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Ford charged with
neglect in Pinto case
(continued from Page t 19 owners returned their autos for repairs.
teen-ager badly burned when his 1972 It is not known whether the additional
Pinto burst into flames after being hit modifications will increase the cost.
in the rear by a car going 35 mph. The Indianapolis attorney William
plaintiffs argued Ford knew from its Conour, who helped draft the Indiana
own tests that the Pinto tank would penal code under which the action was
rupture too easily, but sold the cars brought, said despite the fact that the
anyway to save $10 a car. state had . no fuel tank safety
THAT WAS believed to be the largest requirements when the car was
punitive award in any product liability manufactured, "what counts is what
case. The trial judge later reduced the happened on Aug. 10."
award to $6.3 million, including $3.5
million in punitive damages, and Ford '"-------
is appealing. I HOUSE OF
The Pinto-Bobcat recall was IMPORTS I
announced June 9, but was delayed by
wrangling over modifications to be I EI
made. The National Highway Traffic I ORIENTAL RUGS 10% OFF
Safety Administration announced Aug. I WITH THIS COUPON I
21 that the first correction proposed byI rAt$JM, CLOTHES J8VER I
the company failed to correct the 'II
problem, but it said additional I WALL HANGINGS, and lotsj
modifications apparently would do the morel 20% OFF
When it announced the recall, Ford 32 WLTH THIS COUPON
said the modifications would cost $20 to I 320E. Liberty 7*9-1555
$30 per car, or $40 million if all Pinto

Concerto for fruit and orchestra

Conductor Lucas Drew leads members of the Florida Philharmonic
Orchestra in an afternoon concert inside a Miami supermarket yester-

day. The hour-long performance included
ably his "Pineapple Rag").

music by Scott Joplin (prob-

m._ __ _ _

Gas proposal finds Senate support

WASHINGTON (AP)--Support for a
natural gas pricing compromise built
rapidly yesterday, but the Senate failed
to reach agreement on a firm date to'
vote on the measure.
The result is that opponents may still
mount a filibuster aimed at defeating
the compromise, which has become the
most important remaining piece of
President Carter's energy program.
THE MEASURE would lift federal
price controls on natural gas by 1985,
but prices would be permitted to rise by
about 10 per cent annually between now
and then.
Prices for homeowners would go up,
but some specialists say the increase
would be about the same under the
current system of regulated prices.
The compromise picked up support,
yesterday from four previously un-
committed Democrats: Thomas McIn-
tyre of New Hampshire, Thomas
Eagleton of Missouri and Dick Clark-
and John Culver, both of Iowa.
AND SEN. PATRICK Leahy (D-Vt.),
ho had been listed as leaning against
he compromise, said he would vote for
t. I
- An Associated Press informal count
shows 44 senators firmly supporting or
leaning toward the compromise.
There were 40 firmly or tentatively
opposed, including Sen. Richard Sch-
weider (R-Pa.), who said yesterday he
would vote against the gas bill. Sch-
weiker said the measure would bring
sharp increases in prices for industrial
users in Pennsylvania, driving more
manufacturers to move from the Nor-
theast to the Sun Belt.
LTHAT LEFT 16 uncommitted votes.
But most private counts showed a clear

majority of those voting for the natural
gas compromise which is the product of
10 months of delicate House-Senate
negotiations.
Nonetheless the final outcome ap-
peared extremely close.
Senate Republican leader Howard
Baker said, "I do not believe ... either
side has 50 votes. It is still up in the
air."
BY LATE YESTERDAY, Senate
Majority Leader Robert Byrd believed
he had obtained agreement for a final
vote next Tuesday from opponents.
That disparate group includes
senators ranging from conservative
Republican Clifford Hansen of
Wyoming to liberal Democrat James
Abourezk of South Dakota.
But it takes only one senator to object,
to setting a firm time and date for a
vote. That one yesterday was
Republican Dewey Bartlett of
Oklahoma who said, "I want to keep my
dptions open."
BYRD SAID A new attempt would be
made on Friday to reach agreenienron
concluding a Senate debate whih has
continued since April 1977 when Carter
first sent his energy plan to Capitol Hill.
While it appears that Byrd and other
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gathering enough votes to pass the gas
compromise, it is not clear that they
can shut off a filibuster.
It takes 60 votes to end Senate debate.
Earlier yesterday, Hansen said the
White House has mounted such a heavy
lobbying effort that opponents have not
had a chance to air adequately the
defects he sees in the compromise.

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