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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Chance uf light snow tonight, lows zero to 5 above. Chance of snow Saturday, highs IS to ZO. VOLUME 91 NUMBER 360 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 1 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES IOWA COAL RESEARCH ASKED Child Dies, Then Other Is Kidnaped NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) Federal kidnaping charges have been filed against a'teen-aged babysitter who alle- gedly abducted a 15-month-old boy less than 24 hours after his brother died of viral pneumonia, "It's God's strength that has this mother hanging on right n.o w Johnnie Lawrence, mother of the abducted child, said Thursday. "If I lose this baby I'm a four-lime'loser." Her 6-year-old son, James Ti- mothy, died Sunday. The next day her only other child, John Glenn Lawrence, disappeared along with the sitter, identified as Sharon Lee Banchereau, 18. Others Lost Mrs. Lawrence, 28, lost her first child several years ago only a day after birth; Timmie, who died Sunday, was her sec- ond child. A third pregnancy was terminated after five months. "John is the first full-time and healthy baby we've she said. Charles Dulinsky, assistant special agent in charge of the Las Vegas FBI office, said charges were filed Thursday. Detective Patrick Dingle of the North Las Vegas police, in charge of the investigation, said Miss Banchereau and the baby were sighted New Year's day al Phoenix, Ariz. we're pursuing her southward. She apparently hitch- hiked out of town Monday, probably he said. Press Internationa] said the sitter, originally from Texas, reportedly has friends in Iowa and Florida and might try to contact Appeared Healthy Police said little John was ex- posed to pneumonia and a doc- tor has warned that he may contract the disease. But Dingle said that, when the baby was spotted in Phoenix, he appeared to be in good health "as far as a layman looking al without an examination is_concerned Lawrence and her hus- band, Stanley, 40, a concrete worker, left John with Miss Banchereau Monday while they w.ent to a doctor to ask if John might contract the same disease that claimed the life of his brother. "When they returned, the sitter and their child were gone. don't know. Right now I've got doubt in my said Mrs. Lawrence. "I don't want to have doubts. 1 hope and pray she has good intentions." Jobless Rate to Second Straight Jump WASHINGTON (AP) The nation's unemployment rate moved up from 4.7 percent to 4.9 percent of the work force in December, marking the second consecutive monthly increase since the beginning of the en- ergy crisis, the government re- ported Friday. The increase apparently was due to the general slowdown of the economy but analysts for the Bureau of Labor Statistics said they lacked complete infor- mation to determine the effect of the fuel shortage on the job- less rate. Administration officials had said previously the' impact would be felt in December and even more sharply during the first three months of this year. President Nixon's chief eco- nomic adviser, Herbert Stein, has forecast a jobless rate reaching about six percent later this year as the full effects of the energy crisis impact on the economy. Some private economists say unemployment may go as high as 8 percent. Highest Since May The 4.9 percent jobless rate was the highest level since a rate of 5 percent last May. A year ago the rate was 5.1 per- cent but it had fallen to 4.5 per- cent in October, the lowest rate in 1973. The unemployment survey was conducted from a sample of about households nation- wide. Information on employment, hours and earnings is fatherec from a survey of industrial .es- tablishments. The government said, however, that, data from be the industrial survey delayed one week because ol collection, transportation and processing problems caused by the energy crisis and the Christ- mas holidays. It said this delay prevented an accurate analysis of the employment picture. One Indication there was one in- dication that the fuel shortage was beginning to have some ef- fect: Workers seeking fulltime jobs were forced to work shorter hours due to slowing of demand, material shortages or the inability to find fulltime work, the government said. The December increase in the jobless rate occurred mainly imong women, particularly in he 18-24 age group, rising from 4.7 to 5.1 Fel'ccnt ovcr the month, the government said. For adult males, the unem- ployment rate of 3.1 percent was little changed over the nonth. Unemployment rates for household heads and married men were 2.9 and 2.2 percent respectively, both unchanged during the month. Total employment was 85.6 million people, about unchanged tor the second straight month, [he government said. More Lost Jobs The number of unemployed persons who had lost their last job was 1.8 million in De- cember, and amounted to two- fifths of the jobless total. The government said that with the exception of June, this was the first time since last January that this proportion had been 40 percent or more. Many thousands of announced layoffs, particularly in the auto and airlines industries, because of the fuel shortage have not yet been reflected in unemployment statistics. The reason is that they took place in December after the BLS data was gath- ered or are scheduled to take ef- fect this month. In a separate report, the labor department's manpower ad- ministration said that unem- ployment insurance claims rose sharply in the week of Dec. 22 as a result of the fuel shortage. The number of persons filing initial claims that week in- creased 83.300 over the .previous week and included who blamed their job loss on the energy shortage. Closing Times for Classifieds Revised Closing times for Gazette classified advertising have been revised effective with the Tuesday, Jan. 8, edi lion. See the color adver- tisement on page 10 of to- day's Gazette for the new schedule of deadlines. Second Woman from U ,S. Held in London (AP) Security po- lice seized a second young American woman Friday for questioning about arms smug-j gling and international terror- ism. Scotland Yard said she was a "known associale" of Allison (I'holo on Picture Page) Thompson, 18, a waitress from Santa Barbara. Calif., held with two male friends. -The second girl arrived by jumbo jet from New York and was being questioned at London airport. Airport sources said she was in. her early 20s. She was not identified. Miss Thompson and the held with her will be charged with conspiracy relating to fire- nrms. The Moslem men held nre Ab- delkrib EI-Hnkkaoui, 55, n Mo- roccan who wns president of the student body at Santn BnVbnra City college last your, and Aller Naseen, 21, a Pakistani who also attended the Santa Barbara college. "Must Resist" Police said Miss Thompson and El-Hakkaoui were picked up Saturday on an airport bus after she arrived from Los Angeles wilh five automatic pistols and 150 rounds of ammunition in her luggage and made contact with the Moroccan. Naseen arrived Monday. Some legislators charged the government was trying to hush up the ease to placate the Arab oil countries. The government denied this. Police sources said detectives questioning the trio have decid- ed they had no connection with such known Arab terrorist orga- nizations as Al Fatah and Black September. The detectives were reported lo believe they were part of a Moroccan organization dedicat- ed lo Ihe overthrow of King Hassan, and the Times of Lon- (ConliiuicdTnRe.l, Col 2) Extension of Dead line for Tapes Asked WASHINGTON (UPI) The White House asked the senate Watergate committee Friday to extend to the end of the day the deadline for formally respond- ing to a subpoena for several hundred documents and tapes. The White House was expected to reject the subpoena totally. The committee chief counsel, Sam Dash, told newsmen thai an hour after the 10 a.m. dead- line passed he received a tele- phone call from J. Fred Buz- hardt, White' House attorney, asking an extension. Dash said he would agree to the request. Asked if he believed any of the tapes and documents would be delivered, he replied: "No." Dash said Buzhardt told him he wanted the extension be- cause Nixon was on the West Coast, where there is a three- hour time differential. Dash said he indicated to Buz- hardt that. the committee v willing to pare down the request but the White House had made it clear that it would not volun- tarily submit the tape of even one conversation. The senate group, according to Dash, will not take any fur- ther action on its own until suit involving previously-sub- poenaed tapes is settled. Mexican Price Ceilings MEXICO CITY (AP) The ministry of industry and com- merce says it is going to put price ceilings on 14 staple foods, soap and detergents to combal inflation. Today's Index Comics .....................Id Courthouse ..................3 Crossword ...........i......18 Daily Record ................3 Deaths ......................3 Kdllorlal Features...........6 Farm ......................12 Financial ..................17 Marlon ......................5 Movies ......................9 Society ......................7 Sports' ...................13-15 State ........................4 Television ...................11 Want Ads ................18-21 DAYANS ARRIVE Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan follows his wife as they leave their plane at Andrews airbase near Washington. Dayan later Friday opened talks with Secretary of State Kissinger. Daylight Time Begins Sunday WASHINGTON (AP) Year- round Daylight Saving time will go into effect in almost all parts of the U.S. Sunday as part of President Nixon's energy-con- servation program. It will be the first time the na- tion has been on year-round daylight time since World war II. All but two states Indiana and apparently will set their clocks ahead one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, although four other states have applied for. ex- emptions and other parts of the nation could be exempted by state legislation. Near Equator Indiana has passed legislation in the past exempting it from Daylight time, and it was ex- cluded from the new bill. Ha- waii was exempted because of its location near the Equator, where there is little seasonal variation in the number of day- light hours. Under the legislation, Nixon or his designated represent- ative can exempt any state if its governor can show the change would work undue hard- ship or that remaining on Stan- dard time during the winter would save more fuel. Arizona, Oregon and Ken-, tucky have applied for exemp- tions, according to the Uniform Time .Office, and Idaho has re- quested that its area under Mountain time be exempted. All four requests are under advisement, the office says. Split States Paris of other slates could end up on Standard time under another provision of the bill. It Gas Explodes, Dozens Of Buildings Damaged HOLLY HILL, Fla. (UPI) Propane gas leaking from a tanker truck exploded Friday, damaging dozens of homes and buildings and bathing a three- block area in a giant ball of flame. Miraculously, police said, no one was seriously hurt by the pre-dawn blast that rocked a square-mile area of this small community just north of Day- tona Beach. Officials said (he propane began leaking, about 6 a.m. from n truck being unloaded at the Florida Bottled Gas Co. Police rushed to Ihe area and began evacuating families who lived in homes and a nearby apartment building, but before firemen could reach the leaking tanker it exploded and threw what Fireman Dennis Bales culled "a huge ball of flaine down three blocks of Carswcll avenue." Iliislncsscs Leveled Officials said the explosion le- veled two nearby businesses, ripped hoods off autos, felled carports and tool sheds, broke glass and blackened the front of a half-dozen homes and the apartment building. Fire Marshall Joseph Ruolo said ho was not certain what triggered the explosion of the gas that had spread out "like a fog" from the truck. He said it may have been a spark from a passing Florida East Coast Railway freight train, or it could have been the pilot light on a stove or heater at one of the homes in the area. Ruolo said the explosion touched off small spot fires as far away as four blocks. Bates said thai, when firemen approached and saw the cloud of gas, they stopped the fire truck and tried to decide whether to risk cnlering the area and have a spark from their truck's ignition touch off the gas. He said the gas (Conliimod Page 3, Col. 7) allows states split by two time zones to exempt the eastern most zone from Daylight time so the entire state can remain on the same time. Thirteen states are split. They are Texas, Michigan, Oregon Nebraska, Idaho, Kansas, Flori da, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alas Indiana, North Dakota and South Dakota. None has informed the office of any legislation to exemp their eastern-most-zones, howev er. The nation will remain on Daylight time through October 1975, unless congress decides to change the law. Asks Car Pool Encouragemenl NEW YORK (AP) Federa Highway. Administrator Norber Tiemann said Friday that he hoped encouragement of car I pools would help "break up tin love affair between the Ameri can and his car." Tiemann said doubling th< average number of passengers per private car, from the cur rent 1.6 to 3.2. would save 21 billion gallons of gasoline year. Speaking on NBC's Toda; show, Tiemann, a former gov ernor of Nebraska, said Indus tries were being encouraged ti promote employe car pools by giving parking priority to poo participants. State highway de partments were being asked to create special lanes for poolers he said. Acknowledging that more mass transit was one long-term solution lo llie gasoline shortage Tiemann said car pools were tin best sbort-lerm solution. Chuckle A saver is a farsighted per- son who lays money away for the government's rainy day. No Saturday Shutdown of Gas Stations WASHINGTON (API The 'ederal Energy Office has dc- ided against seeking Saturday losings of gasoline stations as a ,vay to cut fuel consumption fur- her. "It is definitely a pokesman said. "Saturday ilnsings would just wreck recre- ition outlets in the country, and t's a big business." Federal energy chief William imon had said as late as a week ago thai the Saturday-cios- ng move was under serious consideration. Now, he feels it is not needed. "Everything in Place" The energy office has already asked the nation's gaso- ine stations to close on Sundays o discourage consumption. A ligh percentage have complied. Simon said the Sunday-closing will become mandatory f he gets the power from congress. As for .the government's con servation moves, he said after a news conference Thursday: 'We feel we've got everything in ilace necessary to lick this problem." During.the news conference he and other energy officials said the public response on con servation has given new hope that gasoline rationing can be avoided. A high energy officia" said later, however, that thf key lest will come this month a: gasoline production is cut. Maximum Figure The energy office lists the oi shortfall at 2.7 million barrels daily as a result of the Arab cutoff. Simon said the adminis (ration is using a maximum figure just to be on the safe side if the cutoff continues anc conservation measures don't re duce demand as much as ex pected. "10-to-IS'Yeqr Energy Droufh" WASHINGTON (UPI) En ergy Director William Simoi said Friday that the U.S. i faced with an energy drout! lasting 10 to 15 years. Nor will the shortage hi greatly eased when the Arab oi embargo is lifted, he said in ai interview. "We have been a nation o energy wastrels, and this day i over because the day of chea] energy is Simon said. He predicted the energy crisi would end only when the Unitec States developed new sources o oil and new sources of powe such as solar and geotherma power that is 10 to 1 years off in the future." Ray: Cost Would Top Million 3y Charles Roberts DBS MOINES (AP) Gov. iobert Ray wants the Iowa Icg- slature to fund a sweeping tale program of coal research nd development to provide a nedium-range solution to owa's energy problems. The effort would cost million, Ray's advisers said 'riday, and the money would come from an estimated ?119 million treasury surplus. The plan involves purchase of about 600 acres of Iowa land, development of a mine and coal washing facilities, and actual sale of the product gleaned from the project. Dr. D. J. Zaffarano, Iowa State university research vice- iresident, said it is believed lossible to successfully take :owa coal from the ground in a strip mining process, but also restore and improve the land. "Fancy Techniques" A team of six to eight persons would manage the operation, Zaffarano ..said, and would use ''sorted of the fancy techniques" of oil prospecting to find the coal. State officials believe using washing techniques and devel- oping .other procedures 
                            

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