Altoona Mirror, January 11, 1980

Altoona Mirror

January 11, 1980

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 11, 1980, Altoona, Pennsylvania Eltoona SKtttot VOL. 178 PHONE 944-7171 Altoona, Pa., Friday Evening, Jan. 11, 1980 Pounded June 13, 1874 20e a COPY Shipping Blockade Means Photo by Dick Casselberry Smoke pours from a Wingale salvage building destroyed by fire Thursday (Story on Page 22) GAS Only 89.4% Allotted for January TEHRAN, Iran (DPI) A top Iranian official warned today that any American attempts to block Iranian shipping routes as part of an interna- tional economic blockade would lead to war. In an interview released shortly before the U.N. Security council began its meeting on a resolution calling for sanctions against Iran, Commerce Minister Reza Sadr told the official Pars news agency: "It the American fJeet Wocfcs the mouth of the Persian Gulf (Strait of that will result in war." He said the war would become inevitable because in such a case "the issue will become two-sided." Even as Ssdr issued his warning, U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance declined to rule out out the possibility of a U.S. naval blockade of Iran to back economic sanctions against that coun- try. Vance, interviewed on the NBC-TV "Today" program said the United States will moun? a full economic embargo of Iran because of the Tehran hostage situation even if Russia vetoes a pending U.N, Security Council resolution for a world-wide embargo against Iran. Asked if he would rule out a possible U.S. naval blockade to back such uni- lateral sanctions by the United States, Vance said: "I do not rule it out." The U.S. Navy now has ships sta- tioned in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea near Iran. Sadr said the Western nations de- pended on the oil supplies through the Kormoz Strait and would have to bear "the great economic blow" bound to result from such a step. But, he said, there was a "remote'1 possibility of the U.S. warships launching a blockade of the gulf. Morteza Movahedteadeh, chief of the stale-run Trading Co., said a naval blockade of Iran would "damage the world economy more than the economy of Iran." The remark was meant to warn the Western countries and Japan that they stood to lose more than Iran in the event of a naval blockade. Sadr said any blockade of food shipments to Iran would not be effec- tive because U.S. multinational firms would find ways to break the blockade and furnish Iran with the needed food- grains. "At this moment, the state of Amer- ica is he said. "On one hand, multinational com- panies find different means to sell us their goods and have even created subsidiary companies under varying titles to provide us with goods specially required by us." Lately, he said, the Austrian Am- bassador, JoJiann Plainer, had come to him and assured him Iran could buy all its requirements from Austria in the event of a U.N.-sponsored blockade. "The Austrian Ambassador even said Austria was not prepared at all to join tbis economic Sadr said. "Some other countries have made similar offers to us." He said Iran had also received otters from Latin American govern- ments to offset the effect of a boycott of Iran-bound ships by U.S. dockworkers. He did not elaborate on those offers. Sadr declared, "We can meet the shortages with what we have purchased, what we have in reserve and what we produce." By TOM GIBB Staff Writer No matter how big the nostalgia crate gets, few motorists are going to look fondly back on the good old days of gasoline lines. But memories, of the gasoline lines may have popped into a few heads this week when the Lundberg Letter, an inde- pendent oil industry newsletter, reported that service stations should be getting only 89.4 percent of the gasoline this monlh that they got in January 1979- Still, say those close to the situation, gasoline lines for the time being, at least are likely to remain little more than nostatgia. "As far as we're Gov- ernor's Energy Office spokesman Kirk Wilson said Thursday, "we' don't antici- Dealer Faces 27-Year Jail Term for Price-Gouging BOSTON (UPI) A gas station owner who charged the highest prices in the United States during last sum- mer's gasoline crisis up to a gallon faces up to 27 years in jail for price-gouging. A seven-man, five-woman federal jury Thursday night found Beacon Hill Gulf station owner M. Heller guilty of all 27 counts of criminal price gouging. In a 2 Vj-year period, the govern- ment charged, Heller charged up to 70 cents per galtoti above Ihe max- imum price allowed by law. Heller is believed to be (he first gasoline dealer convicted of price- gouging in federal court since gasoline prices began their steady rise several years ago. U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobet set Feb. 4 for sentencing. Heller could receive a maximum 27-year prison sentence and be required to pay fines of up to (See DEALER, Page 3) Photo by DM Baker OFFICES ARE OPENING across the country for the decennial census. At the AJtoocw District census office on llth Avenue, Administrator Edward G. Cessna looks on while Joe Caracciolo assembles cardboard desks. pate any problem in Pennsylvania." Between higher gasoline prices, worsening driving conditions and a pos- sible realization that energy conservation is needed> motorists have begun using less gasoline. Last; month, consumption in Pennsylvania 7 percent, beloK what it In December, 1978, Mr, Wilson said. Seven percent is exactly what the federal Department of Energy had in mind when it asked earlier this year for state's to decrease energy consumption. "We're satisfied now that things have slowed down in Pennsylvania, and we should have no problem meeting the De- partment of Energy's 7 percent de- crease." Mr. Wilson said. Locally, the gas station owners who were kept constantly perplexed by the energy crisis last spring now seem to be a little more relaxed. Few have more gasoline than they know what to do with, but most say that with the current downturn in fuel usage they should be able to make it through the winter. "I don't think there'll be any prob- State Garage owner Walter Ake said Thursday. "I don't think we'll have those problems because thegallonage (the amount of gasoline being purchased) is down a little. People seem to use a little less because it costs more." "It's tight on the said Mallow's Service Station owner John Mallow. "You can't afford to pay for (See GASOLINE, Page 3) Local Census Office Preps For Big Job By REBECCA BENNETT Staff Writer This is more than just an election year, ft is also a decennial census year, and on April 1, Census Day, the task of counting everyone in Ihe nation will begin. Census offices in most parts of the country, including this area, opened Jan. 2 and began hiring supervisory personnel, clerks and enumerators. About temporary workers will be hired nationwide for to per hour. While the decennial census provides figures used by everyone from re- searchers to public policy-makers, it is also important politically. On the basis of census figures, the U.S. House of Representatives is reappor- tloned every 10 years, as required by the Constitution, to reflect population changes. If a state's population changes signifi- cantly, it can lose or gain representatives and, consequently, electoral voles. The number of electoral votes given to a state is the total of its House and Senate seals. A census office has been located in Altoona to take charge of the counties in the 9th Congressional District except Snyder, plus Adams and Cumberland 10 counties in all. Edward G. Cessna of Altoona is Ihe administrator for the local office which (See CENSUS, Page 3) Viet-Style Conflict Seen in Afghanistan GEORGE MEANY "A giant has fallen" George Meany Dies; AFL-CfO Chief 24 Years WASHINGTON (UPI) George Mcany, the sharp-tongued New York CLly plumber who rose to head of the nation's largest labor federation for 24 years, died Thursday night after a lengthy illness. He was 85. Meany retired as president of the 13.6 million-member AFL-CIO last November after a career in which he wielded a powerful influence on American domestic and foreign policy for nearly a quarter- century. He also played a major role in the political scene, generally following the Democratic Party camp, although he re- fused to endorse Sen. George McGovern in 1972 because of McGovern's opposition to the Vietnam War. The federation endorsed candidate Jimmy Carter in W76, but relations with the Carter White House quickly soured over economic issues and Meany would only give the president a "C minus" rating. But the administration had high praise for Meany. In a statement early today, Carter called Meany an American institution, a patriot and a fighter for social justice who "changed the shape of our nation for the better in hundreds of ways, great and small through the force of his character and (he integrity of his beliefs." Carter, who like seven other presidents was counseled by Meany, said Meany "left America a freer, stronger, more just society than he found It. George Mcany's enduring monument "will be the united free irade union movement he helped create "Pope John Paul II put it best at the White House just three months ago, when he clasped George Meany's hands and said simply: 'You do good work for your people.' We all were George Meany's people, and the good work he did will continue to serve us for a long time to come." "A giant has fallen and freedom has lost a said Carter's labor secre- tary, Ray Marshall, upon learning of his death. MEANY, Page II) KABUL, Afghanistan (UPI) Reports oE guerrilla victories against Soviet troops in Afghanistan have sparked predictions that .the Kremlin faces a Vietnam-style conflict in the coming months, an Asian diplomat said. Moslem rebels Thursday reported they jeized Faizabad, a provincial capital in northeastern. Afghanistan, and the Jung' newspaper in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, said the guerrillas killed 400 Russian troops and shot down two Soviet helicopters in the same moutainous northeastern region of Afghanistan. Western diplomats confirmed that Faizabad, capital of Badakhshan prov- ince, was laken by Ihe Afghans. "With Faizabad in their hands, the whole north- eastern corner of the country belongs to Ihe one diplomat said. Guerrillas are even pressing fl- and 10- year-old children into the front lines of their war against invading Soviet forces, guerrilla leaders near the Pakistani border said. Moslem leaders atso reported suc- cesses in nearby Kunnar province and in Paktia province in the southeast, but they were not confirmed by independent sources. In the lirst days ot the invasion. Western military experts doubted the lightly armed Moslems could go up against Soviet armor successfully, but the sudden victories claimed by guerrillas combined with widespread reports of ci- vilian attacks on isolated Russian soldiers could change that view. "The strife will continue just as it did for the Americans in said an Asian diplomat. "First here, then there." Afghanistan's new leader, BabraJt KarmaV, Thursday said his regime was "liquidating the consequences" ot the rule of executed leader Hafizullah Amin. He said he hoped to pursue a non-aligned policy with the aid of Ihe Soviet Union, the Tass news agency reported from Kabul. Karmal told a news conference Ihe estimated force of up to 85.000 Russian soldiers on Afghan soil will be withdrawn "as soon as the United States puts an end to its aggressive policy" on Afghan- istan. The UN. General Assembly Thursday took up (he Afghan crisis over strong Soviet and Afghan protests. Afghanistan's new Foreign Minister Shah Mohammad Dost took the floor as Ihe debate's first speaker to say the Soviet troops arrived at "the repeated request of Afghanistan" to defend it against "foreign- intervention." Bul China, Japan, Senegal and Colom- bia blasted the Russians in the opening debate. Nations Open Debate UNITED NATIONS (UPI) The U.N. General Assembly began its debate on the Afghan crisis with countries big and small denouncing the Soviet Union for its in- vasion of the formerly non-aligned coun- try. The Security Council today was to take up another crisis by voting on a resolution for economic sanctions against Iran to punish (he Islamic republic for holding 50 Americans hostage. The Assembly debated the Afghan is- sue Thursday following a Soviet veto Monday in the Security Council of a proposal to withdraw all foreign troops from Afghanistan. No country has a veto in the General Assembly. Also on Thursday, U.S. Ambassador Donald McHenry told UPI the United States had the nine votes needed in the Council to pass the sanctions resolution against Iran McHenry would not say if he expected the Soviets to cast another veto in the present CoJd War atmosphere. In the Mirror Housing for Aged Park Repairs Duncansville is one of several sites in a four-county area being con- sidered for federally subsidized housing for the elderly. The ques- tion is whether Duncansville wants it. Borough Council was confronted with that question this week and decided yes..................Page 22. Coach Missing Bo Rein, 34, was football coach at North Carolina State until he quit this year to take the same job at LSU. Friday, while on a recruiting trip, the private plane in which he was riding went out of control and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean. He and the pilot are missing and pre- sumed dead......................Page Yesterday's Circulation: Lakemont Park needs money for repairs to its casino and dam and to dredge the lake. Its advisory board has asked the county for but no money was budgeted in 1980. In- stead, (he commissioners will apply for funds from Ihe state....Page 23. INDEX Accidents.......3 Movies......14-15 Area.............21 M.Y. Obituaries.......4 Crime...........11 Features.......14 Sports.......18-21 TV Dating.....2) WEATHER TONIGHT: Colder, with rain chang- ing to flurries. Low 12-22. TOMORROW: Partly cloudy and cold, lingering flurries. High in the 20s. Details......................Page ;