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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 Teenagers can let their fingers do the walking when looking for jobs this summer under a new state program designed to place up to 30000 young people in the workforce The Job Service operated through the South Carolina Employment Se curity Commission will maintain a tollfree telephone line to connect youngsters with a statewide job placement network this summer The network will mail out employ ment 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 guid ance counselors college students and employers interested in partici pating in the Summer Youth Em ployment Program Fax Ban Fighter Has Fight Backfire LOS ANGELES AP A leader of a campaign against restrictions on facsimile transmissions couldnt get his fax straight He inadvertently caused an electronic mail deluge that irked one governor into outlaw ing the messages Who would have anticipated that this many responses would have been generated Elliott Segal of the National Fax Users Committee won dered Wednesday after last weeks fax flood on the phone lines of Con necticut Gov William A ONeill Fax machines which can send a page of text or illustration over tele phone lines in about a minute are used for everything from sending documents between lawyers to get ting in a speedy order to the sand wich shop But a campaign to make them a lobbying tool so irked ONeill that on Tuesday the governor signed into a law a measure allowing people re ceiving unsolicited fax messages to seek up to in damages Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night 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 NY Cecil C PeacocK New Ellenton Richard G Scott Aiken Charles H Shaw Langley Edna W Spires Beech Island James F Walker Jr Augusta Wilbur 0 Whatley Edgefield Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge9B Calendar3B Classifieds7B Comics4B Crossword10B Cryptoquote8B Dear Abby4B Local Front1B Obituaries5A Opinions4A Sports9A Television4B Weather12A fageZft Work Stoppage Plea Fails In Panama mmi m I IttPftHV More Graves Unearthed At Shultz Hill 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 an nounce his resignation as chairman of the House Rules Committee Rep Huff who switched to the Republi can Party three weeks ago said late Wednesday he was quitting his chair manship 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 resig nation would not become effective until the current session of the General Assem bly ends The legislature is scheduled to com plete its work June 1 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 couldnt be a chair man in a House of Representatives dominated by Democrats The favorite to take the chairmans job is Rep Douglas E McTeer of Hampton a Democrat and first vice chairman of the 15member committee Huffs defection along with that of Rep BL 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 de veloping and he advised me of the senti ment 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 dis agreement with that But if you challenge the Speaker you disrupt the harmony of the House I dont know if I were to prevail against him if it would help It puts you in Please See HUFr Page 12A PRODEMOCRACY RALLY Beijings Tiananman Square is filled with thousands of Chinese students and AP Laserphoto supporters in a prodemocracy raiiy Demands for reforms so far have failed to produce results DIFFERENCES Rep Thomas E Huff Speaker Robert J Sheheen disagree Peng Talk To Strikers Ineffective By The Associated Press BEIJING Premier Li Peng failed in a meeting today with prodemocracy stu dent leaders to persuade them to end the hunger strike that inspired mass nation wide street demonstrations and demands that Chinas 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 Beij ing streets again today and were drenched by an afternoon thunderstorm The march had grown hourly before the outburst and appeared likely to ex ceed Wednesdays protest of more than 1 million people which disrupted Mikhail S Gorbachevs visit and was the largest display of defiance in Communist Chinas 40 years Please See PENG Page 12A Bill Would Halt SRS Plutonium If Soviets Honor Ban By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer A bill introduced today in Congress would halt further production of weap onsgrade plutonium at the Savannah River Site if the Soviet Union honors its own production ban Antinuclear and environmental groups plan press conferences this afternoon in Charleston Savannah and Charlotte to announce their support for the Interna tional Plutonium Control Act The bill which has bipartisan sponsor ship in both the House and Senate is de More SRS StoriesPage 2A signed to promote arms control by re stricting plutonium production at SRS and other federal facilities with nuclear reactors capable of making the radioac tive 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 sit 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 weaponsgrade plutonium from commercial reprocess ing plants plutonium is a byproduct 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 an nounced April 7 that his country would stop producing weaponsgrade uranium this year and would shut down two pluto niumproducing reactors over the next Please See BELL 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 ob tain 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 doesnt have the experi ence and sometimes doesnt have the wis dom that is needed in making a very fundamental decision said Rep Malloy McEachin DFlorence Rep Mike Fair RJreenville said he supported the amendment in principle CHANGES MIND Rep Wes Hayes DRock Hill wants both parents involved but questioned its constitutionality say ing it would have eliminated the socalled 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 pro posal for rape victims Lawmakers covered 10 of 25 amend ments 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 discus sion today A similar bill also sponsored by Rep Wes Hayes passed the House 1050 last year but stalled in the Senate That bill included an exemption for girls who be came 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 alltime re cord increase in gasoline prices fu eled a large 07 percent jump in con sumer inflation in April the government said today Last months climb in the Labor Departments Consumer Price Index followed advances of 05 percent in March and 04 percent in February It was the steepest onemonth in crease since an identical 07 percent rise in January 1987 For the first four months of the year inflation at the retail level ran at a 66 percent annual rate sharply higher than the 44 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 114 per cent rise in gasoline prices was the largest onemonth gain since the agency began keeping track of prices in the 1930s   

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