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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - September 18, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE 710 N Illineif Murphysboro 1113 Walnut Herrin 212 N 16th lUin 82No 22015e a Copy 4 Sections Supplement pages I Successor to cirbondi l fret fna Hirrin Billy Journll Murphysboro WEDNESDAY SEPT 18 1974 01GI75 IW HOilS A PO BOX 789 DECATUR ILL 62625 CwbondaleHerrinMurphysbopt Three area contracting firms go on trial Springfield AP Opening statements have been presented in the US District Court trial of three Southern Il linois firms and two of their ex ecutives on charges that they rigged bids to obtain million in state and federal road work A jury of seven women five men and two alternate juror was impaneled Tuesday to hear evidence in a case the prosecu tion says will take at least 10 days to complete On trial are E T Slmonds Construction Co Carbondale and its president Eugene T Simonds J D Barter Construction Co Harrisburg and its president H H Barter and Superior Structures Inc Marion They are barged with con spiring in violation of federal antitrust laws to set the low bids on three Southern Illinois highway projects awarded in 1971 at a cost of million Three other firms named in the same indictment were severed from the trial Monday and will face trials later Thomas Howard the chief government prosecutor told the jurors the presidents of those three firms Edwin Pautler of Pautler Brothers Contractors Inc Chester and Frank Nutty of Frank Nutty Inc Vienna and James Knott of Johnson County Asphalt Inc of Red Bud will testify as prosecution witnesses The three men were granted immunity from pro secution in the ease Howard said The government said the firms decided among themselves which of them would submit the low bids on three projects at a June 4 1971 bidletting It contends as a result of the conspiracy the open bidding process for awarding road con tracts was thwarted and the price of highway construction in Illinois was fixed at an artificially high level Defense attorneys said they would show that their clients were either unaware of any conspiracy to rig bids or re jected attempts to rig them Two of the projects involved were awarded to Barter and Simonds the government said while a third project went to Pautler Nutty and Johnson County Asphalt Barter and Simonds won a million contract for road work on Interstate 24 near New Columbia in Massac County and a million contract for road work on Illinois 13 near Equality and Harrisburg in Saline Coun ty Pauler Nutty and Johnson won a million contract for bridge work near Round Knob in Massac County Twentytwo firms and four executives were indicted in January by a federal grand jury on charges that they rigged bids on million in highway work This is the second of eight trials scheduled through July 1975 on the charges The first trial ended with the conviction of two firms and a plea of guilty from a third in connection with the awarding of a road contract in Douglas County Maximum penalty for convic tion is a fine and one year in prison for the in dividuals The state may also suspend convicted firms from bidding on state work for up to a year School busing funds limited An impossible play Washington AP The Senate today passed a billion appropriations bill that include sharp limitations on use of federal funds for abortions or school busing to achieve desegregation The vote was 77 to 12 The bill providing funds for most of the governments domestic social programs was cut million below the ad ministrations budget request and million below the House bar use of any federal funds for busing programs aimed at overcoming racial imbalance on abortion and the section total Such reductions have been unprecedented in recent years Normally the Senate has voted considerably more1 than the President asked and the House allowed But this year the bills sponsors said they were determined to hold down federal spending and help the fight on inflation Before final passage the Senate adopted 85 to 5 a second busing offered by Sen Claiborne Pell DRI providing that nothing in the bill should prohibit the implemen tation of rights guaranteed by the Constitution The first busing and abortion sections were added as riders to the original bill The first busing rider would would deny use of federal funds this fiscal year for abortions unless needed to save the life of the mother However it was uncertain whether either of the riders added Tuesday would survive the SenateHouse conference on Hie legislation The abortion ban would apply principally to Medicaid the health program for welfare recipients and other poor iamilies Sen Dewey Bartlett Rpkla sponsor of the rider said he understood Medicaid paid for abortions in 14 or 15 states But a spokesman for Planned Parenthood said at least 26 states allowed abortions under the program The federal government pays iO to 83 per pent of the cost faedicaid It pays thebiggest share in lowincome states Sen William D Hathaway D Waine opposing the amend ment said that it discriminated against the poor He sought to all the rider with a tabling mo ion but lost 5034 The rider then was adopted on a voice vote Bartlett said abortions were offensive to many persons and that taxpayer funds should not Even Arnold Palmer would net want to play this golf ball where it lies To do so he would have to climb a be used for so controversial a purpose The first busing rider 125foot green tee tower This golf ball actually is the 250000gallon water tank for the InterCity Water Sys tern of the RendLake Conser vancy District Its the larg est golf ball in the United States Larry Foster exeeu sponsored by Sen Jesse Helms RNC and adopted 4542 reversed the customary Senate stand on this issue Busing foes hailed it as at least a symbolic victory tlve vice president of the dis trict said is one hope wont get lost The tower just off Interstate 57 at Rend Lake was painted by the Chicago and Bridge and Iron Co and also is supposed to tee off the rec reational aspects of Gun Creek resort area Foster said Photoby EdGreer Heavy police guard Five busloads of blacks unleaded at Boston school Boston AP back James Bjerkan greets his wife Cheri at Chicagos airport Tuesday night Bjerkan of Downers Grove had just been released from the Sandstone Minn Federal Correctional Institu Pentagon funds cut tion where he was serving an 18month sentence for draft violations He was given a furlough from the prison pend ing review of his case by the clemency board The re lease of two inmates of the Marion Federal Prison under terms of the amnesty pro gram is told in a story on page 3 AP Wirephoto Washington CAP SenateHouse conferees have From contractors approved an defense appropriations bill billion less than die Pentagon asked for but still more than last year The conference report which still must receive final approval of both houses of Congress is billion more than last years defense appropriation Sen John L Ark chairman McClellan D of the Senate rtiiv vuaiimau ui uie oeiiaLe Dresence Appropriations Committee said F the bill strikes a fair balance between the requirements of the nations defense establishment and the need for reduced federal SUNNY spending to deal with infla tion busloads of black woveKquietly unloaded at SouthBos ton School today andpolice continued to keep heavy forces in the surrounding white neighborhood Policemen lined bus routes and massed in front of the school as they have done on most of the five days that have passed during implementation of a courtordered busing pro gram Police Commissioner Robert diGrazia had said his forces estimated at 800 in the South Boston section would be slightly smaller today But he promised to keep a visible police At anintermediate school in the predominently white Roslindale section fourywhite students sufferedminor injuries when a fight broke out between whites The scuffle occurred in the yard of the Washington Irving School before classes began The mayors office which reported the incident did not know the total number of students in volved ProKu Klux Han graffiti began appearing today on buildings in South Boston after a Louisiana Klan leader promised to bring his followers to Boston to organize white opposition to integration Attendance at South Boston High was low Tuesday Only 177 pupils 60 whitesand 117 blanks went to class The school is supposed to have an enrollment of 1031 whites and 380 blacks General school attendance In ched up Tuesday to 73 per cent of normal with 59J319 pupils at tending classes On Monday 70 per cent showed up for school Last week angry white crowds stoned buses carrying black children to South Boston and there were some incidents of blacks throwing rocks at buses bringing white children into the Roxbury section The incidents fell off sharply after the weekend and three minor incidents reported Tuesday only were St Clair grand jury gets kickback records Ford faces defeat c Washington StarNews Washington President Ford appears headed for a thumping defeat in his first major showdown with LindsaySchaubNews Service East St Louis A steady stream of witnesses and records is being brought before a federal grand jury in East St Louis investigating al leged bidrigging extortion and contract kickbacks involving lo cal government agencies and contracting firms in St County The testimony of witnesses be Xed OUf number forthwith The supboenas were either fir records or for the officials to Subpoena Served aPPear before the grand jury The investigation is being di Some ordering them to appear Congress unless he comes up with some lastminute strategy an federal pay raise The full Senate will vote resolution disap gan about 1 pm Tuesday fol lowing the most extensive feder al raid for records and issuance of subpoenas in memory Five witnesses testified up tn about 5 pm Tuesday when the grand jury recessed leaving a line of witnesses holding boxes and files of records in the corri dor The parade of witnesses and Story on page 30 bv U S Jfenrv a Scnwarzby52UanSd fistant U Fords requested 90day s Atty Jack strellis 30 clair their attorneys resumed at i Schwarz explained Tuesday am today that the investigation is in ac Attorneys huddled in consultscord with federal statutes pro hibiting extortion that would af fect interstate commerce or ganized crime and racketeering civil rights violations such as depriving the public of benefits of federal grants and conspi racy to commit any of these postponement of the raise for some 35 million civilian white collar workers and military personnel If either the Senate or the House adopts a resolution of Fair tonight low in mid or high 50s Thursday mostly sunny little temperature change high in low 80s Terrorists give up in Damascus disapproval the salary increase will become effective Oct 1 as scheduled instead of Jan 1 as Ford has proposed Republican leaders have ap pealed to their colleagues for support on the issue INDEX Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map 2528 31 4 68 2829 911 29 Damascus Syria CAP Three Japanese terrorists who occupied the French Embassy in The Hague landed in Dam ascus today and surrendered to Palestinian guerrillas an air port spokesman announced The terrorists flew from Amsterdam after releasing their nine remaining hostages A volunteer crew of two Dutchmen anda Briton flew the Boeing 727 tion with their clients and wit nesses talked among them selves asking questions and ap parently comparing notes on thi most frequently asked question Whats it all about More than 100 federal agents served an estimated 100 subpoe nas to government agencies anc their officials and contracting firms and their officials Sawhill New cars will save gasoline New Chicago AP air pollution control devices may reduce fuel con sumption by as much as 20 per cent in some 1975 model cars the nations top environmental official says Russell E Train head of the US Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that the use of unleaded gasoline in with catalytic converters should increase spark plug and muffler life as well as clean up exhaust fumes Converters will be standard equipment on 60 to 85 per cent of the 1975 models Train told the annual meeting of the American Automobile Association that fuel savings will be 20 per cent in some cases and considerably less in others i Ford promises US aid to hungry people The Japanese Red Army is a small guerrilla outfit based in Europe Its members massacred 26 people in a raid at Tel Aviv airport in 1972 In The Hague the French ambassador Jaques Senard said he and 10 other hostages lived at gunpoint during their four days of captivity For 60 hours we had no food no water and no bed It was a horrible experience Senard told newsmen today all they shot 25 bullets at the office ceiling and into the floor right next to my shoes Senardsaid The 54yearold Senard and 10 others were taken prisoner Fri day The gunmen freed two women hostages Monday They released the remaining Tuesday and took off 300000 ransom nine with offenses Schwarz said examples of ex c Washington StarNews Washington tortion might include a threat In the first major foreign to withhold payment on con policy statement of his ad tracts as well assimply refusing ministration President Ford to let a contractor win a con today promised the United Na tract by bidding unless it is tions General Assembly that the agreed beforehand that a kick United States will substantially sack will be paid to certain increase its commitment to officials aid the worlds hungry He said the extortion invest In a noon address Ford pro gation is focusing on payment claimed US willingness to of property ormoney not violence respond to human emerges cies by spending more this Sources close to the grand year on food for peace relief ury indicatethe bidrigging and Programs by expanding extortion activities are a sysassistance to a g r i c u 11 u r a 1 em practicallya way of life development programs in poor Several hundred thousand dolcountries and by cooperation in ars may have been paid in an international food reserve cickbacks in recent years the system ources said and it is not unuAt the same time ina reflec ual for a single firm to pay tion of Secretary of State Henry ut as much as a year A Kissingers known sen in kickbacks timents Ford reminded newly rich oil nations of their own responsibilities in a world beset by economic perils The United States recognizes the special responsibility we bear as the worlds largest pro ducer of food Ford declared adding pointedly It has not been our policy to use food as a political weapon despite the oil embargo and recent oil price and production decisions Now is the time for oil pro ducers to define their conception of a global policy on energy to meet the growing need Ford said He warned that US largesse could not be taken for granted forever As new economic forces alter and reshape todays complex world no single nation can be expected to feed all of the worlds hungry people he said Ford gave no details in dollars and cents of the expanded US commitment to international food aid But sources in the government indicated it would amount at the very least to a decision to add to million to the million Wont release report Panel recommends big SIU changes already requested from Con gress for Food for Peace pro grams The continuing US leadership in the growing worldwide food shortage was proclaimed last year in Kissingers own maiden speech to the UN Ford noted1 when the newly installed secretary of state proposed a world food conference to define a global food policy That conference now scheduled to begin in November in Rome where the full details of the administrations commit ment are to be spelled out by Kissinger A special advisory commit tee to the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today in open session approv ed a report recommending major changes in the gover nance of the SIU refused to release a copy of the report or specific The special 2flmember pa nel which is composed of re presentatives of constituency is groups on the SniCarbondale and Edwardsville campuses will mail the report to the SIU board next week Among the changesrecom mended ii stripping James M Brown chief of board staff of power over the two campus presidents Brown no longer would be permanent chairman of the SIU system council under the committees recommendation The council is composed of Brownand the two campus presidents The committee also recom mended that the two campus presidents have more of a liason role with state and other agencies Brown was given power over the presidents last Janu ary   

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