Lansing State Journal from Lansing, Michigan on January 7, 1972 · Page 1
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THE STATE eJJOTJMNAIL Served by: Associated Press, United Press International, New York Times, Los Angeles Times-Washington Post and Gannett News Services Michigan 's Complete Newspaper 1 1UDAY, JAISUAUY 7, 1972 IMUCE FIFTEEN CENTS OIHB JJ: mvn 1 V J I r i JZLL-L l , 'A. By the Associated Press Police found bombs in banks in New York and Chicago today hour after anonymous warnings to news media that bombs had been planted in nine banks there and in San Francisco as part of a plan to free "political prisoners." Bombs were found and deactivated in safe-deposit boxes at three banks in lower Manhattan branches of the Marine Midland Trust Co., the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. and the First National City Nixon WASHINGTON (AP) Government officials say the Nixon administration will be forced in the next few weeks to ask Congress to again raise the national debt ceiling by a near-record amount. Treasury aides said Thurs-d a y the current $430-billion ceiling is expected to be exceeded by March 1 unless Congress, as it usually does each year, agrees to raise it. Last year Congress boosted the debt limit by a record $35 billion, trimming only $5 billion from the government's request. Officials indicated the new request could come close to that increase. The 1972 fiscal year deficit currently is estimated at $28 t WEATHER Fair. Colder, urday mid 20s. Details Pg. A-2. Higher D SAN QUENTIM Gov. Reagan's move to close California prison draws exclamations of relief from neighbors, and regret from warden. Pg. A-4. STRANGLEHOLD? Some members of the Federal Trade Commission want two of the country's three top cereal manu- facturers split up. Pg. A-8. 34 PAGES Ann Landers C-7 Bridge Column C-7 Capitol Affairs A-3 Classified D-6 to D-ll Comics C-6 Crossword Puzzle D-ll Deaths B-2 Editorial Columns .... A-6, A-7 Family Living C-l to C-4 Family Magazine C-7 Financial News D-12 D. B. Cooper, Skyjacker Becoming Folk By MARY PAT MURPHY SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) The deeds of D. B. Cooper, the mysterious hijacker who parachuted into darkness with $200,000, live on in song and T-shirt and in the minds of searchers who hope to recover the loot. D. B. Cooper, a name authorities doubt is his own, bailed out of a Northwest Airlines 727 jetliner somewhere between Seattle and Reno, Nev., on the night before Thanksgiving. With him went the $200,000 he had extorted from the airline by threatening to blow up the airliner. After about four days, the official search around Woodland, Wash., the area where Cooper was believed to have landed, was called off. But an unofficial treasure hunt began in earnest. Cowlitz County Sheriff Charles Gill says information released by the FBI indicates that if the hijacker bailed out in the Woodland area, the odds are he didn't make it safely to the ground. "Definitely the people in this area feel that if what we hear is true that he jumped near Pigeon Springs he's still up there," Gill said. DANGLING FROM TREE On the chance that D. B. Cooper may be dangling from a tree somewhere in the Washington forest with the $200,000 buried in a nearby snowbank, a number of local people have been combing the area on trail bikes, Gill said. Woodland Police Chief Joe May, a private pilot, says he has logged 20 hours in his own plane looking for the missing hijacker. Bank. Another bomb was found in the First National Bank in Chicago. Each was composed of a clock and battery recharger with a half-pound of smokeless black powder wrapped in a thin layer of styrofoam. Handprinted special delivery letters received early today by media in Chicago and San Francisco said bombs had been planted in the banks last July. An official of one of the banks, the Continental Illinois to Again Ask ebt Ceilin billion, largest since World Another sizable deficit is ex-War II. The deficit that has to pectrd in fiscal 1973, but offi- thaftS3 sinceVrus? fi as "e' which usually run a surplus, Normally the government are not included. tnes to ralse tne debt ceiling Treasury officials said the opeStioiis SugVTune" increase requested will depend end of fal yearand on the size of the deficit pro- stm have e h eft jected for fiscal 1973 That fig- f emergencies. But the ure will be disclosed m a few . j-5f 107o n, . , , .. big deficit for 1972 means the Zs o Confess government has only $4 billion As of Def 3o' the national left on its debt limit and nearIy As of Dec. JO, the natlona six months of this fiscal year debt was at $426 billion and still t climbing. A fall in government lo nndnce- revenues, new expenditure pro- NO VALUE-ADDED TAX grams and additional tax relief In a rdated matt Presi. granted by Congress are con- dent Nix0ns chie bud t offi. tributing to the deficit, officials cer said Thursday the fiscal saic- year 1973 budget will not have a request for a value-added ,,, m, ,,,,. tax. George P. Shultz, director '""!;:ri rf"Ul-"",IUlJ of the Office of Management and Budget, said the 1973 , - budget will be balanced on a t y ' Y' r ,'r? ' "full employment" basis. This CI . v, i V s means spending will not exceed revenues that would be s expected if the economy were operating at a full-employment rate of production. Shultz said the Nivnn admin- Low tonight 5 to 10. High Sat- istration is studying the value-added tax but that no decision 4 SECTIONS STRETCH-OUT In other economic news Homes, Building C-8 Thursday, the Pay Board re-Horoscope C-7 leased details of a tabled reso- Metro News Section B iuti0n that would have re-Mid-Michigan B-6 quired two aerospace unions to Onlooker B-l stretch a 12-per-cent one-year People in the News A-7 pay rase over two years. The Senior Forum C-7 ha(j rejected the 12-per- Sports D-l to D-5 cent hike earlier. The Doctor Says C-7 Sources said business and Theater B-4; B-5 TV Listings C-5 See DECISION, A-5, Col. 2 Loot Still Missing O T in jjj(B iiiioirs National Bank of Chicago, said no bomb was found there. The letter suggested that in the future "the Movement in Amerika" might plant such bombs in buildings to "kidnap" the property "and offer it in exchange for the freedom of our people." According to the letter, the unusual feature of the bombs is a long-range calendar clock timer with a cycle of seven months or 217 days. "Prototype timers were made of low-quality cordless haJ b e e n made 'f as whether it may eventually be proposed. A value-added tax, described by some as a na- tional sales tax, is a levy placed on goods and services at each level of production and distribution. "Just about all the fliers in Oregon and Washington are searching, but in my opinion some hunter will probably find him," May said. If the searchers do find the $200,000, U.S. Atty. Stan Pitkin says, the money must be returned to the airlines. Pitkin says he knows of no reward offered for recovery of the money, which was given to Cooper in $20 bills their serial numbers recorded by authorities. To the delight of promoters and the displeasure of law and airline officials, the saga of D. B. Cooper is being popularized in a twangy ballad that's sold 1,500 copies and depicted on a T-shirt that shows a parachute floating down,-.d with a case of money. The title of the song and the caption of the T shirt illustration are the same: "D. B. Cooper, Where Are You?" The shirt is the creation of Dick Kaiser, a 29-year-old restaurant employe who said he presented his first one as a joke to a deputy sheriff who predicted D. B. Cooper would be caught before Christmas Eve. Kaiser says he's since sold about 2,400 of the T-shirts at $1.50 each, wholesale, and reports orders from Texas, Arkansas, California and Nevada. Kaiser sold a number of the shirts to the gift shop at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. A spokesman for Host Intemationl, which operates the gift shop, said the shirts were not resold and indicated it was because of Northwest's negative opinion of the venture. "I don't believe we control what the gift shop sells," an airline spokesman said. "However, I don't think they are in the best of taste." electric clocks," the letter said. "In future bombings they will be highly reliable, nearly silent electronic watches. "Similarly, the slow-burning powder placed in these safety deposit boxes would instead be contact plastic explosives," the letter said. Explaining the purpose of the bombs, the letter noted: "Kidnaping people and demanding property or money in exchange for their lives exemplifies the anti-life property values of a sick and brutal society. The Movement in Amerika would do better to kidnap property and offer it in exchange for the freedom of our people." The letter postulated planting a seven-month bomb "in the structure of a building under construction (e.g. the new FBI building in Washington) or under the roadway of a highway not yet paved over." Later, the letter said, when construction had well hidden the device, public officials would be "told who is to be freed in exchange for the exact location of the device." "They would also be told how much time remained on See VAST, Pg. A-5, Col. 2 Baby Part Of Hijack Venture TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A shotgun-armed man and a woman with a baby hijacked a Pacific Southwest Airlines jet from Los Angeles to Tampa today and then asked for a bigger plane which officials said the hijackers wanted to take to Africa. Officials said whether they got the plane was up to the FBI, which had cleared the airport. The request came as the Boeing 727 was being refueled following a four-hour flight from the West Coast that began when a black man jammed a shotgun in a stewardess' back, grabbed her by the ponytail and forced her to the cockpit. Unemployment Edges Upward WASHINGTON (AP) - The ration's unemployment edged up to 6.1 per cent last month, just below a nine-year high reached a year earlier, the government said today. At the same time, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said the average rate of unemployed for all of last year was 5.9 per cent, up from 4.9 per cent in 1970 and 3.5 per cent in 1969. The song "D. B. Cooper, Where Are You?" has received a similarly cool reception from law enforcement officers, although several Seattle radio stations report hundreds of reguests for the record, sung by local nightclub singer Tom Bresh on the Thunder Tummy label. , "Was D. B. Cooper a Robin Hood, or just another thief in the night?" the song asks. "He took from the rich and gave it all to himself. Now was that wrong or right?" ROMANTIC TYPE "D. B. Cooper was a romantic-type figure who caught people's imagination," said the song's publisher, M. K. Bakker. "It's just this idea. Here's this guy who takes this airplane and jumps out of it who jumps out of a jet." U. S. Marshal Charles Robinson of Seattle disapproves of the image of Cooper as folk hero. "Cooper is neither a hero of sorts nor a Robin Hood by any definition," he says. "He endangered the lives of innocent people and his actions encourage similar behavior by others who might also have aberrant inclinations. "Kidnaping and threats of murder hardly, deserve glorification," Robinson said. Sheriff Gill agrees. "I am a little bit disturbed that even the general public thinks he's some kind of a Robin Hood. He isn't. Think of all the fear he put the crew through." Nonetheless, the interest continues in the mysterious Mr. Cooper. In Montana, the Helena Independent Record signed its post-Christmas editorials, "Merry Christmas D. B. Cooper, wherever you are." The paper has received no reply to its message. .1 PUZZLER Houston Poficeman Mitchell Strulchin wasn't quite sure how to write a parking ticket for this car since it is made up from 10 different autos. The auto ,000 Called By VERN HAUGLAND WASHINGTON (AP) In the first step of a program to replace dangerous highway bridges, the federal government has found nearly one-sixth of the nation's bridges are "critically deficient." The Federal Highway Administration, in a report to Congress today, said it already has approved replacement of 50 of the most-hazardous bridges in 49 states and Puerto Rico. A spokesman said that, although 89,000 bridges are in the critical category, this means only that certain elements of the bridges are unsafe, not that whole structures are. PROBLEMS LISTED The report was compiled through surveys of states, which listed problem bridges among approximately 563,500 highway bridges across the country. The report is the first made in compliance with the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1970, which authorized bridge replacements. Replacement of the first 50 hazardous bridges will cost the government about half of the $250 million allotted for the first two years of the project. A complete inventory of bridges that states say need replacing will not be completed until July 1, the highway administration said. The government said its preliminary report showed more than 400,0001 of the country's Hero 89 Hig way 'Critica bridges were built before 1935. "I think it is obvious from the facts that have so far been developed that this national bridge-replacement program is City Fire Airport's Goal By NORRIS INGELLS State Journal Staff Writer The Capital Region Airport Authority Thursday voted "conditional support" to Lansing's plan to annex Capital City Airport if a satisfactory fire protection agreement can be worked out between the city and the authority. Chairman Edward Crouse said city and airport officials are considering an agreement where the authority would pay for all specialized aviation fire-fighting gear, while authority and city would share the costs of manpower, training and housing equipment. Envisioned is a joint station that would serve not only the airport, but the northwest corner of Lansing too. It would probably be located at the airport or adjacent to it. By a four-to-one vote, the authority backed its executive committee's recommendation that it support the annexation plan "subject to the satisfactory completion of an agreement with the city relative to fire protection for the airport." "This agreement (is) to be finalized prior to the authority's board meeting on Feb. 3, 1972. If this condition is met, the executive committee recommends active support of the city of Lansing's petition regarding annexation," the resolution stated. The annexation question will be settled by the State Bound-a r y Commission which has scheduled a public hearing on the proposal Feb. 10. Authority member Frank Stock Make Issues Gains NEW YORK (UPI) Stocks moved higher at the opening on the New York Stock Exchange today. Just before the opening the Labor Department reported a slight increase in unemployment in December from the November figure to a rate of 6.1 per cent. The Dow Jones industrial average had gained 1.28 to 909.77 shortly after the opening. Of 561 issues on the tape, advances topped declines, 255 to 133. In the motors General Motors jumped to 82 while Ford slipped to 73'8. Chrysler gained XA to 30'8. is owned by Continental Oil pollution program in Texas. Bridges lly Def extremely vital to the cause of highway safety," said F.C. Turner, federal highway administrator. "We intend to pursue it vigorously." Guerriero cast the only "no" vote. He said he preferred not to commit himself on the question until he has a chance to evaluate all actual financial benefits the authority would See AIRPORT, A-5, Col. 7 i Pact f ir r irC r Winter sports activity occupies the limelight this weekend. In high school basketball Friday evening, Everett will play at Sexton, Jackson Parkside will visit Harry Hill, Capitol City Christian will host Oakland Christian and Haslett will play at Holt. Grand Ledge's cagers will host Ionia, Hastings will play at Waverly, Pinckney will travel to Bath, Laingsburg will be at Fowler, Portland St. Patrick at Webberville, Fowlerville at Leslie, Perry at Williamston and Pewamo-Westphalia will play at Potterville. WRESTLING MATCH In Lansing Community College sports, the Saints wrestlers will go against Muskegon Friday at 7 p.m. at Eastern High School. Michigan State University's hockey team will play North Dakota Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Ice Arena on campus. MSU's gymnasts will go against North Carolina Saturday at 1:3Q p.m. at Jenison Fieldhouse and the Spartan swimmers will meet Iowa State Saturday at 2 p.m. at the pool in the Men's Intramural Building. Bowling enthusiasts will be able to take in the Michigan State Bowling Association, Inc.'s annual tournament at the Metro Bowl, 5141 S. Logan, with action scheduled to begin Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. PERFORMING ARTS In performing arts, MSU's winter Repertory Festival Company will stage "Harvey," a delightful comedy featuring a 6-foot tall rabbit, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Arena Theater. The Ledges Players will stage the musical "The Fantas-ticks" on Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at their winter playhouse, 200 E. River, Grand Ledge. A group of Lansing Community College dramatists will present a children's Theater production of "The Frog Prince" on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. atlhe Ledges winter playhouse. NEW PLANETARIUM SHOW Abrams Planetarium on the MSU campus will show its new program, "U.F.O.," on Friday at 8 and 10 p.m., Saturday at 2:30, 8 and 10 p.m- and Sunday at 4 p.m. Two travel films with accompanying lectures will be available this weekend. Stan and Irene Paulauskas will narrate "Exploring Poland" as part of the Kiwanis Club of Mason's travel and adventure series Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Mason High School auditorium. And Lewis Cotlow will lead an expedition through the "Congo" as part of the MSU World Travel Series Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Auditorium. CLASSICAL MUSIC TOO For the fan of classical music, Charles Sander, an associate professor of pathology at MSU, will perform works for the violin Friday at 8:15 p.m. in the Music Building auditorium. UPI Photo Co. and is used in an anil- lcien The last major bridge disaster in the United States was the collapse on Dec. 15, 1967, of the Silver Bridge at Point Pleasant, W.Va. Forty-six persons died and nine were injured when the span fell into the Ohio River. The National Transportation Safety Board said corrosion of a single steel pin caused the collapse. But no blame was placed by the board, which said "convergence of several trends, each of which was in engineering practice" in 1927, when the bridge was built, caused the final defect. The report said the greatest numbers of critically deficient bridges in the federal-aid system are 2,655 in Tennessee, 2,409 in Ohio, 1,851 in Michigan, 1,638 in Iowa, 1,502 in Mississippi, 1,429 in Georgia, 1,419 in Wisconsin, 1,328 in Nebraska and 1,114 in Missouri. Montana has 5, Delaware 12, Rhode Island 15, Alaska 16 and California 23. Mm ,4 f n .1

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