Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on July 2, 1974 · Page 1
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Tuesday, July 2, 1974
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Good Morning! Today Is Tuesday, July 2,1974 HERALD "Keep your fears to your* self, but share your courage with others." - Robert Louis Stevenson, English novelist A Florido Freedom Newspoper Volumes No. 63 The World's Most BeautifulBeachc^ Panama City, Florida Telephone 763-7621 Two Sections 18 Pages Price 10 Cents Juan Peron Dies ARSENAL — Detective Joe Ares of the University of California, Los Angeles police, holds one of thirty weapons, including five semi-automatic rifles and handguns, which were found in student lockers at UCLA Monday. A former UCLA student is being questioned in connection with the matter. (By UPI) Murder Charged In King Slaying ATLANTA (UPI) - A short, smiling blac){ man wlio said he was on a divinely ordained mission that had been only "partially accomplished" was arraigned and held without bail Monday on charges of murdering Mrs. Martin Luther King Sr. and a church deacon. Marcus Wayne Chenault, 23, of Dayton, Ohio, stood silently before City Judge Ed Brock as murder and weapons charges were read and his attorney made formal pleas of "no contest" to each. Brock entered pleadings of innocent for him and bound the case over to the Fulton County Grand Jury, but Chenault wanted to be heard. "My name is Servant Jacob,'' he said. "I am a Hebrew. I was sent here on a mission and it is partially accomplished." Chenault, who stands 5-foot-3 and weighs 150 pounds, appeared calm and often smiled at the arraignment. The specific charges against Chenault were two counts of murder, one of aggravated assault, two of carrying concealed weapons, two of carrying weapons without a license, and two of discharging firearms within the city limits. Attorney Randy Bacote said that his client is not a member of any church, but proclaimed himself a Hebrew through "revelations." He said he assumed that by "partially accomplished" Chenault meant that he had not killed the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr., the father of the martyred civil rights leader, who police said was the gunman's prime target. At his 20-mlnute arraignment, Chenault said he recalled going to King's church Sunday (See KING, Page 2A) BUENOS AIRES (UPI) President Juan D. Peron, the onetime dictator who defied old age and a weak heart to return in triumph from 18 years of exile last year, died of heart and kidney failure Monday at the age of 78. His sobbing widow and successor, Maria Estela Peron, 43, announced his death in a television broadcast with the nation's military and cabinet leaders standing behind her. As vice president, the former cabaret dancer assumed her husband's powers as president two days ago when he'became too lU to continue. She became the first woman president in the history of the hemisphere. "The president of the Argentines has given to his nation and the Latin American continent the highest expression of greatness and Christian humanism," Mrs. Peron said as tears streamed down her face and her voice faltered,, "With great sorrow, I must transmit to the people the death of a true apostle of peace and nonviolence. "I assume the presidency under the constitution, asking each of our inhabitants for the Integrity necessary in this time of national sorrow to help me guide the nation's destiny toward the successful goal Peron dreamed of for all Argentines. "May God show me the way and strengthen me to fulfill that which God and Peron have given me as a mission.'' Shortly before the announcement, government sources said police and the armed forces went on an alert reserved for national crises. Machinegun emplacements were set up at the suburban villa where Peron died and where Mrs. Peron had exercised power since Peron delegated her the office Saturday. For two weeks he had fought for his life against a bronchial infection that aggravated his old heart ailment and infected his kidneys. Etoctors said he died at 1:15 p.m. (12:15 p.m. EDT). Medical bulletins said Peron suffered a heart stoppage which was controlled but complications followed and death came from heart and kidney failure. The commanders of the armed forces, leaders of the government and opposition blocs in congress, and groups representing labor and management organizations all pledged their support for Mrs. Peron. The five million strong General Workers Confederation (CGT) called an immediate general strike until midnight on the night of the burial even before the burial date was even announced. Parliamentary sources said Peron's body would lie In state In the Chamber of Deputies. After his death was announced all radio stations began to play sacred music to mark the beginning of national mourning. All government offices and schools closed from 3 p.m. Monday to the same hour Wednesday. Peron's body will be trans- He first came to the forefront ferred from the presidential of Argentina's political life as a residence to the Congress leader of the military revolution building in downtown Buenos of 1943, and he dominated Aires Tuesday morning, to lie in pontics behind the scenes until state in the Salon Azul (Blue his election as president in 1946. hall) under the capitol dome, it was announced. In 1955, his popularity eroded Peron was the hero of the by strong-arm tactics and the '^''i"",J21 ?^®'"!i "L'" ^^"'5 nation's faltering economy, he and 1950's and his support of prevented by a military massive wage increases and ' social welfare measures kept coup d'etat from finishing a up his popularity during 18 second presidential term and years of exile. was forced into exile in Spain. Ailing President TalcesMinsIc Tour MOSCOW (UPI) - A weary and noticeably limping President Nixon returned to Moscow Monday night after a day of sightseeing and basic agreement on arms control goals he and Kremlin leaders hope can be achieved this year. Nixon was smiling when he landed In Moscow, but the limp which his doctors ascribe to phlebitis, a vein Inflammation in his left leg, had grown more pronounced as the day wore on. As he stepped off the plane he clutched the arm of his wife, Construction Strike Affects 1,200 Here BY FRANK PERICOLA Managing Editor More than 1,200 union construction workers In the Panama City area are affected by a strike that began Monday and could shut down as much as $1 billion In construction projects along the Gulf Coast. The workers, along with others in Pensacola, Mobile and Dothan, Ala., and Pascagoula, Miss., left their jobs after the Moblle-Pensacola Building Trades Council, which also governs Panama City, failed to reach agreement on a new contract with the Mobile Associated General Contractors, which represents many major construction firms In the three states. The council represents 11,000 workers. The association proposed a 24 per cent pay increase in a two-year contract, 12 per cent now and the rest next Jan. 1. The union council seeks a 28 per cent increase, plus a contribution of 10 per man hour Into the pension fund. The contractors offered five cents an hour. Marvin (Buck) Caswell of Panama City, head of the Panama City Building Trades Council, said contractors who agreed to make retroactive any wage Increase agreed upon are not being struck. Caswell said the contractors who signed a letter of compliance Included those working on International Paper Company's waste treatment plant here, which therefore is not affected. Monday was the deadline given by the state pollution board on the job. Caswell said two firms having contracts at International Paper Company here, one at Port St. Joe's mill and three working on pollution control projects at Sneads declined to sign letters and are being Impeachment Probers Vote Secret Hearings WASHINGTON (UPI) - The House, in a rebuff to Chairman .Peter W. Rodino Jr., refused Monday to bar members of the Judiciary Committee from per­ sonally questioning witnesses in Its impeachment proceedings. The committee Itself agreed later In the day to operate behind closed daors when It Ellsberg Break-in Laid To Eliriichman WASHINGTON (UPI) David R. Young Jr., co-director of the White House "plumbers," testified Monday that John D. Ehrlichman removed three sensitive documents about the Ellsberg break-in and told him that if the case became public Knowledge "we'll just have to button up, hunker down." Young, testifying under Immunity from prosecution and In public for the first time, described in detail his private meetings with Ehrlichman, then President Nixon's top domestic adviser, on March 27 and April 30,1973. Ehrlichman, whom Nixon had placed In overall charge of the "plumbers" special investigative unit, and three others are on trial for conspiring to violate the rights of Dr. Lewis J. Fielding, Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg's psychoanalyist whose office was burglarized in 1971. Young said Ehrlichman Ini­ tialled his approval on an Aug. 11, 1971, memo for a "covert operation" to get medical files in the plumbers' attempt to get Incriminating informattion about Ellsberg, who had leaked the Pentagon Papers on the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Young said that at Ehrlichman's request he sent a briefcase of Ellsberg files to him March 26, 1971. A day later. Young went to Ehrlichman's office. "Ehrlichman said 'my present recollection is that I didn't know about this (break-in) until afterwards," Young, a lawyer and former personal assistant to Henry A. Kissinger, testified. "My clear recollection is that you also knew about it—the memos in the files in the briefcase reflect that you did," Young said he replied. " 'I have taken those out because they were too sensitive and showed too much forethought,' " Young quoted Ehr- 1 i c h m a n. "I said, 'Well, someone else might have a copy,' and he said, 'That's a chance we'll have to take.' "I asked what we would do— the public posture—if it broke publicly. He said 'it was not dissimilar to a national security wiretap, and while no one likes that sort of thing, this was undertaken in the national security interest. We'll just have to button up, hunker down, and and not consider questions publicly.' " starts examining witnesses Tuesday in the windup phase of the inquiry. Rodino, moving to expedite the hearings, had proposed that only committee Counsels John M. Doar and and Albert E. Jenner and presidential lawyer James D. St. Clair be allowed to examine witnesses. His motion was defeated when it drew only 207 votes to 140 against it —25 short of the two-thirds margin required for the House to change Its rules. The panel members thus will be allowed to question witnesses for five minutes each. Hoping to win Republican votes, Rodino made a major concession on the House floor in agreeing to call all six witnesses proposed by St. Clair, who seeks to show that President Nixon did not approve a payment of blackmail to E. Howard Hunt, the convicted Watergate conspirator. Rodino announced that the first witness to be called Tuesday would be Alexander P. Butterfield, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, who disclosed the existence of the White House tape recording system last summer in testimony before the Senate Watergate committee. Butterfield formerly served as staff secretary in the White House. Rodino said examination of witnesses would end by July 13. The panel then will debate for one week whether to recommend impeachment, with a vote coming the week of July 22. struck. Among workers striking are pipefitters, laborers, millwrights, operating engineers, iron' workers, carpenters and teamsters. Caswell said contractors working on the Choctawhatchee Bay bridge on US 331 have signed and work will resume on that job today. S. A. Alsyp, head of the Mobile building trades council, said a new hotel and high rise apartment building for senior citizens are being picketed. Caswell said no • pickets are planned In the Panama City area. A major project on which union members work Is the Alabama Power Company nuclear power plant near Dothan, Ala. Late Monday some of the contractors filed suit with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the unions will ndt negotiate. The strike is certain to last at least a week as Federal Mediator Deland Dean, who has been working with both groups, left Mobile Monday and will not return until next week. Before leaving Mobile Dean said a 15-hour negotiation session ended Monday, five hours after the old contract expired at midnight. He said no further meetings are scheduled between the two groups, who began negotiations a week ago. "1 Pat, to steady his balance. An agreement in principle on arms control goals was reached during intensive talks at the Black Sea dacha of Communist Party General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev over the weekend. On Monday, the two men parted company for a day, with Brezhnev returning to Moscow and Nixon flying to Minsk, a "hero city" which has been rebuilt since being flattened during World War II. His doctors said Nixon was unconcerned about his leg, but they said long periods of inactivity Irritated it. They advised him to get more exercise to alleviate the swelling and lessen the pain. The disability did not prevent his apparent enjoyment of the tour of Minsk, or detract from his responses to large and friendly crowds along the way. Twice he stalled the motorcade to go over and shake hands or exchange greetings with the I Byelorussian citizens waving American and U.S.S.R. flags as I he passed. More than 2 million people of Byelorussia died before and during the Nazi occupation of the region during the war, including those murdered in a village incident which has come to be known as the Khatyn massacre. Nixon left a hand-written message at Khatyn, wishing "A world of peace for the children and grandchildren" of the vic- , tims. In another day of intense negotiations Tuesday, the President's last full day in the Soviet Union, he and the Russian leaders were expected to try and strengthen the "sense of understanding" they reached Sunday in Yalta. No, details have as yet been made public, but both American and Russian sources said it involved basic agreement on the goals which the leaders believe can be accomplished by the ehd of the year in continuing strategic arms limitation talks (SALT). The sources agre^ with earlier U.S. assessments that there would be no breakthrough summit agreement on curbing the huge stocks of offensive nuclear weaponry on each side. But they said Nixon and Brezhnev had succeeded in clarifying the further steps their negotiators will take to get the SALT talks in Geneva off dead center. There were no details. From their weekend Black Sea retreat, the two leaders rode tpgether in a 90-minute motorcade to Simferopol airport through .thousands of waving spectators. Mrs. Nixon's car stalled, and the procession paused for her to get into another. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger flew back to Moscow with Brezhnev and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko to continue consultations with Gromyko on a joint (^ommunique to be signed before Nixon leaves Wednesday. The Nixons made the side trip (See NIXON. Page 2A> 'STEAMING CHARLIE' READY — Naval Coastal Systems Laboratory's entrant in the Fourth of July gopher race here, "Steaming Charlie," is shown with his trainer, Bobby Grant. Bobby toolt him from a hole three months ago, built a pen for him, and has been training him for the race ever since. According to Bobby, "Steaming Charlie's" favorite foods are lettuce and grass, and he is a big help to Bobby in keeping the lawn mowed. Bobby is the son of Chief Petty Officer Robert Grant of NCSL. The family lives in Lynn Haven. Arid Weather Causes Concern An abnormally dry June has created concern in Bay County and across the Panhandle. Area farmers are grimly surveying drought-stricken com fields while their city cousins are looking over parched lawns and wilting flower beds. And the tinder-dry conditions have fueled a rash of woods fires throughout the area, keeping area foresters on the Glenn reports the dry weather has "most adversely" affected corn crops hi his area. Glenn said trat In many flelds the corn was "fired" to the top and the yield appeared so poor that "It won't make the seed back." The county agent reported pastures are in critical condition due to lack of rainfall and that the dry June also hurt area Slayer Sentenced PENSACOLA: (UPI) Following the recommentatlon of the jury, Ciu-cult Judge Ralph McLane sentenced Vernon Ray Cooper, 37-year-old Mobile, Ala., man Monday to death in the electric chair for the pistol slaying of an Escambia County sheriff's deputy here last Jan. 19. WEATHER HOTTER Forecast-Partly cloudy and hot through Wednesday. Slight chance of afternoon thundershowers today. Winds Southerly, 4 to 8 miles an hour. High low 90s, low, low 70s. Rain chance 20 per cent. TIDES Panama City high 8:24 a.m., low 7:38 p.m.; Port St. Joe 8:43 a.m., low 7:31 p.m.; Apalachicola high 12:57 p.m., low 10:02p.m.; sunrise 5:43 a.m., sunset 7:44 p.m. River Readings: Jim Woodruff Dam 44.5 Blountstown River Landing, 5.0. —NEWS ROUNDUP— Kalmbach Jailed BALTIMORE (UPI) — Former Presidential lawyer Herbert W. Kalmbach surrendered voluntarily to a U.S. Marshal at Baltimore-Washington airport late Monday to begin serving a 6 to 18 month prison term. A spokesman for the U.S. Marshal's office said Kalmbach surrendered at the airport upon his arrival on a flight from Los Angeles. Crackdown Continues ADDIS ABABA (UPI) — Troops under cover of curfew Monday began a house to house hunt to track down rich landowners and businessmen and some government officials while a council of officers met to decide the future of the country. Emperor Halle Selassie, a monarch without any effective power since the army seizure Friday, appeared briefly In the streets of Addis Ababa, driving to his downtown office. People bowed as his red Mercedes limousine swept by. Nader Raps Doctors WASHINGTON (UPI) - Ralph Nader denounced the American medical profession Monday in testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee. "It Is debatable that the aggregate health of this country is being advanced by the presence of the medical profession," the consumer advocate said in testifying about health insurance.. Kennedy Visits Son DUBLIN (UPI) — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was reunited Monday in Dublin's St. Vincent's Hospital with his ailing 12-year-old son Teddy, who shouted "Daddy, Daddy" from a window when he spotted his father In the street below. Teddy, who was holidaying In Ireland, was hospitalized Thursday for treatment for mild side effects of anti-cancer drugs. The boy's right leg was amputated last November because of bone cancer. move day and night in efforts to watermelon growers who also contain and control the blazes, suffered from depressed prices Max Shaeffer of the Florida this season. Forest Service had his hands Although the dry weather Is full Monday afternoon when a currently hampering soybean reporter called to check on local and peanut growth, Glenn poln- conditions. Shaeffer reported ted out these crops still have he was in the midst of relaying much of their growing season radio messages to fire fighting before them and a few good crews in two locations. One rains could change the picture group was fighting a small greatly, blaze - apparently started by a ^.^^trast to the Panhandle, careless smoker - m the j^g^^y ^.^^^^ j^gj drowned Callaway area and another g^ju^h Florida's drought and crew was battling a blaze m the ^ygrted the threat of water Wewahitchkaarea. rationing officials had feared Shaeffer reported he Wewa ^t be necessary this sum-" area blaze apparently started when winds whipped a spark ^ore than eight inches of rain from a smoldering stump m an once-parched Dade Coun- area which burned Sunday at ^ j^^^ _ least a 100 yards thereby ^^^^ 'tSe^'Zl^re crews had Although last week's rains responded to half adozenwoods ^"^^ed South FlorKk'ssprng flre ^mthe past three or four drough.^^^^^^^^^^^^ He said the weather is so dry that conditions are extremely the state slower Gulf Coast. dangerous regarding any burning. He noted that many persons do not understand the law requires them to notify the forest service before doing any burning. The weather service at Tyndall AFB reports rainfall of only .98 Inches for June. This contrasts with a normal June average at their weather site of 4.94 Inches. In Jackson County, veteran farm agent W.W. (Coonbottom) There'* More INDEX Abby lOB Business lOB Classified 6-9B Comics 6A Crossword 6B Deatlis 2A Editorial 4A Society 7A Sports Uh Stocks 0

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