The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 23, 1976 · Page 6
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December 23.1976 PAGE HAYS DAILY NEWS Ex-Narc Hies Suit KANSAS CITY, Kan. (UPI) — A $6 million libel suit was filed Wednesday by a former federal narcotics agent against Playboy Magazine and writer Frank Browning. Dennis Hart, 38, Overland Park, Kan., alleged in his petition in federal court that a Playboy article said he had accepted $40,000 in bribes from persons he arrested and had "converted drugs to his own use." Later Hart was charged by the government with conspiracy to commit extortion, but the charges were dropped when lie detector tests showed the two key witnesses, Leslie Atkinson and Harold Jackson, had given false testimony, Hart said. Hart said Atkinson now is serving time in a federal prison in Atlanta and Jackson is in a federal prison in Colorado. The article entitled, "An American Gestapo," was Best W$he$ for Christmas U/e're delighted to have this opportunity to send the season's best wishes to you. Have a Merry Christmas. AA & V Floor Covering Inc. 2400 Vine Ks " written by Browning and appeared in the February, 1976, issue of Playboy. Hart, an agent for the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics for two and a half years before it became the Drug Enforcement Administration, said the magazine article failed to mention the dropping of charges against him. Atkinson and Jackson were involved in smuggling of heroin into this country from Thailand, Hart said. The 4969 case involved several former Army sergeants who used soldiers going home on furlough to smuggle heroin. The plaintiff participated in two raids in Queens, N. Y., in which an estimated 25 pounds of nearly pure heroin were seized by federal agents in 1969. , Jackson was arrested in one of the raids and Atkinson, then a fugitive, was captured in North Carolina three weeks latei\ Hart said. Soviets Arrest Jewish Activists MOSCOW (UP!) - Soviet authorities arrested between 20 and 30 Jewish activists Tuesday and forced a drastic curtailment of a planned three-day symposium on Jewish culture in the Soviet Union. Spokesmen for the symposium said that the entire 13 members of the Moscow organizing committee were arrested when they stepped out their front doors this morning, Dozens of other Jewish activists from provincial cities were either arrested, prevented from flying to Moscow, or forced to return home after they arrived here, according to their spokesman Anatoly Shcharnsky. "I was not arrested because I did not sleep at home last night," Shcharnsky told reporters. "At midnight I managed to lose them (police tail) and I have tried hard not to find them again." Befort Retail Liquor Store NOW OPEN 22O8 Hays across the street from the Coachman's Inn Tisthe CC Season! Time for that spirited holiday cheer that C.C. is famous for. And now, for the holiday season, C.C. comes beautifully gift- i wrapped at no extra charge. \ Mt w fMI (M * lonu l> n.uv w«l»ll mfOHIIM i"C.»"°" "HIS WHISKY IS 6 YEARS OLO 848 US PROOF The Best In The House" in 87 lands, 6 YEARS OLO. IMPORTED IN BOTTLE FROM CANADA BY HIRAM WALKER IMPORTERS INC.. DETROIT. MICH. 86.8 PROOF. BLENDED CANADIAN WHISKY. Convict Fills Santa Role SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (UPI) — Santa Glaus asked 5- year-old Joy whether she had been a good girl, and for a few moments she forgot where she was — inside California's toughest prison. She nodded hesitantly. Her eyes widened. She looked with anticipation. "What would you like me to bring you for Christmas?" Santa asked. Joy thought a second. "A Bionic Woman and a pair of skates." For Joy it was the Christmas season, and Santa is Santa — it doesn't matter that in real life this St. Nick is Don Blansett, 34, a life termer at San Quentin Prison for conviction on two first-degree murder charges. Don has the natural figure for his part-time job. He weighs 325 pounds — no pillow needed. And he has a long beard — white spray needed. He also has a clever knack for dealing with kids. Here's how he handled Joy's request: "Okay. Now I'll tell you what I want you to do for me. On the night before Christmas I want you to set out two cookies and a glass of milk on the kitchen table. "If they're gone when you wake up in the morning, you will know I was there and ate them. Right?" It made Joy's day. Blansett serves as an administrative clerk at • the prison. He was set up as Santa last weekend for the children of inmates. He was so popular Prison Santa Don Blansatt get* a coupl* of, Christ- mat with** from inmates children outside the visiting room at San Quentin Priton. Blantett, 34, It doing life at the priton for two first degree murder con- victions. He wot tet up at Santa last weekend for the children of inmates. He hat the natural figure for hit part- time job—weighing 325 poundt. (UP) Photo). ' and gave such a lift toldds that he was held over another week. He holds court in the OK Corral — the inmate-staff nursery and playroom at the prison. "I'm having a ball," Blansett said of his Christmas job. He added he has got a lot of help from his "helpers" - all inmates. "I couldn't have ( handled all those children without their help," he said. Blansell hopes his convictions will be overturned on appeal. But, if they're not, he'll be around to play Santa until 1982 — when he becomes eligible for parole. First Lady Visits Graders VAIL, Colo. (UPI) - While President Ford deals with the State of the Union and the ski slopes, his wife Betty is taking care of Christmas. Ford, as befits the No. 1 resident of this ski resort, announces to all within earshot there is no shortage of snow. Then he skis down the few trails open because of the snowdrought in the Rockies.^ At the end of his run Wed? nesday, Ford paused -to :tell reporters he was 90 per cent finished writing the State of the Union message. At the same time, his wife was down the valley at the Meadow Mountain Elementary School with her good friend, Santa Claus. "I hurt my neck," she told the 6-, 7-, 8-and 9-year-old children, explaining why she was there while the President and their children, Mike, Jack, Susan and Steven, were up on the artificial-snow slopes. "Everybody skis but me," said the First Lady, whose painful neck ailment halted her dancing and athletics but did not diminish her energy. "So when everybody else is up on the mountain, K do something else." Something else is what took her to the school, where she joined the fourth graders in ^making. Christmas ...tree ''•'decorations'. ' " ''•••. •*••-.•-.- /'-•«•". ' Vanessa White looked up at Mrs. Ford, asked for her hands and laid them out on yejlowand-red paper. The first lady's fingers were outlined with a felt-tip pen, scissored from the paper and hung on the school tree. Mrs. Ford quickly overcame the children's awe of their visitor. Even the little boys edged up from the back of the first-, second-and third- grade classes and talked with her about her children, their Christmas and what Santa Claus should bring. "I hope all children get everything they want from Santa," she said. "But if something is missing, you should not feel too badly, for Santa has a very long list and a long way to go to visit all children. "The nicest thing about Christmas, you know, is'not getting the presents," she said. "The nicest thing about >Christmas v 7 : is .Sharing. The meaning of Christmas is love and the birth of Jesus." A blond boy named David, at first too shy to answer Mrs, Ford's greeting, circled around behind her, touched the jacket of her red, white and blue ski suit and whispered, "I love you." The children sang "Joy to the World" and "Silent Night" in Spanish and English, accompanied by a guitar. Mrs. Ford then brought in "my friend, Santa Claus." She promised David and the other children they would love the peppermint sticks in Santa's bag. ON CHRISTMAS DAY all bells on earth will ring sounding a message of love and joy to people everywhere. Our sincere gratitude. Thanks for the business In 76 Look forward to seeing you In '77 Grabbe Welding & Truck Equipment Rt. 2 Hays, Ks. 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