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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                County Public Library Sports Hershiser Athlete Of Year Page 9A A Quick Read Stock Market Lifts Dow Industrials NEW YORK AP The Dow Jones industrial average closed above its preBlack Monday level for the first time since the October 1987 crash Market watchers said investor op timism about the outlook for interest rates fueled Tuesdays rally The Dow average of 30 industrial stocks surged 3804 points to close at 225643 its highest close since it fin ished at 224673 on Oct 161987 That was the last session before the mo mentous crash On Black Monday Oct 191987 the stock markets bestknown indicator plummeted an unprecedented 508 points On Tuesday analysts said inves tors were reassured by comments from Federal Reserve Board Chair man Alan Greenspan who said he was satisfied with Fed policy to keep its monetary policy on the tight side in order to hold down inflation Stocks also were supported by vines in the dollar and bond prices market analysts said Soviets Death Toll Quarter Of Estimate SHARORA USSR AP Offi cials said today the death toll from an earthquake and mudslide in Sovi et Central Asia was only about a quarter of the 1000 originally esti mated and called off efforts to find more survivors We will transform the settlement of Sharora into a common grave with a monument to commemorate the victims of this catastrophe said Khusain Kasymov Communist Par ty chief in the Tadzhikistan repub lics stricken Gissar region Tadzhikistan Prime Minister Izza tullo Khayoyev said 274 people were known to have died in Mondays pre dawn quake which toppled all 88 mudbrick dwellings in OkuliBolo and sent mudslides as high as 50 feet onto two other hillside villages OkuliPoyen and Sharora Weather Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 30s Partly cloudy skies are expected Thursday with a high in the low 70s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Connie Davis Augusta Leon L Peari Jr Augusta Clifford T Swearingen Clearwater John J Widener Augusta Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge10B Calendar3C Classifieds8B Comics2C Crossword11B Cryptoquote98 DearAbby2C Local Front18 Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports9A Television2C Weather6A FageZA Nevada Income Rocketing SC 7th Page IB AIDS Education Targets Minorities Wednesday January 251989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 22 Reactor Damaged By Test Error By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Nuclear reactor operators caused an estimated in equipment damage at the Savannah River Plants idled K Reactor after failing to follow proper pro cedures during cooling system testing on Sunday officials said Department of Energy officials said they are investigating the extent of dam age and what effect the incident will have on efforts to restart K and Savan nah Rivers two other operable produc tion reactors Meanwhile the DOE and the Du Pont Co SRP contractor have agreed to sus pend testing and maintenance at all three reactors pending a preliminary assess ment of the latest episode in months of trouble at the aging weapons reactors A water pressure test conducted Sun day by Du Pont operators damaged sev eral valves piping and possibly other equipment in a secondary cooling system that helps remove heat from KReactors radioactive core officials with the DOEs Savannah River Operations said in a statement released Tuesday night The damage occurred when operators did a routine water pressure test with valves set improperly the DOE said Initial evaluation by DOE indicates that reactor operators failed to follow proper test procedures its statement said DOE and Du Pont officials said there was no health or safety concern associat ed with the testing problem The reactor Please See REACTOR Page 8A Glenn Committee Will Ask Questions By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON The Senate Govern ment Affairs Committee will examine today why highlevel officials of the En ergy Department were not immediately informed of an equipmentdamaging re actor incident Sunday at the Savannah River Plant The committee chaired by US Sen John Glenn DOhio had already sched uled hearings that staff members say will now focus on an incident that in volved violation of testing procedures at the plants idled KReactor Toplevel Department of Energy offi cials confirmed Tuesday that the result ing cooling system damage estimated at was not reported to DOEs Washington headquarters for almost two days after it occurred The Energy Department officials who asked not to be named said it wasnt until early Tuesday afternoon that head quarters was given a sketchy account of the incident that took place Sunday Witnesses at todays hearing will in clude Troy Wade the DOEs assistant secretary for defense programs and Please See GLENN Page 8A LIKE NEW The old Aiken Elementary School on Chesterfield Street looks like a new building Workmen are converting the structure into a new home for the Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth Aiken County Public library The renovated facility will also house the headquarters of the AikenBamberg BarnweliEdgefield Regional Library MADD Poll SC Judges Harsh On DUIs By The Associated Press COLUMBIA South Carolina drivers convicted of DUI for a fourth time can expect to receive a sixyear prison term from 10th Circuit Court Judge Tom Ervin But the same offense likely would bring a 90day sentence and probation from 12th Circuit Court Judge John Waller South Carolina Mothers Against Drunk Driving on Tuesday released a survey of the typical sentences for convictions of driving under the influence handed down by the states circuit court judges during 1987 the last year for which complete figures for DUI convictions were available Laura Hudson legislative liason for South Carolina MADD singled out 3rd Circuit Judge Dan F Laney Jr for praise in cracking down on DUI violators Laney was the most improved judge this year Ms Hudson said Other judges winning high marks were Elijah Burnett Richard Fields Sidney Floyd Charles Harris William Howell Robert McFadden David Mclnnis Wil liam Traxler and Ervin I think it is because of the public at tention and the public demand for them to do something Ms Hudson said of the trend toward tougher punishments for DUI offenders MADD reviewed data provided by the South Carolina Court Administration and came up with the typical sentence a DUI offender could face before a circuit court judge Judges were given a printout of the data from the state Court Administra tion and asked to correct any inaccuracies Please See MADD Page 14A Land Use Issue Goes To Council Answers Must Wait Until Feb 7 Meet By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer The question of zoning certain portions of Aiken County will be on the Aiken County Council agenda when it meets Feb 7 District 8 Council Willar H Hightower and District 7 Councilman J Allen Brodie brought a resolution to the councils De velopment Committee Tuesday night Recently the council has heard re quests from two groups from the Aiken area asking for protection which the council as a whole said it could not proffer The latest group came from the Forest Drive section of Kalmia Hill Earlier a group from property bordering the pro posed Vale subdivision appeared The resolution would establish a pro cess and timetable for preparation of a land use and zoning plan for certain por tions of Aiken County The Aiken area particularly Council Districts 7 and 8 of the county is the only area addressed by the resolution We have seen an increase in problems where a zoning ordinance would help said Councilman Hightower Id like to see what kind of ordinance we could come up with Councilman Hightower said he would love it if other areas of the county joined the Aiken area but said he knew there were areas where he didnt think it would go real well But he went on to stress he was only talking about Districts 7 and 8 Committee Chairman and District 2 Councilman Medwell Hill asked County Administrator W Scott Barnes whether it would be legal to zone the county piecemeal Please See LAND Page 14A Bush Wants To Weed Out Sleaze Factor During Reign By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush is naming a panel to recommend standards of conduct for government officials in an attempt to ensure that he does not face the same allegations of an administration sleaze factor that dogged his predecessor Largely to counter such complaints about the Reagan administration Bush during his campaign promised to create the panel as one of his first acts in office Bush today was scheduled to sign an executive order creating the advisory commission on ethics It will be chaired by Griffin Bell the former attorney gen eral in the Carter administration and Malcolm Wilkey a senior judge on the US Court of Appeals in Washington the White House said Tuesday Other panel members will include for mer White House counsels Fred Fielding and Lloyd Cutler and Washington attor ney Jan Baran said White House spokes woman Alixe Glen She said she could not confirm the two remaining names White House Denies Rumor Of China Visit By The Associated Press BELGRADE Yu goslavia President Bush will make an of ficial visit to China on Feb 2526 the official Yugoslav news agen cy Tanjug reported from Beijing today The agency quot ing unnamed sources said the twoday visit would follow Bushs trip to Tokyo to at BUSH tend the funeral of Japans late emperor Hironito In Washington White House spokes man Roman Popadiuk denied the report saying There are no plans at this time Chinas Foreign Ministry has not yet confirmed the report on Bushs impend ing visit but its spokesman has recently said that the US president would be welcome in China Tanjug reported It said Bush will hold talks with Chi nese officials on bilateral and other is sues especially political developments in the Far East Bush was chief of the US liaison of fice in Beijing in 197475 On Tuesday Bush asked the director of the Office of Government Ethics Frank Nebeker to brief all senior administra tion officials on ethical and conflictof interest standards required of them said White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater Bush had proposed during his cam paign that such briefings be held on an annual basis and Nebeker wrote to him on the day after the Nov 8 election offer ing to conduct the sessions said Fitzwater Fitzwater said the 10minute meeting with Nebeker on Tuesday was for sym bolic value to emphasize the impor tance Bush attaches to ethical conduct More than 100 members of the Reagan administration in which Bush served as vice president were at various times ac cused of unethical or improper behavior Two of President Reagans closest advis ers Lynn Nofziger and Michael Deaver were convicted of offenses associated with their lobbying after they left the ad ministration while a string of allegations against Reagans longtime friend and at torney general Edwin Meese III bat tered the Justice Department An independent prosecutor declined to seek indictment of Meese but the Justice Departments own ethics office conclud ed this month that he had engaged in con duct that should not be tolerated of any government employee   

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