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OFFICIALS REMAIN OPTIMISTIC
Texas spared oil-slick dara e
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas Robinson of the National Oceanic and A "SHEEN" of lighter oil about 40 on South Padre Islana skinny spit of
(AP) - Environmental officials Atmospheric Administration, part of a miles long looms only 15 miles offshore, land along the coast north of Port
remained optimistic yesterday that U.S. task force battling oil from a according to Coast Guard Capt. Roger Isabel.
Texas would be spared a massive runaway well more than 50Qmiles away Madson, commander of the task force. THE OIL HAS been spilling from a
greasing by a Mexican oil slick. And in Mexico's Bay of Campeche. He said the oil is moving northward at Mexican well 50 miles off the Yucatan
they added that Mexico's national oil Gov. Bill Clements planned an after- about 10 miles a day. Peninsula at the rate of 20,000 to 30,000
companyhapparently intends to help noon helicopter tour to inspect the south "I continue to be optimistic as far as barrels a day, and Mexican officials
clean up the mess, if there is any. Texas coastal area threatened by the the impact on the Texas coast," Mad- say it may be mid-September before it
Some oil has seeped into the entrance oil, son said. "I don't feel we're going to see is capped.
of the wildlife-rich Laguna Madre Officials said the leading edge of the any significant buildup over what we In Washington, a State Department
waterway along the coast, but main slick, the largest accidental spill are seeing at the present time." official said Mexico's national oil com-
authorities said yesterday concen- in history, has broken into a series of So far only a few scattered "tar pany, Petroleos Mexicanos, apparently
trations were so small they posed no patches, one about 40 miles off the coast balls" have washed ashore on Texas intends to open an office in Brownsville
threat to the area's teeming wildlife. just north of Brownsville and the other beaches, where occasional bits of oil to contract for cleaning up American
"WE DON'T have any significant about 100 miles off the coast directly are common. So far it has not deterred beaches if the oil damages the U.S.
amount of oil in there," said John east of the state's southern tip. tourists by the thousands vacationing shore.
BOISE, Idaho (AP)-Five forest fires
still burned out of control yesterday in
western areas where more than 150,000
acres have been devastated in what top
Forest Service officials describe as one
of the worst fire seasons on record.
Max Peterson, the new chief of the
U.S. Forest Service, met with Idaho
Gov. John Evans, who has been sharply
criticial of the agency's handling of the
fires. Peterson described the situation
"MONDAY WAS the worst fire
situation we've had since we began
keeping records," Peterson said. He
said that half the nation's firefighting
resources have already been tapped at
a cost "in the multimillion dollars."
"We could have many more problems
before this fire season is over," he ad-
Lee Carr of the Boise Interagency
Fire Center said that of the 35 fires that
agency has helped fight in the last 10
days, all but five were under control
yesterday, freeing equipment and
manpower to attack those still raging.
But Carr said authorities could not
predict when the five fires still out of
control-three in Idaho, one in Oregon
and a new 300-acre fire in
Nevada-could be controlled.
Hunt for fugitive begins A
Police remove the body of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Agent Johnnie Oliver from a public housing project
on Cleveland's east side. A hunt has begun for Melvin lay Guyon, who police alleged shot and killed Oliver. Two other
FBI agents were killed in California Thursday, the darkest day in history for the federal agency.
Forces ready for violence in Ireland
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP)-
Masked Catholic youths hurled stones
and bottles at British soldiers for the
second straight day in Londonderry
yesterday as security forces braced for
what could be an explosive weekend,
the 10th anniversay of Northern
Ireland's bloody sectarian gang wars.
No serious injuries were reported in
the Londonderry skirmish but it
heightened fears of renewed clashes
during an annual Protestant march
through the city, the province's second-
largest, scheduled for today.
POLICE SAID 12,000 Protestants
were expected to take part in the Ap-
prentice Boys march, a Protestant
tradition in Londonderry that erupted
in rioting in 1969 and touched off the
decade of bloodshed that has taken
almost 2,000 lives.
The march route has been diverted
away from heavily Roman Catholic
areas in hopes of averting street battles
between militant Catholics and hard-
line members of Ulster's Protestant
Aside from the Londonderry outbur-
st, heavy British army patrols, main-
tained calm yesterday, following two
days of clashes, hijackings, bombings
and brick and paint attacks by Catholic
youths on soldiers.
ALTHOUGH NOISY, the violence
Wednesday and Thursday was
relatively mild by Northern Irish stan-
dards. There were no deaths-this Irish police and militia conitinued their
year's average is almost two a alert.
week-and damage was comparatively OUTLAWED BRANCHES of the
minor. overwhelmingly Catholic Irish
Police reported two civilians and one Republican Army (IRA) were reported
police officer were injured in 10 attacks - planning two weekend marches but
on police and soldiers, 14 hijackings, veteran observers here said they doub-
nine burnings of vehicles, six scattered ted the turnouts would be large.
shootings, and four blasts-of homemade
explosive devices. This week marks a number of an-
Authorities appealed to parents to niversaries for rival Catholics and
keep their children at home as more Protestants.
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