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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 1, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                COUNTY PUBLIC LiBKARS Sports Reams Leonard Sign For Bout Page 7A A Quick Read Aiken School Posts May Be Reshuffled A reorganization of top administra tive positions in the Aiken County School System apparently is in the works but Superintendent Dr Jo seph R Brooks would not comment on the reports today Dr Brooks confirmed he was hold ing meetings with various staff members and would have a state ment prepared for release Friday morning A number of administrative offi cials had scheduled meetings with Dr Brooks this morning but none would comment on the nature of the discussions Woman To Lead St Pats Parade NEW YORK AP The First Lady of Irish Radio has been cho sen as the first female grand mar shal of the St Patricks Day parade in its 226year history And Dorothy Hayden Cudahy who accepted the honor with smilin Irish eyes not tearful ones says its about time Mrs Cudahy 66 had been passed over in favor of a man in three previ ous years before she was elected Tuesday night to lead the 200000 marchers in the nations largest and oldest St Patricks Day celebration Jazz Musicians Secret Revealed By Death SPOKANE Wash AP Billy Tipton lived his life as a man per forming as a jazz musician appear ing to have a wife and adopting three sons But his death at age 74 revealed to fans friends and family that Billy Tipton was a woman Donald Ball director of Ball Dodd Funeral Home said Tuesday that Tipton who died this month of a bleeding ulcer was a woman Ball said he privately informed Jon Clark one of Tiptons adopted sons that his father was really fe male so Clark would not have to learn it from the death certificate I was just trying to break it to him gently Ball told The Associat ed Press on Tuesday night Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a low near 50 Partly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a high in the upper 70s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Charles W Alexander Gaston Esther Cantrell Bath B Strom Culbreath McCormick Jeannette Culbreath Ridge Spring Luther J Moore Graniteville Johnnie Walker Clearwater Mattie Bell Wales Edgefield Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge10B Calendar7B Classifieds8B Comics12A Crossword11B Cryptoquote9B DearAbby12A Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports7A Television12A Weather6A Abortion Bill Passed By Committee Commission Considers Horse Limits Wednesday February 11989 Bushs Budget May Have Hedges By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Several major cam paign promises by President Bush are likely to be missing or significantly scaled back in the budget proposal he will make to Congress next week administra tion officials say Campaign pledges for a major expan sion of Medicaid and increased funding for several education programs are among those likely to fall victim to con cern about the federal deficit said the officials who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity Bush does plan to propose several tax breaks the officials said but the scope of a proposed capitalgains rate cut re mains undecided Bush has long advocated a reduction in the capital gains tax the tax on profits from the sale of homes stocks and other assets to a maximum of 15 percent But senior aides said Treasury officials are having a hard time coming up with a formula and the final proposal could call for lower rates for one category than for another Bush campaign promises on education including a milhon National Merit scholarship program an expansion of the Head Start program and a million increase in school experimentation may be pruned back considerably the offi cials said They also said Bushs campaign pro posal to expand Medicaid coverage to more lowerincome Americans and to al low lowpaid workers to purchase it is being given a low priority in budget prep aration talks Budget constraints make fulfillment of such promises unlikely the officials said The two have to be reconciled said a senior White House official who insisted upon anonymity Bush has promised to propose a budget that does not contain a tax increase while meeting the GrammRudman law re quirement for reducing the deficit to billion or less The officials said that Bushs budget to be unveiled Feb 9 when he addresses a joint session of Congress will include these proposals Please See BUSHS Page ISA Schematic drawing CAHADA Temperatures Plunge Across Northern States FREEZE INVASION Graphic shows how the dropping Jetstream has opened the floodgates allowing icecold winds to sweep into Canada and the continental United States By The Associated Press Recordcold arctic air trapped over Alaska finally broke loose and barreled into the lower 48 states dropping a bitter winter into the laps of springlike northern cities in a matter of minutes Temperatures plunged by nearly 80 de grees in a day with one town reporting a 23degree drop in one minute High winds preceding the cold front blew a toddler down a street in Lander Wyo The polar air outburst accompanied by snow driven by winds over 100 mph stunned residents throughout the north ern Plains and Midwest where ski slopes and ice festivals had been abandoned for golf courses and tennis courts The frigid air no longer trapped by a warmar jet stream that had strayed farther north than usual and left record high temperatures in 64 cities Tuesday promised frigid weekend weather for the East Coast and as far south as Arkansas the National Weather Service said Were going to make up for the party weve been enjoying said meteorologist Rick Brumer in Chicago The party ended quickly on Tuesday as arctic air rushed into the balmy north ern Plains including Nebraska North Dakota and Wyoming dropping tempera tures to 10 to 20 below zero High winds and blowing snow knocked out power in Washington state and parts of northwest Montana Valentine Neb reached a record high of 70 degrees and dropped to zero degrees within 10 hours The mercury plunged 33 Staff Photo By Phil Jones WINTER COLOR Flowers blooming South Boundary Street park add a touch of Spring to Winter Please see story on Page 13A degrees in one hour after the cold front passed Valentine See TEMPERATURES Page 13A Leading Indicators Post Gain By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The governments chief economic forecasting gauge rose a healthy 06 percent in December after having fallen during the previous month the Commerce Department said today The December jump in the Index of Leading Economic Indicators which is designed to predict economic activity six to nine months in the future followed a 02 percent decrease in November and a 05 percent rise in October The index has alternated between dips and gains for the past nine months which many economists believe is a signal the economy is headed for a slowdown in growth that would help keep inflation in check The economy grew a robust 38 percent in 1988 but the slowest quarterly perfor mance in two years was recorded during the OctoberDecember period when the increase in the gross national product was held to an annual rate of 2 percent Although President Bush plans to adopt his predecessors forecast that the economy will grow at a 32 percent rate in 1989 many private economists believe the Reagan administrations predictions for growth interest rates and inflation were too optimistic Six of the nine available components of the economic index contributed to De cembers increase while two detracted from it The biggest boost came from an in crease in manufacturers orders for con sumer goods Other business barometers that contributed to the increase were Leading Indicators Seasonally adjusted index 1967 Is 100 JFMAMJJASOND 1987 1988 Oct 88 Nov 88 Dec 88 05 02 06 Sprotf Says New Assignment Gives First Cut On DOE Funds By The Associated Press WASHINGTON US Rep John Spratt says his new assignment as chair man of a special House task force to ex amine and attempt to solve problems in the nations nuclear weapons complex will give him a first cut at the Depart ment of Energys budget House Armed Services Committee Chairman Les Aspin on Friday named Spratt to head the newly created panel Among the facilities to be studied is the Savannah River Plant whose three reac tors have been idle due to safety problems The task force to be known as the Department of Energy Nuclear Facilities Panel will consist of about eight Armed Services Committee members Spratt DSC told the Washington bu reau of the Greenville News Tuesday Other representatives who are non members of the committee but have spe cial interests in the nuclear complex will be invited to become unofficial members he told the News The panel will begin hearings in late February and will issue at least one re port Spratt said Please See SPRATT Page ISA Norths Lawyers Want Jury Isolated Source US Dept Of Commerce rising stock prices more orders for new plants and equipment rising prices for raw materials signaling a strong de mand increased demand for business permits and growth in the inflationad justed money supply The indictors that made a negative contribution were a shortening in the length of the average work week and an increase in weekly unemployment claims One indicator the time needed for companies to receive deliveries from vendors was unchanged Decembers increase left the index at 1946 percent of its 1967 base of 100 That was up 2 percent from the same month a year earlier An easing of economic strength with out the threat of recession would be a welcome development for many econo mists who believe slower growth is need ed to keep the economy from overheating By The Associated Press WASHINGTON pliver L Norths lawyers say any jury in the IranContra case should be kept in isolation for the entire time the fired White House aide is on trial which could be for five months A request to sequester the jury was made by defense lawyer Brendan Sulli van on Tuesday the opening day of Norths trial as US District Judge Ger hard A Gesell qualified seven people to be part of a pool of potential jurors Sullivan said that in the event a jury can be empaneled it should be seques tered immediately to minimize the poten tial for exposure to immunized testimony and to protect Lt Col Norths constitu tional rights At a Jan 9 hearing prosecutor John Keker estimated it would take six to eight weeks to present evidence against North while Sullivan estimated it would take two to three months to present the de fenses case North faces 12 felony counts including lying to Congress in 1985 and 1986 to cover up Reagan administration assistance to the Nicaraguan Contra rebels during a period in which Congress had banned US aid to the insurgents Norths lawyers have said that no jury can be empaneled that would provide him with a fair trial because the former National Security Council aide later testi fied about his activities in nationally tele vised hearings before Congress in 1987 In that testimony North detailed many of his activities such as shredding docu ments and cashing travelers checks in tended for the Contras for which he is now accused of crimes There has been repeated widespread dissemination of Lt Col Norths immu nized testimony for more than 18 Please See NORTHS Page ISA   

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