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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 3, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina County Public Library Georgia Tech Knocks Off Duke Page 5A A Quick Read Measles Outbreak Shows Need For Shots LOS ANGELES AP Onesixth of Americas 1988 measles patients came from Los Angeles County where an ongoing outbreak among mostly Hispanic toddlers demon strates a nationwide need to vacci nate 1to 4yearolds experts say We seem to have a toddler immu nization gap said Dr Stephen Wa terman chief of acute communica ble disease control for the county Department of Health Services A lot of those kids dont get vaccinated until they go to school where mea sles shots are mandatory The extent of the outbreak of the viruscaused respiratory disease in Los Angeles County was reported by the national Centers for Disease Con trol in todays issue of the agencys Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report The county last year reported 513 measles cases 175 percent or more than onesixth of the nations total of 2933 the Atlantabased CDC said Two of the patients ages 8 months and 23 months died Team Plans Icewalk OTTAWA AP An international expedition plans to walk 483 miles across the ice to the North Pole to dramatize the hazards they believe are threatening the arctic The team which includes mem bers from Canada the United States the Soviet Union Britain Japan Australia and West Germany hopes to set out on the 65day trip around March 1015 from Cape Columbia Canadas northernmost point of land on the Arctic Ocean The American in the group is Dar ryl Roberts of the Bronx NY The expedition is led by Robert Swan the British explorer who walked to the South Pole with two other men in 1986 A successful com pletion of the northern trip would make him the first on record to walk to both poles Weather Cloudy And Cool Cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 40 percent chance of rain and a low in the mid 50s Cloudy skies and cooler weather are forecast Saturday with a 40 percent chance of rain and a high near 60 Much colder weather is forecast for early next week Yesterdays high of 78 set a new record The old high was 77 and was recorded in 1974 Please see details on Page 6B Deaths James Denny Jr Batesburg Mrs Mannie Lewis Edgefield Mabel 0 Puyh Aiken Matthew W Sunday Williston Please see details on Page 68 Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote DearAbby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 4C 58 4C 2B 5C 3C 2B 1B 6B 4A 5A 2B 6B Any Rescue Wont Be Popular Sudlow Bridge Concerns Residents Aiken South Carolina V6ii22No30 Reactor Start This Year Unlikely By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON Top Department of Energy officials told Congress Thursday its unlikely that the Savannah River Plants three nuclear production reactors will be restarted this year Top DOE officials and their safety ad visers testified before a Senate Armed Services subcommittee and their com ments renewed concerns about supplies of tritium gas a vital but perishable weapons component that the US can produces only in those reactors Officials said restart of the three reac tors all shut down since last summer for safety reasons is lagging because data is still insufficient to allow them to decide Its going to be very difficult to make the level of changes necessary John AheaTne whether or not the reactors can be oper ated safely In addition Energy officials said training of plant operators in new safety procedures is not yet complete They told the subcommittee that by March the DOE and Westinghouse Sa vannah River Co officials would have more test results available and would be able to set a date for restart of the reac tors Westinghouse will replace the Du Pont Co as SRP contractor on April 1 Tritium decays at a rate of 55 percent a year and weapons periodically require fresh tritium supplies to remain effective The subcommittee was reconvening to day for a closed session on how long the reactors could remain shut down without harming national security Among the scheduled witnesses were Gen Robert T Herres vice chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff and Robert C Duncan chairman of the Pentagons Nuclear Weapons Council I expect were going to get some un pleasant news Sen Jim Exon DNeb told Thursdays session Energy officials also told the Senate committee the plants reactors built in the 1950s would never meet commer cial safety standards like those set by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for commercial reactors even after repair and modernization DOE reactors are too old to meet cur rent NRC standards Troy E Wade II Please See REACTOR Page 8A Staff Photo By Phil Jones BALMY Roy Bailey enjoys the early morning sun as he The recent warm weather isnt expected to stick around fishes Vaucluse Pondwith only his reflection for company much longer in the area Break Out Scarves Cold Is Coming By The Associated Press COLUMBIA The springlike weather in South Carolina this week will give way to more normal February weather when the cold front that caused so many prob lems in Alaska arrives early next week forecasters say Instead of record highs in the 70s and low 80s temperatures will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s by Tuesday said En glish Hammond National Weather Ser vice specialist The extended forecast calls for highs in the 70s Friday in the 60s for Saturday and Sunday and the 50s Monday By Tuesday lows will dip below the freezing mark Hammond said Please See BREAK Page 8A Big Chill Moving East With Freezing Rain By The Associated Press Freezing drizzle ushered the Big Chill of 89 deeper into the nations midsee tion and toward the East Coast today turning highways into glaring stretches of ice and draping trees and power lines ju a hardened coat The frigid air mass that spilled into the lower 48 states from Alaska earlier in the week brought more snow today to the weatherweary Pacific Northwest and northern states threatening crops and endangering newborn livestock The cold spell has closed schools dis rupted travel and caused power out ages at a time when electricity is in high demand Windchill readings between 60 and 80 degrees below zero were com mon across much of Montana and the Dakotas Stretching across a roughly triangu lar area from the Pacific Northwest to Texas to New England the air mass is pushing southward but at a slower pace than earlier in the week said Brian Smith of the National Weather Service Its moving quite a bit slower now Were not getting the really rapid changes in temperatures that we Please See BIG Page 8A DOE Will Do EIS On SRP Reactors By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer The Department of Energy says it will meet environmentalists demand for an environmental study on the Savannah River Plants nuclear reactors but wont guarantee completion of that study be fore the idled facilities are restarted Environmental groups said theyre un satisfied with the DOEs new position and wont drop their suit demanoling that finalization of an environmental impact statement precede any restarts of the idled reactors Meanwhile DOE expects to start hop ing Aikenarea public hearings in mid April as the first step in preparing the EIS The Columbiabased Energy Research Foundation allied with Greenpeace USA and the Natural Resources Defense Council filed suit in December to force an EIS a hearingfilled process requir ing a year or more The groups contend that recent reports about safety problems at SRP makes re start a major federal action requiring an EIS under the National Environmental Policy Act DOE officials testified Thursday be fore a Senate Armed Services subcom mittee that restarts of any SRP reactors are unlikely this year DOE told the committee that it would do a full EIS but its not a condition for restart said Will Callicott a spokes man at the DOEs Washington headquarters Environmentalists say uncertainty over the shutdowns length perhaps lasting more than a year make it clear theres time for EIS preparation beforehand Energy Research and Greenpeaces Columbia office said they learned about the new EIS development only through an article this morning from The States Washington bureau The article quotes Troy Wade acting DOE assistant secretary for defense pro grams as saying Thursday that the de partment will not wait for completion of the EIS before starting up KReactor Please See DOE Page 8A Dog Has His Day In Owner Has To Pay Fine By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer The old saying is that every dog will have his day but this dog got his day in court Black Jack a 1yearold male she mix had a court date with Magistrate Ralph Barber Thursday The dogs owner William Edward Corbett 207 Dean Dr North Augusta had to pay a fine after the dog alleg edly stole two large Tbone steaks on Jan 18 that were sitting on a grill at a neighbors house Monroe D Berry had Corbett charged with allowing his dog to run free after the dog allegedly ran off with two steaks that he had placed on a grill to thaw Berry came out from underneath his truck where he was changing oil to see the dog run around his trailer he said I looked and my steaks were gone Berry said You could take a fork and cut those steaks He added He was eating the steaks with me looking at him Berry said that be has had problems with the dog before but he has never reported it to the authorities That was the last straw he said When authorities arrived they went over to Corbetts yard and served him with a copy of the complaint and a court date authorities said To me a dog like him is supposed to run free Corbett said He added that the dog was basically a neighborhood dog before it settled at the Dean Drive Please See DOG Page 8A Nations Jobless Rate Rises Number Of New Jobs Also Up By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Unemployment rose slightly in January to 54 percent but the number of new jobs created last month rose by 408000 much higher than expect ed the government reported today The Labor Department said the civil ian unemployment rate rose by 01 per centage point from the December rate of 53 percent But the first major report of the econo mys 1989 performance showed continued strong growth something analysts have predicted would feed inflationary fears and perhaps convince the Federal Re serve Board to tighten its reins on credit The 408000 new nonfarrn jobs created last month followed a gain of 279000 in December and nearly matched Novem bers robust gain of 440000 new jobs Analysts had predicted that January job growth would be in the 250000 range and that any growth of more than 300000 could trouble the markets The Labor Department said the labor force expanded by nearly 900000 people with about 700000 of them finding jobs and that a record 629 percent of the workingage population had jobs The unseasonably warm weather in much of the country helped contraction employment rise by 102000 jobs last month the department said Manufactur ing employment also was up forthe fourth month in a row with 45000 new January jobs split virtually evenly between the durable and nondurable goods industries There were 260000 new jobs in the ser viceproducing sector of the economy with the 135000 in retail trades account ing for more than half of that figure Ser vice industries reported adding 75000 new jobs last month down from an aver age monthly gain of 110000 in that sector throughout 1988