Independent from Long Beach, California on February 26, 1969 · Page 2
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A-2-INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELESRAM [PM] L "« ""*· C * H · «*" F ' b * "*' ttte PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Hijack Old Stuff for Coed PALACE TOUR Queen Elizabeth and President Richard Nixon walk through one of the rooms of Buckingham Palace before lunching with the royal family. (See story, Page A-6.) --AP Wireoholo Egypt Told of Israeli Plans to 'Occupy Cairo' Combined News Services CAIRO -- Egypt's most influential newspaper editor warned his countrymen over television Tuesday night the Israelis are contemplating a dramatic reprisal raid against the Egyptian capital designed to "occupy Cairo for two or three days." Hassanein Haikal, editor of the semiofficial newspaper Al Ah- ram and a close friend of President Nasser, said government had intelligence reports to that effect. Al Fatah guerrilla radio said the Israelis would strike within 48 hours. Earlier Tuesday, Jordanian military said Israeli Mystere jet fighters streaked into Jordan three times to stage napalm and rocket attacks on rural village areas. In Jerusalem, homemade bombs blew open an outer wall of the British consulate. Earlier Foreign Minister Abba Eban told the Knesset (parliament) of Israel's demands for guarantees against terrorism as a condition for a peace settlement. Another Human Torch in Prague PRAGUE -- A Czech youth, declaring himself "Human Torch No. 2," burned himself to death Tuesday for political reasons on the day Czechslovakia observed its 21st year of Communist occupation. Witnesses to the burning said Jan Zajic, 18, set fire to himself in a passageway leading from Wenceslas Square, not far from where student Jan Palach set himself aflame last month. The victim left a suicide note which said he was "Human Torch No. 2" who died "for the same political reasons as Jan Palach," who pushed the nation into crisis by burning himself to death Jan. 16 in protest of the Russian occupation. Determined to Join Common Market LONDON -- Britain's labor government said Tuesday it is determined to get into the European Common Market regardless of French President De Gaulle's veto. "What we cannot accept is that there can be no progress in Europe without French consent," Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart told the House of Commons. Reds in Human-Bomb Charges SAIGON, Wednesday -- U.S. forces Tuesday beat off four major Communist assaults, including attacks on two Marine bases near the DMZ by fanatical North Vietnamese human-bomb squads who charged out of the preedawn jungled darkness firing automatic weapons. Sandal-clad Communist sappers carrying tiny flashlights and with explosive satchel charges strapped to their bodies attacked the two Leatherneck outposts near the Rockpile towards the eastern end of the DMZ. The attackers broke through the outer perimeters of both camps, blazing away with automatic weapons and hurling their satchel charges into Marine bunkers. E. Germans Reject Deal on Berlin Wall BERLIN -- Communist East Germany Tuesday night rejected a Western proposal for a long-term agreement on traffic through the Berlin wall in exchange for any cancellation of West Germany's plan to hold presidential elections in West Berlin. The East German news service ADN said East German Premier Willy Stoph was willing only to open the wall so West Berliners could visit their relatives in East Berlin during the Easter holiday. Stoph was reacting to a call made earlier Tuesday by West Berlin Mayor Klaus Schuetz for immediate negotiations wilh East Germany on a more lasting traffic agreement in exchange for cancellation of the March 5 elections in West Berlin. IIIIIIIIIIHIIIIINIIIIINIIIIIItllNIIIIIIIIIIIMIIIIIIMIIIIIItlllllllllllMNIIINIIIIIIIItNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINtllltllllltllllHIlmtllllM Fire Kills 9 Trapped in Fifth Ave. Building NEW YORK -- A flash fire trapped 36 persons on the top three floors of a Fifth Avenue office building near quitting time Tuesday. Their screams penetrated the din of rush hour traffic. Nine persons were killed and seven others critically burned before firemen brought the blaze under control 40 minutes later. Firemen using oxygen masks and aerial ladders rescued five persons from the top floor of the five-story building and 15 from the fourth floor. The dead and injured were found huddled against doors and the elevator of the third floor of the structure where the blaze apparently began in the offices of an architectural firm. Martin Cunniff, the first fireman into the building, said he raced to the third floor and found victims stacked on top of one another in a five-foot space between the elevator and the office door and others stacked behind it. "1 just grabbed them off the top," Cunniff said. "Some were alive and moaning and some were dead." Kennedy Urges Major Draft Overhaul WASHINGTON -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D- Mass., Tuesday proposed a major overhaul of the draft and called for a study of amnesty for those who fled the country to avoid induction. But Kennedy said the draft cannot now be abandoned because an all-volunteer army "is simply not realistic policy for the immediate future." "It's way down the road," Kennedy said and warned ending the draft couid lead to "an all-black army fighting white middle class wars." The major provisions in the legislation which Kennedy introduced would require that the draft take 19-year-olds first and that they be drafted by random selection. It also eliminates occupation deferments except when ordered by the President; grants student deferments except when casualties reach 10 per cent of draftees; and extends conscientious objector status to atheists and agnostics. Mars Probe Right on Target PASADENA -- Mariner 6, the first of twin spacecraft that may tell earthlings whether Mars can harbor life, sped with almost pinpoint accuracy toward a picture-taking date with the red planet. Space scientists in mission control at Jet Propulsion Laboratory said that even without a planned midcourse maneuver the $64-million spacecraft would fly by Mars at a distance of 5,500 miles after its 226 million mile trip from earth. "One couldn't possibly ask for better than that," a spokesman for JPL said. Campus Unrest Continues Across U.S. Wiley College in Marshall, Tex., was closed Tuesday after a week of protests by students demanding a better faculty and removal of the school's president. The Wiley president, Dr. T. W. Cole Sr, tacked a notice on an oak tree at the all-Negro college ordering students off the campus by 6 p.m. In campus unrest elsewhere, about 300 students picketed in front of a building housing the student placement center at Northwestern University, protesting the presence of a recruiter from the Dow Chemical Co., maker of napalm for use in Vietnam. Six arrests were made. Fulbright Committee Approves A-Treaty WASHINGTON -- The long-pending treaty to curb the spread of nuclear weapons was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee 14 to 0 Tuesday. Final U.S. ratification is expected early next month. Chairman J. W. Fulbright, D-Ark., said the treaty and an accompanying report of committee views would be sent to the floor by March 6 and the Senate could act any time thereafter. The report is expected to press heavily on the administration to seek immediate negotiations with the Soviet Union. The report may also call for delay in deployment of an antiballistic missile system pending efforts to begin negotiations. Congress Asked to Stop Postal Politics WASHINGTON -- President Nixon called on Congress Tuesday to move quickly in wiping out all traces of political patronage in picking postmasters. And the President served notice he intends to propose comprehensive legislation for further postal reorganization, adding, "Reform of the postal system is long overdue." Nixon's message, made public by the White House, asked Congress to give up its own role in the selection of postmasters by doing away with the present legal requirement that postmasters be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. And to nail down the elimination of political patronage in picking postmasters and rural carriers, Nixon asked Congress to provide for appointment of all postmasters by the postmaster general in competitive civil service. Fraud in Store Games Told at Hearing ' WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission told Tuesday of store managers who sat up all night trying to find the winning combination for themselves in their own sweepstakes and giveaway contests. Paul Rand Dixon discussed the problems of business people trying to win their own games as another member of the commission, Philip F.lman, said it may be so difficult and costly to police supermarket and gas station promotion games that maybe they should be outlawed as unfair trade practices. Delivery of Giant Jet Transport Delayed WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon disclosed Tuesday the production schedule for the Air Force's C5A transport, the world's largest aircraft, has fallen six months behind due in part to "early manufacturing problems." The first operational C5A Galaxy, designed to carry scores of troops plus tanks and other heavy gear, is now slated for delivery to the Air Force in December rather than June. Consumer Prices Still Going Up WASHINGTON -- The government reported Tuesday that the economy's inflationary trend pushed into the new year, sending retail prices up three tenths of 1 per cent in January. Wholesale prices continued their rise, indicating still more inflation ahead. The wholesale price index climbed eight tenths of 1 per cent, an unusually high one- month jump. Combined News Services A nervous American Negro wearing an African bush jacket and a "natural" hairdo and armed with a revolver hijacked a St. Louis-to-San Juan, P.R. jetliner Tuesday and forced it to fly to Cuba with its 68 passengers. But "it was just a big bore" to Lynn Barlow of New York, a Hollins College student making her s e c o n d nonscheduled flight to the Communist island this year aboard a hijacked Eastern Air lines jet. Miss Barlow, who was aboard an Eastern flight Jan. 3 when it was hijacked with 146 persons, said this hijacking was a big bore by comparison. Asked if she was recognized by any of the guards or other Cubans at the airport, she replied, "No, I recognized them." The plane returned safely to Miami at just three hours after it was hijacked south of Atlanta. The hijacker, tentatively identified by Eastern as C. Green, who boarded in Atlanta, looked like a "typical passenger but he was wearing a safari jacket with a belt in back," stewardess Bernice Vrba said. The short Negro approached Miss Vrba when the jet was about seven minutes out of Atlanta and asked where the rest room was located. He then pulled a gun and told the stewardess to "take me to the captain." PARANOID A psychologist told the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., murder trial jury of Jack (Murf the Surf) Murphy Tuesday that the beach- boy-jewel thief is paranoid and "is beginning to wonder if he himself is not God." Dr. David Rothenberg said Murphy also is "anxious about his sexual role." Rothenberg was called to the witness stand by the defense in its bid to support Murphy's plea of "innocent by reason of insanity" to charges of murdering two California sec. retaries. LYNN BARLOW Second Hijacking a Bore --Ap wirnhott SORE FEET A 54-year-old Phoenix man arrived in San Francisco Tuesday, his feet sore but his anger unabated, completing a one-man protest march from Arizona. Manuel Torres, president of the Arizona chapter of the Mexican-American Political Association, began his march two weeks ago to protest his being dismissed from a federally funded employment program for engaging in partisan political activity. Torres, an American flag pinned to his cardboard sign and wearing "Kennedy" and "huelga" buttons, headed for a meeting with Kenneth Robertson, regional director of the U.S. Department of Labor in San Francisco. ROCKY RUNS New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, the nation's senior governor in length of tenure, reaffirmed Tuesday that he has "every intention of running again in 1970" for a fourth term. NI L I lit II11 111 tmitlll llUIUllUllUllillUUUUUUll'l 1!" '111! 'I I"' I* Republican Tops Vote Republican John Nejedly, two-term district attorney of Contra Costa County, carried away the GOP nomination in a crucial State Senate election Tuesday night but faced the possibility of a-runoff against a Democrat next month. At stake in the race is voting control of the Senate, now 20-19 Republican with one vacancy. The vacancy, which prompted the election, was created by the death of Sen. George Miller, D- Martinez. HEART DEATH Stanford University's llth Heart transplant patient, suffering from acule symptoms of rejection within 10 days of his operation, died Tuesday from undetermined causes. The patient, Douglas Allen, 55, of Menlo Park, died during treatment for acute rejection. He received a new heart Feb. 15 from an anonymous donor. REMARKABLE Former President Eisenhower, in a recovery from major abdominal surgery that his doctors termed "little short of remarkable," spent a comfortable day Tuesday reading, sipping tea and chatting with his wife, Mamie, Walter Reed Army Medical Center said the 78- year-old general was still weak from his two-hour, 20-minute operation Sunday night for removal of scar tissue that was creating an intestinal blockage. But his ailing heart is stable and "his morale is excellent." Eisenhower's fellow patients as well as his doctors marveled at his apparently trouble-free progress, considering his age and past infirmities. "We are very impressed with his durability," said an Army doctor. SPACE-SU1TED Apollo 9 commander James McDavitt looks through his bubble-helmet as crew suited up for practice of scheduled launch Friday for 10-day e a r t h orbit. W e a t h e r m a n Tuesday gave the astronauts an all-clear for Friday, --AP Wlrephoto SPACEMAN DENTED Astronaut Joe H. 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