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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 8, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports 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 Piease see Page 8A for details Inside Today Bridge11C Business1C Calendar6C Classifieds9C Crossword12C Cryptoquote10C DearAbby7A Local Front9A Obituaries8A Opinions4C Sports1B Stocks2C Weddings8C Weather8A Gadhofi Seeks Talks With US Iliiii Aiken Looks To Busy 1989 COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWBERRY ST S W AIKEN S C 29801 Iowa Upends North Carolina s College basketball results on Page4B Trainer Buddy Raines has en joyed a full life at the training track as he enters his 60th year of prepar ing horses to race Please see Page IB s For previews on todays NFL conference championship games please see Page IB A Quick Read Three Reported Killed In Wreck A headon collision on Richardson Lake Road in Aiken County Saturday j night left three people dead and two I injured according to reports The accident ocurred shortly be fore 8pm Other details were not available from the SC 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 Safe ty 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 Superinten dent Robert E Hardt said A depart ment press release lists 12 drug arrests One of the suspects attempted to run over police officers with an auto mobile 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 offi cers along with two representatives from the solicitors office and a mem ber of the Alcoholic Beverage Com mission were involved in the operation The operation lasted from to 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 Sunday January 81989 500 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 7 Japanese Mourn Hirohito Prince Akihito Assumes Fathers Role As Emperor AP Laserphoto DEAD AT 87 Japans 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 yearold son silently accepted the regalia of the Chrysanthemum Throne In a 4minute ceremony 3 hours after his fathers 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 trea sures 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 Peace as the name of Ms reign The name will be used on cal endars and official documents Hirohitos death at age 87 ended his 62 year reign the longest of any Japanese monarch During that time he an nounced Japans surrender in World War II gave up his divinity and saw his na tion emerge as a world economic power The Japanese Cabinet on Sunday was to announce the date of Hirohitos funer al Traditionally an emperors funeral is held six weeks after his death Auto Insurance Figures To Key 108th Session By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer If you hear anyone mention the SC General Assembly youll probably hear automobile insurance reform shortly afterwards A new cycle begins when the 108th Gen eral Assembly convenes Tuesday Legis lators surviving the NOT 8 general elec tion have been busy the holidays with constituent Toneerns for the upcoming session Automobile insurance was listed as the top issue in a report released by the SC House of Representatives Speaker of the House Robert J Sheheen DKershaw County Gov Carroll A Campbell Jrs quali fied support of a mandatory seat belt law tied to a reduction in automobile insur ance rates has some Senators and Repre sentatives waffling In the Aiken County Legislative Dele gation Sen Thomas L Tommy Moore DAiken County supports a mandatory seat belt law tied to reductions Rep Irene 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 RWagener Rep William P Billy Keesley DEdge field and Rep Thomas E Huff DNorth Augusta have all said they are philo sophically 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 sup port 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 wor ried about hazardous waste but also in fectious waste and solid waste Sen Moore chairs a Solid Waste Task Force which will be reporting to the Gen eral Assembly March 31 The US Environmental Protection Agency has tightened the rules for all types of waste disposal and the SC De partment 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 Repelect William P Billy Keesley DEdgefield is preparing for his first session in the SC 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 Bil ly Keesley DEdgefieJd Im not a oneissue person The freshman representative newest member of the Aiken County Legisla tive Delegation rests a forearm on the table softly discussing his recent suc cess in politics The whole time that Ive been living in Edgefield Ive felt akin to public ser vice he says My father was on town council for many years He was the first member of our family to be involved politically Rep Keesleys election to the South Carolina house followed years of com munity service through the Jaycees in which he is a past state vicepresident Please See FRESHMAN Page 5A Tradition calls for dozens of ceremo nies some elaborate others poignantly simple to lay Hirohito to rest Thirtysix ceremonies have been announced for the first year the official mourning period for the imperial family The government declared an official sixday mourning period Many celebra tions store sales and other events have been canceled while others including a rugby tournament and sumo tourna ment 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 Reagans Last Budget Is Ready 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 fi nal budget a trillion spending plan that purports to keep taxes at their pre sent level and still cut the federal deficit to its lowest level since 1982 Sounding many of the presidents fa vorite conservative themes the budget being laid out Monday will propose elimi nating 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 rec ommending a big increase in spending for the spacebased 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 Its 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 governments most pressing problems the costly bailout of the savings and loan industry and the cleanup of contaminat ed nuclear weapons production facilities Reagans budgets often have been de clared dead on arrival by skeptical mem bers of Congress and the new document is being branded as even more irrelevant since Presidentelect Bush can rewrite the whole thing if he chooses to after he takes office Jan 20 I think well pay very little attention to the Reagan budget and really focus on whats coming from Bush said Sen James Sasser DTenn chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Please See REAGANS Page 6A Investigators Say Pentagon Probe Far From Over By The Associated Press WASHINGTON It was six months after investigators disclosed their Penta gon corruption investigation before a fed eral grand jury returned the first indict ments but prosecutors say that is just the beginning None of the actions taken in US Dis trict Court on Friday involves highrank ing present or former military officials but US Attorney Henry Hudson said the continuing inquiry promises to be a pro tracted affair One defense contractor a Navy em ployee and five other men were indicted on charges that included conspiracy and bribery while another corporation plead ed guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government I think over the next few months per haps the next year youll see a great deal of additional activity Hudson said Friday adding that the initial round of indictments represented a small per centage of the case Its a significant investigation and my assessment of its dimensions hasnt changed in the last six or seven months he said Prosecutors have subpoenaed more than 1 million documents and spent many many hours before the grand jury he said The bigrigging investigation hinges on allegations that private consultants hired by defense contracting firms paid bribes to government employees for in side information that gave them an ad vantage in securing multimilliondollar contracts Hudson who had once promised indict ments in late fall said he is satisfied witli the pace of the complex case I think if youll compare this to others of its type this investigation is almost unprecedently quick he said Six months ago President Reagan de claring he was very upset about the reports of corruption in the Pentagons 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 Presidentelect George Bush said the allegations if correct showed people stealing from our national defense and undermining our national securityi Although the investigation had been under way since September 1986 it was not made public until midJune when the See INVESTGATORS Page ISA   

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