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PASADENA, Texas (AP) -
Explosions rocked a Phillips
Petroleum Co. plastics plant yester-
day, hurling chunks of metal and
other debris miles away and creating
a fireball visible 15 miles away.
More than 80 people were injured,
authorities said.
Officials said they fear many died
in the plant, but flames and intense
heat are keeping rescue workers from
getting close enough to investigate,
said Dr. Paul Pepe, the director of
Houston emergency medical ser-
The blasts buckled a ceiling and
blew out cafeteria windows at an
elementary school about a mile
away. None of the more than 700
pupils was injured and they--were all
sent home, a school employee said.
At the plant, leaking gas and
broken water lines hampered fire-
fighters, said Phillps environmental
director Bill Stoltz, who was at the
Several fires were visible beneath
columns of dense smoke in the plant
complex and patches of grass

Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports

The Phillips Chemical plant in Pasedena, Texas exploded yesterday injuring over 80 people. Of the injured 72
were plant workers and 9 were injured from flying debris.

smoldered outside.
More than 900 people work in
shifts at the plant, built in 1948 on
the 800-acre complex on the
Houston Ship Channel, said Dave

Dryden, Phillips spokesperson at five minutes, then saw a white
company headquarters in Bartlesville, cloud.
Okla. "I told a safety man I saw
Kelly Manerly, a pipefitter at the nothing but gas. Then it exploded. I
plant, said he heard hissing for about ran.

Selective abortion technique may be


restricted by new
LANSING (AP) - A special they are carrying multiple fetuses.
abortion technique that has helped "The issue of social abortion is
some previously childless women very different from the type of cases
bear healthy babies might be threat- we're talking about here," said
er~ped by legislation proposed by anti- Evans, associate professor of obstet-

The measure, which bans public
employees from participating in
abortions except to save the life of
the mother, was introduced follow-
ing last July 3rd's U.S. Supreme
Court decision upholding a similar
law in Missouri.
"The general concept in Missouri
was they didn't want doctors at the
county health clinics doing abor-
tions. The issue is different in

abortion forces, medical experts say.
The techniques, pioneered by Dr.
Mark Evans of Wayne State Univer-
sity, involves selectively aborting
fetuses carried by women who have
taken fertility drugs and later find

rics and gynecology.
As a public employee, Evans
fears he would be barred from using
selective abortion techniques if a
measure proposed by Sen. Jack Wel-
born (R-Kalamazoo), passes.

Michigan where we have the most
sophisticated health services for
women that happen to be at univer-
sities. That's very different from
running an abortion clinic," Evans
Welborn, who said he was unfa-
miliar with Evans' work, questioned
the distinction between abortions
for social reasons and those per-
formed by Evans.




East German workers form
first independent union
BERLIN - Several hundred employees of an East German factory
have formed an independent union, a worker spokesperson said yesterday,[
stirring memories of Solidarity's challenge a decade ago to an equally
stern Polish regime.
Workers at the Wilhelm Pieck Electronics factory in Teltow, a suburb
of East Berlin, call their union Reform.
It is the first independent labor union in communist East Germany, as
Solidarity was the first in the Soviet bloc, and includes the right to strike
among its demands. There was no comment from the government.
ZDF television in West Germany quoted a Reform spokesperson as.
entire sections of plant workers had resigned from the state-run Freie
Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund labor federation. It said workers had appealed
to comrades in other factories to spread the new union.
In Leipzig, tens of thousands of people marched through streets
yesterday demanding a more democratic society, Lutheran Church sources.
Shuttle touches down safely
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Space shuttle Atlantis
streak down through the atmosphere and glided safely home yesterday after
a five-day mission that sent the long-delayed Galileo spacecraft on a 2.4-
billion-mile journey to Jupiter.
Atlantis touched down at 9:32 a.m. in a light breeze, cutting short its
mission by two 90-minute orbits to get down before predicted high winds
came up on Rogers Dry Lake. Before the landing, dense fog had shrouded
he base.
"Atlantis, congratulations on an outstanding mission," said capsule
communicator Ken Cameron in Houston. "You've extended the shuttle's
each to the outer planets."
"It's nice to be home," shuttle commander Donald E. Williams replied.
A relatively modest crowd estimated at 20,000 was on hand to watch
Williams, pilot Michael J. McCulley and mission specialists Shannon
W. Lucid, Ellen S. Baker and Franklin R. Chang-Diaz come home.
Virginian campaigns to be
nation's first Black governor
RICHMOND, Va. - Lt. Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is striving to be the
nation's first elected Black governor, but has avoided emphasizing his race
in a campaign without even a drive to register Black voters.
The 58-year-old Democrat who grew up in the segregated South has
conducted a campaign designed to appeal to the moderate, urban voters
who helped put him in the state's No. 2 office in 1985, when he got 44
percent of the white vote.
But he showed a rare moment of anger on a matter close to the hearts
of Black voters last week when his Republican opponent, J. Marshall
Coleman, invoked the name of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther
King Jr. in a televised debate.
Beer lovers taste a 'wet dog'
LONDON - If a beer tastes like a wet dog, beer lovers should know
t, according to a new guide to British brews.
But if it has "a clean, crystal malt palate with more than a hint of
eville oranges about it," that, too, should be stated out loud without fear
)f sounding like a wine snob, says the Good Beer Guide.
The guide, published yesterday by the Campaign for Real Ale, aims to
o beyond the time-honored but undiscerning request for "a pint of bitter,
lease" and put a touch of class into the beer drinking vocabulary.
Among terms appearing in the guide is "wet dog," as in: "Light, dry
nd hoppy, often with an excellent finish, but can suffer from a lack of

ny particular aroma, or smell a little sulphury like a wet dog."
Other terms include marzipan, rancid, spicy and worty.
Then there is "Tom Cat" - any brew with a "pungently urinous,
kunky" flavor.

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the bill on three grounds: Regulating
the material one can or cannot see is
unconstitutional, making the distri-
bution of obscene materials a felony
will increase the burden on the al-
ready overloaded penal system, and
eliminating the current exemption
for store clerks is unfair.
"Say I'm some $4 or $5 an hour
clerk, and I need the money. I could
be charged with a felony without
having any discretion over the mate-
rial (the store sells)," hypothesized
LSA senior Roger Kosson, president
of the College Democrats.
Under the current law, only the


store owner can be prosecuted for the
distribution of pornographic mate-
rial. But said Dillingham, "often it
is almost impossible to identify the
owner of an adult bookstore (because
they are out of the country). The bill
would provide that the people who
are absolutely distributing the prod-
uct (be punished)."


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Business Administration disaster as-
sistance and $100 million for loans
tto low-income people. The president
would be given a $400 million dis-
cretionary fund.
The White House was proposing
a more modest $2.5 billion package,
including only $600 million for
highway repair and no special fund
for the president. The administration
said California should use local
money and insurance, when appro-
priate, to pay for part of the roadway
costs instead of having the federal
government cover the entire tab.
In addition, the administration
said money could be shifted from
other accounts to pay for part of the
Chelsea Hospital is offering a
8-part series for families
having a member with an
eating disorder; either
anorexia or bulimia. The
weekly series begins Monday
evening, Oct. 30, from 7-8:30
p.m., at Eisenhower Circle,
Suite H. (next to the
There is a $100 charge for
the series. To register, call
Barbara Tapley, 996-1010.
National Federation


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