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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - April 10, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICB 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut Hrrln 212 N 16th Volumr 82No 15lOe Copy Illinoisan Five Stetiom Tabloid 44 Suuauor to Orbondali rrm Hirrln Mgrpnyrtoro WEDNESDAY APRIL 10 1974 010175 Iff HOKE OFFICE LlNDSAYSCIiA ILL 62625 Oil tanker explodes burns Philadelphia AP Coast Guard rescue workers using two 40foot ships and a helicopter searched the Delaware River today for eight persons missing in the af termath of a tanker explosion that spread flaming oil over the river The missing included a woman and her two children One person was killed and 26 injured three critically in the Tuesday night explosions and fires Five seamen were missing in addition to the woman and children who were visiting the ship when the blasts oc curred Among those treated for in juries were seamen who leaped from the burning ship the One dead 26 injured and eight missing Greek Tanker Elias into the icy river waters The first explosion sent a ball of flames into the rain and snowfilled sky It occifrred as the tanker was unloading a cargo of crude oil at the Atlantic Richfield Co terminal in south Philadelphia Officials said the Ebas was due to sail this morn ing having delivered 250000 barrels of oil Tuesday The blast ripped away 100 feet of the steel and concrete dock where the 650 foot vessel was berthed and damaged the two story terminal building The ship burning dangerously close to a sprawling complex of oil refineries broke in two just before midnight sending up another fireball Coast Guard Seaman Appreo Pat Watson said a threemile stretch of oil blanketed the river at dawn Booms were placed at the mouths of tributaries enter ing the Delaware to prevent the oil from reaching wildlife areas Authorities were unsure of caused the first blast which the Coast Guard said oc curred at the ships middle tanks Major Arab oi shipment arrives Remains of tanker Eliamoulder at Philadelphia dock on pelaware Hiverthis morning AP Wirephoto Demos GOP delay request disappointing Panel angry over Nixon reply rOflllftstflrf 3 D C Washington StarNews And Associated Press Washington Members of vthe House Judiciary Committee met in a mood of auger and resentment today to consider a White House proposal to wait two more weeks before replying to the com mittees request for tapes presidential conversations At separate party caucuses both Republicans and Democrats called the White House letter postponing any response until April 22 unsatis factory Individual members talked of subpoena for the 111 issuing a material Chairman Peter Rodano D NJ scheduled a Ml committee meeting Thursday for whatever action the committee wants to take Rodino declined comment on the Whte House proposal but other committee members termed it unresponsive con descending and arrogant If counsel for the committee wants to issue a subpoena I would support it said Rep Tom Railsback ItHi It is obviously unsatisfactory to a majority of the committee said Rep Robert McClory R Rep Calder Butler RVa commenting Tuesday night said It seems a mistake not to produce the material It cer tainly creates a presumption that the President is withholding damaging evidence Rep Lawrence J Hogan R Md issued a statement before the caucuses saying he was sorely disappointed with the Presidents decision not to honor the Judiciary Committees re quest Hogan said he could only feel this is an additional dilatory tactic1 by the P r e s i dents lawyers To wait until the Easter recess is an unconscionable delay Hogan said calling on the White House to reverse its decision The committee had demanded a response to its request for the tapes by Tuesday asserting that it would subpoena them if we The White House response came at pm CDT in a letter from James D St Clair Nixons chief Watergate lawyer to John M Doar the com mittees special impeachment counsel St Clansaid that by the time Congress concludes its 10day Easter recess April 22 the White House will have com pleted a review of the tapes the committee is seeking and will make available materials that will permit the committee to complete its inquiry pro mptly The letter contained no pro mise to turn over all the recordings requested and seemed to suggest that White House officials would forward only those materials they thought relevant to the in quiry The recordings requested in clude conversations between the President and former aides H R Haldeman John D Ehrlkhman John W Dean III former Atty Gen Richard G Kleindienst and Asst Atty Gen Henry E Petersen in February March and April 1973 It was at that time that the alleged Watergate coverup of the Watergate breakin first began to unravel I think our patience has pretty much been exhhausted declared Rep Wayne Owens D Utah I think w ell have to issue a subpoena I dont see what more we can do to avoid the confrontation though weve certainly all tried he added Washington AP A big tankerload of Arab oil has reached the United States in the first major shipment received since the lifting last month of the Arab oil em bargo The Federal Energy Office announced Tuesday that the Italian tanker Elba Lolligeiti has arrived at Norfolk Va carrying 344000 barrels of crude oil from Algeria Exxon Corp said its own in itial shipment of Mideast oil since resumption of Arab sup plies 50000 barrels of crude aboard the Esso Barcelona was due to arrive today in New York Harbor Anticipating the new avail ability of Arab oil the FEO Peoria blast injures four Peoria AP Four persons were listed in serious c ondition in a Peoria hospital today following an ex plosion that tore apart a two story office and recreation building on Peorias north side The office and recreation building were part of an apart ment complex First since embargo was lifted last month has told US petroleum comacross the nation found that panics to draw upon current insince the week before the ventories to boost gasoline average price of regular allocations for the month of gasoline has climbed a penny to 54 cents a gallon Premium average 57 cents per gallon the survey reported Highest average prices for regular gas were 56 cents in Hawaii Illinois New York and South Carolina while peak prices for premium reached 60 cents a gallon in Illinois New York and Meanwhile the American Automobile Association said its latest survey shows that motorists will find it easier to obtain gasoline this week but they probably will be paying more pel gallon The AAAs weekly spot check AAA In other energyrelated developments Federal energy chief William E Simon said the En vironmental Protection Agency is too restrictive in its standards for utilities which convert to coal for generating electricity He said EPA policy will not en courage increased use and pro duction of coal Deputy energy chief John C Sawhill said more federal funds may be required to offset the impact of rising fuel costs on the aged The House Ways and Means Committee voted to retain the 22 per cent depletion allowance for natural gas shipped across state me AAA s weeiuy of some 6000 service stations i Hawaii according to Alines Steps taken to counter effects of rail abandonment im Nixon blames Congress for rise in cos toMiving Saginaw Mich CAP betore 8 ii tn shake hands with feels the President s visit mav hav Saginaw Mich AP President Nixon today charg ed that Congress is providing the bottleneck that has led to the higher living costs and unemployment especially in Michigans auto plants In Saginaw to campaign on behalf of Republican con gressional candidate James Nixon said men like betore laKinE a neuuiunci w nial northeast Michigan parts Sparling to shake hands of the 8th District to speak in Sparlings behalf Campaigning for the first time Uampaignmg iuj me IUQI umv since 1972 Nixon said this is the Nixon placards and many persons on the fringe of the crowd The crowd carried many pro first time in 23 years that the United States is at peace with all the nations of the world ad ding that the problems the na tion does have are the pro opanmg IMAUU saiu unsii Sparling are needed to push his blems of peace programs through Congress Nixon was greeted Nixon spoke to an estimated 6000 persons at the airport by flags but there were also signs urging that the President be impeached The district has been held by the GOP for 40 years illustrate his contention that reason next Tuesdays outcome may have biggest stake He hopes to give Sparling a boost toward a victory that could ease impeachment pressure among House bemocrat J Robert Traxler Republicans who are shaken by race three Democratic victories this the early tavomein rae uucc now belfeved to be quite lose 1 has made Nixon and his aa Republicans except Vice President Gerald R Ford were to join the President at some point today The state GOP is heavily committeed to the campaign here seeking to prevent a repetition of the upset loss on Steps to counter effects of the giaial Planning and Develop abandonment of several ment Commission includes Charles Gray Carbondale chairman George Cotter West Frankfort Gene Scliumaier Pinckneyville Charles Dawson West Frankfort Mayor Roland Lewis Mt Vernon and Jack Murray Herrisa The committee will write let ters to the Illinois Commerce Commission explaining the so cial and economic problems arising from the abandonment of two specific lines said Cot ter commission economic de velopment director said Under the reorganization act several freightcarrying lines in and will not defend Mejthe area have been designated actions of the President saidjas in excess by in an interview Tuesday night hej the federal Dept of Transporta fears the trips format wont ition permit Nixon to discuss issues such as inflation the energy crisis and the economy Thats what I want said the 45yearold former newsman who was top aide to former Rep James Harvey for 13 years nois were taken last night at a meeting of the Railroad Aban donment Committee in Du Quoin The committee appointed last month by Greater Egypt Re Feb 18 of Fords old Grand Rapids seat Sparling who had said he We are particularly concern ed with the niinois Central lines from Carbondale to Marion which serve the ordinance plant and one between Carbon dale and Grand Tower Cotter said The abandonment of the Car bondale Marion line which also serves Carterville would adversely affect the Marion Tour Train Cotter said The Grand Tower train is used by Central Illinois Public Service Co to haul thousands of tons of coal each year he said The letters will recommend the preservation of the two lines at a public hearing before the ICC Index Hospitals The poor get poorer ctaff Thfi socialists he ex pansior Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map 2528 31 4 67 2829 910 29 Thursday showers and cloudi ness expected windy and warm high in the middle or upper 70s Turning slightly cooler Friday through Sunday Bv Henry de Fiebre Of The Southern Illinoisan The rich get richer and That wellworn saying was applied to Illinois hospital sit uation Tuesday night in Mar ion by the states top health official Dr Mark H Lepper state health coordinator and head of the states comprehensive health planning agency spoke at a public hearing on a state plan which he said is a first stop in solving the hospi tal problem About 25 Southern Illinois health officials mostly from hospitals attended the meet ing at the state regional office building Under discussion was the states proposed Health facili ties and Services Plan The can be revised The plan necessary under sttate and federal legislation projects Illinois hospital bed need to 1979 and concludes that the state now has enough bedsHowever it says the beds are maldistributed with an excess in some areas but not enough in other areas Dr Lepper noting the dis tribution problem hospitals in affluentareas often grow large by import ing patients from poorer areas Hospitals in poorer areas he said then suffer because they cannot attract enough patients He roughly estimated that million is spent in Illinois per year to run unoccupied hospital beds largely because of the distribution problem One effect of the proposed reverse the tern by halting additipn of beds Enough beds places state Illinois hospital situation is now Volkswagen Dr Lep per sadd but it would pro bably be too costly to make it Cadillac Remember though he said There are tilings like Fords and Chevrolets in bet ween Among those testifying at the 90minute meeting was Dr John Taylor head of the Sou thern niinois Hospital Corp which operates Doctors Me morial Hospital in Carbondale and Herrin Hospital He said the plan which re commends no new hospital but in wrong official says dale students in the popula tion base on which it made the recommendation Noting that the students double Carbondales popula tion Dr Taylor said They are there they do get sick they do get hurt and they are hospitalized often in Carbon dale He said the hospitals affi liation with the SIUC School of Medicine its designation as a regiona1 trauma center and its renal dialysis program all put pressure on the hospi tal to expand The hospital he added also needs to expand in the near staff The specialists he ex plained often treat patients from outside the Carbondale area Sister Mary Bede admin istrator of St Joseph Memor ial Hospital in Murphysboro complained that bed occupan cy figures used in the plan were not uptodate in St Jos ephs case She said the figures were based on 1972 occupancy rates which ran about 50 per cent because of a staff short age Now she said with the staff problem resolved the hospitals occupancy is about 80 per cent Others at the meeting ques tioned whether the plan would allow for possible changes in need and whether a determin ation of need would be made at the state level Dr Lepper said the plan would be revised annually to include more current data and hospital ex be pansion would usually made at the local level One woman wondered whe ther facilities with upgraded services would still be allowed to attract patients from other areas Can we who can make a better mousetrap catch the mouse asked Elka M Lee administrator of Lee Manor in Marion Lee Manor and other sheltered care homes are also included in the state plan Saying he believed in plann ing from the bottom up Dr Lepper responded I think you will get to keep the mouse if the public wants you to The home he said Meir resigns ij m rtl fi m document that you have a bet ter mousetrap The local comprehensive health plann ing agency would then make a determination on the re quest r Jerusalem AP Premier Golda Meir announc ed her resignation today and said it was irrevocable The 75yearold premier told her Labor party she would for mally tender her a cabinet meetng Thursday1 Her dramatic move meant the certain collapse of her frail coa lition government and general elections in a few months Golda Mtir   

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