Chapman says that if the reduction goes through, then Congress and the EPA, in making decisions about acid-rain legislation and regulation, will be "dependent on privately owned models that have strong financial ties to the electric industry." Oppenheimer warns, "A budget cut will make it more difficult to design a least-cost program, and the burden on utility ratepayers may become larger than necessary." And Richard Ayres, chairman of the National Clean Air Coalition, charges that the Administration is being hypocritical. "It argues against action on the grounds that we need more research," he says, "and then it orders a cut in the research."
Despite OMB's decision, Congress is still free to appropriate the funds. Says Republican John Chafee of Rhode Island, the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Environmental Pollution, "I think reported plans to cut acid-rain research are an outrage. I doubt Congress will let it happen."
IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM
Joe Morgan's three-run, seventh-inning home run on the final day of the 1982 season not only gave the San Francisco Giants a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it also gave the Atlanta Braves the National League West Division title by one game over L.A. Morgan had never been a particular favorite of Atlanta fans, but suddenly he was being toasted up and down Peachtree Street. Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young showed his city's gratitude by making Morgan, an Oakland resident, an honorary citizen of Atlanta.
Not to be outdone by the city fathers in the showing of appreciation, the Braves last week signed free agent Terry Forster to a three-year, $1.5 million contract. The lefthanded Forster served Morgan the pitch that clinched the title for Atlanta. Reminded of his inadvertent part in the Braves' success, Forster said, "I felt awful. I'm paid to get the guy out in that situation. I made five good pitches, but.... " Said Braves Executive Vice-President Al Thornwell, "Terry said he wanted to go to a winning team, and we're certainly that."
MOM'S BEST FRIENDS
While visiting the home of one All-America he was ready to sign, Faust was startled to hear the boy sharply reprimand his mother for turning down the stereo. "So I gave him a little forearm in the ribs and told him not to talk to his mother that way," says Faust, who subsequently withdrew the scholarship offer....
—From an April 13, 1981
SI story on Notre Dame Coach
Once, when a promising player told his mother to "shut up," Sherrill ended the interview abruptly, though he'd driven 200 miles for the visit...
—From a Sept. 27, 1982
story in PEOPLE on Texas A&M
Coach Jackie Sherrill.
A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE
Harness-racing driver Ben Webster and two other men, professional gambler Wayne (Babe) Donoway and attorney Anthony Genovese, who had been on trial together in Newark on charges of fixing four races at the Meadowlands in 1981, were absolved last Friday after the prosecution finished giving its evidence. U.S. District Court Judge H. Curtis Meanor dismissed the charges, saying, "This is the thinnest case I've ever seen the United States government present in this court."