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Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 2, 1983, Colorado Springs, Colorado The Happy Ben a Gandhi Kingsley enjoys being actor/h1 a Freedom newspaper 11 Ith year Gazette Telegraph 15 daily a 35c sunday wednesday Evenzio fab. 2, 1983 groundhog declares Early Spring in store Punxsutawney a. A Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog emerged from his heated Burrow on gobblers Knob in a downpour today and failed to see his Shadow thus predicting an Early Spring for the nation. The groundhogs 97th moment in the Sun a or out of it on this dreary Rainy Day a came at Dawn when folklore says he a a whispered his prediction to James h. Means a contractor who is president of the Punxsutawney groundhog club. A better Days Are on the Way a said the 59-year-old Means who As club president is said to be the Only human Able to translate for the woodchuck. A this movements indicate that just like the Economy of the nation the worst is Over a Means said at a ceremony outside this Mountain town. About 300 people mostly College students watched As the wriggling and sniffling Phil emerged from his Hole and was met by a wet 36-degree temperature. A Phil wants All of his Loyal subjects to know we have weathered the storm this is on the Way a said Means who wore the traditional top hat and tails. Punxsutawney a groundhog has failed to see his Shadow Only five times since the tradition began in 1887. Folklore dictates that if he saw his Shadow a even through miserable Winter weather a then six More weeks of cold weather would follow. The ceremony is All in fun of course. The prediction was secretly decided by the clubs 12-member a dinner circles Well in Advance. For the record the National weather service issued a 90-Day forecast last week calling for unusually cold wet weather for much of the nation through april. And a Snake called Agua fria Freddie billed As a a arizonan a answer to Punxsutawney Phil a went on record today with a forecast of six More weeks of Winter. Inside 11 sections 110 pages business classified comics crossword deaths dear Abby editorial food Horoscope i g5 lifestyle i h3 metro by is movies f8 c9 people i a4 scoreboard c4 i sports cd a10 television g10 i vitals b6 g10 weather a4 Springs gynaecologist exonerated of sexual assault misconduct Cloudy colder lower temperatures Are in store tonight. Details a4. Coupons save $8.10 by shopping with All the grocery coupons in today a Gazette Telegraph food Section you can reduce your grocery Bill by $8.10. Be sure to clip the coupons in today a food Section beginning on i. By Barry Noreen it Denver Bureau Denver a Colorado Springs gynaecologist or. Richard Pfeiffer was exonerated tuesday of All charges stemming from three sexual assault allegations and a professional misconduct complaint although Pfeiffer still faces a malpractice complaint which will be heard by the state Board of medical examiners feb. 14, the ruling tuesday by the Board was a major Victory in his Effort to Clear his name. He and his wife Sally testified tuesday that the publicity surrounding the allegations has destroyed his medical practice. When hearings began in november Pfeiffer faced three separate counts of sexually assaulting patients in his office plus a count accusing him of unprofessional conduct in connection with a Case in which he did not appear at memorial Hospital when he was the on Call physician. One of the complaining witnesses in a sexual assault complaint did not appear at a hearing and the first sex assault count was dripped by the state attorney general a office. A second count was dismissed by the Board when it found insufficient evidence to support the charge. 4 open members May slash Oil Price the third sex assault Case involving a mrs. ., survived until defense attorney Peter Pryor shot holes in the alleged victims testimony. Mrs. Testified Pfeiffer fondled her during an office examination even though her husband was in a waiting room nearby. She said she did not scream nor did she notify her husband soon after. In fact she said she saw Pfeiffer in his office two times after the alleged assault. A i can to believe people come Back for More sexual molestation a Pryor said during his closing statement. So examiners Page a2 associated pros a Price Cut of $1 a barrel is spreading through the american Oil Industry and four open members have threatened to slash their crude by $4 a barrel unless the Cartel settles a dispute Over production and prices. The reductions along with decreased demand for fuel could mean that gasoline prices at the pump will continue dropping along with the Cost of heating Oil analysts say. Eight major . Refiners reduced the Price they pay for Domestic crude on tuesday to $31 a barrel and sources said the soviet Union dropped its Price by $2.15 to $2.35 a barrel on a Long term contract with an italian Oil company. The official Kuwait news Agency reported that saudi Arabia Kuwait Qatar and the United Arab emirates a All members of the organization of Petroleum exporting countries a would Cut their prices by $4 a barrel a within one week unless the Cartel settles its dispute. But today senior Oil officials in Kuwait said the news Agency report was wrong insisting the Gulf producers would not reduce their prices without formal agreement among All open members. A a warm Winter has tended to develop an oversupply not Only of gasoline but of heating Oil a said Industry analyst Dan Lundberg publisher of the Southern California based Lundberg letter. A with there being plentiful heating Oil and soft prices throughout the whole Range of Petroleum products the falling crude prices can Only cause a continuation of this decline he estimated tuesday that Gas prices would fall 5 to 7 cents a gallon by april i. In Oregon for example a Price War escalated tuesday when Portland area service stations began offering regular gasoline for 88.9 cents a gallon. Lundberg said that was the lowest Price he knew of anywhere. The collapse of an emergency open meeting last monday in Geneva Switzerland triggered speculation that persian Gulf producers have decided they Viust Cut their Price to regain loft sales in the glutted world Market. An unconfirmed report by the iraqi news Agency said open would hold another meeting in Vienna Austria next week. The belief has become widespread in the Oil Industry that saudi Arabia and its allies on the arabian Peninsula Are striving for an orderly reduction to prices. The current open ref tar v ence Price of $34 a barrel was reaffirmed by All is ministers last december and was changed in the Geneva meeting Jan. 23-24. T. Boone Pickens jr., chair so ., Page a2 courts doors May shut chief judge says deficit will Force some layoffs by Joyce Trent it staff writer the chances Are Good that there will be layoffs at the judicial building. But instead of laying off a few people permanently Donald Campbell chief judge of the 4th judicial District said tuesday he would like to Lay everyone off a close Down the judicial building entirely a for As Long As it takes to make up the expected $30,000 deficit Campbell said he has completed an analysis of the District s budget problems and concluded a even with the hiring freeze and other Economy measures we will not be Able to meet the budget cuts without he said he has notified the state judicial department of his findings and asked that if the building be closed if layoffs Are necessary. A i think this would be the fairest Way of doing it. This Way we done to penalize any one person a he said. In addition Campbell believes the building is already understaffed and hard put to keep up with a burgeoning caseload. The judicial building has 172 employees excluding the staff of the District attorneys office which is not affected by the state budget Cut because the Money to operate it comes from Elpaso county. The state judicial department has been Askea by the joint budget committee to Cut its budget by $650,000 in the Wake of reduced revenues due to the recession. The 4th judicial districts share has been set at $105,000. A hiring freeze until july was instituted leaving staff shortages in most departments and a plan to make a traffic referees Job full time has been scrapped but Campbell said the savings done to quite make up the difference. Dividing the number of work Days by the annual budget it costs about $15,000 a Day to keep the courts going. That would mean that a two Day shutdown might accomplish the needed cuts. Bricks thrown at truck Drivers South of Springs from staff and wire reports the violence that has marred the strike by Independent truckers which began monday has been continued to spread throughout the country including two Brick throwing incidents in Colorado Springs tuesday night sgt. Vernon Patrick of the Elpaso county sheriffs department said two truck Drivers reported that bricks had been thrown at their trucks at approximately ll.30 . Tuesday night As they drove through Colorado Springs on interstate 25. George Varney of Sedalia and Jim Dominguez address unknown reported that they were driving on interstate 25 under the Railroad overpass North of b Street when the bricks were hurled at their trucks. Varney a Windshield was shattered and he was treated at Penrose Hospital for a Cut Over his right Eye and a wrenched muscle in his shoulder Dominguez was uninjured and told the sheriffs office he had attempted to Call the sheriffs office from a truck Stop in Fountain but was intimidated by other truckers at the Stop. He drove on to Trinidad and called to report the incident from there. Patrick said his office had no descriptions and no suspects in the incidents. Blustery bus Stop Rhonda Bosher Waits for a bus in Nasty weather on Circle drive near Jan Tell Road tuesday morning when snowy streets made Colorado Springs driving hazardous. Story on Page a4, additional photos on pages by and b2. State patrol it. John Hollis said that children in the past have thrown rocks from the overpass near fort Carson South of Colorado Springs on interstate 25, and said he did not think truckers were responsible for the vandalism that occurred tuesday night. The spreading violence has As of today left one teamsters Union Driver dead 27 people injured and More than 260 trucks damaged by bullets rocks and firebombs. As the shutdown called by the Independent truckers association entered its third Day gunfire crackled again in several areas with four truckers wounded by snipers during the night in Ohio and one Driver beaten in Connecticut. A Convoy of Independent truckers drives toward the Capitol on interstate 25 in Denver tuesday to meet with gov. Richard Lamm. Marvin Hickman the Leader of Ohio a striking owner operators blamed the violence on a a sickos and at least 124 trucks have been hit by gunfire and 143 have been damaged by rocks bricks or other objects in at least 29 states. The vandalism has been the heaviest in Pennsylvania Michigan and Ohio. See strike Page a2

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