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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 3, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports NCAA Title On The Line Page 7A A Quick Read inmates Can Get Cosmetic Surgery HOUSTON AP Hundreds of state prison inmates have been get ting facelifts liposuction and other cosmetic fixes at taxpayers expense for more than 20 years according to a published report The operations have been per formed at Galvestons John Sealy Hospital which provides medical and surgical staff for the state prison and is a teaching hospital for the Uni versity of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston The hospital said the Texas Cor rections Department is not charged for surgery on inmates but the ex penses are paid by taxes because the hospital is part of a statefunded col lege the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday The medical school says the prac tice helps surgeons perfect their skills School officials also cite stud ies suggesting that inmates are less likely to return to prison if they look better when they leave Tommy Thompson a 59yearold inmate hoping for parole this year agrees Thompson received face and brow lifts and underwent liposuction the removal of fat in February His 21 day stay cost in room costs alone based on the hospitals esti mates of average inpatient costs of per day I feel 100 percent better said Thompson who is serving 60 years for theft and abetting prostitution I think it will help my attitude and my feeling about myself when I go back to the free world said Thomp son who had previously served time for theft Galveston County District Attor ney Michael J Guarino said he was unaware prisoners can have the operations Integrity Of College Sports Doubted Campbell Pushes Insurance Reform Bill Weather Cloudy Skies Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight and tomorrow with a 40 per cent chance of thunderstorms tonght and a 60s percent chance of rain to morrow The low will be in the mid 50s with a high in the upper 70s Please see details on Page IDA Deaths Gilbert Bostic Jr Wagener Katherine S Hare Saluda Madie J Harper Augusta Fannie B Harsey West Columbia EstelleW Holland Saluda Christine N Proctor Warrenville Ernest Reusser Saratoga Springs NY Ideen Rowland Wrightsville Ga Jeffrey Seymore Clarks Hill William A Towne Charleston Please see details on Page 7B Inside Today Bridge4B Calendar3A Classifieds2B Comics6A Crossword5B Cryptoquote3B Dear Abby6A Lewis Grizzard3A Local Front1B Obituaries78 Opinions4A Sports7A Television6A Weather10A Monday April 31989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 80 Gorbachev Castro Air Differences By The Associated Press HAVANA Fidel Castro warmly greeted Mikhail S Gorbachev with a hug and a tour of crowdlined streets but the Soviet president and his Caribbean client had fundamental differences to discuss at talks that begin today An enduring ally but orthodox Commu nist Castro has criticized Gorbachevs domestic reform program as drawing too much from capitalism The Cuban revolutionary leaders un willingness to institute such changes at home displeases the Soviets who have suggested they may reduce the billions of dollars in aid they annually send Cuba The two leaders set aside more than six hours today for talks Gorbachev is on his first diplomatic visit to Latin America A fatigueclad Castro greeted the youn ger Gorbachev on a rainsoaked tarmac shortly before nightfall Sunday and threw his arms around the graysuited Kremlin leader in a fraternal embrace The man who has ruled Cuba for three decades then kissed Gorbachevs wife Raisa on both cheeks and escorted Gor bachev on a review of the presidential honor guard Hundreds of thousands of Cubans mus tered by local neighborhood committees packed Jose Marti International Airport and lined up fiveand sixdeep along the route to the downtown area to watch the two leaders pass by in a con vertible Soviet limousine Soviet and Cuban flags were every where Although Castro is known for his ability to turn out thousands of people in this city of 2 million the welcome for Gorbachev appeared genuinely warm The Soviet leader was in an affable mood afterward telling a Cuban corre spondent Everything is clear in our friendship in our hearts in our soul The only thing left to do is to talk and we do have something to talk about Official media in both countries have papered over ideological differences to stress the closeness of CubanSoviet rela tions and one of the main events on Gor bachevs schedule will be a speech Tues day to the National Assembly Raisa Gorbachev planned excursions today to a day care center a SovietCu ban friendship association and a museum for Cubas favorite American the late author Ernest Hemingway The welcome for Gorbachev seemed genuine His popularity in Cuba encom passes many who see him as the best hope for liberalization Indeed a coali tion of dissident groups tentatively planned a proGorbachev demonstration at the Soviet Embassy on Tuesday See GORBACHEV Page 10A Staff Photo By Phil Jones A SPECIAL GRANDPARENT The TriDevelopment Centers Client of the Year lends a hand during the childrens story hour in the Centers Day Program The kids look to James Collins as their own special grandfather who spends time with them almost every day Please see story on PagelB Haitian Leader Requests Help By The Associated Press PORTAUPRINCE Haiti Lt Gen Prosper Avril went on national television early today to announce that forces loyal to his government had thwarted a coup attempt led by power hungry soldiers There were indications that the attempt to overthrow Avril may have been related to his vow to crack down on officers involved in drug smuggling The international airport remained closed early today and soldiers patrolled PortauPrince streets now quiet that had echoed with gunfire 24 hours earlier Avril who assumed power in coup six months ago was reportedly seized at his suburban home early Sunday and res cued by loyal soldiers as he was being driven to the airport to be deported Some members of the armed forces blinded by their exor bitant ambitions attempted to overthrow the government Avril said in a 10minute speech on staterun television I appeal to the nation to cooperate with us in peace and unity for the realization of our democratic objectives he added Avril gave no details of the attempted coup but said I have faith in the army There were no reports of casualties He was flanked by a dozen soldiers including Sgt Major Joseph Heubreux who led the September revolt by noncom missioned officers that put Avril in power after ousting a re gime blamed for widespread human rights abuses Todays events have shown that the establishment of de mocracy in Haiti under the present circumstances is a long and arduous task said Avril who has promised presidential elections this year and other democratic reforms See HAITIAN Page IDA Bush To Attend Baseball Opener By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Former college first baseman George Bush an avid baseball fan throws out his first ball as president today at the seasonopener between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox Bush will have a guest with him at Bal timores Memorial Stadium Egyptian President Hosni Mu barak The two were to fly there by helicop ter for the afternoon game weather per mitting after a pri vate work session in the Oval Office In a series of ses sions with leaders from the Middle East the president plans to meet with Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir on Thursday and with Jordans King Hus sein later in the month The president also was to meet Monday BUSH Season BeginsPage 7A at the White House with families of the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 disas ter The jumbo jet was ripped apart by a terrorist bomb Dec 21 killing all 259 peo ple aboard and 11 on the ground in Lock erbie Scotland White House deputy press secretary B Jay Cooper said Bush would meet with a representative group of about a half dozen family members The meeting was requested by the families Cooper said Bush captain of Yales 1948 baseball team threw out many first balls during his eight years as vice president and dur ing last years presidential campaign Initially Bush had been expected tc throw out the first ball in Cincinnati in the season opener between the Reds and World Series champions the Los Angeles Dodgers However Mubaraks visit along with other scheduling problems prompted the decision to pick a game closer to home Sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the gambling investiga tion hanging over the head of Reds man ager Pete Rose played no part in the deci sion to have Bush go to Baltimore instead Meanwhile first lady Barbara Bush on Sunday reverted to her silver fox im age as she appeared in public without the brown wig that had stunned and delight ed an annual journalists banquet on Sat urday night Mrs Bush nearly stole the show at Sat urday nights annual Gridiron dinner when she appeared with Bush in a honey brown wig that hid her trademark head of snowy hair The wig was gone when the Bushes at tended an earlymorning worship service at the Washington Cathedral and again later when the first couple went to lunch at the Washington home of syndicated columnist Charles Bartlett The wig was just a joke Mrs Bushs press secretary Anna Perez insisted Sunday She said Mrs Bush is happy with her own hair and has no intentions of wearing the wig again Masters Practice Round Tickets Available From Staff Reports AUGUSTA The waiting is over The Masters is here The 53rd quest for golfs most presti gious prize begins Thursday at the Au gusta National Golf Club The worlds best golfers have begun to gather at the games sacred ground and golf enthusi asts from across the country are filing into the CSRA for their annual pilgrimage Competition is set for Thursday through Sunday with more than 80 golf ers teeing off in Thursdays first round The field will be cut in half after the sec ond round Tickets for the four days of competition are sold out but golf enthusiasts still can experience The Masters during one of the Ticket Information Tuesday Tickets cost and are unlimited Wednesday Tickets cost and in clude admission to Par3 Tournament Admission to Par3 event is limited ThursdaySunday Series badges are sold out three practice round days Practice got under way Monday morn ing at the National and was to continue through 6 pm Practice rounds also will be played Tuesday and Wednesday with the traditional Par3 Tournament high lighting the final day of pretournament preparation Tickets for Tuesdays practice rounds cost while Wednesdays tickets are Wednesdays price includes admis sion to the Par3 Tournament Gates open at 8 am and will remain open until there is no more demand for tickets according to the Augusta National There are no starting times for prac tice rounds Competitors are permitted to begin as early as they wish and can play as many holes as they wish For practice rounds fans are permit ted to bring cameras Prohibited items include folding armchairs or rigid stools or chairs periscopes ladders coolers portable radios and cellular telephones See MASTERS Page IDA Officers Capture Suspect By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A 47yearold machine operator suspected in the shooting death of a man was flushed from a hiding place on a chicken farm and captured late Saturday by Aiken County law enforcement officers Sheriff Carrol G Heath said David Jay Oliver was taken into custody after nearly two dozen officers and bloodhounds conducted a manhunt that lasted nearly seven hours Heath said Oliver charged with murder in the shooting death of Gil bert Nickie Bostic Jr was hiding in a truck at the chicken farm about two miles south of Wagener when of ficers approached around pm Aiken County Sheriffs Depart ment Investigator Becky Edmonds and Sgt Hubert Nimau were follow ing bloodhounds and checking out the chicken farm when Oliver jumped from the truck the sheriff said Heath said Oliver first pointed a pistol at the officers then lowered and fell to his knees before Sgt Ni mau snatched the weapon from his hands Oliver is being held in the Aiken County Detention Center Capt James W Whitehurst and Wagener Pobce Chief Charlie Widen er coordinated a search for the sus pect that involved officers from Wa gener the Sheriffs Department SLED and the Aiken Department of Public Safety See OFFICERS Page IDA   

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