Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 6, 1976 · Page 35
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PAGE 36 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N · FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1976 Citizen Pholo by Manuel Miera Topsy-turvy Eight-year-old Julie McDonald experienced the topsy-turvy world of gymnastics yesterday with a little bit of help from instructor Maria Cole. The gymnastics program, held at the Helen Keeling Elementary School, 435 E. Glenn St., is part of Amphitheater School District's Community School program. Murder Abolish thrift firms 4~**^ n-m+ifYf* *J v charge rejected Ex-activist facing trial Superior Court Judge J. Richard Hannah has rejected a prosecution attempt to raise Jesuit seminarian Nelson T. Barr's manslaughter charge to second-degree murder. Barr, 38, campus activist at the University of Arizona in the late '60s, was charged in the 1970 shooting death of 19- year-old Timothy Tilyutki, but fled to Latin America the next year after his voluntary manslaughter trial was postponed. He returned to the United States, pleaded innocent to the charge last October, then returned to his studies for the priesthood in San Francisco while waiting for his new trial here late this month. Deputy County Atty. Larry Lingeman told Hannah the evidence has been misconstrued the last several years, the manslaughter charge was issued mistakenly and that Barr should be tried for murder. "There has to be some finality to these things," Hannah said before denying Lingeman's request. "Decisions have to be made, though they may be mistaken ones, and life goes on." Valuable stamp EVANSTON, 111. (UP!) -- A stamp collector has received more than $80,000 for the "black Honduras," billed as the world's rarest airmail stamp, a dealer disclosed. is Babbitt's advice PHOENIX (AP) -- A House subcommittee considering tougher regulation of thrift firms has been offered a shortcut that would abolish them. Atty. Gen. Bruce E. Babbitt told the lawmakers that thrift firms are not federally insurable and will be "superfluous" with more competition between banks and savings and loan firms for customers' deposits. Sweeping reforms in the state law were proposed as a result of the bankruptcy and receivership action against Lincoln and U.S. Thrift associations of Phoenix and Tucson. Officials said the thrift firms had close to $50 million in certificates from about 20,000 investors. One key change would transfer regulation of thrift companies from the Arizona Corporation Commission to the state banking superintendent. But Babbitt said this would not touch the real weakness with thrift companies. "The trouble is that thrift firms are unable to get any kind of federal insurance and nothing has worked better than the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in protecting depositors' money in banks and savings arid loan firms," said Babbitt. When there are 40 firms in the state operating under federal protection. Babbitt said, it's difficult for the public to distinguish the difference. "My personal feeling is that the law should be abolished," said Babbitt, adding that no more than a half-dozen states permit thrifts. Rep. Tony West, R-Phoenix, said he disliked the idea of "wiping out" thrift firms because "we can't take the time to get proper regulation." But he and Rep. Peter Kay, R-Phoenix, dropped much of their opposition after hearing state banking Supt. Richard Koeb say he did not want the thrift firms under his agency without stringent laws and reliable insurance. Babbitt told the lawmakers one provision that would force thrifts to divest themselves of their own insurance companies would be too broad. "It would even force the Valley National Bank to give up its Valley National Co., which has never ventured into insuring the bank's deposits," Babbitt said. Barry Aarons, executive assistant to the ACC, presented commission proposals to tighten up thrift rules. In response tq questions, Aarons said there are no thrift companies operating in Arizona, but one application is pending and two others may be submitted. Aarons said the commissioners want thrift regulation to remain under the commission's securities division and are opposed to abolishing them. "They are not banks and one change would call them investment loan companies," said Aarons. Other proposed changes would require a minimum starling capitalization of $500,000 and an unimpaired reserve of $250,000. The firms would be subject to stringent auditing and reporting and barred from investing in out-of-state property or notes. The commission recommended consolidated financial statements and safeguards to prevent subsidiaries from evading the law. Aarons said a key proposal would prohibit any loan, direct or indirect, by any major stockholder to any subsidiary controlled by him. Rep. William E. Rigel, R- Scottsdale, subcommittee chairman, said the proposals would be considered at the next meeting. Receiver given thrift case vote Kino Hospital position filled Krista A. Adams has been named director of development and community relations for Kino Community Hospital. She will leave a similar position at St. Joseph's Hospital to take the job. Mrs. Adams, a graduate of the University of Arizona, was selected from approximately 80 persons who applied for the job at the new county hospital. She will be paid $17,232 per year. Louis E. Gordon, director of the $24 million South Side hospital which is scheduled to open t h i s f a l l , said Mrs. Adams will be responsible for fund raising and public relations. She will begin her new job on March 3. When it was created in November, the position was criticized by two county supervisors who called it a waste of money. But the post was approved after proponents said it was necessary Krista A. Adams Public relations post because the hospital will have to compete for patients with other Tucson facilities -- and must stay Ail! to stay in business. By Wire Services PHOENIX -- Continental Service Corp., the court-appointed receiver of Lincoln Thrift and U.S. Thrift associations, has been authorized to vote the stock owned by the associations in three Hawaiian business firms. U.S. Dist. Judge Walter Craig granted a petition by Continental Services Corp. to vote the stock in electing officers for Keehi Drydock Corp., Mahalo Acceptance Corp. and the International Corp., a!l of Honolulu. Thomas J. Trimble, attorney for the receiver, said Lincoln Thrift and its affiliates had invested more than $2 million in the Hawaii corporations. Trimble said the judge's ruling permitting the receiver the right to vote the stock in the three Hawaiian firms did not mean they were placed in receivership. But he said it puts the receiver in the position of exercising control over the companies. Robert H. Fendler, board chairman of Lincoln and U.S. Thrift, resigned as a director and officer of the Hawaii firms after Lincoln Thrift and its subsidiaries were placed in receivership by Craig last November. A spokesman for Continental Services Corp. said the firm has received "hundreds" of inquiries from depositors and creditors of the thrift companies. He said the receiver "is doing everything possible to preserve and conserve the assets of the corporations," and that more information cannot be released until an independent audit report is presented to the court within 60 days. Protein, sugar fuel push-ups MINNEAPOLIS (DPI) -Robert Knecht, 13, fortified himself with 95 per cent pure protein, honey and orange juice, then did a world record 7,026 push-ups before a small audience of supporters. It took him 3 hours and 56 minutes yesterday. Each half hour, Robert stopped to sip orange juice, and swallow three heaping teaspoons of raw honey and four protein tablets. That usually took about 15 seconds. Prior to the pushups, he took four tea- spoonsful of 95 per cent protein. Robert joined 11-year-old brother Richard in setting world records. Richard, at the age of 8, did 25,222 sit- ups in II hours, 14 minutes. Reagan defies critics No 'evidence of radicalism' HANOVER, N.H. (AP) -Ronald Reagan has' defied his critics to find "any evidence of radicalism or right-wing extremism" on his record, saying he is a proven winner and would not lead Republicans into a rerun of Barry Goldwater's presidential debacle. "I don't think there's any parallel at all between now and the debacle of 1964," he said to mixed applause and jeers at the Dartmouth College arena. He was heading today for Greensboro, N.C., to \campaign for another in the procession of presidential primaries he said has become so long that the voters may be -satiated and lose interest before the Nov. 2 presidential election. At three high school stops and an appearance in tiny Cornish Flat, Reagan hunted New Hampshire votes with his dununciations of big government and the Washington establishment. Then he would take questions, almost always the same from one stop to the next. So were the answers: He is against abortion, opposes the legalization of m a r i j u a n a , favors a strong national defense and wants to balance the federal budget. He doesn't know what to do about Angola because an administration of "government by mystery" hasn't said how that situation affects American security. Suit against landscaper dismissed A complaint charging a Tucson man with contracting without a license in 1974 has been dropped by the state attorney general's office. State Asst. Atty. Gen. John S. O'Dowd said yesterday that he moved for dismissal of a suit against Thomas R. Nordstrom, doing business as Nordstrom's Landscape Service, after it was determined that any possibly illegal activity had been discontinued voluntarily. Nordstrom's lawyer, Joseph A. Lovallo, said a customer originally had filed with the attorney general a complaint accusing Nordstrom of faulty landscape contracting. Lovallo said Nordstrom had not done actual contracting and never had represented himself as a contractor. Malpractice fee limit ' Y ' to drive out lawyers? Citizen Phoenix Bureau PHOENIX -- Limiting attorney fees in medical malpractice cases will drive the .best lawyers from the field but also will drop malpractice premiums, according to the author of the State Legislature's actuarial report on the malpractice insurance crisis. R. Woody Beckman, testifying yesterday at the third day of malpractice hearings held Rocky planning to run? WASHINGTON (AP) Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller is planning a cross-country series of speeches, leading to speculation he might be planning another run for the presidency. Rockefeller, who has withdrawn as a vice presidential possibility this year, will give ' 10 speeches across the country before the Republican National Convention, starting with one Feb. 19 at the National Press Club, the aide said last night. The times and places of the other speeches were not available. "They (the speeches) will not be anti-President Ford or anti-White House," the aide said. The White House announced Wednesday that Rockefeller, at his own volition, had relinquished, day-to-day supervision of the Domestic Council. On the same day, Rockefeller told a group of reporters he had not ruled out another run for the presidency if Ford were to be knocked out of the race. "I withdrew as vice president," Rockefeller said. "My statement included the vice presidency only, as to availability. Beyond that, I have no plans." He added, though, that he expected Ford to win the Republican presidential nomination. by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, said several lawyers, including one widely known Phoenix malpractice attorney, have told him they will stop taking malpractice cases if limits are imposed on their fees. "If the best attorneys withdraw from the practice, it has to have an impact on costs," Beckman said. The 'top lawyers are able to convince juries to award top-dollar damages, he indicated. Beckman's remarks came during intense questioning from two senator-lawyers, Democrat James Walsh and Republican John D. Roeder, both of Phoenix, and Robert Begam, a Phoe'nix trial lawyer. All oppose any limit on lawyer's fees as a way to push down malpractice premiums. The House-passed malpractice bill being debated by the Senate committee sets a sliding scale for fees. Now, fees are liable for court review and can't exceed 50 per cent. The lawyers yesterday said the average fee was 33 per cent of any award. Although there are no statis- tics to prove it, limiting lawyer' fees should drive costs down five per cent, Beckman believes. Imposing a so-called collateral source rule would-have a similar effect, he said. The rule, also a part of the House- passed bill would allow juries to subtract from any malpractice award the amount of money a victim already has received from insurance as compensation for the injury. Now, juries can't deduct the amount. The rule allowing the deductions also could reduce the size of awards. The three lawyers also vocally opposed imposition of the rule or at least modifying the House version of it. The Senate committee is scheduled to consider amendments and take a final vote on the bill Monday night. The Metropolitan YMCA has completed one-third of its goal in its annual campaign to recruit sustaining members. At a meeting last night, YMCA official Rollin Ball said 487 new members have been recruited since the drive began on Jan, 30. The YMCA is hoping to get 1,333 new members. Sustaining members make contributions from $25 to $1,000 to help finance the work of the YMCA's six divisions and to help pay for activities for youths who cannot afford them. Currently, about 1,200 Tuc- sonians are sustaining members. Drive c h a i r m a n J. Emery Barker said the organization needs financial support, but also is seeking participation of individuals in YMCA activities. Don Schellie . . ."Michetine Keating Regis McAuley . . . Asa Bushnell . Ted Craig . . . Good reading in the (Tucson Daily (Titian If you can't take it with you, sell it fast with a Star/Citizen Want Ad. Call 889-5333; NOTICE TQ TELEPHONE CUSTOMERS We are planning changes in the rates for most out-of-state calls. The American Telephone Telegraph Company has filed a new schedule of interstate rates with the Federal Communications Commission which increases charges for most Long Distance calls. The Company has asked that the new rate schedule become effective on February 12,1976. The new rates are designed "to increase total revenues from interstate service by about two percent. Even with these proposed increases, interstate Long Distance rates will be generally what they were in 1953. · Calls requiring operator assistance will generally cost more. · Coast-to-coast dial-direct calls will cost less. · Short-and medium-distance dial- direct calls will generally cost more. · But customers can still save by calling during discount periods. The rate structure remains basically unchanged from the rate plan put into effect March 9,1975. The one-minute minimum charging period still applies on calls dialed direct from residence or business telephones. While charges for most short- and medium- distance interstate dial-direct calls will increase, some longer-distance calls of this type will decrease. Discounts of 35 and 60 percent continue to apply on all calls dialed direct during "Evening" and "Night Weekend" periods, respectively. "Evening" rates will continue to apply on five legal holidays: New Year's Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For calls requiring operator assistance- collect, credit card, coin, hotel guest, third party and person-to-person --the rates will go up, reflecting sharply increased costs. The present three-minute minimum charging period on these calls will be retained, and rates will remain the same throughout the day and night. The 35 and 60 percent discounts will apply to additional minutes of these operator-assisted calls. The following examples illustrate the new interstate Long Distance rates in three sample mileage bands: Interstate Dial-Direct One-Minute Rates MKoage 01 Call 23-3-:: .Tiiles (Hartford. Conn / Springfield. Mass ) 431-925 miles (New Orleans, La,/ Detroil, Mich) 19f1-3OOO miles (NewYork, N Y/ Los Angelas, Calif ] Full Rale Weekday 31C 50C ExlC 35% Discount Evening 200 32C 35C 6O% Discount Night Weekend 12C iVC 21C Additional minutes arc always loss in all rate periods. Roles quoted do nol Include tax. Weekday raies apply from S a m through Friday ' Nighi Weekend II p.m. on Sunday Dial-dirccl rale 1 residence or businesi or busmes: Interstate Operator-Assisted Three-Minute Rates Mileage of Call 23-30 miles (Hartford. Conn./ Springfield. Mass ) 431-925 miles (NewOrleans. La / Detroil, Mich) 191 1-30OO miles (NewYork. NY7 Los Angeles, Calif) Station-lo-Stnlion at All Times Sl.OO S 2 Q 5 I S3 25 Porson-to-Person at All Times S2.0O S3 15 S3 55 Additional minutes lor operator-assisted calls aro charged at the lower dial-direct rales Rales quoted do not Include tax. 10 5 p m Monday through Friday Evening' rates apply from 5 p m to U p m Sundav rales apply from U p m to 8 a m every nighl. all Saturday, and all Sunday except 5 to is apply on all interstate calls (excluding Alaska until March 29 1976) completed Irom a B or business phone wil ion! operator assistance They also apply on calls placed with an operator from a re- dencp ISG phone where direct dialing (acumen arc no) available For dial-rlccl rales to Alaska and Hawa , °ha°* your oS£ Included in the new rates are increases for most interstate private line services and interstate Wide Area Telecommunications Service (WATS), used mainly by business customers. Dial-direct service, already available to Hawaii, will also be available to Alaska starting March 29. Charges on most Long Distance calls to Alaska and Hawaii will be decreased. These rates are (iled to be effective March 29,1976. Charges on most Long Distance calls to Mexico and Canada will be increased.These rates are filed to be effective March 29,1976 for Mexico and April 17,1976 for Canada On January 19,1976 the Federal Communications Commission announced that the American Telephone and Telegraph Company may file for an increase in interstate Long Distance rates. The new rate schedules and supporting data have been filed with the Federal Communications Commission, ATT

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