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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 15, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather-- clou Ay tonight and Thursday with a chance of rain. Low to- night in mid 40s. High Thursday in 60s. VOLUME 92 -Nl'MBEK 12G FINAL CITY CKDAH HAPIUS, IOWA, WKDNIvSIMY, MAY 15, ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES ISRAELIS Committee Subpoenas Nixon Diaries, Tapes WASHINGTON (AP) The house judiciary committee voted Wednesday to subpoena tapes of 11 presidential conversations and President Nixon's daily diaries for 8te months in 1972 and 1973. The committee also was noti- fied by John Doar, chief coun- sel of its impeachment inquiry, that he would ask it to vote Thursday to authorize subpoe- nas demanding G2 presidential conversations dealing with the ITT anti-trust settlement and political contributions from the dairy industry. The committee voted 37 lo 1 to subpoena the .tapes of 11 con- versations dealing with the Wa- tergate breakiii and cover-up. A separate vote was taken for each of the time periods cov- ered in the demand for presi- dential diaries. In each case it was approved overwhelmingly. May 22 Both subpoenas require a re- sponse by 9 a.m. CDT on May 99 tib. The conversations subpoenaed were two on April 4, 1972; six on June 20, 1972, and three on June 23, 1972. The only dissenter on the vote for that subpoena was Rep. Hutchinson of Michigan, the ranking Republican on the com- mittee. He has opposed all sub- poena moves on the grounds that the demand would be un- enforceable. Doar explained the time Watergate Panel Asks More Time To File Report WASHINGTON (AP) The senate Watergate committee Wednesday concluded it is un- able to complete its final report by May 28 and voted to ask the senate to extend its mandate until June 30.. Chairman Ervin (D-N.C.) said staff members would be re- quested to eliminate any find- ings of individual guilt or in- nocence and to base the report solely on Watergate events and legislative recommendations stemming from them. Ervin said the committee did not discuss any steps it might take to compel C. G. "Bebe" Rebozo, President Nixon's close personal friend, to comply with a wide-ranging subpoena de- manding he produce his per- sonal and business financial records for the last five years. Ervin said the committee also will ask the senate to extend its full subpoena powers until June 30 and give it authority to file a supplemental report at any time if it wins its court battle for access to five key recordings of presidential conversations. Meanwhile, sources said there are indications Alexander Haig. President Nixon's chief of staff, will answer at least some ques- tions in testimony before com- mittee investigators Wednesday. Earlier this month Haig was warned he was risking a con- tempt of congress citation by refusing to answer any ques- tions on grounds of executive privilege. periods for which presidential diaries weer sought as follows April through July 1972 as the period when the Watergate brcakin was planned and car- ried out. That demand was ap- proved by a vote of 36 to 2 with Rep. Mayne (R-Iowa) joining Hutchinson in opposition. February through April 1973 as a critical period in relation to action or inaction on the Water- gate investigation. It was ap- proved 32 to 6 with Reps. Dennis Butler Lott (R-Miss) and Moorhead (R- Calif.) joining Hutchinson and Mayne in opposition. July 12 through 31, 1973 as the period when .there was public disclosure of the existence of the White House taping system. It was approved 29 to 9 with one Democrat, Rep. Thornton of Ar- kansas joining Republicans Hut- chinson, Dennis, Mayne, Butler, Lott, Moorhead, Henry Smith of New York and Delhert Latta of Ohio. October 1973 as the month during which the President fired special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. It was approved 32 to 6 with Hutchinson, Smith, Dennis, Butler, Lott and Latta opposing. Doar plans to ask the commit- tee on Thursday to subpoena tapes of 40 presidential conver- sations dealing with dairy in- dustry contributions and 22 dealing with the ITT case. All of those tapes, as well as the Watergate tapes subpoenaed Wednesday, originally were re- quested in a letter delivered to the White House on April 19. "No Comment" After the committee vote. While House spokesman Gerald Warren turned aside with "no comment" questions on whether the President would comply. He said the statement by James St. Clair, Nixon's chief Watergate lawyer, that Nixon would decline to supply further Watergate material still stands, and added: "The President be- lieves the house judiciary com- mittee has all the evidence it needs on which to base a deci- sion on this matter." Warren later said that he was referring to the Watergate issue. St. Clair sat ih the spectator section as an observer in Wednesday's committee session. During a break, he told report- ers he had no idea how the President would respond to the demand for the diaries. St. Clair Memo At Tuesday's session, Chair- man Rodino (D-N.J.) ruled that a. legal memorandum opposing issuance of a subpoena for the tape of an April 4, 1972, conver- sation violated committee rules of confidentiality and could not be accepted by the panel. The memorandum had been submitted by St. Clair, the Pres- ident's chief Watergate lawyer, and it argued that "all of the evidence available to the com- mittee makes it clear the Pres ident did not have prior knowl- edge of the plan (o break into the DNC (Democratic national committee) and that no subpoe- na for the April 4, 1972, conver- sation is warranted." In his memo, St. Clair rc- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) Judge Sentences Chapin fo 10 to 30 Months for Lying WASHINGTON (AP) For- j trial conviction on Friday. The tncr presidential appointments secretary Dwight Chapin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 to 30 months in prison for lying under oath about political dirty tricks in the 1972 campaign. He was the second high-rank- ing former White House aide of President Nixon to be sent to prison. Chapin, who had pled for leni- ency in a written statement to U. S. Judge Gcrhart Gcscll last week, made no statement to the judge Wednesday. His lawyer, Jacob Stein, said he would appeal Chopin's jury Telenholo ECHO FROM THE PAST Treasury Secretary Simon gets a laugh from a memento given him by Vice-president Ford from Simon's days as energy chief a gasoline ration coupon. The occasion was a reception in Simon's honor at the Capitol Hill Club. oteon By Tom Fruehling AMES Approval for relo- cation of highway 149 in Iowa. county near the Amana colo- nies has been delayed by the Iowa highway commission 'until at least its next meeting in two weeks. As a result of a design pub- lic hearing in Amana March 7, the commission staff Tues- day recommended that a 24- foot, two-lane highway be built diagonally from Inter- state 80 northeast to highway 6, just west of Homestead. This four-mile stretch, if ap- proved, would replace the pre- sent Iowa highway 149, which is scheduled to be taken over by the county. However, opponents of the By Nancy Bruce McGREGOR -McGregor Mississippi Marine owner Ed At- chison announced Tuesday that as a result of "the action and attitudes of McGregor town of- ficials toward he will cur- tail operations May 30. The Port of McGregor Marina, operated in conjunction with the other business, Atchi- son said, will be kept open :with minimum improvements" until he is able to sell it. Atchison said he plans proposed. road, comprised of property owners who stand to lose valuable farm -land, raised objections Tuesday to both the project and to the manner 'in which the plans had been made. A Cedar Rapids attorney, Richard Pundt, who serves as legal counsel for his father, Arthur, and other farmers in the route of the road, told the commissioners Tuesday his group had not had an ade- quate chance to voice objec- tions to the proposal. Further, he commented, the highway is "absolutely not necessary." Faced with the controversy, the commission decided to delay action until "more input" can be obtained. This includes not only opinions by the objectors, but statements from those who support the road. These include the Amana Society, the Iowa county board of supervisors and the Amana Refrigeration Co. This action is an extension of a long history of disputes involving highway building in the Amana area. At one time the commission approved a freeway through the colonies, only to reverse itself in response to sharp public criticism. Despite objections by those who stood to lose part of their property, the location of the presently discussed road was okayed by the commission in December of 1972, after a pub- made on environmental and traffic issues. It was admitted Tuesday by commission staff members that while Pundt had asked for such reports, and had been he would receive them, none has been made avail- able. This, it was claimed, is due to the fact that the "complete transcripts" have only recent- ly been compiled. Pundt will be allowed lo review these records before the commis- sion makes a final decision on the highway. The commission staff is in favor of the relocation of 149 to meet what it claims are needs of both the tourist traf- fic into Amana and the con- gestion of travel to and from major business firms, such as Amana Refrigeration. Planning staff Chief R. L. Kassel also said the road would provide improved con- ditions between the colonies, Cedar Rapids and Interstate 80. He believes the factors of safety, time saving, lower operating costs for motorists and the improved design of the proposed toad over present highway offset the property loss by the land owners. He added that he has read a report that for every one acre of farm land lost nationwide, there are three acres which come into use due to limber clearing, irrigation and other methods. Roberl Humphrey, also of fhe planning division, argued thai 149 now has many "ups and downs" and sub-par three-foot shoulders, which make the road a safety haz- ard. Pundt argued "good agri-. cultural land will be taken out of production for no except possibly lo appease (Continued: Page 9, Col. 1.) Say 15 Hostages Killed by Arabs Gazette Leased Wires JERUSALEM Fifteen Israe- i children were killed and 80 others were wounded in a Maa- I o t schoolhouse Wednesday when three Palestinian guerillas opened fire on the hostages as Israeli troops were storming the luilding. The three Palestinian terror- ists were killed when the Israeli 'orces attacked the schoolhouse in upper Galilee. Foreign ministry official Ehhraim Evrom told newsmen that (he guerillas threw gre- nades and sprayed Hie 95 hos- tages with hullcts when the Israeli forces made their move. Neither the military com- mand nor the government is- sued casualty figures. Nor die the armed forces radio, from where the first report of the Israeli charge came. "Some children were Information Minister Shimon Peres told' a news conference without elaboration. Blew Up (In Damascus a spokesman for the Maoist guerillas said thi up the building will all its occupants when Israel troops stormed in. (The Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Pa, estine which claime responsibility for the attacks said "a disaster took place an it is Israel's responsibility 1 bear the Police in Maalot said the guerillas began opening fire on the children before the Israel troops launched their assault. Soldiers opened three- minute volley of shooting from one side of the school and troops hen shot their way in from the Kissinger Calls Off Syria Trip JERUSALEM (AP) The Arab terrorist seizure of some 90 teenagers in a northern sraeli school and its repercus sions here caused Secretary ol Stale Kissinger to call off a scheduled flight to Damascus Wednesday. Kissinger said he would wai another day to give the Israel cabinet lime to consider its lat- est stand on the disengagcmen of troops on the Golan Heights "ronl. opposite side, smashing through a door and firing their weapons. In four to six minutes the bat- le appeared to be over and a vilncss shouted: "The building s in the hands of Ihc army- hat's for sure." Already Arriving The Shootout occurred min- utes before a G p.m. (11 a.m. GOT) deadline was due to cx- iirc for the release of the Arab guerillas held in Israeli prisons. Some of the freed prisoners had ilready started arriving at the ichool building. Israel had agreed lo release he prisoners in return for the ivcs of the children. The guerillas had threatened o blow up the building and kill heir hostages unless the demand vas met. Just before the Israeli troops opened the assault, the terrorists had yelled through a megaphone: "Six o'clock is approaching! Have mercy on your children! Remember your "The terrorists started shoot- ing at the children just before Ihe soldiers said a policeman watching the bloody scene. "There are dozens wounded Boys! and girls began leaping from the school windows as the gun-battle exploded. "Started Celebrating" An Israeli schoolgirl who came out with a bullet wound in her leg said: "The terrorists told us that soon Ihe Red Cross would come