Aiken Standard, March 23, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 23, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina A,KEN, S. C 2i#01 Sports Sweet 16 Teams Seek Final Four Page 9AA Quick ReadBride Gets Bail To Don Her Veil CENTRAL CITY, Colo. (AP) - Joanne S. Bryant made bail and donned her veil after she was arrested on a charge of first-degree grand theft on the way to her wedding. Bryant married Ron Gilmore on Monday after she posted $10,000 bail, which was reduced from the original $250,000. 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 Gail’s, a saloon in Central City. Bryant was accused of embezzling more than $124,000 from an architectural firm where she worked as a bookkeeper. Bryant said the charges were the result of a mixup and she’s sure it will be resolved. Gigi Lamont, one of the wedding guests, said the cake was frozen when Friday’s wedding was put on hold, and thawed out in time for the ceremony.Schools Won't Get Bibles From Gideons BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - The Gideons International has agreed to withdraw its longtime offer of free Bibles to public school fifth-graders after a parent complained the practice was unconstitutional. Gideons has for years given Bibles to the Bristol students with the approval of their parents, school Superintendent William Morrell said. Errol Hess complained to the Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which wrote a letter to Morrell challenging the practice. Morrell told the school board Tuesday that Gideons official Hubert Leggins learned of the controversy and wrote him a letter Feb. 21. Herbert Trinkle, vice chairman of the school board, said he was unhappy with the Gideons response.WeatherBundle Up Tonight A 60 percent chance of rain is forecast 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. Galliard, Aiken Ina Mae Gunter, Lexington Coley E. Swearingen, Edgefield Simon O’Neal, Aiken John H. Pickens, Aiken Please see details on Page 8A.Inside Today Bridge..............................................5C Calendar...........................................8C Classifieds........................................3C Comics.............................................4B Crossword........................................6C Cryptoquote......................................4C Dear Abby.........................................4B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................8A Opinions...........................................1C Sports.!..............................................9A Television.........................................4B Weather............................................8 A Fawn Hall Testifies Again Page IB USG Aiken Awaits Budget Word Thursday, March 23, 1989 25C Aiken, South CarolinaGNP Bump Joins Inflation By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy grew at a moderate annual rate of 2.4 percent in the final three months of last year, even better than previously believed, the government said today. But the Commerce Department said the increase in the gross national product, the broadest measure of economic health, was accompanied by a pickup in inflation, reflecting higher food costs and rising import prices. The 2.4 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 October-December quarter. The economy’s momentum would have been an even stronger 3.5 percent except for the lingering effects of last summer’s drought, which subtracted more than I percentage point from growth. However, the strong growth, propelled by high consumer demand, has economists and the Federal Reserve Board worried, given the tight labor markets and high factory operating rates. The Fed last month embarked on a renewed 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) Easter Hijacking Warning Is Given MICHAEL WEST Associated Press Writer LONDON — American military personnel, diplomats and their families have been warned of a possible plan by Palestinian extremists to hijack a U.S. 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 Friday-dated secret memorandum from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and that it had been given a copy. The British domestic news agency Press Association quoted an unnamed 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 can’t go into details.” The Daily Express said: “American military personnel and diplomats and their families have been told of the threat, which centers on U.S. 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 airling was issued after a plot was discovered by agents who infiltrated terrorist cells in Europe. It gave no other details. The Daily Express said the FAA memo “warns all airlines and security forces in the U.S., 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 don’t discuss security matters. We would automatically have anything like this assessed and take any necessary action.” , ■We're Hopping Toward Easter Aiken Bush Backer To Be Consul General To Bermuda By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer America’s next consul general to Bermuda 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 U.S. interests there. Keenan, his wife Nancy and their sons, Barry and Nicholas, came to Aiken last fall after the Colorado-born businessman ‘George Bush has great sensivity to people, 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 multi-million dollar aluminum castings business after leaving the Navy 23 years ago. He started with a single casting machine 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 Bush’s intermediary with Bermuda’s government in Hamilton and represent some 6,000 retired and working American citizens in the islands. About 2,500 of those Americans are stationed at a naval base maintained there by the U.S. In an interview with the Aiken Standard Wednesday afternoon, the soft-spoken, reserved diplomat-designate said he (Please See AIKEN, Page 12A)Sen. Moore 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, D-Camden, in an effort to promote “better communications and better cooperation” between the two legislative 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 Sheheen’s rulings by refusing to act expeditiously on House legislation. The senator denied any stalling and rejected claims that it stems from the fact the House has refused to approve continuing 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 Senate-passed 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 Senate’s billsInsists He's * ‘No one in the Senate is holding up anything.’ — Sen. Tommy Moore out of order on grounds they don’t pass the constitutional test that revenue measures must come up first in the House,’ the senator explained. Sen. Moore referred to two bills affected by the speaker’s action. He said one involved giving local governments more leeway in making infrastructure bond sales and the other would have allowedNot Stalling for a gradual reduction in premium costs for workmen’s 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 legislation coming from the House must be reviewed by Sen. Moore. He said that probably 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 chairmen of the Senate committees have been meeting every Thursday after adjournment. 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 reading. 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) No More Bingo, Catholics Told Staff And Wire Report Bishop Ernest Unterkoefler has issued a directive in which bingo games to raise money for CathoUc churches and schools are “absolutely forbidden.” “People think they are getting something for nothing ... and we I are aiding and abetting something that is not good for society,” said Bishop Unterkoefler from the Dio-i 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. Gerard’s Catholic CJhurch in Aiken said there is no bingo in his church because of that reason, and because some people, not necessarily members of the church, become 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. Staff Photo By Phil Jones EVERYBUNNY’S HERE: Passerby’s 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 S.C. 421. ;

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