Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on February 23, 1976 · Page 32
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Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, February 23, 1976
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32 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Won., Feb. 23,1976 Outcome of JV.H. primary said too dose fo call By H. JOSKF HEBERT Associated Press Writer MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- With the outcome still considered too close to call for either Hepublicansor Democrats, " voting begins shortly after midnight tonight in New Hampshire's presidential primary. Most of the rivals in the crowded Democratic race were ready to make their last-minute pitches today. Former Georgia Gov. J i m m y Carter and Arizona Rep. Morris K. Udall, generally believed to be the Democratic frontrunners, scheduled tours at shops, factories and offices. So did Indiana Sen. Rirch Bayh and former Oklahoma Sen. Fred Harris. Former vice- presidential candidate Sargem Shriver is in Massachusetts. On the Republican side, Ronald Reagan, who has mounted a stiff challenge to President Ford, concluded a campaign Sunday that covered nearly 2,000 miles by bus caravan in 19 days since Jan. 1. As Reagan's plane left Manchester airport in a steady rain, his state campaign chairman, Hugh Gregg, said if Reagan "goes out of here with anything belter than 40 per cent, he'll go all the way." Gregg predicted Reagan would get "something better than 40 per cent" on Tuesday but declined to say he would win. Ford campaign strategists have said anything over half will be considered a victory for the President. In Washington, Ford said "things looked good" for him in New Hampshire. Reagan did not make any predictions during his final day of campaigning in Nashua, but spoke of "fingernail chewing time." The candidates of both parties have been reluctant to make victory predictions, with understated expectations allowing them to claim all the great- er victory when the New Hampshire results are in. Meanwhile, Sen. Henry Jackson of Washington won four Puerto Rican delegates to the National Democratic Convention. Two uncommitted delegates also were elected. Jackson, the only candidate to campaign in Puerto Rico, had been expected to take a majority of the 17 seals up for grabs, but five of the eight caucuses were suspended after fistfights broke out over a dispute involving allegiance to the Democratic party. In Mississippi congressional district caucuses Saturday, Ala- bama Gov. George Wallace gained nine delegates, Carter four and Shriver three. Party officials said Wallace would pick up two more delegates and Carter and Shriver one each when the last five delegates are selected at the state convention next Sunday. Democrats and Republicans will hold precinct caucuses in Minnesota Tuesday night, with party officials predicting a close battle between Ford and Reagan and a shoo-in victory for Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, D-Minn. Humphrey has said he is not a candidate but would accept a convention draft. New Hampshire is the first direct electoral test of the candidates. As usual, voters in Dixvillc Notch will be the first to cast their ballots -- shortly after midnight. Neither Wallace nor Jackson is on the nonbinding presidential ballot, but Jackson is running a slate of delegates. The Democratic campaigning has been marked by an absence of stark differences among the five major contenders. Udall, Bayh, Shriver and Harris are all considered to be liberals, while Carter is regarded as a moderate. The result has been a large field of still-undecided Democratic voters -- as many as SO per cent, according to some campaign officials. Gregg has said there probably are 20 per cent undecided in the Republican race. Carter, Udall, Shriver and Harris answered questions for an hour Sunday on the ABC-TV program "Issues and Answers" and found few areas of disagreement. Carter did differ with his rivals on whether to provide government jobs for the unemployed and said he was the only contender willing to face Wallace head-on in the South, where the Alabamian is strong. The "major thrust" in solving the unemployment problem, Carter said, should be left to the private sector, with government providing federal aid and incentives to industry to avoid layoffs. His four opponents all have advocated a government job program. Harris declared that "a job ought to be as automatic as unemployment compensation." The contestants said they were convinced the party's nominee would emerge from the primaries and not from a brokered convention. lit Military alert promised at Soviet party meet By BARRY JAMES MOSCOW (UPI) - The Soviet Union prefaced its 25th Communist party congress Monday with a warning that the government will keep the armed forces "at full military alert" while proclaiming detente in the party's platform. Celebrating Army and Navy Day on the eve of the congress, the party newspaper Pravda said "aggressive, imperialist forces" actively threaten detente by "continuing the arms race and enlarging their military budgets." China has allied itself with this "imperialist reaction," Pravda said. The commentary by Gen. Sergei Sokolov, first deputy defense minister, described the Soviets as "peace loving," but warned "supporters of military adventures" not to interpret this as a sign of weakness. The Soviet Union stands "ready to deal a resolute rebuff to any aggression," Sokolov said. The party and government will do "everything necessary for them (the armed forces) to be at full military alert to answer modern demands." The warning came as Soviet and foreign Communists poured into a Moscow cleaned and beautified for the parly congress, where a platform predetermined by a handful of Kremlin leaders will be formally "approved." Scarlet flags and bunting decorated most public buildings along with giant posters of Vladimir Lenin and Leonid Brezhnev--the fourth man since Lenin at the helm of the Soviet state. "The hearts and minds of the Soviet people, the attention of the entire world public are turned to Moscow," Pravda said. Delegates and guests to the congress, held every five years, had free run of the city's best hotels, theaters, movie houses and restaurants, with fleets of black sedans waiting to shuttle them around. The foreigners included Kremlin-line Communisls from Cuba's Fidel Castro to Umberto Baruli, liny San Marino's party chief. But there were some notable exceptions. Fun tunnel Zaire may recognize Angola depending on condition pledge A long line of concrete pipes at a Miami, Fla. construction site create futuristic concentric patterns of light and serves as a playground for Ronny Yarn, 12. (AP Wirepholo) High court takes Social Security suit By CHARLOTTE MOULTON WASHINGTON ( U P I ) - T h e Supreme Court today agreed lo decide whether Social Security regulations giving widows and wives a better financial break than widowers and husbands unconstitutionally discriminal- c on the basis of sex. In a fliirrv nf arlivitv following a month-long recess, the justices also rejected a challenge to the way delegates are selected to the Republican national convention, and agreed to lay down additional guidelines for compliance wilh federal wiretap laws. The Department of Health, Kduratinn and Welfare ap- pealed a lower court decision involving a Brooklyn, N.Y., widower which held that the government must pay Social Security benefits to widowers with children on the same basis thtiy are paid to widows. HEW said that the ruling, if upheld, would cost $400 million annually, imposing "a severe Moslems hold Lebanon peace key By MICHAEL ROSS I1E1HUT, Lebanon ( U P I ) -The future of Syria's peace initiative, slowed by internal bickering among Lebanese politicians, depended today on the sland taken by Moslem leftists. The Progressive Socialist party, main opponent of the political agreement negotiated by Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel Halim Khaddam, met to decide "within 24 hours" whether to join a new cabinet of national unity. Khaddam also plunged into another day of political activity to further smooth "obstacles" blocking implementation of Ihe agreement he engineered last month. While these discussions took place, parliamentary Speaker Kamal Assad held off the start of an emergency debate on the agreement - requested by the government. Deputies, meanwhile, discussed proposals for extending the term of the House by at least one year -postponing parliamentary elections due in April. Premier Rashid Karami, saying the country is nol yet ready for general elections, wants parliament's term extended by a year but several deputies proposed the extension for at least two years. As opposition to the compromise settlement mediated by Syria mounted and the delays in implementing the agreement dragged on, fears increased that another round of fighting might erupt. A Palestinian guerrilla leader, Nayef Hawatmeh of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, warned that Lebanon's leftists and Palestinian guerrillas would not not settle for a compromise agreement next time if this one falls through. "If a new round (of war) is imposed on us, we will go on fighting, without compromise solutions, until final victory," Hawatmeh told a Beirut rally. Most political opposition has come from Socialist leader Kamal Jumblatt who has criticized the proposed settlement for not going far enough in meeting leftist demands for secularization and greater pow- ersharing with Lebanon's minority Christians. Jumblalt's position is critical because he controls the largest militia on the extreme left -- a force of about 7,000 well-armed Moslem and Druze mountain warriors. burden on the Social Security trust fund's already strained resources." Under the law, a widowed man or the husband of a retired woman must prove he received over half his support from his wife before collecting benefits. No such proof is required of women in the same circumstances. The Republican delegate selection plan, upheld f! lo 2 by the U.S. Court of Appeals here,, provides a "victory honus" which gives additional delegates to stales where Republicans have been successful in presidential, gubernatorial and congressional races. The Ripon Society and three U.S. senators unsuccessfully challenged the system on grounds it gives undue advan- tage to regional factions from small states. In other action today, the court: -- Agreed to examine in a Cleveland case whether wiretap evidence must be suppressed when federal agents fail to identify by name potential defendants as wire-lap targets. -- Let stand a lower court decision that NBC television did nol violate federal communications regulations requiring fair represenlalion of opposing views when airing a 1972 program on the problems of retirement plans. The Courl, with Justice John Paul Stevens putting it at full strength, has a crowded dockel including the issues of abortion and zoning for the remainder of its term due lo end in June. By United Press International Zaire said Monday il might join the growing number of nations recognizing Ihc pro- Communist government in Angola if its soulhern neighbor meets three conditions--including a pledge lo slay oul of Zairean tcrrilory. Speaking in Lusaka, Zambia, Zaire Foreign Minister Nguza Karli Bond indicated his country was willing to improve relations with the Soviet- equipped Popular Movement for Ihc Liberation of Angola, which defeated Western-supported rivals in Ihe civil war. In an interview with the Soviet government newspaper Izvestia, Popular Movement President Augustino Ne'.o Monday denied that the Kremlin attaches strings to its Angolan aid. "We stress thai in no single field-party, stateor diplomatic did the Soviet Union exercize ;iny pressure," Nclo said. Nrlo also said his regime is "showing solidarity" with black nationalist movements in South West Atrica, Rhodesia and South Africa, but did not elaborate whether he meant material as well as moral support. Zaire and Zambia, which borders Angola to the east, have become more and more isolated in their opposilion lo Ihe Popular Movement government. The Luanda regime already has been recognized by aboul 80 nations, including 40 African countries, the nine-member European Common Market, Canada and, this weekend, Kuwait and Portugal, Angola's former colonial ruler. The United States has indicated it will withhold diplomatic lies until Ihe Popular Movement pledges withdrawal of some 12,000 Cuban troops in Angola, and Zaire and Zambia make peace wilh the Luanda government. In a gesture to Ihc Popular Movement, Za i re Prcsidcnl Mobulu Sese Seko early (his year blocked further use of his nation as a staging ground for foreign mercenaries against the Soviet-armed faction. Bond Monday laid down three conditions for recognition, the ntost important being a commitment not to violate Zairean territory. Other requirements were a guarantee lhat Angolan refugees in Zaire be permitted to return without reprisals and a pledge not to involve 6,000 Katangans from Zaire who fought alongside the Popular Movement in any anti-Zaire insurgency. South Africa took a step Monday easing the eventual withdrawal of 5,000 South African troops still stationed in southern Angola. Defense officials in Johannesburg said Ihe lasl Portuguese refugees were airlifted to South West Africa from four camps in southern Angola. The officials said the camps, until now supervised by South African troops, would he turned over to the International Red Cross. Dusty message only robbery clue By RICHARD M. HARNKTT SAN MATKO. Calif. ( U P I ) His wife, family, friends and coworkers were sure of one thing: Richard Rees was no criminal, They were wrong. Rces. 26, a decorated Marine vcleran of Vietnam and married, today is a fugitive. He disappeared 12 days ago with 5500,000 while making his rounds as a Brinks, Inc., guard. His last message was scrawled in Ihe dust on his abandoned car: "I/mk at me I'm rich." Sunday, police and an insurance company investigator said they were slumped in their ^r-arrh for Heos "To be honest with you, there is basically nothing - no solid clue," Arnold Miller, a private investigator for Commercial Union Insurance Co., told UPI. Miller said everyone who knew Rces was questioned and "everybody is simply amazed thai he did it." The heist came off this way: Rces and Brinks driver Ernie Strom, 27, made their stops along the San Francisco Peninsula. They stopped at the Hunger Tiger restaurant, Rees went in, picked up the cash and returned to the armored truck. "Wait a second -- I have to lake something back in," Rees told Storm over the truck's intercom. He said he had to deliver a cuse of champagne lo a waitress with whom he was frying In "make nut," Strom said. That was ihe last anyone saw of Ihe Wellsboro, Pa., native. Police said he had used a scissors and knife to cut open money bags in the back of Ihe truck and dumped the loot in the cardboard champagne box. Flees' fellow guards recalled he often had said it would be exciting to have all the money they were handling. They dismissed his comments as a joke. The insurance company offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the loot. Miller said he believed Rees had an accomplice who had been waiting in a car near the restaurant. Polio 1 found his car in Ihc Brinks parking lot. They said it yielded no clues -- just ihe "I'm rich" message written in the dust on the left side. Four killed by ouf-of-confrof cor Philip Cohen, 75. sits hohind wheel of his car airly Sunday morning afler crash that killed four pedestrians in front of Ihc Plaza Sol in New York City. According to policcCohen lost control of his 1976 Cadillac as he was traveling cast on Central Park South and after jumping the sidewalk the veh the pedcstriaas and struck a lamppost before coming to rest drawn haawm cab and taxicahs. (AP Wirepholo) icle rammed into against a horse-

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