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Page 2-2Tuesday July 28:1981-Fhe Michigan Daily
Federal judge rules
against Sec. Watt on
offshore oil drilling

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal
judge yesterday criticized Secretary of
the Interior James Watt and blocked
his- department from selling certain oil
leases off the California coast. Watt
said the case was headed for the U.S.
Supreme Court.
The decision, by U.S. District Judge
Mariana Pfaelzer, was hailed as a vic-
tory by the state of California and en-
vironmental groups.
THE JUDGE delivered a 35-minute
oral decision - which she said would be
amplified ina written decision Aug. 4 -
finding that the federal government
had violated the Coastal Zone
Management Act by failing to conduct a
consistency determination before the
leases were sold.
The act requires federal actions
having a'direct effect on a shoreline be
consistent with state requirements.
Pfaelzer's decision affects 29 tracts
along a 35-mile stretch off the coast of
San Luis Obispo County, from three to
15 miles offshore, about 185 miles nor-
thwest of Los Angeles.
THE JUDGE alos said Watt "quite
clearly violated the spirit of" the Outer

Continental Shelf Lands Act in giving
only "minimal" consideration to con-
cerns voiced by Gov. Edmund Brown,
who filed the suit to stop the leases.
But she said Watt's action did satisfy
that act's legal requirements.
Criticism, Watt said in Washington that
the issue is whether "the nation's in-
terest or the state's interest control the
issuance of leases on the federal con-
tinental shelf. It is clear now that the
question will be decided by the
Supreme Court and ... the U.S. gover-
nment will appeal."
"I am pleased that the federal court
has done what President Reagan should
have done months ago:
collared ... Watt and brought him to
heel," Gov. Brown said in a statement
released by his Sacramento office.
"It's a great victory," said
spokeswoman Connie Parrish of Frien-
ds of the Earth, a San Francisco-based
environmental- group. "The court has
made it clear that the federal gover-
nment must pay attention to coastal
states when it proposes offshore oil
drilling projects."

"Hefferei Playmatas"
T HE OFFER from an animal research group to name a newly identified
subspecies of Florida rabbit after the highest bidder will likely be
snapped up by "the man who has done most to make bunnies
famous"-Hugh Hefner-according to New York magazine. The weekly
quotes an executive for Heffner's Playboy magazine empire as saying he's
suggested the Playboy Club's 800,000 members each kick in a buck to make
sure the bunny is named something like "Hefferei playmatus or Hefferei
leapus." The money would go to the Center for Action on Endangered
Species for research.ah
High-flying citation
L ARRY CUTTITTA must appear in criminal court Aug. 24 for flying
a kite. The president of L&G Paper Supply Co. of Brooklyn, N.Y., was
flying his 9-foot Delta kite at about 1,000 feet in q Brooklyn park Sunday af-
ternoon when police officer Charles Cosenza descended in a helicopter and
cited him for flying a kite higher than 150 feet without notifying Kennedy In-
ternational Airport. Said the 51-year-old Cuttitta, "I'm president of a cor-
poration and consider myself very responsible. I don't think I was doing
anything dangerous." He said on a good windy day some people fly kites "as
high asa mile."
A choking Koch
EW YORK CITY Mayor Edward Koch said yesterday that he "almost
choked to death" when a piece of food became lodged in his throat at a
Chinese restaurant. He was saved when a fellow diner, David Margolis,
president of Colt Industries, performed the "Heimlich maneuver," Koch
said. "It does slacken your appetite," Koch told reporters in his City Hall of-
fice. The mayor said he was so moved by Sunday's experience that he will
suggest to Schools Chancellor Frank Macchiarola that .students in city
schools be taught the life-saving technique. Koch said he was eating sauteed
watercress when "I suddenly realized I was choking. I coughed, and I
couldn't breath." Koch turned to Margolis, "tapped him on the shoulder and
mouthed the words, 'I am choking,' " the mayor said. Margolis then grab-
bed Koch around the lower chest and squeezed. The mayor said he does not
know whether he ejected the piece of food or swallowed it, but suddenly he
found he could breath again. "It is a very frightening experience " Koch
said. "As I'm sitting there, nobody at the table is aware of the act I'm
choking to death." Q
Today's weather
Today's forecast is for thundershowers with a high in the mid-70s.
Happenings .,..
AAFC-The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, 7 p.m., Opening Night, 9:30 p.m.,
Lorch Hall Aud.
C2-Blue Collar, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., MLB 4.
CFT-Foreign Correspondent, 4,7 & 9:15 p.m., Michigan Theater.
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Vol. XCI, No. 49-S
Tuesday, July 28, 1981
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Health planners to decide
hospital project approval

(ContinuedfromPage 11
"They (the Hospital) may be back in
another six months" for another in-
crease, Goodwin said. "The delay
makes the project more vulnerable" to
rising costs.
University officials maintain that the
work on the Replacement Project will
begin as scheduled on Oct. 1.
THE LIMITATIONS imposed by the
present $210 million ceiling will mean
exclusion of some portions of the
project, including an ambulatory care
center and renovations planned for
Women's, Mott Children's, and The
Children's Psychiatric hospitals, ac-

cording to Marsha Bremer of the
University Hospital Health Science
Last month, the Michigan Depar-
tment of Public Health encouraged the
Hospital to ask for an increase, as it
found these and other exclusions
The state legislature also authorized
the sale of $102 million in hospital
revenue bonds to cover the expanded
costs, and has already increased its ap-
propriation to the Hospital by $33
million, for a total of $173 million.

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