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el) c DCS Bio i n cs ii cq i stcr ^^^^ THE NEWSPAPER IOWA DEPENDS UPON " Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday Morning, Aug. 28,1975 Two sections THE WEATHER - Shower threat ending from southwest today. Highs in 80s. Fair tonight, low in 60s. Sunrise 6:36; sunset 7:55. Details:.Page 16. CopyrUM, 1*75 0«i M»m«i Rtflst«r and Trlbun* Company **** DEMOCRATS PICK N.Y. FOR CONVENTION After assurances of no strikes Leased Wire to The Register WASHINGTON, D.C. - New YorH City won its bid Wednesday to be the site of the Democrat's 1976 presidential nominating convention after party leaders received a last-minute, no-strike pledge from top municipal union leaders. Mayor Abraham Beame and several top labor leaders assured the selection committee there would be no strikes or disruptive demonstrations by city employes during the weeklong gathering scheduled to begin July 12 at Madison Square Garden. New York's major argument appeared to be that the city needs the business generated by thousands of delegates, politicians, newsmen 1 and other visitors. "The real clincher of our offer," said Beame, "is the city itself. We still are the Big Apple." "Meeting Challenge" Financial problems have plagued New York City, causing layoffs to thousands of city em- ployes. But Beame said the "people of New York are on the front lines of meeting the economic challenge." New York edged Los Angeles, the only other remaining contender, by a vote of 11 to 9 on the written ballot. But to meet the two-thirds requirement, Los Angeles supporters, on a motion made by Representative John Burton (Dem., Calif.), made the vote unanimous. The close vote apparently was caused by a last-minute assault by the Los Angeles forces on the committee about the cramped facilities in Madison Square Garden compared with the spacious Los Angeles Convention Center. However, Beame stressed New York's strongest point: more than 20,000 "first class" hotel rooms within "walking distance" of the convention site. Patrick Cunningham of New York, the selection committee's chairman, reminded the panel before the vote that most of Los Angeles' hotels are as much as 45 minutes away from that city's proposed site. The Los Angeles bid had been undermined from the start by discord among party officials there, including some disparaging remarks made recently by California Gov. Edmund (Jerry) Brown,Jr. "Sleep in Churches" Brown had commented that the site committee was putting too much emphasis on finding fancy hotels and should "look for where they can meet the people" including sleeping in church basements. "I for one am among many who did not appreciate his (B r o w n's) remarks," said Rhode Island's Philip Noel, chairman of the Democratic governors. After the vote, Democratic National Chairman Robert Strauss said, "There has been a reservoir of good will that's always flowed from the Democratic Party to New York City, It's sVwd them in good stead this time." Strauss, who favored New York, described as "tremendous concern" among committee members about possible "overreaction" by Los Angeles Police Chief Edward Davis to demonstrations or Other convention problems. The last time the Democrats met in New York was 1924 when they nominated John Davis, a Wall Street lawyer on the 103rd ballot as a compromise choice by the exhausted convention. Davis was swamped by incumbent Republican President Calvin Coolidge. Los Angeles ast hosted the convention in 1960 when John Kennedy was nominated and later defeated Richard Nixon. "Worth $200 Million" New York City Commissioner of Public Events Neal Walsh said the convention will 'be worth an estimated $200 million in benefits to the city over the next l J /2 years. The committee's recommendation must be approved by the Democratic Party's national executive committee, but that is expected just to be a formality- Policeman placed bet on 'fixed' race, Illinois officials say Tfs Tp-fj** MetUki* talma °~ '' ' Ifji'jVft&iifcSfaAo »S s«*«*tSF BOATS SMK AS OK. RAM POUNDS D.M. Floods basements and stalls cars It rained so much that boats sank. Water ran threshold to thresh- ild — and, unfortunately, beyond — in the business district of DCS Moines. It inundated cars caught in low spots on the city streets. No one died; apparently, no one was even injured. By late Wednesday afternoon, the sunny skies that baked the ooze in Des Moines and the suburbs to the west seemed iiardly capable of having-deliv^ The drought seems to be over. By JAMES NEY RwliMr Stiff Writer r EAST MOLINE, ILL. - The man who placed $960 in bets on a race that is suspected of being."fixed" at East Moline Downs was an off-duty East Moline .police captain, authorities said Wednesday. Capt. Arthur Mihalopoulos placed the bets for another individual on the "perfecta" race May 20, spreading the money in ) bets over 12 different combinations of four horses that resulted in eight winning tickets paying 12,800, said Rock Island County State's Attorney David DeDoncker. Mihalopoulos turned the money over to the other individual — whom DeDoncker refused to identify — and received none of the winnings, the state's attorney said. State Probe The Illinois Bureau of Investigation (IBI) has conducted an investigaton of the race, after state track stewards noticed "irregular" betting and harness driving patterns in the race, with the favorite horses not performing as should be expected. The two horses which finished first and second — making a winner in the perfecta betting — were not the favorites, and none of the four horses in the suspect perfecta bet placed by the police officer were the two pre-race favorites. No charges have been filed against Mihalopoulos, but a department internal investigation of his involvement in the case is continuing. Contacted at the East Moline Police Department where he remains on active duty, Mihalo- polous Wednesday night said be would have "no comment" on the case. Asked by Security Chief DeDoncker said Mihalopoulos was asked by Ray Carey, then the chief of track security for the Downs, to place the bets. He said another person had asked Carey to arrange to have someone make the large wager for the individual. DeDoncker would not say who had given the money to Mihalopoulos to make the large wager, but said the winnings were turned over to "a single person." Carey was dismissed as security chief of the frack shortly after the incident, but DeDonck- er said Carey is not suspected of being involved in a conspiracy to fix^the race. "He (Carey) is the one who suggested that the officer (Mi- halopoulos) be used to make the bets. When someone said •We want some bets to be placed', Carey said 'We'll get (Mihalopoulos) to make them for you,'" DeDoncker said. "Now at that time, I think a normal security man seeing that .large amount of money that was to be bet could have canceled the race, or at least told the individual to place the bet himself," DeDoncker said. 2-Month Probe The IBI conducted a two- month investigation of the race and has turned its evidence over to DeDoncker, whose staff is now continuing the probe. The state's attorney said a decision will be made sometime over the next 10 days as to whether the case will be submitted to a county grand jury scheduled to convene Sept. 8, or whether that might be done at a later date. The IBI also is investigating alleged race-fixing at Sportsman's and Arlington Parks in the Chicago area. Fear encephalitis in Chicago area SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (AP) Nine probable cases of encephalitis, the mosquito-carried disease known as sleeping sickness, have been identified in the Chicago area, state Public Health Director Dr. Joyce Lashof said Wednesday. LOOK AT IT THIS WAY: IT WASN'T SNOW By CHUCK OFFENBURGER It CouZd Have Been Worse Warren Caldwell, chief meteorologist at the Des Moines bu reau of the National Weather Service, notes that if this were wintertime, with ideal winter time weather conditions, De Moines would not have had 6 inches of rain. It would have had 5 feet of snow. • Well, No, It's Never Been Worse: "I can't think of anything to compare with this," said Caldwell's sidekick, Paul Dailey, a "lead forecaster" for the Weather Service. What Dailey was talking about was how he booted the forecast. Dailey, a forecaster since 1960, says his call on Tuesday afternoon — a "10 to SO per cent chance of showers" Wednesday morning — was the worst he's ever made. But he notes that two other forecasters at the local bureau concurred in his prediction. "Really Freakish" 'Their names are Perry Baker and Jim Kaplan," • Dailey said. (Credit given where credit is due.) "It was really freakish," Dailey said of the weather patterns. "One storm right after another formed in the same * COLOR Please turn to Page Six RULE AGAINST VICTIMS IN KENT STATE SHOOTINGS cred such a wallop only hours earlier. 6.18 Inches in D.M. It was the heaviest rain in a 24-hour period here since the National Weather Service began keeping records in 1878. Amounts between 5 and 7.5 This story tuas written by Register Staff Writer Chuck Offenburger, with reports -from Staff Writers Charks Harpster, Alan Koonse, Patrick Lackey and Bonnie Wittenburg. inches were reported at various places over eastern Dallas County and southwestern Polk County. The officjal total will go down as 6.18 inches, the amount that fell between 3:30 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. at the Des Moines Municipal Airport, where the Weather Service is located. It wasn't the-heavy rain and rising water that set hearts atwittcr, however. Fantastic Display The storm announced itself with a fantastic display of pyro- echnics — doomsday-like bursts of thunder and lightning — that roused all but the soundest of sleepers. But, if you think you awoke with a jolt, consider the forecasters, who Tuesday night had given only a 10 to 20 per cent chance of showers occurring. Walnut Creek, which cuts the western edge of the city, ran 4 o 5 feet over its banks most of he morning, lapping up next to businesses located along Grand Avenue and Sixty-third Street where Des Moincs and West Des Moines join. The creek crested at 16.94 feet at 10 a.m. at the Sixty- third Street bridge, where flood STORM DDT in humans declines after ban, EPA says By JAMES RISSER 01 Th« mutttr'i Withlnston lur»«u WASHINGTON, D.C. - The presence of DDT in the body tissues of Americans .has declined since use of the pesticide was banned 3 years ago,.the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported to Congress. The 300-page EPA study claims that the ban has proved wise, and says new evidence shows that: • Residues of DDT in human food supplies have dropped markedly. • DDT levels in songbirds and in fish, particularly in Lake Michigan, have declined. •The economic effect of the ban on farmers and consumers generally has been slight, but there have been "significant" cost increases for southeastern U.S. cotton farmers who were forced to switch to other means of insect control. . The DDT report is expected to be a subject of debate next month when the House Agriculture Committee votes on a proposal to give the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) a virtual veto over pesticide regulation decisions of EPA. Some Support by Butz Proponents of the plan, led by Representatives W. R. Poage (Dem., Tex.) and William Wampler (Rep., Va.) contend that EPA has gone too far in removing DDT, aldrin and dieldrin from the market and in beginning proceedings to ban chlordane and heptachlor. They have drawn some support from Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz, who said in a recent television interview: "If we can't get some rule of reason in the application of these regulations regarding pesticides, then I think the Department of Agriculture needs more input somehow, and if it has to be veto power I presume that's what it will come to." Butz said, "There should He" more cohsultation^thlirr there .has been" between EPA and USDA, and asserted that EPA is following a doctrine of "absolute safety" without allowing for any "tradeoff" between "costs and benefits" of pesticide use. The Poage-Wampler amendment, and Butz's apparent support for it, have alarmed environmental organizations who supported President Richard Nixon's 1970 decision to take DDT Please turn to Page Six turn (o Page Six Iowa City to U of I: Build student dorms By LARRY ECKHOLT RMUttr Stiff Wrlttr IOWA CITY, IA. - Stating that "it is almost, impossible for the City of Iowa City to assume the responsibility for providing low-cost housing for students," the Iowa City Hous ing Commission has asked the University of Iowa and the State Board of Regents to begin planning for more student housing on campus here. "The university is already in the housing business and has the land and staff that could be used for this purpose," states Frcdine Branson, chairperson of the commission, in a letter to Regents President Mary Louise Peterson. Branson's letter to the regents, made public Wednesday, is the first official position the housing commission here has REGISTER PHOTO BY BILL NEIBERGALL Stalled by a storm Autos are stalled in the 1200 block of Cummins Parkway here Wednesday after record raiu swamped streets and filled base- meats. Des Moincs received fi.18 inches of raiu during the day. PAGE; OF PICTURES: i»age 7. * taken in response to the current housing shortage that faced many U of I students returning to campus this week. Plan "Camp-in" With U of I dormitories'filled to more than capacity and the availability of apartments in the Iowa City area extremely tight, reports of students living in tents sleeping in cars and moving in with friends are not uncommon. The issue of "low-cost, decent housing" for all U of I students is being pushed by a new group called the Committee to Fight for Decent Housing which picketed the City Council last week and met Wednesday night to prepare plans for a "camp-in" at the U of I next Tuesday. The committee has demanded, among other things, that the city do its "fair share" of meeting the demands for low-cost housing by stopping all demolition of existing struc- ;ures in the downtown urban renewal district. Action Deferred (The City Council Tuesday night deferred for the second time action to advertise for bids (b demolish 20 buildings in the urban renewal district until it is determined if anyone is interested in moving some of :he structures to another site for rehabilitation.) Though the housing commission "has a deep interest in knowing that all people of the community have a clean, decent and sanitary place to live that is within their financial capability," Branson states in her letter to the regents that it cannot meet the needs of students now. She explains that the commission currently is geared to supervising the city's federally subsidized housing program for ' the elderly and families. "We recognize students as : very valuable citizens and taxpayers of the community and ; are aware of their many conlri- HOUSING SOB, SHOUT M COURT AFTER 9-3 VERDICT ind guardsmen, governor not liable CLEVELAND; OHIO - Na. tonal Guard troops and state fficials arc not financially able in the 970 Kent State University liootings, a' c d c r a 1 jury uled—Wednes- ay in a 9-3 crdict. As the deci- ion in the.. $46* T i 11 i o n civil amages suit JAMM *• irought against «HODM Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes and 28 others was read aloud in court, several of the plaintiffs >egan sobbing loudly. 'This is an outrage," screamed Alan Canfora, who was wounded by National Guardsmen May 4, 1970, during campus protest of former President Richard Nixon's order to invade Cambodia. "There is no justice!" U.S. District Judge Donald J. Young-announced that only two jurors dissented in the verdict. But when the jury was polled, three members of the six-man, six woman panel — all central Ohio housewives — were heard to whisper "no." Jury verdicts in civil cases do not require unanimous votes, as in criminal trials. Nine votes are needed to establish a verdict. Attorneys for those who brought the suit said the verdict would be appealed. Four Killed Four students were killed and nine were wounded when uardsmen opened fire as they swept across the Kent State campus to disperse the antiwar rally. The suit was filed by the wounded students and by the parents of the dead. There were muffled sobs rom the mothers of the slain tudcnts as the verdict was read. "Thank you, jfcu three wom- B n , " said plaintiff Arthur Krause, 56, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is the jury left the courtroom. Crausc's daughter, Allison, was killed at Kent State. Blames System Thomas Grace of Syracuse, .Y., who was one of the wounded, told jurors, "We don't lame you. We blame this rot- en system." A woman, a friend of the laintiffs, yelled loudly at thn urors, "You're all murderers." The emotional reaction to the crdict was the climax of a 14- cck trial that included more lan 50 days of testimony. Outside the courthouse, Burt KENT Please turn to Page Six NSIDE THE REGISTER Oil price decontrol Senate sources remain hopeful lat Congress and President ord can reach a compromise n the disputed bill to extend il price conlrols beyond Aug. 1 expiration date Page 5 oycott injunction Federal judge issues prelimi- ary injunction to halt long- loremen's boycott of loading .S. grain bound for the Soviet Union Page 4 Rockefeller welcome Vice-P r c s i dent Rockefeller continues his swing through the conservative Deep South and says he's pleased with the reception Page 22 Where to find it; Please turn to Page Three ( Comic. 4-S MarXels j.'j i Editorials 3 TV schedules 9

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