Jacksonville Daily Journal in Jacksonville, Illinois 8 Mar 1980
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Jacksonville Daily Journal (Newspaper) - March 8, 1980, Jacksonville, IllinoisFlu epidemic claims 850 Atlanta up influenza and pneumonia claimed 3,800 lives across the nation during the past two months with 850 of the fatalities blamed on a six week flu epidemic the National Center for disease control said f riday the do said statistically the expected death toll from influenza and pneumonia for the period would have been about 2,950 but that outbreaks of influenza caused primarily by a comparatively new virus a Singapore added the other 850 deaths. Most of the fatalities involved people Over 65 who Are particularly susceptible to influenza and its principal complication pneumonia the higher death toll among oldsters was heightened by an antigenic change of the influenza a virus. The change had the effect of leaving some of the elderly without any natural immunity. Late in february it appeared influenza activity might be waning with a drop in the death toll to about 100 from the preceding week but for the week ended March 1, the cd said influenza and pneumonia deaths in 117 major cities increased to 725, about 250 More than the 500 statistically expected . Weighs gesture to iranians Washington up american policymakers Are considering a conciliatory gesture to Iran if moslem militants keep their Promise and hand Over . Hostages to the ruling revolutionary Council diplomatic sources said Friday but the sources said sentiment at the state department appears to be against any major concessions while the 50 americans remain in iranian hands. A i think its illogical to Issue a profusion of thanks for holding our hostages Over 100 Days a one source said. A a that a my personal opinion of course but i believe its the general feeling around the department a another source citing the admits to ration a recent about face on a United nations vote involving Israel pointed out that the final decision will be made at the White House not the state department iranian foreign minister Sadigh Ghotb Zadeh said Friday the hostages May be moved out of the embassy saturday to a spot where they could be interviewed by the u n commission now in Iran the Washington Post in a report from the United nations said Friday Iran expects conciliatory gestures from the United states if the militant s occupying the embassy give the hostages to the iranian government the newspaper quoting u n officials said sue h a move would not be part of the a package Deal Quot worked out by i n mediators but would expedite final release of the captives diplomatic source said senior officials at the state department have been trying to decide whether to make sue Han overture if the embassy militants keep their word and give up control of the hostages a it s Safe to assume that officials Are considering All possibilities including that one Quot a source said. A but nothing has been decided what a the sense when the hostages Are still at the embassy nothing has really happened diplomatic observers said Cone Ilia torn gestures could Range from a statement of thanks for a hostage Transfer to an apology for past . a ails journal Voi. 119�?no. 49jacksonville, Illinois. Saturday March 8. 1980 th1rta lacks fifteen cents Iran militants make new demand by the associated press the moslem militants at the in Tehran on the verge of surrendering their american hos t Ives to iranian authorities unexpectedly made a demand Friday to speak to the people of Iran i us new condition May have set the stage for another showdown be tween the Young militants and presi Dent Abolhassan Bam . And could hinder Progress toward resolve my the criss Bani Sadr in recent we it is has refused to give the Mill the automatic radio and Televik jobless rate Levels off in february Washington <1111 despite widespread forecasts of rising Ungern ploy ment the nation s jobless rate Vas virtually unchanged in february the labor department repeated i Bidav the unemployment rate fell to 6 0 percent last month from 6 2 percent m january but government analysts said the change was insignificant it amounted to a decline of 100 000 in the number of unemployed people bringing the total to it i million while jobless rates for most groups showed Little change unemployment among Black teen agers Rose from 14 it percent in january to 37 9 in i february in other groups the february Job less rate for adult men was 4 it per cent adult women 5 7, All teen agers 1ft 5, Whites of All Ages 5 3, and Blacks. 11.5 most economists still believe Ungern ploy ment will Rise by perhaps As Many As 1 million to 2 million people Over the next two years part 1 y As a result of government efforts to slow the Economy to fight inflation the congressional budget office is predicting a jobless rate of Between it 3 and 7 3 percent later this year Ris ing to Between 7 and 8 percent m 1981 the february figures do not contradict such forecasts since rising unemployment usually lags behind an economic slowdown Rudy Oswald research director of the Al Cio said the expected Rise in unemployment appears to have been delayed by the inflation psychology of Consumers who Are holding Down savings and buying goods in anticipation of higher prices but Oswald expects rising jobless Ness will be a major problem for the nation during the next two years total employment remained close to 98 million for the third consecutive month it has risen Only 1 5 million in the past year the smallest annual growth in More than four years today s weather temperatures High Friday 38 at 2 p m Low 32 forecast for Jacksonville and Vicinity Snow changing to flurries saturday be fore ending Windy and voided with highs in the mid to upper 30s partly Cloudy and colder saturday night with lows in the Low to mid 20s partly Cloudy sunday with highs in the 4l s saturday March 8 Sunset today. Sunrise tomorrow. Moon set. River stages 6 01 p m it 17 a m 10 via m Quincy Grafton Alton St Louis Lasalle Peoria Havana Beardstown 11 it Rise 1 15 4 Rise 2 it 8 Rise o it 6 7 Rise 0 1 11 it a i 9 7 in today s journal Ann 1 Andrei business Market news classified comics. Crossword Puzzle editorials Horoscope. Jacoby on Bridge. 21 Polly s pointers 24 school lunch menus 19 sports Gnu television schedules .3 14 Page. 17 22 2ft 2925is 218 Sion time they once enjoyed the latest twist came after iranian protesters rallied at the embassy for the second Day calling on the radicals not to give up their captives and de manding that the government not Compromise with the United states there was no immediate comment from iranian officials who earlier Friday said the approximately 50 hos tages would probably be moved saturday from the embassy to another undisclosed location where Theu n investigative commission on Iran would meet with them even if the authorities do assume control of the americans an Early release appeared unlikely Tehran radio said Friday the revolutionary government still intends to leave the decision on the hostages Fate to the new parliament which will not be elected fully until next month the militants who have held the americans for 125 Davs called on the ruling revolutionary Council on thursday to take custody of the hos tages they said the Bam Sadr govern ment had applied heavy pressure to allow the in commission visit since they did not want to stand in and allow such a visit the militants said the Only alternative was for the authorities to assume responsibility for the hostages but on Friday a spokesman for that militants said in a Telephone inter View with a Western reporter in Tehran that the embassy occupiers were now demanding Quot that the Ira Man people know what we have to say before they would hand Over the americans the militants maintain that the u n visit is inconsistent with the a Imam s line Quot the policy of revolutionary Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Bam Sadr it a Khomeini authorized the Council to Deal w Ith the Issue of the u n visit As it saw fit Bani Sadr eager to end the crisis has clashed w Ith the militants before last month he denounced hem As a a government within a government and ordered the state broadcast net work to Stop giving them air time whenever they asked for it inflation registers a shocking Rise Washington up inflation at the wholesale level registered another Quot shocking Rise m february and president Carter promised i riday to take dramatic action by Early next week aimed at reversing the trend the labor department announced that producer prices for goods ready for Sale to retailers soared he 1 5 percent last month a 19 1 percent compound annual rate that was fuelled by the biggest Energy increases m six years prices had jumped 1.6 percent in january thus the first two months of 1980 have seen tie biggest Back to Back wholesale Price increases since 1974 in a separate report the Latair department said the nations unemployment rate dipped to 6 percent last month from it 2 percent in january the change although termed insignificant by government economists offered evidence that the Long awaited recession May be delayed again shortly after the new inflation report was made Public Friday Citibank of new York hiked its prime lending rate to 1&Quot a a percent and several other Banks followed suit Harris Bank and i rust of Chicago w ent to 18 percent Quot it i Hadnot been prepared Lor this i would say the february Price picture was shocking a said one administration economist Quot its Clear that Energy is tin main v Ilia in. But now it has spread to All areas except food food prices fell 0 5 percent after dropping 0 8 percent in january a group of mayors who met with Carter at the White House said the president told them he w ill offer Quot bold initiatives w it fun the next three i Lour Davs Carter said the new anti inflation Steps would be Quot unsettling Lor some people a according to one of the mayors administration officials say Carter w ill most Likely slice $20 billion from the fiscal 1980 81 budgets and May seek selective credit controls to slow Down borrowing the labor department said that with the exception of food the Cost of items at the wholesale level climbed sharply across the Board in Ergo items Rose last month by 7 5percent _ producer Price Index up 1.5% a cd gasoline Rose i j a a \ my go Home i Aung Oil Rose 6 7% food Down 0 5% grocery chains announce freeze United press International grand Union co and Fisher foods inc Friday followed the Lead of three other major supermarket chains and slapped a 30-Day Price freeze on some private Label brands in response to a Carter administration plea to fight rising food costs Quot most people buy National brands so the freeze wont have a general effect on reducing prices Quot said an inflation weary Bedford n consumer Quot the Only prices the retailers can control Are their own brands Quot the action will temporarily Stabil ize the prices of hundreds of fax Els and household products but Many shoppers complained bitterly about Esca lating prices Tor meat and Dairy products which will not be affected by the freeze Safeway stores inca amp a and giant Fot gtd inc thursday announced voluntary ceilings on some House Brand products after Esther Peterson president Carter s special assistant for consumer affairs called on 50 of the nation s largest food retailers to hold the line in some food prices retail f cd prices jumped 10 per cent in 19�?T9and were a major Compo nent of the nations annual 13 percent inflation rate Kroger Cote nation s second largest food Chain said it was consid eng the freeze but called it a Quot Gim truck that won t last big Bear a Central Ohio Chain said it would not join the Price freeze in Elmwood Park n j. Rand Union w Inch has 8ft7 supermarkets in 18 states Friday said it was implement my an immediate 30 Day freeze a Rand Union spokesman said Quot it the consumer is smart and prepares a shopping list in Advance the freeze will help Stabi hot food costs Tor the american family in the next 30 Days Quot Cleveland based Fisher i it hide a Midwest retailer said it will keep prices unchanged on More than 00 private Brand non perishable pro ducts under the heritage House Label Tor the next .30 Dav s a amp a the no 3 Tood Chain with Headquarters in month ale. N j. Put a 30 Day Price lid on both its Ann Page private Label and generic products captors colombians hold More talks Bogota Colombia up colombian officials held a third round of talks Friday with leftist guerrillas holding the . Ambassador and 19 other envoys hostage in the Domini can embassy the talks were held in the same backless Cream coloured Van used in the first two sessions sunday and wednesday a hooded woman guerrilla in a fatigue jacket and faded Blue jeans accompanied by a hostage mexican ambassador Ricardo a Ian met with foreign ministry officials Ramiro Zambrano and Camilo Jimenez no details were immediately Dis closed austrian ambassador Edgar Selzer who was freed by the terrorists thursday for humanitarian reasons urged the government to be patient with the Pace of the negotiations. He predicted any attempt to end the 10 Day siege by Force would result in a Quot terrible massacre a representatives of the government officials and april 19th movement guerrillas agreed to meet for a third round of Ransom talks at 3 in a backless police Van parked outside the embassy in View of the captors inside. The scene outside the embassy w As 3uiet rhe Only unusual activity Wasa demonstration by pet lovers on be half of Pelusa a Small dog trapped without food m an adjoining apart ment since the takeover began the guerrillas Are demanding $50 million Ransom and the Rek ask of 311 leftists jailed on subversive charges the hostages who have been held inside the two Story embassy since the guerrillas who assaulted a recen Tion at the embassy i be 2&Quot include i s ambassador Diego Asencio papal Nuncio Angelo Acerbi i he iranian president has his own conditions tar the hostages Freedom but officials believe the negotiating prox a is will be easier once the militants Are removed As a major Factor Bam Sadr demands a admission that it has interfered criminally in iranian affairs a pledge not to do it again and i Promise not to Block Ira Man efforts to have the Shah and his wealth returned to Iran president Carter has ruled out an admission of guilt Carter states americans must a bite the Bullet Washington up president Carter Tolda group of mayors Friday the american people must a bite the Bullet to control inflation and one of his top advisers said the White House is prepared to take Tough action and stick with it a Carter decided to scrub plans for a weekend at his amp David Retreat in Maryland so he could work on draft ing new economic strategies which Are near completion he ordered a total review about two weeks ago alter the annual inflation rate jumped to 18 percent. The 22 mayors All from the suburban Cleveland area said Carter talked to them in terms of a hold initiatives and was a very emphatic about attempt to balance the Federal budget something that has not been done since 19ft9 rhe Centrepiece of Carters Sti Atega is expected to in j Cut hav k of about $4 billion in Federal spending for the rest of this fiscal year now Alx iut half Over and a reduction of $15 billion in fiscal 1981, which begins in october Carter has ruled out mandatory wage and Price controls although renewed voluntary efforts seem Likely and aides hav e been adv Tsing him not to tighten credit further Quot die president Aid shortly lies la propose programs and plans that w til he unsettling Tor some people a mayor John Petruska of Prima said Quot but he asked us together with tie american people to bite the Bullet and curb this Brooklyn mayor John Coyne who a ived As spokesman Lor the group said Quot in the very near future the president is going to come out with hold statements As to the inflation Coyne said Arter told the mayors Quot he a hiking at everything asked Alx iut balancing the budget Mavor Ross Dejohn of Mayfield Heights said he was very emphatic on that a Quot the president did say that whatever his proposals Are going to be that Are being Cut out we would t be Happy with some of them and he hoped that As Public officials we would recognize the reasons for them and give him our support Quot said mayor Theodore Holtz of car held Heights Quot we re looking at some drastic cuts that May affect us a Holtz said during the past two weeks the White House has United various Pri vate interest groups to the White House giving them a Chance to express their opinions on what should be done. Soviets gearing up for Spring offensive Kabul. Afghanistan a the soviet unions Long awaited Spring offensive against the afghan rebels is gearing up with a massive Airlift and Road caravan of supplies to Russia s estimated 80,000 troops afghan president Babrak Kar Mal s regime has issued a callup to fill vacancies in its own army radio Kabul said Friday the Force has been weakened seriously by desertions and defections and the Dari language broadcast said conscripts now in service would not be released even on completion of service until replacement arrive a steady Stream of giant four engined civilian Jet transports has been Landing at Kabul a International Airport for the past two Days at a rate of one every 30 minutes with soviet Mig jets screaming Low overhead during the unloading operation fur three Days southbound rus Siun military trucks Laden with sup plies and escorted by tanks and armoured cars have clogged the main Highway from the soviet Union wit Nesses said foreign reporters who travelled As far As Mazarz Sharif 25 Miles from the soviet Border 200 Miles North of the capital reported seeing convoys of hundreds of trucks according to Kabul radio men Over 21 would be eligible Tor Afghanistan s new draft callup no maximum age was Given the afghan army which was 100,000 Strong in 19�?T8, was Esti mated to have less than 40,0 k men now according to intelligence sources in Washington poor performance in its campaigns against the moslem rebels was believed to be a reason the soviet Union moved its troops in to Back a government coup last december and maintained them there to fight the rebels. In Washington intelligence sources said the russians have begun flying their families Home from Afghanistan in the Wake of recent anti soviet rioting in Kabul i he de Pendents of russian civilians Are leaving aboard civilian Aeroflot planes the sources said and although the number already de patted was not known about 1,000 were thought still to be in Kabul analysts say a soviet movement in Force against rebels in the Konar Valley of Eastern Afghanistan leads them to believe a soviet Spring offensive had started the analysts said the thrust has reached As far As bar Kowt a Village on tin Border with Pakistan and that the soviets have used rot. Sets and Gas along the w a to Clear out villages the analysts differed on whether the offensive had begun but were agreed that it it had not begun in ear nest it would soon Whin in proving weather gives then planes tanks and helicopters a better Chance to operate the analysts said they expect the soviets to increase the present troop strength of 80,000 to As much As 1s0.000
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