Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 16, 1973 · Page 3
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, July 16, 1973
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Record Total of Doctors Joins Profession in Year CHICAGO (UPI) - \ record 14,4ft doctors, neatly halt of them foreign-educated, were added W the United States medical profession in 1972, the American Medicat Association announced today. The number represents an 18 per cent increase and raised the total of licensed physicians to 314,527 in the United States as of Dec. 31, 1972. Of the new licensed doctors, 6,442 were graduates of foreign medical schools, reflecting for the sixth straight year a substantial increase in the number of foreign physicians taking state board examinations, the AMA Council on Medical Education reported. New York with 2,126 had the largest number of new physicians, followed by California and Pennsylvania. (Mesburfl Reaistef*Mail, Golesburg, Hi, _ Monday, July U» 19?3 3 Average Price for Farmland Gains 13 Per Cent in Year WASHINGTON (UPI) - This year's boom in farm and food prices has been accompanied by a boom in the price of farmland, an Agriculture Department report says. On the Farm Front The report, prepared by econ ©mists of the department's Economic Research Service, said the average value of each farmland acre sold during the year ended March 1 was up 13 per cent from a year earlier. This is nearly double the average 6.9 per cent annual increase reported over the last decade. Experts said the sharp increase in land prices during the past year was spurred by a combination of factors including plentiful credit and stable interest rates and continuing increases in net farm income. Homesite Demand Major gains in nonfarm income also may have played a part in the land boom by stepping up demands for ' rural homesites and recreation prop­ erty, and by increasing demand for land to be used for subur ban and commercial development, the report said. Also ex perts added, "More investors may have turned to land recently as a hedge against inflation." The report said future gains in farmland prices may be slower than those of the past year. Farm income for 1973 is expected to set another new record, but economists pointed but that credit for land purchases may be tighter. Wisconsin Leads According to the ERS, Wisconsin led the states in land value increases in the year ending March 1 with a gain of 21 per cent. California had the slowest rise, 2 per cent, because higher grazing land values were partly offset by lower prices for cropland. All told, only four states showed increases of less than 10 per cent. In addition to California, they included Utah, Arizona and Louisiana. $1 .2 Billion Is Approved For State Aid to Schools CHICAGO (UPI)-Gov. Daniel Walker announced today he has signed a bill approving $1.2 billion in state aid to elementary and secondary schools, a decrease of more than $45,million from what the General Assembly had appropriated. Walker used his reduction and line item vetoes to put the school budget back to the figure which he requested in his budget message last March. The bill Jie signed is a $134 million increase over what the schools received last year and will hike to 40 per cent the state share of school funding. Walker also announced he has signed a $337.9 million bill for the. Department of Mental Health. The measure which Walker approved is $20 million more than he requested in,his hudget message. Walker said he became convinced the extra funds are ''absolutely necessary." In addition, Walker announced he has signed a bill approving $649.4 million for operation of the state's colleges and universities. Walker re- Assembly had appropriated for higher education operations by $78 million. The governor also signed measure approving $216 million for capital construction at higher education institutions, $62 million less than the legislature appropriated. Gangland Style Chicago Murder MELROSE PARK, '111. (UPI) — James Leonetti, 33, Chicago, was shot to death gangland style today by two men who approached him in a restaurant in this west Chicago suburb. Melrose Park police said Leonetti, who had an arrest record, was shot in the head with a .45 caliber pistol. Carnival Set A neighborhood carnival to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Children's Crusade will be held Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. at 1014 N. Kellogg St. Jeff Leighton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Leighton, will be ringmaster, assisted by Brian Chard and Military Records Are Still Smoldering, Lack of Fire Prevention Is Criticized By LASZLO K. DOMJAN ST. LOUIS (UPl)-The smoke no longer billows from the building known as the country's biggest filing cabinet but weary firemen today poured more water over smoldering records of military veterans. The fire had ranged out of control for two day9 last week at the giant U.S. Military Personnel Records Center in suburban Overland. Because the center was built like a vault for security, the blaze was confined to the top floor where it broke out early Thursday. The construction design doomed most of the irreplaceable records on 22 million for­ mer servicemen stored on the top floor of the six-story building. If they weren't consumed by fire, much of the rest likely were ruined by water. Federal officials were wiating for the building to cool so they could assess the damage, not only to the top floor but the 34 million records kept on the lower floors. Although the flames had not spread below, smoke arid water seeped down. FBI agents stood by to determine whether the cause was arson. The community fire protection district responded to about a dozen fires of suspicious origin at the center the last two years. Fire officials Sunday criticized the lack of adequate fire prevention devices on the upper floors. Glenn L. Smitih, a director of the community fire district, said papers stored in cardboard boxes on the sixth floor burned quickly, but documents in file cabinets smoldered like charcoal. He said the metal cabinets "have just enough oxygen to keep (the records) burning. They're welded shut by the heat and we can't got to them. All we can do is cool theim down from the outside." "You can appreciate the magnitude of the problem if you can visualize thousands of thousands of filing cabinets in aisles with just 30 to 40 inches cf space between them, stacked 18 to 20 feet high," he said. Were No Firewalls "There are no firewalls to keep the fire confined, and we'ra talking about football field-sized areas." James E. Holdinghaus, St. Louis County fire marshal, said the fire "shows what fire people in the United States have been trying to get across about fires in high-rise buildings." "There are enough things that could have been built in — smoke vents, heat vents in the i building or roof, sprinklers, monitoring systems — to prevent this, or at least hold the fire in check until firemen arrive," he said. Each floor of the building could accommodate six football fields. When completed in J956, the center's floor space was said to be second in the world only to the Pentagon. One of the center's architects, George E. Kassabautn, said design specifications did not call for safety features such as the ones suggested by the fire marshal. Wanted Secure Building "The idea was to have a secure building," Kassabaum said. "The Army didn't want a building that someone could get on the roof and ohop holes to. get inside. The roof had to be built to withstand additional stories if the government ever wanted to expand." Smith noted that ailthough the center is located in his district, his fire inspectors have no authority to enforce fire codes on federal property. The government pays no taxes' to the district but expects free fire protection. "I suppose we'll have to try to flo<at a bond issue to pay for this tremendous expense," Smith said. "I don't think its' fair, though, that our people should have to pay for this." Walker Authorizes Release of $12 Million for CTA CHICAGO (UPI) - Gov. Daniel Walker Sunday authorized the release of up to $12 million in state funds to subsidize the financially ailing Chicago Transit Authority. Walker told a news conference here that the freeing of the additional $12 million, coupled with monies already pledged to the CTA, would "end the CTA crisis for at least this year." In this vein, Walker also announced that he would not attend Friday's scheduled meeting with Republican legislative leaders and Mayor Richard J. Daley. The meeting was called by House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R-Park Forest, and Senate President William Harris, R-Pontiac, to iron out a compromise on a regional mass transit district for northeastern Illinois. Ruled Out The governor also ruled put the possibility of a special session of the Illinois General Assembly to deal with regional mass transit or aid to the CTA. Walker said the newly released $12 million, coupled with a $7.2 million advance approved last week and $8.5 million pledged by the city and county would enable the CTA to avert curtailment of service. However, CTA Board Chairman Milton Pikarsky said the additional funds failed to "resolve the crisis," because the $7.2 million was merely an advance on the CTA's 1974 budget. He said plans for service cutbacks would remain in effect until the CTA was assured that monies needed for continued operation would be made available. No Sweat Walker, however, said, the CTA should easily be able to get by with the funds currently pledged to its support. "With the assurance of $27.7 million, if there are any cuts in service, any fare increases or any layoffs, it will not be the fault of the state," Walker said. He said the $12 million for the CTA would come from transportation bond issues and the state takeover of maintenance of certain roads in Chicago and Cook County. This, he said, would leave local money free to subsidize the CTA. Walker said that the CTA. problem had been resolved by the release of the additional funds and noted that Friday's planned Bkiir - Harris - Walker - Daley meeting would be considered premature. Hearing Soon The governor announced that public hearings in each of the six counties to be served by a regional transit authority would . begin soon. The counties involved are Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, Kane and McHcnry. Though admitting that hearings were held before the regional transit authority package was introduced in the legislature, Walker said new hearings were needed to work out tax plans to finance the system. Walker said he would meet with Harris, Blair and Daley, but only "after the people have had their say," adding that, until then, a "downtown summit is premature." duced the amount the General Crag McCants. Heart Group Announces NewProjects The Knox County Heart Assn. has announced the creation of two new service projects. One will help in identifying persons suffering from high blood pressure and the other will educate the community in treating heart attack patients. Blood pressure tests will be offered at the Knox County Fair July 31 through Aug. 5. The tests will be administered to help identify persons who may have high blood pressure. Studies have shown there is less incidence and fewer deaths from strokes when high blood pressure is treated. Those who have unusual blood pressure readings will be referred to their physicians. Blood pressure readings will be taken from July 31 through Aug. 3 from 2 to 10 p.m. and Aug. 2-5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Winnebago exhibit at the fair. The other heart association service, Project H.E.L.P., will teach community residents to treat heart attack patients in the crucial four to six minutes after the attack, Daniel Bailey, trauma coordinator, said today. Educational sessions will be offered each Wednesday at Cottage Hospital. Mrs. Marjorie Crisman, R.N., will be in charge. About 30 persons attended the Heart Care Projects The Knox County Heart Assn. will sponsor blood pressure readings this year at the county fair to help identify persons suffering from high blood pressure. Mrs. Sally Plympton, left photo, past president of the association, demonstrates the blood pressure test with current president Lee Boergadinc at right, representative of Project HELP demonstrate posters advertising the new program designed to educate the community in the treatment of heart attack patients. From left arc Larry Donaldson, of American Community Ambulance Service; Daniel Bailey, trauma coordinator at St. Mary's Hospital; Ray Weaver, of Weaver-Ycmm Chevrolet., and Maurice Farrell, of Farrell's Ambulance .Service. first class, held last Wednesday, Bailey said. Most were persons with family members who are cardiac patients. Now members of the heart association are trying to reach the entire community. "It's a lifesaving effort," Bailey explained. Thomas Edison once appraised genius as "1 per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration." Foster Homes Sought for Children CHICAGO (UPI) - The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services today was looking for foster parents for more than 100 Illinois children who may be returned to Illinois from Texas institutions next week. Department Director Dr. Jerome Miller said his staff was investigating why so many children declared wards of the state of Illinois were sent out of &he state to be cared for. State officials said about 580 dependent children from Illinois currently are being cared for in Texas institutions with Illinois paying as much as $35 a day for their care. The DCFS said Sunday it needed foster parents for more than 100 children returning from Texas institutions. Jerry Stermer, assistant director of the agency, said tern penary lodging had been found for up to 180 children. He said some children would return from Texas within the next few days despite the fact that the The Knoxvillt Junior Woman's Club Annuol Chuckwogon Sot, July 2!st Knoxville City Pork In Conjunction With HORSE and BUGGY DAYS Serving Hour*: 11:00 to 1:00 and 5:00 till ? Monu: Homemade Chicken & Noodles Ham & Beans & Cornbread Barbecues, Hot Dogs, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Chips and Homemade Pies. FOR CARRY PUT ORDIRS 289.4650 agency has not yet secured foster parents for them. He added that more than 100 children may be returned next week. Asks Return The director of the Legal Assistance Foundation filed suit in Juvenile Court here Friday asking that all Illinois children lodged in Texas institutions be returned. The suit charged that the children were "illegally confined" and abused in the Texas institutions. It charged that in one instance, a 13-year-old girl from Illinois was given a hysterectomy without the consent of her father. The legal action was based upon a report by a DCFS staff member who visited four Texa? schools and talked with Illinois children placed in the schools. That report questioned the quality of oare youngsters at the institutions received. It charged that some youths spent three years in outdoor camping programs without attending school. It also charged that a 15-year-old boy was forced to eat IV2 packages of cigarettes as punishment for smoking. 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