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BOSTON-Willam F. Powers, the new Massachusetts Public Safety Commissioner, yesterday said he hopes to eliminate the military aspects of state police discipline and introduce more sophisticated methods of law enforcement.
"It's very important for each of our men to have a definite understanding of the social, economic, and historical roots of the kinds of problems with which we're confronted," Powers said.
Powers, who just completed a year's graduate study on a federal fellowship, has initiated a seminar in "civil unrest procedures." He plans to abolish the barracks system, which forces a state trooper to live in antiquated housing miles from his home.
The new commissioner, a 20-year veteran of the force, also intends to reduce the number of state police riding motorcycles.
Back to Sugar Cubes
LONDON, England-Great Britain might follow the United States in banning the use of cyclamates as artificial sweeteners.
Britain's minister of agriculture asked the U.S. for a report on its tests on cyclamates. This action followed an announcement Friday by U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Robert H. Finch that all cyclamates must be removed from the U.SC. market by the end of this year.
In Stockholm, the Swedish Association of Retail Grocers also decided to stop sale of all foodstuffs containing cyclamates.
BOSTON-A Boston antipoverty agency will no longer be able to rent cars from the Minicost Car Rental Co.
The treasurer of the company charged that seven or eight accidents involving cars driven by Action for Boston Community Development have gone unreported, including one car that was a total loss. The car agency further charged that repair bills were not paid.
Deputy Director John Repolo of the antipoverty agency denied the charges. He said that "no large damage" was involved, and that the agency had paid its bills.
One of the accidents occurred at Wonderland Dog Track. Repolo said that he did not know why a car rented by the antipoverty agency had been at the dog-racing track.
Polish Plane Hijacked
BERLIN-Two armed East German defectors forced a Polish airliner to land in West Berlin yesterday. The two men were granted asylum.
According to an official spokesman, none of the other 63 passengers and nine crewmen asked to remain in the west. The plane proceeded to East Berlin, its next scheduled stop on the way to Brussels, Belgium, its final destination.
Witnesses reported that two Communist MIG jets tried but failed to prevent the landing.
'Fight Mayor White'
BOSTON-"No evictions, stay and fight, no evictions, fight Mayor White" was the chant of 75 demonstrators in front of Mayor Kevin White's home in Beacon Hill.
When White appeared, he conferred with police and crossed the picket line to enter his house, amid loud boos from the demonstrators.
The protest stemmed from the eviction Friday of 16 people from four homes and a luncheonette on North Harvard Street in Brighton, near the Harvard Business School.
The controversy, now ten years old, concerns an attempt by the Boston Redevelopment. Association to build lowto-moderate income housing on the site. The BRA claims that $5 million in Federal funds will be lost if construction does not start by November 1.
Music to Generals' Ears
ATHENS, Greece-The composer of the music for the motion picture "Zorba the Greek" has been imprisoned, according to reports in Athens. Miki Theodorakis, a leftist opposed to the Greek generals, was taken from the mountain village where he had been living in exile with his family, the reports said.
It was a speculated that he might have been transferred for reasons of health, but information on the medical services available at the prison was not immediately available.
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana-The Vietnam Moratorium was an "emotional purgative" and a "reflection of confusion" pressed by professional anarchists, Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew said yesterday.
Speaking at a testimonial dinner here, Agnew said that American views on the war are being greatly distorted. He gave a list of signs which he said indicated progress in the war.
Agnew described the participants in the Moratorium as "thousands of well-motivated young people, conditioned since childhood to respond to great emotional appeals."
He warned that "most did not consider that the leaders of the Moratorium had billed it as a massive public outpouring of sentiment against the foreign policy of the President of the United States."
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