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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                This Weekend BLOOMING Camellias will be the object of much attention this weekend at USC Aiken Please see story on Page 1B A Quick Read Terry Waite Missing Two Years BEIRUT Lebanon AP The fate of Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite remains a mystery today two years after he left his Beirut hotel to negotiate the release of US hostages No group has claimed to hold him and the British government which refuses to negotiate with terrorists says no demands have been made No photographs or videotapes have been released to prove Waite is alive A British official said recently We believe Waite is alive simply be cause weve had no evidence to the contrary Western hostages freed since he vanished have reported seeing a man in an underground prison they be lieved was the 6foot7 Waite Fifteen foreigners are missing in Lebanon including nine Americans most of them believed held by Shiites loyal to Iran The longest held hostage is Terry A Anderson 41 chief Middle East correspondent of The Associated Press He was kidnapped March 16 1985 Sports flL I Ilhni Stake Claim For No 1 Page 8A Weather Clear skies and cold weather are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 20s Fair skies are forecast Saturday with a high near 50 Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Eunice S Cagle Johnston Lillie Casey Spartanburg Clara C Evans Pottstown Pa Kisten Lark Decatur Ga Donnie Moore Wagener Taylor S Samuels Langley Dr RE Trumble Whitmire Lewis J Vaughn Jr Augusta Elijah Williams North Augusta Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5C 2B 4C 4B 6C 4C 4B 1B 6A 4A 8A 4B 6A itwM Darman Says Bush firm On Taxes Itogrlt Vale Subdivision Request Approved Friday January 201989 Aiken South Carolina Bush Takes Presidential Oath Bush Crowns Career With Top US Job By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON George Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated 41st presi dent of the United States today describ ing the nation at the end of the Reagan era as properous and at peace while add ing a new breeze is blowing Bush told Demo cratic political leaders his would be the age of the offered hand To the world he said the offered hand is a reluctant fist But the fist once made is strong and can be used with great effect At precisely pm Bush recited the 35word oath of office resting his left hand on two bibles held by his wife Bar bara One edition was a family bible the other was used by George Washington at his swearing in 200 years ago Bush took the noontime oath of office at the West Front of the Capitol He spoke directly to the Democrats who dominate Congress saying the nation needs com promise where there has been dissension Bush said Republicans and Democrats have often been too mistrustful an atti tude he traced back to the Vietnam war Please See BUSH Page 5A BUSH AP Laserphoto BUSH SWORN IN President George Bush declaring the a new breeze is blowing is sworn in during a noon ceremony today at the West Front of the Capitol Building Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist administered the oath Bush became the nations 41 st president Departing Reagan Conveys Confidence By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Ronald Reagan leaves the White House with an unshaken belief that Americans are the custodi ans of freedom for the world but frustra tion that he could not obtain that same freedom for his nine countrymen still held hostage overseas On the eve of his de parture from the White House Reagan expressed his confi dence in both the na tion and his successor calling George Bush the man who should be in this office replac ing me Reagan was making a last nostalgic visit today to the Oval Of fice where he presided as the nations 40th president spokesman Marlin Fitz water said Afterwards the president and first lady Nancy Reagan were slated to bid a private farewell to the household staff in the residence As their final social duty in the execu tive mansion they were treating Bush and his wife Barbara Dan Quayle and his wife Marilyn and the members of the congressional inaugural escort commit tee to coffee and pastries in the Blue Room of the executive residence Please See DEPARTING Page 5A REAGAN Community Will Honor Du Pont By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer The Du Pont Companys contributions to the scientific and educational life of the Aiken community will be honored Feb 21 during a special ceremonial groundbreaking at the University of South CarolinaAiken the school chan cellor said today Dr Robert E Alexander said repre sentatives of the manufacturing giant which is leavbg the Savannah River Plant March 31 after serving 38 years as prime contractor for the defense nucle ar installation have been invited to at tend the event Dr Alexander said the ceremony will mark the halfway point reached in fund ing for the schools Ruth Patrick Sci ence Education Center a million project that complements an existing million science building on the campus The chancellor noted that Du Pont has contributed to the Patrick Center and this gift brings our dona tions to about We expect to re ceive several other substantial dona tions prior to the ceremonial The money will finance a center hon oring one of the early environmental re searchers at SRP Dr Patricks field is limnology a study of the chemical and biological properties of water and she developed baseline studies on SRP ac quatic communities still being used by new generations of scientists Dr Alexander said invitations have been extended to Edgar F Woolard president of Du Pont and other Du Pont executives government officials at all levels and Aiken business professional and education leaders Not only has Du Pont had an interest in raising the level of scientific and edu cational quality in this community but it has been a leader hi promoting pro grams that benefit scientific advance ment among all our schools Dr Alex ander said Du Fonts financial contributions to the field of science have made it possi ble for many students and teachers to develop the skills and expertise needed Please See COMMUNITY Page 5A Local Sales Tax Could Spell Large Rollback For County By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer A local option sales tax could mean a 135 mill tax rollback in Aiken County Aiken city manager Roland H Windham told members of the Aiken County Legis lative Delegation Thursday night The delegation members attended a meeting of Working Together Works part of the Joint Council of the Aiken and North Augusta chambers of commerce Representatives of the two cities and the County Council made presentations to the lawmakers and asked for their support The municipal association and the as sociation of counties have nearly reached an agreement Windham said and will be presenting the proposal for approval to the legislature soon The local option sales tax failed to pass the 1988 legislature Counties would have the option of adding a onecent sales tax which would be good on items purchased within the county Current agreements call for using half of the money taken in as a result of the tax to be used to roil back taxes Based on a report by the State Comptroller the total monies which would be taken in by the towns in the county and the county itself would total The holdup is agreeing on the split of the money between the county and the cities Windham said that there will be an agreement even if it is not what one of the sides wants Theres no way they could not agree on this thingbut everybody has their turf and everybody wants to defend their turf he said Time for the request is running out however They better do something soon Sen Thomas L Tommy Moore DAiken County said because if you dont have something that controversial and that Please See LOCAL Page 5A Brain Structure Different In Males Females By PAUL RAEBURN AP Science Editor SAN FRANCISCO Differences in the brain structure of male and female rats allow the males to learn to navigate a maze more quickly but females are less fooled by changes in landmarks a re searcher says It doesnt suggest that males or fe males are better at solving spatial tasks psychologist Christina Williams of Barnard College of Columbia Universi ty in New York City said Thursday It merely means they go about it in differ ent ways Williams and Warren H Meek another Columbia researcher also found that brain structure can be altered in a way that seems to improve memory by giving rats choline a B vitamin rich in foods common in traditional Japanese diets Williams speaking at the annual meet ing of the American Association for the Advancement of Science said she be lieved there were similarities between rats brains and human brains but said she could draw no conclusions about hu man behavior from the maze studies Please See BRAIN Page 6A AP Laserphoto AFTER THE RIOT Salameh Buhhur owner of a grocery store in the Liberty City section of Miami has a dejected look on his face as he begins the task of cleanup after rioters looted his store The Super Bowl will be held in Miami Sunday Please see story on Page 2A Billions Decades Needed To Finish Cleanup Of SRP By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON It will take between one and two decades and up to billion for completion of repair work to bring the Savannah River Plant into com pliance with Energy Department safety standards and federal environmental laws according to a DOE report released Thursday in Washington The report also said environmental cleanup and construction of facilities needed for compliance with federal envi ronmental protection laws may not be achieved in less than three decades The plants three operable production reactors are the only US source of triti um a perishable radioactive gas needed for the production of nuclear weapons They have been shut down for safety im provements for several months The timeframe outlined in the report for making essential repairs at Savannah River is much longer than Energy De partment officials including outgoing Energy Secretary John M Herrington have projected in recent months Please See BILLIONS Page 5A   

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