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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 5, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather— Clear tonight. Lows in the lower 50s. Mostly sunny Friday. Highs in the upper 70s. rn jWdae ninth (DnjeHc CITY FINAL 15 CENTS VOLUME 92 — NUMBER 239 CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1974 FORD ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES TALKS $750,000 Award To James R. Speed By Ford Clark IOWA CITY — District Judge Harold D. Vietor, in a strongly-worded ruling Thursday awarded James R. Speed $750,000, to be paid by the state of Iowa. Speed, 25, was a University of Iowa basketball player, who asked $3.5 million damages, claiming his permanent blindness was caused by inadequate medical care at University hospitals in Iowa City. A separate suit has been filed by Speed’s attorneys in the amount of $5 million against Dr. James Beurle, Dr. E. L. Lorson, Dr. Edward Sujansky, Dr. W. D. Paul and Dr. Robert J. German, the physicians who treated Speed at University hospitals. A Question A section of the Iowa code, however, leaves open to question whether Vietor’s ruling Thursday closes the door on further damage claims. Judge Vietor, in his 12-page summary of Speed’s treatment, was highly critical of the physicians who treated the young man. The judge noted that on about Nov. I, 1970, Speed developed an upper respiratory infection. “On Nov. 26. 1970, (Speed) developed a toothache and headache. The following morning, (he) advised Head Basketball Coach Dick Schultz of his Donald Johnson Is Installed in Commerce Post WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald E. Johnson, who resigned under pressure as head of the Veterans Administration, took a new job in the commerce department Thursday, the day after leaving his VA post. Johnson, who was an officer in various Iowa poultry, fertilizer and farm supply businesses before stepping in at the VA in 1969, was sworn in as deputy assistant secretary of commerce for domestic and international business. Johnson’s salary in his new job, a politically-appointed post, is $36,000 a year. His salary as VA administrator was $42,500. Johnson, 59. announced in June he would resign from the VA in the face of criticism from Vietnam-era veterans that they were being short-changed on benefits. His resignation was effective Wednesday. toothache and need to see a dentist,” Vietor wrote. Made Arrangements “Coach Schultz made arrangements with Dr. Lorson at the oral surgery department ... to see (Speed).” During the lengthy hearing before Vietor, Dr. Lorson testified he had found two of Speed’s teeth were decayed, and extracted them. Lorson also said he prescribed codeine and aspirin and told Speed “to come back if you should have any problems.” ’ Speed testified his headache became progressively worse. Coach Schultz testified that Speed had gone to the field-house the next day, complaining of a “terrific headache,” and thought he should go back to oral surgery. Were Healing Speed was then seen by Dr. Beurle who examined his mouth, but determined the tooth extraction sites were healing properly, according to Vietor’s summary. The judge stated, “(Speed’s) headache persisted, failing to respond to the medication. He could not eat . . . his eyes became runny and squinty ... his whole body ached. “These conditions prevailed throughout the weekend.” Vietor stressed that when Speed returned to oral surgery and was seen again by Dr. Beurle, the physician prescribed placebos; he did not, of (course, advise (Speed) that the new ‘medication’ had no analgesic lvalue.” Got Vitamins Dr. Beurle instead called an assistant athletic trainer, according to Vietor, and told him to provide the plaintiff with vitamin pills. A trainer, acting on Schultz’ directions, later picked up Speed at his apartment and took him to the student infirmary where he was, put to bed by Dr. Paul, the team physician. An assistant team physician. along with Dr. Paul, examined ! Speed. Judge Vietor noted that Speed (“complained bitterly to the doctor about his headache.” Named Symptoms While in the infirmary, a nurse became, in her words. quite concerned. “We did not have a physical history; we did not have a pre-entrance examination: we didn’t have any lab tests to work with; we didn’t (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Raps Playing Polifics With U, S. Pocketbooks Not So Sure —AP Wirephoto Allen Burch of New Milford, Conn., doesn't look so sure that the sign on the bulletin board at Hill Plain school applies to him. Allen entered kindergarten for the first time Wednesday. HEW Ignoring North's Segregation: Report New York State Charges Seven Major Oil Firms NEW YORK (UPI) - Seven in- WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford, convening a White House economic mini-summit, declared Thursday that Americans are “sick and tired of having politics played with their pocketbooks” and want a prompt, practical battle plan against inflation. Stressing the need for “attainable answers sharply defined and sorted out,” Ford also cautioned that “there is no quick fix for what ails our economy.” Will Stay Senate Democrats meanwhile unanimously declared they will stay in session for the rest of the year if necessary to act on an administration proposal to curb inflation and boost the economy. The President told a diverse panel of 36 economists and congressmen that he wants “the unvarnished truth” about the economy laid before him and the American public. And he quickly got it. Puffing on his pipe, Ford listened while panelists seated around a table in the White House East room recited gloomy economic statistics: Rising prices, growing unemployment, a drop in real earning power, record high interest rates. Most of the economists appeared (to agree that the federal reserve system’s policy of tight money needs to be eased. Economist Paul Samuelson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was among (those calling for easing restraints. Inflation isn’t the No. I problem alone, he said. “The No. I problem is stagflation,” Samuelson said, referring to stagnation in the economy coupled with inflation. The initial speakers in the first of a series of conferences leading to Ford’s economic summit later this month gave forecasts ranging from gloomy to hopeful. “Inevitable” “Another mild recession is sort of inevitable,” said Har ing inflation. But he warned that inflationary psychology may be starting to change spending habits. Just before the session began, two participants, Milton Friedman and C. Jackson Grayson, former chairman of the Cost of Living Council repeated their opposition to wage and price controls as a solution. Psychology Alan Greenspan, new chairman of the President’s Council or Economic Advisers, said inflationary psychology is one of the major underlying economic problems. If this can be overcome, (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) WASHINGTON (AP) - The, ruled illegal earlier'this yearbyjmajor „ „les were department of Health, Education the supreme court in another i, ,    ....    ^    , and Welfare was accused Thurs- case involving Denver.    dieted by a special state grand vard economist Otto' Eckstein. day of ignoring evidence in its; Taylor, a former director of Jury 'Thursday on charges of| There is very little likelihood restraining competition among themselves in the sale of gasoline to state agencies. The firms pled innocent. Lower Pain Tolerance In Smokers Reported CHICAGO (AP) — Whites who smoke have less ability to tolerate pain than white non-smokers, a California study has found. But no significant difference was found between black and Oriental smokers and non-smokers. The study involved 66,410 subjects examined in the Kaiser-Permanente health screening program at Oakland, Calif. It is reported in the September issue of the Archives of Environmental Health, published by the American Medical Assn. Authors cf the study are Dr. Carl Seltzer of the Harvard school of public health, Boston, and Dr. Gary Friedman, Abraham Siegelaub and Dr. Morris Collen of the Permanente Medical Group. They wrote that explanations for the differences in pain tolerance “are not clear at this time.” They suggested that “the possible role of constitutional differences between smokers and non-smokers should be considered as well as other explanations.” Previously, the researchers reported that they had found that pain tolerance decreased with age, men tolerated more pain than women, whites more than Orientals and that the pain tolerance of blacks fell between that of whites and Orientals. Their latest study found that there was a decrease in pain tolerance among both white male and female smokers and at every age level. Similar differences were found among black and Oriental male and female smokers, but not to a significant degree, the researchers said. A mechanical instrument was used to measure pain tolerance. The Achilles tendon of the heel was placed between two metal rods and subjects were told they were being given a “pressure tolerance test.” They were asked to endure the pressure as long as possible. The instrument, which produces deep pain, measures tolerance in pounds per square inch. Taylor, a own files of widespread racial the U. S. Civil Rights Commis-segregation in northern schools. lSj0n, said the districts reviewed The Center for National Poli-jby HEW accounted for only 9 cy Review said in a 117-page percent of the blacks and 5 per- report that "northern schools cent of the Spanish-speaking! Th mdictmonls alk. , that today are far more segregated pupils in 32 northern and west- (he companies _ Kxx„„, MobU> em states.    Texaco, Shell, Gulf, Sunoco and Ten percent of the 2.8 million Amoco -— “eliminated or attack children in those states tempted to eliminate price com-still attend all-black schools, he petition” by agreeing to thwart said, and 70 percent attend open bidding on the sale of gas-schools in which blacks are a j oline to governmental agencies, majority. than those in the South” as a result of federal foot-dragging. The center, located at Catholic university here, based its three-year study on records of HEW investigations in 84 northern and western school districts. Some of the data was obtained through a court order. “Failed To Act” William Taylor, the center director, said: “HEW has found substantial violations in northern districts but has failed either to aid the victims of discrimination or to cut off federal dollars.” Among the 84 government New Reviews Peter Holmes, director of HEW’s office for civil rights, said in a statement that compliance reviews will begin within the next IO months in Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston. A separate indictment also charged Exxon, Gulf and Mobil with attempting to eliminate competition from independent gasoline stations. Innocent pleas also were entered to that indictment. Acting Manhattan supreme court Justice George Roberts 9et a hearing in the case for Holmes said the delay in pur- next Monday, suing civil rights cases "stems The grand jury from the due process assured by civil rights compliance reviews |aw;« and thc “significant legal was empan-(Continued: Page 3. Col. 6.) of pronounced strength in any part of the economy” in 1975, said industrial economist David Grove. “There is no near-term improvement in prospect,” said bank economist Beryl Sprinkel. But he said the rate of inflation may be easing. Another bank economist, W’alter Hoadley, said the American people are vigorously fight- Dow Average Jumps 14.16 Ford Scouts List for New Appointees WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Ford met Thursday with his talent scout, former Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton, to look over a long list of candidates to replace Nixon administration holdovers. White House officials said Ford has also asked other members of his administration to be on the lookout for new faces to fill some of the expected vacancies in the cabinet and the White House hierarchy. Sources said Ford has offered the post of ambassador to Great Britain to Sen. Fulbright (D-Ark.), and the post of ambassador to Spain to Peter Flanigan. Economic Aide Flanigan was assistant for international economic affairs to former President Nixon. It was learned that Fulbright was at first interested in the post but later said he wanted to think about accepting it. Fulbright, 69, a one-time Rhodes scholar, is chairman of the foreign relations committee. He has been in the senate since 1945 and committee chairman since 1959. He lost a bid recently for nomination for another term when Democratic Gov. Dale Bumpers defeated him in the Arkansas primary. The Flanigan nomination is in process but the White House has not received an answer back from Spain, it was learned. It is believed that the delay was caused by the recent illness of Gen. Francisco Franco, who resumed his post as chief of state last week. Ambassadors must be approved by countries to which they are assigned. I Ford in a surprise appoint-I ment Wednesday named George (Bush, Republican national 'chairman, as U. S. envoy to China and recommended Mary Louise Smith to take his place. No. 2 Spot Ford also recommended that Richard Obenshain, chairman of NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow Jones industrial average was up 14.16 to 662.16 at 2 p.m. Thursday, reversing a skid that had sent the index to four-year lows in the past two weeks. Gainers- virginla ^publican par,yt outnumbered losers 2-1 on the FBI Major Crime Index Climbs 6% WASHINGTON (UPI) - The FBI reported Thursday that serious crime in the United States increased an average of 6 percent during 1973, reversing a 1972 decline that had created hopes of success in stopping a 17-year upward trend. Although the 1972 decline continued through the first half of 1973, it turned upward slightly in the third quarter and spurted up 16 percent in the last quarter of the year. It was this final quarter which left the year’s average increase so disappointingly high. The FBI statistics also showed the sharply rising crime rate continuing in 1974. It was up 15 percent in the first quarter, a bureau spokesman said, and may still be rising in the second quarter for which statistics are incomplete. “Few Illusions” Attorney General Saxbe gave police chiefs of the nation’s largest cities a preview of the report last week in a Chicago speech in which he called the war on crime a “failure of substantial dimension — harsh, bitter and dismaying.” A 4-percent decrease in the crime rate in 1972, the first drop in 17 years, led some to believe that “the crime problem was being overcome,” Saxbe said. But he said that “few such illusions exist today.” The new crime picture for 1973 was presented in the FBI’s annual “Uniform Crime Report”, a compilation of the totals for seven types of crime — murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft — reported to the bureau by local and state law enforcement agencies. Rape registered a 10-percent increase, the year’s sharpest for any single one of the seven types of crime. The smallest increase, 2 percent, was in robbery. Urban, Rural There were wide differences between urban and rural areas, the FBI said. Cities with populations larger than 250,000 were up I percent, while suburban areas showed an increase of 9 percent and rural areas an increase of IO percent. The FBI said 69 cities with populations bigger than 100,000 reported overall decreases in crime during 1973. By contrast, however, 114 such cities reported decreases in 1972. The agency reported a total of 8,638,400 serious crimes committed, compared to 8,173,400 reported for 1972. The 288-page report also presented the long-term effect of (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) New York Stock Exchange. (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) Tofff«i|'s Chuckle The fact that silence is golden may explain why there’s so little of it.    Coovrlght conducted in the North, the study found that 52 are still open and unresolved “although many, ripe with old age, are somewhat inactive.” The average age of the cases exceeds 37 months. “While a few staff investigations have been shaky,” the report said, “HEW’s files literally bulge with documented evidence of violations of laws.” Common Violations The center said the most common violations were discrimination in assignment of pupils to segregated schools; hiring and assignment of minority teachers and classification and assignment of pupils to classrooms; and failure to help minority children with language and learning handicaps. Public schools in Atlantic City, Hoboken and Passaic, N. were singled out as examples of alleged discriminatory practices burden of proof” required by courts. The center’s report blames the delays on political restraints imposed by former President Nixon, sloppy investigative legwork, bureaucratic mismanagement and the “bottleneck” created by the HEW general counsel’s insistence on unnecessarily detailed evidence. ’You Betcha' Evel Will Make It: Rocketeer Today's Index Comics 29 Crossword 29 Daily Record 3 Deaths ........• 3 Editorial Features 6 Farm 28 Financial 30 Marion ......... 19 Movies 26.27 Society 12-15 Sports ......... ...... 21-25 State ...........4,5 Television IG Want Ads . 32-37 !__ TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) —Evel Knievel is not the best of pupils, according to the engineer who designed the rocket-like vehicle that is to carry him across the Snake river canyon. But he may learn in a hurry. “It’s hard to get him in-tersted in practicing,” Robert Truax said on Wednesday. “But I think if someone tells him to bail out once he gets up there, he’ll give himself a shove and jump.” Truax, 56, a developer of missile programs for the air force and navy, discussed Knievel’s chances and options shortly after the needle-nosed X2 Sky-Cycle was lowered into its launch ramp. Knievel, a 34-year-old motorcycle stuntman, has been paid $6 million to attempt the jump over the 1,600-foot wide, 600-foot deep canyon. Truax said if Knievel makes it he’ll sign a $100,000 check made out to Truax and date it Sept. 9, the day after the jump. “We get him across or we get nothing, that's our deal,” the engineer said. Asked lf he expected to collect his fee, Truax declared, “You betcha.” As outlined by Truax, the plan calls for Knievel to strap himself into the 13-foot Sky-Cycle at 3:30 pm. Iowa time Sunday and, about five minutes later, begin the journey to carry him to about 2,000 feet at about 400 miles pc>r hour. That height and speed should be more than enough to carry him across the canyon, Truax said. At that point the parachutes come into play. Knievel, who is expected to experience partial loss of vision and nose-bleed as the force of gravity increases tenfold, will be gripping a lever that will activate two parachutes designed to float the 1,300-pound vehicle to the ground If he blacks out, Truax said, a spring should pull the lever out of his hand automatically, triggering the chutes. “His chances are about the same as a test pilot trying out a new aircraft for the first time,” Truax said, adding: “He doesn’t have to do anything really complex.” Traux said an eight-foot shock absorber should cushion the nose against the first impact of the steam-driven Sky-Cycle on the north side of the canyon. Meanwhile, in I*as Vegas, Tennis hustler Bobby Higgs planned to set out Thursday to ride a motorcycle 640 miles in an effort to win a $25,000 bet with Knievel. Riggs said he bet Knievel he could ride the 175cc motorcycle, from the Tropicana hotel there to Twin Falls, Idaho, by the time of Knievel’s scheduled jump. “He doesnt’ think I can make it to the jump in time,” Riggs said. “Of course, he knows I’ve never been on a motorcycle.” “My chances are better than his,” said Riggs. “My big worry is that he pays me before he starts the canyon jump. I don’t want to have to put in a claim against his estate.” ;

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