Thursday, September 27, 1977 The Daily Tar Heel 3
Abourezk, Metzenbaum hold angry, sleepless colleagues at bay
WASHINGTON (UPI) - Fighting to keep natural
gas prices under federal control, two junior senators
kept a dead-tired Senate locked in filibuster for a third
day Wednesday but hinted they might accept a proper
Democrats James Abourezk of South Dakota and
Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio forced the chamber to
work all night for the first time since the 1964 civil
rights debates, then dragged it through another day of
filibuster with only a "shave and shower" morning
break and a one-hour dinner recess.
Senate Democratic leader Robert Byrd said
Wednesday evening he was still searching for the
compromise that might stop the show, settle the gas
price issue and relieve colleagues punchy with fatigue.
"I do not anticipate an all night session two days in a
row," the weary Byrd said. But he cautioned, "We'll be
here awhile yet."
One of the two men who had held the Senate at bay
on this issue since Monday afternoon indicated he
might be ready to make a deal, provided it did not
involve scrapping federal regulation of gas prices.
"There are areas in which I would compromise,"
Abourezk told a reporter as the chamber broke for
dinner. "I do not know what. It depends on how we,
Metzenbaum and one or two allies, feel at the time."
One proposal that might fit their bill was a
compromise offered by Sen. Henry Jackson, D-Wash,
which would maintain regulation while allowing the
price of newly produced natural gas to rise as high as
$2.03 per thousand cubic feet.
The price ceiling on regulated gas is now $1.46.
President Carter's plan, passed by the House but
rejected by Senators pushing for decontrol, would
allow the controlled ceiling to rise to $1.75.
The Abourezk-Metzenbaum tactic was to block
action on the deregulation proposal indefinitely by
introducing, one after another, hundreds of
amendments and demanding roll call votes on each.
They began their effort Monday afternoon after the
Senate voted to close off general debate on the natural
gas issue. There had been 72 votes of one kind or
another -- some on matters introduced by other
senators by dinnertime Wednesday.
Byrd, who called the filibuster "an outrage" and
"delay for the sole purpose of delay," told reporters
early Wednesday the Senate might have to stay in
session until Christmas because of the interruption in
work on other bills.
The chamber had not seen an all-night filibuster in
the 13 years since a coalition of southern conservatives
tried to talk the first civil rights bill to death. Leader of
that overnight effort was Robert Byrd.
Abourezk and Metzenbaum were fighting any
deregulation of natural gas by blocking action on a bill
that would lift price controls from newly discovered
onshore natural gas and free offshore gas from
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controls in five years.
The House has approved President Carter's plan to
bring all natural gas under federal price ceilings, w ith
the prices going up.
Abourezk and Metzenbaum rejected any
Their filibuster technique was novel not the
endless speechmaking of traditional talkathons, a
tactic prevented by a cloture vote Monday, but the
continuous offering of amendments that kept the
deregulation bill from coming to a vote.
They had some 540 amendments ready to roll w hen
the chamber moved into its first overnight session
Tuesday evening: succeeded in bringing 3H of these to
a vote a record for any 24 hour period by the tunc
Byrd called a mercy recess at 8 a.m.; and made the
whole process doubly excruciating by demanding
quorum calls and roll-call votes each and every time.
It was plain nobody but Abourezk and
Metzenbaum knew w hat they were voting on in many
cases. A number of the amendments, which included
trivial language changes, were simply called up by
Judging by the unkempt, disorderly scene in the
Senate chamber, the tactic was taking a painful
physical toll on the legislators.
I hey slept on cots just off the chamber floor
through the overnight session, and were rousted out
every 20 or 30 minutes for quorum calls and votes.
Shirt-tails hung slovenly over belts. Barry Goldwater
and Bennett Johnston shuffled in for one vote in
stocking feet. Ernest Hollings attended one overnight
vote in an irridescent green jogging suit.
Glares focused on Abourezk and Metzenbaum,
who ignored them.
Byrd recessed the chamber for an hour and a half at
8 a.m. to give members time for "a shave and a
Thorpe will seek
town board seat;
Marshall will not
By MICHAEL WADE
William H. Thorpe announced
Wednesday he will seek election to the
Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen and stressed
the need for effective communication
between town government, students and
Chapel Hill citizens.
In another campaign development,
Alderman Shirley Marshall said Wednesday
that she will not seek re-election to the
board. She cited personal and financial
reasons for the decision.
Thorpe, 36, was narrowly defeated in a
1975 bid for a seat on the board.
The candidate emphasized his desire for
student support in the election. "The
students need to be a part of the whole
town," he said.
He said the town's ban on parking on
some of the town's streets exemplified a lack
of town-student communication. He also
said the ordinance banning the parking was
"rushed through" while students were away.
Thorpe said he wants to see the Board of
Aldermen take positive action to institute
the Planning Board's Comprehensive Plan
for town growth. "It covers everything that
Chapel Hill needs for the next 10 to 15
years " he said.
The candidate said he favors construction
of the Hillsborough pipeline. The proposed
Jordan Lake will help remedy the town's
recreational and water-supply needs,"
Thorpe said he supports the town bus
system. "It is vital to the interests of the
citizens of Chapel Hill that the board
continue to plan and implement adequate
Thorpe said he wants to improve labor
management relations within town
government. He said his experience as a'
personnel analyst for the state personnel
department and his present job as district
representative for the N.C. Department of
Labor will give the town "needed expertise"
on labor-management relations.
John E. Thomas
says he will run
for Car rboro board
By MICHAEL WADE
John E.Thomas announced his candidacy
for the Carrboro Board of Alderman
Wednesday, saying, "My number one reason
(for running) is to try to heal the schism
between the board and the homeowners."
Thomas. 49, was an unsuccessful
candidate for the board two years ago.
Thomas said. "There's too much fussing
and fighting and open dissent on the board,"
He said he would attempt to "restore civility"
so the board can function effectively.
He said the present board is divided
because some members represent only the
needs of blacks, while others represent only
the needs of apartment dwellers.
Thomas, an assistant budget officer at
UNC, also wants to initiate a three-year
study of the Carrboro budget. He said the
study would help control the budget and
determine "where we stand financially."
Thomas said the town must control its tax
increases or it will have to cut town services
to keep the rate under the $1.50 limit
imposed by the state. Thomas said another
result of spiraling taxes might be forced
annexation to Chapel Hill.
Thomas said he supports the bus system as
a solution to the parking problems on the
UNC campus. He said he also supports a
street-and-sidewalk paving program for
Concerning the water situation, Thomas
said he supports both the Hillsborough
pipeline and the construction of the Jordan
reservoir. He said he feels the water situation
is a crucial issue in the campaign.
The candidate said he wants to reduce the
salaries of the mayor and the alderman in
Carrboro. He said, "Being an alderman
doesn't demand that you be paid for this
He said he would try to reduce the
aldermen's salaries from $2,400 to $1,200
and the mayor's salary from $2,600 to about
Thomas has a bachelor's degree in
accounting and business management from
East Tennessee State University.
Japanese guerillas threaten to execute American hostage
By United Press International
DACCA, Bangladesh Japanese Red
Army guerrillas holding 155 hostages
aboard a Japan Air Lines DC8 jetliner told
airport authorities early Thursday they
planned to execute an American Jew within
hours because all their demands had not
Authorities identified the hostage only as
J ohn G abriel and told newsmen at the Dacca '
airport that he was a friend of President
Carter. Authorities released no further
information on the hostage.
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The Red Army hijackers made the threat
despite being told that the Japanese
government had agreed to their demands for
a $6 million ransom. .Airport jtfficials.said
the hijackers were holding out for the release
of nine comrades jailed in Japan as well as
the money. The guerrillas hijacked the
plane on a Paris-to-Tokyo flight.
BEIRUT, Lebanon Palestinian
gunners fired on Israeli reconnaisance flights
over south Lebanon Wednesday in the first
violation of the U.S.-mediated cease-fire in
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A Norwegian television correspondent
and a Lebanese cameraman said Palestinian
gunners took pot shots at two Israeli
Phantom jets near the town of N abatiyeh. 43
miles south of Beirut, but it "was like
shooting at a tank with bows and arrows."
Egypt criticizes Israel
UNITED NATIONS Egypt accused
Israel Wednesday of pushing the Middle
East toward "an explosion" from which "no
one in the world" would be safe. Israel called
the charges "a flagrant violation" of their
agreement to halt political warfare.
The charges and countercharges the
sharpest exchange yet at the 1977 U.N.
General Assembly were launched at the
United Nations by Egyptian Foreign .
Minister Ismail Fahmi and Israeli U.N.
Ambassador Chaim Herzog.
An Irish peace?
LONDON - Britain and Ireland
Wednesday pledged to work jointly to bring
an end to eight years of bloodshed in
Northern Ireland and Britain promised to
restore self-government to the embattled six
counties of the north.
The agreement came at the end of daylong
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talks between British Prime Minister James
Callaghan and his Irish counterpart Jack
Lynch at No. 10 Downing Street.
Three B-1's still alive
WASHINGTON The House
Appropriations Committee Wednesday
refused to cut $463.4 million from the
Pentagon's budget for construction of three
B-l bombers." . ' f :
The surprise 34-2 1 vote was to reject
President Carter's proposal to eliminate the
B-l funds from the current I977 budget.
Under a 1 974 budget law the panel's vote
apparently is not subject to further
consideration in the House.
Florida execution delayed
NEW ORLEANS A three-judge
federal appeals panel Wednesday delayed
the execution of convicted murderer John
Spenkelink until Oct. 1 3 pending further
The order by the 5th U .S. Circuit Court of
Appeals was moot in practical terms.
Spenkelink cannot be executed until Florida
Gov. Reubin Askew signs a death warrant
and the governor is on a European trip until
Elvis to be reinterred
MEMPHIS, Tenn. The family of Elvis
Presley, burdened by security problems since
his death,, won permission Wednesday to
move the bodies of the entertainer and his
mother to a garden burial site at Graceland
the family's 13-acre estate.
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"Low-cost dental care available
Students with dental problems and more
time than money can expect good careat the
student dental clinic it just may take a
while to get it.
The clinic, which provides screenings and
dental service at about 25 per cent the cost of
regular dental service, is overrun with
The reason is clear, says Dr. Webb
McCracken, director of dental ecology for
the University. "First, it does cost less; it's a
minimal fee situation," he says. "Second,
patients feel like they're getting a quality
Dental students treat clinic patients avid
are graded on their work. Each treatment is
checked and rcchecked before the patient is
charged for the service, and students do not
receive their grades until their patients pay.
To receive treatments at the clinic, a
student must first apply at the Student
Health Service and make an appointment
for a $6 screening. At the screening, the
student is examined by a faculty member,
given a panoramic radiograph (complete
mouth x ray) and, if the treatment is not
available through the clinic, referred to a
If the student goes through the screening
with no problem, his data is placed in a
computer and referred to the dental student
capable of treating him.
McCracken says a student who makes an
appointment for screening today can expect
to be seen sometime in November, at the
Approximately 30 per cent of the students
screened may not receive treatment.
McCracken says the clinic tries to provide
practice for dental students; if the patient's
problem is too simple or too complex for the
student, the patient may be turned away or
referred to someone else.
If the student is in a hurry, however, the
only way in is via the emergency room.
Service is free in an emergency and covered
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