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2_ ^ksbufQ Golesburg, III, Thufsddy, July 12, 1973 New High Court Ruling on Obscenity Has Little Galesburg Impact. .ferNow By WILLIAM CAMPBELL (Staff Writer) Anti-«mut forces, largely subdued during the past few years, are reactivating since the recent U. S. Supreme Court decision on pornography. The most recent attack on alleged pornography occurred Tuesday in Lockport where a /theater employe was charged with obscenity and his X-rated film seized. Other such incidents have occurred in Champaign and Pekin, as well as in other parts of the nation. Miss Nude America of 1972, Valerie Craft, announced yesterday in Pittsburgh, Pa., that she would flee die country because of the apparently more stringent pornography controls passed down by the Burger Court last month in a 5-4 decision. The court opinion, which is inspiring the would-be censors, strikes out the requirement that obscene material be "utterly without redeeming social value." The Burger Court's revised opinion also calls for a definition of ob­ scenity that is based on local values rather than on "national standards." In other words, what you can see and read ki Las Vegas, you may be arrested for in Galesburg. ASIDE FROM a few minor flaps over alleged pornography in Galesburg during recent years, there has been no concerted effort at censorship here. The City Council in 1971 rejected an anti-smut ordinance favored by a small citizens' group and the issue has been generally dormant since. But it may be revived now. At least one member of the Knox County Ministerial Assn. has indicated he plans to bring the subject up at the group's next meeting. Most of those charged with interpreting the new Supreme Court ruling say they are still somewhat unsure of its meaning. But, according to Knox County State's Atty. Donald C. Woolsey, "This decision... clears things up. It released the police to look into such matters." WOOLSEY, often a critic of the Warren Court which set the previous pornography standards in 1957, said he believes that prior to the latest decision by the Burger Court, "the police were stymied in such matters." "As a prosecutor, I will certainty be alert to any citizen complaints," Woolsey added. "It's a step backwards," Galesburg attorney Barry Barash said of the decision. "It'll be far more difficult to defend a blue film now," Barash concluded. Barash feels that local theater managers or book sellers should fight any obscenity charges in court. Galesburg Police Chief James Frakes said police investigators would look into citizen complaints of alleged incidents of obscenity, evaluate the situation and file reports with Woolsey. FRAKES SAID he believes the Burger Court ruling "opens the door" to stricter enforcement. "It depends on the area in which it (a film) is shown, I think," Frakes explained. "It just depends on the local standards in the particular area." Charles Levad, an assistant in Illinois Atty. Gen William Scott's office, said Wednesday he did not think the revised opinion was as profound a change as many people believe. "It's probably a step toward greater prosecution," Levad speculated, "but I don't believe as great a step as many people believe. There's been some talk . . . that Playboy magazine's centerfold is in jeopardy, you know. I doubt very much the opinion would alfeet Playboy at all," Levad continued. "It's a pretty restrictive opinion, actually. It only affects what you'd call bard core (pornography)" he added. ACKNOWLEDGING that "hard core pornography" is difficult to define, Levad said that in his opinion, "It does not include nudity." "I expect they (local prosecutors and law enforcement agencies) will receive some degree of pressure, but they shouldn't go off half-cocked. At least I would hope they won't," he added. Ron Nelson, manager of Carrolp Cinema 1 & 2, said he doubted if the new ruling would have a great deal of effect. "I don't think it'll tighten up that much," he responded. "It's surprising what people want to see," he added. Nelson characterized himself as "tending to be more conservative." "We don't generally run them," he said, referring to X-rated or "adult movies." NELSON, when asked about attendance, said the X-rated movies definitely have the biggest box office attraction. James Ludwig, manager of the West Theater and the Galesburg Drive In Theater, agreed. "Adult movies do much better," Ludwig said. Both Ludwig and Nelson expressed personal distaste for the so- called "dirty flicks." Nelson said he had never really watched one in it's en- tirity. "I don't object on moral grounds," he explained. "They just don't interest me "There's just nothing to them," Ludwig agreed. "But Doug (Mafiafield, manager of the Orpheum Theater and Ludwig's supervisor) and I would be working for nothing if Walt Disney was supporting us," he continued. "When Cinderella, the greatest of Disney, was here, we ran continuous shows every day. Opened at 1 (p.m.) every afternoon, and maybe there'd be three kids in the theater. WOOLSEY cited instances in recent years in which he had received complaints that a particular movie was obscene and had asked the theater managers to close the show. He filed a complaint in at least one case, but added that he may have exceeded his authority. The show closed and the case never went to court. "We've always worked with the authorities before," Ludwig recalled. "And I expect we will -in the future. We're part of the community too, you know," he added. 't\h Farm Bill Is Abandoned, Threatened by Nixon Veto WASHINGTON (UPI) - Con fronted with the threat of a presidential veto, the House abandoned a four-year farm bill Thursday and the manager of the measure offered to negotiate compromise legislation with the White House. The House had just started its third day of work on the bill when Rep. W. R. Poage, D- Tex., its manager, told members they were wasting their time because of a threatened veto by President Nixon, and proposed a move to pull the bill off the floor. Poage's motion was approved on a 325-87 roll call vote. "We will not abandon farm programs but we will try to get a bill that will pass this Congress and that the Republican President will sign," said Poage. "It's possible that over the weekend we can achieve an amendments in the past two days. These included putting a lower, tough subsidy limit on wheat, corn and feed grains and writing out any program of aid to cotton farmers. Last of Big Splits The last of the big splits came Wednesday when the HoU9e rejected an administra- Weather and River Stages ILLINOIS: Fair and warmer tonight. Friday partly sunny, hot |«d humid with chance of thund#f storms northwest, mostly sunny and warmer east and south. Low tonight upper 60s or low 70s. High Friday warmer east and south upper 60s ' mostly 90s. WESTERN 1LLWOIS: Clear tonight. Friday partly cloudy and warm with slight charted at thiin- dershowers by evening. Low tonight 65-70. High Friday 90-95. IOWA: Clear or clearing and cooler tonight. Fair and not quite so warm Friday. Low tonight Ms north, low 70s south. High Friday mostly 80s. LOCAL WEATHER Noon temperature, 83; morning'* low, 83. Sky clear, wind out of the south at 17 m.p.h. (Wednesday'i maximum, 83;. minimum, 84.) sun rose today at 8:41 a.m., gets at 8:30 p.m. Humidity, 58%. fiXTE*DtD>ORECA8T ILLINOIS: Partly cloudy Saturday through Monday. Low 80s. High 80s. fttviftlfAdtt Dubuque—7.8 fall 0.3 • Davenport—6.8 fall 0.2 Burlington—9.3 ho change Keokuk-«.3 fall 0.3 Qulncy—11.8 no change Orafton—15.2 no change Altoti-U.l fall,0.7, St. Louis—14.3 filLU Cafti Girardeau—23.9 fall 0.1 LaSallc—18 J fall 0.7 Peoria—13.1 fall t,4 «avana-l3.4 fail .4 .4 ^ M Beardatown-14.0 fill 0.S st. Charles—16.3 fall o .a Halfway House Is In Financial Bind agreement tihait many of us can It-ion offer tc compromiseon the live with." The measure, drafted by P o a g e's House Agriculture Committee, had been drastically revised through a series of Classroom Damaged An undetected fire Wednesday in a Cooke started in the chair when someone left a Elementary School classroom, 849 S. Hender- magnifying glass on an arm. Sunlight ap- son St., caused moderate damage to a chair parently was refracted onto the cushion. Aland several bookshelves before burning itself though the heat cracked several windows in out because of a lack of oxygen, according the room, the fire did not spread. (Register- to Galesburg firefighters who were called Mail photo by Dale Humphrey.) today to investigate. The fire apparently COPE Director Resigns Position Police: Arrest Furnish ior Break May May CARBONDALE, 111. (UPI) Carbondale police said today that an arrest of a man on armed robbery and stolen auto charges here might furnish a "major break" in the investigation of a bank robbery and the slaying of a pretty Southern Illinois University coed. Police Capt. Edward Hogan would give no details, except to say that the man, James Fleming of East St. Louis, was arrested on an anonymous telephone tip. He was charged with three counts of armed robbery and a charge of possession of a stolen automobile, which was taken June 23 in East St. Louis. Daring Past Month The robberies with which he is charged occurred in Carbondale during the past month. "This might be a major break in our investigation (of the Monday shooting of Mrs. Colleen Battaglia, 22)," Hogan said. Mrs. Battaglia's nude body was found Monday in the trunk of her compact car, which later was identified as the getaway car used in an $11,000 bank robbery at Elkville, 16 miles north of here. Fleming was held in Carbondale pending a trip to Jackson County Circuit Court at Murphysboro. Heart Clinic Dr. Keith Frankhauser, Avon, left, and Mrs. A. W. New- bergh, 400 Phillips St., are shown working on a model used to teach area residents the proper treatment for heart attack patients. The demonstration was given at a Heart Attack Clinic last night at Galesburg Cottage Hospital. The clinic was the first in a series of weekly programs aimed at reducing the mortality rate for heart patients and will train lay persons on resuscitation procedures. By ANDREA FERRETTI (Staff Writer) Becky Waters, teacher-director of COPE-Head Start, a preschool for culturally-disadvantaged children, has resigned her post. Mrs. Waters today said she resigned to look for another job and that she would "rather not comment further." Charles Linn, president of the board, said Mrs. Waters had found another job and that there were "problems" at the pre-school. He would not detail the problems. "I don't want to get into that. It's water under the bridge," Linn said. "I have nothing further to say about the whole situation." Linn then said he did not have the "right or the responsibility" to speak for the board. He told a Register-Mail reporter to ask questions of the entire board at their July 19 meeting. Hold Comments Other board members contacted, Joan Kelley and Ronnie Peoples, also said they preferred to hold their comments. Mrs. Waters, after saying she would not comment, added: "Anything that's said always seems to come back and have an effect on the children." She said the board is trying to get a new director and has worked on reorganizing the director's responsibilities. "All I can do is wish them well," she added. "There is a need for the program in Galesburg." A member of the policy council of (he pre - school today charged that Mrs. Waters had locked herself in her office and had not devoted enough time to the children. "That's not even worth commenting on," Mrs. Waters said. The same member of the policy council also said she had heard that none of the four teachers at the school had contracts renewed for the coming year. One teacher, Jeanie Shelton, said "It's just a big mess." Her contract has not been renewed and she said she has not heard anything. Teachers were told they should re-file applications, "It simply boils down to the board not wanting the staff back. There have been problems with the director and the board." Mrs. Shelton was told to re apply because her application was not on file. "That was not true. I did apply but my appli cation disappeared." Asked about Mrs. Waters' performance she said, "She was new. She really didn't know her job. There were small problems." She also charged that the staff was never informed of things until weeks after the board had acted. "They planned to move the school and the staff wasn't Informed until weeks later." Hot, Cold Spots NEW YORK (UPI) - The highest temperature reported to the National Weather Service Wednesday excluding Alaska and Hawaii was 111 degrees at Pierre, S. D. Today's low was 31 degrees at Bradford, Pa. bill. That meant, House Repui lican Leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan declared, that the President will "undoubtedly have to veto the measure." Democrat Group To Hear Griffith Earl Griffith, secretary of the Galesburg Trades and Labor Assembly, will address Knox County Young Democrats Friday at 7:30 p.m. at 913 N. Prairie St. Griffith, who is president of the Committee on Political Educate (COPE), will speak to the group cn "The Purpose of COPE in Polities." John F. Weese, president of the Knox County Young Democrats, noted that Griffith is active in loos!, state and national politics. Library Expands Children's Hours Service hours in the children's departmient at th >9 Galesburg Public Library will be expanded. Ths department will now be cpen Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mrs. Dorothy Hagerman, the librarian, said the change in hours came as a result of a number of requests from children and adults. Railroad Station To Be Vacated CHICAGO (UPI)-The old Illinois Central station at 12th and Michigan, where thousands of Illinoisans left for war, college or family vacations, will be vacated next fall. The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad announced Wednesday it will move its corporate offices from the station to a new high rise building just south of the Chicago River beginning in November. By WALT HALL (Staff Writer) Rridgenouse Inc., Galesburg's halfway house for alcoholics, is in a financial bind. Ronald Searl, the agency's treasurer, told members of the board of directors Wednesday night that Bridgehouse operated about $3,000 in the red during June. As of June 30, he said, Bridge louse had a cash balance on hand of $1,843. About $1,300 of that would be used for salaries and the rest for other bills, Searl explained. Bridgehouse will receive some money from a grant made dur ing the past year, but exactly how much is yet to come is unclear. The financial problem is worse, Searl continued. Caseworkers have not been paid •mileage allowances because travel budget funds are exhausted. According to Searl, about $500 is owed for mileage. Salaries for caseworkers are paid from a Western Illinois Crime Commission grant, while travel expenses art paid from local funds. The board agreed to apply for a $1,000 loan from First Galesburg National , Bank & Trust Co., and passed a resolution earmarking income from operation of the halfway house to repayment of the loan. Money from the loan will be used to pay travel expenses already incurred by caseworkers and to provide cash for an additional month of travel, while other sources for funds are explored. Possible sources mentioned were assistance from townships, city and county governments, contributions from business and industry, public aid and food stamps for eligible halfway house residents, and operation of bingo games. The board also elected Searl as president; Stan Shover, first vice president; Jerry Rosenbaum, second vice president, and Mrs 1 . Sara Wells, secretary. treasurer will be elected later. Cottage Hospital Announces New Chaplain's Appointment Kcv. Barry O'Brien, Oak Lawn, has been named chaplain at Galesburg Cottage Hospital and will begin his duties next Monday.* The announcement was m$de today by A. M. Bondi, hospital president. The Rev. Mr. O'Brien received his religious training at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. He has completed course work for his^ master's degree in sacred theology at Caoital University, Columbus, Ohio, and for the past year has been'enrolled in a clinical pastoral education program at Swedish Covenant Hospital at Chicago. He has served the Bethany and North Salem Lutheran churches in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and more recent has been assistant pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Oak Lawn. The new chaplain is a member of the College of Chaplains and the American Protestant Hospital Assn. and the Assn. of Clinical Pastoral. Education. Duties At Cottage, he will provide general pastoral services for oatients and their, families. He will .also serve as a consultant to medical staff and hospital, personnel on religious matters '^llll SiiHIi Rev. Barry O'Brien ... new hospital chaplain area pastors and congregations and other community agencies and organizations. Bondi pointed out that the Rev. Mr. O'Brien's duties at the hospital will supplement the work of area ministers. The Rev. Mr. O'Brien and his wife, Jane, have a 15-month-old daughter, Melissa Annette. The family will move to Galesburg and will serve as a liaison with I in the near future. Treasurer Hopes To Reverse Plan on Electing Judges SPRINGFIELD (UPI) State Treasurer Alan J. Dixon said today he wants the legislature to change its mind about letting voters decide how judges should ascend to the bench. The legislature last month approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would give voters at the 1974 general election a chance to choose between the current retention system or the election of judges in partisan contests. . If voters opted for the election process, state supreme court, appellate and circuit court judges would run for the bench in primary and general elections just like state officers and lawmakers run for their seats. where members of the judiciary must seek re-election on a Strictly partisan basis," Dixon said. "The legislature can withdraw a proposed amendment to the constitution by a vote of the ma- Run Unopposed ijority of the members elected to each house," Dixon said, Now judges run unopposed oni » an d that's the step I believe a retention ballot after the first | the legislature should take." time they are elected. "It makes no sense at all to return to the 'bad old days' Dixon, who worked hard to get the retention system, said he plans to italk with legisla-l tive leaders in hopes of winning their support for his proposal. The General Assembly is due back Oct. 15. Dixon said the election of judges is "bad government. Judges should be retained on merit or rejected on lack of merit. They should not be retained or defeaited in the wake of election landslides." Dixon said he can "testify first-hand" that Illinois courts are in better shape than they were 10 years ago when the retention system was first adopted. Back to Politics Dixon said voter approval of the election method would "return Illinois courts to a political battleground where the incompetent may be rewarded for political fevors, rather than legal acumen. I favor improving the judicial article, not destroying it." Dixon said judges under the new proposal "would have to come back to the politicians time and time again to maintain their office. It's been the goaj of many of us to take politics out of the judiciary. This amendment destroys that objective." Dixon said one better alternative would be to increase from 60 per cent to two-thirds the approval percentage a judge must get to be retained. He said he will work vigorously against the election method if it stays on! the ballot. I fx*?* first As funeral directors, we'd be failing in our duty if we didn't put people -a// people!—ahead of our own personal gain. Hinchliff- •hearson,, i>!cto >s'lii0ST'inC' FUNERAt DIRECTORS 1070 WEST FREMONT STREET PHONE 343-2101 GAIES8URQ

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