The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on September 17, 1975 · 3
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Wednesday, September 17, 1975
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The EoiLn Clo'je Wednesday, September 17, 1975 3 Things are brighter for Omar the tiger ispute in House delays pay By Mary Meier Globe Staff Omar, a rare Siberian tiger cub from the Children's Zoo, can see. Things may be blurry, but it can see. tin 600 guardsmen v Km for I With both its eyes clouded by ! cataracts, the three-month-old cub underwent a six-hour operation at Boston's Retina Foundation yester- i day to cure its near-total blindness. ! The operation was performed by i Dr. Richard Donovan, animal oph-i thalmologist at the Retina Foundation, who has operated on many i other animals, including a zebra. After a few days of healing, the H ' ' J Omar arrives at the Eye Research Institute for his operation. BC withdraws invitation for address by Ky A speech by former South Vietnamese premier Nguyen Cao Ky scheduled tomorrow night at Boston College's McHugh Forum was canceled yesterday by President Duane Deskins of the undergraduate body. Deskins said his decision was based on a concern for safety after at least two groups said they would picket Ky's appearance and "upon the realization that it has become impossible to guarantee the overall academic objective of the engagement." Deskins, a senior, said a $2500 contract was signed with Ky in July. Late last night, Philip Citron, a spokesman for Lordly & Dame, the Boston agency representing Ky, said: "The marshal will be receiving the full honorarium." The controversy began last Friday, when 13 history professors protested Ky's appearance in a letter to "The Heights," the undergraduate newspaper. Prof. Peter Weiler, a spokesman for the group, said his major objection was "lending the dignity and . honor" of Boston College to "a war criminal and paying him for it. "As far as I am concerned, I would propose that Ky keep the $2500 and stay at home." Speakers fees are paid from student funds. On Monday an editorial in The Heights, written by associate editor Robert W. McGrath, said: "The invitation to Ky indicates that people have forgotten too soon the death and destruction of the war in Southeast Asia and who was responsible for-it." Ky was invited to speak by the student government's cultural committee headed by James Killarney, also a senior. Killarney said: "It was my decision to book Ky because the picture of Vietnam is so far back in the minds of the people. It is such an unresolved conflict that bringing the man here would generate enough discussion and would bring the people back into some of the issues that were forgotten. "I was hoping that our history department and faculty would accept the invitation of Marshal Ky into their classrooms, which they refused. I thought the educational experience that the students would get from this would be very helpful to their education. "I, myself, am not condoning the man. The cultural committee does not take any political or moral position in bringing a speaker to our campus, but rather we hope to provide intellectually stimulating speakers representing various views and subject matter." nearly blind aub's vision will have improved to blurred images. "Good enuogh to keep him from bumping into the walls of his cell," Dr. Donovan said; "20-20 vision js possible only with contact lenses or glasses." Operating and recovery time was shortened through use of the Retina Foundation's new cataract instrument, the "Phaco-Fragmentator." Still undergoing final tests at the Foundation, the Fragmentator was invented by Dr. William McGannon, another opthalmologist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Lewis Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio. Not much larger than a mechanical pencil, the tool is expected some day to reduce the cost and normal recovery time for humans suffering from eye cataracts. Although they have not yet been used in operation on people in the United States, several of these instruments will be used in India next month by a team of Retina Foundation doctors who periodically operate on impoverished villagers suffering cataract blindness. For Omar, whose age would be 12.2 months by human standards, the operation began calmly enough as he ambled off his Children's Zoo van onto the sidewalk at the clinic. After stretching out comfortably on the concrete, (and terrifying a . passing stray dog) the cub padded into the Retina Foundation's elevator with a few playful growls. Once in the operating room, the Seventeen-year-old Ann Cochran music from ancient player piano hite takes campaign iolt -in his own backy an By Robert A. Jordan Globe Staff Boston Mayor Kevin H. White suffered a defeat in his own neighborhood Monday night when he failed to win the endorsement of the Ward Five Democratic Committee for the Sept. 23 preliminary election. The Ward Five Committee, which includes Beacon Hill and Back Bay residents, has long been considered a White-controlled committee, not only because it is in his home ward, but also because a significant number of its members are part of the White administration. White received 18 votes from the 29 members who were present. Twenty votes or two-thirds, are required for endorsement. State Sen. Joseph Timilty, who appeared before the Ward Five Committee at its request on Monday night (White had appeared two weeks earlier), received five votes. Six members abstained from voting, but, in accordance with the committee bylaws, were counted among the 29 members attending the session. Altogether the committee has 15 regular members and 25 associate members, all of whom can vote endorsements. Paul Goodrich, Timilty's campaign manager, said White's failure to get the Ward 5 endorsement is Dr. Richard Donovan focuses on his Man in striped shirt at left is Dr. the Franklin Park Children's Zoo. cub allowed Dianne Donghi to scratch his chin, as it rolled appreciatively on the tile floor. Ms. Donghi is a veterinarian nurse for the Boston Zoological Society. Things got serious, however, when Dri Donovan's surgical assistant, Anne Macpherson, put preoperative drops into Omar's eyes. The growls became very tiger-like roars. A few minutes later, Omar was stretched out on the operating table with a gas mask clamped over its muzzle. A mechanical respirator was used to keep his breathing even. Omar's heartbeat (twice the normal rate of humans) was monitored through a screen and electronic beep. A steady temperature check was also kept cranks and coaxes used furniture shop in Brighton. Built in 1900, piano on display outside ' is worth $4000. (Globe photo by Charles Carey) ,. A. CAMPAIGN '75 "rather symbolic of what's happening to Kevin's strength across the city. Ward' 5 is probably the single strongest ward in the city for hin." White's campaign organization sees it differently. "Eighteen votes for the mayor, five for Timilty I'll take that any day," Tom Vallaly, White's deputy campaign director, said. He said White's failure to get the endorsement "is not a blow. I think that's a vote of confidence. Timilty lost, by 3 to 1." Persons familiar with the makeup of the Ward Five Committee said some of those who voted against endorsing White are Park Plaza opponents, and objected to White's vigorous push for that downtown renewal project. However, others said that with so many White administration people on the committee, enough votes should have been mustered to give the mayor the required two-thirds votes. City Corporation Counsel Herbert Gleason, an associate member (his wife is first vice chairwoman), described the defeat as a "sentimental blow that will not make much difference in Ward 5 on Sept. 23." ' ) patient as he prepares for surgery. William Satterfield, veterinarian at (Globe photos by Bill Ryerson) After a 30-minute delay while Dr. Donovan made sure that Omar's vital signs were stable, the cataract operation started. A green cloth with only a two-inch hole cut for one eye was draped over the tiger's head. Dr. Donovan sat down on a stool and peered at the exposed eye through a microscope, which magnified the eyeball to four times its normal size. Then the sight-giving operation began on one eye and then the other. When Omar recovered the cub is one of an estimated 1000 Siberian tigers alive today it was taken back to the zoo and soon it will see its surroundings just a bit differently than before. ? But another member said the loss for White" was inexcusable. That work wasn't done. It was a sign of overconf idence." . Michael Rotenberg, chairman of the Ward Five Committee, said: "It's not a Kevin ward committee in any case. It represents different interests in the community. It's a broad representation of a lot of people in the area. Some support Kevin White, and the committee has some people who are closely associated with White and a lot of people who aren't. "This was not a blow to Kevin White, because he came within two votes of gaining the two-thirds majority," Rotenberg said. Rotenberg said also that there will "most likely" be a vote to endorse a mayoral candidate for the Nov. 4 election. Some of the six who abstained from voting two nights ago wanted to wait until after the preliminary. "They wanted to reserve their options " he said. State Rep. Barney Frank, a key member of the committee and a former aide to White, could not be reached for comment, but sources said he had made a strong plea to have some people change their votes, noting that the 18-5-6 vote would be a "source of embarrassment" to White. But the vote for reconsideration failed By Robert L. Turner Globe Staff Pay checks for 600 National Guardsmen activated last week in connection with the start of Phase 2 desegregation in Boston did not go out yesterday because the Massachusetts House could not decide who should pay the cost. Overtime pay for the state and MDC police on Phase 2 duty in Boston was also included in the $2.85 million appropriation held up in the House. Rep. William F. Hogan (D-Ever-ett) warned that law enforcement personnel who are not paid might be reluctant to serve if there is a public safety emergency. But several legislators from within and outside of Boston joined to oppose the payment. Four Boston representatives spoke against court-ordered busing and said they would vote against the appropriation bill because of their opposition to busing. One of these legislators, Rep. Paul White (D-Dorchester), moved that the Federal government be asked to pay, and another, Rep. Michael F. Flaherty (D-South Boston), moved that the funds be diverted from the Metco program, which buses city blacks to suburban schools. These motions were ruled out of order. But this was followed by an effort by representatives from outside Boston to have Boston pay. When, after two hours of debate, Rep. Edward P. Coury (D-New Bedford) moved that the money be deducted from the regular distribution that the state would make to Boston, House Speaker Thomas W. McGee (D-Lynn) could riot get agreement on whether it was a proper ' amendment and postponed, action until today. ' Gov. Michael S. Dukakis's chief secretary, David S. Leiderman, said last night that failure to pass the appropriation would create a very serious situation. But, he said, "I don't think it's going to happen that way." Lack of import fee action seen depleting N.E. oil By Paul Langner and SteDhen Wermiel Globe Staff As the heating season approaches, oil supplies in New England are higher than they were last year, but reserves may dwindle because some importers are reluctant to import oil as long as no firm decision is made in Washington on whether to keep the supplementary 60 cents-a-barrel import fee. In New England, which imports 91 percent of its residual oil and 22 to 25 percent of its home heating oil, importers are afraid that importing now with the 60 cent fee would leave them stuck with expensive oil if the fee were lifted. The fee was declared illeeal by the US Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 11, but the Ford Administration is now appealing that decision to the Supreme Court. In the meantime the President has suspended the collection of the fee from importers for two weeks. Charles Burkhardt, director of the New England Fuel Institute, says that independent importers in this area such as Northeast Petroleum, Gibbs Oil, and Union Oil-would be reluctant to risk getting stuck with expensive oil and then having to compete with an importer who had waited and bought the oil for 60 cents less per barrel. The Fuel Institute has sent a telegram to the New England congressional delegation and to the six governors asking them to intercede with the President and with Energy Administrator Frank Zarb to get a decision one way or another. ("Of course, we would like it repealed," said Burkhardt.) One industry source who asked not to be identified, however, said that imports are continuing because his firm and others have no choice but to buy oil to meet commitments. - "What these independents are McGee said after the session, however, that the outcome is not at all certain. He said there is consid-' . erable sentiment against court-ordered busing across the state. An earlier version of the appro-! priation passed the Senate, 21-18. That version would have paid, the money out of the state Highway Fund. The House counsel's office decided yesterday, however, that this use would be inappropriate for the Highway Fund, so Gov. Dukakis rushed in a special message asking payment from the General Fund. This means that the issue must be voted on again by the full Senate before it can be approved. Liederman said yesterday he be, lieves the Highway Fund may be used for the State Police and MDC. police overtime, although it may not ' be proper for the National Guard. Liederman also said Boston may have to pay for the National Guard portion $1.05 million. But he said these are questions which can be de- . cided after the appropriation is passed and people are paid. During the House debate, Rep. ' Nicholas J. Buglione (D-Methuen) : said the question was not busing but, "do we want to pay individuals for work they have performed." And Rep. H. Thomas Colo (D- ' Athol) said defeat of the bill would "send the city back to mob rule." Speaking to the Boston representatives, Colo said, "It is not your ., city, it is our city, and it is also our problem, although you have to live , closer to it." Rut. t.hpv Hir) Tint. some rft- '. t resentatives. Rep. Raymond L. Flynn (D- . bouth Boston) said, i hope tnis, Legislature rebukes the court." And Rep. Dennis Kearney (D- Last Boston), whose district includ- ' es Charlestown, said last week was ' "one of the most harrowing weeks ' of my life." ' 1 "Charlestown is actually in a state of shock and will never be the same," Kearney said. "We should ' send this back to Judge (W. Arthur) " Garrity." trying to do is put pressure on the administration to take the 60 cent fee off," the source said. "But the 60 cents, at the price of oil today, amounts to about 4 percent-of the , price of a barrel of oil." Residual oil and No. 2 home heating oil now cost dealers lup to $15 a ' barrel. There are 42 gallons in a barrel, so dealers pay up to 36 cents a gallon and retail oil at up to 42 cents a gallon. Actually the source said the 60. cent fee's impact is even smaller, at least in a national perspective, be- . cause imports amount to 35 percent : of consumption, so the'price increase amounts to slightly more than one percent. Even four percent comes to . only 1.5 cents a gallon. Joel Gibbs, president of Gibbs Oil Co. of Revere, said: "You can't pass the extra cent and a half a gallon that this would mean on to the customer. You would have to eat it, and that's a lot to eat." John Kaneb of Northeast Petroleum in Chelsea said he was now, buying domestic home heating oil, ' but that he expected a shortfall. Importers he said, could find that domestic supplies prove inadequate, and then would be faced with the , need to import. "The policy in Washington is di- ' latory," Burkhardt said, "and everybody is holding off." , :. Still, supplies in New England . now stand at five million barrels of product, according to the Federal Energy Administration. Last year the tptal delivery for September was only 4.8 million barrels. Also, the FEA's national demand watch shows that demand is down 18.7 percent from the comparable reporting period last year for residual oil and 1.5 percent for home heating oil. A source of the FEA also said that the 60-cent fee may prove a dead issue if the oil producing countries raise their crude oil prices, as ' they have been saying they might

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