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Monday, July 2, 1973
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S ft Phoenix weather Mostly sunny. High near 112, low 83- OT. Sunday's high ill, low 82. Humidity: High 36, low 13. Details on A-21. 84th Year, No. 47 THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC Telephone: 271-8000 Phoerilx, Arizona, Monday, July 2, 1973 (Four Sections, W Pages) BULLDOG Today's chuckle If a man thinks for one minute he can understand his wife, he has it timed just about .right. f 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 Bethesda, Md., home. Windshield of the car was shattered by a bullet. Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Israeli air at- tache here, Col. Yosef Alon, was shot to death Sunday morning as he returned home from an embassy party. His wife was not hurt. The assailants drove off in a car after the shooting, neighbors said. Hours later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police reported no clues. In Tel Aviv, military spokesmen said they thought Arab terrorists may have arranged the death .of Alon, 46. Both the State Department and the Israeli Embassy declined to speculate on this point. Robert W. Holliday, a department spokesman, said, however, that "steps have been taken for the protection of Israeli diplomats and consular officials" here and elsewhere in the United States. Holliday said these measures, which he declined to elaborate, were "normal under the circumstances." Alon's body was to be flown home in a U.S. Air Force plane Sunday evening from Andrews Air Force Base. A memorial service was planned at the base for. 7 p.m. shortly before departure. Police said Alon suffered several gunshot wounds in (he chest during the attack, which took place at 1:04 a.m. out- side his home in suburban Chevy Chase, Md. At the time Alon and his wife, Deborah, were returning from a party for the embassy's women's affairs attache, Stella Levy, who is returning to Israel. Alon had been in Washington for three years and was to return to Israel in August. 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 Nixon gives optimistic view on U.S. food prices Associated Press SAN CLEMENTS, 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 famers complained. they were caught in the middle between unconN rolled, rising feed-grain costs and frozen retail prices. 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 bisis for returning the free markets." The President's 13-minule 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." He 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 the freeze is not administered in such a way as to be counter-productive while recognizing that to be successful, it must be rigorous." Nixon said Americans are 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 arc generally good ... "The many measures we have taken to increase 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 the 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 meal a-nd 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 arc temporary problems, he Said. "Therofore-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 rim . . . 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 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, because of Watergate, has become like motherhood — there is no News analysis 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 NO DICE OR ROULETTE - After six months of legal "social" gambling in Hawaii visitors to Waikiki's hotels still have to see their first slot machine, dice table or roulette wheel. Page A-4. 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 San 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 e-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 seventh 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 j" n of pending campaign - reform legislation buried until now in many state legislatures. Some examples: The Massachusetts* 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 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 liitch-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 Railroad 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 built. "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 *he 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 80 per cent, state highway officials say it could be 75 per cent. McCune added that an agreement between the Association of American Hail- roads and the U.S. Department of Transportation coudl result in up to 10 per cenl 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-1960s. At Central Avenue, an underpass carries street traffic under the tracks. • , McCune said Ihe federal government and the Southern Pacific helped pay for those bridges, with allow free movement , Continued on Page A-8 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. In Jerusalem, the Israeli cabinet discussed the slaying but declined to say whether it thought Arab terrorists were involved. Reports from Alon's homeland, however, said the general public is blaming the Arabs for the killing, and there Were predictions of new Israeli reprisals against the Lebanon-based and Syria- based guerrillas if the suspicions are confirmed. The last such reprisal was on April 10 when Israeli troops raided guerrilla headquarters in Beirut and killed three Al Fatah leaders and other persons. During the past three years, Arab guerrillas have attacked Israeli embassies or embassy personnel six times, killing a secretary in Paraguay in 1970 and a consul general in Turkey in 1971. At the same time, known Arab terrorists have been found dead in various European cities over the 'Idst several months. Bombing-ban bill 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 operations. 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 pay 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. "All 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 reterrent 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, I 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 Today's prayer There are times when 1 seem to lack energy and enthusiasm. But if I feel Your presence, Lord, I can gain renewed vigor and interest. Thank You. Amen. I

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