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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, March 8 - 16, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1968

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  •  Trial Lawyers Meet, 03/16/68: Attorneys gather for a convention. KHOU reporter Ron Pierce then acts a practicing attorney about the Reardon report. On February 19, the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association adopted a set of disclosure guidelines for prosecutors, lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officials recommended by its Committee on Fair Trial and Free Press. Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Paul C. Reardon headed the committee. The suggested standards permitted the use of the name and age of the accused and the charge against him or her, but barred the release of potentially prejudicial information, such as the suspect’s record, contents of a confession, or testimony of witnesses. The US Judicial Conference adopted the Reardon report as federal standard in September 1968. To implement the action in Texas, a joint committee representing the news media and the State Bar of Texas established its own series of guidelines. In its report released on October 3, 1969, the committee advised prohibiting attorneys from using the press “to express his opinions concerning the conduct or rulings of the judge, the findings of the jury, or the conduct of opposing counsel.” Attorneys were also prohibited from abusing the media to “enhance or prejudice a pending case” or for “personal aggrandizement or self laudation.” Rules regarding what attorneys can and cannot disclose were established in the Code of Professional Responsibility in 1971.  
  •  Mercy Corp.-Poison, 03/16/68: A Mercy Corps representative displays the items included in the organization’s poison antidote kit. Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian aid agency that assists communities in crisis.  
  •  Truck Train Fatal, 03/13/68: At the scene of a fatal car-train collision 
  •  Welch on Tax Check, 03/13/68: Houston Mayor Louie Welch comments on an inquiry into a discrepancy into the distribution of tax collections 
  •  A matador talks about an upcoming bullfight at the Sam Houston Coliseum 
  •  Texas Flag to Nam, 03/13/68: The mayor’s staff shows off a Texas flag to be sent to the troops serving in the Vietnam War 
  •  Savings & Loan Hijack, 03/14/68: Law enforcement officials investigate a robbery at a Colonial Savings Bank, questioning tellers and witnesses 
  •  Pena-Boy, Kicked Out of School, 03/14/68: Waltrip High School Principal Gordon Cotton explains why he believes schools should expel students charged with crimes before they are convicted. Waltrip expelled 18-year-old student Louis Thomas Pena on March 11 after he was charged in connection with the theft of a church loudspeaker. Three days later, Pena filed a lawsuit against the Houston Independent School District, its board of trustees, and Cotton to seek readmission. Pena’s attorney, John Michael Ille, argued that since the burglary hearing was not scheduled until more than a month after Pena was expelled, his client would not be able to catch up on missed school work. He also criticized disciplining Pena before being found guilty.  
  •  Rev. Felder-Bread Basket, 03/11/68: A representative with the Houston chapter of Operation Breadbasket describes a joint project between the African-American and Mexican-American communities to address racial discrimination in employment, banking, and advertising. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference established Operation Breadbasket in 1962, targeting businesses that courted African Americans as consumers but failed to provide equal economic opportunities. African-American ministers led the organization, using the organizing power of their churches to issue boycotts and negotiate fair hiring practices. The Reverend Jesse Jackson oversaw the Chicago chapter before becoming the national director in 1967. Operation Breadbasket dissolved in the early 1970s after a falling out between Jackson and Ralph Abernathy, Dr. Martin Luther King’s successor as head of the SCLC. Jackson launched his a similar organization called Operation PUSH.  
  •  Arabs, 03/08/68: A group of men deliver a letter to the office of honorary Consul General of Jordan Sabir Amawi. Amawi filled the post from 1966 to 2007. Jordan’s King Abdullah II awarded him the Independence of Jordan Decoration of the First Order in 2002.  
  •  Houston #2 Count Street, 03/13/68: Neighbors work to take apart a vacant house 
  •  Bull Fighting, 03/13/68: An event promoter advertises an upcoming series of bullfights at the Sam Houston Coliseum from April 26 to 28. Two matadors reportedly walked out of the ring on the final day to confront promoters over payment and the quality of the animals.  
  •  Jazz Fed [sic], 03/13/68: An organizer with the Longhorn Jazz Festival explains the decision to expand the event from three nights in Austin to one night each in Dallas, Austin, and Houston. He then lists some of the headlining talent set to appear, including Dionne Warwick, Thelonioius Monk, and Gary Burton. More than 9,000 people attended the Dallas stop on July 12.  
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This film from KHOU-TV Channel 11 in Houston contains a series of short news segments that would have aired as highlights to news stories. Many are silent and would have been voiced over by the anchorperson during a live broadcast. The titles for each segment are the originals created by KHOU-TV. The clips on this reel all date from March 8 to 16, 1968. This series includes news segments about a federal lawsuit challenging the expulsion of an HISD high school student, the local chapter of Operation Breadbasket, and the Longhorn Jazz Festival.
The digital preservation of this collection was made possible by a grant to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Houston Public Library from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Many more films from the KHOU-TV Collection are available on the Houston Public Library Houston Area Digital Archives website.