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Wednesday, August 21, 1974
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i m' '' 1 if f,jr,' i.v-,i i Departments Features Amusement 68.69 Financial .... 21 Oaulfied,, 23-29 Mishawaka. 34-35 Comic.., I,. 20 Sport 55-66 Crouword i ... 20 TV 67 Editorial . , , , 8 Women' . , 37-54 I 1 7 J VOL.CII, NO. 166 SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1974 PRICE TEN CENTS P rD V iZJ V vj LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Yugoslavian immigrant with a record of sex offenses has been arrested for investigation of murder, and police say he is the alphabet bomber whose explosions have killed three persons. Police and the FBI said Muharem Rurbegovic, 31, was taken into custody Tuesday night after he planted a tape recording in a trash can In a restroom at a Hollywood take-out restaurant. They said Rurbegovic was the man who identified himself in telephone calls and other tape recordings as Isaac Rasim," military leader of an organization he called Aliens of America. He was called the alphabet bomber after threatening to spell out the groups name "in 6jood unless immi gration and sex laws were repealed. William A. Sullivan, assistant director of the FBI in charge of the Los Angeles office, said Rurbegovic apparently was acting alone and at this time it would be my Opinion that there is no such group as the Aliens of America." Police said Rurbegovic, who had been employed until this week at a bluepnnt company in Los Angeles, was unarmed and offered no resistance when he was arrested. Rurbegovic, who has light, curly, short hair, was marched past newsmen at police headquarters and booked in connection with an Aug. 6 blast at Los Angeles International Airport that killed three persons and injured 35. Last Friday night, in response to a warning from the man who called himself Isaac Rasim, police found a 25-pound bomb planted in a locker in a downtown bus station. The device was disarmed. After Rurbegovics arrest, police aided by bomb-sniffing dogs searched his Hollywood apartment and hauled away what they described as a large cache of chemicals and explosives. Explosive Materials They said the haul included numerous bottles of. clear liquids, several cans of gunpowder, a large spool of electrical wire, a cassette tape recorder, a gas mask and a number of books on how to make bombs. Police would not say what the clear liquid was, but they said all of the material found could be used in making a large quanti ty of powerful explosives. 1 f Sullivan said it was not known where the explosives were obtained. A police spokesman said plainclothes officers and FBI agents had been following Rurbegovic for more than 18 hours prior to his arrest at the restaurant, Carls Jr. Witnesses at the restaurant described him as mild looking. He was dressed casually, -Sullivan said the Immigration Service sifted through the records of aliens living in the Los Angeles area, while police searched their records for aliens with records of sex offenses. Details Withheld He said Rurbegovic was an alien with such a record, although Sullivan declined to give any details. VHI - - ,t Rurbegovic has been a resident alien in the United States since 1967, Sullivan said. Sullivan said the tape found Tuesday night when Rurbegovic was arrested reiterated political philosophy" espoused earlier by Rasim and did not contain a bomb threat. Without any elaboration. Police Cmdr. Peter Hagan said investigators also had linked Rurbegovic to a fire-bombing last Nov. 9 at the home of former Police Commissioner Emmet C. McGaughey and to another attempted firebombing at the home in the last six months. Rasim demanded in one of his messages that McGaughey and George Milemore, former captain of the police commission's investigative unit, be ar rested for murder in the 1970 mistake slayings by police of two Mexican aliens. The two were killed accidental as officers raided an apartment looking for a murderer. Seven officers later were exonerated of wrongdoing. Police said McGaughey and Milemore had nothing to do with the shooting. On Saturday night, a powerful explosion leveled a warehouse in a nearly deserted industrial district, injured five persons and caused damage estimated at million to $8 million. The "alphabet bomber claimed responsibility, but police said it was an accident and that a truckload of chemicals may have overheated in the sun and started a chemical reaction that culminated in the blast. W V . A . Rocky Nomination Vow "T f E. L I V v. ' - X A . v v vvJv a , V,- 4 xr HAPPY ROCRY Vice-President-Designate Nelson A. Rockefeller is all smiles as he leaves tne White House Tuesday after being nominated by President Ford. v i UPI Telephoto Last-man Landgrebe WASHINGTON (AP)-Senate Democratic leader Mike Mansfield and House Speaker Carl Albert said today every effort will be made to win con-- gressional approval of Nelson A. Rockefellers nomination as vice-president before a congressional recess scheduled for October. Both Mansfield and Albert indicated they would like a vote on the nomination before Congress recesses to allow members to campaign for the , November general election.' -' Well get it dorie just as soon as the (House Judiciary) Committee finishes its work, Albert told newsmen. ' I don't want any collateral issues involved, Albert said. An aide said the collateral issues Albert was referring to was the election. ManSfield said every effort would be made to get it done before we go out in October. There will be no delay or & Ford Eyes '76 WASHINGTON (AP) -President Ford declared . through a spokesman that he probably will run for the nations highest office in 1976. ' Publicly changing his position 13 days after assuming the presidency. Ford relayed word of his pew. stance Wednesday through -White House -Press Secretary Jerald . F.terHorst. TerHorst said there is no precise agreement on ' wheter Nelson A. Rockefeller, nominated by Ford Tuesday to be vice-president, will be on the 1976 ticket. postponement, Mansfield said. . - ' Asked if October was realistic, Albert told reporters, I Defends Nixon to the End By JACK COLWELL Tribune Political Writer WASHINGTON Congress Earl Landgrebe said he would fight down to the last man in defense of Richard M. Nixon. The Valparaiso Republican was just about that last man Tuesday afternoon. . ' As the House voted, 412 to 3, to receive the report of the Judiciary Committee on impeachment, Landgrebe was one of the three. He was the only Republican to vote no, The other no votes were by Southern Democrats, Otto Passman of Louisiana and Gillespie Montgomery of Mississippi. Although the report contains committee recommenda-films for, impeachment, Nixons resignation ended impeachment proceedings, and leaders of both parties came up with wording designed to permit accepting the . report for the historical record without actually approving or rejecting the contents- - Landgrebe, however, who defended Nixon and urged - - that he not resignratill was in no mood to accept ' anything in the record that contained the recommenda- - fion for impeachment. Over a cup of coffee Before lie went off to do battle against the resolution, Landgrebe described the mood of . Congress as that ,ef a .lynch mob shouting hang, hang,, hang, because somebody said he (Nixon) lied - about something. ....... u. 1 ... Landgrebe said he still is unconvinced about any " wrongdoing on Nixons part. - Show me the damage, said Landgrebe. If he lied, show me the damage that was done to our country." Landgrebe also struck to his guns in defense of a statement he made at the height of the cries for impeachment, when he said, Ive got a closed mind. I will not' vote for impeachment." - . Allegations Without Substance What he meant, the congressman said, was that after months of hearing allegations that he regards as without substance, he was not going to listen to any more. Landgrebe said he called the White House the day before the former president announced his resignation to leave a message in strong expletive-deleted-type language that, I dont want the president to resign. Nixon had hit the low-water mark then and could have recovered enough in public opinion by the following . weekend to have survived impeachment, Landgrebe contended. TheValparaiso Republican was one of about 40 of Nixons staunchest supporters in Congress who attended what Landgrebe termed a private little cry session" in the White House just one hour before Nixon made his televised resignation speech to the nation. He proved his greatness," Landgrebe said. He didnt complain. He said he didnt want us to think he was walking out on us. I saw some of the toughest guys I know in Congress really broken up," Landgrebe added. The congressman said he did not consider it appro- Landgrebe Shuns Pension Bill WASHINGTON Congressman Eari Landgrebe, R- Valparaiso, cast one of the two no votes as the Honse voted 497-2 Tnesday to pass a pension reform bill The measure is designed to protect worker pension rights la situations such as occurred In the demise of Studebaker automotive production. priate to reveal other details of the tearful farewell session because he was invited to the private meeting "as a friend. 1 ' Landgrebe said he "was amazed that Nixon, after the emotion of the farewell session, recovered his composure so thoroughly for the televised speech. While the Congress' may have turned against Nixon, Landgrebe said he doesnt believe the country has. 25-to-l Support He said he has received about 800 letters on his pro-Nixon stand, with the ratio about 25 to I in support of his 'efforts. . - During weekend campaigning in the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, Landgrebe said he also found overwhelming support. There was only one person who denounced me for - supporting the president, and that person was from Grand Rapids Landgrebe said. x , The congressman said he is very optimistic about winning reflection this falL .. He also suggested, that he might have done much better in his unsuccessful bid to win the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate if Indiana Republicans had realized that Nixon was in serious trouble.- In his-Senate campaign; Landgrebe sought to rally support for Nixon, Since Nixon is gone, Landgrebe said, weve got to support Ford go out and battle for our party, 'Of President Fords choice for vice-president (former New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller) the conservative congressman said there is a strong likelihood that Ill vote for him when the House considers cbnfirmation. He noted that Rockefeller seems to have moved from his one-time liberal positions to more of a middle-of-the-road" position. Landgrebe said he would not decide for certain how to vote on confirmation until after congressional hearings on the nomination. t Smaller Increase In Retail Prices think theres a possibility. I hope so. With overwhelming praise except from some longstanding Republican foes, Rockefellers confirmation by Congress is virtually assured, but there is some question about how long it will take. Chairmen of both the House and Senate committees which will review the nomination have refused to commit themselves to any target date. -,, 1 ; 8 to 10 Weeks House Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., suggested again today that the confirmation would take longer than the two months between now and the Nov. 7 elections. Whether its going to take eight weeks or 10 weeks, whatever time its going' to take, I think the committee will do it as quickly - as We- possibly -can, Rodino Said. . But Rep. Edward Hutchinson of Southwestern Michigan's 4th District and ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said President Fords confirmation as vice-president last year took eight weeks and if Rockefellers takes any longer somebodys going to be guilty of foot dragging." Rodino and Hutchinson were interviewed on NBCs Today" program. Congress plans to meet oply , Vj.wiMwm . jt't a t -v; fvvl yw t & . V- I f ,0 -s i f 1 is ,V vM Is 1 n . t -xm I i, I A SEi v- e v i- ' i v'c 4 f - s , vi S V-4 , f fa V 4 . f f . 'Mr fcu., . X- ? FATAL ROBBERY -4 this bank camera picture shows teller Connie Adams, 19, of Kalamazoo, a college student who was working her first day in the Industrial State Bank in Augusta, Mich., moments before she was shot to death by an armed robber Monday afternoon. A bank spokesman said Miss Adams, who attended Western Michigan Uni versity in Kalamazoo, was a summer employee who had been trained in two other branches of the bank. She was transferred to Augusta Monday to replace a bank teller on vacation. FBI and local officials are searching a wooded area nearby for two suspects. (Stoiy on page 19.) ", ' APWirephoto WASHINGTON (UPI) -Increases in retail prices were not as great in July as they had been the previous two months, primarily because of a midsummer drop in some grocery prices, the Labor Department said today. The Consumer Price Index, the best measure of changes in the cost of living, jumped 0.8 per cent last month. Increases in automobile prices and the cost of restaurant peals, medical care and buying a home led the July advance but were offset partly ' by lower prices for cothing and such food items as fresh fruits and vegetables, beef and dairy products. Stm Urge The July increase was smaller than a 1 per cent rise in June and l.i per cent in May. But it still was large by historical standards and offered no relief to President Ford in his search for ways to beat the nation's soaring inflation. The price index in July stood at 148.3, compared to 100 in the 1967 base year. This means that a market basket of retail goods and services that cost 810 seven years ago had risen in price to $14.83 last month. There was a modest dose of good news in another Ubor Department report that showed real spendable earnings what an average blue-collar worker has left on his weekly paycheck after payroll deductions rose 0 2 per cent from June. However, this figure still was down 5.3 per cent over the last year. about six more weeks between' now and November. Congress is scheduled to begin a Labor Day recess Thursday and is tentatively scheduled to recess again in October for re-election campaigning. In Motion Rodino and Senate Rules Committee Chairman Howard W. Cannon, D-Nev., set confir mation machinery, including ' requests for a full FBI investigation, in motion immediately after President Ford" named ' Rockefeller his nominee. . Both chairmen said a major question is how long it will take to investigate Rockefellers multimillion dollar financial holdings to ser whether there are any conflicts of interest. Rockefeller flew into Washington in his own plane Tuesday morning to accept the nomination, held his first news conference, paid courtesy calls on some congressmen and then flew out to continue a vacation in Maine. I in. Cost of lIVIKtv S ' N Program Planned Ford, Blacks Confer WASHINGTON (UPI) -President Ford told black members of the House today he is considering a public service employment program, to, fight unemployment of blacks " in major cities, a leader of the group said, - Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., head of the black caucus, told reporters the House members were "pleased with A the White House meeting. He -said Ford recognizes that our concerns are his concerns." .Ford met with the House members in a friendly and conciliatory gesture aimed at improving relations between the executive branch and the black lawmakers. The caucus had been at odds with former President Richard M. Nixon and all but one of them voted against Ford nomination to be vice-president last year. -Rangel said Ford made it very clear he is considering some kind of public service employment" The President said the country needed a "strong defense posture but also told the House members, "I can assure you that the defense budget is not' sacrosanct, Rangel said. ' . With his choice of Nelson A. Rockefeller to be vice-president out of the way, Ford kept a heavy schedule. He attended memorial services for slain Ambassador Roger P. Davies - and later was to sip the 825 billion Education Act that in--deludes stiff antibusing provisions. Ar Legislators concemed'most-ly with aiding education were ' forced to compromise with op--ponents of court-ordered busing, resulting in a ban on busing students past the next clos-: est school, unless a court rules such a ban denies a childs constitutional rights. The measure also bans Use of federal education aid for busing and ends court-ordered busing if a school district proves it is in compliance ith integration orders. Southern lawmakers and some northern congressmen said the busing language did not go far enough. ' Attack Committee Southern members, especially, attacked the conference committee for dropping a House-passed provision that would have allowed reconsideration of all past court or-' ders on bji&tg to make them conform'with the next-closest-school ban. For the first time since the landmark measure was enacted in 1965 as a Great Society program, the bill revamps the formula for distributing bil lions of dollars of aid to poverty-area schools. . The black, caucus members 'Obviously were' pleased with ' their first meeting with Ford -and Rangel said Ford prom--ised to appoint an assistant who would serve as a link between their group and the-White House. .. ; . - The President has advised us that, not only is his door open to us, but more impor-" tantly that each of us can call him, Rangel said. . .. Rep. Barbara Jordan, D-Tex., was more cautious in her characterization of the meeting. The nature of the meeting today was, lets talk to each other. That, we did, she said. Rangel said the group left Ford a document listing their long-term concerns. He said it was not a shopping list, but covered a range of subjects including minority housing, economic development, inclusion of Africa in a meaningful way in foreign policy, the military budget, health, narcotics, crime, voting rights, improving the status of all minorities including black women, amnesty and transportation. The Weather Partly cloudy and cwittnacd warm (might. Partly cloudy, hot and humid Thursday with chine of a few thaadentorma la th afternooo. Low tonight aearO. High Thuruy aear M. Twenty per cent chance of thuwirrdonna Thursday aflcrBooa. EXTENDED OUTLOOK - Friday ttroagh Sooday: Hoatly partly cloudy and mild with chance of rtwwen and UwadrrrtanM Friday Lows ai the mid-dk tta, aad high ia the lower Mt, Bl and low tempentn hr (be M boon ended at 7 a m. (EST) today: N at 4 J pm. (EST) Tueaday; 47 at am (EST) today. Aug. B: Sua Rises, lam. (EST); SetsT 8 pm, (EST). Precipitation during the t howl ended al 7 a m. (EST) today: None. Aug. Total: 1 M inches Aug. Normal: LJI toches. Aanoal arecipitatloa Jam I U74, to date: HH inches; JStoch above aoc-mL Lake hOchtgu water temperature, B degrees. , Black Enters Mayoralty Race CHICAGO (AP) Attorney E. Duke McNeil announced Tuesday his candidacy (or mayor in 1975, thus becoming the first black to mount more than a token drive for the office. At a news conference, McNeil said he will most likely be independent and enter the Democratic primary" next February. i 6 t t.r y, r ."V t f

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