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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 21, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- I'urlly cloudy through Sunday with chuucu of (lurries. Lows tonight In lower teens. Highs Sunday 20-25. CITY FINAL 15 CENTS VOLUME 92 NUMBGIl 340 FEAR CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21. 1974 ASSOCIATED PHESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES SNOWSLIDE TOLL 93rd Congress Closes Up Shop WASHINGTON (AP) The 93rd congress has ended a two- year run of substantial legisla- tive achievements overshad- owed by the scandal that top- pled a President. Adjournment came quietly late Friday with little of the usual closing controversy <jr confusion. Though the new, more heavily Democratic 94th congress comes into existence Jan. 3, it won't meet until Jan. 14. President Ford said "much has been done" during the 95rd congress but the 94th faces "the always unfinished agenda of our nation." Trade Bill In their final hours, the two houses completed actioa on a number of important bills, in- cluding a far-reaching measure giving the President broad powers to negotiate tariff reduc- tions and eliminate other bar- riers to free trade. It also grants trade conces- sions to the Soviet Union and other Communist countries, pro- vided they don't restrict emi- gration of minorities. Senator Jacob Javits (R-N.Y.) called it "an unbelievably his- toric achievement." Socialist System Set In Ethiopia ADDIS ABABA (AP) Ethio- pia is to be turned into a one- party Socialist state along Chi- nese and Cuban lines but its foreign policy will remain non- aligned, a top Ethiopian diplo- mat said today. However, iie said the U. S. military base at Asmara is likely to be dismantled and he did not believe the U. S. at- tached any importance to it. The military officers who de- posed Emperor Haile Selassie on Sept. 12 said Friday "the exploi- tation of man by man is com- pletely prohibited" and that henceforth the government will control all things vital to the economy. Fantaye Biftu, acting head of Ihe Ethiopian mission to the U. N. in Geneva, said that one of tlie first steps would be to na- tionalize the land owned by The Coptic Orthodox Church. According to published es- timates, the church controls be- tween 15 and 20 percent of all arable land in Ethiopia, stricken by repeated famine. The senate passed it 72 to 4 alter the house approved it 323 to 36. On the final day, congress also passed bills to: Increase government price support paid dairy farmers, in a move experts said could cost taxpayers million a year and add'a penny per quart lo consumer milk bills. Ford is ex- pected to veto it. Raise the annual interest on back federal income taxes owed by taxpayers and tax refund; owed by the government from 6 to 9 percent and double the tax deduction on political donations. Retain some poverty-fighting programs but set up a way to phase out the Office of Econom- ic Opportunity as an indepen- dent agency. Permit radio and television stations in areas with state-run lotteries to broadcast lottery in- formation and advertisements. Force runaway fathers to sup- port their families currently on welfare. 'I think this has been an his- toric Acting Demo- cratic Leader Robert Byrd told reporters after talking to Ford. Historic Measures The 1974 session saw enact- ment of historic measures in the fields of campaign financing, pensions, minimum wages, Housing, education and mass transit. Congress failed to pass the 5 percent surtax sougbt by Ford and the tax reforms sought by many members, including limits on huge oil company profits. But it acted in its closing days to meet growing unemployment, authorizing a public service jobs program, and ex- pansion of unemployment com- pensation benefits. The record also includes two major institutional reforms, a measure revising the way the federal budget is considered and a limit on the President's au- :horily to commit U.S. forces abroad, without congressional approval. TV .Hearings The latter was passed over (he veto of President Nixon in :he 1973 session, which also saw an 11 percent social security ncrease. But the headlines through much of the two years went to the Watergate scandal, from the senate Watergate committee's nationally-televised hearings in the summer of 1973 to the house judiciary committee probe of whether Nixon should be im- peached. The new agriculture policy The climax came Aug. 9 when calls for cultivation of govern- ment, land by collective farms. Private farmers, who till about a fifth of the acreage, will be given directives by the govern- ment. Private enterprise will con- tinue b u t with government checks to insure it is serving the nation. Democratic Ideas Sought by Ford WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Ford has written the top Democratic leaders of congress soliciting suggestions for his State of the Union message. Press Secretary Ron Nessen disclosed Friday that Ford had sought advice from Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mans- field and House Speaker Car! Albert. Today's Index Comics .....................II Church ......................5 Crossword ................11 Bally Record ...............3 Deaths .....................3 Editorial Features 6 Financial 8 Movies 7 Sports.....9-10 Television...............4 Want Ads he became the first U.S. Pres- ident to resign, stepping down in the face of virtually certain im- peachment -and conviction less than two weeks after the house panel voted to impeach him.. Ford became President and nominated Nelson Rockefeller lo be vice-president. After four months of hearings and debate, I Rockefeller was confirmed by 'the house and sworn in Thurs- day night. Wlreoholo Time Ouf for Santa Minnesota has more in common with the North Pole than just the weather. Santa Glaus was spotted in a St. Peter cafe. His or- der: milk (with a straw) and cookies to go. Highway Bill Veto Asked; Trucks Cited WASHINGTON (AP) The American Automobile Assn. Fri- day asked President Ford to veto the highway aid bill be- cause it will permit jound trucks on some interstate lighways. J. B. Creal, AAA executive gives money to rural road sys- which the bill permits through a grandfather clause letting stale standards govern road weights on interstate highways within their boundaries. The compromise highway aici bill, which mostly vice-president, nolcd that the association opposed a highway (ill this year for the first time n its 72-year history. He said motorists don't want heavier trucks on the road, let alone trucks "Steel Boost Justified, at Least in Part" WASHINGTON (AP) The lead of the government's infla- ion-monitoring agency says U. S. Steel Corp. has at least par- terns, boosted allowable (ruck weights from to pounds on interslates. But the house-senate confer- ees added a clause saying that in states where there arc cur- rently higher limits and in 15 stales pounds is the limit Ihese can become the stan- dard for interstate within their boundaries. Currently, trucks heavier than Hie federal weight limit are kept off interstate highways totally unless they have special permis- sion. "A heavy-truck law passed by the Maine legislature was peti- tioned to referendum this year and resoundingly rejected by the voters." Creal Said in his tele- gram to Ford. "Permitting increased weights .ially justified its presidenlially- crilicized price boost and has not been asked to roll back thejon the interstate will suredly lead lo pressures in the Albert Rees, chairman of the Council on Wage and Price Sta- legislature to permit increased he said. jility, commenled after emerg- There are currently no length ing Friday from a private 90-jlimits in federal law. minute meeting with U. S. Steel i---------........------------------------ Chairman E. B. Speer. j< Asked by reporters if the na-j Clllicfclc ion's largest steei producer had1 ustified Ihe increases, which Sending your child lo col- will average nearly 8 percent or many items, Rees replied: "They certainly did-in part. lege is like sending your clothes to the laundry. You get out what you put in, but Whether they justified them in! you don't recognize i (Continued Page 3, Col. 7) 4-Hour Freedom Swim by Russian MANILA (AP) A Russian sailor jumped off a Soviet ship last Sunday, swam four hours in heavy seas and managed to cling to a drifting native fishing Criticized for Trips, Out as Agency Head WASHINGTON (AP) The Civil Aeronautics Board chair- man has losl his job amid allc- boat until he was rescued, the gallons he was too friendly with Philippine news agency said Saturday. It said the military command in Surigao City, 400 miles, south- cast of Manila, was holding Slava Kurilov, 36, a marine en- gineer from Leningrad. He jumped from his ship, the Vladivostok, in year. ;xecutives of ccmpanies the board regulates. President Ford announced Friday he will not reappoinl Robert Timm when his term ex- pires Dec. 31. Ford named board member Richard O'Mclia as interim chairman and said he will nominate a new chair- man whcn congress convenes on the job until June 30 move designed to give the nonr inee time to gain senate clear- ance. Timm, u Washington stall, rancher and cattleman, has been a CAB member since 197: and chairman since 1973. Hi? lerm as a member expires in December, 1976. Bermuda Trip He has been under increasing fire in recent months because Oi [an expense-paid golfing week- darkness in the Philippine seal The new permanent chair- in Bermuda with Ihe chair- and swam toward an island jusl mm, Ford said, will lake Ihelman of a corporation that had north of Mindanao. seat now held by Whitney pcndmg before the land, who has reached retire- Ihe aeencv said he deserted because he wanled lo join his sister living in Canada. Dining Room Being Built for Buh ivicnt age of 70 by Jan. 3. Ford That trip arouscd the ire of said he had signed an executive jscveral congressmen, including order allowing Gillilland lo stayjRcp. Staggers chair- man of the house interstate anc foreign commerce committee and Sen. Cannon heat of a senate aviation subcommit- WASHINGTON (AP) lee. Cannon last week called on Ford to name a new chairman, Isaying Timm enjoyed' "an ex- Thejyear-old facility in the cozy relationship" with 12 Known Fatalities In Iceland REYKJAVIK, Iceland (UPI) A massive snowslide crashed down on a fishing community in eastern Iceland, sweeping resi- dents and entire factory build- ings into the sea, authorities said Saturday. At least 12 persons were con- firmed dead. "This is the biggest and most horrible slide we ever said a radio correspondent, Jo- hannes Stefansson, from the scene. "Many people are still missing and we don't know if they are dead." Civil defense officials said snow sliding from a high mountain in a heavy storm engulfed Neskaupstadur, a town of people on the shore of a fjord on the coast about 250 miles cast of Reyk- iavik. Roads Closed The airport and all roads to the area were closed by the snowstorm and rescue workers had to go by boat to the town, where two of Iceland's biggest ish factories are located. They lad closed for Christmas. When rescue workers arrived, they found a freezing plant, a concrete factory, an auto work- shop and other buildings in the heart of the town had been swept into the sea. Many other installations were destroyed. A large ammonia" gas tank was ruptured by the slide and rescuers had to wear gas masks. An oil tank burst open, spreading the black fuel over the fjord's waters. All homes near the foot of the mountain were evacuated for fear of more slides. Found Alive A woman and her two chil- dren escaped from their house just before it was swept into the water. A 19-year-old was found alive after being trapped for 20 hours in a large fish container in a wrecked herring plant. He wns reported recovering in a hospi- tal with four other injured per- sons. It was the worst avalanche disaster in Iceland since 1919. Aircraft have been banned from flying over the town lest the noise cause further snow- slides. agriculture department, whichjof the department headquarters airlinc'execulives. as an inflalion-fighting measure plans to require poor people to j building. The department announced Airline Officers earlier this month the planned j Cannon said Timm's acccp- timalcd SG4li million a year. man of United Aircraft Corp. LUI uiio jiiuuui un; iJiaiuiuu ........f. spend more for food stamps, is nw stamp to iancc of a rrec vacation in Ber- building a dining (nc government an es- muda from Harry Gray, chair- for its head. George Knapp, acting director of the department's operations office, said Friday the project would make Secretary Earl dining facilities for guests The plan was an outgrowth of-addcd lo Publlc cyniclsm President Ford's order lo surrounds many federal al departments to fight inflation regulatory agencies by holding down costs. which often appear lo be the 'equal lo our around town." Creating space for'the of ,lne industries The paneled dining and con- ference room will replace a 15- counterparts i floor dining room building forced an additional ex- penditure for remodeling fourth- floor offices for evicted tenants, j Health Center Head Reveals Self as Fugitive Since 1969 By Peter Arnctt CHICAGO (AP) He is the bearded, quietly industrious director of the state-funded Green Mountain Health Center in Brattleboro, Vt. Bui young Daniel Wight, unknown to the Vermont com- munity that he serves, is also someone else. On Friday in Chicago's Cook county criminal court, ciety the Weatherman group against the Chicago police. Scores were arrested as Loop shop windows splintered and Viet Cong banners flut- tered in the heart of the city. Students and police were in- jured in the wild melees. Charged along with Stein, after whal the Illinois crime investigating comm i s s i o n he was revealed to be Barry later called "a riot, an insur- P. Stein, for five years a fugi- rcction planned and executed live from charges of aggra- by revolutionary youth who vated assault against police- are among the most anarchis- men. mob action, resisting ar- tic in our nation's history." rest and aiding escape. T h e Ihcn-smooth-shaven Stein a 21-year-old Pennsyl- vania Slate university student, participated in the "days of rago" in October, 1969. that 12-15 i pilled Ihe militant wing of the i Students for a Democratic So- were militant leaders Mark Rudd and Bcrnardine Dohrn. But before the cases came to court. Stein, Kurid. Dohni and others went underground. They just disappeared. Stein, whose parents live at Broomall, Pa., surfaced as mild-mannered, efficient Dan- iel Wight in Brattleboro, a town of 12.000 with an unu- sually large number of com- munes in Ihe hills around it. Last October the fugitive de- cided to end the charade. He called a Chicago lawyer, William Martin, to arrange to turn himself in. And Friday, in Judge Philip Romili's chambers, Stein finally faced the charges he fled from five years earlier. The hearing will be continued Jan. 24. "We are hoping he will get nrobnlion." said Marlin. who in conference with Judge Ro- miti cited how Stein had proved himself of great ser- vice lo Hraltleboro. his health renter helping to establish child clinics and assisting with family planning. But Prosecutor Nicholas DC John said he wants Stein "to serve some pen time." Assistant Prosecutor Pa- tricia Bobbs said: "Just tak- ing off like that years ago, jumping hail, then comini; back and expecting bail is just too much." Plea bargaining will con- tinue at Slcin's next hearing. One of the fugitive's alleged victims, Police Sgt. George Owen, has not forgiven him. Owen attended the hearing. He still has a bump on his bald head lhal the proseculion claimed Si fin put Ihoro Oct. II. last of Ihe "days of rage." DeJnhn claims ho has in ev- idence a newspaper holo- graph of Stein standing near Ihe bleeding (Men and hold- ing a bicycle chain. "I had grabbed one of the rioters and was trying to bring him in whcn others at- tacked Owen told Ihis reporter. "In some ways. I don't blame Ihem for wanting lo end Ihe Vietnam war, but tearing Chicago lo pieces was not the way to do it. "And I don't sec how they could have hoped lo achieve social juslice by the way they acted. Under the circum- stances, I can imagine why Slein would want probation. But I would not be happy if he pot it." Picked Bad Time To Make a Sale PHILADELPHIA (AP) A man, awaiting trial on one nar- cotics charge, was jailed on another. He allegedly sold bar- biturates to police inside a city hall courtroom. Police said Richard Tabcr, 22, mciiuuijo wi niu muuoii arc supposed to regulate iniwas a hearing on the e public interest." Friday when he attempt- Also on the Bermuda tripM to sell 35 capsules of dyazidc to an undercover agent. (Continued: Page.3, Col. 8.) I According to Ihe police ac- eounl, the officer then offered lo buy 501) pills, and Tabcr sent his wife to fetch them at their apartment. When she got back to court, she and her husband were ar- rested. He said he told his closest friends at Brattleboro of his i old identity "only after I de- i cidcd to turn myself in." He j said he did not keep in (ouch j with his parents while he was j under his assumed identity. The managing editor of the Brattleboro Reformer, Nor- man Kunyon, said, "We want him to stay." The director of radio station WKTV at Brattleboro, Garry NoHo-ho-hoing By These Santas SAN FRANCISCO (API "llo-ho-ho" is oul Ihis year at a Santa placement service. "We've found you can pro- voke incidents by frightening children with a sharp, quick Weelock said is a d hn.ho_h said Kar. tolerant state. He said Bratl- leboro a for nidi- !bara Ho11- Santa coordinator for Stein was reluctant to talk cal types over the years. I Western Temporary Services, to this reporter, but he did say guess most people tie re are j "Instead, we ,i.ik for a deep, progressive Republicans, but Tcsonani laugh. Among olhfr we learned io liw- wilh He .suggest Hint our Ihe unusual.' 'Santas alternate their knot's Mem said Iv intends lo re- from one child to anolher. It (urn to BrattMxiro early next a lot of wear and tenr on week. the nerves and knees." he was concerned about the impact of his disclosure on !ii.s life at Brattleboro. "I want lo stay he said. "I want to keep my health center going."