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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 3, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Increaslng cloudiness and mild Sunday. Turn- ing colder will) rain possibilities Monday, lliglis upper GOs. Low 40. Police, Reporter Complete Tests (In Section A) L8FE CHANGED IN INSTANT At Age 20, Paralyzed by Crash (In Section B) Section A VOLUME 92-NUMBER 52 CITY FINAL 35 CENTS CEDAR KAI'IDS, IOWA, SUNDAY, MAHCH 3, 197-1 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UP1, NEW YORK TIMES Telepholo TALKS WITH VETERANS VA Director Donald Johnson formerly of West Branch, talks with protesting veterans Saturday in a long sought meeTing in the office of Sen Alan Cranston (D-Calif VA Chief Talks with Angry Vets .LOS ANGELES (UPI) A three-week hunger strike and sit-in by a small band ol dis- sident disabled veterans ended Saturday after VA Director Donald Johnson agreed to con- sider their demands for reforms in the treatment of veterans. strike is Ron a '27-year-old former "The Kovic, marine sergeant now confined to a wheelchair, told a group of cheering supporters on the'steps 'of the federal building in west Los Angeles. "We have won a tremendous .victory. "Consideration" "Johnson promised to give ample consideration to our.de- mands, and we will meet within one month in Sen. (Alan) Cran- ston's office." -.The protest ended after John- flew here from Washington for the second time in three days to meet with the veterans. Last Thursday he demanded the veterans meet with him in Ihc VA office on the seventh floor.of the federal building. But Saturday he met with them in their encampment in the thir- teenth floor offices of Democrat- ic Sen. Cranston. Johnson agreed Saturday alter a iwu-liuui wjui the veterans and several 1U1 VCIULCUJ3 IU. get. JIHUL matron on a wide range of sub men to consider the from veterans benefits to three-point plan for the services. To set up a continuing insisted after the meet- toring program of all that those proposals "make including panels to review sense" than all the official erans laws under -title 38 and programs of the past 25 review, and update i create disabled centers as alternatives to lescent veterans were obviously To establish a national with the results of their No Commitments Made Heath-Thorpe LONDON (AP) elected government to deal tive Prime Minister Heath them. with Liberal party told newsmen, "No Jeremy Thorpe for 80 were entered into Saturday in an opening bid either but that he stay in office with help from former political foes, but each said no commitments discuss "the matters that have arisen this afternoon" with his party colleagues over the He gave no clues to basis of his talks with Results from Thursday's tion were virtually clearly it is in the in- and left Britain facing its of the country that some political and economic should be since World war II. Critical said. "It should be one nomic problems demanded will unite the nation on mediate attention but there policies. I represent McGREGOR Expressing fear that the old Marquettc- Prairic du Chicn bridge may collapse at any time, Wisconsin officials Saturday announced plans for a 24-hour surveillance of the span. Every truck crossing the bridge will be slopped and checked for an overload with .violators coming from Iowa being fined and those from Wis- consin not permitted on the span. There also will lie strict en- forcement of the present law requiring cnrs to keep 100-foot intervals mill trucks 500-foot intervals when crossing the bridge. In addition, officials urn con- sidering making the bridge one- way at peak load limes. Surveillance Post .At a two-hour meeting M Pralrlo du Chlon, WIs., Satur- day morning, Wisconsin officials siild (hat n mobile home will be set up'nn Hie Wisconsin side of Ihc bridge us soon us possible lo bourse surveillance facilities. It. will'be manned by two Wis- consin slate patrolmen. In addition, because officials said (hat it will take five men to make the operation succeed, Crawford county sheriff's of- ficers and Prairie du Chicn city policemen will help out. Robert Dillman, chairman of Ihe Crawford county board of supervisors; James Peterson Wisconsin stale highway palrol coordinator, and Col. Lewis Vci- santi, chief of Ihc Wisconsin highway palrol, spoke al the meeting. The officials said Hie action is spurred because overloaded (rucks lire beginning lo roll again over the bridge. "We nrc trying to keep Ihe old bridge standing until Decem- one official snid. New Urldge A new bridge, now under con- slucllon over Iho Mississippi be- Iwcnn Mnrqiiclli) mid Prairie Is (Ccnllmicd: PIIBC.I, Col. 5.) protest, and were hopeful for it future effects. 'In the last three weeks w have reached millions of pec Kovic insisted. "We hav told them the story. We hav told them there is a veteran crisis. The veterans set March 20, date already set asi'de by Pres ident Nixon for a national da; of recognition of veterans, as deadline for Johnson's officia response to their demands. The VA chief told the veteran at Ihe slart of Saturday's meel ing that he gave in and back lo Los Angeles1 becaus 'you have been through disconl tort and suffering and I certain ly don'l wanl to be responsibl for prolonging that any longer. He left the meeting quickl after the accord was reache and did not comment on the ne gotiations or the agreement. six million people who have voted for this kind of govern- ment." Heath's office said Ihe two leaders discussed "the urgent need for an administration which can carry on the business of government." If said both Hcalh and Thorpe agreed lo report back to their colleagues "lo see whether a basis existed for further and that "no commitment was en- tered into on cither side." Hcalh was the main loser in Thursday's inconclusive election which swept his parlia- mentary majority but produect no outright winner. The prime minister was reportedly assuret of voting help from some Ulstci legislators, but will still need Liberal support lo slay in office. Former Prime Minister Wil- son, whose opposition tabor party won (he most seats in the new parliament but fell short of a majority, waited at his country home for a cnll from Elizabeth II. If 'Heath falls lo form n government ;md resigns, Ihe queen would cnll on Wilson next to try to resolve (lie political crisis, Final election results gnvo Ihe Conservatives seals in Hit 6115-scnt house of commons, the Laborilcs 301, Iho Liberals niul oilier parlies 24. New Law; OMB Head t'Jeeds Senate Okay WASHINGTON (AP) Pres ident Nixon on Saturday signe legislation that provides for sen ate confirmation of future ap pointments to the posts of direc tor and deputy director of th Office of Management and But get, the White House an nounced. Last year, Nixon vetoed a bi1 that would have abolished th positions and would have crea ed similar posts requiring sen ate confirmation. The new version approved b Nixon exempts current OM Deput Male Director Roy Asli and Director Frederic V. from the necessity for scnal confirmation and makes changes in the powers or dulic of their offices. el White House: No Try To Quash Jury Report AMMAN; Jordan   very wide gap" still separates srael and Syria in Secretary of late Kissinger's campaign to et a troop disengagement pad or the Golan Heights, a 'senior imerican official said Saturday. Israeli and Syrian military md diplomatic representatives vill travel to Washington later his month to try to narrow the ;ap, reversing the "shuttle di that has brought Kis inger to the Middle' East four imes since the October war. The official made his com- ment as Kissinger flew 'into Amman for an overnight stop in fordan after a visit with King 'aisal of Saudi Arabia. Embargo Prospects During the five-hour stop in Hiyadh, the Saudi capital, Kis- singer discussed with Faisal prospects for easing the Arab oil embargo against the United States. U. S. officials declined to give the. substance of the con- versation or say whether Kis- singer had made any headway in getting the embargo lifted. In Amman, the secretary is taking up with King Hussein the role Jordan will play in the over-all Geneva peace talks.. Of- ficials said- the most difficull settlement may be the one be- tween Israel and Jordan be- cause religious elements Israel oppose yielding any part of the Jordanian west bank cap- tured in 1967, particularly east Jerusalem. The territory was in :he ancient Biblical Jewish kingdom. The secretary leaves the Mid- dle East on Sunday for. stops in Bonn and Brussels on his way home to Washington. The officials, who declined to be identified, said that on the Golan front the Syrians no longer are insisting on immedi- ate total Israeli withdrawal from lands captured in 1967 and October. A limited first-phase pullout could reduce the danger of conflict while negotiations proceeded for a wider agree- ment. Step Forward This marks a step forward in Kissinger's mediation mission since Israeli leaders have vowed not to give up all the Golan Heights territory seized in 1967. Moreover, the official said Kissinger has succeeded in his major goal for the current Mid- dle East lour: setting up a nego- tiations forum. The secretary hopes to get the process started by mid-March with Ihc arrival of an Israeli mission to be chosen after Pre- mier Golda Mcir forms her new; cabinet. The Syrians presum-' ably would arrive soon after-' ward. In arranging an Israeli pull- WASHINGTON (AP) High White House officials rejected as "sheerly speculative" Satur- day reports that President Nix- on's attorneys were planning to try to quash a sealed grand jury report now in the hands of the chief Watergate judge. The officials insisted that Nix- on's attorneys have no plans to attempt to block any move by Judge Sirica to turn the secret report over to the house judi- ciary committee, now consider- ing resolutions seeking Nixon's impeachment. Sealed Report After seven of Nixon's former op White House or campaign aides were indicted by the 'rand jury Friday, the panel landed Sirica the sealed report, which the judge said he .woulc (eep secret for the time being. The Washington Post reportec hat the secret report detailec Nixon's alleged involvement ir Ihe .Watergate cover-up a role icatedly denied by the' White House officials again on Satur day. _, "We don't what basis there is for that report since the President hasn't been charged with the official totally confident of the President's position. As we said before, it is one of non-involvement. The long-awaited indictment in the cover-up case climaxed 20-month investigation by the same grand jury that indictee the original Watergate conspira tors on Sept. Sirica told the grand jury 1 was not dismissed and probably would be called back into ses sion in about two weeks. Meanwhile, two special gram juries are trying to wrap up in vestigations of other Watergati cases including: The ITT anti-trust settlement and whether it was influenced by a corporate pledge of to help underwrite the costs of the 1972 Republican na- tional convention. Part of that investigation involves whether former Atty. Gen. Mitchell and his successor, Richard Klein- dienst, lied to a senate commit- tee when they swore they had not discussed the ITT case with the President. And, it was learned last week, ohn Ehrlichman, who super- ised the plumbers unit when he vas domestic affairs adviser to be President, rejected an offer o plead guilty to the same harge. Ehrlichman was one of lie men indicted on Friday. More campaign contributions :ases. The prosecutors already lave brought charges against line corporations and eight cor- inrale officials in connection vith illegal contributions to the Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Official Reports Guerilla Trial of Rome Terrorists KUWAIT (AP) The .five Arab terrorists who fire-bombed an American jetliner in Rome last December, killing 31 per- sons, were flown to Cairo Satur day for trial before a guerilla "revolutionary, court." .Kuwait's 'defense and interior minister, Sheik Saad el. Abdulla said the five were handed to the Kuwait office of the Liberation v the umbrella structure of. the1 fivi major guerilla.grpups. He said the, PLO represent ative in Kuwait, AH .Yassin .then arranged the flight to Cain where top guerilla'leader Yasi Arafat arrived Friday presum ably to work out details of the (rial with Egyptian authorities. The five have been in Kuwait custody since Dec. 17. They sought refuge there after the Rome airport attack. Yassin told reporters the five will definitely be tried by i "revolutionary to be sel up by Arafat in his capacity as PLO chairman and commander in chief of the Palestinian revo- lution. 65 Feet DBS MOINES (AP) Gov. Robert Ray Saturday vetoed a which would allow 65-foot win-trailer trucks on four-lane lighways in Iowa. In vetoing the bill, Ray said hat although he is sympathetic vith businesses which would gain from allowing the longer rucks, the measure would bene- it only a few Iowa-based com- panies. The governor said the bill would provide a great advan- tage for (rucking firms and competitors at the expense of Iowa citizens. The controversial measure will now return to the legislature, where it was doubtful whether the bill had adequate support to override, the veto. J :yeto: culminated an- pther determined .effort' by. pro- truck interests to secure pas- sage of. .the .bill and -virtually the. 65-foot tVvih trailer rigs will be allowed on Iowa roads for at least another: year. Present Iowa' law allows only 60-foot' twin-trailer trucks and 55-foot, single, trailer trucks in the state. 5 Miles Off The bill would legalize 65-foot twin-trailer trucks on four-lane roads and up to five miles off those roads to load and unload. It would also allow the long trucks on other highways desig- nated by the Iowa Highway Commission. Ray said he set emotional arguments aside and weighed the advantages and flisadvan- Continued: Page 3, Col. 2.) operation of Camp Good Health for 1974 was approved last week by the camp board of directors. The figure is greater Addiional. activities of the j than the 1973 budget and re- White House special investiga- tions unit known as the plumb- ers. Egil Krogh already has pleaded guilty to a charge of violating the civil rights of Dr. Lewis Fielding, the Beverly Hills, Calif., psychiatrist whose office was burglarized in an at- tempt to get information about his patient, Daniel Ellsberg. Today's Chuckle Once there was an absent- minded who found him- self holding the automobile door open for his wife when nobody was even looking. -Copvriqhl Okay Budget For Camp Good Health A budget of for the The Gazette and operated by (Continued: Page 3, Coi. 4.) fleets an estimated increase in cost of operating the camp, as well as a desire on the part of the board to make the camp available to a larger number of children. Already donated to the camp fund is which will be applied to the new budget. Camp Good Health is located on old highway 30, east of junction with highway 13. The camp, which has been in exis- tence since 1934, provides a summer camping experience for children who would not oth- erwise be able to attend a camp. It is supported by donations from subscribers and readers of ;he Children's Home of Cedar Rapids. Mrs. Barbara B. Bjornson, chairwoman of the Camp Good Health committee, also an- nounced the appointment of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Friedman as director arid assistant direc- tor for the camp. Friedman, who is now study- ng for an advanced degree at Loyola university in Chicago, was employed at the camp in (Continued on Page 2A, Col. 1) Five Governors Report SLA Threats BOSTON (UPI) Five New England governors said Satur- day they have received letters purportedly from' the terrorist Symbionese Liberation army, Ihc kidnapers of publishing heiress Palricia llcarsl. The FBI declined immediate1 comment oil the appnrcnlly identical Idlers which nl least Ihree of Iho governors snid they did not lake seriously. In Mull Hhodo Island Clov. Philip Noel said Ihc Idler addressed lo him wns contained in mull opened morning. He said he did nol anticipate increasing guards, but spokesmen had no oilier comment. A spokesman for Connecticut Gov. Thomas Meskill said his office staff did nol open mail Saturday, but that no such com- munication been received prior lo thai lime. New Hampshire Gov. Mel- drim Thomson was Ihe first lo disclose rccc-ipl of Ihe Idler, and he described it as "a threat" from Ihe SLA. The olhor governors lo re- c o I v c mimeographed Idlers signed by "Field Marshal Cin- lire Kennclh Curtis of Maine, Francis Sargent of Mas-, sachusctls and Thomas Salmon of Vermont. Speaker's Name "Field Marshal Cinque" was (lie name used by the speaker on tape recordings addressed lo publisher Randolph Hearst out- lining Ihc SLA's demands for Ihc release of his daughter. Thompson would not s a y whether he wns threatened with death or injury, but snid the mailed Ihrenl did include a "de- mand that certain things be done." Meanwhile, in Sun Francisco Hearst announded that he will break more than a week of silence in his daughter's kidnap- ing will) a leleviscd statement Sunday. He is expected to ask the SLA to resume negotiations for her release. A spokesman for Hearst. in< formed newsmen outside his Ilillsborough home Saturday that he "will make a statement about or II o'clock" Sun- day morning. llcarsl did nol indicate what he would discuss or why he would make his first comments before reporters find TV news cameras since Feb. 22. Today's Index Lite News Cilv Hall Notes Deaths....................... Report Card Accent on Youth............ SECTION 0 town News You and Iowa Frank Nye's Political Holes Television Tablo Political Calendar Marlon Food Building Movies Record Farm......................... SECTJON C Social Around thft Town Travel J 3 1-9 14 14 10 ID 11 IMS 14-17 17 .1I-1J 1-30 2 SECTION D Sports Outdoor IOWA Financial New YorK' Slock! Adi Ml 10 1MI Crossword 10 Parado Comics   

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