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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Ueberroth Strikes Out Page 2A A Quick Read Vending Machines Dispense Tanning Oil DOVER Del AP Sun worship ers from Delaware to California heading to beaches this summer will find a new ally in the war on skin cancer vending machines dispens ing tanning oil at 50 cents a spritz Beachgoers insert the change in the slot of a Polynesianlooking bam booandgrass hut choose a sun screen with a factor of zero eight or 15 then move a wand over them selves as the machine squirts out a mist of suntan lotion Each application is 40 seconds which is ample time to spray the whole body said Brian Darby a 32 yearold Wilmington businessman who holds the franchise for the ma chines for Delaware and Worcester County Md which includes the re sort area of Ocean City By the time the beach season be gins eight of the machines should be scattered throughout those areas he said If he gets more investors he hopes to have an additional eight machines in place before the summers out Over a fiveyear period our goal is to have 500 units in our franchised territory said Darby who owns Small Wonder Advertising Special ties Inc Soviet Writer Finds Remains Of Family MOSCOW AP A wellknown Soviet screenwriter and former po liceman says he unearthed the re mains of murdered Czar Nicholas II and the czars family a decade ago and wants to give them a proper burial the Moscow News reported Geli Ryabov told the newspaper he was convinced he had found the re mains of the last of the Romanovs in a pit in Sverdlosk in the Ural moun tains by the number of corpses the type of wounds and dental prostheses he found The bodies had been hidden to keep the burial place from becoming a shrine for monarchist pilgrimages Ryabov said Moscow News published Ms ac count in its latest edition Wednesday along with a photo of a blackened skull the paper said Ryabov identi fied as being that of Nicholas II The conviction ripened in me that I must find out and tell people the truth about the execution and burial of the Romanovs Ryabov told the newspaper PagefA Weather Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 40s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Friday with a high in the mid 70s Please see details on Page 4A Deaths Larry E Frost Tenille Ga Robert N Griffin Augusta Mary E Gunter Ward Charles M Krick Aiken Marshall B Parsons II LaCanada Calif Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Bridge4C Calendar9B Classifieds2C Comics4B Crossword5C Cryptoquote3C Dear Abby4B Local Front1B Obituaries4A Opinions1C Sports7A Television4B Weather4A Toxic Waste Volume Is High Page IB Auto Insurance Reform Approved Sales Edge Up In March By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Retail sales held back by sluggish business at car dealer ships and department stores edged up a slim 01 percent in March after posting a sharp decline during the previous month the government reported today The Commerce Department said sales rose to a seasonally adjusted bil lion last month after falling 06 percent in February and jumping 06 percent in Jan uary The figures are not adjusted to ex clude the effects of rising prices For the third straight month overall sales in March were held down by a de cline in spending on autos which account for almost onefourth of the retail total Car sales were down 01 percent in March after declining 25 percent in February and 19 percent in January It was the first time auto sales have declined for three straight months since July through September 1984 when the decreases were more pronounced Carmakers in recent weeks have launched a new round of incentive pro grams in hopes of luring customers back to showrooms during the prime spring selling season despite higher interest rates for loans Excluding the automotive category re tail sales last month still were up just 02 percent after holding virtually even dur ing February and rising 14 percent in January Retail spending accounts for about one third of overall economic activity and is closely watched as a measure of the econ omys health Many analysts are expect ing an economic slowdown this year in response to an ongoing campaign by the Federal Reserve Board to push up inter est rates and thus dampen demand and restrain inflation In the key category of department and other general merchandise stores sales fell 12 percent in March to billion after declining 15 percent in February In a separate report earlier this month the nations big retailers reported mixed March results with giant Sears Roebuck and Co reporting strong sales under its new competitive pricing policy while oth er chains were less pleased with last months showing Overall sales of durable goods big ticket items expected to last three or more years were down 02 percent last month after plunging 17 percent in February Sales of nondurable goods meanwhile rose 03 percent in March after climbing 02 percent during the previous month Among the categories of goods to re port sales increases last month were food and grocery stores up 02 percent gasoline service stations up 05 percent and bars and restaurants up 05 percent Retail Sales Seasonally adjusted billions o dollars 142 A M J J A S O N 0 J F M 1988 1968 MarSS Feb89 Mar 89 j Source US Depi ol Commerce AP Cult Godfather Target Of Manhunt AP Laserphoto SUSPECT Mexico police pull the shirt off Elio Hernandez Rivera a suspect in the Matamoras killings to show off the markings made by The Godfather designating him as one of the top men in the cult By The Associated Press MATAMOROS Mexico Au thorities conducted an interna tional manhunt today for the godfather of a drugsmuggling voodoo cult that allegedly sacri ficed and mutilated at least 12 people to make its members invulnerable US and Mexican authorities were seirchiny for Adolfo de Je sus Constanzo a Cuban who police said orchestrated the ritual slayings on a remote ranch out side of this Mexican border town Constanzo is believed to have fled into the United States with Matamoros resident Sara Maria Aldrete a 24yearold 6footl runette described by Texas Attor ney General Jim Mattox as the witch of the operation A wanted poster issued by the Cameron County Sheriffs Depart ment in Texas described her as extremely dangerous Use caution In Miami television station WPLG reported Wednesday night that MetroDade police have been alerted that Constanzo was be lieved to be heading toward the Florida city Also Wednesday in a manner not seen in the United States Mexican police individually dis played four of five detained sus pects i front of scores of media representatives who subjected them to a barrage of questions We killed them for protec tion said suspect Elio Hernan dez Rivera 22 of Matamoros He added that he shot one vic tim and decapitated another Police pulled up Hernandez Ri veras shirt and jacket to show scars on his shoulders and back One was shaped like an arrow See CULT Page 11A Former 60s Radical Hoffman Found Dead By The Associated Press NEW HOPE Pa Abbie Hoffman the satirical Chicago Seven radical who captured the hearts and minds of one generation and angered another by toss ing dollar bills on a stock exchange floor and founding the Yippie party has died He was 52 Hoffman who wrote the books Revo lution for the Hell of It and Steal This Book was found dead in his home Wednesday evening said Solebury Town ship Police Chief Richard Mangan He was fully dressed and under the cov ers of his bed Michael Waldron a neighbor found Hoffman and told police Hoffman had been depressed about an auto accident in which he suffered a broken leg last June But Mangan said no evidence suggest ed suicide An autopsy is planned for tonight Hoffmans death shocked those who knew him Oh God Im stunned He was bril liant Dr Timothy Leary said The LSD guru then added he needed time to collect his thoughts before he could comment further Abbie Hoffman was an American leg end Leary said later Gerald B Lefcourt Hoffmans long time attorney remembered him as a hu morous man devoted to correcting what was wrong with society He threw money on the American stock exchange floor in the late 60s and was able to show in that satirical event See FORMER Page 11A AP Laserphoto ABBIE HOFFMAN The former 60s radical died at his home Wednesday night Westinghouse Needs More Office Space By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Do you have office space to rent in the AikenAugusta area If it meets Westing house specifications the company wants to talk to you immediately The new Savannah River Site contrac tor says it has outgrown rented offices in Aiken and North Augusta and will begin advertising Friday for additional quar ters to counteract what officials called a severe shortage of office space People are sitting on top of each oth er said Patricia Weber a company spokeswoman Westinghouse Savannah River Co needs at least 30000 more square feet of office space within 30 minutes driving time of SRS to fill immediate needs Ex ecutive Vice President Ambrose I Schwallie said in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon We are also looking for at least 100000 square feet of office space located within 15 highway miles of SRS to meet long term needs Schwallie said Westinghouse which replaced the Du Pont Co at Savannah River on April 1 has recreated locally the payroll admin istrative and engineering systems that Du Pont had operated out of company headquarters in Wilmington Del Westinghouse and Bechtel Savannah River Co its construction subcontractor have moved more than 400 professional and clerical employees to the area since they won the site contract last September These additional functions along with increased staffing at the site over the last year or so have created a severe short age of office space Schwallie said Westinghouse already rents 11300 square feet of office space at Woodside Executive Office Park in Aiken and 20000 square feet at Control Data Busi ness and Technology Center in North Augusta The newspapers ads will be a request for information rather than a formal bid request Ms Weber said The 30000 feet could be in separate lo cations though the company would pre fer it in one spot she said Officials want the 100000 feet to be in a single building or in adjacent multiple buildings which would create the oppor tunity for a developers to put up new structures The 100000 should be expandable to 400000 to allow for longterm growth and flexibility Ms Weber said dont want to limit the potential Responses to the ads are due by Fri day April 21 Agreement On Import Quotas Near By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON The Bush adminis tration has announced a breakthrough in multilateral trade talks in Geneva that could lead to the end of import quotas on foreign textiles by the mid1990s Textile industry leaders have long op posed any change in the quota system that would increase imports and have blamed imports for the loss of thousands of US jobs in the textile industry in re cent years As recently as last January they told President George Bush they favored a tightened quota system In interviews this week they say they are still assess ing what effects an agreement to end the quota system might have Administration and congressional sources said an agreement ending the quota system was likely to result in in creased imports and that to recoup losses from competition with foreign products the USindustry would have to increase its exports But chief UStextile negotiator Ronald J Sorini said the exporting countries had made important concessions They agreed to put the issue of subsi dies for their textile industries and bar rio to their markets on the table for the first time this was the primary movement The US should see that as a victory Sorini said In a statement released Saturday US Trade Representative Carla Hills praised the breakthrough saying a to guide the talks had been adopted and that if a final agreement was reached it would result in a world trading system which will be greatly stengthened See AGREEMENT Page I1A