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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, February '2,' 197-g?

Carter
proposes
aid cut
to nurses
(Continued from Page 1)
hospitals throughout the nation.
University Hospital, for example, is
"having trouble" filling 100 openings
they have for nurses, she said.
sue Guimond, one of the nursing
students present at yesterday's
meeting, told Pursell the cuts would af-
fect the whole health care business in
the U.S.
"This isn't just a matter of dollar
signs," she said. "It's our whole
profession on the line and that's very
significant."
One nursing student charged, "Not
only are we shocked that it (federal
aid) has been wiped out, but that it has
been so infinitesimal in the past."
"We want all we can get," said Terry
Walenga, one of the group's organizers.
. "It's a class struggle against women,
especially poor women," remarked
Loly Soler, another organizer.

Tennessee tanker blast
kills 21, injures 145

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Doily Photo by DAN OBERDORFER

Congressman Carl Pursell (R-Ann Arbor) and more than 30 nursing students man-
aged to get up early yesterday to discuss proposed cutbacks in federal aid to nurs-
ing schools.

Diplomat revives shuttle
diplomacy i 1Mideast

WAVERLY, Tenn. (AP) - A railroad
tanker loaded with liquid propane ex-
ploded in the heart of this small town
Friday, killing at least 21 persons and
injuring 145 others.
Accounts from authorities and repor-
ters said homes and businesses as far
as four blocks away from the blast were
afire and firemen said a main water
line was ruptured during the blast, for-
cing them to pump water from nearby
Trace Creek.
A SECOND propane-loaded tanker
car caught fire and one official said all
firemen could do was keep it hosed
down to keep it cool to prevent a second
explosion.
"Right now, it's calm," said state Ad-
jutant General Carl Wallace at a brief
news conference outside City Hall. Of-
ficials said they were not sure of the ex-
tent of the destruction, but promised to
provide updates as they confirmed the
figures of the dead, injured and unac-
counted for. Some of the dead included
children; 11 of the victims were repor-
ted to be railroad workmen.
The blast occurred at 2:45 p.m. CST
while Louisville & Nashville Railroad
crewmen were transferring propane
from two cars that derailed along with
21 others Wednesday night.
H. H. BIXLER, a Department of
Transportation official, said, "We were
taking every precaution in the world,"
during the transfer operation. He said
the responsibility for following
prescribed procedure in dealing with
propane was that of civil defense
authorities, and that he hadddirect
knowledge they were carried out.
Bixler said residents were evacuated
from their homes near the wreckage
before the propane transfer began, it
had been determined the cars were
structurally sound so as not to pose the
threat of leaks, and natural gas and
electricity service was shut off in the
area.
"It goes up like an atomic bomb," he
said of propane, adding that even a
spark from a two-way radio tran-
smission could ignite it.
"WE DID everything we possibly
knew to do. But it happened," Bixler
said.
Some of the bodies were burned
beyond recognition, Sheriff Wayne
Davis told reporters. "I'm satisfied
they'll still be pulling dead people back
there tomorrow."
The blast taxed all available
emergency vehicles from surrounding
communities. Helicopters were used to

transport some of the inju
hospitals as far away as Nash
miles to the east. Helicopters w

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ding in an open field north of the city to
transfer the injured to hospitals.
DAVIS SAID HE arrived at the scene
30 minutes after the blast. "There were
some I helped load who were burned so
bad I couldn't have recognized them if I
knew who they were," he said. He said
he counted 16 bodies and expected more
would be found in the rubble.
found in the rubble.
Rick Trull, 21, who said he was in a
factory about 300 yards away, looking
out the window, when, "all of a sudden
the glass started to shake. I saw a big
ball of fire and I pulled back."
"I thought an earthquake or a bomb
had come to downtown Waverly," he
said.
PARAMEDIC LARRY Price estimat-
ed some of the injured were burned
over 60 to 80 per cent of their bodies.
bodies.
Central High School here was set up
as a temporary morgue where attempts
to identify the charred bodies were
being made.
Adjacent buildings set afire included
two lumber companies, one of them
completely leveled, several restaurants
and some residences, according to
reports by police and witnesses. The
black smoke billowing from the fires
could be seen as far away as five miles.
WILLARD McKENZIE, a rescue
squad member from Big Sandy, said he
was told by firefighters that three of the
dead were Waverly firemen. McKenzie
also'said he saw two pieces of a car that
had apparently been blown apart over a
wide area.
Two charred bodies were pulled from
the blackened debris of a station wagon
and a truck and car smoldered nearby.

"It goes up
is bomb, "

like art n
Rixier

ired to "It looked like a battle scene with
ville, 60 people lying all over the place," said
ere lan- Jimmy Caroland of Gallatin, whIp wan
driving through Waverly at tE time of,
the blast.
"What happened,. we don't kbow,"'
ibmon "Wallace said. "Right when they started
to transfer the propane," it expded.
said, A photographer who flew over the
pa rk scene said, "There is smoke eomin%
from several buildings. There wai
radIiO smoke spreading five miles across the
r-ait horizon. They were spraying streams of
water on the wreckage."

TEL AVIV, Israel (UPI)-U.S. Mid-
die east mediator Alfred Atherton
briefed Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan
on Egyptian outlines for a peace plan
yesterday, hours befoe a crucial
cabinet debate on Israeli settlements in
occupied Arab lands.
He flew in from Egypt Friday, repor-
tedly carrying renewed Egyptian
demands for total Israeli withdrawal
from occupied lands and recognition of
Palestinians' right to self-
determination-demands that Israel
steadfastly has rejected.
ATHERTON talked to Dayan for
nearly two hours at the foreign
ministers suburban villa and later told
reporters he had come back from his
Stwo-ay visit to Cairo with "concrete
Egyptian pro'posals regarding the
declaration of principles for a peace
settlement, which remains the focus of
our efforts."
The Israeli cabinet was expected to
wind up its debate of the settlement
issue tomorrow and produce a
resolution halting establishment of
Here's
Council
talk made
easy
(Continued from Page 2)
K"PULLING A BERTOIA" )jamie
Kenworthy, (D-Fourth Ward) -
Taking a hardline stand against the
University. As in, "I hate to pull a Ber-
toia on this, but .."
"POINT OF INFORMATION" (Ken
Latta, (D-First Ward) - An innovative
new technique of getting called on next,
even when other Council members have
had their hands up beforehand. A new
method of getting the Mayor's atten-
tion.
"I HAVE SOME PROBLEMS
WITH THIS .. ." (origin unknown) -
Taken literally, meaning "I'm going to
vote 'NO' on this."
"MORE ENFORCEABLE" (origin
unknown) - When an ordinance is
amended beyond recognition in order to
get it passed through Council. EXam-
ple: the pornography law, and the
proposed human rights ordinance.
HUMAN RIGHTS ORDINANCE
(Mayor Wheeler) - A mysterious
document introduced last month "that
has been tabled at every meeting since.
The Agate Fossil beds in Nebraska,
with an area of 3,054 acres, was
declared a national monument in 1965.
I1 RAIklAVIC

Jewish colonies in occupied Arab lands
during peace talks, political sources
said.
Direct Egyptian-Israeli negotiations
stemming from Egyptian President
Anway Sadat's epic journey to
Jerusalem last November have
snagged on Arab demands for total
Israeli withdrawal from captured
territory and Israel's insistence on
keeping Jewish settlements in the occu-
pied zones. The future status of
Palestinian refugees also is 'a major
stumbling block.
FORMER ISRAELI Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin said yesterday the Begin
government's hardline positions are
preventing the inclusion of Jordan in
the talks,
Rabin laid equal blame for the
negotiating impasse on Israel and
Egypt for holding to original demands
"rather than giving in."
He also attacked the Begin gover-
nment for establishing settlements in
the occupied Sinai Peninsula and West
Bank of the Jordan River while
negotiations were under way. He said
such maneuvers "put big question
marks on Israel's credibility."
RABIN'S LABOR Party was defeated
in elections last May by Begin's right-
wing Likud bloc.
Dayan, who favors a partial
moratorium on settlements in the Sinai

but more settlements on the West Bank,
told reporters Friday that Egypt has
stiffened its negotiating position since
the peace talks broke down.
Former Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin told the state-owned radio that
Israel's credibility at the bargaining
table was undermined by its decision to
establish settlements on Arab lands
even as the peace talks were going on.
THE CREATION of "ghost set-
tlements in the Sinai and tricky set-
tlements under cover of archeological
expeditions and military camps on the
West Bank" will hurt Israel in the end,
he said.
Rabin also said Israel erred by ex-
cluding Jordan from the negotiations
and by presenting its final offer at the
start of the Egyptian-Israeli talks,
thereby depriving itself of negotiating
room.
"Unfortunately, too much show
business was involved in the
negotiations by both Egyptian Presiden
Anwar Sadat as well as Israeli Prime
Minister Menachem Begin," he said.
The divorce rate in the United States
doubled from 2.5 per 1,000 population in
1965 to five per 1,000 population in 1977,
says the Census Bureau. Australia has
the second highest rate of divorce; with
about 4.3 per 1,000 population, and
Russia occupies third place with 3.4.

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Wrestling Classic Coming
To Crisler Arena March 4-5
Big Ten
Championships
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Michigan's Mark Churella in Action
Four NCAA Finalists Battle
For Titles
Mark Churella (150) of Michigan and Wisconsin's Lee Kemp
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