Wednesday, February 8, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 8, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina 0 v T i Aiken Liorar Y Sports Tigers Fall To Maryland Page 7 A A Quick Read One Dies In Crash Salley Man Charged WAGENER David C Busbee 23 Perry was killed yesterday when the car he was riding in crashed Roscoe Felder 26 Route 2 Box 33 Salley was charged with felony driv ing under the influence in connection with the accident Felder was driving down SC 39 in Wagener yesterday at pm when his car hit a flatbed truck and then hit an air conditioner on the side of a house completely destroying the passengers side of the car accord ing to Coroner Sue R Townsend Busbee was pronounced dead at the scene Felder was taken to the hospital but released Mrs Town send said He was also charged with driving under suspension more than first of fense by the Wagener police department Jetliner Carrying 144 Crashes in Azores LISBON Portugal AP A jet liner carrying 144 people today crashed into a mountain on an island in the Azores an official said The Boeing 707 crashed into Pico Alto Mountain on Santa Maria Is land said the official who works for the islands emergency services and who spoke on condition of anonym ity He did not know the name of the airline There was no immediate word on the fate of the 137 passengers and seven crew members IRS Has The Answers But Are They Right WASHINGTON AP Chances of reaching the IRS tollfree telephone with a question about taxes have im proved but at last check the odds of getting a correct answer had not Clearly there is room for im provement the General Accounting Office said in a report on its survey which found Internal Revenue Ser vice telephone assistors gave the right answer on only 64 percent of 20 test questions that were asked in 1776 calls Weather Deaths Fair skies and colder weather are forecast tonight with a low in the up per 20s Partly sunny skies are fore cast Thursday with a high in the up per 40s Please see details on Page 6A Jeanette B Black Aiken Paul A Broxton North Augusta James A Glover Augusta Brice Kirkland Wagener Luther Lloyd Jr Bronx NY Virginia Mae Miller Wagener Joseph K Pirkle Augusta Lillie D Turner Aiken John P Linger Columbia Please see details on Pages 5A 6A Inside Today Bridge9B Calendar12B Classifieds7B Comics11A Crossword10B Cryptoquote8B Dear AbbyHA Local Front1B Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5A 6A 4A 7A 11A 6A Coming Tomorrow A Special Section Welcoming Westinghouse And Bechtel bruary 81989 Aiken South Carolina Bush Still Wants A Pay Increase AP Laserphoto BEGIN AGAIN President Bush still thinks Congress and some federal officials need a pay raise Suggestions Invited For New Proposal By LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON President Bush says he still wants some sort of pay raise for Congress judges and top federal offi cials even though he signed the death warrant for a 51 percent increase he ini tially endorsed Bush was inviting suggestions for fu ture raise proposals at a meeting with Republican senators Tuesday according to Sen Ted Stevens RAlaska And in a White House statement re leased after he signed the resolution de feating the raise Bush said I believe that some level of pay increase is in or der and I will be working with the House and Senate leadership to develop propos als to achieve that endI would also like to express my special concern about the level of compensation for members of our federal judiciary The House voted 38048 Tuesday and the Senate followed suit 946 in passing How They Voted South Carolinas Congressional del egation voted unanimously to reject the proposed federal pay raise Tuesday In the House Democratic Reps Butler C Derrick 3rd Eliza beth J Liz Patterson 4th John M Spratt Jr 5th Robin Tailon 6th and Republicans Arthur C Ravenel 2nd District and Floyd D Spence 1st District all voted against the increase Republican Sen Strom Thurmond and Democratic Sen Ernest F Fritz Rollings also voyed against the pay increase legislation to reject a pay raise plan for lawmakers top bureaucrats and mem bers of the federal bench Bush signed the measure several hours before the midnight deadline that would have allowed the raises to become law including a boost in congressional salary from to Please See BUSH Page ISA Springlike temperatures that have flowers blooming months early in Aiken are about to become steadily colder ac cording to State Climatologist John C Purvis But in spite of the drop the weather will remain more pleasant than is nor mal even for a South Carolina winter The remainder of the winter is likely to remain mild even if temperatures drop in March and April he said Colder than usual water off Central and South America has caused a bend in the jet stream and allowed high pressure to build over the east coast Purvis said The dip in the stream is allowing cold air to come into the western portions of the United States dropping temperatures to zero or lower and blanketing the west in ice and snow But while the west freezes the high pressure in the east is serving as a cold weather shield so South Carolina is stay ing warm he said We only get the edge of the cold weather he said There will be enough of a change in the next day or two to bring us colder weather but not the extreme cold of the midwest Normal temperatures for February are highs in the upper 40s and lows in the 30s he said When the cold air finally reaches Aiken the highs will still be in the 40s but lows will be in the 20s County extension agent Terry Mathis said the cooler temperatures will be a mixed blessing for Aiken Please See WEATHER Page ISA AP Laserphoto FROZEN FRUIT Ice hangs on orange trees in California after a night of mid 205 temperatures hit the citrus groves of the eastern Fresno County region The cold isnt expected to become extreme in South Carolina Agreement Protects Contractor New SRP Contract Forbids Pay Except When Job Lost By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Westinghouses contract to operate the Savannah River Plant starting next spring will protect it from severance pay disputes like the one thats embroiled the Du Pont Co Department of Energy officials are re fusing to reimburse Du Pont for about million in severance pay that the compa ny has promised to 6500 SRP employees when it withdraws April 1 as plant contractor The DOE says severance pay isnt war ranted because virtually all those work ers are guaranteed jobs under the new contractor Du Pont calls it an allowable expense and company policy besides The dispute remains unresolved and possibly headed for court Meanwhile Westinghouse Savannah River Co and the DOE have signed an SRP operating contract that specifically forbids severance pay to any Westing house employee who hasnt lost a job The contracts language looks ahead to the next SRP contract change in pre cluding severance pay to any employee who is offered employment at compara ble pay and benefits by a successor contractor Please See AGREEMENT Page ISA Aiken County Officials Praise Bushs Bailout Plan By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Officials from Aiken County savings and loan institutions are praising Presi dent Bushs plan to bail out the long neglected industry And despite problems nation wide Aiken Countys and South Caroli nas institutions vemain among the strongest in the nation President Bushs proposal involves borrowing money k1 the form of bonds The Presidents plan replaces a possible plan discussed recently that had out raged many leaders It involved placing an insurancefee of 25 cents per fee on all deposits A lot of people were concerned that they had saved all their lives and the government was going to surcharge them said Rick W Herring senior vice president and chief financial offi cer of Palmetto Federal Herring added that this would not be the case under the Presidents proposal Both Palmetto Federal and Security Federal have had to fight negative pub licity about Both are doing well financially And South Carolina is one of only 12 states that does not have an in solvent institution according to published reports Please See AIKEN Page ISA Sex Surveys Baby Tests Called For In War On AIDS By PAUL RECER AP Science Writer WASHINGTON The AIDS epidemic will extend well into the next century and to combat it America must conduct extensive sex surveys provide sex edu cation in plain language and distribute condoms widely according to a study re leased today The study by the National Research Council says the nations war against ac quired immune deficiency syndrome and the virus that causes it human immuno deficiency virus is handicapped by out dated data on the sex habits of Ameri cans and by poor studies on precisely how many people now carry the AIDS virus The study said public health authorities have a pressing national need for sta tistics gathered in a variety of surveys including AIDS blood tests from a wide segment of the population such as new borns and women seeking abortions and for welldesigned studies of homosexuals prostitutes and intravenous drug users some of the major risk groups for the disease America the study said faces a long difficult battle against the AIDS virus and that effort will continue even after a cure is found The struggle to retard the spread of HIV is likelv to persist well into the next centurv the study said Improved un derstandinu and prevention of the bena S that spread HIVAIDS will be need ed