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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 3, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Join the Fun Plans Completed For Lobster Races Tabloid A Quick Read Zap Uncertain About ZAP Repeat BISMARCK ND AP Folksin Zap still shudder when they recall the day 20 years ago when 2000 drunken college students rioted on Main Street and set a bonfire caus ing in damage Saturday a new generation of stu dents plan a sequel But Denise Schlegel organizer of Zip to Zap II promises a more sedate celebration one she hopes can erase hard feelings that have festered in the town of 300 people since 1969 I want to show them that people are different and things like this can work out said the 21yearold junior at North Dakota State University in Fargo We are mending fences in a way The school newspaper The Spec m organized the first Zip to Zap for a spring fling But chaos erupted that May day and the National Guard was called in to disperse the rowdy students Black Representative Bids For Governor COLUMBIA AP State Sen Theo Mitchell has become the first to declare his candidacy for the 1990 Democratic gubernatorial nomination Mitchell a 50yearold Greenville attorney with 14 years of legislative service is seeking to become the states first black governor I intend to aggressively pursue the nomination of the Democratic Party he said in an interview Tues day The decision has been made to run For all practical purposes we intend to seek the nomination A formal announcement will be made later he said Weather Clouds Increasing Increasing cloudiness is forecast tonight witha 20 percent chance of showers and a low near 50 Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a 40 percent chance of thunder storms and a high in the mid 70s Please see details on Page 14A Deaths Henrietta Abney Johnston Lillian M Clark Saluda Louise B Garvin Orangeburg Hampton Hightower Williston Essie Lou Mealing Edgefield Robert L Stephens North Augusta Harold L Rutland Bath Please see details on Page 14A Inside Today Bridge9B Calendar7A Classifieds7B Comics6B Crossword10B Cryptoquote8B Dear Abby6B Local Front1B Obituaries14A Opinions4A Sports11A Television2B Weather14A EXXON Official Calls Boycott Unfair PdgelB Jackson Voters Elect 3 To Council 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 106 Atlantis Repairs External Fuel tank Main fuel pipe Hydrogen Fuel Tank A pinhole leak was found in a fourinch diameter by 40inch long pipe that carries cool liquid hydrogen from the external fuel tank to the shuttle orbiterfor recirculation through main engines cooling system Three main engines Main fuel pipe from external tank Recirculation feed pipe from external tank Settles Suit On Treatment Plant An electrical surge was detected 31 seconds before liftoff in the recirculation pump serving the no one engine The pump the size of a garbage can is one of three that brings liquid hydrogen from the external fuel tank and circulates it through the engines cooling system prior to ignition By CAROL WOODWARD Start Writer Aiken County Council ended an eight year legal battle Tuesday night when it voted unanimously to accept as full settlement of all outstanding claims from the contractor of the heating facili ties at the Horse Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant In 1981 the county and the Public Ser vice Authority filed suit against Enviro tech a Delawarebased firm over faulty heating equipment which the suit claimed did not function properly Envir otech appealed that decision which has been in litigation since that time In January the Fourth US Court of Appeals in Richmond Va ruled in Aiken Countys favor upholding a 1984 decision by the US District Court in Charleston in which Judge Solomon Blatt Jr award ed Aiken County million in actual damages and million in punitive damages Since that time both parties have been negotiating in an attempt to reach an agreement and in April agreed to the sum of as a settlement County Attorney Robert M Bell said the county will receive the money within 48 hours after the chairman of council signs the agreement of final release Chairman Carrol H Warner said he would sign the agreement before leaving the Council building Tuesday night For once a lawsuit went in favor of Aiken County Chairman Warner said Im glad this is finally over Graham W Rich director of the Horse Creek plant said the money will be used to repair the faulty equipment In other action the council voted unani mously to pass a proposed resolution al lowing the Aiken County Historical Com mission the use of Banksia the current Aiken County Library for an expanded historical musuem and park Please See Page 16A Caucus To Write Textile Bill Source NASA Dean Caple SHUTTLE FAILURE Illustration locates the faulty pump in the engine which kept the Shuttle Atlantis grounded last week The pump has been fixed and the countdown for another launch has begun For story please see Page 2A By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON The chairman of the Congressional Textile Caucus has decid ed to ignore White House pleas for more time to solve the imports question and will proceed with plans to sponsor legisla tion again this year setting limits on tex tile and apparel imports Courtney Goodman an aide to Rep Marilyn TJeyr said specific provisions for the new textile bill will be discussed in a meeting of caucus mem bers set for Wednesday But she said Lloyd favors a measure setting overall limits similar to the so called Thurmond bill passed last year but vetoed by President Ronald Reagan There will be a textile bill in this Con gress which will address the imports problem Goodman said She said Lloyd had not decided when the bill should be Please See CAUCUS Page 16A Report Card Schools Stagnating At Almost Every Level By The Associated Press WASHINGTON American education is stagnating by nearly every measure in a new comparison of school performance across the country Education Secretary Lauro Cavazos said today in releasing the discouraging report card The sixth annual State Education Per formance Chart shows a decline in the national high school graduation rate and falling scores on college entrance exams in half the states We must do better Cavazos said in a statement accompanying the report We must revitalize education in America I am challenging states and districts to es 1 We must focus not on the minimum but on the best Lauro Cavazos tablish education improvement targets Cavazos said he would write every gov ernor state schools chief and school board president in the country to urge them to adopt his targets which include boosting high school graduation rates to 90 percent and cutting in half the number of children who fail a grade These goals are doable he said We must focus not on the miruti i the best The controversial performance chart known as the wall chart shows a general lack of progress despite the continuing spate of reform efforts and everrising education spending up to per student on this years chart compared to last year National scores on the Scholastic Apti tude Test SAT feU from 906 to 904 on a scale of 400 to 1600 from 1987 to 1988 Fully 14 of the 22 states in which the SAT is the dominant college entrance exam registered declines Scores on the American College Test ing Program on a scale of 1 to 36 showed a scant 1point gain Looking at trends since the first wall chart was issued in 1982 one bright note was a continuous rise in the percentage of students taking the Advanced Placement test qualifying them for college credit from 5 to 11 percent The department at tributed the climb largely to doubled His panic involvement and an 83 percent in crease in participation by blacks Please See REPORT Page 16A Campbell House Members Say Tax Proposal Doomed By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Some million in pro posed tax increases stand little chance of being enacted Gov Carroll Campbell and state House members say I dont think I will favor any kind of tax increase this year said Speaker of the House Bob Sheheen DCamden Despite about million in available new revenue in the billion proposed budget Finance Committee Chairman James Waddell said the new taxes were necessary to fund critical items ig nored by the House Those items included funding for the Department of Correc tions Department of Mental Retardation and the Department of Mental Health I can give you another million of needs that we didnt address in the House too Sheheen said But that doesnt mean Im going to be in favor of million worth of taxes He and other state leaders criticized Tuesday as unnecessary and unaccept able in a time of state prosperity the pro posal from the Senate Finance Commit tee unveiled Monday The committees budget bill would increase total state spending nearly 16 percent over last year Please See CAMPBELL Page 16A Insurance Reform Dead Staff Photo By Scott Webster SHARP EYE Brian Mitchell 12 sharpens his batting eye as he practices with the Orioles Little League team in Graniteville where the baseball season is in swing also For the story please see Page 1 B By The Associated Press COLUMBIA The chances for auto mobile insurance reform are diminishing in the state Senate the chief architect of the chambers proposal says There apparently is some sentiment coming from both Democrats and Re publicans not to have any bill said Sen Ed Saleeby DDarlington Asked to rate the bills chances of pas sage on a oneto10 scale Saleeby said not very good below five If the Senate does kill the bill one of the states most volatile political issues in re cent years insurance re form will be dead for the year The Senate is debating its version of automobile insurance reform which as it stands now offers about half the in estimated savings in the Housepassed version Saleeby made the prediction late Tues day after the Senate handled only seven proposed amendments in about four hours of debate and left with 33 still remaining I just dont think we made very much progress today And Im dis couraged whether we can get any bill Please See INSURANCE Page 16A   

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