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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Demos Sure Of Car Insurance Bill Council Raises Fees Annexes Area Hoosiers Claim Lead In Big 10 Page 8A A Quick Read Marines Rescue Octogenarians CHARLESTON AP To Thomas Pettigrew the sight of a Marine heli copter hovering over isolated Bay Point Island was a beautiful one Im telling you it was worth all the tea in China said the 81yearold Charleston resident whose daylong fishing excursion turned into a five day ordeal before it ended Monday afternoon Pettigrew and his 80yearold wife Katie left Charleston Thursday on a fishing trip in their 18foot fiberglass boat But they were blown out to sea and tossed around in 12foot waves for three days before their craft washed up on the island about 50 miles south west of Charleston late Saturday It wasnt until Monday that a heli copter from the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort spotted them while on a training mission the Coast Guard said Buck Rogers May Soon Be Back CHICAGO AP An elevator that goes through the roof and into outer space Colonies orbiting Earth A gi ant hook that swings from the sky and scoops goods and passengers into space Impossible Then again Sixty years ago men walking on the moon lie detectors and instant cameras sounded equally implausi ble to most people The 1929 predictions and many more like them were made in the comic strip Buck Rogers set in the year 2429 On Monday the grand children of one of the cartoons cre ators gathered to make new predic tions on what would have been Bucks 60th anniversary Flint Dille and his sister Lorraine Williams plan to bring back the strip as well as release a series of books and possibly a movie Weather Sunny And Warm Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 30s Partly sunny skies are forecast Wednesday with a high in the mid 70s Please see Page 6A for details Deaths Frank Edney Augusta George O Hammack New Ellenton Elane D Holland North Augusta Genie B McNeill Brunswick Ga Alice B Dates Camden George W Patterson McCormick Made E Stephens Anderson Viola Walker Aiken Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 7B 9B SB 4B 8B 6B 4B 1B 6A 4A 7A 4B 6A Tuesday January 241989 Aiken South Carolina Vol122 No 21 Bundy Executed For 1978 Murder By RON WORD The Associated Press STARKE Fla Ted Bundy the dia bolical law school dropout who confessed to killing 20 women in four Western states was executed in the electric chair today for the 1978 rape and murder of a 12year old girl At am six minutes past sched ule the executioner turned on 2000 volts of electricity and Bundy gently surged back in the chair and clenched his fists One minute later the power was turned off At this morning the doctor at Florida State Prison pronounced Theo BUNDY dore Bundy dead said Jon Peck a spokesman for Florida Gov Bob Marti nez He was executed right on schedule Bundy under his fourth death warrant was condemned for the kidnapping rape and murder of 12yearold Kimberly Leach of Lake City Her body was found in an abandoned pigsty He also was sen tenced to death for killing two sorority sisters at Florida State University in Tal lahassee in 1978 In his final statement Bundy said Jim and Fred Id like you to give my love to my family and friends Jim Coleman is Bundys attorney from Washington DC and Fred Lawrence is a Methodist minister who spent the night in prayer with him In addition to praying a remorseful Bundy 42 also placed two last calls to his mother in Tacoma Wash to say farewell He sounds wonderful Louise Bundy said after the first telephone call He sounds very much at peace with himself At the conclusion of the second Bundys mother told him Youll always be my precious son according to to days Morning News Tribune of Tacoma Bundy who dropped out of law school after a year is believed to have stalked young women near college campuses shopping centers and parks in the West and Northwest targeting those with long dark hair parted in the middle Prosecutors said he often lured victims into his car by posing as police officer or making false requests for aid One of the women he admitted killing was Caryn Campbell 23 of Dearborn Mich who was killed by a blow to the head while vacationing in Colorado in 1975 You never really forgive someone for something like that You just try to put it behind you her father Robert Camp bell said Monday Its not important to me now The thing Id like to have back I cant have Around am the final prepara tions began with a prison official shaving Bundys head and right leg where the electrodes were later placed When Bundy entered the chamber at am wearing a light blue shirt and dark blue pants he looked frightened but walked directly to the electric chair Af ter being seated he nodded to his attor ney and minister and mouthed words to them More than 100 people supporting the execution and about two dozen against milled around outside the Florida State Prison At 7 am a small group of death Please See BUNDY Page 10A SRP Reactor Restart Now Expected In Fall Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth CHECKING THE PIPES A workman at South Carolina Pipelines Southern Compressor Station at the intersection of the Hitchcock Parkway and Dibble Road checked the system recently Optimism Hits Textile Industry From Staff And Wire Reports GREENVILLE Optimism over the prospect of a secondhalf turnaround this year has fueled increased investment in new machinery as tex tile manufacturers try to maintain their market presence against lowcost imports industry ex ecutives say In Aiken County The Graniteville Co the states oldest textile maker has spent mil lion in the past two years on new equipment for spinning weaving and continuous dyeing and finishing operations President Doug Kingsmore said The textile manufacturer expects to spend million and will clean out its remaining flyshut tle looms Kingsmore said the US textile industry is the most productive in the world Were offset ting these low wages and government subsidies for these foreign producers just by outproducing them Some textile officials cite lowcost imports and dropping clothing sales as the chief reasons for recent cutbacks in apparel fabric production by Springs Industries and Greenwood Mills Meanwhile the Clearwater Finishing Plant owned by United Merchants and Manufacturing Please See OPTIMISM Page 10A By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON Work neces sary to restarting any nuclear re actors at the Savannah River Plant could extend into next fall and will certainly extend past the change of SRP contractors on April 1 De partment of Energy officials told their safety advisors today It is becoming decreasingly likely that the plant will be restart ed before the end of the summer John F AJhearne chairman of the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Facility Safety told States during a break this morning in the com mittees meeting Ahearnes comments came in the wake of DOE officials recent projections that the plant could be restarted as early as this spring Ahearne a former member of the US Nuclear Regulatory Com mission chairs an advisory com mittee mat heard new members of the DOEs Savannah River Opera tions describe reorganization of that field office to reemphasize re actor safety Officials with Westinghouse Sa vannah River Co which will re place the Du Pont Co as plant con tractor in April told the committee theyd run the plant independently of their parent company in Pittsburgh SRPs three production reactors the nations only source of perish able tritium gas for nuclear weap ons have been shut down since last summer for DOEordered im provements to management and hardware Efforts are concentrated on re starting the plants KReactor first though no restart dates have been announced Richard W Starostecki deputy assistant secretary for safety health and quality assurance pre sented a tentative timetable for tasks associated with the restart including seismic design decision ultrasonic testing and calculations for appropriate powwer limits Energy Secretary Will Visit SRP Site From Staff Reports Energy Secretarydesignate James D Watkins has accept ed US Sen Strom Thurmonds invitation to visit the Savannah River Plant and an aide to the senator said hes hoping the visit will occur in the next couple of months South Carolinas Republican senator issued the invitation when Watkins paid a courtesy call on him Monday after noon said Christopher Simp son Thurmonds press secretary The senator said he would like him to come down to the Savannah River Plant at his earliest convenience Simp son said He said Thurmond and staff hoped the visit designed to supplement Watkins knowl edge of the troubled weapons plant would take place in the next couple of months Watkins a US Navy admi ral enjoys strong support among senators who must con firm him Simpson said All indications are that he will be confirmed Courtesy calls are a Capitol Hill custom by which Cabinet nominees visit congressional leaders prior to confirmation hearings Those tasks are expected to be completed by the middle of the spring But the tentative timetable sug gested by Starosteckis office ex tends work schedules through the middle of the summer and perhaps Please See SRP Page 10A Ratings Show Congressional Liberals Alive And Well THURMdNB BfeRRIfK Scln00SE RATINGS Democrats Rep Butler C tfernck 70 RepElizabeth Rep John MiSpratt Tallori 40 V Republicans C Raveriel Jr 25 Rep Floyd D Spence 10 SC SENATE RATINGS Sen Strom Thurmond Republican 0 Sen Ernest F Fritz Rollings Democrat ByJIMDRINKARD The Associated Press WASHINGTON An advocacy group says that despite George Bushs liberal bashing in last years campaign liberal politicians and issues fared well in the elections and are poised to make their marie in the 101st Congress The group Americans for Democratic Action based its prediction in part on an i analysis of the voting records of mem bers of Congress in 1988 which showed House of Representatives with a lib eral quotient of 52 percent the highest figure since ADA began rating voting re 1 cords in 1947 In the Senate the average score was 48 percent on the key liberalconservative issues Delected by ADA for its ratings k The groups national director Marc Pearl noted that senators who were up for reelection last year averaged higher liberal scores than the rest of the Senate and their liberal voting records proved not to be a liability An exception Pearl did not mention was Lowell P Weicker Jr of Connect cut at 90 percent the highestscoring Senate Republican who was beaten last November by Democrat Joseph Ldeberman Because so many champions of social and economic justice have been elected and reelected and the Democrats have added seats in both chambers the pros pects for holding President Bush ac countable on his campaign pledge to cre ate a kinder gentler nation appear excellent Pearl said in a statement He noted that even Bush raised many issues during the campaign which the ADA considers part of its legislative agenda including child care education and environmental protection In spite of the gratuitous rhetorical beating that liberals took during the presidential campaign support for our agenda remained strong and solid Pearl said Pearl also noted that in the Senate leadership Sen Robert Byrd DWVa who had a 55 percent ADA rating in 1988 has been replaced as majority leader by Sen George Mitchell DMaine who had a 95 percent rating A new Congress and a new president have the responsibility to restore the so cial and economic balance that was so severely shredded during the Reagan years Pearl said Given the results of 1988 we are optimistic that the 101st Con gress will have the muscle to do it The ADA vote ratings for each cham ber are based on a set of 20 floor votes on bills and amendments that the organiza tion believes most clearly reflect liberal conservative differences Issues include civil rights labor issues womens rights foreign and military policy Twentyfour House members all Dem ocrats scored 100 percent along with two Senate Democrats Twentyfive House members all Republicans had scores of zero along with 11 Senate Republicans c Please See RATINGS Page IDA   

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