Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 13, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

March 13, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 13, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Cloudy through Thursday, chance of rain Thursday. JUwsio- night in 30s. High Thursday near 50. VOLUME 92-NUMBER 62 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAR UAP1DS, IOWA. WEDNESDAY, MAUCH ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMBS ARAB OIL VERDICT Splits on Food Told SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) The fiance of Patricia Hearst admitted Tuesday that there have been family disagreements, on how to meet the ransom demands of the Symbionese Lib- eration Army which kid- naped the 20-year-old heiress Feb. 4. There have been just "too many on what to do, Steven Weed said, adding that the various propositions came both from inside and outside the family and that this was "stul- tifying the situation." Asked whether he would be a substitute hostage, he said: "It all depends on the circum- stances. I wouldn't rule it out." News Conference In another development, at- torneys for two accused SLA as- sassins were to go into court Wednesday to try to get permis- sion for the suspects to deliver a message to the kidnapers on na- tionwide television. Joseph Remiro, 27, and Rus- sell Little, 26, were accused of killing Oakland School Superin- tendent Marcus Foster Nov. 6. William Gagin, a defense lawyer, said the gist ol the message would be: "The SLA should proceed to release Patty Hearst and not be con- cerned about the defendants Death Penalty Passes First Test in Senate WASHINGTON (AP) _ The senate Wednesday rejected an amendment to take the manda- tory death sentence provisions out of a bill to restore capital punishment under federal law. The 47-41 vote provided the first test of strength in the con trovcrsy over the legislation. Senator John McClellan (D floor manager of the bill told his colleagues that "if you want no death should support ment." penally, you this amend k. I ft I I II Teleoholo No Problem Here Leslie Wood's father may have trouble getting gas for his car but 9-year-old Leslie doesn't seem to be having any transportation problems. The Riverside, Ga., boy has trained his dogs, Junior and Ruffy, to push him along the sidewalk on a skateboard. judicial they "will" be fairly treated." Gagih said he had met with some resistance on the televi- sion -appearance 'from Dist. Atty. Lowell Jensen and Sheriff Frank Madigan. Answers Patty Weed's appearance on educa- tional television station KQED and at a news conference came after Miss Hearst complained in a tape-recorded message .that he had not been heard from since just after the abduction. "I don't have a particle of dis- agreement with the way she is handling herself I'm very Weed, a Univer- sity of. California graduate stu- dent, told KQED. He added, "I want to say to her (Patty) we certainly ha- ven't forgotten about her and I can see why she might be some- what But I think she and everybody should realize that we've been under a lot of tension." Believe Three Arrests Wrap Up Irish: Ulster Is British State .DUBLIN (UPI) -T Premier Liam Cosgrave said Wednesday that the Irish Republic recog- nizes Northern Ireland as pa of Britain. The factual position Northern Ireland is that, it within the United Kingdom an my government accepts this a Cosgrave said. .Cosgrave's statement to crowded parliament was th first time the government of th Irish Republic has formally re ognized Northern Ireland factually being a part of tl United Kingdom. Claim Intact His statement still left intac t h e republic's constitution ,f t Boy's Kidnaping MIAMI Tips and sharp-eyed agents led to the ar- rest of three more persons in connection with the kidnaping of an 8-ycar-old New York boy, the FBI said. The ransom still is missing. The three, arrested Tuesday night as they walked along a downtown si reel, brought to eight the number of persons ar- rested in the case. FBI agent Kenneth Whitakcr said no more arrests were ex- pected but the ransom money had not yet been recovered. Two of the three arrcsled were identified as former brothers-in- law of the kidnaped boy's fa- ther. The three were identified as Roberto Emelio Martinez, 37, his brother Jorge Martinez, 28, and Jose Antonio Hernandez, 17, all Cuban-born residents of New Jersey. They were being held without bond pending arraign- ment today before a U. S. mag- istrate. claim to sovereignty over th whole island which could onl be changed by referendum. Cosgfave's-s t a t e-m e n t' cl maxed three, months of politico wrangling 'among Dublin, Lon don and Belfast over the statu of Northern Ireland in whiclrth whole concept, of Protestani Roman Catholic power-sharin in the North was put in jeo pardy. Cosgrave told a hushed hous that the present status of North ern Ireland could only b changed by consent of its peo pie. The status question blew int a political crisis. following th. tripartite talks among govern ment delegates from Dublin London and Belfast at Sunning dale, England, last December. At that time Cosgrave issuet a declaration that the "prescn status" of Northern Ircianc could only be changed by con sent but he did not specify wha the status was. Protestant Attack Militant Protestants in the "Wo hope this brings lo an (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) Tmlnifs Chuckle The worst thing nbout living In ii mobile home Is Hint (here's no place to put any- thing except where It belongs. -ConyrloM North bitterly attacked the nil ing coalition of Roman Catholics and Protestants led by Chic! Minister Brian Faulkner. They demanded that Faulkner wrest from Cosgrave an admission that Northern Ireland was part of the United Kingdom. In the recent British general election, militant Protestants opposed to the Sunningdale agreement swept all but one of Northern Ireland's 12 scats in the British parliament. After his overwhelming defeat at the polls, Faulkner served Cosgrave willi 1111 ultimatum that unless he agreed lo accept the North as part of the United Kingdom the Northern coalition would not ratify the Sumiingdalc agreement. This would have mennt a virtual end to the pro- posed Council of Ireland und to the present power-sharing ar- rangement. However, militant Protestants in the North signaled in ad- vance of Cosgrave's declaration that they would not accept it. "No statement from Mr. Cos- grave can in any way alter the republic's constitution which claims sovereignty over North- ern a statement from George Colley, deputy leade of the Fianna Fail party, for m a 11 y welcomed Cosgrave' statement on behalf of the op position, but Vivian De Valera son of former President'' Eamoi De Valera, one of the foundini fathers of th'e Irish Republic left the house abruptly. "I accept the statement wit] the loyalist coalition said. he said. San Francisco Strike Tightens Grip on City Gazelle Leased Wires SAN FRANCISCO Striking San Francisco .municipal iloyes tightened their paralyz- ng grip on Wednesday >y blocking transit buses; b'ring- ng .commuters across the Bay bridge. Only, a few trans-bay drivers or the AC Transit Co. took their mses out of the Oakland yard vhen they were instructed by heir union not to make the San Yancisco run. Thousands of commuters who live in Oakland and other cities east of, San' Francisco bay were prevented or de- layed getting to work. AH pub- lic transit in San Francisco has been tied up for six days by the city workers' strike. The new BART subway used by commuters from the penin- sula was halted earlier this week. Early Wednesday Mayor Jo- eph Alioto announced that a ight-Iong bargaining session 'ilh the unions brought no set- tlement. He said1 progress was made on some issues but not on the basic issue of pay. Another meeting late Wednesday. A judge ordered the striker, back to work Wednesday under penalty of'arrest, but the unions defied it. and Alioto said police would not enforce it. Judge Clayton Horn then modified hi; order, dropping the part abou arresting pickets. The union is seeking million a year in pay raises and a dental health plan. The city offered million. Refusal of sewage plant per sonnel who are not on strike to cross union picket lines" had re suited in a daily flow of .100 million gallons of raw sewage into San Francisco bay and the Pacific ocean. The state ordered a quarantine of beaches in the area "to prevent a disease out- )reak of epidemic proportions." Three of the four sewage (Continued: Page 3, Col. 4.) Leo B. Sedlacek, C. R. Physician 30 Years, Die: Cedar Rapids Dr. Leo Barta Sedlacek, 41 Nineteenth street SE, a phys cian in Cedar Rapids 30 year died in Pullman, Mon day following a brief illness. H was 77. Initially a general pract tioner, Dr. Sedlacek later re stricted his practice to psychia ry. -He dedicated much of hi effort to the problems of menta icalth and alcoholism. He was one of the founders o he. Linn County Mental Healt. Center, the Linn County. Menta lealth Assn., and. the Citizen; Committee on Alcoholism am )rug Abuse. Born July 28, 1896, in Cedai lapids, He was married to thi Page 3, Col. 5.) Adoption of the amendment, he said, would make further senate action on the bill "an ex- ercise in futility" because it would' permit the discretion in imposing the death penalty thai the supreme court 'has con- demned. Senator Floyd Haskell author of the amend- ment, disputed this. He said a judge should have discretion in imposing' the death penalty to prevent "terrible injustices." "Mechanical Test" Haskell said he feels the death penalty should be retained as a deterrent but could not vote for bill having "a mechanical test" under which a man could lose his life. McClelian said he would like to provide for some discretion but he said that is "the very evil this bill-seeks to correct." The measure is designed to overcome a 1972 supreme court decision that the death penalty has been applied in too random a manner to be constitutional; Senate liberals, led by Iowa Sen. Harold Hughes, mounted an emotional fight against the bill Tuesday. "In the name of God, I ask my colleagues to join me in reject- ing' dea_th, in affirming life, in rejecting vengeance, in affirm- ing Hughes plead- ed. "There is no middle ground, no neutral he added. "The choice is either life or death. Death Crimes Hughes spoke as the senate jegan consideration of. a fail :hat provides the death penalty :or treason, espionage. anc crimes where death occurs ncluding murder, political as- ing circumstances, outlined the bill, exist. A decree of execution wou be mandatory, however, if a, gravating factors also listed i the bill, and no mitigating ci cumstances, exist. Other Amendments Senators Kennedy and Phili Hart (D-Mich.) both opponent of the bill, said they also wi offer amendments before fins sena'c action on the legislation. Kennedy said one of h amendments would require th registration :f all handguns an the licensing of owners, thus ir jecting the controversial issu of gun control into the bill. Another amendment, spoi ;ored by Kennedy and Har would preclude the death pe. ally if a defendant, after killin one .or more persons, release unharmed remaining hostag he was holding. Kennedy said he believed th would give law enforcement o fleers- ah indispensable tool wil which to save lives in kidna ings, airplane hijackings, an other crimes involving hostages Report Ford Criticism of Nixon Stanc WASHINGTON (UPI) Vic president Ford has question! President Nixon's handling Watergate on a number poinfs'at a-private a group of reporters. Accounts of the Tuesda breakfast session have a] peared in the .Washington Pos Washington Star-News and York Daily News. According t :he reports, Ford made thes points: He is concerned that the Pres dent did not 'report to author; ties a year ago that his aide John Dean had -told him "hus sassinatioq, kidnaping, hijack- ng and others. In a classic liberal-conserva- ive confrontation, Sen. McClel- an argued that "justice de- erves no less" than restoration f the death penalty. He said the "death penalty must be restored if our criminal ustice system is to combat ef- of violent crimes crimes f terror that threaten to en- ulf our nation and if the con- dence of the American people n our system of justice is to be estored." Hughes was joined by Sens, dward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and ance Hartke (D-Ind.) and a c p u b 1 i c a n, Jacob Javits The death penalty could no noney" had been paid, to Wa ergate defendants. According o the Post, Ford tha it could be argued this amount ed to obstruction of justice. Refusal by Nixon to give h o u s e judiciary cbmmittee tapes it has asked for could become a "catalyst" for. the President's impeachment. WI-MIII uuuiu I1U Dr. Leo Sedlacek imposed if specific mitigat Town Besieged by Millions of Birds flTJ APKM-T AAT MtDM n___ ci.. i.._ .1 i __ GRACEHAM, Md. (UPI) Just before sunset for the last several months, the skies lave blackened and erupted Picture Page) n a chorus of sharp, shrill vhistles as besieged townsfolk iraccd for-another attack. The aggressors are birds i massive, and rapidly-grow- ng flock of starlings, gracklcs ind blackbirds whose number s now estimated by health of- icials nt more than 10 mil- ion. It's unbelievable, it's lightening, but it's for aid Clare Myers, whose home djolns Ihe fiO-acre pine forest vhoro the menacing fowl oosl, "Our dog Herman slinkcs when they fly she said. "They go into his doghouse, chase him out and cat his food." In addition, the birds scare dairy herds, destroy entire cornfields and have become a potential health hazard to this community of 400. The birds have chased cat- tle from their troughs and divebombcd barns, ripping open seed bogs and eating the contents. On rainy days, mil- lions of birds can be seen swarming beneath rooftops and onto porches lo the dis- may of housewives and chil- dren, "No, Ihe birds haven't at- tacked anyone and wo don't think they said' Paul Genie of the county health department. "But they sure do leave their mark on roof- tops and cars." Bird droppings in some sec- tions of town are more than two indies deep. The owner of the land the birds use for nesting is Edgar Emrich, who is just as trou- bled as his fellow townspeo- ple. "We used to have beautiful song birds in the yard. Pheas- ants walked along the edges of the lawn. It was n common sight1 to see five or six rabbits when you drove nt night. "Now you don't see any wildlife but the birds. I Ihink t Ii e y' v e driven everything he said. The birds begun moving into the area, seven miles from Ihe presidential retreat Camp David, last fall. No one knows why they came, but they do not seem in any hurry to leave. People are afraid that, if the birds do not leave, the res- idents will be driven off. And health officials fear the drop- pings may trigger an out- break of histoplasmosis, n lung disease. "We could possibly spray the field with poison, but that might kill off all the birds and set off an insect Bcale said. Residents have taken lo fir- ing volleys of shotgun pellets, producing no noticeable re- duction In the bird population. 'On the Dean report of "bust Ford was quoted by the Post as saying: "I think ii retrospect it probably wouk have .been better procedure (to report the if it'i perfectly clear that was wha was told him. I think I would have, yes." Watergate conspirator James McCord has charged in a'letter to the house of representatives [hat Nixon should be impeachec For obstruction of justice for tailing to report the informa- tion. The Post quoted Ford as conceding that could be argued, :ut that there were also "good egal questions" favoring (he President. Presidential St. Clair has counsel James said Nixon was under no obligation to report the Dean information to law en- forcement officials since he is the highest law enforcement of- ficial in the land. St. Clair said Nixon launched an investigation and that was enough. Ford generally supported the President in (he private meet- ing, Ihe accounts said. He did so even more strongly in a public meeting Tuesday with a group of high school students. He said did not believe Nixon would DC impeached because Ihere was no evidence "at the mo- ment" to warrant such action. Forecasts Of Tripoli TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) Egypt's leading newspaper pre- dicts that the Arab oil ministers noting Wednesday in Tripoli will follow President Sadat's ead and end the oil embargo against the U. S. Diplomats in the Libyan capital are doubtful. There is also a possibility that some of the nations will aban- lon the embargo and some, like Libya, will continue it. The meeting got iO a.m. _CDT. The Soviet Union urged the nine oil ministers, in 'an Arabic language broadcast beamed to the Middle East, to resist "American pressure" and main- tain the fuel boycott. "Progressive Forces" The broadcast said "progres- sjive forces in the Arab: world" want the embargo continued until Israel gives up .all cap- land and ,the. legitimate rights: of the Palestinians, are guaranteed; But the radio told its Russian listeners, at home that general Arab opinion favors ending the ban. The meeting is the Arab's third try to get together on Sadat's .proposal .toleiid.'the embargo in appreciation for Secretary of State Kissinger's efforts in getting Israeli forces withdrawn from the Suez Canal. Meetings .scheduled, for Feb. 14 in Tripoli and last Sunday in Cairo were canceled because of Algerian and Libyan opposition. Syria, Algeria and Libya want he embargo to continue until Israel agrees to pull back on the iyrian front. The prediction of success for he Egyptian president's propos- I. oil warcame rom the Tripoli correspondent f Al Ahram, the Cairo newspa- er that- often speaks., for the Egyptian: 'government., He re- orted the meeting Wednesday vould end the ban. on shipments o.the U. S. and the Netherlands nd suspend the: cutbacks .in reduction of, 25 percent and more that were, ordered in opes other oil-buying nations vould exert effective pressure n the U.S. 'U.S. Efforts.'-. Al Ahrarn. said the. meeting vould end communique nalyzing the .effects of, the .oil and explaining.the deci- lon to shelve con- erence would.recognize the U. government's efforts to re- olve the Middle East Conflict nd .would be within the frame- ork of the Arabs' "policy of exibility." Diplomats in Tripoli, indicated at, despite Sadat's strong ressure on the other Arab gov- rnmcnts, they might not go ong with him. And the Libyan ivernment radio on the eve of e conference loosed a new ast at the U. S., saying: ''The conference comes at a me when the Arab world is ex- riencing more plots and chal- iges from the Zionist enemy (Continued: Page 3, 5.) Cuban Leader Dies MIAMI (AP) Lazaro Pena, 62, head of the Cuban Labor Confederation and a member of the Cuban Communist party cen- tral committee, died Monday. Israeli-Syrian Artillery Duel By United Press Inlcrnalfonal j Israeli mid Syrian artillery] jaltled along the muddy Golan' leighls for nearly three burs Wednesday in' Hie second con- secutive day of fighling there. Damascus said Syrian artil- cry fire killed a number of 1s- soldiers and destroyed nilitary equipment. Israel said t suffered no casualties. 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