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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 16, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports NCAA Action Begins Today Page 7A A Quick Read Runyan Claims Iditarod Victory NOME Alaska AP Musher Su san Butcher was about 70 miles from the finish line in the 1168mile con test when she knew she wouldnt catch Joe Runyan who broke her threeyear winning streak in the Idi tarod Trail Sled Dog Race Im not disappointed said Butcher Everybody says its hard to fall from the top But Ive had a lot of good races I thought it would hurt but it didnt hurt at all So I dont feel bad Butcher 33 of Manley finished second Wednesday arriving in Nome with nine dogs about an hour behind Runyan 40 of Nenana and his team of 12 Runyan crossed the finish line in the 17th annual race after 11 days and 5V2 hours on the Iditarod Trail between Anchorage and Nome about three hours short of Butchers 1987 record time Fortynine mushers left Anchorage on March 4 with up to 18 dogs each The race was inspired by a sled dog relay of serum to Nome during a 1925 diphtheria outbreak Butcher was followed by Rick Swenson who holds a record four Idi tarod victories achieved over six years Fourthplace musher Dee Dee Jon rowe finished the 22mile stretch of trail between Safety and Nome at pm Wednesday with 36 other teams strung along the route as far back as Kaltag 357 miles from the finish Weather Cloudy Skies Deaths Martha B Adams Aiken Catherine E Blackburn Aiken Frances H Gosnell Augusta James E Johnson Orangeburg Alex S Nobles Aiken Please see details on Page 11 A inside Today Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a low near 50 Mostly sun ny skies are forecast Friday with a high in the upper 70s Please see details on Page 11A Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 9B 2B 7B 6B 10B 8B 6B 1B 11A 4A 7A 6B 11A Special Edition Coming The Aiken Standard will publish its 19th annual Triple Crown edition in Fridays newspaper The special section will include in formation on the three jewels of the Triple Crown the Aiken Trials Ai ken Hunt Meet and Aiken Sulky Races as well as other aspects of Aikens horse industry Cheney Breezes Through Hearings Ptigeli Kalmia Hill Election Results Official Astronauts Survey Earth With Camera By The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL Fla Discov erys astronauts working again at full electrical power received a call from President Bush and focused cameras on the wounds inflicted on Earth by mans pollution and natures violence Flying upside down 180 miles high the fiveman crew captured thousands of views of Earth with television movie and still cameras Some of the film will be edited into a study of ecological trouble spots The president and the crew talked briefly in a combined televisiontele phone hookup that let Bush see the astro nauts in their space cabin from the White House Bush congratulated them on their flight which nearly had to be cut short one day because of an electricalsystem prob lem and said I am determined to go forward with an active space program When Discovery commander Michael L Coats revealed that the crew was fly ing something for the new first lady it prompted a presidential invitation You better come up here and give it to her personally said Bush Youre in vited When you get back head this way Asked about a camera used to photo graph environmental targets pilot John E Blaha said the crew was getting a lot of great film that will show a lot of people around the world how fragile the planet Earth is in this big vastness of space Discoverys crew started the day by preempting the usual wakeup call from Mission Control with tape recordings of their own They ended their eighthour sleep by radioing to Earth the theme mu sic from Star Trek Then the recorded voice of William Shatner who played Capt Kirk in Star Trek sent congratulations to Mission Control Discovery responded a Mission Con trol communicator tell Scotty to beam me up Their fourth day in orbit was the first with a troublefree electrical power sup ply system On Wednesday they followed special operating instructions from Mis sion Control to correct an erratic flow from a hydrogen tank that supplies reac tant to chemical power generators on the shuttle Flow from the tank became trouble some shortly after Discovery was launched Monday and Mission Control feared that fuel from the tank would not be available for use Engineers asked the astronauts to dim lights and turn off com puters and said the fiveday mission could be cut short a day if the problem wasnt corrected TERRY ANDERSO ALEC COLLETT THOMAS SUTHERLAN ALBERTO MOLINARI BRIAN KEENAN JOHN MCCARTHY FRANK HbbU JOSEPH CICIHPIO IhHKY WAlIt EDWARD TRAC ROBERT POLHiLL ALANN STEEN nauaim IUMUMUH JESSETURNER US WILLIAM HIGGINS Beig JFMAMJ JASONDJ FMAMJ JASONDJ FMAMJ JASONDJ FMAMJ JASONDJ FMAM 19881989 Lyons 1985 1986 1987 Anderson Starts 5th Year As N By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Terry Anderson be gins his fifth year as a hostage in Leba non today with Bush administration offi cials reiterating that their policy of making no concessions is the best course Bush who took office barely two months ago has continued the former Reagan administrations policies that he helped develop as vice president US of ficials said In terms of our policy there has been no change and I dont foresee one said a State Department Mideast expert who refused to be identified by name He called the policy the only one that might work Since the Reagan administration was embarrassed in November 1986 by reve lations it had sold weapons to Iran the US policy has been No concessions but were willing to talk to anyone an other official said But Sen Daniel P Moynihan DNY a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he would not accept the explanation that nothing can be done Moynihan was to introduce a reso lution today in the Senate condemning hostagetaking Something must be done the execu tive branch must seek to use every ave nue formal and informal to win the hos Something must be done the executive branch must seek to use every ave nue formal and informal to win the hostages freedom Sen Danie P Moynihan tages freedom Moynihan said in a statement released Wednesday by his office On Capitol Hill several groups planned to hold a ceremony for Anderson 41 a correspondent for The Associated Press Sponsors include No Greater Love a hu manitarian organization and the Jour nalists Committee to Free Terry Anderson Andersons sister Peggy Say of Cadiz Ky a leader in the drive to win her brothers freedom was attending the cer emony She has been critical of US gov ernment efforts on behalf of the hostages You want to hope they are working on it but lets face it four years speaks for itself she said Say said she does not think the Bush administration has made any new drives to free the hostages Ba sically things are just status quo She listed specific initiatives the United States could pursue including payments sto the families of Iranians killed last July when the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian jetliner in the Persian Gulf The State Department said it is working on a payment plan You begin to what it takes to move people Mrs Say said They have heard and read how hostages have died how they have gone mad how they exist from daytoday in the most barbar ic conditions and the world does not respond Officials say different factions hold the nine American hostages who have been seized in Lebanon but they are elements of the umbrella group Hezbollah over which Iran exhibits control The United States has called for the unconditional re lease of all hostages before it will talk with Iran The families frustration follows a brief sense of optimism that followed Bushs Jan 20 inaugural address in which he repeated his opposition to any deals but seemed to send a signal to the captors There are today Americans who are held against their will in foreign lands and Americans who are unaccounted for Bush said Assistance can be show here and will be long remembered Good will begets good will Wotkins Cleanup Cost High From Staff And Wire Reports WASHINGTON Energy Secretary James D Watkins told Congress Wednes day that he doubted it would cost as much to clean up pollution at the nations nucle ar weapons plants as the official esti mates of between billion and billion I believe we can do this for a lot less Watkins told a Senate budget subcommittee that is examining the Energy Departments plans for modernizing and correcting envi ronmental problems at 16 major weapons plants in 12 states Watkins in his first congressional testimo ny since being sworn in last week said projections on the cleanup costs included a lot of gold watches or frills that the government could not afford at a time of tight budget limits I dont believe we need to buy all those gold watches Watkins said in ref erence to his efforts to develop a compre hensive plan that would accomplish the cleanup at the least possible cost in part by letting some less harmful contami nants remain at the sites until sometime in the next century Shortly before Watkins took over the department had officially estimated it would cost billion to clean up and modernize the weapons complex over the next 21 years and some department offi cials said recently that this figure may be too low The General Accounting Office the auditing agency of the Congress has put the price tag at over billion Watkins said one of his immediate pri orities was to reestablish the credibility of the Energy Department which has been strongly criticized by members of Congress and government auditors for poor management of the weapons com plex and lax oversight of safety procedures See WATKINS Page 12A WATKINS Inequalities Still Persist Among Races By The Associated Press NEW YORK Theyre twice as likely to die at birth The survivors have shorter harsher Jives They have twice the trouble getting jobs are three times more likely to be poor and will endure more crime and divorces In an America that is far from colorb lind the quality of life for blacks is get ting worse in some areas from cradle to grave according to recent studies detail ing gaps between blacks and whites There are still deep inequalities be tween the races said Billy Tidwell di rector of research for the National Urban League in Washington The nation can not allow such a significant part of its See INEQUALITIES Page 12A Life expectancy at birth in years BlBlacks d Whites O All Americans CD 1 CO i i at Taxpayers Won Budget Fight Source National Center lor Health Statistics AP By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Republican Gov Car roll Campbell and Democratic House Speaker Robert Sheheen agree that there was a clear winner in the debate over how to return excess revenue to the people Campbell and Sheheen were both posed the question of which party came out ahead in a compromise tax cut plan adopted by the House after eight hours of negotiation Wednesday They had the same answer The taxpayers won This is a fine hour Campbell said as he stood next to Sheheen at a State House news conference The House choosing parts of three competing plans endorsed income tax cuts property tax cuts for the elderly and capital gains tax reductions while agree ing to allocate some money for local wa ter and sewer projects Without the agreement We would have had a bitter floor fight that would have lasted several days House Speak er ProTern Jack Rogers DBennetts ville said The negotiations began with a morning meeting between Campbell and Sheheen and continued throughout the day Lead ers of both parties and advocates of vari ous tax cut proposals conducted a form of shuttle diplomacy between the House chamber and the governors office a floor below in the State House The unanimous vote to adopt the com promise tax cut plan came as House members were debating the final few provisions in a state budget which in cludes about million more for educa tion and health care and excluded pay raises for legislators the governor and other officials elected statewide The House gave key preliminary ap proval to the 198990 appropriations act Wednesday night and was expected to routine final approval today   

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