Citizen Charlie page 11 2PM STOCKS VOL. 106 NO. 34 2PM STOCKS TUCSON, ARIZONA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1976 32 PAGES 15 CENTS Firefighters afire UP] Telephoto Los Angeles firemen were struggling to rescue three persons trapped in the rear of this crashed charter airliner when fire erupted again, setting their clothing ablaze. Several firemen Blaze surprises rescuers LOS ANGELES (AP) -Two stewardesses and a part- time charter airline employe crouched in the rear of the wreckage of a four-engine plane that had crashed and killed the pilot and two other crewmen. As rescuers worked toward them, the wreckage suddenly burst into flames again. Several firemen suffered serious burns when their clothing caught fire. The three survivors eventually were rescued without serious injuries. The charter DC6, owned by Mercer Aviation, apparently lost an engine shortly after takeoff yesterday and went down on the edge of a rain- soaked golf course. The dead crewmen and the three in the rear of the plane were the only persons aboard. Stewardesses Jan Butte, 24, and Susan Masters, 25, and Guy DeMeo, 16, the part-time worker, were seated in the rear of the propeller-driven plane at the time of the crash. Witnesses said firemen were trying to enter the front of the wreckage when the flames erupted, sending them scrambling for safety. "During the rescue operation, the plane reignited and burned several firemen seriously," said George Douglas of the Los Angeles City Fire Department. suffered serious burns but still saved the trapped trio. Three crewmen had died when the four-engine DCS smashed into a golf course after apparently losing an engine on takeoff. Ford requests increase in Social Security tax WASHINGTON (UPI) -President Ford asked Congress today to increase Social Security payroll taxes by 0.3 per cent for both employes and their employers and to extend Medicare benefits to cover "catastrophic" health costs. Ford said his proposals are aimed at "helping all Americans to live in dignity, security and good health." At a ceremony in the Oval Office, Ford signed a special message to Congress urging passage of the legislation. He first outlined the proposals in his State of the Union Address, Jan. 19. "As President, I intend to do everything in my power to help our nation demonstrate by its deeds a deep concern for the dignity and worth of our older persons," Ford said. "By so doing, our nation will continue to benefit from the contributions that older persons can make to the strengthening of our nation." Ford said the increase in the Social Security tax was necessary to build up a trust fund that is being depleted because benefit payments are increasing faster than revenues. Under his plan, the tax would increase from 5.85 per cent to 6.15 per cent Jan. 1, 1977. The President said the increase would cost no more than $1 a week for each worker. Ford's proposal for revision of the Medicare program is designed to provide protection against "catastrophic" health costs for about 24 million elderly Americans who have the insurance coverage. Under his plan, Ford said no one would have to pay more than $500 a year for hospital and nursing bills and no one would pay more than $250 annually for doctor fees. "The particular vulnerability of the aged to the burdens of inflation requires that specific improvements be made in two major federal programs. Social Security and Medicare," Ford said. "I strongly reaffirm my commitment to a stable and financially strong Social Security system," he added. Inside \ Action, Please! .. Citizen Charlie . Classified Comics Crossword Puzzle. Deaths Editorial Page Financial News . Focus Jumble Ann Landers Movie Schedule Sylvia Porter Public Records Don Schellie Sports TV-Radio Schedule Weather Your Stars 9 . 1 1 20-26 . 3 1 . . . . 3 1 .. .20 ....16 . . . . 18 ..9-14 .31 17 13 3 . . 2 0 . . . . 15 27-30 ..13 . 3 2 . . . . 14 All in your head 4 Illnesses that are all in your head are the rule and nol the exception, says the head of the psychiatry department at the University of Arizona. Doctor talks of strike . . 15 The head of a ISO-member doctors' union in Arizona says those doctors would strike if legislation on malpractice insurance proved unsatisfactory. Rain stffl threatens These soggy skies (To coin a quip) Are one great big Potential drip. --N. Lou duSol Arizona skies will continue to threaten rain in the deserts and flooding in the highlands today and tomorrow, the National Weather Service says. Tucson recorded only a trace of rain yesterday, but a wet low-pressure system off Baja California is continuing to pump enough wet air into the state for a 60 per cent chance of rain here tonight and 30 per cent tomorrow. The weather service issued a flash flood watch this mom- ing for western and north- central Arizona, where rain was falling heavily. That combines with u n u s u a l l y warm temperatures that are causing snowpack melting up to 8,000 feet for a "potentially dangerous situation," the weatherman said. Tucson's high yesterday was 74, coupled with a mild low today of 58. The low tomorrow again should be in the high 50s, with a high in the upper 60s following. Full weallier report page 32 Spacemen touring CAIRO (AP) -- The three U.S. astronauts of the Apollo- Soyuz mission have arrived here on the first leg of a lour of six Arab nations. Bentsen faltering, may quit race WASHINGTON (AP) -- An apparent poor finish in the Oklahoma precinct caucuses may cause Sen. Lloyd Bentsen to drop his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Meanwhile, President Ford did his first official campaigning in the nation's first primary, spending the weekend in New Hampshire. His opponent for the Republican nomination, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan, was due back in the state today. Bentsen, a Democrat from Texas, is "taking a close look" at future campaign strategy, he said in a statement yesterday after prelimi- nary returns placed him fourth out of five choices in the Oklahoma caucuses. A campaign spokesman said Bentsen has canceled appearances in St. Louis today because of minor illnesses in his family and a rigorous schedule during the past week in New York and Oklahoma. With nearly 70 per cent of the precincts reporting, 35.G4 per cent of the delegates chosen in this first step toward selecting Democratic National Convention representatives were uncommitted. Fred Harris, former Democratic senator from Oklahoma, had collected 19.89 per cent of the committed dele- Demo hopeful gates and former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter had 19.87 per cent. Bentsen's delegates polled 11.97 per cent of the vote and A l a b a m a Gov. George Wallace's 11.88 per cent. The final count from Saturday's voting may not be known until tomorrow. Two weeks ago, after Bentsen got less than 2 per cent of the vote in the Mississippi caucuses and finished fourth of five there, a source close to him said if he did not do well in Oklahoma he might have to drop out, although Bentsen himself recently denied that Oklahoma was a "make or break" state. Oklahoma Republicans will hold their caucuses in the beginning of a similar procedure for selecting delegates next month. Bentsen, Harris and Carter all campaigned hard in Oklahoma, and each had expected to pick up a number of delegates. Gov. David Boren, however, had urged voters to pick an uncommitted slate. Wallace did not make any personal appearances in Oklahoma but did launch a massive media campaign after an impressive showing in the Mississippi caucuses. The Alabama governor blanketed the state with radio, television and newspaper^ads the week prior to the caucuses. Uranium rush moves closer to Tucson By RICHARD E. W I L B U R Cltlwn Mining Writer An Arizona "uranium rush" is moving closer to Tucson with the staking of 446 new mining claims in the Whetstone Mountains, about 60 miles southeast of here. The latest claims have been staked by Kerr-McGee Corp. of Oklahoma City and Rocky Mountain Energy Co., a subsidiary of Union Pacific. They range through about 14 square miles of Coronado National Forest land, beginning six miles southwest of Benson and continuing southward. They appear to be part of an expanding search for uranium in several parts of Arizona. Already exploration is under way in the Tonto National Forest, north of Phoenix; and on private land south of Willcox. Conservation groups have become concerned because much of the exploration is on or near land important as wildlife habitats or for recreation. Simple economics is prompting the expanding search for low-grade but potentially vast deposits in Arizona: In the last year, increasing demand by nuclear power plants has shoved the price from $8 to $30 a pound. Exploration is under way in the Tonto National Forest and near Lake Pleasant, both north of Phoenix; in another area 85 miles northwest of Wickenburg and on private land in southeast Arizona, about 28 miles south of Willcox. Kerr-McGee, Exxon Corp., and Urania Exploration Inc. of Golden, Colo., are behind these claims. A fifth company, Freeport Exploration Co. of Denver, is doing preliminary reconnaissance work in Arizona. Uranium traces around the Whetstone Mountains, where there now is no mining of any type, were noted on state maps as long ago as the 1950s, but were bypassed by companies finding richer deposits in Colorado and Utah. Rocky Mountain Energy Co. and Kerr-McGee plan to explore in the rugged Whetstones, a habitat of white- tailed deer and javelina, according to John Phelps of the State Game and Fish Department. An 1S72 mining law permits exploration and mining in national forests, and several recent attempts in Congress to revise it have failed. A Sierra Club spokesman said it was deplorable that public lands in national forests can be "mined and converted to private land with no opportunity for the public to participate in determining its fate." V : :';Â·Â·.Â«Â·Â· Â· ; -;:"'.tg IP- 8g ^ ?-tir i-.-.. r-l ,: "\ L._._ .Â·I i^i ', 1 -H* "Â·HB-r ROCKY ^^ / MOUNTAIN i im ENERGY /^ . lip?-'..- i Â· I " *; ^KERR \- McGEE | WHETSTOlfe MTNS. fTM /^/ni n r\ fj'.j n'/H I FOREST 'Â·Â·* o i 3, 4 SCAbE'DF MILES Citizen Map by Joel Rochnn Construction unions face pay dilemma Tucson construction workers soon will face a st.ious dilemma when they begin negotiating new contracts -- they need higher pay to keep pace with the cost of living, but their ranks already are thinned by unemployment. Three-year contracts covering an estimated 20,000 workers in six labor unions statewide expire May 31. The unions will start negotiating in about two months with the Arizona chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. "There is a different situation than three years ago," said Fred J. Brown, business manager of Laborers Local 47.1 "Right now, we're looking for work." Large pay boosts won't help put back to work hundreds of construction workers unemployed because of depressed conditions in the industry. In fact, a big wage increase would raise contractors' expenses and might result in more layoffs. In Brown's local alone, about 500 of its 2,000 members are jobless. The Arizona Department of Economic Security estimates that at least 1,300 -- and probably several hundred more -- throughout the industry in Pima County are out of work. About 800 of those layoffs have come in the last year, leaving an estimated 10,000 construction workers on the job today. The situation is even darker on a statewide basis. Aboul 47,500 construction workers were on the job in Arizona as of last June, a decrease of 19,300 from .lune 1973, when the current labor agreements went into effect. On the other side of the coin is the continued rise in living costs, which is certain to prompt suggestions by union members that they seek some kind of increases -- in pay or fringe benefits, or both, said Brown. Agreeing was Gerald R. Cray, district business manager here with Operating Engineers 428, a statewide local. Also seeking new contracts will be the Carpenters District Council of Arizona, Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 395 here and Local 394 statewide and statewide Teamsters Local 83, Officials of these four union groups couldn't be reached or didn't want to be quoted. Generally, union officials involved said it is too early to ascertain what the opinions of members will boil down to when negotiations stan. Next month, the unions concerned will start holding membership meetings specifically for the airing of members' views on what should be in the new contracts. Angola civil war Pro-Western capital lost By The Associated Press The Western-backed National Union said today Huambo, its capital in south-central Angola, has fallen to the Soviet-backed Popular Movement. A drive on the National Union's military headquarters, Silva Porto, 30 miles away, is expected shortly. Western observers said. The Popular Movement announced the capture of Huambo earlier in the day and said its victory in northern Angola was nearly complete. The National Union announcement was made to a news conference in Lusaka, Zambia by the group's foreign minister, Jorge Sangumba. A National Union spokesman in Kinshasa, Zaire, said up to 4,000 Cuban troops were airlifted by helicopter to Huambo yesterday. He said Soviet-built tanks later rolled into the city. In Washington, State Department officials, confirming the fall of Huambo, blamed the loss on the defenders' inadequate weapons supply. "They just don't have the weapons to match Soviet rockets and tanks," an official told The Associated Press. There- fore, he said, the Western- backed factions could not mount an adequate defense of Huambo. Despite a personal appeal by President Ford, the House last month voted, 323-99, to ban covert American military aid to anti-Soviet forces in Angola. The Senate had acted to end the assistance late last year. Subsequently, Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger hinted that the administration might come back with a request for overt aid. Officials here expect the fighting to gain momentum when the rainy season ends.
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