Altoona Mirror, January 2, 1980

Altoona Mirror

January 02, 1980

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 2, 1980, Altoona, Pennsylvania aitoona SEittot VOL. NO. 170 PHONE 944-7171 Altoona, Pa., Wednesday Evening, Jan. 2, 1980 Founded Junt 1.1, 1B74 iOc i COPY Khomeini, Militants Shun U.N. Secretary U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL Waldheim (lett) and Iranian Foreign Minister Ghottaadeh meet newsmen after Waldheim arrived in Tehran on a "fact-finding (UPJ) TEHRAN, .Iran (UPI) U.N. Secretary-General Kurl Waldheim met with Iranian Foreign Minister Sadcgh Ghotbzadeh Ictlay in an at- tempt (o hreiik Ihe stalemate over ihe American hostages, but militants holding Ihe hostages vowed they would have nothing 10 do wiih the U.N. chief. Waldheim. haunted by photo- graphs of his pas! associalion with the exiled shah, met lor (he third lime with Ghotbzadeh since his New Year's Day arrival. "Your ideas may have the Iranian lold Waldheim, There was no elaboration on the comment. However, the scL'retnry-generiil by late afternoon still had no( succeeded in getting the audience he requested with Islamic strongman Ayalollah Ruhollah Khomeini probably the only man in Iran who can free the hostages, now in their 60th day of cnptiviiy. Militant sltrclcMtts said IValdheim was not welcome a! the U.S. Em- bassy. "We won't let him in even if he wants a spokesman said. In- stead, the militants hoisted a poster showing WiilcJheiin kissing (he hand of deposed Sliah, Mohammed Rer.i Pahlavi's twin sister, Princess Ashraf Pahlavi, during his official visit to Tehran last year, The Islamic Republic, a publica- tion radical Islamic clergymen, carried a photograph of the shah, a Siar of David superimposed on his face, shaking hands with the secre- tary general. "Waldhrim hanri-in-hand with the the caption read "The nation has bitter memories of the- last trip of Waldheim, this independent head of the U.N. 10 Tehran." Iranian oil workers demonstrated in from of the U.S. Embassy today in support ol the militants, and three more demonstrations ending up at the embassy compound were planned Tor Thursday. A large crowd of demonstrators gaihered outside a center for the [rentmenl of victims of reported nliorilics of the shah's regime where tt'aldheim was scheduled to pay a visit. Waldheim never showed up at tin1 center, which is housed in a what usrd to be a club for army officers. Tliere no rrnmertialc indication why he failed lo appear, ]nsidc the buiIding hundreds of crippled and maimed people who claimed their injuries came at ihe ol the shah's (roons and secret police, chanted anti-Carter and anli- Shiih slogans in a crowded meeting hall Elsewhere, an uneasy calm pre- vailed in the city ol Snimnriaj, where Kurdish guerrillas clashed with Kho- meini's revolutionary guards Tues- day. Mortar rounds and rocket-pro- pelled grenades were exchanged in the street fighting. The newspaper Wanidari snid at Jrnsl seven people- were injured in the- baiilc. In the city of Tabriz, nine revolu- tionary fiunrds six days ,ifio in clashes with followers of AyatuUiiH Saved Shariat-Mmadan have bren released on ordcis of Slurial- Mndari himself, according to reports. tt'aldheini and Gholbpndnli met (or [wo hours and 45 minutes at Mm favishly carpeted Foreign Ministry uhile, elsewhere in the building, U.S Charge d'Affnires Briia- Lmripen and hvo oilier Americans spent their fiiHn day in "protective custody." Although the slate radio and tele- vision reported Waldhcim's visit wilhout any critical comments, lulionnry Council First Sccreiary Mohammad rk'heshii told reporters he thought Ihe U.N. chiefs nussinn would result in "a right solution for the crisis." Panic Paris Gold Market Forced to Close LONDON (UPI) Gold today opened at record highs on Che first day of trading in the. 1980s, nearing the J56Q- an-nunce mark. The 'dollar remained under pressure in early trading on European foreign exchanges. Paris' bulliqn mafkfl shut down Ipr_ the rest of trie day could not cope w'nh the demand. "People arc bidding for geld like no time a denier said. "The panic can hardly be called (ratling any more." with the Zurich bullion market gold hit a new opening ol an ounce in London compared with Monday's close of At the morning fix, Ihe price jumped another to a new all-time high ol The dollar opened easier against most European currencies, although i( was still under pressure. The Swiss (rant; did not show because foreign exchanges were closed in Zuricli. dollar "remained under pres- sure in early trading, reflecting the crisis in Afghanistan and the still un- resolved hostage situation in said a dealer for Citibank. The dollar was slightly firmer against the pound, opening in London at 32.21ft) against Monday's close of Foreign exchange dealers in London said that wiih Zurich closed loday, business on the continent limited but selling of dollars was persistent. The pound held relatively steady, they -sairi. The dollar opened down in [url at 1.7170 marks compared Monday's close of marks, in Paris al 4.0105 francs compared wiih Friday's 4.0225 francs. The American currency was also down in Brussels at 2H.92nO Belgian francs from Monday's 2D.OQ francs, in Amsterdam at 1.8690 guilders from guilders and in Milan at 802.00 lira from 804.05 lira. Foreign exchange markets were closed in Tokyo today, 52 Dead in Azores Quake PONTA DELGADA. Azores (UPI) A mighty earthquake registering 8.0 on the Richter suale rumbled across the Azores island chain, killing more lhan 50 people, injuring nearly 400 others and leaving thousands homeless. -s The quake struck the nine-island chain, site of the U.S Lajes air force base, on Tuesday, destroying 60 percent of the villages on the islands of Tcrceira, Sao Jorge and Graciosa, first reports said. 13.S, military officials said ihe base on Terceira, miles west of Ihe. main- land, suffered only "minor damage" and lhat the Americans, and dependents at the U.5. base escaped wiih "minor cuts and bruises." But they reported 52 Portuguese dead and up to 400 injured. The Azores regional government, however, reported 29 con- firmed death1; with young children ac- counting for a large part of Ihe casualties. President Antonio Ramalho Eancs ar- rived at Lajes base today (o oversee rescue operations and send planes and helicopters ferrying medical supplies, cots, blankels and tents to Ihe stricken areas. American medical loams from I lie base rushed lo hospitals lo aid in caring for the victims. Before leaving Lisbon, Ejines decreed a three-day period of national mourning. Residents in the. city of Angra do Heroismo on Terceira. norlh of Ponla Drlgadn on unscathed; Sao Miguel island, said their formerly whitewashed pori looked like "Ihe desolate scene after a massive bombardment The quake slruck the Portuguese- owned Atlantic archipelago, site of the U.S. Lajes Air Force Base, at P.M. In the Mirror Who's No. 1? Alabama Coach Bear Bryant thinks the national title is in the bag: his leam overwhelmed Arkansas 24-9 in the Sugar Bowl, and is the only major unbeaten and untied! college leam. His analysis is not shared by USC and .some other bowl winners. See our roundup of the college grid srason.............................Page 29. Hotel Sold The nationally famed Bedford Springs Hold has sold lo a Washington D.C. based investment conglomerate for J4 million. Ac- cording to Robert Driscolt. iht prin- cipal In one or ihe buyers, the new Tragic Blaze Gilles Marceau, one of 50 injured in IN UIIC VI Illc WIIJI.I J, MIC I.CIT Wlal UNC Ul iKJ .HJUI CU Jll owners plan improvemenls [olalmg a monslrous fire in Canada. Pholo. J5.5 million......................Pmft 41. M. INDEX WEATHER Accident! 7 Am Crt Fu Mtvlei..........M N.Y. Oblturlei.......4 Opinion.........II TV Llnlni.....M TONIGHT: Snow Hurries, low be- tween 10 and 20, TOMORROW: Scattered high in Ihe Details Page II. Monday's Circulation: a.m. KST) Tuesday, cutting off almost all communication with Lisbon, which is miles to ihe casl- The Portuguese national news agency ANOP reported that it was ihe strongest tremor to strike the Azores in 2n years. The quake's epicenter was 72 mile.s northwest of Terceira, seismologists suul. Ir Wnshingion, Air Force spokesman I.t. Col. Peter Alexandrakos said there were no fatalities among American ser- vicemen at the island base. "Injuries to U.S. miliiiiry personnel are limiled to minor culs and Alcxandrakos snid. As for ihe residents, he said, "We now have 52 confirmed tlcad, 50 in the city of Angra iind two in. Ihe town of Biscnilos. The number of injured Portuguese na- tionals is approaching 400." In addition, radio reports from liny, neighboring Sao Jorge island said resi- dents suffered wiih four people dead, nine missing find several dozen injured. Portugal's National Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics reported lhai the quake registered 8.0 on Ilic open- ended Richler scale. An earthquake of such magnitude is capable of causing tremendous damage. A spokesman for the govern- ment saitl first reports listed thousands homeless, with "hundreds o( houses de- stroyed or ruined, including monuments and many churches." N JCS OF AFGHAM STUDENTS demonstrate in Tehran against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. They allacked Ihe Sovicl Embassy, lowering the Soviet flag and raising their own banner. (UPI) Karmal May Ask for More Aid Afghanis Battle Russians PESHAWAR, Pakistan (UPI) Sovi- et-installed Afghan strongman Babrak Karmal warned today he would ask for more military aid from Russia to supple- ment the estimated Soviet troops in Ihe isolated nation and vowed 10 fight all opposition, Radio Kabul said. There were, reporls, unconfirmed but well-credited in New Delhi and Peshawar, thin .Soviet soldiers battled Afghan opposi- tion 60 miles from (he Pakistani border. The reports said the Soviets have se- cured the Afghan capital of Kabul and have moved out to secure Ihe central Asian country's only major road network. The reports also said Ihe Soviet troops morlared and bombed major telegraphic switchboards and government lele- communicalLons installations, culling olf most communications within Afghanistan. Diplomats in N'ew Delhi said rebel Afghan Students Selrc Embassy in New Delhi Soviet Move Boosts Senate SALT OppoiitlcT Page 3 tribesmen have joined forces with Afphnn soldiers, their former foes, lo bailie ihe Soviet inviision force in Afghanistan. Asian diplomats in the Indian capital also said the Soviets have poured troops into Afghanistan, beginning with a massive airlift over Christmas thin helped install Karmal as leader and oust Hafizullah Amin, who was killed either during ihe coup or executed afterward. American diplomatic sources esti- mated the number of Soviet troops in Afghanistan at the slightly figure of 45.QOQ wiih about ihe same number massed on Hie Soviel side of the lionlrr with slrruegic Afghanistan, which borders Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan. In the Afghan capital of Kabul, Karmal was qunird on (he official Kribul jis saying he would request even more de- fense aid from Moscow and oilier Soviet- bine countries until opposition to his rule dies down in the Central Asian nation. "We announce In ihn world IhiJJ us long as Ihe enemies of do not refrain from interfering with our sov- ereign territory, we. die hnsis ol inr- wishes of the people of Alghnmstan and for (he sake of the defense of our country, shall ask for lurlhcr assistance from ilir U.S S.R. and other peace-loving coun- the radio quoted "We shall ask for help from Viet- nam, Cuba, Angola, Ihcr Palrslimnn people- and said Karninl, who (See AFGHANISTAN, Page 3} Merchants Happy, 'Considering Economy' By TOM GIBB Staff Writer Area retailers are, sizing up their holi- day sales according to most, Tis the season lo be reservedly jolly. Safes were up, managers at mosl local department stores said today, hui they weren't up enough to keep pace wiih a 12 In 13 percent inflation rate. Several of Those who described themselves as "hap- py" with their Christmas shopping season sales were quick