Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 8, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

May 08, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- I'arlly cloudy tonight with lows in the upper 30s. Partly cloudy Thursday with highs in (he mid 60s. VOUJMK !tt-NUMUKU I 111 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAIl RAPIDS, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Metric Bil! WASHINGTON (UPI) Th Iiouse of representatives has de cided in effect that the Unite Stales isn't quite ready for kilo meters, grams, centimeters an other trappings of the metri system, which has spreai throughout most of the worli since the 19th century. It voted down Tuesday, in i 240-154 roll call, a bill to cool cl i n a t e conversion of U.S weights and measures to th metric system. Many of tin bill's backers say (he changi will come inevitably anyway despite the house. Rep. Teague chair man of the house science com mittee and manager of the bil that was defeated, indicate mixed feelings. "I never expected to learn tin metric system, but I believe1 it's good for the Teagui said. Conversion Board The. bill called for a 25 m ember metric conversion board. The board, within a year, would draft a plan of con version, which congress' coulc veto. If the plan was approved, by lack of veto action, the boarc would have 10 years of life lo educate and convince the natioi of the merits of the metric sys tern, which was first adopted in France in 1799. Switching to i would be voluntary rather than compulsory.. The measure came up under a procedure that suspended the rules and banned offering ol amendments. It may be revived, and Rep. Matsunaga (D-Hawaii) backed by organized labor, wants to write federal subsid- iaries into such a revived meas- ure to compensate small busi- nesses and workmen who must change machinery and tools to conform to the new system. "Boondoggle" Teague is against "damaging amendments." Rep. McCIory (R-I11.) said the proposed subsidies would only be "federal handouts we would be creating a real boon, doggie." Rep. Gross (R-Iowa) said the costs could soar as high as billion. Gross sent a lelter'to constitu- ents this week about changing t o kilometers, centimeters, grams, kilograms and hectares and asked: "Why must Ameri- cans be made to adopt these and other foreign measure- U.S. Holding Up i WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. is holding back nearly million in foreign aid grants awaiting a decision in Turkey to continue a ban on opium pro- duction, a stale department of- ficial said Tuesday. The new coalition government in Turkey is restudying an agreement by the former gov- ernment to phase out legal farm production of opium poppies in exchange for million in spe- cial U.S. aid, Sheldon Vance, slate department narcotics co- ordinator, testified before a sen- ate appropriations subcommit tee. Tclepholo JOHN GLENN, former astronaut, accepts congratulations with his wife, Annie, and daughter, Lynn, right, after he won the Ohio Democratic nomination for U.S. senator. By Associated Press Former astronaut John Glenn von the Democratic nomination or senator from Ohio on his hird try and Alabama Gov ieorge Wallace won renomina- ion for an unprecedented thirc erm on the first big Tuesday ol he 1974 primary season. Candidates for three senate eats, two governorships anc iidre than 50 house seals were (Photos on Picture Page) :hosen as Alabama, Ohio, In- !iana and North Carolina held irimaries for the November nid-terni elections. Voters in the District of Co- umbia, meanwhile, gave over- vhelming approval to a charter nat restores a measure of self- 'overnment to the nation's capi- al'for the first time in a cenlu- y. First To Orbit The 52-year-old Glenn, who 12 cars ago became the first to orbit Ihe earth, iiowed surprising strength in 'hio's urban areas lo end Ihe rief senate tenure of Howard Iclzenbaum, appointed last De- ember when Republican Wil- am Saxbe resigned to become tlorney general. Opposed by organized labor nd the state Democratic orga- izalion, Glenn projected him- self as a symbol of integrity in the year of Ihe Watergate scan dal while Metzenbaum sufferee from Ihe disclosure that he paid no federal income taxes in 1969 because of business losses. "It's been a very hard- fought primary, but I don't think it's going lo be any problem getting together after the Glenn said at a Columbus victory rally. Metzenbaum, who told his supporters early Wednesday that "the votes tell the .story, the people of Ohio have spo- declined to endorse Glenn immediately. He said he would leave that question open. Glenn will be favored in No- v ember against Republican Mayor Ralph Perk of Cleveland, easy victor over Peter Voss of Canton. The nominations for governor in Ohio were won without dif- ficulty by Democratic Gov. John Gilligan and former Re- publican Gov. James Rhodes, liis predecessor. In Alabama, Wallace easily outdistanced four other Demo- crats. He faces Republican Elvin McCary in November as he seeks to lay the groundwork lor another presidential bid in 197G despite the 1972 assassi- nation attempt thai left artially paralyzed. Democratic Sen. James Allen, Treasury Oath Taken by Simon WASHINGTON (AP) Wil- liam E. Simon, praised by Pros idcnl Nixon as Ihe man who saw the country through the energy crisis, was sworn in Wednesday as secretary of the treasury. Today's Chuckle Capsule biography: "I was born in Ihe country, where I worked like a horse, so that I could live in the city, where I worked like n horse, so 1 could live In the country." convrioiii Bicyclists Challenge Twin fo Race, Win a Wallace ally, easily won hi: bid for renomination and is un opposed in November for a sec ond six-year term. In the Ohio senate contest, Glenn reversed the result in the 1970 Democratic primary captured by Metzenbaum. The 56-year-old attorney lost that year's general election to Re- publican Sen. Robert Taft, jr. The former space hero ran al- most even with Metzenbaum in the senator's home city of Cleveland and won Columbus and Dayton which he lost in 1970. Metzenbaum won Cincin- nati and Toledo by less than he needed to. With or 99 percent, of Ihe slate's polling places labulated, the vote stood Glenn Metzenbaum Never in Doubt In Alabama, Wallace's reno- minalion was never in. doubt. With of the boxes abulated, he had votes to a total of for his foul- opponents. The only one to at- tain a significant total was state Sen. Eugene McLain, who had contended Wallace was more interested in a 1976 presi- dential race than in Alabama. In rolling up some 65 percent of the vote, Wallace, who for the irst lime had some significant black support, carried several predominantly black counties he had. lost in the past, lie lost Macon county but more than Indiana, all 11 congress- men seven Republicans and four Democrats won renom- ination in one of the state's smallest election vptes ever. Four of them were unopposed. In North Carolina, State Ally. Gen. Robert Morgan apparent- ly won the Democratic nomina- tion for the senate seat being vacated by Sen. Sam Ervin. Morgan had more than 50 per- cent of the vote Wednesday with reports in from all but 3 percent of the stale's precincts. Court Baffle Monday, Panel Subpoena Asked WASHINGTON (AP) Spe- cial prosecutor Leon Jaworski and the chief .counsel for the iiouse judiciary committee said Wednesday they need additional Watergate material from the White House, despite President Nixon's decision to release no more Watergate material. John Doar, chief counsel for :he judiciary committee's im- peachment inquiry, said the committee needs Watergate ma- terial the While House is rcfus- ng to release and should issue a subpoena for it. Doar said al a news confer- ence the committee should act "iitcheSI Knew" WASHINGTON (AP) The senate Watergate committee says Ihe weight, of the evi- dence before it tends to es- tablish that former Attorney General Mitchell approved the plans that led to the Water- gate break-in. on a subpoena before it starts Watergate evidence gathered by the impeachment inquiry 'staff, which it is sche- duled to do Thursday. However, committee Chair- man Rodino (D-N.J.) said no meeting has been called to con- sider a subpoena and indicated nothing would be done before next week. LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) Eight amateur bicyclists challenged a commuter train to a race. The cyclists won. The race was run from Mc- llcnry, 111., to Lake Geneva over a 21-mile stretch where, because of poor track condi- tions, the Chicago North- western Transportation Co. has limited its dicscl trains to n 15-inilc-an-liour crawl. Seven of the cyclists, led by Dave Ludlkc, 27, a junior high school art teacher, covered the distance in an hour and 25 minutes and heal the train by in minutes. The eighth got lost in the rain. Commuters have been re- belling over the train's delay, which lengthens I he 71-mile trip from Chicago to Geneva to Iwo hours nnd 'in minutes, l.udlkc has an timetable which shows that Ihe trip then by wood burning trains look half an hour less. As Ihe train left Mcllenry Tuesday evening, engineer Ed stuck his head nut and said: "We'll heal 'em." When the train arrived in Lake Geneva, it was greeted by cyclists shouting: "Get n horse." Schenk laughed and said: "You can say I was misquoted back there in Mcllenry." Williiim Sills, an investment banker who commutes hc- Iwi-cii Lake Geneva and Chi- cago, instigated Ihe race. lie said lie will cite Ihe re- sult in a hearing before the Illinois commerce commission on n petition asking the rail- road to rehabilitate its tracks in that .section. doubled his pasl percentage. Federal poll watchers wcrei sent into 13 counties by the jus-j lice department. Wallace called j it "another intrusion" into local j matters and protested, "there's no need for federal referees." "After all that's happened in Washington, they ought to be refercelng what's going on he said. Today's Index Comics....................HO Crossword .................91) Daily Record .........'.....3A Editorial Features .........6A Farm .....................2C Financial .................101) Marion ....................oil Movies ....................81) Society ...............IOIi-151! Sports ..................1D-71) Slate...................HKjl! Television ................MC Want Ads ............12D-15D For Patty's Return SAN .FRANCISCO (AP) A reward for information leading to the safe return of Pa- r i c i a Hearst was posted iVednesday by her parents who laven't seen her since she was kidnaped Feb. 4. Newspaper executive Ran- dolph Hearst and his wife.Cath- ;rine announced through a fam- ly spokesman thai no names of nformants would be disclosed. reward, put in rust account in Wells Fargo bank, raises to Ihe per- sonal funds Hearst lias put up in lopes of gaining his daughter's cleasc. The other was >arl of a food give- uvay which failed to persuade the kidnapers lo free Miss Hearst. Court Battle Earlier Thursday, White House lawyer James St. Clai: informed Judge John Sirica tha Nixon will refuse to turn ovei tapes of presidential conversa lions subpoenaed by Jaworsk and the special prosecutor saic he would continue the fight to get them. St. Clair announced at the White House Tuesday that at- tempts at .working out a com- promise over Jaworski's sub- poena for tapes and documents covering 64 White House conver- sations had been terminated and that Nixon would fight the case to the supreme court if necessary. "Mr. St. Clair, special counsel o the President, and Mr. Ja- vorski, special prosecutor, visit- ed the court this morning to for- mally advise Judge Sirica that he President intends to pursue lis motion to quash the special prosecutor's subpoena to him and that the special prosecutor will continue his efforts to en- force compliance with the sub- Sirica's announcement said. St. Clair declined lo say Tues- day what Nixon would do if (he supreme court should rule against him, saying, "it is rhe- torical and hypothetical and I don't think we will get lo that point." Committee Requests St. Clair also said Nixon The committee also seeks tapes of ITT's pledge to support duccr cooperatives while wait ng for a profitable prcsidcntia decision to increase milk price supports. t. Clair said Ni.xon had no objection to considering re quests for more material on IT1 and the milk case, but "we don't believe there are any' apes, lie said these transac- ,ions occurred before the White louse (aping system was in- stalled. "Confrontation" Asked what Nixon would do it he committee issues another iubpoena demanding tapes, St. (Continued: Pages, Col. 2.) Linn Sheriff k I I Million By Tom Fmehling An million lawsuit against Linn county Sheriff Walter Grant was filed in Cedar iapids federal court Tuesday )y Dr. Thomas C. Sturgeon, a Cedar Rapids chiropractor con victed last fall; for counter feiting. In his suit, Sturgeon claims that Grant and others actin under his command "engage in illegal conduct to the injur of the plaintiff and deprived th plaintiff of the rights, privilege and immunities secured to th plaintiff by Ihe 14th Amend ment to the U.S. Constitution.' He lists 20 complaints in'con nection with and following th Jan. 31, 1973, arrest al his resi dence, 530 10th street SE. Convicted Sturgeon was subsequently convicted on Sept. 14, 1973, by a "edcral court jury on eight counts of counterfeiting. He was sentenced Oct. 4, 1973, to five rears in the federal penitentiary >y Judge Edward J. McManus. According to the suit, Grant :ommilted perjury before a grand jury, and that Sturgeon vas indicted on the basis of his estimoriy. Sturgeon also claims hat Grant lied at the trial. The counterfeit bills used as evidence against Sturgeon would give no more Watergate tapes to the house judiciary committee for its impeachment inquiry. The committee has re- queslcd tapes of about 75 Water- gate-related conversations, be- sides the 42 for which it was iven While House-edited tran- scripts instead of the tapes. lid not come from his pocket, is Grant testified, Sturgeon argues. 'Held Illegally' Further, Sturgeon claims he vas arrested and held in the jnn county jail "without any van-ant, writ or any other legal irocess." He also says he was jailed without benefit of any clolh- ng from the waist which c claims constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment." The plaintiff argues thai he was not notified of his constitu- tional rights at the lime of ar- thc G.O.P. 1972 Republican con- vention while the government By Bill I avelelle Cedar Rapids An 83-year-old Fairfax man was killed and his wife critically njured Wednesday when their car was struck by an oncoming log (ruck and shoved into two cars waiting at a slop sign. Newton G. Kessler was dead m arrival at Mercy hospital viih head, back and leg injti- ies. Firemen were called to move his body from the wreck- go. His wife, Bernicc F., 78, who vas driving, suffered severe (See Photo on Page 3.) lead injuries and was admitted 0 Mercy hospital. The driver of the hog truck, Villiam .R. Boatman, 33, of Bloomfield, was treated at St. .uke's hospital for back and leg n juries and released. The accident occurred at a.m. at the intersection of Wil iarris boulevard and Edgewood SW. Left Turn Police said the westbound Kessler car attempted to. make a left turn in front of the east- bound truck. After impact the Kessler car hit two cars, waiting at .a stop sign on the southwest side of the. intersection. Effie E.. Eveland, 3031 Sixth'Street SW, a driver of one of the cars at the stop sign, was in good condition at Mercy hos- pital suffering from a shoulder injury. The driver of the other car, Kenneth .A. Nemecek, 28, of Shellsburg, was not hurt. Turned Over The hog trucdk turned over in 1 ditch. Nine hogs were killed. !ome of the remaining hogs vere set free by Ihe impact and iad to be rounded up by police. The intersection is controlled y a traffic light: The -speed mils on Williams boulevard at he scene of the accident is 45 miles per hour. The electric' company was ailed to remove wires knocked own by the collision. A short ower outage was caused by the ccident. against i and 46 tapes on the million campaign pledge by milk pro- (Continued: Page 5, Col. 3.) 7 Persons Die in Apartment Fire NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) even persons were killed and ve others hospitalized as a esull of an apartment' house re, officials said. Six bodies were recovered te Tuesday night and the sev- nth victim was found this lorning on (he third floor of the mr-slory brick structure in the air Haven section, a fire dc- arlment spokesman said. He said the first of three larms was sounded al m. Tuesday and the dwelling vas engulfed in flames when firemen arrived. Two children were saved when their mother tossed them into the arms of someone on the ground, police said. Jury Ban Part of Law Held Illegal liy liohmd Krckcler Linn District Judge William Eads ruled Tuesday that a portion ol a new law that abolishes the right lo a jury trial in small claims of less than is unconstitutional. The judge declared that key element of Ihe small claims court unconstitutional even though lie personally feels that permitting a .jury trial "would siam the doors of jus- tice" to some for whom the doors had been opened by the new uniform trial court law. Linn District Associate Judge Anthony Scolaro, who sils in the First avenue divi- sion of the court, where the small claims arc handled, .said Wednesday he now "prob- ably will grant" jury trials when they are demanded. Not Binding lie and Judge Eatis both said a dislricl court ruling has no binding effect on other cases, bill Scolaro said "con- siderable wcighl should be given to what another judge has done." Eads wrote he hopes Ihe mailer can be adjudicated by the Iowa supreme court. The attorney general's office is awaiting a copy of the deci- sion before deciding on an ap- peal. Scolnro said he agrees with Eads' decision. Scolnro was named a de- fendant in the case considered by Eads, because he had upheld a ruling of District As- sociate Judge Lynne Brady disallowing a jury trial to a Cedar Rapids couple in a small claims case. Scolaro said Ihe case was a test case. Basis for Case The mailer began when Ex- ecutive Affiliates, Inc., sued Peter and Linda Olncy for in a rcnl dispute in July, 1972. The Olncys filed a counter- suit and demanded a jury trial as was permitted by statute before the uniform I r i a I court law went into effect on July 1, 1973. Since the appeal of Hie deci- sions of. Scolaro and Brady, Ihe original small claim of Ex- eciilivi! Affiliates ;iml Ihe Olneys has been dismissed by the parties. Judge Eads wrote that the abolishment of (he right to a jury trial in small claims is contrary lo Ihe Iowa constitu- tional provision that the right of trial by jury "shall remain inviolate." Historical Precedent Since there is evidence that suits for money damages were subject to trial by jury al the lime the constitution was adopted, Unit right remains because of (he terms of the constitution. The Olncys would have had a right lo a jury trial even w i t h o n I that constitutional provision, Eads wrote, bc- cnu.su the slntiilo abolishing (Continued; Page 3.) ;