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                  Thursday, August 3, 2000, Vol. 4, No. 151

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AUTOINFO, INC.: Announces Conditional Confirmation of Chapter 11 Plan
BC OIL: Files Chapter 11 Protection in California
BREED TECHNOLOGIES: Bondholders Sue AlliedSignal, et al., to Recover Losses
DIAGNOSTIC HEALTH: Joint Plan Proposes Transfer of 100% Equity to Unsecureds
GENESIS HEALTH: Healthcare Resources Unit Files Chapter 11

GIBBS CONSTRUCTION: Texas Court Okays Debtors' Solicitation of Acceptances
GRAHAM-FIELD: Receives $21.5 Million Offer for Stock in Prism Enterprises
GRAHAM-FIELD: Committee Interposes Limited Objection to Prism Stock Sale
GULF STATES: Debtor Argues that Shared Savings Has No Equity in Equipment
HEILIG-MEYERS: Continues to Explore Options -- Like a Sale or a Bankruptcy

IRIDIUM: Perhaps a Third Proposal Will be the Charm to Avert De-Orbiting
LAROCHE INDUSTRIES: Proposes $5.6 Million Employee Retention Program
PARAGON TRADE: Diaper Company Announces Strong Second Quarter Results
PHONETEL TECHNOLOGIES: Results of First Post-Emergence Shareholder Meeting
PREMIER SALONS: Moves to Obtain Limited Post-Petition Financing From Sears

RIDGEVIEW, INC.: Hosiery Company Files for Chapter 11 Protection
TOKHEIM CORP.: S&P Cuts Debt Rating to "D" With Bankruptcy Filing in View

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AUTOINFO, INC.: Announces Conditional Confirmation of Chapter 11 Plan
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Stamford, Connecticut-based AutoInfo, Inc., (OTCBB:AUTO) obtained conditional
confirmation of its chapter 11 plan of reorgnaization from the Honorable Adlai
S. Hardin, Jr., United States Bankruptcy Judge.  The Plan, AutoInfo says, will
become effective without further action by the Court upon the closing of
AutoInfo's merger with Sunteck Transport Co., Inc. Such closing is subject to
the fulfillment (or waiver by Sunteck) of certain conditions, including
AutoInfo's obligation to secure a commitment for $2 million in debt or equity
financing prior to closing.

A copy of the Sunteck merger agreement is filed as an exhibit to the Company's
Disclosure Statement filed in the bankruptcy proceeding and can be accessed on
the Bankruptcy Court's website at http://ecf.nysb.uscourts.gov/index.html
(Bankruptcy Case No. 00-10368).

William Wunderlich, President and Chief Financial Officer of AutoInfo stated,
"The conditional confirmation of the Plan is a significant milestone in our
reorganization process. We are extremely pleased that our Plan was accepted by
our creditors without a single vote of rejection and that we are now cleared
to secure a financial commitment and consummate the merger with Sunteck
Transport Co., Inc."

"We have begun our quest for financing and are developing business strategies
to expand Sunteck's revenue base," Mr. Wunderlich added. "Both Harry Wachtel,
President of Sunteck, and I are excited about this achievement. We continue to
look toward the future, the consummation of the merger and the restoration of
shareholder value."


BC OIL: Files Chapter 11 Protection in California
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U.S. Restaurant Properties Inc. acknowledged the chapter 11 filing this week
by BC Oil Ventures LLC, one of its largest tenants, with the U.S. Bankruptcy
Court for the Central District of California, according to a newswire report.
BC Oil leases 26 properties and one wholesale terminal in Hawaii, 11
properties in California, and one property in Texas, which represents
approximately 4.4% of the company's total portfolio.  Rental revenues from
these leases contributed approximately 4.2% to the company's total rental
revenues.  The company has the infrastructure in place to deal with
underperforming assets and will continue to closely monitor this operator as
it restructures the operations. U.S. Restaurant Properties is a non-taxed
financial services and real estate company dedicated to acquiring, managing,
financing, and selectively developing branded service retail properties,
primarily chain restaurants and service stations such as Burger King, Arby's,
Chili's, Pizza Hut, Shell and ExxonMobil. The company currently owns or
finances 887 properties located in 48 states. AutoInfo Announces Conditional
Confirmation of Its Reorganization Plan AutoInfo Inc. yesterday announced that
the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Adlai S. Hardin Jr. (E.D.N.Y.) conditionally
confirmed its reorganization plan, according to a newswire report. The plan
will become effective without further action by the court upon the closing of
Stamford, Conn.-based company's merger with Sunteck Transport Co. Inc. The
closing is subject to the fulfillment (or waiver by Sunteck) of certain
conditions, including AutoInfo's obligation to secure a commitment for $2
million in debt or equity financing prior to closing.  (ABI 02-Aug-2000)


BREED TECHNOLOGIES: Bondholders Sue AlliedSignal, et al., to Recover Losses
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Bondholders of bankrupt Breed Technologies Inc. on Monday sued AlliedSignal
Inc., now Honeywell International Inc., and others for alleged losses of $130
million, possibly setting the stage for a bankruptcy court battle with Breed's
secured creditors, according to a Reuters report.

In papers filed in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, eight fixed-income
funds, including American High-Income Trust, The Bond Fund of America and
Capital Guardian U.S. Fixed-Income Master Fund, alleged that "AlliedSignal
pulled the wool over Breed's eyes" when it sold its Safety Restraints System
Division (SRS) to Breed in October, 1997 for $710 million. To finance the
acquisition, Breed sold 9.25 percent senior subordinated notes due 2008.
Plaintiffs, who bought about $160.0 million par amount of the bonds in initial
($55.9) and secondary ($103.7) offerings, allege they were given "false"
historical financials for SRS and projections that "were wildly and
intentionally overstated."

According to the court papers, Breed learned "it had been defrauded" in July
1998, and bondholders claim they did not learn of any problems for more than a
year after that in August 1999. After failing to meet interest payments owed
to its banks and bondholders, Breed, a Lakeland, Fla.-based manufacturer of
automotive safety devices such as air bags, filed for chapter 11 in Delaware
on Sept. 20. In addition to AlliedSignal, defendants include Breed's
underwriters, NationsBanc Montgomery Securities LLC and Prudential Securities
Inc., and three directors of Breed including the widow of the founder. Breed
Technologies is not a defendant.  (ABI 02-Aug-2000)



DIAGNOSTIC HEALTH: Joint Plan Proposes Transfer of 100% Equity to Unsecureds
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Diagnostic Health Services and its debtor-affiliates present their Disclosure
Statement in support of a joint plan of reorganization by to the bankruptcy
court for approval on August 22, 2000 at 1:45 p.m.

The joint plan is premised upon the substantive consolidation of the debtors.
The Reorganized Company will have the responsibility for making all
distributions required to be made under the joint plan.  Under the joint plan,
allowed secured claims shall receive deferred cash payments equal to the
allowed amount of such holder's claim, plus interest at the contract rate.  
The payments rare to be made over the course of seven years on a quarterly
basis with interest.  The first payment shall be made on the Effective Date.  
The holders of the Allowed secured Claims retain their liens on their
collateral until their claims are paid in full.

Class 3 under the plan consists of unsecured claims.  Under the joint plan,
holders of allowed unsecured claims will receive Equity Interests in New
Common Stock of New DHS.  Each holder of an Allowed Unsecured Claim will
specifically receive its pro rata ownership of 100% of the Issued New Common
Stock of New DHS calculated based upon the total amount of all Allowed
Unsecured Claims. 100% of the equity of New DHS will be distributed to
holders of Allowed Class 3 claims.

The Debtors estimate that the total unsecured claims will exceed $29 million
and there is insufficient value to pay these claims.  Accordingly, no
distributions to holders of Common Sock Equivalents or Common Stock Interests
will be made under the joint plan.  The joint plan provides that stock
interests will be cancelled and that the unsecured creditors receive 100% of
the stock of the reorganized company.


GENESIS HEALTH: Healthcare Resources Unit Files Chapter 11
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Genesis Health Ventures Inc.'s wholly-owned Healthcare Resources Corp. unit
joined its eldercare provider parent in bankruptcy by filing chapter 11 in
Wilmington, Del., late Monday, according to a newswire report. The
Willowgrove, Pa., nursing center listed assets of $11.1 million and
liabilities of $31.5 on its bankruptcy petition. The company's largest
unsecured creditor is listed as Sysco Food Services Inc., which holds a
$26,583 claim against Healthcare Resources. Genesis and Multicare Cos., which
is 43.6 percent owned by Genesis, filed separate bankruptcy petitions for
themselves and numerous affiliates on June 22. Genesis owns 311 nursing homes
and manages 141 Multicare facilities all under its Genesis ElderCare brand
name.  (ABI 02-Aug-2000)


GIBBS CONSTRUCTION: Texas Court Okays Debtors' Solicitation of Acceptances
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Gibbs Construction, Inc. (GBSE) received permission to solicit acceptances of
its Plan of Reorganization from a Bankruptcy Court in Texas.  Gibbs filed a
Petition pursuant to Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code on May
20, 2000 after suffering heavy losses on hotel construction projects. The
Company has continued to operate in its normal course of business pending
approval of its Plan of Reorganization.

The Company's plan centers around an agreement with its major creditor whereby
a portion of the creditors debt will be converted to equity and an asset
acquisition and subsequent consolidation with an Atlanta based construction
services company. A copy of the Plan and Ballot is being mailed to
Shareholders and Creditors. Gibbs plans to continue to operate in the
construction and construction services sector as a Public Company. It is
expected its stock will trade on the OTC (Bulletin Board).

Company President, Danny Gibbs, stated, "I believe most of our creditors and
shareholders will recognize our plan affords the best possible alternative for
recovery and preservation of value and will vote in favor of our plan."

Additional information and a copy of the company's Plan of Reorganization can
be found on its corporate Web site at http://www.gibbsconstruction.com.

Gibbs is a general contractor providing construction services for retail,
office, warehouse, and specialty real estate. Gibbs is currently headquartered
in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and its stock was formerly traded on the
Nasdaq Exchange (GBSE).


GRAHAM-FIELD: Receives $21.5 Million Offer for Stock in Prism Enterprises
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Graham-Field Health Products, Inc. and Prism Enterprises, Inc., signed a
Letter of Intent with Prism Acquisition Corp. providing for the sale of all
the issued and outstanding stock in Prism Enterprises.  Prism Acquisition
offers $21.5 million, in cash, less certain adjustments.  Graham and Prism
Enterprises are convinced that Prism Acquisition is advancing the highest and
best offer but, to be sure, the offer will be subjected to a competitive
bidding process.  If Prism Acquisition's bid is topped by a competitive
bidder, the Debtors agree to pay a $1,000,000 Break-Up Fee.


GRAHAM-FIELD: Committee Interposes Limited Objection to Prism Stock Sale
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The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Graham-Field Health Products,
Inc. and its affiliated debtors interposes a limited objection and reservation
of rights to the approval of the sale of the outstanding stock of Prism
Enterprises. The Committee, the debtors and the Indenture Trustee for the
Notes are endeavoring to resolve issues with respect to the use of the
proceeds of the Prism Sale.  The Committee does not object to the purchase
price, although clearly disappointed the number wasn't higher, so long as the
court finds that Prism is properly exposed to the market.  The Committee
believes that with respect to the application of the proceeds of the sale, the
Noteholders can be given protection while the debtors use proceeds to pay down
the current DIP financing and utilize the remainder as Cash Collateral on a
basis favorable to the debtors, Unsecured Creditors and the Estate.


GULF STATES: Debtor Argues that Shared Savings Has No Equity in Equipment
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Gulf States Steel, Inc., of Alabama, debtor, objects to a motion for relief
from stay or, alternatively, for adequate protection filed by Shared
Savings Contracts, Inc.  According to the debtor, SSC is not entitled to
relief from the automatic stay because it no longer has an interest in the
equipment installed under the Energy Cost Savings Agreement on which SSC bases
its claim.  

Golf States says that the parties never intended for SSC to retain any right
in the equipment after the Fee Entitlement Period expired or for SSC to
remove any of the equipment.  The terms of the Agreement make no provision for
the removal of the equipment upon the termination of the contract.  Because
SSC has no remaining interest in the equipment installed, at least according
to the debtor's interpretation of the Agreement, SSC has no basis for
requesting relief from the stay or for receiving adequate protection.


HEILIG-MEYERS: Continues to Explore Options -- Like a Sale or a Bankruptcy
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Home furnishings retailer Heilig-Meyers Co. (NYSE:HMY) says it is considering
a "restructuring or sale of the company" and will "defer debt interest
payments while it considers its short- and long-term liquidity needs and
evaluates strategic alternatives," according to a report circulated by
Reuters.  

As previously reported in the TCR, the 800-plus store, Richmond, Virginia-
based retailer hired Lazard, Freres & Co. LLC to help it "explore strategic
alternatives."  It sounded like a bankruptcy in the making then, and it sounds
many steps closer today.  

The company now says it will defer its scheduled Aug. 1 interest payments on
its MacSaver Financial Services 7.60% unsecured notes due 2007 and its
MacSaver Financial Services 7.88% unsecured notes due 2003.  Additionally, the
Company will defer the Aug. 15 interest payment on its MacSaver Financial
Services 7.40% unsecured notes due 2002.  

Sarah Schafer, writing for the Washington Post observes that as of May 31, the
company had $516 million in long-term debt and only $6.5 million in cash on
hand.  "My guess is that the company will be thrown into bankruptcy," Kenneth
Gassman, a retail analyst for Davenport & Co. in Richmond, told Ms. Schafer.  
Heilig officials would not comment on the possibility of bankruptcy.


IRIDIUM: Perhaps a Third Proposal Will be the Charm to Avert De-Orbiting
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Jeff Foust, reporting for SPACE.com, relates that the Bankruptcy Court in
Manhattan gave the Iridium satellite venture a week and a half to find a buyer
for the company's assets or else face a plan to deorbit its $5 billion network
of satellites in space.

The decision by the federal bankruptcy court in New York City came after
merchant bank Castle Harlan backed out of plans Friday to buy the company's
assets, including the more than 70 satellites currently in orbit, for $50
million.

"Although Iridium provides a magnificent international point-to-point
telephone service, our due diligence and marketing studies were unable to
confirm that Iridium would generate even low levels of revenue with a high
degree of certainty," Castle Harlan said in a statement.

In June the bankruptcy court granted Castle Harlan a 45-day "due diligence"
period, during which time the bank investigated Iridium to determine if the
company's assets would be worth the $50 million offer it made.  Iridium now
has until August 9 to try and work out a new deal with Castle Harlan or
another company, such as New York-based Venture Partners, which expressed
interest in the company earlier this year. If no deal is made by then,
Motorola, which operates the satellites for Iridium, will have approval from
the court to begin deorbiting Iridium's satellite constellation.

"We have a plan in place to decommission the constellation once the deorbiting
plan is finalized," Motorola said in a statement on its website. "Details of
that plan will be discussed once it is finalized."


LAROCHE INDUSTRIES: Proposes $5.6 Million Employee Retention Program
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Laroche Industries, Inc., and Laroche Fortier, Inc., seek an order
authorizing the implementation of an employee retention, emergence and
severance payment program.  The purpose of the program is to minimize
management and other key employee turnover by implementing a stay bonus
program.  The program has three principal components: (a) a retention payment
program, (b) an emergence payment program, and (c) an executive severance
program.  

The proposed award pay-outs under the program are based on competitive market
data compiled by Ernst & Young.  The total cost(maximum aggregate retention
and emergence payments plus maximum severance cost) associated with the
program is estimated to be $5,657,657.  The participants in the program have
been identified as critical to accomplishing the effective management of the
debtors' ongoing operations, the enhancement of employee morale throughout
the organization; and the successful emergence from Chapter 11.  The program
recognizes both the debtors' previous plans in place prior to the Chapter 11
filings, as well as a competitive market analysis of similarly situated
companies in Chapter 11.

Judge Farnan will entertain the Debtors' Motion at a hearing in Wilmington,
Delaware on August 10, 2000 at 11:30 a.m.  



PARAGON TRADE: Diaper Company Announces Strong Second Quarter Results
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Paragon Trade Brands, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: PGTR) announced its results
for the quarter ended June 25, 2000. Paragon reported net sales for the
quarter of $131.7 million compared to $117.8 million for the second quarter of
1999, an increase of 12 percent. Unit sales of infant diapers and training
pants for the quarter increased 12 percent compared to the second quarter of
1999. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and
bankruptcy costs (EBITDA), adjusted for non-recurring items, for the second
quarter totaled $9.4 million compared to $4.9 million for the second quarter
of 1999. Second quarter operating profit, adjusted for non-recurring items,
totaled $3.1 million compared to an operating loss, adjusted for non-recurring
items, of $6.2 million for the second quarter of 1999. Non-recurring items in
2000 of $3.2 million relate primarily to severance costs to former senior
management. In 1999 the non-recurring item relates to plant closure expenses.

For the six months ended June 25, 2000, the Company reported net sales of
$260.8 million compared to net sales of $244.1 million for the same period
last year, an increase of 7 percent. Unit sales of infant diapers and training
pants for the six-month period increased 4 percent compared to the first six
months of 1999. EBITDA, adjusted for non-recurring items, for the six months
ended June 25, 2000, totaled $20.0 million compared to $7.6 million for the
same period last year. Operating profit adjusted for non-recurring items, for
the six months totaled $7.2 million compared to an operating loss, adjusted
for non-recurring items, of $11.9 million for the six months of 1999. Non-
recurring items in 2000 of $3.6 million relate primarily to severance costs to
former senior management. In 1999 the non-recurring item relates to plant
closure expenses.

Commenting on the second quarter results, Chief Executive Officer, Michael
Riordan said, "The second quarter results reflect the inherent strength of
Paragon's business. The combination of increased sales, increased
manufacturing efficiencies and reduced SG&A expenditures have contributed to
what continues to be a dramatic turnaround in our operations. Although our
results were impacted by an unsatisfactory performance in our feminine care
and adult incontinence business and non-recurring items, we look forward to a
strong second half. Increased distribution to new customers as well as the
continued expansion of our training pant sales and destination store brand
programs should translate into increasingly positive results for the Company.
With six-month EBITDA up more than 163 percent over the prior year and sales
up from the first quarter as well as on a year-to-year basis, the strength of
our business model is evident. With the consistency of our ongoing cash flow,
borrowings under our bank facilities fully repaid and our conservative capital
structure, we are extremely well positioned to meet our debt obligations and
support the growth and expansion of our business."


PHONETEL TECHNOLOGIES: Results of First Post-Emergence Shareholder Meeting
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PhoneTel Technologies, Inc. reported that shareholders at its 2000 Annual
Meeting voted to re-elect the five members of the Company's Board of Directors
to new terms expiring at the 2001 Annual Meeting. The individuals re-elected
are Thomas M. Barnhart, II; John D. Chichester; Eugene I. Davis; Peter G.
Graf; and Kevin L.P. Schottlaender. Mr. Chichester also serves as the
Company's president and chief executive officer; the others are not employed
by the Company. The Company also sought shareholders' approval of three
proposals, including an increase in the number of authorized shares of common
stock from 15,000,000 to 45,000,000. This proposal passed; however, the other
two proposals--to authorize a class of preferred stock and to increase the
number of shares of common stock authorized to be issued under PhoneTel's 1999
Management Incentive Plan of Reorganization--both failed. The Company emerged
from Chapter 11 protection in November 1999.  (New Generation Research 02-Aug-
2000)


PREMIER SALONS: Moves to Obtain Limited Post-Petition Financing From Sears
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Premier Salons International, Inc., et al., seeks entry of an order, pursuant
to 11 U.S.C. Sec. 364(b), authorizing the debtor to obtain limited post-
petition financing from Sears, Roebuck & Co. effective as of May 18, 2000.  A
hearing will be held in Wilmington, Delaware, on August 7, 2000.  

Subject to certain terms and conditions, Sears has agreed to lend Premier
Salons $118,461 with respect to certain capital improvements at the Sears
Salon located at the Market Place Mall, 2000 North Neil St., Champaign, IL.


RIDGEVIEW, INC.: Hosiery Company Files for Chapter 11 Protection
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Ridgeview, Inc. (Nasdaq-NM: RIDGE) filed a petition for Chapter Eleven
Bankruptcy Protection in order to recapitalize the company and reorganize its
operations.

Hugh R. Gaither (Telephone 828-464-2972), President of Ridgeview, Inc., says
that the Newton, North Carolina-based company has a very specific plan of
reorganization which addresses bringing cash into the Company now for
operations and completely closing the Ladies Hosiery operation and
concentrating all efforts and all resources on its sport sock business. In
addition, the Company will continue to seek an equity sponsor and a new lender
to provide the funding required to exit the bankruptcy proceeding.

Ridgeview has already taken steps towards accomplishing this plan. Plans have
been completed to close a new factoring arrangement and new lending facilities
for the Company's sport sock operations immediately. Last week the Company
took steps to close the remainder of its Ladies Hosiery operation, ultimately
reducing weekly cash requirements. The division will operate for approximately
three weeks to complete customer orders. Finally, the Company will continue to
negotiate with potential equity sponsors and new lenders in order to complete
the recapitalization process and emerge from the Chapter Eleven proceeding
with a much stronger balance sheet.


TOKHEIM CORP.: S&P Cuts Debt Rating to "D" With Bankruptcy Filing in View
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Standard and Poors cut Tokheim Corp.'s (OTC BB:TOKME) corporate credit and
subordinated debt ratings to "D," or default, after the troubled gasoline
pump maker reported a fiscal second quarter loss and said it expects to file
for bankruptcy.  This news comes by way of Jonathan Stempel, writing for
Reuters.  The rating cuts by Standard & Poor's came one day after Fort Wayne,
Ind.-based Tokheim said it expects to restructure about $504 million of loans
and debt as part of a prepackaged plan of reorganization for itself and its
U.S. subsidiaries under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.  At the same
time, the company said it lost $17.7 million, or $1.40 a share, in its fiscal
second quarter ending May 31, on revenue of $134.8 million. In the equivalent
period in 1999, Tokheim lost $5.4 million on revenue of $177 million.

In a press statement, chief executive Douglas Pinner attributed Tokheim's
liquidity problems to a ``substantial downturn'' in demand for petroleum
dispensing systems resulting from consolidation among big oil companies and
the weakening of European currencies against the U.S. dollar.  He said the
restructuring of Tokheim's U.S. operations will not result in factory closures
or job losses, and said when the planned restructuring is completed, ``Tokheim
will emerge as a stronger company with a sound financial structure.''

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