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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - August 21, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondale 710 N Illinois Murphysboro 1113 Walnul Herrln 212 N 16th Southern Dlinoisan 010175 I LIBRARY LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 789 Volume 82No W15c a Copy 4 Supplement 40 Pages J Pnu Hwrln Journ1 Murphysbore WEDNESDAY AUG 21 1974 Living cost rises despite ease in food prices Washington CAP The cost of living rose eight tenths of a per cent in July despite an easing in the increase in food prices the government said today The July report marked only the second time this year the monthly increase in the governments Consumer Price Index has been less than 1 per cent The July increase would amount to an annual rate of in flation of 96 per cent still ahead of last years 88 per cent infla tion rate Prices as of July 31 were 118 per cent higher than in July 1973 the government said That is the biggest 12month jump since the year ending September 1947 when the increase was 126 per cent The Labor Departments Bureau of Labor Statistics said however workers managed to gain ground last month in their race with inflation Spendable earnings after taking account for inflation moved up by twotenths of 1 per cent But since it was only the se cond monthly increase this year real spendable earnings were 53 peicent less than a year earlier The major factors pushing up prices in July the department said were higher interests costs for home buyers and higher prices on cars medical care and restaurant meals The increase in prices for regular gasoline slowed from sixtenths of a penny in June to a twotenths of a cent jump in July The latest national average price worked out to 558 cents a gallon Food prices actually rose by onetenth of one per cent But because they usually rise much more strongly in July the Labor Department adjusted the change for seasonal variation The result was a fourtenths of one per cent drop as far as the governments index is concern ed The price of beef dairy pro ducts eggs and frPth fruits which normally rise in July declined Fresh vegetable prices declined even more than usual Grocery store prices increased on poultry pork sugar sweets cereal and bakery products However the food price slug gishness iaJuly did not reflect healthy increases already working their way up to the grocery store level The government had reported earlier this month a whopping 6 4 per cent increase in prices for food and farm products at the wholesale level This rise is expected to work its way to the consumer level over the next few months The government said its con sumer price index stood at 1483 in July meaning it now costs to buy the same goods and services which cost in 1967 Ford vows not to seek wage price controls Washington AP President Ford has pledged not to seek wageprice controls Haying recent experience makes It clear that compulsory controls would be most undesirable He made the statement Tues day as Congress was completing action on his request for legislation to reestablish a wage end price monitoring agency The new agency would depend on investigation and disclosure of increases that threaten to feed inflation It would have no authority to impose controls I will do my best to see that the new price and wage monitoring agency works ef fectively to combat inflation Ford said There will be no mandatory wage and price controls The President added that he wanted to get this message to labor and business leaders so they can act accordingly Ford also moved to set up a steering committee to prepare for an economic summit cnn ference scheduled for late September or early October The President has promised to preside at the economic summit which also would include representatives from Congress management labor and con sumer groups The bill setting up a Council on Wage and Price Stability in effect a revival of the old Cost of Living Council was the first specific legislation Ford asked for The House took the final ac tion approving it on Tuesday 36927 The bill already had passed the Senate Turks fo consider reasonable changes Turks ready to begin Cypriot negotiations By the Associated Press Turkish Premier Bulent Ecevit said today Turkey is ready to negotiate reasonable changes in the demarcation line carved out by its forces on Cyprus But he said that basically the present line which slices off the top third of Cyprus would be maintained I am more optimistic than before that Cyprus negotiations can start again he added He said he and British Ambassador Sir Horace Philips met for 45 minutes in Ankara and discussed possibilities for restarting the talks and that Britain is contacting all the parties involved Ecevit told newsmen he is willing to meet with Greek Premier Const an tine Caramanlis anywhere Ecevit said Turkey has made an open call to all parties Greek Cypriots Greece and Britain for immediate negotiations on a Cyprus settle ment The Turks now control more than onethird of the island in the northeast The boundary runs roughly from Lefka in the west 65 miles to the main port of Famagusta in the east The United Nations reported that Rejection of amnesty Kennedy asks VFW to reconsider stand Chicago AP Sen Edward M Kennedy DMass urged delegates to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention today to re consider their rejection of President Fords call for lim ited amnesty The audience responded with a resounding On Monday the President told the convention that he supports limited amnesty for young men who evaded mili tary service during the Viet nam war but the VFW unani mously rejected the idea Tues day In his address to the con vention Kennedy said Presi dent Ford asked for limited amnesty and I stand one with him Aside from rejecting any re consideration of their opposi tion to limited amnesty the delegates gave Kennedy a Amnesfy Yes or No Story on page 3 warm reception In a news conference ear lier Kennedy termed the Pre sidents attitude toward am nesty courageous Its a new wind from the White House Kennedy a possible Demo cratic presidential candidate in 1976 said Ford will be extremely formidable for any opponent to unseat if he seeks election to a full term in 1976 immigrant Bombing suspect held Los Angeles AP A Yugoslavian immigrant with a record of sex offenses has been arrested for investigation of murder and police say he is the alphabet bomber whose deadly charges have killed three persons Muharem Kurbegovic 31 was taken into custody Tuesday night after he planted a tape recording in a trash can in a rest room at a Hollywood take out restaurant Authorities said Kurbegovic wasthe man who identified himself in telephone calls and other tape recordings as Isaac Rasim military leader of an organization called Aliens of America He was called the alphabet bomber after threatening to spell out the groups name in blood unless immigration and sex laws were repealed William A Sullivan assistant director of theFBI in charge of the Los Angeles office said Kurbegovic was apparently ac ting alone and at this time it would be my opinion that there is no such group as the Aliens of America Kurbegovic has been a resi dent alien in the United States since 1967 Sullivan said Sullivan said the tape found Tuesday night when Kurbegovic was arrested reiterated political philosophy espoused earlier by Rasim but did not contain a bomb threat SSwSuSrrfKAlM and Leroy Patterson discuss miners memorial at West Frankfort Turkish forces have already ordered UN peacekeeping personnel out of Famagusta Informed sources in Ankara said Tuesday the Turkish government is going ahead with plans to set up a selfsufficient Turkish Cypriot state in the northern part of Cyprus The sources said the Turkish government still wants Cyprus to become a federation of Greek and Turkish Cypriot states But they said Ecevit is not waiting for the Greeks and Greek Cypriots to withdraw their op position to the modified form of partition Turkey is deman ding Gl benefit hike gets past Senate Washington AP The Senate passed and re turned to the House today a compromise bill giving vet erans attending school under the GI Bill a 23 per cent increase in monthly benefits House action would send the measure to President Ford who told the Veterans of For eign Wars Monday he would not hesitate to veto it if he considered it inflationary The measure passed the Senate on a voice vote without dissent The Senate narrowly defeated today an attempt to cut million from military aid to South Vietnam It then turned to consider a bid to slice another billion from the overall military spending budget By a roll call vote of 47 to 44 the Senate turned aside an amendment by Sen William Proxmire DWis UMW asks ouster of safety head By the Associated Press The United Mine Workers union has called for the ouster of federal mine safety ad ministrator James M Day saying he has failed to enforce laws designed to prevent mine casualties And a Republican senator Richard S Schweiker of Pennsylvania says he thinks theres a good chance President Ford may dump Day in favor of someone more acceptable to labor Led by UMW President Arnold Miller more than 1000 coal miners marched from a rally at the unions headquarters in downtown Washington to the Interior Department Tuesday to demand Days resignation Meanwhile miners planned rallies and memorial services today in at least three states Much of the attention focused on Birmingham Ala where an estimated 1000 miners were expected to march in protest of imported coal GOP senator says Ford may remove Day Other rallies were scheduled in West Frankfort HI and Ludlow Colo The scheduled events are part of the UMWs MondaytoFriday work stoppage in memory of the mere than 100000 miners who have died in mines this cen tury The UMW claims 115000 miners in 12 states who dig 75 per cent of the nations coal are involved The coal industry has com plained the work stoppage is a thinly veiled effort to deplete supplies at power plants and steel mills prior to contract bargaining time The current threeyear con tract expires in midNovember and any reduction of coal stockpiles would strengthen the UMWs hand at the bargaining table At the Washington rally the miners carrying antiDay placards and chanting Day out now accused Day of favoritism toward the coal in dustry and of showing lack of concern for their problems Schweiker also speaking at the rally proposed a number of mine safety reforms and called for a mine safety program run by professionals not by politicians He later told reporters he be lieves President Ford will withdraw Days nomination Day was nominated by former President Richard M Nixon to be administrator of the Interior j Departments Mining Enforce ment and Safety Administration but has not been confirmed by the Senate j Coal miners are still Dawes members Ted Iron Man Kail only living surv Mansfield promises quick vote on Rocky Muharem Kurbegovic Washington AP Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansield promised quick Ford says 1976 Candidacy likely Washington AP President Ford declar ed through a spokesman to day that he probably will run for the nations highest office in 1976 Publicly changing his posi tion 13 days after assuming the presidency Ford relayed word of his new stance through White House Press Secretary Jerald F terHorst TerHorst said there is no precise agreement on whe ther Nelson A Rockefeller nominated by Ford Tuesday to be vice president will be on the 1976 ticket action today on Nelson A Rockefellers nomination to be vicepresidfit There will be no delay or postponement Mansfield told reporters He said every effort would be made to get it done before we go out in October Senate Republican leader Hugh Scott apparently referr ing to hints of delay from some Democrats said It is necessary to act as expeditious ly as possible so no one will charge us with ulterior motives House Juduary Committee Chairman Peter W Rodino Jr DNJ and Senate Rules Com mittee Chairman Howard W Cannon DNev set confirma tion machinery including re quests for a full FBI investiga tion in motion immediately after President Ford named RockefeEer his nominee By Don Frost Of The Southern Ulinoisan They were cooked The pupils of their roasted eyeballs were turned up onto their heads Thats how United Mine Work ers of America UMWA Dist 12 President Kenneth Dawes of Sesser reminded a light turnout of Southern Illinois coal miners of the 1951 West Frankfort mine disaster Dawes speaking at the me morial service today in West Frankfort was quoting the late past president of the UMWA John L Lewis as he testified to a US House of Representa tives subcommittee on the Dec 21 1951 Orient No 2 mine dis aster whch took 119 lives Dawes read a list of Illinois coal disasters dating back to 1908 in memory of the men who died And miners are still he said Fifteen miners died in 1971 he said Eleven in 1972 six in 1973 and six so far in 1974 Dawes again repeated part of what Lewis said before the sub committee It was created by human neglect They management could have prevented it but production would have fallen Dawes told the estimated 125 persons at the sevice that he was disappointed at the turn out Its a shame our people are off and dont have time to come to one of these services he said sarcastically Im sure if Index Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map 2326 27 4 47 8 911 t Tonight partly cloudy low in upper 60s or low 70s Chance of thunderstorms Thursday with high in upper 80s or lower 90s No rain in sight Friday through Sunday highs in 80s and lows in 70s the work whistle blew all our men would be at work Among other guests at the services were UMWA Executive Board Member from Kentucky Leroy Patterson and Ted Iron Man Kiel the sole survivor of the 1947 Centralia mine dis aster in which ill miners died Patterson was also on hand to try to drum up support for a union organization drive at the Brookside mine in Harlan Ky That yearold drive at the Brookside mine in Harlan Ky That yearold drive has been marked by gunfire and bitter ness Seven buses were called to the memorial service to carry Illinois miners to a similar me morial Thursday in Harlan but in light of todays small turnout it appeared few miners would make the trip Some 120000 UMWA mem bers in 24 states are observing a fiveday nonpaid memorial work stoppagepermitted by the unions about to expire contract and called by Arnold Miller national union president Miller said the fiveday me morial is meant to attract at tention to safety conditions in thenations coal mines Indus try representatives say Hie unionis trying to deplete coal stocks as negotiations begin on a new threeyear contract The current contract expires Nov 12
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