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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- I'urlly and Thursday. V "Wit 20 to 25. ni rbursUuy, mid 30s CEDAK HAPIDS, JOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 1974 CITY FINAL 15 CENTS ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES five-Year Road Plan Approved By Tom Fruchling AMES The Iowa liighwa commission Tuesday mornin approved a million roa improvement plan for the fisc years 1975 through 1980. As expected, the five-yea plan includes about half of th (See breakdown by county on pages 1 and 3B) projects which had.been sche duled. to be completed in las year's program. The major factor involved i the cutback is inflation: Construction costs have rise '42 percent in the last year Maintenance costs have als gone up. Coupled with these condition, has been a reduction in reve Lower fuel usage in 1974 had'resulted in a smaller dis tribution lo the road unit frorr the state's fuel tax-pool., In addition, the federal gov ernment has released just 76 percent of (he state's apportion- ment, while 90 percent has been expected. All areas of the slate are af- fected by the depressed state of road construction; with many projects deferred and a large number pushed out of the five- year plan. There is a chance for a speed- up in construction, if the state obtains funds impounded by the federal government or if the state legislature provides addi lional money. SURTAX Convicts: 'Willing To Hold 3 WALPOLE, Mass. (A) Eight inmates at Walpole State >risOn who took three hostages Tuesday are "willing to die.be- oi'e being dehumanized any a newly elected state 'Forgetful' Ehrlichman Jggj Testimony Draws Fire senator said Wednesday. A MassachuseUs he wps 'told corrections ft P Stale Gives OK To Contract for I- By Staff AMES The Iowa highway commission Wednesday ap- proved a contract for construction of the "proposed five-in-one bridge and dam at Cedar Rapids, subject to the ap- proval of the city council. The city .portion of the con- tract would be Mayor Donald Canney indicated the cily council is not expected lo approve its share. The low bid was. made jointly by Cramer Bros. Construction Co. and Jensen Construction Co., both of Des. Moines. There were six bidders. The second lo- west bid was higher than Ihe low bid. The structure includes two levels of h'ghwav lo carry inter- A Swan Ducks In Gazelle Photo by Duane Crock Every winter a large number of ducks make their home on'Cedar lake near downtown Cedar Rapids, presumably because there is usually open water in the lake and because there are grain processors nea'rby where grain spills will provide'food. The last several days they have had a guest a lone swan who has been seen swimming in the water with the flock of ducks and who Wednesday morning when the photographer arrived was walking by himself on the ic'e. Albert: Rocky To Win Easily WASHINGTON (AP) House speaker Carl Albert predicts the houso will follow the senate'; example of voting overwhelm- ingly to confirm Nelson Rocke- feller as vice-president. The house judiciary commil- lee is scheduled to vole Thurs slain .18'! E pnrl F avenue traffic over the Cedar river. Aboul Iwo years ago the cs- timalc of (he city's portion of the project was million. The estimate was increased to million last spring. The highway commission Wednesday approved for bridges -at and near (he in- terchange, of interstate 380 ant highway 30 south of Coda Rapids. ..The bridges over highway 30 arc lo be built by Jensen Con- day on whether to recommend that the nomination be ap- proved. The full house is expect- ed to vote next week. Albert made his prediction al a news conference after the sen- ate voted 90 to 7 Tuesday to Helms (R-N. C.) and firm the nomination. The seven senators who voted against it said they did so for a variety of reasons, including Rockefeller's polilical philoso- phy, his family's billion-dollar wealth, and alleged impropri- eties in his large gifts and loans ;o political associates. Three Conservatives Three of the seven arc gener- ally regarded as conservatives They are Senators Goldwate Iruction Co., Des Moines, for Construction is to begin April 1 and is expected to lake 130 days. A bridge over a county road is In be buill for by Schmidt Construction Co., Win- field. The project is lo begin April 1 and is expected to take 80 days. See Recession Easing in Mid-'7'5, Recovery in '76 PHILADELPHIA (AP) B (he middle of next year Amer ca's recession will begin (ape ing off, and full economic rcco' cry should occur in 1976, Un llnsc Recaptured SAIGON' (AP) The military command reported today that government forces recaptured the Mo Tail base camp 15 miles sonlli of Hue. Today's Chuckle lirief book review: "The covers are loo far apart." versity of Pennsylvania econ misls predicted Wednesday. "The year 1976 is going lo b a good was the view o (he Wharlon Econometric Fore casting Associates. "The begin nlngs of the recovery should bf noticeable in 1975, but the ful ffecls will be laking place li- the midst of electioneering and bicentennial celebrating." The report predicts reduction of the inflation rate to 5 or 6 percent by the end of 1976 but says unemployment will con- tinue high, surpassing 7 percent. Professors Lawrence F. Gerald Adams and David Ro'we, Ihe authors of Ihe report, fore- cast that car sales will drop below 8.5 million for 1975, inter- est rates will continue lo de- cline, inflation should peak be- -Ifore the end of 1OT and be back in the single-digit range in the second half of 1975, and the fed- eral budget may be close to bal- anced by the end of 1976. "The industrial world was shaken by the oil crisis, but ap- parently is stopping short of economic breakdown, while pre- paring a cautious he forecast said. "In this recov- ery, energy conservation should play an important role. "A recession is a painful way o counteract a strong inflation' j Scott The other four are regarded as liberals: Senators Abourezk (D-S. Bayh Nel- son (D-Wis.) and Metzenbaum Senator Dominick (R-Colo.) defeated for re-eleclion last month, voted "present" because Rockefeller donated to his campaign. "If I had voted for him son people would say it was becaus of Ihe contribution and if I vote against him others would say (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) Student Stabbed At Boston Schoo BOSTON A 17-year old white student at raciall roubled South Bosfon hig fficial and several other per- ons entered the state prison Vednesday, apparently to nego- iate. Authorities said the hdstages two guards and a medic had been tied at the wrists and ankles and were held .at knife- point by the eight, who included five convicted murderers. Not Harmed j The hostages had not WASHINGTON (UPI) Re peatedly reminding John Ehr- lichman that he swore (o "gel the truth the chief cover- up prosecutor claimed Wednes- day Ehrlichman told a grand jury 125 times that he could not recall or did not remember in- formation about Watergate. Prosecutor James Neal's cross-examination of the former White House domestic adviser immediately brought a series of objections from the defense and admonitions by Judge John Siri- dience so he can gel laughs from them.'.' Weal, a veteran Nashville law- yer who once successfully pros- ecuted Teamsters President James Hoffa for the govern- ment, merely gritted his teeth and pressed on. But he exploded a few minutes later when the fury was excused. ..vt been harmed-and had been fed, auth- orities said. The negotiating group inclu< ed Deputy Correction Commi sioner Joseph Higgins, stal Sen. Jack Backman of Brool line, the Rev. Edward Hodma and a slate legislator who ha met with the inmates earlier the day. State Seri.-elect Bill Owens o Boston met with the inmate and later told reporters the had given him a list of 18 d mands. In addition, the inmates re portedly demanded a meetin with the news media, Governo Sargent or Gov.-elecl Michae Dukakis, Correction Commis sioner Frank Hall, former Wai pole inmate Danny Nolan an ether slate officials. Played Chess Owens said he was told tha he three hostages tw  vas described by American ources as somber because o ic refusal by congress to con nue U.S. military aid to the nkara government. The secretary followed with hour session with Greek orcign Minister Dimitri Bil- es, who said thai Kissinger mild play "a useful" role. Bui Ihis statement, even when incd with an Escnbel exprcs- on of hope, did not overcome a dour atmosphere that has tiled on the Kissinger party. This is no surprise since the crelary scheduled Wedncs- y's meeting even though he had no ideas of his own for solv ing Ihe Cyprus crisis. Esenbel was particular! downcast about getting negotia lions slarled, and in an unusua statement about Ihe actions o a n o t h e r nation's legislativ process, seemed lo blam congress. He lermed "unfortunate" the decision by congress, first sci out in November, to cul military aid lo his government because of its invasion of Cyprus lasl summer. "Turkey and the United Stales decided on a course of nction in October on le said. "But unfortunately the notion taken by the United itatcs' congress since then has hampered the progress we could make." This arrangement blew up flcr congress voled lo cut off id to Turkey by Dec. 10 unless rogress had been made toward settlement. Frates could prove the charge, it was not warranted.. "Well, I think some of the statements he'-s made are despi- Frates shot back, -glar- ing at Neal across the- courl- room. "Some of the cheap shots he's made I say the facts are Mr. Neal is going back to Tennessee to run for political of- "ce." Last Meeting Testifying in his defense Tues- day, Ehrlichman told how he and former White House chief of slaff H. R. Haldeman drove to the presidential retreal al Camp (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6.) Bond issue Fails; Mull Third Try By Judy Dauhenmicr An million bond issue to pay for junior high school re- modeling went down to defea Tuesday for the second lime a voters in the Cedar Rapid Community school district gave (he measure 56 percent approv al, down slightly from the las referendum. Unofficial returns show persons voted in the referen- dum, with (he- veto split yes and no. The measure needed 60 percent approval lo pass. The Tuesday was more than votes greater than in a similar bond issue ref- erendum lasf April, when persons voted. In lhal election, a million bond issue to pay for remodel- ing four junior high schools was favored by persons and op- posed by others, for a 57.7 percent favorable vote. Inflation Effect The cost of renovating McKin- ley, Franklin, and Roo- sevelt -has increased million since then due to inflation. LEW Eells, chairman of citizens planning committee for he bond issue, told The Gazelle iver 800 volunteers called about parents of school-agec children Tuesday. "We figured if we got persons out, we would he aid. "Thai's what we had oped." The worsening economic pic- ure on the national scene may ave affected the vote, he said. Supt. Craig Currie agreed the eonomy had "some impact" on outcome of the voting Tues- ay. Currie Encouraged "I'm still somewhat en- ouraged. With the increased ote, the same pattern con- nues. A clear majority sup- prts the need for and means o nancing the said urrie. "But because of that continu- g quirk in the law that says ou have to have 60 percent, Ihe easure fails." Currie said although the na- anal economy and employment :ture has worsened recently, bat's certainly not true in our mmunity. We still have a low employment rale. External mmunieation has influenced c attitudes here. 'I feel saddened for the young ople who will continue lo be cred unequal educational op- No Live Telecast NEW YORK (AP) _ Spokes- men for the three major televi- sion networks said President Ford's speech tonight would not be aired live. surtax for this session, adding that no decision has been made on a legislative package for 1975 and whether the surtax will be included. Jobs Legislation Ford met for 70 minutes with congressional leaders of both parties at a White House break- fast. Nessen said, -he urged congress to pass public service obs legislation "with a triggcr- ng mechanism" to turn il on and off depending on Ihe level of unemployment. A senate labor subcommittee later approved a billion emergency public service jobs Jill designed to give per- sons employment in the next 18 months. The full senate pane! was to act on it in the afternoon with a senate vote planned for later in he week. Sponsors said they were cer- tain Ford would approve it even though it goes well beyond his own proposal. The subcommil- tefc dropped the trigger require- ments. "Moratorium" The President, in his session vith the congressional leaders, sked them to declare "a mora- orium on politics while we work together on solving our economic Nessen told reporters. One of those at the session, Rep. Anderson said Ford has not ruled out anything including possible taxes and mandatory conservation mea- sures to restore consumer confidence in the economy. Asked whether Ford changed his mind on wage-price controls, Nessen said Ford be- lieves is no need for ci- ther standby or mandatory wage-price controls." llull Ford met later with lop eco- nomic and budgel advisers as thehe PreParcd for a speech Wednesday night before the Business Council. Nessen sug- gested it not bo billed! as "a major economic speech." "Recommendations" Ford emphasized that he and his administration are con- tinually reassessing the econom- ic situation, Anderson said, and that by the time congress recon- venes Jan. 14, they "will have major recommendations to make." Anderson said Ford told the leaders he placed lop priority on passage of a pending Irade bill before Ihis session of congress ends. Anderson reported that Sen. Long chairman of the (Continued Page 3, Col. 7) Continued: Page 5, Col. I.) Today's Index Comics ...................71) Crossword Daily Record ..............3A Deaths Editorial Features ........fiA Farm .....................2C Financial .................81) Marlon ....................8C Movies....................iac Society Sports ..................IU-SI) Stale ..................1B-31! Television................12C Want Ads ............IOU-I.W   

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