Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 6, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

February 06, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Clearing, colder to- night, lows 6 to 14. Continued cold Thurs- day, highs around 20. VOLUME 92 NUMBER 28 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAR KAP1DS, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Truckers Stick to Demands; Second Driver Shot To Death WASHINGTON (AP) Nego- tiators for striking independent truckers said Wednesday they had sent their list of demands back to the White House and were waiting word on the Nixon administration's position. Special presidential assistant W. J. Usery returned to thi. White House with the demands (TV.tos on Picture Page) after meeting with the truckers and with Pennsylvania Gov. Milton Shapp. Shapp said the demands were the same that the truckers have been requesting and which they outlined last night. He said no further demands would be made if those were ac- cepted. Surcharge The demands included freight-rate surcharge of five percent to cover increased costs other than fuel which the truckers say they are experienc- ing. The truckers also want the freeze on Commerce Commission can put into effect regulations allowing truckers to pass through in- creased fuel costs to trucking companies. The freeze on diesel fuel prices was ordered by President Nixon on Tuesday as part of a government proposal to end the truckers' strike. The truckers rejected the gov- ernment's proposal as inade- quate. The White House had no spe- cific comment Wednesday on the truckers' decision to con- tinue their strike. Trucker Killed A trucker was shot and killed on a Delaware road, and of- ficials warned of possible food shortages in some areas if the tie-up continues much longer. Pennsylvania state police said an attempt was made to blow up a bridge on the Pennsylvania turnpike early Wednesday. The diesel fuel prices until the Interstate explosion was heard as far as eight miles away, but police said it apparently caused little damage to the bridge. Thousands more workers were laid off due to shortages in affected industries. Ally. Gen. William Saxbe toll a news conference he expectec the country's 94 U. S. attorneys and the FBI to work 16 hours a day if necessary to compile at the-scene evidence for possible prosecution of individual truckers seeking to block high way movement of cssentia' goods. Convoy Arrives Escorted from Council Bluffs Iowa, to Illinois by the highway patrol and a police plane, par of the truck convoy, carrying two million pounds of bee: worth million, rolled into Chi- cago without incident Tuesday evening after making a shorl detour as the result of sniper threat. But 23 of the 52 convoy drivers who decided to spertc Tuesday night at a truck stop in LaSalle-Peru, Ind., were awa- kened and forced to evacuate .heir hotel temporarily because of a bomb threat. Police said no bomb wai 'ound .hreat east one trucker said he was following a telephone from a woman, but al Nixon Lists Four 76 Possibilities WASHINGTON (UPI) Pres- ident Nixon listed four Republi- cans Wednesday as good possi- )ilities to succeed him in the Vhite House in 1976. They were Vice-president Gerald lonald Ford, California Reagan, former Gov. New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and former Texas Democratic Gov. John Connally. Nixon also told a breakfast meeting of a group of Republi- can congressmen that the politi- cal pundits are'Wrong and the G.O.P. will do better in the off- year elections than they think. ests States Use Rationing Gazette Leased Wires WASHINGTON Federal en- e r g y chief William Simon Wednesday urged states beset by gasoline shortages to imple- ment rationing on their own. "This is a problem that re- mains of a spotty nature around the country. It's six or seven states that arc presently ex- periencing Simon said on the NBC-TV "Today" program. Meanwhile, UPI learned that Simon plans Thursday to urge the nation's refineries to cut back heating oil produc- tion and increase gasoline out- put. Sources in the Federal Energy Office said the move was de- signed to head off the growing possibility of gasoline rationing during the warmer weather. The sources said Simon is considering a pricing formula that would allow Ihc refineries to increase their profit on gaso- line, but at the same time lower the price of healing oil. Removing Panic Conservation' measures ap- pear to be keeping ahead of the present shortages, Simon said, but he suggested rationing to the governors of stales affected by the shortages because "we cannot implement gas rationing from Washington on a regional basis." "I have urged them lo imple- ment rationing on a stale level, which seems lo be removing a lol of panic from the situation nnd a lol, of this seems lo be panic buying on the purl of Ihc consumer." Hawaii already has a miimln- lory odd day-even dny gas sale plan, and Massachusetts, New Jersey and Mnrylnnd linvc an- nounced similar systems to go into effect by next week. The gasoline allocation pro- gram is attempting to create new centers for distribution of the fuel, bul "no allocation pro- gram is going to cure any short- age, said Simon. Price Rollback Tuesday Simon told congres- sional conferees thai their roll- back in oil prices would make continued produclion unprofit- able for many oil companies. But he declined lo say whether he would recommend a presidential veto of !he cmcr- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 2.) turning back because of the in- cident. "Critical" Authorities escorted some trucks in Ohio and Penns'ylr vania. Kentucky Gov. Wendell Ford activated national guardsmen and said trucks will begin running in convoys Wednesday for added protec- tion. "Based on all information available, the situalion is criti- Ford said. He added that some communities were ex- periencing serious food, fuel and material shortages. West .Virginia Gov. Arch A. Moore, jr., ordered armed na- tional guard Iroops to ride in each truck in five West Virginia counties hardest hil by the shul- down. He said anyone picketing fuel terminals, stops or other areas in the five-county region, will be arrested for trespassing. Guardsmen also stood guard on Ohio, Michigan'and Pennsyl- vania highways. Layoffs, Shortages More than layoffs have been reported since the wide- spread trucker shutdown began last Thursday. In Evansville, Ind., the Na- tional Association of Retail Grocers predicted shortages of meat and other perishable foods within the next 10 days if the shutdown continues. Spokesmen for New England food stores predicted there may be critical "shortages of meat and produce by the weekend. The said it was'schedul- ing pounds of beef to -be flown from -Chicago to Boston aecause it could not find truck transport. Telcnholo ANNOUNCES FREEZE William Simon, federal energy administra- tor, announces that President Nixon has ordered a freeze on diesel fuel prices at truck stops for the rest of the month. At the left is W. J. U.sery, federal 3y Frank Nye DES MOINES Overriding last minute protests, the Iowa e n a I e Wednesday accepted louse amendments and voted, 36 to 10, to establish 55 mph speed limits on Iowa highways starling March 1. The bill now goes lo Gov. Robert Ray who is expected to sign il promptly since he called 'or the legislature to adopt the new limit in his Jan. 14 State of .he State message. Senate Democratic Leader James Schaben (D-Dunlap) failed in an effort to delay the final vote until March 1. He argued that the federal government "is chipping away al our rights" in ils threat to vithhold an estimated million in Iowa highway funds if he 55 mph limit was nol enact- ed. Schaben said villing to test he would be the constitu- ionality of the federal govcrn- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) Kuwait Bars Plane for Terrorists in Embassy KUWAIT (UPI) Arab and Japanese guerillas seized the Japanese embassy in Kuwait Wednesday and threatened lo kill Ihc ambassador and five other hostages one by oijc unless Japan sent a plane lo Singapore to rescue another group of guerillas involved in a hijack operation there. The Japanese government, faced with a one-hour ultima- tum, quickly bowed to the and said il Ail- guerilla demand would dispalcli Lines jel lo Singapore to fly the two Japanese nnd Iwo Arab guerillas (here to any destina- tion of their choice, probably Kuwait. But Kuwait balked and Ihc fate of Ihe hostages hung in the balance. "Kuwait hiis decided 11 will not allow this plane (o land In Kuwait in order lo avoid de- velopments that could arise from such a Hie statement said. It said Kuwait had informed Japanese offi- cials, us well as (lie guerillas and hostages inside the em- bassy ahout this dccisioa. The statement said Kuwait had informed Ihc guerillas it would give them safe conduct to leave Kuwait for any country they chose, provided Ihey first released Ihe embassy hostages. Ambassador Included The Japanese government said the hostages included Am- bassador Voshllakn Ishlknwn, Second Secretary Kolchl Ki- murn, Third Secretary Slmsuke lloh, Attaches Mokihci Wndn and Slmhcl Wacla and a Jiipn- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) C. R. Woman Is Fatally Injured In One-Car Crash Cedar Rapids News- La Vonn L. Trpkosh, 50, of 2749 Union drive SW, was killed in a one-car accident on high- way 30 east of Cedar Rapids Tuesday afternoon. State troopers reported her westbound car went out of con- trol about 1 miles west of the Cedar river bridge, went off the road and rolled several times. Mrs. Trpkosh was dead on ar- rival at a Cedar Rapids hospi- tal. Troopers reported she was thrown from the car and suf- fered massive head injuries. La Vonn L. Trpkosh was born Aug 5, 1923, in Des Moines and has been a resident of Cedar Rapids since 1928. She was a member of St. Wenceslaus ialholic church. Surviving are her husband, George, lo whom she was mar- ried Sept. 10, 1938, in Cedar Rapids; a daughter, Mrs. Ar- thur L. Kofron, rural Mt. Ver- non; a son, George F. Trpkosh, jr., Cedar Rapids; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Lewis; four sisters, Mrs. William Ven- ditti, Mrs. Walter Thompson, Mrs. David Emrich and Mrs. John Brechl, all of Cedar Rapids, and four brothers, Do- ward, Daryl, Ronnie and Billy Lewis, all of Cedar Rapids. Services: Friday at 10 a.m. al St. Wenceslaus church by the Rev. Clarence Frana. Wake service Thursday at p.m. at Kuba funeral home cast Burial: Czech National ceme- tery. Friends may register at the Kuba funeral home cast aflcr 9 a.m. Thursday. The casket will not be open at any lime. Today's Index Comics.....................41 Courthouse .............17, 42 Crossword ..................41 Daily Record................3 Deaths 3 Editorial Features Farm ......................40 Financial ..................42 Marion Movies .....................38 Society ..................20-22 Sports...................25-28 Slale Television..................35 Want Ads................4-1-17 White House Hurries To Set SALT Stance WASHINGTON (AP) The Nixon administration is gam- bling that it can get its own louse, in order on nuclear arm; policy before Secretary of State Kissinger goes to Moscow nexi month, officials say. Announcement of a late March trip to the Russian capi tal by Kissinger came in tan- dem Tuesday with disclosure ;hat U.S.-Soviet arms limitation alks will resume Feb. 19. The state department' line after the announcements was hat the developments indicated he administration was near a basic position on the second round of the so-called SALT ne- [otiations. Common Position However, some officials at the state department and the Arms !onlrol Disarmament Agency ;aid privately that it might take onger than the two weeks left jefore SALT II reopens to reach i common U.S. position. In fact, there is a possibility hat one might not be achieved the time Kissinger leaves for VIoscow, these and officials in (her involved agencies said. The administration is gam- bling that it can reach a consen- sus position by the time Kis- singer leaves to avoid an em- barrassing delay in the already- delayed SALT II talks. Tuesday's developments came in the forms of a statement by Kissinger to a' reporter that SALT II would resume Feb. 19 and a joint U.S.-Soviet commu- nique following talks by Nixon and Kissinger with Russian Foreign Minister Gromyko. The declaration also statec the two nations agree to work for a Middle East peace and that the European Security and Cooperation Conference should (Continued: Page 16, Col. 4.) Shutter Price LONDON (AP) Preus Photos of Horlcn, Norway, paid a record for an 1861 Thomas Sulton wet-plate pan- oramic camera made by T. Ross of London, auction officials at Christie's announced. They laid the highest previous price :or a camera auction was Nixon Urges Speedy Okay Of Health Bill WASHINGTON (UPI) Pres- ident Nixon Wednesday asked congress for speedy approval of new Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) that he said would ensure that no Amer- can would have to pay more than a year in medical costs. Spelling out details for the first time of his major domestic initiative, Nixon said in a mes- :age to congress that his three- part national health insurance plan, to take effect in 1976, would plug the gaps in health protection and make insurance available to all Americans at a price they can pay. "Time Has Come" "I urge its enactment as soon as he said. "Compre- hensive health insurance is an idea whose time has come in America." Nixon said the plan would boost federal spending bil- lion a year but could be fin- anced without a tax hike. "I am opposed to any compre- hensive health plan which re- quires new Nixon said. The federal funds- needed to pay for this plan could all be drawn from revenues thai would be generated by the present tax structure." The Nixon message didn't place a price tag on'the new ad- ministration plan, but the overall cost is believed to be somewhere around billion in federal spending. Low-Wage Assistance When fully effective, the tola new cost of CHIP to federal and state governments would be about billion with an addi tional small amount for transi tional assistance for low-wage employes, Nixon said. State governments would pay aboul billion of the total cost. The three major components of the plan seen as the ad- ministration's counter proposa to a broader scheme advocatec by Sen. Edward Kennedy rere: Employe Health Insurance: Every employer would be re- quired to offer full-time workers a minimum level of coverage on (Continued: Page 16, Col. 6.) ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) John Dean, President Nixon's official lawyer for nearly three years, Wednesday lost his li- cense to practice law because o: 'unethical, unprofessional and unwarranted conduct" in the iVatergatc cover-up. A three-man panel of Virginia state circuit court judges delib- erated an hour and 20 minutes jefore disbarring Dean. The a Christie's panel could have reprimanded or suspended him instead. Tip Regains Kidnaped Boy MODESTO, Calif. (AP) "I saw a lot of grown men Chief Sheriff's Deputy Lynn Wood said of a Modesto Cou- ple's emotional reunion with their little boy. The boy was discovered safe a year after he was kidnaped. A tip from a woman who read a newspaper story on the first anniversary of ihe kid- naping led sheriff's deputies Tuesday lo the house five miles from his own home where Tommy Umver had been kepi since his abduction Jan. 20, 1973. Footprint Cheeks Aflcr footprint checks es- lablished the boy's identity, he was reunited at Ihe sheriff's office with his parents, Thomas and Frances Lauvcr. "Oh honey, don't said Mrs. Lauver, 23, as she cud- dled her son, and both broke into (ears. "It's the same she exclaimed to misty- eyed deputies. Tommy, who will be 2 years old Feb. 20, at first wouldn't go to his father. Bul lie then r c p c a I e d 1 y kissed both parents. "It's one of the happiest days I've had in this busi- said Wood, who had co- ordinated a n investigation that was fruitless until now. "It's kind of nice to report good news once in a while." A Modesto Bee article on Ihc Lauvers' fear of never again seeing their son sparked Ihe break in Ihc case. A woman who read the article lold deputies Monday night that her neighbors, Robert William and Mnrjoric Coffcy, had a toddler who was almost never seen outside. Renamed Officers look custody of Ihe boy, who had been renamed Shawn Keilh Coffcy, aflcr an investigation showed his foot- prints bore 2G similarities lo those of Tommy Lauver. Coffcy, 30, and his wife, 31, were booked on kidnaping charges. The boy, his dark brown hair dyed blond, appeared well except for swollen big Iocs and bruises around his ankles where they may have been bound, Wood said. Leads had been scant since a man forced his way into Mrs. Lauvcr's car at a shop- ping center and stole Tommy at knifepoint. Wood said some officers and Mrs. Lauver clung lo the hope the hoy had been abducted for a family that couldn't have a child or get one through regular adop- tion agencies. Coffcy told police his wife was upset over her inability to bear a child. The confld has two adopted children. "I guess if you work hard enough, long enough, it pays said. Lids Stay in Oil, Health Industries WASHINGTON (AP) The administration told congress Wednesday it intends to remove all mandatory wage and price controls after April 30 except for the health and petroleum sections of the economy. If congress agrees, it would mean the bulk of the U.S. econ- omy would be functioning con- trol free for the first lime since August of 1971. But Treasury Secretary Shultz. suggested continued controls might be asked in other areas. He did not specify which in- dustries he might ask congress !o continue controlling, nor did be indicate when a request might come. Authority for present Phase 4 controls expires April 30. Additional Increase Cost of Living Council Direc- tor John Dunlop, who outlined the administration plans, said consumers could expect some additional increase in prices as a result of lifting of controls. He said this would result from the realignment -of some prices that have been held down; the removal of built-in delays on price increases by big compa- nies and the testing of the mar- ket by some companies to see hovvhigh can raise prices. Dunlop implied present con- trols had outlived their useful- ness despite the prospect of con- tinuing inflation. "Under the economic condi- tions anticipated in the year, he told the senate bank- ing committee's subcommittee on production and stabilization, "the problems created by a full program of mandatory wage and price controls outweigh the contributions such controls can make to price stability." Gradual Decontrol Dunlop said the council planned to continue its gradual decontrol of the economy before April 30 and would continue seeking commitments for price restraints and other inflation- reducing actions from industries in exchange for decontrol dur- ing this period. The administration also pro- posed turning the Cost of Living Council into an umbrella eco- nomic agency1 to watch over inflation and to coordinate eco- nomic activities of federal and local government agencies. Such an agency has been Dun- lop's pet project. Dunlop said the administra- tion wants authority to continue mandatory controls over wages and prices charged in the health industry, including hospitals, doctors and dentists, until the government enacts a national health insurance program. He noted that congress al- ready has granted separate au- thority to continue controls over Ihe petroleum industry until February, 1975. Those controls are administered by the Federal Energy Office. Other Areas Dunlop indicated the adminis- tration would reluctantly seek to continue controls in other areas as well if the need arises bc- .wccn now and April 30. He said there "may be rea- sonable differences of opinion over the question of the need for authority for wage and price controls in other sectors "We shall continue to review other particular sectors as the Cost of Living Council proceeds vith the program of gradual sectoral decontrol" of the econ- omy, he added. Dunlop suggested the Cost of ,iving Council, in its proposed (Continued: Page 1C, Col. 8.) Today's Chuckle Father someone who car- ries pictures where Ills money used to he, ;