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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather-- Fair tonight, lows around 30. Cloudy Sat- urday with highs around 40. CITY FINAL 10 CENTS lli CEDAH RAI'IDS, IOWA, FUIDAY, JANUAUY I'M ASSOCIATED PRESS. UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Says FPC Gas Sales WASHINGTON (AP) Ex- po n s i v e natural gas from abroad lias been sold in the U. S. over the past few years while the Federal Power Commission was barring some sales of far cheaper domestic supplies. The commission, which regu- lates the prices charged for nat- ural gas sold to interstate pipe- lines, rejected many of the pro- posed sales of domestic gas on grounds that the projected price was too high. Yet the commission's own fig- ures show that frequently the rejected domestic gas prices were as little as one-third the eventual price of the foreign shipments. Price Increases The result was price increases for gas consumers. Rush Moody, vice-chairman of the FPC, charged that many commission rate decisions amount to "regulatory capri- ciousness." "If somebody stands back away from us and looks at many of the things we do, I don't think we can be logically Moody said in an in- terview. Moody submitted vigorous dissents in several rate case decisions last year, among them denial of permission for the Tennaco Oil Co. of Houston to sell five million cubic feet of gas per day to the Northern Natural Gas Co. of Omaha. The proposed base rate was 47 cents per thousand cubic feet, more than double the FPC's approved rate ceiling of 21.5 cents. Critically Short Northern claimed an emer- gency saying it was critically short of supplies, but a majority of the commission said North- ern failed to fully support its claim and rejected the request. In his dissent, Moody ques- tioned how the FPC could turn down a 47-cent rate to be paid to a domestic producer when "we yesterday granted two, import authorizations for emergency gas at 51.50 and per thou- sand cubic feet to be purchased from a foreign source. What kind and quality of consumer protection is The- Tennaco case was far from unique, Moody said in the interview. "I would have to say that we have cleared a number of emer- gency imports like that, proba- bly in the range of six or seven every he said. "All of them are in the same general price range and I just have a great deal' of difficulty in ration- alizing that kind of decision." Higher Price The FPC decision to turn down the Tenneco-Northcrn pro- (Continued Page 3, Col: 5) Yank Held By Chinese WASHINGTON (AP) The slate department said Friday [hat Gerald Kosh, American ci- vilian defense department em- ploye missing in the Paracel Islands battle, is in Communist Chinese hands. Today's Index Comics 17 Courthouse -1 Crossword '7 Daily Record 3 Deaths 3 Editorial Features 6 Kami Kinnnclnl Marion Movies 8 Society II Sports ...............M-15 State 5 Television 'I' Want Ads ...............20-23 Simon: Guard Oil Industry In Rollbacks WASHINGTON (UPI) Fed- eral Energy Administrator Wil- liam Simon said Friday lie did not oppose rolling back (he price of oil so long as it did not hurt Ihe petroleum industry. Simon's remarks before the senate investigations subcom- mittee headed by Sen. Henry Jackson (D-Wash.) came amid a growing congressional de- mand that somelhing be done to slop the rising gasoline prices. Jackson has suggesled prices be rolled back and controlled so that increases be limited only lo Ihose justified by rising" costs. Senator Adlai Slevenson (D-I11.) said Friday lie would introduce legislation to roll them back to Dec. 1 levels. "Reasonable Level" "We have no problem in set- ting back the price so that it would be a reasonable Simon said. But he added- that it could not be a level that would be uneconomic for the oil in- dustry. Jackson asked if the price of crude oil could be rolled back lo per barrel. Simon said "that can be but warned that Jackson's proposed legislation could hurt the na- tion's smaller oil companies. Simon said he continued to be encouraged b y conservation measures, but conceded under Jackson's questioning that "in the near lefm it's (gasoline sup- ply) .going to be worse." Simon said the Federal En- ergy Office had figures showing a 9.8 percent saving in gasoline for the past week but that fell short of the hoped for 13 percent saving. Misleading Reports Meanwhile, Eric Zausner, as- sistant administrator in Simon's office, told the house public lands subcommittee thai inven- tory reports showing supplies of major petroleum products up over a year ago are misleading. The latesl available figures, which have been checked by the new import reporting system operated by the Customers Bureau, show imports are now 2.7 million barrels a day below expected needs, he said.' "This shortage will quickly reduce our inventories to dan- gerously low levels unless we continue our programs to re- duce demand and equitably allo- (Continued Page 3, Col. 3) DES MOINES (AP) A bill lo exempt food and prescription drugs from the 3 percent state sales fax was sent to the senate by a committee Friday. The senate ways and means committee passed the bill oul on a 10-1 vole. The bill would save laxpayers an estimated million annually. The measure is one of Gov. Robsrl Ray's proposals. II would exempl mosl gro- cery store food items designed for human consumption, as well as prescription drugs. Bowling Alley Is Pholo by John Mclvcr FLAMES SWEPT THROUGH THE MARION Bowl, 3465 Seventh avenue in Marion, early Friday causing a loss estimated at All Marion fire units battled the blaze, which was reported at a.m., shortly after the business was closed tor the night. Firemen saved the adjacent Town's Edge Auto and Cycle Sales building, but the alley was destroyed. More photos on page 5. Rebozo Tops Bugging Panel's Witness Lisf C.R. Man, Killed in Fire e WASHINGTON U P I) Charles "Bebe" Rebozo, Pres- ident Nixon's close friend, is on the list of witnesses for the Watergate.. .committee': next round of hearings, bul Charles Colson, Nixon's former special counsel and political aide, is not. The committee staff was ex- pected to release the list Friday or Monday at the latest. The hearings resume next Tuesday. Shorter List The list will be much shorter than the list presented to the committee by the staff Wednes- day in gaining approval for at least two weeks of additional hearings. Sam Dash, chief counsel, said Rebozo "certainly will be" on the witness list for the first week of hearings on Rebozo's handling of a contribu- tion to Nixon's campaign by billionaire Howard Hughes. Dave Dorsen, the staff member in charge of the con- troversy surrounding the 1971 milk price-support decision, said Colson, who was the White House liaison to the dairy _ in- dustry at the time, would not'be summoned. Jury Target Colson refused to testify be- :ore the Watergate committee last September on grounds he was the target of a grand jury investigation, and Dorsen said he would not be called now. The hearings during the week of Feb. 4, will lake up whether he administration's increase in the 1971 support price for raw nilk was lied to milk producers' in contributions to Nix- on's re-election effort. In other Watergate develop- ments: While House Press Secretary Ziegler said Nixon would nol meet personally with the Water- gate committee, as it asked Nixon has refused such requests in, the -past "our position has not changed." Three. White. House, meinos filed in connection with con- sumer advocate Ralph Nader's suit to roll back the 1971 milk support price revealed that the milk producers had promised a month but had deliv- ered only by six months later. The memos were written lo then White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman by his po- litical liaison, Gordon Strachan. Rep., Peter Rodino (D-N.J.l, chairman of the house judiciary committee, met with John Doar, its special impeachment counsel, and told reporters later that Special Watergate Prosecutor Leon Jaworski had assured he would not try to impede the im- peachment inquiry. Prophylactic, VD Bills Sent to Ray DES MOINES (AP) Bills to allow vending machine sales of prophylactic contraceptives, and venereal disease treatment of young persons without paren- lal consent went lo Gov. Robert Ray on Friday. The senate concurred with louse amendments, 37-3, and sent the measures to Ray. The prophylactics bill passed :he senate last year. The house amended it to delete a section of She Iowa obscenity law. The house had amended the second measure to allow doctors '.o Ireat persons tinder 16 years of age for venereal disease with- out informing their parents. The senate concurred with that amendment 44-0. In His V 1 1 II 1 WASHINGTON (AP) The Cedar Rapids News-One person was killed voted overwhelmingly to day afternoon in a fire personal income taxes -started -in chair 'at and lhenr dence at 128 Seventeenth the final ve'fsion.. Instead, after approving a lax amendment, it sent the bili The victim was John C. to the finance committee riclis, 88, who lived further study of the entire Fire officials said death have been caused by amendment would have of superheated taxpayers to increase The fire was discovered and dependent income Hinrichs' son, John, who exemptions from to to the house lo check on 'it would have been retro- for the 1973 tax year and Cedar Rapids Fire Chief Ed-sel McMickle said the elder have reduced the taxes due on returns now being filed. richs made an attempt to Future tinguish the fire. Fire damage was confined to the chair where the fire chief sponsor, Sen. Kennedy said this would and the meant a saving of annually. The victim probably the bill with the amend- have survived had lie not passed the senate, it faced en stuffing from the chair uncertain future in the the livingroom to a And an administration (Continued: Page 3, Col. at the Capitol said Deafhs in Phnom Shelling Mount to PHNOM PENH, intelligence (AP) Insurgents said the Khmer Rouge Phnom Penh's airport Friday apparently have at the toll from a Thursday three captured American- artillery atlack on the howitzers emplaced near rose to 44 killed and 117 Prck Thnol river south of cily. Rebel gunners Friday guns have an effective 10 rounds at (he of six miles, and military ail-port, killing one person believe they arc con- wounding two just south of a bend in Insurgents also fired three river that is less than that tillery shells Friday into away. cily, killing a girl, 3 and wounding Ihree rounds landed in Phnnm Pnnh Thnrsfliw ninhl Tax Cuf Rider the executive branch opposee the amendment. Senate backers of the tax cu said they would be looking fo: loMtfaisi the issue anew on the floorrbtii there seemed. .little chance thi committee would approve a large income tax cut and sent the bill back for a vote. The issue was raised suddenly Thursday by Kennedy, in the third day of debate on a minor house-passed revenue measure. This bill already had been made the. vehicle for about a dozen senate riders, mostly relatively minor-tax relief provisions for Businesses. Long Motion Senator Long finance committee chairman, moved to send the bill with all its riders back to his-panel. The motion passed. Long argued that so many major changes had been made during floor debate that the leg- islation should have the benefit of study by his committee and possibly public hearings. He said that, in addition to the Kennedy amendment, the sen- ate had accepted a proposal by Sen. Church, to give elderly taxpayers million tax relief by boosting the retire- ment income credit. The Kennedy amendment, ;ht bv Sen. Byrd, (Ind.-Va.) Fougl wbn Britain Faces Strike, Keeps 3-Day Week LONDON (AP) The govern- jment Friday dashed hopes of a Find Pot Weakens Disease Defense Most of them hit in a lot, an.d low-incom, housing area about threat o a nationwide .r coal strike made it more neccs- 400 yards wesl of President Lon ry than ever to keep industry By Alton lihikcslcc NEW YORK (AP) Regu- lar smoking of marijuana weakens (he body's defenses againsl disease, a medical team reports. H said the defect was found among men and women 16 lo 35 years old who had smoked cither marijuana or hashish at least once a week for more than a year. The average was four limes a week for four years. Specifically, one finding was a decreased ability of certain white blood cells, which de- fend (lie body against illness, lo internet with "foreign" sub- stances in a lust lube. Cell division in this type of cell also was inhibited in marijuana-users, compared wilh non-users, said the spe- cialists from Columbia univer- sity's college of physicians and surgeons. The study represents the first direct evidence of cellu- lar damage in humans from marijuana, said Dr. Gabriel Nahas, research professor of ancsthcsiology and I c a m head. He called for a review of findings of Ihe National Com- mission on Marijuana, saying doctors "should not accept those recommendations which might lead lo mari- juana legalization without fur- ther analysis of all the facts, especially (hose Hint are now being colluded by researchers on a molecular level." Nahas said the researchers also observed that marijuana products accumulate in the germ cells of (he teslcs and ovaries, [he human sex glands. "It is therefore most urgent lo find out to what exlcnl 1 o n g -1 e r m marijuana use might possibly affect adverse- ly the offspring of the mari- juana he said. The studies involved while cells known as T lymphocytes, believed lo defend against viruses and virus-like partic- les. Such cells were taken from M marijuana users, of median age 22, and 81 hcallhy per- sons, median age 44, who had never used the drug. Some pa- tients with cancer, blood poi- soning and recent kidney Iranspliiiils were iilso includ- ed. In one experiment, the while cells were reacted with a plant protein, abbreviated as PHA, that induces lympho- cytes to enlarge and repro- duce. The ability of while cells from marijuana users to un- dergo cell division was 40 per- cent less than dial from the healthy non users. The facl Ihe non-smokers were older made the results more im- pressive, because "the im- mune response of w h i Io blood cells is known to de- crease with age." T h e marijuana smokers showed about Hie same de- crease in immune response as people will) tumors thai had spread regionally, Hie re- searchers said. ic gunners wore Jcn. mg lo hit the pa ace. fcj h f The barrage began about dcclricit muft be COR. p.m. as some amihes were ce-1, morc al homc (0 k in. lebratuig Ihe lunar new year L, (j cml m Ihe loll rose steadily through ]imilcd the night as wounded persons, ,Ic sajd (hc govcrnment had die''- 'been considering relaxing rc- Phnom Penh has been on work wcck> almost daily since Dec. 23. In tiie last week the Khmer Rouge south ot Ihe capital have pushed government forces back as much as five miles along a 14-mile-widc front, and some in- fillralors -have been reported only Iwo miles from the cily. By Larry Tanner Flames raged through the Marion Bowl, 3465 Seventh ave- nue in Marion, early Friday leaving a loss of about in their wake. Black smoke continued to pour from the smouldering ruins of the 248 by 200-foot sheet metal building at mid-day Fri- day and firemen remained on the scene. Cause of the blaze was not im- mediately determined. Closed at 3 a.m. Ralph Gordon, proprietor of the bowling alley, told The Ga- zelle that he closed up and left "shortly after 3 a.m." and no smoke smell was evident. Marion police made a rou- tine check of the building en- trances at a.m. and found nothing wrong. The fire was reported by a cab driver at a.m., who called Marion police radio. All Marion fire units, except .he grass fire truck, responded to the alarm. Assist Firemen The Cedar Rapids fire depart- ment sent a rescue unit to the scene with oxygen for fire- fighters using gas masks to enter the building with hoses. The Linn county sheriff's de- partment sent its emergency ve- hicle to the fire and deputies used a special metal cutter to open the building's walls so fire- men could get in. Marion firemen saved the adjacent Town's Edge Auto and Cycle Sales building, 3497 Seventh avenue. The buildings are just a few feet apart. The auto firm received some smoke damage, but employes managed to get vehicles in the shop out before they were dam- aged. No Injuries Officials said no one was in- ured in the blaze. Firefighters' efforts were directed by Chief fames Reynolds from a heli- :opter which was furnished by he city of Cedar Rapids. Assistant Fire Chief Vernon Blietz said the fire was'broughl under control shortly after 6 a.m. Gordon and Henry Katz of the Kay and Ess Corp., owner of the building, said new bowl- ing lanes and automatic pin- setters were included in a renovation completed last year. "Thirteen years of work is ;oing up in Gordon ;aid while watching the flames iurn out the interior. "I don't know yet whether I vill rebuild. 1 would like to clocate somewhere in Marion ic said. Loss Estimates Gordon estimated the loss at "more than Kalz. said his guess would be half a mil- lion dollars. Katz was at the fire scene in a dual role. He is (lie building owner, but also is a member of the Marion volunteer fire- men organization which as- sists the city's fire depart- ment. Marion police and the (Continued Page 3, Col. 5) Twin y's Chuckle The firsl thing a new secre- lary types is Ihe boss. "bill yesterday's decision by Ihe executive of the National Union of Mincworkcrs has introduced a new dimension." The 27-man executive com- mittee of Ihe union voted 16-10 in favor of recommending a na- tional t-'Jrike in a vote by its members. "In the face of this further threat lo power station coal sup- plies, the government considers thai it woultl be imprudent to in- troduce the easements we had (Continued Page 3, Col. 5) Wheat Import Curbs Lifted WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Nixon Friday lifted for five months curbs on wheat im- ports in a move the While House said was aimed at stabilizing prices. By proclamation, Nixon sus- pended from Saturday through June 30 an tmnuiil quoin limit- ing imports lo bushels of wheat and milled wheat prod- ucts.   

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