Bakersfield Californian (Newspaper) - November 2, 1974, Bakersfield, California
Magruder says he had scapegoat role assigned
Campaign nears endBrown, Flournoy due for debate tonight
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeb Stuart Magruder has testified that even as he participated in the early stages of the Watergate cover-up, he knew that senior Nixon re-election committee officials were planning to sacrifice him to save themselves.Rabbits as food halted
TULSA, Okla. (UPI) - An elderly couple will have to find a new source of meat for their dinner table. The city commission ruled Friday that Albert San-dridge, 74, and his wife, Martha, 73. can no longer raise and butcher their own rabbits.
A 60-day period was allowed for the couple to raise and slaughter the 12 rabbits already in their hutch, but a change in menu will have to follow.
An ordinance, passed in 1973, prohibits growing any domestic feed animals in residentially-zoned areas.
At the suggestion of Finance Commissioner William Morris Jr., the health department was directed to study the possibility of am-mending the ordinance to permit the keeping of a maximum of three small animals.
But in the meantime Albert and Martha will have to find another source of meat after nearly two decades of raising rabbits for their table.Ex-ITT chief residence hit by terrorists
LOS ANGELES (UPI) - The bombing of the home of a former International Telephone and Telegraph president was a “warning” to ail ITT personnel to see that the corporation heeds the demands of the New World Liberation Front, according to a reported message from the group which claimed responsibility for the explosion.
The NWLF took responsibility for the blast in a letter sent to the Los Angeles Free Press Friday. Tom Thompson, Free Press city editor, said the communique arrived in the noon mail and contained threats and demands against ITT.
Thompson also said the letter contained instructions to the Free Press, an underground paper, asking that it “not hand over original copies” to police or other members of the press.
Santa Clara County sheriff’s Lt. Elton Heck confirmed that a bomb exploded early Thursday on the front lawn at the Robert D. Hallock home in Los Altos.
Heck said there were no injuries and the residents did not inspect the damage until later that morning. Hallock was not immediately available but his wife said the front of the home was damaged and some lights were broken. She added that her husband had resigned from ITT some time ago.
In the communique, the NWLF said “all top decision-making ITT personnel” will be “held personally responsible for the failure of the corporation to make a public response to our demands.
“If you refuse to consider our demands, we guarantee that you shall suffer further repercussions for your brutality against humanity. Every time you start your car, every time you open a door, we want you to stop and consider the people of Chile and our demands.”
The NWLF has previously taken responsibility for bombs planted at Sheraton hotels here and in San Francisco. The hotel chain is owned by ITT.
The NWLF has demanded that ITT admit complicity in Chile’s “murderous coups,” take steps to release all political prisoners in the South American country and put an end to “all murder and torture” by the military junta there.
Luna orbits moon
MOWCOW (UPI) - The Soviets’ automated spacecraft Luna 23 went in orbit
around the moon today, the official Tass
news agency said.
The space ship was launched last Monday to explore the surface of the moon.
“All systems of the space station are functioning normally,” the dispatch said.Weather
Expected high today.............68
Expected overnight low...........48
Expected high Sunday............72
Sunrise 6:19 Sunset: 5:OI
Rainfall to date................2.17
This date last year..............0.16
Isabella Dam............... 243,252
Inflow: 355 cfs Outflow: 596 cfs
Variable cloudiness today, clear tonight, sunny and warmer Sunday.
Magruder said that in the summer of 1972 John N. Mitchell and others were maneuvering to have him take the blame for Watergate. Magruder added that he did not discover until Friday how intent they were on setting him up.
Magruder testified Friday to the complex machinations of his superiors, during his fourth day on the witness stand at the Watergate cover-up trial. Defense lawyers will resume cross-examination of the former deputy director of the Nixon reelection committee on Monday, when the trial enters its sixth week.
The 39-year-old Magruder frequently acted more like a courtroom lawyer than a witness, once even drawing a warning from U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica to stop interrogating a defense attorney.
Defendant Kenneth W. Parkinson’s lawyer, Jacob Stein, started the spirited courtroom dialogue by questioning Magruder about allegations that Magruder could not account for large amounts of campaign funds at the committee.
Wrhen Stein bored in on Magruder on the money issue, the boyish-faced Magruder said sharply:
“I never took any money from the committee and you know that. That was another part of the efforts of the defendants to make me a scapegoat.”
Besides Mitchell and Parkinson, the other defendants in the trial are former White House aides John D. Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman, and former Nixon campaign official Robert C. Mardian.
With the jury and Magruder out of the courtroom, Stein had said earlier that Mitchell, talking to Parkinson in July of 1972, had accused Magruder of being a
WASHINGTON (UPI) - Figures released Friday by one of the country’s largest food retailers show that for most of 1974, the margin between what a food store pays for meat and what it charges its customers was lower than in 1973.
The figures released by Donald S. Perkins, board chairman of Jewel Co. in Chicago, cover both cents per pound and per cent for average retail cuts of meat. Perkins said if the average retail prices for beef may appear low, that’s because they include 180 pounds of fat and bone — sold for about IO cents a pound —that is obtained from every 600-pound carcass.
Consumer representatives said Perkins’ information, released during the
DONALD S. PERKINS (UPI Telephoto)Delays virtually halt oil trust suit prosecution
WASHINGTON (UPI) — Federal Trade Commission lawyers say their prosecution of alleged antitrust violations by the country’s eight largest oil companies has met so many delays it has “ground to a virtual halt.”
Fifteen months ago the staff lawyers accused the companies of adding to the country’s energy problems by smothering competition in the development of gasoline refineries.
Friday the lawyers filed papers with the commission asking that ground rules for taking depositions —questioning the firms —be changed to help them learn the facts. They said the present rules allow the companies to challenge each attempt to obtain information and would result in the questioning taking IO years.
“The cold facts are these — that 15 months have passed since the complaint was filed; that IO months have passed since the case was at issue, and our discovery plan was filed; that during this extended period, only nine depositions have been taken, merely scratching the surface of our first wave of discovery; and that the factual development of this case has ground to a virtual halt,” the staff request said.
liar and of having “sticky fingers” in his handling of committee funds.
Stein’s repeated cross-examination on the issue drew an angry lecture from Magruder who declared, “I’ve admitted my guilt many times.”
Magruder said that while he admitted knowing of the breakin in advance and then spending nine months attempting to cover it up, he never stole any campaign money.
“I have made a terrible, terrible blunder, a terrible tragic mistake that I’m trying to rectify and I’m in prison for it.”
Magruder, currently serving a ten-month to four-year prison term, pleaded guilty to conspiring to obstruct justice in the cover-up.
Magruder said that on July 15,1972, a month after the break-in, he remembers Parkinson, a lawyer hired to defend the committee on Watergate, questioning him about the value of his house and his financial well-being.
Stein said that Parkinson thought Magruder made up the story that the Watergate breakin was financed by the re-election committee to cover up Magruder’s own mishandling of committee funds.
Magruder testified thac at the time he trusted Parkinson as a friend and neighbo whose children even attended the same schools as his own.
“I knew I was being set up,” Magruder said with a smile, adding:
“I guess I was being set up even more than I thought I was then.”
Magruder said it is clear to him now, upon learning of Mitchell’s accusations to Parkinson, “that I was being made a scapegoat.”
final day of a government conference on costs, prices and productivity in the food industry, represents the first time a major food chain had “opened its books to the public.”
For the total meat department of Jewel food stores, Perkins said, the average cost for meat through the first eight months of this year was 73.7 cents a pound. The average retail price of this same meat was 92.5 —for a margin of 18.8 cents a pound or 20.3 per cent.
These figures compare with the following data Perkins cited for 1973: average cost per pound of meat of 75.7 cents; average retail price of 96.2 cents per pound and a margin of 20.5 cents a pound or 21.3 per cent.
In 1971, Perkins said, the Jewel stores paid an average of 54.7 cents a pound for their meat, charged an average of 71.4 cents and realized a margin of 16.7 cents or 23.3 per cent. In 1972, the average cost was 60.8 cents per pound with an average retail price of 79.2 cents for a margin of 18.4 cents a pound or 23.2 per cent.
A store’s margin is not the same as its profit. It also includes operating cost.
Breaking out figures for beef, Perkins said, shows that gross margin per pound has ranged from 15.5 cents to 19.1 cents during the first eight months of 1974. The per cent range for margins has been from 17.1 per eent to 20.2 per cent in 1974.
This compares with an average margin per pound of 17.1 cents per pound in 1973,17.2 cents per pound in 1972 and 15.1 cents per pound in 1971. Percentage of margins per pound were 18.7 inl973, 22.2 in 1972 and 20.8 in 1971.
Jewel is one of the IO largest food chains in the country. It operates 250 stores under the Jewel name in Chicago as well as Star Markets in Boston, Eisner Food Stores in central Illinois and Indiana and Buttry Food Stores in Montana, Idaho and eastern Washington.
Perkins said the meat and beef price data normally is confidential because “I don’t want my competitors to know what I am doing.’’ But he said he made the information public because the “theoretical statistics” by the Agriculture Department on retail meat price spreads is “so inaccurate.”
He said while his store has been realizing gross margins on beef ranging from 15 to 19 cents a pound this year, the Agriculture Department has been contending that retail margins were in excess of 40 cents.Nixon
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discussing Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger’s visits to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. The 61-year-old Nixon, appearing thin, was wearing a white hospital gown and stretched back on a slightly elevated bed as Ford talked of plans to visit South Korea, Japan and the Soviet Union.
When Ford asked, “How was your night?” Nixon replied, “None of my nights are too good.”
*(ter the visit> Mrs- Nixon> along with the Nixon daughters, Tricia Cox and Julie Eisenhower, was embraced by Ford. The former first lady was heard to say she thought the visit helped her husband.
In a brief news conference, Ford said, Mr. Nixon is coming along very, very well... he showed a great deal of strength both physically and mentally. ”
Veteran character actor Chubby Johnson died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 71. Johnson played in more than IOO films and 300 tv shows.—(AP Wirephoto)
Trick-treat candy fatal
to child, 8
PASADENA, Tex. (AP) — Pasadena police have asked parents to confiscate trick-ortreat candy their children collected in the suburban Bowling Green subdivision, following the cyanide poisoning death of an 8-year-old boy.
Police Lt. E.L. Goad asked Friday that candy received by trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood be brought to police headquarters for examination.
An autopsy on the body of Timothy O’Bryan of Deer Park showed that the child died from cyanide in a 22-inch-long tube of powdered candy, Goad said.
The boy's father, Ronald O’Bryan, who took Timothy, 5year-old daughter Elizabeth and some neighborhood children on their trick-or-treat rounds, said Timothy ate some of the candy just before going to bed Thursday night.
“It seems like it wasn’t long before he was up and complaining his stomach hurt and he didn’t feel good,” O’Bryan said. “He was bent over vomiting, and I was holding him when he just went limp. It’s so disheartening to think there wasn’t more we could do.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Houston Flournoy and Edmund G. Brown Jr. scheduled a day of private conferences with advisers today In preparation for the final major event of the campaign for governor.
That is their sixth face-toface debate, slated for airing tonight on KNBC television in Los Angeles.
After that, the long campaign is all oyer except for a few election eve formalities and then the voting.
Ifs the end of more than a year of active campaigning by both Brown and Flournoy, plus another two to three years of behind-the-scenes preparations, and it could end up surprisingly close.
Flournoy, the Republican who found himself running against Watergate and inflation, goes into the final hours of the campaign still the underdog, down by eight percentage points in Mervin Field’s final California Poll.
That’s six points closer than he was two months ago, and Flournoy says the momentum is with him and he can sense “the biggest political upset in the history of this state.”
Brown, the Democratic frontrunner since the campaign began, said he believes Flournoy’s campaign has peaked and that Flournoy has won all the support he can find.
The gubernatorial campaign has had three major events in the past two days, giving contradictory hints to the outcome of the race.
VOTERS — Final registration figures released Friday show that 67.5 per cent of the 429,863 new voters who signed up since the June primary registered Democratic Only 17.4 per cent registered Republican.
POLL — The final Field Poll narrowed Brown’s lead to 48-40, just about half of his margin in August.
FORD — The President’s Thursday night visit put the spotlight on Flournoy and raised about $200,000 for Flournoy. But Ford also visited Nixon in the hospital for a link to the past that few California Republicans wanted.
Campaigning through Los Angeles County Friday, Brown charged that the unclaimed bank accounts which are collected for the state by the controller’s office are “a major scandal” in Flournoy’s office.
“Long after the election, we’ll still be counting up millions that must be regained by the state,” Brown said.
Brown also said there should be an investigation of press accounts that two letters being held secret by the controller’s office contain admission from two major banks that they owe the state “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
A Flournoy spokesman, chief deputy controller Kirk West, said that was “absolutely, totally, completely false.” West said the controller has asserted claims against the banks, but the banks have denied the claims.U.S. fights McClatchy broadcasting control
FRESNO (AP) — The Justice Depart- leading broadcast group in the area, the ment is seeking to block the McClatchy department said.
Newspapers from continuing to operate The FCC was asked to schedule a pub-KMJ-TV and KMJ-AM and FM radio sta- lie hearing to determine whether such lions in Fresno. domination is in the public interest.
The department’s antitrust division A Fresno-based firm is trying to block urged the Federal Communications renewal of KMJ-TV’s license and hopes Commission Friday to deny the compa- to operate the station itself. ny’s application of the station’s broadcast R.W. Millard, head of San Joaquin licenses. Communications Corp., said an applica-
In a petition filed with the FCC, de- tion has been filed with the FCC to take partment lawyers contended that the over the UHF channel, company, which publishes the Fresno “We believe we can operate better Bee, dominates the Fresno mass media than the McClatchys through a program market. The Bee is the only daily news- schedule which is more responsive to the paper published in the Fresno metropoli- concerns of Fresno and the surrounding tan area and the stations constitute the communities,” Millard said.keep
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Margin on beef cut, says Jewel Co. head