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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 28, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Price Rise in South Tops Northeast for First Time WASHINGTON (Al*) - In an unexpected shift of traditional patterns, Southerners felt inflation more than Americans in any other region of the country last year. A study by tho Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that consumer prices increased even more in the South than in the populous Northeast, which traditionally experiences the sharpest rate of inflation. In the South, the Consumer Price Index rose IMI percent in 1973, compared with 9 percent in the Northeast, 8.6 percent in the North Central region and 7.9 percent in the West. For the country as a whole, prices rose 8.8 percent in 1973, the worst year since 1947. First Time Although it still costs more to live in the Northeast than in any other area of the country, last year was the first time since 1967, when the bureau began keeping regional statistics, that prices rose faster in the South. Grocery, clothing, transportation and health and recreation costs all increased at a sharper rate. This reversal in price trends also showed up iii urban areas. For the first time, prices increased at a faster rate in the smaller urban areas than in the larger ones, according to the study. 'rile* study was prepared by economists Richard Ilahr and Frank Ptacek and was reported in the labor department’s monthly Labor Review. It gave no explanation for the change in price trends. A Surprise In an interview, Bahr said the results came as a surprise. lie suggested that a number of factors could have been responsible, such as the government’s price control program, changes in consumer tastes and regional growth rates. Food prices across the country last year increased at a rate about four times as fast as in 1972, rising 21.3 percent in the South, 21 percent in the North Central region, 19.3 percent in the Northeast and 18.4 percent in the West. The government’s transportation index for the South rose 1.7 percentage points faster than the index for the Northeast, reversing the trend since 1967, when the rise in the transportation index in the Northeast exceeded the increase in the South by an average of 1.7 percent. Soviet Official Rules Out Trade Of Oil for Western Technolog) Tht* Cedar Rapids J fia/.rtte: Tues., May 28, 1971 India's Unions Appeal for Release of Rail Strikers NEW DELHI (AP) - India’s militant rail unions appealed Tuesday for the release of thousands of strikers and union leaders jailed during an unsuccessful 20-day walkout. The call came in a letter to Home Minister Ulna Shanker Dikshit as rail workers returned to their posts across the country after the collapse of their strike Monday night. “Early action in this behalf will help restoration of normality,” said union leader Priya Gupta in his letter in the wake of the action committee representing striking unions. Dikshit told newsmen in Say Thieu Aide Was Dismissed, Not Arrested SAIGON (AI’) — The chief South Vietnamese government spokesman denied Tuesday that President Thieu’s special assistant for political affairs has been placed under house arrest in connection with an alleged Communist espionage ring. Spokesman Bui Bao True said reports of the arrest of Nguyen Van Ngan, 40, were wrong and groundless. True acknowledged that Ngan had been dismissed by Thieu and his post abolished but said this was purely for budgetary reasons. “Mr. Ngan is now still administrator grade 2, an official of the government, and he is still in Saigon,” True said. Government sources had put out word Monday that Ngan was under house arrest. The government made no official attempt then to deny the story. Some sources speculated the episode was a political ploy to cut into Ngan’s vast power. They said attempts to discredit him grew from a power struggle between two political factions within the presidential palace — one led by Ngan and the other by Hoang Due Nha, 32, the minister of information who is a cousin, adopted nephew and close adviser to Thieu. Ngan organized Thicu’s Democracy party and steered a constitutional amendment through the national assembly and senate permitting the president to serve a third term. He has been unavailable for comment since the case broke. Patna, the Bihar state capital 500 miles southeast of New Delhi, that state governments first would screen the prisoners. Those arrested to head off violence would get out first, he said, and those accused of violence or intimidation of loyal workers would get consideration later. The action committee claimed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered the arrests of more than 50,000 workers and union leaders in her successful drive to break the walkout. The government maintained that fewer strike leaders were arrested but admitted the number was in the thousands. Mrs. Gandhi refused to resume negotiations until the strike was ended. Faced with diminishing support among the workers, the union leaders capitulated and ordered their followers back to work at 6 a.m. Tuesday. By that time, the government claimed, most workers already had abandoned the walkout, and trains were operating at about 70 percent of normal. The rail network normally carries 7.3 million passengers and 550.000 tons of freight a day. The workers, who make between $32 and $160 a month, were demanding a 75 percent pay increase and payment of one month’s pay as an annual bonus. Priest Tells Grads of Reconciliation Gains NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP) -A Roman Catholic pricst-eduea-tor told graduating seniors and their guests at St. Olaf college that Lutherans and Catholics have made “giant steps of reconciliation” in recent years. The Rev. Colman Barry, a Benedictine, was the first Catholic priest to address a commencement at the Lutheran liberal arts college. He said his presence Sunday was evidence of “a real and growing Christian fellowship.” MOSCOW (AP) - Soviet Oil Minister Valentin Shashin has ruled out any major oil deals with the West and Japan in tin1 near future because of this country’s growing domestic need for fuel. Shashin declared that agreements exchanging oil for equipment and technology an* not. possible under current Soviet economic plans. Meeting with Western reporters Monday, Shashin said, “We’re not asking for help from anyone. We have enough resources. We’re managing by ourselves.” He did acknowledge that his industry requires pipelines, but indicated that the Soviet Union would not pay for them with oil. Japanese Deal Dead Shashin said a long-discussed oil deal with Japan for the extraction of reserves at the Tyumen fields in western Siberia was dead and that no Soviet oil could be .sent to Japan before the 1980s. Under the proposed agreement, the Japanese would have provided the Russians equipment and expertise in return for petroleum deliveries. The Soviets originally offered 40 million tons of oil annually but subsequently lowered the offer to 25 million tons. Shashin said there arc no active talks under way with the Japanese for Siberian oil even if ! the Japanese have a different impression. Surprised In Tokyo, both Japanese* and Soviet officials reacted with stir prise to reports of Sha.shin’s statements. Mizuo Kuroda, the spokesman for the Japanese foreign ministry, said the negotiations were! going slowly but that it would bo inaccurate to say they had failed. The Soviet ambassador to Japan, Oleg Troyanovsky, told the American Chamber of Com-m e r c e “emphatically” that j there had been no change in the Soviet position. He said agreement was reached, or almost so, | on at least three projects for the sale of oil to Japan. But Shashin said that because most of Hie Soviet Union’s future oil production would be required at home, exports to its; cast European Communist: allies and to the West could beg increased only slightly. Russia exported about 107 million tons of oil in 1972, 45.7 million tons to 25 non-Com-munist nations. Italy, West Germany, France and Finland have been the principal Western importers. Earlier Pessimism Shashin’s pessimistic view of Western participation in Soviet energy projects echoed recent statements by other Soviet officials who have said Russia does not require Western tech- oology, particularly American, to develop its natural resources The previous’ warnings principally involved massive natural gas deals between the U. S. and Russia which have been blocked by congressional opposition over Soviet emigration laws. Queried about the multi-billion dollar projects, Shashin said natural gas was not his field and that the appropriate officials may hold a news conference in the future Vatican Sentences 3 In Theft of Valuables VATICAN CITY (AIQ The Vatican court has found three men guilty in the theft of papal valuable*; and sentenced them to suspended iud terms totaling almost five years. It. was the first criminal case in the Vatican in more than a decade. Charges against the men included stealing gold medals,! valuable stamps and other prop-, erty from the apartments of Pope Paul VI and his private secretary, Pasquale Macchi. The men were employed by the Vatican telephone company and had access to the apartments. The thefts occurred in 195(8 and 1969, when the Pope and his close aides were away at the summer palace at Castel Gandolfo. Want ads are easy to use and produce quick, satisfying results! Dial 398 8234. and family discount fares. Elimination of the two fares will leave only one nationwide discount air fare in effect for the general public — and that fare is scheduled for elimination in another week. However, budget-minded air travelers still will be able to cut the cost of their vacation by p u r c Ii a sing package tours, which combine air transportation with hotel accommodations, for a price .slightly above the cost of air fare alone. Student, Family Discounts Fire Kills Tots WASHINGTON (AP) —• The their flight would not be full, fot    Left UnsttGnclGcl cost ol air transportation for two-thirds of the normal fare.    onntr ret Awn tm /ap\ families and many college stu- ArA    ,    .    f    ROCK    ISLAM),    III.    (Al    ) *—• dents will jump 8 to ll percent ’ Sp ‘S and members of Two young children who fire of on June I as the nation’s domes-,    between    the    ages    officials    said    were left unattended in a Rock Island home burned to death Monday when the house caught fire. Authorities identified the victims as Harold Gates, 2, and Portchia Gates, 7 weeks. Their mother, Mrs. Barbara1 Gates, managed to carry another daughter, Deondra, I, safely from the house, firemen said. Mrs. Gates was treated for burns and released, authorities said. Damage to the house and contents was estimated at $7,000. The cause of the blaze was not tic airlines phase out their youth 12 and 21 could travel for 80 percent of normal fare as long as they were accompanied by a full-fare-paying passenger. The! CAB investigation found that youth and family fares, which accounted for 20 percent of the airline traffic in 1971 when the probe was marie, discriminated against other passengers since not all passengers could qualify for the discount. As a result, the CAB ordered I the domestic airlines to phase out the fares by raising the; I price of youth reservation and! Some also will be able to take family fares to 83 percent of known, advantage of the cut-rate “lay- normal    fares    on    June    I,    1973,    to away’’ fares for transcon- 92    percent    six    months    later,    and    Monastery    Rest tinental travel between selected)to IOO percent on June I, 1974.    RIO DE JANEIRO    (AP) — East and West Coast cities. Youth    .standby fares were to    Marcelo    Gaetano, the    exiled Those fares apply, however, increase    on the same    schedule,!former premier of Portugal, only to passengers who are will- going    from 78    percent    on June I    spent his    first day in Rio    resting ing to make their reservations to 89    percent    six months later    at the St. Benedict monastery, a three months in advance and to and then to IOO percent.    monk    reports. put up a deposit on the price of _ their ticket. The phaseout of youth and family fares was ordered last year by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) after an earlier investigation by the board determined the fares were discriminatory. Before that order, youths under 21 could purchase a reserved seat on any domestic airline for 80 percent of the normal fare. 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