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Monday, July 23, 1973
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Club h Host To Phony Ex-Prisoner CHICAGO (tJPI) - A man identifying himself « Cmdf. Bob Stevens of Great Likes Naval Hospital called a Prayboy dub here last May and said * friend who had been a prisoner of war had expressed a secret desire to have a big night at the Playboy Club. Stevens recalled that his friend, Navy Lt. font John- soft, told him at Tfipler Army Hospital in Honolulu that he particularly wanted to meet the IMS Playmate of the Year, J6 Collins, who visited Vietnam in 1966. • 410 tf WAS ARRANGED. The tali visitor had a dream date on Playboy, complete with Chateaubriand, candlelight, and Jo Collins. The couple dined in the VIP Room, then enjoyed a flootshop in the penthouse. Johnson then retired to a room reserved for him in the Playboy Tower and Miss Collins went home. But Saturday the morning after, Playboy was informed by the Pentagon that there was no Navy Lt. Tom Johnson of New York City who had been a prisoner for four years, as Playboy's guest had claimed. Playboy officials went to Johnson's room in Playboy Tower to confront him with the Pentagon statement, but he was gone. Pat Simpson of the Playboy public relations staff said the Chicago club hdd played host to other legitimate POWs and had no reason Friday night to suspect that the 6-foot-5, 265-pound visitor was an imposter. "HE WAS A NICE GUY, polite and talked about his stockade and the $52,000 he had saved," Miss Simpson recalled Sunday. Miss Collins said she could not believe her date had been an imposter "because he was so sincere." .But the Pentagon in Washington said no Navy POWs were named Lt. Tom Johnson and none were treated at Tripler. Great Lakes officials also said that they had no record of Steve'nfs. "I feel like the guy who was called out at Watergate and told about the tapes," a chagrined Miss Simpson said. Couple Slain by Intruders As 6 CMldrenLaySleeping .. — * ~_ ^ /•. M .*v * - _-it_ U.l —..4. 19 AMUW MM/I 4\%d " ?f##S^ Golesburq^^ Monday, July 23, 1973 3 Nixon Farm Aides Review Alternatives If President Vetoes WASHINGTON (UP!) - Ad' ministration farm officials have been quietly researching their options for 1974 farm programs in case President Nixon vetoes new legislation pending in Congress. On The Farm Front Separate versions of the new bill have already passed the House and Senate. Both measures are based on a new "target price" support program. Both contain an "escalator clause" to raise support levels after 1974, and Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Bute has promised flatly to recommend a veto if a bill containing an escalator clause reaches Nixon's desk. If no new legislation is passed this year, farm experts say a series of currently dormant old commodity support laws will be automatically revived for 1974 crops. These laws, Butz said last week, "will give us authority to have all of the production we want." The old programs do not authorize direct payments to farmers, but they do provide price support loans for wheat, feed grains and cotton. And if they were activated, Butz added, "there would be no restrictive practices whatever" on acres for grains and cotton. Actually, the old programs would require planting allotments for both wheat and cotton, although Butz would have discretionary authority to set them at extremely high levels if he ruled supplies were low. Also, both the wheat and cotton programs contain potential marketing quota provisions which, while they do not actually limit the bushels or pounds a farmer can sell, do provide penalties against growers who exceed planting allotments. Proposes Quotas Bute has, in fact, already gone through the formality of proposing marketing quotas on the 1974 wheat crop and setting a national acreage allotment of 58 million acres — about the amount planted this year. If there is no new legislation, and if farmers accept the controls in a referendum, the increase in wheat production Butz says would be desirable for 1974 might be lost. Administration farm officials, however, indicate clearly that Butz doesn't want marketing quotas in effect for wheat in 1974. Some think he'd leave the quota proposal in force, bank­ ing on farmers to turn it down in a referendum. One high official hints, however, that Bute might well shelve the proposal. Well Above Level Such action would activate a situation in which farmers who complied with acreage allotments would get price support loans at $2.52 a bushel—Well above the level Butz is willing to accept in new legislation- while others would have to take their chances on a free market. Butz Maintains USD A Was 'Surprised' by Wheat Deal WASHINGTON (UPI) Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Bute contended today that last year's billioifdollar wheat deal with the Soviet Union had very little effect on the price of bread to Americans, contrary to what Senate investigators say. Bute testified at a hearing into the deal and allegations that the sale was mishandled by government officials to the detriment of farmers and to the profit of big grain deal­ ers. Chairman Henry M. Jackson, D-Wash., of the Senate Investigations subcommittee said the sales caused shortages that forced higher prices domestically and that farmers were kept in the dark. BUTZ SAID the deal represented about a third of the ration's total wheat export in 1972 which he said added about a penny to the retail price of a loaf of bread to Americans since last summer. Another witness, Assistant Agriculture Secretary Carroll G. Brunthaver, denied that he received advance information from Continental Grain Co. — which made the biggest sales — that the deal would involve millions of tons of wheat. "I do not recall receiving any such information and have reason to doubt that it was ever communicated to me," Brunthaver said. BUTZ SAID SUNDAY his department was caught by surprise by the volume of wheat the Russians wanted — that when the deal was negotiated, officials did not know how much the Soviets would need because of their crop failures. Bute testified that he told Brunthaver that the Soviets wanted to buy record quantities of grain. Brunthaver denied he met with Steinwcg three days before Continental signed a deal that led to the sale of more than 11 million ions of grain from his firm alone. JACKSON produced affidavits from officials of three other major grain firms who said they also informed Agriculture officials last July that the Soviets were negotiating to buy record quantities of American grain. Jackson has charged that farmers were given misleading information by Agriculture at this time and accordingly sold their grain at 1971 prices! shortly before the Soviet deal caused prices to jump to rec A ord levels. ; The farmers were "rooked," Jackson charged, and the consumers were forced to pay higher food prices caused by tiie grain shortage. THE WHEAT DEAL was aided by $300 million in gov- See'Butz'- (Continued on Page 15) CHICAGO (UPI) - A South west Side couple was shot and killed early Sunday, apparently by two men who broke into their home, police said. Martin J. Zibrida, 39, and his wife, Cecilia, 32, were pronounced dead on arrival at St. Anthony's Hospital, after they were shot while their six children lay sleeping in a bedroom upstairs. Police said the couple, was watching television in their living room. Mrs. Zibrida apparently entered her kitchen, and surprised two intruders. Police said the rear door of their apartment Was unlocked. The couple's 12-year-old son, Michael, told police he heard his mother scream, "Get out, Dialysis Care Contains Risk For Hepatitis CHICAGO (UPI) - Two studies reported in the current jssue of the Journal of American Medical Association indicate that patients using artificial kidney machines run a high risk of contracting hepatitis. The studies also report that nurses and others working in the kidney dialysis centers run increased risk of contracting the disease from their patients. The authors said hospital staff often contracted hepatitis from their • patients through accidental needle pricks. The federal center for disease control in Atlanta stated in one report that in 65 kidney dialysis units across the nation hepatitis rates for patients and staff were 3.3 and 3.2 cases per 100 persons, respectively. ..The national rate per 100 persons is 0.03. ,« In another report, Dr. Charles H. Hennekens said a case study of an outbreak of hepatitis in a Miami, Fla., hospital showed that 10 staff members contracted the disease from a single infected patient.. Lights Stolen EDWARDSVILLE, 111. (UPI) — Special lighting equipment worth $30,000 to be used at a show at the Mississippi River Festival on the Southern Illinois University campus at Edwardsville was stolen Sunday, Madison County authorities said. get out," two shots, and "then heard his father cry out, "Help." The shots woke the other children, and the Zibridas' youngest child, Andrew, 6, ran downstairs and found his mother lying shot on the kitchen floor and his father lying in the living room with a telephone receiver nearby, police said. Authorities said the children went to a neighbor's house for help. A 17-year-old girl who lived nearby said she saw the two suspects in the alley and heard |two loud reports, police said She told police she then saw the same two run out of the house and drive off in a dark colored auto. Burglar Is Killed By House Owner DAVENPORT, Iowa (UPI) A Davenport man was shot to death early Sunday while apparently trying to break into a home here, police said. Officers said the victim, Jerry Kloss, 20, allegedly broke a window and entered the kitchen of a house owned by Mrs. Nancy Kahl, 22. Police said Mrs. Kahl told them she fired three shots at Kloss as he tried to enter the upstairs portion of her house. The incident occurred about [3 a.m. Sunday, police said. The case was turned over to the Scott County attorney's office. Indiana Divers Search for Boy MONTICELLO, Ind. (UPI)Diving operations were resumed in Lake Freeman today in a search for the body of Daniel Durkin, 14, Burbank, III., who was believed to be a runaway after taking his father's car last week, authorities said. The boy was last seen Saturday by fishermen as he called for help while floundering in the water, authorities said, Indiana state'police said Durkin had dashed into the water fully clothed after being involved in a traffic accident in Monticello in which his father's car was damaged. Diving efforts were halted Sunday when a heavy rainstorm threshed, recovery operations. if,,'* v -'If; jJ|! !i '' , •' ,i . , ' |,i, «»„ Farmers Blaming Unions For Continuing Inflation 1. 'li Jlltoii, Hi' 1 "' 1 \ ^ filii Most Illinois farmers tend to blame labor unions as the prime cause of 'he nation's continuing inflation, according to a Prairie Farmer magazine poll. Fivc- huinidred farmers were interviewed. In answer to the question, "What is basically to blame for inflation which continues to plague t/he U.S. economy?" 57 per cent of the farmers said labor unions were responsible. Congress followed with 15.9 per cent, large corporations 15.4 per cent, President Nixon 7.3 per cent, gwerniment subsidies, 5.8 per cent, Federal Reserve Board 3.5 per cent and large banks 3.1 per cent. Other causes for inflation listed by farmers were government waste 9.7 per cent, high standard of living 6.5 per cent, high wages 3.2 per cent, and war, ignorance, space programs, too many middlemen and insurance companies. Nearly 45 .per cent of the farmers polled said most corporations make too much profit and should be taxed at a much higher rate than they arc now. However, 33 per cent thought corporations were tax ed enough while 22 per cent were undecided. Nearly 60 per cent of the farmers interviewed said they had no idea what the corporate tax is despite their call for a tax hike. The tax, the Prairie Fainmer said, now averages 50 per cent of net income. Pay Less? Of farmers who voiced an opinion, 13.8 per cent said corporations pay less than 10 per cent of the net profit in corporate taxes. Other opinions in the poll ranged from 10 per cent to more than 60 per cent, as the amount paid in corporate taxes. 1 The poll also showed that nearly one-third of the farmers couldn't name their congressman. Of the farmers interviewed, 42 per cent said they approved of the job being done by the Illinois General Assembly while 19.2 per cent disapproved and 38.8 per cent were neutral. Unified Stand Students Leave ]\ ew Law in Iowa Will Limit Computerized Detective Jobs Rev. Jesse Jackson, left, president of Operation Push, today announced in Chicago he would stand behind Vernon F. Bellecourt, 42, right, in his legal battle with the government. Bellecourt was arrested Saturday at O'Hare Airport after arriving from Europe where he was raising funds for the American Indian Movement. He is charged with violating anti-riot laws in conjunction with speeches made during the occupation of Wounded Knee. UNIFAX Indian Leader Says FBI Out to 'Crush 9 Movement COLLEGE STUDENT Portent with furnished apartments or sleeping room* available in the Galesburg area for college student housing beginning in September, 1973, are requested to call: Carl Sandburg College 343-6101 Extension 237 CHICAGO (UPI) - Vernon F. Bellecourt, national coordinator for the American Indian Movement, Sunday said his arrest during the weekend by FBI agents was part of a move to crush the Indian movement. Bellecourt, 42, was arrested Saturday at O'Hare International Airport as he attempted to change planes to attend an AIM meeting near Tulsa, Okla. He was released Sunday on $10,000 bond after being held overnight on charges of violating federal antiriot laws in connection with the 71-day ammed take-over at Wounded Knee, S.D. An assistant U.S. attorney in Cheyenne, Wyo., said the bench warrant for Bellecourt's arrest was issued there and stemmed from speeches he allegedly made at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and the University of Colorado in Boulder urging students to take supplies to Wounded Knee. "I had just returned from, a two month trip to Europe to raise funds for the legal defense of 480 of our supporters Who had been indicted during the Wounded Knee struggle," Bellecourt said Sunday after his release. "When I deplaned at O'Hare I was immediately arrested by U.S. Customs and FBI agents. My belongings were thoroughly searched and confiscated. "This is a move to crush the Indian movement," Bellecourt told a news conference. "Bellecourt's arrest was undue harassment by the government," said the Rev. Jesse Jackson, president of Operation Push, a black group that supplied Bellecourt's legal counsel. "The charges are unclear and the bail excessive." Bellecourt said he was placed under travel restrictions which will prevent him from continuing to raise money for the defense fund. He said he was ordered not to travel other than to the AIM meeting in Oklahoma, and later to Wounded Knee and Denver. Airplane Crash Kills Four; Federal Probe Under Way ONA, W. Va. (UPI)-Federal Aviation Administration officials began an investigation today into a small airplane crash which claimed the lives of four Chicagoans. The twin-engine Apache, carrying leading officials of the Chicago-based Better Boys Foundation, slammed into a field near this western West Virginia community late Saturday. Jack Lipscomb of Washington, D.C., an official of the National Transportation Safety Board, said Sunday night preliminary indications were that the plane was "spinning when it hit the ground." Lipscomb returned to inspect the scene today after talking with witnesses during the weekend in an attempt to determine the cause of the crash. He declined to speculate whether the accident was triggered by mechanical failure or pilot error. Killed were the pilot, Edison Lee Hoard, 39, president of the foundation's board of directors; Rita Cody, 30, director of the girls' division; William Smith, 25, director of the boys' division and Lamont Ceno, 30, administrative director, all of the Chicago area. State police at Huntington said the plane was en route to Clifton, W.Va., from Gary, Ind., to inspect the 4-H camp of West Virginia State College. About 200 underprivileged children from Chicago's West Side were to stay at the camp. A spokesman for the Better Boys Foundation said a two- week camp for the inner-city youths would start today as scheduled. About 87 youngsters from the city's West Side were scheduled to arrive for a one- week session, the spokesman said. An additional 100 youths were expected to attend the camp next week. For China Tour CHICAGO (UPI) - Twenty Chicago high school and college students were to depart today on a seven-city tour of the People's Republic of China. The students were chosen on the basis of academic achievement, leadership and concern for foreign affairs. They were selected from nominations submitted by the 12 Chicago Model Cities urban progress centers. During the 26-day trip, the students will visit schools, communes, factories, hospitals and youth programs, according -to I Model Cities Director Erwin' A. France. France said special emphasis would be placed on learning how Chinese families live. France said the trip would be financed by local businesses and civic organizations. Woman Is Killed In 2-Car Crash TAMMS, 111. (UPI) - Alguquine May, 53, Thebes, was killed and three other persons were injured Sunday night in a two-car collision one mile west of here on the Tamms-Olive Branch blacktop road. Police said a car driven by [James Mathis, 40, Thebes, crossed the center line and collided head-on with the vehicle driven by May. Mathis received [major injuries as did Astor Mayberry, 60, UUin, a passenger in the May car. Wesley Kimmel, 23, Tamms, who was riding with Mathis, received minor injuries, police said. DES MOINES (UPI) - A new law effective Aug. 15 will restrict computerized detective work by Iowa police. The law, signed by Gov. Robert D. Ray, prohibits police from feeding intelligence data concerning suspected criminal activity into the state's new computerized crime system. State police also are required to review the status of new arrest records every year and throw away outdated information. All computerized arrest records must be destroyed after an individual has been acquitted or the charges against him have been dismissed, under the new law. 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