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June 27, 1976

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GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, West Virginia, Sunday Morning, June 27, 1976 /CITY EDITION STATE FORECAST - Sunny and warm, with highs in the rnidd'' 1 80s and lows tonight in the 60s. Del- . on Page 6A. 35 cents Civil Nuclear Disaster Plan Is Developing WASHINGTON-The ment for the first time is developing a disaster plan to cope with the casualties, property damage and loss of civil control that might be caused by a serious accident at one of the nation's 58 nuclear reactors or by an explosion of a homemade atomic bomb by a terrorist group. The plan, a draft of which has been obtained by The New York Times, predicts that with the growing use of nuclear energy across the world, the potential for such peacetime nuclear emergencies "will continue to grow." By David Burnham (c) iVeir York Times Service federal govern- such an accident would result in 3,300 immediate deaths, 45,000 cancer fatalities during the 30 years following the accident, $14 billion in property damages and the total abandonment of 290 square square miles of land. Several groups have challenged those estimates. Last Thursday, for example, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a review that concluded that the long- term impact could be two to 10 times higher than that estimated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. THE GOVERNMENT has never published an estimate of the casualties and damages that a terrorist group could achieve with the explosion of a homemade nuclear bomb at some strategic, heavily populated street corner during rush order. But the government has estimated the potential impact of a serious accident in a nuclear reactor. Because reactors are usually built in somewhat remote locations, the impact of a reactor accident would probably be far less than the impact of a deliberate act of terrorists. According to the latest official estimate of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, THE COMMISSION estimate said that the chance of a serious accident in a reactor was highly unlikely. But neither the study nor the federal government has tried to quantify the chances of a deliberate act of nuclear sabotage by a terrorist group either at a reactor or elsewhere. The Federal Preparedness Agency, a 700-member group in the General Services Administration, has been working on the disaster plan for the last 18 months. The plan attempts to prescribe the precise responsibilities of 32 federal departments and agencies in the event of a peacetime nuclear emergency. (Turn to Page 6A, Col. 1) Whiffer- Sniffer The Queen Anne's Lace at Coonskin Park was lew much for 6-year- old Angi Lawrence to resist, but when she sniffed the blossom, she jumped back in surprise. It apparently tickled her nose. She's the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Lawrence of 9UH Mathews Ave. (Staff Photos bv Leo Chabot) Notable U.S. Cases Aired by Lawyers By Ann F. Lee Bailey, the attorney who represents newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, said he believes Miss Hearst will be released on bail or freed on probation in the next 60 days. George Beall, U.S. attorney during the prosecution of Spiro Agnew, said that the 40-page government brief on file in Baltimore to which Agnew pleaded no contest effectively refutes the former vice president's recent claims of innocence. *· HENRY ROTHBLATT, defense lawyer in the original Watergate break-in trail, said his clients were "little soldiers acting in good faith" and that cases which allow him to "spotlight stupidity and inefficiency in the bureaucracy...are a delightful challenge." These three lawyers are among the luminaries participating in the West Virginia Trail Lawyers Assn. annual seminar in Charleston this weekend. Chaired by Stanley Preiser, who defended Gov. Moore during his recent extortion trial, the seminar included a program Saturday on how to conduct a criminal trial. Syracuse... Charleston. Hughey At a news conference Saturday, Bailey said he expects "a very lenient" sentence for Miss Hearst. He said he expects her to be released from jail on probation or bail while the case is being appealed, unless she receives "a very short sentence" for her conviction on charges of armed batik robbery. A new factor in the case is the appointment of U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick to the case to succeed the late Judge Oliver J. Carter, who died of a heart attack June 14, said Bailey. Bailey said there is ample evidence to warrant a new trial, including information withheld by government prosecutors. He said that evidence is damaging to the prosecution's case and that Carter knew about it. Bailey indicated, while speaking at the trial lawyers' Saturday .night banquet at the Charleston House, that the evidence was related to the "coercive persuasion" he said Miss Hearst had undergone while a captive of the Symbionese Liberation Army. He said the jury at her bank robbery trial returned a guilty verdict because they did not properly understand the conditions under which she could be brainwashed when the only previously documented similar cases involved prisoners of war and disaster victims. Another problem, he said, was the suspicion of the general public, including the jurors, "that rich people walk away with justice." Miss Hearst currently is undergoing a 60-day psychiatric evaluation which is scheduled to end July 11. Another defense lawyer. Albert Johnson, paid a courtesy calf on Orrick Thursday and said afterwards that the defense may seek a 30-day extension for the tests to be completed. (Turn to Page 6A, Col. 4) 7 Killed In Road Accidents Weekend traffic accidents in Raleigh and Clay counties have resulted in death to seven persons, state police said. The highway fatality victims were identified as Melvin Helmondollar of Bluefield, Michael Lehman, 18, of Glen White, Raleigh County, Andrew Corban, 76, of Crab Orchard, Raleigh County, JoAnn Coleman, 17, of Ghent, Raleigh County. Harry Small. 21, of Maysel, Clay County, G a y l a n A d k i n s , 18. and N a o m i Ramsey. 19, both of Swandale in Clay County. Helmondollar was killed late Friday night on the West Virginia Turnpike, in a two-car crash near Milepost 25 south of Beckley. Troopers said three other persons were injured in the crash, including Helmondollar's infant son, Jon, who was taken to the intensive care unit at Genera! Division, Charleston Area Medical Center. »- HELMONDOLLAR'S death accounted for the first fatality on the turnpike thus far this year. Michael Lehman and JoAnn Coleman were killed in a two-car collision on W. Va. 54 near Glen White. The two were passengers in a car driven by Rick Yancey of Beckley. who was seriously injured in the crash. Andrew Corban was killed when he was struck by a car as he walked along W. Va. 16 near his Crab Orchard home. The Clay County trio was killed when the small convertible in which they were passengers slid off a secondary road at Dundon Hill north of Clay and smashed into a tree. (Turn to Page 6A, Col. 3) Rockefeller Denies Bloody War Spending Charge By Wayne Slater CAIRO, W.Va. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Cecil Underwood has accused his opponent of spending twice as much as reported to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Underwood said Saturday he feels John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV spent about $3.5 million in the campaign. Rockefeller reported expenses of nearly $1.8 million. Rockefeller denied the charge, saying the $1.8 million he spent has been fully reported with the secretary of state's office. Both of the cnadidates spoke to the annual meeting of the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters. Their remarks came in separate addresses to the broadcasters, who are meeting at North Bend State Park. ». "THE CHARGES are untrue," said Rockefeller, contending his total expenditures were made by check and therefore are easily identifiable. "When you use a check, as 1 did, you Always on Sunday IB Building News HF Business News 3C Chess 2C Classified Ads 8E-14E Columnists 2E-3E Current Affairs IE Editorials 2E Home, Family 1R-9D Magazine 1M-28M Obituaries 6K Page Opposite 3h Sports 1F-10F.12F Travel.. 1 . 26M-27M Your Bridgework 2C very sharply restrict the misuse of funds." Rockefeller said. Underwood said that Rockefeller's alleged vast spending could "open the door to political corruption in another administration." Admitting that he had no hard evidence of wrongdoing by Rockefeller in the May 11 primary, Underwood said he got his information from individuals in a Turn lo Page 14A, Col. 1) Fayette Girl Wins State Beauty Title PARKERSBURG, W.Va. ( A P ) - Teresa Lucas, 22, of Alloy, who was previously selected as Miss Kayette County, is the new Miss West Virginia. Miss Lucas, who won the swimsuit competition in Friday's judging, was crowned in ceremonies here Saturday night. She now becomes the Mountain State's entry in the Miss America pageant this September. Selected by the judges as the first runner-up was Miss West Virginia University, Tambria Zelenko. The other runners-up arc: second, Ellen Patric of Elkins; third, Susan Beinhorn, the talent competition winner and Miss Tug Valley; and fourth, Harrilh Edwards, Miss Mercer County. Miss Glcnville State College, Peggy Collins, was chosen Miss Congeniality. Miss Lucas was the first runner-up in last year's competition and was the only 1975 contestant to return to this year's event. Continues In Beirut BEIRUT, Lebanon ( A P ) - Right-wing Christian militias and Palestinian guerrillas fought savagely over the southeastern fringe of Beirut on Saturday, the fifth day of the biggest battle of the civil war. An overnight missile duel set dozens of apartment buildings afire elsewhere in the city. A rightist radio report said "casualties arc high" and the Palestinian refugee camps ol Tal Zaatar ami Jisr El-Basha were "under a thick pall nf black smoke frnm raging fires." A leftist radio report said at least 50 C h r i s t i a n f i g h t e r s were killed and 135 wounded in a morning attack on the camps whore about 25,000 Palestinians live surrounded by Christian controlled territory. !»- TRIALS OF F'IKE across the sky from HIP shelling contrasted with Beirut's near total blackout. The city has been without electricity, water, telephones or telegraph communications for three days. Radio reports, monitored in Nicosia, Cyprus, told of "an acute shortage of bread" in Beirut, and reported urgent appeals from both sides for outside Arab intervention to end the bloodshed. "The tragedy stems from the fact there is no force capable of enforcing an agreement." declared Pierre Gcmayel of tbc rightist Phalange party, which fields the largest Christian iorce. The commander of the breakaway Moslem "Lebanese Arab Army" called on the new Arab peac'j force to stop the attacks on the camps. The guerrillas said they repulsed an attack by an estimated B,0(KJ Christian militiamen and 130 tanks and armored cars trying to overrun the Palestinian camps. Lawyer of Two Worlds Described as ·/ *^ T »,,,, Tr n «h,i,'c n a m o hac HBBHHHSHUyLFP From the Time: This ix //if first of ti- nrtirlrs In Seymour M. Hi-rsh of The .W York Tinifs Mint: n'ith lain-er SWnry K. Korxhak. n man irhn Irnds n ilimMr /(/('. By Seymour M. Hersh (C) iVeic York Times Service NEW YORK - To his associates in Los Angeles, Sidney R. Korshak is a highly successful labor lawyer, an astute business adviser to major corporations, a multimillionaire with immense influence and many connections, a friend of top Hollywood stars and executives. He is so entrenched in Hollywood's social and business structures that he mingles easily with such entertainers as Dinah Shore, Debbie Reynolds and Tony Martin and with such prestigious businessmen as Charles G. Bluhdorn, chairman of Gulf Western Industries Inc., and Lew R. Wasserman, chief executive of MCA Inc., the entertainment conglomerate. BUT SIDNEY KORSHAK leads a double life. To scores of federal, state and local law enforcement officials, Korshak is the most-important link between organized crime and legitimate business. They describe him as a behind-the-scenes "fixer" who has been instrumental in helping criminal elements, gain power in union affairs and infiltrate the leisure and entertainment industries. Since the early 1940s, his name has come up in at least 20 investigations of organized crime, and in recent months he has become the prime target of a Justice Department investigation into sophisticated economic crime and of an inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation into West Coast labor racketeering. On the basis of their files on Korshak, federal officials contend that he has been involved in such activities as bribery, kickbacks, extortion, fraud and labor racketeering and that he has at times given illegal advice to members of organized crime. A well-informed Justice Department official has described Korshak as "a senior intermediary for and senior adviser to" organized crime groups in California, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York. "He directs their investments, their internal affairs, their high-level decision- making," the official said. "For as long as . can remember. Korshak's name has been synonymous with illicit business." Yet for all his power and the scope of his operations, Korshak. now 69, has managed to remain relatively anonymous. He has received little attention from the press. And he has never been indicted. The New York Times conducted a six- month investigation into Korshak's affairs in an effort to learn how he gained his power and how he has managed to operate with relative impunity. * KORSHAK, REACHED in Los Angeles by telephone, emphatically refused to be interviewed. He accused a Times reporter of having "slandered me.. .from one end of the country to the other." During its investigation, which involved more than 300 interviews in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, New York and Washington, the Times talked with associates of Korshak who have first-hand knowledge of some of his criminal activities. These men. who have not been willing to cooperate with federal authorities for fear or reprisal, talked only upon a guarantee of anonymity. The Times has, however, verified much of the information they supplied. Tin; times also scrutinized scores of fed- Sidney Korshak 1957 Photograph eral and local policy documents during its inquiry, and was able to confirm much of that material. From the Times' investigation emerged the picture of a man involved behind the scenes in various schemes that federal officials have described as unlawful but difficult to prosecute because of the extraordinary protection his position as an attorney affords him and because of the refusal of witnesses to testify. Among the schemes cited in federal documents and described by Korshak's associates were these: ··The blackmailing of the late Sen. Estes Kefauver in 1950, when the Tennessee Democrat was pressing a congressional investigation of organized crime in Chicago- ·-Payoffs to Chicago judges in the late 1950s for favorable court decisions and payoffs to Illinois Republican politicians in 1970. A state agency later ruled that some of the 1970 payoffs were illegal. *A stock f r a u d from which Korshak made a profit of more than $1 million. He forfeited much of the profit after the Securities and Exchange Commission charged that, it was "unlawful." ··A corporate payment of $500,000 to Korshak-kept secret in violation of SEC rules--in return for his serving as the link in a business deal between the corporation and an organized crime figure. ··Repeatedly, both federal officials and past associates said Korshak's power ulti- m a t e l y stems f r o m bis extensive and sometimes corrupt ties to powerful trade union officials, especially those in the International Brotherhood' of Teamsters, and from his links to organized crime. ^ HIS CONNECTIONS have made many of those with whom he has fcalth fearful of his demands, pressures and threats. For example, a prominent businessman told associates that after he had fired Korshak as his labor counsel in 1561, Korshak warned him not to "walk alone at night." Another executive said that in 19S8 Korshak had threatened him with labor problems unless his company purchased em- ploye insurance t h r o u g h a Korshak associate. The Times has found no evidence to indicate that the recipients of those threats were harmed by Korshak or his associates. When faced with government investigations into possible crimes, Korshak-according to some who participated in his activities-has attempted to cover up. He urged witnesses not to talk during a 1957 federal grand jury investigation and a 1959 congressional hearing into alleged labor racketeering. ·/.Turn to Paffc 6A, CoK 1)

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