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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Coming Sunday s Prior to Thursdays winter storm unseasonal weather brought out the blooms on flowering trees In the Sun day Magazine Aiken County Arts Council director Katie Gleichauf is profiled v The first installment of Carl Lang leys series on the impact of SRP on Aiken County will also be featured Sunday A Quick Read Discount Rate Rises To 7 Percent WASHINGTON AP The Fed eral Reserve Board today boosted its key lending rate the discount rate from 65 percent to 7 percent effec tive immediately In a statement the central bank said it was taking the move which is expected to send other interest rates higher in light of inflationary pres sures in the economy The Fed boosted the discount rate the interest it charges on loans to member banks after receiving re quests from 10 of its 12 district banks The increase came one day after two major banks Chase Manhat tan Bank and Republic National Bank raised their prime lending rates the rate charged to the most creditworthy commercial custom ers from 11 percent to 115 percent The Fed last raised the discount rate on Aug 9 from 60 percent to 65 percent Todays increase was the third since Alan Greenspan took over chairmanship of the central bank in mid1987 Lawyers Reagan Knew Of Contra Aid Carter Pleads Guilty To Porn Charge Because of the snow and icy roads Thursday evenings performance of The Pulse A Tattling Tabloid at USC Aikens Etherredge Center was postponed Tickets for the show will be hon ored at a performance planned for Sunday at 3 pm No decision had been reached this morning about tonights show at 8 pm If the performance is called off an announcement will be made this afternoon The show will be re scheduled for 8 pm Sunday Two shows are planned for Satur day a matinee at 2 pm and an eve ning performance at 8 The musical is the annual benefit sponsored by the Aiken Womens Heart Board Weather Cold Clear Tonight Gear skies and very cold weather is forecast tonight The low will be near 20 Sunny skies and moderating temperatures are forecast Saturday with a high in the low 50s Please see details on Page 6B Deaths Emma H Burch Aiken James Ervin AiKen Samuel D Gantt Aiken William Marling St Petersburg Fla Margaret A Merz Aiken Jesse E Poston Belvedere Please see details on Page 6B ide Today Bridge5C Calendar5B Classifieds1C Comics4B Crossword6C Cryptoquote4C Dear Abby4B Local Front1B Obituaries6B Opinions4A Sports7 A Television4B Weather6B Spring Break Arrives Early Staff Photo By Phil Jones WINTER FUN Kim Downey fashions a head for her snowman in her yard on Two Notch Road Snow PicturesPage 7B From Staff Reports Spring break came early today for thousands of Aiken County students from kindergarten to college as a blanket of snow forced school closings created haz ardous driving conditions and slowed things to a walk in businesses and industry The snow began falling lightly Thurs day morning picked up steam by midday and by early afternoon had driven hun dreds to food stores in search of sandwich materials and drinks before retreating indoors Several supermarkets reportedly ran out of bread and milk and stocks of sand wich materials hamburger and juices were depleted as customers stocked up in fear of being locked in by the weather Lordy there aint a slice of bread left around here said one customer at a lo cal supermarket Waiting in line to pay for a single green pepper she said she had been to three stores looking for bread A male customer waiting to pay for juice and a few other items said the lines in front of about six checkout counters look like a Saturday crowd By early evening an estimated seven to eight inches of snow had fallen throughout Aiken and Edgefield counties as the storms impact was felt throughout the Central Savannah River Area and the state Up to 10 inches of snow reportedly fell in Columbia County and eight inches fell in Augusta The NortlJAugusta Department of Pub lic Safety reported only one weather re lated accident A pickup truck flipped at the intersec SC Snow Blitz Means Holiday By The Associated Press Thousands of students stayed home from school numerous busi nesses were closed or opening late and state employees got to sleep in this morning following a late winter storm which swept through the state Roads across South Carolina were expected to be treacherous today as overnight low temperatures hard ened slush and refroze melting snow The steady snowfall Thursday was the latest in a saga of meteorological extremes Just a couple of weeks ago areas around the state were experi encing record high temperatures of as much as 85 degrees The National Weather Service re ported late Thursday night that 5 inches of snow had accumulated in Greenwood 35 inches in Laurens 3 to 5 inches in the Rock Hill area and 2 inches in Columbia Also 1 to 2 inches had been reported in the coastal counties and an inch or less had ac cumulated along the beaches Please See SC Page SA tion of Lowe and Trimmier streets this morning There were no injuries according to Sgt EA Hooks of the North Augusta De Please See SPRING Page 6A Bush To Confront Senate For Tower By The Associated Press WASHING TON Presi dent Bush vowed today to stand strong ly with De fense Secretary designate John Tower through a Senate floor vote despite the Armed Services Committees reTOWER jection of Towers confirmation be cause of questions of character Im going to strongly continue to back Sen Tower and I dont be lieve hes going down the drain Bush told reporters in Tokyo where he was attending the funeral of Japans Emperor Hirohito The committee voting strictly along party lines recommended by 119 Thursday night that the Senate reject Towers nomination after Democrats expressed con tinuing concerns about questions of his character I cannot in good conscience vote to put an individual at the top of the chain of command when his history of excessive drinking is such that he would not be selected to command a missile wing a SAC bomber squadron or a Trident mis sile submarine Sen Sam Nunn DGa the committee chairman said before the vote Bush faced with a political de feat at home as he made his global debut at the Hirohito funeral said he believed lingering doubts about Please See BUSH Page 6A United Airlines 747 Lands With Hole In Fuselage By The Associated Press WASHINGTON A United Airlines Boeing 747 landed in Honolulu today with a big hole in the fuselage according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman who said some passengers are missing FAA spokesman John Leyden said the agency had information that perhaps five or six passengers were missing The pilot of the flight from Honolulu to Aukland New Zealand reported trouble in one rightside engine and then in the other right side engine Leyden said He then returned to Honolulu When he landed there was a big hole in the right side of the fuselage near the right front door and some passengers were miss ing Leyden said Information about the incident en Flight 811 was sketchy he said The plane left Honolulu at am EST and the pilot reported he had lost the No 3 enginenine minutes later Eight minutes after that he reported lack of power in No 4 engine The plane landed at am EST Its still early in Honolulu There is a report of five or six passen gers missing said Leyden Leyden said he did not know how the hole in the fuselage and the engine trouble were related There are a lot of possible scenarios he said noting that it could have been a contained engine failure in which an engine part penetrates the fuselage AP Laserphoto HIROHITO FUNERAL The body of Emperor Hirohito is carried by 51 Imperial Palace police during funeral services Friday at the Shinjuku Imperial Garden World Leaders Japans People Pay Last Honors To Hirohito By DENIS D GRAY Associated Press Writer TOKYO Worshiped as a living god and brand ed a war criminal during his long life Emperor Hirohito was honored Friday at his funeral by the largest gathering of world leaders in modern history The solemn dignity of the chilly winters day was disturbed by an explosion that spilled dirt and debris on the funeral motorcade route in suburban Tokyo about 15 minutes before Hirohitos body and imperial family members passed The new emperor 55yearold Akihito and his family did not appear ruffled and continued to entombment ceremonies which featured the ee rie sounds of ancient pipe flute and drum music The blast was apparently caused by a bomb buried on the expressway embankment said a police official who blamed the explosion on radi cal guerrillas who oppose the imperial system A 21gun salute echoed through towering cedars at Musashi Imperial Cemetery as final fivehour entombment ceremonies got underway in hills 30 miles west of Tokyo Workers were to spend three hours filling the grave before the final funeral rites Earlier President Bush and the leaders of 162 other nations witnessed a panoply of ancient ritu als of Japans indigenous and animistic Shinto religion as a cool rain fell The people will remember him forever Em peror Akihito eulogized during the ceremony ex pressing his overwhelming emotion and ex treme sense of sorrow He thanked the Japanese and foreigners who sent condolences The million 13hour funeral began with pri vate Shinto rites within the walls of the Imperial Palace in downtown Tokyo The body was then driven to Shinjuku Imperial Gardens for the main ceremony The metropolis of 12 million people came to a virtual standstill and 32000 police mounted the largest security operation in Japanese history Police estimated 210000 people braving the wet and 37degree temperatures lined the streets as a black hearse carrying the lacedraped coffin drove at 6 mph from the palace to Shinjuku gardens The motorcyleescorted 32car procession passed Parliament the democratic core of mod ern Japan and the National Stadium where the emperor opened the 1964 Summer Olympics her alding Japans postwar Please 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