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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Easy Goer Picked To Win Page 9A A Quick Read LongTime Pill Takers Risk Breast Cancer LONDON AP Young women who take birth control pills for more than four years run a significantly higher risk of breast cancer accord ing to a study published today in a prestigious British medical journal Researchers were quoted in The Lancet as saying that among women 35 or younger they found a 43 per cent increase in the risk of breast cancer after four years of pill use and a 74 percent increase after eight years They called on doctors to tell wom en about the possible risks of breast cancer before they prescribe contra ceptive pills but they did not advo cate avoiding oral contraceptives However Clair Chilvers of the In stitute of Cancer Research in Lon don one of the authors of the study advised women to aim for the lowest dose pill available and stay on it for the shortest possible time The study is the most comprehen sive look at the pill and breast cancer ever undertaken in Britain and one of the largest in the world The researchers were quoted in the medical weekly as saying the risks of taking the pill had to be kept in perspective Breast cancer is uncommon be low age 36 the age group that was studied Only one woman in 500 de velops the disease before age 36 so even a 70 percent increase in risk would only put the chances of devel oping breast cancer by this age up to about one in 300 the researchers said Michigan Child Worth A Million SOUTHFIELD Mich AP A 21monthold boy has won a national Million Dollar Baby search earn ing a municipal bond that will be worth million when it and the win ner mature Anthony Markowitz on Thursday received the bond which will reach full value when he is 21 The 10week contest in which viewers were invited to send in pic tures of children 4 months to 2 years old was sponsored by the network Downy Fabric Softener and Gerber Products Co The name of the baby from subur ban Detroit was drawn at random from among about 200000 entries VH1 spokeswoman Kristy Loveman said Weather Showers In Forecast Cloudy skies and a 70 percent chance of showers and scattered thunderstorms are forecast tonight The low will be in the 60s Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Saturday with a 30 percent chance of showers and a possible thunderstorm The high will be in the mid 70s Please see details on Page 7A Deaths Anthony B Daley Augusta Elijah DeVoe Aiken Russell B Holley Langley Matterson Winfield Aiken Please see details on Page 7A Inside Today Bridge alendar Jassifieds Comics rossword ryptoquote Dear Abby ocal Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 58 16A 2B 6A 6B 4B 6A 18 7A 4A 9A 6A 7A Page 2A Shuttle Releases Probe Toward Venus Pipe Leak May Be Cause Of Hot Spot7 AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC 435 NEWBERRY ST AIKEN S C irnntar Friday 1989 Vol 122 No 108 Cult Reports Sheriff Says By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County Sheriff Carrol G Heath has dismissed as ridiculous claims that several Satanic worship cults are op erating in the county especially in Horse Creek Valley Sheriff Heath interviewed about ru mors and television reports last week concerning Satanic worship said calls about the socalled cult groups are inter fering with normal law enforcement operations I cant afford to assign two officers to do nothing but check out reports about Satanic worship cults said the sheriff These calls are getting ridiculous and dont amount to anything Sheriff Heath said if anyone has con crete solid evidence that a cult exists he would like for the information to be turned over to his department Discussing the flood of reports about cults the sheriff said a story about a Sa tanic cult will start out in one end of the county and by the time it gets to the other its 10 times worse Both the sheriff and Aiken County Cor oner Sue R Townsend report being bom barded with calls about deaths related to the cult Both said these were just rumors Rumors concerning the existence of such groups purportedly made up main ly of teenagers and young adults have ulating in recent weeks but a law enforcement official said there has been no proof they exist Sheriff Heath said the situation hasnt been helped by television reporting on cults Newscasts on two Augusta television stations last week cautioned parents about the cults and told how parents can determine if a young person was involved in devil worship See CULT Page 14A North Vows To Fight On Staff Photo By Scott Webster SILHOUETTE Susan Christie Storey of North Augusta shows the skyline she painted in an Augusta restaurant Please see details on Page 1B By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Blasting prosecutors and vowing to fight hard for as long as it takes Oli ver North says his conviction on three felonies in the IranContra affair will eventually be overturned The first person to go on trial in the scandal that rocked the last two years of the Reagan adminis tration North lost his f23100a year Marine pension as soon as the jury delivered its verdict Thursday ExPresident Reagan who suc cessfully resisted a defense sub poena tc testify atthe trial de clined to comment after the man he once called a national hero was found guilty North was acquitted of nine of the 12 criminal charges against him and prosecutor John Keker appeared less than satisfied with the decision Still Keker said Colonel North has been convicted of three very serious charges The jury has spoken North called it a partial vindication North to be sentenced June 23 by US District Judge Gerhard A Gesell faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and in fines As a firsttime offender with an exemplary 20year military ca reer North almost certainly will get penalties far less severe than that Court appeals could take years The National Security Councils former action officer on Cen tral America counterattacked less than two hours after walking out of the federal courthouse He defi antly criticized the cost of pursu ing him through the legal system and suggested the prosecution had overstepped the bounds of fairness After more than two and a half years and over million of our taxpayers money spent on inves tigations congressional inquisi tions and now a special prosecutor who has likened me to Adolf Hit ler we now face many months and perhaps years of fighting the remaining charges North said reading from a statement See NORTH Page 14A Lobsters Ready To Run In Annual Race The fifth running of the WBBQStrohs Lobster Race and Oyster Parade is close to post time The running of the lobsters will take place Saturday at the Aiken Jaycees Fairgroundss the new location for the races The gates will open at 11 am and the races will begin at 1 pm Entries in the Oyster Parade will start lining up at 10 am at the 100 block of Newberry Street and march through downtown Aiken at 11 am The parade will turn west on Park Ave nue then north on Laurens Street to the old Aiken Junior High later Laurens Street Elementary School The beach music bands The Sands and The Band of Oz will perform during the afternoon between timed events A shag contest with prizes will be held while the lobsters are saddlin up between the races Disc jockeys from WBBQ will be the guest Oysters of Ceremonies to start the races Area restaurants will serve an assort ment of crustaceans snacks soft drinks and beer Clowns magic and fun for the entire family are also planned Tickets are in advance and at the gate Admission will be free with 1989 T Shirts Kids under 6 are admitted free See LOBSTERS Page 14A Aiken Jaycee Fair Grounds site of I 1 ifrs f 3LZ VfgfyryfJr n rf I V A mA Z i Jobless Rate Jumps Up To 53 Percent By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The nations unem ployment rate shot up 03 percent last month to 53 percent as job growth in the economy slowed to its lowest level in nearly three years the Labor Depart ment reported today The April jobless rate was the highest since January and moved civilian unem ployment off the 15year low of 50 per cent posted in March The report was likely to be greeted by financial markets because analysts have said a rise in unemployment is the quick est way to ease wage inflation that has been pushing up overall inflation The departments survey of business found the addition of 117000 nonfarm payroll jobs in April the lowest number since the government reported a drop of 92000 positions in June 1986 The depart ment also revised March payroll growth to 171000 down from 180000 in yet an other sign of a slowing economy The slower job growth contrasts sharp ly with the average monthly payroll growth of 300000 in the 12 months that ended in February The number of unemployed workers also increased in April after two months See JOBLESS Page 14 A Film Raises Concerns About SRS A Review ByBRADSWOPE Staff Writer audience of hun dreds turned out for the premiere of a new documentary film that seeks to raise grave concerns about the safety and morality of the Savannah River Site Building Bombs a onehour film produced by Mark Mori and Susan Robinson will be shown on a national tour this summer Mori told an over flow crowd at the downtown Jeffer son Square Theater The film uses interviews with dis affected former employees to paint a grim picture of the sites effect on the environment but adds comments from SRS defenders chiefly for mer governor James Edwards to provide some balance The film includes extensive inter views with Arthur Dexter and Wil liam Lawless two plant profession als who quit nuclear weapons work there for reasons of conscience Dexter a physicist under former plant contractor Du Pont recounts his realization one day that the US had enough tritium gas for 30000 nu clear warheads It seemed rather obscene Dexter said The plant supplies the nations only source of tritium a radioactive form of hydrogen that gives nuclear weap ons their immense power Lawless a former nuclear waste engineer with the Department of En ergy at Savannah River described his fears that previous disposal prac tices such as burying lowlevel ra dioactive waste in cardboard boxes See FILM Page MA
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