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Phoenix weather Mostly sunny. High near 112, low 8387. Sunday's high 111, low 82. Humidity: High 36, low 13. Details on A-21. 84th Year, No, 47 THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC REPUBLIC MAIL Telephone: 271-8000 Phoenix, Arizona, Monday, July 2, 1973 (Four Sections, 72 Pages) . . vAii-j ^ CjfcUCKl<* If a man thinks for one minute he can understand his wife, he has it timed just about right. h 10 cents Israeli air attache slain in Washington A police photographer inspects the car from which Col. Yosef Alon was stepping when shot to death Associated Press outside his Chevy Chase, Md., home. Windshield of the car was shattered by a bullet. Associated Press WASHINGTON - The body of Col. Yosef Alon, the Israeli air attache to the United States, was carried home Sunday evening aboard a U.S. Air Force plane after a somber memorial service at wind-swept Andrews Air Force Base. Alon was shot early Sunday morning. The Israeli ambassador, Simcha Dinitz, in a' final tribute to the 43-year-old pilot, recalled his service in the 1967 war against the Arabs and said: "The hands of those who tried to kill him in the air reached him here." The blue and white star of David fluttered in the breeze, a black streamer attached to the top of it, as 200 American and Israeli friends watched eight pallbearers carry the flag-draped casket aboard the plane. Alon's widow, Deborah, and their three daughters, Dahlia, 18; Yael, 14, and Rachacl, 5, sobbed quietly. Alon was gunned down outside his Chevy Chase, Mel., home as he returned with his wife from an embassy party. He was due to return home in August. The assailants drove off in a car after (lie shooting, neighbors said. Hours later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police reported no leads. In Tel Aviv, military spokesmen said Arab terrorists may have arranged Alon's assassination. Although the State Department declined to speculate on the point, a spokesman said, "Steps have been taken for the protection of Israeli diplomats and consulate officials here and elsewhere in the United States." President Nixon, meanwhile, ordered the Secret Service to beef up protection of the diplomatic community in Washington. Joseph J. Sisco, the assistant secretary of state for the Middle East, represented the State Department at the services. Several high-ranking Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine officers also attended, as well as a Canadian. In a special gesture, Lt. Col. Merrill A. McPeak of the U.S. Air Force, a friend of Alon, was assigned to accompany the body and the family back to Israel. Ambassador Dinitz remarked in his eulogy, "The frontiers of Israel are everywhere." He referred to the fact that several Israelis have been assassinated in various parts of the world, including the massacre last summer of a group of athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. According to police, Alon had let his wife out of their car and she was on the porch while he moved the auto to the garage. Mrs. Alon heard several shots and went into the house to call for help, police said. They said that when she came back outside she found her husband on the lawn, fatally wounded. The Western White House at San Clemente, Calif., said Gen. Brent Scowcroft, deputy national security adviser, telephoned the Israeli ambassador to express President Nixon's condolences. Secretary of State William P. Rogers, in a letter to Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban, wrote: "Personally and on behalf of my government, I want to express shock and sorrow over the killing." "I can assure you that we are making every effort to find the perpetrators of this crime." Military spokesmen in Tel Aviv said the slaying of Alon may have been in retaliation for the death last Thursday in Paris of Mohammed Boudia, a suspected Arab guerrilla. Boudia, suspected of being a member of the Black September terrorist group, was killed by an explosion in his car. Guerrilla leaders have blamed Israeli agents for the blast. Nixon gives optimistic view on U.S. food prices Bombing-ban Associated Press SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - President Nixon launched fiscal year 1974 with a radio report to the nation Sunday offering an optimistic view of the food-price situation. He said prices are being held and that increased farm production "will provide relief against high food prices." He predicted that when the crops come in this fall, he may be able to lift export controls on soybeans and other agricultural products. The controls were imposed last week after farmers complained they were caught in the middle between uncontrolled, rising feed-grain costs and frozen retail prices. are Farm crop prospects for this year are generally good, and the wheat crop is expected "to be the biggest ever," Nixon said. The President said the current price freeze will be kept "as short as possible." He said his aim is to get out of the controls business "rather than getting permanently enmeshed in it." lie reported that government officials are conducting intensive consultations with industry and consumer representatives to design a comprehensive and realistic Phase IV of the economic stabilization program "that will provide a basis for returning the free markets." The President's 13-minute talk, entirely on the economy, was taped in advance Saturday afternoon in his Western White House office. Nixon ordered a maximum fiO-day freeze on prices June 13 and said the Cost of Living Council now "is taking a hard and continuing look at the problems created by the freeze." lie cited the example of broiler producers who claimed they had to kill baby chicks because they could not af- ford to pay the high feed prices and still sell at the ceiling prices. "We want to make sure that thn freeze is not administered in such a way as to be countcproductivc, while recognizing that to be successful, it must be rigorous." Nixon said Americans arc paying higher prices because of a combination of limited supply and greater worldwide demand and inflationary pressures. But he predicted some improvement. After 1972, in which he said the nation's farmers suffered "some of the worst weather for crops and livestock that America has ever experienced, output is now rising; prospects for this year are generally good . . . "The many measures we have taken to the supply of farm commodities — including the release of more, than 40 million additional acres for farm production — will eventually bring more farm products to the market, and will provide relief against high food prices." He urged Congress to take "swift, and urgent action" on his request for flexible authority to impose export controls on goods that are now in short supply in Ihe United States. Under existing authority, Nixon said, he has already imposed controls on soybeans, "which are especially critical to the solution of the feed-grain shortage, and therefore to bringing down the price of meat and dairy products." Nixon said prices of soybean products had already dropped in response to this action. The problems of scarcity that make such export controls necessary are temporary problems, he said. "Therefore I am confident that the need for export controls on agricultural products will be only temporary. "When this year's crops become available in the fall, we expect to be able to restore international access to these products." The President promised, meanwhile. "We shall keep before us our continuing goal of progress toward more international trade, rather than less." Nixon said "controls can help in the short run, but in the long run, dependence on controls would destroy the economy and demolish prosperity. "In the long run ... the only thing that will keep prices down is sufficient supply to meet the demand, coupled with responsible fiscal and monetary policies. Controls will not give us that supply; neither will they substitute for fiscal and monetary discipline." Nixon said he is trying to turn farm policies around to keep farm incomes up Continued on Page A-10 Watergate spurs drives to stiffen local vote curbs By STEVEN TRAGASH News analysis Prompted by the ever-rising cost of running for office and alleged misuse of campaign funds in the 1972 presidential election, some cities and states are looking to new, stiff campaign-finance laws. "Ethics legislation, b e c a u s e of Watergate, has become like motherhood — there is no way you can be against it," one congressman said in commenting on the pressure for fuller campaign finance disclosures. In San Diego, Mayor Pete Wilson has pushed through one of the toughest ordinances in the nation tightening control of campaign expenditures and requiring public disclosure of campaign contributors and their contributions. The ordinance limits individual campaign contributions for candidates to $250 and for ballot proposition to $500 and calls for full public disclosure of contributors and their contributions be- inside DEAN TESTIMONY HIT — While House ex-aide Charles Colson disputes John Dean's testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee that Dean gave President "a full report on all the facts" in case last March 21. Page A-5. EASTERN FLOODS - River floodwaters, fed by almost a week of rains, begin receding in Vermont and New Hampshire, leaving hundreds homeless. Page A-14. GRAPE HARVEST - As the summer heat moves northward to the Sail Joaquin and Coachella valleys of California, ripening the nation's table grapes, the continuing farm workers battle moves with it. Page A-19. Astrology Bridge Classified Comics Crossword Dean Dear Abby Editorials financial Page B-8 A-22 C-5-24 B-8 B-2 B-l C-2 A-6 A-23.' Food Movies Obituaries Opinion Radio Log Sports TV Log Weather Women Page D-l-12 B-9 C-4 A-7 B-10 B-3-7 B-ll A-21 C-l-3 tween the 10th and 7th days prior to the election. There is a campaign finance law in Arizona, which applies to candidates for mayor and City Councils, but it is not as restrictive as the new San Diego ordinance. San Diego's "who-gave-it, who-got- it?" ordinance went into effect May 10, but many of its critics — and Phoenix Mayor John D. Driggs is one of them — dismiss this ordinance as unworkable and impractical at the local level. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a city ordinance last week to clamp tight lids on candidates' expenditures and somewhat looser ones on campaign contributions. This ordinance will limit spending to 30 cents a voter for mayoral candidates, and 12 cents a voter for supervisorial (council) candidates. In dollars and cents, this would limit candidates for mayor to campaign expenditures of $128,000, and supervisorial candidates to $51,000 — totals that squeak when contrasted to the half million - dollar sums successful candidates for mayor in that city have been spending, and $100,000 invested by supervisor candidates. The Watergate affair, some political observers believe, has broken a log jam of pending campaign - reform legislation buried until now in many slate legislatures. Some examples: The Massachusselts legislature may chop the ceiling for individual contributions to candidates from $3,000 to $500. And the state of Illinois shortly is expected to pass a campaign - disclosure law. Vermont has under study a law requiring all state employes to disclose financial interests, while Florida has created a bipartisan elections committee with power to initiate civil and criminal actions for campaign abuses. At the recent annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco. San Diego's Wilson urged mayors to work for adoption of municipal campaign-reform ordinances modeled after •'j: Continued on Page A-8 Republic photo by sue Levy Traffic-train confrontation was avoided by building the Seventh Avenue bridge in the late 1960s 280,000 motorists affected daily Overpasses key to rail bottlenecks By JANA BOMMERSBACH The lack of money seems to be the only hitch in building overpasses to span the "serious" traffic problem caused by the railroad tracks and Grand Avenue on Phoenix' west side. Phoenix city officials admit that overpasses "are the only solution" to the problem that affects some 280,000 motorists a day. Residents have complained for years of delays caused by trains blocking crossings and the traffic confusion caused by the six-point intersections along Grand Avenue. Santa Fe Railway officials say the auto traffic is as much a headache to them as their trains are to motorists. The overpasses are estimated at $3 to $4 million each. The Arizona Corporation Commission has ordered a show- cause hearing where officials will have to prove why the bridges should not be "It's a matter of dollars and priorities," said Mayor John Driggs. "We're aware of the need for crossings, but we're so far behind on our major street program that we can't stop for two or three years to build one overpass." State Rep. Bill McCune, R-Phoenix, leading the west side fight for the overpasses, maintains the federal government and railroads could help pay the cost. He pointed out that Grand Avenue- cutting diagonally across all the major streets on the west side—is a "primary" federal highway. That designation makes work along Grand eligible for federal funds. Although McCune said the federal share could be 81) per cent, state highway olli- cials say it could be 75 per cent. McCune added that an agreement between the Association of American Railroads and the U.S. Department of Transportation could result in up to 10 per cent of the cost being paid by Santa Fe. That would leave from 10 to 15 per cent to be paid by the city, or from $450,000 to $600,000 for each overpass. "What do we have to do to get the city to give the west side a priority of a few hundred thousand dollars?" McCune asked. The frustration of west side residents — about 24,500 households are west of the tracks in the city limits — is increased because they see the south side overpasses. The Seventh Avenue and Seventh Street bridges, spanning the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks, were built in the mid-l l J(jOs. At Central Avenue, an underpass carries street traffic under the tracks. McCune said the federal government and the Southern Pacific helped pay for those bridges, which allow free move- Continued on Page A-8 hill is signed by President Associated Press SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - President Nixon Sunday signed the historic bill cutting off bombing in Cambodia by Aug. 15 with the warning that he would seek congressional help if further actions are necessary to "win the peace" after the deadline, "The last remaining element of the peace in Southeast Asia is a stable Cambodian settlement," the President said. "I believe' that settlement can be secured so long as we maintain reasonable flexibility in our policies, and essential air support is not withdrawn unilaterally while delicate negotiations are under way." Nixon signed both a $3.4 billion supplement appropriation bill for fiscal 1973 and a continuing joint resolution to provide vital funding for government opera- lions. Both measures contain amendments aimed at ending the eight-year- old U.S. combat involvement in Indochina. Nixon said he had vetoed the original supplemental bill last week, which also contained an antibombing amendment, because "such a precipitous step would have crippled or destroyed chances for achieving a negotiated settlement in Cambodia. The stability of Southeast Asia would have been threatened and we would have suffered a tragic setback in our efforts to create a lasting structure of peace." Nixon had worked out a compromise with the antiwar advocates in the Congress by getting agreement for an Aug. 15 cutoff of funds instead of an immediate halt to funds to pav for bombing in Cambodia and other military activities in Indochina. In a statement issued from the Western White House as he signed the measures, which were brought from Washington by a White House courier aboard a commercial plane, Nixon said: "The conclusion of a responsible settlement in Indochina has been and remains a matter of greatest urgency. "AH but one of the major elements of that peace are now in place, forged against the will of a determined enemy by the sacrifice and courage of countless men and women, by our perserverence in protracted negotiations and by the effectiveness and the deterrent of American military power. "A sudden bombing halt, however, would not have brought us the lasting peace that we all desire. As President, charged by our Constitution with responsibility for conducting our foreign policy and negotiating an end to our conflicts, I will continue to take the responsible actions necessary to win the peace. "Should further action be required to that end later this year, 1 shall request that Congress help achieve our objectives." Nixon also signed, a third measure extending the $465 billion national debt ceiling to Nov. 30 which also included Continued on Page A-12 There are times when I seem to lack energy and enthusiasm. But if I feel Your presence. Lord, I can gain renewed vigor and interest. Thank You. ".men.

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