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Saturday, August 2, 1975
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METRO Sluggish Market Hit For 5-Point Loss - See Page 6, Section B I5c 6-Day Home Delivery 90e HOT ;' Humid High 86-89 Low 64-67 Mae and Details oa page 11-C HOURLY TEMPERATURES 1 p.m. 1 5 p.m. n p.m. 83 J p.m. 93 p.m. 2 10 p.m. 80 3 p.m. 94 7 p.m. W 11 p.m. 79 4 p.m. 94 ( p.m. 86 12 mid. 74 ON GUARD FOR 144 YEARS Vol. 145 No. 89 Saturday, August 2, 1975 POLICE FEAR HE'S DEAD Ig Kidnapped, Family Believes Mm Action Line solves problems, gets answers, cuts red tape, stands up lor your rights. Write Action Line, Box 881, Detroit, Mich. 48231. Or dial 222-6464 between 8(30 Jn. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On April 24, my sister died of cancer, leaving behind a 10-year-old boy and a retarded seven-year-old girl. My mother, who is looking after the children, keeps asking Social Services for assistance but has yet to receive a thing. What's so ironic is that Social Services keeps sending checks in my dead sister's name which my mother has to return. Can you help straighten this out? B.N., Detroit. After call from Action Line, social Services checked in vain for mother's request, admitted file probably got lost in shuffle. . Agency spokesman told Action Line that since all pending cases now have to be reviewed by three workers, disappearing paperwork is on upswing, Mother's been invited in for interview to determine if state assistance will include her in addition to sister's, children. Until regular assistance checks start coming sometime in August, family will be provided with food orders and other emergency aid. A friend of mine told me he's got a little pyramid that makes his cigarets taste better when he sets them on It. Is he putting me on? B.E-, Dearborn. Pyramid proponents claim drawn to pyramid shape, will "biocosmics," magnetic energy sharpen dull razor blades, improve plant growth, mellow cheap wine and re-flavor bitter coffee. Whole thing started when French scientist visited Egyptian pyramid in 1930s, noticed small animals that wandered in king's chamber and were buried alive had mummified rather than decayed. Back home, scientist built exact replica of pyramid and claimed it did all sorts of wonderful things. Experimenters latched onto idea, reported p y r a m i d . energy allowed them to go long periods without sleep, lose weight while stuffing themselves with goodies and remember previous lives. Folks interested in pyramid energizing can get more information on four-sided replicas by writing Pyramid Products, 701 W, Ivy, Glendale, Calif. 91204. I noticed a highway work crew removing lamp posts from the freeway. Any chance of getting one to put up next to my backyard swimming pool?-J.L., Westland. Gale Industrial Rigging and Erecting of Madison Heights is removing poles from Lodge Freeway, agreed to turn one over to you for, backyard ornament. According to Frank Simmons, administrative assistant for metropolitan district of State Highway Department, 1,394 poles are beine replaced on Ford Free way, 2,184 on Lodge. About 65 percent of Ford poles have been claimed by Detroit Public Lighting Commission for future use, rest will be put into service elsewhere by State Highway Department. Gale will turn Lodge pole haul into scrap metal. Posts cost $270.50 each-$128 for pole, $44 for arm bracket, $58.50 for 400-watt bulb fixture and $40 for base. m iPiCK ONiy WORKf Action Line I filed for my Vietnam Veteran's bonus way back in March but still don't have it. My claim number is 274,000. How much longer do I have to wait? W R., Det roit. Your dough's not due for another nine weeks. Capt. Michael Rice, director of Vietnam Veteran Era Bonus section, told Action Line that office investigates and processes average of 10,000 claims per week. So far, over 180,000 claims have received stamp of approval, translating into $88 million in bonus payoffs. Staff of 90 must investigate applications before $600 payment (maximum) can be made to armed forces members who did their time between 1961 and 1973. Rice estimates that about 420,000 combat and non-combat Michigan vets are eligible for bonus. Deadline for filing is 1980. After peak payment period, bonus office will attempt to track down vets who are eligible but haven't applied. Bonuses are sent by application number without exception. For more information, call 373-9094 in Lansing. THE QUESTION A Chicago attorney has suggested a plan to unify the U.S. on its 200th birthday by having a chain of Americans clasping hands from coast to coast next July 4. Would you like to take part in such an event? Bans HOW YOU VOTED YES, 74.8 percent. COMMENTS: "It would show what this country was supposed to founded on brotherhood and the rights of all men" . . . "Best bicentennial idea yet and the least commercialized" ... "And let's pray for peace while holding hands" . . . "It'd be simple if we close the interstate highways and line up on them" . . . "If they don't stick me in the middle of Death Valley." NO, 25.4 percent. COMMENTS: "It would be more important for people to change their way of thinking rather than outward signs that mean nothing" . . . "And have the other hand stab me in the back?" . . . "Americans shouldn't have time or patience for such a silly plan" . . . "It's very unpractical" . . . "Let's do something useful like wiping out crime." TOMORROW'S QUESTION July 3 to Aug. 11, known as the "Dog Days," is the hottest and most unwholesome period of the year, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Are the Dog Days getting to you? To vote YES .To vote NO Call 961-3211 Call 961-4422 i - ' 1 V i $ . ? ' I Wei z. '4.. M i" r .,' J y ' ( ft Local Offering $25,000 for Infdrmation The family of James R. Hoffa said Friday they believe the former Teamsters Union president, missing since Wednesday afternoon, had been kidnapped and was still alive. There was growing fear among Hoffa's friends, associates and police, however, that he may have been slain. Police said they had virtually no clues to his mysterious disappearance. Local 299 in Detroit, from which Hoffa vaulted to his iron-fisted rule of the entire international union, posted a $25,000 reward Friday for information leading to his whereabouts. LT. CURTIS Grennier of the Bloomfield Township Police Department, in charge of the investigation, opened a press conference late Friday after- James P. Hoffa (left) and Joe Bane, president of c Teamsters Local 614, prepare to talk to reporters' Fraa Pratt Photo by Chief Photographer TONY SPINA Friday outside the Hoffa family's home in Lake Orion. RUMORS ABOUND NOBODY KNOWS What's to. Hoffa i BY JO THOMAS Free Pratt Staff Writer - The mysterious disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa has Teamster watchers baffled. On Friday, law enforcement agents and Teamster officials alike were shoulder-deep in a rat's nest of rumors and speculation. And Jimmy was still missing. The . huge union he pum-meled and promoted into one of the largest in the world has recently been ripped apart by the feud between Hoffa and his, handpicked successor, Frank E. Fitzsimmons. Hoffa's home local In Detroit, Local 299, has been the epicenter of this storm, and it is this conflict which serves as a backdrop for all the theories about why Hoffa vanished Wednesday afternoon and what his fate has been. Publicly, Teamster officials including Hoffa's predecessor, Dave Beck and his son, James P. Hoffa, refuse to link the disappearance to the feud. Privately, mind. . it's on everybody's THROUGHOUT the ranks Of state and federal law enforcement, in the corridors of the Department of Justice and in union offices across the country, and in the meeting places of the underworld, the theories could be had for the asking. T h a t s how important Jimmy Hoffa is, or was. But no one in authority was willing to even pretend that he knew why Hoffa had disappeared. It was all speculation, ' with only circumstantial evidence and much innuendo to support the. idea of the mo-v ment; ' " V '' ' Among sources in the intel-. ligence . agencies , in Detroit and Washington and among union officials in, several cities, three theories were talked about most often, and each gained momentary credence as it went from mouth to mouth. None could be supported. The three versions went this way: .;;';.;;';:"" "' i ., i ' Hoffa's brother William, who ' retired in 1973 as an organizer for Pontiac Local 614, has , been questioned by federal attorneys in an investigation of grants from the Teamster international union to that local. Hoffa himself authorized the first grant to his brother, for : six months, Afterwards, for years, they were renewed by Teamster President Fitzsimmons. They have now stopped. William Hoffa is still receiving Teamster pension checks and Social Security, but Hoffa is reported to be worried about the investigation of his brother, who is ailing. Hoffa Is also believed to be ' angry at Fitzsimmons' failure to assist or even talk to Joseph Bane, president of Local 614, who finds himself caught in the crossfire of the federal probe. Since the step-up in the federal grand jury investigation Please turn to Page 5A, Col. 1 Please turn to Page 2A, Col. 1 noon by saying: "We know nothing more than we did yesterday evening at this time." Hoffa's son, Detroit attorney James P. Hoffa, told reporters, "I believe it's an abduction. There's nb evidence it isn't. The key question is, who. We just don't know." The elder Hoffa was last seen at 2 p.m. Wednesday, standing in front of the Ma-chus Red Fox restaurant at Telegraph and Maple in Bloomfield Township, where he told his wife he had a luncheon appointment. Police say they have no idea who Hoffa was to have met at the restaurant, but they had '.'five or six possibilities." POLICE as well as Gov. Miiliken said Thursday they had information that Hoffa was to have met with Anthony Giacalone, a Mafia figure un-d e r indictment on federal charges of tax evasion, mail fraud and conspiracy. Giacalone is a longtime personal friend of Hoffa's. Giacalone termed the re-ports-"absolutely untrue," and declined further comment. Grennier, asked at his press conference if investigators have made any attempt to talk to Giacalone, said, "No. I'm hoping he'll call me." Grennier's superior, Capt. James Keller, later said Bloomfield Township police also have made no effort to contact the others of the "five or six possibilities" with whom hoffa may have had an appointment at the restaurant. "We haven't tried to see them," Keller said. "We've ll aW ' A f- 1 - , .- UPI Photo LABOR Statistics Commis-sioner Julius Shiskin: "We are moving in the right direction." Ford Asks Summit to Keep Word New York Timet Service HELSINKI President Ford, declaring that the Euro pean security summit will be judged "not by the promises we make but by the promises we keep," joined leaders of the Soviet Union and 33 other nations Friday in affirming a broad charter for peace and human progress throughout Europe. "Peace is not a piece of paper," the president said in a n address that tempered hope with caution. A FEW HOURS later the assembled presidents, prime ministers, chancellors, communist party chiefs and the envoy of Pope Paul sat side by side at a long blue-draped table in Finlandia Hall to sign the 30,00-word "final act" of the Conference on Security andCo-operation in Europe. Ford told the leaders of Europe and North America that the destiny of detente would depend on the willingness of East and West to fulfill the non-binding pledges of principle they signed here Friday with firm agreements to disarm "substantially," to erect nuclear safeguards and to af- Please turn to Page 12A, Col. 1 Free Preit Photo by BOB SCOTT Mildred Gorvitz uses a newspaper to create some shade while waiting for a bus on Woodward in downtown Detroit. . Heat Wave Puts Ozone Near Danger Level BY JIM SCHUTZE Free Preit Staff Writer Air. pollution officials asked southeast Michigan residents to cut back on driving as pressure cooker weather brought record high ozone pollution levels to the area Friday. The buildup of ozone, which is produced when auto and industrial exhaust gets baked in a hot sky, is a "unique and rare occurrence for us in this area," according to Morten Sterling, director of the Wayne County Air Pollution Control Division. Ozone levels in the air Friday were not high enough to pose health threats to most people, Sterling said, but he said people with upper respiratory problems may experience discomfort during the next few days. A HUGE STAGNANT air mass holding steady from Bermuda to Michigan should break up Sunday, ending the problem, when a cold front is expected to penetrate Michigan skies, according to U.S. Weather Service meteorologist Rick Rogell. A check of Henry Ford, Detroit General, and William Beaumont hospitals Friday showed no unusual incidence of upper respiratory complaints. Sterling said, however, that if Please turn to Page 12A, Col. 5 Jobless Rate Down Sharply BY CLARK HOYT " -Free Prest Washington Staff ' WASHINGTON Unemployment fell to 8.4 percent in July, down sharply from its average high of 8.9 percent over the past few months and one of the strangest signs yet of recovery from the recession. ; The Labor Department reported Friday that the ranks of the jobless shrank nearly 400,000 last month. Virtually all categories of workers men, women, blacks teenagers, factory workers and others shared in the improvement. Unlike a reported decline in unemployment in June, which government officials labeled a statistical quirk, the July numbers were presented as an accurate portrayal of a national economy in which grad-u a 1 1 y increasing business activity is beginning to produce more jobs. Unemployment in the auto industry, which peaked at 24 percent last January, fell last month to 10.1 percent. Total employment, as measured by one key index, rose by 630,000 workers last month to 85.1 million. After falling by 2.6 million over six straight months ending last March, employment has climbed by 1.2 million jobholders since then. BUT, DESPITE the positive signs, a total of 7.8 million Americans were out of work and looking for jobs in July. It was the worst record for a -July since 1941. ; "I think we have to say that we've moved from an utterly disastrous situation to a disastrous situation," said Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis. j Julius Shiskin, commissioner of labor statistics, Please turn to Page 2A, Col. 1 1Mb Amusements t-7C Business News 5-7B Classified 7-10A Comics 9-UC Crossword Puzzle 9C Death Notices 7A Earl Wilson 11A Editorials 6A Horoscope 9C Modern Living 1-4B Movie Guide 10-UC Obituaries 8C Religion 8B Sports 1-5C Stock Markets 6-7B Television 6C Quakes Rock 300-Mile Calif. Area From UPI andAP OROVILLE, Calif. A series of earthquakes, centered only five miles from the nation's tallest earth-filled dam, rolled across a sprawling section of northern and central California on Friday. The strongest quake, which registered 6.1 on the Richter scale at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, caused a few injuries, one of them reportedly serious. It shook an area 300 miles long and 175 miles wide. It was the most powerful earthquake in California since the San Fernando temblor on Feb. 9, 1971, which killed 65 persons. That quake registered 6.3. An employe walking across the dam when the quake began said it caused a ripple on the lake surface but no damage to the embankment or its powerhouse. In Oroville gas and water pipes were severed. Telephone and power lines were broken. Huge boulders broke loose from hillsides and rolled across highways. The. quake toppled some power lines outside Oroville, setting off about 10 brush and grass fires, but damage was not serious! Most downtown businesses and the Butt? County administration building were closed early and employes were sent home. A nursing home was evacuated of 13 eldcriy patients when a ceiling fell and there were reports of a few small fires. "A couple of liquor stores will never be the same again," said spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol. "Everything went on the floor." A hospital emergency clinic said five persons were treated for injuries, the most serious of which occurred when a power saw fell on the hand of a sawmill worker.

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