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Saturday, July 16, 1977

Authorities seek NYC blackout cause

NEW YORK (U) - Authori-
ties began trying to pinpoint
reasons and responsibility for
the blackout that crippled New
York City for more than 24
hours. Most businesses and
public facilities returned to nor-
mal or near normal yesterday,
but some people faced clean-
sups and losses from looting.
Public officials and private
citizens alike faced the after-
math of the blackout with three
ouestions: What went wrong?
Who's to blame? What was the
Home's gas needs
The average home's heating
and cooking needs for three
days is about 1,000 cubic me-
ters of natural gas. In some
communities in 1974, this only
cost the homeowner about a
quarter. Last winter 1,000 cu-
bic meters of natural gas. In
some communities in 1974, this
only cost the homeowner about
a quarter. Last winter 1,000 cu-
bic meters brought as much as

Beame has accused Consoli-
dated Edison Co. of "gross
negligence." The utility, which
already faces a $1 billion class-
action damage suit, says Beame
is wrong, although officials
concede they are not sure why
safety devices did not work to
prevent the power failure that
began Wednesday night when
lightning struck a transformer
and feeder cables.
Richard Dunham, chairman
of the Federal Power Commis-
sion, said at a news conference
that the government shared
the blame for the blackout.
"Whatever we did obviously
didn't prevent this situation,"
he said, referring to measures
taken after the 1965 Northeast
thing didn't fit. We're going to
find out what went wrong and
find out what steps can and
must be taken to prevent the
same thing from happening

President Carter told the
FPC to come up with answers
in two weeks. Dunham, prepar-
ing for yesterday's public hear-
ing, said the commission would
try to meet the deadline, but
added: "That's a very tight
timetable to deal with these
complex matters."
At its height, the blackout
disrupted life for 10 million
persons in five boroughs and
parts of Westchester County to
the north and Long Island to
the East. Power was restored
to the last of the 2.8 million af-
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fected Con Ed customers late
Thursday night, 25 hours after
the trouble began. The 1965
blackout lasted 13 hours.
A state of emertency was
lifted at 8 a.m. Trains and sub-
ways, which resumed limited
service Thursday afternoon,
carried workers through the
Friday morning rush hour.
Stores reopened. Food supplies
spoiled in the heat were re-
plenished. Court officials con-
tinued processing some 3,000
persons arrested for looting.
People hurried, cars honked
and streets filled an the city
picked up its pace after a day
of unnatural slowness.
The discomfort for New
Yorkers, remained, however.
The hot, humid weather con-
tinued and by early in the
morning, the National Weather
Service was predicting that the
temperature, would top 'a 98-
year-old record for the date of
95 degrees. The' Department of
Air Resources, in its daily re-
port,hsaid air quality was un-

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Con Ed officials said shortly
before noon that they did not
expect any problems resulting
from the high temperatures and
the demand for power to r u
air conditioners.
on college
ny The Asscated Press
A growing number of families
are spending summer vacations
on college and university cam-
puses, studying everything
from performing arts to go-
e ment in special low-cost
programs combining leisure
and learning.
The vacation colleges gener-
ally are sponsored by alumni
associations, but most are open
to nonalumni as well, some-
times at a slight additional fee.
There are no prior educational
requirements and the programs
do not carry credits toward a
A FEW SUMMER colleges
are limited to adults only;
more and more schools, ,how-
ever, offer something for ev-
eryone in the family: seminars
and lectures for grownups, re-
creation for youngsters.
Prices vary, but a week or
10-day program for a family of
four, including room, board and
tuition, usually runs about $50
to $600.
There is no central clearing-
house for statistics on the num-
ber of schools offering vacation
programs or the number of peo-
ple enrolled. A spokesman for
Cornell University, which op-
erates one of the oldest pro-
grams, said vacation colleges
are offered by 60 to 70 schools.
individual colleges and univer-
sities agreed that interest is
"The courses are increasing
in popularity and more schools
are offering them," said a
spokesman at the University
of Michigan wich has a one-
week program beginning Aug.
14 with seminars for adults on
a variety of subjects. The pro-
gram is in its third year.
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