Aiken Standard, February 24, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Coming Sunday * Prior to Thursday’s winter storm, unseasonal weather brought out the blooms on flowering trees. In the Sunday Magazine, Aiken County Arts Council director Katie Gleichauf is profiled. The first installment of Carl Langley's 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 Federal Reserve Board today boosted its key lending rate, the discount rate, from 6.5 percent to 7 percent, effective 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 pressures in the economy.” The Fed boosted the discount rate, the interest it charges on loans to member banks, after receiving requests from IO of its 12 district banks. The increase came one day after two major banks — Chase Manhattan Bank and Republic National Bank — raised their prime lending rates, the rate charged to the most creditworthy commercial customers, from ll percent to 11.5 percent. The Fed last raised the discount rate on Aug. 9, from 6.0 percent to 6.5 percent. Today’s increase was the third since Alan Greenspan took over chairmanship of tile central bank in mid-1987. 'Tattling Tabloid' Show Rescheduled Because of the snow and icy roads, Thursday evening’s performance of “The Pulse ... A Tattling Tabloid” at USC Aiken’s Etherredge Center was postponed. Tickets for the show will be honored at a performance planned for Sunday at 3 p.m. No decision had been reached this morning about tonight’s show at 8 p.m. If the performance is called off, an announcement will be made this afternoon. The show will be rescheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday. Two shows are planned for Saturday, a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 8. The musical is the annual benefit sponsored by the Aiken Women’s Heart Board. Weather Cold, Clear Tonight Clear 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 Hading, St. Petersburg, Fla. Margaret A. Merz, Aiken Jesse E. Poston, Belvedere Please see details on Page 6B. Inside Today Bridge  ...............................  5C Calendar...........................................5B Classifieds........................................1C Comics    .....  4B Crossword........................................6C Cryptoquote......................................4C Dear Abby.........................................4B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................6B Opinions...........................................4A Sports...............................................7A Television.............     4B Weather .......................   6B Page 2A Page IB SU Rf it Alanin rh * Friday, February 24, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 48 '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 Pictures............................Page    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 hazardous driving conditions and slowed things to a walk in businesses and industry. The snow began falling lightly Thursday morning, picked up steam by midday and by early afternoon had driven hundreds 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 sandwich materials, hamburger and juices were depleted as customers stocked up in fear of being locked in by the weather. “Lordy, there ain’t a slice of bread left around here,” said one customer at a local 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 Uie storm’s impact was felt throughout the Central Savannah River Area and the state. Up to IO inches of snow reportedly fell in Columbia County, and eight inches fell in Augusta. The North August* Department of Public Safety reported inly one weather related accident. A pickup truck flipped at the intersec- S.C. Snow Blitz Means Holiday By Th® Associated Press Thousands of students stayed home from school, numerous businesses 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 hardened 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 experiencing record high temperatures of as much as 85 degrees. The National Weather Service reported late Thursday night that 5 inches of snow had accumulated in Greenwood, 3.5 inches in Laurens, 3 to 5 inches in the Rock Hill area and I inches in Columbia. Also I to 2 inches had been reported in the coastal counties and an inch or less had accumulated along the beaches. (Please See S.C., Page €A) tion of Lowe and Trimmier streets this morning at 12:30. There were no injuries, according to Sgt. E.A. Hooks of the North Augusta De- (Please See ‘SPRING,’ Page 6A) Bush To Confront Senate For Tower By The Associated Press WASHINGTON —■ President Bush vowed today to “stand strongly” with Defense Secretary-designate John Tower through a Senate floor vote despite the Armed Services Committee’s re- TOWER jection of Tower’s confirmation because of questions of character. “I’m going to strongly continue to back Sen. Tower and I don’t believe he’s going down the drain,” Bush told reporters in Tokyo, where he was attending the funeral of Japan’s Emperor Hirohito. The committee, voting strictly along party lines, recommended by 11-9 Thursday night that the Senate reject Tower’s nomination after Democrats expressed continuing 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 missile submarine,” Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., the committee chairman, said before the vote. Bush, faced with a political defeat 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 right-side 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 missing,” Leyden said. Information about the incident en Flight 811 was sketchy, he said. The plane left Honolulu at 7:53 a.m. 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 8:34 a.m. EST. “It’s still early in Honolulu. There is a report of five or six passengers 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, Japan's People Pay Last Honors To Hirohito By DENIS D. GRAY Associated Press Writer TOKYO — Worshiped as a living god and branded 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 winter’s day was disturbed by an explosion that spilled dirt and debris on the funeral motorcade route in suburban Tokyo about 15 minutes before Hirohito’s body and imperial family members passed. The new emperor, 55-year-old Akihito, and his family did not appear ruffled and continued to entombment ceremonies, which featured the eerie sounds of ancient pipe, flute and drum music. Tile blast was apparently caused by a bomb buried on the expressway embankment, said a police official, who blamed the explosion on radical guerrillas who oppose the imperial system. A 21-gun salute echoed through towering cedars at Musashi Imperial Cemetery as final, five-hour 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 rituals of Japan’s indigenous and animistic Shinto religion as a cool rain fell. “The people will remember him forever,” Emperor Akihito eulogized during the ceremony, expressing his “overwhelming emotion” and “extreme sense of sorrow.” He thanked the Japanese and foreigners who sent condolences. The $74 million, 13-hour funeral began with private 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 32,000 police mounted the largest security operation in Japanese history. Police estimated 210,000 people — braving the wet and 37-degree temperatures — lined the streets as a black hearse carrying the lace-draped coffin drove at 6 mph from the palace to Shinjuku gardens. The motorcyle-escorted, 32-car procession passed Parliament, the democratic core of modern Japan, and the National Stadium where the emperor opened the 1964 Summer Olympics, heralding Japan’s postwar re-emergence. (Please See WORLD, Page 6A) ;

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