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Thursday, July 17, 1975
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Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Thursday, July 17,1975 Page 17 f^ ••"-»•»" INI.; journai-stanaard, Thursday, July 17, 1975 Portugal's Military Leaders Dissolve Government V v.rtv*4>v** -_. . ' ' . ' • ^^^^ ^^ LISBON (UPI) - The military's ruling Revolutionary Council dissolved .the remnants of Portugal's coalition • government today soon after the Popular Democrats followed the Socialists in pulling out of the cabinet. The move left only the minority Communists as allies of Portugal's military leaders who said they would form .3 new "non-partisan" cabinet of military officers and left-wing technocrats. Both the Socialists and Popular Democrats called mass rallies in northern Portugal to pursue their struggle against the possible formation of a Communist dictatorship. The Communists called these opposition rallies an attempt to create "a cli- mate of strife and violence with unfor- seeable consequences." "The progressive forces of the north cannot remain - and will not remain with folded arms in the face of this escalation of challenge from the reactionaries," the Communists said. The Popular Democrats called a big rally tonight in Pbrto. - scene of previous bloody clashes with the Communists--and said if was an "all or nothing situation." The, Socialists called their rally for Friday. "Either they want democracy with a majority or they want'a dictatorship with a minority," a Popular Democratic party statement said.."We are not willing to compromise over liberty," The Revolutionary Council appealed to the public to remain calm. The Popular Democrats resigned from the government at 3 a.m. when the council refused to guarantee them the creation of a western-style democracy. The Socialists withdrew fromm the cabinet last week over the military's violation of press freedom and other democratic rights. 1 Both of the parties - the country's two biggest vote getters - objected to the military's plan to gradually replace all parties with a mass movement linked directly to the council and form a "Peoples' Democracy." A spokesman for,the council acknowledged the resignation of the two Popular Democrat ministers and announced the death of the coalition at the end of a 16-hour meeting of the 30 officers in the body. "The coalition is terminated," he said. "The new government will not be a coalition or exclusively military." Among the first names bandied about for the new cabinet were two nonaligned Marxists and a former colonial official with pronounced leftist views. Opposition to the military and its tendency to ignore the political parties has been rising dramatically in recent weeks. Indicative of this slide into po- First Black Juror Selected In Little Trial RALEIGH, N.C. (UPI) - A 49-year- Old machinist is the first black jurbr selected to try Joan Little for the murder of a white jailer she claims was trying to rape her. Pecola Jones, from the nearby town of Fuquay-Varina, was the fourth juror selected, the third woman, and the first over 30 years old. Her selection Wednesday came after continued prosecution rejection of black jurors brought a storm of protest and demands for a mistrial. ECM Tries To Raise U.S. Dollar BRUSSELS (UPI) - Leaders of the nine European Common Market nations today discussed possible ways to raise the value of the American dollar as part of a world antirecession policy. French spokesmen denied reports that President Valery Giscard d'Estaing had formally proposed to the Common Market summit that the leaders of the United States, Japan, France, Britain and West Germany meet to discuss monetary reforms. But conference sources said the .money summit, suggested earlier by : Giscard in newspaper interviews, still .•commanded attention as the final day of the two-day conference began. They said Giscard might make a formal proposal on the idea before the meeting ends. * The United States has shown no enthusiasm for the money summit and ;: smaller Common Market countries are ; reluctant to entrust their larger allies with their financial futures. Conference sources said the leaders had agreed that the current monetary ."..system of free floating exchange rates *had driven the dollar too low and ; fueled the European recession by giving U.S. exports an outsize competitive edge on world markets. The Europeans want to ask Washington to change the monetary system '. to limit fluctuations on the market. But the United States, an advocate of the current "free float" exchange rates, is expected to resist Western European pressure for more monetary controls. Many economic authorities have ' blamed the free float, which allows . currency x values to fluctuate on the basis of market prices, for creating inflation and business uncertainty. ; The nine Common Market leaders agreed Wednesday at the opening of a two-day summit meeting that only international action - with American and Japanese cooperation - can end .'. the recession. ; "We must convince the United States to go along with us," West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt said. Schmidt and French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing said more con- : trolled international monetary policy could be a major step in stabilizing the world economic situation. But a high official in one Common Market country said the leaders do not want to return to the rigid fixed exchange rates that existed before the free float system began in 1971. NEW & USED MACHINERY Sell fast when you place' a Want Ad to run in the Farmers Market. . . . Dial 232-2171, day or night. Defense attorney Jerry Paul asked Superior Court Judge Hamilton Hobgood to remove assistant state attorney general Lester Chalmers from the case after Chalmers used four of the state's nine peremptory challenges to excuse blacks from the jury. Mrs. Jones was accepted by the state even though she expressed religious objections to the death penalty. If Miss Little, 21, is convicted of killing Clarence Alligood with an icepick in her Beaufort County jail, cell last Au- gust, she faces the mandatory death penalty. "I try to live a Christian life," Mrs. Jones told Griffin. "I'm afraid I have to be against the death penalty because the Bible says don't take away what-you can't give." But the soft-spoken woman, who said she was active in her church-and the Eastern Star organization, said she would return a guilty verdict if the evidence warranted it. Murmurs of surprise passed through the courtroom when District Attorney William Griffin told Hobgood "The state seats this juror, your honor." The state has five peremptory challenges left. The defense used the first of its 14 peremptory challenges Wednesday to excuse A.G. Nix, a Bap. ; . tist Sunday school teacher. Also Wednesday, Hobgood ordered the state to allow the defense experts to examine the icepick used to stab Alligood, the cell where he was found, his clothing and Miss Little's clothing. A FABULOUS ANIMAL PARK FOR A FUN-PACKED FAMILY OUTING Only 30 Miles From Freeport • Hundreds of animals, birds and .snakes • Tame .deer to pet and feed • Rides • Story Book Lane • Circus Lane • Clean Picnic Area • Camping areas nearby Open 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Weekends only thru May. Dally June 1 thru Labor Day. Two miles east of.beautiful White Pines State Park on Oregon-Polo Road. Special group rates and tours by advance reservation. Phon» or WrH» Ph: 815/732-2715 Oregon, III. 61061 Cockpit Mood Contributed To Airliner Tragedy Last Fall WASHINGTON (UPI) - In the previous 15 minutes, the crew had talked about Richard Nixon, about impeachment, about used cars. Then the captain told the first officer, "All we got to do is find the airport." Three seconds later, Eastern Airlines flight 212 crashed and burned on its approach to the Charlotte, N.C., airport. Seventy-two persons died. "The probable cause-of the accident was the flight crew's lack of altitude awareness at critical points during the approach due to poor cockpit discipline," the National Transportation Safety Board ruled Wednesday. During the quarter-hour before the Sept. 11, 1974, crash, the board said, the crew chatted, "with strong views and mild aggravation," about impeachment, the pardon of former President Nixon, Arab and Swiss financial holdings, used cars and an amusement park near the airport. The board said the crew's "extraneous conversation" was "distractive and reflected a casual mood and'lax cockpit atmosphere, which continued throughout the remainder of the approach and contributed to the accident."' There was dense, patchy ground fog near the airport when the Douglas DC9 went down at 7:34 a.m; The official report said the plane was lower than it should have been, probably because the pilot lost visual contact with the runway because of the fog. The crew's disregard of a low-altitude warning signal, the board said, "may be indicative of the attitudes of many other pilots who regard the signal as more of a nuisance than a warning." - Capt. James Reeves was among the Armed Forces Sgt. Terrance M. Schonfelder, son of Mrs. Gertrude Schonfelder of Mount Morris, has been selected Marine of the Month for Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station, Santa Ana, Calif. 72 persons who died in the crash. First officer James Daniels, who was flying the plane, was among 10 survivors. The flight originated in Charleston, S.C. en route to Chicago with a stopover .in Charlotte. It crashed in an open field surrounded by dense woods and underbrush 3.3 miles short of Runway 36. The safety board, ruling out any mechanical problems, said Reeves had failed to call out required altitude reports and that both men were distracted at a critical point in their descent by gawking out the window at an amusement park below. The board said the cockpit voice recorder showed that during the descent to Charlotte the crew ."engaged intermittently in conversations not pertinent to the operation of the aircraft." Another finding was that "survivors who had been wearing double-knit garments of manmade fibers reported that these materials melted, adhered to their skin and could not be removed." ASPHALT ROOFING SHINGLES 2-10* SeU-Se*ling - J "* ',', (lOOSq.Ft.) 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PHONE 815/ 232-7131 7:38 to 5: litical isolation was the small turnout for a pro-military march in Lisbon Wednesday night. The march drew only about 4,000 participants despite army efforts to drum up enthusiasm by driving through the center of the city in armored cars wreathed in red'flags. A similar march two months ago drew 30,000 Portuguese. The Socialists matched the number of particumpants in the march Wednesday night at a political rally held in a suburban factory town that has been trumpeted as a Communist stronghold. A small group of hecklers tried to disrupt the rally, but fled in the face of a charge by angry Socialists. The military's popularity has been slumping since they refused to adapt to the outcome of the April election of a constituent assembly and reduce Communist influence in the government, labor unions and mass media. In this voting, the Socialists became the country's biggest party with 37.8 per cent of the ballots and the Popular Democrats second with 26.3 per cent. The Communists polled a poor third with 12.5 per cent. The Popular Democrats Friday submitted their list of demands, which they characterized as an ultimatum for democracy, and gave the military until Wednesday midnight to reply. Mediators Still Trying To Resolve Rail Threat WASHINGTON (UPI) - Federal mediators met into the early hours today with railway and union negotiators today to try to resolve a contract dispute that threatens a nationwide rail strike Monday - and there were some signs of hope. "Some significant progress has been made," William Dempsey, chief railway company negotiator, told reporters Wednesday. "A very large gap has been appreciably reduced. "There are grounds for cautious optimism." "We're as close as we've ever been," said C.L. Dennis, head of the 117,000-member Brotherhhood of Railway and Airline Clerks. "We're going to try like hell" to avoid a strike. But Labor Secretary John Dunlop would not rule out a possible administration request for congressional action if agreement were not reached soon. ' Administration officials said a strike by the unionized railway clerks could shut down the nation's railroads quickly and damage the recovering economy. The clerks have been through a 90- day cooling off period ordered by President Ford and may legally strike at 12:01 a.m. EOT Monday - the same day a contract for U.S. Postal workers expires. The pattern in rail negotiations, established by several other unions which have signed contracts, calls for a 41 per cent increase in pay and fringe benefits over a three-year period. Den- nis has labeled that insufficient, and his union is seeking strengthened job protection. W. J. Usery Jr., Ford's special assistant for labor relations, is chief mediator in both the rail controversy and the postal workers' contract dispute. Usery called another bargaining session this morning for postal negotiators in an attempt to reach a settlement before the workers' contract expires at midnight Sunday. The Postal Service is negotiating with four unions representing about 600,000 workers. Federal law prohibits postal workers from striking when the contract expires and says a fact-finding board must investigate and report on the issues within 45 days. But some local union leaders have threatened to stage demonstrations or job actions if no contract Is obtained. Bomb Threat Halts Hollywood Performance HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - Valery and Galina Panov's performance with the San Francisco Ballet was halted by a bomb threat Wednesday night. Police said a woman called the Hollywood division police station and said her boyfriend planted four bombs in the theater. No bombs were found. The Russian ballet dancers drew international attention because of their long struggle with Soviet authorities to emigrate to Israel. 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