Nevada State Journal from Reno, Nevada on May 27, 1973 · Page 1
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Sunday, May 27, 1973
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by CY RYAN CARSON CITY (UPI)_ There's always been rumors and a slight trace of fear that the state Capitol is the most dangerous place in town in case of an earthquake or strong blow. 6 For years, stories have circulated the Capitol would collapse when a majoi earthquake hit. And it has been compared to a piece of peanut brittle which could withstand several blows from a hammer and then suddenly crumble. But now the state is going to get some answers how safe the century old structure really is and whether it is worth preserving. The 1973 legislature approved $50,000 for a study to find the weaknesses and strong points of the building which nouses the offices of governor, controller, treasurer, secretary of state and mines inspector. How Safe Is Nevada's State Capitol? "The purpose of the study is to find a way of economically strengthening the building without destroying the architecture and its function," says William Hancock, manager of the State Planning Board. "We know the ouilding has some inherent weakness as far as seismic stability is concerned." A severe quake, according to Hancock, could shove the wails outward with the roof and floors caving in. And the most dangerous place would be the governor's office which is in the center of the oldest section ci the original capitol. The stone work on the outisde of the capitol is nothing mo r e than veneer. Inside are pieces of rock and sand cemented together. "The best example I can give is the walls are like a piece of peanut brittle. You can hit it three or four (See STATE, Page 2, Col. 5) \TL*II* Chili Spy NEW YORK (UPI) - A "chilling" White House plan to bug. burglarize and blackmail antiwar activists was briefly "operational" in 1970 until it was rejected by former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, according to Newsweek magazine. In its edition lor release Sunday, Newsweek reports the sweeping secret police plan would have pooled the services of the FBI. CIA. National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency to spy on militants believed fomenting domestic unrest. "The plan was in operation for only five days in the summer of 1970," said Newsweek, "and the administration says it was never implemented." President N i x o n , i n h i s statement on Watergate last week, referred to plans for covert a c t i v i t i e s including "breaking and entering" in 1970, which he said were not implemented because of Hoover's objections. But the magazine noted the potential of the plan was "striking," and quotes an unidentified congressional source as saying, "When you read it, it will send chills up and down your spine." "More chilling still," contends Newsweek, "there was mounting evidence that the plan had helped spawn Watergate." According to Newsweek, the plan developed at a meeting of intelligency a g e n c y heads called by the White House to cope with growing domestic unrest. The plan, Newsweek said, "paved the way for bugging, burglary, perhaps even blackmail by government agents against American citizens -among them federal employees, antiwar activists, campus radicals and militant Black Pan- thers --as well as foreign students and diplomats." "One of the proposals would have created a new cadre of 'super CIA agents' for domestic missions, operatives who could not be traced to the agency and whose identity and assignments would be concealed from all but the highest agency officials." Newsweek said the plan was approved by President Nixon, but withdrawn five days later after Hoover objected to almost every section and refused to go along. "The plan was dead but its spirit apparently lingered on,' 1 said Newsweek. Illegal break- ins were made against Black Panthers, the Harrisburg Eight and the Chicago Seven. Newsweek said, and one of those connected with the original White House Unit, G. Gordon Liddy, "went on to the White House 'plumbers,' the Ellsburg burglary and the plot now known as Watergate." Jteno's Morning and Sunday Newspaper journal 104th Year No. 184 Sunday, May 27, 1973 * |5c Daily--35c Sunday Skylab Ehrlichman Links Mitchell, Sources Say Astronauts Unfurl Giant Parasol HOUSTON (UPI) -- The Skylab 1 astronauts successfully unfurled a giant parasol over America's first space station Saturday night in a crucial attempt to shelter the hot, dry workshop from the sun. They reported with initial frustration that the fabric of the orange and silver umbrella was so wrinkled it had failed to unfold properly, and worried it might not provide enough shade. But mission control assured them engineers on the ground were satisfied. Raising the 22-by-24-foot parasol was the highest priority task assigned to Charles "Pete" Conrad, Joseph P. Kerwin and Paul J. Weitz, the first crew to visit the station. NASA officials had chosen the device as the primary method for salvaging America's $2.6 billion Skylab program. Jack Kinzler, chief of techni- cal services at Houston's Johnson Space Center and the inventor of the parasol, predicted the sun would warm the wrinkled plastic and nylon fabric and allow it to spread out fully. Engineers said it would be sometime today b e f o r e they could tell how much the parasol would cool Skylab. But less than two hours after it was erected, temperatures in the 118-foot-long research station had already begun to drop a little. The big, lopsided umbrella v/as an emergency replacement for S k y 1 a b's main shield against solar heat, which tore off during launch May 14 and rendered the then-unmanned station uninhabitable. Without the sunshield, air temperatures inside Skylab's cabin soared to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Conrad, who en- tered the cabin for the first time Saturday afternoon, said he had to wear special gloves to keep from burning his hands. He called it "the fiery workshop." "It must have been 120 (degrees) in there today," the veteran mission commander said. Asked by mission control how he felt about working in the space s t a t i o n today, he replied: "If you can bring it down 20 degrees, we'll be okay." Capsule communicator Henry Hartsfield told the crew it looked like the temperatures would fall below 100 degrrees in the next several hours. The goal was to get it down to 69 or 70 degrees. "I'd just like to say that you guys did a tremendous job," Hartsfield said. "You've got everybody down here smiling now that you've got that parasol out." Conrad and Weitz deployed the parasol by pushing it out through an airlock in Skylab's sun-blackened golden side. Kerwin watched their progress through a window in the Apollo command module locked to one end of the space station, recording the deployment on video tape. The astronauts started their second day's activities in orbit a bit late because they had been up almost 24 hours Friday. They awoke feeling chipper and Conrad reported "we slept pretty good ... we really did." Their blastoff went smoothly from Cape Kennedy but several hours later they found they couldn't free a jammed solar wing on Skylab--a long-shot (See PARASOL, Page 2, Col. 5) Killer Tornado Hits Oklahoma KEEFETON, Okla. (UPI) -A tornado that swirled out of a large black cloud smashed through this tiny Eastern Oklahoma community Saturday, killing or injuring many of its residents and destroying much of the town. Four persons were killed and at least 15 injured in the twister, one of many reported in the area during the day. The town of about 300 population, 10 miles south of Muskogee, was littered with the dead and injured, broken propane tanks, gas pumps and dead horses. "I never did see a funnel as such, just a huge cloud that flipped down on the ground. And it was twisting and turning all right," said John L. Stone, managing editor of the Muskogee Phoenix. Stone said he drove his car into a ditch on U.S. 64 and waited until the storm had passed. Then he drove into the town. "There were bodies everywhere," he said. "We found five bodies around the rear of one service station, most of them badly injured. "Keefeton is not a '^arge community, but it is gone. There is probably not a building left that is not damaged. I'm sure that cloud was about a quarter-mile wide and that's just about the width of Keefeton." Stone said gasoline spewed from wrecked service station pumps ripped off their moorings. Propane tanks lay split open. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers who confirmed the death count, cordoned off the community because of the damage to gasoline tanks and natural gas lines. He said the twister followed a heavy rain storm that hit him as he approached the community from the south while driving home. "I thought it had passed and sped up, but suddenly saw this huge cloud coming from the southwest," he said. "When I saw debris flying out of the sides of the storm, I took to the ditch." Roy Bashaw of Tulsa, who reached the town shortly after the twister, said the sight was unbelievable. "It looked like it just blew the whole town away," he said. "Cars were blown across the highway. One guy was sitting on the side of the road, his shirt blown off. "I was so ... I just couldn't believe what I saw." Bashaw said he did not see the funnel but at the time the storm passed he was lying on the floor of his automobile. WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Former Presidential aide John D. Ehrlichman has sworn he learned some weeks ago that John N. Mitchell and other key officials secretly discussed a specific proposal for bugging the Democrats' Watergate offices early in 1972, authoritative sources said Saturday. The sources said Ehrlichman testified that be was told the plan for electronic surveillance at the Watergate was brought up at the last of a series of three or four meetings arranged to discuss campaign intelligence gathering. The first of these meetings was said to have taken place late in December, 1971, or early in January, 1972, and to have been attended by Mitchell, then attorney general; White House counsel John W. Dean; Jeb S. Magruder, the deputy manager of President Nixon's re-election campaign; and G. Gordon Liddy, a former White House aide. Some or all of these four persons were said to have been present at the later meetings and Ehrlichman said he was told Mitchell definitely was at the one where the Watergate bugging proposal was discussed --in February or March of 1972. The sources said they could not positively say who Ehrlichman had identified as the source for his information, but that they thought he said it had come mainly from Magrruder. The sources said H. R Haldeman, who resigned April 30 as White House chief of staff, was said to have testified separately along the same lines, although with less specific information. Both Haldeman and Ehrlichman, who also resigned his White House job April 30, were said to have provided their information in making pre-trial depositions this week in the Democrats' $6.4 million civil damage suit against the Committee fop the Re-Election of the President. For their part, Haldeman and Ehrlichman both denied that they themselves had any advance knowledge of the Watergate c o n s p i r a c y , the sources said, adding however, that both former presidential aides refused to answer any questions a b o u t an alleged effort to cover up the June 17, 1972, incident. Mitchell has acknowledged that he told a federal grand jury investigating the Watergate bugging and break-in that he attended about three meetings early in 1972 where bugging was discussed. But he said he rejected all eavesdropping proposals and did not specify whether he had been present for any discussion of the Watergate planning. Helicopter Crash Kills Agent Assigned to Guard Nixon Awarded the Gold Medal for scholarship at University of Nevada's 83rd commencement Saturday was Edward Klatt, from Tulelake, Calif., who had a 3.99 four-year average. Names of all graduates are listed on Page 3, and the commencement story, with pictures, is on Page 18. (Journal Photo) Key Biscayne, Fla. (UPI) -A U.S. Army helcopter carrying seven Secret Service agents assigned to President Nixon went down in the Atlantic Saturday night off Grand Cay, the Bahamas. One agent was killed, according to Secret Service Information Officer Jack Warner. The helicopter was ferrying the agents to Grand Cay to relieve another contingent of agents guarding Nixon and members of his family. No member of the first family was aboard when the helcopter went down in about 20 feet of water one-quarter mile off the island at 10:10 P.M. EDT. Deputy White House Press Secretary Gerald L. Warren said the d e a d agent's body was recovered by divers at the scene of the crash. Identification was withheld pending notification of next of kin. Nixon was notified of the crash, Warren said. The six other agents were "slightly injured" and were taken to a hospital at Homestead AFB, Fla. Icelandic Gunboat's Shells Hit British Boat REYKJAVIK, Iceland (UPI) -- An Icelandic gunboat Saturday opened fire and hit a British trawler in disputed fishing waters off Iceland. Crewmen on the stricken ship were struggling to keep her from sinking. The trawler was reported taking on more water than her pumps could handle. Other British fishing boats were standing by. No casualties were reported. The British Foreign Office said it viewed the shooting incident with "utmost gravity." The British Trawler Federation described the shooting as "an art of war." Political sources said the incident meant a dangerous escalation of the British- Icelandic "cod war" which already has prompted Britain to send in its navy to protect British trawlers fishing inside the 50 nautical mile limit. The sources said the incident could endanger further at- tempts to solve the conflict by peaceful negotiations. The Icelandic government said earlier there could be no talks on a solution as long as British naval vessels are staying inside the limit. The Iceland coast guard said it fired into the hull of the fishing boat only after it repeatedly ignored warning shots and orders to stop. A coast guard spokesman said the trawler had her bow slashed open by two shells from the gunboat Aegir and was so badly damaged she faced danger of sinking. He said the Aegir chased the trawler, but was unable to stop her and left the trawler to be assisted by other British fishing boats. British Ambassador to Iceland John McKenzic was instructed to protest the incident in the strongest possible terms, the British Foreign Office said in London. Tht Everton apparently was separated from the main British fishing fleet, and away from the protection of the British Royal Navy frigates sent into the area six days ago with orders to take whatever action was necessary to protect the British trawlers. Capt. Edward Clifton, skipper of the trawler mothership the Othello, said in a radiotelephone call to the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) in London that the Aegir "came sneaking out from behind an island," to attack the trawler. The Icelandic coast guard said the gunboat Aegir fired on the trawler Everton while it was reportedly fishing 20 nautical miles off the north coast. Iceland claims a 50-mile fishing limit, but British fishermen have refused to recognize the Icelandic claim. Coast guard sources noted that Icelandic Premier Olafur Johannesson had repeatedly warned that the gunboat fleet of five vessels, of which the Aegir is the biggest, would arrest trawlers fishing inside the 50-mile limit. Dangerous? The state will spend $50,000 to find out the weaknesses and strong points of the Nevada State Capitol, parts of which were built 100 years ago. ('Journal Photo) Coaching Woes For Wolf Pack (See Sports, Page 19) morning Capsules 6 Die in Crash COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (UPI) - A twin-engine Cessna 310 crashed Saturday as it circled to land, killing all six persons aboard. The victims were identified as owner-pilot John W. Mieras, 56, Pasadena, Calif., a prominent Southern California attorney; his wife, Eunice, 58; their daughter, Christina Gaglione, 22, and her husband, Fabio, 25; Mileras' mothter, Jennie, 84. also Pasadena; and his brother, James E Mieras, 47, Fullerton, Calif. Holiday Death Toll By United Press International The toll of roadway deaths mounted steadily Saturday as motorists crowded expressways and highways over the three-day Memorial Day weekend despite warnings that gasoline shortages might occur in some resort areas. A United Press International count at midnight EDT s h o w e d 149 persons had been killed traffic accidents. Funds for Jobs WASHINGTON ( U P I ) - The Labor Department released an additional $33 million for summer jobs for youths Saturday, but drew criticism from Rep. George M. O'Brien, R-I11., for withholding $239 million in Neighborhood Youth Corps funds. Death Plunge MOAB, Utah (UPI) - A 25-year-old Provo. Utah, man plunged 600 feet to his death Saturday when he rode a motorcycle over the rim of the Colorado River ranyon. Roger Ferante was killed instantly when he fell into the narrow gorge five miles northeast of here. Today's Journal 6 Sections, 76 Pages Color Comics--8 Pages Family Weekly--16 Pages Abby 47 Amusements 30-31 Art Circle 14 Book Reviews 17 Bridge 26 Business News .. 27 Classifieds 34-43 C'obbwehs 5 Community Focus 45-52 Crossword 29 Editorials 4 Gallup Poll 7 Garden Column 32 Health Advice SO Letters to Editor .. 5 Markets 28-29 Obituaries 34 Sports 19-25 Stars Lovers 4fi Television Log 34 Vital Statistics 34 Weather 34 A $P»I MOM CIMS NIVAOA STATE IOURNAL nrwmtr «f united Prns S*T · ^^AMIt*« ffwnrn* MM* M.U INEWSPAPERif

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