Aiken Standard, March 27, 1989

Aiken Standard

March 27, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Page IB Page 2A Monday, March 27, 1989    25C    Aiken,    South    Carolina_ Vol.    122    No.    74 Bound For Seattle NRA Loads Up As Gun Issue Gets Hot Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev Soviets Give Yeltsin Victory Page 2A A Quick Read Condor Egg Found At Zoo On Easter LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tiny, pale aqua egg was found in the nest box of a pair of nearly extinct California condors at the Los Angeles Zoo. The egg, measuring 5 inches long, 3 inches in circumference and weighing about IO ounces, was spotted early Easter Sunday morning. Zoo workers took the egg to an incubator while the parents, Cuyama and Cachuma, a pair of 6-year-olds, were away from the nest. “What an Easter egg!,” said zoo spokeswoman Deborah Pollack. “If fertile, God willing, it will hatch in 54 to 58 days.” Patient Gets Kidney After Frantic Search LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man underwent a successful kidney transplant after he was plucked by helicopter from a remote campsite and taken to a hospital for the organ that matched his rare blood type, officials said. Charles Ridgeway, 47, was listed in critical but stable condition late Sunday, according to officials at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. “Everything went just great. His kidney is already showing early signs of function,” Dr. Garo Tertza-kian said after he performed the two-hour surgery earlier in the day. Ridgeway was camping with his wife and daughter in Imperial County near the Mexican border. Weather Partly Cloudy Tonight Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight. Tomorrow will by partly sunny and warm with a high in the mid 80s. Please see details on Page 8A. Deaths Mary C. Dobey, Edgefield Irene S. Gingrey, Trenton Thomas C. Gray, Montmorenci Mrs. Eddie S. Josey, Davisboro, Ga. Norma M Lange, Beech Island Joseph Lewis, Aiken Bill Littles, Aiken James C. Mathis, Edgefield Grace Omohundro, Aiken Sally M. Parkman, Johnston I. Glenn Shealy, Lexington Willie Smith Jr., Augusta Louise C. Yap, Aiken Please see details on Page 8A.Inside Today Bridge..............................................7B Calendar.......................................... SA Classifieds........................................5B Comics.............................................4B Crossword........................................8B Cryptoquote......................................6B Dear Abby.........................................4B Lewis Grizzard..................................5A Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................8A Opinions...........................................4A Sports...............................................9 A Television.........................................4B Weather............................................8A The Du Pont Co. will end its lengthy tenure as operator of the Savannah River Plant this Friday. Du Pont's contract and Old Ellenton^ “Long Store” are featured today In the second part of a series on Du Pont’s relationship with Aiken County. Please see Pages 6A and 7A. Six Reported Dead In Guatemala City By The Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY - About 250 inmates held guards and Easter visitors hostage early today at a prison farm after wresting rifles from officers, officials said. Six people were reported killed and about 20 wounded. Three of the dead in Sunday’s uprising at the Pavon prison farm — the country’s largest penal institution — were inmates and three were guards, according to a local judge who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The judge said he did not know how many people were hurt, but an eyewit ness interviewed on a local radio station said about 20 people were wounded in a gunbattle between guards and inmates. It was not clear how many hostages the revolting inmates held — one report said about 400 — or how much of the 2.5 square mile facility they controlled. Miguel Campos, director general of prisons, told reporters today that he was reviewing demands of about 250 armed inmates who had grabbed rifles from guards around noon Sunday at the prison about 12 miles from Guatemala City. He declined further comment. (See INMATES, Page 12A) Lottery Bill Opponents Set To Battle By The Associated Press COLUMBIA — A public hearing has been slated before a Senate committee about the creation of a lottery in South Carolina, with proponents and opponents preparing their arguments well in advance. Sen. Ryan Shealy, a Lexington Republican and sponsor of the bill, sent a study to newspapers Friday showing that lotteries don’t cause crime rates to increase and, as a preemptive strike, said he is not immoral. And Concerned Citizens Against Legalized Gambling SHEALY planned to hold a news conference in the Statehouse today to condemn lotteries and their proponents as immoral. Both sides will say much the same Tuesday when the Senate Finance Committee holds a public hearing on Shealy’s proposal to let voters decide whether a state-run lottery should be created. The referendum would be necessary, in addition to legislative approval, because the state constitution forbids gambling. Last year, the bill died in a Senate judiciary subcommittee after two public hearings. Shealy’s latest offensive is his own study of crime rates in South Carolina and the 18 states that have lotteries. The study, based on FBI statistics, shows that the overall crime rate has increased more in South Carolina than in those 18 states since they legalized lotteries. “It has been said that a lottery brings in crime, and it did when run by private organizations,” he said, adding that the statement is not true when lotteries are “run by the state in an organized computer age.” “It is even argued that they bring in organized crime. But not a shred of evi dence is shown that this is true in states that have had lotteries for years,” Shealy said in an open letter to the public. Buddy Witherspoon, chairman of the Lexington County Republican Party and coordinator of the anti-lottery group, said Shealy’s figures don’t prove anything. The crime rate “is up in South Carolina as it is” and would go up even more if the state operates a lottery, Witherspoon said. A lottery, he said, would be immoral and would trap poor people into squandering their money for a slim chance of winning. Shealy estimated that a statewide lottery would bring in about $100 million a year. After operating expenses, not to exceed 15 percent of ticket sales, his proposal would give $25 million to counties for indigent care, $20 million to local governments on a population basis and $15 million to programs for the elderly and handicapped. The rest would be used for educational equipment. Up With People Cast To Perform New Show By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer International splendor filled with song and dance is coming to Aiken Wednesday night as Up With People performs its all new show Time For The Music. The Up With People cast of IOO students from all regions of the world travels to a variety of nations spreading peace and harmony through its music. The group will bring its muscial message to Aiken at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The performance will be held at the USC Aiken Student Gym. The Aiken Standard is sponsoring this visit by Up With People to provide local citizens quality entertainment and diverse community involvement. Tickets for the public performance are $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for students. The tickets are on sale at the Aiken Standard office at 124 Rutland Drive and at Aiken Drug on Laurens Street. The more than 500 students who travel with Up With People every year enjoy a cross-section of cultural education, diverse community service, onstage musical per-formance experience and extensive world travel. The group brings with it a wide range of cutural perspectives on the world, individual countries and people. These diverse students fill each performance with enthusiasm and talent that leaves people in the audience snapping their fingers and tapping their feet. Time For The Music is described as a powerful, contemporary musical event performed in Up With People’s well-known style of energy and excitement. (See UP, Page 12A) Board To Vote On Sex Ed Material AP Laserphoto MAN OF THE HOUR: Duke’s Christian Laettner celebrates the Blue Devils’ victory against Georgetown in the finals of the East Regional Sunday. Please see a complete roundup of Sunday 's NCAA action on Page 9A. Chemicals, Fire Used To Combat Oil Spill By The Associated Press VALDEZ, Alaska — The tanker that caused the nation’s biggest oil spill was being piloted illegally when it ran aground, and the government authorized use of chemicals and fire to combat the massive slick, officials said. Exxon Shipping Co. President Frank Iarossi said officials planned to use a C-130 aircraft today to spray chemicals to disperse patches of oil in a 5-square mile area of Prince William Sound. The company also planned to burn “fingers” of the slick by igniting them with a laser. “The volume of oil released in the water is, for all intents and purposes, beyond control by mechanical means alone,” Iarossi said. Alaska’s governor on Sunday declared the wildlife-rich sound a disaster and said he would seek federal funds to help with the spill, which the Coast Guard estimates has affected about IOO square miles. Oil has washed up on two islands, and sightings were reported of dozens of crude-coated birds. (See CHEMICALS, Page 12A) Inmates Revolt, Take Captives %tUcn UP WITH PEOPLE: The Up With People cast of more than IOO students will bring its musical message to Aiken Vyednesday night for an 8 p.m. performance at USC Aiken. ;

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