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   Daily Tribune, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1974, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin                               THE DAILY TRIBUNE Fifty-Ninth Year-No. INFORMING THE SOUTH WOOD COUNTY AREA OF WISCONSIN Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, 54494, Monday, January 14, 1974 12 Pages 15c SPARKLING RACE Glints sun make the waters of Long Island Sound sparkle during an interclub dinghy race at the Larchmont Yacht Club in suburban Westchester County Sunday. The event was won by Patrick O'Neil. (AP Wirephoto) Oilmen more output possible WASHINGTON (AP) Offi- cials of some of the nation's largest oil companies acknowl- edge that their industry could have produced more domestic crude oil in recent years but decided against it because it wouldn't have been profitable. The officials said their com- panies were only exercising sound business judgments in ig- noring such oil, and, to a man, they blamed federal policies and regulations for the situ- ation. Ten executives from eight of the biggest 10 oil companies made their statements in sepa- rate interviews with The Asso- ciated Press. Most of the men asked not to be identified either by name or by company. "The oil we're talking about is in fields that are in secon- dary and tertiary recovery said one of the offi- cials. "It's very expensive to produce that oil and with the prices we could have gotten for it (under federal price regu- lation) in past years, we would have lost money. "To some people, I know that's going to sound evil. But we have a business proposition here. It's hard-headed business economics." The industry executives were unanimous in blaming federal policies for the lag in domestic oil production. They said price regulation did not allow them sufficient profit to encourage domestic exploration and drill- ing. Also cited were the delays in development of the North Slope in Alaska, restrictions on for- eign imports and the unavaila- bility of new offshore leases. "The combination of govern- ment policies and the lack of new leases made investment by the oil companies in this coun- try somewhat said Norman DeBay, manager of investor relations for the Gulf Oil Corp., the nation's fourth largest oil company. "The oil companies spent their money overseas where the investment opportunities were DeBay said. "I think it's quite a logical thing to have done." A spokesman for the Federal Energy Office said government officials were aware that there is available domestic oil that the industry has failed to pro- duce. "Many of the regulation and policy changes made over the past months have been aimed at making production of that oil more attractive to the in- Gene Curella, the FEO spokesman, said. But he added there was some question wheth- er the industry should have sought those incentives. "It may make good business sense to the industry to leave that oil in the Curella said. "But is it right to place that high a priority on profits when the nation is in the midst of an energy crisis like we have Last month, the Cost of Liv- ing Council approved a a barrel increase in the price of regulated domestic crude oil, bringing to a barrel the price oil companies can charge purchasers. The council earlier had exempted from price con- trols new domestic petroleum production. Mild thaw arrives Court sets aside guarantee asn'.t reallv a heat wave, hut Wisrnnsin nevnrHip- It wasn't really a heat wave, but Wisconsin neverthe- less welcomed a mild thaw with open arms today. The weatherman says the hitter cold of recent days will be replaced by lows tonight in the teens to near 30. Highs Tuesday will be in the 20s and 30s. There's a chance of snow flurries Wednesday and again about Friday. Highs Wednesday and Thursday should be in the teens and 20s. Lows will be from zero into the teens. Wisconsin Rapids had a high of 5 Saturday, and a low of 20 below. Sunday's high was 20, and the low was -13. It was 14 at midnight and 19 at 6 a.m. today. Scattered slippery spots were reported by the state Transportation Department this morning on main roads in the northwest two-thirds and southeast corner of the state, and on secondary roads throughout the state. Goldfish gulper NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP) A world record fell at St. Olaf College when a student swallowed 275 live goldfish in just under six hours Saturday to break the former goldfish swallowing record of 225 fish. Madther Aarsvold, 19, Baldwin, Wis., said he drank apple cider with the fish "so they would have a sweet- er death." Aarsvold said the whole thing started as a bet. of rights in committals WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court today is c t aside a lower court order guar- anteeing constitutional rights to persons being committed to mental institutions. The court acted on procedur- al grounds, saying a three- judge federal panel in Mil- waukee had tackled a constitutional issue sufficient for Supreme Court attention, but had failed to write a specif- ic enough order on which the justices could act. With Justice William 0. Douglas dissenting, the court sent the issue back for addition- al proceedings. The case involved a young woman, Alberta Lessard, taken into custody Oct. 29, 1971, by police who said she either jumped or fell from a second story ledge. She received a hearing on Nov. 24, and was committed, but given an out-patient parole. Attorneys from Milwaukee Legal Services, representing Miss Lessard, filed suit in fed- eral court contending her civil rights had been violated. The three-judge court, agree- ing, said the Wisconsin proce- dure was unconstitutional on nine grounds: failed to require prompt notice of why she was being held. did not require officials to make clear her rights, in- cluding the right to a jury trial. permitted her to be held for more than 48 hours without a preliminary hearing. allowed authorities to hold her more than two weeks without the need for a hearing on whether she should be com- mitted. was not guaranteed a lawyer, hearsay evidence was admitted and she was not given the benefit of the privilege against self-incrimination. was allowed without proof beyond a reason- able doubt that the patient was both mentally ill and dan- gerous. seeking commitment were not required to consider less restrictive alternatives. Wisconsin Atty. Gen. Robert W. Warren, appealing the deci- sion, said the court's con- clusions were based on crimi- nal law and did not apply to determinations of whether a person is mentally ill. Teachers reject offer; strike in 9th day Wisconsin Rapids teachers, by a 226-35 margin, rejected the school board's latest contract offer Sunday night. The strike here today entered its ninth day. The school board and teachers were to appear in Circuit Court at 2 p.m. today to answer contempt of court charges against both sides as a result of a temporary in- junction imposed last Tuesday by Judge James Lcvi, ordering a halt to the strike and con- tinued bargaining. School Board President Gerald Rosekrans said the board will meet this evening, as it did Sunday morning, with administrators, to discuss three possible steps to try to reopen schools. The board and teachers met in face-to-face negotiations Sunday, without a mediator present. While both sides IE WS P A PER fl R C H1V E _ reported offering some con- cessions, the session ''failed to produce an according to Wisconsin Rapids Education Association President Peter Schneider. "At the board's Schneider said, the board's "final" proposal was presented to the teachers, but was rejected. One of the major issues now apparently preventing a con- tract agreement is how many days missed during the strike will be rescheduled and how many days the teachers will be paid for. The board proposed that three clays be 'made up with pay and five days not be made up, and not paid. The board has said it will not schedule makeup days on Saturdays because of poor attendance and other problems on Saturday makeup days following the 1971 teacher strike here. The WREA Sunday proposed that all days lost during the strike be made up, including four on Saturdays. Here are some of the issues on which movement was reported Sunday night: Starting salary: Board offered teachers requested (1973 base was Health insurance: Board offered to pay 90 per cent of family coverage for teachers; teachers requested 95 per cent payment by the board. State retirement fund: Board offered to pay 5 per cent of the teachers' contribution, as requested by teachers. Fair share: Board offered to permit the WREA to collect dues starting next Sept. 1 from all new teachers who do not join the WREA. Teachers do not want the "grandfather clause" included, but also want existing teachers who are not WREA members to be required to pay dues. Noon supervision: Board agreed to teachers' amended proposal for release from noon duties, effective in September. Non-recrimination clause: Board and teachers seek con- tra c t clause preventing penalties or recrimination by either side as a result of the strike. In addition, the teachers still seek an increase in extra duty pay based on experience, seek one paid personal leave day and seek a modified "standards" clatrsc requiring the board to give the WREA written notice of proposed policy changes affecting teachers. The WREA is also proposing that the board 2 Disbar Agnew, judges suggest ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A special three-judge panel rec- ommended today that former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew be disbarred from the practice of law in Maryland. The three Circuit Court judges said that Agnew's eva- sion of income tax, acknow- Poor hit hardest by inflation WASHINGTON (AP) Con- gressional economists say in- flation in 1973 was harder on the nation's poor than other segments of the economy. And, said the report by the Joint Economic Committee, 1974 holds no prospect of im- provement. "There is no indication at this time that the rate of in- flation will moderate in 1974 and consequently the real pur- chasing power of consumers is likely to continue to the report said. It forecast a possible reces- sion because of what it said would be rising unemployment, a sluggish economy and the energy crisis. "la view of the recent slow- down in economic activity and the energy crisis unemploy- ment will certainly increase said the report, written by the committee's Consumer Economics subcom- mittee. "This situation of higher prices and fewer jobs will fur- ther erode consumer income and confidence, which in turn will add substantially to reces- sionary prospets in the report said. It said that middle-income families had to pay more in 1973 to live at 1972 levels be- cause of inflation, but that higher food, housing and fuel prices were about one-third larger for low income con- sumers than in the previous year. The congressional economists said that a middle-income fami- ly earning in 1973 had to spend more to keep the same standard of living ex- perienced in 1972. Two items, alone food prices up and housing costs at more than the pre- vious year accounted for more than half the total rise, the report said. But the report also said middle-income families paid 15 per cent more in taxes and 31 per cent more in Social Secur- ity. Top of kroff mill stack collapses The top 60 to 70 feet of the recovery boiler stack at the Kraft Division of Consolidated Papers, Inc., collapsed shortly before midnight, company of- ficials reported today. No one was injured in the incident and there was no in- terruption of operations. The toppled portion smashed through the roof of the power boiler area over the coal bunkers. According to Kraft Division Manager .lames Esselman, the cause of the collapse is believed to be failure of materials in the 12-foot diameter stainless steel stack. The familiar 100-foot red and white stack is believed to have been the tallest structure in the Wisconsin Rapids area. Plans for replacement are indefinite, a company spokesman said. The remaining portion of the unit will be used temporarily. Crews were cleaning up the damaged materials this morning. ledged in a no-contest plea, was "deceitful and dishonest" and "strikes at the heart of the bas- ic object of the legal profession "We shall therefore recom- mend his disbarment. We see no extenuating circumstances allowing a lesser a 14-page recommendation said. The recommendation goes to the Maryland Court of Appeals, which makes the final decision on whether to bar Agnew from the practice of law. Disciplinary actions were filed by the state bar associ- ation last November after Ag- new pleaded no contest to a federal tax charge and resigned from the vice presidency. The bar association had asked the three judges to dis- bar Agnew. The former vice president, however, had asked the panel to merely suspend him from practicing law, ar- guing that his misconduct was not connected with his duties as a lawyer. Agnew told the judges that he had at no time enriched himself at the expense of his public trust and that there was noth- ing to indicate that he would not faithfully and honestly rep- resent his clients as a lawyer. Bui Circuit Court Judges Shirley B. Jones, Ridgely' P. Melvin Jr., and William H. McCullough said Agnew's con- duct was harmful to the proper administration of justice. "In our opinion, the proper administration of justice, the proper respect of the court for itself and a proper regard for the integrity of the profession compel us to conclude that the respondent is unfit to continue as a member of the bar of this the recommendation said. The three judges said their recommendation was based solely on Agnew's no-contest plea to the tax charge. They said they did not take into con- sideration any of the allega- tions made by the Justice De- partment in Agnew's U.S. Dis- trict Court appearance last Oct. 10. In a 40-page statement of evi- dence, federal prosecutors had alleged that Agnew was in- volved in a system of kickbacks to Maryland politicians from architects and engineers doing non-bid government business. Although Agnew has not practiced law in Maryland since being elected to public of- fice, it is the only state where he was a member of the bar. He appealed to the judges at the hearing last month not to deprive him of his means of earning a living by recom- mending disbarment. The recommendation of the three judges was to be filed to- day with the Court of Appeals which can either accept the dis- barment recommendation, re- duce the penalty to suspension or reprimand Agnew. Egypt, Israel near agreement on Suez pullback Kissinger By Barry Schweid Associated Press Writer Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger said today Egypt and Israel both agree with his ef- forts to get a troop pullback ac- cord on-the Suez front and ne- gotiations have progressed to the detailed drafting stage. "Your secretary of state, when he sticks his fingers in something, he generally brings it to a successful Egyptian Foreign Minister Is- mail Fahmy told newsmen. "And I think he will this time." Sitting on a sunlit veranda at Aswan in upper Egypt, Kissin- ger told the newsmen that his shuttling mediation talks with Egyptians and Israelis are "the toughest I have been in." He and President Anwar Sa- dat set up joint teams of drafts- men to work on the detailed language of an accord to sepa- rate Israeli and Egyptian forces along the uneven and ex- plosive Suez Canal cease-fire lines left from the October Middle East war. "I think both parties agree with the Kissinger said. Kissinger, who delayed his return to Israel by several hours, said he probably will see Sadat again before carrying the proposal back to Jerusalem lat- er today for consideration by the Israeli cabinet. "It is a very tough he added. "It is hard to recon- cile." The fast-traveling American secretary said he may then re- turn to Aswan in what would be the third time in his current tour to get Sadat's reaction to any changes the Israelis might propose. Kissinger and Sadat met at Aswan, the winter resort in up- per Egypt where Sadat has been recuperating from bron- auto license fee, 3c gas fax hikes urged MADISON, Wis. (AP) A three-cent per gallon gasoline tax increase and a increase in automobile license fees was recommended today by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The agency said a study of transportation revenue and needs showed Wisconsin would fall billion short of funds for minimal transportation needs by 1979 under the current tax and license fee. The million per year that the two increases would gener- ate would only go a small way toward offsetting revenue loss- es due to the energy shortage Part of Crosby's lung removed BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) Singer Bing Crosby was in satisfactory condition after a operation in which two-fifths of his left lung and an abscess the size of a small orange were removed, doctors said. Initial tests on the tissue re- moved in the operation Sunday indicated the illness was from a rare fungus and not cancer, said Crosby's physician Dr. Stanley Hanfling. A team of three surgeons per- formed the operation at Penin- sula Hospital after Crosby, who lives in nearby Hillsborough, did not respond to antibiotic treatment. Admitted to the hospital New Year's Eve, Crosby complained of chest and back pains. and meeting construction and maintenance needs, it said. The department said it want- ed the authority to study con- version of the state's present flat fee motor vehicle licenses to a graduated scale based on the value of the vehicle. State and county highway and street improvements will cost S3.8 billion in state money during the next five years, and urban transit million, trie study said. The state's current gasoline tax is seven cents per gallon. The annual passenger car li- cense fee is chitis. Kissinger said the Israeli plan, which reportedly calls for Israeli forces to withdraw more than 20 miles from the Suez Ca- nal, "takes into account" Sa- dat's thinking. Cisewski and Casey file for city council Gerald Casey and Edwin Cisewski filed nomination papers today seeking re- election to their Wisconsin Rapids aldermanic posts. Casey, 44, 1931 Chase St., was elected 7th Ward alderman by the common council in October to fill a vacancy caused by redistncting. Term for the 7th Ward seat will be only for one year while the even ward seats will be for two. A member of the public works committee, Casey has been a Wisconsin Rapids fireman since 1960. As a city employe Casey cannot vote on his salary or other items before the council from which he would directly benefit. Cisewski, 62, 2341 6th St. S-, will be seeking his third con- secutive term. He was elected by council members in 1989. The 20th Ward alderman presently serves on the main- tenance of way committee. He has also been a member of the finance and public property committees. Cisewski is semi- retired. Today's chuckle Procrastination is a fault that most people put off trying to correct. Expect mall developer selection this week Sparks of interest among prospective shopping mall developers may turn into a flame by this weekend. "I'm certain we'll have a developer by this weekend, Robert Harkins, Redevelopment Authority director, said today. Harkins and Garrett Mason, Authority chairman, met last week with Cornelius Moelling, leasing agont for L. F. Sheridan Co., Chicago. Harkins and cither Mason or Authority Vice Chairman Francis Kubisiak are to meet today with officials of Bernard .1, Clark and Associates of Skokie, 111. And Authority of- ficials will meet Wednesday with representatives of Madscn Development Corp., Madison, a group which includes W. F. Mengcl, president of F. F. Mengel Co., Chester Bell, board chairman for Johnson Hill's, Inc., and Bart Starr, former Green Bay Packer quarterback. Last month, Harkins said "it looks like L. F. Sheridan Co. will be approved by Jan. 15." The Madsen group, after a Dec. 18 meeting with Authority mem- bers, said it. would consider taking on the project only if the two Chicago area developers aren't interested. "They've apparently changed their Harkins said today, in reference to the Madsen group's interest in another meeting. EW S   

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