Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 27, 1974 · Page 1
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Thursday, June 27, 1974
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Good Morning! Today Is Thursday, June 27, 1974 A Florida Freedom Newspaper "Thank Owl every mor« ning when you get • Up that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not." —Charles Kingsley, English novelist Volume 5 No. 58 The World's Most Beautiful Beaches Panama City, Florida Telephone 763*7621 Five Sections 56 Pages Price 10 Cents Nixon Moscow Goals Told NATO Members BRUSSELS (UPI) - President . Nixon told his allies Wednesday he plans to sign new agreements in Moscow but Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger said a curb on strategic ' arms probably will not be one of them. Moving to restore confidence and clout to the NATO alliance, Nixon assured its leaders he will make no deals at the Moscow nuclear summit begin- ing Thursday that would undercut their interests. Nixon briefed 14 NATO leaders —and delighted them by the gesture —on what he means to do in Moscow to promote an end to the nuclear LiberalsLose In Tax Fight arms race, strengthen detente and expand economic cooperation. "We -/ill never sacrifice the interests of our allies to reach agreement with the Soviet union," Nixon said during the closed NATO summit, according to quotations cited later by press secretary Ronald Ziegler. "We go into negotiations at the Soviet summit motivated by our vital interests and by yours," The President promised to keep the NATO chiefs informed anout his talks with the ence Wednesday: "That would be impossible unless it was tied to some substantial agreement on the question of multiple greement on multiple warheads and that probably also will not be achieved." Kissinger had already said a new permanent Strategic Arms Limitation (SALT) agreement during the one-week Moscow summii was unlikely, and he broaaened this to include an interim agreement. But the secretary said the two superpowers have about 18 •months to get an agreement Russians and said Kissinger, limiting deployment of multiple COMMISSIONER VISITS — State Education Commissioner Ralph Turlington, left, was in Panama City Wednesday morning to address the annual leadership conference sponsored by the Panhandle Area Educational Cooperative, currently underway at Gulf Coast Community College. With Turlington are Marvin McCain, principal of Mosely High School and Shouppe Howell, a specialist with the areacooperative which represents nine area counties. (Staff Photo.) State Commissioner Makes City Address By JULIAN WEBB State Editor Florida Education Commissioner Ralph Turlington flew into Panama City Wednesday morning to address educators from nine area counties. The educators, mostly school administrators and superintendents, were kicking off their three-day seventh annual Summer Leadership Conference, sponsored by the Panhandle Area Educational Cooperative (PAEC). The veteran Florida legislator-turned Cabinet member indicated he was revamping the Florida Department of Education by trimming its staff by 100 persons as well as redefining goals. Turlington said the DOE would become primarily a service department under his direction. "It is not possible to run the schools of Florida from Tallahassee," he said. The length of Turlington's tenure as commissioner will be settled in this fall's elections when the appointee of Gov. Reubin Askew will face a host of declared challengers for the state's top education seat. Turlington dealt mostly in generalities — which he readily admitted to the assembled educators — including statements that "what happens in the classroom is what it's all about." A number of area school administrators voiced concern over the flood of paperwork and record keeping now required and the education commissioner reported his office now has the authority to suspend any report currently required by law from any school district or state-supported institution. Turlington also reported the DOE now also has the authority to eliminate unwanted or undesirable programs within (See ADDRESS, Page 2A.) WASHINGTON (UPI) - Liberals abandoned their 10-day fight to cut taxes and end the oil depletion allowance Wednesday after they failed in repeated tries to bring it to a Senate vote. . The Senate then passed on a 58-3? vote an amendment-free bill to increase the national debt to $495 billion through next Mar-, ch 31 —a measure that had been held up while the liberals attem- ptted to attach their tax measures to it. Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, D. Minn., vowed, however, "We shall be back on the field of battle at a later day." Humphrey said he and other liberals gave up because, "I think we ha e to be able to count, and the votes are not there." The debt bill, will-be flown to President Nixon during his Moscow visit in time for his signature before the present $475.7 billion debt limit expires at mid­ night Sunday, when the government otherwise would not be able to borrow money to pay its zidxi Humphrey made his statement following a final crushing defeat on the Senate floor. He, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D- Mass., and the other liberals failed to gain even a simple majority Wednesday on a cloture petition to lit debate, which required a two-thirds vote. The vote was 50 to 48 against them, 18 votes short, indicating they might not have mustered the 9votes to pass their amendment even if it had come to a vote. The Humphrey amendment would have cut income taxes slightly by increasing the personal exemption from $750 to $800. Low income taxpayers would have received a greater cut by simply subtracting $175 (See TAX, Page 2A.) would return to Brussels July 4 to brief NATO ambassadors on the results of the Soviet summit which ends July 3. Asked whether the presidential visit would yield an interim agreement on strategic arms, Kissinger told a news confer- warhead (MIRV) missiles before the Soviet decision to begin deploying these weapons "becomes irrevocable." "On ' some categories of missiles, the Soviet Union is nearly ready to delpoy its MIRVs,"' Kissinger said. The Sadat Warning Given israeiis Jury Continues Dickinson Case Future Uncertain For Beach Road Reworking Support for four-laning State Road 30-A — the Back Beach Road — was expressed Wednesday by the Panama City Beach City Council. However, the Council shied away from making any commitment regarding requests to change the name of the route to U.S. 98 — a move some present forecast might produce a wave of protest as had occurred several years ago. The Council's endorsement came after a motion by Councilman Jut Stroud to have the Council hold a public hearing on the proposed four-laning and route redesignation died for the lack of a second. The action also came after the somewhat startling revelation by Mayor Dan Russell that the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) has officially abandoned plans to four-lane the Back Beach Road and, further, that the DOT will not come back to Bay County for further road projects until a Bay County area transportation study is completed. ' 1 Completion of the study could take two years, Russell noted. Russell based his statements on what he said was first-hand conversation with DOT District Engineer Bill Lee. Later in the session, Councilman Stroud received council More Heavy Rains Seen For Florida TAMPA (UPI) - A tropical depression that had hovered over the Yucatan Peninsula off Mexico for the past few days WEATHER RAIN Forecast—Rain today, turning fair this afternoon; Winds easterly 10 to 20 miles per hour. High today in the upper 70s with the low tonight In the mid 60s TIDES Panama City: High, 6:26 a.m.; low, 5:49 p.m. Port St. Joe: High, 7:45 a.m.; low, 6:42 p.m., Apalachicola: High, 10:07 a.m., low, 2:33 a.m., 6:27 p.m. Sunrise, 5:41 a.m. Sunset, 7:44 p.m. RIVER READINGS Jim Woodruff Dam, 46.0. Blountstown River Landing, 7.0. Open gulf temperature .A. t / began a northeasterly move Wednesday, aiming its heavy rains at the already saturated Florida Gulf Coast. "The main threat from this system is heavy rain with the possibility of a few severe thunderstorms over central arid north Florida as the system moves over the peninsula," the National Hurricane Center at Miami reported. It said the depression was expected to cross the Florida peninsula between Tampa and Apalachicola and into the Atlantic Thursday morning. That would carry the storm through an area which already has. had as much as 15 inches of rain in some locations since Monday. Weather forecasters said a cool air front that has been stalled over central Florida since Tuesday should keep the tropical depression from strengthening too much and said it would later cause it to lose its tropical characteristics. permission to write Lee at the district DOT office to receive confirmation regarding the assertions made by Mayor Russell. A motion to hold council meetings in the Beach Civic Auditorium rather than the meeting room in the City Hall passed on a split 3-2 vote. Councilman Cecil Trammell, Jut Stroud and Ron Brown favored the change, which was requested by many persons at the session. Mayor Russell and Councilman Scott voted against the move. In fact, Wednesday's session began at the regular meeting room and was transferred to the Civic Auditorium when an overflow crowd developed. The move was not made, however, until Stroud had made a second request to move the session to a room in the Civic Center. Mayor Russell. denied Stroud's first plea, indicating he thought such a move at a previous meeting had turned the session into a "heckling session."^ Ben Graham, a spectator at the session, addressed the Council prior to the relocation vote and said the City Hall meeting room was uncomfortable and unhealthy. "Nor have J- ever seen the may move the meeting on his own initiative unless he was prodded into it like he was (See ROAD, Page 2A.) •TAMPA, (UPI) — Naples Certified Public Accountant Andrew T. Rogers went before a Federal Grand Jury here/ Wednesday as it continued its investigation into the financial affairs of state comptroller Fred O. Dickinson Jr. He declined to talk with newsmen about his testimony before the panel. He was accompanied by attorney John W. Emerson who waited outside in the hallway of the federal building. • Tuesday the Grand Jury spent the morning on an unrelated matter and then heard from George Allen in the afternoon. Allen is a director of the Collier County Bank and legal council for the Bank of Naples. It was the first appearance before the Grand Jury for Allen, a former FBI agent, but he was present in the federal building last month for the appearance of Mrs. Mami Tooke, president of the Collier County Bank and Bank of Naples. Two persons have been indicted by the Grand Jury for perjury during the investigation, which has been under way since April. Dickinson's former law partner Frederick Prior of West Palm Beach has pleaded innocent to seven counts of perjury and is scheduled for trial in September. Mrs. Mamie Mitchell, Dickinson's personal secretary, was indicted on three counts of perjury last week and is to appear before U.S. Magistrate Paul Game Jr., Friday for arraignment. By United Press International President Anwar Sadat warned Israel Wednesday that Egypt is ready to send its warplanes to Lebanon immediately to defend the Arab state against Israeli attacks. Israel said it would declare another Middle East war if necessary to protect its existence. • The warnings came as the Palestinian guerrilla military command said the guerrillas plan to step up their operations Inside Israel during the next three months. Scores of Palestinian refugees were reported fleeing camps in Lebanon in fear of Israeli reprisal attacks for the Arab guerrilla raid on the resort town of Nahariyya Wednesday. Four Israelis, including a mother and her two children, were killed as were the three guerrillas. Arab newsmen said Israeli artillery began bombarding four villages in southeast Lebanon Tuesday night and .inflicted casualties. But an Israeli military spokesman denied any attacks took place. Israeli leaders, however, have delivered strong hints that reprisal raids would be launched. Israeli airforce planes flew three days of raids against Palestinian bases and camps in Lebanon last week in retaliation for guerrilla attacks on Israeli settlements. The Egyptian and Israeli warnings came in interviews. United States has estimates on the scale of this deployment, he said, and will be negotiating to set ceiling under these estimates. Russia has a numerical lead in missiles, he said, but America leads in technology and in its strategic bomber fleet and tactical nuclear weapons based in Europe. House Cuts Defense For Nixon WASHINGTON (UPI),- An evenly divided House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday not to hear defense witnesses for President Nixon in * its impeachment inquiry, rejecting the contention it would be unfair. In a 19-19 tie vote after a five-hour partisan wrangle, the comm.ittee defeated a Republican proposal to call 10 witnesses, six of them requested by Nixon's chief Watergate lawyer, James D. St. Clair. The vote left the committee with a witness list of only five persons to be questioned about Nixon's role in the Watergate cover-up • Of the five, two were among the six men St. Clair sought to have testify in connection with an allegation that Nixon ordered hush money paid to Watergate burgler E. Howard Hunt on March 21,1973. Teachers Pact Half Finished House Reworks Farm Aid Pians WASHINGTON (UPI( - A House Agriculture subcommittee Wednesday scaled down a proposed emergency credit guarantee bill for distressed livestock producers, but also voted to open the program to non-farmers. Some House members predicted the credit plan, which has already been approved by the Senate and will go before the full House Agriculture Committee Thursday, would face stiff opposition on the House floor. The subcommittee struck out of the bill a section restricting loan guarantees to "bona fide farmers and ranchers, including feedlot operators.. engaged in agricultural production...of livestock. In its place, the panel substituted language making the loan guarantees available to persons "directly engaged" in livestock production. Backers of the change said it would allow loans to regular livestock producers, including corporations, who also were engaged in other businesses. The bill's ceiling on total loan guarantees was dropped from $3 billion to a new top of $2 billion. Working eight to ten hours daily for the last week, negotiating teams representing the Bay County School Board and the Association of Bay County Educators have reached agreement on about half of the items in a proposed contract, a statement issued Wednesday said. The terse statement, only one paragraph long, was issued over the signatures of L.W. McDonald Jr.,.spokesman for the school board, and E. Wayne Nixon, of the association. McDonald and Nixon said "it is hoped that agreement can be reached on the remaining items and a salary schedule before midnight June 30." They added: "If a mutual agreement of all proposed items has not been reached by midnight of that date, negotiations will be started on an around the clock basis." McDonald, one of five committee members named by the school board, is principal of Rutherford High School. Other members are John May, Everitt Junior High Principal, A.D. Richbourg, Hiland Park principal, Mike Zekas, Waller School principal, and John Taylor, member of the board instructional staff. Nixon is a member of the Mosely High School faculty. It was learned that there were 111 pages of items originally under discussion in the master contract. They include such matters as class sizes, salaries, insurance, hours, extra duties and many others. Just what items were agreed on was not announced. It was learned there is considerable difference in the other items, with the school board and the instructors approaching the issues from different points of view. The man in the middle is Curtis Jackson, county superintendent of public instruction. He must submit a budget by July 1, and naturally must have definite salary figures on which to base it. Any agreement reached by the board and educators does not have to go into effect until next Jan. 1, but specific items could be implemented ahead of time. Under a change in the statutes, responsibility of negotiating will shift from the school board to the county superintendent after July 1. Local educators have objected strenuosly to being termed a union, preferring to called an association. There's Moi e INDEX Abby 10A Classified 3-7D Comics 5B Crossword 3D Deaths 2A Editorial 4A Local 1C Society 5-6A Sports 2-4B 'V —NEWS ROUNDUP— Volenti Case Rests CHARLESTON, S.C. (UPI) — The prosecution closed its case against Richard Valenti Wednesday, playing a tape recording in which the sailor d e s c r i b e d placing nooses around the necks of two teeriaged girls and then watching transfixed as they died. "Part of me wanted to help them but I just couldn't move," Valenti said in the taperecorded confession. Use of the tape was strenuously protested by defense lawyers. * Wage Rise Forecasted WASHINGTON (UPI) - Treasury Secretary William E. Simon said Wednesday he expects wages to rise about 10 per cent this year, approximately half the pace projected by many economists. Simon said the wage rates would far exceed the 5.5 per cent guidelines of the past two years, but added he did not believe they would even approach the 15 to 20 per cent range projected by some private economists. Atlanta Clashes Reported ' ATLANTA (UPI) — Protest marchers upset over the police killing of a black youth clashed with policemen Wednesday and numerous fist fights broke out. Police said 11 demonstrators were arrested on charges of marching without a'permit through the predominantly black neighborhood. Tito Jokes Of Emigration BONN (UPI) — Yugoslav President Tito, in a chat with Yugoslavs working in West Germany, disclosed Wednesday that he considered emigrating to the United States 62 years ago to escape being drafted into the Austro-Hungarian army. "I probably would be a millionaire now," the 82-yearold president said jokingly. ^ AEC Supports Egyptian Nuclear Power Outlay WASHINGTON (UPI) - Following iip on promises President Nixon made during his recent Middle East tour, the Atomic Energy Commission Wednesday signed provisional contracts to provide nuclear fuel for power plants in Egypt and Israel. Nixon's offer of reactors, components and fuel for Israel and Egypt aroused considerable controversy in Congress and fears that it would lead those nations toward the development of nuclear weapons. The provisional agreement to enrich uranium as fuel for Israeli and Egyptian 600- megawatt power plants was the first step toward carrying out the Presidents offer. But the AEC said it depended on successful negotiation of an agreement for cooperation between the United States and the countries. "Such cooperative agreements will provide assurance that such nfcclear materials are adequately safeguarded," an Committee to approve legisla- AEC announcement said. tion which would allow Con- Doubts about the effective- gress to veto such agreements, ness of safeguards Tuesday The measure was expected to prompted the Joint Atomic win early approval in Congress. State Auditor Questions DPC TALLAHASSEE (UPI) Auditor General Ernest Ellison Wednesday tagged the State Pollution Control Department with numerous violations of state travel regulations during the past fiscal year. In an audit covering DPC expenses, Ellison said department officials traveled first class on state business instead of the customary tourist rates and that the DPC did not account for all mileage while renting cars on state trips. Gaerge Warner, who helped Ellison prepare the report, said the DPC has said^jjt will follow recommendations made by the auditors in the report. DPC director Peter Baljet attributed the violations to a lack of state procedures and inadequate documentation by the DPC staff. "As the auditor advised us of the deficiencies, we took action by drafting required procedures and management directives and policy statement ts," said Baljet. "The reporj strongly supports our; requirement for additional personnel to perform the required tasks, to eliminate problems identified in the audjt." !

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