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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 17, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 12 The Cedar .Rapids Gazette: Mon.. June 17. 1974 No Deaths On Iowa Highways By United Press International A rare occurrence happened on Iowa’s highways over the weekend—no deaths were reported due to traffic accidents. So far this year, the Iowa highway fatality toll remains well under last year’s mark of 253. Sixteen persons died on the state’s roads last week compared with 22 over the same period last year. Thirty-three persons have been killed on Iowa highways in June compared to 39 in June of 1973. The death toll of 253 for 1974 is 90 under last year’s 343 and 49 under 1972’s 302 total over a similar time period. Damage Set at S900 In Mobile Home Fire IOWA CITY - Firemen re-port approximately $900 worth of damage to a mobile home of Fran Glaser of Forest View trailer court. Some fire damage was done to the walls and the kitchen in a Sunday morning fire apparently caused by a towel left near a kitchen stove. Satellite Entry Causes Light Over Iowa, III. QUINCY, 111. (AP) - A bright blue light spotted over Iowa, Missouri and Illinois early Sunday was the re-entry of a satellite into the earth’s atmosphere, Federal Aviation Administration officials said. FFA officials called the light—spotted about I a.m.— “apparently a non-scheduled re-entry of some sort of space vehicle which disentegrated in the atmosphere.’’ The object fell near Cuba. Ill, but remains were not immediately found, officials said. Several Illinois state patrolmen reported sighting the light which they said lasted about IO seconds. Officials said the object was reported sighted from Memphis, Tenn., to Chicago, but it was especially bright in southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri and west central Illinois. Ruckelshaus Defends Henry on Taps Issue —Watergate— (Continued from Page I.) Hunt’s orders to look for evidence of Cuban contributions and found none, but stole and photographed other documents. Across the street, in room 419 of Howard Johnson’s motel, sat former FBI agent Alfred Baldwin, eavesdropping and taping what he heard. He said he listened to about 200 calls, some dealing with political strategy but others personal — “explicitly intimate,” he recalls. But the tap on the phone they wanted — O’Brien’s — didn’t work right, so on June 17, 1972, they went back. Barker, Martinez, Sturges and Gonzalez checked into $38-a-night rooms at the Watergate hotel next door. Sometime that night, McCord put tape on a door from the garage into the office building. Wills, a 24-year-old guard, found it and took it off. He dismissed it, figuring it had been done by maintencne men, and went out for coffee. The surprised burglars decided to break in anyway. They put on another strip of masking tape, a divice burglars use to keep a door from locking. Wills found it again and placed his call. Across the street, Baldwin was standing on the balcony. The lights on the eighth floor went on. He grabbed the walkie-talkie and told Hunt, two floors below in the Howard Johnson’s, but was reassured. “That’s the 2 o’clock guard check,” Hunt said. Then the lights flickered on and off on the sixth floor. Baldwin saw two men, one with a gun, on the sixth floor balcony. “As I observed them,” he testified, “I called over the walkie-talkie again ‘Base I, unit I, are our people in suits or are they dressed casually?’ And the call came back ‘Our people are dressed in suits. Why? “I said ‘You have trouble because there are some Individuals out here who are dressed casually and who have got their guns out’ and the guy on the other end went a little bit frantic.” I^eeper said one of his men saw Baldwin on the balcony and wondered if the man would turn in an alarm. He guessed that because the policemen were wearing casual clothes — they are part of a special Washington police .squad — they gained enough lime to arrest the men in the office, along with an overnight bag containing “various items, cameras, bulbs, clamps for clamping the cameras to the desk, walkie-talkies, things of that sort.” He said the men also had $3,600 in cash. Later, the sergeant said, he checked the register at the Watergate hotel and discovered some of the phony names were identical with ones at the motel across the street. In room 219, where Hunt had been, he found $4,200 in brand-new $100 bills, some electronic equipment, and a black notebook with “E. Hunt, W. IL” on it. The scandal was underway. Stanley Claims Culver Attempts To Skirt Issue David Stanley Monday accused John Culver of trying to divert attention from “the major issue” in their upcoming battle for U.S. senator. Stanley, a Muscatine Republican. was in Cedar Rapids in connection with campaign appearances. A Cedar Rapids Democrat, Culver sharply criticized Stanley Saturday during a speech presented at the Iowa Democratic convention in Ames. Stanley Monday told The Gazette: “I guess Congressman Culver was giving a partisan speech to a partisan meeting. He really got carried away. “His statements are about equally amusing and amazing. ‘‘It appears Congressman Culver is trying to divert atten Hon from the major issue that is hurting him badly with the people of Iowa; that is his acceptance of large amounts of money from special interest organizations located outside Iowa. “We have received very favorable response all across the state to the fact that I refuse to accept any money from any special interest organization, lobby, pressure group, union or corporation. “Congressman Culver's May 13 report admitted he is getting more than 54 percent of his money from outside Iowa and is taking money from 26 special interest organizations, all of them located outside Iowa, and 25 of them on the East Coast. “Iowans are becoming aware that if they choose David Stanley as U.S. senator, I’ll go to Washington with no strings on me, with no obligations to any special interest group and no obligations to anyone except the people of Iowa.” WASHINGTON (AP) - William Ruckelshaus lent his support Sunday to Secretary of State Kissinger but said “there will be other surprises” yet to come in the Watergate scandal. Ruckelshaus, a former deputy attorney general and onetime acting director of the FBI, said “There is information that I’m aware of that has not yet become public” and possibly not even reached the house impeachment panel, he said. Cox Furor Ruckelshaus, who resigned his justice department post last Oct. 20 in the furor over President Nixon’s firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox, would not elaborate on what future developments might be expected. But he made it clear he thinks Kissinger should be cleared in the wiretapping controversy which led the secretary of state to threaten resignation unless there is a stop to questions over his honesty. Ruckelshaus apepared on the CBS program “Face the Nation” on the eve of the second anniversary of the Watergate breakin. It was Ruckelshaus who, when the wiretapping first came to light last year, tracked down and found the files on them at the White House and carried them back to the FBI. He publicly disclosed at that time that the taps had been applied to 13 government officials, some of them Kissinger aides, and four newsmen. He said his familiarity with the case tends to confirm that Plant Site Protested By Residents AMES (AP)— A group of Ames residents is protesting the proposed location of a $15-million metals manufacturing plant, contending the site would take 40 acres of prime agricultural land out of production. Hoover-NSK Ball Bearing Co. of Ann Arbor, Mich., representatives said they want to build a plant on a 40-acre tract of land northwest of Ames and have the land annexed by the city and zoned for industrial use. The proposed plant would employ about 300 people and would have an annual payroll of $2.5 million, said Bruce Paxton of the ball bearing firm. Members of the League of women Voters said they are in favor Of the industry, but would like to see the plant built in the Ames industrial park, la tract of land at the eastern edge of the city, instead of being built on prime agricultural land. However, Paxton disagreed, saying it is Company policy not to locate in industrial parks. The Ames planning and zoning commission has delayed action on the company’s annexation request until later this week. Ellis Park Pool Is Closed; May Reopen Tuesday Flooding of the pump room forced closing of the Ellis park swimming pool Sunday. Cedar Rapids Recreation Director Nevin Nichols said electric motors which became was camping in the park with submerged were being repaired Dale Moyle, 27, also of Wa- Monday and he was hopeful the pool might be reopened by late Tuesday. Nichols said rupture of packing in the main recirculating pump caused flooding of the basement room. The trouble was actually discovered at about 9 p.m. Saturday, so the pool was closed to swimmers all day Sunday. However, there were no disappointments, Nichols continued. Not one person requested admission to the pool all day, apparently due to the chilly, windy weather. terloo, and practicing target shooting when the accident occurred. Moyie apparently thought his .22 caliber pistol was empty when he pulled the trigger, authorities said. The shot hit Conklin in the chest and Moyle immediately drove the boy to West Union hospital here. Later Conklin was taken to the Waterloo hospital where doctors hoped to operate Monday to remove the bullet from the boy’s chest. Maintenance workers began by Two Firsts to C. R. pumping out the flooded room so that waterlogged electric motors could be removed. If these motors can be re-installed Tuesday, the pool could be back in operation later that day, Nichols said. Red Cross “Learn To Swim” At Eagles Meeting Delegates of the Cedar Rapids Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary won two firsts in drill and ritual competition at the 24th annual state convention classes will not be affected by * n J )u ^ )u( l ue over the weekend t h e shutdown, Nichols announced. The recreation commission made arrangements for students bused from College Community schools to be accommodated Monday and Tuesday at Bever park pool. Land drills and instructional films were planned at the Ellis pool for other youngsters enrolled in the program Kissinger’s role was “pretty much as he described it” to congress and the public. Kisinger has said he did not order the installation of the taps, but rather had first complained of leaks and then supplied the FBI with the names of persons around him who had access to national security information. FBI Memos His credibility on that score has come under attack on the basis of FBI memos which tend to indicate Kissinger could have asked directly for wiretaps. But Ruckelshaus said those documents are now being interpreted “for purposes for which they were never prepared . . . the definition of words like ‘initiate’ and ‘directed.’ It’s unfair.” Viewed in proper context, said Ruckelshaus, there is little to contradict Kissinger’s claim that “It wasn’t his idea to tap, he simply complained about the leaks.” But Ruckelshaus acknowledged that “there are questions” as to why some of the individuals were tapped to begin with. “It is true,” he said, “that some of the names involved had only a peripheral access to national Gallup: Approva Of Nixon Jumps To 28 Percent PRINCETON, N. J. (AP) -President Nixon’s popularity rating increased from its low point of 25 percent to 28 percent following the Middle East ceasefire agreement, according to the latest Gallup Poll. Of more than 1,500 persons interviewed May 31 through June 3, 28 percent said they approved of the way Nixon is handling his job as President. Sixty-one percent said they disapproved, and ll percent offered no opinion. In a May 10-13 poll, 25 percent said they approved of Nixon’s performance, 61 percent said they disapproved and 14 percent offered no opinion. In the first six months of 1974, the President’s rating has fluctuated between 28 percent and 25 percent. The President’s popularity reached its 25 percent low point. in separate surveys taken Feb. 22-25, March 1-4, April 12-15 and May 10-13. In the February and March polls, 64 percent disapproved and ll percent offered no opinion. The 25 percent approval recurred in the April poll, following release of White House transcripts, with 62 percent saying they disapproved and 13 per- Report Claims Wbite House Tried To Politicize Programs of Elderly New York Times Service WASHINGTON • White House efforts on im half of President Nixon’s 197 z re-election campaign included, an extensive plan to politicize programs to aid the elderly, (according to a senate Waterga te committee staff report. The major effort cited was a plan to fund an organization created by the/ White House to help attract support from among the eldf >rly. In the process, White House officials presumed federal agencies to cut the funds of two longtime advocate agencies for the elderly, groups considered “enemies” of the President, according to the if port. Detailed Aims Nearly 7J0 pages of the more than 150-page draft report were U. S. Civil Rights Commission, in television commercials, and the printing of brochures aimed at the aged, all at public expense. Further, documents quoted in the report showed that $263,000 was spent on various brochures and publications, ostensibly depicting what the President had done for the elderly, but which were clearly political in nature, the staff said. On the other hand, a television commercial with Richardson and Flemming as participants was not used because of its poor quality. Secure Support “Hie evidence the committee has gathered indicates that federal resources were employed to secure the support of older Americans,” the report stated. “Various documents obtained devoted tr> detailing these aims. by the select committee also in-The report has not been made dicate that government bro- public, fc.ut a copy was made available to the New York Times. The report described what the staff ca lied a “civil and criminal conspiracy” to divert to political /ase funds appropriated by congre ss for social and econom- chures were prepared for political purposes.” Regarding the Federation of Experienced Americans, the report said the Office of Economic Opportunity was ordered to provide $400,000 to fund the federation, “which was created on grant, of $399,839, was made later in the year ostensibly for the federation to deal with problems of the Spanish-speaking elderly poor. The report quoted an audit by the. General Accounting Office that said the two grants “were processed outside normal procedures” and with “substantial White House backing.” In addition, the report said the White House wanted to cut back and eventually terminate federal funding of the National Council on Aging and the National Council of Senior Citizens. The two groups were “considered “enemies” of the White House.” security information.” One of;cent giving no opinion, them, Morton Halperin, said Nixon’s high popularity point, Kissinger had kept him away 68 percent, was recorded imme- ic programs for special groups,(March 29, 1972, on White House such ,'as minorities, the poor, the initiative.” elder ly and veterans.    The    federation    was awarded a Th*j report said the plan also contract of $1.5 million by the from sensitive files altogether at the time he was being tapped. Vietnam included the use of certain ad ministration officials and supporters, such as then Atty. Gen. diately following the peace settlement in January,[Richardson and Arthur Flem 1973. labor department three months after the organization was set up, purportedly to train and provide work for 350 poor elder Smoke Bomb Starts Small Postal Fire IOWA CITY A smoke bomb placed in a downtown postal box started a small fire at approximately 7:45 p.m. Sunday here. Postal authorities and fire officials responded to an alarm report that smoke was pouring out of the postal box at the intersection of Fairchild and Clinton streets. The fire was contained before.* major damage was done to letters in the box.    i 20 YEARS AGO — The army restored an order dropped in 1948 requiring that all enlisted men salute officers when thejy ming, now the chairman of the ly, the report said. The OEO|meet off military reservations. Boy Accidentally Shot in Chest IA YETTE — A Waterloo boy remains in serious condition at Allen hospital in Waterloo following a shooting accident in Big Rock park near Fayette Sunday. Howard Conklin, 15, Waterloo, All-state honors went to all tho ritual men: Jim Dorland, president; Judd Anderson, junior past president; Don Dyr-land, vice-president; Orville Dorland, chaplain, and Harold I Kline, conductor. 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