The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 27, 1980, Image 6

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Page 6 THE BATTALION WF r '‘ AY, FEBRUARY 27, 1980 Car hotline helps stop lemon sales By NANCY ANDERSEN City Staff Buying a used car, often consi dered the lemon of the automobile world, is becoming safer due to the Department of Transportation’s auto safety hotline. The hotline’s purpose is to supply recall information about any motor vehicle sold in the United States. If a car was recalled for a safety defect, the information is entered into a computer. Operators stalf the hot line from 6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and given the vehicle’s make, model and year, they can immediately give any defect or recall information to poten tial buyers. This information includes auto mobiles, trucks and motorcycles; domestic and foreign vehicles, and accesories like tires. Also, the hotline staff welcomes consumer calls to report any safety- related problem with a vehicle. A form will be sent to the complainant which asks for the vehicle’s make, model and year and the exact prob lem. This information is also fed into the computer. The hotline began as an experi ment in October 1975, with only four operators. It is now permanently funded and has 10-13 operators staf fing it. Operator Deborah Mazyck said the phones ring continously, averaging about several hundred calls a day. After hours calls are answered by a tape recorder enabl ing callers to leave a message. The hotline is toll-free to callers in the continental United States and the telephone number is 800-424- 9393. Flood pleads guilty, but says he’s not United Press International WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Daniel Flood, D-Pa., still maintain ing his innocence, but saying he is physicially and mentally unable to defend himself, pleaded guilty Tues day to a misdemeanor conspiracy count to avoid a bribery retrial. U.S. District Judge Oliver Gasch promptly let the 76-year-old Flood off without a jail term, bringing to an end the 17-month-old case. As part of a plea bargaining agree ment reached last Friday, prosecu tors filed a new misdemeanor charge alleging Flood violated federal cam paign laws in taking payoffs from five persons, and dropped an 11-count conspiracy, bribery, and perjury in dictment. Begging the judge not to impose a jail term, defense lawyer Axel Kleiboemer told the court: “He is an old man, ravaged by the effects of his age. He is used up, your honor.” Kleiboemer said Flood, once the powerful chairman of a House appropriations subcommittee, spent more than $150,000 in the first year of his defense and is now deeply in debt. “Enough is enough. Let him go in peace, and don’t subject him to any further indignity,” Kleiboemer said. The judge imposed no fine. Flood, who has been hospitalized repeatedly since his first trial ended in a hung jury, appeared shaky and was allowed to sit while the sentence was imposed. But before entering his plea, he told the judge in a brief statement, “I am not guilty of each '# and every element-of W made by the government. J ] have decided to plead J cause of consultation wittifl neys that I might I trial of some of the i Speaking to reporter?sfcajg' hearing room, Floodsaid'flr have done from the veiyfaiBfej with all my heart that I ht JR! ted any criminal offense,”* Kleiboemer, stressingflM; dining condition, said4W|' gressinan’s life expectancijl® “four to eight years.” HeajH had been subject to greatinJp the lengthy prosecution. Flood’s declining contiiR forced hint to resign Jan, 31^1 congressional seat hehadkM* terms. Life term given to rapist United Press International HOUSTON — A man has been sentenced to life in prison in the re peated rape of a 16-year-old girl who was beaten, dumped from a ear naked, maced and shot in the knee before her attackers fled. Steven Arlie Creech, 22, was the second man given a life sentence in the rape Oct. 9. Gary Dean Reno, 28, who lived with Creech, was con victed and sentenced earlier. Prosecutors said Creech and Reno abducted the girl from a sidewalk, pulled her into the car, raped her repeatedly, beat her, dumped her in a roadside ditch, sprayed her with chemical mace and shot her in the knee. Creech and Reno also are charged in the Sept. 19 rape of a 19-year-old woman on her honeymoon in Gal veston. Police charge the two broke into a hotel room, tied up the hus band and raped his wife in his pre sence. The two also are charged with attempted murder of a police officer they shot while he pursued them af ter the Oct. 9 rape. U.S. urged to tap lands for energy United Press International WEATHERFORD —The United States must develop energy poten tial on federally owned lands if it is to meet its future energy* needs, Rail road Commission Chariman John Poerner said Tuesday. Poerner said oil and gas will con tinue to provide more than half of the fre world’s energy through the end of this century, but he said the nation must mount an extensive effort at conservation and development of domestic energy resources. He renewed his recommendation for development of a “bullet train” connecting San Antonio, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth and for de regulation of oil and gas prices to encourage exploration. “We must make better use offeder -al lands,” Poerner said in a speech prepared for a luncheon of the Rot ary Club. “About half of all known remaining energy reserves in this nation are on federal land, yet fully 60 percent of the on-land federal estate has been formally closed or severely restricted to exploration and development for ecological reasons.” Poerner said the federal lands should be “leased, explored, drilled and produced, but in harmony with other ecologically desirable uses. ” The chairman of the agency which regulates oil and gas production in Texas said the most valuable contri bution the federal government could make to the energy problem would be to encourage a healthy climate in which the free market system could operate. Search for Texas family continuing United Press Intrnational TAOS, N.M. — Civil Air Patrol search planes Tuesday backtracked over areas searched previously for a missing plane carrying five members of a Texas family. “We re going over the area again because the changing winds we’ve had might have moved snow and un covered the aircraft, if it is up there somewhere,” said Lt. Steve Satchwll of the CAP. The plane, piloted by Dr. Robert Russell of the Dallas suburb of Mes quite, disappeared Thursday on a flight from Amarillo to Durango, Colo. On board were Russell’s wife, Bertha, two sons, Brian and Chris, and a daughter, Gina. Search operations were inter rupted Monday with the crash of one of the CAP search planes. The plane, a single-engine T’34 trainer, crashed at the 12,200 foot level on the side of 13,161-foot Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest mountain. Both men on board survived the crash and were airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital. The missing plane was last spotted on radar in the Taos-Red River area. The plane’s flight path would have taken it across New Mexico’s highest mountain range, which had been hit by a series of snow storms during the past two weeks. HUNDREDS OF NEW LOU SAFEWAY Lucerne Grade 'A' Large Eggs OPEN 24 HOURS EVERYDAY! Express Checkstand Open Til Midnight! Our store people have re-priced and remarked hundreds of key grocery items with NEW, EVERYDAY LOW, LOW PRICES! Everyday low prices on basic necessities like bread, flour, canned vegetables, cleaning needs, cereals . . . groceries you need to feed and take care of your family the right way. The price cuts are on the brands you know and trust . . . national brands, Safeway brands — hundreds of items. Shop Safeway today and cash in on these new low prices . . . You'll Welcome the change! Scotch Buy Paper Towels Limit 2 Dozen With a $10.00 Purchase or (More, less Beer, Wine and EdCH Tobaccos. Dozen Mrs. Wright's Canned Biscuits 7=1 UH Mrs! Wright's White Bread Regular or Buttermilk WAS 6/ $ l NEW LOW PRICE! i 1 Garden Fresh Fruit and Vegetables at Safeway! Yellow Onions 10 Colorado Mild W.«W: Mushrooms 79 Frozen Foods! Bakery Treats! Cream PieSf^' *£69' Rime Mrs. WrtgM • 11 Ox. Hot Dog or DUllS 13 Oz Mambvrgor, WAS 3T 3v Glazed Donuts Frai*n[ rv X 69’ Honey Buns Tc^' 1 Uiitf .... NjVl Chicken & Noodle X49< English Muffins ...’d Hash Brown ZZnZrt: X 69* Grain Belt Bread '^ s ii 8 Oz. Pkg. • ••••• Ea. Crisp Green Carrots U.S. #1 (2 lb. Pkg...29«) Bell Peppers Ruby Red Russet Potatoes U.S. #1 (5 Lb. Bag . . . 69*). ulO« Apples Red Delicious Extra Fancy, Small or Large »49< iftlS* Apples Golden Delicious Extra Fancy *39* 5^ $ 1 Pears D'Anjou Sweet & Juicy *49* 6 ..*1 Oranges California, Navel Seedless 3 *, $ 1 8 Lb. QO* • Bag # if Pineapple Plantation Ripe Large Size **79* Beautiful Plants And Flowers! Wishing Dieffenbachia Marianne Well 6" Pot 4" Pot . . Each Mums Foil Wrapped QO 6 Inch Pot Each O • # # Manor House, Frozen Fried Chicken (5 Lb. Box . . Wm»S.4S Iw* *4.95) WAS $ *2.19 Mrs. Wright's Crushed Wheat Bread @ Except »"• Redding Mrs. Wright's Cake Mix' WAS 59^ Assorted Variety Scotch Buy _ Shortening Mrs. Wright's Brownie Mix NuMade Quality Salad ( Everyday Favorites LOW PRICES Windshield Genuine Washer Fluid Banner Brand Brake Fluid Frosting Mixes “ r ^ m w r ri9 * ,, 5 ,4 r£79* Hot Roll Mix : 3 : 75 3 Toaster Pastries w 0 A w s B 6 H ^< u,, . . .. ’£55* Pancake Mix ^ Snack Cake whV. 14.5 01. Pkg 75* Biscuit Mix Coconut m p£99* Corn Meal ESS?™... Pennzoil Motor Oil 30 Weight PElfepl 1 ^OTOR Ol L W 1 "- SAFEWAY SPECIAL Safeway $1 30 Weight Regular Motor Oil I Oil Filters Prestone Anti-freeze OILFILTER B l .. . Each Isopropyl Alcohol , t OQC Medical Center, SPECIAL! Btl. W M Faberge' Shampoo A Wheat Germ Oil & Honey, 15 0z.^ I I Asst., SPECIAL! Btl. ■ • ■ M Consort Hair Spray QOC Reg. or Extra-Hold, SPECIAL! Can ir Sesame Street Volume £ •> * #8 ; i**.. Each Complete 15 Book Set. . . Ea. $ 28.85 Big Bird Display Rack . . . . Ea. *4.95 Ekco Basting Spoon ^ Ekco 3-1/8" Strainer Each *1.19 Collect the -^'"Complete Set! Each 16 Oz. Peroxide special! Medical Center, USP 3% 10 Vol Btl.i Timex Watches Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price on Our Complete Selection. . . . Each Tappan Microwave Model #56-1226 Each 20% oit *2591 Prices Effective Thursday, February 28th thru Wednesday, Marcn 5, 1980. in Bryan-College Station Everything you want from a store