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Corpus Christi, Texas
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Wednesday, August 18, 1971
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CLOUDY WARM EVENING EDITION VOL. 61 -- NO. 287 CORPUS CHRIST!, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 1971 Wont Ads 8M-MOI Other Qeots. 8M-M11 102 PAGES --PRICE TEN CENTS 37 Feared Dead Copter ast It's the.. Reel Thing Swiss-American actor Billy Frick (center) posed as Adolph Hitler in this scene from an American documentary movie being produced in Munich. The plot deals with the attempted assassination of the German dictator on July 20, .1944. Flanking Frick were two actors who play SS soldiers who helped the bloodied 'Hitler' away from the scene after the 'explosion.' (AP Wirephoto via cable from Frankfurt) an Is Explained By MARGARET RAMAGE Dr. Dana Williams, superintendent of the Corpus Christi School District, told school personnel today that he expects to ask for a hearing before all of the justices of the Fifth Court, of Civil Appeals in New Orleans concerning the school desegregation ruling under which the district is now operating. There are 15 active judges on the appeals court, plus four senior judges past the age of retirement, all of whom could hear the case. Williams, speaking at the convocation of school personnel in Memorial Coliseum, said he thought the case is important enough to be heard by all the justices rather than only three. The local school case was assigned to a special panel consisting of Judges Walter P. Gewm of Tuscaioosa, Ala.;, Irving L. Goldberg of Dallas and David W. Dyer of Miami, Fla. Williams spent much of his talk outlining the court case since he said this is uppermost in the minds of teachers and Flood Waters of Frio Cover Half of Tilden By GRADY PHELPS Caller-Times Slalt Wrltsr TILDEN -- Flood waters from the rain-choked Frio River were falling slow : ly here today with half this McMullen County community still under water and many of its residents chased from their homes. , David Ritter, high school principal, said-water was 18 to 24 inches deep in most of the downtown section. "Damage is going to run pretty high. We've got no drinking water and it will probably be two more days before things improve." Ritter said. Hitter said the Frio crested at. the downtown gauge at 31.70 feet about 2 p.m. yesterday. This is 19.70 feet above flood stage. By 9 a.m. today the river had fallen only eight inches at that point. Forced From Homes About 200 of the town's 500 townspeople had to leave their homes. Most of them moved in with neighbors. Some went to the county courthouse and to a church. Ritter said only one of three highways into Tilden remained open, State Highway 16 to Freer. "Mac's Cafe on the river downtown has about four feet of water in it," Ritter said. "The Lions Club building is two feet, deep in water. Only one filling station is open." Joe Coughran, Tilden district conservationist for the Soil Conservation Sendee, said the present high water is still about 31/2 feet below the record flood of 1932. "That one almost washed us away and we sure don't want another one of (hose," he said. "But if t.he river dcesn't start falling pretty fast soon we're going to be in trouble." Coughran said water was waist deep in some parts of town but he said only the lower half was flooded. At Calliham, 13 miles east of Tilden, the Frio which runs north of the town crested during the morning at 33.50 feet or 21.50 feet above flood stage. The Corpus Christi Weather Service issued a bulletin warning of extensive flooding on the Frio downstream to Three Rivers beginning about midnight. At Three Rivers, where the Frio, Nueces and Atascosa Rivers come together, city officials were bracing for the heavy flow of water due later today. One person said the BYio had risen 14 feet there during the night. Additional flood waters arc also coming into Three Rivers down the Nueces, but the crest of this surge is expected to be a few days behind the Frio flood. The Nueces flood waters are only moderate compared to the Frio's supply. Flooding Forecast "I'd say tl;ere should be extensive flooding later tonight in Three Rivers." Russell Mozeney, meteorologist in charge of the Corpus Christi Weather Service, warned.. "There will be quite a bit of water in the streets. Practically all the Frio water will be coming into town. Flooding should last 1 to 2 days." The Frio joins the Atascosa north of Three Rivers, then courses just west of the city and meets the Nueces a few miles to the south. At Calallen, the Nueces was falling slowly today. The river gauge read 8.58 feet there this morning after reaching 8.66 feet yesterday afternoon. Flood stage is 7 feet. But the stream is expected to rise sharply again early next week with the new flood waters. The Nueces at Cotulla was at 22.10 feet today and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Eleven miles south of Tilden the Niieces was at 17.20 feet or 3.2 feet above flood stage. See;RIVER, Page IRA administrators at the beginning of this possibly, most difficult of the district's school year. Good teachers are being assigned to west and southside schools, Williams said. He called on the Corpus Christi Classroom Teachers Association and all other school groups and individuals to help promote "this truth." "Any statement to the contrary, constitutes a falsehood," the superintendent said. Williams said"that Wednesday, Aug. 21, wiil be the deadline when principals will advise their teachers of any transfers, most of which will be in compliance with the current court order. Williams said he was in contact with school district attorney Richard Hall this morning but that Hall had not been able to contact the Justice Department concerning the court case before Williams left the central office to attend the late- morning convocation. The superintendent also said that everyone must be ready for 'moving day" this coming Friday and reminded the crowd that according to present plans this transfer of furnishings of one school to another will continue for about 10 days. Williams said later he was advised by Hall that, a judgment in the school district's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected by this week. Gis Perish In Accident In Germany PEGNITZ, Germany (f) -- A U.S. Army transport helicopter exploded in flight near the Grafenwoehr training area today and all 37 men aboard were killed, the Army reported. The twin-engined CH47 Chinook helicopter was en route from Ludwigsburg, near Stuttgart, to Grafenwoehr with a crew of four and 33 members of the 56th Artillery Brigade, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Army European Command in Heidelberg. He said 25 bodies had been recovered so far. Witnesses said the helicopter broke into two after the explosion and the fiery wreckage fell to earth at the edge of a woods between this Bavarian city and the Nuernberg-Berlin autobahn. The helicopter carried a crew of four and 33 members of the 56th Artillery Brigade, the spokesman said. The helicopter belonged to the Army's 4th Aviation Battalion of the loth Aviation Group at Schwaebisch-Hall. The 'crash site is 25 miles west of the Czechoslovakia!! border. Anton Klement, owner of a hotel 500 yards from the crash site, said he was eating a meal when he heard an explosion. "1 looked out the window and saw the blades of the rearmost engine of the helicopter had been blown away," he said. "The forward blades were still turning as the. helicopter hurtled toward the ground. The whirling blades sawed off parts from trees before the machine hit the ground and exploded." After alerting police, Klement said he rushed to the crash scene. "The woods were afire and I couldn't get"toO'close because there were repeated explosions. There must have been ammunition on board," he said. "There was nothing more of the helicopter to be seen. The wreckage was spread over an area of about 800 to 1,000 yards. The bodies lay in a radius of about 200 yards.' No one was alive when I got there. Four badly charred bodies were still fastened to their seats." Klement said it took a half hour before two fire engines arrived on the scene, about 200 yards from the autobahn. Firemen fought the fire for two hours as it spread into the woods. Tropical Low Forms in Atlantic The U.S. Weather Service reported this afternoon that a tropical depression has formed about 400 miles east of the Barbados Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and is moving westward at 15 miles an hour. Highest winds/ are already near gale force, about 40 miles an hour, in heavier squalls. Tropical storms which form in this vicinty may follow a northwestward course into the Gulf Of Mexico. Personnel of Armed Forces Are Exempt From Pay Freeze WASHINGTON UP) -- The Pentagon said today members of the armed forces are exempt from President Nixon's 90- day wage freeze. Defense Department spokesman Jerry W. Friedheim. said military personnel will continue to receive all pay increases for promotions, benefits and bonuses due them during this period. "The secretary of defense has the authority to run his department and this is our decision now," he told reporters. Friedheim cited as precedents the period during World War II when wage and price controls were in effect but which left the military free to provide pay increases that went along with promotion in rank. Asked by reporters if this was in keeping with the spirit of President Nixon's new economic program, Friedheim replied: "This is our judgment of what is required of us under the circumstances." He said he was not aware of any area of the military pay system that would be affected by the wage freeze. This includes, in addition to the higher pay for promotions,, longevity pay, reenlistment bonuses, hostile fire pay and living allowances. These are all written into the law authorized by Congress, he said. Friedheim said this applies only to the 2.7 million members of the armed forces and not the 1.1 million civilian employes of the Defense Department whose salaries are now frozen along with those of all other government workers. Under the President's program, civil service workers will not receive pay increases based on lngth of service which are due them during the 90-day period. But Friedheim said the Pentagon decided to grant longevity increases to the military because this is specifically written into the basic military pay tables and "therefore a part of the basic pay structure." WEAK CIRCULATION Hazy Blanket vf Due To Linger A woman telephoned The Caller-Times yesterday, saying she had just moved here from California to escape the smog and was wondering why it had followed her. "I came here for health reasons and now it looks just like what I left," she said. The caller was one of many Corpus Christi residents noticing the unusual mid-summer hazy skies the past few days. Russell Mozeney, meteorologist in charge, of the Corpus Christi Weather Bureau, said people are seeing a combination of industrial smoke and dust and moisture particles in the air. The past few days have been almost windless and so all these things in the atmosphere haven't had a chance to mix and blow away as they normally do. "There is a weak circulation aloft and there's been no wind to carry anything anywhere," Mozeney noted. "So it has all remained here." The condition, which is expected to last at least a day or two longer, caused some fog-like effect early today. Early-morning risers also got a special technicolor treat today as the sun appeared as a brilliant orange ball off in the east. Its rays, shining through the dust, pave off the sparkling, brightness. nside Today's Times Weather Forecast Partly cloudy and warm tonight and Thursday. High temperature Thursday: Low 90s. Low tonight: Low 70s. (Details: Page 12G) Special Features After mulling 'over the state of the economy for months, President Nixon decided some action must be taken last week and began a series of fasl-paced meetings with his advisers at \vhich his new policy was hammered out. The policy is mostly Nixon's work and his aides were impressed with the speed with which he determined the policy with which he surprised the nation Sunday night. Page 2C. Latin America Mexico expects to benefit in the long run from the measure adopted Sunday by President Nixon to defend the U.S. dollar, but at the same time, Mexico will seek an exemption from the new import tax which would affect some Mexican exports to the United States, Page 10A. The Nation A survey of union leaders on President Nixon's call for striking workers to return to their jobs during the 90-day ' wage-price freeze showed some of the unions flatly refusing to go back to work. Other unions said they would refer the matter to their legal advisers. Page 3C. ONCE PRESIDENT Nixon's wage- price controls are lifted, economists are predicting that there will be a flurry of wage and price increases, but they hope the 90-day pause will exert a moderating influence. Several predicted the (10-day freeze would be extended. Page 5A. DR. BERNARD FINCH, who was convicted of murdering his wife in a 1959 love triangle, is to be released from prison after serving 12 years of a life sentence. The parole was approved in spite of the fact that some parole board officials have reservations about Finch and voted against parole. Page 3B. The World European Common Market members say that the 10 per cent surtax on imports which President Nixon announced Sunday might result in canceling the results of the Kennedy Round of tariff reductions and cut into international trade. Pago 11A. HARVARD ECONOMIST John Kenneth Galbraith sees a continuing need for restraint on wages and prices for a long- term success in the country's fight for a stable economy. He views the so-called job expansion part of the. Nixon economic message as a step backward, "It involves, in the main, tax concessions for the well-to-do," he said. Page 6C. Regular Features Action Line 2A Ann Landers IOC Comics 6B Editorials 2B Entertainment 9G Heloise 8C Horoscope 8D Murray 3G Obituaries Sports Tagliabue TV Scout Van Dellen Want Ads Weather Map Women 1G 1G 9G 7B 2D I2G 7C Mail-Order Firms Puzzle Over Freeze By RICHARD C. BALOUGH (£· Chicago Dally Naws CHICAGO -- President Nixon's price freeze is causing headaches for some of the big retail companies that sell through, catalogues. The companies are now printing, or getting ready to print their Christmas and 1972 spring-summer books. The big question is whether the 90-day price freeze will be extended past Nov. 12. Since the companies must go to print shortly, they have to decide whether to include fro/^n prices or some iiigher prices that may have been planned in catalogues which will be used through next summer. "We have loads of problems," said A. R. Bell, secretary-treasurer of Spiegel, a Chicago-based catalogue company and subsidiary of Beneficial Corp. A spokesman for J. C. Penney's catalogue sales in New York said, "we are in the middle of working our way through, this thing." He said Penney's was in the middle of preparing one of its catalogues. Sears, Roebuck £ Co. and Montgomery Ward Co., a subsidiary of Alarcor, had no comment on the price freeze. They declined to say what catalogues, if any, were now in preparation. Traditionally both companies issue their Christmas catalogues in early fall and their spring-summer catalogues in December. Bell said Spiegel usually has one book or another in printing all the time. The company just finished its Christmas catalogue, he said. "There's nothing much we can do about, it," he added. "We have many questions and legal problems." Aldens, the Chicago mail-order house owned by Gamble-Skogmo, Minneapolis- based retailer, said it foresaw no problem with the freeze. It said catalogue items were sale items and its book was not a "price setting" catalogue. City Hall Suddenly in Center of School Busing Storm By JIM WOOD City Hall, which until this week had stayed out of the school desegregation issue, now finds itself in the center of things. And Mayor Ronnie Sizemore was fuming yesterday, saying he had been "put into a squeeze." Sizemore had been under a lot of pressure to make a s t a t e m e n t against busing. Some persons advised him to stay out .of it on the grounds that it is primarily a school issue and not directly within the scope of the responsibility of city government. Others urged a strong statement against busing. · On Monday, Sizemore and all merrfoers of the City Council who were in town (The Rev. Harold Branch was in California) signed a statement on the issue and Sizemore sent a telegram to President Nix- on, In it he asked for clarification of the federal stand. The council's action came in for criticism at the Monday night mass rally of Concerned Neighbors Inc., the organization opposing forced busing. The audience cheered and clapped as a speaker called for a stronger stand. In its policy paper the council said it favors a unified public education system; that the city will assist the school district in improving physical facilities; that the federal government's conflicting statements need clarifying; and that the council will try to bring harmony to the community regardless of the merits or demerits of the student reassignment plan. Sizemore, who was at a council meeting Monday night while the Concerned Neighbors were meeting, was obviously irritated about a vacant chair placed on the stage with his name on it. He said he feels the placing of it there was a deliberate act to call attention to the fact that he was not present. He said that the council workshop and a later meeting with the Municipal Arts Com- mission had already been scheduled and that his office did not receive an invitation until Monday afternoon. "I don't know if I would have gone anyway. I get invitations to a tot of things," Sizemore said. He added, during an interview: "I agree with them (Concerned Neighbors), on nonbusing. But that is as far as I agree with them." Meanwhile, the three youths ejected from the mass rally Monday night for passing out leaflets have asked Sizemore for an audience. The leaflets they distributed called for moderation and said that each person should "try his best to relieve the coming pressures . . . " The youths were passing out the material on behalf of nn organization known as Stu- dents for Positive Action. City Manager Marvin Townsend said yesterday the youths were not thrown out by policemen, but by civilians.'in fact, he said, after conferring with. Police Chief James Avant that the police sergeant in charge was quite disturbed over the incident since he had advised the youths they could be there And City Hall continues to receive numerous calls about the 'tusing" situation.

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