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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas • Page 6

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas • Page 6

The Baytown Suni
Baytown, Texas
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t-A THE SUN August 8, 19t3 State Telephone Service Little Slower BAYTOWN EDUCATION Association officers for 1983-84 are, from left, Wynona Montgomery, president; Vickie Thompson, president elect; Robin Morrow, first vice president; Sue Morris, second vice president; and Jeanette Wilkerson, secretary. Not pictured is Barbara Gulp, treasurer. Split Supertanker Gets Slow Tow Out To Sea CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) The oil-laden bow of a split Spanish supertanker was slowly towed out to sea Monday as environmentalists and the government argued over the best way to protect endangered jackass penguins from a 30-mile long oil slick. Three crew members were miss- "ing and presumed ldead after ihe Castiilo de Bellver caught fire and broke in half Saturday as it rounded the Cape of Good Hope with 73 million gallons of crude oil from the Persian Gulf destined for Spain, said a spokesman for Saf- Marine, South quasi- government shipping and maritime com- Rescuers said they up the search the missing crew members because it is unlikely they could have survived in the cold water, Saf- Marine earlier said there were two missing crew members, but later said there were three. The 33 other persons aboard the ship, including two women, were rescued.

The bow was towed at the speed of one knot and plans called for it to be carried as far out to sea. as possible before it fills with water and sinks. Pollution and fisheries authorities said the tanker's leaking oil was no longer an immediate hazard to the coast. The ship's crude oil was barely 25 miles off Dassen Island, the home for jackass penguins. Half of the species' population, about 100,000 penguins, live along Africa's southwest Atlantic coast.

'Censured By House John Wiley, deputy minister of environment and fisheries, said officials were considering whether the penguins should be penned. But A 1 a Westphal of the South African National Foundation for the Conservation of Birds, said the penguins would die if they are confined. She said the penguins were on the endangered species list. The stern of the tanker sank before sunrise Sunday in water up to 1,500 feet deep. SafMarine began towing the bow to deeper waters on Sunday, according to spokesman Capt.

Okkie Grapow. Capt. Ralph Lang, leading the salvage operation, said 15 million gallons spilled, 15 million more went down with the stern and 15 million had burned up. DALLAS Telephone service requiring operator assistance ran a little slower but no major disruptions were reported in Texas during the first day that mangerial employees worked in place of striking Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. workers.

About 40,000 Texas workers were among the 675,000 who walked off their jobs early Sunday morning after the Communications Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Telecommunications International Union rejected the latest offer by the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. Wages and job security were at issue in the talks which broke off Saturday night, and neither side predicted progress would be made soon. By Sunday night both sides still hadn't returned to the bargaining table. Picket lines were up at Southwestern Bell installations across the state Sunday as about 10,000 managerial employees worked in shifts to keep the system operating. Problems with telephone service Sunday were minor, and because the phone system is so automated directly dialed calls were unaffected, said Bell spokesman Dale Johnson in Dallas.

But a union representative said the system may seriously deteriorate if the strike lasts very long. Gene Vance, president of CWA Dallas Local 12215, said the management employees can keep the phone system "from crashing" but do not have the expertise to maintain it properly. "It's raining. Rain and telephone cables just don't go together. If technicians are not out there to keep the cables dry, it's got to go together," said Vance.

"The longer we're gone, the more things are going to wear out," said Vance, who said as far as he knows there have been no defections from the strike. Bell officials estimated 75 percent of the normal weekend operator positions were manned Real Test Of Strike's Effect Still To Come By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A nationwide strike against American Telephone Telegraph reached out and touched only a few customers early Monday, but phone companies warned the real test of the strike's effect would come with the crush of weekday business calling. As picket lines went up around the country on Sunday, officials of the companies making up the system noted delays in directory assistance, repair service, telephone installation and long- distance operator assistance. Normal calling was largely unaffected, but both and officials of the three striking unions said problems may worsen if the strike by 675,000 operators and technicians drags on. Picketing began at hundreds of phone company facilities.

Demonstrations were generally peaceful, although police reported that a striking Southern Bell employee and his son were arrested for vandalizing a telephone box in Gainesville, Fla. The men, charged with felony criminal mischief and grand theft, pulled the wires out of a connection box, interrupting service to hundreds of residents for several hours, police said. In New York City, about 50 workers rallied at noon outside New York Telephone's headquarters in Manhattan. Phone company officials urged customers to look up numbers whenever possible, instead of calling directory assistance. Mary Saulsbury, a striking clerk for Ohio Bell, said management workers at switchboards appeared to be having problems.

"You wait until you get at least 20 rings before they answer, and then half of them can't find the number you want," she said. "It's like going back to the days of Alexander Graham Bell-" Studds Gets Hearty District Welcome NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) U.S. Rep. Gerry E.

Studds, greeted by cheering on his first trip home since his censure for a homosexual relationship, said the welcome showed more decency than he thought possible and left him "outrageously happy." Cries of "We're still with you" and "Hang in there" rang out Sunday as thousands welcomed Studds back after his censure by the U.S. House of Representatives for an affair with a teen-age con- gressional page 10 years ago. "I'd guess you'd have to be something other than human not to be moved by what happened this afternoon," the six-term congressman said of the welcome he received at the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, an annual festival in the city's Portuguese community. There were only scattered boos from the estimated 10,000 people who lined the parade route Studds marched as part of the festivities. "I'd vote for him again," said Carlos Ambra.

"See that man?" he said, leaning down to a little girl beside him. "That's an honest man." "Whatever he does in his private life is his own business," said Agnes Fonseca. "There are a "lot of. others back there (in Washington) who do a lot worse." "He didn't kill no one. He didn't rob no one.

It's a private matter," said Mary Augustino. The reception showed "a depth of decency in people that in my most optimistic thoughts I never would have thought possible," Studds said before returning to Washington. "I'm outrageously happy." The House voted 420-3 on July 20 to censure Studds, 46, after he admitted having sexual relations with a teen-age male page and making advances to two others. In an emotional speech on the House floor, Studds acknowledged he is a homosexual. The congressman was visibly nervous when he started the day at a festival luncheon, attended by about 250.

"When Gerry stood up to be recognized, about three-quarters of the people stood up and applauded. There were no boos, which is kind of what I expected," said Ed Camara, who helped organize the event. "From the deepest part of my heart and my soul, thank you for the warmth of this city and its people," he said. Studds completed his six-hour appearance with a five- minute speech in Portuguese. Studds said he will announce around Jan.

1 whether he will seek a seventh term. 2 Major Banks Lift Lending Rate To 11 NEW YORK Two major commercial banks, Citibank and First National Bank in Chicago, Monday lifted their prime lending rates by one-half percentage point to 11 percent. 1 The Increases "by Citibank, the nation's second-largest com- imercial bank and based in New York, and eighth-ranked First National Bank in Chicago, marked the first change in the prime rate in nearly six months. The last time a major bank raised its prime, or base Interest rate, was when Chase Manhattan Bank raised its rate to 12 percent from 11.5 percent last Nov. 16.

But that was after' Chase had undercut the rest of the industry Nitroglycerine Found Among Old Medicines FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) A vacationing Texas man clean- Ing out the medicine chest of a home he owns in this Gloucester County community found about seven ounces of highly explosive The bottle of thick, yellowish liquid bore a handwritten warning label, but Calvin Fresne said Sunday' that at first he did not believe It really was nitroglycerine. The San Antonio man said he almost poured the out onto his driveway Friday morning, but then had second thoughts. You do have a Compare our PRICES-QUALITY-INSTALLATION with our "Super Big Competitor" We like the comparison-and so will your budget AXCO1VL 4-Line Key Telephone Features: Up to 4 lines at one telephone, intercom lines 10 telephone combination Keybutton operation one for HOLD feature! Lamps flash to indicate incoming calls Lamps wink to indicate col I on hold. Lamps light steadily to indicate line busy Basic System 4 lines-3 phones I'lua tax installation Can he expanded to 10 Only 1 Southwest Telephonies, I Telephone Center 5 7303 Decker 424-3511 IVUxcom la A Trademark of ComidUl Telephone 00 Lynchburg Area Decker Dr.

Eil Sunday. But they said the percentage may drop to 60 percent during normal business hours Monday. "Of course there have been delays, but we're going to do our best to minimize the delay to our customers," said Jim Lyndon, district manager of news rela-, tions for Bell in Dallas. Jay Allen, a Bell spokesman in Midland, predicted 3,000 workers in the Midland-Odessa, Abilene and Lubbock areas were out on strike. Bell spokesman Phil Bode in Lubbock said 150 to 160 managerial employees were managing the "most crucial services." He said they didn't anticipate any service interruptions, but added they were telling customers they may expect some difficulties.

The local directory assistance number in Dallas was continually busy, and Johnson said customers may have trouble reaching local operators for assistance. Customers "may well see slow answers," Johnson said. "It's also possible they will see some amount of slowness in (operator- assisted) long-distance service. We've got some people that have to learn how to do this. I think over a period of time, the people working the operator positions will gain more expertise." Johnson said Bell customers may also have trouble getting telephones installed, if they are not needed on an emergency basis.

But, he said, "We will try to handle repairs promptly, especially if a person is out of service." Bell has about 7,300 CWA workers in Dallas and another, 9,600 in Houston. Weldon Belts, vice president of CWA Houston Local 12222 said Sunday that the union "posted pickets in every location where there is a Bell company and some locations where they have leases." About 4,200 workers were striking Bell's South Texas system. HIGGINBOTHAM Upholstery Fabrics OFF FABRICS OFF LABOR Also Available Wallpaper wife coorfinlin? Cpnice Boards Pillttws Seats TaWeclodts fcrstry Sels 6819E. WollisvilleRd. 427-1086 9 ow-5 an SALE ENDS AUG.

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