Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 7, 1968 · Page 1
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3Tucs VOL. 96-- NO. 58 DEADLY NINE WEEKS Yanks' Death Toll At 3,254 This Year . SAIGON (UPI) - A total of 3,254 American troops have been killed in the first nine weeks of the year, U.S. spokesmen said today. The figure equals a third of last year's toll of American dead and more than a sixth of all U.S. troops killed in the Vietnam War since 1961. The command said 542 American men were killed last week, one short of Ihe 543 record for one week in the war, ending Feb. 17, 1968. The 542 brought to Nuclear Protection Treaty Signed By U.S., Russ, Britons GENEVA (AP). - The United States, the Soviet Union and Britain offered today to take joint action under Secuity Council auspices to defend any nation threatened with nuclear attack after it signs the proposed treaty to halt the spread of nuclear weapons, . The three nuclear powers put a joint resolution before the 17- nation disarmament committee for submission to the Security Council for approval. It also gives the nuclear powers a basis for protective action even before the 15-nation council acts- This was spelled out in the final paragraph of the resolution, which said: "The Security Council reaffirms in particular the inherent right, recognized under Article 51 of the United Nations charter, of individual and collective self defense if an armed attack occurs against a member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and secuity." This was designed to get around objections that, since four of the five nuclear powers have a veto in the Security Council, the' guarantee offers protection only against attack by Communist China. The other nuclear powers are Prance, which rejects any restrictions on nuclear development and boycotts the Geneva conference, the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain. U.S. delegate William C. Foster said the resolution will establish "a firm political, moral and legal basis for assuring the security countries." of non-nuclear Soviet delegate Alexei A. Roshchin and British delegate Ivor. Porter said their governments would make the same declaration of intention. Area For Model Cities Project Covers 5 Miles A five-square-mile area where unemployment, crime and substandard living conditions are greater than the rest of the city was designated today for action under the federal Model Cities program. J. Thomas Via, city community development director, put in a big "if" in announcing the program. That has to do with the city's getting approval from the Housing and Urban Development Administration. Boundaries of the target area are irregular but it lies primarily on the city's West Side from near Grant Road south to 29th Street. A small part lies south of 29th. Also included are areas just north and immediately south of the central business district, including South Tucson. At a news conference, Via emphasized that the program would be a coordinated effort by governments .and private agencies. He particularly emphasized that Pima County and the Town of South Tucson are cooperating all the way. Application for the program must be in by April 15, Via said. However, it hopefully will be ready earlier -- perhaps by April 1. At stake is a six-year program to upgrade the neighborhoods involved. The first year will be spent in planning and the initial' application will be for $200,000 in funds for this, Via explained. Implementing the program will take another five years. Donald Laidlaw and William Mills, city urban program administrator, also were on hand at the conference. Laidlaw, city urban renewal director, said the area to be included has 21,000 people. Other statistics he gave were that the unemployement rate in the five- square-miles "is about double" the city's overall rate, and there about twice as many families making less than $3,000 than in other areas. "The juvenile (delinquency) rate is about two and a half times the city average," he went on. "The adult arrest rate is six times higher. 19,251 the number of Americans killed in action since 1961. The losses reflected the continued Communist pressure on allied positions and troops since the Tet offensive that sent the casualties on both sides to unprecedented highs. The command said 2,191 Americans were wounded last week, 1,105 of them serious e n o u g h talization. to require hospi- The U.S. Command said Communist casualties for the week were 3,849 dead, bringing to 304,734 the number killed since the first of 1961. U.S. spokesmen said another U.S. Air Force supply pjane was hit by Communist mortar fire Wednesday as it taxied down the landing strip at Khe Sanh where Communist gunners also shot down a transport Wednesday killing all 48 aboard. ·The second C123 was badly damaged, unable to fly and blocked the runway. It was dragged off the strip today and the vital runway reopened. It was the fourth plane hit at Khe Sanh. U.S. commanders reported Marines of the 3rd and 1st Divisions today battling North Vietnamese invaders near the Leatherneck border bastion of Con Thien. High-ranking American military sources said the Communists apparently aim at pushing through the border defenses and once more driving against Hue, scene of a 25-day battle last month that was the bloodiest o£ the war -- more than 4,600 communists were slain. Leathernecks supported by Army helicopter gunships and artillery killed 91 Communists Wednesday in a series of clashes below the northern border Demilitarized Zone (DM2). U.S. spokesmen said 15 Marines were killed. The North Vietnamese have up to 50,000 troops poised in the border area for Hanoi's largest offensive of the war, according to U.S. intelligence. The big Red push could come at anytime, the intelligence reports said. At Khe Sanh, the surrounded Marine fort that anchors the western end of the Allied anti- invasion line, Communist fire shot down a U.S. Air Force C123 Wednesday, killing all 48 persons aboard, American spokesmen said. Earlier the spokesmen said 49 men had been killed in the two-engine transport's fireball crash. Dow Jones Averages NEW YORK (AP) - Dow Jones 3 p.m. stock averages: 30 Industrials 836.57 Off 0.64 20 Rails 216.20 Off 0.54 15 Utilities 126.47 Off 0.42 Volume 7,780,000 TUCSON, ARIZONA, THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1968 52 PASES --'10 'CENTS Result OfJKefgrm STATE TAX INCREASE OF PER $100 SEEN RAF Bombers Visit Tucson Crewmen of a British Royal Air Force Vulcan Mark 2 bomber admire Tucson's scenery after landing at Davis-Monthan AFB yesterday. Two of the Vul- cans flew here from Britain for the annual Aero- space and Arizona Days celebration Saturday and Sunday at the base. The big delta-wing aircraft is capable of speeds in excess of 600 miles an hour. (U.S. Air Force Photo) Romney Says Draft Remark By Rocky Speeded Dropout LANSING, Mich. (UPI)--Gov. George Romney today said Gov. Nelson Rockefeller's Detroit statement t h a t Rockefeller would accept a draft for the Republican presidential nomination surprised him and was a factor in Romney's decision to withdraw as a candidate. Romney said he feels no bitterness toward the New York Governor and snapped "no" when asked if he felt that [Rockefeller doubleerossed him. "I haven't felt any bitterness and I haven't evidenced any," Romney said at his first Lansing news conference since his dramatic dropout Feb. 28 as a contender for the nomination. Romney's Michigan supporters were upset by Rockefeller's statement, made in Romney's backyard and at a crucial point FOR COUNTY EPILEPTICS Get Seizure Unit By LEN DAVIS Citizen Staff Writer A four-year federal grant of $366,898 today was awarded the Pima County Health Department to create a convulsive disorders unit in Tucson, designed principally for the treatment of epilepsy. Dr. Frederick J. Brady Jr., county health commissioner, said his department has contracted with the University of Arizona's College of Medicine to spearhead operation of the unit, called the Southern Arizona Seizure Clinic. The clinic -- only one of its kind in southern Arizona and one of only six in the entire country -- will be designed to help reduce the physical and social disabilities of area resi- dents suffering from convulsive disorders, according to Brady. Co-directors of the unit will be Brady and Dr. William A. Sibley, professor and head of the department of neurology at the UA medical school. "It represents the first cooperative venture between the med school and a local health agency,'" said Sibley.- The funds are being provided by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Approximately 4,000 residents of greater Tucson have epilepsy, half of whom are in- adequatly or sub-optimally controlled by medication, according to Sibley. He said the unit is scheduled to be in operation shortly and will be housed in private quarters in Tucson until the medical school's 300-bed teaching hospital is built. "At that time," said Sibley, "it may be transferred to the Neurology Out - Patient Department of the hospital -- scheduled to be completed in late 1969 or early 1970 - and will then be self-supporting." A considerable portion of the grant will be spent on a broad array of sophisticated equipment used in the treatment of epilepsy, including an electroencephalogram for brain study and a photic stimulator. Sibley said the stimulator -- a flashing light -- sometimes brings out epileptic seizure abnormalities in an EEG (electroencephalogram). The medical school will provide specially-trained physicians and technicians, and the health department will provide social workers and nurses. Out-patient neurological diagnostic evaluation and medical treatment of epilepsy will be provided Sibley's T h e t i e . troencephalographic laboratory will be open 40 hours a week to persons with a physician's referral, said Sibley. He added that the clinic has b e e n "enthusiastically endorsed" by the Pima County Children's of Southern Medical jt Evaluation CenteV Arizona, Pima County Pediatric Society and the Epileptic Association of Southern Arizona. in Romney's New Hampshire campaign. Romney's decision to pull out was made jus{ four days later. "It was a surprise to me," Romney said. "It was one of Copper Talks Resume For Third Day WASHINGTON (UPI) - Industry and union officials met today with government representatives for the third straight day of intensive bargaining seeking a solution to the long copper strike. White House press secretary George Christian said that Wednesday's bargaining sessions wound up at midnight and resumed today. Christian said he knew of no contacts by President Johnson with both sides since he called them to Washington Monday and urged a settlement in the national interest. The White House would not comment on the state of negotiations Wednesday, preferring to let the bargaining representatives work in privacy. The main obstacle blocking settlement still seemed to be the union's insistence on company-wide bargaining. Management representatives have been adamant that each union must negotiate its own contract. White House Press Secretary George Christian said 70 representatives of the struck companies -- Kennecott, Phelps -Dodge, Anaconda and American Smelting Refining -- were meeting with 60 union leaders.. The four companies employ about 60,000 workes and produce 90 per cent of the nation's copper. the things I had to take into account in deciding what course I should pursue." That decision, was not made Romney said, until after a meeting with his campaign staff in Boston, the night before his withdrawal. Romney said neither Rockefeller nor anyone else was privy to his decision before the day on which it was announced. "I personally didn't give any consideration to withdrawal until Tuesday night when I reached Boston," Romney said. "My first reaction was to go full steam ahead." He altered that reaction after "sleeping on it," Romney said. Romney added that to his knowledge Rockefeller still has not decided "what he's going to do." But, Romney said, "One of the things he has to consider and decide is whether he's going to get into the primaries-" Romney said Gov. Ronald Reagan of California has his eye on the Republican nomination, too. Today's Citizen Dr. Alvarez Comics Crossword Puzzle Deaths Editorials Financial News Movie Times Public Records Sports TV-Radio Dials Weather Woman's View 7 8 25 24 46 28 42, 43 24 46 29-32 21 46 13-16 Shower Activity To Expand Night may bring Rain and thunder, Causing tourists To stop and wonder. Rare Lee Wright Occasional rain showers may expand into thunderstorms tonight, the weatherman warns. Rain probability is 40 per cent tonight and 20 per cent tomorrow. The low tonight should fall between 43 and 48 degrees, compared with 53 degrees this morning. The high tomorrow should be between 65 and 70. Yesterday's peak was 72. At 2 p.m. today the temperature was 69 degrees and the humidity 32 per cent. Full Weather Report, Page 46 Budget Panels Hard At Work By DICK CASEY Citizen Political Writer PHOENIX -- Arizona taxpayers face an increase in their state tax rate that could add $1 to the $1.77 per $100 of assessed valuation they are now paying. This is what is being quietly predicted in the legislature, where House and Senate appropriations committees are putting together a state-budget for next fiscal year. Most of the hike in the rate would stem from last year's special tax reform session in which the state assumed an additional $67 million in school funding. This was done to lower the Total To Drop Most Tucson homeowners probably will pay less property taxes next year, even though the state's tax rate will climb. School District 1 officials said today they expect the present tax rate of $8.79 per $100 of assessed valuation to drop $2 or $2.50 in the 1W-69 fiscal year. Some of the decrease is due to a sizable growth in total assessed valuation for the district, as computed in (he state's re-evaluation program. Business Manager H.V. Summers said estimates are that the valuation will jump about 10 per cent. A taxpayer whose home in District 1 is worth $12,500 pays about $264 in school and state taxes this year. With a $1 increase in the state rate and a $2 reduction in the District 1 rate, he would pay around $239 next year. Part of the savings might be lost to the county, however, where taxes are expected to rise. property tax rate at the school district level. The increase of up to $1 now predicted for the state rate could have been even worse but, the Tucson Daily Citizen has learned, a recent computer run on the state's assessed valuation came in at $2.7 billion, roughly $4 million higher than had been anticipated. The new rate hinges on the assessed valuation and tax revenues combined with the ex- now being penditures lated. The current budget is $138,616,835. Earlier in the session Gov. Jack Williams sent the legislature an executive budget of roughly $207 million. Most legislators conceded, however, that the governor was a little too stringent, meaning that the final figure will be higher. . . Add the $67 million in new school funding and the budget is in the $275 million area. The House and Senate appro: priations committees where thje s p a d e w o r k is being done reached agreement yesterday within their respective committees. They will meet.novf behind closed doors to work out House and Senate differences. One of the differences is how much money to appropriate for the state's three universities. It was learned that Pima County legislators in the House committee did not get all they were seeking for the .'University of Arizona. · They now hope to increase the : igure through negotiations with the senate.. Since all of this budget work s done in closed session specific figures are not available until after the appropriations bill comes to the floor. Police Chiefs Safe Looted DOUGLAS (AP) -- Douglas Police Chief Percy Bowden is wondering who took between $10,000 and $13,000 from a safe in his office. He said he returned Tuesday Tom an out of town trip and found the money gone. He said he had kept large sums of mon- ;y in the filing cabinet for 25 years. An office meeting was called, but it failed to turn up the thief. Legislature Rewriting Bill To Increase Teacher Wages PHOENIX (AP) - A coalition of house and senate members is rewriting a bill which would allow low paying school districts to boost teacher salaries even if it means exceeding the new 6 per cent budget limitation. "It was unacceptable -- absolutely -- as the senate passed it," Rep. Al Kluender, R-Maricopa, said today. Kluender, chairman of the House Education' Committee, said a set of amendments have been drawn up and will be considered by his committee. He was not certain whether the committee would be able to meet this week on the bill, or might have to put the issue off until next week. As the bill passed the senate, any school district could raise classroom teacher salaries any amount with unanimous approval of both the school board and county board of supervisors. The amendments which have been drawn up would put the senate bill back essentially as it was when introduced in the upper chamber. This would allow districts to raise minimum salaries to the $5,300' level without regard to budget checks in the new school finance law passed in December. The need for unanimous approval of the school board and supervisors is removed. (Tucson School District 1 has a starting salary of $5,400. The city's other major districts, Amphitheater, Sunnyside and Flowing Wells, have a starting minimum of $5,200.) Among those working on the compromise bill have been several Democrats and Republicans in both houses. They hope to come up with a proposal which can clear both houses and thus avoid any.need for a joint conference committee; Sen. William: Huso, D-Navajo, a n d Rep., Frank Crosby, D-Navajo, have spearheaded efforts to get a bill passed to let the school district in their", area, upgrade salaries thyear. The amendment would giv« relief from the budget limitations only to schools which now have beaching salaries under 15,300.

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