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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 10, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Tack Downs Tar Heels Page 6A A Quick Read Waiter Attacked Men After Getting Poor Tip NORWALK Conn AP A dis gruntled waiter accused of attacking two men with a hammer and a knife after they left him a paltry tip has been found temporarily incompetent to stand trial Superior Court Judge Edward Lea vitt ruled Wednesday that Guang Da Shen 19 of New York City was un able to assist in his own defense and could not understand the assault charges lodged against him The attack took place Jan 14 out side the Dragon House Restaurant after Louis Pabian 59 of Trumbull and his son Neil 24 of Bridgeport left Shen a or tip after eating a dinner costing less than accord ing to police Woman Sues Shop For Selling Gun HIALEAH GARDENS Fla AP A resident who says she warned a gun dealer across the street not to sell a weapon to her depressed son is suing the shop because the young man later bought a pistol there and shot himself to death Alicia Portela filed a wrongful death suit in Dade Circuit Court against Metro Distributors Inc own er of the gun shop across the street from her home Ms Portela said her 29yearold son Luis Oscar Perez suffered from depression and had been receiving psychiatric care for two years He said he wanted to kill him self she said Wednesday He told his father he was going to buy a gun Since the shop is right across the street from our house I went there and told them not to sell my son a gun I told them he had a mental illness Weather Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the 20s Partly sunny skies are forecast Saturday with increas ing cloudiness in the afternoon The weather will be a little warmer with a high in the upper 50s Please see details on Page 8B Deaths Oliver C Dawson Orangeburg G Poe Poole Lexington Dora B Wynn Brooklyn NY Please see details on Page 8B Inside Today Bridge5C Calendar6B Classifieds2C Comics7B Crossword6C Cryptoquote3C DearAbby7B Local Front1B Obituaries8B Opinions4A Sports5A Television7B Weather8B Triple Crown Dates The dates for the 1989 Aiken Triple Crown events have been announced The annual event kicks off on March 18 with the running of the Ai ken Trials The Aiken Hunt Meet fol lows on March 25 and the Aiken Sulky Races wrap up the events on April 1 Other sporting events to watch for include the Masters which will be held April 69 and the Strohs Lob ster Races which will be held May 6 Page 2 A lalloons Offer Reward For POWs Page IB Crackdown Planned On Child Restraints Friday February 101989 250 Aiken South Carolina Budget Now In Hands Of Congress By DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The Democratic controlled Congress began adjusting to life under a new Republican administra tion today after receiving President Bushs call for no new taxes increases in scattered domestic programs and a offer to work day and night to tackle the deficit The people didnt send us here to bick er the new president said Thursday night in a nationally televised speech be fore a joint session of the House and Sen ate Its time to govern Initial Democratic reaction to the new president and his trillion budget was cordial but wary Republicans cheered when he renewed his campaign call for a cut in capital gains taxes Most Demo crats sat silently in their seats Fights also are likely over Bushs pro posed billion cut in the Medicare insur ance program for the elderly and his re newed commitment to the Star Wars missile defense program Democrats promised cooperation and left it at that That does not mean obedience It does mean our honest help and our very best advice said Speaker Jim Wright of Tex as who presides over a House with a 261 175 Democratic majority Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole termed the presidents budget blueprint not the final answer its the starting point He added Congress can swat it away or it can grasp the presidents hand in the true spirit of cooperation The Bush budget envisions a deficit of Proposed federal budget tor fiscal 1990 In bWons ot dotars Outtays Receipts DEFICIT Bush Reagan proposal proposal President George Bush has asked Congress to spend million this year to restart the Sa vannah River nuclear weapons plant Bush said the funds would be spent on activities such as expan sion of control room staffs mak ing seismic modifications and improving Department of Energy personnel AP Laserphoto BUSHS BUDGET President George Bush called for no new taxes during his budget proposal Thursday night billion beneath the billion man dated in the federal antideficit law But Bushs deficit figure is predicated on rosy economic assumptions carried over from the Reagan administration assump tions of continued strong growth that many economists question The presidents speech was not a State of the Union address in the literal sense But it served as one from the pageantry of a House chamber filled with lawmak ers the diplomatic corps Supreme Court See BUDGET Page 8A Proposed For SRP By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON President George Bush has asked Congress to spend million this year toward restarting three nuclear production reactors at the Savan nah River Plant In a budget proposal released Thurs day by the White House Bush said the funds would be spent on activities such as expansion of control room staffs making seismic modifications and supplement ing Department of Energy personnel by hiring outside experts from the commer cial nuclear industry The plant whose three operable reac tors have been shut down since last sum mer for safety improvements manufac tures tritium a radioactive form of hydrogen used in making nuclear warheads DOE officials have said they hope to restart the KReactor late this year or early next but have not announced a re start schedule See Page 8A Plan To Restrict Legislators Earnings Dead By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON A plan to restrict legislators outside earnings prohibit use of campaign funds for personal expenses and ban honoraria payments for speeches to special interest groups is now dead in the water because of Tues days vote rejecting federal pay in creases Congressional aides said House leaders had hoped to use a pro posed congressional pay increase to con vince legislators to vote for reforms af fecting their other sources of income aides said But the unexpected public outcry against the pay hikes forced members to With the reform package the House and Republican leadership wanted to go the extra mile and clean up an area that needs some attention David Dreyer vote against the increases Now aides said no reforms are likely The pay raise would have boosted the salaries of most members of Congress from to With the reform package the House and Republican leadership wanted to go the extra mile and clean up an area that needs some attention said David Dreyer director of communications for Democratic Majority Whip Tony Coelho of Texas A congressional task force appointed by House Democratic and Republican leaders had agreed on reforms in four areas said Peter Williams an aide to Rep Dick Cheney RWyo who served on the panel Williams said the task force planned to recommend a complete ban on honoraria if they were to be used for personal inco meHowever members would have been permitted to suggest charities to which the fees could be contributed Williams said Other outside income such as earn ings from law practices and member ships on corporate boards of directors would have been prohibited Greater re strictions would have been put on travel expenses members could accept from special interest groups who had invited them to speak Williams said See PLAN Page 8A Wholesale Prices Jump At 127 Percent Rate By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Wholesale prices skyrocketed at an annual rate of 127 per cent in January the biggest monthly surge in more than three years the gov ernment said today The Labor Department said the steep est increase in food prices in a year com bined with the largest rise in energy prices in two years to push up the Pro ducer Price Index 10 percent last month It was the biggest increase since an identical surge in October 1985 The index hasnt risen faster in a single month since April 1981 when it shot up 11 percent The large gain suprised analysts who were expecting a moderate 03 percent to 04 percent increase Economist Robert Brusca of Nikkp Se curities Co International Inc predicted in advance of the report that any increase substantially higher than 04 percent could roil financial markets The overall January increase left the Producer Price Index for finished goods at 1110 meaning a hypothetical selection of goods costing in 1982 would have cost last month more than in December Price indexes for goods at the interme diate level of production and for crude goods show more inflation in the pipeline Intermediate goods rose 09 percent the steepest monthly increase in nearly eight years while crude goods shot up 39 percent the most since August 1980 Crude goods rose 34 percent in Decem ber but those prices fell for three consec utive months prior to that The heated pace of inflation in the re port was likely to raise concern at the Federal Reserve Board which has been pushing up interest rates in an effort to slow the economy and dampen inflation The unemployment rate of 54 percent last month is near a 14year low pushing wages up in some areas of the country Astronomers Discover Pulsar Hope It Provides Information By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO Astronomers have witnessed the creation of an ex tremely dense star in a discovery that provides critical evidence about what happens when a massive star ex plodes researchers said Thursday Its really phenomenal said Carl Pennypacker a research physicist who has been studying the dense stars or pulsars for more than eight years The pulsar spinning about 2000 times per second is moving three times faster than anything astrono mers have ever seen before Penny packer said describing the pulsar as something that has the mass of the sun squished down to a 10kilometer radius As the pulsar or neutron star spins it emits light that creates sort of a searchlight effect said Penny packer who conducts research at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley The pulsar is the product of the ex plosive collapse of an enormous star or supernova Astronomers first spot ted the parent supernova named Su pernova 1987A two years ago about 170000 lightyears away from the Earth It tells us about the birth of pulsars and the final stage of big stars Pen nypacker said of the discovery by a team of international astronomers It will probably change our sense of what the explosion mechanism is I think its going to have a pretty profound effect The explosion of Supernova 1987A was closer to earth than any other su pernova explosion in four centuries and enabled observers to watch it with the naked eye for several months   

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