Independent from Long Beach, California on January 22, 1975 · Page 1
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Posse captures 3 in shooting spree --Story on Page A-3 ,40Poges HE5-ll61-ClassifiedNo,HE2-6959 WEATHER M o s t l y sunny. High near 75, low near 48. Complete weather on Page B- 7. · - , ' :. ·'. , ·' '': LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 1975,,:':;'/' : ", Volume 36-No. 58. 9 , : . : ·; Home Delivered Doily ond Sunday--$4.00 Per Month Ford reiects ratiomng : · . · ; . . . - . : , . ' , · V .-. ; · ' : '·' ' ; - ' v' - ' · '-·· ' : · ' : . ' : - · · ' . ' . ' ^"^ · V- * * ' . . ' ' . - . - . · · ' · ' * · . · *:'· * . . . ' · ' : ; · "V'*' * ' * . ' V ; Firm on oil tariffs; backs more Viet aid WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford vowed Tuesday to veto any mandatory gasoline rationing plan voted by Congress and rejected Democratic demands 'that he delay imposing tariffs on imported oil. "I will not sit by and watch the nation continue to talk about an energy crisis and do nothing about it," Ford declared in a nationally broadcast news conference, nis first in six weeks. He urged prompt congressional action on ,the package of economic and energy proposals he outlined last week. "By the late summer we ought to see a turnaround both as to economic activity and I hope in the unemployment figure," Ford said. - During 'the midafternoon question- and-answer session in an Executive Of; , fice Building auditorium, the President also: --Disclosed he would ask Congress for another $300 million in military aid for South Vietnam, but twice sidestepped, questions on whether bombing raids would be resumed against Communist insurgents. "I don't think it's appropriate for me to speculate on a matter of that kind," he said. --Reiterated that the danger of war in the Middle East "is very serious," and that is why the administration is maximizing its diplomatic efforts with Israel and some of the Arab states. . --Voiced disappointment with Soviet rejection of the 1972-trade agreement with the United States but said detente will be "continued, broadened and expanded" because it is in the best interest of both countries. . --Said he would seek deferral of action on national health insurance proposals because projected budget deficits of $30 billion this year and $45 billion next year should prohibit any new spending programs. Reading-an opening statement, Ford said he would sign a presidential proclamation this week-to impose the tariffs on crude oil imports--starting at $1 on Feb. 1, going to $2 .a barrel March 1 and to $3 per barrel April 1. . . "It is the first step toward regaining . our energy freedom," Ford said. With the disclosure of his planned action, Ford rejected Democratic demands that he delay the tariff plan until Congress can act. Chairman Al Ullman of the House Ways and Means Committee joined Democratic Sens. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Henry Jackson of Washington State in pressing for the delay.. ' Ford announced the tariff plan last week and said it would be rescinded if Congress follows- his proposal that a permanent $2-per-barrel levy be placed -on both domestic and foreign crude oil. . (Turn to Back Pg. Col. 1) PRESIDENT FORD takes questi9n on gasoline rationing during Washington news conference Tuesday. --AP Wirephoto 12% living-cost hike highest for peacetime year Combined News Services The dollar lost more than 12 cents hi purchasing power in 1974 as the cost of living rose 12.2 per cent--the sharpest rise ever recorded in any period unrelated to war. The inflation rate for the year was slightly less in the Long Beach-Los Angeles area--11.9 per cent--but consumer prices hi the Southland increased nine-tenths of 1 per cent in December, compared to a nationwide rate of seven-tenths of 1 per cent. The bad news, released Tuesday by the Labor Department^ was offset somewhat by an announcement that, while the Consumer Price Index jumped seven- tenths of 1 per cent last month, it was the slowest rate since a similar increase last July. And, the department said, the purchasing power of the average worker's paycheck increased in December after five months of declines. !: . REAL SPENDABLE earnings--weekly pay adjusted for taxes and inflation--for the average married worker with three dependents rose four-tenths of 1 per cent last month, but were still 5.4 per cent below year earlier as wages failed to keep pace with inflation. The December increase in prices pushed the government's Consumer Price Index to.155.4, meaning that it will cost $155.40 to buy a variety of goods and services which cost $100 in the 1967 base period. , But in the Long Beach-Los Angeles area the index reached 150, meaning it now costs $150 to buy the same goods and services that cost $100 in 1967, a 50 per cent increase in only seven years. Only clothing prices resisted the upward surge hi December, said a spokesman for the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Southern California. Higher housing costs accounted for almost half the overall increase. The Labor Department said last year's 12.2 per cent increase in the cost of living was the highest since prices, soared 18.2 per cent in 1946 when World War II price controls were lifted. IT WAS ALSO the sharpest increase ever recorded in peacetime since the government began measuring consumer prices in 1913. - The .old record for a nonwar year was in 1916 when prices rose 11.6 per cent. Consumer prices rose 8.8 per cent in 1973 following increases of 3.4 per cent in both 1972 and 1971. Despite last year's record inflation rate the latest price report offered some solace in that inflation has been easing in recent months. The seven-tenths of 1 per cent rise in December was the smallest in five months and followed increases of nine-tenths of 1 per cent in both October and November. ' The government said food accounted for a fourth of the increases in consumer prices last year, while price increases for energy products, including gasoline, fuel oil, coal and natural gas, were responsible for more ' than one-tenth of the increase. In December food prices rose seven-tenths of 1 per cent while nonfood goods were up four-tenths, the smallest rise for all of 1974. Nonfood items rose 13.6 per cent last year while the cost of services, including rent, transportation, property taxes and medical care, climbed 11.3 per cent during 1974. · ' · GASOLINE AND motor-oil prices were 20.2 per cent higher than a year ago, the government said, while prices for fuel oil and coal declined slightly last month but were still 32.4 per cent higher during the 12- month period. Senate majority opposes SS limit ' WASHINGTON (UPI) - A bipartisan majority of the Senate Tuesday declared its opposition to President Ford's proposal to limit a scheduled Social Security cost-of-living increase to 5 per cent. viftv-rmfi senators introduced a resolution to block Fo'rd's proposal and said majority support for the measure showed "there is no chance mai me » per cent ceiling will be approved" by Congress. The resolution states that "it is the sense of the Congress that no legislation imposng a ceiling on .Social Security'cost-of-living benefit increases be rescheduled July cost-of-llving increase in benefits will bo an estimated 9 per cent. Ford has asked Conuross to limit the increase to 5 per cent. L.B. doctors put pacemaker in chest of 2-day-old girl ALISA MARIE DIXON, heart pacemaker recipient, is checked by Nurse Kathleen Gamble Tuesday. -Staff Photo by CURT JOHNSON ByBENZINSER Medical-Science Editor Doctors revealed Tuesday that they had implanted an electronic pacemaker in the chest of a two-day-old baby girl at Long Beach Children's Hospital. The baby, Alisa Marie Dixon, now 12 days old, is believed to be one of the youngest -- if not the youngest -- human ever to receive an artificial pacemaker. The pacemaker stings the heart electrically so that it will beat properly. 1 Alisa Marie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clay A. Dixon, 2327% Taper Ave., San Pedro, was born in San Pedro. Hospital officials said her mother is 17 and her father an 18-year-old unemployed factory worker. Doctors in San Pedro observed that Alisa Marie's heart rate was slow when .she was born. She was also "blue." , · · ,SHE WAS TRANSFERRED to the Earl and Loraine Miller Children's Hospital Medical Center of Long Beach where extensive tests showed that she was suffering from complete heart block plus a variety of congenital heart defects. Complete heart block is a disturbance in the regularity of heartbeat brought about by failure of electrical impulses to reach the lower heart chambers from the upper area of the heart. An incision was made in the side and a lightweight, tiny pacemaker shaped like a Yo-Yo was implanted next to the diaphragm. The procedure was performed by Dr. Philip W. Wright, cardiovascular surgeon, and Dr. Richard Wittner, a pediatric cardiologist. Doctors said the little power plant, known as a pulse generator, is about half the size of a conventional Yo-Yo. And it even works like one. The wire which leads to the heart is entwined about the device. It can unwind to become longer as the baby grows. Battery, life is about two years. The device fires tiny electrical impulses sp that the heart will beat 100 times a minute. Prior to implantation of the, pacemaker, .Alisa Marie's heart was beating only 45 times a minute. Doctors said the baby .weighs seven and one-half pounds. Her condition was reported stable. THE PACEMAKER is relieving the extra burden on the baby's heart and will be beneficial when subsequent heart surgery is performed. The surgery is planned for six months to one year from now, - . ' " ' · " Doctors say that the heart block alone would have posed no great problem but that it was the presence of other conditions that made Alisa Marie's condition serious. Wittner said that when heart block is associated with other abnormalities, the survival rate is only 30 to 40 per cent. And that, he said, is why it was decided to implant the pacemaker--to give Alisa Marie a better chance. Kelley admits FBI files on lawmakers WASHINGTON (UPI) -Director Clarence Kelley acknowledged Tuesday the FBI keeps records of all information it obtains on congressmen, but said the files never were used-, to intimidate them or influence' "judgment 'or actions." Rep. Don Edwards, D- Calif., said that 11 months ago Kelley appeared before a congressional subcommittee and "completely denied ... the existence of personal or political files on members of Congress." As Kelley made his unprecedented public declaration about the FBI's data bank, Edwards summoned him to testify next week about reports the files delved into the most personal aspects of congressmen's lives. An FBI spokesman said information collected by the agency often pertains to the "loyalty, reputation or moral character" of a congressman. Kelley said data collected on members of Congress is treated by the FBI just like information compiled on private citizens. As the controversy swirled over the intelligence-gathering activities of the FBI, Kelley * * * promised to cooperate with the latest congressional inquiry and to detail "FBI practices and procedures in this regard." Edwards said Kelley was asked about such files at a hearing his subcommittee held last year on the FBI, and the direc- Special Senate panel on CIA certain Combined News Services W A S H I N G T O N - Assured there will be no witch hunt, the Senate moved Tuesday toward establishment of a select committee to investigate the Central Intelligence Agency and other intelli- g e n c e groups including the FBI. Sen. John 0. Pastore, D-R.I., introduced a resolution to create the select committee. After an hour of debate, the Senate set a vote.on the resolution for next Monday. "Neither a witch hunt nor a whitewash will be here conducted," said Majority L e a d e r M i k e Mansfield of M o n t a n a . "There will be no wholesale dismantling of our intelligence community." At the same t i m e , Mansfield warned that a Senate inquiry "will not accept less than the full measure of cooperation." Meanwhile, two sources said Tuesday night that former White House counsel Charles W. Colson has told two senators that convicted Watergate-conspirator E. Howard Hunt Jr. passed information to the CIA after the time the agency says it severed its relations with Hunt. Colson told Sens. Howard H. B a k e r J r . , R- T e n n . , and Lowell P. Weicker, R-Conn., that Hunt, a former CIA agent, d e l i v e r e d sealed envelopes and packages to R i c h a r d Ober, a CIA counterintelligence officer, who forwarded them to then-CIA Director Richard Helms, the sources said. They said Colson said he suspected the envelopes contained tapes and other material relating to operations of the W h i t e House plumbers unit. But they added that Baker and Weicker have obtained no independent confirmation of Colson's assertions. Pastore's resolution would create an 11-member committee to investigate both domestic and foreign intelligence operations. The CIA has been accused in published reports of illegal domestic spying on U.S. citizens. "I know that the resolution will pass," Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., said as he expressed conc e r n a f u l l - s c a l e investigation would weaken the n a t i o n ' s intelligence forces. "THERE is no intention here to conduct a witch hunt," Pastore said. "We want to clean up these agencies in a way that w i l l restore public confidence in them." Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller is heading a more limited CIA inquiry by a presidentially appointed panel. He p re- tor "completely denied" they existed. The record of that hearing on Feb. 28, 1974, shows that Rep. Jerome Waldie, D-Calif., asked Kelley, "Are there any files in the Federal Bureau of Investigation involving members of Congress?" Kelley, who had just become FBI director, said there were files on members of Congress who had been investigated for a government position or for some criminal activity. Asked if there were files involving the personal backgrounds of congressmen, Kelley said, "I know of none." "There are none, to your knowledge, that are (Turn to Back Pg., Col. 2) (Turn to Back Pg., Col. 5) American Motors joins rebates DETROIT (UPI) -- Small-car specialist American Motors, its sales off by 52-per cent in early January, joined its "Bi ff Three" automotive com n otitors Tuesday in offering rebates, pegging them at $200 to $600, the highest in the depressed industry. AMC, however,'effectively ended its free giveaway of an extra 12-month warranty that began Dec. 1 and was to run until Feb. 28. Instead, if buyers choose (he extended buyer protection plan, its $99 cost will be deducted from the cash rebates. AMC's decision to enter the rebate price war followed by one day a similar move by General Motors, (he traditional pricing leader, Chrysler Corp. started the new sales incentive program Jan. 13, with Ford Motor Co. following last Thursday. AMC said it will offer $200 rebates to buyers of subcompael Gremlins and compact Hornets, $400 on Hornct-X, D-L and touring package models; $300 on the mid-sized Matador coupe and $fiOOon the special Matador Cassini with an interior designed by Gleg Cassini. AMC said it will pay the rebates directly to customers who purchase cars between Jan. 21 and Feb. 28. GM, in announcing its program, said its $200 to $500 rebates would be retroactive to Jan, 13, the same day Chrysler began rebates of $200 to $400. Ford's rebates range from $200 to $500. · GOV. BROWN vows $1 million saving on his apartment, but mansion construction to continue. Page A-4. · BAN SOUGHT ON hiring of illegal aliens. Page A-6. · CONTROLLER CORY charges seven major oil companies cheating the state and consumers, Page A-7. .SECRETARY KISSINGER asks Senate panel's advice on relations with Soviets. Page A-9. Amusements ... B-6 Classified C-13 Comics C-12 Editorial B-2 Financial C-8,9 Life/Style .... B-8,9 Obituaries C-13 Shipping B-7 Sports Cl«7 Television C-10

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