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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 7, 1980, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Steelers Stop Rams for Title -Page2i Eltoona STCtrror VOL. 174 PHONE 944-7171 Altoona, Pa., Monday Evening, Jan. 7, 1980 Founded June 13, 1874 20t a COPY City Inauguration Optimistic Affair; Mayor Sets Goals By DON HOPEY Slaff Writer Optimism and activism keynoted Alton G. Hancock's first speech as mayor at a glittery ciiy inauguration ceremony this morning, The new mayor, Councilmen Thomas W. Byrne and Richard L. McEldowney and Treasurer Mary Long took thier oaths of office against a backdrop of red, white and blue bunting and attended by a "palace guard" of five school crossing guards in white-plumed hats and lull-dress regalia in the mirrored and chandeliered Logan Room of the Penn Alto Hotel. Approximately 300 people attended the ceremony including 25 city agency and authority officials, City Hall employees and family and friends of the in- augurates. In his inauguration address, Mayor Hancock said he is "extremely pleased with council" and is "lookinp forward to four great years." "One of the goals I hope to the new mayor said, "is a unity of purpose. "The city is at a he continued. "It is Teaching Its limit in taxation while better services continue to be needed. We must pay attention to the needs of the people, to the unseen necessities of water and sewer and street maintenance, but we must also increase the economic opportunities in our city. "I look to Altoona Enterprises to play a key Mr. Hancock said, citing the organization of city business and banking leaders. "The cily government must not be the barrier-makers lo development but rather the problem-solvers." Specifically, Mayor Hancock said a primarv goal is a new transportation for the city. "I hope we will be breaking ground for a new transportation center sometime in the the new mayor said. "And I will be keenly disappointed if it is not under roof by the end of 1980." (See CITY, Page 3) Photo by Jerry Stitt TAKING OATHS this morning were (from left) Councilman Richard L. McEldowney, Mayor Allan G. Hancock, Treasurer Mary A. Long and Councilman Thomas W. Byrne. No Surprises in Reorganization of Council Mayor Allan G. Hancock an- nounced the organization of City Council who will head which department for the next two years at today's inauguration, and there were no surprises. Mayor Hancock will head the Public Affairs Department, includ- ing the police bureau and the city planning office. New Councilman Richard L. McEldowney will direct the ac- tivities of the Department of Public Safety. That department includes the bureau at electricity, Ihe fire department, the bureau of health and the plumbing and housing code enforcement officers1, Councilman Leonard L. Bettwy will move from hte Department of Public Safely office lo the Depart- ment of Accounts and Finance. Un- der his control will be the bureau of city contracts, the city assessment bureau, the bureau of civil defense, the bureau of licenses and income tax and the city treasurer's office. Councilman Thomas W. Byrne, re-elected last November, will re- tjee COUNCIL, Page 3) Unrest Grows in Iran, News Media May Be Expelled Increase for Each Faritily Oil Decontrol: Severe Impact Predicted WASHINGTON (UPI) In just two years, the energy bill for a family of four will go up by more than because of the decontrol of domestic oil prices, says a Washington-based consumer group. By October 1981, when price controls arc entirely phased out under President Carter's oil decontrol plan, said the Energy Action Education Foundation in a study released over the weekend, the total cost of domestic oil will rise billion, JM1 tor each American and JI.325 for a family of four. The group said Carter's oil decontrol decision last April will create severe economic problems for both consumers and industry, with domestic oil prices rising from about a barrel to an anticipated or a barrel. Ed Rothschild, Ihe group's director, said major U.S. oi! firms control 75 percent of Ihe producing fields and most of the pipelines, and "have been able to raise the price for oil that is already uncontrolled above prices charged by OPEC." "In this way, U.S. oil companies are aiding and abetting OPEC producers and encouraging them to raise prices even Rothschild said. The group's study noted high prices for decontrolled oil produced by the major firms in the United States. It said Gulf raised the price at one domestic oilfield to more than a barrel. Rothschild said Energy Department studies indicate decontrol brings little, if any, new production. The best way to protect the economy during a period of rapidly escalating oil costs "is simply to clamp controls on all domestically pro- duced and refined said. Price control opponents contend trols discourage domestic production and subsidize consumption. Some in the oil industry think price incentives can halt a cfecade-long drop in domestic oil prod- uction by 1985. TEHRAN, Iran (UPI) Baluchi in- surgents attacked two government con- voys, killing four men, in southeastern Iran and supporters of a dissident ayatollah shut down the northwestern city of Tabriz today in renewed unrest. In Tehran, foreign press chief Abolghassem Sadegh told the state radio Ihe government objected ro the whole "system not individuals" connected with the Western media and was consider- ing the expulsion of the foreign press corps in retaliation for its coverage of the Iran-American crisis. Sadegh said the government had taken particular exception to the internalinal coverage of the plight of 50 American hostages, who spent the 65th day in cap- tivity Monday. The official Pars news agency said insurgent attacks Sunday killed two revo- lutionary guards, an army officer and a non-commissioned officer in the south- eastern Baluchistan province. Two guards were hilled when a party of 12 troops was attacked on a highway near Iranshahr. The insurgents lost four of their own men in the attack, Pars said. In another attack, rebels attacked an army personnel carrier on the road to the southern port of Chah Bahar, killing the two Army men. In the northwestern city of Tabriz, supporters of Ayatollah Sayed Kazem Shariat-Madari Imposed a virtual general strike on the city amid renewed demon- strations and protests. About 150 stick'Wielding supporters of Shariat-Madari Monday went on a ram- page across Tabrfz, attacked the city's bazaar, shops and revolutionary commit- tee headquarters, state radio reported, The rioters, who carried posters of Shariat-Madari, burned a public service bus, smashed several cars and forced the shopkeepers to close down their busi- nesses, the radio said. Two local offices of the revolutionary committee were set on fire, the broadcast said. The disturbances began last week with an attempted attack on Shariat-Madari's home In the holy Moslem, city ot Qom near Tehran and spread to Tabriz, the ayatollahs main stronghold. Most shops, offices and schools in Tabriz remained shut today as demon- strators paraded in the streets shouting slogans in support of Shariat-Madari, re- porters in the area said. The trouble in western Iran took a week-end toll of at ieast 66 dead in the Islamic Republic. In Tehran Sunday a small group of Afghan exiles seized their country's em- bassy Sunday and occupied it for nearly five hours to dramatize their protest over the Soviet military involvement in Af- ghanistan. I n Tabri z tod ay, a group o f the marchers gathered in front of the Tabriz office of the Moslem Peoples Republican Party, the main political group loyal lo Shariat-Madari, to announce their support to the party desptte the ayatollah's order to dissolve the party, Shariat-Madari, faced with increasing pressure from the ruling Moslem clergy, announced last week he was withdrawing his support from the party which, he said, was dissolved. The central office in Tehran was seized by a Moslem group last week. The newspaper Kayhan reported that authorities had arrested 45 persons after weekend rioting in Tabriz. It said no more than, four were injured in rioting Sunday. In a continuing crackdown on left-wing political groups, also suspected of aiding People's Republican Party protesters in West Iran, security agents arrested five 'members of the Marxist Fedayan Khalq guerrilla organization in the mountains north of Tehran. The agents seized 14 two grenades and a map of Tehran Polytechnic University, the newspaper Etlelaat sard, There was no immediate explanation as to why those arrested were carrying (he university map. In the Kurdish city of. Sanandaj, thousands of people continued a mass sit- in at the office of governor-general Hossein Shahveissi for the sixth day Mon- day. But the protesters' main demand that the Islamic revolutionary guards be ex- pelled from Kurdistan was rejected by the ruling Revolutionary Council. The guards are the chief security force in the tense area, where they have fought Kurdish insurgents since the Islamic re- gime took over in February, 1979. All Nations in Danger, U.S. Warns UNITED NATIONS (UPI) Unit- ed States warned that "no state will be safe" if the Soviet intervention in Afghan- istan is condoned in debate in the Security Council. The Council met Sunday for the second day of debate on the Afghan crisis, and considered a resolution calling for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops from the central Asian country. "A member state of this world or- ganization has been invaded by massive contingents of troops from another U.S. Ambassador Donald McHenry told the Security Council on Sunday. "Its gov- ernment has been overthrown. Its leaders have been killed. Its people have been silenced. Its territory has been occupied." "No state will be safe against a larger and more powerful neighbor if the interna- tional community appears to condone the Soviet Union's armed the U.S. ambassador warned. The Soviet Union, which insists that it sent its forces to Afghanistan at the request of Afghan officials, under a friendship treaty, rejected Council in- terference in the affair. The Soviets were expected to veto the resolution which was introduced by liic delegations of Bangladesh, Niger, the Philippines and Zambia. The six-point resolution deplored for- eign military intervention in Afghanistan and asked "for the immediate and uncon- ditional withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan." The resolution, which1 did not specifi- cally name the Soviet Union, also asked U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim to report on whether its terms have been implemented after its two-week (leadline expires. Soviet Ambassador OJeg Troyanovsky accused the United States and China of fomenting "counter-revolutionary" un- rest in Afghanistan, which triggered the Soviet intervention at the new govern- ment's request. The United Slates, Troyanovsky charged, was trying to establish on Af- ghan territory Vhe "beachheads" near the Soviet border that it lost in Iran. If the Soviet Union casts a velo of the resolution, the 51 countries which re- quested the Council's emergency debate may take their case to the 152-nation U.N. General Assembly where no veto power can be applied- Diplomatic sources expected adoption of the resolution by the Assembly with a better than two-thirds majority. Afcer settling the Afghanistan issue, the Council was expected to turn its attention immediately back to the hostage crisis in Iran. BABRAK KARMAL Soviet puppet in Afghanistan Area Farmers Unsure Of Grain-Ban Effects RUSSIAN PREMIER Leonid Brezhnev is burned in effigy Sunday in front of Toronto's City Hall in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. (DPI) It was "business as usual" Ihis morn- ing for this area's grain elevator opera- tors despite Friday night's announcmenl by President Carter that the United States will sharply curtail wheat and other grain sales to the Soviet Union. Elevator operators in Marlinsburg, Williamsburg and Curryville echoed Ihe local response: "For Ihe time being, it's a regular Monday morning." All noted that it was loo early to tell what sort of impact the president's action would have on this area, but said they expected it to be minimal since the slate and this area in particular grew most of Ihe grain for farm consumption. Owners of Ihe Marlinsburg plant and operators of the Williamsburg mill added (hji it was too early in the morning to tell how the price of grains would be affected because the Midwest grain markets hadn't opened. They expected more In- formation later in the week. President Carter late Friday night announced that grain sales to the Soviet Union would be about eight million tons this year instead of the 25 million agreed upon earlier by both countries. (See stories on Page II was the first lime the United States has used agricultural products as a for- eign-policy weapon, according to a White House spokesman. The president also announced that lo ease the blow to American farmers, Ihe administration would spend between billion and U billion lo protect the price of grains. Attitudes at this area's feed buying and producing mills were mixed, ranging lo "strongly tn favor" to indifference. One man at the Williamsburg mill said (See GRAIN, In the Mirror Gandhi Returns Firm Opens Initial election returns today pointed lo a sweeping victory for former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's party. Mrs. Gandhi was voted oul of office in 1977 after 20 months of emergency rule in which she imprisoned political rivals, re- porters and anyone who disagreed with her............................Page 2. Steelers Back An unprecedented three Super Bowl titles have not been enough for the Pittsburgh Steelers they want four. Now that they've beaten Hous- ton 27-13, the only obstacle is the LA Rams, who beat upstart Tampa Bay 9-0. Inside today: game details, and the Mirror's Jim Lane takes a look at the Steeler's win (Including that phantom 21. With a snip of the scissors, Chunkee Food Co.'s Tyrone plant opened Sat- urday afternoon in the renovated, former Acme building along Route 220, breathing new life into job op- portunities in the area Page 28. INDEX Accidents It Area Clauiried..31-K Crime 27 Features 28 IS Movies 2C N.Y. Slocks...H Obituaries 4 Opinion 8 Sports 21-24 TV Listing 27 WEATHER TONIGHT: Snow, then flurries; low zero to 10. TOMORROW: Chancs of flurries, 'high 20 to 25. 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