Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 26, 1974 · Page 1
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Good Morning! Today k Wednesday, June 26,1974 HFRATJ) A Florida Freedom Newspaper .."Peace not absoncp of it Is vlr;-'., a stale of ml disposition for benevolent, ^ confidence, Justice. H »tf: Benedict Spinota Volume 5 No. 57 The Worlds Most Beautiful Beaches Panama City, Florida Telephone 763-7621 Five Sections 44 Pages Price 10 Cetiti reme Court Ruling Favors Press Tour Journey For Peace' BRUSSELS (UPI) - President Nixon, pestered by a phlebitis condition and heavily guarded against potential violence, arrived here Tuesday to consult NATO, allies en route to a nuclear summit in Moscow. As Nixon flew across the Atlantic on what he called "a Journey for peace,'' his personal physician told traveling reporters that -contrary to what White House aides said Monday night —Nixon still suffers from an Inflammation,of veins in his left leg and rode with that leg elevated. But the physician, Maj. Gen. Walter Tkach, said, "He's in no pain and the swelling has gone down." Greetin Belgium's King Baudouin with a handshake and a smile at Melsbroek military airport, waving at an assemblage of diplomats and officials, Nixon strode firmly past an honor guard and showed no sign of any discomfort from. the phlebitis condition. The two-day Brussels visit aims at restoration of unity within the troubled Atlantic alliance, culminating in signature of a new "Atlantic Declaration" Wednesday, and Baudouin mustered all his 2,500 security men to protect the 15 NATO leaders from potential leftist or Palestinian attackers. The security, men had instructions which read in part: Marijuana Haul Said lest WASHINGTON (UPI) - U.S. and Mexican agents have made the largest seizure of marijuana in history —42 tons —near the U.S.-Mexican border, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Tuesday. DEA Administrator John R. Bartels Jr. said five tons were seized on two trucks as they crossed the border at San Ysidro, Calif., and another 37 tons were found cached in a secret basement in a warehouse at Mexicali, Mexico. Bartels said the marijuana was being ferryed across the border into the United States in large tar and asphalt tanker trucks which delivered road- paving materials into the Mexlcali-Calexlco area, presumably returning empty. A DEA spokesman said "snif­ fer dogs" were used routinely to check returning trucks for possible secret marijuana cargos but the strong odor of tar and asphalt apparently frustrated the dogs. "Enemies of the President could take the opportunity of his trip to make an attempt on his life,.. The possibility of attempts of all kinds Including with rockets and bombs should be given serious consideration." Nixon's party settled for the night |n the U.S. ambassador's residence soon after the airport arrival ceremonies, a motor­ cade into town attended by sparse crowds and a 50-minute ceremonial visit to Baudouln's palace. At the airport, Baudouln's Queen Fabiola assisted in the greeting of the President, Mrs. Nixon and Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. Then Nixon and Baudouin spoke from a red-bedecked podium. For Larg PHNOM PENH (UPI) Fighting intensified on several fronts around Phnom Penh Tuesday as both sides sought to expand their holdings before heavy monsoon rains flooded battlefields near the capital. On the Mekong river a 13-ship Cambodian military convoy carrying ammunition and food came under rebel attack late Monday near Prek Taben, 15 miles northeast of the capital. One Bhip took heavy fire from the riverbanks. Eleven of the government soldiers aboard were wounded but the convoy proceeded safely to the prow ince capital of Kompong Cham, 78 miles northeast of Phnom Penh. Field reporters said Communist units using mortars and 105mm artillery Tuesday assaulted government positions at Prek T a m e a k, 12 miles northeast of Phnom Penh on the Mekong. At least two government soldiers were killed and two wounded in attacks which continued throughout the day and Cambodian T28 fighter- bombers were called in to pound rebel positions. * Eight' navy vessels carried additional reinforcements to Khach Kandal island eight miles to the northeast where some 500 insurgent troops were reported holed up. Fighting flared Tuesday at several points along the Tonle Sap river north and northwest Judge Giving Colley Case Close Look COLUMBUS, Ga. ,(UPI) The issue of whether President Nixon and high-ranking army leaders applied command influence to the court-martial board deciding the fate of Lt. William Calley is unique and cannot be "brushed off lightly," a federal judge said Tuesday. Calley is appealing in civilian courts his conviction for murder in the slaying of South Vietnamese civilians in the village of My Lai in March, 1968. of Phnom Penh. Seven government troops were wounded in one clash nine miles from the capital and mortar fire was directed against government engineers repairing bridges at Pream Satha, three miles farther north. A 10,000-man government task force which last week pushed up Highway 5 to the market town of Kompong Luong, 18 miles north of Phnom Penh, remained stalled Tuesday as, repairs continued on roads and bridges blown up by retreating rebel troops. In Saigon, U.S. and South Vietnamese negotiators hopirig to get on with the search for 1,100 American servicemen missing in action sat across a bargaining table* looking at empty chairs Tuesday. The Viet Cong and North Vietnam announced Sunday they have "suspended" the Joint Military Team meetings and those of the two-party Joint Military Commission until a new agreement is signed g iaranteeing the Viet Cong's rovlsional Revolutionary Gov-, ernment access to the press Florida's Edict Slapped Down NIXON ARRIVES — President Nixon, who nursed his phlebitis attack during his transatlantic flight, holds his hand to the afflicted leg as he deplanes in Brussels. King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium. (UPI) House Okays Release Of Secret Testimony WASHINGTON (UPI) - The House Judiciary Committee, voted 22-16 Tuesday to make public more than 7,200 pages of Air Raids Draw Arab Reprisals Circuit Docket Actions Taken Brenda Singletary, 32, 1807 Moylen Road, Panama City was found not guilty Tuesday by a jury of a charge of aggravated assault, Circuit Court records show. Mrs. Singletary had been charged with shooting Charles Miller, 43, Brannonvilie in the eye with a pistol. The shooting incident had allegedly taken WEATHER ICLOUDY Forecast — Partly cloudy today with winds northeasterly 12 to 22 miles per hour. High today in the mid 80s. Low tonight near 70. TIDES Panama City: High, 6:52 a.m.; low, 7:54 p.m. Port St. Joe: High, 8:11 a.m.; low, 8:47 p.m. Apalachicola: High, 9:34 a.m. and 11:29 a.m.; low2:36a.m. and5:11 p.m. Sunrise, 5:41 a.m. Sunset, 7:44 p.m. RIVER READINGS Jim Woodruff Dam, 46. Blountstown River Landing, 7. Open gulf temperature near 77. * * place following an argument. In other Circuit Court cases: Aubrey Melvin, Marcellus Dudley, Thomas Vlckery and Esbert "Boo" Keys each pleaded no contest to bribery charges in Circuit Court. The state agreed to drop charges of conspiracy to commit bribery against each of the men. Melvin was fined by the court $5,000 and placed on five year's probation; Dudley was fined $1,000 and placed on five year's probation; Vickery was fined $5,000 and placed on five year's probation and Keys was fined $500 and -placed on five year's probation. The men were charged with bribing law enforcement officers during a moonshine investigation in Bay County between Oct. 22,1973 and Jan 7. James David Finch, 24, 1115 Michigan Ave., was acquitted in on charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony. He has been charged with entering the apartment of his former wife by breaking out a window and removing a minor child. Also involved in the alleged incident is a charge of aggravated assault which has yet to be heard in court. Willie Earl Jones, 32, Port St. (See PLEAS, Page 2A.) A By United Press Inter national The Palestinian military command said Tuesday the guerrilla attack on the Israeli coastal town of Nahariyya during the night was a "quick reply" to Israeli air raids on Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Israel hinted the attack would trigger more retaliatory strikes across the border. Seven persons, including a mother and her two children, an Israeli soldier and the three guerrillas, were killed in a 2-% battle in the city on the Mediterranean about four miles south of the border with Lebanon. The Israeli military command also reported six soldiers and one civilian wounded. An Israeli military spokesman denied Beirut reports that Israeli heavy artillery began shelling the outskirts of the village of Jouaya, 12 miles from the border, shortly before 7 p.m. The reports from Arab Bomb Expert Saves Irish City Area BELFAST (UPI) - A controlled explosion detonated by a bomb expert saved downtown Omagh from major damage Tuesday by destroying 200 pounds of the explosives in a 300-pound bomb. The blast wrecked a local government building in the town 50 miles west of Belfast, but caused little damage to other buildings and no injuries. In Belfast, police and soldiers arrested about 50 Irish Republican Army suspects in a major pre-dawn swoop Tuesday on IRA hideouts in the city's Roman Catholic neighborhoods, an army spokesman said. He said the soldiers acting on an accumulation of intelligence reports believed they nabbed several key IRA members in the raids. Some of those detained were women. The swoop involved the search of dozens of homes in the Andersontown, Falls Road and Turf Lodge districts. The Omagh bomb was hidden inside a truck parked outside the government building. newsmen said there were losses and casualties in the bombardment but gave no specific figures. The guerrilla attack overshadowed the final stage of Israeli troop disengagement from the Golan Heights under the agreement engineered by Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. Israeli forces pulled out of Quneitra and the Rafid salient captured in 1967. impeachment evidence it has examined in secret sessions over the past six weeks. , Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, who offered the motion, said he believed the material would be issued early next week. The material in question includes the evidence examined by the Watergate grand jury that on March 1 named President Nixon an unindicted co-conspirator in the scandal's cover-up. Owens said his motion gives Chairman Peter. W. Rbdino Jr. D-N.J., and Rep. Edward Hutchinson of Michigan, the senior Republican, the authority to screen irrelevent sections of the transcripts of 19 Watergate tapes the committee possesses. Also to be excluded is top- secret material concerning 14 months of U.S. bombing of Cambodia. Other than that, Owens said, all the evidence heard by the committee members in 18 secret sessions will be published. Voting for release of the material were 16 Democrats and 6 Republicans. Opposed were 11 Republicans and 5 Democrats. The White House and Nixon's impeachment lawyer, James D. St. Clair have been calling for weeks for release of the evidence, but it was believed Rodino was motivated chiefly by an attempt to stem the leaks which he felt were hurting the committee. The committee's own transcripts of the Watergate tapes differ substantially in places from the transcripts released by the White House April 30. WASHINGTON (UPI)-The Supreme Court Tuesday unanimously struck down a Florida law giving political candidates free space to reply to criticism, and voted 5 to 4 to give private citizens a better chance to sue for libel. And in other opinions dealing with freedom of expression, the Court held that a person cannot be punished for adorning the American flag to express his views, and that unions representing government employes have the same freedom of speech as other unions. Speaking for the Court in the Florida case, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger said "a newspaper is more than a passive receptacle or conduit for news, comment and advertising." "A responsible press is an undoubtedly desirable goal, but press responsibility is not mandated by the Constitution and like many other virtues, it cannot be legislated," the opinion said. The Florida "right to reply" decision stemmed from a lawsuit brought against the Miami Herald by Pat L. Tor- nlllo, a Democratic candidate in 1972 for a seat in the state House of Representatives, and well known in the area because of his activities as head of a teachers union. Tornillo invoked the state law after the paper came out editorially against his candidacy, and the state Supreme Court upheld him. Only Mississippi has a similar law, but the newspaper industry had feared other states might follow suit if the Florida statute was upheld. In the libel case, the Court majority handed private individuals more latitude in protecting their reputations by filing libel suits, but raised some new barriers to collection of damages. In other actions in a busy day leading to a possible windup of Its current term Wednesday, the Court: —In the flag case from Washington state, ruled 6 to 3 that an individual may not be punished for communicatlng'an idea by means of a peace symbol affixed to his own American flag flown from his own property. —In the union case from Virginia, in which non-union workers were called "scabs" in a publication, ruled 6 to 3 that unions representing federal employes are subject to the same free speech protection accorded other unions under federal labor law. —Sidestepped a challenge to congressmen serving in the military reserves by ruling that those who had sought to force an end to the practice had no standing to sue. —By a 5 to 4 vote ruled that William B. Richardson of Greensburg, Pa., had no standing to sue to discover how much money the Central Intelligence Agency is spending. —Ruled 5 to 4 in a Shaker Heights, Ohio case that city transit systems are not required to accept political advertisements on buses, street cars or subways. In the Florida case. Burger said the law exacts a penalty on (See COURT, Page 2 A.) Millville Station Closing Put Off By KEN RETHERFORD City Editor The Panama City Commission voted Tuesday night not to close the Millville Fire Station immediately, but call in an outside consulting firm to make recommendations concerning the "overall" fire situation in Panama City. The fire department and commission have been the center of controversy since the last city commission meeting when the commission, on a 3-2 vote, agreed to combine the Millville station with the downtown station. Since that meeting, petitions have been gathered and angry citizens of the Millville area have expressed their displeasure over the prospects of moving the station from the area. Petition Presented A petition with 1,008 signatures was presented the commission Tuesday and several citizens from the packed city commission chambers approached the commissioners to express their views on the station transfer. Commissioner Ralph Burgess made a motion to rescind the previous meeting action and then later amended the motion to let the action stand, but hold up moving the station until the survey could be completed. Burgess amended his motion after Commissioner Gordon Hill commented he could not vote for the motion to rescind. The commission then voted unanimously to withhold the combining action until the survey could be made. Commissioner Henry Kirkland, who made the original motion at • the last meeting, was out of town and unable to attend this meeting. Mayor M.B. Miller, shortly after the meeting, was asked what he would do if the study showed the station needed to be moved to another area. "I doubt that will happen," he commen. ted, "but if it does I'll have to go along with the study." Water Question In other action, Com(See STATION, Page 2A.) NEWS ROUNDUP—. Bank Rates Lifted I NEW YORK (UPI) — Several more banks Tuesday lifted their prime lending rates for top business borrowers to 11 % per cent. In the latest round of prime hikes, Cleveland Trust, national City Bank of Cleveland, Continental Illinois of Chicago, Mellon Bank of Pittsburgh, North Carolina National of Charlotte and Security Pacific National of Los Angeles went from 11 per cent to 11% percent. Wrongdoing Committee Voted WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Senate Watergate Committee voted formally Tuesday to recommend establishment of a permanent special prosecution office to pursue governetal wrongdoing, and to limit cash political contributions to $100 per person per candidate in federal elections. But the committee voted against recommending public financing of political campaigns and against composing an election Dogs Creating Problems CHICAGO (UPI) — Dog bites are an unrecognized epidemic in cities where people are buying large aggressive dogs as deterrents to crime, a New York public health doctor said Tuesday. Dr. David Harris, associate director of Mt. Sinai Hospital, said injuries from dogs are becoming an increasingly common hazard of city life, especially to children. U. S. Nuclear Pact Warning CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (UPI) — Four scientists, including one closely connected with America's development of the atomic bomb, said T u e s d a y the proposed U.S. sale of nuclear reactors to Egypt was "imprudent and unwise, and possibly reckless. The scientists said the proposal made by President Nixon during his recent Mideast trip could enable Egypt to initiate a nuclear weapons project within six to ten years. $4.5 Billion Outlay State Budget Signed There's More INDEX Abby 3A Classified 8-11C Comics 8A Crossword 8C Deaths 2A Editorial 4A Society 9-10A Sports 2-7C Stocks UA TALLAHASSEE (UPI) Gov. Reubin Askew signed the $4.5 billion state budget for 1974-75 Tuesday without veoting a single item, an action without precedent in recent times. State departments, institutions and universities can start spending the new money Julyl. Gov. Askew signed the bill without fanfare, or advance notice to the press, which generally is alottedto major bill signings. The budget, contained in the General Appropriations Act, is the only measure on which the Govenor is permitted to veto specific items of spending without knocking down the whole thing. But Askew sent the entire measure — just as it came from jhe Legislature on its final day f of the 1974 session May 31 to the Secretary of State's office at 5:20 p.m. with his blessing. He issued no statement. The compromise bill, pounded out by a joint House-senate conference committee, passed the Senate 27-12 and the house 77-36. It is $38 million less than Gov. Askew had requested but is $478 million over the current annual budget. One critic said it provided $657 for every man, woman and child in Florida and "That's a whole lot of money." But it includes $142 million in tax relief to property owners and stockholders. That is $114 to cover the reduction in school taxes, approved in a separate law, from 10 to eight mills, $16.6 million to double the $5,000 Homestad Exemption for the elderly on city and county taxes and $11.7 million to exempt the first $20,000 in stocks and bonds from intangible taxes. It also includes $1.02 billion for education at the elementary and secondary level, up from the $827 million spend for the same purposes this current year. It also includes $75 million for new classroom construction. Additional funds also are included for Junior Colleges, up from $121 million to $146 million and universities, up from $219 million to $248 million. An additional $4 million is provided to raise aid to dependent children payments from $151 to $177 a month for a fatherless family with four children. To move hundreds of elderly citizens out of nursing homes, the budget provides $1.9 million to provide home health services, and there are big increases for the state's prisons, including over $1 million to hire new medical and dental personnel and $2 million for vocational job training programs for inmates. There are $90 million in pay raises for state employes, with all getting $504 a year and some getting merit raises of four per cent. It also includes funds to pay the four per cent retirment contribution now takenout of employes paychecks. There is $5.9 million for community services for the retar{ ded and $4.8 million to buy ambulances and other emergency medical services for local governments. (See BUDGET, Page 2A) V

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