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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Clemson Avenges Loss To USC s Top Ranked Oklahoma lost Satur day as the topsy turvy college basket ball season continued to play havoc with the Top 20 rankings Please see Pages 1B4B and 5B s Top high school seniors are the target of college football recruiters Please see Page 1B US defeats Paraguay in Davis Cup tennis Please see Page 3B USGA honors Chi Chi Rodriguez as Man of Year Please see Page SB A Quick Read New Orleans Hosts Biggest Free Party NEW ORLEANS AP Parade watchers and partygoers bundled up Saturday against a suddenly cold Carnival weekend the start of a four day spectacle expected to draw near ly 2 million merrymakers by March Gras Nine parades were scheduled Sat urday in metropolitan New Orleans including the extravagant Endymion with huge floats and celebrity riders such as Fred Savage the child televi sion star of The Wonder Years and pop singers Daryl Hall and John Dates New Orleans police estimated this will be the biggest Mardi Gras ever with 17 million revelers lining the streets and jamming the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday the last blowout before the solemn season of Lent Authorities said 15 million peo ple attended the 1988 celebration Saturday was cloudy and cold with temperatures in the 40s and chilling winds The National Weather Service said an arctic air mass would drop temperatures into the 30s through Tuesday Some roisterers sought internal and external warmth in bars along oaklined St Charles Avenue a ma jor parade route Theyre here anyway and theyre going to go drinking said Matt Hen dricks at Fat Harrys Instead of standing outside it just gets packed inside The cold weather makes no difference Paraguay Coup Leader Tightens Hold Weather Rain Possible Tonight will be cloudy with lows in the mid 40s Tomorrow will be cloudy with a chance of rain The high Monday will be in the mid 50s Please see Page 14A for details Deaths Mrs Grace Lopez Allendale Mrs Doris L Gravat Burneltown Bernhardt HF Glade Aiken Mrs Betty L LeGrand Gloverville Charles E Penn Augusta Please see Page 10A for details Inside Today Bridge5D Business1C Calendar 4C Classifies3D Crossword6D Cryptoquote4D DearAbby5C Local Front11A Obituaries10A Opinions1D Sports1B Stocks2C Weddings6C Weather14A Bridge Study May Ease Sudlow Fears ity Public id February 51989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 31 School Shuffle May Continue Brooks Hints Of Further Changes Staff Photo By Phil Jones WORK OUT A driver puts his horse through its paces during a morning workout at the Aiken Mile Track a training center for trotters and pacers By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer The Aiken County School District is buzzing about staffing changes presented by the superintendent last week Dr Joseph R Joe Brooks an nounced personnel changes at the area and district levels Friday morning and said changes at other levels will soon follow Dr Brooks met later that day with the principals from the five administrative areas that com prise the district to review the area and district staffing changes and to explain his philosophy on making personnel assignments The superintendent told the prin cipals that new challenges and growth occur when people are giv en new responsibilities according to principals at the meeting Seven to 10 years should be maximum to hold a specific administrative posi tion he said However not every administra tor who was moved had been in his position for more than 7 years Dr Brooks explained his reasons for making changes at the confer ence Friday with the area and dis trict administrators He said the individuals were assessed and were placed according to what they did best He also justified the staffing changes by saying that he wanted to maintain an effective op eration and an appropriate staffing level in the district The Aiken County Board of Edu cation voted on Dr Brooks plan for the staffing changes at the area and district levels Tuesday night The vote was 71 with Incase P Williamson casting the only nega tive vote Dr Brooks did not present a spe cific plan at that time for adminis trative changes of the principals according to board members If Please See SCHOOL Page 14A Cold Wave To Return Aiken To Normal Winter From Staff And Wire Reports The balmy springlike weather is ending An arctic cold wave that shocked even Alaska moved far enough south to chill Mardi Gras revelers Saturday while blowing snow and temperatures as low as 50 degrees below zero hampered travel in the northern Rockies and Plains The same weather system is expected to return South Carolina to more normal seasonal temperatures Highs today are expected to be in the low 50s Much of January was more like April in the Aiken area as temperatures reached into the 70s regularly and even reached into the 80s The weather forecast for the region calls for steadily decreasing tempera tures during the next few days with lows possibly gradually dipping to the high 20s Highs will be in the low 50s to high 40s by midweek which forecasters say is only normal for this time of year The forecast also calls for a chance of rain or showers today Around the nation Saturday there was too much snow for a major ski competi I I I I I f I I I I I tion in Colorado a group of travelers had to be rescued from a snowbank by a freight train in Wyoming and a small Idaho town was isolated by drifting snow The Northwests giant Bonneville Pow er Administration which normally has electricity to spare sought power and water from elsewhere to meet demand for heat Texas worried that its natural gas wells couldnt keep up with demand In St Paul high school bands march ing in a winter carnaval parade that was curtailed by subzero cold faked their rou tines before TV cameras as loudspeakers played taped band music The players will have the instruments in their mouths in playing position But we put athletic tape on the mouthpieces so the cold metal doesnt stick to their skiiV said Don Glassel band director at Simiey High School in Inver Grove Heights Minn The frigid air that built up over Alaska and pushed into the Lower 48 states Tues day brought belowzero wind chill factors to normally balmy southern Texas and freezing rain to the Texas Gulf Coast and New York City At least 23 deaths around the nation were blamed on the cold front including four in sledding accidents I wonder why we live in Minnesota said Gloria Ball manager of a Rockford Minn mobile home park that lost gas service Friday as temperatures dipped to as low as 42 below zero Record lows for the date Saturday in cluded 7 degrees at Seattle 33 below zero at Great Falls Mont 29 below at Duluth Minn and 22 below at Billings Mont Records also fell as far south as Texas with a low of 4 at Lubbock and 16 at Wich ita Falls while Midland tied its record of 9 degrees Norths Trial Carries Tinge Of Watergat By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The intense publici ty the fight over secret documents the legal dilemmas posed at the trial of Oli ver North rouse memories of a celebrat ed Watergate trial at which US District Judge Gerhard Gesell also presided As he began jury selection last week in the trial of the former White House aide the whitehaired judge with the nonon sense manner followed procedures he used more than 14 years ago for the so called Plumbers trial A defendant in that case was an aide from an earlier White House John Ehr lichman former chief domestic adviser to Richard M Nixon Courtroom No 6 on the second floor of the US District Courthouse was the scene of that trial as it is the North trial There are other similarities Like North Ehrlichman was a prodi gious notetaker who contended his files were essential to his defense Like North Ehrlichman had starred on television as a featured witness at hear ings watched by millions of Americans Like North Ehrlichmans role in a White House scandal was the subject of frontpage stories that intrigued a nation for months before his case came to trial Solution May Come From A Few Key Men Behind Scene OLIVER NORTH Has similarities with Watergate trial Despite the torrent of publicity it took Gesell just two days to seat a jury for the Plumbers trial named for the White House unit established to plug leaks of classified information Only three poten tial jurors were dismissed because they said they doubted they could render an impartial verdict But the North trial presents Gesell with a problem he didnt face 14 years ago Ehrlichman didnt have immunity when he testified before the Senate Watergate committee Dozens of prospective jurors have been dismissed from the North trial because Please See NORTHS Page 14A By The Associated Press WASHINGTON While a dozen con gressional committees grope publicly for ways to raise an estimated billion to end the savings and loan crisis the most important decisions will likely be made by a handful of players far from the tele vision lights Foremost according to others involved in the process are likely to be President Bush himself Rep Dan Rostenkowski DHL and Sen Lloyd Bentsen DTexas Rostenkowski and Bentsen chair re spectively the taxwriting House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Fi nance Committee These two men will be Capitol Hills brokers with the Bush White House on who will pay for the cleanup of the ailing industry Well hold our hearings and other committees will hold theirs but Ways and Means will grab it in the end says Rep Henry Gonzalez DTexas who heads the House Banking Committee That panel along with the Senate Bank ing Committee chaired by Sen Donald Riegle DMich have jurisdiction over the savings and loan industry Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady al ready is Bushs point man in the dealings with Congress requesting weekly meet ings with the four committee chairmen the senior Republicans on those panels Well hold our hearings and other committees will hold theirs but Ways and Means will grab it in the end Rep Henry Gonzalez DTexas and the speaker of the House Jim Wright Bradys credibility was badly damaged in floating one of the major ingredients of the rescue package as a user fee on bank and depositors instead of as higher federal insurance premiums on the institutions themselves One source close to the backandforth floating of ideas said Rostenkowski ex pects to bargain any compromise direct ly with Bush who as a Texas congress man two decades ago served on the Ways and Means panel with Rostenkowski The Illinois Democrat after meeting with Brady Gonzalez and Wright recent ly described Bradys proposed 25cent user fee on each of deposit as flat as a pancake He said he is concerned that whatever agreement is reached the ad ministration will say it was Congress doing Inside Ronald Reagan Reflects On White House DaysPage 8A