Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on May 24, 1967 · 1
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l XVV.J V - i Cv' : . : iV?ri - y V: VW - ' Bombs lay among weeds after ripping through Council Skeptical On Aiding Schools The Oakland City Council is taking a "sympathetic" but kepticaLjvie.LeLfiaancin public school programs, which voters have spumed in three consecutive elections. The council, caught in a -struggle tov prevent an increase in Its own budget, met yesterday to hear a plea from the Board of Education to add special taxes for school pur- poses. . It took no action, deciding to :aiUajJstoU nia Legislature does about the financial plight of big city school districts, Including Oakland's. "We come to you almost in desperation," school board member Lorenzo N. Hoopes told councilmen. . - - ' Rites Set For Slim Jenkins Harold (Slim) Jenkins, the unofficial "Mayor of. West Oakland" and theater-supper club owner for more than 30 years, is dead at 76. Mr. Jenkins apparently suffered a heart attack in his apartment at 1715 Brush St. shortly after midnight. His cafe at Seventh and Wood Street? was an Oakland landmark for more than a quarter of a century until it was razed in 1962 to make way for a service station. For 4H years he operated another nightspot at 310 Broadway, but it was his Slim Jenkins Cafe at 1748 Seventh St. that had been the mecca for the great "and near-great names of the show business world. . He opened the club the day Prohibition, ended in 1933, fea turing 'llarlemesque" revues. And the list of stars whr" performed there over the . years was a Who's Who of entertainment the Ink Spots, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, Earl "Fatha" Mines, Enroll Garner and many more. . Mr. Jenkins earned the af-Contioued Page 2, Col. 8 94th YEAR, Earlier, Carl B. Munck, president of the school board, said voter refusal to approve three scfioortax hikes has left the school budget in "desperate" condition and that city help was needed to avoid or .reduce cutbacks in educational programs. " He specifically asked for a ikent levy which would raise -about $350,000 to finance expansion of s c h o o 1. sites that are "so terribly .crowded that something must be done to increase ffieiFIIze in the immediate future." Munck mentioned expansion needs at Havenscourt Junior High School, Webster School, Whittier School, Fremont Continued Page 2, Col. 3 10 CENT Bridge Toll Boost Wins Panel OK Tribune Capital Bureau SACRAMENTO - The Senate Governmental Committee today approved a bill which 'would set the stage for a 10-cent increase in Bay Bridge tolls. The measure, authored by Sen. J. Eugene McAteer, D-San Francisco, must also be approved by the Senate Finance Committee before it is sent to the upper house. If the State Toll Bridge Authority were to adopt the increased Bay Bridge toll, about $65 million in revenue bonds would become available to partially meet the deficit of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). McAteer told the committee that the district needs $125 million or maybe more to com- plete its 75-mile rail system; "My conception is that this would be an additional ffee on the -vehicle which has in- fact created the congestion prob- lem," McAteer said "I don't know of any other way to promote the revenue needed to complete the system." He added that it was debatable Whether BART was Continued Paf e 2, Co!. I A NO. 144 ES ' f L iiV Uv&r43te!-iS if a ..A "4 Tribvnt photo by Ktitti Dfrnilun metal trailer like paper Six Bombs Spilled on Highway - PORT CHICAGO Six 250-pound aerial bombs destined for carriers in the war-torn Pacific were spilled onto the roadway only 500 feet from a residential area here early today when a truck overturned. Leaking diesel fuel from the five-axle truck tractor outfit caused a fire danger, and the Port-Chicago;Volunteer: Fire - Department stood by with Cal ifornia Highway Patrol officers from 4 a.m. until late in the morning while the bombs were carefully loaded on an other truck. z CHP officers said theywere informed the bombs were not dangerous unless a fire erupted, since they were not fused. Even then', -they said, the bombs were expected to burn rather "than explode. The Navy sent civilian ammunition loaders from the nearby Concord Naval Weapons station to pick up the bombs from the pavements and remove those still in the overturned truck. . The accident occurred at 3:50 a.m. when the truck driver, Thomas M. Maschinot, 27, of Denver, failed to negotiate' a sharp curve in the highway. As the truck rolled on its side the van carrying 40,700 pounds of the bombs, billed as "Class A Explosives," ruptured and spilled part of the load. The deadly pointed noses of other bombs in the shaken-up load protruded from the wrecked van. - The bomb load was in the ' Continued Page 2, Col. 6 cSSSONAL SNO02S RESPONSIBLE METROPOLITAN NEWSPAPER WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 1967 Egyptian Forces Seal Gulf Compiled from AP and UPI TheMideastsituatiorujW3S reaching flashpoint today with reports in the authoritative Cairo newspaper AI Ahram that Egypt already had sealed the Gulf of Aqaba shipping route to Israel with mines, torpedo boats, Soviet-built jets and shore batteries. At the same time, Mecca Radio reported Saudi Arabia had been declared in a state of general mobilization for possible war with Israel. Premier Levi Eshkol pf Israel had" said a blockade would be a "gross violation of international law and an act of outright aggression against Israel." His parliament voted full war measures but Israel apparently was waiting tnr Hinlnmntip mnvfs hpfnre .l""- . aetingr Al Ahram, i which usually speaks for the Nasser government, said the blockade operations began yesterday. The Mecca broadcast said the armed forces were alerted for a state of combat standby throughout the vast kingdom where U.S. oil interests total , to an estimated $1 billion. The radio said the measures , were taken "in view of the current developments in the Middle East and in fulfilment of the kingdom's avowed policy on the Palestine question." The actions were ordered by the country's viceroy and crown prince, Emir Khaled -Abdel-Azizr-on-i)ehal-oUiis brother King Faisal, who is on , a visit to Britain. In Baghdad today, the government of Iraq decided to send land and air forces to support Egypt and Syria in swhat it called "the battle of honor." The d e c i s i o n was made after a council of ministers meeting. Reports fh Beirut, Lebanon,. said -toqi; Wantry-soldiers were already moving-into Syr-, ia to strengthen Syria's armed forces.. Jordan moved large Continued Page 3, Col. 1 U.S. Planes Resume Raids w i it NearHanoi SAIGON (AP) American warplanes today ended the 24-hour truce for Buddha's, birthday with raids deep into the heartland of North Viet nam. The bombing resumed shortly after the truce ended at midnight yesterday and by dawn US. jets were over North Vietnam in . strength. Among the targets was the often-hit rail yard at Thai Nguyen, 37 miles north of the Red capitoi of Hanoi. The rail yard serves a vital power plant and North Vietnam's steel mill and is at the northern point of Red defenses anchored on Hanoi and Haiphong. . . 1 , Other targets were hit in the Red River delta, a spokesman said, and the supply line "stretching south toward the border with South Vietnam was also raked by Air Force and Navy jets. , The U.S. Command reported 73 "incidents" during the cease fire period with, 12 Americans ' killed and 57 wounded. The South Vietnamese command reported an additional 19 incidents with four civilians and s o 1 d i e r s Continued Page 3, Col. 5 S. toTlasser: .... w . Crss of By The Associated Press PARIS The French government suggests: joint action by France, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union to ease the Middle East crisis. . LONDON -Prime Minister Harold Wilson says Britain is ready to join other countries in keeping open the Gulf of Aqaba. ' 4 T3Umr" UT-Secretary- fers with Egyptian officials. The newspaper Al Ahram says Egypt has mined the Gulf of Aqaba and Egyptian planes and torpedo boats are patrolling its entrance. WASHINGTON President Johnson says Egyptian blockade of the gulf would be illegal and a threat to peace. MOSCOW British Foreign Minister George Brown appeals to Soviet leaders and public for peace. Soviet government says it will back Arab nations in the event of aggression. UNITED NATIONS-Soviet Union objects to U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on war threat, charges Western powers with creating an "artifically dramatic climate." MECCA Saudi Arabia, mobilizes for action against Israel. t ariK Mrmv f viaior Defects to Cuba MIAMI (UPI) - Maj. Richard Harwood iPearce, a decorated veteran of Vietnam with access to U. S. military secrets, has defected to Cuba with his 5-year-old -son, Havana Radio reported today. Pearce, 36, and his son, Richard, flew to Cuba from Key West Sunday. He was believed to be the highest-ranking U.S-officer to defect dur- -ing the cold war. "I have decided to give up my country for reasons of conscience," Pearce said, according to the Havana broadcast monitored here. Pearce was aide to Lt Gen. Thomas W. Dunn, commanding officer of the U. S. 4th Army at Ft. Sam Houston, Tex. TbCT(rVfm indications- that Pearce may intend to move on to a third Communist country. - Pearce, a quiet, preoccupied man and his meek, sandy-haired son, took off Sunday in their own Cessna 150, purchased sixweeks ago, on what Pearce' said was only an hour-long sight-seeing flight. - But he took his 6nly luggage - a duffel bag and a pair of -comoi -combat boots and checked "Pearce and his young son arrived at Liberty City Airport (the old Camp Colombia military basejjrt midday Sunday ," Havana Radio said. "The revolutionary government decided to concede asylum to Major Pearce or give him the necessary, facilities to transfer himself to another country." The U.S. State Department said the Swiss Embassy which handles U.S. affairs in 'Pappy t RENO, Nev. (UPI) Raymond I. (Pappy) Smith, who parlayed a penny ante roulette game and two battered slrst machines into a multi-million dollar gambling empire at Harolds Club, died today of cancer. He was 80. Smith and his sons, Harold and Raymond A., built Harolds Club from a 25 by 27 foot "hole in the wall" on Reno's main street to the biggest gambling casino in the world. G'-Haroldls 1 W DAILY7$2.75 o Gance - General-U-Thant- con- MAJ. RICHARD PEARCE High-ranking deserter Cuba, confirmed that Pearce was "seeking asylum in Cuba or a third country." Pearce was divorced from his wife, who remarried and had custody of Richard Jr. Pearce brought the boy to Key West for a vacation and his mother, Mrs. Sandra Mitchell, said "I know nothing about their disappearance. I only know I want my child back." ThTrTMenDepartaesnHn Washington would not immediately release information on Pearce. Havana Radio said The major was "head of the center of tactical operations of ther Fourth Army of South .Vietnam until December of 1964." Pearce, a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, was described by an Army official as a "conscientious officer Continued Page 3, Col. 4 i T-r- f - - - 4 I' f ' ; -.;.- ? Smith, JFyndeir off Club 0 Q "Pappy" as he was called by his employes, was the first to realize that volume was the key to the casino success. He liberalized the payoffs on his slot machines; hired women dealers " and abolished shills. He began advertising on a large scale and set up more , than 2,400 signs extending from coast to coast inviting tourists to visit Reno. They included such slogans as "You may lose your pants but you'll have a barrel of fun A MONTH We LBJ Blasts Britain, France in Appeals for Peace By RAYMOND LAWRENCE . Foreign News Analyst The United States has warned the United Arab Re--public (Egypt) it would use force if necessary to keep the Gulf of Aqaha open for international shipping.-; The declaration was delivered to Egyptian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad by U.S. Ambassador Richard Nolte in Cairo, UPI reported. , (In Washington, White House Press Secretary George Christian said he was "unaware of any instructions to Mr. Nolte" to convey a warning to the U.A.R. (Asked specifically if Nolte had done so, Christian re- plied: "I don't know about the accuracy of the story.") The report coincided with President Johnson's declaration that the Egyptian block- deoUhejGulL which is Is rael's and Jordan'slmly oufleray-Tblidetract!-U.N;Se' to the Red Sea, is "illegal and potentially dangerous to the cause of peace." 4 Britain and the United States opened direct talks in Washington on the crisis when-British Minister of State George Thomson arrived, as part of the firm, fast diploma- cy President Johnson initiated.", ;. ...... B r il4s h Foreign Minister George Brown in a public ap pearance in Moscow called on the Soviet Union to join in re-establishing the United Nations peace-keeping force on the Israel-Egyptian border in order to avert war. The U N. , force on..the 117-mile frontier was ordered out at President Nasser's request. The unprecedented appeal to a Soviet audience was made after Brown talked with Foreign Minister Gromyko . and Premier Kosygin. Kremlin support was dubious since Moscow Tuesday declared its "resolute" sup-port for the Arabs in the con- - frontation.with, Israel French President Charles de Gaulle in Paris, meanwhile, called for four-power consultations among France, Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union on the Mid dle Eastern crisis. ' Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban, who was on his way to the Security Council meeting in New YorK, met privately with De Gaulle, who frequently has expressed rael France, supplies jet war-planes to Israel. After a cabinet meeting, a government spokesman said- France is doing its best "to dissuade the nations involved in the crisis from taking any steps to upset peace in the region." Egypt already has deployed its armed forces to seal off shipping access to Israel's Continued Page 3, Col. 1 at Harolds Club. He is credited with bringing gambling out of the "back room" in Nevada and giving it an air of respectability. "Pappy" was operating a small time roulette game in Modesto in 1935 .but closed shop and sent his son Harold to Reno. Here Harold opened a one-room club Feb. 23 with the old family roulette wheel Continned Page 3, Col. I Pies Blockade U.N. Row On Rising War Threat Compiled from AP anctUPI . UNITED NATIONS, N.Y". The Soviet Union sought curity Council debate on the threat of war between Israel and the Arab states. The United States fired back with a charge the council would have "to bury its head in the sand" not to consider the tense situation in the - Middle East. ; The Soviet Union had sup- - port from France, Bulgaria, 2 Mali and India in its efforts. " Canada and Denmark, , strongly supported by the ' United States, sought the urgent meeting of the 15-nation council as a means of bulwarking the efforts of Secre- - tary- General U Thant on his peace mission to Cairo. "This council would have to be burying, its head in the sand if it refused to recognize the threat to peace implicit in the developments which have o.ccurred since our distinguished secretary - general left New York two days ago," U.S. Ambassador Arthur J. Goldberg told the council. t'Ttia-vrkraficolw-hjutsiicA stf Continued Page 3, Col. 3 Sailois to Block Ships for Egypt NEW YORK (UPI) - Joseph Curran, president of the National Maritime Union (NMU), served notice on the United Arab Republic today that "iHt blockades the Gulf boycott all U.S. ships destined for Egyptian ports. Curran said the NMU will urgeMhe International Longshoremen's Association and" -other American maritime unions "to join us in nationwide picketing against any ships loading cargo for Egyptian ports," "The Gulf of Aqaba and the entrance to it are international waters," Curran said. Vs 1 1 ' I ' 1 i U Q U RAYMOND I. SMITH A gambling empire 7 1 J t

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