Nation: Darkness in the Coal Country

Hardship spreads in lengthening strike

Across the broad heartland of the U.S., the lights began going out. Columbus switched off its street lamps indefinitely, and Governor James A. Rhodes ordered many state facilities to cut the use of electricity by 25%. Pittsburgh department stores dimmed their lights in daytime, shut down their display windows at night and scheduled a 30% cut in business hours this week. Officials in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana urged residents to forgo hair dryers, dishwashers and other appliances. Utilities that once boasted of 100-day fuel stockpiles watched...

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