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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 26, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Cloudy and mild (o- Eight with lows around S. Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain on Saturday. Highs in the upper Ids. VOLUME 82-NUMBER 197 CITY FINAL CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, FRIDAY, APRIL ASSOCIATED PRESS, DPI, NEW YORK TIMES Hew DOT l Sent To Gov Jay By Frank Nye DES MOINES By identical votes of 59 to 37 the Iowa house Friday afternoon adopted a con- ference committee report and then passed a compromise bill creating a new state depart- ment of transportation (DOT) including one long-truck section.' bill now goes to Gov. liubori Ray, who has pressed hard for this legislation minus the truck amendment almost since he first took office more than five years ago. The conference committee knocked out one provision lega- lizing 65-foot twin-trailer trucks on four-lane Iowa highways, but left in the hill another provision authorizing 60-foot single trailer livestock trucks. Present law legalizes 60-foot twin trailer trucks and 55-foot livestock trucks.: Gov. Ray is expected to sign the fail! even though he is not in great sympathy with the long- truck section. The bill sets up a planning section to impliment the new de- partment which would not go into effect until July It also authorizes the new de- partment to make recommen- dations to the legislature with respect to longer length for twin-trailer trucks a feature which caused much of its op- position as it wended its.way through the house the first time. Voting no on the bill were Republicans (19) Anderson, Bor- tcl, Branstad, Crabb, Daggett, Danker, Den Herder, Fischer, Fisher, Grassley, Holden, Logue, McElroy, Mendenhall, Millen, Stephens, Strothman, Wulff. Democrats (18) B r i n c k, Bruno, Byerly, Caffrey, Carr, Harper, Horn, Howell, Husak, Hutchins, Jordan, Miller of Bu- chanan, Miller of Calhoun, Monroe, Nielsen, Poncy, Woods, Absent or not voting, Republi- cans Democrats, (4) Clark of Dubuque, Dunton, Miller of Cerro Gordo and Norland. The remaining 36 Republicans and 13 Democrats voted for the bill. Mitchell and Stans Await Jury Verdict NEW YORK (AP) Nine men and three women studied the fate of John Mitchell and Maurice Stans Friday, trying to determine whether the men whom President Nixon picked to run his campaign are "liars under oath." The U.S. district court jury, the first to be presented with criminal charges against present or former members of the nation's cabinet since the 1923 Teapot -Dome scandal, spent four hours Thursday night in its first deliberations. They had spent the remainder of Thursday listening to Judge Lee Gagliardi read 137 pages of instructions and to the govern- ment's summation of criminal conspiracy and perjury charges against Mitchell, the former at- torney general, and Stans, the former commerce secretary. The jurors, who had listened (o eight weeks of testimony and lived in court-ordered seques- tration, received the case with these final words from the pros- ecutor "These men, these de- fendants, are accused of giving false testimony before a grand jury, not just once, not just twice, but many times." Forewoman Sybil Cucharski, a brown-haired bank teller, said the panel would keep a 9 a.m.-9 p.m. deliberation schedule. Today's Chuckle The guest speaker rose and addressed his audience: "Now before I start I want to say something." -convnani Sfeven Weed, Patticia Hearst's Fiance, Meets with Reporters Telephato PushedjFor Public Financing Of Conventions WASHINGTON (AP) The Republican national committee convened Friday amid strong indications that a bipartisan committee was moving toward recommending taxpayer financ- ing of the presidential nominat- ing conventions. The proposal, revealed Thurs- day, is somewhat surprising in view of general opposition by party leaders to public financ- ing of elections. It was consid- ered a likely topic of discussion by the national committee. Republican R. L. Herman and Democrat Donald A. Petrie, co- chairmen of the bipartisan com- mittee on convention financing, conceded at a meeting Thurs- day that about the only way they can pay for future conven- tions is through public financ- ing. "Must Be Realists" "I've got to say I don't know how else to fund Herman said. "I think we can wish and we can dream, but we also have to be realists." Petrie said it appeared congress would repeal the tax provision that has enabled the parties to sell convention pro- gram advertisements to large corporations to finance past conventions. "If anyone'can come up with an alternative, I'll buy it and your commission will buy Herman said. "But it must be a viable alternative that our par- ties can bank on." The committee took no formal action but Herman and Petrie said a legislative proposal to give the parties part of the money from the new income tax checkoff plan is the only solu- tion currently being considerec by it after rejection of severa others. About Million Petrie said the checkoff fund created to provide funds for fi- nancing presidential elections is expected to have about million, in it by 1976, but regula- tions would allow presidential candidates to claim only million to million of it. Under a provision placed, al the suggestion of Herman ant' Petrie, in a bill pending before the house administrative com- mittee, each party would get million of this to finance its con- vention. Smaller parties gctliiiE (Continued: Col. 3.) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Whatever Patricia Hearst says or does while she is With the Symbionese Liberation Army "doesn't mean a damn ier fiance says. Steven Weed, whom Miss Hearst labeled her a "clown" and a "sexist pig" in Another View of Patty Hearst: Page 10 a tape recording received Wednesday, said in an interview Thursday "it would be absolute- ly foolish of me to take that and of rejection in a personal way, and the same goes for her iamily." "The only thing we're con- cerned about is her Weed said. "All I am really trying to point out to people is that whatever she does, whatever she says, as long as she's in the custody of these people re- ally doesn't mean a damn thing as far as what Patty re- ally is, and as far as what she really wants to do." Miss Hearst, 20, whom the SLA claims to have kidnaped on Feb. 4, called her parents the "pig Hearsts" in the latest tape, denied she had been brain- washed and said she was a member of the "people's army." Speaking of Miss Hearst's statements on the tape, Weed said: "Now that may be simple co- ercion. It may be brainwashing. It may be just some severe form of disorientation so that she thinks this is the only way she's going to get out of this." Miss Hearst; who is wanted on a material witness war- rant in the April 15 robbery of a San Francisco bank, said on the tape she participated in the holdup willingly. Weed told reporters that he thought the SLA would pull off another crime in a week or two. "It might be he said. "I think they'll most likely try to shoot someone and involve Patty in it or Patty will involve herself." Economic Indicators Index Up Last Month WASHINGTON (UPI) The commerce department said Fri- day that its index of leading ec- onomic indicators continued to rise hi March. The gain was 1.7 percent. Five of the eight cators gained and three lost. Cents: Proxmire WASHINGTON (AP) Thi federal government has a new and cheaper way of producinj ethyl alcohol that could reduce the price of automobile fuel as much as 20 cents a gallon, Sen Proxmire (D-Wis.) said Friday. He said the U.S. army labora tory at Natick, Mass.vdevelopec the process of producing ethano from organic wastes. In a letter to John Sawhill acting director of the Federa Energy Office, Proxmire urged 'the FEO to examine the possible use of ethanol in gasoline used to power cars. Until recently ethanol was far more expensive than gasoline the senator said, adding: "This is.no longer the case While oil prices have skyrocket ed this process can cut the cost of ethanol from one dollar a gallon to 20 cents per gallon. "An all-out .effort to develop a market for ethanol could shif much of our energy dependence away from oil to a viable en ergy source one that could be cheaply produced from organic wastes." Humphrey in Hospital WASHINGTON (AP) Sena tor Humphrey (D-Minn.) has entered Bethesda naval hospital to undergo an evaluation of pre- vious treatments for a tiny blad- der tumor. Kissinger View Impeachment Problems Not Affecting Policy WASHINGTON (AP) Secre-1 :ary of State Kissinger conceded Friday that President Nixon's mpeachment problems could affect foreign policy over the ong run, but said they have lad no impact so far. Kissinger, at a news confer- ence, stressed particularly that the Soviets have not made "ex- orbitant demands" on the basis of any notion that the adrninis- :ration is weakened by the con- gressional impeachment pro- cess. "Any President lives longer in history than in Kissinger "declared in defending U.S. foreign disas- sociating it from Nixon's Water- gate troubles. The secretary said that, in ne- gotiating on nuclear weapons with Moscow and in all other foreign fields he would be guided by "our national inter- est" and not by any attempt to make the administration look good as the impeachment show- down draws near. Expects Progress Looking ahead to his Middle East trip starting this weekend, Kissinger would not forecast a disengagement between Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights but said he expected to make progress. He hinted he would agree to an early shifting of the diplomatic center to Gen- eva, as Moscow has demanded. He said he will try to narrow differences on nuclear weapons positions 'when he sees "Sbvie' Foreign Minister Gromyko in Geneva Monday. And, in his longest and mos vigorous response, Kissinger sharply disputed a contention bj Sen. Jackson (D-Wash.) that the U.S. is seeking a "quick fix" on a new nuclear agreement with the Soviet Union to ease im- peachment pressure on Nixon. Kissinger said he has "great for Jackson but cau- ioned that public debate on this aspect of foreign policy "should lot be conducted on the basis of slogans." "Not Launchers" Kissinger denied that the 1972 lioneering nuclear treaty with lussia caused strategic disad- antages for the U.S., particu- arly in light of the Soviet ad- a n t a g e in number of aunchers.. The U.S. has an normous edge in warheads, he said, adding: "One is hit by varheads, not launchers." On other topics, Kissinger WASHINGTON (UPI) A bi- partisan delegation of six gover- nors has been invited to visit China in mid-May for 10 days as part of a program to normalize relations with the U.S., a White House spokesman announcec Friday. Deputy Press Secretary Gerald Warren said the gover- nors were invited by the Chin- ese Peoples Institute of Foreign Affairs in continuation of a "people to people program." The delegation was selectee Egypt has 'not "formally 'aised" a request for American veapons with arms manufac- .urers here and he does not ex- )ect any request in the near fu- ,ure. His remarks left open the )ossibility of eventual U.S. arms sales to Cairo. There has been no discussion with Syria about U.S. economic aid but if disengagement pro- ceeds, such assistance is not im- jossible. Earlier this week the administration asked congress lor ?250 million for Egypt. When he sees Gromyko, he will not present a detailed U.S. jrogram for a new nuclear ;reaty but will offer' proposals that could shape up as a forma counter offer to the Soviet pro- posal he brought home from Moscow last month a propos- al described as unacceptable. by the National Governors Con-isllrvjvecl ference and will be headed by Daniel Evans, Washington Re- publican. Judge Limits Searches in Zebra Case SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Pa lice tactics of stopping youn; blacks on the streets of this citj in a fruitless search for th killers of 12 whites have been ordered stopped by a federa judge. Police said they woul< abide by the ruling, but con tinue their manhunt. Only after police hai issued revised guidelines whicl would have cut back on th number of searches ,in their massive Zebra manhunt, Judge Alfonso Zirpoli issued a tempo- rary injunction against them Thursday. By that time, searches had been performed on about 600 young black men who fit one of two composite sketches of the persons police believe responsi- ble for the random, unprovoked shootings of 18 whites since last November. Six of the victims The other governors are Cal- vin Hampton, Utah Democrat; Arch Moore, West Virginia Re- publican; Robert Ray, Iowa Re- publican; Marvin Mandel, Maryland Democrat, and Philip Noel, Rhode Island Democrat. Oil Profits Defended by Morton By Associated Press Interior Secretary Rogers C. B. Morton says the country "is being overcritical of the profits" of oil companies, which continue to announce large increases in net income. Morion, speaking in San Diego, said Thursday that "oil companies need good profits so they will have the gigantic sums of money needed to find and bring out additional oil." He said, however, he would be uncomfortable if the large prof- its being reported by the giant companies for the first three months of. 1974 were being turned into huge dividends or bonuses for executives. As Morton spoke, Standard Dil of California and Shell Oil 'he nation's fifth and seventh nrgest petroleum companies reported first-quarter profits ip 90 and, 52 percent, respec- tively. Standard of California an- nounced first-quarter earnings net income after taxes of million. It said that amounted to per share of common slock. It said its gross revenues more than doubled in the same period, from bil- lion to billion. In Houston, Shell Oil, a sub- sidiary of Holland's Royal Dutch Shell, reported first- quarter profits on U.S. opera- tions of million. It said gross revenues increased from billion to billion. Also reporting Thursday was Marathon Oil Co., a smaller firm which said its first quarter profits of million were up 52.5 percent from 1973. But Chairman J. C. Donnell II said those earnings were down 45.8 percent from not income in the fourth quarter of test year. In Whiting, Ind., Thursday, about 20 demonstrators pro testing high profits forced their way into the shareholders' meet- ing of Standard Oil of Indiana. Seven had to be forcibly re- moved, including one man who was handcuffed by police. None was arrested and the meeting went on. Say Exxon Cut Profits 400 Million NEW YORK (AP) Exxon Corp., the nation's biggest oil company, reduced its first- quarter profits by approxi- mately million to take into account future taxes and politi- cal opposition, securities ana- lysts say. The additional money, il added to the company's an- nounced earnings, would have brought Exxon's earnings for ihe three-month period.to over a aillion dollars. It would have increased their percentage gain irom the year-earlier .period to 118 percent, not the 39 percent constitutional Zirpoli's injunction prohibits stopping or searching anyone solely because he "appears to within the so-called profile." The order said police must have other independent evidence in- dicating the man may have committed a crime. Police Capt. Charles Barca, :he inspector directing the in- vestigation, said, "The only thing we have changed is who will be stopped and questioned and who won't be stopped and questioned. "We will continue our Opera- lion Zebra, staying within the reported by the firm. Exxon Chairman J, K. Jamie- son denied any misstating of earnings was involved. He said the accounting principles were reviewed with Price Wa- terhouse, the company's audi tors, prior to any earnings being released. Some securities analysts and accountants, while saying there is absolutely nothing illegal about Exxon's actions, said they felt the deduction was taken to defuse an expected public reac- tion to the high profits. "Ordinarily a company doesn't reduce its earnings by a liability which hasn't yet oc- says Peter Knutson, an associate professor of account- (Continued: Page 3, Col. B.) Other Evidence limits Judge as de- Zirpoli's scribed in order." Interrogation Cards The injunction also forbids po lice from keeping for longer than 60 days interrogation cards made out on the blacks whom officers thought required more than casual questioning. Under Ihe latest police guidelines, the cards were to be sealed after 60 days and retained for four years before being destroyed. City Ally. Thomas O'Connor said he would confer with other city officials before deciding whether to appeal the ruling. The NAACP and the Ameri- can Civil Liberties Union had filed suits challenging Mayor Joseph Alioto's April 17 stop- and-scarch order. WASHINGTON (UPI) The enate Watergate committee is 'xpected to recommend in its inal report a severe reduction if presidential power, in an ef- ort to prevent future scan- dals. A preliminary draft of one section of the committee report jlames the Watergate scandal on excessive secrecy in the cx- ecujive branch and a growing concentration of power in the residency. A copy of the draft .was ob- ;ained by UPI. The report recommends that less power be concentrated in the White House by making gov- ernment agencies, particularly he justice department, the In- :ernal Revenue Service, the FBI and the CIA more indepen- dent. Approval Seen The report has not yet been adopted by the. seven senators on the committee. But commit- lee sources said that, with the :xception of a few controversial iroposals, it is expected to be approved. One of its most controversial jroposals would create a per: nanent special prosecutor. His lob would be to operate indepen- dently of the justice department in prosecuting government of- ficials .accused of wrongdoing, especially in cases related to political campaigns. The report considers, but re- jects a number of constitutional amendments to restrict presi- dential power. The committee is divided on a proposal to amend the Constitution to make serious misconduct in a political cam- paign an impeachable offense, fense. Bar on Politics To limit political influence in government, the report recom- mends that top aides in the White House and justice depart- ment be prohibited from-engag- ing in political campaigns. The report also recommends strengthening the powers of congress, especially its watch- dog functions over government agencies and in controlling the purse strings of the White House. It recommends that a number of top White House posts be sub- ject to senate confirmation, par- ticularly that of chief of the domestic counsel, the post once held by No. 2 White House aide John Ehrlichman. Deflating Executive One high committee source described the draft report as an attempt to "curb raw presiden- ;ial power." Another said the goal was to "deflate a royal ex- ecutive branch." Among other recommen- dations in the report: Prohibit assistants to the Pres- ident from being interposed be- Prohibit assistants to the Pres- of departments in the exercise of their statutory or delegated lunctions. Limit the top White House staff to perhaps as few as 15 aides, and no more than 50 sup- jorting professional employes. All should be barred from politi- cal activity. Prohibit the White House from conducting "intelligence activr- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Today's Index Comics.....................22 Crossword..................22 Daily Record.................3 Deaths ......................3 Editorial Features...........6 Farm......................21 Financial ..................23. Marion .....................2-1 Society Sports ...................17-19 State Television..................20 Want Ads................27-31   

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