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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 17, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Stewart Sets Heritage Record Page 7A A Quick Read Scandal Tours Are Popular With Tourists WASHINGTON AP Leave the kids at home skip the Lincoln Memo rial 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 Harts old townhouse With a George Bush impersonator acting as host the 75minute bus tour leaving on weekends from the posh RitzCarlton 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 land marks where some of Washingtons most prominent residents fell prey to sex booze greed or lust for power Mostly sex Mickey Mouse Club fs Bock 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 songanddance number And Josh Tiffini Lindsey Albert and the gang get the studio jumping with a rapanddisco blend of MICKEYMOUSE The Mickey Mouse Club is back And although its style has been up dated the people at Walt Disney say its 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 Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Lewis Grizzard Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5B 6B 4B 2B 5A 1B 6A 4A 7A 2B 6A Stadium Crash Investigations Open Assault Weapons Hard To Find AIKEN COUNTY PUfcjUC 435 NEWBERRY ST c 2 Monday April 17 1989 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 ac cording to a written statement by Rep Julian Dixon rCalif its chairman The charges and an accompanying re port by Richard Phelan the attorney who conducted the committees investigation could jeopardize Wrights future as speaker It represents a determination by the committee that in 69 instances there is reason to believe that Rep Wright violat ed the code of official conduct and other House rules which apply to him as a member of Congress Dixon said The committee determined that appar ent 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 impro priety which is the hallmark of the House gift rule Dixon said The committee said the in gifts included free or cutrate use of a condo minium in Fort Worth an salary paid Wrights wife Betty and free use of a car According to Dixons statement the committee also chrged that Wright skirt ed House limits on speaking fees by mak ing bulk sales of his book Reflections of a Public Man In the committees view seven bulk sales of the Rep Wrights book demon strated an overall scheme to evade the House outside earned income limit be cause speaking honorarium payments were recharacterized as royalties The panel formally known as the Com mittee on Standards of Official Conduct cleared Wright of several accusations filed against him last year when the in quiry began inclding alleged use of a staff member to write the book improper use of campaign funds and improper lob bying on behalf of constituents See REPORT Page 10A Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth 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 Chemical Leak Halts Traffic By STEPHANIE WARNECKEADAMS Staff Writer Emergency personnel were on the scene of a chemical leak on Interstate 20 Sunday until 2 am 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 SC Highway Patrol A sevenmile stretch of 120 between Graniteville and Belvedere was closed until 7 pm backing traffic up into the evening See CHEMICAL Page 10A 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 wait ing until the last minute to file But the agency expects to receive 18 million re turns 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 Patriots Day a legal See LATE Page 10A Poll Ban Wont Stop Abortion By The Associated Press NEW YORK Americans overwhelm ingly believe that outlawing abortion would do little to curtail it and half want the operation to remain legal and unre stricted in early pregnancies a poll has found Up to 65 percent of the 1108 adults questioned in the Media GeneralAssoci ated Press poll supported legalized abor tion in other contexts The poll also found broad opposition to Operation Rescue whose members have been blocking entrances to abortion clin ics around the country With the US Supreme Court poised to reconsider its 1973 Roe vs Wade decision See POLL Page 10 A Perseverance Pays Off For Pageant Winner Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth MISS AIKEN COUNTY Melanie Leigh Simmons a suclnt r USC Aikon was crowned Miss Aiken County at the pageant held Saturday ByBRADSWOPE Staff Writer When Melanie Leigh Simmons fin ished as a second runnerup in last years Miss Aiken County pageant she knew shed 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 years Miss South Carolina pageant a preliminary to the Miss America contest I never stopped training since last year a beaming Miss Simmons said as wellwishers streamed onstage to congratulate her after the pageant at Midland Valley High School She stuck it out Charles Simmons observed of his daughter Ive never seen such a glow A piano student for nine years she impressed the audience and five judges with an elaborate piano medley of Ive Got Rhythm and Rhapsody in Blue by the legendary songsmith George Gershwin Her touch on the keys ranged from delicate to thundering as she cap tured 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 shell stick with piano as her talent entry as she prepares for the state wide event The intensive training cov ers phases of competition from initial interviews through swimsuit evening gown and talent segments Miss Simmons a freshman at USCA said her longterm goal is to go into registered nursing She said she hopes the year ahead wont be too tiring but will put aside other activities if necessary to save time and energy for pageant preparation Its going to be the top priority She said shell learn by watching Tonya Smith last years county pag eant winner compete in this sum mers Miss South Carolina pageant See PERSEVERANCE Page 10A
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