Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 7, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Chance nln .through Friday. tonlRhl and 40s. Hlgiis Friday In 40s. VOLUME 92-NUMBER 56 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1974 10 WA GAS ASSOCIATED PRESS, UP1, NEW YORK TIMES BOOSTED Telephoto President Nixon stops to chat with Sarah McClendon following his Wednesday night news confer- ence. Miss McClejndon is a correspondent for a number of Texas newspapers. Nixon! Holding Back, Probers Told T "Dnooirlnnl" tntrnlirorl Wotortraf c-imnltr -mticl- -TuxHlnUnrl :i Gazette Leased Wires IJhe house judiciary committee tolc Thursday that President Nixoi; has refused to yield the evi- dence sought for impeach- ment inquiry.. Doar, the committee's chief impeachment [lawyer, re- that Nixon has offered only material dealing with Wa- tergate and has rejected least for the time ibeing re- quests for other materials, in- cluding some White House tapes. 'The: committee decided at this time: Peter Ro- dino (D-N.J.) urgod withdrawal of- a motion by Hep. Robert Dri- nan (D-Mass.) fee a .subpoena until the committee has had a chance to examine the material Nixon has promised to deliver. Doar made Ms. report after the voted unani- mously to insist that it be given a} sealed grand jury report on Nixon's handling of the Water- gate case. l 'Doar, who informed Judge John Sirica Wednesday (he committee wants the material, asked for the.committee vote to emphasize importance of the request. St. CKair's Points Doar saidi James St. Clair, Nixon's chief Watergate lawyer, rejected some of the commit- tee's requests for material in a letter dated Wednesday. He said Clair made three points: I That tho "case against the President" involved Watergal alone. That the committee needed n White House evidence othe (Photo oil''Picture Page) than materials furnished specia Watergate prosecutor Leon Ja worski. That he was confident the house panel, the evidence, Nixon. News Conference Nixon has offered to after examinini would exonerate give sworn testimony, in writing 01 in a White House interview, to speed the impeachrrient inquiry But some congressional Republi- cans had already questionec whether he would be open enough. Nixon told a television-radio news conference Wednesday night he will surrender to the bouse judiciary committee al tapes and documents made available earlier to Jaworski, jes'ides making himself availa- )le for questions. Although Nixon labeled his offer as "very he lodged at promising to provide other evidence the panel mighl seek. And he said it would be improper for him to submit to cross-examination. Not "Responsive" Rep. John Rhodes of Arizona, he house Republican leader, said it appears Nixon "has opted for disclosure and cooper- ation." But he said "every rele- vant fact and piece of evidence Price Index Rises Slower Inflation Rate WASHINGTON er coslis of food, fuels and metals wholesale prices up an average of 1.5 percent in Februairy, .the government re- ported Thursday. The increase Hie smallest advance in nnonths suggesting a was four slowdown in (he nation's worst inflation since right after World Mr 13 but still was at an an- nual rate of increase of 18 per- 'AfW adjustment for seasonal factors, wholesale prices only went, up 1.2 percent last monlli, or at an annual rale of M.I per percent unadjusted Jnn. Increase In Pchriinry was ICSB than half the January nd- vamco of ,1.5 percent, which exceeded since IIMB only hjr n 5.8 percent Jump lust Herbert Sluln, chairman of President Nixon's Council of Economic Advisers, called the less explosive rise in wholesale prices welcome but he added that no conclusions could be made for about one moiilli and "in any event (here is a long way lo go." Stein said "victory against in- flation not come quickly and will require sleadiness of policy In Ihe face of good or bad short-lerm news." The February increase left wholesale prices 20..1 percent above a year earlier. It will mean a coiillnuing rise in retail prices In the coming days, weeks and months ns the higher wholesale prices arc passed down lo consumers. The labor d cpn r Im cut's bureau of labor statistics snid wholesale prices of (arm prod- ucts and processed foods ami Continued: Page ,'U simply must be furnished to th judiciary committee if we are I have any hope of resolving th matter." But-Rep. Robert.MqClory'XE 111.) said of the letter from S the news conference to a com mittee request for data: "I don't think it's satisfactory It doesn't appear to be respon sive." When Nixon outlined at th news conference his offer of least limited cooperation, he de clared, "I believe that that wil serve the purpose." He ex pressed strong opposition to lei ling the. committee go to th iVhite House and "paw througl it on a fishing expedition." Other Subjects Continuing .Watergate inqui ries dominated the 39-minuti session with newsmen, Nixon's second in nine days. But th seemingly relaxed Presiden also said: "The best advice I can get is hat there will riot be a reces sion in 1974." He opposes public financing nl 'ederal election campaigns, an dea with -strong congressiona support, because he regards in dividual giving as a healthj hing and because use of tax dollars to finance one party or he other would mean "taxation vithout representation" for citi- zens of opposing views. March 21 Meeting The President appeared to ireak some new ground in dis Bussing his taped March 21, 972, meeting with ousted coun- el John Dean and former staff hief H. R! Haldeman. Dean has testified that Nixon Senate Kills Pay Increase WASHINGTON (UPI) The enate Wednesday killed a pay aise for members of congress, igh level officials in Ihe ad- linistralion and members of 10 federal judiciary. The senale voted 69-28 (o dis- nprovc the pay increase rec- inmcnded by President Nixon. t would have been congress' rst pay raise since 1969. Unless the senale or house nd acted, the pay raise, in- luding for congress- tien, would have gone into rfeol at midnight Saturday, ChncMc A 7-yeiir-olcl kid (old his folks he wns going lo run away Just as noon ns (here's a 'leflnile upward (rend In the economy. cwvrioiii was informed then that it migh take million'to ensure silenc by those originally convicted o participation in Watergate that. Nixon sai' problem. In subsequent testimony, for which he last week was indictee on a perjury charge, Haldeman reported that Nixon said the money could be raised but tha it would be wrong. At an Augus news conference, Nixon support ed Haldeman's recollection. Perjury Question Asked to explain Haldeman's jerjury indictment in light of grand jury, Nixon said he told Dean payment of husl money would have to be linked .0 a grant of executive clemen- cy and that extending clemency would be wrong. "I meant that the whole trans- action was Nixon said, acknowledging that others hear- ing the tape "may reach dif- !erent interpretations." He added: "I know what I meant, and I know also what I did." Denying he ever authorized clemency or payment of hush money, Nixon said that as soon as Dean told him thai day of the Vateijgale cover-up, the policy vas one of full disclosure." Saying he wants the impeach- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 4.) Strike Over; British End 3 Day Week LONDON (UPI) The gov- irnment Thursday ended a crip- iling three-day work week im- msed on industry since Dec. 31 and announced that it is restor- ng normal five-day working at midnight Friday. The announcement was mad iy Eric Varley, secretary fo n e r g y in Prime Ministe Harold Wilson's new Labo larty minority government. He said a return to norma working was possible as a resu! if a peace settlement in the 3% week-old strike by coa miners. But much of industry will tak some tims to get back into fu! reduction because the shorten ed work week disrupted the of raw materials and componen >arts. Maintenance men b.egan pn paring the coal pits Thursdt ust hours after the leaders i ;he miner's union reached wage agre ment in 12 hours of bargainin with the National Coal Board. Threw Out Guideline The settlement was the fir order of business for Wilson new Labor government whi took office Monday after d placing' Edward Heath's Conse vatives in the general elect! last week. To get the settlement, the go ernment threw1 ouUhe'7 percer raises which the Conservativ tried to defendln the elections. Even before the voting, ever, it was generally concedi that whichever party won wou put aside the ceiling to end th strike. And the settlement th was accepted was proposed by !act-finding pay board appoin ed by Heath's government. The miners will get average increase of 22 percen with the lowest category jasic pay increasing from :o a week and the highes rom ?84.60 to Bonuse or shift work and other benefit vill mean an additional or most of the undergroum orce. Approval Formality The size of the proposal re ulted from the pay board's dis overy late in the election cam laign that the miners, who tra- ditionally have gotten more money than other manual labor rs, had slipped to seventh lace because their earnings being computed' on a dif erent basis from (hat of other 'orkers. The settlement, million Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Increased 14.2 Million Gallons Over February Tells Donation Delivery To Stans, Bid for Help MShlnslon SMfNew: Service NEW YORK The key rosecution witness teslified liursday that a business aide (o inancier Robert Vesco asked ixon. Fund-raiser Maurice tans for help in a government 'and probe when lie lurned ver a briefcase containing as onalion. Attorney a secret campaign Harry Sears said anrehce Richardson (old Slans, Mr. Vesco wants me lo deliver message he'd like lo gel imc help." Sears Icstlfied Hint Stans eplicd, "That's not my depart-; cnl, not my bailiwick. That's; ohn Mitchell's department." The New Jersey lawyer said c met with (lie former attorney encral on the same day, told; in (ho donation had been do- vered nnd got an appointment iat afternoon with the head of ic Securities anil Exchange oinmisslon, Three Days Atlcr Scars, attorney for Vcsco, lid he nnd Richardson look HID to Slnns nl campaign iadqunrlcrs I n Washington pril 10, 1D72, Ihrce dnys after a new disclosure law went into ef- fect. In his meeting with Mitchell after lunch that day, Sears tes- tified, he remarked, "I hope Maurie knows what he's doing." "John said, 'Well, I'm sure he knows his Sears said. The New Jersey attorney said he reminded Mitchell that he was still trying lo get a meeting with William Casey, then SEC chairman, to complain about his staff's investigation of Vesco. "Mr. "Let Me Sec" Mitchell said, 'Let me esc if 1 can get hold of Bill Scars lestified. He said Mitchell talked with Casey by phone arranged an ap- pointment for 4 p.m. thai day. Sears lestified he (old Casey [hat (he staff was giving him only one side of I he story and :iml an abrasive altitude toward Vcsco. Me snid he asked Casey to give Vcsco's officials a chance to present their ar- guments at the top SEC level. Sears testified he told Vcsco after the meeting with Casey, "1 think 1 made progress." WASHINGTON (UPI) The Federal Energy Office said Thursday that Iowa's gasoline allocation for March "will be 88.8 percent of gasoline demand for March, 1972. In February, Iowa received 86 percent of February 1972 gasoline levels. Iowa will receive 118.4 million gallons in March 14.2 million higher than the 104.2-million gal- lon February allocation or 88.8 percent of 1972 levels. The FEO said the March allo- ations will give every state more gasoline than in February, some'of them more than they sed in March, 1972. 8.03 Billion The FEO said the March sup- ily of gasoline would total 8.03 Jllion gallons, averaging out to iround 89.6 percent of the March, 1972, base period levels. The new allocations were ad- usted for growth in numbers ol -ars so that no state should lave a shortfall of more than 15 percent between the 1972 base leriod and the new supplies, the FEO said. The eight states with supplies equal to more than the base jeriod consumption were Alas ia, Kansas, Louisiana, Minneso ta, North Carolina, Oklahoma Texas and Wyoming. The FEO said its goal is t make sure no slate varies mor than 5 percent from the nationa average. "Equality" In a speech to the Nationa Governors Conference, precec ing the FEO announcement, en ergy chief William Simon sai hevstill to ge :'state by state equality" Hi said that in April, no state would have an allocation abovi 95 percent of 1972 demand. Simon also said he was con sidering ending a Sunday-clos Jig order for gasoline stations He gave no indication when a 'inal decision would be made )ut noted there was growing >ressure lo allow them to stay open, particularly -from- areas vith big tourism industries. He said figures oh previously :xpected state supplies for March ranged from as low as 1.7 percent of the 1972 level to s high as 110.7 percent, and the ational average was'84.3 per- ent of March 1972 levels. The FEO said the March alto ouragc oil production and nake fuel shortages worse. But the rollback immediately opped up again as the house ddcd a modified version lo a ill for establishing a Federal Energy Administration. Senator Henry Jackson ID- author of the vetoed energy bill, said he would try again to roll back oil prices, said he would work with the administration toward a stripped-down emergency hill authorizing gasoline rationing and other fuel-saving mea- sures. Nixon declined, in his news onference, to speculate on ifting of the Arab oil embargo gainst the U. S., but said the hances were improved by dip- omatic progress toward disen agement of Arab and Israel orces in the Middle East. "indicating what they (thi xabs) would do might leai hem to do he said. Arab Review Arab oil ministers are schec uled to meet in Cairo Sundaj o review their policies, a Egyptian oil ministry spoke; man said. The lifting of their o (Continued: Page 14, Col. 3.) NewColson, Ehrlichman Indictment Goida Seals Coalition for Israeli Ru ations should prevent any arge shortages such as necessi- ated two emergency allocations ir certain states in February. The new allocation takes into ccount the three additional ays in March, the fact thai lore gasoline is being pro uced, now that heating oil re- uirements are down. enafe Upholds Veto WASHINGTON (AP) The nate late Wednesday sus- ined President Nixon's veto o) e emergency energy bill, in- .iding a price rollback of ude oil prices, by a vote of 58 40. Nixon later1 praised the vote d predicted energy prices ould stop rising and maybe irt falling later this year. By sustaining the veto Nixon id, (he senate "vetoed longer s lines and vetoed nationwide tioning." Discourage Production The White House has argued at a price rollback would dis- Today's Index omics rossword..................26 'ally Record................3 leaths ......................3 Iditnrlnl Features...........6 'nnn ......................17 Inancinl ..................27 Inrlon .....................28 lovics .....................24 oclety ..................10-14 ports Into clcvlslon ..................16 Vnnt Ads ................20-XI JERUSALEM Goida Meir emerged tnumphar from two months of politic crisis Thursday as the Naliona. Religious party indicated would join her government an give her a majority in. parlia ment. Mrs. Meir announced a cabinet of socialists and liberal Wednesday night an hour befor her legal deadline. Lookin i r e d she (old Presiden Iphraim Katzir in a subdue( foice that she was able to 'form government made up of he ..abor party, the independen .liberals- and three Arab legisla ors affiliated with Labor. Agreed To Join That lineup commands only 58 the 120 seats in the knesset, srael's parliament. But she told newsmen the leaders of the Religious party, Labor's tradi- tional coalition partner, had agreed in principle to join the government before she submits the cabinet to the knesset Sun- day for a vole of confidence. The Religious party's 10 seats would give Mrs. Meir 68 votes in the knesset. The Religious party's execu- tive committee voted 30-17 to re- tract its previous refusal to join the new government after gov- ernment sources circulated re- ports of a Syrian military build- up on the Golan heights and the party's central committee today approved participation in the government. The party (Continued: Page 14, Col. 1.) WASHINGTON (AP) A fed- grand jury Thursday indict- 1 former White House aides ohn Ehrlichman and Charles olson on a charge of violating e civil rights of Daniel Ells- erg's psychiatrist. Indicted with Ehrlichman and olson were G. Gordon Liddy, leged mastermind of the Ells- erg burglary, and three Cuban- mericans Bernard Barker, iugenio Martinez and Filepe De liego, al! of Miami. Barker nd Martinez had been sen- enced to jail earlier for their art in the original Watergate reakin. The indictment charged that he defendants engineered the >reakin at the Beverly Hills office of Dr.. Lewis Fielding with intent to search for con- idential information concerning Daniel. Ellsberg." Earlier Indictment.. A Los Angeles county grand jury has already indicted Ehr- lichman, Liddy arid David Young, a former White House aide who helped lead the "plumbers" unit on charges of conspiracy and burglary in the Ellsberg case. Trial is slated to begin April 15. The burglary took- place on Sept 3, 1971, when Ellsberg was under indictment in connection with the leak of the Pentagon Papers The grand jury also jndlcied iiddy on two counts of refusing o testify before a house 'com- mittee. Liddy already is serving a sentence for contempt' of court 'or his.refusal to testify before a grand jury. Liddy was sentenced to serve a maximum of 20 years for his role in the June breakin at Democratic national commil- ee headquarters. Lying Charges Ehrlichman also was charged ritti one count of lying to FBI jents and three counts of lying a grand jury about the activi- es of the plumbers. The indictment alleged that n July 27, 1971, Egil Krogli and oung sent a memorandum to hrlichman which discussed a equest to prepare a psychiatric udy on Ellsberg. Krogh has pled guilty to a ngle charge of violating Field- g's civil rights and is serving six-month sentence at a feder- prison at Allenwood, Pa. rogh agreed to cooperate with e prosecutors. Money from Colson The indictment also alleged at on July E. Howard unt sent Colson a memo which scussed a proposal to "obtain llsberg's files from his psychi- ric analyst." The indictment alleged that (Continued: Page 14, Col. 1.) Revised Plan Submitted For New Shopping Center Cedar Rapids A site plan and rezoning re- quest were submitted this week 'or a large shopping center on :he west side of Cedar Rapids. The project, to be located wesl of (he intersection of high- way 149 and Edgewood road is being planned by Hahn- fovman Development Corp. Overland Park, Kan., and is lubbed Wesldale mall. Originally, Ihe silc covered acres and included space or three department stores and number of small shops. The revised plan submitted this veck to (he city planning dc lartmenl includes an additional 21 acres which the developer vanls rezoned and calls for our department stores, plus shops, service stations, a bank nnd other facilities. Three Major Tenants The developer Is believed lo mve reached Innlntivp agree- mcnts with three major tenants, but has not released the names of the firms. The proposed new center will' be about four times the size of Ihe Lindaie Plaza shopping center on First avenue E. One of the department stores will have square feet of floor space, and the other three will have square feet each. An enclosed, two-level mall will have square feet of space; that is in addition to Ihe tolal gross leasable area of the various buildings, which is 1.1 million square feel. Parking Spncc In addition, more than .1.1 million square feet of parking will be available with space for iboul vehicles. The site plan and zoning re- liicst arc scheduled for consid- eration by the planning commis- (Continued: Pnge 3, Col. (I.) ;