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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Braves Snap Losing Streak PagelOA A Quick Read Unidentified Body Found In River AUGUSTA An unidentified body was found floating in the Savannah River this morning according to a spokesman with the Augusta City Po lice Department Lt Mary Jones said the body was found between 8th and 9th streets at am but added that no other information about the identity of the body or who reported sighting it is known at this time Bibles Could Be Taxed In Carolina COLUMBIA AP A US Supreme Court ruling in a Texas case could end the longstanding sales tax exemption the Bible has en joyed in South Carolina The Senate Finance Committee is recommending that state govern ment tax the sale of Bibles and other religious publications The move which could mean about a year in additional sales tax revenue eornes after the nations highest court ruled two months ago that Tex as acted illegally in sparing religious publications from its sales tax We have to comply said Vicki Jinnette spokeswoman for the South Carolina Tax Commission If not we could be challenged in court Jackson To Visit Singer James Brown COLUMBIA AP The Rev Jesse Jackson has not forgotten about soul music legend James Brown who is serving a sixyear prison sentence stemming from a twostate car chase Jackson a worldrenowned civil rights activist was to pay the Beech Island resident a belated birthday visit in prison today according to Bennish Brown a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Corrections The spokesman who is not related to The Godfather of Soul said the 56yearold Brown did not have any visitors on his birthday Wednesday Weather Showers To Return Showers and thunderstorms are forecast tonight and Friday A 70 percent chance is forecast tonight and Friday The low will be in the mid 50s with a high in the upper 70s Please see details on Page 14A Deaths Brunson D Hall Ridge Spring Sis Nunn Columbia Clarence A Timmerman Hilton Head Island Please see details on Page 14A Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar3B Classifieds5B Comics4B Crossword8B Cryptoquote6B Dear Abby4B Local Front1B Obituaries14A Opinions6A Sports9A Television4B Weather14A Page 2 A Child Killer Executed In Florida IS Dlii Page IB Mayor Suspends Jackson Town Clerk Thursd Aiken South Carolina Senate Agrees On Insurance Reform Saleeby Fears Package Deal Falls Short Of Auto Owner Expectations By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Consumers may be looking for larger automobile insurance rate reductions than the General Assem bly will deliver the chief architect of the state Senates plan says I worry that some people may have high expectations said Sen Ed Sa leeby DDarlington shortly after the Senate appeared to reach agreement Wednesday evening on a package of reforms He said that as automobile costs in crease insurance rates are bound to rise also Still state Insurance Commissioner John Richards said past work in recent years by the General Assembly such as increased costs for bad drivers and pen alties for traffic violations should help moderate increases when a current rate freeze expires July 1 I dont see anything that would cause rates to increase enough to wipe out man Panel Approves Tax Option16A dated reductions he said State senators ended a marathon ses sion Wednesday by agreeing to an auto mobile insurance reform package its sup porters say should offer about hi savings to good drivers Technical matters postponed a final reading until today on the bill But senators appeared committed to the plan when they adjourned at pm after more than six hours of de bate Wednesday on the bill they have been discussing the past four work days Once passed conferees from the House and Senate will try to work out differ ences Supporters predict about in savings from the House version I think well reach some compro mise said Saleeby though he predicted problems over such issues as the Houses 5 percent acrosstheboard cut for good drivers on which the Senate never voted Surgeon General To Leave Office Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth TRIKE RACER Rick Wells of Aiken gives final instructions to his daughter Allyson before the start the Kiwanis Club Trike Race Wednesday The number 5 was lucky for her Shes 5 years old and finished 5th in the 5th race For story please see Page 1B By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Dr C Koop campaigns afynnstsr Mjung and AIDS marked an K ncoiitvbversial eight years as surgeiai general told Pres ident Bush today he will leave office in July Koop in a brief letter to the White House said he had told Bush in February that he would not serve out his full second term which ends in November The sur geon general said he will leave July 13 Koop 72 was appointed the govern ments top health officer by President Reagan and was sworn into office in Jan uary 1982 Koop said James Mason assistant sec retary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services where the surgeon general heads the Public Health Service will name an acting surgeon general after he leaves Koop did not say in the letter what his plans are after he leave government He has said in interviews that he would like to write books and work in television on health issues Shuttle Crew Eyes Rain Clouds By The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL Fla NASA counted on sea breezes to clear away rain clouds today in time for a second attempt to launch Atlantis and start the robot craft Magellan on its 806milMonmile journey to Venus The space shuttle was to lift off at pm EDT and Air Force weather fore casters said this morning there was a 40 percent chance that rain or crosswinds at the Kennedy Space Center emergency landing site would prevent the launch Atlantis fivemember crew was to be on board the shuttle by about 11 am Six hours after launch the astronauts were to deploy the million Magellan spacecraft Americas first deep space probe in 11 years The crew members then will spend four days orbiting 184 miles above Earth Light rain fell on the launch pad in the early morning and dark clouds ap proached from the west But forecasters said they believed there was a good chance of clear skies and calm winds by launch time Basically we still have 40 percent chance overall that weather could be a problem but we dont expect it to be said Capt Ken Warren the Air Force weather officer We expect a sea breeze to clear out what weather we have by launch tune Starting before dawn technicians pumped more than a halfmillion gallons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen into the spacecraft The final preparations followed a fren zied effort by engineers to correct prob lems that on Friday stopped the count down just 31 seconds from liftoff A flawed pump and a suspicious hydrogen line were replaced A real problem stopped us shuttle chief Richard Truly said Weve fixed that We are ready to fly again Todays launch opportunity deter mined by the path Magellan must follow to reach Earths mysterious neighbor was to end at pm If the launch is postponed there are daily launch oppor tunities until May 28 At that point Earth and Venus will have moved out of align ment and the Magellan mission will not be possible for two years The mission is commanded by David M Walker Others on the crew are pilot Ronald Grabe and mission specialist Norman Thagard Astronauts Mary Cleave and Mark Lee will operate remote controls to eject Magellan from the cargo bay Magellan then will rocket itself out of Earth orbit and start a 15month voyage that carries it 1 times around the sun before reaching Venus Magellan marks the beginning of a new era in a US planetary exploration pro gram that has not had a launch since 1978 Venus Earths nearest planetary neighbor has fascinated since humans first began scanning the sky It is the brightest object in the nighttime sky ex cept for the moon It appears in season as either the morning or the evening star but Venus is actually a planet that orbits 67 million miles from the sun The Earth orbits 93 million miles from the sun Scientists are intrigued by Venus be cause it is so close in size to Earth yet much different in most every other way Judicial Pay Another Route For Congress An AP News Analysts By MICHAEL JSNIFFEN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Some members of Congress are clearly curious whether providing pay raise for federal judges will supply enough po litical cover to vote oae for them selves as well That was the one clear lesson on Wednesday when William H Rehn quist became the first chief justice to testify before Congress ia 50 years Rehnquist who makes a year appealed for 38 percent pay raises and annual eostoMiving in creases for himself and all federal Please See JUDICIAL Page ISA New Soviet Law Would Allow Union Workers To Call Strikes By The Associated Press MOSCOW Labor unions will gam the right to strike in new legislation de signed to free them from decades of meek subservience to the Communist Party and government a leading Soviet union official said Unions must have the right to stop work at enterprises in organizations and institutions as a means of pressure on the administration for speeding up the resolution of labor disputes Stepan A Shalaev told the labor newspaper Trud in an interview published Wednesday But Shalaev made clear that the Cen tral Council of Trade Unions that he chairs does not expect strikes to become as common as they are elsewhere The decision to stop work at an enter prise is an extreme measure to be taken only in extreme circumstances he said Shalaev said the draft law published Saturday would be discussed by unions for three months It must eventually be approved by the new Supreme Soviet Parliament Giving unions a limited right to strike appeared to be an effort to prevent labor unrest from taking on the dimension Please See NEW Page 16A Police Cant Stop Rising Tide Of China Dissidents By The Associated Press BEIJING Their independent unions spurned by Communist leaders tens of thousands of students pushed through po lice lines today into central Tiananmen Square on the 70th anniversary of Chinas first student movement Thousands also demonstrated in Shanghai and Nanjing for democracy and press freedom while several hundred took to the streets in Changsha Three hundred journalists from the staterun press joined the march in Beijing Students plowed into Tiananmen Chinas symbolic seat of power throughout the day By midafternoon more than 70000 people about half of them students packed the 100acre expanse in a collage of chanting flagwaving and singing Red and white banners calling for free doms unheard of in China since the Com munists came to power 40 years ago flapped in the wind Bystanders lining the streets by the thousands had applauded and cheered the demonstrators as they marched along the 10mile route to the square It was the sixth tune in three weeks that students have made the pilgrimage to demand fundamental reforms of Chi nas autocratic political system If this continues China has hope said one onlooker Please See POLICE Page 16A
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