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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Ford Addresses Aiken IPTAY Club Page 7A A Quick Read Inmates Say Escape Try Was Worth It HUNTSVILLE Texas AP Two death row inmates constructed dum mies squeezed through a small air vent and were sawing their way out of prison when they were caught but they say the two hours of freedom were worth it You cant blame a guy for try ing says James Paster He made the comment in an inter view Wednesday a week after he and cellmate Noble Mays wiggled out their cell and into a utility corri dor where they tried to saw through a ceiling exhaust fan Said Paster I felt like I was do ing something for myself instead of waiting for relief from the very peo ple who had sent me here Mays added You just try to work as fast as you can and as quiet as you can I wasnt out to hurt anybody Paster 44 a former lounge singer and Elvis Presley impersonator is awaiting death for a 1980 contract killing in Houston Mays 35 was sen tenced to die for a 1979 robbery and stabbing death in Wichita Falls Tight Security Marks Hitlers Birthday BRAUNAU Austria AP Police helicopters buzzed overhead and doz ens of officers patrolled the streets of this border town to prevent unrest on the eve of the 100th birthday of its most infamous son Adolf Hitler Authorities in Braunau seemed de termined to prevent any repeat of the clashes between neoNazi groups and leftwing opponents that marked Hit lers 90th birthday Hitler was born in a twostory house on April 201889 and spent the first three years of his life in Braunau just miles from the West German border By Wednesday morning metal barriers sealed off the Hitler House and dozens of police cars blocked the street where the building now a nursery for handicapped children stands Many stores closed by noon and at least two shops boarded their front windows Weather Cloudy Skies Considerable cloudiness is forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of a shower and a low in the 50s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Friday with a high in the upper 70s Please see details on Page 11A Deaths Lisa P Bradley Margate Ra Charles H Gofer Louisville Ga Charles W Keaton Olathe Kan Ervin Kneece Gloverville Leoris L Maddox Oxnard Calif Rachel J Polk Augusta James W Price Gaffney Clyde C Rhoden Langley Please see details on Page 11 A Inside Today Bridge48 Calendar2B Classifieds2B Comics10A Crossword5B Cryptoquote3B DearAbby10A Local Front1B Obituaries11A Opinions4A Sports7A Television10A Weather11A Page 2 A SC SchoolForDriving Bill Stalled Sales Tax Bill In State House USS Iowa Steaming Toward Puerto Rico By The Associated Press NORFOLK Va The battleship USS Iowa ripped by a gun turret explosion that killed 47 sailors today steamed to ward Puerto Rico and an investigation into the worst naval disaster in more than a decade Navy officials said the bodies will be taken off the ship when it reaches Roose velt Roads a Navy base in Puerto Rico Theyll be flown to a military mortuary in Dover Del Lt Russell A Grier an Atlantic Fleet spokesman in Norfolk where the Iowa is based said the ship reported no serious injuries to any other crewmen The Pentagon today put the death toll at 47 and said other crew members were accounted for Earlier spokesmen had said the death toll could be higher Ten to 12 crew members suffered mi nor injuries Most of these were in the firefighting party Pentagon spokesman Fred Hoffman said at a briefing this morning Most of these who have been hurt have been treated on board ship The explosion occurred during a gun nery exercise at am Wednesday while the 46yearold ship was on maneu vers about 330 miles northeast of Puerto Rico The explosion and fire were in the sec ond of the two forward turrets at the loading position of the middle gun in the threegun turret said Bruce Mason a Navy spokesman at the Pentagon Hoffman said an investigation into the circumstances of the incident has al ready begun and will be lead led by Rear Adm Richard D Milligan commander of Cruiser Destroyer Group 2 and a for mer commanding officer of the battle ship USS New Jersey In Norfolk about 200 relatives of the 1600 crewmen aboard the Iowa spent the night at a Norfolk Naval Station gym where they had gathered Wednesday out of sight of reporters Navy policy re quires that families of dead or injured sailors be notified before any list of vic tims is released There are those who are really strug gling and those who are really stoic Navy Chaplain Barry Brimhall Right now for some of these families they would rather have bad news than no news at all In Temple Texas Lorene Barren said all she could do was pray for her son Monte Barron and hope she would hear from the Navy by telephone They told me if he was among the deceased they would personally visit us Mrs Barren said But I believe ev erythings going to be OK And Im pray ing for all the mothers who are waiting just like I am Daffodil Da Staff Photo By Scott Webster SPRING FLOWERS Downtown Aiken merchants Anne Smith left of Four Generations Marilyn Brown of Plurn Pudding Len Browder of Woodruff Drug and Aiken Drug and Duncan McDowell of Plum Pudding show off some Daffodil Days blossoms The daffodils were sold as a project of the American Cancer Society MTI Lawsuit Agreement Reached Document Shows By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer An agreement on a lawsuit has been reached between stockholders and offi cers of an Aikenbased medical technol ogy company The agreement allows the officers and its stockholders six months to supply and review financial and corpo rate records according to a court order Stockholders of MedTrade Interna tional Inc filed a lawsuit against the own ers and operators of the company in March for access to corporate records The stockholders filed the complaint un der allegations of false signatures mis representation issuance of invalid stock certificates and comingling of corporate and personal funds by the owners and operators of MTI according to court documents The owners and operators of the com pany Harold D House and Deborah S House responded to the lawsuit denying the allegations by the stockholders ac cording to court documents Court records show that the stockhold ers who filed the complaint against the MedTrade Facing More SuitsPage 1B Houses and MTI and who collectively own 33 percent of the stock in MTI in clude Walter F OConnell Dr Allan M McKelvie Helen McKelvie Robert E Al exander Leslie Alexander Dr John G Gleichauf Thomas Hallman Susan Hall man and Dr Melvin E Clouse The stockholders filed the complaint at the Aiken County Judicial Center on March 3 requesting access to corporate and financial records since March 1987 in order to determine the status and value of MTI and the status and use of its as sets according to court documents A consent order filed on April 11 states that the Houses are to issue proper and valid stock certificates and to grant the stockholders access to all corporate documents Court records show that the agreement also involves providing for an interim re organization of the business of MTI the See MTI Page 12A Instructions For Jury Critical In North Trial By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Todays jury in structions in the Oliver North trial could be critical in determining whether he avoids conviction by arguing that he was simply following orders in the IranCon tra coverup The jury of nine women and three men will be kept in isolation to deliberate Norths fate after US District Judge Gerhard A Gesell completes instructions on the 12 criminal charges against the former White House aide In final arguments to the jury Wednes day defense lawyer Brendan Sullivan de clared that the government has not shown criminal behavior by North con cluding I ask you to set him free But prosecutor John Keker said North has refused to acknowledge that he did anything wrong even though he openly admits lying to Congress and shredding evidence Its time for you to do it for him Keker told the jurors Gesells jury instructions regarding criminal intent could determine whether Norths defense stands or falls Defense lawyers asked the judge to include sever al instructions favorable to North includ ing that following orders in good faith negates criminal intent Sullivan told the jury that President Reagan used North as a sacrificial lamb when he fired the National Securi ty Council aide on Nov 251986 The president was using Ollie North as a scapegoat and threw him overboard to escape some political heat the de fense lawyer said See INSTRUCTIONS Page 12A Warrick Stepping Down As USCA Baseball Coach By DANIEL GARNETT Staff Sports Writer After a long and successful career as USC Aikens head baseball coach Randy Warrick announced Wednesday his resig nation from coaching effective at the end of the current season Warrick who has been affiliated with USCA for 11 years is stepping down to be come the schools full time athletic director For the past five years Warrick has been splitting Ms time between his baseball coaching and AD duties Our school and ath letic department are WARRICK continuing to grow Warrick said There was a defi nite need for a fulltime athletic director Being a head coach demands a full amount of time It was getting to the point where I felt I wasnt giving the baseball players the time they deserve People just dont understand how much goes into coaching Warrick said Theres recruiting public relations counseling fund raising and things like that There are so many things nonbase ball related that you have to do Warrick who will coach the team through the remainder of this seasons games said he wanted to make the an nouncement now while the team was still on a high note Were playing good now Warrick said This way it the announcement will be behind us by the time the playoffs get here and we can just concentrate on winning Warrick is certainly no stranger to the concept of winning See WARRICK Page 8A Savings And Loan Rescue Plan Approved For Bush By Senate By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Senators threat ened with a disrupted vacation over whelmingly adopted President Bushs savings and loan rescue after bowing to a lastminute plea to strengthen a key reform Dwarfing all other government bai louts the plan approved Wednesday would provide at least billion over the next decade most of it from tax payers to close or merge 350 failed thrift institutions and make good on gov ernment pledges in the rescue of 200 oth ers last year It would also reorganize the regula tory bureaucracy provide million a year for the Justice Department to pur sue fraud in and enact other re forms chief among them a requirement that thrift owners back their lending with more of their own capital The ultimate passage of the bill was never in doubt but Sen Howard M Metzenbaum DOhio was threatening to prolong debate which began Monday into the weekend unless senators agreed to tougher capital requirements Sen Donald W Riegle Jr DMich chairman of the Senate Banking Com mittee and Sen Jake Gam of Utah the panels senior Republican had been re sisting amendments arguing that the package put together privately by the committee and endorsed by a 210 vote last week was too delicately balanced to withstand many changes without crumbling But only five minutes before the scheduled start of an 11day recess Metzenbaum succeeded in wresting con cessions that allowed senators to adopt the bill 918 and leave town until May 1 The committees bill had doubled capi tal standards requiring owners to come up with for every in lend ing compared with the current require ment of However it provided a big loophole for about a third of the nations 3000 by allowing an accounting item known as good will to be counted as capital for the next 25 years   

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