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INSIDt- Edilorial 4 For women 5 Sports 9-10-11 Amusements 13 Comics 14 Classified 15-16-17 114th YEAR-NUMBER 304 The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEV1UE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, MAY 2, 1974 LOCAL FOBECAST- 1'ni'tly cloudy and a little warmer t h r o u g h r'ridcy. Low Icisl night 55' Lows tonight in the low GOs. Highs Friday in the upper 70s. Sunset today 8:01; sunrise Friday 0:22. PAGES-TEN CENTS No-Fault Insurance Bill Gets Approval Of Senate WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill directing the states to reform their automobile-insurance systems to guarantee compensation for all accident victims has won Senate approval. The 53-42 vote Wednesday sent the no-fault bill to the House, where the Commerce Committee has yet to slart work on the question. Under the no-fault concept, an accident victim is assured that his medical and rehabilitation expenses and loss of wages will be paid by his own insurance company, regardless of who caused the accident. . The bill would require every car owner to buy insurance protecting himself and his family against such losses. Sponsors of the no-fault bill, led by Sen. Frank Moss. D Utah, claim that when fully implemented the new system could reduce the nation's an nual $8-billion liability-premium bill by something less than one third But more rmportanlly, they say, no-fault would assure quick compensation to acciden victims without the time-con *uming ordeal of a court fight. While assuring some com pensalion for every acciden victim, the bill would take away a victim's right to sue the other driver's insurance com iany. Under the insurance sys- em in effect in most states, a ictim can collect com- lensation only after proving hat the other driver caused the accident. But under the present system here are no benefits available o a victim of a one-car accident or one struck by a hit-and- driver. No-fault would guarantee benefits for such vic- :ims. Instead of buying insurance -o pay medical expenses of occupants of the second car a driver under no-fault would buy insurance covering his own expenses. Opposition to the bill was based mostly on constitutional objections. Sen. Roman Hruska, rl-Neb., spoke for most oppo- Two Approaches To Waste Treatment Regional Water Quality Plan Adopted By PEGGY FRIZ7.F.I.L TIMES Staff Writer SPRINGDALE Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission members voted in a called meeting Wednesday night to adopt the recommended Northwest Arkansas R e g i o n a l Water Quality Management Plan. By * vote of 25 to 1 the commission a p p r o v e d a resolution adopting the plan as the "most cost-effective plan known to date" for this region that meets current state and federal water quality standards. The plan was not adopted to t h e exclusion of others, NWARPC director Ken Riley pointed out. Included in the resolution was a provision that if a more cost-effective plan is found, it should be used instead of one of the two recommended in the original plan. Riley also noted that the resolution provided for changes in the plan if target deadline dates established under federal! negatively influence the area's law 92-500 w e r e adjusted "soleconomy. they become realistic and attainable." The resolution also called for t h e re-evaluation of the requirements for water during low-flow stages to decrease their severity, especially since the stringent standards would adoption questions written at last on the to the approximately 60 members and area citizens present. Before the plan's Wednesday night, w e r e asked and testimony submitted week's public hearing plan was read aloud nents when he said has no constitutional Congress authority lo direct the states to administer a no-fault program. Some opponents adopted the position taken by President Nixon, who says he favors the no-fault concept but feels each state should be allowed to tailor a no-fault plan to suit its own needs. As passed by the Senate, the bill would require every state to adopt a minimum no-fault plan by Sept. 1, 1975 Then the states would have until mid- 1978 to fully meet the federal standards. Davis Given Life Term In Death 01 Mrs. Vanderslice Bruce Eugene Davis, 28, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Washington Circuit Court to murdering Mrs. Octavia Vanderslice, 71, of Fayetteville in December, 1973, and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Davis said that he and Mrs. Vanderslice argued over work he had agreed to do for h e r , and that in the argument he lost hi.i temper and hit her over the head with a pipe he was carrying in his pocket. Davis was renting an apartment from Mrs. Vanderslice at her residence at 103 N. School Ave. at the time of the murder, December 14. Davis teslificd that he h a d moved to Fayetteville in late November, 1973, and had not been able to find work. He said he went to tell Mrs. Vanderslice t h a t he planned to leave town, when Mrs. Vanderslice argued t h a t he could not leave without doing some plumbing and floor work he had agreed to complete in return for rent. ANGERED HIM Davis said that Mrs. Vanderslice's insistence that he not leave angered him and that he hit her "more than once," bul did not remember how m a n j times. He said she did not fight back. Davis said that he realized what he had done, got scared look Mrs. Vandcrs) ice's car keys and a few possession? From his room, and left in the woman's car, according to his testimony. Davis said he had used thi pipe, later found in the hack yard of the Vanderslice home to smoke marijuana. The pipe was about six inches long, wit! an elbow on one end. Coroner Dr. John Vinzanl had ruled that Mrs. Vanderslici died of repeated blows to th head. She was found the after noon of the 14th by a room mate. Davis was returned to Fay etteville Jan. 15, 1974 from Charlottesville. Va., near wher police had located the Vandcr slice car. Federal Bureau of In vesligation agents had lifte Fingerprints off (he car lha traced it to Davis. Davis had pleaded innocen to the charge on Jan. 16, and is trial was set for May 19 nd 20. Public defender John Line- erger, who represented Davis, that Prosecuting Attorney lahlon Gibson last week had given notice" that he would mend the first degree murder large to a "capital felony urder charge." Under a new aw passed Jn 1973 by the Ar(CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Settlement In Mideast Near A News Analysis By WILLIAM L." RYAN The pieces in Secretary of State Kissinger's jigsaw seem o fall together now, and :hances for some sort ol diddle East settlement are Brightening a bit. The Syrian and Jordanian lieces have been difficult to Fil nto the picture, hut something apparently has been stirring ately. First, Jordan's King Tfussein says lie's willing to accept a Palestinian state carved from his Israeli-occupied former land in the Jordan River's west iank, even without a plebiscite, if that is the "unanimous will" of Arab countries and if Israel withdraws. To the north, Syrians and Israelis both have been dragging ;heir feet. But Israel can -- and some well-placed sources suggest she eventually will -- pull out oF Kuneitra, the ruined Golan Heights city. That would be enough to salve Syrian pride and permit a disengagement process on that started. It must. Subpoena Not Obeyed, Says House Panel WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Judiciary Committee has charged President Nixon with failure to comply with its subpoena for Watergate t^pes. The committee's chairman and chief counsel said Nixon's non-compliance could be an impeachable offense. By a narrow, 20-18 vote that shattered its bipartisan ap preach to the inquiry, the com mittee directed Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr . D-N.J., to notify Nixon that his delivery edited transcripts instead tapes does not meet the com mittee's request. "In this country there are no exceptions to the command o aw," said John Doar, chief im peachment counsel for the com Yiittce, at a rare nighttime meeting that lasted until nearly midnight Wednesday. The committee declined, how sver, to recommend that Nixoi cited For contempt of Con ?ress. A motion by Rep. Johi Jonyers Jr., D-Mich., to do s« was tabled, 32 to 5. NEGOTIATION URGED Although . t h e committee members, all lawyers, agreec ;hat Nixon had failed to mee :he terms oE the subpoena, th Republicans urged a Further a :empt at negotiation rathe Lhan a btunL declaration of non compliance, "In our system oF govern ment it was never cor iemplated that the sepnrat branches should confront eac other," said Rep, Edward Hu chinson, R-MIch., the rankin Republican member. "It shoul be avoided at all costs " In the end, however, it Was Republican, R e p - William b Cohen of Maine, who cast th deciding vote which authorize Rodino to send a letter to N T ixo citing him for failure to com ply. Two Democrats, Conyers an Jerome R. Waldie, of California f a v o r e d sterner actioi and it Appeared headed for losing 19-19 tie vote when O hen, a freshman and one of th front to get or there can be no hope of any settlement at all. One reason for suspecting something is up is that the Russians began to sound more tractable a short time ago. One Moscow broadcast lo the Arabs, for example, included a striking line without quali ON PAGE TWO) last to vote, cast the sole publican vote for it. Cohen earlier had tried to gi the com-miltee to send a mor :onciliatory letter that specific :he shortcomings in Nixon's r sponse and suggested mean for improving it. but this mo 1 was defeated, 27-11. TO THE POINT The letter Rodino is sendin lo Nixon today is short and the point. It reacts: "Dear Mr. President: Th Committee on the Judiciary h, directed me lo advise you th it f i n d s that as of 10 a.m. Ap 30 you have failed lo comp with the committee's subpoei of April 11. 1974" WaLdLe called it meaningles "It would seem to inform I (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO .d* Accident At Intersection Rain wax seen as an indirect cause *f (his car-truck accident at the intersection of Hwy. 112 and Hwy. 71 bypass Wednesday afternoon. State Police investigator Kenneth McKee was not injured when his car was struck by a track driven by Larry Fulfer of Route 1, vSpringdale. McKee was parked near a stop sign. Fuller said be hit the State Police car trying to avoid a car driven by an unidcntiUed woman. (TIMESphoto by Ken Good) To Answer Jaworski Subpoena White House Given More Time WASHINGTON (AP) - Fres- dent Nixon's lawyers, fighting s Watergate subpoena, were given six more clays today in a move to avoid turning over any more tapes and documents. U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica set a hearing for May 8 on White House arguments that ^Jixon should not have to honor a sweeping subpoena from the Watergate special prosecutor which had been due today. Sirica gave the prosecutor's office and attorneys for seven defendants in the Watergate cover-up trial until 2 p.m. next Monday to file answers to a White House motion that the subpoena for materials covering 64 presidential conversations be quashed. A hearing on all the motions was set for May 9. The White House said the :apes and supporting documents sought- contained confidential communications to the President and could be denied on grounds of executive privilege. James St. Clair, Nixon's chief Watergate -- impeachment lawyer, -said before filing the motion that the White House already had given up all t h a t Watergate probers need to finish their business. The- confrontation with special prosecutor Leon Jaworski followed close on Nixon's surrender of 1.308 pages of transcript to the House Judiciary Committee for its impeachment inquiry in response to another subpoena. The committee voted 20 to 18 Wednesday night, virtually along party lines, to i n f o r m the President that the materials he supplied failed to comply with its subpoena for tapes. "If I was on the House Committee, I would demand the tapes. And I expect that Jaworski will demand them," commented Sen. Siim J. Ervin Jr., who heads the Senate Watergate committee. Today was the deadline for honoring a subpoena issued at Jaworski's request by Judge John J. Sirica April 18. Twenty four of the conversations sought by Jaworski overlap some of those for which Nixon gave the Judiciary Committee Iran scripts. Jaworski has said he needs the material for the Watergate cover-up trial of seven former Nixon administration and campaign aides. Several of the defendants filed supporting motions saying they wanted the same items for their defense. A spokesman for the prose cutor's office said Wednesday the White House effort to have the subpoena set aside would be challenged, and defense l a w - yers are expected to attack the charges against the- seven if the materials are not produced for their trial. "This is material we need," the prosecutor's office said. Consideration of adoption of ic plan was tabled at last vcek's meeting, which followed 'ie public: hearing in the .jringdule library. Members vanled more time to study estimony presented. Also, at he meeting following the earing, not all commission member cities and towns wore eprcsentccl. At Wednesday's pecial meeting, 2(i of Tt iicmhcrs or their proxies were ·i attendance. Drawn up by Dr. Dee Mitchell, civil engineer at tbc U n i - ·crsity of A r k a n s a s , the Norlh- vest Arkansas Regional Water D u a l i t y Management plan n'oscnts two regional ap- jroaches to wastcwater treat- Tient. T h e recommended plan contained in Mitchell's three vear study designates that two ·egional treatment p l n n t s be located on the Illinois River near Savoy antl near Siloam Springs. The transition from the present municipal plants to the regional ones would be gradual, with plants phased o u t ' each city exceeded its olanl's capacity. In the recommended plan, Silonni Springs would hook up to Beaver Reservoir for its water supply. Treatment at (be wastewater plants would bo secondary, a less costly approach lhan tertiary '(threa stage) treatment. CHANGE SOUGHT B u I to i m p l e m e n t the recommended plan with a price tag of 524.5 million for capital and operating expenses through 1990. the Environmental Protection Agency would have lo reclassify a segment of the Illinois River, lowering the | required dissolved oxygon mini( m u m from six parts oxygen per million parts valor to five parts )er million. Mitchell said the change would not negatively affect the river's water quality or native life. The alternative plan, wi t h $55.5 million cost in capital and operating expenses lhrou"h 1990, divides the study area (composed of Washington and Benton Counties and the western portions of Madison a n d Carroll Counties: into f o u l districts, three of which would contain five multiple-city wastewater treatment plants. Four individual ciy plants would he used in this plan. In both plans, the geographical isolation of Eureka Springs and H u n f s v i l l c would - necessitate these cities having their own treatment plants. Several questions (luring Wednesday night's meeting c e n t e r e d around whether adoption of the plan would affect current or n e a r future federal grant money for present systems. Mitchell and Dr. Garland Melton Jr.. \ ; \VARPC chairman, indicated they did not t h i n k it would, although admitting they had no written "We do everything we have to secure it." In an interview Wednesday night St. Clair said if bis move to quash the subpoena for the tapes is not successful he prob ably will appeal to the Supreme Court. Readies Report WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two members of the panel of experts t h a t has been studying the cause of an 18-and one half minute gap in a crucial Whi'-e House Watergate tape will present their report Saturday to U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica. Central Question Unanswered Transcripts Said Ambiguous By WALTER R. MKAftS i A News Analysis WASHINGTON (AP) -- For all the pages of the White House diaries, all Ihe 33 hours of Watergate conversations they cover, nowhere is there a simple answer to the central question of President Nixon's knowledge and motives when the scandal burst. The edited transcripts are, instead, like evidence in a trial, raw material to be weighed in seeking a verdict. In yielding them. Nixon made public eri- dence sure to be used by his accusers as well as his defenders. Through the 1,308 pages recounting their tape-recorded discussions. Nixon and the men who served him thus could become star witnesses for both the prosecution and the defense of the President. The White House m a i n t a i n s that the transcripts prove Nixon is innocent, that he knew nothing of the Watergate burglary engineered by men who worked in his 1972 campaign organization, and that he .earned of the cover-up only on March 21, 1973. They reflect Nixon's apparent surprise as disclosures about the burglary and high-level involvement, information that came from John W. Dean III, his former counsel now turned accuser, at that March 21 meeting. They also record Dean's statement that he had worked on "a theory of containment" lo keep the Watergate stain from spreading during the 1972 campaign. "Sure." said Nixon. "To try to hold it right where it was," Dean added. "Right," the President said. In those transcripts, the President at some points talked of complete disclosure; at others about keeping the cap on the scandal, isolating the presidency from the problem. The White House said the 'resident at that March 21 session rejected any hush money laymcnts to hide Watergate, iut the transcript reflects no flat veto -- and shows that he questioned whether Dean had any choice but to make such payoff. It recounts also Nixon's lengthy conversation with Dean about how money could be raised in cash, how it could he delivered, the drawbacks and dangers, and whether it would work. The published transcript is what Nixon long ago said il would be: inconclusive. In re fusing to release the tape recordings to the Senate Watergate Committee last July 23, Nixon wrote: "The fact is that the tapes would not finally settle the ccn tra! issues before your com mittee ions, they contain comments hat persons with different pcr- s p e c t i v e s and motivations would invariably interpret in different ways Now. delivering scripts in lieu of as in any verbatim recording of informal conversi the Iran- tapes demanded by House impeachment investigators, Nixon has said :hat they do contain evidence to show that he tried to find and do what was right. "I am confident that for the overwhelming majority of those who are willing to study the evidence . . . those who are willing to look at it fully, fairly and objectively, the evidence will be persuasive." he said. James D. St. Clair, Nixon'j lawyer, said the transcripts need to be studied in f u l l . "The danger of this is to pick out a phrase here or a scnlence there," he said. That is a risk for those who would demonstrate Nixon's in noccnce as well as those wh would allege his guilt. NEWS BRIEFS Railroad Charged WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged the 'enn Central Railroad and a number of its key officers with engaging in a massive fraud to conceal railroad losses and deceive its stockholders. To Decide Today LOS ANGELES ( A P ) -- A Superior Court judge is expected to decide today whether John D. Khrlichman's perjury trial should be moved out of f-os Angeles because of excess pub- icity. H o w e v e r , Judge Gordon Ringer will hear more testimony first at a hearing which xgan Wednesday on a change of venue motion by President Nixon's former chief domestic a f f a i r s adviser. Plone Missing TULSA. Okla. (AP) -- Peace officers and the Federal Avia:ion Administration searched Loday for a single-engine airplane reported overdue at Till sa's Riverside Airport. The green and while Cessna 172 was last heard from when the pilot, who has not been identified, talked by radio with the airport tower at Fort Smith, Ark., authorities said. The aircraft, owned by Southwest Flight Academy, report- edlv left Christ's -to Acres near Steel Prices PITTSBURGH. Pa. (AP) U.S. Steel Corp.. the nation's argest steel producer. ; nonnced today it will increase ·jriccs an average of 5.7 per *ent on its total product line effective at m i d n i g h t . The increase will affect : lroad range of steel product used in everything from autom- bilcs to bobbie pins. No breakdown on prices was given b the company. The steelmaker said the hikes cover only cost increases currcd since J a n . 31. including provisions in the new labor agreement which went into ef- 'ect Wednesday. Spilled Over SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) -- The Saigon command for the first time today acknowledge! .ome of its air and artillery strikes "may have" spillet across the Cambodian border as heavy fighting continued for the f i f t h day. The command denied, how ever, t h a t its ground forces crossed i n t o Cambodia, con t r a d i c t i n g reports from Ihe Finishes Work UNITED NATIONS. N.Y. \P) -- The United Nation; General Assembly's special scs sion on resources and develop ment has finished its work b Page, day. Okla., earlier Werfnes- field and sources. other militar guarantee from the- Environmental Pr thai effect. K U N ' D I X G SKKX Melton said ho had talked with EPA o f f i c i a l s about this maUcr and they told him they would h a v e to continue federal f u n d i n g . licntonvillc Mayor Ernest Lawrence, expressed his fr-nr that Ihc oily would not be able to get federal f u n d i n g to increase its wastcwalcr t r e a t m e n t facility when expansion is needed in a couple years. Lawrence, who saif! he favored the regional approach to w a s t c w a t f. 1 r t r e a t m e n t , explained that the adopted plan approving a Third W o r f d plan or long-range anil i m m e d i a t e mark 1 his city's t r e a t m e n t action to improve the lot of t h e j f a c i l i t y "obsolete" since it will poorer nations. I (CONTINUED Q-V FAGF. TWO) Senate Votes On Watchdog Agency For Prices, Wages WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has deckled the government needs a special watchdog agency buried over i n f l a t i o n , but has Cor Damaged SPRINGDALE -- Carol Bowlin. 1003 T h o m a s lildv.. reported h e r car's w i n d shield was broken out Wednesday night. Miss Bowlin t o l d police the car was parked in her driveway. attempt lo restore authority for new wage anil price controls. Acting less l h a n 24 hours aflcr Ihe a d m i n i s t r a t i o n ' s old conlrols program expired. Ihe Scnale voted 41 to 41 in favor of amendment giving Ihe administration authority to monitor wages and prices for another year. The amendment also gives the administration powers lo enforce anti-inflation com- milmcnls made by several h u n - dred major corporations before the controls program expired. But the Senate rejected 57 to 31 a last-ditch a t t e m p t to renew authority for stand-by w a g e and price conrols for another year. Some liberal Democrats joined Republicans to defeat Ihe proposal. The amendment g r a n l i n g new economy-monitoring authority was tacked on to an unrelated bill to implement tho Inter n a t i o n a l Kconomy Policy Act. Although Republicans .succeeded in putting off a final vote until next \Vednc.sday, prospects lor f i n a l passage were considered good. The bill would next go t o . t h e House, where chances of success are regarded as less cer- Onrr of the chief backers of .he amendment. Sen. ?Mmund Muskio. D-Maine. argued it w o u l d be foolish not to keep a mechanism for combating in- ihition in view of the country's continuing high i n f l a t i o n rate. The administration said e a r pr in the day t h a t the Cost of Living Council would do its best to enforce a n t i - i n f l a t i o n comm i t m e n t s made by businessc* 17 industries, even without new authority, until Juno 30. the state- obtained A partial le\l of ment, which was Wednesday, said Ihe administration's Committee on Interest Dividends was being abolished. The committee was charged w i t h controlling dividend p a y - ments by corporations and interest charges by banks.

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