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Iowa City Press-Citizen (Newspaper) - July 4, 1973, Iowa City, Iowa 4 IOWA CITY IOWA CITY IOWA Vol 132 No 171 City To Pick General for Renewal Rogers East German discuss Ties HELSINKI Finland AP Secretary of State William P Rogers and East German For- eign Minister Otto Winzer had a brief discussion Tuesday night of the possibility of lishing diplomatic relations be- tween their governments Rogers told a newsman today that the conversation took place only because he and Winzer were each other at a dinner given by President Urho Kekkonen for delegates to the European Security Conference Rogers said the brief talk did not necessarily bring the establishment of tions any nearer A spokesman for the U.S to the security ence said the talk between the two ministers was no major de- velopment Other sources said Winzer raised the matter and Rogers told him the Nixon tration is considering lishing diplomatic relations with the East German ment But Rogers said he could not predict when this would happen the sources said East Germany has diplomatic ties with many Western countries in re- cent months since it concluded a treaty normalizing relations with West Germany Both manys are expected to join the United Nations this fall and diplomatic sources say this may provide an opportunity for the start between the United States and East ny to establish diplomatic factors include U.S claims for compensation ifr American property ex- when the nist state came into being in 1949 An East German trade gation visited the United States earlier this year for the first formal German con- tact in more than two decades of Cold War hostility made East debut at tite European curity Conference today and re- buffed the drive by the United States and its allies to increase contacts between the people of the Soviet and Western blocs He also struck the ritual mistic note being sounded by all speakers at the conference saying it may er in a new era of developing relations of peaceful ence in Europe West German Foreign ter Walter Scheel also was to speak today and was expected to tell the delegates that cellor Willy Brandt's policies of detente provide a useful tool for ending the Cold War Informed sources said Scheel would remind the delegates that Brandt's ing moves to improve relations between West Germany and the nations of the Soviet bloc helped make the conference possible v These steps include Brandt's pacts with the Soviet Union and Poland Germany's loss of tory in World War II the Big Four agreement easing Com- munist restrictions on West Berlin and the treaty ing relations between West and East Germany and clearing the for both to join the United Nations Severe Weather Squall The blocks of South Lucas Street looked like this following a severe weather squall on the Fourth of July 20 years ago Photo Storm Battered City 20 Years Ago By M JOANNE BRUEGGER Of the Press Citizen Most of those who enjoy about the good fashioned Fourths of July don't include among their more ant memories the 1953 holiday Twenty years ago today Iowa City was battered by the worst wind storm in its history and the record still holds About persons had ered at Iowa City Park for the traditional Jaycees sponsored fireworks display which was started early thai night because of threatening rain A little after 9 p.m just as the fireworks were concluding the storm struck with 90 to 100 mile per hour winds City Park was the first section of Iowa City to be hit According to Press Citizen news accounts from the ing week July 4 fell on a day in between 75 and 100 trees were blown down in the park area and many sons were struck by falling branches Children became from their and near panic resulted as people rushed toward exit roads The storm swept into Iowa City from the northwest and cut diagonally across town in a southeasterly direction Its path ranged from a mile to two miles wide extending from west of the Iowa River east to what was then known as the side addition The peak of the storm lasted only one or two minutes cording to the news account with violent winds for a few minutes more followed by a dead calm There was little rain The U.S Weather Service de- scribed the storm as a severe weather but not a nado The same storm reached into most of the rest of the state the following day and at least two deaths one in West Liberty were attributed to lightning A farm home near Ainsworth was struck by ning and burned mile winds buffeted loo the day after they hit Iowa City and inches of rain re- fell in Dubuque over 45 minutes Flat hailstones up to in diameter wiped out crops in the North English area and ers across the state reported extensive crop damage Among the hardest hit parts of Iowa City were South Lucas STORM Turn to Page 2A Two May Plead Guilty in Watergate Coverup WASHINGTON AP Two former White House officials are reported ready to plead guilty in the Watergate up and implicate H R man the resigned White House chief of staff The New York Daily News said today that Gordon chan and Herbert L Porter both Haldeman proteges have agreed to cooperate with the special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox The news said Porter would plead guilty to obstructing tice in connection with com- perjury before gate investigators planned plea was not reported The News said Strachan sent word through his lawyers on June 14 that once he received limited immunity from the ate Watergate committee he would be willing to testify that Haldeman knew of the gate cover-up the ning Strachan who reported to Haldeman at the White House has been granted the limited form of immunity that prevents prosecution on grounds of his own testimony The News also reported that Common Cause the citizens lobby has learned of another million collected by dent Nixon's re-election com- before last spring's deadline for contribution dis- closures This is in addition to contributions from other Nixon supporters who donated million the newspaper said Dollar Dips fo New Lows in Europe Money Marts FRANKFURT West ny AP The U S dollar dropped to record lows on Eu- money markets today but the July 4th bargain day at- few buyers It's almost sell any said one banker in Frankfurt Bankers in Paris said there was practically no trading there The dollar dropped more than three pfennigs on the Frankfurt market opening at a record low of 2.3580 marks and then falling within 40 minutes to 2.3475 It had closed Tuesday at 2.3850 The American currency lost almost three per cent of its ue overnight in Zurich ping to 2.79 Swiss francs The rate dropped six centimes in Paris 4.0425 commercial French francs but there was no business The British pound rose only fractionally in London ever to it closed at Tuesday The price of gold rose as it usually does when the dollar is under pressure The metal opened up cents in Zurich at an ounce and up in London at The all-time high for the metal is A Frankfurt banker said he would not be surprised if the dollar sold for as low as 2.25 marks in the next few days Dealers in London were unable to say definitely why the dollar was plunging now The U.S currency has been weak for months because of the Wa- tergate scandals adverse U S trade and foreign exchange ures and renewed inflation in the United States Year's 1st Hurricane Brushes Past Bermuda mt's Where On Inside Pages Heavy Rains Delay Opening Of Central Iowa Railway HAMILTON Bermuda AP Alice the season's first ricane brushed past Bermuda early today did no major an and dumped at least two niches of rain that ended a three-month drought in the British island colony No casualties were reported tat the storm confined Americans to their hotels and ships A few trees were blown down aid tow electric lines to By 6 CDT the eye of the storm was reported 40 miles to the northwest heading north to northeast with no other land near Alice's closest approach to Bermuda came at when the eye of the storm was 28 miles to the west of the island about 600 miles off the Carolina coast The storm picked up strength as it roared north and U S weather planes estimated the center winds at M an hoar with up to 115 But the tocal weathermen recorded i wMs tbt height of the storm with gusts in ex- posed areas up to 88 The seas were running 18 to 22 feet high with tides three to five feet above normal Gales extended about 200 miles to the east and 100 miles to the west of the storm center Alice is expected to continue on a north to north-northeast course the hurricane center said in an advisory at 3 An additional slight in- crease in strength may occur The storm was advancing at about It miles an hour ermen said it posed no danger to any offer land ants it present Council Schedules Hearing Niton Enemies What Dees It Don't Stifle Creativity Specialist Says Dear Abby Classified TV Editorial Emphasis SB I A 3D IB IB Locol Weather Pipe A KALONA Recent heavy rains have delayed the opening of the Central Iowa Railway Co according tn the railroad officials The railroad was scheduled to go into operation earlier this week but will not be ready un- til about July 24 because part of the line has been washed out Ferd Skola president of the Farmer's Savings Bank which is associated in financing the railroad said the washed out area on the English River west of Kalona is in the process of being repaired Skola said that there are an engine and caboose running on part of the line but not on any particular schedule The road is operated by the Paul based lowe Corp Skola commented that in light of the gas and fuel age the railroad is especially needed to provide trans- to residents of the 10 towns along the line A lot of business could be created which would help the small towns and the he said Ours is a unique ation since most small rail lines are being phased out and ours is just beginning Skola said that although the line would provide passenger service most of the profits would come from freight items such as gram and farm chinery Milton Price Tag On Property By JOHN R MUNSON Of The The Iowa City Council voted Tuesday to sell the city's urban renewal property to a general developer for million The vote was with cilman Loren Hickerson absent Included in the sale will be land parcels totalling square feet The price per square foot will be The resolution approved lowing an executive session so authorizes the city manager to seek approval of the sale plan from the federal ment of Housing and Urban De- velopment HUD and to ad- vertise for bids Mayor C L Brandt said be expects the property to be put up for sale within 30 days The land will using the fixed price method of land disposition wherein price will not be an element of the com- the council resolution states Brandt said a developer wMl be selected on the basis of the land use plan submitted and on the basis of the overall development package City officials first indicated interest in selling urban renewal property to a general developer last December citing the need to coordinate redevelopment Brandt said the sale price per square foot was calculated by dividing the number of square feet into the needed for the city to realize its costs The city has already received from re- land he noted Tuesday's decision marked the conclusion of a series of closed door meetings the City Council has held during the past two months to prepare for the sale of the land Tuesday's decision to set a fixed price for urban renewal land represents a rejection of a proposal reportedly discussed in past meetings for setting a minimum price tag This arrangement would have allowed developers to compete on the basis of the amount they were willing to pay for the land Council OKs Sunday Sale Of Liquor The Council voted Tuesday to pass an ance allowing Sunday liquor sales Councilman Loren Hickerson was absent The action was taken in spite of objections by an Iowa City minister under a new state law allowing Sunday sales at where more than half the sales are goods other than liquor or beer The Rev Robert Welsh tor of the First Christian Church of Iowa City asked that the council exclude Sunday liquor sales in establishments within a block and a half of a church Welsh said he thought Sunday liquor sales within the parking area of a congregation would constitute a nuisance City Atty jay H however said the council had no authority to enact such a provision Welsh then asked the council to exercise its local option to prohibit the Sunday sales Mayor C L Brandt said he personally doesn't agree with liquor sales on Sunday But I see no alternative to allowing he said Following passage of the the council approved Sunday permits for five Iowa City businesses Liquor and beer permits were approved for the Robin Hood Room at the Mall Shopping Center Aleko Hardware 810 wa Avenue Pizza Parlor Highway l West ami Colonial Bowling Lanes way 218 South A permit for Sunday sales was approved for tte Steak House 117 que t it EWS PA PER JEWS PA PER I
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