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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetKbrldae Herald VOL. LXVII 49 LETHBRIDQE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1974 24 Pages 10 Cents Troop cuts Vienna stumbling block By LESLIE H. GELB New York Time Service WASHINGTON The Soviet bloc and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have advanced widely divergent proposals at the European talks on mutual force reductions under way in Vienna, making early progress highly unlikely. proposal would reduce only ground forces in Central Europe now totaling for NATO and for the Soviet bloc to what is termed "an illustrative common ceiling" of and would also specify Soviet units to be removed from the central front. The proposal by the Soviet bloc, which is represented at the talks by the Warsaw Pact grouping, would reduce bi Around and air manpower by more than 15 per cent, bringing NATO forces from a million to and Warsaw Pact forces from 1.5 million to 1.15 million and would designate units on both sides to be withdrawn from the front. Some of the diplomats and officials interviewed said that certain areas of agreement have developed since negotiations began last Oct. 30. Both sides basically agree on the definition of the central front from which forces are to be removed. This includes Belgium, The Netherlands. Luxembourg, and West Germany on the NATO side, and East Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia on the Warsaw Pact side. Groceries lead... up 15% in year Prices off and running at record rate in 1974 Trupkers cool to agreement WASHINGT.ON (AP) More trucks were reported on the road in the United States today as scattered incidents of violence continued and mediators attempted to persuade independent drivers to end their nine-day protest shutdown.. Increased truck traffic was noted by officials in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Kansas, but there was no sign that the shutdown to gain reduced fuel rates and other concessions was ending. Pennsylvania Gov. Milton Shapp, the self-appointed mediator who initiated negotiations between dissidents and federal officials in Washington, journeyed to a truck stop in Bartonsville, Pa., to explain the settlement to protesters. The manager of the Stop 76 in Bartonsville, Bill Fry, reported that truckers from nearby areas had gathered for the melting with Shapp. But, Pry said, most remained opposed to the tentative agreement reached early Thursday. "They're just here to hear what he (Shapp) has te Pry said. v- Among other things, the government promised to provide the drivers with all the diesel fuel they need, and to allow a surcharge on freight rates to coyer the recent increases in fuel prices. The violence that marked the nine days of protest fell off after announcement of the agreement, but authorities in at least eight states today reported shootings or vandalism had occurred again during the night. Police said two drivers were shot in Ohio early today. One was standing-next to his rig on the Ohio Turnpike and the other was driving a tank truck in a convoy. One of the two remained in hospital in satisfactory condition. Although most of the big rigs involved in the protest re- mained idle, there was some acceptance of the agreement with the government as Shapp and other negotiators brought their case to the protesters. In Santa Clara, Calif., a truckers' group voted 112 to SO to accept the deal after a bitter two-hour debate. OTTAWA (CP) Sharply-climbing grocery prices in January helped launch 1974 inflation at an even faster pace than last year's 22-jear record rise in living costs, the government reported today Grocery prices, the chief factor in 1973's inflation, rose another 1.2 per cent last month to stand 15.6 per cent higher than a year ago. January's over-all rise in typical family living costs was eight-tenths of one per cent, which would add up to an annual rise, of 9.6 per cent if it continue at that rate each month. Last year's total living- cost rise was 9.1 per cent, sharpest since the Korean War year of 1951 Many key economic groups have warned that living costs will continue to rise as swiftly as they did last year, and perhaps faster Large increases in the price of crude oil imported from the Middle East and South America late last year have begun to push up prices of oil products in Eastern Canada, adding to the inflationary spiral. Gasoline prices remained unchanged in January after rising for eight months in succession but higher costs of 'We're no threat9 Fritter Back down on earth _ Skylab crewEdward Gibson, left.Bill Pogue and Gerald Carr aboard ship Astronauts safe after 34 million-mile trip From AP-REUTER ABOARD USS NEW OR- LEANS (CP) Skylab 3's as- tronauts came safely home from man's longest space voy- age today, splashing down with pinpoint precision in the Pacific Ocean after 84 days in orbit The Apollo taxi ship carrying Gerald Carr, William Pogue, and Edward Gibson paracnuted into tbe sea 3.4 miles from this recovery ship to climax a record flight which the space agency said proved "America can do anything in manned space flight that it so desires." The despite a leak in one of the jet the end of tbe space-flight phase of the Jet takes guerrillas, hostages to Yemen TOKYO (CP) A Japanese airliner carrying four Arab terrorists it had brought from Singapore and seven more who had won their comrades'' release by seizing the Japanese embassy in Kuwait landed Friday in Aden, the foreign ministry here said. The ministry said it has re- ceived confirmation from Aden that the DC-8 jet landed there from Kuwait Twelve hostages who had been held in tbe embassy were released unharmed. In Tokyo, Japan Airlines said the plane carried 25 persons, including the nine guerrillas. The others were two Japanese foreign ministry officials and 14 Japan Airlines crew and officials. The DC-8 had arrived at dawn carrying four guerrillas who had been holed up on a SMfimdhMrd About town Kelly IS, and 12- year-old brother Gregory balancing no fewer than 10 eggs on end Thursday, three days after the day the old Chinese egg trick was supposed to work Rex Little strolling down the Mayor Magrath Drive median carrying a gasoline can at a.m. ferryboat in! for eight days after an unsuccessful attempt to Mow up oil storage tanks. Their flight oat of Singapore was carried oat at the demand of the five Arab gunmen who took over the Japanese Em- bassy here on Wednesday and held Japanese Ambassador Ryoko Kishikawa and 11 other hostages at gunpoint The five gunmen, all wearing red-and-wnite checkered headdresses, left the embassy by a back door tins morning and were driven at a high speed to toe airport to join their colleagues on tbe jet The apparent leader of the guerrillas, a man of about 28 known as Ali, announced the order in which the first prisoners would be slain if the Japanese government did not agree to send an airliner to Singapore multi-million-dollar project to test man's ability to withstand the rigors of space. During nearly three months in space, the astronauts had circled tbe globe times, travelled miles and gathered a wealth of scientific and medical data on man, his earth and his solar- system. Tbe astronauts hit gentle waters 176 miles southwest of San Diego, Calif., at a.m. EST after a journey of 84 days, one hour and 16 minutes, breaking tbe previous Skylab 2 record of 59fe days. Helicopters were overhead almost immediately to drop frogmen into the ocean to secure the bobbing spacecraft with a floatation coUar. The recovery ship imme- diately steamed toward the Apollo, ready to hoist it aboard as quickly as possible so space agency doctors could begin extensive medical examinations to determine how well the astronauts withstood their long exposure to space weightlessness. "What a beautiful Commander Carr reported as the spacecraft descended to- ward touchdown. "Weil Pogue said after the splashdown. "It's good to be back, good to be Gibson said. On landing, the astronauts immediately took pulse read- ings on one another. The cone-shaped spacecraft turned over with its point down and floated upside down in the water. Inside, the astronauts pushed a lever to inflate three plastic balloons which forced the craft to right itself. It was the first return from a space flight which did not re- ceive live television news cov- erage. There was a small concern as re-entry approached when Mission Control detected a leak on one jet thruster system capable of guiding the Apollo through- the atmosphere. Not certain how serious the problem was, controllers in- structed the astronauts to use a second thruster system that was operable. It worked per- fectly. Because of a possibility that might be propeliant fumes in tbe cabin, the control centre advised the spacemen to wear oxygen masks during the 30- minute re-entry period. The astronauts, eager to come home, had started the trip earthward at a.m. EST when they separated the Apollo craft from tbe 118-foot- long space station which had boused three different crews for a total of 171 days. "It's been a good Gibson said as they cast off. "I hate to think we're the last guys to use it" Comment District............15 Family........ Joan Waterfield___ 5 Local News___ Markets...........19 Sports......-... Theatres........... 5 Travel............. 9 Weather........... 3 At Home. LOW TONIGHT 25; HIGH SAT. MOSTLY SUNNY. Pipelines an coming, the Pipelines an Miners reject bid for election truce EDMONTON (CP) Jim Foster, minister of advanced education, has denied charges that government control over universities-is increasing. Replying to fears of Universities, of Calgary officials Jthat universities are threatened by political Foster said in an interview Thursday that government control over, universities has decreased in the 10 years. _" "i tiave difficulty in understanding why this debate today when the government was much more j involved in the universities 10 motor, oil, "new cars, plane, wars ago" trato and taxi fares pushed transpodation costs provincial "deputy ministers" sat on of-- governors and was greater threat of "political said. Today, there is "no way we'd want to appoint presidents or have a deputy minister sit on boards. That's going too far Tbe cause of tbe conflict between Mr. Foster's department and at least two Alberta universities is policies created govern the establishment of new programs at post secondary institutions, the transfer of these institutions. University- of Calgary President. Dr. A. W. R. Can-others, has said these policies infringe on two basic rights of the universities the right to decide what qual- ifications a student needs for university entrance and the right to establish new programs in response to student needs. But Mr. Foster LONDON (CP) Britain.s coal miners have rejected an appeal from Prime Minister Heath for an election truce and decided to push ahead with a country-wide strike from midnight Saturday night The decision was announced after a four-hour meeting of the executive committee of the mineworkers union. A union spokesman said the vote was almost unanimous. The committee over-rode an appeal by union president Joe Gormley who favored calling of f the strike for the period of the three-week campaign. Union leaders decided instead to call out the nation's miners on schedule. raising the spectre of widespread electricity cuts and paralysis of British industry by spring. The miners' walkout is ex- pected to strengthen the pros- pects of Heath's Conservatives who plan a campaign for the Feb. 28 election on the issue: "Who runs Meanwhile. Enoch Powell, Richard Grossman, Duncan Sandys and some of the most colorful figures in British politics retired today as Parliament dissolved for the election. Should the Conservatives lose the election, Powell would be a prominent choke to replace Heath. .6 per cent jdunng month. _ cent during rffie last year. 7 There was no mention of higher fuel oiLcosts that had contributed Iodising housing costs in recent months, but do- mestic natural gas and elec- tricity rates rose in some areas increases is other items increased ovir-all housing six-tenths of one per cent in January, Statistics Canada said. Housing was seven per cent more expensive than a year ago. The only major price cate- gory to decline last month was clothing, down one-tenth of one per cent but 7.5 per cent year. Health and personal care coste rose four-tenths of one per cent and were 6.5 per cent higher than a year ago; recreation-education costs climbed five-tenths of one per cent for the month and 5.3 per cent for the year. The over-all January living- cost increase of eight-tenths of one per cent put the govern- ment's consumer price index at 157.6 of its 1961 base of 100. The figure means that a typical family whose living costs were per week 13 years ago now must spend weekly to maintain the same standard of living. The figure was per week higher than a month earlier and per week more than a year earlier. Wage figures reported earlier by Statistics Canada indicate that the purchasing power of some four million workers has been lagging behind rising living costs for about six months. January's living-costs report said the most sour note in food increases was an almost 35 per cent rise for sugar in a single month, putting tbe price almost 4? per cent higher than a year ago. said the policies are merely an attempt to co ordinate activities at the universities, colleges and technical and institutions. The government has a responsibility to ensure tbe public interest is served at these educational institutions and that was what the new guidelines were intended to do. concern is unnecessary duplication and overlap of programs among post secondary institutions. We have a responsibility to balance post secondary education across Alberta." Fears at both the U of C and the University of Alberta that these policies may result in political influence are caused by thinking about what might be rather than what is. be said. They seemed concerned that future governments might misuse tbe policies. Watergate prosecutor meets Nixon's lawyer WASHINGTON (AP) Special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski met today with James D. St Clair, President Nixon's Watergate lawyer, in an effort to resolve a dispute over continued access to White House files. The meeting was arranged earlier in the week to dtscoss a letter St Clair bad sent to Jaworski in which the presidential lawyer repeated President Nixon's belief that the prosecutors had received all the material they needed to compete their investigations. No details of the letter were disclosed, and St Clair did not close off the possibility of some continued co-operation, but it was clear that Jaworski's staff would no longer have the access that it had received in the last two months. For a brief period, an aide from Jaworski's office had been permitted to work in the White House examining files to determine whether they contained material relevant to the grand jury investigations. The signal that co-operation was ending came first in the president's State of the Union message on Jan. 30, when he said. "I believe I have provided all the material that he (Jaworski) needs to conclude his investigations and to proceed to prosecute the guilty and to clear the innocent" Jaworski responded by saying during a television interview that the investigations "should be concluded with care and with thoroughness Simply to say that I might have sufficient evidence to indict certain indi- viduals is not enough. That's not the criterion as I see it" In a related development Senator Sam Ervin. Dem. N.C.. said be has reason to believe more guilty pleas will result from expected to be voted by the Watergate grand jury later this month. "I have been led to nope guilty pleas will be fortbcom- Sam Ervin said Thursday after announcing the committee will postpone its final report to avoid with the in- interfering dictments. Ervin said members of his committee unanimously agreed to the postponement suggested by Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworski. He said they also agreed to ask the Senate to extend UK committee's life three months to May 28 Three guilty pleas have been entered in recent months by Frederick LaRue. former aide to tbensattorney-feneral John Mitchell, Jeb Stuart Magmder, former deputv director of Nixon's re-election committee, and John Dean, former White House counsel. Senator Lowell Weicker, a Republican member of Ervin's Committee, said Ujat delaying UK report will not mean essential Watergate facts will be "swept under the rug." The committee also voted to send its complete investigative file to the House judiciary committee considering the possible impeachment ;