Iowa City Press-Citizen from Iowa City, Iowa on September 17, 1968 · Page 20
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Iowa City, Iowa
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Tuesday, September 17, 1968
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Webb Retires As NASA Head W A S H I N G T O N (AP) - ·Tames E. Webb, who presided over America's entry into the age of manned space flight, is stepping down as head of a U.S. space program he believes ranks second to Russia's. Webb announced his retirement Monday and said Dr. Thomas 0. Paine, deputy administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, would become acting head of the agency. President John F. Kennedy named Webb to head NASA in February 1961 when it had 17,000 employes and an annual budget of $999 million. Two and a half months later astronaut Alan Shephard rode a Mercury capsule to an altitude of 116 miles, marking the nation's first manned penetration of space. Webb, who actually will leave his post when he turns 62 next month, steps out at a time when his budget is about $3.8 billion and NASA employs 34,000. This is less than the peak year of 1965 when the budget was $5 2 billion, but Webb told newsmen he was not quitting because of disagreement over current government economy moves, "Jim Webb is a truly remarkable man," said Dr. Robert R. Gilruth, director of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center at Houston, Tex. Julian Scheer, a long-time friend who is NASA's assistant administrator for public affairs, said Webb plans "to do a lot of things he is interested in on his own." Webb announced his retirement after a meeting with President Johnson. The President made no immediate comment. Under his tenure, NASA completed six one-man Mercury missions and 10 two-man Gemini missions. The only blot on an otherwise perfect safety record came in a ground accident in January 1967 when a launch-pad fire killed the first three-man Apollo team. Webb said Monday that the United States is still second to the Soviet Union in space operations and that current programs would not bring parity. ' He said there is still a chance, i however, that the nation will] Tuesday, September 17,1W»--Iowa City Press-Citizen--7^ By MYRON A. KAUTSCH Press-Citizen Staff Writer Second of Four All kinds of people try to shoplift in Iowa City stores, but the age groups involved remain about the same from year to land men on the moon before! the end of next year. RIBBON CUTTING--Cutting the ribbon at the new facilities of the First National Bank Monday are (from left) Joe Knoedel, 729 Ronalds Street; Lester Bock, 418 Grant Street and E. B. Raymond of 416 Grant Street. All are retired employes at the bank. The new drive-in banking facilities are located in the Towncrest Square on William Street. (Press-Citizen Photo) In Iowa City, Most Shoplifting The Work of the Teen-Age Amateur year, says city Detective Lt. Charles H. Snider. In Iowa City, professionals work the stores occasionally, he Hughes, Stanley Offered Debate Time on TV ATLANTIC (AP)-The Bronze, DES MO i NE s (AP)-An oiler Atlantic Gl Awarded Bronze Star Medal Star Medal with Oak Leaf for heroism in Vietnam has been awarded to Army Spec. 4 Calvin E. Bornholdt, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Bornholdt of rural Atlantic. A citation accompanying the medal said Bornholdt drove a vehicle through hostile forces May 5 although he was wounded three times. It said he saved himself and other occupants of the vehicle after his commander was killed during a rocket and small arms attack PUBLISHER DIES of prime television time Nov. 2 was announced Monday night for a face-to-face debate between Democratic Gov. Harold E. Hughes and State Sen. David M. Stanley, R-Muscatme. Station KENT-TV here said that "in order to give the candidates ample time to arrange their schedules" it will preempt its programming from 8 to 9 p.m. the last Saturday before the November election. ' A letter of invitation was sent I Monday to the candidates for the U S Senate, the station said Sac City Navy Pilot Dies After Accident OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)--Lt. 1 i Larry Smith of Sac City, Iowa, I a Navy pilot who suffered severe injuries after ejecting from his jet during a training flight, died Monday at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital here. Smith, 29, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Smith of Sac City. He was attached to Attack Squadron 125 at Lemoore, Calif., when he ejected from his stricken plane which crashed last Tuesday near Mariposa. 2 More Iowa GIs Killed in Vietnam WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Army men are the latest lowans killed in Vietnam fighting. The Defense Department said Monday that Army Pvt. Gary L. Lewis, 22, of Fort Madison, and Pfc. Robert J. Cobb, 20, were both killed in action. Lewis, the husband of Mrs. Carol J. Lewis, is also survived by his parents, J.C. Lewis Jr. and Mrs. Russel Davis of Keo- jkuk, and three daughters. ! Cobb, who was earlier listed as missing in action, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emery G. Cobb of Webster. says. But most of the shoplifting seems to be done by junior high students and particularly by college students in Iowa City for the first time, according to Snider. "They're away from dad's strong hand and mom's apron strings," he says. Other reasons for shiplifting may vary considerably, depending on whether the thieVes are youngsters or housewives, according to Snid- ,er. But he says one point stands lout. "There are very few who actually .steal an item to exist. Very few," says Snider. "Usually those arrested have money in the pocket." But even if the thefts often are "unnecessary," according to Snider, the shoplifters in Iowa City and throughout the country may use extremely ela- Teen-Age Republicans To Meet Tonight A Johnson County Teen-age Republican meeting will be today at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church. The speaker for the program will be Lloyd Smith, state auditor. The meeting is open to the public. veniles who shoplift often like professionals with someone i to stand guard, another to dis-i tract store personnel and another to steal. '·Some juvenile groups make it an initiation deal," observes Snider Some techniques a m o n g adults, Snider says, are to put goods into packages with concealed trap doors or i n t o clothes with hidden pockets. Most often, he adds, a woman customer takes several outfits into a clothing store's dressing room and wears one out of the store under her own clothes. Some women can even hold an Item as heavy as 25 pounds between their legs under full skirts and walk away with it, says Snider. Deterrents against shoplifting are numerous, according to Snider, and include low displays, mirrors and, of course, off-duty, hired policemen. However, he notes that many methods are costly and that the two most effective deterrents are available at low cost to any storekeeper. "Alertness and courtesy are the greatest deterrents," he says, explaining that potential shoplifters are discoura g e d when clerks move vigorously among customers. Furthermore, says Snider, active clerks are likely to catch a shoplifter, an action well within the law. "Shoplifting is the most costly crime we have today for the retailer." says Snider. "But we've really put some teeth in our shoplifting laws." Iowa's shoplifting law has been broadened so that store personnel may legally appre - hend and detain a person if his behavior gives "reas e n a b l e grounds" to believe the person was shoplifting. Reasonable grounds for arrest, according to the law, would exist if the person were seen concealing unpurchased goods either on or outside the premises of a store. Such a c t i o n shows the person's intent to con- vert the item "to his own use without paying the purchase price thereof." The law allows store employes to hold the person for a reasonable time, for example, until the police arrive, and to search the person if he gives permission. However, Snider cautions that no search or detention should be made without at least one witness. Penalties under the law are a $100 fine or 30 days in jail for theft of an item worth less than $20. 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