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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina PMBLIC LBSARY 435 W Sports Weather Partly Cloudy Today will be partly cloudy with a high in the mid50s Tonight will be cloudy with a low near 40 Monday will be partly cloudy and mild with a high in the mid60s and a low near 50 Please see details on Page 7A Deaths Emma Burch Aiken Lizzie Carter Augusta A Chester Cato Batesburg Albert K Dean Graniteville Robert A Grooms Harlem Ga Sarah Harris Edgefield Margaret Merz Aiken Jesse Evert Poston Belvedere Marion S Rodgers Saluda George Walker Aiken Hazel Harrison Williams Aiken Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Weather Weddings 5D 4C 3D 6D 4D 8C 10A 6A 1D 1B 7A 7C Cfemson Falls To Tar Heels Page SB Also In Sports vMike Tyson needed only five rounds to stop challenger Frank Bruno and retain his heavyweight boxing ti tle Please see story on Page 1B v USC broke a 10game losing streak against Louisville with a 7773 triumph Saturday against the No 8 Cardinals Please see story on Page 1B A Quick Read Accused Shoplifters Used Youths in Scam NORTH ADAMS Mass AP A shoplifting scheme broken by police allegedly used teenagers and men tally retarded people to return stolen merchandise for cash refunds in stores throughout the region au thorities said Saturday At least five people were involved in the operation that allegedly netted thousands of dollars in hardware ap pliances and clothing in stores from Benningtpn Vt to Pittsfield Mass police said The youths and retarded people were used to protect the ringleaders from exposure said Detective Rob ert J Canale Young people usually between 13 and 15 and the mentally retarded were less likely to refuse to participate he said It was possible he added that the retarded people might receive less scrutiny at the re turn counters of stores They would give them a small gratuity for doing it for them Can ale said They would steal it out of the store come right out into the parking lot and have someone else go right in and return it We had to stolen in one day in North Adams So far two people have been arrest ed and charged Both pleaded innocent The stolen goods ranged from vid eo cassette recorders to chain saws to electric blankets Interest Rate Hike Wont Affect St Area Still Needs More Precipitation Metal Fatigue Cause Of Tragedy By GARY WASHBURN HONOLULU A team of federal safe ty investigators fanned out Saturday seeking to discover what caused the fatal rupture in the fuselage of a United Air lines jumbo jet through which nine pas sengers were sucked to their deaths At the same time US Navy and Coast Guard ships searched 3000 square miles of ocean for debris from the Boeing 747 Aviation experts said the most likely cause of the tragedy early Friday was metal fatigue But three FBI bomb ex perts from Washington were sent to join the investigation Investigators from the National Trans portation Safety Board said they were be ginning their probe with an open mind In any accident investigation we leave all doors open said Lee Dickin son a safety board member heading the inquiry Our job is to collect thorough complete and accurate information Sixteen members of a safety board ac cident go team 15 from the agencys Washington headquarters and one from its Los Angeles office are conducting the probe They are aided by experts from Boeing the Federal Aviation Administra tion the Air Line Pilots Association the Association of Flight Attendants United and Pratt Whitney the manufacturer of the jets four engines Investigators may make some prelimi nary findings but it will take 9 to 12 months to determine the cause of the inci dent Dickinson said The Coast Guard said Saturday after noon that a Navy helicopter had spotted what appeared to be an overhead com partment and some personal belongings and a Coast Guard cutter was en route to retrieve those objects Six Americans two Australians and a New Zealander aboard Flight 811 headed to New Zealand were killed when they were sucked through a 40by10foot hole that opened in the fuselage as the plane See METAL Page ISA CHANGES IN AIKEN Aiken underwent a transition from an agricultural community to a center for equestrian Staff Illustration By Sharon L McLaughlin sports before coming into the forefront of the nuclear age with the building of the Savannah River Plant Decision To Build SRP WQS A Quantum Leap For Area EDITORS NOTE This is the first in a series of articles on the impact of the Savannah River Plant on Aiken County Todays topic is the evolution of the county By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer In the words of one admiring writer mild days of blue and gold wrapped the hills around Aiken a century ago when wealthy northerners found the county an ideal place to escape the bite of New En glands winters Harry Worcester Smith the author of Life And Sport In Aiken and a confidant of societys upper crust was peering through a prism focused mainly on fun and games when he visited here to write about his wealthy friends Through a migration that started in the 1880s and changed the face of the county forever the people Smith wrote about came seeking comfort from the cold and a chance to get outdoors preferably atop horses or in carriages in Aikens mild winters Their baggage included not only a lot of money but an entirely different culture In winter long trains rolled down weekly from the north loaded with these well heeled visitors with a taste for fancy dress fancy furniture and fancy cuisine SRP Impact Report OVER VIEW EDUCATION BUSINESS 1 ENVIRONMENT Besides families friends and servants the Pullmans and their trailing freights packed with tack and strings of horses discharged something else an unyield ing affection for equestrian sports This love for riding steeplechase rac ing polo and fox hunting fitted neatly into Aikens woodlands open fields dirt streets and quiet pleasant neighbor hoods Instant harmony was struck and the little town became a favored place where a leisurely quest for pleasure was a way of life Before the arrival of the Yankees the county had been like most others in South Carolina a rural outback except for a preCivil War textile business started at Graniteville by onetirne jeweler William Gregg The county was made up of 17 townships with names like Giddy Swamp McTier Chinquapin Rocky Grove and Sleepy Hollow Of these the best known was Aiken the seat of government the main turnout for the railroad and cen ter of an economy built around cotton and other farm products A ledger containing the countys 1882 tax digest rescued from a pile of old re cords headed for a trash dump shows the total assessment for all the townships taxable property even with Greggs tex tile village amounted to slightly more than million Now a small commer cial tract can fetch a sum that would swallow the figures in the timeyellowed digest Smiths recollection of hills wrapped in blue and gold was a lavish bit of word painting but the communitys distinction needed little embellishment after the Yankees found the place With the excep tions of Palm Beach Pinehurst and a few See AIKENS Page ISA Bush Vows To Lobby For Tower By The Associated Press WASHINGTON John Tower is going public with his campaign to become de fense secretary as President Bush vows to go facetoface with wavering senators in an effort to win enough Democratic support to get Tower confirmed Tower was booked onto a Sunday morn ing network television interview show and is planning a speech probably Tuesday at the National Press Club Bush meanwhile told reporters in Tokyo on Saturday that he will meet individually with 10 or more Demo cratic senators after he returns to the White House Monday from a fourday Asian trip Ill do it personally and Ill do it as forcefully as I can the president said I will encourage people to look at the facts Some Tower opponents have said per ceptions that he is a drinker and woman izer and may have conflict of interest problems are valid reasons to vote against him even if there is no proof of such things Thats not fair enough and thats not high enough a standard when it comes to the confirmation of an important nomi nee of this nature said Bush So I have made some calls and I will be talking to whoever remains open minded Among the Democrats who said Friday they have not decided how to vote when the Tower nomination reaches the Senate floor was Lloyd Bentsen a veteran of many close political encounters with both Bush and Tower in years of Texas poli tics and Howell Heflin of Alabama The decision to assign a highprofile role to Tower and have the president ex ert the power of private Oval Office meet ings is part of a battle plan worked out with Senate Republican leaders in an ef fort to salvage the nomination or at least save face for a GOP president on See BUSH Page 14A TOWER Warm China Welcome By The Associated Press BEIJING President Bush re turned Saturday to an oldfriends welcome in the city where he once worked as US envoy and told Chinas Communist leaders we owe it to mankind to work together Relishing a visit that mixed sen timent with statecraft Bush also mingled with people at a down town landmark delivered a thank you in Chinese and pre sented Premier IJ Peng with a pair of black leather boots from Texas Bush here for a twoday work ing visit and Chinese President Yang Shangkun toasted each oth er at the banquet in the Great Hall of the People with vows to strengthen relations while both hinted at issues that remain sources of friction Bush made veiled references to human rights concerns and weap ons proliferation while Yang cau tioned that twists and turns and relapses may occur in the process of relaxation But Yang told Bush that his vis it coming so soon after his inau guration was a big event in USChinese relations The Chinese leaders attach great importance to your current visit The Chinese people know you well and so do you know them Yang said Bush returned the praise claiming the world as a whole is watching the larger movement of our two great nations as we build even firmer bonds across the vast ocean that joins us Bush on Sunday was to meet with senior Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and with Cambodian re sistence leader Prince Norodom Sihanouk He also planned a se ries of meetings with other high level Chinese officials The president was expected to discuss a variety of issues during his Beijing stop including arms See PRESIDENT Page 14A Staff Photo By Phil Jones BELTING IT OUT Anita Tatum and Jan Blackwell sing Strong Enough to Bend in the Aiken Womens Heart Show The show has its final performance today at 3 pm Please see story on Page 10A
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