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What do you say about a concert that died? Plenty, when it included one of the worst performances ever by both Sly and the Family Stone and the Naval Academy midshipmen. The disaster took place yesterday afternoon at the Academy Field House as 2,000 midshipmen and the hometown girls they imported for Homecoming sat on blue and gold blankets on the Field House floor. illul'c interesting iii&fi Ciiuae
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review however, were those lying on the blankets pawing each other, the girls in their Sunday best, the Middies in white shirts and ties. The concert was to begin at 2 p-m., but finally started at 2:30, when a group called the Wailers appeared on stage and played five songs which were identical except for one thing—each was worse than the one before it The
Consumer office opens its doors to field complaints By THOMAS KAHLER Staff Writer Consumers officially got a place to take their complaints against businessmen as the county's Office of Consumer Affairs formally opened today. Complaints have been trickling in since the legislation was signed last May, but now the agency is ready to go full liit after businesses that are wronging consumers. Since being hired as administrator of the office last month, Colleen Bell has been developing a system to use in reconciling disgruntled consumers with errant businesses. This has meant drafting forms to take the complaints on and establishing procedures to see that they are handled as rapidly and as smoothly as possible. While doing this and getting the office ready for today's official opening, Mrs. Bell has handled about two dozen cases. Most of the complaints have been solved the same day they were received, she said. "Most people just need someone to mediate their case," she said. Most of the time this can be done by Mrs. Bell getting on the phone to find out the facts, then explaining them to both the consumer and the businessman. How to complain To register a complaint against a business you think has treated you unfairly, you can call, write or come in to the Office of Consumer Affairs in Room 403 of the Arundel Center between 8:30 ajn. and 4 pjn. Monday through Friday. The first step is completing a screening form for which you will need to know the business' name, address, phone number, and the salesman's name if possible. The form also asks for
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the date of the transaction, where it happened, what happened, if any documents were signed to guarantees made, and if there were any witnesesses. "It helps a great deal to have someone to back up your discussion," Mrs. Bell explains. This form, which will be filled out by one of the office clerks, will then be evaluated by Mrs. Bell to see if there is basis for a complaint. She will try to solve the problem with the businessman over the telephone first. If this is impossible, the consumer will be asked to sign a formal complaint. The formal complaint contains all the information on the initial screening form, plus whether he has consulted an attorney, whether court action is pending, and whether the consumer is willing to testify against the businessman. The form also asks how the complainant wants the matter resolved. "We want to know what they're really after—what they will accept," said Mrs. Bell. In order to work out a solution, the office must know if the consumer wants a refund and for how much, orwhetherhe wants the merchandise replaced, or the service corrected, or just what he considers a fair settlement would be.
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departed after about teJf an hour, and the sea of white shirts seemed relieved, anticipating arrival of "The Stars"—Sly and his "family." But anticipation grtAially turned to boredom as the little mm on stage took almost an hour to set up Sly's equipment Middies' girlfriends amused themselves by trying on Academy bats and coats for size, white others returned to amour on the floor and other ptsttimes. A marijuana cigaret or two were lit. No arrests were made, but an Academy spokesman did say "a lot of unsavory characters" crashed the concert. Sly, brother Freddie, sister Rosie, and the other members of the Family Stone swarmed to the stage amid the white tide and tore into some of their old gold. "We're gonna make it hard for you to sit down," Sly said. About 20 people stood up to dance. "I get the picture," Sty said. "Everybody who's wearing what they want to wear is here to party, but everybody n white shirts has got to behave." This, like the "let's outshout the seniors" ploy of pep rally daj-s, made the Midshipmen jump to their feet But most who stood did just that, and the crowd's "enthusiasm" was equalled only by that of Sly himself, who threw in the towel after 45 minutes. What do you say about a concert that died? Just be glad it's been put out of its misery.
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SLY STONE (left) and his family tried and so did the midshipmen and their uates (above). But the groups were on different w a v e lengths at the Naval Academy yesterday afternoon.
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Judy Agnew's portrait is found By SUSAN CLOUD Staff Writer It now appears that former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew's "problems" might indeed have influenced the delay of his wife's portrait ceremony in Government House. Frank DeFilippo. Governor Marvin Mandel's press aide, said today the governor's decision to vacate Government House and divorce his wife had nothing to do with the delay in hanging Judy Agnew's portrait. The painting, he said, is in the State House, awaiting instructions from the former vice president's White House office. "I understand he (Agflew) wanted them unveiled together," DeFilippo said, speaking of Agnew's and Mrs. Agnew's two portraits. Agnew was displeased with his picture, and is still having it retouched. DeFilippo could not say whether a formal ceremony would accompany the portraits' unveiling now that Agnew has resigned. Agnew's White House office could not estimate when Agnew would allow his portrait to be released. They're not sure where that painting is. But, at least, Judy Agnew's painting has been located.
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