Daily News from New York, New York on August 31, 1976 · 5
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Daily News from New York, New York · 5

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Tuesday, August 31, 1976
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MiyrKBATtbSr,'AU6ST.:3i; 1976 Should We Hick the Tires?' Shut Hospitals? k's Hewing Mist hw Listen By HUGH WYATT A hearing aimed at providing the State Health Department with information that could ultimately lead to the closing of about a dozen private and voluntary hospitals in the city was disrupted for more than an hour yesterday when legislators, lawyers and hospital officials argued loudly against the move. "Mavor Beame and Police Commissioner Michael Codd look like a a new car or waiting for next year's model. Actually the two men police car. City got five of new smaller cars yesterday. There will an experimental program designed to save Inmates Strike Great As Attica By WILLIAM HEFFERNAN Ninety per cent of the 1,510 inmates at Great Meadow state pison, Comstock, N.Y., refused yesterday to participate in work and recreational programs and remained in their locked cells. The unrest was "reported as a weeklong inmate strike at Attica prison ended. Great Meadow, a maximum-security penitentiary about 60 miles northeast of Albany, was described a week ago by the State Commission of Correction as "the most voatile among several potentially explosive institutions in the state." "At this point, we have no request for negotiations, no explanation for their actions," spokesman for tne State Correc tional Services Department said ; yesieraay oi Ur. . prisoners. 1 The spokesman said he did not; know whether the situation "should be called a strike, a sit-in or a temporary protest, but it TV Inspires -r A Bank Haul Tel Aviv, Aug 30 (Special) A man accused of master minding the biggest bank haul in Israeli history with a scheme lifted from an American television program has been arrested, police disclosed today. Yosef Epstein, once manager of a defunct bank here, was picked up Friday when he attempted to sell securities stolen eight months ago at Barclays Discount Bank in a Tel Aviv suburb. Cash and valuables totaling $20 million were taken from the bank by safecrackers recruited in jail. Police sources said Epstein, while serving a term iot embezzlement, recruited" the two expert safecrackers who committed the Barclays thefts duplicating a similar caper on the "Kojak" TV series, which is shown here. Joseph Fried Convicts End Protes appears to be very well organized." Black Muslims Feud Last May, a fight erupted oe-tween rival factions of Black Muslims at Great Meadow, and two inmates were hurt. A correction officer was slightly injured in thgi prison yard melee. Guard fired their guns and used tear gas to break up the fight. Last week's report on Great Meadow by the State Commission of CoTcecSAon called the peniten . . . . . . T. " " IC ported poor communication between prisoners and guards, alleged brutality by guards and the forced assignment of inmates to programs. The report said that Great Meadow was overcrowded and had become known as "the garbage heap of the state prison system." . Officials said the protest yes U Train's By FRANK MAZZA Some confusion developed yesterday as the Transit service schedule eliminating 215 daily subway train trips reduce operating deficits. The reduction brought to 855 the number of train runs scrubbed in a three-stage cutback that began last year. '-. Signs Covered ' Yesteday's principal trouble spots were the 34th St. station ofi the Eighth Ave. IND line; the Essex St,, station, where the IND and the BMT lines merge, and the 14th St. Station of the IRT Seventh Ave. line. At' some transfer' Stations pas News photo by Frank Castoral couple deciding about buying are inspecting a new, compact soon be 70 others on street in money. ' Meadow terday at Great Meadow fell on a Black Muslim religious holiday, Ramadanhw ich freed some inmates from normal activities. Attica Strike At Attica prison, 30 miles southeast of Buffalo, officials said the weeklong strike ended yesterday at 9:05 a.m., when all of the 1,900 inmates returned to their work assignments. inmate negotiators at Attica had won several rules changes, including less stringent visitor regulations. " A high-ranking Attica official said yesterday that the strike's ending did not ease inmate tension, since most prisoners were "far from happy with the results of their strike and are talking about more action in the near f a-ture." A riot broke out at Attica in 1971, and 43 persons were killed. (Gone and the lies t Are ESE-e- sengers had to be directed up stairways to make connections for local trains that previously have been on lower platforms. John De Roos, Transit Authority senior executive officer, said that TA" personnel would be on duty at key stations for the next several days to help familiarize passengers with the new schedule. Passengers at the.Llty . IRT station " reported yesterday The officials, acting in a bois terous fashion more usually associated with community protesters, not only declared that the hospitals should remain open to provide necessary medical care, j but repeatedly challenged the j "constitutionality" of the hearing itself. "This Is no real public hearing," shouted State Sen. John L. Calandra (R-C-Bronx) "Obviously this Is a conspiracy by the State Health Department to close voluntary and private hospitals so that the municipals can stay open." Dispute About Notices Calandra and the others charged that the department had failed to send out public notices to community groups or to take out newspaper advertisements informing the public of such a hearing. However, officials representing the department repeatedly insisted that 250 such notices had been sent out including notices to 109 hospitals in the city. They also pointed out that since the hearing itself would not result in the closing of the hospitals, legal notices in newspapers or similar steps were not necessary. Notice or no, more than 500 officials attended the hearing at the regional office of the department, Two World Trade Center. Associate State Health Commissioner J. Warren Toff, explained that the hearing was called to determine whether hospital beds should be eliminated and if so how many. Some May Be Closed He conceded, however, that sime hospitals may have to be closed if it is found that they have exceptional numbers of "underutilized" beds. Such beds would be general care beds, rather than skilled nursing or psychiatric beds. Dr. John V. Connorton, executive vice president of the Greater New York Hospital Association, which has 60 voluntary hospitals as members in the city, disagreed with most of the witnesses, cit- Authority effected a new on "underutilized" runs to morning that signs directing them to new track locations were still covered over. "There was a lot of confusion on the platforms and no public announcements to direct riders," one passenger said. Most of the reductions effected yesterday were in the periods immediately before and after rush hours,., TKe BMT. $ train was eliminated. Grouches & Boob Tube Los Angeles. Aug. 30 (UP1) A study of 260 couples by fhe UCLA Neuropsychiatry Institute says that the content of television shows influences husbands' attitudes, toward their wives and children. "If the husband is grouchy or belligerent, watching violent cops and robbers shows may help maintain his belligerence," the study sad. "On the other hand, TV shows with warm, social interactions may help reduce his aggressive moods," "The Waltons" and "Little House on the Prairie" were recommended for grouchy husbands. ing a report by a task force of his organization calling for the closure of 4,000 beds in 31 hospitals. "The time has long since passed when we could afford the luxury of maintaining unnecessary, expensive acute care hospital facilities," he said, adding, "I understand the enormous pressures you have on you, but I am sure your constituents understand." "You have to think of more than your parochial instersts," Connorton said. Federal Study The Rev. Carl E. Flemister, chairman of the board of the new Health Systems Agency, whcih was created by the Congress to monitor all health and medical planning, said his agency is now conducting studies to determine how many beds or hospitals should be closed. Flemister's agency has the power to cut off all government funding. He told State Health Department officials that preliminary studies indicate that more than 5,000 beds may have to be closed in order to bring about greater efficiency in the city's health care industry. 0 According to the TA, the latest service cut should save about $3.1 million annually. Blind Man's Killing Fear Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 30 (AP; - Robert Crow, who has been blind for most of his life, told authorities today that he killed his landlady because ha wants to go to prison. "Noby wants to help these days so I'd like to be incarcerated because I don't have a safe place to stay," Crow, 53, was '"quoted' by ' police" a3 saying

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