Aiken Standard, May 18, 1989

Aiken Standard

May 18, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 18, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Stage Bike Race Set To Begin Page 9A A Quick Read Phone Call Could Land Summer Job COLUMBIA (AP) — Teen-agers can let their fingers do the walking when looking for jobs this summer under a new state program designed to place up to 30,000 young people in the workforce. The Job Service, operated through the South Carolina Employment Security Commission, will maintain a toll-free telephone line to connect youngsters with a statewide job placement network this summer. The network will mail out employment applications and place callers in touch with one of 38 Job Service offices across the state, Gov. Carroll Campbell announced Wednesday. It also will contact high school guidance counselors, college students and employers interested in participating in the Summer Youth Employment Program. Fax Ban Fighter Has Fight Backfire LOS ANGELES (AP) — A leader of a campaign against restrictions on facsimile transmissions couldn’t get his fax straight. He inadvertently caused an electronic mail deluge that irked one governor into outlawing the messages. “Who would have anticipated that this many responses would have been generated?” Elliott Segal of the National Fax Users Committee wondered Wednesday, after last week’s fax flood on the phone lines of Connecticut Gov. William A. O’Neill. Fax machines, which can send a page of text or illustration over telephone lines in about a minute, are used for everything from sending documents between lawyers to getting in a speedy order to the sandwich shop. But a campaign to make them a lobbying tool so irked O’Neill that on Tuesday the governor signed into a law a measure allowing people receiving unsolicited fax messages to seek up to $200 in damages. Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight and Friday with a 20 pecent chance of thunderstorms Friday. The low will be in the 60s with a high in the 80s. Please see details on Page 12A. Deaths Betty Ann Boatwright, Graniteville Flossie R. Carter, Batesburg Ulysses J. Gunnels, Augusta Geneva A. Kennedy, Columbia Clinton K. Lockhart, Bronx, N Y. Cecil C. Peacock, New Ellenton Richard G. Scott, Aiken Charles H. Shaw, Langley Edna W. Spires, Beech Island James F. Walker Jr., Augusta Wilbur O. Whatley, Edgefield Please see details on Page 5A. Inside Today Bridge..............................................9B Calendar...........................................3B Classifieds........................................7B Comics.............................................4B Crossword......................................10B Cryptoquote......................................8B Dear Abby.........................................4B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................5A Opinions...........................................4A Sports...............................................9A Television.........................................4B Weather..........................................12A Page 2A Work Stoppage Plea Fails In Panama AIKEN OOUNTV P»pi ^ LIBRARY! More Graves Unearthed At Shultz Hill 435 NEWBERRY ST. J? W. AIKEN, S. C 2&301 Thursday, May 18, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 119 Huff To Resign As Rules Chief By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Newly converted Republican Rep. Thomas E. Huff of North Augusta was to take the floor in the South Carolina House of Representatives this morning and announce his resignation as chairman of the House Rules Committee. Rep. Huff, who switched to the Republican Party three weeks ago, said late Wednesday he was quitting his chairmanship in order to head off what could become a disruptive battle on the House floor. But the North Augusta attorney, an 11-year veteran of the House, said the resignation would not become effective until the current session of the General Assembly ends. The legislature is scheduled to complete its work June I and return June 20 to consider gubernatorial vetoes, and Rep. Huff said his tenure probably would end on one of those dates. Rep. Huff said he would be giving up his chairmanship with the conviction that “Abraham lincoln couldn’t be a chairman” in a House of Representatives dominated by Democrats. The favorite to take the chairman’s job is Rep. Douglas E. McTeer of Hampton, a Democrat and first vice chairman of the 15-member committee. Huff’s defection along with that of Rep. B.L. Hendricks Jr., who jumped to the GOP last week, gives the panel five Republicans. Rep. Huff said his decision, which will leave the House with only one Republican chairman of a standing committee, was made after a lengthy discussion he had last week with House Speaker Robert J. Sheheen, a Camden Democrat. “The Speaker wanted me to resign as chairman of Rules,” said Rep. Huff. “He said there was a lot of strong feeling developing and he advised me of the sentiment developing. We had a very candid and forthright discussion.” Rep. Huff said Speaker Sheheen also advised him during their conversation that “he felt he could remove me even before my term runs out. I had some disagreement with that. But if you challenge the Speaker, you disrupt the harmony of the House. “I don’t know if I were to prevail against him if it would help. It puts you in (Please See HUFF, Page 12A) DIFFERENCES: Rep. Thomas E. Huff, Speaker Robert J. Sheheen disagree. PRO-DEMOCRACY RALLY: Beijing’s Tiananman Square is filled with thousands of Chinese students and AP Laserphoto supporters in a pro-democracy rally. Demands for reforms so far have failed to produce results. Peng Talk To Strikers Ineffective By The Associated Press BEIJING — Premier Li Peng failed in a meeting today with pro-democracy student leaders to persuade them to end the hunger strike that inspired mass nationwide street demonstrations and demands that China’s top leaders resign. To show their support for the hunger strikers camped in Tiananmen Square, hundreds of thousands of people from all segments of society swarmed into Beijing streets again today and were drenched by an afternoon thunderstorm. The march had grown hourly before the outburst and appeared likely to exceed Wednesday’s protest of more than I million people, which disrupted Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s visit and was the largest display of defiance in Communist China’s 40 years. (Please See PENG, Page 12A) Bill Would Halt SRS Plutonium lf Soviets Honor Ban By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer A bill introduced today in Congress would halt further production of weap-ons-grade plutonium at the Savannah River Site if the Soviet Union honors its own production ban. Anti-nuclear and environmental groups plan press conferences this afternoon in Charleston, Savannah and Charlotte, to announce their support for the International Plutonium Control Act. The bill, which has bipartisan sponsorship in both the House and Senate, is de- More SRS Stories........................Page 2A signed to promote arms control by restricting plutonium production at SRS and other federal facilities with nuclear reactors capable of making the radioactive material. Savannah River reactors are now idled for safety improvements. The bill would conditionally bar them from resuming plutonium production upon restart. It would require the president to certify one of the following conditions before funds for plutonium production could be released, according to a news release from the supporting groups: ✓'If the Soviets refuse to negotiate in good faith a verifiable agreement ending production of plutonium and weapons-grade uranium. ✓•If the United States cannot determine that weapons production facilities in the Soviet Union have ceased to produce plutonium. ^If the Soviets obtain weapons-grade plutonium from commercial reprocessing plants; plutonium is a by-product of commercial nuclear power plants. House sponsors said in an April 28 let ter that “by eliminating the need to build new plutonium production facilities and rebuild aged facilities, and by reducing nuclear toxic wastes, such a negotiated agreement would free up significant funds that could be used to clean up the extensive contamination caused by past production of nuclear warheads.” Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev announced April 7 that his country would stop producing weapons-grade uranium this year, and would shut down two plutonium-producing reactors over the next (Please See BILL, Page 12A) Teen Abort Bill Sparks Hot Debate By The Associated Press COLUMBIA — Unmarried girls under 17 who petition a judge for permission to have an abortion would not have to have their parents present at a court hearing under a House proposal. The House opened debate Wednesday on legislation requiring such girls to obtain consent from either their parents or a judge before seeking an abortion. An amendment turned down by the House would have required parents to be notified of a court hearing. Supporters of the proposal said the girls would benefit from a wide range of viewpoints. “A minor is not an adult, by definition-... and a minor doesn’t have the experience and sometimes doesn’t have the wisdom that is needed in making a very fundamental decision,” said Rep. Malloy McEachin, D-Florence. Rep. Mike Fair, R-Greenville, said he supported the amendment in principle CHANGES MIND: Rep Wes Hayes, D-Rock Hill, wants both parents involved. but questioned its constitutionality, saying it would have eliminated the so-called judicial bypass provision. The House also adopted an amendment that exempts girls who become pregnant as a result of incest from the abortion requirement but rejected a similar proposal for rape victims. lawmakers covered IO of 25 amendments before adjourning after more than two hours of often heated debate. The QUESTIONS: Rep. Mike Fair, R-Greenville, doubts constitutionality of proposal. House was scheduled to continue discussion today. A similar bill, also sponsored by Rep. Wes Hayes, passed the House 105-0 last year but stalled in the Senate. That bill included an exemption for girls who became pregnant through incest or rape and required that only one parent give permission for an abortion. (Please See TEEN, Page 12A) Gas Price Hike Fuels Inflation By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - An all-time record increase in gasoline prices fueled a large, 0.7 percent jump in consumer inflation in April, the government said today. Last month’s climb in the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index followed advances of 0.5 percent in March and 0.4 percent in February. It was the steepest one-month increase since an identical 0.7 percent rise in January 1987. For the first four months of the year, inflation at the retail level ran at a 6.6 percent annual rate, sharply higher than the 4.4 percent annual increases in both 1988 and 1987. However, analysts said most of the momentum this year is coming from a 30 percent rise in crude oil prices. In April, energy accounted for about 60 percent of the increase. The Labor Department said the 11.4 percent rise in gasoline prices was the largest one-month gain since the agency began keeping track of prices in the 1930s. ;

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