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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - September 19, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondalt Murphysboro Herrin 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 212 N loth oisan Volume a Copy successor to carbond Preu Hrrln Wily Journil Murphysboro Independent THURSDAY SEPT 19 1974 CarbondateHerrinMurphysbort up away crash Bitten by the Evel Knievel bug these Energy daredevils make their own deathdefying leaps Above left John Eaton as Terry Hall aban dons his machine in midai Right Jim Stone yelps him self off the ramp But the agony of defeat comes from Keith Cooper piled up in an unsuccessful attempt Nation wide some Evel hopefuls are landing in the hospital for their attempts but area hos pitals report no injuries yet Area authorities warn young persons against making leaps that may be dangerous Photo by Butch Nevious Supreme commander Pressure mounts for Haig hearing STORMY Index 1922 Washington AP Pressure is building for Senate hearings on the appointment of Gen Alexander M Haig Jr to be supreme allied commander in Europe Sen William Proxmire D Wis calledon the White House chief of staff to waive legal arguments and appear volun tarily before the Senate Armed Services Committee to clear the air about his role in the Nixon administration I n i 1 u e n t i a 1 senators meanwhile joined Proxmire in an appeal Wednesday to Chairman John C Stennis It Miss of the Senate Armed Services Committee to insist on Senate confirmation They included Sen Robert C Byrd DW Va assistant Senate Democratic leader and Sen Harold E Hughes DIowa a member of the Armed Services Committee Sen Dick Gark DIowa appealed separately to Stennis for hear ings White House and Pentagon officials have insisted that Haigs return military duty and his assignment to the dual role of commander of US forces in Europe and Supreme NATO Commander does not re quire Senate confirmation Classified ComicsTV Bridge Crossword 27 Editorials 4 Records 2223 Sports 1517 Weather details map 23 Chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight t u r n ing cooler late low 5865 Mostly cbudy and cooler Fri day chance of thunderstorms high in middle or upper 70s ICC launches rails probe Springfield AP The Illinois Commerce Com mission today ordered all railroads operating in the state to appear at a hearing in Spr ingfield Oct 17 and submit a plan for the immediate inspec tion maintenance and im provement of their tracks The ICC said it was issuing the order as part of an in vestigation into track main tenance begun in 1968 At that time the Commission said it told railroads to institute improvements in operating practice equipment track rightofway and other facilities affecting public safety Since then it said the ICC staff has made track inspections and railroads have been ordered to make improvements Nevertheless the ICC said it now believes further inquiry should be made Into the quality of inspection and maintenance by railroads of their tracks and rightsofway in the state in an effort to reduce the number of derailments caused by track conditions Atty Gen William J Scott recently sued the ICC in an ef fort he said was designed to force the commission to perform its legal obligation to inspect railroad tracks and road beds The suit was settled when the ICC agreed to begin an inspec tion program However ICC Chairman Marvin Lieberman said Wednesday the agreement only meant that the ICC would con tinue to do what it has been doing all along He said Scotts suit ac complished nothing and cost the taxpayers extra money billion budget cuts delays urged New York Times News Service And Associated Press Washington Congress will get a billion package of proposed reductions and postponements of spending by the end of this week and an additional billion package within the next few days Roy L Ash director of the Office of Management and Budget said today Ash told the new House Budget Committee you will have plenty of work to do Nixon gets coverup subpoena Washington CAP The special Watergate pro secutors office today asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to serve a subpoena on former president Richard M Nixon in the Watergate coverup trial that begins Oct 1 A spokesman for Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski said the subpoena is returnable on the day the trial begins However he did not specify the items President Ford will propose for cancelled or postponed funding although he did say the two packages would embrace about 100 separate items The new budget law which also created the committee specifies that thf President may not on his own authority refuse to spend money appropriated by Congress He must file a report recommending cut offs and can temporarily halt spending but unless Congress backs his recommendation within 45 days the funds are released When the President merely proposes to postpone spending the postponement holds unless Congress vetoes it Hewing close to the ad ministration line that reductions in government spending are a major element in fighting infla tion Ash told the committee there is only about billion in the billion spending budget that is fully controllable and subject to reduction Accordingly he said no one big cut can be made and economies must be sought all along the line Ash also said Ford has not made any decision on whether there shouldte a budget surplus in 1976 even though Treasury Secretary William E Simon told the House Budget Committee Tuesday there should be regular surpluses in years ahead The President has no com mitment to a surplus in 1976 or any other year Ash said It would be imprudent to make a final decision in September on a budget for 1976 Ash and Simon have fre quently disagreed over economic policy Ash said Ford does want a balanced budget for 1976 Pentagon officials estimated today that inflation plus con gressional budget cuts have put the Defense Department about billion in the hole for this years spending there is budgetary relief from the White House and Congress which seems unlikely the Defense Depart ment according to Pentagon officials faces the prospect of cutting back substantially on its planned procurement of major new weapons The final size of this years defense budget was worked out Thursday by a conference com mittee of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees The conference committee approved billion in appropriations for the military services billion less than requested Not all of the appropriations however will be spent in the current fiscal year since Congress provides funds for weapons that will not be pro duced for a few years The net effect of the congressional ac tion will be to reduce defense spending by billion below toe projected spending level of billion Under past circumstances Defense officials admit the Pentagon would have been able to absorb such a cut within the overall budget But this year policymaking officials explain the Defense Department finds its ability limited to absorb the annual congressional cut because inflation is driving up the cost of its major programs faster than had been an ticipated IH Panel asks Highrisk infants details of pardon c Washington StarNews Washington A House judiciary subcom mittee formally has asked President Ford to spell out the details of all decisions discussions and negotiations that led to the controversial pardon of former President Nixon In a letter from Chairman Rep William L Hungate D Mo the subcommittee asked Ford five specific and detailed questions about the circumstances of the pardon and requested any notes tape recordings or transcriptions of White House conversations con cerning the clemency decision Hungate Wednesday an nounced thPt the panel the subcommittee on criminal justice will hold hearings to in vestigate the pardon and related matters beginning next week will receive more aid By Henry de Fiebre Of The Southern Illinoisan Funding for a coordinated system of care for highrisk infants in Illinois should be gin Jan 1 the physician who spearheaded development of the plan said in Carbondale today Dr Gerald F Staub of Rockford told about 100 per sons attending a conference on maternal and child health at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale that the new system will make better use of existing resources through coordination Dr Staub the head of the intensive care nursery at Rockford Memorial Hospital has been chairman of a broad ly represented committee formed in April 1973 that looked into how to improve the care of highrisk infants The committee he said found Illinois contained a good deal of resources yet the lack of coordination was appalling Everybody was go ing his own way The new program will be funded for S25 million by the Illinois Dept of Public Health during its first year he said That figure may decline in succeeding years Illinois Dr Staub said al ready has the resources to provide optimal perinatal highrisk infant care for all its citizens Perinatal care is care at or about the actual time of a childs birth The newplan will provide not only regional centers with highly skilled personnel and sophisticated equipment he said but also will inhance the ability of the community hospital to care for the people born there The centers to be spread thoughout the state will play an active role in reaching out to community hospitals he said They will be there for more than saying Send us your cri tically ill The centers role will in clude providing regional edu cation programs and consulta tion They also might send teams of experts to evaluate the capability of surrounding community hospitals to deal with high risk infants he said The planned 10 regional cen ters should be designated by Dec 1 Although they have not yet been selected it is expected that St Louis rather than Carbondale will be nam ed the center for Southern Illinois Todays conference was sponsored by the Illinois As sociation for Maternal and Child Health the SIUC School of Medicine and the Illinois Chapter of The American Col lege of Pediatrics career system politicized by Nixon riMi Viiuhocf nrinritv Politically Lotto 23 4110 20 09 Chicago woman gefs the weekly bonanza Rockford AP Mrs Ursula Keohane of Chi cago won the Week ly Bonanza in thenimois Lot The winner was Josephine Bozicnik of Down Grove Here are the winning num bers in todays drawing at Rockford Weekly Lotto 23 41 10 20 09 Bonanza and Millionaire 538139 905 By Joseph Young c Washington StarNews Washington The strongest assault ever made on the federal career system was conceived and car ried out during the Nixon ad ministration in its efforts to politicize the federal bureaucracy and assure Presi dent Nixons reelection The program came to light in documents and testimony released by the Senate Watergate committee and was the basis of an article in this weeks Federal Times by the n e w s p a p e r s investigative reporter Inderjit Badhwar The story disclosed the following details The program which began in 1970 was engineered largely by Frederic V who until recently was the Office of and Budgets Assault made to insure probe shows deputy director Under his direction a White House Personnel Office was established to deal with all departments and agencies in the placement of political and patronagepersonnel into career and noncareer jobs Political referral units were in most departments and agencies and a special person was written and widely distributed tellingthe officials in charge of the how to circumvent the merit system In testimony before an ex ecutive session of the Senate Watergate committee Malek said the Civil Service Com mission was aware of the of fices activities Asked by a committee lawyer if anyone in the White House was consultedon the political referral program Malek said Oh yes I believe I consulted with Mr Hampton RoSert Hampton chairman of the Civil Service Commission on a lot of things Hampton denied to the Star News that he had ever conferred with Malek or anyone else at the White House on ways to fill career political patronage Filling career jobs through political patronage is absolutely wrong and I would have de nounced it had it been broached to me Hampton said Malek also testified before the Senate group that political referral units were set up in all departments to handle patronage requests Under further questioning he acknowledged that the referral units also handled career and competitive service jobs Various categories of political referral were set up among got tht highest priority Politically must cases for job placement were sometimes measured by their political value to the President he admitted In fact the personnel office developed a special form for patronage placement with a v column Value of placement to the President politically Under it were four categories Highest political value must place High political value place if possible Moderate political value handle courteously Little political value handle routinely Personal loyalty to Nixon ap peared to be the heart of program The theme of the pro gram appeared to be that ap pointments tokey federal jobs career as well as noncareer would be measured in terms of how they would be shaped in Nixons image and be used to insure his   

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