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High Low MONDAY'S FORECAST A A FLICKER OF HOPE FOR THE TRACK Section , 4 Mostly Sun-ny Today. Mostly Cmwuy Tonight. Details: 10A Metro, 9A Des Moines, IowabMonday, November25, 1991 Price35 cents v.. nn,rrll,,,M.n , , , .r-., - o,,,,n.- n n n r nrn n m Li UWJUU USD IF JL ji rnnin M mm (1 II II II i 01 (SS 7- An investigator is critical of Iowan's private deals with groups that also were doing business with the Olympics. By BUCK TURNBULL Rtt ilSTKR STAKK WRITER Dallas, Texas Arnold I. Burns, special counsel for the United States Olympic Committee, used strong words in a report that was made ! public Sunday criticizing the busi ness dealings of former USOC President Robert H. Helmick. Burns charged that Helmick repeatedly violated the conflict of interests provisions of the USOC bylaws by representing clients doing business with the committee. Helmick, a Des Moines lawyer, resigned his USOC post under pressure in September after details of his ties to groups involved in the Olympics became known. However, Helmick has insisted there was no wrongdoing on his part, and he repeated Sunday that he did not violate USOC rules. "I fully complied with the constitution, both before and after it was changed," Helmick said. "I respectfully disagree with certain conclusions of Mr. Burns." A report in the Washington Post on Sunday that Helmick's two sons, Rob and John, were implicated in wrongdoing, was not substantiated. Still on Committee The Burns report was given at a meeting of the USOC executive committee, of which Helmick remains a member because of his position as one of only two U.S. members on the International Olympic Committee. The IOC also is investigating Helmick's business relationships, and his future with that group may be determined at a meeting Dec. 6 in Lausanne, Switzerland. "It is my understanding that the IOC has an interest in Mr. Burns' report," said William J. Hybl of Colorado Springs, Colo., who was named to finish out Helmick's term. "We have accepted the report, but no other action was taken. Now we hope to put this matter behind us and move forward toward the 1992 Olympic Games." Burns, a former deputy U.S. attorney general, said he and two associates were unable to determine the full extent of the money Helmick received from his Olympic-related clients in recent years. But it may have been in the $400,000 to $500,000 range. Some Money Returned Several groups, including the Turner Broadcasting Co., would not divulge the amounts paid him, Burns said, but the four that did totaled HELMICKPtease turntoPage 2A J- Ik V f MHWM Robert Helmick Denies any wrongdoing Slippery Whew Wet Recovery slow but sure after snowfall This morning's traffic may be tricky in spots as crews finish cleaning the streets. By TOM ALEX Register Staff Writer The storm was over Sunday, but Des Moines street crews and police got no rest. Road crews Sunday were going over Des Moines' major streets for the fourth time, said John Bellizzi, public works director, but he cautioned that winter driving conditions will be the norm this morning even if it is still fall. Bellizzi said streets still may be slick in places this morning, especially on hills and at intersections, and he cautioned motorists to ease off the accelerator a tad. Two hundred city employees, divided into two 12-hour shifts, worked Des Moines streets throughout the weekend into early this morning. Winter Conditions City workers have been putting down a mixture of sand and chemicals, and Bellizzi said the chemicals (mostly salt) will help clear much of the pavement by this afternoon. When temperatures reach 20 degrees the salt starts working, he said. "We're going to be doing hills and intersections through the night" in preparation for traffic today, Bellizzi said. "But we are still in winter driving conditions and people have to be careful not to over-drive conditions." Most residential streets were ROADS Please turn to Page lk Inside Your Daily Register Metro East High dumps its study hall "zoos" and finds that students actually will do their homework. PagellA Sports On a day of NFL upsets, even the unbeaten Redskins can't escape; the Cowboys beat them 24-2 1 . Page IS Today A Home Away from Home plan helps students at Ellsworth Community College adjust to Iowa. Page IT Ann Landers 2T Editorials 14A Business IB letters 14A Classifieds 5T lotteries 2A, 2T Comics 3T People In News 2A Crossword 4T Sports Roundup 4S Dave Barry ISA TV Schedules 4T Copyright 1901 Des Moines Reoicter and Tribune Company A Gannett Newspaper I .J-"m"i..-" ' . , 'Www 1 , ,"V ' I i S - ' '-- . -ft f-t - ... ' (J: m .- - - ' i-"1. "-- 1"' -i-""- 5 ' s s-- v :'' - , - ""- 1 - - ' f ' - I if lX . ( K. ' - . - ':-J.' J '. ' i Wilder denounces racism, cross-burnings in Dubuque The Democratic presidential candidate says the nation's future success depends on tolerance and good will. By DEB0RA WILEY OfTiif.Ri-x'.ihtkk'sCrdarR.M'idsBikI'u Dubuque, la. The racism exhibited by recent cross-burnings in Dubuque is on the rise everywhere in the country and leaders have not done enough to stem it, Democratic presidential candidate L Douglas Wilder said here Sunday. There is "a rising of tensions all over," said the Virginia governor, the first politician with state or national visibility to visit Dubuque since racial tensions put the city in the spotlight of national media attention earlier this month. nun JLt HARRY BAUMERTThf. Register Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder walks to church with four-year-old Jessica Scott in Dubuque Sunday as her mother, Alice, the target of a cross-burning, follows. Wilder, who was in Iowa to Hundreds attend Saturday's Democratic march in Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner Waterloo. in Des Moines, said he knew he Pagel2A would be criticized by some if he didn't visit Dubuque and castigated by others who believed the visit was politically motivated. "I'm here because I want to be a part of saying to whoever's involved (with cross-burnings) I'm not going to permit the progress we've made in America to be turned back," Wilder said. Critical of Leadership He was critical of national leadership, especially President Bush's handling of race relations and affirmative action legislation. "This is the first time since I've been involved that politicians haven't had that responsible leadership in Washington," he said. "I can't recall a president that did not, by deeds as well as words, show that the clock on the progress of civil rights" was not going to be turned back. Wilder said he favored strong hate crime laws, but more attention should be paid to the causes of racism. "It's not a question of stif fer penalties," he said. "You don't want to wait until a crime is committed. You want to foster and create and build a genuine atmosphere of good will." He pointed to the recent Louisiana gubernatorial race, featuring former Ku Klux Klan leader Da;! vidDuke. "David Duke may have lost an election in Loui siana, but the message was not killed," said Wilder, adding that 55 percent of white voters and-40 percent of Democrats voted for Duke, a RepulK lican. "His candidacy should be denounced. Not only the person, but the things he stood for should be denounced." Speaks to Angels Before leaving Dubuque to address a Baptist men's group in Selma, Ala., Wilder paid a private. 15-minute visit to Alice Scott and spoke at St. " Mark's Community Center for about 10 minutes to about 25 residents and 12 members of the Guardian Angels from Chicago. A native Iowan who had moved from Milwaukee to Dubuque Nov. 1 to escape big-city violence, Scott was the victim of a hate crime earlier this month when a cross was burned on the lawn of her home and a brick thrown through her window. j Scott said there were "a lot of nice people in Dubuque" who have stopped with cards or gifts. She, has received a job offer from a local sandwich: shop, she said. Wilder said Scott represents the majority of Americans who simply want to live at peace in their communities. "It's not a matter of whether the races are going to get along or love each other. It's a question of tolerating each other," Wilder said. "It affects our global competitiveness. It affects our education. All our people. Our nation depends on our people tolerating each other. It's a must." One in a series ore low-paying jobs in Iowa's future Work requiring few skills is likely to dominate the state's economic scene. By KENNETH PINS Of The Register's Washington Bi'rkai' Imagine a future in which most jobs in Iowa require few skills and pay wages that can't keep up with inflation. Based on the state's projections and information from Iowa State University's Rural Data Project, that sort of future appears to be on its way, especially in rural areas. It will be a lot like the recent past. Between 1980 and 1989, the number of jobs in Iowa grew 6 percent. During that same period, however, Iowa's population was dropping, and the earnings of employees when adjusted for inflation declined by nearly 2 percent, according to Rural Data Project figures. In short, there were fewer Iowans working at more jobs (many of them part time) and they were making less money. Unlike Minnesota, that trend was not leavened by the creation of jobs at the top. The new jobs in Iowa were concentrated in services, insurance and health care, industries with a flat employment pyramid: a few managers at the top and lot of employees at the bottom in jobs that don't pay very well. "That's just a characteristic of those industries," said Ann Wagner of the Iowa Department of Employment Services. The jobs created recently are precisely the kinds expected to grow in the near future: nurse's aides and clerks. Gov. Terry Branstad envisions an Iowa in 2000 that has become the nation's leader in the insurance industry. However, insurance companies are shepherds of numbers, where six out of 10 jobs are clerical, including data entry. The average wage in data entry in 1990 was $6.73, according to Wagner, which works out to less than $14,000 a year, and that's one area where the prospects for wage growth aren't bright. Already in Iowa there is movement of those jobs at the low end of the skill ladder out of the metropolitan areas, where demand has overwhelmed the supply of workers generally young women. "They could probably find more people in Des Moines if they paid JOBS Please turn to Page 2A- D.B. Cooper: Real (dead) McCoy, or still out there? The skyjacker who got away for a while, or was it for good? is unmasked in a new book. Fhom Register WireServices ' Salt Lake City, Utah The FBI has just one unsolved commercial airliner hijacking in its files the Nov. 24, 1971, skyjacking of Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305 between Seattle and Portland that made a man called D.B. Cooper a folk hero. Twenty years later, two former federal employees claim in a new book called "D.B. Cooper, The Real McCoy" that they know who Cooper really was. Cooper parachuted from the plane with $200,000 in cash and was never seen again, al- though $5,880 of the marked bills turned up a couple of years later along the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon. Cooper, claim authors Bernie Rhodes and Russell Calame, was really a Mormon Sunday school teacher who five months later hijacked another plane and bailed out over Provo, Utah, with $500,000 strapped to his body. Days later the FBI arrested Richard McCoy, a decorated former Green Beret and law enforcement student at Brigham Young University. All but $30 of the cash was recovered. "I'm more sure today than I was yesterday that McCoy was Cooper," said Calame, a retired FBI agent who worked the McCoy case. The book lists 20 previously unreleased "links in the modus operandi of the Cooper and McCoy cases." The most compelling evidence, said Rhodes, a former federal probation officer, is that McCoy's mother-in-law identified objects Cooper left on the plane as McCoy's. The items were a mother-of-pearl tie clasp and a clip-on tie. If McCoy was D.B. Cooper, the secret went to his grave with him. McCoy, sentenced to 45 years in prison for his skyjacking, escaped from prison, robbed a bank, and died in a shootout in 1974. Each year, anniversary celebrations are held at taverns named D.B. Cooper in Salt Lake City and San Jose, Calif., and at a little bar in Ariel, Wash., where, legend has it, Cooper once paid an anonymous visit during a party in his honor. "A lot of us think it was McCoy now," said bartender John Nicolaisen of the Salt Lake City tavern. Folks in Ariel don't buy that. "We got a book here that says something different and we don't think it was McCoy," said Chris Harding, who works at the Ariel tavern. "And we don't think he's dead either." " If s $L " -; Jr" ft .::" " ' If turn iiim i tnm i n J D.B. Cooper 1971 artist's sketch

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