Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on November 6, 1969 · Page 28
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 28

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REPUBLIC BULLDOG 14-A The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Thors., Nov. 6, 1969 Sharp cut ordered in phone rates Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission announced yesterday a record $150-million-a-year reduction in interstate long distance telephone rates beginning Jan. 1. In addition, another reduction of $87 million a year will go into effect Feb. 1 to offset an identical increase in rates for program transmission, Telpak and Teletypewriter exchange (TWX) services of the American Telephone & Telegraph Co. An AT&T spokesman said the company will announce shortly details of the specific rate changes. FCC .officials said there is no indication yet how the reductions will be broken down in point-to-point tolls for daytime- nighttime and weekend pnone calls. The $150-million rate reduction is being submitted, FCC said, as part of the commission's continuing surveillance of the Bell System's interstate operations. Company of- ficials'and outside economic consultants participated with the -commission staff in a re- cenlly completed review of Belit System earning requirements. V The FCC decided in 1967, in ordering a $120 million reduction in interstate rates, that a rate of return of 7 to 7.5 per cent was fa.ir and reasonable. The commission said yes. terday the proposed new reductions would allow AT&T to exceed a 7.5 per cent return and that this is not unreasonable in the light of changed economic conditions. The FCC said it paid particular attention to the sharp increase in interest rates on borrowed capital and the phone company's need to attract more than $200 million a month in new capital for construction work. The company had sought a return rate of 8.5 to 9 per cent. Commenting on the comm i s s i o n 's announcement, John D. DeButts, AT&T'vice chairman, said that while the rate reduction "is somewhat larger than we believe appropriate at this time, it will not by itself reduce our interstate rate of return below 8 per cent. Decision Sharon Tate^s maid is missing sought on 2nd trial United Press International CHAPPELL, Neb. - Attorneys for Duane Earl Pope asked a judge yesterday rule whether the onetime Kansas 1 farm youth was being subjected to double jeopardy by being tried on murder charges in Deuel County District Court in the bank robbery slayings of three persons. Pope, 26, went on trial yesterday. He is currently serving a life term for killing three persons and wounding a fourth during the June 4, 1965, holdup at the Farmers State Bank in nearby Big United Press International LOS ANGELES — The maid who found the bodies of actress Sharon Tate and four other victims of a mass murder has disappeared, police revealed yesterday. Winifred Chapman, 55, has not been seen since Oct. 10, according to police homicide Highway patrolmen can't get overtime pay Arizona law does not permit overtime payments for highway patrolmen, Atty. Gen. Gary Nelson has decided. He said the law limits state overtime to "manual or mechanical labor." detective Robert Helder, who is in charge of the Tate case. He said Mrs. Chapman had been nervous and upset since Aug. 10 when she arrived at the Benedict Canyon Estate leased by Miss Tate and discovered the macabre murders. Adding to the mystery was the presence of Mrs. Chapman's clothes and other personal belongings in her apartment. Helder said it appeared she took nothing when she left. The first word that Mrs. Chapman was missing came from her landlady, Mami White, who told police on Oct. 13 that she had not seen the woman for three days. Helder said the police department has contacted Mrs. Chapman's relatives in Seattle, Denver and Cleveland, learning nothing of her whereabouts. He described Mrs. Chapman as a Negro, 5 feet 5, weighing 120 pounds. Congress votes day of prayer for POWs WASHINGTON (UPI) Congress completed action yesterday on a joint resolution declaring Sunday a national day of prayer for U.S. servicemen being held prisoner in North Vietnam. The resolution was sent to the white House for the President's signature on a voice vote in the Senate. Republic Photo Fire officials George Meade, W. C. McComas and Gene Mason, from left, study their new pact. Towns agree to mutual fire aid PEORIA — The Sun City Fire Protection District and the Town of Peoria have agreed to provide automatic mutual aid for commercial and institutional structural fires. Vaughn Shaw, district engineer, Arizona Fire Rating Bureau, said the agreement is the only one of its kind in Arizona. "We hope it will be a forerunner of more such agreements throughout the state," Shaw said. "The agreement provides automatic, first alarm notification and response by each community toward the other. It is restricted to commercial buildings and institutions such as churches and schools." Shaw said he could not predict whether the agreement would affect the fire insurance rates, but added .that the agreement would benefit both communities. The agreement involves the Peoria Fire Department and the Sun City Fire District, which is served through a special contract with the Rural Fire Department. Should Sun City have a fire involving a commercial or institutional building, firemen will touch a button which activates the siren in Peoria, summoning volunteer firemen. Peoria Fire Chief Gene Mason said he would send two men and a truck equipped with Rural Fire Department radio frequency to Sun City. •If Peoria has the alarm, the Sun City department, which monitors Peoria's fire phone, will know immediately of the emergency and respond, according to the agreement. The Senior Forum By THOMAS COLLINS Question: Why don't you take up jogging and stop trying to write? As a young English professor, I grow irritated over your constant use of old fashioned words and expressions in writing for the retired people. Some of them aren't even in the dictionary any longer. Anybody writing for the mass audience of a newspaper should use the best possible English. - H.R.P. Answer: You, sir, will not make me go jogging. Few things seem more idiotic than for a man to fall for that current health fad — go running up the street and shaking his innards (old-fashioned word) to pieces. And of course you know what'll happen when a man drops dead from this nonsense, don't you? An autopsy will say he died of snakebite. Or maybe Asian flu. But on the subject of 'jogging, professor, I might jog your intelligence (do you have that in your dictionary?) ALEWIFE PROMOTED TORONTO (AP) — The lowly alewife, a herring, should be renamed the "Great Lakes Sardine" and marketed as an hors d'oeuvre, Dr. W. E. Johnson, director of the Freshwater Institute of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada in Winnipeg, suggested after experiment. by suggesting that a writer writes not just to write but to communicate, to be understood. Retired people understand the way I write. They know the words I use, even things like "the blues," because they have them, and "mustard plasters" and "churns," and they allow (old- fashioned) that such words are Okay. You see, people now reaching retirement age weren't done well by (old-fashioned) in your educational system. Many couldn't even finish •high school..So there! And no jogging! Send questions to Senior Forum, P.O. Box 2406, Phoenix, Ariz. 85002. Springs, Neb. HE WAS sentenced to death by a federal court jury, but the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the sentence reduced to life. Deuel County Attorney Robert Richards then filed the state charge of murder, saying it would not be double jeopardy. District Judge John Kuns delayed a decision of the jeopardy motion by University of Nebraska law professor Wallace Rudolph. The defense attorney said he based his motion on two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. In bDth, he said, the high court overruled the long standing premise that the double jeopardy clause of the federal constitution did not apply to the states. "This is certainly a dual jurisdiction situation," Rudolph said. POPE, wearing a neat gray business suit, was the first witness to be called. He said he had agreed to permit the use of the same testimony, evidence and exhibits as were admitted in the federal court trial. Such a stipulation will shorten the trial to two or three days. The first trial lasted more than one month. Pope arrived here from Leavenworth (Kan.) Federal Penitentiary in the custody of federal marshals and sheriff officers. 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