Aiken Standard, March 9, 1989

Aiken Standard

March 09, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 9, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Gamecocks Have High Hopes Page 7A A Quick Read Toilet Of Future Could Be Coming TRENTON NJ AP A water saving toilet of the future may be enthroned in law in four Northeast states that face chronic water short ages officials say The Delaware River Basin Com mission is considering requiring the toilets in new construction and reno vations beginning in 1991 officials said Wednesday The toilets could cut water use by 45 percent and re duce the strain on sewage plants the officials said These are the toilets of the fu ture said Jeffrey Featherstone policy analyst for the commission They look like regular toilets Theres nothing mysterious about them except for the fact that they flush less water which is very important The new toilets use 16 gallons of water per flush compared with as much as 7 gallons for conventional toilets Los Angeles Offers Help To Paraplegic LOS ANGELES AP The plight of a homeless paraplegic whose wheelchair was stolen as he slept in a parking lot unleashed an outpouring of public sympathy but the man dis appeared before he could accept any offers of help I Details about George Donovans life and his misfortune were not all that clear but people who tried to help him said the theft was typical a snapshot of misery on Skid Row George is a victim of the vic tims said Ray McCann communi cations director at the Union Rescue Mission where Donovan found shel ter briefly Police agreed Donovan who claimed to be a veteran was the vic tim of Skid Row thieves And al though people who have heard about the theft wanted to help there was no one to refer them to said Lt Fred Nixon a police spokesman The incident began Tuesday eve ning when Donovan 47 awakened in a parking lot and found his wheel chair was gone said Officer Joe Mariani another police spokesman Weather Fair Skies Skies will become fair tonight with a low in the low 30s Mostly sunny skies are forecast Friday with a high in the low 60s Please see details on Page 12A Deaths Benjamin Boatwright Johnston Eunice R Hartley Aiken Rufus Skinner Greenville BillieG Toole Aiken Please see details on Page 2B Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 9B 68 78 3B 10B 88 4B 1B 2B 4A 7A 4B 12A Senators Back Minimum Wage Boost PagelB Addie Takes Oath Of Office AUUEJi CaJHH PUBLIC URRARV Aiken South Carolina Bush Readying Tower Replacement By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Senate Democrats pressed for a vote today to reject the nomination of John Tower to run the Pen tagon while the White House appeared resigned to defeat and said President Bush would have a replacement candi date quickly if Tower was defeated Admitting that only a miracle could save Tower Republicans made a last minute bid to give him an extraordinary sixmonth probation period to prove he can abstain from drinking With the prospect of defeat seemingly inevitable White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said If necessary well come up with a new candidate very rapidly It must be clear to all that people like the chief of staff and the national security adviser any number of congressmen and senators and any number of other outside experts have candidates on the tip of their tongue and they are more than will ing and ready to provide those names and begin consideration of them when the time comes the spokesman said But the time has not come Fitz water added The time will come as soon as the vote is completed We will wait until then The probation idea was criticized by senior Democrats Only Democrat Lloyd Bentsen of Texas said he would vote yes joining just two other Democrats who have made that decision President Bush should stand by his nomination of John Tower for secretary of defense former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford said during a joint appearance At no time did I see John Tower in a position which impaired his integrity or capabilities Ford said Wednesday night during a news conference before he and Carter appeared in a forum at Tulane University My opinion is that he is well qualified to serve and he will be secretary of de fense said the Republican former president Democrats in the Senate have called on Bush to withdraw Towers nomination which has been jeopardized by allega tions of excessive drinking and womanizing Carter said Bushs choice for the post should be honored See BUSH Page 6A Top hourly wages for selected airlines Eastern American United USAir Continental contracts for the work machinists are nonunion Eastern Will File For Bankruptcy R Dominguez By The Associated Press Strikecrippled Eastern Airlines losing million to million a day today will seek protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy laws a spokesman for the airlines parent com pany said The filing which would only affect Eastern would have taken place at 9 am EST in federal bank ruptcy court in New York City said Art Kent spokesman for Texas Air Corp I cant any more than trial he said from Houston where Texas Air is based Eastern planned a news confer ence for late Thursday morning he said On Wednesday the fifth day of the acri monious Machinists walkout Eastern strikers united in hostility for boss Frank Lorenzo asked his rival Carl Icahn to consider a buyout as the crippled ICAHN carrier desperately tried to stay aloft by slashing fares and selling airport gates Eastern running just 4 percent of its flights with a skeleton crew of 1500 had warned it could end up in bankruptcy court by weeks end if pilots continue to honor picket lines The strike began Saturday with a walk out by 8500 Machinists in a dispute over million in proposed wage cuts and escalated with the support of pilots and flight attendants Icahn the corporate takeover special ist and chairman of Trans World Air lines said Wednesday he would consider several requests made this week by the Machinists concerning the acquisition by TWA of Eastern I would be willing to speak to the unions only if Eastern permits me to be cause I do not want to be accused by Eastern of interfering with the collective bargaining process he said in a statement See EASTERN Page 6A Atwater Lashes At Rollings By MATTHEW DAVIS States News Service WASHINGTON Republican Party Chairman and South Carolina native Lee Atwater said Wednesday that hes placed Democratic Sen Ernest F Fritz Hoi lings on his political hit list due to Hoi lings verbal attacks of Secretary of De fensedesignate John Tower In an interview following a fund raiser for Sen Strom Thurmond Wednesday night Atwater accused Sen Boilings of acting like a school boy during recent ex changes on the Senate floor that have been some of the most bitter of the Tower debate Tuesday night Sen Rollings who has made no secret that he thinks Tower is a Thurmond FundRaiser Earns Nearly ATWATER HOLLINGS severe alcohol abuser squared off with Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole R Kansas Sen Rollings lambasted Sen Dole for accusing him of mounting vi cious attacks against Tower Atwater said that exchange was the last straw He now plans to actively seek an opponent to run against Rollings in 1992 Ive been personally kind of laying off Sen Rollings but now Im going to take a personal interest in finding a candidate because of the way he has carried on about this Tower nomination Atwater said I saw him on television last night Tuesday and I dont think he was acting like a US Senator He was carrying on See ATWATER Page 6A By MATTHEW DAVIS States News Service WASHINGTON South Carolina Sen Strom Thurmond put on an impressive show of support Wednesday night with a spirited fundraiser that included many of Washingtons Republican heavy weights and garnere e 86year old law maker almost for his 1990 campaign The fundraiser held at a posh banquet room in the recently renovated Union Station marked the unofficial beginning of Sen Thurmonds bid for yet another term in the seat he has held since 1954 Circulating among the crowd were rep resentatives from a variety of national corporations and political action groups in addition to several power players on the Washington scene Excluding mem bers of Congress and other government officials those attending paid each for the privilege of supporting Sen Thur mond who holds powerful positions on several influential Senate committees The guests included South Carolina na tive Lee Atwater chairman of the Repub lican National Committee who took a con siderable amount of ribbing for his recent resignation from the board of trustees of Howard University Atwater resigned Tuesday after students at the school staged a sitin protesting his appointment But the fiesty Republican strategist took the jibes in stride He told friends at the reception that his resignation did not amount to caving in to student demands He said he was afraid that someone would get hurt during the sitins which had become a tense standoff between stu dents and campus police See THURMOND Page 6A Westinghouse Proposes Million SRP Savings Cost improvements Within The Initial Contract Term By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Westingho uses plan for reducing the Savannah River Plants business costs by million over the next five years helped the company win the contract to operate the governmentowned weapons facility officials said The companys contract proposal sub mitted last May said it could achieve those savings through management im provements technological innovations and employee attrition Department of Energy officials who rated the proposal excellent say the companys savings projections were a factor in their decision to award Westing house the SRP contract over rival Martin Marietta Corp last September We take our fiduciary responsibilities seriously Westinghouse said in Volume I of its proposal We intend to stretch every federal dollar Westinghouse Savannah River Co a subsidiary of Pittsburghbased Westing house Electric Corp will replace the Du Pont Co as SRP operating contractor on April 1 The plant which makes nuclear weap ons materials has an annual budget of about billion The DOEs Savannah River Operations released parts of the Westinghouse pro posal totaling some 1000 pages in re sponse to a request by the Aiken Stan dard under the Freedom of Information Act See WESTINGHOUSE Page 12AI Fotal Cost improvements million Staff Graphic By Sharon Mclaughlin ;