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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 16

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A16-Palm Beach Post. Thursday, December 9, 1976 Black Policemen Quit Union in New York Gas Cut Closes Schools A II T I i im f CZ3 5 . v NEW YORK (UPI) - New York City's finest, their morale torn by thousands of recession layoffs, yesterday faced a new crisis - the decision of 2,000 black police officers to quit the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA) to protest the union's support of a white officer accused of killing a black youth. The vote late Tuesday by the Guardians' Association, which represents most of New York's 2,000 black officers, was the latest development in the shooting incident that has fanned racial tension in the city. The Guardians are angry at the PBA's supplying a lawyer and $40,000 bail for officer Robert Torsney, charged with second-degree murder in the Thanksgiving night slaying of 15-year-old Randy Evans. Torsney allegedly shot Evans at close range for no apparent reason outside the public housing project where the youth lived. The officer was responding to a report of a family disturbance at the time of the shooting. "For the PBA to put up the bail for Torsney, that was the whole thing," a Guardians spokesman said yesterday of the association's vote to leave the 18,000-member union, already depleted by the layoffs of some 6,000 officers. PBA President Douglas Weaving said he was "genuinely disappointed" at the Guardians' action and denied there was any racial reason for the union's support for Torsney. "If the circumstances were reversed and it was a black cop who shot a white youth, the PBA would have done exactly the same thing," Weaving said. "We provided legal assistance on numerous occasions to black offi-, cers." Weaving created some resentment among blacks with statements made shortly after the shooting that the incident may have been the result of Torsney's feeling threatened in a high-crime area. "It was no ethnic slur," Weaving insisted. The repercussions from the shooting even reached the chambers of New York's City Council which Tuesday elected PBA lawyer Edward Rappaport, who is representing Torsney, to fill one of its vacant seats. Some council members took the occasion to level charges of police racism and brutality and eight councilmen, including five who are black, abstained from the voting in protest. In the Brooklyn police precinct where the shooting occurred and several persons were injured in anti-police demonstrations two days later, things were quiet yesterday. "It's an uneasy calm," said one officer. "Everybody's waiting to find out what happens with the trial." Truck Too Big For Firehouse ALGONQUIN, 111. (UPI) - The shiny $27,-500 tank truck was delivered to the volunteer fire department in Algonquin just two days before the new fire trustees took office. They saw the problem with the truck right away. "The fire house door is 10 feet high," said trustee President John E. Helfert. "The new truck is 10 feet, 9 inches. Would you believe it?" Helfert, who took office Monday, asked for and received an explanation. "The old president of the outgoing board just claims it's human error, and he's very embarrassed about it, as he probably should be," Helfert said. The tank truck, which holds 3,000 gallons of water for use in rural areas where there are no hydrants, was returned to the manufacturer. "Right now, I think they're scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to bring it down 9 inches," Helfert said. He figures they may be able to take 5 inches off the top by eliminating part of the apparatus, and they might possibly save inches by fitting the tank differently. But if those efforts fail, Helfert said, there's always another possibility. "If we can't make the tank smaller," he said. "We'll make the doorway bigger." DALLAS (AP) - A Texas gas company curtailed services to its large volume customers in parts of north central Texas and southern Oklahoma yesterday, closing schools (or a day. Spokesmen for Lone Star Gas Co. said the curtailment was caused by a weather forecast that called for temperatures a few degrees below normal this week. "The forecast was wrong, so we restored the service . . . ," the spokesman said. Gas to large users is cut back to provide enough to supply homes and hospitals. The curtailment in the interstate supply affected industrial customers and schools in a 50-mile area around Wichita Falls, Tex., on the Oklahoma border. Officials said schools would reopen today. Company spokesmen said the curtailment was a "precautionary" measure to avoid dipping into interstate reserves in the face of colder temperatures expected in the next few months and the lack of availability of interstate gas supplies. One Lone Star official said the wellhead price of natural gas used for interstate distribution is regulated by the Federal Power Commission and is much lower than gas produced and sold within a state. "Producers are reluctant to sell to interstate distributors," said Lone Star Gas spokesman Warren Fulks. Lone Star buys from approximately 500 producers, including a company that, along with Lone Star Gas, is a division of Enserch Corp. ulks said customers in the area affected by the curtailment were told at 3 p.m. Tuesday that the curtailment would go into effect at midnight. "When the weather goes down to 20 degrees you have a tremendous pull on supplies and we anticipated a problem," he said. He added that the company's intrastate reserves, bought at a higher price, cannot be shifted to the interstate system "because of regulations." Besides, he said, "Our intrastate reserves are not bountiful." The curtailment by Lone Star came as the governors of Texas and Oklahoma urged yesterday that petroleum-producing states press the new Congress to pass legislation to deregulate the price of new natural gas found in the United States. Govs. Dolph Briscoe of Texas and David Boren of Oklahoma made the pleas in speeches to the closing session of the Interstate Oil Compact Commission. The IOCC at its annual meeting in San Antonio approved resolutions and policy statements calling for legislation "that will deregulate new natural gas prices and those of existing contracts as they expire, thereby permitting immediate expanding exploration and development." The IOCC is an organization of 30 AP Wlrtphoto School Official Dressed for the Occasion . . Deputy Supt. Bedford Furr opens mail in cold office SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SHOPPING HOURS: M0N. Thru SAT. 10 A.M. TO 10 P.M. SUN. 11 A.M. TO 7 P.M. 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