The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 19, 1976 · Page 8
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The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas · Page 8

Hays, Kansas
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Sunday, December 19, 1976
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HAYS DAILY NEWS PAGE 9 December 19, 1976 To Decide I On School Case s*. :-». HUME, Mo. (UPI) - The ^American Civil Liberties Union will decide 'Jan. 6 ^whether to accept the case of >iMrs. (Catherine Adkins, who >warits high school principal iKenneth Hightower ousted for ^forcing her son and another £boy to eat cigarettes found in £their pockets. [»• The September incident was ^punishment for Bill Adkins, ;Jl4, Terry Weatherman, 15, >and another boy who took two £swats with a wooden paddle ^Instead of swallowing the tobacco. Hightower forced Adkins and Weatherman to eat nine cigarettes the two had "at school. •' The boys became ill and 'were hospitalized briefly. Mrs. Adkins complained and has kept her son out of school ''ever since. However, the '.school board backed '•Hightower's action. '•' Failing to retain a private "'lawyer, Mrs. Adkins was •''advised to contact the ACLU. '' Arthur Benson II, litigation ''counsel for the ACLU Kansas ''City chapter, said a panel of |J volunteer lawyers would '•"decide Jan. 6 whether to ac- ''cept Mrs. Adkins' case, and a •'volunteer would probably be '''•assigned to it soon after that. Benson .tentatively accepted , i:i the case for ACLU, and k "recommended it for further "'consideration, but he would not comment on its merits. "If we take the case, we hope to do two things," Benson said. "First we want to file a lawsuit to get an injunction prohibiting that type of punishment for anyone in the future. And second, we want to get damages for what already has been done to those punished." One of those punished, Bill Adkins, continues to have medical problems with his stomach, Mrs. Adkins said Friday. "It's caused a hardship within the family because we're on a limited income... Social Security," she said. "It also has upset my husband very much. He had a nervous breakdown six years ago, and he might have to go back in the hospital." Mrs. Adkins said as long as Hightower is running the school, Bill won't be there. "I will not send him back until Hightower is out of there," she said. "It's not only for my son, it's for all the other kids-going there to that school. "I have a son there in the sixth grade with a serious heart condition. If Hightower would force him to do something like this, it could kill him. And I'm not going to let that happen." Moo's Wife Accused Of Word 'Doctoring' HONG KONG (UPI) — The "purged radical "Gang of Four," led by Mrs. Mao Tse- tung, doctored the late Chinese Communist party chairman's last words in an attempt to usurp power, the official New China News Agency said Saurday t j! The broadcast transmitted a jC'lengthy. People's Daily SJnewspaper article reviewing t^the fallen group's plot to 'seize iSpower which forced a K&howdow,n, ,with new, party? NSChairman Hua Kuofeng. Kg The official news agency ^also carried another dispatch *" accusing the four purged radicals of causing "armed conflicts" in "many" '^provincial areas. It did not 3 ' f 'specify when these conflicts < sr took place but said they did , l0 "great damage to the revolution and production." •j.i: Tracing back to last April ,.30, after one of Mao's last "-•meetings with a foreign visitor, the People^ Daily said, "Comrade Hua Kuo-feng reported to Chairman Mao that the situation in the country was generally good j.but things were not going so «well in a few provinces. * "Chairman Mao wrote to .^Comrade Hua Kuo-feng .in his J* presence: 'Take your time, don'fbe anxious' 'Actin in anxious,' 'Acting in y»line with the past principles,' 'With you in charge, I am at ease.'" Mao, seriously ill at the time, often was unable to speak and had to write his remarks. Hua took Mao's written blessing to the party's Politburo, where all members were called to the meeting, including the four radical members— Wang Hung-wen, Chang Chunchiao, Yao Wenyuan and Madame Mao. "Wang Hung-wen -and Chiang Ching took notes, which are on record, and Yao Wen-yuan himself saw the originals in'Chairman Mao's own handwriting. Wang, Chang, Chiang and Yao knew perfectly well when and where Chairman Mao wrote these directives and the questions involved." After Mao's death on Sept. 8, the "Gang of Four" fabricated Mao's "last words" as an "adjuration" to "act according to the principles laid down," the article said. The doctored version of Mao's "last words" was published in newspapers under the radicals' control. The publication prompted Hua on Oct. 2 to circulate a-report to party leaders pointing out the radicals had forged Mao's "last words," it said. Si Oil Tanker Blows hi Los Angeles Harbor ,',' LOS ANGELES (UPI) - A ~ 38,000-ton Liberian oil tanker •'"•'exploded in the harbor Friday night in a blast felt more than ::" 40 miles away, sending smoke ' and flames nearly 1,000 feet in "''the air. "''. The coroner's office y% reported two persons dead. ..Three .hospitals reported .;'.',, receiving 31 injured, many in '' critical condition. Hundreds of windows were shattered for miles around the San Pedro harbor area and Harbor Division police reported looters stealing • J '' merchandise from shop -'*•' windows. .'•- The tanker Sansinena "blew ' r up for no apparent reason" at "•'^ 7:45 p.m. while moored at the •'"• Union Oil Co. berth, said Coast Guard Pollution Investigator '' Michael Davies. •'' The Coast Guard said about ''.' 25 crewmen had been taken from the ship and from the '.'•' water, where they were hurled •'• : by the blast or dived to escape -'." the flames that followed. More than 200 firemen, aided by fire boats and helicopters, battled the flames ?"' as the fire spread to the oil ""• company dock. ••'" "It scared the hell out of •"; me," said Frank Rodrigues, '-"' 27, who lives about a mile ""' from where the ship exploded. •***' "I thought it was a bomb in the next block. All the big windows in the area are broken," Rodrigues said. "I drove down a couple of blocks from the water and it looked like the whole channel was on fire." "I don't think my ears will ever be the same," said Ruth Labue, telephone operator at the Ports 0' Call restaurant about'a mile from the scene. "It was very loud. I never experienced anything like that in my life." A Fire Department spokesman said the explosion was caused by "flammable liquid and possibly oxygen storage tanks," blowing a hole about 75 feet by 75 feet from the side of the ship and setting the dock afire. The ship was "about two thirds sunk, with fire coming from the bow and stern," the spokesman said. He said firemen feared that if it sank more flaming liquid would spread to the harbor waters, igniting oil storage tanks. Police helicopters flew over the Ports O'Call waterfront shopping complex, ordering approximately 1,000 persons there to evacuate the area near the storage tanks. The blast rocked the entire southwestern Los Angeles area and was felt in Eagle Rock, more than 40 miles away. Carter, Ford May Get Unusual Stamp Skating Party Ethel Kennedy and her brother-in-law, Sen. Ted Kennedy, ice skated, with the youngsters of Bedford-Stuyvesant In Brooklyn Saturday in the 11th annual Christmas skating party given by the Kennedys, who support the under privileged kids of the neighborhood In a program dedicated to Ethel's late husband, Sen. Bob Kennedy. (UPI Photo) OKLAHOMA CITY (UPI) Jimmy Carter, President Ford and members of Congress soon may be opening stacks of Christmas cards and letters bearing American- made postage stamps they have never before seen. They will be "zero cent stamps" and will have pictures of the Liberty Bell, the Capitol dome and an Irishman who has been fighting the U.S. Postal Service for nine years. Tom Murray, founder of Independent Postal Systems of America, has placed 50 IPSA boxes around the city and will deliver free any cards or letters addressed to Carter in Plains, Ga., and Ford and members of Congress in Washington. The letters will bear his "zero cent stamps", IPSA's third issue of stamps. By delivering letters free to national leaders, Murray hopes to prove something to the U.S. Postal System and gain some attention for IPSA. Under federal law, IPSA cannot collect money for delivering first-class mail, a situation Murray calls a monopoly. "My first ulterior motive was to emphasize dramatically the fact that the postal monopoly in the area of first class letters has no meaning and the socalled sanctity that it's given is a myth," he said. "My number two ulterior motive is if this catches on, and it could fall flat on its face, and we deliver millions of letters from all over the country to Congress, every time a congressman gets a letter from his constituent he's also getting a subtle message because he's going to have my mug staring out at him from the envelope." The IPSA mall boxes, adorned with the system's first Christmas stamp in red, white and green, are placed in front of about 50 groceries. IPSA, begun Feb. 14, 1968, now has about 32 offices in nine states, Murray said. They are Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma. Before a 1973 federal grand jury Indictment of Murray and other founders, the system was in 38 states. The Indictment Included 15 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud and interstate transportation of securities with fraudulent Intent. A federal Judge dismissed the indictment and Murray said he never had to present n defense. 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