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United Press International
ssident clai; CHICAGO — American driving
wise evidfi tits have earned motorists a new
'srican n( v |ind of higher gasoline prices and
t fuel shortages, an industry
are two fej lyst said recently.
Nereis ah lut drivers need not fear a re-
rence of the long lines of 1973 or
ips to $l-a-gallon gasoline, said
rbert Hugo, senior editor of
he energy analyst said many re
des have been forced to close
beaninvaj ause of a petroleum shortage.
Ind American driving habits are
the infej lind the shortage, he said.
’he Northwest Petroleum As-
iation reported six of the nation’s
ineries are closed and those
them pejj. ‘rating are producing only
000 barrels per day. That is
shes, then^500 barrels short of the normal
So there is a shortage,” an NPA
kesman said, “and it is predicted
the next 10 days.
Some refiners have reported
are experiencing some
C eeze,” a Department of Energy
om fact, fj
ith the rei!
id in the
“But it is premature to predict
what will happen,” he cautioned.
“All of a sudden, everybody gets
out on the highway again and starts
driving like there’s no energy
crisis,” Hugo said. “We motorists
have been out on the highway burn
ing it up on record rates. Then you
have to expect prices to go up a little
“Big cars are still selling big. If
you drive an old clunker that uses
leaded regular, you’re okay. There
is no shortage of leaded regular. The
shortage has developed in no-lead.
“Nobody’s going to have to stand
in line, but there will be spot
shortages. There will be no recurr
ence whatsoever of the nightmares
Hugo suggested motorists keep
their tanks at least half filled at all
times, and buy gas during normal
He declined to predict how much
of an increase in gasoline prices
motorists could expect.
A Minnesota Energy Agency offi
cial also warned the shortage of oil
may hike prices at the pump.
United Press International
WASHINGTON — The House
sassinations Committee is trying
evaluate a widely publicized
intemafc; eorythat Memphis, Tenn., police
d the FBI joined in a conspiracy
assassinate Dr. Martin Luther
ive to b: ng in 1968.
' is a pi
Frank Holloman, a key figure in
conspiracy scenario as a former
I official who was then heading
Memphis police department,
[nounced the idea in testimony
iday as "slanderous” and “ludicr-
ty is imp
n is of the!
e the cm
s game. 1—
w the "I
he committee will move its at-
htion to other phases of the assas-
pation episode in its remaining
arings, but will focus on unan-
[ered questions about whether
neone helped James Earl Ray.
Jy originally pleaded guilty to
ng’s murder but now denies he
; the trigger man.
[‘Taken together, these unan-
ired questions weave a sinister
pry,” chief counsel G. Robert
key said in a statement read to
i committee before Holloman tes
The committee, which ques
tioned Ray earlier, announced it has
no plans to take further testimony
from him. Ray is now serving a 99-
year sentence at a maximum secu
rity prison in Tennessee.
Holloman would have a crucial
place in any conspiracy involving
the Memphis police and the FBI
because he worked directly under
the late Director J. Edgar Hoover in
Washington before he became
Memphis police and fire director.
Another part of the scenario
painted by some conspiracy buffs is
Hoover’s publicized dislike for King
and the fact, since made public, that
Hoover made King a target of the
FBI’s widespread smear campaigns
under a secret project dubbed
Other elements of the theory:
—A security unit assigned to
guard King was disbanded the day
—Tactical units were kept five
—A black detective on surveil
lance duty was removed an hour be
fore King was shot.
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1978
“We will be experiencing spot
shortages and distribution problems
for the next week or two,” spokes
woman Dixie Diehl said. “If
motorists will cut down on driving
— not drive any more than neces
sary — it will help the supply situa
tion and make sure there is enough
gasoline for farmers and industry.
“The refineries that are open are
operating at full capacity. But there
just isn’t enough product.
The Energy Department hopes to
push oil pricing controls through
Congress when it convenes in
January to help limit gasoline con
sumption, the department spokes
“In July we consumed a record 8
million barrels a day,” the DOE
spokesman said. “That is a number
that greatly disturbs anyone who is
in energy policy.”
He added the strike of Iran’s oil
fields “adds another dimension to
Half of the oil burned in the
United States is imported — and 9
percent of imported petroleum
comes from Iran.
(ing death theory rebutted
—Finally, the Memphis police
did not issue an “all-points bulletin”
although it was known the suspect
was fleeing in a white Mustang.
Holloman testified the security
withdrawals were made at the re
quest of King aides, who did not
want police surrounding the civil
rights leader during, his visit in con
nection with a sanitation workers’
The black detective was removed
from a surveillance post because
police learned of a threat on his life,
Holloman testified, and the failure
to issue an all-points bulletin was an
Holloman also said Hoover never
confided in him; he was not aware
Hoover had negative feelings to
ward King; and that in his long FBI
career, he never heard of the FBI’s
After his testimony, Holloman
read a statement denouncing the
conspiracy theory itself.
“It is unbelievable to me that the
FBI would even entertain such an
idea,” Holloman said. “It is ludicr
ous and preposterous that I would
be a party to such a thing either di
rectly or indirectly.”
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