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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Partly cloudy tonight, low in 30s. High Tues- day near 60. VOLUME 92-NUMBER IPINAL CITY 10 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, MONDAY, APRIL ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES NIXON Israeli Jet By United Press Internationa! An Israeli plane went down i flames over the Golan Height Monday in the first Israeli ai loss since the October war Israel said it captured its firs Syrian prisoner in the curren fighting. Syria said it shot down th Israeli plane. Israel said its los was from a fire aboard, ap parently caused by "technical mishap." On Patrol Israeli military sources quol ed by the national radio said the plane was on a surveillance pa trol, checking Syrian troo; movements, when its crew ra dioed at a.m., a.m CDT) that it was ablaze. Arab newsmen in south Le banon said the Israeli plani crashed about four miles from the border with Israel. The newsmen said the tw pilots on the Israeli plane land ed nearby and were taken the Lebanese authorities. A Syrian communique saic Syrian defenses shot down the Israeli plane over the Mt. Her mon region where fighting has been going on for two days. The Israeli military command saic the crew bailed out because of a fire aboard and "were seen to have parachuted into Lebanese territory." Infiltrators Israel's announcement on the Syrian prisoner said he was captured a day ago troops who were sweeping the slopes of Mt. Hermon in search of infil trators who had crossed the cease-fire line during the week- end. Another Syrian soldier was spotted, a spokesman said, bu managed to escape. The two nations "i-va yet to exchange prisoners in the October war. Israel has said there must be an exchange be fore it will agree to disengaging along the cease-fire line. Even as the front ed with gunfire, Prime Minister Meir's cabinet was reportec considering resigning and then forming a reshuffled govern- ment in order to collectively ac- cept responsibility for the na- tion's military unpreparedness for the war. Sanning Easy-To-Use Mileage Data DETROIT (AP) The federal Environmental Protection Agency is planning to circulate simplified gasoline mileage data as an easy-to-use guide for buyers of 1975-model cars. The agency is currently the only federal office performing fuel economy tests. It has been releasing figures for the last two years on about 500 cars, often including more than one result for the same model with vary- ing engines and gear ratios. Eric Stork, deputy director of the agency, says the cur- rent method of releasing the figures is too difficult for the average consumer to use. "It's just not descriptive to the he says. "If I were your personnel director and I handed you a phone book and told you the person you wanted to hire is listed inside, I'd probably be right, but I wouldn't be very he said. Under a new plan still on the drawing board, Stork said simi- lar car models with the same weight and engine size would be grouped together for conve- nience. The agency also plans to round off the fuel economy fig- ures to the nearest mile instead of giving them down to each tenth of a mile. The current procedure "im- putes an accuracy that just isn't Stork says. Libyans Claim Khadafy Still In Top Spot TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) Sources in Libya say Co] Moammar Khadafy is still th country's strongman and ha only given up ceremonial duties Diplomatic and governmen sources Sunday contradicted re ports circulating elsewhere in the Middle East that the con troversial Khadafy had been stripped of power in the oil-ricl state. Libyans were told Sunday tha Khadafy had handed over somi of his duties to Premier Abde Salam Jalloud, 'confirming re ports first circulated Saturday But informed sources said the move would not reduce Kha dafy's power as the country's leader. "Our Leader" "Khadafy is still our pres ident, he's still our i spokesman for the governmen news agency said. A Western diplomat in Tripol said: "It doesn't look like Kha iafy's lost any power excep landing over some functions such as meeting and greeting dignitaries, to Jalloud." Khadafy, who has ruled Libyi since seizing power in a coup :our years ago, is known to be disdainful of the protocol nice :ies normally required of heads of state. He was reported in Tripoli and the capital was calm over the weekend, with no signs ol unusual activity. Doubts about Khadafy's status ivere raised after Egypt's of- tidal Middle East News Agency on Saturday made .public-.a de- cree issued by the ruling Revo utionary Command Council. li said Khadafy "is to devote him self to ideological and intellec- :ual work and to the popular au .horization without prejudice to lis functions of the commander- n-chief of the armed forces. "Routine Affairs" "According to the decree, the prime minister, Maj. Jalloud shall be in charge of the politi- cal, administrative and routine affairs and all protocol activi- ies, including receiving heads of state at airports and seaport and receiving ambassadors. "Meanwhile the decree shall not affect the authorities and duties of the Revolutionary Command Council. Usually well informed news- lapers in the Middle East said (hadafy, who had threatened to resign a number of times when displeased, had been pushed iside. The Beirut An Nahar newspa- ler said there had been "a coup igainst Khadafy, with his con- ;ent." It said the majority of he Revolutionary Command louncil was disturbed "by Kha- dafy's whimsical policies that reated negative results on the Arab and international scene." It cited as an example Kha- lafy's abortive attempt to merge Libya with Tunisia. Today's Chuckle When it comes to conserv- ing energy, it's hard to beat an empty tank. Telepholo Mass Killing Hearing Elmer Wayne Henley, 17, (right) accused of six of 27 murders, was escorted to a pretrial hearing Monday in Houston by Sheriff's Deputy Rudy Garza. Frowns on Tuition Increases, Ray Calls on Regents To Set Policy By Frank Nye DBS MOINES Gov. Robert Ray Monday put a damper on )Ians of a house appropriations subcommittee to order .tuition ncreases at the state's three universities for 1974-75. "I don't want to see them the governor :aid, rephrasing a statement in lis Jan. 25 budget message he said "no tuition in- reases will be necessary for tie-next two years." Members of the house committee, with tftep. Richard pel (D-Bellevue) leading the vay, say students should .pay more of the cost of their educa- jon through higher tuition rates vhich, in turn, would reduce the eed for more state funds. Study Their senate subcommittee ounterparts do not go along vith this theory, preferring in- tead to await the results of a Gov. Ray tuition study being conducted by the state board of regents. Gov. Ray said he thought the legislature and the regents should look at what other states are doing in the area pf-tuition before taking off in all diree- vear re-enacted that order. This tions. "I would like to see some poli- cy-set about how tuition should fit into the total cost of educa- Ray said in reply to ques- tions at his news conference. "I'd like to see the regents decide on a tuition policy, whether setting it a percent- age of the over-all cost of edu- cation, or as a minimum or maximum, instead of saying 'well, the legislature didn't give us enough money so we will have to pop the students again'." Ray recalled the regents or- dered a big tuition increase in 1969 after not getting what they expected from the legislature, only to have the legislature re- taliate in 1971 with an order, written into law, not to increase tuition of resident students dur- ing the 1971-73 biennium. Increases The present legislature last means the law would have to be repealed before the legislature could order the regents to in- crease tuition for 1974-75. Tuition increases ordered by the regents in 1969 were from a year to ?620 at the Uni- versity of Iowa, from to at Iowa State and from (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6.) Fraud on President's Taxes Not Ruled Out WASHINGTON (AP) The head of the Internal Revenue Service has indicated that the IRS still may be investigating whether the preparation of President Nixon's tax returns for recent years involved fraud. IRS Commissioner Donald Alexander confirmed Sunday a White House statement that no basis had been found for bring- ing such a charge Nixon personally. However, when asked if charges might be leveled against those who helped pre- pare the tax returns, Alex- ander responded during a tele- vised interview: "I can't comment on what action the IRS and others may be or may not be taking with re- spect to others." The White House announced last week that President Nixon would pay the full IRS-stipulat- ed total of in under- paid taxes, plus interest, for the years 1969-72. According to the White House statement, the IRS finding 'rebuts any suggestion of fraud on the part of the President." But the statement did not refer to the same context to those who aided in preparing the Nixon returns. Weicker Charges Alexander was questioned about reports the White House had been sent information on particular tax returns. He con- firmed that "certain sensitive case reports were apparent- ly forwarded to the White House." But Alexander-said was no continuing pattern" and added that he has not sent out any such reports since becom- ing IRS chief. Senator Lowell Weicker (R- !onn.) has said he has un- covered White House memos showing "improper and perhaps illegal use of actual tax return information, both of individuals and organizations." Hughes Gift Interviewed on the CBS pro gram "Face the Alex ander was asked about report that portions of a cam paign contribution from billion aire Howard Hughes had been passed to President Nixon's per sonal secretary and his two brothers. Alexander replied tha "you're talking about an IRS in- 'estigation, and I can't anc won't comment on an IRS inves- tigation." The IRS head also declined to say whether his agency's tota on the underpaid Nixon taxes included a five percent penalty for negligence. The White House Monday also refused to say whether a negli ;ence penalty was included in .he assessment, contending tha s a matfer of privacy between Nixon and the IRS. No '74 Tax? Alexander said it is possible >ut "I think it's quite unlikely that Nixon would need to pay no ncome lax for 1974 because ol considering the 1969 tax money as a charitable along with deductions for inter- est. But Arthur Blech, the Pres ident's tax accountant, said h agreed with a report that Nixo may be able to write off his en tire 1974 income as deductible. He noted that the gift to thi government of money owed fo 1969 would be deductible up ti 50 percent of Nixon's adjustei gross income. This would enable him to write off about "The man is entitled to the Blcch said. "Whether he will elect to use it is another question. He may decide it's not wise to have a year where he doesn't pay any income tax." An IRS spokesman confirme that the President also would be able to deduct from his 197 gross taxable income abou -in interest due on hi back taxes payment. Also de ductible would be interest o any loan he might take out t handle the payment. According to a CBS News re port, the remaining incom could be written off by deducl ing in interest on mort gages and other loans, in property taxes and about in fees for his tax lawyers. Extension Blech said the IRS is allowing Nixon an extension on filing hi 1973 tax because the return must be reworked following th IRS ruling on the back taxes. (Continued: Page 3, Col. 4.) Spy Group In IRS To" Foreign Policy Stressed as Nixon Defense By Kenneth Freed WASHINGTON (AP) The Nixon administration has ele- vated foreign policy into a major part of its Watergate defense, maintaining that Nix- on's continuation in office is considered essential by most world leaders. The crucial role played by Nixon in insuring interna- tional progress was portrayed ay high White House officials following the President's re- torn from Paris Sunday. Alexander Haig, Nixon's chief of staff, said the week- :nd in Paris for a memorial service honoring the late Trench President Georges Pompidou was encouraging in several ways. The first dealt with the im- pact of a weakened President because of Watergate and pos- sible impeachment, although Haig denied these matters were discussed directly. Nixon "Essential" Instead, he said, "It was very evident that European leaders and world leaders with whom the President met continued to look to the United States and President Nixon as .an essential factor in ef- forts to develop a structure for a stable international en- vironment." Other officials told newsmen on Nixon's plane during the return from Paris that the world leaders clearly want the President to stay in office. According to this version, many other international lead- ers feel a rapport with Nixon because they also have do- mestic problems, although of a different character. Because of this empathy, Nixon is admired for what they believe is his courage, and is deeply respected be- cause they say he continues to function effectively in world matters. Talks The meetings described by Haig and the other officials in- volved the chiefs of state of Japan, Franco, -the Soviet Union, West Germany, Groat Britain, Denmark and Italy. In addition, they claimed that contacts with other gov- ernments clearly show a fun- damental appreciation for the importance of a continuing strong U. S. leadership. Before returning to the U. S. and an overnight stay at his Camp David, Md., retreat, Nixon held two important meetings Sunday in Paris. The first was a two-hour breakfast with Soviet Pres- ident Nikolai Podgorny, at which the Nixon's June trip to Moscow was discussed. Haig said the meeting "con- firmed that both sides have set the preliminary stages for finite and real accomplish- during the June sum- mit. "Optimistic" Both sides, he said, "are very optimistic there will be positive results in the areas of trade, technological exchanges, and certainly" in nuclear arms limitations.' Haig, however, refused to provide details, saying it was too early to discuss such mat- ters in depth. The other Sunday meeting was with Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka. Ac- cording to Haig, the one-hour session with Tanaka dealt with the Japanese relationship to Ihc U. S. and the Atlantic Alliance. ByWeickei WASHINGTON (AP) 'A se cret task force to compile in telligence reports on Presiden Nixon's political enemies wa set up inside the Internal Reve nue Service within months o Nixon's becoming Presidenl Sen. Lowell Weicker (R- Conn." said Monday. Weicker presented a docu mentary history of the specia unit to three senate subcommit tees. He also disclosed a flooi of new details on how, he said the White House used govern ment agencies to thwart it political opponents in the U.S and overseas. Weicker said that by the time the special unit was dis- mantled in August, 1973, it had amassed intelligence files on American taxpayers which contained classi- fied documents, Weicker said. Weicker, a member of the senate Watergate committee produced other documents which lie said showed the IRS hac been used repeatedly by that time to harass political oppon- ents of the administration. "When that situation exists in Hie country obviously something Weicker said. "It is a perversion of the American con- stitutional system." Weicker read non-stop from a huge pile of documents, many of them supplied by former White House counsel John Dean, in a session which was virtually a repeat of the Watergate hear- ings of last summer. Earlier, Weicker said detec- live Anthony Ulasewicz probed :he private lives of more than i dozen senators and other po- itical figures in 50 separate nvestigations during Nixon's 'irsl term. Today's Index Comics .....................17 Crossword..................17 Daily Record................3 Deaths ......................3 Editorial Features...........6 Farm ......................10 Financial ..................18 Marion.....................18 Movies Society Sports ...................11-15 State ........................4 Television ...................5 Want Ads................19-23 WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Nixon Monday signed a bill (hat will bring the minimum wage to an hour for mil- lions of American workers by Jan. 1, 1978. Nixon signed the measure at his desk in the Oval office, with Secretary of Labor Peier Bren- nan seated alongside. In a White House statement, Nixon said, "Although I have some reservations about por- tions of this legislation, its basic purpose to increase the mini- mum wage for working men and women of this country deserves the support of all Americans." Expands Coverage The new law expands mini- mum wage coverage to an addi- tional seven million workers. Some 49.4 million workers al- ready were covered by mini- mum wage legislation. Nixon vetoed a similar mini- mum wage bill last year. Nixon objected to the 1973 minimum wage bill as being inflationary and because it did not include a youth differential permitting a lower rate for teenagers. The 1974 bill, approved by congress last month, contains only minor changes from the one Nixon vetoed. It does not contain a youth differential but it does liberal- ize the preserit'law slightly on employment of students, per- mitting them to work part more than 20 hours a 85 percent oE the regular wage floor. The latest bill would bring domestics under the wage and hour law for the first time and repeals overtime pay exemp- tions now in effect in several in- dustries. It also tightens present law on child labor on farms and ex- tends the scope of the law (Continued: Page 3, Col: 3.) Low-Cosf Per Week WASHINGTON (AP) New government figures Monday showed it cost a family of four at least per week to eat in February even if it scrimped on meat and served plenty of beans and potatoes. The figure vas higher than a year ago. The increase was for a so- called low-cost food budget com- liled by the agriculture depart- nent. Although its cost went up 3 percent from February 1973, ither plans for more affluent amilies rose proportionately ess. A moderate-cost budget would have cost per week in February, up or 21 percent from a year earli- er. And a liberal plan used by USDA was per week, a gain of or 20 percent [rom February 1973. The various meal plans were omputed on the basis of food uantities consumed by two arcnts and two school-age chil- ren. Generally, officials said, ic low-cost plan relates to fani- ies with yearly incomes of to .the moderate to and the liberal and over. Each of the three food plans ose sharply from January to ebruary. The low-cost plan ose per week, the moder- te and the liberal budget i' A fourth budget is the "econ- my" plan, a bare-bones meal ;uide used for computing the overnment's food stamp allo- ations. It provided menus cost- ng per week in Febru- ry, up from a year earlier ;ior a gain of about 23 percent.   

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