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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 23, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Today Dont Worry Be Happy Page 3A A Quick Read Dozens Arrested In Cocaine Ring LOS ANGELES AP US au thorities raided the downtown jewel ry market and arrested at least 37 people nationwide in an effort to smash a billion cocaine money laundering ring allegedly run by a Syrian national The surveillance investigation which lasted for more than a year was the biggest of its kind undertak en by the government Attorney Gen eral Dick Thornburgh and Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady said in a statement released Wednesday During the past two years the ille gal network processed at least bil lion through jewelry merchants in Los Angeles Texas Florida and New York authorities said US Debt Growing At A Second NEW YORK AP The US gov ernment is going into hock faster than the eye can follow A new digital readout unveiled by a real estate de veloper shows the national debt jumping by a second a rate that made the last four numbers a blur Below the main number that de picted the spiraling trillion na tional debt on a building in midtown Manhattan was a second figure tracking each American familys share of the indebtedness over and growing The readout dubbed The National Debt Clock was unveiled Wednesday by Seymour B Durst a real estate developer who has been campaign ing publicly against governmental debt for a decade Durst 75 started warning about the debt by sending a New Years card to government and business leaders in 1980 PageZA Hollings Eyes Volue Added Tax Weather Very Cold Tonight Cloudy skies and very cold weath er is forecast tonight with a low near 15 Winds will be 1015 mph and gusty with wind chills near 0 and below Snow flurries are possible Cloudy skies are forecast Friday with a high in the upper 30s Winds will be 1020 mph and gusty Please see details on Page 6A Deaths James O Baker Edgefield Phillip A Brown West Columbia John B Bush Johnston Albert K Dean Graniteville James L Gunter Jr Aiken Sarah M Harrison Edgefield Frances S Metts Augusta Mary M Ritchie Clemson George Walker Aiken Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics rossword ryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 7B 3B SB 48 8B 6B 4B 1B 6A 4A 7A 4B 6A Reactions To Report On Future Vary Thursday February 23 Aiken South Carolina Let It Snow Let It Snow Aiken Edgefield Students Sent Home By NINA J NIDIFFER And CARL LANGLEY Staff Writers Aiken County school officials dismissed all the countys schools at 11 am today in an effort to get students home before falling snow could turn to ice and create hazardous driving conditions With the snowfall picking up momen tum shortly after 9 am the administra tion decided not to take any chances that a sudden drop in temperature could turn roads and streets into sheets of ice The decision to close was made in Dr Brooks office about said a spokesman at the educational center Regular schedules are expected to re sume Friday barring any weatherrelat ed complications Shortly before the Aiken closing was announced Edgefield County authorities had sent students home The snowfall ap peared to be heavier in that area than around Aiken About an hour before the Aiken schools closed for the day officials indicated they were proceeding with plans for nor mal sessions because the snow was not building up and was melting almost as fast as it fell We were all in session said Karen B Sides a secretary for Aiken County Schools district office Im sure the kids were wanting it to come down heavier They always do High school and elementary students wanting a heavy snowfall got their wish about an hour after classes started The snow was said to be widespread through put the midlands area of the state and into the Piedmont College students were even more en thusiastic about the unusual weather Ra dio stations received prank calls saying USC Aiken was closed for the day but a university spokesperson said no official at the university made the calls We are open she said The let it snow sentiment of students was not shared by peach growers in Ed gefield and Johnston where cold wet flakes were drifting down through peach blossoms this morning There a wait andsee attitude prevailed County extension agent Anthony Tony Watson said that some peach trees are in bloom and those are certain ly vulnerable but other varieties are saf er because they have not bloomed yet See LET Page 10A Weather Watch Today A 30 percent chance of snow flurries may extend into the night Highs in mid30s lows in 20s Friday Temperatures as low as 19 de grees in the morning the high in 30s Saturday Sunny and warmer with a high in the 40s and a low in the 30s US Hostages Threatened Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth TRADITIONAL SURROUNDINGS J Wayne Hilton and Bobbie P Hilton display some of the companys old catalogues as they stand in the new seed store which is furnished with antiques Please see story on Page 1 B By The Associated Press BEIRUT Lebanon ProIrani an captors of three American edu cators today threatened to take revenge against Salman Rushdie the publishers of his novel The Satanic Verses and their sup porters for insulting Islam Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine said in a handwritten statement that it would take re venge against all those who took part in strong and ferocious cam paigns against Islam It said the revenge would cover all institutions and organizations that insulted in one way or anoth er members of prophet Moham meds family meaning Moslems European governments have re called their ambassadors from Iran to protest Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeinis decree last week that Moslems seek out and kill Rushdie and his publishers because The Satanic Verses blasphemes Islam Authors have led demonstra tions of outrage at the threat from Irans fundamentalist patriarch who has refused to accept Rush dies apology and President Bush has called the threat an insult to the civilized world Rushdie a naturalized Briton who was born a Moslem in India is in hiding with wife in Britain and reportedly under police guard Iranian clerics have of fered million for Rushdies murder Jihads Arabiclanguage state ment was delivered to the office of a Western news agency in Moslem west Beirut accompanied by an instant photograph of American hostages Alarm Steen Robert Pol hill and Jesse Turner The three were kidnapped Jan 24 1987 from the campus of the See US Page 10A Bush Arrives In Japan Begins Search For Peace By The Associated Press TOKYO President Bush arrived in Japan today and immediately plunged into a series of minisummits with world leaders Against the backdrop of an im perial Japanese funeral he began his personal search for an elusive peace set tlement in the Middle East After a 16hour flight from Washington Bush went directly to the US ambassa dors residence for lunch with French President Francois Mitterrand and talks that White House officials said focused on EastWest relations Central America the global environment and plans for a sevennation economic summit in Paris in July Bush and Mitterrand expressed inter est in pursuing peace in the Middle East and exploring whatever options might be out there said White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater The spokesman affirmed Bushs earli er statement that the Soviet Union should play only a secondary role in the Middle East Bushs appointment list today also in cluded talks with three Middle East lead ers Jordans King Hussein Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli President Chaim Herzog White House officials said in advance that no decisions were expected at any of the sessions lasting 15 or 20 minutes each and that the talks would not deal exten sively with substance but they repre sented the start of Bushs personal diplo macy on the volatile Middle East as president Although we think there are some op portunities to move the process forward we want to be methodical and deliber ate Fitzwater said Asked to elaborate Fitzwater replied I cant be specific simply because we dont want to talk about any opportunities that might be there Things move slowly in the Middle East However he said there was a changed situation because of US discussions with the Palestine Liberation Organiza tion and recent statements by PLO chair man Yasser Arafat who has publicly dis avowed terrorism On his first overseas journey as presi dent Bush will attend the funeral Friday of Japanese Emperor Hirohito who died of cancer Jan 7 at the age of 87 Bush will travel to China on Saturday and make a 4 hour stop in South Korea on Monday before returning home Million Earmarked For Restart Of Reactors By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Department of Ener gy officials say the federal agency has earmarked million to restart the Sa vannah River Plant reactors The improvements needed within the defense complex are critical Because of the urgent need to restart these reactors the department is proceeding to take cor rective actions the DOE says in a letter released Wednesday by Sen Strom Thur mond RSC The letter was obtained by the Washington bureau of the Charles ton News Courier Donna Fitzpatrick the DOE acting sec retary signed the Feb 16 letter to the Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Wa ter Development DOE spokesman Will Callicott says theres still no firm date for restarting a SRP reactor and there probably wont be until March or April These funds are whats needed to get the job done Callicott said Watkins Near ApprovalPage 10A Ahearne TestimonyPagelB Friends Of SRPPagelB Verenes Takes PR JobPage 28 The SRP reactors are the nations only source of tritium a radioactive gas that is an essential component of nuclear weapons Tritium decays rapidly and must be replaced frequently The funds are needed to implement the departments accelerated safety initia tives necessary for reactor restart About million is for operating costs and the rest is for construction the department says Meanwhile a department adviser told Congress on Wednesday that DOE cannot complete a major analysis of its three idled tritium production reactors at Sa vannah River before the first one is ready to be restarted See MILLION Page IDA KReactor Cooling Tower Plans May Be Reconsidered By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Federal officials may propose scrapping plans to build a water cool ing tower at the Savannah River Plants KReactor and redirecting its million allotment to other envi ronmental work Aikens congressman says Such a move would require that Con gress exempt the aging reactor from the federal Clean Water Act as far as the tower is concerned said US Rep Butler Derrick The idea drew criticism Wednesday from representatives of state agencies and environmental groups both of whom would have to approve the plan for it to go through Rep Derrick said The tower an outgrowth of a 1984 statefederal agreement would serve to cool down reactor process water that for years has entered tributaries of the Savannah River at 170 degrees Fahrenheit Environmental laws set a maximum discharge temperature of 90 degrees K and SRPs two other 1950sera production reactors all idled for man agement and equipment upgrades are targeted for replacement about the year 2000 Given the reactors fixed life span some officials reason that the project ed million needed to build the tow er would be better distributed among 30 to 40 items on a Department of En ergy list of proposed cleanup projects Rep Derrick said on Wednesday I think there are some people who feel that the money could be better spent environmentally in other ways he said The congressman didnt specify what was on the list but cleaning up Sec KREACTOR Page IDA
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