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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Patrick Addresses USCA Graduates PagelSA A Quick Read Reyes Syndrome Cases Plummeting ATLANTA AP Reyes syn drome cases have fallen dramatical ly in nine years as a result of warn ings about the links between aspirin and the childhood disease federal health researchers say Just 20 cases of Reyes syndrome were reported in 1988 the national Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday At its peak in 1980 Reyes syndrome afflicted 555 people The 1988 coun is the lowest since national surveillance of Reyes cases was begun in 1976 the CDC said The disease struck 101 Americans in 1986 the year in which aspirin con tainers were first required to carry warnings about it US Zoos Take Steps To Protect Rare Birds ALBUQUERQUE NM AP A string of rare bird thefts at several zoos around the country is prompting more stringent security and even leading some zoos to pull the valu able animals from exhibits On May 2 a thief broke into the parrot cage at the Rio Grande Zoo logical Park here and took an Aus tralian king parrot a sulphurcrest ed cockatoo and a dusky lory The crimson and green parrot one of only 12 such birds in captivity was found dead on the zoo grounds The lory a shorttailed par rot flew back to the zoo The white cockatoo with a pale yellow crest is missing Im hopeful that whoever did it got chewed up sufficiently said zoo Director John Moore These birds are not real kind The global destruction of rain for ests the birds natural habitat and export restrictions imposed by for eign countries have driven up the value of rare birds and encouraged thefts officials say Zoos in Los Angeles San Diego El Paso Texas Columbia SC and elsewhere have been hit in recent years Weather Fair Skies Sunny Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 40s Mostly sunny skies are forecast Saturday with a high in the upper 70s Please see de tails on Page 12A Deaths James F Banta North Augusta Morris R Fulmer Aiken Marvin R Graham Pomaria Elizabeth S Kimberly Jackson Flossie M Road Darlington Jimmy Rushton Jr Windsor Albert E Springs Augusta Please see details on Page 12A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 8B 3B 3B 6A 9B 7B 6A 1B 12A 4A 7A 6A 12A er Meets With NATO On Weapons FN cUNTv UDiie in HwsEffjy ST s 5 f Aikenite Dexter Receives State Award US Moves Against Noriega By The Associated Press PANAMA CITY Panama Hundreds of American military dependents evacu ated their homes in Panama after Presi dent Bush stepped up his offensive against Gen Manuel Antonio Noriega by ordering in nearly 2000 combat troops Bush on Thursday also recalled US Ambassador Arthur Davis to protest the annulling of Sundays election and the beating of the opposition presidential and vice presidential candidates by support ers of Noriega The State Department issued a travel advisory late Thursday for Panama say ing Americans shouldnt travel in the country due to extremely unsettled conditions The crisis convulsing this strategically important country occurred after the government halted the counting of ballots Wednesday and claimed its presidential candidate handpicked by Noriega held a 21 lead A team of international observers headed by former President Jimmy Car ter said the opposition presidential candi date Guiilermo Endara had won by a 3 to1 measure despite widespread fraud Endara who was severely beaten Wednesday during a street protest by a group of thugs wielding twobyfours and metal pipes remained hospitalized today Opposition vice presidential candidate Ricardo Arias Calderon who was also beaten Wednesday called the sending in of American troops a US policy pro voked by Noriega and not sought by us Arias issued an urgent call to Latin American and North American and Eu ropean governments to start a concerted decisive diplomatic and political action to help make the will of our people pre vail and to keep us from sinking deeper in to savagery and disaser He said this should be done through the the Organization of American States The 1881 troops making up a light divi sion and a standard mechanized division will join about 10000 US forces already stationed in Panama Officials said oper ation Nimrod Dancer will take about a week to send all the reinforcements Please See US MOVES Page ISA EXHAUSTED FIREMAN Paramedics treat a fireman for heat exhaustion as a house burns in the background on Fulmer Road near Interstate 20 Couchton Center Staff Photo Ginny Southworth and Eureka Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the Thursday morning fire in which one man died Please see story on Page 1B Derrick Fundraiser Draws A Crowd By Kathy Kadane States News Service WASHINGTON Rep Butler Derrick DSC celebrated 15 years in Congress with a fundraiser at the National Demo cratic Club on Capitol Hill this week and the party was attended by about 200 guests including other state lawmakers House leaders personal friends and doz ens of lobbyists Like many of his colleagues Derrick holds a Washington fundraiser annually but this year a lobbyist said Derricks party was better attended than most All of Washington is interested in Mr Derrick said Ed Yingling head of the government relations department of the American Bankers Association This is because of his senior position on the Rules Committee Derrick is now third ranking Democrat on the Rules Commit tee called the gatekeeper of the House All of Washington is interested in Mr Derrick This is because of his senior position on the Rules Committee Ed Yingling Banking Rep because its members decide the way in which a bill is debated on the floor and the amendments the House is allowed to consider The committee can deny the House a chance to change parts or all of legislation on final consideration That is why the Butler Derrick fun draiser would attract a broad range of people Yingling added Every piece of legislation ends up in the Rules Committee The committee is chaired by Claude Pepper DFla and traditionally the committee works as a close arm of the speaker Jim Wright Yin gling said But Pepper 88 was hospital ized recently with a serious digestive ail ment and Wright has had to face a challenge to his leadership based on charges of wrongdoing leveled by the House ethics committeeGuests at the party acknowledged they had been count ing noses in the committees lineup As I understand it Peppers health is not good said Jim Byrd assistant vice president for corporate and community affairs at Southern Bell who attended the party Derrick could end up number two Please See DERRICK Page ISA Sims Awaits Jury Verdict Death Penalty Life Term By STEPHANIE WARNECKEADAMS Staff Writer After two and a half hours of delibera tion a jury found Mitchell Carlton Sims guilty of two murders and an armed robbery Sims 29 West Columbia was found guilty of the slaying deaths of Christo pher LeRoy Zerr 24 and Gary Dean Melke 24 and the armed robbery of the Hanahan Dominos Pizza store they worked at on Dec 31985 Obviously we anticipated something like this William L Runyon Jr one of Sims courtappointed attorneys said af ter the verdict Now we are getting to the phase of the trial where we have a real defense to set forward he added referring to the sentencing phase set to begin Friday Since the state is seeking the death pen alty against Sims a sentence hearing will be held before the jury decides on either a sentence of death or life in prison The trial was moved from Berkeley County to Aiken County because of exten sive news coverage in the Charleston area Please See SIMS Page ISA CONVICTED Mitchell Carlton Sims found guilty on three counts SENDING TROOPS President Bush announces action in Panama Hub Would Boost SC Air Travel By The Associated Press COLUMBIA The House acknowl edging the economic boost of more acces sible air transportation is moving ahead with a plan to finance airline hubs in South Carolina A bill that would permit the General Assembly to issue million in bonds as incentive for airlines to establish hubs won key approval Thursday from the House The bill must pass the House on a final reading before going to the Senate This would give a little carrot to them and maybe bring them this way said the bills sponsor Rep Herb Kirsh D Clover North Carolina has hubs in Charlotte and RaleighDurham and Georgia has one in Atlanta Were growing here and we could use one on this side Kirsh said We got a lot of people here that fly all over the country and they just dont have that many airports to pick from A community requesting the bond issue must have a contract with an airline re quiring the carrier to use the hub for 10 Please See HUB Page ISA Autos Food Offset Rise In Gas Cost By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Wholesale prices rose a moderate 04 percent in April despite the sharpest rise in en ergy costs in nearly 2 years the government said today The rise in the Labor Depart ments Producer Price Index reflect ed a steep jump in gasoline prices counterbalanced by a substantial drop in auto prices and broad de clines in food costs It followed an identical 04 percent gain in March and large backto back 1 percent jumps in January and February Because of the steep rises early in the year wholesale price inflation one stop short of retail advanced at a 9 percent annual rate in the first four months The April report is likely to cheer financial markets where traders were braced for a much worse num ber in the neighborhood of 07 percent Economists were paying particu lar attention to the inflation rate for goods other than the volatile food and energy categories which edged down 01 percent in April following a 03 percent rise in March It was the first drop since and identical fall in October 1987 A 06 percent decline in food costs was the biggest since a 11 percent decline in December 1987 and repre sented the first substantial price re lief since last years drought Please See AUTOS Page ISA   

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