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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 1

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Saturday, July 26, 1969
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to Find Itt Comics 6-8 TV, Radio 10 Editorials 6 Weather J-S Markets 5-S Wpmen 9 THE WBATHER-Cloudy with chance of showers this afternoon and tonight. Cooler Sunday, High today 89, low tonight 65. Sunrise 6:03, sunset 8:39. The Newspaper Iowa Depends Upon Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday Morning, July 26, 1969—22 Pages—Two Sections Price 10 Cents f KENNEDY: 'SHOULD I RESIGN? t ',. , An Emotional Appeal After Guilty Plea in Court SOFT-PEDALS PROFS'SOCIAL ROLEINPR06E Stresses Regents' Money Policies By Richard Doak The chairman of a legislative group making a broad study of the State universities said Friday he doesn't want to spend much time worrying about the "social adaptability" of professors. "I could care less about the politics, the color of skin or the religion of anyone who works for a university, whether he's sweeping a floor or teaching a class," said Senator Joseph Flatt. (Rep., Winterset). Flatt's subcommittee generally soft-pedaled the "social adaptability" issue during a meeting at the Statehouse Friday. Fiscal Efficiency The .subcommittee is making a broad study of State Board of Regents operations, primarily to find out if the universities are making efficient use of the money given them by the Legislature. But an outline of the subcommittee's study also asks that the regents supply information on how they determine ™the professional, academic and social adaptability" of academic and administrative staffs. This feature of the study drew criticism from Gov. Robert Ray and groups concerned with maintaining academic freedom, the right to teach without political interference. "All we want from the universities is a statement of policy," said Flatt "Would you strike it (the social adaptability phrase) out?" asked Senator Francis Messerly (Rep., Finchford), one of the strong backers of making it part of the study. "Let's just leave it the way it is," said Flatt. "Let's not waste time and give the press another go-around with it. All we want is just a statement of hiring policy from the regents." "We'll be like the farmer who came to a stump in his PROBE Please turn to Page Three Fourth Market Slide This Week NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) The stock market turned in its fourth straight losing session of the week Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling 8.47 to 818.06, the lowest it has closed since the 814.14 of Jan. 10, 1967. Turnover on the New York Stock Exchange came to 9.81 million shares, compared with 9.75 million Thursday. Of 1,566 issues traded, 1,018 declined and 314 advanced. Brokers attributed the market's steady slide to continuing concern over the economic situation. Details on Market Page Storms Mar Pleasant Day Sunbathers deepened their tans Friday as pleasant weather covered most,, of Iowa, except for a few brief—though violent— thundershowers in northern counties Friday night. Slightly warmer and more humid weather prevailed as southwest winds spread Gulf of Mexico air across Iowa. M i d-afternoon temperatures included 82 at Dubuque, 85 at Waterloo, 83 at Sioux City, 86 at Burlington, 88 at Des Moines and 91 at Lamoni. Today's forecast calls for cloudy skies and a chance of •howers. High today should be about 89 degrees. Slain Girl's Dad Sues Niccum's Employer By Jon, Van Highway Patrol Lt. Arliss L. Boothe is seeking $512,000 damages from the employer of the man convicted of murdering his daughter, Linda, last Nov. 20. In' a petition filed Friday in Polk County District Court, Boothe contends that Per Mar Security and Research Corp. was reckless to hire Michael Charles Niccum and provide him with a .38-caliber police special revolver. Found Guilty The petition said the firm "willfully and wantonly" failed to determine Niccum's "character disposition and dangerous propensities" before hiring him and providing him with the revolver. MICHAIL NICCUM The suit also blames the firm for not demanding the return of the gun when Niccum quit on Nov. 15. A Polk County jury found Niccum guilty in April of murder in the slaying of Linda Boothe, 17, who died after a severe beating with a golf club at the Des Moines cleaning shop where she was working. Niccum is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole at the penitentiary at Fort Madison. An appeal of his conviction is pending with the Iowa Supreme Court. Niccum had been employed as a security guard by Per Mar before the time of the slaying last Nov. 20. On Oct. 18, 1968, the petition states, Niccum applied to Per Mar for employment and stated in writing that he had never stolen money from an employer, been fired or arrested. Had Per Mar exercised "ordinary prudence," the petition states, it would have learned that Niccum had been found delinquent as a juvenile several times, pleaded guilty to stealing under $50 and was sentenced to six months in the county jail. Niccum also had been charged with rape, sodomy, SUIT — Please turn to Page Five Glanton: Iowa Safety Head 'Trying to Run My Court 9 . ByLoriKesIer •-•Municipal Judge Luther Glanton Friday accused State Public Safety Commissioner Jack Fulton of "trying to run my court" after Fulton asked the judge to explain his dismissal of a charge against a man involved in an accident with Fulton's wife. Glanton's remarks came in reply to a letter from Fulton which said that his wife had been involved in an accident with Paul McDonnell, 346 Pioneer road, on June 23 at the intersection of Merle Hay .road, Hickman road and Merklin way. At the time of the accident, a police officer charged McDonnell with driving the wrong way on a one-way street, according to Fulton, and Mrs. Fulton was later subpoenaedto testify at McDonnell's trial. "On Saturday she received a postcard indicating that she would not be required to attend the trial as the case had been 'disposed of,' " said Fulton. He then asked Glanton to advise him of the reason for the dismissal. Glanton said the whole case was confused by the fact that the ticket issued said nothing about an accident and that it was not unusual to dismiss such cases involving one-way streets located so far from the inner city because they are often confusing to people unfamiliar with them. In his answer, Glanton told Fulton, "McDonnell convinced the Court that be was not conscious of the fact that Merklin way was a one-way street. Consequently, without waiting for direction from you, I dismissed this summons." Noting that Fulton's letter was on department stationery, he added: "Had it been known that your wife was involved, it would not have made one blankety-blank difference. I imagine you are having difficulty recovering on your claim against Mr. McDonnell." He said Fulton's time "could be better spent trying to an- swer.some of the criticism directed at his office and its operations." Glanton said he "supported the department's policies even though he disagreed with many of them." He accused Fulton of taking a "paternalistic attitude which I don't need and don't appreciate." / Fulton said he had not yet received Glanton's letter and therefore would not comment on it. Neither of the men disclosed the details of the June 23 accident. Potomac Fever ,V.lNiM. WASHINGTON, D.C.-The House Ways and Means Committee wants a minimum income tax so everybody will have to pay some. Just because a man is rich doesn't mean he deserves charity. ' The National League won the All-Star game again. That's seven in a row. One more and there's sure to be talk 'about un-American activities. Bobby Baker is sued for $1.7 million on conflict-of-interest charges. It won't work-all the witnesses have congressional j immunity. Pentagon chiefs visit Vietnam to see why the fighting slowed down-and the G.I.s there wish they'd mind their own damned business. The Pentagon has quit worrying about getting Congress to approve Safeguard. Now it's after a budget for rearguard to protect Safeguard. — Jack Wilson HOME STATE SUPPORT FOR TED POURS H Survey Shows Most Want Him to Stay By Very! Sanderson Residents of Massachusetts responded with an outpouring of support following Senator Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy's television appeal Friday night, a telephone survey by The Register showed. The nationally known Democratic whip, considered to be the top contender for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, said in an impassioned television statement Friday evening that he would seek the advice and prayers of the people of Massachusetts in helping him come to a decision to stay or resign. "I would understand full well why some might think it right for me to resign," the 37-year-old senator said, his voice sometimes trembling with emotion. "I ask you tonight, the people of Massachusetts, to think this thing through with me, and in facing this decision I seek your advice and opinion." He Alone However, Kennedy said, he alone would have to make the ultimate decision. The Western Union office in Boston said it was flooded with outgoing telegrams. "It seems like we've handled about 95,000 cajls -since Kennedy was on television," a spokesman said. "Most of the people sending telegrams are all for him." At the Boston Globe, staff writer Ken Botwright said the calls were about two-to-one in Kennedy's favor. He said the paper accepted calls for the first hour. Of the 82 calls, he said, 53 supported Kennedy and 29 were against his remaining in the Senate. / Most of the women who called, Botwright said, were crying, even if they opposed Kennedy. / He said one male caller described Kennedy's statement a s "unbelievable," and added: "1 am absolutely opposed to Kennedy staying in the Senate." / The Boston/Record American said its calls "were almost unanimously in favor" of Kennedy. / At the Berkshire Eagle, the REACTION/Please turn to Page Four Mrs. Kopechne: Tm Satisfied 9 BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — The mother of Mary Jo Kopechne, the pretty secretary killed in an auto crash in which Senator Edward M. Kennedy was driving, said Friday she hopes Kennedy does not resign from the Senate. I am satisfied with the senator's statement — and do hope he decides to stay in the Senate," Mrs. Joseph Kopechne said in a halting voice. Kennedys Expect Another Baby HYANNIS PORT, MASS. (REUTERS) - Senator Edward M. Kennedy confirmed Friday his wife Joan is due to have| another child. Word of Mrs. Kennedy's pregnancy came after speculation arose about Kennedy's statement in his television address Friday night that his wife's health was the only reason she did not accompany him to the Edgartown sailing regatta last weekend. This will be the fourth child for Edward and Joan Kennedy, who have two boys and a girl. WIREPHOTO (API Kennedy Appeals to Citizens U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (Dem., Mass.) spoke on national television Friday night and appealed to the citizens of Massachusetts to help him determine whether he should resign his Senate seat or not. Kennedy made the emotional /statement from his father's home, in Hyannis Port, Mass., and asked for advice after he denied he was driving under the influence of liquor a week ago when a woman passenger in his car drowned after the vehicle plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. No photographers were permitted inside the Kennedy home during the telecast. APOLLO PRAISE FOR THE DEAD ABOARD USS HORNET (AP) — Cruising back toward U.S. soil aboard the carrier Hnrnpt Hin froiv nf Anniu'll "•"""•"""••' •"•••wuivw lu appeal IN runcc i^uuri litre nt'Xl WCCK Hornet the crew of Apollo 11 to answer a cnarge of speedjng 44 mi|cs an nour , n g 25 , mile ^ Charge State G.O.P. Chief With Speeding in Iowa City By William Simbro (Register Stalf Writer) IOWA CITY, IA. - State Republican Chairman Jack Warren of Waterlo ° is scheduled to appear in Police Court here next week paid tribute Friday to the men who sacrificed their lives on the road that led mankind to the moon. "We are-proud we made it," said Edwin E. Aldrin, jr., his amplified voice ringing in a quiet broken only by distant waves. "But_we will remember there are some who did not make it." Aldrin, Neil A. Armstrong and Michael Collins joined in a simple religious service on the hangar deck of the Hornet, peering out of a window in the side of the quarantine van which isolates them from the world. Aldrin spoke into a microphone, recalling the eight astronauts and two Soviet cosmonauts who fell while America strived to fulfill a goal set by a President who has himself fallen. Armstrong spoke of that goal, to land on the moon and return safely, as "crowding the ex- APOLLO Please turn to Page Eight Iowa City police said Warren: ~ was one of 14 motorists I Safet y Commission if he drives charged during a one-hour peri-! 16 ™^ over ^ s P eed limi <0 ' | Warren would face such a od on Rocky suspension if he is found guilty. Shore drive! _. J The day he was arrested Warren was in Iowa City to meet with Neely and other Johnson County Republican leaders after it was before Police! re P°rt c d that they had sug- Court Judge i S ested that Warren resign. Marion R . Neely said after the meeting Neely. ithat the county's G.O.P. central Judge Neely is committee had prepared a res- Johnson County; solution to the state central TREMBLING, TED DENIES ALL RUMORS 2-Month Jail Term Is Suspended Other Kennedy .stories: PA(JES 4 and 5. HYANNIS PORT, MASS. (AP) — Senator Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy asked the advice of the people of Massachusetts Friday night for a decision as to whether he should resign his seat in the Senate. Denying he was "under the influence of liquor" or that immoral conduct was involved in the automobile accident which claimed the life of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, the last of the Kennedy brothers left unanswered the question of his future political course. Voice Trembling "I would understand full well why some might think it right for me to resign," the senator HATE MAIL BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP)—Mrs. Joseph Ko- pechne—mother of Mary Jo Kopechne, who drowned when a car driven by Senator Edward M. Kennedy went off the road and overturned in a tidal pool last week—said Friday that she has received "vicious mail" since the incident. She was not specific about the contents of the mail, but said she was at a loss to explain some of it. said solemnly, his hands clasped before him, his voice at times trembling. ; "In facing this decision I i seek your advice," he said. "In i making it, I seek your prayers." j His words were directed to J the people of Massachusetts, ibut broadcast and televised j across the nation. Kennedy did i not suggest any procedure for. the offering of the advice he asked. Earlier Friday, Kennedy had pleaded guilty in Edgartown, Mass., to leaving the KENNEDY i Please turn to Page Four Tuesday. j Police said; Warren prob-1 ably will ap-j pear TuesdayI INSIDE THE REGISTER She Crosses Ocean SHARON ADAMS received a jubilant greeting in San Diego as she ended her voyage across the Pacific .. Page 10 Republican chairman. He is reported to have suggested earlier that Warren resign as state chairman because of Warren's involvement in the statewide controversy over oversize truck violations on the highways. la a recent interview in The Sunday Register, Neely blasted the Iowa Highway Commission for what be called a soft and politically tinged attitude toward violations of highway laws by major trucking firms. Warren, a Waterloo trucking company official, has been under heavy fire because of numerous charges against his firm's trucks for violating state laws dealing with oversize vehicles. In the published interview, however,. Neely expressed sympathy for the motorist who may have a safe drivipg record but whose driver's license is sus- committee asking "the state central committee to review whether he (Warren) can perform effectively" as state chairman and suggesting that the party consider hiring a full- time, paid state party chairman. Mary Jo Kopechne "Gentle, Kind" Learn of 4 Traffic Convictions While Kennedy Was in College CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. (AP) - Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who was involved in an auto accident last weekend in which a woman passenger in his car was killed, was convicted on traffic charges on four separate occasions in the lale 1950s, court records here show. Records of the Albemarle County Court disclose that Kennedy, while a law student at the University of Virginia, was first convicted of speeding in March, 1957, and was fined $15 and costs. In June, 1958, he was convicted of reckless driving and was fined $35 and costs. On a separate conviction that same month for speeding he was fined $15 and costs. A charge of operating a vehicle without a license was suspended. Both speeding convictions involved charges of driving 65 miles an hour in a 55-m.p.h. zone. Kennedy was convicted in December, 1959, of failing to pended 60 days by the State stop for a traffic light and was fined $10 and costs.

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