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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - December 11, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE 710 N Illinois Murphysbore Herrln 1113 Walnut SJMCVW ts Wuim tt15c Cepy uthernBlinoisan 010175 IH LJBRART LS NEfSPAPERS BOX 789 tECATUR ILL 62525 WEDNESDAY DEC It recov ered Rangoon Burma Troops and police hurling tear gas today recovered the body of U Thant the former United Nations secretary general from 3000 students and Buddhist monks guarding it on the campus of Rangoon University After five days of inaction President NeWin sent security forces into the campus three miles outside Rangoon at 2 am They broke through the main gate with a crane drove Seized from students monks on campus in Rangoon back the students and monks with tear gas and broke into the small brick tomb in which the students on Sunday had in terred the body of Hie interna tional leader Thant a political foe of Ne Win and a disciple of former Premier U Nu died of cancer in New York on Nov 25 His body was brought to Rangoon Dec 1 for burial but thousands of students and monks seized the coffin from the funeral procession on Dec 5 and took it to the university campus The students charged that the government in ordering Thant buried in one of Rangoons less important civilian cemeteries was not showing the proper respect to the countrys most famous statesman But foreign observers interpreted the ac tion as an expression of general opposition to Ne Wins authoritarian regime which has been in power since military coup 12 years ago Ford considers steps to restore confidence Festival of lights The Jewish ceremony of lighting the candles for Chanu kah the Festival of Lights was demonstrated today Southside School in Herrin Prisoners hold three hostages Walpole Mass AP A Massachusetts corrections official and several other persons entered the state prison here today apparently to negotiate with eight inmates who held three hostages at knifepoint Authorities said the hostages two guards and a medic had been tied at the wrists and ankles and were held at knife point by the eight who included five convicted murderers The hostages had not been harmed and had been fed authorities said The negotiating group in cluded Deputy Correction Commissioner Joseph Higgins state Sen Jack Backman of Brookline the Rev Edward Rodman and a state legislator who had met with the inmates earlier in the day The inmates earlier issued a list of demands including a request for a meeting with the governor or governorelect The inmates seized the civilians late Tuesday night in a minimum security area They later told a state legislator who met with them for an hour that the hostages were in good condition State police said the hostages were fed at midmorning Rep Bill 0wens of Boston a black senatorelect who was an inmate at Walpole from 1963 to 1967 after being convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon told newsmen after his meeting with the insurgents that the men said they were willing to die before being dehumanized any further by Carol Zwiek far left and her son Burton Looking on are Jenny Fellinger far right and Wendy Watson and John Patterson in back The candles are placed in a mmorah or candleholder and one addition al candle is lit each night for eight nights The pupils also played dreydel a game using a foursided top and had Chan ukah cookies Mrs Zwiek said the ceremony was arranged so the children could see h o w Chanukah is celebrated Two officials resign Most area Senate action urged miners on sfofe fair chief back Springfield AP A citizens group urged the governor today to submit Paul Kings nomination as State Fair manager to the Illinois Senate for confirmation The Better Government Association contending King was responsible for fiscal mismanagement said the Senate should have an op portunity to examine his performance as acting fair superintendent If the governor Isunwilling to do this he should remove King immediately said J Terrence Brunner executive director of the EGA Controversy over the fair broke outagain Tuesday when two state officials were fired over a contract for the 1974 fair And state Comptroller George W Lindberg said he had been advised by the at torney general that King has been appointed improperly Lindberg said he will refuse to pay checks for work performed for the State Fair Agency by its 87 employes and many con tractors and will withhold prize payments until Kings appoint ment is straightened out Brunner said firing the two employes was a good first step but he said the General Assembly should consider tak ing the fair completely out of politics The officials are Casimir Bied assistant manager of the state Fair Agency and Paul J Department of and Educa Giganti chief of the licensing and battery branch of the Registration tion Bied resigned and Giganti was fired after both men were asked to resign the governors office said The governors Office of Special Investigation conducted a twomonth probe into the award of a contract for manure removal and general main tenance on the fairgrounds The contract went to the Robert 0 Williams Construc tion Co of Springfield OSI claimed Gigantis wife Toby Carol Giganti is listed as 50 per cent owner of the com pany The State Purchasing Act forbids any state employe who together with his wife or children own 15 per cent or more of a company to make contracts with the state Bied negotiated and drafted the contract the investigators said School closed after stabbing Boston AP South Boston High School was closed today after a 17 yearold white youth was stab bed in the abdomen school of ficials said Michael Faith of South Boston was reported on the danger list at City Hospital following the stabbing Authorities said a black youth was charged with assault Washington AP President Ford has not ruled out anything including possible taxes and mandatory conservation measures to restore consumer confidence in the economy Rep John B Anderson RI1L said to day Anderson made the comment to reporters after attending an hourlong breakfast at the White House with a dozen other congressional leaders from both parties The President arranged to meet later with senior advisers to work out final details of a speech tonight assuring businessmen they can be con fident in the nations economy despite recession and infla Anderson said that the President discussed with the congressional leaders a pen ding emergency unemployment act giving 13 additional weeks of coverage extending benefits to some not now covered and including billion in public service jobs to help the growing Taxes mandatory conservafion measures arenf ruled out SUNNY Most Southern Illinois mines started working at the mid nightshift today following the servlceyos llcli of Amerranks of tne jobless icas 30day strike Anderson gave no details of The work return was blocked Fords view on that measure Friday by picketing coal administration are construction workers although saying the Presidentis ready toapparently the miners contract had been negotiate on the amount ol signed Thursday The construction workers were not covered by that con tract and miners would not cross picket lines However agreement on a new contract for the construction workers has been reached in Washing ton The workers are to vote on that agreement by the week end As far as I know every thing is back on an even keel Thomas Shoemake of Herrin UMW Subdistrict 8 board mem ber said Shoemake said all Southern Illinois mines reportedly are working today Roger Scholes superin tendent of industrial relations at the Inland Steel Co mine money for a public service jobs measure triggered to the percentage of unemployment now at 65 per cent of the job force Ford emphasized that he and his administration are con tinually reassessing the economic situation Anderson said and that by the time that Congress reconvenes Jan 14 they will have major recom mendations to make Anderson said that Ford told the leaders he placed top priority on passage of a pen ding trade bill before this session of Congress ends Ford summoned his top eco nomic advisers to the White House today to iron out a final draft of the address he will deliver before the prestigious Business Council at 8 pm CST Press Secretary Ron Nessen Were starting from ground zero Nessen said in advance of Fords meeting with ad visers Regardless of what else is in it there will be a strong component of assuring businessmen that they have reason to be confident in the future of the nations economy Nessen said The section on confidence is the only thing that has been agreed to Meanwhile Congress moved toward quick action on bills to aid unemployed persons through emergency programs providing up to 300000 public service jobs and extending unemployment compensation benefits An emergency unemploy compensation bill legislation authorizing 52 billion for public service hiring Talks were under way to bring Senate and House versions of the legislation in line for consideration before final adjournment next week The unemployment com pensation bill would provide benefits for up to 13 weeks a year for two years for jobless workers The unemployment rate reached 65 per cent in November the highest since 1961 In other economic developments The Commerce Depart ment reported that retail sales dropped by l per cent last month despite the approach of the busy holiday shopping season Total retail sales for November were computed at an annual rate of billion after adjustment for seasonal variation The Xerox Corp said it will shut down 10 of its facilities nationwide for a two week period beginning Dec 23 and will permanently lay off Tonight rain ending Low in the lower or mid 30s Thurs day partly sunny and a little warmer with highs in upper 40s or lower 50s Friday fair Saturday and Sunday consider able cloudiness with little tem perature change ment compensation bill was rress oww approved Tuesday by a said eight drafts of the speech unanimous House Ways and Ehrfichman crossexamination Lawyer disputes mark Watergate testimony Index near Sesser said the mine had Classified a good turnout of miners when Comiei TV Bridge it opened at midnight Shoemake met with the conCrossword struction workers Tuesday Editorials morning at De Soto Family living Se informed them that a pro posed agreement had been reached and they assured him the pickets would be lifted he said He said the pickets were gone by Tuesday afternoon 2326 27 4 67 t 911 Washington StarNews And Associated Press Washington Prosecution and defense lawyers quickly became engaged in a series of heated exchanges today as the government began its cross examination of former White House aide John D Ehrlichman in the Watergate covaup trial US District Judge John J Sirica intervened several times to referee angry disputes between prosecutor James F Neal and Ehrlichmans lawyer William S Frates Attempting to undermine a major tenet of Ehrlichmans defense Neal vigorously challenged Ehrlichmans con tention that he wanted to get Overtime Extension of wage hour rules to police firemen may expensive By Karen Rothe Of The Southern Illinoisan The federal Fair Labor Stan dards Act Amendments of 1974 which extend minimum wage and overtime coverage to most nonsupervisory local govern ment employes may provide an expensive headache for counties and municipalities and their taxpayers Since there has been no comparable increase in avail able funds it seems that ad ditional demands on local gov ernments funds and property taxes may prove a burden es pecially to medium and small communities with the least cap acity to meet the demand the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission says in a newslet ter on the subject As of last May all govern ment employes who fall under the act except public safety police and firepersonnel had OMIT hours over 40 in a work week This eliminates the use of compensatory time off to pay back employes for overtime work The amendments also set minimumwages for all em ployes including those who work parttime at an hour beginning last May an hour beginning in January 1975 an hour beginning in January 1976 and an hour the next year The act excludes elected of ficials and their staffs appoint ed officiate who serve as policy makers and appointed officials who serve as advisers on con stitutional or legal powers of an elected officials office The biggest effect is expected to be on police and fire per sonnel wage and hour prac ticesThe changes for Jtoese employes will begin next Jan uary The law requires that fire ABOUT THE ARTICLE This is the first of two stories dealing with me federal Fair Labor Standards Act Amend ments of 1974 and their effect on municipal governments and taxpayers The second story concerns particular problems Southern Illinois fire and police departments personnel be paid overtime pay for tours of duty longer than 240 hours in a work period of 28 days 60 hours in a work period of seven starting the first of next year This is not consistent with the current shift practices of many departments around the country and in some states is in conflict with state laws Beginning Jan l 1976 over time must be paid for work any incess of W hours in work period of 28 days or 58 hours in seven days Beginning Jan l 1977 over time must be paid for work in excess of 216 hours in a 28day period or 54 hours in seven days Agencies which employ fewer than are exempt from me regulations The overtime provisions will be expensive for municipalities andcounty governments the Illinois Municipal League says We know that in time if something isnt done about it it will drive up the cost of local government Municipal League assistant director Tho mas G Fitzsimmons said Fitzsimmons said the league is not opposed to the principle of the minimum wage but to the fact that supergovern ment is telling another body of government how to run their business at the expense of their citizens The US Dept of Labor still has to make an interpretation as to whether local government employes who work block shifts as firemen must be paid for their sleeping and eating time Fitzsimmons said James Woodard of the Amer ican federation of State Coun ty andMunicipal Employes AFLCIO said one of the main effects of the amended law will be on overtime provisions for employes of correctional in stitutions Therewas no earlier standar dized policy for prison guards he said but they usually re ceive compensatory time off but with no time to use it In the universities the new regulations will have their greatest effect in the area of wages bringing up me salaries of student employes which he said should result in cor respondingly highersalaries for clerical employes John Bulow president of me Illinois Professional Firefight ers Association said the or ganization has been told that the US Dept of Labor will make the final interpretation of how the rules will affect fire departments But the feeling among department professionals is that me rules are going to have a great effect he said The rules by setting up the number of hours firefighters can work in a certain time period may result in manda tory timeandahalf pay when ever firemen are called back to duty They may also eliminate the frequent practice of trading shifts among firemen Bulow a Chicago suburban fire captain said the organiza tion does not know why de the truth out about Watergate There were signs Tuesday that the whole ordeal is begin ning to wear on Ehrlichman He broke down and sobbed as he described his last meeting with Nixon on the day before he resigned his White House post Judge John J Sirica had to stop the trial to allow Ehrlichman to regain his com posure But today Ehrlichman was back in control giving icy measured answers to Neals rapidfire questions Neal cited variations between Ehrlichmans May 1973 testimony before a federal grand jury and what he said under questioning by his own lawyer Tuesday Neal also cited Ehrlichmans testimony before the Senate Watergate committee that he knew two days after the original Watergate breakin that the burglary had been planned by Watergate con spirator G Gordon Liddy Indicating that Ehrlichman had kept that information secret during the coverup Neal said You said you repeatedly tried to get the truth out about the Watergate mat ter Ehrlichman saying he wasnt sure he knew what the truth was repeated that was his impulse throughout 1972 and 1973 In another Washington courtroom Harry S Dent former consel to the Republican National Com mittee was scheduled to plead guilty today to a misdemeanor in helping run a 1970 campaign operation that steered nearly S3 million into GOP congressional races Dent a White House political adviser under Nixon is fte third person prosecuted for taking part in the 1970 cam paignfund disbursement operation It was illegal under the old corrupt practices act to run an unregistered campaign group that provided money in two or more states without filing public financial reports with Congress UN action criticized New commifmenfs fo Israel urged Washington AP Seventyone senators have criticized the recognition given the Palestine Liberation Organization by the United Nations and have urged Presi dent Ford to renew US com mitments fe Israel But Sen J William Fulbright says the United States should recognize thePLO as a way of achieving peace in the Mideast Fulbright DArk is outgoing chairman of the Senate Foreign UUH UVC3 iivt partments were nolonger ex Relations Committee empted in the 1974 amendments Fulbright in an interview to the labor act with KnightRidder newspapers said also that Israelis should pull back from the Sinai and internationalize Jerusalem He said his plan would also be a major step toward solving the worlds economic crisis by lowering the price of oil In a letter to Ford Tuesday the other senators said the prominence given the PLO when the United Nations allowed Yassir Arafat to speak last month and limited Israels reply poses a direct threat to American foreign policy   

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