The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 9, 1968 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 9, 1968
Page 7
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BlythivIHe (Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, April *, H6>- ?»»• fc^g Officials Deny Blunder on 1-30 By ED SHEARER LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Officials of the Arkansas Highway Department and the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads denied Monday that any "monumental engineering blunder" had occurred on the construction of Interstate 30 near Malvern. The denial came after Alex Washburn, publisher of the Hope Star, wrote in his Daily Bread column that he had received rumors that construction of the road along the Ouachita River bank was being delayed because of erosion damage. Washburn wrote that he was not in the habit of reporting rumors that that "the long delay on the Malvern-Arkadelphla road makes us suspect the rumor is true." Washburn said he wanted publication of the rumor to serve a useful purpose by forcing authorities to make a public statement on whether there had been river damage to the road bed. He wrote that there had been an implication that, if true, "someone had made a monumental engineering blunder." However, Rex Leathers, director of the state office of the Bureau of Public Roads, and | John Pendergrass, chief engineer of the state Highway Department, denied it. Leathers said there had been some slowdown in the construction process along the river bank south of Malvern because of a landslide last fall. "It caused some delay," Leather said. "The grading contract had been completed in that area when the slide occurred," he added. The road bed had been built up and was about ready for paving, he said. Leathers said highway officials determined after the slide that it would be "good, common engineering practice to correct a slide of this type" and that it "was not feasible to reroute" around the slide area because It was in line with the river bridge. Leathers said a rock dam was built between the road bed and the river to prevent any future slides. "I hesitate to guess how much it cost us," Leathers said. He added that Dave Gedney of Washington, a bureau expert on slides, was scheduled to be in Arkansas this week to check the area to see if he believed A Final Tribute to King By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] As funeral services for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are held today in Atlanta, millions of Americans throughout the nation pause in the round of their daily routine to honor the slain civil rights leader. Stockbrokers and school children, sports heroes and longshoremen, croupiers and clerks —all will pay tribute as the nation mourns King's passing on a day some are calling, "Black Tuesday." • The New York Stock Exchange ticker will remain silent all day—the first time such an honor has been accorded a private citizen. The American, Midwest and Pacific stock exchanges also are closed. Pupils in public and parochial schools in dozens'of cities have the day off and many employes of both private business and city and state government have partial or full holidays. New York and Connecticut have declared bank holidays and bankers in some cities in other states have dosed voluntarily. Many department stores planned to open late or not at all. Opening day major league baseball games are cancelled as are thoroughbred and harness racing in New York City and Florida. Roulette wheels In Nevada which normally operate through the day will come to a stop for two hours. The only other time their action ceased was to mourn the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Many national union leaders directed their members to halt work at least part of the day. The International Ladies Garment Workers Union, AFL-CIO, authorized a one-hour work Pittsburgh Is Cal m By JOE KROVISKY Associated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) - Calm returned to Pittsburgh today after four days of looting and arson, but city and state officials, taking no chances, ordered 1,000 more National Guardsmen into the city to help enforce the peace. Command headquarters said the additional troopers, bringing to 4,100 the number of guardsmen in the city, would be used to relieve weary men who have been on 12-hour shifts and would remain at the ready should more violence break out. Fresh firebombings, looting and vandalism broke out Monday after a period of relative calm. Trouble dropped off considerably when hundreds of guardsmen, were rushed in, A dusk-to-dawn .curfew that kept people off the streets: also helped curb the violerice. The new outbreaks were in the Homewood-Brushton, East Liberty and Manchester, sections. Fires destroyed a rug company, a lumber yard and two vacant homes. Gangs stoned police and troopers, looted stores and smashed windows and plate glass storefronts. Police said guardsmen ir Homewood-Brushton reportec learing two shots. Officers checked out the report, bui could find no signs that bullets had hit anything or that there was a gunman in the area. Gov. Raymond P. Shafer flew from Harrisburg and conferred with his chief aides, Pittsburgh Mayor Joseph M. Barr and city officials, Shafer said there was ew dence'of mounting tension, "But I believe the situation is under control," he said. Watts Name-Change Suggested by Leader LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Negro leader says Watts, scene of 1965 riots, should be renamed in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ben Peery, president of the Watts Community Symphony Association, said the south-central Los Angeles district is known elsewhere as "a place of disorder arid violence-r«verythmg Dr. King was opposed to.".. He suggested Kingstown, as a possible name. stoppage. The head of the International Longshoremen's Association said seamen and longshoremen in East and Gulf Coast ports will stop work six hours. Schools are closed in New York City, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Boston Providence, Houston, Cincinnati and numerous other cities in New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut. . Pilot's Skill Saves Passengers corrective measures had been virtually assured. "It was just one of those things that happened," Fender- grass said. "You can't fight nature." "We don't think this was any monumental engineering blunder," Pendergrass added. The engineer said he did not believe the slide caused any delay in the construction work because the damaged area was repaired during the winter months when construction does not go on anyway. "I think we are still on schedule," he said. "We contemplated it to be a two-year job and we are about two-thirds completed," he said. Pendergrass referred to the Interstate 30 construction between Malvern and Arkadelphia. He said it should be ready for traffic by this fall, providing rkansans with interstate trav- on the highway all the way rom Little Rock 'to the Little lissouri River near Prescott. He said only a six-mile tretch between Social Hill and .ockport, south of Malvern, remained under construction on Malvern to Arkadelphia nk. Leathers said the 'slide affect- d only between 600 and 1,000 :et of the road bed. Leathers also said that the ite of the slide was at the clos- st point to the river but that e was not certain of the dis- ance involved. Highway Director Ward Good- man was unavailable for comment because he was out of the state for the week and Armil Taylor of Clarksville, chairman of the state Highway Commission, said he "was not familiar enough with it to put out a story By GRANVILLE WATTS Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) - One engine caught fire and fell off and the left wing was in flames. But Capt. Charles Taylor landed the big jetliner and "we must owe our lives to him," said one of the 121 survivors. Five Of the 126 persons aboard, were lulled and 22 injured in the crash landing Monday at London Airport. Survivors and officials of British Overseas Airways Corp—BOAC—said the skill and courage of the pilot, a New Zealander, prevented a much more serious accident. Two minutes after the Boeing 707 jetliner took off from London for Sydney, Australia, "I looked and saw the side was all in flames," said passenger Bill Deitsch, 27, of Teaneck, N. J. "I remember thinking, 'We've got a choice. Either he lands the plane or the wing will fall off and we will have had it'" Some of the passengers saw the plane's inner left engine break off and plunge into a wa- er-filled gravel pit southwest of London, narrowly missing nearby houses. "Th« fire was growing all the time, but the pilot brought the aircraft round and we landed three minutes later," Deitsch said. 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