The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on December 28, 1966 · 2
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Wednesday, December 28, 1966
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i r - V 1 r. jnCfTtf.rK' r - . 1 December 23, 1966 Angclra Time -Washington Post Newt Srvk nd mior wir and tuwiamwitary mws aganciM. o . -v. t9SLti2tUiZlmts2 Pag 2, Part 1 The News l v j J .... i i : i 1 la -l xc(.. .-- - a r--- -) '- A : V " of the Day THE WORLD Reds Batter U.S. Unit, Inflict Heavy Losses The War la Vietnam A strong Communist force attacked in the face of point-blank artillery fire and temporarily overran an infantry-artillery unit of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Before the Reds were thrown back in bitter hand-to-hand fighting, U.S. officials said they inflicted heavy casualties on the Americans. They also damaged three 105-mm. howitzers with explosives. The enemy was reported to have left 96 dead on the battlefield near Bong Son, 280 miles northeast of Saigon. Meanwhile, a Saigon government spokesman announced that South Vietnamese forces launched the largest airborne assault of the war in a search and destroy operation deep in the Mekong delta. The action was concentrated in an area about 170 miles southwest of Saigon. A multibattalion force of paratroopers accompanied by American advisers was dropped on th? fringe of a forest sanctuary of hardcore Viet Cong troops. At about the same time, elite Vietnamese rangers and regular army troops made helicopter landing assaults in nearby areas. A military spokesman said 29 Viet Cong were killed, four captured and six suspects detained for questioning in the first phase of the action. . There was no other significant ground action reported. But Air Force fighter-bombers attacked three North Vietnamese troop concentrations and storage areas in the demilitarized zone, plus two others just to the north. Bad weather limited American strike and armed reconnaissance missions over most of the rest of North Vietnam. Terrorists tried to kill Dr. Phan Quang Dan, a moderate politician who is considered a leading candidate for president of South Vietnam in next year's elections. He escaped with leg wounds and shock when a bomb demolished his auto in Saigon. A South Vietnamese union leader, meanwhile, charged that American military authorities were using U.S. Army troops as stevedores to unload cargo in the struck port of Saigon in a move to take away his countrymen's jobs. Los Angeles author and television commentator Louis Lomax said at Bangkok he hopes to see American prisoners in Hanoi during his scheduled two-week visit to the North Vietnam capital. He was en route to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he has been informed North Vietnamese officials will arrange his flight to Hanoi. If there are no hitches, Lomax will be able to see the areas in the city where Hanoi claims American bombers have killed civilians. Hanoi's ambassador to Moscow for nearly a decade is going home, removing a protocal problem for Western diplomats who refused to talk to him. For the past 21 months, North Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Van Kinh has been senior diplomat in Moscow, and, by tradi-i tion, the head of the Moscow diplomatic corps. As such, he sends for-" mal messages of greetings on behalf ; of all ambassadors. , Previous restraints on the scope and virulence of Communist China's great purge were ordered removed and nearly total turmoil was proclaimed, (See Page 1.) The Soviet Union announced a record 1966 grain harvest that exceeded the government's most optimistic estimates . and eased serious pressures on the' domestic economy. (See Page 1.) .. . ,v , -.. v. . . Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin returned to Moscow from a week-" long goodwill visit to Turkey which did not appear to have budged the Turks from the pro-American camp. A joint communique expressed deep alarm over the Vietnam crisis and urged a settlement on the basis of the 1954 Geneva Conference agreement on Indochina. No mention was made of customary Soviet demands for immediate -withdrawal of U.S. forces. v ',::, West Germany handed over its most important Communist, spy prisoner in exchange for four Germans held in Soviet bloc jails on charges of espionage. (See Page 5, Part 1.) The Palestine Liberation Organization, which was set up two years ago to drive the Israelis into the sea, announced a second objective:: the liberation of Joidan from its present rulers. (See Page 5, Part 1.) ;." The British trawler St. Finbarr, swept' by fire on Christmas Day, ON THE SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK Tina Scola, one of the stylish residents of on apartment near Columbus Circle in Manhattan, is protected by a fur coat and boots as she steps out for a walk in the snow. UPI Ttlephota sank some 50 miles off the fishing village of St. Anthony on the northern Newfoundland coast while being towed toward shore. A spokesman for Bowering Bros. Ltd., the Canadian agents for the trawler, said at St. John's, Nfld., the 13 survivors of the St. Finbarr were safely aboard the companion trawler Orsino. One St. Finbarr crewman was killed and 11 others were missing and presumed dead. Fidel Castro's government was reported to have agreed to permit U.S. citizens to leave Cuba in an airlift operation beginning today. The State Department said in Washington it could make no immediate comment on the reports, which had reached the Cuban exile colony in Miami, Fla., from Cuban sources. There are an estimated 880 American families in Cuba, many headed by persons of Cuban descent born in the United States. The first planes, it was reported, will land several hundred U.S. citizens at New Orleans. South Korean Socialist leader Suh Min-ho was sentenced to two years in prison for saying that if elected president he would meet with Communist North Korean Premier Kim Il-sung to discuss Korea's reunifica tion. The Seoul District Criminal Court found Suh guilty of giving aid and comfort to the enemy in violation of South Korea's anti-Communist law. Suh, head of the Democratic Socialist Party, was also deprived of his civil rights and thus disqualified from running for the presidency.. Italy's 35,000 port workers began a 48-hour strike, successfully blocking the loading and unloading of cargo ships in most of the nation's harbors. Passenger ships were not affected. More than 80 ships were tied up at Genoa, the hardest hit port. The strike blocked servicing of 18 ships at Naples, 19 at Trieste and 20 at Venice. Also struck were the ports of Palermo, Bari and Brindisi. Longshoremen called the strike when contract talks broke down. India released 2,400 persons held , as security risks during the fast of Sikh leader Sant (Saint) Fateh Singh and prepared to negotiate the future of a separate Sikh state. The government also withdrew the press censorship imposed to prevent outbreaks of violence if the sant and eight of his followers had gone through with plans to burn themselves to death. Typhoon Pamela moved out Into the South China Sea after a two-day sweep across the central Philippines that left at least thres d?ad, some 4,-000 persons homeless and great damage to crops and property. The storm knocked out communi:ations . in four provinces, making a total assessment pf damage difficult. The typhoon's tail winds were expected to bring more rain, and strong winds to the central Luzon area, including Manila. .- , - ' . : . . ; . , Fighting at roadblocks in the new ' African nation of Lesotho, which gained independence from Britain on Oct. 4, brought death to a police inspector and five other Africans. More than a dozen persons were reported wounded. Observers said the fighting apparently resulted from a power struggle between King Mosh-oeshoe II and Chief Leabua Jonathan, the prime minister. Authorities said Jonathan's government set. up the roadblocks to search people on their way to a 'gathering that was to have been, addressed by the king, BUSINESS - The stock market experienced a fairly sharp setback but the sting was eased by the light volume of trading. The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 792.20, off 6.90 points. See Financial (Section THE NATION Senate majority leader Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.) proposed a "major reexamination" by the Senate of recently enacted Great Society programs and such other older laws as foreign aid, taxes and the draft. (See Page 1.) A one-car passenger train smashed into a fuel truck in Everett, Mass., and 12 persons died as flames engulfed the train and the truck. (See Page 1.) Alabama state records show that prior to the recent death of a badly beaten Negro in the Elmore County jail, two other Negroes, neither apparently charged with any law violation, died in the same jail. (See Page 1.) A Harvard research team reported that fertility is positively related to infant mortality and that this could provide a key to curbing the population explosion in overcrowded countries. (See Page 1.) Winter's second major snowstorm moved out of the southern Rocky Mountains and dumped as much as a foot of snow on the Great Plains. (See Page 4, Part 1.) Americans for Democratic Action urged the House not to challenge the seating of Rep. Adam Clayton Powell (D-N.Y.) unless it undertakes "a real job of reform." The ADA statement said that while members of the liberal organization deplore Powell's "conduct and cynicism . . . a one-shot reform aimed at one Negro congressman" will be "only divisive and damaging to the public interest." The statement was issued in Washington by Joseph Rauh Jr., national vice chairman of ADA, after disclosures that some Negro leaders are organizing to resist an attempt to deny Powell his seat when Congress convenes Jan. 10. A Georgia judge ruled that the state's next governor must be chosen by the Legislature and dismissed a suit that had called instead for a run-off election. Under the ruling by Superior Court Judge Claude Shaw in Atlanta, the Legislature may proceed Jan. 9 with choosing between Democrat Lester G. Maddox and Republican Howard H. (Bo) Callaway, neither of whom received a majority in the Nov. 8 election. . The Supreme Court was asked by the American Civil Liberties Union to rule that the government may not require non-Communist disclaimers from persons who are not covered by. Social Security and who apply GOING HOME Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower waves on leaving Walter Reed Army Hospital. Story MPaMt, Parti upi Tiiepnora 4.. t if U :L AFTER THE BLAST Car of Vietnam's leading moderate politician. Dr. Phan Quang Dan, rests on Story MPtM 11. Fart I for hospital benefits under Medicare. A three-judge federal panel in Los Angeles last month ruled the Medicare law's loyalty oath provision as unconstitutional and the AC-LU is seeking a similar nationwide ruling. A Birmingham gas station worker, charged Monday with slaying three teen-age boys Christmas night, was also questioned about the unsolved murders of two youngsters near Mobile Thanksgiving weekend. David McCarter Jr., 25, who police said has a record of morals offenses, is being held in a Birmingham jail after being charged with the murders of Steve Murphy, 13; his brother, Vaughn, 13, and Will Binzel, 14, all of Homewood, a suburb of Birmingham. The boys' bodies were found in a rural area. Five persons were killed when an explosion demolished a five-room brick house in North Little Rock, Ark. A spokesman at Memorial Hospital identified the dead as David Fortenberry, 41, his wife, Ocie, 35; their daughters, Linda, 12, and Susan, 7, and his mother, Mrs. Nellie Fortenberry, 62, of Newport, Ark. There was no immediate explanation of the cause of the explosion. Federal donations of food to school lunch programs will be increased substantially, Agriculture Secretary Orville L. Freeman announced. Freeman said he hoped the move would avoid further increases in the price of school lunches. Prices were increased in many districts during the first part of the current school year because the amount of food donated from the Agriculture Department's surplus removal and price support programs lagged considerably behind the corresponding period of 1965, Freeman said. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's son Joseph, 14, was discharged from a Sun Valley hospital after having been hospitalized since Friday when his leg was broken while he skied a moderate slope at Mt. Baldy. Sen. Kennedy and his family plan to leave the resort Jan. 1 while his sister, Mrs. Pat Lawford, and her children have reservations through Jan. 5. Others in the Kennedy party include singer Andy Williams and astronaut John Glenn and their wives. Five persons, including four students, were killed in an automobile accident in Baldwin, Wis., as they drove to a Minneapolis convention of Alpha Phi Omega, a college service fraternity. The dead were identified as James N. Murphy, 52, assistant superintendent of building services at Massachusetts Institute of Technology;' John F. Keil, 19, Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.; David L. Wright, 21, Baldwinsville, N.Y.; John P, Augustine, 19, Phoenix, and David B. Arlen, 21, Longmeadow, Mass. Arlen attended the University of Massachusetts and the other three students attended MIT. They were killed when their car struck an abutment on Interstate 94. "A Man for All Seasons" was voted the best motion picture of the year by the New York film critics in their 1966 film judgings. The motion picture, produced by Columbia Pic-tures in England, also earned awards for Fred Zinnemann as the best director, Paul Scofield as best actor, and Robert Bolt, who wrote the original play, for producing the best screenplay. The best actress award was shared by British actress Lynn Redgrave for "Georgy Girl" and Elizabeth Taylor for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" SPORTS Bill Hewitt led a late USC rally that turned back Arkansas, 70-67, and Illinois trounced Arizona, 93-77, in opening round games of the Los Angeles Basketball Classic at Pauley Pavilion. ' A Los Angeles stockbroker has filed suit in Federal Court to prevent a television blackout in a 75-mile Southland area of the Super Bowl pro football game Jan. 15 at the Coliseum. See Sports Section METROPOLITAN Los Angeles shivered with a low temperature reading of 42 degrees the coldest recorded so far this winterand the mercury dropped below freezing elsewhere in Southern California as gusty northerly winds continued to buffet the region. (See Page 1.) County supervisors ordered a new look at the topless entertainment situation in unincorporated territory with a view toward revoking licenses in establishments featuring bare-breasted waitresses and dancers. (See Page 1, Part 2.) Actor Peter Fonda, 26, whose trial for the possession of marijuana ended with a hung jury, was released when Superior Judge Mark Brand-ler dismissed the charges. (See Page 3, Fart 1.) A "get acquainted" luncheon will be held today by Mayor Sam Yorty in City Hall to introduce Gov.-elect Ronald Reagan and his staff to some 50 city and county officials and the mayors of Pasadena, Long Beach and San Diego, who have been invited to attend. The. luncheon will be private and not open to news media, Yorty said. Actor Russell C. (Rusty) Hamer, 19, former television son of comedian Danny Thomas, was shot in the abdomen when a .22-caliber revolver slipped out of his shoulder holster, hit the ground and fired, police reported. He was in satisfactory condition at Santa Monica Emergency Hospital after undergoing surgery for 2Vi hours. The accident occurred outside Hamer's home, 29 Latimer Road, Pacific Palisades, as he returned from a hunting trip, officers said. A public hearing by the Board of Public Works was asked by Councilman Paul H. Lamport on a proposal to eliminate a traffic bottleneck at Hollywood and Laurel Canyon Blvds. Lamport said the project would disrupt traffic patterns in the area and should be approved by nearby residents before being built. A helicopter searchlight helped deputy sheriffs arrest three teen-age robbery suspects in Lakewood after a pre-dawn crash between their stolen car and a police car. The police helicopter, which was flying over the scene of the crash, illuminated the area, enabling officers on the ground to spot the three suspects fleeing from the car. Service station attendant William Kelley, 25, shot and killed an unidentified suspect during a robbery attempt, police said. Kelley, officers added, pulled a pistol and fired when the suspect leveled a shotgun at him in the station at 2125 W. Florence Ave. An accomplice fled. The Most Rev. Timothy Manning, auxiliary bishop of the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese, was reappointed to the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Commission for a three-year term by Mayor Sam Yorty. The 11-member commission was created in 1965 under a joint powers agreement among the city, county and state to provide leadership in preserving the city's historical landmarks. The city's two other representatives are Princess Conchita Sepulveda Pignatelli and Consuelo de Bonzo. Bail was set at $7,500 for a former . director of El Monte city parks who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the Nov. 15 shooting death of a friend in a quick draw contest. Robert Meyer, 27, entered the plea in a Pomona Superior Court where he was ordered to appear for sentencing Jan. 23. Meyer claimed he thought the gun which shot Burdick Brooks, 27, of Pomona, was unloaded. A young Long Beach couple was bound over for .Superior COurt trial on murder charges in the starvation death of their 7-month-old daughter whose twin is under treatment for malnutrition. Douglas J. Matson, 23, and his wife Victoria, 22, of 2321 S. Joseph Ave., were arrested Dec. 16 . . : I the street in a Saigon suburb after it was blasted . by a bomb or grenade. Dan suffered minor injuries. If) Wirtrtoto after the one child, Cynthia, died in a hospital. Bail was set at $2,750 each and arraignment was scheduled for Jan. 10. A Beverly Hills civic worker was named by Gov. Brown to the Industrial Welfare Commission. She is Mrs. Harry Colton, who has been active in volunteer work for Cedars of Lebanon-Mt. Sinai Clinic and the Vista Del Mar Child Care Center. THE STATE H. C. (Chad) McClellan, Los Angeles industrialist who directed the drive to place thousands of unemployed in the Watts and East Los Angeles areas in jobs, was named to head a statewide program for the disadvantaged. (See Page 3, Part 1.) A state deficit of $320 million will show up on Jan. 1, but Gov.-elect Ronald Reagan can expect a $150 million surplus when the fiscal year ends next June, according to State Controller Alan Cranston. (See Page 3, Part 1.) Hope began to wane for 10 persons aboard a private plane that has been missing since a week ago Tuesday when it took off from San Diego for a flight to La Paz, Mex. (See Page 3, Part 1.) The State Assembly subcommittee on school efficiency and economy said in Sacramento school districts should change their budgeting procedures because they are too confusing. It said the property tax lien date should be changed from March 1 to Jan. 1 and that schools should adopt their budgets by June 30 each year. A new state park at Point Mugu was assured when the State Public Works Board approved the State Parks and Recreation Department'3 negotiated purchase of 450 acres there for $151 million. Fred I. Jones, state park and recreation director, said the park will provide new beach, camping and picnicking facilities in the western Santa Monica Mountains within an hour's drive of Los Angeles. Comedian Danny Thomas will entertain at Gov.-elect Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Ball at the State Fairgrounds in Sacramento Jan. 5. Music will be supplied by the orchestra of Freddy Martin and Manny Harmon. Ceremonies will begin .T ;m. 4 with a concert. More than o.OOO persons from throughout the state are expected to attend. Death sentences of some of the 65 condemned men facing the gas chamber at San Quentin will be commuted by Gov. Brown before he leaves office. Brown said in Sacramento he wished he could grant reprieves for all men on Death Row to force the Legislature to "do something" about the death penalty. Aides said the governor is expected to grant commutations to at least four men. SOUTHLAND A 47-minute electrical failure affected 500 homes in the Del Rosa area near San Bernardino when a power pole toppled. Erosion from recent rains was blamed by a Southern California Edison Co. official for the blackout which started at about 6 a.m. Tuesday. Bakersfield City Councilman William Park resigned to become administrative assistant to Rep.-elect Robert Mathias (R-Bakersfield) iii Washington, D.C. Park, an engineer for the state oil and gas agency, had represented the 3rd Councilmanic Ward for two years. Councilmen adopted a resolution of intent to call a special election in the near future to fill the vacancy. Riverside councilmen rejected a proposed 2 salary increase for city employes. The raises would have cost the city an estimated $107,500 for the remainder of the fiscal year.

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