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•/• f-;' '. "Great minds have purposes; others have wishes." -Washington Irving fh* $amp Jfeurs Serving The Top 0' Texas 66 Years WEATHER Fair to partly cloudy with warm days and nights. A slight chance of thundershowers through Tuesday. High in upper 90s, low in mid-60s. 20 per cent chance of rain through Tuesday. Yesterday's high, 97. Today's low, 68. VOL, 88-NO. 89 Circulation Certified by ABC Audit THE PAMPA DAILY NEWS MONDAY, JUNE 28,1972 (12 Pages Today) Wtrt Dtft tie NO LEFT TURN, NO RIGHT TURN, no turn at all is the situation on Rome's Via Delia Conciliazone during a transit strike. That's St. Peter's Basilica back there. N.Viet's Only Steel Plant Destroyed By U.S. Pilots SAIGON (AP) - U.S. pilots knocked out North Vietnam's only steel plant, put a power plant out of operation and dropped two bridges in weekend raids, the U.S. Command reported today. Radio Hanoi claimed that six U.S. F4 Phantoms were shot down, but the U.S. Command said it had no plane losses to report. However, it is the command's policy to withhold such information as long as rescue operations are in progress. U.S. pilots flew more than 270 strikes on Saturday ami a like number on Sunday. One flight of four Phantoms hit the Viet Tri thermal power plant 25 miles northwest of Hanoi on Sunday with 2,000- pound, laser-guided bombs. FBI Continues Hunt For Hijacker PERU. Ind. (API-Looking (or a "spark of light in a big dark room." the FBI says it hopes to find at least a clue today in the disappearance over north central Indiana of a skyjacker and more than $500,000 in ransom. About 100 FBI agents from Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and an equal number of state and local law enforcement officers have been searching without success since Saturday for the skyjacker and his loot in a thick, briar-infested woodland near Peru. They "effectively destroyed the plant's capability to .produce electrical power for the nearby industrial complex," a commu- nique said. Reconnaissance photos confirmed the destruction of the boiler facility, the electrical switching building, and the flue and coal conveyor, the commu- nique said. It was learned that the Viet Tri plant was attacked on June 1 with laser bombs, but that raid was not announced because it failed to put the plant out of commission. * The 7th Air Force announced that four of its Phantoms dropped laser-guided. 2,000- pound bombs into the open hearth furnaces of the Thai Nguyen steel plant 30 miles north of Hanoi on Saturday. Sixteen other Phantoms bombed warehouse areas. The Air Force said part of the plant was not hit but the destruction of the furnaces destroyed North Vietnam's entire capacity for producing structural steel for railroads, bridges and buildings. The U.S. Command disclosed that it is absorbing the tactical operations centers of both the 7th Air Force and Strategic Air Command, but it denied that this was because of the unauthorized Air Force strikes against North Vietnam earlier this year that touched off a congressional investigation. Board Lauds Antipollution Plan In City Although the final okay on all details has not yet been received, Pampa is one of 217 Texas cities listed as giving 100 per cent cooperation to the Texas Water Quality Board in. setting up local water pollution control programs. That's the word from Sam Slaughter of the TWQB staff in Austin which has been working with the cities in formulating water pollution control and abatement programs. The board began working with Pampa and other city governments in March when letters and questionnaires were sent to each city over 5,000 population required by SB 835 passed by the Texas Legislature last year. Pampa complied with all requests to the TWQB. The board sent a letter of appreciation for the cooperation and asked only for a few clarifications in some of the answers. James Wilson of Amarillo, area representative of the water quality board is expected in Pampa tirrorrow or Wednesday ,V .• !'u. Iher check on Pampa's r..-:, .oliance with the state law ii: refard to the city's sewage treatment plant operations. Anti-Abortion Argument Put Off By Court WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court today put off for another year a judgment on the anti-abortion laws of Texas and Georgia. Evidently closely divided, the justices announced they would hear argument again next term on the question of whether it is unconstitutional for government, to interfere with women's control over their own bodies. At stake are the laws in these and other states that restrict physicians in performing therapeutic abortions. The court also has on its docket cases testing abortion laws in Maryland, Illinois, North Carolina, Louisiana, New Jersey, Utah and Mississippi. They also remain undecided since they are intertwined with the Georgia and Texas cases. Part of the Georgia law was declared invalid two years ago by a district court in Atlanta. Nixon Lifts Restrictions On Meat-Import Quotas Move Aims To Remedy 'Short-Term Shortage 9 even Phu Bai. A POSH WATERING PLACE in South Vietnam is like gold-where you find it in a helmet. This GI is refreshing himself near a stream six miles west of Phi IN DEVASTATED EAST Cleanup, Relief Begin As Flood Waters Receding By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Massive cleanup, relief and rebuilding efforts have begun as the flood waters recede in the devastated East. The death toll from the week-long storm stood at 117 today and tens of thousands remained homeless. As the rivers returned to their banks, thousands returned to their homes and businesses to clear away silt with shovels and brooms, and there was a break in the crisis that began when the storm named Agnes slammed across the Florida coast on her disastrous course a week ago. With property damage over the $1 billion mark in Pennsylvania alone, the storm-torn states looked to the federal government for assistance, and a presidential aide promised it would be forthcoming. The pledge came after the governors of five states and a representative from a sixth met in Harrisburg, Pa..Sunday with George A. Lincoln, director of the President's Office of Emergency Preparedness. Rod Cross officials said 112,000 homeless people were being cared for at 330 emergency Motorists Urged To Drive With Care During Holiday Draft Planks Of Demo Platform Ask Immediate GI Withdrawal From Viet WASHINGTON (AP) - Pirstdraft planks of the Democratic 1972 platform called today for "an immediate and complete withdrawal of all U.S. forces in Indochina" and took a middleground stand on the hot domestic issue of racial school busing. Both planks, and perhaps as many as a dozen others, headed into floor fights as the full ISO-member drafting committee convened for a two- day session open to press and public. Challenges were expected from both right and left on the eight-plank platform drafted by • 15-member drafting subcommittee which itself could not agree on a defense spending plank.' It sent two versions to the floor, one demanding a strong military stance to deter aggressors and keep the confidence of allies, the other suggesting that cutbacks should be undertaken. The Vietnam plank denounced President Nixon's failure to make good on his 4- yearold promise of peace and declared that his Vietnamization program has been proved a delusion. "The majority of the Democratic senators have called for full U.S. withdrawal by October 1. 1972. We support that position," the draft plank said. "If the war is not ended before the next Democratic administration takes office, we pledge, as the first order of business, an immediate and complete withdrawal of all U.S. forces in Indochina." "All U.S. military action in Southeast Asia will cease. After the end of U.S. direct combat participation, military aid to the Saigon government and elsewhere in Indochina will be terminated. "The U.S. will no longer seek to determine the political future of the nations of Indochina." The school-busing plank was quickly and sharply challenged by delegates supporting Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama, who promised to offer a dissenting plank and carry the fight if necessary to the national convention opening July 10 in Miami Beach, Fla. This was the first-draft statement: "We support the goal of desegregation as a means to achieve equal access to quality education for all our children. Quality education is the issue- busing is not." Alabama State Sen. Pierre Pelham, a Wallace spokesman, told reporters, "We wanted them to say there would be no busing solely to achieve racial balance. They (the drafting subcommittee) would not go for it. We will have a dissenting plank." One of the two alternative planks on Pentagon spending did reflect the views of Wallace and of Sen. Henry M. Jackson. D-Wash. It said: "We propose a program of national defense which is both AUSTIN - Colonel Wilson E. Speir, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, today estimated that traffic accidents would claim 58 lives in Texas during the 102-hour July 4th holiday weekend from 6 p.m. Friday, June 30 to midnight Tuesday, July 4. The DPS director said that if the holiday is typical, p""7; u " approximately one-third of the fcauorlal IU fatal accidents will involve only one vehicle. Traffic law violations will contribute to many of the fatal mishaps with the major factors including speed too fast for conditions and driving while intoxicated. In an effort to hold the toll down, Speir said the DPS, local law enforcement agencies, and Inside Today's NeWS Pages 12 11 in Sports 9 Women's News 12 prudent and responsible, which will retain the confidence of our allies, and which will be a deterrent to potential aggressors." the news media of Texas will cooperate in a special "Operation Motorcide" program. Information on fatal collisions will be tabulated at DPS Headquarters in Austin and released three times per day during the holidays in an effort to increase driver awareness. All available Department of Public Safety patrolmen will be on duty, placing special emphasis on drinking and reckless drivers. Across the state, many city police departments and county sheriff's departments will have extra personnel assigned to intensified enforcement efforts. "1 urge all Texans and visitors to put on the best driving manners and actively join in the 'Operation Motorcide' effort so that this July 4th holiday might be as safe as possible," Speir said. shelters in Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia and Maryland, and they launched a disaster fund campaign for $10 million. While most of the flood threat was past, watches were still kept in several areas including Petersburg, Va., where the Appomattox River was not ex-. peeled to crest until tonight, and Almond, N.Y., threatened by a 14-mile-Iong artificial lake of rainwater behind a highway embankment. There were some local problems in New York and Pennsylvania with spectators and looters. A lack of potable drinking water was reported in at least 80 communities in Pennsylvania. In New York a shortage of containers for bringing in water was reported in Elmira. At the meeting in Harrisburg Sunday, OEP director Lincoln told the governors that federal assistance ranging from rent- free, temporary housing to unemployment compensation would be available. Pennsylvania Gov. Milton J. Shapp expressed concern that the aid would not filter through the red tape quickly enough. Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel said he feared that not enough funds would be available. Lincoln said the aid would be swift, sufficient and widespread. Red Cross President George M. Elsey announced his organization's $10 million disaster fund campaign after a seven- hour aerial survey of the affected area. He estimated that more than 30,000 families in fivt slates would need Red Cross assistance. Federal and state authorities said that of the substantially more than $1 billion damage, a "minuscule fraction" was covered by flood insurance. WASHINGTON (AP)-President Nixon lifted all quota restrictions on meat imports today "in an effort to remedy a short-term shortage" and curb rising meat prices. But Nixon ruled out a freeze on meat and other food prices, Secretary of the Treasury George Shultz said at a White House news conference where Nixon's decision was announced. Removal of the quotas for the rest of 1972 "may not fully solve the problem," Nixon said in a statement. "Further measures will be taken as necessary and appropriate." Most of the imported meat is lower-cost cuts which go into processed products such as hamburger, hot dogs, salami and sausages. Officials questioned whether the decision would have an immediate impact on surging meat prices, saying it could take weeks or months for any increase in imports to be felt in the United States. Shultz, who heads Nixon's Cost of Living Council, offered little optimism that the action would result in reduced prices. The main objective, he said, is to stabilize meat prices by eliminating repeated surges at the wholesale level. Beef supplies and prices appeared to be the main target of Nixon's decision, although such meats as mutton and veal also are covered. Australia supplies about half the 1.2-million-pound import level set for 1972 and Secretary of Stale William P. Rogers, who now is in thai counlry, will discuss with Australian officials the possibility of increasing the flow of meat to the United States, Shultz said. The President said the "recent rise in the price of meat is in part due to an improving economy here at home causing increased demands for meat which have not been matched by increased supplies." Although he rejected the proposed price freeze on meat and other food products, Nixon said "I intend to monitor this situation closely, and I want to assure every American housewife that this administration is firmly determined to prevent unjustified increases in the cost of food." Earlier this year, Nixon increased meat import quotas by 11 per cent from 1971 levels. But since then, he said, "the continuing shift in demand and supplies has become more pronounced." In words beamed to the farm belt, Nixon said his action "is not aimed at the American farmer; his income has only begun to approach reasonable levels." Rather, the President continued, the move "is intended to remedy a short-term shortage which is beyond the ability of our farmers to fill." Smith Against Opening His Special Meet Call AUSTIN (AP) - Gov. Preston Smith slammed the door today on any hope that legislators will be given any work to do before they pass a general appropriation bill. He also announced that he has been notified by both U.S. senators from Texas that the state's request for $126 million in federal funds has been approved. The governor told a news conference of his "firm position" against opening his special session call to include topics other than appropriations— virtually eliminating consideration of such topics as crime control, anti-drug bills and ethics legislation. And if no more than a week of the 30-day session remains when lawmakers complete action on the state budget—as appears likely—Smith said he doubted he would submit any further topics. Smith indicated he might not even submit repeal of a controversial 1971 law requiring trailers tc- have independent braking systems, which has caused rr.ajor concern in farm areas. "You may recall that ihe Sharpstown Sl.ate Bank bills also were non controversial," Smith said. Those two bills were rushed through a 1969 special session after the governor included them in his call. Record-Breaking Heat Hits Texas, No Letup In Sight K Pi, t RESEARCH-Pampa teenagers headed out on their bicycles in the heat of Sunday afternoon to collect funds for St. Jude Research Hospital, founded by Actor Danny Thomas, which does research on fatal and crippling childhood diseases. A similar ride was held in Miami Late this morning, incomplete returns showed more than $300 had been collected The rides were part of the nation-wide Million Dollar Hike ride being sponsored by Kpsilon Sigma Alpha sorority. Pampa's chairman was Mrs. Hunter Chisum. (Staff Photo by John Kbling) A record-breaking heat wave engulfed the state yesterday, with no relief in sight today. Pampa recorded a high of 97 degrees Sunday afternoon, the highest so far this year. Across the state, temperatures soared past the 100-degree mark, with Wichita Falls suffering at 111 degrees. Other maximums included Mineral Wells, 109; Abilene, Childress, Fort Worth and Wink, 105; Dallas, 104; Cotulla, 103; Midland, San Angelo and Waco, 102; Del Rio, 101, and Lubbock, 100. The Wichita Falls reading was a new high for June 25 and equaled a record for the month set June 16. 1924. The Fort Worth and Dallas highs also set new records. At College Station, where auto races were run under a blistering sun, a 140-degree reading was reported at the track level, according to the Associated Press. A few showers fell near Fort Worth, with some l thunderstorms occurring in ]Crockett and Irion counties and (between Abilene and Mineral 'Wells. But the moisture had dried up by this morning, with skies generally clear to partly cloudy across the state. Temperatures were expected to reach into the 100s again today in North and West Texas, with isolated showers in prospect for the evening. Locally the high was fort-cast to reach into the upper 90s for Pampa, with fair to partly cloudy skies, A twenty per cent chance of rain exists through Tuesday with thundershowers in the prospect. The governor said Sens. John Tower, R-Tex., and Lloyd Bentsen, D-Tex., notified him "within the last three or four days" that the federal windfall on which he based his no-new-taxes 1973 budget was on its way. Smith told the legislature June 14 that Texas would get $125 million in federal reimbursement for social services performed by state agencies for needy or disabled Texas. Smith's five nominees to the Air Control Board were scheduled to make a repeat appearance today before the Senate Nominations Committee. Reds Throw New Forces Into War HONG KONG (AP) - North Vietnam said today that "new forces" have joined the struggle to maintain its transportation system against the heavy U.S. bombing. The statement, which came at the end of a long description of that struggle, did not identify the new forces. But they could be Chinese work units who have moved across the border into North Vietnam as they did during the 1965-68 bombing. The statement by Radio Hanoi emphasized that there must be utmost cooperation with "these new forces which have just recently joined our communication and transportation forces. "We must rapidly regularize and arrange the work situation to utilize to the fullest these new forces which recently joined us." Radio Hanoi gave a vivid description of desperate efforts to keep transport moving despite the destructive bombing. "Struggling against the enemy over each bridge and each road," Radio Hanoi reported, "our people ignore all hardships in carrying out repairs. Radio Hanoi claimed the maintenance efforts were succeeding. North Vietnam's claims of success in transportation maintenance contradict U.S. military claims that the bombing has greatly reduced movement of supplies to North Vietnamese units fighting in South Vietnam.

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