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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 3, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Coming Sunday Blasts from the past are making a comeback Hits from the 50s and 60s are filling the airwaves Writer Priscilla Boatwright explores the trend in this weeks Aiken Standard Sunday Magazine s Car Langleys series on the im pact of the Savannah River Plant on the Aiken area continues Sunday This story concerns the changes in the economy since the plant came to town Palmetto Landscaping designers learned some tricks of the trade at a Walt Disney World seminar Reporter Philip Lord has the story on what they learned in the Sunday business section A Quick Read Creepiest Crawliest Found At Bug Zoo WASHINGTON AP The Na tional Zoo celebrated its 100th birth day this week with Barbara Bush leading the noisy hoopla but over at the Smithsonians Insect Zoo things were so quiet you could actually hear the giant Madagascar hissing cock roach hiss The silence was broken by shrieks and gasps from j class of firstgrad ers who gathered round to watch Cleo the orangekneed Mexican ta rantula gobble her weekly meal of a live cricket If you blinked youd miss the show Might these spiders be desper ately hungry on such a spartan diet Tarantulas dont burn a lot of cal ories said Sally Love the Insect Zoos director They just sit around waiting for something to bump into them They can go for a year and a half without eating anything at all Miss Love is plainly in love with bugs A George Washington University graduate with a degree in biology she postponed plans to get a masters degree and quit her job as a grunt on Capitol Hill seven years ago to run the tiny Insect Zoo at the deadend of a thirdfloor hallway in the National Museum of Natural History Everybody has a horror and a fascination with insects she said But when people try to take a close look at insects they say hmmm theyre not so bad after all In fact they are really very interesting Miss Love receives a week to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables for her bugs Weather More Clouds Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a chance of drizzle and a low in the mid 40s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Saturday with warmer weather The high will be near 70 Please see details on Page 6B Deaths Deaver Lee Adkins Augusta Alma W Barrs Augusta Annie W Bean Edgefield Margaret C Boland Columbia Carl V Glover Augusta Lillian Green Columbia Cullum Y McGahee Wrens Ga Fred Perry Jackson Fred W Stanley Ridgeland Please see details on Page 6B Inside Today Bridge5C Calendar8B Classifieds2C Comics2B Crossword6C Cryptoquote4C DearAbby2B Local Front1B Obituaries6B Opinions6A Sports8A Television2B Weather6B Sanctions Stressed On Teen Drinkers Gunnells Makes Switch To Republicans Tanker Aground Near Honolulu By The Associated Press HONOLULU A tanker carrying 90000 barrels of crude oil ran aground in stormy seas about 15 miles from Ha waiis most popular beach spilling an es timated 117000 galloas of fuel oil and crude officials said Coast Guard spokesman Keith Spangler said the 800foot tanker Exxon Houston sent a distress call at pm Thursday off the Hawaiian island of Oahu The captain of the tanker reported the ship was hard aground threetenths of a mile northwest of Barbers Point on Oa hus southwest coast about 15 mils west of the islands densely populated area containing Honolulu and Waikiki Beach its most popular tourist area Spangler said Theyve told us their fuel tanks were completedry emptied Spangler said He said an estimated 92000 gallons of fuel oil had leaked through holes in the tankers hull and 25000 gallons of crude oil had spilled Spangler said it wasnt clear wheher the crude leaked when the tanker broke loose from its moorings in 12to14foot seas or whether it spilled through holes in the hull Officials dont know if crude is continuing to leak he added The cause of the grounding was under investigation he said All I can tell you is we had high winds and high seas at that particular place Spangler said Spangler said the Oahu Civil Defense Agency reported early today that fuel oil was washing ashore on the beach at Bar bers Point However he said the lengh of shoreline affected probably wouldnt be known until daybreak Courtney Harrington a spokesman for the agency said officials would decide See TANKER Page 11A AP Laserphoto CONFERRING President Bush and Defense Secretarydesignate John Tower confer before a Cabinet meeting earlier this week Debate is continuing on the nomination in the Senate Please see details on Page 2A Spy Ring Cracked KGB Dealt A Blow By The Associated Press BONN West Germany The government said today it dealt a major blow to the KGB by cracking a spy ring that news reports said gave the Soviets direct access to key military and research computers in the West A West German television network on Thursday said the spy ring acquired passwords codes and other information from computers in the United States Western Europe and Japan West German prosecutors said three people were arrested and five others were under investigation A second TV network in West Germany reported that at least 10 computer hackers were involved in the spy ring The Norddeutsche Rundfunk broadcasting network said the ring gained access to the US Defense De partments general databank known as Optimus a NASA and a Star Wars research computer and computers tied to nuclear weapons and energy research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois The Savannah River Plant is not one of the installations involved in the The network said attempts were made tc gain access to the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California which it called a key link in efforts to break into other US computers Clifford Stoll an astrophysicist who did research at the laboratory said up to 50 military computers were broken into through an astronomy computer but that the hacker did not have passwords for classified information Please See SPY Page 11A STOLL Positive Reports Give County State A Boost By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Savings and loan institutions in Aiken County and in South Carolina have re ceived a reputation boost due to recent positive reports The reports one published in To day and the other a study by two Clemson University professors said that the states are successful businesses In its Feb 13 edition Today rated throughout the nation and found that out of 3046 surveyed that Ai kens Security Federal rated 888th and Palmetto Federal 1245th were sound fi nancial institutions On the papers scale the healthiest was number one South Carolina also fared well on the state level with only two institutions Se curity Federal in Columbia 2731 and First Federal in Rock Hill 2734 failing the papers solvency test Security Federal Savings and Loan in Columbia however is not part of the same company as Security Federal Sav ings Bank in Aiken See POSITIVE Page 11A Past Habits Starting To Show As US Cancer Deaths Rise By The Associated Press ATLANTA US mortality rates for two of the three leading causes of death heart disease and stroke are head ed downward but cancer is on the in crease as unhealthy habits of yester year catch up with the older population The Centers for Disease Control said Thursday that the US death rate from heart disease in 19S7 was 313 per 100000 people down from 318 the year before For stroke or eerebrovascular disease the rate was 61 per 100000 down from 62 But the mortality rate from cancer the nations No 2 killer has been going up in recent years the CDC said There were 196 cancer deaths in 1987 for every 100000 Americans up from 195 the year before What we are seeing is the continu ation of some longterm trends said Dr Harry Rosenberg a researcher with the National Center for Health Statistics Heart disease cancer and stroke ac count for about twothirds of the 2 mil lion deaths that occur in the United States every year the Atlantabased CDC said in its weekly report Health professionals closely analyze the CDCs statistics on the three leading causes of death for use in determining public health programs Theyre used to monitor the health of the nation Rosenberg said He said the cancer rate has been ris ing as Americans who had unhealthy lifestyles in their youth get older But the rate should fall in coming years be cause of changing lifestyles among the young For example among 45to 54year olds the cancer rate dropped to 166 per 100000 in 1986 from 181 per 100000 in 1979 Rosenberg said He attributed pre ventative measures of the past two de cades such as improved diet and less smoking as contributing to the drop The decline in deaths from heart dis ease and stroke has been a decadelong trend said Thomas Thorn an epidemi ologist with the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Most experts believe that the decline can be attributed to improvements in personal health greater prevention of disease improvement in medical care for heart or stroke patients or all of those factors Thorn said See PAST Page HA FDIC Takes Over 37 More In Six States By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Federal De posit Insurance Corp is supervising 73 savings institutions after taking control of an additional 37 in six states Although the FDIC regulates com mercial banks it began on Feb 7 to take over the 220 shakiest in prep aration for the regulatory reorganiza tion proposed by President Bush Of the 37 put under the FDIC on Thursday 12 were in Texas 10 in Kan sas eight in Arkansas four in Louisi ana two in Alaska and one in Maryland They have assets totaling 79 billion The goal of the takeovers is to clamp down on abovemarket interest rates of fered by file failed institutions root out any undiscovered fraud and prevent the SeeFDICJPageJUA New Baptist Seminary Voted In By The Associated Press GREENVILLE NC In a defiant move against the theological conserva tives who run the Southern Baptist Con vention a coalition of moderate Baptists has voted to create its own independent seminary Members of the moderate Southern Baptist Alliance voted 46242 on Thursday to create a seminary in Richmond Va that would reach out to all nine Baptist denominations as well as people of differ ent ethnic backgrounds The new seminary would be located on or near the campus of the predominantly black Virginia Union University which has a Baptist School of Theology Lead ers of the Southern Baptist Alliance said they hope to open the new seminary as soon as they can raise the necessary and finalize plans Its a very risky bold step and a lot of things have to be worked out before its truly a reality said the Rev M Mahan Siler of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh NC Pullen is one of 23 North Carolina churches that belong to the See NEW Page 11A Eastern Offer May Avoid Strike By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Federal mediators say a new Eastern Airlines offer to its machinists union brings hope of avoiding a national strike that union leaders de scribe as 100 percent likely unless President Bush stops it by midmght Eastern pilots rejecting an unusual videotaped offer by airline owner Frank Ixrenzo in separate contract negotia tions said Thursday they would refuse to work behind machinist picket lines Other unions also pledged support in a plan to block work at other airlines rail ways and sea transport companies if a strike is called A federal judge in Minne sota ordered against any sympathy strike at Northwest Airlines but the union was seeking orders in another fed eral court here to allow such action Talks between financially troubled Eastern and its 8500member Interna tional Association of Machinists affiliate were expected to continue today right up to the deadline if no settlement is reached in the 17monthold dispute said David Bushnell spokesman for the Na tional Mediation Board See EASTERN Page 11A   

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