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   Magic City Free Press (Newspaper) - February 7, 1974, Moberly, Missouri                              World News Mssnnm ,aUoWing 'tractors to pass on the explosion in fuel costs The In December refineries were told to cut tackgasollne production to insure enough I'Mting oil through the winter 8 ener es said formula tha' con- rofit e of heating oil. Stow Siaid the NEC know hat motorists, who have been 'Awaits at servicTstaS to fill heir tanks, would not face gasoline rationing in the near future. BRIDGEPORT, Conn. UPI-Mayor Nicholas Panuzio today declared uruigeport, Connecticut's largest city, "in a state of emergency" and ordered gasoline rationing. Panuzio ordered rationing to begin llmrsday under authority of the city charter, the conservator of the peace within the city." The mayor said the city would use the Oregon plan of rationing which ties gasoline sales to the last digit on license plates with even numbers eligible to buy gasoline on even numbered calendar days ami odd numbers on odd numbered days. KUWAIT UPI-A band of Arab and -Japanese guerrillas seized the Japanese Embassy in Kuwait today, held Tokyo's ambassador and other officials hostage and won a Japanese pledge of safe conduct for four commandos holding a hijacked ferry in Singapore. Kuwait officials said the guerrillas announced the takeover in a statement sent to a local newspaper and the Japanese government. It was signed by the Marxist Arab group known as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine the Japanese Red Army guerrilla organization and the Palestinian splinter group "Sons of the Occupied Territories." In Tokyo, a Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman said the government had accepted the guerrilla demands to provide a plane for the four Arab and Japanese guerrillas in Singapore and fly to Kuwait. The four guerrillas have held three hostages aboard the ferry for six days. WASHINGTON UPI Attorney General William P. Saxbe has asked U.S. attorneys across the country check for any federal violations that may be involved in truck strike violence. WASHINGTON UPI Congress today considered emergency help for striking truck drivers along with longer-range solutions to the energy crisis. A resolution designed to answer the drivers' biggest immediate high cost of dicsel through Senate passage by voice vote Tuesday and was docketed for House committee con- sideration today. WASHINGTON UPI President Nixon today sends Congress a plan aimed at assuring that All Americans have health insurance at a price they can pay. The newly named Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan would require employers to offer minimum .levels of insurance coverage to their workers and to pay the bulk of premium costs. WASHINGTON UPI Arguing the nation agrees with President Nixon that a year of Watergate is enough, Republican members asked the House today to set an April 30 deadline for deciding whether grounds exist for his impeachment. Rut their deadline effort appeared doomed against the opposition of Rep. Peter W, Rodino, Jr., D-N.J., chairman of (he House Judiciary Committee, who said he did not want to be bound by a cutoff date.- WASHINGTON UPI Watergate prosecutors apparently are engaged in a :behind the scenes wrangle with the White House over their request for more presidential tapes arid documents. Special Watergate Prosecutor Leon Jaworski said last weekend the White promised to tell him Monday whether it would provide additional material he sought. On .Tuesday, Jaworski's office made clear it received a reply, but didn't say what it was. LONDON UPI Miners tried to mobilize the. support of other workers today for next weekend's nationwide coal the government warned the walkout would cause Britain's greatest economic catastrophe since World War II. The walkout'is scheduled to begin at midnight Saturday. VATICAN CITY UPI Vatican sources said'today Pope Paul VI dismissed Car- dinal 'Jozsef Mlndszenty as primate of Hungary to improve relations between the liomn'n Catholic Church and Communist Hast' Europe. Magic City Free Press Bulk Rate U. S. Postage PAID Permit No. 206 Vol. 4, No. 52 Moberly, Missouri, Thursday, Feb. 7, 1974 1'oslal Patron j___________'____________ 4 Pages Truckers' Strike Forces Airline to Launch 'Foodlift' BV vinitpd V By United Press International A nationwide truckers' strike forced one airline lo launch a "foodlift" across the United States today and prompted state police lo escort a convoy of 68 beef-hauling trucks across Iowa and into Illinois. Strike-related violence claimed a second victim Tuesday when a South Carolina trucker was shot and killed as he was driving near Harrington, Del. In another. incident, four men were booked on charges of attempted murder in Lafayette, La., after a bullet fired from a passing automobile punctured a tractor-trailer's fuel tank on Interstate 40, The driver escaped injury. In Pennsylvania, where a truck driver was killed last week, the National Guard said it .would issue ammunition to its patrols if the situation worsened. Joining Pennsylvania and Ohio, the governors of Kentucky and West Virginia called up the National Guard Tuesday, citing critical shortages of vital supplies. President Nixon ordered a freeze on diesel fuel prices at truck stops for the rest of the month Tuesday to encourage striking truck drivers to return to work and give Congress more time to legislate a long-range solution to their problems, In announcing Nixon's decision at the' White House, federal energy'chief William E. Simon said his aim was to head off "a threat not only to life and limb but also to the immediate food supplies of millions of Americans." "We are not satisfied by the statement made by Mr. Simon today and we are issuing a said William Hill, national chairman of the Fraternal Association of Steel Haulers and a member of the truckers' National Unity Committee. "We are recommending that the drivers continue to stand down and not go back to Reports of panic buying of groceries and the shutdown of food supplies cropped up all over the country. Cattle and produce Truck Stops Reopening in State By'United Press International Assurances of protection from state officials eased the independent truckers walkout in Missouri and Kansas today. Several blocked truck stops and others that remained closed for fear of violence were reopened in both states. Perishable food operations were slightly improved. Kansas Attorney General Vern Miller made a personal appearance at the Heart of America Truck Plaza at Olathe to see that it, was reopened. He also accompanied an escort of agents and police to see that the station received a fuel supply after it reopened. "We're open for said owner Howard M. Roe. "Miller assigned some agents and police to see that we remain open. He also provided an escort so we could get a fuel delivery." 'Miller said, "we're just making sure any truck stops that want to open can open." Roe said he elected to close after a blockade Sunday. With the security guard, he said, he will remain open. Assistants from Missouri Attorney Congress Considering Help for Truck Drivers WASHINGTON UPI Congress today considered emergency help for striking truck 'drivers along with" longer-range solutions to the energy crisis. A resolution designed lo answer the drivers' biggest immediate complaint-the high cost of diesel fuel-whizzed through Senate passage by voice vote Tuesday and was docketed for House committee con- sideration today. It would allow drivers to pass on lo customers diesel fuel cost in- creases which they have incurred since last May'15. President Nixon Tuesday froze diesel fuel prices against future increases, but striking truckers said that was not enough to end their walkout. Congressional passage of the resolution "should help end the present trucker Sen. Warren G. Magnuson, D- Wash., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said.' The resolution would allow the In- terstate Commerce Commission (ICC) to permit the already incurred price in- creases lo be passed on to shippers. Meanwhile, Senate and House conferees continued to work on legislation to give President Nixon broad powers to deal with the energy crisis, including rationing gasoline, which he says he would only do as a last resort. The conferees Tuesday agreed to include a million federal fund for grants to states for unemployment benefits to those who lose jobs because of the energy situation. The White House objected to a similar idea last year when the same-bill was stalled in Congress. The conferees also agreed to include loans to homeowners and small businessmen who improve the energy efficiency of their' buildings. But Sen. Paul J. Fannin, R-Ariz., who led opposition which stalled the bill before Christmas, told UPI he sees it as little changed now. Fannin said he thinks the conferees may even want to undo a rollback in crude oil prices which they approved Monday. He said the ceiling they set of per barrel is too low for operators of marginal oil wells to make ends meet. Federal energy chief William E. Simon Tuesday announced that if supplies per- mit, the Federal Energy Office will provide 100 per cent of the truckers' diesel fuel needs. He ordered a toll-free telephone number for truckers to communicate with his office. .In another statement, Simon warned of catastrophe if the American public decides not to believe the energy crisis, "If people don't believe us when we tell them there is an energy he told the National Press Club Tuesday, "if they think we are acting in cahoots with the major oil companies to boost oil profits at the expense of the people, they will not cooperate. They will not conserve. And if that happened, the current crisis could come to be a catastrophe." Kidnappers Urged to Release Hearst Girl BERKELEY, Calif. UPI Newspaper publisher Randolph A. Hearst Tuesday appealed to the three young kidnapers of his 19-year-old daughter to show com- passion and free her unharmed. FBI agents and police today interviewed witnesses and neighbors who might provide clues in Monday night's abduction, which occurred when two black men and a white woman invaded the apartment of Patricia Hearst five blocks from the University of California campus. The FBI said Tuesday night that the kidnapers had not tried to communicate with authorities or the Hearst family. Miss Hearst was dragged screaming to a car after her fiance, Steven A. Weed, 26 was beaten with a wine bottle and kicked, A witness, Sandy I, Golden, Woodland Hills, Calif., said Miss, Hearst was "half naked, bare from about'.the waist up" when shoved into the trunk of the car. Police said she was wearing a blue bathrobe. Hearst said in a statement issued at his homeJn suburban Hillsborough: "Mrs. Hearst and I pray, to God that the men who took our daughter -will show compassion and return her unharmed. "At this point, their crime is ab- their sake and ours-and especially for Patricia-we plead with them not to make it any worse." Hearst, president and editor of the San Francisco Examiner and board chairman of the Hearst Corp., also said if his daughter was released unharmed he would not "seek to imprison her abductors." But FBI agents said prosecution would be left to state or federal grand juries. Weed, who was hospitalized, said the kidnapers "acted very purposeful and intent." He descirbed them as "com- mando-like." He said the woman came to the door of the apartment Monday night and the two men then forced their way in. He added it appeared Miss Hearst was blindfolded The woman acted as the leader, he said and at one point declared, "They've seen our faces. We better eliminate them." He said he heard a trigger cocked and fled out a patio doorway.__1 Neignuors said they heard Miss Hearst cry: "Oh, no! Not me." Police intelligence sources said they feared the Sumbionese IJberation Army might have been responsible for the kid- nap, The SLA in letters to the news media recently claimed responsibility for the Nov! 6.slaying of Oakland School Supt. Marcus A. Foster, arid other letters said prominent Bay Area residents might be kidnaped for ransom to be used to fight "the establishment." Police said the kidnapers also beat a neighbor, Steven Suenaga, 21, who tried lo help. They then fired several shots from a nfle to scare off any others who might In- to help the young woman. General John Danforth's office served restraining orders Tuesday at truck stops in St. Charles and near Cape Girardeau. Trucker Hurt in Troop B Shooting A Brookfield driver for Churchhill Truck Lines of Chillicothe, was struck in the upper portion of the right arm at a.m. today when a bullet was fired through the center of the windshield of his truck as he was cnroute north of Highway 61 on Business Route Gl at Hannibal, the High- way Patrol said. A portion of the bullet struck driver Everett W. Moore, 37, causing an arm bruise, but il did not penetrate his clothing, according to the patrol. Moore said he .would seek examination at St. Elizabeth's Hospital at Hannibal as members of the patrol and the Hannibal police investigated the shooting. No report was immediately available on the caliber of the bullet fired through the windshield, the pafrol said. Protesting truckers agreed to abide by the order and lifted their blockade. A hearing was set for 9 a.m. Thursday on Danforth's petition for injunctions against truckers blocking stops. CaUaway County Circuit Judge John Cave issued the temporary restralners Monday night. At Pat's Stop near Joplin, 75 Independent truckers took up a collection of with which to hire a lawyer. The stop was blocked most of Tuesday. A spokesman for the group said, "We need somebody who knows the law. We're not stopping anybody but we're not going to let them get any fuel." Lt. Col. Dick Gehrig, assistant superintendent of the Missouri Highway Patrol, said more trucks were moving Tuesday than Monday. "There are very few truck stops with trucks blocking he said. "And the number of trucks in these blocked plazas is few. However, in most cases they're opening up." The food production situation was im- proved Tuesday. shipments were down. In Eastern in- dustrial states, factories laid off thousands of workers because of shortages of raw materials or parts. In Chicago, officials of United Airlines said the Atlantic t Pacific Tea Co., operators of Supermarkets, ordered a planeload of beef flown to Boston Tuesday and another to Buffalo, N.Y., todav. "We've had 10 requests for smoked ham a United spokesman said. More "toodlift nights" were expected if the strike continued, the spokesman said. Escorted from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Illinois by the highway patrol and a police plane, part of the truck convoy, carrying two million pounds of beef worth million, rolled into Chicago without in- cident Tuesday evening after making a short detour as the result of sniper threat; But 23 of the 52 convoy drivers who decided to spend Tuesday night at a truck stop in LaSalle-Peru, Ind., were awakened and forced to evacuate their hotel tem- porarily because of a bomb threat. Police said no bomb was found following a telephone threat from a woman, but at least one trucker said he was turning back because of the incident: "It ain't worth said Charles 30, an employe of Midwest Refrigerated Express, Omaha, Neb. "I'm going home tomorrow. That's what all these guys are talking about" Where it comes from.... THE BUDGET DOLLAR (FISCAL YEAR 1975 EST.) Corporat ion Income Individual Income Taxes Where it goes Social Insurance Receipta From Benefit 1 o National From Othar Federal Except Petroleum, Health Care End to Wage-Price Controls Sought WASHINGTON UPI The art- ,u_. O WASHINGTON UPi; The ad- ministration today asked Congress to end strict wagc-prjce controls over the entire economy-exccpt petroleum and health April 30. Cost of Living Council director John T Dunlop told a Senate Committee the government's Vk year anti-inflation campaign was a mixed success but had largely outlived ils usefulness, especially in the eyes of consumers. "Public opinion surveys now show significantly less desire for price freezes than earlier in the year, in addition, they reveal a greater willingness to dispense with controls Dunlop said. Unless Congress extends the Economic Stabilization Acl, Phase IV wage-price controls will end April 30, when that statute expires. Price curbs on petroleum are covered by a 'separate law that lasts until Feb. 28, 1975. Oil prices are administered by the Federal Kncriy Office. President Nixon promised months ago that Phase IV would be "phased out" but Dunlop's comments were the first con- crete proposals by the administration for the immediate future of the stabilization program. In testifying before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs subcommittee, the CLC director made two recom- mendations: mandatory controls On the health industry until Congress passes a national health insurance bill. Although inflation in the medical sector has slowed, continued government price restraints could help prevent a "cost explosion" in doctor and hospital fees similar to the one that occurred when the Medicare and Medicaid programs were introduced in the mid-1960s. -Turning the CLC into an inflation watchdog agency with power to hold public hearings and behind-lhe-scenes bargaining sessions with labor and management, but with no authority to issue price and wage Dollar Days bere Frkuy stores that have special advertisement, in IhU bo, rf ft, "While there may be reasonable dif- ferences of opinion over the question of the need for authority for wage and price controls in other sectors after April 30, 1974, the health care area is the only one in which we favor authority for mandatory controls at this Dunlop said. Dunlop also asked Congress to let the council continue with its present policy of gradually decontrolling various industries until the April cutoff date. A number of major industries have been freed from wage-price restraints since last summer, Including lumber, fertilus in- dustries until the April cutoff date. At present, only 28 per cent of all retail sales, 57 per cent of all wholesale tran- sactions and 38 per cent of all wages and salaries are covered by government controls. Dunlop disagreed with testimony last week by the National Association of Manufacturers that the government's efforts at prioe control "have not only WUtion, they have helped to fuel its fire." But he admitted victories had been few notably In construction wages, and that in the food area, where retail prices last year by 15 per cent, "price controls probably have had a very limited im- pact.... Uoking ahead, Dunlop predicted In- flation would climb during early 1974 and then sUck off about mid-year "whether or ]njfnen[ on the first of But total decontrol would cause an extra inflationary bulge as lo boost prices previously' Maycd by the he said, i   

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