New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tankful of gas cost going up again
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans will be paying an estimated 8 cents more for every gallon of gasoline or heating oil due to another round of price increases from members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Libya. Indonesia and Venezuela, which together supply 8 percent of U.S. oil needs, on Monday announced price increases of as much as $4 a barrel.
The current round of increases was touched off Dec. 15 when Saudi Arabia raised its oil price from $30 to $32 a barrel. OPEC, which provides 26 percent of the oil used in the United States, decided a day later to let its 13 members raise prices an average of about IO percent.
Analysts predict that the Jan. I increases by cartel members and others could boost U.S. gasoline and heating oil prices as much as 8 cents a gallon.
Industry sources, who asked not to be identified, said Libya increased its price for a 42-gallon barrel of oil from $37 to the new OPEC ceiling price of $41. The move was expected to be matched by Algeria
and Nigeria, which now charge $37 a barrel but which usually match Libya’s prices, sources said.
Libya, Algeria and Nigeria supply 12 percent of America’s oil and produce high-quality crudes that are prized for their high yields of gasoline.OPEC members' increases may add 8 cents a gallon
Indonesia told buyers it would raise official oil prices, but would reduce the surcharges it levies on 15 to 20 percent of its output. “The net of all those factors was about a $3-a-barrel increase” to about $36, said a source.
The sources said Indonesia raised prices by between $3.50 and $3.80 a barrel, depending on grade. Its new surcharges were set at 75 cents to $1.50 a barrel
— down from $2.25 to $4.10.
The base price of Indonesia's most popular grade
— Minas crude — rose to $35 a harrel from $31.50.
The price of Minas shipments carrying the surcharge rose from $34.20 to $36.20 a barrel, the source said.
Venezuelan Energy Minister Humberto Calderon Berti said Monday in Caracas his country’s oil prices would rise as much as $3.50 a barrel, depending on the grade.
The price of Oficina crude, a grade of oil used as a reference point for other Venezuelan varieties, would rise from $34.85 to $38.06 a barrel, he said.
The Libyans said their new prices would be valid until June 30. about a month after an OPEC price meeting, sources said.
But the Libyan increase was “somewhat more than we anticipated,” and probably was triggered by the recent cessation of nearly I million barrels a day of Iraqi oil shipments through pipelines to Mediterranean Sea ports, one source said.
The war between Iran and Iraq has cut off daily exports of nearly 4 million barrels of oil — about 7 percent of Western oil needs — from the two countries.
Revenue sharing extension signed
President Carter has signed legislation extending for three years the federal revenue-sharing program for local governments and providing the funds for state governments for two years.
The measure, which Carter signed without comment Monday, will provide $4.6 billion in annual aid to local governments through the 1983 fiscal year. It also authorizes, subject to later appropriations, $2.3 billion a year for state governments in fiscal 1982 and 1983. The suites w ill get no money in the current fiscal year,
which began on Oct. I.
The legislation, which received final congressional approval on Dec. 12, contains a provision that requires state governments receiving revenue-sharing funds to give up an equal amount of money from so-called “targeted" federal aid programs for specific purposes.
The revenue-sharing program, which was initiated during the Nixon administration, expired on Sept. 30. The extension assures that local governments will receive their money on time when the next round of grants is made in January.U.S. seeks way to end hostage crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Carter administration, vowing not to pay a penny before all 52 hostages are freed, sounded out Algerian intermediaries today on “new methods" for reaching an agreement with Iran.
The approach would be to put Iranian assets in an escrow account under the control of a neutral country, a U.S. official said. Iran would receive the deposits at the same time it freed the hostages.
The Algerian diplomats, who have been shuttling between Washington and Tehran for eight weeks in a so-far unsuccessful effort to break the negotiating impasse, called again at
the State Department today.
Officials said the fourth day of talks probably would produce a formal response to Iran’s demand for $24 billion in U.S. government guarantees and that the Algerians would take the message to Tehran. U.S. officials said Monday they will not accede to the demand.
There was no indication that an agreement could be concluded in the closing weeks of the Carter administration.
A key stumbling block is Iran’s demand for guarantees. One U.S. official, who asked not to be named, said the negotiations were centered on trying “to define the concept of guarantees
in a way that would be legally feasible."
Another official, who is close to the talks, confirmed that ways are being explored to set up an escrow account However, he said, determining how much Iran had in assets was a major problem.
In Iran, Behzad Nabavi, head of Iran’s hostage negotiations team, said today that his government is willing to listen to any U.S. counterproposal which would be acceptable to the Algerian government and meet the four conditions Iran set for release of the hostages.
“As I said before, as far as we have concluded there is no other way for guaranteeing the undertakings of Americans,” Nabavi said.
He said if no solution were found the hostages would be tried.
Nabavi also said he does not take seriously President-elect Ronald Reagan’s description of the hostage-taking as a form of kidnapping.
“I personally consider these threats as bluffs especially on the part of the new U.S. administration which wants to gain prestige by frightening revolutionaries of the world," Nabavi said. “We consider the statements of Mr. Reagan as those of one who still thinks he is playing in a Western film.”
Reagan said Monday he had no regrets about his characterization of the Iranian captors a day earlier as “barbarians." This was
denounced by the speaker of Iran’s Parliament, Hashemi Rafsanjani.
“What have they got to be angry about?" Reagan asked reporters in Los Angeles. “They’re the ones who did the kidnapping."
Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who defied a presidential ban on travel to Iran when he went to Tehran last June, said today that the president-elect's comments were immature and saber-rattling.
“You rarely make it easier to deal with people when you call them ‘criminals’ and ‘barbarians*. We ought to try to get together," Clark said in an interview on NBC-TV’s “Today" show from New York.
Spleen linked in eye cancer
DALLAS (AP) — A unique link between the eye and the spleen has given researchers new perspective into the body’s defense against cancer and could alter methods of combating the dread disease.
Dr. Jerry Niederkorn, a University of Texas Health Science Center immunologist, said two recent studies indicated removing a cancerous eye could foster the disease’s spread throughout the body while removing the spleen could kill the disease entirely.Thief slaps cashier
A black man fled the Wald Road Pit Stop with an undetermined amount of cash Monday afternoon after slapping the cashier for slamming the cash register door on his hand.
Marie Wade, assistant manager, was the only one in the store at 1516 Wald Road, when the robber “either asked for change or bought something,” manager Barbara Davis said Tuesday.
Davis, who talked to Wade after Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at about 4 p.m., said the suspect “reached over the counter and put his hand in the cash drawer."
“He grabbed some bills and she slammed the drawer shut. He slapped her on the side of the head with his other hand," Davis said.
Wade’s necklace came off and is still missing, Davis said, along with an unknown amount of cash. The .suspect fled in a blue car with a passenger.
“It’s too early to say, Tret's change our treatments,' but ifs an important step in research," said Niederkorn.
Eye cancer, which claims about 500 victims a year in the United States, generally begins with development of a small black tumor on the surface of the eyeball. When the tumor enlarges it can push the eye out of the socket.
Niederkorn is working with scientists from Harvard and the University of Illinois in .studying the development and treatment of eye cancer in laboratory animals.
“The eye is a great organ to study. You can watch exactly what’s happening,” he said. “And what’s happening is very exciting."
Researchers injected laboratory animals with a virus that causes eye cancer, removed the stricken eye from half the animals and gave no treatment to the other half.
Niederkorn said 93 percent of the animals that had the surgery developed cancer elsewhere in their bodies, while only 33 percent of those that escaped the scalpel contracted cancer in other parts of the body.
He said in almost all cases here the spleen was removed from the animals, the disease did not spread.
The theory is that the eye, unlike the rest of the body, adapts to foreign matter —■ even cancer — instead of rejecting it.
For example, Niederkorn said, a skin graft first put on the eye, then transplanted to any other part of the body, will not be rejected by the body’s immune system because the spleen somehow “recognizes" it as part of the body after its acceptance by the eye.
But once the spleen is removed, he believes, the immune system “recognizes” the eye cancer as foreign matter and works to block its spread.
Vesco wants Bahamian asylum
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Faced with becoming a man without a country, former U.S. citizen and financier Robert Vesco is appealing to the Bahamian government not to expel him from this island nation and to grant him political asylum.
Breaking a two-year public silence at a press conference he called Monday in a Nassau restaurant, Vesco said he fears being “clandestinely spirited
away or even kidnapped to the United States to be punished for political motives.”
The 45-year-oH Vesco has been wanted by U.S. authorities since 1974. He is charged with plundering $224 million from the international investment firm Investors Overseas Services.
Admitting he has no place to go if Bahamian authorities do expel him,
Vesco said he will fight deportation. He has lived here since 1978.
Vesco gave reporters copies of a letter to Bahamian labor and Home Affairs Secretary Clement Maynard in which he appealed for “recognition and a declaration that I am a person entitled to political asylum under the accepted doctrines of international law and treaties."
He asked the request be handled “as
a matter of urgency.”
Government officials were not immediately available for comment.
On Nov. ll, Bahamian officials without explanation gave Vesco 30 days to leave the country. Vesco appealed for an indefinite extension of the order on Dec. IO, but was granted a “brief extension” which is believed to expire at the end of December.
Staff photo by John Santa/
Ed Wood and Jack Leach take a break from motorcycle riding to smoke a cigarette in the parkInside
Hoover vendetta against Dallas reported
DALLAS (AP) — Former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, incensed over insinuations of an agency cover-up, directed a vendetta against the Dallas Police Department after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated here, a Dallas newspaper said today.
The Dallas Morning News quoted FBI documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act as saying
Hoover ordered his agents to stop teaching at the Dallas Police Academy and refused to invite Dallas officers to the FBI National Academy in Washington for more than two years after the assassination.
But only months after Police Chief Jesse Curry resigned in 1966, the newspaper said, FBI agents returned to the Dallas academy and a Dallas officer was invited to the FBI school
Curry said his blood pressure increased as a result of “the continued pressures and tensions of the offfice” when he resigned. He died of heart problems last June 22.
In 1964 and 1965 Hoover instructed Dallas FBI agent-m-charge J. Gordon Shanklin to tell Curry his agents “just don’t have the manpower to take on additional training comnutments at this time," the News quoted FBI
documents as saying.
The boycott was triggered by a statement attributed to FBI agent James P. Hosty Jr. by Dallas police Lt. Jack Revill the day of the assassination, FBI memos show.
Revill, now assistant chief, said at the time that Hosty told him the FBI knew before the assassination that lae Harvey Oswald was “capable of
committing the assassination of President Kennedy.” Hosty, however, denied making the statement.
The next day, Curry said on television the FBI wanted to cover up information that it was aware of Oswald’s presence in Dallas and had not notified police. He retracted the statement after Shanklin challenged him to prove it.