The Baltimore Sun from Baltimore, Maryland on July 11, 1974 · 35
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Thursday, July 11, 1974
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THE SUN Local 0 Sports o Classified Thursday, July 11, 1974 CI tilllPlllfPSff Wayne Trembly (left) and Charles McNeal dump trash from their toy wagons after walking eight blocks to the Monument street landfill. Garbage piles take on smell of money By TOM HORTON To "Joe Tyler," Baltimore's 'neglected garbage has the smell of money. , : He and an assistant, running a private collection service during the city's 10-day-old sanitation workers' strike, are clearing as much as $300 a day. The only drawback to the Job and the reason Joe will not let his real name be used) is the possibility of retaliation by angry strikers. ; But judging from a trash-; can survey yesterday in the back alleys of Baltimore, from Highlandtown to Home-wood, the profit motive is operating to help keep the garbage buildup to a minimum. Private entrepreneurs Smo g alert goes on butrelief Baltimoreans continued to swelter in muggy, 98-degree heat yesterday as health officials maintained an air-pollution alert for a second day. There were scattered cases of heat prostration reported by metropolitan area hospitals as a heavy mass of stagnant air continued to hover over the city and most of the mid-Atlan tic states. " , x The National Weather Service was predicting some relief last night and today as a rapidly moving cold front moved into Maryland and northern Virginia from the Great Lakes area. Increasing winds preceding the front and a 50 per cent chance of thunder showers last night prompted health officials to think they may be able to lift the pollution alert by late this morning. The National Weather Service was predicting a cooling trend today and tomorrow, with highs in the mid- and upper-80's and clear skies. 1 decree cooler Yesterday's city high of 98 was 1 degree cooler than the high Monday and Tuesday. Yesterday's high recorded at the Baltimore-Washington International airport was 95 a record for the date. The previous record was 94 in Iflfifi. v. Neil Solomon, state health secretary, extended the pollution alert yesterday until 3 P.M. today. But he noted that weather conditions were expected to improve by then. In $40,000 tourist Ads dub Baltimore 'Charm City' By JAMES D. DILTS Baltimore was designated "Charm City, U.S.A.," yesterday by the Baltimore Promotion Council, which announced a $40,000 advertising campaign to lure tourists and conventions here. The campaign consists of half-page ads that will be run in New York, Philadelphia, De were toting trash ' to the city's landfill at Edison highway and Monument street yesterday in everything from horse carts and dump trucks to a gleaming Cadillac hearse from a local funeral home', according to sanita-, tion supervisors. "Age was no barrier either. Wayne Trembly, 12, and his cousin, Charles McNeal, 9, both of the 400 block Ellwood avenue, said they figured to clear at least $30 for IV& days of collecting garbage on their toy wagons at 50 cents a bag. ' . "Almost every kid on our block is out hauling," young Trembly volunteered as he trundled another load down to the reeking, dusty landfill. The adult garbage collec is forecast Photo-chemical oxidant readings were markedly lower yesterday in Baltimore city, but still at alert levels in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties. - . ' . . Yesterday's high pollutant reading in the city was .07 parts a million, recorded at 2 P.M. at the Calvert and 22d street monitoring station. A reading of .10 parts a million is regarded as an alert-level reading.- . - , . Less pollution . Monitoring stations in Essex anJ at Goucher College recorded readings of .12 and .10 at 3 P.M. yesterday and there were readings of .11 in Prince Georges and .09 in Montgomery counties where a pollution alert has been in effect since Monday. There was less pollution yes terday because winds were "quite a bit stronger," said Felipe Lebron, meterologist for the Bureau of Air Quality Con trol in the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He said he was somewhat puzzled, however, by rather "elevated" early morning pol lution readings in Baltimore. These readings had been .02 and .03 parts a million at 9 A.M. Tuesday in the city, but stood at .05 at 9 A.M. yester day. "Perhaps this was an effect of the garbage burning," said Mr. Lebron, who has wondered about the effect of waiving the See WEATHER, C3, Col. 1 drive troit and Chicago newspapers "when we are ready to receive visitors," Daniel J. Loden, executive vice president of Van-Sant, Dugdale & Co., Inc., said. The "Charm City, U.S.A." promotion, prepared as a community service by the Van-Sant, Dugdale firm and W.B. Doner & Co., another local tors' rates varied from 25 cents a bag up to whatever they thought the traffic would bear. Somewhat predictably, the better the neighborhood, the more available private service seemed to be. One woman in the 4400 block Greenway said she had three different offers to haul her trash since Monday. The inner ci'.y areas were for the most part ignored by private trash collectors. In many eases, residents said they simply couldn't afford tr pay to have their trash taken away. Also, one hauler at the Monument street landfill said the inner city areas ware too far away (from the landfills) and too congested with A worker carts in feed for this Texas longhorn steer, but manure removal was not allowed by the union. Strikers agree not to bar zoo feeding By J. S. BAINBRIDGE, JR. The Baltimore Zoo yesterday was allowed to feed its ani mals, but the union representing striking city laborers refused to permit the removal of accumulating dung left by the zoo's nearly 1.000 animals. "I'm sure it'll be pushed into some corner," said a spokes man for Local 44, of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employ advertising agency, was presented yesterday at the quarterly meeting of the Baltimore Promotion Council, the city's official booster agency. The ad is made up primarily of a photo-montage of Baltimore scenes: Blaze Starr on The Block, the U.S.F. Constellation, the Washington Monument, new downtown buildings traffic to make them worth his while. ' . Some inner city bh such as the 1000 block Mc-Kean street, banded together to rent a truck to haul their garbage. And two of the trucks at the Monument street landfill said they were r-.uling trash for inner city neighbors. Most businesses, such as restaurants and bars which are small enough to depend on city sanitation service rather than regular commercial haulers, said they too were paying from $4 to $10 a load to have their trash taken away. Most of those interviewed yesterday who said they paid , to have their trash hauled expressed little bitterness toward the private collectors. ees (AFL-CIO). He added that carting away the masses of dung would be in opposition to the strike. Closed early Tuesday The garbage strike first hit the zoo Tuesday, closing it several hours early after three union representatives told zoo workers either to leave the facility or be locked inside. Half of the , keepers chose to and white marble under the headline: steps, "Balti- more has more history and unspoiled charm tucked away in quiet corners than most American cities put in the spotlight." "While the wrecking balls of other cities have been busy leveling tradition in the name of progress, Baltimore has been meticulously rerouting progress around its history," according to the ad, which points out that 16 registered national historic landmarks exist within a few miles of the city's modern downtown. Coupled with the ad campaign is a free "Charm City, U.S.A." charm bracelet that See CHARM, C3, Col. 1 Sunoapers ohoto Carl D. Harris "I don't own a car. I just feel very fortunate there is someone around to keep it garbage from piling up," said Helen M. Herbert, of the 1200 block East 36th street, echoing the sentiments of many. A great many citizens continued to take their own trash to the landfill' by car, although not . always with a smile on their face. At the Monument street landfill yesterday, Al Weller, a sanitation supervisor, handed out free plastic bags and took considerable abuse. "If you' and the Mayor can't do better than this," snarled one motorist, "get the hell out of here!" "The first time they came See HAULER, C3, Col. 1 remain at the zoo overnight, i There were fears that the union action would keep food away from the animals, since the supplies are located outside the zoo grounds. But. an agreement yesterday between zoo and union officials allows the animals to be fed. According to Dr. W. Ted Roth, assistant zoo director, 7 cubic yards of dung from the numerous wild species must be gathered each day in carts. This could weigh between 1 and 2 tons, and is being collected with the sanction of the striking union. , But it must not leave the grounds. ' ' "We can move it away from the animals, because of the health hazard," said Arthur R. Watson, the zoo director, who added that the zoo has enough remote areas and roadways to deposit concentrations of dung temporarily without danger. But Dr. Edward C. Melby, president of the Baltimore Zoological Society, yesterday issued a statement . saying "that if sanitary conditions are allowed to deteriorate during the strike situation, the rat population will take on an increase. ..." . , Dr. Roth said that the dung might be burned, "just smouldering it over to keep away the flies." He said that the consistency of the sub stance would cause no serious fire hazards. The zoo will remain closed U.S. warns city 2d phase of transit may By THOMAS B. EDS ALL . Washington Bureau of The Sun Washington The Urban Mass Transit Administrator warned yesterday that rapid rail may have to be scrapped in the proposed 1980's second phase of the Baltimore-area transit system in favor of express buses and rejuvenated commuter railroads. The warning follows a recent withdrawal of what most state and city officials had considered a commitment by the federal government to finance 80 per cent of the $1.1 billion first phase: Two lines running out of downtown Baltimore to Owings Mills1 and Marley, near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. After reiterating to a Senate subcommittee the inability of tne federal government to as sure 80 per cent funding of the system's first phase, Frank C. Herringer, the federal adminis trator, pointed to the consideration of "alternative" traa sportation systems as a means of saving money. The failure of the federal transit agency to abide by ear- lier commitments provoked an angry response from Senator Charles McC. Mathias (R., Md.), who described the com mitments as statements eas ily made and not usually ho nored at the cashier's window at the bank." . He was referring to a September 29, 1972 statement by John A. Volpe, then Transpor tation Secretary, about the Baltimore system: "We will fund the initial construction project and the additional stages." When they are ready, Sunpapcrs photo Irving H. Phillips. Jr. until a settlement is reached with the union. The loss of gate receipts could cost the zoo $250 a day, according to Mr. Watson. The money would have gone to the Baltimore Zoological Society to run veterinary and educational programs at the zoo. The zoo also receives a percentage of the concessions and rides. A spokesman for the society See ZOO, C3, Col. 3 Council president says "air bus" system could sub for subway . C2 Campaigners seem loath the heat, so much being By BARRY C. RASCOVAR ' "It's a beautiful day here," said Wilson K. Barnes standing on the sidewalk outside his headquarters at the Lord Baltimore Hotel as, the temperature soared into the mid-90's yesterday. Not many people in the small crowd surrounding the Democratic candidate for governor seemed to agree with the former Court of Appeals judge's weather analysis but they stayed around long enough for the ceremonial opening of Mr. Barnes's city headquarters. In this ''hot and humid weather which has descended upon the state, most be scrapped we will have the money." The second phase, for which there is no pricetag or timetable, was designed originally to provide four more rapid-rail "spokes" out of the city to Catonsville, Towson, Overlea and Sparrows Point. Anticipating the possible lack of federal backing for a costly tixeo-rau system tor tne se cond phase, the state Tran Prison probers given U.S. data By ROBERT A. ERLAXDSON George Beall, the U.S. attorney, yesterday gave Baltimore city and county prosecutors federally obtained information for use in thair investigations of alleged corruption in the state parole and prison systems. Milton B. Allen, the. city state's attorney, said after the hour-long meeting that, "There are a great many persons involved. I did not think it was so extensive. I thought it was only a simp'-! matter involving only Senator Clarence .M. Mitchell and Mr. Robert M. Gordon." Mr. Allen. said he plans to turn the inch-thick file over ' a team of lawyers in his office to work with the federal and county prosecutors. Mr. Beall, Paul R. Kramer, his deputy, and Joseph A. Kiel, head of the federal Organized Crime Strike Force, met for an hour with Mr. Allen and Charles A. Ruppersberger 3d, an assistant county prosecutor. The Mitchell-Gordon matter arose during the recent police corruption trial in U.S. District Court when one of the men lied on the witness stand about their relations with Donald 3. Harrington, a convicted gambler. Senator Mitchell and Mr. Gordon were business associates. 1 Mr. Gordon testified that he and Senator Mitchell got $1,500 each to arrange phony jobs so Harrington could get from pri son to a work-release program so he could resume his gam bling activities. Senator Mitchell denieJ the allegations as a witness under oath. He admitted writing a letter to state prison authori ties in an effort to help Harrington, but said it was a routine action he had done "hundreds of times" for pri soners. Mr. Beall said that although he turned over the file of wit ness statements, transcripts, check photocopies and other evidence accumulated in tho Strike Force investigation, the federal government retains the right to prosecute either Sena tor Mitchell or Mr. Gordon for perjury or making false state ments. Mr. Gordon testified under an immunity , grant wnicn would be negated if he per jured him:3lf. Harrington was not required to testify m the trial and Mr. Beall said he is still refusing to co-operate with prosecutors. Harrington's' state parole was revoked when he pleaded guilty to the federal charges and he is now serving tne tour years remaining of his term. He also faces an additional 18-month federal sentence. Harrington is presumably See PERJURY, C2, Col. 2 of the gubernatorial candidates have apparently decided not to tax the endurance of their followers. . The three major Democratic contenders and the two Republican hopefuls all are spending most of their time putting the finishing touches on their campaign organizations! Except for a handful of ad lib speeches before political clubs and conventions, the candidates are sitting out this heat wave in their cool air-conditioned offices. "I doubt that the campaign will really get moving until August," said George E. Snyder, Jr., the son of the Hagerstown state senator sportation Department yester day awarded a consulting con tract to a Cleveland firm that provides for study of "alternatives," including improved bus service and reclaiming abandoned railroad lines Robert C. Embry, the Baltimore housing commissioner who also serves as city transportation coordinator, said he See TRANSIT, C2, CoL 6 GEORGE BEALL . . . turns over file MILTON B. ALLEN . . . to state's attorney CLARENCE M. .' . . in prison MITCHELL investigation to turn on ! here already and Democratic candidate for governor. Mr. Snyder was sitting forlornly in a virtually empty office one floor above the Barnes headquarters in the Lord Baltimore discussing campaign strategy with a volunteer. .... A visitor need only glance about the nearly vacant room to realize that the Snyder campaign is still several weeks away from setting up the massive volunteer campaign organization the candidate says he wants. One block away, in a second-story suite of rooms on Park avenue that normally is rented only during election years, the Mandel reelection See CAMPAIGN, C2, Col. 1

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