Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on February 23, 1973 · Page 1
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Friday, February 23, 1973
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Good Morning! Today Is Friday February 23, 1973 N£WS -HERALD "Some men never do any- things wrong simply becasM they never do anything." —Roger Babson A Florida Freedom Newspaper Vol. 3 — No. 296 Tho World's Most Beautiful Beaches Panama City, Florida Telephone 763-7621 Two Sections 24 PAGES Price 10 Cents Israeti Pilot, Day an Defend Plane Incident Over Sinai TEL AVIV (UPI) ~ One of the IsraeU pilots who shot down a Libyan airliner with 106 persons aboard said Tliursday i» WM only trying to force it down. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan defended tht incident and said the Boeing 727 must have had "hostile intentions." Th» death toU from the airliner's fiery descent Into, the occupied Sinai Peninsula 12 miles east of the Suez Canal Wednesday stood at 99, with tvvo of the seven survivors in very serious condition with bums. The other five were reported out of danger. Dayan, defending the decision to try to force down the airliner, said, "When a plane is ordered to land and doesn't, it must liave hostile intentions." "Ultimately, they (the Arabs) will realize it was an unfortunate incident and the fault of the captain," Dayan said. "I can't say why the captain acted this way if he was innocent., it was very suspicious, unexplainable." The Israeli pilot, identified only as Uri, said at a news conference he had not intended to shoot the plane down, but only to force it to land. He said it appeared the French crew of the plane botched a crash landing attempt. The pilot said suspicions that the plane was on an espionage mission were aroused when the plane flew northeast over Israeli-held Sinai, continued over the secret air base at Bir Gafgafa 50 miles into the desert, descended from 15,000 feet to 5,000 feet when it was over the air base, then turned and headed west, back toward Egypt. The commander of Israel's air force said the Libyan copilot of the striclcen jet said in a hospital that "because of the situation between Israel and Libya, they were frightened and decided to try to escape." The death toll was raised to 99 Thursday with recovery of seven more bodies from the wreckage. Two of the original nine survivors died during the night, Israeli officials said, including a French stewardess, identified as Miss Ginot. Two of the remaining seven survivors . are in serious condition, but the five others are out of danger, officials said. The Israeli cabinet issued a statement which said Israel was "forced, as a last resort, to intercept the plane" when it did not respond "to the repeated warnings and the demand to land, which was conveyed to the aircraft according to international aviation procedure." (In Cairo, Egyptian authorities played a recording of the last nine minutes of radio transmission by the pilot of the downed plane, tentatively identified as Jacques Bourges. The French pilot said he had been shot down without warning- contrary to Israeli claims that the plane refused to land. ("We are now shot! We are shot by fighters! We are shot by fighters!" the French pilot said, the voice rising to almost a scream. (According to the tape, the pilot radioed that he was over Fayoum, 10 nautical miles southwest of Cairo and was given permission to land on runway 23. ("We are having some problems," he suddenly radioed. "We have four MIG fighters just behind us." The Egyptian air force flies the Russian-built MIGs. ("It is clear there was no contact between the Israeli aircraft and the airliner. There was no warning, 6therwise the pilot would have passed it on to Cairo and you would have heard it on the tape," Egyptian pilot Capt. Hassan Selim said, explaining the taped recording to newsmen.) Uri, the Israeli fighter pilot, said adding to the suspicion of the Libyan's plane's mission was the fact the plane's passenger compartment curtains wers (See AIRLINER, Page 2A) China Plan Liaison Offices' WASHINGTON (UPI) - The United States and China announced Thursday they will open "liaison offices" in each other's capitals, a step just short of full diplomatic relations, to arrange a vast expansion of trade, scientific, cultural and journalistic contacts between the two countries. White House adviser Henry A Kissinger said that as a further gesture of good will. Premier Chou En-lal had informed President Nixon that China in the next few weeks will release two American pilots downed and captured when they penetrated Chinese territory during Vietnam bombing raids. The promised release of Navy Lt Cmdr. Robert J. Flynn of Salt Lake City, who has been held since Aug. 21, 1967, and Air force Maj. Philip Smith of Victorville, Cal., who has been held since Sept. 20, 1965, would leave only one American known to be imprisoned in China. He is John Thomas Downey of New Britain, Conn., acknowledged recently by the President to have been a CTA agent, who was captured Nov, 29, 1952, on an Tragedy Stalks Family TRAGIC INCIDENT — An Israeli soldier stands guard over the charred wreckage of Libyan airliner somewhere in Sinai. The plane was shot down Wednesday by Israeli jet pilots. At least 99 persons died in the crash landing. (UPI). Georgians Approve Death Penalty Bill ATLANTA (UPI) - The state Senate voted 47-7 Thursday to restore capital punishment in Georgia. Climaxing two and one-half hours of debate, senators approved the House passed measure after beating back three efforts to amend it by Sen. Leroy Johnson, D-Atlanta, one of two blacks in the Senate and the proposal's main opponent. The measure, which makes murder, rape, armed robbery and kidnaping punishable by death under certain conditions and also makes airplane hijacking and treason capital crimes, now goes to Gov. Jimmy Carter, who is expected to sign it into law. Supporters urged the bill's passage "to make our streets safe" and to "curb and curtail indiscriminate killing going on in Georgia today." Johnson, who spent almost an hour speaking against the proposal, called it "a vicious weapon against the poor." He predicted it would be rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled last year that capital punishment was unconstitutional because it was unevenly appMed. But leaders in the fight to restore the death penalty argued that such built-in provisions as 10 specific mitigating circumstances, one of which must apply in all but the hijacking and treason cases, and automatic review by the state Supreme Court of all death sentences would meet the federal criteria. There has not been an execution in Georgia since Oct. 16, 1964. Johnson contended that the death penalty had been mostly a penalty for "the nonwhite, the poor, and the uneducated. Capital punishment is a vicious weapon against the poor." A young girl credited with saving three children from a fire Sunday, is homeless today after her own home at 804'^ E. 7th Court was destroyed by fire Thursday. Frances Juanita McQoud, 14, was at school at Rosenwald High School Thursday, but the three children she had rescued were playing in the yard of their home when smoke began to pour from a front window. James Tyrone Sly Jr., 3, Larry Pickett, 5, and Willie Galloway, 6 months, have now suffered through two fires. Juanita lives with her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. James Tyrone Sly, at the 7th Couit address. The earlier fire was at the home of Mr and Mrs. Willie GaUoway, 3701 E. 1st Court Juanita was babysitting with flieir child and the children of Mr. and Mrs. Sly when the first fire broke out. She was able to rescue three of the children, but one, Darrell Dietrich Sly, 2, died in the blaze. Mr. and Mrs. Sly, who lost their child in that earl;^ fire, have now lost their home in a second. - The house on 7th Court is a duplex. Halt is occupied by the Sly family and half by Mrs. Mary Frances Jones, Sly's mother. Mrs. Jones' section of the house was reported damaged, but not destroyed in the fire Thursday. Firemen, who responded to the blaze at 11:33 a.m. said damages amounted to at least $2,000. Mrs. Monolia Greene, a cousin of the NEWS BRIEFS Two Carriers Returning WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Navy is bringing home two of the six aircraft carriers that have been stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin since last spring's North Vietnamese offensive. Navy officials said Thursday The ships, the USS Midway and USS America, normally cruise six months at a time, but pressures on Navy manpower and equipment forced officials to keep the vessels at sea for longer than usual. Cooler today with rain likely, ending tonight. Mostly northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High tonight mid SOs. Low tonight low 40s. High Saturday in SOs. Panama Qty high 2:32 p.m., low 1:16 a.m.; Port St. Joe high 2:51 p.m., low 1:09 am.; Apalachlcola high 9:57 a.m., 6:58 p.m.. low 2:27 a.m., 11:57 a.m.; sunrise 6:12 a.m., sunset 5:35 p.m. River Readings: BiouDtstown, 16-7. Woodruff Dam, 57; BELFAST (UPI) - A jailed Irish Republican Army (IRA) gunman held four guards at gunpoint with a wooden gun Thursday and escaped from Belfast's courthouse in a guard's uniform, police said. « Hundreds of British troops and police threw up roadblocks around the courthouse in an attempt to block the escape routes of the gunman, James Bryson. Helicopters were used in the hunt. VIENTIANE (UPI) — Both sides in the 10-year war in Laos were ordered to stop shooting Thursday, but heavy fighting continued without U.S. air support after the official ceasefire went into effect. The truce agreement was signed Wednesday by Laotian government and Communist Pathet Lao officials and went into effect at noon Thursday (midnight EST Wednesday.) LOS ANGELES (UPI) - The prose- cution called as its last witness at the Pentagon Papers trial Thursday an FBI fingerprint expert who said he found the prints of Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo on the top secret documents. HOLLYWOOD (UPI) — Entertainer Ann-Margret has filed a $5 million suit against the Sahara Tahoe Hotel and Del Webb Hotels as a result of a 25-foot fall from a platform in the hotel's show room last September. The action, filed in Santa Monica Superior Court Wednesday, alleged a breach of warranty, negligence and product liability, on grounds the platform was not properly rigged for her nightclub act. Slys, was visiting from Miami, She said she was outside in the yard with the children when a neightwr pointed to the windows of the Sly house where smoke was pouring out, Mrs. Greene said she called the fire department and kept the children outside. Others in the family were visiting with Mrs. Jones in the other half of the duplex at the time the fire broke out, she said. She said the fii'e is believed to have started from faulty wiring in the livhig room. Everything in the living room, bedroom and kitchen was destroyed, Mrs. Sly said. Their clothing was burned and all their furnishings, she added. Frances McCloud, who regards the Sly (See FTOES, Page 3A) Chief's Wife Tells Of Sojourn; Fears Tribe Was Slain IRVINE, Calif. (UPI) — American photojoumalist Wyn Sargent, denying she married an Indonesian native to "conduct a sex survey," said Thursday she is afraid her husband has been killed to cover up government oppression of his tribe. "I fear Obahorok and his people are dead," she said, "killed by police to silence them, to keep them from telling about the robbing and the beating and how Mama Wyn tried to help them." Miss Sargent, a 46-year-old explorer, held a news conference to tell her side of her brief sojourn among the Dani tribe of West Irian during which sha married the tribe's chief, Obahorok. She denied that Obahorok was a cannibal as had been reported but acknowledged that Obahorok's father had been a cannibal. "I am married to Chief Obaljorok," she told the news conference. She said the wedding was "a ceremony that was based on humanitarian love for mankind." "I did not run naked in the jungle," she said, "reduce my western clothing to native dress nor did I have any intention to do so. "I didn't conduct., a sexual survey of any kind, although I might be flattered to (See CHIEF, Page 2A) Petain's Body Returned To Island Grave , PARIS (UPI) - The body of Marshal Philippe Petain, whose theft provoked a national controversy and embarrassed the French government, was quietly returned by police Thursday to the windswept island where he died in exile more than 20 years ago. The oak coffin of Petain, a World War I hero who was declared a traitor for collaborating with the Nazis in World War 11, was discovered under a mattress in a suburban Paris garage Wednesday night and placed in the chapel of a military hospital. The discovery came shortly after the arrest of a Paris politician who claimed responsibility for stealing the coffin from its grave. At dawn Thursday, the Iwdy was taken by an armed police escort to Villacoublay military airfield near Paris, It was flown by helicopter to the Isle of Yeu off the French Atlantic coast* where it was discovered missing Monday. Six persons, including a woman, are being questioned about their alleged participation in the theft. intelligence mission in China. His life sentence was commuted to five years apparently in connection with Nixon's trip to CHiina one year ago. Kissinger said Chou informed him during his recent four days of talks in Peking that Downey's sentence would be reviewed the second half of this year on the bais of his "exemplary" behavior. Kissinger briefed reporters and congressional leaders at the White House at the same time that Washington and Peking issued a joint communique declaring that "the time was appropriate for accelerating tht normalization of relations." Nixon's chief foreign policy adviser said he and CJiinese leaders agreed that the existing channel of communications in Paris was inadequate, and that the two countries would establish "moderate- sized" offices in Washington and Peking in the next few weeks. These "liaison offices" will handle trade matters and the "whole gamut of relationships" between the United States and China, Kissinger said. The representatives would lack formal diplomatic status but would en.ioy traditional diplomatic privileges, including immunity from arrest and use of secret codes in communicating with their home governments. Kissinger said the Chinese already had agreed to invite the Philadelphia Orchestra for a tour by this fall and to admit several other groups this summer, in- . eluding medical and scientific delegations, elementary and high school teachers, members of Congress, and amateur athletic teams. In turn, he said, the Chinese plan to send an are eological exhibit from the Forbidden City in Peking some time next year, as well as water conservation experts, specialists in insect hormones and high-energy physics, and a gymnastic team. Kissinger said "the Chinese side has indicated that it would be willing to send some journalists over here," and it was "clearly understood" tiiat the United states wanted to increase its journalistic contacts in China. "I think there Is some understanding in principle with respect to that," he said, and details will be worked out by the liaison offices. W'mthrop Rockefeller Ex-Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller Dies PALM SPRINGS, Calif (UPI) — Winthrop Rockefeller, forrtier two-term grandson of oilman John D. Rockefeller Sr., died Thursday of cancer at the age of 60. Rockefeller died at 8:30 a.m. in Desert; Hospital where he was admitted Feb. 9. A family spokesman said his son, Winthrop Paul; 25, was at his bedside., The former governor first was hospitalized in New York last September and was undergoing treatment for cancer of the liver and pancreas. His condition worsened shortly after he arrived at his winter home here. His two marriages ended in divorce. Jn 1948 he married Barbara "Bobo" Paule- kiute Sears, daughter of a Pennsylvania miner. They were divorced six years later in a case involving a $6 million settlement. In 1956 he married. Mrs. Jeanette Edris Rockefeller, a hotel heiress. That marriage broke up in 1971. In addition to his son. Rockefeller was siurvived by his brothers: John D. Rockefeller HI, head of the Rockefeller Foundation; Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York; Laurance Rockefeller, a conservationist and resort developer, and banker David RockefeDer. He also was survived by a sister, Mrs Jean Mauze, and a granddaughter, Andrea Davison Rockefeller, Funeral arrangements were Incomplete. Food Prices Climb At Staggering Pace WASHINGTON (UPI) — Retail food prices rose faster in January than in any month since the Korean War, the Labor Department said Thursday, and the administration warned that more big increases were on the way. The cost of groceries and restaurant meals surged 2.1 per cent last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported, pushed by unusually steep prices for (See Related Story, Page IB.) the basics of the family diet —meat, poultry, eggs, fish, fruits and vegetables. However, declines in other consumer prices, such as women's clothing and used cars, helped hold the January increase in the government's cost of living index to a relatively modest 0,3 per cent, the same as in December. The seasonally adjusted increase was 0.5 per cent. The depiurtment also reported that the purchasmg power of the average blue- collar worker, as reflected by after-tax earnings on his weekly paycheck, dropped last month by the biggest amount since mid-1970, chiefly due to an increase in Social Security taxes. The decline in real earnings and the rise in politically sensitive food prices were discouraging, although not unexpected, news for the administration, which has been trying to convince labor that its anti-inflation policies have helped workers keep ahead of the cost of living. Record-high farm prices, which have now filtered down to the retail level, were behind the January increase. It was The increase was almost as bad on a seasonally adjusted basic, 1.9 per cent, the heaviest since March, 1958, There s More News Inside George Meany told a meeting in Miami that, with the price of food rising sharply, an increase in wages is "inevitable." Statb, area and local news page IB. National Flying Scot midwinter chanK pionship regatta opens today in St. Andrew's Bay. This and other sports stories are on pages 4B-7B, Index Abby l«A Bridge 12A ClBBsllled 7B1IB Comics ' 2B Deaths 2A Editorial , 4A Society 5A-7A Sports , 4BBB Stocks I,

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