Aiken Standard, February 1, 1989

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February 01, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 1, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Hearns, Leonard Sign For Bout Page 7A A Quick Read Aiken School Posts May Be Reshuffled A reorganization of top administrative positions in the Aiken County School System apparently is in the works, but Superintendent Dr. Joseph R. Brooks would not comment on the reports today. Dr. Brooks confirmed he was holding meetings with various staff members and would have a statement prepared for release Friday morning. A number of administrative officials had scheduled meetings with Dr. Brooks this morning, but none would comment on the nature of the discussions. Woman To Lead St. Pat's Parade NEW YORK (AP) - The “First Lady of Irish Radio” has been chosen as the first female grand marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in its 226-year history. And Dorothy Hayden Cudahy — who accepted the honor with smilin’ Irish eyes, not tearful ones — says it’s about time. Mrs. Cudahy, 66, had been passed over in favor of a man in three previous years before she was elected Tuesday night to lead the 200,000 marchers in the nation’s largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Jazz Musician's Secret Revealed By Death SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Billy Tipton lived his life as a man, performing as a jazz musician, appearing 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 Tipton’s adopted sons, that his “father” was really female 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 Associated Press on Tuesday night. Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight 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 Wates, Edgefield Please see details on Page 6A. Inside Today Bridge................  10B Calendar......................  7B Classifieds........................................8B Comics...........................................12A Crossword......................................11B Cryptoquote......................................9B Dear Abby.......................................12A Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................6A Opinions...........................................4A Sports........................................*......7A Television.......................................12A Weather............................................6A AjktlV COUNTY PUBLIC LIBHART Commission Considers Horse Limits Wednesday, February I, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 28 Bush's Budget May Have Hedges By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Several major campaign promises by President Bush are likely to be missing or significantly scaled back in the budget proposal he will make to Congress next week, administration officials say. Campaign pledges for a major expansion of Medicaid and increased funding for several education programs are among those likely to fall victim to concern 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 capital-gains rate cut remains 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 $500 million National Merit scholarship program, an expansion of the Head Start program and a $50 million increase in school experimentation may be pruned back considerably, the officials said. They also said Bush’s campaign proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to more lower-income Americans and to allow low-paid workers to purchase it is being given a low priority in budget preparation 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 Gramm-Rudman law requirement for reducing the deficit to $100 billion or less. The officials said that Bush’s budget, to be unveiled Feb. 9 when he addresses a joint session of Congress, will include these proposals: (Please See BUSH’S, Page 13A) Icy Floodgate Temperatures Plunge Across Northern States 3EEZE INVASION: Graphic shows how the dropping jetstream has opened e floodgates, allowing ice-cold winds to sweep into Canada and the >ntinental United States. By The Associated Press Record-cold 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- Kis in a day, with one town reporting a egree 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 IOO mph, stunned residents throughout the northern 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 warm-air 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. “We’re going to make up for the party we’ve been enjoying,” said meteorologist Rick Brumer in Chicago. The party ended quickly on Tuesday, as arctic air rushed into the balmy northern Plains, including Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming, dropping temperatures to IO 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 IO hours. The mercury plunged 33 Staff Photo By Phil Jonas 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 government’s chief economic forecasting gauge rose a healthy 0.6 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 0.2 percent decrease in November and a 0.5 percent rise in October. TTie 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 3.8 percent in 1988, but the slowest quarterly performance in two years was recorded during the October-December 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 predecessor’s forecast that the economy will grow at a 3.2 percent rate in 1989, many private economists believe the Reagan administration’s predictions for growth, interest rates and inflation were too optimistic. Six of the nine available components of the economic index contributed to December’s increase, while two detracted from it. The biggest boost came from an increase in manufacturers’ orders for consumer goods. Other business barometers that contributed to the increase were: Leading Indicators Seasonally adjusted index, 1967 Is ICH) 196 194-1 192 190-1 188 1 86 -184 — 182- J F M A M 1987 Oct. ’88 NOV. J J A S O N O 1988 88 Dec. 88 0.5 -o.: I 0.6 Sprott Soys New Assignment Gives First Cut On DOE Funds By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. John Spratt says his new assignment as chairman of a special House task force to examine and attempt to solve problems in the nation’s nuclear weapons complex will give him a “first cut” at the Department of Energy’s 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 reactors 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, D-S.C., told the Washington bureau of tile Greenville News Tuesday. Other representatives who are nonmembers of the committee but have special 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 report, Spratt said. (Please See SPRATT, Page 13A North's Lawyers Want Jury Isolated Source U S Dept Of Commerce rising stock prices, more orders for new plants and equipment, rising prices for raw materials signaling a strong demand, increased demand for business permits and growth in the inflation-ad-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. December’s increase left the index at 194.6 percent of its 1967 base of IOO. That was up 2 percent from the same month a year earlier. An easing of economic strength without the threat of recession would be a welcome development for many economists who believe slower growth is needed to keep the economy from overheating. By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Oliver L. North’s lawyers say any jury in the Iran-Contra 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 Sullivan on Tuesday, the opening day of North’s trial, as U.S. District Judge Gerhard 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 sequestered immediately to minimize the potential for exposure to immunized testimony and to protect Lt. Col. North’s constitutional 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 defense’s 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 U.S. aid to the insurgents. North’s 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 testified about his activities in nationally televised hearings before Congress in 1987. In that testimony, North detailed many of his activities, such as shredding documents and cashing travelers’ checks intended for the Contras, for which he is now accused of crimes. “There has been repeated, widespread dissemination of Lt. Col. North’s immunized testimony for more than 18 (Please See NORTH‘S, Page 13A) ;

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