Aiken Standard, January 8, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 8, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Page 9A Aiken Looks To Busy 1989 COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWBERRY ST. S. W. AIKEN, S. C 29801 Iowa Upends North Carolina ✓ College basketball results on Page 4B. ^ Trainer Buddy Raines has enjoyed a full life at the training track as he enters his 60th year of preparing horses to race. Please see Page IB. ^ For previews on today’s NFL conference championship games, please see Page IB. A Quick Read Three Reported Killed In Wreck A head-on collision on Richardson Lake Road in Aiken County Saturday night left three people dead and two injured, according to reports. The accident ocurred shortly before 8 p.m.. Other details were not available from the S.C. Highway Patrol which is investigating the accident. Drug Sting Nets 21 Arrests An undercover narcotics operation yielded 21 arrests Friday night, as the Aiken Department of Public Safety opened the year with a crackdown on drugs. Public safety officers, operating in front of a vacant house at 105 Brown Lane, sold crack cocaine to a number of citizens, then arrested them for possession of the drug, Superintendent Robert E. Hardt said. A department press release lists 12 drug arrests. One of the suspects attempted to run over police officers with an automobile, Hardt said, but no officers were injured. That area of Brown Lane is known for ready availability of drugs, said Hardt. A total of 20 public safety officers, along with two representatives from the solicitor’s office and a member of the Alcoholic Beverage Commission, were involved in the operation. The operation lasted from 5:30 to 11:00. “Last night, we actually ‘hurt’ two people: the buyers and the sellers. Known sellers were unable to sell (Friday) because of our presence,” Hardt said. Weather Sunny Today Today will be sunny, but clouds and rain are forecast for tonight and Monday. Please see Page 8A for details. Deaths Lillie Mae Thompson, Aiken Boyd A. Owens, Aiken Alice M. Walker, Trenton Please see Page 8A for details. Inside Today Bridge.............................................11C Business............................................1C Calendar............................................6C Classifieds.........................................9C Crossword.......................................12C Cryptoquote.....................................10C Dear Abby..........................................7A Local Front........................................9A Obituaries..........................................8A Opinions............................................4C Sports................................................1B Stocks...............................................2C Weddings..........................................8C Weather.............................................8A Sunday, January 8, 1989 50C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 7 Japanese Mourn Hirohito Prince Akihito Assumes Father's Role As Emperor AP Laserphoto DEAD AT 87: Japan’s Emperor Hirohito, who reigned for 62 years, died Saturday after a lengthy illness. By TERRIL JONES The Associated Press TOKYO — Thousands of people thronged to the moated Imperial Palace on Saturday to offer prayers for Hirohito, their dead emperor, while inside his 55-year-old son silently accepted the regalia of the Chrysanthemum Throne. In a 4-minute ceremony 3% hours after his father’s death of intestinal cancer, Emperor Akihito bowed as the symbols of his new position were placed before him in a large room in the palace. Included were the state and imperial seals and two of the three imperial treasures — a sword and jewels. The third, an ancient mirror, is enshrined on the Related story on Page 8A palace grounds. Later, Akihito used a calligraphy brush to sign formal approval for Heisei —.Enlightened Peace — as the name of his reign. The name will be used on calendars and official documents. Hirohito’s death at age 87 ended his 62-year reign — the longest of any Japanese monarch. During that time, he announced Japan’s surrender in World War II, gave up his divinity and saw his nation emerge as a world economic power. The Japanese Cabinet on Sunday was to announce the date of Hirohito’s funeral. Traditionally, an emperor’s funeral is held six weeks after his death. S.C. Lawmakers Prepare To Go To Work Auto Insurance Figures To Key 108th Session By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer If you hear anyone mention the S.C. General Assembly, you’ll probably hear automobile insurance reform shortly afterwards. A new cycle begins when the 108th General Assembly convenes Tuesday. legislators surviving the No,r 8 general election have been busy late gurgling the holidays with constituent xoncerns for the upcoming session. Automobile insurance was listed as the top issue in a report released by the S.C. House of Representatives Speaker of the House Robert J. Sheheen, D-Kershaw County. Gov. Carroll A. Campbell Jr.’s qualified support of a mandatory seat belt law tied to a reduction in automobile insurance rates has some Senators and Representatives waffling. In the Aiken County Legislative Delegation, Sen. Thomas L. (Tommy) Moore, D-Aiken County, supports a mandatory seat belt law tied to reductions. Rep. In ne K. Rudnick is sponsoring a bill which would put a three year limit on a mandatory seat belt law. If after three years, there were no reductions, the law would be repealed. Rep. Charles R. Sharpe, R-Wagener; Rep. William P. (Billy) Keesley, D-Edge-field; and Rep. Thomas E. Huff, D-North Augusta, have all said they are philosophically opposed to the seat belt law, but would reconsider if it were tied to an insurance rate reduction. Rep. Huff said he felt the current laws affecting highway safety a chance before any wholesale changes were made. Sen. Nikki G. Setzler said he would support a mandatory seat belt law with a reduction in rates. Sen. Ryan C. Shealy said Thursday he would not support a mandatory seat belt law. Waste disposal burdens the minds of Legislators from Aiken County and the rest of the state. Not only are they worried about hazardous waste, but also infectious waste and solid waste. Sen. Moore chairs a Solid Waste Task Force which will be reporting to the General Assembly March 31. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has tightened the rules for all types of waste disposal and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has already released new landfill rules which will go into effect soon. (Please See AUTO, Page 5A) Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth NEW EXPERIENCE: Rep.-elect William P. (Billy) Keesley, D-Edgefield, is preparing for his first session in the S.C. General Assembly. Freshman Lawmaker Determined By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer Sunlight plays through the kitchen window, illuminating half of his face and a shoulder of his grey suit. “Nothing compelled me to go into politics,” says Rep. William Paul (Billy) Keesley, D-Edgefield. “I’m not a one-issue person.” The freshman representative, newest member of the Aiken County Legislative Delegation, rests a forearm on the table, softly discussing his recent success in politics. “The whole time that I’ve been living in Edgefield, I’ve felt akin to public service,” he says. “My father was on town council for many years. He was the first member of our family to be involved politically.” Rep. Keesley’s election to the South Carolina house followed years of community service through the Jaycees, in which he is a past state vice-president. (Please See FRESHMAN, Page 5A) Tradition calls for dozens of ceremonies, some elaborate, others poignantly simple, to lay Hirohito to rest. Thirty-six ceremonies have been announced for the first year, the official mourning period for the imperial family. The government declared an official six-day mourning period. Many celebrations, store sales and other events have been canceled, while others, including a rugby tournament and sumo tournament, were rescheduled. “The sad news of the passing of his late majesty the emperor has left me grief-stricken,” Prime Minister Noboru Take-shita said. < Please See JAPANESE, Page 13A) Reagan's Last Budget Is Ready $1.15 Trillion Plan Holds Line On Taxes By MARTIN CRUTSINGER The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Reagan takes his last shot at ordering national priorities when he sends Congress his final budget, a $1.15 trillion spending plan that purports to keep taxes at their present level and still cut the federal deficit to its lowest level since I M2. Sounding many of the president’s favorite conservative themes, the budget being laid out Monday will propose eliminating 82 government programs while • The world is a much different place now than It was when President Ronald Reagan took the oath of office eight years ago. For a review of the Reagan era, please see Page 12A. protecting his defense buildup and recommending a big increase in spending for the space-based nuclear shield known as Star Wars. “I leave as I came — dead set against any new taxes,” Reagan said Saturday in his weekly radio address. “It’s a responsible plan which cuts the deficit without touching Social Security,' weakening defense, or reducing benfits to the needy,” Reagan said. “And the best news is that this budget proves it can be done without raising your taxes. Raising taxes would be the surest way to kill the economic goose that lays the golden eggs,” Reagan said. The budget also will address two of the government’s most pressing problems: the costly bailout of the savings and loan industry and the cleanup of contaminated nuclear weapons production facilities. Reagan’s budgets often have been declared dead on arrival by skeptical members of Congress and the new document is being branded as even more irrelevant since President-elect Bush can rewrite the whole thing if he chooses to after he takes office Jan. 20. “I think we’ll pay very little attention to the Reagan budget and really focus on what’s coming from Bush,” said Sen. James Sasser, D-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. (Please See REAGAN’S, Page 6A)Investigators Say Pentagon Probe Far From Over By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — It was six months after investigators disclosed their Pentagon corruption investigation before a federal grand jury returned the first indictments, but prosecutors say that is just the beginning. None of the actions taken in U.S. District Court on Friday involves high-ranking present or former military officials, but U.S. Attorney Henry Hudson said the continuing inquiry promises to be a protracted affair. One defense contractor, a Navy employee and five other men were indicted on charges that included conspiracy and bribery, while another corporation pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government. “I think over the next few months, perhaps the next year, you’ll see a great deal of additional activity,” Hudson said Friday, adding that the initial round of indictments represented a “small percentage” of the case. “Ifs a significant investigation and my assessment of its dimensions hasn’t changed in the last six or seven months,” he said. Prosecutors have subpoenaed more than I million documents and spent “many, many hours” before the grand V jury, he said. The big-rigging investigation hinges on allegations that private consultants, hired by defense contracting firms, paid bribes to government employees for inside information that gave them an advantage in securing multimillion-dollar contracts. Hudson, who had once promised indictments in late fall, said he is satisfied with the pace of the complex case. “I think if you’ll compare this to others of its type ... this investigation is almost unprecedently quick,” he said. Six months ago, President Reagan, declaring he was “very upset” about the reports of corruption in the Pentagon’s $150-billion-a-year purchasing system, told law enforcement agents to move “as rapidly as possible” to get the facts on the case, said his spokesman, Marlin Fitzwater. And President-elect George Bush said the allegations, if correct, showed people “stealing from our national defense and undermining our national security.’i Although the investigation had been under way since September 1986, it was not made public until mid-June when the (See INVESTGATORS, Page 13A)k V ;

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