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Hutchinson, Kansas
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The Hutchinson News 100th Year No. 100 12 Pages Monday Morning, October 11,1971, Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 B Priee 10c University of Kansas Trouble at Med Center? TOPEKA — An assistant professor at the University of Kan sas Medical School said Sunday that financial problems led to reduction of services at the cen ter, but the center's hospital administrator says the cutbacks are "not unusual.'' Dr. Fritz Lpren Taylor, assist ant professor of anethesiology and legal affairs at the Med School, said Sunday several nurses have left the KU staff — one group en masse — and that others may be leaving soon. As a result, Taylor said, an operating room in the hospital was closed down Thursday to Agnew Goes to Turkey WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Spiro T. Agnew left Sunday for Ankara, Turkey, beginning a 13-day journey that will take him also to Iran, for the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian monarchy, and to Greece, his father's native land. Agnew took off from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., aboard presidential jet, with his wife seven aides, four State Depart ment assistants, and a sheaf of loose-leaf briefing books on the governments and the officials he will visit. He is to land in Ankara at mid-morning Monday. Cool Reception On his two-day visit to An kara he is likely to be greeted correctly but cooly by the gov ernment. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has noted that Agnew is visiting "at his own re quest." There is a suspicion in Ankara that the visit is on Agnew's itinerary only because he wants to go to Greece, and couldn't bypass Turkey without risking complaints about favor itism. Turkey and Greece are allied in NATO, but they are uneasy partners. The alliance is listed as a chief topic for Agnew's conversations in both Ankara and Athens. Agnew's visit to Turkey also could be affected by a potential crisis in the government of Prime Minister Nihat Erim, with whom the vice president is to confer late Monday. all but emergency treatment or additional operations on inpatient cases. Plevna Youth Hurt in Crash A 19-year-old Plevna youth remained in "satisfactory," condition at South Hospital Sunday night after a late Saturday night accident at K96 and Hendricks. Robert R. Zongker was injured in the crash just before midnight Saturday, when the car he was driving collided with a vehicle driven by Roy E. Borecky, Jr., 20, 615 West 5th. Borecky was eastbound on K96 and Zongker northbound on Hendricks at the time of the accident. Borecky, his 18-year-old wife Mary and their lM>-year-old son Mark were all treated and released at the hospital. A passenger in Zongker's car, Larry C. Reed, 18, 1006 East 20th, was also treated and released. Weather KANSAS — Fair through Tuesday; little cooler west aid and north Monday with highs middle 70s over the state, little cooler northwest Monday night with lows 30s northwest to middle 40s southeast, little warmer Tuesday with highs 75 to 80. Hutchinson Weather Sunday's high 81 from 4:04 p .m. to 6:09 p.m.; low 41 from 6:57 a.m. to 8:11 a.m.; at 10 p.m. 68. Record high 97 in 1928; record low 27 in 1906. Winds: Calm. Barometer: 28.57, falling. Sunset Monday: 7 :00 p .m. Sunrise Tuesday: 7:37 a.m. Taylor is preparing to take a leave of absence to become deputy executive director of the secretary's Committee on Medical Malpractice in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He says the situation at the center is so critical some doctors have urged the school shut down all its operations until financial conditions are improved. Hospital Administrator Russell H. Miller says Taylor's remarks are exaggerations. There has been some temporary reductions in operating room schedules," he conceded, but adds "This is not particularly unusual ... it related to the critical shortage of nurses in the Kansas City area." No Emergency Meeting He says there have been no emergency meetings, but adds that he has met twice in the past 10 days with Dr. Loren Humphrey, chairman of the department of surgery, to discuss problems. Humphrey has "expressed concern for what he calls an un- desireable curtailment of surgery," Miller says. Miller said the hospital is having trouble keeping enough staff for its intensive care units, but says the reason is actually because of an increase in surgery. He says the faculty has added some surgeons and has greater surgical capacity now than ever before. Taylor said other hospitals in the Kansas City area had npped their salaries before the wage price freeze, and nurses were leaving the Med Center to take the higher paying jobs. Welfare Battle Looms WASHINGTON (AP) — President Nixon's tax-cut bill could become entangled in a Senate Finance Committee struggle over his welfare-reform program, and he is moving to head off any such impasse. Any such intracommittee fight could mean a long delay in Senate action on the House-passed $15.4-billion tax-reduction measure, something which could be a severe blow to Nixon's over all economic program. He told the committee chairman, Sen. Russell B. Long, D- La., while still supporting the administration welfare proposal strongly, he does not want it tied to the tax legislation. Nixon said that, if the tax cut is to have the beneficial effects on the economy that he expects, it should be enacted into Five Killed in Church Blast law by early November if at all possible. Opportunity for Maneuvers But the opposing sides in the welfare battle both look on the tax bill as an opportunity for maneuvers to aid their cause. Sen. Abraham A. Ribicoff, D- Conn., chief supporter of the benefits for the aged, blind and disabled. They believe that, if these could be enacted as a part of the tax bill, there would be much less pressure to pass the Family Assistance-welfare reform plan would be left as the only major item in the House AFTER FIRE _ C. W. Leighnor, seated, and Frank Spillman, back to camera, discuss fire in living room of Spillman home which received heavy damage in fire Sunday. Spillman rents the house from Leighnor. The Kansas Legislature froze state salaries at all colleges and universities at the 1971 session in an economy move. The fed- era freeze further restricted chances for added pay. Taylor says that in addition to the loss of nurses, those who are left on the job are complaining of long working hours and unfavorable working conditions. The demand for care is increasing and the number of nurses is decreasing. This is a crisis. It's a real crisis," Taylor said. Miller disagrees. "Our turnover is less the last six months than it probably has been for the last five years," the administrator said. Miller does say the financial situation of the school is such that officials will ask for an increase in the expenditure lid from its own earnings, but says the financial pinch is not as severe as Taylor says. He doesn't feel that plans to establish a branch of the Med School at Wichita will have much of an effect on the center. But he said the Kansas City center does have "some very imited and inadequate facility we would like to have replaced." Fire Causes Major Damage to Rural Home A rural Hutchinson family lost many personal belongings Sunday afternoon when a fire caused major damage to a house 5Vi miles north of 30th on Plum. Franklin Spillman said his family probably lost $1,500 or more," in the fire that was thought to have been caused by a faulty gas furnace. Battle Looms Over Campaign Bills WASHINGTON (AP) - Two House committees have laid the groundwork for a potential partisan battle over two bills to limit campaign spending by national candidates. And one Republican says President Nixon might veto any legislation that puts a ceiling on campaign spending. Number of Voters One of the bills would tie a spending limit to. the number of voters in a geographical area and the other would bind it to the total population. Both bills would apply to elections, primaries and prenomination campaigns. Adding to the complications, both bills differ from an omnibus measure passed by the Senate. iMiiiiiiiii ittllliwliuilitlli JERRY TOMPKINS, 612 16th Terrace, sightsin hU rifle at the Central Kansas Gun Club Range Sunday, in preparation for the hunting season. The House Rules Committee has to clear either bill before it can get to a vote and that com mittee has set an Oct. 1 dead line for anything but emergen cy legislation. But Speaker Carl Albert of Oklahoma might be able to get that deadline changed and hook the two bills together for simultaneous consideration by the House. The main opposition and the veto warning have come from the top GOP member of the Commerce Committee. Believes Nixon Would Veto Rep. Willia L. Springer of Rhode Island says he believes the President would veto legislation that puts a ceiling on campaign spending and contributions without rigid proce dures for public disclosure of where the money came from and how it was spent. "Our bill is so full of loopholes that you could drive a truck through it," Springer said. The Commerce bill would limit spending to 10 cents for each voter in the geographical area of the election. This could run as high as $14 million in a nationwide campaign. Equal time would have to be provided by broadcasters to candidates for Congress if time were sold to an opponent. The cost would be the lowest unit charge for comparable time in the same period. The equal-time requirement would not apply to candidates for president and vice-president. Newspapers and magazines would be required to provide space for any candidate requesting it if an opponent was sold space. The charge would be the prevailing rate for "comparable use of such space for other purposes." All campaign spending under the Administration Committee bill would be limited to six cents for each person living in the election area. Spillman, his wife Virginia and their two chidren were in Hutchinson when the fire started. It was reported to the Reno County fire department at 2:25 p.m. Sunday, and a department spokesman said the fire "had a real good start," by the time firemen arrived. Firemen managed to contain the blaze to the furnace room and a large living room area, but heavy smoke and water damage was present throughout the eight room stone house. Firemen stayed on the scene for nearly three hours. According to the owner, C. W. Leighnor, 1721 East 30th, the house was originally constructed for use as a radio station Ceiling Insulation Leighnor credits the quality of construction and the five inch thick insulation in the ceiling with keeping the fire from gut ting the entire structure. Spillman, an employe of Krause Plow, moved into the house only three months ago. The family left the home at noon to go into town, and first learned of the fire after being paged to answer a telephone call in a local discount store. By 6:30 p.m. Sunday the Stillman's had salvaged most of their clothing and some furniture and were moving It away from the fire scene. But fire and smoke damage had taken its toll, and left charred and damaged ruins of many of their possessions. Spillman said the family would spend the night with his parents in Hutchinson, while he cleaned the ruins. Leighnor had no estimate of damage to the building, but said it was not insured. Seek Missing Coodland Man GOODLAND, Kan. (AP) An unsuccessful aerial search was conducted Sunday over hundreds of miles of sparsely populated plains in Western Kansas and Eastern Colorado for a Commerce City, Colo., man missing since late Thursday. Authorities said Glenn Parked 43, an insurance investigator, telephone his home Thursday night from Goodland and said he would arrive there Friday. MARIETTA, Ohio (AP)—An explosion triggered by a faulty boiler ripped through the Sunday school wing of a Baptist church Sunday, killing four teen-aged pupils and a Bible teacher. Authorities said 11 other persons we-e injured in the blast which let go just minutes before some 140 young people were due to be released from the weekly instructions. Six of the injured were hospitalizd, one in serious condition. Four Die; 32 Hurt in Bus Crash MARSHFIELD, Mo. (AP) — At least four persons were killed and 32 others were reported injured Sunday when a Greyhound bus collided with a station wagon which backed onto Interstate 44 without lights, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. The accident occurred about eight miles east of Marshfield at 2 a.m. as the bus was en route from St. Louis to Los Angeles. Two bus passengers died en route to area hospitals, and an occupant, of the station wagon also was*killed. All of the other 32 persons on the bus were injured, several critically. A second occupant of the station wagon was injured. The identify of one bus passenger who died was not earned immediately, and officers were sifting through personal effects to try and determine the identify. Also killed were bus passenger Sally Heichel, 11, of Lucas, j Ohio, and Pauline Garrett, 58, of Marshfield, who was in the station wagon. , j "We were listening to music, then, all of a sudden, we heard an explosion ... a window caved in .. . then we saw smoke and children running into the parking lot," said a woman attending services in the main section of the First Baptist Church. Search Discontinued Firemen went to the explosion site to sift through the ruins for additional victims. That search was discontinued by mid-afternoon. City officials said the main section of the church was only slightly damaged by the blast. The dead, all from Marietta, were identified as Ricky Morris, Gary Holly and Carol Joy, all ninth graders; Heather Dawson, a high school sophomore; and Michael Murphy, 30, a Sunday school teacher. Murphy was married and had one child. Brush Fire Dies Down SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A large, four-day-old brushfire advanced steadily eastward on a three-mile front Sunday as fire fighters worked to strengthen a fire break ahead of it. The fire's southern progress, toward the coastal town of Carpinteria, was halted early Sunday by moist cool coastal air, flat terrain and citrus groves, fire officials said. Driven by strong winds dring the night, the fire had jumped a fire break and raced toward the town of 7,200 and preparations were made for possible evacuation. However, after burning about two miles the fire reached low-lying agricultural land and died down, about a half mile from the outskirts of the town. welfare plan in the Finance bill. panel, said he now is convinced T he Finance Committee will the Committee majority is not begin hearing public witnesses going to act on the proposal. on the tax bill Tuesday. AFL- The committee killed the plan ciO President George Meany, a in the last Congress after it s t ro ng critic of the Nixon pro- passed the House. This year it g rani) j s to testify Wednesday, has bottled up the legislation The chairman said he hopes since it passed the House a sec- to get the measure out of his ond time in June. committee and to the Senate Ribicoff favors a somewhat noor for debate by the end of more liberal version of the plan October, than Nixon recommended. He is having his ideas drafted as an amendment for a possible attempt to get it added as a ri der to the tax-cut measure Difercnt Strategy The committee's conservatives have a different strategy in mind. Some of them would like to lift out of the bill passed by the House in June provisions which would increase Social Security payments and raise welfare Halt Dock Work Investigate Deaths of Wichitans (AP) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Dock operations came to & dead stop at Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors Sunday but longshoremen at other West Coast ports manned piers for a second day under federal strike-halting orders. Union and management spokesmen agreed the trouble at Long Beach and Los Angeles, the West Coast's biggest SAN ANTONIO, Tex Autopsies have been ordered by P°rt, concerned a dispute over the Bexar County medical ex- who had the right to assign aminer's office in the deaths of work slots -on the piers. two Kansas men whose bodies Th e Pacific Maritime Associ were found in a North San An- ation which represemts 120 tonio motel after a party Fri- struck shippers asked for 11 ex day night. perienccd men by name to m. m .. m L. move equipment such as fork- 2^V*Z H$L JM^Z ' and"cranes before ordering about 16, and 20-year-old John- .... „„„„„ •„ . . „_ „ ny Bostic, both of Wichita, Kan. « angs to load or un,oad A third Wichita youth, 16- ^ u declined to accept the year-old Donald Bates, was list- job8f said the international ed in umbtemined condition at Longshoremen's and War* a hospital, houaemtn's Union. An ILWU The three were found in a source explained that the men bedroom shortly after 8 a.m. felt work should be shared Saturday by a construction equitably among available foreman who employed them workers and the PMA callup infer a local roofing work. dicated the 11 would be work A fire department resuscita- ing full time while others were tion unit was unable to revive not the men. The ILWU also opposed the Friends of the victims told singling out of specific names policy they had a beer-drinking rathe r than a request for un- party Friday 0 night. Homicide named men wltn the needed detectives searched the room qualifications, and found a vial of prescription pills and several cough syrup | bottles. The Kansans had been in San Antonio one and a half weeks, police said. A San Antonio man was questioned by police. Garden Gty Youth Hurt In Crash Pearson Would Welcome Clash With Docking By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor TOPEKA — U.S. Sen. James Pearson didn 't announce for re election here Sunday, but he said he is looking forward to clashing with Democratic Gov. Robert Docking if their paths happen to cross in the political arena. The senior Kansas senator's comments came in an informal news conference shortly before he spoke at a political action workshop for about 150 persons, including doctors, their wives and guests. The group is called KAMPAC. Pearson also said there is no bitterness between himself and Sen. Bob Dole over a long impasse on a federal judge vacancy; said he thought nominee Earl O'Connor, a state supreme court Justice, will easily land the Job now; and said many Kansas Republicans .are voicing concern to him about the "general state of disarray" of the party in the state. Pearson said that if Docking, the only three term Democratic governor in Kansas' history, seeks to unseat him and he decides to run, "I think it would a great opportunity to see different approaches to government." "Our approaches are very much different," he added. He didn 't elaborate, but later, in his speech, Pearson noted that politicians who "sell themselves like soap" and rely entirely on public opinion polls to guide their thinking "aren't solving problems." "Wherever you find a politician — an officeholder — in trouble or in controversy you more often will find him in the process of trying to solve some problem," said Pearson. Means 'Helping To Lead' He said officeholders who rely on opinion polls are little more than "ventriloquists," and said representing people also means helping to lead people. Docking is known to rely heavily on opinion polls and his television advertising has been called the best in the history of Kansas politics. Pearson, who earlier had labeled himself "about the worst politician who ever came down the pike here," said he has introduced a bill to limit campaign spending — a bill that "hasn't made us very popular" with the television media. But he noted that the great Impact of television on politics had caused campaign spending to soar and that while the money "can come from some awfully nice people," It still may lead to "the pressures of obligation." He noted that it costs between $250,000 and $300,000 to run for a major office in Kansas. Pearson told the group the GARDEN CITY-A part -time ambulance driver had to help pull his seriously injured son from the wreckage of his automobile Sunday morning after a two-car accident near here. Tim Knoll, assistant city clerk and part-time ambulance driver United States is "really desper- responded to an emergency call ately in need of people with poll- shorty after 10:45 a.m. and tical courage." found his 19-year-old son Gary He drew a standing ovation. Pinned in the wreckage of his 'Doing Right Thing* car. In the news conference, Pear- You ng K n°H suffered a bro- son was asked if his position on ken leg, crushed pelvis and deep the federal judgeship had hurt lacerations in the two car acci- him politically. dent two miles east of Garden "I haven't the slightest idea City on US156. and I don't really care what it Kno11 was eastbound on the does politically. My concern highway when a car driven by was doing the right thing." Everett Cravens, McPherson, Pearson had nominated form- attempted to pass him. er Gov. John Anderson for the The Cravens car struck the post. Dole nominated O'Connor. side of th e K" 011 car instead. After an impasse of several Highway patrol officers are un- months, Anderson withdrew his certain if Knoll was attempting name. Democrats in Congress a '* ft turn at the time of the are about to put a freeze on accident, judge nominations. Both Dole Cravens and a passenger in and Pearson now support O'Con- his car, 47-year-old Thomas V. Harvey, Council Grove, were both treated and released at St, Catherine's Hospital. KnolJ, who was pinned in his car for several minutes, was admitted and was listed in serious condition Sunday night. nor. Pearson said he had no interest in a federal judge post himself, and added with a smile that whoever mentioned that he might was "not a friendly source." He said he had heard the rumor that Vice President Spiro Agnew might be nominated to the high court by President Nixon, and added, "you hear all sorts of rumors in Washington • it is the city of rumors . Pearson said many Kansas Republicans are voicing concern about the fragmentation of the party in the state, but disagreed with Dole that the congressional delegation can play a major role in strenthening it. Intercepted Letter SEN. JAMES PEARSON Capitol Hill Washington, D. C. ••I Dear Jim: No one can accuse you of Docking the issue. Yours, Hutch

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