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THE NEWSPAPER IOWA DEPENDS UPON • Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday Morning, Aug. 26,1975 Two sections, price 20 cents THE WEATHER Sunny today and Wednesday. Highs both days in low 80s. LOW tonight near 60. Sunrise 6:34; sunset 7:58. Details: 4-S. Mi MoiMt MHKtir and Trlbun* Company NEWBUUMG FOR GARBAGE TRUCKS EYED Council acts on trash takeover City Councilman Tim Urban says he will seek ire-election to his at-large council post and wilt not run /or mayor: PAGE 3. By CHARLES HARPSTER The Des Moines City Council Monday voted to prepare plans for a new $340,000 storage building for garbage trucks when the city takes over home collection service Jan. 1. The council also gave the go- ahead for the addition of a truck-washing, facility at the city's existing vehicle maintenance garage southeast of the downtown area. The Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, which will stop providing the collection service Dec. 31, has a badly deteriorated truck facility at 3121 Dean Ave. and no truck-washing equipment. Location Mulled The new building is to be located on city property near the existing city maintenance garage, City Manager Richard Wilkey said in an interview. If the building is not completed by Jan. 1 — and it probably won't be — city garbage trucks could, be stored temporarily elsewhere on city property, he said. The two garbage-truck measures were included in several big steps taken by the council Monday in preparation for city takeover of garbage service for 61,000 Des Moines homes. In voting, 5 to 1, to ratify formally last week's, decision to take'Over the service, the council Monday: • Directed Wilkey and the city Legal Department to look .into procedures for issuing $700,000 in revenue bonds to pay for the new building, the washing facility and other equipment needed for collection, arid to pay off the agency's existing debt. The bonds would be paid through fees charged collection customers. • Directed city officials to begin negotiations with the solid waste agency for gar- 1 bage trucks and other property jvhich the city might be entitled to under withdrawal from the agency. • Extended the existing collection contract with the agency at $189,666.66 a month through Dec. 31, at which time the city is to withdraw. The council did not give a clear consensus on what level of service the city will provide, but Mayor Richard Olson said a decision should be made next month, after Wilkey has reported on the costs involved. He said, however, he believes the service "should be no less than it is now." Wilkey indicated that the council, and not his office, should decide whether to continue with the current service — which allows an unlimited number of garbage cans to be placed anywhere on the property _ or switch to more or less service, Current Fee "You tell me what to do," he said, noting that the more collection service provided for the homeowner, the greater the m o n t h 1 y fee. The current monthly fee is $3.25. The council took no action on a suggestion by Councilman Wallace Buss that a separate city department be set up to handle garbage collection. It has been assumed that the collection division would be un- COUNC1L Please turn to Page Three Cooler day for Des Moines Des Moines residents wel- corned cQoler temperatures and brieT^fibwers Monday as the mercury climbed to 70 degrees, 27 lower than the previous day's high. Other state highs ranged up to 81 at Council Bluffs with the cold front moving out of the southeastern corner of the state Monday night. Sunny skies and warmer temperatures are xpected today. Careful, Henry careful PASSENGERS WHHHHH* AS JET SKIDS NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP)-As 216 passengers watched their own takeoff on closed circuit cabin television, pilot William Deppe jammed on the brakes and brought his American Airlines DC10 skidding into a marshy area at Kennedy airport Monday after two tires blew out. As the jet — which weighs 400,000 pounds loaded and carried a crew of 13 — settled into the grass, flames leaped from the engines and the pilot released the canvas escape chutes. "If he hadn't acted when he did, it would have been all over," said Paul Schwarz, a musician homeward bound on the nonstop flight for San Francisco, Calif. As it was, officials said, 15 PICTURE: Page 16 persons were injured, none seriously. The fire was put out immediately by airport fire fighting personnel. A doctor said that most of the injuries were abrasions sustained sliding down the escape •chute. Schwarz said: "A large piece of rubber flew by the window. The plane dipped and hit the cement." Officials of the Federal Aviation Administration and of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport, declined to speculate on what might have caused the tires, to blow. The accident happened on a runway which runs parallel to the one near where Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 from New Orleans crashed June 24 killing 114 persons. "There was panic at first," said Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Will, 37, a U.S. Navy submarine officer from New London, Conn. "But that soon ended and the passengers and crew were both great." "Qyer thfe TV. mflnitor I saw the pilot react after I heard a tire blow," Will said. "I saw a tire spin off — not a wheel, a tire — we came to a stop. I think it was very well handled by the pilot. 11 Tell secret plans to use U.£hrtroops^ in crushing riots I Crodit seat belts BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (AP) — The government attributes an 18 per cent decline in auto accident fatalities to a law that went into effect June 1 making the-'use of seat belts compulsory. By RONALD J. OSTROW © I»7i Ltl ARMlM TblM* WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Army, under pressure from news media and several private groups, is quietly releasing evidence of contingency planning for federal intervention in civil disturbances during the late 1960s. After the riots in Watts, Newark and Detroit and after the antiwar movement gathered strength, the Johnson administration ordered a contingency plan to handle civil disorders under the Defense Department code name of Garden Plot. Rumors Cited The Los Angeles Times began an investigation of Garden Plot after hearing persistent rumors from left-wing sources that the Army had contingency plans for installing martial law in the United States. The implication by those sources was that another scandal of Watergate magnitude awaited exposure. However, no evidence of a scandal or of plans for martial law appears in the hundreds of pages of Garden Plot documents declassified by the Army, with full backing of the Defense Department, after the Times and others filed requests for them under the Freedom of Information Act. Planning Detailed The documents detail extensive planning, including the holding of command post exercises, to improve co-ordination between local, state and federal authorities in dealing with civil disorder. But some of the declassified documents have been censored and the Army has not made public all of the pertinent material. For example, a 1967 study, known as the Hennessey report, that helped nurture Garden Plot, has not been fully declassified. And the Army declines to state how many men are^on 12-hour standby, alert, ready for transport to a riot scene, though it is known that until 1971 there were two brigades (up to 4,800 troops) on such standby status. . Not in Writing While Pentagon officials deny that Garden Plot contains any provision for martial law or for rounding up dissident civilians, one officer said that it would be unlikely such plans would have been committed to writing. Aside from this difficulty in assessing Garden Plot, it is not known what other documents remain to be declassified. Some of the documents which have been declassified show that in California. Garden Plot exercises went under the code name Cable Splicer with the knowledge and participation ol then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, the California National Guard, the California Highway Patrol, Sixth Army headquarters in San Francisco and high-ranking utility executives. Reagan, in addressing 500 military men, police officials and corporate executives at a Feb. 10, 1969, Cable Splicer planning meeting, jocularly said that if his political enemies saw him there they would see it as proof he "was planning a military takeover." On another occasion, Reagan made a joke of being involved in a "criminal conspiracy." These quotes and other partial evidence were seen by some as proof that there indeed were plans for martial law. The secrecy in which the contingency planning was done, with secondary code names like "Quiet Town II" and "Gram Metric," also heightened the suspicion of those looking for a conspiracy. Garden Plot got fleeting attention on a network television PLOT Please turn to Page Five •TIllnrHMlMiriiM EAST EUROPE BECOMING BIG BUYER OF U.S. GRAIN EBVPI, ISRAEL I ACCORD ON TOOflP LINES Kissinger ready for final pact President Ford refuses to confirm that there are plans to use U.S. civilians to man surveillance posts in the disputed Sinai Desert: PAGE 2. Leased Wire to The Register JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - Israel and Egypt have reached tentative agreement on new lines to be taken up by their forces in Sinai, clearing the way for Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger to wrap up the accord as early as Friday, diplomatic sources reported. The drafts are in Egyptian and Israeli hands, the sources said Monday night after a SV»hour session between Kissinger and the Israeli negotiating team. Remaining Issue They said the principal issue still unsettled was the number of—surveillance stations to be set up in the vicinity of the strategic Gidi and Mitla mountain passes, which Israel will relinquish. As Egyptian forces move eastward, they will take over the United Nations peacekeeping zone established in January, 1974, and advance about two miles into Israeli- held territory along the Gulf of Suez, the sources said. 3-Part Pact The agreement will be in three parts — one between Israel and Egypt, another between Israel and the United States and a third involving all three governments, the sources said. Under the latter section, American technicians will be placed at a number of survteil- lance posts. Previous reports have indicated there also would be a private agreement between Egypt and the United States. Kissinger met with the Israeli negotiators after flying back from Alexandria with what he called "constructive" Egyptian ideas. He flies back to Alexandria this afternoon after another meeting with the Israelis. The diplomatic sources said that under the tentative agreement, the U.N. zone would be up to 30 miles wide in some places. They said Israel would keep a key surveillance post at MIDEAST Please turn to Page Two Strange set of events in lowan's tragic life 1 /•* By WILLIAM SIMBRO Ra«lst«r Staff Writtr CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. - A bizarre chain of events began in a high school locker room here 12 years ago, with the latest link in t h e strange chain occurring a week ago in Austria. On Nov. 5, 1963, August Holmquist, then age 15 and a star on Jeffers o n High School's championship sophomore football team, was shot in the back three times in the school locker room by a classmate who apparently was angered over a roughing-up during a water polo game at the school the week earlier. One bullet severed Holmquist's spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. On Apr. 4, 1970, Holmquist was a passenger In a new 1970 Porsche 914 auto bought five! days earlier by Judith A. i MARK PQNOHUE Kilmer. Just west of Cedar Rapids, Miss Kilmer was driving the car when it missed a curve, went down a steep embankment and overturned. Holmquist was severely injured and his right leg — paralyzed from the 1963 shooting — had to be amputated. In 1972, Holmquist filed a suit asking $1 million from Volkswagen of America, Inc., and Gruber Porsche-Audi, Inc., of Cedar Rapids, claiming the car's steering mechanism was defective and this caused the accident. Recall Notice A court document in the case said a recall notice on the car had been sent out the day of the accident. Holmquist's first attorney in the case was Bryce Fisher of Cedar Rapids. Fisher was killed in an automobile accident Apr. 22. Tom Riley, a Cedar Rapids CHAIN New baby boom predicted for U.S. WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Two population experts say the unprecedented decline in the nation's birth rate is ending and a new baby boom may be on the way. If it materializes, responsibility for the baby boom will rest with women who decided in the 1960s to postpone having their children, thus steadily pushing the U.S. fertility rate to its lowest level ever. But two California demographers, or social statisticians, say they see evidence that these women — now in their late 20s and early 30s — still intend to have children and soon will begin making up for lost time. "In sum, our evidence suggests that the American birth rate may have bottomed out and that the country is likely to see a rise in reproduction," June Sklar and Beth Berkov wrote in an article in the current issue of Science magazine. Sklar is a research demographer at the University of California at Berkeley and Berkov is a demographic analyst at the California State Department of Health. California Statistics They said their study is based on 1974 California birth statistics, which are more recent than those available for the country as a whole. Their conclusions have been checked against data from several other states and they believe the trends seen in California will be found elsewhere. "The proportion of childless young women is now very high and there is evidence that they do not desire to remain childless permanently," the demographers said. America's most recent baby boom came in the 1950s when the nation's general fertility rate reached 3.7 children per mother in 1957. Many communities were hard paced to keep up with providing schools, for example, and teachers were in demand. The fertility rate began a gradual decline, reaching 1.9 children per woman in 1974, the lowest rate in the nation's history. As a result of declining births, the public school industry in recent years has found itself in a slump with extra buildings and too many teachers. Factors at Work A variety of factors apparently were at work in the 1960s and early'1970s causing young women to delay having children. Sklar and Berkov cite a shift toward smaller family size, a decline in marriage rates and more spacing between children. The decline in the nation's fertility rate paused briefly in 1969 and 1970, but then further declines set in. But Sklar and Berkov believe the 1974 upswing in California births they found signals a permanent change. It is occurring in the face of high rates of legal abortion and comes during a period of economic uncertainty when studies have shown couples usually are reluctant to have children. Finally, the upturn in California births hasn't been accompanied by an upturn in marriages. The demographers note that in 1974 almost one-third of all the women under 30 who ever had been married had not borne any children. In 1970 only one-fourth of the women under 30 fit into this category and in 1960 only one-fifth. "It is not likely that such large proportions of married women will remain childless," they said. W.D.M. rents space in church for school Please turn to Page Three By CHARLES BULLARD Faced with a 47-per-cent increase in kindergarten enrollment at Western Hills Elementary School and no classrooms to house the additional students, the West Des Moines School Board decided Monday night to rent space from St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. Under the arrangement recommended by district administrators and approved by the board, approximately 25 kindergarten students living in the Western Hills attendance area will attend classes at the church at 1020 Twenty-fourth St. in West Des Moines. Bus Transportation The district will provide bus transportation to and from the church, which is outside Western Hills' boundaries. Another 100 kindergarten students who would attend Western Hills if there were space will be housed in the basement of Valley United Methodist Church at Forty-second Street and Ashworth Road in West Des Moines. This will be the second year that Valley United Methodist has served as a Western Hills annex. Surprise Increase Administrators had hoped that Valley United Methodist, Rex Mathes Elementary School and Fair Meadows Elementary School would handle 'the Western Hills kindergarten students, but an unanticipated increase inkinderyarten students throughout the district ruined those plans. Kindergarten enrollments will be up 12 per cent when school opens Thursday. As a result, Mathcs doesn't have space for Western Hills kindergarten students, and Fair Meadows can squeeze in only nine. 20 Blocks Away So administrators began looking for rentable space in churches in the Western Hills attendance area. None could be found. St. Timothy's is about 20 blocks from Western Hills in the Fair Meadows attendance district. In addition to the kindergarten students, another 190 pupils who normally would attend _ W.D.M. Please turn to Page Three SALES SEEN AS HELM TO RUSSIA Deals involve E. Germans, Poles By GEORGE ANTHAN 01 Ttw Raglitar'i WitMMMn •ur*l« « WASHINGTON, D.C. - Russia's Eastern European satellites are becoming important buyers of U.S. grain, thus relieving the Soviet Union of the responsibility of providing food for these countries. The move, seen as a way of casing the problems associated with Russia's disappointing harvest, would permit the Soviets to retain more of their own grain, and import less from the U.S. and other world suppliers. Also, the move into U.S. grain markets by Eastern Europe means a continuation of sales of American commodities to Communist nations, bypassing the current informal embargo on U.S. sales to the Soviet Union. Price Impact And the impact to American consumers is potentially great Recent grain price advances in the U.S.. are believed to have been triggered by the East Eu- Harris Poll: Ford tops Reagan NEW YORK, N.Y. (AF) President Ford would decisively beat former Gov. Ronald Reagan for the Republican presidential nomination if the election were held now, the Harris Poll said Monday. Harris reported that in a survey taken between Aug. 6 and Aug. 10, 683 Republicans and Independents said they preferred Mr. Ford to Reagan by a 55 to 34 per cent margin. Among rank and file Republicans, MrT Ford's lead was 60 to 32 per cent. Independent voters favored the President 50 to 35 per cent, the survey said. Voters who said they were j conservative made up 47 per cent of the Republican rank and file. They picked Mr. Ford 54 to 37 per cunt. To defeat Mr. Ford, the pollster said, Reagan would have to win the conservative vole by at least eight points. ANALYSIS ropcans' interest in American commodities. Estimate of Sales Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials believe the international grain companies already have sold some four million tons of American wheat and corn to East Germany and Poland alone. Officially, the companies up to now have reported sales of 558,000 tons of wheat and 233,000 tons of corn to East Germany. Sales to Poland have to* talcd 101,000 tons of wheat. It is believed the companies have completed deals under which Poland would get one million tons, with larger quantities to East Germany and Romania. The sales do not have to be reported until a contract is actually signed. In the past, East Europe has not been a major buyer of American grain and Increased exports to the Russian satellites this year are a result of floods in Romania and drought in East Germany. Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz has requested that international gram companies, which handle most U.S. exports, delay further sales to Russia until the corn crop is harvested and counted. This embargo does not cover sales to Eastern Europe. But at a news conference Monday, Butz estimated that America will be able to sell the Soviets as much as 10 million more tons of grain after corn crop statistics are in. He repeated his contention that inflation, not the Soviet grain sales, has been the major cause of food price increases. "We sold the Russians very little grain last year, yet retail food prices rose 14.5 per cent, and more than 80 per cent of the rise in food prices came GRAIN Please turn to Page Two INSIDE THE REGISTER City coyotes Coyotes roaming suburban streets in Los Angeles-area Page! cause concern Mileage ad crackdown The auto industry in Detroit fears crackdown by the government on mileage ads that rarely match actual fuel economy for their models . .Page If Where to find it; Comics 4-S Markets 9 Editon.iii 4 TV schedules ...5

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