Titusville Herald, October 1, 1983

Titusville Herald

October 01, 1983

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Titusville Herald (Newspaper) - October 1, 1983, Titusville, Pennsylvania DRAKE WELL News and Advertising Pipeline Into the Oil Creek Valley TITUSVILLE PA SATURDAY MORNING OCTOBER 11983 Partly Cloudy GOOD MORNING Partly cloudy through Sunday with high today 68 and high Sunday 70 Low tonight 47 Senate Okays Stopgap Spending Bill WASHINGTON AP The Senate gave final congressional ap proval Friday night to a com promise stopgap spending bill assuring that major government operations will continue without in terruption as the new fiscal year begins By a voice vote the Senate passed the measure five hours before the start of the new fiscal year and sent the legislation to the White House for President Reagans signature Budget Director David A Stockman has told legislators the president will sign the measure although there were indications that Reagan might not actually affix his signature until Saturday Earlier by a 232136 vote the also passed the measure Bomb Kills One Woman At Fair MARSEILLE France AP A bomb exploded near the US and Algerian stands at a trade fair in this southern French port city Friday killing a French woman and woun ding 27 people three of them seriously police said The blast brought a false ceiling down onto the US stand and police said at least two officials of the US Consulate were on the stand at the time although neither was hurt The Algerian stand also was damaged but the only Algerian in jured was a woman passerby who was slightly hurt V fr NewsAt AGlance WASHINGTON AP The En vironmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered an immediate emergency ban on the use of the pesticide ethylene dibromide on agricultural crops WASHINGTON AP The Senate voted 8S0 Friday to keep alive a lastgasp supplemental unemployment compensation pro gram that will expire at midnight unless Congress extends it WASHINGTON AP A Kansas congressman doesnt think the Con gressional Record need salute Hee Haw or name all 80 members of a high school band going to Tahiti And recording the activities of Whiz 70 says Rep Dan Glickman is go ing one clown too many WASHINGTON AP The government said Friday that its main barometer of future economic strength slipped 01 percent in August the first decline in a year Economists said the report confirms a welcome slowing in the economy but includes minor warning signs about the recovery HARRISBURG Pa sylvania Gov Dick Thornburgh said Friday he is very concerned that the nations utility industry has not made good on its commitment to help pay for the cleanup at Three Mile Island WASHINGTON AP Victor Gilinsky a maverick member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission called Friday for an outside organization to take charge of Three Mile Island and Oyster Creek nuclear plants owned by General Public Utilities Corp HARRISBURG AP Barry Rothdeutsch a 33yearold bachelor from Northampton County who won ilOOO a week for life Friday in the state lottery said he will remain a cable television lineman despite the new riches HARRISBURG AP Gov Dick Thornburgh signed a 125000 con tract Friday aimed at helping schools get the best 1uy for classroom computers WASHINGTON AP The lower Delaware River is too highly developed to be granted the wild and scenic status sought by Rep Peter Kostmayer to block a controversial pumping project Russell Dicken son National Park Service director said Friday Thornburgh Inks Pay Increase Bill HARRISBURG AP The Public Utility Commission deadlock ed Friday and failed to approve Philadelphia Electric Cos plan to borrow up to billion to complete its nuclear reactors in Limerick DEPARTURE REMARKS President Reagan and Egypts President Hosni Mubarak make statements after their meeting at the White House Friday President Reagan met with the Egyptian leader to thank him for his efforts in achieving the latest ceasefire in Lebanon AP Laserphoto Warring Groups Agree To Remove Checkpoints BEIRUT Lebanon AP The ceasefire committee announced Friday that Lebanons warring factions agreed to remove their checkpoints from the roads to the Beirut airport and the coastal highway south of Beirut But shooting in violation of the fourdayold truce spread to new areas in the central mountains Failure to agree on a site continued to block the start of the national reconciliation conference called for in the ceasefire agreement Foreign Minister Elie Salem met in New York with US Secretary of State George P Shultz and told reporters the Lebanese government favors a UN observation team to supervise the ceasefire But he acknowledged that the Soviet Union might block UN participation because of Syrias opposition to it The ceasefire committee made up of representatives of the army and the Christian Diuie and Shiite Moslem militias met for more than four hours in an abandoned bank building midway between Christian and Druse towns and announced agreement on four actions In addition to removal of checkpoints from the airport and coast roads they agreed to an exchange of prisoners and said Actions to implement this have started The committee also asked the Red Cross to start removing corpses from the areas in the central mountains where fighting raged for three weeks before the ceasefire last Monday And it urged an end to the consolidation of positions by the warring factions An NBCTV crew saw the army trucking fresh troops Friday to Souk el Gharb the mountain town overlooking Beirut that the Druse tried to take from the army But it couldnt be determined if the army was reinforcing the garrison in violation of the ceasefire or replacing personnel Col Tom Fintel chief of a US liaison office with the Lebanese army told the NBC crew that his office was coordinating replacement of equipment damaged in the fighting Watt Losing Support Of Western Senators WASHINGTON AP Interior Secretary James Watt has lost nearly half his once rocksolid support among senators from the West the region most affected by Interior Department policies according to an Associated Press survey conducted Friday In 12 Western states only 10 of the two dozen senators are urging Watt to remain in office the survey showed Eight of the senators have called for Watts resignation and two others have stopped just short of doing so Four senators are maintaining public silence over Watts future The survey results show a significant loss of support for the interior secretary in a region which he calls home and which he once bragged was solidly behind his policies The Interior Department has a special impact in the West where more than half the land is federally owned in many states There had been Democratic defections from Watts side in the West before the secretarys latest verbal gaffe last week about having a black a woman two Jews and a cripple on his coalleasing study commission Since then Republicans are joining the growing number of Democrats disen chanted with Watt Of the 18 Republican senators in the region 10 are still supporting the embattled secretary but eight who have leaped to his defense in the past have either attacked Watt or chosen to remain silent Conspicuous in his silence is Sen Paul Laxalt RNev one of Watts biggest boosters in the past and one of President Reagans closest political allies in Congress This time Laxalt is said to be making a behindthescenes check of the political fallout from Watts remark so he can advise the White House whether Watt should quit Slain Banker Pushed Farmers Over Loans RUTHTON Minn AP Two hundred law officers searched from the air and the ground Friday for suspects in the slaying of two bank officers who died at a foreclosed farm in an ambush that one farmer called a message to the nation Townspeople said meanwhile that the bank president had been putting pressure on delinquent farmers to make payments on loans Rudolph Blythe 42 the president and owner of the Buffalo Ridge State Bank in rural Ruthton was shot to death Thursday morning along with the banks loan officer Deems A Thulin 37 They had been lured to a vacant farm whose mortgage had been foreclosed by the bank in 1979 A farmer is a human being and a human being is an animal said Jim Lagman a farmer and president of the Minnesota chapter of the American Agriculture Movement If you beat at him poke at him and take everything away from him hes going to turn and bite back The American Agriculture Movement has led protests in recent years to draw attention to tlw financial problems facing farmers I think the slayings were symbolic and should send a message to the nation that lenders have to work things out on a longterm basis Lagman said Friday HARRISBURG AP Gov Dick Thornburgh on Friday signed legislation that will give lawmakers and other state officials pay increases of at least This is the first pay raise since 1980 1 think its appropriate the governor said The legislation passed Wednesday would boost lawmakers in two steps by December 1984 Their salaries would go from to a year Ap pellate court judges would get a increase this year Thornburgh who makes and incumbent cabinet members are not eligible for the pay increases but future cabinet officials and the next governor will get more Lawmakers circumvented the constitutional ban on voting themselves a pay increase by making the first increase this year an expense account However it can be spent on anything and will not require receipts Thornburgh was asked whether the 40 percent in crease for lawmakers was excessive particularly since other state employees are being held to 2 to 3 percent This is stretched over a period of time about six years the governor said I dont think you can look at it as a oneshot increase However the Pennsylvania Social Services Union said the size of the increase was an affront to the jobless and poor in a state with doubledigit unem ployment In general government salaries have to keep pace with those in the private sector and that should be a state goal Thornburgh said Ive seen too many people leave public service for what are understandable opportunities in the private sector because of their inability to provide for them selves and their families on what they receive from government service the governor said He said any increase in salary for government of ficials or employees will be unpopular with some people Ive been in public service since 1969 he said Ive never heard anyone approve of a pay increase for public employees People view that as a convenient lightning rod of criticism There was some question whether there was any ghost voting to push the pay bill through the House Rep A Carville Foster Jr RYork said he voted no left the House floor and later found someone had thrown his switch to the yes position Foster said he was stunned dumbfounded when he found out A rubberband stretched across his switch was the tipoff that it was done intentionally to embarrass me Foster said he is against the pay raise because its too excessive particularly in times when many people are jobless He also thinks the expense account is not in the spirit of the constitution The representative will ask that the record be changed to show his no vote but he will not challenge the entire vote because his tally was not the deciding one News Analysis Wont Keep Issue Out of Election By W DALE NELSON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP The 18month authority voted by Congress for the Marines to remain in Lebanon was intended in part to keep the issue out of the 1984 election campaign but it isnt likely to work out that way Even though Senate Minority Leader Robert C Byrd said his Democratic troops raised no partisan arguments against the deal with President Reagan a persistent undercurrent of politics ran through the four days of congressional debate The resolution moved through Congress to final approval on Thursday with unusual speed because of the fast track required by law for action under the War Powers Act of 1973 Reagan said he would sign it but with reservations This announcement already has drawn criticism which could intensify when he explains his reser vations Even with Reagans signature the measure may not be Congress last word on the 1600 Marines who have stationed in Beirut for more than one year as part ot an international peacekeeping force At any time during the next 18 months Congress can Lake up another resolution to bring the troops home sooner and the measure would go to the House and Senate floors quickly Such a proposal also would require Reagans signature which means that if he opposed it both houses would have to muster a twothirds majority to override his veto This would be a far greater margin than his opponents managed in either chamber this week The vote followed party lines with only slight deviation Only two Democrats out of 45 broke party ranks in the Senate to join 52 Republicans in support of the agreement struck by Reagan Speaker Thomas P ONeill Jr and Republican leaders of both houses In the House where the Democrats are in control ONeill was able to get fewer than half of them to support the compromise plan It was approved 270161 on the crucial vote with 130 Democrats supporting it and 134 opposing Police Rout Protesters At Store MANILA Philippines AP Hundreds of office workers wearing yellow ribbons of protest occupied a fancy department store and rallied in the financial district in one of four antigovernment demonstrations Friday Police routed them with tear gas water hoses and bullets in the air Police said some of the demonstrators also fired guns and hurled firebombs and rocks at them and that 14 officers were wounded and nine protesters arrested in the Makati business center Thousands of others rallied at the main post office in the GreenhilLs commercial district and at a church President Ferdinand E Marcos meanwhile appeared on nationwide television and threatened businessmen who smuggle hard cur rency abroad with up to 20 years in prison He also replaced the head of the government commission in vestigating the Aug 21 assassination of opposition leader Benigno Aquino Storms Hit Several Parts Of Country By The Associated Press Recordbreaking storms pounded the California coast with rain Fri day dousing power to more than 27000 customers and snarling traf fic but Tropical Storm Dean sput tered ashore in Virginia and broke apart without causing major damage In Arizona five people were reported missing and one person was dead as torrential rains drench ed the state Thursday and Friday Gov Bruce Babbitt said he would ask President Reagan to declare the cities of Nogales and Prescott federal disaster areas In the Pacific Ocean meanwhile Tropical Storm Narda moved away from the Hawaiian Islands after for cing the evacuation of nine families in a lowlying area STANDING FIRM Continental Airlines Board Chair man Frank Lorenzo Friday at a news conference reaf firmed that the airline would continue to fly uninterrupted at the present level of service The airline is bracing for a walkout early Saturday by pilots and night attendants APLaserphoto Continental To Continue Even If Strike Called HOUSTON AP Continental Airlines said Friday it would continue operating its new reduced schedule despite a strike planned Saturday by pilots and flight attendants but a union leader predicted the walkout would shut theairline down We want to reaffirm this airlines commitment to continue uninterrupted the present level of service we are operating Continental Chairman Frank Lorenzo said at a news conference The airline which has filed for reorganization under bankruptcy law had commitments from 650 pilots and 1400 flight attendants more than enough to sustain service Lorenzo said But Gary Thomas spokesman for the Continental chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association promised Were going to shut the airline down We will have picket lines up On Thursday pilots and night attendants set 3 am EOT Saturdav for a strike against Continental But Lorenzo said the airline was deluged with the most reservation calls in its history He said 14 million calls had been attempted to arrange for nights on Thursday a day when the company normally could expect 80000 calls ;