Titusville Herald, December 11, 1984

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December 11, 1984

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Titusville Herald (Newspaper) - December 11, 1984, Titusville, Pennsylvania DRAKE WELL Partly Cloudy News and Advertising Pipeline Into the Oil Creek Valley 14 shopping days to Christmas T1TUSVILLE PA TUESDAY MORNING DECEMBER 111984 25 Cents Jailed Pastor To Fight PITTSBURGH AP Saying he must obey God rather than man jailed Lutheran minister D Douglas Roth vowed Monday to continue fighting or unemployed steelworkers and to defend his mill town church with violence if necessary We will continue to be faithful to our calling as a pastor and a congregation until the help that is needed for this valley is obtained Roth said on the 28th day of his 90day jail sentence for civil contempt of court Roth 33 was jailed for defying orders from his bishop and an Allegheny County judge by refusing to step down from the pulpit of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clairton a Monongahela River steel town 20 miles south of Pittsburgh The bishop says an overwhelming majority of Roths 145 member congregation oppose his leadership in the Demoninational Ministry Strategy a small group of area clergymen and United Steelworkers union leaders who charge Pittsburghbased corporations have abandoned in dustrial plants in the Monongahela and Ohio valleys Roths supporters have occupied the modest gray stone church since Roths arrest Nov 13 and have vowed to use defensive violence if forced to leave Baseball bats and old gas masks have been hung from the churchs glass doors Roth flanked by two sheriffs deputies at a courtapproved halfhour news conference in the county courthouse refused to condemn his supporters stance Is it proper to defend your house or your church Roth said Certainly we are not violent and would never be of fensive But to defend what is yours from unlawful takeover may be necessary Roth a softspoken man said the biblical Ten Com mandments give him and his supporters the authority to use violence to keep his church Roth said his jail sentence is focusing attention on the plight of jobless steelworkers and others in the region No one likes to be in jail Thats not a nice place But we each have our roles Roth said Mine is to be faithful in the proclamation of the gospel and to expose that corporate evil The corporate evil according to Roth and DMS leaders include US Steel Corp and Mellon Bank the nations 14th largest bank holding company which they say have refused to reinvest in the areas oncebusy steel mills The cor porations repeatedly have denied the allegations Roth said the big corporations are behind his jailing and civil lawsuits filed against him by Bishop Kenneth May head of the Western PennsylvaniaWest Virginia Synod of the Lutheran Church in America May has moved to expel Roth from the ministry When we point out the evil that has destroyed so many thousands of peoples lives around this valley the evil just doesnt sit there and take it It comes back on the church and those who proclaim that message he said The minister acknowledged little public support of his cause in Clairton and other depressed mill towns He said long unemployed steelworkers do not support him outwardly because they are depressed Theres a deep depression that sets in almost an inability to function Roth said People tend to vegetate in front of televisions and cannot get out and do the sort of things that would lead to any kind of a job Roth would not say directly that he would return to his church to defy a possible second injunction by Common Pleas Court Judge Emil Narick Ive already told the judge he cannot silence the gospel I have to obey God rather than man Roth said I cannot allow any corrupt decision by Judge Narick or Bishop May to silence the gospel Narick granted Roth a special news conference after CBS TVs 60 Minutes program petitioned the court for per mission to interview him Shultz Heads For Talks With Allies WASHINGTON AP of State George P Shultz plans high level talks in Western Europe this week with the NATO allies to learn their ideas for the US negotiating strategy when arms control talks resume with the Soviet Union next month Shultz departed Washington late Monday for an overnight stop in England to confer with the British foreign secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe He will go to Brussels on Wednes day for a threeday meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization foreign ministers followed by a brief stop in Frankfurt on Saturday to confer with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl before returning to Washington In all of the meetings Shultz will discuss his trip to Geneva on Jan 78 to confer with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A Gromyko NewsAt AGlance DEARBORN Mich AP The Canadian leader of the United Auto Workers Robert White announced Monday night he intends to split the Canadian unit from its US parent WASHINGTON AP Federal Aviation Administration head Donald Engen said Monday com muter airlines remain a safe segment of the transportation system despite the discovery of widespread safety at two airlines and the crash of a commuter plane in Florida HARRISBURG AP General Public Utilities Corp owner of Three Mile Island will pay to reimburse local governments for their emergency costs during the plants 1979 accident under a set tlement approved by US District Judge Sylvia Rambo LOUISVILLE Ky AP William J Schroeder backing in the spotlight of a national television interview returned to the hard work of rehabilitation Monday with exercises to strengthen the arm and leg muscles of the man with the mechanical heart WASHINGTON AP The Supreme Court which punctuated its 198384 term with decisions curtailing the asserted rights of criminal defendants on Monday took up where it left off last July Announcing decisions in four relatively minor criminal cases the court ruled against defendants in each COLOMBO Sri Lanka AP Army troops killed 15 people and rounded up 750 during a weekend drive against separatist Tamil guerrillas in northern Sri Lanka authorities said Monday WASHINGTON AP The first planet directly observed outside the solar system has been discovered orbiting a faint star 21 lightyears away from Earth astronomers announced Monday A team of scientists said the giant planet estimated to be 30 to 80 times more massive than Jupiter was the first of its class ever found WASHINGTON Social Security Administration will send 40 million Americans forms next month to help them determine if they are among the 10 percent of beneficiaries who for the first time must pay income tax on half their benefits JOINING THE PROTEST Rosa Parks who sparked the civil rights movement nearly 30 years ago by refusing to give up a bus seat in Montgomery Ala joins in a march at the South African Embassy in Washington Monday protesting the countrys racial policies Rep Mickey Leland who was arrested later is behind Mrs Parks did not seek arrest AP Laserphoto US Businesses Claim Presence Aids Equality WASHINGTON AP As President Reagan denounced discrimination in South Africa several American businessmen said Monday they are using their investments to promote racial equality in that whiteruled nation We continue to think we are part of a constructive force for change in that country said Roland Williams a spokesman for Ford Motor Co in Dear born Mich The business community generally agrees with the Reagan ad ministrations view that US companies in South Africa where 5 million whites wield political and social control over 22 million blacks can encourage changes in apartheid the South African system of racial separatism Reagan in a speech proclaiming International Human Rights Day said racial discrimination in South Africa and human rights abuses throughout the world are affronts to the human conscience He specifically urged the government and the people of South Africa to move toward a more just society The president spoke out on South Africa three days after meeting with that countrys black Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu and reaffirmed hi ad ministrations policy of using lowkey diplomacy in seeking a change in South Africas racial system Protesters who have been demonstrating almost daily at the South African Embassy since Nov 21 are demanding the release of detained political prisoners in that country and a toughening of Reagans policy They also are seeking legislation that would limit US investment in South Africa Weinberger Might OK Pentagon Budget Cuts WASHINGTON AP Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger hinted Monday that he might accept reductions in Pentagon budget plans as part of President Reagans effort to hold overall federal spending at current levels Reagan had a White House luncheon meeting with Weinberger and senior budget advisers to discuss the military spending request the president will include in the budget he sends to Congress early next year White House spokesman Larry Speakes confirmed that Weinberger presented his budget requests to Reagan at the luncheon but he refused to discuss the figures the secretary proposed One official speaking on condition he not be identified said Weinberger presented the Pentagon request for increasing military spending authority from the current billion to billion in the fiscal year that begins next Oct 1 Speakes said Reagan made no decisions following Weinbergers presen tation and plans a further meeting with his budget advisers later this week to discuss defense spending But before the White House meeting Weinberger met with House Republican Leader Robert H Michel of Illinois A congressional aide who demanded anonymity quoted Weinberger as saying defense would make a contribution in the upcoming round of budget cutting Reagan is proposing Administration budget director David A Stockman has been drafting recommendations to hold most military spending programs to current levels according to sources who spoke only if not quoted by name They said such a freeze would produce about billion in savings next year Plant in India Had Earlier Safety Trouble DANBURY Conn AP The chairman of Union Carbide Corp acknowledged Monday that a chemical plant in India had previous safety problems but said none in volved the poisonous gas that leaked last week killing at least 2000 people Warren M Anderson chairman of the board of Union Carbide ex pressed deep sympathy for the victims and said the company and its Indian subsidiary are donating million to an emergency fund for victims of the lethal methyl isocyanate gas leak at the central India city of Bhopal There have not been a lot of cases of safety problems at the Bhopal plant Anderson said adding that the company has a tremen dous wonderful reputation for safety He was asked about reports of previous gas leaKs at the plant in December 1978 and late in 1981 and an accident in December 1981 in which one worker died after inhaling lethal gas He acknowledged the incidents but said the fatality occurred because of the workers failure to follow safety procedures Safety inspection reports by Union Carbide at the plant from May 1982 through June 1984 which were Bishop Tutu Accepts Peace Prize OSLO Norway AP Bishop Desmond M Tutu a leading anti apartheid campaigner in his native South Africa accepted the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize on Monday after a bomb scare interrupted the ceremony for an hour and 20 minutes A telephoned bomb threat caused police to evacuate the ceremonial hall and ask King Olav V Tutu and hundreds of guests to stand outside while bombsniffing dogs and specialists checked the hall No ex plosives were found Standing outside Oslo Universitys Aula Hall with the others in crisp sunny weather Tutu clad in a pur ple cassock and clerical collar said the bomb threat shows the despera tion of those who are opposed to peace and justice The guests then went back inside to hear the black Anglican bishop hail the award as justification of his nonviolent campaign against South Africas white minority government and its policy of racial separation Street Crime PHILADELPHIA AP Police are used to investigating street crime but the term took on a new meaning when they ar rested two men for stealing a 100 yearold street I thought it was a joke Lt Edward Nolan said of the anonymous tip that approximate ly 8000 Belgian granite blocks had been torn up and carted away from the South Philadelphia waterfront It was really a goofy report he said Monday Whod believe that Nolan does after last weeks arrests of Gustav Propper 49 of Philadelphia and Joseph Monkewitz 36 of suburban Glen side on charges of theft receiv ing stolen property criminal mischief and conspiracy released by the company indicated concern in several areas of the plant However company officials refused to comment on specifics or the significance of the reports In addition to the million for shortterm needs Anderson said Union Carbide and its Indian sub sidiary would compensate victims fairly and equitably for longterm damages but would not specify what he considered fair CARBIDE CHAIRMAN COMMENTS Union Carbide Chairman of the Board Warren M Anderson tells a news conference in Danbury Conn Monday that the company feels a tremendous responsibility to the survivors at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal India Anderson returned from India Sunday night AP Laserphoto Bhopal Residents Still Seeking Medical Care BHOPAL India AP Stricken residents of this poisoned city still poured into the main hospital by the hundreds Monday a week after a Union Carbide plant spewed deadly gas over Bhopals teeming slums At least 11 more patients died Indias Central Bureau of Investigation has determined preliminarily that poor safety measures at the Union Carbide plant were responsible for the chemical holocaust which took at least 2000 lives officials reported Monday The city council announced it would file a multimilliondollar lawsuit in US federal court against the American chemical company accusing it of negligence Other suits already have been filed or are in preparation and seven Indian executives of Union Carbide remain under detention As many as 200000 people were believed to have inhaled the lethal methyl isocyanate gas released Dec 23 from an underground tank at the pesticide plant on the north side of this city of 900000 Doctors on Monday reported new cases of patients who have suffered delayed effects Many arriving at the Bhopal hospital sought treatment for epileptictype fits and damaged vision and doctors said those with lungs damaged by the gas may develop viral pneumonia Authorities closed all city slaughterhouses to prevent consumption of animals felled by the chemical Freed US Hostage Tells Story of Torture NICOSIA Cyprus AP A freed American hostage said Arab hijackers who held a jetliner at Tehran airport tortured him with cigarette burns to try to force him to say he was a CIA agent Irans news agency reported Monday The ordeal was sheer hell terror for six solid days the British pilot of the commandeered Kuwaiti Airways plane was quoted as saying The standoff during which two Americans were killed by the four hijackers ended just before midnight Sunday when Iranian security men disguised as a doctor and two janitors overpowered the sky pirates and rescued their last seven captives two Americans the British pilot and four Kuwaitis Kuwaiti leaders later thanked Iranian authorities for the final assault but Kuwait newspapers continued to suggest Monday that the Iranians had colluded with the terrorists Iranian President AH Khamenei denounced those allegations as baseless Irans Islamic Republic News Agency reported The Iranians said they had delayed the rescue attempt in order to first win the release of as many passengers as possible and to tire out the hijackers In Washington President Reagan sent a message to Kuwaits emir Sheik Jaber alAhmed alSabah praising his firm stand in rejecting the demands of the skyjackers whose nationality is not yet publicly known The terrorists had called for release of 17 people imprisoned in Kuwait for bombing attacks last year on the U S Embassy and other installations there 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