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Press-Republican. (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) 1966-current, March 21, 1974, Image 2

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2 Press-Republican — Thursday, March 21, 1974 News in Brief I Demos urge freeing of Port Authority money ALBANY, NY. (AP) —New York City Democrats in the state legislature urgedo. Malcolm Wilson Wednesday to support a measure that would free Port Authority money for public tran- sportation. . ....... ...- Assemblyman G. Oliver Koppell, D-Bronx, said he and other Democrats were introducing legislation that would permit the annual Port Authority surplus of $100 million to go to mass transit purposes _ _ pks payment of escrow account interest Cypress firemen pray for ra NAPLES, Fla (AP) — Forest rangers riding bulldozers battled a 30,000-acre fire Wednesday that consumed stands of cypress and pine trees and threatened wildlife in Florida'^ Big Cypress Swamp. \It's the largest concentrated blaze we've had in the Big Cypress Swamp,\ one forestry official said. The 550,000-acre swamp lies ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Senate gave final legislative ap- proval Wednay to a bill requiring the payment of interest on mor- tgage escrow accounts— a step that will save the average homeowner about $7 a year. The measure is the first important consumer bill on which the legislature has completed action during the 10 weeks it has been in session. Court saysJDridgetenders shoufdfacetrrat ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The states highest court ruled Wed- nesday that xhree bridgetenf should factcxtheir role in the 1971 public employes' strike that shut down New York City drawbridges. The workers, Daniel Siciliano, Daniel Gibson and Victor Echavarry Jr.. members of Public Service Employes, Teamsters, Local 80. were originally charged with criminal tampering for allegedly making bridges impassable during the June 7, 1971, walkout, which caused a major slowdown in traffic into Manhattan. Monticello voters elect first woman mayor • MONTICELLO. N.Y. (AP) — Voters k\ this Sullivan County village have n mayor. Mrs. Anne Kaplan. 52, a Democrat, defeated Republican Thomas Belmont 896-S34 in an election Tuesday. Mrs. Kaplan, who operates a delicatessen shop with her husband, had been a village trustee and later became acting mayor when ppvriff KflMf fr r7? n w?fc pi^rtPfl Tnwi'frf Thompson supervisor last November. AgnewsBaltimore, Md. successor convicted BALTIMORE (AP) — Dale Anderson, the Democrat who suc- ceeded SpiroT. Agnew as the Baltimore Coy vn. was convv n ral jury Wednesday of 32 counts on income tax evasion and toriing kickbacks from consultants. The jury of six men and six women returned the guilty verdict on all counts after*slightly more than eight hours of deliberation. They received the case Tuesday night following 10 weeks of testimony and legal arguments. Draft lottery 'plain insurance' \y JERRY T. BAULCH Associated Press Writer numbers had been assigned: No, Jan. 5; No. 3. Feb. 16; No. 4 Sept. sumption of the military draft next year the first to be inducted will be men born Feb. 28, 1955. They drew No. 1 in the standby draft lottery Wednesday. But John I). Dewhuxst, deputy director of Selective Service, began the two-hour-long ritual of mating numbers and birtbdates by saying * 4 there is no intention\ by President Nixon or congressional \Teacicrs to re-Store*- ~tnono authority. The purpose of the annual lottery for young men becoming 19 is 'insurance — plain and simple.\ J^f^hM^L?]^ _ '\f he great experiment oT maintaining a military force in peacetime of 2.2 million by vol- unteer-means a4one show* s4ga&«f achieving success,\ he said. Dewhurs presided over the lottery in place of draft director Byron V. Pepitone, who had heart surgery last Friday. The plucking of capsules out of two separate plastic drums — black ones showing birth dates and white ones showing the 365 days of the year — was performed by four local high school students. No 1 was picked when there were only M capsules left in each drum Before that, all the other low No. 7. March 6; Nor£ March 24; No. 9, Oct 22; No. 10, Oct. 13 The highest number, 365, was given to April 29. The Christmas birthday drew No. 163 and New Year's No. 70. • Authority to draft men expired last June 30, but remaining sec- tions of the draft law remain in effect. Nobody has been drafted in 18 months*, however. ~ Those involved 4A- this yesur.'s lottery registered last year at their 18th birthday and were placed in a holding *'H\ classification. Those who received numbers 1 through 95 .will be reclassitied, ~~a~ccor~dmg to^ttTeiPcurfel^rcTvittaTr status, to provide a standby pool of \readily inductible\ men during U*74. None, however, will be given physical and mental exams or otherwise processed. Those with numbers over 95 will remain in the holding clas- sification Unless there is a na- tional emergency, they win not likely he^r from their draft boards again. The 1974 standby pool consists of 20-year-olds who received their number in last year's lottery. A man drops into a less vulnerable group each succeeding y*ar until hf^ reaches age 26. when his draft liability normally expires. heat lty and value C/4rt Carved mostly in Collier County in south- west Florida and serves as a watershed for Everglades National Park, It is alia the home ol » number of rare and endangered species, including the alligator, Southern bald eagle and Everglades kite. \All we can do is pray fer rain,\ said Jane Behr of the National Audubon Society, adding that March was the nesting season for the kite, eagle and other birds. Forestry officials said the fire first broke out about 65 mites wst of Miami on March 8 due to ex- tremely dry conditions. The blaze was quickly controlled but was rekindled by arsonists Saturday. Scorching a path through cy- press, pine and open prairie, the blaze headed toward the Florida Everglades saw between this Gulf Miami. 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