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Publication: Aiken Standard April 17, 1989

Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 17, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Stewart Sets Heritage Record Page 7 A A Quick Read 'Scandal Tours' Are Popular With Tourists WASHINGTON (AP) - Leave the kids at home, skip the Lincoln Memorial and take a “scandal tour” of Washington, a raunchy romp through the ruins of political careers that takes ogling grownups from the Watergate to Gary Hart’s old townhouse. With a George Bush impersonator acting as host, the 75-minute bus tour leaving on weekends from the posh Hitz-Carlton Hotel is just the tonic for bored tourists willing to spend 20 bucks to indulge their taste for the trashy. Careening through city streets in a red, white and blue bus, a satirical comedy troupe called Gross National Product entertains customers with a bawdy commentary on passing landmarks where some of Washington’s most prominent residents fell prey to sex, booze, greed or lust for power. Mostly sex. 'Mickey Mouse Club' Is Back On Television LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Annette Funicello is gone, and so are Sherry, Cubby, Darlene and Bobby. But Chase Hampton knocks ’em dead with a calypso song-and-dance number. And Josh, Tiffini, Lindsey, Albert and the gang get the studio jumping with a rap-and-disco blend of M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E. The “Mickey Mouse Club’’ is back. And although its style has been updated, the people at Walt Disney say it’s just as good and relevant as the original television show was when it began 34 years ago. “We had a lot of skepticism about doing the ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ in the 1990s,’’ said Steve Fields, senior vice president of the Disney Channel, which will carry the show. “But so many elements (of the old show) were terrific, and kids still relate to kids.” Weather Fair Skies Fair skies and mild weather are forecast tonight with a low in the low 50s. Mostly sunny skies are forecast Tuesday with a high in the mid 80s. Please see details on Page 6A. Deaths Gladys A. Boatwright, Monetta Ira Buggs, Philadelphia, Pa. Rev. Charles Cooper, Augusta Geoffrey Jones, Augusta Lucile J. Meeks, New Ellenton Leila A Moore, New Ellenton Alfred Northcutt, Harlem, Ga. Hilda S. Robison, Orangeburg Paul L. Sims, Augusta Please see details on Page 6A. Inside Today Bridge..............................................5B Calendar...........................................5A Classifieds........................................3B Comics.............................................2B Crossword........................................6B Cryptoquote......................................4B Dear Abby.........................................2B Lewis Grizzard..................................5A Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................6A Opinions...........................................4A Sports...............................................7 A Television.........................................2B Weather...........................................6A Page 2A Page IB Aiken county public 435 NEWBERRY ST ‘ I S. c Monday, April 17, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 92 Report: Wright Violated Rules By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The House ethics committee charged today that House Speaker Jim Wright violated official rules of conduct 69 times in handling his personal finances. The committee unanimously approved the statement of alleged violations, according to a written statement by Rep. Julian Dixon, D-Calif., its chairman. The charges and an accompanying report by Richard Phelan, the attorney who conducted the committee’s investigation, could jeopardize Wright’s future as speaker. “It represents a determination by the committee that in 69 instances, there is reason to believe that Rep. Wright violated the code of official conduct and other House rules which apply to him as a member of Congress,” Dixon said. The committee determined that apparent gifts from his business partner, George Mallick, were improper because the Fort Worth developer had a direct interest in legislation. “The nature and extend of the apparent gifts from Mr. Mallick indicaes that Rep. Wright did not exercise reasonable care to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, which is the hallmark of the House gift rule,” Dixon said. The committee said the $145,000 in gifts included free or cut-rate use of a condominium in Fort Worth, an $18,000-a-year salary paid Wright’s wife Betty and free use of a car. According to Dixon’s statement, the committee also chrged that Wright skirted House limits on speaking fees by making bulk sales of his book, “Reflections of a Public Man.” “In the committee’s view, seven bulk sales of the Rep. Wright’s book.^. demonstrated an overall scheme to evade the House outside earned income limit because (speaking) honorarium payments were recharacterized as royalties.” The panel, formally known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, cleared Wright of several accusations filed against him last year when the inquiry began, melding alleged use of a staff member to write the book, improper use of campaign funds, and improper lobbying on behalf of constituents. (See REPORT, Page 10A) §. Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth Chemical Leak Halts Traffic By STEPHANIE WARNECKE-ADAMS Staff Writer Emergency personnel were on the scene of a chemical leak on Interstate 20 Sunday until 2 a.m. Monday, cleaning up ethyleneimine, which leaked from a Landspan tractor trailer truck. A fire started at the front of the trailer when the brakes on the truck, carrying several drums of the chemical, overheated. “Sudden stopping caused the drums to make contact and one drum ruptured,” according to Sgt. Bill Cole of the S.C. Highway Patrol. A seven-mile stretch of 1-20 between Graniteville and Belvedere was closed until 7 p.m., backing traffic up into the evening. Late Filers, IRS Putting In Overtime By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - IRS employees put in overtime, post offices set up special mail drops and demonstrators made their cases as the nation prepared to end another federal tax return filing season at midnight tonight. Internal Revenue Service spokesman Frank Keith said the IRS had no way of knowing how many taxpayers were waiting until the last minute to file. But the agency expects to receive 18 million returns this week, including those filed over the weekend, he said. The deadline is one day later in New England and most of upstate New York because today is Patriot’s Day, a legal (See LATE, Page 10A) Poll: Ban Won't Stop Abortion By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Americans overwhelmingly believe that outlawing abortion would do little to curtail it, and half want the operation to remain legal and unrestricted in early pregnancies, a poll has found. Up to 65 percent of the 1,108 adults questioned in the Media General-Associated Press poll supported legalized abortion in other contexts. The poll also found broad opposition to Operation Rescue, whose members have been blocking entrances to abortion clinics around the country. With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to reconsider its 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision (See POLL, Page 10A) BACKED UP: Traffic was backed up on Bettis Academy    afternoon when a truck carrying hazardous chemicals and Ascauga Lake roads near Interstate 20 Sunday    caught on fire (See CHEMICAL, Page 10A) Perseverance Pays Off For Pageant Winner Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth MISS AIKEN COUNTY: Melanie Leigh Simmons, a student ar USO Aiken, was crowned Miss Aiken County at the pageant held Saturday night. By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer When Melanie Leigh Simmons finished as a second runner-up in last year’s Miss Aiken County pageant, she knew she’d have to try even harder this year. Perseverance and practice paid off for the USC Aiken student on Saturday night, when she walked away with the crown and began looking forward to a year of preparation to compete in next year’s Miss South Carolina pageant — a preliminary to the Miss America contest. “I never stopped training since last year,” a beaming Miss Simmons said as well-wishers streamed onstage to congratulate her after the pageant at Midland Valley High School. “She stuck it out,” Charles Simmons observed of his daughter. “I’ve never seen such a glow.” A piano student for nine years, she impressed the audience and five judges with an elaborate piano medley of “I’ve Got Rhythm” and “Rhapsody in Blue” by the legendary songsmith George Gershwin. Her touch on the keys ranged from delicate to thundering, as she captured the shifting moods of a favorite American jazz composer. Her piano teacher helped her craft the arrangement from an original Gershwin manuscript, Miss Simmons said. She practiced the Gershwin piece for three months beforehand, and said she’ll stick with piano as her talent entry as she prepares for the statewide event. The intensive training covers phases of competition from initial interviews through swimsuit, evening gown and talent segments. Miss Simmons, a freshman at USCA, said her long-term goal is to go into registered nursing. She said she hopes the year ahead won’t be too tiring, but will put aside other activities, if necessary, to save time and energy for pageant preparation. “It’s going to be the top priority.” She said she’ll learn by watching Tonya Smith, last year’s county pageant winner, compete in this summer’s Miss South Carolina pageant. (See PERSEVERANCE, Page 10A) ;

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