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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Coming Sunday Carl Langley begins a fourpart se ries on the Horse Creek Valley Sun day with a story detailing the early days of the Graniteville community Other stories in the series will deal with William Gregg the lower end of the Valley and a projection of future growth A Quick Read Positive Outlook Helps Fight Cancer PITTSBURGH AP A positive outlook on life appears to promote natural killer cell activity for fight ing disease in certain cancer patients as well as healthy individuals ac cording to studies presented today It doesnt seem to be so much whether one is exposed to stress or not but how people are reacting to similar types of stress said Dr Ronald Herberman director of the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and part of the research team If theyre not as well adjusted we have indication that it has health consequences In a separate study being present ed at a medical symposium at Johns Hopkins University they said healthy people with positive outlooks have higher natural killer cell activi ty than physically fit complainers The upbeat subjects suffered fewer colds and other viral infections Econ Teacher Raps Economics Lesson ATLANTA AP Ross Kapstein has been teaching long enough to know that kids arent exactly wild about learning economics so he de cided to present the dismal science with rap Kapstein a performer and manag er in the music business during his 18 years as a public school teacher wrote and recorded RUN GNP a rappin tribute to the joys of economics He also had some of his students at Martin Luther King Jr Middle School make a video version of the song Kapstein uses both as motiva tional tools to make economics less imposing to his students And you can dance to it I thought it was a good idea in this day and age when kids can rap and memorize pages and pages of enter tainment information why not do something educational to go along with it Kapstein said in a recent interview Weather Cooler Tomorrow Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 40 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunder storm The low will be in the upper 50s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a 20 percent chance of showers The weather will not be quite so warm with a high in the 70s Please see details on Page 4A Deaths Lewis E Connell Augusta Bessie N Kneece Aiken Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather Page 2A New Money Bill Ruffles GOP Feathers Page 1B Fees Could Be Costly For Cooke Cable Wednesday April 191989 First Phase Of New Jail To Begin V By CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer The Aiken County Council voted unani mously Tuesday night to begin Phase I of its plans to build a new county detention center at a cost of for the first phase Councilwoman LaWana H McKenzie made the motion that will allow Correc tional Concepts Inc of Columbia to act as a consultant for the planning design construction and financing of the deten tion center The current detention center is de signed to house 105 prisoners but in the past 18 months has consistently exceeded its capacity amount and held as many as 211 prisoners according to Lonnie Mc Carthy director of the detention center Since July 1987 the Judicial and Public Safety Committee of Council has re ceived presentations from several con sulting firms and Tuesday night the full Council endorsed Correctional Concepts Inc as its choice to address the problem of overcrowding in the jail The decision was based on the recommendation of the Judicial and Public Safety Committee The contract between the county and Correctional Concepts Inc for Phase I of the construction plans includes comple tion of a long term needs analysis for a new center and planning and review meetings with the Judicial and Public Safety Committee on a regular basis The Greer CLOSING DOWN A plan to close 86 domestic military bases has cleared Congress The plan also reduces the operations at five bases and alters the mission of 54 others Please see details on Page 2A Higher Drinking Age Cuts Accident Rate By DAVID REED Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA While recent studies show that alcoholrelated traffic acci dents among drivers age 1820 have dropped significantly since laws were passed to raise the minimum drinking age in South Carolina more can be done to reduce the number of crashes officials say The minimum drinking age for beer and wine was raised from 18 to 19 in mid 1984 to 20 six months later and to 21 in September 1986 The University of North Carolina High way Safety Research Center analyzed data from 1982 through 1987 and conclud ed that there was an overall reduction of 22 percent in alcoholrelated traffic acci dents among drivers age 1820 because of the increases in the minimum drinking age This proves that good legislation good public poli cy can save lives Jerry McCord The study released in January estimat ed that there were 868 fewer alcoholre lated crashes among the age group of which would have caused serious inju ry or death The study funded through a fed eral grant and administered by Gov Car roll Campbells office based the conclu sion on previous accident trends The state Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in a study on the same topic released Tuesday concluded that alco holrelated traffic accidents were re duced by 17 percent among drivers age 1820 because of the increases in the mini mum drinking age This proves that good legislation good public policy can save lives said Jerry McCord director of the South Car olina Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse While there was an improvement there is a long way to go said commis sion policy director Dennis Nalty who added that the teenage drivers continue to drink and drive and are as an age group still involved in twice as many traffic accidents as the statewide average Alcohol is the number one killer of our youth Nalty said The University of North Carolina study recommended as did McCord that the South Carolina General Assembly pass See HIGHER Page 12A Lucille Ball Recovering From Heart Surgery By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES Lucille Ball the zany redheaded queen of comedy was in guarded condition today after seven hours of emergency highrisk cardiac surgery during which she received heart tissue donated from a 27yearold man The 77yearold co median suffered a heart attack at her fashionable Beverly Hills home Tuesday and arrived at Cedars Sinai Medical Center with her husband Gary Morton She came out of the surgery OK said Ron Wise the hospitals spokesman Miss Ball suffered a tear in her aorta the main artery in the body said her sur geon Dr Robert Kass During the operation her heart was stopped for two hours said Kass With the heart stopped blood was pumped through her body by a machine as Kass replaced part of her aorta and aortic valve The donor was a 27yearold man Kass said No other details were released about the donor Miss Ball was listed as guarded after the highrisk procedure with a fairly substantial mortality rate the surgeon said The fact that she came through this leaves me optimistic Kass told report ers late Tuesday The major risk is in the operating room at least initially Miss Ball probably will be in intensive care for several days and remain hospi talized for weeks Wise said As word of Miss Balls heart attack spread the hospitals switchboards were jammed with calls from wellwishers and news organizations around the world Wise said that flowers also were arriving Miss Ball who has been in ill health in recent years and suffered a mild heart attack May 11 was conscious when she arrived at the hospital She complained of moderate chest pains and shortness of breath I told her the nature of the condition she had that it was lifethreatening and that we had to operate immediately Kass said Her last public appearance was intro ducing a production number with Bob Hope at the March 29 Oscar presenta tions Wearing a slit skirt she appeared to be in good health and giggled through out a brief routine Lucille Ball is one of the most wonder ful women I have ever known Hope said Tuesday night Im shocked especially since we worked together so recently at the Acade my Awards and she was so full of energy Theres only one Lucy You dont meet many people like her Like the rest of the world Dolores and I are praying every thing will be all right he said of his wife Miss Ball and her late former husband Desi Arnaz starred in I Love Lucy one of the most popular TV shows of all tune from 1951 to 1957 The show is still seen around the world in syndicated reruns In 1950 Miss Ball and Arnaz started their own production company Desilu on a shoestring budget of The Ar nazes were divorced in 1960 and two years later Arnaz sold his share of the studio to Miss Ball for million In 1967 she sold the company for million The Arnazes had two children Lucie and Desi Jr Miss Ball married nightclub comedian Morton in 1961 He became her executive producer In 1962 she starred in The Lucy Show which became Heres Lucy in 1968 and went off the air in 1974 See LUCILLE Page 12 A contract also states that the company must provide Council with a conceptual design and site plan for the jail facility as well as a construction schedule and cost estimate The contract also stipulates that Phase I include recommendations from the con sulting firm on private financing such as a leasepurchase agreement and infor mation about the availability of state and See FIRST Page 12A Panel Urges Alternative To Reactor By LES BLUMENTHAL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON An elite panel of sci entists recommended that the Depart ment of Energy consider a linear acceler ator to produce tritium a key ingredient of nuclear warheads rather than build ing new nuclear reactors The report from the secretive Jason Program Office of the Mitre Corp a pri vate think tank was among documents released this week by the department as part of a Freedom of Information Act re quest filed by The Associated Press Secretary of Energy James Watkins has ordered a review of the Energy De partments decisions on future tritium production Chris Sankey a department spokeswoman said Tuesday But based on the information we have to date the consensus is the accelera tor technology is not mature enough Ms Sankey said Our position hasnt changed the accelerator is an option we are considering for contingency pur poses only The Jason report said the accelerator deserves the most serious consideration as an alternative or supplement to a new production The report by the group made up of highly respected scientists was submit ted to the Energy Department in late January about a week after researchers from the Los Alamos and Brookhaven na tional laboratories and the Westinghouse Hanford Co told the Jason group an ac celerator could be a cheaper safer and quicker way to produce tritium See PANEL Page 12A Hearings Continue In Columbia From Staff Reports A wellknown scientist who advo cates a cutoff of weaponsgrade triti um production will present his views in advance of a hearing on the Savan nah River Site nuclear reactors on Thursday hi Columbia David Albright senior staff scien tist at the Federation of American Scientists has called a news confer ence for 8 am Thursday at the Sher aton Columbia NW 2100 Bush River Road at Interstate 20 A Department of Energy scop ing hearing on SRS reactors the na tions sole source of tritium starts at 9 am at the hotel A night session will start at 7pm The DOE is holding the hearings to gather public comment on what points should be covered in an envi ronmental impact statement it is preparing on the continuing opera tion of the reactors Department officials held the first hearing Monday in Savannah and plan the final one for Friday April 28 in Aiken The reactors have been shut down since last summer for wideranging improvements to their management and equipment Restarts could begin early next year but environmentalists and dis armament groups say the reactors should remain closed because See HEARINGS Page 12A   

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