Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 14, 1975 · Page 1
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Freeport, Illinois
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Monday, July 14, 1975
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Weafrier Ouf/oolc Warmer Tuesday (Details on page 101 .128th Year, 20 pages JOURNAL-STANDARD Freeport, Illinois, Monday, July 14, 1975 15 Cents Break-lhs By FBI WASHINGTON (UPI) - FBI Director Clarence M. Kelley today confirmed for the first time that FBI agents involveAin national security investigations, had taken part in break- ins,, including a "few" at foreign embassies. Kelley confirmed a report of retiring former assistant FBI Director William A. Sullivan, who recently told reporters the FBI had conducted break-ins. "Yes, the FBI has conducted surreptitious entries for national security," Kelley said in a news conference when asked about Sullivan's statements. Kelley said the practice was halted by the late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in 1966 "except for a small amount regarding foreign counter-intelligence which we felt had a grave impact on the security of this nation." Kelley said the practice of break-ins has'since been completely stopped. .. Although he might have disapproved of-some specific break-ins if he had been director at the'time, Kelley said, he defended them as being "legal" and in the interest of the nation. a . Asked if any foreign embassies were broken into, Kelley said, "Without naming names or disclosing the victims or institutions, I can only say theje were a few." Kelley said the embassy 'break-ins involved foreign intelligence activities. Kelley was asked why Hoover discontinued most of the break-ins in 1966 if they were legal and proper. VBy virtue of the feeling of Mr. Hoover that possibly in the context of the times this was not a viable procedure," Kelley said.. \ "I have not had a single request to conduct such activity since I became director," Kelley said. "If it were a matter of grave concern, I would present it to the attorney general and be guided by his opinion." Kelley became FBI director on July 9, 1973. .Kelley refused to give details of the targets of the break-ins or their purpose except to say that all involved national security and all since 1966'in- volved foreign intelligence. Kelley said further details will be given House and Senate committees that are investigating past FBI activities. Ford Discloses Oil Price Plan WITH A MODEL OF THE LINKED SOYUZ and Apollo craf|s before them, Soviet officials today in Moscow held a pre-launch news conference. From left are Gen. Andrian Nl- / kolaev, deputy chief of the Gagarin space center, Inter- cosmos chairman Boris Petrov and Foreign Ministry spokesman Vsevolod Soflnsky. - UPI Photo. Countdowns Move Smoothly Towards Tuesday's Launch CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (UPI) Apollo's astronauts went joy riding in jets today while .countdowns moved smoothly toward Tuesday morning's launch of Russia's Soyuz spaceship and the blastoff of the Americans 7% hours later. Russia's space chief said on the eve of launch the Apollo-Soyuz rendezvous in orbit would strengthen peace and deepen detente. United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim said the twin shots dramatize the will of the two nations to work together. Astronauts Thomas P. Stafford, Vance D. Brand and Donald K. "Deke" Slay ton loosened up for their flight in pursuit of Soyuz by flying T38 jets from nearby Patrick Air Force Base. Russian managers in Moscow reported that Alexei. A. Leonov and Valeri N. Kubasov also were ready at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, 8,670 miles- from here. They relaxed while engi- neers prepared to start fueling the Soyuz rocket about 3:20 a.m. EOT - five hours before blastoff. ' "All the training has been completed and the crews are in full readiness for A§TP 'Apollo-Soyuz Test Project,) said Andrian G. Nikolaev, deputy director of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, at a midday news briefing in Moscow. "We are convinced that the crews will fully cope with the mission and we wish the cosmonauts and astronauts a successful launch, a full completion of the flight program and a soft landing." It was also repo'rted that the two cosmonauts aboard Russia's Salyut 4 space lab will continue to fly during the Soyuz-Apollo mission, ending their two month mission during the last TO days of this month. Leonov and Kuba- sov land July 21. ; . . Boris N. Petrov, chairman of Russia's Intercosmos Council, said in opening the Moscow news conference that the two ships' union in orbit will "strengthen peace and deepen the process of detente. This is an example of solving many difficulties and mutual problems in an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual understanding." The Russians open the doubleheader with an 7:20 a.m. CDT blastoff from their desert base east of the Aral Sea. The America pilots, and millions of other persons around the world, will watch the launch on television. The U.S. launch is set for 2:50 p.m. CDT Tuesday. "We will see you in a couple of days," Stafford said in a telephone call to Leonov while both crews relaxed Sunday. The threat of thunderstorms remained the one big worry for project officials although meteorologist Jess Gulick said the trend is for more favorable conditions. Insurance Problems Stall New Service WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Ford today proposed a complex oil- price plan that could drive up the cost of gasoline seven cents a gallon by 1978, in effect challenging Congress to come up with a better idea if it can. The proposal would freeze the price of "new" domestic oil, which amounts to about 40 per cent of American production, immediately at $13.50 a barrel and let the cost of "old" oil rise in steps to that level in the next 30 months. Ford said the resulting boost in petroleum prices would be a "small price to pay" to free the nation from dependence on foreign oil producers., His message was addressed to Congress. But he delayed sending it to Capitol Hill until later this week in an apparent attempt to buy time to woo support both among lawmakers and the public. Once the President's message goes formally to Congress, a statutory time- clock starts running and the plan will go into effect automatically unless disapproved by either house within five working days. Appearing in the White House press room shortly before noon, Ford said he hoped Congress "will give this very serious consideration and not take hasty action." He said he encountered a "minimum of opposition" when he outlined the plan to congressional leaders this morning. "We had a greater understanding of the complexity of this problem," he added. The Democratic-controlled Congress has been hostile to the prospect of ending price controls on "old" oil, which comprises 60 per cent of production and now pegged at $5.25 per barrel, on the theory it would send fuel prices skyrocketing. The control law is due to expire Aug. 31 and Ford warned he would veto any extension approved by Congress unless lawmakers • accept his "reasonable compromise." Ford's plan esssentially would end controls on "old" oil, and would substitute a ceiling for all domestic oil at about $13.50 a barrel. So-called "new" oil, that produced by 'American wells since 1973 and not subject to controls, now sells for about $13 per-barrel. Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D-Wash., immediately said he would offer a resolution of dissaproval, calling the administration's oil pricing policies "intellectually and morally corrupt." "Up until yesterday he (Ford) ••.A stalled plan to have on-the-scene physician staffing at*the Freeport Memorial Hospital emergency room during busy weekend periods is snagged because of insurance problems. "Malpractice insurance is the main stumbling block," says Dr. Edwa'rd Maglietta, chairman of the hospital oiedical staff emergency room committee. Ray Wine, hospital administrator, calls insurance "the holdup for dang sure; we're trying to find a way to ivork out of it." Planning for the additional emergency room staffing was begun late in 974. There were hopes then to have he plan operational by mid-spring of Jus year. Family Killer Gets 11 Straight Terms HAMILTON, Ohio (UPI) - James Ruppert, convicted of the largest mass murder of one family ever committed in the United States, today was sentenced to 11 consecutive terms of life in prison for killing 11 members of his family. The sentence was returned in Butler County Common Pleas Court by Judge Fred Cramer. Ruppert, who reacted calmly to the sentence, was asked by Cramer if he understood the sentence. Ruppert nodded. When asked if there was anything he did not understand, Ruppert asked how long he would have to appeal the sentence. He was told 30 days. Ruppert was found guilty of 11 counts of aggravated murder only on a 2-1 split decision by the three-judge panel. Presently the emergency room depends on a call system to. bring in a doctor when necesseary, if a physician is not available in the hospital. The original plan would have provided 43-hour continual coverage, from noon Saturday through 7 a.m. Monday. Approximately 15 doctors showed a willingness to participate when the first approach was made. Dr. Maglietta said "nothing substantial" has developed on the subject in recent months, but he said he hopes something will materialize. Under the original plan, a separate corporation would have been set up among the participating physicians. Difficulties were encountered in finding an insurance carrier, however, Wine said. Companies which write this kind of insurance have a number of specific requirements to be fulfilled. One carrier requires 400 hours a year of emergency room service per physician and membership in a professional organization of emergency room physicians. The time requirements were too se^ vere for some of the participating physicians, according to John Schoenbe,r- ger, business manager of the Freeport Clinic. He said many would not be able to keep up their private practices with the limitations the insurance companies include. : Approximately half the physicians who have shown interest in becoming part of the emergency room weekend staff would need to get additional malpractice insurance, Schoenberger and Kenneth Shons, business manager of the Freeport Medical Clinic, estimate. General surgeons and specialists would probably get by on current cov- erages, Schoenberger said, but the general practitioners and surgical assistants would need to pay approximately $1,700 more a year in premiums. (Continued on page 4) JOAN LITTLE IS ESCORTED by her lawyer, Jerry Paul (right) and a bodyguard as she arrives at the Wake County Courthouse today In Raleigh, N.C., to face trial on a charge of premeditated murder in the slaying of a Beaufort County, N.C., Jailer. - UPI Photo. Rail Strike Deadline Nears WASHINGTON (UPI) - W.J. Usery Jr., a White House labor trouble shooter, said today if the railroads and a major rail union are unable to reach a contract agreement by Wednesday the administration may ask Congress for emergency legislation to head off'a nationwide strike. . Usery met with reporters before entering talks between the representatives of the Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks and the National Railway Labor Conference. The union is entitled to strike under the National Railway Labor Act, but has agreed to a 30-day extension that expires midnight July 21. Usery said he saw no likelihood of a further extension by the union. He said there was "no way to head off a strike" if contract talks fall through this week short of congressional action. "We have a very busy week - there is some tough bargaining that has to take place," Usery said. "We are going to try very hard to get an agreement by Wednesday night." He said both sides agreed to the Wednesday deadline to allow fop'pre- strike preparations if necessary and to let the administration make an "orderly decision" if a strike appears inevitable. "We want to do everything we can to avoid going to Congress," he said. ' The two sides in the talks caucused ; in separate rooms in a downtown hotel with Usery and George Ives, a member of the National Mediation Board, shuttling between the bargainning groups. Gov. SPRINGFIELD, 111. (UPI) - Gov. Daniel Walker has trimmed another $140 iqillion from the general-funds budget passed by the legislature, including $51.9 million from higher education, $10.86 million from Children and Family Services and $14.9 million from Mental Health. Walker announced the new cuts Sunday and said they bring his total vetoes - including all types of state funds - to $535 million. He said those who complain about the reductions are "crybabies." The governor cut |49.7 million from Iker Trims More From Budget the fiscal 1976 higher education operating budget. That cut leaves the state's colleges and universities with $776.9 'million to meet their expenses during the year which started July 1, rather than the $826.6 million Walker requested in his March budget message. (Dr. Howard Sims, president of Highland Community College, said this morning that although the exact details of Walker's budget cuts were not known, the impact on Highland would be a reduction of approximately *46,000. Dr. Sims said 35 per cent of incoming funds are from the state. Six per cent of that, he said, is approximaiely 2.1 per cent of the total budget. Dr. Sims said the 2.1 per cent was allowed in the proposal budget for the 1975-76 fiscal year .through the contingency fund and balances in other funds.) Walker also cut ?2.2 million from the $284 million authorized for higher education capital expenditures, for a total cut in higher education appropriations of $51.9 million. The other major cuts leave the Department of Children and Family Services with $104.0 million rather than the $114.9 million approved by the legislature and the Department of Mental Health with $345.8 million instead of $360.8 million. The governor said his reductions were needed because the legislature refused his suggestion to cut an across- the-board 6 per cent from the general- funds appropriation bills he submitted. He vetoed the alternative proposed by* legislative leaders - a measure which would have given him authority to "impound" up to 8 per cent of each budget item. That procedure, he said, would "mislead people " Walker also announced he has vetoed five tax-relief bills, one which would have increased from 4 per cent to 10 per cent the counties' share of the inheritance tax and one which would have changed the formula by which the state shares income tax revenues with local governments. Those seven bills, Walker said, would have resulted in $46 million in revenue loss. was advocating- instant oil inflation by taking the price lid off on Aug. 31," Jackson said in a statement. "Now he has backed off but is trying to slip it through on the installment plan." Removing controls from "old" oil completely, critics have charged would allow the per-barrel price to soar abruptly to the higher level and drive gasoline prices by as much as 11 cents a gallon. Rather than remove controls completely at this time, Ford proposed a gradual phase-out under which the price "old" oil would be allowed to rise during the 30-month period to approximately $13.50 a barrel - at which time this price would apply to all domestically produced oil. He said this would "insure that American crude oil prices cannot be- dictated by foreign oil producers " Inventories Decline $ 1.4 Billion WASHINGTON (UPI) - Businessmen sold a record $3 billion worth of inventories in May, the fourth consecutive month of large-scale selling of warehouse stocks, the Commerce Department reported today. The huge inventory decline was coupled with a modest 0.4 per cent improvement in combined business sales, with most of the strength at the retail level. The latest statistics were another indication that the nation's economic health is gradually improving. Economists have > said that businesses must liquidate their now unwanted inventories in order to stimulate new orders and the overall upturn in economic growth that would follow. Manufacturers and retailors overstocked their backroom shelves as a hedge against unusually heavy inflation. The liquidation began in February and is now the longest on record since a four-month sell-off between December, 1960 and March, 1961. Inventories in May were valued at $264.5 billion, the lowest level since September, 1974, when it was $258.6 billion. The May report showed a $1.4 billion decline in inventories at the manufacturing level, $629 million at retail and $893 million at wholesale. Little Trial Starts In Raleigh RALEIGH (UPI) - Joan Little, a young black woman accused of killing a white jailer who she claims tried to rape her, went on trial today in,a case that has drawn nationwide attention because of its racial and feminist overtones. The trial began on schedule at 10 a.m. in a packed courtroom of Wake County Superior Court with Judge Hamilton Hobgood presiding. Miss Little, her hair in a short Afro style and wearing a pink and blue dress, arrived well ahead of time and sat quietly on the judge's right. Miss Little does not deny that she killed Beaufort County jailer Clarence Alligood, a white-haired father of six, by stabbing him 11 times with an ice pick. But she claims she acted in self- defense, warding off a sexual assault with the only means available. A band of about 75 persons held a peaceful all-night vigil in front of the courthouse Sunday night to demonstrate support for Miss Little, and then joined demonstrators who had marched from the North Carolina Women's prison to the courthouse. The protesters are barred by court order from demonstrating on courthouse grounds now that the trial is under way, but were given a parade permit for the street outside. As the trial began, there was speculation the prosecution might ask Wake County Superior Judge Hamilton Hobgood to move it out of Raleigh because of fears that a district judge's public statement will prejudice jurors against them. Judge Carlos Murray told a meeting of Miss Little's supporters last week he did not think the case against her could stand up in court. Attorneys on both sides predicted , the trial could last four to six weeks. Miss Little, free on $115,000 bond since February, also has filed a $1 million federal court civil suit against Beaufort County and Alligood's estate, contending her civil rights were violated' when she was forced into committing! "unnatural sex acts" during her confinement. Alligood was found dead in Miss Little's cell Aug. 27. Miss Little was being held pending appeal of her conviction when Alligood was killed and she escaped. She turned herself in eight days later. A medical examiner's report said Alligood's body was unclothed from the waist down and a woman's bra and night gown lay near the body. The state hoped to show Miss Little . deliberately lured Alligood into her cell and killed him so she could escape. r

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