The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana on February 25, 1976 · Page 28
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The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana · Page 28

Alexandria, Louisiana
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Wednesday, February 25, 1976
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f 'C-6 Town Talk. Alexandria-Pineville. La.. Wednesday, February 25. 1976 m ..M...M..M.....,.......M.....M..i.wiMwtititiiniiiiiiniiwininnimiwiiBHiii a , a gltllHIIUIIIHIIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIHMIIIIUMIIIIIIIIIIIHIIIIIIIIIinHIHUIIIUIllIIIHIIIIIIIIHIIIIHIIIIUlM " Dixie Belly Dancers Organize Mardi Gras Party Gets Out of Hand Bv Roval BrisMbill . NEW ORLEANS (UPI) ; There they were, 13 belly dancers and not a jeweled navel in sight. No diaphanous pantaloons. .'No darkened, inviting eyes .peering from behind a filmy ; veil. No suggestive writhing. ; It was for them an historic event, the organizational - meeting of the Professional Belly Dancers of the South a club for the exchange of dancing techniques and improvement of the public image of torso twirlers. The event attracted 13 dancers from Louisiana and Mississippi to a posh French Quarter restaurant on a recent Sunday afternoon. Nearly all were conservatively dressed in pinstripe pants suits, skirts and blazers and plain dresses. They Four Arrested For Promoting Homosexuality ROCKFORD, 111. (UPI) -Authorities have accused four men, including a mental health case worker, a newspaperman and a "Porno King," of luring teen-age boys to take part in homosexual acts. Several other men are under suspicion. The four were arrested and charged in recent weeks as part of a 10-month investigation, Jim Gemignani, first assistant state's attorney for Winnebago County, said Tuesday. Gemignani said the four men invited at least five to seven boys ranging in age from 12 to 15 to parties and gave them beer and marijuana to lure them into homosexual acts. "Participation by boys at that age can be induced by seduction," he said. None of the boys went to authorities but they complained of the incidents when they were interviewed, Gemignani said. He identified those charged as Richard Vander Linden, 35, Rockford, a case worker at the Singer Mental Center; Daniel DiLeo, 37, Rockford, regional editor of the Rockford Morning Star; Harold Burdin, 31, a machine operator for Quaker Oats Co.; and Guy Strait, who is wanted on about 19 counts of morals violations in San Francisco. Vander Linden was charged with three counts of taking indecent liberties with minor boys. The other three men each were charged with one count on the same charge. Vander Linden quit his job in December and was arrested in Florida while visiting his parents. DiLeo and Bur-din both were arrested in recent weeks. Strait, described by authorities as an international "Porno King" who deals in films of young boys engaging in homosexual acts, was still at large Tuesday. A former Singer Mental Health Center employe, Carole Marasovic, has served as a prime witness in the case and believes the ring involves several other persons. She told the Rockford Register Republic the names of nine other suspects. Gemignani said, "No other person is presently charged nor do we expect to charge anyone in the very immediate future. I do not have nine other suspects. I have an awful lot of people I want to talk to." Space Shuttle's Crews Named HOUSTON (UPI) - Astronaut Fred Haise Jr., who flew the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission in 1970, and three rookie astronauts have been named to the first two crews for space shuttle approach and landing tests in 1977. Haise will command the first landing test flight with Charles Gordon Fullerton as his pilot. Joe H. Engle, who was in line for the last flight to the moon but was bumped by a scientistastronaut, will command the second test accompanied by Richard H. Truly. The crew ' announcement Tuesday by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the first since . January, 1973, when the pil-; ots for last July's joint U.S.-Soviet spaceflight were attracted little attention. Between bites of exotic egg dishes and bananas Foster the women, ranging in age from 17 to past 40, discussed the plight of Southern belly dancers, named their organization and elected a president. "The locals only understand ballet and go-go," said Bunny Adams, a honey-haired nightclub dancer from Hawaii via Las Vegas. "They think belly dancing is like strip-teasing. That's be cause of the poor stripping and go-go on Bourbon St." Bunny and Zarubi (Donna Byrnes) were the only dancers who exposed navels at the meeting. They were dressed in slinky, two-piece outfits with plenty of bare midriff and decolletage. "Yeah," chirped in dark-haired Scherezade (Nannette Thornton), dressed in a navy blue blazer and skirt. "It's irritating when you're dancing to have some guys start yelling Take it off. I mean, what am I going to take off? My veil?" When it became time to propose names for the club Shamir (Shirley Goldman) jokingly suggested "Navel Academy" and "Cymbals and Sinners." Yasmir (Jacqueline Yar-rington), the grande dame of the group, reminded the dancers of the need for the word "professional" in their name. They agreed on Professional Belly Dancers of the South. i , NEW ORLEANS (UPI) - Police investigating a trailer park shooting incident arrested five Mardi Gras visitors and seized drugs, guns and ammunition Tuesday. Thomas Witkowski, 22 of Neenah, Wis., was slightly wounded in the shoulder, apparently by one of several shots fired wildly in the air. Two campers told police a group of people were "drinking wine, playing the guitar and having a good time" when one of the suspects started shooting a pistol. "He was about three-quarters lit on something," one of the campers said. "Then he started shooting holes in the ground." iiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiimuiiniiiiiiMiminiuiiiDinuinBHffln . The campers heard more shooting and called police who arrested four men and a woman. 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