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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Today Tower Hearing May Reopen Page 2A A Quick Read Millionaire Will Leave Army If They Let Me WASHINGTON AP The win ner of the million Lotto America prize says the money should be enough to allow him to retire from the military if they let me Lee Nelson an Army sergeant sta tioned at the Pentagon claimed the jackpot Sunday after sitting quietly for a week with the winning ticket Nelson 29 of Alexandria Va will get annually after taxes from the Des Moinesbased lottery which announced the winning combi nation of numbers Feb 18 Nelson bought his ticket at a convenience food store in southeast Washington DC A native of South Carolina the married father of two children works as an accountant for the Pentagon He said he picked the winning num bers nine 17 20 28 46 and 50 at random Nelsons routine hardly changed in the days after he and his wife Mary finally convinced themselves that the numbers they had chosen were in deed the winning combination I got up went to work spent my lunch hour at the gym came home and had dinner I put in a leave re quest on Tuesday so that I could have Friday off he said Weather Rain Forecast Occasional rain is forecast tonight with a low near 50 The chance of rain will be 90 percent Cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday with a 70 per cent chance of rain and a high in the mid 60s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths Melvin E Anderson Langley Fannie Mae Clay North Augusta James Ervin Aiken Barbara B Gunter Graniteville Anna B Jones Aiken Harold F Knight North Augusta James G Rowland New Ellenton Mrs Duell G Williams North Augusta Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge6B Calendar7B Classifieds3B Comics2B Crossword6B Cryptoquote4B DearAbby2B Lewis Grizzard7B Local Front1B Obituaries5A Opinions4A Sports6A Television2B Weather5A Subscription Price Increases March 1 The monthly price of a subscrip tion to the Aiken Standard will in crease by 50 cents on March 1 Home delivery will now cost per month This increase is the first in 3 years for the newspaper About half of the increase will be shared with the carriers The Aiken Standard will accept prepaid subscriptions that are for up to one year at the current price of a month through March 31 To keep getting the paper at the current price please call the Circulation De partment 6495316 Campbell Cuomo Tangle On Deficit New School Fee Program Set Mien Bush Reaffirms Troop Commitment By The Associated Press SEOUL South Korea President Bush today pledged continued troop sup port for South Korea and called for lower trade barriers as he wrapped up a five day Asian trip and headed home to a fierce political battle over John Towers nomination to head the Pentagon I have come here today as the leader of a faithful friend and a dependable ally Bush said in a speech to the South Korean National Assembly that high lighted his quick stopover in Seoul The president boarded Air Force One at pm local time am EST for the nearly 15hour return trip to Washington The presidents audience applauded when he pledged to keep the 42000 US troops on duty as protection against North Korea but sat quietly when he talked of trade I want you to have this direct from me if we are to keep our bilateral rela tionships growing even stronger much more needs to be done to ease trading relations said the president Although Bushs South Korean visit was limited to five hours a security force of 120000 police agents and commandos was put on top alert to protect him against threats ranging from radical stu dents to North Korean infiltrators About 700 radical students shouting Bush go home battled riot police with firebombs and rocks during a 45minute clash around Dongguk University in an abortive attempt to march on the US Embassy about three miles away Earlier police arrested about 15 prom inent dissidents shouting no Bush visit who had tried to assemble about a block from the embassy in downtown Seoul Minutes after they were hauled away Bushs helicopter flew overhead on its way to the Blue House the nearby presi dential mansion after his arrival from China at a secure military base outside See BUSH Page 10A Report Economic Growth Will Slow AP Laserphoto TIGHT GAME Dukes Danny Ferry left bumps Arizonas Sean Elliott late in the second half of Arizonas 7775 victory against the Blue Devils The Wildcats are the nations new No 1 basketball team Please see stories on Page 6A By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Economic growth will slow significantly this year while in flation and interest rates both rise but the country should be able to avoid a re cession the nations top business econo mists predicted today The National Association of Business Economists says a survey of its members found them slightly more optimistic about the economys fortunes in 1989 than they were just three months ago However three out of four of the econo mists still believe President Bush will have to deal with an economic downturn in the first two years of his presidency That represented a decline from the 89 percent who last November expected a recession by the end of 1990 and the num ber predicting a recession this year showed an even bigger drop from 40 percent three months ago to 19 percent now But the belief that the current expan sion which has already lasted a peace See REPORT Page 10A Poll Nuclear Accident Likely Decade After TMI By The Associated Press NEW YORK Nearly a decade after the Three Mile Island accident half those polled believe another serious nuclear power accident is likely and eight in 10 people favor stricter safety standards An Associated PressMedia General survey found support for continued use of nuclear plants now operating But most opposed building new plants or starting up completed plants that are not yet in operation Overall 55 percent said they supported use of nuclear power to generate electricity But 56 percent of the 1162 adults polled said it is impossible to store radioactive waste from nuclear plants safely And while most said the plants are safer now than a decade ago 50 percent called an accident likely The national poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points The survey was conducted Jan 412 in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the nations worst commercial nuclear acci dent The Three Mile Island accident which began March 281979 destroyed a reactor at the Middletown Pa plant Considerably tighter federal regulation of the commercial nuclear power indus try followed the accident and a solid 63 percent in the poll said they believed US nuclear plants are safer than they were 10 years ago Nonetheless an overwhelming 79 per cent said the federal government should be even tougher when it comes to enforc ing nuclear safety rules And 62 percent said governors should be empowered to shut down nuclear plants in their states Backing for nuclear power was mark edly higher among men and Republicans Twothirds of those groups supported nu clear power generally compared with half the Democrats and independents and just 45 percent of the women polled Overall only a third said more nuclear plants should be built in the United States Of those who favored more plants threequarters said they would accept one within 10 miles of their home The government has not issued any new per mits to build nuclear power plants since 1979 Just two in 10 said nuclear plants that have been completed but not yet licensed should be allowed to open Such plants in Seabrook NH and Shoreham NY have been stalled in part by opposition from Gov Mario Cuomo of New York and in Seabrooks case Gov Michael Dukakis of neighboring Massachusetts Nuclear Rdwer How would you rate the likelihood of a serious accident at a nuclear power plant in the United States Highly Unlikely Dont No Answer Highly likely Should the federal government be tougher when it comes to enforcing safety rules at nuclear power plants or is it tough enough now Dont Too Tough No Answer The survey of 1162 adults conducted Jan 412 had a threepoint margin of error Tanker Cars Explode Force Evacuation By The Associated Press AKRON Ohio A train derailment caused an explosion and fire involving four tanker cars forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from a residential and industrial area near downtown Sun day night authorities said No injuries were immediately reported The burning cars were among 17 that derailed from a CSX Transportation train at the BF Goodrich Chemical plant said Akron Fire Chief George Romanoski Nine of the cars carried highly flam mable butane CSX spokesman Lloyd Lewis said by telephone from Jackson ville Fla The eight other cars carried nonhazardous materials including vege table oil clay and sand he said Allan Franks a spokesman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said one of the cars contained butadiene which may produce hazardous smoke when burned but Lewis said the petro icum derivative was not in any of the derailed cars Romanoski said fires in three of the cars and been put out and one car was still burning late Sunday night Fire fighters had planned to allow the fourth car to burn itself out The accident oc curred about pm authorities said Firefighters ran hoses up to the train to spread water on adjoining cars to cool theru and diminish the possibility they would explode he said The area was evacuated because of the danger of explosion in the surround ing tank cars Romanoski said At least 1500 homes in an area within onehalf mile of the plant were evacuat ed but the number of evacuees was not immediately available Mayor Don Plus quilic said Fed Team Shifts Focus To Locks By The Associated Press HONOLULU Federal investigators focused on a jumbo jets cargo door locks as the cause of an accident that killed nine passengers and United Airlines in spected the baggage compartment hatch es of all its Boeing 747s The Coast Guard meanwhile ended a sea and air search of the Pacific 100 miles southwest of Honolulu after recov ering 57 pieces of debris from the United flight Flight 811 took off Friday for New Zea land with 354 people and was about 100 miles from Honolulu when the fuselage ripped open as the plane flew at 22000 feet Nine passengers were sucked out of the 18yearold jetliner and are presumed dead The pilot Capt David M Cronin lost power in one of the four engines and shut down another when a fire indicator light went on but the plane returned safely to Honolulu International Airport Among the items recovered were seat cushions an overhead compartment a section of fuselage safety instruction cards and personal items including baby shoes and a teddy bear authorities said Neither human remains nor the cargo door was recovered Sunday said Lee Dickinson a National Transportation Safety Board investigator Obviously if we had the door it would be very helpful to us he said Sunday night but added that other information could pinpoint the cause We are focusing on and looking at the latching mechanism said Dickinson Were also trying to get a better handle on these latch pin supports and compar ing them to others Investigators have determined that the right forward cargo bay door had been closed electronically with eight latching mechanisms along the bottom attached to the planes frame as well as a latching mechanism and a hook pin on each side said Dickinson
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