Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 11, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

March 11, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Rain likely tonight. Lows in the mid 30s. Cloudy with a chance of rain Tuesday. Highs la the 40s. VOLUME 92-NUMBER CO CITY FINAL CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, MONDAY, MARCH ASSOCIATED PRESS, NEW YORK TIMES DROP L A. Death Law Hearst Kidnapers Say FBI Suppressed Tape By Frank Nyc DES MOINES Gov. Robert Ray came out flatly Monday against reinstatement of the death penalty that Attorney General' Richard Turner wants the legislature lo put back into Iowa law. "I have not favored reinstate- ment of the death Ray said in response to a news conference question. "I have seen no evidence lhat it will stop that kind of activity Emotional Appeal He observed that the death penalty has "an emotional ap- peal" to some people as "the easy way to attack the problem regardless 'of the right or wrong of it." But, he added, the death pen- alty or the threat of it has not been a deterrent to those who aren't much worried about los- ing their own lives. He specifi- cally pointed out skyjacking as a problem which he said had to be attacked from a different approach from use of the death penalty since it was obvious skyjackers aren't much con- cerned about losing their own lives. "Lots of people would rather die than spend the rest of their lives in the Ray said. On another subject, the governor, just .back from the National Governors' Confer- ence in Washington, discount- ed a Des Moines Sunday Reg- ister story that some low-in- come, elderly Iowa homeown- ers are having to pay more property tax under a tax cred- it law passed by the 1973 legislature than under the law it replaced. According to the story, Chief Deputy Assessor M. E. Herman of Des Moines aws quoted that some people will have to pay more taxes as a result of the 1973 law than they did previous- ly. Under the old law, qualified senior citizens received a double homestead tax credit of a year against their property tax. That was enough to wipe out the property tax completely in many cases, according to re- marks attributed to Herman. New Law Under the new law, Horman (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6.) Gazette Leased Wires BERKELEY The kidnapers j of Patricia Hearst have accused' the FBI of attempting to inter- cept and suppress a taped mes- sage they sent out Saturday, breaking a 17-day silence. In a 200-word taped statement made public Sunday night, the Symhionese Liberation Army said it used a "double decoy system" to foil the alleged plot. The statement was added to the end of a copy of Satur- day's tape in which Miss Hearst accused the FBI of wanting to kill her. In Sun-. day's statement, an uniden- tified woman said the SLA sent tapes Saturday to radio stations KDIA in Oakland and KSAN in San Francisco. KSAN released its tape; KDIA said it did not receive one. "Either KDIA, without telling the public or the Hearst family, turned it over to the FBI, ,who in turn suppressed it, keeping it from the Hearst family, or the FBI intercepted it before KDIA got it and suppressed it from getting to the Hearst family and the the woman said. Sunday's tape was received Cedar Rapids Contracts will be let in April with completion scheduled in October on a 600-car parking ramp next to St. Luke's Method- ist hospital. The million ramp will be erected on the south side of A avenue NE, across from the hospital. The ramp will be connected to the hospital by an overhead walk. Hospital officials said con- struction of interstate 380 and widening of A avenue will elimi- nate 250 of the present 750 park- ing spaces used by (he hospital. Prior lo completion of the parking ramp, hospital officials are encouraging more use of bicycles, car pools, and em- ployes are being informed on bus routes. Construction of the new ramp has been approved by (he Cedar Rapids Hospital Council, Hoover Health Council and the office of Comprehensive Health Plan- ning. Chuckle Early to bed and early to rise is n sure sign that your TV Is on Hie blink and your Iliernioslnt is set so cold you cnn't sleep. --copyright Ransom Paid By Manager; Wife Freed Gazette Leased Wires. DECATUR, Ga. The wife of a store manager has been released unharmed after her husband paid about from the office safe to her kid- napers. The incident was the fourth since Christmas involving K mart employes in three states. Patricia Daniel, 30, was dis- covered bound with tape in the trunk of her car on a lonely road south of Atlanta early Sun- day by her husband, William. Two of- the previous similar incidents occurred in Michigan, the third in Tennessee. In one, a kidnaped wife escaped, in an- other a man was arrested and in the third the kidnapers es- caped with Mrs. Daniel was abducted late Saturday by three armed men who came to her home while her husband was still at work. Forced Way In Police Sgt. James Miller said a young man knocked on the door about 11 p.m. Saturday and forced his way inside. Mrs. Daniel was bound and tape placed over her eyes and mouth. One of her children told police that two other armed men then entered the house. Daniel arrived minutes later and was struck on the head. "Someone pointed a pistol to his head and told him they had his wife and that he was going to go back to Hie store and get all the money from lie Miller said. Daniel was allowed to take his three children with him and went lo the store. His wife's abductors telephoned the store and gave him the first of a series of instructions on where to leave (he money. Finally, he arrived at a de- serted road "a lover's Miller called it south of down- town Atlanta, where he handed over the money. He found his wife aboul 50 feel down the road. Related? There was no official indica- tion the fous incidents were re- lated. A spokesman for the Krcsge Co., which owns K mart, said, "We arc aware of Ihc in- cidents and held internal meet- ings about it we think tins was a case of one person read- ing about what another person did nnd deciding to try it." "We just lell our manager, 'Hoy, if you get confronted with n situation like this, give 'em everything you've he said. He complained nhoul. the pub- licity given lo the incidents, say ing It "jusl set us up for n hundred more like this." by radio station KPFA, Berke- ley. The FBI had no comment on :he SLA charges. "Not Doing Everything" In her taped message, Miss Hearst also accused her parents of "not doing everything they can" to win her release. "I know that while Patty is captive that she'll have to mut- ter all the words that are dictat- ed by her said her mother, Catherine Hearst. Miss Hearst's father, Ran- dolph Hearst, editor and pres- ident of the San Francisco Ex- aminer, told newsmen, "We were glad to hear her voice and to know that Patty's alive, but we'll have to study it before we make any reply." On the tape, the University of California coed said "it's 'the FBI who wants to murder me." She said the SLA had taught her how to fire a shotgun to protect herself during a possible police raid. "Real Disaster" She called Hearst's million food giveaway to the poor a "real disaster." The food plan was demanded by the SLA as a precondition to negotiating the young woman's release. I don't believe you're doing everything you can, everything in your she told her parents. "I don't believe you're doing anything at all. I really want to get out of here. I ask you not to aid the FBI." She also sajd: "I hope that yon believe ms and do not think that I've been brain- washed or forced intb saying this." The tape was the fifth com- munique since Miss Hearst was dragged kicking and screaming from her Berkeley apartment Feb. 4. The kidnap victim talked for about 11 minutes on the half- hour tape. SLA officers used the remainder to assail the food giveaway. TV Demand The SLA speakers also de- manded that Joseph Remiro, 27, and Russell Little, 24, two men it claims as soldiers, be given national television time. Little and Remiro are charged with the ambush slay- ing of Oakland School Supt. Marcus Fester last Nov. 6. While in San Quentin, they sent out a letter in which they said they wanted to appear on television to outline a proposal which could lead to the release of Miss Hearst. They refused to disclose details of the plan. Set as Condition On jailed men, the SLA said: "The Symbionese war council has determined that communi- cation between prisoner of war Patricia Hearst and her family will come only after the imme- diate creation of necessary mechanisms whereby Russell Little and Joseph Remiro can communicate via live national TV with the people and the SLA concerning the full scope of their physical health and all the conditions of their confine- ment." The Sunday tape also cleared up a previously inaudible state- ment by Miss Ste- ven Weed, 26, her fiance. II said: "Steven, what do you have to say? Where are the men who really care about what hap- pens to me? Make Dad let you talk. You can't be silent." By United Press International Deeply divided among them- selves, Arab countries have de- Today's Index Comics ....................17 Crossword ..................17 Dully Record ................3 Deaths ......................3 Editorial Features...........6 Farm ......................10 Flnnnciiil ..................18 Mnrlon .....................18 Movies .....................10 Society Sports ...................1IM8 Slntc Television ...................7 Wnnl Ads................19-23 Telepholo ARAB LEADERS CONFER Egyptian President Sadat (left) greets Kuwaiti Oil Minister Abdul Rahman Atiki as the latter arrives in Cairo tor talks Sunday. Arabs Delay Decision on Embargo decision on whether, to. lift their embargo on oil shipments to the U.S. Egypt's President Sadat had scheduled a meeting of nine Arab nations' for Sunday but three of the nations stayed away and the meeting was resched- uled for Wednesday in Tripoli. It was believed the oil embargo was to have been lifted at the Sunday, meeting. In Washington, high govern- ment" said i Tifivatel they still hopes agreement to lift the embargo might be reached soon. But in view of the on-again off-again history of the matter, they weren't betting on it. Sadat's failure Sunday was considered a blow to his chances of getting the embargo The Cairo newspaper Al Akhbar said the holdouts had Expect 6% More Gas For States in March WASHINGTON (AP) The latest federal gasoline alloca- tions should provide about 6 per- cent more gasoline daily in March than was available last month before emergency alloca- tions were ordered. According to this month's fig- ures, announced last Thursday by the Federal Energy Office, all but five states are getting larger daily gasoline allocations in March than in February. However, those five states all have unusually high supplies al- ready, a detailed study of the FEO figures indicates. The allocation system gen- erally is guiding larger per- day gasoline increases toward slates whose supplies other- wise would be relatively poor, with smaller daily increases going to states whose supplies arc close to average. The FEO said in issuing the March allocations that all slates were slated lo receive increases in their total gasoline supply for the month, compared with Feb- ruary. However, consideration o f average daily supply is impor- tant because March is three days longer than February, and gasoline demand continues each day, no mailer how long Ihc month is. In other energy-related devel- opments: Loiiislan Gov. Edwin Ed- wards said Sunday he will an- nounce a voluntary gasoline ra- tioning plan for Louisiana mo- lorisls Monday, based on Ihc so-called Oregon license plate system. i Edwards, contacted at Hie ex- ecutive office in Baton Rouge Sunday night, said, "I want lo emphasize Hint this is n volun- tary plan." The newspaper Ncwstlny Sun- day reported that three former and one current ofticinl of the Nixon administration influenced three major decisions in favor of the oil industry in return for political and financial support dating back to the 1968 presi- dential campaign. Newsday said the key deci- sions "led to fuel shortages that could have been avoided and sent fuel prices before the Arab embargo." Economists from the world's major oil exporting nations met in Vienna Monday to prepare recommendations for crude oil prices after April 1. Beirut newspaper Al Anwar reported, last week, that Saudi Arabia the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' biggest ask the conference this weekend for a reduction of crude oil prices to avoid world-wide economic dif- ficulties. Miners in four southern West Virginia counties said Sunday that they will remain off their lobs, virtually assuring con- tinuation of a strike that has idled an estimated men. The miners agreed to continue the strike after a few miners at scattered union locals de- cided to report to work Sun- day. The work stoppage, enter- ing its third week, has crippled production of metallurgical coal for the nation's industry and slcel mills. Dissident miners arc protesting a stale ban on selling gasoline to motorists whose fuel gauges register more than a quarter of a lank. Deputy Energy Director John Sawhill said Sunday that even if the embargo is lifted, it will take "up to six weeks" for the effect lo be felt at retail gaso- line pumps. Because of the big car sales slump, caused .by the energy crisis, more than auto workers at General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get another one-week furlough this week. agreed to discuss Sadat's propos- al in Tripoli. But some ob- servers doubted the oil min- isters4' woul unless-it resolved at a higher level. After a week of conflicting an- nouncements about the place and tune for the meeting, six oil ministers from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar and Egypt were in Cairo Sunday. Algeria, Libya and Syria stayed away. The six who came met for 90 minutes and announced they would go to Tripoli. An Egyptian spokesman said there had been no talk on the oil embargo. Diplomatic sources said Egypt and Saudi Arbia might have tried to force a decision to end the embargo Sunday, but expected Syria and Algeria t balk, since foreign ministers o both joined Egypt and Sauc at wTnWi was decided to end-the embargo if Kissinger could negotiate a military disengagement wit] Israel. Sources said the country tak ing the hardest line against lift ing the embargo was Libya. I has nationalized foreign'oil coni panies, and its mercur'at Pres ident Moamar Kaddafi has taken the position that no Lib- yan oil should reach American shores. WASHINGTON secretary of State Joseph Sisco said Monday the Mid-East were persuaded by Kuwait to j peace talks in Washington be wait until the Tripoli meeting in order to preserve a semblance of Arab unity. A communique said Egypt had offered to host the meeting be- cause of a shortage of ac- commodations in Tripoli due to an international fair. But it said Libya had managed to provide facilities for the meeting. Washington sources had not tween Syrian and Israeli nego- tiators had been delayed. Sisco, testifying before the senate foreign relations com mittee, said Syria has indicate! it would not send a representa live until after an unamei "high level" Israeli negotiator meets with Secretary of Stati Kissinger. (Earlier Story Page 3) ihriichman Still Faces US. Trial WASHINGTON (AP) _ Dis- rict Ally. Joseph Busch of Los mgeles county agreed Monday seek dismissal of California u r g 1 a r y and conspiracy harges that had been placed in lie- Ellsberg ease against John "Ihriichman, David Young and r. Gordon Liddy. The perjury charge leveled gainst Ehrlichman would re- main. Made Jointly The announcement was made ointly by Busch and special Valergate prosecutor Leon Ja- vorski. Ehrlichman and Liddy were ndicted by a federal grand jury ast week on federal conspiracy' charges in the case. Young was not indicted by the federal grand jury in Washington. Busch 'agreed to drop the state charges as a result of the federal indictments. "Among the reasons given for seeking to dismiss are that many, of these issues involve matters of national interest and therefore .would best be decided in the federal, court, the announcement said. 'The two indictments would be exposing defendants to trial in two different jurisdictions and, in fairness to those defen- dants charged in both jurisdic- tions, and in the interests of jus- tice, they ..should be tried in one it said. Pled Innocent- Ehrlichman, former chief do- mestic counselor to President Nixon, pled, innocent Saturday to one count of conspiracy to vi- olate the rights of Dr. Lewis Fielding, Daniel Ellsberg's psy- chiatrist, one count of lying to he FBI and three counts of yhig to the grand jury. Both the federal and state cases involve the September, 1971, breakin of Fielding's Bev- erly Hills office. by burglars seeking Ellsberg's files. "The- perjury charges as; to John Ehrlichman in Los Angeles county will the an- nouncement said. "It involves irotection solely of a state in- :erest." Dismissal of .the case in Cali- 'drnia will make moot a de- mand :by Judge Ringer that President Nixon come to Cali- fornia to testify as a "necessary and material A judge; in the District of Columbia superior court, Harold H. Greene, was to hear ar- guments Friday on whether to issue a subpoena to enforce Ringer's order that Nixon ap- pear. Reports IRS Criminal Fraud Probe of Nixon Tax Returns NEW YORK (AP) News- week magazine says President Nixon's 1969 income tax return is the subject of a criminal [raud investigation by the Inter- nal Revenue Service. Quoting unnamed sources, the magazine said that "in recent weeks, the IRS special in- telligence agents, who only do criminal investigations, have in- terviewed Edward L. Morgan, a one-time White House aide; Ar- thur Blcch, Nixon's personal ac- countant, and Frank DeMarco, the President's former lax law- yer. Fraudulent Deed? "The key question is whether n fraudulent deed lo Mr. Nix- on's vice-presidential papers was drawn up in the spring of 1970 to make it appear he had actually given Hie papers lo the archives one year earlier before congressional legislation outlawed deductions for such Newsweek said. The President claimed a deduction for donating the papers to the national ar- chives. The magazine said DeMarco has testified "he had a new deed typed up and had Morgan sign it on the President's behalf in April, 1970, but he insists that (he new version was only a copy of an original he drew up (he year before." The 1969 document has not been produced, however, News- week said. IRS spokesmen have refused lo comment on the inquiry and the White House says it has not been notified of a criminal in- vestigation of the President, Hie magazine said. Tax Meeting The magazine also reported that DeMarco told IRS inves- tigators that the President went over the 1969 tax return in a 30- mlnutc meeting in the While House's Oval office on April 10, 1970. Those at the meeting were said to be Herbert Kalmbach, Nixon's personal lawyer, and DeMnrco. Newsweek said former Nixon staffers told the magazine "that the President carefully instruct- ed his one-lime aide John Ehr- lichman on what deductions he hoped to claim and that Ehr- lichman once sought technical advice on whether the President could deduct as a business ex- pense the cost of his daughter Julie's personal appearances. Mr. Nixon was told not to try The investigation began after the IRS was asked for "tech- nical by congress' joint committee on internal revenue taxation, Newsweek said. Payments Meanwhile, in Washington, the White House has acknowl- edged differences in accounts by President Nixon about what he learned of payments lo the original Watergate conspirators at a March 21, 1973, meeting. Queried about the varying iic- counls Sunday, a Whllo House spokesman acknowledged them and snid they would be ex- (ContlnucdiTflgini, Col. 7.) ;