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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Blue Devils Whip Kansas Page 4B Also Inside xThe time that most of us dread tax time is fast approaching Some local experts offer advice on how to understand the changes in the law Please see story on Page 1C S The Aiken Community Playhouse boasts a rich heritage Formed in 1952 the theater has taken its audi ences to The Land of MakeBelieve Please see story in the Sunday Magazine A Quick Read Thurmond Too Early To TelE About Job Nancy M Thurmond a candidate for undersecretary of tourism and trade in the Bush Administration said it would be a wonderful oppor tunity to serve in the post but it is a bit premature to speculate about an appointment Mrs Thurmond wife of US Sen Strom Thurmond RSC is consid ered a major can didate for the job but Washington insiders say it probably will go to Rockwell Schna bel a key Bush supporter in the THURMOND 1988 election If that happens the same sources said it is likely Mrs Thurmond would get a job as deputy undersecretary in the Schanabel team The tourism and trade division is under the Com merce Department Mrs Thurmond said her gaining the position would be a real asset to our state because tourism is the sec ond largest industry in South Carolina Mrs Thurmond said she doesnt have any idea when the White House will announce a decision on the un dersecretarys job Weather Cloudy Skies It will be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain today The high will be in the mid 50s and the low will be in the mid 40s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Dwight F Allen Greenville Eliza H Cook North Augusta Lonnie O Counts Sr Greenwood Harold DuBose Burnettown Anna Seaman Aiken Emily L Trotter Batesburg Eloise H Wallace Columbia Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge5D Calendar5C Classifieds3D Crossword6D Cryptoquote5D DearAbby5C Local Front9A Obituaries6A Opinions1D Sports1B Weather6A Weddings5C Bush Preparing For Trip To China Stephanie Corley Named Junior Miss PUBLIC LI Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth DAWN AT THE TRACK The sun rises over the Aiken done by the trainers can be seen by the public the Training Track as these horses are put through their running of the Aiken Trials is set for March 18 paces It wont be long before some results of the work Author Issues Apology Iran Says It Lift Death Sentence By The Associated Press Salman Rushdie on Saturday apologized to Moslems angered by his novel The Satanic Verses and Iran indicated it would spare the author from the death sentence ordered by Aya tollah Ruhollah Khomeini The statement though far too short of a repentance is generally seen as suffi cient enough to warrant his pardon by the masses in Iran and elsewhere in the world Irans Islamic Republic News Agency said Earlier reports by the governmentrun agency said Rushdies statement fell short of the apology demanded by Presi dent Ali Khamenei on Friday See AUTHOR Page 12A Afghanistan Declares State Of Emergency By The Associated Press KABUL Afghanistan The govern ment declared a state of emergency Sat urday in Afghanistan three days after the Soviets completed their troop with drawal and left the Afghan army to fight the Moslem guerrillas The emergency which became effec tive at midnight was announced on state run radio and television by President Najib The Foreign Ministry said it was de clared after unauthorized letters and pamphlets began circulating in Kabul warning people to close their businesses and stay off the streets The ministry said the material was leading people to be lieve that guerrillas surrounding the city would soon launch a rocket attack The emergency allows the government to suspend or limit the constitutional rights providing for protection against the search and confiscation of property confidentiality of correspondence and These clandestine activities cheated an air in which people were being terrified of a rocket attack on Kabul Mohammad Nabi Amani telephone conversations peaceful assem bly freedom of expression and freedom from cumpulsory labor Najib said without elaborating that he acted after receiving reports from secu rity forces of activities of certain ele ments trying to create disturbances The military increased the number of tanks and armored personnel carriers in Kabul and stationed troops on the roofs of buildings At a news briefing before Najibs an nouncement a Foreign Ministry spokes man Mohammad Nabi Amani said the declaration was prompted by clandestine activities that were terrorizing the people of Kabul He said the activities included the cir culation of letters and unsigned pham plets that began appearing shortly before the completion of the Soviet troop with drawal on Wednesday He said the mate rial warned residents to stay off the streets close their businesses and stay away from the airport These created an air in which people were being terrified of a rocket attack on Kabul Amani said He also said the refusal of the United States and Pakistan to halt the supply of arms to the gurrrillas made the state of emergency necessary Today was the first time an emergency has been declared in Afghanistan since 1978 when the government did so after the Marxist government seized power in a military coup The emergency was lift ed the following year Some Western officials believe the guerrillas now surrounding Kabul and other major cities will soon topple Na jibs government But Najib says his troops can hold on without the Soviet soldiers In Pakistan today Afghan guerrilla groups nominated a president and prime minister for an interim government they hope will soon take power in their home land The guerrillas Consultative Coun cil nominated Mohammad Nabi Moham madi as president and Ahmad Shah as prime minister A council spokesman first said the men had been named to the positions but he later said they were only nominated and that they would be ap proved in a vote on Sunday Mahammadi a moderate who had led one of the resistance factions had earlier been named president of the council Investigators Search Starretts Home By The Associated Press LEXINGTON Investigators went to Georgia on Saturday to search the home of a man charged in the kidnappings of three South Carolina girls Lexington County Sheriff James Metis said Authorities in Georgia said they contin ued to sift through evidence found in the Martinez Ga home of Richard D Star rett 29 Lexington County authorities have filed three kidnapping charges against Star rett who allegedly took the victims to his home Columbia County Ga authorities have filed charges of aggravated sodomy and false imprisonment against Starrett in the abduction of Shari Dawn Teets 17 of Lexington County Lt Mike Adams of the Columbia Coun ty Ga sheriffs department said Satur day additional charges would not be filed in Columbia County until Monday at the earliest Were still going through stuff he said He said investigators would meet with Columbia County District Attorney Mike Eubanks before filing any charges Lexington County investigators also went to search Starretts home for clues Metts said We sent a team of investigators to Co lumbia County along with an assistant solicitor to execute a search warrant in regard to some things were looking for Metts said He would not elaborate on what investi gators hoped to find Starrett has been charged with the kid napping of Miss Teets from her Lexing ton County home on Feb 6 Authorities said Starrett allegedly held her captive for four days keeping her handcuffed and shut in a closet for much of the time Starrett Passed Background Check For SRP From Staff And Wire Reports COLUMBIA Richard Starrett earned one of the highestlevel security clear ances awarded at the Savannah River Plant though his clearance was revoked three years before his arrest last week officials said Starrett who worked parttime for Du Pont from 1978 through 1979 was cleared fora QClear classification after a sixmonth background check He was a col lege student at the time Although informa tion from the review is STARRETT confidential The State newspaper quoted an unidentified official in the federal En ergy Department as saying Starrett ap parently had little trouble earning and keeping the clearance Starrett is charged in the kidnapping of Shari Dawn Teets 17 of Lexington County Although Starrett left Du Pont in 1979 his Q clearance was not stripped until 1986 Last fall Starrett returned to the SRP to work this time with Bechtel National Co Starrett was formally terminated from Bechtel on Friday Bechtel spokes man Rick Laubscher said The action was taken because Starrett had exceeded the maximum number of days of work that could be missed without an excuse His job with Bechtel did not require a security clearance Laubsher said Star rett was classified as a designer which is a category below an engineer Starrett was part of a team that de signed and installed fireprotection sys tems sprinklers and alarms for the Defense Waste Processing Facility at the plant near Aiken The billion project will glassify highly radioactive waste for eventual underground storage in New Mexico He was hired by Bechtel on Jan 19 1987 to work at Plant Vogtle a commer cial nuclear power plant in Georgia Star rett was assigned to the SRP on Oct 10 1988 Bechtel officials said To obtain a Q clearance a person must be subjected to a thorough background check either by the federal Office of Per sonnel Management or the FBI The FBI handles cases in which a person would have access to the most secret and sensi tive information Rare Plant Puts Halt On Project By CARLLANGLEY Staff Writer Questions raised about a rare plant found on the Savannah River bluffs in Aiken County have put a mil lion North Augusta sewer project on an administrative hold the citys attorney said Kelly F Her said its not really a situation where lawsuits are in volved It is an administrative hold which means we cannot execute any contracts Zier said the hold which will allow time to conduct a survey of the plant could last from 60 to 90 days The plant known as the relic trilli um is a wildflower that grows in iso lated spots near the river according to residents of the River Oaks subdivision The sewer line has been engi neered to run from the Pole Branch line near Willow Wick Apartments on Martintown Road along the river to the citys treatment plant Some residents have protested the line following the river bank and want it moved to an abandoned rail road bed nearby But the city has refused on grounds it would lose a See RARE Page 12A   

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