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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 5, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Clour tonight. Lows In the Jowcr 60s. Most- ly suiuiy Friday. Highs In Ihc upper 70s. VOLUME 92-NUMBER 239 CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES By Ford Clark IOWA CITY District Judge Harold D. Victor, in ia slrongly- worcled ruling Thursday award- ed James R. Speed to be paid by the state of Iowa. Speed, 25, ;was a University of Iowa basketball player, who asked million damages, claiming his permanent blind- ness was caused by inadequate medical care at University hos- pitals in Iowa pity. A separate suit has been filed by Speed's attorneys in the amount of million (against Dr. iJames Beurle, Dr. E. L. Lorson, Dr. Edward Sujansky, Dr. W. D. Paul and Dr. Robert J. German, the physicians who treated Speed at University hos- pitals. A Question A section of the Iowa code, however, leaves open to ques- tion whether Victor's ruling Thursday closes the door on further damage claims. Judge Vietor, in his 12-page summary of Speed's treatment, was highly critical of the phy- sicians who treated the young man. The judge noted that on about Nov. 1, 1970, 'Speed developed an upper respiratory infection. "On Nov. developed 20, 1970, (Speed) a toothache and headache. The following morn- ing, (he) advised Head Basket- ball Coach Dick Schultz of his WASHINGTON (AP) Don- ald E. Johnson, who resigned under pressure as head of the Veterans Administration, look a new job in the commerce de- partment Thursday, the after leaving his VA post. day Johnson, who was an officer in various Iowa poultry, fertiliz- er and farm supply businesses before stepping in at the VA in 1969, was sworn in as deputy as- sistant secretary of commerce for domestic and international business. Johnson's salary in his new job, a politically-appointed post, is a year. His salary as VA administrator was Johnson, 50, announced in June lie would resign from the VA in the face of criticism from Vietnam-era veterans that they were being short-changed on benefits. His resignation was ef- fective Wednesday. toothache and need to see a Vietor wrote. Made Arrangements "Coach Schultz made ar- rangements'with Dr. Lorson at the oral surgery 'department to see During the lengthy hearing before Vietor, Dr. Lorson testi- fied he had found two of Speed's teeth were decayed, and ex- tracted them. Lorson also said he prescrib- ed codeine and aspirin and told Speed "to come back if you should have any problems." Speed testified his headache became progressively worse. Coach Schultz testified that Speed had gone to the field- house the next day, complaining of a "terrific anc thought he should go back to oral surgery. Were Healing Speed was then seen by Dr. Beurle examined his mouth, but determined the tooth extrac- tion sites were healing properly, according to Victor's summary, .The judge stated, headache persisted, failing to respond to the medication. He could not eat his eyes be- came runny and squinly his whole body ached. "These conditions prevailed throughout the weekend." Vietor. stressed that when Speed returned to oral surgery and was seen again by Dr. Beurle, the physician prescribed alacebos; he did not, bf Jcourse, idvisc (Speed) Ithat the new 'medication' had no analgesic value." Got Vitamins Dr. Beurle instead called an assistant athletic trainer, ac- cording to Vietor, and told him to provide the plaintiff with vi- tamin pills. A trainer, acting on Schultz directions, later picked up Speed at his apartment and took him to the student infirmary where he was put to bed by Dr, Paul, the team physician. An assistant team physician, along with Dr. Paul, examined Speed. Judge Vietor noted that Speed 'complained bitterly to the doc- tor about his headache." Named Symptoms While in Ihe infirmary, in became, in her words, quite concerned. "We did nol lave a physical history; we did not have a pro-entrance exami- nation; we didn't have any lab :ests to work with; we didn't (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) erance CHICAGO (AP) Whites who smoke have less ability to tolerate pain than white non-smokers, a California study has found. But no significant difference was found between black and Oriental smokers and non-smokers. The study involved subjects examined in Ihe Kaiser- Permanentc health screening program at Oakland, Calif. It is reported in the September issue of the Archives of Environ- mental Health, published by the American Medical Assn. Authors cf the study are Dr. Carl Seltzer of Ihe Harvard school of public health, Boston, and Dr. Gary Friedman, Abraham Sicgelaub and Dr. Morris Collen of the Permanente Medical Group. They wrote that explanations for the differences in pain tolerance "are not clear at this lime." They suggested that "the possible role of constitutional differences between smok- ers nncl non-smokers should be considered as well as other ex- planations." Previously, the rest-archers reported that they had found that pain tolerance decreased with age, men tolerated more pain than women, whiles more Mian Orientals and thai the pain tolerance of blacks fell between that of whites and Orien- tals. Their latest study found that Ihcrc was a decrease in pain tolerance among both while male and female smokers and at every age level. Similar differences were found among black and Oriental male and female smokers, but not lo a significant degree, the researchers said. A mechanical inslrunicnt was used to measure pain toler- ance. The Achilles tendon of the heel was placed between (wo metal rods and subjects were told Ihey were being given a "pressure tolerance test." They were asked to endure tlie pressure as long as possible. The inslrunicnt, which produces deep pain, measures toler- ance in pounds per square inch. Not So Sure Wlrepholo Allen Burch of New Milford, Conn., doesn't look so sure that the sign on the bulletin board at Hill Plain school applies to him. Allen entered kind- ergarten for the first time Wednesday. nonng Segregation: Report WASHINGTON (AP) The department of Health, Education and Welfare was accused Thurs- day of ignoring evidence in its own files of widespread racial segregation in northern schools. The Center for National Poli- cy Review said in a 117-page that "northern schools .oday are far more segregated han those in the South" as a result of federal foot-dragging. The center, located at Catho- ic university here, based its hree-year study on records of HEW investigations in 84 north- ern and western school districts Some of the data was obtained hrough a court order. "Failed To Act" William Taylor, the center director, said: "HEW has found substantial violations in north- ern districts but has failed ci- her to aid the victims of dis- irimination or to cut off federal dollars." Among ruled illegal earlier this year by the supreme court in another case involving Denver. Taylor, a former director of the U. S. Civil Rights Commis- sion, said Ihe districts reviewed by HEW accounted for only 9 percent of the blacks and 5 per- cent of the Spanish-speaking pupils in 32 northern and west- ern states. Ten percent of the 2.8 million black children in those slates still attend all-black schools, he said, and 70 percent attend schools in which blacks are a majority. New Reviews the 84 government civil rights compliance.reviews conducted in the North, the iludy found .that 52 are still ipen and unresolved "although nany, ripe with old age, are o me what inactive." The iverage age of the cases ex- ceeds 37 months. While a few staff investiga- ions have been the said, "HEW's files literal- y bulge with documented evi- dence of violations of laws." Common Violations Tlie center said the most com- mon violations were discrimi- nation in assignment of pupils lo ;cgrcgated schools; hiring and issignment of minority teachers ind classification and assign- ncnt of pupils lo classrooms; ind failure lo help minority ihildrcn with language and naming handicaps. Public schools in Atlantic ily, Iloboken and Passaie, N. South Bend aiul Fort I Ind., Toledo and Dayton, Ohio, Ulica, N. Y., and Racine, Wis., were singled out as examples of alleged discriminatory prnclices Peter Holmes, HEW's office for director of civil rights, said in a statement that compli- ance reviews will begin within the next 10 months in Philadel- phia, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston. Holmes said the delay in pur- suing civil rights cases "stems From the due process assured by and Ihc "significant legal jurdcn of proof" required by courts. Tlie center's report blames the delays on political restraints "mposed by former President Nixon, sloppy investigative leg- work, bureaucratic mis- management and the "bottle- neck" created by the HEW gen- eral counsel's insistence on un- necessarily detailed evidence. New York Stale Charges Seven Major Oil Firms NEW YORK (UPI) Seven major oil companies were in- dicted by a special state grand jury Thursday on charges of restraining compclilion among themselves in the sale of gaso- line to slate agencies. The firms aled innocent. The indictments alleged that e companies Exxon, Mobil, Texaco, Shell, Gulf, Sunoco and Amoco "eliminated or at- .empted lo eliminate price com- jeliiion" by agreeing lo (thwart open bidding on the sale of gas- oline lo governmental agencies. A separate indictment also charged Exxon, Gulf and Mobil with attempting to eliminale compelilion from independent gasoline stations. Innocent pleas also were entered to that indict- ment. Acting Manhaltan supreme court Justice George Roberts set a hearing in the case for icxt Monday. The grand jury was cmpan- (Conlinucd: Page 3, Col. 6.) Today's Index Comics .....................29 Crossword ..................29 Daily Record Deaths ......................3 Editorial Features...........6 Farm ......................28 Financial Marion Movies Society Sports Stale Television Want Ads ........30 .......19 .....12-15 21-25 .......16 .....32-37 Raps Playing Politics WithU.S.Pocketbooks WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Ford, convening a White House economic mini-summit, declared Thursday that Ameri- cans are "sick and tired of hav- ing politics played with their pocketbooks" and want a prompt, practical battle plan against inflation. Stressing the need for "at- tainable answers sharply de- fined and sorted Ford also cautioned that "there is no quick fix for what ails our econ- omy." Will Stay Senate Democrats meanwhile unanimously declared they will stay in session for the rest of the year if necessary to act on an administration proposal to curb inflation and boost the economy. The President told a diverse panel of 36 economists and con- gressmen that he wants "the unvarnished truth" about the economy laid before him and the American public. And he quickly got it. Puffing on his pipe, Ford lis- tened while panelists seated around a table in the White House East room recited gloomy economic statistics: Rising prices, growing unemployment, a drop in real earning power, record high interest rales. Most tot the economists appear- ed Ito agree that the federal re- serve system's policy of tight money needs to be eased. Economist Paul Samuelson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was among Ithose calling for easing restraints. In- flation isn't the No. 1 problem alone, he said. "The No. 1 prob- lem is Samuelson said, referring to stagnation in tlie economy coupled with in- flation. The initial speakers in the first of a series of conferences leading to Ford's economic summit later this month gave forecasts ranging from gloomy to hopeful. "Inevitable" "Another mild recession is sort of Said Har- vard economist Otto Eckstein. "There is very little likelihood of pronounced strength in any part of the economy" in 1975, said industrial economist David Grove. There is no near-term im- provement in said sank economist Beryl Sprinkel. But he said the rate of inflation may be easing. Another bank economist, Walter Hoadley, said the Ameri- can people are vigorously fight- Dow Average Jumps 14.16 NEW YORK (AP) Tlie Dow Jones industrial average was up 14.16 to 6C2.16 at 2 p.m. Thurs- day, reversing a skid thai had sent the index lo four-year lows in the past two weeks. Gainers outnumbered losers 2-1 on the York Stock Exchange. ing inflation. But he warned that inflationary psychology may be starting to change spending habits. Just before the session began, two participants, Milton Fried- man and C. Jackson Grayson, former chairman of the Cost of Living Council repeated their opposilion to wage and price controls as a solution. Psychology Alan Greenspan, new chair- man of the President's Council or liconomic Advisers, said in- flationary psychology is one of the major underlying economic problems. If this can be overcome, (Continued: Page 3, Oil. 7.) Ford Scouts List for New Appointees WASHINGTON (UPI) Pres- ident Ford met Thursday with his talent scout, former Penn- sylvania Gov. William Scranton, to look over a long list of can- didates to replace Nixon ad- ministration holdovers. White House officials said Ford has also asked other members of his administration to be on the lookout for new faces to fill some of the expected vacancies in the cabinet and the White House hierarchy. Sources said Ford has offeree the post of ambassador to Great Britain to Sen. Fulbright (D- and the post of ambas- sador to Spain to Pefer Flani- gan. Economic Aide Flanigan was assistant for in- ternational economic affairs to former President Nixon. It was learned that Fulbright was at first interested in the post but later said he wanted to think about accepting it. Fulbright, 69, a one-time Rhodes scholar, is chairman of the foreign relations committee. He has been in the senate since 1945 and committee chairman since 1959. He lost a bid recently for nomination for another term when Democratic Gov. Dale Bumpers defeated him in the Arkansas primary. The Flanigan nomination is in process but the While House has not received an answer back from Spain, it was learned. It is believed that the delay was caused by the recenl illness of en. Francisco Franco, who re- sumed his post as chief of state last week. Ambassadors must be ap- proved by countries to which :hey are assigned. Ford in a surprise appoint- ment Wednesday named George 8 u s h Republican national chairman, as U. S. envoy to China and recommended Mary Louise Smith to take his place. No. 2 Spot Ford also recommended that Richard Obenshain, chairman of the Virginia Republican parly, (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) WASHINGTON (UPI) The FBI reported Thursday that serious crime in the United States increased an average of 6 lercent during 1973, reversing a 1972 decline that had created lopes of success in stopping a 17-year upward trend. Although the 1972 decline con- inued through the first half of 1973, it turned upward slightly n the third quarter and spurted up 16 percent in the last quarter of the year. It was this final quarter which left the year's average increase so disappoint- ingly high. The FBI statistics also showed he sharply rising crime rate continuing in 1974. It was up 15 percent in the first quarter, a mreau spokesman said, and may still be rising in the second quarter for which statistics are incomplete. "Few Illusions" Attorney General Saxbc gave police chiefs of the nation's largest cities a preview of the report last week in a Chicago speech in 'which he called the war on crime a "failure of sub- stantial dimension harsh, bit- ter and dismaying." A 4-perccnt decrease in the crime rate in 1972, the-first drop in 17 years, led aome to believe that "the crime problem was being Saxbe said. But he said that "few such illusions exist today." The new crime picture for 1973 was presented in the FBI's annual "Uniform Crime Re- a compilation of the totals for seven types of crime murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft report- ed to the bureau by local and state law enforcement agencies. Rape registered a 10-percent increase, the year's sharpest for any single one of the seven types of crime. The smallest increase, 2 percent, was in robbery. Urban, Rural There were wide differences between urban and rural areas, the FBI said. Cities with popula- tions larger than were up percent, while suburban areas showed an increase of 9 percent and rural areas an increase of 10 percent. The FBI said 69 cities with populations bigger than overall decreases in crime during 1973. By contrast, lowever, 114 such cities report- ed decreases in 1972. The agency reported a total of serious crimes commit- ed, compared to re- ported for 1972. The 288-page report also pre- sented the long-term effect of (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) Today's Chuckle The fact that silence is golden may explain why there's so lillle Of it. CoovrloM TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) Knievel is not the best of pupils, according to the engineer who designed the rocket-like vehicle that is to carry him across the Snake river canyon. But he may learn in a hurry. "It's hard to get him in- tcrsted in Robert Truax said on Wednesday. "But I think if someone tells him In bail out once he gets up there, he'll give himself a shove and jump." Truax, 56, a developer of missile programs for the air force and navy, discussed Knicvel's chances and options shortly after the needle-nosed X2 Sky-Cycle was lowered in- to its launch ramp. Knievel, a 34-year-old mo- lorcydc stuntman, IKIS lieen pnid ?G million to attempt the jump over the wide, 600-foot deep canyon. Truax said if Knievel makes it he'll sign a check made out to Truax and date it Sept. 9, the day after the jump. "We get him across or we get nothing, that's our the engineer said. Asked If he expected to collect his fee, Truax declared, "You hel- cha." As outlined by Truax, the plan calls for Knievel to strap himself into the 13-foot Sky-Cycle at p.m. Iowa time Sunday and, about five minutes later, begin the jour- ney to carry him to about feet at about 400 miles per hour. That height and speed should be more than enough to carry him across the canyon, Truax said. At that point the parachutes come into play. Knievel, who is expected to experience partial loss of vi- sion and nose-bleed as the force of gravily increases ten- fold, will be gripping a lever that will activate two para- chutes designed to float the vehicle to the ground. If he blacks out, Truax said, a spring should pull the lever out of his hand automatically, triggering Ihe chutes. "His chances are about Ihc same as a lost pilot trying out a new aircraft for the first Truax said, add- ing: "He doesn't have to do anything really complex." Traux said an eight-foot shock absorber should cushion the nose against the first im- parl of the sleam-drivcii Sky-Cycle on the north side of the canyon. Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, Tennis hustler Bobby Riggs planned to set out Thursday to ride a motorcycle 640 miles in an effort to win a bet with Kiiievfl. Riggs said he bet Knievel he could ride the 175cc motor- cycle, from (lie Tropicana ho- tel there to Twin Falls, Idaho, by the time of Knicvel's scheduled jump. "He doesnt' think I can mnko it to the jump in Riggs said. "Of course, he knows I've never been on motorcycle." "My chances are bcltor than said Riggs. "Mybif; worry is that he pays me be fore he starts the canyon jump. I don't want to have lo put in a claim against Ins estate."   

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