Aiken Standard, April 18, 1989

Aiken Standard

April 18, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 18, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Page 2A Prison Helicopter Escape Foiled Mekonnen Wins Boston Marathon Page A A Quick Read South Carolina Farmer Goes Batty Over Bugs FORT MILL (AP) - Jim Kluttz got in on the groundfloor of the beneficial bug business on the East Coast. His company, The Beneficial Insect Co., sells beneficial insects, or bugs which prey on other bugs that are responsible for eating crops. “Most people are fascinated and interested and think I’m doing something worthwhile,” said the 47-year-old Kluttz. “What I got into this for was to make a contribution.” Growers have used beneficial insects for centuries to control plant damage. Their use has multiplied in recent years as farmers have searched for alternatives to insecticides and pesticides. Hose Of Laser Light To Link U.S., Japan NEW YORK (AP) - The first fiber-optic cable across tile Pacific Ocean is no bigger than a garden hose but stretches 8,271 miles and is designed to tie the United States and Japan together more tightly than ever before. The cable was scheduled to begin service today. Instead of driving a golden spike, the builders of the $700 million cable were to mark its completion with a televised news conference between Japan and the boardroom of the New York Stock Exchange. The cable runs from California, through Hawaii, splitting in the western Pacific into legs that travel to Guam and Japan. Pacific link will vastly increase the capacity for communication across the Pacific, which is sometimes called the ocean of America’s future. “To the extent that this brings us closer to the Japanese and makes possible increasing trade to Japan, this is a very significant cable,” Rick Wallerstein, a spokesman for American Telephone & Telegraph Co., said Monday. Weather Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the low 50s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday with a 20 percent chance of thundershowers. The high will be in the 80s. Please see details on Page TOA. Deaths Annie V. Boatner, Aiken Dr. Seymour Gelfant, Augusta Ruth S. Gosnell, Aiken Lelia A. Moore, New Ellenton Joseph H. Reames, North Augusta Please see details on Page 10A. Inside Today Bridge..............................................7B Calendar...........................................2B Classifieds........................................5B Comics.............................................2B Crossword  .......|..v................  8B Cryptoquote......................................6B Dear Abby.........................................2B Local Front ....................  1B Obituaries................    10A Opinions...........................................4A Sports...............................................7    A Television.........................................2B Weather..........................................10A Page IB Helicopter Crashes At SRS - > I- ' .Winn »Lyi Tuesday, April 18, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 93 SRS Critics Dismayed By Study By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer SAVANNAH, Ga. — Critics of the Savannah River Site voiced dismay Monday that the site’s idled nuclear reactors could be restarted before a study of the reactors’ environmental impact is completed. The Department of Energy held the first of three regional hearings here to gather public comment on what should be included in an “environmental impact statement” on the site’s reactors. The DOE-prepared study will be the New Vice President first comprehensive environmental assessment of all three of the plant’s operable nuclear reactors. But department officials say they won’t make completion of the study a precondition to restarting the facilities, which have been shut down since last summer for upgrades to management and equipment. The next hearing is Thursday in Columbia, and the third one Friday, April 28, will be held in Aiken. DOE has announced no reactor restart schedule yet, but officials in Washington have said they hope to restart one of the reactors early in 1990. That could put it months before the EIS, due out in final form in September of ’90. The scenario upsets some residents in and near this historic port city, located about IOO miles downriver from the Ai-ken-area weapons plant. A total of 37 plant opponents — versus only three pro-SRS speakers — took turns at the microphone, arguing that safety concerns about 1950s-era reactor components and nuclear waste should necessitate completing the EIS before any re starts. Three environmental groups have filed suit in an effort to force that precondition. “As someone living downstream, I’m extremely concerned about reactor safety,” said Deborah Kearney, a self-employed psychologist living on nearby Tybee Island. Ms. Kearney called it “patronizing” for the DOE to consider restart before the study has fully explored risks to groundwater and wildlife. (See SRS, Page 12A) Staff Photo By Scott Webster FULL OF IDEAS: Charles Snook, the new executive vice president of the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, has several ideas for strengthening the chamber. Please see story on Page 1B. School Board Seeks Increase In Millage Rate By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer The Aiken County Board of Education asked for a 6.5 mill tax increase from the Aiken County Legislative Delegation Monday night in a presentation of the school district’s 1989-90 preliminary budget. If the school board’s $60 million budget and two lists of additional items totaling $5 million are accepted, the millage rate would increase from last year’s 84 mills to 90.5 mills. The “estimated value” of a mill is $229,930, according to the budget report. The delegation took no action on the preliminary budget and additional proposals, but said that it would decide in May whether to increase the 84 mills it designated for the school district last year. The “exact value” of a mill has not been determined for the next school year. To meet the total expenditures for the 1989-90 school year according to the base budget, the school district would need at least 68.7 mills, which would require no tax increase. The two additional lists of 20 proposed items for program improvements in 1989-90 would increase the millage rate by 21.8, pushing the rate to 90.5 mills and increasing taxes. For (See SCHOOL, Page 12A) Critics Don't Think Bush's Textile Strategy Will Work By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON - The Bush administration strategy for persuading textile-exporting countries to open their markets to U.S. textiles and fiber will not work, say critics of a proposal outlined last week by White House officials. The chief U.S.textile negotiator, Ronald J. Sorini, describing the plan for a new general trade agreement in the socalled Uruguay Round of trade talks, said he would try to persuade textile-ex-porting nations in Geneva next month that mutual reduction of barriers is in everyone’s best interest. “We would like to go out and crack the barriers, open markets, and would like to see more U.S. companies exporting,” Sorini said. Increased exports may be the “salvation” of the American textile and apparel industry, he said. But Jim Connors, president of the American Yarn Spinners Association said the reduction of barriers and the “export-to-survive” strategy suggested by the Bush administration will never work. “We simply cannot export our way out of the import problem — it is just not going to happen,” Connors said. Last year, Connors helped found a fiber-exporting company which markets the products of 37 American firms abroad. He said he was proud the company was in the black this year, but cited trade disadvantages faced by American companies when they try to sell in the (See CRITICS, Page 12A) Education Woes Threaten U.S. Economy, Report Says By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Failure to improve the U.S. educational system could saddle America’s economy with “enormous long-term costs,” the congressional Joint Economic Committee said today in its first bipartisan report since 1980. America is falling behind the rest of the world in promoting literacy and job skills even though it already spends more money per student than any other country in the world, the committee said. While the panel did not break any new ground in recommending solutions to education problems or others facing the economy, it was able for the first time in nine years to issue a bipartisan report, supported by both Democrats and Republicans on the 20-member c< mmittee. During the Reagan years, the panel of senators and House members became a battleground of warring economic ideologies with Democrats and Republicans unable to reach any common ground. Members of the panel gave credit for the show of unity to Rep. Lee Hamilton, the new chairman of the committee. Hamilton had pushed hard for a joint report as the proper congressional response to President Bush’s calls for a bipartisan effort to address the huge federal budget deficit and the country’s other economic problems. Hamilton, D-Ind., said members of the committee agreed that the most crucial thing Congress and the administration need to do is address the federal budget deficit. (See EDUCATION, Page 12A) Consumer Prices Rise 0.5 Percent In March By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Consumer prices jumped 0.5 percent in March, propelled by higher costs for food, energy and apparel, and helped produce the largest quarterly increase in two years, the government reported today. Last month’s climb in the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index followed advances of 0.6 percent in January and 0.4 percent in February. Overall, consumer prices in the past three months rose at a compound annual rate of 6.1 percent. It was the largest quarterly increase since the first three months of 1987, when prices rose 6.3 percent on an annual basis, and was significantly higher than the annual consumer price rises of 4.4 percent registered for each of the past two years. Price increases have been even steeper at the wholesale level, where inflation ran at a compound annual rate of 10.2 percent in the January-March period, the largest quarterly increase in eight years. Daniel T. Van Dyke, senior economist at Bank of America in San Francisco, said in advance of today’s report that while price rises have moderated some since the start of the year, “we still have a problem” with the pace of inflation. “We’re in a period where the inflation rate seems to be hanging around 5 to 5.5 percent,” Van Dyke said. “That is too high for any long-run kind of equilibrium and I don’t think that’s what the Federal Reserve has in mind either.” Food costs last month rose twice as much as they did during the previous month, up 0.8 percent in March after advancing 0.4 percent in February. Energy costs, meanwhile, registered their sharpest increase since August 1987 last month, advancing 1.1 percent after rising 0.6 percent in February. The boost in petroleum-based energy prices, up at a 22.4 percent annual rate so far this year, accounted for more than two-fifths of the price acceleration during the first quarter, the Labor Department said. Rising food prices were responsible for nearly one-quarter of the price increases during the quarter, it said. Excluding those two volatile categories, other consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in March, the same pace as in February. The March figures left the overall Consumer Price Index at 122.3 percent of its 1982-84 base, meaning that a hypothetical selection of goods costing $100 during the base period would have cost $122.30 in March, 70 cents more than in February. The overall index, unlike other figures in the report, is not adjusted to remove the effect on prices of seasonal fluctuations. Bruce Steinberg, senior economist at Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York, said before today’s report that the nation is in for “a string of unpleasant inflation numbers for awhile.” He said that in addition to higher costs for food and energy, rising prices for materials and wages are contributing to inflation. Source U S Dept of Labor ;

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