Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 10, 1973 · Page 36
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 36

Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, April 10, 1973
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:Hi GKEELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Tues., April 1«, 1*73 Israelis kill 3 Arab guerrilla leaders in Beirut By HARRY DUNPHY Associated Presi Writer . BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- ·Israeli commandos invaded the heart of the Lebanese capital early today, killing three Palestinian guerrilla leaders in their apartments and attacking 'refugee camps. It was thought at first that the raid was in retaliation for Arab attacks Monday in Cyprus on the residence of the Israeli ambassador and an Israeli airliner. But an authoritative Lebanese source said there were indications that preparations had been made by an advance party that came to Beirut several days ago. Al Fatah, the biggest Palestinian guerrilla organization, said the victims included its No. 2 man, Mohammed Yussef Najjar, known as Abu Yussef. He was one of the founders of Al Fatah. The Lebanese Defense Ministry said ll persons were killed and more than a dozen wounded in the strike that began shortly after midnight, The statement indicated the casualty total might rise. Another group of Israeli commandos blew up a garage in Sidon, on the coast 24 miles south of Beirut, but there were no casualties there. The Israelis said the garage was used by guerrillas. President Suleiman Franjieh held an emergency session of the Lebanese Cabinet, and a protest to the U.N. Security Council was believed imminent. The Israelis, some dressed in civilian clothes and some in fatigue uniforms, apparently landed by helicopter at Ouzai, a village three miles south of Bei- rut, and split into two groups. Boarding unlicensed cars, one party headed for the center of the city and the apartments of the three Palestinian leaders. The other went to the Shatila- Sabra refugee camp near the .airport. The Palestinian leaders lived in apartment buildings off Rue · Verdun, in the center of the city. The raiders burst into these buildings, threw explosive charges and then stormed the men's apartments with machine guns blazing. Na jjar's wife died as she tired to shield her husband's body. The others killed were Kamal Adwan, who sources in Israel claimed was in charge of guerilla operations in the territories occupied by Israel in the! 1967 war, and Kama! Nasser, a leading Aab poet who was the' spokesman for the Palestine! Liberation Organization. Arab affairs specialists in Israel claimed that Najjar was the executive director of the Black September terrorists, but guerrilla sources said he was a moderate who opposed such Septembrist actions as the attack on the Israeli Olympic team. Guerrillas at the Sabra camp, which houses 5,000 Palestinians, said at least 30 persons were killed and residents were searching the debris of blown up buildings for more bodies. One of the buildings attacked was the headquarters of the Maoist Popular Democratic Front. Al Fatah centers also were hit. The raiders went on to the Dikwaneh camp, which houses 8,000 refugees, and blew up a factory, police said. Guerrillas immediately surrounded the area and refused entry to Lebanese authorities. An army lieutenant in Sidon said the Israelis landed there from the sea and blew up three cars inside the garage of a gas station and an empty shed alongside. Helicopters lifted the raiders back to Isvkl from Beirut. Beirut . airport was closed shortly after the raid but re-: opened at daybreak. Today, armored cars and soldiers with machine guns lined the Corniche, the wide Beirut avenue along the Mediterranean. . Guerrillas in civilian ·clothes and camouflage fatigues and armed with bazookas, AK47 assault rifles, machine guns and pistols, emerged from the refugee camps onto the city's sidewalks. Civilian cars were stopped at several checkpoints between the city center and the airport. The Israeli military command in Tel Aviv said its forces attacked "terrorist bases" in Beirut and Sidon, that the missions were accom- plished and that the raiders returned with four wounded. It said the commandos raided two guerrilla headquarters in Bel- rut, two workshops handling explosives and weapons for the Black September terrorists and the automobile repair garage north of Sidon. 706 die in Swiss air disaster BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -A British charter airliner flying 139 Britons to Basel's spring fair crashed in a blizzard near here today and police said 106 were killed. The four-engine turboprop aircraft had a crew of seven. Nearly all of the passengers were women going to the fair on a special shopping trip arranged beforehand. The plane apparently overshot the Basel airport as it came in for a landing after a flight-from Bristol, England. Flight organizers in Britain said 63 of the women were from the village of Axbridge in southwest England. The village has a population of 1,000. The other passengers were from the neighboring hamlets of Congresbury and Cheddar. The flight was planned for last week but it was postponed, the organizers said. Some of the 40 persons who survived the crash were not hurt, according to the Solothurn cantonal police. The plane crashed on a hilltop about 10 miles south of Basel. About 15 inches of snow blocked routes of ambulances and rescue crews for two hours. The plane knocked out power lines from the area near the town of Hochwald. Rescue squads reached the area on foot. Helicopters then were brought in to fly survivors to hospitals. Police quoted one survivor as saying the Vickers Vanguard plane hit a treetop and spun around in the air before crash- ing. He said a fire broke out in the front section of the plane but the flames died down quickly and did not spread. Airport officials at Basel said the plane approached from the north for an instrument-aided landing in a heavy snowfall, but the pilot apparently 'changed his mind and pulled away to the south. They said the plane disappeared quickly from sight and 10 minutes later radio contact was lost. Villagers reported hearing the roar of the plane's turboprop engines and then a noise that sounded like an explosion. The crash site was described as a remote wooded area. Officials ordered all private vehicles off the roads in the area to make way for ambulances and rescue equipment. The Swiss army sent helicopters. In Axbridge, the Rev. A. G. Martin rector of the church there, said: "The ladies who went from here were members of the local women's guild. Most of them were married. There were also one or two men and one or two children. "The ladies had been looking forward to the trip for some time." The plane was chartered from Invieta Airlines by Unicorn Travel of Bristol, southwest England's main seaport. The firm's managing director said the passengers on the flight were to have returned to Bristol by midnight after spending the day shopping at the fair. Spring storm brings new dangers to Mid-America's swollen rivers ISRAELI PLANE ESCAPES HIJACK ATTEMPT -Israeli El Al Viscount was about to take off from Nicosia, Cyprus airport Monday when three Arab terrorists attempted to hijack it. The Land Rover used by the would-be hijackers stands next to the plane's ramp. One of the guerrillas was killed and the other two were captured. (AP Wirephoto via cable from Nicosia) School finance plan causing headaches for House majority By CARL MILLIARD Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP)-Majority Republicans · in the Colorado House continued today to struggle with the problem of passing a $312 million school finance plan and at the same time providing taxpayers with a homestead exemption sought by Gov. John Love. "You can't have 100 per cent of both," said House Speaker John Fuhr, R-Aurora. "The dollars just aren't there." And, Fuhr noted, Atty. Gen. John Moore is now studying the constitutionality of the homestead exemption concept. He said the attorney general's research on the problem is incomplete, and the attorney general will notify the legislative leadership when it is finished. Fuhr suggested legislators might look to a different approach to giving taxpayers a break equal to what they might on homestead exemption. He proposed a credit on the state income tax perhaps or a direct markoff of property tax of what the income tax might be. Kep. Austin Moore, R-Englewood, the author of the school finance plan told lawmakers they are not giving him enough input. "I need direction," he said. "What do you want?" Rep. Car) Showalter, R-Greeley, asked why Love himself hadn't met with Republicans to outline his plan for homestead exemption. The governor has proposed exempting the first $1,600 of assessed valuation on owner-occu- pied residences which would, in effect, remove taxes on the first $5,000 of actual market value of the homes. That would, however, cut the tax base of counties and there would be no input of state funds to make up the revenue loss. Rep. Carl Gustafson, R-Denver, attempted to explain how the governor's program would work and what impact it would have on counties and individual districts but Showalter still was not satisfied. Fuhr pointed out that no matter what tack was taken on the school finance and property tax relief legislation not everyone was going to be satisfied and Democratic votes would still be needed in order for the legislation to pass. Open Space panel backs land bill DENVER (AP)--The Colorado Open Space Council, an organization made up of environmental groups, today endorsed the bipartisan land use bill offered in the legislature last Friday. The council, in a news conference statement, said it expects opposition to the measure "to be of greater magnitude than on virtually any other environmental matter before the assembly." At the same time, it said, "we give the bill a reasonable chance of passing" and said "a tremendous groundswell" of "The measure sets, in proper balance, the role between the state and the local levels of government," the council reported. It said it has established coordinators in major towns and cities in the state and that these coordinators will contact persons who are not in organized groups to support the bill. The League of Women Voters also announced its support of the bill at the same news conference at the eapitol. They described it as a good response to needs of the state, public concern favors the policies in the bill. Bonn demonstration Crash-holmclcd police equipped with riot shields battle in tear gas with several hundred demonstrators who linked arms in front of the 18th century city hall in Bonn, West Germany, today. They protested the visit of South Vietnam President Nguyen van Thicu. Chairs strewn about are from the city hnll, which was occupied by the demonstrators. (AP Wirephoto) .The Open Space Council said organizations joining in support of the land use legislation are Bicycles Now, Colorado Citizens for Clean Air, Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado league of Women Voters, Citizens for Colorado's Future, Plan Metro Denver, People United to Reclaim the Environment, Tri-County Health Department, Colorado Parent Teachers Association, Women's E n v i r o n m e n t a l Coalition, National Environmental Health Association, Zero Population. Growth, C. U. Student Lobby, Sierra Club, Colorado Ecological Academy, Colorado White Water Association, Mile High Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, Clear Creek Valley Medical Society, Clear Creek Medical Society Women's Auxiliary, Mountain Area Planning Council, Hill and Dale Soeiety, Colorado Institute on Population Problems, Denver Field Ornithologists and Arapahoe Medical Society. The Sierra Club said in an accompanying statement that the bill--Senate Bill 377--"is a significant first step forward." Aurora deaths believed to be murder-suicide AURORA, Colo. (AP) - The Adams ounty Sheriff's office said a man and wife were killed late Monday in what was apparently a murder-suicide. The victims were identified today as Mnrvin L. Thurber, 47, and his wife, Mary, 50. A spokesman for the sheriff's office said Tluirbcr apparently shot his wife nnd then turned the gun on himself. The shooting occurred at a residence in Aurora, By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A spring storm sweeping the nation's.midsection has brought lew danger to weakened levees along the rain-swollen Mississippi River system and flooding along the Lake Erie shore near Toledo, Ohio. Damage along the Mississippi was estimated at $160 million. Although the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers continued to fall near their confluence in Missouri, the storm whipped up five-foot waves on the Mississippi and the Corps of Army Engineers pinpointed two potential trouble spots. At Kaskaskia Island, 60 miles south of St. Louis, the Corps ordered all but 16 of the island's 300 residents to evacuate Monday as winds gusting to 60 miles per hour sent huge waves crashing into water-logged levees. "The way it looks now, I think the levee's going to break," said Paul Johnson, district engineer for the Corps. "I could be wrong. I hope I'm wrong." He said the levee on the northwest side of the island was eroded so badly that patrols were not being permitted on it. Another potential trouble spot was at Chouteau Island, near Granite City, HI. Although the 70 families there have not been ordered to evacuate, a spokesman for the Corps described the situation as critical. "It's touch and go there. The levee there is pretty well reinforced. It could stand, especially since the river has dropped some," the spokesman said. "We'd be in good shape if it wasn't for the wind. We wouldn't have any problems at Kaskaskia or Chouteau. The Mississippi fell nearly a foot at St. Louis Monday, to 38 feet, after cresting at 39.8 feet on Friday. The Missouri was down to 33 feet at St. Charles, Mo., but still eight feet above flood stage. Downriver, in Louisiana, the Mississippi continued a slow drop as Army Engineers siphoned off some of the river by opening the Bonnet Carre spillway 30 miles upstream from New Orleans. But higher water was on the way. With the river 1.2 feel above flood stage at 18.2 feet Monday, the Weather Bureau estimated that the heavy water now moving down the Mississippi from its upper reaches would push the level at New Orleans to 18.6 feet by April 16. "I can't tell you now whether we're peaking out or whether we're going to get a worse situation before we're through," said Maj. Gen. Charles C. Noble, Mississippi River Commission president. The opening of the Bonnett Carre spillway diverted a portion of the Mississippi lo the Gulf of Mexico through a 5.7- mile trough of low land and Lake Pontchartrain. Along the Mississippi system, some seven million acres of land are under water and an estimated 6,000 families have been evacuated from their homes. Noble estimated total damage along the Mississippi system at $160 million. In Ohio, high winds sent the rain-swollen waters of Lake Erie washing over dikes along an 18-mile stretch of shoreline in the Toledo area. Ted Reams, a spokesman for the city of Toledo, said some 2,000 persons were evacuated from their homes in Toledo alone. Mayor Harry Kessler estimated damage in Toledo at more than Jl million. Kessler said 75 Ohio National Guard troops have been ordered to duty to protect the 550 inundated homes and 1,500 partially flooded homes against, looters. Police said some looting had occurred Monday night. In Florida, the Siiwanee Kiver crested at a record 39.8 feet Monday at White Spring, forcing the evacuation of 50 families. Nixon seeks tariff powers Continued from page 1 jng position jn , he comjng (rade Trade laws have not been negotiations." overhauled for more than a He proposed that a new decade, he said in petitioning procedure be created which The P ro P° sed Procedure Congress to "delegate signifi- would allow him to make trade 1;/L^LlL^fT" 18 .TM cant new negotiating author- agreements requiring changes ities to the executive branch." Without the broad new powers, Nixon said, U.S. negotia- Under the proposed arrangement the President would notify Congress at least 90 days in advance of concluding an agreement and if neither the House nor Senate moved to tors "will be badly hampered" in negotiations beginning in Septemberwith European countries, Japan and other trading partners. Although he asked that his authority be granted for a period of five years, Nixon said he expected that major trade agreements can be concluded in a much shorter time, perhaps by 1975. In requesting "authority to eliminate, reduce or increase customs duties in the context of negotiated agreements," Nixon said this power "would give our negotiators the leverage and the flexibility they need ... and would significantly strengthen America's bargain- block it, the agreement would go into effect. The vould i non-tariff barriers; such as im- in domestic law without con- P°rt'Quotas or restrictions on gressional approval. government procurement. Nixon asked for changes in the law to make it easier for the government to curb "import surges" which damage U.S. industries and throw its workers out of jobs. Job's Daughters Easter ceremony At 7:30 p.m., today, the Job's Daughters will perform the Easter Ceremony for the Eastern Star of Greeley. On Wednesday they will honor Grand Guardian Mrs. Lorane Sutphin and Chester Hillhouse, Associate Grand Guardian at their Grand Visitation. Members of the Job's Daughters will perform the initiation ceremony. Four girls will be initiated. The Grand Guardians theme is "A Pocketful of Miracles" and her motto is "I,ct us all share the light of one living God." On March 14, Lori Boeltcher, Honored Queen, held her first meeting, which was a promotional and educational fund night. Monies raised were used for the project of the Grand Guardian -- The Colorado School for the Blind. HIGH AND WIDE.- Over 8 million gallons per second of water l.s flowing past the city of New Orleans down th« Mississippi River which is at Its highest level here In over 20 years. The Bonnet Carre Spillway was opened uprlvcr Sunday to alleviate the threat of flooding. (AP Wirephoto) ·-»

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