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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 8, 1980, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Area Boroughs, Townships Reorganize Pages 6 and 7 Httoona SKtttor VOL. NO. 175 PHONE Altoona, Pa., Tuesday Evening, Jan. 8, 1980 h'oundcdjutlc 13, 1874 JOc a COPY U.S. Jobless Rate Expected To Top 6.5 Percent in '80 WASHINGTON WPD The carter administration has a gloomy unemploy- ment forecast tor L9SO, Labor Secretary Ray Marshall told reporters Monday hn believes the Jobless rale currently at 5.8 percrnl ......could rise lo more than percent by mid-year. Ho would not give a year-end predic- tion, but (he manner in which he answered questions did not indicate optimism. "I thinK we'll have trouble keeping unemployment below G.r> portent Curing the first part of hut I would he terribly surprised if it went as high during this recession as it did the last one, which was ft percent." he said. "When it conies these days to fore- casting, there are only two kinds of crnnomists: There are those whr> don't Js'iiow, and (hose who don't know that they ilon't Marshall said. "And I know I don't The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its figure for December this Fri- day. Marshall said the government would avoid a repeal of the 9 percent figure because of larger programs to deal with unemployment. On other matters, Marshall said he was not disappointed that President Carver ordered n change in federal unemploy- ment insurance benefit rules for the next budget period. The changes will cut off benefits to so me long-term unemployed persons. While he said he did not recommend the change, Marshall said it was one of the Photo by Emory Wilt AMED TECHNICIANS treat a M-year-old boy critically injured In a sled- riding accident on Pleasant Valley Boulevard Monday night. 2 City Youths Hurt When Sleds Hit Cars By JEFF MONTGOMERY Staff Writer Two city youths remained hospitalized today, one in critical condition, after sledding into the sides of moving cars Monday evening. Kurt A. Hepner, H, of 918 S. 12th St.. critically injured in an accident at Pleas- ant Valley Boulevard and 12th Street, is in Altoona Hospital's intensive care unit. He suffered a fractured skull, broken left arm and facial injuries after his sled ran into a car's rear wheel at Monday. City police, in the meantime, hope to restore a neglected system of sledding area designations carried out by parents under police, highway depariment and cily Recreation Commission supervision. The move is in response to apparently widespread unsupervised sledding .on cily streets that, if not controlled, could lead to other accidents like the ones thai (See SLEDDERS, PijeS) options (hat had been under consideration if money was needed elsewhere in the president's budget. But AFL-CIO President Lane Kirklanri criticized the proposal to limit the number of persons receiving extended unemploy- ment benefits. "The eve of a potentially deep re- cession, with many economists predicting high and prolonged unemployment, is not the time to deny meager unemployment insurance to hundreds of thousands o( jobless workers through a change in Ihe he said. Kirkland asked Carter to delay im- plementation of the regulation changes until. R presidential Commission on Un- employment Compensation completes a study of the matter on July 1. Iranians Tighten Security TEHRAN, Iran Security forces today clamped down on rival Moslem groups battling in the southern port city of Bandar Langeh, and dissident Ayatollah Sayeh Kazem Shariat-Madari called on Iranians to remain calm and united. in Tehran, thousands of workers marched on the occupied U.S. Embassy to support the continued holding of American hostages taken captive 66 days ago by militants who want to try the captives on spy charges. The state radio said most of the towns in (he southern Hormozgan Province were calm today following sporadic violence since last week which left scores dead in Bandar Langeh, a Persian Gulf port. But schools and bazaars remained shut in Bandar Lnngeh, Bandar Abbas and Jask today as securily forces patrolled the cities, trying to ease tension caused by the previous fighting. Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's special envoy Ibrahim Yazcit, a former foreign minister, met leaders of the local SJiiile and Sunni Moslem com- munities in an effort to persuade them to end the blood feuds. In the Moslem holy cily of Qom, near Tehran, hundreds of people wrapped in the Moslem death shroud "kafan" marched to the home of Ayatollah Kho- meini and offered to die for him. The supporters met Khomeini after tlie worst disturbances since the Islamic revo- lution hit Qom last week and spread to the orthodox western Iranian region of Azerbaijan, Ayatollah Sayed Kazem Shariat- Madari, a dissident religious leader who has widespread support in western Iran, told .Iranians today lo beware of "poisonous ideas" thai might split the Islamic groups. Shariat-Madari, whose followers ram- paged through Qom and the western cily of Tabriz before being subdued by mili- tants shouting "Death to Shariat- said differences had to be avoided because "our nation needs unity." It was the second time within a week thai Shariat-Madari has implicitly asked followers to drop their opposition to the Islamic regime of Khomeini. The country was generally calmer than in recent days when angry demonstrations and clashes between religious and tribal groups left 86 people dead, according to unofficial esti- mates. Eight people died between Sunday night and Monday morning in two sepa- rate incidents in Baluchestan in south- eastern Iran. In both cases, the attacks were made upon Iranian miliiary units by Baluchi insurgents. In one incident, two members of the (See IRAN, Page 3) i! Oleg Troyanovsky, Soviet Union ambassador lo the United Nations, raises his hand to veto a resolulion calling lor Ihe withdrawal of Russian forces from Afghanistan. (UPI) Soviets Veto Afghanistan Resolution UNITED NATIONS (UPI) The Soviet Union vetoed a resolution calling for the "immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all foreign troops in Afghanistan" and accused the U.N. Security Council of meddling in the war-torn country's The resolution "is a flagrant intervention in the internal affairs of a sovereign said Soviet Ambassador Oleg TroyanovsViy before casting the M3tlt Russian "nyet" in U.N. history Monday. The vote was 13-2 with no abstentions. Jfi earlier 13 Western and Third World countries had denounced the Soviet move as gross intervention and aggression. Only Moscow's ally, Itasi Germany, joined the Soviet delegation in voting against it, A While House spokesman called the veto "a predictable and cynical action which demonstrates the lack of respect for the principles of religious freedom and independence and territorial integrity of non- aligned slates." Non-aligned delegations proposed that the expected veto be followed up wiih a jequpst lo convene an emergency meeting on Afghanistan in the General Assembly, But the step to call the 152-member world body into session never materialized, and the Council went into recess to allow time for private discussions on what to do next on the Afghan situation and on the hostage crisis in Iran. The dramatic Soviet veio ended a healed three-day debate in which the United States, China, and a large number of Western and Third World countries ex- pressed bitter resentment against the Soviet interven- tion. If one of its 15 members submits a formal request for an emergency meeting of the General Assembly, Hie Council can convene (hat session within 1A hours if n majority of at least nine members .supports (he decision. In this instance, the decision can not be vetoed by a big power. (See AFGHANISTAN, Page 3) Carter Weighs Next Move WASHINGTON (UPI) In response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Presi- dent Carter says the United Slates is considering making use of foreign mili- iary bases in the Persian Gulf region and joining other nations in providing aid lit Pakistan. In an interview Monday night with NBC-TV, Carter said the United States: join Western industrialized na- tions and wealthy Middle East countries in forming a "consortium" to provide military and economic aid to Pakistan lo help it repel any Soviet aggression. considering the use of naval and air facilities offered by Somalia, Oman and Kenya to meet any "Soviet threat to (he peace in the Mideast, Persian Gulf, northern Indian Ocean area." Without giving specifics, the president also warned Iran he was "prepared to take action that would be quite serious in its consequences" if the American hostages, now in captivity for nine weeks, are put on trial. Carter said he has informed Pakistani President Mohammed Zia hy tele- phone and through emissaries (he United Stales "is witting to join oilier nations in giving necessary protection to Pakistan and meet their legitimate defensive mili- tary needs." "This is not a threat to India, an adjacent he said, "hut it is an ability tor Pakistan to repel invasion, it ii should occur, and particularly to let Paki- stan be known as a strong nation able 10 protect themselves so that a possible invasion will be prevented." Carter said the amount and form of ihe aid to Pakistan depends on Pakistan's needs and the other contributing nations. He said he would have to seek author- ization from Congress to provide ihe aid. He disclosed the so-called "con- sortium" is in the formative stage and declined to identily ihe olher nations putting the aid package together. Asked whether the United States would accept offers from Somalia, Oman, and Kenya for use of their naval and air facilities, Carter said: "Yes, we are considering the use of some of those facilities. We don't have any definite agreement yet, but that is the of tiling that I Uiitxk is important to our naiion to prepare for the long-range meeting of any threat to the peace in the Mideast, Persian Gulf, northern Indian Ocean area." In response to a question. Carter did not rule out the possibility Ihe Soviet Union may try to take over control of the Persian Gulf. "No one can know what the Soviets' plan mighl be, but I think w.e have got to be prepared for that eventuality, and the nest way lo prepare for it is to prevent iis he said. South Yemen Defends Soviet Aggression BEIRUT.'Lebanoji 
                            

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