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Hutchinson, Kansas
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Abbie Cuts Hair, Urges Youths to Vote-But Hasn't Changed NEW YORK (AP) - A 35- year-old man with short- cropped hair is urging American youth to register, to vote and to run for local political office. The man is Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman. "Long hair doesn't have the bite of rejecting American values that it had two years ago. Now it's an affectation," Hoffman, once the possessor of an unruly mane of black curls, said in an interview Monday. Knifes Off Locks The day before, while addressing 1,500 Drew University students in Madison, N.J., he had pulled out a knife and "sheared off 10 or 20 locks—it was a rejection of the hip culture," he explained. While still calling for social and political revolution in the United States, Hoffman also advised the assembled young people that they could help bring about some change by working through the ballot box. But lest anyone suspect him of turning middle class, Hoffman, one of the defendants in the Chicago Seven conspiracy trial, said with a laugh Sunday, "I'm not exactly shapin' up!" He said he was urging his followers to register to vote for two reasons: 'Chief Fantasy' "One, to be able to get on juries. My chief fantasy is to Abbie. Ho/f man hang the jury of the next presidential assassin," he said. "The other reason is to vote—in local elections. It's still meaningless to work for candidates on the national level. But we should go for radical community control on the local level," he said. "In college towns, with recent changes in the laws, it makes a lot of sense to engage in elective politics as an experiment. It's possible that radicals could win. Berkeley is a start. And look at Cambridge, Mass. Someone like Daniel Ellsberg running for mayor could affect it, could change it, and could win." Radicals Elected In Berkeley, Calif., a group of radicals recently were elected to the Town Council. Cambridge, the home of Harvard College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is also the home of Ellsberg, who is charged with illegally possessing the Pentagon papers. Hoffman also suggested that members of his Youth International party as well as people in prison should start running for local office. He ruled out his own candidacy by asking, "Me? Where?" Then he added, "Anyway, not this year. I'm going away—out of the country. But I can't tell you where because then it wouldn't be going away. Everyone would be there." Rules Out Photo He also ruled out a new pho- tograph of his short hair. Hoffman said he had become angry with the current version of the youth movement because "the rock music has gotten bad, the dope lousy. Everytime I turn on the television I see another movie star with long hair. The hip cult has been taken over by Warner Bros.," he said. "I had to disassociate myself from that." The Hutchinson News 100th Year No. 94 20 Pages Tuesday Morning, October 5,1971, Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 B Price lOe The Drug You Drink-10 Alcohol Big Road Killer By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor The drinking driver has become a major concern for law enforcement officials across the U.S. Kansas is no exception. "We have about 700 people a year being killed on the highways and 300 to 400 of them are being practically murdered by the drinking driver. I'll tell you, we need to do something," said Highway Safety Director Claud McCamment. A direct trace to alcohol was established in 1,290 of the 55,100 accidents in Kansas in 1970. Driving While Intoxicated cases now range up to 24 per cent of all the accidents on Kansas roads, up about 7 percentage points in the past 12 to 18 months, McCamment said. Revocation of licenses due to DWI has been steadily going down. In 1966, 3,289 persons lost their licenses; in 1968, 2,975; in 1969, 2,820 and in 1970, 2,256. In recent legislative action, lawmakers reduced the blood alcohol necessary for a DWI finding from .15 to .10, but at the same time left judges the leeway in suspending and revoking licenses. McCamment has been highly critical of the move because it has taken license procedures on DWI away from the State Motor Vehicle Department. "The judges simply have not been sending in the convictions. We are not getting the conviction orders because in many cases the judges are being lenient in cases where the guy used to automatically lose his license," McCamment said. Drinking Driver's Haven McCamment said "continuances and appeals" in the legal system have become a middle - income and wealthy drinking driver's haven, and, he said, disparity in sentencing and dealing with the drinking driver is becoming more critical by the day. "You've got to get these guys off the road. What good is a fine or a jail sentence? We should have some kind of state clinic or hospital to send these guys to until they can get their license back. We need to tighten up all the loopholes and treat everyone equal," McCamment said. But McCamment admitted that his statistical information on drinking and driving is weak because the state reporting system has been weak. "I guess you could say we really don't know how many deaths are caused by the drinking driver. Up until our new long forms on accident, we just didn't get the right kind of information. Drugs and driving are just about nil though, we know that," McCamment said. Highway Patrol Superintendent William Albott says his department attributes about 50 per cent of all fatal accidents to the drinking driver, but no hard figures are available. Patrol troopers now must fill out new accident forms, and Albott hopes the new forms will show the impact of drinking on all accidents worked by his troopers. "We are going to have to do something. We're all aware of that. I personally feel the punishment should be swift and sure for DWI — something like a jail sentence to be done on weekends or something like that," Albott said. Should Get Treatment "We should do this to the social drinker the very first time. If a man has a problem, if he is an alcoholic, then he should get treatment, but the social drinker should be deprived of his leisure time. Fines, money are not the answer because it's too easy," Albott said. Albott said that while many law enforcement officers might drink in their off time as most adults do he doesn't think they have a built-in sympathy for drinking drivers. Bufc he said juries often do, and so do judges. "If a guy loses bis driver's license, be can lose his job. There's a lot of the, 'There but for the grace of God go I sympathy for this man in a courtroom. He's clean, he's respectable. He's just like us," Albott said. "Here, again, I think education—telling a person it can happen to them—is a major factor," said Fred Goodgion of the Topeka Services for Alcohol Related Problems. He is working with Shawnee County courts and law enforcement officers to help drinking defendants. "We need to tighten up our laws, make it where the drinking driver can't plea down off the DWI. We need to keep in touch with the guy with the alcohol record — label them so that we will know they are driving with impaired ability. The lawmakers have to face up to this—and soon," Goodgion said. (Tomorrow: Linda's Sad Story). (Hutchinson News-UPI Telepholo) VERN MILLER examines haul at Topeka press conference Monday morning. Amtrak Asks More Money WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Railroad Passenger Corp. said Monday it is seeking more federal funding but has ot determined how much. "It's no secret that we're gong back to Congress in the not oo distant future to ask for more money," an Amtrak pokesman said in reply to a uery. "In testimony before congres- ional committees last year our jeople made it clear that fund- ng was not a one-time thing md that we would need more fter we had a handle on the •peration. "The amount to be requested ill be determined by the Of- ice of Management and Budget," he said. "The figure that las appeared in the newpapers 1160 million, is not necessarily accurate." Congress last year created Amtrak as a quasi-public cor- >oration to coordinate major >assenger operations of the na- ion's railroads. It was granted an initial appropriation of $40 million for the operations starting last May 1, plus a federal guarantee for $100 million in loans. The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), a consumer group, said it will mpport a request for more Amtrak funds. Cites Possible Conflict Barton Attorney -..'••' ••• •• . * Shuns Raid Cases today Deaths 9 Sports 7, 8 Women's News 6 Entertainments 5 Markets 2 Editorials 4 Weather KANSAS — Tuesday mostly sunny and locally warmer. High in upper 70s to lower 80s. Tuesday night and Wednesday clear to partly cloudy. Lows Tuesday night near 40 northwest to 47-54 southeast. Turning a little cooler late afternoon Wednesday in northeast. High Wednesday 75-80 northeast to lower 80s southeast. HutchinsOn Weather Monday's high 78 from 4:12 p.m. to 7:14 p.m.; low 49 from 7:56 a.m. to 8:54 a.m. Record high 97 in 1954; record low 35 in 1915. Winds: 4 mph. Barometer: 28.50, steady. Sunset Tuesday: 7:09 p.m. Sunrise Wednesday: 7:32 a.m TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Atty. Gen. Vern Miller, who with state agents raided eight clubs in Barton County Saturday night and confiscated 40 slot machines, 13 gaming tables and a large quantity of illegal punch boards, announced Monday night that Barton County Atty. John M. Russell will not participate in prosecution of cases spawned by the raids. Miller said Russell had asked to withdraw from the prosecution of the gambling cases because he might have a conflict of interest involving two of the clubs raided in Great Bend, and his assistant attorney resigned just last Friday, leaving his office shorthanded. Outside Counsel? Miller said the state is considering hiring an outside counsel to do the legal work in prosecuting the cases which Miller expects to arise from the raids. However, Miller could give no estimate on how many persons might have charges brought against them, and said he couldn't say when the charges would be filed — although he expects some to be brought later this week. Miller issued a statement after conferring with three of his assistant attorneys general who sent to Great Bend Monday. It said: "The county attorney of Barton County, Kan., has requested tie attorney general's office to conduct any litigation arising out of the raids which were made in Great Bend, Kan., on Saturday, Oct. 2. Possible Conflict "The county attorney, John M Russell, has advised the attorney general that he has a possible conflict of interest involving two of the clubs, an< that his assistant had resignec as of Oct. 1. Russell stated tha his office already was carrying a substantial case load. "Further action will be taken by the attorney general's offic as soon as possible." Miller said he didn't knov what Russell's possible conflic of interest involved, and sale the county attorney didn't spe! it out in his letter to Miller re questing that he be allowed I withdraw. Members of Clubs There was speculation Ru; ell was a member of two of clubs, but Miller would nei- her confirm no'r deny this. "We will take care of all liti- ation in this matter," Miller aid. Miller sent assistant attor- eys General Patrick Connolly, iill Honeyman and Jack Wilams to Great Bend Monday, 'he attorney general had said arlier in the day the reason or the three going to Great Bend was to assist in the draw- ng of arrest warrants in the ftermath of Saturday night's aids. But Miller said Monday night hat no warrants were drawn Monday because of Russell's withdrawal and the fact the three assistant attorneys general didn't have enough time Monday to work on them. Reviewing Cases "They were reviewing the cases today," Miller said. Miller said the cases will be iled in Great Bend, but it would be up to the counsel for he prosecution and defense in he cases whether they are ried there or if changes of /enue are sought. "The number of persons who ivill ultimately be charged will depend on the type of charges we find necessary to bring," Wilier said. Many Known He said a large number of )ersons are known to have >een participating in. gambling games when the eight clubs — seven in great Bend and one in Hoisington — were raided am gambling equipment found. "Because of the volume o evidence and agents' reports which must be examined," Mil ler added, "some time will be required to prepare warrant; and pleadings. "But we're going to have charges filed this week, if pos sible." Clubcs Listed Miller and his men raided the Eagles, Elks and Knights of Co lumbus lodges, the Americai Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled 'American Veterans service clubs and th( Petroleum Club in Great Bend and the VFW club in Hoisingtor and found equipment or punc cards. Similar raids at clubs in El linwood and Claflin turned u no evidence of gambling, Mille said. Miller described Great Bem as the biggest den of gamblin; he has encountered since h became attorney general las January. "We haven't found any activi ty such as this any place else or we'd be raiding them," Mil ler said. Miller declined to say wha sort of charges the state is con sidering in Great Bend. "W want to go ahead and file them and then talk about them," h said. Excludes Bombing Activities Senate Limits Laos Spending WASHINGTON (AP) - The written explanations of future lenate voted Monday to set the irsl congressional limit on U.S. pending in Laos, approving a eiling at the budgeted level of 350 million after war critics dropped efforts for a sharp cut. Sen. John C. Stennis, D-Miss., rhairman of the Armed Serv- ces Committee, agreed to sup>ort the limit after Sen. Stuart iymington, D-Mo., its sponsor larrowed its application. The limit placed in the $21- )illion military procurement )ill applies to economic and nilitary aid plus Central In- elligence Agency support of both Laotian and Thai irregular orces trying to keep the small andlocked Indochinese country rom falling to North Vietnam. Excludes Bombing It excludes all U.S. bombing around the Communists' Ho Chi Minn supply trail and those in support of Laotian forces in the ?lain of Jars and in Northern Approval was by a roll-call vote of 67 to 11 with opposition coming from a handful of war opponents who considered it could be interpreted as an authorization for U.S. action in os and from administration Dackers opposing any restrictions. Symington proposed originally a spending limit of $200 million excluding only the bombing around the Ho Chi Minh trail. Agrees to Hike After a series of conferences Symington agreed to raise the limit to $350 million and omi any ban on the $143 million budgeted for bombing in North ern Laos. In addition, the amendmen includes provisions requiring the Nixon administration to keep Congress informed of ac tual expenditures in Laos on quarterly basis and provide equests for funds. Sen. J.W. Fulbright, D-Ark., aid lie fears the amendment, hough designed to limit spend- ng in Laos, would be interpreted as an authorization for J.S. involvement there. Besides Fulbright, the amendment was opposed by Sens. William Brock, R-Tenn., Edward W. Brooke, R-Mass., James L. Buckley, Con-R-N.Y., Vlarlow W. Cook, R-Ky., John "herman Cooper, R-Ky., Peter Dominick, R-Colo., Mark 0. Hatfield, R-Ore., Mike Mans- 'ield, D-Mont, Margaret Chase Smith, R-Maine, and Robert Taft Jr., R-Ohio. Funds for Laos have been Included witli those for South Vietnam and Thailand in a $2.5- aillion item in the procurement bill. In an earlier roll call Monday, the Senate voted 65 to 4 in favor of an amendment by Sen. Gordon Allott, R-Colo., to grant members of the armed ofrces an additional $381 million annual pay raise on top of the $2.4-billion increase included last month in the draft-extension act. But the increase, mainly additional pay for the lower enlisted grades, faces a doubtful future in conference. Taft-Hartley Law Invoked by Nixon How They Voted WASHINGTON (AP) - Area senators who voted Monday on an amendment to limit U.S spending in Laos all agreed with the majority, which passed the measure by a 67-11 count. The amendment to set a limit of $350 million was introduced by Sen. Stuart Symington, D- Mo. The vote included: Democrats for: Eagleton and Symington, Missouri; Hughes, Iowa. Republicans for: Dole and Pearson, Kansas; Hruska, Nebraska. WASHINGTON ident Nixon signed an executive order Monday night as the first step toward invoking a Taft- Harlley law injunction in an effort to settle a crippling dock strike. The President appointed a five-member board of inquiry headed by J. Keith Mann, associate dean of Stanford University Law School. The board will report to Nixon by Wednesday on its findings on issues involved in the stalemated labor disputes on the Atlantic, Pacific, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast ports. Quick Action Nixon signed the order within minutes after returning from a Florida weekend vacation. He said that if the dock strikes continue they "will imperil the national health and safety" and affect a substantial part of the maritime industry that involves, trade, commerce, transportation and communication between the states and foreign nations. Once the board of inquiry makes its report, Nixon will decide whether to seek an injunction to invoke an 80-day cooling-off period while efforts are made to settle the strikes. To Give Study Presidential press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said Nixon will assess the economic impact of the strike after the board's report on the dispute before deciding whether to seek the injunction to end the record-long 96-day West Coast clock strike and the East Coast Missile Raises Suspicions Israel May Have Nuclear Warheads (C) 1971 N.Y. Times News Service WASHINGTON - Israel has started to manufacture modest quantities of a missile capable of carrying a 1,000-pound to 1,550-pound warhead 300 miles or more, according to well- placed American and other Western intelligence reports. The missile, called the Jericho, is being produced at a rate of from three to six a month, it is believed. Although United States specialists are far from certain that Israel has nuclear warheads, several analysts sug- gest that the Jericho is too expensive to use to deliver a conventional, high - explosive warhead. "It wouldn't make much sense to manufacture a costly weapon like Jericho merely to carry the equivalent of two or three 500- pound bombs," one official declared. "The decision to go into production strongly suggests Israel has, or believes it could soon have, nuclear warheads for the system." Although Israel has repeatedly pledged not to be the first coun try to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middel East, anal ysts believe that Israel may lave a number of nuclear-weapon components that could be assembled quickly, in a crisis, for use on the Jericho as well as on jet fighter-bombers. Not Deployed? Israel is not believed to have deployed any of the two-stage, solid-fuel missiles yet. But one ranking American officer said, "We wouldn't be surprised to see it deployed in the next few months." A number of American officials are concerned that if Egypt and the Soviet Union become convinced that Israel has deployed nuclear-tipped missiles cap- 'M able of hitting their forces in much of Egypt, in addition to such population centers as Cairo, Moscow may feel impelled to deploy a comparable nuclear missile in Egypt. If that should happen, analysts say, the Soviet Union is likely to operate the new missile with its own forces. The Soviet tactical nuclear missile known by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization code name Scaleboard has a range of about 450 miles and is considered the missile likely to be deployed in Egypt. ^yalkouts which began last Friday. - ' Nixon signed the executive order at 9:35 p.m., stepping out of his helicopter on the South Lawn and into the White House, where the documents awaited him. This marks Nixon's first use of Taft-Hartley proceedings to utervene in a strike. Big Question Earlier Monday, Ziegler had said the big question was whether Nixon would seek a nationwide injunction or act on a selective basis, meaning . a move against only the West Coast strike. His order indicated joint action to protect steamship companies operating out of all major U.S. ports, including the Great Lakes. The Atlantic and Gulf Coast walkouts have not had the economic impact of the long Pacific strike. Medina Files For Release FT. MCPHERSON, Ga. (AP) — Capt. Ernest L. Medina, acquitted of murder charges in the slaying of more than 100 civilians at My Lai submitted his resignation to the Army today, his attorney announced. The military attorney who iclped defend him in the court- martial, Capt. Mark Kadish, said Medina is requesting an honorable discharge. "Assuming that it is accepted, he will be out in two weeks," Kadish said. •„ His civilian attorney, F. Lee Bailey, said in New York last week that Medina would work "or him at the R. J. Enstrpm 2orp., a small helicopter manufacturer in Menominee, Mich., in which Bailey owns the controlling interest. ; Intercepted Letter VERN MILLER Attorney General Topeka, Kan. Dear Vern, Bet with all that equip*- ment you could open Topeka's biggest casino. Yours, Hutch

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