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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 5, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                NEW DETOUR ON A AVENUE Map Shows Route to St. Luke's (In Seclion A) IOWA CITY HOUSE TOUR Extra Touch: Gourmet Food (In Section C) Section A Fair today and AIuii- day, highs in the mid to upper 70s. Ixw-s tu- night upper 40s, light and variable winds. CEDAU HAPIDS, IOWA, SUNDAY, MAY 5, 1974 ASSOCIATED PHESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES DUBLIN (AP) _ Detective, raided an isolated house southeast Ireland on Saturd.. and recovered unharmed all paintings stolen in the world biggest art robbery, police said. "They're safe, they're safe, a policeman said. A woman discovered at th house was detained for question ing, and police credited a hunc by two policemen for the discov ery of the cache. A police spokesman said the paintings, worth an estimated million, were mapped in paper in a closet of the rented house at Glandore. The paint- ings including a Vermeer, a Frans Hals and three Rubens were reported under heavy guard at a police station Saturday night. The works were stolen nini days ago from the 100-room mansion of gold and diamonc mining millionaire Sir Alfrei Beit. A gang of thieves raidei the mansion at Blessington neai Dublin, tied up Beit, his ser vants and family and startec packing up the masterpieces. The robbers were led by a woman with a French accen who carefully selected the besl works in Beit's collection. Authorities credited two locai policetaeh for cracking the case. They said Sgt. Pat O'Leary and Constable William Creedon became suspicious of the house after learning it had been rent- ed two days hefore the April 26 robbery. They tipped off the county police force. "It was really just routine police one policeman said. WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Nixon decided Saturday against any further reduction of Army Lt. William Galley's 10- year sentence for the massacre of Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. The army released a memo- randum from Nixon saying: "I have reviewed the record of the case of the United States vs. Calley and have decidet that no further action by me in this case is necessary or ap propriate." At the same time, Secretary of the Army Howard Callaway ordered Calley dismissed from the army. Nixon upheld Callaway's April 10 action in reducing Galley's prison sentence from 20 to 10 years. That sentence previously had been cut from life imprison- ment on review by Lt. Gen. Al- bert Connor, then commanding the U. S. Third army. Calley is expected to remain free on bond unlit a federal judge in Columbus, Ga., acts in a separate civil case brought by Galley's lawyers in an attempt to reverse his court-martial con- viclion. A bond hearing in that ease is set for Monday. Even after being returned to confinement, Calley would be eligible for parole after less than six months of additional imprisonment. Chuckle Notice In n church kitchen: "Ladies responsible for making UNI will kindly empty Hie tea- pots find kettles, then stand up- side down In the sink." cmwiuhi White House Details Dean 'Contradictions' WASHINGTON (AP) Th White House, in a strong: worded analysis, said Saturda tape transcripts of John Dean conversations with Presidcn Nixon "contain a number of im p o r t a n t contradictions Dean's sworn testimony befoi the senate Watergate commi tee. Some of the contradictions [he While House said in rebu tals to 16 Dean statements Additional stories on Nix- on transcripts on pages 18 and 21A. 'bear directly and material.l. on the central issue of the hear ngs: 'What did the Presiden know and when did he Dean, who was fired as Whit House counsel April 30 las year, has since become th 'resident's chief accuser in th Watergate cover-up implyin; President knew about i as early as Sept. "180 Degrees Off" The White House quotei 3ean's testimony that he toll Nixon on that day: "I could make no assurances tha he day would not come when his matter would start to un 'avel." That statement, and severa 'thers like it, "is not only the White House analysis aid, "it is 180 degrees from the ruth." The White House then quoted his sequence from the tran- cripts made public Tuesday. "Dean: Three months ago 1 rould have had trouble predict- ng there would be a day when lis would be forgotten, but I link I can say that 54 days rom now nothing is going to ome crashing down to our sur- rise. "The President: That what? "Dean: Nothing is going to ome crashing down to our sur- rise." First word of the analysis was vcn to newsmen by White ouse Press Secretary Ronald iegler on. the Nixon plane en iute from Phoenix to Spokane, 'ash. Criticizes Senators who have said the Iran scripts tend to back up Dean. "Anyone who says the tran- scripts support John Dean hasn't worked at his reading oi- ls looking at it with a totally partisan or biased Zieglcr said. The analysis said some of the misstatements are important because Dean claimed some of the conversations that to place on March 21, 1973, had currcd on March 13. "The portions of Dean's tes rnony which alleged president knowledge of the cover-up pn !o March 21, 1973 were amo tile most widely publicized po Jons of Mr. Dean's tcstimo during his five days on t ivitness the White Hou said, adding: Trial Question "None of Mr.. Dean's fita ment is'confirmed in t tape of Sept. 15." the White House quot Dean's testimony that Nix wanted to know when the ca of the seven men indicted :he Watergate burglary on tl day would come to trial. Dean said he told Nixon "t iustice department has held Ziegler took sharp exception comments by senate Water- ate committee Chairman Ervin Sen. Weicker (R- and Sen. Baker (R- as long as possible the return he indictments but much wou depend on which judge, got t and that "the Preside aid that he certainly hopi hat the case would not come rial before the election." Says the White House: "The entire statement alse; not a word of truth is co ained in it. The President d ot ask when the criminal cas ivould come to trial. Most im ortant, nowhere in the conve ation did John Dean say tha le justice department had he' ff the indictments as long a ossible. The President nowher the conversation expresse ie hope that the case would no ome to trial before the elec on." Approach to Judge The inspection of the tape [so shows as false, the Whit ouse said, a Dean suegestioi lat Nixon greeted with plea ure a statement that imprope contacts were being made wit U.S. District- Judge Charle Richey. The judge has labelei the suggestions "poppycock." Dean had said that on Feb. 2 (Continued: Page 10A, Col. 1.) Nixon Expo Talk Stresses Jobs, Peace, Environment SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) President Nixon opened the Expo '74 World's Fair on Saturday and told a mostly friendly audience that he is working for peace in the world and better times at home. Nixon made no direct reference to Watergate and his domestic troubles. Nixon spoke of clean air and water, parks, beautiful cities and countryside, but said "environment also means other tilings to people." Link to Jobs "It means, for he said "for every family in America a'job so (hat he can enjoy the environment around him." The President said that despite the apparent conflicts be- tween ecology and industry, America could have both "and we shall have both. And the way we can have both is to develop the great resources of this country in a way that they will not pollute the atmosphere, that they will contribute to a clean en- vironment." Nixon said good jobs and good environment would not be enough "unless we find a way for the great nations of Ihe world to settle their differences at the conference (able and not on the battle field. Avoiding WW III "And that is why we have opened negotiations with those who might have been our adversaries, negotiations which did not mean that cither we or they agreed with cadi other in terms of philosophy but negotiations Ihat have one overriding concern, and that is this: "World war I was destructive; World war II was destruc- tive. There cannot he World war III because it will cleslroy not only the nations that participle in 11, it will destroy lion us we know it. "And we cannot let Hint happen and we will not let il Imp- Nixon said. Senate Walkout On Credit Bill Wirepliolo PACKING UP Along with the cheerful prospect of adjournment, Iowa legislators faced the less pleasant task of carting :home their .exten- sive files. State Senators Ray Taylor (R-Steamboat Rock) and William Ply- mat (R-Urbandale) spent part of Friday night's dinner break packing up books and hauling them down the statehouse steps. Area Demos Vote Planks On Marijuana, Amnesty By Dale Kueter MAQUOKETA Secondt dis- rict Democrats Saturday ap- roved planks calling for decri- minalization of marijuana and ncondilional amnesty for all lose who are in legal jeopardy ecause of their opposition to ie Vietnam war. However, the convention de- eated a plank' calling for presi- ential primaries in Iowa, and aposed elimination of the 60 ercent requirement for approv- I of bond issues. Marijuana The delegates from II North- ast and East central counties egan work shortly before noon. By 11 p.m., with more than alf the controversial items on ie platform still to be debated, lore than half the delegates id departed. The marijuana plank, passed a narrow margin, docs not! galize sale of marijuana, a! invention official explained. give our own said Rita Huber of Cedar Rapids, speak- ing in favor of the plank. Charles Ligons, Cedar Rapids, said "I have a reason to be against amnesty. My son died in Vietnam. These men who left our country in protest won something and lost something. Now we should show the world that we are willing to forgive." Primary A Jones county delegate op- posed the presidential primary plank, saying it would reduce party interest. A Fayette dele- gate agreed, saying a prcsiden-; tial primary would require more time and money, and tha historically, few voters turn ou in primary elections. Other platform resolutions ap- proved by the convention were Opposition to the death pen ally; Dccriminalization. of. scxua activity between consenting adults, conducted in private; Amendment of the Iowa con stitution limiting a governor to two consecutive terms; Support for a constitutiona amendment allowing for recai of public officials; Opposition to the consolidation of county governments. BULLETIN At a.m. Sunday the house was still debating the consumer interest rate bill. By Frank Nye DES MOINES Fighting each other to the bitter end', the Iowa legislature was forced to ad journ its 1974 session at p.m. Saturday in a huff when the senate turned the tables anc walked out on the house. The lower chamber was stil storming in rage as senators departed the capitot within min utes after the adjournment reso lution was adopted. The storm was due not only tt the walkout but to the fact the senate left the house with th option of accepting ceilings on consumer interest rates or gel ting none at all. House Lower For the last two days the tw houses have been fighting ove this bill that turned out to be th key to adjournment. The house version calls fo lower ceilings than the senate but the senate refused to accep the house amendments to its bil and sent it back, setting the stage for the walkout. Only three years ago the house pulled the same stunt on the senate, walking out about a.m. -one June Sunday to force an end .to the 1971 session. That time the bill involvet dealt with bonding authority granted to the state board o: regents and the senate has been seething inwardly over tha: treatment ever since. lllth Day This time the senate, whose members include some of the former representatives who were a parly to that ordeal used the same tactics to bring this record-long even-year ses- sion to a halt on its Hlth day. Even though the senate set the adjournment time at p.m., .the house took up the in- terest ceiling bill after that, inspiring some of the most fiery oratory of the sessjon oratory that threatened to continue into the wee hours of Sunday. Yet, in the end, it appeared the only thing the house could do would be to accept the senate Kissinger Arrives in Israel 'Very Confident' "It would' merely dccrimina- its lie said. Amnesty The question of amnesty drew e most discussion, as dele tcs began considering the ntrovcrsial sections of the atform shortly after 0 p.m. After defeating a minority ink calling for conditional inesly, the convention, by a table majority, approved the ink calling for unconditional mcsty and tacked on an Ticndmcnt which would clear osc persons who are in legal opanly or already serving ison terms because of their tivlsm in opposition to the) ir. "Willing In Forgive" 'It seems we can forgive our emies, and even rebuild rill Viclnmn, but cnnnot for- I Gazelle Leased Wires JERUSALEM Secretary Slate Kissinger completed his first shuttle between Syria anc Israel Saturday nighl "vcrj confident" that he would be able to bring about mililan, disengagement between Israel and .Syria eventually if not now. A high official aboard Kis- singer's plane gave lha timatc and said it was still pos- sible Ihat agreement coulc come during the present Middle East mission. The official reported "rea- son a I) I c progress" toward troop separation in talks with Syrian President Assad on all hut the ninlii Issue on lunv far Israel should withdraw. But the official cautioned that the isnicll pullliiick Is the most difficult issue and lluit liie agreement was fur from cuii- clmlnl. The official said Kissinger will not ask for any specific conces- sion from Israel, but clearly left the impression that Israel will have to sweeten its offer. On Sunday Kissinger goes to Jordan, where King Hussein is trying for negotiations to regain part of the territory he lost to Israel in 1967. The secretary of stale then returns to Israel and plans to fly back to Damascus lale Monday or Tuesday. Moscow Radio said Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromy- ko was expected in the Syrian capital on Sunday at the invita- tion of Assad. American offi- cials said, however, that. Kis- singer had no plans to meet Gromyko in Damascus. Kissinger held seven hours of alks with Assad on Friday, flew o Alexandria, Egypt, on Satur- lay where he held another of talks with President, todal, then flew on lo Israel. version or get nothing since there was no at all, senate around to help make up a con- ference committee for compro- mise purposes. Basic Difference One basic difference is that the senate's version of the bill calls for an 18 percent interest ceiling on the first on re- volving charge accounts and 15 percent after that. The house version makes the break point at the first or which 18 .percent could be charged, with 15 percent on amounts above Ihat. The maximum consumer in- crest rate has been at nine percent since 1973, when a state supreme court decision held the 18 percent rate in effect at that ime to be usurious. Another difference is that lanks and other lending institu- ions got an increase from 12 icrccnl to 15 percent in the senate version but lo only 13 icrccnt in the house version. ure had added million to he million it appropriated n 1973 to run the state and its jubdivisions during 1974-75. Million High This appropriation exceeded he adjusted budget recomrnen- lations of Gov. Robert Ray by about million, according to State Fiscal Director Gerry Rankin. He said that 64 percent of the otal million budget for 974-75 goes back in the form of state aid to local subdivisions of government, including about million to school districts. million record budg- et is nearly double the million spent in 1969-70 and more than quadruple the million that paid for the cost of state government In 1964-65. Late Actions .In other last-minute action, the legislature passed and sent to the governor a bill appropri- ating million for a new ag- riculture building on statehouse grounds, a bill increasing sal- aries and making the raises re- troactive to last January for egislative staff and secretaries, and a bill "de-sexing" .the Iowa code to end references to fema- es and males. This last bill also contains a ection .designed to permit cos- metologists to cut men's hair. The legislature also sent to he governor an omnibus bill lombining an energy policy lommittee, whose members he ivould appoint, along with a million appropriation to help de- velop better railroad service and another appropriation to fi- lance the new state department if transportation. Once it became known at the idvent of the session that here'd be a million surplus n the state till on June was obvious the legislature vould have money probelms. Not the usual problems of inding ways to meet the pay- oll and cover operational ex- enses without raising taxes. But, rather, the more pleasant roblcms or so it seemed at ic time of how to use the urplus wisely and well for the est interests of Iowa. These problems grew even as surplus estimates became more optimistic with the pass- 'ng of each day until they 'inally reached where million is now anticipated hanks to a great year on the arm in 1973. In addition to its own ideas (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6.) The Consumer Guards house version also eludes more cosnsumcr protec- tion sections than the senate's. As the senators walked out, and the representatives con- tinued to thrash around in de- bating rage, the legislature's record came into sharp focus. II set a new mark, not only for length, but also for spend- ing, by un even-year session. Backed by an anticipated million surplus, Ihe 1971 Icglsla- Today's Index SECTION A Lafo Nows.................. 1, 3, 10 Dcalhs 3 Ediloriats .........................fl-7 Report Card...................... 14 City Hall Nolci 71 SECTION D Iowa News...................... Frank Nyc'i PollHcal Nolci 3 Television Table Political calendar 7 Marion a Building NHJ Financial 14-17 New York Movies...................... 18-1? Record 18 Farm jo-H SECTION C Social MJ Around iho Town 7 New Booki t Food n Travel 73 SECTION D Sports Outdoor 10 Wani Adi.................. CfOjiword .......................r Parade Magailne Comics 1-11 M   

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