Tuesday, April 4, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Tournament MVP Glen Rice Michigan Wins NCAA Title Page 7A A Quick Read Tobacco To Be Used To Combat Cancer IRVINE Calif AP Doctors condemn cigarettes for causing lung cancer so it might seem strange to hear the former director of the Na tional Cancer Institute praising tobacco But thats what happened Monday when a company announced plans to turn tobacco plants into living fac tories for cheap mass production of anticancer drugs better sunscreen to prevent skin cancer and many other products It is really kind of cute Dr Vin cent T DeVita Jr said during the American Cancer Societys science writers seminar Its a very inter esting idea It sounds too good to be true but looks real enough to pursue DeVita left his government post last year to become physicianin chief at New Yorks Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Six Children Killed In Mobile Home Fire REMBERT AP Sumter Coun ty Fire Department investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire in a mobile home that claimed the lives of six young children With his mobile home engulfed in flames no telephone service nearby and the fire department three miles away Willie English said Monday he watched helplessly as his grandchil dren perished inside I woke up when the fire bug alarm went off and tried to get all the children out English 57 recalled Six of Englishs grandchildren un der the age of 11 died in Sunday mornings fire Five other children ranging in age from 5 to 15 escaped one with a burned hand according to family members who had gathered in this Sumter County town to cele brate the birthday of Englishs daughter Peggy Miller of Beaufort whose three children died in the fire Weather Cloudy Skies Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and a low in the mid 50s A 60 percent chance of showers and a few thunderstorms is forecast with cooler weather The high will be in the low 70s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Sallie M Bowman Edgefield Vianna H Brown Belvedere Homer E Newsome Thomson Ga Inez B Proveaux Abbeville Ophelia Steadman Graniteville Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5B 11A 3B 10A 68 4B 10A 1B 6A 4A 7A 10A 6A Page 2 A Board Rejects NCNB Buyout Bid Page IB ile Home Owners Form Group Aiken South Carolina New Day7 Dawns At Savannah River By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer at AP Laserphoto LOOKING FOR THE CALL Los Angeles catcher Mike Scioscia looks for the call after a play at home plate with Cincinnatis Paul ONeill during the National League opener in Cincinnati Monday Please see story on Page 8A School Administrators Settling Into Positions By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer Many administrators who were part of a staffing shuffle in the Aiken County School District that was announced in early February have settled into their new positions Dr John B Bradley former Area 1 superintendent has taken his place in the district office as executive director of Program Evaluation Research and Personnel Taking the reins as Area 1 superinten dent is Elizabeth S Benton former Area 4 superintendent Dr James I Green who held the district position now filled by Dr Bradley has replaced Ms Benton as Area 4 superintendent Area 1 is the city of Aiken and Area 4 extends from Wagener to Ridge Spring Dr Beecher E Mortons district posi tion of assistant superintendent for Adult Education and Physical Plant Manage ment has been eliminated He retired af ter 42 years of service in public education on March 31 Dr Bradley will resume some of his duties in his new position at the district The staffing plan voted for by the Aiken County Board of Education and an nounced by Superintendent Dr Joseph R Brooks included moving L Troy Nobles from his position as Area 2 superinten dent to a director of operations position that is being created in Area 1 See SCHOOL Page 6A The sun rose Monday on a new d Savannah River Westinghouse officials who have adopt ed that slogan will no doubt be glad to see it featured in todays headlines instead of the stream of reports about nuclear safety problems that the Aiken County weapons plant has generated since last faU Westinghouse Savannah River Co un veiled the new slogan Monday its first regular work day as contractor at the plant and its appearing above a rising sun design on promotional coffee mugs Known through its nearly 40year histo ry as the Savannah River Plant the facil ity has been renamed under Westing house as the Savannah River Site A new SRS logo proclaims safety responsibil ity security Officials with Westinghouse which re placed the Du Pont Co Saturday at the Watkins Promises 1990 Restart Page 1B helm of the beleaguered weapons plant concede they want to avoid the negative publicity that marked Du Fonts final months But they also acknowledge theyll have to back up their public relations efforts with certifiable improvements at the plant Safely restarting the plants strategi cally vital production reactors will be the new contractors No 1 priority said James S Moore president of the Wes tinghouse Electric Corp subsidiary dur ing a press conference Monday afternoon at the plant The Department of Energy ordered the plants three operable reactors idled last summer for upgrades to equipment and management and Westinghouse has pledged to restart them under a strict See NEW Page 12A Council Meeting Shows Support For Horse Use By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer There was standing room only in the council chambers Monday night as the Aiken City Council public com ment on proposed changes to the ordi nance governing conditional uses for horses Over 110 persons attended to voice opinions on a subject which has galloped across city agendas since the fall of 1988 The Council accepted last month rec ommendations from the Planning Com mission following months of debate work sessions and considerable shifts in direction by that group The Commission during its full explo ration of the question of horses in the residential future of Aiken examined other cities ordinances and saw the rise of specialinterest groups which support See COUNCIL Page 12A Report School Programs Need Billion In New Funding By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The nations largest teachers union today called for bil lion in new federal spending to counter a shocking erosion in education pro grams for the disadvantaged and handicapped These programs reach only a frac tion of the young people they were meant to serve Mary Futrell presi dent of the National Education Associa tion said in issuing a report called Federal Education Funding Present Realities and Future Needs In state after state the numbers in our new report clearly demonstrate a shocking erosion of federal support for these essential programs Futrell said in a statement Nothing could be more impractical for our nation than continu ing this systematic underfunding Futrell said the NEA report contains the first estimates of what it would cost to serve all students currently eligible for help under four of the most impor tant federal education programs NEA has more than 19 million mem bers across the country Its report comes as Congress prepares to tackle the fiscal 1990 budget The report looks specifically at Chap ter 1 grants to bolster basic skills among disadvantaged youngsters the Education for All Handicapped Act which helps states educate disabled youngsters bilingual education grants See REPORT Page 6A Catching A Glimpse Thousands Of Golf Fans Make Trip To Practice Round To See Favorites Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth SPRING SCENE A butterfly alights on an azalea in the courtyard of USC Aiken Flowers and butterflies sure signs of spring are now covering the county ByTONYBAUGHMAN Sports Editor Ah Augusta As it does every year around this time the Augusta National Golf Club opened its gates to the adoring public Monday for the first day of practice rounds for The Aasters golf tournament And as in years past there was no shortage of people willing to take the National up on its offer Thousands of golf enthusiasts and fans of azaleas and green grass were scattered about the 6905yard layout either lounging under the tall Georgia pines or fol lowing their favorite golfers through their first tours of the Na tional since last April The most popular spots to watch the action and enjoy the scenery were at the first and 10th tees at the ninth and 18th greens and down in Amen Corner Spectators eagerly watch the starting boards at the first and 10th tees trying to find out when their favorites were scheduled to tee off for their practice rounds or calculating what hole theyre probably on from how long its been since they fired off During the practice rounds when ticket supplies are unlimit ed its an art form to catch a glimpse of your favorite player on the course since there are no offi cial starting times on practice days Golfers can tee off as early or late as they want and can play as many or as few holes as they wish Many fans cluster around the practice tee situated behind the See CATCHING Page 12A