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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 9, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina SportsInjury Benches Jose Canseco Page 8AA Quick Read 'Coke' User Report May Undercut Fight SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Adult cocaine abusers told interviewers they averaged nearly seven years of use without drug-related problems, a ‘‘honeymoon period” that might undercut warnings to adolescents about the drug, a researcher says. “For some, it may not be helpful to say, ‘coke is going to get you,’ when they see adults day after day who’ve been using cocaine for years who aren’t in trouble yet,” said psychiatrist Anne Kolar. But her study also found evidence that young people reach their first negative experience with cocaine sooner. The study by Kolar and colleagues at the Addiction Research Center in Baltimore was presented Monday at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting. 6 Sailors Killed In Fire Aboard U.S.Ship WASHINGTON (AP) - Six sailors were killed and five were injured today when fire broke out aboard a U.S. Navy combat supply ship in the South China Sea, a Navy spokeswoman said. “It appeared to be a fuel leak,” the spokeswoman said, declining to be identified. The ship was identified as the USS White Plains, which normally carries a crew of about 428 officers and enlisted men. The spokeswoman said the fire broke out at 2 a.m. EDT in the main engine spaces “while conducting operations” at an undetermined location in the South China Sea. She said the five injured were evacuated by helicopter to the U.S.S. Sacramento. According to Jane’s Fighting Ships, the White Plains is 581 feet long and displaces 9.400 tons. It was commissioned Nov. 23, 1968. Weather Rain To Continue A 70 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms is forecast tonight with a low in the 50s. Considerable cloudiness is forecast Wednesday with a 40 percent chance of rain or thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 70s. Please see details on Page 11A. Deaths Jettie P. Chalk, Aiken David L. Cushman, Augusta Willard E. Evans, Pamplico Gwendolyn B. Johnson, New Ellenton Lillian Mitchem, Kings Mountain, N.C. Mary A. Quilter, Aiken Anna D. Ruczko, North Augusta Boyd R. Scott, Buffalo Edward A. Strom, Aiken Please see details on Page 11 A. Inside Today Bridge..............................................7B Calendar.........................................10B Classifieds........................................5B Comics.............................................4B Crossword........................................8B Cryptoquote......................................6B Dear Abby.........................................4B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.......................................UA Opinions...........................................6A Sports...............................................8A Television.........................................4B Weather..........................................11A s Page 2A Page IB AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 4JJ NEWBERRY ST. S. W. ‘ IKEN, S. C 29601 Tuesday, May 9, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. Ill Woodward Project Wins Council OKProtesters Defeated In 2V2-Hour Debate By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken Associates was given a green light for construction of a 152-unit apartment complex and won approval for a subdivision plat Monday night, ending a 2 Ms-hour debate before Aiken City Coun Among The Latest cil over the controversial Southside development. City Council, by a vote of 6-0, approved the site and landscape plans for The Colony apartments, then passed on a 5-1 vote the city planning commission’s recommendation that the subdivision plat be approved. Councilman Frederick B. Cavanaugh Jr. was the dissenter on the subdivison approval for the 59-acre Woodward Tract. The votes followed lengthy arguments against the development, with neighbors of the Whiskey Road property asking the council to kill the project outright or delay approval to seek adjustments in construction. After the verbal skirmishing ended, Councilman Lessie B. Price attempted to soothe feelings by noting tile developers had “gone back” and redrawn tile development’s plans in an effort to satisfy the complainants. Mrs. Price then called on the protesters and developers to develop a mutual trust, saying that was in the best interests of the city, taxpayers and developers. But her peacemaking efforts failed to head off an exchange between B.D. (Pete) Kuhn of Whitney Drive and Councilman Ronald A. Maxwell. Kuhn, criticizing failure to notify residents about the development and claiming taxpayers didn’t have sufficient input, was chided by Councilman Maxwell for interrupting Mayor H. Odell Weeks. The mayor was attempting to reassure everyone that the project would be done in a responsible way when the exchange (Please See WOODWARD, Page 12A) Scientist Claims Report Doctored Forced To Retract Greenhouse Warning GROWTH SPURT: With West Martintown Road pretty well developed, the stretch of Highway 25 between North Augusta and Belvedere is enjoying a spurt in growth. Cruisers is one of the latest to locate in the area. For the story, see Page 1B. By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Bush administration faces “the congressional equivalent of World War III” if it retaliates against a top NASA scientist who said the Office of Management and Budget doctored his testimony on global warming, a Senate panel chairman says. Presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater, meantime, called the practice of alterations routine and said changes were made by a budget official “four or five levels down from the top.” Dr. James Hansen on Monday told senators that OMB forced him to contradict within his own prepared statement his finding that a buildup of “greenhouse effect” gases would increase the likelihood of drought. Sen. Albert Gore Jr. praised Hansen for speaking out at the Senate hearing and warned that if administration officials “attempt any kind of retribution in return for candor, they will have on their hands the congressional equivalent of World War HI” But Fitzwater said the National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist was free to express his own views in answering committee questions. “He’s never been muzzled,” the spokesman insisted. “He’s free to say whatever he wants.” In testimony before Gore’s science subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Hansen said he wouldn’t object to a policy review by OMB. But he added: “I don’t (Please See SCIENTIST, Page 12A) Japan Asks H-Bomb Explanation By The Associated Press TOKYO — Japan has formally asked the United States to explain a 1965 accident in which a U.S. carrier lost a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific near a Japanese island while bound for a Japanese port, officials said today. “This happened in international waters so we have no right to make a loud demand,” said a senior Foreign Ministry official who declined to be named. “We are just asking the United States to give us an explanation.” Japanese opposition politicians and citizens’ groups claim the U.S. government covered up the accident. Japan is the only country ever attacked with nuclear weapons, and popular sentiment is strongly against nuclear arms. The bomb was aboard an A-4 Skyhawk jet that fell off the carrier Ticonderoga about 80 miles from a small island in Japan’s Ryukyu chain and 200 miles east of the heavily populated island of Okinawa, a U.S. military spokesman in Japan said. The carrier was on its way from Vietnam to tile Japanese port of Yokosuka and the plane’s pilot was killed in the accident. After a report in the current issue of Newsweek magazine raised the issue, Japan asked Monday for a U.S. explanation. “We are interested and concerned (about the details),” the Foreign Minis try official said. Other officials said Japan’s government does not know the location and condition of the B-43 bomb, and there had been no discussions with the United States about how to deal with it. The magazine report, quoting nuclear expert William Aricin of the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies, said the U.S. Navy kept the incident secret until a 1981 Pentagon report that listed accidents involving nuclear weapons. But at the time of the 1981 report, the United States “did not bring it to our attention,” said the Foreign Ministry official. The report said only that the accident occurred 500 miles from the Asian mainland. Carter Says Vote Rigged By Noriega By The Associated Press PANAMA CITY, Panama — Foreign observers accused Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega’s men of stealing the presidential election and more than 15,000 protesters took to the streets in a demonstration broken up by gunfire. “I hope there will be a worldwide outcry against this dictator stealing the election from his own people,” said former President Jimmy Carter, an invited observer. He said voting records stolen Sunday night and early Monday by forces loyal to Noriega were substituted with bogus replacements not signed by opposition party members. Official results had yet to be released. Sunday’s vote was considered a referendum on Noriega, Panama’s de facto leader and chief of the 15,000-strong Defense Forces. The United States has been trying to oust him for more than a year. (Please See CARTER, Page 12A) \ Wilson Given Death Penalty In Shootings By The Associated Press GREENWOOD — James Wilson, who admitted to killing two schoolchildren and wounding nine other people during a shooting spree at an elementary school last fall, was sentenced today to die in the electric chair. Circuit Judge James Moore sentenced Wilson to death 12 days after accepting the 20-year-old Greenwood man’s plea of guilty but mentally ill in connection with the Sept. 26 shooting spree at Greenwood’s Oakland Elementary School. Moore also sentenced Wilson to 155 years in prison, to be served consecutively, on eight counts of aggravated assault, one count of assault and battery and one count of carrying a weapon onto school grounds. When asked if he would like to speak after being sentenced, Wilson replied, “I have nothing to say.” Moore set an execution date for Aug. 30, but Wilson’s case will automatically be appealed. Staff Photo By Scott Webster PANAMA MARCHER: Chanting ‘Justice,’ a demonstrator marches in protest to pro-government party claims of victory. \ ;

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