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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 23, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Sweet 16 Teams Seek Final Four Page 9A A Quick Read Bride Gets Bail To Don Her Veil CENTRAL CITY Colo AP Jo anne S Bryant made bail and donned her veil after she was arrested on a charge of firstdegree grand theft on the way to her wedding Bryant married Ron Gilmore on Monday after she posted bail which was reduced from the original However her honeymoon will have to be delayed because of a hearing The two most important people are here she said at the wedding at Madama Gails a saloon in Central City Bryant was accused of embezzling more than from an architec tural firm where she worked as a bookkeeper Bryant said the charges were the result of a mixup and shes sure it will be resolved Gigi Lament one of the wedding guests said the cake was frozen when Fridays wedding was put on hold and thawed out in time for the ceremony Schools Wont Get Bibles From Gideons BRISTOL Tenn AP The Gid eons International has agreed to withdraw its longtime offer of free Bibles to public school fifthgraders after a parent complained the prac tice was unconstitutional Gideons has for years given Bibles to the Bristol students with the ap proval of their parents school Super intendent William Morrell said Errol Hess complained to the Ten nessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union which wrote a letter to Morrell challenging the practice Morrell told the school board Tues day that Gideons official Hubert Log gins learned of the controversy and wrote him a letter Feb 21 Herbert Trinkle vice chairman of the school board said he was unhap py with the Gideons response Weather Bundle Up Tonight A 60 percent chance of rain is fore cast tonight with a low in the mid 40s Skies will be mostly cloudy Friday with a 30 percent chance of rain The high will be in the mid 60s Please see details on Page 8A Deaths Ernest DeHaven Aiken Arthur L Gaillard Aiken Ina Mae Gunter Lexington Coley E Swearirigen Edgefield Simon ONeal Aiken John H Pickens Aiken Please see details on Page 8A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5C 8C 3C 4B 6C 4C 48 1B 8A 1C 9A 4B 8A Fawn Hall Testifies Again PaejelB USC Aiken Awaits Budget Word South Caiolina GNP Bump Joins Inflation By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON The US economy grew at a moderate annual rate of 24 percent in the final three months of last year even better than previously be lieved the government said today But the Commerce Department said the increase in the gross national prod uct the broadest measure of economic health was accompanied by a pickup in inflation reflecting higher food costs and rising import prices The 24 percent increase represented an upward revision from last month when the government estimated that the GNP had grown at an annual rate of just 2 percent in the OctoberDecember quarter The economys momentum would have been an even stronger 35 percent except for the lingering effects of last summers drought which subtracted more than 1 percentage point from growth However the strong growth propelled by high consumer demand has econo mists and the Federal Reserve Board worried given the tight labor markets and high factory operating rates The Fed last month embarked on a re newed drive to push interest rates higher in an effort to dampen demand and cool off growing inflationary pressures But the Bush administration and some private economists have complained that Please See GNP Page 12A Gross National Product Last Quarter of 1988 Staff Photo By Phil Jones EVERYBUNNYS HERE Passerbys might notice that there is more than one Easter bunny setting up shop in Aiken this week This colorful display can be seen at the home of Raymond and Nancy Scott on SC 421 Easter Hijacking Warning Is Given MICHAEL WEST Associated Press Writer LONDON American military personnel diplomats and their fam ilies have been warned of a possible plan by Palestinian extremists to hijack a US airliner in Europe on Easter weekend British news media reported today The London tabloid the Daily Express said the possible hijack threat was detailed in a Fridaydated secret memorandum from the US Federal Aviation Administration and that it had been given a copy The British domestic news agency Press Association quoted an un named FAA spokesman in Washington as saying the alert was sent out to American airlines and airports worldwide The news agency quoted the spokesman as saying the alert is very very urgent It is coded information credible though not confirmed from a reliable source but I cant go into details The Daily Express said American military personnel and diplo mats and their families have been told of the threat which centers on US airlines They were advised to alter routine plans to return home from Europe for Easter But the news agency quoted the FAA spokesman as saying he could not confirm anybody had been told to change travel plans Another British tabloid Today said the FAA arning was issued after a plot was discovered by agents who infiltrated terrorist cells in Eu rope It gave no other details The Daily Express said the FAA memo warns all airlines and security forces in the US Britain and the rest of Europe It was passed to the Department of Transport in London It quotes security sources as saying a copy of the memo arrived at the London offices of International Aviation Security a company owned by Trans World Airlines The Department of Transport said in a statement We dont discuss security matters We would automatically have anything like this as sessed and take any necessary action Aiken Bush Backer To Be Consul General To Bermuda By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Americas next consul general to Ber muda sees his upcoming service as a chance to repay the nation for the success he has enjoyed in the business world James F Keenan chairman of the board of Pace Industries and new Aiken resident will move to the North Atlantic island chain within the next three months to represent US interests there Keenan his wife Nancy and their sons Barry and Nicholas came to Aiken last fall after the Coloradoborn businessman George Bush has great sensivity to peo ple and he thinks on a broad scope James F Keenan purchased the Pink House on Easy Street We had moved from California to Washington to be closer to our son who was in school in Massachusetts said Keenan Then we heard about Aiken from some friends in Maryland and came down We fell in love with this place and here we are A former Naval aviator Keenan built a multimillion dollar aluminum castings business after leaving the Navy 23 years ago He started with a single casting ma chine at the suggestion of his father Now with his firm solidly entrenched in the business mainstream he moves into public life with a chance to help a person he greatly admires George Bush Keenan will fill the top diplomatic post in the British protectorate made up of about 300 islands Keenan will serve as Bushs intermedi ary with Bermudas government in Ham ilton and represent some 6000 retired and working American citizens in the is lands About 2500 of those Americans are sta tioned at a naval base maintained there by the US In an interview with the Aiken Stan dard Wednesday afternoon the softspo ken reserved diplomatdesignate said he Please See AIKEN Page 12A Sen Moore Insists Hes Not Stalling I NO More Bingo By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Sen Thomas L Tommy Moore D Clearwater and several other senators have held a meeting with House Speaker Robert Sheheen DCamden in an effort to promote better communications and better cooperation between the two leg islative bodies on tax and spending issues Sen Moore talked about the meeting Wednesday while responding to charges by some House members that the Senate is retaliating against Speaker Sheheens rulings by refusing to act expeditiously on House legislation The senator denied any stalling and re jected claims that it stems from the fact the House has refused to approve con tinuing the Joint Energy Committee he chairs He said the Senate is concerned about some of the rulings the Speaker has made but that concern has nothing to do with acting on legislation The controversy between the two houses cropped up a few weeks back when Speaker Sheheen refused to let the House take up a Senatepassed bill on grounds it was a revenue matter and all taxing and spending bills must arise in the House He has ruled some of the Senates bills No one in the Senate is holding up anything Sen Tommy Moore out of order on grounds they dont pass the constitutional test that revenue mea sures must come up first in the House1 the senator explained Sen Moore referred to two bills affect ed by the speakers action He said one involved giving local governments more leeway in making infrastructure bond sales and the other would have allowed for a gradual reduction in premium costs for workmens compensation insurance The senator said Speaker Sheheen held up both pieces of legislation on grounds they should have come up in the House first but several senators disagree with the Speaker because of the broad brush he is applying to revenue measures Sen Moore said an immediate question is What will the Speaker do when the Senate passes bills involving the setting of fees for infectious waste disposal or criminal penalties Because of the differences of opinion the Senate has instructed that all legisla tion coming from the House must be re viewed by Sen Moore He said that prob ably is what gives rise to rumors that the Senate is bottling up legislation No one in the Senate is holding up anything said the senator The chair men of the Senate committees have been meeting every Thursday after adjourn ment As majority whip I was assigned to review every House bill that comes over I am not holding up any bill Any bill that comes over has my name put on it saying I want to be present for its read ing Several House bills already have been passed but there are two or three bills on the Senate calendar that have Please See MOORE Page 12A Catholics Told Staff And Wire Report Bishop Ernest Unterkoefler has jissued a directive in which bingo g games to raise money for Catholic I churches and schools are abso lutely forbidden People think they are getting something for nothing and we are aiding and abetting something that is not good for society said Bishop Unterkoefler from the Dio cese in Charleston Bingo is legal in South Carolina only if it is run for the benefit of charitable religious or fraternal organizations The Rev Edward J Dillon of St Gerards Catholic Church in Aiken said there is no bingo in his church because of that reason and be cause some people not necessar ily members of the church be come almost addicted to the game and turn what is supposed to be fun into a deadly serious thing Father Jerome C Powers of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church said his church does not use bingo either St Mary Help of Christians could not be reached for comment   

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