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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Louisville Beats USC 7552 ie7A A Quick Read More Survivors Found In Armenia MOSCOW AP Six people were pulled alive from the wreckage in Leninakan 35 days after the devastat ing earthquake Tass reported today The survivors were rescued on Wednesday the 35th day after the Dec 7 earthquake which officials said killed 25000 people in northwest Armenia The six men were found under the rubble in the basement of a ninesto ry apartment building which had col lapsed 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 Lenina kan Armenias secondlargest city 10 miles east of the Turkish border and left thousands homeless Once home to more than 280000 people Leninakan today has only 100000 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 weaponsproduction ac tivities at the Hanford nuclear reservation The socalled 2010 report will serve as a blueprint for the depart ment as it tries to modernize and clean up its defenseproduction com plex between now and the year 2010 We expect it shortly and our un derstanding is that its made its way up the chain of command at the White House Chris Sankey an En ergy Department spokeswoman said Wednesday Soviets Holding Political Prisoners Sheriffs First Term Analyzed 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 nigh 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 Bridge78 Calendar2B ClassifiedsSB Comics4B Crossword8B Cryptoquote6B DearAbby4B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports7A Television4B Weather5A Aiken County Public Library Thursday January 121989 25P Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 11 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 ByTOMRAUM The Associated Press WASHINGTON Presidentelect Bush is summoning his new Cabinet to gether for the first time as he nears an nouncement of his choices for the two top jobs that remain unfilled energy secre tary and drug czar Bush was to preside at a dress rehears al meeting of his Cabinet late this after noon at Blair House the historic resi dence across from the White House He will talk about what he expects of them what his priorities are whats im portant said Sheila Tate Bushs transi tion 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 for mer Naval commander James J Wat kins 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 oilstate candi date and one with experience in nuclear energy The Energy Department faces a multibilliondollar cleanup of the nations aging and increasingly unsafe nuclear weapons plants Watkins who was a nuclear submarine commander before becoming chief of na val operations is considered an author ity 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 RWash Another contender for mer 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 Ev erett Koop and Texas industrialist Ross Perot Todays gathering of top officials in the incoming administration was designed to give the presidentelect 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 Mouse7 Fault ByBRADSWGPt Staff Writer A fault under the Sa vannah River Plant hasnt shifted in the past 30 million years and poses no earth quake threat to the SRPs nuclear reac tors geologists said Wednesday Id call it a Mickey Mouse fault said Dr Pradeep Talwani a University of South Carolina professor who participat ed in an SRP press conference called to discuss the socalled Pen Branch Fault Continuing geological research at SRP detected the previously unmapped fault which scientists said cuts under about 20 miles of the1 mirlsection of the SRP and passes near the plants stilloperable K Reactor Dr Talwani and two other university professors joined Savannah River Lab oratory 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 notactive or capable of producing an earthquake with shifting plates of under ground rock The safety of the SPPs riclear reac tors including their seismic or earth quakeresistance has been under in tense congressional and media scrutiny in recent months But the geologists predicted the Pen Branch fault wont force any changes in the reactors seismic improvements pro gram although the fault will be subject ed to followup studies to confirm its inactivity SRP will forward its latest findings to the Department of Energys Advisory Committee on Nuclear Facility Safety headed by John Ahearne former chair man of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission The committee will consider the data before recommending restart of any of the plants 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 auto mobile insurance rates in the near fu ture state Consumer Advocate Steve Hamm says If any of you expect more than a mod erate adjustment in auto insurance pre miums youre 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 understand that meaningful adjustments mean perhaps minor adjust ments in rates Hamm said The states average automobile insur ance premium hovers around Hamm said and he believes a reason able expectation for rate reductions would be around per policy Substantial reductions will come fast est 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 pas senger automobile accidents totalled million he said Hamm spoke to the Joint Legislative Automobile Liablility Insurance Com mittee 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 CONSUMER advocate Steve Hamm expects gradual changes Proposed Sex Education Plan Sent Back To State For Study Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth TAKING THE REINS George A Nelson SC project engineer for Wiedeman and Singleton Inc is the new president of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce For details Please see Page 1B From Staff 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 Educa tion 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 sixthand seventhgrade 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 curricu la 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 super intendent of instructional services for Ai ken County said this morning that the Aiken County Board of Education has al ready planned a meeting on Jan 17 to discuss an alternative curriculum be cause the Aiken County Comprehensive Health Act Advisory Committee had not recommended the state curriculum Well 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 ses sion but well know for sure in the next day or so The Aiken County Comprehensive Health Advisory Committee which re viewed the materials from the state for three months decided to propose use of one state textbook for Aiken County The committee which made its recom mendation 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 fi nal decision on what curriculum Aiken County will use The vote by the committee to recom mend 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 Sec PROPOSED Page 11A   

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