Pressurized Tank Explodes, Killing 3
A pressurized, fluid-filled tank exploded at a steel mill
Wednesday in Portage, Ind., sending workers running for cover and
hurling debris up to a quarter-mile. Three employees were killed
and nine injured, one seriously.
"All of a sudden there was a huge explosion, like a time bomb,"
said Lee Spitka, a supervisor at Beta Steel, about five miles east
of Gary, Ind.
"People were just running all over the place," he said. "They
were scattering because they didn't know what was going to fall
About 50 to 60 employees were in the mill at the time. But
because of a shift change, most were not on the production floor.
F. LEE BAILEY
O.J. `Backlash' Has Hurt Fund Raising
F. Lee Bailey's brother said Wednesday the famed defense
lawyer's role in winning the O.J. Simpson case is making it hard to
raise money to get him out of jail.
Bailey, who has been behind bars for three weeks for contempt
of court, needs $2.4 million to win his freedom from the Federal
Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Fla., where he is serving
a six-month sentence.
His brother, attorney Bill Bailey, said in Miami he believes
the struggle to raise the cash is the result of "a very severe
backlash from the O.J. Simpson case. I don't think Lee had any idea
about the depth of the resentment of his participation in the
O'Leary Curbs Foreign Trade Missions
Faced with continuing criticism of her expensive foreign travel
as well as an ongoing investigation, Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary
has agreed not to undertake any new international trade missions
until her department resolves well-documented problems in arranging
O'Leary also has ordered new procedures for approving and
planning international travel by department members, pending the
outcome of an inquiry by its inspector general. These measures are
meant to improve accountability and cost-efficiency.
Los Angeles Times
Judge Denies New Trial For Ex-Leader
Ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is not entitled to a
new trial, even if Colombia's Cali cocaine cartel bribed a key
witness to surrender and testify against him, a federal judge ruled
Wednesday in Miami.
Defense attorneys argued last month that Noriega's trial was
tainted by witnesses with ulterior motives - one who took $1.25
million in cartel bribes and another who claimed he was promised a
greatly reduced prison sentence.
Food-Service, Custodial Workers Strike
Yale University food-service and custodial workers went on
strike Wednesday, shutting down dining halls and leaving trash
uncollected on the New Haven, Conn., campus.
Local 35, representing 1,100 workers, walked off the job one
day after talks broke down over Yale's decision to subcontract some