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CITY EDITION Charleston, West Virginia Sunday Morning, July 13, 1975 GAZETTE -MAIL WEATHER OUTLOOK-Partly cloudy and cool, with highs in the 60s and lows la the 50s. Details on Page 8A. 35 cents Lifting Control On U.S. Oil Ford Proposal By F. Richard Ciccone CHICAGO UP) - President Ford announced Saturday he will propose a bill this week removing price controls from domestic oil in a way that he said would not result in a sudden rise in gasoline prices. Melvln Stanley Burka · . _' ..' . - . - . . · '·;..'": ... ' A ·.: .'··",-v, · · . : . · : · · · · · ' Broadcaster - '.- ' _ · / · . . · . - · . " - - : · Melvin Burka Dies at 52 Veteran broadcaster Melyin Stanley Burka died Saturday of an apparent heart ' attack. · · ' . ; . · ' ' · · · ·'.-·';· --V _v" ; ' Burka, 52, died during his morning visit to Charleston's YMCA. He routinely visited the "Y" to ease an arthritic problem. His attack came while he was in the whirlpool bath. An autopsy has been ordered. A native of Clarksburg, Burka was educated in Harrison County schools and graduated from Morris Harvey College. He also attended a school for broadcasters operated by the National Broadcasting Co. He was vice president and general manager of WTUWTIO FM radio; president of Burka'Broadcasting Co., owner of WPAR Radio in Parkersburg; president of MellJurka Associates; and former president of the West Virginia Broadcasters' Assn. Burka was also a member of the advisory committee for the West Virginia Centennial Commission, the YMCA and Temple Israel. He was on the executive committee of the broadcasters' association for 20 years. A World War II veteran, he is survived by his wife, Ellie; daughters Nancy Burka of Atlanta, Ga., Mrs. Penny Petit of Morgantown, and Betsy, at home; mother, Mrs. Fred Burka of Clarksburg; brother, Bernard A. "Bud" Burka of Charleston; 1 grandchild. Friends may call at the Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p. m. and 7 to 9 p. m. Monday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Ford said his proposal to Congress will be "a responsible, well-timed decontrol of domestic oil... so that there will not be a precipitous rise, but at the same time offer encouragement for those that are seeking to increase and improve our domestic oil production." The President told a news conference midway through his three-day trip to Illinois and Michigan that gasoline prices could rise substantially anyway unless domestic oil production is increased. And he said Congress must move quickly to avoid price hikes that might occur if "we stay vulnerable to foreign oil." IN THE MIDST of the President's news conference, an anonymous phone call that a bomb had been planted in the hotel where he was speaking was received. No bomb was found, police and federal agents said. During the half-hour session, Ford also said he hoped the Soviet Union would buy excess supph'es of U.S. grain. And he said he has no personal knowledge of any CIA- related employes at the White House. He said he was not referring to personnel assigned with his knowledge. The President also reiterated that he regards his Midwest trip, the first since he declared his 1976 candidacy last Tuesday, as nonpolitical. Because he is traveling in his role as President rather than candidate, the government is paying his travel costs. After the news conference and delivery of a commencement address to graduates of Chicago State University, the President and Mrs. Ford were bound for Traverse City, Mich., where he participated in a golf tournament. He attended a youth concert at Interlochen, Mich., and spent thenight at Mackinac Island before returning to the White House today, ·.-·"v-".-.^ x . : - " . . - ' - , · . ^ · White Housje - pri^ secretary llbn'Nes- sen said Ford will meet Monday with energy and economic advisers .to work out de-. tails of his oil proposal. It apparently rejects an approach taken last Friday by Senate-House conferees who sought to impose price ceilings on all U.S.-produced oil and to roll back the price of what is termed "new oil." The Kanawha Valley Soap Box Derby championship has returned to the Watts family of St. Albans. In 1973, Rocke Watts (left) won the title. On Saturday, 12-year-old Kim Watts (right) became the first girl to capture the championship. She's being congratulated by her brother and mother, Mrs. John Watts of 2608 Mountain View.pr., St. Albans. Additional photos on Page IB. (Staff Photo by Lawrence Pierce) Nuclear Warning Sounded Israeli Potential Called 'Certain' WASHINGTON (AP) - Two researchers said Saturday it is now so certain that Israel possesses nuclear weapons that the United States and Soviet Union should decide how they will react if atomic warfare breaks out in the Middle East. "It may well be that nuclear weapons will be used in the Middle East in the near future, perhaps even in the next round of the fighting," Dr. Robert J. Pranger and Dr. Dale R. Tahtinen said in a study of nuclear potential in Israel and among Arab states. "To offset an apparent Israeli advantage," the researchers said Arab nations are likely to develop their own nuclear stockpile. Pranger and Tahtinen head the foreign and defense sections of the American Enterprise Institute, a nonpartisan, generally politically conservative, research organization. Unless the superpowers develop contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons by either side, said the study "nuclear war in the Middle East could well spread to world atomic war." It cited "mystery surrounding current operations" at Dimona, one of two Israeli nuclear reactor complexes. The Israelis can produce enough plutoniam at Dimona to duplicate the bomb dropped by the United States on Nagasaki at the end of World War II, the study said. » IN ADDITION, the researchers found that Israeli scientists have developed sophisticated laser beam techniques which allow for the production of uranium useable in atomic weapons. Israel's refusal to sign the nuclear non. proliferation treaty is also a "significant indication that it has nuclear weapons," they said. The study said Israel not only has the capability to design nuclear weapons, but in fact ha?, been building them, although no numbers were specified. DECONTROL OF DOMESTIC OIL, as Ford will propose, would gradually remove the ·Federal Energy Administration price limit averaging $5.25 a barrel on all oil from U.S. wells that began production before mid-1972. These, prices presumably would eventually rise to the world market level, which now tops 512 a barrel. Ford had warm words for the oil industry and chided Congress for not removing what he said were limitations on oil producers. "I'm convinced the oil industry is doing everything they can under the law to increase oil production," he said. "They are limited by law ... we have to get some changes in the law. Congress hasn't done anything here." Asked about negotiations for the sale of wheat and corn to the Soviet Union, Ford said he hoped such sales would take place. "If there is this sizable U.S. crop," he said, "it won't have a bad impact... We are alert to the danger of too big a sale or too big a shipment overseas because the American consumer has a stake in this." (Turn to Page 8A, Col. 3) By Ben A (c) New York \ · WASHINGTON-In his first important decision in the conflict between energy development and environmental protection in the West; Interior Secretary Stanley K. Hathaway has quietly overruled a group of Advisers and ordered the preparation in final form of a controversial environmental impact statement that seeks to justify the massive leasing of more federally owned coal deposits Under the Western prairie. The so-called coal leasing programmatic impact statement, which is regarded as "still defective" by a number of Interior Department officials, stirred a storm of Toledo 2 Charleston 1 .Franklin Time* Service ! criticism when it was first issued in draft form for public comment in May 1974. Hathaway's choices, now that the statement is reported to have been "revised and improved," were either to reissue it as a revised draft for a second round of comment--a process that would delay again its publication as a final impact review--or to proceed quickly to publication in final form. He is said to have chosen the latter. · A FINAL environmental impact statement is required under NEPA, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, before the Interior Department may resume the issuance of coal leases to private mining interests in the West. About 6 million tons of federally owned Western coal has already been leased, but energy corporations have been clamoring for more through the lifting of an Interior Department leasing moratorium imposed in 1973 pending completion of the impact study. The new secretary's officially "tentative" decision to "go final" reportedly was reached on July 3, at the end of his third week in office. Unofficially, the decision was described by several Interior of- ficials who are dismayed by it, as "Firm- he's going to do it." The politically sensitive decision has still not been generally announced. (Turn to Page 8A, Col. 1) The only Arab states known to own reactors, both built by the Soviet Union, are Iraq and Egypt. While those facilities are much smaller than those in Israel, the institute study predicts Egypt could probably begin producing atomic weapons in six to 10 years. JP Says Troopers Blacklisted Him By Robert C. Welling The Anociated Preit Money A handful of cash from the sale of Elvis Presley souvenirs at the Charleston Civic Center is counted by one of Presley's peddlers. The vendor is holding Presley photo albums which sold for |3 and Elvis buttons which were f 1. See stories and additional pictures on Pages -UAandlOB. . ; " * (Staff Photo by Leo Chabot) Injured Man Jailed in Clay By Rick Steelhammer CLAY-An 18-year-old Ohio man who was dazed and incoherent after being beaten while hitchhiking, was locked in Clay County jail for 8 hours Friday before receiving medical attention. Released from Montgomery General Hospital early Saturday morning was Kenneth Galford of Akron, Ohio. Galford was discovered lying along W. Va. 36 early Friday morning by Madelyn Evans of Valley Fork, who was driving to work at her Clay beauty shop. "HE WAS BLEEDING from cuts on his face said Mrs. Evans, "and couldn't remember who he was or anything." The Clay County woman helped the man into her car, and drove him to Clay. "They wouldn't take him at the new (N.H. Dyer) clinic, and the ambulance wouldn't take him to the (Montgomery General) hospital." she said. "They said he was drunk, so they took him to the jail. "I knew he wasn't drunk," Mrs. Evans continued. "I would have smelled it on his brerth. He was sick and needed a doctor." '* (Tmt*P«elA,CM.l) A Nicholas County justice of the peace told legislators Saturday he's been blacklisted by state police and as a result hasn't handled any of their cases in two months. Carl Groves of Richwood complained that state police in his area want to tell the justices "when to be in their office and how to run their office." He said because he wasn't always available when state police need him he understood that State Police Supt. R.L. Bonar wrote the Nicholas County detachments telling them not to use him (Groves). Groves admitted he was not full-time, but said his hours are posted. He said once while in his office that state police arrested someone within 50 yards of the office and told that person to appear before a justice of the peace 15 miles away. Groves was among about two dozen JPs and other interested persons who attended a two-hour hearing by a legislative committee studying implementation of a new minor judiciary system in the state. Del. Albert Sommerville, D-Webster, cochairman .of the committee, said it wasn't unusual for state police "to pick out favorite justices of the peace" and he told Groves "evidently you're not one of their favorites." THE PUBLIC hearing in the Senate chambers here Saturday was the fourth of eight scheduled around the state by the lawmakers. A Judicial Reorganization Amendment ratified by voters in 1974 mandated a streamlined court system in the state including a new minor judiciary system. Bills passed this year by the legislature spell out terms and qualifications for county magistrates who will be elected in November, 1976 and take office in January, 1977. The legislature, however, must still designate the number of such courts in the state. Recommendations at Saturday's hearing included that: i^Iagistrates elected in 1976 and thereafter take training courses every four years and pass a test before being allowed to take office. . »· Magistrate courts be out of the reach of "political hacks and committees." + Circuit clerks establish pools from which justices of the peace can select jurors to hear cases where a jury trial has been requested. + Magistrates be given final jurisdiction in misdemeanor offenses to speed up the judicial process. (Turn to Page 8A, Col. 2) Spotlight Always on Sunday IB Building News HD Business News 4E Classified Ads 6E-11E Columnists IB. 1E-3E Current Affairs IE Editorials 2E Home. Family 1C-9C, 12C Magazine 1M-24M Obituaries 9D Page Opposite 3E Sports 1D-8D Travel 23M Your Bridgework 10D State Bankers Must Act-- Now For their own sake, as well as the sake of the public interest, bankers must act firmly and openly on the side of honesty and morality, today's main editorial says. Page 2E. f

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