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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, September 24 - 30, 1968
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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    Swedish Ambassador, 09/24/68: KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain asks Ambassador Hubert de Besche of Sweden about his country granting asylum to American defectors. By September 24, 104 American GIs were exiled in Sweden. Defectors could apply for Swedish citizenship after 90 days in the country. De Besche arrived in Texas on September 21 to participate in ceremonies commemorating Sweden Day at HemisFair ‘68. Following his stop to San Antonio, the ambassador visited several other Texas cities, including Houston and Austin. 
    Grand Jury, 09/24/68: Members of the Houston Fire Department testify at a grand jury hearing about an arson
    Tractor Joy Riders, 09/25/68: A tractor breaks through the wall of a grocery store
    Dock Strike, 09/25/68: Longshoremen load ships with cargo at the Port of Houston before an expected dock strike. The union contract for the International Longshoremen's Association expired at midnight on September 30. All longshoremen would effectively be on strike until the union and employers reached a contract agreement.  On October 1, the federal government issued an application for an 80-day cooling-off period as provided by the Taft-Hartley Act, allowing striking longshoremen to return to work while negotiations continued. Judge Sylvester J. Ryan set a hearing for the application, and signed a temporary court order directing 75,000 longshoremen to return to work October 4. 
    Minimax Hijack, 09/25/68: Police investigate a robbery at the Minimax grocery store
    Mink Handcuffs, 09/25/68: Law enforcement officials arrest a couple at William P. Hobby Airport, shackling the female suspect in fur-covered handcuffs
    New Busses [sic], 09/25/68: New air-conditioned charter buses
    Houston City Councilman Frank Mancuso at the wheel. Prior to his political career, the Houston native was a professional baseball player. He played the catcher position for the St. Louis Browns from 1944 to 1946, winning the American League pennant in 1944, and for the Washington Senators in 1947. From 1948 to 1955, Mancuso returned to the minor leagues, playing with several Texas teams including the Beaumont Exporters and the Houston Buffs. He was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. Mancuso served on the Houston City Council for 30 consecutive years from 1963 to 1993. 
    Oil Reserves, 09/30/68: H. J. Gruy, president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, talks about the growth of the oil and gas industry. The organization held its 43rd annual meeting in Houston from September 29 to October 2. 
    Mozen Craft, 09/26/68
    Hope Get Job, 09/26/68: Southern Pacific Transportation Company conducts job interviews for prospective train computer operators
    The Reverend Earl Allen talks about other upcoming programs to assist minority communities
    Pollution, 09/25/68: An unidentified state legislator shares his opposition to a state constitutional amendment up for a vote during the upcoming general election. Amendment No. 6 read: "Permit passage of laws exempting pollution control equipment from state and local property taxes."
    Welch on Busses [sic], 09/23/68: Houston Mayor Louie Welch comments on negotiations related to the city bus system
    Port Strike/Union Man, 09/30/68: KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain speaks with an unidentified longshoreman on his plans to picket during the upcoming dock strike
    Welch talks about the impact of the dock strike