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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Pacer Record Is Now 122 Page 9A AQuick Read Tests Failing Unhealthy Kids ANAHEIM Calif AP Guide lines spelling out who should get cho lesterol tests fail to identify two thirds of children who really have unhealthy amounts of the fatty sub stance in their blood a study suggests The findings bolster arguments that all youngsters should be tested to determine which face an in creased risk of heart disease said Dr Dennis Davidson director of pre ventive cardiology at the University of California Irvine We found that using the existing guidelines for cholesterol screen ing we identified only onethird of the children with blood cholesterol already at a level undesirable for adults and certainly undesirable for kids Davidson said Monday Better Toilets Sought By Congress WASHINGTON AP Forcing plumbers to install waterefficient toilets could help avoid serious water shortages nationwide say two law makers whose plan is being fought by the makers of plumbing fixtures Rep Chester G Atkins DMass and Sen Wyche Fowler DGa are pushing legislation that would man date ational water efficiency stan dards for fixtures such as faucets washing machines dishwashers shower heads and toilets The amount that is used unneces sarily is staggering especially in light of the fact that new technology to improve performance of water saving products is commercially available Atkins said in a recent interview The average American uses more than 18COO gallons of water a year in the home about 50 gallons a day Atkins said Of that he added 40 per cent goes down toilets Earlier this month Massachusetts became the first state to impose strict toilet efficiency standards Massachusetts standard will save the state about 70 million gallons of water daily by early in the 21st centu ry Ms Vickers projected Spring Showers Today will be cloudy with a 100 per cent chance of showers The high will be in the mid70s Tonight will be cooler with a chance of thundershow ers The low will be in the mid40s Wednesday will be cloudy and rainy with a high near 50 and a low near 40 Please see details on Page 8A Deaths Mrs Elizabeth Allen Blackville Mrs Maxie White Bert Belvedere Mrs Alzener J Brown Corona NY Mrs Lila Strickland Corder Pelion Emily M Ellington Augusta GV Gunter Cayce Wyman Hutto Lexington Robert P Kurtze Aiken Martha Floyd Leaphart Aiken Julia Miller Mims Edgefield John Myers VVarrenville Henry Walksr Jr Bath Kevin Wright VVarrenville Please see details on Page 8A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics 7B 3B 5B 2B Crossword8B Cryptoquote6B Dear Abby2B Local Front1B Obituaries8A Opinions6A Sporls9A Television2B Wealhei3A Mere Charges For Starrett USCA Gets Chair Endowment March 21y Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 69 Price Hikes Not Here Yet By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON Consumer prices despite a huge jump in gasoline costs rose a moderate 04 percent in February the government reported today The boost in the Labor Departments Consumer Price Index followed a 06 per cent January increase that had been the largest monthly advance in two years Despite the moderation in February consumer prices in the past two months have risen at an annual rate of 61 per cent sharply higher than the 44 percent increase turned in for both 1987 and 1988 It is this acceleration that has econo mists worried that inflation which has been tamed for the past seven years is starting to get out of control again We are looking at potentially the worst inflationary bout since the late 1970s and early 1980s said Allen Sinai chief economist of the Boston Co It is a policy problem of immense proportions for the Federal Reserve and it will re quire sharply higher interest rates and a potential recession to deal with it Those worries have thrown financial markets into turmoil Stock prices plum meted after last Fridays report that in flation at the wholesale level shot up by 1 percent for the second straight month Investors were tensely awaiting the February consumer price report which came in slightly better than the 05 per cent consensus forecast made by many Please See Price Page 12A We are looking at potentially the worst inflationary bout since the late 1970s and early 1980s Allen Sinai Chief Economist of the Boston Co The Winter That Wasnt The amount of snow that selected Northeastern cities received this compared with a typical winter the percent of total average precipitation received and the daily average number of degrees above typical temperature Typical snowfall Snowfall this winter Dec 211988 March 201989 Binghamton Precip 65 Temp Scranton Precip 60 Temp 3 Precip 92 5 Precip Temp 9 Source AccuWeather Dean Caple Snow Joke Winter Bypassed But Spring Greeted By Storm By DANA KENNEDY Associated Press Writer BOSTON Spring arrived with cruel irony for New Englanders as snow began falling after a winter in which it was so scarce it set records in some states and led to drought conditions In the western Massachusetts town of North Adams which lies in a valley adja cent to the tallest point in the state Mount Greylock the average snowfall is 70 inches So far this year according to weather specialists snowfall is at a re cord low of 18 inches And were probably one of the more fortunate places said John Hockridge director of New England Weather Asso ciates Most places in western Massa chusetts are between 8 and 18 inches In the Boston area 148 inches of snow had been recorded by Monday the fourth lightest snowfall in almost a century ac cording to weather statistician Robert Lautzenheiser Snow began falling in central and east ern Massachusetts Monday night and a winter storm warning was posted early today for New Hampshire and southern and central Maine according to the Na tional Weather Service And with a snow season that can extend into midApril forecasters cautioned that current record low snowfalls could be boosted Still the shortfall has resulted in seri ous drought conditions in certain areas Quabbin Reservoir which provides wa ter for Boston and much of eastern Mas sachusetts already is near its lowest lev el in 16 years Reactor Restart Key To Profits By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Westinghouses handling of prepara tions to restart the Savannah River Plants nuclear reactors will be the single biggest factor in how much profit the company earns in its first six months as SRP contractor Safely returning those strategically vi tal reactors to productive capability is the most heavily weighted performance requirement in a Department of Energy rating plan for Westinghouse Savannah River Co which replaces the Du Pont Co as plant contractor on April 1 The DOE on Monday released that award fee determination plan which could allow the Westinghouse Electric Corp subsidiary to earn up to million hi performancebased fees for its initial halfyear at SRP DOE officials will evaluate Westing house every six months in three major performance areas And of those three safety and quality of operations is the dominant point It is given a 60 percent area weight out of a possible hundred Project man agement and general management the other major areas each get 20 percent And within the safety and quality cate gory one performance objective point safely return the SR reactors to pro ductive capacity gets an objective weight of 50 percent The SRPs three operable production reactors the nations only source of ra dioactive tritium gas for nuclear weap ons have been idled for management and equipment upgrades since last summer Because tritium is vital to nuclear weap ons but decays continually the SRP shut down has worried defense planners Other performance points in the safety and quality category and their weight ings Nonreactor nuclear facilities meet or exceed commercial nuclear industry standards for operations training and maintenance 20 percent Demonstrate continued improve ment in safety environment health and quality assurance 20 percent Please See REACTOR Page 12A DOE Report Says Linear Accelerator Could Be A Backup By LES BLUMENTHAL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The Department of Energy should pursue the possibil ity of building a linear accelerator to produce tritium for nuclear weapons as a prudent backup to present plans to build new production reaetors ac cording to a DOE report Scientists at the Los Alamos NM and Brookhaven NY na tional laboratories said Monday they found the departments decision to build new reactors at the Savannah River Plant and at the Idaho Nation al Engineering Laboratory in Idaho Falls the lowest technical risk ap proach to supplying the critical need for tritium However we believe it is prudent that DOE pursue other technologies for tritium production to provide po tential alternatives as a contingency for the future the report said One concept that appears to be particu lalry promising is the accelerator production of tritium The report said an accelerator could be completed within eight to nine years on an aggressive schedule compared with a minimum of 10 years to finish a new production reactor The cost of an accelerator would be roughly comparable to a new reactor at 23 billion including million for contingencies An accelerator could be built at any of the departments weapons production sites but the report said the Hanford nuclear reservation in southcentral Washington state of fers the potential advantage of low cost available power and the grid ca pacity to power an accelerator facility Health Group Wants To Put Out Cigarettes Staff Photo By Phil Jones A TASTE BEFORE THE FEAST John Jack Parker o Aiken displays a few of his many trams and modules only a fraction of the wide assortment of railroader s equipment that will be or display at Timmerman Oldsmobile in Aiken this Saturday Please see story on Page 18 By DEBORAH MESCE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON A public inter est health group today called for a greater national effort to help peo ple quit smoking including train ing physicians in smoking cessa tion methods and requiring Medicare and Medicaid coverage of the therapies To date cigarette addiction has been virtually ignored by health care providers hospitals insurers and federal programs despite its vast destructive capacity Public Citizen Health Research Group said in a letter to Health and Hu man Services Secretary Louis Sullivan Surgeon General C Everett Koop who has been in the forefront of the antismoking campaign en couraged Sullivan in a memo about Public Citizens effort to espouse this cause Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of premature and prevent able death in the United States It is responsible for more than 390000 deaths each year the group said citing the Surgeon Generals annu al report on smoking The group estimated that smpk ingrelated diseases cost the nation more than billion each year in healthcare expenses and lost pro ductivity The federal Medicare and Medicaid programs spent billion for treatment of smoking related illnesses in 1985 the group said However the group cited a large national survey showing 48 percent of physicians do not regularly ad vise their smoking patients to quit and another survey showing 87 per cent of medical residents had nev er received formal counseling about effective smoking cessation techniques The group called on Sullivan as the nations chief health official to end this national denial of nic otine addiction as a serious health threat   

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