Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Weather-- Chance of rain lo- niglil iinil Thursday. Lows tonight, 50. lllghs Tluirsday, mid Ms. CITY FINAL 15 CENTS VOLUME 245 CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, DPI, NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON (UPI) An eight-month investigation by drug agents in the United Stales, Mexico and Canada cul- minated early Wednesday in the arrest ot more than 120 persons said to be involved in the pro- duction and sale ot billions of pep pills. "There is no question about it. We have broken the back of the illegal amphetamine operation in this said Doug Chandler of the Drug Enforce- ment Administration. "We got a couple of people in Mexico who arc described as drug millionaires limy are drug said Chandler. "They have also gotten rich from Iraftic in other drugs." A spokeman for the Drug En- forcement Administration said raw materials for the "mini-ben- small benzedrine tablets, came from some of the "biggest chemical companies" in Europe. The spokesman said 3 billion pills, worth about billion in street sales, have been smug- gled into the U.S. from Mexico each year since 1071. "Going To Get More" Most of 124 persons in custody at mid-morning were in the U.S. They included 98 in this country, 25 in Canada and one Mexican national in Canada, spokesman Stuart Slromficld said. "I think we're going to get a lot more." he added, because of the arrest of persons at raiding sites who were not named in the 125 indictments, which were scaled until Ihc raiding parties went into action. Most, of ihe suspects were described as middle-class and in their 20s. The spokesman said he did not believe Mafia figures in the U.S. were involved. Arrests were made in Milwau- kee. Minneapolis, Los Angeles. San Diego, San Francisco, Phoenix, Tucson, Dallas, Now York, Pittsburgh, and Charles- ton, W.Va., as well as in Mexico City, Tijuana and Guadalajara. Slarlcd Early The raids were to have begun at 11 p.m. CDT. but Stromfcld said premature publication of the story by the New York Times arid the Washington Post caused the arrests to start two hours earlier than planned. In recent days, agents in Los Angeles. San Diego. Min- neapolis and Dallas seized at least Stromfeld said. Also this week, four Mexican factories believed to have been the source of all Ihe smuggled polls were raided. Six others were targeted for Wednes- day. U.S. officials said the entry point for the pills, now illegal except for certain limited pur- poses, was San Ysidro. Calif., on the Mexican border. Royal Canadian mounted po-j lice in Vancouver also helped inj the investigation, Ihc spokes-j man said. Chicago's O'Hare airport, via Charlotte. The plane crashed at a.m. CDT in an open field two and one half miles south of the airport. Residents near the airport said the plane's engines seemed to be functioning properly when it passed overhead, but that the craft apparently was loo low. They said after the plane went over, they heard an explosion 69 Killed as Airliner Crashes on CHARLOTTE, N. C. (UPI) An Eastern air lines jet crashed and burned Wednesday while attempting a landing at Charlotte's Douglas municipal airport, killing 69 of the 82 per- sons aboard. "We have received 13 victims from the crash and we have been notified that this is the total number of Harold Green, administrator at Charlotte memorial hospital, told UPI. The [light was Eastern 212, survivors to Charlotte Memorial hospital. A hospital spokesman said most of the survivors were burned. The DC-9 is designed to carry a total of 88 passengers, so the flight was filled almost to ca- pacity. A Federal Aviation Adminis- tration (FAA) spokesman in Washington said the plane was approaching runway 3li from the south when it disappeared from Ihc radar screen. Another FAA spokesman. bound from Charleston, S. C., to 'Barker in Atlanta, said and saw smoke billowing the sky. Thrown Free into radio communications with the aircraft were routine up to the moment of the mishap. He said there had been nothing to in- dicate the plane was in trouble. Fog Patches The (light was on a radar approach to the airport because of patches of ground fog, but Barker said Ihe sky was only partially obscured and visibility was officially listed at Wt with a cloud layer at feet, and broken clouds at "Weather was not a prob- Barker said. "I'm not Witnesses said those who sur- fining say it was not a factor, vived the crash were thrown because I don't know. from the plane into a free clump of trees. Dozens of ambulances and po- lice threaded their way through the morning rush hour traffic to reach the scene and transport Ford Outlay For Service Jobs WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Ford announced Wednes- day that he has ordered spend- ing of 5415 million to finance public service jobs in stale and local governments. He said he will ask Secretary of Labor Brcnnan lo immediate- ly disburse million to those communities in which unem- ployment is highest. By (he end of ihe moinii, Ford said, another million will be made available under Ihe Comprehensive Employment and Training Act. j He made the announcement lo labor leaders and senate and house members attending one of One eyewitness reported hear- ing what he said sounded like several' explosions before the plan crashed and burst inlo flames. Dense smoke billowed up from (he crash scene and ambu- lances and police had difficulty reaching (he silc because of the early morning traffic. .Tim Stanley, (ft, who was driv- ing near the airport said: "I heard the jet and (hen I heard the explosion. I ran down inlo the woods and saw a tremen- dous funnel of smoke. I had seen what looked like Ihc tail section going inlo the fog. The roar of the fire was tremen- dous." Stanley .said upon closer in- spection "1 saw a girl lying beside the fusilage screaming. There wasn't anything we could (Continued: Page (iC, Col. 4.) Tdculiolo FIREMEN FIGHT ODDS Denver firemen were hampered by lew water pressure as they fought a three-alarm paper company fire. One per- son was killed and three injured. The building was a total loss. Norman Lipsky a series of meetings leading toi the White House economic .sum- ?5" men sur- mil conference Sept. 27-28. To Double Number Ford said the effect Wednesday's action will be double the number of federally- funded public service jobs to by winler. He said (hat in addition billion will be available to .state and local governments under al- ready-budgeted manpower pro- grams. Ford noted that (he unemploy- ment rate in August was 5.4 por- vived electrical shocks in sepa- rate incidents Tuesday. Officials in Fayette county said a Palo man, diet Squires, 36, attempted (o remove elec- trical wires which had fallen on a dump truck after the (ruck- had knocked down a power pole. Squires came in contact wilh the 220-volt line and was knocked unconscious. The Arlington fire department was summoned, but before fire- men arrived, a witness. Larry Thomas, administered moulh-lo- Vote To Ask Rocky For Full Disclosure WASHINGTON I UPI i The senate rules committee voted Wednesday io ask the vice- presidential nominee. Nelson Rockefeller, In make a full dis- closure of his net financial worth. Chairman Cannon (D-Nev.) said Ihe disclosure would lie in lieu of a requirement thai Rock- efeller place his fortune in a blind trust or sell some of his holdings. The committee voted lo open; hearings on lhi> nnmiii.'ilion! Sept. 23. i Chucklr There'.'! one good thing abt'iil the new math. II keeps chil- dren from (hiding out how h'- tic Ihcir parents knew (he old. cent and said "we certainly j mouth resuscitation and revived cannot be complacent about i Squires. any American lacking work" sl and 'the present silualion for full use of available but Ihey wen1 able lo and him with oxygen. The in- He there will happened near Arlington (Continued: Page (iC.Cul.-1.) iConlinued: Page 3, Col. 2.) Curran Rosser By Judy Daubcmnier Voters in the Cedar Rapids Community school district Tues- day chose two women and one man an incumbent for scats on the school board, giving the board a majority of women members for the first time Ry narrow, margins, voters also approved a plan for elect Sec Precinct vole churl on Page 4A ing future board members from geographical districts and an expansion of the uses for a 2.5 mill levy for construction. Voters rejected a proposed half- mill levy for recreation. Selected tor three-year terms on Ihe board were Curran Rosser and incumbent Norman Lipsky, while Mary Ann Kueera captured a two-year opening on the board. Top Volc-Gclter Mrs. Rosser edged oul Noi man Lipsky for honors as lop volc-gclter in Ihc conlcsl, re- ceiving votes to Lipskv's 3.250, according to unofficial rc- lurns. Pleased wilh Oulcomc I icmcls, and tied for Ihc top in Voters ousted seven-year Li kv board veteran Robert Barber.' giving him voles. Finish- for in ing fourth was .Ian Znnnovcld (MK'- wilh I.SIM votes. received Ihe mosl Mrs. Rosser carried 21 in one precinct. Paio, and Mary Ann Kueera Barber tied with 'Mrs. Hosser in cue precinct, Ellis Y. Mrs. Rosser told The Gazelle Wednesday morning, she was I' 'cased wilh Ihe outcome. "There certainly were a lot of people working very hard for she said, adding .that Lipsky. in contrast, had cam- paigned scarcely at all. "1 can't anticipate any great changes because four of Ihe seven hoard members are women. The fad dial we're w o m c n doesn't necessarily mean we're going (o go in and change she said. Noting the closeness of the vote on (he 2.5 mill levy, Mrs. Rosser suggested voters may nol have understood the issue completely. More Input She said she would work for more public input into board decisions and would reexaminc the costs of administration. "If we have (o make budget euls, we should make cuts in ad- ministration, rather than in- she said. Lipsky. board president for five of the nine years he has 1 been on the board, was oul of lown and could nol be reached for comment. Mrs. Kucera, a substitute leacher in Ihe school district, widely outdistanced Ihe four oilier PITS-HI.': running for Ihe (Continued: Page Col. 5.1 WASHINGTON Ford will consider requests for clemency from Watergate de- fendants on' an individual basis but is conducting no present study on granting mass par- dons, it was announced Wednes- day. In what apparently was a re- versal of an announcement Tuesday that the "entire mat- ter" of pardons for those con- victed or charged in the Water- gate scandals was "u n d c r Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott read a state- ment by Ford following a meet- ing between the President and congressional leaders. Scott told reporters there is "no study going on" at the present on Ihe President' power of pardon. No Requests Yel Scott said that if Ford's re- ceives in due course applica- tions for pardon they will be considered. Me said no such requests have the President's desk. The statement authorized by Ford Tuesday and delivered by John Hushen, deputy press sec- retary, said Ford was studying the question of blanket amnesty for Watergate defendants. It brought an outpouring of criti- cism from both Republicans and Democrats in the aftermath of the unconditional pardon grant- ed former President. Nixon Sun- day. While Hushen would nol elab- orate Tuesday, his announce- ment indicated that the "White House was taking ihe initiative in considering pardons for Wa- tergate defendants, and that a sludy involving all such cases was underway. No Nixon Tie The F-ord statement, read by Scott, emphasized that a sludy is conducted on any requesl made for the pardoning of any individual. Ford added, "no inference should be drawn as lo the outcome of such study in any case. Nor is my pardon of the former President under unique circumstances staled by me in granting it, related any other case that is pr may be under sludy. "flic announcement yester- day by Mr. Hushen concerning study of the entire matter of presidential clemency and par- dons was prompted by inquiries President to the While House press office concerning Mrs. John Dean's statement in reference to pardoning of her husband and iimilar public statements in be- ialf of others." Not Misstated Hushen insisted Wednesday hat he had not misstated the 'resident's position in his Tues- day announcement. "Did you misspeak yourself 'eslerday'.'" a reporter asked. Hushen replied. "Did you misinterpret what I He would not discuss the mat- .er further. "You've got the President's he said. 'That's all I'm going to say right now." The President did not dispute Hushen's claim that he had been aulhorized to announce the possibility of a blanket pardon. Nixon Pardon Scott and House G.O.P. Lead- er John Rhodes briefed report- ers after an hour and 45 minute meeting wilh Ford. Scolt said Ford called several congressional leaders including himself Sunday morning in ad- vance of the Nixon pardon an- nouncement but Ihc decision was Ford's alone. In response to questions, Rhodes said nothing came up in .he morning meeting concerning Nixon's health "Nothing said." have been reports (hat on was depressed and that ?ord was influenced by friends, and perhaps members of the Nixon family, to move compas- sionately lo relieve Nixon of Ihe anxiety of facing a possible Wa- tergate charges. Admission Ford offered Nixon a pardon believing its acceptance would be a tacit admission of wrong- doing and Ihe only way to spare the nation the agony of the former President refusing io plead guilty and "walking the plank" in a trial, according lo Ford's lawyer. There was, nu deal arranged before Nixon's resignation', said White House counsel Philip Bu- chcn Tuesday as he explained to reporters the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led up lo Ihe pardon. Buehen .said Ihe pardon for Nixon as an "act of mercy" (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) Propose Funds for Nixon Double Those of Johnson WASHINGTON (AP) The "clearly in the national inter- Ford administration proposes lo combine the benefits of two sep- arate laws in order to provide Richard Nixon more than twice the funds Lyndon Johnson re- ceived for his period of transi- tion to privale life, government records show. Arthur Sampson, head of Ihe Sampson says. GSA figures obtained from congressional sources show that the Nixon budget for his first 10 months oul of office compares with a total of million spent for Johnson during the four years he lived after retiring as President. Of that total, Johnson re- WASHINGTON (AP) A member of Richard Nixon's lamily says the lormer Pres- ident is "in a deep depres- sion" which was nol lifted by (he pardon he received. In addition Nixon was said lo be in physical pain from a phlebitis condilion Ilia! had publicly been described as re- solved last July. This family member said Nixon and other rela- tives are worried abmi! the condition of Ihe ex-l're.Mdeill. The family member sought oul a lelcphone interview Tuesday night. saving "this is someone should talk about." hut in he identified In This spoken wi'h Nixon bolh before and since he resigned Aim. II and talked wilh him by phone as recently as Monday niglil. "Soniclhing More" This family member knew of no specific physical prob- lem oilier than Ihe phlebitis, a blood clot which developed in Nixon's left leg just helore his .lime trip lo Ihe Middle East. "From Ihe way reports are back from S.ai Cle- menle, Calif., I jusi feel Ihere is something more I! holders this person said. "II i.s enough lo worry Mrs. Nixon. Tile worse it could be, lhr leis he would talk alx.ul it. "in olher words, he's oh- ioiisly in pain He's iouslv "Emotionally he's slill way down and that's what bothers me even more. "He is in a deep depression. I would hope Ihc pardon would eventually lift that bill I ju.sl haven't noticed lhal. There was, no sudden elation. "Makes U Worse" "I would hope lhal il would break Ihe cycle where his menial leldovui bears dinui oil I h e physical .side, which enmes back and makes Ihe menial slate worse. "If Ihe eyrie were broken, lhal we.uld give him a chaii'V lo l.iki- raie of he v.ani.s lo take care of. I jusi li.Acn'l sc.n that happen "I went over some things and he kepi right up wilh them. He lias a slrong mind and il was as .slrong as ever. He grasped the specifics, re- called them and even caught me upon a few Ihings." A s k e d Nixon'.s feelings about. Ihe events thai led lo this family member recalled lhal Nixon had said Ihe resignation was "abhorent to oven instjiv-i in mv bodv." bu! he's not lalkuii' about il. wanted to slay there, but his mind overcame his emotions. His mind and reason, his .sense of values, hi.s concern for the counlry and hi.s crnse of realities won out in the end." the family member said. "Aller he made his decision lie had lo live will] lhal other feeling, (hough. Thai's a very laugh Ihing lo do. In talking wilh him, his coiislatiui is in saying il was ihe right llung for the eoiinliy. "One of his pain.- is how hi. lory is going lo look back on Ins admim.ilraliun. Hut he's no! iiarhoriiK! anv biltrrne.-s "'the accomplishment of h i s admmi.slralii-n an- a General Services Adminislra- ccivcd about for Iransi- ion, says (lie funds will give lion expenses and in pen- Vixon Ihc staff necessary (o sion funds during his first 17 ;crecn his papers and will be of j months out of office. Tile presi- iissislance to ihe government dential pension lias since been fulure historians. This is increased lo annually. Till! Nixon proposal, worked out by Nixon aides and Samp- sou in an unannounced meeting in San Clemente, Calif., imme- dialely after Hie resignation. Hie mind. When he lake of thinking ami hack (he Act how he's feeling, il 3, Col. ;U Solitary The family member knowledged lhal .Nixon ..71) lakes long, solitary ..71) Ilirough hi.s San Clemcnle Record 3A 3A "In a .sense thal's his Features mal way ol grappling 1C hilt you see HI) ah1. ay.- grappled 12A in Ihe pa..f where 11C-I5C eould up wilh a !h" member h. 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