Spot Shortages of Gasoline Possible This Summer, Next
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Gasoline may be in short supply in some areas of the country during peak driving periods this summer and next, the American Petroleum Institute predicts.
Spot shortages may arise as refiners adjust to new Environmental Protection Agency rules requiring a 45 percent cut in the lead concentration of leaded gasoline beginning July 1 and a 91 percent cut effective Jan. 1, the institute said Friday.
Temporary shortages may occur in areas removed from major pipeline transportation routes and refineries, said Ron Jones, the institute’s staff member in charge of refining issues.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun devoted to helping the sick and poor in Third World nations, says the waste she sees in the United States angers her ″on the inside.″
She told a news conference Friday she doesn’t approve of the anger she feels, ″but it’s something you can’t help after seeing Ethiopia, which is something unbelievable when other places have so much.″
″When I see waste here, I feel angry on the inside,″ the 74-year-old nun from Calcutta, India, said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling rejecting the concept of comparable worth has brought criticism on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo., told the employment and housing subcommittee of the House Government Operations Committee on Friday that the EEOC’s decision will force women into the courts to fight sex-based wage discrimination.
″The commission has gone to sleep,″ attorney Winn Newman, who represents a number of labor unions involved in disputes with employers over pay equity for women, told the committee.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. citizen has been extradited to Columbia to face drug charges in the first such action under a treaty negotiated between the two countries in 1982.
The Justice Department said Friday that John L. Tamboer, 53, was turned over to Colombian officials by U.S. marshals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was placed aboard a Colombian military airplane and flown to Bogota.
Attorney General Edwin Meese III said the extradition of Tamboer will send ″a clear signal″ to Colombian officials that the United States is as serious as Colombia in exercising the provisions of the 1982 treaty. Colombia has extradited five of its citizens to the United States under the treaty to answer drug charges in this country.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin says the nation’s governors support federal efforts to hold down errors in welfare programs, but she says the federal government’s current policy could seriously hurt state programs.
Ms. Kunin, testifying on behalf of the National Governor’s Association on Friday, said the policy that penalizes states for failing to reduce errors in their welfare programs is expected to cost states $2.5 billion in sanctions between 1981 and 1989. She urged Congress to revise the policy.
″It appears that the purpose of sanctions has become federal budget control and reduction of federally supported case loads by shifting costs to states,″ she said in testimony before a House Ways and Means subcommittee.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted two California businessmen and a Czech trade official on charges of plotting the illegal export of high-tech equipment to Czechoslovakia.
The exports that led to the investigation represented ″a serious diversion″ of items used in military systems, Theodore Wu, a Commerce Department export official, said in a statement announcing the indictments Friday.
The Americans are Josef Kubicek, owner of Exclusitrade Inc., and Martin Stastny, owner of Martin International, a freight forwarding operation. The Czech citizen, Josef Chlumsky, is commercial director of KOVO, a Czechoslovakian foreign trade organization.