Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on February 22, 1973 · Page 3
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ifEWS-HERALD, Panama City, Fla., Thursday, February 22, 1973 Page 3A WEATHER OUTLOOK - During today, rain is expected in the Eastern portions of California and most of Nevada, wliile snow and snow flurries will be indicated in the Western Lalces and the upper New England area. Clear to partly cloudy elsewhere. Maximum temperatures include: At- lanta 46, Boston 35, Chicago 27, Cleveland 24, Dallas 57, Denver 53, Duluth 24, Jacksonville 57, Kansas City 49, Little Rock 46, Los Angeles 70, Miami 68, Minneapolis 35, New Orleans 57, New York 35, Phoenix 60, San Francisco 60, Seattle 52, St. Louis 42 and Washington 39. (UPI) Art Dealer Denies Vase Smuggled Out Of Italy ROME (UPI) — An American art dealer living in Rome has denied American newspaper reports that an ancient Greek vace lie sold to the Metropolitan Museum in New York had been smuggled out of Italy. Robert E. Hecht Jr. said in a statement to newsmen that he was commissioned to sell the vase, hailed by art experts as th« best of its kind, by a Lebanese collector he identified as Dikran Saraftian of Beirut. The New York Times Monday quoted European art scholars as saying tlie 2,500-year-old vase, valued at $1 million, had been smuggled out of Italy after it was found by bootleg excavators in the north of Rome in 1971. In New York, a police spokesman said investigations by the state attorney general's staff and Italian police are expected to be joined soon by the New York City police. The spokesman said Interpol in London had transmitted a request from Italy asjjing for cooperation in "establisftin? the status" of the vase. "The vace was the property of Jet Afire Before Crash, ALAMEDA, Calif. (UPI) - A metullurgist testified here that the crash of a Navy jet into an apartment complex here on Feb. 7, killing 10 persons, was preceded by a fire in the plane involving the pilot's oxygen hose. Oiarles F. Choa, a civilian, told a Navy Board of Inquiry at the Alameda Naval Air Station that he found evidence of the fire in his examination of bits of the hose, the spring which kept it flexible and part of the pilot's survival vest. Lt. Robert Ward, the pilot and lone occupant of the craft, was killed. He was on a training flight from Lemoore Naval Air Station in Fresno County. Choa said the in-flight blaze was "very near" Ward's oxygen maslc. Mario Lara, another metallurgist, told the Navy panel that a similar fire was created under test conditions with a glowing cigarette. He said he conducted tests with and without oxygon present in an effort to ignite the oxygen supply hose. Matches, he said, took too long to produce the type of blaze which was present but a cigarette touched off the hose "immediately." Asked whether he could determine the cause of the fire, Lara said, "Any flame or spark." He did not specifically blame it on a cigarette. Last week the board was told by Lt. John Pianetta that during Ward's preflight briefing for the training mission the aviator smoked "continually." Another witness at the latest session before the board was Victor Howard, a mechanical engineering technician, who said the Corsair lis engine appeared to have been in normal condition prior to the crash. Birds have the keenest vision of all living things. A soaring eagle can spot its prey a mile away. Thomas Jefferson refused to proclaim Thanskgiving, denouncing it as a "monarchial practice." Dikran Saraffian, a Lebanse citizen residing in Beirut, and was bought by his father in London in exchange for gold in 1920," said Hecht. He said he brought the vase to New York from Zurich, Switzerland, and sold it to the Metropolitan for an undisclosed sum last year. "I saw the vase for the first time in the summer of 1971 in the Hotel Savoia in Zurich and by letter I was charged with selling the vase. At that time, I had the vase in custody in Switzerland and I brought it to the United States. The proceeds of the sale were paid to Dikran Saraffian as per a receipt in my possession and dated October 5, 1972," Hecht said. The statement was released by Hecht's Italian lawyer and Hecht's whereabouts were not immediately known. Telephone caUs to his Rome apartment were greeted by his wife who said "Mr. Hecht has said all he intends to say. The matter is finished." In its report, the New York Times quoted "European art sources" as saying the vase was sold to Hecht for slightly more than $100,000 by a middleman acting on behalf of the excavators. It said Hecht had earlier been arrested in Turkey and Italy on charges of buying illegally- excavated antiquities but that the charges had later been dropped. The vase, a calyx krater used for mixing wine and water at banquets, had been hailed by Metropolitan Museum officials as "the finest Greek vase there is" and "one of the two or three finest works' of art ever gained by the Metropolitan." Nader Denounces Life Insurance WASHINGTON (UPI) Ralph Nader, proposing federal standards, has testified the life insurance industry is duping husbands into shortchanging their widows and children. "For almost 70 years the life insurance industry has been a smug sacred cow feeding the public a steady line of sacred bull," he said. Nader was the lead-off witness as Sen. Philip A. Hart, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Antitrust and Monopoly subcommittee, began four days of hearings on life insurance. The consumer advocate said life insurance was perhaps the last giant industry to come under legislative examination. In his 20-page presentation, Nader said the industry, through deception and inadequate information, gets people to buy too much of the wrong kind of insurance at excessive prices. THE aVILSERVICE BOARD OF PANAMA CITY BEACH IS PRESENTLY ACCEPTING APPUCATIONS FOR A FIREMAN-APPUCATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE SECRETARY AT THE BEACH CITY HAU, MONDAY THRU FRIDAY, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8:00 AM. TO 5:00 P^ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PHONE234-2250 BARBERSNO HARMONY SHOW SAT. FEB. 24 t:00 P.M. MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM STATE CHAMPS ''THE SONG MACHINE" QUARTET SCHOItUSES MELODY MAKERS OFTYNDAU ADULTS 2X>0 CHILDREN UNOERIZnUS "Buyers are told in the special sales presentation that' if they buy term insurance, they'll have nothing left when the policy expires," Nader said. "The pitch is to the husband's ego rather tiian the wife and children's needs. "The husband is exhorted to buy "living values" rather than death protection. If he buys a "cash value" policy he is told he can get most or all of the money he pays in premiums back through increasing values and so-called 'dividendss' which are in fact refunds of overcharge. "The tragic results of this type of selling are well documented ..." Nader said. Nader and the other lead-off witness, Prof. Joseph M. Belth, author of the new book, "Life Insurance: A Consumer's Handbook," agree that the biggest problem was the lack of clear and complete information for the buyer. Nader proposed establishment of federal authority to set standards and a meaningful disclosure law to give the consumer the information he needs. "Life insurance tragically fails to sufficiently protect its ultimate consumers, the widows and children," Nader said. "Through deceptions and inadequate information, the life insurance industry dupes husbands into short-changing their wives and children by buying too much of the wrong kind of insurance (or too little of the right kind) at excessive prices." A porcupine is armed with 30,000 barbed, hollow quills from above its eyes to the tip of its tail. Each has 20 to 30 barbs. Candy-loving Americans consume about 3.5 billion pounds annually, or 90 million pieces, bars and sticks each day. A TOTALLY HEW CONCEPT IN HELPIHC THE HARD OF HEARING CAN YOU WEAR A HEARIHG AID? Before you buy, MAKE SURE! FREE TRIAL in the privacy of your home. CALL US TODAY 763-6234 SOUTHEAST HEARING AID CENTER »«IC>€ W T GHANTS PANAMA PLAZA I I MOORE-HANDLEY'S HISTORY • GARDEN TILLER MOORE- HANDLEY LUMBER-BUILDING SUPPLIES 307 E. 15 St. at Harrison Ave., Panama City, Fla Phone 769-2461 .•jt % -

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