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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Coming Sunday Aiken native Leon Lett has made a name for himself at the Richland County Sheriffs Department with his narcotics unit He was recently named the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 1989 Stephanie WarneckeAdams has the story in the Sunday Magazine The first round of the NFL draft will be staged Sunday For uptodate information about who will take whom in the draft read the Aiken Standards Sunday sports section s Baseball cards and comic books have turned from a hobby into a busi ness for Donnie Asbill and JJ Engle Philip Lord takes a look at the enter prise in the Aiken Standard Sunday business section A Quick Read Rat Hair Insect Parts OK in Moderation WASHINGTON AP Insect parts rodent hairs and maggots dont sound appetizing but when tossed with a salad churned up in tomato sauce or baked in bread theyre not bad at all the govern ment says The Food and Drag Administration says that though vermin and their residues are aesthetically unpleas ing within prescribed limits they are harmless natural and unavoid able in food According to the manual it is not possible and never has been possi ble to grow in open fields harvest and process crops that are totally free of natural defects Baseball Fans Balk At Mustard Switch CLEVELAND AP Through good years and bad years Cleveland Indians baseball fans have always had one thing they could count on Cleveland Stadiums Famous Bert man Bah1 Park Mustard until now The Indians cut the mustard from the menu this spring prompting dis may from fans who have been defy ing chilly breezes off Lake Erie to see the home team But stomach grumbles apparently outweigh discontent Laverne Schmotzer general man ager for Service America the con cessionaire at the stadium say fans this year have been eating about 1 hot dogs apiece per game the same as usual Weather High To Be In 80s Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 40s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Saturday with a high in the 80s Please see details on Page6A Deaths Lula Blanchard Aiken Isiah Bussey Windsor Barbara P Cain New Ellenton Paul T Evans New Ellenton Euia 8 Myers Augusta Charlotte S Ross Williston Paige B Sawyer Charleston Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge5C Calendar10C Classifieds2C Comics6B Crossword6C Cryptoquote4C Dear Abby6B Local Front18 Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports7A Television6B Weather6A Schools Advised To Check Radon Levels Panel Delays Mobile Home Ordinance Friday April 211989 Aiken South Carolina Bill Would Halt Plutonium Work By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer COLUMBIA A bill headed for Con gress would prohibit the Savannah River Site from resuming production of weap onsgrade plutonium if the Soviet Union honors its own production ban the bills supporters said Thursday David G Albright a senior staff scien tist with the antiarms Federation of American Scientists endorsed the pro posed Plutonium Control Act as a timely way to promote superpower nuclear arms reductions Albright was among dozens of speakers at a public hearing who urged the govern ment to complete a full environmental study before restarting Savannah River reactors used to make plutonium and tri tium another weapons component The Department of Energy is holding scoping hearings to allow the public to comment on what points should be in cluded in an environmental impact statement its preparing on the sites three operable reactors The facilities have been shut down nearly a year for management and equipment upgrades The legislation Albright supports would reduce the reactors workload upon restart Speakers who attacked the safety use fulness or morality of SRS activities See BILL Page 10A Ship Search Goes On As Families Grieve By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Investigators aboard the USS Iowa searched for clues to the cause of a fiery explosion that claimed the lives of 47 sailors as the dam aged battleship headed home and grief stricken families dealt with the loss of their loved ones Officials refused to speculate publicly on what caused the worst disaster to strike a Navy ship in more than a decade a blast that ripped through the Iowas No 2 gun turret during naval exercises Wednesday in the Atlantic north of Puer to Rico Although naval gunnery experts combed the vessel Thursday their task was complicated by the absence of survi vors from the swiveling gun housing where the explosion occurred Eleven men escaped from powder magazines lo cated deep within the ship at the base of the turret We have no eyewitnesses to what ac tually transpired Defense Secretary Dick Cheney told reporters as he re turned to Washington from a NATO meeting in Brussels The Navy imposed a moratorium on firing 16inch guns found on the Iowa and its three sister battleships the New Jer sey the Wisconsin and the Missouri pending an investigation of the disaster Adm Richard D Milligan a former commander of the New Jersey began the board of inquirys investigation and Pen tagon spokesman Fred Hoffman said he could not predict when the investigation would be completed See SHIP Page IDA North Case Goes To Jury AP Laserphoto BODIES RETURN Military pallbearers carry one of the 47 bodies flown into Dover Air Force Base from the USS Iowa Thursday By The Associated Press WASHINGTON A jury headed by a 34yearold clerical worker deliberates Oliver Norths fate today after a judge sharply limited the fired White House aides defense that he was only following orders in the IranContra affair The jury foreman Denise Anderson presides over a group of nine women and three men chosen for their task 2 months ago because they were among the few Americans who hadnt watched read or heard anything substantial about Norths televised testimony in 1987 Ms Anderson a hospital employee was picked for the jury after telling law yers I dont like the news In two hours of instructions Thursday the 12 jurors were told to consider only in a narrowly defined context Norths asser tion that all his actions were directed by higherups including President Reagan Authorization requires clear direct instructions to act at a given tune in a given way said US District Judge Ger hard A Gesell It must be specific not simply a gen eral admonition or vague expression of preference Gesell said neither the president nor Norths bosses had the legal authority to order anyone to violate the law At the same time the judge encour aged the jury to consider the atmosphere See NORTH Page IDA Suspected Rebels Kill Decorated US Army Officer By The Associated Press MANILA Philippines Suspected Communist rebels firing from a speeding car killed an American Army officer and former Vietnam prisoner of war today as he headed to work officials said Col James N Rowe 51 of McAllen Texas was shot in the head when at least two hooded assailants pulled up in an auto alongside Rowes car and shot him near his office at a military compound in suburban Quezon City the officials said Col Victor Tiangco of the Philippine militarys Capital Region Command said Rowes driver Joaquin Vinuya was wounded in the 7 am ambush but was not seriously injured Tiangco said Rowe a West Point grad uate was chief of the army division at the Joint US Military Advisory Group which provides training and logistical support for the Filipine armed forces President Corazon Aquino said the Philippine military would increase secu rity around the six US military installa tions in the wake of the attack Rowe was held prisoner in a cage in the jungles of Vietnam by the Viet Cong from October 1963 until he escaped on New Years Eve 1968 He wrote a book about the ordeal titled Five Years to Freedom After five years I was out of the for est of darkness Rowe recalled after he gained bis freedom I could see the hori zon and the world seemed immense Police said a driver and at least two gunmen were in the assailants car One gunman hao an M16 rifle and another a 45caliber pistol they said Toto Austria a cashier at a gasoline station said he heard shots and turned to see a white car pull alongside Rowes sil vergray vehicle As the cars turned along a traffic cir cle Austria said he saw at least one gun man fire from a window He said there was more gunfire before the assailants car made a Uturn and sped away See SUSPECTED Page 10A Hollings Tops List Of Honoraria Earners By The Associated Press WASHINGTON A spokesman for Sen Ernest Hollings says it is the South Carolina Democrats strong speaking qualities that gave him a higher amount of honoraria than any other person in the US chamber from 1984 to 1987 According to a report issued by Public Citizen a nonprofit national consumer and environmental advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader in 1971 Hollings received and kept during the fouryear period These contributions which go directly into the pockets of our nations lawmak ers amount to nothing more than legal ized bribery Peter Meryash of Public Citizen told the Washington bureau of The News Courier of Charleston But John Patterson a spokesman for Hollings who is also chairman of the Sen ate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation says Rollings is a popular lecturer The senator is one of the most sought These contributions which go directly into the pockets of our nations law makers amount to nothing more than legalized bribery Peter Meryash after speakers in the United States Sen ate Patterson said Several times Washingtonian magazine has named him the best speaker in the Senate and hes proud of that Patterson said Rollings speaking en gagements never cause him to miss votes that Hollings does not charge to address groups from South Carolina that he speaks on his own time and that most of his earnings are donated to chari ties in the state Rollings was followed in the Public Cit izen study by Sen Richard Lugar RInd who took in Sen Orrin Hatch R Utah with Sen Robert Dole R Kan with and Sen Patrick Moynihan DNY with South Carolinas other senator Repub lican Strom Thurmond was not among the top 20 recipients of speaking and writ ing fees or honoraria Thurmond re ceived over the fouryear period according to the report Senate rules allow members to earn up to 40 percent of their salaries or in honoraria payments each year Public Citizen said lawmakers such as Hollings who exceed that amount reap public relations benefits by donating the remainder to charity And most charity donations are tax deductible The practice of accepting honoraria has become controversial in recent years because industries who pay the fees fre quently have a financial interest in legis lation before Congress See HOLLINGS Page IDA 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   

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