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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Kite Claims Another Victory ie7A A Quick Read Dictionary Features 5000 New Words Weather Cloudy Skies Considerable cloudiness is forecast tonight with a 50 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms The low will be in the mid 50s Cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday with a 70 per cent chance of a thunderstorm The high will be in the low 70s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Sara T Farmer Chesterfield J Monroe George Aiken William E Grubbs Belvedere Warren E Hendrix Augusta Sherrill Miller Aiken Dr Charles S Muse Orangeburg Theo Roland Williston Owen C Sawyer Johnston Lucky D Smith Gibson Ga Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge58 Calendar7B Classifieds3B Comics2B Crossword6B Cryptoquote4B DearAbby2B Lewis Grizzard5A Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports7A Television2B Weather6A Poll Doubts Feds Can Solve Crisis OXFORD England AP The 5000 new words in the second edi tion of the Oxford English Dictionary say more about the glacial pace of lexicography than about the age of the words There are freshly minted terms such as AIDSrelated antiquark fax Filofax and ghettoblaster words or word senses redolent of the 1960s such as acid downer grok and chopper and jazzage coinages such as Big Apple Theres even one new word from AngloSaxon ash the symbol that combines the letters A and E The second edition to be published March 29 reflects more than a centu ry of scholarly labor Dream Fuels Runners Sacred Object Quest NEW YORK AP A Cree Indian driven by a vision has led a 2700 mile run to meet with museum offi cials and request that a cloth wrapped bundle sacred to the tribe be returned to his people in western Canada Weve been running every mile of the way Its Indian custom to send foot messengers Jim Thunder 38 said Friday as he and two compan ions neared the American Museum of Natural History At stake is a bundle assembled by Chief Big Bear more than 150 years ago to give his people spiritual guid ance and protection Complicating the quest is a competing claim for the relic and museums reluctance to part with it In 1979 I had a dream in which Chief Big Bear appeared to me and offered a ceremonial pipe with the request that I bring the bundle home from New York City Thunder said I made a vow that I would do it The calicowrapped bundle j about the size of two opened hands and containing a bear claw a clump of sweet grass and a plug of tobacco was acquired by the museum in 1934 Page 1B New Plans Filed For Woodward Tract Aiken South Carolina DOE Reactor Suit Could Hurt Security By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer The Department of Energy says na tional security could be harmed if a pend ing lawsuit prevents it from restarting the Savannah River Plants nuclear reac tors until a full environmental study on those reactors is completed DOE officials made that argument last week in a longawaited written response to a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against the department in December The groups charged that recent disclo sures of safety problems at SRP mean such studies are legally required before before restarts SRPs production reactors the nations only source of perishable tritium gas for nuclear weapons have been idled since last summer for upgrades to manage ment procedures and equipment No re start dates have been announced The department has agreed to prepare an environmental impact statement on the reactors but has said it wont make completion of that EIS a condition for restart But the groups who filed suit the Energy Research Foundation Green peace USA and the Natural Resources Defense Council say theyll seek an injunction if the DOE attempts to restart any of the three reactors before the EIS is finished See DOE Page IDA CFAC Picked To Oversee Countys Strategic Plan AP Laserphoto LOOSE BALL UCLAs Derrick Martin left and North Carolinas King Rice scramble for a loose ball during the Tar Heels victory in the NCAA Tournament Sunday afternoon For a complete roundup of NCAA action please see Page 8A ByCARLLANGLEY Staff Writer The Commission on the Future of Aiken County CFAC has been designated as the volunteer agency that will oversee implementation of a Strategic Plan aimed at guiding the county through two decades of expected growth Thomas B Wessinger chairman of the Coordinating Council on Economic De velopment released a prospectus on the commissions a meet ing held by tho work plan The citizens group has been holding regular sessions to gather information that will be used in writing the Strategic Plan The plan was called for because of management changes at the Savannah See CFAC Page 10A X SRP Report OVERVIEW EDUCATION Local Eastern Employees Dont Regret Decision By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer At 3 am on March 4 Mike Caldwell aimlessly drove the darkened streets of Miami deep in thought At midnight the International Association of Machinists LAM had gone on strike against East ern Airlines As a pilot Caldwell had to decide by morning whether to honor his own unions request for a sympathy strike a slim option considering that strike breakers are not later well received The decision involved more than a tem porary strike Caldwell knew a walkout by the pilots whom Eastern believed would continue flying could result in a permanent loss of his job At 44 landing a groundfloor job with another airline would be difficult experience with an other carrier does not count EDITORS NOTE The union strikes on March 4 and subsequent bankruptcy of Eastern Airlines have left thousands of men and women out of work and out of pay uncertain of the chance to continue their careers As the third week begins staff writer James Patrick interviews an Aiken pilot and flight attendant on strike He turned and drove past the Eastern gates still feeling a sense of unreality that the choice had to be made I hadnt made up my mind totally he said last week I stayed up all night Friday Saturday morning He struck and returned to Aiken hop ing that Eastern would not only work out the IAM problem but provide the job se curity and stability to the pilots that they felt had been lacking the last few years Five days later Eastern filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy He sits on the unused hearth of his up stairs den dressed in jeans and a sports shirt My career is over he says No doubt about it His wife Pat sits on the couch drink ing coffee Another Eastern employee she had 18 years in as a flight attendant Her union went on strike the same day as the IAM and the pilots The strike came before the Caldwells could finish building their fourbedroom home in the pricey Woodside develop ment Their oldest son Mike Jr will en roll in college next year and Caldwell supports another son in Maitland Fla The house will have to go on the market next month as well as Pats car Yet weeks later they still do not regret their decisions You think about all the time you spend getting your time in and you think do I want to sacrifice it for someone else says Pat But then you look at the whole situa tion and realize their cause is your cause and you have to make a decision at that point The circumstances leading to the strikes had been building since 1986 the year that Frank Lorenzo through chair manship of Texas Air Corp acquired control of Eastern the Caldwells say That year was already marked by bad blood in an effort to bolster the compa nys financial situation all the unions but one had taken cuts in pay Ironically it was the IAM which refused demanding and getting a raise See LOCAL Page IDA Helicopter Crash In S Korea Kills 19 Marines 16 Injured By The Associated Press SEOUL South Korea At least 19 Ma rines were killed and 16 injured today when a helicopter crashed in remote mountains officials said It was the sec ond Marine chopper disaster in South Ko rea hi four days The troopcarrying CH53D Sea Stallion helicopter crashed near the port of Po hang on the southeast coast while taking part in exercises with South Korean forces a Marine Corps spokesman said All 34 Marines aboard the aircraft were killed or injured the spokesman said on condition of anonymity The injured in cluded 15 Marines aboard the helicopter and one hurt on the ground during rescue operations Nine of the injured were in very serious condition Marine officials intially said 22 Ma rines were killed in the crash but later lowered the figure to 19 because of confu sion in early reports from the crash site The helicopter was carrying four crew men and 30 infantrymen when it crashed the spokesman said The infantrymen were from the 1st Battalion 5th Marines of the 1st Marine Division based at Camp Pendleton Calif he said Marine officials said they had no im mediate word on what caused the crash Little of the helicopter was left but charred pieces of wreckage Yonhap the South Korean news agen cy cited South Korean military officials as saying the helicopter exploded in the air and burst into flames before slam ming into the ground The report said the helicopter appeared to have a problem in its engines A Seoul newspaper the Kookmin Ilbo quoted a farmer who saw the crash as saying two helicopters were hovering about 250 feet above the ground when one suddenly turned upside down and plunged into a creek About 10 soldiers leaped out of the helicopter as it hit the ground the report said See HELICOPTER Page 10 A CothranTo Retire March 31 Hunter is Named Publisher Samuel A Cothran will retire March 31 after 21 years as editor and publisher of the Aiken Standard He will be succeeded by Scott B Hunt er a 15year veteran of the newspaper staff who became general manager in June of 1987 Cothran whose newspaper career spans half a century has guided the Ai ken Standard through a period of un precedented growth He became editor and publisher in 1968 when the newspa per was acquired by Evening Post Pub lishing Co from Mrs Annie Howell King Prior to coming to Aiken Cothran had been managing editor of The News and Courier in Charleston The Aiken Standard and Review oper ated in a small building on Richland Av enue using Linotype machines and hotlead production methods that had been common in newspaper plants for many decades Construction of a mod ern 24000squarefoot newspaper pub lishing plant which featured a new off COTHRAN HUNTER set press was begun at once and was completed equipped and occupied with in a year The newspaper closed out the old operation with its issue of Friday Sept 26 1969 and published its first is sue from the new plant and on new presses the following Monday Sept 29 By this time the newspapers name had been shortened to Aiken Standard Soon afterward the newspaper converted Please See COTHRAN Page 10A   

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