-sentence order which ended the board's 11 years of existence stirred up again the bitter controversy the board has generated. Votes Reject Rider Killing Job Order Rights Groups Join Nixon in Opposing End of Program From Our Wire Services WASHINGTON, Dec. 22. Responding to fears of a Presidential veto and anxious to start home for the Christmas holidays, the Senate reversed itself Monday night and killed a ban on the so-called "Philadelphia Plan" designed to assure jobs for Negroes in government financed construction projects.

The vote was 39 to 29. In joining the House's blunt $30 Million in Jobs at Stake in Phila. Plan Story on Page 20 refusal earlier in the evening to go along with the ban, the Senate removed the last obstacle to adjournment of the first session of the 91st Congress. The House rejected the ban 208 to 156. YIELDED TO PLEAS The Senate last week voted three times to kill the Philadelphia Plan but the pleas of President Nixon and the per--suasion of civil rights leaders switched enough votes to eliminate the controversial rider c.i the $278.2 million supplemental appropriations bill.

The debate involved both the issue of civil rights and a power struggle between Attorney General John N. Mitchell, who has ruled the Philadelphia Plan legal, and Comptroller General Elmer Staats, who has ruled it illegal. Staats in an employee of Congress and thus the debate pitted the Executive Branch of government against the Legislative Branch. Sen. Spessard L.

Holland fighting in Staats support, declared. "The Congress is not going to stand idly by and see its authority destroy by the Executive Branch and by an ambitious attorney general." 'CONGRESS ABDICATES' Sen. John L. McLellan Ark.) agreed. If the majority backtracks from its action last week, McClellan said, this "would lead to headlines tomorrow saying, 'Congress abdicates the Senate Sen.

Robert P. Griffin the GOP whip, said such a decision would only mean that labor lobbyists had not swayed Congress. "It is no secret," he said, "that the lobbyists of organized labor are very active in the corridors of Congress trying to defeat this plan." Sen. Hugh Scott, Republican leader from Pennsylvania, said Mr. Nixon feels the Philadelphia Plan "offers a great opportunity to advance the equal rights of all Americans and sincerely hopes it will be given to all non-white Americans." The plan, put into effect in September by Secretary of Labor George P.

Shultz, requires construction firms in the Philadelphia area to promise, when bidding on government contracts of $500,000 or more, to make good-faith efforts to bring Negro employment up to 20 percent of their labor force in four years. The plan was strongly op-Continued on Page 20 Column 1 XL S. Peace Proposal Rejected by Israel as Appeasement of Foe JERUSALEM, Dec. 22 (AP). Israel on Monday rejected as "appeasement of the Arabs" U.

S. proposals for peace between Israel and Egypt and Israel and Jor SchoolAides Challenged On Abilities Alliance Asks Audit; 100 Heard On Budget Cuts By PAT MeKEOWN Of The Inquirer Staff The competence of a number of high-level administrators in the public school system was questioned Monday at a public hearing on a proposed $3.9 million slash in the 1969-70 school budget. Thomas Entenmann, spokesman for the School Administrators Alliance, also demanded a complete, independent, outside audit "so that the credibility of the school system can be restored." 100 TESTIFY The Board of Education split up into three panels Monday to hear more than 100 persons testify on the proposals of Schools Superintendent Mark Shedd to eliminate programs, reduce others, eliminate administrative positions and reduce by 5 percent the salaries of all principals' and executives' salaries, including Dr. Shedd's. Shedd attacked the state's failure to provide sufficient funds to the city's schools when Ken Swartley of the National Education Association offered to back another appeal for state aid.

NO FAIR SHAKE' "The history of the city receiving fair and, equitable treatment from the state is dim indeed," Dr. Shedd said. "The state by virtue of rule over representation tends -not to give the cities a fair shake. "If you really are interested in helping the cities, appeal to the Federal Government for funds. We get a better shake from Washington than we generally do from the State Capitol." The board's regular meeting, which lasted one hour and 10 minutes before the public hearing, was taken up chiefly by hearing the complaints of three parents against the closing of the Paxson Parkway Elementary School and the assigning of the 101 witnesses to the three hearings in the school auditorium, cafeteria and basement studio.

SLICK TACTICS Richardson Dilworth, school board president, ruled that the board would hear only three of the 25 persons complaining about the school closing and banned as "slick tactics" an attempt to have three couples heard. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Snyder, parents of school-children and she also a teacher, and John Wekselblatt, another parent, claimed the closing of the school punishes the children for an administrative error. They asked that the school remain open until June and reopen in September with a new system for selecting pu- Continued on Page 17, Col.

1 1 I Of Special Interest I Althoueh the tradition- 4 4. al turkey is favored on "A most Christmas tables, a II delightfully different fare i may P-V VMWMAAAW V9 111 M.M. roast duckling or game- birds. Recipes for the 4. turkev and other birds '4.

i and suggestions for deli- i A cious desserts are present- i led in the Holiday Food I uuiae, Fages 13 to 16 I I I 2 i Shopping Days I I io tJiiristmas Nixon OK i Of Measure" Is Predicted Reduction in Levy Is 2d Largest in Program's History WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (AP). Congress sent to President Nixon on Monday the most important piece of legislation of the 1969 session the massive tax and Social Security bill. The House passed the compromise version of the bill 381 to 2. The Senate passed it a few hours later by a roll-call vote of 71 to 6.

The measure contains the second largest incom- tax cut in history, benefiting virtually all individual taxpayers. The 15 percent increase in Social Table of Tax Changes on Page 37 Security benefits is the largest single boost in that program. The bill represents the broadest effort ever made to shut off or reduce tax benefits that enable wealthy per-sons to escape or greatly low-e: tax bills. VETO THREAT RAISED Mr. Nixon recently softened earlier opposition to the measure because of short run tax losses, but has raised a new veto threat because of long-range revenue losses.

A high Administration financial official, however, predicted Mr. Nixon would sign the bill because of its revenue gains in 1970 and 1971. In other action Monday: Congress dropped a rider from a $278 million supplemental appropriation bill that would have killed the so-called "Philadelphia Plan" to increase the number of Negroes employed on Federally financed construction projects. The House approved the $9.7 billion Labor-HEW money bill, but Senate Democratic leader Mike Mansfield of Montana held it up in the Senate until January to avoid a pocket veto by President Nixon. The foreign aid appropriation measure was left in limbo until January in a dispute over military aid to Formosa and South Korea.

The House agreed to a second conference with the Senate on the bill. Meanwhile, spending will be allowed to continue at last year's rate of $1.7 billion. The House approved by voice vote a measure setting Federal goals for coping with problems of environment and setting up a Presidential council on environmental advisers. The bill was sent to the White House. The Senate approved and sent to the House a bill repealing a provision of the 1950 Internal Security Act providing for setting up of detention camps in time of a national security emergency.

WILL TAKE TIME At a White House meeting with Congressional leaders Monday, Mr. Nixon said "he would take his time about acting on the tax reform measure. He will have 10 days in which to act on the bill after it reaches the White House. He indicated he will take most of that time. Sen.

Hugh Scott the Senate Republican leader, said the administration apparently Continued on Page 37CoIutnn 2 3n Eli? Departments and Features Amusements 18, 19 Bridge 45 Business and Financial 25 to 30 Classified Ads 37 to 44 Comics 45 Death Editorials 10 Obituaries- -32, 46 Sports 33 to 36 Television and Radio 24 Women's News 21, 22 Notices 32 Feature Page Page 11 "The Philadelphia Story" Page 21 Holiday Food Guide Pages 13 to 16 Legal Problems Page 11 Complete Weather Page 32 1, to Dec. 31, 1971, to $700 in 1972, and to $750 in 1973 and thereafter. Low-Income Allowance A $1100 low-income allowance to benefit poorer families is added to personal exemptions in 1970. It will be $1050 in 1971 and $1000 thereafter as the personal exemption rises. Standard Deduction The present deduction, 10 percent of the adjusted gross income up to $1000, is raised to 13 percent with a $1500 ceiling in 1971, to 14 percent and $2000 in 1972, and to 15 percent and $2000 in 1973.

Tax Reduction for Single Persons A new schedule for single persons is established, effective in 1971', under which no one would pay more than 20 percent above tax for married couples with the same income. This also will mean a new schedule and some reductions for heads of households. Maximum Tax on Earned Income A maximum rate of 60 percent on such income, compared with the present 70 percent, is fixed for 1971 and 50 percent thereafter. But the amount of income that could get the preferential rate must be reduced by the person's tax-preference income that exceeds $30,000. Preferences are those items that enjoy a reduced rate or escape taxation altogether.

Withholding for Part-Time Employes Persons who work only part of a year, such as students with summer jobs, are excused from withholding if they certify they will have no tax liability for the year and if they owed no tai in the previous year. Social Security Benefit Payment -A 15 percent increase, effective Jan. 1, 1 is provided for all retirement, family survivor and disability beneficiaries. Tax Extensions Income Surcharge This Is extended six months, to June 30, 1970, but at a 5 percent rate compared with the present 10 percent. Excises Present 10 percent telephone and 7 percent auto levies are extended an additional year, to Dec.

31, 1970. U.N. Condemns Korea Hijacking PANMUNJOM, Korea, Dec. 22 (UPI). The U.

N. Command condemned North Korea on Monday for keeping a hijacked South Korean plane and demanded the aircraft and its 51 passengers be returned at once. The demand was made at the 369th meeting of the Korean Military Armistice, Commission. The Communists countered by saying the commission had nothing to do with the incident and themat-ter should be settled between South and North Korea. increase in $600 personal exemptions to $650 from July Continued on page 37 Column 2 voice vote and sent to the White House a bill setting Federal goals for coping with problems the.

environment and setting up a Presidential council of environmental advisers. The Senate approved by voice vote 'and sent to the House a bill repealing a provision of the 1950 Internal Security Act providing for setting up detention camps in time of a'n internal security The Senate passed and sent to the White House bills increasing retirement pay for retired military personnel by one percent to offset increased living costs, and higher pensions for Central Intelligence Agency employes aboard. Congress sent to the White Continued on Page 37 Column 1 Police Commissioner Frank L. Rizzo hailed the move as "the finest Christmas present the police of this city could receive." But Mercer D. Tate, the lawyer who headed the board and battled for its continuance, called it a "bad mistake" and a "sad day for all Philadelphians." He said the mayor "reacted to the wrong pressures" and that "we will come to regret this action in the years to come." The attorney promised that he would continue to work in behalf of victims of abuse of authority on the part of policemen.

The mayor announced the formal death of the advisory board in an address to nearly 100 members of the police command in the auditorium of the Police Administration Building which he prefaced with the statement, "This is a type of a Christmas present to you gentlemen." He received a one-minute standing ovation at its conclusion. "In spite of the sincere emotional support of the Police Advisory Board, regretfully, it does not measure up to the police department's Continued on Page 17 Column 1 partially open door and hurtling halfway down the hangar's length through a tangle of workers and aircraft. One witness, Bob Smith, 23, said he had seen five men smashed between the plunging Crusader and an F-4 Phantom jet they were repairing. John Lee, 23, a. Navy aviation machinist's mate, said Ridell's plane had been flying in formation with another F-8 when it developed engine trouble, landed and was taxiing down the runway when it went out of control.

Mechanic Carl Snarv, working in the far end of the hangar, said, "I heard a tremendous explosion and the concussion knocked me down. I saw Continued on Page 7, Col. 4 Pilot Ejects While Taxiing Navy Jet Hits Hangar At 100 MPH, 15 Die House Approves Measure Senate Gets, Will Stall HEW Appropriation By RICHARD L. LYONS Special to The Inquirer and Washington Post WASHINGTON, Dec. 22.

The House passed the billion Health, Education and Welfare appropriation bill Monday, tmt the Senate planned to delay final dan. A communique issued after a special, three-hour cabinet session said the American initiatives only would encourage Arab hostility. The statement, regarded Related News on Page 2 here as one of the strongest against' the United States in years, said Israel "views with concern the disquieting initiatives of the United States at the four-power talks." IGNORED NEED Those are meetings held in New York among the U.N. ambassadors of the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and France. The Israeli cabinet contended the American proposal ignored the vital need to establish secure and guaranteed borders and the signing of peace treaties.

Israel will not be the victim of power politics or interpow-er policy and will reject any attempt to impose a forced the communique said. 2D STEP Israel's ambassador to Washington, Itzhak Rabin, was recalled to address the cabinet, session. Foreign Minister Abba Eban, just returned from talks in Washington and. London, also addressed the meeting. The latest American proposal, reportedly the second step in a package deal born of the Big Four talks in New York, called for a settlement between Israel and Jordan.

ROGERS PROPOSAL The plan reportedly called for an Israeli withdrawal from the west bank of the Jordan River, captured in 1967, and Israeli-Jordanian talks over the status of Jerusalem, unified by the Israelis in the wake of the fighting. The first-round proposal, as stated by Secretary of State William P. Rogers two weeks ago, deals with an Israeli-Egyptian Rogers called for Israeli Continued on Page 2, Column 5 Special to The Inquirer and Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO, Dec. 22. A pilotless F-8 Crusader jet careened into a giant maintenance hangar and exploded in a ball of fire at Miramar Naval Air Station action until the second ses sion begins Jan.

19 to prevent a pocket veto by President Nixon. The House vote was 261 to 110. There were these other actions as Congress strained to clear the way for adjournment: The foreign aid appropriation bill, tabled by the Senate on Saturday in a dispute over jets for Taiwan, will be left in limbo until January. The program would operate under a continuing resolution permitting spending at last year's level of $1.7 billion. The House agreed Monday to a second conference with; the Senate next, session.

The House approved by here Monday, killing 15 workmen and injuring 14, nine seriously. A series of explosions destroyed at least six other jet aircraft, and fire swept through the 150-foot-long hangar, leaving destruction estimated at $25 million. Navy spokesmen said the pilot had escaped injury by ejecting seconds before the crash. He was identified as Lt. Cyrus Ridell, 27, of San Diego.

Identities of the dead and of the injured, taken by helicopter to Balboa Naval Hospital, were withheld pending notification of relatives. Witnesses said the pilotless aircraft had slammed into the hangar at more than 100 miles an hour, tearing through a 150,000 Salute Apollo 12 Crew FORT WORTH, Dec. 22 (AP). With a cat and confetti and Flags and furor. Fort Worth paid a ringing salute Monday to the men who made America's second flight to the moon.

Cheering spectators in buildings, on the sidewalks and spilling into the streets showered the Apollo 12 astronauts with confetti, ticker tape and applause. vs..

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