Aiken Standard, January 12, 1989

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January 12, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Louisville Beats USO, 75-52 Page 7 A A Quick Read More Survivors Found In Armenia MOSCOW (AP) — Six people were pulled alive from the wreckage in Leninakan 35 days after the devastating earthquake, Tass reported today. The survivors were rescued on Wednesday, the 35th day after the Dec. 7 earthquake which officials said killed 25,000 people in northwest Armenia. The six men were found under the rubble in the basement of a nine-story apartment building which had collapsed on them, the official Soviet news agency said in a report from Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Officials had ended the search for survivors weeks ago. The quake leveled much of Leninakan, Armenia’s second-largest city IO miles east of the Turkish border and left thousands homeless. Once home to more than 280,000 people, Leninakan today has only 100,000 inhabitants, thousands of whom now live in tents. Many residents have been evacuated. DOE Report To Be Released WASHINGTON (AP) - Energy Department officials expect the White House to officially release within days a report recommending an end to all weapons-production activities at the Hanford nuclear reservation. The so-called “2010 report” will serve as a blueprint for the department as it tries to modernize and clean up its defense-production complex between now and the year 2010. “We expect it shortly and our understanding is that its made its way up the chain of command at the White House,” Chris Sankey, an Energy Department spokeswoman, said Wednesday. Weather Cloudy Skies Expected Cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 40 percent chance of rain and a low in the low 50s. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Friday with a 30 percent chance of rain. The high will be in the mid 60s with the weather becoming cooler later in the day. Please see Page 5A for details. Deaths James P. DeLaughter, North Augusta John E. Green, Columbia Bessie Hankerson, North Augusta L. Haygood Herring, Dillon Iris W. Jones, Augusta John C. Soper, Batesburg Kelly A. Warren, Huntsville, Ala. Please see Page 6A for details. Inside Today Bridge  .....................................7B Calendar............................................2B Classifieds.........................................5B Comics..............................................4Ei Crossword.........................................OB Cryptoquote.......................................6B Dear Abby..........................................46 Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................SA Opinions............................................4A Sports................................................7 A Television..........................................4B Weather.............................................5A Page 2A Soviets Holding Political Prisoners Sheriffs First Term Analyzed Eileen Aiken County Public Library Thursday, January 12, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. ll Farewell Bush Cabinet Meeting ‘We meant to change a nation, and instead, we changed a world.’ — President Reagan In His Farewell Address For Details, Please See Page 2A Navy Officer Eyed For Energy Post By TOM RAUM The Associated Press WASHINGTON - President-elect Bush is summoning his new Cabinet together for the first time as he nears announcement of his choices for the two top jobs that remain unfilled, energy secretary and drug czar. Bush was to preside at a dress rehearsal meeting of his Cabinet late this afternoon at Blair House, the historic residence across from the White House. “He will talk about what he expects of them, what his priorities are, what’s important,” said Sheila Tate, Bush’s transition press secretary. Bush aides said the vice president hoped to have a complete team in place before the meeting — or at the very least, to have named an energy secretary. CBS News reported Wednesday night that former Naval commander James J. Watkins would be tapped for the energy job. Although the energy post is part of the Cabinet, the newly created position of drug czar is not. GETTING TOGETHER: President elect George Bush and his Cabinet meet today. Bush had a hard time filling both jobs. Aides suggested that he vacillated on the energy post between an oil-state candidate and one with experience in nuclear energy. The Energy Department faces a multibillion-dollar cleanup of the nation’s aging and increasingly unsafe nuclear weapons plants. Watkins, who was a nuclear submarine commander before becoming chief of naval operations, is considered an authority on nuclear warfare. Other contenders for the energy job were identified by Bush transition sources as former defense secretary Harold Brown and former Sen. Daniel J. Evans, R-Wash. Another contender, former Louisiana Rep. Henson Moore, was told he was no longer being considered, transition sources said Wednesday. Among those mentioned for the drug' job were former Education Secretary William Bennett, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and Texas industrialist Ross Perot. Today’s gathering of top officials in the incoming administration was designed to “give the president-elect and his senior staff the opportunity to share how they see the first week of the administration,” said Bush spokeswoman Alixe Glen. Ms. Glen also said Bush will sign an executive order immediately after he is sworn in next week setting up a panel to review ethics for government appointees. (Please See BUSH, Page 11A) Experts: Newly Discovered Fault No Threat Scientist Labels It 'Mickey Mouse' Fault By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer A newly-discovered fault under the Savannah River Plant hasn’t shifted in the past 30 million years and poses no earthquake threat to the SRP’s nuclear reactors, geologists said Wednesday. “I’d call it a Mickey Mouse fault,” said Dr. Pradeep Talwani, a University of South Carolina professor who participated in an SRP press conference called to discuss the so-called Pen Branch Fault. Continuing geological research at SRP detected the previously unmapped fault, which scientists said cuts under about 20 miles of the midsection of the SRP and passes near the plant’s still-operable K-Reactor. Dr. Talwani and two other university professors joined Savannah River Laboratory scientists on an experts’ panel assembled for the briefing. Dr. David Snipes of Clemson University and Dr. Wallace Fallaw of Furman University helped with the research. Talwani did not, but agreed to speak as an outside expert on earthquakes. Several geologists agreed the fault is not active, or capable of producing an earthquake with shifting plates of underground rock. Th? safety of the SP P’s r-’dear reactors — including their seismic or earth-quake-resistance — has been under intense congressional and media scrutiny in recent months. But the geologists predicted the Pen Branch fault won’t force any changes in the reactors’ seismic improvements program, although the fault will be subject ed to follow-up studies to confirm its inactivity. SRP will forward its latest findings to the Department of Energy’s Advisory Committee on Nuclear Facility Safety, headed by John Ahearne, former chairman of tile U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The committee will consider the data before recommending restart of any of the plant’s temporarily idled reactors, officials said. (Please See EXPERTS, Page 11A) Dramatic Auto Insurance Changes Unlikely By TRIP DUBARD The Associated Press COLUMBIA — Consumers can forget any ideas of dramatically reduced automobile insurance rates in the near future, state Consumer Advocate Steve Hamm says. “If any of you expect more than a moderate adjustment in auto insurance premiums, you’re dreaming,” Hamm told a joint legislative committee meeting Wednesday. Because of the limited effect statutory changes available to the legislature would have, Hamm said, the politically charged issue of automobile insurance rates may be raising expectations too high. “I think you need to make the public absolutely understand that meaningful adjustments mean perhaps minor adjustments in rates,” Hamm said. The state’s average automobile insurance premium hovers around $500, Hamm said, and hq believes a reasonable expectation for rate reductions would be around $25 per policy. Substantial reductions will come fastest if the cost of accidents is reduced, either through better driving or such measures as a mandatory seat belt law, Hamm said. In 1987, the losses flowing through the state insurance system from private passenger automobile accidents totalled $815 million, he said. Hamm spoke to the Joint Legislative Automobile Liablility Insurance Committee along with such other speakers as state Insurance Commissioner John Richards, who renewed his call for the legislature to enforce a moratorium on auto insurance rates. (Please See DRAMATIC, Page 11A) Hamm expects gradual changes. Proposed Sex Education Plan Sent Back To State For Study From Staft And Wire Reports Controversy over a South Carolina sex education curriculum was still unsettled Wednesday as the proposed curriculum was sent back to a Department of Education committee for further study. A group of seven citizens told the state Board of Education that the curriculum is immoral, and that the way books were chosen and presented to counties and the way some advisory committees were set up is illegal. In the center of the dispute are two books for use in sixth- and seventh-grade classrooms. Growing to Maturity and Human Sexuality were offered free by the Department of Education for use by local districts, but districts were given the right to purchase alternative curricula if they wished to do so. Under the Comprehensive Health Act, local advisory committees were set up in each district to recommend curricula to their school boards. Dr. Nancy M. Smith, associate superintendent of instructional services for Aiken County, said this morning that the Aiken County Board of Education has already planned a meeting on Jan. 17 to discuss an alternative curriculum because the Aiken County Comprehensive Health Act Advisory Committee had not recommended the state curriculum. “We’ll have to look at what the state board does from this point to see how it will affect us,” Dr. Smith said. “The board may go ahead with the work session, but we’U know for sure in the next day or so.” The Aiken County Comprehensive Health Advisory Committee, which reviewed the materials from the state for three months, decided to propose use of one state textbook for Aiken County. The committee, which made its recommendation to the Aiken County School Board in December, chose the book Growing to Maturity and not the other text. The School Board will make the final decision on what curriculum Aiken County will use. The vote by the committee to recommend use of Growing to Maturity was unanimous. Susan Swanson, who was one of the citizens who went to the state board to complain about the books, is a member of that committee. She and the other 12 members voted at the December meeting to recommend use of this state-proposed text in Aiken County. (Please See PROPOSED, Page UA) CONSUMER advocate Steve New President Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth TAKING TNE REINS: George A. Nelson, S.C. project engineer for Wiedeman and Singleton Inc., is the new president of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce. For details, Please see Page 1B. ;

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