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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 1

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THE WEATHER — Partly cloudy today, highs in upper 70s to mfcMfa. Chance of show* crs southwest tonight. Sunrise 6:35; sunset 7:S6. Details: 3-S. THE NEWSPAPEB IOWA DEPENDS UPON • Des Moinei, Iowa, We Two sections OH MM** ftttrtMr Mtf TrfMmt ID MR OK tt But discussions to continue: Meany WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) The Ford administration failed to win union agreement Tues day to load [grain bound for the Sovie Union, but offi clals Mid more ' meetings are [planned on the subject. E m e r g Ing from a loni White House meeting, AIL- MIANY CIO President George Meany told reporters that no decisions had been made. "The situation is no changed in any respect, excep that we have more information and expect to continue dis cussions." White House Press Secretary P/>n Nessen said the discussion 'entered on "grain exports, living costs and maritime issues.' He said that \yhile no decisions were reached, there would be more meetings. "The,President will participate in the future meetings as appropriate," Nessen said. Aims to Resolve Impasse Mr. Ford personally intervened in efforts to resolve the impasse with Meany and maritime union leaden who,earlier had demanded assurances that the big Soviet grain purchase would not drive up consumer prices. The labor leaders also wanted guarantees that would assure a certain percentage of the shipment-would be carried in U.S. flag vessels. The White. House session followed a toeheoft: meeting at ihe tabor Department among the union chiefs, Labor Secretary John T. Dunlop, Budget Director James T. Lynn and other administration officials. Also at the Dunldp-Meany meeting, a Labor Department spokesman said, were director William Seidman of Mr. Ford's Economic Policy Board, president Thomas Gleason of the International Longshoremen Association, president Paul Hall of t h e Seafarers International Union and AFL-CIO secretary- treasurer Lane Kirkland. Resume Under Order Under orders from Meany and Gleason, after a meeting 'ast week of the heads of all maritime unions, longshoremen ; n Houston refused to bad srain bound for the Soviet Union. The shipments have resumed, however, under court order. Meany had said he would block the shipments until he received assurance from Mr. Ford, Agriculture Secretary Earl Bute and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger that the sales would not harm either American consumers, facing higher grocery prices, or the American seamen, watching the grain move on Soviet vessels. Bute' economists have calculated that the sales to date would contribute a 1.5 per cent boost to retail food prices over 1« months. But he has said that the unions' concern over maritime subsidies and the amount of cargo moved in U.S. ships is the real issue. Meanwhile, grain prices plummeted on the nation's ^major commodities exchanges during the day, with some trade GRAIN Please turn to Page Eight INSIDE THE REGISTER Rhodtsia talks fail Rhodesian government talks with black nationalists reportedly fail PageZ AstrtnaiitOK Surgeons removed a small, benign nodule from the left lung of astronaut Donald K. Slayton and said the spaceman should recover hilly Page 7 HoHa probe Federal prosecutors will call 70 witnesses before grand jury to begin probing Hoffa disappearance Page 16 Whwtofindit: Comics 6-S Markets 5-S Editorials 6 TV schedules ... 5 REGISTER PHOTO BY DAVID PINCH The falls and the fisherman A fisherman appears to be In a precarious position Tuesday as he tries his luck while sitting on a rock In the Des Moines River north, of Grand Avenue here. What appears to be a deluge bearing down on him is water cascad tag over the Center Street dam. students forced ".•-w,,.\ in By JACK HOVELSON KHlfttr stiff wrlrtr CEDAR FALLS, IA. there's a lot of griping going oh these days down in "The 'it" at Shull Hall here. ft, comes from guys like 'Number 80," Randy Burke of Davenport, who's afraid he'll be relegated to "The Pit" all ear. And, "Number 18," Chuck iwallow of Burlington, who has lis belongings spread over hree bunks, a desk and his car runk. "The Pit" is a large room on he bottom floor of Shull Hall, a men's dormitory at the Univer- ity of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls. Normally, the oom is used as a student study reai )orm Shortage This week, however, the room home to some 38 UNI men tudents who have no place to ve at the university. Similar reas in other men's dormi- ories on the campus are also rowded. "At one time last week, we ad around 150 students in tern- wrary quarters. We're down to round 100 today," UNI Hous- ng Director Clark K. Elmer aid Tuesday. Classes began Monday at JNI. On Tuesday, university of- cials began tallying the "no- how" students who had been xpected to live in the dormi- ories, and started to pass out heir room assignments to the men in "The Pit" and the other make-shift quarters. The students awaiting rooms ave been assigned priority umbers based on the dates icy made reservations for ooms in the dorms. Some, like Mike Humpal of 'ort Dodge, weren't sweating it ut. Humpal was a "Number ne" for his area. "But, it took me six days to move up from umber Six to Number One," e said. tad News That's bad news for "Number " Burke who said there were nly seven students with higher umbers than his. "The Pit" started filling up ast Wednesday, the day before egistration for freshmen and ransfer students at UNI. Thursday, Friday, Saturday nd Sunday were 90-degree-plus ,ays in Cedar Falls. "Down here," said one "Pit" eteran, "it was eight to 10 de- rees hotter than it was out- ide." Another said that the only alvation for "The Pit" crew n those days was beer. Retn- ants — or maybe a new sup- ply — of the refreshment were stocked Monday night in an ice filled garbage can parked inside the door to "The Pit." "Sure, we're having some fun now," said one "Pit" resident his hand curled around a beer can, "but we can't party all year. We're going to have to study some time, and you just UNI Please turn to. Page Three Men win suit over equal pay ST. LOUIS, MO. (AP) - A federal court has ruled the University of Nebraska was in violation of the Equal Pay Act in determining a minimum pay schedule for women when it did not have one for men. The U.S. appeals court Tuesday unanimously reversed a district court ruling which said he university was within the aw in setting a minimum salary for women. The school reused to use the same formula for male employes and the men appealed the U.S. district court uling. The university had made the effort to equalize pay >etween male and female em- tloyes to avoid charges of discrimination against women. The court said several male employes were, below the pay minimum for females and this t credence to the charge of discrimination against the men. Confirm Illinois encephalitis EAST ST. LOUIS, ILL. (AP) — Illinois health officials con- irmed called Tuesday a major what they outbreak of mosquito-carried encephalitis in Southern Illinois. In a news conference here, ifficials from the Illinois Detriment of Public Health said 4 suspected cases and two con- Firmed cases of the disease mown as St. Louis encephalitis have been reported since mid July. Three persons who died were >elieyed to have had the disease. Officials said the disease has >een found in several species of >irds, including sparrows, star- ings and grackles. It is spread o humans by culex pipiens, the common household mosquito which bites the birds and then bites the human*. TOO FIGHT FIRE IN CALIFORNIA PIRU, CALIF. (AP) - A 1,000-acre brush fire burned ou of control Tuesday and officials said if the blaze "grows to ma jor proportions" the watershed for the Santa Clara Valley could be affected/ More than 700 fire fighters tattled the blaze in the rugged Los Padres National Forest of eastern Ventura County. A spokesman for the U.S. 'orest Service said if the fire grows larger it could be detrimental to the Lake Piru reservoir that supplies water to Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula and to surrounding agricultural areas in the Santa Clara Valey. He said damage to vegetation could cause winter rainstorms o build up excessive sedimen- ation in Lake Piru, four miles south of the flames. Temperatures near 100 degrees, low humidity and gusty winds have hampered efforts to control the fire. Refinery fire out n Philadelphia .PHILADELPHIA, PA. (AP) - The fire at the Gulf Oil Co. refinery in south Philadelphia hat killed seven firemen and critically burned three others was declared officially out Tuesday, nine days and six hours after it ignited in a storage tank. ILLINOIS AT EAST By JAMES NEY ftHlittrtUftWrlttr EAST MOLINE, ILL. - The Illinois Bureau of Investigation (IBI) has completed a probe of suspected "fixed" harness race at East Moline Downs race- ack here 1 a a t~Mayr-Evi- dence in the case has been turned over to Rock Island County State's Attorney David DeDoncker who said Tuesday that his staff is continuing to investigate the case. DeDoncker said the investigation concerns a person who col lected winnings after placing $10 bets totaling I960 at the track's perfecta window. He said he is unsure whether it will be submitted to the county grand Jury when it convenes Sept.8. The state's attorney said the man bought eight tickets on each of 12 different combinations on the four horses to obtain eight winning tickets n the tenth — or perfecta — race the night of May 20. The winning ticket paid $360, an unusually low amount for a wrfecta, which also aroused nvestigators' suspicions, and the man received a total" payoff of about $2,800 on his eight winning tickets, DeDoncker said. The two winning horses were not favorites in the race, he said. The way he placed his bets he would have had eight winning tickets on any combination winner of the four horses which vored horses did not drive as hard as should be expected, with other "irregularities." "Thirdly, there was a substantial amount of money bet ' one individual at the $10 ecta window, just before the start of the race, and you don't get that sort of thing hap. pening too often," the state's attorney said. The percentage of bets placed in that race on the favorites "was not what you'd normally expect," DeDoncker said. Combination of Bets A perfecta bet is picking the first and second place horses in a given race, he said. The individual who bought $960 in $10 perfecta tickets "wheeled a combination of four horses so that if any two of the four came in first or second he would win on those tickets," DeDoncker said. The favorite horses did not perform as would usually be expected in the race, DeDonck- er said. DeDoncker also said "It was unusual for the individual in- RACING Please turn to Page Eight^ he had "wheeled," DeDoncker said. Under Illinois law, a case in voiving felony charges if an indictment is returned must be submitted to the grand jury, he said. , . ,.• _,-,- ' 2 Other Investigations Asst. IBI Supf. Thomas Howard, contacted by telephone In Chicago, 111., Tuesday, said the IBI is conducting investigations of alleged race-fixing at two Chicago-area tracks, at Sportsman's and Arlington Parks. Howard refused to discuss the nature of the investigations, but other sources said that in one ase — at Sportsman's Park — i favored horse finished last in le race in question, while wining ticket holders collected 25,000 on the longshot horse. DeDoncker said the in- estigation at East Moline Downs involves just one har- ess race which aroused "sus- icions that it had been fixed ithin two minutes after the ace was over." The IBI probe t East Moline Downs, which (oward said took about 60 ays, was instigated by track teward Timothy Schmitz and BI staff members assigned to he track, the state's attorney aid. Jnusual Driving Patterns Suspicions were raised by an nusuatly small amount of money bet on the favorite orses in the race and the stew- rd's feeling that "some of the riving patterns — including hose of the drivers of favored orses — appeared to be ir- egular," DeDoncker said. v "It was not the type of drive ou'd expect from these driv- rs," DeDoncker said. He said appeared that drivers of fa- FIREMEN IN BERKELEY GO ON STRIKE BERKELEY, CALIF. (AP) - Fire fighters walked off the job Tuesday for higher pay and the mayor declared a state of emergency in order to get state help. Mayor Warren Widener said two units from the California D i v i s i o n-of-Forestry were dispatched to this city of 120,000 to protect the University of California campus and other state and county property here. Jim Brunetti of the executive board of the Berkeley Fire Fighters Association Local ,1227 said pickets were outside the city's fire stations. The walkou came six days after San Fran cisco firemen won higher wage hTa brief strike. Deputy Fir* (Chief Rolan Scrivner said about IS of th department's 167 fire fighters remained on duty, meaning only two or three of the city' 12 pieces of equipment were operational. City Manager John Taylor said Berkeley has mutual aide agreements with .neighboring communities to provide help in an emergency. In anticipation of a possible walkout, bags were placed over the city's fire alarm boxes. Charge he let wife kill herself By JACK JONES ® WILH Amiu Tfmu Monday to discourage their use during any strike. Taylor said PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. - A distraught Palm Springs businessman was arrested on charges of manslaughter after telling police he allowed his terminally ill wife to die from an overdose of pills, it was reported Tuesday. "I could not let her get on like this," William E. Plachta, M, was quoted as saying of his wife, Francesca, 49, who died nearly 24 hours after she told him she had taken the overdose and wanted to die. The Long Death Watch Plachta, proprietor of a Palm Springs camera store, told detectives in the desert city he made her as comfortable as possible during the long death watch, propping her head on a pillow as she slipped into the coma from which she never emerged. He said she had been suffering for two years from what Riverside County Deputy Coroner Mickey Worthington described as a degenerative nervous disorder that "eventually would be terminal." Worthington said the disease affects the motor center of the brain and would have totally paralyzed her sooner or later. She already had lost partial use of her left hand. Plachta reportedly told detectives his suffering wife was bedridden, had undergone five spinal operations and had been under treatment at Loma Linda University Medical Center. "Good-by, Rotten World" ,. : In a letter apparently dictated to her husband and left on her bedside dresser, according to police, Mrs. Plachta thanked her doctors for increasing her medication dosage so that sba could save enough pills "to do the job weJJ," The last line of that letter read, "Good-by, rotten world." The coroner's office said it'was conducting further tests before disclosing what kind of pills she swallowed. Police said the hopelessly ill woman apparently dictated to her husband several letters to friends during the past two or three weeks, managing to sign them all and telling them she did not expect to see them again. Then, Plachta reportedly told officers, she called him into their bedroom and said she was tired of living and wanted to die. that 85 per cent of calls to the fire department are false alarms. "Frankly I'm scared, I'm worried about fire protection," Brunetti said. "But the City Council has made absolutely no movement at all." Brunetti said negotiations with the council broke off at 2 a.m. Tuesday. Taylor said most of the union's original 44 demands have been resolved, but both sides remain "very far apart" on money issues. Army seizes lowan n field of soybeans y CHUCK OFFENBURGER A 26-year-old Ida Grove farm• — who thought he'd been eleased from the Army five ears ago because of family ardship — was arrested in a oybean field by military police fficers Monday and charged with desertion. Larry Paulsen was brought to )es Moines by the officers and was placed in the Polk County ail to await a Tuesday flight o Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for recessing as a military prison- r. The trip was averted when teven Scharnberg — a Des domes attorney acting at the equest of an Ida Grove attorney — petitioned the U.S. Dis- rict Court here for a writ of abeas corpus. Must Prove Jurisdiction Judge William C. Hanson set bearing on the matter — in which the Army must prove its jurisdiction over Paulsen — for Sept. 11. Paulsen was released from custody on $500 bond. Paulsen and his mother, Mrs. 0 r v i 11 e Paulsen, provided Scharnberg and his law partner, Glenn Smith, with the following background: Paulsen was drafted in April, 1969, and was stationed in West Germany after he completed his basic training. He returned to the United States on a 30-day leave in September, 1970, primarily to help his parents — who had become ill — care for younger children in the family. Granted Extension While he was home on leave, Paulsen suffered a broken leg PAULSEN Student killed; mistaken identity DALLAS, TEX. (AP) - A Nigerian foreign exchange student, mistakenly, Identified as one of two men who robbed a Dallas drive-in market, was shot to death by police Monday night. Emmanuel Orajide Olatunjl, 28, a student at Bishop College, was shot after he reportedly reached into his jacket while fleeing from officers. Patrolman Clovis Williams said a man and a woman outside the store identified Ola- tunji, and another man, both of whom were filling their cars with gasoline in a nearby gas station, as the holdup men. Later, the plerk said neither was involved in the robbery. A police spokesman said the case will be referred to the grand jury. Pleas* turn to Pogt Eight She told him she had just taken two bottles of pills. The coroner's office estimated she fell into a coma within an hour. Her husband folded her hands across her chest, fixed the pillow beneath her head — then waited in the next room, looking in on her from time to time. Consulted an Attorney When she was dead, Plachta drew a sheet over her face and telephoned for an ambulance. The ambulance company routinely called police. Plachta, it was learned, told police he had known what his wife was planning and had agreed with her desire. The coroner's office said he had gone so far as to consult an attorney, who reportedly assured him there would be no legal problems connected with bis actions. After Plachta's arrest, however, the attorney was understood to have referred him to another lawyer. Capt. Bill Valkenburg, chief of Palm Springs detectives, said the "apparent omission" of any preventive action by Plachta made it police responsibility to present the matter to the district attorney to "see if ... a criminal violation exists." Plachta was released on $2,500 bond. Testifies Snethen hinted of slaying Rain in N. Iowa, nice elsewhere A few light showers fell in northern Iowa Tuesday while sunny skies and mild temperatures made for a pleasant day in other sections. State highs ranged from 69 degrees at Decorah to 86 at Council Bluffs. Des Moines' high was 82. Partly cloudy skies are expected today with a chance of ihowen tonight and Thursday. him "I I killed By GENE RAFFENSPERGER A witness testified in Polk County District Court here Tuesday that Daniel Snethen told think the kid." Snethen, is charged with murder in death of Timothy Ha wbaker, 18, of Adel, whose beaten and stabbed body was found in a cornfield southeast of DPS Sept. 2. The witness who I old of Snethen's statement was his half- brother, Glen R. Foster, 19, of Des Moines, who testified that tie was riding in a car with Snethen in Des Moines the night of Aug. 31, 1974. Foster said the car he and Snethen were in that night was involved in a minor traffic accident in downtown Des Moines. The pair struck up a conversation with the driver of the other car, Foster said, and agreed to DANIiL 1NCTHEN Moines last take a ride in the other driver's car. Argument Told Foster, answering questions from Polk County Atty. Ray Fen ton, said that Snethen and the driver, whom Foster referred to only as "the kid," got into an argument during the ride and it continued while they drove to a remote section southeast of Des Moines where the car stopped and the three got out. Foster said he had gone away from the car to relieve himself and heard the other two arguing. "This kid pushed Danny and Danny pushed the kid," Foster said. "I said, 'That's it for me,' and I started for home," Foster testified. Foster said he heard the car start and then shut off, and he testified he started running toward Army Post Road. Foster testified he kept walking on the street until he saw a car com- SNETHEN Please turn to Page Thret

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