The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 15, 1976 · Page 1
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Hays, Kansas
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Wednesday, December 15, 1976
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Our. 48th Year— No. 29 The Hays Daily News HAYS, KANSAS (67601), WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 15,1976 6 SECTIONS 68 PAGES 15 CENTS But Gilmore Angered Date With Death Set PROVO, Utah (UPI) - A judge today ordered Gary Gilmore shot at sunrise Jan. 17 by a Utah State Prison firing squad, rejecting the condemned killer's demands to die next Monday. Fourth District Judge J. . Robert Bullock also turned down Gilmore's request to be freed from his death sentence on grounds it had not been carried out within 60 days of sentencing as required by state law. "You don't have the guts to carry out the law," Gilmore angrily told Bullock after he set the execution more than a month away. "You are a moral coward. I'm going to, seek my immediate release." The 36-year-old admitted killer instructed his lawyers not to withdraw a petition for a writ of habeas corpus seeking 'his release from the death sentence on grounds it wasn't carried out rapidly enough, Bullock tossed out the writ an hour later, saying a U.S. Supreme Court stay prevented Gilmore's execution on Dec. 6 and therefore it was "legally impossible" for the prison warden to carry out the death sentence within the time limit. "As the law does not require an impossible or an illegal act, the complaint is dismissed upon its merits," the judge said. Under Utah law, executions must be scheduled at least 30 days and not more than 60 days after sentencing. Gilmore's petition for a writ argues that his sentence ran out when he wasn't executed within 60 days of his Oct. 7 sentencing and that 'to keep him locked up any longer amounts to "cruel and unusual punishment." Two previous execution dates —Nov. 15 and Dec.'6— were stayed, the first by order of Utah Gov. Calvin Rampton and the second by the U.S. Supreme Court. The nation's Terrorist Bomb Injures Hundreds By United Press International A powerful time bomb exploded in a suitcase Tuesday at Baghdad International Airport, killing at least three persons and injuring hundreds of others, the Iraqi news agency said Wednesday. Iraq blamed Syria for the blast. In Tehran, an Iranian man who was- at the airport told reporters he counted at least 14 dead. He said most of the victims were Moslem pilgrims from Egypt traveling to Mecca. In London, a British' Airways spokesman said as many as 10 persons may have died and as many as 400 were wounded in the crowded terminal. • Iraq blamed Syria for the suitcase bomb, which exploded at 7:15 p.m. in a customs lounge and ripped through the terminal building. "Security officials in-' vestigating the attack have determined that the operation was carried out by responsible Syrian officials at Damascus airport," the agency said. "Damascus was ' the last place the plane landed before coming to Baghdad. The suitcase carrying the bomb was loaded onto the plane there. The suitcase did not any of it said. the belong to passengers,' Ten persons were "seriously injured" and "a very large number less seriously injured, including foreigners, women and children," the Iraqi news agency said. The three fatalities reported in Iraq were a Saudi Arabian man and two Iraqis. > Among the badly wounded were one West German, one Japanese and one Greek citizen, the agency said. The Iranian traveler, Sayed 'Morteza-Mosavi, said, "There were probably many others killed due to the collapse of the airport roof. The authorities probably won't know the full toll until they have cleared away the wreckage." In London, the British Airways spokesman said, "We believe six to 10 people have been killed and between three and four hundred injured, mainly by flying glass. "The terminal building was packed with pilgrims at the time of the blast." Japanese Ambassador Seiichi Shima, reached by UPI in Baghdad by telephone, said at least six. Japanese were injured in the explosion, three possibly seriously. Hunters Get Mixed Marks ByFREDJOHNSON Of The News Staff Inconsiderate hunters and motorcycle enthusiasts are causing some area farmers to have second thoughts about giving hunters access to their property. According to area farmers, some hunters are guilty of damaging property, injuring livestock, littering and discourteousness. Governor Robert Bennett last week asked the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission to shorten the quail and pheasant hunting season this year. Bennett cited a deterioration in relations between farmers and hunters due to discourtesy by hunters in hunting on private property without permission as the primary reason for cutting the season short. Bennett wanted the season closed on December 31 rather than January 31, as in the past. The commission did not act on Bennett's request but issued, a statement that the season would probably not be closed early. Most farmers in Ellis County apparently have nothing against hunters but would like to know who is hunting on their land. The eight Ellis County farmers contacted by the News said they gave hunters permission to hunt over their land when the hunter was courteous enough to ask.' Some, however, said they were considering changing that policy. Benno Karlin, who farms northwest of Hays, said he has yet to turn down a hunter but added few people from outside the Ellis County area even bother to obtain permission. Karlin said out-of-county hunters had even driven their vehicles through his milo fields "when they were too lazy to walk." "They sometimes go into pasture's and scare the cattle. I don't like people hunting there without permission but they don't even read the no- hunting signs. "Sortietimes they leave feathers, food wrappers, beverage bottles and cans lying along side the road," he said. "It is the abuse, not the sport that leads to bad relations between farmers and hunters," Karlin said. "We have a lot of local people around here who like to hunt but I have never had any problem with them," he added. Pete Johnson said the only problems he has had with hunters is littering and trespassing. "I know people like to hunt and if they behave themselves I don't mind. "Some hunters throw down their empty shells and they are made of plastic and don't dissolve. "The attitude of hunters has changed over the past few years. Some of them used to be smart-alecky, but lately Please Turn To Page 12 HUNTERS Reading at 2 p.m.: 56 Low this morning: 18 Record high:71 in 1946 Record low: -8 in 1943 Year ago today: 46 and 9 Tuesday's high: 56 Clear to partly cloudy through Thursday. Continued mild with highs Wednesday afternoon in the lower 50s and Thursday in the upper 50s. Lows Wednesdy night in the lower 20s. West to northwest winds 10 to 15 miles per hour today and Thursday. ONLY 9 SHOPPING PAYS „ LEFT—I'D , « BETTER. HURRY/ o I2-/5 highest court lifted its stay in a 5-4 decision on Monday. Judge Bullock said he interpreted "the 30-60 day rule to apply each time he set a new execution date. Utah County Attorney Noall Wootton argued that the defendant had a right to waive the rule, but a hearing on his competence would be necessary "and that would be subject (o a review by a higher court, which could delay things even further." "Monday morning is what I want. I waive the 30 days," said Gilmore. "My desire is to be executed Monday. "I want it to be over with for me, over with for my family. I simply want it to be over with. I simply don't understand how another 30-day waiting period can be imposed." The judge pondered a moment in the silent courtroom, then said: "The most reasonable alternative I have is to set the date more than 30 days from now. Therefore, I sentence you to be executed Jan. 17, 1977, at sunrise." G.E. Approves Large Merger STRATFORD, Conn. (UPI) — Shareholders of General Electric Co. voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to merge their company with Utah International Inc. to form the largest corporate marriage in the nation's history. Meeting at the American Shakespeare Theater, 98 per cent of the GE shareholders present or voting by proxy approved the plan to swap about 41 million newly issued shares valued at some $2.2 billion for 31.5 million shares of Utah International. About 80 per cent of GE's outstanding shares were cast in the voting. Shareholders of Utah International were to meet later in the day to vote on the merger which will make the coal and uranium mining concern a wholly owned subsidiary of GE. Happy Ending With visions of holiday fun on their minds, these Fort Hays State students relax, visit, giggle, stretch and yawn as they prepare to be tested on their knowledge of history. Students began taking final examinations Monday and the Fall semester ends Friday. The Spring term begins Jan. 17. Thanks, But No Thanks ATLANTA (UPI) — One woman, Jane Cahill Pfeiffer, has turned down a Cabinet post offered by President- elect Jimmy Carter, but at least four others remain prominently on his list of possible choices. The announcement of Mrs. Pfeiffer's appointment to be commerce secretary had been expected at Carter's Tuesday news conference, but he said instead she asked that she not be considered for the job. She said later there were- two reasons: Her marriage is her first priority and her husband would have been unable to accompany her to Washington; she had surgery for thyroid cancer a .year ago and while in good health now, is uncertain she possesses the stamina for a Cabinet job. Mrs. Pfeiffer is a former vice president of the IBM . Corp. So far no other names have been reported for the commerce position. Four other women in public life are frequently mentioned for possible appointments, and aides said there may be other women also under consideration. On Tuesday Carter introduced W. Michael Blumenlhnl and Rep. Brock Adams, D- Wash., as treasury and transportation secretaries, and said he would announce al least one more appointment Thursday. Here is a' list of Carter's Cabinet so far and — based on whom he has interviewed and on various news reports — some prospective appointees:State — Cyrus Vance named Dec. 3. Treasury — Blumenthal named Tuesday. Transportation — Adams named Tuesday. Office of Management and Budget — Bert Lance, named Dec. 3. Defense — Harold Brown, president of California Institute of Technology and former Air Force secretary; former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger. Carter said he will fill this post before next week. Agriculture — Rep. Bob Bergland, D-Minn., is said to be the front runner. Interior — Gov.. Cecil Andrus of Idaho is said to be at the top of the list. Attorney General — Miss Hufslcdler or U.S. District Court Judge Frank Johnson of Alabama are among the top names. HEW — Former Johnson aide Joseph Cnlifano, Miss Jordan and Wisconsin Gov. Patrick Lucey. Labor — John Dunlop, who resigned the post in u dispute with President Ford; Miss Kreps and University of Texas economist Ray Marshall. HUD — Franklin Thomas, president of the Bedford- Stuyvcsunt Restoration Corp. and Robert Embrey, housing commissioner of Baltimore. Other lop Jobs being mentioned: United Nations — Rep. Andrew Young, D-Ga. — a black — is said to have changed his mind and will accept the ambassadorship. CIA — Theodore Sorenson, former speechwriter and top aide to John F. Kennedy. Council of Economic Advisers — Charles Schultze, former Johnson budget director. FHS Athletic Director To End 30-Year Career The director of men's athletics at Fort Hays State, Cade Suran, Wednesday announced his resignation. Suran has been affiliated with the college here more than 30 years and his retirement is effective July 1 of next year. Suran told The News he has no retirement plans but added that he and his wife "do plan to travel, until we run out of dough." Suran is looking forward to retirement. "This is getting tough anymore," he said of athletic administration work. Expansion Difficult "We've hit the saturation point. We've got sg many athletic (programs on campus)." He says the scales were tipped by the introduction of CADE SURAN girls athletics. "I can't understand (why the state) can give tax support for the women and not for the men." Men's athletics, he explained, arc funded with donations, gate receipts and a percentage of student activity tickets'. Coaches are paid with tax funds "but all our coaches teach," "I've never been able to understand it," he said of the female programs that have attracted state lax funds. "They call it equalization." "A lot of people don't know" about the funding inequity, he said, but "that's just how the mop flops." Suran joined the college in 1946 as basketball coach and four years later won his first conference championship. His teams won Central Intercollegiate Conference championships in 1950, 1959, 1962 and 1903. They also won NAIA District 10 titles in 1959, 1962 and 1963. Suran was known for this of play and he put FHS basketball in the national spotlight. He stepped down as head coach in 1965 and his 19-year FHS coaching record is 264 wins and 151 losses. He's been inducted into the NAIA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Since 1965, he's been director of men's athletics and a professor of health, physical education and recreation. Before coming to Hays, Suran coached high school basketball teams at Harlan, Downs and Wellington, t Experiment Station Battles Weeds Investigator At Work Phil Stahlman check* potted sorghum, which will be used in a weed test this Winter, in his greenhouse at the Fort Hays Experiment Station. An Oklahoma native, he joined the experimental farm three weeks ago to study weeds. By SCOTT SEIRER Of The News Staff Weeds, those blasted plants that crop up so frequently in your tomato patch and in farmers' fields, are being closely eyeballed by Phil Stahlman, a new employe of the Fort Hays Experiment Station. The sign on the door calls him a weed "investigator" but Stahlman says "researcher" is a better word. Stahlman is an Oklahoma native who has five years experience with North Dakota research farms. He comes to Hays from Hesston, where he worked at K-State's Harvey County Experimental Field. His job is to study weeds, and ways to control them, in order to put more dollars of profit in farmer's pocketbooks. He says there are basically two ways to control weeds: apply expensive chemicals or work the ground, a process that allows precious soil moisture to escape. "The farmer will do whatever is economically best," Stahlman explained, adding that "the trend is toward more and more chemicals.'' "We're trying to conserve the water we do have," he explained. Thus farmers are eager to learn about reducing tillage requirements. To study the role of weeds in the rural economy, Stahlman, who has been on the job only three weeks, is planning to maintain about 50 acres of test plots next Summer. The plots will enable him to study various techniques of weed control. His research will "basically be a field operation" and he'll attempt to "do things that a farmer would do." Although the 1976 growing season has ended, Stahlman is using the greenhouse to begin his research immediately. Grain sorghum and weeds will be watched in the controlled environment this Winter. Although he has not yet devised a formal plan of attack, Stahlman will also study the king of weeds, the bindweed. it's a hardy perennial plant that has a massive root system that often reaches a depth of 20 feet or more. Earlier weed researchers at the Fort Hays Experiment Station, Stahlman explained, heavily applied soil sterilants to a patch of bindweed 15 years ago. Since then the soil has been barren. But, although the sterllant can still be found, the soil has recovered enough that some hardy crops, such as wheat, could be grown. And the bindweed? "It's still there," Stahlman said. "We don't know much about field bindweed today than we did 15 years ago."

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