Abilene Reporter-News from Abilene, Texas on July 2, 1976 · Page 75
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Abilene, Texas
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Friday, July 2, 1976
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12-A THE A U I L E N K RKI'OKTEU-NKWS Abilene, Texas, Fri. Morn., July 2,1976 Combatants Ignore Lebanese Truce Plea BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Lebanon's three-way war raged on heedless o( an Arab League truce appeal and arrival of additional peace-keeping troops Thursday from Saudi Arabia and Sudan. Right-wing Christian forces pounded Ihe baleaguered Palestinian refugee camp of tal Zaalar in what Palestinians called the heaviest shelling of a 10-day assault. "Dozens of people are being killed," said Farouk Kaddoumi, chief of the Pales- line Liberation Organization's political department. "Most ol the homes in Tal Zaalar are burning." Kaddoumi told a news conference a concerted five-front assault was pushed back in fierce fighting before noon, only to resume in Ihe late afternoon and continue into the evening. "The scige of the camp is lightening," said a communique from the join! central command of Palestinian guerrillas and their leftist Lebanese allies. "Large numbers o! tanks climbed onto overlooking hills and shelled us to avenge earlier losses." Kiddouml vowed Ihecampin southeastern Beirut would hold out indefinitely. Moslem and Palestinian gunners launched a number of heavy Katyusha rockets from Beirut's southern outskirts, aimed at Christian artillery positions firing al the Tal Zaatar defenders, Striking back, Christian 155rara and 122mro howitzers blasted Moslem residential neighborhoods housing Palestinian guerrilla oflices, setting a number o! fires. The boom of incoming shells jarred the building where Kaddoumi spoke. House Acts On Demo Sex Scandal Proposals (Stall photo by J.T.Smith) THE WORLD-FAMED HARDIN-SIMMONS COWBOY BAND ...back to highlight Cowboy Reunion parade Stamford Parade a Scorcher Continued from Pg. 1A Stamford cut its first album in last November, Six lids are still in school but Rosa explained "in the summertime we travel a lot -- we're ready to go anywhere, anytime." Then daddy injects "we're working for IbeLord." And momma? Gloria, as she is known to friends, was back in Seagraves where the family lus "a small cafe,' : and also stayed home to lake cars of Michael, 4. The Psjlms of David jumped on stage next, singing the music they practice on Camp David outside Gfaham on Possum Kingdom Lake. Very different from Ihe Cardenas Family though carrying the same theme -none was native Texans. The director of the group. Deacon Silvermann, 21, hails from Pittsburgh, Pa., and the rest of the group also came from various parts of the nation. The purpose? Silverman said it's to testily "to Jews about the Messiah,..go to Christian churches and express to them the need for Jewish evangelism -- also show them how Jewish believers worship the Lord and working with them." And Silverman? "Yes sir," Silverman replied. "I am Jewish." There are Gentiles in the group also according to Silverman. Silverman said the group plans to travel to Israel next year and "try and visit as many countries in the Middle East as possible spreading the gospel." Members of the group other lhan Silverman include: Vicki Gross, Macon, Ga.; Don Burt, Florence, Ala.; Lesli Surette, Albuquerque, N.M.; and Jim Gross. Coleman Youth Wins Stamford Horse Trophy STAMFORD - Three days of Quarter Horse Activity got under way here shortly after daylight Thursday in absolutely beautiful weather with the Quarter Horse Open Youth Activity Show of the 46th annual Texas Cowboy Reunion. Charles Stcnholm of Stamford, chairman ol Ihe competition, said the entry list was unbelievable with young cowgirls and cowboys coming to compete from all over Texas and Ihe nation including one cowgirl entry from Imperial, Calif. However, with 325 entered in the entour- Vicki's husbanil. Silverman said it started when he was in theater in Pittsburgh as a professional actor when Ihe Outreach group called upon him for his lalcnts which he said "changed my lite." He Ihen got together wilh Lcsli and they ran a bulletin for group members and "picked the cream cf the crop." The rest was history. Darrcll Wayne Brown. 9. a black youth, also performed a solo on stage. Humphreys Missing This One STAMFORD --The first performance of Ihe 46th iiimual Texas Cowboy Reunion Rodeo got on to a tremendous grand entry which overflowed (lie arena here Thursday night with cowboys and cowgirls while the grandstands were replete with rodeo fans also. The only sad note was that George Humphreys, the beloved cowboy character who was foreman of Ihe 66S6 Ranch at Gulhrir- for more than 50 years, was not in the grand entry. Humphreys of Apermont had made every grand enlry of 45 years of Cowboy Reunion rodeos until this year. And, until just recent days, Humphreys planned to not only ride in the grand entry but return to his usual post as a judge of the roping events of the rodeo. However, earlier this past week, Humphreys under- went surgery at Hendrick Hospital in Abilene -- and despile colorful debales with Hendrick doclors thai he would be in fine shape for Ihe saddle after being released al midweek, for the grand entry Thursday, Ihe physicians lold George such plans were a 'no, no." Word is -- George is looking towards 1977. THURSDAY MIGHT RESULTS Leli. Brennarn 7 CIU"A rraiier. Clcburr 9- 1 Tnr Lo:ai. Sleehenville. 11.1.-7. Cc el racing - 1. Sldac SI eed Co. 19.93; 1. Gift g pi am. KJ 0? Bl Funds Authority Sent to White House Continued from Pg.lA sor of the Senate amendment, said he would continue to tight for the delay to give Ihe next president, whoever he may be, an opportunity to review additional prototype lest flight data and decide whether the proposed fleet of 244 Bis is worth nearly $22 billion. Another opportunity will come with Senate action later in the year on the defense appropriation bill in which money for pro- curemcnl programs will actually be made available. The bill authorizes S6.7 billion, $2.7 billion more than last year, lor Navy shipbuilding and conversion. It provides for 17 new ships, a. start on procurement of a new Nimitz class nuclear powered aircraft carrier and conversion of the nuclear cruiser Long Beach to carry the new Aegis air defense system. The 17 new ships include a Trident submarine, four nuclear attack submarines, Carter Adviser eight guided missile frigates, a destroyer lender, a submarine lender and two fleet oilers. In keeping the bill $2 billion under President Ford's budget, Congress denied authorization for a requested nuclear strike cruiser and a conventionally powered destroyer lo initiate the Aegis missile defense system. Chairman John C. Stennis, D-Miss., of the Senate Armed Services Committee applauded inclusion in the final bill of $1.6 b i l l i o n t o s e t l l e b a c k c l a i m s o f shipbuilders for cost escalations on ships ordered in prior years. WASHINGTON (AP)-After a floor de- bale with election-year overtones, the House approved on Thursday two Democratic proposals aimed at dealing with an alleged payroll-sex scandal. Republican Leader John J. Rhodes of Arizona said Ihe Democrals were trying to whitewash the scandal. Democratic Leader Thomas P. O'Neill of Massachusells said the Republicans were trying to capitalize on it as a campaign issue. One proposal eslablished a commission to recommend revisions of House payroll and expense accounting procedures. The other, passed 311 to 92, strips the House Administration Committee of much of Ihe power former Chairman Wayne L. Hays won for it in 1971 to create and enlarge members' allowances. And in an important vote, the Senate defeated, 220 to 190, an attempt by Republicans lo permit voles on olher proposals. Rhodes called the Democrats' Adminis- Iralion Committee proposal a "sham and a hoax" for not stripping the committee of all of that power. His attempt to do that was defeated 236 to 165. Hays stepped down as the committee's-, chairman after he was accused of keeping Elizabeth Ray on the committee payroll primarily to be his mistress. He has denied the allegation. The committee is prohibited from creating any new allowances for members without a House vote under the Democrats' resolution but still is able to make cost-of-living increases in allowances without full House approval. The proposal lo create a commission to study and recommend comprehensive revision of House payroll and expense accounting practices by Dec. 31, 1977, was overwhelmingly approved 380lo30. A Republican proposal lo form a special committee to audit House books immediately, particularly House Administration Commillee books, was defeated 263 to 143.. Only eight Democrats voted for it. Three Republicans voted against il. House Republicans and some Democrats also unsuccessfully tried to force action on other proposals and challenges to 10 payroll and expense-accounting revisions the Democrats invoked earlier without full House approval. Opponents contended one of the 10 accounting revisions implemented by the House Administration Committee on Monday woulii increase members' allowances instead of decreasing them. "We are being denied Ihe opportunity to vote on this consolidation, this slush fund," said Republican Whip Robert Michel of Illinois. "... This is wrong! It's wrong! Il's not right." Rep. John L. Burton, D-Calif., said the new system to consolidate expenses did not give congressmen a bigger slush fund. He said il only allows members lo spend expense money where they need il most. He added that the expenditures will be made public every three months. Chemical Fire Hits Texas City TEXAS CITY (AP) - A storage tank containing a highly volatile chemical caught fire here Thursday afternoon forcing evacuation of Ihe industrial area of the city docks and threatening barges and ships before it was brought under control. Two firemen were injured. Fire Department spokesmen said the (ire started while a ship, the Stolt Landoff, was being loaded wilh another chemical at the Anchortank docks. The tank contained a substance identified as butadiene. Fire units Irom Texas Cily, Galveston, Lamarque, and the Industrial Mutual Aid Group fought the blaze for two hours before bringing il under control shortly after 4p.m. The ship had to be towed to safety as the flames from the 100-foot tank rose about 200 feet. Barges in the immediate area also were towed away. Fire Chief Kenneth Jones said, "Something close to the ground caused the butadiene lo ignile. The flames went up the side of the tank and lit Ihe vent on top. The problem was getting the chemical cooled down so we could put it out with dry powder. We got enough water to cool it down- a n d l i f t e d p o r t a b l e d r y p o w d e r extinguishers." The two injured firemen were reported in fair condition al a local hospital. "They suffered more from heat and the chemical was toxic,"Jones said, A spokesman for the Anchortank said the storage tank was a 50,000-barrel tank that was about 70 per cent full. He said the danger was explosion was "negligible." He added the tank had a safety system that allowed pressure to be released through the top. A tugboat operator who helped pull some of Ihe barges out of the danger area said. "I've heard of Ihe Texas City dis- astger all my life. Believe me, this is my last visit to this port." In 1917, two ships loaded with ammunition exploded destroying much of the cily. The fires burned as a 1 p.m. deadline passed for a cease-lire arranged by Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo. Neither side gave any indication it was willing lo hold its fire until the battle over Tal Zaatar ended one way or the other. "We want a cease-fire agreement but not a ridiculous one," said Pierre Gemayel, head of the right-wing Phalange party that fields the largest Christian mill- lia. "Fifty failed cease-fires are enough for us." About 1,500 Saudi Arabian and Sudanese peace-keeping troops wearing while helmets and camouflage uniforms drove into southern Beirut and camped at the idle airport. About 800 Syrian and Libyan peacekeepers already are there, but they have done nothing to halt the Tal Zaalar battle. As the Saudis approached Beirut, they alighted from their trucks and armored cars, washed in the Mediterranean and performed evening prayers as prescribed by (he Koran, the Moslem holy book. Kaddoumi said (here was no agreement (or their immediate deployment in battle zones. The Saudi and Sudanese governments have specified their troops were dispatched only to police a cease-fire once it is in effect. Kaddoumi said Ihe Palestinians had offered several ceasefires only lo have Idem rejected by Christian leaders. He added that if Tal Zaatar falls, there will be no more hope for a Iruce. "No chance." be said. "Thai would be surrender. If our people are exposed to a massacre, is this negotiation? This would be giving up/' Arab League secretary general Hah- moud Riad flew inlo Damascus in the evening as part of a league mission trying to get a truce in place and have it patrolled by the peace-keepers. With him were For-, cign Ministers Ilahib Shalti of Tunisia and Mohammed Bin Mobarak of Bahrain. President Suleiman Franjieh and his , rightist Christian allies have said they will '. accept Saudis and Sudanese as peace- ;' keepers but insist the Libyans must go be- . cause Libya backs the Palestinians and . their leftist Lebanese allies ia the civil conflict, now in its 15th month. Gemayel's forces, fighting alongside the Tigers militia of former President Camille Chamoun, appeared determined to take over Tal Zaatar before any truce accord ·'. or deployment of new peace-keeping Iroops. The 6,OlJO-man combined Christian force, backed by 130 tanks and armored cars, captured Wednesday, the Jisr el- Basha camp just beside Tal Zaatar. The two strongholds were hostile patches in Christian-held eastern Beirut and long have been rightist targets. Amm Conducts Negotiations In Hijacking Continued fro re Pg.lA course, for the moral pressure they put on us." Hispanic Texans Meet Carter age of horsemen and women, it was Coleman cowboy and 4-H'er Jim Hargett to ^- - ,, ^ ^ lake an early victory in Ihe competition l i O O K S lOr V PPDS Thursday. Afler a couple of hours of competition, Jim. 17. earned the trophy for the best horse and horsemanship in Ihe Western Pleasure competition. Jim is Ihe son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hargett ol Coleman. The veteran horseman acknowledged that he had been riding in 4-H for 9 years and has 12 years experience in the saddle and caring for horses. .Quarter Horse competition will continue at 8 a.m. at Ihe Quarter Horse arena across the highway f r o m Ihe rodeo grounds lo Ihe north on Friday. Thursday results of the open youth show follow: WASHINGTON (AP) - One of Jimmy Carter's closest political advisers is beginning lo narrow the list of possible vice presidenlial running-males in a series of informal Capitol conversations. One senator who is familiar with Ihe si!ting process said he believes the leading prospects are now Democratic Sens. Frank Church of idaho, John Glenn of Ohio, and Waller F. Mondale of Minnesota to run with Carter, the apparent Demo- cralic presidential nominee. "The final choice will almost certainly be a member of the Senate," he said. Continued from Pg. 1A Americans." Lopez said. Carter drew applause from Ihe audience when, he sair! his diplomatic appoinlments would be based on merit and not used for political payoffs. He said f o r m e r President Richard Nixon used diplomatic appoinlments to reward his supporters, and some ambassadors named by Kiscn for Latin American posts ccul'i not speak Spanish. Carter said he wants Hispanic leaders to name an advisory group thai would be "visible and aggressive" during his campaign and "highly critical if I overlook some effort lo get Spanish-speaking persons involved." Carter said il he wins the election, he wants the same group or a similar one to advise him on Spanish minority needs in such problems as fax and welfare reform and health care. H e s a i d t h e r e h a v e been f e w appointments in the pasl of Spanish-surnamed individuals lo top posts in the government, but added, "Thai will not be the circumstance when I become president." Carter said he will seek to insure lhat Ihe Smalt Business Adminislration makes loans without discriminating against persons of Spanish decent. On education, Carter said, "Most Americans, like myself in the past, have never been familiar with the special problems of people who don't speak English... I will be totally commilled'as president to providing bilingual education for those who need and want it." Carter asked Ihe Hispanic leaders lo read Ihe Democratic party platform and "if you find any needs or serious omissions, f hope you'll let me know directly." He promised to remain accessible lo Ihem. "I'll give you my phone number right by my bedside. You won't ever have difficulty reaching me." Carter was asked what he could do concerning the illegal alien problem. He admitted he did not know the answer but said if a new law were to be passed il should conlain some effective date. "After that dale -- it may be a retrogressive date or one established at the current time, or in the future by the Congress - tnen (o put the responsibility on the employer not to hire anyone "who comes inlo this country illegally...but let those who are already here, up to a certain dale, have legitimate status to cut off future illegal immigrants with responsibility- placed on the employer with a heavy pen- ally for the violation of the law to prevent a conlinuation of this problem." Carter did not elaborate on "legitimate status." Georgians Examine Johnson City K-. 1 ftereile Scc'l . 15 'ft ase Jivii.w, · AUSTIN ( A P ) - Wisecracking Georgians from Jimmy Carter's home slate visited LBJ couritry Thursday (or a cram course on what happens to a community when a local man becomes president. The 26 residenls of A m e r i c u s and Plains, Ga.. professed to be striclly partisan Democrats, and Iheir lapel buttons indicated they were slriclly pro-Carter. The were advised by friends of Ihe lale Presidenl Lyndon Johnson thai the While House press would be far more important to their towns than tourists wanling lo see where a president grew up. Asked if there were any Republicans in the camera-loling delegation, Peler Novak of Ihe Americus Chamber of Commerce paused in front of Ihe LBJ library and quipped: "I don't know of any non- Democrals living in Sumler Counly at Ihe moment." "If (here is one," said Lewis Lowe, "he will only mark it on his ballot -- he won't say it." On the elevator to an eighth-floor briefing, library director Harry Middleton mentioned lhat he had been on the same elevator once with Johnson when it got stuck. "I'll bet thai was the last time." drawled a visitor, n-.t Middleton reddened with laughter. The delegation scheduled a barbecue lunch in Johnson City, population about 700, the same as Plains, and where Johnson grew up. Also on their agenda was a visit lo Ihe LBJ ranch, 15 miles from Johnson Cily and 65 ir.iies from here. Mayor George Byars promised to show Ihem Ihe (own "from A to Z." A! the library, George Christian, former press secretary lo Johnson, lold the delegation that if Carter is elected, "Suddenly, you are going to be the center of national attention." He asked if there was a runway near Americus or Plains, nine miles away, lhat could handle Air Force One, and Novak replied, "Unfortunalely. no." "It's a matter of national importance that small jet planes be able lo land where a president is," because of numerous courier flights, said Auslin lawyer Frank Erwin Jr., also a friend of the lale president. "The mayor's taking real hard notes about transportation," said Novak. Ennn also suggested a "business opportunity" - renting cars to oul-of-lown reporters. "There's no such thing as car pooling." said Christian. "They wanl their own vehicle lo roam around." Christian noted that one precaution Johnson had taken lo keep the L6J ranch area from becoming a "big ol' souvenir shop" was to encourage the creation of a. slate park. Otherwise, he said. "You would have had a summit meeting in the shadow of a ferris wheel, literally." Christian said the White House press would need things to do to keep from becoming bored, and Americus Mayor Johnny Sheffield touched off a roar of laughler by asking, "The new twin theater wouldn't salisfy the problem?" Christian predicted thai if Carter is elected Georgians would see occasional "unfair slorics" aboul Carter's homeland with reporters writing what neighbors Ihink of Carter and about "racial and economic questions." Bui Christian said the benefits would outrun Ihe problems. Telecommunications technician Gerard Tribandaut and his brother, Robert, of Rennes, France, were among the released hostages. Gerard said the leader of the hijackers seemed to be an Arab about 35 years old. Accompanying him were two younger men and a woman with long, dark hair, aged about 23 or 30, he recalled. "When we landed in Entebbe, a group of Arabs wailed for us and they brought a whole arsenal of guns aboard including submachine guns, a Beretta pistol and rifles." Tribandaut said. Asked how the hijackers selected the hostages they wanted lo release, Triban- daut said, "It all happened very quickly on Thursday morning. They came around and asked us to putour names and nationalities on a piece of paper. Then they checked down the list and called out the names of those they wanted to release, in- cludingmybrotherandmyself. "I think they systematically excluded anyone who was Israeli." The hijackers kept all the hostages' passports. Western diplomats among the welcoming group al Orly Airport voiced concern that the passports could help future forgeries by Palestinian radical groups. French police gave each passenger a temporary pass allowing enlry into France, pending the issue of a new passport. There were tearful scenes as waiting relatives and friends embraced the released hostages. Some relatives wandered about among Ihe arrivals with photographs of persons still held in the hope of obtaining news of relatives. The released hoslages included Colin Hardie, general manager of the Christchurch, New Zealand, Star and Mrs. Hardie, who had been on a vacation trip to Israel. Also in the group was a Romanian who refused to give his name but said he had wailed for many years to gel permission to leave Romania for a brief visit lo Israel. "And look whal happens," he said. Many of the released hoslages expressed anguish for the fate ol those still left in Uganda. They said the hostages were not told the Israeli government had announced its readiness lo negotiate release of Palestinians and other prisoners as demanded by Ihe hijackers in exchange for the remaining hoslages' lives. "All we knew was lhat negotiations were going on through Amin," Choquette said. Schwartz said he believed 118 hostages, including Ihe Air France crew, were still held by the hijackers at the time he left Entebbe.

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