ACROSS 1 For this case 6 Predatory birds 10 Sarcastic 12 Dopes 14 Tergal 15 Depends 16 Resort 17 Wapiti 19 Ancient Italian family 20 Membrane passage 23 Unburnt and dried brick 26 Vanquished 27 Haggard novel 30 Seaweed product 32 Slick 34 RaiUcrad locomotive 35 Effaces 36 Ands (Fr) 37 Small island 39 Worn away 40 Indian baby 42 Mucky 45 U-boat (abbr) 46 Sodium chloride (abbr) 49 Slender 51 Frozen pendant 54 Thin 55 Things to avoid 56 Not one 57 is excessively fond of 4 Preposition fpl) 5 Spy group (abbr) 6 Shelley work 7 Seductive arts 8 Superman's girl 9 Oelete's opposite 11 Man's name 12 Maddening 13 Compass point 18 Snide 20 Japanese sash (n 1 , i 21 Ronian philosopher 22 Habituates 23 Military assistant 24 Old Dutch com 25 Poems 27 Average (comp wd.) Sunday Morning, September 24,1978 She (fmtoesbn JOaHrj £ T cfo s 7-B Energy-Environment Outlook Congress Finally Grasp Energy Problems 28 Tints 29 To be (Lat.) 31 Passes 33 Diligence 38 Second person 40 Large gateway 4 1 Newspaper notice (abbr.) 42 CIA forerunner 43 Heating apparatus 44 Nothing 46 Native of Dundee 47 Lily plant 48 Mirvjs 50 Day of week (abbr.) 52 Bounder 53 Island off Mozambique By JIM MORRIS News Staff Writer Ever since April of 1977, when President Carter called the nation's energy shortage "the moral equivalent of war," Congress has been mulling over the deregulation of natural gas. The current legislation stands as a compromise measure by which federal controls on gas pricing would gradually be phased out by 1985. The primary cause of the long delay in passing the bill has been debate over the complicated pricing for various classifications of gas. Too, many legislators, particularly in Southern, energy-producing states, were not sold on the idea of waiting until 1985 for full deregulation. Several weeks ago, in a brief interview with senatorial hopeful Bob Krueger, I asked for the candidate's assessment of the bill. "I haven't seen the latest draft," he said, "but I've got to figure it has less than a 50 percent chance of passing." Indeed, as recently as two weeks ago, the situation looked grim enough to spur many legislators to begin packing their bags. Last week, however. DOWN Gives comfort Trap door Israeli round dance Isabel Peron: A Prisoner Not Tried BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (UPI) — Isabel Peron has been a prisoner for nearly 2 Vfe years but still has not had her day in court. The 47-year-old wife of President Juan Peron, who succeeded him on his death but was ousted by the military in March 1976, has five cases pending against her in federal courts on charges of graft and misusing the powers of the office. The military junta that replaced her also declared her "responsible for harming the highest interests of the nation" and decreed that she be confined indefinitely. For eight months, Mrs. Peron was kept in an isolated mansion in the Andean lake region, 1,000 miles southwest of Buenos Aires. Then she was moved, along with her private maid, to a ranch-style house in the navy base near Azul, 180 miles from the capital. Several weeks ago, she was moved again — to a villa Peron owned in San Vicente, 30 miles south of Buenos Aires. Although Mrs. Peron's places of confinement seem luxurious when compared to an ordinary prison cell, Peronist sources say the longer her case drags on, the more people sympathize with her. Despite presiding over a government that was disastrous by any standards, Mrs. Peron still has political weight. A judge hearing a case against Isabel Peron knows he has a special case. Under the Argentine judicial system, one judge gathers all the evidence and testimony, then passes it to the sentencing judge for a decision. The lawyers' Earl Wilson Jonathan Winters Writes About People NEW YORK—"I've been out antiquein' and they couldn't find me," Jonathan Winters said. He was in Pittsburgh filming "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh," a comedy about basketball. Some actors sneak out to bars, but Jonathan, a nondrinker, takes off into West Virginia or Ohio looking for iron toys for his collection. "I got a little toy fire engine ... an airplane ... anybody's got these hangs onto them." Jonathan portrays the colorful, wealthy owner of the Pittsburgh basketball team. "Sort of a Charley Finley character ... also plays his brother." Basketball stars Dr. J and Meadowlark Lemon, and Richard Pryor, Chevy Chase and Stockard Channing also are in it. Miss Channing is an astrologist who names the team the Pittsburgh Pisces and chooses players by their horoscopes. "It's fun," says Winters, his voice winking at you. Jonathan's bringing out a book, meanwhile, that speaks out for little guys. "A lot of stars' books are about stars and are fine, but the guy on Lathe No. 6 can't identify with them," he says. "We all get taken by doctors and lawyers ... we get bumped by a clothing salesman who's going to give us a great bargain because it's us ... That's what I'm writin' about." Jonathan titled his book, "I Couldn't Wait for Success — So I Went On Ahead Without It." Author Helen Lawrenson supposes somebody will challenge her, but she says she coined the expression "The Beautiful People" and first used it in an article in Esquire in April 1957. She wrote a famous article "Latins Are Lousy Lovers" that ran in Esquire in 1936. Mrs. Lawrenson, now 70, says the Beautiful People in those days included Joan Crawford, Jane Greer, Judy Garland and Lana Turner. "They all had beautiful cars, beautiful homes, beautiful painted toilet seats and beautiful $700 barbecues," she says. Mrs. Lawrenson tells more about it in her new book, "Whistling Girl." She has interviewed thousands of film stars and has found many of them very boring. She had a date to interview Robert Shaw, the actor- author who just died of a heart attack. "I admired his work, "she said, "and it would have been a relief to have interviewed him" Mrs. Lawrenson said, "1 now have five magazine assignments — all of the articles are overdue.'' Michael Douglas, executive producer and star of a picture called "Running," ran 15 miles the other day on the 59th St. Bridge. They were shooting his picture there, fle plays a marathon runner and kept running hack and forth for take after take. He didn't mind, because he runs 50 miles a week regularly and tries to keep at a seven- minute-mile pace. "He is not jogging," the staff explained to me. "He is running. Joggers don't care about time or distance. Runners do. To be a runner you have to run at least 25 miles a week." Tommy and Dick Smothers got consent to change the lines or add new ones to the script when they went into "I Love My Wife" — but under the supervision of the director, Gene Saks. (The producers weren't going to allow them to run wild and forget the show they're in.) The Broadway ladies looked into the possible eligibility of the brothers and found they've both been married twice, so they're not novices. Cher and Sonny finally reached a property settlement. Guess which one got the property and which one got the settlement. Harrah's of Nevada is going into Atlantic City gambling. On the strength of that rumor, all was op- timism among holders of stocks. One pinball machine company is switching to making slot machines, and they're overjoyed, too. pleas may be written. Thus the unusual case of a former president on trial has not produced any dramatic coutroom scenes so far. Progress in the case has been so slow that only one indictment — defined by Argentine legal experts as the act of closing the first stage of the case by one judge — has been handed down. The indictment charges Mrs. Peron with having a illegal bank account where 70 companies deposited nearly $8 million in contributions for an alleged charity fund. Informed sources said, "That account was meant to be a political campaign slush fund, just like the American ones." The other cases involve the transfer of a government building to the Peronist party, the misuse of presidential funds, illegal gifts from a bank, and more dubious dealings with the "Solidarity Crusade", a state- supported charity fund. from Washington came the news that the Senate had overwhelmingly voted downa motion that would have sent the bill back to committee and almost certain death. Several Northern senators in particular suddenly supported the action, and the legislation now stands a fair chance of clearing both the Senate and the House. This reversal shows — finally — a general recognition of the severity of our energy situation. Legislators are realizing that although the compromise may not be perfect, to kill it now would be disastrous. National news magazines and many newspapers have been guilty during the entire legislative melee of viewing the bill's passage mainly as a "victory" for President Carter, something that would improve his sagging popularity. What really is at stake, however, is not Mr. Carter's popularity, but the country's future. The deregulation bill, should it be signed into law, would give the energy industry the go-ahead to increase production of natural gas. Unfortunately, as pointed out by Harry B. Ellis in the Christian Science Monitor, gas supplies have dwindled dangerously low and, with luck, will hold out just long enough to be replaced by other energy sources. It boils down to a high- stakes race against the clock. Solar research at this point is in its infancy. Costs of solar panels for an average home are extremely high and will have to be brought down before the product can be mass- marketable. Nuclear energy is a reality — there are two major plants under construction in Texas at this very moment — but the issues of plant safety and low-level radiation have drawn considerable protest. Lignite is just beginning to be mined in large quantities and will not serve as a major fuel source for power plants for at least another 10 years. Yes, deregulation will mean higher prices. But it seems higher prices are the only message our energy- gobbling society can understand. The 1973 Arab oil embargo gave us a hint of living with a serious energy shortage. So did the incredibly hard winters of the past two years. Yet, unless there are tangible hardships, we do not worry a great deal about impending energy problems. More of us are driving cars than ever before. Studies show more of us are exceeding the 55 mph speed limit. Higher domestic gas and oil prices may be the most effective deterrents to such waste. Earl's Pearls TODAY'S BEST LAUGH: "How's your wife doing with her driving lessons?" a man asked his neighbor. "Well, the road's beginning to turn when she does," he replied. WISH I'D SAID THAT: For the man who has everything we suggest a loan so he can keep up the payments. — Franklin P. Jones. REMEMBERED QUOTE: "Nothing should be prized more highly than the value of each day." '"— Goethe. EARL'S PEARLS: Lou Jacobi told the Stage Deli set he saw "The Odd Couple" at a drive-in — "They were in the car next to me." Any truth to the rumor that women's libbers want to change Missouri to Msouri? Thai's Earl. . . 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