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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 26, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Cloudy with chance ol rain .Sunday. Lows tonight 111 .'Ills. Highs .Siindiiy 05 In (ill. VOLUME 82 NUMBER 290 CITY FINAL CEDAR KAJ'IDS, IOWA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 CENTS ASSOCIATED PRESS, Ul'i, NEW YOKK 'J'IMES NEW YORK (AP) Four Uiunderous bomb explosions di- rected at major banks lilt mid- Manhattan early Saturday. A militant Puerto Rican group claimed responsibility. The bombs were triggered within a half-hour of each other in a four-block area, the first at a.m. Jagged glass from shattered bank windows flew for hundreds of feet, but no in- juries were reported. All the explosions were caused by bombs placed on out- side window ledges. "ft was a bomb definitely a said Police Lt. Ed- ward Cash at the scene of the first blast at the Banco de Ponce at street and Rock- efeller Plaza. Police said there was no ad- vance warning. Oilier Blasts The three other explosions hit a Chemical Bank branch office in the Exxon building at 4.9th street and Avenue of the Amer- icas, the Union Carbide Build- ing at 481h street 'and Park ave- nue and Lever House at 53rd street and Park avenue. A fifth bomb, placed in a car in the Wall Street area, de- stroyed the vehicle and blew out plate glass windows in five nearby banks. No injuries were reported. Police would not definitely link this explosion to the others but said a connection was likely. A woman who did not give her name told Hie Associated Press in a telephone call about a.m. that the explosions were the work of a Puerto Hi- can nationalist organization. "We have just bombed im- perialist she said. "Free all Puerto Rican political prisoners.'1 Letter in Booth She directed the hews agency to a letter which had been placed in a telephone booth at 73rd street and Broadway. It was signed the "Central Com- mand" of the "Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Libera- tion." It demanded release cf five Puerto Ricans who are federal prisoners: Oscar Collazo, Lolita Lebron, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Andres Figueroa Cordcro and Irving Flores. Collazo was one of two na- tionalists who attempted to as- sassinate President Harry Tru- man Nov. 1, 1950. The other four fired more than 20 pistol shots from a spectator gallery in tltt house cf representatives March 1, 1954, shouting "Freedom for Puerto Rico." Five congressmen were wounded. Truman commuted 'Collazo's death Sentence to life imprison- ment. Mrs. Lebron got 1C to 50 years and the oihers, 25 lo 75 years each. "Organizing Army" The letter from the militant group said in part: "The corporations we bombed arc an integral part of yanki monopoly capitalism. The Puerto Rican people are organ- izing an army in order to form Peoples Revolutionary A r m y which will rid Puerto Rico of yanki colonialism. We have opened two fronts, one in Puerto Rico and the other in the U.S. Acrid smoke followed the ex- plosions and Cash said: "The bombs were probably made from some form of gunpowder, possibly dynamite." A police bomb squad member silting through Hie rubble in front of Banco de Ponce said Die bomb was a "sophisticated device." The windows of an ad- jacent Eastern Airlines ticket office were shattered. Buildings near the other bomb largcts also had some windows broken. At the Exxon building, win- dows were blown out as high :is UK: fifth floor and firemen worked several hours knocking out the jagged remains. A few guards and custodians were in the buildings but 'all escaped uninjured. I'm in a daze; I don't want to talk about said a night watchman at the Lever House as he walked off to phone his wife. Police said it was the most ex- plosions they could remember off in a single night in [he city. "We were extremely lucky that there were no said Cash. "It was a mild night and lots of people were walking about." Don Brent, a business man from Toronto, surveyed the smashed windows in the Manu- facturers Hanover Trust bank branch in the Union Carbide building and said: "I was sleep- ng in the Roosevelt hotel and it just about knocked me out of bed." He said this was his first visit to New York. Saw No One Al McCullagh, a security guard at Union Carbide, said, "I thought the building was col- lapsing. I didn't know what was ;oing on. I had just shut the garage next to the flower shop on the ground floor but I didn't :ee anything on the streets or anybody passing by." The woman who called the AP had a Spanish accent and gave her message at a calm but speedy clip after a man had admonished, "Listen carefully." 551 Calves Butchered in Price Protest DUBUQUE (AP) The Dubu- Packing Co. slaughtered 55) calves Saturday, and1 the 33.000 rounds of veal will be trucked Monday to Miami, Fla., for shipment Ifonduran hurricane victims. Richard Werizbcrger, a pack- ng company spokesman, said .lie calves came from members of the National Farmers Organi- sation (NFO) in central and southwestern Wisconsin. The alternative was to kill the animals wilh knives and guns and dump them into pits, the National Farmers Organization heel producers earlier this month slit the throals or shot 636 calves and buried them in trenches near Curtiss, Wls. The action was to dramatize the effects of Jiigh feed prices which cause farmers to lose money in fat'ening cattle for 'market. Hold Livestock The NFO says farmers profit n some way by having the veal hipped to Honduras: they can :onlinuc holding livestock from he market in hope? prices will -UPI Tolc-pliolo BOMB DAMAGE Police search the idebris-filled entrance to  arts of human jawbones and remains estimated be- tween lliree and four million years old. "I am delighted. I'm sure lhat I'aieb and Johanson will con- tribute very significant results over the next few Lea- tey said. Many anthropologists believed jnlil recently thai man descend- ed from an ape-like primate at i relatively recent dale. Ixinkey said the skull he found at Lake Rudolf in northern Kenya dis- iroved that theory and suggesl- cd that man and the ape-like inmate developed side by side "rom a common ancestor much He said the Johanson-Tacih discovery confirms the idea of may determine the course peace in the Middle East. The three-day summit opened amid continuing disagreement between many Arab leaders over whether to have Egypt, Syria and Jordan negotiate se- parately with Israel or revive the Geneva peace talks and has char8cd thc present a united position. [burglary of more than million Guard Charged In Vault Robbery CHICAGO (AP) A security Dean Ends As Witness WASHINGTON' (UPI) Join Dean Friday conducted eight days of testimony in the Water- gate cover-up trial, during MOSCOW (AP) President and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev will meet Nov. 23-24 near Ihe Soviet Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, it was an- nounced Saturday. Thc basic idea is to get them together so they can come to an agreement on nuclear arms lim- ilalion by Ihe time Brezhnev visits Washington early next summer, a lop U. S. official said. Word of the meeting came at a luncheon given by Secretary of State Kissinger for Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko. In a luncheon toast, Kissinger assured the Soviets: "Through ic changes of administration, here has been one constant rcc- gnition that the peace of the vorld depends on Ihe degree to vhich the U. S. and the Soviet Jnion can agree lo common oh- cover-up iie cited trial, names, limes, places discussions allegedly linking Hie five defendants to the early stages of the cover-up. Dean's testimony offered no new bombshells and defense lawyers could do little but sit and listen as his voice unwaver- ing and his composure never Failing, lie went over and over !he charges that have made him the star prosecution witness. it was their turn lo question Dean, defense lawyers evidence but liscrcdit him instead tried to as a witness bringing up his own crimes for which lie. is now in prison and attempting lo convince the jury lhat his clear memory was part of a deal with the prosecution for a lighter sentence. When Friday's session ended, ludge John Sirica told Dean: "My advice lo you is this I'ou get off Ihis stand as fast as i'ou can and get out of this courtroom before some other awyer thinks of another ques- tion lo ask you." they call attention to their ilight, gain goodwill and gel. 'ood to the needy. Most of the TOO- to 125-pound calves were trucked to the Du- >miue Packing Co. from Wis- consin, with lesser numbers from Iowa and Illinois. The company called in abou 70 of its employes Satur day their day off li process the estimated pounds of veal. To Florida On Monday it will be Iruckec to Miami, Fla., where a ship owned by the Honduran mcat- exporling firm of Albcrli Inter- national, Inc., will lake the meat lo LSan1 Pedro Sula, Honduras. There it will be distributed by the Red Cross, officials said. NFO members will institute an automatic holding action if minimum price requests arc not met in the near future, NFO President Orcn Lee Staley said Friday. Staley made the statement following a two-day meeting wilh representatives of NFO's western cattle producers, where it was decided to initiate a na- tionwide drive to raise cattle and other livestock prices. "As a lirst he said, "the NFO will concentrate on assembling large blocs of cows, moving them out of low price areas and attempting to build the market until it is bargaining at least 30 percent of all live- stock being sold." No Conference Plans WASHINGTON (AP) i- Pres- ident Ford has no immediate plans for a news conference before the elections, Press Sec- retary Nesscn said Friday. The long-lingering dispute be- tween Jordan's King Hussein and Hie Palestine Liberation Or- wilh Jordan insisting that il, not] the PLO. holds sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Severe Setback Arab foreign ministers gave General Motors Reports 94 Percent Profit Drop DETROIT (AP) General Motors is launching a cost-cul- they escalated cost-cutting pro- grams lo deal wilh Ihe depres- ling program in s a g g i n g car the wake of sales which margin lo Ihe Jordanian claim a severe from a vault. Authorities put 30 federal and local officers lo work hunting him down. The FBI Friday charged j Marrera, .'II, with bank; III I C for bavinq charged j II 
                            

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