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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                I Inside Lucille Balls Legacy Eternal Page 5B A Quick Read Sushi Worm Startles Doctors In Surgery BOSTON AP As he was finish ing an emergency appendectomy Dr James W Turner noticed what he throught was a stray thread on the surgical drapes Then it wiggled The thread was actually a 2inch long skinny red worm slithering out of the patients incision It was a fish worm inadvertently eaten by the pa tient in sushi the night before The incident is an uncomfortable reminder of the potential danger of eating raw fish noted Dr Peter M Schantz of the US Centers for Dis ease Control in Atlanta Judge AIDS Child May Attend School TAMPA Fla AP A retarded AIDSstricken 7yearold girl has been allowed to sit in a classroom without staying in an isolation booth for the first time in her life US District Judge Elizabeth A Kovachevich on Wednesday cleared the way for Eliana Martinez to at tend Manhattan Exceptional Center today The child whos been taught at home since June 1987 was once told she could attend class on the condi tion she remained isolated inside a glass booth Weather Skies Turn Cloudy Fair skies are forecast tonight and partly cloudy skies Friday with a chance of showers The low will be near 60 with a high in the lower 90s Please see details on Page 3B W Germany Urges Missile Reduction Page IB Langley Teen Dies In OneCar Wreck Deaths Marion E Barton Stiefeltown Maude Blackwell Graniteville Francis M Boswell Augusta Marie G Brown Augusta Mrs WE Davis New Ellenton Marshall W Duke Aiken Williard Johnson Salley Amanda McKie Graniteville Adalaide V Monroe Austell Ga Ruby M Spearman Bath Please see details on Page 3B Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote DearAbby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 9C 6C 7C 4C 10C 8C 4C 1B 3B 1C 10A 4C 3B Correction Series Continues Friday Carl Langleys series on the Horse Creek Valley will continue Friday in stead of Sunday The Aiken Standard regrets the error Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 101 Banner Year Doesnt Soften SRS Critics Westinghouse Has Dissent In Ranks By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer COLUMBIA Westinghouse Electric Corp directors reported a banner finan cial year in 1988 but had to defend them selves Wednesday against disarmament groups that claim the company profits heavily from dangerous nuclear weapons work Westinghouse the new contractor at the governments Savannah River Site and a giant in the commercial nuclear industry announced a 20 percent in crease in stock dividends during a share holders meeting Dividend earnings will rise from 50 cents to 60 cents a share on June 1 which company officials said reflects a dou bling of payouts over the last four years Officials and shareholders celebrated 1988s good news highlighted by rising profits and a government award honor ing Westinghouses Columbia fuels plant But a recent barrage of criticism from activists continued this time from within the shareholders own ranks Frances Close Hart who owns stock and serves as chairwoman of the environ mental group Energy Research Founda tion asked Westinghouse Chairman John OUT FOR A STROLL With a little help from grandpa two children maneuver a wagon while strolling just off Georgia Avenue in North Augusta In this case grandpa Staff Photo By Scott Webster is Dillon Newsome and his grandsons are Phillip left and Paul Roberson of Bath C Marous during a questionandanswer session how the company would address safety concerns about aging production reactors at Savannah River Marous addressing an audience of sev eral hundred at the Embassy Suites Ho tel responded by describing extensively the companys plans to improve quality assurance and other elements of nucle ar safety at SRS Please See BANNER Page 8A New Delay Disclosed In Restart By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Energy Secretary James D Watkins told Congress today he had pushed back the target date for re suming production of a radioactive gas needed in nuclear warhead production but he said the delay would not harm national security Watkins said in a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees that he was not yet con vinced the three South Carolina nuclear reactors that produce the gas called tri tium could be operated safely I believe safe startup is achievable early enough in 1990 to maintain a viable weapons stockpile he wrote Watkins released copies of his letter af ter meeting in his office with a group of reporters He said he notified Defense Secretary Dick Cheney of the delay on Monday Watkins told reporters the main reason for putting off restart of the reactors was a need to resolve safety issues and com Please See NEW DELAY Page 8A Aiken Leaders Press IRS Support By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Aiken County community leaders stinging from criticism of the Savannah River Site during two public hearings last week are calling on local residents to defend the plant during a final hear ing on Friday The Department of Energy is holding scoping hearings to let the public comment on what points should be cov ered in an environmental impact state ment its preparing on continued oper ation of the sites three nuclear production reactors Antinuclear speakers dominated hearings last week in Savannah and Co lumbia and at least two local leaders have issued recruitment calls for pro SRS speakers during Fridays hearing in Aiken Press Conference Talks To Employees On Watkins Schedule During SRS Tour Both Sides Hopeful In Abort Case By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Both sides of the abortion issue are finding grounds for hope as they await a Supreme Court rul ing in a key Missouri case that could alter the right of women to end their pregnancies Frank Susman a St Louis lawyer who urged the court Wednesday to strike down a Missouri law restricting abor tions said he is not conceding any votes among the nine justices I have given up on no one he told reporters after the hourlong argument session that packed the courtroom and drew more than 200 demonstrators and spectators outside the court building Twentyseven prochoice protesters were arrested for breaking through po lice barriers that lined the court build ings plaza Referring to the courts 1973 ruling in Roe vs Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide Susman said he be lieved the justices are now aware Roe works You cannot put the cork back in Please See BOTH Page 8A SC Senate Panel Puts Off Tax Relief State Employee Pay Insurance Bolstered The meeting starts at 9 am at H Odell Weeks Activities Center 1700 Whiskey Road An evening session starts at 7 pm Those wishing to speak may register at the door and each speaker must limit his or her remarks to five minutes under DOE rules Tommy L Wessinger chairman of the Economic Development Partnership on Please See AIKEN Page 8A Energy Secretary James D Watkins should have plenty of prominent compa ny during his visit on Friday to the Sa vannah River Site the beleaguered plant hes promised to make a flag ship of the federal nuclear weapons complex As of noon Wednesday Gov Carroll Campbell and nine US senators and congressmen from South Carolina and Georgia were scheduled to join the tour site officials said Watkins Department of Energy chief since January will brief reporters tour SRS facilities and speak to DOE and contractor employees onsite plant offi cials said in an announcement US Sen Strom Thurmond RSC who invited Watkins to visit is also on the guest list along with US Sen Er nest F Fritz Boilings US Rep Butler Derrick DEdgefield US Rep Floyd Spence RLexington and US Rep John M Spratt Jr DYork James B Edwards former governor as well as former Energy Secretary is on the list as well as Paul Lego presi dent of Westinghouse the new site con tractor US Sen Sam Nunn DGa US Sen John Glenn DOhio and two Democratic congressman from Georgia Lindsay Thomas and Doug Barnard Jr Please See PRESS Page 8A JAMES WATKINS Faces a busy day in Aiken By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Tax rollbacks probably wont occur this year but relief could be coming in the next tax year the chair man of the Senate Finance Committee says It looks like any cuts we make will be effective in tax year 1990 Sen James Waddell DBeaufort said But thats not a firm statement and could change as the budget process continues The committee approved pay increases for state employees and constitutional of ficers and bolstered their health insur ance on Wednesday as it continued to shape the 198990 state budget The committee is trying to match the states needs with its resources in the billion proposed budget At days end Waddell said the commit tee still faced some million in unfund ed but necessary expenditures including an additional million for education and million for the state Department of Mental Health I think weve made some pretty good progress today Wednesday in trying to get down to some bare bone items Wad dell said The committee will meet through the week and possibly Friday and Saturday to finish the budget and send it to the full Senate Waddell said Sen Tom Moore DClearwater said he was also working on a proposal to create a committee that would establish a for mula for future salary increases so that the process would not be subject to the monkeyshines it currently undergoes The committees leaders Waddell and Sen John Lindsay DBennettsville still have not revealed their plan for dealing with the competing supercomputer re quests from Clemson and the University of South Carolina that could cost up to million if funded in full   

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