The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on June 6, 1976 · Page 8
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s*V'..··;..- ·: ir.'.".'.-- · ' ir^ l; V . Jun»«. 1«*Tt» Mty IftMr LaM, K*MptN. Mortar* Quoltk, crash prompt suit WASHINGTON (AP) - The people who hired Willie Hall say be wasn't really qualified to drive the big tractor-trailer rig that «f"«h«i into Lawrence Ma'ooe's car. The trucking company says it wouldn't have hired the middleaged black man if it hadn't been for a court order requiring the firm to hire more black drivers. So if Hall was to blame for Maione's death, it wasn't the fault of the company but of the federal government, and the government ought to pay damages to the Malone family, the company contends. The novel legal attack on court-ordered hir- ing quotas has reached a federal judge in Cleveland. If the judge accepts the company's argument, the decision could have a significant impact on government efforts to open up jobs to blacks and other minorities in the (nicking industry and other private enterprises. The Justice Department has said there is no legal basis to support the company claim. "It just doesn't hold water," argued a government lawyer familiar with the case. But he said if the company wins, "it could open a whole new area of liability for the government." Malone's widow Monica and daughter Carol filed the suit against Hall and his employer, Shippers Dispatch Inc. of Cleveland, They seek (2.3 million in damages. The Malones of Washington, D.C., were en route to a motel during a family vacation when their car collided with the truck OB a Lorain County highway Sept. 3, 1975. The court has not yet determined whether the black truck driver was to blame for the collision. If the court finds Hall at fault, it could hold his employer liable for damages and force the firm to pay a substantial amount of money to the Malones. Albert to retire OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Speaker of the House Carl Albert, announced Saturday that he will retire at the end of his present term in Congress. In a statement delivered to the news media, Albert, who has served in Congress for 30years, said: "During my early years in the House, I decided I should not serve beyond my 70th year," said Albert, who is 68. "For my part, that is long enough. Albert has been speaker since 1971, when Rep. John McCormack of Massachusetts stepped down. TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION" PROGRAM Free Public Introduction Tuesday, June 8 Hockaday Art Gallery 8 p.m. for more information call 756-4400 founded by Mahatishi Mahesh Yogi Polishing his wares Jeff Lumas of Newport, Wash., was one of the approximately 70 exhibitors at the antique gun show now going on at the Outlaw Inn. Featuring exhibits from throughout the Northwest; trie show will open today at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Admission is 50 cents. Photo by Jim Macknickl Thai connection RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Conviction of nine persons in a multimillion dollar heroin smuggling operation is the final touch in smashing the "Thai connection," a federal agent says. Retired Army M.Sgt. Leslie "Ike" Atkinson, 53, alleged leader of the smuggling ring, and eight others were found guilty Friday in federal court of conspiring to smuggle the drug into the U.S. from Thailand through military channels. Atkinson is serving a 19-year sentence in federal prison in Atlanta after pleading guilty last year to possession of heroin. The government contended that he continued as ringleader while in prison by using his daughter and son-in- law to convey messages. Those convicted were to be sentenced today and could receive up to 15 years imprisonment and $25,000 fines. Atkinson and his two relatives could get double that penalty.because they also were convicted of possessing heroin for distribution. According lo testimony in the trial, GIs were recruited to smuggle the drug into the country in false bottoms of furniture they shipped home and in false bottoms of luggage they carried through customs. W i l l i a m K i n g W r i g h t , :3ft, of Washington, D.C., was acquitted by the jury of four men and eight women, wriich deliberated 5Vi hours... Others convicted in the conspiracy were Atkinson's daughter, Leslie Sharon Arrington, and son-in-law, Michael Otjs Arrington, both 24; Rudolph Valentip Jennings, 49; William Thomas, 42, and Charles Murphy Gillis, 38, all of Goldsboro, N.C.; James McArthur, 40, of Fayetteville, N.C.; Monroe Lorenzo Martin Jr. of Long Beach, Calif.; and M.Sgt. William Kelly Brown, 38, of Augusta, Ga. Don Ashton, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent in North Carolina, headed the task force that broke up the ring, which he called the "Thai connection." He estimated the gang imported at least 1,000 pounds of pure heroin into the country annually for six or seven years, the largest smuggling operation' shipping from Thailand. Now, he said, 90 per cent of the heroin smuggled into the country comes through Mexico. Also charged in the conspiracy case were James Warren Smedley, 53, and Jasper Myrick Jr., 23. They are being held in Bangkok and awaiting trial by Thai authorities. Smedley operated a nightclub in Bangkok owned by Atkinson. In The Spirit Of The Bicentennial... Wear a unique buckle The "Montana Trapper" by Bob Scriver CIA budget release gets ax from Judge JMtnot Included. and help keep Charlie Russell's art at home. WASHINGTON (AP) - The CIA . budget, a secret since the intelligence agency was created, may remain classified, a federal judge has ruled. Agency spending has been estimated at ^750 million, a figure CIA officials have disputed. "The unauthorized disclosure of such information could reasonably be ex- Tradition lost BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Argentinian writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges says his recent U.S. speaking tour has shown him that American college students are "extraordinarily ignorant." "They (students) read only what they must to pass exams, what the professors choose. Otherwise, they are totally dedicated to television, to baseball and to football." Borges, 77, who is blind, said America has lost the literary tradition that produced such writers as Emerson, Frost, Melville and Thoreau. pected to cause serious damage to national security and to the capacity of the .CIA to conduct effective intelligence-gathering operations/', said U.S. District Judge John Lewis Smith Jr. ' "The court concludes that the 'secret' classification applied to the CIA budget and expenditure files is proper, both procedurally and substantivaly." Smith's decision came Friday in a suit filed by Morion Halperin who sought CIA records on its budget authority for the current fiscal year and its actual expenditures-for the 1974 fiscal year. Victor Marchetti, a disaffected former agent who was involved in preparation of the CIA budget in the late 1960s, has estimated the agency's annual spending at 1750 million. Former CIA Director William E. Colby, has said Marchetti's figure is incorrect, but he did not indicate if it were too low or too high. For his decision, Smith cited testimony by Colby, who argued that disclosure of the budget would give other nations strong clues about U.S. intelligence capabilities. The Northwest Bancorporation banks in Montana join with the Montana Historical Society and the Montana Bicentennial Administration to offer this ruggedly handsome buckle, designated the official Montana Bicentennial belt buckle. Bob Scriver, famous western artist from'Browning, Montana, designed the buckle from his original "Montana Trapper" sculpture. Cast in solid brass, each buckle is serial numbered and signed by Scriver. Only a limited number were cast, making this a valuable collector's item. Here's the plan. You purchase the "Montana Trapper" buckle for only $12 from your Banco bank or directly from the Historical Society. Proceeds will be used for establishment of the society's Charles M. Russell art acquisition fund, to be used for the purchase of Russell art. It's your opportunity to acquire a living Montana artist's work--and at the same time help to keep Charlie Russell's valuable originals here, and acquire additional pieces. Banco banks and the Historical Society are also offering the "Montana Trapper" bronze. Price-$950. With only 100 cast, this bronze 16'' Bob Scriver sculpture would be an impressive addition to your personal collection. Bronze purchasers also receive a "Montana Trapper" belt buckle bearing the same serial number. Sec both the buckle and the bronze ... on display at your Banco bank and at the Montana Historical Society in Helena. Available or.ly through Banco banks and the Historical Society. FIRST NORTHWESTERN BANK OfKalispeil An AftWate of Northwest Bancxpof3tion

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