The Michigan Daily- Thursday, January 7, 1993- Page 7
SUMBURGH, Shetland Islands
(AP) - Oil pouring from a wrecked
tanker spread along the coast yester-
day, and Shetland Island began to
w count the cost of the disaster in dead
birds, endangered fish and smeared
Stormy seas churned around the
wreckage, and controversy swirled
as to whether the crew caused the
disaster by abandoning the tanker
There also was concern that the
ship might be breaking up, and a
9 spokesperson for the Department of
Transport said the bow seemed to be
Lord Caithness, Britain's ship-
ping minister, flew over the site and
said the Liberian-registered Braer
still was in one piece. "It doesn't
look distorted in any way," he said.
High winds and rough waters
prevented divers from getting close
to the tanker to assess chances for
salvaging at least some of the oil.
Caithness said cleanup crews
would try again today to board the
Six planes took advantage of
lighter winds to dump detergents to
break up two oil slicks covering a 7-
square-mile area, but damage had
even spread inland.
"It's just absolutely black with oil
this morning. You can see oil like
you'd see on a garage floor," farmer
Willie Mainland said after surveying
his pastures near the wreck site. He
said he would have to move his 500
ewes to uncontaminated grass.
Villagers a mile and a half from
the tanker complained of the stench
and of houses covered with a film of
The Braer was forced aground
Tuesday morning by hurricane-force
winds after its engine failed. It
crashed ashore on the southern tip of
Mainland, the largest of the Shetland
Islands, 100 miles off the northeast
coast of Scotland.
By yesterday, winds had calmed
to 60 mph, from 85 mph Tuesday.
Waves 13 to 16 feet high battered
'It's just absolutely
black with oil this
morning. You can see
oil like you'd see on a
Shetland Island farmer
the tanker, but southwesterly winds
helped keep the slick inland.
"We are grateful that the wind
has held in the southwest," Caithness
told a news conference. "Let's hope
it continues to."
The Shetland News Service said
oil had spread up the west coast to
May Wick, a cove eight miles north
of the wreck.
Smit Tak, the Dutch salvage
company hired by the ship's owner,
said that as soon as weather permits
its teams will board the vessel to
start pumping the remaining oil into
a second tanker.
"We've decided based on initial
aerial inspections that the tanks have
to be empty of oil before we can
start raising the ship," company
spokesperson Annette Lindquist said
in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Two of its tugs, the Star Sirius
and the Smit Lloyd 121, were al-
ready at the site along with 12 sal-
vage experts, and a salvage vessel is
expected to arrive today loaded with
pumps, hydraulic lifting equipment
Authorities said the Braer had at
least two holes, one in the bow and
one in the stern.
The Department of Transport
said Tuesday that it feared all the
24.6 million gallons of oil on board
* would be spilled.
The department estimated that
about 40 percent of the spilled oil
would evaporate and 20 percent to
30 percent would disperse in the
"There's a seal lying dead on the
rocks," said islander Geoffrey
Bryant. "There are also lots of dead
Transport Secretary John
MacGregor said a government in-
Chief Justice: Court of Appeals needs
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The
Michigan Court of Appeals is "a
court in crisis" and needs at least 15
more judges to ease a crushing
caseload, the state's top jurist said
Michigan Supreme Court Chief
Justice Michael Cavanagh cited the
war on drugs, tougher drunken driv-
ing laws and an increase in manda-
tory criminal sentences for creating a
backlog of more than 4,000 appeals
to erase case backlog
The caseload for the 28-judge, "Appeals are flooding in from
$15 million appeals court system has our trial courts. New judgeships for
nearly doubled in the last decade, the Court of Appeals must be cre-
from 6,911 cases in 1982 to 13,300 ated. The citizens of this state de-
last year, Cavanagh said. Six judge- serve no less than our most intense
ships were added in 1989 but those efforts to break this logjam."
came too late to do much good, he
"Today it is a court in crisis,"
said Cavanagh, a former appeals
court judge elected this week to a
second two-year term as chief justice
of the state's highest court.t
But a ranking Senate lawmaker
said yesterday it's unlikely that the
cash-strapped state can afford to add
many new appeals court judges at an
annual cost of $400,000 apiece.
The ol' switcheroo
ISA sophomore Steve Maynard switches sections by filling out a
CRISP form yesterday.
Jazz pioneer Dizzy Gillespie
dies in sleep t'aea 75 after,
about with pancreras cancer
WASHINGTON (AP) - A fed-
eral jury on Tuesday found a one-
time top aide to former Housing and
Urban Development Secretary
Samuel Pierce and two other men
guilty of offering gratuities to HUD
But the jurors acquitted Lance
Wilson, who was Pierce's executive
assistant in the early 1980s. Texas
developer Leonard Briscoe, and
Maurice David Steier, an Omaha,
Neb., lawyer, were aquited of more
serious bribery, mail fraud and
The jury delivered the verdicts af-
ter eight days of deliberation follow-
ing 12 weeks of courtroom testi-
mony and arguments. The verdict
ended the first trial to come out of
the HUD influence-peddling scandal
during the Reagan administration.
Wilson was convicted on one
count of giving a gratuity to then-
deputy assistant HUD Secretary
DuBois Gilliam in September 1986.
Briscoe, of Fort Worth, and Steier
were convicted on two counts each
of giving gratuities to Gilliam.
Each count carries a maximum
prison term of two years and a fine
of up to $250,000. U.S. District
Court Judge Stanley Harris set sen-
tencing for all three men in late
March but ordered Briscoe immedi-
ately to begin serving a two-day sen-
tence for contempt of court over his
outbursts during the trial.
Gilliam, who was then in charge
of awarding Urban Action
Development Grants sought by
Briscoe, testified during the trial to
accepting a total of between
$400,000 and $500,000 in bribes
while at HUD.
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ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -
Bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie, who
helped popularize jazz through a
combination of humor and stage pre-
sence died yesterday at age 75.
Gillespie died while sleeping in a
chair at Englewood Hospital, where
he was being treated for pancreatic
cancer, said publicist Virginia
His own; music compiled in the
recent release "Dizzy's Diunonds"
was playing on a stereo system in his
room when he died, Wicks said.
Gillespie had been in and out of
the hospital since March and was
last admitted around Thanksgiving.
He last performed in public at a
Seattle nightclub in late February,
Gillespie turned jazz in new di-
rections in at least two ways - as a
founding father of the style known
as bebop and when he collaborated
with Cuban musicians to give
African American music a Latin
Gillespie wrote or co-wrote many.
songs that became jazz standards,
including "A Night in Tunisia,"
"Groovin' High," "Manteca," "Salt
Peanuts," "Con Alma" and "Woody
Both seriousness and humor were
involved when he ran a writesin
campaign for president in 1964. A
lifelong fighter against racial dis-
crimination, he was dismayed by the
conventional choices - Lyndon.
Johnson and Barry Goldwater.
He took to wearing African garb
and promised to change the White
House to the Blues House, legalize
the numbers racket, and put Miles
Davis in charge of the CIA.
While his bulging cheeks defied
conventional wisdom about the
proper technique for blowing a horn,
Gillespie said they worked for him.
"My cheeks just started expanding
and I just went along with it," he
once said in an interview.
As for his bent horn, he said the
origin was an accident in 1953,
when another player tripped over his
trumpet stand and bent the bell up-
ward at a 45-degree angle. Gillespie
liked the sound it gave him and used
bent horns the rest of his career. .
He was born John Birks Gillespie
on Oct. 21, 1917; in Cheraw, S.C.,
the youngest of nine children. Ius fa-
ther was a bricklayer and amateur
His first instrument was the pi-
ano. When he was in the third grade
he fell in love with a friend's new
trumpet and played it whenever he
"We used to practice on that
trumpet so much, double-timing it,
it's a wonder we didn't wear out the
horn," he wrote in his memoirs, "To
Be or Not to Bop."
By the late 1930s, he had moved
to New York and got a job with or-
chestra leader Teddy Hill.
In 1939, with the help of a young
dancer named Lorraine Willis, he
joined the Cab Calloway Orchestra.
The following year, he married Miss
Willis. Their marriage, which lasted
his lifetime, gave him stability that
set him apart from many musicians.
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