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   Iowa City Press-Citizen (Newspaper) - July 4, 1973, Iowa City, Iowa                               4 IOWA CITY PRFSS-CTTT7FN jSfcrtONS IOWA CITY, IOWA, jfflLY3Tl973 Vol. 132, No. 171 City To Pick "General Devloper7 for Renewal Rogers, East German discuss Ties HELSINKI, Finland (AP) Secretary of State William, P. Rogers and East German For- eign Minister Otto Winzer had a brief discussion Tuesday night of the possibility of estab- lishing diplomatic relations be- tween their governments. Rogers told a newsman today that the conversation took place only because he and Winzer were seated-near each other at a dinner given by President Urho Kekkonen for delegates to the 35-nation European Security Conference. Rogers, said the brief talk did not necessarily bring the establishment of rela- tions any nearer. A spokesman for the U.S. del- egation to the security confer- ence said the talk between the two ministers was no major de- velopment. Other sources said Winzer raised the matter and Rogers told him the Nixon adminis- tration is considering estab- lishing diplomatic relations with the East German govern- ment. But Rogers said he could not predict when this would happen, the sources said. East Germany has estab- lished diplomatic ties with many Western countries in re- cent months, since it concluded a treaty normalizing relations with West Germany. Both Ger- manys are expected to join the United Nations this fall, and diplomatic sources say this may provide an opportunity for the start ortalks between the United States and East Germa- ny to establish diplomatic rela- factors include ,U.S. claims for compensation ifr American property ex- propriated when the Commu- nist state came into being in 1949. An East German trade dele- 'gation visited the United States earlier this year for the first formal U.S.-East German con- tact in more than two decades of Cold War hostility. -Winzer made East Germa- ny's debut at tite European Se- curity Conference today and re- buffed the drive by the United States and its allies to increase contacts between the people of the Soviet and Western blocs. He also struck the ritual opti- mistic note being sounded by all speakers at the two-day-old conference, saying it "may ush- er in a new era of developing relations of peaceful coexist- ence" in Europe. West German Foreign Minis- ter Walter Scheel also was to speak today and was expected to tell the delegates that Chan- cellor Willy Brandt's policies of detente provide a useful tool for ending the Cold War. Informed sources said Scheel would remind the delegates that Brandt's Nobel-prizewinn- ing moves to improve relations between West Germany and the nations of the Soviet bloc helped make the conference possible. v These steps include Brandt's npnaggression pacts with the Soviet Union and Poland recog- nizing Germany's loss of terri- tory in World War II, the Big Four agreement easing Com- munist restrictions on West Berlin and the treaty normaliz- ing relations between West and East Germany and clearing the wpy for both to join the United Nations. Severe Weather Squall The 300-400 blocks of South Lucas Street looked like this following a "severe weather squall" on the Fourth of July 20 years ago. (Press-Citizen Photo) Storm Battered City 20 Years Ago By M. JOANNE BRUEGGER Of the Press Citizen Most of those who enjoy rem- iniscing about the good, old- fashioned Fourths of July don't include among their more pleas- ant memories the 1953 holiday. Twenty years ago today, Iowa City was battered by the worst wind storm in its history, and the record still holds. About persons had gath- ered at Iowa City Park for the traditional Jaycees sponsored fireworks display, which was started early thai night because of threatening rain. A little after 9 p.m., just as the fireworks were concluding, the storm struck with 90 to 100 mile per hour winds. City Park was the first section of Iowa City to be hit. According to Press Citizen news accounts from the ing week (July 4 fell on a Satur- day in between 75 and 100 trees were blown down in the park area, and many per- sons were struck by falling branches. Children became sep- arated from their and near panic resulted as people rushed toward exit roads. The storm swept into Iowa City from the northwest and cut diagonally across town in a southeasterly direction. Its path ranged from a mile to two miles wide, extending from west of the Iowa River east to what was then known as the Morning- side addition. The peak of the storm lasted only one or two minutes, ac- cording to the news account, with violent winds for a few minutes more, followed by a "dead calm." There was little rain. The U.S. Weather Service de- scribed the storm as a "severe weather but not a tor- nado. The same storm reached into most of the rest of the state the following day, and at least two deaths one in West Liberty were attributed to lightning. A 22-room farm home near Ainsworth was struck by light- ning and burned. One-hundred- mile winds buffeted Water- loo the day after they hit Iowa City, and 3% inches of rain re- portedly fell in Dubuque over 45 minutes. Flat, disc-shaped hailstones up to four.inches in diameter wiped out crops in the North English area, and farm- ers across the state reported extensive crop damage. Among the hardest hit parts of Iowa City were South Lucas STORM Turn to Page 2A Two May Plead Guilty in Watergate Coverup WASHINGTON (AP) Two former White House officials are reported ready to plead guilty in the Watergate cover- up and implicate H. R. Halde- man, the resigned White House chief of staff. The New York Daily News said today that Gordon Stra- chan and Herbert L. Porter, both Haldeman proteges, have agreed to cooperate with the special Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox. The news said Porter would plead guilty to obstructing jus- tice in connection with com- mitting perjury before Water- gate investigators. Strachan's. planned plea was not reported. The News said Strachan sent word through his lawyers on June 14 that, once he received limited immunity from the Sen- ate Watergate committee, he would be willing to testify that Haldeman knew of the Water- gate cover-up '-from the begin- ning." Strachan, who reported to Haldeman at the White House, has been granted the limited form of immunity that prevents prosecution on grounds of his own testimony. The News also reported that Common Cause, the citizens' lobby, has learned of another million collected by Presi- dent Nixon's re-election com- mittee before last spring's deadline for contribution dis- closures. This is in addition to contributions from other Nixon supporters who donated million, the newspaper said. Dollar Dips fo New Lows in Europe Money Marts FRANKFURT, West Germa- ny (AP) The U. S. dollar dropped to record lows on Eu- rope's money markets today but the July 4th bargain day at- tracted few buyers. "It's almost impossibteJto sell any said one banker in Frankfurt. Bankers in Paris said there was practically no trading there. The dollar dropped more than three pfennigs on the Frankfurt market, opening at a record low of 2.3580 marks and then falling within 40 minutes to 2.3475. It had closed Tuesday at 2.3850. The American currency lost almost three per cent of its val- ue overnight in Zurich, drop- ping to 2.79 Swiss francs. The rate dropped six centimes in Paris 7to 4.0425 commercial French francs, but there was no business. The British pound rose only fractionally in London, how- ever, to it closed at Tuesday. The price of gold rose, as it usually does when the dollar is under pressure. The metal opened up cents in Zurich at an ounce and up in London at The all-time high for the metal is A Frankfurt banker said he would not be surprised if the dollar sold for as low as 2.25 marks in the next few days. Dealers in London were unable to say definitely why the dollar was plunging now. The U.S. currency has been weak for months because of the Wa- tergate scandals, adverse U. S. trade and foreign exchange fig- ures and renewed inflation in the United States. Year's 1st Hurricane Brushes Past Bermuda mt's Where On Inside Pages Heavy Rains Delay Opening Of Central Iowa Railway HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) Alice, the season's first hur- ricane, brushed past Bermuda early today, did no major dam- an and dumped at least two niches of rain that ended a three-month drought in the British .island colony. No casualties were reported, tat the storm confined hoUdaybig Americans to their hotels and cretoe ships. A few trees were blown down, aid tow electric lines to pjtfbtwaw) By 6 a.m. CDT the eye of the storm was reported 40 miles to the northwest, heading north to northeast, with no other land near. Alice's closest approach to Bermuda came at a.m., when the eye of the storm was 28 miles to the west of the island about 600 miles off the Carolina coast. The storm picked up strength as it roared north, and U. S. weather planes estimated the center winds at M mfles an hoar, with up to 115. But the tocal weathermen recorded i wMs diiltf tbt height of the storm with gusts in ex- posed areas up to 88 m.p.h. The seas were running 18 to 22 feet high, with tides three to five feet above normal. Gales extended about 200 miles to the east and 100 miles to the west of the storm center. "Alice is expected to continue on a north to north-northeast course the hurricane center said in an advisory at 3 a.m. "An additional slight in- crease in strength may occur." The storm was advancing at about It miles an hour. Weath- ermen said it posed no danger to any offer land ants it present. Council Schedules Rezonlig Hearing Niton 'Enemies List': What Dees It Mean? Don't Stifle Creativity, Specialist Says Dear Abby Classified Confcs, TV Editorial Emphasis Peamrts 3A 8A 7A 4B 7C4C SB 8A I A, 7A 3D IB, IB Locol Weather Pipe )A KALONA Recent heavy rains have delayed the opening of the Central Iowa Railway Co., according tn the railroad officials. The railroad was scheduled to go into operation earlier this week, but will not be ready un- til about July 24 because part of the line has been washed out. Ferd Skola, president of the Farmer's Savings Bank which is associated in financing the railroad, said the washed out area, on the English River west of Kalona, is in the process of being repaired. Skola said that there are an engine and caboose running on part of the line but not on any particular schedule. The rail- road is operated by the Min- neapolis-St. Paul based Mar- lowe Corp. Skola commented that in light of the gas and fuel short- age the railroad is especially needed to provide trans- portation to residents of the 10 towns along the line. "A lot of business could be created which would help the "small towns and the he said. "Ours is a unique situ- ation since most small rail lines are being phased out and ours is just beginning." Skola said that although the line would provide passenger service, most of the profits would come from freight items such as gram and farm ma- chinery. Milton Price Tag On Property By JOHN R. MUNSON Of The Press-Cittzei The Iowa City Council voted Tuesday to sell the city's urban renewal property to a "general developer" for million. The vote was 4-0, with coun- cilman Loren Hickerson absent. Included in the sale will be land parcels totalling square feet. The price per square foot will be The resolution, approved fol- lowing an executive session, al- so authorizes the city manager to seek approval of the sale plan from the federal Depart- ment of Housing and Urban De- velopment (HUD) and to ad- vertise for bids. Mayor C. L. Brandt said be expects the property to be put up for sale "within 30 days." The land will be-sold "using the fixed price method of land disposition, wherein price will not be an element of the com- the council resolution states. Brandt said a developer wMl be selected on the basis of the land use plan submitted and "on the basis of the overall development package." City officials first indicated interest in selling urban renewal property to a general developer last December, citing the need to coordinate redevelopment. Brandt said the sale price per square foot was calculated by dividing the number of square feet into the needed for the city to realize its costs. The city has already received from re- newal land, he noted. Tuesday's decision marked the conclusion of a series of closed door meetings the City Council has held during the past two months to prepare for the sale of the land. Tuesday's decision to set a fixed price 'for urban renewal land represents a rejection of a proposal, reportedly discussed in past meetings, for setting a minimum price tag. This arrangement would have allowed developers to compete on the basis of the amount they were willing to pay for the land. Council OKs Sunday Sale Of Liquor The Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to pass an ordin- ance allowing Sunday liquor sales. Councilman Loren Hickerson was absent The action was taken, in spite of objections by an Iowa City minister, under a new state law allowing Sunday sales at estab- lishments where more than half the sales are goods other than liquor or beer. The Rev. Robert Welsh, pas- tor of the First Christian Church of Iowa City, asked that the council exclude Sunday liquor sales in establishments "within a block and a half" of a church. Welsh said he thought Sunday liquor sales within the parking area of a congregation would constitute a "nuisance." City Atty. jay H. Hoaahan, however, said the council had no authority to enact 'such a provision. Welsh then asked the council to exercise its local option to prohibit the Sunday sales. Mayor C. L. Brandt said he personally doesn't "agree with liquor sales on Sunday." "But I see no alternative to allowing he said. Following passage of the or- dinance, the council approved Sunday permits for five Iowa City businesses. Liquor and beer permits were approved for the Robin Hood Room, at the Mall Shopping Center; Aleko Hardware, 810 Io- wa Avenue; Shakey's Pizza Parlor, Highway l West, ami Colonial Bowling Lanes, High- way 218 South. A permit for Sunday bttr sales was approved for tte Steak House, 117 que. t it EWS PA PER JEWS PA PER I   

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