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Iowa City, Iowa
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Saturday, August 27, 1983
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2A Local -Iowa City PresCitizen Saturday, August 27, 1963 E3ew leepSsfairioiru woyldl curtaili recoird irinitDiriig By JOHN CAMPBELL Pree-Cttixen Reporter A bill recently approved by the U.S. Senate and set for an October hearing in the House would effectively outlaw record rental stores, including That's Rentertainment in downtown Iowa City. Benajmin Chait, co-owner of That's Rentertainment at 218 E. Washington St., said that if approved, the bill would hinder his rental business, but he's prepared to try circumventing it. "We're offering a service to people who want a chance to try new records without taking the risk of high prices," Chait said. "The record industry is pricing itself out of the market. We don't advocate any illegal acts." Since opening in May, That's Rentertainment has been running "way ahead of our original projections," Chait said. "We thought we'd suffer in the summer when (University of Iowa) students were gone, but sales were great." Some 500 members pay an annual fee of $18.95 to rent records for 24 hours at a rate of 99 cents per album. Non-members pay $1.99 per album, selecting from an inventory of about 5,000 records. That's Rentertainment also sells records and blank cassette tapes the tapes at "a real competitive price," Chait said. Soon after the first record rental stores opened in 1981, they were roundly criticized by music publishers, performers' unions and the record industry. The threat: Rental customers usually take the record home to tape it, according to a report compiled by the Senate Judiciary Committee. But the copyright owners musicians and record companies arent compensated for that tape. The record industry has already lost an estimated $1 billion annually to home taping. The Judiciary Committee agreed that rentals work against the interest of consumers, because as the rental industry grows, record companies will be forced to spread production costs over a smaller number of records. Thus the price of each album would increase for those consumers who honor copyright laws by not taping at home. "It's definitely a rip-off," said Kai Weatherman, an employee at B.J. Records, 6Vz S. Dubuque St. "The artist is putting all his creative energy and the corporation all its capital to get that raw product to market. A rental store just extracts its share without putting anything into the market." Weatherman said That's Rentertainment has cut into BJ's sales, but he did not speculate how much. The problem will worsen, according to the Judiciary Committee report, with marketing of the new digital "compact disc." This small, virtually indestructible record provides better reproduction and could withstand hundreds of rentals. Jim Musser, manager of That's Rentertainment, said, "We're willing to pay royalties, but there's no mechanism to do that right now." On a typical $8 rock album, Musser said, the record company would get a $2 cut compared with the musician's 30 cents. "The record industry doesn't want a new marketing idea, it wants to get back to the one it understands," he said. The bill, approved on a voice vote by the Senate in June, would extend copyright laws to the record distribution network. Currently, distribution rights are limited to the copyright owner's "first sale," whether to a distributor, a jobber or a retailer. The second sale from rental store to customer isn't covered. The bill would require record rental stores to obtain a license from the copyright owners. Chait said he's considered changing his store to a record "pay library," or buying back records after selling them. The difference between those methods and rental, he acknowledged, is "probably semantics." But the Judiciary Committee, attempting to anticipate such maneuverings by the estimated 250 rental shops in the U.S., has included language in the bill to cover any commercial transaction involving records. . ' Supervisors move ahead on right-to-farm By KRISTTE BUNTON Presfr-Cltizen Reporter The Johnson County Board of Supervisors heard no complaints about an ordinance proposed to protect farmers' rights to farm from some 10 farmers gathered at a public hearing Thursday night. And the supervisors decided to give the ordinance first and second readings at their formal meeting next Thursday. The ordinance, designed to protect farming operations in areas of the county fast being overtaken by urban development, would limit the circumstances in which farmers can be sued for operations their neighbors consider a nuisance. "The basic purpose of the ordinance is to limit frivolous lawsuits against farmers for their normal operations," said Jud TePaske, rural planner for the Johnson County Council of Governments. TePaske said people who move into a subdivision in a rural area often sue their farm neighbors for "nuisances" created by animal odors or equipment noise. The ordinance would protect farmers from sucn nuisance suits as long as they operate in -agricultural areas under normal practices. Farmers also would be protected if they began operating Detore neighboring urban development occurred. The ordinance also provides for a notice to landowners in sale or rental contracts and building permits. That notice would advise landowners moving into an area that nuisances such as fumes, dust, machinery noise, animal odors and chemical applications generally are protected under the ordinance. The few farmers who commented at the hearing commended the supervisors on proposing the ordinance. Betty Sedlacek, Route 2, told the supervisors, "i tninx u s a marvelous thing and I hope you pass it." She said that while her family has not had many problems with their urban neighbors, adopting the ordinance would protect them in the future. Prn-CitlnJff Myera : Seasoned dancers and novices auditioned in the University's North Gym to perform a tribute to Gene Kelly. 240 hopefuls grab chance at 'rain' dance As Gene Kelly himself would say, "Gotta dance!" Nearly 240 dancers turned out Friday afternoon for a chance at a brief moment in the spotlight on the Kin-nick Stadium field. Accompanied by the Hawkeye Marching Band, 100 dancers will per: form a two-minute dance tribute to Gene Kelly during half time at the Sept 24 Ohio State football game. Those selected from Friday's try-outs will don rain slickers and boots and do a simple softshoe that Saturday afternoon. With an umbrella, of course. The audition drew both novices and seasoned dancers. Some said they had just heard about the tryouts and rushed on over. Others had signed up in advance. A few were turned away because late afternoon sessions were full. ' "It's a community thing," said Judy Allen, director of the UI dance program. "Only a quarter of the people here are upper-level dance students." Allen directed the tryouts, demonstrating in front of the mirror with Kelly crooning "Singing in the Rain" on the phonograph in the corner of the North Hall gym. Allen directed the men and women in a dance-walk, urging them, "now people, the idea is to travel! You've got 20 yards beside you and 30 yards in front of you." Then the participants followed Allen in a brief routine, kicking to the side, then turning, arm raised, a la Kelly. The floor was a hodge-podge of talent and attire. Some women were in shiny new leotards, one even in a "Flashdance" t-hirt. Others came casual, in old gym clothes or the shorts they'd worn to class that day." Some dancers kicked high, smiled at the judges, kept their eyes straight ahead. Others made a wrong move, and stopped to look around at what everyone else was doing. Some said the tryout was a lark, but others hoped that the Gene Kelly tribute would be the first of many dance performances. "It's a start," said Janet Rachlow when asked if she'd always wanted to: dance on a football field. Rachlow, a freshman, is planning on a dance-biology double major. "I'll go to all of the tryouts," she said. Another UI experiment hops a lift into space via shuttle By JERRY HETH ! ratteen Reporter The University of Iowa has unexpectedly wound up with an experiment on next Tuesday's scheduled flight of space shuttle Challenger. The launch of a tracking and data relay satellite was scuttled by National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials, opening the way for replacement experiments, said Gerry Murphy, UI director of one of those experiments. Murphy said six samples of paint-like coatings will be exposed to the sun from 150 miles to 250 miles above Earth to determine which is most durable. Paint loss on spacecraft, including the UI's Plasma Diagnostics Package, has drawn attention from scientists since the shuttle has been able to return craft to Earth, Murphy said. A black graphite coating on the PDP antennae was badly eroded by sunlight during the craft's flight in March 1982. Murphy said the graphite was stripped away from the antennae because of winds and high temperatures. "The coating on the outside (of the PDP) has to be conductive for electricity," Murphy said. A uniform coating on the PDP enables scientists to make more accurate measurements of the thin, ionized gas called plasma, he said. An official in charge of materials science at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, contacted Murphy about the coating experiment after the satellite was scrubbed. A deal was struck, Murphy said, with engineers at the Johnson center making final preparations of the samples. "If we find the right coating, we'll be set for as many times we will fly the PDP," Murphy said. Murphy said his six samples of coating are among hundreds of different samples that are to be tested in next Tuesday's flight. Johnson County's low jobless rate holds steady while Iowa's falls By JERRY HETH Pr Cltlxen Reporter While the state's unemployment rate fell to a 19-month low in July, the rate in Johnson County held steady at 2.9 percent, Job Service of Iowa officials said Friday. Tom Bullington, a spokesman for the Job Service office in Iowa City, said the July level declined-markedly from 1982 when the county's jobless rate was 4.6 percent. "We don't anticipate much flu-cuation," Bullington said of this summer's rates.. "Construction is going on everywhere you go, both commercial and private. We've been fortunate." '.' The state-wide unemployment rate in July was 5.4 percent, down from 5.9 percent in June and from 6.4 percent in June 1982, said Larry Venenga, a labor analyst for Job Service of Iowa in Des r Moines. Venenga said about 1,305,800 Iowans were working in July, compared to 1,319,200 in June. The decrease is due to the closing of schools for the summer, putting teachers, aides and bus drivers temporarily out of work. Venenga said, however, the public employees aren't on the jobless rolls since it's assumed most will return to their jobs when classes resume. The number of jobless Iowans fell from 83,200 in June to 79,000 in July, Venenga said, reflecting the drop in the jobless rate. "If you look at 1983, our employment is picking up from the start of the year," Venenga said, noting the 8.4 percent unemployment rate in January. "But if you compare this July with last July, our total labor force is down 29,600." "Things are looking better, but we're still not above the 1982 labor force," he said. Venenga said about 3,200 jobs were added in July in such sectors as construction, mining, finance and local city and county governments. Wapello County, with a jobless rate of 12.5 percent, had the state's highest rate, and Ida County, with a rate of 1.5 percent, had the lowest rate. All but two of Iowa's 99 counties have rates under ten percent, Venenga said. Five of six counties bordering on Johnson County had jobless rates that declined from June to July. Their July rates (with June rates in parentheses) were: Benton 5.7 (6.5) Cedar-4.6 (5.1) Iowa-2.9 (3.4) Linn-4.3 (6.8) Muscatine 5.7 (5.8) Washington 5.2 (5.1) jLocol briefs Gazette files suit against UI Regents The Gazette Company, which publishes The Cedar Rapids Gazette, and a Gazette reporter filed a petition Friday in district court saying the state Board of Regents violated the Iowa open meetings law in June. The petition claims the violation occurred at a June 8 closed session of the board in Des Moines during discussions of bids from firms to supply coal to the University of Iowa. The Gazette and Johnson County Bureau reporter Tom Walsh claim in the petition that none of the conditions necessary for a government body to go into closed session existed at that time. Under Iowa law, a session may be closed to discuss strategy with attorneys in matters that are currently in litigation or where litigation is "imminent" and public discussion would be harmful to the position of the goverment body. After the closed meeting, the Board of Regents awarded the multi-million dollar coal contract to an Iowa-based firm that was the fourth lowest bidder, instead of to the lowest bidder, a Minnesota based firm. The Gazette and Walsh are asking the court to declare that the Board of Regents violated the open meetings law and to issue a one-year injunction forbidding the board to violate the section of the law. They are also asking for reimbursement from the board or its members for costs of legal action related to the closing of the session. Work crews sought Two Iowa City human services agencies will be hiring work crews in September for a jobs training program. Independent Living and the Mayor's Youth Employment Program also are looking for private companies to employ those subsidized workers. The two organizations received $30,000 In federal block grant funds, to pay wages and coordination of the employment program. It's targeted for low- to moderate-income, handicapped and chronically unemployed workers age 16 or older. The organizations will take applications for 21 openings, including three supervisors, starting in September. Wages will be $3.35 per hour, for 10 hours per week, doing a variety of jobs from home maintenance to conservation work. A UI tribute to Lampe A tribute to M. Willard Lampe, who served as director of the University of Iowa's School of Religion from its founding in 1927 until he retired in 1953, will be held Sept. 20 at the Iowa Memorial Union. Following a dinner, Robert Michaelsen, professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present a lecture titled "M. Willard Lampe and the Impact of the State University Setting on the Teaching of Reli-: gious Studies" in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Lampe's birth. Lampe died in 1969. Reservations for the dinner, costing $10 per: person, must be received by Sept. 14 at the UI's School of Religion, 304 Gilmore Hall. No reservations are required for the lecture. ;: Falling kegs down cycler Beer kegs falling out of a turning beer truck" struck a car and knocked over a bicyclist Friday-afternoon at the corner of Gilbert Street and.. Iowa Avenue, police reports said. The truck, which belonged to Graf Beverage lp. rural Oxford, was turning off Iowa Avenue onto Gilbert Street when the side door came open and -several beer kegs fell out, records said. The -truck was driven by Brian E. Lake, 21, of 1102 Hollywood Blvd. The car, driven by Jolene S. Huegel, 24, of 1317 Oakcrest St., received minor damage to the left; front and side. The bicylist was James Berg, 21, of 715 E. Burlington. There were no injuries, records said. Chamber meeting place The Coralville Chamber of Commerce wilTi have its Monday noon luncheon meeting at LaJ Fiesta Restaurant. Members are asked to note:, the change of eating place. County Democrats to meet '. The Johnson County Democratic Central Conj-,. mittee will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Knights of Columbus hall, 328 E. Washington St." Members will distribute tickets and plan for" the annual fall barbeque at that time, as well as discuss other business. Becky Reiter and Dan Daly are in charge of ticket sales. Members and interested Democrats are en-'-' couraged to attend. . v- i

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