Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 4, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

December 04, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Cloudy and foggy to- night with lows 15 (o 20. Sunny Thursday with hluhs 35 to 40, VOLUME 92 NUMBER 329 CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CEDARRAPlpS, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES; _______________ LL-IIS j UJTA, ninn I 1 lIVlCiO NATURAL GAS RATE BOOSTED Says Rocky Knew About Wiretap Sirica Rules Thursday On Waiting for Nixon WASHINGTON (AP) tradicting Vice-president-desig- nale Nelson Rockefeller's testi- mony, a former official says Henry Kissinger told him in 1969 that Rockefeller knew about the wiretapping of Kissinger aides. Rockefeller swore two weeks ago that he did not know of the wiretaps until he read news stories about them in 1973. Tlie conflicting account was given. Tuesday at Rockefeller's vice-presidential confirmation hearing before the house judici- ary committee. Security Officer The sworn testimony that Rockefeller; knew of the wire- taps four years before he says he did came from A. Russell Ash, (hen Kissinger's security officer on (he National Security Council. Ash testified that Kissinger called him into his office in the fall of and said the director of an intelligence advisory board of which Rockefeller was a member had told Rockefeller about the wiretaps. Ash said this one conversation was all he knew about the mat- ter. He said that the former board director, J. Patrick .Coyne, had telephoned him Monday night to deny that he had told Rockefeller of any wiretap. Ash said under questioning he had no way of knowing if the story was true and that he could not remember if Kissinger had said Rockefeller himself had told Kissinger of his knowledge of the wiretaps. Aimed at Leaks WASHINGTON Judge John''Sirica-said'Wednesday he would rule on Thursday whether former President Nixon's testi- mony must be obtained before cover-up trial the "Watergate can end. Former Nixon aide John Ehr- iichman subpoenaed Nixon as a defense witness and has asked the judge for permission to take a deposition from the former President. Three .court-appointed doctors who examined Nixon and his medical records last week re- ported .that the earliest he could jive a deposition would be Jan. 6. Sirica has said he expects the trial lo be concluded before Christmas. The prosecution filed written arguments Wednesday opposing Ehrlichman's motion. 2 Defendants Balk At least two of the five de- fendants informed Sirica Wednesday they oppose a pro- posal for sending the jury home :or a Christmas recess in order .0 delay the conclusion of the trial long enough to obtain Nix- on's testimony. William Frales, Ehrlichman's lawyer, also said he would op- pose trying, to take Nixon's testi- mony through written questions. "We do not believe the writ- Kissinger was former Pres- ident Nixon's foreign affairs ad- viser at the time. The FBI wire- taps were put on telephones of 13 federal officials, including seven Kissinger aides and four newsmen, to find out how gov- ernment secrets were leaking to (he press. The story that Rockefelle knew of the taps became publi. last year because of a Feb. 28 1973, taped White House conver- sation during which former counsel John Dean told it to Nixon. Dean said former FBI official William Sullivan told him Coyne had told Rockefeller of the taps and that Rockefeller had tolc Kissinger he knew about the taps. Ash disclosed Tuesday that he may have been (he source ol that story. He testified that after Kissinger told him the story he told it to Sullivan. Rockefeller denied the iStory at senate hearings and again two weeks ago at house hear- ings. No "Grand Plan" Rockefeller's brother Laurance said Wednesday the Rockefellers have no "grand plan" in their vast business ac- livities and that no one in the family will profit from Nelson's confirmation. He said the family, whose Changes in School Data Act Sought WASHINGTON (AP) Sena- tors James Buckley and Clai- borne Pell say they will in- troduce legislation next.week to amend a measure guaranteeing parents and students access to school records. During a two-hour meeting Tuesday, Buckley (Con.R-N.Y.) and Pell (D-R.I.) agreed on steps lo clarify ambiguities in the Famjly Educational Rights and Privacy Act, passed as part of this year's omnibus education bill. A spokesman for the senate education subcommitlee, chaired, by Pell, said Ihat, al- though final legislative lan- guage had not yet been worked oul, Ihe proposed amendments would: Permit colleges and universi lies lo send academic grades to the parents of students listed as dependent children. Bar students from seeing con- fidential financial statcmenls filed .by parents in connection with applications for financial aid. Provide for college and uni versity students, if they wish, to waive their rights to see letters of recommendation and other :onfidential communications in heir files. Make Hie act's disclosure pro- visions effective Dec. 31, 1974, ten interrogatories would serve Ihe Frales said. Fr'ates who 'had sug- gested taking a Christmas break and allowing the jurors to go home for the first lime since they were seated Oct.'ll. Publicity Issue But lawyers for former Assis- tant Attorney .General 'Robert Mardian and for Kenneth'Par- kinson, former. lawyer for the Nixon re-election committee, op- posed the plan. H. R. Hal- deman's lawyer took no .position although he indicated opposition earlier. If they agreed lo release the jury, the defendants would have to waive any claims that verdict might be affected publicity. Assistant special prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste said Mon- day the prosecutors also would oppose releasing the jury. "Would Be Wrong" Later Wednesday Ben-Veniste cited 12 references in a March 21, 1973, White House conversa- tion to paying money to Water- gate burglars and then noted that only once did Nixon say it would be wrong. And, said Ben-Venisle, it was clemency, not paying hush money, that Nixon said would )e wrong. Haldeman maintained that Nixon said it would be wrong "in connection with both clem- ency and money." Under -questioning by Ben- Venisle, Haldeman conceded that after more careful review of the March 21 tape there is "no question now in. my mind that the point of clemency inter- venes between the money mat- ter and it's wrong." Notes But he added it was his belief when he tcslified before the sen- ate Watergate committee that Nixon's comment referred to the money rather than clemen- f. Ben-Veniste then referred to noles Haldeman took when he reviewed the March 21 tape a month after the conversation took place: "Your notes clearly reflect that passage clemency you can't do, money you can MINERS VOTE United Mine Workers mem ify the proposed coal contract. While union officials sociated Press report on scattered returns showed a Wlrmholo bers vote at Morgantown, W. Va., on whether to rat- said no figures will be'released until Thursday, an As- bare 50.2 percenf-edgo for 'Exhausted' Mills Enters Hospital WAQurfanfpnM n_.. t "That's Haldeman re- plied. And then he explained his interpretation is that Nixon meant both clemency and money would be wrong. One of Ihe charges against Haldeman is that he committed perjury when he told Ihe senate committee'Ihat Nixon had said t would be wrong to pay hush money to (he original Watergate defendants. WASHINGTON (AP) Rep. Wilbur Mills, reportedly ex- hausted and facing moves to strip him of his house ways and means committee chair- manship, was reported in satis- factory condition Wednesday in Bethesda Naval Hospital. The Arkansas Democrat, whose recent behavior has baf- fled his colleagues, was on the house floor Tuesday afternoon when he refused to handle a routine legislative matter and told Rep. Joe Waggoner (D- "I just can't do it." Shortly afterwards, he en- tered Bethesda Naval Medical -enter without notifying his of- 'ice. Illness Unknown "Confessed" During a -bench conference 'uesday, Ben-Veniste contended that Haldeman (Continued: Page 3, Col. 4.) ind inapplicable to confidential nformation put into student lies before that dale. "It was unclear in Ihc origin- lly-enacled amendment just whal was meanl by the 'term 'student the subcom- "Whal millec spokesman said. we're Irying to do with these amendments is clarify that." (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) crime during confessed to a his ..'testimony about the attempt to get CIA of- ficials to ask the FBI to curtai; its investigation of the Water- gate break-in. Speaking out of the hearing.of the jury, Ben-Veniste said Hal- deman "confesses to a crime to defrauding the U. S. through Mills, 65, was examined by a hospital staff doctor Tuesday af- .ernoon but no report on his condition was released, a navy spokesman said. The nature of his illness was not disclosed. Sources close to the hospital said they under- stood it had not been diagnosed, but that Mills appeared to be very tired. Mills wife, Polly, said she did not know how long her husband would remain hospitalized. In a statement released by Mills' office, Mrs. Mills said: "The doctors have been urging Wilbur to enter the hospital for a complete examination for some time, and I have been urg- ing him to do so. I do not know how long he will be required to remain in the hospital, but I will be with him Fannc Tearful .In New .York, Annabel Batlis- lella, who performs as Fanne Foxc, said tearfully Tuesday night she would visit Mills at the suburban Maryland hospital. "He's the stripper said. "And I do care for' him very much and I'm very upset about it." She said1 Mills told her by telephone Monday night he was going lo the hospital because 'he didn't, feel well." Mills' power as chairman of ihe ways 'and means commitlcs was when whittled down .Monday the house Democratic caucus decided to expand the panel, which initiates tax and social security legislation, and authorized it to establish sub- committees. Ouster Talk Congressional Democrats talked Tuesday about replacing Mills with Rep. Al Oilman (D- the No. 2 Democrat on the ways and means committee. Speaker Carl Albert said Wednesday Mills probably will be deposed as chairman. Asked if house Democrats in tended to oust Mills or if Mills might resign, the speaker replied, "1 think that's a pretty accurate statement." Rep. Richard Fulton (D- a member of the Demo- cratic steering committee and he ways and means committee, said he would propose that the steering committee nominate Ullman. He said lie expectei the recommendation to be fol low.ed. Tlie steering committee is un likely to act much before the end of the current congressiona session later this month and it could be delayed unlil (he 94th congress meets in January. "Might Step Down" Mills indicated to two ways and means commiliee members that he.probably will step down as chairman of the panel if he has a serious health problem, the SI. Paul Pioneer Press said Wednesday. The paper said Mills made the comment Tuesday before enter- ing Ihe hospital. The newspaper, said Mills comment also came before one committee member, Rep. Joseph' Karth (D-Minn.) told Mills that house Democrats are likely to force him to give up the chairmanship lie has held since 1958. "I just told him that he may as well at least be aware ol some of the the Pioneer Dress quoled Karlh as saying. 'And the facis diclate that he cannot be elected chairman again." "Stomach Problem" The newspaper said Karth re- aled that he and another com- Democrat whom he die (Continued: Page 3. Col. 6.) Rights Group: Scrap Detroit Integration Bid Base Price Increased By Agency WASHINGTON (AP) The Federal flower Commission Wednesday increased its nation- wide base rate, for natural .gas sold by producers to interstate pipelines. It increased the rate from 42 cents per thousand cubic feet to 50 cents. The commission adopted the 42-cent rale June 21. But'there were 37 petitions for it to hear new arguments for a higher rate, and it held new hearings in August. The commission said the 50- :ent rate, plus an annual esca- ation of one allow gas producers a 15 percent rate of return after covering all costs and would improve the prospects of continued and ex- panded natural gas supplies. The new rate applies.to gas from wells: started since Jan. 1, 1973, and to gas brought into in- terstate commerce since then. Gradual Increase The commission said its deci- sion would increase the cost.ot natural gas to' customers gra- gradually, depending how.rapld- ly new gas, enters the: system. The increase also 'would vary from area to area.' The commission said Boston residents could pay about 8.06 percent more by 1978, while the irtce- could rise' 15.92 percent in Chicago and 16.45 percent in Los Angeles.. It said that, even, with the ncreases, the price of natural gas would remain lower than hat o! alternate fuels in the ame.areas.: The first annuaf one-cent escalation may be made on Jan. 1975, and further escalations 'fluid be possible on the first ,day of each succeeding year. Interior Secretary Morton said Wednesday the natural gas s h o r t a g e has "dramatically deepened" and will cause wider spread unemployment this winter unless prices are decon- trolled before Christmas. He said deregulation of gas irices would not automatically mean huge increases in con- sumer costs as critics contend. Morton said this winter's shortage will mean that about 10 percent of gas scheduled to be delivered under contract to various firms cannot be deliv- ered. See Vet Check Boost in 15 Days WASHINGTON (AP) Congress lias overridden Pres- ident Ford's velo of a 22.7 per cent increase in most GI educa lion benefils, and veterans now Fund Requesf WASHINGTON (UPI) President Ford Wednesday asked million in supple- mental appropriations lo fi- nance Ihc veterans benefils increase enacted over his veto. in school should get some of Ihcir added money in aboul 15 days. The voles Tuesday were far above the two-thirds needed lo enact the bill over Ford's objcc lions 394 lo 10 in the house and 90 (o 1 in the senate. Assis tant G.O.P. Leader Griffin (Mich.) cast the lone senate vote to back the veto. It was the fourth of Ford's 15 vetoes overridden. The house 'ailed Tuesday lo override an oilier. The vole of 249 lo 150 in favor of override was 17 voles short of two-thirds. The bill vould have provided mil- ion in tax benefils lo victims of several natural disasters. The Veterans Administration has for monlhs been keeping ils computers geared to rush oul Jigger checks for some 1.5 mil- ion veterans receiving benefils mdcr Ihc education program. The higher payments are rol- roaclivc to September, and VA officials said the back increases arc scheduled to be in checks due to reach the veterans in about 15 flays. Officials said the first regular monthly payment wilh the in- creases would be in (he January checks. The bill increases monthly sayments for full-lime institu- tional training from lo for a single veteran, from lo for a veteran with one dependent, and from to wilh dependents. The rate or each dcpendcnl over two is from lo The bill contains many oihcr iberalb.ing features, including allowing rcseryisls and national pinrrisinrn to count toward benefits their six monlhs of ini- tial active duly for training, provided they later serve on ac- tive duly for 12 monlhs or more. Ford said he vetoed the bill rcluctanlly because it was infla- lionary. Its backers said it was an Investment in the future of veterans that would equip Ihcm better as citizens and keep (hem off Ihe rising unemployment rolls. Ford suggested an 18.2 per- cent boost. He also objected to a new program of oans for veterans who can't gel iclp from oilier federal pro- grams and a provision giving he education benefils for 45 in- stead of 36 monlhs. And he wanled Ihe benefits to start Jan. inslcad of being rolroaclivc. Says Tunisia To Hand Hijackers to Guerillas CAIRO (AP) A reliable Palestine Liberation Organiza- tion source said Wednesday thai Tunisia will hand over Ihe four gunmen who hijacked a British airliner and killed a West Ger- man passenger to the PLO for trial. It would be the first guerilla trial of hijackers ever held. Pal- estinian terrorists have been handed over lo the PLO in Ihe past, bill have never come lo trial. Clnmktc It's easy enough lo accept Ihc facl Ihat you're worth your weight in gold. What's really shattering is not being worth your weight in pork DETROIT (AP) Warning violence "that would make Bo, toll's look like a civil rights group has come ou against further attempts t achieve, racial balance in De troit schools. The Michigan chapter of th Southern Christian Leadershi Conference said Tuesday tha court-ordered busing t destroy Ihe whole oily of De troit." The SCLC, founded by Ihe lati Dr. Marlin Luther King, jr. called on Ihe Delroit schoo joard lo abandon integration of forts and concentrate on up grading vocational programs. Dr. Claud Young, SCLC na lional vice-president in charge of the Midwest, said it is impos siblc lo achieve racial balance in Detroit because 70 percent o the schools .are predominantly black and 30 percent predomi- nantly while. Court Rejection The U. S. supreme court in luiy rejected a plan to imple- ment a cross-district busing plan tn integrate Detroit and 53 mostly white suburban school districts. The case was relumed lo U. S. district court, where an all-Detroit plan must be drafted The SCLC originally support- ed the cross-district suit but changed ils position at a meet- ing last monlh. "Because of Ihe migration of both while and black families, a racial balance without crossing school districts is said. Young, a cousin of Detroit Mayor Coleman Young. He said the: money now set aside for the Detroit-only busing plan should be diverted to up- grade school vocation programs. "Why subject ourselves to a matter that stands to destroy the whole city? Why try to achieve an impossible goal balance. It doesn't exist n Young said. More Explosive He said forced busing could spark serious disturbances in lie city, already racially po- arized and hard hit by drastic ayoffs in the auto industry. He said the situation would be much more explosive than it vas in Boston this fall under a ourl-ordered busing plan. Young said the SCLC is call- ng on slate and federal officials o allocate appropriate funds to ring all schools up lo standard. He said the SCLC is not op- sed to the original position akcn by the National Assn. for Advancement of Colored 3coplc, which brought the fcd- ral integration suil. But he dded, "They have lost the orig- nal concept, and Ihat was qual- y education." 'We supported Ihe busing oncept in Ihe first place be- iiisc there were no schools for ninorilics and poor that were omparablc lo while e said. Watergate Grand Jury Is Released WASHINGTON (AP) The ;rand jury'that indicted the Wa- ergale burglars and then the op. aides of former President fixon was discharged after two ind a half years of service Vednesday with official thanks or performing "a historic func- tion well and faithfully." "You have considered and re- ported on matters that go to the very heart of our said Chief U. S. District Judge George Hart in releasing the 23 jurors, 19 of whom were present at the short ceremony. Hart said the grand jury set a record for longevity. The jury was empaneled! on June 4, 1972. Thirteen days later ive men were arrested in the Watergate office building suite of the Democratic parly and the ask of investigating that break- n fell to the jury. Today's Index Comics....................7D Crossword .................71) Daily Record Editorial Features.....6A, 7A Farm ......................KB Financial ..................go Marlon ....................7jj Movies ....................so Society ..............12B, 13B Sporls ..................HMD State Television .................40 Want Ads ............IOD-I3D ;