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Rampaging Porkers J^ortijtoest 60-0 Turn To Page 3B For The Details 115th YEAR--NUMBER 107 The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVIUE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1974 PAGES-25 CENTS For Fayetteville's Schools Bus Problem Ahead MAJOR HEADACHE IN STORE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL BUS LINE .Transportation Director Al Hughes is a man with a problem as he awaits impact of new federal safety regulations Bus Line Is Victim. Of Fast Expansion. Fayetteville's school bus system has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 12 years both fiscally and logistically. Where most students who lived in town in the early 1960s walked or found a ride to school, today a large number of city residents use buses that were once reserved for rural children. In 1967, Fayctleville schools owned and ran 17 buses, picking up · children outside the city limits and occasionally taking athletic teams and special groups to out-of-town activities. · This year, Fayetteville's 41 buses are expected to run more than 337,000 miles through the country and city .roads of Fayetteville's school district. Al Hughes, director of transportation for F,ayetteville Public Schools, said no records were kept for bus services during the 1960s, so detailed comparisons aren't possible. But a few facts and figures are available for that time. The big growth began when the Fayetteville City Transit · system went out of business and the schools began adding on to its existing bus runs, slowly at first, then more rapidly with time. "At first it was a simple enough thing," Hughes said. "The bus was coming down the road and had an empty seat or two, so a kid just hopped on." But that occasional catching a ride \vith a passing bus grew until this year the buses are transporting 2,481 schoolchildren daily on 38 routes. Needless to say, extra buses cost extra money, faoth to buy and 'to operate. The figures aren't available for the 1960s, but in'1970, the bus budget was $111,000. This year's budget is $168,000, and it may be exceeded by costs. "We're running a considerable increase in. mileage this year over last, but we're trying to cut corners to stay within the budget," Hughes said. "If we're lucky, maybe we-can do it -- if we're lucky." In 1970 the schools owned and operated. 34 buses, only seven less than the current fleet, but Hughes explained that can be a misleading figure because that year there were only five double bus runs, · compared to 15 today, and many of the buses that year were old 48-passenger coaches. The smallest vehicle used this year carries 60 passengers. Much of the cost of maintaining the buses goes to repairs of damage caused by vandalism. Each year many of the buses, especially those used on the city routes, are in need of seat repairs and window replacements. Regular maintenance makes up a sizeable portion of the fiscal budget, including cost ol about 1)5,000 gallons of fuel per year, tires and routine replacement parts such as batteries, spark plugs, oil and lubrication. NEWS BRIffS Argentines Flee BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Three prominent Argentines fled the country Saturday amid right-wing threats and following the kidnap-slaying of a leftist lawyer. Raul Laguzzi, a leftist former rector of Buenos Aires University, fled to Mexico, and actors Norman Brisk! and Nacha Guevara left for Peru. Government Blamed OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -Alabama Gov. George Wallace said Saturday that the blame for inflation lies with the federal government. Meeting the press just prior to his appearance at a state Democratic fund-raising rally, Wallace said, "businessmen don't make inflation. Labor doesn't make Inflation. The federal government makes inflation." Storm Threatens MIAMI (AP) -- Hurricane Gertrude headed for the Windward Islands with wind gusts of S5 miles per hour late Saturday after swirling quickly to life in the open Atlantic. Forecasters said the storm should be even stronger by Sunday morning. Gertrude grew from a tropical depression to a tropical storm and then to hurricane strength within a matter of hours. Leftists Win LISBON. Portugal (AP) -Leftist pressure forced Presi dent Antonio de Spinola to cancel a big rally by rightist supporters Saturday, and 5,000 Communists celebrated by parading eight abreast down a main Lisbon avenue. They were w a v i n g banners market "Death to Fascism." In a clear admission he was defeated in his first test ol strength with the left since the April 25 coup, Spinola told the rightists not to mass near the presidential palace because of "possible confrontations" with left-wing militants. Seeks Review WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ma jor Lewis of Conway, Ark., a livestock dealer whose rcgislra tion has been temporarily sus ponded, is seeking review o the case oy the U.S. Court o Appeals, according to the U.S Department of Agriculture The suspension, which was tc last 14 days, was stayed pencl ing his petition for a view, the USDA said. Lewis was charged with fail ing to honor checks and drafL Issued as payment for Uvestoc purchased in a joint busines venture with Henry DeJong o Otley, Iowa. A cease and desis order was issued earlie against DeJong. iii['Jii'rai!i!iLi;!ciijiDi[iiniLiiciOLii3i[inr.inniii¥ By RICK PENDERGRASS Of the TIMES Staff ' * The free ride will end soon for many Fayetteville public t school students who live in town , ' ~" and now ride buses to school. Because of new state and federal regulations that will go / , - into effect next, year local schools will have either to buy new buses or curtail services. Most likely, the final outcome * wilt be a combination of the two, according to Al Hughes , director of transportation for the Fayetteville Public Schools. The one new rule that will force the major change is a regulation that all students riding a school bus must have a regular seat -- no standing, no sitting on the floor and no ' · makeshift seating arrangements. In other words, in a 66- passenger 'bus, there will he no more than 66 passengers. * "This is going to cause a lot of people some headaches (TIMESphoto by Rick Pendergrasi) t efor e it's all over," said Hughes. What it will mean K simply this: the taxpayers wil have to dig a little deeper t( come up with new buses am ay for their operation, or some -(ids who are riding buses now vill just have to find another vay to and from school. MEET HALFWAY "I think we'll have a little of each -- kind of meet halfway," he said. Just coming up with some ;xtra money to buy expanded bus services wouldn't solve the i r o b 1 e m entirely, anyway, flughes explained. In addition to the cost of a new bus -about $10,000 at the last purchase -- the budget for the department must expand to include the extra cost of fuel, and salaries for drivers. "I don't think adding more buses is the answer. We already liave expanded out of our means," he said. Hughes pointed out that IDC? the Fayelteville school system owned and operated 17 buses, including those used for school activities. Today, the system has 41 buses. "It's gotten out of hand. Our buses are picking kids up a one place, letting them off a another, where they get on another bus and ride lo a third, and possibly fourth point," Hughes said. "We have deve- ,oped quite a cross-town bus network here." Hughes laments the days in the not-too-dislant past when schoolchildren who lived within .he city limits of a town walked LO school with no thought of riding a bus. SYSTEM CHANGES "It wasn't so long ago that the only kids who rode buses lo school were the kids who lived out in the country, but now, people have gotten so used to town kids riding the bus, that when we have to cut service to some of these kids, well, there's going to be quite some uproar, you can bet," Hughes said. One regulation that will be implemented to help devise a distribution for bus services is one in effect now, but not strictly enforced in Fayettevilla -- a two-mile limit. The regulation slates that children who live within two miles of the school they attend (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Ford Urges 'Crusade' To Level Off Inflation First Lady Undergoes Surgery WASHINGTON (AP) Betty Ford underwent a 2 ] /2-hour operation Saturday for removal of a cancerous right breast. President Ford said the First Lady 'came, through the" operation all right" and doctors said they vere optimistic she will fully recover." The surgery was described as i radical mastectomy, in- r olving removal of the breast, underlying chest muscles and part of the lymph system that extends under the armpit. Navy. Capt. William Fouty, vho headed the three-man sur- Jical team, said the outlook for Urs. Ford is favorable. "All of he gross tumor was confined ;o the breast," he said. When asked whether Mrs. Ford, who is 56, will be able to ive out her normal life, Fouty replied: "I would hope that she would." MALIGNANCY FOUND Mrs. Ford went into th'e operating room at: Bethesda Naval Medical Center at 8:05 a.m. 3DT. Surgeons first removed a nodule from the breast, determined that it was malignant and they proceeded with removal of the breast. At a briefing for .reporters, the doctors said they found no evidence the cancer had spread Beyond the breast. A more authoritative judgment should be possible in three or four days ifter analysis of the removed tissue, they saifl. The nodule had been dis- :overed a day earlier in a routine examination. She had shown "absolutely no symptoms" in two previous examinations, one a year ago and the other seven months ago, according to civilian consultant Dr. J. Richard Thistlethwaite, professor of surgery at the George Washington University Medical School, who was called in on the case. Oil Talks Open WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United Slates and four other industrial powers opened discussions Saturday on the continuing high price of oil with the meeting itself the only positive development in an effort to head of a predicted world eco nomic crisis. Scrclary of Slate Henry A Kissinger and Trea'ury Secre tary William Simon were haste for their counterparts from Great Britain, France, Wesi Germany and Japan. At Home For The Bailgame Motor homes carrying Arkansas -- and maybe Tulsa -fans to Saturday's game be- gin to fill a parking lot five hours lief ore game time. Some arrived Friday night. (TIMES- photo hy Rick Pendergrass) In Record Heroin Sale Four Found Guilty Four Oklahoma men were ound guilty in Washington Circuit Court Saturday evening n the July 10 sale. here of ;500,000 worth of heroin to undercover agents. The men, Maurice Derrick, 22, of Muskogee, Frank J. Freeman, 31, of Tulsa, Herod .ouis Boyd, 36. also of Tulsa, and Clarence J. Roland, 33, of Okmulgee were convicted at 8:50 p.m. by a nine-woman, three-man jury which recommended 30 years each in the state prison. The jury deliberated for nearly two hours before returning lo the courtroom to issue its verdict. The trial began Saturday at 8 a.m. and was concluded at Halloween-Masked Gunmen Hit Reno Bank For $1 Million RENO, Nev. (AF) -- Three bandits disguised in Halloween masks pulled off the largest recorded bank robbery in U.S. history when they robbed a downtown hank of more than $1 million, the FBI said Saturday. The men escaped into a rowdy crowd watching a parade along He-no's busy casino strip. An FBI spokesman in Washington said the armed robbery Friday night netted the systematic robbers about $1.04 million in cash, surpassing the previous record of $700,000 taken a Las Vegas bank robbery Vk years ago. Bank examiners said the exact amount of the Reno robbery will not be known until an audit is conducted Monday. Police invest!gatirfg the robbery were met by parade-goers who danced outside the First National Bank of Nevada and heckled officers as they moved in and out of the brick building. "These guys were professional; they knew exactly what they were doing," police detective Frank Morgan said of the well-organized robbers. LOCAL FORECAST- Fair through Monday with cool nights and mild days. Low tonight in. the low 40s with a Monday high near 70. Sunsel today 7;04; eunris» Monday Till. . Weather map on page 11B. about 6:55 p.m. when the jury retired for deliberation. Eight witnesses for the prosecution were called to testify during the Saturday morning session. The witnesses included 'ederal agents, local police, a chemist and a local photo ;rapher. The chief witness for the irosecution, Jim Atkins, a ederal narcotics agent, took the stand when court convened after lunch at 1:30 p.m. Atkins testified that he had made the purchase from Derrick in a local motel room the afternoon of July 10. The other three men, quartered in another room of the motel at the time, were kept under watch by federal, state, and local officers, he told the prosecutor. Articles of evidence in the case included a 10.7 ounce bag of heroin and two .22 calibei pistols which had been fount in the car of the men the day of the arrest. The afternoon was occupicc with testimony from police officers and a brief testimony by Connie Derrick, 21, wife o Maurice Derrick. D u r i n g Mrs. Derrick': testimony, it was revealed tha Derrick was a heroin addict Further testimony by Roland confirmed this statement. Roland was the only suspec to testify in his own behalf. Thi other three men waived thei: right to taka the stand. Economic Summit Expected To Produce Fresh Strategy WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pres- dent Ford consolidated govern- nent economic policy-making nd formed a blue ribbon labor- management committee Salur- ay, then exhorted Americans o join in a citizens crusade to vhip inflation. Ford came from the bedside if his wife, who had just under;one surgery for breast cancer, o address the conclusion of his wo-day economic summit con- crence. "Betty would want me to be here," he said to the applause if the 1,800 delegates and ipectalors after reporting that ioctors said "she came through he operation all right." Ford's voice quavered with emotion as he mentioned his vife's surgery. Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn., said after he speech that "tears were ill-earning from his eyes." The President's address concluded a two-day "town hall" orum which aired scores of conflicting suggestions from economists, 'business and labor eaders, congressional and government officials PLAN PROMISED Ford said he would outline or Congress and the public vithin 10 days his recommendations for "a coherent and consistent" inflation-fighting program and indicated it would call for major tax reform. He also disclosed "three steps I have just taken." The President said he has: --Consolidated by executive irder the government's domcs- ic and foreign economy efforts under an Economic Policy Board, to be headed by Treasury Secretary William Simon. --F,stablishcd by executive order a White House Labpr- Wanagement Committee to advise him "mantq-man and ace-to-face" on major economic policy. Its eight labor members include AFL-CIO Presi- dent George Meany, while the eight management members include some of the biggest names in business and industry. --Appointed Princeton economist Albert Rees lo head the Council on Wage and Price Stability recently authorized oy Congress at Ford's request. After making the three announcements, Ford added: "Nobody knows better than I do that councils and committees cannot win this war." KEY WEAPONS "The most important .weapon in the fight against inflation is the spirit of the American people," he said. He urged all Americans "to join me in a great effort -- and to become inflation fighters and energy savers." As a start, he asked that every family "make up a list of 10 ways you can save energy and fight inflation," then "exchange your family's list with your neighbors and send me a copy ..." Ford said Sylvia Porter, syndicated columnist on consumer economics, had agreed to help launch the citizens crusade. As a delegate to the surm mil conference, the columnist had urged Ford to enlist public support in the anti-inflation efforts. The President recalled the "blood, toil, tears and sweat" rallying cry of Winston Churchill to his countrymen in World War II, vowing: "I trust we can avoid blood and tears But I do offer you plenty of toil and sweat. And I will roll up my sleeves and work every bit as hard as you do, starting this weekend, until every American is 'enlisted as an inflation fighter and an energy saver, and until this job is done." Ford signaled his tax reform (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Inside Sunday's TIMES Study Course By Newspaper 5A Crossword Puzzle 6A Inei And Co. :__7A Fdir Trial Possibility Debated 10A law Students Learn By Practice IB Vines Named Interim Vice President _..7B Editorial 4A Book Reviews ...-. 6A For Women 7A-9A Sports 3B-6B Classified 9B-11B Legal Advertising .... 11B

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