Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on February 1, 1972 · Page 1
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Estherville, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 1, 1972
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Government Orders: 0e a 1~7Q * t<>*n Screen Air Fares WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government has ordered the nation's scheduled airlines to screen all passengers and baggage in an effort to stop hijackings and sabotage. Major airlines have used the security measures, at least on a part-time basis, for the past two years. The Federal Aviation Administration, in making screening rules public Monday, also disclosed it seeks to halt illegal publication of police and airplane radio conversations during flight emergencies. The FAA ordered the new rules into effect immediately, waiving the usual 30-day preliminary notice on grounds that the wave of hijackings has created a threat to public safety of an emergency nature. The regulations must be met no later than three days after they are published in the Federal Register, probably today or Wednesday. The new equipment * and procedures, therefore, will have to be operating at all U.S. airports served by scheduled airlines no later than Saturday. The FAA said it will accept four screening systems, used alone or in combination: the thoroughly tested and proven hijacker-behavioral profile, magnetometers or similar metal-detecting devices, identification systems, and search of passengers and baggage. The order will not apply to foreign airlines, air-taxi operators of small planes, or supplemental airlines specializing in charter service. The FAA said Administrator John II. Shaffer asked the Federal Communications Commission Monday to investigate suspected illegal news-media inter­ ception of police radio conversations during hijack emergencies. Shaffer told FCC Chairman Dean Burch there are reasons to believe some individuals had violated that section of the Federal Communications Act forbidding unauthorized persons from intercepting and divulging the contents of radio transmissions. "Widespread public dissemination of these radio transmissions could seriously hinder law-enforcement activities during an actual aircraft hijacking and therefore jeopardize the lives of passengers and crew," Shaffer said. 5 M T W T F S - - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 - " " " AILY NEWS " *• 104th YEAR ; N0 - 84 Estiwvillt, Iowa, 51334, Tvtsday, February 1, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c It's Sports Festival Time Estherville's Bleacher Bums, a group of EHS students adding a flavor of excitement to basketball games this season, are shown constructing one of four ice sculptures now in progress on library square. The 'Bums' have contracted to build three sculptures and are constructing this prone Green Giant, one of their own accord, in fund raising activities for Emmet County's Retarded Children. Other projects started by the group includes a benefit basketball game Feb. 19 against the KIOA High Hoopers and a dance in March. (Daily News photo by Chuck Ostheimer) A Parking Primer Meter violations and a large number of violations involving parking during snow emergencies may mean that motorists don't quite understand the new systems in either case. As a reminder, the Daily News herewith reprints the new meter placement system, Snowir& How r^ca^fcterfrtHe satwe meter pole. Each pole has two meter heads that are" marked with red arrows showing which meter is to be used according to where your car is located. While new lines cannot be placed on the streets until spring, the illustration here shows how cars should be parked according to an imaginary line drawn from each meter pole. On the left, the angle parking system, and on the right the parallel parking system. THIRTEEN motorists paid fines in police court last week tor violation «C-the ^asking - restrictions for emergency snow removal. Lest we forget — these periods of snow removal emergency are in effect when notice is aired over KILE AM-FM Radio. Notice will also be given on Channel 11 of the local cable television, the Estherville Daily News and on the Weather Watch telephone 362-2666. Parking regulations will be in effect from midnight through to 6 p.m. During this time motorists in the residential districts, whether residents or visitors, are required to park on the even-numbered side of the street on even calendar days, and on odd-numbered side on an odd-numbered calendar- except where signs direct otherwise. From 6 p.m. to midnight parking is permitted on either side of the street. In the business district no parking is allowed from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. in areas where signs denote the restriction. These parking restrictions have been created to enable the city's snow removal crews to clear the streets as quickly as possible after snowstorms. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A brewing Statehouse fight over a new minimum legal drinking age in Iowa picked up steam Monday as Gov. Robert Ray and Lt. Gov. Roger Jepsen separately took different stands 4ijfcef *Jb e matter. Ray said He thinks the new minimum age should be 18 if other adult rights and responsi- Statehouse Fight Brews Over Teen Drinking Rights bilities begin at that age. But Jepsen said legalized liquor should be kept out of Iowa's high schools and advocated a minimum age of 19. Iowa law now sets adult rights at 21, but the legislature is Working on a majority rights bill to lower air adult rights 'to 18. Several weeks ago the House overwhelmingly passed the bill, including a provision to allow Iowans to purchase and drink liquor at age 18. The bill now is in the Senate, where many lawmakers think 19 Is a better minimum drink- big age. Jepsen, who Is president of the Senate, announced to newsmen Monday he supports a 19 year-old drinking Beef Stampede 4 T-Hybrid' Suit Filed PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) - A class action suit on behalf of all the nation's farmers who used T-hybrid seed corn in 1970, allegedly susceptible to the Southern Corn Leaf Blight, has been filed in Gibson, Ind., Circuit Court against major seed companies having sales in excess of $500,000. The suit contends that the companies "should have known at the time T-hybrid seed corn was sold" that it was "unusually susceptible to the blight and was also susceptible to another similar corn disease commonly called yellow leaf blight." The blight epidemic reduced the 1970 corn yielded from T- hybrid seed corn "by no less than 500 million bushels in the United States," the suit contends. At an estimated price of $1 per bushel the suit conceivably could involve $500 million. The Associated Press first learned of the suit Jan. 23 when about 60 farmers met at the Knox County Courthouse inVin- cennes . to hear William M. Osborn of the Indianapolis law firm of Bingham, Summers, Welsh & Spilman discuss plans to file. The plaintiffs in the action are represented by the Indianapolis firm, along with Klineman, Rose & Wolf of Indianapolis, Fair & Rehnquist of Princeton, Ind. and Smith and Patterson of Greensboro, N.C. Seed companies failed to warn farmers that the blight or yellow blight had been found in T-hybrid seed corn at different times and places as early as 1961, the suit claims, and they violated Title 7 of the U.S. Code section 1551 commonly known as the Federal Seed Act in misleading advertising and labeling of the corn so as to fail to advise the plaintiffs. The companies named as defendants in the action are Anderson, Clayton & Co., Asgrow Seed Co., Cargill, Inc., Dekalb Agresearch, Inc., Funk Brothers Seed Co., Edward J. Funk & Sons, Lowe Seed Co., Midwest Seed Growers Association, Pflster Associated Growers, Pfister Hybrid Corn Co., Pioneer Corn, Inc., Stull Brothers, Inc., Todd Hybrid Corn Co., Trojan Seed Co., all major distributors of the seed and two Southern Indiana firms, Schenk, Inc., of Knox County and the Princeton Mining Co., Inc. The complaint also asked that all persons, firms and organizations whose names are presently unknown to plaintiffs who had sales in excess of $500,000 of the Texas Male Sterile Hybrid seed corn in the United states for the 1970 crop season be named as defendants. The action contends that each defendant implied by warrenty that all T-hybrid seed corn sold to plaintiffs for the crop season was merchantable, however, the corn seed was not merchantable in that it was unusually susceptible to the blight The action requests that reasonable and fair amount of damages be recovered from defendants and they have "such other and further relief as may seem just and proper to the court." No figure amount is asked in the action. The meeting of some 60 farm­ ers at the Knox County Courthouse was opened by Wayne Thompson, son of Charles N. Thompson, operator of Thompson Farms, one of the plaintiffs in the action. Osborn, who is a member of the law firm of former Indiana Gov. Matthew E. Welsh considered the leading contender for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination this year, advised the Associated Press and the Vincennes Sun-Commercial of the filing of the suit last week in a letter today. Named as plaintiffs in the action are Downen Enterprises, Inc., Shawneetown, 111.; Foster Farms, Ridgeway, 111., Hartman Farms, Inc. Bainbridge, Ind.; John Kolhousan Rt. 5, Vincennes, Lannan Farms, Monroe City, Ind., Don Nowaki, Rt. 4, Vincennes, Ind. Thompson Farms, Inc., and George Wilson, both of rural Knox County and B & D Corporation, no address available. The corn blight, which is caused by the fungus helmin- thosporium maydis, struck corn crops in the Midwest, and the South. The U.S. Agriculture Department estimated the loss caused by the blight in 1970 at 700 million bushels. Osborn says the first epidem­ ic of corn leaf blight was found and reported by agriculture scientists in the Philippine Islands in 1961. After that, he said a variety of articles about "the susceptibility of T-hybrid to Southern Corn Leaf Blight were published in this country and by the U.S. Department of Agriculture." By 1968, Osborn said, "80 to 90 per cent of all seed corn was T-hybrid." WASHINGTON (AP) - Supermarket beef prices, already at record highs, may be on the verge of a full-fledged stampede, according to new government smoke signals. The Agriculture Department said Monday that January beef- cattle prices broke a 21-year record set during the Korean War, reaching an average of $31.40 per hundredweight for live animals. Meanwhile, the department says, retail prices of choice- grade beef in December—before the full effect of the record cattle market was felt—rose to a record all-cut average of $1.08 per pound. Raw farm products are not included in federal price controls, and retailers may pass on added costs to customers. Also, consumers appear willing to buy beef almost at any price. It is the favorite, by far, and, with second-ranked pork, comprises nearly one-third of the average family's food bill. Doubts over the cost of meat production were raised Monday by the Food and Drug Administration which served notice it will curb the use of antibiotics in livestock feed unless the medicines are proved safe for meat eaters. Some agricultural spokesmen say that, if feed antibiotics are banned, costs of livestock production would soar and consumers would end up paying much more. But government experts say the economic effects of an antibiotic ban are impossible to tell at this time. Rising cattle prices are providing a mixed blessing for the Nixon administration, which wants to see farm incomes improved but shudders at the possibility of a consumer revolt over soaring prices in an election year. In 1951, when the previous record of $30.30 per hundredweight was set for cattle, retail beef prices averaged 88 cents per pound, fully 20 cents less than today. Cattleman costs for shipping, processing and marketing beef have risen much more sharply, so farmers are not the primary recipients of higher prices. Little consumer relief is seen for the near future. Agriculture Department officials predict cattle prices will continue strong and see little likelihood of middleman markets shrinking much. This, they say, is true even though more cattle are now being fed for slaughter later. As of Jan. 1, there were 8 per cent more in fattening pens than a year earlier, and cattlemen say herds are expanding gradually to take care of future needs. One immediate solution, favored by many consumer groups, is expansion of meat imports. But those, mostly low- grade meat used for hamburger and processing, are tightly supervised under a quota system. The Forecast amendment which is expected to be proposed this week to the majority rights bill. Jepsen said that was a switch from his earlier feelings that all adult rights should be granted at age 18. And House leaders Indicated that If the Senate makes ihe minimum drinking age 19, the House will go along. Ray, speaking to newsmen before Jepsen made his announcement, said "I think House members were satisfied by an overwhelming vote. Everyone seems to be in agreement that young people should be responsible for criminal acts and contracts at age 18." "The question is," he said, "Are you going to give them the privileges that go along with the responsibilities?" Jepsen said he had originally thought all majority rights and responsibilities should begin at age 18. But he said he has changed his mind. "I still believe that our youth today are better educated, better fed and informed than we were at the same age — 20 years ago. We have more knowledge available than ever before, but I don't think wisdom has kept pace," Jepsen said. He said about 70 per cent of all high school students In Iowa reach the age of 18 before they graduate. "Legislating the minimum age when our younger people are legally invited to drink all types of liquor is arbitrary, and there is some uncertainty involved," Jepsen said. "A very small per cent of high school students are interested in drinking and that doesn't make it right or justify making it legal." He said it is "political drivel" for leaders of both parties to say they would lose 18-year-old votes if they made the minimum drinking age 19 instead of 18. "The voting age has been lowered to 18," Jepsen said. "Many majority rights and responsibilities will also be lowered to 18. Introducing liquor into our high schools is one majority right and responsibility that should be postponed for one year," he said. Receive Jaycee Awards Honored at the annual Jaycees Awards Banquet Monday at the V.F.W. were from left, Ron Riedemann, Distinguished Service Award; Duane Smallfield, Outstanding Young Religious Leader; Donna Brown, Outstanding Young Educator; Scott Griffith, Out­ standing Young Farmer; Bob Gommels, Outstanding Jaycee Officer of the Year; Dick Thornburg, Jaycee of the Year; and not pictured were Cecil Eide, Boss of the Year; and Vince Ross, Outstanding Jaycee Project Chairman of the Year. (Daily News photo by Chuck Ostheimer) Bursting Seams Help! The list of college skiers who will be here this weekend to participate in the Winter Sports Festival — and compete for the Governor's Cup— has grown to at least 150. This has prompted another call for help. Anyone having room to sleep one, two or more of these college people is asked to call Mrs. John Powers, 2-2317.

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