Aiken Standard, May 11, 1989

Aiken Standard

May 11, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 11, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports South Aiken Girls Advance Page 8A A Quick Read Westinghouse Pledges To College The Westinghouse Foundation of Westinghouse Electric Corp has pledged a donation for edu cational improvements at South Car olina State College The foundation an arm of the cor poration that funds charitable or philanthropic activities will contrib ute the sum over five years as an institutional enhancement pro gram for the Orangeburg college James S Moore president of Wes tinghouse Savannah River Co said the donation will be used for faculty and curriculum development and student scholarships with emphasis on recruitment and retention We think this program will be good for South Carolina State and good for Westinghouse This coopera tive effort underscores and enhances our close ties to South Carolina Moore said in a news release Westinghouse provides employ ment for more than 20000 people at seven locations around the state Bumper Sticker Ban Passed By SC House COLUMBIA AP South Caroli nas children are the beneficiaries of a bill outlawing obscene or inde cent bumper stickers Rep Herb Kirsh says Motorists whose vehicles display such stickers would face a maximum fine of under a bill approved Wednesday by the House Kirsh said he filed the bill last fall after a disturbing experience involv ing his grandson I had my 6yearold grandson with me in a car and we pulled up behind a car that had a bumper stick mean it was nasty The kid is 6 years old and he spelled it out and he wanted to know what it meant And that just got me I think Im pretty broadminded But I think this is a case where youve got to protect children from this kind of stuff the Clover Demo crat said Weather Fair Skies Sunny Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 40s Mostly sunny skies are forecast Friday with a high in the mid 70s Please see details on Page8B Deaths James M Gardner Camden Mary H Hiday Aiken WW Sanders Langley Priscilla C Webster Aiken Please see details on Page 8B Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 10C 2C 5C 4B 11C 9C 4B 18 8B 1C 8A 4B 8B Baker Rejects Call For Missile Talks Westinghouse Reviewing Office Offers Rollback In Taxes Seen As Unlikely By The Associated Press COLUMBIA The chances of tax roll backs look slim this year as the state Senate looks for ways to cut million from the proposed 198990 state budget state lawmakers say The best we can hope for in a tax re duction would be a deferral Rep Bob McLellan DSeneca said McLellan made the prediction after overwhelming opposition and technical problems derailed million in proposed state tax increases in the state Senate Wednesday I think this has pretty much taken the wind out of tax cuts this year said Sen James Waddell DBeaufort and chair man of the Senate Finance Committee The removal of the tax increases was a defeat for Senate leaders Waddell and John Lindsay who had said the taxes would pay for critical state needs and set in motion the tedious process of trimming the billion proposed state budget By the tune they finished after seven hours of work senators had made only about of the million in reduc tions needed to balance the budget I didnt want to get into a long strug gle over the tax and I decided that the best move would be to eliminate them and let the Senate make the cuts in there Waddell said afterward Those are the realities of the situation Please See ROLLBACK Page 6A AP Laserphoto INJURED CANDIDATE Guillermo Endara opposition presidential candidate in Panama shows stitches in his head after being attacked by armed men Wednesday Vol 122 No 113 Violence Spreads In Panama Bush May Send In US Combat Troops By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush to day was considering sending several thousand US combat troops to protect American dependents in Panama where rioters attacked opposition candidates and the de facto ruler Gen Manuel Anto nio Noriega nullified elections The president was meeting this morn ing with his national security advisers and later scheduled a meeting with con gressional leaders NBC News reported he would tell the lawmakers he had de cided to deploy the troops Pentagon officials who asked not to be identified told The Associated Press the Defense Department has been told Bush is leaning toward deployment of 2000 to 2500 combat troops to Panama to rein force the American military presence there But the sources stressed today that no final decision had been made and that no execute order had been received It looks like its going to go that way sending down some more troops the source said But there is nothing defi nite and were not saddling up the entire Please See VIOLENCE Page 6A Bush Tdraefs I n J drlr ainin g Overhaul By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The governments major jobs program that Vice President Dan Quayle helped create while a senator would be overhauled under a Bush ad ministration proposal that calls for spending more on the poor and teen agers For years the government has been distributing money to youth programs in a fragmented and piecemeal fashion and sometimes without clear expectations of what these youths should achieve La bor Secretary Elizabeth Dole said today In testimony prepared for the Senate subcommittee on employment and pro ductivity Mrs Dole also called on states to improve their efforts to curb youth unemployment Even though the proposed amendments would significantly change the Job Train ing Partnership Act Mrs Dole declined to criticize the programs creators Sen Edward M Kennedy DMass and Quayle an Indiana senator at the tune But JTPA can be made even better she told the subcommittee which has ju risdiction over the act Funds do not al ways reach the individuals and areas who need help the most In some commu nities it is felt that the program does not always result in good jobs and a higher SRL Work May Shed Fusion Light Fusion in27Page2A By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer A new experiment at the Savannah River Laboratory could shed light on the international controversy sur rounding fusion energy but SRL sci entists say their goal is to understand their own work better not to take sides in the debate The SRL experimental equipment now set up and undergoing testing is similar to that used by the two re searchers at the center of the fusion flap B Stanley Pons of the Univer sity of Utah and Martin Fleischmann of Britains University of Southampton The two chemists set off a scientif ic furor with their March 23 an nouncement that they had produced energy by fusing or joining hydro gen atoms at room temperature Such a process could one day pro vide the world with a cheap virtually inexhaustible energy source SRLs experiment is a response to the controversy but lab officials say their own interest stems from the fact that Pons and Fleischmanns experiment used two of the same ma terials palladium and hydrogen isotopes that the Savannah River Site uses in its production of nuclear weapons materials The labs experiment due to start operating next week wont try to prove or disprove Pons and Fleisch manns claim nor to duplicate their experiment But should the SRL apparatus pro duce any fusion of its own the instru mentation will be good enough to de tect it one official said Any time a new phenomenon is reported we look at it to see how it fits in with our theories and our knowhow And thats exactly what Experimental fusion apparatus Wnat is fusion This simple reactor a few inches tall and easily built in an ordinary chemistry lab uses electromagnetism to squeeze deuterium nuclei close enough together to fuse and release energy its inventors claim The opposite charges on the positive platinum wire and the negative core drive the charged deuterium nuclei toward the core The lattice structure of the metal palladium used in the core confines the attracted nuclei in tiny areas where fusion is said to take place Unlike earlier hot fusion reactors this device functions at room temperature and yields more energy than it requires to run Deuterium is a form of hydrogen commonly found in seawater carrying electrical charge from batteries Palladium core ilxPlatinum wire coll Glass tube filled with heavy water rich in deuter ium Wire coil Deuterium nuclei are driven to core lattice and fused In the most basic nuclear fusion reaction two deu terium nuclei fuse into one helium nucleus and release a vast amount of energy This is what happens in the sun and in hydrogen bombs But in normal conditions on Earth the positivelycharged nudei repel each other and cannot get close enough together to fuse Most fusion research has focused on pushing deuterium nuclei close together the way the sun does by heating them to millions of degrees So far creating enough heat and pressure has usually consumed more energy than the fusion yields Lyons Pons and company have done Theyve reported something new said Dan Mclntosh director of defense waste processing and fuel technology at the lab located within the site Its not an attempt to prove or dis prove what theyre claiming Its just an experiment to help us understand whats Please See SRL Page 12A standard of living The changes aim at ending a practice that has prompted criticism of JTPA and other training programs the creaming of applicants with some marketable skills in order to place them quickly in jobs with little future They also would also separate youth training efforts from the various adult Please See BUSH Page 6A Sims Taped Confession Not Accurate By STEPHANIE WARNECKEADAMS Staff Writer Mitchell Carlton Sims confessed to the armed robbery of a Hanahan Dominos Pizza store on a tape presented by the prosecutors during the second day of tes timony in Suns trial at the Aiken County Judicial Center Wednesday Sims 29 West Columbia is on trial for one count of armed robbery and two counts of murder in the Dec 31985 rob bery and slaying deaths of Christopher LeRoy Zerr 24 and Gary Dean Melke 24 employees of the Hanahan Dominos Pizza store The trial in which the state is seeking the death penalty was moved to Aiken County because of extensive news cover age in Berkeley County Sims made his confession on tape dur ing a conversation with a Glendale Calif investigator after his arrest in Las Vegas on Dec 251985 On the tape Sims said his pickup truck had just broke down the day before the robbery and he didnt have the money to pay for the repairs He said he got drunk because he didnt have nowhere to turn to He said he then went to the Hanahan Dominos where he was employed as a delivery man He did not mention the murders on the tape When the investigator asked about what had happened in the store Sims re plied I dont know if I should go into all that Sims said he came home after the rob bery and passed out I dont remember too much about that night he said on the tape The next morning he said on the tape he got scared after he heard that the po lice were looking for him in connection Please See SMS Page 6A ;