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Burlington Daily Times News (Newspaper) - May 20, 1983, Burlington, North Carolina Piffard wins Quot a l a regional title a it. S in in father see $2.2 million my we Smolan pot knowledge of health risks credited with the decline in use of illegal wee the daily times news 95th year no. 296 Burlington. No Friday May 20, 1983 25 cents 2 sections 20 Page textile Cotton dust controls reinstated Washington apr the Reagan administration has decided to continue requiring textile Mills to develop controls to protect workers from inhaling Cotton dust. Sources declining to be identified publicly said David a. Stockman director of the office of management and budget agreed thursday to accept the reversal of the administrations previous stand. The new position Calls for retaining the Ven filiation control requirement in Cotton dust standards. That requirement has been in effect for the past five years. By his action Stockman overruled one of his deputies Christopher Demuth director of Ombis office of information and regulatory affairs. Demuth had argued that expensive engineering controls would offer workers no More Protection than if they simply wore protective masks. Dispute ends the decision by Stockman ended a five month dispute Between the budget office and the occupational safety and health administration which took the position that the engineering controls still should be required even if other standards were eased. Officials at Osha declined comment on the operation sam96 Greensboro stores sell Beer to 16-year-old girl from staff and wire reports Greensboro a a 16-year-old girl was Able to buy Beer at 96 of to stores including some stores that checked her identification and knew she was underage police said thursday. A we were shocked at the statistics a d Wade investigative Bureau commander of the police department. Quot we did not expect to find what we Wade said the 96 stores will be charged with misdemeanours As a result of the undercover operation. Operation Sam for Selling alcohol to minors began As a result of complaints Wade said. The girl began to try to buy Beer at the establishments on May 6 and continued through tuesday. Officers began issuing citations to the businesses involved at 8 a m. Thursday. Among those cited As a result of operation Sam was Glenn e. Sapp owner of the open air curb Market where 17-year-old Gary Alan Bray bought Beer before his car crashed killing four teen agers in Greensboro on feb 5. Police capt. Robert Steele said police began planning the operation in March and sought the help of a 16-year-old girl from out Stockman decision and Demuth was travelling abroad and could not be reached the controversial Cotton dust Standard covering some 600,000 workers in the textile Industry had been targeted for review by the administration not Long after Ronald Reagan was sworn in As president. The 1978 Standard which was imposed in 1980. Was upheld in june 1981 by the . Supreme court which turned aside Industry arguments that the Benefit of the engineering controls must be assessed against their Cost to Industry some 95,000 workers Are directly exposed to Cotton dust in More than 440 plants primarily in North Carolina South Carolina Georgia and Alabama Osha records show. The government imposed the Standard after being sued by the amalgamated clothing and textile workers Union. Some scientists have linked Bys Sirosis commonly called Brown lung disease. To prolonged breathing of factory air Laden with Cotton dust though others have challenged that theory. A 1982 government study placed the number of former or current textile employees with Bys Sirosis at about 30,000. Including 18.000 in the Carolinas. Some disputed the figures As too Low. The standards with the textile Industry arguing that current standards set in 1978, Are unnecessarily strict and expensive. Industries Are required to be in compliance by March 17. 1984 although Many companies already have installed dust control equipment an estimated to percent of Cotton textile Mills either Haven to complied w Ith standards or Haven t begun to comply. Osha economists have estimated that the Industry already has spent $143.3 million on equipment needed to comply with the engineering requirement and that another $102.2 million would remain to be spent to bring the Industry into full compliance. Charles Hassell a Raleigh lawyer who represents textile workers with Brown lung claims. Said the regulation is entirely appropriate. A Sprio Trothe new Standard the limit was i Milligram per cubic meter. Industry Felt that was adequate but advocates for workers want 0.2 milligrams per cubic Hassell said enforcement of the regulation is the next hurdle now that it appears the Reagan administration won t try to relax the Standard. Millions of dollars Are at stake in the Issue Over the revised Cotton dust Standard had been sent by Osha to bomb for approval on Jan la. And much More recently had been the subject of an intense debate Between Demuth and Osha administrator Thorne g. Auchter before the presidents task Force on regulation which is headed by vice president George Bush. The 1978 Standard required industries to install ventilation devices on textile Mill Plant floors to suck in the Cotton dust fibres. One administration source said that ombre rented from its opposition to retaining the engineering control requirement in the Cotton dust Standard based on Quot new evidence that came to the attention of the budget office the source who talked Only on the grounds he remain Anonymous said bomb had mistakenly interpreted the statistics in a recent Industry study to document that respirators or face masks were acceptable As the Only Means of protecting workers against Cotton dust fibres. The source said that the american textile manufacturers Institute the Industry group representing the major textile companies had been Quot very vague in its position on whether the engineering controls requirement should be kept in the revised Standard see Sam on Page 2a a laser photo suicide attempt foiled a James Colson in his 20s. Hangs Over the Edge of a Stockton calif., office building close to falling to his death when a suicide leap was aborted by his attorney Steven Stein. His lawyer grabbed his wrists held him and pulled him to safety on the rooftop. Stein said his client had family problems and was Good afternoon. Tonight will be mostly Cloudy with a 50 percent Chance of showers. See Page 2a.giant cobra swallows Python Kuala Bumpur Malaysia apr Plantation workers shot a 14-foot King cobra to death As it was swallowing a 10-foot Python about 12 Miles from Kuala Bumpur the daily Straits times reported today. The Bottom line the snakes were discovered thursday on a Palm Plantation by a worker identified As m. Anthony who summoned others to shoot the reptiles the paper said. The Python was already dead said the daily which printed front Page pictures of the snakes. Omar bin Mohamed Yusouf. A government official told the newspaper the cobra was the biggest he had Ever seen and that it would be preserved in the departments museum. He said Snake experts will dissect the Python for study. The guinness Book of world records shows the longest cobra on record measured 18 feet 9 inches and died in the London zoo at the outbreak of world War la in 1939. It was caught at port Dickson about 42 Miles South of Kuala Bumpur. Senate defies Reagan passes budget blueprint Washington apr defying both president Reagan and majority Leader Howard h. Bakerjr the Republican led Senate narrowly approved a 1984 spending and Revenue plan w hich would permit a $9 9 billion tax increase next year and $75 billion Over the next three years. In a dramatic 50 to 49 Roll Call vote minutes before Midnight thursday the Senate gave a stunning Victory to a Small band of Republican moderates and minority democrats who said attacking swelling Federal deficits with higher taxes is the key to economic recovery. Their opponents led by Baker argued for higher defense spending and against any budget w hich threatened All or part of this year s to percent income tax Cut North Carolina s two Republican senators. Jesse Helms and John East voted against the spend ing plan. The Senate budget Resolution sets up Tough negotiations with members of the democratically controlled House w hich previously approved a budget plan w Ith far higher taxes and a far slower defense buildup Over the next five years. The final budget blueprint left the Senate after a tense Day of w ild Seesaw legislative Battles in which the outcome was in doubt until the very end the w inning plan was drafted by freshman gof sen. Slade Gorton of Washington and was approved Only alter the Senate had taken nine previous Roll Call votes on budget alternatives of wide extremes. Meanwhile the Senate appears to be on its Way to confirming former sen Richard Stone As Reagan s Central american troubleshooter despite initial misgivings about his work for the fallen government of Guatemala Stone. 54. A democratic senator from Florida from 1974 until 1980. Was nominated by Reagan on april 28 As special representative to the troubled Central american Region another congressional committee meanwhile heard testimony thursday on another aspect of Reagan s Central America policy a strategy and military Aid Levels for by Salvador Secretary of state George p. Shultz told the House appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations that Congress should give the and ministration All it wants for Salv ador so that the Salva Doran government would be in a stronger position to end the War with leftist guerrillas through negotiations. In other developments thursday on Capitol Hill a a Bill intended to encourage foreign automakers to establish . Plants w As w risked through a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee without opposition and forwarded to the full committee. Energy and Commerce chairman John Dingell. D mich., a major Backer of the so called Domestic Content Quot Bill is expected to act quickly in the full committee to try to get the Bill to the House floor this summer a the Senate defense appropriations subcommittee approved a measure that would give the Pentagon an extra $453 6 million to keep production of Pershing 2 nuclear missiles alive past this month the Pershing 2 Money was the largest feature of a supplemental spending Bill for the current fiscal year that the panel agreed to Send to the full appropriations committee for action next week a sen Edward Kennedy. I mass criticized the Reagan administration s plan to increase some fees for medicaid and medicare patients saving the proposals could Prev ent poor people f rom getting medical treatment but health and human services Secretary Margaret heckler defended the fee plans at a Senate labor and human resources committee hearing and said thee would not affect health care third plane this month is hijacked to Cuba by Kiley Armstrong associated press writer new York a despite a third air plane hijacking this month. This time by a Quot lonesome cuban w to commandeered a flight from Miami to new York Federal aviation officials say they have no plans to increase in flight Security a Gray haired Spanish speaking Man wearing a contraption of wires batteries and what he said was dynamite around his neck hijacked Eastern airlines flight 24 to Cuba on thursday. The flight arrived safely at its final destination. La Guardia Airport nearly six hours late after the Hijacker was seized in Havana. Quot he explained to me that he was lonesome he was some times on the verge of said passenger Amy o Brien who acted As interpreter for the Hijacker. He told her his name was the Jet w As diverted soon after it took off from Miami International Airport at 2 19 p m. Said Eastern spokesman Jim Ashloc k the Hijacker apparently cleared Eastern s Security system. Ashlock said adding that the company would cooperate with the Fri and the Federal aviation administration but he said there were no immediate plans to tighten Security All passengers at Miami International Airport must walk through a Metal Detector and put their belongings through an Ray machine machine before boarding a plane Quot the Bottom line of the system is to make sure no one is Ashlock said Quot a diversion to Cuba on an occasional basis is a Small Price to pay for Overall the last hijacking of an Eastern flight was in july 1981 Faa spokesman Jack Barker said in Atlanta that the Agency see Hijack on Page 2a describes hijacking a Cliff Thatcher of new York gestures As he describes the details of the hijacking of new York bound Eastern airlines Hight 24 to Cuba thursday afternoon. There w Ere 125 passengers and a Crew of seven on the Hight. This is the third Airliner hijacked to Cuba this month

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