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Detroit met mm METRO Inflation Report Drives Down Stocks Sec Page 11, Section A 15c 6-Day Home Delivery 90c WARMER Partly Sunny High 37-41 Low 27-31 Map and Details on Page 15C ON GUARD FOR 145 YEARS 1977. Detroit Free Press, Inc. Vol. 146 No. 319 Saturday, March 19, 1977 Action Line solves problems, gets answers, cuts red tape, stands up for your rights. Write Action Line, Box 881, Detroit, Mich. 48231. Or dial 222-6464 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. When I moved here from Fulton, N.Y., last June, I was told by the landlord of my old apartment that I'd get my security deposit through the mail within SO days. Well, it's been almost a year, and after writing to him several times I'm still empty-handed. I'm being taken advantage of because I'm so far away. Can you convince my ex-landlord to return the badly-needed $135? - D.M., McMillan. Long-distance problem's solved. Check's on way after Action Line got involved, but not for anticipated amount. Gene Burch of Joice & Burch Management agreed to refund $63 of security deposit, saying other $72 was used for rug cleaning. Landlord said you had option to clean carpet yourself and chose not to. Burch claimed refund could've been sent months ago if he had your forwarding address. You said that's hard to swallow due to fact you gave them the information when you left. Burch then admitted getting letter in December. He said he didn't like the tone of it and decided to make you wait awhile longer. I was given a beautiful shamrock plant for St. Patrick's Day. It looks great now, but I have no idea how to keep it that way. How about some pointers? P.I., Melvindale. Wee bit of water and lots of light will keep trifolium repens going for quite a lew months. Belle Isle floriculturist Edmund Boell told Action Line that St. Pat's flora should be treated as an annual, adding tri-weekly doses of mild liq-uid-tvpe fertilizer to prolong life. Unfortunately, Boell said clover-like plant will eventually run itself out. Though internationally associated with the Emerald isle, "shamrach" was considered sacred plant by Arabs. Small three leafed plant rose to glory in Ireland when St. Patrick plucked blossom one day while preaching upon mystery of the Trinity. It's been the pride and glory of Paddy ever since. If you find wilting of your gift a little too disheartening, do what 17th Century Irish did. Pre;; pare tasty stew of the green ery. . .whiskey soaked, of course. When I saw a man draining motor oil from his van into the sewer in my apartment parking lot, I thought I should report it. I've called the Ann Arbor Police, Water & Sewage Department and U-M Environmental Office, but nobody would claim responsibility for taking action. What more can I do? -G.L., Ann Arbor. Report culprit to Washtenaw County Drain Commission. Complaint has to be filed with county prosecutor, but will be directed to drain department. Drain Commissioner Tom Blessing told Action Line state law prohibits discharge of any waste material detrimental to water in county drains. Oil floats on top of water causing cut off of oxygen to plants and fish. Prosecutor's spokesman said civil violation could be examined if you enter complaint. Blessing said his office would seek to have violator pay cost of cleaning up water. Proper disposal of oil, according to Blessing, is easy to come by in Ann Arbor, either through local gas stations or Ecology Center at 417 Detroit Street, from where oil is sent out to be refined again. In June 1975, we ordered a three-year subscription to "Psychology Today" magazine for Sturgis High School's library. Alter getting nine issues, the magazine stopped coming in March 1976. We've written to the subscription department in Boulder, Colo., to straighten this out. The only response we got was last November saying everything would be taken care of. Well, it hasn't been. Can you help? J.M., Sturgis. Apparent psychological block's been lifted. Library file's up to date and "Psychology Today" will arrive on monthly basis after Action Line's calls. Problem was taken to Neodata Services in Boulder, which handles subscriptions for Ziff-Davis Publishing Co. Neodata customer service department just wanted to extend subscription for months missed, saying supply of back issues was depleted. When Action Line went to higher-ups, missing issues were dug up and sent to Sturgis. One Neodata rep said company's records indicate all issues had been sent out as scheduled, couldn't explain why library didn't get them. , Dear Readers Action Line editors consider every request you send us. We publish the most interesting and helpful answers. We regret that we cannot answer or acknowledge individual requests. THE QUESTION A recent survey of American astronomers shows that a majority believe that UFOs deserve further scientific investigation. Do you? HOW YOU VOTED YES, 78.9 percent. COMMENTS: "I'd like to know what's out there" . . . "All those people who've seen them can't be wrong" ... "The earth is but a drop in the ocean of the universe" . . . "To the intellectual, everything requires further investigation" ... "The government is trying to deny the existence of UFOs. We need an honest, independent investigation" . . . "UFOs might be dangerous to us." NO, 21.1 percent. COMMENTS: "The money should go into the United States, not into outer space" . . . "We have enough foolish things to spend money on" . .' . "Astronomers are all a little wacky" . . . "I'll believe it when a UFO comes down and gets me" . .. . "That's the silliest thing 1 ever heard." TOMORROW'S QUESTION The House has voted to spend $15 million on preliminary research for an American supersonic transport, even though six-years ago Congress scuttled the idea. Do you think the U.S. should develop its own version of the Concorde? To vote YES Call 961-3211 To vote NO Call 961-4422 Ma n Who Saw Missing Boy Is Sought They Talked in Birmingham Lot BY JANE BRIGGS-BUNTING Free Press Staff Writer Police are seeking a man who reportedly was seen talking to Timothy King the night the Birmingham 11-year-old disappeared. State Police Detective Sgt. Joseeph Krease said the man was being sought as a witness and not as a suspect in the case. "He was seen talking to a boy fitting the description of Timothy King in the parking lot" behind the Hunter-Maple Pharmacy where' the boy bought a candy bar before he disappeared about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Krease said. POLICE ALSO announced they believe the boy was abducted by one or possibly two men who may be involved in some of the murders of six children still unsolved in Oakland County. - They based their suspicion on a psychological profile of possible suspects developed by experts over a three-month period. The type of man, or men, they seek does not take drugs or drink and is a fanatic for cleanliness. He is wh'te, 20 to 35 years old, educated and intelligent and has abnormal sex habits, according to the proiiie. Police say they are looking for a white collar worker who lives or works in Oakland County and whose job gives him freedom of movement. He may be undergoing psychiatric treatment and has the capacity to hold a victim for a number of days without being detected. "We suspect we're dealing with a sophisticated, intelligent, educated man," said Birmingham Police Chief Jerry Tobin. "The type of person a child would trust instinctively." Tobin said police are treating the disappearance of the boy as an abduction. And, he said, "we are. assuming this abduction is related to some of the others" of the six unsolved slayings. TIMOTHY WAS last reported seen about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, when ha walked out of the Birmingham pharmacy about three blocks from his home. He left by the rear door and walked into a darkened parking lot behind the store. Sgt. Krease said another person, who was not identified, told police he saw a boy fitting Timothy's description talking to a man standing beside a car in the parking lot. The man police want to question about Timothy's disappearance was described as white, between 25 and 35 years old, with dark brown hair cut in a shag style. He has brown muttonchop sideburns, a fair complexion and a husky build. He was wearing a rust-oolored sports coat and Please turn to Page 8A, Col. 1 Artist's rendering of a man sought by police as a witness in the case of missing Timothy King. eafarer Vetoed by Milliken TW O WERE FROM MICHIGAN H anoi Returns Bodies of 12 Pilots From AP and UPI HANOI The Vietnamese government turned over 12 black steel coffins containing remains of American pilots killed in the Vietnam war to President Carter's special commission Friday. A commission member also said some U.S. set vicemen who deserted may be living voluntarily in Vietnam. One of the 12, Air Force Lt. Col. Elwyn R. Capling, grew up in Bad Axe in Michigan's Thumb, graduated from Bad Axe High School and attended Michigan State University before joining the Air Force. Another, Air Force Maj. James H. Metz, listed his hometown as Detroit when he joined the Air Force. Capling was shot down Sept, 18, 1968. Metz was shot down Aug. 15, 1968. The American delegation will return the remains of the 12 aboard its Air Force jet. The five-member team leaves Saturday for Vientiane, Laos, to seek an accounting of Americans missing in that country. COMMISSION Chairman Leonard Woodcock, president of the UAW, told an afternoon press conference that the Hanoi government, also agreed ia. attempt, to .determine .what happened to Americans still listed as missing in action in the Vietnam war. Another member of the commission, Rep. G.V. Montgomery, D-Miss., said that after 15 months of. investigating and the visit to Hanoi, "I personally believe no American is still being held captive." But he added: "There is a possibility a few deserters .'. . who did not want to go home" are living in Vietnam. Late Friday afternoon, vhe five-member American delegation walked somberly into a small room at Van Diem Cemetery. On a long bench were the 12 coffins, neatly lettered with the names of the pilots, who were shot down between 1965 and 1968. Vietnamese medical attendants in white face masks stood at attention as the Americans checked the names on the coffins against a list Hanoi had announced last September. Commission member Marian Edelman blinked her eyes to hold back tears and said: "It's so moving." Roger Shields, a consultant to the Defense Department on prisoners of war, pointed to the name of Air Force Capt. Samuel E. Waters of Mocks-ville, N.C., and said: "We first asked about him in 1971. We have him back at last." Vietnamese officials showed the Americans the identification cards of most of the pilots and dog tags of others. - The remains had recently been dug up from several cemeteries around Hanoi, including Van Diem, ;the main one about seven miles south of the city. Included among those buried at the Van Diem Cemetery are 250 civilians killed in American bombing raids on Hanoi, a Vietnamese official said. He said the cemetery itself had been hit in the raids. "We are checking to see if there are any more Americans in our cemeteries and if there Please turn to Page 16A, Col. 1 Inflation Rate Up And May Go Higher WASHINGTON - (AP) -Consumer prices took their biggest jump in 22 years in February, rising a full percentage point, and administration economists warned consumers Friday that prices may rise sharply again this month. The major reason for the sharp increase was a two percent rise in food prices, including a record 20.9 percent jump for fresh vegetables, which the Labor Department blamed on the severe winter weather. Coffee rose another 9.9 percent to a level 82.9 percent higher than a year ago. THE DEPARTMENT said higher food costs accounted for half of the overall increase last month. Higher fuel and natural gas prices were blamed for seven percent of thejum'p. The one percent rise in the overall index in February compared with an increase of 0.8 percent in January and would mean an annual inflation rate of 12 percent if continued for the rest of the year. In 1976, prices rose a moderate 4.8 percent. One economist said: "Given the severity of the cold weather, the overall increase in the consumer price index doesn't represent a sudden and serious deterioration in the inflation picture. This is a temporary phenomenon." Aside from the acceleration Please turn to Page 2A, Cof. 1 .f AP Photo "It's not really a relief to wait nine years to find out your husband is dead," said Mrs. Virginia Capling, shown with her daughter, Kris. 'It's Over for Me J Says Widow of Michigan Pilot From AP and UPI Relief, a last hope dashed and shock were the reactions of some of the families and relatives of 12 American pilots whose bodies were released to a special U.S. commission by the Vietnamese on Friday. ."It's over for me," said Virginia Capling, widow of Air Force Lt. Col. Elwyn R. Capling. "After nine years of waiting. Complete silence (from Vietnamese authorities) for nine years until last September and then nothing until now." CAPLING GREW UP in Bad Axe, 'Mich. His body was among the 12 turned over to President Carter's commission by Vietnamese officials in Hanoi. The news which finally convinced Mrs. Capling that her husband was no longer alive "Came as a relief that he was not suffering," she said. "But it's not really a relief to wait nine years to find out your husband is dead." "It's still agony for the rest of them, but I hope this is the beginning of an accounting," she said of other families awaiting word on men reported missing during the war. She learned in September that her husband's name was on Hanoi's list of airmen killed in Vietnam. Even so, mistakes have been made in the past and hope was still alive. He bailed out in 1968 and had been hi.ard from aiive on the ground Out rescuers were unable to reach him. . Mrs. Capling is 41 now and works for a Chicago travel agent. Her blond hair is streaked with gray and she's .the mother of a 13-year-old daughter, Kris, a ribbon-winner at local horse-jumping shows. She has not remarried. Please turn to Page 16A, Col. 1 UP Anger, U.S. Letter Decide It BY HUGH McDIARMID AND TOM HENNFSSY Free Press Staff Writers MARQUETTE - Gov. Mil-liken vetoed Project Seafarer late Friday, banning the controversial submarine communications system from Michigan in a terse, tough telegram to Defense Secretary Harold Brown. , "Mr. Secretary, I object," said the Milliken wire, which was hand-delivered t o t h e Navy's Seafarer field office here Friday night. Milliken's action was a virtual finale to the Navy's hopes of building Seafarer on a 4,700-square-mile area of the central Upper Ptninsula. While Congress could override Milliken, key legislators have said this is highly unlikely. Navy officials were not immediately available for comment on the Milliken veto. IT WAS triggered by two factors: An avalanche of emotional anti-Seafarer sentiment encountered by Milliken during the first two days of a three-day "listening" trip through the UP. What Milliken described as an apparent attempt by the Department of Defense Friday "to renege on earlier assurances" that the governor would have veto power over Seafarer. Milliken's latter charge was touched off by a letter he received from Brown earlier Friday. It pointedly failed to mention veto assurances and said instead that the Defense Department "would give very great weight to the views of the people of Michigan." Defense officials and Milliken have quarreled for more than a year about whether the governor actually had power to veto the project. A F T E R RECEIPT of Brown's letter, Milliken interrupted his motorcade schedule at 3 p.m. while between appearances in Houghton and L'Anse . for a series of hasty phone calls seeking clarifications from Washington. Milliken said his decision is final and means that Seafarer is dead in Michigan unless the Navy literally attempts t o force its will upon the state. "They'd have to do It over not only Milliken's body, but the bodies of nine million people of Michigan as well," said the governor's top aid e, George C. Weeks. Weeks and other senior Milliken advisers have been urging the governor for several weeks to veto Seafarer. Sev- Please turn to Page 4A, Col. 3 Carter Asks for More Foreign Economic Aid From UPI and AP WASHINGTON Pledging to spend more" efficiently and to reassess aid for "regimes which violate human rights," President Carter proposed Friday a $7.4 billion foreign aid package for fiscal year 1978 $1.1 billion more than former President Gerald Ford recommended. ' . ' Before he left office, Ford proposed a $6.3 billion foreign aid program for the coming fiscal year. , Following up quickly on foreign policy themes he expressed in his UN address Thursday night, Carter proposed a slight reduction in military aid and more economic assistance, especially for developing nations, "We are now reforming policies which have, on occasion, Please turn to Page 10A, Col. 1 Ann Landers ISA Business News 11-13 A Bridge 13C Classified 8-12C Comics 13-15C Crossword Puzzle - 13C Death Notices 8C Editorials 6A Entertainment 6-7C Feature Page 15A Horoscope 13C Modern Living 1-6B Movie Guide 14-15C Names and Faces Ib'C Obituaries 8B Sports 1-6C Stock Markets 11-13A Television 7B MARRIAGE PENALTY REDUCED Tax Writers Approve Cut WASHINGTON - (AP) -The Senate Finance Committee voted Friday a permanent tax cut averaging about $105 a year for 46 million couples or individuals who use the standard deduction. The change would mean higher taxes, averaging about $51 a year, for 2.1 million single persons. It, would not lower taxes, for the 31 percent of taxpayers who itemize deductions, but could reduce their withholding rates. The much discussed "mar- riage penalty," which runs as high as $2,000 in current law, 1 "would be cut to $1,200. THE TAX CUT in the form of increased standard deductions was written into a House-passed bill that includes the $50-per-pe,rson tax rebates proposed by President Carter to stimulate the economy. The ' .Senate committee delayed a final vote on the rebates. No votes were cast against the change in standard deducts o n, althoughRepublicans plan to fight it when it reaches the Senate floor. They prefer an across-the-board tax cut that also would benefit itemizes. The new standard deduction approved by the committea would remove 3.7 million couples or individuals from the tax rolls by raising the level where taxes begin to a n amount larger than their incomes. - Treasury officials say the Please turn to Page 9A, Col. 4 a

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