The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on May 16, 1977 · 1
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if H Guide to features ARTSFILMS 13 ECONOMY... u BRIDGE 16 EDITORIALS 18 CLASSIFIED 29-38 HOROSCOPE ..16 COMICS 35 LIVING 11 CROSSWORD 35 SPORTS 21 DEATH NOTICES 28 TVRADIO 37 LOTTERY NUMBER, Pac 16 Amayzing MONDAY Sunny, 80s TUESDAY Sunny, 90s HIGH TIDE 11:09 a.m., 11:21 p.m. FULL REPORT PAGE 16 Vol. 211, No. 136 1977, Globe Newspaper Co. Classified 929-1500 Circulation 929-2222 MONDAY MORNING, MAY 16, 1977 Telephone 929-2000 38 Pages 20 Cents Redistrict debate opens By Norman Lockman Globe Staff Debate that begins today on the historic bill which would reduce the size of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 240 members to; 160 is expected to be long and, acrimonious. State House sources report that Rep: George Keverian (D-Everett), chairman of the special House Committee on Redistricting, has more than enough firm votes to pass the measure, which will strip 80 legislators, of their seats by January 1979. IGOOD ADVICE, BUT An asphalt repair on the top floor of a parking garage in New concepts work at Nearly a year ago, the state Department of Mental- Health shut down Gardner State Hospital, the third o( its aging institutions to be closed in the last four years. Some patients went into community programs or nursing' homes, one group of elderly patients who needed mostly physical treatment was transferred to the Rutland Heights Public Health Hospital, and the rest were sent either to Worcester State Hospital or a newly organized psychiatric unit at Rutland Heights. This, the fifth in The Globe's scries on the Mental Health Department, examines how the agency has tried, on a small scale, to deal with the training and problems of the staff that moved' into the Rutland unit. This monster may be a hoax, then again . . . Associated Press . Three teenagers in Dover say thcy! saw a 3'2-foot-tall creature with no' nose and no mouth but with a head: like a melon and eyes like oranges. The police don't know whether to laugh it off or not. The teenagers reported the runt of a monster resembled a comic-book conception of a spaceman, and they' swear they saw it on -one of the town's lonely dark roads. The police say the story's probably nothing more than a school vacation hoax, but they have a few nagging doubts. "The only thing that worries me is the story of Bill Bartlett," 17, one of the witnesses, said Police Chief Carl Sheridan. He described the youth as an "outstanding artist and a reliable witness." A police spokesman said reports of the sightings were not made public by police until last week. He said officers searched the areas of thp reported sightings without finding anything. The speeches, which will probably; go on for hours, will involve individual legislators making last stands to keep their old districts from being pulled out from under them and replaced with bigger new ones in which they are.-unlikely to win re-election. The House is being cut because Massachusetts voters ordered it in a 1974 referendum, brought about by a 10-year effort by the League of Women. Voters. For the sake of more efficiency and professionalism in government, the League promoted streamlining in what it and many others believed to be a truck did as the sign said. It parked , Providence yesterday, and avoided By Nils J. Bruzclius Globe Staff A year ago, the men and women who' work on D-3 were discouraged, angry and demoralized. D-3 is the third floor of an inpatient psychiatric unit that serves the Gardner-Athol area. The building, its weather-stained stucco walls cracked and. peeling in spots, is tucked away around the back of the Rutland Heights Public Health Hospital, a state-run rehabilitation hospital for disabled and alcoholic patients that perches on a hilltop northwest of Worcester. Most of the staff and patients who now -work or live on D-3 arrived there last summer from Gardner State Hospital, which is now closed. IN THIS CORNER Two of the teenagers made, sketches of the creature. One was by Bartlett, a member of Boston's. Copley Art Society, a well-known amateur'arts guild. Bartlett told the Associated Press, he was driving along Farm street at 10:30 p.m. on April 21 when he saw something atop a broken stone wall. Two hours later, John Baxter, 15, said he saw the creature while walking home from his girl friend's house. Baxter said he got within 15 feet of the creature along a creek in a heavily wooded area. Loren Coleman, a local author and investigator of unexplained phenomenon, said the creature drawn by Bartlett is like one that attacked a Hopkinsville, Ky., farm" family in 1955. Police say they aren't investigating the sightings, but there's a watcrcolor painting of the creature mounted in the police station.' today; some say it's a bloated House hampered by its own. enormity. Originally ;the League had wanted' the redistricting to be done by an independent group, but by flanking maneuvers and rear-guard action the House finally won the right to redistrict itself. The job fell to Keverian and his committee. Keverian, who is now House whip, promised a plan as free of politics as possible, and he maintains that he was successful. However, his critics, particularly' traffic perhaps longer than the two men the truck collapsed through the roof. The Rutland MENTAL HEALTH IN MASSACHUSETTS - PART 'It was a move they had awaited 'with dread, even though at Gardner they had long had to contend with serious shortages of manpower and supplies and a group of patients whose illnesses and long-term hospitalization' had left many mentally and physically helpless often incontinent, unable to feed or dress themselves, sometimes violent or maddeningly disruptive. To the staff, even though Gardner was bad, the prospect of moving to Rutland was worse. Most of the staff had worked at' Gardner for years and many of them lived nearby. There was no reason to Bill Bartlett's drawing of the monster saw in Dover. the small group of ''independent" Democrats who frequently buck the leadership in the House, say Keverian failed by abdicating too much tinkering-power to House Speaker Thomas W. McGee (D;Lynn). The independents say that McGee made sure that legislators upon whom he would rely for loyalty had their seats protected, either by direct action or because Keverian anticipated the Speaker's wishes. Rep. John G. King (D-Danvers) said: in April: "The Speaker has been very in the truck had anticipated. The back of two men weren't injured. . (TJPI photo) think moving to Rutland would improve things, and it meant a long drive over back roads just to reach it. Morale, chronically low in many institutions of the state Mental Health Department, sank to new depths. "It was a time of chaos for everyone," says a nursing supervisor who went through it. Into this discouraging milieu the agency sent a consultant to try to overturn the tradition of "custodial" care and to break the chain of despair that bound patients and staff alike. MENTAL HEALTH, Page'9 he and two other teenagers said they (AP photo) Heights i tough bill 'arrogant in the way he's dealt with the whole redistricting plan. If he'd left Keverian alone there wouldn't be any serious problems." . King is the biggest problem Keverian faces. The town of Danvers has been split into two districts, both dominated by the neighboring city, of Peabody. In all likelihood, Danvers will be stripped of a resident member of the House: Danvers did not necessarily have to. be split up, unlike many communities which had population substantially Mondale US tone as talks with Vorster near By Jim Hoagland and Jonathan Randal Washington Post LISBON Vice President Walter F. Mondale sought to deflate reports yesterday that he would confront South African Prime: Minister John Vorster with a tough new policy opposing apartheid when the two meet Thursday in Vienna. Speaking to reporters here at the beginning of a 10-day swing across Europe that will center on talks on southern Africa, Mondale said he was approaching Vorster "in a constructive frame of mind. We hope for success." The Vice President, who arrived here Saturday night, met yesterday for .90 minutes with Andrew Young, the American ambassador to the United Nations. In another portent of a softer tone for the Vorster meeting, Mondale told reporters on his Air Force jet traveling from Washington Saturday that he preferred to speak of American commitment -to"full participation" in government rather than "black-majority rule." ; President Carter has endorsed eventual majority rule by South Africa's 16 million politically disenfranchised blacks. But the phrase is a red flag to Vorster's Nationalist Party, the dominant political group of , the country's 4.2 mill-ion whites. Aides to Mondale and Young said ..after their meeting that they had Educator Hutcjiins dies American educator Robert Maynard Hutchins, who became president of the University of Chicago when he was 30 years old, is dead at age 78. In later years he was president of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, which he founded in 1959. Obituary, Page 29. I' , Ji e J The Chelsea Houdini? Well, he's escaped twice By Sean Murphy Special to The Globe Chelsea's own Houdini did it again early yesterday morning, escaping from a Chelsea police cell for the second time in a week. Richard C. Landers, 24, of Revere, was once again discovered missing from his cell yesterday morning by a' police officer making his routine rounds. Landers had escaped only last. Wednesday, and to add to the insult,, took the jail's keys with him. Landers was jailed for failing to appear for an appeal trial on his 1973 drug-possession and check-bouncing convictions, police said. He had avoided police for four years until his arrest in a Somerville hotel room last week. He had been living out of his car, police said. Chelsea police yesterday confirmed Landers 's second escape but said they were uncertain how he managed it. This time he was handcuffed and the jail keys , :were in the possession of the desk to swallow? larger than the new 36,184-per-distnct norm. King contends that Danvers was .split up on McGee's orders to protect the seats of Rep. John E. Murphy Jr. (D-Peabody), chairman of the Committee on Third Reading, where all bills must pass muster before final action, and Rep. Peter C. McCarthy (D-Peabody), a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. McGee, Murphy and McCarthy all deny any political manipulation. REDISTRICTING, Page 10 softens 'discussed the American approach to resolving racial and national problems in Rhodesia, the disputed territory of South West Africa (Namibia) and within South Africa itself, Mondale, who was given overall responsibility for African policy in the Carter Administration, appeared to be trying to soften the impact of published reports that a series of specific and tough demands would be presented to Vorster. "We have a policy, but we don't have a program. We are not going with a checklist," an American official traveling with Mondale told reporters Young's sharp criticisms and plan to visit South Africa next weekend have angered Vorster's white-minority government. Mondale said Young's trip to South 5 Africa "is definitely on," although aides ;. said it has been reduced from three to two days. Mondale also said the arrangements were "completely satisfactory" to Young. .. . As to his status .while ; in South Africa, Young said he is "just another bloody kaffir." "Kaffir," in the Afrikaans language, is derogatory slang for South African blacks. ' Young reported to Mondale on last week's meeting of American ambassadors to Africa in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast. Young leaves today for Maputo, Mozambique, where he will represent the United States at a United. Nations-sponsored conference on South West Africa and Rhodesia. South Boston High An appeal to parents from South Boston High School Headmaster Jerome Winegar and members of the administration and faculty drew mixed reaction yesterday in South Boston and Roxbury. Meanwhile, the South Boston .Marshals" have' scheduled a demonstration this morning at which they will demand that the school be kept open. Page 3. FORUM on Svorkfare' Welfare fathers would be required to work to qualify for their' monthly check from the government under Gov. Michael Dukakis's proposed "workfare" program. FORUM 'which from now on will appear on the Letters to the Editor page explores the pros and cons of the issue. Page 17. A fellow prisoner in the city lock-up told The Globe yesterday, after his falaooA Vaf Via n t-M lie ertrl am1!a escape procedure. The man, who asked ; not to be identified, had been in : ; protective custody in a jail cell adjacent to Landers s celt. During Wednesday's escape, Landers . 1 had freed himself from his cell then grabbed the jail keys from a rack and let himself out of the jail's back door.' Yesterday, the man said, "Landers' had his hands' cuffed behind his back in the next cell.' The police said they were taking the keys up front this time so he wouldn't get any ideas. They were pretty jcocky about the whole thing. "When the police were gone, he told me to shut up because he was going to iescape. I thought he was crazy. There .'was no way he could get out," the man reported. The cell mate said that Landers struggled for a moment and suddenly ,freed his right arm from the handcuffs. "Then he began working on the cell lock," he said. , . The cell lock didn't take him long at. ESCAPEE, Page 5 ' ..J sergeant. 1 A.-ftW

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