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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 15, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Economic In Report Economic barometers in- dlcate that the Cedar Rapids- Marlon area is "proving Its according to a year-end report on the econ- omy prepared lor presentation Friday to the board of direc- tors of the Cedar Rapids-Mar- ion Area Chamber of Com- merce. Election of officers for 1975 also Is on the agenda for the Friday noon meeting at which recently elected board members will join the 1974 board members for a joint session. Employment figures are up over a year ago, retail sales are running ahead of a year ago. The year-end economic report prepared by the Chamber staff also shows gains in other economic in- dicators such as the number of connected telephones, use of electric current and clear- ing house debits. "The area is proving its sta- bility in times of economic Robert B. Faxon, ex- ecutive vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce, said. "The overall employment has been holding so that individ- ual income and purchasing power remain good." The Chamber official point- ed out that a factor in the area's stability is the fact that the area's economy "starts with basic agriculture plus industry related directly to it." The average unemployment in the Cedar Rapids-Marion area for the first 10 months of the year was 2A percen which is the same figure In area posted for all of 197; according to the Iowa Stat Employment service. However, Faxon pointe out, unemployment in thi area for October was 1. percent compared to the na tional average of 6 percent. Total resident ernploymen for Linn county at the end o the first 10 months was. compared to for Octo her, 1973. Manufaeturinj employment was up from 25 100 to The Chamber's economif report also shows that retai sales for the first half the yea exceeded million, ai increase over the million for the first half of 1973 "Totals usually are higher for the second half of the the report says, "as is indicat ed by the fact that total retai sales for 1973 were mil lion." Total construction (com- mercial, industrial, houses and apartments) for 1973 was million. The figure for the first 10 months of 1974 is already million. An updated report about activities of the Mid-America Bicentennial commission also will be presented to the Chamber board. It will in- clude not only a progress re- port in the development of various projects but also a listing of events and a financial report. Establishment of the commission was triggered by efforts qf the Cedar Rapids Pride Committee and the Chamber of Commerce. It is now a separate entity estab- lishing programs along the basic theme of "Invite the World To Visit Mid-America in 1B78" The Chamber board also will discuss the possibility of launching an education Roundup Time For Witches CARACAS (UPI) Vene- zuelan police-have launched a campaign called "Operation Devil" aimed at rounding up hundreds of witches and warlocks who extort money from the superstitious poor. One raid at a suspected witchcraft center in the cap- ital of this oil-rich nation turned up a live 12-foot-long snake used in casting spells on customers seeking help. Other material seized in the raids included love potions, herbs, tobacco, pillows stuck with pins, cologne water, charms, crucifixes and paint- ings and reproductions of various personages venerated in Venezuela. Spokesmen for the organ- ized crime division said police expect to arrest some witches and warlocks In the campaign. They said the practitioners mainly operate In the slums and make money from the poor who go tn them to cure solve romantic problems and rid thorn of splrita. The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sun., Dec. 15, Stability Shown for Chamber program on the thume, "A- mocracy and the free enter-merica Needs To prise system." Chamber officials termed the project "an educational When you run a classified ad program of basic fundanien- plan nn being home to tals In Ihe economics of a de- answer your S For a 1 A Nickel Mass. (UPI) Harvard university has started a portable coronary care treatment system, at football games where excitement over action on the Held can lead to heart attacks in the stands. Under the direction of a medical school instructor, who calculated that one out of spectators suffers a fatal attack, the school claims to have already saved two lives for the price of five cents a ticket. Although a few college and professional teams have used a stationary treatment center at a fixed location, the time saved by having two mobile units, on either side of field, la the difference In many cases between life and death. Dr. William S. Kaden, who established the concept, says the major problem In treating heart attack victims Is time. Once the heart stops beating, a physician has two to three minutes to resuscitate the patient before either brain damage or death occurs. "It's always been a matter of not being able to get the victim to treatment fast he says, noting that patients with severe heart attacks who used to be brought to Harvard's Intensive care unit set up In a nearby fieldhouse invariably were beyond treatment. OPEN TODAY (Sunday) 1 -5 P.M Open Weekdays 9 'til 9, Saturday 9 'til 5 fc S Parkade Open Today Use the Park 'n Shop Plan or our convenient Storeside Lot. 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