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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 29, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports LSU Nips Hoyas s LSU upset No 2 Georgetown 82 80 in the Louisiana Superdome before the largest crowd to ever witness a college basketball game Please see college roundup on Pages 4B and SB Clemson basketball coach Cliff Ellis suspends seven players in cluding starters Elden Campbell and Dale Davis for breaking study hall rules Please see story on Page 1B Also V Steffi Graf wins Page8B s PGA golfPage 10B Prep Basketball Pages 6B and 7B A Quick Read Youths Identified As Train Robbers TALLAHASSEE Fla AP They may not rank with Butch Cas sidy and the Sundance Kid but a group of 42 youths between the ages of 9 and 18 are perhaps the youngest group of train robbers on record au thorities said Gadsden County officials said Fri day they had identified the children and six adults from the Panhandle community of Chattahoochee ac cused of robbing idle boxcars of ev erything from hog livers to car tires The thefts mainly took place after school and during vacations said Deputy Jimmy Hindman Once the adults showed the kids what to do it became easy for them Only five or six people had been arrested by Saturday said Maj AJ Pickels a spokesman for the county sheriffs department Pickels said the ring had been in operation since September and was responsible for an undetermined amount of stolen merchandise Weather lid Days Today will be sunny and warm with a high in the mid70s Tonight will be clear and mild with a low near 40 Monday will be mostly sunny and warm with a high in the mid70s Please see Page 6A for details Deaths Beulah Coogler Chester Floyd Tendel Cooper New Ellenton Frances Powers Aiken Anna Shealy North Augusta Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge6D Business1C Calendar12C Classifieds4D Crossword7D Cryptoquote5D DearAbby12C Local Front9A Obituaries6A Opinions1D Sports1B Stocks2C Weddings4C Weather6A Published Daily imi Sunday Heres My Card A special presentation by our classified advertising staff appears on Pages 6C11C today Page 2A Sharon No Peace While Arafat Lives Proposed Development On Agenda SundayJanuary29 1989 500 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 25 Missing Couple Safe At Home By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer An Aiken couple objects of a twoday search and res cue attempt in the Bahama Islands chain that cut short a flying holiday came home Saturday and both said they were glad of it Were not going flying any time soon said Georgann Crawford sitting on a sofa in her home at 588 Newberry St Her husband Keith agreed From midafternoon Wednesday until late Friday the two along with friends Ernest and Constance Schroeder of Cocoa Beach Fla were hunted by US Coast Guard search and rescue teams Coast Guard spokesman Lt WS Ball said searchers We went to six airports and four cus toms offices and they knew we were there Georgann Crawford feared their small plane flown by Crawford had gone down in the sea or had crashed on an island But a third possibility was that they were hopping about the islands in their small Cessna airplane As it turned out they stopped and got a hot dog and kept on going said Lt Ball TEXTILES DEBATED Textile jobs have declined steadily in recent years and debate continues on how to protect the jobs of American workers from the impact Aiken Standard File Photo of foreign imports Decisions expected this year in Washington will have a critical impact on the security of American textile jobs Industry Leaders Want Import Regulations By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON The United States textile industry is ex pecting imports will take another big bite out of the American market again this year if the Bush administration does not change the way textile imports are regulated Carlos Moore executive director of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute and a major lobbyist for the industry said potential increases in imports threaten thousands of US jobs But the government continues to tolerate import growth partly because of foreign policy concerns Moore said and partly because the US system of regulating quotas is not working well Statistics from the Senate Commerce Committee indicate the textile industry may have strong grounds for complaint Imports now account for 55 percent of textile and apparel sales in the US a committee aide said In 1981 imports accounted for about 30 percent Some industry officials said in news reports earlier this week that they saw a chance for a rebound this year But some of those officials say that those hopes could be tempered if im ports are allowed to continue to increase in American markets Moore said industry leaders have begun a new round of lobbying for legislation which would address the quota issue In a private meeting with then Presidentelect Bush in early Jan uary they said they hoped his administration would change trade policies adopted by President Reagan who last year vetoed a bill mandating quotas on textile imports They also said the quota regulatory system had failed so badly that legislation was the only solution At the meeting industry leaders sought Bushs cooperation in drafting a bill he could sign Moore wouldnt characterize Bushs reaction but Please See INDUSTRY Page 14A RNC Pay Raise Criticism Tagged As Staff Mistake By LARRY MARGASAK The Associated Press WASHINGTON A Republican fund raising letter signed by party chairman Lee Atwater criticizes a 50 percent con gressional pay raise by former President Reagan and President Bush but a spokeswoman says it was all a mistake Atwater is not opposed to the pay raise according to Republican National Committee spokeswoman Leslie Good man who blamed the mistake on Repub lican National Committee staffers She said Atwater had ordered changes in the letter including deletion of the two paragraphs of pay raise criticism but staff members failed to follow the directions The fivepage letter was mailed to pro spective contributors and found its way into the hands of the Democratic leaders The letter which appeals for donations and attacks Democratic liberals went A Closer Look Mondays Aiken Standard will in clude a closer look at the debate sur rounding the proposed pay raise for Congressmen out before President Bush endorsed the raise last Friday calling it overdue But it apparently was written after for mer President Reagan formally pro posed the large raise in the budget he submitted to Congress It also was mailed before the House Republican leadership began negotiatons with House Democratic leaders last week to allow the raise to become law Feb 8 without a vote in return for a pack age of severe restrictions on outside in come including a ban on speaking fees Please See RNC Page 14A QUIET WEEK President George Bushs first week in the White House was busy but mostly routine For details please see Page 5A Saturday a short time after returning to Aiken the two said the entire misadventure which carried up and down the 700island chain was a case of poor communications and slipshod customs work by the Bahamian authorities We went to six airports and four customs offices and they knew we were there said Mrs Crawford She said the four visited Treasure Cay Rock Sound Exuma Is land Governors Island and Bimini before returning to Miami Mrs Crawford said customs officials either stamped their flight plans or ignored them She said at one stop they were told it wasnt necessary to stamp the documents Please See MISSING Page 14A Corps Says Its Jobs Or Lakes Proposal To Raise Lake Levels Panned By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The US Army Corps of Engineers says it was injustly accused of mismanaging the three man made lakes along the Savannah River during the worst drought in three de cades by its congressional critics ac cording to published reports Saturday Jim Parker a corps spokesman in Sa vannah Ga denied allegations Friday that the agency failed to implement a drought emergency plan called for by its own regulations the Greenville News re ported from its Washington bureau He also said raising the lake levels by restricting water flow through the dams as proposed by Rep Butler C Derrick DSC would jeopardize water quality and could put thousands of people out of work Rep Derrick had requested that the General Accounting Office study the corps management of lakes Hartwell Russell and Thurmond along the Savan nah River between South Carolina and Georgia After a yearlong study the GAO Congress investigative arm on Wednesday told Rep Derrick that the corps could have raised the lake levels four feet by having a drought contingen cy plan in effect and by reducing the wa ter flow past the dams Rep Derrick had said earlier that mis management of the lakes had contribut ed to a 10 percent decline in lakeoriented tourism The congressman reiterated his criti cisms of the Corps of Engineers Friday It seems to me like theyve been han dling their decisions by the seat of their pants down there for the last eight years Rep Derrick said in an inter view with the News from his Anderson Please See CORPS Page 14A Rep Spratt Chairing New House Panel By The Associated Press COLUMBIA US Rep John Spratt will head a panel created by the US House Armed Services Committee to look into problems and funding for im provements needed in the nations nucle ar weapons production complex The Armed Services Committee has been criticized for ignoring problems at the Savannah River Plant near Aiken and other complex facilities around the country Rep Spratt DSC was notified of his chairmanship of the panel in a letter Thursday from Armed Services Commit tee Chairman Les Aspin DWis Rep Aspin said in the letter there is a need for more specific information about how the Department of Defense and the Energy Department plan to modernize Please See REP SPRATT Page 14A
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