Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1974
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Cyclone Kills 40; Thousands Left Homeless in Australia
SYDNEY (UPI) — Tropical Cyclone Tracy struck the city of Darwin Wednesday, inflicting heavy casualties and demolishing or seriously damaging much of the city. Thousands of persons were made fameless.
Defense Minister Lance Bar nard said there were at least 40 deaths when the twister hit early Christmas day.
“The toll may easily go even higher.’’ a spokesman for the
Natural Disaster Organization said. “Hundreds of people have been injured. About 90 percent of the houses in the whole of Darwin have been demolished or seriously damaged
A newsman on the scene said at least half the 40,(KH) people in the area were homeless.
Five ships were reported aground in Darwin harbor.
Officials said plans wert* being made in Darwin to move 25,000 residents from the city
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where the 125-mile-an-hour winds blew off roofs, overturned cars and littered the streets with rubble.
“The hospital in Darwin was evacuated before the cyclone hit — the hospital roof was torn off,” a relief official said. “The hospital is now able to operate in only a limited way.”
“There are medical and surgical teams on their way from other centers in Australia. Australian naval aircraft tomorrow (Thursday) will fly Red Cross personnel and blood supplies from Sydney and Brisbane to Darwin,” he said.
The officials also said th ret* navy ships including the Carrier Melbourne would sail Thursday, followed by another three ships later.
Australian Broadcasting Commission reporters said several airline as well as charter operators were being asked to make aircraft available to fly out residents, mainly women and children.
The ABC said it was hoped to evacuate most of the city in the next ten days to reduce the strain on Darwin’s demolished power and water resources.
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Angleton: Agree with Part of Press Story on Illegal Spying
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WASHINGTON — .lames Angleton, the former chief of CIA counterintelligence who resigned Tuesday, has said he agrees with some of the charges leveled against the agency.
The New York Times said in its Sunday editions that Angleton lead an illegal spying operation on dissidents in the U.S. Angleton said Tuesday that he .thinks the report was exaggerated but there was “something to it.”
“I agree with some of it,” he said
Former CIA Director Richard Helms has denied allegations that the agency conducted the espionage during his tenure An official report on the allegations reportedly contains material that is all new to Secretary of State Kissinger.
A state department spokesman issued the denial in Helms’ name Tuesday but declined to amplify on it. Helms now is ambassador to Iran
Other sources said the present CIA director. William
E. Colby, has given Kissinger a report requested by President Ford on the published allegations
Ford and Kissinger spoke Tuesday by telephone about the (TA controversy. The secretary was expected to transmit Colby’s report and Helms-’tatement to Ford in Vail, Colo., by the next available courier, the sources said.
The New York Times reported that some of the domestic operations dated back to the 1950s but that they reached a peak during Richard Nixon’s presidency. Helms was CIA director from 1900 to 1973.
Federal law prohibits the CIA from engaging in domestic intelligence operations. That is the FBI’s responsibility.
The latest bombshell came Tuesday when a distraught Angleton, said he was quitting after 31 years because “my usefulness has ended” and the agency was getting involved in “police state” activities.
Ile said he submitted his resignation A CIA spokesman said Angleton “retired "
Angleton, contacted by telephone at his home in
Confessed Plotter in L.A. Scheme Linked to Mafia
LOS ANGELES (IPI) - An accountant linked by congressional investigators with the Mafia has confessed to helping a plot to Ii Nit the city treasury of millions of dollars, a court hearing was told Tuesday.
Bernard Howard. 52, Yonkers, N.Y., confessed a few hours after he was arrested, district attorney’s Investigator Frank Kovaeevich testified.
Kovacevich appeared at a preliminary hearing for Howard and codefendant Morton Freeman. 47.
The hearing concluded with aa arder by Judge Warren Deering, binding them tier far trial aa ll canals af fargery, attempted graad theft and receiving stalea praperty. Arraignment was scheduled far Jan. 7.
Howard and Freeman are accused of being part of an alleged Mafia plan to steal $9 million using city treasury cheetul Eighteen of the checks, already inked with the city comptroller's signature, were allegedly stolen last March by
a trusted city employe, whose identity investigators have not determined
One of the checks was successfully passed, using New York and European banks, and SKK),(NM) was collected at a bank in Amsterdam by a man identified by Interpol as a notorious international swindler
Howard and Morton were arrests! Dec. 7 with the aid of a convicted bank swindler and informant for senate organized crime investigators, Michael Raymond Morton and Howard were arrested when they received from Raymond bags containing what they allegedly believed to Im* $12 million in cash from the stiller! checks. which Raymond had “laun-dered” through foreign banks.
Raymond was paid a $45.(MMI reward by the city for his aid rn breaking the scheme.
Raymond testified that he was told that well known Mafia leaders were behind the plot Senate investigators have said Howard had been linked iii testimony to a top New York Mafia chief
suburban northern Virginia. said: “Look, I haven’t slept in three days. I’m in my pajamas now and there’s a TV crew outside waiting to sit* me and the telephone keeps ringing. ”
Asked to spell out reasons for his resignation. Angleton said slowly:
“Sub in Vietnam”
“Police state . . . Soviet bloc . . . fragmentation ... I had a son in the infantry in Vietnam. Went from private to corporal.”
Was the son killed or wounded?
“No,” Angleton said “I think he’s okay."
He said he thought the Times’ disclosures were exaggerated but there was “something to it.”
“I agree with someof it,” he said
Angleton said he was quitting at 57 rather than stay on to retirement age. “I have to leave now.” he said "My usefulness had ended. I do not know what I will do.”
Fire Damages Kress Facility At Quasqueton
QUASQUETON — Damage could go as high as $1(M).!MN) in a blaze which gutted portions of the Kress Manufacturing Co. a mile north of here Christmas eve.
Authorities said Russell Kress, who lives adjacent to his plant in a mobile home, was alerted when his telephone, linked to the factory telephones, began ringing incessantly about 11 30 p m Tuesday
Kress looked out, saw the glow from the blaze, ran to his pickup and drove to a neighbor's to call Quasqueton and Winthrop firemen
Firemen battled the blaze several hours, then were t ailed back about 5:30 a iii. when the flames rekindled.
The company, which employes IK persons, provides custom machine work for
Gcu#tte Photo by Doon* Crock
A Season s Greeter
One of Santa's helpers made an unexpected stop Tuesday afternoon at Moorman Equipment Co., 5950 Sixth street SW. The firm had suspended a lighted and decorated Christmas tree from a crane for the last several days, which attracted much attention from highway 218 travelers. Company officials hoisted Santa’s helper, Dick Rathjens, 6532 Danburn lane NE, high above the tree to wave a Merry Christmas to passing motorists.
Food Up; Middlemen Blamed Hiiacker |s
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The retail cost af a year’s supply af farm-produced groceries has gone up $184 in the last year, with larger middleman shares accounting for all but $12 of the increase, the agriculture department says. ,
The department announced on Tuesday that annual food cost for a theoretical family went up $19 in November. The farmer’s share of the annual retail price decline! $12 but the middleman's imrtion rose $31 A food market basket cost an annual rate of $1.79K for the theoretical household, up from $1,779 in October and $1,834 in
November of 1973, officials said
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middleman shares of the annual cost, which had declined slightly the previous month, increased for most market basket food items in
November. Middlemen include food processors, wholesalers and retailers
Officials have predicted retail food prices will continue upward at this year’s pace at least through mid-1975, with higher middlemen expenses and increases for some farm products as the cause
Pope Paul Calls Christmas Bright Flash of Hope
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VATICAN (TTY (AP) -Pope Paul VI said Wednesday that Christmas offers “a bright flash ’ in a “splendid and tor merited” world marred by conflicts among men and nations
Christmas “is a sourer* of happiness and hope,” the Roman Catholic Pontiff said in his annual Christmas message delivered at noon to a crowd of more than ’MI INX) gatherer! in St Peter's square
“We must imprint on our minds this blessed moment revealing the religious and existential truth of our life, a moment winch, like a bright flash, enables us to see the panorama of the trite human situation,” thr* Pop** declared
the Pope said people la day arr “tile pupils af a socalled ne# humanistic satiety
. . that set up in rigid institu tianali/ed formulas conflicts of
nations, races, classes and personal interests ”
The 77 year-old Pontiff burked tired An hour earlier he celebrated Mass in St Peter s basilica And just before midnight on Christmas eve, in ceremonies televised to 45 nations, he inaugurated the 1975 Holy Year and dedicated it to spiritual renewal and reconciliation both within the Roman Catholic Church and among all men.
In a homily during the midnight Mass that followed, tin* Pope asked Roman Catholics to “come, united in heart and soul, to celebrate together the jubilee of renewal and reconciliation.” Ile also extended the invitation "to the wide circles of non-Christian mankind
In another economic development, the labor department said there was an increase of 0 3 percent during the week ended lbs*. 7 over the previous week in the number of persons claiming unemployment benefits.
Thirty-eight states posted longer jobless benefit rolls arid the over-all increase was 155 WHI persons.
The increase brought the jobless rate for those covered by unemployment insurance lo 4 8 percent, or about 3,123,.‘MNI persons. A year earlier that rate was 2 8 percent, or 1.715..‘MNI persons The current national unemployment rate for all persons is around 8 5 percent and totals about six million persons.
That’s Texas For You
HOUSTON (API - (hmmIvmII Industries, which employs physically handicapped persons to repair items dropped in collection boxes around the city, says it finds some very (Mid things in those boxes
Dick Moore, a Goodwill spokesman, said Tuesday that during the Christmas season this year, these items were found in collection boxes:
Four 20 foot-tall artificial Christman trees, a skin diver s suit, a complete electronic security system, a mink stole and a motorcycle
ROME (AP) — A passenger on an Air India jumbo jet bolted into the cockpit during a flight from Beirut to Rome and commandeered the plane for more than two hours before the crew finally subdued hun, airport police reported
The Boeing 747, flying Air India’s flight 105 from New Delhi with about 140 persons aboard, landed safely at Rome's Eiumicmo airport.
Josef Ilomotov, 31, a Czech -Canadian. was turned over to Italian police following the incident.
“At first be grabbed a flashlight and held it above my head,” the captain of the plane, A. M Kapur, 50. said “Then he pulled a small pocket knife and began to fool around with instruments. He wanted to c rush the plane Taking advantage of his brief distraction, the co-pilot and the* flight engineer jumped on him The captain said the* man made no specific rt*quest except that he wanted the plane to proceed to Rome — it bad been scheduled to laud in Rome anyway — and that he didn t believe it was Rome when the plane circled over the city.
Ilomolov was convinced he was over Rome only after seeing the dom** of St Peter s basilica, police said
Ilomolov told the* crew he bail carried a bomb on bourd but none was found following the landing
Crashes in With Car, Tells Threat
WASHINGTON (AP) -A man dressed in Arab grab and apparently wired to an explosive device surrendered to police after about four hours, the secret service said.
WASHINGTON (UPI) - A man dressed in an Arab headdress and warning his body was wired with a bomb crashed through the White House gate in a car early Christmas morning and threatened to blow himself up in the driveway just a few feet from the North Portico.
City police said the man told them he had wired himself with a bomb which would go off if they tried to apprehend him.
The man — identified by th** secret service as Marshall Fields, jr., son of a U.S. state department employe — left the automobile and began talking to heavily armed guards through a Arab language interpreter provided by the FBI.
A woman said to be his mother also was talking to him.
Chief Earl Dresher, head of the White House Executive Protection Service, said the man had made no demands. He still was talking to authorities three and a half hours after the breakin.
President Ford and his family were on a skiing vacation in Vail. Colo.
Wire Wrapped The man subsequently removed two Immune batts from the ear and placed them on the ground. A wire wrapped around his leg was connected to the bags He held his black-gloved hands away from his body as if to indicate he was making no immediate move.
The car was surrounded. Police cordoned off the area within a block of the White House but from nearby Lafayette park, across the street, reporters and photographers could see the drama unfolding “There is a definite threat,” said secret service Agent William Hawthorne.
A bomb squad was immediately called to the scene and police blocked off traffic within a two-block arca of the White House.
Crashed Through The man stopped his car near the North Portico about .'MNI feet inside the fence after crashing through the northwest gate on Pennsylvania avenue at 8 07 a rn CST,
A secret service spokesman said “It’s a standoff right now,”
There was no indication what the man wanted, the secret service said About 8 a rn a police car drove up with a woman inside A police inspector said th** woman was the man’s mother. The inspector said the man used both American and Arabic names. There was no further identification
Buckled I rider The heavily guarded iron gates were closed when the man rammed his automobile through them Th** secret service said th** gate buckled under the impact. The automobile did riot appear to Im* damaged severely, lls motor still was running hours later The secret service said th** man was dressed in Arab
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